TheObamaCrat After Dark™: National Governors Association Winter Meetings. Michelle’s “Trip To Bountiful.” Statements & Releases.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Governors Come to D.C. for the National Governors Association Winter Meeting

 

David Hudson
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February 24, 2014
04:01 PM EST

 

President Barack Obama meets with the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2014. President Barack Obama meets with the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

This weekend, governors from across the nation gathered in Washington, D.C. for the 2014 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting. The meeting gives governors an opportunity to talk about issues affecting states and discuss innovative solutions.

 

Last night, the President and the First Lady welcomed the NGA to the White House for the 2014 Governors’ Dinner. The President told the governors in attendance that he looked forward to working with them, “not just in our meetings tomorrow, but throughout this year – what I hope to be a year of action. Our partnership on behalf of the American people, on issues ranging from education to health care to climate change, runs deep, deeper than what usually hits the front page.”

 

This morning, President Obama and Vice President Biden both delivered additional remarks to the NGA in the State Dining Room at the White House.

 

During the President’s remarks, he reiterated his desire to work closely with the governors in order to make their states — and our nation as a whole — even better:

 

[E]ven when there is little appetite in Congress to move on some of these priorities, at the state level you guys are governed by practical considerations. You want to do right by your people and you see how good policy impacts your citizens, and you see how bad policy impacts your citizens, and that means that there’s less room for posturing and politics, and more room for getting stuff done.

 

We want to work with you. And I’m committed to making sure that every single member of my Cabinet, every single person in the White House, every single member of my team will be responsive to you. We won’t agree on every single issue every single time, but I guarantee you that we will work as hard as we can to make sure that you succeed — because when you succeed, the people in your states succeed and America succeeds, and that’s our goal.

 

Remarks by the President and Vice President at NGA Meeting

 

Remarks by the President at the National Governors Association Dinner

 

Remarks by the President before Meeting with Democratic Governors

 

Remarks by the President at DGA Dinner

 

 

The President and Vice President Speak to the National Governors Association

February 24, 2014 | 13:56 |Public Domain

 

President Obama says that “the time is right to partner with the states and governors all across the country” on increasing opportunity for all Americans.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks to National Governors Association

February 23, 2014 | 6:25 |Public Domain

 

President Obama speaks to the National Governors Association.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks Before a Meeting with Democratic Governors

 

Published on Feb 21, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks before a meeting with Democratic governors at White House to discuss several issues that are of critical importance to our constituencies, including raising the minimum wage. February 21, 2014.

 

 

 

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Press Briefing

February 24, 2014 | 52:24 |Public Domain

 

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

 

 

 

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Statements and Releases February 24, 2014

 

Readout of the President’s Call with State and Local Elected Officials on the Affordable Care Act

 

Readout of the President’s Meeting with Western Governors

 

Statement by the Vice President on the Retirement of Congressman John Dingell

 

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

 

Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Renzi of Italy

 

Statement from the President on the Retirement of John Dingell

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on Uganda

 

 

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“The Trip to Bountiful” White House Screening.

 

First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama introduces the cast of “The Trip to Bountiful” after a screening of the movie in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex.

First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama introduces the cast of “The Trip to Bountiful” after a screening of the movie in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex.

 

First lady honors star Cicely Tyson at screening of “The Trip to Bountiful”

 

By STACY A. ANDERSON,  Associated Press:

 

First lady Michelle Obama laughs as she speaks after a screening of the movie "The Trip to Bountiful" Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

First lady Michelle Obama laughs as she speaks after a screening of the movie “The Trip to Bountiful” Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama says African-American History Month is about “honoring those who came before us” and “resolving to do our part to live up to that example.”

 

The first lady spoke Monday at a White House screening of Lifetime Television’s film version of the play “The Trip to Bountiful.” The movie stars Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, Blair Underwood and Keke Palmer, who discussed the film after the viewing.

