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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White House Live

 

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July 28, 2014 1:00 PM EDT

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest

The White House,  White House LIVE Streaming

 

 

 

July 28, 2014 3:05 PM EDT

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

The White House,  White House LIVE Streaming

 

 

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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.

 

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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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Where In The World Is Barack™: Oval Office. Roosevelt Room. East Room. State Floor. Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center.


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On Wednesday, the President will have lunch with Israeli President Shimon Peres at the White House.  Afterward, the President will welcome Jimmie Johnson to the White House to honor him for his 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. In the evening, the President will deliver remarks at the League of Conservation Voters Capital Dinner.

 

White House Schedule – June 25th, 2014

 

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HuMpDaY June 25th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE GUIDANCE & SCHEDULE
HuMpDaY June 25th, 2014

 

In the morning, the President will meet with Secretary of Health and Human Services Burwell in the Oval Office; the Vice President will also attend. This meeting is closed press.

 

Later in the morning, the President and Israeli President Shimon Peres will drop by a meeting with American Jewish community leaders. This meeting in the Roosevelt Room is closed press. Following this meeting the President will host President Peres for a working lunch in the Cabinet Room; the Vice President will also attend. The lunch is closed press. Following the lunch, there will be a photojournalist spray in the Oval Office.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will welcome Jimmie Johnson and his Hendrick Motorsports team members to the White House to honor his 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. This event in the East Room is open press.

 

In the evening, the President will meet with the Senate Democrats on the State Floor; the Vice President will also attend. The meeting is closed press.

 

Later in the evening, the President will deliver remarks at the League of Conservation Voters Capital Dinner at the Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center. This event is open to pre-credentialed media.

 

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Wednesday, June 25 2014  All Times ET

 

10:45 AM: The President meets with Secretary of Health and Human Services Burwell; the Vice President will also attend

 

11:30 AM: The Vice President drops by a “Data Jam” as part of his continuing efforts to make the federal workforce and training system more job-driven

 

11:45 AM: The President and Israeli President Shimon Peres will drop-by a meeting with American Jewish community leaders

 

12:20 PM: The President holds a working lunch with Israeli President Shimon Peres; the Vice President will also attend

 

12:45 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest WATCH LIVE

 

1:25 PM: The President meets with Israeli President Shimon Peres

 

2:55 PM: The President welcomes Jimmie Johnson and the Hendrick Motorsports team members to the White House to honor their 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship WATCH LIVE

 

3:00 PM: The Vice President will meet with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore

 

5:00 PM: The President meets with the Senate Democrats; the Vice President will also attend

 

7:10 PM: The President delivers remarks at the League of Conservation Voters Capitol Dinner WATCH LIVE

 

 

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On Thursday, the President will travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

On Friday, the President and First Lady will attend the Marine Barracks Evening Parade in Washington, DC.

 

 

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Speeches and Remarks – June 24, 2014

 

Remarks by the President at the President’s Cup Reception

 

Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice at the White House Forum on Global LGBT Human Rights

 

 

Statements and Releases – June 24th/25th, 2014

 

PROGRESS REPORT: President Obama’s Climate Action Plan

 

FACT SHEET: Advancing The Human Rights Of LGBT Persons Globally

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

 

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

 

 

Dr. Jill Biden, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, and U.S. Ambassador Catherine Russell to Travel to Africa

Dr. Jill Biden will travel to Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sierra Leone from June 30 – July 7, 2014. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Catherine Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, will also travel with Dr. Biden.

 

During their travel, Dr. Biden, Administrator Shah, and Ambassador Russell will highlight how girls’ education and women’s participation in government, the economy, and civil society can accelerate economic development, improve health and educational outcomes, strengthen democratic governance, and foster peace and security. These themes will also be woven throughout the upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit held in Washington, D.C. in early August.

 

Additional details about the trip are forthcoming.

