Today, President Obama will continue to be focused on the impending fiscal cliff and he takes a page from his campaign and participates in two events where he hopes to sway public opinion in his favor and strengthen his negotiating position with Republicans. He hosts what the White House describes as "middle class Americans" at an event where the president will deliver remarks pressing Congress to extend middle class tax cuts. The White House will use the event to launch a push on social media called #My2K online push to pass the middle class tax cuts. After the President’s event, the White House will call on Americans across the country to share on Twitter what #My2K means to them, as well as on other social media channels, and on WhiteHouse.gov. They plan to highlight the #My2K stories received on WhiteHouse.gov and through social media to show the impact of inaction for middle class families. Later the president and VP meet behind closed doors with corporate CEO's designed to show his "outreach" to the business community.
He'll also have his first cabinet meeting since his re-election. We'll get a quick glimpse of the group at the beginning of their meeting. Also, First Lady Michelle Obama unveils the White House Christmas decorations in an event this afternoon where she has invited children of military families to participate in holiday crafts and treats.
Jay Carney will brief reporters at 12:30p.
For the full White House schedule, click below.
10:00AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
Oval Office (Closed Press)
11:35AM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at an event at the White House with middle class Americans who would see their taxes go up if Congress fails to act to extend the middle class tax cuts
South Court Auditorium (Open Press)
3:00PM THE PRESIDENT holds a Cabinet Meeting; THE VICE PRESIDENT also attends
Cabinet Meeting (Pool Spray at the Top)
4:45PM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT attend a meeting with business leaders to discuss the actions we need to take to keep our economy growing and find a balanced approach to reduce our deficit
Roosevelt Room (Closed Press)
12:30PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
Oh Howard... et al!...Again the President received his daily briefing, and yes... he is focused on the fiscal cliff.
Jean ... you can gloat, in your usual pompous and condescending manner ... as if obama won because of his ability and accomplishments ... but, without the extremely biased main stream media ... and, a year of spending over a hundred million dollars demonizing his opponent ... obama would end up where he belongs ... community organizing ... or, selling used cars ... Furthermore, when Americans begin suffering, after all the smoke and mirrors wear off ... Americans will experience the disastrous results of the real obama hiding behind the curtain. The only reason I haven't been wasting my time blogging here, is because you obama stooges have proved that you can't fix stupid ... and, you can only win when the deck is stacked in your favor ... and by using false accusations to smear those who oppose you. Even though your corrupt liberal academics are busy fabricating the history books ... in time, people will realize what a huge and costly mistake it was to reelect your false messiah.
Yawn,...oh, it's Howard......zzzzzzzzzzz
@Howard – I see you have been drinking the teapublican kool-aide – You really need to lay off of it, there, dude.
Howard, Howard, Howard...still dining on those sour grapes? I'll take that main stream media over the lame stream media that has fried your brain. I'm sure your poor little brain is having a hard time understanding that the GDP has been revised up for the third quarter, housing prices are up, home sales are up, Black Friday was a success, stock market is up, movie attendance up 14.6% for 2012 (even if that could be due to the fact they are finally producing movies adults will pay to see).
Frankly, in spite of your whining Howard, it looks like 2013 will be a good year, and I'll still take that community organizer at the helm over the alternatives.
Howard, please go back in your cave for another 4 more years. Your guy lost the election, get over it.
With the debt and deficit the way they are, raising taxes on only the rich won't even be a drop in the bucket, but hey who needs math anyway?
Raising the taxes only covers 8 days. What about the other 357?
I'm really rubbing my hands in anticipation! Sheldon Adelson is set to get ONE BILLION in Dividends from his company!!
You lost the election and the argument,
Now the repubtards in washington should go back to the tax rates during the Clinton years.
We have given aways trillions in tax cuts to the wealthy.
WELL, YOU CAN REMAIN STUBBORN ABOUT NOT RAISING TAXES ON THE RICH BECAUSE OF PLEDGES AND PRINCIPLES AND LET IT EVERYONE GET AN AUTOMATIC TAX HIKE. THAT'LL TEACH THEM DEMOCRATS.
The majority of Americans would like higher taxes on the wealthiest Americans.
This is not even an increase but going back to the rates under the Clinton years.
Is this too much to ask. You lost the election, get over it and move on.
We are assesing the Fiscal Cliff problem. As most of you don't know, we have been assesing the problem for at least 75 years now. And just so you know, we will continue, and continue, and continue, to assess the uh, problem. We never said we will solve it. That is for another life time. Meantime, back at the National Debt Clock....
75 YEARS AND THE COUNTRY HASN'T COLLAPSED YET? I THINK YOU ARE GOING MAYAN ON US.
I AGREE THAT ALL THE ASSESSING IN THE WORLD IS NOT GOING TO HELP. WHAT MATTERS IS ACTION. IF WE HAVE A DEBT THEN START PAYING IT BACK. IT SOUNDS SIMPLE ENOUGH, UNTIL YOU REALIZE YOU DON'T HAVE NEARLY ENOUGH REVENUE THAT YOU START ASKING GRANDMA AND POOR PEOPLE TO TAKE A HIKE BUT YOU ARE NOT NEARLY WORRIED ENOUGH TO TELL RICH PEOPLE TO PAY A BIT MORE.
