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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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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Thursday The 20th Of March. Spring?? Not Really.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule – March 20th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
THURSDAY, MARCH 20th, 2014

 

In the morning, the President will travel to Orlando, Florida. The departure from the South Lawn and arrival at Orlando International Airport are open press.

 

In Orlando, the President will participate in a roundtable with a group of Valencia College students and local workers and deliver remarks about the challenges these groups face, and the steps the Administration can continue to take, to expand economic opportunity for women and working families. The arrival and departure of Air Force One are open press. There will be a pool spray of the roundtable and the President’s remarks are open to pre-credentialed media.

 

Following this event, the President will depart Orlando en route Miami. The departure from Orlando International Airport and the arrival at Miami International Airport are open press.

 

In Miami, the President will attend a DNC event. Following this, the President will deliver remarks and answer questions at a DCCC dinner. The DNC event is closed press and the DCCC event is open to the print pool for remarks only.

 

In the evening, the President will depart Miami en route Washington, D.C. The departure from Miami International Airport and the arrival on the South Lawn are open press.

 

 

Thursday, March 20 2014 All Times ET

 

11:00 AM: The President departs the White House, South Lawn.

 

11:20 AM: The President departs Joint Base Andrews

 

1:25 PM: The President arrives in Orlando, Florida, Orlando International Airport.

 

2:00 PM: The President takes part in a roundtable with Valencia College students and local workers, Valencia College.

 

2:30 PM: The President delivers remarks on improving economic opportunity for women and working families, Valencia College.

 

3:45 PM: The President departs Orlando, Florida, Orlando International Airport.

 

4:35 PM: The President arrives in Miami, Florida, Miami International Airport.

 

5:10 PM: The President attends a DNC event, Private Residence.

 

7:35 PM: The President delivers remarks and answers questions at a DCCC dinner, Private Residence.

 

8:50 PM: The President departs Miami, Florida, Miami International Airport.

 

11:05 PM: The President arrives at Joint Base Andrews.

 

11:20 PM: The President arrives at the White House, South Lawn.

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama to Travel to China March 19-26, 2014

The First Lady will travel to China from March 19-26, 2014. She will be visiting Beijing from March 20-23, Xi’an on March 24, and Chengdu from March 25-26. During her trip, the First Lady will meet with Madame Peng, the spouse of China’s President Xi Jinping. She will also visit a university and a high school in Beijing, and a high school in Chengdu. Additional details about the First Lady’s trip will be announced in the coming weeks. Accompanying Mrs. Obama on this trip will be her mother, Mrs. Marian Robinson, and daughters, Malia and Sasha Obama.

 

During the trip to China, as on previous international trips to Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, the First Lady will be focusing on the power and importance of education, both in her own life and in the lives of young people in both countries.

 

She will also be visiting important historical and cultural sites in China, and will share with students in the U.S. the stories of the students she meets in China, as well as interesting facts about China’s history and culture – emphasizing the importance of students learning from one another globally.

 

The First Lady is encouraging students and classrooms across the U.S. to follow her trip by signing up for updates throughout the visit. View the First Lady’s message to students here.

 

PBS LearningMedia and Discovery Education will offer engagement opportunities for young people surrounding the trip, along with resources available for U.S. classrooms that explore the culture, geography, current events and people of China.

 

 

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The Rhodes Ahead: The First Lady’s Trip to China

 

Uploaded on Mar 19, 2014

Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes and the First Lady’s Chief of Staff Tina Tchen preview First Lady Michelle Obama’s official visit to China. During the trip to China, as on previous international trips to Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, the First Lady will be focusing on the power and importance of education, both in her own life and in the lives of young people in China and the United States.

 

 

 

First Lady Michelle Obama China Schedule:

 

THURSDAY, March 20th: Arrives Beijing.

 

FRIDAY, March 21st: Joins Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan at Beijing Normal School; visits Forbidden City; meets with Peng and joins her for dinner and performance. Peng will lead Obama on a tour of the Forbidden City, which was the seat of Chinese imperial power from the Ming Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty, and the two will see a show and have a private dinner.

 

SATURDAY, March 22nd: Addresses students at Stanford Center at Peking University; participates in virtual discussion with American youth; visits Summer Palace; meets with staff and families of U.S. Embassy.

 

SUNDAY, March 23rd: Hosts roundtable on education; visits the Great Wall of China.

 

MONDAY, March 24th: Arrives Xi’an, visits Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, Xi’an City Wall.

 

TUESDAY, March 25th: Visits Chengdu No. 7 High School; meets with staff and families of U.S. Consulate.

 

WEDNESDAY, March 26th: Visits Chengdu Panda Base; has lunch at a Tibetan restaurant. Returns Home.

 

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White House Schedule – March 20th – March 21st, 2014

 

On Thursday, the President will travel to Orlando, Florida for an event on the economy.  Following this event, he will travel to Miami, Florida to attend DNC and DCCC events.

 

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

 

 

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Next Up…

March 20, 2014 2:30 PM EDT

President Obama Speaks on Improving Economic Opportunity for Women and Working Families

Valencia College, Orlando, Florida. White House LIVE!!! Streaming.

 

 

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March 2014: Photo of the Day

 

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President Barack Obama talks with Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice in the Oval Office, March 19, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice in the Oval Office, March 19, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Actress America Ferrera attends a screening of the film “Cesar Chavez” in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Actress America Ferrera attends a screening of the film “Cesar Chavez” in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C.

