Tuesday, January 29, 2013

60 Minutes, Miami Heat, and a Speech in Las Vegas

This was another light week for President Obama. During this time, he received 3 daily briefings, ate lunch with VP Biden twice, and announced 2 personnel nominations. 

For entertainment, he hosted an afternoon reception for the Miami Heat on Monday, and taped Steve Kroft "60 Minutes" joint interview with Hillary Clinton.

In addition, he is pushing two incentives: gun control and immigration. For these, he met with police chiefs and sheriffs, and is spending today flying back and forth to Las Vegas in order to give another speech. It seems quite odd that he would spend over $1 million taxpayer dollars flying to Las Vegas just to give a speech. But, no other official explanation was given for this expensive trip.

Also note that VP Biden got on the fundraising wagon again. He flew to New Orleans last Saturday to raise money for one of his fellow Democratic Senators.

Below is a summary of President Obama's weekly schedule from Wednesday January 23 to Tuesday January 29 2013.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
  • President Obama left the White House at 9:20 AM and flew to Las Vegas where he is delivering remarks about immigration. Afterward, he is flying back to DC.

Monday, January 28, 2013
  • President Obama had a daily briefing at 10:30 AM. He then met with police chiefs and sheriffs to discuss his gun control policies at 11:15 AM. After eating lunch with VP Biden, Mr. Obama he hosted a NBA Champions Miami Heat welcome reception at 1:40 PM.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
  • Vice President Biden attended a fundraiser in New Orleans for Sen Mary Landrieu.
Friday, January 25, 2013
  • President Obama made a personnel announcement at 12:10 PM naming Denis McDonough as his next Chief of Staff. Later, he and Hillary Clinton sat for a "60 Minutes" interview with Steve Kroft which aired on Sunday.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
  • Mister Obama had a daily briefing at 10:25 AM. He then make a personnel announcement at 2:30 PM nominating Mary Jo White to lead the Security and Exchange Commission and Richard Cordray to continue leading the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Two hours later, at 4:35 PM, he held a meeting with Hillary Clinton.
  • VP Biden participated n a Google+ Hangout about gun violence.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
  • President Obama received a daily briefing at 10:30 AM. After a 12:30 PM lunch with Joe Biden, Mr. Obama was done for the day.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Celebrating with "the shrinking few", Mr. Obama is Sworn-in for four more years

President Obama completed his first term in office by receiving 3 daily briefings and preparing for his 2nd term Inauguration. As the weekend arrived, it was time for Mr. Obama to take the Presidential Constitutional Oath of Office. Unlike others before him, Mr. Obama had two swearing in ceremonies. The first was on Sunday as mandated by the Constitution. And the second was for ceremonial show on the Martin Luther King Holiday.

Among the festivities were luncheons, parades, and Balls, that Mr. Obama, his family, the Vice President, dignitaries, wealthy friends and donors (whom Mr. Obama called "the shrinking few") attended.

Below is a summary of President Obama's schedule during the week of Wednesday January 16 through Tuesday January 22 2013.

Today, Tuesday, January 22, 2013
  • At 10:45 AM, Mr. Obama attended a National Prayer Service along with his wife, Michelle, and Mr. & Mrs. Biden. At 9 PM tonight, the four will attend the Staff Inaugural Ball.

Martin Luther King Day Inauguration, Monday, January 21, 2013
  • The Obama family began the day by attending an 8:45 AM church service. About 2 1/2 hours later, he was sworn in at the United States Capital at 11:20 AM. After speaking, the family attended the inaugural luncheon. In the afternoon, they then participated in and watched the inaugural parade. Their evening was spent by attending two Inaugural Balls. When they were over, the Obama's hosted a private inaugural party at the White House that lasted into the middle of the night (Obamas host stars at private inaugural party)

Inauguration Day, Sunday, January 20, 2013
  • President Obama first participated in a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery at 9:05 AM.  Then at 11:55 AM, the President took the official oath of office at a Constitutionally required swearing-in ceremony. At night, he attended an Inaugural Reception at The Building Museum where he also delivered remarks at 8:48 PM.

Saturday, January 19, 2013
  • Both Mr. & Mrs. Obama delivered remarks at the Burrville Elementary School in Washington DC to promote the public's Volunteering on the National Day of Service.
  • At 7:45 PM in the evening, both Michelle Obama and Jill Biden spoke at the Kids Inaugural Concert held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in DC.

Friday, January 18, 2013
  • Mr. Obama received a daily briefing at 10:15 AM

Thursday, January 17, 2013
  • Mr. Obama received a daily briefing at 10 AM

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
  • President Obama received a daily briefing at 10 AM. At 11:55 AM, both he and the Vice President uneiled their gun control package.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Obama granted himself lifetime protection!

As President Obama was winding down his first term in office, he was preoccupied with planning his upcoming inauguration, replacing staff, and signing a variety of miscellaneous Bills.

