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President Obama official schedule and guidance, Feb. 25, 2009. Stevie Wonder gets Gershwin Prize at the White House. Tony Bennett, others perform


Office of the Press Secretary

February 24, 2009


NOTE: Coverage for the event in the Indian Treaty Room will be pooled TV, but otherwise open press.

Tomorrow morning, President Obama will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, the Economic Daily Briefing and meet with senior advisors in the Oval Office. These meetings are closed press.

Later in the morning, the President and Vice President will introduce his Commerce Secretary nominee in the Indian Treaty Room. This event will be will be pooled TV, but otherwise open press.

In the afternoon, the President will meet with members of the Democratic leadership in Congress. This will be closed press.

Later in the afternoon, the President will meet with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate Banking Committee and the House Financial Services Committee in the Oval Office. The meeting will be closed press. Following the meeting, President Obama will discuss the critical need for financial regulatory reform in the Diplomatic Reception Room. This will be pooled press.

In the evening, the President and First Lady will host "Stevie Wonder In Performance at the White House: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize" to showcase an evening of celebration at the White House in honor of musician Stevie Wonder's receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The event will take place in the East Room and will be pooled press. Important coverage details are listed at the bottom of this message.

Also tomorrow, state school superintendents from around the country will meet with Vice President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to discuss the implementation of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. Immediately following the meeting at approximately 4:00PM, Secretary Duncan and superintendents will stop by the stake out location.

Intown Travel Pool
Wires: AP, Reuters, Bloomberg
Wire Photos: AP, Reuters, AFP
TV Corr & Crew: ABC
Print: Tribune
Radio: FOX
Magazine Photo: Newsweek


9:00AM Pool Call Time

9:30AM THE PRESIDENT receives Presidential Daily Briefing
Oval Office
Closed Press

10:00AM THE PRESIDENT receives Economic Daily Briefing
Oval Office
Closed Press

10:30AM THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors
Oval Office
Closed Press

11:00AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT will introduce the Commerce Secretary nominee
Indian Treaty Room
POOL TV - Open for CORRESPONDENTS (Pre-Set 9:45AM - Final Gather Time 10:30AM)

12:30PM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet with members of the Democratic leadership in Congress
Cabinet Room
Closed Press

3:00PM THE PRESIDENT meets with the Treasury Secretary Geithner and the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate Banking Committee and the House
Financial Services Committee
Oval Office
Closed Press

3:45PM THE PRESIDENT makes a statement about the meeting
Diplomatic Reception Room
Pooled Press (Pre-set 2:30 PM - Final Gather Time 3:15PM)

7:25PM THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY will host "Stevie Wonder In Performance at the White House: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize"
East Room
Pooled Press (Pre-set 6:30PM - James S. Brady Briefing Room)

Briefing Schedule

1:00PM Briefing by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs

Coverage Details about "Stevie Wonder In Performance at the White House: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize"

The 60-minute program, to be taped by WETA Washington, DC, will air Thursday, February 26, 2009, at 8:00PM ET on PBS stations nationwide. The concert will include performances by Wonder himself and Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Martina McBride, Esperanza Spalding,, and the gospel duo Mary Mary, among others. President Obama will confer the Gershwin Prize upon Wonder during the event.

WETA will feed the event live to the press briefing room for non-pool coverage. Feed is in clear and will be available Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 7:30PM ET (live broadcast). PBS will provide news organizations unlimited use of the footage within customary news practices (individual clips not to exceed two minutes) for broadcast purposes only. This video credit must be chyroned while footage is broadcast: PBS/Stevie Wonder In Performance at the White House. PBS will also grant news organizations unlimited audio usage within customary news practices (individual clips not to exceed two minutes) for broadcast use only with the appropriate credit: Audio courtesy of PBS/Stevie Wonder In Performance at the White House. Questions should be directed to WETA


Need I say more? Obama spoke well,... high elocuence,... he is great at that.Actually, that is his job, as a engulf the masses with his 'preacher-like skills'...did he not sounds like ready-for-church talker?.....ah! yes, REV OBAMA, indeed!

His dscourse was superb,....A LOT OF WORDS VERY WELL SAID (the public sallow that easy and he and his gang knows that).
So, he sounded CONVINCING alright,....but SUBSTANCE,HONESTY, not to mention the so called, 'FISCAL RESPONSABLILITY'...all that?....CERTAINLY NOT !

CORRECT! ,all that is just like the (also so called) 'TRANSPARENCY' transparent that nobody, ABSOLUTELY NOBODY....INCLUDING OBAMA HIMSELF can find it just TRANSPARENT or INVISIBLE (take a pick) ...DOES NOT EXIST !


I do not mean to sound sardonic but it looks like Obama and his gang seems to be almost at border of desperation, willing to push or infuse this SPENDING PLAN ('stimulus') to the taxpayers even by means of rectal lavatory procedure (enema).

God only knows WHAT IS AHEAD (???) ,…BECAUSE if they were bold enough, to go the extremes to FRAUDULENTLY win the elections,(remember ACORN among other things?)…perhaps they are willing to do others things too.Actually nothing takes me for surprise.

Did anyone vote for this ONGOING DECEPTION?

The way to end this is to REMOVE these guys from there,... for none of them have the best interers for our great country. CORRUPTION, GREED (among others things) AND SELF-INTEREST,... DRIVES THEIR ANTI-PATRIOTIC MOVES.

Daniel Cabrera

In stead of taking shelter completely away from homeowners who fall behind on mortgage payments, the banks, with their new load of money, should just demote the homeowners to an RV of some sort. America needs to stay mobilized. TERRORISTS ARE SUCCESSFUL IN CONQUERING PEOPLE WHEN PEOPLE ARE NOT MOBILIZED AND NOT ARMED. Hello? LET KEEP AMERICA SAFE BY KEEPING AMERICANS MOBILIZED AND ARMED -- NOT THE OPPOSITE!!!!!!!

Well we have just heard from another right wing republican. It seems the republican still have not learned their lesson. Just because you say something is so people will no longer believe you. Saying the new President is hiding things or is not taking care of business will not work. Bushs legacy will include teaching the american people you cannot trust their goverment nor can you trust the commenators on the boob tube to tell the unvarnished truth.Look at Fx news no-spin zone. Never has a television station represented all that is wrong with the media on any given broadcast. If the republicans have an answe to the countries problems lets here it. We wont because they do not have an answer just repeating more of the same. I had a real laugh the other day when I heard a ranking Senate republican refer to Obama as a tax and spend democrat. An that was froma spend spend and spend sum more republican to the tune of erasing a surplus and doubling the national debt all along creTING MORE AMERICANS falling below the poverty level.I guess that ok as long as the top 2% of americans make 28% of the moneyearned in america...the revolution has started and the republicans will be out of control of Washington govt for 10 to 15 years easily. Thanks president Bush

Dear President Obama.

Being a Baptist Archbishop and a Africian American, I want to say keep up the excellent work and remember to always keep God first.

God and only God will keep you and your administrations focus and armed with the proper shields to carry you through each day.

It was not Congress or the Senate that placed you in office. You were chosen by God and through his will, God allowed your spirit to touched millions of lives.

Remeber to stay on the course of justice and liberty for all Americans. Your actions and leadership as President, will forever change the course of America, not only as a great nation, but a greater nation for years far exceeding your presidency.

I would like to extend an invitation for my wife Shantell and I to pray in private with you and your family.

Feel free to reach me or Shantell at 404.207.4648, 404.312.8070 or 678.596.9291 or at

May God continue to bless you and your family. Archbishop Walter L. Dixon, Sr.

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