The Presidential Planner

By Lindsey Ellerson

Nov 11, 2009 7:01am

ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports: On Veterans Day President Obama will start his morning with a Veterans Day Breakfast at the White House with the First Lady in the East Room. Veteran Service Organization leadership, veterans from all eras, and retired United States Air Force pilot and astronaut Buzz Aldrin will be in attendance. Afterward, as is tradition, the First Couple will lay a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate the fallen at the Tomb of the Unknowns.  Mr. Obama will make brief remarks at the Memorial Amphitheater within the Cemetery.  During the Fort Hood memorial service yesterday, the president said Veterans Day is a time of tribute. “It's a chance to pause, and to pay tribute,” Mr. Obama said, “for students to learn the struggles that preceded them; for families to honor the service of parents and grandparents; for citizens to reflect upon the sacrifices that have been made in pursuit of a more perfect union.” As the president uses the day to pause and pay tribute to those who have served, Mr. Obama will also use part of his day forming a new strategy forward in Afghanistan and Pakistan, likely involving sending more troops into Afghanistan. President Obama will sit down for the eighth time in the Situation Room with his national security team to discuss Afghanistan and Pakistan. Expected attendees include: Vice President Biden
Secretary of State Clinton
Secretary of Defense Gates
Ambassador Susan Rice, Permanent U.S. Representative to the United Nations
Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan
Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
General James E. Cartwright, USMC, Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
General David Petraeus, U.S. Central Command
General Stanley McChrystal, U.S. Commander in Afghanistan
Lieutenant General Karl Eikenberry, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan
General James Jones, National Security Advisory
Tom Donilon, Deputy National Security Advisor
John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security
Lieutenant General Douglas Lute, Special Assistant to the President for Afghanistan and Pakistan -Sunlen Miller

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