**UPDATE**TGIF at the White House
Bo striking a pose on the north side of the White House
June 8th, 2012
07:38 AM ET

**UPDATE**TGIF at the White House

The White House just announced President Obama will be in the briefing room to liven up this Friday morning.
Release from the White House:

In the morning, the President will deliver a statement in the Brady Press Briefing Room. The President will deliver a statement on the economy, calling on Congress to pass the bipartisan, paid-for ideas that the President proposed last year to put construction workers back to work upgrading our roads and bridges, teachers back in the classroom educating our kids and police and firefighters back on the job keeping our communities safe. He will address the state of the economy, including the situation in Europe, which continues to pose headwinds to our recovery here at home. The President’s remarks will be open press.

10:15AM THE PRESIDENT delivers a statement

Brady Press Briefing Room

Back from fundraisers out west, President Obama Friday meets in the White House with Philippine President Aquino. The administration has outlined the strategic importance of Asia and has sought to build alliances with Southeast Asia nations including the Philippines as China becomes increasingly aggressive in the South China Sea and on matters of trade. Obama and Aquino meet in the Oval office at 2pm. We also have another sports team honored by the president- this time it is the Super Bowl Champion NY Giants.

Later the president has another campaign event at the Jefferson Hotel in town.
Full Schedule after the jump

9:00AM Pool Call Time

12:30PM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet for lunch. Private Dining Room

2:00PM THE PRESIDENT holds a bilateral meeting with President Aquino of the Philippines. Oval Office

2:50PM THE PRESIDENT honors the Super Bowl XLVI Champion New York Giants. South Lawn

5:10PM THE PRESIDENT attends a campaign event. Jefferson Hotel

Briefing Schedule
10:15AM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

Topics: Daily Schedule

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  1. John

    Hmmmm, nothing on Eric Holder and the hearing yesterday?? This clown fits right in with htis administration. He was questioned about a memo that referenced Fast and Furious – it said Fast and Furious in the memo in black and white and Holder tried to deny that the memo was about Fast and Furious. This administration does it all the time, i.e. "we spent less than anyone", the repubs want dirty air and dirty water", "venture capitalism is bad" (except for the ones that donate to us), "the US is not out of money", "the repubs want to eliminate birth control" – I can go on and on with these "accomplishments by this administration". We all know the economy is terrible and the related policies of this administration are a proven failure.

    June 8, 2012 at 8:45 am |
    • jean2009

      A.) Bo is one cute dog.
      B.) The U.S. is not broke.... http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/03/not_broke.html
      C.) When it comes to health care the U.S. spends more and gets less than any other country....which is due to the Affordable Health Care Act not being fully implemented.
      D.) Repugliklans vote against clean air and water at every turn.
      E.)You need to understand the difference between capitalism that works for the good of all people and capitalism that is only interested in working for the greedy few.
      F.) Republicans by and large are against birth control
      G.) The good news is that slowly and surely the economy has turned upward from the depths of the George W. Bush depression.

      You know Johnnie we just don't make all that GOP weirdness up.

      June 8, 2012 at 10:54 am |
      • John

        Jean – A) agreed. B) If we are not broke why do taxes need to be raised? C) Every estimate has healthcare costs doubling Obamacares original estimate – and we know it will be more. D) Ignorant to think repubs want dirty air and water – just another talking point. Part of the problem this administraion is in the mess now is because of their "green initiative" – we all know they are guessing while trying to pick winners with money FROM WORKING AMERICANS who are against this haphazard spending. E) The problem is ENTITLEMENTS and 50% of the population living off of the other 50%., plus the illegals, like Aunt Zatunie and Uncle Omar F) Another ignorant statement – repubs are against paying for abortions and birth control for all. G) Another ignorant statement – the most recent job numbers prove we are not on the right track. It is like putting money in the bank at 1% interest while inflation is triple that. It looks to you like you are saving when in reality you are falling further and further behind..

        June 8, 2012 at 11:24 am |
      • John

        Jean, I responded to each point and it is "awaiting moderation"... All my posts over 4 lines are blocked initially...

