as he gives interviews at the White House Wednesday to Telemundo and Univision:
The President's official schedule:
BRIEFING SCHEDULE: 12:15PM Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest
PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SCHEDULE:
10:30AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
2:25PM THE PRESIDENT is interviewed by Univision
2:40PM THE PRESIDENT is interviewed by Telemundo
Washington (CNN) - With climate change as one of his administration's top priorities and the decision on the controversial Keystone pipeline expected at any time, President Obama takes his energy message to Chicago Friday.
The president is expected to press Congress to pass an energy proposal that the administration says would target two billion dollars over ten years to wean cars and trucks from fossil fuels to clean energy and create clean energy jobs.
The president announced his Energy Security Trust plan at his State of the Union address last month.
Friday Mr. Obama will lay out details of the plan as he speaks at the Argonne National Labs outside Chicago. White House officials told reporters on a conference call Thursday, the money to fund the alternative fuel research will come from increased royalties from oil and gas drilling and leasing on federal land.
The White House officials were quick to point out the administration does not plan to expand drilling areas especially on the Outer Continental Shelf but instead expect increased revenues due to streamlined leasing, increased production and upward price trends.
The Energy Security Trust would require an act of Congress but White House officials said they are encouraged by early bipartisan support.
The White House says this is just the latest in the president's "all above" energy approach. The Environmental Protection Agency Friday is expected to release a new report which the administration says underscores the progress made on the clean energy front including EPA estimates that CO2 emissions have decreased by 13% in the past five years and that fuel economy standards have increased by 16%.
The president's schedule:
10:10AM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews South Lawn Open Press
10:25AM THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews en route Chicago, Illinois Out-of-Town Travel Pool Coverage
11:15AM THE PRESIDENT arrives Chicago, Illinois Chicago O'Hare InternationalAirport Open Press
11:55AM THE PRESIDENT tours the Argonne National Laboratory Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois Travel Pool Coverage
An 11th hour meeting at the White House as Republican and Democratic Congressional leaders talk face to face about how to avert the forced spending cuts set to take effect at midnight tonight. (read full story here)
The President's Schedule:
10:05AM THE PRESIDENT hosts the bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress at the White House; THE VICE PRESIDENT also attends/ Oval Office / Closed Press
White House briefing: 11:30am
ASHEVILLE, North Carolina (CNN)- Seeking to build momentum and rally support for his jobs agenda, President Obama began the first of three campaign-style day trips around the country Wednesday a day after his fourth State of the Union address.
Traveling to Asheville, North Carolina Mr. Obama spoke at an auto parts plant to highlight his proposals he hopes will make America a "magnet" for jobs and manufacturing.
"I believe in manufacturing I think it makes our country stronger," Mr. Obama told the small crowd of workers gathered around the makeshift podium in the center of the factory.
Calling the middle class the "true engine of American economic growth" and "the North star that guides everything we do," the president warned there would be "no magic bullet".
He went on to try to rally support for his proposals now stalled in a partisan Congress.
“[W]e've got to stop with some of the politics that we see in Washington sometimes that's focused on who's up and who's down, and let's just focus on the same kind of common sense and cooperation that we're seeing at this plant," said Mr. Obama. FULL POST
Washington (CNN) - President Obama will honor the six teachers and staff killed in the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre last December with the second highest civilian honor, the Citizens Medal in a ceremony next Friday at the White House.
In announcing the honor, the White House said, "the names of six courageous women were forever etched into the heart of our Nation as unthinkable tragedy swept through Newtown, Connecticut."
Principal Dawn Hochsprung, school psychologist Mary Sherlach and teachers Anne Marie Murphy, Lauren Rousseau, Rachel Davino, and Victoria Soto and twenty children were killed when a gunman opened fire inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School in December.
The Citizens Medal recognizes Americans who have performed "exemplary deeds of service for their country or fellow citizens."
Calling the six women from the Newtown tragedy "dedicated" to their students and their community the White House noted how they often put in long hours "to give the children in their care a future worthy of their talents."
As many as 6,000 individuals were nominated for the Citizens Medal for 2012. FULL POST
President Obama’s nominee for Defense Secretary will face a tough confirmation hearing before some of his former Senate colleagues Thursday. We’ll hear from Jay Carney at today’s briefing but there is nothing public on the president’s schedule today.
PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SCHEDULE:
10:00AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing/ Oval Office / Closed Press
BRIEFING SCHEDULE: 1:00PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
The White House briefing is at 12:30pm today. But before that a closed door event has been added. The President and Vice President will meet with law enforcement leaders on how to stem gun violence.
10:30AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing/ Oval Office/ Closed Press
11:15AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet with representatives from the Major Cities Chiefs Association and Major County Sheriffs Association to discuss the common-sense policies put forward by the President to reduce gun violence/ The Roosevelt Room/ Pool Spray at the Top
12:30PM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet for lunch/ Private Dining Room/ Closed Press
1:40PM THE PRESIDENT welcomes the NBA Champion Miami Heat to the White House/ The East Room/ Open Press
President Obama will observe a moment of silence this morning to honor the victims of the shootings in Newtown, CT. Later he speaks at Sen. Daniel Inouye’s funeral. There is no briefing and no indication of what is next in the fiscal cliff negotiations.
BRIEFING SCHEDULE: None scheduled at this time
PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SCHEDULE:
9:30AM THE PRESIDENT observes a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Newtown shooting
The White House
9:35AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
10:30AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT deliver remarks at the funeral service for the late Senator Daniel Inouye
Washington National Cathedral
Open to Pre-Credentialed Media (In-Town Travel Pool Gather Time 9:40AM / North Doors of the Palm Room)
Wednesday the president continues his post campaign push to strenghthen his hand in negotiations with Republicans over the fiscal cliff. He makes his case for raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans when he speaks to the Business Round Table.
9:15AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing/ Oval Office/ Closed Press
10:50AM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks to members of the Business Roundtable and answers questions/ Washington Business Roundtable/ Pool Coverage for Remarks Only
3:05PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at the 2012 Tribal Nations Conference at the Department of Interior/ Department of Interior / Open to Pre-Credentialed Media
12:30PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney