On This Day – Pete Souza: “From the bus, the President waves to a crowd gathered along a road in Boone, N.C., during the American Jobs Act bus tour. It was always interesting to watch people’s reaction as they spotted the President at the front of the bus.” Oct. 17, 2011
Today (all times Eastern)
11:50: The President delivers remarks at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
1:0: Press Briefing by Josh Earnest
1:30: The First Lady campaigns for Charlie Crist in Orlando
President Obama on the Steve Harvey Morning Show
“The truth of the matter is, African American voters, young voters, progressive voters, Latino voters, they now vote at relatively high rates during presidential elections. But I bet a whole bunch of your listeners aren’t even thinking about this election coming up on Nov. 4. But this is really the last election in which I have the opportunity to get a Congress that will work with me [to get our progressive agenda done].
Back in 2010, folks didn’t vote. As a consequence, the tea party took over the Republican Party. We lost the House. And, although we’ve made a lot of progress on various issues since then, basically Congress has fought me every step of the way and it led to things like the shutdown and all kinds of negative consequences in terms of things like gun control that we couldn’t get done. So, we really need to have the kind of Congress that is serious about the issues that matter to folks and the responsibility is ultimately up on everybody’s who’s listening.
Folks like to complain, talk about Washington. But if only 45, 40 percent of the people are voting then it’s not surprising that Congress isn’t responsive. If people voted at the same rates during midterms as they did during presidential elections we would maintain Democratic control of the Senate . . . and so I need everybody listening to understand this is really, really important.
I need everybody to really pay attention to this thing. . . . but this is something where I’m just hoping, everybody who’s listening, says, “We’re going to give one last push so the president and the first lady have the opportunities to really use these last two years on our behalf.” It’s up to everybody who’s listening. It’s up to them to make that difference. It’s up to you.”
On This Day
Visitors on the 2009 Fall Garden Tour pass by the Oval Office as President Obama talks on the phone with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, Oct. 17, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama visits Mast General Store in Boone, N.C., during a stop on the American Jobs Act bus tour, Oct. 17, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)
First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a taping with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan for “Live! with Kelly and Michael” at the Live with Kelly Studios in New York, N.Y., Oct. 17, 2012 (Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)
On This Day: President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden link arms and sing “We Shall Overcome” during the dedication ceremony for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011. Joining them, from left, are: Harry Johnson, Sr.; Interior Secretary Ken Salazar; and Herman “Skip” Mason (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama has canceled trips to Rhode Island and New York in order to continue monitoring the government’s response to the Ebola outbreak. He now has no scheduled public events today.
President Obama meets with, from left, U.S. Trade Representatvie Ron Kirk, former President George H. W. Bush, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, prior to the Points of Light forum at Texas A&M University, in College Station, Texas, Oct. 16, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama greets Marine Corps cadets, and Reveille, the Aggie mascot, in the Marine Corps Mess Hall at Texas A&M University, in College Station, Texas, Oct. 16, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama says goodbye to former President George H. W. Bush and former Secretary of State James A. Baker, prior to departure from Easterwood Field landing zone, in College Station, Texas, Oct. 16, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)
Pete Souza: “Neighbors in West Newton, Mass., react as the President headed their way after speaking at an event next door.” Oct. 16, 2010
President Obama hugs his wife Michelle at the conclusion of his debate against Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in the second U.S. presidential debate in Hempstead, New York October 16, 2012
President Obama tosses a football with Press Secretary Jay Carney in the Outer Oval Office, following the Senate vote on the federal government shutdown and debt ceiling, Oct. 16, 2013. Trip Director Marvin Nicholson and Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer watch (Photo by Pete Souza)