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A Moment Of Silence: 2:49 PM. #BostonStrong.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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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.

 

 

108 Hours: Inside the Hunt for the Boston Marathon Bombers

 

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A Moment of Silence to Mark the One-Year Anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing

 

 

Today at 2:49 pm ET, President Obama will observe a moment of silence to mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.

2014 Boston Marathon Tribute: Joe Biden

 

Published on Apr 15, 2014

http://www.UniversalSports.com 2014, Boston, Masschutes, USA, A week before the 118th Boston Marathon, the city of Boston came together to remember the tragic terrorist attack last year. And giving tribute to the heroes and the survivors of that day, Vice-President Joe Biden had these words.

 

President Obama also released a statement this morning on the tragedy.

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.

 

 

Boston Marathon Bombing — The Hunt For Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

 

 

 

Boston and its surroundings braced for an emotional week that begins Tuesday with a large ceremony honoring the victims, first responders, medical personnel and others affected by the attack. It will be a chance to mourn the dead and remember the bloodshed, but also to proclaim that what is perhaps the world’s most famous footrace will continue for a 118th year, and to marvel at the way events have brought this community together.

 

“We’re going to turn it into a moment of unity and perseverance and [strength] as a city,” said Alison Beliveau, 25, of South Boston, who finished a run Monday morning outside Marathon Sports, where the first bomb went off one year ago. “We made it through. We’re going to make it.”

 

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People stand at the site of the first Boston Marathon bombing nearly one year later at. Boston Commemorates Marathon Bombing Anniversary

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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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The Weekly Address: Rewarding Women’s Hard Work And Increasing The Minimum Wage


 

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Your Weekly Address

 

President Barack Obama intends to publish a weekly video address every Saturday morning of his presidency.

 

 

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Weekly Address: Rewarding Women’s Hard Work and Increasing the Minimum Wage

March 22, 2014 | 3:04 |Public Domain

 

In this week’s address, President Obama highlights the importance of making sure our economy rewards the hard work of every American – including America’s women.

 

 

 

 

 

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VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: Premiando el trabajo arduo de las mujeres

March 22, 2014 | 3:06 |Public Domain

 

En el mensaje de esta semana, Elmy Bermejo, la Directora de Asuntos Intergubernamentales del Departamento de Trabajo discutió la necesidad de garantizar que nuestra economía recompense el arduo trabajo realizado por las mujeres. Un verdadero plan de oportunidades no es tal si no funciona para las mujeres que son parte de la fuerza laboral. Porque cuando la mujer tiene éxito, Estados Unidos tiene éxito.

 

 

 

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West Wing Week 3/21/14 or, “24 Soldiers”

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This week, the President celebrated St. Patrick’s day alongside the Prime Minister of Ireland, continued to work toward a diplomatic resolution to the conflict in Ukraine, hosted Palestinian President Abbas, awarded 24 Medals of Honor, and traveled to Florida to speak on the importance of supporting working families.

 

 

 

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Press Briefing

March 22, 2014 | 52:31 | Public Domain

 

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

 

 

 

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Weekly Wrap Up: The Obama Library, Opportunity For Women, Ukraine And More.


 

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Obama foundation releases vision for presidential library, museum

 

The foundation in charge of building President Barack Obama's presidential museum and library released details of what potential bidders have to consider in their proposals. | Getty Images

The foundation in charge of building President Barack Obama’s presidential museum and library released details of what potential bidders have to consider in their proposals. | Getty Images

 

From Lynn Sweet:

 

The foundation in charge of building President Barack Obama’s presidential museum and library — an institution sought by a variety of Chicago interests — on Thursday told potential bidders in broad terms what they needed to put on the table.

 

The long-awaited “requests for qualifications” document does not include any price tag for the construction and endowment for the institution, which will likely run significantly upwards of $500 million, according to people familiar with the scope of the project.

 

Replies to the RFQ’s are due June 16, with those making the first cut to be invited to submit formal “Request for Proposals” (RFP) later this summer. The foundation expects to select a site in early 2015.

