If he truly wanted to avoid the cuts he would be in Washington trying to broker a deal with Republicans. But that is obviously not the case.
Via Politico 44:
President Barack Obama will ramp up his case for avoiding the across-the-board spending cuts over the next two weeks, senior administration officials said Tuesday.
With the cuts set to hit March 1, Obama will travel the country and host events at the White House aimed at raising the pressure on Republicans, the officials said