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It’s All About Easter Festivities: Michelle Visits Fisher House. The Easter Egg Roll Line Up. Barack Speaks On Passover.


 

By Jueseppi B.

White House Keepsake Eggs. The 2014 souvenir eggs come in four bold colors - pink, orange, blue, green – and include the stamped signatures of the President and First Lady.  A commemorative purple “Bo and Sunny” egg is included only in the 2014 5-pack Collector’s Egg Set.

White House Keepsake Eggs.
The 2014 souvenir eggs come in four bold colors – pink, orange, blue, green – and include the stamped signatures of the President and First Lady. A commemorative purple “Bo and Sunny” egg is included only in the 2014 5-pack Collector’s Egg Set.

 

 

Remarks by the First Lady at Fisher House Family Easter Event

 

First Lady Michelle Obama wears stickers on her face that where placed on her by 20-month-old Lily Oppelt,

First Lady Michelle Obama wears stickers on her face that where placed on her by 20-month-old Lily Oppelt,

 

Maryland Fisher House IV
Bethesda, Maryland

1:59 P.M. EDT

 

MRS. OBAMA:  Hi, everybody!  What are you guys doing in here?  Are you making Easter cards?  Yes?  Well, I’m going to come by and see you.  I brought two friends with me today — Sunny and Bo.  They’re here!  And I also brought some goodies from the pastry chef, so there’s some cookies for you guys if you all behave and your parents say you can have some.  (Laughter.)  There are cookies for you.

 

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1st Lady Michelle meets 6-month-old Kyleigh Garmon at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center today .

 

But one of the reasons why I like to come to the Fisher House is to shine a light on all the great things that the Fisher House staff do here.  I mean, I know that they give you guys a home away from home when you’re going through some of the toughest times in your life.  And it’s nice to be able to come to a beautiful facility like this where I know the staff is so — yes!  What?  (Laughter.)  There’s something important here.  (Laughter.)

 

 

(Child hands Mrs. Obama an Easter card.)

 

 

Let me see.  Oh, my gosh.  It’s Happy Easter!  I love it!  See, this is why I come here.  This is the best part of my day — with so many great families, you guys.  But, more importantly, I get to shine a light on you all, the families — our military families and our military kids.  Because you all are our heroes, especially our kids.  Do you know — hey, hey, kids, do you guys know you’re heroes?

 

1st Lady Michelle has stickers put on her face by 20-month-old Lily Oppelt at Walter Reed Hospital.

1st Lady Michelle has stickers put on her face by 20-month-old Lily Oppelt at Walter Reed Hospital.

 

CHILDREN:  Yes.

 

 

MRS. OBAMA:  You are.  You guys are heroes.  You’re — yes, that’s Spiderman.

 

 

MOTHER:  Spidergirl.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to Joshua Seal and his son Wyatt

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to Joshua Seal and his son Wyatt

 

MRS. OBAMA:  Spidergirl, yes.  (Laughter.)  An important hero.  Because you guys do what you do and make your parents’ lives so wonderful, they’re able to do the job that they do.  And I know your parents couldn’t do this without you guys.  So we’re so proud of you all.

 

 

And to show just how grateful — are these mine to keep?

 

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CHILD:  Yes.

 

 

MRS. OBAMA:  Are these mine?  Okay!  (Laughter.)  But because the President and I are so grateful to all of you, I have a little surprise, too.  We’ve got this really cool thing that happens at the White House on Monday.  It’s the Easter Egg Roll, and it’s a day full of fun.  We’ve got 30,000 people who come to the South Lawn.  And you can do Easter egg rolls, and learn how to cook healthy and eat healthy, and jump around.  And there’s entertainment.  There are cool bands and groups and people you guys will know, and a lot of characters and face painting.  And I brought tickets for all of you guys to come on Monday if you’re free.  (Laughter.)  If you’re free.

 

 

So I brought tickets for all of you to come to the White House on Monday.  All right?  So if you guys have time — the tickets are here, and hopefully I’ll see you guys on Monday.

 

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But I’m going to come around to the tables.  Are Sunny and Bo here?

 

 

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136 Years of Fun

 


 

On Monday, April 21st, 2014, the First Family will host the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This year’s theme is “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” and more than 30,000 people will assemble on the South Lawn to join in the fun.  The event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling. In addition to all of the fun, the day’s activities will encourage children to lead healthy, active lives in support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative. You can follow the Easter Egg Roll on Twitter with the hashtag #EasterEggRoll and watch the event live on WhiteHouse.gov/live.

 

 

Easter Egg Roll Poster Contest

The White House invited all elementary and middle school students to submit poster designs that highlight the theme of the 2014 Easter Egg Roll, “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” and promote the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative to help kids grow up healthy and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. The First Lady will select the winning design, which will be used as part of the White House 2014 Easter Egg Roll program. Check back to see the winning designs.

 

 

 

White House Announces 2014 Easter Egg Roll Program and Talent Line-up

 

The White House announces the program, activities, and talent line-up for the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll, a tradition in its 136th year and the largest annual public event at the White House.

 

 

The Easter Egg Roll will take place Monday, April 21, on the South Lawn of the White House and in support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative is focused on promoting health and wellness with the theme, “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape.”  The event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling.

