Does Immigration Matter? It’s A “Big Fuckin Deal.”



President Barack Obama signs two presidential memoranda associated with his actions on immigration in his office on Air Force One as he arrives at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas


President Obama Speaks on Immigration at Del Sol High School


Published on Nov 21, 2014

On November 21, 2014, President Obama followed up on his new steps to fix our broken immigration system at Del Sol high School in Las Vegas, Nevada.




The President Speaks on Fixing America‘s Broken Immigration System

November 20, 2014 | 15:05 | Public Domain

In an address to the nation, President Obama lays out the executive action he’s taking to fix our nation’s broken immigration system.




Behind-The-Scenes Video: 100 Minutes: Countdown to a Presidential Address


November 21, 2014 | 3:12 | Public Domain

Go inside the mind of the President in the final moments before he addresses the nation on the action he chose to take to fix our broken immigration system.



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It’s A “Big Fuckin Deal.”



Weekly Address: Immigration Accountability Executive Action


Published on Nov 22, 2014

In this week’s address, the President laid out the steps he took this past week to fix our broken immigration system. Enacted within his legal authority, the President’s plan focuses on cracking down on illegal immigration at the border; deporting felons, not families; and accountability through criminal background checks and taxes.




Mensaje De La Casa Blanca


Published on Nov 22, 2014

En el mensaje de la Casa Blanca de esta semana, Denis McDonough, Jefe de Estado de la Casa Blanca expuso las medidas que el Presidente tomó la semana pasada para arreglar nuestro sistema de inmigración que no funciona. Promulgada dentro de sus facultades legales, el plan del Presidente se centra en tomar medidas enérgicas contra la inmigración ilegal en la frontera; la deportación de criminales, no las familias; y la rendición de cuentas a través de la verificación de antecedentes penales y de los impuestos. Estos son pasos de sentido común, pero sólo el Congreso puede terminar el trabajo. Como actúa el Presidente, que continuará trabajando con el Congreso en un proyecto de ley bipartidista integral – como lo que el Senado aprobó hace más de un año – que puede sustituir a estas acciones y fijar el conjunto del sistema






West Wing Week: 11/21/14 or, “Mingalarbar!”

November 21, 2014 | 5:04 | Public Domain

This week, the President visited Burma for the second time in his presidency, attended the G20 Summit in Australia, worked to expand access to broadband and 21st century technology in our schools, and addressed the nation about the steps he is taking to fix our broken immigration system. That’s November 14th to November 20th or, “Mingalarbar!”






Obama’s Action Marks Historic Victory for Immigrant Rights, But Activists Warn of a Long Way to Go




How immigrants are reacting to Obama’s action




Defending President Obama – Nancy Pelosi – La Raza- Luis Gutierrez – MSNBC – O’Reilly




House GOP sues White House over Obamacare




Published on Nov 21, 2014

Republicans in the House of Representatives have sued the White House over Obamacare




Boehner on Obama’s Immigration Action: ‘The House Will Act’




Boehner: Obama ‘Damaging the Presidency’




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President Obama Signs the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014


Published on Nov 19, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks at the signing of the reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Program, November 19, 2014.



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President Barack Obama signs S. 1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, into law in the Oval Office of the White House. Among the things the act intneds to do is strengthen health and safety requirements for child care programs and providers, expand eligibility to child care programs for families and train providers





President Barack Obama speaks before signing the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 into law, in the Oval Office of the White House. From left are, Rep, Richard Hanna, R-NY., Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa., Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa., Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., Sen. Richard Burr, R-NC., and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell


The President Gives Remarks at “ConnectED to the Future”




Published on Nov 19, 2014

President Obama speaks at “ConnectED to the Future,” a conference with superintendents and other educators who are leading their schools and districts in the transition to digital learning. November 19, 2014




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Tune In: The President Addresses the Nation on Immigration Reform

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Our immigration system has been broken for decades — and every minute we fail to act, millions of people who live in the shadows but want to play by the rules and pay taxes have no way to live right by the law and contribute to our country.


