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Happy 102nd Birthday Dorothy Irene Height. National Council of Negro Women President, Presidential Medal Of Freedom And Congressional Gold Medal Winner.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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I first learned about Ms. Dorothy Irene Height in the late 70′s before going off to work for Uncle Sam. A woman who taught me many things, also taught me about her heroine, Dorothy Irene Height.

 

Dorothy Irene Height (March 24, 1912 – April 20, 2010) was an American administrator,educator, and a civil rights and women’s rights activist specifically focused on the issues of African-American women, including unemployment, illiteracy, and voter awareness. She was the president of the National Council of Negro Women for forty years, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.

 

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Born Dorothy Irene Height
March 24, 1912
Richmond, VirginiaU.S.
Died April 20, 2010 (aged 98)
Washington, D.C.U.S.
Occupation Educator and social activist

 

Early life

Dorothy Height was born in Richmond, Virginia. During childhood, she moved with her family to Rankin, Pennsylvania, a steel town in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, where she graduated from Rankin High School in 1929. Height received a scholarship from the Elks which helped her to attend college. Height was admitted to Barnard College in 1929, but upon arrival, she was denied entrance because the school had an unwritten policy of admitting only two black students per year. She pursued studies instead at New York University, earning a degree in 1932, and a master’s degree in educational psychology the following year. Height pursued further postgraduate work at Columbia University and the New York School of Social Work (the predecessor of the Columbia University School of Social Work).

 

 

Dorothy Height with Eleanor Roosevelt, giving ms. Roosevelt The Mary McLeod Bethune Human Rights Award in 1960

Dorothy Height with Eleanor Roosevelt, giving Ms. Roosevelt The Mary McLeod Bethune Human Rights Award in 1960

 

Career

Height started working as a caseworker with the New York City Welfare Department and, at the age of twenty-five, she began a career as a civil rights activist when she joined the National Council of Negro Women. She fought for equal rights for both African Americans and women, and in 1944 she joined the national staff of the YMCA. She also served as National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority from 1946 to 1957. She remained active with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority throughout her life. While there she developed leadership training programs and interracial and ecumenical education programs.

 

Height was named president of the National Council of Negro Women, a position she held until 1997. During the height of the civil rights movement of the 1960s, Height organized “Wednesdays in Mississippi“, which brought together black and white women from the North and South to create a dialogue of understanding.

 

American leaders regularly took her counsel, including First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Height also encouraged President Dwight D. Eisenhower to desegregate schools and President Lyndon B. Johnson to appoint African-American women to positions in government. In the mid-1960s, Height wrote a column entitled “A Woman’s Word” for the weekly African-American newspaper, the New York Amsterdam News and her first column appeared in the March 20, 1965, issue on page 8.

 

Height served on a number of committees, including as a consultant on African affairs to the Secretary of State, the President’s Committee on the Employment of the Handicapped, and the President’s Committee on the Status of Women. In 1974, Height was named to the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, which published The Belmont Report, a response to the infamous “Tuskegee Syphilis Study” and an international ethical touchstone for researchers to this day.

 

The Dorothy I. Height Building, headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women, located on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.

The Dorothy I. Height Building, headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women, located on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.

 

 

Later life

In 1990, Height, along with 15 other African-American women and men, formed the African-American Women for Reproductive Freedom. Height was recognized by Barnard for her achievements as an honorary alumna during its commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision in 2004.

 

The musical stage play If This Hat Could Talk, based on her memoirs Open Wide The Freedom Gates, debuted in the middle of 2005. It showcases her unique perspective on the civil rights movement and details many of the behind-the-scenes figures and mentors who shaped her life, including Mary McLeod Bethune and Eleanor Roosevelt.

 

Height was the chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the largest civil rights organization in the USA. She was an honored guest at the inauguration of President Barack Obama on January 20, 2009 and was seated on the stage.

 

She attended the National Black Family Reunion, celebrated on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., every year until her death in 2010.

 

On March 25, 2010, Height was admitted to Howard University Hospital in Washington D.C. for unspecified reasons. Her spokeswoman issued a statement stating that at that time she was in a “very serious, but stable” condition but that they were remaining optimistic about her recovery. On April 20, 2010, Height died at the age of ninety-eight. Her funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral on April 29, 2010 was attended by President and Mrs. Obama plus many dignitaries and notable people. She was later interred at Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Brentwood, Maryland.

 

Personal life

According to a DNA analysis performed by African Ancestry Inc., she descended mainly from people of Sierra Leone.

 

 

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Recap From Barack’s House


 

By Jueseppi B.

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WATCH LIVE: President’s Remarks on Common Sense Immigration Reform Today!

 

Today at 2:35 PM ET, 11:35 AM PT, the President will deliver remarks at the Betty Ong Recreation Center in San Francisco, California where he will call on Congress to pass commonsense immigration reform. Watch live HERE.

 

Join us at 5:00 PM ET TODAY for an immigration update conference call. Dial-in: 1-855-845-4321 or 1-617-668-3700,Event ID: 600165.

 

For the last two weeks, President Obama, Vice President Biden and a number of our Cabinet Secretaries, as well as White House Senior Staff have continued to make the case for comprehensive immigration reform. On November 19, the President spoke at theWall Street Journal CEO Council Annual Meeting and described why fixing our broken immigration system is good for our economy and national security:

 

The good news here is the Senate has already passed a bipartisan bill that economists say would grow our economy by $1.4 trillion and shrink our deficits by nearly a trillion over the next two decades. You wouldn’t turn down a deal that good, and Congress shouldn’t either. So I’m hoping that Speaker Boehner and the House of Representatives can still work with us to get that done.

 

The very next day, President Obama named sixteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The list of leaders included several innovative immigrants who have enriched American culture: Daniel Kahneman, an Israeli-American pioneer scholar of psychology,Mario Molina, a Mexican-American chemist and environmental scientist and Arturo Sandoval, a celebrated jazz musician and composer from Cuba.

 

Over the past week and a half several top Administration officials have visited Eliseo Medina and others participating in the “Fast for Families.” Today marks day 14 of their water only fast to bring attention to the urgency of passing common sense immigration reform. Administration officials who have visited the Fasters to recognize their courage and drawn inspiration from their action include, Vice President Joe BidenChief of Staff Denis McDonough,Senior Advisor Valerie JarrettDirector of Domestic Policy Cecilia MuñozSecretary Tom Perez, and Secretary Tom Vilsack.

 

Valerie Jarret, Senior Advisor to the President visits with Fast for Families on the National Mall

Valerie Jarret, Senior Advisor to the President visits with Fast for Families on the National Mall. (Official White House Photo by Julie Chavez Rodriguez)

 

On November 14, the Vice President joined by Director Alejandro Mayorkas, USCIS, welcomed 104 new American citizensrepresenting 50 countries at a naturalization ceremony at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center in Atlanta, Georgia. In his remarks, he expressed his gratitude to the new citizens for their valuable contributions to our society:

 

Thank you for choosing us – thank you for concluding America was worthy of your aspirations….The truth of the matter is you’ve been Americans for a long time, long before you raised your right hand today, because you’ve all adhered to the idea of America.

 

 

Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas stand for the National Anthem

Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas stand for the National Anthem at a naturalization ceremony at the Martin Luther King Junior Center, in Atlanta, Georgia, November 14, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

 

A few days later, the Vice President traveled to Panama City, Panama to discuss hemispheric relations with Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli. A press conference was held at the country’s Presidential Palace, and during that briefing Vice President Biden explained that much of the diplomatic discussion revolved around the Administration’s priority of fixing our broken immigration system:

 

We need – we need – to update and make more rational our immigration policy in the United States of America. It’s a matter of simple justice and respect. Respect and dignity needs to be brought to the 11 million undocumented men, women and children, allowing them to come out of the shadows. They are not only Hispanic. They represent every part of the world. They are Asian. They are Irish. They are Russian. They are African. But they deserve to be treated with dignity.

 

A majority of Americans agree that now is the time to fix our broken immigration system. As we prepare to give thanks with our loved ones, let’s remember the positive impact comprehensive immigration reform would have on immigrants and their families.

 

Julie Chavez Rodriguez
Deputy Director
White House | Office of Public Engagement

 

Agency Updates

Secretary Tom Perez – Building Ladders of Opportunity for Immigrant and American Workers
November 20, 2013
President Obama understands with great clarity that the truest measure of our economic success as a nation is not abundance, but widely-shared prosperity, a thriving middle class, and the opportunity for American businesses and their workers to create both. We are, fundamentally, a nation of immigrants. It has been and will continue to be America’s greatest strength – a critical component of our nation’s economic engine.