 

 

Presidential Actions

 

Presidential Memorandum — Delegation of Reporting Functions Specified in Section 1206(b) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE

 

SUBJECT: Delegation of Reporting Functions Specified in Section 1206(b) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014

 

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I hereby delegate to the Secretary of State the reporting functions conferred upon the President by section 1206(b) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 (Public Law 113-66).

 

You are authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

 

 BARACK OBAMA

 

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Lupita Nyong’o looks flawless in first beauty ad for Lancôme

 

Lupita Nyong’o is stunning – and her new ad for Lancôme proves this yet again.

 

The beauty brand’s first ad featuring their newest spokesperson released this week and Nyong’o looks radiant with her glowing chocolate-colored complexion.

 

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The Oscar-winning actress became endorsed by the beauty brand in April – and her first ad highlight’s Lancôme’s Teint Idole Ultra 24H foundation, a smooth blemish-free product which is “available in 28 shades for all skintones.”

 

The foundation is being touted as one of the brand’s more diverse products, which provides “endless perfection” for women of almost every complexion.

 

And with the current Vogue magazine cover girl promoting their product, Lancôme seems to be sending a message of appreciation for diversity and consumers of color.

 

 

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Going Where No “We The Geeks” Has Gone Before

 

This afternoon, we’re celebrating the end of National Oceans Month and one year of progress on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan — so we’re diving into ocean science by hearing from an expert living 63 feet below the surface.

 

At 2:00 p.m. ET, the White House and the Weather Channel will host “We the Geeks: SUBMERGED!” to discuss the importance of oceans to our way of life and how oceans both contribute to and are impacted by climate change and weather patterns — with one of our participants streaming live from the ocean floor!

 

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Join pioneers of ocean exploration and experts on weather and climate science on a Google+ Hangout at 2:00 p.m. ET. They’ll share what scientists know about how oceans are the critical engine of the climate and weather we experience above the surface.

 

 

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Senate Democrat: Obama ‘Must’ Come to Congress Before Iraq Military Action

 

Published on Jun 25, 2014

A longtime ally of President Barack Obama says he must come to Congress before taking military action in Iraq, except to secure the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., the former head of the Democratic National Committee, said Obama “must seek congressional approval” before launching military action against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) unless there is a direct and imminent threat to the United States, such as a threat to the U.S. Embassy. There is no such imminent threat now, Kaine said.

 

 

 

Testimony of Mothers

 

Published on Jun 25, 2014

Reverend Heber Brown talks to two mothers who’s sons were murdered in Baltimore.

 

 

 

Shocking 1994 Video Of Dick Cheney Predicting Everything About The Crisis In Iraq

 

Published on Jun 25, 2014

As ISIS bludgeons their way across Iraq, Lee Camp pulls out a video of a 1994 Dick Cheney predicting everything that would happen – which raises the question “Is Cheney a time traveler?”

 

 

 

Boehner considers suing Obama, Not Creating Jobs.

 

Published on Jun 25, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner is considering bringing a lawsuit against President Obama for misusing executive authority.

 

 

 

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President Obama Welcomes NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson to the White House

 

President will welcome Jimmie Johnson and his Hendrick Motorsports team members to the White House to honor his 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks at the League of Conservation Voters Capital Dinner

 

President will deliver remarks at the League of Conservation Voters Capital Dinner at the Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center.

 

 

 

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A Brand New Day™: 2013 Presidents Cup Teams Visit The White House. The Vice President And Dr. Biden Host Reception For The LGBT Community.


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On Tuesday, On this sunny and warm Tuesday President Barack Obama meets with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in the Oval Office. The President will also host the 2013 Presidents Cup Teams at the White House.

 

White House Schedule – June 24, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY June 24th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE GUIDANCE & SCHEDULE
Tuesday June 24th, 2014

 

In the afternoon, the President and Vice President will meet with Secretary of Defense Hagel in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will host the 2013 Presidents Cup Team at the White House. The Vice President will also attend. This event in the East Room is open press.

 

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Tuesday, June 24th,  2014  All Times ET

 

12:00 PM: The Vice President ceremonially swears in Sylvia Mathews Burwell as United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, Roosevelt Room.

