Friday, July 30, 2010

Obama Takes the Family to Spy Museum

Obama and the family visit the International Spy Museum.

White House Press Briefing July 29

This is yesterday's press briefing with special guests:

Weiner Goes Off on Republicans on 9-11 Victim Bill

From the AP:
The bill would have provided up to $7.4 billion in aid to people sickened by World Trade Center dust.

West Wing Week July 30

Obama Speaks at Chrysler and GM in Detroit - Video

Obama was fired up, ready to go, giving car makers a boost today.
Speaking of which, I received my OFA call and I've noticed that people are starting to pay more attention now with the mid-term elections around the corner.
At the Chrysler plant, Obama said his first new car was a Jeep Grand Cherokee. It had that new car smell and everything, he said. Up until then, he said he owned beaters.
Obama reminded everyone that the just-say-no crowd said that bailing out the GM and Chrysler was the wrong move. To loud cheers, he said those people (republicans) were wrong.
At GM, Obama got to drive the Volt about 12 inches, he said. The Cadillac he rides in, The Beast, is made by GM, he said.

Obama at GM:

Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly Plant
Detroit, Michigan

12:16 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Detroit! (Applause.)

Well, it is good to be here. Everybody, if you have a seat, have a seat. (Laughter.) It is good -- it’s good to be back.


THE PRESIDENT: It’s good to be back. First off, give it up -- give it up to Leah for that wonderful introduction. (Applause.)

We’ve got some special guests here that I want to acknowledge. First of all, your Secretary of Transportation, who has helped to make sure that we are guiding this process of rebuilding the American auto industry and is doing an outstanding job, from Peoria, Illinois, Secretary Ray Lahood. Give him a big round of applause. (Applause.)

Because of a funeral, she couldn’t be here, but I want everybody to give a huge round of applause to one of the best governors in very tough times that exists anywhere in the country, Jennifer Granholm. She’s doing a great job. (Applause.)

Your outstanding new mayor and close to my heart, NBA Hall of Famer, Dave Bing is in the house. (Applause.)

Two of the hardest working senators anywhere. And they are always thinking about Michigan and Michigan manufacturing, making stuff right here in the United States of America, Carl Levine and Debbie Stabenow. (Applause.)

Outstanding member of Congress, Representative Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick. (Applause.) UAW President Bob King is in the house. (Applause.) And Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne. (Applause.) Sergio is modest. He doesn’t stand up. (Laughter.) But he’s doing a great job.

So I just had a tour of this outstanding plant with Sergio and Pat Walsh, your plant manager; General Holiefield -- now, that's a name right there -- (Laughter.) General Holiefield, vice president of the UAW. (Applause.) Cynthia Holland, your local UAW president. (Applause.)

And it was great to see the work that you’re doing and the cars that you’re building. Especially when you consider the fact that just over a year ago, the future here seemed very much in doubt.

Now, before I make my remarks, I’ve got to disclose, I’m a little biased here because the first new car that I ever bought was a Grand Cherokee. (Applause.) First new car.

Up until that point I had had some old, beat up -- (laughter) -- used cars -- they were not state of the art. And I still remember walking into that showroom and driving out with that new car. It had that new car smell, and everything worked. (Laughter.)

I wasn’t used to that. Had all these -- everything was electronic, and I had -- all my -- I’d had to roll up my windows up until that point. So I’ve got some good memories of that car. But I’ve got to tell you when I sat in this car, this is a better car. This is a state-of-the-art car. This is a world-class car right here. (Applause.)

Now, I want everybody to think about where we were. We were in the midst when I took office of a deep and painful recession that cost our economy about 8 million jobs -- 8 million jobs -- and took a terrible toll on communities like this one.

Our economy was shrinking about 6 percent per quarter. Now, this morning we learned that our economy grew by 2.4 percent in the second quarter of the year, so that means it’s now been growing again for one full year. (Applause.) Read the rest here.

Obama's Schedule July 30 Includes Tours of Chrysler and GM in Detroit

Obama heads to Detroit today to tour Chrysler and GM plants. He'll speak at 12:15 pm eastern and 1:40 pm eastern. Look for a live stream here.
9:30 AM
The President departs the White House en route Andrews Air Force Base
South Lawn
Open Press
9:45 AM
The President departs Andrews Air Force Base en route Detroit, Michigan
Andrews Air Force Base
Travel Pool Coverage
11:05 AM
The President arrives in Detroit, Michigan
Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport
Open Press
11:50 AM
The President tours the Chrysler Auto Plant
Detroit, Michigan
Travel Pool Coverage
12:15 PM
The President delivers remarks
Chrysler Auto Plant
Open Press
12:50 PM
THE PRESIDENT tours the General Motors Auto Plant
Hamtramck, Michigan
Travel Pool Coverage
1:40 PM
The President delivers remarks
General Motors Auto Plant
Pooled Press
3:10 PM
The President departs Detroit, Michigan en route Andrews Air Force Base
Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport
Open Press
4:25 PM
The President arrives at Andrews Air Force Base
Travel Pool Coverage
4:40 PM
The President arrives at the White House
South Lawn
Open Press

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Obama Signs Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010

Obama signs the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010

Obama's remarks at the signing here

Obama on The View July 29 Video

In this first clip, Obama tactfully (and oh, so satisfyingly) shuts down the often uninformed Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Facts, unfortunately, don't outweigh politics.
After the heavy stuff, The View hosts ask Obama about Snooki, Mel Gibson, Lindsey Lohan, Chelsea's wedding.... Full show is here. In the meantime, you might also want to check out Obama's education speech today at the National Urban League convention.

On the fluffy stuff:

Obama's Speech to National Urban League Video

Obama speaks for the first 10 minutes on the issues of the day, from the economy to Shirley Sherrod. Then he begins speaking about education. We're No. 12! See the Race to the Top finalists here. A transcript of the speech is here.
Obama says he supports charter schools -- good ones. He touts Mastery Charter School as one of the good ones.

The "good ball player" and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan speaks to National Press Club:

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Obama's Schedule July 29 Includes Major Education Speech

Update: See Obama's speech to National Urban League here.

9:45 AM
The Vice President meets with Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Jon Kyl, and Senator Joe Lieberman
The White House
Closed Press
10:05 AM
The President delivers a major education reform speech at the National Urban League 100th Anniversary Convention
Washington Convention Center |
Show Details

Open Press
11:10 AM
The President meets with his national security team for his monthly meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan
Situation Room |
Show Details

Closed Press
12:35 PM
The President and the Vice President have lunch
Private Dining Room
Closed Press
1:30 PM
The Vice President discusses the administration’s consumer protection agenda and the importance of consumer protection to middle-class families
The White House |
Show Details

Pooled TV, Open to Correspondents
1:45 PM
The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
Oval Office
Closed Press
2:00 PM
Briefing by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs
James S. Brady Briefing Room
Open Press
4:00 PM
The Vice President meets with Earl Devaney, Chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board
The White House
Closed Press
4:50 PM
The President signs the Tribal Law and Order Act
East Room
Open Press
5:00 PM
The Vice President swears in the Broadcasting Board of Governors
Eisenhower Executive Office Building
Closed Press
7:05 PM
The President attends a DNC finance event
Private Residence
Closed Press