6/30/11: White House Press Briefing

White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

Armed Services Farewell Tribute for Secretary Gates

President Obama praises Secretary Robert Gates as he steps down as Secretary of Defense in a farewell tribute at the Pentagon. June 30, 2011.

President Barack Obama talks backstage with Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett before a reception at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia, Pa., June 30, 2011.

President Barack Obama talks backstage with Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett before a reception at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia, Pa., June 30, 2011.

President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen salute as troops parade during the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute in honor of Secretary Gates at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., June 30, 2011.

President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen salute as troops parade during the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute in honor of Secretary Gates at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., June 30, 2011.

LGBT Pride Month

President Obama makes remarks at an event to observe LGBT Pride Month at the White House. June 29, 2011.

President welcomes the Seattle Storm

President welcomes the WNBA Champion Seattle Storm to the White House

President Obama News Conference

President Obama holds a news conference in the East Room of the White House to answer questions on the deficit reduction negotiations and other topics. June 29, 2011.

Brian Mosteller, Deputy Director of Oval Office Operations, holds the door for President Barack Obama in the Green Room of the White House following the President’s East Room press conference, June 29, 2011.

Brian Mosteller, Deputy Director of Oval Office Operations, holds the door for President Barack Obama in the Green Room of the White House following the President's East Room press conference, June 29, 2011.

President Barack Obama meets with advisors in the Oval Office, June 29, 2011. Participating in the meeting, from left, are: Senior Advisor David Plouffe; Director of Communications Dan Pfeiffer; Press Secretary Jay Carney; Deputy Senior Advisor Stephanie Cutter; Jen Psaki, Deputy Director of Communications; Gene Sperling, National Economic Council Director; Jon Favreau, Director of Speechwriting; Jack Lew, Office of Management and Budget Director; Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner; and Chief of Staff Bill Daley.

President Barack Obama meets with advisors in the Oval Office, June 29, 2011. Participating in the meeting, from left, are: Senior Advisor David Plouffe; Director of Communications Dan Pfeiffer; Press Secretary Jay Carney; Deputy Senior Advisor Stephanie Cutter; Jen Psaki, Deputy Director of Communications; Gene Sperling, National Economic Council Director; Jon Favreau, Director of Speechwriting; Jack Lew, Office of Management and Budget Director; Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner; and Chief of Staff Bill Daley.

Open for Questions: The Way Forward in Afghanistan

Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, and Brian Deese, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, take your questions on President Obama’s plan for implementing his strategy to draw down troops in Afghanistan and our plan to focus on investments here at home. June 28, 2011.