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An Update On The President’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative.


 

By Jueseppi B.

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at an event to highlight "My Brother's Keeper," an initiative to expand opportunity for young men and boys of color, in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at an event to highlight “My Brother’s Keeper,” an initiative to expand opportunity for young men and boys of color, in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

An Update on the President’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

 

 

“My administration’s policiesfrom early childhood education to job training, to minimum wagesare designed to give a hand up to everybody, every child, every American willing to work hard and take responsibility for their own success. That’s the larger agenda. 

 

 

President Obama Speaks on the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

 

Published on Feb 27, 2014

President Obama launches a new effort aimed at empowering boys and young men of color, a segment of our society that too often faces disproportionate challenges and obstacles to success. February 27, 2014.

 

 

 

But the plain fact is there are some Americans who, in the aggregate, are consistently doing worse in our societygroups that have had the odds stacked against them in unique ways that require unique solutions; groups who’ve seen fewer opportunities that have spanned generations. And by almost every measure, the group that is facing some of the most severe challenges in the 21st century in this country are boys and young men of color.”

 

President Obama used these words to launch My Brother’s Keeper, his initiative to help ensure that boys and young men of color in America have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

 

Since then, the public response has been overwhelming. We’ve heard from private philanthropies and businesses, mayors, state and local leaders, faith organizations, community based non-profits, and thousands of  interested citizens, all who are committed to creating more pathways to success for these boys and young men. We will continue to engage and listen to these critical voices and those of the boys and young men this initiative focuses on, as we continue to learn from the efforts of the many stakeholders who have been committed to this cause for years. And we will do our best to live up to the optimism and incredible expectations this initiative has unleashed.

 

The first phase of the initiative has already begun in earnest and we want to provide an update on our progress to date and a sense of what to expect in the near future.

 

The Task Force has begun a 90-day process to develop the plans and infrastructure required to implement and sustain the initiative’s efforts. We are currently listening and engaging, working with stakeholders across the country to get their feedback on how we can all work together to make this initiative a success.

 

On the day of the launch in February, President Obama signed aPresidential Memorandum on “Creating and Expanding Ladders of Opportunity for Boys and Young Men of Color” which created a Federal Task Force to provide an assessment of and recommendations on how public and private actors can improve measurably expected educational and life outcomes and address persistent opportunity gaps. To inform that work, the President called for tools that will assess critical indicators of life outcomes for boys and young men of color and online engagement to lift up strategies, practices and programs with strong evidence of improving outcomes.

 

The Task Force’s work begins with identifying these critical indicators. We are focusing on five key moments that mark critical junctures on the path to healthy and productive adulthood: early learning and literacy, pathway to college and careers, ladders to jobs, mentors and support networks, and interactions with criminal justice and violent crime. Participating federal agencies are also now beginning to assess strategies, practices and programs to determine how they impact life outcomes for boys and young men of color. All of this work will inform a report by the Task Force on our progress and recommendations that we will submit to the President at the end of this 90-day listening and learning process.

 

At the same time, ten leading foundations have launched aprivate sector coalition that seeks to invest at least $200 million dollars over the next five years to find and rapidly spread solutions that have the highest potential for impact. This is on top of $150 million in current spending that these foundations have already committed toward this work. These foundations have announced they aim to put in place a strategy and infrastructure for coordination of their investments and additional commitments from a diverse array of actors from other sectors.

 

My Brother’s Keeper is focused on unlocking the full potential of boys and young men of colorsomething that will not only benefit them, but all of America. The Federal Task Force will pursue collaborative and multidisciplinary approaches to building ladders of opportunity. We are excited about the progress we are making and believe this effort has the potential to teach us a great deal about using evidence-based strategies to achieve the universal goals we have for all of our nation’s children.

 

Broderick Johnson is Assistant to the President and White House Cabinet Secretary, and the Chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force. Jim Shelton is the Deputy Secretary of Education and Executive Director of the Task Force.

