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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.

Obama 2008 Profile

 

 

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 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)

 

 

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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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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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Weekly Wrap Up: Investing In Our Nation’s Future. January 17, 2014 7:20 PM.

 

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January 2014: Photo’s of the Day

 

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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

 

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.

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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.”

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Friday The 17th Of January. Happy Birthday 1st Lady Obama AND The Champ, Muhammad Ali


 

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White House Schedule – January 17, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 117th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
FRIDAY, JANUARY 17th, 2014

 

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

 

Later in the morning, the President will deliver remarks presenting the outcomes of the Administration’s review of our signals intelligence programs, and how, in light of new technologies, we can use them in a way that optimally protects our national security while supporting our foreign policy, respecting privacy and civil liberties, maintaining the public trust, and reducing the risk of unauthorized disclosures. The remarks at the Department of Justice are pooled for TV and open to pre-credentialed stills and correspondents.

 

Friday, January 17 2014 All Times ET

 

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

 

11:00 AM: The President delivers remarks on signals intelligence programs, Department of Justice.

 

2:45 PM: The Vice President delivers remarks at the launch of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, Department of State.

 

 

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President Obama taps Chicago’s Barbara Bowman to Educational Excellence for African Americans panel

 

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President Barack Obama tapped Chicagoan and child development specialist Barbara T. Bowman on Thursday for a spot on the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. She is a faculty founder of the Erikson Institute, 451 N. LaSalle St.

 

She is the mother of Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.

 

Bio, from the White House:

Barbara T. Bowman, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans

 

Barbara T. Bowman is the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development at the Erikson Institute, a position she has held since 2002. Ms. Bowman has taught and held a number of administrative positions at the Erikson Institute since 1966, serving as its President from 1994 to 2002. From 2004 to 2012, Ms. Bowman served as Chief Officer of Early Childhood Education for Chicago Public Schools. In 2009, she served as a consultant to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. She is past president of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and has served on numerous boards, including the High Scope Educational Foundation, the Institute for Psychoanalysis, Business People in the Public Interest, the Great Books Foundation, the Chicago Public Library Foundation, and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She is the recipient of the Voices for Illinois’ Children Start Early Award, Chicago Association for the Education of Young Children Outstanding Service to Children Award, Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education, and the National Black Child Development Institute Leadership Award. Ms. Bowman received a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and a M.A. in Education from the University of Chicago.

 

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January 16, 2014

 

President Obama Announces his Intent to Appoint Fifteen Individuals to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint fifteen individuals to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. This Commission is charged with strengthening the nation by improving educational outcomes for African Americans to ensure that all African Americans receive an education that prepares them for college, productive careers, and satisfying lives. This mission is part of the Administration’s broader mandate to restore the country to its role as the global leader in education. These members will advise the President and the Secretary of Education on ways to advance federal programs that improve educational opportunities for African Americans, increase participation of the African American community in federal agency programs, and engage stakeholders in a national dialogue on the mission.

 

President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to the President’s Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans:

 

· Angela Glover Blackwell – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans

 

· Barbara T. Bowman – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans

 

· Gwendolyn E. Boyd – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans

 

· Walter G. Bumphus – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans

 

· James P. Comer – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans

 

· Al Dotson, Jr. – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans

 

· Akosua Barthwell Evans – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans

 

· Jim Freeman – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans

 

· Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans

 

· Michael L. Lomax – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans

 

· Bryant T. Marks – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans

 

· Robert K. Ross – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans

 

 

· Doris A. Smith-Ribner – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans

 

· Ronald A. Williams – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans

 

· TyKiah R. Wright – Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans

 

President Obama said, “These fine public servants bring both a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their new roles. Our nation will be well-served by these men and women, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”

 

President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans:

 

Angela Glover Blackwell, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans
Angela Glover Blackwell is the Chief Executive Officer of PolicyLink, an institute she founded in 1999. Prior to her current role, Ms. Blackwell was the Senior Vice President of the Rockefeller Foundation from 1995 to 1998. From 1987 to 1994, Ms. Blackwell was the President of Urban Strategies Council, a community building, support, and advocacy organization she founded in 1987. Prior to that, Ms. Blackwell was a Partner at Public Advocates from 1977 to 1987. She has been a Member of the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships since 2011. Ms. Blackwell received a B.A. from Howard University and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law.

