The Presidential Planner

Jan 5, 2010 7:00am

From Sunlen Miller: In his first full day back in Washington, DC after his Hawaiian vacation, Mr. Obama will first meet with relevant agency heads to discuss the ongoing review of the Christmas Day attempted terrorist attack of Flight 253. In the Situation Room, Mr. Obama and Vice President Biden will discuss the ongoing reviews he ordered last week following the attempted attack “as well as security enhancements and intelligence-sharing improvements in our homeland security and counterterrorism operations,” the White House says. The President will receive an update on the investigation from FBI Director Mueller, an update on the prosecution from Attorney General Holder, and an update on the detection capabilities review being conducted by Secretary Napolitano. Mr. Obama will then receive an update from John Brennan, his Assistant for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security, on his review of the watch listing system, an administration official says.
 Brennan will lay out his initial findings and each agency head will comment on their internal reviews as well as the reforms they have already put in place as a result of the Christmas Day attempted attack. The White House has released a list of the expected attendees in today’s meeting: State of State Hillary Clinton
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano
Attorney General Eric Holder
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu
Dennis Blair, Director of National Intelligence
Leon Panetta, Director of the CIA
Robert Mueller, Director of the FBI
LTG Keith Alexander, Director of the National Security Agency
Michael Leiter, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center
General James Jones, National Security Advisor
Tom Donilon, Deputy National Security Advisor
John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security
Tony Blinken, National Security Advisor to the Vice President
Denis McDonough, NSS Chief of Staff
Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications
Nick Rasmussen, Senior Director for Counterterrorism, NSS
Heidi Avery, Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security, NSS
Bob Bauer, White House Counsel
Mary DeRosa, Deputy Counsel to the President for National Security Affairs The President will deliver brief remarks in the Grand Foyer following his meeting, outlining his findings and an initial series of reforms to improve the nation’s watchlisting system as well as the nation’s ability to thwart future attempts to carry out terrorist attacks, an administration official says. Later, the President and the Vice President will meet with Secretary of Defense Gates in the Oval Office. Focusing as well on domestic issues, in the evening the President and the Vice President will meet with House and Senate Democratic leadership in the Oval Office. Speaker Pelosi and Representative Hoyer will attend the meeting in person and Senator Reid and Senator Durbin will participate via conference call. White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton told reporters Monday that while the President’s focus is certainly on the attempted terrorist attack, that a president needs to be able to “walk and chew gum at the same time,” so Mr. Obama this week will be focusing as well on health care, financial regulatory reform and jobs.
-Sunlen Miller

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