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The White House Observes A Moment Of Silence Marking The 9/11 13th Anniversary. President Obama Speaks At The September 11th Observance Ceremony.


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The Pentagon

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The White House Observes a Moment of Silence to Mark the 13th Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks

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President Obama Speaks at the September 11th Observance Ceremony

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Remarks by the President at 9/11 Memorial

The Pentagon

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PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good morning. Scripture tells us, “We count as blessed those who have persevered.”

Secretary Hagel, General Dempsey, members of our Armed Forces, and, most of all, the survivors of that September day and the families of those we lost –- Michelle and I are humbled to be with you once again.

It has now been 13 years. Thirteen years since the peace of an American morning was broken. Thirteen years since nearly 3,000 beautiful lives were taken from us, including 125 men and women serving here at the Pentagon. Thirteen years of moments they would have shared with us. Thirteen years of memories they would have made.

Here, once more, we pray for the souls of those we remember, for you, their families, who love them forever, and for a nation that has been inspired by your example — your determination to carry on, your resolve to live lives worthy of their memories.

As Americans, we draw strength from you. For your love is the ultimate rebuke to the hatred of those who attacked us that bright, blue morning. They sought to do more than bring down buildings or murder our people. They sought to break our spirit and to prove to the world that their power to destroy was greater than our power to persevere and to build. But you, and America, proved them wrong.

America endures in the strength of your families who, through your anguish, kept living. You have kept alive a love that no act of terror can ever extinguish. You, their sons and daughters, are growing into extraordinary young men and women they knew you could be. By your shining example, your families have turned this day into something that those who attacked us could never abide, and that is a tribute of hope over fear, and love over hate.

America endures in the tenacity of our survivors. After grievous wounds, you learned to walk again and stand again. After terrible burns, you smiled once more. For you, for our nation, these have been difficult years. But by your presence here today, in the lives of service that you have led, you embody the truth that no matter what comes our way, America will always come out stronger.

America endures in the dedication of those who keep us safe. The firefighter, the officer, the EMT who carries the memory of a fallen partner as they report to work each and every day, prepared to make the same sacrifice for us all. Because of these men and women, Americans now work in a gleaming Freedom Tower. We visit our great cities, we fill our stadiums and cheer for our teams. We carry on, because, as Americans, we do not give in to fear — ever.

America endures in the courage of the men and women who serve under our flag. Over more than a decade of war, this 9/11 Generation has answered our country’s call, and three months from now, our combat mission in Afghanistan will come to an end. Today, we honor all who have made the ultimate sacrifice these 13 years, more than 6,800 American patriots. And we give thanks to those who serve in harm’s way to keep our country safe and meet the threats of our time.

America endures in that perennial optimism that defines us as a people. Beginning tomorrow, there will be teenagers –- young adults –- who were born after 9/11. It’s remarkable. And while these young Americans did not know the horrors of that day, their lives have been shaped by all the days since — a time that has brought us pain, but also taught us endurance and strength; a time of rebuilding, of resilience, and of renewal. What gives us hope –- what gives me hope -– is that it is these young Americans who will shape all the days to come.

Thirteen years after small and hateful minds conspired to break us, America stands tall and America stands proud. And guided by the values that sustain us, we will only grow stronger. Generations from now, Americans will still fill our parks, our stadiums, our cities. Generations from now, Americans will still build towers that reach toward the heavens; still serve in embassies that stand for freedom around the world; still wear the uniform and give meaning to those words written two centuries ago: Land of the free. Home of the Brave. Generations from now, no matter the trial, no matter the challenge, America will always be America.

“We count as blessed those who have persevered.”

May God bless your families, who continue to inspire us all. May God bless our Armed Forces and all who serve to keep us safe. And may God continue to bless the United States of America.
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Memorial Museum Dedication Ceremony 9/11. We Remember

Published on May 15, 2014

The brand new Sept. 11 museum opened Thursday, May 15th, 2014 and was praised as “a sacred place of healing and of hope” that captures both the story and the spirit of heroism and helpfulness that followed the attacks. This is a video slide show of the dedication ceremony.

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September 9/11: 13 Years Later. Memorial Museum Dedication Ceremony.


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President Obama, Others Dedicate 9/11 Museum In Solemn Ceremony

President Barack Obama praised the new Sept. 11 museum on Thursday as “a sacred place of healing and of hope” that captures both the story and the spirit of heroism and helpfulness that followed the attacks. (May 15)

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President Barack Obama, dignitaries, Sept. 11 survivors, rescuers and victims’ relatives marked the opening of the 9/11 museum in a solemn dedication ceremony on Thursday.

Obama called the National September 11 Memorial Museum as “a sacred place of healing and of hope” that captures both the story and the spirit of heroism and helping others that followed the attacks.

“It’s an honor to join in your memories, to recall and to reflect, but above all to reaffirm the true spirit of 9/11 — love, compassion, sacrifice — and to enshrine it forever in the heart of our nation,” he told an audience of victims’ relatives, survivors, and rescuers at the ground zero museum’s dedication ceremony.

“Like the great wall and bedrock that embrace us today, nothing can ever break us. Nothing can change who we are as Americans.”

The president praised the men and women who helped save lives in the attack, including those who gave their lives in the effort.

“Those we lost live on in us,” Obama said. “In the families who love them still, the friends who remember them always and in a nation that will honor them now and forever.”

Former mayor Michael Bloomberg called the museum “a place we come to remember those who died and to honor acts of courage and compassion.”

“We are here today to help dedicate a great museum, one that rises out of the bedrock of our city, our history and our hearts,” Bloomberg said before introducing Obama at the dedication ceremony. “In the years to come, the 9/11 memorial museum will take its place alongside the fields of Gettysburg, the waters of Pearl Harbor and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial as a sacred marker of our past and as a solemn gathering place.”

The museum, which commemorates the 2001 terrorist attack as well as the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, opens to the public on May 21.

Before the ceremony, Obama walked quietly through an expansive hall with Bloomberg.First lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton following behind them.

Reflections from dignitaries, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Mayor Bill de Blasio and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, were interspersed with the voices of everyday people caught up in Sept. 11.

Retired Fire Department Lt. Mickey Cross described being trapped for hours in the wreckage of the north tower and then joining the recovery effort after being rescued.

“There was a real sense of caring for each other,” he said.

Kayla Bergeron remembered walking down 68 flights of stairs in the north tower, amid confusion and fear that there was no way out. Her final steps to safety were on an outdoor stairway, now in the museum as the “survivors’ stairs.”

“Today, when I think about those stairs, what they represent to me is resiliency,” she said.

Thirteen years after the Twin Towers fell, the raw emotion is still palpable among those who lived through it.

“It was like this dream you thought you were going to wake up from,” Midtown resident Peter Bricken said.

“It’s like being in a sacred place, like a tomb,” Washington Heights resident Roman Kopinads said. “So many people lost their lives.”

Inside The 9/11 Museum

9/11 Memorial Museum Dedication Ceremony

Published on May 15, 2014

The brand new Sept. 11 museum opened Thursday, May 15th, 2014 and was praised as “a sacred place of healing and of hope” that captures both the story and the spirit of heroism and helpfulness that followed the attacks. This is a video slide show of the dedication ceremony.

The museum and memorial plaza above, which opened in 2011, were built for $700 million in donations and tax dollars.

By turns chilling and heartbreaking, the ground zero museum leads people on an unsettling journey through the terrorist attacks, with forays into their lead up and legacy.

The sights and sounds are all-encompassing and at times, overwhelming.

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“Walking through this museum can be difficult at times, but it is impossible to leave without feeling inspired,” Bloomberg said Thursday.

There are scenes of horror, including videos of the skyscrapers collapsing and people falling from them. But there also are symbols of heroism, ranging from damaged fire trucks to the wristwatch of one of the airline passengers who confronted the hijackers.

Visitors start in an airy pavilion where the rusted tops of two of the World Trade Center’s trident-shaped columns shoot upward. From there, museumgoers descend stairs and ramps, passing through a dark corridor filled with the voices of people remembering the day and past the battered “survivors’ staircase” that hundreds used to escape the burning towers.

