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Someone YOU Should Know: Artist Stephen Wiltshire….The Human Camera.


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Stephen Wiltshire MBE – Biography

 

Stephen Wiltshire is an artist who draws and paints detailed cityscapes. He has a particular talent for drawing lifelike, accurate representations of cities, sometimes after having only observed them briefly. He was awarded an MBE for services to the art world in 2006. He studied Fine Art at City & Guilds Art College. His work is popular all over the world, and is held in a number of important collections.

 

Stephen was born in London, United Kingdom to West Indian parents on 24th April, 1974. As a child he was mute, and did not relate to other people. Aged three, he was diagnosed as autistic. He had no language and lived entirely in his own world.

 

At the age of five, Stephen was sent to Queensmill School in London, where it was noticed that the only pastime he enjoyed was drawing. It soon became apparent he communicated with the world through the language of drawing; first animals, then London buses, and finally buildings. These drawings show a masterful perspective, a whimsical line, and reveal a natural innate artistry.

 

 

Early Years

Stephen Wiltshire was born on April 24, 1974 in London, England to parents of West Indian heritage. His father, Colvin was a native of Barbados, and his mother, Geneva, is a native of St. Lucia. As a child Stephen experienced delays in his development. When Stephen was about three years old, he was diagnosed as autistic. When Stephen was about five, he was enrolled at Queensmill School in West London where the teaching staff first noticed his interest in drawing.

 

First Words

The instructors at Queensmill School encouraged him to speak by temporarily taking away his art supplies so that he would be forced to ask for them. Stephen responded by making sounds and eventually uttered his first word – “paper.” He learned to speak fully at the age of nine. His early illustrations depicted animals and cars; he is still extremely interested in american cars and is said to have an encyclopedic knowledge of them. When he was about seven, Stephen became fascinated with sketching landmark London buildings. After being shown a book of photos depicting the devastation wrought by earthquakes, he began to create detailed architectural drawings of imaginary

 

 

Career Start

One of Stephen’s teachers took a particular interest in him, who later accompanied his young student on drawing excursions and entered his work in children’s art competitions, many of which garnered Stephen awards. The local press became increasingly suspicious as to how a young child could produce such masterful drawings. The media interest soon turned nationwide and the 7 year old Stephen Wiltshire made his first steps to launch his lifelong career. The same year he sold his first work and by the time he turned 8, he received his first commission from late Prime Minister Edward Heath to create a drawing of Salisbury Cathedral.
At about age 10 Stephen embarked on an ambitious project called “London Alphabet,” a group of pictures depicting landmark structures in London, listed in alphabetical sequence – from Albert Hall, a famed performance venue, to the London Zoo.

 

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In February 1987 Stephen appeared in The Foolish Wise Ones. (The show also featured savants with musical and mathematical talents.) During his segment Hugh Casson, a former president of London’s Royal Academy of Arts, referred to him as “possibly the best child artist in Britain.”
Casson introduced Stephen to Margaret Hewson, a literary agent who helped Stephen field incoming book deals and soon became a trusted mentor. She helped Stephen publish his first book, Drawings (1987), a volume of his early sketches that featured a preface by Casson. Hewson, known for her careful stewardship of her clients’ financial interests, made sure a trust was established in Stephen’s name so that his fees and royalties were used wisely. (Hewson’s obituary, published in the London Daily Telegraph [February 9, 2002], lauded her “tireless promotion of his interests” and stated that despite having several other high-profile clients, she “was perhaps best known for championing… Stephen Wiltshire.”)

 

 

Cities

Hewson arranged Stephen’s first trip abroad, to New York City, where he sketched such legendary skyscrapers as the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, as part of a feature being prepared by the London-based International Television News. (He is quoted in the London Times article as saying, “I’m going to live in New York [some day]. I’ve designed my penthouse on Park Avenue.”) While in New York Stephen met Oliver Sacks.
Sacks was fascinated by the young artist, and the two struck up a long friendship; Sacks would ultimately write extensively about Stephen. The resulting illustrations from his visit – along with sketches of sites in the London Docklands, Paris, and Edinburgh – formed the basis for his second book, Cities (1989), which also included some drawings of purely imaginary metropolises.

