TGIF! The President is once again spending his day without anything on his public schedule. So it's still quiet at the White House again today. There isn't even a White House briefing today. But we will see President Obama when he leaves for a weekend at Camp David this evening.
All's quiet on the West Wing front for today. President Obama got back late, late last night from his latest campaign swing and so far the only thing on his schedule is after noon when he and VP Biden receive the Presidential Daily Briefing. Other than that, we can assume he'll have plenty of closed door, not on the public schedule, meetings. We will get to hear from the White House today during Press Secretary Jay Carney's daily briefing at 11:15a.
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama released a statement on the death of actor Andy Griffith, calling him "extraordinary talent" and "revered".
Here is the statement in full:
"Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Andy Griffith this morning. A performer of extraordinary talent, Andy was beloved by generations of fans and revered by entertainers who followed in his footsteps. He brought us characters from Sheriff Andy Taylor to Ben Matlock, and in the process, warmed the hearts of Americans everywhere. Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy’s family."
Then-president George W. Bush awarded Griffith the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civil award, in a ceremony at the White House in November 2005 for being an"American icon of the stage, cinema, and television."
Griffith died at his home in North Carolina on Tuesday morning. He was 86.
President Obama returned home from his trip to Mexico overnight on Tuesday. It was an uneventful flight home with the exception that he did make an appearance in the press cabin on Air Force One to wish a reporter a Happy Birthday. Marine One landed on the South Lawn last night at 1:20a. So Obama is taking it easy today. His administration says he'll have meetings at the White House today but we won't know when or with whom because there are no public events listed on his schedule. Not even a briefing. But we'll keep you updated on any changes that happen throughout the day!
President Obama wraps up his week with a relatively light schedule on tap. He’ll have lunch off-campus somewhere with winners of a campaign contest. (It will be his second off-campus lunch this week!) Then the main event for Friday is a late-afternoon reception in the East Room for LGBT Pride Month. He gave a campaign speech last Wednesday in Los Angeles at a LGBT fundraiser. “I could not be prouder of the work that we’ve done on behalf of the LGBT community,” Obama said last week. “The fight for equality and justice on behalf of the LGBT community is just part of a broader fight on behalf of all Americans. It’s part of our history of trying to make this Union a little bit more perfect.” We should expect similar language as he makes remarks at 5:10p.
Beyond that, he’ll leave this evening for a weekend in Chicago (his third trip there in the last month.) The whole family is going with him this time where they will spend the weekend at their house. He’ll have no public events on his schedule for the weekend but Valerie Jarrett’s daughter is getting married on Saturday a few blocks from his house.
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It's all about NATO and the plan for Afghanistan on Monday. President Obama continues to host the NATO Summit in his hometown of Chicago. This morning he'll meet with the International Security Assistance Force to talk about the end game strategy in Afghanistan by the end of 2014. They'll also do the usual family photo but the highlight from the events in NATO today will be when President Obama holds a press conference this afternoon at the conclusion of the summit.
Also, he'll make a quick trip to Joplin, Missouri tonight to deliver the commencement speech for the graduation for Joplin High School. Last year, almost exactly to the day, a massive tornado wiped out the high school and much of the town. President Obama will deliver remarks about 9:15p tonight before returning to DC late tonight (technically on Tuesday).
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While things were quiet around the White House grounds yesterday, today we might hear the roar of NASCAR engines pulling into the complex. This afternoon, President Obama welcomes NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart to the White House South Lawn. We'll have to see if his number 14 car comes along with him. This is the third time he's won the Sprint Cup Series.
But the White House has also added a morning statement in the Rose Garden about gas prices and more oversight in the oil markets. The politics of oil prices is still a major issue on the president's plate. He and Attorney General Eric Holder will outline the administration's newest proposal on how to combat those who are profiting from the volatile markets.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney will hold a briefing at 12:30p.