 

The RFQ document by design does not contain lists of detailed items, in part because it is “intended to serve as a source of inspiration for respondents.”

 

The foundation is looking at much more than a building and a site.

 

The winning bid must achieve — among many other items — linked economic development by “anchoring public and private investment,” “contribute to a cleaner, safer planet, ” “create a new international destination,” and perhaps in a hat tip to Mrs. Obama’s signature campaign for healthy eating, and exercise, support “a healthy lifestyle.”

 

The foundation, also by design, does not want to exclude any entity wanting to make a pitch for the project at this stage.

 

The initial bidding is open, according to the document, “to any institution of higher learning, not-for-profit organization, private developer, or municipality that wishes to sponsor, develop, and maintain a multi-unit facility to be known as the Barack Obama presidential library.”

 

The foundation is led by Chicagoan Marty Nesbitt, the co-CEO of The Vistria Group and treasurer of Obama’s two White House campaigns; Julianna Smoot, a co-chair of the 2012 re-election bid and the 2008 National Finance Director and J. Kevin Poorman, the Wilmette businessman who took over several companies run by Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker when she stepped down to join Obama’s cabinet.

 

“I don’t have any preconceived ideas,” said Nesbitt told me on Thursday. “I want to know what people are thinking.”

 

The bid document puts in writing, Smoot told me, “the values and the priorities that will be reflected” in the facility.

 

That language in the document refers to a “multi-unit facility,” perhaps a signal that the First Couple — who make the final decision — are looking for more than one physical building to be their legacy institution.

 

That creates all kinds of possibilities and seems to be a carve-out especially valuable for Hawaii, which would be a long-shot, bidding on its own.

 

The University of Chicago has been working on a proposal for more than a year and has been taking steps to collaborate with potential rivals: the University of Hawaii, the University of Illinois and a leading Bronzeville community group.

 

One of the other items in the “RFQ” is for the winner to partner “with other organizations to share ideas, resources and audiences.”

 

I earlier reported that Hawaii, Obama’s birthplace realizes is will have difficulty competing the massive library and museum. Instead, Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie told me the state wants to land an Obama presidential center in Honolulu — as a “natural adjunct to whatever physical presence a presidential library would have on the mainland.”

 

The Obama foundation is also looking for by-in from the communities surrounding proposed sites by requiring the bidder to include the concerns of local interests in developing a bid. The RFQ calls for a “strategic plan for engaging community stakeholders,” calling “a vital component of a successful response.”

 

To that end, the bidder will have to mount a significant effort, according to the RFQ, which asks for information outlining “a long-term community engagement plan,” to include the input of “key community partners,” that is, “local and regional chambers of commerce, elected officials, residents’ associations, etc.” The bidder will be asked to “describe available means of community engagement, such as town hall meetings, online campaigns, etc.”

 

The bidders will also be asked to provide:
— a pitch on how the proposed development would “have an impact on the greater community” regarding linkage to education, tourism, and economic development.
— aerial photographs of the site legal and topographical survey indicating general contours of the site.
— detailed description of the current zoning of the property.
— population characteristics including demographics.

 

Besides the U of C and Hawaiian interests, Columbia University in New York, with a 17-acre site near its upper West Side campus and big fundraising ability is in the mix as is a Bronzeville community group, Chicago State University and the University of Illinois-Chicago, where university board chief Chris Kennedy, who has talked to U of C officials about working together.

 

Real estate developer Daniel McCaffery is pitching for the museum to be located on the Southeast Side on the now cleared site of the former U.S. Steel South Works. McCaffery wants to forge a strategic alliance with the University of Chicago — or whatever entity emerges as the prime bidder to site the library on 60 lakefront acres he will donate for the project.

 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel told me he wants the city to submit a unified bid; it’s not clear yet how he will proceed in this two-step process.

 

University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer said in a statement, “Today’s announcement by the Barack H. Obama Foundation represents another important step toward a future presidential library.

 

Together with a number of civic and institutional leaders who are passionate about the future of Chicago’s South Side, I look forward to making the case that the Obama Presidential Library would be ideal for one of our neighboring communities.”

