President Obama traveled to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and then returned to Washington Monday afternoon to finalize tax negotiations with Democratic leaders at the White House. It was a brief trip, just three hours on the ground, thanks to the luxury that presidential travel affords, like Marine One, Air Force One, and a motorcade. Meanwhile, journalists who also made the trip weren't so lucky, contending with flight delays and long drives back to Washington.
White House producer Erika Dimmler and photojournalists Martin Dougherty and Geoff Parker covered the president's trip for CNN. Dimmler provides an ALL ACCESS PASS of their trip with these behind-the-scenes photos.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama presented congressional Democratic leaders Monday with a proposed deal with Republicans that would extend Bush-era tax cuts for two years and unemployment benefits for 13 months while also setting the estate tax at 35% for two years on inheritances worth more than $5 million, a senior Democratic source told CNN.
The deal also includes a temporary 2% reduction in the payroll tax to replace Obama's "making work pay" tax credit from the 2009 economic stimulus package for lower-income Americans, the senior Democratic source said. As currently crafted, the deal would prohibit amendments by either party, according to the source, who spoke on condition of not being identified by name.
A Democratic source familiar with the Bush-era tax cuts negotiations tells CNN the president will be “briefing them [Dem. leaders coming to White House on Monday] on the possibilities of what’s being discussed, pieces that the Democrats should feel good about and should support.”
The source cautioned that “we don’t have a deal,” and would not predict when it would get done, but sounded optimistic suggesting that a “number of the pieces” are coming together.
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (CNN) – After enthusiastically touring biotech classrooms at Forsyth Technical Community College, President Obama carried momentum to the stage where he gave a speech about education and innovation. He weighed in on the debate over tax negotiations back in Washington saying that there are still "serious debates still taking place" over extending the Bush-era tax cuts.
"I believe we should keep in place tax cuts for workers and small businesses that are set to expire. We've got to make sure that's we're coming up with a solution, even if it's not 100-percent of what I want or what the Republicans want. There's no reason that ordinary Americans should see their taxes go up next year," Obama said.
Washington (CNN) - Two Democratic congressional aides tell CNN Congressional Correspondent Brianna Keilar that House Democratic leaders are going to the White House to meet with Vice President Joe Biden at 2 pm to discuss how to move forward with extending the Bush era tax cuts. The same group was also expected to meet with President Obama this afternoon as soon as he returns to the White House from North Carolina. The group is expected to include Speaker Pelosi, and House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer.
PRESS GAGGLE BY DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY BILL BURTON
Aboard Air Force One En Route Winston-Salem, North Carolina
MR. BURTON: Thank you all for joining this flight down to North Carolina. This is Hannah August. It’s her first flight on Air Force One. She promised not to break anything.
Okay, any questions?
Q Can you talk about the latest on the tax talks? And are there any new developments as of this morning, and how many times has the President talked directly to Mr. McConnell?
9:15AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
Oval Office Closed Press
9:50AM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Andrews Air Force Base
South Lawn/ Open Press
10:05AM THE PRESIDENT departs Andrews Air Force Base en route Greensboro, North Carolina
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