 

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Where In The World Is Barack™: Bladensburg High School, Maryland. Maria Contreras-Sweet Gets Sweared In.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Rethinking High School: President Obama Announces New Youth CareerConnect Grants

 

 

“How do we start making high school … more interesting, more exciting, more relevant to young people?”

 

That’s the idea behind the Youth CareerConnect grant program, which President Obama discussed this morning during his visit to Bladensburg High School in Prince George’s County, Maryland. In his remarks, the President announced that Bladensburg High was part of a three-school team in Prince George’s County that won a $7 million Youth CareerConnect grant.

 

 

The grant will give students at Bladensburg High access to individualized college and career counseling, as well as paid work experiences with employer partners such as Lockheed Martin. What’s more, students concentrating in health professions will be able to earn industry-recognized certifications in nursing and pharmacy, and biomedical students will be able to earn college credit from the Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

 

 

President Barack Obama meets with students working in a biomedical sciences classroom at Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Maryland, April 7, 2014.President Barack Obama meets with students working in a biomedical sciences classroom at Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Maryland, April 7, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

All told, the grant will help prepare 2,500 students at Bladensburg High and other Prince George’s County schools to succeed academically and graduate career-ready in the high-demand fields of information technology and health care.

 

Youth CareerConnect is a national competition, backed by the Departments of Education and Labor, to start redesigning America’s high schools for the 21st century economy. The program is offering $107 million in new grants — ranging from $2.2 million to $7 million — to local partnerships of local education agencies, workforce investment boards, institutions of higher education, and employer partners.

 

We challenged America’s high schools to … say what can you do to make sure your students learn the skills that businesses are looking for in high-demand fields. And we asked high schools to develop partnerships with colleges and employers, and create classes that focus on real-life applications for the fields of the future — fields like science and technology and engineering and math.

 

 

President Barack Obama shakes hands with the students on stage following remarks and announcing the winners of the Youth CareerConnect Competition, at Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Maryland, April 7, 2014.President Barack Obama shakes hands with the students on stage following remarks and announcing the winners of the Youth CareerConnect Competition, at Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Maryland, April 7, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

As President Obama explained, these grants will help ensure that more of America’s youth receive a world-class education, which will prepare them “with the skills they need for college, for a career, and for a lifetime of citizenship.”

 

“From preschool for every 4-year-old in America, to higher education for everybody who wants to go, every young person deserves a fair shot,” said the President. “And I’m going to keep on doing everything I can to make sure you get that shot and to keep America a place where you can make it if you try.”

 

To learn more about the Youth CareerConnect program, click here.

 

 

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President Obama Speaks on Education and High School Redesign

 

Published on Apr 7, 2014

At Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Maryland, President Obama announce the winners of a competition he launched last fall to bring together educators and employers to redesign the high school experience to give students access to real-world career skills and college-level courses. April 7, 2014.

 

 

FACT SHEET: Youth CareerConnect

 

 

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President Obama looks over a student’s work as he visits a classroom at Bladensburg High School, Md., April 7

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Remarks by the President, Vice President, and SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet at Swearing-In Ceremony

 

The President and Vice President Speak at the Swearing-In of Maria Contreras-Sweet

 

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Published on Apr 7, 2014

President Obama says he nominated Maria Contreras-Sweet as Administrator of the Small Business Administration because “she knows first-hand the challenges that small businesses go through — and she has a proven track record of helping them succeed.”

 

 

 

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4/7/14: White House Press Briefing

 

Published on Apr 7, 2014

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

 

 

 

 

“The New Yorker” April 14, 2014 Magazine Cover

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The Presidents Week Ahead.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Barack Hussein Obama Week Ahead Schedule, April 7th, To 11th, 2014

 

On Monday, the President will travel to Prince George’s County, MD to host an event on the economy. Following this event, he will meet with the Commander-in-Chief and Executive Director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

 

On Tuesday, the President  will host an event on the economy at the White House.

