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As Fathers Day Approaches President Obama Tells Jenna Bush: I’m A ‘fun dad who teeters on the edge of being embarrassing’.









President Obama: I’m a ‘fun dad who teeters on the edge of being embarrassing’


From Jenna Bush Hager & A. Pawlowski:


Jenna Bush Hager interviews President Barack Obama about fatherhood: "There's nothing that's going to be more precious in your life," the President says. Pete Souza / The White House

Jenna Bush Hager interviews President Barack Obama about fatherhood: “There’s nothing that’s going to be more precious in your life,” the President says.
Pete Souza / The White House


As Father’s Day approaches, President Obama shared his thoughts about fatherhood and raising kids in the White House during an exclusive interview with TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager, who knows what it’s like to have a dad who is the commander-in-chief.


Obama said his two daughters, Malia, 15, and Sasha, who turned 13 this week, would describe him as a good, fun dad who “teeters on the edge of being embarrassing sometimes.”


“The one thing the girls know about me is I love ‘em to death,” Obama said. “Younger parents… ask me why it is that Malia and Sasha turned out so well. I say, ‘Well, first of all, you know — marry somebody who’s going to be a great mom,’ which I did. But second of all, unconditional love sure makes a difference.”


While he had little contact with his own father, Obama said he decided as a young adult that he would make sure to be there for his own kids. So even as his political ambitions grew and his schedule became more hectic, he tried not to miss parent/teacher conferences, ballet recitals or soccer games.


Obama said he enjoys “a good, close relationship” with his daughters and keeps the lines of communication open, though he noted that Malia talks to him a little more than Sasha, perhaps because Sasha finds him a little more embarrassing, Obama admitted with the weary insight of a father of a teen.


“I think they would say that I am good, fun dad who teeters on the edge of being embarrassing sometimes,” Obama said. “As Malia put it, I’m right on the edge but I usually stay on the right side of the edge of being funny rather than totally humiliating to them.”


But he and Mrs. Obama have always sought to be the girls’ parents, not just their buddies, setting firm rules, the president said. The First Couple worried at one point the girls would “start getting an attitude” inside the privileged bubble of the White House, but Obama said he’s very pleased that hasn’t happened.


“They don’t take this for granted. I think they understand that this is a moment in time… overall, I think they’re really thriving,” Obama said.


Obama on his daughters: ‘I love ‘em to death’

President Obama sits down with TODAY contributing correspondent Jenna Bush Hager to chat about fatherhood, and gets personal about his own childhood.


“These days, we really don’t have to do a lot of parenting. We’re almost like coaches now. They’ve gotten to the point now where they’ve got their acts together and we really don’t have to check on their homework or nag them too much about stuff. They handle their business, so we’re really proud of them.”


Obama is also proud that despite the media glare and constant Secret Service presence, his daughters have been able to lead pretty normal lives and grow into strong, confident young ladies. The girls have great friends, Obama noted. They host sleepovers, go to the mall, see the movies, attend football and basketball games, and play sports.


Hager noted that for her and twin sister Barbara, it was often hard to handle public criticism of their father, George W. Bush. “It was hard to listen to people criticize our dear dad. Can they stay away from that, or do they take the criticism to heart?”


Obama said the girls don’t really feel deeply burdened by “chatter in the news” because it’s not part of their lives. “Up until recently they have shown absolutely no interest in what I did.”


Now that Malia is getting older, he said, political discussions are becoming a bigger part of her life. “But I think she has a pretty good head on her shoulders, partly because during dinner time, we talk. And I explain to them, ‘Here’s why I made a decision that I made’… And so in some ways, they’re getting a sense of how I think through problems.”


Obama said he appreciated the note that Hager and her sister wrote to Sasha and Malia before his inauguration, and noted that Chelsea Clinton has also reached out. “You guys are a fairly exclusive club of people who had to put up with this nonsense and turned out to be just amazing young women. So it makes me a little more confident and optimistic about how things can turn out.”


Jenna Bush Hager tells President Obama that she taught Sasha and Malia to slide down the bannister at the White House.

Jenna Bush Hager tells President Obama that she taught Sasha and Malia to slide down the bannister at the White House.


Hager added that she taught the Obama girls how to slide down the bannister in the White House: “So you can thank me later.”


And now that Obama’s daughters are entering dating years, the main advice he gives them about interacting with boys is that they should expect to be treated with respect. “They’ve got their heads on straight. They’ve seen their mother’s example,” he said. “They’re strong, confident young ladies.”


As Malia and Sasha blossom into young women, Obama is realizing they will be setting off on their own soon, so he tells new dads to be aware that the time goes by quickly.


“Don’t just spend time with your kids because it’s good for the kids; understand that there’s nothing that’s going to be more precious in your life and you are going to savor every memory,” the president said.