 

 

To learn more about the Easter Egg Roll visit www.WhiteHouse.gov/EasterEggRoll. Tune in for live streams from the South Lawn on April 21, 2014 on WhiteHouse.gov/live. You can also join the conversation online using the hashtag #EasterEggRoll and get the latest updates by checking out Let’s Move! on Twitter and Facebook.

Talent Line-up

 

 

This year’s special guest is 12-year-old singing sensation, Cam Anthony. Anthony will sing the National Anthem as well as perform on the Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage.

 

 

DJ Beauty & the Beatz, Ariana Grande, Candice Glover, R5 featuring Ross Lynch, DJ Young1, and Sesame Street’s Mando, Rosita, Abby Cadabby, and Cookie Monster, will perform on the Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage.  The Official Emcee of the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll is Tommy McFly, who will introduce acts on the Ellipse music stage. The United States Marine Corps Band will perform American classics.

 

 

Readers on the Storytime Stage will be Jim Carrey, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri, former NFL player and NASA astronaut Leland Melvin, DJ Lance Rock, Debby Ryan from the Disney Channel’s JESSIE and Sesame Street’s Mando, Rosita, Abby Cadabby, and Cookie Monster.

 

 

Chefs Maneet Chauhan, Alexandra Guarnaschelli, Sam Kass, Marc Murphy, Charles Phan, Super Sprowtz, and the Disney Channel cast of JESSIE will prepare healthy eating demonstrations in the Play with your Food station.

 

 

In the Eggtivity Zone, Dr. Jayne Greenberg, Cornell McClellan, Donna Richardson Joyner, Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Michelle Kwan, Anthony Robles, and Shellie Pfohl will represent the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition as players and coaches from professional sports teams teach kids how to play sports and show kids easy, fun ways to stay active and fit.

 

 

Athletes participating in the Eggtivity Zone include:

 

Katrina Adams (US Tennis Association)
Dwayne Allen (Indianapolis Colts)
Davy Arnuad (D.C. United)
Brian Baker (US Tennis Association)
Kelly Berger (US Lacrosse)
Bonnie Bernstein (Sports Journalist)
Bobby Boswell (D.C. United)
Stephen Bowen (Washington Redskins)
Michael Carter-Williams (Philadelphia 76ers)
Julie Chu (US Olympic Ice Hockey)
Kirk Cousins (Washington Redskins)
Monique Currie (Washington Mystics)
Martin Conlon (NBA)
Adrian Dantley (NBA)
Derrick Dockery (NFL)
Fabian Espondola (D.C. United)
Dwight Freeney (San Diego Chargers)
Maria Cruz Garcia (US Olympic Fencer)
Pierre Garçon (Washington Redskins)
Gio Gonzales (Washington Nationals)
Robert Griffin III (Washington Redskins)
Richard Hamilton (NBA)
Allyson Hamlin (D.C. United)
Jamie Hampton (US Tennis Association)
Tony Hawk (Professional Skateboarder)
Daryl Homer (US Olympic Fencer)
Ryan Kerrigan (Washington Redskins)
Bradley Klahn (US Tennis Association)
Matt Lawrence (NFL)
Ivory Latta (Washington Mystics)
Nancy Lieberman (WNBA)
Nastia Liukin (US Olympic Gymnast)
Felipe (Luis) López  (NBA)
Le’Ron McClain (NFL)
Grace Min (US Tennis Association)
Tim Morehouse (US Olympic Fencer)
Dikembe Mutombo (NBA)
Lewis Neal (D.C. United)
Bill Olsen (D.C. United)
Mzingha Elaine Prescod (US Olympic Fencer)
Melanie Oudin (US Tennis Assocation)
Jeff Parke (D.C. United)
Sam Querrey (US Tennis Association)
Paul Rabil (Lacrosse)
Sanya Richards-Ross (US Olympic Track and Field)
Ruth Riley (WNBA)
Sysannah Scalon (US Olympic Fencer)
Adrian Smith (NFL)
Briana Scurry (US Soccer)
Eric Thibault (Washington Mystics)
Etan Thomas (NBA)
Charles Tillman (Chicago Bears)
Ashley Wagner (US Olympic Figure Skater)
Lardarius Webb (Baltimore Ravens)
Buck Williams (NBA)
Donna Wilkinson (D.C. Divas)
USA Field Hockey

 

 

The Hop To It Stage will offer a variety of interactive dance and other physical fun including Baby Loves Disco, Hip Hop Public Health, KidTribe, and the Ohmies.

 

 

The Ellipse will have an entertainment stage and guests can enjoy musical acts, activities, and a real NASCAR racecar as they prepare to enter the South Lawn. Tommy McFly will be on the Ellipse spinning music and getting guests excited about the event.

 

 

This year’s costume characters include:

Abby Cadabby — AbraKidabra! — Angry Birds — Arthur — Belt from The Croods — Big Green Rabbit — Cabbage Patch Kids Amy Sue and Brian Josh  — Caillou and Gilbert — Captain Barnacles Bear and Kwazii Kitten from The Octonauts — Charlie Brown — Charlie and Checkers — Clicky  — Curious George — Daniel Tiger — Doc McStuffins — Doki and Anabella from Discovery Familia — Domino the Great — Dora the Explorer — Dynamike

Emmet and WyldStyle from the LEGO Movie — Fairy Twinkletoes — Franklin the Turtle — Geo and Milli from Team Umizoomi — Hatching Chick — Jake from Jake and the Never Land Pirates — Little Nutbrown Hare — Maisy — Mama, Papa, and Junior Bunnies — Mario and Luigi — Maya & Miguel — Miffy — Minion Tim and Minion Jerry from Despicable Me — Mop Top the Hip Hop Scientist — Mozzie the Mosquito — Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head — Olive the Ostrich — Peg + Cat — Peter Rabbit and Lily Bobtail — Power Panther — Power Rangers –

Princess Presto – Screech – Slapshot — Smokey Bear — Snoopy — Sofia the First — Spider-Man -SpongeBob SquarePants — Squiggz from the Bug Rangers — Super WHY! — Talking Tom and Talking Ben — The Cat in the Hat — The Racing Presidents Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Thomas Jefferson — Tommy and Tallulah from Tickety Toc — Toothless the Dragon from How to Train Your Dragon 2 — Topspin and Slice — Twig Wompkee — Witzy the Duck — Woodsy Owl

Full List of Events

With the “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape” theme, all of the activities on the South Lawn promote healthy and active living.  The activities include obstacle courses, yoga, dancing, playing sports with professional athletes, and of course, the traditional egg roll.  The full list of events is below:

Egg Roll Classics
An Egg Hunt & the traditional Egg Roll

Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage
Live musical performances for all ages

Storytime Stage 
Listen as celebrities bring books to life

Hop To It!
An instructional dance party on the South Lawn!  Get up to dance and more

Eggtivity Zone Obstacle Course
An ultimate all-in-one obstacle course! Climb, jump, and run your way through a variety of sports drills

Basketball and Tennis
Get hands-on training from basketball and tennis pros on the President’s court

Yoga Garden
Come enjoy a session of yoga from professional instructors

Eggspress Yourself
Hatch your inner artist with arts and crafts fun! Egg dying, egg decorating, and more

Play with your Food 
An entertaining activity center filled with opportunities to learn about healthy eating

Eggsperiment Zone
Interactive, educational activities designed to spark scientific curiosity and creativity

 

 

Additional Information about the 2014 Easter Egg Roll

 

For the sixth year in a row, members of the public had the opportunity to enter an online lottery for a chance to win tickets to the event and more than 30,000 people from all 50 states and the District of Columbia have received tickets to the event.

 

This year’s event will begin at 7:30 AM and end at 6:45 PM EDT.

 

 

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Happy Passover

Happy Passover

 

Statement from the President on Passover

 

Michelle and I send our warmest greetings to all those celebrating Passover in the United States, in Israel, and around the world.

 

 

On Tuesday, just as we have every year of my presidency, my family will join the millions taking part in the ancient tradition of the Seder.  We will enjoy the company of friends and loved ones, retell a timeless story, and give thanks for the freedom we are so blessed to enjoy.

 

 

Yet even as we celebrate, our prayers will be with the people of Overland Park, Kansas and the family and friends of the three innocent people who were killed when a gunman, just one day before Passover, opened fire at a Jewish community center and retirement home on Sunday.  As Americans, we will continue to stand united against this kind of terrible violence, which has no place in our society.  We will continue to come together across faiths to combat the ignorance and intolerance, including anti-Semitism, that can lead to hatred and violence.  And we will never lose faith that compassion and justice will ultimately triumph over hate and fear.

 

 

For that is one of the great lessons of the Exodus.  The tale of the Hebrew slaves and their flight from Egypt carries the hope and promise that the Jewish people have held in their hearts for thousands of years, and it is has inspired countless generations in their own struggles for freedom around the globe.

 

 

In America, the Passover story has always had special meaning.  We come from different places and diverse backgrounds, but we are bound together by a journey from bondage to liberty enshrined in our founding documents and continued in each generation.  As we were so painfully reminded on Sunday, our world is still in need of repair, but the story of the Exodus teaches us that with patience, determination, and abundant faith, a brighter future is possible.

Chag Sameach.

 

 

President Obama Speaks at the 2014 Easter Prayer Breakfast

 

Published on Apr 14, 2014

Christian leaders from across the country join President Obama at a breakfast to pray and reflect on Holy Week and Easter. President Obama said that his prayers are also with the people over Overland Park, Kansas, where a gunman opened fire on a Jewish community center and retirement home on Sunday. April 14, 2014.

 

 

 

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4/14/14: White House Press Briefing

 

Published on Apr 14, 2014

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

 

 

 

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Readout of the President’s Call with President Hollande of France

President Obama spoke with French President Hollande today about the worsening situation in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists, seemingly with support and coordination from Moscow, have intensified their campaign to undermine and destabilize the Ukrainian government.  The leaders underscored that Russia will face significant additional costs if it continues this behavior.  President Obama noted that the government of Ukraine has acted with great restraint and praised the Ukrainian government’s efforts to unify the country by holding free and fair presidential elections on May 25 and pursuing an inclusive constitutional reform process.  The two leaders also discussed ongoing cooperation in our bilateral relationship.

 

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Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Jose Mujica Cordano of Uruguay

President Obama will host President Jose Mujica Cordano of Uruguay at the White House on Monday, May 12.  The visit will highlight the close partnership we enjoy with Uruguay and our strong support for the Mujica Administration’s leadership on human rights, social inclusion, and global peace and security.  President Obama looks forward to discussing ways to grow our bilateral economic ties and improve market access for each other’s goods and services; expand our collaboration on science, technology, and health; increase educational exchanges; and consult on multilateral issues including peacekeeping.

