Darrell Issa Is Concerned Over White House Security. We NOW Have The Next Scandal/Oversight Committee Investigation.


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Armed Intruder At The White House Got To East Room…And Lives.

 

From The New York Times:

 

SEPT. 29, 2014

 

Omar J. Gonzalez, who jumped the White House fence this month, reportedly got as far as the entrance to the Green Room before being stopped. CreditMichael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency

WASHINGTON — An armed man who jumped the White House fence this month made it far deeper into the mansion than previously disclosed, overpowering a Secret Service agent inside the North Portico entrance and running through the ceremonial East Room before he was tackled, according to a member of Congress familiar with the details of the incident.

The man, Omar J. Gonzalez, who had a knife, was stopped as he tried to enter the Green Room, a parlor used for receptions and teas, said the congressman, Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah, the Republican chairman of a subcommittee looking into the security breach. Earlier, Secret Service officials indicated that Mr. Gonzalez, 42, had only made it steps inside the North Portico after running through the door.

Route Taken by the White House Intruder

 

The intruder who jumped the fence this month made it to several rooms inside the White House.

 

The hearing is set to focus on a series of security embarrassments over the last several years, including a breach that occurred when a couple crashed a state dinner in 2009, a 2011 incident when bullets struck the White House, scandals involving drinking and prostitution on overseas trips in 2012 and 2013, and 16 separate cases of people scaling the White House fence in the last five years. Ms. Pierson became director in 2013.

According to a law enforcement official briefed on the current investigation, uniformed Secret Service officers at the White House failed to follow several of the agency’s protocols. Although the protocols call for an officer to be standing outside the North Portico door, there was no officer there as Mr. Gonzalez made his way up the steps. The officer who was stationed inside the door failed to lock it after an alarm was sounded that someone had jumped over the fence, the official said.

“At all times there is supposed to be someone at the outside and the inside of the door,” the official said. “The intruder was running so fast that he gets right past the woman who didn’t lock the door. She tries to catch him, and eventually she and another officer tackle the man to the ground, but by that time he was pretty far in.”

It has been unheard of in recent decades for an intruder to force his way into the White House, even if only a few steps inside what is supposed to be one of the most secure buildings in the world. Officials in Washington were stunned that Mr. Gonzalez was able to pass by the staircase that leads to the White House family quarters and get as far as the East Room, the ballroom where the cellist Pablo Casals played for President John F. Kennedy and where President Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden.

Mr. Chaffetz said that Mr. Gonzalez ran from the north front of the White House into the Entrance Hall and then into the 80-foot-long East Room, where he was finally stopped by Secret Service officers at a Green Room entrance near the south side of the mansion. The Obama family was not home at the time.

In addition, Mr. Chaffetz said a system designed to alert agents that a breach of security was in progress apparently did not work as intended, allowing Mr. Gonzalez to surprise the officer at the door. Mr. Chaffetz said that he was told the “crash box” had been silenced or muted at the request of White House ushers, who had complained the boxes were too noisy.

“It’s an astounding set of facts,” said Representative Gerald E. Connolly of Virginia, a Democratic member of the committee. “It just boggles the imagination and is deeply destabilizing in terms of public confidence in the Secret Service and how it is carrying out its mission.”

The new details are strikingly different from what Secret Service officials first said happened on Sept. 19, the day Mr. Gonzalez breached the building. In a statement on Sept. 20, the agency said Mr. Gonzalez “was physically apprehended after entering the White House North Portico doors” — leaving the impression that Secret Service officers tackled Mr. Gonzalez just steps after he opened the door and walked through. Secret Service officials said nothing in their public comments to suggest otherwise.

In its initial briefings, the Secret Service did not inform the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the agency, that the intruder had made it so far inside the White House, according to an official familiar with the conversations. But the official said that until a final investigation was complete, the department could not confirm or deny the new account.

 

Asked about the new developments on Monday, Mr. Earnest said that the president retained “full confidence” in Ms. Pierson but that the incident was “an issue that the president is obviously concerned about.”

It is unclear when Mr. Obama learned of how far Mr. Gonzalez had penetrated the White House. West Wing officials previously said Ms. Pierson briefed Mr. Obama about the incident during an Oval Office meeting last week, but they would not say what details she disclosed at the time.

On Tuesday, Ms. Pierson will appear before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and will hear from lawmakers in both parties who said they would demand explanations for other breaches as well, including recent revelations about a slow and incomplete response by the Secret Service to the incident in 2011, when a man fired seven shots into the south side of the White House.

 

“Have there been some other serious breaches?” Mr. Chaffetz said. “Absolutely.” He said the 2011 incident was “about as bungled as could possibly be,” but he said lawmakers on the committee have received numerous reports about security breaches that have not yet been made public.

The Washington Post reported that Mr. Obama and Michelle Obama were furious that they had not been made aware of the 2011 incident until days after it happened.

Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, the senior Democrat on the committee, said he would insist that Ms. Pierson explain why Secret Service officials in charge of protection around the grounds of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue appear not to have listened to agents on the ground that night in 2011 who believed shots had been fired at the White House. “I want to know what culture allows that to happen in an organization that is supposed to be the most elite protective agency in the world,” Mr. Cummings said.

 

Secret Service officers stopped Omar Jose Gonzalez last month as he carried a hatchet in front of the White House, but let him go even though he had been arrested this summer in Virginia with a mini-arsenal of semiautomatic weapons, a sniper rifle and a map clearly marking the White House’s location.

Prosecutors on Monday also said Mr. Gonzalez, 42, an Iraq war veteran who on Friday scaled an iron fence and made his way through the front door of the White House before he was apprehended, had 800 rounds of ammunition, two hatchets and a machete in his car when law enforcement officers searched it after Friday’s incident.

A judge on Monday agreed to a request by the prosecutors that Mr. Gonzalez, who is from Copperas Cove, Tex., and believed to have been living out of his car, remain in custody until a hearing next month because he posed a danger to President Obama.

Omar J. Gonzalez, Accused of White House Intrusion, Is Recalled as Good but Troubled Neighbor SEPT. 23, 2014

 

 

The disclosures raised further questions about whether the Secret Service, which has the responsibility for protecting the president, could have prevented the breach into the White House.

