AC360 Senior Producer
I’m not a weather forecaster but it has to be the coldest day of the year so far in NYC. Nothing like walking outside and feeling like your face is going to freeze and fall off. Nice. Bitter cold and heavy snow is slamming most of the country, stranding many people traveling for the holidays. Hundreds of flights were cancelled yesterday, and possibly more expected today. It’s a mess!
P-E Obama managed to escape to Hawaii where he will spend the holidays. He may pop out for the occasional photo-op, but no official public events are scheduled. I guess it would be awkward for him to hold press conferences while wearing his palm tree shirt and sunglasses on the beach.
The discussions about the economy and the stimulus package will continue, no rest for the weary. P-E Obama has raised his outlook for increasing employment. His goal is to create 3 million new jobs within the first 2 years of his Administration. Ed Henry is with P-E Obama in Hawaii (lucky him) and he’ll have the latest tonight.
Joe Biden said yesterday the nation’s economy is in much worse shape than we thought and stressed the need for this stimulus package to prevent if from absolutely tanking. He’ll be spending a lot of time with congressional members to convince them of this new stimulus plan, as new estimates in Congress put the price tag on P-E Obama’s plan as high as 775 billion dollars.
P-E Obama is expected to release the results of the internal investigation into his Transition teams’ contacts with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich either today or tomorrow, so we’ll have an eye out for that too.
We’ll also have the latest in the Denver runway accident where officials say ‘it’s a miracle’ no one has died. NTSB investigators continue to examine the site today, trying to work out how a Continental Airlines jet crashed and burned after veering off the runway in Denver and landing in a 40 foot deep ravine and catching fire.
If you are feeling charitable today, follow President Bush’s lead. Early this morning, he and the First Lady will be visiting the “one warm coat’ holiday service project in DC. This is a non-profit orgazination that assists in the donation of coats to people in need. Since the program started, 750,000 coats have been collected and distributed. Here is the site: http://www.onewarmcoat.org.
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