So tomorrow night, President Obama will address the nation to lay out the executive actions he’s taking to fix our broken immigration system. You can watch the President live tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET at

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This is a step forward in the President’s plan to work with Congress on passing common-sense, comprehensive immigration reform. He laid out his principles for that reform two years ago in Del Sol High School in Las Vegas — and that’s where he’ll return on Friday to discuss why he is using his executive authority now, and why Republicans in Congress must act to pass a long-term solution to immigration reform.


The Senate passed a bipartisan bill more than 500 days ago, and while the country waits for House Republicans to vote, the President will act — like the Presidents before him — to fix our immigration system in the ways that he can.


So tune in tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET to learn what the President is doing to ensure that America will continue to be what it has always been: a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants







Press Briefing

November 19, 2014 | 01:00:21 | Public Domain

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




Travel Journal of the Vice President’s Trip to Morocco, Ukraine, Turkey



More than 1,200 School Superintendents Take the Future Ready District Pledge

President Obama FutureReady



Electric Vehicles Help Drive Climate Action


Empowering Today’s Economy by Training Tomorrow’s Workforce


This Day in History: Seven Score and 11 Years Ago…


Statements and Releases

Presidential Nominations and Withdrawal Sent to the Senate


President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts


Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with King Mohammed VI of Morocco


Statement by National Security Council Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on President Obama’s Meeting with Prince Mitib bin Abdallah bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud


Statement by the Press Secretary on S. 1086


FACT SHEET: ConnectED to the Future


Speeches and Remarks

Remarks by the President at ConnectED Superintendents Summit


Remarks by the President at Bill Signing


November 2014: Photo of the Day

President Barack Obama shares a laugh with senior advisors during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Nov. 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama shares a laugh with senior advisors during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Nov. 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

2014 National Youth Network Entrepreneurship Challenge first place winner Lily DeBell, 13, describes her business to President Barack Obama during an Oval Office visit, Nov. 18, 2014. Runner up Jesse Horine, 19, at left and runner up Ambar Romero, 16, visited the President with DeBell. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

2014 National Youth Network Entrepreneurship Challenge first place winner Lily DeBell, 13, describes her business to President Barack Obama during an Oval Office visit, Nov. 18, 2014. Runner up Jesse Horine, 19, at left and runner up Ambar Romero, 16, visited the President with DeBell. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)




National Guard arrives in St. Louis, Missouri



How to Prevent Another Ferguson



Most Bizarre Question CNN Ever Asked?: Don Lemon to Bill Cosby Rape Accuser…Why Didn’t You Bite It?



CNN Don Lemon offers apology over rape prevention advice in Cosby accuser interview



Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Accusations first reported in 2005



Janice Dickinson: Bill Cosby Sexually Assaulted Me



Full Cosby Exchange With AP on Allegations

Published on Nov 19, 2014

With sexual assault allegations gaining increasing attention, The Associated Press reviewed an on camera interview with Bill Cosby earlier this month and made the decision to publish his full reaction to questions about the claims. (Nov. 19)




White House orders review of US hostage policy following ISIS executions

Published on Nov 19, 2014

While publicly maintaining a long-standing US policy of not negotiating with terrorists or paying ransoms, the White House has quietly ordered a review of relevant policies following a series of executions of US citizens by Islamic State militants.




Will arming school administrators protect students?

Published on Nov 19, 2014

In Washington state, where there was a deadly school shooting just last month, a different district has been training administrators to carry guns in case of a confrontation with an active shooter. The 11 volunteers say their role is to buy time in an emergency. Special correspondent Terry Murphy of KCTS Television in Seattle reports.



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New details about Mike Brown shooting


Mayor Bill de Blasio Totally Nails Why Democrats Are Spineless Losers


House set to approve Keystone XL pipeline


Obama Proposes Surprisingly Strong Net Neutrality Laws


What Is Net Neutrality?


