From Sunlen Miller
After a weekend vacation in Maine, President Obama this morning will speak about the economy in the Rose Garden, where he will call on Congress to extend unemployment insurance.
"Republicans have blocked the extension of emergency relief for the unemployed three times in the last few weeks, denying millions of people who are out work and trying to find a job the needed relief," a White House official says. "The President will tell the stories of Americans in need of the extension and he will have strong words for Republicans who have previously supported unemployment extensions under Republican Presidents but refuse to offer relief to middle class families today."
In the afternoon, the president will welcome the WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury to the White House to honor the team’s 2009 championship season, in an event in the State Dining Room.
Mr. Obama will then meet behind closed doors with former astronaut Sen. John Glenn in the Oval Office to discuss the president's space program.
In the evening, Broadway comes to the White House. The President and First Lady will host a White House Music Series event in the East Room featuring Broadway music.