President Obama praises George W. Bush in beginning discussions on immigration reform.
Both countries asked the U.N. to investigate reports of chemical weapons use by the Syrian government.
In a roughly hour-long speech, the president argued that although America’s economy is on the mend, more must be done to return it to its pre-recession form.
Don’t expect the president to deliver a smack down tonight, reports TRNS Chief White House Correspondent Victoria Jones.
He did, however, say that he was “heartened” to see Republicans begin to engage with Democrats on a way to reform the nation’s immigration system.
The president will also travel to the West Bank and Jordan, according to Press Secretary Jay Carney.
The sequester, as it’s known in Washington, would slice federal budgets by a total of $1.1 trillion over the next decade starting on March 1st. However, Congress has the power to postpone or cancel the cuts altogether.
“We don’t have to agree on everything to agree it’s time to do something,” he said before a supportive audience.
Obama also said that the NATO mission will change beginning in the spring, with allied forces shifting to a support role as Afghan forces gradually begin to take the lead.