TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Friday The 20th Of March, 2014: Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand. Joey B. In Guatemala City.


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President Barack Obama meets on Friday with the Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key. Vice President Joey B. travels to Guatemala on Friday to discuss the rising tide of unaccompanied Central American minors crossing the U.S. border.

 

White House Schedule – June 20th, 2014

 

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

 

THE WHITE HOUSE GUIDANCE & SCHEDULE
FRIDAY June 20th, 2014

 

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In the morning, the President will meet with Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand to highlight our increasingly close relationship with New Zealand and our collaboration on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, climate change, and military-to-military cooperation. The President looks forward to consulting with Prime Minister Key on these and other issues, including the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, regional maritime security issues, and global security issues. There will be a pool spray at the bottom of the meeting.
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In the afternoon, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

Friday, June 20 2014 All Times ET

 

10:55 AM: The President holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand, Oval Office.

 

11:30 AM: The Vice President arrives at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City. Local Event Time: 9:30 AM, La Aurora International Airport – Guatemala City.

 

12:10 PM: The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

12:15 PM: The Vice President attends a greet with Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina. Local Event Time: 10:15 AM, Palacio Nacional de la Cultura.

 

12:30 PM: The Vice President attends a bilateral meeting with President Pérez Molina, Local Event Time: 10:30 AM, Palacio Nacional de la Cultura.

 

1:00 PM: Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Brady Press Briefing Room. White House LIVE!! 

 

1:15 PM: The Vice President and President Pérez Molina deliver statements to the press. Local Event Time: 11:15 AM, Palacio Nacional de la Cultura.

 

1:30 PM: The Vice President attends a multilateral working lunch meeting with Pres. Molina; Pres. Salvador Sánchez Cerén of El Salvador; Jorge Ramón Hernández Alcerro, the Coordinator General of Honduras; and Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, the Mexican Secretary of Gov, Local Event Time: 11:30 AM.

 

4:30 PM: The Vice President attends a roundtable with reintegration leaders. Local Event Time: 2:30 PM, U.S. Ambassador’s Residence – Guatemala.

 

5:45 PM: The Vice President delivers a statement to the press at the residence of the US Ambassador to Guatemala. Local Event Time: 3:45 PM, U.S. Ambassador’s Residence – Guatemala.

 

 

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GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden travels to Guatemala on Friday to discuss the rising tide of unaccompanied Central American minors crossing the U.S. border, but he is likely to face pressure from local leaders to improve migrant rights in the United States.ador as well as top officials from Honduras and Mexico’s Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong as the region seeks to solve a problem that has hit the U.S. border regions hard this year.

 

Responding to what President Barack Obama has called an urgent humanitarian crisis, the U.S. Congress on Tuesday advanced legislation boosting funds by as much as $2.28 billion to handle a surge of foreign children entering the United States illegally.

 

U.S. data show that between October and May more than 47,000 unaccompanied minors, mostly from Central America, have crossed into the U.S., nearly double the number in the previous year.

 

On Thursday, Obama spoke with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto about a strategy to deal with a flood of children coming from Central America to the United States, the White House said.

 

Obama “welcomed the opportunity to work in close cooperation with Mexico to develop concrete proposals to address the root causes of unlawful migration from Central America,” the White House said.

 

Many unaccompanied children have sought to escape drug-fueled conflicts in the region as well as rejoin family members who have already made the journey across the border.

 

Obama told Pena Nieto the United States and Mexico could work together to return children safely to their families, and noted that the children, many of whom are unaccompanied, were vulnerable to crime and abuse.

 

Looking ahead to Friday’s talks, El Salvador President Salvador Sanchez Ceren said he would press Biden for a reform that could help reunite existing family members in the U.S. with more recently arrived relatives.

 

“We’re going to ask the U.S. vice president to consider the need to find legal mechanisms that can achieve an orderly process of family reunification,” Sanchez Ceren told reporters.

 

“For us, it’s important to insist that a true immigration reform be achieved in the United States,” he added.

 

A partisan divide in the United States has stymied Obama’s efforts to achieve comprehensive immigration reform for years.

 

Sanchez Ceren’s sentiments were echoed by Jorge Ramon Hernandez, the senior representative of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez tapped to attend the meetings, who said the cases of children should not all be lumped together.

 

“There are children who might be fleeing violence in their communities, children who might be seeking to escape extreme poverty, and children who might be migrating because of domestic violence,” said Hernandez on Thursday.

 

“Each child should be analyzed individually,” he said.

 

In Guatemala, meanwhile, the government will seek more information from U.S. immigration officials.

 

“We need more coordination because there doesn’t currently exist documentation for all of the children who are in this process,” said Alejandra Gordillo, head of Guatemala’s national migration council.

 

Mexico’s foreign ministry, which will also send senior officials to Guatemala, had no immediate comment.

 

(Reporting by Mike McDonald in Guatemala City, Dave Graham in Mexico City, Gustavo Palencia in Tegucigalpa and Nelson Renteria in San Salvador; Editing by Ken Wills)

 

 

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From The Pro President Obama Blog:

 

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Vice President Biden and Guatemalan President Molina hold a bilateral meeting
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Vice President Biden and Guatemalan President Molina hold a press conference
National Palace, Guatemala City, Guatemala

 

Vice President Biden attends a multilateral working lunch meeting with Guatemalan President Molina; El Salvadoran President Sánchez; El Salvadoran President Sánchez Cerén; Honduran President Hernández; the Coordinator General of Honduras; and Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, the Mexican Secretary of Gov
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Vice President Biden delivers a statement to the press at the residence of the US Ambassador to Guatemala
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Thank you Pro President Obama Blog

 

 

 

 

 

Remarks to the Press by the Vice President and Dominican President Medina

The Presidential Palace
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

2:30 P.M. EDT

 

PRESIDENT MEDINA:  (As interpreted.)  Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to welcome Vice President Joe Biden and his delegation in the name of the government and the people of the Dominican Republic, as well as in my own name.

 

I would like also to take the opportunity of our distinguished guest to send a message of friendship and solidarity to President Barack Obama and to the people of the United States.

 

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Statements and Releases- June 20th, 2014

 

Fact Sheet: The Economic Challenge Posed by Declining Pollinator Populations

 

President Obama Announces His Intent to Nominate Carolyn Watts Colvin as Commissioner of Social Security

 

FACT SHEET: Promoting Energy Security in the Caribbean

 

Statement by the President on Massachusetts Taking Action Toward Raising its Minimum Wage

 

President Obama Nominates Two to Serve as U.S. Attorneys

 

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

 

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

 

President Obama Announces Nominates Two to Serve on the United States District Courts

 

Statement by the President on the Observance of Juneteenth

 

 

Speeches and Remarks- June 20th, 2014

 

Remarks by the Vice President at Maritima Solar

 

Remarks by the First Lady at DC-CAP Graduation Celebration

 

Remarks by the President on the Situation in Iraq

 

Remarks by the President at Presentation of The Medal of Honor to Corporal William Kyle Carpenter

 

Remarks by the Vice President and President Santos of Colombia in a Joint Press Statement

 

 

 

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ISIS Born from Occupation of Iraq, not Syrian Civil War

 

 

 

June 19th, 2014: Photo of the Day

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For HuMpDaY The 18th Of June. Maker Faire. Lunch With Economists. Congress at the White House.


 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For HuMpDaY The 18th Of June. Maker Faire. Lunch With Economists. Congress at the White House.

 

On this hot Wednesday, President Barack Obama presides over the White House “maker faire” and huddles with congressional leaders.

 

White House Schedule – June 18, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HuMpDaY June 18th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE GUIDANCE & SCHEDULE
HuMpDaY June 18th, 2014

 

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

 

Later in the morning, the President will host the first ever White House Maker Faire and meet with students, entrepreneurs and everyday citizens who are using new tools and techniques to launch new businesses, learn vital skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and fuel the renaissance in American manufacturing.  The President’s viewing of the Maker Faire projects on the South Lawn will be pooled press. The President’s remarks in the East Room will be open press. This event will be streamed live at http:/www.whitehouse.gov/live.

 

In the afternoon, the President will host top economists for lunch to discuss ways to accelerate economic growth, expand opportunity, and improve the competitiveness of the American economy. This meeting in the Roosevelt Room will be closed press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will host the bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress at the White House.  The President will be joined by Senate Majority Leader Reid, Senate Minority Leader McConnell, Speaker Boehner and Leader Pelosi.  There will be a stills only pool spray at the top of this meeting in the Oval Office.

 

In the evening, the President will meet with Secretary of State Kerry in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

Wednesday, June 18 2014 All Times ET

 

10:00 AM: THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

10:45 AM: THE PRESIDENT views Maker Faire projects, South Lawn.

