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


 

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

 

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

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

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White House Schedule – April 18th, 2014

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Later in the morning, the President will meet with Secretary of the Treasury Lew in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

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

 

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

 

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Friday, April 18th 2014 All Times ET

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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April 2014: Photo of the Day

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Statements and Releases

 

Press Conference by the President, 4/17/14

 

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

 

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

 

FACT SHEET: Affordable Care Act by the Numbers

 

President Obama Signs Montana Disaster Declaration

 

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

 

First Lady Michelle Obama to Address 2014 Graduating Seniors

 

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

 

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

Friday, April 11th

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

 

Monday, April 14th

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

 

Tuesday, April 15th

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

 

Wednesday, April 16th

 

Thursday, April 17th

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

 

 

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

 

Published on Apr 17, 2014

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

 

 

 

 

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President Obama Speaks to the Press

 

Published on Apr 17, 2014

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

 

 

 

 

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Letters to the President: Stories of Health Reform

 

Published on Apr 17, 2014

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

 

 

 

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

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 Read All About The 8 Million:

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

 

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

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

See What Health Reform Means to Six Families

See What Health Reform Means to Six Families

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

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

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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”

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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™: George Takei via Democracy For America


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Our democracy is a people’s democracy, which makes it a double-edged sword — it can be as great as our people can be, but as fallible as them as well. That’s why I’m so glad that we have Congressman Mike Honda in Washington: he’s someone who always stands up for those who need it most, no matter how unpopular or politically risky the position is at the time.

 

Since his first day in office, Mike has been a passionate and outspoken ally for the LGBT community, fighting for the rights of our community long before the Democratic Party as a whole would take up our cause.

 

A progressive champion, Mike has never backed down from a worthy fight, or buckled in the face of adversity. But now Mike is facing the fight of his career, fending off attacks from a well-funded opponent fueled by max-out contributions from far-right conservatives.

 

Will you join me and Democracy for America in standing with Mike Honda today by chipping in to help send our progressive champion back to Washington?

 

Many people know me best for my work on Star Trek. At its best, the show transported viewers from the comfort of their armchairs to a strange new world where we set aside our differences and found strength in our diversity, where healthcare was accessible to all, and where want and hunger were things of the past.

 

Mike is someone who has spent his life trying to create a world like that. As children, both of us grew up in internment camps, and from a young age these experiences left us both with a strong sense of social responsibility. Only by being involved in the public realm could we ensure the freedoms on which our nation was founded would continue to endure for all Americans.

 

In the aftermath of 9/11, Mike vigilantly guarded the rights of Muslims and Sikhs, and spoke out against the fear mongers of the time. He wouldn’t allow our government to repeat the mistakes that led us to grow up in internment camps.

 
Will you stand with me and DFA in making a contribution to support Mike Honda and help send him back to Washington DC to keep fighting?

 

I don’t always endorse candidates, but Congressman Mike Honda is at the top of my list. With your support, and the support of DFA members nationwide, I know that Mike will continue to be our progressive champion for years to come.

 

Thanks for standing with me and Mike,

 


- George Takei

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Saturday The 8th Of March: 2014 International Women’s Day. The Weekly Address.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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WEEKEND GUIDANCE AND  SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2014 AND SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2014

 

The First Family will remain in Key Largo, Florida through the weekend. There are no public events scheduled.

 

 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

 

On Sunday, the First Family will return from Key Largo, Florida. The First Family’s departure from Homestead Air Reserve Base and arrival on the South Lawn

 

 

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Schedule for the Week of March 10th – March 14th, 2014

 

On Monday, the President will host a reception for the 2012 and 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Champions.

 

On Tuesday, the President will travel to New York, NY to attend DNC and DSCC events.

 

On Wednesday, the President will attend meetings at the White House.

 

On Thursday and Friday, the President will attend meetings at the White House.

