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Thanks to an exemption, two Vietnam veterans receive the Medal of Honor

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

President Barack Obama on Monday will bestow the Medal of Honor on a pair of soldiers for their acts of bravery in the Vietnam War.

Congress granted an exemption so Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Army Spc. Donald P. Sloat could receive the medal, because recommendations typically must be made within two years of the act of heroism, and the medal presented within three.

 

 

 

The Medal of Honor: Behind the scenes

 

Today, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to two men — Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat — for their service in Vietnam.

 

“Nearly half a century after their acts of valor,” the President said, “a grateful nation bestows upon these men our highest military decoration — the Medal of Honor.”

 

Most Americans know that the Medal of Honor is the highest military award that a member of the U.S. Armed Forces can receive. But have you ever wondered what goes into the preparation for an actual Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House?

 

In June, we went behind the scenes of the award ceremony for Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, a retired United States Marine, for his actions during combat operations in Afghanistan.

 

 

 

 

ISIS beheads third Western prisoner, Britain vows armed response

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

The Islamic State released a video on Saturday showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines. The third Westerner executed by the radical Islamist group since mid-August, Haine’s killing drew swift condemnation by British Prime Minister David Cameron, who vowed to hunt and bring to justice to those responsible. RT’s Manila Chan has more details.

 

 

 

Real Change is Going to Come From You!

 

 

 

Hispanic Heritage Month 2014 – En Espanol

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

La fuerza laboral de los EE.UU. esta cambiando. En las ultimas dos decadas el numero de Hispanos que contribuyen a nuestra economia ha incrementado.

 

 

 

Pictures of the injuries suffered by Adrian Peterson‘s child scream child abuse

 

Published on Sep 15, 2014

Of course Adrian Peterson is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt but unless he is claiming someone else beat his child, as is the case in the death of his other son, it is hard to fathom any kind of legitimate defense on his part. Pictures are worth a thousands words and the pictures of the injuries suffered by Adrian Peterson child scream child abuse.

 

 

 

Occupy Democrats Reports: Bill Clinton Blasts McConnell for His Koch Money Addiction

 

 

 

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President Barack Hussein Obama To Award The Medal Of Honor.


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President Obama to Award the Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON, DC – On September 15, 2014, President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and to Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat for conspicuous gallantry.

Command Sergeant Major Adkins will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions while serving as an Intelligence Sergeant assigned to Detachment A-102, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces.  Then-Sergeant First Class Adkins distinguished himself during combat operations at Camp A Shau, Republic of Vietnam, on March 9 through March 12, 1966.

Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions while serving as a Machine gunner with Company D, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division.  Specialist Four Sloat distinguished himself during combat operations in the vicinity of Hawk Hill Fire Base, Republic of Vietnam, on January 17, 1970.

President Obama also approved the awarding of the Medal of Honor to Army First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing for gallantry in action at the battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863.   Additional details on the award to First Lieutenant Cushing will be announced separately.

First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions while serving as commanding officer of Battery A, 4th United States Artillery, Artillery Brigade, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac. Cushing distinguished himself during combat operations against an armed enemy in the vicinity of Cemetery Ridge, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 3, 1863.

PERSONAL BACKGROUND: 

Command Sergeant Major Adkins joined the Army in 1956, at the age of 22. He served in the 2nd Infantry Division until leaving to join Special Forces in 1961.  He deployed to Vietnam three times between February 1963 and December 1971; the actions for which he will receive the Medal of Honor took place during his second tour.

After Vietnam, Command Sergeant Major Adkins served approximately two years as First Sergeant for the Army Garrison Communications Command in Fort Huachuca, Arizona. He then joined Class #3 of the Army Sergeants Major Academy in El Paso, Texas. After graduation, he served with Special Forces at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and then led training at Fort Sherman’s Jungle School in the Panama Canal Zone. He retired from the Army in 1978.

Command Sergeant Major Adkins and his wife of 59 years, Mary Adkins, currently reside in Opelika, Alabama. They will both attend the Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House.

