Op-Ed By President Obama: White House Summit On Working Families. POTUSA & FLOTUSA Speak At The White House Summit On Working Families.


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Op-Ed by President Obama on the White House Summit on Working Families

In an op-ed published on the Huffington Post, President Obama writes about the importance of today’s White House Summit on Working Families and his commitment to creating a 21st century workplace that works for all Americans.

 

The following op-ed by President Obama appeared on the Huffington Post.

 

Family-Friendly Workplace Policies Are Not Frills — They’re Basic Needs

 

Family-Friendly Workplace Policies Are Not Frills — They’re Basic Needs

 

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As President, my top priority is rebuilding an economy where everybody who works hard has the chance to get ahead.

 

That’s the subject of the first White House Summit on Working Families, which is taking place today. We’re bringing together business leaders and workers to talk about the challenges that working parents face every day and how we can address them.

 

Take flexibility — the ability to take a few hours off for a school play or to work from home when your kid is sick. Most workers want it, but not enough of them have it — even though studies show that flexibility makes workers happier and helps companies lower turnover and raise productivity.

 

Take paid family leave. Many jobs don’t offer adequate leave to care for a new baby or an ailing parent, so workers can’t afford to be there when their families need them the most. And the United States is the only developed country in the world without paid maternity leave.

 

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Take childcare. Most working families I know can’t afford thousands a year for childcare, but often, that’s what it costs. I recently got a letter from a woman in Minnesota whose kids’ preschool is so expensive it costs more every month than her mortgage.

 

And take the minimum wage. Nearly 28 million Americans would benefit if we raised the minimum wage to $10.10. And we’re not just talking about young people on their first job — the average worker who would benefit from an increase is 35 years old. Many have kids. And a majority are women. Right now, many full-time minimum-wage workers aren’t even making enough to keep their kids out of poverty.

 

Family leave, childcare, flexibility and a decent wage aren’t frills. They’re basic needs. They shouldn’t be bonuses — they should be the bottom line.

 

Parents who work full-time should earn enough to pay the bills and go to work every day knowing that their kids are in good hands. Workers who give their all should know that if they need some flexibility, they can have it — because their employers understand that it’s hard to be productive when you’ve got a sick kid at home or a childcare crisis. And talented, hard-working people should be able to say yes to a great new opportunity without worrying that their families will pay the price. Nearly half of all working parents surveyed say they’ve chosen to turn down a job not because they didn’t want it, but because it would be too hard on their families. When that many members of our workforce are forced to choose between a job and their family, something’s wrong.

 

Some businesses are realizing that family-friendly policies are a good business practice, because they help build loyalty and inspire workers to go the extra mile. JetBlue offers a flexible work-from-home plan for its customer-service representatives. Google increased its paid parental leave to five months — and the rate of women leaving the company decreased by half. Cisco lets their employees telecommute as needed, which they estimate saves them over $275 million every year.

 

And there’s a bigger economic case here, too. The strength of our economy rests on whether we’re getting the most out of all of our nation’s talent — whether we’re making it possible for all our citizens to contribute to our growth and prosperity. That’s the key to staying competitive in the global economy. Right now, we’re leaving too many people on the sidelines who have the desire and the capacity to work, but are held back by one obstacle or another. It’s our job to remove those obstacles. That’s what supporting working families is all about.

 

States are getting on board, too. California, Rhode Island and New Jersey give workers paid family leave. Connecticut offers paid sick days. So does New York City. Since I asked Congress to raise the minimum wage last year, 13 states have taken steps to raise it on their own.

 

But all Americans should get to benefit from these policies. That’s why we need to see some action here in Washington.

 

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I’ll work with anyone — Democrats or Republicans — to increase opportunity for American workers. But in this year of action, whenever I can act on my own, I will.

 

Today, I’ll sign a Presidential Memorandum directing every agency in the federal government to expand access to flexible work schedules, and giving employees the right to request them.

 

I’m calling on Congress to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, because too many pregnant workers are forced to choose between their health and their job. They can get fired for taking too many bathroom breaks, or forced on unpaid leave just for being pregnant. It’s inhumane, and it needs to stop.

 

And to help parents trying to get ahead, I’m directing my Secretary of Labor to invest $25 million in helping people who want to enroll in job-training programs, but don’t currently have access to the childcare they need to do it.