“When you’re on your death bed, that’s the stuff you’re going to remember: you holding hands with your daughter and taking them to the park and pushing them on a swing and hearing them laugh… You just want to make sure you don’t miss out on that.”


Obama also discussed his initiative My Brother’s Keeper, which provides support for young minority men. Many aren’t doing well, partly because their dads aren’t around, and partly because they don’t have networks of support, Obama said. The goal is to try to break that cycle through mentoring, internships and other ways to get them on the right path.


“We want to encourage fathers to get into their children’s lives,” Obama said. “Parenting is the biggest, most important project you have.”


Thank you Jenna Bush Hager & A. Pawlowski


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Tom Sullivan, Everytown for Gun Safety: Fathers Day. My Son Alex.









It’s Time For Gun Sense In America….Won’t YOU Join Us.




Richard Martinez, whose son was killed in the Santa Barbara shootings on May 23, said the following:


“Today, I’m going to ask every person I can find to send a postcard to every politician they can think of with three words on it: Not One More. People are looking for something to do. I’m asking people to stand up for something. Enough is enough.”


We couldn’t agree more. Use this form to send a postcard to each of your members of Congress and your Governor.





Richard Martinez, whose son was killed in the Santa Barbara shootings on May 23, said the following:


“Today, I’m going to ask every person I can find to send a postcard to every politician they can think of with three words on it: Not One More.”


I just sent a Not One More postcard to my elected leaders. Join me and send one today in honor of Mr. Martinez and all fathers who want to keep their kids safe from gun violence:


Send a Postcard to Your Elected Officials Now


Before Father’s Day ends, enter your information in the form below to send a postcard. Please provide your full address so we can send a postcard to your members of Congress and governor.






Father’s Day is a hard day for me and my family. My son, Alex, was shot and killed almost two years ago in a mass shooting in a movie theater in Aurora. Alex was there celebrating his 27th birthday.


There’s nothing as painful as seeing your child’s life cut short. And that’s just one of the reasons I stand with Richard Martinez, a brave father whose own son Christopher was killed because of senseless gun violence last month in a horrific shooting in Santa Barbara.


By signing a “Not One More” postcard you’ve shown you stand with him, too — and you believe in his call for elected officials to do more to reduce gun violence.


Can you spread the word and make sure your friends and family also sign postcards before Father’s Day?Click here to share on Facebook or on Twitter.


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Everytown will be delivering postcards soon after Father’s Day in honor of Richard Martinez and all fathers who want safer communities for their kids.


In just the past several days, our nation has been rocked by even more high-profile shootings: Seattle, Las Vegas, andMonday’s school shooting in Troutdale, Oregon.


The daily toll of gun violence can be overwhelming. The death of a child is devastating. But we can solve this problem — with the help of people like you.


More than 600,000 people (including you) have heeded Mr. Martinez’s call — “Not One More” — and signed postcards to their elected officials. Now make sure your friends and family do, too:


Share on Facebook     Share on Twitter


If you don’t use Facebook or Twitter, you can still spread the word by sending your friends this link:


Thank you for standing with us,

Tom Sullivan


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The Last 24™









The Last 24™, In Case You Missed It.




Some news from the Twitterverse…….
































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Speeches and Remarks- June 12th, 2014


Remarks by the First Lady Before White House Garden Harvest Event


Remarks by the President Honoring WNBA Champions the Minnesota Lynx


Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Abbott of Australia After Bilateral Meeting


Remarks by the President at a DSCC Event — Weston, MA


Remarks by the President at Worcester Technical High School Commencement Ceremony


Remarks by the President in Q&A with David Karp, CEO of Tumblr



Statements and Releases – June 12th, 2014


Release of the President’s Medical Exam


Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Iraqi Prime Minister of Nouri al-Maliki


ADVISORY: President Obama to Award Medal of Honor


President Obama Updates Presidential Delegation to the Federative Republic of Brazil to Attend the Opening of the 2014 FIFA World Cup


FACT SHEET: The United States and Australia: An Alliance for the Future


Letter from the President — War Powers Resolution






In Case You Missed It: #LunchWithFLOTUS Twitter Q&A on Healthy School Lunches



First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a Twitter chat to discuss school nutrition and the White House Kitchen GardenFirst Lady Michelle Obama participates in a Twitter chat to discuss school nutrition and the White House Kitchen Garden, in the First Lady’s Office in the East Wing of the White House, June 12, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)


Millions of kids across America are eating healthier school meals because of new nutrition standards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).


Today at 2:30 p.m. ET, the First Lady held a Twitter Q&A to help raise awareness around the importance of our kids eating healthy and getting the nutrition they need.


