By Jueseppi B.
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White House Schedule – May 16th, 2014
President Barack Obama has a light schedule on a rainy Friday, meeting with Treasury Sec. Jack Lew at the White House.
In the afternoon, the President and Vice President will meet with Secretary of the Treasury Lew. This meeting is closed press.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, MAY 16th, 2014
DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
FRIDAY, MAY 16th, 2014
Friday May 16th, All Times ET
10:00 AM: THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.
10:45 AM: The Vice President delivers remarks on job-driven training at the National STEM Summit of Change the Equation, Crystal Gateway Marriott.
1:00 PM: Press Secretary Jay Carney Gives The Daily Press Briefing, The Brady Press Briefing Room.
2:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT meet with Secretary of the Treasury Lew, Oval Office.
3:00 PM: The Vice President ceremonially swears in Terrell McSweeny as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, The White House.
First Lady to address high school seniors on Friday
First Lady Michelle Obama will be arriving in Topeka tomorrow evening to address graduating seniors in Topeka at a “senior recognition day” event at the Kansas Expocentre.
Doors open at 3 p.m. and people are encouraged to arrive as early as possible. At 5 p.m., the doors will close and no one will be allowed to enter after.
Kansas First News will LIVESTREAM the First Lady’s speech at approximately 6 p.m.
All of the seats are assigned to ticket holders, including dignitaries, students, and their families. But for security reasons, there will only be one entrance to the ceremony on Friday night. Guests will file up the stairs to the Northeast entrance in order to get into Landon arena. There will be a handicap accessible entrance for those who need it.
Almost one month ago the Topeka USD 501 School District made announced First Lady Michelle Obama would deliver the May 17, 2014 commencement address to graduating seniors from five Topeka schools.
May 17th marks the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, outlawing school segregation. The case originated in Topeka.
Unlike previous years where each school had its own commencement, USD 501 said there would be just one commencement that includes all the graduating seniors form Topeka Public Schools at the Kansas Expocentre, which seats 8,000.
This caused many complaints from students and parents who feared tickets would be limited causing less family and friends to attend. Parents began asking the school district to reconsider plans to have the First Lady speak at the graduation ceremony.
A senior from one of the schools had even launched a petition urging the school district to reconsider its plans. More than 1,200 people who had signed it expressed concern about the limited seating.
It was announced a week later that Michelle Obama was rearranging plans, in the face of the protests that her appearance at a combined graduation ceremony would limit seating.
The new plan worked out by the district, Mrs. Obama would speak on May 16thinstead of the 17th at a “senior recognition day” at the Expocentre. The combined ceremony would be scrapped and the five schools would hold separate graduation ceremonies as usual on Saturday.
A spokesperson for the First Lady said that once they learned about the ticketing concerns from some of the students and families, they were eager to find a solution that enabled all of the students to celebrate their special day.
Since Mrs. Obama will no longer speak at a graduation, seating would not need to be limited due to concerns over her security.
The change still caused mixed reactions from parents, students and teachers.
“Everything is back on track and now we don’t have to worry about, what are we going to do about our graduation announcements? Now it’s been fixed,” said Senior Wendy Alegria at Topeka High School upon hearing about the change.
Topeka 501 teacher, Tisharra Hale said this had tarnished Topeka’s reputation and that she was embarrassed to be a Topekan. “We have a very rare opportunity to have the First Lady of the United States of America come into Topeka of all places and people are more concerned about a break with tradition than they are this rare opportunity.”
Seventy-three year old Kathy Sawyer, who testified in the Brown V. Board of Education case as a child will have a front row seat at the event.
Five of her family members will also be able attend. Sawyer’s son told Kansas First News that he has also contacted the White House to see if it might be possible for his mother to meet the First Lady in person at the event.
The invitation came after Kansas First News aired a story in which Nicollette Schleisman talked with Sawyer about her experiences as a child growing up in a segregated elementary school. Sawyer recalled her testimony in the historic Brown versus Board of Education case that effectively ended segregation in schools.
Thank you Kansas First News.
From The New York Times:
A Decision That Helped Shape Michelle Obama
WASHINGTON — She was born into the segregated Chicago of the 1960s, when public schools actively resisted integration. But in 1975, the city, under pressure to comply with the landmark Supreme Court decision desegregating public schools, opened a racially integrated high school for high achievers that changed the young woman’s life.
Michelle Robinson, a graduate of that integrated school, is now Michelle Obama, the first African-American first lady of the United States. In this season of civil rights anniversaries — in particular the 60th, on Saturday, of the 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kan. — she is talking in new and more deeply personal ways about race.
“She saw firsthand the impact of Brown v. Board of Education in her own life,” said Valerie Jarrett, a senior White House adviser and close friend of Mrs. Obama. “What she appreciates is the strength of diversity, how important it is to be in a community, a classroom, where you are hearing from all perspectives.”
On Friday evening, President Obama will meet privately at the White House with the families of the plaintiffs in the Brown lawsuit and two of the lead lawyers. Aides say he wants to pay his respects. Mrs. Obama will take center stage in Topeka, where she will visit the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site — formerly an all-black school — and address graduating seniors at the Kansas Expocentre.
The anniversary comes at a time of historic milestones, including the anniversary of the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which have repeatedly put a focus on the Obamas’ place as the first black occupants of the White House. But Brown v. Board of Education had more of a direct impact on Mrs. Obama than on her husband and shaped her life in ways she does not always openly discuss.
