This week's picture of the week pulls back the curtain as we go behind the scenes as Vice President Biden became a key power player in helping to close the deal on raising the nation's debt ceiling. The photo was taken by Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy (D) as Biden sought to calm Democrat's concerns about the deal in a closed door caucus meeting. Senator Leahy's was the only camera allowed in the closed door meeting.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama will meet continue his focus on deficit reduction Thursday, meeting with the chairs of his debt commission (pool for statement). He then turns to international affairs and unrest in the Middle East meeting with the Amir of Qatar. The two leaders will deliver statements in the Oval office (pooled press). Later in the afternoon the president switches to campaign mode, traveling to Chicago to attend a series of fundraisers to kick off his re-election bid (one event is open to TV cameras). He will remain overnight in Chicago.
The president's schedule provided by the White House after the jump. FULL POST
On Friday President Obama announced that Gene Sperling, a familiar face from the Clinton administration, will be returning to the White House as Director of the National Economic Council. The president made the announcement at the Thompson Creek Window Company, a business that has managed to expand and grow over the last year, despite recession woes.
Also new to this White House team? Jason Furman (Assistant to the President for Economic Policy), Katharine Abraham (Member of the Council of Economic Advisers) and Heather Higginbottom (Deputy Director of OMB). All four are pictures here.