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Barack After Dark™: The West Wing Week. National Action Network. The Obama/Biden Administrations Taxes.


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

 

This week, the President honored soldiers who lost their lives last week at Fort Hood, commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, and picked up his pen to take action toward ensuring equal pay. Check out what else you may have missed in this week’s wrap up.

 

 

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West Wing Week 4/11/14 or, “Love Never Ends”

 

 

This week, the President honored Equal Pay Day and signed two executive orders to support efforts to level the playing field for women, pushed for better access to skills-based high school training, hosted the Prime Minister of Tunisia, and traveled with the First Lady to the memorial at Fort Hood and then to Austin, to honor the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

 

 

 

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President Obama Speaks at the National Action Network Convention

 

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President Obama Speaks at the National Action Network Convention

 

Published on Apr 11, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks at the National Action Network’s 16th Annual Convention. April 11, 2014.

 

 

 

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President Obama and Vice President Biden’s 2013 Tax Returns

 

 

Today, the President released his 2013 federal income tax returns. He and the First Lady filed their income tax returns jointly and reported adjusted gross income of $481,098. The Obamas paid $98,169 in total tax.

 

The President and First Lady also reported donating $59,251 – or about 12.3 percent of their adjusted gross income – to 32 different charities. The largest reported gift to charity was $8,751 to the Fisher House Foundation. The President’s effective federal income tax rate is 20.4 percent. The President pushed for and signed into law legislation that makes the system more fair and helps the middle class by extending tax cuts to middle class and working families and asks the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share. In 2013, as a result of his policies, the President was subject to limitations in tax preferences, as well as additional Medicare and investment income taxes, for high income earners. The President and First Lady also released their Illinois income tax return and reported paying $23,328 in state income tax.

 

DOWNLOAD THE OBAMAS’ TAX RETURNS

 

 

The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden also released their 2013 federal income tax returns, as well as state income tax returns for both Delaware and Virginia. The Bidens filed joint federal and combined Delaware income tax returns. Dr. Biden filed a separate non-resident Virginia tax return. Together, they reported adjusted gross income of $407,009. The Bidens paid $96,378 in total federal tax for 2013, amounting to an effective tax rate of 23.7 percent. They also paid $14,644 in Delaware income tax and Dr. Biden paid $3,470 in Virginia income tax. The Bidens contributed $20,523 to charity in 2013, including contributing the royalties received from Dr. Biden’s children’s book, net of taxes, to the USO.

 

DOWNLOAD THE BIDENS’ TAX RETURNS

 

 


 

 

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Remarks by the President Nominating Sylvia Mathews Burwell as Secretary of Health and Human Services

 

The President Nominates Sylvia Mathews Burwell: Secretary Of Health And Human Services.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter And Senator Elizabeth Dole Hosting The Joining Forces Initiative For Caregivers.

 

Statement by President Obama on the Retirement of Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns

 

Presidential Nomination Sent to the Senate

 

President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the Holy See to Attend the Canonization Mass of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II

 

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April 11th 2014: Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama reaches down to 6-month-old Sabina Johnson, from Beaumont, Texas, who was visiting the Oval Office with her uncle, Elbek Elibaev, for his Make-A-Wish visit at the White House, April 11, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama reaches down to 6-month-old Sabina Johnson, from Beaumont, Texas, who was visiting the Oval Office with her uncle, Elbek Elibaev, for his Make-A-Wish visit at the White House, April 11, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Friday The 21st Of March. The AmeriKKKan Ides Of March.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21st, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
FRIDAY, MARCH 21st, 2014

 

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

 

In the afternoon, the President will meet with Internet CEOs in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

 

Friday, March 21 2014 All Times ET

 

10:15 AM: The Vice President speaks to the National Association of Community Health Centers 2014 Policy & Issues Forun, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

 

10:30 AM: The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

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

 

4:05 PM: The President meets with Internet CEOs, Oval Office.

 

5:00 PM: Dr. Biden meets with teachers from the Santa Barbara Unified School DistrictLocal Event Time: 2:00 PM PSTSanta Barbara Municipal Airport.