 

Barbara T. Bowman, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans
Barbara T. Bowman is the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development at the Erikson Institute, a position she has held since 2002. Ms. Bowman has taught and held a number of administrative positions at the Erikson Institute since 1966, serving as its President from 1994 to 2002. From 2004 to 2012, Ms. Bowman served as Chief Officer of Early Childhood Education for Chicago Public Schools. In 2009, she served as a consultant to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. She is past president of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and has served on numerous boards, including the High Scope Educational Foundation, the Institute for Psychoanalysis, Business People in the Public Interest, the Great Books Foundation, the Chicago Public Library Foundation, and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She is the recipient of the Voices for Illinois’ Children Start Early Award, Chicago Association for the Education of Young Children Outstanding Service to Children Award, Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education, and the National Black Child Development Institute Leadership Award. Ms. Bowman received a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and a M.A. in Education from the University of Chicago.

 

Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans
Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd most recently served as an engineer and Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, positions she began in 2004. In this role, Dr. Boyd was responsible for the coordination and development of Historically Black Colleges and Universities initiatives and managed the Applied Physics Laboratory ATLAS Internship Program. In December 2013, Dr. Boyd was selected as the next President of Alabama State University. Dr. Boyd served as Assistant for Development Programs from 1998 to 2004 at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and was a Submarine Navigation Systems Analyst from 1980 to 1998. Dr. Boyd also served as a member and Chair of the Johns Hopkins University Diversity Leadership Council. She is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. Dr. Boyd received a B.S. from Alabama State University, an M.S. from Yale University, and both a M.Div. and D.Min. from Howard University.

 

Dr. Walter G. Bumphus, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans
Dr. Walter G. Bumphus is currently the President and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges, a position he has held since 2011. Previously, Dr. Bumphus served as Chair of the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin and as a professor in the Community College Leadership Program from 2007 to 2011. From 2001 to 2007, Dr. Bumphus served as President of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. He was also the Chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College from 2000 to 2001. Dr. Bumphus received a B.A. and M.A. from Murray State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas.

 

Dr. James P. Comer, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans
Dr. James P. Comer is the Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University Child Study Center, a position he has held since 1975. Dr. Comer first joined the Yale faculty and founded the Comer School Development Program in 1968, a program designed to improve scholastic performance of children from lower-income and minority backgrounds in particular. In 2006, Dr. Comer served as Chair of the Roundtable on Child and Adolescent Development Research and Teacher Education. He served as a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Commission on the Whole Child in 2006. He has received many awards for his work, including the Heinz Award for the Human Condition, the University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Education, the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education, and 48 honorary degrees. He also served in the military, completing his service in 1968 with the rank of Surgeon (Lt. Colonel) in the U.S. Public Health Service. Dr. Comer received a B.A. from Indiana University, an M.D. from Howard University, and an M.P.H. from the University of Michigan.

 

Al Dotson, Jr., Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans
Al Dotson, Jr. has been a partner of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod since 1998. He previously was a partner at Eckert Seamans from 1995 to 1998, an associate at Jenner & Block from 1990 to 1993, and an associate at Fine Jacobson Schwartz Block & England from 1987 to 1990. He is Chairman Emeritus and a member of the Executive Committee of 100 Black Men of America, Inc., a men’s civic organization founded to mentor, educate, and empower African American youth. Mr. Dotson previously served 100 Black Men of America, Inc. as Chairman from 2004 to 2012 and Vice Chairman from 1996 to 2004. Mr. Dotson received an A.B. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law.

