8:05 am || Attends the National Prayer Breakfast; Washington Hilton; Live stream will be available 11:15 am || Departs White House 11:40 am || Arrives Leesburg, Virginia 12:30 pm || Delivers remarks at House Democratic Issues Conference; Lansdowne Resort, Lanndowne, Virginia 1:55 pm || Departs Leesburg 2:20 pm || Arrives White House
All times Eastern except as noted
Carney will brief off-camera at 10:00 am
Two of President Obama’s closest allies, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, are among eight Democratic governors refusing to recognize today, February 6, as “Ronald Reagan Day” in their states, according to the Washington Examiner.
Two other Democratic governors can’t make up their mind whether to issue a proclamation making Reagan’s 102nd birthday a day honoring the Gipper.
Patrick is a personal friend of Obama’s who campaigned for him and was considered a possible contender for attorney general if Eric Holder had stepped down. Abercrombie is viewed as something of a mentor to the president, with whom he goes back, well, forever. He was friendly with Obama’s parents.
The other Democratic governors refusing to honor Reagan are Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee are on the fence.
All Republican and many Democratic governors agreed to the proclamation, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and California Gov. Jerry Brown.
That’s okay about Patrick and Abercrombie and the rest of the petty crew. Reagan would have known how to deal with them.
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