The White House claims it pays no attention to the polls - which certainly isn't true - but it absolutely pays attention, with a laser-like focus, to the unemployment rate. The final pre-election reading on this crucial figure comes out today and it is expected to show the jobless rate increasing from 9.6% to 9.7% - or more. The broader rate that some analysts say better reflects the U.S. labor market, now 16.7%, is expected to rise as well.
Obama will put his spin on this when he visits a small business in Bladensburg, Md. After returning to the White House, he'll sign the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, which will make it easier for blind and deaf citizens to access the internet, cable TV and other communication platforms.
No word yet on the President's weekend plans.
10:30AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
11:25AM THE PRESIDENT tours a small business
11:40AM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks on the monthly jobs numbers
1:40PM THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors
2:05PM THE PRESIDENT signs the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010