 

 

12:45 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

 

4:20 PM: THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet with Secretary of Defense Hagel, Oval Office.

 

 

6:30 PM: THE PRESIDENT hosts the 2013 Presidents Cup Team; THE VICE PRESIDENT also attends, East Room.

 

 

7:00 PM: The Vice President and Dr. Biden host a reception for members of the LGBT Community, Naval Observatory.

 

 

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June 23rd, 2014: Photos of the Day

 

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Speeches and Remarks

 

Remarks by the First Lady During Conversation with Robin Roberts at The White House Working Families Summit

 

Remarks by President Obama at the White House Summit on Working Families | June 23, 2014

 

 

 

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Residents flee the Honduran capital

 

 

 

International microlender brings small business lending to U.S. merchants

 

 

 

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Key races in Mississippi, Oklahoma

 

 

 

The 20th Annual Gay Prom

 

 

 

The Road to Freedom Summer — Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (5/8)

 

 

 

Raw Video: President Obama Stops for Lunch at Chipotle

 

 

Ahead of the Working Families Summit today, President Obama stopped by a local Chipotle in the Woodley Park neighborhood of Washington, D.C. for a burrito bowl, and a conversation with a few working parents.

It was an opportunity for him to hear from Americans balancing the responsibilities of work and family — aided by companies with flexible, supportive policies — and he was “looking forward to comparing notes about changing diapers.”

Policies like paid leave and flexible hours aren’t just smart for parents, they’re smart for business. As President Obama said, “not only do families benefit and children benefit, but the businesses benefit and the economy benefits.”

 

 

 

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On Wednesday, the President will have lunch with Israeli President Shimon Peres at the White House.  Afterward, the President will welcome Jimmie Johnson to the White House to honor him for his 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. In the evening, the President will deliver remarks at the League of Conservation Voters Capital Dinner.

 

On Thursday, the President will travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

On Friday, the President and First Lady will attend the Marine Barracks Evening Parade in Washington, DC.

 

 

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What Did Barack Do Today™ UCONN Huskies. Working Families Summit. Making Student Loans Affordable. Western Governors. Commonsense Immigration Reform.


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What Did Barack Do Today™

 

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

Later in the morning, the President will join nurses from across the country to discuss the importance of passing commonsense immigration reform. This meeting is closed press.

In the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks and sign a Presidential Memorandum on reducing the burden of student loan debt. This event in the East Room is open press.

Following this event, the President will meet with governors of Western States to discuss wildfires via video teleconference. This meeting in the Situation Room is closed press.

Later in the afternoon, the President will welcome the NCAA Champion UConn Huskies Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams to honor the teams and their 2014 NCAA Championships. This event in the East Room is open to pre-credentialed media.

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The UConn Huskies Visit the White House

 

Published on Jun 9, 2014

President Obama welcomes the 2014 men’s and women’s NCAA basketball champion UConn Huskies to the White House, June 9, 2014.

 

 

 

Remarks by the President Honoring NCAA Champions the University of Connecticut Huskies

East Room

4:24 P.M. EDT

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THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, everybody.  (Applause.)  Everybody, have a seat, have a seat.  I’ve just got a few things to say here.  Welcome to the White House, first of all.

AUDIENCE:  Thank you.  (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT:  You’re pleased to be here, aren’t you?  (Laughter.)  I think we should give it up for the men’s and women’s national college basketball champions, the Connecticut Huskies!  (Applause.)  Now, I have to say that, as President, one of my goals has been to eliminate waste and cut out duplicative programs to make things a little more efficient, but this might be carrying things a little too far.  (Laughter.)

We have, as you might expect, some big Huskies fans here today, including some outstanding members of Congress.  I also want to recognize your university president, Susan Herbst — (applause) — your athletic director, Warde Manuel, and Larry McHugh, the chairman of your board of trustees.  Give them a big round of applause.  (Applause.)  And of course, you’ve got a couple of great coaches in what I called when we were meeting back there the grizzled veteran, Geno Auriemma — (laughter) — and the new blood, Kevin Ollie, both in the house.  (Applause.)  I can make that joke now that I’ve got gray hair.  (Laughter.)