 

 

11:30 AM: THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at the White House Maker Faire, East Room.

 

 

12:15 PM: THE PRESIDENT meets with economists for lunch, Roosevelt Room.

 

 

12:45 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

 

3:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT meets with members of the Congressional Leadership, Oval Office.

 

 

5:10 PM: THE PRESIDENT meets with Secretary of State Kerry, Oval Office.

 

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Watch the first-ever White House Maker Faire on Wednesday, June 18

 

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I am proud to host the first-ever White House Maker Faire. This event celebrates every maker — from students learning STEM skills to entrepreneurs launching new businesses to innovators powering the renaissance in American manufacturing. I am calling on people across the country to join us in sparking creativity and encouraging invention in their communities.
President Obama on June 17, 2014

 

America has always been a nation of tinkerers, inventors, and entrepreneurs. But in recent years, a growing number of Americans have gained access to technologies such as 3D printers, laser cutters, easy-to-use design software, and desktop machine tools. These tools are enabling more Americans to design and build almost anything.

 

To celebrate America’s students and entrepreneurs who are inventing the future with these new technologies and techniques, the President is hosting the first-ever White House Maker Faire on Wednesday, June 18. The event will feature Makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs of all ages who are using cutting-edge tools to bring their ideas to life.

 

The rise of the Maker Movement represents a huge opportunity for the United States. Nationwide, new tools for democratized production are boosting innovation and entrepreneurship in manufacturing, in the same way that the Internet and cloud computing have lowered the barriers to entry for digital startups, creating the foundation for new products and processes that can help to revitalize American manufacturing.

 

President Obama has proclaimed June 18, 2014 as National Day of Making saying, “I call upon all Americans to observe this day with programs, ceremonies, and activities that encourage a new generation of makers and manufacturers to share their talents and hone their skills.” Read the Presidential Proclamation.

 

Learn About the Participants

 

1 White House Maker Faire: Exhibitors and Honored Makers

America has always been a nation of tinkerers, inventors, and entrepreneurs. In recent years, a growing number of Americans have gained access to technologies like 3D printers, laser cutters, easy-to-use design software, and desktop machine tools, democratizing the act of making and enabling citizens to build just about anything. To celebrate this Maker Movement, we are hosting the first-ever White House Maker Faire on June 18th. We’ll feature makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs of all ages who are using cutting-edge tools to bring their ideas to life.

 

In addition to the Makers who will be at the White House itself, we want to celebrate with Americans across the country by inviting them to participate in aDay of Making on June 18th in their homes, schools, maker spaces, and communities. We invite all of you to showcase the vibrant grassroots communities of inventors, tinkerers, and manufacturers that are making our future.

 

2 White House Maker Faire: Participating Universities

 

3 White House Maker Faire: Participating Libraries

 

4 White House Maker Faire: Maker Mayors

 

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One Team, One Nation: Celebrating the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team at the World Cup

 

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June 17, 2014
03:12 PM EDT

 

Last night, I had the privilege of cheering on the U.S. men’s soccer team as it defeated Ghana in its first game of the World Cup in Brazil. It was an incredible match from the first minute to the final ones as our guys made an entire country proud.

It’s palpable how consequential the World Cup is for people all around the world. It’s the sports fan’s combination of panic, exhilaration, and — depending on your team — agony or ecstasy. It’s felt in villages and major cities. It’s felt in every time zone, every hour, every day and night, and in homes, bars, offices, and stadiums where tens of thousands of people paint their faces, sing their anthems, and raise a banner.

And last night, you could actually feel the energy in the air. You could feel the global jolt of electricity from the Arena das Dunas Stadium in Natal to the big screens in parks and bars across America where fans young and old waved the stars and stripes and chanted that uniquely American sentiment: “I believe.”

 

 

If you need evidence of how the World Cup brings the people together, just consider the U.S. men’s team: With a German coach at the helm, a number of players who can claim dual citizenship, and numerous first- and second-generation Americans on the roster, this young team represents America’s melting pot of extraordinary talent.

Twenty-five million people in the United States play soccer; 80 percent of them are young people who will be players and fans for years to come; and our major league soccer teams are selling out stadiums. Our women’s team is ranked number one in the world. And as our men’s team showed last night, our grit, determination, and resolve is our defining characteristic as a team — and as a country.

We face some big challenges around the globe right now. But the World Cup is a moment to be celebrated — an exciting time for Brazil, for the United States, and for all soccer fans all over the world. It was a thrill to be a part of it last night — and as I told the guys in the locker room after the game, they truly do represent one team, one nation united.

 

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On Thursday, the President will award Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.

 

On Friday, the President will meet with Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand to highlight our increasingly close relationship with New Zealand and our collaboration on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, climate change, and military-to-military cooperation.  The President looks forward to consulting with Prime Minister Key on these and other issues, including the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, regional maritime security issues, and global security issues.

 

 

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June 2014: Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama and Press Secretary Jay Carney disembark from Air Force One upon arrival at Joint Base Andrews, Wednesday night, June 17, 2014. It was Carney's last flight on Air Force One as White House Press Secretary. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) (Photo by President Obama and Press Secretary Jay Carney )

President Barack Obama and Press Secretary Jay Carney disembark from Air Force One upon arrival at Joint Base Andrews, Wednesday night, June 17, 2014. It was Carney’s last flight on Air Force One as White House Press Secretary. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) (Photo by President Obama and Press Secretary Jay Carney )

 

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Next Up… White House LIVE!! 

 
June 18, 2014 10:00 AM EDT
Live from the First White House Makers Faire
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June 18, 2014 10:45 AM EDT
President Obama Views Maker Faire Projects
The White House,  White House LIVE!! 

 

 

June 18, 2014 11:30 AM EDT
President Obama Speaks at the White House Maker Faire
The White House,  White House LIVE!! 

 

 

June 18, 2014 12:00 PM EDT
Vice President Biden and President Santos Hold a Joint Press Conference
Audio Only
Bogota, Colombia,  White House LIVE!! 

 

 

June 18, 2014 12:45 PM EDT
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
The White House,  White House LIVE!! 

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Friday The 30th Of May. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Shinseki. My Brother’s Keeper Task Force. FEMA.


 

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White House Schedule – May 30, 2014

 

President Barack Obama on Friday gets a status report on his My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, lunches with Vice President Joe Biden and then heads to FEMA headquarters for a briefing on  hurricane preparedness. And speaking of lunches: Obama’s Thursday lunch with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was left off his public schedule. (Love those White House curve-balls)

 

From the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force report: “The My Brother’s Keeper Task Force was established to develop a coordinated Federaleffort to improve significantly the expected life outcomes for boys and young men of color (including Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans) and their contributions to U.S. prosperity, so that all youth have an equal opportunity at the American dream. It is important to note that there is significant diversity within and among these groups of the population. Differences of language status, income, disability, sexual orientation and many other factors influence the identity and  experience of these young people, just as any other population.”

 

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 30th, 2014

 

WEEKEND GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
FRIDAY, MAY 30th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE

 

In the morning, the President will meet with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Shinseki in the Oval Office to receive an update on the situation at the Department of Veterans Affairs. This meeting will be closed press.

 

Later in the morning, the President will meet with the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force to receive a 90-day report on its progress. There will be a stills only pool spray of this meeting in the Roosevelt Room.

 

In the afternoon, the President and the Vice President will meet for lunch in the Private Dining Room. This lunch is closed press.
Later in the afternoon, the President will attend a hurricane preparedness meeting at FEMA Headquarters. There will be a pool pray at the top of this meeting.

 

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Friday May 30th, 2014. All Times EDST

 

 

10:15 AM: The President meets with Secretary Shinseki, Oval Office.

 

11:00 AM: THE PRESIDENT meets with the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, Roosevelt Room.

 

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

 

1:45 PM: The Vice President ceremonially swears in Suzi Levine as U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland, The White House.

 

2:15 PM: THE PRESIDENT attends a hurricane preparedness meeting, FEMA Headquarters, Washington, DC.

 

Briefing Schedule; 1:00 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Briefing Room.

 

 

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White House LIVE!! Streaming.

 

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

 

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From The Hill:

 

Judgment day for Shinseki?

 

By Justin Sink

 

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is widely expected to lose his job as the White House seeks to quell a rising controversy over mismanagement at his agency.

 

White House press secretary Jay Carney offered little support for Shinseki’s position on Thursday, repeatedly brushing aside questions about whether President Obama had the four-star general’s back.

 

Instead, Carney reiterated the president’s pledge to seek “accountability” for secret waiting lists at VA facilities that may have contributed to the deaths of veterans.

 

Carney said Obama expected a preliminary report from Shinseki “by the end of this week,” setting up Friday as a possible time for Shinseki’s dismissal.

 

The White House desperately wants to put to rest a controversy that is only dragging on Obama’s already low approval numbers and adding to the pessimism that Democrats can hold on to the Senate this fall.

 

The political stakes have been highlighted by the wave of Democrats in tough reelection races turning on Shinseki. Nearly a dozen Senate Democrats have called for his resignation, and almost all of them are up for reelection in 2014.

 

The calls, and a damning interim report from the VA’s Office of Inspector General on Wednesday, have led to a feeling that it is inevitable Shinseki will go. The report said that found a Phoenix-area VA clinic claimed veterans waited 24 days for care when in fact they were kept from booking a primary care appointment an average of 115 days.

 

“This is sort of the sad stage of the process where the embattled official is twisting in the wind and almost everyone, including usually that embattled official, the president and advisers knows that person’s utility is finished,” said Cal Jillson, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University. “The question is when and how the resignation should occur.”

 

Many think the when will be Friday, a traditional news “dumping” ground where stories can be buried at a time when fewer people are paying attention.

 

“Presidents are always looking for the time this is a little less visible,” said Princeton University presidential historian Julian Zelizer . “The less news coverage, the more you can get the story to move on, and that’s good for this administration, especially during midterm season.”

 

Obama has repeatedly shown a reluctance to fire Cabinet members, a tendency that could still save Shinseki.

 

Obama stood by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius after the botched rollout of ObamaCare, and Attorney General Eric Holder amid questions over the Justice Department’s handling of the Fast and Furious gunrunning program and the subpoena of journalist’s phone records.

 

But in comments on the scandal last week, Obama indicated Shinseki had a shorter rope.

 

“Once we know the facts, I assure you — if there is misconduct, it will be punished,” Obama said. “I have said to Ric — and I said it to him today — I want to see what the results of these reports are and there is going to be accountability.”

 

White House officials have stressed that Obama’s primary interest is in fixing the problem for veterans as quickly as possible. If the president believes Shinseki’s removal would disrupt triage efforts designed to make sure that vulnerable veterans receive care, he may hold off — despite the political damage.

 

The White House will also want to find a replacement for Shinseki if he is to be fired.

 

“You need a good replacement ready,” said Zelizer. “You need someone when that man or woman is announced who will generate some kind of excitement and confidence the VA will look good.”

 

Bill Burton, a spokesman for Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and the leader of the political action committee supporting his reelection effort, told CNN Thursday it might make more sense strategically to keep Shinseki aboard.

 

“If the president were to just fire Shinseki, it’s not like Senate Republicans are going to let you put some new head of the VA in to deal with the problem,” Burton said. “They’re going to extract their pound of flesh and they’re going to make it as difficult as possible for him.”

 

Still, a White House official characterized the administration’s approach to the VA scandal as different from the controversies surrounding Holder or Sebelius.

 

While stressing that the president preferred his response to be thoughtful and measured, the official described Shinseki’s status as probationary awaiting the results of the VA’s internal investigation.

 

Carney, asked Thursday about Obama’s reluctance to fire people, said the president was “clear that he believes accountability’s important” — another sign that Shinseki’s days could be numbered.

 

“Obama hasn’t really defended him in the way he defended other Cabinet officials,” Zelizer noted.

Thank you The Hill.

 

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From The Hill:

 

President Obama extends minority youth outreach

 

By Justin Sink

 

President Obama will ask members of his administration to commit to tutoring at-risk youth as he releases a new White House report outlining ways the government and private sector can help young men of color.

 

Obama will make the call to action during a Cabinet meeting Friday, and point interested Americans to a new White House website that will connect them with mentoring opportunities in their communities.

 

The push is the latest part of Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, a bid by the president to improve outcomes for minority men who are more likely to live in single-parent homes, be born into poverty, or have negative interactions with the criminal justice system.

 

In February, Obama announced $200 million in philanthropic commitments designed to improve child development and school readiness, parenting and parent engagement, third grade literacy, and school discipline reform.

 

He also ordered a 90-day review, which concluded earlier this week, asking top administration officials to recommend ways government and the private sector could help at-risk youth.

 

Those recommendations include eliminating suspensions and expulsions in preschool and other early learning settings, public and private initiatives to increase reading time outside of school, improving access to Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses, and increasing awareness of youth summer employment opportunities.

 

White House Director of Domestic Policy Cecilia Munoz called the report “a call to action really to every sector” and said it reflected an intensive review process at every level of the federal government.