 

ICE proposes changes to international student programs
November 19, 2013
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is proposingchanges to the requirements governing its Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) that are intended to improve management of international student programs and increase opportunities for study by spouses and children of nonimmigrant students.

 

DOL – Youth CareerConnect Grants
November 19, 2013
To compete in today’s global economy, America’s students need deep knowledge and skills that will prepare them for college and the jobs of the future. Yet far too many of America’s students are not meaningfully engaged or motivated in their academic experience while in high school. Many high school graduates lack exposure to learning that links their work in school to college and careers—especially in the critically important fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

 

USCIS – New Security Enhancement Helps E-Verify Deter Employee Fraud
November 18, 2013
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas today announced an enhancement to the E-Verify program that will help combat identity fraud by identifying and deterring fraudulent use of Social Security numbers (SSNs) for employment eligibility verification. This enhancement provides a critical safeguard to the E-Verify system by detecting and preventing potential fraudulent use of SSNs to gain work authorization.

 

Blog Highlights

Welcome New Citizens
November 22, 2013
Katherine Archuleta, Director of the Office of Personnel Management, writes about her participation in a naturalization ceremony: Thursday was an inspirational day for me. I had the honor of witnessing 35 new Americans from 20 countries take the oath of citizenship at the USCIS office in Fairfax, Va. and offering them some words of welcome. And this was a very special group of new citizens. You see, they had not passed their first citizenship test. So they studied and studied and in the true spirit of this country, they returned Thursday to try again. And they succeeded.

 

Fast Action
November 22, 2013
Department of Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez writes about his visit with immigration reform fasters on the National Mall: In 1968, in the thick of the farmworkers’ struggle to gain basic rights and relief from brutal mistreatment, Cesar Chavez didn’t just march or strike or demonstrate − he fasted in order to raise awareness about his movement and highlight the importance of nonviolent resistance. Today, a new generation of activists is going without all food except water – this time to bring attention to the urgent need for comprehensive immigration reform.

 

Visiting the Fast for Families in Support of Immigration Reform
November 21, 2013
Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the Domestic Policy Council, describes her visit with Fast for Families participants: I had the honor of visiting with the fasters and hearing their stories on day 9 of their water-only fast, and I was deeply moved by their moral commitment. They described why immigration reform matters in their lives, as it does for Christian, a DREAMer who told me he is fasting for his own chance at citizenship, to honor his parents, and to call attention to the need for immigration reform to keep his family from the threat of separation.

 

President Obama Welcomes America’s Nine New Nobel Laureates to the White House
November 19, 2013
President Obama met with nine of the Nation’s foremost innovators, creative thinkers, and builders of the future—the American recipients of 2013 Nobel Prizes in natural sciences and economics. The President was joined in the meeting by OSTP Director John P. Holdren, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) Jason Furman, Ambassador Björn Lyrvall of Sweden, Ambassador Kåre Aas of Norway; and a number of the Nobel Laureates’ family members.

 

Vice President Biden Celebrates Citizenship at King Center Naturalization Ceremony
November 15, 2013
At a naturalization ceremony, Vice President Joe Biden highlights the Obama Administration’s celebration of citizenship and across the board commitment to passing commonsense immigration reform that includes a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living and working in the U.S. today.

 

Working in Coalition to Build a Stronger AAPI Community
November 15, 2013
Hosted at the 30-year old Filipino Cultural Center, the White House Initiative on AAPIs Regional Interagency Work Group community, convening in Overland, Kansas, gathered over 40 individuals representing immigrant communities from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, the Philippines, Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

 

Get Involved

USCIS – Spanish Language Enlace Session
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will conduct a national Spanish language Enlace session as part of an ongoing series of public engagements. This free session is an opportunity for Spanish speakers to engage with us in their own language.

 

Who: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
What: During the Enlace, we will provide agency updates, discuss immigration-related topics and answer your questions.
When: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM(Eastern)
Where: Online webinar/teleconference
To RSVP: The event will be broadcast live from USCIS Headquarters and you can participate by:

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White House Schedule & Guidance For November 24th Through 29th


 

By Jueseppi B.

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President Obama Guidance & Schedule, November 24th – 29th, 2013

 

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

WEEKEND GUIDANCE SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2013

 

On Sunday, the President will travel to Seattle, Washington. Departing from the South Lawn and arriving at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

 

While in Seattle, the President will attend two events, one for the DNC and another for the DCCC. The President will remain overnight in Seattle.