Omar Gonzalez, White House Fence-Jumper Gets Far Past Front Door

 

 

 

White House intruder: Omar Gonzalez made it into East Room

 

 

 

Armed White House intruder sparks calls for investigation

 

Published on Sep 23, 2014

Omar Gonzalez, an Army veteran from Texas, made it all the way through the unlocked White House front door with a three-inch knife last Friday before being stopped. The Secret Service immediately increased surveillance and foot patrols, but the incident renewed criticism for the president’s security team and a House hearing was scheduled for next week. Judy Woodruff reports.

 

 

 

White House Security Breach Worse Than Feared

 

Published on Sep 29, 2014

New details of the breach come as a House committee prepares to question the head of the Security Service about the incident.An armed intruder got further inside the White House than previously admitted by the Secret Service, it has been claimed.

 

Omar Gonzalez is said to have run past a female guard at the front door after climbing over a perimeter fence.

 

The 42-year-old then passed a staircase leading to the Obamas’ living quarters on his way to the East Room, where he was apprehended.

 

Republican congressman Jason Chaffetz says his committee was given the information by whistleblowers.

 

The account contrasts sharply with that of a Secret Service spokesman shortly after the incident on 19 September.

 

Spokesman Ed Donovan told The Associated Press that Gonzalez had been arrested just inside the North Portico doors of the White House.

 

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Security guards outside the White House
The Secret Service also said that night the man was unarmed, although it emerged the following day he had a knife on him.

 

He also had hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his car.

 

“I’m worried that over the last several years, security has gotten worse – not better,” Mr Chaffetz said.

 

He said his committee’s request for a briefing on the incident from the Secret Service had been denied.

 

The latest details about the security breach are expected to dominate questioning when Secret Service Director Julia Pierson appears before a House committee today.

 

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Gonzalez was arrested two months ago by state troopers
She has ordered an investigation into the incident and a review of security measures in and around the White House.

 

It has emerged Gonzalez was on the Secret Service radar as early as July when state troopers arrested him in Virginia.

 

They said he had an illegal sawn-off shotgun and a map of Washington tucked inside a Bible with a circle around the White House and other monuments.

 
The troopers also seized a stash of other weapons and ammunition found in his car.

 

Gonzalez was interviewed by the Secret Service but they were unable to hold him and he was released on bail.

 

He was stopped and questioned again on 25 August while walking along the south fence of the White House.

 

He had a hatchet but no firearms, and he was not arrested on that occasion.

 

 

 

Alarming failures of Secret Service

 

 

 

Why did every security layer fail during White House breach?

 

Published on Sep 29, 2014

How was Omar Gonzalez, the man who jumped the White House fence and ran into the mansion, able to breach every layer of security designed to keep intruders out? Judy Woodruff speaks with Carol Leonnig of The Washington Post, who broke stories on the most recent threat, as well as how the Secret Service fumbled the investigation of a 2011 shooting at the White House.

 

 

 

Why was Omar Gonzalez, who got as far inside The White House as The East Room…outside The Green Room,….allowed to live?

 

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Remember Ms. Miriam Carey? 

 

Driver Miriam Carey killed in U.S. Capitol Shooting

 

Published on Oct 3, 2013

Miriam Carey, the woman identified in news reports as the suspect in a shooting incident that left Capitol Hill on lockdown for a brief period Thursday afternoon, and has now reportedly been shot dead by police. Carey, a 34-year-old dental hygienist.

 

Miriam Carey and her 1-year-old girl led Secret Service and police on a harrowing car chase from the White House past the Capitol Thursday, attempting to penetrate the security barriers at both national landmarks before she was shot to death, police said. The child survived.

 

“I’m pretty confident this was not an accident,” said Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier. Still, Capitol Police said there appeared to be no terrorist link. The woman apparently was unarmed. Tourists, congressional staff and even some senators watched as a caravan of law enforcement vehicles chase a black Infiniti with Connecticut license plates down Constitution Avenue outside the Capitol. House and Senate lawmakers, inside debating how to end a government shutdown, briefly shuttered their chambers as Capitol Police shut down the building.

 

 

 

Now Ms. Carey was gunned down miles from The White House, in her car, and she was UNARMED. YET, Omar Gonzalez is allowed to live after gaining access to THE INSIDE OF THE WHITE HOUSE, GETTING AS FAR AS THE EAST ROOM JUST OUTSIDE THE GREEN ROOM. Why is Miriam dead and Omar alive?

 

Miriam Carey: Woman Shot and Killed by Capitol Police After Chaotic Chase from White House

 

 

 

Michael Savage: Congress Applauding The Execution Of Mentaly Ill Mother, Miriam Carey By D.C. Cops

 

Published on Oct 5, 2013

Michael Savage Discusses Killing of “Miriam Carey” by D.C. Cops w/ Black Caller, Fascist Police State Aired on October 4, 2013 – (The Savage Nation) – Michael Savage Discusses Killing of Miriam Carey by D.C. Cops w/ Black Caller, Fascist Police State, Lack of Outrage.

 

 

 

Police State Conditioning: Miriam Carey DC Unarmed Driver Executed

 

Published on Oct 5, 2013

According to authorities, On Thursday, October 3, 2013, Miriam Carey “rammed” a couple of checkpoints near the White House entrance. She then sped away and was chased by police officers who then shot her dead while her 18 month old daughter was in the vehicle. She was unarmed, yet the Congress and the mainstream media have praised the “heroic” action by police in their killing this erratically-driving mother. This is the definition of police state. Everyone living in so much manufactured fear that they will praise the killing of any “terrorist” that steps out of line in any form or fashion.

 

 

 

The Public Execution of Miriam Carey

 

Published on Oct 5, 2013

Miriam Carey was shot and killed by police in Washington D.C. on September 3, 2013 as her one year-old child looked on. Carey was in her car and was afraid to stop for the police. She was shot over a dozen times. Later, the entire assembly of law makers would give a symbolic standing ovation in recognition of the bravery of the Capitol Police. Carey was a dental hygienist from Stamford, Connecticut.

