Busy Tuesday at the White House
November 28th, 2012
08:01 AM ET

Busy Tuesday at the White House

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. FULL POST

Obama pushes jobs at Cabinet meeting
US President Barack Obama (Center R) speaks during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC, October 3, 2011. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
October 3rd, 2011
12:07 PM ET

Obama pushes jobs at Cabinet meeting

President Obama just addressed a small group of reporters at the start of his Cabinet meeting this morning and once again called on Congress to pass his jobs plan as soon as possible. Here's a transcript of his remarks:

I am pulling my Cabinet together to talk about the one topic that's on everybody's mind, and that is how do we put America back to work? Each of the secretaries and heads of agencies have been assigned to look at what we can do administratively to accelerate job growth over the next several months.  And working with the jobs council that we've set up, working with the private sector, we have been looking for a wide range of ideas of administrative actions we can take.  A good example would be, for example, accelerating the payments to small businesses so that they've got better cash flow; trying to figure out ways that we can be working in the housing market without congressional action to provide some relief for homeowners. But ultimately, we still have to have congressional action.

It's been several weeks now since I sent up the American Jobs Act and, as I've been saying on the road, I want it back.  I'm ready to sign it. And so my expectation is, is that, now that we're in the month of October, that we will schedule a vote before the end of this month. I'll be talking to Senator Reid, McConnell, as well as Speaker Boehner and Nancy Pelosi, and insisting that we have a vote on this bill. We've been hearing from Republicans that there are some proposals that they're interested in.  That is not surprising, since the contents of the American Jobs Act includes proposals that in the past have been supported by Republicans and Democratic, Democrats alike. And if there are aspects of the bill that they don't like, they should tell us what it is that they're not willing to go for, they should tell us what it is that they're prepared to see move forward.

I have to tell you that I can't imagine any American that I've been talking to that's not interested in seeing construction workers back on the job of rebuilding roads and bridges, schools, airports, putting teachers back in the classroom to make sure that our kids are getting the very best education, making sure our best get help when they come home and that small businesses have further incentive to hire them. So I'm very much looking forward to seeing Congress debate this bill, pass it, get it to my desk, so we can start putting hundreds of thousands and millions of Americans back to work. And I will be continuing to put as much pressure as I can bring to bear on my administration and our agencies to do everything we can without Congress's help, but ultimately they've got to do the right thing for the American people.

Obama's Cabinet meeting
February 1st, 2011
11:41 AM ET

Obama's Cabinet meeting

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama began his cabinet meeting this morning by letting the still cameras in for a quick photo-op. Usually, TV cameras are allowed in but not this morning for some reason. In the past, the president has made a statement about the meeting to the press afterward, recapping the important issues discussed. For today, there are no plans for a statement. We can only assume that they are discussing a number of issues like the situation in Egypt, some domestic issues at the forefront like health care, and most likely the government's resources getting prepared for the massive snowstorm/blizzard that is going to affect a large section of the country.

Pres. Obama: "We can't afford two years of just squabbling"
November 4th, 2010
11:50 AM ET

Pres. Obama: "We can't afford two years of just squabbling"

Washington (CNN) - President Obama spoke to reporters after his meeting with his Cabinet and said that his administration will make a consistent effort to try to change the way Washington works. He said he knows that voters want the two parties to come together and focus on issues that are important like the economy and jobs. So he's invited Congressional leaders to the White House on November 18. This could be the "Slurpee Summit" that was mentioned in the President's press conference yesterday.