March 11th, 2011
07:00 AM ET
The president will have a full press conference today at 11:15, his 12th so far in office. Last night the White House said the focus would be on rising fuel prices, but it is likely the president will also address the earthquake in Japan and resulting tsunamis and tsunami warnings for the US.
In an early morning paper statement released by the White House, the president and first lady offered their condolences to victims and said the US stands ready to help. Obama called the relationship between the US and Japan “unshakeable” and said that the White House would “continue to closely monitor” the situation going forward.
He urged all US citizens to heed any warnings and added, “I have instructed FEMA to be ready to assist Hawaii and the rest of the US states and territories that could be affected."
The president was notified of the situation by Chief-of-Staff Bill Daley at 4am.
Later at 2:50pm, the president is expected to host the 2009-2010 Stanley Cup Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks with a ceremony on the South Lawn.
Afterwards, first lady Michelle Obama will join the NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean on a South Lawn temporary skating rink where they’ll hold a clinic, along with members of the Blackhawks and the Washington Capitals, for local kids as part of the first lady’s “Let’s Move!” initiative.
Today's schedule, as released by the White House:
9:45AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing (Oval Office – Closed Press)
10:15AM THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors (Oval Office – Closed Press)
11:15AM THE PRESIDENT holds a news conference about rising energy prices among other issues (South Court Auditorium – Open Pres)
2:50PM THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY honor the 2009-10 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks in a ceremony (South Lawn – Open to pre-credentialed medi)