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Barack & Michelle & Denzel & “Raisin in the Sun.”


 

By Jueseppi B.

On Thursday, the cast of the Broadway revival of “A Raisin in the Sun” was told that a “high-level official” would be coming to the show the next night....It was The Obama's.

On Thursday, the cast of the Broadway revival of “A Raisin in the Sun” was told that a “high-level official” would be coming to the show the next night….It was The Obama’s.

 

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle along with Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and her friend Ahmad Rashad. took in a show,  “A Raisin in the Sun.” Image the joy & surprise of the cast.

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The South Siders in the White House—President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle—took in a Broadway show on Friday, the revival of “Raisin’ in the Sun,” Lorraine Hansberry’s story of racial animosity a black family faced when they moved into a white South Side Chicago neighborhood.

In Manhattan, the First Couple went to dinner and then to a play dealing with Chicago’s struggle against racial inequality to cap a week where Obama, the nation’s first African-American president delivered a speech to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the 1964 Civil Right Act and a speech to a New York based civil rights group, the National Action Network.

Joining the president and Mrs. Obama for the night out were another South Sider, White House senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and her friend, Ahmad Rashad.

The play draws from Hansberry’s real life experiences when her father moved the family to 6140 S. Rhodes Ave. during an era when Chicago real estate contracts enforced segregation by banning sales to blacks and Jews through the use of restrictive covenants.

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The Hansberry family was met by hostile whites wanting them out of the Rhodes house and uses this painful experience is the center piece of “Raisin in the Sun” which made its Broadway debut in 1959.

(The Rhodes building is now a Chicago literary landmark.)

The revival stars Denzel Washington, Anika Noni Rose, LaTanya Richardson, Bryce Clyde Jenkins, Sean Patrick Thomas and Sophie Okonedo.

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Jarrett told me, “We all thought it was terrific. Entire cast was outstanding. An important play that is timeless. Great history lesson for the younger generation.”

By coincidence, another native South Sider–and a friend of Mrs. Obama–was in the audience, Paul Butler, a law professor at Georgetown University in Washington.

Butler grew up at 95th and Yale St., attended St. Ignatius College Prep then to Yale and Harvard, where he met Michelle Robinson.

“We were friends, in part because we had the Chicago connection.  I haven’t seen her a lot since law school, but I’ve run into her a few times, most recently at campaign events. I had the good fortune to be seated in an aisle and Michelle saw me, said “Hey Paul” and gave me a hug.  That made my year!

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Before the play at the Barrymore Theater started, Butler said “the crowd was beside itself with excitement.

“There was Secret Service all around, and the audience had to go through metal detectors to enter the theater so everyone knew the president was coming but still…to see him and Michelle walk in the room.

The Barrymore Theatrem where The First Couple watched Denzel Washington starred in the play "A Raisin in the Sun"

The Barrymore Theatrem where The First Couple watched Denzel Washington starred in the play “A Raisin in the Sun”

“Everyone stood up and didn’t just applaud, they cheered.  And kept cheering for almost ten minutes. People would stop applauding and then it would start up again.  Broadway theaters are not large amphitheaters, so I think part of it was you felt physically proximate to him.  They kept making an announcement, something like “Out of respect for the actors, ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats.”

“…Although another whole round of squeals started when Denzel first came on stage.  I have to say the play itself was so powerful, both the writing and the acting, that when it started everyone focused on it.  And the presidential party was exceptionally gracious and low key- shaking hands with audience members and they joined in the standing ovation for the actors after the play ended.”

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BUTLER’S POSTSCRIPT

Butler’s family has been in Chicago for generations, a “Chicago classic” story.

“ My mom is a retired public school teacher, my grandfather was a Pullman Porter -his parents were from Mississippi,” Butler said.

“…The play has always been personal for me, growing up in Chicago.  I’ve probably seen seven or eight different productions.

“I always remember Martin Luther King saying Chicago was one of the most segregated cities he had ever seen, and how I didn’t know any white people for the first 13 years of my life, until I went to St. Ignatius.