Specialist Four Sloat entered the Army on March 19, 1969 from Coweta, Oklahoma. After completing his training, he was assigned as an M60 Machine Gunner, to 3rd Platoon, Delta Company, 2/1 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, in the Republic of Vietnam.

Specialist Four Sloat was killed in action on Jan. 17, 1970, at the age of 20.  On that day, his squad was conducting a patrol, when one of the Soldiers triggered a hand grenade trap placed in their path by enemy forces. Specialist Four Sloat picked up the live grenade, initially to throw it away. However, when he realized that detonation was imminent, he chose to shield its blast with his own body, sacrificing his own life to save the lives of three of his fellow Soldiers.

Dr. William Sloat of Enid, Oklahoma, will join the President at the White House to accept the Medal of Honor on his brother’s behalf.

First Lieutenant Cushing graduated, and was commissioned, from the United States Military Academy at West Point in the class of June 1861.  Born in what is now Delafield, Wisconsin, he was raised in Fredonia, New York.  Cushing was the commander of Battery A, 4th United States Artillery, Artillery Brigade, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac at Gettysburg.

First Lieutenant Cushing was killed in action on July 3, 1863, at the age of 22.  On that day, the third day of the battle, in the face of Longstreet’s Assault, also known as Pickett’s Charge, First Lieutenant Cushing’s battery took a severe pounding by Confederate artillery.  As the rebel infantry advanced, he manned the only remaining, and serviceable, field piece in his battery.  During the advance, he was wounded in the stomach as well as in the right shoulder.  Refusing to evacuate to the rear despite his severe wounds, he directed the operation of his lone field piece continuing to fire in the face of the enemy.  With the rebels within 100 yards of his position, Cushing was shot and killed during this heroic stand.  His actions made it possible for the Union Army to successfully repulse the Confederate assault. First Lieutenant Cushing is buried with full honors at his alma mater, West Point.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

THE MEDAL OF HONOR:

The Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves conspicuously by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty while:

  • engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States;
  • engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or
  • serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

The meritorious conduct must involve great personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life. There must be incontestable proof of the performance of the meritorious conduct, and each recommendation for the award must be considered on the standard of extraordinary merit.

Senate Backs MoHs for Two Vietnam Soldiers

The Senate Armed Service Committee has approved legislation to waive time limits and allow President Obama to award the Medal of Honor to two soldiers who served in the Vietnam War.

The Senate committee action followed on a similar move last year by the House to authorize and request the President to award the Medal of Honor to Bennie G. Adkins and Donald P. Sloat, both of Oklahoma.

The SASC measure passed earlier this week as part of the National Defense Authorization Act would waive the three-year time limit under the U.S. Code from the date of the action justifying the possible award of the MoH to Sloat, and for the upgrade of a Distinguished Service Cross to an MoH in the case of Adkins.

Sloat, of Coweta, Okla., was awarded the DSC for his actions on Jan. 17, 1970 in Quang Tin province while serving with the Army’s 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 196th Infantry Brigade of the Americal Division. Sloat was killed when he covered a booby-trap grenade with his body to save the lives of others in his unit.

Adkins, 79, of Waurika, Okla., received his DSC for actions from March 9-12, 1966, while serving as a sergeant first class with Army Special Forces Detachment A-102 in Vietnam’s A Shau valley, about 30 miles southwest of Hue City, which was a key infiltration route for North Vietnamese forces into South Vietnam.

Adkins was wounded while rushing through enemy fire to man a mortar pit as Viet Cong forces attempted to overrun his unit’s position. Though wounded, he ran through enemy fire again to drag wounded comrades to safety.

“During the evacuation of a seriously wounded American, Adkins maneuvered outside the camp walls to draw fire and successfully covered the rescue,” the DSC citation said.

The next day, the enemy launched the main attack and “although wounded with most of his team killed or wounded, he (Adkins) fought off the waves of attacking Viet Cong,” the citation said.