 

 

schedule-calendars

 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

2:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT departs the White House, South Lawn.

 

2:15 PM: THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews.

 

4:10 PM: THE PRESIDENT arrives Seattle, WA, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

 

5:05 PM: THE PRESIDENT attends a DNC event, Private Residence, Seattle, WA.

 

7:10 PM: THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks and answers questions at a DCCC Event, Private Residence, Medina, WA.

 

The President will remain overnight in Seattle.

 

 

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Schedule for the Week of November 24th, – 29th, 2013

On Monday, the President will travel to San Francisco for an event on immigration at the Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center as well as an event for the DNC. In the afternoon, the President will travel to Los Angeles, California where he will take part in two DCCC/DSCC events. The President will remain overnight in Los Angeles.

 

On Tuesday, the President will attend an event for the DNC followed by an event on the economy at Dreamworks Animation. The President will return to Washington, DC on Tuesday night.

 

On Wednesday, the President will pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey at the White House.

 

On Thursday, the President will celebrate Thanksgiving at the White House. There are no public events scheduled.

 

On Friday, the President has no public events scheduled.

 

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Weekly Address: Working with Both Parties to Keep the Economy Moving Forward

 

Published on Nov 23, 2013

In his weekly addressPresident Obama says our economy is moving in the right direction. We have cut our deficits by more than half, businesses have created millions of new jobs, and we have taken significant steps to reverse our addiction to foreign oil and fix our broken health care system.

 

 

 

Video Mensaje de la Casa Blanca: Fortaleciendo nuestra economía y creando empleos

November 23, 2013 | 3:16 |Public Domain

 

En el mensaje de vídeo de esta semana, Directora del Consejo de Política Doméstica Cecilia Muñoz habla sobre el importante progreso que la Administración ha hecho para asegurar un mejor negocio para la clase media tomando medidas para hacer crecer nuestra economía y crear puestos de trabajo. El Presidente y la Casa Blanca seguirán trabajando incansablemente hasta que todos los que trabajan duro tengan la oportunidad de salir adelante.

 

 

 

The First Lady Honors National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Winners

November 22, 2013 | 44:35 |Public Domain

 

First Lady Michelle Obama, Honorary Chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, honors the 2013 winners of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.

 

 

 

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November 22, 2013
06:20 PM EST

 

West Wing Week 11/22/13 or, “A Man, A Plan, A Canal, Panama!”

November 22, 2013 | 5:47 |Public Domain

 

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond! This week, the Vice President traveled to Houston and Panama, the President honored the legacy of John F. Kennedy, this year’s Medal of Freedom Winners and Nobel Laureates, and attended the Wall Street Journal‘s CEO Summit. That’s November 15th to 21st or “A Man, A Plan, A Canal, Panama!”

 

 

 

Honoring the Medal of Freedom Recipients: On Wednesday, President Obama honored 16 Medal of Freedom recipientsduring a ceremony in the East Room.

 

The Presidential Medal of Freedom was established 50 years ago by President John F. Kennedy and is our nation’s highest civilian honor. This year’s recipients include sports champions, scientists, activists, musicians, journalists and public servants. “These are the men and women who in their extraordinary lives remind us all of the beauty of the human spirit, the values that define us as Americans, the potential that lives inside of all of us,” President Obama said.

 

Tribute to President John F. Kennedy: President Obama, former President Bill Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton traveled to Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath at the eternal flame, in honor of President Kennedy’s life and legacy.

 

150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address: One hundred and fifty years ago on Tuesday, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address from Gettysburg, PA. To mark the occasion, President Obama handwrote an essay in tribute to Lincoln’s historic speech for an exhibit at the Lincoln Presidential Library. Make sure to read President Obama’s essay here.

 

Filibuster Rule Change: President Obama spoke from the White House Press Briefing Room on Thursday about the Senate’s procedural change that guarantees all of the President’s judicial and executive branch nominees – except Supreme Court nominees – can be confirmed with a simple up-or-down vote. In his remarks, the President stated his support for the change.

 

All too often, we’ve seen a single senator or a handful of senators choose to abuse arcane procedural tactics to unilaterally block bipartisan compromises, or to prevent well-qualified, patriotic Americans from filling critical positions of public service in our system of government.