 

 

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Kerry headlining Gridiron Club dinner tonight

 

WASHINGTON–Secretary of State John Kerry headlines the annual Gridiron Club and Foundation dinner on Saturday night, returning to the U.S. after a swing this week through Kiev, Paris, Rome and Aqaba, Jordan.

 

Kerry will deliver a speech on behalf of the Obama administration. Sen. Ted Cruz R-Texas is speaking on behalf of Republicans and former Florida Gov. Charlie Christ is representing Democrats.

 

The Gridiron Club active members are 65 Washington-based journalists, including this scribe. The white-tie event features musical skits where club members lampoon political figures–Democrats and Republicans.

 

 

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Weekly Address: Time for Congress to Raise the Minimum Wage for the American People

 

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March 08, 2014
06:00 AM EST

 

In this week’s address, President Obama highlighted the momentum building across the country to give Americans a raise and reiterated his call for Congress to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10. The President has already signed an executive order to raise the minimum wage for people working under new federal contracts. Companies large and small are choosing to give workers a raise because they know it’s good business. And Governors across the country are answering the President’s call by working to raise their states’ minimum wages. Now, it’s time for Congress to get the job done and restore opportunity for all Americans by raising the minimum wage to “ten-ten.”

 

 

 

VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: Es hora que el Congreso aumente el salario mínimo

March 08, 2014 | 3:03 |Public Domain

 

En el mensaje de esta semana, el Secretario de Trabajo Thomas E. Pérez habló sobre el llamado del Presidente al Congreso para aumentar el salario mínimo para los trabajadores estadounidenses a $10.10 dólares. Es el momento de dar a Estados Unidos un aumento de sueldo.

 

 

 

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Weekly Wrap Up: the President Announces His Budget, YouTube Stars Say Hi, and More

 

This week, the President announced his 2015 budget, and addressed the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. YouTube Stars visited the White House, and more. Check out what you missed in this week’s wrap up.

 

 

President Obama Announces His 2015 Budget

The President traveled to Powell Elementary School on Tuesday after sending his 2015 budget to Congress. There, he discussed what he called a “roadmap” for the opportunity agenda he laid out in his State of the Union address.

 

President Obama's #budget invests in his vision of giving every 4-year-old in America access to quality preschool.

President Obama’s #budget invests in his vision of giving every 4-year-old in America access to quality preschool.

 

“Our budget is about choices,” President Obama said. “It’s about our values. As a country, we’ve got to make a decision if we’re going to protect tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans, or if we’re going to make smart investments necessary to create jobs and grow our economy, and expand opportunity for every American.”

 

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A World-Class Education for Every Student in America

 

Megan Slack
Megan Slack

March 07, 2014
07:27 PM EST

 

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talks with students in a classroom at Coral Reef Senior High School, Florida, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talks with students in a classroom at Coral Reef Senior High School, Fla., March 7, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

Today, President Obama and the First Lady visited Coral Reef High School in Miami to discuss the President’s plan to equip all Americans with the education they need to compete in the 21st century economy.

 

“By working hard every single day, every single night, you are making the best investment there is in your future,” President Obama told the students. “And we want to make sure you’ve got everything, all the tools you need to succeed.”

 

President Obama talked about one tool that’s helping give more students the opportunity to afford, attend, and graduate from college: the Free Application for Student Aid or FAFSA.

 

It is a simple form. It used to be complicated; we made it simple. It doesn’t cost anything — that’s why the word “free” is right there in the name. It does not take a long time to fill out. Once you do, you’re putting yourself in the running for all kinds of financial support for college — scholarships, grants, loans, work-study jobs.

 

Over the last five years, the Obama administration has been working to make college more affordable for more students. And today, more young people are earning college degrees than ever before. But we have to do more, President Obama said.

 

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Opening Today: The 2014 Easter Egg Roll Ticket Lottery

 

Don’t miss your chance to join the First Family for the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. The big event is on Monday, April 21 and more than 30,000 people will join in on the fun. Guests will have a chance to participate in activities including games, stories, singing, dancing, and of course, the traditional egg roll – all on the White House South Lawn.

