White House day ahead Feb. 1: National Medals of Science, Technology and Innovation
February 1st, 2013
07:37 AM ET

White House day ahead Feb. 1: National Medals of Science, Technology and Innovation

Only one public event at the White House on this wintery Friday. At 2:15 PM President Obama will present the National Medals of Science and the National Medals of Technology and Innovation in the East Room of the White House. Press Secretary Jay Carney will brief the press at 11:30 AM.

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

11:00AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
Oval Office
Closed Press

2:15PM THE PRESIDENT awards the National Medals of Science and the National Medals of Technology and Innovation
The East Room
Open Press (Pre-Set 11:15AM—Final Gather 1:40PM—North Doors of the Palm Room)

Briefing Schedule

11:30AM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

Topics: Daily Schedule

soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. acdcguy

    Good thing he got his Vogue photo shoot at the White House out of the way yesterday,.............

    February 1, 2013 at 8:50 am |
  2. Moose

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics released jobs numbers for January Friday showing that nonfarm payroll employment increased by 157,000 and the unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent. Lost in these headline numbers was another rise in the number of people not in the labor force. This number now stands at a staggering 89 million, up from 80.5 million when President Obama took office

    February 1, 2013 at 9:19 am |
    • emskadittle

      it was supposedly 80 million when he took office

      February 1, 2013 at 10:07 am |
      • emskadittle

        we are seeing the largest number of retiring people in our nations history (baby boomers)

        February 1, 2013 at 10:13 am |
      • Moose

        My bad, he has only lost 2,375,000 people, not in the labor force, per year, impressive

        February 1, 2013 at 10:17 am |
    • steveo

      I have seen anybody in the main stream media report on the 7.9% unemployment rate. You mentioning it is the first I have heard of it.

      February 1, 2013 at 10:19 am |
      • jean2009

        Waiting on the moderator again! Just because I posted what was some right wing blogger posted against the President's plan to help fund pond scum research..well German Audi beat us to that one. Short sighted GOP!

        February 1, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
      • jean2009

        Well the moderator actually needs a better system....and a better Thesaurus. Failure to understand the entire English definitions of many words.

        February 3, 2013 at 2:38 am |
    • jean2009

      You failed to mention that each and every month the jobs numbers for the previous month two months have been revised up, and that has been the case consistently over the last several months. I am sure by the end of this month the figures for last month will again be revised up. Of course no one is going to finda job if they spend their time posting here...and if you have a job why would you waste time posting here? If Romney had created 50 jobs you would have been stamping your feet and clapping with glee over his success...and not one of you wants to mention the loss of 700,000 to 800,000 jobs a months in the last days of Bush's failed administration.

      Oh BTW. After all my complaining about our lack of concentration on being first with new technology...wind, solar, wave.... pond scum and algae biodiesel and the many other sources that will wean us from foreign fuel....so we can compete in the 21st Century and enjoy a cleaner environment...it looks like the German Audi company is going to be producing pond scum biodiesel vehicles by the end of the year...plus the pond scum biodeisel they run on. Well we didn't get there first...wonder how many more missed changes to keep up and keep ahead we are going to miss?

      Now where is jerry and Howard so I can rub it in.... about their saying it would never be practical and would not be feasible for companies to do that for decades? Less than 3 years and here it is.

      Sustainable, renewable energy and solid forward looking infrastruture are the key to our future.

      Here is a direct quote from a right-wing blog site lambasting the President for wanting to invest in these new ...this is the type of slow witted thinking that is going to keep us behind the curve in this century.

      "This President has already set records wasting taxpayer’s money on a range of so-called clean energy and renewable energy “investments”. Solyndra, the solar panel company that went bust and stuck taxpayers with a half-billion in loan guarantees is just one of those “investments” and I keep waiting for someone to ask why public funds are being flushed down the toilet when, if the companies involved were viable, they could not raise private venture capital?

      “And we’re making investments in the development of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel that’s actually made from a plant-like substance known as algae,” said the President. “Believe it or not, we could replace up to 17% of the oil we important for transportation with this fuel that we can grow right here in America.”

      All politicians put the best face on their pet projects, but to flat-out lie about one of the most idiotic ideas to replace oil when this nation has enough oil, domestically and offshore, known and estimated to exist, defies the imagination. It is an insult to every one of us. And Obama wants to pump $14 million into algae, otherwise known as pond scum."

      Hello! Folks whowas right now!