 

On Wednesday, the President and the First Lady will travel to Houston, TX. The President will attend DCCC and DSCC events.  More details regarding the President and First Lady’s travel to Houston will be forthcoming.

 

On Thursday, the President and the First Lady will travel to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library in Austin, TX.  The President will deliver remarks at a Civil Rights Summit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. The President and the First Lady will return to Washington, DC, in the afternoon.

 

On Friday, the President will travel to New York, NY to deliver remarks at the National Action Network’s 16th Annual Convention.

 

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April 2014: Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama holds the hand of Lincoln Rose Pierce Smith, the daughter of former Deputy Press Secretary Jamie Smith, in the Oval Office, April 4, 2014. Watching from the other side of the Resolute Desk are Sage and Elsa Smith. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama holds the hand of Lincoln Rose Pierce Smith, the daughter of former Deputy Press Secretary Jamie Smith, in the Oval Office, April 4, 2014. Watching from the other side of the Resolute Desk are Sage and Elsa Smith. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama gives a signing pen to Jacob Miller, brother of Gabriella Miller, after signing H.R. 2019, the "Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act", in the Oval Office, April 3, 2014. The law ends taxpayer contributions to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund and diverts the money in that fund to pay for research into pediatric cancer through the National Institutes of Health. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama gives a signing pen to Jacob Miller, brother of Gabriella Miller, after signing H.R. 2019, the “Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act”, in the Oval Office, April 3, 2014. The law ends taxpayer contributions to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund and diverts the money in that fund to pay for research into pediatric cancer through the National Institutes of Health. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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The Man Who Snaps Barack: The President’s Photographer, Peter Souza.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Published on Oct 24, 2013

Peter Souza is never far behind President Obama. In fact, sometimes he’s ahead of him. As the President’s chief White House photographer, Souza is the President’s shadow.

 

With unprecedented access, National Geographic follows the President’s photographer inside the Obama White House–aboard Air Force One, backstage at the State of the Union, and into the heart of the West Wing. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the everyday grit of the American presidency and a chance to see what it’s like to cover the most powerful man in the world–for history. Narrated by Morgan Freeman.

 

 

 

 

Pete Souza (born 1954) is an American photojournalist and the current Chief Official White House photographer for President Barack Obama and Director of the White House Photography Office. He was the Official White House Photographer during President Ronald Reagan‘s second term, 1983–1989. He was a photographer with Chicago Tribune (Washington bureau), 1998–2007; during this period he also followed the rise of Senator Obama to the Presidency.

 

 

Early life and Education

Souza was born in New BedfordMassachusetts and grew up in South Dartmouth,Massachusetts, from a family of Portuguese ancestry. Souza graduated with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in public communication from Boston University and a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from Kansas State University.

 

First term official portrait of Barack Obama by Souza, January 2009

First term official portrait of Barack Obama by Souza, January 2009

 

 

Career

 

President Reagan and Nancy Reagan with Michael Jackson, White House, 1984, by Souza.

President Reagan and Nancy Reagan with Michael Jackson, White House, 1984, by Souza.

 

Souza started his career in the 1970s in Kansas at the Chanute Tribune and the Hutchinson News. In early 80s, he was a photographer for the Chicago Sun-Times. He served as an official White House photographer for President Ronald Reagan during his second term, from June 1983 until 1989. He was also the official photographer for the funeral services of Ronald Reagan.

 

Thereafter, he continued to be based in Washington D.C., and worked for ten years as a photographer for the Chicago Tribune Washington Bureau (1998–2007). It was during this period that in 2004, Jeff Zeleny, now a political writer for the New York Times, asked Souza to take photographs for a project documenting Barack Obama’s first year as U.S. senator.

 

 

Souza covered Obama’s arrival to the Senate in 2005 and met him for the first time on Obama’s first day in the Senate. He documented Obama’s time in the Senate, following him in many foreign trips including Kenya, South Africa, and Russia. In the process he not only became close to Senator Obama, he ended up following his rise to Presidency. In July 2008, Souza published a bestseller photo-book The Rise of Barack Obama, in which photographs between 2005 and 2008 were compiled.

