TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call: Manila The Philippines. The Beauty, The Style & The Grace.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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The White House Schedule For Monday & Tuesday, April 28th & 29th, 2014

 

On Monday, the President will participate in the signing of major commercial agreements with American businesses. There will be travel pool coverage of the signing.

 

Later in the morning, the President will depart Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia en route Manila, Philippines. The Presidents departure from the Rmaf Subang Air Base and arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport are open press.

 

In the afternoon, the President will participate in the official arrival ceremony at the Malacanang Palace with President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines. The President’s arrival ceremony is open press. Following the official arrival ceremony, the President will participate in the guest book signing with President Aquino. There will be travel pool coverage of the signing. Later in the afternoon, the President will participate in a restricted and expanded bilateral meeting with President Aquino. There will be limited pool spray of the restricted meeting, and there will be a travel pool spray at the top of the expanded meeting. Following these meetings, the President joins President Aquino for a joint press conference. The press conference is open press.

 

In the evening, the President will meet with employees and family members of the United States Embassy to the Philippines. This event at the Sofitel Hotel is closed press. Later in the evening, the President will return to the Malacanang Palace to attend the state dinner with President Aquino of the Philippines. There will be travel pool coverage of the state dinner toasts. The President will remain overnight in the Philippines.

 

 

On the Rhodes: Departing Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia

 

Published on Apr 28, 2014

Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications, checks in from the tarmac in Kuala Lumpur as the President leaves Malaysia for the Philippines during his trip to Asia in April 2014.

 

 

 

All times are Malaysia or Philippines time, which are each 12 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time

 

1:35 AM: The President arrives in Manila, Philippines. Local Event Time: 1:35 PM. Ninoy Aquino International Airport – Manila, Philippines.

 

 

2:10 AM: The President participates in the official arrival ceremony held by President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines. Local Event Time: 2:10 PM. Malacanang Palace – Manila, Philippines.

 

 

2:25 AM: The President participates in the guestbook signing with President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines. Local Event Time: 2:25 PM. Malacanang Palace – Manila, Philippines.

 

 

2:35 AM: The President participates in an expanded bilateral meeting with President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines. Local Event Time: 2:35 PM. Malacanang Palace – Manila, Philippines.

 

 

3:45 AM: The President participates in a joint press conference with President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines. Local Event Time: 3:45 PM. Malacanang Palace – Manila, Philippines.

 

 

5:30 AM: The President meets and greets with Embassy personnel. Local Event Time: 5:30 PM. Hotel Sofitel – Manila, Philippines.

 

 

7:20 AM: The President attends the state dinner with President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines. Local Event Time: 7:20 PM. Malacanang Palace – Manila, Philippines.

 

 

2:00 PM: The Vice President delivers remarks at George Washington University. George Washington University.

 

 

9:10 PM: The President participates in the COMET electrical vehicle viewing. Local Event Time: 9:10 AM. Philippines, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel – Manila.

 

 

10:15 PM: The President delivers remarks to the troops. Local Event Time: 10:15 AM.Fort Bonifacio – Manila, Philippines.

 

 

11:05 PM: The President participates in a wreath laying ceremony. Local Event Time: 11:05 AM.The Manila American Cemetery.

 

 

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On Monday, The President will leave for The Philippines in the morning. The President will have a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with President Benigno AquinoLater that evening The President will attend a State Dinner hosted by President Benigno Aquino.

 

On Tuesday, The President will view an electric vehicle in The Philippines called “The Comet.” The President will visit Fort Bonifacio, where he will deliver remarks to U.S. and Filipino service members and veterans. The President will lay a wreath at The American Cemetery. Later in the evening The President will return to Washington, D.C

 

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Monday, April 28, 2014

  • The President travels to Manila, Philippines, and participates in an arrival ceremony atMalacanang Palace
  • Later that afternoon, President Obama meets with President Benigno S. Aquino III of the Philippines
  • President Obama participates in a joint press conference with President Aquino
  • The President greets members of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines
  • Later that evening, the President attends a State Dinner with President Aquino at Malacanang Palace

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama delivers remarks at Fort Bonafacio
  • Later that morning, the President participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Manila American Cemetery
  • The President travels back to Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

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Arrival of US President Barack Obama 4/28/2014

 

Published on Apr 28, 2014

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US President Barack Obama arrives at the Ages Hangar, Balagbag Ramp in Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at 1:25PM on board Air Force One for a two-day state visit in the country.

