Waiting waiting waiting....
December 31st, 2012
07:56 AM ET

Waiting waiting waiting....

Everyone is back early from their holiday vacations , the president, the vice president, the Senate and even the House of Representatives. The whole gang is here in D.C. So with everybody in town and focused on the issue at hand, will lawmakers avert what has been described by some as a national crisis?

So far the public schedule is empty. We can only hope the leaders will have something to announce later in the day.

Here is the latest CNN wire on the negotiations.

(CNN) - With only hours left Monday to avert what economists predict will be a one-two punch to the U.S. economy, Senate Democrats and Republicans were trying to negotiate a last-minute deal aimed at heading off a year-end combination of spending cuts and tax increase that could trigger a new recession.

The Senate was scheduled to reconvene at 11 a.m. ET on Monday when Majority Leader Harry Reid said he hoped to have an announcement despite acknowledging on Sunday that there was "still significant distance between the two sides."

The negotiations hit a major stumbling block Sunday over a Republican demand that a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" include changes to Social Security benefits, even as the two sides appeared close to agreeing on who would be required to pay more taxes once the Bush-era tax cuts expire.

Republicans have since dropped a demand that changes to how Social Security benefits are adjusted for inflation be included in a deal, but not before Democrats and Republicans accused one another of gamesmanship in the negotiations.

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POTUS's day ahead: Meeting with Congressional leaders
December 28th, 2012
08:06 AM ET

POTUS's day ahead: Meeting with Congressional leaders

President Obama returned from Hawaii yesterday and today he has last minute talks with the four Congressional leaders- Speaker Boehner, Minority Leader Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Reid, and Senate Minority Leader McConnell. The meeting is behind closed doors and not opened to cameras.  With four days left we’ll all be waiting to see if any announcement will come on the foundations of a deal.

Here's the schedule, as released by the White House:

10:00AM In-Town Pool Call Time

3:00PM THE PRESIDENT hosts the bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress at the White House; THE VICE PRESIDENT also attends

Oval Office (Closed Press)


December 25th, 2012
10:55 PM ET

Obama spends Hawaiian Christmas visiting troops, plans early return to DC

Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN) - President Obama began his Christmas morning like most Americans – opening gifts and singing carols, according to the White House.

No word on what was under the tree for the president this year, though a fiscal cliff deal was clearly not.  Later Tuesday, the White House announced Obama would cut his vacation short and return to Washington the same day the Senate reconvenes to tackle the looming January 1 deadline before taxes automatically increase and spending cuts set in.

Meanwhile, the president visited the local Marine Base Tuesday afternoon, where he addressed over 100 troops and their families as they were sitting down to a Christmas dinner.  This came after Obama made calls to  service members on Christmas Eve, according to the White House.

“The greatest honor I have as President is being Commander-in-Chief. And the reason it’s an honor is because not only do we have the finest military in the world but we also have the finest fighting men and women in the world. And so many of you make sacrifices day in, day out on behalf of our freedom, on behalf of our security,” Obama told the service members Tuesday.

While the president's vacation is coming to a close early, the White House says first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia will remain on the island.

Topics: President Obama
Mrs. Obama tracks Santa Clause
December 24th, 2012
06:12 PM ET

Mrs. Obama tracks Santa Clause

Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN) - It's only early afternoon in Hawaii where first lady Michelle Obama is vacationing, but she spent 30 minutes earlier this Christmas Eve "answering calls from children from across the country asking where Santa was located," according to a White House official.

It's all part of the annual NORAD Tracks Santa program run by the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

Topics: Michelle Obama
December 24th, 2012
05:15 PM ET

A veteran campaign worker before he can even vote

(CNN) - He's only 16 years old, but CNN White House correspondent Dan Lothian reports on one Michigan teen who made waives in the Obama campaign.

Topics: 2012 Election
Obama participates in moment of silence for Newtown
Photo credit: Getty Images
December 21st, 2012
08:01 AM ET

Obama participates in moment of silence for Newtown

President Obama will observe a moment of silence this morning to honor the victims of the shootings in Newtown, CT. Later he speaks at Sen. Daniel Inouye’s funeral. There is no briefing and no indication of what is next in the fiscal cliff negotiations.