 

Mrs. Obama said the month is also about honoring African-Americans who have set an example.

 

“Those who moved us past ignorance with their wisdom and perseverance,” she said. “Those who demanded more from the world around them, and those who reached for higher standards through their life’s work, whether that’s as a movie star like Ms. Tyson or the millions of folks out there … folks who did their work in a classroom or in a congregation or around the kitchen table. “

 

Actor Blair Underwood smiles during a roundtable discussion after a screening of the movie "The Trip to Bountiful" in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Actor Blair Underwood smiles during a roundtable discussion after a screening of the movie “The Trip to Bountiful” in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

 

Tyson won a best actress Tony Award for her performance in last year’s Broadway revival of “The Trip to Bountiful.” Mrs. Obama and her daughters, Malia and Sasha, saw the show last August.

 

“Ms. Tyson’s story is about so much more than honors and accolades,” the first lady told the audience. “It’s really about character and determination. It’s about breaking barriers — not just for herself, but for all of us who are blessed by her legacy.”

 

First lady Michelle Obama gestures during remarks after a screening of the movie "The Trip to Bountiful" in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

First lady Michelle Obama gestures during remarks after a screening of the movie “The Trip to Bountiful” in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

 

Mrs. Obama praised Tyson for turning down multiple offers to play a prostitute and instead going on to portray “strong, resilient women” like abolitionist Harriet Tubman and the mother of Kunta Kinte in the TV miniseries “Roots.”

 

“The Trip to Bountiful” debuts on Lifetime on March 8. The 1985 film version of Horton Foote’s play won a best actress Oscar for Geraldine Page.

 

The First Lady Speaks at a Screening of “The Trip to Bountiful”

 

Published on Feb 24, 2014

As part of African American History Month, First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a screening of “The Trip to Bountiful,” Lifetime Television’s film version of the Tony Award-nominated Broadway revival of Horton Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful.” The film is set during the final years of the Jim Crow South, and highlights a courageous and moving story of liberation. February 24, 2014.

 

 

 

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In celebration of the fourth anniversary of Let’s Move!, the First Lady and Will Ferrell hosted a Let’s Move! “focus group” with young kids to ask them about eating healthy and being active.

 

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A White House Call To Action to Advance the BRAIN Initiative

 

Tom Kalil
February 24, 2014
04:45 PM EST

 

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On April 2, 2013, President Obama launched the Brain Research through Advancing Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, a Grand Challenge designed to revolutionize our understanding of the human brain.

 

Under this initiative, Federal agencies such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are supporting the development and application of innovative, new technologies that can create a dynamic understanding of brain function and its relationship to behavior. These scientific and technological advances could also lead to improvements in our ability to diagnose, treat, and even prevent diseases of the brain. Recently, DARPANIH, and NSF have made announcements of significant new solicitations or awards related to the BRAIN Initiative. Other Federal activities are being coordinated with the BRAIN Initiative through the National Science and Technology Council’s Interagency Working Group on Neuroscience.

 

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February 24th, 2014: Photo of the Day

 

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President Barack Obama Makes A Toast at the 2014 Governors Dinner

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Monday The 24th Of February, 2014.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule – February 24, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24th, 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.

 

Later in the morning, the President and the Vice President will deliver remarks to the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room. The remarks are pooled press.

 

In the afternoon, the President will meet with governors of Western States to discuss drought and wildfires. This meeting in the Situation Room is closed press.

 

 

Monday, February 24 2014 All Times ET

 

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

 

11:00 AM: The President and Vice President deliver remarks to the National Governors Association, State Dining Room.

 

1:15 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

1:45 PM: The President meets with governors of Western States, The Situation Room.

 

2:30 PM: The Vice President meets with Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili of Georgia, Roosevelt Room.

 

 

State Dining Room last night before the Governors Ball (White House Official Photo: Pete Souza)

State Dining Room last night before the Governors Ball (White House Official Photo: Pete Souza)

 

 

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White House Schedule For The Week Ahead

 

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On Monday, the President will meet with the National Governors Association.

