Thursday at the White House: Quiet day
January 17th, 2013
07:45 AM ET

Thursday at the White House: Quiet day

One day after signing three executive orders and enacting 20 other actions aimed to reduce gun violence, President Obama has no public events on his schedule Thursday. The president and Vice President Biden will receive the daily briefing in the morning, and then it's scheduled to be a quiet day. Press Secretary Jay Carney will brief the media at 11:45 AM.

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

10:00AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing

Oval Office

Closed Press

Wednesday at the White House: Obama talks about gun violence
Final touches are being put on the presidential viewing box for next week's Inaugural Parade.
January 16th, 2013
08:14 AM ET

Wednesday at the White House: Obama talks about gun violence

Thursday is the much-anticipated event where President Obama will lay out "concrete" proposals on how to curb gun violence and protect children from future attacks such as what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School just a month ago. Vice President Biden has been focused on the issue with his working group for the last few weeks and presented his recommendations to the president earlier this week. President Obama and Vice President Biden will be joined at the events with children who wrote letters to the president following the Newtown massacre.

Guidance, as released by the White House:

10:00AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing

Oval Office (Closed Press)

11:55AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT hold an event at the White House to unveil a package of proposals to reduce gun violence

South Court Auditorium (Open Press)

Tuesday at the White House: Biden's report due
January 15th, 2013
07:27 AM ET

Tuesday at the White House: Biden's report due

A day after his surprise press conference, President Obama is set to receive Vice President Biden’s much anticipated recommendations on the issue of gun control.

The recommendations follow more than a week of meetings involving the vice president and several stake-holders on all sides of the issue. It’s expected the recommendations will include both proposals for legislative action as well as executive orders the president can issue unilaterally.

The prospect of the latter has especially riled gun rights supporters, who fear Obama will single-handedly undermine the spirit of the Second Amendment. During the press conference Monday, the president insisted that was not his goal.

Full schedule after the jump:
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Monday, January 14 at the White House: Gun control talks continue
January 14th, 2013
08:04 AM ET

Monday, January 14 at the White House: Gun control talks continue

President Obama and Vice President Biden will stay behind closed doors Monday but are maintaining busy schedules. After meeting Biden for lunch and then sitting down with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office, Obama will participate in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony in which he receives foreign ambassadors recently posted to the United States.

Meanwhile, Biden’s ongoing discussions surrounding the issue of gun control continue Monday, this time with several Democratic members of Congress. According to a White House official, Biden will sit down with 12 House Democrats ahead of his expecting recommendations to the president Tuesday regarding further action on the issue. The Democrats constitute the House Democratic task force on gun violence.

Those Democrats include:

Rep. Mike Thompson (CA)
Rep. Bobby Scott (VA)
Rep. Chaka Fattah (PA)
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (NY)
Rep. Jackie Speier (CA)
Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT)
Rep. William Enyart (IL)
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO)
Rep. Bennie Thompson (MS)
Rep. John Conyers (MI)
Rep. John Dingell (MI)
Rep. Ron Barber (AZ)

Full Schedule:

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Friday at the White House: Karzai visit
Preparations continue at the White House the Inaugural Parade, which is just ten days away.
January 11th, 2013
08:09 AM ET

Friday at the White House: Karzai visit

President Obama turns his focus to foreign policy with a visit from Afghan President Hamdi Karzai to wrap up the busy week at the White House. After a bilateral meeting in the morning, the two leaders will have a working lunch followed by a joint press conference. The White House warns us not to expect any firm agreement on troop numbers to come out of today's meeting, but the two leaders will discuss the nature of the U.S. presence in Afghanistan after combat troops leave in 2014. Additionally, the U.S. and Afghanistan are in the middle of negotiating a bilateral security agreement which the White House hopes to make progress on during today's visit.

Meanwhile, Vice President Biden continues his work this week with the gun control working group by holding another meeting this afternoon with representatives of the video game industry. Attorney General Eric Holder and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will join him during the meeting. Vice President Biden said he'll be sending his group's recommendations to the president's desk next week sometime.

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President's Day Ahead: More Cabinet picks
January 10th, 2013
07:39 AM ET

President's Day Ahead: More Cabinet picks

It's a busy day at the White House for both the president and vice president. At 1:30 p.m. ET, President Obama will announce his pick of current White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew to lead the Treasury Department. If confirmed by the Senate, he will replace current Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, who has said he would like to leave by Inauguration Day.

