By Jueseppi B.
The Gobble: Help Choose the 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey
Tomorrow, President Obama will honor the 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey — and once again the American people will decide which bird takes the title. Though both turkeys will receive a pardon, it’s up to you to decide which one claims the title of 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey.
On Wednesday, November 27th, President Obama will pardon the 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey and once again the American people will decide which bird takes the title.
Turkeys have carved out a pivotal role in the holiday season at the White House since the 19th century, but last year, for the first time, the pardon winner was chosen through a competitive online vote.
Which of these two turkeys will be plucked from obscurity and awarded the title? Hatched on the same day on the farm of John Burkel near Badger, Minnesota, Caramel and Popcorn may have been raised together, but each has flown their own path. Caramel is a steady and deliberate bird that enjoys soybean meal and rocking out to Lady Gaga. When Popcorn is feeling peckish, he can’t stop snacking on his namesake, corn, and has been known to strut around to Beyonce’s “Halo”.
People all across the country are flocking to cast a vote, so be sure to learn more about Caramel and Popcorn, listen to them croon their distinct gobble sounds and then tell us who you think should be named the National Thanksgiving Turkey!
Are you on #TeamCaramel or #TeamPopcorn? Find out how you can vote on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at Whitehouse.gov/Turkey.
Folks across the country are flocking to cast their vote — learn more about turkeys Caramel and Popcorn and find out how to cast yours.
We’ll count up the hashtags to make sure there’s no fowl play. The deadline for voting is 8pm ET on Tuesday, November 26th.
Don’t forget to tune in to President Obama’s remarks and the ceremony on Wednesday, November 27th on http://wh.gov/live at 1:15 pm ET to find out which turkey has been selected as the 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey. And for more on how this Presidential tradition came to be check out the definitive history of the Presidential Turkey Pardon.
Note: It’s all gravy — no turkeys will be harmed during the selection of the National Thanksgiving Turkey. After the pardoning, both turkeys travel to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens where they will be on display for visitors during “Christmas at Mount Vernon.” The turkeys will then travel to their permanent home at Morven Park’s Turkey Hill, the historic turkey farm located at the home of former Virginia Governor Westmorland Davis in Leesburg, Virginia. Additionally, if for any reason one turkey is unable to perform the duties of the National Thanksgiving Turkey, his alternate will take his place during the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation.
White House Schedule – November 26, 2013
In the morning, the President will attend a DNC event in Los Angeles, California. This event will be closed press.
Later, the President will travel to DreamWorks Animation to meet with film industry representatives, tour the studio, and deliver remarks on the economy. The President’s meeting is closed press, tour will have travel pool coverage and remarks are open to pre-credentialed media.
In the afternoon, the President will depart Los Angeles, California en route Washington, D.C. The departure from Los Angeles International Airport and the arrival on the South Lawn are open press.
Tuesday, November 26 2013 All Times ET
12:00 PM: The President attends a DNC event, Private Residence.
1:50 PM: The President tours DreamWorks Animation, DreamWorks Animation.
2:10 PM: The President meets with film industry representatives, DreamWorks Studios.
3:15 PM: The President delivers remarks WATCH LIVE
4:40 PM: The President departs Los Angeles en route Washington, D.C., Los Angeles International Airport.
9:05 PM: The President arrives Joint Base Andrews
9:20 PM: The President arrives the White House, South Lawn.
Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest will gaggle with the pool during the DNC event
No Matter Where You Come From, America Is a Place Where You Can Make It If You Try
Yesterday, President Obama said he is committed to fixing our broken immigration system to make sure we continue welcoming striving, hardworking immigrants who see America the same way many of our ancestors did when they came here generations ago — as a country where no matter who you are or what you look like or where you come from, you can make it if you try.
You’re Invited: White House Youth Summit Social
We are excited to announce our next White House Social event, an in-person meeting for young Americans who engage with us on social media.
President Obama Delivers Remarks on Iran’s Nuclear Program
Addressing the nation from the State Dining Room on Saturday evening, President Obama said that the United States — together with close allies and partners — has taken an important first step toward a comprehensive solution that addresses concerns with the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear program.