 

 

 

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Barack & Michelle & Denzel & “Raisin in the Sun.”


 

By Jueseppi B.

On Thursday, the cast of the Broadway revival of “A Raisin in the Sun” was told that a “high-level official” would be coming to the show the next night....It was The Obama's.

On Thursday, the cast of the Broadway revival of “A Raisin in the Sun” was told that a “high-level official” would be coming to the show the next night….It was The Obama’s.

 

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle along with Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and her friend Ahmad Rashad. took in a show,  “A Raisin in the Sun.” Image the joy & surprise of the cast.

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The South Siders in the White House—President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle—took in a Broadway show on Friday, the revival of “Raisin’ in the Sun,” Lorraine Hansberry’s story of racial animosity a black family faced when they moved into a white South Side Chicago neighborhood.

In Manhattan, the First Couple went to dinner and then to a play dealing with Chicago’s struggle against racial inequality to cap a week where Obama, the nation’s first African-American president delivered a speech to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the 1964 Civil Right Act and a speech to a New York based civil rights group, the National Action Network.

Joining the president and Mrs. Obama for the night out were another South Sider, White House senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and her friend, Ahmad Rashad.

The play draws from Hansberry’s real life experiences when her father moved the family to 6140 S. Rhodes Ave. during an era when Chicago real estate contracts enforced segregation by banning sales to blacks and Jews through the use of restrictive covenants.

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The Hansberry family was met by hostile whites wanting them out of the Rhodes house and uses this painful experience is the center piece of “Raisin in the Sun” which made its Broadway debut in 1959.

(The Rhodes building is now a Chicago literary landmark.)

The revival stars Denzel Washington, Anika Noni Rose, LaTanya Richardson, Bryce Clyde Jenkins, Sean Patrick Thomas and Sophie Okonedo.

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Jarrett told me, “We all thought it was terrific. Entire cast was outstanding. An important play that is timeless. Great history lesson for the younger generation.”

By coincidence, another native South Sider–and a friend of Mrs. Obama–was in the audience, Paul Butler, a law professor at Georgetown University in Washington.

Butler grew up at 95th and Yale St., attended St. Ignatius College Prep then to Yale and Harvard, where he met Michelle Robinson.

“We were friends, in part because we had the Chicago connection.  I haven’t seen her a lot since law school, but I’ve run into her a few times, most recently at campaign events. I had the good fortune to be seated in an aisle and Michelle saw me, said “Hey Paul” and gave me a hug.  That made my year!

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Before the play at the Barrymore Theater started, Butler said “the crowd was beside itself with excitement.

“There was Secret Service all around, and the audience had to go through metal detectors to enter the theater so everyone knew the president was coming but still…to see him and Michelle walk in the room.

The Barrymore Theatrem where The First Couple watched Denzel Washington starred in the play "A Raisin in the Sun"

The Barrymore Theatrem where The First Couple watched Denzel Washington starred in the play “A Raisin in the Sun”

“Everyone stood up and didn’t just applaud, they cheered.  And kept cheering for almost ten minutes. People would stop applauding and then it would start up again.  Broadway theaters are not large amphitheaters, so I think part of it was you felt physically proximate to him.  They kept making an announcement, something like “Out of respect for the actors, ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats.”

“…Although another whole round of squeals started when Denzel first came on stage.  I have to say the play itself was so powerful, both the writing and the acting, that when it started everyone focused on it.  And the presidential party was exceptionally gracious and low key- shaking hands with audience members and they joined in the standing ovation for the actors after the play ended.”

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BUTLER’S POSTSCRIPT

Butler’s family has been in Chicago for generations, a “Chicago classic” story.

“ My mom is a retired public school teacher, my grandfather was a Pullman Porter -his parents were from Mississippi,” Butler said.

“…The play has always been personal for me, growing up in Chicago.  I’ve probably seen seven or eight different productions.

“I always remember Martin Luther King saying Chicago was one of the most segregated cities he had ever seen, and how I didn’t know any white people for the first 13 years of my life, until I went to St. Ignatius.

“I could literally go for days and never see one, except on TV.  My great grandmother lived in a mainly black senior citizens building in Bridgeport, and walking to the store there could be a terrifying experience.

“So I always felt like I knew the consequences of where the family in “Raisin” were moving to, and how much courage it took – courage just to want a better live for your family!  NYC and DC are segregated, but not like Chicago.

“I have a lot of artsy and political friends who would prefer Broadway put on new plays by African-American playwrights and not old dusties like “Raisin,” but when you see it, it feels contemporary, in part because it is so well written, but in part because the issues of inequality and “polite” racial animus are still very much with us.

“The presence of the first African-American president was at once inspiring and sobering.  Inspiring because Walter Lee was a big dreamer, but he probably would never have dreamed of a Black president, just a couple of generations down the road.

“I remember my mom, who was a schoolteacher, would sometimes have to go to a credit union near Cicero, which was famously exclusionary and racist.  I would wait in the car and be scared to death.  So the presence of a Black president, who came into his own in Chicago, was richly satisfying.

