Monday Briefing


Budget, 9/11 military trial and 2012 re-election campaign top the agenda in Carney’s session with reporters.

On budget:
“Time is of the essence…nobody believes it is good for the economy…to run a government in a way where it stops, starts.”

Obama believes there is “ample room” for compromise. “We take seriously the expressed sentiments” of Congressional leaders.

On military trial for 9/11 suspects:
Says he doesn’t want to “get ahead” of Holder, but Obama focused on bringing accused parties “to justice.”

On 2012 re-election:

Obama can’t be accused of handling big issues “in a slow way.”

He “remains committed to comprehensive immigration reform” but it requires “bipartisan support” to get done.

Defends president’s billion-dollar fundraising goal, says Obama “keenly aware” many Americans still struggling to find jobs.

On Koran burning:

Burning of sacred text is “un-American and inappropriate.”

“Nothing justifies” the kind of violence that resulted in Afghanistan.

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