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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Good Friday The 18th Of April. The American Legion. The Commander-in-Chief Trophy.


 

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Breaking Ukraine News: President Obama Cautious Over Deal To Ease Ukraine Crisis

 

US President Barack Obama has cautiously welcomed a deal to calm tensions in Ukraine, reached at multi-party talks in Geneva. He said the US and its allies were ready to impose new sanctions on Russia if the situation failed to improve. At the Geneva talks, the sides agreed that illegal military groups in Ukraine must be dissolved, and that those occupying buildings must be disarmed and leave them. The foreign ministers also agreed that there would be an amnesty for all anti-government protesters. But speaking in Washington just hours later, President Obama expressed scepticism as to whether Russia would keep its side of the bargain. “My hope is that we actually do see follow-through over the next several days, but I don’t think, given past performance, that we can count on that,” he said.

“We have to be prepared that we can actually respond to what continue to be efforts of interference by the Russians in eastern and southern Ukraine,” he added. In a telephone call with UK Prime Minister David Cameron, the two leaders agreed that the United States and Europe are prepared to take further measures to impose a new round of sanctions if Russia failed to help restore order. “We have put in place additional consequences that we can impose on the Russians if we do not see actual improvement of the situation on the ground,” Mr Obama said. The UK is to provide an additional £1m to support the expansion of the OSCE special monitoring mission in Ukraine. Washington and the EU have already imposed sanctions on key Russian and Ukrainian political and business officials.

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White House Schedule – April 18th, 2014

 

On Friday, the President will meet with the National Commander and Executive Director of the American Legion.  Later, he will welcome the United States Naval Academy Football Team to the White House to present them with the 2013 Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
Good FRIDAY, April 18th, 2014

 

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 meet with Secretary of the Treasury Lew in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

Following this, the President will meet with the National Commander and Executive Director of the American Legion. This meeting is closed press.

 

In the afternoon, the President will present the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the United States Naval Academy football team. This event in the Rose Garden is open press.

 

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Friday, April 18th 2014 All Times ET

 

10:00 AM: The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

 

10:45 AM: The President meets with Secretary of the Treasury Lew, Oval Office.

 

 

11:35 AM: The President meets with the National Commander and Executive Director of the American Legion, Oval Office.

 

 

1:00 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

 

2:00 PM: The President presents the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the United States Naval Academy football team, The Rose Garden.

 

 

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White House LIVE!!! Streaming Schedule

 

 

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April 2014: Photo of the Day

 

One of the riders taking part in the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride, with a President Obama bobblehead in his jersey, waits in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, April 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

One of the riders taking part in the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride, with a President Obama bobblehead in his jersey, waits in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, April 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

A Wounded Warrior exits the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House to participate in the Soldier Ride, April 17, 2014. (WH Photo by Pete Souza)

A Wounded Warrior exits the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House to participate in the Soldier Ride, April 17, 2014. (WH Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretary Shinseki cheer on participants in the Soldier Ride, April 17, 2014. (WH Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretary Shinseki cheer on participants in the Soldier Ride, April 17, 2014. (WH Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Participants in the seventh annual Soldier Ride make their way around the South Lawn of the White House, April 17, 2014. (WH Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

Participants in the seventh annual Soldier Ride make their way around the South Lawn of the White House, April 17, 2014. (WH Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretary Shinseki welcome the Soldier Ride to the White House, April 17, 2014. (WH Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretary Shinseki welcome the Soldier Ride to the White House, April 17, 2014. (WH Photo by Pete Souza)

First lady Michelle Obama and Bow Wow, co-host of the television show “106 & Park,” along with high school students from Chicago, tour the Howard University dorms. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

First lady Michelle Obama and Bow Wow, co-host of the television show “106 & Park,” along with high school students from Chicago, tour the Howard University dorms. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

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First Lady Michelle Obama smiles at rapper Bow Wow at Howard University. The First Lady joined juniors and seniors from Chicago public high schools on the first day of their four-day visit to Howard University, as part of a program to immerse talented high school students in a college campus environment.

First Lady Michelle Obama smiles at rapper Bow Wow at Howard University. The First Lady joined juniors and seniors from Chicago public high schools on the first day of their four-day visit to Howard University, as part of a program to immerse talented high school students in a college campus environment.

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President Obama makes a face as Nancy Loubin takes a photo of him at Wounded Warriors event at White House today

The Phoro Of The Year: President Obama Watches As The Riders Speed By.

The Photo Of The Year: President Obama Watches As The Riders Speed By.

 

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Statements and Releases

 

Press Conference by the President, 4/17/14

 

Remarks by the First Lady at Discussion with High School and College Students

 

Statement by the President on the Passing of Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Marquez

 

FACT SHEET: Affordable Care Act by the Numbers

 

President Obama Signs Montana Disaster Declaration

 

Statement by the President on the Tragic Ferry Sinking Off the Coast of the Republic of Korea

 

First Lady Michelle Obama to Address 2014 Graduating Seniors

 

FACT SHEET: Building on Progress – Supporting Solar Deployment and Jobs

 

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Prime Minister Robert Fico of Slovakia

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Call with President Rosen Plevneliev of Bulgaria

 

Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Cameron of United Kingdom

 

Readout of the President’s Call with Chancellor Merkel of Germany

 

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West Wing Week: 4/18/14 or, “Pull Together, Fight Back, and Win”

 

This week, the President nominated Sylvia Burwell as Secretary of Health and Human Services, hosted an Easter Prayer Breakfast and a Passover Seder, discussed immigration reform with Faith leaders, welcomed the Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride, announced a major milestone in the continued implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and hit the road to New York City and Oakdale, Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

Friday, April 11th

  • The President announced the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to succeed Kathleen Sebelius as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services.
  • Later, the President traveled to New York City and gave the keynote address at the 16th annual National Action Network convention.