 

UIC Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares, in a statement about her West Side school said, “As Chicago’s only public research university, and as a comprehensive health sciences center, UIC has a public mission that parallels the Obama agenda of social justice. In our community, and for all humankind, this young campus has shared a destiny with the Obama Presidency’s aspirations and legacy — to rebuild community, innovate in health care delivery and methods, and serve an increasingly diverse America.”

 

Thank you Ms. Lynn Sweet.

 

 

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West Wing Week 3/21/14 or, “24 Soldiers”

 

This week, the President celebrated St. Patrick’s day alongside the Prime Minister of Ireland, continued to work toward a diplomatic resolution to the conflict in Ukraine, hosted Palestinian President Abbas, awarded 24 Medals of Honor, and traveled to Florida to speak on the importance of supporting working families.

 

 

 

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Weekly Wrap Up: FLOTUS in China, March Madness, and More

 

POTUS Fills Out His Brackets

 

For the sixth straight year, the President filled out his brackets for the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. On the men’s side, he has Louisville, Michigan State, Florida, and Arizona headed to the Final Four, with the Spartans winning it all

 

Too bad the President also had Duke going all the way to the Elite Eight.

Too bad the President also had Duke going all the way to the Elite Eight.

 

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24 Army Veterans Receive the Medal of Honor

 

On Tuesday, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans for their service in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Nineteen of them were previously overlooked for the Medal of Honor due to their racial or ethnic backgrounds

 

“No nation is perfect,” the President said at the ceremony. “But here in America, we confront our imperfections and face a sometimes painful past, including the truth that some of these soldiers fought and died for a country that did not always see them as equal.”

“No nation is perfect,” the President said at the ceremony. “But here in America, we confront our imperfections and face a sometimes painful past, including the truth that some of these soldiers fought and died for a country that did not always see them as equal.”

 

 

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President Obama’s Nowruz Message

 

As families and friends gathered around the As families and friends gather around the Sofreh-e Haft Sin to celebrate Nowruz, President Obama offered his best wishes for the new spring and new year.

 

 

In his message, the President speaks directly to the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran about the possibility for the first time in many years of a new chapter in the history of Iran and its role in the world – including a better relationship with the United States and the American people.

 

 

 

The First Lady in China: Robotics Classes, Ping Pong, and More

 

The First Lady arrived in Beijing on Thursday, where she met with First Lady Peng Liyuan, visited the Beijing Normal School, and took in historic local sites.

 

 

 

Visiting the Forbidden City with the First Lady

 

While in Beijing, the First Lady also toured the Forbidden City, which served as home to China’s emperors for more than 500 years. The buildings and outdoor spaces are now part of a museum that visitors can tour and explore.

 

Touring the Forbidden City

Touring the Forbidden City

 

Remarks by the First Lady Michelle Obama and President Xi Jinping of China

 

Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama and Madame Peng Before Tour of Beijing Normal School

 

 

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Improving Economic Opportunity for Women and Working Families

 

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President Obama traveled to Orlando to talk about improving economic opportunity for America’s women and working families.

 

Speaking at Valencia College, where more than half of the students (56 percent) are women, the President explained that women face “particular challenges” in our economy.

 

 

 

Remarks by the President on the Minimum Wage

 

FACT SHEET: Expanding Economic Opportunity for Women and Working Families

 

FACT SHEET: The Economic Case for Increasing the Minimum Wage: State by State Impact

 

 

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President Obama Updates the American People on the Situation in Ukraine

 

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President Obama updated the American people on the situation in Ukraine and the steps the United States is taking in response.

 

 

Statement by the President on Ukraine

 

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Ending Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in the United States

 

This week, I was honored to join a first-of-its-kind meeting at the White House: a roundtable of business leaders and advocates called upon to discuss building public-private partnerships aimed at helping end domestic violence and sexual assault in the United States. The meeting served as an opportunity to share strategies and concrete steps companies can take to address violence in their workplaces and communities.

