What to Watch: After Beijing, Obama departs for Seoul

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

-- President Obama started his Wednesday in Beijing, on what was Tuesday night in Washington, by sitting down with reporters from CBS, CNN, Fox and NBC. He also met with Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao. In the evening, he departs for Seoul.

-- Back in the Eastern time zone, first lady Michelle Obama takes her nutrition and health messages to Hollin Meadows Elementary School in Alexandria in the morning, highlighting the Agriculture Department's Healthier U.S. School Challenge.

-- It's also a day for the first and second ladies to focus on the White House's military families project. Jill Biden stuffs packages and speaks at the first "USO Care Package for Women" party, at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in the morning. In the afternoon, she and the first lady will host a gathering at the White House celebrating women in the military. Veterans and current servicewomen will be joined there by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. James Cartwright, members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and their wives, and other military and administration officials.

-- The Labor Department releases the consumer price index for October, and the Commerce Department releases the October housing-starts report.

-- The Senate Judiciary Committee at 9:30 a.m. holds an oversight hearing on the Justice Department. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. testifies.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpost.com

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