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Barack After Dark™: ACA Bracketogly: The 16 Sweetest Reasons To #GetCovered.


 

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ACA Bracket: The 16 Sweetest Reasons to Get Covered

 

As millions of Americans scramble to fill out their March Madness brackets, we’ve got another big milestone coming up: the March 31deadline to sign up for health insurance in 2014. If you need affordable coverage, head over to HealthCare.gov and #GetCoveredNow.

 

If you’ve got insurance, help spread the word by voting for your favorite reason to get covered.

 

President Barack Obama participates in a basketball drill on the White House basketball court during the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn, April 9, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama participates in a basketball drill on the White House basketball court during the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn, April 9, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

Vote for your favorite reason (and GIF) to get covered

 

Need health insurance? Go to HealthCare.gov right now.

As millions of Americans scramble to fill out their March Madness brackets, we’ve got another big milestone coming up: the March 31st deadline to sign up for health insurance. If you need affordable coverage, head over to HealthCare.gov and #GetCoveredNow. If you’ve got insurance, help spread the word by voting for your favorite reason to get covered.

 

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Roy Williams and Geno Auriemma on the Importance of Getting Covered

 

Published on Mar 17, 2014

It’s March Madness time again and College Basketball Coaches Roy Williams and Geno Auriemma know the importance of getting covered before the April 1 deadline. Learn more and get covered at http://www.healthcare.gov

 

 

 

Alonzo Mourning: #GetCovered by March 31

 

 

 

Lebron James: #GetCovered by March 31

 

 

 

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“I signed up at Healthcare.gov and I’m going to save $2300 a year on my premium alone — and more, because my deductible will drop from $7500 year to $3000 year. It’s still Blue Cross insurance, and I don’t have to change doctors either. I had a choice of over 30 plans and several different companies.”

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White House Embraces March Madness To Sell Obamacare

 

From Zeke J Miller & TIME:

 

The Obama administration is banking on the popularity of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament to sell the Affordable Care Act to young Americans by using athletes, coaches and sports celebrities to encourage more youth to sign up

The Obama administration is getting a case of March Madnesss for its latest effort to reach young and healthy consumers who have been slow to sign up for insurance under the new health care reform law, two weeks before a critical enrollment deadline.

 

The administration has marshaled athletes, coaches, and sports celebrities to help sell the law to the so-called “young invincibles,” whose participation is vital to the success of the insurance marketplaces, according to a White House official who described the blitz. Just 25 percent of enrollees are aged 18-35, well below the administration’s target.

 

The field of teams in the college basketball tournament was set to be chosen on Sunday, also known as “Selection Sunday.” On Monday, the White House will release a “16 Sweetest Reasons to Get Covered” bracket listing the top reasons to get health insurance, along with a new web video featuring top college basketball coaches. The bracket will be updated all week to reflect the results of an online survey. The bracket is timed to coincide with the release of President Barack Obama’s selections for his own NCAA tournament bracket on Wednesday, the White House official said.

 

Additionally, ads paid for by the Department of Health and Human Services featuring LeBron James, Magic Johnson and Alonzo Mourning will air during March Madness games and on ESPN, ABC, TNT and NBAtv, while the agency is targeting digital ads to basketball supporters. Administration officials including Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer have called into sports radio stations across the country to promote insurance enrollment.

 

The effort follows Obama’s appearance in a Funny Or Die Web video, “Between Two Ferns,” as well as a call-in to Ryan Seacrest’s radio show.

 

Last week the administration announced that 4.2 million Americans have enrolled in coverage through federal and state health care exchanges, well below the initial seven million projection and the revised six million projection from the Congressional Budget Office. The White House has said that the final weeks of the enrollment period are when they expect to see a surge in enrollment, particularly among young people, to avoid the law’s tax penalty for not having coverage.

 

More from a White House official on the latest enrollment push:

Building on our efforts to reach young consumers where they are during the final weeks of open enrollment, next week the Obama administration, well-known athletes, coaches, and other influencers are launching a push around March Madness to encourage tournament fans young and old to sign up for insurance by March 31. This effort will feature PSAs from athletes and coaches, new digital engagement tools and social media blitzes, and targeted interviews on sports radio, including Spanish Language sports radio, throughout the week. Officials from the White House and across the Administration, including many who are former basketball players, will participate in various ways, including White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer, White House Senior Advisor Phil Schiliro, and Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan.

 

For example, on Monday morning, the White house will release a “16 Sweetest Reasons to Get Covered” bracket listing the top reasons to get health insurance. To introduce the bracket, the White House will release a new online video featuring two of the most recognized coaches in college basketball, talking about the importance of getting health insurance and making sure consumers know about the upcoming March 31st deadline.

 

Each day the ACA bracket will be updated based on the “winning” votes from online users. On Wednesday, when the President’s NCAA bracket is released, it will be incorporated into the 16 Sweetest Reasons to Get Covered bracket webpage on WhiteHouse.gov. The release of the President’s NCAA bracket last year got over 280,000 views, and was the most popular blog of the year on WhiteHouse.gov.

 

Next week, a new CMS ad featuring LeBron James will begin airing during March Madness games, as part of the agency’s existing ad rotation running on ESPN, ABC, TNT and NBAtv. LeBron’s ad joins similar 30 second spots CMS has been airing that feature Magic Johnson and Alonzo Mourning sharing their compelling health care stories and highlighting the importance of getting covered, even for young folks who may think they’ve invincible.

 

HHS and Healthcare.gov social media channels will be promoting enrollment by joining the online conversation during the NCAA tournament with graphics, posts and paid promotion targeted to basketball fans. Secretary Sebelius, a big college basketball fan, will be tweeting about the tournament throughout the tournament, especially about the Kansas Jayhawks.

 

On Thursday, athletes involved with the ongoing health care enrollment campaign being spearheaded by Gameplan4me.com will help drive a social media day of action, pushing out #GetCoveredNow messages to drive traffic to their site, which links toHealthCare.govGamePlan4Me.com is a unique partnership between the sports industry and athletes like Kobe Bryant and Victor Cruz, that encourages young people to make healthy decisions about their future, which includes signing up for health insurance.

 

On Monday, Univision Radio’s Locura Deportiva will air an interview with President Obama. Additionally, the ESPN Deportes network will air an interview with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on its syndicated network of stations, which include Miami, Houston, Dallas, and Phoenix. And ESPN Deportes will also air a PSA featuring Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, will air 25 times each week between now and the March 31st enrollment deadline.

 

And throughout next week, Secretary Duncan, Denis McDonough, and Phil Schiliro will conduct interviews on several sports talk radio stations across the nation to discuss the importance of getting covered ahead of the March 31st deadline. On Monday, March 17, Dan Rooney, Chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers will be interviewed by a leading Pittsburgh radio station to discuss the importance of having health care coverage.

 

Next week’s push builds upon the Administrations already extensive outreach to sports radio stations across the country. Since February 27, Denis McDonough and Dan Pfeiffer have done interviews with sports talk stations in major enrollment media markets to highlight the importance of health care coverage, reaching listeners in Atlanta, Austin, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Miami, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, and Tampa.

 

This effort also builds on the innovative strategies the Administration and stakeholders have been using to reach young people where they are, including by appealing to them through their mothers, who are often are the primary influences in the health care decisions of their adult children. Last week, Funny or Die released an interview of the President on Between Two Ferns, which as of Friday had over 15 million views and linked to HealthCare.gov. On Friday, an interview the President did with WebMD aired on the platform’s website, which has 156 million views per month – over 60 percent of which are women. And on Friday, a new online video campaign, YourMomCares, was launched by outside organizations, featuring the mothers of celebrities like Jonah Hill, Adam Levine, Jennifer Lopez and Alicia Keys, and the First Lady, all talking about the importance of getting covered.

 

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Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama

 

 

 

 

#YourMomCares: Jonah Hill, Adam Levine, Jennifer Lopez and Alicia Keys’ Moms

 

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks to the Latino Community on Why it is Important to #GetCovered

 

 

 

 

Get Covered: A Special Message from the President

 

 

 

 

Geeks Get Covered: A Message From Geeks at the White House

 

 

 

 

WebMD Interviews President Obama: Health Care Reform

 

 

 

 

First Lady Michelle Obama on Veterans Health Care

 

 

 

 

President Barack Obama Talks Affordable Care Act I Interview I On Air with Ryan Seacrest

 

 

 

#GetCovered. March 31st, 2014 is the deadline for Affordable Health Care Act coverage for this year. Don't wait. Do It NOW.

