From Sunlen Miller:
President Obama will meet today with Sen. John Kerry one-on-one in the Oval Office. This follows the Massachusetts Democrat’s five-day trip in Afghanistan where he played a central role in brokering an agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai to accept a new presidential runoff election. On Tuesday, Obama said the senator was “extraordinarily constructive” and “very helpful to the efforts.
In the afternoon, the president will visit a small business in suburban Maryland where he will announce a package of initiatives that will increase credit to small businesses.
“The proposal will increase the caps for existing SBA loans and give smaller banks better access to TARP funding to encourage more lending to small business,” the White House says.
Then — preparation time: the president will participate in coordinated Cabinet-level exercise focused on the immediate aftermath of a “fictitious catastrophic earthquake” in the country.
“The exercise will examine the federal incident management policies and practices for the response to and immediate recovery from an incident of this magnitude,” the White House says of the exercise, which is planned to take place at the Department of Treasury.
In the evening the president is scheduled to once again hit the campaign trail, traveling to Hackensack, N.J., to help boost the reelection campaign of New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine.
The president’s planned appearance is the second for Corzine, and he is one of a long list of Democrats who are out on the stump this month to help the incumbent governor in a race that polls indicate is a dead heat. Vice President Biden has appeared at two events for Corzine this month. Former President Bill Clinton and Caroline Kennedy are also scheduled to make appearances for Corzine this week.
Today marks the second day in a row the president is making campaign appearances for Democratic candidates.
– Sunlen Miller