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Raw: Obama Returns to White House From Vacation

 

Published on Aug 24, 2014

The “vacation” is over and it’s back to the White House for President Barack Obama. The president arrived in Washington late Sunday after spending two weeks with his family on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. (Aug. 25)

 

 

President Barack Obama on Monday meets with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.  The First Family returned to the White House on Sunday after a two week vacation on Martha’s Vineyard puncuated by a brief return to the White House and dealing with the Islamic State after it beheaded a U.S. journalist and with protestors  in Ferguson, Mo., reacting to the fatal shooting of teen Michael Brown by a police officer. 

 

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White House Schedule – August 25, 2014

 

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

 

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
MONDAY, AUGUST 25th, 2014

 

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

 

Afterward, the President will meet with Secretary of Defense Hagel in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

In the afternoon, the President will meet with senior advisors in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

 

Monday, August 25 2014 All Times ET

 

10:30 AM: THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

11:15 AM: THE PRESIDENT meets with Secretary of Defense Hagel, Oval Office.

 

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

August 25, 2014 1:00 PM EDT

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest

The White House, White House Live Streaming.

 

3:30 PM: THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors, Oval Office.

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

Statement from National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice on the Release of Peter Theo Curtis

 

For two years, we have kept Peter Theo Curtis, a U.S. citizen held hostage in Syria, in our thoughts and prayers. Today, we join his family and loved ones in welcoming his freedom. Theo is now safe outside of Syria, and we expect he will be reunited with his family shortly.

 

Just as we celebrate Theo’s freedom, we hold in our thoughts and prayers the Americans who remain in captivity in Syria. Notwithstanding today’s welcome news, the events of the past week shocked the conscience of the world. As President Obama said, we have and will continue to use all of the tools at our disposal to see that the remaining American hostages are freed.

 

Today, the American people share in the joy and relief that Theo’s family feels, and we look forward to his safe return home. We will continue to work tirelessly on behalf of all Americans who are held overseas so that they can be reunited with their families as well.

 

 

From The Desk Of Ms Lynn Sweet:

 

Biden hits Chicago for fundraisers for Quinn, House Dems

 

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WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden hits Chicago on Monday as 2016 presidential politics are percolating. If former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton does not run for president, Biden is the strongest alternative.

 

Biden’s day trip to the city is to headline fundraisers for Gov. Pat Quinn and the House Democratic political operation and to pitch a minimum wage increase with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

 

With her book tour wrapped up, Clinton sparks the next round of frenzy over her 2016 White House ambitions when she returns to Iowa on Sept. 14 for Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry. It’s her first trip back to the state with the leadoff vote for the presidential nomination since she lost the Iowa Caucus in 2008 to Barack Obama and John Edward.

 

Clinton picks her spots, so she knows that her Iowa trip will be seen as a sign that she is getting more serious about jumping in the presidential contest. No one sees Biden running against Clinton.

 

But if she doesn’t run?

 

I’ll get to that.

 

First, a rundown on what will be an active political day Monday in Chicago.

 

While Biden is helping Democrats, the Republican Governors Association chairman, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, is in the city to boost GOP nominee Bruce Rauner and keynote two funders: one for the RGA, the other to benefit Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill. Christie will visit Rauner’s Loop campaign headquarters though Rauner won’t be there — he’s taking one of his kids to college. Christie is often mentioned as a possible 2016 White House contender, even with the New Jersey bridge controversy hanging over him.

 

Biden flies to Chicago in the morning and his first event is a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee at the John Hancock Center home of Scott Kluth, the founder of CouponCabin.com. The price points: $5,000 per person; $32,400 for couples.

 

Later, Biden and Emanuel head to the South Side for a roundtable with small-business owners to tout raising the minimum wage, a major agenda item for President Barack Obama that’s going nowhere in the GOP-controlled House. Emanuel is Obama’s former chief of staff.

 

The White House and Democrats continue to press, because this issue can help turn out Democrats in November. Emanuel, highlighting progressive causes as he faces a possible 2015 mayoral challenge from Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis, wants a city minimum wage increase.