 

I take this personally — as the son and grandson of some strong women who worked hard to support my sister and me; as the husband of a brilliant woman who struggled to balance work and raising our young ladies when my job often kept me away; and as the father of two beautiful girls, whom I want to be there for as much as I possibly can — and whom I hope will be able to have families and careers of their own one day.

 

We know from our history that our country does better when everybody participates; when everyone’s talents are put to use; when we all have a fair shot. That’s the America I believe in. That’s the America I’ll keep fighting for every day.

 

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President Obama Gives the Commencement Address at Worcester Tech in Massachusetts

 

 

 

This afternoon, President Obama traveled to Worcester, Massachusetts to deliver the commencement address at Worcester Technical High School.

 

In his remarks, the President congratulated the graduates on their accomplishments, letting them know that they stand out among other high schools across the country:

 

I’m here today because there is nothing ordinary about Worcester Tech or the Class of 2014.  You have set yourselves apart.  This high school has set itself apart.

Over the past four years, some of you have learned how to take apart an engine and put it back together again.  Some of you have learned how to run a restaurant, or build a house, or fix a computer.  And all of you are graduating today not just with a great education, but with the skills that will let you start your careers and skills that will make America stronger.

“The thing I really want to do,” he said, “is make sure that what we’ve learned here at this high school we can lift up for the entire nation. I want the nation to learn from Worcester Tech.”

 

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Remarks by the President at Worcester Technical High School Commencement Ceremony (Full Transcript)

 

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A Step Toward Cleaner Air and Healthier Communities

 

 

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency released a vital component of the President’s Climate Action Plan – proposed common-sense carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. Since air pollution from power plants can worsen asthma and other breathing problems, EPA’s guidelines will help protect the health of vulnerable Americans, including children and the elderly.

 

In a big step forward, yesterday the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates, a body representing more than 500 medical associations and organizations, voted to formally reaffirm their support for carbon pollution standards for power plants and committed to submit comments on the EPA’s proposal underscoring the need to keep strong standards that protect public health. AMA’s vote puts them alongside other public health organizations that have taken leadership on this issue, including the American Thoracic Society and the American Lung Association.

 

In addition to cutting carbon emissions from the power sector by about 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, EPA’s plan will also decrease that sector’s emissions of particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide by about 25 percent. From the soot and smog reductions alone, for every dollar invested through the Clean Power Plan, American families will see up to $7 in health benefits.

 

In the first year that these standards go into effect, up to 100,000 asthma attacks and up to 2,100 heart attacks will be prevented. These standards will also help more kids to be healthy enough to show up to school – with up to 72,000 fewer absences in the first year. The benefits increase each year from there.

 

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President Obama: “There’s No Advanced, Developed Country on Earth That Would Put Up with This”

 

 

 

During yesterday’s Tumblr Q&A at the White House, the President answered a question on the epidemic of gun violence in America.

 

“My biggest frustration so far,” he said, “is the fact that this society has not been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do just unbelievable damage.” Talking about the increasing frequency of school shootings across the country, the President noted that the U.S. is the only developed country where this is routine.

 

“The country has to do some soul-searching about this,” President Obama said. “This is becoming the norm, and we take it for granted in ways that, as a parent, are terrifying to me.”

 

He also stressed that the only thing that is going to reverse this alarming trend is public opinion. “If public opinion does not demand change in Congress, it will not change.”

 

Until there is a fundamental shift in public opinion in which people say, enough, this is not acceptable, this is not normal, this isn’t sort of the price we should be paying for our freedom, that we can have respect for the Second Amendment and responsible gun owners and sportsmen and hunters can have the ability to possess weapons but that we are going to put some commonsense rules in place that make a dent, at least, in what’s happening — until that is not just the majority of you — because that’s already the majority of you, even the majority of gun owners believe that. But until that’s a view that people feel passionately about and are willing to go after folks who don’t vote reflecting those values, until that happens, sadly, not that much is going to change.

 

President Obama noted that he has issued more than 20 executive actions this year to try to tighten up some of the rules in the law, but it’s not possible to get even the slightest restrictions through Congress right now, “and we should be ashamed of that.”

 

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President Obama Answers the Question “Where Do You See Yourself in 10 Years?”

