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West Wing Briefing: Monday morning edition

By Michael D. Shear

UPDATED: The president will make a fresh push for what the West Wing now terms "Wall Street Reform" during the week ahead.

The White House announced Monday morning that the President will go to New York on Thursday to push for reform. He will call for swift action by the U.S. Senate and "remind Americans what is at stake" if a strong Wall Street reform package does not go ahead, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement.

Republicans last week launched an all-out effort to convince Americans that the Democratic proposals to regulate financial firms would represent a big "bailout" for the banks. Obama's first, off-the-cuff response appeared to suggest little concern. But the White House quickly changed gears and the president's later comments -- including his weekend radio address -- were far more aggressive.

Expect more of the same this week as Senate Democrats try and push the legislation to passage.

CANCELED:

The president got a bonus round of golf on Sunday after his trip to Poland for the funeral of the former president and first lady was canceled due to Icelandic ash. It seems even Air Force 1 can't fly through tiny shards of glass.

From the Sunday morning pool report: "No scheduled events today so POTUS is playing golf at Andrews AFB. Uneventful ride from the WH to the base; arrived around 1:15. POTUS is playing 18 holes with WH Trip Director Marvin Nicholson and two others (names coming later). Your pooler is holding at a food court on the base for the next 4-5 hours. Poolers have been forewarned that we are not allowed to buy anything at this mall without a military ID, aside from food, so the next several hours of shopping will be less than fruitful."

SHOW ME THE MONEY:

This afternoon, Obama heads to Los Angeles to raise money for Sen. Barbara Boxer and the DNC. The overnight trip follows a similar trip to Florida last week, which reportedly took in more than $2 million for the Democratic coffers.

See a pattern developing?

COURT WATCH:

On Wednesday, the president will host a bipartisan group of Senate leaders for a discussion about the Supreme Court. With his second pick looming, Obama has another chance to put his stamp on the direction of the court. But even his allies in Congress don't appear eager for an all-out fight just before mid-term campaigns get into full swing.

"It's a chance for bipartisan consultation," one White House official notes, though most in the West Wing are expecting pretty solid opposition from Republicans no matter who the president picks. 

R&R: 

The mini-vacation was probably planned when the first family thought Obama was headed for a quick and brutal trip to Poland this weekend. But they are going anyway -- a three-day get-away-from-it-all turn in Asheville, North Carolina -- No press. No events. Little staff.

Why Asheville? Two staffers confirm that Obama kind of fell in love with the place when he was doing debate prep at the Grove Park Inn back in October of 2008.

From the pool report that week: "Barack Obama and his entourage stopped in at 12 Bones Smokehouse, a little barbeque dive in the River Arts District of Asheville that is supposed to be famous around these parts. The interior walls were covered in bumper stickers and signs expressing such Southern wisdom as "Baby, every day I wake up next to you is an excuse to drink."

Don't let the bumper sticker covered walls and modest exterior fool you, the place felt more like a Berkeley vegetarian spot than a sleazy Southern smokehouse. "Can you voice for the barbeque here?" Obama asked a man who, yes, vouched for the barbeque. "Yeah, there was a line even before I got here," Obama said as he stepped up to the register.

"That's the next president of the United States there fellas," an older man announced as Obama walked through the restaurant.

He ordered six sweet teas for himself and his staff, a double order of collard greens, one BBQ plate, a veggie plate and two racks of ribs (12 Bones' specialty) and some corn pudding. Total price: $66. Obama paid in cash.

STRAIGHT FROM THE WEST WING: 

On Monday, the President will travel to Los Angeles, California to attend fundraising events for Boxer and the DNC. He will spend the night in Los Angeles and return to Washington, DC on Tuesday evening.

On Wednesday morning, the President will meet with the bipartisan leaders of the Senate and the bipartisan leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the White House to discuss the Supreme Court vacancy left by the retirement of Justice Stevens. In the afternoon, the President and the First Lady together with the White House Office on Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport will host members of the United States Olympic and Paralympic teams at the White House to congratulate them on their performance and thank them for representing the United States during the Vancouver Winter Games.

On Thursday, the President will attend meetings at the White House.