 

 

 

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Someone caucasian please explain to me which of these two cases pose a more imminent danger to The President. How was Omar Gonzalez, the man who jumped the White House fence and ran into the mansion, able to breach every layer of security designed to keep intruders out…allowed to live…..while Ms. Miriam Carey was shot over a dozen times as her one year-old child looked on?

 

If you live in The United States Of AmeriKKKa and believe race does not play a major part in every issue that faces Americans….you are either stupid, ignorant, have your head up your anus or are a flaming blatant racist.

 

If you believe the mindset of the male Unsupreme Court Justices, that racism does not exist in 2014….try being “Black Like Me” for one year. Then return to tell me YOUR experiences.

 

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White House Schedule – July 31, 2014

 

President will sign an Executive Order titled “Fair Pay and Safe Workplace” that will ensure that all hardworking Americans get the fair pay and safe workplaces they deserve. Specifically, the new order will require prospective federal contractors to disclose labor law violations and give federal agencies more guidance on how to consider labor violations when awarding federal contracts. This event in South Court Auditorium is open press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. There will be expanded pool coverage of the President’s remarks.

 

In the evening, the President and First Lady will host “A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation” at the White House to mark the anniversary of the Special Olympics. The President will deliver remarks in the East Room, and the President and the First Lady will attend a concert commemorating the Special Olympics in the State Dining Room. There will be pooled press coverage of this event.

 

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12:00 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

Press Briefing

July 31, 2014 | 48:08 | Public Domain

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

 

 

 

1:20 PM: The President delivers remarks and signs an Executive Order, South Court Auditorium.

 

The President Signs the Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Executive Order

July 31, 2014 | 15:54 | Public Domain

President Obama delivers remarks before signing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Executive Order in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building‘s South Court Auditorium.

 

 

 

3:40 PM: The President delivers remarks, The Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

The President Welcomes a New Secretary to HUD

July 31, 2014 | 10:48 | Public Domain

President Obama joins staff in welcoming Julian Castro as the new Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

 

 

7:25 PM: The President and First Lady host “A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation”; The President delivers remarks, East Room.

 

The President Speaks at Dinner to Celebrate Special Olympics

July 31, 2014 | 9:23 | Public Domain

President Obama delivers remarks at a dinner in celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation.

 

 

 

8:25 PM: The President and First Lady attend a concert commemorating the Special Olympics, State Dining Room.

 

President Obama Attends a Performance Commemorating the Special Olympics

 

 

 

Raw: Obama Gets Hug From Special Olympian

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

During an event at the White House honoring the Special Olympics, President Barack Obama received a hug from Tim Harris, a Special Olympian and owner of a restaurant called Tim’s Place. (July 31)

 

 

 

Raw Video: The President Takes a Walk Down Main Street

 

President Obama traveled to Kansas City, Missouri this week — where he grabbed some BBQ with Americans who had written him letters, and delivered a speech about how he’s working to get things done for hardworking Americans even as Congress chooses not to act to move this country forward.

 

And before he left, the President took a walk down Main Street (literally), spending time with store owners, touring an antique watch shop, and chatting with customers at a local coffee shop.

 

 

Raw Video: The President visits Main Street in Parkville, MO

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

During a trip to Kansas City, Missouri, President Obama took a walk down Main Street — talking with residents and visiting some “mom and pop” shops along the way.

 

 

 

President Obama: “You don’t have time to be cynical. Hope is a better choice.”

 

Published on Jul 30, 2014

President Obama speaks on expanding opportunity for more Americans at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Missouri. July 30, 2014.

 

 

 

Susan E. Rice: Previewing the U.S.- Africa Leaders Summit

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

United States national security Advisor Susan E. Rice previews the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit where President Obama will welcome nearly 50 African heads of state to Washington, as well as leaders from across Africa’s civil society, private sector and faith communities.

 

 

 

World Hepatitis Day 2014

 

Published on Jul 30, 2014

U.S. and international leaders gather at the White House to commemorate World Hepatitis Day, discussing the global impact of viral hepatitis and the importance of public health leadership. July 30, 2014

 

 

 

Save The Babies. Save The Children. It’s Time For Gun Sense In America.

 

Published on May 29, 2014

Common sense gun reforms and responsible gun control laws are needed now. Whose child will be next? How many more have to die? Does your second amendment rights trump my U.S. Constitutional rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness?

 

 

 

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Ann Coulter: we need ‘Netanyahu’ in America, Palestinians killed for associating with terrorists

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

On Fox News Hannity 9/31/2014 over U.S. – Mexico border crisis.

 

 

 

Teen Raped At Keith Urban Concert

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

“A teenage girl was raped at the same Keith Urban show where 20 people got so drunk they were hospitalized, police said.

 

The attack happened in front of a large crowd of other concertgoers on the lawn of the Xfinity Center, an outdoor amphitheater in Mansfield, Massachusetts, on Saturday night, a police statement said.

 

The rape ended when a woman in the crowd pushed the alleged attacker off the victim and he fled, police said.”

 

 

 

Russell Simmons, LL Cool J Visit Youth at Jail

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

A group of young people at a New York City jail complex got some words of encouragement on Thursday from hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and actor LL Cool J. (July 31)

 

 

 

PBS NewsHour | Full Episode | July 31, 2014

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

Thursday on the NewsHour, Attorney General Eric Holder discusses immigration, the death penalty and voter ID laws. Also: A divided Congress struggles to address the border crisis, educators push back on legislation that puts the burden on colleges to investigate sexual assaults, Israel, Hamas and the laws of war, plus a Colorado town makes a musical recovery after a devastating flood.

 

 

 

Democrats Stage Protest Against Boehner’s Lawsuit on the House Floor

 

 

 

Rep Hastings Rips Boehner’s Lawsuit, ‘It’s Red Meat for a Base that Hates Our President’

 

 

 

25 Painfully Disturbing Facts About Human Trafficking

 

Published on Jun 4, 2014

Did you know that there are more slaves today than ever before in history? These are 25 painfully disturbing facts about human trafficking.

 

World Day against Trafficking in Persons … July 30!!

 

 

 

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Speeches and Remarks/Statements and Releases- July 31st, 2014

 

Remarks by the President at HUD

 

Remarks by the First Lady at the National Alliance to End Homelessness Annual Conference

 

Remarks by the President at the Signing of Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Executive Order

 

President Obama Nominates Two to Serve on the United States District Courts

 

Readout of Consultative Meeting with Congressional Leaders on National Security Issues

 

Statement by the Press Secretary

 

Op-ed by First Lady Michelle Obama on McClatchy: Let’s end veteran homelessness once and for all

 

FACT SHEET: Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

 

 

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What Did Barack Do Today™: Foreign Policy Meeting. Executive Order; “Fair Pay & Safe Workplace”. HUD Remarks. “A Celebration of Special Olympics & A Unified Generation” at the White House.


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White House Schedule – July 31st, 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.
 
Afterward, the President and the Vice President will meet with Members of Congress on foreign policy. There will be a photojournalist spray of this meeting in the Cabinet Room.
 
In the afternoon, the President and the Vice President will meet for lunch in the Private Dining Room. This lunch is closed press.
 
Afterward, the President will sign an Executive Order titled “Fair Pay and Safe Workplace” that will ensure that all hardworking Americans get the fair pay and safe workplaces they deserve. Specifically, the new order will require prospective federal contractors to disclose labor law violations and give federal agencies more guidance on how to consider labor violations when awarding federal contracts. This event in South Court Auditorium is open press.
 
Later in the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. There will be expanded pool coverage of the President’s remarks.
 
In the evening, the President and First Lady will host “A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation” at the White House to mark the anniversary of the Special Olympics. The President will deliver remarks in the East Room, and the President and the First Lady will attend a concert commemorating the Special Olympics in the State Dining Room. There will be pooled press coverage of this event.

 

 

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Thursday, July 31 2014  All Times ET

 

10:00 AM
The President and Vice President receive the P
residential Daily Briefing
Oval Office
10:55 AM
The President and Vice President meet with Members of Congress
on foreign policy, Cabinet Room
12:00 PM
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest,
12:30 PM
The President and Vice President meet for lunch
Private Dining Room
1:20 PM
The President delivers remarks and signs an Executive Order
South Court Auditorium
3:40 PM
The President delivers remarks
The Department of Housing and Urban Development
7:25 PM
The President and First Lady host “A Celebration of
Special Olympics and A Unified Generation”; The President
delivers remarks, East Room
8:25 PM
The President and First Lady attend a concert
commemorating the Special Olympics,
State Dining Room

 

 

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July 31, 2014 3:40 PM EDT

President Obama Speaks at the Department of Housing and Urban Development

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July 31, 2014 7:25 PM EDT

President Obama Speaks at “A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation” Dinner

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July 31, 2014 8:30 PM EDT

President Obama Attends a Performance Commemorating the Special Olympics

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July 2014: Photo of the Day

 

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Statements and Releases – July 31st, 2014

 

Statement by the Press Secretary

 

Op-ed by First Lady Michelle Obama on McClatchy: Let’s end veteran homelessness once and for all

 

FACT SHEET: Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

 

 

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The President Speaks in Kansas City, Missouri

July 30, 2014 | 32:09 | Public Domain

President Obama delivers remarks on the economy, at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Missouri.

 

 

 

Jay Carney, Part 1 – David Letterman

 

 

 

Jay Carney, Part 2 – David Letterman

 

 

 

Jay Carney, Part 3 – David Letterman

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks at the Department of Housing and Urban Development

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks at “A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation” Dinner

 

 

 

President Obama Attends a Performance Commemorating the Special Olympics

 

 

 

Cantor Delivers Final Speech as Majority Leader

 

 

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Fractured Lives: Stories of those fleeing Ukraine’s war

 

 

 

Proof The Corporate Elite Are Running Out Of Threats

 

 

 

Why are ‘Women’s Issues’ a Taboo Subject?: Iman Mujahed

 

 

 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Asks About Lack of Private Student Loan Relief Options

 

 

 

Boehner: I Will Not ‘Accept Responsibility’ for Senate Inaction

 

 

Drunks never accept responsibility for jack shit, John.

 

 

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TheObamaCrat Wake-Up Call™ For Monday The 28th Of July, 2014: Washington Summit Fellowship For Young African Leaders.


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White House Schedule – July 28, 2014

 

On Monday, the President will participate in the Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders; the First Lady will deliver remarks and participate in a roundtable later in the week. The three-day Summit will cap off the Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), and give 500 of sub-Saharan Africa’s most prominent young leaders the opportunity to engage with U.S. government officials, entrepreneurs and civil society representatives as well as leaders in international development. In the afternoon, the President will award the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal at the White House. The First Lady will also attend.

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday July 28th, 2014

 

WEEKLY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
MONDAY, JULY 28th, 2014 

 

In the morning, the President will participate in a town hall at the Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. The three-day Summit will cap off the Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), and give 500 of sub-Saharan Africa’s most prominent young leaders the opportunity to engage with U.S. government officials, entrepreneurs and civil society representatives as well as leaders in international development. This event at the Omni Shoreham Hotel is open to pre-credentialed media.

 

In the afternoon, the President will award the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal at the White House. The First Lady will also attend. This ceremony in the East Room will be open press. The recipients of the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal can be found here.

 

Monday, July 28 2014  All Times ET

 

11:10 AM: The President participates in a town hall at the Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Omni Shoreham Hotel.

 

1:00 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

3:05 PM: The President awards the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal; the First Lady also attends, East Room.

 

4:15 PM: The Vice President meets with Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin of Ukraine, The White House.

 

 

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July 28, 2014 1:00 PM EDT

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest

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July 28, 2014 3:05 PM EDT

President Obama Awards the 2013 National Medal of Arts and the National Medal of Humanities Medal

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President Barack Obama to rename Young Africans program for Nelson Mandela

 

A program designed to foster a new generation of young African leaders will be renamed after former South African President Nelson Mandela.

 

President Barack Obama, who has said he was one of the untold millions of people around the world who were inspired by Mandela’s life, is set to announce the name change at a town hall-style event Monday in Washington with several hundred young leaders from across sub-Saharan Africa.

 

The youngsters are participating in the inaugural Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, part of the broader Young African Leaders Initiative that Obama launched in 2010 to support a new generation of leadership there.

 

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WASHINGTON (AP) – A program designed to foster a new generation of young African leaders will be renamed after former South African President Nelson Mandela.

 

President Barack Obama, who has said he was one of the untold millions of people around the world who were inspired by Mandela’s life, is set to announce the name change at a town hall-style event Monday in Washington with several hundred young leaders from across sub-Saharan Africa.

 

The youngsters are participating in the inaugural Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, part of the broader Young African Leaders Initiative that Obama launched in 2010 to support a new generation of leadership there. The fellowship is being renamed as a tribute to Mandela, who died last December at age 95.

 

Obama announced the fellowship during a stop in South Africa last summer. It connects young African leaders to leadership training opportunities at top U.S. universities.

 

In remarks at Monday’s event, Obama also was announcing new public-private partnerships to create more programs for young African leaders, including four regional leadership centers across Africa, online classes and other resources, the White House said.

 

Mandela spent 27 years in jail under apartheid, South Africa’s former system of white minority rule, before eventually leading his country through a difficult transition to democracy. In 1994, he became the first democratically elected leader of a post-apartheid South Africa.

 

This week’s events with the next generation of young African leaders are a lead-in to the inaugural U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, being held Aug. 4-6 in Washington. About 50 African leaders are expected to attend what the White House says will be the largest gathering any U.S. president has held with African heads of state and government.

 

President Obama’s Message to the Young African Leaders Initiative

 

Published on Apr 14, 2014

In a video message, President Obama says that he believes the future of Africa will be defined by extraordinary young people, and that the United States wants partner with them for decades to come.

To learn about existing programs and exciting opportunities in the near future, join the Network here: http://yali.state.gov.

 

 

 

“Africa’s future belongs to its young people… We need young Africans who are standing up and making things happen not only in their own countries but around the world… We want this to be the beginning of a new partnership and create networks that will promote opportunities for years to come.”

 

–President Barack Obama
South Africa, June 2013

 

The Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. Fellowships provide outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. university, and with support for professional development after they return home.

 

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The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

 

On July 28, 2014, in front of 500 exceptional young leaders, President Obama announced the renaming of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in honor of Nelson Mandela. He also announced that the United States intends to double the number of annual participants in the Mandela Washington Fellowship to 1000 by the summer of 2016.

 

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and embodies President Obama’s commitment to invest in the future of Africa.  The first class of Mandela Washington Fellows arrived in June 2014 for six weeks of intensive executive leadership training, networking, and skills building, followed by a Presidential Summit in Washington, DC.  Through this initiative, young African leaders are gaining the skills and connections they need to accelerate their own career trajectories and contribute more robustly to strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa.

 

The Class of 2014

Selected from nearly 50,000 applications, the 500 Mandela Washington Fellows represent the extraordinary promise of an emerging generation of entrepreneurs, activists, and public officials.  Mandela Washington Fellows are between 25 and 35 years old; have proven track records of leadership in a public, private, or civic organization; and demonstrate a strong commitment to contributing their skills and talents to building and serving their communities.  The first class of Fellows represents all 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and includes equal numbers of men and women.  Despite their youth, more than 75 percent of Fellows already hold a mid-level or executive position, and 48 percent have a graduate degree.  Twenty-five percent of Fellows currently work in a non-governmental institution and 39 percent of them operate their own business. Nearly all Fellows are the first in their families to visit the United States.

 

Meet the 2014 Fellows

 

 

 

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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

 

2013 National Humanities Medal

 

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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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On Tuesday, the President will attend meetings at the White House. In the evening, the President will depart for Kansas City, Missouri, where he will remain overnight.

 

On Wednesday, while in Kansas City, the President will deliver remarks on the economy. Further details on the President’s travel to Kansas City, Missouri will be made available in the coming days. In the evening, the President will return to Washington, DC.

 

On Thursday, the President will deliver remarks at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In the evening, the President and First Lady will host “A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation” at the White House to mark the anniversary of the Special Olympics.

 

On Friday, the President will attend meetings at the White House. If there are any changes to The White House Schedule, TheObamaCrat™ will post them.

 

 

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Michelle Obama announces 1MillionVotesFor2014.com

 

Published on Jul 27, 2014

Join Michelle Obama! Sign your name to help us reach 1,000,000 commitments to vote in 2014 at http://www.1MillionVotesFor2014.com

 

 

 

President Obama Participates in a Town Hall for Young African Leaders

 

 

 

The Young African Leaders Initiative

 

Published on Jul 28, 2014

The Obama administration’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. Nearly 1 in 3 Africans are between the ages of 10 and 24, and approximately 60 percent of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35. President Obama launched YALI in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.

 

 

 

President Obama Awards the 2013 National Medal of Arts and the National Medal of Humanities Medal

 

Scheduled for Jul 28, 2014

For more information on the recipients of the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal visit http://wh.gov/lM9og.

 

 

 

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Watch Live: Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

 

Today, President Obama kicks off a three-day Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the flagship program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). The Washington Fellowship gives 500 of sub-Saharan Africa’s most prominent young leaders the opportunity to engage with U.S. government officials, entrepreneurs and civil society representatives, as well as leaders in international development.

 

Watch President Obama’s town hall below — and tune in for events throughout the week with First Lady Michelle Obama, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, and more.

 

Here’s the full schedule:

 

Monday, July 28

  • 9:00am - Welcoming remarks by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
  • 9:15am - Congressional Forum on Investing in the Next Generation of Africa with Coke Roberts, Senator Chris Coons, Senator John Boozman, and Congresswoman Karen Bass
  • 11:30am - Young African Leaders Town Hall with President Obama

 

Tuesday, July 29

  • 9:00am - Plenary session on Entrepreneurial Approaches to Activism, moderated by Sonal Shah, Georgetown University, with panelists Sipho Moyo, the ONE Campaign, Bill Carter, Ashoka, and Washington Fellow Alain Kaposo Chirwisa.
  • 4:00pm - Private Sector and Civil Society Partnership Expo with remarks by Heather A. Higginbottom, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, and Rajiv Shah, Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development.