 

 

 

Remarks by the President in Q&A with David Karp, CEO of Tumblr (Full Transcript)

 

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#LunchWithFLOTUS: The First Lady’s Twitter Q&A on Healthy School Lunches

 

 

Today, millions of kids across America are eating better school meals because of healthier lunch standards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Thanks to the hard work of school chefs and food service workers around the country, 90 percent of our schools are now meeting modern nutrition standards — and the USDA is working to provide greater flexibility and more assistance to help the remaining schools catch up.

 

As part of her Let’s Move! initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama has helped raise awareness around the importance of our kids eating healthy and getting the nutrition they need — and now she’s taking to Twitter to answer your questions.

 

Tomorrow, Thursday, June 12, at 2:30 p.m. ET, join the First Lady for a Twitter Q&A on school nutrition and healthy school lunches on her Twitter handle, @FLOTUS.

 

Here are the details:

 

  • Ask your questions now and during the live event on Twitter with the hashtag #LunchWithFLOTUS
  • Follow the Q&A live through the @FLOTUS Twitter handle
  • If you miss the live Q&A, the full session will be posted on WhiteHouse.gov and Storify.com/whitehouse

 

Learn more about the First Lady’s initiative to encourage healthy eating at Letsmove.gov/eat-healthy, and then join the First Lady for a Twitter chat on @FLOTUS on Thursday, June 12 at 2:30 p.m. ET.

 

Upcoming Guidance for First Lady Michelle Obama

Thursday, June 12, 2014

 

Washington, DC * 3:30 PM – The First Lady will join local students and school nutrition directors from across the country to harvest the summer crop from the White House Kitchen Garden.  In 2009, Mrs. Obama planted a vegetable garden on the South Lawn to initiate a national conversation around the health and wellbeing of our nation—a conversation that evolved into her Let’s Move! initiative.  Since Mrs. Obama launched Let’s Move! in 2010, parents, business leaders, educators, elected officials, military leaders, chefs, physicians, athletes, childcare providers, community and faith leaders, and kids themselves have stepped up to improve the health of our nation’s children.  And thanks to these efforts, we are moving toward a healthier new norm all across the country.

 

To help with this summer’s harvest, the First Lady invited local school children whose schools are successfully implementing national school lunch standards.  Children from these Washington, D.C. schools joined Mrs. Obama in April for the spring garden planting and will now have the opportunity to harvest the produce they recently planted:

 

  • Cleveland Elementary School
  • Friendship Public Charter School
  • Kimball Elementary School
  • Bancroft Elementary School
  • Harriet Tubman Elementary School

 

Mrs. Obama is also inviting school nutrition directors from Orlando, FL, Dallas, TX, and West Virginia to participate in the harvest.  These school nutrition directors have seen success in their new school lunch programs thanks to the standards put in place by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.  Today, thanks to the hard work of school chefs, food service providers, and school nutrition directors across the country, 90 percent of schools are now meeting modern nutrition standards, including the schools in attendance at the harvest.  Because of these improvements, consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grains has significantly increased, and over 600,000 kids are now getting a nutritious breakfast.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided greater flexibility and is working to give more assistance to help the remaining schools meet these standards.

 

The following school nutrition directors will participate in this summer’s garden harvest:

 

  • Lora Gilbert, MS, RD, FADA, SNS, Senior Director, Food and Nutrition Services, Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, FL
  • Richard Goff, MBA, Executive Director, Office of Child Nutrition, West Virginia Department of Education
  • Dora Rivas, MS, RDN, SNS, Executive Director, Food and Child Nutrition Services Department, Dallas Independent School

 

This event will be livestreamed at www.whitehouse.gov/live.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama and Epicurious Announce Winning Recipes in Townwide “Healthy Lunchtime Challenge”

 

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Thoughts on Fatherhood in the 21st Century

 

 

This was originally posted on the Huffington Post, and is part of a series of essays about the issues facing working families in the 21st century, leading up to the White House Summit on Working Families on June 23, 2014.

 

You can learn more about the Summit and how you can get involved at www.workingfamiliessummit.org.

 


 

Growing up, if I wanted to play catch, I often had to play it alone. Sometimes I’d even aim at a tree for lack of person with a glove at the other end of the yard. I admit, the tree wasn’t a very good replacement. But when you’re a kid — and you don’t have a dad to play catch with — you’ll toss a ball at anything. Even if that thing is a 40-foot-tall oak and unlikely to toss the ball back.

 

In this respect, I’m probably not unique. Far too many children grow up without a dad in their lives, like I did. And for many, the effects cut deeper and last longer than being forced to have a one-way game of catch.