 

During the gathering, we heard from several companies that are working to improve the status quo, including Avon, Macy’s, Allstate, Viacom, and Kaiser Permanente.

 

The need for action could not be more urgent. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in five women is the victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime. In fact, 60% of Americans 15 years of age or older know a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault.

 

Not only does domestic violence affect victims and families; it can also harm entire communities and the nation. More than 8 million paid days of work are lost every year because of domestic violence, and even by conservative estimates, domestic violence costs our economy more than $8 billion a year in lost productivity, health, and mental health costs alone.

 

 

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As Families Gather Around the Nowruz Table, President Obama Speaks to the People and Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran

 

 

 

 

We the Geeks: Women Role Models

 

In order for the United States to continue to lead the world in innovation and reap the health, security, and economic benefits offered by cutting-edge discoveries in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), we must engage the nation’s full talent pool in these growing fields, including America’s girls and women.

 

 

 

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Climate Data Initiative Launches with Strong Public and Private Sector Commitments

 

Across the country, state and local leaders are on the front lines of climate change—and it is impossible for them to ignore the consequences.  In 2012 alone, extreme weather events caused more than $110 billion in damages and claimed more than 300 lives.

 

While no single weather event can be attributed to climate change, we know that our changing climate is making many kinds of extreme events more frequent and more severe. Rising seas threaten our coastlines. Dry regions are at higher risk of destructive wildfires. Heat waves impact health and agriculture. Heavier downpours can lead to damaging floods.

 

Even as we work to curb greenhouse-gas emissions and expand renewable energy generation, we need to take steps to make our communities more resilient to the climate-change impacts we can’t avoid—some of which are already well underway

 

 

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White House Climate Data Initiative Launch

 

The White House, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration highlight the Administration’s commitment to empowering America’s communities with the information they need to prepare for the impacts of climate change, including new announcements on using data-driven technologies and open government data to strengthen our Nation’s ability to prepare for the effects of climate change today and in the future. March 19, 2014.

 

 

 

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President Obama Hosts a Screening of “Cesar Chavez: An American Hero”

March 19, 2014 | 9:01 |Public Domain

 

President Obama delivers remarks before a White House screening of a film celebrating the life of Cesar Chavez, who dedicated his life to making sure that our country lived up to the words of our founding and the idea that all of us are created equal.

 

 

 

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President Barack Obama and Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Deputy Director of Public Engagement (Cesar Chavez’s granddaughter), after she introduced The President at the screening of the film “Cesar Chavez”

President Barack Obama and Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Deputy Director of Public Engagement (Cesar Chavez’s granddaughter), after she introduced The President at the screening of the film “Cesar Chavez”

President Barack Obama hugs Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Deputy Director of Public Engagement (Cesar Chavez’s granddaughter), as he arrives at a screening of the film “Cesar Chavez”

President Barack Obama hugs Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Deputy Director of Public Engagement (Cesar Chavez’s granddaughter), as he arrives at a screening of the film “Cesar Chavez”

Actors Diego Luna and Rosario Dawson speak after President Barack Obama made remarks at a screening of the film “Cesar Chavez” at the White House

Actors Diego Luna and Rosario Dawson speak after President Barack Obama made remarks at a screening of the film “Cesar Chavez” at the White House

Actress America Ferrera attends a screening of the film “Cesar Chavez” in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Actress America Ferrera attends a screening of the film “Cesar Chavez” in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C.

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Monday March 3rd, 2014. Ukraine. Ukraine, Ukraine.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule – March 3, 2014

 

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 3rd, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
MONDAY, MARCH 3rd, 2014

 

In the morning, the President and Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

In the afternoon, the President and Vice President will meet for lunch in the Private Dining Room. This lunch is closed press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will hold a bilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. The President looks forward to discussing with the Prime Minister progress in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, developments in Iran, and other regional priorities. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit is a demonstration of the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel, and our close consultations on a range of security issues. The Vice President will also attend. There will be a pool spray at the top of the bilateral meeting in the Oval Office.

