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After yesterday's healthcare hoopla, the President has a lower-key day today. After his usual intelligence and economic briefings, Obama will sign the bipartisan Travel Promotion Act, a $100-million effort aimed, as the name implies, at boosting travel to the United States. That $100 million will be funded, by the way, by charging $10 for foreigners participating in the new U.S. visa waiver program. It's also seen as a boost to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who wants more people to visit Nevada. Reid, of course, is up for reelection this year but well behind in the polls.
In the afternoon, the President meets with Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner.
9:30AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receives
the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office
10:00AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receives the
Economic Daily Briefing, Oval Office
10:30AM THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors, Oval Office
11:35AM THE PRESIDENT signs the Travel Promotion Act, Oval Office
3:00PM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet with Treasury Secretary Geithner, Oval Office
On This Day
Presidents used to be sworn into office on March 4th, until the 20th Amendment to the Constitution changed it to January 20th. Three memorable inaugural quotes from March 4th are below.
1801: "Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none." - Thomas Jefferson
1865: "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations." - Abraham Lincoln
1933: "We have nothing to fear, but fear itself." - Franklin Roosevelt
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