Raw: Obama Returns to White House From Vacation
Published on Aug 24, 2014
The “vacation” is over and it’s back to the White House for President Barack Obama. The president arrived in Washington late Sunday after spending two weeks with his family on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. (Aug. 25)
President Barack Obama on Monday meets with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. The First Family returned to the White House on Sunday after a two week vacation on Martha’s Vineyard puncuated by a brief return to the White House and dealing with the Islamic State after it beheaded a U.S. journalist and with protestors in Ferguson, Mo., reacting to the fatal shooting of teen Michael Brown by a police officer.
White House Schedule – August 25, 2014
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 25th, 2014
DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
MONDAY, AUGUST 25th, 2014
Afterward, the President will meet with Secretary of Defense Hagel in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.
In the afternoon, the President will meet with senior advisors in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.
Monday, August 25 2014 All Times ET
10:30 AM: THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.
11:15 AM: THE PRESIDENT meets with Secretary of Defense Hagel, Oval Office.
1:00 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, The Brady Briefing Room.
August 25, 2014 1:00 PM EDT
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest
The White House, White House Live Streaming.
3:30 PM: THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors, Oval Office.
Statements and Releases
Statement from National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice on the Release of Peter Theo Curtis
For two years, we have kept Peter Theo Curtis, a U.S. citizen held hostage in Syria, in our thoughts and prayers. Today, we join his family and loved ones in welcoming his freedom. Theo is now safe outside of Syria, and we expect he will be reunited with his family shortly.
Just as we celebrate Theo’s freedom, we hold in our thoughts and prayers the Americans who remain in captivity in Syria. Notwithstanding today’s welcome news, the events of the past week shocked the conscience of the world. As President Obama said, we have and will continue to use all of the tools at our disposal to see that the remaining American hostages are freed.
Today, the American people share in the joy and relief that Theo’s family feels, and we look forward to his safe return home. We will continue to work tirelessly on behalf of all Americans who are held overseas so that they can be reunited with their families as well.
Biden hits Chicago for fundraisers for Quinn, House Dems
WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden hits Chicago on Monday as 2016 presidential politics are percolating. If former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton does not run for president, Biden is the strongest alternative.
Biden’s day trip to the city is to headline fundraisers for Gov. Pat Quinn and the House Democratic political operation and to pitch a minimum wage increase with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
With her book tour wrapped up, Clinton sparks the next round of frenzy over her 2016 White House ambitions when she returns to Iowa on Sept. 14 for Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry. It’s her first trip back to the state with the leadoff vote for the presidential nomination since she lost the Iowa Caucus in 2008 to Barack Obama and John Edward.
Clinton picks her spots, so she knows that her Iowa trip will be seen as a sign that she is getting more serious about jumping in the presidential contest. No one sees Biden running against Clinton.
But if she doesn’t run?
I’ll get to that.
First, a rundown on what will be an active political day Monday in Chicago.
While Biden is helping Democrats, the Republican Governors Association chairman, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, is in the city to boost GOP nominee Bruce Rauner and keynote two funders: one for the RGA, the other to benefit Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill. Christie will visit Rauner’s Loop campaign headquarters though Rauner won’t be there — he’s taking one of his kids to college. Christie is often mentioned as a possible 2016 White House contender, even with the New Jersey bridge controversy hanging over him.
Biden flies to Chicago in the morning and his first event is a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee at the John Hancock Center home of Scott Kluth, the founder of CouponCabin.com. The price points: $5,000 per person; $32,400 for couples.
Later, Biden and Emanuel head to the South Side for a roundtable with small-business owners to tout raising the minimum wage, a major agenda item for President Barack Obama that’s going nowhere in the GOP-controlled House. Emanuel is Obama’s former chief of staff.
The White House and Democrats continue to press, because this issue can help turn out Democrats in November. Emanuel, highlighting progressive causes as he faces a possible 2015 mayoral challenge from Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis, wants a city minimum wage increase.
Finally, Biden is the draw at a Quinn campaign $15,000 per person fundraising dinner for about 30 at the Lincoln Park residence of attorney John Cooney.
Now, back to 2016.
Clinton supporters have created several organizations to build a political infrastructure for her as she mulls her future. But since a Clinton run is not inevitable, some Democrats are visiting Iowa, just in case.
Former Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., spent some of last week in Iowa, making the rounds. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has been to the Hawkeye state, as has former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer. They are anonymous and dull political figures.
Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York are among those also mentioned as potential 2016 candidates if Clinton declines to run. Their political stock is up, but they just are not that well-known.
Democrats will be in a panic if Clinton walks away.
Biden can appeal to the progressive wing of the party at a time progressive populism is growing in influence among Democratic activists. Biden is union. Biden is empathetic. Biden is foreign policy.
Biden’s giant challenge would be to separate himself from the Obama administration because he is part of it. Clinton has already been in some of those dust-ups. Biden is keeping the 2016 door open. As well he should.
Dr. Jill Biden in Chicago to talk about military families
WASHINGTON–Dr. Jill Biden flies to Chicago on Monday morning with Vice President Joe Biden. While he is off at political stops, Dr. Biden will deliver remarks at a lunch with spouses of past and present Adjutants General of the Army and Air National Guard.
The lunch is a related event of the National Guard Association of the United States’ 136th General Conference and Exhibition taking place in McCormick Place. Dr. Biden’s remarks will reflect on the work she and first lady Michelle Obama are doing on their signature “Joining Forces” project, launched to assist military families.
Vice President Biden, is traveling to the city for two political events, fundraisers, to benefit Gov. Pat Quinn and House Democrats and a stop billed as governmental, a joint appearence with Mayor Rahm Emanuel to tout raising the minimum wage.press. My column with more detail on what Biden will be doing in Chicago–and some mulling on his 2016 prospects if Hillary Clinton does not run is HERE.
Thousands expected at Michael Brown’s funeral in St. Louis
Published on Aug 25, 2014
Michael Brown’s father asked for peace and calm in Ferguson for the day he will bury his son. Trayvon Martin’s parents are also to attend the funeral service. Vladimir Duthiers reports.
Michael Brown’s Funeral Is Set For Monday.
Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown’s funeral will be held Monday, Aug. 25 attorneyBenjamin Crump announced Tuesday.
On Tuesday the National action Network issued a statement stating the Rev. Al Sharpton would deliver the eulogy. On Wednesday, Brown’s uncle told NewsChannel 5 he will give the eulogy, and Sharpton will speak during the ceremony.
Congressman Lacy Clay will also speak, at the behest of Mike Brown’s family.
Brown was killed Aug. 9 by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
Rev. Michael Jones, the senior pastor for Friendly Temple, will officiate.
Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church, which will host the funeral.
The main sanctuary to the church seats 2,500 people. They also have two overflow sections that seat collectively around 2,000 people. For people who are at locations outside of the main sanctuary, a livestream of the funeral will be available.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch Op-Ed: Attorney General Eric Holder, A Message To The People Of Ferguson.
MY President Of The United States Of America, Barack Hussein Obama, Has Dropped The Ball On #Ferguson & #Michael Brown.
Mail Online: Ferguson Cop, Darren Wilson, Left Town Days Before He Was Named Michael Brown’s Shooter.
Press Conference In Ferguson: Curfew, State Of Emergency Declared In Ferguson, So Says Governor Jay Nixon (D).
Officer Responsible For #MikeBrown Murder Is Named, As Chicago Protest Gets Emotional. Meet Captain Ronald S. Johnson.
Ferguson Missouri Police Gun Down 18 Year Old Mike Brown, Shooting Him TEN Times…For Shoplifting Candy.