What to Watch

Friday, June 19, 2009

-- President Obama starts his day speaking before the 2009 National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast, sponsored by Esperanza, a Hispanic evangelical network, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel. In the afternoon, he will talk about fatherhood and mentoring at an East Room event, then meet with young men from local schools on the South Lawn.

In the evening, Obama is the featured speaker at the 65th annual Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

-- Vice President Biden and Jill Biden will also attend the correspondents dinner, at which online comedy site JibJab will present the premiere of its latest parody. John Hodgman, PC in the Apple ads, and singers Sweet Honey in the Rock provide entertainment. Earlier, at 2 p.m., the vice president will speak at the swearing-in ceremony for Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

-- Christina Romer, left, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, makes "The Economic Case for Health Reform" to the House Budget Committee at 10 a.m.

-- The liberal answer to the Federalist Society, the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, is in town for its national convention, which continues Saturday at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), left, is the featured speaker in the morning, and in the late afternoon a number of administration lawyers, including White House Counsel Gregory B. Craig and Biden chief of staff Ronald A. Klain, sit on a panel discussing "The Levers of Change: How Progress Is Made in Today's Policy Environment."

-- The Ebenezer AME Church in Fort Washington hosts a morning viewing and funeral for Stephen Tyrone Johns, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum security guard killed last week by a gunman. Police have identified the alleged assailant as white supremacist James W. von Brunn, 88. Witnesses said Johns opened the door for the elderly man just before he was shot. The museum will be closed until 3 p.m. to allow employees to attend the funeral.

-- The National Archives formally launches the National Archives Channel on YouTube, showcasing film holdings and interviews on matters from the Great Depression to the Space Race, as a way of honoring the 75th anniversary of the Archives. Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/USNationalArchives.

-- Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. delivers the keynote at the D.C. Court of Appeals 34th annual Judicial Conference.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpost.com

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