Weekly Wrap Up: POTUSA In Republic Of South Korea. Rollin Eggs. Joining Forces. Joey B. In Ukraine. Celebrating Earth Day. West Wing Week.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Weekly Wrap Up: POTUS Meets a Robot, and More

 

This week, more than 30,000 guests stopped by the South Lawn for the 136th White House Easter Egg Roll; the President traveled to Japan and Korea for his fifth trip to Asia during his time in office; the First Lady and Dr. Biden announced that over half a million veterans and military spouses have been hired through Joining Forces; and more. Check out what else you may have missed in this week’s wrap up.

 

 

The Eggs They Are a-Rollin’

 

Sports were played, books were read, and eggs were rolled on Monday as the President and the First Lady welcomed more than 30,000 guests to the South Lawn of the White House for the 136th White House Easter Egg Roll.

 

 

 

See more from the Easter Egg Roll, and make sure to check out President Obama’s inspired reading of “Where the Wild Things Are.”

 

 

 

POTUS, Meet Robot

 

While visiting Japan earlier this week, President Obama visited the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation to check out the latest and greatest in technology. Always ready to show off how he moves, the President kicked the ball around with a new friend.

 

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540,000 Veterans and Military Spouses Hired

 

The First Lady and Dr. Biden visited Fort Campbell in Kentucky earlier this week for the Veterans Jobs Summit and Career Forum — and made some big announcements while they were there. First:

 

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On top of the more than half a million veterans and military spouses hired, FLOTUS and Dr. Biden announced a brand new online tool to help service members and veterans find new careers.

 

 

 

The VP Heads to Ukraine

 

Vice President Biden traveled to Ukraine earlier this week for meetings with government leaders and to speak at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv.

 

@VP Biden greets Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk before their bilateral meeting today in #Ukraine.

@VP Biden greets Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk before their bilateral meeting today in #Ukraine.

 

“I came here to Kyiv, to let you know…that the United States stands with you,” said the Vice President at the Embassy.

 

 

 

Celebrating Earth Day

 

In honor of Earth Day on Tuesday, administration officials traveled around the country to spread the President’s message: It’s time to act on climate.

 

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RT if you agree with President Obama: It’s time to #ActOnClimate change → http://go.wh.gov/m5hxL8 #HappyEarthDay

 

As always, to see even more of this week’s events, watch the latest episode of West Wing Week below:

 

 

 

 

The Republic Of South Korea

 

U S President Barack Obama Visits South Korea Amid Ferry Disaster

 

 

 

Raw: Obama Lays Korean War Memorial Wreath

 

Published on Apr 24, 2014

President Obama visited the National Korean War Memorial in Seoul. He conducted a naturalization ceremony and laid a memorial wreath.

 

 

 

Obama Honors South Korean Ferry Victims

 

Published on Apr 25, 2014

President Obama asked to share in a moment of silence to honor the victims of the sunken South Korean ferry during an overseas state visit to the Blue House.

 

 

 

Raw: Obama Tours Gyeongbok Palace

 

Published on Apr 25, 2014

President Obama continues his state visit across Asia by visiting historical sites in Seoul, South Korea.

 

 

 

Obama Leads Naturalization Ceremony in Seoul

 

Published on Apr 24, 2014

President Obama continued his four country state visit across Asia by visiting the National War Memorial in Seoul, South Korea. He also led a naturalization ceremony for military service members and their spouses.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks on the Return of Historic Korean Seals

 

Published on Apr 25, 2014

President Obama joins President Park to deliver brief remarks on the return of cultural artifacts to the Republic of Korea. April 25, 2014.