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President Barack Obama and Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Deputy Director of Public Engagement (Cesar Chavez’s granddaughter), after she introduced The President at the screening of the film “Cesar Chavez”

President Barack Obama and Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Deputy Director of Public Engagement (Cesar Chavez’s granddaughter), after she introduced The President at the screening of the film “Cesar Chavez”

President Barack Obama hugs Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Deputy Director of Public Engagement (Cesar Chavez’s granddaughter), as he arrives at a screening of the film “Cesar Chavez”

President Barack Obama hugs Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Deputy Director of Public Engagement (Cesar Chavez’s granddaughter), as he arrives at a screening of the film “Cesar Chavez”

 

 

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First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama Travels To China.

 

Barack Picks The 2014 NCAA Basketball Champion: The “Barack-etology”…..President Obama Picks The Spartans.

 

Angela Corey’s Office Sends Out E-Mail About The Marissa Alexander Case…To Florida Lawmakers.

 

12 Days Left To Get Covered. Are You Covered?

 

President Barack Hussein Obama Screens The Film ‘Cesar Chavez’. Barack Appears On “Ellen” Tomorrow.

 

 

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President Obama Hosts a Screening of “Cesar Chavez: An American Hero”

March 19, 2014 | 9:01 |Public Domain

 

President Obama delivers remarks before a White House screening of a film celebrating the life of Cesar Chavez, who dedicated his life to making sure that our country lived up to the words of our founding and the idea that all of us are created equal.

 

 

 

Press Briefing

March 19, 2014 | 53:00 | Public Domain

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

 

 

 

White House Champions of Change: Next Generation Conservation Leaders

 

Published on Mar 18, 2014

The White House celebrates local leaders from across the country who are working to get young people to play, learn, serve and work outdoors. The leaders promote environmental awareness and responsibility by offering outdoor work experiences for people of all ages, inspiring others to participate in outdoor recreation and physical activity, providing educational opportunities for students, and educating others about the environment and the impact of climate change. March 18, 2014.

 

 

 

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President Obama to make appearance on ‘Ellen’

 

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Don’t forget, President Barack Obama appears on Ellen tomorrow (Thursday)

 

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President Barack Obama wants to make sure all uninsured Americans know about the deadline to sign up for healthcare coverage — so, naturally, that means turning to Ellen DeGeneres for help.

 

Obama will appear on Thursday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Showvia live shot from the White House. He’ll be reminding viewers that the deadline to sign up for Obamacare is March 31.

 

Though he made a memorable guest appearance on the talk show when he was campaigning for president (see below for video), this will be Obama’s first time on Ellen as commander-in-chief.

 

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As a guest on The Ellen Degeneres Show, Barack shows off his dancing skills.

 

 

Check your local listings to catch the viewing times for The Ellen Show in your area.

 

 

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Statements and Releases/Speeches and Remarks

 

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Jomaa of Tunisia

President Obama will host Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa of Tunisia at the White House on Friday, April 4.  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.

 

 

Readout of the President’s Call with Chancellor Merkel of Germany

President Obama spoke this morning with Chancellor Merkel regarding Russia’s violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity.  The leaders condemned Russia’s moves to formally annex Crimea, which is a violation of international law, and noted there would be costs.  They agreed it was vital to send international monitors from the Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe and the United Nations to southern and eastern Ukraine immediately.  Both leaders agreed to continue to underscore to Russian President Putin that there remains a clear path for resolving this crisis diplomatically, in a way that addresses the interests of both Russia and the people of Ukraine.  Finally, the leaders discussed ways to support Ukraine as it works to stabilize its economy and prepare for elections in May.  They noted the importance of bilateral as well as multilateral support for Ukraine, including through the International Monetary Fund and the European Union. The two leaders agreed to continue to coordinate closely on the situation in Ukraine in the days to come, including at the G-7 meeting in the Hague.

 

 

Remarks by the President at Screening of “Cesar Chavez: An American Hero”

 

Remarks to the Press by Vice President Joe Biden, President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania, and President Andris Berzins of Latvia

 

 

Just 11 Days Left To #GetCovered

 

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The White House Blog

 

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Updating the White House Privacy Policy

 

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March 19, 2014
05:41 PM EDT

 

On April 18, we will be updating our White House privacy policy.You can check out the draft new policy here.

 

Our old privacy policy was just that — old. The last substantial update occurred in 2011, and its substance remains predominantly based on an even earlier version. Our online presence and infrastructure has evolved to include new capabilities, like expanded use of mobile and email technology, and we need a privacy policy that reflects that growth and which is appropriate for the rest of the Administration.

 

As a result of some of those new technologies, we have a greater ability to provide users with a more dynamic experience — one that is better tailored to the information that is relevant to them. On a practical level, if you have opted in to receive email updates, we’ll use data that you submit or that is automatically generated by your use of the website to try to send you more information about issues or events you care about.

 

Of course, you can always unsubscribe from our emails or turn off cookies in your browser if you decide you’re not interested in this kind of information anymore.

 

You’ll notice the new policy is substantially different visually. We wanted our new policy to be easier to read and understand, so we’ve built out a new interactive page that puts this into a simpler, shorter format with plain language (or as plain as we can).

 

It’s also important to recognize what hasn’t changed: Much of our data retention is a consequence of adherence to the Presidential Records Act. And how we share data covered by the policy outside the Executive Office of the President has not changed.