“I could literally go for days and never see one, except on TV.  My great grandmother lived in a mainly black senior citizens building in Bridgeport, and walking to the store there could be a terrifying experience.

“So I always felt like I knew the consequences of where the family in “Raisin” were moving to, and how much courage it took – courage just to want a better live for your family!  NYC and DC are segregated, but not like Chicago.

“I have a lot of artsy and political friends who would prefer Broadway put on new plays by African-American playwrights and not old dusties like “Raisin,” but when you see it, it feels contemporary, in part because it is so well written, but in part because the issues of inequality and “polite” racial animus are still very much with us.

“The presence of the first African-American president was at once inspiring and sobering.  Inspiring because Walter Lee was a big dreamer, but he probably would never have dreamed of a Black president, just a couple of generations down the road.

“I remember my mom, who was a schoolteacher, would sometimes have to go to a credit union near Cicero, which was famously exclusionary and racist.  I would wait in the car and be scared to death.  So the presence of a Black president, who came into his own in Chicago, was richly satisfying.

“It makes me feel vindicated, somehow.  I kind of felt like his presence rebuked the white guy in the play from the Clyborne Park Improvement Association and the white teenagers who would try to intimidate me in Bridgeport.  But Obama’s presence was also sobering because even with a Black president, we are nowhere near post-racial.  Nowhere near.  That’s the focus of a lot of my scholarship.  That’s why the play doesn’t feel dated.”

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Tickets to watch Denzel Washington on Broadway in “A Raisin in the Sun” are hard to come by, but one man managed it — President Barack Obama.

The only recognition from the cast of their special guests was when Washington tipped his cap in their direction at the curtain call, which was already a standing ovation. The president and his wife went backstage to greet the actors at intermission.

“I’m so glad. I’m so happy that he came to see the show,” said 13-year-old Bryce Clyde Jenkins, who is making his Broadway debut. “It means so much to me that the president took time out from whatever he was doing to come see a show like ours.”

The Obamas took their orchestra section seats to huge applause that was repeated when they left, shaking hands as they went up and down the aisle. The president wore a suit and the first lady wore a sparkly black top and a chic black leather jacket.

There was a 20-minute delay in the beginning of the show when an alarm flooded the theater with a piercing sound. A huge ovation greeted its end. Though asked to put away cellphones, virtually every audience-member whipped them out to take flash shots of the Obamas, lighting up the darkened theater.

 

 

Lorraine Hansberry’s play, set in 1950s Chicago, centers on a struggling working-class black family anxiously awaiting a $10,000 insurance check and the ensuing squabbles over how to spend it. It may touch a chord with Obama, who calls Chicago home and who has a parent from Africa, a strong theme in the play.

 

 

Stephen McKinley Henderson, who only appears in the second act, shook the president’s hand at intermission and was floored by the power of the moment. Michelle Obama, who clearly knew the play, recognized Henderson’s character and asked him if he’d be on stage soon, then gave him a hug. “I’ll never be the same!” Henderson said.

 

 

The Obamas have been big boosters of Broadway during his presidency. Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia have attended performances of “Memphis,” ”Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” ”Sister Act,” ”The Trip to Bountiful,” ”Motown the Musical” and “The Addams Family.” And the first couple saw “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” during a date night in 2009. Michelle Obama and six girlfriends also saw “Fela!” in 2010.

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk to the White House after arriving on the South Lawn, on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Washington. Obama traveled to New York to deliver remarks at a National Action Network event, and attended the play "A Raisin in the Sun" at the Barrymore Theatre. (Credit: AP / Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk to the White House after arriving on the South Lawn, on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Washington. Obama traveled to New York to deliver remarks at a National Action Network event, and attended the play “A Raisin in the Sun” at the Barrymore Theatre. (Credit: AP / Evan Vucci)

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Barack Hussein Obama’s Week Ahead.


 

By Jueseppi B.