His official agenda was remarkably light during the past week. His typical day started at 10 to 10:30 AM when he first received a daily briefing (four in all). Afterward, he lunched, signed Bills and made announcements. Most of his work was completed by 3 PM in the afternoon.

Mr. Obama's administrative week included meetings with President Karzai, Hillary Clinton, and various members of his staff.

However, there were three outstanding highlights in his agenda. First, he entertained the cast and crew of the TV show 1600 Penn. Then, he called the coach of the Crimson Tide. And lastly, he signed a Bill authorizing lifetime protection for himself!

Below is a summary of President Obama's official schedule during the week of Wednesday January 9 through Tuesday January 15 2013.

Today, Tuesday, January 15, 2013
  • Mr. Obama received daily briefing at 10:45 AM along with VP Biden. Later, the two met again for lunch at 12:30 PM.
Monday, January 14, 2013
  • President Obama spent some of the day with Joe Biden. The two begin with a daily briefing at 10:00 AM. At 11:30, Mr. Obama held a news conference. Afterward, he had lunch with Biden, and then the two met with Hillary Clinton at 2:30 PM.  The President completed his day after a 3 PM Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony. Sometime in between, he signed 20 bills into law, and held a policy meeting in the Cabinet Room.
  • While Obama was holding a news conference, VP Biden met with Members of the House of Representatives.

Friday, January 11, 2013
  • President Obama met with President Karzai of Afghanistan for 3 hours or so. First, they held a restricted bilateral meeting at 10:30. Then, they had lunch. Lastly, they held a joint press conference at 1:15 PM.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
  • Mr. Obama received a daily briefing at 10:30 AM. Then at 1:30, he make a personnel announcement nominating Jack Lew as Secretary of the Treasury. He also held a meeting with advisers in the Roosevelt Room. In between, he called the University of Alabama football coach and congratulated him on winning the BCS Championship. Plus, he signed the Former President's Protection Act of 2012 and several other Acts.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
  • President Obama began the day with a 10:00 AM daily briefing. He was then free until 4:45 PM when he hosted the cast and crew of 1600 Penn for a private screening at the White House.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Obama spends more time golfing on vacation than he does working in the White House

After the Fiscal Cliff deal was reached and passed by the Senate and Congress, President Obama took to the sky again. He boarded Air Force One in the early hours of Wednesday and flew back to Hawaii where he vacationed until Sunday.

Once he arrived on Wednesday, President Obama went to the gym at 6:15 AM and spent an hour working out. Right afterward, he went golfing. The next day, he played golf at the Turtle Bay resort.

Upon his return to Washington DC, Mr. Obama tried to overcome his jet lag by starting his working days with a 10:30 AM daily briefing and only scheduling one other function each day. On Monday, he delivered remarks announcing his choice of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense, and John Brennan for Director of the CIA. Today, he will meet with Leon Panetta.

Below is a summary of President Obama's schedule during the week of Wednesday January 2 through Tuesday January 8, 2013.

Today, Tuesday, January 8, 2013
  • President Obama receives a daily briefing at 10:30 AM. He will then end the day after a 2:00 PM meeting with Leon Panetta.
  • Vice President Joe Biden and wife Jill are in the U.S. Virgin Island with family members.

Monday, January 7, 2013
  • Mr. Obama started the day with a 10:30 AM daily briefing and ended it after making a 1:05 PM announcement.

Sunday, January 6, 2013
  • Mr. Obama and his family left Honolulu Hawaii and flew back to Washington DC.

Friday, January 4, 2013
  • President Obama golfed at Turtle Bay.
  • VP Biden presided over a Joint Session of Congress.

Thursday, January 3, 2013
  • President Obama landed in Hawaii, and then went golfing.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
  • Mr. Obama flew back to Hawaii after the Fiscal Cliff deal was passed on Tuesday.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Fiscal Cliff Spoils Mr. Obama's Christmas Vacation in Hawaii

Mr. Obama's Hawaiian vacation was spoiled by the threat of the country going over the Fiscal Cliff. Facing potential tax hikes for all those still working and the halting of unemployment benefits for those collecting, the President flew back to Washington DC without his family two days after Christmas. His week was spent working with the Vice President and leaders of both Houses trying to work out a deal.

Finally on New Year's Eve, an agreement was reached with the Senate and the measure was passed. On the following New Year's Day, the House of Representatives ratified the bill as well. Shortly thereafter, the President boarded Air Force One and flew back to Hawaii to finish his vacation.

The following is a summary of President Obama's week from Wednesday December 26 through Tuesday January 1, 2013.

New Year's Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2013
  • President Obama delivered a statement after Congress passed the Fiscal Cliff deal, and then left the White House to fly back to Hawaii.

Monday, December 31, 2013
  • President Obama O delivered remarks regarding the ongoing Fiscal Cliff negotiations.

Friday, December 28, 2013
  • Mister Obama held a bipartisan leadership at the White House. Afterward, he delivered a statement.

Thursday, December 27, 2013
  • President Obama flew back to Washington DC from Hawaii to push the Senate and Congress to pass his Fiscal Cliff deal.

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