The First Draft: healthcare march
President Barack Obama keeps up the march on healthcare, although today’s headlines are turning a bit pessimistic.
The Washington Post leads with “GOP Focuses Effort to Kill Health Bills,” and The New York Times has “Obama Pushing, But Early Vote On Health Fades.”
Obama is scheduled to make brief remarks on healthcare at about 1 p.m., before meeting with Democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee at 1:20 p.m. (imagine some arm-twisting at that table), before the panel continues mark up of healthcare billat 2 p.m.
Financial markets will be watching Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s testimony on the economic outlook and monetary policy before the House Financial Services Committee at10 a.m. to see if he shows a strong front against expected criticism that the Fed has done too much and gained too much power.
And finally on the subject of Obama’s jeans (how’s that for a segue?).
The president revealed all in an interview with NBC’s “Today” show which grilled him on the worn jeans that he wore to throw out the first pitch at the All-Star baseball game.
“I’m a little frumpy,” said the president who used to own only four suits that eventually turned shiny and hates to shop.
“And for those of you who want your president to look great in his tight jeans, I’m sorry I’m not the guy,” Obama said.
Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Obama throws the first pitch)