Day 9: A private tête-à-tête before Yellen announcement and TV interviews...
Washington, DC - President Barack Obama will take a break midday on Wednesday for his third luncheon with Vice President Joe Biden since the government shutdown began nine days ago. The duo have been dining together weekly since 2009, and today's 12:30 PM huddle will be in the Oval Office Private Dining Room. (Above, a previous tête-à-tête in the PDR)
After, the President will announce his nomination of Janet Yellen to replace Ben Bernanke as Chairman of the Federal Reserve, in an East Room event at 3:00 PM. Yellen, 67, has been vice chair of the Fed since October 2010. She was president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco from 2004 to 2010, and also served as chair of the Council of Economic Advisors from 1997 to 1999. Before that, she was a professor at UC Berkeley, on staff from 1980 on.
The President on Wednesday will also "conduct interviews with four local television anchors at the White
House about how the government shutdown has affected their communities
and how an economic shutdown would be even worse," the White House said.
The interviews are scheduled for 2:00 PM in the Library, and are embargoed until 5:00pm EDT. "The list of media markets will be released in the afternoon," the White House said.
As for lunch: Executive Chef Cris Comerford is part of the "skeletal" staff still on duty at the White House during the shutdown.
The President and Vice President
had their first White House shutdown luncheon last week on Wednesday Oct. 2, Day Two of the shutdown. On Day 4, on Friday, Oct. 4, the President and Vice President strolled from the White House for a visit to nearby Taylor Gourmet for take-out hoagies, and an ad hoc press conference to blast House Republicans.
Before Wednesday's luncheon, in the morning the President and the Vice President will receive the closed-press Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office.
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*Photo by Pete Souza/White House: One of the first luncheon photos in the Oval Office Private Dining Room, taken on Nov. 5, 2009.