“It makes me feel vindicated, somehow.  I kind of felt like his presence rebuked the white guy in the play from the Clyborne Park Improvement Association and the white teenagers who would try to intimidate me in Bridgeport.  But Obama’s presence was also sobering because even with a Black president, we are nowhere near post-racial.  Nowhere near.  That’s the focus of a lot of my scholarship.  That’s why the play doesn’t feel dated.”

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TO KNOW MORE ABOUT LORRAINE HANSBERRY 

CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY BIO

CITY OF CHICAGO LANDMARKS:  6140 S. RHODES WAS MADE A LANDMARK ON FEB. 10, 2010

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Tickets to watch Denzel Washington on Broadway in “A Raisin in the Sun” are hard to come by, but one man managed it — President Barack Obama.

The only recognition from the cast of their special guests was when Washington tipped his cap in their direction at the curtain call, which was already a standing ovation. The president and his wife went backstage to greet the actors at intermission.

“I’m so glad. I’m so happy that he came to see the show,” said 13-year-old Bryce Clyde Jenkins, who is making his Broadway debut. “It means so much to me that the president took time out from whatever he was doing to come see a show like ours.”

The Obamas took their orchestra section seats to huge applause that was repeated when they left, shaking hands as they went up and down the aisle. The president wore a suit and the first lady wore a sparkly black top and a chic black leather jacket.

There was a 20-minute delay in the beginning of the show when an alarm flooded the theater with a piercing sound. A huge ovation greeted its end. Though asked to put away cellphones, virtually every audience-member whipped them out to take flash shots of the Obamas, lighting up the darkened theater.

 

 

Lorraine Hansberry’s play, set in 1950s Chicago, centers on a struggling working-class black family anxiously awaiting a $10,000 insurance check and the ensuing squabbles over how to spend it. It may touch a chord with Obama, who calls Chicago home and who has a parent from Africa, a strong theme in the play.

 

 

Stephen McKinley Henderson, who only appears in the second act, shook the president’s hand at intermission and was floored by the power of the moment. Michelle Obama, who clearly knew the play, recognized Henderson’s character and asked him if he’d be on stage soon, then gave him a hug. “I’ll never be the same!” Henderson said.

 

 

The Obamas have been big boosters of Broadway during his presidency. Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia have attended performances of “Memphis,” ”Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” ”Sister Act,” ”The Trip to Bountiful,” ”Motown the Musical” and “The Addams Family.” And the first couple saw “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” during a date night in 2009. Michelle Obama and six girlfriends also saw “Fela!” in 2010.

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk to the White House after arriving on the South Lawn, on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Washington. Obama traveled to New York to deliver remarks at a National Action Network event, and attended the play "A Raisin in the Sun" at the Barrymore Theatre. (Credit: AP / Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk to the White House after arriving on the South Lawn, on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Washington. Obama traveled to New York to deliver remarks at a National Action Network event, and attended the play “A Raisin in the Sun” at the Barrymore Theatre. (Credit: AP / Evan Vucci)

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Barack Hussein Obama’s Week Ahead.


 

By Jueseppi B.

US President Barack Obama holds his first Twitter Town Hall

 

 

“NO”vember 4th, 2014, Get Off Yo Ass AND VOTE

 

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DON’T MISS: 10:00 PM EDST today on Showtime (April 13th) Barack discusses climate change on ‘Years of Living Dangerously

 

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About the Series:

This groundbreaking documentary event series explores the human impact of climate change. From the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy to the upheaval caused by drought in the Middle East, YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY combines the blockbuster storytelling styles of top Hollywood movie makers with the reporting expertise of Hollywood’s brightest stars and today’s most respected journalists.

 

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Years of Living Dangerously Premiere Full Episode

 

 

Tune in to a conversation about the impact of climate change on people today, as revealed in Showtime’s new documentary series, Years of Living Dangerously. The series is the brainchild of filmmaker James Cameron (producer of Titanic and Avatar) and features celebrities and high-profile journalists as correspondents raising awareness about the dangers of climate change. World Bank Group President Kim, New York Times Columnist Thomas Friedman, leading global conservation scientist Dr. M. Sanjayan, and World Bank Group Climate Change Envoy Rachel Kyte discuss the documentary series and the climate change issue.

 

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President Obama  Schedule, April 14th – 18th, 2014

 

 

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle have a quiet weekend, returning to the White House late on Friday after a night out in Manhattan with Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and her friend Ahmad Rashad. They had dinner and took in a show,  “A Raisin in the Sun.” The president has nothing official on his schedule on Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk to the White House after arriving on the South Lawn, on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Washington. Obama traveled to New York to deliver remarks at a National Action Network event, and attended the play "A Raisin in the Sun" at the Barrymore Theatre. (Credit: AP / Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk to the White House after arriving on the South Lawn, on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Washington. Obama traveled to New York to deliver remarks at a National Action Network event, and attended the play “A Raisin in the Sun” at the Barrymore Theatre. (Credit: AP / Evan Vucci)

 

 

On Saturday and Sunday, the President has no public events scheduled.

 

 

On Monday, the President will host an Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House.

On Tuesday, the President and the First Lady will mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder at the White House with friends and staff.

On Wednesday, President Obama and Vice President Biden will travel to Leetsdale, Pennsylvania for an event on the economy. Further details on the President and Vice President’s travel to Pennsylvania will be made available in the coming days.