 

President Obama together with his delegation was welcomed by Vice-President Jejomar Binay, US Ambassador Philip Goldberg, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, Philippine Ambassador to US Jose L. Cuisia Jr. and Philippine Air Force Military Commanding General Maj. Gen. Jeffrey F. Delgado.

The US President is expected proceed to Malacañang to meet President Benigno S. Aquino III for bilateral talks to forge new agreements that will strengthen the country’s partnership to the US being one of its closest allies in Asia. President Aquino will also host a State Dinner at the Palace in honor of President Obama, showcasing the country’s top Filipino cuisine, traditional dances and performance arts.

 

Early on, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has issued a notice-to-airmen (Notam) advising aircraft to expect delays with the closing of NAIA terminals from 12:30pm to 1:30pm on Monday and Tuesday in preparation for the President Obama’s arrival and departure time. Following the Notam, the CAAP has also issued a no-fly zone in Malacañang complex all throughout the visit of the US President as part of the security protocol for a visiting head of state.

 

US President Barack Obama’s visit to the country is the first and will be the last leg to complete his four-nation Asia Pacific Tour where he visited South Korea, Japan and Malaysia.

 

 

 

Welcome Ceremony for US President Barack Obama 4/282/2014

 

Published on Apr 28, 2014

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Dinner in honor of H.E. Barack Obama, President of the USA – President Obama (Toast Remarks)

 

 

 

Joint Press Conference 4/28/2014 – President Benigno S. Aquino III And President Barack Hussein Obama

 

 

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President Obama Speaks at Fort Bonifacio

 

 

 

Malaysia Part Two

Published on Apr 27, 2014

Come with me as Barack Hussein Obama lands in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. President Obama attends a working lunch with Prime Minister Najib Razak.
The President delivers remarks at the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center.
Later, the President participates in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Town Hall at the University of Malaysia.

 

 

 

 

Obama signs Malacañang guest book

 


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Published on Apr 28, 2014

Watch Rappler’s full coverage of the first day of Obama’s visit here: http://rplr.co/obamainph

Obama signs the guest book at Malacañang

 

Where In The World Is Barack: Tokyo, Japan

President Barack Obama starts a four-nation Asian swing. President Obama’s fifth trip to Asia during his time in office will underscore a continued focus on the Asia-Pacific region and commitment to his vision of rebalancing to the world’s largest emerging region. The President’s visit to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines will focus on our major priorities in the region: modernizing our alliances; supporting democratic development and commercial ties; investing in regional institutions; and deepening cultural and people-to-people ties.

 

 

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Speeches and Remarks – April 28, 2014

 

Remarks by President Obama and President Aquino III of the Philippines at State Dinner

 

Remarks by President Obama at Commercial Deals Signing Ceremony

 

Remarks by President Obama and President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines in Joint Press Conference

 

 

Statements and Releases – April 28, 2014

 

Readout of National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Malaysian Opposition Leaders

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine

 

Statement by the President on Yom HaShoah

 

FACT SHEET: U.S.-Philippines Partnership for Growth

 

FACT SHEET: United States-Philippines Bilateral Relations

 

Obama visits Philippines; U.S. announces defense pact

 

Thomas Maresca , Special for USA TODAY

 

MANILA — The U.S. and the Philippines have agreed on a new 10-year defense pact that will allow increased presence of U.S. troops in the Philippines, White House officials said Sunday.

 

The deal came in advance of President Obama’s arrival in the Philippine capital, Manila, on Monday, the last stop on his four-country Asian tour.

 

 

Obama, Aquino Discuss New Security Agreements

 

Published on Apr 28, 2014

President Obama joined President Benigno Aquino III in a joint press conference Monday in Manila. The two leaders addressed new defense deals allowing US military greater access to Philippine bases.

