Obama's Day, May 16: Awarding Medal of Honor

President Obama will award U.S. Army Specialist Leslie H. Sabo Jr. the Medal of Honor posthumously for conspicuous gallantry.

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In the morning, the President will visit a small business in the Washington, DC area where he will urge Congress to act on the "To Do List," specifically highlighting the need to invest in small businesses and jumpstart new hiring by passing legislation that gives a 10 percent income tax credit to firms that create new jobs or increase wages in 2012 and that extends 100 percent expensing in 2012 for all businesses. The President will hold a roundtable discussion with small business owners who will benefit from these proposals as well as Small Business Administrator Karen Mills. There will be a pool spray with a statement at the bottom of the discussion.

Later, the President will meet for lunch with Congressional Leadership in the Private Dining Room where he will stress the importance of acting on Congress' "To Do List." This lunch will include House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. This working lunch is closed press.

In the afternoon, the President will meet with Secretary of State Clinton in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

Later in the afternoon, the President will award Specialist Leslie H. Sabo, Jr., U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Specialist Sabo will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his heroic actions in combat on May 10, 1970, while serving as a rifleman in Company B, 3d Battalion, 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division in Se San, Cambodia. The First Lady will also attend. The President's remarks in the East Room are open press.

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