US President Barack Obama holds his first Twitter Town Hall

 

 

“NO”vember 4th, 2014, Get Off Yo Ass AND VOTE

 

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DON’T MISS: 10:00 PM EDST today on Showtime (April 13th) Barack discusses climate change on ‘Years of Living Dangerously

 

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About the Series:

This groundbreaking documentary event series explores the human impact of climate change. From the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy to the upheaval caused by drought in the Middle East, YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY combines the blockbuster storytelling styles of top Hollywood movie makers with the reporting expertise of Hollywood’s brightest stars and today’s most respected journalists.

 

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Years of Living Dangerously Premiere Full Episode

 

 

Tune in to a conversation about the impact of climate change on people today, as revealed in Showtime’s new documentary series, Years of Living Dangerously. The series is the brainchild of filmmaker James Cameron (producer of Titanic and Avatar) and features celebrities and high-profile journalists as correspondents raising awareness about the dangers of climate change. World Bank Group President Kim, New York Times Columnist Thomas Friedman, leading global conservation scientist Dr. M. Sanjayan, and World Bank Group Climate Change Envoy Rachel Kyte discuss the documentary series and the climate change issue.

 

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President Obama  Schedule, April 14th – 18th, 2014

 

 

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle have a quiet weekend, returning to the White House late on Friday after a night out in Manhattan with Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and her friend Ahmad Rashad. They had dinner and took in a show,  “A Raisin in the Sun.” The president has nothing official on his schedule on Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk to the White House after arriving on the South Lawn, on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Washington. Obama traveled to New York to deliver remarks at a National Action Network event, and attended the play "A Raisin in the Sun" at the Barrymore Theatre. (Credit: AP / Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk to the White House after arriving on the South Lawn, on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Washington. Obama traveled to New York to deliver remarks at a National Action Network event, and attended the play “A Raisin in the Sun” at the Barrymore Theatre. (Credit: AP / Evan Vucci)

 

 

On Saturday and Sunday, the President has no public events scheduled.

 

 

On Monday, the President will host an Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House.

On Tuesday, the President and the First Lady will mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder at the White House with friends and staff.

On Wednesday, President Obama and Vice President Biden will travel to Leetsdale, Pennsylvania for an event on the economy. Further details on the President and Vice President’s travel to Pennsylvania will be made available in the coming days.

On Thursday, the President will welcome the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House in celebration of the eighth 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.

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.

 

 

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Here are two different ad campaigns about The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES). One ad tells the truth about ObamaCARES…..

 

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Lisa Keller is a mom, triathlete, and lifelong Alaskan. She has health insurance again because of Mark Begich.

 

 

 

 

One tells lies & misinformation about ObamaCARES……can you tell which ad was made by The TeaTardedRepubliCANT Pseudo-Freudian Psycho-Sexual Secret-Whore Pro-caucasian Pro-Racist Anti-LGBTQA1 Anti-Feminist Reich Wing GOPretender Conselfishservative NRA-Gun Loving Nut Bag Party?

 

Bruce Braley & Big Health Insurance — “Special Friends”?

 

Published on Apr 8, 2014

While Iowans are losing coverage due to Obamacare, Congressman Bruce Braley’s friends and special interest donors in the health insurance industry stand to make billions.

It’s time to tell Bruce Braley to stand with Iowans and stop supporting Obamacare.

 

 

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Just because we can never get enough of the magical moments that are The Obama Presidency…..

 

Raw Video: Obama Sings Al Green

 

Published on Jan 20, 2012

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During a speech at a fundraising event in New York Thursday night, President Barack Obama sang while thanking Al Green, who performed earlier at the same event. (Jan. 20)

 

 

 

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Weekly Address: Ensuring Equal Pay for Equal Work

 

Published on Apr 12, 2014

In this week’s address, the President underscores the importance of ensuring equal pay for equal work and highlights the steps his Administration has taken to expand opportunity and narrow the pay gap that exists between men and women.