 

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This year’s theme  “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” encourages children to lead healthy, active lives in support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative. In addition to the fun and games, the day’s activities will help educate families on smart ways to incorporate healthy eating and exercise choices into their daily routines.

 

Starting today, you can enter the lottery at www.recreation.govfor a chance to join in on the fun. The event is open to children ages 13 years and younger and their families. Be sure to enter the lottery before it closes on Monday, March 10 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

 

Families and schools who can’t make the trip to Washington, D.C. but want to participate in the festivities can enter the annual poster contest. The First Lady will select the winning design to be used as part of the White House 2014 Easter Egg Roll program.

 

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Ask President Obama Your Health Care Questions on WebMD

 

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Next week, President Obama will sit down for his first-ever interview with WebMD, the leading source of health information for consumers and health care professionals, to discuss the importance of signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. During a conversation with the site’s health care reform expert Lisa Zamosky, the President will answer questions about health care and the ACA directly from WebMD users in an interview that will air on March 14.

What’s your question for President Obama? Ask now at WebMD.com/AskObama

 

The President’s interview with WebMD continues efforts by the administration to encourage as many Americans as possible to sign up for health insurance for 2014 by the end of open enrollment on March 31.

 

And it’s just one of many innovative and targeted strategies used by the White House to speak with Americans directly — especially women, young adults and the uninsured – about quality, affordable health care options available. As the leading source for health information, WebMD has enormous reach. According to WebMD, the site’s more than 156 million unique visitors per month is made up of 60 percent women, 33 percent of its audience is ages 18-34 and 38 percent of those younger users are uninsured.

 

So, go ahead and submit your questions now – then tune in on March 14 to watch the full interview and find out if the President answered your question.

 

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West Wing Week 3/7/14 or “Look Who’s In Our Room”

 

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This week, The White House hosted its first ever White House Student Film Festival, while the President addressed the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, presented his budget for Fiscal Year 2015, urged Congress to raise the minimum wage, and held a town hall on Latinos and the Affordable Care Act.

 

 

YouTube Stars Talk Health Care (and Make History) at the White House

 

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This year, the President is committed to using the power of his phone and pen to create opportunity for all Americans. One ways he’s doing that is through raising awareness about policies and priorities through non-traditional platforms, like YouTube.

 

Last week, senior administration officials sat down with some of the most popular content creators on YouTube to talk about the issues that they care the most about, including access to quality, affordable health care. This group of influencers has developed innovative ways to engage with tens of millions of young people in a way that few other media platforms can accomplish. To learn from the YouTube community, we’re starting a dialogue with these leaders to continue the conversation about issues that are important for their audiences including anti-bullying, education, economic opportunity, and health care.

 

 

 

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The Employment Situation in February

 

February 2014 was the 48th straight month of private-sector job growth, with businesses adding 8.7 million jobs over that time. Despite a major snowstorm that hit the East Coast during the reference week for the labor market surveys, the rate of job growth picked up from the December and January pace. Nevertheless, the unemployment rate remains elevated, and for too many Americans, wages have been slow to rise.

 

This week, the President put out a budget that can make progress on these issues by investing in education, job training, and innovation, by expanding tax credits for working Americans, and by extending the emergency unemployment benefits that has expired for 2 million Americans. And while the President encourages Congress to act on his proposals, he will also continue to take action on his own wherever possible to support job growth and expand economic opportunity.

 

FIVE KEY POINTS IN TODAY’S REPORT FROM THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

 

1. The private sector has added 8.7 million jobs over 48 straight months of job growth. Today we learned that total non-farm payroll employment rose by 175,000 in February, with 162,000 of that increase in the private sector. Revisions to private employment in the previous months were small and offsetting, so that that over the past twelve months, private employment has risen by 2.2 million, or an average of 183,000 a month. This is almost identical to the pace of job gains over the preceding twelve-month period (182,000 a month).

