The Presidential Planner

Mar 9, 2010 7:00am

 The Presidential PlannerFrom Sunlen Miller:

After his regular round of morning briefings, President Obama will have lunch today with business leaders in the Private Dining Room.

The White House says this lunch – as with other meetings with business leaders over the past year, are to look for ways the administration and the business community can work together to grow the economy and create jobs.

In the afternoon the president will meet with Prime Minister Papandreou of Greece in the Oval Office, where the Greek debt crisis will likely come up during their private meeting.

“They are expected to discuss their shared commitment to financial reform and economic recovery, and their continued work together in Afghanistan through NATO and on non-proliferation,” the White House says.

“Greece is a long standing ally of the United States in our shared efforts to promote stability and prosperity both in its region and around the world.  As the birthplace of democracy, Greece and the United States share deep cultural and historic ties.  The President looks forward to consulting with Prime Minister Papandreou on a broad range of strategic issues,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said announcing the visit last month.

In the afternoon, the president will meet with members of the President’s Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in the Roosevelt Room, to “thank them for their work.”  Launched last year by an executive order, the president tasked the group to work to improve their communities, “no matter their religious or political beliefs.”

In the Cabinet Room later in the afternoon the president will later meet with a bipartisan group of Senators to discuss energy. In addition to the Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, and Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and EPA administrator Lisa Jackson – the president will also be joined by number members of Congress:

Senator Max Baucus (D-MT)
Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH)
Senator John Kerry (D-MA)
Senator George LeMieux (R-FL)
Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT)
Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN)
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)

In the evening – to honor Greek Independence Day – the President and the First lady will host a reception in the East Room. The president, as well as Prime Minister Papandreou will speak during the reception.  His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America will also deliver remarks.

-Sunlen Miller

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