 

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 3rd, 2014

 

 

Monday, March 3 2014  All Times ET

 

10:00 AM: THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

 

12:00 PM Press: Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

 

12:30 PM: THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT meet for lunch, Private Dining Room.

 

 

1:45 PM: THE PRESIDENT holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu; THE VICE PRESIDENT also attends, Oval Office.

 

 

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Schedule for the Week of March 3rd Thru March 7th, 2014

 

On MondayPresident Obama will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House. The President looks forward to discussing with the Prime Minister progress in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, developments in Iran, and other regional priorities. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit is a demonstration of the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel, and our close consultations on a range of security issues. The Vice President will also attend.

 

On Tuesday, the President will hold an event on the FY2015 budget and our plan to expand opportunity for all in Washington, DC. In the evening, the President will attend a DSCC event in the Washington, DC area.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama will join Secretary of State John Kerry to honor the recipients of the International Women of Courage Award in the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the U.S. Department of State.

 

 

On Wednesday, the President will travel to the Hartford, Connecticut area for an event on the minimum wage. Following this, he will travel to Boston, Massachusetts for two DNC events.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama will participate in a conversation with Robin Roberts at the Leading Women Defined Summit, hosted by BET Networks. The discussion will be around the Affordable Care Act and a personal reflection on health and wellness. The First Lady will also visit a health center to highlight the work that hospitals, doctors and clinics are doing to educate their patients about the Affordable Care Act and how patients can get insurance.

 

 

On Thursday, the President will hold an event on the economy and healthcare in Washington, DC.

 

On Friday, the President and the First Lady will travel to the Miami area for an event on expanding opportunity for all.

 

 

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama’s Week Ahead

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the First Lady

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 1st, 2014
UPCOMING GUIDANCE FOR FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA

 

 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Washington, DC * 11:30 AM ET – First Lady Michelle Obama will join Secretary of State John Kerry to honor the recipients of the International Women of Courage Award in the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the U.S. Department of State. The Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award annually recognizes women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and empowerment, often at great personal risk. Since the inception of this award in 2007, the Department of State has honored more than 70 women from 45 different countries. This will be the sixth year the First Lady has attended this event.

 

The International Women of Courage Award ceremony will be open to credentialed members of the media and live-streamed at http://www.state.gov. Attendees and those watching the live-stream are encouraged to use the Twitter hashtag #IWOC and #IWD when discussing the events. Logistics information is available HERE and for additional press inquiries, please contact PressDuty@state.gov or (202) 647-2492.

 

 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Miami, FL * 1:30 PM ET – First Lady Michelle Obama will participate in a conversation with Robin Roberts at the Leading Women Defined Summit, hosted by BET Networks. The discussion will be around the Affordable Care Act and a personal reflection on health and wellness. A portion of the discussion will air on Good Morning America on Thursday, March 6. This event will be closed press.

 

Miami, FL * 3:00 PM ET – First Lady Michelle Obama will visit a health center to highlight the work that hospitals, doctors and clinics are doing to educate their patients about the Affordable Care Act and how patients can get insurance. This event will be covered by a pre-determined pool.

 

 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Miami, FL – The President and First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to the Miami area for an event on expanding opportunity for the middle class.

 

 

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The Ukraine

 

Latest Ukraine Updates Photos And Video -March 3, 2014.

 

It’s NOT Vladimir Putin Against Barack. It’s Vladimir Putin Against The World – March 2, 2014 .

 

Ukraine Updates – March 2, 2014.

 

President Obama Speaks on the Situation in Ukraine

 

 

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‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws Updates – March 3, 2014

 

Rally Against ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws In Tallahassee. March 10th, 2014. Now Is The Time!

 

Marissa Alexander’s Sentence Could Triple In ‘Warning-Shot’ Case. State Attorney Angela Corey Wants A 60 Year Sentence.