 

 

 

 

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Mensaje De La Casa Blanca

 

Published on Apr 12, 2014

En el mensaje de esta semana, María Contreras-Sweet, la nueva Administradora de la Administración de Pequeñas Empresas subrayó la importancia de asegurar la igualdad salarial por el mismo trabajo realizado y resaltó los pasos que el Presidente tomó para expandir las oportunidades y reducir la brecha salarial que existe entre los hombres y las mujeres. Esta semana — en el Día de la Igualdad Salarial — el Presidente tomó acción para mayor transparencia y para que sea más fácil reconocer cuando hay discriminación salarial. La Administradora Contreras-Sweet resaltó que la Administración de Obama continuará luchando para la igualdad salarial porque cuando las mujeres tienen éxito, Estados Unidos tiene éxito

 

 

 

 

Holder versus Gohmert, Part One

 

 

 

 

Louie Gohmert v. Eric Holder Round 2

 

 

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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

 

 


 

 

Learn more:

Jay Carney is the White House Press Secretary.

 

 

The Obamas paid a higher tax rate this year, even as their income fell

The Obamas paid a higher tax rate this year, even as their income fell

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When "We The People" Stand Umoja As One....We Become The Big Fish.

When “We The People” Stand Umoja As One….We Become The Big Fish.

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U.S. President Barack Obama gives the keynote speech on the third day of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library

U.S. President Barack Obama gives the keynote speech on the third day of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Thursday The 10th Of April, 2014.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule – April 10th, 2014

In the morning, the President and First Lady will depart Houston, Texas en route Austin, Texas.  The departure from George Bush Intercontinental Airport and arrival at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport are open press.

 

In Austin, the President and First Lady will attend a Civil Rights Summit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. The President will deliver remarks at this event hosted by the LBJ Presidential Library. There will be out-of-town travel pool coverage of the President and First Lady’s tour of an exhibit in the museum, and the President’s remarks will be pooled for TV and open to pre-credentialed stills and correspondents.

 

Following this event, the President and First Lady will depart Austin en route Washington, DC. The departure from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and the arrival on the South Lawn are open press.

 

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Thursday, April 10th 2014 All Times ET

10:50 AM: The President and First Lady depart Houston, Texas. Local Event Time: 9:50 AM. George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
11:30 AM: The President and First Lady arrive in Austin, Texas. Local Event Time: 10:30 AM. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
12:00 PM: The President and First Lady review an exhibit. Local Event Time: 11:00 AM. LBJ Presidential Library – Austin – Texas.
12:50 PM: The President delivers remarks at the Civil Rights Summit. Local Event Time: 11:50 AM. LBJ Auditorium.
2:25 PM: The President and First Lady depart Austin, Texas. Local Event Time: 1:25 PM. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
5:05 PM: The President and First Lady arrive at Joint Base Andrews.
5:20 PM: The President and First Lady arrive at the White House, South Lawn.

 

 

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LBJ Library Civil Rights Summit – Day 1 – Morning Panels (12:30-4:00 pm CDT)

 

Streamed live on Apr 8, 2014

Time: Tuesday April 8, 2014 12:35pm – 1:40pm CST
Panel: Gay Marriage: A Civil Right?

Time: Tuesday April 8, 2014 1:40pm – 2:40pm
Panel: Pathway to the American Dream: Immigration Policy in the 21st Century

Time: Tuesday April 8, 2014 2:40pm – 4:00pm
Panel: Music and Social Consciousness

 

 

 

 

LBJ Library Civil Rights Summit – Day 1 – Evening Panel (6:00-7:30 pm CDT)

 

Streamed live on Apr 8, 2014

Time: Tuesday April 8, 2014 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Panel: Conversation with Former President Jimmy Carter

 

 

 

 

 

LBJ Library Civil Rights Summit – Day 2 – Morning Panels (12:30-4:00 pm CDT)

 

Streamed live on Apr 9, 2014

Time: Wednesday April 9, 2014 12:35pm – 1:40pm
Panel: LBJ and MLK: Fulfilling a Promise, Realizing a Dream