 

 

College Years

With Hewson’s help, Stephen enrolled in a three-year degree program (followed by a one-year postgraduate course) at the prestigious City and Guilds of London Art School, where he studied drawing and painting. He often commuted by himself on the London underground system. Stephen Wiltshire later successfully postgraduated in Painting and Drawing as well as Printmaking at his degree show in 1998.

 

 

Floating Cities

At about this time Stephen embarked on a drawing tour of Venice, Amsterdam, Leningrad, and Moscow, attracting crowds wherever he stopped to draw. He was accompanied part of the time by Sacks, who was conducting research for a new book of case histories. (The resulting volume, An Anthropologist on Mars, published in 1995, brought Stephen Wiltshire to the attention of an even wider audience.) His third book, Floating Cities (1991), contains the elaborate drawings he made on the tour, along with a foreword by Sacks, who wrote, “Floating Cities represents sixteen-year-old Stephen’s artistic response to a ‘Grand Tour’ of Europe. The architectural refinement of a bygone Venetian Republic is juxtaposed to the solid merchant spirit of the Northern Renaissance as seen in Amsterdam. The barbaric vitality and energy of Moscow is set against that epitome of elegance, Leningrad – so often called ‘the Venice of the North.’ These drawings testify to an assured draughtsmanship and an ability to convey complex perspective with consummate ease. But more importantly, they reveal his mysterious creative ability to capture the sensibility of a building and that which determines its character and its voice. It is this genius which sets him apart and confers upon him the status of artist. For a child who was once locked within the prison house of his own private world, unable to speak, incapable of responding to others, this thrilling development of language, laughter and art is a miracle.”

 

 

Bestseller

In a review of Floating Cities for the San Francisco Chronicle (February 16, 1992), Kenneth Baker observed: “The accuracy of proportion and perspective in Stephen Wiltshire’s ink drawings – not to mention their detail – is amazing. For all their busyness, Stephen Wiltshire’s drawings are not snarled with obsessive rhythms. He obviously takes pleasure in what he can see and record, and his technique, though consistent, is admirably adapted to specific subjects… Whatever barriers to conventional life Wiltshire’s condition [has] put in his path, his eye and hand are enviably open channels.” David Gritten wrote for the Los Angeles Times (February 5, 1992), “[The book] illustrates Stephen Wiltshire’s ability to capture not only a building’s detail; he has an innate sense of perspective and also can convey the mood a building evokes. Thus his Kremlin Palace in Moscow looks forbidding and imposing; his St. Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square with its multicolored cluster of onion domes, seems to spring from a fantasy.” Floating Cities reached the top spot on the (London) Sunday Times nonfiction bestseller list.

 

 

American Dream

In 1992 Stephen accepted the invitation of a Tokyo-based television company to tour Japan and make drawings of various landmark structures, including the Tokyo metropolitan government building, in Shinjuku, and the Ginza shopping district. He then traveled to America once again, a trip that resulted in the book American Dream (1993), which featured cityscapes of Chicago, San Francisco, and New York, as well as the desert landscape of Arizona. Mary Ambrose wrote for the Montreal Gazette (July 31, 1993), “His paintings of the Arizona desert [establish] him as more than a one-trick pony, and although the coloring is a bit rough, his strong natural sense of composition keeps it together.” Stephen also included depictions of friends and acquaintances, and some observers took the presence of human figures in his work as a sign that he was developing socially.

Musical Talent

While his teachers had long known that Stephen Wiltshire liked to sing, the extent of his musical talent was not immediately apparent. Hewson told Anne Barrowclough for the London Daily Mail (September 14, 1993) that she discovered the artist’s additional skill while on the trip to Russia: “When we were in Moscow we would throw our own private concerts, usually opera, in our hotel room. One evening Stephen stood on a chair and sang Carmen from memory. He had picked it up from the television and remembered it almost perfectly.” He soon began studying with the music teacher Evelyn Preston, who identified Stephen as having perfect pitch – the rare ability to identify the pitch of an isolated musical note.
Additionally, while people with autism often do not understand or recognize human emotions, Stephen seemed able to convey the story of the music he was hearing and interpret its sentiments – an ability that fascinated psychologists. The medical community also found Stephen’s case interesting because savants rarely exhibit simultaneous skills in more than one field of learning. Linda Pring, a cognitive neuropsychologist at Goldsmith’s College, in London, spent a summer evaluating Stephen in an effort to discover a relationship between his dual talents. Pring told Nigel Hawkes for the London Times (September 13, 1993), “None of our other savants has more than one talent. In the whole of the scientific literature I have found only one previous example.”