 

Wednesday, July 30

  • 9:00am - Plenary session on Enabling Inclusive Economic Development, moderated by Michael Froman, U.S. Trade Representative, with panelists Steve Case, Revolution, LLC, Alexa von Tobel, LearnVest.com, and Washington Fellow Tchegoun Adebo Koba.
  • 11:00am - Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama
  • Time TBD - Closing Remarks

 

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Upskill America: Creating Pathways to the Middle-Class

 

This week, the President visited Los Angeles Trade Technical College to deliver a clear message: we need to train more hard-working Americans to fill the jobs our businesses are creating. The President explained:

 

I’m here for every American who works their tail off; who does everything right; who believes in the American Dream and just wants a chance to build a decent life for themselves and their families. You are why I ran for President in the first place. 

 

In his 2014 State of the Union address, the President tasked Vice President Biden with leading a review of job training programs, with the aim of making them more job-driven. That review is complete and earlier this week, the President and Vice President announced significant reforms in the way Federal programs train and retrain workers.

 

As a result of this review, the Administration is kicking off a significant new public-private effort to help hard-working Americans get ahead through an initiative we are calling “upskilling”: working with employers, educators, tech innovators, unions, training providers, cities, states, and non-profits to help turn low-wage and entry-level jobs across the country into stepping stones to the middle class.

 

 Read More.

 

 

Statements and Releases – July 28th, 2014

 

President Obama Announces Another Key Administration Post

 

FACT SHEET: The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

 

BACKGROUND & FACT SHEET: The President’s Young Africa Leaders Initiative (YALI)

 

 

Presidential Actions

 

Presidential Proclamation — World Hepatitis Day, 2014

 

Presidential Proclamation — National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, 2014

 

Presidential Proclamation — Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act

 

Presidential Proclamation — Minority Enterprise Development Week, 2014

 

 

July 2014: Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama talks with Afghanistan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani during a phone call in the Oval Office, July 25, 2014. The President also spoke by phone with the other presidential candidate in the election, Abullah Abullah. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with Afghanistan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani during a phone call in the Oval Office, July 25, 2014. The President also spoke by phone with the other presidential candidate in the election, Abullah Abullah. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The President And The First Lady At The Kids State Dinner.


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First Lady Michelle Obama & her husband, hosts the “Kids State Dinner” in the East Room of the White House. The White House treated more than 50 kid chefs to a “state dinner.” The children earned a seat at the table by whipping up mouth-watering yet healthy meals as part of a nationwide contest sponsored by the food magazine Epicurious and the Education and Agriculture departments

First Lady Michelle Obama & her husband, hosts the “Kids State Dinner” in the East Room of the White House. The White House treated more than 50 kid chefs to a “state dinner.” The children earned a seat at the table by whipping up mouth-watering yet healthy meals as part of a nationwide contest sponsored by the food magazine Epicurious and the Education and Agriculture departments

 

Remarks by the President and the First Lady at the Kids State Dinner

 

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The President and First Lady at the 2014 Kids’ State Dinner

 

Published on Jul 18, 2014

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama deliver remarks at the 2014 Kids’ State Dinner in the East Room of the White House, July 18, 2014.

 

 

 

East Room

12:17 P.M. EDT

 

MRS. OBAMA:  Okay, Braeden.  (Laughter.)  All right, it’s going to be hard.  All right, mister, you’re not supposed to make the First Lady cry.  (Laughter.)

 

Thanks so much.  You guys, let’s give Braeden a big round of applause.  (Applause.)  Well done, young man.  Well done.  And thank you so much, Christy.  Thank you.

 

Okay, this is cool, right?  You guys having a good time?

 

AUDIENCE:  Yes.

 

MRS. OBAMA:  Yes?  Has it been exciting from beginning to end?

 

AUDIENCE:  Yes.

 

MRS. OBAMA:  What’s been the best part so far?

 

AUDIENCE:  You.

 

MRS. OBAMA:  This?  All right, I didn’t cue them on that one.  (Laughter.)  That was a natural response.

 

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Well, I am just delighted to have you guys.  You guys look amazing.  You have dressed so appropriately for the event.  Doesn’t the room look beautiful?  They do such a great job.  And all this stuff was picked out especially for you guys.  It is really an honor to be here.

 

And I want to start by thanking Tanya and all the folks from Epicurious, the entire team, for, year after year, making this event possible.  It is truly the highlight of our lives, and I know that everyone involved really, really gets inspired from this event.

 

And I’m also thrilled about the new Kids and Chefs Cook for Success program that you guys are launching.  And with this effort, you guys are going to take this whole thing to another level.  So I love the fact that, Epicurious, you’re finding ways to step this up every single year.  So thank you, guys, and a big round of applause.  (Applause.)

 

And, of course, to our Delta Airlines team for flying everybody here.  Oh, let’s all go!  Yay!  (Applause.)

 

How many people was it your first trip on an airplane?  Or is everybody old flying pros?  You’ve been flown before, huh?  You haven’t flown before?  Well, that’s awesome.  So did Delta Airlines treat you well?

 

AUDIENCE:  Yes.  (Applause.)

 

MRS. OBAMA:  All right, there you go.  Bob was a little nervous on that question.  (Laughter.)

 

And I want to join Tanya in also thanking all of the family members, the parents, the moms, the dads.  I know we have an aunt or two here, as well.  Thank you all so much for supporting your kids in this passion, and for cooking with them and for putting up with those endless messes in the kitchen.  Who’s a messy cook here?  (Laughter.)  Me, too.  Me, too.  (Laughter.)

 

But I hope you all know that their success is because of your love and your constant encouragement for their creativity.  So we’re just so grateful to all of you grownups who are here with us today, and I hope you’re having a good time, too.

 

But, of course, most of all, I want to recognize our guest of honor, our 54 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winners!  (Applause.)  Congratulations.  (Applause.)  Yes, whoop it up.  Party in the White House.  It’s exciting.  I am so proud of you. The President is so proud of you.  Oh, look at the room out there.  I missed the balloons.  (Laughter.)  We have been working so hard to make this event special for you.