 

On Tuesday, the President will hold an event on the economy at the White House. In the evening, he will attend an Organizing for Action event in Washington, DC.

 

On Wednesday, the President will travel to theMinneapolis-St. Paul area for an event on the economy.

 

On Thursday, the President will host an event on his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.

 

On Friday, the President will attend a DNC event in Washington, DC.

 

 

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Rep. John Lewis is a Southerner for the Freedom to Marry

 

Published on Feb 23, 2014

In this video sharing why he supports the freedom to marry for same-sex couples, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) says “I fought too hard and too long against discrimination based on race and color not to stand up – and speak up – against discrimination against our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters. I see the right to marriage as a civil rights issue.”

 

 

 

Susan Rice Meet The Press Full Interview 2/23/14

 

Published on Feb 23, 2014

Susan Rice meet the press. The latest view from the White House on foreign policy with National Security Adviser Susan Rice; including recent clashes in the Ukraine, the dynamic between Presidents Putin and Obama, and America’s relationship with Russia.

 

 

 

Remarks by the President at the National Governors Association Dinner

 

President Obama Speaks to National Governors Association

February 23, 2014 | 6:25 |Public Domain

 

President Obama speaks to the National Governors Association.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks Before a Meeting with Democratic Governors

 

Published on Feb 21, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks before a meeting with Democratic governors at White House to discuss several issues that are of critical importance to our constituencies, including raising the minimum wage. February 21, 2014.

 

 

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Weekly Address: Time to Lift the Minimum Wage and Give America a Raise

 

 

 

President Obama Has a Message for You: #GetCovered

 

 

 

The First Lady Wants to See How You Move

 

 

 

 

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The White House Blog

 

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The President Isn’t Sitting Still

 

Weekly Address: Time to Lift the Minimum Wage and Give America a Raise

 

Weekly Wrap Up: the President Bets on Team USA, the First Lady Visits Jimmy Fallon, and More

 

The First Lady Wants to See How You Move

 

President Obama Has a Message for You: #GetCovered

 

A Down Payment on Expanding Opportunity for America’s Long-Term Unemployed

 

 

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February 23rd, 2014: Photo of the Day

 

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President Barack Obama talks with New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, Vice-Chair of the Democratic Governors Association, following a meeting with the group in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 21, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, Vice-Chair of the Democratic Governors Association, following a meeting with the group in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 21, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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On March 18th, 2014, President Barack Obama will award 24 Army veterans the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. These veterans will receive the Medal of Honor in recognition of their valor during major combat operations in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) listens at a bilateral meeting with Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto at the El Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Mexico before the start of the North American Leaders Summit in Toluca, Mexico,

 

 

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Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine

The United States is closely monitoring developments in Ukraine.  We have consistently advocated a de-escalation of violence, constitutional change, a coalition government, and early elections, and today’s developments could move us closer to that goal.  The unshakeable principle guiding events must be that the people of Ukraine determine their own future.  We welcome constructive work in the Rada and continue to urge the prompt formation of a broad, technocratic government of national unity.  We welcome former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s release from a prison hospital today, and we wish her a speedy recovery as she seeks the appropriate medical treatment that she has long needed and sought.

 

We continue to urge an end to violence by all sides and a focus on peaceful, democratic dialogue, working pursuant to Ukraine’s constitution and through its institutions of government.  Going forward, we will work with our allies, with Russia, and with appropriate European and international organizations to support a strong, prosperous, unified, and democratic Ukraine.  Going forward, the Ukrainian people should know that the United States deeply values our long-standing ties with Ukraine and will support them as they pursue a path of democracy and economic development.

 

 

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President Obama And First Lady Michelle Obama Host The 2014 Governors’ Dinner At The White House, The Toast.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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President Barack Obama Makes A Toast at the 2013 Governors Dinner

 

On Sunday, the President and the First Lady will welcome the National Governors Association to the White House for the 2014 Governors’ Dinner. The Vice President and Dr. Biden will also attend.