“Adkins and the small group of remaining soldiers were ordered to evacuate the camp. Although they were running low on ammunition, they fought their way out of the camp and evaded the Viet Cong for two days until they were rescued,” the citation said.

Adkins was drafted into the Army in 1956, served a total of 13 years with the Special Forces and retired as a Command Sergeant Major in 1978. He served three tours in Vietnam and his other awards include the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and the Purple Hear with four Oak Leaf Clusters.

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Weekly Wrap Up: VP At The World Cup, Robotic Giraffes, The Medal of Honor, West Wing Week, The Twitter Storm™ And More.


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Weekly Wrap Up: VP At The World Cup, Robotic Giraffes, The Medal of Honor And More.

 

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This week, the President continued his fight against climate change, updated the American people on the situation in Iraq, hung out with a robotic giraffe at the first-ever White House Maker Faire, and paid tribute to our newest Medal of Honor recipient — and the Vice President cheered on the U.S. Men’s National Team at the World Cup.

 

Check out what you might have missed this week in our weekly wrap up:

 

 

He “Should Not Be Alive Today”

 

At the White House yesterday, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, a retired United States Marine. Corporal Carpenter received the medal for his courageous actions during combat operations against an armed enemy in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

 

By all accounts, Kyle shouldn’t be alive today. On November 21, 2010, Kyle’s platoon woke up to the sound of AK-47 fire. As their compound began taking fire, Kyle and Lance Corporal Nicholas Eufrazio took cover up on a roof, low on their backs behind a circle of sandbags. And then a grenade landed nearby, its pin already pulled.

 

 

In the President’s remarks, he detailed the horrific events that followed:

 

When the grenade landed, other Marines in the compound looked up and saw it happen. Kyle tried to stand. He lunged forward toward that grenade, and then he disappeared into the blast. Keep in mind, at the time, Kyle was just 21 years old. But in that instant, he fulfilled those words of Scripture: “Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

 

Learn more about Medal of Honor recipient Corporal Kyle Carpenter.

 

 

An Update on Iraq

 

Yesterday, after a meeting with his national security team, President Obama delivered a statement from the White House Press Briefing Room on the situation in Iraq and the U.S. response.

 

 

Read the President’s full statement here.

 

 

The First-Ever White House Maker Faire

Banana pianos, giant red weather balloons, POTUS pancakes, and a 17-foot robotic giraffe on the South Lawn. These were all part of the first-ever White House Maker Faire on Wednesday, hosted by President Obama.

 

 

The event brought together more than 100 students, entrepreneurs, engineers, and researchers from 25 states — all of whom love to “Make” stuff. Check out the Storify here.

 

 

One Team, One Nation

 

On Monday night, Vice President Biden cheered on the U.S. men’s soccer team as they defeated Ghana in their first game of the World Cup in Brazil. The Vice President talked about the experience and visited with the team in the locker room after their thrilling victory.

 

 

The Vice President wrote, “As I told the guys in the locker room after the game, they truly do represent one team, one nation united.”

 

 

 

“This Is a Fight That America Must Lead”

 

Last weekend, President Obama traveled to California to congratulate the University of California, Irvine’s 2014 graduating class and challenged them to get involved in the fight against climate change.

 

 

The President spent much of his speech urging graduates to fight the cynicism and naysayers and to act on climate change — “one of the most significant long-term challenges that our country and our planet faces.”

 

 

West Wing Week 06/20/14 or, “Zot, Zot, Zot!”

 

 

This week, the President visited Lakota Country, the land of the Anteaters, and Pittsburgh’s Tech Shop, while at home he hosted the first-ever Maker Faire and awarded the Medal of Honor.

