Nigeria’s Military Knows Location Of Girls Kidnapped By Boko Haram: Defense Official.


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Nigeria‘s Military Knows Location Of Girls Kidnapped By Boko Haram: Defense Official.

 

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From The Huffington Post & | MICHELLE FAUL:

 

Associated Press Writers Bashir Adigun in Abuja and Will Lester in Washington D.C. contributed to this report.

 

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s military has located nearly 300 school girls abducted by Islamic extremists but fears using force to try to free them could get them killed, the country’s chief of defense said Monday.

 

Air Marshal Alex Badeh told demonstrators supporting the much criticized military that Nigerian troops can save the girls. But he added, “we can’t go and kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back.”

 

He spoke to thousands of demonstrators who marched to Defense Ministry headquarters in Abuja, the capital. Many were brought in on buses, indicating it was an organized event.

 

Asked by reporters where they had found the girls, Badeh refused to elaborate.

 

“We want our girls back. I can tell you we can do it. Our military can do it. But where they are held, can we go with force?” he asked the crowd.

 

People roared back, “No!”

 

“If we go with force what will happen?” Badeh asked.

 

“They will die,” the demonstrators responded.

 

That appeared to leave negotiation the sole option, but a human rights activist close to negotiators said a deal to swap the girls for detained Boko Haram members was agreed last week and then scuttled at the last minute by President Goodluck Jonathan.

 

The activist who is close to those mediating between Boko Haram extremists and government officials said the girls would have been freed last week Monday.

 

Jonathan had already told British officials that he would not consider an exchange. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

 

Nigeria’s military and government have faced national and international outrage over their failure to rescue the girls seized by Boko Haram militants from a remote northeastern school six weeks ago.

 

President Jonathan was forced this month to accept international help. American planes have been searching for the girls and Britain, France, Israel and other countries have sent experts in surveillance and hostage negotiation.

 

A U.S. Defense Department spokesman said the department cannot confirm the reports about the Nigerian girls at this point. The official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the situation, spoke on background.

 

Jonathan’s reluctance to accept offered help for weeks is seen as unwillingness to have outsiders looking in on what is considered a very corrupt force.

 

Soldiers have told The Associated Press that they are not properly paid, are dumped in dangerous bush with no supplies and that the Boko Haram extremists holding the girls are better equipped than they are.

 

Some soldiers have said officers enriching themselves off the defense budget have no interest in halting the five-year-old uprising that has killed thousands.

 

Soldiers near mutiny earlier this month fired on the car of a commanding officer come to pay his respects to the bodies of 12 soldiers who their colleagues said were unnecessarily killed by the insurgents in a night-time ambush.

 

The military also is accused of killing thousands of detainees held illegally in their barracks, some by shooting, some by torture and many starved to death or asphyxiated in overcrowded cells.

 

More than 300 teenagers were abducted from their school in the town Chibok on April 15. Police say 53 escaped on their own and 276 remain captive.

 

A Boko Haram video has shown some of the girls reciting Quranic verses in Arabic and two of them explaining why they had converted from Christianity to Islam in captivity. Unverified reports have indicated two may have died of snake bites, that some have been forced to marry their abductors and that some may have been carried across borders into Chad and Cameroon.

 

Boko Haram — the nickname means “Western education is sinful” — believes Western influences have corrupted Nigerian society and want to install an Islamic state under strict Shariah law, though the population 170 million people is divided almost equally between Christians and Muslims.

 

Thank you The Huffington Post & | MICHELLE FAUL, Associated Press Writers Bashir Adigun in Abuja and Will Lester in Washington D.C. contributed to this report.

 

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It Is Disgusting That Humans Care So Little For The Lives Of Other Humans. Now If These Young Nigerian Girls Were Dolphins, Whales Or Baby Seals….Even Wolves….The Planet Would Be Up In Arms….But These Are Just Little Black Girls.

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Potpourri ♥: France. Blog Updates. Videos. Tweets.


 

By Jueseppi B.

Potpourri

 

President Barack Obama on Friday travels to Normandy for a series of events to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Later, he flies back to the U.S. and returns to the White House.

 

On Board: Travels with the President on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day

 

Published on Jun 6, 2014

President Obama narrates this behind-the-scenes video of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day Commemoration at Omaha Beach in Normandy. http://www.whitehouse.gov

 

 

 

D-Day celebrations overshadowed by Putin-Poroshenko meeting

 

Published on Jun 6, 2014

Western leaders and Russian President Vladimir Putin set aside their differences Friday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Ouistreham, France. Surprising the world, Putin and Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko met and discussed the ongoing crisis. Although the two leaders agreed the bloodshed must end, there is still much ground to be covered before they see eye-to-eye. RT’s Marina Kosareva reports from Ouistreham on the day’s events.

 

 

 

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White House Schedule – June 6th, 2014

 

In the morning, the President will depart Paris, France, en route the Normandy region of France. The departure from Paris Orly International Airport will be pooled press, and the arrival at Caen Carpiquet Airport will be open press. While in Normandy, the President will greet both WWII and post-9/11 U.S. veterans at Omaha Beach. This greeting will be closed press. The President will then deliver remarks at Omaha Beach for the 70th French-American Commemoration D-Day Ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. The President’s remarks are open press. Afterward, the President will tour the observation deck at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial with President Francois Hollande of France. There will be pool coverage of the tour.

 

In the afternoon, the President will participate in a leaders photo and lunch hosted by President Hollande at the Château de Bénouville. The photo is pooled press, and the lunch will be closed press. Afterward, the President will attend the Ouistreham International Ceremony at Sword Beach. This event is open press.

 

In the evening, the President will depart Normandy en route Paris, where he will meet at the airport with employees and family members of the U.S. Embassy to France. The President’s departure from Caen Carpiquet Airport is open press, and the arrival at Paris Orly International Airport is pooled press. The meet with embassy employees and family members is closed press.

 

The President will then depart France en route Washington, DC. The President’s departure from Paris Orly International Airport is pooled press, and his arrival on the South Lawn is open press.

 

President Obama vs Putin in D-Day 70th anniversary

 

Published on Jun 6, 2014

Obama, Putin meet; 1st time since Ukraine crisis
Obama, Putin Spoke On Sidelines Of D-Day Event

 

 

 

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Friday, June 6 2014 All Times ET

 

3:00 AM
The President departs Paris
Local Event Time:

9:00 AM

Pooled Press
3:50 AM
The President arrives Normandy region
Local Event Time:

9:50 AM

Caen Carpiquet Airport – Carpiquet
Open Press
4:20 AM
The President meets with WWII and post-9/11 U.S. veterans
Local Event Time:

10:20 AM

Omaha Beach – Normandy
Closed Press
4:40 AM
The President attends the 70th French-American
Commemoration D-Day Ceremony and delivers remarks
Local Event Time:

10:40 AM

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial – Omaha Beach
Open Press
5:40 AM
The President tours observation deck with President Hollande
Local Event Time:

11:40 AM

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial – Omaha Beach
Pooled Press
7:05 AM
The President arrives Château de Bénouville
Local Event Time:

1:05 PM

Bénouville – Normandy
Travel Pool Coverage
7:15 AM
The President participates in a Leaders Family Photo
Local Event Time:

1:15 PM

Bénouville – Normandy
Travel Pool Coverage
7:25 AM
The President participates in Heads of State Lunch
Local Event Time:

1:25 PM

Bénouville – Normandy
Closed Press
8:55 AM
The President arrives Sword Beach
Local Event Time:

2:55 PM

Sword Beach – Normandy
Open Press
9:00 AM
The President attends the Ouistreham International
Ceremony at Sword Beach
Local Event Time:

3:00 PM

Sword Beach – Normandy
Open Press
11:05 AM
The President departs Normandy region
Local Event Time:

5:05 PM

Caen Carpiquet Airport – Carpiquet
Open Press
12:05 PM
The President arrives Paris
Local Event Time:

6:05 PM

Orly Airport
Pooled Press
12:10 PM
The President meets with embassy staff and
family members
Local Event Time:

6:10 PM

Orly Airport
Closed Press
12:35 PM
The President departs France
Local Event Time:

6:35 PM

Orly Airport
Pooled Press
1:30 PM
The Vice President meets with Hellenic-
American and
Cypriot-American groups to discuss his
recent visit to Cyprus
Eisenhower Executive Office Building
Closed Press
8:30 PM
The President arrives Joint Base Andrews
Joint Base Andrews
Travel Pool Coverage
8:45 PM
The President arrives the White House
South Lawn

 

President Obama’s Complete D-Day Address (June 6, 2014)

 

Published on Jun 6, 2014

President Barack Obama’s complete remarks commemorating the 70th anniversary of the allied invasion of Normandy, France.

 

 

 

President Obama sits on stage with veterans at Normandy American Cemetery at Omaha Beach as he participates in the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Colleville sur Mer

President Obama sits on stage with veterans at Normandy American Cemetery at Omaha Beach as he participates in the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Colleville sur Mer

President Obama and French President Francois Hollande look out over Omaha Beach

President Obama and French President Francois Hollande look out over Omaha Beach

 

 

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A World War Two veteran greets President Barack Obama as they participate in the 70th French-American commemoration D-Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, France on Friday, June 6, 2014

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Jobs Report: U.S. Economy Added 217K Jobs In May, Unemployment Remains Unchanged At 6.3%

 

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Jobs numbers released by The Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday morning were better than what economists were predicting, leading the markets to pick up steam in early trading.

 

Non-farm payrolls added 217,000 jobs in May, slightly above the 215,000 that economists were expecting. The unemployment rate, which is drawn from a different survey of households, remained unchanged at 6.3% and is 0.1% better than the 6.4% consensus.

 

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View from the motorcade of some tower-like structure. It looked like there were many kissing couples nearby.

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Call Your Representative
It’s time for responsible solutions. Call your member of Congress: 888 284-5479.

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Obama honors fallen on D-Day’s 70th anniversary

 

Published on Jun 6, 2014

President Obama pays tribute to D-Day veterans in Normandy, France.

 

 

 

Obama: Obama: We must uphold values soldiers died for

 

Published on Jun 6, 2014

President Obama pays tribute to veterans and the fallen on the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France.

 

 

 

D-Day Veteran: ‘Surrender Not in Our Dictionary’

 

Published on Jun 6, 2014

Exactly 70 years after members of the 29th Infantry Division stormed Omaha Beach under enemy fire, surviving veterans gathered at dawn to reflect on their unit’s sacrifice and to take part in the unveiling of a new statue in their honor. (June 6)

 

 

 

German footage shows D-Day from behind enemy lines

 

Published on Jun 6, 2014

Source: U.S. National Archives – This footage has no audio track.

 

 

 

Hollande: Our nations forged a hope

 

Published on Jun 6, 2014

French president Fracois Hollande reflects upon D-Day and the importance of the French/American alliance.

 

 

 

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Rice: Bergdahl’s side of story matters

 

Published on Jun 6, 2014

National Security Adviser Susan Rice answers questions regarding concerns around President Obama’s foreign policy.

 

 

 

Susan Rice Scolds Media for Trying Bergdahl in ‘Court of Public Opinion’

 

 

 

Teacher gets suspended for teaching kids truth

 

Published on Jun 4, 2014

Alan Barron, a teacher in Michigan, was suspended for teaching kids about Jim Crow racial segregation laws and showing his history class a video that explained blackface. An assistant principle was offended by the video and suspended the teacher of 36 years, who was only a few weeks away from retiring. The Resident discusses.

 

 

 

Secret Service has a new dangerous Twitter plan

 

Published on Jun 6, 2014

The Secret Service just listed a work order for software that can track and analyze Twitter data in a wide variety of ways. Some of them are quite humorous. For instance, they want new software that can detect sarcasm on Twitter, so they can tell who is joking about threatening the President and who really means it. But some of the ways the Secret Service wants to analyze Twitter data are not so funny, including their request to have software that can identify influencers online. The Resident discusses.

 

 

 

Suspect in custody in courthouse shooting

 

Published on Jun 6, 2014

A suspect is believed to be in police custody after a shooting occurred at a courthouse north of Atlanta, Georgia.

 

 

 

‘Cue’-sade: the Campaign for Real Barbecue

 

Published on Jun 5, 2014

A pair of barbecue purists are on a ‘Cue’-sade to educate the public about “faux ‘cue” and promote the tradition of cooking meat with wood.

 

 

BBQ is not BBQ unless done over charcoal or wood…..and with a dry rub, no sauce. Sauce hides the flavor of the meat.

