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President Obama official schedule and guidance, Aug. 19, 2009. Honors NASCAR, health reform

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UPDATED CONTACT INFORMATION: In the evening, the President will participate in a conference call with faith leaders to discuss health insurance reform. To obtain information on how to COVER the call, please contact Michelle Rabinowitz, 646-831-0485, or Jen Butler, 202-577-4773.


Office of the Press Secretary



August 18, 2009



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

In the afternoon, the President will honor the 2008 Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson on the South Portico. Also appearing at this event will be former NASCAR champions, other drivers from the 2008 Chase for the Sprint Cup, as well as Jimmie Johnson's #48 Chevy. This event is open press.

In the evening, the President will participate in a conference call with faith leaders to discuss health insurance reform.

In-Town Travel Pool

Wires: AP, Reuters, Bloomberg

Wire Photos: AP, Reuters, AFP

TV Corr & Crew: ABC

Print: National Journal

Radio: Talk Radio

Magazine Photo: TIME


9:00AM Pool Call Time

9:30AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

Oval Office

Closed Press

9:50AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Economic Daily Briefing

Oval Office

Closed Press

10:30AM THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors

Oval Office

Closed Press

4:30PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at event honoring 2008 Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson

South Portico

Open Press (Pre-set 3:30PM - Final Gather 4:00PM - North Doors of the Palm Room)

5:30PM THE PRESIDENT participates in a conference call with faith leaders to discuss health insurance reform

Via telephone

To obtain information on how to participate in this call, contact Katie Paris with Faith in Public Life at 202-243-8289

Briefing Schedule

1:30PM Briefing by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs


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We need your HELP, and hope you encourage your colleagues to report on this as well. We are starting to see people bring loaded weapons to meeting where the President is attending. This has never been allowed to happen with any previous Presidents, and should not be allowed to start now. The right to bear arms is one thing, but when it threatens the security of our President, there is no right greater than his right to be protected. No matter how you look at this, it is a threat directly and indirectly to the President safety and should be outlawed. If someone show-up carrying either a loaded or unloaded weapon at a Presidential event, it should be made to be a felony, with the hopes of protecting the President, and discouraging this senseless and irresponsible behavior? If the President was on a foreign trip and one of their citizens brought a loaded fire weapon to where the President was attending, claiming that it was their right, we would be outraged. Obama is this Nation first Black President, and if for some unfortunate reason he gets shot it will most certainly start a race riot, and this is something that we don’t need and will scar this Country forever. There might be many that will love for this to happen, but as you well know it will destroy the Country. So please report on this and encourage your colleagues to express their disgust with this crazy behavior, Please, Please help stop this madness. Our Secret service is already under enormous strain protecting the President against countless other threats, from bombs to just about everything else that can be imagined. So imagine for a second having fifty people or more showing up at a Presidential event packing loaded weapons, this is a disaster waiting to happen! We have White Supremacist and other questionable groups and individuals lurking out there, this is something that should be taken quite serious. The People of this Country have always relied on the media to be the voice of average citizens, when their voice has other wise gone unheard. If there were ever a time for the News Media to intervene, I think that this should most definitely be that time? No matter how you try to dice this up or color it, there can never be any rationale to justify putting our President safety at risk, PLAIN AND SIMPLE!

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