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


 

By Jueseppi B.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BUTLER’S POSTSCRIPT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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Barack Hussein Obama’s Week Ahead.


 

By Jueseppi B.

US President Barack Obama holds his first Twitter Town Hall

 

 

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

 

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

 

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About the Series:

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

 

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Years of Living Dangerously Premiere Full Episode

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

On Thursday, the President will welcome the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House in celebration of the eighth annual Soldier Ride.  A cycling event to help Wounded Warriors restore their physical and emotional well-being, the Soldier Ride also raises awareness of our nation’s Wounded Warriors who battle the physical and psychological damages of war.

On Friday, the President will meet with the National Commander and Executive Director of the American Legion.  Later, he will welcome the United States Naval Academy Football Team to the White House to present them with the 2013 Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.

 

 

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

 

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Published on Apr 10, 2014

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

Published on Apr 8, 2014

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

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

 

 

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

 

Raw Video: Obama Sings Al Green

 

Published on Jan 20, 2012

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

 

 

 

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Weekly Address: Ensuring Equal Pay for Equal Work

 

Published on Apr 12, 2014

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

 

 

 

 

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Mensaje De La Casa Blanca

 

Published on Apr 12, 2014

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

 

 

 

 

Holder versus Gohmert, Part One

 

 

 

 

Louie Gohmert v. Eric Holder Round 2

 

 

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President Obama and Vice President Biden’s 2013 Tax Returns

 

 

Today, the President released his 2013 federal income tax returns. He and the First Lady filed their income tax returns jointly and reported adjusted gross income of $481,098. The Obamas paid $98,169 in total tax.

 

The President and First Lady also reported donating $59,251 – or about 12.3 percent of their adjusted gross income – to 32 different charities. The largest reported gift to charity was $8,751 to the Fisher House Foundation. The President’s effective federal income tax rate is 20.4 percent. The President pushed for and signed into law legislation that makes the system more fair and helps the middle class by extending tax cuts to middle class and working families and asks the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share. In 2013, as a result of his policies, the President was subject to limitations in tax preferences, as well as additional Medicare and investment income taxes, for high income earners. The President and First Lady also released their Illinois income tax return and reported paying $23,328 in state income tax.

 

DOWNLOAD THE OBAMAS’ TAX RETURNS

 

 

The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden also released their 2013 federal income tax returns, as well as state income tax returns for both Delaware and Virginia. The Bidens filed joint federal and combined Delaware income tax returns. Dr. Biden filed a separate non-resident Virginia tax return. Together, they reported adjusted gross income of $407,009. The Bidens paid $96,378 in total federal tax for 2013, amounting to an effective tax rate of 23.7 percent. They also paid $14,644 in Delaware income tax and Dr. Biden paid $3,470 in Virginia income tax. The Bidens contributed $20,523 to charity in 2013, including contributing the royalties received from Dr. Biden’s children’s book, net of taxes, to the USO.

 

DOWNLOAD THE BIDENS’ TAX RETURNS

 

 


 

 

Learn more:

Jay Carney is the White House Press Secretary.

 

 

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

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

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

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

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Wealthy racist greedy caucasian males are thieves.

Wealthy racist greedy caucasian males are thieves.

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

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

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The Barack Week Ahead: Easter Prayer Breakfast. Passover Seder. Leetsdale, Pennsylvania. Wounded Warrior Project. American Legion & 2013 Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. ‘A Raisin in the Sun’.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

On Thursday, the President will welcome the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House in celebration of the eighth annual Soldier Ride.  A cycling event to help Wounded Warriors restore their physical and emotional well-being, the Soldier Ride also raises awareness of our nation’s Wounded Warriors who battle the physical and psychological damages of war.

On Friday, the President will meet with the National Commander and Executive Director of the American Legion.  Later, he will welcome the United States Naval Academy Football Team to the White House to present them with the 2013 Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.

 

 

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President Obama & First Lady Michelle Attends ‘A Raisin in the Sun’

 

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

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Marine One carrying President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama lands on the South Lawn of the White House after the First Couple returned from New York.

Marine One carrying President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama lands on the South Lawn of the White House after the First Couple returned from New York.

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

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

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

The president and first lady caught the American masterpiece Friday night at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, where it first opened more than 50 years ago.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Besides Washington, Jenkins and Henderson, the cast includes LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Sophie Okonedo, Anika Noni Rose, Sean Patrick Thomas and David Cromer. The director is Kenny Leon.

“I just can’t believe it,” said Thomas, who said he and British actress Okonedo compared it to performing for the queen. “I’ll tell my daughter, I’ll tell my son, the night I performed for the president. I’ll tell them, ‘If you do your homework and do what you’re supposed to do, you can, too.’”

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

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This is the second Broadway revival of Hansberry’s play. The original Broadway production in 1959 featured Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeil and Diana Sands, who reunited for a 1961 film adaptation. The last Broadway revival occurred in 2004, starring Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad, Sanaa Lathan and Audra McDonald. It also was directed by Leon.

This time, tickets are a hot commodity. The theater has been sold out since the doors opened, and the well-received revival has pushed the average ticket price to $111 and the top premium to $348, second only to “The Book of Mormon’s” top premium of $477 last week.

The cast can’t think about that or who might be out there. “When we’re on that stage, we have to be professionals,” said Jenkins. “That’s one of the hardest parts about having the job — you never know who’s out there.”

 

 

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Where In The World Is Barack Hussein Obama? The Presidents Week Ahead: The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, The Vatican & The Pope And Saudi Arabia.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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The President Travels to The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, The Vatican And Saudi Arabia.

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22nd, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
FRIDAY, MARCH 22nd, 2014

 

White House Schedule

 

On Sunday, the President will depart Washington en route The Netherlands. The President’s departure from the South Lawn is open press.

 

8:50 PM: THE PRESIDENT departs the White House, The South Lawn.

 

9:05 PM: THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews, Virginia Gate, Joint Base Andrews, for The  Netherlands.

 

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Schedule for the Week of March 24th – March 28th,2014

 

On Monday, the President will arrive in The Netherlands. In the morning, the President will tour the Rijksmuseum and hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Rutte of The Netherlands. In the afternoon the President will participate in a bilateral meeting with President Xi Jinping of China at the United States Ambassador’s residence before arriving at the World Forum to participate in the Nuclear Security Summit.  In the evening, the President will attend a G-7 leaders meeting on Ukraine at Catshuis, the official residence of the Prime Minister. Afterwards, he will join His Majesty King Willem-Alexander for dinner at the Royal Palace. The President will remain overnight in The Netherlands.

 

On Tuesday, the President will visit the World Forum to participate in the Nuclear Security Summit. Afterwards, the President will hold a bilateral press conference with Prime Minister Rutte.  In the evening, the President will participate in a bilateral meeting with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, at the United States Ambassador’s residence, and a trilateral meeting with President Park Geun-Hye of the Republic of Korea and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan.  He will then meet with employees and family members of the U.S. Embassy to The Netherlands. The President will then travel to Brussels, Belgium where he will remain overnight.

 

On Wednesday, the President will visit Flanders Field Cemetery with Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo of Belgium and His Majesty King, Philippe. In the afternoon, he will participate in the EU-U.S. Summit at the Council of the European Union. Afterwards, the President will meet with employees and family members of the U.S. Tri-Mission to Belgium, EU, and NATO before meeting with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. In the evening, the President will deliver remarks at The Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) and then travel to Rome, Italy where he will remain overnight.

 

On Thursday, the President will visit the Vatican where he will meet with His Holiness Pope Francis followed by a meeting with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. Afterwards, the President will participate in a bilateral meeting with President Giorgio Napolitano of Italy at the Quirinal Palace. Later, the President will participate in a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy at Villa Madama. In the evening, the President will tour the Colosseum and meet with employees and families of the U.S. Tri-Mission to Italy, The Holy See, and the UN Agencies in Rome.

 

On Friday, the President will travel from Rome, Italy to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. While in Saudi Arabia, the President will participate in a bilateral meeting with His Majesty Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  The President will remain overnight in Saudi Arabia.

 

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Ben Rhodes on the President’s Travel to The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, The Vatican and Saudi Arabia.

 

Press Briefing

March 22, 2014 | 52:31 | Public Domain

Ben Rhodes give The Presidents schedule for his trip to The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, the Vatican and Saudi Arabia. White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Roomin the West Wing.

 

 

Ben Rhodes briefing the White House Press Corps on President Obama's upcoming trip to The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, the Vatican and Saudi Arabia.

Ben Rhodes briefing the White House Press Corps on President Obama’s upcoming trip to The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, the Vatican and Saudi Arabia.

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Ambassador Susan Rice explaining the Presidents trip to The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, the Vatican and Saudi Arabia...to the White House Corp. YES they need things explained to them.

Ambassador Susan Rice explaining the Presidents trip to The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, the Vatican and Saudi Arabia…to the White House Corp. YES they need things explained to them.

 

 

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President Obama Plans to Visit Pope Francis in March

 

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President Barack Obama will travel to Italy in March to meet with Pope Francis for the first time, the White House announced Tuesday.

 

The March 27 visit to the Vatican comes as part of a European tour during which Obama will also visit the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy.

 

“The president looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality,” said a White House statement.

 

Before arriving in Vatican City, Obama will spend two days in the Netherlands participating in the Nuclear Security Summit, hosted by the Dutch government. Those gathered will discuss security processes for nuclear materials, the statement said.

 

Obama will then travel to Brussels for a meeting with presidents of the European Council and the European Commission, and will also hold meetings with Belgian government officials and with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

 

While in Italy, Obama will also meet with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and Prime Minister Enrico Letta.

 

Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visited the Vatican in 2009 to meet with Pope Francis’ predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.

 

 

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President Barack Obama meets with Pope Francis on Thursday, departing for an overseas swing on Sunday evening—with an added starter in talks at other stops—figuring out how to punish Russia for invading Ukraine, since economic sanctions haven’t done much so far. The Sunday New York Times featured a front page story on Obama’s work with black Roman Catholic groups in Chicago in the 1980s.

 

It will be the first time Obama meets with the current pope. In July, 2009, Obama and First Lady Michelle (who wore a mantilla—a black lace head covering) visited with Pope Benedict XVI. (Former Obama advisor David Axelrod, now back in Chicago, was also part of the group.)

 

Discussing the upcoming audience with the pope at the Vatican, White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes used a phrase during  Friday briefing—“income inequality”—that is a term embraced by Obama, the White House and Democrats to pressure Republicans to raise the minimum wage and approve other Obama proposals to help low-and-middle income earners.

 

Be aware of that when you read Rhodes’ comments in the next paragraphs about Obama’s meeting with the pope.

 

Rhodes said on Friday, Obama “will begin his day with an audience with Pope Francis. He has long looked forward to meeting Pope Francis. He has very much admired the leadership he has provided in his first year as Pope, his commitment to address issues like income inequality, and his leadership of the church more broadly. So that will be an important time for the President to have some personal interaction with the Pope and to hear about the very ambitious agenda that he has launched in his first year.”

 

Obama in the next week will travel to the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, the Vatican and Saudi Arabia.

 

The New York Times story is headlined, “The Catholic Roots of Obama’s Activism: He Found His Voice in a Chicago Parish. Now He’ll Speak With the Pope,” and reported by Jason Horowitz who quotes, among others, Andrew Lyke, the director of the Chicago Archdiocese’s Office for Black Catholics.

 

Excerpt: “Mr. Obama’s old friends in the priesthood pray that Francis will discover a president freed from concerns about re-election and willing to rededicate himself to the vulnerable.

 

“…But the Vatican — aware that Mr. Obama has far more to gain from the encounter than the pope does, and wary of being used for American political consumption — warns that this will hardly be like the 1982 meeting at which President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II agreed to fight Communism in Eastern Europe.”

 

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The Presidents Week Ahead: Presidential Trips To The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, The Vatican And Saudi Arabia.


 

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Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in March 2014

As part of regular consultations between our two countries, President Obama will travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in March 2014 to meet with His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.  The President looks forward to discussing with King Abdullah the enduring and strategic ties between the United States and Saudi Arabia as well as ongoing cooperation to advance a range of common interests related to Gulf and regional security, peace in the Middle East, countering violent extremism, and other issues of prosperity and security.  The President will travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia following his travel to the Netherlands, Belgium, and Italy.

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22nd, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
FRIDAY, MARCH 22nd, 2014

 

White House Schedule

 

On Sunday, the President will depart Washington en route The Netherlands. The President’s departure from the South Lawn is open press.

 

8:50 PM: THE PRESIDENT departs the White House, The South Lawn.