KKK Invites Blacks, Jews, Gays & Hispanics To Join


New Videos Show Darren Wilson After Fatally Shooting Michael Brown


US President Barack Obama holds his first Twitter Town Hall

The Week Ahead


The President will attend meetings at the White House



Participates in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony in the Oval Office



Hosts “ConnectED to the Future”, a conference with superintendents and other educators from across the country who are leading their schools and districts in the transition to digital learning



Awards a new class of recipients the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation



Attends meetings at the White House



On the Rhodes: An Update from Burma


Weekly Address: Open Enrollment Starts Today


President Obama Addresses the University of Queensland


West Wing Week: 11/14/14 or, “The Future That We See”


VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: ¡Asegúrate! Inscríbete en cobertura médica desde hoy

November 15, 2014 | 3:41 | Public Domain

En el mensaje de esta semana, Mayra Álvarez, Directora del Grupo de Intercambios de los Estados en el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos recordó que la inscripción abierta bajo la Ley de Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio comienza este fin de semana. En el último año más de 10 millones de personas han obtenido un seguro médico, incluyendo a más de siete millones personas que se inscribieron en la cobertura a través del Mercado de Salud. Ellos son la prueba de que la Ley de Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio está funcionando, logrando que la cobertura sea más asequible, accesible y de mayor calidad para millones de personas. El Presidente alentó a todos las personas que viven en los Estados Unidos a aprovechar del período de inscripción abierta, y recordarle a sus amigos y familiares a hacer lo mismo.



President Speaks at the YSEALI Town Hall

November 14, 2014 | 01:07:07 | Public Domain

On November 14, 2014, President Obama participated in a Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Town Hall at Yangon University in Rangoon, Burma.



President Obama and Ang San Suu Kyi Hold a Press Conference

November 14, 2014 | 41:06 | Public Domain

On November 14, 2014, President Obama and Ang San Suu Kyi held a press conference at her house in Yangon, Burma.



President Obama Speaks After a Civil Society Roundtable in Burma

November 14, 2014 | 3:43 | Public Domain

On November 14, 2014, President Obama delivered remarks after participating in a Civil Society Roundtable at the U.S. Embassy in Burma.



President Obama Meets with the President of Burma

November 13, 2014 | 11:05 | Public Domain

On November 13, 2014, President Obama held a bilateral meeting with President Thein Sein of Burma.



The President Wraps Up Trip in Burma, Heads to Australia


President Obama Walks Toward Air Force One in BurmaPresident Barack Obama walks towards Air Force One past honor guards and a group of representatives from Burmese ethnic groups before departing fromNaypyitaw International Airport in Burma. November 14, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama has spent the week traveling in China, Burma, and Australia to help further the U.S. rebalancing strategy and his firm belief that our economic ties to the Asia Pacific region are integral to America’s economic growth.


After securing a historic agreement with China to reduce carbon pollution, the President traveled to Naypyitaw and Rangoon, Burma for the East Asia Summit, the U.S.-ASEAN Summit, and for a bilateral meeting with Burmese President Thein Sein.


Two years ago, President Obama became the first American president to visit this country. On this visit, both Presidents discussed the progress that Burma has made in the pursuit of a more open democracy and the work that’s left to do:


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  • Welcoming the G20’s Commitment to Stop Ebola and Strengthen Global Health Security


    We have consistently said that Ebola is an urgent global challenge requiring an urgent and commensurate global response.  Earlier today, Leaders of the G20—a collection of the world’s largest economies—answered that call from their ongoing summit in Brisbane, Australia. They committed to continued and intensified action to end the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and pledged to assist others to achieve needed health security capacity to prevent, detect and rapidly respond to future outbreaks before they become epidemics.


    The communique commends the extraordinary international commitments and cooperation toward the Ebola response to-date, while urging countries around the globe—as well as international organizations and the private sector—to do their part. The statement also goes one step farther to achieve global implementation of the World Health Organization International Health Regulations, which over 40 countries and 17 G-20 members have now pledged to accelerate through the Global Health Security Agenda.


    Specifically, among other steps, G20 Leaders pledged to:


    • Expedite the provision of funds and other forms of assistance to the affected countries, including personnel, medical teams and personnel, medical and protective equipment, and medicines and treatments;
    • Share their experiences fighting the epidemic to ensure healthcare workers and other responders encounter the safest conditions possible;
    • Urge greater efforts on the part of researchers, regulators, and pharmaceutical companies to develop safe, effective, and affordable diagnostics, vaccines, and treatments;
    • Call upon international and regional institutions—as well as civil society and the private sector—to devise ways to mitigate the impacts of the epidemic and facilitate an economic recovery for the affected countries;
    • Encourage the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund to continue their strong support for the affected countries, including through concessional loans, debt relief, and grants;
    • Build capacity to prevent, detect, report early and rapidly respond to infectious diseases such as Ebola so that future outbreaks of infectious diseases can be stanched before they develop into epidemics; and,
    • Set a date by next May for those members that wish to accelerate action to announce a timeline for establishing the needed capacity across the Economic Community of West African States and other vulnerable regions to combat future infectious disease threats. We look forward to working with partners, including through the Global Health Security Agenda, to set this timeline and to achieve this important goal.