Exhibition Record

Meanwhile, Stephen’s artwork was being exhibited frequently in venues all over the world.
In 2001 he appeared in another BBC documentary, Fragments of Genius, for which he was filmed flying over London aboard a helicopter and subsequently completing a detailed and perfectly scaled aerial illustration of a four-square-mile area within three hours; his drawing included 12 historic landmarks and 200 other structures.
In late 2003 the Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham, England, held the first major retrospective of Wiltshire’s works, spanning a period of 20 years; more than 40,000 visitors attended the exhibit, shattering the gallery’s attendance records. view current exhibitions

Panoramas

Stephen took on his largest project to date in May 2005, when he returned to Tokyo to make a panoramic drawing – the largest of his career – of the city. Two months later he drew a similarly detailed picture of Rome, including the Vatican and St. Peter’s Cathedral, entirely from memory.
In December, after a 20-minute helicopter ride, Stephen spent a week creating a 10-meter-long drawing of Hong Kong‘s Victoria Harbour and the surrounding urban scene. (He dedicated the work as a Christmas present to the city’s residents.) Since then he added Frankfurt, Madrid, Dubai, Jerusalem and London to his collection. The last drawing in the series was of his spiritual home, New York. Further trips followed to Syndey and Shanghai in 2010.

Cityscapes & People

Contrary to the popular misconception that Stephen is only interested in capturing architecture and classic american cars, he often draws portraits of celebrities and close friends in his private sketchbook. Stephen started creating caricatures of his teachers at primary school, and has since then produced many caricature ‘snap shots’ documenting amusing incidents encountered on his trips abroad as well.
Stephen Wiltshire’s passion for buildings, citiscapes and skylines continuously inspires him to revisit his favourite cities as well as discover new destinations while travelling the world. In a recent interview in New York he revealed that the most intriguing qualities of an exciting city must have ‘chaos and order at the same time, the avenues and squares, skyscrapers as well as traffic jams, the chaotic rush hour and people’.

 

 

MBE & London Gallery

In January 2006 it was announced that Stephen was being named by Queen Elizabeth II as a Member of the Order of the British Empire, in recognition of his services to the art world. “It’s an absolute honour,” his sister, Annette, told Geoffrey Wansell for the London Daily Mail (January 3, 2006). “It brought tears to my mum’s eyes and to mine, because we’ve all worked so hard for Stephen.”
Later that year, with the encouragement of Annette and her husband, Zoltan, Stephen Wiltshire founded his own permanent art gallery in London’s Royal Opera Arcade, London’s oldest shopping arcade.
In 2011, Stephen received an Honorary Life Fellowship from the Society of Architectural Illustrators, presented by artist Ben Johnson.
The gallery recently celebrated its 5th year of opening and the search for Stephen’s second premises in New York continues today.

 

Many observers have noted that Stephen has an engaging personality and a strong sense of humor. He sometimes performs impromptu, but wickedly accurate imitations of such singers as Robbie Williams. He currently resides in Maida Vale, West London with his mother. He reportedly admits to a preference for blondes, most notably the actress Jennie Garth from the television series Beverly Hills 90210.

 

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Stephen Wiltshire: The Human Camera

 

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Stephen Wiltshire has been called the “Human Camera.” In this short excerpt from the film Beautiful Minds: A Voyage into the Brain, Wiltshire takes a helicopter journey over Rome and then draws a panoramic view of what he saw, entirely from memory.

 

 

 

The Human Camera – Documentary

 

Published on Dec 20, 2013

Stephen Wiltshire is a 33-year-old autistic man with an extraordinary talent. He is one of less than 100 people in the world who is recognised as an autistic savant. Whereas some savants excel in mathematics or music, Stephen is an accomplished artist, and is capable of producing highly accurate drawings of buildings and cities after seeing them just once.

 

Although Stephen is today a quiet and confident young man, he endured a difficult childhood as family and teachers struggled to cope with his autism – a condition that was, at the time, very poorly understood and rarely diagnosed.