At the base level, 70 feet below ground, amid remnants of the skyscrapers’ foundations, there are such artifacts as a mangled piece of the antenna from atop the trade center and a fire truck with its cab shorn off.

Then, galleries plunge visitors into the chaos of Sept. 11: fragments of planes, a set of keys to the trade center, a teddy bear left at the impromptu memorials that arose after the attacks, the dust-covered shoes of those who fled the skyscrapers’ collapse, emergency radio transmissions and office workers calling loved ones, even a recording of an astronaut solemnly describing the smoke plume from the International Space Station.

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Published on May 15, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks at the dedication of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at Ground Zero, May 15, 2014.

Sprinkled in are snippets about the 19 hijackers, including photos of them on an inconspicuous panel.

The unidentified human remains of more than 1,000 people will also be housed in an underground repository within the museum.

But several families gathered outside the memorial gates Wednesday night to say their relatives should not be buried inside a museum that costs $24 to enter.

“We want those remains up on the plaza, a nice memorial where they can continue DNA testing. They don’t belong in an admission charging museum,” said Jim Riches, whose firefighter son was killed in the attack.

Other victims’ families see it as a fitting resting place.

After Thursday’s dedication, the museum will be open for six days around-the-clock to Sept. 11 survivors, victims’ relatives, first responders and lower Manhattan residents.

When the museum opens to the public May 21, the $24 admission will be waived for all visitors, but advance reservations are required.

There will be no admission charge for relatives of Sept. 11 victims or for rescue and recovery workers. Children age 6 and younger will get in free. Admission will be free for everyone on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The museum’s regular hours will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Officials say advanced reservations for tickets can be booked at 911memorial.org.

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September 11 2001 As It Happened – CNN Live 8.40am – 10.11am

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A Brand New Day™: The Dynamic Duo Head To Pennsylvania, Announce $600 Million In Job Grants.


 

By Jueseppi B.

US President Barack Obama holds his first Twitter Town Hall

 

 

From The Associated Press:

 

Striving to show action on jobs, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people land well-paying jobs.

They were making the announcement Wednesday at the Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center in the western Pennsylvania borough of Oakdale.

Administration officials say they hear from too many businesses that they cannot find skilled workers for jobs they need to fill. On top of that, officials say many people who are looking for work may be open to learning new skills but need assurance that a job will be waiting for them at the end of a training program.

Obama and others in the administration often say community colleges are among the best sources for job training and say learn-on-the-job apprenticeship programs provide some of the most direct paths to well-paying jobs.

Although the economy is improving, unemployment remains stubbornly high at 6.7 percent and Obama says more must be done to create jobs.

 

 

The programs that Obama and his Pennsylvania-born vice president are announcing do not need approval from Congress because they will be paid for with money that lawmakers have already authorized for spending. In response to stiff resistance to his agenda from Republican lawmakers, Obama has made it a goal this year to take smaller steps on his own, without support from Congress, to benefit the economy, workers and others, and Wednesday’s program fits that script.

The larger of the two grant programs will put nearly $500 million toward a job training competition run by the Labor Department that is designed to encourage community colleges, employers and industry to work together to create training programs that are geared toward the jobs employers need to fill. Applications will be available starting Wednesday.

The training is part of an existing competitive grant program for community colleges that prepare dislocated workers and others for jobs.

A priority will be placed on partnerships that include national entities, such as industry associations, that pledge to help design and institute programs that give job seekers a credential that will be recognized and accepted across a particular industry, signaling to an employer what kind of work the holder can do.

The Labor Department is also making an additional $100 million available for grants to reward partnerships that expand apprenticeship programs.

Apprenticeships are used less widely in the U.S. than in some other countries, said administration officials, who also noted that nearly 9 out of 10 apprentices end up in jobs that pay average starting salaries of above $50,000 a year.

The apprenticeship grant program will begin in the fall and focus, in part, on broad partnerships that create programs in high-growth fields, such as information technology, health care and advanced manufacturing, as well as programs that provide college credit or industry-wide skills certification.

Obama earlier this year put Biden, who is a native of Scranton, Pa., in charge of a “soup-to-nuts” review of federal job-training programs, and set a July 30 deadline for his report.

House Republicans have complained that Biden’s effort is a waste of time because the Government Accountability Office, the auditing arm of Congress, has identified redundancies in a comprehensive review it completed in 2011. They have urged Obama to press his allies in the Democratic-controlled Senate to vote on a House-passed measure that proposes to streamline dozens of duplicative job training programs.

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White House Schedule – April 16th, 2014

 

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
WEDNESDAY, April 16th, 2014

 

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

 

In the afternoon, the President will travel to Oakdale, Pennsylvania. There will be in-town travel pool coverage of the President’s departure from White House, and the arrival at Pittsburgh International Airport is open press.

 

While in Oakdale, the President will visit the Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center to tour a classroom and deliver remarks on the importance of jobs-driven skills training in a 21st Century economy. The Vice President will also deliver remarks and join the tour. There will be out-of-town travel pool coverage of the tour, and the remarks are open to pre-credentialed media.

 

In the evening, the President will depart Oakdale, Pennsylvania en route Washington, DC.  The departure from Pittsburgh International Airport is open press, and there will be in-town travel pool coverage of the return to the White House.

 

 

Wednesday, April 16th 2014 All Times ET

 

10:00 AM: The President and Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

 

1:00 PM: The President departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews, South Lawn.

 

 

1:35 PM: The President departs Joint Base Andrews en route Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 

 

2:30 PM: The President arrives Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh International Airport.

 

 

3:10 PM: The President and Vice President tour a classroom, Community College of Allegheny West Hills Center – Oakdale – Pennsylanvia.

 

 

3:45 PM: The President and Vice President deliver remarks, Community College of Allegheny West Hills Center – Oakdale – Pennsylanvia.

 

 

5:45 PM: The President departs Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania en route Joint Base Andrews, Pittsburgh International Airport.

 

 

6:45 PM: The President arrives Joint Base Andrews.

 

 

7:20 PM: The President arrives the White House, South Lawn.

 

 

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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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April 16, 2014 3:45 PM EDT

 

President Obama and Vice President Biden Speak on the Importance of Jobs-Driven Skill Training in the 21st Century Economy

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April 2014: Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host a Passover Seder dinner in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House, April 15, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host a Passover Seder dinner in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House, April 15, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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2013 Boston Marathon Tribute: Joe Biden

 

Boston, Masschutes, USA, A week before the 118th Boston Marathon, the city of Boston came together to remember the tragic terrorist attack last year. And giving tribute to the heroes and the survivors of that day, Vice-President Joe Biden had these words.

 

 

 

 

President Obama and Vice President Biden Deliver Remarks

 

Scheduled for Apr 16, 2014

The President and Vice President will visit the Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center to tour a classroom and deliver remarks on the importance of jobs-driven skills training in a 21st Century economy.

 

 

 

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will visit the Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center Wednesday to spotlight what they call “jobs-driven skills training.”

 

 

 

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Vice President Biden Joins Instagram

 

Today, we’re excited to announce the Office of the Vice President is joining Instagram to give followers a unique look inside the Vice Presidency. This new social media presence continues efforts by the Vice President’s Office to connect with citizens online, adding to his official Twitter handle and the Being Biden audio series.

 

The VP’s Instagram followers will have access to behind-the-scenes photos from the road and around the White House. And today, as the Vice President joins President Obama in Pennsylvania to announce grants that will spur job training and apprenticeship programs, you’re invited to follow along on Instagram.

 

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VPOTUSA, Joseph Robinette “Joey B” Biden, Jr., joins instagram.

 

Stay tuned for photos and videos from the Vice President – and don’t forget to check out our other official Instagram accounts, including: The White HouseFirst Lady Michelle ObamaandChief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza.

 

 

A Moment of Silence to Mark the One-Year Anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing

 

Get Your 2013 Federal Taxpayer Receipt

 

President Obama Hosts Annual Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House

 

Connecting Young African Leaders with the U.S. and One Another

 

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Statements and Releases

 

Statement by the President

One year ago, the Senate introduced comprehensive bipartisan legislation to fix our broken immigration system. Both sides worked together to pass that bill with a strong bipartisan vote. The Senate’s commonsense agreement would grow the economy by $1.4 trillion and shrink the deficit by nearly $850 billion over the next two decades, while providing a tough but fair pathway to earned citizenship to bring 11 million undocumented individuals out of the shadows, modernizing our legal immigration system, continuing to strengthen border security, and holding employers accountable.  Simply put, it would boost our economy, strengthen our security, and live up to our most closely-held values as a society.

 

Unfortunately, Republicans in the House of Representatives have repeatedly failed to take action, seemingly preferring the status quo of a broken immigration system over meaningful reform. Instead of advancing commonsense reform and working to fix our immigration system, House Republicans have voted in favor of extreme measures like a punitive amendment to strip protections from “Dreamers”. The majority of Americans are ahead of House Republicans on this crucial issue and there is broad support for reform, including among Democrats and Republicans, labor and business, and faith and law enforcement leaders. We have a chance to strengthen our country while upholding our traditions as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants, and I urge House Republicans to listen to the will of the American people and bring immigration reform to the House floor for a vote.

 

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FACT SHEET – American Job Training Investments: Skills and Jobs to Build a Stronger Middle Class

 

Readout of the President’s Calls with University of Connecticut Basketball Coaches Kevin Ollie and Geno Auriemma

 

President Obama to Award Medal of Honor

 

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Speeches and Remarks

 

Remarks by Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa O. Monaco

 

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Pharrell’s New Song is ‘Here’ From the ‘Spider-Man 2′ Soundtrack

 

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In keeping with the emotional tenor of Pharrell lately, here is his new song “Here” from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack. It’s a sweeping ballad full of all the right things that will make the moment when Peter Parker kisses that lucky so-and-so extra emotional. The difference between a delusion and a dream? Explained. Where is Pharrell? Here. Why? He got “new GPS’s.” Is he happy? He’s trying.

 

This is the second Pharrell Williams contribution we’ve heard from the soundtrack, following the release of his song with Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar,“It’s On Again.”

 

Williams also co-wrote the score to the film with Hans Zimmer and ex-Smiths guitarists Johnny Marr. The soundtrack will be available April 22, and you can pre-order it now on Amazon

 

Read more and hear the song on Radio.com.

 

 

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Young Men Debunk Negative Racial Stereotypes In “Suit and Tie” Video

 

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Published on Feb 27, 2014

A Counter-Narrative on Black Male Students: At Central High School’s Black History Month Celebration, the Central and Centennial High School African-American Clubs released a joint video countering the negative images of young African-American males in the media. The students affirmed the following in a video highlighting the successes of young black males within the District:
• We are not gangsters and thugs.
• We are employees and volunteers.
• We are scholars.
• We are athletes.
“The negative stories told daily in the media and in our culture about our young African-American men tend to ignore their successes and don’t tell the full story about how young Black men are becoming leaders within our community schools,” said Central School Social Worker and African-American Club Sponsors Tiffany Gholson and Barbara Cook, who worked with the students on this effort. “In this video, our students reclaim the narrative of who they are and inspire other students to follow in their footsteps.” In our assembly, we addressed the State of the Youth and highlighted what Black students have overcome from a historical perspective. The assembly also highlighted how overcoming those obstacles has helped make America stronger and urged students of all backgrounds to carry the torch for future generations.

 

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Thursday The 20th Of March. Spring?? Not Really.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule – March 20th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
THURSDAY, MARCH 20th, 2014

 

In the morning, the President will travel to Orlando, Florida. The departure from the South Lawn and arrival at Orlando International Airport are open press.

 

In Orlando, the President will participate in a roundtable with a group of Valencia College students and local workers and deliver remarks about the challenges these groups face, and the steps the Administration can continue to take, to expand economic opportunity for women and working families. The arrival and departure of Air Force One are open press. There will be a pool spray of the roundtable and the President’s remarks are open to pre-credentialed media.

 

Following this event, the President will depart Orlando en route Miami. The departure from Orlando International Airport and the arrival at Miami International Airport are open press.

 

In Miami, the President will attend a DNC event. Following this, the President will deliver remarks and answer questions at a DCCC dinner. The DNC event is closed press and the DCCC event is open to the print pool for remarks only.

 

In the evening, the President will depart Miami en route Washington, D.C. The departure from Miami International Airport and the arrival on the South Lawn are open press.

 

 

Thursday, March 20 2014 All Times ET

 

11:00 AM: The President departs the White House, South Lawn.

 

11:20 AM: The President departs Joint Base Andrews

 

1:25 PM: The President arrives in Orlando, Florida, Orlando International Airport.

 

2:00 PM: The President takes part in a roundtable with Valencia College students and local workers, Valencia College.

 

2:30 PM: The President delivers remarks on improving economic opportunity for women and working families, Valencia College.

 

3:45 PM: The President departs Orlando, Florida, Orlando International Airport.

 

4:35 PM: The President arrives in Miami, Florida, Miami International Airport.

 

5:10 PM: The President attends a DNC event, Private Residence.

 

7:35 PM: The President delivers remarks and answers questions at a DCCC dinner, Private Residence.

 

8:50 PM: The President departs Miami, Florida, Miami International Airport.

 

11:05 PM: The President arrives at Joint Base Andrews.

 

11:20 PM: The President arrives at the White House, South Lawn.

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama to Travel to China March 19-26, 2014

The First Lady will travel to China from March 19-26, 2014. She will be visiting Beijing from March 20-23, Xi’an on March 24, and Chengdu from March 25-26. During her trip, the First Lady will meet with Madame Peng, the spouse of China’s President Xi Jinping. She will also visit a university and a high school in Beijing, and a high school in Chengdu. Additional details about the First Lady’s trip will be announced in the coming weeks. Accompanying Mrs. Obama on this trip will be her mother, Mrs. Marian Robinson, and daughters, Malia and Sasha Obama.

 

During the trip to China, as on previous international trips to Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, the First Lady will be focusing on the power and importance of education, both in her own life and in the lives of young people in both countries.

 

She will also be visiting important historical and cultural sites in China, and will share with students in the U.S. the stories of the students she meets in China, as well as interesting facts about China’s history and culture – emphasizing the importance of students learning from one another globally.

 

The First Lady is encouraging students and classrooms across the U.S. to follow her trip by signing up for updates throughout the visit. View the First Lady’s message to students here.

 

PBS LearningMedia and Discovery Education will offer engagement opportunities for young people surrounding the trip, along with resources available for U.S. classrooms that explore the culture, geography, current events and people of China.

 

 

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The Rhodes Ahead: The First Lady’s Trip to China

 

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Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes and the First Lady’s Chief of Staff Tina Tchen preview First Lady Michelle Obama’s official visit to China. During the trip to China, as on previous international trips to Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, the First Lady will be focusing on the power and importance of education, both in her own life and in the lives of young people in China and the United States.

 

 

 

First Lady Michelle Obama China Schedule:

 

THURSDAY, March 20th: Arrives Beijing.

 

FRIDAY, March 21st: Joins Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan at Beijing Normal School; visits Forbidden City; meets with Peng and joins her for dinner and performance. Peng will lead Obama on a tour of the Forbidden City, which was the seat of Chinese imperial power from the Ming Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty, and the two will see a show and have a private dinner.

 

SATURDAY, March 22nd: Addresses students at Stanford Center at Peking University; participates in virtual discussion with American youth; visits Summer Palace; meets with staff and families of U.S. Embassy.

 

SUNDAY, March 23rd: Hosts roundtable on education; visits the Great Wall of China.

 

MONDAY, March 24th: Arrives Xi’an, visits Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, Xi’an City Wall.

 

TUESDAY, March 25th: Visits Chengdu No. 7 High School; meets with staff and families of U.S. Consulate.

 

WEDNESDAY, March 26th: Visits Chengdu Panda Base; has lunch at a Tibetan restaurant. Returns Home.

 

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White House Schedule – March 20th – March 21st, 2014

 

On Thursday, the President will travel to Orlando, Florida for an event on the economy.  Following this event, he will travel to Miami, Florida to attend DNC and DCCC events.

 

On Friday, the President will attend meetings at the White House.

 

 

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Next Up…

March 20, 2014 2:30 PM EDT

President Obama Speaks on Improving Economic Opportunity for Women and Working Families

Valencia College, Orlando, Florida. White House LIVE!!! Streaming.

 

 

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March 2014: Photo of the Day

 

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President Barack Obama talks with Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice in the Oval Office, March 19, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice in the Oval Office, March 19, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Actress America Ferrera attends a screening of the film “Cesar Chavez” in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Actress America Ferrera attends a screening of the film “Cesar Chavez” in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C.

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President Barack Obama and Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Deputy Director of Public Engagement (Cesar Chavez’s granddaughter), after she introduced The President at the screening of the film “Cesar Chavez”

President Barack Obama and Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Deputy Director of Public Engagement (Cesar Chavez’s granddaughter), after she introduced The President at the screening of the film “Cesar Chavez”

President Barack Obama hugs Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Deputy Director of Public Engagement (Cesar Chavez’s granddaughter), as he arrives at a screening of the film “Cesar Chavez”

President Barack Obama hugs Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Deputy Director of Public Engagement (Cesar Chavez’s granddaughter), as he arrives at a screening of the film “Cesar Chavez”

 

 

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First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama Travels To China.

 

Barack Picks The 2014 NCAA Basketball Champion: The “Barack-etology”…..President Obama Picks The Spartans.

 

Angela Corey’s Office Sends Out E-Mail About The Marissa Alexander Case…To Florida Lawmakers.

 

12 Days Left To Get Covered. Are You Covered?

 

President Barack Hussein Obama Screens The Film ‘Cesar Chavez’. Barack Appears On “Ellen” Tomorrow.

 

 

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President Obama Hosts a Screening of “Cesar Chavez: An American Hero”

March 19, 2014 | 9:01 |Public Domain

 

President Obama delivers remarks before a White House screening of a film celebrating the life of Cesar Chavez, who dedicated his life to making sure that our country lived up to the words of our founding and the idea that all of us are created equal.

 

 

 

Press Briefing

March 19, 2014 | 53:00 | Public Domain

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

 

 

 

White House Champions of Change: Next Generation Conservation Leaders

 

Published on Mar 18, 2014

The White House celebrates local leaders from across the country who are working to get young people to play, learn, serve and work outdoors. The leaders promote environmental awareness and responsibility by offering outdoor work experiences for people of all ages, inspiring others to participate in outdoor recreation and physical activity, providing educational opportunities for students, and educating others about the environment and the impact of climate change. March 18, 2014.

 

 

 

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President Obama to make appearance on ‘Ellen’

 

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Don’t forget, President Barack Obama appears on Ellen tomorrow (Thursday)

 

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President Barack Obama wants to make sure all uninsured Americans know about the deadline to sign up for healthcare coverage — so, naturally, that means turning to Ellen DeGeneres for help.

 

Obama will appear on Thursday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Showvia live shot from the White House. He’ll be reminding viewers that the deadline to sign up for Obamacare is March 31.

 

Though he made a memorable guest appearance on the talk show when he was campaigning for president (see below for video), this will be Obama’s first time on Ellen as commander-in-chief.

 

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As a guest on The Ellen Degeneres Show, Barack shows off his dancing skills.

 

 

Check your local listings to catch the viewing times for The Ellen Show in your area.

 

 

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Statements and Releases/Speeches and Remarks

 

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Jomaa of Tunisia

President Obama will host Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa of Tunisia at the White House on Friday, April 4.  During the meeting, the President looks forward to discussing the commitment Tunisia’s leaders have made to advancing Tunisia’s democracy and how the United States can further support Tunisia’s historic transition.  The leaders will discuss a broad range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest, including U.S. economic, political, and security assistance to support the Prime Minister’s reform agenda and Tunisia’s stability.  Prime Minister Jomaa’s visit is a demonstration of the strong bonds of friendship between the American and Tunisian people, and America’s enduring commitment to Tunisia’s democratic transition.

 

 

Readout of the President’s Call with Chancellor Merkel of Germany

President Obama spoke this morning with Chancellor Merkel regarding Russia’s violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity.  The leaders condemned Russia’s moves to formally annex Crimea, which is a violation of international law, and noted there would be costs.  They agreed it was vital to send international monitors from the Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe and the United Nations to southern and eastern Ukraine immediately.  Both leaders agreed to continue to underscore to Russian President Putin that there remains a clear path for resolving this crisis diplomatically, in a way that addresses the interests of both Russia and the people of Ukraine.  Finally, the leaders discussed ways to support Ukraine as it works to stabilize its economy and prepare for elections in May.  They noted the importance of bilateral as well as multilateral support for Ukraine, including through the International Monetary Fund and the European Union. The two leaders agreed to continue to coordinate closely on the situation in Ukraine in the days to come, including at the G-7 meeting in the Hague.

 

 

Remarks by the President at Screening of “Cesar Chavez: An American Hero”

 

Remarks to the Press by Vice President Joe Biden, President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania, and President Andris Berzins of Latvia

 

 

Just 11 Days Left To #GetCovered

 

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The White House Blog

 

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Updating the White House Privacy Policy

 

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Nathaniel Lubin
Nathaniel Lubin

March 19, 2014
05:41 PM EDT

 

On April 18, we will be updating our White House privacy policy.You can check out the draft new policy here.

 

Our old privacy policy was just that — old. The last substantial update occurred in 2011, and its substance remains predominantly based on an even earlier version. Our online presence and infrastructure has evolved to include new capabilities, like expanded use of mobile and email technology, and we need a privacy policy that reflects that growth and which is appropriate for the rest of the Administration.

 

As a result of some of those new technologies, we have a greater ability to provide users with a more dynamic experience — one that is better tailored to the information that is relevant to them. On a practical level, if you have opted in to receive email updates, we’ll use data that you submit or that is automatically generated by your use of the website to try to send you more information about issues or events you care about.

 

Of course, you can always unsubscribe from our emails or turn off cookies in your browser if you decide you’re not interested in this kind of information anymore.

 

You’ll notice the new policy is substantially different visually. We wanted our new policy to be easier to read and understand, so we’ve built out a new interactive page that puts this into a simpler, shorter format with plain language (or as plain as we can).

 

It’s also important to recognize what hasn’t changed: Much of our data retention is a consequence of adherence to the Presidential Records Act. And how we share data covered by the policy outside the Executive Office of the President has not changed.

 

It’s also important to recognize what hasn’t changed: Much of our data retention is a consequence of adherence to the Presidential Records Act. And how we share data covered by the policy outside the Executive Office of the President has not changed.

 

 

 

As Families Gather Around the Nowruz Table, President Obama Speaks to the People and Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran

 

Megan Slack
Megan Slack

March 20, 2014
08:00 AM EDT

 

As families and friends gather around the Sofreh-e Haft Sin to celebrate Nowruz, President Obama extends his best wishes for the new spring and new year.

 

In his message, the President speaks directly to the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran about the possibility for the first time in many years of a new chapter in the history of Iran and its role in the world – including a better relationship with the United States and the American people.  The President is clear that if Iran meets its international obligations with regards to its nuclear program, it will open up new possibilities and prosperity for the Iranian people for years to come.

 

Eid-e Shoma Mobarak.

 

Statement by President Obama on Nowruz

 

President Obama’s Nowruz Message to the Iranian People

 

Published on Mar 20, 2014

President Obama sends best wishes to everyone celebrating Nowruz. In his video message, the President speaks directly to the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran about the possibility for the first time in many years of a new chapter in the history of Iran and its role in the world — including a better relationship with the United States and the American people.

 

 

Transcript (Persian)

Transcript (English)

 

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