    All told, the international community has already committed more than $1.5 billion to fight the epidemic, while officials from countries large and small have worked on the ground hand-in-hand, together with authorities from the affected countries and humanitarian responders, to beat back this disease. But, today’s communique signals a commitment on the part of the world’s largest and most powerful countries to see this challenge through and to recognize infectious outbreaks for what they are: global threats. The United States will be there until the Ebola epidemic is contained and the affected countries are back on their feet. And today, many of our closest allies and partners pledged to be right there with us.


Letters to the President: Marla and the Affordable Care Act


Weekly Wrap Up: #ReadySetEnroll


Expanding Opportunity and Addressing Unique Challenges Facing Women and Girls of Color


President Obama’s Statement on Keeping the Internet Open and Free


Published on Nov 10, 2014

President Obama today urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take up the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality, the principle that says Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all internet traffic equally.



#AskDrH: The President’s Science Advisor Is Answering Your Questions on Climate Change



Getting Ready for Open Enrollment


Get Off the Sidelines: It’s On Us


Letters to the President: The Dicksons and the Affordable Care Act


Letters to the President: Kristy and the Affordable Care Act


Statements and Releases


FACT SHEET: The G-20 Brisbane Summit


G20 Leaders’ Communiqué


Statement on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership


The Twitter Storm™

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BBC Africa: Escaping Boko Haram: How Three Nigeria Girls Found Safety.




Escaping Boko Haram: How three Nigeria girls found safety


The story of three Nigerian girls who escaped Boko Haram

For six months the world has waited for news of the fate of more than 200 girls abducted by Nigerian militant group Boko Haram. As the Nigerian government insists a deal to release the “Chibok girls” is being negotiated, three girls who escaped their captors have told their story to BBC Hausa.

Lami, Maria and Hajara were at school in Chibok, north-eastern Nigeria, when they were kidnapped in April. Best friends Lami and Maria escaped by jumping from the back of a truck. Hajara was taken to a camp but later fled with another girl.


To protect the girls’ identity we have portrayed their story as an animation, and provided an edited transcript of their account below.


The girls’ names have been changed for their protection.


Animation by Luis Ruibal.



Lami: It was Monday night. We had exams the following day. Then we started to hear shootings in the town. So we went out. We phoned our parents to tell them what was happening in the town. They told us to run away when we got the chance. We told them that the town was already surrounded so there was no way we could run.


Maria: Lami woke me up saying: “Maria didn’t you hear what’s happening? Haven’t you heard sounds of shooting from the town?”


I said we should climb the wall and run away. She said: “No. No-one has run away. We should gather in one place and wait to see what’s going to happen.”


Other girls said nothing would happen to us. “We’re girls. They don’t do anything to girls. We should wait and see what God would do.”


Lami: We were at the school when suddenly three Boko Haram members entered.


They said: “If any of you attempt to leave we’ll kill all of you.” When we went out they were everywhere. They gathered us where we have our school assembly. As we were there they kept burning the school. They burnt everything.


Hajara: They asked us to get out of the gate, saying that when we were out they would let us go back to our homes. They said whoever did not have a headscarf or shoes should go and get them. They then asked us to climb on to a lorry, on top of the food loaded in it. The lorry was so high that we couldn’t easily climb on.


Maria: They said to us: “You’re only coming to school for prostitution. Boko (Western education) is haram (forbidden) so what are you doing in school?”


We kept quiet. I think there could have been about 100 Boko Haram members – they were all over the school. They outnumbered us. They took us away in their vehicles. We were sitting on oil drums in the vehicle. Our vehicle was really overloaded. We were saying to one another that we should throw away our shoes and scarves so that if our parents came they would know the road we had taken.


Hajara: The vehicle became full before I could get on. There were about 100 of us walking. We stopped at one town and people brought us water. I saw one of those who brought us water changed his clothes and joined the Boko Haram men. They then put us in other vehicles.


They put the rest in the boots of cars. Some of the Boko Haram members were so small that if I were to grab their necks I could break them. Some couldn’t even carry their guns properly.


Maria: We were wondering where we were being taken to. When we entered the vehicle, Lami said to me: “Shouldn’t we jump out of the vehicle here so that we may possibly escape? There are no other vehicles close by.”


Hajara: I thought, it’s preferable to have these people shoot me as I run than have them humiliate me. They kept saying to us: “Make sure you put on your scarves. Make sure you put on your scarves. We’ll shoot any girl we see without a scarf. And any girl who jumps out will die.”


I was about to jump out when one girl held me back and said they’d shoot me if I did.


“What’s the difference,” I said. “Is it not to the same death we’re going? They should shoot me here and let my corpse be collected.”


I was crying and praying until we reached the camp.

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Lami: There was a lot of dust on the road, they couldn’t see us. When we jumped out, we started to run. We were running without shoes. We found other people. We started to run away from them thinking they were Boko Haram. But they too had run from the town.


Hajara: Boko Haram gathered us in a forest around noon. Some of the girls were tired and were lying down. But I couldn’t lie down. The spirit of God was asking me to go. It was telling me: “Get up and go. Get up and go.”


So I went. Another girl followed me. When we were going I saw some of them [Boko Haram members] performing ablutions. We stooped as if we were trying to pull out thorns from our shoes, as if we were just going to wee. We’d walk a little then bend down for a little while as if we were looking for something we’d lost.


After walking for a while they couldn’t see us properly since it was forest. We then started to run. After we had run for a short distance, we heard them saying “catch those girls.” We kept running. Whether they came after us not, we didn’t know.


Hajara: We kept going and our shoes were ripped. We found a house, where a girl could speak Hausa. Her parents gave us a place to sleep. We reached the Chibok area in the morning. A man looking for a relative among the missing girls drove us on motorbike into town.


When I saw my elder and younger brothers, I fell to the ground crying. My mother and father were crying and all members of my family cried. Before I reached home it was as if there was a death in the house. Mats were spread. People were consoling my father and mother thinking that I had died.


Lami: The people we met said: “Your town is far away. You can’t go there now. Come here and wait until morning when we’ll take you into the town to get transport back home.” We stayed there till morning when they asked us to get up so that we go to the town. We couldn’t walk. Our feet were full of thorns.


They said: “Let’s go find a vehicle to take you home.”


Maria: The men who helped us took us to Chibok, and I cried. It was the second time that something like that had happened to me. My dad was a pastor; Boko Haram went to our house and killed him. They also shot my mum in the stomach; they gave her 2,000 Naira ($12) to have the bullet.


Lami: My parents warmed up water and cared for my feet. I was taken to the hospital and it was two weeks before I could stand up.


Maria: I continued to live with the thought that Boko Haram members were coming to get me. I couldn’t sleep.


Hajara: I was having nightmares every day. There was even a day when I dreamed that they gathered all of us who fled in one place, and said to us: “You girls have defied us and fled. We’re now going to burn you alive.”


I haven’t forgotten about the other girls who are still in the hands of those people. I keep praying for them.


Lami: God will never make us meet these people again. And for our sisters who are still in the forest, may God help them. And may the whole world cry out for these girls to get out so that we continue with our education in school again.


Maria: They should pray to God to forgive them their sins. I’d also ask them to bring back the girls they have kidnapped because their parents are in distress. Some of the parents of the girls have already died. It was the thought of their girls that killed them.


Hajara: God will do what he wills, but I don’t want to look at them because of what they have done to my life. They think they’ve ruined me, but God willing, they haven’t ruined me. I’ll continue with my education.



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 Who are Boko Haram?



  • Founded in 2002
  • Initially focused on opposing Western education – Boko Haram means “Western education is forbidden” in the Hausa language
  • Launched military operations in 2009 to create Islamic state
  • Thousands killed, mostly in north-eastern Nigeria – also attacked police and UN headquarters in capital, Abuja
  • Some three million people affected
  • Declared terrorist group by US in 2013


Who are Boko Haram?


Profile: Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau


Will ‘truce’ with Boko Haram free Chibok girls?