 

Monday, April 14th

  • The President hosted an Easter Prayer Breakfast.
  • Later, the President welcomed recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
  • The First Lady visited Fisher House at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

 

Tuesday, April 15th

  • The President discussed immigration reform with faith leaders in the Oval Office.
  • Later, the President marked the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing with a moment of silence.
  • That evening, the President hosted a Passover seder in the Old Family Dining Room.

 

Wednesday, April 16th

 

Thursday, April 17th

  • The President and Vice President welcomed the Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride to the South Lawn of the White House.
  • Later, the President made an announcement relative to healthcare enrollment.
  • The First Lady traveled to Howard University for a roundtable discussion with students highlighting the Presidents North Star Goal.

 

 

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The Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride at the White House

 

Published on Apr 17, 2014

President Obama welcomes Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House in celebration of the seventh annual Soldier Ride. A cycling event to help Wounded Warriors restore their physical and emotional well-being, the Soldier Ride also raises awareness of our nation’s Wounded Warriors who battle the physical and psychological damages of war.

 

 

 

 

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President Obama Speaks to the Press

 

Published on Apr 17, 2014

Before taking questions from the press in the White House Press Briefing Room, President Obama announces that 8 million people signed up for private health coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace. April 17, 2014.

 

 

 

 

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Letters to the President: Stories of Health Reform

 

Published on Apr 17, 2014

While in Austin, the President recently met with several Americans who wrote letters about the Affordable Care Act.

 

 

 

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@BarackObama The Affordable Care Act is working—for millions of Americans.

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The Affordable Care Act is working—for millions of Americans.

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 Read All About The 8 Million:

8 Million People Have Signed Up For Private Health Coverage Thanks To The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES).

 

According to @FoxNews ObamaCARES enrollment is through the chart roof.

According to @FoxNews ObamaCARES enrollment is through the chart roof.

See What Health Reform Means to Six Families

See What Health Reform Means to Six Families

While in Austin, Texas, the President met with several Americans who wrote letters about how the Affordable Care Act has helped them. Here's what they had to say.

While in Austin, Texas, the President met with several Americans who wrote letters about how the Affordable Care Act has helped them. Here’s what they had to say.

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Tuesday The 15th Of April. Happy Passover AND Happy Tax Day!


 

By Jueseppi B.

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President Barack Obama on Tuesday meets with faith leaders to boost prospects for passing immigration reform (right now not very good), meets with Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel and then hosts his annual White House seder, with the core group of guests Obama 2008 campaign staffers who were in Harrisbug, Pa.  battling Hillary Rodham Clinton in the brutal Democratic primary on Passover 2008. The staffers put together a seder at a hotel on the campaign trail and Obama kept the tradition going when he reached the White House.

 

The campaign seder was led by Eric Lesser, then the campaign’s chief baggage wrangler who went on to become an assistant to then White House senior adviser David Axelrod and is now running for the state senate in Massachusetts.

 

White House Schedule – April 15, 2014

 

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 meet with faith leaders to discuss the importance of taking action to pass commonsense immigration reform in the Oval Office. There will be a stills only pool spray at the top of the meeting.

 

In the afternoon, the President will meet with senior advisors, where he will also observe a moment of silence to mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. This meeting and moment of silence in the Oval Office are closed press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will meet with Secretary of Defense Hagel in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

In the evening, the President and the First Lady will mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder at the White House with friends and staff. The Seder in the Old Family Dining Room is closed press.

 

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
TUESDAY, April 15th, 2014

 

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Tuesday, April 15th 2014 All Times ET

 

 

7:30 AM: The Vice President and Secretary of State John Kerry meet for breakfast, Naval Observatory.

 

 

10:00 AM: The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

 

11:30 AM: The President meets with faith leaders, Oval Office.

 

 

12:00 PM: The Vice President and Dr. Biden attend a Tribute to those affected by the tragic events of April 15, 2013, Hynes Convention Center.

 

 

12:15 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

 

2:40 PM: The President meets with senior advisors and observes a moment of silence, Oval Office.

 

 

3:45 PM: The President meets with Secretary of Defense Hagel, Oval Office.

 

 

6:30 PM: The President and First Lady mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder at the White House, Old Family Dining Room.

 

 

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On Tuesday, the President and the First Lady will mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder at the White House with friends and staff.

On Wednesday, President Obama and Vice President Biden will travel to Leetsdale, Pennsylvania for an event on the economy. Further details on the President and Vice President’s travel to Pennsylvania will be made available in the coming days.

On Thursday, the President will welcome the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House in celebration of the eighth annual Soldier Ride.  A cycling event to help Wounded Warriors restore their physical and emotional well-being, the Soldier Ride also raises awareness of our nation’s Wounded Warriors who battle the physical and psychological damages of war.

On Friday, the President will meet with the National Commander and Executive Director of the American Legion.  Later, he will welcome the United States Naval Academy Football Team to the White House to present them with the 2013 Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.

 

 

 

April 2014: Photo of the Day

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First Lady Michelle Obama visits with families working on crafts at Maryland Fisher House IV at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., April 14, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

First Lady Michelle Obama visits with families working on crafts at Maryland Fisher House IV at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., April 14, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to Joshua Seal and his son Wyatt

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First Lady Michelle Obama wears stickers on her face that where placed on her by 20-month-old Lily Oppelt,

First Lady Michelle Obama wears stickers on her face that where placed on her by 20-month-old Lily Oppelt,

1st Lady Michelle has stickers put on her face by 20-month-old Lily Oppelt at Walter Reed Hospital.

1st Lady Michelle has stickers put on her face by 20-month-old Lily Oppelt at Walter Reed Hospital.

1st Lady Michelle meets 6-month-old Kyleigh Garmon at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center today .

1st Lady Michelle meets 6-month-old Kyleigh Garmon at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center today .

