From Sunlen Miller:
President Obama will start his day today by participating in a call with FEMA Administrator Fugate on the preparations being made in advance of Hurricane Earl, currently threatening the eastern seaboard, the White House said.
"The President wants to ensure we are doing everything in our power to keep people safe before the storm affects the East Coast and that we are supporting survivors of the storm in our Caribbean territories," a White House statement said.
The remainder of the day Mr. Obama is scheduled to spend on the Middle East peace talks. The President will first hold separate and closed-door bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, King Abdullah II of Jordan, and President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt in the Oval Office.
In the early evening Mr. Obama will emerge from his meetings to make a statement to the press in the Rose Garden. Shortly thereafter the President and each of the visiting leaders will deliver statements to the press in the East Room, in advance of a "working dinner" in the Old Family Dining Room.
Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, says that the administration believes today's agenda will "set the stage" heading into the resumption of direct talks on Thursday led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
"I think what the President wants to do is be able to speak to each of these key individuals in these talks to discuss what can be achieved, to discuss the importance of moving forward and the importance of comprehensive peace in the Middle East to all of our interests, and to build trust among the different leaders through his interactions and through the dinner that they’ll share."
On Thursday, Clinton is scheduled to hold meetings with all of the leaders at the State Department.
Special Envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell said the goal of the talks is a two-state solution with security and dignity for both Israelis and Palestinians.
– Sunlen Miller