 

Cityscapes and buildings quickly became Stephen’s artistic focus, possibly because they represent the kind of stability, solidity and repetition that autistic people often crave. In a short space of time, Stephen became internationally renowned for his strikingly detailed and technically accurate drawings, and since his teenage years he has travelled the world sketching famous buildings and cities.

 

Now Stephen is about to face one of his greatest challenges yet. He has five days to draw a four-metre-long panorama of London based on a 15-minute helicopter ride above the capital. Can he accurately reproduce the skyline of his home city solely from memory?

 

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama visits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

 

Published on Sep 17, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama visits patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Wednesday September 17, 2014.

 

 

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President Obama’s statements on ISIS at MacDill AFB – FULL SPEECH

 

Published on Sep 17, 2014

At MacDill, President Obama reaffirms U.S. combat position.
(AP) TAMPA – Underscoring the multiple challenges facing his administration, President Barack Obama consulted with military officials Wednesday at MacDill Air Force Base about the U.S. counterterrorism campaign against Islamic State militants.

 

Obama met with top officers at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, which oversees U.S. military efforts in the Middle East. Accompanying him were his national security adviser, Susan Rice, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Obama was to address Central Command troops, providing him another opportunity to make a case for the air strike campaign he wants to carry out against Islamic State.

 

The President also spoke to troops after meeting with military brass, thanking them for their service.

 

“You play a central role in our combat and counterterrorism efforts,” Obama told the MacDill troops. “Your work is as vital as ever. In an uncertain world, full of breathtaking change, the one constant is American leadership.
“It is America that has the capacity and the will to mobilize the world against terrorists, including the group in Iraq and Syria known as ISIS.”

 

The president says the fight against the Islamic State group cannot be America’s alone and will require a broad coalition.

 

He says some nations will assist the U.S. with airstrikes and others will help train forces.

 

On Tuesday, the top U.S. military officer said American ground troops may be needed to battle the militants if Obama’s current strategy fails.

 

His meeting with top U.S. commanders comes amid newly raised doubts about the ability of the United States to rely on Iraqi forces, Kurds and Syrian opposition fighters to carry out a ground fight against the Islamic State militants and whether U.S. troops might have to play a combat role.

 

It also comes as Congress prepared to vote on Obama’s request for authority to equip and train Syrian opposition fighters whom the administration deems as moderates in the Syrian civil war.

 

Lawmakers in both parties have raised worries that the U.S. might be unable to find enough Syrian rebels who could be trusted to confront the Islamic State or that their numbers would be sufficient against the extremists.

 

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, raised new doubts about Iraq’s role in the fight, telling a small group of reporters traveling with him to Paris that about half of Iraq’s army is incapable of being an effective partner with the U.S. to push the Islamic State back in western and northern Iraq. He said the other half needs to be partially rebuilt with U.S. training and additional equipment.

 

Dempsey told senators Tuesday that if it became necessary for U.S. military advisers to accompany Iraqi troops into combat he might “go back to the president and make a recommendation that may include the use of ground forces.”

 

The White House, however, remained firm about Obama’s view. “What he’s been very specific and precise about is that he will not deploy ground troops in a combat role into Iraq or Syria,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in response to Dempsey’s comments.

 

 

 

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President Obama Talks with First-Graders at Tinker Elementary School

 

Published on Sep 17, 2014

On September 17, 2014, President Obama dropped by a first grade class at Tinker Elementary School in Tampa, Florida.

 

 

 

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Dr. Jill Biden at the International Congress on Vocational & Professional Education & Training

 

Published on Sep 16, 2014

In Winterthur, Switzerland, Dr. Jill Biden speaks on the Obama-Biden Administration’s commitment to higher education and job-training programs to ensure American workers have the skills they need to succeed in the global economy.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks on Ebola

 

Published on Sep 16, 2014

Speaking at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, President Obama provides an update on the U.S. plan to help combat the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. September 16, 2014.

 

 

 

We the Geeks: Miss America

 

Streamed live on Sep 17, 2014

Join us Wednesday, September 17th at 3:00 p.m. ET for a special #WeTheGeeks to highlight women and girls in STEM fields with the +Miss America Organization. Hear from the Miss America STEM scholarship winners as they share their stories from crowns to classrooms, personal role models, and advice for the next generation of women in #STEM  → http://wh.gov/ilixP

Got a question? Post it right here on Google+ or tweet it with #WeTheGeeks .

