Day 16 of the crisis: President currently has no public events scheduled...
Washington, DC - With Congress once again at an impasse over ending the federal government shutdown, President Barack Obama on Wednesday will have much to discuss when he has his fourth luncheon with Vice President Joe Biden since the crisis began on Oct. 1. Above, in a White House photo from Day 14, the President busses his own coffee cup after meeting with Biden in the Rose Garden, a symbol of the shutdown staff furloughs at 1600 Penn.
The President and Biden last had lunch together on Day 9 of the shutdown, continuing their tradition started in 2009 of huddling weekly over a midday meal. Today's 12:30 PM lunch comes ahead of meetings with Cabinet Secretaries, and will be in the Oval Office Private Dining Room. The President so far has no public events on his schedule, but that could change.
White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford is part of the "skeletal" staff still on duty at the White House during the shutdown.
President and Vice President
had their first White House shutdown luncheon on Wednesday
Oct. 2, Day Two of the shutdown. On Day 4, 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.
The President and Vice President on Wednesday will begin their day with the closed-press Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office.
After lunch, at 2:25 PM, the President and Vice President will have a meeting with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew in the Oval Office, followed by a 3:05 meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry. Both are closed press.
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*Photo by Pete Souza/White House