Bloomberg News: “President Barack Obama is setting up to campaign as a populist defender of the middle class, using the fight over his nominee to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the extension of a payroll tax cut. The president will be ‘aggressively’ campaigning for Richard Cordray’s confirmation ahead of a likely Dec. 8 Senate vote, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters yesterday.”
President Obama got laughs at the Kennedy Center Honors Sunday night. Of cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Obama said, "Everybody likes him. You've got to give me some tips. … I thought about asking him to go talk to Congress."
“The president of the United States is defending his faith in America, confronting GOP efforts to undercut his leadership and raise questions about his patriotism as he seeks re-election,” AP writes. “In the battle over "American exceptionalism," Obama used a recent trip to Asia to highlight America's role as the strongest and most influential nation on earth. In this election season, responding to the Republican critique is essential for Obama, the only incumbent ever compelled to show a birth certificate to defend his legitimacy.”
Newark Mayor Corey Booker will campaign in New Hampshire Friday for President Obama, the Boston Globe reports.
“President Obama is planning to jet off to Hawaii for a 17-day Christmas vacation,” the New York Daily News reports. “Obama, who visited the island two weeks ago for an economic summit, is set to relax in Honolulu from Dec. 17 to Jan. 2. The family trip to Hawaii over the holidays has become routine for Obama, who grew up on the island.”
“A chance encounter with Vice President Dick Cheney at a shopping center in Colorado allowed Steven Howards to express his disgust with the Iraq war and touch Cheney on the shoulder,” AP writes. “It also led to Howards' arrest by Secret Service agents. Five years later, Howards' claim that the agents detained him because of his criticism is the subject of a lawsuit that the Supreme Court could hear. The justices could say Monday whether they'll take the case. … Agents Virgil D. ‘Gus’ Reichle Jr. and Dan Doyle have the support of the Obama administration in arguing they should be shielded from such suits when they have a good reason, or probable cause, to make an arrest.”