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The Bring Back Our Girls Hashtag Campaign


Published on May 9, 2014

All across the globe a campaign has started using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. Be a part of this magnificent effort to bring the kidnapped Nigerian girls home. Make your own sigh and post it on social media today.






Published on May 5, 2014

The leader of an Islamic extremist group in Nigeria says his group has started kidnapping women and children as part of its bloody guerrilla campaign against the country’s government, according to a video released Monday. Scores of girls and young women kidnapped from a school in Nigeria are being forced to marry their Islamic extremist abductors, a civic organization reported Wednesday.




#BringBackOurGirls Worldwide Protest


Published on May 7, 2014

Images of people the world over weeping and protesting for the return of 276 young girls kidnapped from a Nigerian boarding school. #BringBackOurGirls #BringBackOurDaughters #276





Who is 100 Women for?

I don’t know her name, because she lives in a remote village in India – or was it Afghanistan? She’s not a politician – nor will she ever be. She does not seek publicity, or wear shoes that cost more than a Bangladeshi worker will earn in 10 years. But hopefully one day she or her daughter will break free from male-dominated society and carve out a living as a small-scale businesswoman.

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BBC News Africa: Nigeria’s Boko Haram Abducts More Women And Girls.


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On Tuesday, the President will host Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India at the White House. The two leaders will discuss a range of issues of mutual interest in order to expand and deepen the U.S.-India strategic partnership. They will discuss ways to accelerate economic growth, bolster security cooperation, and collaborate in activities that bring long-term benefits to both countries and the world. They will also focus on regional issues, including current developments in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, where India and the United States can work together with partners towards a positive outcome. The President looks forward to working with the Prime Minister to fulfill the promise of the U.S.-India strategic partnership for the benefit of both our citizens and the world. The Vice President will also participate.


The President And First Lady Michelle Obama‘s Day


President Barack Obama talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India during their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, Sept. 30, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India during their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, Sept. 30, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama Meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi


This morning, President Obama met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, marking the first bilateral summit between the two heads of state.


“It is an extraordinary pleasure to welcome Prime Minister Modi to the White House for the first time,” President Obama said in remarks after their meeting. The President recognized the Prime Minister’s historic victory in the Indian general election earlier this year, and the two leaders discussed the broad partnership that exists between the United States and India:


I think that the entire world has watched the historic election and mandate that the people of India delivered in the recent election.  And I think everyone has been impressed with the energy and the determination with which the Prime Minister has looked to address not only India’s significant challenges, but more importantly, India’s enormous opportunities for success in the 21st century.

We have had an outstanding discussion around a range of issues.  And we, during our discussions, reaffirmed that as two of the world’s largest democracies, vibrant people-to-people contacts between India and the United States, including an incredible Indian American population that contributes so much, that we have so much in common it is critical for us to continue to deepen and broaden the existing framework of partnership and friendship that already exists.

“I think that the entire world has watched the historic election and mandate that the people of India delivered in the recent election.”

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First Lady Michelle Obama Hosts the National Design Awards Luncheon




Remarks by the First Lady at Annual Cooper Hewitt Luncheon

East Room

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MRS. OBAMA:  Well, good afternoon everyone, and welcome to the White House.  Yay!  (Applause.)  See, I always have to loosen you guys up.  You’re in the White House, you’re a little stiff.  (Laughter.)  But let me just take a moment to notice these nice chairs — pretty nice.  This is a new addition to the luncheon, those of you who have been here.  (Laughter.)  This is — round of applause.  (Applause.)




Well, it is truly a pleasure to be here with all of you today as we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the National Design Awards.  And I have been fortunate enough to be here for — this is my 6th year that we’ve had the pleasure of hosting this event here in the East Room.  And every year, I truly look forward to learning more about the honorees.  I mean, I get to read everything, but then, every now and then, I get to sit down and talk to you guys and actually learn a little bit about how you do what you do.


And what I discover is that these men and women are some of the most daring and creative minds in the world.  From a designer at Google who’s using data and crowd-sourcing to create art that will take your breath away, to the former Hollywood set designers who are now creating some of the most unique buildings and interiors that you’ll ever see — and they like each other, I think.  (Laughter.)  And then there’s this fashion designer whose parents tried to convince him to be a lawyer, or a doctor, or a dentist, or something like that.  And I’m sure that I speak for all women — (laughter) — when I say that I’m grateful that Narciso chose another path.  (Laughter and applause.)  Well done.