 

9:05 PM: THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews, Virginia Gate, Joint Base Andrews, for The  Netherlands.

 

 

POTUS & VPOTUS dash through 1600 Penn in "workout gear"....I LOVE these guys.

POTUS & VPOTUS dash through 1600 Penn in “workout gear”….I LOVE these guys.

 

 

Schedule for the Week of March 24th – March 28th,2014

 

On Monday, the President will arrive in The Netherlands. In the morning, the President will tour the Rijksmuseum and hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Rutte of The Netherlands. In the afternoon the President will participate in a bilateral meeting with President Xi Jinping of China at the United States Ambassador’s residence before arriving at the World Forum to participate in the Nuclear Security Summit.  In the evening, the President will attend a G-7 leaders meeting on Ukraine at Catshuis, the official residence of the Prime Minister. Afterwards, he will join His Majesty King Willem-Alexander for dinner at the Royal Palace. The President will remain overnight in The Netherlands.

 

On Tuesday, the President will visit the World Forum to participate in the Nuclear Security Summit. Afterwards, the President will hold a bilateral press conference with Prime Minister Rutte.  In the evening, the President will participate in a bilateral meeting with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, at the United States Ambassador’s residence, and a trilateral meeting with President Park Geun-Hye of the Republic of Korea and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan.  He will then meet with employees and family members of the U.S. Embassy to The Netherlands. The President will then travel to Brussels, Belgium where he will remain overnight.

 

On Wednesday, the President will visit Flanders Field Cemetery with Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo of Belgium and His Majesty King, Philippe. In the afternoon, he will participate in the EU-U.S. Summit at the Council of the European Union. Afterwards, the President will meet with employees and family members of the U.S. Tri-Mission to Belgium, EU, and NATO before meeting with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. In the evening, the President will deliver remarks at The Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) and then travel to Rome, Italy where he will remain overnight.

 

On Thursday, the President will visit the Vatican where he will meet with His Holiness Pope Francis followed by a meeting with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. Afterwards, the President will participate in a bilateral meeting with President Giorgio Napolitano of Italy at the Quirinal Palace. Later, the President will participate in a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy at Villa Madama. In the evening, the President will tour the Colosseum and meet with employees and families of the U.S. Tri-Mission to Italy, The Holy See, and the UN Agencies in Rome.

 

On Friday, the President will travel from Rome, Italy to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. While in Saudi Arabia, the President will participate in a bilateral meeting with His Majesty Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  The President will remain overnight in Saudi Arabia.

 

 

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Ben Rhodes on the President’s Travel to The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, The Vatican and Saudi Arabia.

 

Press Briefing

March 22, 2014 | 52:31 | Public Domain

Ben Rhodes give The Presidents schedule for his trip to The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, the Vatican and Saudi Arabia. White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

 

 

Ben Rhodes briefing the White House Press Corps on President Obama's upcoming trip to The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, the Vatican and Saudi Arabia.

Ben Rhodes briefing the White House Press Corps on President Obama’s upcoming trip to The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, the Vatican and Saudi Arabia.

Ambassador Susan Rice explaining the Presidents trip to The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, the Vatican and Saudi Arabia...to the White House Corp. YES they need things explained to them.

Ambassador Susan Rice explaining the Presidents trip to The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, the Vatican and Saudi Arabia…to the White House Corp. YES they need things explained to them.

Good to see Ambasaddor Rice laughing, she is a good woman and a great government employee.

Good to see Ambasaddor Rice laughing, she is a good woman and a great government employee.

 

 

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President Obama Plans to Visit Pope Francis in March

 

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President Barack Obama will travel to Italy in March to meet with Pope Francis for the first time, the White House announced Tuesday.

 

The March 27 visit to the Vatican comes as part of a European tour during which Obama will also visit the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy.

 

“The president looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality,” said a White House statement.

 

Before arriving in Vatican City, Obama will spend two days in the Netherlands participating in the Nuclear Security Summit, hosted by the Dutch government. Those gathered will discuss security processes for nuclear materials, the statement said.

 

Obama will then travel to Brussels for a meeting with presidents of the European Council and the European Commission, and will also hold meetings with Belgian government officials and with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

 

While in Italy, Obama will also meet with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and Prime Minister Enrico Letta.

 

Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visited the Vatican in 2009 to meet with Pope Francis’ predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.

 

 

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