 

 

 

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Statements and Releases

 

Statement by the President on World Refugee Day

 

Fact Sheet: The Economic Challenge Posed by Declining Pollinator Populations

 

Background Conference Call by Senior Administration Officials on Iraq

 

President Obama Announces His Intent to Nominate Carolyn Watts Colvin as Commissioner of Social Security

 

FACT SHEET: Unaccompanied Children from Central America

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Call to President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras

 

FACT SHEET: The United States and New Zealand: Forward Progress

 

White House Releases the United States Counter Piracy and Maritime Security Action Plan

 

Op-Ed by President Obama on the 70th Anniversary of the GI Bill

 

Notice to Congress — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to North Korea

 

Press Call on Efforts to Enhance Enforcement on the Southwest Border

 

White House Report: Nine Facts About American Families and Work

 

Statement by the President

 

 

Speeches and Remarks

 

Remarks by the First Lady at Summer Learning Day Event

 

 

Op-Ed by President Obama on the 70th Anniversary of the GI Bill

In an op-ed published in Military Times, President Obama reflects on the 70thAnniversary of the GI Bill, and how the investments we make in veterans help produce the leaders America needs.

 

The following op-ed by President Obama appeared in Military Times

 

You pick the school, and we’ll help pick up the bill.

 

That’s the basic promise America made to our veterans of World War II seventy years ago with the signing of the original GI Bill.  It’s the same promise we’re keeping with our newest veterans and their families through the Post-9/11 GI Bill.  Now as then, investing in the education and skills of our veterans is one of the smartest investments we can make in America.

 

For some eight million World War II veterans, the original GI Bill meant the chance to realize a college education, get on-the-job training or buy their first home.  They became teachers and small business owners, doctors and nurses, engineers and scientists.  One of them was my grandfather.  A soldier in Patton’s Army, he came home, went to college on the GI Bill and raised his family.  In his later years he helped raise me, too.

 

The GI Bill also transformed America.  With the careers it sparked, the homes it helped our veterans buy, and the prosperity it generated, it paid for itself several times over and helped lay the foundation for the largest middle class in history.

 

Like generations before them, our men and women in uniform today deserve the chance to live the American Dream they helped to defend.  That’s why, under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, we’ve already helped more than one million veterans and family members pursue their education.

 

Now, with our troops coming home from Afghanistan and a new generation of veterans returning to civilian life, even more will be eligible for this opportunity in the years to come.  As Commander in Chief, I want everyone who is eligible to know what the Post-9/11 GI Bill can do for them.  A good place to start is benefits.va.gov/gibill/, which has important information on the benefits available, including assistance to help pay for tuition, housing and books, and how to transfer benefits to a family member.

 

As veterans and their families think about which school is right for them, it’s worth considering several factors.

 

Does the school adhere to our Principles of Excellence?  We created these standards to protect our veterans from dishonest recruiting and predatory practices.  For example, does the school provide students with a clear statement of all costs?   Does it provide students with a point of contact for financial advice?  Does it provide a clear educational plan, so you get what you pay for?  So far about 6,000 colleges and universities have signed on to our principles and pledged to do right by our veterans and their families.

 

Does the school foster an environment that supports veterans?  Under the “8 Keys to Success” we unveiled last year, there are specific steps colleges and universities can take to truly welcome and encourage veterans on campus.  For example, is there a culture of inclusiveness that invests in veterans’ academic success?  Is there a centralized place on campus that coordinates services for veterans?  Are faculty and staff trained to understand the unique needs of veterans and how to best serve them?  So far nearly 400 colleges and universities have joined this effort to help our veterans complete their education and get their degree.

 

Even with the Post-9/11 GI Bill, will you still need student loans?  The high cost of college is leaving too many students, including veterans, in debt.  That’s why, even as we work to make college more affordable, we’re doing more to protect students from crushing debt.  We’re making it easier to automatically reduce the interest rates our service members and veterans pay on their student loans.  Congress can also do its part by passing legislation that would allow veteran attending a state college or university to pay in-state tuition, regardless of their residency.

 

Finally, when you go looking for that civilian job, are you taking advantage of the latest resources?  Our improved transition assistance program helps our newest veterans and their spouses plan their new careers.  We’re making it easier for veterans to transfer their military training to the licenses and credentials needed for civilian jobs.  We’re matching veterans looking for jobs with companies looking to hire veterans and military spouses through our Veterans Employment Center, online at ebenefits.va.gov.  Every company in America needs to know—if you want someone who will get the job done, hire a veteran.