Check out the First Lady’s answers to your questions on school nutrition here or at, and learn more about the First Lady’s initiative to encourage healthy eating at


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ConnectED: A Year of Action for American Students and Teachers



President Barack Obama views student projects created on laptops during a tour at Mooresville Middle SchoolPresident Barack Obama views student projects created on laptops during a tour at Mooresville Middle School in Mooresville, N.C., June 6, 2013 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


One year ago, President Obama unveiled his ConnectED initiative to empower students and teachers with technology in the classroom. The President called on businesses, states, districts, schools, and communities to support this vision, and through the power of his pen and phone, he is building momentum and we are seeing results.


Over the past year, the President has worked with the private sector to catalyze impactful commitments of free hardware, software, educational content, and wireless connectivity — amounting to over $2 billion in value for American schools.


On top of that, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler has pledged to invest an additional $2 billion to connect 20 million more students to fast broadband and wireless in their classrooms over the next two years. Taken together, this represents more than $4 billion in public and private support starting this calendar year.


This investment is the shot of adrenaline our schools need to surge into the 21st century. It is a major down payment on providing every child in America with the high-quality teaching and technological skills that they deserve, and the economy demands.

And we are keeping our foot on the accelerator.


Today, we are announcing that the 10 companies who have made ConnectED commitments are making those private funding resources available to schools across the country, and information about these and other resources will be accessible through a new ConnectED Hub.


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Fallon and Christie bust a move




Raw: Dignified Transfer at Dover AFB




Highlights: OFA’s amazing Organizing Fellows Program




PBS News Hour Thursday, June 12, 2014




It’s Time To Shame Climate Change Deniers




The White House Kitchen Garden Harvest




For Brazil, it’s not just about winning, it’s winning with style




Floor Speech on Student Loan Refinancing Vote




6/12/14: White House Press Briefing




Official: Bergdahl to return to the US




Raw footage: George H.W. Bush jumps for his 90th




The President Honors WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx




President Obama’s Bilateral Meeting with Prime Minister Abbott of Australia




Proud To Be





Shannon Watts, Everytown for Gun Safety: Moms target TARGET


Thanks to you, pressure is quickly building on Target to end open carry of guns in their stores.


Can you take a quick minute to share the image below on Facebook or on Twitter so that Target knows we’re counting on them to do the right thing?


In the last two weeks, here’s what moms and other gun sense supporters have accomplished:


  • We’ve collected more than 250,000 petition signatures to Target’s CEO, John Mulligan.
  • Moms and other amazing volunteers have delivered these petitions to 20 stores in 16 states — from Iowa to California.
  • More than 5,000 people have called Target headquarters to demand action from the company’s leadership.


We even showed up outside Target’s shareholder meeting in Dallas yesterday to make sure they know we aren’t going away. Thanks to you, the pressure is on and momentum is building.


Take a look at some of the photos from our day of action below:


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This Target campaign is just like the previous campaigns you’ve helped win — getting big corporations to adopt smarter policies that keep their customers safe — like you and me and our families.


With the right pressure, Target will heed our call. We just can’t let up until they do.


Thanks for standing with us,


Shannon Watts
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America


Everytown for Gun Safety is a movement of Americans fighting for common-sense gun policies. We are moms, mayors, survivors, and concerned citizens.





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Memorial Day.


By Jueseppi B.

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Memorial Day is a US federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered. The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

Annual Decoration Days for particular cemeteries are held on a Sunday in late spring or early summer in some rural areas of the American South, notably in the mountains. In cases involving a family graveyard where remote ancestors as well as those who were deceased more recently are buried, this may take on the character of an extended family reunion to which some people travel hundreds of miles. People gather on the designated day and put flowers on graves and renew contacts with kinfolk and others. There often is a religious service and a “dinner on the ground,” the traditional term for a potluck meal in which people used to spread the dishes out on sheets or tablecloths on the grass. It is believed that this practice began before the American Civil War and thus may reflect the real origin of the “memorial day” idea.

Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.


Wes Moore: How to talk to veterans about the war


Published on May 23, 2014

Wes Moore joined the US Army to pay for college, but the experience became core to who he is. In this heartfelt talk, the paratrooper and captain—who went on to write “The Other Wes Moore”—explains the shock of returning home from Afghanistan. He shares the single phrase he heard from civilians on repeat, and shows why it’s just not sufficient. It’s a call for all of us to ask veterans to tell their stories — and listen.




Memorial Day
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The gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery
are decorated by U.S. flags on Memorial Day
Observed by United States
Type National
Observances Remembrance of American

war dead

Date Last Monday in May
2013 date May 27
2014 date May 26
2015 date May 25
2016 date May 30
Frequency annual



History of the holiday

The practice of decorating soldiers’ graves with flowers is an ancient custom. Soldiers’ graves were decorated in the U.S. before and during the American Civil War. A claim was made in 1906 that the first Civil War soldier’s grave ever decorated was in Warrenton, Virginia, on June 3, 1861, implying the first Memorial Day occurred there. Though not for Union soldiers, there is authentic documentation that women in Savannah, Georgia, decorated Confederate soldiers’ graves in 1862. In 1863, the cemetery dedication at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, was a ceremony of commemoration at the graves of dead soldiers. Local historians in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, claim that ladies there decorated soldiers’ graves on July 4, 1864. As a result, Boalsburg promotes itself as the birthplace of Memorial Day.