 

 

 

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Where In The World Is Barack™: Manila, Philippines. Arrival. Joint Press Conference. Videos. Photos.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Obama arrives in Manila

 

Published on Apr 28, 2014

Watch Rappler’s full coverage of the first day of Obama’s visit here: http://rplr.co/obamainph

US President Barack Obama lands and arrives in Manila for his first visit to the country. He is greeted by Vice President Jejomar Binay, Interior Secetary Mar Roxas, and Foreign Affairs secretary Albert Del Rosario

 

 

 

 

Raw: President Obama Arrives in the Philippines

 

Published on Apr 27, 2014

Obama wraps up his four-nation tour of Asia with a stop in the Philippines. Obama had made earlier stops in Malaysia, Japan and South Korea. (April 28)

 

 

 

 

Official arrival ceremony for Obama

 

Published on Apr 28, 2014

Watch Rappler’s full coverage of the first day of Obama’s visit here: http://rplr.co/obamainph

The official arrival ceremony for US President Barack Obama held in Malacañang by President Benigno Aquino III

 

 

 

 

Aquino, Obama joint press conference

 

Published on Apr 28, 2014

Watch Rappler’s full coverage of the first day of Obama’s visit here: http://rplr.co/obamainph

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and US president Barack Obama hold a joint press conference

 

 

 

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Raw: Obama Welcomed to Presidential Palace

 

Published on Apr 28, 2014

President Obama arrives at the Presidential Palace in Manila with a welcome ceremony and signs President Benigno Aquino III‘s guest book.

 

 

 

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President Obama Speaks at Fort Bonifacio

 

 

 

 

Obama signs Malacañang guest book

 

Published on Apr 28, 2014

Watch Rappler’s full coverage of the first day of Obama’s visit here: http://rplr.co/obamainph

Obama signs the guest book at Malacañang

 

 

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The White House Schedule For Monday & Tuesday, April 28th & 29th, 2014

 

All times are Malaysia or Philippines time, which are each 12 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time

 

 

9:15 am MYT || Participates in the signing of major commercial agreements with American businesses; Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


10:20 am || Departs Kuala Lumpur.


1:35 pm PYT || Arrives Manilla, Philippines.


2:30 pm || Begins meetings with President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines; Malacanang Palace, Manila.


3:45 pm || Participates joint press conference with President Aquino.


5:30 pm || Meets and greets with Embassy personnel; Hotel Sofitel, Manila.


7:20 pm || Attends a state dinner with President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines; Malacanang Palace, Manila.

 

 

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On Monday, The President will leave for The Philippines in the morning. The President will have a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with President Benigno AquinoLater that evening The President will attend a State Dinner hosted by President Benigno Aquino.

 

On Tuesday, The President will view an electric vehicle in The Philippines called “The Comet.” The President will visit Fort Bonifacio, where he will deliver remarks to U.S. and Filipino service members and veterans. The President will lay a wreath at The American Cemetery. Later in the evening The President will return to Washington, D.C.

 

 

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Monday, April 28, 2014

  • The President travels to Manila, Philippines, and participates in an arrival ceremony atMalacanang Palace
  • Later that afternoon, President Obama meets with President Benigno S. Aquino III of the Philippines
  • President Obama participates in a joint press conference with President Aquino
  • The President greets members of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines
  • Later that evening, the President attends a State Dinner with President Aquino at Malacanang Palace

 

 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama delivers remarks at Fort Bonafacio
  • Later that morning, the President participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Manila American Cemetery
  • The President travels back to Washington, D.C.

 

 

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Where In The World Is Barack™……Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Next Stop….Manila The Philippines.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule – April 27th , 2014

 

 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama greets members of the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia
  • Later, the President visits the National Mosque of Malaysia
  • President Obama meets with Prime Minister Najib Razak at Perdana Putra
  • In the afternoon, President Obama attends a working lunch with Prime Minister Najib Razak
  • The President delivers remarks at the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center
  • Later, the President participates in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Town Hall at the University of Malaysia

 

 

 

Monday, April 28, 2014

  • The President travels to Manila, Philippines, and participates in an arrival ceremony atMalacanang Palace
  • Later that afternoon, President Obama meets with President Benigno S. Aquino III of the Philippines
  • President Obama participates in a joint press conference with President Aquino
  • The President greets members of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines
  • Later that evening, the President attends a State Dinner with President Aquino at Malacanang Palace

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama delivers remarks at Fort Bonafacio
  • Later that morning, the President participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Manila American Cemetery
  • The President travels back to Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday morning, the President will participate in a round table meeting with business leaders to discuss trade policy.  Following the round table, the President will travel to Yongsan Garrison.  Here, he will be briefed by U.S.-ROK Combined Forces Command officers and deliver remarks and visit with troops and their families to thank them for their extraordinary service to our nation. In the afternoon, the President will travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  In the evening, he will join King Abdul Halim and Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia for the State dinner at the Istana Negara Palace.   The President will remain overnight in Malaysia.