#GetCovered. March 31st, 2014 is the deadline for Affordable Health Care Act coverage for this year. Don’t wait. Do It NOW.

 

 

March 2014: Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama tells Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas goodbye in a first floor hallway after concluding meetings in the West Wing of the White House, March 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama tells Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas goodbye in a first floor hallway after concluding meetings in the West Wing of the White House, March 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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A solemn-appearing President Obama walks towards his motorcade after arriving at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Thursday The 23rd Of January. -10° In Iowa Today, Glad I’m NOT There.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule – January 23rd, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 23rd, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
THURSDAY, JANUARY 23rd, 2014

 

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

 

In the evening, the President will host a reception for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The Vice President will also attend. The President’s remarks are pooled press.

 

Thursday, January 23 2014 All Times ET

 

9:00 AM: The Vice President delivers keynote remarks at Families USA’s 19th Annual Health Action Conference, Hyatt Regency.

 

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

 

11:30 AM: The Vice President meets with members of the Major County Sheriffs’ Association and the National Sheriffs’ Association, Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

 

12:45 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

2:00 PM: The Vice President meets with Mayors from across the United States to discuss workforce development, Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

 

5:15 PM: The President delivers remarks at a reception with U.S. Mayors; the Vice President also attends, East Room.

 

 

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Schedule for the Week of January 23rd, Thru January 24th, 2014

 

On Thursday, the President will host a reception for mayors at the White House.

 

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

 

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January 23, 2014 12:45 PM EST

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

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January 23, 2014 5:15 PM EST

President Obama Speaks at the Conference of Mayors Reception

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January 2014: Photo of the Day

 

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President Barack Obama works on his State of the Union Address with Director of Speechwriting Cody Keenan in the Oval Office, Jan. 22, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama works on his State of the Union Address with Director of Speechwriting Cody Keenan in the Oval Office, Jan. 22, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

The White House Blog

 

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A Renewed Call to Action to End Rape and Sexual Assault

 

A Day in the Life: Inside the State of the Union with Cody Keenan

 

Immigration and the Economy

 

Get Covered

 

 

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The President and Vice President Speak on Preventing Sexual Assault

January 22, 2014 | 17:31 |Public Domain

 

President Obama says that as a government, and as a nation, we have the capacity to stop sexual assault, support those who have survived it, and bring perpetrators to justice.

 

 

 

Press Briefing

January 22, 2014 | 53:26 |Public Domain

 

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

 

 

 

President Obama Meets with the Presidential Commission on Election Administration

January 22, 2014 | 3:46 |Public Domain

 

President Obama meets with members of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, which was created following the President’s 2013 State of the Union pledge to identify non-partisan ways to shorten lines at polling places, promote the efficient conduct of elections, and provide better access to the polls for all voters. There will be a pool spray at the top of the meeting.

 

 

 

Our Strength is Our People: David’s Story

 

Published on Jan 23, 2014

Cumberland resident David Kennedy talks about why he believes Alison Lundergan Grimes should be Kentucky’s next U.S. Senator. To read Alison’s detailed jobs plan for Kentucky’s future head to: bit.ly/KentuckyJobsPlan.

 

 

 

The Making of “Elsie & Thelma” 2011 Alison Lundergan Grimes Video

 

 

 

“Elsie & Thelma” – 2011 Alison Lundergan Grimes TV Ad

 

 

 

Corporate Personhood: How Did We Get Here? | Legalize Democracy

 

 

 

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Barack After Dark™: State of the Union with Cody Keenan. Call to Action to End Rape and Sexual Assault.

 

8-Year-Old Tyler J. Doohan Dies Rescuing 6 Relatives From Trailer Fire, Dies Trying To Save The 7th Relative.

 

Nicole Oulson, Widow Of Chad Oulson, Murdered For Texting…Speaks About Their “Date Night” At A Movie.

 

Celebrating The 41st Year of Roe v. Wade

 

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

 

Barack After Dark™: Michelle Slams. Barack’s SOTU. The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Polar Vortex Returns.

 

The 35th School Shooting Since Newtown, At Purdue University Today, Also Locked Down Associate Professor Of Psychological Studies at Purdue University, Ms. Julia Chester, The Regional Manager for Moms Demand Action.

 

 

Statements and Releases January 22, 2014

 

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop of Australia

 

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with Iraqi Council of Representatives Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi

 

Statement by the President on Roe v. Wade Anniversary

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For HuMpDaY The 22nd Of January, 2014.


