The President visits the Twin Cities to continue delivering his message against gun violence. He makes remarks in a Minneapolis Police special operations center after participating in a roundtable conversation. According to the White House "he will discuss with local leaders and law enforcement officials his comprehensive set of commonsense ideas to reduce gun violence. Minneapolis is a city has taken important steps to reduce gun violence and foster a conversation in the community about what further action is needed. President Obama will visit with members of the community about their experiences and discuss additional steps that can be taken at the federal level to reduce gun violence."
Press Secretary Jay Carney will Gaggle Aboard Air Force One
PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SCHEDULE:
10:15AM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews. South Lawn
10:30AM THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews en route Minneapolis, Minnesota
12:00PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport
12:30PM THE PRESIDENT participates in a discussion with local leaders and law enforcement officials. Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center
1:30PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks on a comprehensive set of commonsense ideas to reduce gun violence. Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center
2:35PM THE PRESIDENT departs Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport
5:45PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Joint Base Andrews
6:00PM THE PRESIDENT arrives the White House. South Lawn
Thursday is the much-anticipated event where President Obama will lay out "concrete" proposals on how to curb gun violence and protect children from future attacks such as what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School just a month ago. Vice President Biden has been focused on the issue with his working group for the last few weeks and presented his recommendations to the president earlier this week. President Obama and Vice President Biden will be joined at the events with children who wrote letters to the president following the Newtown massacre.
Guidance, as released by the White House:
10:00AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
Oval Office (Closed Press)
11:55AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT hold an event at the White House to unveil a package of proposals to reduce gun violence
South Court Auditorium (Open Press)
Washington (CNN) – Gun control proposals put together by Vice President Joe Biden include as many as 19 executive actions that President Barack Obama could take without congressional approval, such as tougher enforcement of existing laws, legislators briefed by Biden said Tuesday.
The president could demand that agencies provide data for background checks that are supposed to accompany gun sales, ensuring that information included in the checks is as "comprehensive and complete as possible," Democratic Rep. Mike Thompson of California told CNN.
President Obama has a light public schedule today with only one event- a screening of the new NBC show 1600 Penn and that is closed to cameras. He'll have plenty of time to discuss upcoming cabinet nominations and we'll keep our eyes and ears opened for any possible announcements. The main focus at the White House today is Vice President Biden's meeting with victims of gun violence and gun safety organizations as part of his working group on the issue of gun control, as assigned by the president. Tomorrow's meeting includes a sit-down with representatives from the NRA and the National Sport Shooting Foundation. We'll keep an eye out in case anyone comes to the stakeout to talk about the meeting.
Here is the president's schedule, as released by the White House:
12:30PM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet for lunch
Private Dining Room (Closed Press)
4:45PM THE PRESIDENT hosts cast and crew members of the television show 1600 Penn for a screening at the White House
The Family Theatre (Closed Press)
1:45PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
Today Vice President Biden will meet with law enforcement leaders for the first time as the head of an interagency effort to curb gun violence. Yesterday in the briefing room President Obama announced the initiative to shape the administration's response to the tragic shooting in Newtown Connecticut. Also attending the meeting, Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.
The fiscal cliff is looming over the nation and President Obama has promised to veto the latest effort called "plan B" by Majority Leader John Boehner. Boehner on Tuesday proposed a "plan B," which would extend Bush-era tax cuts on income of up to $1 million. He described it as a fallback option to prevent a sweeping tax hike while negotiations continue on a broader plan.
In less than two weeks the nation's taxpayers would face automatic tax increases and deep spending cuts if no agreement is reached.
A senior administration official said no talks or meeting with Rep Boehner are scheduled at this point but continued "Anything's possible".
White House Schedule:
The President will attend meetings at the White House. These meetings are closed press.
12:30PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
UPDATE: President Obama and Vice President Biden will be in the briefing room at 11:45am ET
The White House released the schedule last night but this morning added President Obama and Vice President Biden will be in the briefing room this morning, timing is still unclear.
Jessica Yellin reported, President Obama will make a statement in the briefing room, where he will announce that Vice President Biden will spearhead an interagency process to formulate policies in the aftermath of the Newtown tragedy. White House aides say the President is not expected to announce major policy decisions, but rather to lay out the process by which his Administration will move forward. The Vice President will attend. We will update you with a time when we get it.
POTUS Schedule released Tuesday evening
9:30AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing. Oval Office Closed Press
6:45PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at the Diplomatic Corps Holiday Reception. State Department Pooled
Press Briefing Schedule
11:45AM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
(CNN) - Days after the Colorado movie theater massacre, President Barack Obama on Wednesday forcefully spoke out against gun violence, making perhaps some of his strongest comments yet as president on the issue.
While the president said he stands by the Second Amendment and recognizes the traditions of hunting and gun ownership in the country, he told a crowd at a gathering for the National Urban League in New Orleans that there is work left to be done in tackling the problem.
"I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals," Obama said. "That they belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities.
(CNN) - In a speech after the Colorado shooting Friday, President Barack Obama asked Americans to pray, reflect and remember what's important in life while the city of Aurora mourned the dead and wounded.
"If there's anything to take away from this tragedy it's the reminder that life is very fragile. Our time here is limited and it is precious. And what matters at the end of the day is not the small things, it's not the trivial things, which so often consume us and our daily lives," Obama said in Fort Myers, Florida, before returning to the White House.
But Friday's shootings are likely to propel the issue of gun rights and gun safety into the national conversation again, even though the president did not address it on Friday and has largely avoided the subject while in office.
Daniel Vice, senior attorney for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, criticized Obama on Friday for steering clear of the issue in office.
"President Obama has refused to even talk about guns. In a speech today he didn't even say the word 'gun.' The closest he came was 'gunman,' "Vice said. "Unfortunately the president has shown a lack of leadership in standing up to the gun lobby."
Talk of gun rights was largely absent from Obama's speech in the aftermath of the Fort Hood shooting in 2009 and after then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others were shot in Tucson, Arizona, last year. Obama mentioned gun safety only in passing after the Tucson shootings to describe the polarizing nature of the issue.
However, amid renewed discussions, the president penned an opinion piece two months after the Tucson shootings that acknowledged the importance of the Second Amendment and called for a "focus" on "effective steps that will actually keep those irresponsible, law-breaking few from getting their hands on a gun in the first place." FULL POST