 

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On Monday, the President will meet with the National Governors Association.

 

 

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President Obama to Travel to St. Paul, Minnesota

 

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday February 26, the President will travel to St. Paul, Minnesota and deliver remarks at Union Depot to announce a new competition encouraging investments to create jobs and restore infrastructure as part of the President’s Year of Action.

 

The arrival and departure of Air Force One at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are open to pre-credentialed media, but closed to the public.  The President’s remarks at Union Depot in St. Paul are open to pre-credentialed media and ticketed members of the general public. Ticket distribution information is included below.

 

Members of the media who wish to cover the arrival of Air Force One at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport should RSVP HERE by Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM EST/8:00 AM CST.

 

Members of the media who wish to cover the President’s remarks at Union Depot in St. Paul, Minnesota should RSVP HERE by Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM EST/8:00 AM CST.

 

Media outlets that wish to cover both events should plan on sending separate crews to the airport and the remarks, as a single crew will not be able to cover both events.

 

NOTE: Media RSVPs do NOT guarantee access. Confirmation emails will be sent out after the deadline to RSVP has passed.

 

Ticket Distribution Information for Members of the Public:

 

The event is free and open to the public.

 

General Public tickets will be distributed on Monday, February 24, beginning at 10:00 AM in Suite 120 of Union Depot.

 

One ticket per person will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.  Due to limited space, the White House will only be able to distribute a limited number of tickets.

 

Event Day Logistics

 

Public Entry: Main Entrance on E. 4th Street leading into the Head House of Union Depot

 

Public Parking: Limited parking is available on-site.  Paid parking is available in the downtown area.

 

Doors Open: 11:30 A.M.

 

Tickets are required for entry. Tickets are not for sale or re-sale.

 

For security reasons, please do not bring bags and limit personal items. No signs or banners are permitted. All attendees will go through airport-like security. No backpacks will be allowed in the venue (small bags of a size no greater than 12” x 12” will be permitted but subject to search). Containers of any kind, bottles, cans, guns, knives, pocket-knives, multi-tools, mace, pepper spray, or sharp objects of any kind, other weapons and other hazardous items are prohibited.

 

No overnight camping will be allowed on the premises at any time leading up to this event.

 

MEDIA LOGISTICS BELOW ARE FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY, NOT FOR REPORTING

 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

 

All times below are Central Standard Time.

 

Air Force One Arrival & Departure

 

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
133rd Airlift Wing, Air National Guard
631 Minuteman Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55450

 

Media Pre-Set Time: All media with heavy/large equipment and live trucks must arrive at the Main Gate by 7:30 AM to be escorted on base.  (All media with heavy/large equipment and sticks should preset equipment on-site.  Live trucks MUST park and cable in at this time.  Media will not have access to their equipment during the security sweeps from 8:30 AM – 11:50 AM).

 

Live Truck Parking: Directed on site.

 

Media Check-in: 11:50 AM – 12:20 PM.  All media will check-in at the main gate and will be required to show photo identification for entry.  Following check-in at the main gate, media will be escorted onto base.

 

Media Parking: Directed on-site.

 

Air Force One Estimated Arrival Time: 12:50 PM

 

Throw: 160 feet

 

Cable run: 150 feet

 

No wireless Internet, power or workspace is available.

 

NOTE: The arrival and departure of Air Force One is closed to the public.

 

All names submitted for credentials must be accurate and reflect the identification media presents at checkpoints for entrance. RSVPs do not guarantee access. You will receive a confirmation e-mail if you will receive a credential to cover the event.

 

Contact for logistical and planning purposes only:  Kristina Broadie, kbroadie@who.eop.gov, 202-503-5419

 

Remarks at Union Depot

Union Depot
214 E 4th Street
St. Paul, MN 55101

 

Media Coverage: This event is open to pre-credentialed media. A media RSVP does NOT guarantee access. Remarks will also be available via live-stream at www.whitehouse.gov/live.