 

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White House LIVE!!! Streaming

 

 

 

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Speeches and Remarks

 

Remarks by the First Lady at Fisher House Family Easter Event

 

Remarks by the President at Easter Prayer Breakfast

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

Readout of the President’s Call with President Putin

At Moscow’s request, President Obama spoke with Russian President Putin today about the situation in Ukraine.  The President expressed grave concern about Russian government support for the actions of armed, pro-Russian separatists who threaten to undermine and destabilize the government of Ukraine.  The President emphasized that all irregular forces in the country need to lay down their arms, and he urged President Putin to use his influence with these armed, pro-Russian groups to convince them to depart the buildings they have seized.

 

The President reiterated the importance of Russia withdrawing its troops from Ukraine’s border in order to defuse tensions.  President Obama noted that despite the rhetoric from Russian officials, the government of Ukraine has acted with remarkable restraint, and he praised the Ukrainian government’s efforts to unify the country by holding free and fair presidential elections on May 25, pursuing inclusive constitutional reform and proposing concrete steps toward the decentralization of power.  The President noted Russia’s growing political and economic isolation as a result of its actions in Ukraine and made clear that the costs Russia already has incurred will increase if those actions persist.

 

The President noted the upcoming contact group meeting in Geneva and said that while he continues to believe that a diplomatic solution is still possible, it cannot succeed in an environment of Russian military intimidation on Ukraine’s borders, armed provocation within Ukraine, and escalatory rhetoric by Kremlin officials.

 

 

Statement by the President

A year ago, tragedy struck at the 117th Boston Marathon.  Four innocent people were killed that week, and hundreds more were wounded.  Today, we remember Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard, and Sean Collier.  And we send our thoughts and prayers to those still struggling to recover.

 

We also know that the most vivid images from that day were not of smoke and chaos, but of compassion, kindness and strength: A man in a cowboy hat helping a wounded stranger out of harm’s way; runners embracing loved ones, and each other; an EMT carrying a spectator to safety.  Today, we recognize the incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy.  And we offer our deepest gratitude to the courageous firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, runners and spectators who, in an instant, displayed the spirit Boston was built on – perseverance, freedom and love.

 

One year later, we also stand in awe of the men and women who continue to inspire us – learning to stand, walk, dance and run again.  With each new step our country is moved by the resilience of a community and a city.  And when the sun rises over Boylston Street next Monday – Patriot’s Day – hundreds of thousands will come together to show the world the meaning of Boston Strong as a city chooses to run again.

 

 

Readout of the President’s Meeting with the Global Development Council

 

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco’s Meeting with Yemeni Minister of Finance Sakhir Wajih and Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Mohammed Saadi

 

Readout of the President’s Call with President Hollande of France

 

Vice President Biden to Travel to Brazil for the FIFA World Cup

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Jose Mujica Cordano of Uruguay

 

White House Announces 2014 Easter Egg Roll Program and Talent Line-up

 

Statement by Vice President Biden on the Passing of Nuala Pell

 

Statement from the President on Passover

 

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Get Your 2013 Federal Taxpayer Receipt

 

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The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES) Facts:

 

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ACA enrollment through exchanges reached 7.1 million, ahead of early estimates.

* The ACA is quickly reducing the uninsured rate.

* Thanks in part to the ACA, health care spending has slowed dramatically and health care inflation is at its lowest point in 50 years.

* According to the Department of Commerce, the ACA is also having a positive effect on personal incomes.

* And according to the CBO, the system is even more affordable than previously projected.

This is a system that’s working. The right can either acknowledge reality or embrace delusions and conspiracies, but the facts are quite evident for those who care to look. The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES) is here to stay.

 

 

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Remember when Barack said this would happen 2 years ago….

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USPS Harvey Milk Forever Stamp White House Ceremony

 

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Following the announcement that the United States Postal Service first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony of the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp will take place at the White House on May 22, Harvey Milk’s nephew and co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation Stuart Milk released the following statement:

“A stamp dedication ceremony on May 22 at the White House comes with incredibly special significance for both place and date. President Obama and his administration have provided the nation with steadfast and trend setting leadership in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in the US and abroad….

“The Milk family thanks President Obama and other allies and champions of LGBT inclusive diversity as exemplified by Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, all of the LGBT leaders who have stood on uncle Harvey’s shoulders to run for and serve openly in public office, and each and every LGBT individual who go about their daily life with authenticity, refusing to hide who they are and who they love. Together, all of us, continue to move humanity forward, bending that arc of the moral universe ever closer to justice.”

 

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President Obama speaks during a statement to the press following explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in the briefing room of the White House April 15, 2013

President Obama speaks during a statement to the press following explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in the briefing room of the White House April 15, 2013

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Does anyone besides me see the irony in a traitor using the backdrop of the U.S. Constitution as he talks about the stolen NSA documents he has on the 5 laptops he took without permission…and gave to China & Russia?

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Someone You Should Know: Ruslana Lyzhychko, Ukrainian Activist.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Why did Michelle Obama give a Ukrainian pop star the Women of Courage award?

First lady Michelle Obama with Eurovision singer Ruslana Lyzhychko of Ukranie. (Jewel Samad/ AFP/Getty Images)

First lady Michelle Obama with Eurovision singer Ruslana Lyzhychko of Ukranie. (Jewel Samad/ AFP/Getty Images)

 

On Tuesday morning, first lady Michelle Obama and Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom presented 10 women from around the world the Secretary of State’s Women of Courage award. They include a pioneer of the human rights movement in Tajikistan, a prominent leader in the field of maternal health and … a pop music star who won Eurovision in 2004?

 

These women are being recognized for their “exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk.”

 

So how does a pop star from Ukraine make the list?

