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Washington (CNN) – President Obama will have a closed meeting this morning at the White House before traveling to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at 2 p.m. this afternoon. At 5:00 p.m. he and Vice President Biden will meet with newly instated Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in the Oval Office. Hagel, who was confirmed to the position by the Senate Tuesday, was at the White House Monday for Obama’s first cabinet meeting of his second term.
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 On the foreign policy front he announced 33,000 U.S. troops would be withdrawn from Afghanistan by this time next year.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
9:50AM THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews
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
The president's schedule is wide open so there is plenty of time for him to add an event, just in case he wanted to announce another cabinet nominee.
The White House released a new portrait of the president this morning. It seems the president gets one with every term.
9:30AM In-Town Pool Call Time
10:15AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing. Oval Office Closed Press
Late Tuesday night the House passed the Senate bill avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff. President Obama and Vice President Biden appeared in the White House briefing room to to tout a campaign promise kept.
"A central promise of my campaign for President was to change the tax code that was too skewed towards the wealthy at the expense of working middle-class Americans. Tonight we've done that. Thanks to the votes of Democrats and Republicans in Congress, I will sign a law that raises taxes on the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans while preventing a middle-class tax hike that could have sent the economy back into recession and obviously had a severe impact on families all across America."
President Obama wasted no time boarding M1 just before midnight to begin the trip back to his vacationing family in Hawaii.
He'll need to take advantage of this brief vacation in the sun. This bill only delayed the automatic cuts in federal spending by two months and by then the debt ceiling will need to be addressed, two very thorny issues.
10:15AM ET THE PRESIDENT arrives in Honolulu, Hawaii, Hickam Air Force Base
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama says that federal law enforcement agencies have "bigger fish to fry" than prosecuting marijuana users in Colorado and Washington, which voted in November to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
Obama made explicit in an interview to air Friday on ABC News that prosecution of marijuana users in the two states would be placed low on his Justice Department's list of law enforcement priorities, but that certain issues must still be ironed out as more states could pass similar legislation.
(CNN) - Democrats are collecting spoils beyond what many predicted, Republicans are licking wounds after a bruising battle, and the country is waking up to the mix of euphoric celebration and bitter disappointment that accompanies the long-awaited end of the election.
But in the lightning speed world of today's politics, the hours since President Barack Obama's re-election victory have allowed the conversation to shift - from what happened to what's next.
"Tonight you voted for action, not politics as usual," Obama said in his rousing victory speech after winning all or virtually all of the key swing states - only Florida remains unknown - in a sweeping electoral victory and decisive popular win.
All eyes will be on President Obama tomorrow night at 9:00p to see if the second presidential debate will go better than the first for the president. We’ll see if this round of debate prep in Williamsburg is more effective when he faces off with Mitt Romney at the debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.
He leaves Williamsburg just before lunch time and spends the afternoon with nothing on his schedule before the debate. The campaign was still tight-lipped on his preparations in Williamsburg when they spoke with reporters off-camera on Monday afternoon but they say we can expect to see a different Obama in tomorrow night’s town hall debate. “You should expect that he’s going to be firm, but respectful in correcting the record in the times we expect Mitt Romney will hide from and distort his own policies. He’s energized and I expect he’ll also be making a passionate case. But the audience is the people in the room, but also the people at home, and certainly he takes that into account in how he’s preparing and looking ahead to tomorrow,” said Jen Psaki, campaign spokeswoman.
Psaki said he’s watched the video from the first debate and is looking at what he could do better. She also points out that he’s his own harshest critic.
First Lady Michelle Obama will also attend the New York debate.
The Vice President takes a break from the campaign trail to attend the funeral of his friend Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania. He returns to the trail on Wednesday.
Full schedule after the jump
President Obama is in support of a proposed tribute at the London Olympics to honor the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches killed at the 1972 games in Munich.
“Yes, we absolutely support the campaign for a minute of silence at the Olympics to honor the Israeli athletes killed in Munich,” said National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor.
The son of one of the 1972 Munich victims, Moshe Weinberg, thanked President Obama on Twitter: RT @GuriWeinberg: I'm literally crying right now. Thank you, President Obama.
According to Yahoo News, spokeswoman for Mitt Romney Andrea Saul said "the Republican standard-bearer had taken no public stance on the issue.”
Read more about the controversy over the proposed tribute at CNN.com.
In Washington DC to speak at the Smithsonian, actress and comedian Betty White stopped by the White House on Monday to say hello to President Obama. Bo greeted her on the South Lawn.