(Update: In a second schedule update issued around 10:42 a.m. on Wednesday, the White House indicated that President Obama would continue with his campaign trip to Las Vegas after issuing a statement on events in Libya and Egypt in the Rose Garden.
The only change in the updated schedule is this: "Shortly after (the Rose Garden statement), the President and Secretary Clinton will visit the State Department in Washington, DC. This visit is closed press." The updated schedule still states that "In the afternoon, the President will depart the White House en route Las Vegas, Nevada.")
(CNSNews.com) - On the day after the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed in Benghazi, the White House on Wednesday morning released a schedule showing that President Obama would continue with his planned campaign trip to Las Vegas.
Before he leaves, the schedule indicated, Obama will "deliver a statement" in the White House Rose Garden at 10:35 a.m., the White House said.
Obama on Wednesday morning confirmed the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens, the administration’s point man during the Libyan revolution, in a statement condemning the "outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans."
"While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants," Obama said.
The White House schedule released at 9:19 a.m. Wednesday, verbatim:
In the morning, the President will deliver a statement in the Rose Garden. Secretary of State Clinton will also attend. This statement is open press.
10:35AM THE PRESIDENT delivers a statement
Open Press (Pre-Set 9:30AM—Final Gather 10:15AM—North Doors of the Palm Room)
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2012
DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2012
In the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.
In the afternoon, the President will depart the White House en route Las Vegas, Nevada. The departure from the South Lawn and the arrival at McCarran International Airport are open press.
While in Las Vegas, the President will deliver remarks at a campaign event. The President’s remarks at the Cashman Center are open to pre-credentialed media.
In the evening, the President will depart Las Vegas, Nevada en route Aurora, Colorado. The departure from McCarran International Airport and the arrival at Buckley Air Force Base are open press.
The President will remain overnight in Denver, Colorado.