BRIEFING SCHEDULE: None scheduled at this time

9:30AM THE PRESIDENT observes a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Newtown shooting
The White House
Closed Press

9:35AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
Oval Office
Closed Press

10:30AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT deliver remarks at the funeral service for the late Senator Daniel Inouye
Washington National Cathedral
Open to Pre-Credentialed Media (In-Town Travel Pool Gather Time 9:40AM / North Doors of the Palm Room)

Topics: Daily Schedule
Thursday December 20, 2012 at the White House
December 20th, 2012
08:48 AM ET

Thursday December 20, 2012 at the White House

Today Vice President Biden will meet with law enforcement leaders for the first time as the head of an interagency effort to curb gun violence. Yesterday in the briefing room President Obama announced the initiative to shape the administration's response to the tragic shooting in Newtown Connecticut. Also attending the meeting, Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

The fiscal cliff is looming over the nation and President Obama has promised to veto the latest effort called "plan B" by Majority Leader John Boehner. Boehner on Tuesday proposed a "plan B," which would extend Bush-era tax cuts on income of up to $1 million. He described it as a fallback option to prevent a sweeping tax hike while negotiations continue on a broader plan.

In less than two weeks the nation's taxpayers would face automatic tax increases and deep spending cuts if no agreement is reached.

A senior administration official said no talks or meeting with Rep Boehner are scheduled at this point but continued "Anything's possible".

White House Schedule:
The President will attend meetings at the White House. These meetings are closed press.

Briefing Schedule
12:30PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

UPDATE:  Wednesday December 19, 2012 at the White House
December 19th, 2012
07:29 AM ET

UPDATE: Wednesday December 19, 2012 at the White House

UPDATE: President Obama and Vice President Biden will be in the briefing room at 11:45am ET

The White House released the schedule last night but this morning added President Obama and Vice President Biden will be in the briefing room this morning, timing is still unclear.

Jessica Yellin reported, President Obama will make a statement in the briefing room, where he will announce that Vice President Biden will spearhead an interagency process to formulate policies in the aftermath of the Newtown tragedy. White House aides say the President is not expected to announce major policy decisions, but rather to lay out the process by which his Administration will move forward. The Vice President will attend. We will update you with a time when we get it.

POTUS Schedule released Tuesday evening

9:30AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing. Oval Office Closed Press

6:45PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at the Diplomatic Corps Holiday Reception. State Department Pooled

Press Briefing Schedule
11:45AM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

Topics: Daily Schedule • Gun control
POTUS's Tuesday: More closed-door meetings
December 18th, 2012
08:58 AM ET

POTUS's Tuesday: More closed-door meetings

As the news continues to be centered on the tragedy in Connecticut and the looming fiscal cliff, President Obama will spend another day at the White House with no public events. We'll wait to see if another unannounced meeting with Speaker Boehner is in the works, or possibly just more behind the scenes conversations. The only meeting on the president's schedule today is a closed-door meeting with Secretary of Defense Panetta. We'll hear from the White House during the 12:30p briefing with press secretary Jay Carney.

Here is the schedule, as released by the White House:

10:15AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

Oval Office (Closed Press)

4:35PM THE PRESIDENT meets with Secretary of Defense Panetta

Oval Office (Closed Press)

Briefing Schedule

12:30PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

Boehner and Obama meet again
FILE/President Obama and Rep. John Boehner meet about fiscal cliff negotiations on November 16, 2012.
December 17th, 2012
12:13 PM ET

Boehner and Obama meet again

A White House official tells Dan Lothian that “The President and the Speaker are meeting at the White House to continue their discussions about the fiscal cliff and balanced deficit reduction.” Boehner's spokesman released the exact statement. We'll hopefully get a readout of the meeting in today's briefing.

Topics: Fiscal Cliff • John Boehner • White House