ABC News’ Mary Bruce Reports: It used to be a daily occurrence, but, despite a spate of lagging economic indicators, the president’s economic briefings have been absent from his daily schedule in recent months.
Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney pounced on the scheduling change earlier this week. “If I’m President of the United States there will not be a day that I’m not being briefed on and thinking about bringing American jobs back to America and make America the number one job creator in the world. For me it’s everything you can do. Every lever you can pull, which is taxes, trade policies, energy policies, rule of law, good schools, and a government that doesn’t spend more money than it takes in,” he said in Derry, N.H.
The in-person economic briefing made a return to the president’s schedule yesterday, as a late morning addition. It was the first such meeting in more than a month. However, today it is nowhere to be seen on the agenda.
Asked about the disappearing act, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters last week that the in-person economic briefing “happens occasionally, it doesn’t happen all the time. And I think that was always the case.”
Then White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced that the president would receive a daily economic briefing shortly after Obama took office.
“The President asked that this be added each day to his schedule, as the country is in the midst of an economic crisis and an economic emergency. And he felt it was important that each day he receive the most up-to-date information as it relates to the economy, as we put together an economic reinvestment and recovery plan, as well as future financial stability packages, to ensure that our economy gets moving again,” Gibbs said in January 2009.
President Obama continues to meet regularly with his senior advisors, which often includes members of his economic team and he receives a daily economic briefing on paper.