From Sunlen Miller:
On the anniversary of his election, President Obama will spend part of the day today in Madison, Wisconsin.
In a closed-door ceremony the President will first participate in credentialing ceremony for foreign ambassadors in the Oval Office.
Then he will travel to Madison to speak at Wright Middle School about the administration’s $4.35 billion “Race to the Top” initiative, a national competition funded through the Recovery Act among states to inspire education reform.
Melody Barnes, Director of the Domestic Policy Council at the White House said that the President will highlight the importance of innovation and excellence in the public education system during his speech today.
“This competition is not based on politics or ideology or interest group preferences. It’s based on whether or not a state is ready to do what actually works,” Barnes said previewing the President’s remarks.
Read more from ABC’s Yunji de Nies here .
After returning back to the White House the President and First Lady will host another Musical Series at the White House featuring classical music. The President will deliver remarks and then watch performances by musicians Joshua Bell, Sharon Isbin, Alisa Weilerstein and Awadagin Pratt in the East Room.
The White House has previously held events celebrating jazz, country, and Latin music.