By Jueseppi B.
White House Schedule – December 18, 2013
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 18th, 2013
DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18th, 2013
Later in the afternoon, the President and the First Lady will meet with a group of moms in the Oval Office to discuss how health care reform could benefit their families. They will discuss the critical role moms are playing in helping their families access quality, affordable health care by encouraging their adult children, family members and peers to sign up for coverage. There will be a pool spray at the bottom of the meeting.
Wednesday, December 18 2013 All Times ET
9:45 AM: THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.
2:05 PM: The President and the First Lady receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.
(I’ll bet this makes Rush Limbaugh & TeaTardedRepubliCANTS heads implode!)
Statements and Releases December 17, 2013
President Obama Announces Presidential Delegations to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
The White House, Watch White House LIVE!! Streaming.
09:00 AM EST
This year, the White House holiday theme is ‘Gather Around’ in celebration of the stories and traditions that bring people together at this time of year. Over the course of the season, the President and First Lady will welcome 70,000 visitors to tour the “People’s House” and take in the holiday decorations. For the first time, we’re hosting a Holiday Google+ Hangout to open the doors of the White House to even more people can “gather around” virtually from around the country.
On Thursday, December 19 at 12:30 p.m. ET, you’re invited to take a peek through a Google+ Hangout. During this live event from the State Floor, White House pastry chef Bill Yosses and florist Laura Dowling will discuss this year’s décor and answer questions from young people around the country. We look forward to seeing you!
By Lynn Sweet
WASHINGTON–Neither President Barack Obama nor First Lady Michelle will attend the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, a mark of the frosty U.S./Russian relations. The U.S. delegation will be led by former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who is now the president of the University of California.
The official U.S. delegation for the opening and closing of the games will include past Olympians and U.S. athletes, including tennis great Billie Jean King; Brian A. Boitano, Olympic gold medalist, figure skating; Bonnie Blair, the speed skater who was raised in Champaign, the five-time Olympic gold medalist and one-time bronze medalist; Caitlin Cahow, Olympic silver medalist and bronze medalist in women’s ice hockey and Eric Heiden, five-time Olympic gold medalist in speed skating.
05:10 PM EST
On Monday, December 16, 2013, Pinners, Instagramers and White House Twitter followers from near and far gathered at the White House to take in the 2013 holiday decorations and learn about what goes in to transforming the People’s House for this special time of year.
President Obama is committed to making this the most open and participatory administration in history. White House Social events are just one of the ways we are opening the doors to the White House to people who engage with us on social media.
Social guests joined White House Chief Floral Designer Laura Dowling for a craft project, learned about the making of the White House Gingerbread house with Executive Pastry Chef William Yosses and talked to Joining Forces Executive Director Rich Morales and Deputy Director Rory Brosius. Throughout the day, they shared photos and updates with their social media followers using the hashtag #WHHoliday. See what they shared below.
For additional White House Holiday related content and craft projects go to WH.gov/Holidays.
Stay tuned, as we will be sure to post updates about the next Social event on WhiteHouse.gov/Social and be sure to follow us on Twitter at @WhiteHouse, on Instagram at Instagram.com/Whitehouse and on Pinterest.
Secretary Arne Duncan
06:15 PM EST
I can’t predict the future, but as I wrote back in July, I can say that learning in the future ought to be more personalized. Teachers should have up-to-the minute information that will help them tailor instruction for each student. They should be able to connect and collaborate with other teachers to tackle common challenges and develop solutions. No matter where they are located, students should have access to world-class resources and experts that can enrich a learning experience that is largely designed just for them. And parents should be able to follow their child’s activities and progress almost in real-time, helping them stay more engaged in their child’s education.
This is an exciting future, and for some districts and schools across the country, that future is now.
Today the Department of Education announced the second round of grantees in the Race to the Top-District (RTT-D) competition. (Five winners, representing 25 districts, won a total of $120 million in grant funds.) These grants will support locally developed plans to personalize and improve student learning, directly increase student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare every student for success in college and careers. Through these grants, innovative school districts will be able to better support teachers and students by increasing educational opportunities through more personalized learning.
President Obama described the promise of personalized learning when he launched the ConnectED initiative last June. Technology is a powerful tool that helps create robust personalized learning environments, but unfortunately, too many of our schools cannot support such environments. ConnectED is about establishing the building blocks for nearly every school to achieve this vision—by boosting broadband speeds through a modernized E-rate program, working to make learning devices and quality content available to all students, and ensuring that teachers have the support and professional development resources they need as they transition to a digital world.
By Lynn Sweet
WASHINGTON–First Lady Michelle Obama turns 50 on Jan. 17 and speaking to patients at the Children’s Medical Center with dog Sunny here on Monday she said she felt “fifty and fabulous” as she also talked about Obama Christmas traditions and gifts. The First Family departs Friday for Hawaii, where they spend the holidays each year.
As for what she will do on that milestone birthday, Mrs. Obama said,”And I’m not exactly sure yet what I’m going to do, but it might involve some dancing. A little Dougie.”
Here are seven things to know about the Obama Christmas:
Favorite Holiday song: “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire”
Favorite Christmas tradition as a kid: “Getting toys on Christmas Day.”
Sunny and Bo gifts: “They are getting chew toys. Yes, lots of the hard ones because they chew their toys up. So they’re going to get more doggie toys.”
Sasha and Malia gifts: “Malia wanted a cell phone, but then her father got it for her, and I was like, you messed it up. It’s like, that should have been a Christmas gift. .. They’re going to get small things. We don’t do a lot of big gift-giving. They get to ask for three things.”
Present for the president: “I might get him some workout clothes. Well, that’s what he wanted, though. He said that’s what he wanted. Don’t think — I’m not forcing my husband to work out. Don’t think — there’s going to be some Let’s Move joke about how I’m strapping him to the treadmill. No, he likes to work out.”
Where hang Christmas stockings: In Hawaii, where the family vacations each year.
On dislike of snow: “I grew up in Chicago, and Chicago, it was always snowy, so that always felt like Christmas. But now when you’re older, old people, snow is a hassle. You’ve got to shovel it. And then when the ice forms on your car window shield, there’s nothing worse than scraping that off. Come on, people. You’ve got – — that’s kind of a hassle.”
Steve Harvey & President Obama Surprise White House Tour Group!
Published on Dec 18, 2013
Steve talks to President Barack Obama as he shares his personal side and opens up about family, fatherhood and holiday traditions. They decide to surprise a White House Tour Group during the interview. Watch the full interview on Friday, December 20th!
Celebrities Demand A Plan to End Gun Violence
Published on Dec 21, 2012
Artists have joined the effort to Demand A Plan and recorded a powerful, personal message. Watch, share, and join them:http://www.demandaplan.org
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.
Children killed by guns since Newtown
Published on Dec 11, 2013
Mother Jones’ special report on children killed by guns in the year since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School:http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2…
President Obama Announces Presidential Delegations For Opening & Closing Ceremonies – 2014 Olympic Winter Games
Look Whose On Board The #GetCovered Campaign!! Need Health Insurance? Go To HealthCare.gov Right Now.
TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, AND ALL THROUGH THE WHITE HOUSE….Not A Congressman Spoke, They Were Quiet As A Mouse….
Christmas time at Barack & Michelle’s House
I Got A Christmas Card From Barack, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, Sunny & Bo
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