President Barack Obama has a very light schedule today, one day after returning from a weeklong overseas trip to China, Myanmar and Australia. He could just be taking it easy — or there could be a surprise in store.
News organizations reported last week that Obama could announce the executive action he's taking on immigration reform as soon as this week. Could it be today?
Obama's public schedule features only the presidential daily briefing, lunch with Vice President Joe Biden and an afternoon meeting with senior advisors. What’s somewhat unusual is that there isn’t even a press briefing.
Light schedule days sometimes indicate a surprise presidential press conference or announcement — on May 30, Obama's public schedule was also light, and Obama came to the podium twice: first to announce the resignation of embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, then later to announce the departure of White House spokesman Jay Carney.
Late this morning, White House press secretary Josh Earnest tweeted that Obama would use his executive authority to act on immigration "this year." Coincidence? We'll see.
Pres. Reagan used his exec authority to fix probs in the immigration sys. So did Bush 41. Obama will too - this year. http://t.co/sKwLIHr5Lj— Josh Earnest (@PressSec) November 17, 2014