Viva Las Vegas!
October 28th, 2011
04:45 PM ET

White House Week in Review

President Obama spent much of the week out west, touting parts of his jobs plan and raising cash for re-election. Check out this week's Week in Review for this week's top moments.


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Briefing Bites: Daley's 'candid and clear' language
October 28th, 2011
01:45 PM ET

Briefing Bites: Daley's 'candid and clear' language

From Bill Daley to congressional Republicans, here's the best sound from Carney's end of the week briefing:

On Chief of Staff Bill Daley, during an interview with POLTICO, calling conditions during the first three years of the Obama presidency “ungodly”:

Bill, as all of you who know him, can be very candid and clear in his language. There is no question that when this president took office in January 2009 we were in an ungodly, bad situation economically. The economy was in free fall.

On Bill Dailey’s apparent suggestion that Democrats have also made things difficult for the president:

Bill was speaking, I think, broadly about presidents and Congress, but there's no question that Democrats haven't agreed, or some Democrats haven't agreed… on everything.

And Carney’s latest slap against congressional Republicans:

What's remarkable about the situation in the Republican obstructionism when it comes to the measures to create jobs and grow the economy is they're alone. Even within their own party. They're the outliers. The Republicans in Congress because Republicans out in the country support building roads, and bridges and schools. They support putting police officers and teachers back to work. They support tax cuts for everyone who receives a paycheck. They support tax incentives for businesses of all kinds to hire veterans. They support a tax cut, a payroll tax cut, for employers for small businesses to help them grow and expand and hire. And significantly, because this is the problem according to the Republicans, they support the pay for.


Topics: Briefing Bites
Presidential Op-ed
October 28th, 2011
10:42 AM ET

Presidential Op-ed

President Obama pens an op-ed in today's Financial Times laying out his goals for the G20 meeting taking place next week in France. It all seems to boil down to these four things:

– First, as the world’s largest economy, the US will continue to lead. The single most effective thing we can do to get the global economy growing faster is to get the US economy growing faster. That’s why my highest priority is putting Americans back to work. …

– Second, the crisis in Europe must be resolved as quickly as possible. …

– Third, each nation must do its part to ensure that global growth is balanced and sustainable so we avoid slipping into old imbalances. For some countries, this means confronting their own fiscal challenges. For countries with large surpluses, it means taking additional steps to support growth. …

– Finally, the G20 nations must deepen co-operation on the range of global challenges that affect our shared prosperity. We need to move ahead with our commitment to phase out subsidies for fossil fuels and transition to 21st-century clean-energy economies. As we promote the development that gives nations a path out of poverty, we can focus on the infrastructure, finance and good governance that unleash growth. Even as we work to save lives from the drought and famine in the Horn of Africa, we need to continue investing in the food security and agricultural productivity that make future famines less likely and communities more self-sufficient.

You can read the whole op-ed here, but a warning if you're not a FT registered user, you'll have to go through the free registration process first.


Topics: Op-ed • President Obama
Morning Briefing: Obama campaign using lobbyists as bundlers?
October 28th, 2011
09:15 AM ET

Morning Briefing: Obama campaign using lobbyists as bundlers?

One article we know the Obama campaign is reading today comes from the New York Times on the close connections many of the president’s big-dollar fundraisers have with the lobbying industry. This seems to be the crux of the article:

At least 15 of Mr. Obama’s “bundlers” — supporters who contribute their own money to his campaign and solicit it from others — are involved in lobbying for Washington consulting shops or private companies. They have raised more than $5 million so far for the campaign.

Because the bundlers are not registered as lobbyists with the Senate, the Obama campaign has managed to avoid running afoul of its self-imposed ban on taking money from lobbyists.

Ben LaBolt, spokesman for the president’s reelection campaign, posted a blog post early this morning, saying that the New York Times story “misses the forest for the trees,” in its reporting, “obscuring the President's long history of advancing ethics and government reform and brushing right past his opponents' records with nothing but a shrug.” Here’s some more from his response:

From the first day he announced he was running for President, Barack Obama hasn't accepted a dime from federal lobbyists or political action committees (PACs). He led the way in disclosing major volunteer fundraisers for his campaign, disclosing both the names of the individuals who raise money for the campaign as well as the levels of contributions that they raise

The New York Times makes a nod in LaBolt’s direction in this paragraph by acknowledging the Obama campaign’s efforts to keep lobbyists away:

As a matter of policy, Mr. Obama’s re-election campaign goes beyond what campaign law requires by refusing contributions from any “individual registered as a federal lobbyist.” Registered lobbyists are not even allowed inside his fund-raising events, and the campaign routinely returns checks from those trying to contribute.

Here are some other articles the White House may be reading today:

Election worries give momentum to deficit talks [Reuters]

US Stock Futures Pull Back Ahead Of Spending, Sentiment Data [Dow Jones Newswire]

Consumer spending up in September on savings [Reuters]

JPMorgan won't charge debit card fee as big banks back away from idea [Wall Street Journal]

Rise in Medicare premiums less than feared in 2012 [BusinessWeek]

Justice Dept. memo writer is mum on pot crackdown [BusinessWeek]

President's Schedule: Friday October 28, 2011
October 28th, 2011
08:19 AM ET

President's Schedule: Friday October 28, 2011

There are no open events on President Obama’s schedule on today, but early this morning the president and the first lady headed over to Sidwell Friends School on Wisconsin Ave. in Northwest D.C. where both Sasha and Malia are students. According to the White House they are meeting with their daughters' teachers.

When he returns, the president is scheduled to spend much of the morning in the Oval Office, where he will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing and then meet with senior advisors – both of these meetings are closed press. At 4pm, the president will hold a closed-press meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, also in the Oval Office.

At 5pm, President Obama will attend a closed-press Diwali reception in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, which is adjacent to the White House.

Here’s his schedule as released by the White House:

10:45AM         THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing – Oval Office (Closed Press)

4:00PM           THE PRESIDENT meets with Secretary of State Clinton – Oval Office (Closed Press)

5:10PM           THE PRESIDENT attend a Diwali reception – Eisenhower Executive Office Building (Closed Press)


Topics: Daily Schedule