 

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Daylight Saving Time (United States) 2014 Begins At 2:00 AM On Sunday, March 9th.

 

 

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Today – March 8th, 2014 – Is “International Women’s Day”.

 

 

International Women’s Day

 

International Women’s Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day, is marked on March 8th every year. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political and social achievements. Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries, primarily Eastern EuropeRussia, and the former Soviet bloc.

 

In some regions, the day lost its political flavor, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. In other regions, however, the political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner.

 

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Barack & Michelle After Dark™: West Wing Week. The White House Blog. President Obama And The First Lady Host “In Performance At The White House: Women of Soul.”

 

 

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A Day In The Life Of Barack & Michelle™: Miami For The Weekend.

 

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The Obama’s After Dark™ : Coral Reef Senior High School, Miami, Florida.

 

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President Obama Visits a Florida Classroom

March 07, 2014 | 3:26 |Public Domain

 

President Obama visits a Florida high school that’s helping more of its students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks on College Opportunity

March 07, 2014 | 21:34 |Public Domain

 

President Obama discusses his plan to equip all Americans with the education and skills they need to compete in today’s economy and announces a new FAFSA Completion Initiative to give more Americans the opportunity to afford, attend and graduate from college.

 

 

 

Statement by the President on Bloody Sunday

Forty-nine years ago, a determined group of Americans marched into history, facing down grave danger in the name of justice and equality—walking to protest the continued discrimination and violence against African Americans.  On a day that became known as “Bloody Sunday”, these brave men and women met billy-clubs and tear gas with courage and resolution.  Their actions helped set an example for a generation to stand up for the fundamental freedoms due to all people.  We recognize those who marched that day—and the millions more who have done their part throughout our nation’s history to bend the arc of the moral universe toward justice.

 

49 years ago today Rep. John Lewis led peaceful march from Selma to Montgomery and was beaten by Alabama state troopers

49 years ago yesterday Rep. John Lewis led peaceful march from Selma to Montgomery and was beaten by Alabama state troopers

 

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@FLOTUS Follow #GetCovered because moms know kids aren't invincible → http://Healthcare.gov

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#GetCovered because moms know kids aren’t invincible → http://Healthcare.gov

Get covered because you never know when you'll need healthcare coverage.

Get covered because you never know when you’ll need healthcare coverage.

 

Get Covered: A Special Message from the President

 

Published on Feb 21, 2014

President Obama has a message for millions of Americans who now have access to new or improved affordable health insurance: Go to http://www.HealthCare.gov, and get covered right now.

 

 

 

Carole King: What I’d Say to My Kids

 

Published on Mar 7, 2014

Carole King has a special message to share with families: “If you were my child I would tell you – get health care now. HealthCare.gov is there for you. It is a way that you can find health care. It’s available, it’s affordable. Enrollment ends March 31st, so don’t wait! Just get on HealthCare.gov. Enroll today. That’s what I’d say to my kids.”

 

 

 

Getting Covered with Carole King

 

Published on Mar 4, 2014

Carole King has a message for you. You can get the health insurance that you need and deserve at HealthCare.gov. Enroll by March 31.

 

 

 

The deadline for coverage this year in The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES), is March 31st, 2014. That means after March 31st, 2014 you will NOT be able to enroll in The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES), until next years open enrollment dates.

 

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Don’t wait. Get covered. http://ofa.bo/sD2 #LastCall2014

 

Do NOT allow March 31st, 2014 get here and you have not signed up for The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES). Your life or the lives of your family & loved ones very well may depend on YOU getting covered.

 

Get Covered, time runs out on March 31st, 2014.

Get Covered, time runs out on March 31st, 2014.

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Sunday at 2 AM....spring your clocks ahead 1 hour. Sorry but the GOPukes will still be living in 1865.

Sunday at 2 AM….spring your clocks ahead 1 hour. Sorry but the GOPukes will still be living in 1865.

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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”

 

Uploaded on Feb 27, 2014

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

 

Adam Garber
Adam Garber

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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