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.
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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
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)
(CNN) – In a sign of solidarity, President Barack Obama will begin using the standard license plate for the District of Columbia, which famously states "Taxation Without Representation," on presidential vehicles, a White House official confirmed Tuesday.
The move comes after the city council for Washington, D.C. petitioned the president last week through a resolution, demanding that Obama use the license plates as millions watch his presidential motorcade drive down Pennsylvania Avenue for his inauguration on Monday.
"President Obama has lived in the District now for four years, and has seen first-hand how patently unfair it is for working families in D.C. to work hard, raise children and pay taxes, without having a vote in Congress," the White House official said in a statement.
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President Obama turns his focus to foreign policy with a visit from Afghan President Hamdi Karzai to wrap up the busy week at the White House. After a bilateral meeting in the morning, the two leaders will have a working lunch followed by a joint press conference. The White House warns us not to expect any firm agreement on troop numbers to come out of today's meeting, but the two leaders will discuss the nature of the U.S. presence in Afghanistan after combat troops leave in 2014. Additionally, the U.S. and Afghanistan are in the middle of negotiating a bilateral security agreement which the White House hopes to make progress on during today's visit.
Meanwhile, Vice President Biden continues his work this week with the gun control working group by holding another meeting this afternoon with representatives of the video game industry. Attorney General Eric Holder and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will join him during the meeting. Vice President Biden said he'll be sending his group's recommendations to the president's desk next week sometime.
Click below for the full schedule, as released by the White House. FULL POST
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
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
President Obama returned from Hawaii yesterday and today he has last minute talks with the four Congressional leaders- Speaker Boehner, Minority Leader Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Reid, and Senate Minority Leader McConnell. The meeting is behind closed doors and not opened to cameras. With four days left we’ll all be waiting to see if any announcement will come on the foundations of a deal.
Here's the schedule, as released by the White House:
10:00AM In-Town Pool Call Time
3:00PM THE PRESIDENT hosts the bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress at the White House; THE VICE PRESIDENT also attends
Oval Office (Closed Press)
As the news continues to be centered on the tragedy in Connecticut and the looming fiscal cliff, President Obama will spend another day at the White House with no public events. We'll wait to see if another unannounced meeting with Speaker Boehner is in the works, or possibly just more behind the scenes conversations. The only meeting on the president's schedule today is a closed-door meeting with Secretary of Defense Panetta. We'll hear from the White House during the 12:30p briefing with press secretary Jay Carney.
Here is the schedule, as released by the White House:
10:15AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
4:35PM THE PRESIDENT meets with Secretary of Defense Panetta
12:30PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
A White House official tells Dan Lothian that “The President and the Speaker are meeting at the White House to continue their discussions about the fiscal cliff and balanced deficit reduction.” Boehner's spokesman released the exact statement. We'll hopefully get a readout of the meeting in today's briefing.
President Obama has another day of behind-closed-door meetings with receiving his presidential daily briefing this morning and then later at noon holding a conference call with mayors and community leaders. He'll discuss the impending fiscal cliff situation with the mayors but we can only guess if there are other meetings about the issue on his schedule today. We also assume he's being briefed on the launch of the North Korean missile yesterday. We'll get to ask White House Press Secretary Jay Carney questions about these issues and more at the briefing, scheduled for 12:30p today.
9:45AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
12:00PM THE PRESIDENT holds a conference call with a bipartisan group of mayors and community leaders
Roosevelt Room (Closed Press)