 

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But these kids have been selected.  There were more than 1,500 kids that submitted their recipes for this year’s challenge, and it was not easy to choose just one winner from each state, so this was a competitive experience.  You had to claw your way to the finish line.  (Laughter.)  I hope you didn’t push and shove anyone on the way up to the top.  But you made it. But you’re all here because a panel of distinguished judges agreed that your recipes were the very best.

 

And I want to thank all the judges.  Sam was one of those judges.  (Applause.)  There’s a lot of eating.  Did you taste all 1,500 recipes?

 

MR. KASS:  110 dishes.

 

MRS. OBAMA:  110 dishes.

 

MR. KASS:  That’s a lot.

 

MRS. OBAMA:  Thank you, Sam.  (Laughter.)  Well done.

 

But yours were the most nutritious and the most delicious, all right?  So healthy and good, too, right?  And you guys took very different paths to get here.  Some of you started cooking as a way to bond with your families — and that was true for Genene Wedd.  Hey, Genene, how are you?  From California.  He said, “I love cooking with my mom.  It is fun spending time with her and talking about my day.”

 

And for some of you, cooking is how you celebrate your culture or other cultures you’re interested in.  Lucy Hickerson  — where’s Lucy?  I know I saw Lucy.  Where are you, Lucy?  Lucy is from Kentucky, and she made a pocket with sweet potatoes and kale.  And she describes her dish as a combination of an Indian samosa, a Spanish empanada and an Asian spring roll.  And what Lucy says, “It’s like going around the world in one bite.”  (Laughter.)

 

And some of you like to cook because you’re good at it and hope to make it a career.  That’s why Hannah Foley from Pennsylvania right here -– as she said — she said, “I love to cook and hope to one day be a chef with my own show on the Food Network.”  (Laughter.)  Wait, she’s got a title.  (Laughter.)  It’s called, “H to the F to the Hannah Foley Chef.”   (Laughter.) Yes, that’s been in my head for many days.  (Laughter.)  That’s why I knew it.  H to the F — okay.

 

But no matter how you got to the White House today, you’re all here for one simple reason.  And I think Adrianna Nelson from West Virginia — Adrianna, where are you?  Hi, you.  This is what she said.  She said, “I love to create healthy recipes because I feel great when I eat healthy.”  That’s why you’re here.  Like Adrianna, you all know that what you eat affects how you feel, and how much energy you have, and how well you do at school.

 

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And that’s really why I started Let’s Move.  I did it because I care deeply about the kids in this country.  I really do.  Not just as First Lady, but I’m a mom, I’ve got two kids.  I love them, and I love you all just as much.  So it’s important for me to make sure that the things I do for my girls are the same things that every kid in this country has access to.

 

And that’s why we’ve been working so hard to help families cook healthy meals at home, and to get more grocery stores into our communities, and to get companies to market healthier foods to kids.

 

And most of all, that’s why we’ve been fighting so hard for our new healthy school lunches.  And I have to tell you, and I said this to some of you in the photo line that you all are my inspiration.  Kids like you really do inspire me.  You all represent 54 reasons why we know that we can do so much better by our kids when it comes to eating healthy because the truth is, is that if 8-, 9- and 10-year-old kids can cook and happily eat a healthy, tasty meal, then there is absolutely no reason why we can’t get nutritious food into every school in this country that kids will actually enjoy.  You guys remind me of that every single day.

 

Now, I know that some of you might have friends who want to bring back the junk food in the schools, right?  Because there’s always those kids.  They’re like, give me my junk food back.  (Laughter.)  And I know that in recent months, we’ve even seen grownups, including folks in Congress, trying to undo some of the progress that we’ve made to get healthier food into our schools. And while the vast majority of the schools are doing just fine with these new standards, those few complaining voices happen to be the loudest voices and they’re getting the most attention right now.

 

So here’s what I’m going to ask you to do for this year.  I need you guys to make your voices heard, too.  It’s important.  And don’t be shy.  I want you to speak up, talk to your classmates and your teachers.  Share with them what you’ve learned about healthy eating and cooking, about how to craft interesting things.  Like, Braeden, you might even get your school to test your recipe in the lunchroom for other kids.  Teach them what you know about healthy eating.

 

And also, to the parents, parents play a really important role in what happens on the ground.  And in many instances, parents are way more powerful than people like us in the White House.  So I urge you guys to speak up as well, and to continue speaking up.  Go to those PTA meetings and those school board meetings and tell them what you know and what you’re learning, to make sure that they’re listening to all the voices on this issue.

 

There’s a lot of money involved in feeding our kids at school.  We are currently spending $10 billion a year — did you hear that, $10 billion a year — on our school lunch programs.  So it’s not surprising that there are certain interests that are resisting change and trying to take us back to the old ways of doing business, because for them there’s a lot of money is on the line.  But you all have a right to expect that your hard-earned tax dollars will be spent on food that meets basic nutrition standards.

 

It’s as simple as that.  Because when you are working so hard to prepare nutritious foods at home, I know that you don’t want all that work undone when you send your kids off to school and they’re eating in the lunchroom.  So we can’t afford to stay silent on this issue, because if we do we’re going to wind up right back where we started.  And that’s not acceptable.  Because I know that everyone in this room, at least, and many people around the country know that the food our kids are eating today will affect their health for decades.  We are laying an imprint on our kids with everything they put into their bodies today.  We know so much more about how nutrition and exercise impacts our children’s ability to focus and succeed both in school and in life.

 

And that’s why you guys, as parents, are so passionately supporting your kids on this issue — you know that this is real, this isn’t a joke.  So what I don’t want to have happen is that 20 years from now I don’t want us to be looking back and saying to ourselves, man, we were almost there, we were right on the brink of transforming our kids’ health, but then things got tough and expensive, and then we didn’t stand up and we didn’t speak up, and we gave up too soon.

 

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Our kids deserve better than that.  And they don’t know, but we know — we know better.  All of you kids, like kids across this country, deserve everything that we adults can muster up for you.  I have to tell my kids that every day — I still know more than they do.  (Laughter.)  So when we know better, we have to do better for you.