 

Ruslana Lyzhychko — her fans call her Ruslana, first name only, like Madonna — rose to fame when she won the Eurovision competition for her performance of the song “Wild Dances.”  For the uninitiated, Eurovision is a “song contest” between representative musicians and bands from European countries. Winners include many well-known names including ABBA and Celine Dion, but the competition is best-known for its often over-the-top and cheesy music. It’s been described as “kitschy, genre-bending, makes no sense” and even “a trainwreck dry ice, pleather, men in boxes, operatic vampires and unfortunate babydoll outfits

 

These days, Ruslana sings with the protesters in Kiev’s Independence Square.

 

She took the streets during the November protests and quickly became a voice of the protesters. Ruslana spent long, cold nights onstage, often at the iconic blue piano, singing and rallying crowds as riot police rounded in. Her longest performances on the protests stage – singing her own songs and the national anthem – lasted up to 10 hours.

 

“I think of myself as a volunteer … showing people that we need to be here because there is no other way,” she said to Reuters in December. “Russia is our past, Europe must be our future,” she explained.

 

Even though Ruslana continues to be best known for her music, this isn’t the pop star’s first foray into politics. Her career in activism and humanitarian work began long before the protests started in 2013. She was an active participant in the 2004 Orange Revolution, became the first ever UNICEF National Ambassador in Ukraine in 2005, was speaking out for renewable energy in 2008 and now acts as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

 

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Ruslana Lyzhychko (UkrainianРуслана ЛижичкоRuslana Lyžyčko; born on 24 May 1973), known mononymously as Ruslana, is a World Music Award and Eurovision Song Contest winning artist, holding the title of People’s Artist of Ukraine. She is also a former MP serving as deputy in the Ukrainian parliament (Verkhovna Rada) for the Our Ukraine Party. Ruslana is the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in Ukraine. She is recognized as the most successful Ukrainian female solo artist internationally and was included in the top 10 most influential women of 2013 by the Forbes magazine. The U.S. Secretary of State honored her with the Woman of Courage Award in March 2014.

 

Ukrainian Pop Singer Ruslana Lyzhychko Receives Woman Of Courage Award

 

Published on Mar 4, 2014

Ukrainian pop singer Ruslana Lyzhychko received the International Women of Courage award at a ceremony in Washington on Tuesday (March 4) for her commitment to non-violence and national unity in the face of government corruption.

 

“Ruslana joined the demonstrations, spending her days on streets and her nights sleeping in cold tents, and every evening, in the face of impending police attacks and death threats, she performed the Ukrainian national anthem for the other demonstrators to reinforce the promise of a diverse and unified Ukraine,” U.S. Deputy Secretary Of State Heather Higginbottom said during the event at the State Department. U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama attended the ceremony.

 

Russell spoke about how Ruslana sang the Ukrainian national anthem night after night in Kiev, and calmed protesters one December evening, as news of a impending security sweep by Ukrainian riot police spread through the crowd.

 

“Anyone who was there that night will tell you how her rallying cries steadied the nerves of the protesters, giving them the courage they needed to successfully withstand more than two thousand riot police. They will tell you how crowds cheered as eventually the police retreated from a standoff that was intense, but ultimately peaceful. And, they will tell you how that night will go down in history as one of the EuroMaiden’s movement’s most amazing displays of unity and determination,” Higginbottom added.

 

The Ukrainian Eurovision song contest winner pushed her voice to the limit belting out songs nightly to keep up the morale of protesters camped out a snowy Kiev square, emerging as an unlikely figurehead of movement to oust President Viktor Yanukovich.

 

The Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award honors women who have showed courage to advocate human rights, equality and social progress, according to the State Department website.

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She is a singer, songwriter, producer, musical conductor, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, voice actress and social activist. She writes, composes and produces her own songs and music videos. Since 28 December 1995 she has been married to Oleksandr Ksenofontov, a Ukrainian record producer. Together they have run the company Luxen Studio since 1993, producing radio and film trailers.

 

Ruslana was the first artist coming out from the former Soviet Union to officially receive a platinum disc, her Dyki tantsi album selling more than 170,000 copies in the first 100 days after its release, even without a supporting tour. This album is the best selling Ukrainian album to date, together with its English version, more than 1,000,000 copies being sold solely in Ukraine.

 

She won the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Wild Dances receiving 280 points, which at that time was a record of points. Following her victory, she rose to fame in Europe and became one of the biggest pop stars from the Eastern part of the continent. Her winning songWild Dances has dominated the European charts for 97 weeks peaking at number one in Belgiumfor 10 consecutive weeks. Later that year, she received a World Music Award in Las Vegas.

 

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Also in 2004, she was among the top 15 performers in a ranking conducted in Belgium with her singles “Wild Dances” and “Dance with the Wolves“. Ruslana was named the most popular person in Belgium, the sexiest girl in Greece, the most influential public person in Ukraine and was the first foreigner who received the award of the Federation of Journalists in Turkey.

 

In 2005, Ruslana designed the cover for Jonathan Safran Foer‘s “The Unabridged Pocket Book of Lightening” which was produced as part of Penguin Books‘ 70th birthday celebrations.

 

In 2006, her song “Wild Dances” has been named the best ever Eurovision winning song by a survey arranged by the German public television broadcaster ARD. During the television program Grand Prix HitlisteWild Dances was presented as the winner, ahead of famous songs, such as Waterloo and Germany’s only winner (at the time), Ein Bißchen Frieden, which finished sixth and twelfth, respectively. The programme was viewed by a television audience of approximately six million people in Germany.

 

In 2008, she was elected by Rockstar Games to play ‘DJ Ruslana’ in the open world action-adventure video game Grand Theft Auto IV. The Ukrainian version of her song Wild Dances has been featured on the soundtrack of the game and became one of the most popular tunes among the fans. Grand Theft Auto IV broke the Guinness World Records for “Highest grossing video game in 24 hours” and “Highest Revenue Generated by an Entertainment Product in 24 Hours”. It sold 3.6 million copies on day one, which equalled roughly $310 million in revenue. Also in 2008, she signed a major contract with Warner Music for the worldwide release of her second international album called Wild Energy.

