Obama's Walter Reed visit
October 10th, 2011
04:24 PM ET

Obama's Walter Reed visit

The White House is releasing some details about President Obama’s visit to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center earlier today.

POTUS met with 38 wounded service members – 21 Soldiers, 13 marines, 2 Sailors and 2 Airmen. 35 of the service members were injured in Afghanistan and 3 were injured in Iraq. While at the hospital, the President awarded 4 purple hearts.


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Obama phones Cameron, Sarkozy on Eurozone
October 10th, 2011
02:41 PM ET

Obama phones Cameron, Sarkozy on Eurozone

The White House announced Monday that President Obama spoke with both British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy regarding the ongoing financial crisis in the Eurozone. The call comes a day after German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Sarkozy said they have reached an agreement on a "durable" solution for the sovereign debt problems in Greece.

Merkel and Sarkozy, the leaders of Europe's two largest economies, also pledged to do "all that is necessary" to ensure that European banks have sufficient capital.

According to the White House, "Prime Minister Cameron and President Sarkozy agreed with the President that decisive action is needed in order to finally resolve the crisis and assure economic recovery, both within the euro area and beyond it."

Meanwhile, the markets seem reassured with the statements.

Full readout from the White House:

Today the President spoke by phone separately with British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, continuing his close consultations with these key allies about the situation in the eurozone. Prime Minister Cameron and President Sarkozy agreed with the President that decisive action is needed in order to finally resolve the crisis and assure economic recovery, both within the euro area and beyond it. The President will continue to closely coordinate with his European counterparts on this issue in the run up to the October 23 EU Summit and the November 3-4 G20 Summit.

The President and President Sarkozy also spoke briefly about Middle East Peace issues, agreeing on the need for the parties to return to the negotiating table.

The President congratulated Prime Minister Cameron on the occasion of his 45th birthday, which the Prime Minister celebrated yesterday.


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October 10th, 2011
01:52 PM ET

Obama, South Korean president going to Detroit

President Obama is getting a traveling companion Friday when he heads to Detroit: South Korean President Lee Myung-bak. CNN's Dan Lothian first reported the news Friday and now the White House has made it official. The two leaders will tour a General Motors facility and Obama will promote a trade agreement with South Korea that the White House says "will open up economic opportunities and support jobs on both sides of the Pacific."


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Obama 'deeply concerned' about Egypt violence
Egyptians gather at the coffins of some of the 24 Coptic Christians killed during over night clashes on October 10.
October 10th, 2011
11:28 AM ET

Obama 'deeply concerned' about Egypt violence

THe White House has issued a statement on the recent violence in Eygpt:

The President is deeply concerned about the violence in Egypt that has led to a tragic loss of life among demonstrators and security forces. The United States expresses our condolences to the families and loved ones of all who were killed or injured, and stands with the Egyptian people in this painful and difficult time. Now is a time for restraint on all sides so that Egyptians can move forward together to forge a strong and united Egypt. As the Egyptian people shape their future, the United States continues to believe that the rights of minorities – including Copts – must be respected, and that all people have the universal rights of peaceful protest and religious freedom. We also note Prime Minister Sharaf's call for an investigation and appeal to all parties to refrain from violence. These tragic events should not stand in the way of timely elections and a continued transition to democracy that is peaceful, just and inclusive.

The number of dead in clashes between the army and pro-Coptic Christian protesters in Egypt over the weekend rose to at least 25, with at least 272 wounded, a Healthy Ministry official told CNN Monday.

More HERE


Topics: President Obama • The News
October 10th, 2011
11:10 AM ET

OTR

OTR
Category: Work Words

Short for 'Off the Record.' Often when the president travels, his staff will schedule OTR events, such as casually popping into a diner to greet voters. While not on the official schedule, these events are usually as choreographed as official events.


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The underdog?
October 10th, 2011
10:59 AM ET

The underdog?

Last week, we noted both President Obama and Vice President Biden have quickly embraced the underdog status in this presidential election when given the opportunity. Now former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is doing his part to add to the narrative.

From the CNN Political Ticker:

(CNN) – Rahm Emanuel left his post as White House Chief of Staff more than a year ago, but on Sunday the Chicago mayor waded back into presidential politics, saying his former boss’ reelection was far from a sure thing.

“There's no doubt there's a challenge politically because the economy is not where the American middle-class family needs it to be for their bottom line,” Emanuel said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Emanuel said the American people would hold President Barack Obama and other elected officials accountable for the faltering economy when they cast their votes in 2012.

As we noted last week, it's debatable whether the president can be considered the underdog just yet, though it might be politically advantageous if yet-to-be energized Democrats think he is.

More HERE


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The President's Schedule: Columbus Day
October 10th, 2011
08:48 AM ET

The President's Schedule: Columbus Day

It's Columbus Day, a federal holiday for some.  President Obama will spend several hours visiting with wounded troops and their families at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.  The visits, as always, are closed to press.  We will only see the president departing and arriving back to the White House from the South Lawn aboard Marine One. 

12:15PM   THE PRESIDENT departs the South Lawn en route Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

South Lawn/ Open Press

12:45PM   THE PRESIDENT visits the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland/ Closed Press  

3:20PM   THE PRESIDENT arrives the White House / South Lawn