 

Dr. Akosua Barthwell Evans, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.
Dr. Akosua Barthwell Evans is currently the Chief Executive Officer of The Barthwell Group, a strategic management consulting firm that she founded in 2005. Previously, Dr. Evans was a Managing Director of Endowments and Foundations at JPMorgan’s Fleming Asset Management from 2003 to 2005. Prior to that, she was a Managing Director from 2002 to 2003 and Vice President from 2000 to 2002 at JPMorgan Private Bank. Dr. Evans previously worked as an attorney at Kilpatrick Stockton LLP, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, and at Sullivan & Cromwell. She was the Director of Minority Economic Development for New Detroit, Inc. from 1979 to 1980 and worked as a Political Affairs Officer at the U.N. Secretariat Centre Against Apartheid from 1978 to 1979. She serves on the Detroit Historical Society Board of Trustees and the Student Veterans of America Board of Advisors. Dr. Evans is the founder and past chairperson of The Friends of Education at The Museum of Modern Art. In 2011, she received the Entrepreneur Leadership Award at the STEM Women of Color Conference. Dr. Evans received a B.A. from Barnard College, a Ph.D. and M.Phil. from Columbia University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

 

Jim Freeman, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans
Jim Freeman is an independent consultant supporting grassroots advocacy campaigns that focus on education, juvenile justice, and youth employment. Mr. Freeman is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, a position he has held since 2009. Previously, Mr. Freeman was at the Advancement Project, serving as Senior Attorney from 2010 to 2012, Project Director from 2008 to 2012, Staff Attorney from 2006 to 2010, and Skadden Fellow from 2004 to 2006. Mr. Freeman was a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable James R. Browning on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 2003 to 2004. Mr. Freeman received a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

 

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans
Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks is currently the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Black Justice Coalition, a position she has held since 2009. Previously, Ms. Lettman-Hicks served as Executive Vice President of People for the American Way from 2001 to 2009. Ms. Lettman-Hicks serves on the Steering Committee for the National LGBTQ Domestic Violence Capacity Building Learning Center and the National Business Inclusion Consortium for the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Formerly, she served on the Project Advisory Committee for the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network’s LGBT Safe Schools Initiative and the Executive Committee of the National Black Leadership Forum. Ms. Lettman-Hicks is a life member of the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

 

Dr. Michael L. Lomax, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans
Dr. Michael L. Lomax is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Negro College Fund, a position he has held since 2004. Previously, Dr. Lomax served as President and Professor of English and African World Studies at Dillard University from 1997 to 2004. From 1994 to 1997, Dr. Lomax was the President of The National Faculty in Atlanta. From 1992 to 1994, he was the Vice President and Managing Director for the Wilson Financial Group. From 1989 to 1992, Dr. Lomax was the President and Chief Executive Officer for the Amistad Corporation and he served as Chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners from 1981 to 1993. Dr. Lomax received a B.A. from Morehouse College, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in American and Afro-American Literature from Emory University.

 

Dr. Bryant T. Marks, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans
Dr. Bryant T. Marks is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at Morehouse College and serves as the Director of the Morehouse Research Institute and Director of the Morehouse Male Initiative, which serves as a national resource regarding research and best practices related to the affirmative personal and academic development of African American males. He is also a Faculty Associate of the Education and Well Being Program at the Institute of Social Research at the University of Michigan. Previously, Dr. Marks served as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychology and African American Studies at the University of Illinois from 2000 to 2004. Dr. Marks also serves on the Morehouse College Board of Trustees as well as the national advisory boards of the United Negro College Fund, The College Board, The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and several review panels for the National Science Foundation. Dr. Marks received a B.A. from Morehouse College, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan.

 