        June 8, 2012 at 11:26 am |
      • jean2009

        Arrgh! That lovely moderator many have been the times when my responding post has sat for hours being moderated.

        June 8, 2012 at 11:40 am |
      • Jay in NC

        The US is not broke? As of today each citizen's share of this debt is $50,306.91


        How much debt do you consider broke? Or do you not care, just let someone else pick up the bill.

        June 8, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
      • John

        Still pending Jean... Anyway – the important one is A – I totally agree...

        June 8, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
      • C-Lo

        1. Why do you cite NYT so often then bash it for being a Rupert paper?
        2. Why do you only cite leftist blogs, and when you use a regular outlet like money.com or bloomberg.com does it either not support your argument, or even in some cases contradict your point
        3. Why is it so hard for you (and others like you) to separate opposition to the type of solution from opposition to the problem–i.e. just because there is a vote against a gov't solution to dirty water/air, etc. does not equate to being pro-polution. It means either the solution is seen as overreach (NY banning big sodas), ineffective (take your pick), or attached to another bill that is voted down (this is a $h!tty tactic by both sides, that REALLY irritates me, forgive the language but it's the only way to describe it).

        You and I had a brief exchange a while back about recycling and composting, in which I think my point was lost, but this is a good time to revisit it...I am not anit-environment, as is evidenced by my usual daily activities, but I am not inspired by gov't to make the choices I make. If I needed someone to make daily choices for my well being, I'd still be living with my parents. Point is, stop looking to big gov't/big brother for the solutions–that only leads to corruption as can be seen at all levels by both parties (and some independents). You don't like gov't telling you who you can talk to or what you can say (1st amendment rights, right?) but you don't mind them telling you what you can drive, how much or what you can eat, how many hours (months) you have to work to support them before your pay goes to supporting you and your family (taxes), how much money you can make and how much is too much...

        June 8, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
      • jean2009

        C-Lo If I quote he NYT it means I am giving equal time to the opposition, and I certainly don't consider the NYT a leftist news source, and if you check neither are investopedia, or rithortz.

        Does congress have anything to do with this....you bet, but only to the point of it doing well on in spite of congress.
        Consider this quote from Yahoo Finance-March 30, 2012.

        "The ongoing shunning of U.S. equities appears deeply rooted, with the wounds inflicted by the financial crisis still open for many, and made worse by the May 2010 flash crash, last summer’s U.S. deficit showdown, and last year’s European debt-crisis induced volatility.


        Such events “freaked the public so bad that they are still sitting in cash,” says Jeffrey Saut, chief investment strategist at Raymond James."

        June 9, 2012 at 9:25 am |
      • jean2009

        @ John ...Get a clue... we are not broke..... but the wrong people are footing the bill.

        June 9, 2012 at 9:30 am |
      • jean2009

        @ John
        The Affordable Health Care Act will save $4.5 billion in costs per year up to $16 billion in 10 years.


        I agree entitlements are an issue....however the entitlements I would eliminate are those to big oil, big pharma, and big farm subsidies which cost the American far more than entitlements for those who need help.
        Think by the Numbers...is a good read.




        June 9, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • jerry

      Just about everywhere you look there is a mess... Americans have lost confidence in obama, they are not stupid. The mid term elections were an indicator and recently the voting in WI... we are ready for real adult leadership. Obama lacks the ability and desire to share power and bring the country together, he is lame duck...the recent G8 and NATO meetings indicated how little regard there is for obama and his administration.

      June 8, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  2. Jay in NC

    Barry Soetoro's account of the foods he ate:

    With Lolo, I learned how to eat small green chili peppers raw with dinner (plenty of rice), and, away from the dinner table, I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted grasshopper (crunchy). Like many Indonesians, Lolo followed a brand of Islam that could make room for the more ancient animist and Hindu faiths. He explained that a man took on the powers of whatever he ate: One day soon, he promised, he would bring home a piece of tiger meat for us to share. That’s how things were, one long adventure, the bounty of a young boy’s life. ...

    June 8, 2012 at 9:22 am |
    • jean2009

      That Lolo Soetoro was a Muslim who was educated enough to not closely follow the radicalism of some Muslims, a traiit that can be found rampant by many U.S. evangelicals... is obvious. He was an educated geographer and topographer. What did you want him to do as a stepfather...beat his stepson daily?