On Sunday, the President will visit the National Mosque of Malaysia.  Following his visit, he will participate in a bilateral meeting and working lunch followed by a joint press conference with Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia at the Prime Minister’s Office. In the afternoon, the President and Prime Minister will take part in an event at the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center. In the evening, the President will travel to Malaya University to participate in a town hall with participants in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative. The President will remain overnight in Malaysia.

On Monday, The President will leave for The Philippines in the morning. The President will have a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with President Benigno AquinoLater that evening The President will attend a State Dinner hosted by President Benigno Aquino.

On Tuesday, The President will view an electric vehicle in The Philippines called “The Comet.” The President will visit Fort Bonifacio, where he will deliver remarks to U.S. and Filipino service members and veterans. The President will lay a wreath at The American Cemetery. Later in the evening The President will return to Washington, D.C.

Occasional Live streaming can be viewed here (CBS), here (LiveStation) and here (NHK)

 

 

The White House Videos – April 27th, 2014

 

Obama: Comments by NBA Team Owner ‘Ignorant’

 

Published on Apr 27, 2014

President Barack Obama on Sunday described comments reportedly made by the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers as racist, before casting them as part of a continuing legacy of slavery and segregation that Americans must vigilantly fight. (April 27)

 

 

 

 

Obama on NBA owner’s alleged comments

 

Published on Apr 26, 2014

While in Malaysia, President Obama answers a question regarding Donald Sterling’s alleged racist comments.

 

 

 

Lebron James: There Is “No Room” In The NBA For The Clippers’ Owner

 

 

 

In Malaysia, Obama Calls for Unity on Russia

 

Published on Apr 27, 2014

Continuing his four-country Asia tour, President Barack Obama visited Malaysia over the weekend and addressed human rights, the crisis in Ukraine and missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. (April 27)

 

 

 

 

President Obama Holds a Press Conference with Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia

 

Published on Apr 27, 2014

President Obama and Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia answer questions from the press in Kuala Lumpur. April 27, 2014.

 

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks at the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center

 

Published on Apr 27, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks after touring the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center. April 27, 2014.

 

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks at a State Banquet with His Majesty King Halim of Malaysia

 

Published on Apr 26, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks at a state banquet held in honor of his visit to Malaysia. April 26, 2014.

 

 

 

Pope Francis Canonizes John XXIII, John Paul II

 

Published on Apr 27, 2014

Pope Francis declared Popes John XXIII and John Paul II saints before some 800,000 people on Sunday in an unprecedented ceremony made even more historic by the presence of emeritus Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Square. (April 27)

 

 

 

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Speeches and Remarks – April 27th, 2014

 

Remarks by President Obama at Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Town Hall

 

Remarks by President Obama at the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center

 

Remarks by President Obama at the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center

 

Remarks by President Obama and His Majesty King Halim of Malaysia at State Banquet

 

 

Statements and Releases – April 27th, 2014

 

Joint Statement By President Obama And Prime Minister Najib Of Malaysia

 

FACT SHEET: The President’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

 

Joint Statement By President Obama And Prime Minister Najib Of Malaysia

 

FACT SHEET: The President’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

 

 

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White House Photos – April 27th, 2014…In No Particular Order.

 

 

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Press Briefings

 

Press Briefing by Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communication Ben Rhodes and NSC Senior Director for Asian Affairs Evan Medeiros

 

Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Jay Carney and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes Aboard Air Force One En Route Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

 

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Lebron James: There Is “No Room” In The NBA For The Clippers’ Owner


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Originally I was going to treat this KKKlipers story as I did the Cliven Bundy fiasco, ignore it. Then I got this great image, so I had to use the image.