Dr. Robert K. Ross, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans
Dr. Robert K. Ross is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer for The California Endowment, a position he has held since 2000. Previously, Dr. Ross served as Director of the Health and Human Services Agency for the County of San Diego from 1993 to 2000. From 1990 to 1993, Dr. Ross served as Commissioner of Public Health for the City of Philadelphia. He served as a member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, and on the boards of the National Marrow Donor Program, the San Diego United Way, and the Jackie Robinson YMCA. He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has served on the President’s Summit for America’s Future and as chairman of the national Boost for Kids Initiative. He received the
Outstanding Community Service Award from the Volunteers of America, the Leadership Award from the
Hospital Council of San Diego and Imperial Counties, and the National Association of Health Services Executives’ Health Administrator of the Year Citation. Dr. Ross received a B.A, an M.P.A., and an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Judge Doris A. Smith-Ribner, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.
Judge Doris A. Smith-Ribner served as a State Appeals Court Judge in the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court from 1988 until her retirement in 2009. Judge Smith-Ribner served as a member of the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission from 2006 to 2009 and currently serves on the Commission’s Criminal Justice and Equal Opportunity and Diversity Committees. Judge Smith-Ribner was appointed to the Pennsylvania Judicial Auditing Agency in 1991 and served as Chairperson from 1999 to 2004. In 1984, she was nominated by the Governor of Pennsylvania to serve on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, where she was assigned to the Juvenile Division. Judge Smith-Ribner was nominated by Pennsylvania Governors in 1974 and 1980 to serve as Commissioner on the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. She is recipient of the “Thaddeus Stevens Award” by the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia. Judge Smith-Ribner received a B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

 

Dr. Ronald A. Williams, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans
Dr. Ronald A. Williams was Vice President of The College Board from 2007 until his recent retirement in 2013. He was President of Prince George’s Community College from 1999 to 2007. Prior to that, Dr. Williams worked at the Community College of Philadelphia as Acting President from 1997 to 1999 and as Vice President for Academic Affairs from 1994 to 1998. He was Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Services at the Minnesota Community College System from 1991 to 1994, Interim President of Lakewood Community College from 1993 to 1994, and Assistant Executive Director of Community-Technical Colleges of Connecticut from 1987 to 1991. Dr. Williams received a B.A., an M.A., and a Ph.D. from Lehigh University.

 

TyKiah R. Wright, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans
TyKiah R. Wright is currently the President of WrightChoice, Inc., a workforce development organization she founded in 2002 focusing on professional development, job readiness, experiential learning, internship placement, disability inclusion, and diversity training. Previously, Ms. Wright served as the Statewide Coordinator for the Ohio High School High Tech program from 2003 to 2006, which promoted science, math, and technology opportunities for high school students with disabilities. Ms. Wright was an Independent Living Advocate for the MOBILE Center for Independent Living from 2002 to 2004. She currently serves as a Commissioner for the City of Columbus Community Relations Commission and on the Alumni Board of Directors for Wright State University. Ms. Wright received a B.S. and an M.A. from Wright State University.

 

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Adam Garber
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January 17, 2014
12:01 AM EST

 

This week, the President sat down for lunch with young organizers who are working to help implement the Affordable Care Act, hosted the President of Spain and the Miami Heat, traveled to the home of the Wolfpack to announce a new, public-private effort to support investment in our manufacturing sector, announced his nominee to run the Small Business Administration, and spoke on expanding college opportunity, alongside the First Lady.

 

 

 

Friday, January 10th

  • This week, the President sat down for lunch with young organizers who are working to help implement the Affordable Care Act,

 

Monday, January 13th

  • The President hosted a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office with President Rajoy of Spain

 

Tuesday, January 14th

 

Wednesday, January 15th

 

Thursday, January 16th

 

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Kori Schulman
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January 16, 2014
08:50 PM EST

 

Earlier today, President Obama and the First Lady spoke about expanding college opportunity so that every student who works hard can get a higher education. Later, the President’s education advisor, Roberto Rodriguez, answered your questions about the issue during the first-ever White House Q&A on Facebook.

 

The White House uses Facebook, and other social media sites, to engage directly with citizens and give our followers a unique look inside the White House. Missed the chat? Be sure to like us for the latest news and more chances to connect directly with the Obama administration.

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expand #CollegeOpportunity for every hardworking student. Ask away below, and I’ll start answering shortly.

 

Abigail Chambers How do you define success for this initiative?

 

The White House America used to be the world’s leader in college completion. We’ve been outpaced by other nations — and slipped beyond the top 10 countries in the world. We need an all-hands-on deck approach to regain our leadership. Success is when our colleges and universities, governors, federal and local leaders, teachers, parents and students all work together to accelerate our progress toward that goal.

