Newsom Tracker: Awkward meeting? 

Hours before criticizing President Barack Obama on a morning talk show, Mayor Gavin Newsom was set to meet with the president and his staffers at the White House today to chat about jobs and the economy.

On the talk show, Newsom responded to questions about his attacks on Obama’s stance on gay marriage to the New York Times by offering even more choice words.

The mayor also hinted at the possibility the Times chose to run the story shortly before he was to meet with the president.

“Timing was curious when it appeared yesterday,” Newsom said on the show. “It was unfortunate timing.”

Then again, Newsom will be with other mayors when he meets with the president, so it might not be all that awkward. Newsom has been attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors and pitching for an extension of the JobsNow program to lawmakers in Washington D.C., among other topics.

“He really came out here with a singular focus,” Newsom’s press secretary Tony Winnicker said, referring to JobsNow.

The mayor was also scheduled to attend a press conference with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley regarding a “pending Supreme Court gun lawsuit,” one that challenges restrictive policies on firearms in cities like San Francisco.

The mayor was set to return to The City late tonight.

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