From Sunlen Miller:
This morning President Obama will meet with General Odierno privately in the Oval Office, the White House said.
Afterwards the president will travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he will deliver a speech at Carnegie Mellon University on the economy.
"He will talk about the progress we’ve made in building the New Foundation he discussed at Georgetown last year, as well as the work we have left to do," a White House official says.
After returning to Washington, D.C., the president and first lady will host a concert in the East Room honoring Paul McCartney in the evening.
McCartney will be awarded the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress.
McCartney, in addition to Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, the Jonas Brothers, Dave Grohl, Jack White, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Rae and Lang Lang, will perform.
“It’s very special. It’s true, I’ve had some great awards, I’ve been really lucky on that score,” McCartney said Tuesday. “But for an English kid growing up in Liverpool — the White House — that’s very special.”
– Sunlen Miller