The Presidential Planner

By Maya

Oct 20, 2010 7:33am

ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports: This morning President Obama will meet privately and one-on-one with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office. Afterwards he will convene a meeting with his national security team, his regular monthly meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan in the Situation Room. Expected attendees include:
The Vice President (via videoconference)
Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State
Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense
Pete Rouse, White House Chief of Staff
Ambassador Susan Rice, United States Ambassador to the United Nations (via videoconference)
General James Jones, National Security Advisor
James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence
Tom Donilon, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor
John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
Jack Lew, Deputy Secretary of State
Neal Wolin, Deputy Secretary of Treasury
Michele Flournoy, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development
Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
General James Cartwright, Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Michael Morell, Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency
Richard Holbrooke, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (via videoconference)
Ambassador Cameron Munter, U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan
Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan (via videoconference)
General David Petraeus, Commander of ISAF (via videoconference)
General James Mattis, Commander, CENTCOM
Doug Lute, Special Assistant to the President and Coordinator for Afghanistan and Pakistan In the afternoon, the President will travel to Portland, Oregon to kick off his last big, five-state, four day swing out west before Election Day. “Our mission is to focus people on the choice that is in front of them,” White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod said Tuesday to reporters about the president's closing argument. “It’s natural and it’s easy in any midterm election and in particularly in difficult times to treat the election as a kind of referendum on current conditions. That’s not what it is.” Axelrod said that all of the agenda items that the administration is working for, and have made progress on – health care and financial regulation – would be “jeopardized” if the country is moved “backwards” with the Republicans. “We want to contrast where we think the country needs to go and that has at its core a resurgent middle class, broad opportunity and contrast that with what is being offered on the other side which is very much a  backward looking approach.” This evening Mr. Obama will deliver remarks at a rally at the Oregon Convention Center. Later, the President will travel to Seattle, Washington where he will spend the night in advance of events on Thursday. -Sunlen Miller

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