 

It’s also important to recognize what hasn’t changed: Much of our data retention is a consequence of adherence to the Presidential Records Act. And how we share data covered by the policy outside the Executive Office of the President has not changed.

 

 

 

As Families Gather Around the Nowruz Table, President Obama Speaks to the People and Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran

 

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March 20, 2014
08:00 AM EDT

 

As families and friends gather around the Sofreh-e Haft Sin to celebrate Nowruz, President Obama extends his best wishes for the new spring and new year.

 

In his message, the President speaks directly to the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran about the possibility for the first time in many years of a new chapter in the history of Iran and its role in the world – including a better relationship with the United States and the American people.  The President is clear that if Iran meets its international obligations with regards to its nuclear program, it will open up new possibilities and prosperity for the Iranian people for years to come.

 

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Statement by President Obama on Nowruz

 

President Obama’s Nowruz Message to the Iranian People

 

Published on Mar 20, 2014

President Obama sends best wishes to everyone celebrating Nowruz. In his video message, the President speaks directly to the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran about the possibility for the first time in many years of a new chapter in the history of Iran and its role in the world — including a better relationship with the United States and the American people.

 

 

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Transcript (English)

 

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President Barack Hussein Obama Screens The Film ‘Cesar Chavez’. Barack Appears On “Ellen” Tomorrow.


 

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President Obama Hosts a Screening of “Cesar Chavez: An American Hero”

 

Published on Mar 19, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks before a White Housescreening of a film celebrating the life of Cesar Chavez, who dedicated his life to making sure that our country lived up to the words of our founding and the idea that all of us are created equal. March 19, 2014.

 

 

 

President Barack Obama speaks at the screening of the film ‘Cesar Chavez’, in the Old Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. The movie biopic is directed by Diego Luna about the Mexican-American labor leader Cesar Chavez

President Barack Obama speaks at the screening of the film ‘Cesar Chavez’, in the Old Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. The movie biopic is directed by Diego Luna about the Mexican-American labor leader Cesar Chavez

 

 

Remarks by the President at Screening of “Cesar Chavez: An American Hero”

South Court Auditorium

2:38 P.M. EDT

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Welcome to the White House.  We are here to celebrate the life of an American hero.  Cesar Chavez was a man who devoted this brief time that we have on Earth to making sure that this country lived up to some of its lofty ideals, the words of our founding, the idea that all of us are created equal — a man who organized others to widen the circle of opportunity not just for the people he knew, but for future generations.

 

And some of those future generations are here today.  Cesar’s son, Paul, is here.  (Applause.)  There he is.  I was looking for him.  Some of his children — some of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren are here.  I did not have the honor of knowing Mr. Chavez, but I’d imagine that he’d be pretty proud to know that his granddaughter works in the White House.  (Applause.)  And not only does she know how to deliver an outstanding introduction — (laughter) — but she also does just an extraordinary job carrying on his work organizing people, but now all across the country, to engage on issues that are of importance to all Americans.  And Julie just does an extraordinary job.  We’re so proud of her.  So, thank you, Julie, for the great introduction.  (Applause.)

 

A couple of other acknowledgements — I want to acknowledge an outstanding Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.  (Applause.)  The great Dolores Huerta, our dear friend who co-founded the United Farm Workers along with Cesar.  (Applause.)  Rosario told me she was playing Dolores, and I thought I can see that — there’s the same fire.  I did have to say Rosario is a little taller.  Just a little bit.  (Laughter.)

 
I want to thank the UFW’s current president, Arturo Rodriguez, a great friend of ours.  Thank you. (Applause.)  And I want to thank Diego Luna and the entire cast of “Cesar Chavez.”  (Applause.)  I told him I loved “Y Tu Mamá, También.”  But we can’t screen that at the White House.  (Laughter.)  It’s a great movie, but this is a little more family-friendly here.  (Laughter.)

 

 

This movie, this film tells the story of a man guided by an enormous faith — faith in a righteous cause and a loving God, and the dignity of every human being.  And it reminds us how throughout our history that faith has been tested, and that it falls to ordinary Americans, ordinary people, to fight and restore that faith.

 

Cesar himself said that he spent his first 20 years working as an organizer without a single major victory.  But he never gave up.  He kept on going, and the world is a better place because he did.  And that’s one of the great lessons of his life. You don’t give up the fight no matter how long it takes.  No matter how long the odds, you keep going, fueled by a simple creed — sí, se puede.

 

 

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Sometimes people ask me — in fact, while we were backstage, somebody said, oh, you look pretty good.  You look better than I expected.  (Laughter.)  The implication being that there might be reason for me not to look good.  (Laughter.)  But part of what sustains me and part of what I’ve said in the past — and some of you who have been in meetings with me when we’ve experienced setbacks or frustrations on particular issues — I’ve tried to remind people change is hard.  It doesn’t happen easily.  It doesn’t happen smoothly or painlessly.  It happens because you put your shoulder behind the wheel and you keep on pushing.  And then, sometimes it’s going to roll back a little bit on you.  And then, you got to dig in and you’ve got to push some more.

 

And Cesar Chavez understood that.  You have to push and you create this space.  And sometimes you won’t even see all the victories that are achieved, but you’ve invested that time and that effort, and you’ve inspired others.  And, eventually, things change, and you pass the baton and future generations then continue this process.