 

I’m a father now. My daughter was born 10 years ago, and my son soon after. And one of my greatest challenges, having never grown up with a father myself, is figuring out what a dad is supposed to do. I got the memo about taking out the garbage. And I change more light bulbs than Thomas Edison. But when it comes to preparing your kids for the slings and arrows of life, that’s something I’ve only learned about fairly recently.

 

And here’s the key: I only learned about it because I was able to make the time.

 

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Statements and Releases – June 11th, 2014

 

Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice Keynote Address at the Center for a New American Security Annual Conference

 

Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice
“The Strength of American Leadership, the Power of Collective Action”

Keynote Address at the Center for a New American Security Annual Conference
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Thank you so much Richard for that kind welcome.  And, to my good friends and former colleagues— Michele Flournoy and Kurt Campbell— I can’t help but note how well-rested you both look.  I’m only a little bitter.  Still, I want to thank you for your stellar service to our country both from inside government and now, again, as leading thinkers on national security.

 

CNAS, which you founded, does a remarkable job of preparing our next generation of national security leaders.  That work is critical, because our nation needs bright, dedicated young women and men who care deeply about our world.  We need a diverse pipeline of talent ready and eager to carry forward the mantle of American leadership.  So, thank you all.

 

As President Obama told West Point’s graduating class two weeks ago, the question is not whether America will lead the world in the 21st century, but how America will lead.  No other nation can match the enduring foundations of our strength.  Our military has no peer.  Our formidable economy is growing.  We are more energy independent each year.  Our vibrant and diverse population is demographically strong and productive.  We attract hopeful immigrants from all over the world.  Our unrivaled global network of alliances and partnerships makes us the one nation to which the world turns when challenges arise.  So, American leadership is and will remain central to shaping a world that is freer, more secure, more just and more prosperous.

 

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At West Point, President Obama outlined how America will lead in a world that is more complex and more interdependent than ever before.  As we move out of a period dominated by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we will lead by drawing on every element of our national power.  That power starts with our unparalleled military might, used wisely and when necessary to defend America’s core interests – the security of our citizens, our economy, and our allies.  We will lead by strengthening effective partnerships to counter an evolving terrorist threat.  We will lead by rallying coalitions and marshaling the resources of our partners to address regional and global challenges.  And, we will lead by standing firm in defense of human dignity and equality, while steering the course of history toward greater justice and opportunity for all.

 

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The Last 24™: Videos.


 

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Surge in child immigrants crossing U.S.-Mexico border

 

 

 

Secretary Hagel Testifies on Bergdahl Prisoner Exchange: President Obama Made Final Decision

 

 

 

June 11 House Armed Services Hearing on Bowe Bergdahl Exchange

 

 

 

A billboard on display before it was announced he'd be released in exchange for five detainees at Guantanamo.

 

 

Defense Secretary Scolds Rep. Over Bergdahl’s Health

 

 

 

Leave Bowe Bergdahl Alone!

 

 

 

There’s a War Within The Republican Party

 

 

 

Cantor Announces Plans to Resign Leadership Post

 

 

 

Trucker in Tracy Morgan Crash Arraigned in NJ Court

 

 

 

Sun releases massive solar flare – NASA video

 

 

 

Brad Paisley Reunites With Army Officer

 

 

 

Senator Warren’s Remarks After “Bank on Students” Vote

 

 

 

Raw: Rio Statue Lit Up in Colors for World Cup

 

 

 

Obama Makes Starbucks Run

 

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For HuMpDaY The 11th Of June: Where In The World Is Barack?


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HuMpDaY The 11th Of June: Where In The World Is Barack? Worcester, Massachusetts.

 

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Will Soon be Unemployed.....

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Even primary winner was surprised he beat Eric Cantor

 

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Little-known challenger Dave Brat beat House Majority leader Eric Cantor in a primary race. CNN’s Dana Bash reports.

 

 

 

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Primary Shock: House Majority Leader Loses

 

Published on Jun 10, 2014

David Brat, an economics professor with Tea Party backing, shocked the Republican party on Tuesday by defeating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a primary in their suburban Richmond, Virginia district. (June 11)

 

 

 

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White House Schedule – June 11, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
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THE WHITE HOUSE GUIDANCE & SCHEDULE
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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 meet with the United States Sentencing Commission in the Roosevelt Room. This meeting is closed press.

 

In the afternoon, the President will travel to Worcester, Massachusetts. The departure from the South Lawn is open press and the arrival at Worcester Regional Airport is open to pre-credentialed media.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will deliver the commencement address at the Worcester Technical High School graduation ceremony. The President’s remarks are open to pre-credentialed media.

 

In the evening, the President will attend a DSCC event in the Boston area. There will be print pool coverage of the President’s remarks.

 

Later in the evening, the President will depart Worcester, Massachusetts en route Washington, DC. The departure from Worcester Regional Airport is open to pre-credentialed media, while the arrival on the South Lawn is open press.

 

 

Wednesday, June 11 2014 All Times ET

 

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

 

10:50 AM: The President meets with the United States Sentencing Commission, Roosevelt Room.

 

1:45 PM: The Vice President delivers the keynote address at the North American Energy Summit, Goldman Sachs – New York City.

 

1:50 PM: The President departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews, South Lawn.

 

2:05 PM: The President departs Joint Base Andrews, Joint Base Andrews.

 

3:20 PM: The President arrives Worcester, Massachusetts, Worcester Regional Airport.

 

4:00 PM: The President delivers remarks at the Worcester Technical High School Commencement, Worcester Technical High School – Worcester.

 

7:00 PM: The President delivers remarks and answers questions at a DSCC event, Private Residence – Weston.

 

8:20 PM: The President departs Worcester, Massachusetts en route Andrews Air Force Base, Worcester Regional Airport.
9:45 PM: The President arrives Joint Base Andrews,Joint Base Andrews.

 

10:00 PM: The President arrives the White House, South Lawn.

 

 

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On Thursday, the President will hold a bilateral meeting Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia at the White House; the Vice President will also attend. The two leaders will discuss a range of issues of mutual interest, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Australia’s leadership of the G-20 this year, the future of Afghanistan, and the growing bilateral defense relationship, including the rotation of U.S. Marines through Darwin.  They will also address some of the most serious security issues that confront both Australia and the United States, including Syria, Russia’s actions in Ukraine, North Korea, and the security and stability of the Asia Pacific region. In the afternoon, the President will welcome the WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx to the White House to honor the team and their victory in the WNBA Finals.

 

 

On Friday, the President and the First Lady will travel to the Cannonball, North Dakota area to visit the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Following their visit to Indian Country, the President and the First Lady will travel to Palm Springs, CA.

 

 

On Saturday, the President will deliver the commencement address at University of California, Irvine on the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the UC Irvine campus by President Lyndon B. Johnson. UC Irvine does outstanding work at the undergraduate and graduate level in science and research, humanities, and professional studies, and the President looks forward to speaking with the graduates in June. Following these events, he will return to Palm Springs, CA. The President and the First Lady will return to Washington, D.C on Monday.

 

 

Upcoming Guidance for First Lady Michelle Obama

Thursday, June 12, 2014

 

Washington, DC * 3:30 PM – The First Lady will join local students and school nutrition directors from across the country to harvest the summer crop from the White House Kitchen Garden.  In 2009, Mrs. Obama planted a vegetable garden on the South Lawn to initiate a national conversation around the health and wellbeing of our nation—a conversation that evolved into her Let’s Move! initiative.  Since Mrs. Obama launched Let’s Move! in 2010, parents, business leaders, educators, elected officials, military leaders, chefs, physicians, athletes, childcare providers, community and faith leaders, and kids themselves have stepped up to improve the health of our nation’s children.  And thanks to these efforts, we are moving toward a healthier new norm all across the country.

 

To help with this summer’s harvest, the First Lady invited local school children whose schools are successfully implementing national school lunch standards.  Children from these Washington, D.C. schools joined Mrs. Obama in April for the spring garden planting and will now have the opportunity to harvest the produce they recently planted:

 

  • Cleveland Elementary School
  • Friendship Public Charter School
  • Kimball Elementary School
  • Bancroft Elementary School
  • Harriet Tubman Elementary School

 

Mrs. Obama is also inviting school nutrition directors from Orlando, FL, Dallas, TX, and West Virginia to participate in the harvest.  These school nutrition directors have seen success in their new school lunch programs thanks to the standards put in place by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.  Today, thanks to the hard work of school chefs, food service providers, and school nutrition directors across the country, 90 percent of schools are now meeting modern nutrition standards, including the schools in attendance at the harvest.  Because of these improvements, consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grains has significantly increased, and over 600,000 kids are now getting a nutritious breakfast.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided greater flexibility and is working to give more assistance to help the remaining schools meet these standards.