 

10:00 PM: The Vice President attends a DNC event, Local Event Time: 7:00 PM PST, California, Private Residence – Santa Barbara.

 

 

Speeches and Remarks March – 21, 2014

 

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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Speeches and Remarks March – 20, 2014

 

Remarks by the President at DCCC Dinner – Miami, FL

 

Remarks by the President on the Minimum Wage

 

Statement by the President on Ukraine

 

 

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Statements and Releases

 

Vice President Biden to Travel to Nashua, New Hampshire

 

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

 

President Obama Announces a Presidential Emergency Board, Names Members

 

Background Briefing on Ukraine by Senior Administration Officials

 

 

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March 2014: Photo of the Day

 

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President Barack Obama meets with advisors in Oval Office to discuss sanctions against Russia prior to his statement to the media, March 20, 2014. Taking part in the meeting are, from left:National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice; Tony Blinken, Deputy National Security Advisor; Chief of Staff Denis McDonough; Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications; National Economic Council Director Jeffrey Zients; and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama meets with advisors in Oval Office to discuss sanctions against Russia prior to his statement to the media, March 20, 2014. Taking part in the meeting are, from left:National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice; Tony Blinken, Deputy National Security Advisor; Chief of Staff Denis McDonough; Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications; National Economic Council Director Jeffrey Zients; and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Malia and Sasha are greeted by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at the Diaoyutai State guest house in Beijing, China

First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Malia and Sasha are greeted by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at the Diaoyutai State guest house in Beijing, China

First Lady Michelle Obama plays table tennis at the Beijing Normal School, a school that prepares students to attend colleges overseas

First Lady Michelle Obama plays table tennis at the Beijing Normal School, a school that prepares students to attend colleges overseas

First Lady Michelle Obama daughters  her mother Marian Robinson with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and his wife Peng Liyuan after a photograph session at the Diaoyutai State guest house in Beijing March 21, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama her daughters her mother Marian Robinson with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and his wife Peng Liyuan after a photograph session at the Diaoyutai State guest house in Beijing March 21, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama and her mother Marian Robinson share a light moment with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and his wife Peng Liyuan after a photograph session at the Diaoyutai State guest house in Beijing March 21, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama and her mother Marian Robinson share a light moment with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and his wife Peng Liyuan after a photograph session at the Diaoyutai State guest house in Beijing March 21, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, second from right, and his wife Peng Liyuan during a meeting at the Diaoyutai state guesthouse in Beijing

First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, second from right, and his wife Peng Liyuan during a meeting at the Diaoyutai state guesthouse in Beijing

First Lady Michelle Obama, her daughters from left Sasha, Malia, Michelle Obama’s mother Marian Robinson, right, and Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for photograph as they visit to Forbidden City

First Lady Michelle Obama, her daughters from left Sasha, Malia, Michelle Obama’s mother Marian Robinson, right, and Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for photograph as they visit to Forbidden City

First Lady Michelle Obama and Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for photograph as they visit to Forbidden City

First Lady Michelle Obama and Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for photograph as they visit to Forbidden City

Peng Liyuan shows First Lady Michelle Obama how to hold a writing brush as they visit a Chinese traditional calligraphy class at the Beijing Normal School

Peng Liyuan shows First Lady Michelle Obama how to hold a writing brush as they visit a Chinese traditional calligraphy class at the Beijing Normal School

Students demonstrating remote control mechanical robots at the Beijing Normal School, a school that prepares students to attend universities abroad

Students demonstrating remote control mechanical robots at the Beijing Normal School, a school that prepares students to attend universities abroad

The First Lady's Travel Journal: Touring The Forbidden City

The First Lady’s Travel Journal: Touring The Forbidden City

The First Lady & Madam Peng stop by a robotics class at a high school in Beijing.

The First Lady & Madam Peng stop by a robotics class at a high school in Beijing.

Touring the Forbidden City

Touring the Forbidden City

 

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The Latest Updates And Actions From The White House Concerning Ukraine.

 

Barack Visits Valencia College: Improving Economic Opportunity For Women And Working Families.