 

By Jueseppi B.

Obama 2008 Profile

 

White House Schedule – January 22nd, 2014

 

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

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22nd, 2014

 

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

 

Afterward, the President and the Vice President will meet with members of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration in the Roosevelt Room. The Commission was created following the President’s 2013 State of the Union pledge to identify non-partisan ways to shorten lines at polling places, promote the efficient conduct of elections, and provide better access to the polls for all voters. There will be a pool spray at the top of the meeting.

 

Later in the morning, the President and Vice President will convene a meeting with select Cabinet Secretaries of the Council on Women and Girls in the Oval Office. There will be a stills only pool spray at the top of the meeting.

 

In the afternoon, the President and Vice President will meet for lunch in the Private Dining Room. This lunch is closed press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President and Vice President will host an event for the Council on Women and Girls in the East Room. The President’s remarks are pooled press.

 

Afterward, the President and Vice President will meet with Secretary of the Treasury Lew in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

 

Wednesday, January 22 2014 All Times ET

 

10:00 AM: THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

10:45 AM: THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT meet with the President’s Commission on Election Administration, Roosevelt Room.

 

11:30 AM: THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT convene a meeting with select Cabinet Secretaries of the Council on Women and Girls, Oval Office.

 

12:30 PM: THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT meet for lunch, Private Dining Room.

 

12:45 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

 

2:05 PM: THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT host an event for the Council on Women and Girls, East Room.

 

 

4:30 PM: THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT meet with Secretary of the Treasury Lew, Oval Office.

 

 

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Schedule for the Week of January 22nd, Thru January 24th, 2014

 

On Wednesday, the President and the Vice President will host an event for the Council on Women and Girls at the White House.

 

On Thursday, the President will host a reception for mayors at the White House.

 

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

 

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January 22, 2014 12:45 PM EST

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January 22, 2014 2:05 PM EST

President Obama and Vice President Biden Host an Event for the Council on Women and Girls

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One Week from Today: State of the Union 2014

 

Hot Off the Press: You Won’t Want to Miss This Video

 

Weekly Address: Making 2014 a Year of Action to Expand Opportunities for the Middle Class

 

Our 15 Favorite FLOTUS Moments for the First Lady’s 50th Birthday

 

 

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The Miami Heat at the White House: Healthy Tips From NBA Champions

 

Be a Part of The State of The Union

 

Weekly Address: Making 2014 a Year of Action to Expand Opportunities for the Middle Class

 

VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: Invirtiendo en nuestra clase media en crecimiento

 

President Obama Signs the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014

 

Vice President Biden Speaks on the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund Launch

 

President Obama Speaks on U.S. Intelligence Programs

 

 

Statements and Releases January 22, 2014

 

Statement by the President on Roe v. Wade Anniversary

 

Today, as we reflect on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, we recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle: that every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health.  We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her constitutional right to privacy, including the right to reproductive freedom.  And we resolve to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and continue to build safe and healthy communities for all our children.  Because this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams.

 

 

Readout of President Obama’s Call with President Putin

 

President Obama spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin today on a range of bilateral and global issues.  They discussed the situation in Syria, including preparations for the Geneva II conference and the ongoing international program to remove and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons.  They discussed U.S.-Russian cooperation in the P5+1 process on Iran and the start this week of implementation of the Joint Plan of Action, which will halt progress on Iran’s nuclear program and roll it back in key respects.

 

The two Presidents also discussed how best to advance shared U.S.-Russian interests, including a safe and secure Sochi Olympics, for which the United States has offered its full assistance.  Finally, the Presidents agreed to work on concrete steps to increase bilateral trade and investment.

 

 

Statement by the Press Secretary Announcing the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

 

The White House is pleased to announce that the United States will host the first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC on August 5 and 6, 2014.  President Obama looks forward to welcoming leaders from across the African continent to the Nation’s Capital to further strengthen ties with one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest-growing regions.  The Summit will build on the progress made since the President’s trip to Africa last summer, advance the Administration’s focus on trade and investment in Africa, and highlight America’s commitment to Africa’s security, its democratic development, and its people.