 

The following school nutrition directors will participate in this summer’s garden harvest:

 

  • Lora Gilbert, MS, RD, FADA, SNS, Senior Director, Food and Nutrition Services, Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, FL
  • Richard Goff, MBA, Executive Director, Office of Child Nutrition, West Virginia Department of Education
  • Dora Rivas, MS, RDN, SNS, Executive Director, Food and Child Nutrition Services Department, Dallas Independent School

 

This event will be livestreamed at www.whitehouse.gov/live.

 

 

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June 11, 2014 1:45 PM EDT
Vice President Biden Gives the Keynote Address at the North American Energy Summit
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June 11, 2014 4:00 PM EDT
President Obama Speaks at the Worcester Technical High School Commencement
Worcester, Massachusetts

 

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President Obama’s Tumblr Q&A at the White House

 

Published on Jun 11, 2014

President Obama takes to Tumblr in an event at the White House moderated by Tumblr Founder and CEO David Karp. The President answered questions in the State Dining Room from folks across the country on the importance of education, college affordability, and reducing student loan debt.

 

 

 

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President Obama visiting Worcester to speak at H.S. graduation

 

Pres. Obama to deliver Worcester Tech. commencement address

 

Published on Mar 20, 2014

A Worcester school underwent a transformation and is now getting some big-time recognition from Pres. Barack Obama.

 

 

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WORCESTER, Mass. (WWLP) - Many high school graduates quickly forget who spoke at their graduation ceremony, but it is unlikely that the class of 2014 at Worcester Technical High School will have trouble remembering. President Barack Obama is headed to central Massachusetts Wednesday, to give some parting words of wisdom to Worcester Tech’s graduates.

 

The president will speak at Wednesday afternoon’s commencement ceremony at the DCU Center in downtown Worcester, and shake the hands of graduates as they accept their diplomas. Following the president’s remarks, he will head to the Boston area, where he will participate in an event for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. He will return to Washington later in the evening.

 

22News reporter Yoojin Cho will be at the DCU Center, and you can watch President Obama’s remarks to the graduates live on WWLP.com at around 4:00 P.M.

 

Principal Sheila Harrity has been named National High School Principal of the YearU.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has visited the school; and its class motivational speaker was former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

 

 

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Statements and Releases - June 10, 2014

 

Statement by the President on the Presidential Election in Israel

 

Remarks by the President at Signing of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act and the 65th Infantry Regiment Congressional Gold Medal

 

Readout of the President’s Call with Egyptian President al-Sisi

 

Notice — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Belarus

 

Message to the Congress — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Belarus

 

REPORT: Taking Action – Higher Education And Student Debt

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 1726, H.R. 3080

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 724, H.R. 1036, H.R. 1228, H.R. 1451, H.R. 2391, H.R. 2939, H.R. 3060, H.R. 3658, H.R. 4032, H.R. 4488, S. 611

 

 

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Obama “Biggest Frustration” Shootings discusses gun legislation after shooting in Troutdale, Oregon

 

Published on Jun 10, 2014

The President discusses gun legislation after shooting at a high school in Troutdale, Oregon.

 

 

 

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How the Oregon shooting events unfolded

 

Published on Jun 11, 2014

A 14-year-old student was killed in an Oregon school shooting. CNN’s Sara Sidner reports.

 

 

 

When is enough death from gun violence, enough death from gun violence to make the whores of the NRA in Washington, D.C. who work on Capitol Hill….vote for gun control/gun reform? There have been 74 school shootings since Sandy Hook Elementary School was the scene of a school massacre. When is enough blood money under the table to allow guns in the hands of everybody, enough money?

 

When does MY right to the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness trump YOUR right to have weapons of death in your basement, or in the back window of your pickup, or slung across your back in Target?

 

Shooter, Student Dead After School Shooting

 

Published on Jun 11, 2014

Authorities near Portland, Oregon say a teen gunman killed a student and wounded a teacher before apparently killing himself on Tuesday. (June 11)

 

 

 

Who has to die next to convince politicians nationwide on the state and federal level, that people with guns kill people, that there is NO good guy with a gun?

 

If I see a person with a weapon slung over their backs where I publicly do business, I’m going to snatch that weapon off that sumbitch and beat their ass with that weapon.

 

Yes, I carry bail money with me.

 

Save The Babies. Save The Children. It’s Time For Gun Sense In America

 

Published on May 29, 2014

Common sense gun reforms and responsible gun control laws are needed now. Whose child will be next? How many more have to die? Does your second amendment rights trump my U.S. Constitutional rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness?

 

 

 

Obama’s Bowe Bergdahl Trade Was The Right Call

 

Published on Jun 11, 2014

President Obama made the right decision to trade five Guantanamo Bay detainees for Bowe Bergdahl, the last American POW from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

 

 

 

Political funny: Obama’s latte

 

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Tuesday The 6th Of May: “Weather from the White House.” The First Lady. John Kerry.


 

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President Barack Obama on a cloudy Tuesday in D.C. invites weather reporters to the White House to tout administration climate change actions.

 

White House Schedule – May 6, 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 afternoon, the President will participate in “Weather from the White House” by conducting a round of interviews with national and local meteorologists from New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, and Columbia, South Carolina.  While in Washington, the anchors will spend the day with behind-the-scenes access to the White House and the President’s top advisers.  These interviews are embargoed until 5:00PM EDT. The interviews will take place in the Rose Garden.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President and Vice President will meet with Secretary of State Kerry in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

 

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Tuesday May 6th, All Times ET

 

10:30 AM: The President and Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

 

11:45 AM: The Vice President delivers remarks at the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Opening Ceremony, Department of the Interior.

 

 

12:30 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Briefing Room.

 

 

1:45 PM: The Vice President ceremonially swears in Puneet Talwar as Assistant Secretary of State, State Department.

 

 

2:45 PM: The President is interviewed by local and national meteorologists participating in “Weather from the White House.” The Rose Garden.

 

 

4:15 PM: The President and Vice President meet with Secretary of State Kerry, Oval Office.

 

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White House Photo Of The Day – Monday May 5th, 2014

 

President Barack Obama meets with Anita Decker, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, and Personal Secretary Ferial Govashiri in the Oval Office, May 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama meets with Anita Decker, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, and Personal Secretary Ferial Govashiri in the Oval Office, May 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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The White House Week Ahead – May 6th – 9th, 2014

 

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On Tuesday, the President will attend meetings at the White House. President Barack Obama on a cloudy Tuesday invites weather reporters to the White House to tout administration climate change actions. The President will participate in “Weather from the White House” by conducting a round of interviews with national and local meteorologists from New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, and Columbia, South Carolina.  While in Washington, the anchors will spend the day with behind-the-scenes access to the White House and the President’s top advisers.  These interviews are embargoed until 5:00PM EDT. The interviews will take place in the Rose Garden.

On Wednesday, the President will travel to Los Angeles, California to participate in a joint DSCC/DCCC event. In the evening, the President will be honored at a dinner hosted by the USC Shoah Foundation. He will remain overnight in Los Angeles.

On Thursday, the President will participate in a DNC roundtable in Los Angeles before traveling to San Diego to participate in a DCCC event.  The President will then travel to San Jose, California where he will participate in two DNC events and remain overnight.

On Friday, the President will participate in an event on energy in the San Jose, California area.  Following the event he will return to Washington, DC.

 

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Michelle Obama honoring Chicago Public Library at White House

 

WASHINGTON — Mayor Rahm Emanuel returns here on Thursday to be at the White House when First Lady Michelle Obama presents the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to, among others, the Chicago Public Library

 

From the White House: “The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community.  In its 20th anniversary year, the medals program celebrates excellent institutions that have made a significant impact on individuals, families, and communities across the nation.  These ten honorees exemplify the nation’s great diversity of libraries and museums and include a natural history museum, a children’s museum, a natural sciences museum, an aquarium, a botanic garden, public library systems, and a book center, hailing from ten states.’

The 2014 winners of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service are:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Chicago Public Library, Chicago, Ill.

Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, Las Vegas, Nev.

Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, Mo.

Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, Conn.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, N.C.

Octavia Fellin Public Library, Gallup, N.M.

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Norman, Okla.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Ind.

Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, Mass.

 

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CLIMATE CHANGE AND PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ACTION PLAN
PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS ANNOUNCED A SERIES OF EXECUTIVE ACTIONS TO REDUCE CARBON POLLUTION, PREPARE THE U.S. FOR THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE, AND LEAD INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS TO ADDRESS GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE.