On Friday, the President and the First Lady will travel to Asheville, North Carolina where they will stay for the weekend.

By Post Editor  |  April 19, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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Comments

makom's nonsensical ranting is proof enough that religious fundamentalists should not be taught to read or write

Posted by: Franktheliberal | April 19, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Obama sure does like to blow our tax $$$$$ on plane rides. This turkey will jump at every chance to fly himself or his wife some where. As far a him VISITING Wall Street, it's all a front. He doesn't have the cahones to take on Wall Street. WS needs to be heavily regulated and he will go nowhere near that

Posted by: tomb215 | April 19, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Why again the need for "swift action"?

Is this another "crisis" that we cannot allow to go to waste?

Isn't it time the Corrupt Capitol [GOP & Dems] exercises its deliberative skills (intentional exaggeration) to craft legislation that actually contributes to problem resolution .... instead of creating more NEW PROBLEMS than what are allegedly solved.

Perhaps "personal liability" should be attached to legislators who vote for bills that impinge on rights supposedly preserved by the Constitution.

Oooooh! ... but that would impinge on "immunity" that these criminals need to continue their practice of stealing from the poor to pay "themselves".

I would LOVE to see a bill from either the House or Senate that addresses our current financial crisis with a REDUCTION IN PAY of 15% for legislators, and a REDUCTION in office expense allowance of 20% .... should save at least 1 Billion per annum.

Next, TERM LIMITS and the elimination of "retirement pay" for all elected to Congress.

Public service was intended to be a "temporary" service, not a "career opportunity".

Lets start to FIX THE PROBLEM.

Did I forget to mention ... ?
,,,, REPEAL the 17th Amendment!

Posted by: esquire2 | April 19, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

The media’s fanfare about SEC fraud charges against Goldman Sachs is designed to scare politicians into passing the so-called financial reform bill that is before Congress.

This Bill will give to the Federal Reserve, a puppet of the huge monopoly banks, control over their remaining banking competition, what their media calls the “shadow banking system”. This competition is composed of the likes of Fidelity, Vanguard, Charles Schwab, American Century, etc… which act like banks with checking accounts, savings, mutual funds, lending and brokerage services.

Contrary to the media hype of a “new” financial order, the recent financial crisis created by the Federal Reserve eliminated banking competition and kept the “old” financial order in power that has governed since the reign of Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865).

In three years the “old” financial order has bankrupt, bought, or gained control of much of their banking competition, from Lehman Brothers to CIT.

The media publicity about Goldman’s fraud charges is a smoke and mirrors ploy to pressure Congress to pass the financial reform bill to maintain and expand this banking cartel.

Consumers and small businesses will have to lick the boots of the few elitist banks of the “old” financial order to obtain a loan. Investors and savers will have few options in their choices for high yields and returns on their investments.

Right now these monopoly banks are borrowing from the Federal Reserve at 1% and lending to consumers, via credit cards, at up to 30%. Price gouging is always the result of establishing monopolies.

It should be no surprise that the largest monopoly banks left in power are Goldman Sachs, Citibank, J.P. Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Mellon Bank of New York and Morgan Stanley.

All, except Bank of America, are part of the “old” financial order that mushroomed into power about 150 years ago during and after Lincoln’s Tax War. Lincoln declared in his First Inaugural Speech he started this war solely to collect his new 40% import tax from Southerners under the Morrill Tariff Act of 1861.

With the passage of his National Bank Act of 1863, Abraham Lincoln, a puppet of Northern banks and industries, re-established Alexander Hamilton’s centralist banking system in the United States, which set the foundation for the present day Federal Reserve System.

Under his First Legal Tender Act of 1862, Lincoln printed worthless paper money displaying images of Alexander Hamilton and Lincoln’s Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase (as in Chase Bank), which ultimately destroyed State banking.