 

 

Statements and Releases – June 6th, 2014

 

FACT SHEET: Overview of U.S. Contributions to Peace and Security in Europe Since WWII

 

FACT SHEET: Normandy Landings

 

President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to Ukraine to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Petro Poroshenko, President-elect of Ukraine

 

 

Speeches and Remarks- June 6th, 2014

 

Remarks by President Obama at the 70th Anniversary of D-Day — Omaha Beach, Normandy

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Thursday The 5th Of June. Belgium Then France.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Thursday

The President will attend G7 meetings on the global economy, and energy and climate issues. Following that, there will be a working lunch on development issues.  In the afternoon, after the G7 Summit is concluded, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom. Then the President will travel to Paris, France. That night, he will have a private dinner with President Hollande before spending the night in Paris.

 

 

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White House Schedule – June 5th, 2014

 

In the morning, the President will participate in a G-7 meeting on the global economy before joining the G-7 leaders for a traditional “family photo.” Following this photo, the President will participate in a G-7 meeting on energy and climate issues and a working lunch on development. The President’s arrival at the European Council – Justus Lipsius Building will be covered by a pre-set pool, there will be a limited pool spray of the first meeting and a travel pool spray of the family photo, the second meeting and working lunch are closed press.

 

In the afternoon, the President will participate in a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom. There will be a travel pool spray of the bilateral meeting, and the press conference is open press.

 

In the evening, the President will travel to Paris, France, where he will have dinner with President François Hollande of France. The departure from Brussels National Airport will be open press, and the arrival at Orly Airport will be pooled press. There will be a travel pool spray of the dinner.

 

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Thursday, June 5 2014 All Times ET

 

3:25 AM: The President arrives at the European Council – Justus Lipsius Building for the 2014 G-7 Summit. Local Event Time: 9:25 AM. Justus Lipsius Building – Brussels.

 

3:40 AM: The President participates in a G-7 meeting on the global economy. Local Event Time: 9:40 AM. Justus Lipsius Building – Brussels.

 

6:00 AM: The President takes part in a working lunch with G-7 leaders on development. Local Event Time: 12:00 PM. Justus Lipsius Building – Brussels.

 

8:30 AM: The President participates in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom. Local Event Time: 2:30 PM. Justus Lipsius Building – Brussels.

 

9:50 AM: The President holds a joint press conference with Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom. Local Event Time: 3:50 PM. Justus Lipsius Building – Brussels.

 

11:05 AM: The President departs Brussels, Belgium. Local Event Time: 5:05 PM. Brussels National Airport.

 

11:55 AM: The President arrives Paris, France. Local Event Time: 5:55 PM. Orly Airport.

 

1:05 PM: The President joins President François Hollande for a dinner. Local Event Time: 7:05 PM.

 

 

 

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The White House Week Ahead.

 

Thursday

The President will attend G7 meetings on the global economy, and energy and climate issues. Following that, there will be a working lunch on development issues.  In the afternoon, after the G7 Summit is concluded, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom. Then the President will travel to Paris, France. That night, he will have a private dinner with President Hollande before spending the night in Paris.

 

Friday

The President will travel to Normandy. He will deliver remarks at Omaha Beach for a French-American commemoration, D-Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery Memorial. In the afternoon, the President will travel to Sword Beach, where he will attend a lunch hosted by President Hollande with the other leaders that the French have invited for the 70th anniversary commemorations. And then he will attend the international ceremony that the French are hosting with all the leaders of the various belligerent countries in World War II. After that, the President will depart France and come home to Washington, D.C. on Friday night.

 

 

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Thursday, June 5

  • President Obama participates in G-7 meetings on economics and energy and climate.
  • President Obama then attends the G-7 leaders working lunch on development.
  • Following the G-7, President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom hold a bilateral meeting.
  • President Obama then departs for Paris.
  • In Paris, President Obama and President Hollande of France have a private dinner.

 

 

 

Friday, June 6

  • President Obama departs Paris for Normandy, France.
  • President Obama and President Hollande participate in a ceremony at the American cemetery close to Omaha Beach, the site of the American landing in Normandy.
  • President Obama then attends a lunch with leaders, hosted by France.
  • Later that afternoon, President Obama attends the official international 70th D-Day commemoration ceremony at Sword Beach, Normandy, and then departs for the USA.

 

After that, the President will depart France and come home to Washington, D.C. on Friday night.

 

 

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Last Surviving ‘code Talker’ Dead at 93

 

Published on Jun 4, 2014

The last surviving member of the ‘code talkers’ — an elite group of Navajo Marines that developed a code using their native language during World War Two — died Wednesday. (June 4)

 

 

 

Working Obama workout Video

 

 

 

Sleezy Politicians Caught Deleting Bergdahl Tweets

 

Published on Jun 4, 2014

“At least three prominent Republicans appeared to offer praise on Twitter for the rescue of American POW Bowe Bergdahl — only to later backtrack, scrubbing their tweets or websites of any mention of the soldier after questions arose over the prisoner swap that freed him.

Republicans have widely criticized the Obama administration for swapping five high-level Taliban prisoners for Bergdahl, who many believe defected from his base because he was unhappy with the U.S. military’s actions in Afghanistan.”

 

 

 

PBS News Hour Wednesday, June 4, 2014

 

Published on Jun 4, 2014

Tonight on the program, we take a look at President Obama’s visit to Europe today and his pledge of support to Ukraine. Also: how a BMW apprenticeship program imported from Germany is training workers to rise through the ranks, silence blankets the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in China and examining Tuesday’s primary results.

 

 

 

Some comedy from two dumbasses: Wolf Blitzer & Marco Rubio….Rubio: Bergdahl swap “endangers Americans”

 

Published on Jun 4, 2014

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida & potential 2016 candidate, slams Pres. Obama for trading Sgt. Bergdahl for Taliban suspects

 

 

 

The First Lady Announces the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness

 

Published on Jun 4, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama announces a new program that aims to end veteran homelessness in the U.S. by 2015. June 4, 2014.

 

 

 

President Obama Meets with President-elect Poroshenko

 

Published on Jun 4, 2014

President Obama and President-elect Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine deliver remarks after a bilateral meeting in Warsaw, Poland, June 4, 2014.

 

 

 

Get ready for the White House Maker Faire on June 18th, 2014

 

Published on Jun 4, 2014

The White House Maker Faire will feature Makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs of all ages who are using cutting-edge tools to bring their ideas to life. These projects will delight and amaze us, and some may very well create industries and jobs of the future.

For more information and to get involved, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/makerfaire and follow #NationofMakers.

 

 

 

President Obama Commemorates 25th Anniversary of Polish Freedom Day

 

Published on Jun 4, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks at an event marking the 25th anniversary of Freedom Day in Warsaw, Poland, June 4, 2014.

 

 

 

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The White House Blog

 

Day 2: The President Wraps Up His Visit to Poland

 

What They’re Saying Around the Country: Support for Commonsense, Responsible Steps to Curb Carbon Pollution

 

The First-Ever White House Maker Faire: Celebrating a Nation of Makers

 

Reddit “Ask Me Anything” with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

 

D-Day Commemorations: Information for Veterans and Invitees

 

Power Africa: Beyond the Grid

 

Wrap Up: A Hackathon Here at the White House

 

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June 4th, 2014: Photo of the Day

 

 

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Statements and Releases

 

G-7 Leaders Statement – Foreign Policy

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Presidential Determination Pursuant to Section 1245(d)(4)(B) and (C) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012

 

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

 

Fact Sheet: Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness

 

 

FACT SHEET: U.S. Security Assistance to Ukraine

 

Obama Passionately Assures NATO Allies

 

Published on Jun 4, 2014

Speaking in Poland, President Obama promised to defend any act of aggression against America’s allies in the NATO alliance.

 

 

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

 

MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour – June 5, 1989 – Tiananmen Square

 

Published on Jun 4, 2014

Coverage of the aftermath of the massacre in Tiananmen Square. Portions of this news report, including footage from China have been removed due to copyright issues. No portion of the expert discussions have been edited.

 

 

 

Yes, That’s A Baby Attached To A Wedding Dress

 

Published on Jun 4, 2014

” That’s the controversial tactic of recent bride Shona Carter-Brooks, who, WREG reports, attached her 1-month-old to the train of her wedding dress in an effort to incorporate her daughter into the ceremony.

After images of the baby attached to her dress began to circulate online, the Tennessee bride defended her decision in a Facebook post on May 28. In it, Carter-Brooks says the infant was “awake” and “well secured.” She then disparages the media for the undue attention.

 

 

 

Press Briefings

 

Press Gaggle by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest and Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes

 

 

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A traitor is Eric Snowden, Private Manning. A Traitor is not a solider who spends 5 years as a captive of the Taliban. Thats A POW (Prisoner Of War)

 

Oh, a traitor is also any dumbass who hates it so much that the Negro President went and got Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, without asking the 113th CongrASS for permission, that they strat a witch hunt against this soldier.

 

 

Thats all I have to say about that……

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President Of The United States, Barack Hussein Obama, In Warsaw, Poland, June 3rd, 2014.


 

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President Obama Arrives in Poland

 

Published on Jun 3, 2014

President Obama arrived in Poland to begin a three-country European tour. The President’s highlighted security concerns when he spoke in Warsaw. (June 3)

 

 

 

Poland: Obama arrives for talks in Warsaw

 

U.S. President Barack Obama arrived at the Belweder Presidential Palace where he met with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski on Tuesday. Arriving by convoy, Obama’s entourage was surrounded by police and security forces

 

 

 

Poland: Obama arrives in Warsaw for talks with Komorowski

 

 

 

President Obama Holds a Press Conference with President Komorowski

 

Published on Jun 3, 2014

President Obama and President Komorowski of Poland deliver remarks in a joint press conference in Warsaw, June 3, 2014.

 

 

 

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All times are Eastern Time (ET)

 

3:50 AM: The President arrives Warsaw, Poland

 

4:15 AM: The President and President Bronislaw Komorowski of Poland meet with U.S. and Polish airmen

 

4:55 AM: The President arrives at Belweder Palace

 

5:10 AM: The President participates in a bilateral meeting with President Bronislaw Komorowski of Poland

 

6:30 AM: The President holds a joint press conference with President Bronislaw Komorowski of Poland

 

7:30 AM: The President arrives at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister

 

7:40 AM: The President participates in a bilateral meeting with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk

 

8:25 AM: The President and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk deliver statements to the press

 

9:05 AM: The President and President Bronislaw Komorowski of Poland greet participants of the meeting with Central and Eastern European Leaders

 

9:15 AM: The President and President Bronislaw Komorowski of Poland host a meeting with Central and Eastern European Leaders

 

10:45 AM: The President joins the Central and Eastern European Leaders for a photo

 

1:30 PM: The President attends a Solidarity Dinner

 

 

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Exercising at the gym at the Marriott this guy did not expect. “Obama looked laid-back, sometimes a moment to talk with someone”

 

Barack Obama's visit to Poland was not the typical. What a surprise it must have been exercising at the gym, when they saw that it enters the U.S. president himself!

Barack Obama’s visit to Poland was not the typical. What a surprise it must have been exercising at the gym, when they saw that it enters the U.S. president himself!

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Gym Holmes Place Premium Hilton Marriott Hotel. Dumbbell exercises biceps and pecs. One would like to say a day, like every day. But suddenly the room comes unexpected guest: Barack Obama and begins to practice with other fans of sporty silhouette. One of the witnesses has posted on Facebook photos of practicing U.S. president.

 

Barack Obama’s visit to the gym so you really should not be surprising – the U.S. media writes about him as “the most athletic president of the USA.”Almost 53-year-old leader is in great shape, often stresses that the exercise 6 times a week. And as you can see, on the road no exceptions. Surprising it may just be that the president did not ask to reserve the gym for himself and practicing with others. On the other hand – we’re talking about the president, who can provide entertaining interviews in which he admits that bed linen and bed and eats healthily . Oh and do not forget the phenomenal interview with Zack Galifianakis Obama . Which president has enough distance to each other?

 

We talked with the director of photography and witness this special event, Jean Ekwą. How to behave Barack Obama at the gym?

 

President Obama at the gym behaved peacefully, culturally.No epatował their presence. If not for security, it is difficult to notice his presence. There were about 10 security guards.The guards were present in the room while he practiced on it.But “not held him by the hand.” The president looked laid-back, listening to music on headphones, sometimes a moment with someone spoke, he smiled, but he was focused on training. He practiced for about 40 to 50 minutes. Perform general-practice, a little walk on the treadmill, performed slopes, gimnastykował up – he told us Jean Ekwa.

 

Barack Obama did not avoid conversations with other guests gym.

 

When people hit on him, the president smiling, replied, casually, but very friendly, gave his hand. I have not talked to him. I knew that President Obama is in Poland, but I did not expect that I practiced with him at the gym – added Ekwa.