 

So we’ve got a lot of causes that are worth fighting for.  We’ve got to keep fighting to make sure that every American has access to quality, affordable health care.  We were very persistent about getting that website fixed.  It’s fixed now.  (Laughter and applause.)  And we’ve got more than 5 million people signed up.  But we’ve got two more weeks to sign them up. (Applause.)  So cuidadodesalud.gov — (laughter) — get on the website, spread the word.

 

We’ve got to keep fighting to make sure that our economy rewards the hard work of every American with a fair and living wage and equal pay for equal work.  We’ve got to keep working to fix our broken immigration system.  This is an example of where this is hard, but we’ve made progress and we are going to get this done.  This is going to happen.  It’s not a matter of if, just a matter of when.  And I want it to happen now, so we are going to keep on pushing.  (Applause.)

 

Mr. Chavez once said, “When you have people together who believe in something very strongly — whether it’s religion or politics or unions — things happen.”  And today, we’ve got labor leaders and CEOs and faith leaders and law enforcement, and they’ve come together and they’ve said it’s time to fix this broken immigration system.  We’ve got Democrats and Republicans who have now passed in the Senate a comprehensive bill.  And if we stay united, things will happen, things will get done.

 

None of us can claim to know exactly what Cesar would have said about this fight, or any other.  But I do think he would want us to remember that the debates we have are less about policy than they are about people.  They’re about the lives of men and women, the young and not so young, who want nothing more than the chance to work hard, support their families, provide a future for their kids and their grandkids, earn their place in our American story.  That’s what this is all about.  They’re about our highest hopes and aspirations for this country that we love — and the country that we leave for future generations.

 

As this film reminds us, that was the cause of Cesar Chavez’s life, and I hope this afternoon it’s going to inspire all of us in the causes that we have to fight as well.

 

I cannot stay for the screening.  I’ve been promised by our director that I’m — or producer or somebody is going to get me the CD.

 

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  DVD.
 

 
THE PRESIDENT:  Whatever.  (Laughter.)  I’m a little technologically challenged.  (Laughter.)  The DVD.  (Laughter.)  The point is I’m going to watch it this weekend.  (Applause.)  Michelle and the girls are on their way to China.  It’s very lonely at home, so nothing better than to see an inspiring film. And I’m really looking forward to seeing a chronicled life of one of my heroes and one of the people who inspired me to get into the work that I’ve gotten into.  So thank you for sharing it with us.  (Applause.)  God bless.  (Applause.)

 

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Don’t forget, President Barack Obama appears on Ellen tomorrow (Thursday)

 

President Obama to make appearance on ‘Ellen’

 

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President Barack Obama wants to make sure all uninsured Americans know about the deadline to sign up for healthcare coverage — so, naturally, that means turning to Ellen DeGeneres for help.

 

Obama will appear on Thursday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Showvia live shot from the White House. He’ll be reminding viewers that the deadline to sign up for Obamacare is March 31.

 

Though he made a memorable guest appearance on the talk show when he was campaigning for president (see below for video), this will be Obama’s first time on Ellen as commander-in-chief.

 

Barack Obama on Ellen

 

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As a guest on The Ellen Degeneres Show, Barack shows off his dancing skills.

 

 

Check your local listings to catch the viewing times for The Ellen Show in your area.

President Barack Obama hugs Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Deputy Director of Public Engagement (Cesar Chavez’s granddaughter), as he arrives at a screening of the film “Cesar Chavez”

President Barack Obama hugs Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Deputy Director of Public Engagement (Cesar Chavez’s granddaughter), as he arrives at a screening of the film “Cesar Chavez”

President Barack Obama and Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Deputy Director of Public Engagement (Cesar Chavez’s granddaughter), after she introduced The President at the screening of the film “Cesar Chavez”

President Barack Obama and Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Deputy Director of Public Engagement (Cesar Chavez’s granddaughter), after she introduced The President at the screening of the film “Cesar Chavez”

Actors Diego Luna and Rosario Dawson speak after President Barack Obama made remarks at a screening of the film “Cesar Chavez” at the White House

Actors Diego Luna and Rosario Dawson speak after President Barack Obama made remarks at a screening of the film “Cesar Chavez” at the White House

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Actress America Ferrera attends a screening of the film “Cesar Chavez” in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Actress America Ferrera attends a screening of the film “Cesar Chavez” in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C.

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Barack & Michelle After Dark™: Previewing The FLOTUS Trip To China. Joey B In The Baltic. Barack At Home.


 

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The Rhodes Ahead: Previewing The First Lady’s Trip to China

 

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Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes and the First Lady’s Chief of Staff Tina Tchen preview First Lady Michelle Obama‘s official visit to China. During the trip to China, as on previous international trips to Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, the First Lady will be focusing on the power and importance of education, both in her own life and in the lives of young people in China and the United States.

 

 

 

Participate in the First Lady’s China Trip from Anywhere

 

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March 19, 2014
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Note: Don’t miss a moment of the trip. Sign up to get the First Lady’s blog posts, videos of events and photos delivered right to your inbox. 

 

This week, First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to China for an official visit – and she’s inviting young people across America to join her. During her trip, Mrs. Obama will meet with students at the Stanford Center at Peking University, Beijing Normal School and Chengdu No. 7 High School to discuss the power and importance of education, both in her own life and in the lives of young people in both countries. She’ll also visit historical and cultural sites, from the Great Wall to the Terra Cotta Warriors, and will be sharing it all with you!

 

Here’s how people in the U.S. — and around the world — can participate and follow along:

 

  • The First Lady’s travel journal: Each day, the First Lady will post a daily travel blog, complete with videos and photos (and you can sign up to get the latest entries delivered to your inbox).
  • Podcast series: In an audio series, First Lady Michelle Obama will share some of the interesting facts about Chinese history and culture as she experiences it.
  • Ask the First Lady: In the weeks leading up to the trip, hundreds of young people submitted questions for the First Lady. During the visit, Mrs. Obama will record video responses and engage directly with young people on social media. Use the hashtag #FLOTUSinChina to discuss the trip and ask questions on Twitter or Instagram.
  • Follow on social media: You can follow along through the First Lady’s Twitter and Instagram accounts.

 

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President Obama Hosts a Screening of “Cesar Chavez: An American Hero”

 

Published on Mar 19, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks before a White House screening of a film celebrating the life of Cesar Chavez, who dedicated his life to making sure that our country lived up to the words of our founding and the idea that all of us are created equal. March 19, 2014.

 

 

 

Remarks by the President at Screening of “Cesar Chavez: An American Hero”

 

South Court Auditorium

2:38 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Welcome to the White House.  We are here to celebrate the life of an American hero.  Cesar Chavez was a man who devoted this brief time that we have on Earth to making sure that this country lived up to some of its lofty ideals, the words of our founding, the idea that all of us are created equal — a man who organized others to widen the circle of opportunity not just for the people he knew, but for future generations.

 

And some of those future generations are here today.  Cesar’s son, Paul, is here.  (Applause.)  There he is.  I was looking for him.  Some of his children — some of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren are here.  I did not have the honor of knowing Mr. Chavez, but I’d imagine that he’d be pretty proud to know that his granddaughter works in the White House.  (Applause.)  And not only does she know how to deliver an outstanding introduction — (laughter) — but she also does just an extraordinary job carrying on his work organizing people, but now all across the country, to engage on issues that are of importance to all Americans.  And Julie just does an extraordinary job.  We’re so proud of her.  So, thank you, Julie, for the great introduction.  (Applause.)

 

A couple of other acknowledgements — I want to acknowledge an outstanding Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.  (Applause.)  The great Dolores Huerta, our dear friend who co-founded the United Farm Workers along with Cesar.  (Applause.)  Rosario told me she was playing Dolores, and I thought I can see that — there’s the same fire.  I did have to say Rosario is a little taller.  Just a little bit.  (Laughter.)

 

 
I want to thank the UFW’s current president, Arturo Rodriguez, a great friend of ours.  Thank you. (Applause.)  And I want to thank Diego Luna and the entire cast of “Cesar Chavez.”  (Applause.)  I told him I loved “Y Tu Mamá, También.”  But we can’t screen that at the White House.  (Laughter.)  It’s a great movie, but this is a little more family-friendly here.  (Laughter.)

 

 

This movie, this film tells the story of a man guided by an enormous faith — faith in a righteous cause and a loving God, and the dignity of every human being.  And it reminds us how throughout our history that faith has been tested, and that it falls to ordinary Americans, ordinary people, to fight and restore that faith.

 

Cesar himself said that he spent his first 20 years working as an organizer without a single major victory.  But he never gave up.  He kept on going, and the world is a better place because he did.  And that’s one of the great lessons of his life. You don’t give up the fight no matter how long it takes.  No matter how long the odds, you keep going, fueled by a simple creed — sí, se puede.

 

 

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White House Champions of Change: Next Generation Conservation Leaders

 

Published on Mar 18, 2014

The White House celebrates local leaders from across the country who are working to get young people to play, learn, serve and work outdoors. The leaders promote environmental awareness and responsibility by offering outdoor work experiences for people of all ages, inspiring others to participate in outdoor recreation and physical activity, providing educational opportunities for students, and educating others about the environment and the impact of climate change. March 18, 2014.

 

 

 

Climate Data Initiative Launches with Strong Public and Private Sector Commitments

 

John Podesta, Dr. John P. Holdren
March 19, 2014
08:00 AM EDT

 

Across the country, state and local leaders are on the front lines of climate change—and it is impossible for them to ignore the consequences.  In 2012 alone, extreme weather events caused more than $110 billion in damages and claimed more than 300 lives.

 

While no single weather event can be attributed to climate change, we know that our changing climate is making many kinds of extreme events more frequent and more severe. Rising seas threaten our coastlines. Dry regions are at higher risk of destructive wildfires. Heat waves impact health and agriculture. Heavier downpours can lead to damaging floods.

 

Even as we work to curb greenhouse-gas emissions and expand renewable energy generation, we need to take steps to make our communities more resilient to the climate-change impacts we can’t avoid—some of which are already well underway.

 

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3/19/14: White House Press Briefing

 

Published on Mar 19, 2014

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

 

 

 

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Ambassador Rice Meets with Governors from Nigeria

 

Grant Harris
March 19, 2014
11:07 AM EDT

 

Yesterday, National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice welcomed 12 governors and one deputy-governor from Nigeria to the White House to discuss areas of strategic importance to both the United States and Nigeria. Ambassador Rice and the governors discussed the need to bring an end to the violence and insurgency in northern Nigeria; create broad-based economic opportunity in the north and throughout Nigeria; protect and respect human rights; strengthen democratic governance; and ensure that the 2015 elections in Nigeria are free and fair. The meeting was an important opportunity to underscore the U.S. partnership with the government — at both the federal and state levels — and people of Nigeria.

 

The visiting officials represented Nigeria’s north and middle belt, which face numerous security, development, and socioeconomic challenges. The leaders shared their concerns about the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency that has indiscriminately killed hundreds of innocent Nigerians this year.

 

She and the governors agreed on the need for comprehensive approaches to counterinsurgency that couple security measures with deepened investment to promote opportunity and development across the country. Ambassador Rice drew special attention to the importance of Nigeria’s 2015 elections; the role that governors can play in countering corruption; and how the United States remains committed to partnering with Nigeria to address shared challenges.

 

The governors were visiting Washington to participate in a U.S. Institute of Peace-hosted forum.

 

 

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Updating the White House Privacy Policy

 

We the Geeks: Women Role Models

 

President Obama’s Bracket for the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

 

President Obama Awards the Medal of Honor to 24 Army Veterans

 

 

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Speeches and Remarks

 

U.S. Vice-President Biden Reassures Ukraine

 

Published on Mar 18, 2014

Vice-President Joe Biden is visiting Poland. It’s part of a campaign to show support for US allies and to warn Russian President Vladimir Putin to back off.

U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden meets with Ukrainian leaders in Kiev. Biden reassures them that the US has not forgotten Ukraine, even though the U.S. wants to.

 

 

 

Remarks to the Press by Vice President Joe Biden, President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania, and President Andris Berzins of Latvia

 

Presidential Palace
Vilnius, Lithuania

 

1:20 P.M. (Local)

 

PRESIDENT GRYBAUSKAITE:  (As interpreted.)  Good afternoon. So today we had an important meeting with U.S. Vice President Biden and Latvian President Berzins.  With our partners, we discussed the situation in Ukraine and its impact on the security of the Baltic States and Europe as a whole.  I see it as a threat not only to Ukraine but also to the entire international community.

 

We witnessed the use of brutal force to redraw the map of Europe and to undermine the postwar political architecture established in Europe.  We strongly condemn Russian actions on the territory of sovereign Ukraine.  We consider Sunday’s referendum and its results illegal.  The so-called referendum is a violation of the constitution of Ukraine, international law and the United Nations Charter.

 

De facto Russia is carrying out the annexation of Crimea and this is happening very close to the borders of Lithuania.  The situation is a direct threat to our regional security.  Therefore, we must take all the necessary measures to ensure the security of Europe and the Baltic region.

 

And this is what we discussed with Vice President Biden and Latvian President Berzins.  And I would like to thank the United States, especially, which immediately responded to the threats and took all necessary actions to ensure regional security, including the reinforcement of NATO-Baltic air policing mission. The United States is a strategic partner of Lithuania and the Baltic countries.  It has always firmly supported and continues to support our aspirations to ensure political, military, economic, and energy security in the region.

 

Thank you.

 

PRESIDENT BERZINS:  Ladies and gentlemen.  Dalia, thank you for hosting this event.  I was happy in a different way to see your country (inaudible.)

 

Secondly, I would like to appreciate the visit of Vice President Joe Biden to the Baltic States.  Thank you for fulfilling your promise to come to us on this very, very important current stage.  But I would like to thank you for unwavering reassurance.  It is a clear reference to Article 5 by our NATO ally, the United States, to the security of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, as expressed by the Vice President during our meeting earlier today.

The situation in Ukraine caused by annexation of Crimea is alarming.  This dramatically re-forms the European security structure with global implications.  Today we discussed the need for not only the immediate de-escalation of the situation, but also for long-term solutions for the security architecture.  I am glad that we could offer some practical steps with regard during our discussions today.  The same practical approach (inaudible) energy security — there is the issue of supply need to be addressed.  As a good example here, I would like to underline the need to accelerate the construction of gas interconnection linking Poland, Lithuania and further on, to Latvia, and using storage facilities in Latvia.

 

Madam President, dear Vice President, we exchanged views on the situation inside Ukraine.  We share the opinion that Ukraine must be helped immediately, both politically and economically.  And I can only praise the United States and the European Union alike for very decisive steps outlining their commitment in this regard.

 

Yesterday, immediately after meeting with President Komorowski, I got a call from him and we agreed to coordinate our activities over the short term and also in longer term. (Inaudible) this common view on September in NATO meeting in U.K. This coordination and support of U.S. is very, very crucial in current stage and we are fully convinced that working closely together we will come to peaceful solution immediately for Ukraine and for all future activities for whole world.  This is most crucial for it.

 

Thank you.

 

VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN:  Thank you.  Madam President, thank you for the hospitality.  It’s great to see you again, to be with you again, particularly in such magnificent surroundings.  Thank you for the hospitality.  And, Mr. President, it’s good to see you again.  It’s good to be back in Vilnius.

 

For 50 years, three embassies in exile in Washington, D.C. stood as a symbol of America’s commitment to freedom and independence and the people of the Baltics.  Next week, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of your membership in NATO as fellow free nations and close friends.  Nobody understands better than the people of the Baltics the value of freedom.  And nobody understands better the promise of a Europe whole, free, and at peace.

 

Today, I spoke with my colleagues, the Presidents of Lithuania and Latvia, about the situation in Ukraine.  Yesterday, I met with Estonian President Ilves and the President of Poland and the Prime Minister of Poland in Warsaw.  Just as you did a generation ago, the Lithuanians, Latvians, and Estonians join hands in a human chain of freedom.

 

Ukrainians have shown tremendous courage to realize their aspirations for a better life and integration into the institutions of their choice — not anyone else’s choice — of their choice.  Russia has chosen to respond with military aggression, a referendum rejected by virtually the entire world, illegal efforts to annex Crimea, and now reports of armed attacks against Ukrainian military personnel and installations in Crimea.

 

I want to make it clear:  We stand resolutely with our Baltic allies in support of the Ukrainian people and against Russian aggression.  As long as Russia continues on this dark path, they will face increasing political and economic isolation.

 

There are those who say that this action shows the old rules still apply, but Russia cannot escape the fact that the world is changing and rejecting outright their behavior.  Global markets and the international community will and should bet in the long run on countries that reject aggression and corruption, embrace openness and live up to their obligations.  Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania understand this well.  That doesn’t mean that there aren’t aggressors out there that require firm and resolute response.  There always have been and there always will be.  But it does mean that there are costs, and growing costs, that come with naked aggression.

 

Madam President, Mr. President, the reason I traveled to the Baltics was to reaffirm our mutual commitment to collective defense.  President Obama wanted me to come personally to make it clear what you already know, that under Article 5 of the NATO treaty, we will respond.  We will respond to any aggression against a NATO ally.

 

As someone who fought for your nation’s admission into NATO, rest assured we take our responsibilities very, very, very seriously — the President does; I do; my nation does.  That’s why we have in the recent past beefed up our U.S. rotation in NATO Baltic air policing program, which protects the skies above Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.  And that will continue to be the case.  We’ve also asked other members of NATO to make additional contributions to this and other efforts, and I’m confident they will step forward.

 

Looking ahead, we’re exploring a number of additional steps to increase the pace and scope of our military cooperation, including rotating U.S. forces of the Baltic region to conduct ground and naval exercises, and training missions.  The question today is not what can America do for the Baltic nations; it is what can we do together — what can we do together.

 

The Baltic nations have shown leadership at the OSCE, the European Union, the Eastern Partnership and the U.N. Security Council.  Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian troops have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Americans in Afghanistan and have served in difficult regional and global security missions.

 

I know that President Obama will want to use the upcoming NATO summit in South Wales to generate concrete commitments to ensure that NATO is able to meet its Article 5 obligations to all members, which has been a priority from him and me since the beginning of our administration.

 

And, finally, we spoke of energy.  We spoke about energy cooperation.  We have learned the hard way that protecting the sovereignty of nations depends on having more than one supplier of energy.  We support your efforts within the European Union to diversify your energy sources, to create more flexible energy markets, and to translate energy innovation into energy security so that no nation can use supplies of energy as a political weapon or a quasi-military weapon against you.

 

As Ukraine fights for its future, the success of the Baltic nations, your success, paints a picture of what is possible for nations that respect the rights and unleash the talents of their people as both your countries have done.

 

We are in this with you together.  We are absolutely committed.  May God bless you and your people, and my God bless our troops.  Thank you very much.

 

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2:07 P.M. (local)

 

 

Published on Mar 19, 2014

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in Lithuania meets President Dalia Grybauskaite as he continues a two-day regional trip to assure NATO allies of Washington’s support in the Ukraine crisis.

Biden this morning met with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite.

Later he will separately meet with visiting President Andris Berzins of Latvia.

 

 

 

Vice President Joe Biden Arrives in Lithuania

 

 

 

The Vice President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, has arrived in Vilnius, Lithuania for tomorrow’s meeting with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite and Latvian President Andris Berzins.

 

 

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Jomaa of Tunisia

 

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on U.S. Admittance as an Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Candidate Country

 

 

 

FACT SHEET: The President’s Climate Data Initiative: Empowering America’s Communities to Prepare for the Effects of Climate Change

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For HuMpDaY The 19th Of March: Joey B. Still In Europe. The President Screens The Film “Cesar Chavez.”


 

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White House Schedule – March 19th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 19th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19th, 2014

 

In the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

In the afternoon, the President will host a screening of the film Cesar Chavez. The President’s remarks in the South Court Auditorium are pooled press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will participate in the latest installment of “Live from the White House” by conducting a round of interviews with local television anchors from New England, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Dallas, Phoenix, and San Diego to make the case for raising the minimum wage and giving hardworking Americans the raise they deserve. While in Washington, the local anchors will spend the day with behind-the-scenes access to the White House and the President’s top advisers. These interviews are embargoed until 5:00PM EDT. The interviews will take place in the Diplomatic Room.

 

 

Wednesday, March 19 2014 All Times ET

 

3:30 AM: The Vice President arrives at the Presidential Palace in Lithuania. Local Event Time: 9:30 AM EET. Lithuania, Presidential Palace – Vilnius.

 

3:45 AM: The Vice President meets with President Dalia GrybauskaitėLocal Event Time: 9:45 AM EET. Presidential Palace – Vilnius.

 

4:00 AM: The Vice President and President Grybauskaitė hold an expanded bilateral meeting. Local Event Time: 10:00 AM EET.

 

5:00 AM: The Vice President meets with President Andris Bērziņš of Latvia. Local Event Time: 11:00 AM EET.

 

6:00 AM: The Vice President attends a working lunch with President Grybauskaitė and President BērziņšLocal Event Time: 12:00 PM EET.

 

7:15 AM: The Vice President and President Grybauskaitė and Bērziņš delivers statements to the press. Local Event Time: 1:15 PM EET.

 

9:00 AM: The Vice President departs Vilnius, Lithuania, en route to Washington, DC. Local Event Time: Afternoon.

 

9:45 AM: The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

1:00 PM:  Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing Room.  WATCH LIVE.

 

2:25 PM: The President hosts a screening of the film Cesar Chavez at the White House, South Court Auditorium.

 

3:05 PM: The President is interviewed by local news anchors participating in “Live from the White House”, The Diplomatic Room.

 

 

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White House Schedule – March 19th – March 21st, 2014

 

On Wednesday, the President will attend meetings at the White House. Later In the day The President will screen the film “Cesar Chavez.” First Lady Michelle Obama leaves for her China Trip.

 

On Thursday, the President will travel to Orlando, Florida for an event on the economy.  Following this event, he will travel to Miami, Florida to attend DNC and DCCC events.

 

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

 

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March 19, 2014 1:00 PM EDT

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

The White House, White House LIVE!!! Streaming.

 

 

 

March 19, 2014 2:25 PM EDT

President Obama Hosts a Screening of the Film Cesar Chavez

The White House, White House LIVE!!! Streaming.

 

 

 

March 19, 2014 5:15 PM EDT

White House Climate Data Initiative Launch

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Remarks by the President at Presentation Ceremony for the Medal of Honor

 

President Obama Awards the Medal of Honor

Streamed live on Mar 18, 2014

 

The President will award 24 Army veterans the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. These veterans will receive the Medal of Honor in recognition of their valor during major combat operations in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

 

 

President Barack Hussein Obama Awards The Medal Of Honor.

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Jomaa of Tunisia

 

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on U.S. Admittance as an Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Candidate Country

 

FACT SHEET: The President’s Climate Data Initiative: Empowering America’s Communities to Prepare for the Effects of Climate Change

 

Readout of the President’s Call with Chancellor Merkel of Germany

 

 

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March 2014: Photo of the Day

 

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President Barack Obama recognizes Medal of Honor honorees, from left, Staff Sergeant Melvin Morris, Sergeant First Class Jose Rodela, and Specialist Four Santiago J. Erevia, during the Medal of Honor ceremony in the East Room of the White House, March 18, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama recognizes Medal of Honor honorees, from left, Staff Sergeant Melvin Morris, Sergeant First Class Jose Rodela, and Specialist Four Santiago J. Erevia, during the Medal of Honor ceremony in the East Room of the White House, March 18, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

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Comments from the Community: Affordable Health Care

 

Published on Mar 14, 2014

Here’s what people are saying about affordable health care.

You can see your options and get covered at HealthCare.gov: http://hlthc.re/18lSfYX

Connect with us on Twitter or Facebook and tell us why you want to #GetCovered: https://www.healthcare.gov/connect/

 

 

 

2/18/14: White House Press Briefing

 

 

 

White House Champions of Change: Next Generation Conservation Leaders

 

Published on Mar 18, 2014

The White House celebrates local leaders from across the country who are working to get young people to play, learn, serve and work outdoors. The leaders promote environmental awareness and responsibility by offering outdoor work experiences for people of all ages, inspiring others to participate in outdoor recreation and physical activity, providing educational opportunities for students, and educating others about the environment and the impact of climate change. March 18, 2014.

 

 

 

Climate Data Initiative Launches with Strong Public and Private Sector Commitments

 

John Podesta, Dr. John P. Holdren
March 19, 2014
08:00 AM EDT

 

Across the country, state and local leaders are on the front lines of climate change—and it is impossible for them to ignore the consequences.  In 2012 alone, extreme weather events caused more than $110 billion in damages and claimed more than 300 lives.

 

While no single weather event can be attributed to climate change, we know that our changing climate is making many kinds of extreme events more frequent and more severe. Rising seas threaten our coastlines. Dry regions are at higher risk of destructive wildfires. Heat waves impact health and agriculture. Heavier downpours can lead to damaging floods.

 

Even as we work to curb greenhouse-gas emissions and expand renewable energy generation, we need to take steps to make our communities more resilient to the climate-change impacts we can’t avoid—some of which are already well underway.

 

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President Obama Hosts a Screening of the Film Cesar Chavez

 

 

 

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  • Ambassador Rice Meets with Governors from Nigeria

     

    Grant Harris
    March 19, 2014
    11:07 AM EDT

     

    Yesterday, National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice welcomed 12 governors and one deputy-governor from Nigeria to the White House to discuss areas of strategic importance to both the United States and Nigeria. Ambassador Rice and the governors discussed the need to bring an end to the violence and insurgency in northern Nigeria; create broad-based economic opportunity in the north and throughout Nigeria; protect and respect human rights; strengthen democratic governance; and ensure that the 2015 elections in Nigeria are free and fair. The meeting was an important opportunity to underscore the U.S. partnership with the government — at both the federal and state levels — and people of Nigeria.

     

    The visiting officials represented Nigeria’s north and middle belt, which face numerous security, development, and socioeconomic challenges. The leaders shared their concerns about the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency that has indiscriminately killed hundreds of innocent Nigerians this year. She and the governors agreed on the need for comprehensive approaches to counterinsurgency that couple security measures with deepened investment to promote opportunity and development across the country. Ambassador Rice drew special attention to the importance of Nigeria’s 2015 elections; the role that governors can play in countering corruption; and how the United States remains committed to partnering with Nigeria to address shared challenges.

     

    The governors were visiting Washington to participate in a U.S. Institute of Peace-hosted forum.

 

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