President Obama begins his Tuesday as he does most days, by getting an economic update from his treasury secretary who is likely to tell him things could get worse before they get better. In a New York Times op-ed piece, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner writes, "while the economy has a long way to go before reaching its full potential, last week's data on economic growth show that large parts of the private sector continue to strengthen...We suffered a terrible blow, but we are coming back." But in an interview with ABC's Good Morning America, the Treasury Secretary says it's possible that unemployment numbers could rise above their current rate for a "couple of months" before slowly coming back down. It's definitely not the uplifting news any president wants to hear when mid-term elections are just around the fall corner.
Tune into Tuesday's Special Report with Bret Baier as White House Correspondent Wendell Goler explains what economic indicators the Obama administration is tracking this election season especially when high unemployment numbers don't appear to be getting better.
Please read below for the full Tuesday schedule released by the White House. Row 2, Seat 4 will stream the 2:00 p.m. ET town hall with young African leaders as well as the 12:30 p.m. ET Robert Gibbs briefing. [foxlivestream]
9:30AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
10:00AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Economic Daily Briefing
11:00AM THE PRESIDENT signs the Fair Sentencing Act
2:00PM THE PRESIDENT hosts a town hall with Young African Leaders
4:30PM THE PRESIDENT meets with Secretary of Defense Gates
12:30PM Briefing by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs