President Barack Obama To Award Medals To Chicago’s Joan Harris, Darlene Hine.


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Obama to award medals to Chicago’s Joan Harris, Darlene Hine

 

By Ms. LYNN SWEET

 

WASHINGTON — On Monday, President Barack Obama will award the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities medals to Chicagoans Joan Harris, a philanthropist and arts patron closely associated with the University of Chicago and Northwestern University historian Darlene Clark Hine.

 

Bios, from the White House….

 

Joan Harris for supporting creative expression in Chicago and across our country. Her decades of leadership and generosity have enriched our cultural life and helped countless artists, dancers, singers, and musicians bring their talents to center stage.

 

Darlene Clark Hine, historian, for enriching our understanding of the African American experience. Through prolific scholarship and leadership, Dr. Hine has examined race, class, and gender and shown how the struggles and successes of African American women shaped the Nation we share today.

 

Complete list of awardees…

 

2013 National Medal of Arts

 

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  • Julia Alvarez, Novelist, Poet, and Essayist, Weybridge, VT
  • Brooklyn Academy of Music, Presenter, Brooklyn, NY
  • Joan Harris, Arts Patron, Chicago, IL
  • Bill T. Jones, Dancer and Choreographer, Valley Cottage, NY
  • John Kander, Musical Theater Composer, New York, NY
  • Jeffrey Katzenberg, Director and CEO of DreamWorks, Beverly Hills, CA
  • Maxine Hong Kingston, Writer, Oakland, CA
  • Albert Maysles, Documentary Filmmaker, New York, NY
  • Linda Ronstadt, Musician, San Francisco, CA
  • Billie Tsien and Tod Williams (receiving individual medals), Architects, New York, NY
  • James Turrell, Visual Artist, Flagstaff, AZ

 

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  • M.H. Abrams, Literary Critic, Ithaca, NY
  • David Brion Davis, Historian, Orange, CT
  • Darlene Clark Hine, Historian, Chicago, IL
  • Anne Firor Scott, Historian, Chapel Hill, NC
  • William Theodore De Bary, East Asian studies scholar, Tappan, NY
  • Johnpaul Jones, Architect, Bainbridge, WA
  • Stanley Nelson, Filmmaker, New York, NY
  • Diane Rehm, Radio Host, Washington, D.C.
  • Krista Tippett, Radio Host, St. Paul, MN
  • American Antiquarian Society, Historical Organization, Worcester, MA

 

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12 Chicago Area Presidential Library Locations Offered In Bids For “The Barack Hussein Obama Presidential Library.”


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12 Sites Offered In Bids For Barack Obama Presidential Library

 

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By Lynn Sweet

 

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle are being offered a dozen sites — from Honolulu to Harlem to Hyde Park and other Chicago locations — for the Obama Presidential Library and Museum. The bids emphasize Obama’s singular place in African-American history and how the facility would trigger economic renewal and community engagement.

 

Seven bidders delivered voluminous proposals by the Monday deadline to the Barack Obama Presidential Foundation, at 300 E. Randolph in Chicago, the offices of Marty Nesbitt, the Obama close friend who is one of the foundation’s leaders.

 

Though no last-minute entrants were expected, the foundation did not want to comment until the midnight deadline expired.

 

The next step is for the foundation and the first family to distill the presentations and decide who advances to the next round, a process that could take several months.

 

The Monday deadline was for submission of a “request for qualifications” document for parties that want to host the library. The designation of proposed sites was the key specific request in the document.

 

The next major emphasis of the RFQ, released on March 20, was that the bids demonstrate how the library could serve as an economic engine and how local organizations would figure into the mix as potential partners.

 

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Toward that end, the University of Illinois at Chicago on Monday bolstered its bid by adding and emphasizing a North Lawndale site — 23 acres boarded by West Fifth Avenue, Roosevelt Road, Kostner Avenue and Kildare Avenue — and a new partner, the North Lawndale Presidential Library Committee. That’s in addition to previously disclosed sites on its West Side campus and at the university’s nearby Medical Center campus.

 

In Washington on Monday afternoon, Alyssa Mastromonaco, an adviser to the Obama foundation and one of Obama’s former deputy chiefs of staff, and Charles Olivier, a foundation staffer, met with UIC officials, a delegation of students and a North Lawndale community representative.

 

Each of the students — a veteran, a Pell grant receipient, a computer science doctoral candidate, a former Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, a Hispanic activist and one studying medicine — told a personal “story” and how it fit into the RFQ theme of “shared destiny.”

 

The RFQ asked respondents to present concepts more than blueprints, though one bidder, representing the Bronzeville community, submitted renderings by the architecture firm HOK of what a structure could look like on a site anchored at the former Michael Reese Hospital site at 2929 S. Ellis.

 

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The UIC bid — which was publically disclosed — used a metaphor of concentric rings to describe its vision. “This is a library understood as a set of flexible rings of diverse character, rings that themselves can be rotated to set up new adjacencies among activities,” the UIC bid said. “The primary question for the Library is not simply where should it go, but rather what can it do?”

 

Developer Dan McCaffery and U.S. Steel submitted a bid for the library for the former U.S. Steel South Works site at 79th and Lake Michigan. His pitch is that the library could help jump-start a renewal of the lagging South Shore communities nearby.

 

McCaffery has no institutional partner — at one time he tried for a deal with the University of Chicago — which he told me on Monday should be considered by the Obamas as a plus, not a minus.

 

“We feel liberated by that because part of our RFQ is we are an institutional-neutral site,” making it easier to form collaborations with all area schools, McCaffery said.

 

The bid from the Bronzeville group drew from the history of Michael Reese Hospital, founded by the Chicago Jewish community but always dedicated to serving all.

 

“While the site has a rich history . . . it has become a blank canvas . . . ready to give back to Chicago once again,” the Bronzeville group said.

 

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In its bid, Columbia University looks at how the library could help spark development adjacent to the its Harlem site.

 

Chicago State University, with two locations at its campus at 95th and King, also devoted much of its bid to how the library could revive its area.

 

The University of Chicago’s bid — which was not disclosed publically — reflected that the school stands ready to partner with Hawaii. While Hawaii is making a bid for the library and museum on an oceanfront site in Honolulu, its fallback is a “presidential center.”

 

Thank you Ms. Lynn Sweet.

 

 

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Remarks by the President at DSCC Dinner — Chicago, IL: “I need a Democratic Senate.” Don’t Forget A Democratic House.


 

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Remarks by the President at DSCC Dinner — Chicago, IL

Private Residence
Chicago, Illinois

8:17 P.M. CDT

 

THE PRESIDENT:  First of all, to Fred and Dan, I’m so grateful for you guys hosting us here today.  I’m trying to remember — was it two years ago or three years ago that I was here?

 

Response from audience:  Two years ago.  And you were here in –

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I’ve been here a lot, I know.  (Laughter.)  I meant most recently.  I have abused Fred’s hospitality for quite some time.  But it is wonderful to be home now that is has warmed up.  (Laughter.)  And it is wonderful to be with a lot of old friends.

 

There are a couple other people I just want to acknowledge real quickly.  Obviously, our Governor Pat Quinn is in the house.  Please give him a big round of applause.  (Applause.)  Pat is doing a lot of hard stuff, and he’s doing it the right way.  And I’m very appreciative for all the efforts that he’s making down in Springfield.

 

We also have two of our finest public servants in the country.  The first has the thankless job of being the chair of the Democratic Senatorial Reelection Committee, and that is our outstanding senator from Colorado, Michael Bennet.  (Applause.)  And the second guy is the person who, upon my election to the United States Senate, essentially taught me everything that he knew and kept me out of trouble, and supported me every step of the way when I ran for President, and has been a great friend and champion on behalf of working families not just in Illinois, but all across the country.  He is a great friend.  I couldn’t be prouder to be associated with him — Dick Durbin.  (Applause.)

 

So the goal here is not for me to give a long speech, because I want to have a conversation with you, but let me just set the context.  A little over five years since I’ve been elected.  We’ve gone from losing 800,000 jobs a month to creating over 9 million jobs.  The unemployment rate has come down.  The housing value has come up.  The stock market — gone up.  Trillions of dollars of wealth restored for families all across the country.  The deficit — you wouldn’t know it always from reading the newspapers — has been cut by more than half.

 

Clean energy — we’ve doubled.  Greenhouse gases — we’ve lowered.  Exports — we’re on track to double.  College enrollment hitting all-time peaks.  High school dropout rates going down.  Latino dropout rates cut in half since 2000.

 

We’ve ended two wars.  We are — or we’ve ended one war and we’re in the process of ending the second.  We’re producing more energy than we ever have before, and we’re importing less foreign oil than we have in close to two decades.

 

So there are a whole bunch of metrics — a whole bunch of measures by which you’d say, indisputably, that we are better off now than we were when I came into office.  And a lot of that has to do with the incredible resilience and grit and hard work of the American people.  And yet, there’s still anxiety all across America.  And some of it is that people still feel the trauma of seeing their home values drop, or their 401(k)s plunge, or losing their job, or seeing a friend of theirs lose their home.  And you don’t shake those things off right away.  It feels as if the ground is less firm under your feet.

 

But a lot of it has to do with the fact that we’ve got trends that have continued over the course of decades in which those of us, frankly, in this room continue to do better and better.  Folks at the top have seen their incomes and their wealth soar.  And ordinary Americans have seen their wages and incomes flat-line at the same time as the costs of everything has gone up.  And so they’re less confident that not only they will be able to retire with some dignity and maintain their standard of living; more importantly, they’re concerned that their kids are not going to be able to match their standard of living and the upward trajectory of their lives — the idea that if you work hard, if you take responsibility in this country, you can get ahead.

 

Now, there are a lot of issues that we face in this country, but nothing is more important than restoring, making real that ideal that if you work hard in this country, you can make it.  And everything I think about every single day that I’m President revolves around that issue, along with keeping the American people safe.  And the problem I’ve got right now is not that we’re on the wrong side of issues.  There’s not an issue out there in which we do not enjoy majority support.  Immigration reform — the majority agrees with us.  Minimum wage — the majority agrees with us.  Equal pay for equal work — the majority agrees with us.  Increasing clean energy — the majority agrees with us.  Invest in education, early childhood education, making college more affordable — folks on our side.  That’s not my problem.  That’s not our problem.

 

Our problem is very simple:  We have a Congress that currently is controlled, at least half of it, by an ideological faction that is not representative of the traditions of the Republican Party as I understood them — maybe because I come from the land of Lincoln.  I thought we believed in investing in infrastructure.  I thought we believed in science.  I didn’t think those were partisan issues.  I thought we believed in education.  But this crowd doesn’t believe in science; doesn’t really believe in investing in our kids to make sure that upward mobility exists; doesn’t believe in climate change; doesn’t think that there’s really a problem in terms of the pay gap between men and women; isn’t interested in providing help for families.

 

They operate on a single theory — which is, if government is dismantled and folks at the top can do more and more without restraint, that everybody else is going to benefit from it.  I don’t know if they actually believe it, but that’s what they say.  And this is not a situation of equivalence where the Democrats are this far-left crazy group and we’re not willing to meet in the middle.  And if you need a better example than that, take a look at a health care law that uses the private sector to encourage people to buy insurance and has brought health care inflation down to its lowest rate in 50 years.  And you would think that I had dismantled the entire free-market system — despite the fact that we now have somewhere between 13 and 15 million people who have insurance now that didn’t have it before.

 

So I need a new Congress.  But at a minimum, I’ve got to have a Democratic Senate.  And that’s why you’re here.  Which leads me to my last point:  If, in fact, people agree with us, why is it so hard for us to get a Democratic Senate and a Democratic House?  Well, part of it is demographics.  I was in Brooklyn with de Blasio — this is right before he was about to be elected — and we were coming from this wonderful school that’s training kids in math and science.  And we’re driving down Brooklyn and crowds are cheering, and we go into this place to buy some cheesecake and people are hugging me — and, oh, my uncle just got on Obamacare and it’s terrific.  And a woman yells out, what can I do to help?  And I said, move to Nebraska!  (Laughter.)  I don’t need 80 percent of the vote in New York City — (laughter) — or Chicago.  But Democrats tend to congregate a little more densely, which puts us at a disadvantage in the House.  Obviously, the nature of the Senate means that California has the same number of Senate seats as Wyoming.  That puts us at a disadvantage.  Gerrymandering in many of these states puts us at a disadvantage.

 

So there are some structural reasons why, despite the fact that Republican ideas are largely rejected by the public, it’s still hard for us to break through.  But the second reason is we have a congenital disease, which is we don’t like voting in midterms.  Our voters are younger, more minorities, more single women, more working-class folks who are busy and trying to get to work, trying to find work.  And oftentimes we opt out during midterms.  If we had the same turnout in 2012 that we had had in 2010, I might have lost.  Instead, of course, we had a very significant and solid victory.

 

So this is pretty straightforward — I need more votes.  I need more people voting to reflect our values and what we care about and our stance on the issues, which, in turn, leads to senators and congressman who then vote on behalf of actually getting stuff done.  A bunch of you, because you’ve known me for a long time, came up and commiserated while we were taking pictures — oh, these folks are so mean and there’s always slinging and hurling stones and arrows at you, and all this.  And I said, you know what, it turns out — maybe I’m from Chicago — I’m a tough guy.  It doesn’t really bother me too much.

 

There is one thing that bothers me, which is when I hear folks saying, oh, you know, if you just play golf with John Boehner more — (laughter) — and we’re just trying harder to be more bipartisan, then we’d get more stuff done.  That’s not the problem.  (Laughter.)  On every issue we are more than happy to sit down in reasonable fashion and compromise.  The problem is not that we’re too mean or we’re too partisan.  The problem is I don’t have enough votes — full stop.

 

The first two years, when we had a Democratic House and a Democratic Senate, we had the most productive legislature since the 1960s, since Lyndon Johnson — more significant, meaningful domestic legislation than any time since Medicare was passed.  House Republicans take over and we now have — you remember Harry Truman with the do-nothing Congress?  This is a less productive Congress than the do-nothing Congress.  (Laughter.)  This Congress makes the do-nothing Congress look like the New Deal.  (Laughter.)

 

So I need everybody to feel a sense of urgency.  That’s what we’re here tonight to talk about.  And whatever else I say, whatever issues you are concerned about, ultimately it translates into math — are we turning out voters who, in turn, produce majorities that allow us to advance the values that we care about.  Everything else is just talk.  And if we don’t feel that sense of urgency in this election, we’re going to have problems.  And if we do, then in the next two and half years we can make as much progress as we did the first two years I was in office.

 

All right.  Thank you very much, everybody.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

 

END
8:32 P.M. CDT

 

 

And The Very Next Morning At Breakfast…..

 

Obama Breakfasts At Old Chicago Favorite

It was an old home kind of Friday for President Obama. The president — and former Chicago resident — had breakfast at a favored old stomping ground, Valois Restaurant in Hyde Park. Obama, who dined with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, ordered two eggs over medium with bacon and hash browns, and then plopped down a pair of $20 bills. “I don’t take free food,” Obama said.

