West Wing Week: 12/03/10 or "Sharp Elbows"

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♪ [Drum and Bugle Corps] ♪
Narrator: Welcome to the "West Wing Week," your guide to
everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
This week, the President focused on deficit reduction and
bipartisan solutions to America's challenges.
That's November 26th to December 2nd, or "Sharp Elbows."
President Obama: Washington is supposed to be a town of sharp elbows,
it's getting a little carried away.
Narrator: On Friday, November 26th, the holiday season got its
official start at the White House, when the First Lady,
accompanied by Sasha and Malia, were presented with the official Christmas tree.
Michelle Obama: So what do you think?
Do you give it the thumbs up?
Sasha and Malia: Yeah.
Michelle Obama: All right, let's see, thumbs up.
All right.
We'll take it.
Mr. Botek: Thank you very much.
Michelle Obama: Thank you.
Thanks so much.
Narrator: The 18-and-a-half-foot Douglas fir hails from
Lehighton, Pennsylvania, and will be on display in the Blue
Room for the rest of the season.
On Monday, November 29th, President Obama went to the
Eisenhower Executive Office Building to announce a
federal pay freeze to address the massive budget deficit and
alter the unsustainable fiscal course we're on.
This two-year pay freeze will save $28 billion over the next
five years, and more than $60 billion over the next ten.
President Obama: The hard truth is that getting this deficit under control
is going to require some broad sacrifice,
and that sacrifice must be shared by the employees of the
federal government.
After all, small businesses and families are tightening their belts.
Their government should, too.
Narrator: Later that afternoon, the President met with Admiral
Mike Mullen and the Joint Chiefs of Staff to discuss the
repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
President Obama: Good morning.
How are you?
How are you?
Good to see you.
Narrator: On Tuesday, November 30th, President Obama met with
members of the Congressional leadership at the White House to
discuss bipartisan solutions to our nation's challenges,
including jobs, the deficit, and a new START treaty with Russia.
President Obama: The American people did not vote for gridlock.
They didn't vote for unyielding partisanship.
They're demanding cooperation and they're demanding progress,
and they'll hold all of us, and I mean all of us, accountable for it.
And I was very encouraged by the fact that there was broad
recognition of that fact in the room.
Narrator: Later, the President was joined by Energy Secretary Steven Chu
and Science and Technology Advisor John Holdren
in the Oval Office to greet the Americans who will be awarded
Nobel Prizes later this year.
President Obama: Congratulations.
The work you guys do is outstanding and very much appreciated.
Narrator: On Wednesday, December 1st, the President and
Vice President met with General Colin Powell in the Oval Office.
The men spoke about the importance of ratifying the new
START treaty with Russia, a critical aspect of our national
security strategy.
General Powell: The President noted the issues that we discussed
with a particular focus on the new START treaty.
I fully support this treaty and I hope that the Senate will give
its advice and consent to the ratification of the treaty as
soon as possible.
Narrator: The President also took some time to meet with members
of his Economic Recovery Advisory Board to discuss housing issues,
and also met with Mayor Elect of Washington, D.C., Vince Gray.
President Obama: Good morning, come on in.
Narrator: On Thursday, December 2nd, President Obama crossed
Pennsylvania Avenue to go to Blair House, where he met with
newly elected governors, and discussed a whole host of ways
that his administration will work with them to strengthen the
economy and create jobs in communities all across America.
President Obama: As of today you've got two million people who stand
to lose their unemployment insurance over the
course of the year.
If we don't do something, seven million people could lose their
unemployment insurance.
That's not also -- that's not just a potential tragedy for
those individual families, it could have a huge impact on your
local economies, because every economist of every stripe will
tell you that unemployment insurance dollars are probably
the ones that are most likely to be spent, most likely to be recirculated.
Narrator: Later at the White House, the President and First Lady
hosted a Hanukkah celebration, lighting the
traditional Hanukkah candles to celebrate the second night of
the eight-day holiday.
President Obama: As we prepare to light another candle on the menorah
let us remember the sacrifices that others have made
so that we may all be free.
Let us pray for the members of our military who guard that
freedom every day, and who may be spending this holiday
far away from home.
Narrator: To find out more information on any of these topics,
or to see complete videos of these events,
go to Whitehouse.gov,
and thanks again for checking out your "West Wing Week."
President Obama: Keep up the good work.
Don't let Chu get you down.
All right?
Don't let him get you down.
Secretary Chu: How could that happen?
President Obama: All right, guys, thank you.