Carney’s ‘hipster’ glasses no more
Carney's new frames (left) met a tragic ending over the weekend. (Getty Images)
September 12th, 2011
05:03 PM ET

Carney’s ‘hipster’ glasses no more

White House press secretary Jay Carney’s self-described “retro-nerdy” eye-glass frames are sadly a thing of the past, likely crushed to pieces on some unfortunate Washington-area road over the weekend.

The sad news was delivered by Carney himself Monday during the White House briefing. Reporters noticed Carney was wearing his more conventional glasses after two weeks of sporting the Clark Kent-esque frames that some journalists remarked made him look like a “hipster”

“I am so mad about this. I lost my glasses,” Carney said Monday. “I was buying my son a bike for his birthday. I think when I was taking it off the bike rack at home I had my sunglasses on and the other ones, and I think I put them on the bumper and then drove off.”

“I take full responsibility for the regrettable action that resulted in the loss of my fancy new glasses,” he added.

Carney also said he would try to “rustle the money together” for another new pair of frames because his prescription is out of date. No word if he’ll go for the same look again.

Topics: Jay Carney
Obama rallies for jobs bill in Rose Garden
Obama was surrounded by teachers, veterans, small business owners, and construction workers in the Rose Garden Monday. (Adam Aigner-Treworgy/CNN)
September 12th, 2011
11:29 AM ET

Obama rallies for jobs bill in Rose Garden

Flanked by teachers, construction workers, and veterans, it almost looked as if President Obama was on the campaign stump. Instead, the location was the White House Rose Garden, where the president announced he was sending his jobs bill to Congress and urged it get passed quickly.

During the 20 minute speech, during which Obama was frequently interrupted by applause, the president urged Congress to keep politics out of it when it comes to passing the bill.

On Thursday, I told Congress I'd be sending them a bill called the American Jobs Act. Well here it is. This is a bill that will put people back to work all across the country, this is the bill that will help our economy in a moment of national crisis, this is a bill that is based on ideas from both Democrats and Republicans and this is the bill that Congress needs to pass. 10:58:49 No games. No politics. No delays. I'm sending this bill to Congress today and they ought to pass it immediately."

The president also said his bill will keep taxes down for the middle class:

The American Jobs Act would prevent taxes from going up for middle calss familises. If Congress does not act, just about every family in America will pay more taxes next year and that would be a self-inflicted wound that our economy jsut can't fford right now. So lets pass this bill and give the typical family a 1500 dollar tax cut instead.

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The Morning Briefing: Jobs bill's legislative debut
(Alicia Eakin/CNN)
September 12th, 2011
09:43 AM ET

The Morning Briefing: Jobs bill's legislative debut

The 1600 Blog's daily roundup of what the White House is reading this morning online and in the papers:

Although President Obama officially unveiled his jobs proposal last week before a joint session of Congress, at 10:40 this morning he will announce plans to send the plan’s legislative language over to Capitol Hill sometime this evening. That bill will surely be an issue in tonight’s CNN/Tea Party Debate in Tampa…an event the White House is sure to be keeping an eye on.

Here are some other stories the White House is taking a look at this morning:

Obama to Send Congress $447B Jobs Package [Bloomberg]

Stocks set to drop on eurozone fears [CNN Money]

The Most Overlooked (and Important) Proposal in Obama’s Jobs Plan [Time]

Obama, Bush see raw emotions at 9/11 events [Reuters]

New CNN Poll: Perry on top when it comes to electability [CNN Political Unit]

Social Security marks the battle lines for CNN/Tea Party Debate [CNN]

The President's Schedule Monday Sept. 12, 2011
September 12th, 2011
09:18 AM ET

The President's Schedule Monday Sept. 12, 2011

What looked to be a low-key day for the president is now a bit more exciting with a presidential address from the Rose Garden added to the schedule at 10:40 AM. The president will talk about his new jobs proposal and announce his plan to sent the legislative language to Congress sometime this evening. Here’s how the White House announced the event:

On Monday, the President will make remarks in the Rose Garden on the need for Congress to pass the American Jobs Act. He will announce that he will be sending the bill to Congress on Monday evening when Congress comes back into session. He will call on Congress to pass the bill, which contains the kinds of proposals to grow the economy and create jobs that have been supported by both parties in the past. He will be joined at the Rose Garden event by people from across the country who would benefit from the American Jobs Act, including teachers, police officers, firefighters, construction workers, small business owners, and veterans.

And the official schedule for today:

10:00AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
Oval Office

10:40AM THE PRESIDENT delivers a statement on the American Jobs Act – Rose Garden

12:00PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

Topics: Daily Schedule