 

Finally, Biden is the draw at a Quinn campaign $15,000 per person fundraising dinner for about 30 at the Lincoln Park residence of attorney John Cooney.

 

Now, back to 2016.

 

Clinton supporters have created several organizations to build a political infrastructure for her as she mulls her future. But since a Clinton run is not inevitable, some Democrats are visiting Iowa, just in case.

 

Former Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., spent some of last week in Iowa, making the rounds. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has been to the Hawkeye state, as has former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer. They are anonymous and dull political figures.

 

Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York are among those also mentioned as potential 2016 candidates if Clinton declines to run. Their political stock is up, but they just are not that well-known.

 

Democrats will be in a panic if Clinton walks away.

 

Biden can appeal to the progressive wing of the party at a time progressive populism is growing in influence among Democratic activists. Biden is union. Biden is empathetic. Biden is foreign policy.

 

Biden’s giant challenge would be to separate himself from the Obama administration because he is part of it. Clinton has already been in some of those dust-ups. Biden is keeping the 2016 door open. As well he should.

 

 

Dr. Jill Biden in Chicago to talk about military families

 

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WASHINGTON–Dr. Jill Biden flies to Chicago on Monday morning with Vice President Joe Biden. While he is off at political stops, Dr. Biden will deliver remarks at a lunch with spouses of past and present Adjutants General of the Army and Air National Guard.

 

The lunch is a related event of the National Guard Association of the United States’ 136th General Conference and Exhibition taking place in McCormick Place. Dr. Biden’s remarks will reflect on the work she and first lady Michelle Obama are doing on their signature “Joining Forces” project, launched to assist military families.

 

Vice President Biden,  is traveling to the city for two political events, fundraisers, to benefit Gov. Pat Quinn and House Democrats and a stop billed as governmental, a joint appearence with Mayor Rahm Emanuel to tout raising the minimum wage.press. My column with more detail on what Biden will be doing in Chicago–and some mulling on his 2016 prospects if Hillary Clinton does not run is HERE.

 

Thank you Ms. Lynn Sweet, welcome back from vacation.

 

 

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Thousands expected at Michael Brown’s funeral in St. Louis

 

Published on Aug 25, 2014

Michael Brown’s father asked for peace and calm in Ferguson for the day he will bury his son. Trayvon Martin’s parents are also to attend the funeral service. Vladimir Duthiers reports.

 

 

 

Michael Brown’s Funeral Is Set For Monday.

 

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Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown’s funeral will be held Monday, Aug. 25 attorneyBenjamin Crump announced Tuesday. 

 

On Tuesday the National action Network issued a statement stating the Rev. Al Sharpton would deliver the eulogy. On Wednesday, Brown’s uncle told NewsChannel 5 he will give the eulogy, and Sharpton will speak during the ceremony.

 

Congressman Lacy Clay will also speak, at the behest of Mike Brown’s family.

 

Brown was killed Aug. 9 by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

 

The service will be at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church at 5515 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in St. Louis. A full program will be released at a later time.

 

Rev. Michael Jones, the senior pastor for Friendly Temple, will officiate.

 

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Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church, which will host the funeral.

 

The main sanctuary to the church seats 2,500 people. They also have two overflow sections that seat collectively around 2,000 people. For people who are at locations outside of the main sanctuary, a livestream of the funeral will be available.

 

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The St. Louis Post Dispatch Op-Ed: Attorney General Eric Holder, A Message To The People Of Ferguson.

 

I Don’t Have The Words. The Ferguson, Missouri Images Will Have To Do.

 

Autopsy Shows Michael Brown Was Struck At Least 6 Times

 

MY President Of The United States Of America, Barack Hussein Obama, Has Dropped The Ball On #Ferguson & #Michael Brown.

 

Capt. Johnson’s Powerful Speech At Ferguson Rally 8/17/2014

 

Melissa Harris-Perry’s Searing Tribute To Black Men Killed By Police

 

Mail Online: Ferguson Cop, Darren Wilson, Left Town Days Before He Was Named Michael Brown’s Shooter.

 

Press Conference In Ferguson: Curfew, State Of Emergency Declared In Ferguson, So Says Governor Jay Nixon (D).

 

Statement From The Family Of Michael Brown & Their Attorneys.

 

Ferguson Police Release Michael Brown Convenience Store Surveillance Video: Strong Arm Robbery?

 

Officer Responsible For #MikeBrown Murder Is Named, As Chicago Protest Gets Emotional. Meet Captain Ronald S. Johnson.

 

What A Difference A Day Makes. Just 24 Little Hours.

 

KKK Raising Money For Police Officer Who Shot Michael Brown In Ferguson, Missouri.

 

Thats All Folks! Thats All I Have To Say About That.

 

In Defense Of Black Rage: Michael Brown, Police And The American Dream.

 

The Death Of Michael Brown: Some Racist Racial History From “The Show-Me Racism State.”

 

Michael Brown, Ferguson, Missouri.

 

TheObamaCrat SoapBox™: NObody Black Is Safe.

 

Are Black Lives Important In A Caucasian World Of “White Privilege”?

 

Ferguson Missouri Police Gun Down 18 Year Old Mike Brown, Shooting Him TEN Times…For Shoplifting Candy.

 

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The Vice President Joey B. Swears In Julián Castro As New HUD Secretary


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Vice President Joe Biden ceremonially swears in Julian Castro as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, in the Indian Treaty Room of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House, August 18, 2014. Also pictured are Secretary Castro's wife Erica, and daughter Carina. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Vice President Joe Biden ceremonially swears in Julian Castro as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, in the Indian Treaty Room of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House, August 18, 2014. Also pictured are Secretary Castro’s wife Erica, and daughter Carina. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

 

The Vice President Swears In Julián Castro as New HUD Secretary

 

 

Earlier this afternoon, Vice President Biden ceremonially swore in former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro as the new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

 

Secretary Castro — who was confirmed by the Senate last month in a 71-26 vote — made significant progress in San Antonio and implemented a number of housing and economic development programs to help the city’s residents. In a statement last month, President Obama called Secretary Castro “a proven leader — a champion for safe, affordable housing and strong, sustainable neighborhoods.”

 

The President also voiced his confidence that Secretary Castro will work in his new role to “build on the progress we’ve made battling back from the Great Recession” — rebuilding America’s housing market, reducing veteran homelessness, and connecting neighborhoods with good schools and jobs that help Americans succeed.

 


 

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Julián Castro (/ˌhliˈɑːn/ hoo-lee-ahnSpanish pronunciation: [huˈljan] ;) (born September 16, 1974) is an American politician who has been the 16th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development since July 28, 2014. Castro served three terms as the Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, from 2009 through 2014.

 

 

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16th United States Secretary of Housing and

Urban Development

Incumbent
Assumed office
July 28, 2014
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Shaun Donovan
Mayor of San Antonio
In office
June 1, 2009 – July 22, 2014
Preceded by Phil Hardberger
Succeeded by Ivy Taylor
Personal details
Born September 16, 1974 (age 39)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Erica Lira
Children Carina
Alma mater Stanford University
Harvard University
Religion Roman Catholicism

 

Early life and family

Julián Castro was born in San Antonio, Texas, on September 16, 1974, to Maria “Rosie” Castro and Jessie Guzman. He is the identical twin brother of current United States Representative Joaquín Castro. His mother was a Chicana political activist who helped establish the Chicano political party La Raza Unida. She ran unsuccessfully for San Antonio City Council in 1971. Castro once stated, “My mother is probably the biggest reason that my brother and I are in public service. Growing up, she would take us to a lot of rallies and organizational meetings and other things that are very boring for an 8-, 9-, 10-year-old”. His father, Jessie Guzman, is a retired math teacher and political activist. Never married, Rosie and Jessie separated when Castro and his brother were eight years old. Castro’s roots trace back to 1920, when his grandmother, Victoria Castro, joined extended family members there as a six-year-old orphan from northern Mexico.

 

In 2007 Castro married Erica Lira Castro, an elementary school teacher. In 2009 their daughter Carina Castro was born.

 

 

Education

Castro attended Thomas Jefferson High School, where he played football, basketball and tennis; he also collected trading cards. He skipped his sophomore year and graduated in 1992, ranking ninth in his class. He had received an offer to play tennis at Trinity University, a NCAA Division III school, but chose to attend Stanford University.

 

He graduated from Stanford in 1996 with a bachelors degree in political science and communications. He said he began thinking about entering politics while at Stanford, where he and his brother launched their first campaigns and won student senate seats, tying for the highest number of votes. Castro has credited affirmative action for his admission into Stanford, telling The New York Times, “Joaquín and I got into Stanford because of affirmative action. I scored 1,210 on my SATs, which was lower than the median matriculating student. But I did fine in college and in law school. So did Joaquín. I’m a strong supporter of affirmative action because I’ve seen it work in my own life”.

 

Castro entered Harvard Law School in 1997 and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 2000. His brother graduated from both schools with him. After law school, the two brothers worked for the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld before starting their own firm in 2005.

 

 

Political career

San Antonio

Castro was elected to the San Antonio City Council in 2001, winning 61 percent of the vote against five challengers. At age 26 he was the youngest city councilman in San Antonio history, surpassing Henry Cisneros (later mayor of San Antonio and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development), who won his council seat in 1975 when he was 27 years old. Castro represented District 7, a precinct on the city’s west side with 115,000 residents. The population was 70 percent Hispanic and included a large number of senior citizens. As a councilman from 2001 to 2005, he had opposed a PGA-approved golf course and large-scale real estate development on the city’s outer rim.

 

Castro ran for Mayor of San Antonio in 2005 and was widely viewed as the front runner in a field that also included retired judge Phil Hardberger and conservative city councilman Carroll Schubert. However, he was defeated by approximately 4000 votes when Hardberger received 51.5% of the votes.

 

Julian Castro and his twin brother Representative Joaquin Castro at the LBJ Presidential Library

Julian Castro and his twin brother Representative Joaquin Castro at the LBJ Presidential Library

 

Castro ran for Mayor of San Antonio again in 2009, announcing his candidacy on November 5, 2008. Castro won the election on May 9, 2009 with 56.23% of the vote, his closest opponent being Trish DeBerry-Mejia. He became the fifth Latino mayor in the history of San Antonio. He was the youngest mayor of a top-50 American city.

 

In 2010 Castro created SA2020, a community-wide visioning effort. It generated a list of goals created by the people of San Antonio based on their collective vision for San Antonio in the year 2020. SA2020 then became a nonprofit organization tasked with turning that vision into a reality.

 

In 2010 he established Cafe College, which offers college guidance to San Antonio area students. In 2012 he led a voter referendum to expand pre-kindergarten education.

 

Castro was re-elected in 2011, running against four candidates; he received 82.9% of the votes.

 

Castro gained national attention in 2012 when he was the first Hispanic to deliver the keynote address at a Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

In 2013, Castro was re-elected for a third term as Mayor of San Antonio. Castro won 67% of the votes but did very little campaigning, as none of his opponents made a serious attempt to win the mayoral election.

 

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid meets with Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Nominee Julián Castro on July 7, 2014

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid meets with Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Nominee Julián Castro on July 7, 2014

 

Castro has been an advocate for LGBT rights and has stated that he opposes the law in Texas that bans gay marriage.

 

He resigned as mayor effective July 22, 2014, so that he could take up his duties in Washington. The San Antonio City Council elected council member Ivy Taylor to replace him.

 

 

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

On May 22, 2014 the White House announced Castro as the nominee to be the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by President Barack Obama. He was confirmed by the Senate on July 9, 2014 by a vote of 71-26 and will replace Shaun Donovan, who was nominated to be the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. He took office on July 28, 2014 as United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Following the announcement, Castro was discussed as a potential 2016 Democratic Vice Presidential nominee. On July 28, 2014, his first day in office, Castro was honored at a reception called “Celebrating Latino Cabinet Members” hosted by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.