And it’s that idea of a path — a life’s journey — that I’d like to spend just a moment reflecting on.  Because every year at this event, I love asking our honorees how they ended up in these cool careers in the first place.  And more often than not, they tell me some crazy, quirky, interesting story about a string of coincidences that led them here today -– a chance meeting that turned into a partnership or business; a passion that no one ever dreamed they could actually make a living from; a mentor, a teacher, a family member who sort of led them into the career.


And as we reflect on the obstacles, and all the zig-zags and false starts that the folks we honor in this room have faced, I also want us to ask ourselves a few questions:  What can we do to help smooth the path for those who come after?  How do we make sure that our young people know about these careers?  I think about that all the time.  Who knows that you can do the stuff you do?  They don’t teach it in school, and we don’t want to leave it to luck or coincidence or chance to allow the next generation to make their dreams come true.


And more importantly, what are we doing to prepare the next generation for the opportunities that we do create for them?  How are we reaching our young people where they are in a way that really moves them and inspires them to commit to their education and fulfill their boundless promise?  Because in this age, as you know — and I’ve got teenagers — (laughter) — when our kids are always buried in some screen or device, what I’ve learned is that we can’t just lecture them anymore.  They tune us out.  (Laughter.)  It happens every night at dinner, it’s so sad.  We’ve got to really engage them and find ways for them to interact with us in new ways and with the world around them.


And that’s why I am so excited about the new Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, which will reopen in December, because you all are embracing the technology of the next generation in some really exciting ways.  I haven’t got a chance to see it; I’m going to come visit when it’s open, but I understand that you’re giving everyone who enters this new museum an interactive pen they can use to download information from ultra-high-definition exhibition tables — which means that essentially a visitor can record their visit, and then share and view it online long after they leave the museum, which is really kind of cool.  You’re also creating something called an “immersion room,” where a visitor can choose from hundreds of different wallpapers and patterns, or they can create something of their own and then instantly project them onto the walls around them.


And then of course there’s all the wonderful work that you’re doing outside of the museum that I am so proud of.  You’re sponsoring Teen Design Fairs and allowing kids to meet with experts, where they get feedback and they learn from some of the best in the world.  And you’re supporting budding designers with your DesignPrep Scholars program that’s in D.C. and New York.  And as usual, I got a chance to meet that group before I came into the room, and I want us to just take a moment — I want all those young scholars to please stand so that we can acknowledge you.  (Applause.)  Yay for you guys.  You can sit down now.  (Laughter.)


We’re very proud of you guys, and I’ve heard some really exciting things about the workshops earlier today and hopefully you all learned something too.  But here’s what I want you to think about — your mind, your creativity got you into the White House.  Remember that.  (Laughter.)  So you can do anything, all right?  This is pretty cool, right?  We’re very proud of you, and we’re proud of everything that Cooper Hewitt is doing.  Because the truth is, you all get it.  You really do.  You know that it’s not enough to simply celebrate the best design in America today, you know that we’ve got to really cultivate the best designers of tomorrow as well.


And it is an honor that during this special anniversary that we’re here at the White House that I’m able to thank you all once again for everything you do to make this world a better, more fun and interesting place, and what you’re doing to pass on that passion and imagination and commitment to our next generation.  It is truly a treat and an honor for me.  So thank you all, and congratulations.  (Applause.)


And now, it is my pleasure to introduce someone else who knows a thing or two about reaching out to our young people.  Under his leadership, the Smithsonian has used technology and educational programming to open up the museums, exhibitions and artifacts to more people than ever before — and my daughters are among those young people.  And while we are sad to see his time as Secretary of the Smithsonian end in just a few months, we’re pleased to have him here for this event one last time.


Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my dear friend, Dr. Wayne Clough.  (Applause.)