 

Statement By President Barack Hussein Obama On Ukraine

 

The White House Blog™: Ending Domestic Violence And Sexual Assault In The United States. We the Geeks: Women Role Models.

 

First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama’s Trip To China: Schedule For Beijing, Xi’an, And Chengdu.

 

 

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TheObamaCrat After Dark™: The White House Is Looking For Your Feedback. The West Wing Week. White House Press Briefing


 

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We’re looking for your feedback

 

As a subscriber of White House email updates, you get messages from us from time to time to keep you in the loop on the President’s priorities and what’s going on at the White House and around the administration.

 

Today, we want to hear from you.

 

We create a lot of content — from the emails we send, to the charts, infographics, videos, and tools we feature on our website — and we want to make sure it’s as interesting and informative as possible.

 

You have a unique stake in making it better, so we want to hear it straight from you:

 

What’s working for you? What would you like to see more of? What are the issues that matter most to you in 2014? Let us know here.

 

By sharing your thoughts, you’re going to help us make our programming at WhiteHouse.gov a little bit better. And you’ll help improve the experience of millions of Americans — whether they’re sharing a chart about how the deficit has been cut in half since 2009, watching the President’s State of the Union address, or creating a petition asking the administration to take action on an issue that matters to them.

 

Be a Part of the Next Four Years

 

Published on Jan 19, 2013

President Obama is committed to making this the most open and participatory administration in history. That begins with taking your questions and comments, inviting you to join online events with White House officials, and giving you a way to engage with your government on the issues that matter the most. The first four years of the Obama administration were big but the next four are going to be even bigger. Join us at http://www.whitehouse.gov/engage

 

 

ENGAGE AND CONNECT

 

President Obama is committed to making this the most open and participatory administration in history. That begins with taking your questions and comments, inviting you to join online events with White House officials, and giving you a way to engage with your government on the issues that matter the most.

 

 

 

Visit The Engage & Connect White House Page.

 

Here’s your opportunity to weigh in and let us know what you think:

 

We’re looking for your feedbackTake The Digital Survey

 

 

We’re looking forward to seeing your feedback.

 

 

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“You Got Your Own Whistle Man!” or, West Wing Peek

 

Published on Feb 27, 2014

The Vice President stopped by for the premiere episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers and he came bearing gifts.

 

 

 

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West Wing Week 2/28/14 or, “I Am My Brother’s Keeper”

 

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Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond. This week, the President announced two new manufacturing hubs, and his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, toured a new light rail system in St. Paul, Minnesota, and spoke on the importance of supporting American infrastructure jobs. The First Lady celebrated the fourth anniversary of her “Let’s Move” Initiative with both Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, while the Vice President kicked off the inaugural episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers.

 

 

 

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2/27/14: White House Press Briefing

 

Published on Feb 27, 2014

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

 

 

 

Live from the White House Student Film Festival

 

Scheduled for Feb 28, 2014

 

 

 

Get Your Popcorn Ready! It’s the First Ever White House Film Festival

 

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February 25, 2014
06:20 PM EST

 

The First Ever White House Student Film Festival 

Earlier this month, President Obama made his first movie on a trip to Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi Maryland. And on Friday, although we’re not showing the President’s movie,  we might be showing yours.

 

On Friday, February 28, the White House is hosting the first-ever Student Film Festival, featuring the work of more than a dozen young filmmakers who created short films celebrating the role of technology in the classroom.

 

The Filmmaker-in-Chief was at Buck Lodge to celebrate progress on ConnectED, an ambitious project to connect 99% of American students to next-generation broadband and wireless technology within five years. In Adelphi, he announced that some of America’s largest companies answered the President’s call to action towards that goal by pledging more than $750 million in commitments to deliver cutting-edge technologies to classrooms, including devices, free software, teacher professional development, and home wireless connectivity.