 

 

Julián Castro: New HUD Secretary

 

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President Barack Hussein Obama Heading Back To D.C.


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President Barack Hussein Obama Heading Back To D.C. 

 

By Associated PressBy JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent:

 

(AP) — President Barack Obama is getting off the island.

In a rare move for him, the president planned a break in the middle of his Martha’s Vineyard vacation to return to Washington on Sunday night for unspecified meetings with Vice President Joe Biden and other advisers.

The White House has been cagey about why the president needs to be back in Washington for those discussions. Part of the decision appears aimed at countering criticism that Obama is spending two weeks on a resort island in the midst of so many foreign and domestic crises.

Yet those crises turned the first week of Obama’s vacation into a working holiday. He made on-camera statements on U.S. military action in Iraq and the clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. He called foreign leaders to discuss the tensions between Ukraine and Russia, as well as between Israel and Hamas.

“I think it’s fair to say there are, of course, ongoing complicated situations in the world, and that’s why you’ve seen the president stay engaged,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.

Obama is scheduled to return to Martha’s Vineyard on Tuesday and stay through next weekend.

Even though work has occupied much of Obama’s first week on vacation, he still found plenty of time to golf, go to the beach with his family and go out to dinner on the island. He hit the golf course one more time Sunday ahead of his departure, joining two aides and former NBA player Alonzo Mourning for an afternoon round.

Earlier in the week, Obama attended a birthday party for Democratic adviser Vernon Jordan’s wife, where he spent time with former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

That get-together between the former rivals-turned-partners added another complicated dynamic to Obama’s vacation. Just as Obama was arriving on Martha’s Vineyard, an interview with the former secretary of state was published in which she levied some of her sharpest criticism of Obama’s foreign policy.

Clinton later promised she and Obama would “hug it out” when they saw each other at Jordan’s party. No reporters were allowed in, so it’s not clear whether there was any hugging, but the White House said the president danced to nearly every song.

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President Barack Obama bike rides with daughter Malia Obama on the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest bike path, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, outside of West Tisbury, Mass., during the Obama family vacation on the island of Martha's Vineyard. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

President Barack Obama bike rides with daughter Malia Obama on the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest bike path, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, outside of West Tisbury, Mass., during the Obama family vacation on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Two people on a motor scooter, left, drive by as law enforcement officials from Secret Service and Massachusetts State Police stand outside State Road Restaurant where President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have dinner with friends, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in West Tisbury, Mass. President Obama is staying on Martha's Vineyard for what is expected to be a two-week summer vacation. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Two people on a motor scooter, left, drive by as law enforcement officials from Secret Service and Massachusetts State Police stand outside State Road Restaurant where President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have dinner with friends, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in West Tisbury, Mass. President Obama is staying on Martha’s Vineyard for what is expected to be a two-week summer vacation. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Two law enforcement officials use binoculars near the entrance to State Road Restaurant, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in West Tisbury, Mass., moments before the arrival of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for dinner with friends. President Obama is staying on Martha's Vineyard for what is expected to be a two-week summer vacation. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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The Story Behind Dr. Jill Biden’s Wax Print Dress At Last Night’s White House Dinner.


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The Story Behind Dr. Jill Biden’s Wax Print Dress At Last Night’s White House Dinner.

 

Story by Washington Post & Helena Andrews:

 

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Jill Biden and Vice President Biden at the White House on Tuesday August 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

When it comes to the collective hand-wringing of who wore what at the White House, the second lady often takes a well-worn backseat to the first. Not so on Tuesday.

 

At last night’s White House dinner in honor of the U.S.-Africa Leaders summit, Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, wowed in a turquoise wax print dress custom-designed in Congo. The choice–bold, colorful, diplomatic–was, of course, intentional.

 

“For me, the fabric and style of this dress embodies the beauty and strength of the women I met throughout my visit to Africa last month,” Jill Biden said.

