By Jueseppi B.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday meets with faith leaders to boost prospects for passing immigration reform (right now not very good), meets with Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel and then hosts his annual White House seder, with the core group of guests Obama 2008 campaign staffers who were in Harrisbug, Pa. battling Hillary Rodham Clinton in the brutal Democratic primary on Passover 2008. The staffers put together a seder at a hotel on the campaign trail and Obama kept the tradition going when he reached the White House.
The campaign seder was led by Eric Lesser, then the campaign’s chief baggage wrangler who went on to become an assistant to then White House senior adviser David Axelrod and is now running for the state senate in Massachusetts.
White House Schedule – April 15, 2014
Later in the morning, the President will meet with faith leaders to discuss the importance of taking action to pass commonsense immigration reform in the Oval Office. There will be a stills only pool spray at the top of the meeting.
In the afternoon, the President will meet with senior advisors, where he will also observe a moment of silence to mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. This meeting and moment of silence in the Oval Office are closed press.
Later in the afternoon, the President will meet with Secretary of Defense Hagel in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.
In the evening, the President and the First Lady will mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder at the White House with friends and staff. The Seder in the Old Family Dining Room is closed press.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15th, 2014
DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
TUESDAY, April 15th, 2014
Tuesday, April 15th 2014 All Times ET
7:30 AM: The Vice President and Secretary of State John Kerry meet for breakfast, Naval Observatory.
10:00 AM: The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.
11:30 AM: The President meets with faith leaders, Oval Office.
12:00 PM: The Vice President and Dr. Biden attend a Tribute to those affected by the tragic events of April 15, 2013, Hynes Convention Center.
12:15 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing Room.
2:40 PM: The President meets with senior advisors and observes a moment of silence, Oval Office.
3:45 PM: The President meets with Secretary of Defense Hagel, Oval Office.
6:30 PM: The President and First Lady mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder at the White House, Old Family Dining Room.
On Tuesday, the President and the First Lady will mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder at the White House with friends and staff.
On Wednesday, President Obama and Vice President Biden will travel to Leetsdale, Pennsylvania for an event on the economy. Further details on the President and Vice President’s travel to Pennsylvania will be made available in the coming days.
On Thursday, the President will welcome the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House in celebration of the eighth annual Soldier Ride. A cycling event to help Wounded Warriors restore their physical and emotional well-being, the Soldier Ride also raises awareness of our nation’s Wounded Warriors who battle the physical and psychological damages of war.
On Friday, the President will meet with the National Commander and Executive Director of the American Legion. Later, he will welcome the United States Naval Academy Football Team to the White House to present them with the 2013 Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.
Speeches and Remarks
Statements and Releases
Readout of the President’s Call with President Putin
At Moscow’s request, President Obama spoke with Russian President Putin today about the situation in Ukraine. The President expressed grave concern about Russian government support for the actions of armed, pro-Russian separatists who threaten to undermine and destabilize the government of Ukraine. The President emphasized that all irregular forces in the country need to lay down their arms, and he urged President Putin to use his influence with these armed, pro-Russian groups to convince them to depart the buildings they have seized.
The President reiterated the importance of Russia withdrawing its troops from Ukraine’s border in order to defuse tensions. President Obama noted that despite the rhetoric from Russian officials, the government of Ukraine has acted with remarkable restraint, and he praised the Ukrainian government’s efforts to unify the country by holding free and fair presidential elections on May 25, pursuing inclusive constitutional reform and proposing concrete steps toward the decentralization of power. The President noted Russia’s growing political and economic isolation as a result of its actions in Ukraine and made clear that the costs Russia already has incurred will increase if those actions persist.
The President noted the upcoming contact group meeting in Geneva and said that while he continues to believe that a diplomatic solution is still possible, it cannot succeed in an environment of Russian military intimidation on Ukraine’s borders, armed provocation within Ukraine, and escalatory rhetoric by Kremlin officials.
Statement by the President
A year ago, tragedy struck at the 117th Boston Marathon. Four innocent people were killed that week, and hundreds more were wounded. Today, we remember Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard, and Sean Collier. And we send our thoughts and prayers to those still struggling to recover.
We also know that the most vivid images from that day were not of smoke and chaos, but of compassion, kindness and strength: A man in a cowboy hat helping a wounded stranger out of harm’s way; runners embracing loved ones, and each other; an EMT carrying a spectator to safety. Today, we recognize the incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy. And we offer our deepest gratitude to the courageous firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, runners and spectators who, in an instant, displayed the spirit Boston was built on – perseverance, freedom and love.
One year later, we also stand in awe of the men and women who continue to inspire us – learning to stand, walk, dance and run again. With each new step our country is moved by the resilience of a community and a city. And when the sun rises over Boylston Street next Monday – Patriot’s Day – hundreds of thousands will come together to show the world the meaning of Boston Strong as a city chooses to run again.
Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco’s Meeting with Yemeni Minister of Finance Sakhir Wajih and Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Mohammed Saadi
The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES) Facts:
ACA enrollment through exchanges reached 7.1 million, ahead of early estimates.
* The ACA is quickly reducing the uninsured rate.
* Thanks in part to the ACA, health care spending has slowed dramatically and health care inflation is at its lowest point in 50 years.
* According to the Department of Commerce, the ACA is also having a positive effect on personal incomes.
* And according to the CBO, the system is even more affordable than previously projected.
This is a system that’s working. The right can either acknowledge reality or embrace delusions and conspiracies, but the facts are quite evident for those who care to look. The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES) is here to stay.
USPS Harvey Milk Forever Stamp White House Ceremony
Following the announcement that the United States Postal Service first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony of the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp will take place at the White House on May 22, Harvey Milk’s nephew and co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation Stuart Milk released the following statement:
“A stamp dedication ceremony on May 22 at the White House comes with incredibly special significance for both place and date. President Obama and his administration have provided the nation with steadfast and trend setting leadership in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in the US and abroad….
“The Milk family thanks President Obama and other allies and champions of LGBT inclusive diversity as exemplified by Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, all of the LGBT leaders who have stood on uncle Harvey’s shoulders to run for and serve openly in public office, and each and every LGBT individual who go about their daily life with authenticity, refusing to hide who they are and who they love. Together, all of us, continue to move humanity forward, bending that arc of the moral universe ever closer to justice.”
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