 

In 2009, she was invited to attend the 6th Asia Song Festival which took place in SeoulKorea. Even if she was supposed to receive only an award for her contribution to the cultural exchange between Ukraine and Asia in music, in the end she also won the main award of the festival, receiving the golden statue for the best artist of the Asia Song Festival 2009.

 

In 2011, her song Wild Dances has been used by the American gymnast Jordyn Wieber as the soundtrack for her floor exercise. Wieber eventually became the 2011 World Women’s All-Around Champion and won the golden medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics performing her floor exercise on Ruslana’s song.

 

 

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Ruslana reading out an official resolution of Euromaidan, 29 November 2013

Ruslana reading out an official resolution of Euromaidan, 29 November 2013

 

Political activities

 

2004: Orange Revolution

In autumn 2004 Ruslana actively supported the democratic processes in Ukraine known as the Orange Revolution, to which her song “Dance with the Wolves” was devoted. She declared her support for Viktor Yushchenko during the disputed Ukrainian presidential elections. She became one of the prominent figures that addressed the mass crowds rallying in support of Yushchenko’s demand that his original defeat be declared fraudulent. From spring 2006 to summer 2007 she was a Member of the Ukrainian Parliament for the party Our Ukraine.

 

Due to political reasons the music video supporting her second single extracted from the Wild Dances album, Dance with the Wolves was censored in Russia as it contains fragments showing Ruslana in the Independence Square.

 

Ruslana endorsed Yulia Tymoshenko during the 2010 Ukrainian presidential election and actively supported her candidature during the election campaign.

 

In December 2012 Ruslana launched the human rights campaign Не мовчи (Don’t keep silent) which challenges the juridical system of Ukraine. In particular she supports the case of Dmytro and Sergiy Pavlichenko who claim to have been forced to admit a murder they have not committed. The father and son were convicted of killing a judge of a district court in Kyiv and sentenced to life imprisonment and 13 years in prison respectively. The verdict was widely criticized mainly by football fans. Ruslana dedicated her song and video Це – Ей-форі-Я (This is Euphoria) to the case of the Pavlichenkos who according to her are victims of a misjudgement.

 

 

Ruslana with José Manuel Barroso and Henri Malosse at the Plenary Session of the EESC in Brussels

Ruslana with José Manuel Barroso and Henri Malosse at the Plenary Session of the EESC in Brussels

 

 

2013–2014: Euromaidan

In November 2013, she was one of the leading figures of Euromaidan which were a series of protests in Ukraine that began on November 22, 2013, when Ukrainian citizens started spontaneous protests in the capital of UkraineKiev. On the previous day, on November 21, 2013, the Ukrainian government suspended preparations for signing an Association Agreementwith the European Union.

 

She was one of the leading figures of the protests. Since the second week of protest she has been on the stage on Kiev‘s Maidan Nezalezhnosti virtually all night (up to ten hours a night). In an 11 December interview with The Daily Beast she explained her role in the opposition as “charging Maidan with freedom-loving energy” and insisted she “hated” politics. And has denied supporting any single leader. Ruslana also stated “if needed, I will sing every night in Maidan until next presidential election in 2015”. Two make-up artists were at her disposal during the protest.

 

As the protest leader, Ruslana noted the presence of paid provocateurs who have instigated fights in the otherwise peaceful protests.

Her involvement in the pro-European movement from Kiev has been featured on many international publications, Ruslana being regarded as a true heroine of Ukraine. While the German press regarded her as ‘Kiev’s queen of the night’, the Spanish newspaper El Mundo compared her to Jeanne d’Arc. Due to her active involvement in the EuroMaidan, Ruslana has been compared to Katniss Everdeen, the main heroine of The Hunger Games trilogy.

 

Due to active role in the protests, she was included in the top 10 most successful women of 2013 by the Forbes magazine. Also, she was named ‘person of the year’ by the Business Ukraine magazine.

 

In order to demand from the EU support for the EuroMaidan revolution Ruslana met in Brussels with key EU officials including José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, and Henri Malosse, President of theEuropean Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in January 2014. After her speech at the 495th Plenary Session a resolution was adopted by the EESC which supports the Ukrainian civil society and its democratic rights.

 

 

Social commitment

 

First Lady Michelle Obama and Deputy Secretary Heather Higginbottom pose for a photo with 2014 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award Winner Ruslana Lyzhychko

First Lady Michelle Obama and Deputy Secretary Heather Higginbottom pose for a photo with 2014 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award Winner Ruslana Lyzhychko

 

Ruslana was appointed Good Will Ambassador of Ukraine by the UNICEF and combats trafficking in human beings. She released two video clips which aim to make potential victims aware of the dangers of human trafficking. In February 2008 Ruslana performed at an anti-human trafficking event in Vienna, Austria, organized by UN.GIFT (The United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking) in front of 117 international delegations. Her song Not for Sale became the anthem of the anti-trafficking campaign.

 

Within the frames of the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 in Kiev she gave a charity concert for children suffering from the consequences of the Chernobyl tragedy. For another charity project Ruslana joined forces with German rock star Peter Maffay. In April/May 2007 they went together with artists from 14 countries on a four weeks tour through Germany. The funds gathered benefited children in need.

 

Ruslana has also staged numerous charity concerts benefiting Children’s hospitals in KievLviv and Dnipropetrovsk.

 

With her project Wild Energy Ruslana supports the use of renewable energy. She regards the energy of the sun, the water and the wind as an energy independence. The project gradually developed into this bigger meaning. Ruslana wants to make people aware of the dangers of global climate change.

