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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.


 

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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.

 

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

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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A Day In The Life Of Barack & Michelle™: Miami For The Weekend.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Taking off from The South Lawn & Joint Base Andrews.

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Touching down at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Homestead Florida.

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Opening Today: The 2014 Easter Egg Roll Ticket Lottery

 

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March 07, 2014
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Don’t miss your chance to join the First Family for the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. The big event is on Monday, April 21 and more than 30,000 people will join in on the fun. Guests will have a chance to participate in activities including games, stories, singing, dancing, and of course, the traditional egg roll – all on the White House South Lawn.

 

This year’s theme  “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” encourages children to lead healthy, active lives in support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative. In addition to the fun and games, the day’s activities will help educate families on smart ways to incorporate healthy eating and exercise choices into their daily routines.

 

Starting today, you can enter the lottery at www.recreation.govfor a chance to join in on the fun. The event is open to children ages 13 years and younger and their families. Be sure to enter the lottery before it closes on Monday, March 10 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

 

Families and schools who can’t make the trip to Washington, D.C. but want to participate in the festivities can enter the annual poster contest. The First Lady will select the winning design to be used as part of the White House 2014 Easter Egg Roll program.

 

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Ask President Obama Your Health Care Questions on WebMD

 

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March 07, 2014
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Next week, President Obama will sit down for his first-ever interview with WebMD, the leading source of health information for consumers and health care professionals, to discuss the importance of signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. During a conversation with the site’s health care reform expert Lisa Zamosky, the President will answer questions about health care and the ACA directly from WebMD users in an interview that will air on March 14.

 

What’s your question for President Obama? Ask now at WebMD.com/AskObama

 

The President’s interview with WebMD continues efforts by the administration to encourage as many Americans as possible to sign up for health insurance for 2014 by the end of open enrollment on March 31.

 

And it’s just one of many innovative and targeted strategies used by the White House to speak with Americans directly — especially women, young adults and the uninsured – about quality, affordable health care options available. As the leading source for health information, WebMD has enormous reach. According to WebMD, the site’s more than 156 million unique visitors per month is made up of 60 percent women, 33 percent of its audience is ages 18-34 and 38 percent of those younger users are uninsured.

 

So, go ahead and submit your questions now – then tune in on March 14 to watch the full interview and find out if the President answered your question.

 

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Carole King: What I’d Say to My Kids

 

Published on Mar 7, 2014

Carole King has a special message to share with families: “If you were my child I would tell you – get health care now. HealthCare.gov is there for you. It is a way that you can find health care. It’s available, it’s affordable. Enrollment ends March 31st, so don’t wait! Just get on HealthCare.gov. Enroll today. That’s what I’d say to my kids.”

 

 

 

Getting Covered with Carole King

 

 

 

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The Employment Situation in February

 

Jason Furman
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March 07, 2014
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February 2014 was the 48th straight month of private-sector job growth, with businesses adding 8.7 million jobs over that time. Despite a major snowstorm that hit the East Coast during the reference week for the labor market surveys, the rate of job growth picked up from the December and January pace. Nevertheless, the unemployment rate remains elevated, and for too many Americans, wages have been slow to rise.

 

This week, the President put out a budget that can make progress on these issues by investing in education, job training, and innovation, by expanding tax credits for working Americans, and by extending the emergency unemployment benefits that has expired for 2 million Americans. And while the President encourages Congress to act on his proposals, he will also continue to take action on his own wherever possible to support job growth and expand economic opportunity.

 

FIVE KEY POINTS IN TODAY’S REPORT FROM THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

1. The private sector has added 8.7 million jobs over 48 straight months of job growth. Today we learned that total non-farm payroll employment rose by 175,000 in February, with 162,000 of that increase in the private sector. Revisions to private employment in the previous months were small and offsetting, so that that over the past twelve months, private employment has risen by 2.2 million, or an average of 183,000 a month. This is almost identical to the pace of job gains over the preceding twelve-month period (182,000 a month).

 

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Remarks by the President on Preparing for College

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Miami, Florida

 

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Published on Mar 7, 2014

President Obama discusses his plan to equip all Americans with the education and skills they need to compete in today’s economy and announces a new FAFSA Completion Initiative to give more Americans the opportunity to afford, attend and graduate from college. March 7, 2014.

 

 

 

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THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, Miami!  (Applause.)  Hello, Cuda Nation!  (Applause.)  Hello!  It is good to be here at Coral Reef Senior High.  (Applause.)  You guys are just happy because it’s warm down here all the time.  (Laughter.)  I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but the rest of the country is cold.  (Laughter.)  Listen, Michelle and I are so grateful for the warm welcome.  It is great to be here.  I want to thank some people who are doing outstanding work.

 

First of all, your superintendent, Superintendent Carvalho, is doing great work.  We’re really proud of him.  (Applause.)  Your principal, Principal Leal, is doing great work.  (Applause.)  All the Coral Reef teachers and staff, you guys are all doing a great job.  (Applause.)  And you’re doing what is necessary to help young people get ready for college and careers.  So that’s why we’re here.  We are proud of what’s being done at this school.

