Good morning from WWR!
The White House is gearing up for tomorrow's televised healthcare showdown - and that's the word, showdown - with bipartisan members of Congress. It'll be held at Blair House, across the street from 1600 Pennsylvania. Now, if you think the President has to overcome just Republican opposition tomorrow - yes, he sure does - that's only part of the story. Moderate Democrats, with their eye on November's mid-term election, are increasingly leery of Obama's plan, and some left-wing Dems are downright angry with the White House for leaving out the public option.
Both sides are even arguing over whether the Republicans have even posted their plan online. Here is what WWR has on both sides:
Obama's proposal: http://bit.ly/dmCOXT
House GOP proposal: http://bit.ly/28E7jq
But WWR is getting a little ahead of him/herself. This is only Wednesday. Today, the president addresses the Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs. Obama hosted a dinner for many of them last night - bosses from GE, JPMorgan, Boeing, Wal-Mart, PepsiCo. and so forth - and today he'll address the larger group at a Washington hotel. Many of the executives aren't sure Obama is pro-business; a Bloomberg poll last month said 77% of U.S. investors have their doubts.
The Schedule (EST)
10:00AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the
Presidential Daily Briefing (Oval Office)
10:30AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the
Economic Daily Briefing (Oval Office)
11:00AM THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors
1:00PM THE PRESIDENT addresses the Business Roundtable
3:15PM THE PRESIDENT participates in a credentialing
ceremony for foreign ambassadors
4:15PM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet with
Secretary of Commerce Locke
On This Day
1868 - The House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson over his attempt to fire Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. The Senate later acquitted Johnson - by one vote.
"Politics, when I am in it, makes me sick." - William Howard Taft
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