Time: Wednesday April 9, 2014 1:40pm – 2:40pm
Panel: Sports: Leveling the Playing Field

Time: Wednesday April 9, 2014 2:40pm – 4:00pm
Panel: Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement: Views from the Front Line

 

 

 

 

 

LBJ Library Civil Rights Summit – Day 2 – Evening Panel (6:00-7:30 pm CDT)

 

Streamed live on Apr 9, 2014

Time: Wednesday April 9, 2014 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Panel: Address by Former President William Jefferson Clinton

 

 

 

 

Legendary sports figures weigh in at Civil Rights Summit

 

Published on Apr 9, 2014

Two of the greatest athletes of all time who have both been fighting the fight for civil rights since the 60s spoke Wednesday at the Civil Rights Summit at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library.

 

 

 

 

LBJ Civil Rights Summit Google Hangout with President Jimmy Carter

 

Streamed live on Apr 8, 2014

Former U.S. President and humanitarian Jimmy Carter will answer questions about the Civil Rights Summit as well as his new book, A Call To Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.

The public is encouraged to ask President Carter questions in advance on Google+ via https://plus.google.com/events/cadh8u…, or using #SummitHangout on Twitter or Facebook.

http://www.civilrightssummit.org

 

 

 

 

 

LBJ Civil Rights Summit 

 

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Speeches and Remarks

 

Remarks by the President at Joint DCCC/DSCC Dinner

 

Remarks by the President at Fort Hood Memorial Service

 

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Meetings on Workforce Development and Job-Driven Training

 

 

Statement by the President

Today, Senate Republicans overwhelmingly blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act – preventing it from even receiving an honest debate, let alone a simple yes-or-no vote.  The Paycheck Fairness Act is commonsense legislation that would strengthen the 1963 Equal Pay Act and reinforce our country’s commitment to the principle of equal pay for equal work.  Yesterday, I took two actions that will make it easier for working women to earn fair pay, and my Administration will continue to do everything we can to make sure that every hard-working American earns the respect and wages that they deserve on the job.  But Republicans in Congress continue to oppose serious efforts to create jobs, grow the economy, and level the playing field for working families.  That’s wrong, and it’s harmful for our national efforts to rebuild an economy that gives every American who works hard a fair shot to get ahead.

 

 

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The Vice President and Dr. Biden’s Support for Community Colleges and Apprenticeship Programs

 

 

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the 94th Annual Convention of the American Association of Community Colleges in Washington, D.C., April 7, 2014.

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Earlier this week, Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden spoke to 1,500 educational leaders at the American Association of Community Colleges 94th Annual Convention.

 

During the speech, the Vice President recognized that community colleges provide “a trusted pathway to good jobs in the middle class,” and spoke about the importance of matching job openings with skilled workers. The Vice President highlighted the Administration’s work in making higher education more affordable through further investment in Pell Grants and capping federal student loan repayments at 10% of income.

 

Dr. Biden, a lifelong educator and community college teacher, noted that she has visited innovative workforce partnerships at community colleges around the country – and that they are critical to America’s future.

 

Stating that the “very best job training is on-the-job training,” Vice President Biden announced the launch of the Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium.

 

Apprenticeships are some of the strongest and most successful forms of job training with 87 percent of apprentices remaining employed after completing their apprenticeship programs. The Consortium will make it easier for apprentices to receive college credits for their rigorous training that can then be applied to a degree.

 

Noting that 6 out of 10 jobs in the next 10 years are going to require a degree or a certificate beyond high school, Vice President Biden talked about the need to build partnerships between community colleges and local businesses.

 

“There are going to be hundreds of thousands of job openings in industries ranging from advanced manufacturing, to health care, to information technology, to energy,” stated the Vice President.

 

“The middle class has its best shot of growing through all of you,” he said in closing. “You really are the heart of expanding opportunity for millions of Americans.”