 

So I hope that you all will serve as ambassadors, okay?  And think about, as Braeden did, how you will pay this forward.  And there are many, many ways you’re going to pay it forward.  There’s no one right answer on how you’re going to do it.  But when you get a chance to do something this special and to come to the White House, and have all this press and all these special things going on, I know for me when I think about my advantages, I think, I have to give that back to somebody else.  That is my obligation.  That’s the price I pay for standing here and hanging out.

 

So I want you to think about what you’re going to do.  I want you to keep talking to other kids about eating healthy.  Help them learn.  Help them try new things.  And you’re going to run into bumps and bruises — I know, Braeden, it must have been hard work starting your new non-profit organization.  I’m sure it wasn’t easy every step of the way, but it was so worth it, right, for the thanks that you get and knowing that you impact the lives of others.

 

So I know each of you can do that in your own special way. And we’re going to do this again next year, so I hope that one of you will be standing here like Braeden, being able to share all the great things that you’ve done over the course of the year.  I can’t wait to see what you guys accomplish.  You all are pretty amazing young people.

 

So I think with that, it’s time to eat, don’t you think?  I’m a little hungry.  I just had fruit for breakfast so I’m really ready to try all these dishes.  (Applause.)  You guys, have a great time.  And I will see you after lunch.  Enjoy.  (Applause.)

 

Wait, wait.  We have a special guest — Braeden knew about this — but another person who likes this event just as much as me, who never gets invited to sit down is the President of the United States.  (Applause.)

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody!  I am not going to hold up the meal — everybody sit down.  (Laughter.)  I just wanted to come by because I love the event.  First of all, we have a lot of state dinners around here.

 

MRS. OBAMA:  We do.

 

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THE PRESIDENT:  They’re not always as cheerful and fun as this.  (Laughter.)  First of all, everybody is older and a little stodgier.  But this is a much hipper crowd.  More colorful outfits — so I like that.  But I also just love seeing young people who are doing wonderful things.  We are so proud of you.  To see the kind of leadership you’re taking and the way that you’ve really thrown yourselves into these projects is just really inspiring.

 

And sometimes people ask me, you know, Mr. President, you have this really tough job and there is always stuff happening all around the world, and how do you keep up with all of it and how do you keep your spirits up?  And my answer is, because I meet young people every day who I know are energetic and are full of great ideas and are going to be continuing to make this country better.  This is one way to do it.  You guys are leaders in your schools and in your communities, and you’re helping to teach folks the importance of good nutrition, the importance of putting good fuel in your bodies so that you’re living healthy, active lives.

 

And by the way, one thing — maybe I shouldn’t say this, but it’s not like our family — including me — don’t have some snacks once in a while — (laughter) — that may not be on the perfect nutrition chart.

 

MRS. OBAMA:  It’s true.  (Laughter.)

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Each of us have our weaknesses, so I’m going to reveal some right now.  Malia, ice cream.  I mean, basically, it’s very hard for her to turn down ice cream.  But she has learned to kind of control herself when it comes to ice cream.

 

MRS. OBAMA:  It’s hard.

 

THE PRESIDENT:  It’s hard, but she still has fun when she does have ice cream.  In fact, the fact that she doesn’t have ice cream every day means when she has it –

 

MRS. OBAMA:  It’s very special.

 

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THE PRESIDENT: — it’s like, hallelujah.  She starts — she is so happy.  (Laughter.)  Sasha — what would you say is Sasha’s pig-out indulgence food?

 

MRS. OBAMA:  She likes sushi.

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Oh, no.  (Laughter.)

 

MRS. OBAMA:  It’s what she’s into.

 

THE PRESIDENT:  She is kind of into sushi right now.  She’s a little — I love sushi, so maybe I had some influence there.  But let’s say — her pies.  She pretty much takes dessert whenever she can.

MRS. OBAMA:  Pie.

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Pie.  She’s like me.  My big thing — chips and guacamole.  (Laughter.)  Basically, if there is a bowl of good chips and guacamole –

 

MRS. OBAMA:  He loses it.

 

THE PRESIDENT:  — I lose my mind.  (Laughter.)  I lose my mind.  And the First Lady — French fries.  (Laughter.)

 

MRS. OBAMA:  But I’m going to say this.  I’m making a vow — I’m going to take a break from French fries.

 

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THE PRESIDENT:  Really?

 

MRS. OBAMA:  Yes.

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Wow, that’s big.  (Laughter and applause.)

 

Now, the reason I make this point is that the question is not can you never have anything — it’s, on a day-to-day basis, at lunches, at breakfast, at dinner, is your basic nutrition something that’s going to make you strong and make you healthy?  And if it is, then having fun food that may not be perfect for you, that’s okay, too.

 

But we’re just all trying to develop good habits.  And the one thing I know about all these young people is they’ve got great work habits, because, otherwise, they wouldn’t have been able to do everything that they’ve done.  They’ve got great habits of caring about other people, because they’re out there spreading the word about what they’re doing.  And as a consequence, I’m really optimistic about what all these great young leaders are going to achieve in the future.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama hugs last year’s winner from Delaware, Braeden Mannering

First Lady Michelle Obama hugs last year’s winner from Delaware, Braeden Mannering

 

So good luck.  Have a great Kids State Dinner — even though it’s technically lunch.  (Laughter.)  Calling it a state lunch — there was a debate about this and we thought –

 

MRS. OBAMA:  It doesn’t work.

 

THE PRESIDENT:  — it doesn’t make sense, because we have state dinners.  So it’s a Kids State Dinner, even though it’s noon.

 

And parents, good job, everybody.  You’ve got great kids.  (Applause.)

 

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Live from the 2014 Kids’ State Dinner

 

 

 

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Tune In: Watch the Kids’ State Dinner Live!

 

 

This morning at 11:25 a.m. ET, we’ll be streaming the 2014 Kids’ State Dinner live from the White House.

 

And you can watch it all right here.

 

More than 1,500 entries were submitted this year, featuring wholesome and tasty ingredients such as squash, ground turkey, salmon, and kale. Watch the winning recipes being selected for the 2014 Kids’ State Dinner below — and tune in to the Kids’ State Dinner live today at 11:25 a.m. ET.

 

 

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