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President Obama official schedule and guidance, Feb. 25, 2010. Bipartisan health care meeting

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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 2010

DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010

In the morning, the President and the Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

The President will then host a bipartisan meeting at the Blair House to discuss health reform legislation. The President will offer brief opening comments, followed by Republican and Democratic Members chosen by their colleagues. They will then begin discussions around four themes: 1) Controlling costs - introduced by the President; 2) Insurance reforms - introduced by Secretary Sebelius; 3) Reducing the deficit - introduced by the Vice President; and 4) Expanding coverage - introduced by the President. The meeting will be pooled for TV and print in its entirety. There will be a pool still photographer spray at the top of the meeting. The entire meeting will also be streamed live on www.WhiteHouse.gov. The President will be seated in the middle of one side of the hollow square, with the Vice President, Secretary Sebelius, and congressional Leadership seated alongside him at the table. Members will be seated by caucus around the square.

Members of Congress expected to attend the meeting include:
Senator Harry Reid, D-NV, Majority Leader
Senator Mitch McConnell, R-KY, Republican Leader
Senator Dick Durbin, D-IL, Majority Whip
Senator Jon Kyl, R-AZ, Republican Whip
Senator Max Baucus, D-MT, Chairman of the Finance Committee
Senator Chuck Grassley, R-IA, Ranking Member of the Finance Committee
Senator Tom Harkin, D-IA, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Senator Chris Dodd, D-CT, Member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Senator Chuck Schumer, D-NY
Senator Patty Murray, D-WA
Senator Kent Conrad, D-ND
Senator Jay Rockefeller, D-WV
Senator Ron Wyden, D-OR
Senator Lamar Alexander, R-TN
Senator John Barrasso, R-WY
Senator Tom Coburn, R-OK
Senator John McCain, R-AZ
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA
Representative Steny Hoyer, D-MD, Majority Leader
Representative John Boehner, R-OH, Republican Leader
Representative James Clyburn, D-SC, Majority Whip
Representative Eric Cantor, R-VA, Republican Whip
Representative Charles Rangel, D-NY, Chairman of the Ways and Committee
Representative Dave Camp, R-MI, Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Committee
Representative Henry Waxman, D-CA, Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee
Representative Joe Barton, R-TX, Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee
Representative George Miller, D-CA, Chairman of the Education and Labor Committee
Representative John Kline, R-MN, Ranking Member of the Education and Labor Committee
Representative John Dingell, D-MI, Chair Emeritus of the Energy and Commerce Committee
Representative Xavier Becerra, D-CA
Representative Louise Slaughter, D-NY
Representative Robert Andrews, D-NJ
Representative Jim Cooper, D-TN
Representative Paul Ryan, R-WI
Representative Marsha Blackburn, R-TN
Representative Charles Boustany, R-LA
Representative Peter Roskam, R-IL

** Note: Senator McConnell and Leader Boehner will designate one additional Republican member to attend.**

Later, the President will deliver remarks and present the awards for the 2009 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal in the East Room. The First Lady will also attend. This event is open press. Non-White House hard pass holders who wish to cover the event should send their full name, date of birth, social security number and country of citizenship to media_affairs@who.eop.gov by 11:00AM EST Thursday morning.

In-House Pool
Wires: AP, Reuters, Bloomberg
Wire Photos: AP, Reuters, AFP
TV Corr & Crew: ABC
Print: Gannet News
Radio: VOA
Travel Photo: TIME

Blair House Pool
Wires: AP, Reuters, Bloomberg
Wire Photos: AP, Reuters, AFP
TV Corr & Crew: CNN
Print: Gannet News
Radio: VOA
Travel Photo: TIME


EST

8:15AM In-House Pool Call Time

9:15AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
Oval Office
Closed Press

9:50AM THE PRESIDENT walks to Blair House
In-House Pool Coverage (Gather Time 8:55AM - Stakeout Location)

10:00AM THE PRESIDENT hosts a bipartisan meeting to discuss health reform legislation
Blair House
Pooled for Blair House TV & Print in entirety// Blair House Pool Still Photographer spray at the top (Gather Time 8:40AM - Stakeout Location)
**Blair House Pool Note: Please wear dark suits

4:00PM THE PRESIDENT walks to The White House
In-House Pool Coverage (Gather Time 3:45PM - Stakeout Location)

4:30PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks and presents the awards for the 2009 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal
East Room
Open Press (Pre-set 3:30PM - Final Gather 4:05PM - North Doors of the Palm Room)


**NOTE TO THE IN-HOUSE POOL: The President may walk back to the White House during the lunch break at some point between 11:00AM and 1:00PM EST. The walk to and from the White House will be covered by the In-House Pool.

**NOTE TO PRESS: Beginning at 7:00AM tomorrow, Pennsylvania Ave between 17th St and 15th St will be closed for security reasons in anticipation of the health care meeting at Blair House. Closings will last until approximately 6:00PM.

Members of the press wishing to access the White House will be able to enter and exit White House grounds through the Northwest Gate, as usual. However, the access path to the Northwest Gate will be limited to the South sidewalk of Pennsylvania Ave, beginning at the intersection of Pennsylvania Ave and at 17th St and moving eastward to the Northwest Gate. This will be the only access path for reporters to get to the Northwest Gate.

Secret Service will be stationed at the intersection of 17th St and Pennsylvania Ave to direct press. All White House hard pass holders as well as all press appointments (those cleared in for the day) will be allowed to use the designated path.


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