 

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to the Netherlands, Belgium, and Italy in March 2014

 

As part of the United States’ ongoing consultations with our allies and partners in Europe and beyond, President Obama will travel to the Netherlands, Belgium, and Italy in March 2014.  While in the Netherlands on March 24-25, the President will participate in the Nuclear Security Summit, hosted by the Dutch government, where world leaders will highlight progress made to secure nuclear materials and commit to future steps to prevent nuclear terrorism.  He will also hold bilateral events with Dutch officials.

 

From the Netherlands, the President will travel to Brussels on March 26 for a U.S.-EU Summit with the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission.  This will be President Obama’s first visit to the EU institutions.  While in Belgium, the President will also hold bilateral events with Belgian Government officials and with the NATO Secretary General.

 

The President will continue on to Vatican City on March 27 to meet with His Holiness, Pope Francis.  The President looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality.  In Rome, the President will meet with President Napolitano and Prime Minister Letta.

 

Further details will be provided at a later time.

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Tuesday The 21st Of January, 2014.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule – January 16th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 21st, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
THURSDAY, JANUARY 21st, 2014

 

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

 

In the afternoon, the President and the Vice President will meet with members of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration. The Commission was created following the President’s 2013 State of the Union pledge to identify non-partisan ways to shorten lines at polling places, promote the efficient conduct of elections, and provide better access to the polls for all voters. There will be a pool spray at the top of the meeting.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President and the Vice President will meet with Secretary of Defense Hagel in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

Tuesday, January 21 2014 All Times ET

 

11:20 AM: THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

12:05 PM: THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet with the President’s Commission on Election Administration,
The Oval Office

 

1:00 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

 

4:15 PM: THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet with Secretary of Defense Hagel, Oval Office.

 

 

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Schedule for the Week of January 20th, Thru January 24th, 2014


On Tuesday, the President and the Vice President will meet with members of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration.

 

On Wednesday, the President and the Vice President will host an event for the Council on Women and Girls at the White House.

 

On Thursday, the President will host a reception for mayors at the White House.

 

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

 

 

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The Miami Heat at the White House: Healthy Tips From NBA Champions

 

January 21, 2014 | :50 |Public Domain

 

First Lady Michelle Obama joins members of the Miami Heat to find out why eating healthy can help you perform like a champion. Learn more at LetsMove.Gov.

 

 

Last week, the Miami Heat visited the White House to celebrate their 2013 Championship win. During their visit, they teamed up with the First Lady in support of Let’s Move! to highlight the importance of eating healthy and drinking water to perform like a champion.

 

Catch all the action in the PSA they recorded right here in the Diplomatic Room!

 

Watch the video, then share it with your friends!

 

 

Be a Part of The State of The Union

January 20, 2014 | 2:20 |Public Domain

 

Get Ready: President Obama’s 2014 State Of The Union Address On January 28 At 9 PM ET/8 PM CT.

 

White House Chief of Staff, Denis McDonough, previews all the ways you can get involved with the 2014 State of the Union. http://whitehouse.gov/sotu

 

 

 

This is why health care reform matters: Renee’s story

 

Published on Jan 20, 2014

Health care reform matters for Renee — a mother of three who was blindsided by cancer. Renee was rejected from her husband’s health insurance because of a pre-existing condition and learned her state health insurance plan had a yearly limit that could be reached in just one hospital stay. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Renee will have the peace of mind of knowing she will no longer be denied coverage or face lifetime limits on her care.

This is why health care reform matters.

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January 2014: Photo’s of the Day

 

President Barack Obama checks in on First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia as they prepare burritos while volunteering at the DC Central Kitchen in Washington, D.C., on Martin Luther King Day, January 20, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama checks in on First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia as they prepare burritos while volunteering at the DC Central Kitchen in Washington, D.C., on Martin Luther King Day, January 20, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Vice-President Joey B. serves lunch at SOME (So Others Might Eat) in Washington, D.C., in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Vice-President Joey B. serves lunch at SOME (So Others Might Eat) in Washington, D.C., in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 

Statements and Releases January 21, 2014

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to the Netherlands, Belgium, and Italy in March 2014

 

As part of the United States’ ongoing consultations with our allies and partners in Europe and beyond, President Obama will travel to the Netherlands, Belgium, and Italy in March 2014.  While in the Netherlands on March 24-25, the President will participate in the Nuclear Security Summit, hosted by the Dutch government, where world leaders will highlight progress made to secure nuclear materials and commit to future steps to prevent nuclear terrorism.  He will also hold bilateral events with Dutch officials.

