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President Obama, Keeping His Focus on the Big Issues

The president's official schedule for today:

9:30AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

Oval Office

Closed Press

10:30AM THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors

Oval Office

Closed Press

4:35PM THE PRESIDENT hosts a reception for Greek Independence Day

East Room

Pooled Press (Pre-set 3:30PM – Final Gather 4:15PM – North Doors of the Palm Room)

No public statements on Libya. We'll presume the senior advisor meeting at 10:30 deals with that.

No public statements on the uprising in Syria. Nothing on hundreds gathering in Amman to protest the Jordanian government. Nothing on President Saleh stepping down in Yemen, a potential loss of a key ally in the war against al-Qaeda. Nothing about new shelling from the Gaza Strip into Israel. Nothing on the continuing worries about radiation in Japan.

No public statements on jobs or the economy. No statements on the deficit, or the $14.2 trillion in public debt, or the budget crises in most states, or the latest problems in Afghanistan (a NATO helicopter gunship accidentally mistook children for insurgents and killed nine of them).

But we will finally get some answers from the president about how he feels about Greek Independence Day.

Jim Geraghty

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