 

I want to mention a few other folks who are here who are fighting on behalf of the people of South Florida every day.  We’ve got Congressman Joe Garcia is here.  (Applause.)  We’ve got Congresswoman Frederica Wilson here.  (Applause.)  We’ve got Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.  Your former Governor Charlie Crist is here.  (Applause.)

 

And most of all, I want to thank the people that Michelle and I came all the down here to see, and that is the students of Coral Reef.  (Applause.)  We had heard great things about your school.  We had heard great things about the students.  We wanted to come down here and just see what was going on.  (Applause.)  And Michelle and I just had a chance to visit with some of your classmates who are going through some of the scholarship applications, and we had a chance to talk to them and hear what their plans were.  And first of all, Michelle and I looked and we said, these must be actors playing students, because they were all smart and good-looking and organized.  (Laughter.)  And I asked them, what are you going to do?  And they’re — well, I’m going to be applying to business school, and then I’m going to start a company, and then I — when I was your age, I didn’t know what I was doing.  I was lucky if I had gotten out of bed on time.  (Laughter.)  So you guys are ahead of the game.

 

And we’re here to tell you that you’ve got to keep up the good work, because by working hard every single day, every single night, you are making the best investment there is in your future.  And we want to make sure you’ve got everything, all the tools you need to succeed.  We want every young person to have the kinds of teachers and the kind of classes and the kind of learning experiences that are available to you here at Coral Reef.  (Applause.)  Because that’s the best investment we can make in America’s future.  (Applause.)

 

Now, keep in mind, Michelle and I, we’re only here today because of the kind of education that we got.  That was our ticket to success.  We grew up a lot like many of you.  I was raised by a single mom; she was a teenager when I was born.  We moved around a lot, we did not have a lot of money, but the one thing she was determined to see was that my sister and I would get the best education possible.

 

And she would press me.  Sometimes she’d make me wake up, do my lessons before I even went to school.  She was not going to let me off the hook.  And at the time, I wasn’t happy about it, but now I’m glad she pressed me like that.  Because, thanks to my mother and my grandparents, and then great teachers and great counselors who encouraged me, and a country that made it possible for me to afford a higher education, I was able to go to college and law school.

 

And then when I met Michelle, I saw that — (applause) –there were a couple of things I noticed.  I noticed she was smart.  (Applause.)  I noticed she was funny — she’s funny, she’s funnier than I am.  (Laughter.)  Obviously, I noticed she was cute, yes.  (Applause.)  But one of the things I also realized was, even though we had grown up in very different places, her story was a lot like mine.  Her dad worked at a city water plant.  He didn’t go to college.  He was a blue-collar worker.  Michelle’s mom — my mother-in-law, who I love to death — she was a secretary.  No one in her family had gone to college.  But because she had worked hard and her parents understood the value of education, and she had great teachers and great opportunities, and because the country was willing to invest to make sure that she was able to pay for college, she ended up going to some of the best universities in the country.  (Applause.)

 

So the point is she and I have been able to achieve things that our parents, our grandparents would have never dreamed of.  And that’s the chance this country should give every young person.  That’s the idea at the heart of America.  (Applause.)

 

What makes this country great, what makes it special when you look around, and Miami is a great example of it, you’ve got people coming from everywhere, every background, every race, every faith.  But what binds us together is this idea that if you work hard, you can make it — that there’s opportunity for all.  The belief that no matter who you are, no matter where you come from, no matter what your last name is, if you are responsible and put in the effort, you can succeed.  There’s no limit to what you can do.  That’s what America is all about.  (Applause.)

 

Opportunity is what drew many of your parents and grandparents to America.  And we’ve got to restore that idea for your generation, so that everybody has the same chance Michelle and I did.  That’s why we’re working on what we call an opportunity agenda to create more jobs and train more workers with new skills; to make sure hard work is rewarded with a paycheck that supports a family; to make sure that everybody can get health care when they need it, so that nobody has to get into financial trouble because somebody in the family gets sick.  (Applause.)

 

And for the students here, a lot of you, you may not think about these issues all the time.  You’re spending a lot of time on homework and sports, and this and that.  But you also oftentimes see your own family struggling and you worry about it.  And one of the single-most important parts of our opportunity agenda is making sure that every young person in America has access to a world-class education — a world-class education.  (Applause.)  So that’s why we are here.

 

I believe we should start teaching our kids at the earliest ages.  So we’re trying to help more states make high-quality preschool and other early learning programs available to the youngest kids.  (Applause.)  I believe that our K-12 system should be the best in the world.  So we started a competition called Race to the Top, to encourage more states like Florida to raise expectations for students like you, because when we set high expectations, every single one of you can meet them.  (Applause.)  You’re recruiting and preparing the best teachers.  You are turning around low-performing schools.  You’re expanding high-performing ones.  You’re making sure every student is prepared for college or a career.

