After returning late last night from Newtown, CT where he gave an emotional speech to the community at a memorial service, President Obama spends his Monday away from the sight of cameras. Of course, there are many issues on his plate that will most likely be discussed in closed-door briefings and meetings. Over the weekend, there was some movement in the negotiations over the fiscal cliff when Speaker Boehner put forth an offer that would allow income tax rates for wealthy Americans to increase in exchange for spending cuts, tax reform and entitlement reform. We'll see what the next step is when White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs reporters this afternoon at 12:30p.
Here is the full schedule, as released by the White House:
9:30AM In-Town Pool Call Time
10:15AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
Oval Office (Closed Press)
12:30PM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet for lunch
Private Dining Room (Closed Press)
12:30PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
Washington (CNN) – Oh to be a fly on the wall in the Oval Office Friday when President Obama meets with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.
The private one-on-one meeting comes the day after Rice abruptly withdrew her name from consideration to be the next secretary of state, citing a “lengthy, disruptive, and costly” confirmation process.
Rice, thought to be the president’s first choice for the top diplomatic post, took repeated fire for her comments in the aftermath of the September 11, attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. Meanwhile, a goodwill trip to Capitol Hill to allay concerns late last month did more harm than good.
While the president defended Rice publicly on more than one occasion, his delay in nominating her to the post was largely read as a sign he was wavering on his decision which weakened her standing.
As the president gets set to name a new national security team – which includes a defense secretary, CIA director and secretary of state – there was speculation that Rice might be tapped to fill Tom Donilon’s shoes as national security adviser.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama says that federal law enforcement agencies have "bigger fish to fry" than prosecuting marijuana users in Colorado and Washington, which voted in November to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
Obama made explicit in an interview to air Friday on ABC News that prosecution of marijuana users in the two states would be placed low on his Justice Department's list of law enforcement priorities, but that certain issues must still be ironed out as more states could pass similar legislation.
Another day closer to the fiscal cliff deadline and another day of President Obama staying out of view. The president will be behind closed doors all Friday, save for a quick bill signing in the Oval Office that will normalize trade relations with Russia and Moldova.
The president is also schedule to meet with UN Ambassador Susan Rice, the day after she formally withdrew her name from consideration for Secretary of State. Unfortunately, that meeting is closed to cameras.
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.
President Obama has another day of behind-closed-door meetings with receiving his presidential daily briefing this morning and then later at noon holding a conference call with mayors and community leaders. He'll discuss the impending fiscal cliff situation with the mayors but we can only guess if there are other meetings about the issue on his schedule today. We also assume he's being briefed on the launch of the North Korean missile yesterday. We'll get to ask White House Press Secretary Jay Carney questions about these issues and more at the briefing, scheduled for 12:30p today.
Guidance from the White House:
9:45AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
12:00PM THE PRESIDENT holds a conference call with a bipartisan group of mayors and community leaders
Roosevelt Room (Closed Press)
President Obama has no public events on his schedule today so he'll spend the day away from cameras, meeting with advisers and the Vice President. We do know that he'll be hosting a couple of White House holiday parties today but other than that, we can assume he'll have more meetings behind closed doors, presumably on the various issues on his plate. We will hear from White House Press Secretary Jay Carney at 1pm and will see if he gives any more information about where the talks on fiscal cliff and White House personnel issues stand.
9:00AM In-Town Pool Call Time
1:00PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
President Obama hits the road again to talk about the impending fiscal cliff and to continue to pressure Republicans to make a deal by the end of the year. He heads to Michigan to visit the Diamler Detroit Diesel plant to meet with middle-class Americans to talk about how the economy is rebounding but Congress should not save tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. He'll tour the plant and then make remarks before returning back to Washington for the evening.
10:50AM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews
South Lawn (Travel Pool Coverage)
11:05AM THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews
Out-of-Town Travel Pool Coverage
12:30PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Michigan
Metro-Wayne County Airport (Open Press)
1:35PM THE PRESIDENT tours Daimler Detroit Diesel plant
Daimler Detroit Diesel Plant, Redford, Michigan (Out-of-Town Travel Pool Coverage)
2:00PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks
Daimler Detroit Diesel Plant, Redford, Michigan (Open Press)
2:55PM THE PRESIDENT departs Michigan
Metro-Wayne County Airport (Open Press)
4:15PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Joint Base Andrews
Out-of-Town Travel Pool Coverage
4:30PM THE PRESIDENT arrives the White House
South Lawn (Open Press)
Press Secretary Jay Carney will gaggle aboard Air Force One
Washington (CNN) – The White House continued to make its case for extending tax cuts for middle class Americans Friday, this time aided by the positive November jobs report.
Alan Krueger, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, said the report, which showed the economy added 146,000 jobs in November and unemployment inched down to 7.7%, is further evidence of a positive employment trajectory in the United States. He also encouraged support for President Barack Obama’s plan to ensure tax rates for the majority of Americans do not go up at the end of the year.