 

In May 2009 Souza began using Flickr as an official conduit for releasing White House photos. The photos were initially posted with a Creative Commons Attribution license which required that the original photographers be credited. Flickr later created a new license which identified them as “United States Government Work” which does not carry any copyright restrictions. The photos however are posted with the following disclaimer, “This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.”

 

Souza has also worked as a freelancer for National Geographic and Life magazines. After 9/11, he was among the first journalists to cover the war in Afghanistan and the fall of Kabul.

 

The Situation Room (2011) by Souza became one of the most-viewed on Flickr.

The Situation Room (2011) by Souza became one of the most-viewed on Flickr.

 

He was an assistant professor of photojournalism at Ohio University‘s School of Visual Communication and later he was asked to become the official White House photographer for his second time for the new President-elect Obama. On January 14, 2009, the new presidential portrait was released; it is the first time that an official presidential portrait was taken with a digital camera. A week later he was present at the inauguration and following day he was the only photographer present for Obama’s second swearing-in on Obama’s first workday in the Oval Office.

 

In 2010, National Geographic produced a program about Souza titled The President’s Photographer which featured Souza as the main subject while also covering the previous White House photographers.

 

Peter Souza talks about being the White House Photographer

 

Published on Jan 11, 2014

Peter Souza spoke to Boston University prior to receiving his Distinguished Alumnus award about his career as the White House Photographer and his future plans

 

 

Souza’s 2011 photograph of Obama in the Situation Room during the raid on Osama bin Laden has become one of the most viewed images onFlickr. As White House photographer, Souza travels with the President to document each meeting, trip and encounter for historical record. Along with his staff, Souza produces up to 20,000 pictures a week.

 

In November 2011, Souza was included on The New Republic‘s list of Washington’s most-powerful, least-famous people.

 

 

Barack Obama walks into the Oval Office for his first full day in office, January 21, 2009, by Souza

Barack Obama walks into the Oval Office for his first full day in office, January 21, 2009, by Souza

 

Pete Souza with the Obamas in Oslo, 2009

Pete Souza with the Obamas in Oslo, 2009

 

 

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Pete Souza: The President’s Trip To Europe And Saudi Arabia In Images.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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The shadow of Air Force One moves along the ground during landing at Schiphol International Airport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, March 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The shadow of Air Force One moves along the ground during landing at Schiphol International Airport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, March 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama arrives at Schiphol International Airport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to take part in the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit and a G7 meeting, March 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama arrives at Schiphol International Airport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to take part in the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit and a G7 meeting, March 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama, with Prime Minister Mark Rutte, is presented with a bouquet of tulips after arriving at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, March 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama, with Prime Minister Mark Rutte, is presented with a bouquet of tulips after arriving at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, March 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama looks at Rembrandt's "The Syndics" with Prime Minister Mark Rutte, left, and Museum Director Wim Pijbes during a tour of the Gallery of Honor at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, March 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama looks at Rembrandt’s “The Syndics” with Prime Minister Mark Rutte, left, and Museum Director Wim Pijbes during a tour of the Gallery of Honor at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, March 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama looks at Rembrandt's "Self-portrait as the Apostle Paul" during a tour of the Gallery of Honor at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, March 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama looks at Rembrandt’s “Self-portrait as the Apostle Paul” during a tour of the Gallery of Honor at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, March 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Servers make tea and coffee available at the bilateral meeting between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, March 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Servers make tea and coffee available at the bilateral meeting between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, March 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama holds a bilateral meeting with President Xi Jinping of China at the U.S. Ambassador's residence in The Hague, the Netherlands, March 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama holds a bilateral meeting with President Xi Jinping of China at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in The Hague, the Netherlands, March 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Members of delegations attending the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit take photos of President Barack Obama during the opening session at the World Forum in The Hague, the Netherlands, March 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Members of delegations attending the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit take photos of President Barack Obama during the opening session at the World Forum in The Hague, the Netherlands, March 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama attends the First Plenary Discussion at the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit at the World Forum in The Hague, the Netherlands, March 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Barack Obama attends the First Plenary Discussion at the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit at the World Forum in The Hague, the Netherlands, March 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Barack Obama looks out of a window at the U.S. Ambassador's residence before the G7 Leaders Meeting in The Hague, the Netherlands, March 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama looks out of a window at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence before the G7 Leaders Meeting in The Hague, the Netherlands, March 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama holds a G7 Leaders Meeting to discuss the situation in Ukraine, at the Prime Minister's residence in The Hague, the Netherlands, March 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama holds a G7 Leaders Meeting to discuss the situation in Ukraine, at the Prime Minister’s residence in The Hague, the Netherlands, March 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom following the G7 Leaders Meeting to discuss the situation in Ukraine, in The Hague, the Netherlands, March 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom following the G7 Leaders Meeting to discuss the situation in Ukraine, in The Hague, the Netherlands, March 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