You don’t have to be a kid to be excited about this:
The first ever White House Student Film Festival launches today — and it’s open to U.S. students, grades K-12. We’re asking you to answer these big questions:
What’s your education story & how does technology and connectivity fit into how you learn at school or on your own? How do you imagine technology will change the educational experience for kids in the future?
Films can be short – in fact 3 minutes tops. The official selections will be featured on the White House website, and shared across the world on White House sites and official social media accounts. In fact, if selected, you may have a chance to attend the film fest yourself at the White House.
Ready to get started? Check out our official page at WhiteHouse.Gov/FilmFest — where you can learn more, read the official rules, see how to submit your video, and hear from Bill Nye (the Science Guy). And if you’re a parent, guardian, or teacher, make sure you spread the word to kids with big ideas!
We can’t wait to see what you make.
Here are more important details you should know:
–Every student entry has to have a parent/guardian or teacher sponsor.
–Films can be submitted now through January 29th, 2014.
–If your video is selected as an official selection, you could have a chance to attend the mid-February screening at the White House.
Read the complete rules (and submit your video!) at WhiteHouse.Gov/FilmFest
November 26, 2013
10:50 AM EST
As we prepare for Thanksgiving here at the White House, you’re invited to join me and a lineup of top food experts as we “talk turkey” and dive into our dinner plates to explore the science of cooking. We’ll be drilling down into the science behind what makes turkey so tasty, why we feel compelled to nap after eating it, and the secret science sauce behind bringing and marinating.
Please join us this Wednesday at 12pm ET for a We the Geekson the Science of Cooking! The episode will air on www.WhiteHouse.gov/wethegeeks in the run-up to President Obama’s annual turkey pardoning at the White House.
STEM in Cooking PSA with Anne Burrell
Published on Nov 21, 2013
Food Network chef Anne Burrell on how a love of cooking equals passion for STEM
Join Food Network Chef Anne Burrell, former NASA astronaut Ron Garan, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Kumar Garg, and me as we discuss the raw science behind turkey, stuffing, and other fixins’ on our Thanksgiving tables like breads, whole grains, flour, and gluten. We’ll also shed light on the exciting chemistry behind cooking and eating: How much carbon dioxide do we consume when eat a meal? And what exactly is fermentation anyway?
We’ll also explore how cooking can be used to get more kids excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.
Got comments or questions? Ask them using the hashtag #WeTheGeeks on Twitter and on Google+ and we’ll answer some of them during the live Hangout.
“We the Geeks” is a series of Google+ Hangouts to discuss science, technology, and innovation here in the United States.Join the conversation on Twitter and be sure to sign up for email updates about future “We the Geeks” hangouts.
Bill Yosses is the White House Executive Pastry Chef
(Editor’s note: Check out the Public Service Announcement from Food Network Chef Anne Burrell and Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds on getting kids excited about STEM through cooking.)
Typically, the holidays are a moment when many Americans volunteer to help the most vulnerable. Others make charitable contributions that can last throughout the holiday season. Next week, we will celebrate #GivingTuesday, a worldwide effort to raise awareness and motivate action for the common good.
Started by the United Nations Foundation and the 92d Street Y, #GivingTuesday builds on the American tradition of giving back but uses technology to give this greater impact. This commemoration does not seek to coordinate funds toward any particular nonprofit or to direct volunteers to support a specific cause. Instead, #GivingTuesday is intended to encourage Americans to reflect and give back. It’s a collective moment for individual and community action.
#GivingTuesday has significant momentum. More than 7000 partners across all 50 states are taking part. This includes large corporations and small businesses, faith-based organizations and secular nonprofits. This year, cities are stepping forward to galvanize the movement. They are celebrating local causes through unique campaigns like BMoreGivesMore in Baltimore; #GivingTuesdayBucks in Bucks County, PA; and #GivingTuesdayPHL in Philadelphia. In all these communities, nonprofits, businesses and government are collaborating to raise awareness and drive funds for those in need.
November 26, 2013 3:15 PM EST
President Obama Speaks on the Economy
Glendale, California, White House LIVE!! Streaming
November 26th, 2013: Photo of the Day
During a foggy morning, President Barack Obama waves from Air Force One as he gets ready to depart Seattle, Wash., Nov. 25, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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Daniel’s Covered. You Can Be Covered Too!
Published on Oct 21, 2013
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Daniel is thrilled to get coverage this good at this price.
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