President Obama begins one of the longer trips he has taken during his presidency today, making stops in San Diego, Hawaii, and then the Asia-Pacific region. All told, he'll be gone for nine days. CNN Wires has the preview:
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama begins a nine-day trip through the Asia-Pacific region Saturday with a stop in Hawaii for a weekend economic conference where he will press for progress on a trans-Pacific free trade agreement.
The administration is taking care to highlight the importance of strong Asia-Pacific relations to the president's efforts to create jobs domestically.
"The U.S. exports to this region are essential to the president's goal of doubling U.S. exports in the next several years," Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, told reporters in a briefing Wednesday. "In fact, nearly all of the efforts that we're going to be making towards that export goal take place in this part of the world."