 

 

 

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama participates in a roundtable meeting with business leaders to discuss trade policy
  • Later, the President participates in a Combined Forces Command Briefing at Yongsan Garrison and delivers remarks
  • In the afternoon, the President travels to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • President Obama participates in an arrival ceremony in Parliament Square
  • Later that evening, the President attends a State Dinner and delivers remarks at Istana Negara

 

 

 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama greets members of the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia
  • Later, the President visits the National Mosque of Malaysia
  • President Obama meets with Prime Minister Najib Razak at Perdana Putra
  • In the afternoon, President Obama attends a working lunch with Prime Minister Najib Razak
  • The President delivers remarks at the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center
  • Later, the President participates in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Town Hall at the University of Malaysia

 

 

 

Monday, April 28, 2014

  • The President travels to Manila, Philippines, and participates in an arrival ceremony at Malacanang Palace
  • Later that afternoon, President Obama meets with President Benigno S. Aquino III of the Philippines
  • President Obama participates in a joint press conference with President Aquino
  • The President greets members of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines
  • Later that evening, the President attends a State Dinner with President Aquino at Malacanang Palace

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama delivers remarks at Fort Bonafacio
  • Later that morning, the President participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Manila American Cemetery
  • The President travels back to Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

On Saturday morning, the President will participate in a round table meeting with business leaders to discuss trade policy.  Following the round table, the President will travel to Yongsan Garrison.  Here, he will be briefed by U.S.-ROK Combined Forces Command officers and deliver remarks and visit with troops and their families to thank them for their extraordinary service to our nation. In the afternoon, the President will travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  In the evening, he will join King Abdul Halim and Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia for the State dinner at the Istana Negara Palace.   The President will remain overnight in Malaysia.

On Sunday, the President will visit the National Mosque of Malaysia.  Following his visit, he will participate in a bilateral meeting and working lunch followed by a joint press conference with Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia at the Prime Minister’s Office. In the afternoon, the President and Prime Minister will take part in an event at the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center. In the evening, the President will travel to Malaya University to participate in a town hall with participants in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative. The President will remain overnight in Malaysia.

On Monday, The President will leave for The Philippines in the morning. The President will have a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with President Benigno AquinoLater that evening The President will attend a State Dinner hosted by President Benigno Aquino.

On Tuesday, The President will view an electric vehicle in The Philippines called “The Comet.” The President will visit Fort Bonifacio, where he will deliver remarks to U.S. and Filipino service members and veterans. The President will lay a wreath at The American Cemetery. Later in the evening The President will return to Washington, D.C.

Occasional Live streaming can be viewed here (CBS), here (LiveStation) and here (NHK)

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President Obama And President Park Statement Before Their Bilateral Meeting.


 

By Jueseppi B.

President Obama and President Park Geun-hye walk out of the Blue House to walk in Little Garden, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, April 25 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and President Park Geun-hye walk out of the Blue House to walk in Little Garden, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, April 25 (Photo by Pete Souza)

 

Remarks by President Obama and President Park of the Republic of Korea before Bilateral Meeting

 

Published on Apr 25, 2014

President Obama and President Park Geun-Hye of The Republic of Korea make a joint statement to the media before their bilateral meeting at the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea. April 24, 2014.

 

 

 

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PRESIDENT OBAMA:  I would like to thank President Park for welcoming me here today.  I’m so grateful for the opportunity to come back to the Republic of Korea.  But I am very mindful that my visit comes at a time of deep mourning for the people of this nation and I know that President Park and the South Korean government are focused on responding to the tragedy of the ferry Sewol.

 

In our press conference later, President Park and I will have the opportunity to address a range of issues that we’ll be discussing here today.  But for now, I just wanted to express on behalf of the American people our deepest sympathies for the incredible and tragic loss that’s taken place.  As allies but also as friends, we join you in mourning the lost and the missing, and especially so many young people, students who represented the vitality and the future of this nation.

 

So, President Park, I thought that it would be appropriate and fitting for us to begin today by honoring the lost and the missing.  And our delegation, out of respect, would appreciate the opportunity to join together in a moment of silence.

 

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PRESIDENT PARK:  (As interpreted.)  Mr. President, thank you so much for making this proposal to hold a moment of silence for the victims of the ferry Sewol.  Right after the tragic accident, you personally expressed your condolences and your sympathies, and you were unsparing in providing active U.S. assistance, including the dispatch of salvage vessels.  The Korean people draw great strength and courage from your kindness.

 

Just as the American people were able to rally together in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks and were able to prevail over difficult times, so, too, I am sure that Korean people will, in fact, pull through this moment of crisis and be able to achieve the renewal of the Republic of Korea.

 

Mr. President, my sincere welcome to you once again on your visit to Korea, and may our summit meeting today kick off the next 60 years and produce very meaningful results that allow us to do so.

 

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, thank you, President Park.  The Republic of Korea is one of our strongest allies in the world.  I’m looking forward to our discussion and to reaffirming America’s unshakeable commitment to South Korea and its security.

 

One last point I wanted to make — I have with me this American flag that I believe our protocol people have.  In the United States, we have a tradition — after the loss of our servicemembers and veterans, we present a flag in their honor to their loved ones.  This flag was flown over the White House the same day as the sinking of the Sewol.  And in that spirit, I’m presenting this American flag to you and the people of the Republic of Korea on behalf of the American people.  It reflects our deep condolences, but also our solidarity with you during this difficult time, and our great pride in calling you an ally and a friend.

 

PRESIDENT PARK:  (As interpreted.)  Mr. President, thank you so much again for sharing in our sorrow, the sorrow of the Korean people as well as the bereaved families, and for your gracious gesture.

 

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Dance with me


Originally posted on Busy Mind Thinking:

Dance with me

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Against my window pane
An invitation to a dance
Beckoned by the rain

He clings tightly to my body
Drops kisses on my cheek
Cools my fiery skin
His power makes me weak

Movement leaves me breathless
I quiver beneath his touch
Please keep pouring down on me
I’ve never wanted anything so much

There’s magic in this moment
I’m radiant and I’m free
Rain delights in my happiness
And loves to dance with me

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Accept Me!


Originally posted on The Story of a Guy:

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My race, the color of my skin shouldn’t affect how you view me
What you should be looking at is that which you cannot see
I have a heart and it pumps blood the same color as yours
I shouldn’t be discriminated against every time I walk outdoors
What year are we in? I thought we would be passed this
I guess you didn’t get the memo, it wasn’t something you should miss
I am so much more than a category, you can’t put me inside this bubble
Yeah I may be black but no I don’t get into any trouble
I am me! I am free! I have my own will! I am my own person
Because you cannot accept this, you cannot accept me and things worsen
You may say you’re not prejudice, or racist though  I see that look in your eyes
I can tell, I know…

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What $10.10 Would Mean For Your State. Raise The Wage.


 

By Jueseppi B.

Chicago Raise the Min Wage Rally

 

What $10.10 would mean for your state

 

What $10.10 would mean for your state

In this year’s State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.

That would benefit more than 28 million workers — helping families across the country make ends meet.

But exactly how would it help? We’ll show you.

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In his State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to raise the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, and soon after signed an Executive Order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for the individuals working on new federal service contracts.

Raising the minimum wage nationwide will increase earnings for millions of workers, and boost the bottom lines of businesses across the country. Learn more below, and share this page with your friends and family.

This first map shows the current minimum wage for each state, as well as the number of workers in each state that would be affected by raising the wage to $10.10.

Raising the federal minimum wage would not only benefit more than 28 million workers across the country, but 19 million workers from all types of households would see a direct increase in their wages.

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Today, the real value of the minimum wage has fallen by nearly one-third since its peak in 1968. And right now, a full-time minimum wage worker makes $14,500 a year, which leaves too many families struggling to make ends meet.

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Raising the minimum wage will help millions of Americans

Spread the word to friends and family

 

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How could a $10.10 minimum wage help workers make ends meet?

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