People line the street to wave at President Barack Obama as the motorcade passes by en route to the World Forum, The Hague, the Netherlands, March 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

People line the street to wave at President Barack Obama as the motorcade passes by en route to the World Forum, The Hague, the Netherlands, March 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Barack Obama joins 2014 Nuclear Security Summit leaders for a "family" group photo at the World Forum, The Hague, the Netherlands, March 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Barack Obama joins 2014 Nuclear Security Summit leaders for a “family” group photo at the World Forum, The Hague, the Netherlands, March 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Barack Obama walks to the motorcade following the G7 Leaders Meeting to discuss the situation in Ukraine, at the Prime Minister's residence in The Hague, the Netherlands, March 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama walks to the motorcade following the G7 Leaders Meeting to discuss the situation in Ukraine, at the Prime Minister’s residence in The Hague, the Netherlands, March 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama meets with President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan at the U.S. Ambassador's residence in The Hague, the Netherlands, March 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama meets with President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in The Hague, the Netherlands, March 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama works on his speech with Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, while Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice, and Phil Gordon, White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region, deal with other issues at the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit at the World Forum, The Hague, the Netherlands, March 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama works on his speech with Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, while Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice, and Phil Gordon, White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region, deal with other issues at the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit at the World Forum, The Hague, the Netherlands, March 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama is briefed on the mudslide in Oso, Washington, by Alyssa Mastromonaco, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in The Hague, the Netherlands, March 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama is briefed on the mudslide in Oso, Washington, by Alyssa Mastromonaco, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in The Hague, the Netherlands, March 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama holds a joint press conference with Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in The Hague, the Netherlands, March 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama holds a joint press conference with Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in The Hague, the Netherlands, March 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice talks with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates, before the bilateral meeting with President Obama at the U.S. Ambassador's residence in The Hague, the Netherlands, March 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice talks with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates, before the bilateral meeting with President Obama at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in The Hague, the Netherlands, March 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama participates in a joint news conference with EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy and EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at the EU-US summit meeting at the EU Council building in Brussels, Belgium, March 26, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Barack Obama participates in a joint news conference with EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy and EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at the EU-US summit meeting at the EU Council building in Brussels, Belgium, March 26, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Palais Des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Belgium, March 26, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Palais Des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Belgium, March 26, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Photographers crowd together to photograph the trilateral meeting between President Barack Obama, President Park Geun-hye of the Republic of Korea, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, at the U.S. Ambassador's residence in The Hague, the Netherlands, March 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Photographers crowd together to photograph the trilateral meeting between President Barack Obama, President Park Geun-hye of the Republic of Korea, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in The Hague, the Netherlands, March 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama holds a trilateral meeting with President Park Geun-hye of the Republic of Korea, left, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, at the U.S. Ambassador's residence in The Hague, the Netherlands, March 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama holds a trilateral meeting with President Park Geun-hye of the Republic of Korea, left, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in The Hague, the Netherlands, March 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan during a pull-aside meeting at the U.S. Ambassador's residence in The Hague, the Netherlands, March 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan during a pull-aside meeting at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in The Hague, the Netherlands, March 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama takes part in a wreath laying ceremony with Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo and King Phillipe at the Flanders Field American Cemetery and Memorial, a World War I cemetery in Waregem, Belgium, March 26, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama takes part in a wreath laying ceremony with Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo and King Phillipe at the Flanders Field American Cemetery and Memorial, a World War I cemetery in Waregem, Belgium, March 26, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama visits Flanders Field American Cemetery and Memorial, a World War I cemetery in Waregem, Belgium, with Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo and King Phillipe, March 26, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama visits Flanders Field American Cemetery and Memorial, a World War I cemetery in Waregem, Belgium, with Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo and King Phillipe, March 26, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama poses for the cameras with European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, left, and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, as he arrives at the Council of the European Union to participate in the EU-U.S. Summit in Brussels, Belgium, March 26, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama poses for the cameras with European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, left, and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, as he arrives at the Council of the European Union to participate in the EU-U.S. Summit in Brussels, Belgium, March 26, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen following their bilateral meeting in Brussels, Belgium, March 26, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen following their bilateral meeting in Brussels, Belgium, March 26, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama sips a cup of hot tea backstage before his speech at the Palais Des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Belgium, March 26, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama sips a cup of hot tea backstage before his speech at the Palais Des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Belgium, March 26, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama signs items backstage next to a sculpture of a giraffe in a shipping crate, following remarks at the Palais Des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Belgium, March 26, 2014. With the President are Trip Director Marvin Nicholson and Advance Associate Director Karly Satkowiak. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama signs items backstage next to a sculpture of a giraffe in a shipping crate, following remarks at the Palais Des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Belgium, March 26, 2014. With the President are Trip Director Marvin Nicholson and Advance Associate Director Karly Satkowiak. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Members of the White House press pool watch on closed -circuit tv as President Barack Obama meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Members of the White House press pool watch on closed -circuit tv as President Barack Obama meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Brussels National Airport for departure from Belgium for the flight to Rome, Italy, March 26, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Brussels National Airport for departure from Belgium for the flight to Rome, Italy, March 26, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Secretary of State John Kerry talks with National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice while waiting for President Barack Obama at Villa Taverna, the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Rome, Italy, before departure to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Secretary of State John Kerry talks with National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice while waiting for President Barack Obama at Villa Taverna, the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Rome, Italy, before departure to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama is escorted through the Vatican for his meeting with Pope Francis, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama is escorted through the Vatican for his meeting with Pope Francis, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Pope Francis confers with his interpreter following a private audience with President Barack Obama in the Vatican, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Pope Francis confers with his interpreter following a private audience with President Barack Obama in the Vatican, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Pope Francis watches as President Barack Obama leaves the room following a private audience in the Vatican, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Pope Francis watches as President Barack Obama leaves the room following a private audience in the Vatican, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama bids farewell to Pope Francis following a private audience at the Vatican, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama bids farewell to Pope Francis following a private audience at the Vatican, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with Pope Francis following a private audience at the Vatican, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with Pope Francis following a private audience at the Vatican, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with Pope Francis following a private audience at the Vatican, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with Pope Francis following a private audience at the Vatican, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama meets with Pope Francis during a private audience in the Vatican, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama meets with Pope Francis during a private audience in the Vatican, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama stands with General Rolando Mosca Moschini, President Napolitano’s Military Aide, as he arrives for a bilateral meeting with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano at Quirinale Palace in Rome, Italy, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama stands with General Rolando Mosca Moschini, President Napolitano’s Military Aide, as he arrives for a bilateral meeting with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano at Quirinale Palace in Rome, Italy, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama points out Dr. Maha Al-Muneef's family members after presenting her with the International Woman of Courage award at the Ritz Carlton Riyadh hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 29, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama points out Dr. Maha Al-Muneef’s family members after presenting her with the International Woman of Courage award at the Ritz Carlton Riyadh hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 29, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama shakes hands with a young boy while greeting audience members during a U.S. Embassy meet and greet at the Ritz Carlton Riyadh hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 29, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama shakes hands with a young boy while greeting audience members during a U.S. Embassy meet and greet at the Ritz Carlton Riyadh hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 29, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama points to writing on a wall during a tour of the Colosseum with Barbara Nazzaro, Technical Director & Architect of the Colosseum, in Rome, Italy, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama points to writing on a wall during a tour of the Colosseum with Barbara Nazzaro, Technical Director & Architect of the Colosseum, in Rome, Italy, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama delivers remarks during a meet and greet with the U.S. Tri-Mission to Italy, The Holy See, and the U.N. Agencies in Rome, at Villa Taverna, the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Rome, Italy, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama delivers remarks during a meet and greet with the U.S. Tri-Mission to Italy, The Holy See, and the U.N. Agencies in Rome, at Villa Taverna, the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Rome, Italy, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama tours the Colosseum with Barbara Nazzaro, Technical Director & Architect of the Colosseum, in Rome, Italy, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama tours the Colosseum with Barbara Nazzaro, Technical Director & Architect of the Colosseum, in Rome, Italy, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama points out Dr. Maha Al-Muneef's family members after presenting her with the International Woman of Courage award at the Ritz Carlton Riyadh hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 29, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama points out Dr. Maha Al-Muneef’s family members after presenting her with the International Woman of Courage award at the Ritz Carlton Riyadh hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 29, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with President Vladimir Putin of Russia while in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 28, 2014. With the President are Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with President Vladimir Putin of Russia while in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 28, 2014. With the President are Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama meets with King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during a bilateral meeting at Rawdat Khuraim in Saudi Arabia, March 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama meets with King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during a bilateral meeting at Rawdat Khuraim in Saudi Arabia, March 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama meets with Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice, Phil Gordon, White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region, and Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, in his office aboard Air Force One during the flight from Rome, Italy, to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama meets with Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice, Phil Gordon, White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region, and Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, in his office aboard Air Force One during the flight from Rome, Italy, to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Leonardo da Vinci International Airport for departure from Rome, Italy, for the flight to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Leonardo da Vinci International Airport for departure from Rome, Italy, for the flight to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