It was a familiar place for Obama. A glass cabinet featured Valois coffee mugs adorned with Obama’s face, while assorted Obama clippings and photos hung on a wall. A separate menu board featured “President Obama’s favorites,” including “N.Y. steak and eggs”; two eggs with bacon or sausage; two pancakes; steak omelet; Mediterranean omelet; and an “all-vegi” egg white omelet.

 

 

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Back home briefly, Obama breakfasts with Illinois governor

 

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After a quick overnight at his Chicago house for the first time in almost a year, the president patronized one of his favorite local haunts, Valois Restaurant, with Gov. Pat Quinn, D-Ill.

 

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call: HuMpDaY The 21st Of May, 2014. Seattle Seahawks. National Monument Designation. Veterans Affairs. Ambassador’s Credentials.


 

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White House Schedule – May 21st, 2014

 

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

 

WEEKEND GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
HuMpDAY, MAY 21st, 2014

 

 

In the morning, the President will meet with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Shinseki and Rob Nabors in the Oval Office to receive an update on the situation at the Department of Veterans Affairs. This meeting will be closed press.

 

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

His Excellency Hassane Mahamat Nasser, Ambassador of the Republic of Chad

His Excellency Budi Bowoleksono, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia

His Excellency Awang Adek bin Hussin, Ambassador of Malaysia

His Excellency Domingos Sarmento Alves, Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

His Excellency Serdar Kilic, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey

His Excellency Ernest Ndabashinze, Ambassador of the Republic of Burundi

His Excellency Hans Peter Wittig, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany

His Excellency Jorge Alberto Milla Reyes, Ambassador of the Republic of Honduras

His Excellency Juan Gabriel Valdes Soublette, Ambassador of the Republic of Chile

His Excellency Omar Arouna, Ambassador of the Republic of Benin

Her Excellency Makurita Baaro, Ambassador of the Republic of Kiribati

His Excellency Farhod Salim, Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan

In the afternoon, the President will welcome the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks to the White House to honor the team and their Super Bowl XLVIII victory. This visit will continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities. This event in the East Room is open to pre-credentialed media.

Later in the afternoon, the President will host an event at the Department of the Interior where he will sign a proclamation establishing the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in south-central New Mexico. This event is pooled for TV and open to limited pre-credentialed media.

 

 

HuMpday May 21st, All Times EDST

 

 

10:45 AM: President Obama Makes a Statement on the VA administration issues,The White House.

 

11:35 AM: THE PRESIDENT participates in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony, Oval Office.

12:45 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

2:10 PM: THE PRESIDENT honors the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks, East Room.

4:10 PM: THE PRESIDENT deliver remarks on the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Designation, Department of Interior.

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May 21, 2014 10:45 AM EDT
President Obama Makes a Statement
The White House, White House LIVE!! Streaming

 

 

May 21, 2014 11:55 AM EDT
Vice President Biden Makes a Statement
Audio Only
Nicosia, Cyprus. White House LIVE!! Streaming

 

 
May 21, 2014 12:45 PM EDT
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
The White House. White House LIVE!! Streaming

 

 
May 21, 2014 12:45 PM EST
President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) Annual Meeting
The White House. White House LIVE!! Streaming

 

 
May 21, 2014 2:10 PM EDT
President Obama Welcomes the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks to the White House
The White House. White House LIVE!! Streaming

 

 
May 21, 2014 4:10 PM EDT
President Obama Speaks on the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Designation
Washington, DC. White House LIVE!! Streaming

 

 

 

The Week Ahead Schedule – May 21st – 23rd, 2014

 

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On Wednesday, 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. Afterward, the President will welcome the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks to the White House to honor the team and their Super Bowl XLVIII victory.

 

 
On Thursday, the President will travel to Chicago, IL to participate in two events for the DSCC. The President will remain overnight in Chicago. Barack is coming home to Chicago next Thursday for fundraisers to benefit the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill. and will remain in the city overnight.

 

 
On Friday, the President will return from Chicago & attend meetings at The White House.

