West Wing Week: 12/14/12 or "True to Ourselves and Our History"
12:00 AM EST
Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the First Family attended the annual Christmas in Washington concert, the Vice President talked #My2k over lunch with middle-class Americans and attended the Army Navy football game with Dr. Biden, while the President signed the Child Protection Act into law, visited the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant, joined conference calls with Latino leaders and Mayors, and invited regional television reporters to the White House for a series of interviews.
Friday, December 7th:
- The President signed the Child Protection Act of 2012, a bipartisan bill authored to better protect children from sexual predators.
- That afternoon, seven middle-class Americans with a personal stake in the fiscal cliff debate sat down with the Vice President at the Metro 29 Diner in Arlington, Virginia.
Saturday, December 8th:
- The Vice President and Dr. Biden traveled to Philadelphia, to attend the 113th annual Army Navy football game.
Sunday, December 9th:
- The President and the First Family attended Christmas in Washington at the National Building Museum, a concert supporting the Children’s National Medical Center.
- The President traveled to Redford, Michigan, where he toured the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant and spoke to the workers about the economy, about reinvesting in American workers, and the importance of extending tax cuts for middle class families.
Tuesday, December 11th:
- Renowned broadcast journalist, author, and television personality Barbara Walters and her crew set up in the Diplomatic Room of the White House, where she interviewed the President and the First Lady, who later joined the interview.
- Afterwards, the President traveled back to the Oval and convened a conference call with Latino grassroots organizers where he emphasized the need for them to get involved in the fiscal cliff debate to find a balanced approach to reduce our nations deficit.
Wednesday, December 12th:
- The President invited a group of bipartisan mayors and community leaders in the Roosevelt Room to join a nationwide conference call with mayors to discuss ways we need to keep our economy growing a find a balanced approach to reduce our national deficit.
Later, the President invited cancer survivor Natoma Canfield to the Oval Office.
- The President sat down with reporters from Philadelphia, Miami, Minneapolis, and Sacramento to discuss actions Congress needs to take to prevent an income tax increases on middle class families at the end of the year.
That evening, the President and the First Lady attended a Hanukkah Reception in the Grand Foyer of the White House.