      February 1, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
  3. Moose

    Is the bamman skeet shooting today ??? LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 1, 2013 at 10:18 am |
  4. sue

    oh the fox affiliates have been all over it. Don't know if it is true. The job numbers are said to reflect the republican wait till the last minute on the fisical cliff. Business are uncertain as to what the nut jobs where going to do. Still a steady increase that if mittens had been president would of been hailed as a wonderful thing. This site is full of republican jerks. Grow up you guys.

    February 1, 2013 at 10:30 am |
    • acdcguy

      It's on every news site out there, including abc, cbs , nbc.........come out of your hole and get out a little more....... now I know why the left follows The KIng so blindly, only getting your info from one source......

      February 1, 2013 at 10:45 am |
    • steveo

      Still an increase that if Mittens...? Really???
      Obama has been president for 4 years. Are we to believe NONE of this is on him? Your "mittens" remark is but a distraction from reality! Nice try Sue but it failed. Romney never was president and Bush is no longer president. Time to face the music!

      February 1, 2013 at 11:17 am |
    • John

      Fox is the only news that is calling out this administration on anything. I understand libs do not like it when the people in Washington, both Dems and Repubs, are called out for what they do to the working people of this country. We all understand why libs want Fox off the air. Unfortunately for them Fox has the highest rating of all of the news shows.
      We are now hearing from dingy Harry that the decline last month was the fault of the repubs.
      Sue, you are ok with the government putting their hands in your pocket and taking your money? Do you think our reps, both dems and repubs, are doing their jobs when all they do is tax and spend and print more money? They are killing the working class.

      February 1, 2013 at 11:24 am |
      • December 2012

        You have a very skewed view of libs, or maybe just people in general. Calling people out is a human thing and we do it in excess on the Internet.

        There is nothing worse than paranoia over FOX News, unless of course if it is paranoia in FOX News. Don't worry folks, Rupert Murdock is still laughing his way to the bank so FOX News is safe for now.

        February 1, 2013 at 11:29 am |
      • steveo

        Come on December, MSNBC is just as biased just on the opposite end of the spectrum! Lefties call out Fox, righties call out MSNBC! If MSNBC is safe, Fox is too!

        February 1, 2013 at 11:33 am |
      • December 2012

        That's fine because they get paid to do that. We should know better than follow those guys like what they speak gospel, it doesn't matter if it's left or right. Chris Matthews irritate the hell out of me just as much as Sean Hannity. The way things are we all need to do some research and sift through the noise of the day.

        February 1, 2013 at 12:07 pm |
      • steveo

        "Chris Matthews irritate the hell out of me just as much as Sean Hannity".

        Add Limbaugh to that list for me! I just cannot listen to him! When someone speaks for hours on end and cannot find ONE positive word to say, there is a problem! The ONLY way to make informed decisions is to sift out the noise and that takes effort!

        February 1, 2013 at 12:23 pm |
      • jean2009

        The U.S. Labor Department released the January 2013 jobs report Friday, showing the unemployment rate inched upward from 7.8% to 7.9%.

        Employers added 157,000 jobs in January, short estimates of 168,000, which would have kept the unemployment rate stable.

        The jobs report included some good news: Revisions to last year's data, customary in January, show the U.S. added 335,000 more jobs than initially reported in 2012, bringing the monthly average for jobs gained to 181,000 from the 153,000 initially reported.

        Employment gains for November and December were revised higher by a total of 127,000.

        February 1, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
      • jean2009

        The jobs numbers are actually considering it is January....post holidays, and many states on the east coast still reeling from Sandy somewhat better than one would expect.

        February 3, 2013 at 2:33 am |
      • Frank Marshall Davis

        CSPAN is the only unbaised reporting I see, all the rest always mix in opinion one way or another.

        February 3, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Sorry to burst your bubble, John, but MSNBC DOES BASH DEMOCRATS. If they didn't – I wouldn't watch. Also, they will correct misstatements ON AIR. If they didn't – I wouldn't watch. They have all sorts of Conservative and Independent guests that add to the commentary. If they didn't – I wouldn't watch.
        I do not watch Sean Hannity BUT I'll watch Shepard Smith. If you don't like Chris Matthews, guess what, there are others on MSNBC who are definetly worth watching AND care about the content of their reporting AND give viewers a voice. Fact checking wasn't a part of Mitt's campaign, they said so, and you didn't care.
        As far as Rush Limbaugh, he is the most unhappy man on the planet. Why would I listen to that?

        February 3, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        I like Chris Wallace also for asking fair questions that actually trip people from both sides with their BS.