 

If you missed the Vice President and Dr. Biden’s remarks, check out some of the coverage from the event:

 

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Biden Announces Drive to Award Credit for Apprenticeships

 

Inside Higher Ed: Apprenticeship as Degree Pathway

 

 

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Eric Holder Snaps at Louie Gohmert ‘Don’t Go There, Buddy!’

 

 

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Whats Wrong With AmeriKKKa, Whats Right With America….In Images.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Just the start? President Obama announces preliminary Affordable Care Act signups. (Nicholas Kamm / AFP/Getty Images / April 1, 2014)

Just the start? President Obama announces preliminary Affordable Care Act signups. (Nicholas Kamm / AFP/Getty Images / April 1, 2014)

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Vice President Joe Biden ceremonially swears in Small Business Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, with her husband Ray Sweet holding the bible, in the South Court Auditorium of the White House, April 7, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Vice President Joe Biden ceremonially swears in Small Business Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, with her husband Ray Sweet holding the bible, in the South Court Auditorium of the White House, April 7, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

“The New Yorker” April 14, 2014 Magazine Cover

“The New Yorker” April 14, 2014 Magazine Cover

President Obama looks over a student’s work as he visits a classroom at Bladensburg High School, Md., April 7

President Obama looks over a student’s work as he visits a classroom at Bladensburg High School, Md., April 7

The Democratic-led U.S. Senate agreed by a voice vote to begin debate on a bipartisan bill to renew expired jobless benefits for 2.2 million Americans.

The Democratic-led U.S. Senate agreed by a voice vote to begin debate on a bipartisan bill to renew expired jobless benefits for 2.2 million Americans.

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama receive a Paralympic and Olympic flag signed by all the Olympians from Alpine Skier Jon Lujan and Ice Hockey forward Julie Chu

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama receive a Paralympic and Olympic flag signed by all the Olympians from Alpine Skier Jon Lujan and Ice Hockey forward Julie Chu

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For April 2nd, 2014. Barack Hits The Road. Again.


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

 

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White House Schedule – April 2nd, 2014

 

President Barack Obama hits Chicago for a few hours on Wednesday to headline two fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee, after a stop in Ann Arbor to rally support to raise the federal minimum wage. Obama is the draw at a roundtable at the Chicago Cut Steakhouse hosted by  Mesirow Financial Chairman and CEO Richard Price where about 25  are expected; the tab is up to $32,400. Later, Obama heads to Lincoln Park for a dinner of about 55 who donated up to $10,000–at the Lincoln Park  home of Craig Freedman and Grace Tsao-Wu, who is an Obama major donor and fund-raiser.

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2nd, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
TUESDAY, April 2nd, 2014

 

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

 

Later in the morning, the President will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan. The departure from the South Lawn and arrival at Willow Run Airport are open press.

 

In Ann Arbor, the President will deliver remarks at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor on raising the national minimum wage. The President’s remarks are open to pre-credentialed media.

 

Following this event, the President will depart Ann Arbor, Michigan en route Chicago, Illinois. The departure from Willow Run Airport and the arrival at Chicago O’Hare International Airport are open press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will attend a DNC event. Following this, the President will deliver remarks and answer questions at a DNC dinner. The first event is closed press, and the dinner is open to the print pool for remarks only.

 

At night, the President will depart Chicago en route Washington, DC. The departure from Chicago O’Hare International Airport and arrival on the South Lawn are open press.

 

 

Wednesday, April 2 2014 All Times ET Except Chicago Event Times

 

 

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

 

 

11:15 AM: THE PRESIDENT departs the White House, South Lawn.

 

 

11:30 AM: THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews.

 

 

12:55:PM: THE PRESIDENT arrives Michigan, Willow Run Airport.

 

 

3:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

 

 3:30 PM EDTFirst Lady Michelle Obama, School Children, and Foodcorps Leaders to Plant Sixth Annual White House Kitchen Garden, The White House.

 

 

4:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT departs Michigan, Willow Run Airport.

