WASHINGTON (CNN) - Bill Clinton made a surprise visit to the podium in the White House Briefing Room today.
The visit followed a meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office, where they discussed the tax cut agreement that Obama reached with Republicans earlier this week.
Before turning the podium over to his predecessor, President Obama labeled the meeting with Clinton 'terrific' and said he thought the 42nd president had some valuable insights, given that he had presided over 'good as an economy as we had ever seen in our liftimes.'
"I don't believe there is a better deal out there' Clinton told reporters who had quickly assembled in the Brady Briefing Room.
"We have got to pull together' Clinton said, 'because we cannot afford to have the kind of impass we had last time...we have to keep this thing going and accelerate it's pace. I think this is the best available option.'
Before Clinton finished taking questions, President Obama bolted, explaining that he had been keeping the first lady waiting for 'over half an hour.'
Clinton retorted with "I don't want to make her mad!'
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WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama, last year’s recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, issued a statement Friday morning praising Liu Xiabao, this year's honoree. Obama, who heralded past Nobel laureates Aung San Suu Kyi, Bishop Desmond Tutu, and Jose Ramos Horta in his statement, said Liu was “far more deserving” of the award than he was. Liu, an imprisoned Chinese dissident, is currently serving an 11-year sentence for what the Chinese government calls “inciting subversion of state power.” The award was presented to him Friday in absentia. He was represented by an empty chair at the ceremony in Oslo, Norway.
Statement by President Obama as released by the White House
One year ago, I was humbled to receive the Nobel Peace Prize – an award that speaks to our highest aspirations, and that has been claimed by giants of history and courageous advocates who have sacrificed for freedom and justice. Mr. Liu Xiaobo is far more deserving of this award than I was.
From CNN's Political Unit
(CNN) – Despite major pushback from members of his own party, President Obama remains confident that his deal with congressional Republicans to extend Bush-era tax cuts for all Americans and unemployment benefits for the long term unemployed will succeed.
"Here's what I'm confident about: that nobody – Democrat or Republican – wants to see people's paychecks smaller on January 1 because Congress didn't act," Obama said in an interview that aired Friday with National Public Radio. "And I think that the framework that we've put forward, which says not only that people's taxes don't go up on January 1 but also that we extend unemployment insurance for a year, that we make sure that key provisions like the college tax credit, the child tax credit, the earned-income tax credit are included – that that framework is going to serve as the basis for compromise."
(CNN) - Still fresh off an Election Day drubbing, President Obama plans to huddle with another ex-president whose first midterm election resulted in massive defeats for his party.
Obama will meet with former President Bill Clinton in a closed-door meeting at the White House at 3 p.m. ET Friday. It remains unclear what the two men will discuss, though it's expected the disappointing result for Democrats last month and the proper way forward will be a key topic of the discussions.
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Daily schedule and guidance provided by the White House.
3:00 p.m. The President meets with President Clinton in the Oval Office (closed press)
Guidance for the Vice President: In the morning, the Vice President will meet with senior advisers. Further details about the Vice President’s schedule are forthcoming.
Briefing Schedule: 10:30 a.m. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs will convene an off-camera gaggle in the Brady Press Briefing Room