By Jueseppi B.
Today, First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed guests to the White House for a Diwali celebration. The celebration started with the First Lady suprising local students at a Bollywood dance clinic and trying out some moves herself.
Then the First Lady spoke during a reception in the East Room:
“We’ve celebrated this holiday here at the White House every year since Barack took office. And there’s a reason why we’ve done that,” she said.
When we say that we want to make the White House the “people’s house,” we mean all people. We mean that we want to honor and embrace all of the many cultures and faith traditions that make us who we are as Americans. And Diwali is very much one of those traditions.
Diwali is celebrated by members of some of the world’s oldest religions not just here in America but across the globe. “ It’s a time to come together with friends and family, often with dancing and good food,” the First Lady said.
But Diwali is also a time for contemplation and reflection. It’s a time for us to think about our obligations to our fellow human beings, particularly those who are less fortunate than we are. And as we light the diya — the lamp — we recommit ourselves to the triumph of light over darkness, of good over evil.
“I am so proud and so honored to be celebrating this beautiful holiday at the White House with all of you,” the First Lady told guests. “And I wish you all and all your loved ones a Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak.”
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The President & First Lady Surprises White House Tours
Streamed live on Nov 5, 2013
On the day tours re-opened at the White House, the President & the First Lady greeted the first visitors.
Today, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama kicked off the resumption of East Wing and Executive Residence tours by surprising White House tour guests in the Blue Room.
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The President and First Lady welcomed guests with handshakes and hugs. Bo and Sunny made an appearance and guests of all ages affectionately patted and pet the pups.
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have made it a priority to open the White House to young people, military families, and Americans of all ages. Today, President Obama and Mrs. Obama surprise guests on a White House Tour and we invite you to watch live.
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The White House restarted tours after a seven-month hiatus on Tuesday, and the first visitors received a big surprise.
President Obama, Michelle Obama as well as their dogs Bo and Sunny greeted the tourists as they filed through the White House.
“We are so glad you are are here,” Mrs. Obama told one family. “We’re so glad they’re (the tours) back.”
The president and first lady spent more than 30 minutes together greeting the tourists before Obama had to peel off to attend a meeting. The first lady stuck around longer.
Obama seemed to particularly relish chatting up the younger visitors. He told one nattily attired 8-year-old boy that he looked quite “raffish” with his pocket square. And he joked with a little girl, who turned 4 earlier this month, that he was sorry that he missed her party, but he was dealing with the government shutdown.
Another little girl told Obama she saw a wax version of his likeness a day earlier. The president asked if he or his wax figurine had less gray hair. The child politely demurred.
The tours, which were canceled in March as a result of the across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration, restarted Tuesday on a reduced schedule. Instead of five days a week, the tours will run for three days a week, according to the White House.
President Obama Calls Red Sox Manager John Farrell
Published on Nov 5, 2013
President Barack Obama calls Boston Red Sox Manager John Farrell to congratulate him on the team’s third World Series title in ten years.
November 05, 2013 | 4:20 |Public Domain
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President Obama Discusses Immigration Reform with Business Leaders
November 05, 2013 | 4:20 |Public Domain
President Obama discusses the economic benefits of immigration reform with leaders from a small cross-section of the businesses all across the country who are deeply committed to making sure that we get comprehensive immigration reform done, and done quickly.
Today, I joined the President, Vice President and senior Administration officials for a meeting at the White House with a group of top U.S. business leaders to discuss the importance of commonsense immigration reform to bolster U.S. economic growth, and improve the climate for business, and job creation. These leaders shared with the President their desire to see our broken immigration system fixed, both because it is the right thing to do, and because it will be good for the U.S. economy.
In addition to the 7.5 million jobs we have created in the U.S. over the past three and a half years, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), over the next two decades, the bipartisan bill that has already passed the Senate would grow our economy by an additional $1.4 trillion, and shrink our deficits by nearly $1 trillion. The Senate bill would modernize our legal immigration system.
With common sense immigration reform, American colleges, universities, and businesses can attract the brightest minds in the world to our shores to start new businesses, and spur economic growth for all Americans. And, reform would also make sure everyone plays by the same rules, providing a pathway to earned citizenship for those who are living in the shadows, including passing a background check, learning English, paying taxes and a penalty, and getting in line behind everyone else.
In recent weeks, we’ve seen important progress with more and more House Republicans announcing their support for moving forward with immigration reform legislation. For the first time, we are seeing some House Republicans join with House Democrats to endorse a bill similar to the bipartisan bill the Senate has already passed. We have also heard that House Republicans may introduce their own bills. Because ultimately, House Republicans will decide whether or not reform becomes a reality, we are eager to hear their ideas on the path forward. The President stands ready to work with both parties to finish the job.
The vital need for immigration reform is recognized by Americans from across the spectrum, including the business community, faith communities, law enforcement, labor unions, and more. It is the right thing for our country, and an important step forward for our economy. Given this broad and deep support, we hope to see the House pass legislation on this issue by the end of the year, to fix our nation’s immigration system to allow us live up to our rich history as a proud nation of immigrants.
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Domestic Violence Awareness Month has ended, but our work to end abuse continues. Today, in this country, women and children continue to suffer from unspeakable violence because they are afraid to seek help without legal status. When immigrant survivors of abuse without legal status are, according to one study, half as likely to call the police to seek the help they need, we must act.
Since it was first signed into law in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act or VAWA has recognized the need for special protections for immigrant survivors of abuse, including self-petitions and categories of visas for victims of violent crimes and human trafficking. But while VAWA includes key provisions to help immigrant survivors, it is not enough.
Now, Congress has the opportunity to take an important step towards protecting victims, and supporting law enforcement to create safer communities for all Americans. Commonsense immigration reform would significantly benefit immigrant women all over the country. The Senate has already passed an immigration reform bill by a wide, bipartisan majority. And Democratic leaders have introduced a bill in the House that’s similar to the bipartisan Senate bill. So it’s up to Republicans in the House to decide whether to move forward with immigration reform. Unlike many other issues in Washington, immigration reform is one that both parties can agree on. Congress must finish the job on commonsense immigration reform.
GEICO – Hump Day Camel: Movie Day
Published on Oct 7, 2013
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