      In southeast Asia people eat many things some may find unusual...for that matter so do many people in some parts of the United States.
      People in Texas eat rattlesnake, people in N.C. eat frogs...many upscale North Carolina restaurants serve snails.
      And more and more Americans are eating insects.
      Chili peppers are good for you.

      Really what is the idiotic point of your diatribe?

      June 8, 2012 at 11:33 am |
      • Jay in NC

        This is directly from Obama's book. Funny how you consider it my idiotic diatribe.

        June 8, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
      • jerry

        I think you may tell Jean is an obama partisan...and nothing more.

        June 8, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • jean2009

      Oh BTW....http://www.hollowtop.com/finl_html/grasshoppers.htm
      A recipe for fried grasshoppers from Arkansas
      How about Liver Mush from North Carolina?

      June 8, 2012 at 11:54 am |
  3. acdcguy

    Just saw he's going to speak on the economy in about hour.........he can't stand seeing the Dow recovering last couple days so now he feels the need to send it back down………

    June 8, 2012 at 9:25 am |
    • jean2009

      The stock market has been steadily going up since March 2009 we have seen and actual 80% increase. It may the longest bull market in history.


      June 8, 2012 at 11:02 am |
      • John

        Jean, so the market is going up because of Obama?

        June 8, 2012 at 11:27 am |
      • jean2009

        I would say yes.

        June 8, 2012 at 11:38 am |
      • DEcember 2012



        June 8, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
      • John

        Throbbing member 2012 – I give credit where credit is due. I understand you think Obama is God – that is your issue. I am one who happens to think the people we elect work for us. If Obama was not driving the bus, I would not blame him. If he was, even you have to agree, he would be responsible. We all understand how you and your liberal friends think Obama can do no wrong.
        What did you think of his joke yesterday? Every once and a while he shows who he really is. He threw his wife under the bus yesterday with a joke to make himself look more "likeable" to a gay and lesbian audience. That is who he is. And please do not try to tell me he did not realize what he was saying. But, if that is what you think you must also think he is an idiot. I do not..

        June 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Any wonder that your "analysis" does not include the fact that this rise began when Republicans retook control of the House? Thought not.

        If you take your analysis further and look at reports, you will find the market actually performs best under a Republican Congress (and maybe specifically the House, I don't remember off hand) and a Dem president.

        Of course, being in the industry myself, I give little credence to any of this, especially in this new global economy. Congress technically has more ability to manipulate the factors that influence the markets, but there are so many leading and lagging indicators that it is nearly impossible to nail down anything to a specific person or group. Fun to debate and use for finger pointing though.

        June 8, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ C-Lo...Per usual you are so wrong.




        June 8, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ John We think the president should work for all of us...no just the 1%.

        June 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Wow, Jean...are you that obtuse, lazy, dyslexic, hateful or judgmental that you just completely made a fool of yourself???

        I AGREED WITH YOU that the markets have performed better under Dem presidents. I will NOT repeat myself to you like I have to with my 2 year old grandsons...I will allow you the dignity of returning to my post and re-reading it yourself.

        June 8, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
      • C-Lo

        And if you want a reference (I really didn't have time but figured you were worth it)... http://blog.fpaforfinancialplanning.org/2012/04/06/2790/

        And with this I will reitterate that there is a LOT more to it than who's running the country as is evidenced by a quote from one of your souces:
        "As we are so fond of reminding the innumerate masses, however, correlation does not equal causation:" from your http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2011/12/the-market-magic-of-democrats-vs-gop-presidents/

        Which relates to my response to you at the top.

        June 8, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
      • Steveo

        ANOTHER liberal citation, really? Since you credit obama for the uptick in the stock market, what happens when it goes down? When it does (and it will) I will ask you a single question. Can't wait for your answer! See you then!

        June 8, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
      • jean2009

        Steveo...Everyone knows the stock market fluctuates...if you invest you should know that, and not put all your eggs in one basket.