 

 

 

 

Building on the President’s eagerness to connect students to technology, and his newfound interest in filmmaking, we’re excited to host the first-ever White House Student Film Festival. In November, we called for K-12 students around the country to create short films on the role of technology in their classroom, and students responded with nearly 3,000 entries. In collaboration with the American Film Institute, the White House will screen the finalists’ works this Friday along with a star-studded cast including Kal Penn, Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Conan O’Brien.

 

In addition to the celebration of the student films and the President’s remarks, FOX and National Geographic Channel will treat the attendees to a sneak peek of the first episode of the upcoming television series, “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,”  which celebrates the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

 

We hope you share the President’s excitement for film-making, and his desire to give all American students the tools they need to stay on the cutting edge.

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Tuesday The 3rd Of December, 2013. Just 22 Days Left To Go Broke!


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Tweets – December 3, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White House Schedule – December 3, 2013

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 3rd, 2013

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3rd, 2013

 

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 host President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia for a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office. The visit will highlight our longstanding partnership with Colombia and our continuing support for the Santos Administration’s efforts to achieve peace and to build a more democratic society. The President looks forward to discussing cooperation on promoting citizen security, respect for human rights, and economic prosperity for all Colombians. The President also looks forward to discussing the expansion of our economic ties, anchored by the growing trade relationship we share through the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement. There will be a pool spray at the bottom of the meeting.

 

In the afternoon, the President will hold a working lunch with President Santos. This working lunch in the Private Dining Room is closed press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will participate in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony in the Oval Office. At this event, the President will receive the credentials from foreign Ambassadors recently posted in Washington. The presentation of credentials is a traditional ceremony that marks the formal beginning of an Ambassador’s service in Washington. This event is closed press. The following Ambassadors will attend:

His Excellency Kyaw Myo Htut, Ambassador of the Union of Burma
His Excellency Ron Dermer, Ambassador of the State of Israel
His Excellency Vijavat Isarabhakdi, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand
His Excellency Iulian Buga, Ambassador of Romania
His Excellency Eugene Glenwood Newry, Ambassador of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
His Excellency Carlos Filomeno Azevedo Agostinho das Neves, Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe
His Excellency Luis Carlos Villegas Echeverri, Ambassador of the Republic of Colombia
His Excellency Shaikh Abdulla Mohamed Rashed Alkhalifa, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain
Her Excellency Maguy Maccario Doyle, Ambassador of the Principality of Monaco

 

The President will deliver a statement on the Affordable Care Act in the South Court Auditorium. The President’s remarks will be open press.

 

Afterward, the President will meet with Secretary of Defense Hagel in the Oval Office.

 

 

 

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Tuesday, December 3 2013 All Times ET

 

 

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

 

 

11:00 AM: THE PRESIDENT holds a bilateral meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, Oval Office.

 

 

12:05 PM: THE PRESIDENT holds a working lunch with President Santos, Private Dining Room.

 

 

2:30 PM: THE PRESIDENT delivers a statement on the Affordable Care Act, South Court Auditorium.

 

 

3:30 PM: THE PRESIDENT participates in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony, Oval Office.

 

 

4:15 PM: THE PRESIDENT meets with Secretary of Defense Hagel, Oval Office.

 

 

Briefing Schedule

12:30 PM: Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

 

 

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 The Presidential Week Ahead Dec. 3rd – 6th, 2013

On Wednesday, the President will deliver remarks on the economy at the Center for American Progress.

 

On Thursday, the President will host a Hanukkah reception at the White House.

 

On Friday, the President and the First Family will attend the National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse.

 

 

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White House LIVE!! Streaming.

 

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December 03, 2013 12:30 PM EST

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

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December 03, 2013 2:30 PM EST

President Obama Speaks on the Affordable Care Act

 

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December 02, 2013
08:09 PM EST

 

Back in August 2013, Young Invincibles, in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services, launched the Healthy Young America Video Contest, an effort to mobilize young people to help educate and inform one another about the Affordable Care Act. Participants submitted their videos, the public weighed in, and a finalist was selected in each of three categories: “You Are Not Invincible,” original song performance, and animation.

 

Erin McDonald was announced as the overall Grand Prize winner with her video “Forget about the Price Tag” in a Google+ Hangout featuring Kal Penn and White House Health Care policy expert Christen Linke Young on December 2.