The Treasury pick follows Obama's recent nominations of John Kerry to lead the State Department, Chuck Hagel to lead Defense, and John Brennan to head up the CIA. More high-level announcements remain, including those to fill vacancies at the top of the Department of Labor, Department of Commerce, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Meanwhile, Vice President Biden continues his so-called listening tour Thursday on the issue of gun control, set to meet separately today with hunting enthusiasts, gun owners, and media and entertainment executives.

The president's full schedule after the jump:

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Wednesday at the White House
Construction workers build a walkway from the White House to the viewing stand for the Inaugural Parade.
January 9th, 2013
08:00 AM ET

Wednesday at the White House

President Obama has a light public schedule today with only one event- a screening of the new NBC show 1600 Penn and that is closed to cameras. He'll have plenty of time to discuss upcoming cabinet nominations  and we'll keep our eyes and ears opened for any possible announcements. The main focus at the White House today is Vice President Biden's meeting with victims of gun violence and gun safety organizations as part of his working group on the issue of gun control, as assigned by the president. Tomorrow's meeting includes a sit-down with representatives from the NRA and the National Sport Shooting Foundation. We'll keep an eye out in case anyone comes to the stakeout to talk about the meeting.

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

10:00AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing

Oval Office (Closed Press)

12:30PM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet for lunch

Private Dining Room (Closed Press)

4:45PM THE PRESIDENT hosts cast and crew members of the television show 1600 Penn for a screening at the White House

The Family Theatre (Closed Press)

Briefing Schedule

1:45PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

Tuesday Jan 8, 2012 at the White House
President Obama announced the nominations of John Brennan (center right) as director of the CIA and Chuck Hagel (center left) as Secretary of Defense at a press event in the East Room of the White House on Monday, January 7, 2013.
January 8th, 2013
07:33 AM ET

Tuesday Jan 8, 2012 at the White House

On Tuesday the president has no public events. The only thing on the president’s public schedule is a private meeting with outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

On Monday President Obama nominated former Senator Chuck Hagel to be the next Defense secretary and John Brennan to be the next CIA director.

Important cabinet positions still to be announced, Treasury secretary, Commerce secretary and a possible new Chief of Staff (as the current CoS Jack Lew is the leading candidate to replace Timothy Geithner). Announcements are possible by the end of the week, but exact timing hasn’t been nailed down yet.

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10:30AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office Closed Press

2:00PM THE PRESIDENT meets with Secretary of Defense Panetta, Oval Office Closed Press


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Monday at the White House
January 7th, 2013
10:05 AM ET

Monday at the White House

We are expecting the President to announce his nonimees for the next defense secretary and the next CIA director. The event is at 1pm in the East Room of the White House. The briefing is at 2pm.

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama plans to announce former Sen. Chuck Hagel as his nominee to become the next defense secretary and Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Adviser John Brennan as the nominee for CIA director on Monday, administration officials told CNN.

Two sources close to Hagel have also been told to expect the defense secretary announcement on Monday, and additional sources – a senior administration official and a source familiar with the nomination – said Obama spoke to Hagel Sunday by telephone.

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Finally the deal is done
January 2nd, 2013
08:02 AM ET

Finally the deal is done

Late Tuesday night the House passed the Senate bill avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff. President Obama and Vice President Biden appeared in the White House briefing room to to tout a campaign promise kept.

"A central promise of my campaign for President was to change the tax code that was too skewed towards the wealthy at the expense of working middle-class Americans. Tonight we've done that. Thanks to the votes of Democrats and Republicans in Congress, I will sign a law that raises taxes on the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans while preventing a middle-class tax hike that could have sent the economy back into recession and obviously had a severe impact on families all across America."

President Obama wasted no time boarding M1 just before midnight to begin the trip back to his vacationing family in Hawaii.

He'll need to take advantage of this brief vacation in the sun. This bill only delayed the automatic cuts in federal spending by two months and by then the debt ceiling will need to be addressed, two very thorny issues.

OFFICIAL SCHEDULE
10:15AM ET THE PRESIDENT arrives in Honolulu, Hawaii, Hickam Air Force Base