ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports:
After receiving his regular rounds of morning briefings, President Obama will speak in the Rose Garden about the $26.1 billion state funding bill the House of Representatives will vote on today.
With teachers at his side, the president will urge the "House of Representatives to pass a package of critical relief to states and funding to save approximately 160,000 teacher jobs across the country," the White House says.
In the afternoon, the president will participate in an ambassador credentialing ceremony in the Oval Office, a traditional event where the president will recieve the credentials from foreign ambassadors recently posted in Washington.
The following ambassadors will attend:
- Ambassador Alieu Momodou Ngum, Gambia
- Ambassador Hubert John Charles, Dominica
- Ambassador Joao P. Castanheira Do Vale de Almeida, European Union
- Ambassador Abednigo Mandla Ntshangase, Swaziland
- Ambassador Elkanah Odembo Absalom, Kenya
- Ambassador Mohamed Lemine El Haycen, Mauritania
- Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, South Africa
- Ambassador Elena Borislavova Poptodorova Petrova, Bulgaria
- Ambassador Michael Kenneth Moore, New Zealand
- Ambassador Zygimantas Pavilionis, Lithuania
- Ambassador Afelee Falema Pita, Tuvalu
Later in the afternoon, the president will meet separately and privately with senior advisors and with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in the Oval Office.