Only once before, in 2004, has one school won both the men’s and women’s Division I titles.  And of course, that was who?

AUDIENCE:  UConn.

THE PRESIDENT:  It was UConn.  This is the women’s 9th national title, more than any other women’s basketball team in history.  (Applause.)  For the men, it is their fourth title in the last 16 years, which is twice as many as anybody else during that same span of time.  (Applause.)  Which makes me think, what’s up with you guys?  Why aren’t you sharing?  It is just a remarkable thing what these two programs have accomplished.

Of course, this season the women went a perfect 40-0, won their games by an average of 34 points — so there was not a lot of suspense during their season.  (Laughter.)  In a championship game billed as one of the biggest in women’s basketball history, the Huskies routed the previously unbeaten Notre Dame — and gave me bragging rights — it gave me bragging rights to pick them in my bracket.  This was not hard.  (Laughter.)  I mean, me and 95 percent of the country.  And this marked the 5th time that UConn has finished a season as undefeated national champion.

Of course, a lot of this success belongs to Coach Geno, who has cemented his place as not only a legend in women’s basketball, but one of the best coaches that we’ve ever seen at any level and any sport, period.  (Applause.)  So we are grateful to have you.  Congratulations.  (Applause.)

But I think Coach Auriemma would be the first to tell you that the credit goes to the players.  And these were just some outstanding young ladies.  You’ve got Breanna Stewart named the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player two years in a row.  You’ve got Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who overcame injury and illness during the season, and came up big — as she is prone to do — during the tournament.  You’ve got Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley, who went on to become top-10 picks in the WNBA draft.

And Stefanie, I did not forget that you challenged me to a dance-off last year.  It is going to happen.  It is going to happen.  (Laughter and applause.)  Don’t think that I — don’t think that you’re going to beat me on that.  (Laughter.)  I also appreciate that you told the world about it after the title game.  I have daughters in junior high and high school, and for their sake, I will not be dancing too much while the cameras are around.  (Laughter.)

Now, I also have to confess, I did not pick the men to win in my bracket.  (Laughter.)  Of course, neither did anybody else unless you went to UConn.  (Laughter.)  Look at these guys, they’re all raising their hand.  (Laughter.)  Come on now, tell the truth.  We were not counting on Shabazz Napier leading the way as the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, and hitting big shot after big shot and locking down the perimeter defensively.  The Huskies also had huge contributions from guys like Ryan Boatright, DeAndre Daniels, and Neils Giffey, who’s not here because he’s playing overseas.

After the tournament wins over Villanova, Iowa State, Michigan State, Florida, and Kentucky, UConn became the first seven-seed ever to win the title.  (Applause.)   And afterwards, Coach Ollie said, “Somebody told me we were Cinderellas” and I said, “no, we’re UConn” — that’s “what we do, bred to cut down nets.”  That’s Coach Ollie.  He’s always confident and calm and collected.  In fact, a sportswriter once referred to him as “our future President.”  (Laughter.)  I don’t know with a name like “Kevin” whether that’s possible.  (Laughter and applause.)  But who knows, anything could happen.

Now, Coach Ollie is doing one other important thing — he’s making sure his team hits the books as hard as they hit the boards.  And this season, both the men and the women ranked among the nation’s best academically and that’s worth applauding. (Applause.)

Both teams have also done tremendous work in the community.  They’ve raised awareness for cancer and autism.  They’ve volunteered at senior centers, spent time with underprivileged youth.  Coach Ollie and Coach Auriemma spoke at the Pentagon last month as part of our Hoops for Troops program.  And last year, after the tragedy in Newtown, the men put on a clinic for kids at a local rec center — and they asked the media to keep it under wraps so the kids could just have a good time.

Finally, I want to take a moment to single out the women here, because I could not be more proud of the example that they present for my daughters.  They’re showing that just like the boys, girls can be tough, athletic, beautiful, successful, competitive and make fun of me, which is what my daughters do all the time.  (Laughter.)  So thank you guys for the outstanding example.  (Applause.)

Congratulations to your championship Huskies.  (Applause.)  And this really isn’t goodbye probably, because I suspect I’ll see some of these folks again before I leave office.  So let’s strike the podium.  We’ll take some good pictures.  Come on.  And I know we’ve got some jersey presentations here.  Where’s my jersey?  (Laughter.)

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Working Families Summit: A Fatherhood Lead-Up Event

 

Published on Jun 9, 2014

Administration officials welcome working dads, advocates, researchers, businesses, and even a Major League Baseball player to the White House to look at the new challenges dads face balancing career and family, and how extensive workplace flexibility and paid parental leave is a in-win for both businesses and their employees. June 9, 2014.

 

 

 

The Changing Role of Fathers in the Workforce and Family

 

 

As part of the lead-up to the White House Summit on Working Families, we’ve been exploring policies and best practices that help both families and businesses manage the increasingly complicated interaction between work and family-life. Today, Administration officials hosted a discussion—the first of its kind at the White House—on the state of working dads and how businesses can create a win-win culture to enable these fathers to be more involved parents and better employees.

 

The need to rethink workplace policies to work better for parents is not just about working moms or women—working fathers are a key piece of the story as well. As the data compiled by the Council of Economic Advisers on “The Economics of Fatherhood and Work” show, the role of fatherhood has been changing with fathers taking a more hands-on approach to raising children. This change is both cultural and economic, with families responding to the reality of women’s increased role in the labor market. Nearly two-thirds of children now have either two working parents or a single parent who is working, contributing to the trend of father’s increasingly caring for children. Today, one in fourteen fathers with kids under 18 are single parents—a striking seven-fold increase since 1970—and dads are increasingly staying at home when their wives work.

 

Yet most dads, like moms, are trying to balance work and their parenting responsibilities. One in five kids at daycare have a dad identified as the primary caregiver, and most of these dads are employed. Modern dads are spending more time on both childcare and housework while balancing a career. More dads today change diapers, do school pick-up, help with homework, and have to be able to pick up a sick kid from preschool. With more time spent on childcare and housework and little reduction in time spent in the workplace, fathers are increasingly reporting work-life conflict. In a reversal, today’s fathers are more likely to report difficulties balancing work and family than mothers.

 

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These changes suggest the need for policies and best practices, such as paid leave and workplace flexibility, which help mothers and fathers better balance the competing demands of work and caregiving. Research hasshown that these policies can be good for business by helping to recruit talented workers; lowering worker turnover; and boosting morale, worker productivity, and profits. For example, although some businesses were initially concerned about California’s paid leave law before implementation, in a recent survey , more than 90 percent reported no negative effect or a positive effect of the law on profitability, turnover, productivity, and morale. And other studies have shown that flexibility can lead to improved productivityand is correlated with well managed businesses. Investors also see these policies as good for profitability—stock prices rise when businesses announce new family-friendly policies.

 

At today’s event, we heard leading experts, working dads, business leaders, and Administration officials discuss their insights on modern fatherhood and how we can help men balance work and family demands. Our participants—employees and small, medium and large businesses—corroborated the research that shows that flexibility and paid leave policies can be good for business.

 

In the run-up to the working families summit on June 23rd, we look forward to further engaging with experts, businesses, researchers, and other stakeholders to explore strategies that make full use of America’s talent and increase globally competitiveness while ensuring that both mothers and fathers can also be successful parents.

 

 

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FACTSHEET: Making Student Loans More Affordable

 

President Obama declared 2014 a year of action – vowing to use the power of his pen and phone to help ensure that hardworking Americans have the opportunity to succeed. And this week will be no different. With a focus on supporting hardworking Americans and upholding our country’s commitment to provide a quality education for all of our students, the President is again taking action. Today, he will deliver remarks at the White House, announcingnew executive actions to further lift the burden of crushing student loan debt, including a Presidential Memorandum that will allow an additional 5 million borrowers with federal student loans to cap their monthly payments at just 10 percent of their income. A fact sheet detailing these new steps is below.

