Even as he returns from Kokomo, Indiana, where he talked about the economy and domestic issues, President Obama and the White House continue their behind-the-scenes focus on North Korea’s attack on South Korea.
President Obama is still expected to phone South Korean President Lee Myung-bak upon returning to the White House.
Meanwhile, in the White House Situation Room at this hour, officials are gathering to discuss the rogue regime.
- National Security Adviser Tom Donilon;
- Vice President Biden’s National Security Adviser Tony Blinken;
- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton;
- Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg;
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates;
- Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy;
- US Ambassador to the United Nations Dr. Susan Rice (via secure video teleconference);
- Director of National Intelligence James Clapper;
- Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell;
- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen;
- Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. James Cartwright;
- Adm. Willard, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command (via secure video teleconference);
- Gen. Sharp, Commander U.S. Forces Korea (via secure video teleconference);
- Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security John Brennan;
- Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough;
- Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communication Ben Rhodes;
- National Security Staff Senior Director for Asian Affairs Jeff Bader;
- Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President Mary DeRosa;
- Director for Asian Affairs Daniel Russel; and
- Senior White House Coordinator for Weapons of Mass Destruction, Counterterrorism and Arms Control Gary Samore.