Originally appearing at Talk Radio News Service
The White House Gaggle 19 January, 2007
By Dheeraj Chand
President Bush had his usual meetings and briefings, and will continue to do so through the day. The President will record his radio address today. The topic is health care, and we can expect to see previews of some of the policy initiatives from the State of the Union. At 1.20 p.m., the President will be giving an interview to David Jackson of USA Today. He is leaving for Camp David on Saturday morning. Secretaries Gates and Rice will be joining him there, but are not traveling with him.
The Week Ahead
Monday: The President will make his annual call to the participants in the “March for Life”. He will make this call from Camp David. He will then return to the White House.
Tuesday: The President will address Congress for the annual State of the Union speech.
Wednesday and Thursday are still to be determined.
Friday: The President will deliver remarks to the House Republican Conference at 12.15 p.m.
Saturday: The President will attend the annual Alfalfa Club dinner.
The State of the Union
Deputy Press Secretary Dana Perino spent quite a bit of time talking about the State of the Union address. She was emphatic about the global, positive vision that the President intended to set out about Iraq and other policy issues. He intends to discuss his surge strategy during the address, but in global terms, as part of the larger war on terror, and will most likely not use the address as a forum from which to rebut specific arguments against his strategy. Perino said that she didn’t expect that the weekend meetings with Secretaries Gates and Rice would affect the content or substance of the address.
Perino had not heard about Talebani’s remarks that he would be willing to come to an understanding with Iran, and had no comment.
Chinese Anti-Satellite Weapon
The White House has conveyed its displeasure and concern to the Chinese government through diplomatic channels but has not yet heard back. Japan and Australia have also expressed concern. This is in response to the successful test of the satellite disabling weapon that the Chinese have been attempting to develop for almost thirty years.