 

From the Netherlands, the President will travel to Brussels on March 26 for a U.S.-EU Summit with the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission.  This will be President Obama’s first visit to the EU institutions.  While in Belgium, the President will also hold bilateral events with Belgian Government officials and with the NATO Secretary General.

 

The President will continue on to Vatican City on March 27 to meet with His Holiness, Pope Francis.  The President looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality.  In Rome, the President will meet with President Napolitano and Prime Minister Letta.

 

Further details will be provided at a later time.

 

 

President Obama demonstrates that no one can pull off bangs quite like the First Lady at the White House Correspondents Dinner

President Obama demonstrates that no one can pull off bangs quite like the First Lady at the White House Correspondents Dinner

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The Secret Invitation Only First Lady’s 50th Birthday Party


 

By Jueseppi B.

Michelle with her AARP card, that we all got on reaching that 50 year old milestone.

Michelle with her AARP card, that we all got on reaching that 50 year old milestone.

 

From CNN.com, USA TODAY & KPLC.com

 

The White House kept a pretty tight public lid on Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday party Saturday night, but some details are starting to leak out.

 

Beyonce did indeed sing some of the first lady’s favorite songs, and the party lasted until at least 2 a.m.

 

The soiree also featured such stars — and Obama supporters — as actor Samuel L. Jackson, singer Smokey Robinson and basketball legend Magic Johnson, reports CNN.

 

NBA legend Magic Johnson leaves Michelle Obama's birthday party early Sunday morning in Washington. (Source: CNN)

NBA legend Magic Johnson leaves Michelle Obama’s birthday party early Sunday morning in Washington. (Source: CNN)

 

Presumably Beyonce’s spouse — musician and businessman Jay Z — also attended. He held a concert in Washington on Thursday.

 

President Obama himself also held court.

 

While the first lady actually turned 50 on Friday, the White House held the party on Saturday night.

 

During the week, Mrs. Obama joked about the milestone, at one point holding up her brand new AARP card.

 

Also reports CNN:

“Michelle Obama’s invitations caused a little controversy last week when it was revealed they said only drinks and light snacks would be served.

 

“The food choices didn’t appear to bother any of those who went. They mostly wanted to talk about how great the 50-year-old first lady looked, and how much in love President Obama is with his wife.

 

“Guests said Michelle Obama wore red and black, and looked stunning.”

 

Samuel L. Jackson & wife LaTanya Richardson at Michelle Obama's 50th Birthday Bash

Samuel L. Jackson & wife LaTanya Richardson at Michelle Obama’s 50th Birthday Bash

 

(CNN) - An invitation to a White House dance party Saturday night to celebrate Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday is the hottest ticket in town.

 

Think less inaugural ball, and more “Saturday Night Fever.” While the First Lady may be sending tweetsabout joining AARP, she’s known for her dancing prowess. The party’s host – the President – has told guests to wear comfortable shoes.

 

“She’s got a really fun loving streak. She loves to dance. She loves music and why not, you know, you only turn 50 once so why not make the most of it,” said The Chicago Tribune’s Katherine Skiba, who has covered the First Lady since the Obamas entered the White House in 2009.

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Americans have seen some of the First Lady’s moves before: “doing the Dougie” on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” last year, and grooving with talk show host Ellen DeGeneres back in 2008.

 

Michelle Obama Does The Dougie

 

 

 

Evolution Of Mom Dancing (w/ Jimmy Fallon & Michelle Obama)

 

 

Saturday’s celebration is set to last from 9 p.m. to midnight, and is being dubbed “Snacks & Sips & Dancing & Dessert.”

 

“My guess is it won’t be a cast of thousands. It might be big but not super big,” said The Chicago Sun Times’ Lynn Sweet.

 

The White House made a special request that will affect how much guests can share about the event.

 

“The invitation does say no camera, no photographs. Well, I’ve covered many receptions at the White House, and even big shots like to take pictures,” said Sweet.

 

The Obamas’ inauguration after-party last year drew the likes of Usher, Katy Perry, and Beyonce – who is rumored to be performing at Saturday’s event.

 

Happy Birthday, Michelle Obama!

 

 

 

Happy 50th birthday, Michelle Obama

 

 

 

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