A person waves as the President's motorcade travels through the streets of Rome en route to Leonardo da Vinci International Airport for departure from Rome, Italy, March 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

A person waves as the President’s motorcade travels through the streets of Rome en route to Leonardo da Vinci International Airport for departure from Rome, Italy, March 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama walks past a military honor guard formation during an arrival ceremony at King Khalid International airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Barack Obama walks past a military honor guard formation during an arrival ceremony at King Khalid International airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

 

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Schedule for the Week of March 31st to April 4th, 2014.

 

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

 

On Tuesday, the President will welcome the Boston Red Sox to the White House to honor the team and their 2013 World Series Championship.

 

On Wednesday, the President will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan for an event on his proposal to raise the national minimum wage.  Following this event, he will travel to Chicago, Illinois to attend DNC events.

 

On Thursday, the President and First Lady will host members of the United States teams and delegations from the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games at the White House.

 

On Friday, the President will host Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa of Tunisia at the White House.  During the meeting, the President looks forward to discussing the commitment Tunisia’s leaders have made to advancing Tunisia’s democracy and how the United States can further support Tunisia’s historic transition.  The leaders will discuss a broad range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest, including U.S. economic, political, and security assistance to support the Prime Minister’s reform agenda and Tunisia’s stability.  Prime Minister Jomaa’s visit is a demonstration of the strong bonds of friendship between the American and Tunisian people, and America’s enduring commitment to Tunisia’s democratic transition. The Vice President will also attend.

 

 

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