 

 

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The White House Blog

 

Weekly Address: Investing in Technology and Infrastructure to Create Jobs

 

Weekly Wrap Up: the White House Hosts a Film Festival, the President and Vice President Show Their Moves, and More

 

The White House Hosts Its First-Ever Student Film Festival

 

More than 3.47 Million Records Released

 

Being Biden Vol. 13: It’s All About Possibilities

 

Let’s Move! Child Care Reaches Over 12,000 Providers Committed to Instilling Healthy Habits for Life

 

Today: The First-Ever White House Student Film Festival

 

West Wing Week 02/28/14 or “I Am My Brother’s Keeper”

 

President Obama Launches My Brother’s Keeper, His New Initiative to Help Young Men of Color

 

 

 

The White House Videos

 

Weekly Address: Investing in Technology and Infrastructure to Create Jobs

 

Video Mensaje de la Casa Blanca – Aumentando la oportunidad para todos

 

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Speeches and Remarks

Remarks by the President at DNC Winter Meeting

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

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Obamacare… Are You Kidding Me?

 

 

 

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President Obama And President Hollande Visit Monticello.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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President Obama and President Hollande Visit Monticello

 

Published on Feb 10, 2014

President Obama and President Hollande of France deliver remarks during a tour of Monticello. As the residence of Thomas Jefferson, one of the United States’ earliest envoys to France, Monticello reflects Jefferson’s affection for the people of France, the long-standing relations between our two democracies, and the shared values we hold dear: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

 

 

 

President Barack Obama and President François Hollande of France visit the Dome Room during a tour of Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Va., with Leslie Bowman, president of the Monticello Foundation, Feb. 10, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and President François Hollande of France visit the Dome Room during a tour of Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Va., with Leslie Bowman, president of the Monticello Foundation, Feb. 10, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

Op-ed by President Obama and President Hollande: An Alliance Transformed

 

The full text of an op-ed by President Obama and President Hollande of France is printed below. The piece, published today in the Washington Post and in Le Monde, can be read online HERE.

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Obama and Hollande: France and the U.S. enjoy a renewed alliance
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By Barack Obama and François Hollande, Monday, February 10.
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Barack Obama is president of the United States. François Hollande is president of the French Republic.
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Today, American and French diplomats are preparing for talks with Iran that build on the agreement that has halted progress on and rolled back key elements of the Iranian nuclear program. French and American officials share information daily to combat terrorism around the world. Our development experts are helping farmers across Africa and on other continents boost their yields and escape poverty. In forums such as the Group of Eight and the Group of 20, the United States and France promote strong, sustainable and balanced growth, jobs and stability — and we address global challenges that no country can tackle alone. At high-tech start-ups in Paris and Silicon Valley, American and French entrepreneurs are collaborating on the innovations that power our global economy.

 

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A decade ago, few would have imagined our two countries working so closely together in so many ways. But in recent years our alliance has transformed. Since France’s return to NATO’s military command four years ago and consistent with our continuing commitment to strengthen the NATO-European Union partnership, we have expanded our cooperation across the board. We are sovereign and independent nations that make our decisions based on our respective national interests. Yet we have been able to take our alliance to a new level because our interests and values are so closely aligned.

 

Rooted in a friendship stretching back more than two centuries, our deepening partnership offers a model for international cooperation. Transnational challenges cannot be met by any one nation alone. More nations must step forward and share the burden and costs of leadership. More nations must meet their responsibilities for upholding global security and peace and advancing freedom and human rights.

 

Building on the first-step agreement with Iran, we are united with our “P5+1” partners — Britain, Germany, Russia and China — and the E.U. and will meet next week in Vienna to begin discussions aimed at achieving a comprehensive solution that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. In Syria, our credible threat of force paved the way for the plan to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons; now, Syria must meet its obligations. With the Syrian civil war threatening the stability of the region, including Lebanon, the international community must step up its efforts to care for the Syrian people, strengthen the moderate Syrian opposition, and work through the Geneva II process toward a political transition that delivers the Syrian people from dictatorship and terrorism.