 

In July, she took a week-long trip to Africa with stops in Zambia, Congo, and Sierra Leone, highlighting female empowerment, education and economic development. In Congo, Biden met sewing shop owner Madame Monique Gieskes, 53, a group director for Vlisco, the wildly popular Dutch wax print fabric brand coveted by women throughout Africa.

 

Gieskes trains women, many of whom have been the victims of gender-based violence, to become tailors and eventually run fashion-based businesses of their own. After meeting Gieskes, Biden decided what she would wear to the White House dinner.

 

Later that evening Biden took a tour of the Vlisco flagship store that Gieskes runs.

 

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“The first thing I noted was how amazed she was with the different colors we had. It was like fireworks, so many colors,” said Gieskes in a phone interview from her shop in Kinshasa, the capital Congo.

 

She eventually steered Biden toward a “turquoise blue that would fit her complexion.”

 

With the biggest decision made, the shop then took Biden’s measurements and the dress was ready at 10 a.m the next morning to make the 6,500-mile trip back to Washington.

 

“It can take three to four days usually, but we knew she was leaving the next day,” explained Gieskes, adding that a seamstress volunteered to work through the night.

 

The dress, added Gieskes, sent a powerful message to the “underprivileged and talented” women she works with.

 

“A woman anywhere in the world, you see–no matter the continent, no matter the color–what she chooses to wear is supporting what another woman is doing in her country,” said Gieskes.

 


Follow more of the big dinner’s news here from Lionel Richie’s pseudo-African song lyrics to what 1600 Penn. will have on the menu.

 

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Travels in Africa with Dr. Jill Biden

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

In July 2014 Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden led a delegation to Zambia, The Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone to meet with leaders and discuss education and women’s empowerment. On the trip she was joined by USAID Administrator Raj Shah. Hear them discuss their experiences and the significance of this visit.

 

 

 

Dr. Biden Delivers Remarks at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

Dr. Jill Biden speaks during a luncheon at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. August 4, 2014.

 

 

 

Dr. Jill Biden Speaks on Creating Opportunities for Young Women Leaders

 

Published on Aug 6, 2014

Dr. Jill Biden speaks before the U.S.-African Leaders Summit on education and how we can create opportunities and invest in the next generation of women leaders. August 6, 2014.

 

 

 

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The U.S. ★ Africa Leaders Summit: August 4th – 6th, 2014, Washington, D.C.

 

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

 

Published on Jul 31, 2014

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

 

 

 

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President Obama Delivers Remarks at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

President Obama addresses the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Business Forum on August 5, 2014.

 

 

 

The Vice President Delivers Remarks to the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Business Forum

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden addressed the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Business Forum on August 5, 2014.

 

 

 

Dr. Biden Delivers Remarks at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

Dr. Jill Biden speaks during a luncheon at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. August 4, 2014.

 

 

 

Vice President Biden Address the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Civil Society Forum in Washington, D.C. on August 4, 2014.

 

 

 

Dr. Jill Biden delivers remarks to the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

 

Published on Aug 4, 2014

Dr. Jill Biden delivers remarks at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit on resilience and food security in a changing climate

 

 

 

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Videos Of Events

 

Streamed live on Aug 5, 2014

U.S.-Africa Business Forum

The U.S. Department of Commerce and Bloomberg Philanthropies will co-host the first U.S.-Africa Business Forum, a day focused on strengthening trade and financial ties between the United States and Africa.

Schedule of Events:
9:00 AM – 11:50 AM Moderated Sessions
1:45 PM – 2:10 PM Vice President Biden Delivers Remarks
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM President Obama Delivers Remarks

 

 

 

Streamed live on Aug 4, 2014

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Resilience and Food Security in a Changing Climate

The “Resilience and Food Security in a Changing Climate” Signature Event will highlight three critical and interrelated areas in the U.S-Africa relationship: food security, climate change, and resilience.

 

 

 

Streamed live on Aug 4, 2014

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Civil Society Forum

The “Civil Society Forum” Signature Event will bring together U.S. and African government leaders, members of African and U.S. civil society and the diaspora, and private sector leaders.

8:30 AM – Civil Society Forum Panel
10:00 AM – Secretary of State Kerry Addresses the Forum
11:50 AM – Vice President Biden Delivers Remarks

 

 

 

Streamed live on Aug 5, 2014

African Leaders Arrival to the White House

 

 

 

Streamed live on Aug 5, 2014

President Obama and the First Lady Host a Dinner for the U.S.-African Leaders Summit. Live from the White House.

 

 

 

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8/5/14: White House Press Briefing

 

Published on Aug 5, 2014

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

 

 

 

August 4th – 5th 2014: U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Photos of the Day

 

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet His Excellency Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, and Mrs. Marieme Sall, in the Blue Room during a U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit dinner at the White House, Aug. 5, 2014. [Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon]

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet His Excellency Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, and Mrs. Marieme Sall, in the Blue Room during a U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit dinner at the White House, Aug. 5, 2014. [Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon]

 

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U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Day Three

 

AUGUST 6

 

Summit Leader Meetings
African leaders and President Obama will engage in dialogue in three action-oriented sessions that will address issues of shared interest and mutual concern.

 

Leader Session I – Investing in Africa’s Future
The opening session will discuss inclusive, sustainable development, economic growth, and trade and investment.

 

Leader Session II – Peace and Regional Stability
A working lunch centered around shared concerns regarding peace and security, including a discussion of long-term solutions to regional conflicts, peacekeeping challenges, and combating transnational threats.

 

 

Leader Session III – Governing for the Next Generation
This session will allow for a candid conversation about the greatest challenges and opportunities for Africa’s continued political and economic progress and a specific focus on governance. This session will focus on how to enhance governance in order to deliver services to citizens, attract and prepare for increased domestic and foreign direct investment, manage transnational threats, and stem the flow of illicit finance.

 

 

Leader Press Conferences

 

Spousal Program

On August 6, First Lady Michelle Obama, in partnership with former First Lady Laura Bush and the Bush Institute, will host a day-long spouses symposium at the Kennedy Center focused on the impact of investments in education, health, and public-private partnerships.

 

 

Media

Media representatives wishing to cover the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and related events and/or to get access to the Media Center must apply to receive a credential. For more information on media and the online accreditation system, please go to the Working Media Credential Application page.

 

Any media-related questions should be directed to the U.S. Media Coordinator’s Office, at AfricaSummitMedia@state.gov.

 

Side Events

In order to leverage the presence in Washington, D.C. of so many African leaders as well as the intense interest in U.S.-Africa ties that the Summit has engendered, a number of non government actors – the private sector and non-profit organizations — are organizing events along the margins to coincide with the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

 

 

YALI

YALI / Young African Leaders Initiative / logo

 

President Obama launched the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) in 2010 to support young leaders with opportunities and resources. Through YALI, the United States is committing significant resources to enhance leadership skills, bolster entrepreneurship, and connect young African leaders with one another, with the United States, and with the American people. Investing in the next generation of African leaders is critical to ensuring the success of Africa’s democracies and its economies.

 

The Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the exchange program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). This program brings over 500 young leaders to the United States each year, beginning in 2014, for leadership training, academic coursework, and mentoring. It also creates unique opportunities in Africa, through internships and follow-on opportunities, to put those new skills to practical use in propelling economic growth and prosperity and strengthening democratic institutions. To be part of the YALI Network, follow @YALINetwork on Twitter or find us on Facebook.

 

For more information on YALI, please visitYoungAfricanLeaders.state.gov.

 

Stay Engaged

 

Speeches and Remarks/Statements and Releases – August 5th, 2014

 

Remarks by the President at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum

 

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with President Moncef Marzouki of Tunisia

 

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

 

Readout of National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam of Mauritius

 

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

 

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

 

FACT SHEET: The Doing Business in Africa Campaign

 

FACT SHEET: Powering Africa: Increasing Access to Power in Sub-Saharan Africa

 

Expected Attendees at Tonight’s U.S.–Africa Leaders Summit Dinner

 

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa

 

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