 

 

4:00 PM CDST: THE PRESIDENT arrives Chicago, Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

 

 

4:45 PM CDST: THE PRESIDENT attends a DNC event, Chicago Cut Steakhouse, Chicago, Illinois.

 

 

6:55 PM CDST:  THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks and answers questions at a DNC dinner, Private Residence, Chicago, Illinois.

 

 

8:30 PM CDST: THE PRESIDENT departs Chicago, Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

 

 

11:10 PM EDST: THE PRESIDENT arrives Joint Base Andrews.

 

 

11:25 PM EDST: THE PRESIDENT arrives the White House, South Lawn.

 

 

Briefing Schedule

Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest will gaggle aboard Air Force One en route Ann Arbor, Michigan

 

 

 

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Schedule for the Week of April 2nd to April 4th, 2014.

 

On Wednesday, the President will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan for an event on his proposal to raise the national minimum wage.  Following this event, he will travel to Chicago, Illinois to attend DNC events.

 

On Thursday, the President and First Lady will host members of the United States teams and delegations from the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games at the White House.

 

On Friday, the President will host Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa of Tunisia at the White House.  During the meeting, the President looks forward to discussing the commitment Tunisia’s leaders have made to advancing Tunisia’s democracy and how the United States can further support Tunisia’s historic transition.  The leaders will discuss a broad range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest, including U.S. economic, political, and security assistance to support the Prime Minister’s reform agenda and Tunisia’s stability.  Prime Minister Jomaa’s visit is a demonstration of the strong bonds of friendship between the American and Tunisian people, and America’s enduring commitment to Tunisia’s democratic transition. The Vice President will also attend.

 

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President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Affordable Care Act

April 01, 2014 | 18:13 |Public Domain

 

Following the closing of the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, the President delivers remarks in the Rose Garden, announcing that 7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private health coverage.

 

 

 

 

The 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox Visit the White House

April 01, 2014 | 10:53 |Public Domain

 

The President delivers remarks honoring the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox from the White House South Lawn.

 

 

 

 

Catching up with the Curator: Presidential Beards

 

Published on Apr 1, 2014

In the latest installment of “Catching up with the Curator”, White House curator Bill Allman discusses the history of beards at the White House. Learn more at http://WhiteHouse.gov/beards

 

 

 

National Geographic 12… The President’s Photographer

 

Published on Oct 24, 2013

Peter Souza is never far behind President Obama. In fact, sometimes he’s ahead of him. As the President’s chief White House photographer, Souza is the President’s shadow.

With unprecedented access, National Geographic follows the President’s photographer inside the Obama White House–aboard Air Force One, backstage at the State of the Union, and into the heart of the West Wing. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the everyday grit of the American presidency and a chance to see what it’s like to cover the most powerful man in the world–for history. Narrated by Morgan Freeman.

 

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama, School Children & FoodCorps Leaders Plant 6th Annual White House Kitchen Garden.

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama, School Children, and FoodCorps Leaders to Plant Sixth Annual White House Kitchen Garden

 

Washington, DC—On Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 3:30 PM ET, First Lady Michelle Obama will join FoodCorps leaders and local students to plant the White House Kitchen Garden for the sixth year in a row.  In 2009, Mrs. Obama planted a vegetable garden on the South Lawn to initiate a national conversation around the health and wellbeing of our nation—a conversation that evolved into her Let’s Move! initiative.  Since Mrs. Obama launched Let’s Move! in 2010, parents, business leaders, educators, elected officials, military leaders, chefs, physicians, athletes, childcare providers, community and faith leaders, and kids themselves have stepped up to improve the health of our nation’s children.  And thanks to these efforts, we are moving toward a healthier new norm all across the country.

