Biden takes ownership of economy?
September 29th, 2011
03:28 PM ET

Biden takes ownership of economy?

Obama administration officials often cite the economic conditions they inherited pre-2009 to beat back Republican attacks over the slow recovery.

But what the Bush administration did is “not relevant,” Vice President Joe Biden told Florida radio station WLRN Thursday, a seeming departure from the standard White House’s talking points:

“There are a lot of people in Florida that have good reason to be upset, because they lost their jobs. Even though 50-some percent of the American people think the economy tanked because of the last administration, that’s not relevant, because we are in charge. And right now, we are the ones in charge and it’s gotten better but it hasn’t gotten good enough.”

Later, White House spokesman Jay Carney appeared to walk back Biden’s comments at Thursday’s daily briefing.

“He didn’t say the blame for it is owned. What he absolutely said was that most Americans want their elected officials in Washington to act to improve the situation."

Picture of the week: Reach out and touch the President
Supporters reach out to shake hands with US President Barack Obama as he arrives to speak on his proposed American Jobs Act ON September 27, 2011 at Abraham Lincoln High School in Denver, Colorado. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
September 29th, 2011
10:41 AM ET
Morning Briefing: Ala. immigration law, Mass. terror plot & European debt crisis
September 29th, 2011
08:50 AM ET

Morning Briefing: Ala. immigration law, Mass. terror plot & European debt crisis

After President Obama took several questions on immigration from Latino voters yesterday, the White House has immigration on its mind again today due to yesterday’s ruling by Federal Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn blocking several portions of one of the strictest state-level immigration laws in the country. CNN’s Bill Mears describes yesterday’s ruling in Alabama as “a partial victory for both sides” as Blackburn left many of the law’s more stringent provisions in tact, while enjoining others until a “hearing on the larger issues raised in the appeal are resolved.” Check out CNN’s readout here.

The White House will also likely be keeping its eye on the case involving Rezwan Ferdaus, a U.S. citizen living in Ashland, Massachusetts who was charged yesterday by the FBI with plotting to fly remote-control aircrafts armed with explosives into the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol building. [Boston Globe]

Here are some other stories the White House is reading this morning.

Disaster funds deal comes up for House action [CNN Wire]

Merkel dodges bullet with euro vote victory [Reuters]

EPA needed more data before ruling on greenhouse gas emissions, report says [Washington Post]

Bernanke: U.S. Unemployment a ‘National Crisis’ [Bloomberg]

European Stocks Rise as Germany Backs Enhanced Euro Rescue Fund [Bloomberg]

Stocks prep for gains after German vote [CNN Money]

President Obama's day ahead: Meetings with Cabinet members, local interviews
September 29th, 2011
07:38 AM ET

President Obama's day ahead: Meetings with Cabinet members, local interviews

Good Thursday morning from the White House. Today the president has a couple closed-door meetings with members of his cabinet – Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner in the morning and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the afternoon. Yesterday President Obama and Vice President Biden met with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

In between today’s meetings, President Obama will participate in a series of local TV interviews in the Diplomatic Room at the White House. The interviews will begin airing at 5pm on WTVF-TV Nashville, Tennessee; WXII-TV Greensboro/Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and WESH-TV Orlando, Florida. He’s expected to continue to make the case for passage of his jobs plan.

The press briefing today is at 1pm.

Here’s the full schedule:

9:30AM           THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing – Oval Office (Closed Press)

10:00AM         THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors – Oval Office (Closed Press)

10:30AM         THE PRESIDENT meets with Secretary of the Treasury Geithner – Oval Office (Closed Press)

11:20AM        THE PRESIDENT participates in regional interviews on the need for Congress to pass the American Jobs Act now to put more people back to work and more money in the pockets of working Americans – Diplomatic Room (Closed Press)

1:30PM           THE PRESIDENT meets with Secretary of State Clinton – Oval Office (Closed Press)

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