 

During the Hangout, Christen and Kal also helped preview the White House Youth Summit coming up on December 4 and took questions about what the Affordable Care Act means for young people. You can tune into the Youth Summit starting at 2:00 pm ET on whitehouse.gov/live.

 

Watch Erin’s video below, and also check out videos from finalists in the other two categories.

 

See The Video Winners

 

 

Sharing Responsibility, Strengthening Results

 

 

The Official 2013 White House Christmas Tree Arrives

 

 

Ambassador Rice Thanks Servicemembers in Afghanistan

 

 

The White House Student Film Festival

 

 

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World AIDS Day 2013

December 02, 2013 | 41:10 |Public Domain

 

Remarks by the President on World AIDS Day

 

Fact Sheet: Shared Responsibility to Strengthen Results for an AIDS-Free Generation

 

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President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Secretary of Health and Human Services deliver remarks in observance of World AIDS Day 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

Press Briefing

December 02, 2013 | 54:28 |Public Domain

 

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

 

 

 

 

Calling All Young People: White House Youth Summit Preview

 

Streamed live on Dec 2, 2013

Calling All Young People: White House Youth Summit Preview

 

 

 

Zimmerman Attorney Supported Trayvon Martin (Jayne Weintraub)

 

Published on Dec 3, 2013

George Zimmerman’s new defense attorney, Jayne Weintraub, was once a passionate supporter of Trayvon Martin. Watch the rare video evidence and then decide if she has what it takes to do the right thing …SECRETLY COME BACK (JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON!)

 

 

 

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A great image: POTUS Obama walks the White House colonnade to the residence after leaving the Oval Office for the day

A great image: POTUS Obama walks the White House colonnade to the residence after leaving the Oval Office for the day.

President Barack Obama, joined by Chief of Staff Denis McDonough's daughter, carries a birthday cake to surprise McDonough in his West Wing office, Dec. 2, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama, joined by Chief of Staff Denis McDonough’s daughter, carries a birthday cake to surprise McDonough in his West Wing office, Dec. 2, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

Fast 4 Families Doing Their Thing For Immigration Reform….

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DavidNakamura: VP Biden meets with Japan’s Deputy PM Taro Aso as U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy looks on.

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President Obama delivers remarks at a World AIDS Day event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, December 2

President Obama delivers remarks at a World AIDS Day event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, December 2

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Barack After Dark™: Happy Thanksgiving…Obama Style


 

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President Obama & Family Hand Out Thanksgiving Goodies To The Needy At Capital Area Food BankDC

 

Published on Nov 27, 2013

President Barack Obama is continuing an annual family tradition by helping to pack bags of food and distribute them to the needy on Thanksgiving eve. (Nov. 27)

 

Raw: Obamas Visit Food Bank on Thanksgiving Eve

 

 

 

From The Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is continuing an annual family tradition this year, by helping to pack bags of food and distribute them to the needy on Thanksgiving eve.

 

Obama, his wife, Michelle, daughters Malia and Sasha and his mother-in-law, Marian Robinson, dropped in Wednesday on the Capital Area Food Bank, one of the largest serving the Washington area.

 

They dropped bundles of sweet potatoes, onions, carrots and apples into reusable bags people held open as they walked by. They also handed out small white boxes stamped with the presidential seal that contain M&M’s candy.

 

Obama wished people a “Happy Thanksgiving,” and Malia shook their hands.

 

It’s the third straight Thanksgiving that Obama and his family have helped out at this particular food bank.

 

Obama was spending the holiday at the White House.

 

Thank you The Associated Press.

 

 

 U.S. President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters Sasha Obama, 12, and Malia Obama, 15, help pack and distribute bags of food to needy children and seniors at the Capital Area Food Bank November 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. According to the White House, the first family was joined by family and friends and members of The Mission Continues, “an organization of post-9/11 veterans who are awarded community service fellowships.” (Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images

 

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Lindsay Holst
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November 27, 2013
04:39 PM EST

 

President Obama Pardons White House Turkey

November 27, 2013 | 4:40 |Public Domain

 

The President grants the traditional Thanksgiving pardon to Popcorn, this years Official White House Turkey, in a ceremony on the North Portico of the White House.