OOOoooo,........the,.......clock. You sure you have another lifetime, Ray?
THE BATTLING BASTARDS of BENGHAZI
We're the Battling Bastards of Benghazi,
No fame, no glory. No paparazzi.
Just a fiery death in a blazing hell,
Defending the country we loved so well,
It wasn't our job, but we answered the call,
Fought to the consulate, scaled the wall.
Pulled twenty guys from the jaws of fate,
Led them to safety, and stood at the gate.
Just two of us, with foes by the score,
But we held fast to bar the door.
We called for reinforcements, but it was denied,
So we fought. And we fought. And we fought. And we died.
We gave our all for our Uncle Sam,
Barack Obama doesn't give a damn,
Just two dead SEALS, who carried the load,
No thanks to us. We're just bumps on his road.
Not with the the Inmates running the Asylum, Cynthia. You had a chance to elect fiscal responsibility again. You chose stupid again. Can you say Depression? Can you say the very people these big Liberal Programs were supposed to help have killed the goose that laid the golden egg. Can you say that, Cynthia?
What I can say, Ray, is – Goldman Sachs and his greedy buddies won't be getting another bailout from the American people. I had it printed on the inside of my Christmas cards this year.
Howard, your poem is heartwrenching for one reason; That the beef about Benghazi doesn't really even touch on the real victims according to McCain's posturing. Nor, the cuts to security that Republicans were happy to scrimp on. You all gave yourselves away long ago when you let Dick Cheney spout off just before the election that we'll get hit again – I'm guessing about now, some people might have looked the other way to bring the old devil's predictions to life. Now, that just might be the real conspiracy. One that needs looking into.
IT'S NOT EVEN ABOUT BENGHAZI ANYMORE. IT'S CALLED "THE WAR ON SUSAN RICE" AKA "KILL THE MESSENGER"
INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON THE ACTUAL EVENTS, THEY GO ON ABOUT TALKING POINTS. NO WONDER THE REPUBLICANS LOST AND WILL CONTINUE TO LOSE.
Ray.... we have been at the edge of the fiscal cliff since the day the country was founded. The new country didn't have the funds to pay its bills. Look on the bright side...226 years and we are still here.
My suggestion is cut corporate welfare, cut subsidies for companies that ship jobs overseas, cut the bloated military budget, close unnecessary military bases, stop building tanks the military doesn't want and doesn't need, cut member's of congress pay and benefits (they should be required to live a year on welfare/food stamps), charge a higher fee for use of federal lands, sell unnecessary and unused government owned buildings...cut those areas of waste first.
The U.S. Constutition does provide for the common defense of the country so is a legitimite part of the economy. Food Stampa on the other hand has no place in the Federal Government, as well as many other things. As a result we have a Rube Goldberg of laws, rules, etc. that never should have been put in place. A lot of tings should have run their course and need to be ended in the Federal Government. However they just kick the can down the road and hope for the best. The millions that are out of a job voted for it. The latest grand experment was the housing bubble. Allowed by the liberal factions in the government and ended in another failure of the left. To be paid by the Tax Payers whoever they are.
So do you guys want compromise at all. I mean you complain about Republicans not giving in and just look at yourselves. A lot of people think that their right, but why not try compromise. It is the Dems that aren't compromising. Several Repubs have said they would not be totally against revenue increase. And I wouldn't call a household (2 working people) making 255,000 a year in NYC rich. Sure, if you make that money. In the south or Midwest you are fine, but that kind of money isn't excessive in the northeast and California. Meanwhile, you have Harry Reid saying no spending cuts or entitlement reforms- you call that compromise?
THE DEMOCRATS ALREADY GAVE OVER A TRILLION IN BUDGET CUTS IN THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT BUT THE TAX RATES FOR THE RICH REMAINED THE SAME. IT IS THE REPUBLICANS TURN TO GIVE IN.
YOU WANT TO REFORM MEDICARE AND MEDICAID BUT SAY NOTHING ABOUT DEFENSE SPENDING? THAT'S GOING TO BE A LONGER CONVERSATION, NOT IN TIME FOR THE FISCAL CLIFF.
Sodo you guys want compromise
My comment is awaiting moderation so I'll sum it up- Repubs have put revenue on the table, but a person making 250k a year is no Warren Buffet, especially not in a place like NYC, and some real entitlement reform needs to be put on the table by Democrats... And you guys should follow Obama and not Reid. Compared to Reid, Obama at least is trying.
Well Dan as I have said before the GOP is holding working families that make $250k a year hostage as shields against the government taxing the truly wealthy. That number could in all honesty be moved higher to say to $400k to compensate for places like LA and NYC.....but you watch the GOP would fight that. Frankly the bulk of the GOP would rather everyone's rate go up than to budget. It is absolutely time for the GOP to give. I've stated where I think a lot of cuts could be made, and where revenue could be found without hurting those who need help.
And we have all been moderated.
shame on you america. you keep sending the same people back to washington each election cycle. vote against incumbancy and help save this country from these professional politicians with little or no interest in anything but being part of that big money machine – the only thing they do well is waste our money, our freedom and our country. shame on you america.