The White House Week Ahead
President Barack Obama has no official events on Saturday and Sunday, with a busy week ahead, including a visit to the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, where on Tuesday he will receive a briefing on the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa and on the respiratory illness outbreak in several states, including the Chicago area.
Last week, the Sun-Times reported “eleven children in Chicago tested positive for a rare respiratory illness,” according to the CDC.
Schedule for the Week of September 15th Thru The 19th, 2014
On Monday, the President will award the Medal of Honor to Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and to Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat for conspicuous gallantry.
In the evening, the President will attend a DSCC event in Washington, DC.
On Tuesday, the President will travel to Atlanta, GA to visit the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he will receive a briefing on the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, discuss the U.S. response and thank the scientists, doctors and health care workers helping those affected by disease at home and around the world. The President will also receive an updated on the respiratory illness reported in several states in the Midwest.
In the evening, the President will travel to Tampa, FL, where he will remain overnight.
On Wednesday, the President will visit U.S. Central Command at the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL. CENTCOM’s area of responsibility includes 20 countries in the Middle East and Central and South Asia, including Iraq and Syria. The President will receive a briefing from his top commanders at CENTCOM, and thank the men and women who will partner with others in the region to carry out the President’s strategy to degrade and defeat ISIL.
In the afternoon, he will return to Washington, DC.
In the evening, the President will host a picnic for Members of Congress at the White House.
On Thursday morning 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.
In the afternoon, the President will host President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine at the White House. The visit will highlight the United States’ firm commitment to stand with Ukraine as it pursues liberal democracy, stability, and prosperity. President Obama looks forward to discussing with President Poroshenko efforts to pursue a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine as well as our continued support for Ukraine’s struggle to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
In the evening, the President will attend a DNC event in Washington, DC.
On Friday, the President will participate in an event with the DNC’s Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON — Obama Presidential Library Foundation chief Martin Nesbitt is poised to announce the bid finalists next week with two Chicago sites without university affiliations — at Lakeside and Bronzeville — not advancing to the next round, I am told by multiple sources. The University of Chicago is expected to be on a shortlist of bidders who will be asked to submit a very detailed proposal for the library and museum.
Nesbitt, I am told, is personally making calls to bidders to deliver the news this week.
The Lakeside site — on the former U.S. Steel South Works site on the Southeast Side of Chicago — was spectacular but it would take years for related commercial and residential development to take place.
The Bronzeville bid was anchored at the site of the former Michael Reese Hospital.
WASHINGTON — Hillary and Bill Clinton hit Iowa on Sunday, her first trip back since she came in third in the 2008 caucuses, triggering a frenzy of rising expectations that this means she is getting closer to a 2016 White House run.
As the former secretary of state/senator/first lady ponders another presidential bid, a Chicago firm, 270 Strategies, is part of an extensive effort to build a political infrastructure for Clinton if and when she takes the plunge.
And just in case she doesn’t, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is among the Democrats laying the groundwork for a 2016 primary campaign, a reason he was in Chicago a few days ago, meeting with Democratic honchos in the city.
The official reason for the Clintons’ traveling to Indianola, Iowa, is to be the keynote speakers at a very big deal Hawkeye political tradition, Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry, the last for the retiring senator.
It’s a convenient excuse to visit Iowa, the state to cast the first votes in the contest for the nomination.
Here are five things to know while reading the Clinton tea leaves:
* 270 Strategies, at 401 W. Superior, is one of the top consultants for the Ready for Hillary political action committee, which is running a sort of shadow campaign to build an organization for Clinton to quickly tap if she gets in. The partners at 270 are veterans of the Chicago-based Obama presidential campaigns, and they specialize in grass-roots organizing.
Lynda Tran, a 270 partner who is a Ready for Hillary adviser, said the group has been planning a campaign-style welcome in Iowa for her and encouraging Iowa supporters to attend the Harkin Steak Fry.
“Ready for Hillary is also purchasing tickets and arranging buses for Students for Hillary supporters who want to attend the event — buses will depart from Drake University, Grinnell [College], Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa,” Tran told me in an email.
The Ready for Hillary bus that was made in Iowa, wrapped in Iowa and launched from Des Moines for its journey around the country accompanying Secretary Clinton’s book tour, also will be at the steak fry with folks available to hand out free T-shirts and put up signs.
* Among the Chicago donors to Ready for Hillary are a group of longtime Clinton loyalists and contributors: $25,000 from business executive Niranjan Shah; $5,000 each from attorney Mike and wife Pat Cherry; and $1,500 from Lynn Cutler, who served in the Clinton White House.
Between Jan. 1, 2013, and an FEC report dated June 30, the Ready for Hillary PAC has collected $4,297,930 and had $874,362 cash on hand. The PAC has contributed to a variety of state Democratic parties with the biggest donations, $10,000 each to the Democrats in Iowa and New Hampshire, the state with the first primary vote.
* A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll of registered Democrats released Friday showed Clinton with a commanding lead over potential rivals: Clinton was at 53 percent; Vice President Joe Biden at 15 percent; Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., at 7 percent; and Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent allied with the Democrats, drew 5 percent. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had 3 percent; Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley 2 percent; and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick 1 percent.
* O’Malley hit Chicago last weekend to appear at rallies for Gov. Pat Quinn and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. But with an eye on 2016, O’Malley held private fundraising meetings with Democrats as he sought to forge connections within the Chicago donor community.
When we talked, O’Malley told me, “I’m seriously considering running in 2016” no matter what Clinton does, and in the meantime “I’m helping people in the midterms.”
* Biden, also in play for 2016, hits Iowa on Wednesday to speak at the kickoff event for the Nuns on the Bus “We the People, We the Voters” bus tour, according to the Des Moines Register.
Weekly Address: We Will Degrade annd Destroy ISIL
September 13, 2014 | 4:02 | Public Domain
In this week’s address, President Obama reiterated his comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group ISIL.
VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: La estrategia del Presidente para degradar y destruir ISIL
September 13, 2014 | 3:45 | Public Domain
En el mensaje de la Casa Blanca, Ricardo Zúñiga reiteró la estrategia del Presidente que es integral y sostenida para la lucha contra el terrorismo para degradar y destruir en última instancia, el grupo terrorista ISIL. El plan del Presidente Obama reúne a una campaña de ataques aéreos selectivos, mayor apoyo a las fuerzas iraquíes y kurdas ya luchando en contra a los terroristas, ayuda a los aliados y socios, la expansión de esfuerzos para entrenar y equipar a la oposición siria, y la ayuda humanitaria en curso para los desplazados por ISIL. Ricardo Zúñiga expresó el inmenso agradecimiento del Presidente y de nuestro país por los hombres y mujeres en las fuerzas armadas que hacen estos esfuerzos es posible, y recordó al mundo que Estados Unidos continúa liderando y se mantiene firme contra el terrorismo.
September 12, 2014 | 01:10:30 | Public Domain
White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.
President Obama Speaks on the 20th Anniversary of Americorps
September 12, 2014 | 15:14 | Public Domain
On September 12, 2014, President Obama delivered remarks at the White House to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Americorps.
West Wing Week: 9/12/14 or, “Meeting Those Threats with Strength and Resolve”
September 11, 2014 | 4:03 | Public Domain
This week the President concluded a summit in Wales with NATO allies, hosted a White House meeting with Congressional leadership on foreign policy, addressed the nation in primetime and commemorated the 13th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
President Obama speaks at the September 11th Observance Ceremony
September 11, 2014 | 20:23 | Public Domain
On September 11, 2014, President Obama and the First Lady attended the September 11th Observance Ceremony at the Pentagon, to mark the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in 2001.