April 1st, 2011
01:58 PM ET

Obama says budget compromise is close

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The U.S. government has been running on temporary budget extensions since the start of Fiscal Year 2011 last October, as Republicans and Democrats on the Hill continue to duke it out over how much spending to cut. The latest in the series of continuing resolutions, that have been passed to avoid a government shutdown, is set to expire April 8.

Today President Obama said "it appears that we’re getting close to an agreement."

“There’s still details and differences to work out and what I’ve said is neither Democrats or [sic] Republicans should get 100% of what they want,” he said at a speech in Landover, Maryland.

Citing positive jobs numbers released today, Obama urged both parties in Congress to compromise.

“It would be the height of irresponsibility to halt our economic momentum because of the same old Washington politics. That’s not what we need,” he said.


Topics: Budget • Congress • President Obama • The News
April 1st, 2011
11:54 AM ET

@PressSec breaks three week Twitter silence

And all it took was some good news.

“good econ news today: 230K new private sector jobs created in march. that's 1.8 mil in last 13 months,” Carney tweeted, linking to an article written by White House Council of Economic Advisers chair Austan Goolsbee on the White House blog.

The last time Carney used the @PressSec handle was on March 10th, when he urged Republicans and Democrats to work together to fix state budgets, and scolded anti-union actions in Wisconsin.

During his three-week hiatus, many of @PressSec’s 167,000 followers tweeted about his apparent Twitter shyness, especially compared to his predecessor Robert Gibbs' affinity for the online community.

In a series of four tweets Friday morning, Carney noted the unemployment rate dropped to 8.8% and said that the economy "is showing signs of strength, and it's imperative we find common ground and not do anything to jeopardize recovery."

Of @PressSec's 501 tweets, just 18 of them are from Carney.

Topics: Jay Carney • The Buzz
POTUS schedule for April 1, 2011
April 1st, 2011
08:15 AM ET

POTUS schedule for April 1, 2011

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama will hold a press conference! Just kidding! April Fools! Seriously, today will be part two of the White House's energy plan rollout. He gave a speech at Georgetown University on Wednesday but today he will tour a UPS shipping facility in Landover, MD and then give remarks highlighting the National Clean Fleets partnership, which is a program that promotes lowering the amount of oil imported to the US. While at the UPS facility, he will look at vehicles from AT&T, PepsiCo, UPS and Verizon’s clean fleets to see how these companies have incorporated electric vehicles and alternative fuels into their operations.

In the afternoon, the president will meet with the newly-nominated special envoy to Sudan, Ambassador Princeton Layman in the Oval Office but that is closed to the press.

For full guidance from the White House click below. FULL POST

Topics: Daily Schedule • The Vault