 

Carol Pratt Lozito What are the major colleges & universities doing to help the President with his plan?

 

The White House Thanks for the question, Carol. Over 100 colleges and universities and 40 organizations are joining President Obama and the First Lady to help more students reach and succeed in college — building new summer bridge programs for students; leveling the playing field in college advising and preparation; and ensuring a strong start in college so that every student can successfully earn his or her degree. Click here to learn more and to urge your partners in your community to take action.

 

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  • Wendy Spencer and Jonathan Greenblatt
    January 17, 2014
    10:30 AM EST

     

    The President at So Others Might Eat on Martin Luther King DayIn honor of Martin Luther King Day, President Barack Obama serves lunch in the dining room at So Others Might Eat, a soup kitchen in Washington January 18, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

     

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to improving the world in which he lived—and challenged the rest of us to do the same. He not only championed the equal rights but also equal access to economic opportunity for all Americans. This year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service will honor his legacy as hundreds of thousands of Americans pay tribute by serving their communities on Monday, January 20.

     

    We know there is a great deal we can do to help our cities and neighborhoods thrive, and as President Obama said last week, “the American people… are ready and willing to pitch in and help.” MLK Day exemplifies this spirit as individuals and families around the country come together on this day every year to strengthen their communities through service and volunteering. Through their deeds, they demonstrate that service can accelerate progress on our most pressing priorities.

     

    To encourage more Americans to serve and use them more effectively, the Federal government already manages programs such as AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and Senior Corps. Yet we can still do more to help communities that need our help. For this reason, the President created the Task Force on Expanding National Service last summer. The Task Force focuses on helping more Americans find ways to serve through new interagency partnerships such as FEMA Corps and public-private partnerships such as the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps.

     

    And we hope you’ll get out this Monday to volunteer. You can find projects in your area by visiting Serve.gov or following#MLKDayofService on Twitter.

     

    Please join us in making MLK Day the start of a “year of action.”

     

    Wendy Spencer is CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service and co-chair of the Task Force on Expanding National Service. Jonathan Greenblatt is Special Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in the Domestic Policy Council. 

Sylvia Mathews Burwell
January 16, 2014
07:56 PM EST

 

Today’s passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 marks a positive step forward for the Nation and our economy.  This bipartisan legislation provides funding for investments in areas like education, infrastructure, and innovation – investments that will help grow our economy, create jobs, and strengthen the middle class.  It supports our national security by providing needed relief for the Defense Department from the untenable sequestration cuts that were undermining military readiness. It ensures the continuation of critical services the American people depend on. And it brings us closer to returning the budget process to regular order.

 

Passage of this legislation ensures that we have appropriations for every agency in the Federal government, enabling them to more efficiently and effectively serve the American people and bringing greater certainty to businesses and communities across the country. Key areas that are positively impacted by the legislation include:

 

  • Early Learning: The legislation fully restores funding cuts to the Head Start program that were caused by sequestration and provides dedicated resources to improve early education by supporting State efforts to expand preschool for 4-year olds.  And the legislation provides additional funding to expand access to high-quality early education for tens of thousands of additional children through the launch of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships.

 

  • Health Care: The legislation helps ensure we can continue to move forward in providing quality, affordable health care for millions of Americans through implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act improves many aspects of the Nation’s health care system, such as preventing those with pre-existing conditions from being dropped or denied coverage.  It also provides tax credits to help pay for coverage and slows the growth of health care costs.

 

  • College Affordability: Funding is included to help bolster American competitiveness by supporting the development of innovative strategies to make college more affordable and help more students graduate on time with high-quality degrees that lead to good jobs.

 

  • Gun Safety: The legislation supports the Administration’s efforts to strengthen school safety and mental health initiatives to help protect our children from gun violence and provide those suffering from mental illness with the treatment they need.  It also includes funding for the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative, which will fund pilot sites for school districts to develop and implement innovative approaches to school safety

 

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January 16th, 2014: Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom in the Oval Office, Jan. 16, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom in the Oval Office, Jan. 16, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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