        June 9, 2012 at 10:08 am |
      • Steveo

        Jean, you trying to wiggle out now? I know the market is stimulated by external forces to include actions taken globally, just like the mess in Europe. I am saying If you credit the president for upticks, you must blame him for the downticks as well! You are trying to have it both ways. That don't fly Jean.

        June 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
      • jean2009

        Steveo...To paraphrase December "The Rethugliklans only want to blame the President when something goes wrong, and give the credit for anything that goes right to what George W. Bush did. It is obvious to everyone that the GOP "do nothing constructive" congress can't do anything right, and neither did G.W. Bush...so we know the uptick is not due to any effort on their part.

        You must remember it is not the economy that drives the stock market, it is the stock market that drives the economy....and that is optimism based on the outlook about new areas of growth, and expected returns.
        As with all gambling you need to learn something about the horses you are betting on.
        I see green technology stocks as one of the future long term areas of growth. A lot of that is due to the focus of this president on that area...along with the area of health care affordability.

        June 10, 2012 at 7:59 am |
      • Steveo

        To paraphrase Steveo,

        The Dims always wants to credit Obama when things go well but coat him in teflon and deflect back to Bush EVEN after 3.5 years!

        You said: I see green technology stocks as one of the future long term areas of growth. A lot of that is due to the focus of this president

        I say: Sure you do! Its in the playbook!

        June 11, 2012 at 11:44 am |
  4. jean2009

    As per usual John misread the President's joke, he was quoting what Ellen DeGeneres said. Only people with dirty minds read anything but actual push-ups into the subject.

    "I want to thank my wonderful friend who accepts a little bit of teasing about Michelle beating her in pushups — (laughter) — but I think she claims Michelle didn’t go all the way down. (Laughter.) That’s what I heard. I just want to set the record straight — Michelle outdoes me in pushups as well. (Laughter.) So she shouldn’t feel bad. She’s an extraordinary talent and she’s just a dear, dear friend — Ellen DeGeneres. Give Ellen a big round of applause."

    June 8, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  5. jerry

    now obama is trying to two step his way out of these security leaks....again he believes America is stupid. He is the fool.

    June 8, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • jean2009

      I still think the leak was from a GOP source.

      June 9, 2012 at 10:10 am |
    • DEcember 2012


      June 10, 2012 at 2:37 am |
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    June 10, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  7. mumbledork

    Obama needs to get his head out of his a..... and deal with the reality facing him. Romney just might win if the Democrats continue on their current strategy. They should be concentrating on Romney's stint as governor. That is relevant to the current discussion. Trying to paint Romney as evil because he made a ton of money is just not going to work.

    Dredge up Romney's campaign promises when he ran for governor and show the voters how he mostly failed at delivering on those promises. Remind the voters how Romney used federal money to help bail out the 2002 Olympics.

    They guy will say and do anything to get what he wants. Most people just don't remember or pay attention. Just keep flooding the air waves with his past.

    June 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • jean2009

      I have been reminding people that Romney saved? (rather the American taxpayers saved) the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics with an earmark, pork barrel, taxpayer funded bailout to the tune of $1.3 BILLION. Now he wants to take credit for sticking his hands deep into the taxpayer's pockets.
      The honest fact is never in history has an Olympics turned a profit.

      June 10, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
      • Steveo

        I have been reminding people that Romney saved? (rather the American taxpayers saved) the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics
        You could look at it that way. You can also say the American taxpayers got Bin Laden, since we funded the operation! Or you could say the SEALS got Bin Laden, since they actually pulled the trigger. See how that works?

        June 11, 2012 at 11:57 am |
      • jean2009

        @Steveo...Yeh! Like those Salt Lake Olympics jobs Romney created had about as much permanent impact on the American worker as all those jobs he sent overseas. Not a one of them lasted as long as those created in Detroit at the GM plant....and the Olympics bailout cost $1.3 billion for corporate welfare....Domino's Pizza got $12 million.
        Even Ron Paul got that one right.

        June 11, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • Steveo

      "They guy will say and do anything to get what he wants. Most people just don't remember or pay attention. Just keep flooding the air waves with his past"
      I agree but the media is circling the wagons around the president! The will never run such ads againt him!

      June 11, 2012 at 11:47 am |