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Sit back and enjoy a Saturday morning TheObamaCrat™ Potpourri.
Sandy Hook: “Evil did not win.”
Published on Dec 6, 2013
A mother who lost her 6-year-old daughter at Sandy Hook shares what tragedy has taught her during the past year.
His Day is Done – A Tribute Poem for Nelson Mandela by Dr. Maya Angelou
Published on Dec 6, 2013
Video message delivered by Dr. Maya Angelou on behalf of the American people in memory of Nelson Mandela.
Nelson Mandela: Rachel Maddow talks about the history of apartheid in South Africa
Published on Dec 5, 2013
Don’t morn Nelson Mandela; his was the best of lives. In everything that he did he showed himself to be an exemplary person . . . and he won. Bravo!
Morn instead a western world that could not only tolerate South Africa’s most insidious form of latter day slavery. It did so for money; and since America’s wealthiest mass media moguls were deeply invested in this detestable trade, few Americans had any grasp of the hideous realities of South African apartheid.
December 06, 2013
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West Wing Week 12/06/13 or, “Olde English”
December 05, 2013 | 4:39 |Public Domain
Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This week, the President spoke on the importance of addressing economic mobility and supporting implementation of the Affordable Care Act, visited fasting immigration reform activists, marked World AIDS Day, celebrated Hanukkah, and visited a local bookstore for Small Business Saturday. That’s November 29th to December 5th or, “Olde English
Economic Mobility: On Wednesday, the President spoke about the growing inequality and lack of upward mobility in the United States. “The idea that so many children are born into poverty in the wealthiest nation on Earth is heartbreaking enough,” the President said.
But the idea that a child may never be able to escape that poverty because she lacks a decent education or health care, or a community that views her future as their own, that should offend all of us and it should compel us to action. We are a better country than this.
The President called reversing this lack of upward mobility the defining challenge of our time and said he is driven to expanding opportunity to ensure that if you work hard, you have a chance to get ahead. Click here to read his full remarks.
The passing of Nelson Mandela: Thursday evening President Obama delivered a statement on the passing of former South African President and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela. “We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again,” the President said. “So it falls to us as best we can to forward the example that he set: to make decisions guided not by hate, but by love; to never discount the difference that one person can make; to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice.”
The Only Time Pres. Obama Met Mandela in Washington
White House Youth Summit: The White House held a Youth Summit on Wednesday, where youth leaders from across the country gathered to discuss issues important to their generation, including the Affordable Care Act. They participated in panels and breakout workshops with administration officials, and even had a surprise drop by from the President.
I look around the room and I see a lot of leaders who are going to be leading the charge well into the future on a whole range of issues. Don’t get discouraged. Be persistent. You may get a few gray hairs as a consequence — but I think at the end of the day you’ll think it’s worth it.
Holidays at the White House: Over the weekend, the Official White House Christmas tree was delivered to the White House by a horse-drawn carriage. The 18 ½-foot high and nearly 11-foot-wide Douglas Fir tree is decorated in honor of military families and displayed in the Blue Room. Another National Christmas tree will be lit tonight at the 91st annual holiday tree lighting ceremony, which features a talented line-up of performers.
On Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed military families to the White House to preview this year’s holiday decor, centered on the theme ‘Gather Around: Stories of the Season.’
The President and First Lady joined a long line of past presidents in celebrating Hanukkah on Thursday. The two Hanukkah receptions included a candle lighting ceremony and a kosher meal.
You can check out more holiday happenings at the White House and find some holiday crafts here.
World AIDS Day: The White House hung a red ribbon from the North Portico on Monday to mark World AIDS Day. The President spoke in South Court auditorium on the importance of remaining a global leader in the fight against AIDS. Read his remarks here.
National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 2013
December 06, 2013 | 10:02 |Public Domain
President Obama delivers remarks at the National Christmas Tree Lighting, and First Lady Michelle Obama reads “T’was the Night Before Christmas.”
Raw: Obama Lights National Christmas Tree
Published on Dec 6, 2013
President Barack Obama has thrown the switch, bathing the National Christmas Tree in lights and giving an otherwise dreary day in the nation’s capital a festive and seasonal spirit. (Dec. 6)
The 91st Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting aired on Friday, December 6, 2013.
National Christmas Tree Lighting 2013
December 06, 2013 | 01:01:58| Public Domain
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Speeches and Remarks December 06, 2013
Vice President Biden Speaks on U.S.-Korea Relations and the Asia Pacific
Published on Dec 6, 2013
At Yonsei University in Seoul, Vice President Biden speaks about the United States and the Republic of Korea’s enduring friendship as well as their economic and security partnership in the Asia Pacific. December 6, 2013
Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden and Republic of Korea Prime Minister Chung Hungwon in a Bilateral Meeting
Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden and Republic of Korea President Park Geun-Hye in a Bilateral Meeting
WASHINGTON–President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle will travel to South Africa next week for memorial events in the wake of the death of former South Africa President Nelson Mandela, according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
“President Obama and the First Lady will go to South Africa next week to pay their respects to the memory of Nelson Mandela and to participate in memorial events. We’ll have further updates on timing and logistics as they become available,” Carney said.
Nelson Mandela’s Funeral, Farewell Plans – Day By Day Schedule. The President & First Lady Will Attend.
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