 

Estimated Event Time: 2:00 PM

 

Live Truck Parking: All live trucks should arrive at the below location by 8:00 AM for access to the live truck parking area.

 

Live Truck Parking Directions: Head east on Kellogg Boulevard E. and continue past N. Broadway until you reach the Highway 52 overpass. The entrance will be on the right directly under the overpass at the construction entrance (closest cross streets are Kellogg Boulevard E. and John Street). A security vehicle will be stationed at the entrance to escort trucks to the parking location.

 

Media Pre-Set Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM (All media with heavy/large equipment and sticks should pre-set equipment on-site. Live trucks MUST park and cable in during this time. Media will not have access to their equipment during the security sweeps from 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM).

 

Media Parking: Limited parking is available on-site.  Paid parking is available in the downtown area.

 

Media Entrance: The center doors on E. 4th Street leading into the Head House of Union Depot.

 

Media Access: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

 

Final Media Access: 1:30 PM

 

Cable Run (distance from live truck to main media riser): 700 feet

 

Throw (distance from main media riser to stage): 40 feet

 

Limited power, wireless internet and media workspace is available on site.

 

Media Contact for logistical and planning purposes only: Kristina Broadie, kbroadie@who.eop.gov, (202) 503-5419

 

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It’s Barack’s World™ ♥


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule For The Weekend

 

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

 

WEEKEND GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2014

 

On Sunday, the President and the First Lady will welcome the National Governors Association to the White House for the 2014 Governors’ Dinner. The Vice President and Dr. Biden will also attend. There will be pool coverage for remarks.

 

7:10 PM: THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY host the 2014 Governors’ Dinner; THE VICE PRESIDENT and DR. BIDEN also attend, State Dining Room.

 

 

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White House Schedule For The Week Ahead

 

On Monday, the President will meet with the National Governors Association.

 

On Tuesday, the President will hold an event on the economy at the White House. In the evening, he will attend an Organizing for Action event in Washington, DC.

 

On Wednesday, the President will travel to theMinneapolis-St. Paul area for an event on the economy.

 

On Thursday, the President will host an event on his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.

 

On Friday, the President will attend a DNC event in Washington, DC.

 

 

Susan Rice Meet The Press Full Interview 2/23/14

 

Published on Feb 23, 2014

Susan Rice meet the press. The latest view from the White House on foreign policy with National Security Adviser Susan Rice; including recent clashes in the Ukraine, the dynamic between Presidents Putin and Obama, and America’s relationship with Russia.

 

 

 

How will President Obama confront the latest unrest in Ukraine? Are sanctions enough? Plus, debates on economic inequality and the 2014 midterm race rage on — what does it all mean?

 

The roundtable will break it all down, plus the week in politics: New York Times columnist David Brooks, New York Times White House Correspondent Helene Cooper, Co-Anchor and Managing Editor of the PBS NewsHour Judy Woodruff and Host of MSNBC’s “Hardball” Chris Matthews.

 

 

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Time to Lift the Minimum Wage and Give America a Raise.

 

 

 

VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: El Congreso Debe Subir el Salario Mínimo

February 22, 2014 | 3:46 |Public Domain

 

En el mensaje de esta semana, Elmy Bermejo, la Directora de Asuntos Intergubernamentales del Departamento de Trabajo discutió la importancia de aumentar el salario mínimo para los trabajadores estadounidenses. El Presidente cree que aquí en los Estados Unidos, nadie que trabaje duro debería vivir en la pobreza. Y todos los que trabajan duro deberían tener la oportunidad de salir adelante.

 

 

 

A Year of Action: Pursuing Opportunity for All

 

Published on Feb 8, 2014

President Obama is not waiting for Congress and is taking steps to use his executive authority to expand opportunity and level the playing field for middle-class Americans.