 

 

 

We’ve come a long way since 11-year-old Tad Lincoln convinced his father to “adopt” a turkey named Jack in 1863.

 

Today, President Obama pardoned two 20-week-old, 38-pound turkeys named Popcorn and Caramel — and announced Popcorn as the official “National Thanksgiving Turkey,” after the American public weighed in on their favorites via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
The President noted:
The competition was stiff, but we can officially declare that Popcorn is the winner — proving that even a turkey with a funny name can find a place in politics. As for Caramel, he’s sticking around, and he’s already busy raising money for his next campaign.
And so, all “Hunger Games” references aside, both turkeys will live. Popcorn and Caramel will spend the rest of their natural days in the historic rolling pastures of Morven Park’s Turkey Hill — located at the home of former Virginia governor Westmoreland Davis in Leesburg, Virginia.

 

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Secretary Tom Perez and Dr. Jill Biden
November 27, 2013
04:30 PM EST

 

Ed. note: This is cross-posted from the Department of Labor blog. See the original post here.

If you have had the chance to step onto a community college campus recently, you know the special role they are playing in rebuilding the American economy. Over the last three years, this administration has made unprecedented investments in the community college system through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training − or TAACCCT − grant program.

 

These grants encourage schools across the country to work with each other, with the workforce system and with employers to create cutting edge training programs that prepare workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

 

At Cleveland Community College in Shelby, N.C., Dr. Jill Biden and Secretary Perez listen in as Kenneth Dover (second from right) talks about his experience making the transition from the Marines to a career in "mission critical" IT operations.

At Cleveland Community College in Shelby, N.C., Dr. Jill Biden and Secretary Perez listen in as Kenneth Dover (second from right) talks about his experience making the transition from the Marines to a career in “mission critical” IT operations.

 

No matter the industry, partnership is the key to the program’s success. In fact, it’s a prerequisite for consideration for a TAACCCT award. That means education, labor, business and community leaders all coming together to meet the real-world challenges of a complex global economy. The idea is to ensure that community college curricula are aligned with industry’s needs, so adult learners are obtaining exactly the certifications and know-how that local businesses require their workers to have.

 

As a community college educator and a former state official with longstanding community college relationships, the two of us understand the vital role these institutions play in workforce development. We’ve seen first-hand what community colleges do to save lives. So last week we hit the road together to visit two of the newest grantees and meet some of the people helping transform these instructions of higher learning into engines of economic growth − and transforming lives each step of the way.

 

In Shelby, N.C., Cleveland Community College is leading a consortium awarded $23 million to help ensure that companies around the country and around the world are able to stay up and running day or night thanks to workers trained in what are known as “mission critical” operations. When emergencies like a power outage or a computer virus or a machinery malfunction happen, these workers know what it takes to solve the problem quickly.

 

Report from the Road: Community Colleges Leveraging Partnerships for Economic GrowthCleveland Community College faculty member Mitchell Sepaugh leads Dr. Biden and Secretary Perez through the school’s state-of-the-art engineering lab, which allows students to get hands-on training in the latest remote access and automation technology.

 

At the college we met Kenneth Dover, a former marine and current student who is also a full-time employee at one of the fastest-growing local companies. TAACCCT is going to help more people like Kenneth get the marketable skills that lead to good, middle-class jobs. But the impact doesn’t stop there. Because of the strong partnerships with local employers, these grants also strengthen the overall economy, providing businesses with the pipeline of talented workers they need to compete, prosper and grow.

 

With Kenneth’s story still fresh on our minds we traveled south to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. There, Broward College is leading a consortium of a dozen colleges − from Newark, N.J., to Long Beach, Calif. − that was awarded $24.5 million to focus on another essential component to effective business operations in just about any industry: supply chain management.

 

Report from the Road: Community Colleges Leveraging Partnerships for Economic GrowthDr. Biden takes a turn at the helm of one of Broward College’s flight simulators.

