We won't see the president today but you can hear him. He's giving radio interviews to Al Sharpton, Joe Madison and Yolanda Adams.
9:00AM In-Town Pool Call Time
9:30AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing. Oval Office
10:45AM THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors. Oval Office
11:25AM THE PRESIDENT records radio interviews with Al Sharpton, Joe Madison and Yolanda Adams. Oval Office
1:00PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
President Obama begins the shortened week with remarks Tuesday morning urging action to avoid the automatic across-the-board budget cuts called the sequester. The remarks will come at at a 10:45 am event, which the White House says will include first responders whose jobs may be lost if the spending cuts are allowed to go forward, is the first White House effort in more than two weeks to publicly draw attention to the issue.
The cuts are scheduled to hit Friday, March 1 "if Congress fails to find a path forward on a balanced deficit reduction," the White House said. The reductions could spur the loss of thousands of jobs.
President Obama continues his post-State of the Union tour on Thursday by traveling to Decatur, Georgia to talk about quality preschool education for every child in America. He’ll start his time in Decatur off by visiting a pre-kindergarten class in a nearby early learning center. CNN has obtained a letter to parents of the College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center, saying the president would be visiting their school (despite the school system being on winter break.) Parents are encouraged to bring their kids in specifically for the President's visit. His main remarks will be later at 1:20p at the Decatur Recreation Center.
President Obama will return to DC in the late afternoon, in plenty of time to celebrate Valentine's Day with the First Lady (they’ve gone out to dinner two of the last four years).
In addition, President Obama participates in a Google+ Fireside Hangout live from the Roosevelt Room at 4:50p. According to the White House, “During the hangout, which is hosted and moderated by Google, the President will connect with people who are active online to discuss the policies and proposals in the speech.”
8:30AM In-Town Pool Call Time
9:35AM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews. South Lawn
9:50AM THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews
11:30AM THE PRESIDENT arrives Decatur, Georgia. Dobbins Air Reserve Base
12:10PM THE PRESIDENT visits a pre-kindergarten classroom at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center. College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center, Decatur, Georgia
1:20PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks. Decatur Community Recreation Center, Decatur, Georgia
2:40PM THE PRESIDENT departs Decatur, Georgia. Dobbins Air Reserve Base
4:10PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Joint Base Andrews
4:25PM THE PRESIDENT arrives the White House. South Lawn
Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest will gaggle aboard Air Force One
Last night President Obama delivered his State of the Union address in front of the 113th congress. In his speech he called for the expansion of pre-school education for every 4-year-old, an increase in the minimum wage and a plan to create 15 "manufacturing institutes". He reiterated his call for a program to repair the infrastructure of the nation's roads and bridges. On the foreign policy front he announced 33,000 U.S. troops would be withdrawn from Afghanistan by this time next year.
Today the president will travel to Asheville, NC to highlight a Canadian auto parts company that has recently increased it's investment in the U.S.
Full Transcript of The State of the Union address
The White House Schedule
9:35AM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews. South Lawn
11:10AM THE PRESIDENT arrives Asheville, North. Asheville Regional Airport
11:35AM THE PRESIDENT tours Linamar North Carolina Factory. Linamar Factory, Asheville, North Carolina
12:00PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks. Linamar Factory, Asheville, North Carolina
1:25PM THE PRESIDENT departs Asheville, North Carolina. Asheville Regional Airport
2:40PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Joint Base Andrews
2:55PM THE PRESIDENT arrives the White House. South Lawn
Press Secretary Jay Carney will gaggle aboard Air Force One
Tonight President Obama will deliver his first State of the Union address of his second term. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters on Monday, “The economy is not in a worse place than it was before if you talk about the comparison between now and when he gave his first state of the union address. There is no comparison. We were in economic free fall. What the president has been saying and I am sure will say again is we are at a moment where the economy is poised to continue to grow, to continue to build on the progress we made, to continue to build on the job creation we've achieved – over 6.1 million jobs created by our businesses over the past 35 or 36 months.”
We’re also expecting him to touch on proposals for issues like clean energy, infrastructure, manufacturing and education. And of course, we expect him to talk about his administration’s push for gun control and their proposals to curb gun violence.
Among the guests in the First Lady’s box will be former Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha, who received the Medal of Honor in a ceremony at the White House on Monday; Hadiya Pendleton’s parents (Hadiya was the teenage girl gunned down in Chicago a week participating the Inaugural parade); Desiline Victor, a 102-year-old woman from FL involved in voting rights; and Bradley Henning, a middle class American who is a machinist from Louisville, Kentucky.
White House Schedule:
10:15AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing. Oval Office
9:00PM THE PRESIDENT delivers the State of the Union Address; THE VICE PRESIDENT, THE FIRST LADY, and DR. BIDEN attend. United States Capitol
President Obama will hold a rare Medal of Honor ceremony today at The White House.
The full story behind the honor awarded for combat operations against an armed enemy at Combat Outpost Keating, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan can be found below.
10:10AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing. Oval Office
1:45PM THE PRESIDENT awards Clinton Romesha, a former active duty Army Staff Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry; THE FIRST LADY also attends. The East Room
12:30PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
White House officials have said that President Obama's team has been in contact with state and local officials in New England in preparation of the winter storm and blizzard that will hit this evening and over the weekend. Meanwhile, the President spends his Friday mostly behind closed doors. We assume he'll continue meeting with his advisers about the storm and other matters. This afternoon, he'll head over the Potomac River to attend the farewell ceremony of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at Joint Base Myer-Henderson in Arlington, Virginia. There isn't a White House briefing scheduled for today so we will most likely have to wait until next week for more information from the White House.
Guidance from the White House:
10:30AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
Oval Office (Closed Press)
1:00PM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet for lunch
Private Dining Room (Closed Press)
3:55PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute in honor of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta
Joint Base Myer-Henderson (Pooled for TV; Open to Still Photographers and Correspondents)
President Obama begins his Thursday with the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton. Every president since Dwight D. Eisenhower has attended the breakfast, sponsored by the Fellowship Foundation. This will be President Obama's fifth time attending and making remarks. Then later today, he heads to Leesburg, Virginia to attend the House Democrats' retreat at the Lansdowne Resort. He'll make remarks at 12:30p before returning to the White House later this afternoon.
For the full guidance released by the White House, click below. FULL POST
Sally Jewell, the CEO of outdoor gear company REI, will be nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Ken Salazar as secretary of the Interior, a senior administration official tells CNN.
But before he makes this announcement he will head to the Senate Democatic retreat in Annapolis and discuss strategy to advance his second term agenda.
7:45AM In-Town Pool Call Time
9:50AM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Annapolis, Maryland. South Lawn
10:10AM THE PRESIDENT arrives Annapolis, Maryland
10:30AM THE PRESIDENT attends the Senate Democratic Issues Conference
12:25PM THE PRESIDENT departs Annapolis, Maryland
12:45PM THE PRESIDENT arrives the White House. South Lawn
2:00PM THE PRESIDENT makes a personnel announcement. State Dining Room
11:30AM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
While President Obama spent Monday discussing his gun control agenda, Tuesday is all about immigration. The president is holding two high profile meetings with among the highest stakeholders in the debate - business leaders and union groups. Members from both groups have said they support immigration reform but are wary some actions could negataively affect an already fragile economy.