 

 

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President Obama Honors the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks

 

Scheduled for May 21, 2014

The President will welcome the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks to the White House to honor the team and their Super Bowl XLVIII victory. This visit will continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks on the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Designation

 

Scheduled for May 21, 2014

The President will host an event at the Department of the Interior where he will sign a proclamation establishing the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in south-central New Mexico.

 

 

 

The White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show

 

Published on May 20, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the first-ever White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show, followed by a number of celebrity performances and remarks from President Obama, May 20, 2014.

 

 

 

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 Moneygall, Ireland Presidential Visitors Center

 

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A visitor centre named after President Obama, which will focus on his ancestry, will open in two weeks’ time.

It will serve as a welcoming point into the ancestral home of the President and will tell the story of his Irish Ancestry and of that historic trip to Moneygall on 05/23/11 (3 years this Friday).

We will also highlight the other 21 American Presidents with Irish ancestry and many more famous Irish Americans. It will be an Oasis on the M7 Motorway, only 1.5 hours from Dublin.

This centre will be free to visit and I have been tasked with getting memorabilia for the area.

I was wondering if any of The Obama Diary’s followers would like to send us anything connected with President Obama, his 1st election, inauguration and the subsequent election and inauguration, that we could put on display in the centre?

If people are willing to share badges, bumper stickers, newspapers, election posters, etc, we would be delighted.

We understand people would like to keep these items, but maybe if they had duplicates – eg two copies of the same newspaper or magazine – they might consider sending them to me… contact me at @HenryHealy

We want this to be an exciting location with lots for people to see, so hopefully the dedicated The Obama Diary contributors and followers can send something to us for our exhibitions – and when you visit Moneygall, we will ensure you all receive the warmest of welcomes!

Contact me at @HenryHealy Moneygall · facebook.com/henryhealy

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In Nigeria, Commerce Sec. Pritzker on search for kidnapped girls

 

SHINGTON–Commerce Sec. Penny Pritzker, on a trade mission to Nigeria and other African nations, outlined U.S. efforts to find the Nigerian kidnapped girls during a speech in Lagos on Wednesday. “A team is now in place at our Embassy to provide military aid, assist in information gathering, and more,” Pritzker said.

 

In Washington this morning, Rep. Ed Royce R-CA Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, holds a hearing “to examine the Administration’s response to Boko Haram, particularly the terrorist organization’s recent kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian girls.”

 

As the Nigerian government has failed to find the more than 200 girls, abducted from their school, Pritzker discussed the missing girl in the context of international assistance available to the Nigerian government in her remarks.

 

“And I want to address the issue that is on all of our minds. To the north of here in the town of Chibok, hundreds of families are without their daughters today. As a mother of two myself, my heart breaks for these girls and their loved ones and friends,” Pritzker said, according to prepared text of her remarks.

 

“All parents, no matter where they were born or where they reside, hope that their children are always safe, and that their children have the opportunity to realize their dreams. That these young girls were kidnapped while pursuing their education is particularly unsettling, and the world is anxiously awaiting their safe return.

 

“The United States is supporting Nigeria as it works to find and free these young girls. A team is now in place at our Embassy to provide military aid, assist in information gathering, and more. Last weekend, the United States attended a meeting in Paris where President Goodluck Jonathan and the heads of state of the countries bordering Nigeria — Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin — pledged to work together to combat Boko Haram. With them, the U.S., France, the EU and the UK agreed that to prevent violent, extremist groups from making inroads into vulnerable communities, a comprehensive approach to promoting opportunity, inclusion, and security must be implemented in the region. We will help Nigerians do that. Our commitment is long-term; we will stand by Nigerians as they strive to defend and protect their sons and daughters, husbands, brothers, sisters and mothers,” she said.

 

 

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#BringBackOurGirls #BringBackOurDaughters

 

An Open Letter To Nigerian President  Goodluck Jonathan.