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks at the Congressional Picnic

 

Published on Sep 17, 2014

Preside Obama addresses Members of Congress at the Congressional Picnic at the White House on September 17, 2014.

 

 

 

Invictus Games Dinner

 

Published on Sep 12, 2014

At the Naval Observatory, Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden host a dinner for the athletes headed to the Invictus Games in London.

 

 

 

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5 Things to Know: The President Lays Out the U.S. Plan to Degrade and Destroy ISIL

 

 

 

President Obama travelled to Tampa, Florida to speak to service men and women at MacDill Air Force Base about the U.S. strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL, a terrorist organization that is killing innocent, unarmed civilians  in both Iraq and Syria. ISIL, also known as ISIS or the Islamic State, is also responsible for the brutal murders of American journalists Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff.

 

“In a world where technology provides a small group of killers with the ability to do terrible harm, it is America that has the capacity and the will to mobilize the world against terrorists,” he told servicemembers. To effectively do so, the U.S. will execute a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy that will empower the international community and local leaders to decimate these terrorists.

 


“If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”

 

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Today Is Constitution Day. Here’s What That Means:

 

On September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed and adopted the Constitution at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. What exactly does that mean?

 

We’ve got the facts for you, courtesy of the Constitution page at WhiteHouse.gov.

 

What did the Constitution aim to do?

 

As drafted, the Constitution’s purpose was to create a government that had enough power to act on a national level, but without so much power that individuals’ fundamental rights would be at risk.

 

The Constitution accomplished this, in part, by separating the government’s power into three branches, and then including checks and balances on each of those separate powers to make sure no single branch would gain supremacy. Each branch’s powers are spelled out in the Constitution, and the powers not assigned to them are reserved for the states.

 

This was all no coincidence — it was based largely on the experience that the Constitutional delegates had previously had with the King of England and his powerful Parliament.

 

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Michelle Obama: Malia is driving

 

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WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama disclosed on Wednesday that daughter Malia, who turned 16 on July 4, “just started driving.”

 

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama and the first lady said Malia, their oldest daughter, would be taking driving lessons.  Mrs. Obama said Malia was actually driving during a conversation she had with young patients at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

 

“I think in many ways I’m like any working mom,” Mrs. Obama told the children.

 

“I’ve got to make sure that I do my job and that I try to do it well, but I’ve got to make sure my girls are good.  They’re going to school and I’ve got an open house to go to tomorrow night, and I’ve got to make sure that — Malia just started driving — whew!  I know, that’s scary.  I’ve got to hang out with my husband.  He needs attention, too.  So it’s all a balance, just like your parents.  It’s the same thing.  So you just learn that rhythm.  You got to do it and you’ve got to do it all well.”

 

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U.S. Companies Leading to Reduce Emissions of HFC Climate Pollutants

 

We the Geeks: Miss America

 

New Data Show Early Progress in Expanding Coverage, with More Gains to Come

 

Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance in the United States in 2013

 

A Look Back at Lehman Brothers and Where We Stand Six Years After the Financial Crisis

 

Opening the People’s House

 

Our Comprehensive Response at the Border, By the Numbers

 

Welcoming the Third Class of Presidential Innovation Fellows

 

Here’s What a Medal of Honor Presentation at the White House Looks Like:

 

 

 

Growing Our Economy and Strengthening Our Financial System

 

Dr. Jill Biden Cheers on Team USA at the Invictus Games in London

 

Continuing the Conversation: VAWA at 20

 

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Speeches and Remarks/Statements and Releases

 

Notice to Congress — Terrorism

 

Message from the President on the Extradition Treaty between the US and Chile

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk

 

Readout of the President’s Meeting with General John Allen, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and Ambassador Brett McGurk, Deputy Special Presidential Envoy

 

Readout of National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with National Security Office Director Kim Kwan-Jin of the Republic of Korea

 

Statement by the President

 

FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Partners with Private Sector on New Commitments to Slash Emissions of Potent Greenhouse Gases

 

FACT SHEET: U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

 

Presidential Nominations and Withdrawal Sent to the Senate

 

Remarks by the President at MacDill Air Force Base

 

Remarks by the President on the Ebola Outbreak

 

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Dr. Jill Biden at the International Congress on Vocational and Professional Education and Training

 

Remarks by the President at Presentation of the Medal of Honor to Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and Specialist Four Donald Sloat

 

Remarks by the President at a DSCC Event

 

Remarks by the President at the AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary Event

 

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Reaction To Women Abusing Men In Public

 

 

 

WWYD? – Women Being Violently Abused By Their Boyfriends In Public!

