President Barack Obama on Tuesday meets with faith leaders to boost prospects for passing immigration reform (right now not very good), meets with Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel and then hosts his annual White House seder, with the core group of guests Obama 2008 campaign staffers who were in Harrisbug, Pa. battling Hillary Rodham Clinton in the brutal Democratic primary on Passover 2008. The staffers put together a seder at a hotel on the campaign trail and Obama kept the tradition going when he reached the White House.
The campaign seder was led by Eric Lesser, then the campaign’s chief baggage wrangler who went on to become an assistant to then White House senior adviser David Axelrod and is now running for the state senate in Massachusetts.
Below, from the White House…
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2014
DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR
TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2014
In the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.
Later in the morning, the President will meet with faith leaders to discuss the importance of taking action to pass commonsense immigration reform in the Oval Office. There will be a stills only pool spray at the top of the meeting.
In the afternoon, the President will meet with senior advisors, where he will also observe a moment of silence to mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. This meeting and moment of silence in the Oval Office are closed press.
Later in the afternoon, the President will meet with Secretary of Defense Hagel in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.
In the evening, the President and the First Lady will mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder at the White House with friends and staff. The Seder in the Old Family Dining Room is closed press.
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9:30AM In-Town Travel Pool Call Time
10:00AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
11:30AM THE PRESIDENT meets with faith leaders
Stills Only Pool Spray at the Top (Gather Time 11:10AM – Brady Press Briefing Room)
2:40PM THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors and observes a moment of silence
3:45PM THE PRESIDENT meets with Secretary of Defense Hagel
6:30PM THE PRESIDENT and FIRST LADY mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder at the White House
Old Family Dining Room
12:15PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney