By Jueseppi B.
Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May“) is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated in the United States and in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla).
It originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War, and today the date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army‘s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16.
White House Schedule – May 5th, 2014
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SATURDAY, MAY 5th, 2014
DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
SATURDAY, MAY 5th, 2014
Monday May 5th, All Times ET
In the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.
Later in the morning, the President will host President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti for a bilateral meeting at the White House. President Guelleh’s visit underscores the strength of the strategic partnership between the United States and Djibouti, including the important role Djibouti plays in preventing conflict, promoting regional stability, and countering extremism as host to the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa at Camp Lemonnier. The President looks forward to discussing a range of issues of mutual interest with President Guelleh, including security and counterterrorism, development, trade, and energy cooperation. There will be a pool spray at the top of the meeting.
In the evening, the President will host a Cinco de Mayo reception in the Rose Garden. There will be pooled press coverage of this event.
10:00 AM: THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, The Oval Office.
10:55 AM: THE PRESIDENT holds a bilateral meeting with President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti, The Oval Office.
1:00 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Briefing Room.
5:50 PM: THE PRESIDENT hosts a Cinco de Mayo reception, The Rose Garden.
The White House Week Ahead – May 5th – 9th, 2014
On Monday, the President will host President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti at the White House. President Guelleh’s visit underscores the strength of the strategic partnership between the United States and Djibouti, including the important role Djibouti plays in preventing conflict, promoting regional stability, and countering extremism as host to the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa at Camp Lemonnier. The President looks forward to discussing a range of issues of mutual interest with President Guelleh, including security and counterterrorism, development, trade, and energy cooperation. In the evening, the President will host a Cinco de Mayo reception at the White House.
On Tuesday, the President will attend meetings at the White House.
On Wednesday, the President will travel to Los Angeles, California to participate in a joint DSCC/DCCC event. In the evening, the President will be honored at a dinner hosted by the USC Shoah Foundation. He will remain overnight in Los Angeles.
On Thursday, the President will participate in a DNC roundtable in Los Angeles before traveling to San Diego to participate in a DCCC event. The President will then travel to San Jose, California where he will participate in two DNC events and remain overnight.
On Friday, the President will participate in an event on energy in the San Jose, California area. Following the event he will return to Washington, DC.
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9:00 AM EDT: Vice President Biden Hosts a Cinco de Mayo Breakfast, Audio Only. Washington, DC.
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5:50 PM EDT: President Obama Hosts a Cinco de Mayo Reception, The Rose Garden. White House LIVE!! Streaming.
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