 

I believe that every student should have the best technology.  So we launched something we called ConnectED to connect our schools to high-speed Internet.  And I want to congratulate Miami-Dade and your superintendent, because you have achieved your goal of installing wi-fi in every single one of your schools.  (Applause.)

 

So the good news is, in part because of some of these reforms we’ve initiated, when you add it all up our nation’s high school graduation rate is the highest on record.  The drop-out rate has been dropping, and among Latino students has been cut in half since 2000.  (Applause.)  Miami-Dade’s graduation rate is higher than it’s ever been.  That’s all because of the efforts of so many people, including the parents and students who have been putting in the effort.  It’s because of the teachers and administrators and staff who are doing such a great job.  You should be proud.  We’re making progress — we’re making progress.  (Applause.)

 

Yes, you guys — by the way, you can all sit down.  I didn’t realize everybody was still standing up.  Sit down.  Take a load off.  You guys can’t sit down though, because you don’t have chairs, although bend your knees so you don’t faint.  (Laughter.)

 

But here’s the key thing, Coral Reef:  We still have more work to do, all of us — elected officials, principals, teachers, parents, students.  Because, as Michelle says, education is a two-way street.  Folks like us have to work hard to give you the best schools and support that you need.  But then, you’ve got to hold up your end of the bargain by committing to your education.  That means you’ve got to stretch your minds.  You’ve got to push through subjects that aren’t always easy.  And it means continuing your education past high school, whether that’s a two-year or a four-year college degree or getting some professional training.

 

So I want to talk about an easy step that high school students like you can take to make college a reality.  And it’s something you already know here at Coral Reef, but I’m speaking to all the young people out there who may be watching.  It’s called FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

 

It is a simple form.  It used to be complicated; we made it simple.  It doesn’t cost anything — that’s why the word “free” is right there in the name.  (Laughter.)  It does not take a long time to fill out.  Once you do, you’re putting yourself in the running for all kinds of financial support for college — scholarships, grants, loans, work-study jobs.

 

For the past five years, we’ve been working to make college more affordable.  We took on a college loan system that gave billions of dollars of taxpayer money to big banks to manage the student loan system.  We said, we don’t need the banks, let’s give the money directly to students, we can help more students.  (Applause.)  We can help more students that way.  So we expanded the grants that help millions of students from low-income backgrounds pay for college.  We’re offering millions of people the chance to cap their student loan payments at 10 percent of their incomes once they graduate.

 

Today, more young people are earning college degrees than ever before.  That’s a great thing.  (Applause.)  That is a great thing.  But we still need to do more to help rein in the rising cost of tuition.  We need to do more to help Americans who feel trapped by student loan debt — because no striving, hardworking, ambitious, young American should ever be denied a college education just because they can’t afford it — nobody.  (Applause.)

 

Unfortunately, there are still a lot of young people all across the country who say the cost of college is holding them back.  Some of you may have sat around the kitchen table with your parents wondering about whether you’ll be able to afford it.  So FAFSA is by far the easiest way to answer that question.  And I know the Barracudas know all about FAFSA.  (Applause.)  Last year, you had the second-highest completion rate of any large high school in the state.  (Applause.)  You should be proud of that.  Your teachers and parents should be proud of that.

 

But last year, almost half of high school graduates in Florida didn’t fill out the FAFSA form.

 

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THE PRESIDENT:  That ain’t right.  (Laughter.)  Not only is it not right, but it also ain’t right.  (Laughter.)  And as a result, they lost out on over $100 million in Pell grants.  Think about that — $100 million that could have helped Florida students help pay for college was just left on the table.  That’s just in Florida.  Nationwide, over one million high school students did not fill out the FAFSA form.  That happens every year.

 

So my challenge today to every high school student in America:  Fill out the form.  Even if you think you might not qualify for financial aid, fill out the form.  You might qualify.

 

And we’re making it easier than ever.  We put the FAFSA form online.  We made it shorter.  It takes about half an hour to fill out.  And it could change the rest of your life.  We’ve updated it to save your parents a lot of hassle as well.  And today, I’m announcing another improvement.

 

Today, I’m directing the Department of Education to tell every governor that, starting today, they can, if they choose, confidentially let high school administrators know which students have filled out the FAFSA form and which haven’t.  So that way, if Principal Leal wants to check in with the seniors –

 

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THE PRESIDENT:  I know, everybody is like, wow.  (Laughter.)  I know she’s already on top of stuff, but this way, she could check and seniors who had not filled it out, she could then help them answer the questions and figure out what’s holding her back — what’s holding them back.

 

Anybody will be able to go online and find out the number of students who have filled out the form at each high school, so we can track it.  So if you want to have a friendly competition with Palmetto High or Miami Killian — (applause) — to see who can get a higher completion rate on your FAFSA, you can do that.  (Applause.)  You achieved the second-highest rate in the state, but I mean if you want to settle for number two, that’s okay –  you might be able to get number one.  (Applause.)  Huh?  I’m just saying you could go for number one.  (Applause.)

 

So these are things I can do on my own, but I’m here to also tell you I need — I could use some help from folks in Washington.  There are some things I don’t need Congress’s permission for, and in this year of action, whenever I see a way to act to help expand opportunity for young people I’m just going to go ahead and take it.  I’m just going to go ahead and do it.  (Applause.)

