All The President's News...In Five Bullet Points
We've summarized the president's round-robin interviews with network correspondents...so you don't have to!
1. Afghanistan: President Obama decried leaks, saying that if they came from his shop, they'd be fireable offenses. (BTW: did POTUS read this?) He said a decision on troops is still "weeks away," even though his ambassador to India, Tim Roemer, said that the Indian PM would be notified of the decision next week. Obama, to CNN: "I am very confident that when I announce the decision, the American people will have a lot of clarity about what we're doing, how we're going to succeed, how much this thing is going to cost." BTW: Check out Spencer Ackerman's brigade-by-brigade breakdown of how many troops the Army actually has available to fight...anywhere.
2. Obama acknowledged that Guatnanamo Bay would likely not be closed by the time of his January deadline. More Obama, to Fox: "People, I think understandably, are fearful after a lot of years where they were told that Guantanamo was critical to keep terrorists out."
3. Obama promised that he'd sign a health care bill by the State of the Union (1/28), not by the end of the year.
4. Obama said he was worried about the possibility of a double-dip recession, telling Fox: "It is important though to recognize if we keep on adding to the debt, even in the midst of this recovery, that at some point, people could lose confidence in the U.S. economy in a way that could actually lead to a double-dip recession," he said.
5. On the decision to try KSM in federal court, said POTUS: "I have complete confidence in the American people and our legal traditions and the prosecutors. We've done this before."