        February 3, 2013 at 6:26 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Kudos to Chris Wallace for giving Wayne LaPierre a reality check this last Sunday.

        February 4, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
      • jean2009

        The only reason Fox has a high rating is it is entertainment...not actual news. It's all about how big a whopper they can tell with a straight face during a rant.

        February 5, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
    • Moose

      Please just stop with the excuses, bamman has failed on all fronts, you voted for it enjoy it !!!!

      February 1, 2013 at 11:58 am |
    • Moose

      repub jerks, you people kill me, agree with me or your a jerk, face it doll, bamman cant find his own back side with both hands !!!!!!!!!! more great work from him on the economy grow up

      February 1, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
  5. Moose

    Well its clear where the bamman stores his head !!!!!

    February 1, 2013 at 11:57 am |
  6. jean2009

    DOW closes above 14,000 first time since 2007.

    Maybe my moderated comments should have used the term algae research. Who knows! But we should have listened to the President and maybe we would have been first ....not Germany.

    February 1, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
    • jerry

      yeah...five years to get back to 14,000 in lieu of the most anti business presidency in history. Quite a feat for business AND NOT FOR O'IDIOT and mob.

      February 3, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
  7. jean2009

    Does everyone remember Howard and jerry constant harping the GOP talking points...on how impractical, what a waste, it would take decades of research to accomplish, cost a fortune...the President was being impractical!. But now German Audi has not only done it they will have a car on the market in May that uses algae fuel....and will have it widely available by 2016....3 years. So now for not listening the Germans have beat us on the R&D.

    February 1, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
    • Moose

      Just a heads up, believe it when you see it, been in auto industry 23 plus, Audi has always been good at being just around the corner from some great break through. I hope it works, but ask your self why three years ?? also look at 60 mins archives on audi

      February 1, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
      • jean2009

        Keep on believing your pat little answer...but they are rolling out the car in May...and will have the fuel available everywhere by 2016. TicK...tick...tick.... May 4 months away...means those vehicles are being made right now. Hi Howard!

        February 3, 2013 at 2:05 am |
    • jerry

      and yet Germanys citizens have to pay the most for their water than anyone in the world. Now, that's something to think about....we know this, we have family in Germany. For once, jean2009, in your break back efforts to support your obama god, stand back and look at the big picture. Germany is a mess, they tax the crap out of their people and just try to buy a house there...try it!

      February 3, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
      • jean2009

        There are different reasons for regional potable water shortage: the amount of freshwater which is provided or its quality is not sufficient to satisfy the demand. The German’s had problems with potable water when I lived there.

        A look at the water balance in Germany shows that there is no general water shortage at hand in Germany, because the water demand is less than the water supply. But there are some regions with water shortage. These are especially high density population areas such as the Ruhr Area and the Rhine Main Area. In these regions long distance water supply provides sufficient amount of water.

        Water will be a worldwide problem during this century…look at a water shortage map for the United States and you will see a lot of states in the danger zone….it takes capital and the concentration on infrastructure, treatment facilities and water resources to provide more water to ever more people. Some parts of the United States have begun to run low on water. That is probably not much of a surprise to people who live in the arid parts of the southwest that have had water shortages for decades or even centuries. Maybe look at the number of U.S. counties (400) at risk currently for water shortages.

        The water problem here is worse than most people realize, particularly in several large cities which are occasionally low on water now (Atlanta) and others that almost certainly face shortfalls in a few years. This is particularly true if the change in global weather patterns substantially alters rainfall amounts in some areas of the US.

        It looks like Germany is not lax in funding for technology….are even helping the people of other countries like Jordan with their water shortage.

        At first look the German tax burden seems higher. But in Germany (as well as in Britain, France, Scandinavia, Canada, Australia and Japan), tax-supported institutions provide many of the things Americans pay for with their after-tax wage dollars. A government buying whole sale rather than retail does save everyone money.

        A proper comparison would be to take the 30 % average tax on American workers and add their out-of-pocket spending on health care, college tuition and fees for services, and compare that with taxes that the average German pays. Add it all up and the combination of tax and personal spending is roughly equal in both countries, but with a larger risk of catastrophic loss in America, and a tiny risk in Germany.

        Americans take on $85 billion of debt each year for higher education, while college is financed by taxes in Germany and tuition is cheap to free in other modern countries. While higher medical costs is the key reason that since 1980 bankruptcy in America has increased 15 times faster than population growth, no one in Germany or the rest of the modern world goes broke because of accident or illness. And child poverty in America is the highest among modern countries—almost twice the rate of Germany, which is close to the average of modern countries.

