White House Correspondent
It's a full day for the prez on Wednesday, Nov. 17. He'll be meeting with advisers in the morning, then convening the monthly national security meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan before handing out awards in the evening. Here's what's on deck:
9:30 a.m. -- The president receives the presidential daily briefing in the Oval Office.
10:10 a.m. -- Meets with senior advisers.
10:45 a.m. -- Press Secretary Gibbs will convene an off-camera gaggle in the Brady Press Briefing Room.
11:15 a.m. -- Meets with his national security team for his monthly meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan in the Situation Room. Expected attendees include: Vice President Joe Biden; Hillary Clinton, secretary of state; Robert Gates, secretary of defense; Pete Rouse, chief of staff; Tom Donilon, national security adviser; Denis McDonough, deputy national security adviser; John Brennan, homeland security and counterterrorism adviser; Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; Leon Panetta, director of the Central Intelligence Agency; Rajiv Shah, administrator, USAID; Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Gen. David Petraeus, U.S. Central Command (via videoconference).
12:45 p.m. -- The president and vice president meet for lunch in the Private Dining Room. Given the tense lame-duck session of Congress at hand, smart money is on solid protein, possibly grilled lamb chops.
3:45 p.m. -- The president and vice president meet with Secretary of State Clinton in the Oval Office.
5:25 p.m. -- The president awards the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation in the East Room.