1:18 P.M. EDT


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On Wednesday, the President will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House. The President looks forward to discussing with the Prime Minister Israel’s relations with the Palestinians, including the situation in Gaza; developments related to Iran; and the international effort to combat ISIL. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit is a demonstration of the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel, and our close consultations on a range of regional issues.The Vice President will also participate. In the afternoon, the President will welcome Sporting Kansas City to honor their 2013 MLS Cup Championship. In the evening, the President will travel to Chicago, Illinois, where he will remain overnight. Further details on the President’s travel to Chicago will be made available in the coming days.


On Thursday, the President will return from Chicago. In the evening, the President will deliver remarks at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Annual Awards Gala at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.


On Friday, the President will attend meetings at the White House.



Obama Guidance & Schedule Oct. 1st, 2014 — Netanyahu, Chicago




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 Secretary of State Kerry in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.


Following that meeting, the President will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House. The President looks forward to discussing with the Prime Minister Israel’s relations with the Palestinians, including the situation in Gaza; developments related to Iran; and the international effort to combat ISIL. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit is a demonstration of the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel, and our close consultations on a range of regional issues. The Vice President will also participate. There will be a pool spray at the top of this meeting in the Oval Office.


In the afternoon, the President will have lunch with the Vice President in the Private Dining Room. This lunch is closed press.


Later in the afternoon, the President will welcome Sporting Kansas City to honor their 2013 MLS Cup Championship. This event in the East Room is open press.


In the evening, the President will travel to Chicago, Illinois. The departure from the South Lawn and arrival at Gary Chicago International Airport are open press.


The President will remain overnight in Chicago, Illinois.


Wednesday, October 1 2014  All Times ET


10:00 AM: THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.


10:40 AM: THE PRESIDENT meets with Secretary of State Kerry, Oval Office.


11:20 AM: THE PRESIDENT holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel; THE VICE PRESIDENT also attends,Oval Office.


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


1:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet for lunch, Private Dining Room.


2:10 PM: THE PRESIDENT honors the 2013 MLS Cup Champions Sporting Kansas City, East Room.


5:55 PM: THE PRESIDENT departs the White House, South Lawn.


6:10 PM: THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews.


7:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT arrives in Gary, Indiana, Gary Chicago International Airport. The President will remain overnight in Chicago, Illinois.





Update: Obama to speak at Northwestern University on economy




Updated from Monday…WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will deliver a speech on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University on Thursday, which will come after Obama headlines a fundraiser in Chicago for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.


The last president to speak at Northwestern, according to the university, was President Dwight Eisenhower in 1954. Obama will deliver his speech at 1:15 p.m. at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., on the Evanston campus.


“I am extremely pleased to announce that President Barack Obama will come to Northwestern’s campus in Evanston to make a major address about the economy and his plans to keep expanding opportunity for Americans,” said Northwestern President Morton Schapiro in a statement.


Obama arrives in Chicago on Wednesday evening. After spending the night — it’s not known whether he will go to his Kenwood home — Obama heads downtown for the fundraiser at the Gold Coast home of Meredith A. Bluhm-Wolf, the daughter of Chicago business honcho Neil Bluhm, a major Northwestern benefactor — in 2013 Bluhm, a law school alum, donated $25 million to Northwestern.


After the fundraiser, Obama heads to Evanston for the speech on the economy at NU’s Kellogg School of Management. White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer said in an email sent Wednesday that in the Northwestern speech, “the President will make the case for what has always fueled America’s leadership — and that’s America’s economic greatness. He’ll take a step back from the rush of current events to explain what we’ve done to recover from the Great Recession and what we need to do to ensure that more middle-class Americans feel that progress in their own lives.”


White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said at the Tuesday briefing that Kellogg was selected because  “this is one of the top business schools in the country and is an appropriate venue for a serious speech about America’s economy.”


On Monday, a Sun-Times videographer spotted military aircraft doing a practice run for the presidential visit at a parking lot near Soldier Field while other spotters in Evanston saw U.S. military aircraft landing on the NU campus lakefront landfill area.


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Most of the cancelled and delayed flights on Tuesday were at O’Hare. Obama is flying to Chicago on Wednesday evening and departing Thursday afternoon after delivering a speech on the economy at Northwestern University in Evanston and headling a fundraiser for Gov. Pat Quinn on the Gold Coast in Chicago.


Obviously, O’Hare is much closer to the NU campus, but the White House did not want Air Force One and the president to get in the way of air traffic.


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