 

President Obama Speaks on Student Loan Debt

 

Published on Jun 9, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks about the need to make college more affordable, before signing a memorandum outlining new executive actions to support federal student loan borrowers, June 9, 2014.

 

 

 

Remarks by the President on Opportunity for All: Making College More Affordable

1:51 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Everybody have a seat.  Welcome to the White House.  And I want to thank Andy for the terrific introduction.  And this is commencement season, and it’s always a hopeful and exciting time, and I’ll bet we might have some folks who just graduated here today.  Raise your hands.  Let’s see — yes, we’ve got a couple of folks who are feeling pretty good.  (Laughter.)

 

Of course, once the glow wears off, this can be a stressful time for millions of students.  And they’re asking themselves, how on Earth am I going to pay off all these student loans?  And that’s what we’re here to talk about.  And Andy I think gave a vivid example of what’s going through the minds of so many young people who have the drive and the energy and have succeeded in everything that they do but because of family circumstances have found themselves in a situation where they’ve got significant debt.

 

Now, we know, all of you know, that in a 21st century economy, a higher education is the single best investment that you can make in yourselves and your future, and we’ve got to make sure that investment pays off.

 

And here’s why:  For 51 months in a row, our businesses have created new jobs — 9.4 million new jobs in total.  And over the last year, we’ve averaged around 200,000 new jobs every month.  That’s the good news.  But while those at the top are doing better than ever, average wages have barely budged.  And there are too many Americans out there that are working harder and harder just to get by.

 

Everything I do is aimed towards reversing those trends that put a greater burden on the middle class and are diminishing the number of ladders to get into the middle class, because the central tenet of my presidency, partly because of the story of my life and Michelle’s life, is this is a country where opportunity should be available for anybody — the idea that no matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, how you were raised, who you love, if you’re willing to work hard, if you’re willing to live up to your responsibilities, you can make it here in America.

 

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Obama Makes Starbucks Run

 

Published on Jun 9, 2014

President Barack Obama slipped out of the White House for a run to a nearby Starbucks, ahead of the knot of White House reporters who normally accompany him when he leaves the White House grounds. (June 9)

 

 

 

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Readout of the President’s Meeting with Western Governors on Wildfire Preparedness

Today, as part of the Western Governors Association annual meeting, President Obama met with a bipartisan group of western Governors via video-teleconference to discuss wildfire season and associated preparedness efforts. The conversation was a continuation of the dialogue the President began in February when he met with a group of western governors to discuss the complex challenges presented by an increasingly dry future for the West. Due to the drought affecting the western part of the country, the wildfire season in some parts of the West has begun earlier and is expected to last longer than usual. The President expressed his commitment to working closely with the governors as they deal with fires and their devastating impacts. He also reiterated the Administration’s commitment to fund wildfire suppression in a more responsible and effective way, a commitment that was included in his Fiscal Year 2015 budget request.

 

The President and his advisors discussed the outlook for the existing drought and the current fire season, as well as for long-term wildfire trends. They also highlighted progress in providing the best-available science to aid in preparedness and response operations, modernizing wildland firefighting resources like airtankers, and efforts to build resilience to fires by restoring landscapes and forests. The President stated that the Federal Government will continue to look for ways to effectively partner with state and local governments, and that he looked forward to continuing to engage with the governors as they prepare their states for the impacts of a changing climate.