 

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Obama Praises Polish Video Game

 

Published on Jun 3, 2014

Economic development can take all kinds of forms — even video games. After meeting with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk in Warsaw, President Obama praised the game “The Witcher” as a prime example how Poland is becoming a manufacturing and high-tech hub. Obama said, “The last time I was here, Donald gave me a gift — the video game developed here in Poland that’s won fans the world over, ‘The Witcher. I confess, I’m not very good at video games,” the president added.

 

 

 

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President Obama Meets with European Leaders

 

Published on Jun 3, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks before meeting with Central and Eastern European Leaders in Warsaw, June 3, 2014.

 

 

 

President Obama Meets with Prime Minister Tusk

 

Published on Jun 3, 2014

President Obama and Prime Minister Tusk of Poland deliver remarks to the press after their meeting in Warsaw, June 3, 2014.

 

 

 

President Obama and President Komorowski Meet with U.S. and Polish Airmen

 

Published on Jun 3, 2014

Speeches and Remarks – June 02, 2014

 

Remarks by the First Lady at a DCCC Event

 

Remarks by the First Lady at the Keel Laying Ceremony for the PCU ILLINOIS

 

Remarks by The President in a Conference Call hosted by Public Health Groups

 

 

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Statements and Releases – June 03, 2014

 

FACT SHEET: The United States and Central and Eastern Europe: Enduring Cooperation

 

FACT SHEET: The United States and Poland: Strong and United

 

FACT SHEET: European Reassurance Initiative and Other U.S. Efforts in Support of NATO Allies and Partners

 

 

Vice President Biden to Travel to Ukraine

The Vice President will lead a Presidential delegation to Kyiv on June 7 to attend the inauguration of Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko. The Vice President will also hold meetings with Ukraine’s leaders to discuss President-elect Poroshenko’s agenda, the situation in the east, and how the United States can assist Ukraine with fighting corruption, strengthening its democratic institutions, and putting its economy back on a path towards sustainable growth.

 

Additional details about the Vice President’s trip will be released at a later date.

 

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

 

 

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June 2014: Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama, with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, center, talks with EPA staff members who worked on the power-plant emissions standards, in the Rose Garden of the White House, June 2, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama, with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, center, talks with EPA staff members who worked on the power-plant emissions standards, in the Rose Garden of the White House, June 2, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

June 3rd 2014: Warsaw, Poland Photos of the Day

 

 

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President Obama is taking action on climate change

 

Published on Jun 3, 2014

President Obama has proposed the first-ever national limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants—the New York Times says it’s “the strongest action ever taken by an American president to tackle climate change.”

 

 

 

Tennessee Cotton Gin Boss Caught on Tape – We Hang BLACKS for Drinking WHITE PEOPLE ONLY Water

 

Published on Jun 3, 2014

A cotton gin in Memphis, Tennessee is facing a federal discrimination complaint after one of its supervisors was caught on a cell phone recording making racist remarks to black employees. African-American workers at the Atkinson Cotton Warehouse this week described to WREG treatment that evoked cotton’s historic connections to racism and slavery. According to Antonio Harris and Marrio Mangrum, their boss at the cotton gin longed for the days of Jim Crow, when white men could “hang” black men for drinking from the wrong water fountain. “He would be like, ‘You need to think like a white man,'” Mangrum recalled.

 

 

 

GEICO Rocky Mountains – The Gecko’s Journey

 

 

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Wednesday, June 4

  • President Obama meets with President-electPoroshenko of Ukraine.
  • In Brussels, President Obama meets with King Philippe and Prime Minister Di Rupo of Belgium at the Royal Palace.
  • That evening, President Obama attends the G-7 Summit, which begins with a leaders working dinner on foreign policy issues.

 

 

Thursday, June 5

  • President Obama participates in G-7 meetings on economics and energy and climate.
  • President Obama then attends the G-7 leaders working lunch on development.
  • Following the G-7, President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom hold a bilateral meeting.
  • President Obama then departs for Paris.
  • In Paris, President Obama and President Hollande of France have a private dinner.

 

 

Friday, June 6

  • President Obama departs Paris for Normandy, France.
  • President Obama and President Hollande participate in a ceremony at the American cemetery close to Omaha Beach, the site of the American landing in Normandy.
  • President Obama then attends a lunch with leaders, hosted by France.
  • Later that afternoon, President Obama attends the official international 70th D-Day commemoration ceremony at Sword Beach, Normandy, and then departs for the USA.

 

After that, the President will depart France and come home to Washington, D.C. on Friday night.

 

 

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The White House Week Ahead.

 

Wednesday

In the morning the President will hold a bilateral meeting with President-elect Poroshenko of Ukraine. Following that bilateral meeting, the President will go to the Royal Castle, where he will meet with other leaders attending the Freedom Day event. At the Royal Castle, the President will be one of the speakers who will give the speech commemorating the Day of Freedom. After that event, the President will fly to Brussels, Belgium. He will travel to the Royal Palace and have a meeting with King Philippe. Then he will attend the G7 summit. That night, the leaders will have a working dinner.

 

Thursday

The President will attend G7 meetings on the global economy, and energy and climate issues. Following that, there will be a working lunch on development issues.  In the afternoon, after the G7 Summit is concluded, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom. Then the President will travel to Paris, France. That night, he will have a private dinner with President Hollande before spending the night in Paris.

 

Friday

The President will travel to Normandy. He will deliver remarks at Omaha Beach for a French-American commemoration, D-Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery Memorial. In the afternoon, the President will travel to Sword Beach, where he will attend a lunch hosted by President Hollande with the other leaders that the French have invited for the 70th anniversary commemorations. And then he will attend the international ceremony that the French are hosting with all the leaders of the various belligerent countries in World War II. After that, the President will depart France and come home to Washington, D.C. on Friday night.

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Monday The 2nd Of June: Pollution & Sky Miles.


 

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President Barack Obama will announce on Monday new long-awaited standards to reduce carbon emissions and later in the day departs for Warsaw, with Poland the first stop in a European swing this week.

 

White House Schedule – June 2nd, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 1st, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
MONDAY, JUNE 2nd, 2014

 

In the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, and later in the morning the President will meet with senior advisors. These meetings in the Oval Office are closed press.

 

In the afternoon, the President speak on a conference call hosted by the American Lung Association and other public health groups to discuss new commonsense steps to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. The President will make the call from the Oval Office, and media interested in listening to the call should RSVP with ALA by emailing hsmith@mrss.com.