 

 

 

WWYD? – Beaten Woman Enters The Diner With Her Physically Abusive Boyfriend..Where’s The Mace??

 

 

 

WWYD? – A White Preppy & Ghetto Boyfriend Attacking/Abusing His Girlfriend In Public!!

 

 

 

Interracial Couple Arguing: Would You Intervene?

 

 

 

What would you do – Domestic violence – Boyfriend abusing his girlfriend in public

 

 

 

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For Cinco de Mayo, President Obama Focuses on Investing in “100,000 Strong in the Americas

 

Cinco de Mayo at the White House

 

Published on May 5, 2014

President Obama welcomes guests to the White House for a reception to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. May 5, 2014.

 

 

 

Yesterday, on Cinco de Mayo, President Obama joined Under Secretary of State Richard Stengel, Assistant Secretary Roberta Jacobsen, Assistant Secretary Evan Ryan, foreign government officials, business leaders, and academics in the Roosevelt Room of the White House to discuss how we can work together to advance “100,000 Strong in the Americas,” an initiative focused on expanding educational opportunity and exchange to build connections between the people of the Americas, and to make our region more competitive.

 

President Barack Obama drops by a 100,000 Strong in the Americas education roundtable in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, May 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama drops by a 100,000 Strong in the Americas education roundtable in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, May 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

President Obama launched 100,000 Strong in the Americas to meet the target of bringing 100,000 students to the United States to study each year, while also increasing the number of Americans studying abroad in the hemisphere to 100,000. He did so out of a belief that greater educational opportunity and exchange will serve the interests of all our countries – developing new skills, increasing employment opportunities, building bridges across borders, and ultimately improving relations between the United States and our neighbors.

 

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State and Local Officials Join the President in Year of Action to Raise the Minimum Wage

 

Yesterday, Governor Martin O’Malley signed legislation adding Maryland to the growing list of states following the President’s call to raise the minimum wage for workers across the country. And today, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced he is taking action at the local level to increase the minimum wage for city contractors and subcontractors to $12 an hour starting in January.

 

As the President restated last week, he believes that no one working a full-time job should have to raise a family in poverty. Most Americans agree. In fact, around three out of four Americans support raising the minimum wage. That’s why we’re asking state and local officials across the country to join the President to make this a year of action and raise the minimum wage.

 

During his State of the Union address, the President encouraged Congress to support lifting the federal minimum wage to $10.10 while urging state and local officials to take action without waiting for Congress: “To every mayor, governor, and state legislator in America, I say, you don’t have to wait for Congress to act.” A month later, four governors – Dannel Malloy of Connecticut, Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, and Peter Shumlin of Vermont – appeared on stage with the President in Connecticut to support raising the minimum wage to $10.10.

 

In the year since the President first called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage, 10 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws to increase the minimum wage. Without waiting on Congress to act, three of those states – Connecticut, Maryland, and Hawaii – are lifting their minimum wages to $10.10 an hour, and other states and localities are considering similar legislation. If Congress acts to raise the federal minimum wage, more than 28 million workers across the country would see a direct increase in their wages.

 

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Statements and Releases – May 6th, 2014

 

 

President Obama to Award Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON – On May 13, 2014, President Barack Obama will award Kyle J. White, a former active duty Army Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.  Sergeant White will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a Platoon Radio Telephone Operator assigned to C Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, during combat operations against an armed enemy in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on November 9, 2007.

 

Sergeant White will be the seventh living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.  He and his family will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service.

 

 

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PERSONAL BACKGROUND: 

 

Former Sergeant Kyle J. White separated from the Army on July 8, 2011.  He currently lives in Charlotte, NC, where he works as an Investment Analyst.