On Thursday, the President will welcome the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House in celebration of the eighth annual Soldier Ride.  A cycling event to help Wounded Warriors restore their physical and emotional well-being, the Soldier Ride also raises awareness of our nation’s Wounded Warriors who battle the physical and psychological damages of war.

On Friday, the President will meet with the National Commander and Executive Director of the American Legion.  Later, he will welcome the United States Naval Academy Football Team to the White House to present them with the 2013 Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.

 

 

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Here are two different ad campaigns about The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES). One ad tells the truth about ObamaCARES…..

 

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Bruce Braley & Big Health Insurance — “Special Friends”?

 

Published on Apr 8, 2014

While Iowans are losing coverage due to Obamacare, Congressman Bruce Braley’s friends and special interest donors in the health insurance industry stand to make billions.

It’s time to tell Bruce Braley to stand with Iowans and stop supporting Obamacare.

 

 

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Just because we can never get enough of the magical moments that are The Obama Presidency…..

 

Raw Video: Obama Sings Al Green

 

Published on Jan 20, 2012

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During a speech at a fundraising event in New York Thursday night, President Barack Obama sang while thanking Al Green, who performed earlier at the same event. (Jan. 20)

 

 

 

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Weekly Address: Ensuring Equal Pay for Equal Work

 

Published on Apr 12, 2014

In this week’s address, the President underscores the importance of ensuring equal pay for equal work and highlights the steps his Administration has taken to expand opportunity and narrow the pay gap that exists between men and women.

 

 

 

 

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Mensaje De La Casa Blanca

 

Published on Apr 12, 2014

En el mensaje de esta semana, María Contreras-Sweet, la nueva Administradora de la Administración de Pequeñas Empresas subrayó la importancia de asegurar la igualdad salarial por el mismo trabajo realizado y resaltó los pasos que el Presidente tomó para expandir las oportunidades y reducir la brecha salarial que existe entre los hombres y las mujeres. Esta semana — en el Día de la Igualdad Salarial — el Presidente tomó acción para mayor transparencia y para que sea más fácil reconocer cuando hay discriminación salarial. La Administradora Contreras-Sweet resaltó que la Administración de Obama continuará luchando para la igualdad salarial porque cuando las mujeres tienen éxito, Estados Unidos tiene éxito

 

 

 

 

Holder versus Gohmert, Part One

 

 

 

 

Louie Gohmert v. Eric Holder Round 2

 

 

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President Obama and Vice President Biden’s 2013 Tax Returns

 

 

Today, the President released his 2013 federal income tax returns. He and the First Lady filed their income tax returns jointly and reported adjusted gross income of $481,098. The Obamas paid $98,169 in total tax.

 

The President and First Lady also reported donating $59,251 – or about 12.3 percent of their adjusted gross income – to 32 different charities. The largest reported gift to charity was $8,751 to the Fisher House Foundation. The President’s effective federal income tax rate is 20.4 percent. The President pushed for and signed into law legislation that makes the system more fair and helps the middle class by extending tax cuts to middle class and working families and asks the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share. In 2013, as a result of his policies, the President was subject to limitations in tax preferences, as well as additional Medicare and investment income taxes, for high income earners. The President and First Lady also released their Illinois income tax return and reported paying $23,328 in state income tax.

 

DOWNLOAD THE OBAMAS’ TAX RETURNS

 

 

The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden also released their 2013 federal income tax returns, as well as state income tax returns for both Delaware and Virginia. The Bidens filed joint federal and combined Delaware income tax returns. Dr. Biden filed a separate non-resident Virginia tax return. Together, they reported adjusted gross income of $407,009. The Bidens paid $96,378 in total federal tax for 2013, amounting to an effective tax rate of 23.7 percent. They also paid $14,644 in Delaware income tax and Dr. Biden paid $3,470 in Virginia income tax. The Bidens contributed $20,523 to charity in 2013, including contributing the royalties received from Dr. Biden’s children’s book, net of taxes, to the USO.

 

DOWNLOAD THE BIDENS’ TAX RETURNS

 

 


 

 

Learn more:

Jay Carney is the White House Press Secretary.

 

 

The Obamas paid a higher tax rate this year, even as their income fell

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U.S. President Barack Obama gives the keynote speech on the third day of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library

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The Barack Week Ahead: Easter Prayer Breakfast. Passover Seder. Leetsdale, Pennsylvania. Wounded Warrior Project. American Legion & 2013 Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. ‘A Raisin in the Sun’.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle have a quiet weekend, returning to the White House late on Friday after a night out in Manhattan with Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and her friend Ahmad Rashad. They had dinner and took in a show,  “A Raisin in the Sun.” The president has nothing official on his schedule on Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

President Obama  Schedule, April 14th – 18th, 2014

 

 

On Saturday and Sunday, the President has no public events scheduled.

 

 

On Monday, the President will host an Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House.

On Tuesday, the President and the First Lady will mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder at the White House with friends and staff.

On Wednesday, President Obama and Vice President Biden will travel to Leetsdale, Pennsylvania for an event on the economy. Further details on the President and Vice President’s travel to Pennsylvania will be made available in the coming days.

On Thursday, the President will welcome the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House in celebration of the eighth annual Soldier Ride.  A cycling event to help Wounded Warriors restore their physical and emotional well-being, the Soldier Ride also raises awareness of our nation’s Wounded Warriors who battle the physical and psychological damages of war.