 

The original GI Bill helped produce a generation of leaders, including three presidents, three Supreme Court Justices, more than a dozen Nobel laureates, and two dozen Pulitzer Prize winners.  Once again, the investments we make in our newest veterans today will produce the leaders America needs tomorrow.  On this 70th anniversary, we pledge to uphold that promise once more and keep our veterans and our country strong for decades to come.

 

 

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President Obama Meets with Prime Minister John Key

 

 

 

6/20/14: White House Press Briefing

 

 

 

Obama: ‘No Amount of American Firepower’ Can Hold Iraq Together

 

 

 

Chris Christie’s ‘pro-life’ message his views on abortion and drug addiction

 

 

 

Hannity Brings Bullied Muslim Student On For More Bullying

 

 

 

Man walks like nothing happened after being knocked through the air

 

 

 

They Marched 500 Miles To Save Democracy, Now It’s Your Turn

 

 

 

Rape victim says Hillary Clinton ‘lied like a dog’

 

 

 

Mitt Romney says ‘no’ to 2016 

 

 

 

PBS News Hour Friday, June 20, 2014

 

 

 

Mary Wilson Open to Supremes Reunion

 

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Thursday The 19th Of June: President’s Export Council. Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), Gets The Medal Of Honor.


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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Thursday The 19th Of June, 2014

 

On Thursday, the President will award Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.

 

With the situation in Iraq growing more dangerous, President Barack Obama on Thursday added a meeting with his national security team to his schedule as well as a public statement, coming at 12:30 p.m. ET.

 

White House Schedule – June 19, 2014

 

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY June 19th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE GUIDANCE & SCHEDULE
Thursday June 19th, 2014

 

 

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In the morning, the President will join a meeting of the President’s Export Council in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.  The President’s Export Council advises the President on policies and programs that affect U.S. trade performance and promote export expansion.   As part of the focus on manufacturing and innovation this week, the President will participate in a discussion about opportunities for the U.S. to take advantage of growing manufacturing competitiveness and new innovative technologies to grow our exports and create more American jobs. The meeting will be livestreamed on www.WhiteHouse.gov/live. The President’s remarks are pooled press.

 

In the afternoon, the President will award Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. The First Lady will also attend. Corporal Carpenter will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as an Automatic Rifleman with Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Corporal Carpenter will be the eighth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.  The President’s remarks in the East Room are open to pre-credentialed media; the deadline to RSVP has closed.

 

Thursday, June 19 2014 All Times ET

 

10:15 AM: The President joins a President’s Expo Council Meeting, Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

 

12:00 PM: The Vice President arrives at the Presidential Palace, Presidential Palace – Santo Domingo.

 

12:15 PM: Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

The Vice President holds a bilateral meeting with Dominican President Danilo Medina, Presidential Palace – Santo Domingo.
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12:30 PM: The President delivers a statement on the situation in Iraq, Brady Press Briefing Room.
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President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Situation in Iraq

2:30 PM EST

 

1:00 PM: The Vice President and President Medina make statements to the press, Presidential Palace – Santo Domingo.

 

2:15 PM: The President awards Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), the Medal of Honor; the First Lady also attends, East Room.

 

President Obama Awards the Medal of Honor

 

 

 

 

President Obama To Award Medal Of Honor To Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret).

 

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President Obama to Award Medal of Honor

On June 19, 2014, President Barack Obama will award Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret), the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.  Corporal Carpenter will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as an Automatic Rifleman with Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines,Regimental Combat Team 11st Marine Division(Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

 

Corporal Carpenter will be the eighth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.  He and his family will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service.

 

PERSONAL BACKGROUND:

Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, was born in Flowood, Mississippi on October 17, 1989, and graduated from W. Wyman King Academy, Batesburg, South Carolina, in 2008.  In February 2009, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at Recruiting Station Columbia, South Carolina, and completed his basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, later that year.

 

At the time of the November 21, 2010 combat engagement in Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, then-Lance Corporal Carpenter served as an Automatic Rifleman with Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team-1, 1st Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).

 

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In July 2013, he was medically retired as a Corporal due to his wounds.  He is currently a full time student at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

 

His personal awards include a Purple Heart Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon.  Additional awards and decorations include the Navy Unit Commendation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one bronze campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with one bronze star, North Atlantic Treaty

 

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2:45 PM: The Vice President visits the Maritima Solar facility and deliver remarks, Maritima Solar facility.

 

 

 

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June 19, 2014 9:00 AM EDT
Summit on Heroin and Prescription Drugs: Federal, State, and Community Responses
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June 19, 2014 9:30 AM EDT
Meeting of the President’s Export Council
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June 19, 2014 12:30 PM EDT
President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Situation in Iraq
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June 19, 2014 1:00 PM EDT
Vice President Biden and President Danilo Medina Deliver Statements to the Press
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June 19, 2014 2:15 PM EDT
President Obama Awards Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), the Medal of Honor
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On Friday, the President will meet with Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand to highlight our increasingly close relationship with New Zealand and our collaboration on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, climate change, and military-to-military cooperation.  The President looks forward to consulting with Prime Minister Key on these and other issues, including the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, regional maritime security issues, and global security issues.

 

 

June 2014: Photo of the Day

 

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6/18/14: White House Press Briefing, with Jay Carney

 

 

 

White House Maker Faire: The Mobile Fab Lab

 

 

 

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Statements and Releases- June 19th, 2014

 

Statement by the President on the Investiture of His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain

 

FACT SHEET: The United States and Colombia

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Calls with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Iraqi Council of Representatives Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi, and President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani

 

Readout of the President’s Meeting with Congressional Leaders

 

 

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It’s time for a 21st-century workplace that works for all Americans.

 

The modern family looks different than it ever has before. In 63 percent of families with children, all parents work. 32 percent of families with children are single-parent families. And yet, most moms and dads don’t have access to paid leave or flexible workplaces. On average, women are still earning 77 cents to every dollar a man doing the same work earns.

 

It’s time for workplace policies that give all workers the best chance to succeed at work and at home.

 

Join us for a conversation on working families for a 21st Century workplace at the Working Families Summit on June 23rd. Visit WorkingFamiliesSummit.org to learn more.

 

 

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Jamila Lyiscott: 3 ways to speak English

 

 

 

House Republicans ‘Furious’ Over ‘Lost’ IRS emails

 

 

 

Cheney; Schweitzer; Farve’s political ad

 

 

 

TheObamaCrat™ SoapBox: The Dumbfuckery Edition. NSFW Or Kids.

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call: HuMpDaY The 21st Of May, 2014. Seattle Seahawks. National Monument Designation. Veterans Affairs. Ambassador’s Credentials.


 

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White House Schedule – May 21st, 2014

 

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

 

WEEKEND GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
HuMpDAY, MAY 21st, 2014

 

 

In the morning, the President will meet with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Shinseki and Rob Nabors in the Oval Office to receive an update on the situation at the Department of Veterans Affairs. This meeting will be closed press.

 

The President will participate in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony in the Oval Office. At this event, the President will receive the credentials from foreign Ambassadors recently posted in Washington. The presentation of credentials is a traditional ceremony that marks the formal beginning of an Ambassador’s service in Washington. This event is closed press. The following Ambassadors will attend:

His Excellency Hassane Mahamat Nasser, Ambassador of the Republic of Chad

His Excellency Budi Bowoleksono, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia

His Excellency Awang Adek bin Hussin, Ambassador of Malaysia

His Excellency Domingos Sarmento Alves, Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

His Excellency Serdar Kilic, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey

His Excellency Ernest Ndabashinze, Ambassador of the Republic of Burundi

His Excellency Hans Peter Wittig, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany

His Excellency Jorge Alberto Milla Reyes, Ambassador of the Republic of Honduras

His Excellency Juan Gabriel Valdes Soublette, Ambassador of the Republic of Chile

His Excellency Omar Arouna, Ambassador of the Republic of Benin

Her Excellency Makurita Baaro, Ambassador of the Republic of Kiribati

His Excellency Farhod Salim, Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan

In the afternoon, the President will welcome the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks to the White House to honor the team and their Super Bowl XLVIII victory. This visit will continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities. This event in the East Room is open to pre-credentialed media.