 

#BringBackOurGirsl #BringBackOurDaughters: Updates.

 

New Zealanders support Bring Back Our Girls campaign

 

Out Of Maryland, A Cry For Nigeria: ‘Bring Back Our Girls!’

 

‘Bring back our girls’: Dozens rally in downtown Portland for Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram

 

Interview: “Bring back our girls,” UN official says

 

Lawmakers Mull Special Forces to Find Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls

 

Associated Press: Nigeria Opens The Door For Talks With Boko Haram.

 

Nigeria Refuses To Swap Militant Prisoners For Kidnapped Girls. New Video. #BringBackOurGirls.

 

Brand New Boko Haram Video Shows Missing Kidnapped Nigerian Girls. #BringBackOurGirls

 

The Bring Back Our Girls Hashtag Campaign.

 

#BringBackOurGirls #BringBackOurDaughters: The Global Village.

 

Report: Nigerian Military Knew Of Kidnapping Threat Hours Beforehand

#BringBackOurGirls: U.S. Vows To Help Nigeria In The Search For Kidnapped Girls. #BringBackOurDaughters.

 

#BringBackOurGirls: Extremist Islam Is Scared Of Little Girls.

 

Petitioning All World Leaders: Bring Back Nigeria’s 200 Missing School Girls #BringBackOurGirls.

 

#BringBackOurGirls – Part 1

 

#BringBackOurGirls – Part 2

 

#BringBackOurGirls – Part 3

 

 

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The White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show

 

Published on May 20, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the first-ever White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show, followed by a number of celebrity performances and remarks from President Obama, May 20, 2014.

 

 

 

PBS NewsHour  Tuesday, May 20, 2014

 

Published on May 20, 2014

Tuesday on the NewsHour, we look at the Justice Department’s crackdown on Credit Suisse and what it means for other banks. Also: Graduate students serve their communities with poetry, tailoring scientific research to reflect gender differences, examining Apple after Steve Jobs’ death and the telecom industry is reshaped by a mega-merger deal.

 

 

 

 

Statements and Releases/Speeches and Remarks

 

FACT SHEET: Overview of NATO and Bilateral Reassurance Measures in Romania

 

Message to the Senate — Transmitting a Tax Convention with Poland

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 3627

 

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

 

Committee On The Arts And Humanities Announces Expansion Of Turnaround Arts Program

 

FACT SHEET & REPORT: On White House Roundtable on Investing in America

 

President Obama Announces Jennifer Yeager Kaplan as Director of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships

 

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on Additional Humanitarian Assistance for South Sudan

 

 

President Obama Meets with Business Leaders

 

Published on May 20, 2014

During a meeting with business leaders, the President explains that we need to make sure businesses around the world know the benefits of investing in America.

 

 

 

On Board: Travels with the Vice President in Romania, “Carpathian Spring”

 

Published on May 20, 2014

Go on board with the Vice President in Romania as he tours the military exercise “Carpathian Spring”, greets the joint U.S. and Romanian participants and speaks on the international community’s response to Russia’s illegal military intervention and destabilzing actions in Ukraine underscoring the United States’ ironclad commitment to the collective defense of NATO under Article 5 while expressing appreciation for Romania’s contributions to regional and global security. http://www.whitehouse.gov

 

 

 

President Obama Honors the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks

 

Scheduled for May 21, 2014

The President will welcome the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks to the White House to honor the team and their Super Bowl XLVIII victory. This visit will continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks on the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Designation

 

Scheduled for May 21, 2014

The President will host an event at the Department of the Interior where he will sign a proclamation establishing the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in south-central New Mexico.

