Breaking: White House Briefing Highlights

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs Monday briefing.

Gibbs did not walk out wearing the Canadian Hockey sweater.  The suit-wearing press secretary told reporters, he is still in the process of coordinating receipt of the sweater from his Canadian counterpart.  "The Canadians have kept in very close contact for this." 

President Obama will welcome President of El Salvador to the White House on Monday, March 8th

Health care:  Look for an announcement Wednesday from the President on how to move forward.  Gibbs says the Republicans could decide not to filibuster.

President's Health:  Gibbs says the President has eaten more deserts this year.  "If it's available, you're more likely to -- you're more likely to eat it. And I think he's had more access to sweets and desserts in the past year than he -- look, those guys make good desserts over there. And I think he's on more than one occasion sampled more than he needed to."  The President told  Gibbs on Marine One Sunday after his physical that he more finds himself pushing away the pie plate more often.  "You all think he eats carrots and celery, but there is a lot more cheeseburgers and pie."

Smoking: The President continues to chew nicotine gum.   Gibbs says the President has quit smoking but "like anyone he falls off the wagon." Gibbs says the President "works hard at it and continues to struggle with it."  Gibbs added he does not know who the President "bums" cigarettes from or where the President smokes.  At one point during the campaign, President Obama admits he was smoking about 5-6 cigarettes a day but Gibbs says he's not aware that the President is up to that amount. 

Jobs:  During the President's upcoming Tuesday trip to Savannah, GA, he will visit a couple of businesses and will discuss jobs and weather retrofitting.

Health Care proposal:  Gibbs agrees with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's assessment that the proposal will be smaller.  Major Garrett asks Gibbs about Warren Buffett saying to scrap the current bill and start over.  Gibbs says it's more about what we don't do.  "The cost of doing nothing on health care.  We know what that means...It doesn't mean alot to Warren Buffet if we do nothing because he's okay." 

Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY):  "What we're trying to draw attention to is hundreds of thousands of people who have lost their jobs and benefits and one person is trying to disrupt the process."  Click here to find out more about the White House objections with Senator Bunning.