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After a day of fundraising in California and a stop by the Great Eastern Restaurant in Chinatown of San Francisco for some dim sum, President Obama heads to Everett, Washington to visit the Boeing Everett Production Facility. He'll tour the facility and then make remarks to promote manufacturing and the importance of American exports. He'll announce the administration's next steps to provide financing for manufacturing in order to keep American companies competitive on the world stage. Some of those steps include giving small business an additional tax credit for exports and introducing legislation to assist businesses in exporting. This is one of the latest executive actions put forth by the administration as part of their overall jobs plan.
After the official event of the day, President Obama will then hold two fundraisers in the Seattle area- one of which will be on camera. He'll return to DC after midnight. Click below to see the entire schedule as released by the White House. FULL POST
President Obama continued the tradition of hosting championship sports teams to the White House and today it was the NHL's Boston Bruins' turn.
The Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks in a seven game series to win their Stanley Cup since 1972. President Obama congratulated the team for their long-fought victory.
"These Bruins understand that winning the Stanley Cup is more than just men on ice. It’s about the people that stand behind them," the president said. "And that’s why, since the last buzzer sounded in June, the Bruins have been taking their Cup all over the world to share it with their fans."
The president told the crowd assembled in the East Room that the Cup had been to a sauna in Finland, used in a christening, made its way to Pebble Beach and even was used by head coach Claude Julien's daughter as a cereal bowl.
The Boston Bruins were also congratulated for their work off the ice. The Boston Bruins Foundation donated more that $7 million to charities in New England last year. They also hosted a hockey clinic with local DC children on Monday.
One key member of the Boston Bruins was absent from today's event, goaltender Tim Thomas. According to ESPNnews.com, Thomas made the choice not to come and wouldn't discuss his reasoning with the media. He was expected to make a statement on his Facebook page later in the day.
In the last two weeks, the president hosted the St. Louis Cardinals and the Dallas Mavericks to celebrate their championship seasons as well. The Boston Bruins were in town to play the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.
President Obama spent Thursday night in New York City raising money from lawyers and entertainers in a series of four campaign events.
The president spoke to 160 hundred people in two separate fundraisers at Daniel Restaurant, the Manhattan eatery by renowned chef Daniel Boulud.
The second event of the night was hosted by the group "Lawyers for Obama" where tickets started at $15,000 each. President Obama talked about his administration's successes for the past three years but said there is still more work to do.
"We have an economy that, although now is getting close to where we were before the financial crisis struck, continues to struggle with these long-term trends that had been going on for decades, where middle-class families felt less and less secure; where the education system wasn’t equipping our kids to compete in a global economy," the president told the group of attorneys.
President Obama took his campaign to the entertainment industry with his third fundraiser of the night- this time at the home of Spike Lee.
He told his supporters, who each paid $38,500 a ticket, that no matter what their background,
"There’s no contradiction between excellence and diversity, and that making sure that everybody - regardless of race or gender or sexual orientation - is able to live out their dreams if they’re willing to work hard and be responsible, that that's what America is all about," he said. "Everybody getting a fair shake and everybody doing their fair share and everybody playing by the same set of rules - that’s what’s at stake in this election. And I’m absolutely confident we’re going to win this thing."
Singer Mariah Carey & her husband Nick Cannon and former New York Knicks star Allan Houston were among the 45 people in attendance.
The final event of the night was in the famed-Apollo Theater where more than 1,400 people rallied for the president's re-election campaign. He told the crowd there that he promised to work just as hard as he did in 2008.
"I'm not a perfect man. I'm not a perfect president, but I promise you that I kept that promise I made to you in 2008. I always told you what I thought. I always told you where I stood, and I would wake up every single day fighting as hard as I can for you. I'm just as determined now as I was then and if you are willing to stand alongside me, we will knock those obstacles out of the way, we will reach for that vision of America that we believe in our hearts, and change will come," he said.
Al Green and India.Arie performed for the event that was emceed by Lin-Manuel Miranda. According to the DNC, proceeds of all tonight's events go to the Obama Victory Fund, which is a joint fundraising group authorized by Obama for America and the DNC.
CNN's Laura Dolan contributed to this report.