 

From The Miami Heat Heat Check:

 

By Joseph Goodman

 

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Complete transcript of LeBron’s response on Donald Sterling. So powerful. So raw. (Read to very last sentence)

 

 

Speaking to the media, James stated that Sterling’s comments were “unacceptable” if they were in fact true. James then implied that Sterling needs to leave the NBA:

 

What are your thoughts on Donald Sterling’s comments?

 

“If the reports are true, it’s unacceptable. It’s unacceptable in our league. It doesn’t matter if you’re white, black, Hispanic, whatever, all across the races. It’s unacceptable and as a commissioner in our league, they have to make a stand, and they have to be very aggressive with it. I don’t know what it’s going to be, but you just can’t have that in our league. We’re the model citizens of all sports around the world and because we’re the most recognizable, I mean, it figures. You see us all the time, you see our logos, you see our players, and for an owner to come out and say the things that he said, it’s very disrespectful, it’s very appalling and one of my best friends and dear friends plays on his team in Chris Paul and I haven’t had an opportunity to talk to him but I can only imagine what’s going through his head.”

 

 

How difficult would it be to play with that hanging over…

 

“I don’t know. I kind of waivered back and forth whether I would actually sit out. If our owner would come out and say the things that he said, I would really have to sit down with my teammates, talk to my family because at the end of the day, our family, and our teammates are way more important than that. Basketball is huge, obviously the playoffs have been unbelievable, and I hate the fact that something like this has to come out when the playoffs have been unbelievable and the game of basketball continues to grow, but there is no room for Donald Sterling in our league. There is no room for him.”

 

Does it make you angry?

 

“I’m not angry. Just disappointed more than anything. There is only 30 owners and 400-plus of us. For a player, I just think…I put my…I can only imagine if a player came out and said something of that stature what would happen to us as players. So, I believe in Adam [Silver], I believe in the NBA and they have to do something and do something very fast and quickly before this really gets out of hand. Like I said, there is no room for Donald Sterling in our league, man. There it is.”

 

Los Angeles Clippers  star point guard Chris Paul is the President of the NBA Players Union, but Lebron James is the best player. Less than an hour before the Miami Heat play the Charolette Bobcats, comments on Donald Sterling’s racist comments.

Los Angeles Clippers star point guard Chris Paul is the President of the NBA Players Union, but Lebron James is the best player. Less than an hour before the Miami Heat play the Charolette Bobcats, comments on Donald Sterling’s racist comments.

 

From Yahoo NEWS:

 

Alleged racist remarks from Clippers owner Donald Sterling finally prompt NBA probe.

 

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Wait a minute…..THIS guy has a girlfriend??? Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling 

 

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Donald Sterling apparently went Donald Sterling the other day in an argument with his girlfriend, and TMZ published what it says is an audio recording of the conversation. So now there’s more proof Donald Sterling can ruin anything, even the promising start to the NBA playoffs for his historically bad franchise.

 

The Los Angeles Clippers owner, according to TMZ, is heard on tape making any number of racist comments. The NBA said Saturday it is conducting a “full investigation” into TMZ’s recording and called the published comments “disturbing and offensive.”

 

Of course, those comments also should come as no surprise to anyone, least of all the NBA, Sterling’s fellow owners or the NBA players’ union that for years sat around and watched him repeatedly get hammered by the legal system over charges he discriminated in the rental of apartments he owns with his wife in Southern California. This is the worst owner in professional sports and naming the runner-up would be an insult to that guy.

 

In this case, Sterling offered a laundry list of ridiculous sound bites, the lowlights center on admonishing his girlfriend, who is a minority, for using social media to show that she hangs around other minorities, particularly at Clipper games.

 

• “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?”

• “You can sleep with them. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that … and not to bring them to my games.”

• “I’m just saying, in your lousy [expletive] Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with black people.”

• “Don’t put him [Magic Johnson] on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don’t bring him to my games.”

The entire thing is equal parts pathetic, despicable and ridiculous.

It’s also Donald Sterling unplugged. In fairness, he sounds old and tired and maybe even a little bit baited by his girlfriend. Then again, there might be more sympathy for a guy getting secretly taped if it wasn’t for a checkered past that is far, far worse than these comments.