 

 

 

Remarks by the President at Meeting with Business Leaders

 

Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden to Joint United States and Romanian Participants in Carpathian Spring Military Exercise

 

Presidential Actions

 

Presidential Proclamation — National Maritime Day, 2014

 

Presidential Determination — South Sudan

 

 

Google+ Hangout: The State of Our Climate

 

Published on May 19, 2014

Climate change is one of the biggest threats we face. On Monday at 1pm ET, join EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, and Grist for a #WHClimateChat on the steps we’re taking to reduce carbon pollution, prepare for the impacts of climate change, and build a clean energy economy:http://go.wh.gov/4HHmUE

 

 

 

5/20/14: White House Press Briefing

 

 

 

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In Nigeria, Commerce Sec. Pritzker on search for kidnapped girls

 

SHINGTON–Commerce Sec. Penny Pritzker, on a trade mission to Nigeria and other African nations, outlined U.S. efforts to find the Nigerian kidnapped girls during a speech in Lagos on Wednesday. “A team is now in place at our Embassy to provide military aid, assist in information gathering, and more,” Pritzker said.

In Washington this morning, Rep. Ed Royce R-CA Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, holds a hearing “to examine the Administration’s response to Boko Haram, particularly the terrorist organization’s recent kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian girls.”

As the Nigerian government has failed to find the more than 200 girls, abducted from their school, Pritzker discussed the missing girl in the context of international assistance available to the Nigerian government in her remarks.

“And I want to address the issue that is on all of our minds. To the north of here in the town of Chibok, hundreds of families are without their daughters today. As a mother of two myself, my heart breaks for these girls and their loved ones and friends,” Pritzker said, according to prepared text of her remarks.

“All parents, no matter where they were born or where they reside, hope that their children are always safe, and that their children have the opportunity to realize their dreams. That these young girls were kidnapped while pursuing their education is particularly unsettling, and the world is anxiously awaiting their safe return.

“The United States is supporting Nigeria as it works to find and free these young girls. A team is now in place at our Embassy to provide military aid, assist in information gathering, and more. Last weekend, the United States attended a meeting in Paris where President Goodluck Jonathan and the heads of state of the countries bordering Nigeria — Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin — pledged to work together to combat Boko Haram. With them, the U.S., France, the EU and the UK agreed that to prevent violent, extremist groups from making inroads into vulnerable communities, a comprehensive approach to promoting opportunity, inclusion, and security must be implemented in the region. We will help Nigerians do that. Our commitment is long-term; we will stand by Nigerians as they strive to defend and protect their sons and daughters, husbands, brothers, sisters and mothers,” she said.

 

 

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#BringBackOurGirls #BringBackOurDaughters

 

An Open Letter To Nigerian President  Goodluck Jonathan.

 

#BringBackOurGirsl #BringBackOurDaughters: Updates.

 

New Zealanders support Bring Back Our Girls campaign

 

Out Of Maryland, A Cry For Nigeria: ‘Bring Back Our Girls!’

 

‘Bring back our girls’: Dozens rally in downtown Portland for Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram

 

Interview: “Bring back our girls,” UN official says

 

Lawmakers Mull Special Forces to Find Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls

 

Associated Press: Nigeria Opens The Door For Talks With Boko Haram.

 

Nigeria Refuses To Swap Militant Prisoners For Kidnapped Girls. New Video. #BringBackOurGirls.

 

Brand New Boko Haram Video Shows Missing Kidnapped Nigerian Girls. #BringBackOurGirls

 

The Bring Back Our Girls Hashtag Campaign.

 

#BringBackOurGirls #BringBackOurDaughters: The Global Village.

 

Report: Nigerian Military Knew Of Kidnapping Threat Hours Beforehand

#BringBackOurGirls: U.S. Vows To Help Nigeria In The Search For Kidnapped Girls. #BringBackOurDaughters.

 

#BringBackOurGirls: Extremist Islam Is Scared Of Little Girls.

 

Petitioning All World Leaders: Bring Back Nigeria’s 200 Missing School Girls #BringBackOurGirls.

 

#BringBackOurGirls – Part 1

 

#BringBackOurGirls – Part 2

 

#BringBackOurGirls – Part 3

 

 

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