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Obama Still "Tinkering" With Speech

President Obama is still working on tonight's speech, and will continue "tinkering" through the day press secretary Robert Gibbs said this morning.

Work began in earnest when the president came back from Camp David Monday "with many handwritten pages of notes that he gave to the speechwriters," Gibbs said. He reviewed a draft last night, and met with speechwriters at the White House before he left for New York today. "My sense is this thing will be locked sometime this afternoon," Gibbs said.

The spokesman would say little about new about the content of the speech, reiterating the broad overview he gave yesterday.

"He President will talk tonight about the public option and about the necessity for choice and competition, but I don't want to make all his news now. Then what will we do later tonight?" Gibbs joked.

He did say that Obama spoke with Senate Finance Committee chair Max Baucus yesterday, and hopes his committee "can get something done in a bipartisan way."