 

The following governors participated in the meeting:

  • Governor Brewer of Arizona
  • Governor Bullock of Montana
  • Governor Dalrymple of North Dakota
  • Governor Daugaard of South Dakota
  • Governor Herbert of Utah
  • Governor Hickenlooper of Colorado
  • Governor Mead of Wyoming
  • Governor Otter of Idaho

 

The following Administration Officials participated in the meeting:

  • Secretary Vilsack, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Secretary Jewell, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Kathryn Sullivan, Acting Administrator of NOAA
  • Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Rhea Suh, Assistant Secretary of Policy, Management and Budget, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology
  • Michael Boots, Acting Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality
  • John Podesta, Counselor to the President
  • David Agnew, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Brian Deese, Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget
  • Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
  • Todd Rosenblum, Assistant Secretary for Homeland Defense and America’s Security Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Craig Fugate, Administrator of FEMA
  • Tom Tidwell, Chief, U.S. Forest Service
  • Louis Uccellini, Assistant Administrator for Weather Services and National Weather Service Director, NOAA
  • Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator, Environmental Protection Agencyn

 

 

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Readout of the President’s Meeting with Nurses on Commonsense Immigration Reform

This morning in the Oval Office, the President met with nurses from across the country to discuss commonsense immigration reform. The President underscored his commitment to passing commonsense immigration reform and highlighted the importance of this issue to nurses and medical professionals. The first line of defense between the suffering of an injured laborer and proper medical treatment is a nurse. By reforming our legal immigration system we can bolster public health by providing immigrant nurses an opportunity to stay in the United States legally and grow their skills, while also attracting the best and brightest immigrants from around the globe to help meet the needs of our growing health care industry.

 

The President reaffirmed he will continue to do what he can to rally supporters because he wants to see immigration reform become a reality. He emphasized that Congress must act to pass commonsense immigration reform and that there is no excuse for House Republicans to continue delaying action. Both the President and the nurses agreed that commonsense immigration reform would benefit communities across the country and boost our economy. The President thanked the nurses for their leadership and for all that they do in their communities.

 

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Presidential Nominations and Withdrawal sent to the Senate

NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:

Jane D. Hartley, of New York, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the French Republic.

 

Cary Douglas Pugh, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court for a term of fifteen years, vice Robert Allen Wherry, Jr., retired.

 

 

WITHDRAWAL SENT TO THE SENATE:

Jeffrey A. Murawsky, of Illinois, to be Under Secretary for Health of the Department of Veterans Affairs, vice Robert A. Petzel, which was sent to the Senate on May 5, 2014.

 

 

6/9/14: White House Press Briefing

 

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Published on Jun 9, 2014

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

 

 

That was a hell of a Monday……

 

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On Tuesday, the President will take to Tumblr in an event at the White House moderated by Tumblr Founder and CEO David Karp. The President will deliver remarks and answer questions from folks across the country on the importance of education, college affordability, and reducing student loan debt.

 

 

On WednesdayPresident Obama will travel to Worcester, Massachusetts to deliver the commencement address at the Worcester Technical High Schoolgraduation ceremony. The President will also attend a DSCC event in the Boston area. Following the event, the President will return to Washington, DC.

 

 

On Thursday, the President will hold a bilateral meeting Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia at the White House; the Vice President will also attend. The two leaders will discuss a range of issues of mutual interest, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Australia’s leadership of the G-20 this year, the future of Afghanistan, and the growing bilateral defense relationship, including the rotation of U.S. Marines through Darwin.  They will also address some of the most serious security issues that confront both Australia and the United States, including Syria, Russia’s actions in Ukraine, North Korea, and the security and stability of the Asia Pacific region. In the afternoon, the President will welcome the WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx to the White House to honor the team and their victory in the WNBA Finals.

 

 

On Friday, the President and the First Lady will travel to the Cannonball, North Dakota area to visit the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Following their visit to Indian Country, the President and the First Lady will travel to Palm Springs, CA.

 

 

On Saturday, the President will deliver the commencement address at University of California, Irvine on the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the UC Irvine campus by President Lyndon B. Johnson. UC Irvine does outstanding work at the undergraduate and graduate level in science and research, humanities, and professional studies, and the President looks forward to speaking with the graduates in June. Following these events, he will return to Palm Springs, CA. The President and the First Lady will return to Washington, D.C on Monday.

 

 

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