 

This is proof that in our current media environment anything on tape (video or audio) generates reactions far greater than anything not on tape. Sterling here proves himself a sad, sorry old man.

 

What his decades of legal battles with the government showed was far worse, though, and why someone in basketball should’ve at least attempted to publicly set him straight, if only for their own image. The NBA has an admirable history of tolerance, inclusion and progressive hiring even in positions of power. It includes players, coaches, executives, owners and fans from around the globe. Yet with Sterling, there was little protest.

 

In 2009, Sterling agreed to pay the U.S. Justice Department a then-record $2.73 million to settle allegations his companies targeted and discriminated against blacks, Hispanics and families with children in renting apartments in greater Los Angeles.

 

In 2005, his company agreed to settle a similar racial discrimination suit for an undisclosed sum – “one of the largest ever obtained in this type of case,” according to the judge – and a reported $5 million in plaintiff legal fees.

 

He’s been sued multiple times by individuals on racial charges. The tape is just the latest in a near endless list of terrible comments people have relayed, often on the record, through the courts or media.

 

 

So Why Is He STILL IN THE NBA?

 

In 2011, a jury rejected a wrongful termination suit brought by longtime general manager Elgin Baylor, but it did contain Baylor’s allegation, which had nothing to do with the case, that Sterling tried to control the race of his tenants because, he allegedly said, “Black tenants smell and attract vermin.”

Sterling’s legal team always countered that he settled the suits where the cost of litigation exceeded the payouts, which means Donald Sterling is so cheap he won’t even spend money to defend his reputation against being a terrible racist. And Clippers fans thought it was only about basketball.

You’d think a rich (and innocent) man would go to the end to clear his name on such brutal charges, but really what name is there to clear?

Say this about him: He’s equal opportunity. He’s been accused of discriminating against blacks, Hispanics and Koreans, both the poor and powerless, and now someone as rich and famous as Magic Johnson.

The taped words on a continuous media loop pale in importance to his actions through the years. A private conversation with a possibly vengeful girlfriend – she’s a real gem herself; Sterling’s wife is reportedly suing her to recoup some of the property and cash given to her by Sterling – is almost unimportant. No one other than Sterling was actually harmed by those words.

The housing discrimination is completely different, a real-world bit of awfulness that is one of the invisible hands in society that negatively impact innocent and hard-working people, families and children. It simply can’t be tolerated.

His companies controlled huge swaths of homes and apartments in Southern California, and these kinds of actions are what both directly and indirectly force minority families to stay in dangerous, blighted neighborhoods with poor school districts and limited opportunities. It’s the kind of acts that run counter to everything America is supposed to be about.

How many NBA players dealt with something like that growing up? If there was ever an issue that should strike a chord of protest, this was – and still is – it.

Yet Sterling always continued on, the league office mute even under commissioner David Stern, who himself once worked as a lawyer fighting housing discrimination in New Jersey. Publicly, the other owners looked the other way, perhaps because his team was always easy to beat under his frugal mismanagement.

Well, now Donald Sterling is apparently talking again. Don’t bring black people to the games, he’s saying. Don’t walk with them. Don’t broadcast.

Now new NBA commissioner Adam Silver gets his first test, truly earns his first check as he navigates this – dealing with an owner caught in an ugly scandal. The NBA says it is investigating, and we’ll see where it goes from here. This has been a long time coming.

In the interim, it’s easy to say every right-thinking fan of any race (the ones Sterling apparently likes or doesn’t) should stay away from Staples Center until Sterling himself is gone or offers some kind of reasonable solution.

Except, that isn’t fair to the fans of the Clippers who have waited forever for a winner, and now have one – at the same time as the Lakers stink. Nor would it really help to “suspend” Sterling and let him sit in his mansion somewhere, growing more embittered and cursing society for not seeing things his way.

Maybe it would be best to have everyone show up for Tuesday’s Game 5 against Golden State, Sterling included, and let him hear from the fans directly. Black, white, whatever.

Let the public give him the loud scolding the NBA, its players and other owners never would. Then let them broadcast that on social media.

 

 

LeBron said it best……“there is no room for Donald Sterling in our league, man. There it is.”

 

 

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

 


“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

 

 

 

 

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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)

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

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

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