        In the United States, 68% of homes are owner occupied. That is the national median. However if you go to areas of higher population concentrations that percentage drops… in California, owner occupied is 55%, in Washington D. C. 42%, in New York State 53.3%. in Germany, the median rate of owner occupied is estimated between 43 to 50%. Most of the difference is due to lack of available land, population concentrations, and even attitude.

        I would think by now you would have figured out that the hardship of German home ownership is actually due to the fact that Germany is half the size of Texas…and they no longer have wide open spaces for putting what is already covered under pavement….under more paved sublurbian expansion.

        February 5, 2013 at 5:11 pm |
  8. Dan B

    It's great that Audi can do that on it's own, but you have to admit some green companies that the government invested in went under (hmm. Solyndra)

    February 1, 2013 at 9:39 pm |
    • jean2009

      Did you ever look up the pdf for the "Timeline of DOE's review of the Solyndra Loan Guarantee Application"? YOu might want to check that out...approval 4 days before President Obama was sworn in on Jan.15, 2009.

      So do you know how many automobile companies went belly-up when they were first being developed? How many early models that ran on steam.or electric that never made it? How many means of flight that never made it off the ground?

      The problem for Solyndra was the materials they used would have been a cost savings at the time of their initial request ,but by the time the loan was granted the cost for the materal (Polysilicon) which other companies were using for their panels that had been extremely costly was much cheaper. " In 2008, polysilicon was more than $400 per kilogram, but by the time the federal government issued Solyndra’s loan, the prices had fallen to just over $50 per kilogram."

      February 3, 2013 at 2:27 am |
      • jerry

        oh its Bushes fault...the economy and foreign affairs burning to the ground and it's Bushes fault. obama is a miserable president and history will tell that tail. Its good he is handing out awards (above) talking a day off of taking our rights away.

        February 3, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        jerry, did you also know that green algae is a food source? That it is also able to eat pollutants in marshes rendering the water safer? That it is quick to grow and use without harming the environment? It absorbs carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere like it was on steriods? That you can produce tons and tons of the stuff on a small parcel of land?
        You hate green algae because it wasn't your idea? Or, that you want to stay supporting the richest, and I mean the richest, oil company on the planet by your tax dollars that they insist they need to operate? Without paying taxes back into the system. How much money has the U.S. taxpayer already paid to that company?? Gee, welfare, I thought you were against it. As long as it's a corporation taking it, it's okay, UNLESS it was a solar panel company?
        Face it, the oil and coal companies have won you over and you'll die coughing even if it kills ya.

        February 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
  9. jerry

    Africa, especially north africa is a horrible mess of suffering. obama, like clinton with Pakistan and carter with Iran and afghanistan has allowed the bad guys to take control. Our economy is in shambles as well and yet the leftist still support obama...why? Is it they wish for our destruction? The democratic party is no more...it is an anti-american organization bent on taking down the greatest country in the world...sad.

    February 3, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
  10. jean2009

    No jerry it was a lot of people's fault plus bad market timing due to the several years of not getting the ball rolling it was too late...but the fact is that actually among those at fault G. W. Bush although not alone ....is not without blame, and history will tell that tale.

    When you are talking the mess in the Middle East & Africa just remember Sec. of Defense, Robert Gates brought in to the Bush Administration to repair Rumsfield’s rush to the folly of a land war on two fronts…is quoted as saying to West Point Cadets, in 2011: “In my opinion, any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should ‘have his head examined,’ as General MacArthur so delicately put it,”

    February 3, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
    • Moose

      Just like the bamman a brown noser. In May ??? sure off assembly line, sure, for some one who is older its scary how niave you are. P.S. Ill close gitmo, stimulus will bring unemp to 6%, i didnt know ben ghazi, my kids have armed guardes yours dont. its ok for gun control as long as i can give assault rifles to the cartels, are you really that far off your rocker Jean 2009 ????

      February 4, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
      • jean2009

        No I'm not off my rocker....but you are.

        February 5, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
  11. Adak95

    What about our economy Mr. President? Oh, I forgot the Law and Constitution don’t apply to you.
    By Law (31 U.S.C. 1105), The President Is Required To Transmit His Budget To Congress On Or After The First Monday In January But Not Later Than The First Monday In February Each Year. (31 U.S.C. § 1105, (a), p. 105)

    February 4, 2013 at 10:22 am |
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