On Friday, the President will meet with the National Commander and Executive Director of the American Legion.  Later, he will welcome the United States Naval Academy Football Team to the White House to present them with the 2013 Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.

 

 

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President Obama & First Lady Michelle Attends ‘A Raisin in the Sun’

 

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Marine One carrying President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama lands on the South Lawn of the White House after the First Couple returned from New York.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk to the White House after arriving on the South Lawn, on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Washington. Obama traveled to New York to deliver remarks at a National Action Network event, and attended the play "A Raisin in the Sun" at the Barrymore Theatre. (Credit: AP / Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk to the White House after arriving on the South Lawn, on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Washington. Obama traveled to New York to deliver remarks at a National Action Network event, and attended the play “A Raisin in the Sun” at the Barrymore Theatre. (Credit: AP / Evan Vucci)

Tickets to watch Denzel Washington on Broadway in “A Raisin in the Sun” are hard to come by, but one man managed it — President Barack Obama.

The president and first lady caught the American masterpiece Friday night at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, where it first opened more than 50 years ago.

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The only recognition from the cast of their special guests was when Washington tipped his cap in their direction at the curtain call, which was already a standing ovation. The president and his wife went backstage to greet the actors at intermission.

“I’m so glad. I’m so happy that he came to see the show,” said 13-year-old Bryce Clyde Jenkins, who is making his Broadway debut. “It means so much to me that the president took time out from whatever he was doing to come see a show like ours.”

The Obamas took their orchestra section seats to huge applause that was repeated when they left, shaking hands as they went up and down the aisle. The president wore a suit and the first lady wore a sparkly black top and a chic black leather jacket.

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There was a 20-minute delay in the beginning of the show when an alarm flooded the theater with a piercing sound. A huge ovation greeted its end. Though asked to put away cellphones, virtually every audience-member whipped them out to take flash shots of the Obamas, lighting up the darkened theater.

Lorraine Hansberry’s play, set in 1950s Chicago, centers on a struggling working-class black family anxiously awaiting a $10,000 insurance check and the ensuing squabbles over how to spend it. It may touch a chord with Obama, who calls Chicago home and who has a parent from Africa, a strong theme in the play.

Stephen McKinley Henderson, who only appears in the second act, shook the president’s hand at intermission and was floored by the power of the moment. Michelle Obama, who clearly knew the play, recognized Henderson’s character and asked him if he’d be on stage soon, then gave him a hug. “I’ll never be the same!” Henderson said.

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Besides Washington, Jenkins and Henderson, the cast includes LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Sophie Okonedo, Anika Noni Rose, Sean Patrick Thomas and David Cromer. The director is Kenny Leon.

“I just can’t believe it,” said Thomas, who said he and British actress Okonedo compared it to performing for the queen. “I’ll tell my daughter, I’ll tell my son, the night I performed for the president. I’ll tell them, ‘If you do your homework and do what you’re supposed to do, you can, too.’”

The Obamas have been big boosters of Broadway during his presidency. Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia have attended performances of “Memphis,” ”Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” ”Sister Act,” ”The Trip to Bountiful,” ”Motown the Musical” and “The Addams Family.” And the first couple saw “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” during a date night in 2009. Michelle Obama and six girlfriends also saw “Fela!” in 2010.

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This is the second Broadway revival of Hansberry’s play. The original Broadway production in 1959 featured Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeil and Diana Sands, who reunited for a 1961 film adaptation. The last Broadway revival occurred in 2004, starring Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad, Sanaa Lathan and Audra McDonald. It also was directed by Leon.

This time, tickets are a hot commodity. The theater has been sold out since the doors opened, and the well-received revival has pushed the average ticket price to $111 and the top premium to $348, second only to “The Book of Mormon’s” top premium of $477 last week.

The cast can’t think about that or who might be out there. “When we’re on that stage, we have to be professionals,” said Jenkins. “That’s one of the hardest parts about having the job — you never know who’s out there.”

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Thursday The 10th Of April, 2014.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule – April 10th, 2014

In the morning, the President and First Lady will depart Houston, Texas en route Austin, Texas.  The departure from George Bush Intercontinental Airport and arrival at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport are open press.

 

In Austin, the President and First Lady will attend a Civil Rights Summit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. The President will deliver remarks at this event hosted by the LBJ Presidential Library. There will be out-of-town travel pool coverage of the President and First Lady’s tour of an exhibit in the museum, and the President’s remarks will be pooled for TV and open to pre-credentialed stills and correspondents.

 

Following this event, the President and First Lady will depart Austin en route Washington, DC. The departure from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and the arrival on the South Lawn are open press.

 

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Thursday, April 10th 2014 All Times ET

10:50 AM: The President and First Lady depart Houston, Texas. Local Event Time: 9:50 AM. George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
11:30 AM: The President and First Lady arrive in Austin, Texas. Local Event Time: 10:30 AM. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
12:00 PM: The President and First Lady review an exhibit. Local Event Time: 11:00 AM. LBJ Presidential Library – Austin – Texas.
12:50 PM: The President delivers remarks at the Civil Rights Summit. Local Event Time: 11:50 AM. LBJ Auditorium.
2:25 PM: The President and First Lady depart Austin, Texas. Local Event Time: 1:25 PM. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
5:05 PM: The President and First Lady arrive at Joint Base Andrews.
5:20 PM: The President and First Lady arrive at the White House, South Lawn.