 

At Broward College’s Aviation Institute, we heard from students and employers who are at the leading edge of this growing field. Whether it was the mechanics working on the flight line, or the faculty members training new prospective pilots, it was great to see everyone understand the intersection of transportation and business, and the importance of managing a complex supply chain in real time.

 

Report from the Road: Community Colleges Leveraging Partnerships for Economic GrowthAt Broward College’s Aviation Institute, Dr. Jill Biden – a community college professor herself – talk about the important role that community colleges are playing in helping to shape the American workforce.

 

The TAACCCT program is a win for everyone. It strengthens the regional economy. It helps businesses stay on the competitive cutting edge in a complex global economy. And for workers, it paves a career pathway and serves as a springboard into the middle class.

 

All of the students we met have a bright future ahead of them. We’re proud to be a part of the team making an investment in their future, and we’re proud of the role that community colleges are playing in making it all happen.

 

 

Kyle Lierman
November 27, 2013
03:55 PM EST

 

Throughout President Obama’s career, he has been fighting for young people. Whether it is increasing access to higher education, or expanding health care coverage, giving young people a fair shot has been and always will be a priority.

 

The President also believes in reaching out to youth across the country to make sure we’re hearing what they have to say, and helping them better understand the policies and programs that impact them. That’s why, on Wednesday, December 4th, we’re hosting over 150 leaders from across the country at the White House for a Youth Summit. The Summit will offer young people coming to the White House and across the country a chance to discuss the Affordable Care Act and others issues important to them.

 

WH Youth Social 

Even if you can’t be at the Summit in person, we still want to hear from you!

 

On Monday, December 2nd at 8:00 p.m. ET, join White House Deputy Senior Advisor for Commnications David Simas, Kal Pen, and Young Invincibles for a Google+ Hangout. During this live video chat, we’ll announce the winners of the “Healthy Young America Video Contest,” preview the upcoming Youth Summit, and take questions about the Affordable Care Act and what It means for young Americans.

 

You can watch the Hangout live on the White House Google+ page.  Have a comments or questions? Ask them using the  hashtag #WHYouth on Twitter and on Google+ and we’ll answer some of them during the live Hangout.

 

Additionally, on December 4th, you can watch the Summit live starting at 2:00 pm ET on Whitehouse.gov/live. Throughout the day White House staff, HHS officials, and other special guests will be taking questions submitted on twitter using the hashtag #WHYouth.

 

 

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Valerie Jarrett
Valerie Jarrett

November 27, 2013
03:02 PM EST

 

This Saturday, November 30th, I will join a number of White House and Cabinet Officials, along with millions of Americans around the country, in paying tribute to small businesses, which drive our economy, and help to define the spirit of our communities.

 

I will be spending Small Business Saturday in Chicago, to start on my holiday shopping, and reacquaint myself with the small businesses lining my hometown streets, and breathing life into my neighborhood.

 

There is of course, no need to wait for Small Business Saturday to enjoy the local delicacies and the unique goods being sold in our communities.  It can be a concerted effort throughout the year, and an ongoing priority for all Americans.  The President certainly sees it that way, and has made support for small business a top priority every day he has spent in office.

 

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West Wing Week 11/29/13 or, “Kindness Covers All of My Political Beliefs”

November 27, 2013

Published on Nov 27, 2013

Welcome to this Thanksgiving Edition of West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond. This week, the President traveled to the west coast for a three day, three city swing, sat down for an interview with Barbara Walters, met with student entrepreneurs, held a video conference with Peace Corps volunteers, and announced a breakthrough in diplomatic talks with Iran. That’s November 22rd to November 28th or “Kindness Covers All of My Political Beliefs.”

 

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

Background Press Briefing on Vice President Biden’s Trip to China, Japan and the Republic of Korea

 

Background on the Pardoning of the National Thanksgiving Turkey

 

Statement by the President on Hanukkah

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 1848, H.R. 3204, S. 252

 

President Obama Speaks on the Economy

 

President Obama Speaks on Immigration Reform

 

 

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