 

So earlier this year, Michelle and I hosted a College Opportunity Summit, where over 150 colleges and universities and nonprofits made commitments to help more low-income students get to college and graduate from college.  (Applause.)  But I’m also willing to work with anybody in Congress — Democrat, Republican, don’t matter — to make sure young people like you have a shot to success.

 

So a few days ago, I sent my budget to Congress.  And budgets are pretty boring — but the stuff inside the budgets are pretty important.  And my budget focuses on things like preschool for all; like redesigning high schools so students like you can learn real-world skills that businesses want — (applause) — like preparing more young people for careers in some of the fields of the future — in science and technology and engineering and math to discover new planets and invent robots and cure diseases — all the cool stuff that we adults haven’t figured out yet.  (Laughter.)

 

These are not just the right investments for our schools; they’re the right priorities for our country.  You are our priority.  We’ve got to make sure we have budgets that reflect that you are the most important thing to this country’s success. If you don’t succeed, we don’t succeed.  (Applause.)

 

We’ve got to make sure all of you are prepared for the new century, and we’ve got to keep growing our economy in other ways:  attracting new high-tech jobs, reforming our immigration system — something Congressman Garcia is fighting for.  (Applause.)   And the rest of Congress needs to stop doing nothing, do right by America’s students, America’s teachers, America’s workers.  Let’s get to work.  Let’s get busy.  (Applause.)  We’ve got work to do. All of us have work to do — teachers, school counselors, principals, superintendents, parents, grandparents.

 

We all have work to do, because we want to see you succeed, because we’re counting on you, Barracudas.  (Applause.)  And if you keep reaching for success — and I know you will, just based on the small sampling we saw of students here — if you keep working as hard as you can and learning as much as you can, and if you’ve got big ambitions and big dreams, if you don’t let anybody tell you something is out of your reach, if you are convinced that you can do something and apply effort and energy and determination and persistence to that vision, then not only will you be great but this country will be great.  (Applause.)  Our schools will be great.  (Applause.)

 

I want us to have the best-educated workforce in America.  And I want it to be the most diverse workforce in the world.  That’s what I’m fighting for.  That’s what your superintendent and your principal are fighting for, and I hope that’s what you fight for yourselves.  (Applause.)  Because when I meet the students here at Coral Reef, I am optimistic about the future.  Michelle and I walked out of that classroom, and we said, you know what, we’re going to be in good hands, we’re going to do okay.  (Applause.)  Because these young people are coming, and nobody is going to stop them.

 

Thank you, everybody.  God bless you.  God bless America.  (Applause.)

 

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FACT SHEET: Opportunity for All: Promoting College Opportunity and Graduation

 

American Royalty: Barack & Michelle at Coral Reef High School

American Royalty: Barack & Michelle at Coral Reef High School

Barack's biggest Fan is front & center at Coral Reef High School

Barack’s biggest Fan is front & center at Coral Reef High School

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The crowd goes wild at Coral Reef High School…who dat in the “front row?”

 

 

Statement by the President on Bloody Sunday

Forty-nine years ago, a determined group of Americans marched into history, facing down grave danger in the name of justice and equality—walking to protest the continued discrimination and violence against African Americans.  On a day that became known as “Bloody Sunday”, these brave men and women met billy-clubs and tear gas with courage and resolution.  Their actions helped set an example for a generation to stand up for the fundamental freedoms due to all people.  We recognize those who marched that day—and the millions more who have done their part throughout our nation’s history to bend the arc of the moral universe toward justice.

 

49 years ago today Rep. John Lewis led peaceful march from Selma to Montgomery and was beaten by Alabama state troopers

49 years ago today Rep. John Lewis led peaceful march from Selma to Montgomery and was beaten by Alabama state troopers

 

 

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Travel to the United Arab Emirates and Djibouti

National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice is traveling to the United Arab Emirates and Djibouti from March 6-8.  In the United Arab Emirates she is meeting with senior Emirati officials including Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed to discuss U.S.-UAE cooperation on a range of regional issues.  In Djibouti, she will meet with President Guelleh to discuss our strategic partnership and visit U.S. troops at the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa at Camp Lemonnier.

 

 

Remarks by the President to Travel Pool

Classroom in Coral Reef Senior High School
Miami, Florida

 

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THE PRESIDENT:  One of the reasons we’re down here, Michelle and I are both working on encouraging school districts to adopt some terrific stuff that’s being done down here in order for young people to know if they’ve done the work, if they’re being responsible, they’re outstanding students, then financing should not be a barrier for them being able to go to college.  And we just don’t have enough information that’s getting out there about how easy it is now to fill out the FAFSA form and other scholarships that are available.  But this school district is doing some great work on it.  So this is an example of where we want all our young people to be.

So, great job.

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on Deputy National Security Advisor Antony Blinken’s Meeting with United Nations-Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Joint Mission in Syria Special Coordinator Sigrid Kaag

Deputy National Security Advisor Antony Blinken met yesterday with Sigrid Kaag, Special Coordinator of the United Nations-Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Joint Mission to eliminate the chemical weapons program in Syria, to discuss the Joint Mission’s progress and to reiterate strong U.S. support for its work.  Their conversation focused on ensuring the Syrian government maintains regular, substantial, and uninterrupted activities to remove its chemical weapons to enable destruction in accordance with the June 30 deadline set by the OPCW Executive Council and the U.N. Security Council, and on the continued readiness of the United States and the international community to support the Joint Mission’s efforts to facilitate the Syrian government’s meeting its obligations.  Deputy NSA Blinken thanked Special Coordinator Kaag for her leadership and for the dedication and bravery of her staff.

 

 

Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Abe of Japan

The President spoke to Prime Minister Abe late last evening regarding the situation in Ukraine. The two leaders agreed that Russia’s actions are a threat to international peace and security and emphasized the importance of preserving Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  They committed to work with other G-7 partners to insist that Russia abide by its obligations and commitments to Ukraine’s sovereignty, including under the UN Charter and the 1997 basing agreement, but noted that there is an opportunity for Russia to resolve the situation diplomatically, in a way that addresses its interests as well as those of Ukraine and the international community.  Both leaders also agreed to work bilaterally and through the International Monetary Fund to support the government of Ukraine as it works to stabilize its economy and prepare for May elections. The President noted that his April visit to Japan will offer an important opportunity to advance the many diplomatic, defense, and trade initiatives the United States and Japan are pursuing in Asia and around the globe.

 

 

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And finally….In the evening, the President and the First Lady will remain in Key Largo, Florida for the weekend….causing numerous GOPuke, bottom feeding, racist, conselfishservative, ass backwards, white supremacists, Koch Brother lovin, A.L.E.C. controlled morons, guided by a bunch of “cash under the table from greedy wealthy caucasian special interest groups” to have conniption fits, strokes and seizures all over AmeriKKKa.

 

 

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Sunday at 2 AM….spring your clocks ahead 1 hour. Sorry but the GOPukes will still be living in 1865.

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The future of AmeriKKKa. Feeling Lucky,…PUNK?

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Free Marissa Alexander. Imprison Angela Corey.

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The Chicago Bears released Devin hester, the record holder for ANY & ALL kick return concerns. Now you know why Da Bears are Da Losers.

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Monday The 9th Of December. Just 16 Days Left To Have Cash In Your Pocket


 

By Jueseppi B.

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The President and First Lady left for South Africa this morning (8:10 AM EST)  According to Mark Knoller, the trip will take about 17 hours with a refueling stop.

 

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White House Schedule – December 9, 2013

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 9th, 2013

 

President Obama Guidance For December 9th, 2013

In the morning, the President and the First Lady will travel to Johannesburg, South Africa to attend the national memorial service for former President Mandela. There will be in town travel pool coverage of the departure from the South Lawn.

 

The President and the First Lady will remain overnight aboard Air Force One.

 

Monday, December 9 2013 All Times ET

 

7:45 AM: The President and First Lady depart the White House en route Joint Base Andrews, South Lawn.

 

8:20 AM: The President and the First Lady depart Joint Base Andrews.

 

6:00 PM: The Vice President and Dr. Biden attend the Congressional Holiday Ball, The White House.

 

Briefing Schedule

Press Secretary Jay Carney will gaggle aboard Air Force One

 

 

The newly installed statue of South African leader Nelson Mandela seen in front of the South African Embassy

The newly installed statue of South African leader Nelson Mandela seen in front of the South African Embassy

 

President Barack Hussein Obama And First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama to attend Mandela memorial Tuesday in South Africa

 

WASHINGTON–President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle “will be attending the national memorial service for former President Mandela on Tuesday in Johannesburg. Further details on the delegation and on the President’s schedule will be provided soon,” the White House announced.

 

Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President George W. Bush and wife Laura will also be heading to South Africa in the wake of the death of Mandela Thursday at the age of 95.

 

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Happy 107th Birthday Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992)

 

Barack After Dark™: The Kennedy Center Honors

 

White House Holiday Social

 

The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act Works! ObamaCARES Success Stories: Part Duex

 

Barack After Dark™: Saturday At 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

 

Willard “Mitt” Romney & Bain Capital Sued for RICO in Federal Court

 

December 7th, 1941: A Date That Will Live In Infamy

 

Statement by the President on the World Trade Organization Trade Agreement

 

Remarks by the President at 2013 Kennedy Center Honors Reception

 

 

Multimedia

 

 

President Obama Speaks at the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors Reception

December 08, 2013 | 15:37 |Public Domain

 

President Obama delivers remarks at a reception celebrating the 2013 Kennedy Center Honorees.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks at the Saban Forum

December 07, 2013 | 47:19 |Public Domain

 

President Obama participates in the 10th Annual Saban Forum.

 

 

 

Computer Science Education Week 2013

 

Published on Dec 8, 2013

President Obama records a video message in support of Computer Science Education Week, an annual grassroots campaign dedicated to highlighting the importance of computer science education for K-12 students. President Obama in support of Computer Science Education Week, an annual grassroots campaign dedicated to highlighting the importance of computer science education for K-12 students.

 

 

 

Weekly Address: Calling on Congress to Extend Unemployment Benefits this Holiday Season

 

 

VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: Debemos Extender el Seguro de Desempleo

December 07, 2013 | 2:50 |Public Domain

 

En el mensaje de esta semana, el Secretario de Trabajo Tom Pérez discutió porque es importante que el Congreso actúe para extender el seguro de desempleo, que es de vital importancia para los estadounidenses que siguen buscando trabajo. El seguro de desempleo ofrece asistencia temporal a aquellos que realmente lo necesitan para que no caigan a la pobreza.

 

 

 

National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 2013

 

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The President & First Lady Attending The Kennedy Center For The Arts Ceremony, December 8th, 2013

The President & First Lady Attending The Kennedy Center For The Arts Ceremony, December 8th, 2013

The President & First Lady Attending The Kennedy Center For The Arts Ceremony, December 8th, 2013

The President & First Lady Attending The Kennedy Center For The Arts Ceremony, December 8th, 2013

First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama In The Balcony Of The Kennedy Center For The Arts

First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama In The Balcony Of The Kennedy Center For The Arts

First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama In The Balcony Of The Kennedy Center For The Arts

First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama In The Balcony Of The Kennedy Center For The Arts

First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama & President Barack Hussein Obama In The Balcony Of The Kennedy Center For The Arts

First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama & President Barack Hussein Obama In The Balcony Of The Kennedy Center For The Arts

First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama & President Barack Hussein Obama In The Balcony Of The Kennedy Center For The Arts

First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama & President Barack Hussein Obama In The Balcony Of The Kennedy Center For The Arts

Carlos Santana and fellow 2013 Kennedy Center Honors recipient Shirley MacLaine

Carlos Santana and fellow 2013 Kennedy Center Honors recipient Shirley MacLaine

Herbie Hancock, Honoree At The Kennedy Center Honors

Herbie Hancock, Honoree At The Kennedy Center Honors

Honorees Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock and Martina Arroyo At The Kennedy Center Honors

Honorees Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock and Martina Arroyo At The Kennedy Center Honors

Billy Joel Honoree At The Kennedy Center Honors

Billy Joel Honoree At The Kennedy Center Honors

Secretary of State John Kerry, with the 2013 Kennedy Center honorees, from left, seated Shirley MacLain, and Martina Arroyo, along with Teresa Heinz Kerry. Standing are Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, and Herbie Hancock, pose for a photo at the State Department for the Kennedy Center Honors gala dinner on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 in Washington. Photo: The Associated Press Read more: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/12/kennedy-center-honors-2013-billy-joel-4-others-awarded-97845.html#ixzz2mxSvcfV2  Follow us: @ABC7News on Twitter | WJLATV on Facebook

Secretary of State John Kerry, with the 2013 Kennedy Center honorees, from left, seated Shirley MacLain, and Martina Arroyo, along with Teresa Heinz Kerry. Standing are Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, and Herbie Hancock, pose for a photo at the State Department for the Kennedy Center Honors gala dinner on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 in Washington. Photo: The Associated Press

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call: Friday The 8th, Of November……Better Late Than Not At All


 

By Jueseppi B.

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President Obama guidance and press schedule, Nov. 8, 2013. New Orleans port, Miami fundraising.

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2013

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2013

 

White House Schedule – November 8, 2013

In the morning, the President will travel to New Orleans, Louisiana. The departure from the South Lawn and the arrival at Louis Armstrong International Airport are open press.

 

While in New Orleans, the President will visit the Port of New Orleans for an event on the economy.  The President will receive a tour of the port and discuss the importance of taking measures to grow the economy and create jobs by increasing our exports. There will be travel pool coverage of the President’s tour. The President’s remarks are open to pre-credentialed media.

 

In the afternoon, the President will depart New Orleans en route Miami, Florida. The departure from Louis Armstrong International Airport and the arrival at Miami International Airport are open press.

 

The President will attend an event for the DNC in Coral Gables, Florida. This event is closed press.

 

In the evening, the President will deliver remarks at an event for the DSCC. There will be print pool coverage for remarks only.

 

At night, the President will deliver remarks at an event for the DSCC. There will be print pool coverage for remarks only.

 

The President will remain overnight in Miami.

 

Friday, November 8 2013 All Times ET

9:05 AM: The President departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews.

 

9:20 AM: The President departs Joint Base Andrews.

 

11:45 AM: The President arrives in New Orleans, Louisiana, Louis Armstrong International Airport.

 

12:15 PM: The President tours the Port of New Orleans.

 

1:00 PM: The Vice President attends an event for the DCCC, Baltimore.

 

1:10 PM: The President delivers remarks, Port of New Orleans.

 

2:10 PM: The President departs New Orleans, Louisiana, Louis Armstrong International Airport.

 

3:45 PM: The President arrives in Miami, Florida, Miami International Airport.

 

4:25 PM: The President attends a DNC event, Private Residence.

 

6:20 PM: The President delivers remarks at a DSCC event, Private Residence.

 

7:45 PM: The President delivers remarks at a DSCC event, Private Residence.

 

8:00 PM: The Vice President delivers remarks at the Second Annual Louis L. Redding Benefit and Awards, Hotel du Pont.

 

Briefing Schedule

Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest will gaggle aboard Air Force One

 

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Dr. Jill Biden
Dr. Jill Biden

November 08, 2013
01:05 PM EST

 

Dr. Jill Biden gives remarks at a breast cancer awareness month reception Dr. Jill Biden gives remarks at a breast cancer awareness month reception with Vice President Joe Biden, in the living room at the Naval Observatory Residence in Washington, D.C., Nov. 5, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

 

Earlier this week, Joe and I hosted our 2nd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Reception. We were joined by survivors, caregivers, families, doctors, researchers, and advocates who have all been touched by breast cancer.

 

Each year, this reception is one of the most inspiring events that we hold at our home, and this year was no different. As I embraced both old and new friends, I was reminded of the bravery of the survivors and their loved ones. I saw the hope in their eyes, their unwavering spirit, and their determination to continue pushing forward.

 

This year, we asked all of the survivors to invite someone who was important to them during their course of treatment. Joe and I know that the fight against breast cancer is not only limited to what the patient endures, but also extends to the family members, the caregivers, the doctors, and researchers who work day in and day out to save lives and support those that they love.

 

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November 08, 2013
12:40 PM EST

 

Today, as part of the President and Vice President’s continuing efforts to increase access to mental health services, the Administration issued the final rule implementing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.

 

Today’s action means that for group and individual market health plans, insurance companies must cover mental health and addiction benefits at parity with medical and surgical benefits. In January, the Department of Health and Human Services also released a letter to State health officials clarifying that Medicaid plans must also comply with parity requirements.

 

Parity is not just a buzzword. It has a real impact for the millions of people who are experiencing or will experience mental illness or addiction. In fact, parity works to break down two key barriers that too often prevent these individuals – our friends, our family, our neighbors – from seeking help. First, it breaks down the financial barrier by generally prohibiting health plans from placing more restrictive monetary requirements (for example, co-pays) or treatment limitations (for example, covered visits)  on mental health and substance abuse benefits than on comparable medical and surgical benefits.  Second, parity reduces the stigma associated with mental illness and addiction by reaffirming that illnesses of the brain should not be treated differently than illnesses of the body.

 

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Jason Furman
Jason Furman

November 08, 2013
10:08 AM EST

 

The upward revisions to job growth in August and September, combined with solid third quarter GDP growth reported yesterday, suggest that the economy was gaining traction in the months leading up to the government shutdown. There should be no debate that the shutdown and debt limit brinksmanship inflicted unnecessary damage on the economy in October. The employment report shows differing accounts, with the more reliable payroll survey recording strong job growth and the much noisier household survey showing an increase in the unemployment rate and a large drop in employment. But the mission for Congress remains clear: to take steps that increase certainty, speed growth, and boost job creation.

 

FIVE KEY POINTS IN TODAY’S REPORT FROM THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

1. America’s resilient businesses have added jobs for 44 consecutive months, with private sector employment increasing by a total of 7.8 million over that period. Today we learned that total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 204,000 in October, due entirely to a 212,000 increase in private employment. Private sector job growth was revised up for August (to 207,000) and September (to 150,000) so that for the third quarter, private sector employment rose by an average of 152,000 per month (compared to the 129,000 per month average pace estimated in last month’s jobs report).

 

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Adam Garber
Adam Garber

November 07, 2013

 

 

The Truth About Artificial Trans Fats

 

Investing in the Health of our Communities

 

President Obama to Dallas Health Care Volunteers: “Nothing Is Going to Stop Us from Getting This Done.”

 

Advance Estimate of GDP for the Third Quarter of 2013

 

What is the Employment Non-Discrimination Act? (ENDA)

 

 

November 7th, 2013: Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama participates in an interview with Chuck Todd of NBC News, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Nov. 7, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama participates in an interview with Chuck Todd of NBC News, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Nov. 7, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama shakes hands before he talks about the importance of growing the U.S. economy while at the Port of New Orleans in Louisiana, November 8

President Obama shakes hands before he talks about the importance of growing the U.S. economy while at the Port of New Orleans in Louisiana, November 8

President Obama waves as he departs the White House – the President is traveling to New Orleans and Miami today

President Obama waves as he departs the White House – the President is traveling to New Orleans and Miami today

The President departs Marine One for Air Force One on route to NOLA

The President departs Marine One for Air Force One on route to NOLA

Starting Jan. 1, nearly five million people who were supposed to be covered under Obamacare won’t be because their states have refused to expand Medicaid.

Starting Jan. 1, nearly five million people who were supposed to be covered under Obamacare won’t be because their states have refused to expand Medicaid.

President Barack Obama talks with Nelson Manela’s daughters Zindzi and Zenani Mandela prior to a screening of “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” in the White House Family Theater, Nov. 7, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with Nelson Manela’s daughters Zindzi and Zenani Mandela prior to a screening of “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” in the White House Family Theater, Nov. 7, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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Press Briefing

November 07, 2013 | 1:13:56 |Public Domain

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

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks on the Affordable Care Act

November 06, 2013 | 13:17 |Public Domain

In Dallas, President Obama speaks to canvassers and navigators who are helping consumers learn about and enroll in quality, affordable health insurance plans through the Health Insurance Marketplaces.

 

 

 

President Obama: “I’ve got one more campaign in me”

 

Published on Nov 7, 2013

Obamacare is already working for millions. Now it’s up to all of us to help make sure every single American has all the information they need to get affordable, quality health care.

 

 

 

The President & First Lady Surprises White House Tours

 

Streamed live on Nov 5, 2013

On the day tours re-opened at the White House, the President & the First Lady greeted the first visitors.

 

 

 

West Wing Week: 11/08/13 or “Casual, With a Raffish Look”

November 07, 2013 | 3:33 |Public Domain

 

This week, the President worked to help consumers learn about and enroll in quality, affordable health insurance plans through the Marketplaces, welcomed Iraq’s Prime Minister, hosted the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, and kicked off the newly re-instated White House Tours with a surprise drop-by.

 

 

 

You can't trust the media to get it right, who can you trust? The President, Barack Hussein Obama...thats who.

You can’t trust the media to get it right, who can you trust? The President, Barack Hussein Obama…thats who.

 

CBS’ Lara Logan Apologizes For Faulty 60 Minutes Benghazi Report: “We Were Wrong. We Made A Mistake”

 

 

 

“She did okay, she only jumped on one kid.”

 

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

Statement by the President on the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht

 

Statement by the President on the Departure of Heather Zichal

 

FACT SHEET: Modernizing and Investing in America’s Ports and Infrastructure

 

Presidential Proclamation — Veterans Day, 2013

 

 

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The worst super storm in world history according to TWC. Super Typhoon Super Typhoon Haiyan 1 of strongest storms in world history based on windspeed of 195 mph with gusts above 220 mph

The worst super storm in world history according to TWC. Super Typhoon Super Typhoon Haiyan 1 of strongest storms in world history based on windspeed of 195 mph with gusts above 220 mph

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Surprise From The President And The First Lady, Mrs. Obama.


 

By Jueseppi B.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet visitors in the Blue Room during a White House tour, Nov. 5, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet visitors in the Blue Room during a White House tour, Nov. 5, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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November 05, 2013
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Today, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama kicked off the resumption of East Wing and Executive Residence tours by surprising White House tour guests in the Blue Room.

 

Followers of the First Lady’s Twitter and Instagram accounts were given the first heads up that something special was about to happen

 

The President & The First Lady Surprise Visitors on White House Tours

November 06, 2013 | 2:12 |Public Domain

 

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama kicked off the resumption of East Wing and Executive Residence tours by surprising White House tour guests in the Blue Room.http://www.whitehouse.gov

 

 

 

The President & First Lady Surprises White House Tours (Full Video)

 

Streamed live on Nov 5, 2013

On the day tours re-opened at the White House, the President & the First Lady greeted the first visitors

 

 

 

The President and First Lady welcomed guests with handshakes and hugs. Bo and Sunny made an appearance and guests of all ages affectionately patted and pet the pups.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama, with Obama family pet Bo, greets visitors in the Blue Room during a White House tour, Nov. 5, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon) November 5, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

First Lady Michelle Obama, with Obama family pet Bo, greets visitors in the Blue Room during a White House tour, Nov. 5, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon) November 5, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

 

Planning a visit to Washington, DC? Those interested in scheduling a tour of the East Wing and Executive Residence should contact their Member of Congress. Learn about the resumption of public East Wing and Executive Residence tours here.

 

Not able to visit? The Obama administration believes that experiencing the White House shouldn’t be limited to those who are able to visit in person. Check out all of the ways we offer virtual visitors unprecedented access to the People’s House, and then find out how to stay engaged with all that is happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

 

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have made it a priority to open the White House to young people, military families, and Americans of all ages. Today, President Obama and Mrs. Obama surprise guests on a White House Tour and we invite you to watch live.

 

Experiencing the White House isn’t limited to those who are able to visit in person. Check out all of the ways the Obama Administration offers virtual visitors unprecedented access to the People’s House, and then find out how to stay engaged with all that is happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

 

TAKE AN INTERACTIVE TOUR

Learn about the White House grounds and many of the historic rooms inside the People’s House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

 

THE GOOGLE ART PROJECT AT THE WHITE HOUSE

We have partnered with the Google Art Project and allowed their 360 Street View cameras to capture the rooms that are featured on the public tour.

 

INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE VIDEO SERIES

Check out behind thescenes of some of the everyday – and not so every day—activities that take place at the White House.

 

 

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