 

 

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LBJ Library Civil Rights Summit – Day 1 – Morning Panels (12:30-4:00 pm CDT)

 

Streamed live on Apr 8, 2014

Time: Tuesday April 8, 2014 12:35pm – 1:40pm CST
Panel: Gay Marriage: A Civil Right?

Time: Tuesday April 8, 2014 1:40pm – 2:40pm
Panel: Pathway to the American Dream: Immigration Policy in the 21st Century

Time: Tuesday April 8, 2014 2:40pm – 4:00pm
Panel: Music and Social Consciousness

 

 

 

 

LBJ Library Civil Rights Summit – Day 1 – Evening Panel (6:00-7:30 pm CDT)

 

Streamed live on Apr 8, 2014

Time: Tuesday April 8, 2014 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Panel: Conversation with Former President Jimmy Carter

 

 

 

 

 

LBJ Library Civil Rights Summit – Day 2 – Morning Panels (12:30-4:00 pm CDT)

 

Streamed live on Apr 9, 2014

Time: Wednesday April 9, 2014 12:35pm – 1:40pm
Panel: LBJ and MLK: Fulfilling a Promise, Realizing a Dream

Time: Wednesday April 9, 2014 1:40pm – 2:40pm
Panel: Sports: Leveling the Playing Field

Time: Wednesday April 9, 2014 2:40pm – 4:00pm
Panel: Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement: Views from the Front Line

 

 

 

 

 

LBJ Library Civil Rights Summit – Day 2 – Evening Panel (6:00-7:30 pm CDT)

 

Streamed live on Apr 9, 2014

Time: Wednesday April 9, 2014 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Panel: Address by Former President William Jefferson Clinton

 

 

 

 

Legendary sports figures weigh in at Civil Rights Summit

 

Published on Apr 9, 2014

Two of the greatest athletes of all time who have both been fighting the fight for civil rights since the 60s spoke Wednesday at the Civil Rights Summit at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library.

 

 

 

 

LBJ Civil Rights Summit Google Hangout with President Jimmy Carter

 

Streamed live on Apr 8, 2014

Former U.S. President and humanitarian Jimmy Carter will answer questions about the Civil Rights Summit as well as his new book, A Call To Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.

The public is encouraged to ask President Carter questions in advance on Google+ via https://plus.google.com/events/cadh8u…, or using #SummitHangout on Twitter or Facebook.

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LBJ Civil Rights Summit 

 

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Speeches and Remarks

 

Remarks by the President at Joint DCCC/DSCC Dinner

 

Remarks by the President at Fort Hood Memorial Service

 

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Meetings on Workforce Development and Job-Driven Training

 

 

Statement by the President

Today, Senate Republicans overwhelmingly blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act – preventing it from even receiving an honest debate, let alone a simple yes-or-no vote.  The Paycheck Fairness Act is commonsense legislation that would strengthen the 1963 Equal Pay Act and reinforce our country’s commitment to the principle of equal pay for equal work.  Yesterday, I took two actions that will make it easier for working women to earn fair pay, and my Administration will continue to do everything we can to make sure that every hard-working American earns the respect and wages that they deserve on the job.  But Republicans in Congress continue to oppose serious efforts to create jobs, grow the economy, and level the playing field for working families.  That’s wrong, and it’s harmful for our national efforts to rebuild an economy that gives every American who works hard a fair shot to get ahead.

 

 

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The Vice President and Dr. Biden’s Support for Community Colleges and Apprenticeship Programs

 

 

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the 94th Annual Convention of the American Association of Community Colleges in Washington, D.C., April 7, 2014.

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Earlier this week, Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden spoke to 1,500 educational leaders at the American Association of Community Colleges 94th Annual Convention.

 

During the speech, the Vice President recognized that community colleges provide “a trusted pathway to good jobs in the middle class,” and spoke about the importance of matching job openings with skilled workers. The Vice President highlighted the Administration’s work in making higher education more affordable through further investment in Pell Grants and capping federal student loan repayments at 10% of income.

 

Dr. Biden, a lifelong educator and community college teacher, noted that she has visited innovative workforce partnerships at community colleges around the country – and that they are critical to America’s future.

 

Stating that the “very best job training is on-the-job training,” Vice President Biden announced the launch of the Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium.

 

Apprenticeships are some of the strongest and most successful forms of job training with 87 percent of apprentices remaining employed after completing their apprenticeship programs. The Consortium will make it easier for apprentices to receive college credits for their rigorous training that can then be applied to a degree.

 

Noting that 6 out of 10 jobs in the next 10 years are going to require a degree or a certificate beyond high school, Vice President Biden talked about the need to build partnerships between community colleges and local businesses.

 

“There are going to be hundreds of thousands of job openings in industries ranging from advanced manufacturing, to health care, to information technology, to energy,” stated the Vice President.

 

“The middle class has its best shot of growing through all of you,” he said in closing. “You really are the heart of expanding opportunity for millions of Americans.”

 

If you missed the Vice President and Dr. Biden’s remarks, check out some of the coverage from the event:

 

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Biden Announces Drive to Award Credit for Apprenticeships

 

Inside Higher Ed: Apprenticeship as Degree Pathway

 

 

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Eric Holder Snaps at Louie Gohmert ‘Don’t Go There, Buddy!’

 

 

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