 

 

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Responding to the Situation in Ukraine

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine

 

February 22, 2014

The United States is closely monitoring developments in Ukraine.  We have consistently advocated a de-escalation of violence, constitutional change, a coalition government, and early elections, and today’s developments could move us closer to that goal.  The unshakeable principle guiding events must be that the people of Ukraine determine their own future.  We welcome constructive work in the Rada and continue to urge the prompt formation of a broad, technocratic government of national unity.  We welcome former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s release from a prison hospital today, and we wish her a speedy recovery as she seeks the appropriate medical treatment that she has long needed and sought.

 

We continue to urge an end to violence by all sides and a focus on peaceful, democratic dialogue, working pursuant to Ukraine’s constitution and through its institutions of government.  Going forward, we will work with our allies, with Russia, and with appropriate European and international organizations to support a strong, prosperous, unified, and democratic Ukraine.  Going forward, the Ukrainian people should know that the United States deeply values our long-standing ties with Ukraine and will support them as they pursue a path of democracy and economic development.

 

 

Readout of President Obama’s Call with President Putin

President Obama called Russian President Vladimir Putin today to discuss Ukraine and a range of other global issues.  On Ukraine, they exchanged views on the need to implement quickly the political agreement reached today in Kyiv, the importance of stabilizing the economic situation and undertaking necessary reforms, and the need for all sides to refrain from further violence.  They also spoke about the situation in Syria, including the importance of efforts to advance a political solution, concerns over the humanitarian crisis and the necessity of a strong UN Security Council resolution on the issue, and the need for the Assad regime to adhere to its commitment to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons program.  In addition, they discussed U.S.-Russian cooperation in the P5+1 process on Iran.  The President also congratulated Russia on its hosting of the Olympic games.

 

 

Statement by the Press Secretary

Statement by the Press Secretary on S.J. Res. 28 and S.J. Res. 29

 

On Friday, February 21, 2014, the President signed into law:

 

S.J. Res. 28, which appoints John M. Fahey as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution; and

 

S.J. Res. 29, which appoints Risa Lavizzo-Mourey as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.

 

 

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In Case You Missed This Series….Black History Month 2014 Presents: Celebrating Black History Month; The Black History Moment Series.

 

 

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The White House Weekend™: The 2014 Governors’ Dinner; Week Ahead Schedule. Weekly Address.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule For The Weekend

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 22 – 23, 2014

 

WEEKEND GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2014 AND SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2014

 

On Saturday, the President has no public events scheduled.

 

On Sunday, the President and the First Lady will welcome the National Governors Association to the White House for the 2014 Governors’ Dinner. The Vice President and Dr. Biden will also attend. There will be pool coverage for remarks.

 

7:10 PM: THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY host the 2014 Governors’ Dinner; THE VICE PRESIDENT and DR. BIDEN also attend, State Dining Room.

 

 

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White House Schedule For The Week Ahead

 

On Monday, the President will meet with the National Governors Association.

 

On Tuesday, the President will hold an event on the economy at the White House. In the evening, he will attend an Organizing for Action event in Washington, DC.

 

On Wednesday, the President will travel to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area for an event on the economy.

 

On Thursday, the President will host an event on his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.

 

On Friday, the President will attend a DNC event in Washington, DC.

 

 

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From POLITICO:

 

Chris Christie to skip dinner with President Obama

 

Christie will leave D.C. early Sunday morning, before the dinner, to avoid attending 2014 Governors’ Dinner. | AP Photo

Christie will leave D.C. early Sunday morning, before the dinner, to avoid attending the 2014 Governors’ Dinner. | AP Photo

By ELIZABETH TITUS & POLITICO

 

Chris Christie won’t dine at the White House on his swing through Washington this weekend.

 

The New Jersey governor is set to leave town Sunday morning, his office confirmed, before a Sunday night White House dinner traditionally attended by governors of both parties during the annual National Governors Association meeting.