 

Sergeant White enlisted in the Army in February 2006 as an Infantryman.   After completion of training at Ft Benning, he was assigned to Vicenza, Italy, with 2nd Battalion (Airborne) 503rd Infantry “The Rock” as a grenadier and rifleman which included a combat tour to Afghanistan from May 2007 until August 2008.  Following Italy, Kyle was assigned as an opposing forces Sergeant with the Ranger Training Battalion at Ft Benning.

 

Sergeant White deployed in support of the War on Terror with one tour to Afghanistan.

 

At the time of the November 9, 2007 combat engagement, then-Specialist White was a Platoon Radio Telephone Operator assigned to C Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade.  His heroic actions were performed during a dismounted movement in mountainous terrain in Aranas, Afghanistan.

 

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White’s awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster and “V” device, the Army Achievement Medal with one  oak leaf cluster, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one campaign star, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon  with numeral “2” device, the NATO Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Parachutists Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the Valorous Unit Award.

 

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

THE MEDAL OF HONOR:

 

The Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves conspicuously by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty while:

 

  • engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States;
  • engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or
  • serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

 

The meritorious conduct must involve great personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life. There must be incontestable proof of the performance of the meritorious conduct, and each recommendation for the award must be considered on the standard of extraordinary merit.

 

 

Statement by the President on Israeli Independence Day

 

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Travel to Israel

 

FACT SHEET: What Climate Change Means for Regions across America and Major Sectors of the Economy

 

 

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5/6/14: White House Press Briefing

 

 

 

“We’ve got everybody doing this” or, West Wing Peek

 

 

 

Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship: Why America Needs Immigration Reform

 

Published on May 6, 2014

Inaugural members of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (Nina Vaca, Hamdi Ulukaya, Rich Barton, Daphne Koller, and Steve Case) tell stories of how immigration makes America great, and why the time is now for commonsense immigration reform.

 

 

 

The National Climate Assessment

 

Published on May 6, 2014

Dr. John Holdren, President Obama’s Science Advisor, introduces the National Climate Assessment and discusses President Obama’s climate action plan which takes an all of the above energy approach towards combatting climate change now. Learn more at http://www.whitehouse.gov/climate-change

 

 

 

Year of Action: “We’re not done yet”

 

Published on May 5, 2014

Since January, the President has taken more than 20 actions to help build real, lasting economic security for the middle class and expand opportunities for every hardworking American to get ahead. http://www.wh.gov/year-of-action

 

 

 

Obama Sits Down With Meteorologists To Push Climate Report

 

Published on May 6, 2014

The Obama administration’s climate-change PR blitz involves interviews with eight national and local meteorologists.

 

 

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Barack Got Jokes: President Obama At The 2014 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.


 

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Joe Biden: White House Correspondents’ Dinner 2014

 

Published on May 3, 2014

Watch what happens when Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Vice President Joe Biden do not go to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

 

 

 

President Barack Obama is joining journalists, government officials, politicians and media personalities at the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents’ Association.

The featured entertainer, Joel McHale, star of the NBC series “Community,” quickly delivered a quip about Chris Christie’s fallen star, promising many more jokes about the New Jersey governor, who is in attendance.

The early part of the comedian’s speech included references to the entertainment industry, such as the Kardashians, but he then turned his attention to politics, including a comment about paying Hillary Rodham Clinton less if she becomes president, and the news media.

 

Earlier, Obama cracked jokes about Russian President Vladimir Putin and the continued resistance by many politicians to his signature health care reform.

 

The evening of humor and celebrity gazing has become an annual tradition in the nation’s capital.

 

First lady Michelle Obama is with the president at the black-tie event at the Washington Hilton Hotel.

 

Al Sharpton, Uber founder Travis Kalanick, departing Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright are some of the VIPs at the dinner.

 

As part of a joke about the troubled rollout of HealthCare.gov, Sebelius came to the podium to “fix” a video address the president had recorded to end his speech for the night.

 

 

President Obama at the 2014 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

 

Published on May 3, 2014

President Barack Obama’s complete comedy routine at the 2014 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

 

 

 

TheObamaCrat™ Presents: The Obama White House

Published on May 3, 2014

POTUSA Barack Hussein Obama is captured on film by the White House Official Photographers. Enjoy yet another video slide show of The Obama White House. Visit TheObamaCrat™ Blog at http://www.theobamacrat.com

 

  

 

 

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