 

In the evening, the President will depart Washington, DC en route Warsaw, Poland. The departure from the South Lawn is open press, and the arrival at Warsaw Chopin Airport will be covered by the out-of-town travel pool.

 

 

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Monday, June 2 2014 All Times ET

 

10:00 AM: THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

 

10:45 AM: THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors, The Oval Office.

 

 

12:45 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Briefing Room. White House LIVE Streaming.

 

 

2:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT speaks on a conference call hosted by public health groups, The Oval Office.

 

 

7:30 PM: THE PRESIDENT departs the White House, South Lawn.

 

 

7:45 PM:  THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews.

 

 

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 9:50 AM:  THE PRESIDENT arrives Poland, Warsaw Chopin Airport, Warsaw, Poland.

 

 

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The President’s 2014 Trip Itinerary To Europe: Poland, Belgium, And France, June 3rd To June 6th.

 

Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama, previews the President’s upcoming trip to Poland, Belgium and France.

 

As part of the United States’ ongoing consultations with our allies, President Obama is traveling to Poland, Belgium, and France, June 3-6, 2014. While in Warsaw, the President will hold bilateral meetings and join other world leaders in commemorating the Polish Freedom Day, marking the 25th anniversary of Poland’s emergence from Communism. From Poland, the President will travel to Brussels for the G-7 Leaders’ Summit, and will then continue on to France to participate in commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

 

 

TheObamaCrat™ Will Be Tagging Along With The POTUSA And Posting Daily Updates On The Trip Progress & Highlights.

 

 

Previewing the President’s Trip to Europe

 

Published on May 30, 2014

Ben RhodesDeputy National Security Advisor to President Obama, previews the President’s upcoming trip to Poland, Belgium and France.

 

 

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Europe in June 2014

As part of the United States’ ongoing consultations with our allies, President Obama will travel to Poland, Belgium, and France in June 2014.  While in Warsaw, the President will hold bilateral meetings and join other world leaders in commemorating the Polish Day of Freedom, marking the 25th anniversary of Poland’s emergence from Communism.  From Poland, the President will travel to Brussels for the June 4-5 G-7 Leaders’ Summit, which was moved to Brussels after the G-7 Leaders agreed to cancel the G-8 Summit in Sochi due to Russia’s illegal annexation and occupation of Crimea.

 

The Leaders will discuss their broad shared economic, security, and development agenda and follow up on their March 24 discussion in The Hague on the situation in Ukraine.  The President then will continue on to France to participate in commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day.  The President appreciates the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families, and he looks forward to honoring them, along with the contributions of all the Allies.  Further details will be provided at a later time.

 

 

Trip Schedule

 

Tuesday, June 3

  • President Obama participates in an arrival ceremony at Warsaw Chopin Airport with President Komorowski, after which they meet American and Polish airmen.
  • President Obama and President Komorowski hold a bilateral meeting at Belweder Palace, followed by a press conference.
  • Afterward, President Obama and Prime Minister Tusk have a bilateral meeting at the Polish Chancellery, followed by remarks to the press.
  • In the afternoon, President Obama and President Komorowski co-host a meeting of Central and European Leaders at the Presidential Palace.
  • That evening, President Obama attends an official dinner at the Royal Castle to honor Poland’s Solidarity movement.

 

 

Wednesday, June 4

  • President Obama meets with President-electPoroshenko of Ukraine.
  • In Brussels, President Obama meets with King Philippe and Prime Minister Di Rupo of Belgium at the Royal Palace.
  • That evening, President Obama attends the G-7 Summit, which begins with a leaders working dinner on foreign policy issues.

 

 

 

Thursday, June 5

  • President Obama participates in G-7 meetings on economics and energy and climate.
  • President Obama then attends the G-7 leaders working lunch on development.
  • Following the G-7, President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom hold a bilateral meeting.
  • President Obama then departs for Paris.
  • In Paris, President Obama and President Hollande of France have a private dinner.

 

 

 

Friday, June 6

  • President Obama departs Paris for Normandy, France.
  • President Obama and President Hollande participate in a ceremony at the American cemetery close to Omaha Beach, the site of the American landing in Normandy.
  • President Obama then attends a lunch with leaders, hosted by France.
  • Later that afternoon, President Obama attends the official international 70th D-Day commemoration ceremony at Sword Beach, Normandy, and then departs for the USA.

 

After that, the President will depart France and come home to Washington, D.C. on Friday night.

 

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Press Briefing by Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes on the President’s Upcoming Trip to Poland, Belgium and France

 

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MS. HAYDEN:  Hi, everyone.  Thanks for joining on what we know has been a fairly busy Friday for you.  Today we’re going to do a preview of the President’s trip to Europe next week.  Our speaker is Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, Ben Rhodes.  He’ll be speaking to you on the record, and there’s no embargo on this call.

So with that, I will hand it over to Ben.

MR. RHODES:  Thanks, everybody, for joining the call on what I know has been a busy day.  I’ll just say at the outset that, echoing I think what you heard the President say, we are very sad that Jay Carney will be leaving us.  He’s been a tremendous friend and colleague to all of us who work here in the White House the last five years.  I know he has very green pastures to return to, but we’re sorry that he is leaving us and won’t be on this upcoming trip.  But we’ve enjoyed so much working with him, learning from him, and getting his perspective not just as a Press Secretary but as a former journalist and foreign correspondent himself.

With that, let me just go through some of the objectives for the President’s upcoming trip, and then his schedule.  First of all, I think this trip to Europe comes at a very important time in the Transatlantic relationship as we seek to reaffirm our commitments to our European allies, deepen our cooperation with our European allies, and pursue an agenda that can shore up both the security and economic foundations of the Transatlantic partnership.

I think in terms of the issues that will be in play throughout the President’s trip, we generally will have a focus on our support for the people and government of Ukraine; our efforts to strengthen and modernize NATO; our work to diversify European energy security; and our negotiations around the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.  So there’s a broad agenda for the President throughout the trip.

To go through his schedule, we will arrive in Warsaw on Tuesday morning.  He will meet President Komorowski at the airport, and then President Obama and President Komorowski will have the opportunity to meet with some of the American and Polish airmen who are supporting our aviation mission that is based at Lask Air Force Base in Poland.  This was an additional step the United States took in providing F-16s and an aviation detachment to Poland as part of our effort to reassure our European and particularly Eastern European allies in the aftermath of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.  So the two leaders will have a chance to thank some of the personnel involved in that effort.

Following that event the President will have a bilateral meeting at the Belweder Place with President Komorowski.  The U.S.-Polish alliance is critical to the Transatlantic relationship generally and is a foundation of America’s support for not just the Polish people but Eastern European allies generally.  And the leaders will have an opportunity to discuss the situation in Ukraine, NATO, and energy, and the broader U.S.-Polish relationship.

Later in the afternoon, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Tusk, where he’ll continue that discussion rooted in the bilateral relationship.  Then the United States and Poland will host a meeting of our broader Eastern and Central European allies.  The President has done this on a couple of occasions earlier in his presidency.  And given the focus on reassuring and consulting with our Central and Eastern European allies, we determined with the Poles that it would be good to host this meeting in Warsaw.  This will include the United States and Poland, as well as Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, and of course, the United States and Poland are co-hosting that meeting.  So they will also review the agenda that I spoke of earlier.

That evening the President will attend a Solidarity Dinner at the royal palace.  Of course, we are visiting Poland on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Solidarity — well, the first partially free election in Poland’s history that grew out of the courage and heroism of the Solidarity movement.  So the President will have an opportunity to meet with the leaders and other attendees at that Solidarity Dinner where I know the Polish government is paying tribute to people who have played a critical role in advancing democracy and human rights.

On Wednesday morning the President will hold a bilateral meeting with President-elect Poroshenko of Ukraine.  This is an important time for President Obama to affirm directly to President-elect Poroshenko our commitment to the people of Ukraine.  We have a broad agenda to work with them; to stabilize the economy; to provide significant assistance as they seek to reestablish stability and growth within Ukraine; and also, of course, to support their efforts to reduce tensions to pursue dialogue and unity within Ukraine; and also to work with the European allies, with Russia, and above all with the government of Ukraine to facilitate dialogue to reduce the tensions within Ukraine.

Again, we very much admired that the people of Ukraine have turned out in huge numbers to elect President-elect Poroshenko.  We’ve admired his commitment to pursue dialogue and to aim to reduce tensions and put Ukraine on a positive path.  And in these days before his inauguration, this will be an important time for the President to check in directly and review his agenda.

Following that bilateral meeting, the President will go to the Royal Castle, where he will meet with other leaders attending the Freedom Day event.  At the Royal Castle, the President will be one of the speakers who will give the speech commemorating the Day of Freedom.  In his speech, I think he’ll have an opportunity to speak about the history of the democratic movement within Poland, its resonance beyond Poland’s borders, and its connections to many of the movements for democracy and human rights in Eastern Europe and around the world.

He’ll also have a chance to reaffirm America’s unwavering commitment to secure democracy and to the security of our Eastern European allies, recognizing that Poland, as much as any nation, understands that democracy is something that needs to be constantly defended and constantly advanced.  And so it will be a resonant opportunity for him to speak to the people of Poland about our commitment to their security and their democracy.

After that event, the President will fly to Brussels.  He will travel to the Royal Palace and have a meeting with King Philippe.  Then he will attend the G7 summit.  And, as you know, we made the decision to host the Summit in Brussels after suspending Russian participation and moving the summit, of course, from Sochi to Brussels.

That night, the leaders will have a dinner — a working dinner together.  The focus will be on foreign policy issues, and certainly Ukraine will be a focus of the discussion that night.

On Thursday, the President will attend G7 meetings on the global economy, and energy and climate issues.  The energy piece will build on the energy ministerial that took place that did discuss how to move forward on energy diversification and cooperation among G7 countries and the United States and Europe broadly.

Following that, there will be a working lunch on development issues.  In the afternoon, after the G7 Summit is concluded, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom.  Then the President will travel to Paris.  That night in Paris, he will have a private dinner with President Hollande before spending the night in Paris.

On Friday, the President will travel to Normandy.  This, of course, is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, an opportunity for the President to pay tribute to our veterans who served in D-Day and then World War II more broadly.  And he’ll speak to their extraordinary service.  He’ll also connect, of course, their extraordinary service to what we’ve seen from the 9/11 generation, who have similarly stood up to serve in a time of war, and done so with great bravery and patriotism.

The President will deliver remarks at Omaha Beach for a French-American commemoration, D-Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery Memorial.  And then in the afternoon, the President will travel to Sword Beach, where he will attend a lunch hosted by President Hollande with the other leaders that the French have invited for the 70th anniversary commemorations.  And then he will attend the international ceremony that the French are hosting with all the leaders of the various belligerent countries in World War II.

 

After that, the President will depart France and come home to Washington, D.C. on Friday night.

 

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President Obama returns to Europe in early June to meet with allies in Poland, Belgium, and France.

 

Obama will celebrate Polish independence, meet with the leaders of the Group of Seven nations, and commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, during the trip.

 

In Warsaw, Obama will honor the Polish Day of Freedom, marking the 25th anniversary of that nation’s rejection of communist rule.

 

On June 4-5, Obama will be in Brussels for a G-7 summit with the leaders of the Great Britain, France, Italy, Canada, Japan, and Germany. The leaders organized this meeting after canceling a G-8 summit scheduled for Russia because of its incursion into Ukraine.

 

“The (G-7) leaders will discuss their broad shared economic, security and development agenda, and follow up on their March 24th discussion in The Hague on the situation in Ukraine,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney.

 

The president will also attend a June 6 commemoration of D-Day on the beaches of France.

 

“The President greatly appreciates the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families, and he looks forward to honoring them, along with the contributions of all the allies,” Carney said.

 

President Barack Obama will visit Poland, Belgium and France during a trip to Europe in June.

 

That’s according to Vice President Joe Biden. He’s announcing Obama’s itinerary during a speech to the Atlantic Council in Washington.

 

Biden says Obama will visit Poland for the 25th anniversary of the first democratic elections there.

 

Obama will also travel to Brussels for consultations with the Group of 7 leaders. That meeting was originally scheduled to take place in Sochi, Russia, under the Group of 8 banner, but was scrapped as G-7 leaders sought to isolate Russia for annexing Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.

 

Biden says Obama will also travel to France for the June 6 ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy.

 

 

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The White House Week Ahead.

 

Monday

President Obama’s most sweeping policy yet to address global warming — a new rule to cut carbon-dioxide emissions from coal and gas-fired power plants across the United States – will be announced by the The Environmental Protection Agency. The President will discuss the policy in on an off-camera conference call with health advocates. The President leaves for Poland on Monday night.

 

Tuesday

The President arrives in Warsaw, Poland on Tuesday morning. He will meet President Komorowski at the airport, and then they will have the opportunity to meet with some of the American and Polish airmen who are supporting the aviation mission that is based at Lask Air Force Base in Poland. Following that event the President will have a bilateral meeting at the Belweder Place with President Komorowski. Later in the afternoon, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Tusk. That evening, the President will attend a Solidarity Dinner at the royal palace.

 

Wednesday

In the morning the President will hold a bilateral meeting with President-elect Poroshenko of Ukraine. Following that bilateral meeting, the President will go to the Royal Castle, where he will meet with other leaders attending the Freedom Day event. At the Royal Castle, the President will be one of the speakers who will give the speech commemorating the Day of Freedom. After that event, the President will fly to Brussels, Belgium. He will travel to the Royal Palace and have a meeting with King Philippe. Then he will attend the G7 summit. That night, the leaders will have a working dinner.

 

Thursday

The President will attend G7 meetings on the global economy, and energy and climate issues. Following that, there will be a working lunch on development issues.  In the afternoon, after the G7 Summit is concluded, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom. Then the President will travel to Paris, France. That night, he will have a private dinner with President Hollande before spending the night in Paris.

 

Friday

The President will travel to Normandy. He will deliver remarks at Omaha Beach for a French-American commemoration, D-Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery Memorial. In the afternoon, the President will travel to Sword Beach, where he will attend a lunch hosted by President Hollande with the other leaders that the French have invited for the 70th anniversary commemorations. And then he will attend the international ceremony that the French are hosting with all the leaders of the various belligerent countries in World War II. After that, the President will depart France and come home to Washington, D.C. on Friday night.

 

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With Ukraine Crisis Cooling, President Obama Sets Off to Soothe European Friends

 

 

WASHINGTON — President Obama leaves for Europe on Monday night cautiously optimistic that the crisis in Ukraine has turned a corner, but he will find himself face to face with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia for the first time since the two squared off in a Cold-War-style showdown in Eastern Europe.

 

President Obama’s trip to Poland, Belgium and France comes just days after Ukraine elected a pro-European president and Mr. Putin pulled Russian troops back from the border. American and European officials hope the developments have begun to defuse the crisis, and say they have decided to hold off any new sanctions on Russia absent fresh provocative action by Moscow.

 

In his speech at West Point last week, President Obama cited Ukraine as a successful example of uniting the international community against a mutual threat. Susan E. Rice, his national security adviser, sounded a similar theme on Sunday.

 

“The United States, working with our European partners, has rallied to isolate and pressure Russia for its activities in Ukraine,” she said on “This Week,” an ABC News program. “That’s the kind of leadership that only the world’s greatest power can bring to bear.”

 

White House officials said the president would use the trip to meet with the new Ukrainian leader, Petro O. Poroshenko, and to reassure Central and Eastern European allies of American support against Russian aggression. He will consult with allies about next steps, including weaning Europe off Russian gas. But aides said Mr. Obama was not declaring victory in Ukraine.

 

“We believe that the situation continues to be a crisis,” said Benjamin J. Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser. “There are people dying on a regular basis in eastern and southern Ukraine, given the violence perpetrated and initiated by separatist factions there. So by no means are we out of the woods on Ukraine.”

 

President Obama arrives in Warsaw on Tuesday to meet not only with Polish leaders but also with leaders from throughout the region who will converge there. On Wednesday, he will meet with Mr. Poroshenko for the first time since his election and then address a public rally celebrating the 25th anniversary of the elections in Poland that signaled the eventual end of Communist rule.Later that day Mr. Obama will fly to Brussels, where he will meet that night and Thursday with counterparts from Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan in a reconstituted Group of 7. Their annual summit meeting was originally supposed to be hosted by Mr. Putin in Sochi, but Russia was suspended from the Group of 8 after the intervention in Ukraine.

 

If Mr. Putin is unwelcome in Brussels, however, he will be at President Obama’s next stop in Paris. President François Hollande of France plans to host Mr. Obama for dinner on Thursday and host Mr. Putin separately same evening. President Obama and Mr. Putin will both be at Normandy on Friday for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. No meetings are scheduled, but aides did not rule out an unscripted conversation.

 

President Obama and the Europeans have struggled to stay together on sanctions, with the allies reluctant to jeopardize deeper economic ties with Russia and weary of confrontations beyond their borders. A survey by the Körber Foundation found that only 37 percent of Germans favor more involvement in international crises, compared with 62 percent in a comparable survey 20 years ago.

 

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany is crucial to the coalition facing Russia. In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published on Friday, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the foreign minister, called the Ukrainian election “a chance, but not a political solution to the conflict.”

British and French diplomats give President Obama high marks for handling the Ukraine crisis, although they said he came late to understanding the potential Russian threat. In Paris, officials anticipate tension between President Obama and Mr. Hollande over French plans to sell Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia.

Leaders in Poland and the Baltic republics hope President Obama promises additional forces beyond the relatively small deployments sent there in recent weeks. Polish leaders said they hoped President Obama would lay out a clear, unambiguous road map for dealing with a resurgent Russia.

“What we most need to hear from President Obama is what to do with Ukraine, how to deal with this new Russia,” said Aleksander Kwasniewski, the former president of Poland. “We are not interested in a confrontation with the Russians. We are not interested in Cold War II. But we will have a difficult time getting through the next four or five months without very clear and very determined American leadership.”

Poland has spent the last decade shifting focus from Washington to Berlin and Brussels, while nursing a raft of grievances and disappointments over what it saw as America’s inattention and insensitivity. Warsaw bristled when President Obama canceled his predecessor’s plans to station interceptors in Poland as part of a missile defense system. But a reformulated missile defense program approved by President Obama will include a site in Poland.

Bohdan Szklarski, president of the American Studies Center at the University of Warsaw, said that the trip was “an opportunity for President Obama” but that he should avoid empty words. “When he is going over his speech, President Obama should cross out the platitudes we always hear, unless they are accompanied by something concrete,” he said.

Polish leaders said President Obama’s trip vindicated their longstanding warnings about Russia. “The usual interpretation of the Polish position in the past has been, oh, it is these crazy Poles expressing their usual disdain for Russia,” said Aleksander Smolar, president of the Stefan Batory Foundation, which advocates civic engagement. “Now, however, people are taking the Polish position more seriously.”

 

 

Participate in the President’s Trip

 

People in the U.S. — and around the world — can participate and follow along on social media through the White House Twitter and Instagram accounts.

 

 

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