President Obama's latest fiscal cliff PR effort comes this afternoon, when the president sits down for four local interviews with stations in Philadephia, Miami, Minneapolis, and Sacremento. The interviews, just announced by the White House, constitute the latest move in a string of White House efforts to rally the public to the president's position on raising tax rates as part of a fiscal cliff compromise.
Actual announcement by the White House:
In the afternoon, the President will do a round of regional interviews with anchors from WPVI, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; WSCV Univision, Miami, Florida; WCCO, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and KCRA, Sacramento, California. These interviews are embargoed until 5PM EST. The interviews, in the Diplomatic Room, are closed press.
As the window for a potential deal on the fiscal cliff begins to close, President Obama remains behind closed doors for the majority of Thursday. We can only expect behind-the-scenes maneuvers surrounding a possible agreement with congressional Republicans if Washington still hopes to salvage a Christmas vacation, not to mention avert the dire consequences that all agree would result if a deal is not reached. Meanwhile, the president is buoyed by new poll numbers from the Wall Street Journal/NBC News showing two-thirds of Americans was a compromise reached that includes both tax increases and tax cuts.
The president's only on-camera appearance Thursday will come this evening when he makes remarks at a Hanukkah reception.