 

This year, Mrs. Obama is inviting the founders of FoodCorps and six FoodCorps service members to join her at the garden planting.  FoodCorps is part of the AmeriCorps Service Network.  This nationwide program is dedicated to teaching children about healthy food, how it grows, and where it comes from, and ensuring they have access to these foods each and every day.  Serving under the direction of state and community partners, FoodCorps members across the country dedicate a year of public service to help children grow up in healthy school food environments.  This fall, FoodCorps plans to serve local DC schools, Cleveland Elementary School, Friendship Public Charter School, and Kimball Elementary School—students from these schools will also be attending the garden planting.  In addition, Mrs. Obama will be joined in the garden by students from Bancroft Elementary School and Harriet Tubman Elementary School, who have been active participants in the White House Kitchen Garden.

 

The following FoodCorps service members will attend the garden planting:

 

  • Eileen Garcia (Woodbridge, CT): Eileen’s service site is a non-profit community farm that is close enough to some of the schools she serves that students can walk there for their lessons.  Her schools include: Ansonia Middle School, Ansonia High School, Mead School, and Prendergast School.

 

  • Whitney Smith (Detroit, MI): Whitney is serving a second FoodCorps service term at the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, where she educates students on gardening, food justice, and nutrition and instructs youth on urban agriculture.  Her schools include: Timbuktu Academy of Science and Technology, Muhammed University of Islam, and Shrine of the Black Madonna Nursery School.

 

  • Greg Beach (Boston, MA): Greg’s service site is City Sprouts, a nonprofit school garden organization that partners with urban public schools to integrate academic and environmental education in schools and neighborhoods.  His schools include: Fletcher Maynard Academy, Tobin Montessori School, King Open School, Vassal Lane Upper School, Cambridgeport School, and Cambridge Street Upper School.

 

  • Tim Williams (Wilmington, NC): At Feast Down East, Tim creates and maintains school gardens, and helps to develop a farm-to-cafeteria campaign and a Chef to School Program.  His schools include: Snipes Academy of Art and Design, Forest Hills Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Rachel Freeman School of Engineering, Supply Elementary, and Town Creek Elementary.

 

  • Sarah Ting (Oakland, CA): Sarah’s service site isOakland Unified School District where she teaches and collaborates with the Farm to School Supervisor on district level procurement for the National School Meal Program.

 

  • Alexis Sangalang (Camden, NJ): Alexis serves with the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids located in Camden, New Jersey.  Her schools include: Holy Name School, E.C.O. Charter School, Early Childhood Development Center Respond, Inc., Center for Family Services, Head Start, and D.U.E. Season Charter School.

 

 

The Past White House Kitchen Garden Projects…..

 

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Speeches and Remarks - April 01, 2014

 

Remarks by the President on the Affordable Care Act

 

Remarks by the President Honoring the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox

 

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Statements and Releases - April 01, 2014

 

Message to the Congress — Iceland and the Fisherman’s Protective Act

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Business Executives from Information Technology Companies

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the House Republican Budget

 

 

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The White House Blog

 

President Obama: “7.1 Million Americans”

 

President Obama Welcomes the Red Sox to the White House

 

7.1 Million Americans Have Enrolled in Private Health Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act

 

Announcing the President’s Council on Beards

 

In Case You Missed It: Vice President Biden Talks About the Need for Immigration Reform

 

Weekly Address: Raise The Minimum Wage – It’s The Right Thing To Do For Hardworking Americans

 

 

 

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April 1st 2014: Photos of the Day

 

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Lined up to see the Prez In Ann Arbor.

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Jay Carney @PresSec is getting ready for the @redsox visit today. Watch out

Jay Carney @PresSec is getting ready for the @redsox visit today. Watch out

President Obama greets @RedSox outfielder Jonny Gomes

President Obama greets @RedSox outfielder Jonny Gomes

Pres Obama with Big Papi @davidortiz

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The selfie....Big Papi definitely had a better angle than me! @davidortiz @RedSox

The selfie….Big Papi definitely had a better angle than me! @davidortiz @RedSox

Thanks to a great Red Sox Fan Pete Souza who took this pic. Great to meet President Obama today. Surreal Day!

Thanks to a great Red Sox Fan Pete Souza who took this pic. Great to meet President Obama today. Surreal Day!

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