Posted by: jebahoula | April 19, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

The Republican party will fight any financial reform legislation. The "13 banks" and corporate America are the biggest supporters of their campaign war chests. With the Supreme courts decision to treat corporations as voters, unlimited supplies of money will flow to republican campaigns. The republican party will pledge allegiance to the "13 banks" tr

Posted by: roosboys | April 19, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Some ask the question is Obama just a puppet and the puppeteer really the Anti-Christ. They ask, "Who is the puppeteer, who is he". It does not matter because the puppet is the puppeteer of the puppeteer. The guy who thinks he is telling Obama what to do is so into himself he does not know that Obama is actually telling him what to do. So I tell you Obama is the Anti-Christ, Devil on Earth, or what ever else you want to call this Demonic Figure. His words describe him, He is a False Hope, If you listen to him you will love him. He carries a Bow without an Arrow. He will conquer all through his speech, his false hoods will capture all who sit and listen to him.

Posted by: makom | April 19, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Kudos to President Obama!! This will help insure nothing like what happened will ever happen again!! Yes, I voted for President Obama and will do so again!!

Posted by: The_Walrus | April 19, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Wall Street reforms are far overdue, but the Republicans cannot stand to see their money sources being tampered with to make them accountable for their bad acts. They would rather see the status quo exist for as long as they are in office and the next guy can try to reform something. They cry long and loud about the proposed, bank funded, bailout pool. Why? We just spent a ton of money saving the banks from disaster. We are proposing that the banks pay into a fund to save themselves so that we don't have to do it again. But McConnell and Cantor, two giant, brainless gas bags, cannot understand that. They hear the term "bail out" and they go straight off the deep end without their life jackets. If they weren't so simply, incredulously stupid, they would be laughable. We all know what they and their followers are, but we are kind enough to let them go. Their bus to the home is due in around half past three, so that they can get the Early Bird round at the dining table.

Posted by: ronjeske | April 19, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Wall Street reforms are far overdue, but the Republicans cannot stand to see their money sources being tampered with to make them accountable for their bad acts. They would rather see the status quo exist for as long as they are in office and the next guy can try to reform something. They cry long and loud about the proposed, bank funded, bailout pool. Why? We just spent a ton of money saving the banks from disaster. We are proposing that the banks pay into a fund to save themselves so that we don't have to do it again. But McConnell and Cantor, two giant, brainless gas bags, cannot understand that. They hear the term "bail out" and they go straight off the deep end without their life jackets. If they weren't so simply, incredulously stupid, they would be laughable. We all know what they and their followers are, but we are kind enough to let them go. Their bus to the home is due in aroung half past three, so that they can get the Early Bird round at the dining table.

Posted by: ronjeske | April 19, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

When will the mainstream media ask Gibbs about a U.S. domestic super-weapon being used to silently torture, impair and "slow-kill" Americans?

'PROJECT GENEVA'...

...APPARENTLY A SECRET TEAM OBAMA-ORDERED TASK FORCE TO STOP COVERT DOMESTIC TORTURE AND IMPAIRMENT OF EXTRAJUDICIALLY, UNJUSTLY 'TARGETED' AMERICAN CITIZENS...

VIA CELL TOWER- BASED SILENT MICROWAVE/RADIO FREQUENCY ATTACKS.

= Political leaders, Congress, kept in dark about cell tower super-weapon? =

"MR. OBAMA, TEAR DOWN THOSE HOMELAND CELLULAR TORTURE TOWERS!"

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

ATTENTION 'PROJECT GENEVA' TEAM MEMBERS:

Let me shortcut your important work; see latest "comments" pages of all relevant articles at NowPublic.com/scrivener -- re:

TSA PHILLY AIRPORT SCREENING USED TO 'PSY-OP' JOURNO EXPOSING HOMELAND CELL TOWER TORTURE ATTACKS IN AMERICA?

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 19, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Obama spends way too much of his time trying to defend and sell his agenda. If what he is trying to push is so good it shouldn't need such a heavy sales job to the american people. The other point I'd make is that he seems to get really angry about people who disagree with him... more so than any president in recent history.

Posted by: tbastian | April 19, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: itkonlyyou16 | April 19, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: itkonlyyou14 | April 19, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

The White House has learned from the mistakes of health care. They cannot simply leave it up to congressional Dems to sell "Wall Street reform." Take the fight to the vast majority of Americans who are outraged with Wall Street's behavior and remind them that the GOP is sticking up for the financial CEO's.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | April 19, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

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