 

After large regions in Western Ukraine were hit by a flood in July 2008 Ruslana set up the co-ordinating and relief centre Carpathians. Flood. SOS! 2008. The aim of the centre is to create a database of the people in need, to provide emergency humanitarian help and to collect and distribute donations both from the public and from other Ukrainian artists and sportsmen to support the victims of the flood.

 

 

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Background information
Native name Руслана Лижичко
Birth name Ruslana Stepanivna Lyzhychko

(Руслана Степанівна Лижичко)

Also known as Ruslana (Руслана)
Born 24 May 1973 (age 40)
LvivUkrainian SSR
Origin Ukraine Ukrainian
Genres Pop, ethno-pop
Occupations Singer, dancer, producer, composer,

conductor, pianist, lyricst, voice actress,

former politician, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

, activist

Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar, drums, keyboards,

trembita, tambourine

Years active 1996–present
Labels EMIWarner Music Group
Associated acts T-PainMissy ElliottGoran Bregović,

Slavi Trifonov,Varvara, Harem,

Helmut Lotti,Peter Maffay, “Zhittya” Ballet

Website www.ruslana.ua

 

 

Ruslana Lyzhychko Facebook Page.

 

 

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President Obama And Prime Minister Jomaa Of Tunisia Bilateral Meeting


 

By Jueseppi B.

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President Obama’s Meeting with Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa of Tunisia

April 04, 2014 | 9:44 | Public Domain

 

President Obama speaks to the press before a meeting with Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa of Tunisia to discuss the commitment Tunisia’s leaders have made to advancing Tunisia’s democracy and how the United States can further support Tunisia’s historic transition.

 

 

 

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Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Jomaa of Tunisia Before Bilateral Meeting

 

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2:10 P.M. EDT

 

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, it’s a great pleasure to welcome Prime Minister Jomaa here to the Oval Office.

 

Several years ago, a fruit vendor in Tunisia essentially made a statement to the world about the need for a government that represented ordinary people, and an end to corruption, and a sense that democracy and rule of law could flourish in the Arab world.  And that action triggered a movement that spread throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

 

And obviously what we’ve seen in the years since is that some countries have had difficulty in this transition.  There has been incredible energy and interest among young people about the possibilities of the future, but there’s also been great challenges, both economically and politically, in many countries.

 

The good news is, is that in Tunisia, where this began, we have seen the kind of progress that I think all of us have been hoping for.  Although it has been full of challenges, as any democratic process inevitably will confront, what we’ve seen now is a coming together of various factions within Tunisia, a new constitution that not only respects the individual rights of men but also women, that speaks to tolerance and respect for religious minorities.  And it creates the bedrock, the foundation for a Tunisian society that can thrive in this new global environment.

 

Prime Minister Jomaa has a big job ahead of him.  He’s been tasked with making sure that during this period as Tunisia is drafting election laws, preparing for new elections for the presidency and the parliament, that the economy begins to move forward with reform and that the political changes that are taking place happen smoothly.

 

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Fortunately, by all accounts, the Prime Minister so far has done an outstanding job.  And we are very pleased to welcome him and his delegation.  The United States has a huge investment in making sure that Tunisia’s experiment is successful.  And we want nothing more than Tunisians to determine their own destiny, for the economic reforms to take place to allow Tunisia to be not just self-sufficient but thriving in the world economy.

 

For this reason, I’m pleased that we’re able to provide not only the assistance we’ve provided over the last three years, but additional assistance in the form of loan guarantees.  We want to work with Tunisia to help on some of the border security issues that it’s confronting with respect to the Libyan border.  We have seen excellent cooperation with the Tunisian government on some of our counterterrorism efforts.  And we are confident that with the Prime Minister’s guidance that, in fact, Tunisia can meet some its reform goals and lay the foundation for great success in the future.

 

So, Mr. Prime Minister, we’re very pleased to have you here.

 

After our meeting, I’m going to have an opportunity to meet with some Tunisian young people who are here studying in the United States as a consequence of a U.S.-funded scholarship that’s being provided.  I think the Prime Minister and I both believe that we do our work on behalf of young people, and we want to make sure that we’re creating greater and greater opportunities for them.  And so to have young people here from Tunisia who are able to not only get skills, but also the values that they can take back to Tunisia to help start businesses, to promote entrepreneurship, and create jobs and opportunity is something that we’re very much looking forward to.

 

So, Mr. Prime Minister, welcome.  And I know you’ve had a good visit so far.  I’m sure you’ll have great success in the months to come, and we want to help.

 

PRIME MINISTER JOMAA:  Thank you, Mr. President.  Let me first thank you for this kind invitation.  I really appreciate that, and it’s a great pleasure and an honor for me to be here meeting you.  It’s an opportunity as well to express Tunisia’s appreciation of all the support you are giving — the United States’ support, but your personal commitment and engagement to see progress in this transition, democratic transition in the march of Tunisia towards stability and democracy.

 

So thanks again.  And allow me to switch to French.

 

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(As interpreted.)  I would like to take this opportunity to thank the United States government and to thank President Obama for the warm welcome that has been reserved for us and as we discuss past events but also as we set the road map for the future of my country.

 

Tunisia and the United States have a longstanding history.  In the 18th century, Tunisia was one of the first countries to recognize the United States’ independence, and conversely, the United States was one of the first countries to recognize Tunisia’s independence.

 

So I want to thank you for allowing us to set this road map for the future.  First I would like to say that we are very proud of our new constitution, of our shared values in democracy and rights.  As we set this road map, we need to think about economic and social aspects, but, as you were saying, we also need to think about teaching and learning, because we are eager to develop our youth and to develop new technologies.

 

So we have this new hard-won freedom that we have obtained, and the gestation — the birth of our new constitution was somewhat difficult but we have overcome those periods.  And now we need to focus on the future, on creating a new future for our youth.