 

Perhaps nowhere is our new partnership on more vivid display than in Africa. In Mali, French and African Union forces — with U.S. logistical and information support — have pushed back al-Qaeda-linked insurgents, allowing the people of Mali to pursue a democratic future. Across the Sahel, we are partnering with countries to prevent al-Qaeda from gaining new footholds. In the Central African Republic, French and African Union soldiers — backed by American airlift and support — are working to stem violence and create space for dialogue, reconciliation and swift progress to transitional elections.

 

Across the continent, from Senegal to Somalia, we are helping train and equip local forces so they can take responsibility for their own security. We are partnering with governments and citizens who want to strengthen democratic institutions, improve agriculture and alleviate hunger, expand access to electricity and deliver the treatment that saves lives from infectious diseases. Our two countries were the earliest and are among the strongest champions of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

 

Alongside a revitalized alliance on the world stage, we’re also working to deepen our bilateral economic relationship. Already, France is one of America’s top export markets, and the United States is the largest customer for French goods outside the European Union — trade that supports nearly a million jobs in our two countries. Our cooperation in science and education is illustrated by existing partnerships between our universities, top research laboratories and space agencies. But as entrepreneurial societies that cherish the spirit of invention and creativity, we need to do more to lead the world in innovation.

 

The trade and investment partnership that we are pursuing between the European Union and the United States is a major opportunity to build on millions of jobs on both sides of the Atlantic already supported by U.S.-E.U. trade. Such an agreement would result in more trade, more jobs and more export opportunities, including for small businesses in both of our countries. It would also build a lasting foundation for our efforts to promote growth and the global economic recovery.

 

This includes our leadership to combat climate change. Even as our two nations reduce our own carbon emissions, we can expand the clean energy partnerships that create jobs and move us toward low-carbon growth. We can do more to help developing countries shift to low-carbon energy as well, and deal with rising seas and more intense storms. As we work toward next year’s climate conference in Paris, we continue to urge all nations to join us in pursuit of an ambitious and inclusive global agreement that reduces greenhouse gas emissions through concrete actions. The climate summit organized by the U.N. secretary general this September will give us the opportunity to reaffirm our ambitions for the climate conference in Paris.

 

The challenges of our time cannot be wished away. The opportunities of our interconnected world will not simply fall into our laps. The future we seek, as always, must be earned. For more than two centuries, our two peoples have stood together for our mutual freedom. Now we are meeting our responsibilities not just to each other — but to a world that is more secure because our enduring alliance is being made new again.

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David Hudson
David Hudson

February 10, 2014
07:15 PM EST
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This afternoon, President Obama and French President François Hollande visited Monticello, the home of former President Thomas Jefferson, just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. Jefferson, who drafted the Declaration of Independence, was a noted Francophile, and served as the U.S. Minister to France from 1785 to 1789.

 

Monticello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is widely regarded as an architectural masterpiece. Jefferson began work on his home at age 26, designing — and continually redesigning – the house following neoclassical principles.

 

After touring Monticello, President Obama remarked that it symbolizes the “incredible history between the United States and France,” and the “incredible bond and the incredible gifts that France gave to the United States.” The house also represents the “complicated history of the United States,” President Obama said, as well as the “complex relations” between Jefferson and the institution of slavery. President Obama added that for France and the United States, Monticello is “a reminder for both of us that we’re going to continue to fight on behalf of the rights of all peoples.”

 

Tomorrow morning, President Obama and the First Lady will welcome the French President to the White House, holding a state dinner in his honor tomorrow evening.

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President Barack Obama and President François Hollande of France tour Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Va., with Leslie Bowman, president of the Monticello Foundation, Feb. 10, 2014 (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Barack Obama and President François Hollande of France tour Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Va., with Leslie Bowman, president of the Monticello Foundation, Feb. 10, 2014 (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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Statements and Releases:

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

 

NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:

Cassandra Q. Butts, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

 

Mark Green, of Wisconsin, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation for a term of two years.  (Reappointment)

 

Matthew T. McGuire, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Executive Director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development for a term of two years, vice Ian Hoddy Solomon, term expired.

 

Robert O. Work, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Defense, vice Ashton B. Carter, resigned.

 

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