 

Christie sat next to first lady Michelle Obama at last year’s dinner, and drew heat from some Republicans for famously embracing President Barack Obama just days before the presidential election in 2012 as the men surveyed Superstorm Sandy damage in New Jersey.

 

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The Republican’s schedule is under particular scrutiny this year not just because he is a likely presidential contender in 2016 but because of the traffic scandal dogging him back home.

 

Christie has answered some media questions about the scandal and engaged with constituents, including at a town hall-style event on Thursday, but other questions about it remain unanswered while state and federal investigations continue. Christie has denied any personal involvement in the scandal.

 

New Jersey Governor Christie speaks to residents during the 110th Town Hall Meeting in Middletown Township

 

Describing Christie’s weekend schedule, spokesman Colin Reed said Christie would spend the rest of Sunday celebrating his daughter’s 18th birthday and getting ready for a budget speech on Tuesday.

 

The spokesman said Christie would participate in the opening session of the NGA on Saturday, which is open to the press, and attend a governors-only lunch, as well as events for the Republican Governors Association, which Christie leads.

 

Thank you POLITICO.

 

 

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Weekly Address: Time to Lift the Minimum Wage and Give America a Raise

February 22, 2014 | 2:50 |Public Domain

 

In this week’s address, President Obama says this is a year of action, and he will do everything he can to restore opportunity for all. The President already lifted the wages for federal contract workers, and he calls on the American people to tell Congress to finish the job by boosting the federal minimum wage for all workers to $10.10 and give America a raise.

 

 

 

VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: El Congreso Debe Subir el Salario Mínimo

February 22, 2014 | 3:46 |Public Domain

 

En el mensaje de esta semana, Elmy Bermejo, la Directora de Asuntos Intergubernamentales del Departamento de Trabajo discutió la importancia de aumentar el salario mínimo para los trabajadores estadounidenses. El Presidente cree que aquí en los Estados Unidos, nadie que trabaje duro debería vivir en la pobreza. Y todos los que trabajan duro deberían tener la oportunidad de salir adelante.

 

 

 

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Readout of President Obama’s Call with President Putin

President Obama called Russian President Vladimir Putin today to discuss Ukraine and a range of other global issues.  On Ukraine, they exchanged views on the need to implement quickly the political agreement reached today in Kyiv, the importance of stabilizing the economic situation and undertaking necessary reforms, and the need for all sides to refrain from further violence.  They also spoke about the situation in Syria, including the importance of efforts to advance a political solution, concerns over the humanitarian crisis and the necessity of a strong UN Security Council resolution on the issue, and the need for the Assad regime to adhere to its commitment to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons program.  In addition, they discussed U.S.-Russian cooperation in the P5+1 process on Iran.  The President also congratulated Russia on its hosting of the Olympic games.

 

 

Statement by the Press Secretary

Statement by the Press Secretary on S.J. Res. 28 and S.J. Res. 29

 

On Friday, February 21, 2014, the President signed into law:

 

S.J. Res. 28, which appoints John M. Fahey as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution; and

 

S.J. Res. 29, which appoints Risa Lavizzo-Mourey as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.

 

 

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Celebrating Black History Month, The Black History Moment Series #23: Bayard Rustin. Civil Rights Warrior. Gay Black Man.

 

From The Blog…. It Is What It Is, Dr. Rex: UGANDA Signs The Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

 

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First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama Visits NBC’s “The Tonight Show” With Jimmy Fallon

 

 

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Pete Souza: POTUS meets yesterday w Dalai Lama

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The VP dropped by a meeting with governors at the WH today to discuss the President’s call to #RaiseTheWage

The VP dropped by a meeting with governors at the WH today to discuss the President’s call to #RaiseTheWage

President Barack Obama talks with New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, Vice-Chair of the Democratic Governors Association, following a meeting with the group in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 21, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, Vice-Chair of the Democratic Governors Association, following a meeting with the group in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 21, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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