 

Mr. President, (speaks in French.)  And what I’m saying, just believe in it.  Just take the risk.  Invest in it.  So I prefer to formulate it like this — I believe that it’s one of the best ways.

 

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Fantastic.  Thank you.

 

Thank you so much.

 

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And I would do my statement in French also — (laughter) — but my seventh-grade French isn’t quite up to it.

 

Thank you, everybody.

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Monday The 7th Of April. Barack Goes To School. Maria Contreras-Sweet Gets Sworn In.


 

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White House Schedule – April 7th, 2014

 

On  a rainy Monday, President Barack Obama travels to a Washington suburb in Maryland to talk about high school students getting “real-world career skills and college-level courses,”  meets with the Executive Director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and delivers remarks at the  ceremonial swearing-in of Maria Contreras-Sweet as the new Small Business Administration chief.

 

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
MONDAY, April 7th, 2014

 

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 travel to Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Maryland to announce the winners of a competition he launched last fall to bring together educators and employers to redesign the high school experience to give students access to real-world career skills and college-level courses. The President’s remarks are open to pre-credentialed media and there will be in-town travel pool coverage of the President’s classroom visit at Bladensburg High School.

 

In the afternoon, the President will meet with the Commander-in-Chief and Executive Director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President and the Vice President will attend and deliver remarks at the ceremonial swearing-in of Maria Contreras-Sweet as Administrator of the Small Business Administration. This event in the South Court Auditorium is open press.

 

 

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Monday, April 7 2014 All Times ET

 

 

10:00 AM: THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

 

11:15 AM: THE PRESIDENT visits a classroom at Bladensburg High School, Bladensburg High School, Bladensburg, Maryland.

 

 

11:35 AM: THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at Bladensburg High School, Bladensburg High School, Bladensburg, Maryland.

 

 

1:15 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

 

2:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT meets with the Commander-in-Chief and Executive Director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Oval Office.

 

 

3:25 PM: THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT attend the ceremonial swearing in of Maria Contreras-Sweet as Administrator of the Small Business Administration, South Court Auditorium.

 

 

 

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Barack Hussein Obama Week Ahead Schedule, April 7th, To 11th, 2014

 

 

On Monday, the President will travel to Prince George’s County, MD to host an event on the economy. Following this event, he will meet with the Commander-in-Chief and Executive Director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

 

On Tuesday, the President  will host an event on the economy at the White House.

 

 

On Wednesday, the President and the First Lady will travel to Houston, TX. The President will attend DCCC and DSCC events.  More details regarding the President and First Lady’s travel to Houston will be forthcoming.

 

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will attend Wednesday’s memorial service for the victims of last week’s shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, a top White House official announced.

 

Obama vowed after the shootings that “We’re going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened” at Fort Hood, where three soldiers were killed and 16 wounded Wednesday afternoon by a soldier who then took his own life. Investigators have identified the killer as Spc. Ivan Lopez, a 34-year-old Iraq war veteran with a history of depression and anxiety.

White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer confirmed the trip Sunday morning during an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” Obama also addressed the memorial service for an earlier massacre at Fort Hood, in 2009.

 

On Thursday, the President and the First Lady will travel to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library in Austin, TX.  The President will deliver remarks at a Civil Rights Summit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. The President and the First Lady will return to Washington, DC, in the afternoon.

 

On Friday, the President will travel to New York, NY to deliver remarks at the National Action Network’s 16th Annual Convention.

 

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From  Associated Press:

 

The Obamas to attend Fort Hood memorial

 

Flowers are laid at the main gate at the U.S. Army post at Fort Hood, Texas, gunman Ivan Lopez opened fire in the Fort Hood Army base area in central Texas on April 2, 2014 injuring  16 and killing 4 including himself.

Flowers are laid at the main gate at the U.S. Army post at Fort Hood, Texas, where gunman Ivan Lopez opened fire in the Fort Hood Army base area in central Texas on April 2, 2014 injuring 16 and killing 4 including himself.

 

WASHINGTON — President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will visit Fort Hood on Wednesday to pay respect to the victims of last week’s shooting tragedy at the Texas military installation, a senior White House official announced Sunday.

 

“It’s a terrible tragedy what happened at Fort Hood,” senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said during an appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation.“The president and first lady send their thoughts and prayers out to the victims and families and everyone on the base, and they’re going to actually travel down on Wednesday to the memorial ceremony.”

 

The Obamas were already scheduled to begin a two-day trip to Texas on Wednesday to take part in Democratic campaign fundraisers in Houston. On Thursday, they are both scheduled to travel to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum in Austin, where the president is to deliver remarks at a civil rights summit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act.

 

Obama visited Fort Hood in November 2009 under similar circumstances following the shooting rampage by a Muslim Army officer that left 13 dead and injured 30 more. Maj. Nidal Hasan was convicted in August of those killings, which occurred after Hasan had communicated via e-mail with a radical Muslim cleric living in Yemen.

 

Meanwhile, Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, repeated on Sunday that the latest incident at Fort Hood — in which three soldiers were killed before the gunman, Spc. Ivan Lopez, killed himself — underscores the need for military personnel to be allowed to carry concealed weapons on base.

 

“We should be looking at the idea of senior leadership at these bases, give them the ability to carry a weapon,” said McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee on Fox News Sunday. “They defend us overseas and defend our freedom abroad, so the idea that they are defenseless when they come on our home bases, I think, Congress should be looking at that and having a discussion with the bases about what would be the best policy.”

 

Pfeiffer, however, suggested the White House wouldn’t support such legislation.

 

“The Pentagon has looked at proposals like the one Congressman McCaul has talked about,” Pfeiffer said. “They don’t think it’s a good idea.”

 

Meanwhile, dozens gathered in the Fort Hood community of Killeen, Texas, on Sunday to honor the victims of last week’s mass shooting.