Following President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in April 1865, there were a variety of events of commemoration. The sheer number of soldiers of both sides who died in the Civil War, more than 600,000, meant that burial and memorialization took on new cultural significance. Under the leadership of women during the war, an increasingly formal practice of decorating graves had taken shape. In 1865, the federal government began creating national military cemeteries for the Union war dead.

The first widely publicized observance of a Memorial Day-type observance after the Civil War was in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 1, 1865. During the war, Union soldiers who were prisoners of war had been held at the Charleston Race Course; at least 257 Union prisoners died there and were hastily buried in unmarked graves. Together with teachers and missionaries, black residents of Charleston organized a May Day ceremony in 1865, which was covered by the New York Tribune and other national papers.

The freedmen cleaned up and landscaped the burial ground, building an enclosure and an arch labeled, “Martyrs of the Race Course.” Nearly ten thousand people, mostly freedmen, gathered on May 1 to commemorate the war dead. Involved were about 3,000 school children newly enrolled in freedmen’s schools, mutual aid societies, Union troops, black ministers, and white northern missionaries. Most brought flowers to lay on the burial field. Today the site is used as Hampton Park. Years later, the celebration would come to be called the “First Decoration Day” in the North.

David W. Blight described the day:

“This was the first Memorial Day. African Americans invented Memorial Day in Charleston, South Carolina. What you have there is black Americans recently freed from slavery announcing to the world with their flowers, their feet, and their songs what the war had been about. What they basically were creating was the Independence Day of a Second American Revolution.”However, Blight stated he “has no evidence” that this event in Charleston inspired the establishment of Memorial Day across the country.

However, Blight stated he “has no evidence” that this event in Charleston inspired the establishment of Memorial Day across the country.

On May 26, 1966, President Johnson signed a presidential proclamation naming Waterloo, New York, as the birthplace of Memorial Day. Earlier, the 89th Congress adopted House Concurrent Resolution 587, which officially recognized that the patriotic tradition of observing Memorial Day began one hundred years prior in Waterloo, New York. According to legend, in the summer of 1865 a local druggist Henry Welles, while talking to friends, suggested that it might be good to remember those soldiers who did not make it home from the Civil War.

Not much came of it until he mentioned it to General John B. Murray, a Civil War hero, who gathered support from other surviving veterans. On May 5, 1866, they marched to the three local cemeteries and decorated the graves of fallen soldiers. It is believed that Murray, who knew General Logan, told Logan about the observance and that led to Logan issuing Logan’s Order in 1868 calling for a national observance.


The Tomb of the Unknowns located in Arlington National Cemetery

The Tomb of the Unknowns located in Arlington National Cemetery

Confederate Memorial Monument in Montgomery, Alabama

Confederate Memorial Monument in Montgomery, Alabama

Soldiers National Monument at the center of Gettysburg National Cemetery

Soldiers National Monument at the center of Gettysburg National Cemetery


Name and date

The preferred name for the holiday gradually changed from “Decoration Day” to “Memorial Day”, which was first used in 1882. It did not become more common until after World War II, and was not declared the official name by Federal law until 1967. On June 28, 1968, the Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend. The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May. The law took effect at the federal level in 1971. After some initial confusion and unwillingness to comply, all 50 states adopted Congress’ change of date within a few years.

Memorial Day endures as a holiday which most businesses observe because it marks the unofficial beginning of summer. The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) advocate returning to the original date, although the significance of the date is tenuous. The VFW stated in a 2002 Memorial Day Address:

Changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has contributed a lot to the general public’s nonchalant observance of Memorial Day.


Starting in 1987 Hawaii‘s Senator Daniel Inouye, a World War II veteran, introduced a measure to return Memorial Day to its traditional date. Inouye continued introducing the resolution until his death in 2012.



Traditional observance

On Memorial Day, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day


The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

The National Memorial Day Concert takes place on the west lawn of the United States Capitol. The concert is broadcast on PBS and NPR. Music is performed, and respect is paid to the men and women who gave their lives for their country.

For many Americans, the central event is attending one of the thousands of parades held on Memorial Day in large and small cities all over the country. Most of these feature marching bands and an overall military theme with the National Guard and other servicemen participating along with veterans and military vehicles from various wars.

One of the longest-standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, an auto race which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911. It runs on the Sunday preceding the Memorial Day holiday. The Coca-Cola 600 stock car race has been held later the same day since 1961. The Memorial Tournament golf event has been held on or close to the Memorial Day weekend since 1976.



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