Later in the afternoon, the President will host an event at the Department of the Interior where he will sign a proclamation establishing the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in south-central New Mexico. This event is pooled for TV and open to limited pre-credentialed media.

 

 

HuMpday May 21st, All Times EDST

 

 

10:45 AM: President Obama Makes a Statement on the VA administration issues,The White House.

 

11:35 AM: THE PRESIDENT participates in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony, Oval Office.

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

2:10 PM: THE PRESIDENT honors the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks, East Room.

4:10 PM: THE PRESIDENT deliver remarks on the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Designation, Department of Interior.

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May 21, 2014 10:45 AM EDT
President Obama Makes a Statement
The White House, White House LIVE!! Streaming

 

 

May 21, 2014 11:55 AM EDT
Vice President Biden Makes a Statement
Audio Only
Nicosia, Cyprus. White House LIVE!! Streaming

 

 
May 21, 2014 12:45 PM EDT
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
The White House. White House LIVE!! Streaming

 

 
May 21, 2014 12:45 PM EST
President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) Annual Meeting
The White House. White House LIVE!! Streaming

 

 
May 21, 2014 2:10 PM EDT
President Obama Welcomes the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks to the White House
The White House. White House LIVE!! Streaming

 

 
May 21, 2014 4:10 PM EDT
President Obama Speaks on the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Designation
Washington, DC. White House LIVE!! Streaming

 

 

 

The Week Ahead Schedule – May 21st – 23rd, 2014

 

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On Wednesday, the President will participate in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony in the Oval Office. At this event, the President will receive the credentials from foreign Ambassadors recently posted in Washington. The presentation of credentials is a traditional ceremony that marks the formal beginning of an Ambassador’s service in Washington. Afterward, the President will welcome the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks to the White House to honor the team and their Super Bowl XLVIII victory.

 

 
On Thursday, the President will travel to Chicago, IL to participate in two events for the DSCC. The President will remain overnight in Chicago. Barack is coming home to Chicago next Thursday for fundraisers to benefit the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill. and will remain in the city overnight.

 

 
On Friday, the President will return from Chicago & attend meetings at The White House.

 

 

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President Obama Honors the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks

 

Scheduled for May 21, 2014

The President will welcome the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks to the White House to honor the team and their Super Bowl XLVIII victory. This visit will continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks on the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Designation

 

Scheduled for May 21, 2014

The President will host an event at the Department of the Interior where he will sign a proclamation establishing the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in south-central New Mexico.

 

 

 

The White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show

 

Published on May 20, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the first-ever White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show, followed by a number of celebrity performances and remarks from President Obama, May 20, 2014.

 

 

 

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White House Photo Of The Day For May 20th, 2014

 

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 Moneygall, Ireland Presidential Visitors Center

 

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A visitor centre named after President Obama, which will focus on his ancestry, will open in two weeks’ time.

It will serve as a welcoming point into the ancestral home of the President and will tell the story of his Irish Ancestry and of that historic trip to Moneygall on 05/23/11 (3 years this Friday).

We will also highlight the other 21 American Presidents with Irish ancestry and many more famous Irish Americans. It will be an Oasis on the M7 Motorway, only 1.5 hours from Dublin.

This centre will be free to visit and I have been tasked with getting memorabilia for the area.

I was wondering if any of The Obama Diary’s followers would like to send us anything connected with President Obama, his 1st election, inauguration and the subsequent election and inauguration, that we could put on display in the centre?

If people are willing to share badges, bumper stickers, newspapers, election posters, etc, we would be delighted.