 

Pastor Robert Sperbeck tried to comfort the congregation at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Killeen, saying most everyone is asking why a shooting like this would happen again.

 

Sperbeck said “the devil is the author of what happened,” but that “the way of God leads to the way of comfort.” The pastor added that God gives individuals choice, and that the shooter chose to follow darkness.

 

 

Thank you Associated Press.

 

 

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President Obama Delivers a Statement on Fort Hood

 

Published on Apr 3, 2014

The President delivers brief remarks about the shooting at
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Weekly Address: The President’s Budget Ensures Opportunity for All Hardworking Americans

 

In this week’s address, the President highlighted the important differences between the budget he’s put forward — built on opportunity for all — and the budget House Republicans are advocating for, which stacks the deck against the middle class.

While the President is focused on building lasting economic security and ensuring that hardworking Americans have the opportunity to get ahead, Republicans are advancing the same old top-down approach of cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans and slashing important investments in education, infrastructure, and research and development.

 

 

 

 

Weekly Wrap Up: Millions Get Covered, Team USA Visits, and More

 

This week, the President announced that 7.1 million Americans got covered, and the First Lady worked with students to plant the Kitchen Garden. Plus, 2014 U.S. Olympians and Paralympians visited the White House. Check out what else you may have missed in this week’s wrap up.

 

 

America’s PrepareAthon!

 

Here at the White House, we’re getting ready for the first America’s PrepareAthon!, a national day of action that will take place April 30, 2014.

 

Join us this Monday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m. ET to discuss America’s PrepareAthon!, a community-based campaign to build a more secure and resilient nation by getting people to understand what disasters could happen in their communities and to take action to increase their preparedness. Actions include signing up for mobile alerts and warnings, holding a preparedness discussion to emphasize the steps people should take to be ready should a disaster occur, and conducting a drill so people are familiar with what to do beforehand.

 

 

You’re Invited: White House Easter Egg Roll Social

 

On Monday, April 21, 2014, the First Family will host the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This year’s theme is “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” and more than 30,000 people will assemble on the South Lawn to join in the fun. For our next White House Social, we are giving our followers of @LetsMove and @FLOTUS on Twitter, or @MichelleObama on Instagram, a chance to attend.

 

Interested in attending the White House Easter Egg Roll? Sign up for your chance to join us and learn more about the history of the White House Easter Egg Roll atWhiteHouse.gov/EasterEggRoll. All applicants must have children ages 5 to 13.

 

 

 

While Marketplace Enrollment Ended, Medicaid Enrollment Continues

 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has already provided coverage to millions of Americans. More than 7.1 million Americans signed up for coverage through the Marketplaces, 3 million additional young adults were covered under their parents’ insurance and millions more will have access through Medicaid. A new report shows that more people are gaining coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as a result of the health law. The analysis, produced by the Health and Human Services Department shows enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP in February was at least 3 million people higher than it was, on average, between July and September. That does not include March, which saw an enormous spike in Marketplace enrollment and traffic to HealthCare.gov.

 

 

 

West Wing Week: 4/4/14 or, “The Rosies”

 

This week, the President wrapped up a six day trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia, spoke on the success of the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, traveled to Michigan to highlight the importance of raising the federal minimum wage, and honored both the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, and the 2014 US Olympic and Paralympic teams. That’s March 28th to April 3rd or, “The Rosies.”

 

 

 

 

The Employment Situation in March

 

Economy added 192,000 jobs in March; unemployment rate steady at 6.7 percent

 

The U.S. economy added 192,000 jobs in March, according to government data released Friday morning, a concrete sign that the recovery remains on track despite a slowdown over the winter.

 

The Labor Department reported that the unemployment rate held steady at 6.7 percent as about half a million people joined the labor force, and the broad-based expansion touched industries ranging from health care to construction.

 

The private sector has added 8.9 million jobs over 49 straight months of job growth. Today we learned that total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 192,000 in March, entirely due to an increase in private employment, while government employment was unchanged on net. Job growth in January and February was revised up, so that that over the past twelve months, private employment has risen by 2.3 million, or an average of 189,000 a month. This is slightly faster than the pace of job gains over the preceding twelve-month period (175,000 a month).

 

 

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Statements and Releases

 

Statement by the President on the 20th Commemoration of the Genocide in Rwanda

 

Statement by the President on Elections in Afghanistan

 

 

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Press Briefing

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White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

 

 

 

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Will Ortiz’s Selfie be Obama’s Last? I fail to see what all the fuss is about.

 

After presenting the president with an "Obama 44" Red Sox jersey, Boston DH David Ortiz and Obama posed for a "selfie" on the South White House Lawn. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff).

After presenting the president with an “Obama 44″ Red Sox jersey, Boston DH David Ortiz and Obama posed for a “selfie” on the South White House Lawn. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff).

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Are selfies causing President Obama more trouble than they’re worth?

 

White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer told “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer Sunday that the recent kerfuffle over David Ortiz’s impromptu cell phone shot could mean the end of presidential selfies as we know them.

 

“Well, [Obama] obviously didn’t know anything about Samsung’s connection to this,” he said. “And, perhaps, maybe this will be the end of all selfies. But in general, whenever someone tries to use the president’s likeness to promote a product, that’s a problem with the White House Counsel”

 

Pfeiffer declined to comment on whether the administration would seek legal action over the photograph.

 

Ortiz: “That was one of those things that just happened,” Ortiz told the Globe last week. “I gave [Obama] the jersey, and the photographers were going to take their pictures and I thought, really at the last second, maybe I should snap a shot with my phone while I have the chance.

 

“It had nothing to do with no deals.”

 

He took a selfie and then used it for personal gain….so what. Ain’t that the American way? Well ain’t it Niccah?

 

 

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