Obama has this week begun courting the leaders of key constituencies in meetings at the White House, asking for their support for a "balanced" plan of spending cuts and higher taxes to help curb the deficit and debt.
Obama Tuesday hosted a group of labor union leaders -- who expressed confidence the president will keep his campaign promise to end tax cuts for the wealthy -- and will this afternoon meet with CEOs from 12 major U.S. companies, including Jeff Immelt of GE, Alan Mulally of Ford, Mike Duke of Walmart and Ken Chenault of American Express, the White House said.
Obama will meet Friday with congressional leaders from both parties, their first face-to-face meeting since the conclusion of the 2012 campaign.
Obama has held seven more White House news conferences to date than his predecessor, President George W. Bush, had by this point in his first term. But compared to his modern predecessors who won second terms, Obama has waited the longest after the election to answer reporters' questions.
Obama's first post-election news conference comes eight days after he won a second term, compared to two days for George W. Bush, three days for Bill Clinton and one day for Ronald Reagan.