On the menu for invited middle class Americans: Cold cuts and tax cuts...
Vice President Joe Biden has an event newly added to his daily schedule, the White House announced this morning: He'll be having a photo-op luncheon with "middle-class Americans" to continue President Obama's public campaign to pressure Congress to extend the middle class tax cuts. The effort has included an intense social media push using the hashtag #My2K, in which the President is urging Americans to share their stories about what $2,000 dollars means to them. The luncheon will be pooled press.
"This afternoon, the Vice President will have lunch with middle class Americans from across the region who would see their income taxes go up if Congress fails to act to extend the middle class tax cuts," the White House said. "They will discuss the importance of extending income tax cuts for 98% of Americans and 97% of small businesses, and finding a balanced approach to deficit reduction to lay the foundation for our economic future."
President Obama traveled to Northern Virginia on Thursday for a similar photo op, meeting Tiffany Santana, a high school English teacher, and her husband and parents in their basement apartment to discuss the tax cuts. No lunch was served. Biden made a "surprise" stop at a new Costco in Washington, DC last week, where he extolled the importance of the issue while on a shopping spree that included buying an apple pie and giant TV.
The White House says hundreds of thousands of people have responded to the campaign on Twitter and other Social Media, and that Santana was one of the many people who sent her story in.