 

The President also spoke about why this change is especially important right now. “It’s no longer used in a responsible way to govern. It’s rather used as a reckless and relentless tool to grind all business to a halt,” he said. Read his full remarks here.

 

Wall Street Journal CEO Council Meeting: The President spoke at the annual Wall Street Journal CEO Council meetingbefore sitting down for a question and answer session. President Obama discussed a wide range of issues including immigration, education and the Affordable Care Act.

 

Vice President in Panama: Vice President Bidentraveled to Panama on Monday to tour the Panama Canal expansion project, which is set to open in 2015. The project will double the capacity of the Panama Canal and allow for larger ships. The Vice President also met with thePresident of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, and conducted a wreath-laying ceremony at Corozal American Cemetery and Memorial to honor U.S. military members who died in service to their country.

 

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

Statement by the President on the State Visit by President Hollande of France

Michelle and I look forward to welcoming President Hollande and Valérie Trierweiler on a state visit to the United States, to include a state dinner at the White House on February 11, 2014.  The United States and France are close friends and allies, including through NATO, and our countries have worked together to support democracy, liberty, and freedom at home and abroad for more than two centuries.  During the visit, we will discuss opportunities to further strengthen the U.S.-France security and economic partnership.

 

 

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc of Turkey

 

Joint Statement by the United States of America and the Kingdom of Morocco

 

FACT SHEET: U.S.-Morocco Strong and Enduring Commitment

 

Readout of the President’s Meeting with the Peace Corps

 

Joint Statement on the Inaugural Meeting of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission Working Group on Threats to and in the Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the Context of International Security

 

 

Presidential Actions

November 22, 2013

Presidential Proclamation — National Family Week, 2013

 

Presidential Proclamation — Day of Remembrance for President John F. Kennedy

 

Executive Order — Presidential Emergency Board

 

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama Cover Shot For Ladies Home Journal By Alexei Hay, Dec 2013/Jan 2014

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama, Inside Shots For Ladies Home Journal By Alexei Hay, Dec 2013/Jan 2014

 

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Barack After Dark™: Lets Review


 

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Alicia Oken
November 22, 2013
06:20 PM EST

 

West Wing Week 11/22/13 or, “A Man, A Plan, A Canal, Panama!”

November 22, 2013 | 5:47 |Public Domain

 

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond! This week, the Vice President traveled to Houston and Panama, the President honored the legacy of John F. Kennedy, this year’s Medal of Freedom Winners and Nobel Laureates, and attended the Wall Street Journal‘s CEO Summit. That’s November 15th to 21st or “A Man, A Plan, A Canal, Panama!”

 

 

Honoring the Medal of Freedom Recipients: On Wednesday, President Obama honored 16 Medal of Freedom recipientsduring a ceremony in the East Room.

 

The Presidential Medal of Freedom was established 50 years ago by President John F. Kennedy and is our nation’s highest civilian honor. This year’s recipients include sports champions, scientists, activists, musicians, journalists and public servants. “These are the men and women who in their extraordinary lives remind us all of the beauty of the human spirit, the values that define us as Americans, the potential that lives inside of all of us,” President Obama said.

 

Tribute to President John F. Kennedy: President Obama, former President Bill Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton traveled to Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath at the eternal flame, in honor of President Kennedy’s life and legacy.

 

150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address: One hundred and fifty years ago on Tuesday, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address from Gettysburg, PA. To mark the occasion, President Obama handwrote an essay in tribute to Lincoln’s historic speech for an exhibit at the Lincoln Presidential Library. Make sure to read President Obama’s essay here.

 

Filibuster Rule Change: President Obama spoke from the White House Press Briefing Room on Thursday about the Senate’s procedural change that guarantees all of the President’s judicial and executive branch nominees – except Supreme Court nominees – can be confirmed with a simple up-or-down vote. In his remarks, the President stated his support for the change.

 

All too often, we’ve seen a single senator or a handful of senators choose to abuse arcane procedural tactics to unilaterally block bipartisan compromises, or to prevent well-qualified, patriotic Americans from filling critical positions of public service in our system of government.

 

The President also spoke about why this change is especially important right now. “It’s no longer used in a responsible way to govern. It’s rather used as a reckless and relentless tool to grind all business to a halt,” he said. Read his full remarks here.

 

Wall Street Journal CEO Council Meeting: The President spoke at the annual Wall Street Journal CEO Council meetingbefore sitting down for a question and answer session. President Obama discussed a wide range of issues including immigration, education and the Affordable Care Act.