While Mr. Obama grew up partly in Indonesia and attended an elite prep school in multicultural Hawaii, Mrs. Obama was raised on the South Side of Chicago, first in a one-bedroom apartment and later in a house in South Shore, a neighborhood experiencing rapid white flight. By 1980, the year she turned 16, it was 96 percent black, and so were its schools.
“When she was growing up, Chicago was totally segregated,” said Don Rose, a longtime Chicago political consultant and onetime civil rights organizer who helped plan a huge 1963 school boycott. “The neighborhood was changing, and the schools changed faster than the neighborhoods.”
Mrs. Obama encourages students to aim high — aides say she will do so again in Topeka on Friday — and has talked about what it was like growing up in the shadow of the University of Chicago, an elite private institution that, she has said, seemed out of reach.
Still, Mrs. Obama does not often explicitly evoke the volatile topic of race in her speeches, particularly since her experience in the 2008 presidential campaign, when her critics caricatured her as an angry black woman. “Race for her has been a little bit of a third rail, an area in which she’s had to be careful,” said Liza Mundy, author of the 2008 book “Michelle: A Biography.” “I don’t feel like she has unleashed the full force of what her childhood experience was like, growing up in a neighborhood where she witnessed white flight.”
The Brown decision initially did little to change life for black students in much of Chicago. In 1964, the year Mrs. Obama was born, the city’s school superintendent, Benjamin C. Willis, was still resisting integration. Segregation left many black students stuck in crowded, dilapidated schools. The superintendent responded instead by adding portable classrooms, derisively known as “Willis Wagons.”
In 1969, Mrs. Obama started kindergarten at Bryn Mawr Elementary, her neighborhood school. Data from the federal Department of Education show that in 1970, out of 1,258 students, 1,214 were black.
One of her kindergarten classmates, Dr. Theodore Ford, described their class this way in a 2012 article in The Chicago Sun-Times: “There were five little white faces and 23 shades of brown faces and one Middle Eastern face, a subtle shade darker than that of the Jewish kid to his right in our class photo.”
The school appears to have had more resources than most. In the sixth grade, Mrs. Obama was selected to participate in its gifted program, which allowed her to take French, and to study biology at the local community college, according to Ms. Mundy’s book. She graduated as its salutatorian.
But it was the creation of Chicago’s first public high school for high achievers — the Whitney M. Young Magnet High School — that really changed the trajectory of Mrs. Obama’s life, by getting her out of her neighborhood and giving her exposure for the first time to an educational environment that was truly diverse.
“She often speaks about the importance of diversity as a strength, that her education was enriched by listening to people who had different life experiences and differences of opinion,” Ms. Jarrett said.
Named for a civil-rights leader, Whitney Young offered Advanced Placement courses and other honors classes, and admission depended on grades and entrance exams. It was across town from the Robinson home.
“So at 6 a.m. every morning, I had to get on a city bus and ride for an hour, sometimes more, just to get to school,” Mrs. Obama told a group of Washington high school students last year.
One of Mrs. Obama’s close friends and classmates was Santita Jackson, daughter of the Rev. Jesse Jackson. “It was a school of high expectations,” Mr. Jackson said in an interview, in which he called Mrs. Obama “an odds-buster and a dream-maker” who “was always driven to aim high.”
Mrs. Obama credits Whitney Young with setting her on a path to Princeton University and Harvard Law School. Charles J. Ogletree Jr., her law professor at Harvard, remembers her work with the black law students association there.
“She thought it was her responsibility as someone who benefited from diversity and the movement for racial justice to be involved in it,” he said.
But even at Whitney Young, where she was class treasurer, Mrs. Obama experienced what her husband’s predecessor, President George W. Bush, once called “the soft bigotry of low expectations.” She has often told the story of how a counselor there — in some recounts, her teachers — underestimated her, insisting that she was not Ivy League material.
“Get this,” Mrs. Obama told the Washington high school students, “some of my teachers straight up told me that I was setting my sights too high.”
Mrs. Obama has always cast such conversations in terms of achievement, not racial dynamics. “She has never attributed it to race,” Ms. Jarrett said, adding that the first lady wants young people to believe in themselves regardless of who else believes in them. “She never once said it was because she was black.”
To that, Mr. Ogletree, the Harvard law professor, replied, “And she never will.” But, he said, there can be no mistaking the reason: “You can read between the lines.”
Thank you The New York Times.
This nonsense is like Adolph Hitler accusing the Jewish people of nasty deeds……
Condoleezza Rice On Benghazi: ‘Still Unanswered Questions’
By Jamie Weinstein
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she is among those who believe that there are legitimate questions that have not yet been answered about the 2012 Benghazi attack.
“Let’s remember, we did have the 9/11 Commission. Bipartisan. I testified before it,” Rice said during in a video interview with OZY, when host Carlos Watson condescendingly blamed Fox News for making Benghazi an issue.
“I think there are still unanswered questions about Benghazi,” Rice went on. ”I think there are unanswered questions and they could be easily answered. But I think they need to be answered.”
“For me it is not a question of what the talking points said or didn’t say,” Rice continued. “But I don’t think people feel that we know fully what happened in that period during the attack. I don’ think people know fully what the security situation was on the ground prior to the attack. And this is all in the spirit of trying to improve the next time because this isn’t a question of blaming anybody. Those situations are extremely difficult. But you do need to say, ‘Did we address the security situation on the ground or not?’”
Read more Thank you Daily Caller…..for this garbage.
I’m of the mindset that former politicians should go the fuck away and shut the fuck up.
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Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
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