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West Wing Week: 11/16/12 or "That's Who We Are"
12:00 AM EDT
Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President invited fourteen middle-class Americans to stand with him as he spoke on next steps for our continued economic recovery, honored Veteran's Day with veterans, service members and their families at Arlington National Cemetery, held a news conference in the East Room and traveled to New York to continue to work on recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy.
- The President spoke to reporters in the East Room, flanked by middle-class Americans and urged House republicans to support a Senate passed bill that would prevent tax increases on middle-class families, and 97% of small businesses from taking effect at the end of the year.
- The President and First Lady were joined by the Vice President and Dr. Biden to honor Veteran's Day at Arlington National Cemetery, where the President laid a wreath, addressed the gathering at the Memorial Amphitheater, and traveled to section 60, to visit with families of service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- The President convened an East Room news conference where he pledged to work with Democrats and Republicans to find a balanced deficit reduction plan. He also repeated his view that the plan should strengthen the middle class, help create good private sector jobs and ask those who at the top of the income scale to do their fair share to deal with our fiscal challenges.
- The President traveled to Staten Island, New York, to meet with state and local officials about the ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Sandy. He met with victims still struggling with the effects of the Super Storm that ravaged the region.
- Back at the White House, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes gave us a preview of the President's upcoming trip overseas.