 

Vice President in Panama: Vice President Biden traveled to Panama on Monday to tour the Panama Canal expansion project, which is set to open in 2015. The project will double the capacity of the Panama Canal and allow for larger ships. The Vice President also met with the President of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, and conducted a wreath-laying ceremony at Corozal American Cemetery and Memorial to honor U.S. military members who died in service to their country.

 

 

 

November 22nd, 2013: Photo of the Day

President Barack Obama talks with 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, left, in the Oval Office, Nov. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with 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, left, in the Oval Office, Nov. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Obama to host state dinner for French President Hollande on Feb. 11

 

WASHINGTON–President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle will host a state dinner next Feb. 11 for French President Hollande and his partner, (“la compagne” du président) Valérie Trierweiler.

 

The last state dinner was in March, 2012 for British Prime Minister Cameron. A planned October State Dinner for Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff was scratched after she canceled a visit to Washington to show her outrage over the U.S. NSA spying on Brazil.

 

From the White House: “The United States and France are close friends and allies, including through NATO, and our countries have worked together to support democracy, liberty, and freedom at home and abroad for more than two centuries. During the visit, we will discuss opportunities to further strengthen the U.S.-France security and economic partnership.”

 

 

Obama taps Chicago pal Dr. Anita Blanchard for White House preservation panel

 

WASHINGTON–President Barack Obama tapped Chicago pal Anita Blanchard, a physician who is on the City of Chicago’s Landmarks Commission, to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House.

 

Blanchard, who is also close to first lady Michelle, is an obstetrician and gynecologist. She delivered the First Couple daughters, Malia and Sasha. Blanchard is the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program Director at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

 

Her husband is Marty Nesbitt, a close friend of the president and first lady who was the treasurer of the Obama 2012 re-election campaign.

 

Bio from the White House: “Dr. Anita K. Blanchard is the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program Director at the University of Chicago Medical Center, a position she has held since 2004. She is also an Associate Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology. Dr. Blanchard is a board member of the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, and a Founding board member of the Society for Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is also a member of the City of Chicago Landmarks Commission, the City of Chicago Advisory Council on Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and the Art Institute of Chicago’s Photography Committee. Dr. Blanchard received a B.A. in Neurobiology and Physiology from Northwestern University and an M.D. from the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago.”

 

Statements and Releases

 

Statement by the President on the State Visit by President Hollande of France

Michelle and I look forward to welcoming President Hollande and Valérie Trierweiler on a state visit to the United States, to include a state dinner at the White House on February 11, 2014.  The United States and France are close friends and allies, including through NATO, and our countries have worked together to support democracy, liberty, and freedom at home and abroad for more than two centuries.  During the visit, we will discuss opportunities to further strengthen the U.S.-France security and economic partnership.

 

 

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc of Turkey

 

Joint Statement by the United States of America and the Kingdom of Morocco

 

FACT SHEET: U.S.-Morocco Strong and Enduring Commitment

 

Readout of the President’s Meeting with the Peace Corps

 

Joint Statement on the Inaugural Meeting of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission Working Group on Threats to and in the Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the Context of International Security

 

 

Presidential Actions

November 22, 2013

Presidential Proclamation — National Family Week, 2013

 

Presidential Proclamation — Day of Remembrance for President John F. Kennedy

 

Executive Order — Presidential Emergency Board

 

 

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The White House Videos

 

The First Lady Honors National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Winners

 

Published on Nov 22, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama, Honorary Chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, honors the 2013 winners of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. November 22, 2013.

 

 

 

West Wing Week 11/22/13 or, “A Man, A Plan, A Canal, Panama!”

 

Published on Nov 22, 2013

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond! This week, the Vice President traveled to Houston and Panama, the President honored the legacy of John F. Kennedy, this year’s Medal of Freedom Winners and Nobel Laureates, and attended the Wall Street Journal‘s CEO Summit. That’s November 15th to 21st or “A Man, A Plan, A Canal, Panama!”

 

 

 

We the Geeks: Student Startups

 

Streamed live on Nov 22, 2013

We the Geeks: Student Startups

 

 

 

11/22/13: White House Press Briefing

 

Published on Nov 22, 2013

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

 

 

 

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Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient – Oprah Winfrey

 

Published on Nov 22, 2013

Oprah Winfrey is one of the world’s most successful broadcast journalists. She is best known for creating The Oprah Winfrey Show, which became the highest rated talk show in America for 25 years. Ms. Winfrey has long been active in philanthropic causes and expanding opportunities for young women. She has received numerous awards throughout her career, including the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award in 2002 and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2010.

 

 

 

Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient – Loretta Lynn

 

Published on Nov 22, 2013

Loretta Lynn is a country music legend. Raised in rural Kentucky, she emerged as one of the first successful female country music vocalists in the early 1960s, courageously breaking barriers in an industry long dominated by men. Ms. Lynn’s numerous accolades include the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

 

 

 

Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient – Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian

 

Published on Nov 22, 2013

C.T. Vivian is a distinguished minister, author, and organizer. A leader in the Civil Rights Movement and friend to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he participated in Freedom Rides and sit-ins across our country. Dr. Vivian also helped found numerous civil rights organizations, including Vision, the National Anti-Klan Network, and the Center for Democratic Renewal. In 2012, he returned to serve as interim President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

 

 

 

Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient – Mario Molina

 

Published on Nov 22, 2013

Mario Molina is a visionary chemist and environmental scientist. Born in Mexico, Dr. Molina came to America to pursue his graduate degree. He later earned the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering how chlorofluorocarbons deplete the ozone layer. Dr. Molina is a professor at the University of California, San Diego; Director of the Mario Molina Center for Energy and Environment; and a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

 

 

 

Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient – Patricia Wald

 

Published on Nov 22, 2013

Patricia Wald is one of the most respected appellate judges of her generation. After graduating as 1 of only 11 women in her Yale University Law School class, she became the first woman appointed to the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and served as Chief Judge from 1986-1991. She later served on the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague. Ms. Wald currently serves on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

 

 

 

Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient – Gloria Steinem

 

Published on Nov 22, 2013

Gloria Steinem is a renowned writer and activist for women’s equality. She was a leader in the women’s liberation movement, co-founded Ms. magazine, and helped launch a wide variety of groups and publications dedicated to advancing civil rights. Ms. Steinem has received dozens of awards over the course of her career, and remains an active voice for women’s rights.

 

 

 

Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient – Arturo Sandoval

 

Published on Nov 22, 2013

Arturo Sandoval is a celebrated jazz trumpeter, pianist, and composer. Born outside Havana, he became a protégé of jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie and gained international acclaim as a dynamic performer. He defected to the United States in 1990 and later became an American citizen. He has been awarded nine Grammy Awards and is widely considered one of the greatest living jazz artists.

 

 

 

Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient – Tam O’Shaugnessy on Behalf of Sally Ride

 

Published on Nov 22, 2013

Tam O’Shaugnessy, who accepted the Medal of Freedom on behalf of Sally Ride, speaks about her life’s work and impact to the world.

Sally Ride was the first American female astronaut to travel to space. As a role model to generations of young women, she advocated passionately for science education, stood up for racial and gender equality in the classroom, and taught students from every background that there are no limits to what they can accomplish. Dr. Ride also served in several administrations as an advisor on space exploration.

 

 

 

Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient – Senator Richard Lugar

 

Published on Nov 22, 2013

Richard Lugar represented Indiana in the United States Senate for more than 30 years. An internationally respected statesman, he is best known for his bipartisan leadership and decades-long commitment to reducing the threat of nuclear weapons. Prior to serving in Congress, Senator Lugar was a Rhodes Scholar and Mayor of Indianapolis from 1968 to 1975. He currently serves as President of the Lugar Center.

 

 

 

Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient – Daniel Kahneman

 

Published on Nov 22, 2013

Daniel Kahneman is a pioneering scholar of psychology. After escaping Nazi occupation in World War II, Dr. Kahneman immigrated to Israel, where he served in the Israel Defense Forces and trained as a psychologist. Alongside Amos Tversky, he applied cognitive psychology to economic analysis, laying the foundation for a new field of research and earning the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2002. He is currently a professor at Princeton University.

 

 

 

Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient – “Mr Cub” Ernie Banks

 

Published on Nov 22, 2013

Known to many as “Mr. Cub,” Ernie Banks is one of the greatest baseball players of all time. During his 19 seasons with the Chicago Cubs, he played in 11 All-Star Games, hit over 500 home runs, and became the first National League player to win Most Valuable Player honors in back-to-back years. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977, his first year of eligibility.

 

 

 

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