The National Climate Assessment

 

Published on May 6, 2014

Dr. John Holdren, President Obama’s Science Advisor, introduces the National Climate Assessment and discusses President Obama’s climate action plan which takes an all of the above energy approach towards combatting climate change now. Learn more at http://www.whitehouse.gov/climate-change

 

 

 

 

THE NATIONAL CLIMATE ASSESSMENT

 

 

Watch Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science & Technology, discuss the Report.
On May 6, the Administration released the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment, the most authoritative and comprehensive source of scientific information to date about climate-change impacts across all U.S. regions and on critical sectors of the economy.
The report, a key deliverable of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, confirms that climate change is not a distant threat — it’s affecting us now.
Extreme weather disasters fueled by climate change cost our economy more than $100 billion in 2012. #ActOnClimate

Extreme weather disasters fueled by climate change cost our economy more than $100 billion in 2012. #ActOnClimate

 

What Climate Change Means for Regions Across America

 

 

Today, the Obama Administration unveiled the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA)—the most comprehensive, authoritative scientific report ever generated about climate changes that are happening now in the United States and further changes that we can expect to see throughout this century. The report—a key deliverable of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan—confirms that climate change is affecting Americans in every region of the United States and key sectors of the national economy.

This NCA embodies the concept of “actionable science” called for in the President’s Climate Action Plan. It communicates the impacts of climate change according to geographic region of the United States, and by economic and societal sector—including agriculture, energy, and health. These tailored findings help translate scientific insights into practical, useable knowledge that can help decision-makers and citizens anticipate and prepare for specific climate-change impacts.

For instance, the report finds that, on the whole, summers are longer and hotter, with longer periods of extended heat. Wildfires start earlier in the spring and continue later into the fall. Rain comes down in heavier downpours. People are experiencing changes in the length and severity of seasonal allergies. And climate disruptions to water resources and agriculture have been increasing.

 

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White House Hangout: Commitment to #ActOnClimate

 

 

Today, the White House is hosting an event highlighting the release of the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment – a major scientific report on the impacts of climate change on all regions of the United States and key sectors of the national economy. The report was called for in the President’s Climate Action Plan, launched last June, to cut carbon pollution in America, prepare communities for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to fight this global challenge.

 

The event will include remarks by senior Obama Administration officials and experts who contributed to the development of the new National Climate Assessment. Tune in to WhiteHouse.gov/live at 2 p.m. ET.

 

And on Thursday, we’re co-hosting a conversation with the Weather Channel about the current state of climate science and impacts and what work we are doing to make a difference. Use the hashtag #ActOnClimate to ask questions and join the conversation with these participants via Google+ Hangout on Thursday, May 8 at 2 p.m. ET:

 

  • Sam Champion, host, The Weather Channel
  • Carl Parker, Meteorologist, Hurricane Specialist, The Weather Channel
  • Kathy Sullivan, Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Dan Utech, White House Domestic Policy Council
  • Mike Boots, White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • Laura Petes, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

 

Find out more about the National Climate Assessment, and check out some of the graphics and videos about the findings by visiting the website here.

 

Watch today’s event at 2 p.m. ET, and then join and ask your questions for Thursday’s White House hangout on the National Climate Assessment at 2 p.m. ET right here, or on the White House Google+ page.

 

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FACT SHEET: What Climate Change Means for Regions across America and Major Sectors of the Economy

 

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Statements and Releases

 

Statement by the President on Israeli Independence Day

 

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Travel to Israel

 

Statement by the President on the Passing of Billy Frank, Jr.

 

President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Costa Rica to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Luis Guillermo Solís

 

FACT SHEET: Marking the Administration’s Progress on Mental Health

 

 

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12:30 PM EDT: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing RoomWhite House LIVE!! Streaming.

12:30 PM EDT: National Climate Assessment Event, These interviews are embargoed until 5:00PM EDT. The interviews will take place in the Rose Garden. White House LIVE!! Streaming.

 

 

Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship: Why America Needs Immigration Reform

 

Published on May 6, 2014

Inaugural members of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (Nina Vaca, Hamdi Ulukaya, Rich Barton, Daphne Koller, and Steve Case) tell stories of how immigration makes America great, and why the time is now for commonsense immigration reform.

 

 

 

 

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