After months of being trapped in Washington to deal with the debt-ceiling crisis, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will finally hit the road in the upcoming weeks on policy trips.
Obama will travel to Springfield, Va., and Holland, Mich., on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively, White House press secretary Jay Carney announced on Thursday. In Virginia, the president will visit a moving-services company to talk about the recent announcement that the administration and car companies had reached a deal on higher fuel standards for cars and trucks. On Thursday, he’ll tour an advanced-battery facility.
The trips follow up on his promise to pivot back to job creation after reaching a deal with Congress to raise the debt ceiling. The following week, Obama will embark on a three-day bus tour through the Midwest to talk about jobs.
Meanwhile, Biden’s office just announced that he will travel to China, Mongolia, and Japan for a trip that starts on August 16. The visit to China--where he was invited by Vice President Xi Jinping--represents the first in a series of planned reciprocal visits between the two countries’ vice presidents. Biden will also meet with President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao to consult on bilateral, regional, and global issues. He will then go to Chengdu, a city in China's southwest that was the site of a destructive earthquake in 2008.
In Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Biden will talk about the importance of democratic development before moving on to Japan to show U.S. support for the country that suffered an earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear emergency earlier this year. His visit will include a "thank-you" to U.S. civilian and military personnel who assisted the Japanese in their disaster response.