We understand people would like to keep these items, but maybe if they had duplicates – eg two copies of the same newspaper or magazine – they might consider sending them to me… contact me at @HenryHealy

We want this to be an exciting location with lots for people to see, so hopefully the dedicated The Obama Diary contributors and followers can send something to us for our exhibitions – and when you visit Moneygall, we will ensure you all receive the warmest of welcomes!

Contact me at @HenryHealy Moneygall · facebook.com/henryhealy

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In Nigeria, Commerce Sec. Pritzker on search for kidnapped girls

 

SHINGTON–Commerce Sec. Penny Pritzker, on a trade mission to Nigeria and other African nations, outlined U.S. efforts to find the Nigerian kidnapped girls during a speech in Lagos on Wednesday. “A team is now in place at our Embassy to provide military aid, assist in information gathering, and more,” Pritzker said.

 

In Washington this morning, Rep. Ed Royce R-CA Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, holds a hearing “to examine the Administration’s response to Boko Haram, particularly the terrorist organization’s recent kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian girls.”

 

As the Nigerian government has failed to find the more than 200 girls, abducted from their school, Pritzker discussed the missing girl in the context of international assistance available to the Nigerian government in her remarks.

 

“And I want to address the issue that is on all of our minds. To the north of here in the town of Chibok, hundreds of families are without their daughters today. As a mother of two myself, my heart breaks for these girls and their loved ones and friends,” Pritzker said, according to prepared text of her remarks.

 

“All parents, no matter where they were born or where they reside, hope that their children are always safe, and that their children have the opportunity to realize their dreams. That these young girls were kidnapped while pursuing their education is particularly unsettling, and the world is anxiously awaiting their safe return.

 

“The United States is supporting Nigeria as it works to find and free these young girls. A team is now in place at our Embassy to provide military aid, assist in information gathering, and more. Last weekend, the United States attended a meeting in Paris where President Goodluck Jonathan and the heads of state of the countries bordering Nigeria — Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin — pledged to work together to combat Boko Haram. With them, the U.S., France, the EU and the UK agreed that to prevent violent, extremist groups from making inroads into vulnerable communities, a comprehensive approach to promoting opportunity, inclusion, and security must be implemented in the region. We will help Nigerians do that. Our commitment is long-term; we will stand by Nigerians as they strive to defend and protect their sons and daughters, husbands, brothers, sisters and mothers,” she said.

 

 

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#BringBackOurGirls #BringBackOurDaughters

 

An Open Letter To Nigerian President  Goodluck Jonathan.

 

#BringBackOurGirsl #BringBackOurDaughters: Updates.

 

New Zealanders support Bring Back Our Girls campaign

 

Out Of Maryland, A Cry For Nigeria: ‘Bring Back Our Girls!’

 

‘Bring back our girls’: Dozens rally in downtown Portland for Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram

 

Interview: “Bring back our girls,” UN official says

 

Lawmakers Mull Special Forces to Find Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls

 

Associated Press: Nigeria Opens The Door For Talks With Boko Haram.

 

Nigeria Refuses To Swap Militant Prisoners For Kidnapped Girls. New Video. #BringBackOurGirls.

 

Brand New Boko Haram Video Shows Missing Kidnapped Nigerian Girls. #BringBackOurGirls

 

The Bring Back Our Girls Hashtag Campaign.

 

#BringBackOurGirls #BringBackOurDaughters: The Global Village.

 

Report: Nigerian Military Knew Of Kidnapping Threat Hours Beforehand

#BringBackOurGirls: U.S. Vows To Help Nigeria In The Search For Kidnapped Girls. #BringBackOurDaughters.

 

#BringBackOurGirls: Extremist Islam Is Scared Of Little Girls.

 

Petitioning All World Leaders: Bring Back Nigeria’s 200 Missing School Girls #BringBackOurGirls.

 

#BringBackOurGirls – Part 1

 

#BringBackOurGirls – Part 2

 

#BringBackOurGirls – Part 3

 

 

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