 

Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett said the coming weeks would also see “a series of announcements from the philanthropic community, the business community, the non-profit community” supporting goals outlined in the report.

 

“America prospers not only when hard work and responsibility are rewarded, but when we all work together,” Jarrett said.

Thank you The Hill.

 

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From Medill News Service:

 

Co-champions crowned at 2014 National Spelling Bee

 

Spellers Ansun Sujoe, of Fort Worth, Texas,, left and Sriram Hathwar, of Painted Post, N.Y., celebrate as co-winners of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, May 29, 2014. CHUCK MYERS — MCT

Spellers Ansun Sujoe, of Fort Worth, Texas,, left and Sriram Hathwar, of Painted Post, N.Y., celebrate as co-winners of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, May 29, 2014.
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 — And then there were two.

 

Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe made history as they were crowned co-champions of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

 

Sweat beading on their foreheads under dozens of bright studio lights, the boys battled it out until only one word remained – feuilleton.

 

“Ansun, if you spell this word correctly, we’ll declare both you and Sriram co-champions,” said Dr. Jacques Bailly, former bee winner and official pronouncer. Both boys had misspelled one of their words, which is what set up the final result.

 

Sujoe traced the word – which means a part of a European newspaper – on the back of his placard before spelling it unhesitatingly. The crowd went wild, confetti sprayed the stage and both boys grinned as they shook hands.

 

“The competition was with the dictionary, not each other,” said fifth-time competitor Sriram Hathwar as he accepted half of the shining trophy. The 14-year-old of Corning, New York, tied for third place in 2013.

 

“I was pretty happy when I made the finals and now I’m even happier that I’m co-champion,” said Ansun Sujoe, an eighth-grader from Fort Worth, Texas and second-timer at the bee.

 

The competition began at the Gaylord National Convention Center in Maryland on Tuesday with a computerized written round. On Wednesday, 281 spellers, ranging in age from 8 to 15, took the stage for rounds two and three. They were whittled down to 46 for the semifinals Thursday and then again to a lucky dozen for the final competition that evening.

 

The audience alternatively buzzed and held its breath as words such as witloof, Weissnichtwo and rasgado were given to the kids. A quick ding of a bell signaled if they were incorrect. One misspelling on stage meant they were out of the competition for good.

 

In between the bizarre words and intense pressure, the quirks stood out.

 

Eighth-grader Kate Miller of Abilene, Texas “air-typed” the words and even hit enter as she spelled. Jacob Williamson, 15, of Bonita Springs, Florida, screamed, threw his fists in the air and jumped up and down on stage each time he got a word he knew.

 

“My parents have always said I’m probably the least nervous person up here,” Williamson said after the finalists were announced. In round 10 of the finals, he screamed, “I know it, I know it, I totally know it!” before misspelling kabaragoya.

 

Many spellers scribbled the words on trembling palms with their fingers and then recited the correct letters immediately. Others asked for definitions, pronunciations, parts of speech and language of origin before they hesitatingly attempted their words.

 

“Can I take a deep breath please?” asked Neha Seshadri, 13, of Detroit, Michigan as she stood at the microphone. “Now back to business,” she said before spelling taiga correctly.

 

This isn’t the first time on the national stage for many of the kids – 78 of them are repeating for a second time or more.

 

The sense of camaraderie is clear – the spellers high-fived each other and clapped enthusiastically after every victory. When the decisive ding of the bell signaled an incorrect spelling and the kid walked off stage, the others stood and clapped to show their support.

 

“I think I’ve left part of my heart on this stage. I think I did that my first year here,” one said.

 

Several spellers asked for a sentence from Jacques Bailly, but only if it met a certain criteria.

 

“I know this one, but can you use it in a funny sentence please?” asked one speller during his first time on stage.

 

The funny sentences began as an experiment in 2009. Paige Kimble, executive director of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, said they kept the plan to themselves at first and didn’t even mention it to ESPN.

 

“Over time, kids have come to appreciate it and expect it,” Kimble said. She said they hired two professional comedy writers, whose names they wouldn’t disclose, to come up with the funny sentences that appeared more frequently in the later rounds of competition.

 

Bailly said it’s a way to cut the tension as a young speller stands on a national stage surrounded by beaming lights and clicking cameras.

 

“The sentence is probably the piece of information that has the least clear purpose,” Bailly said. “It’s the place where we can sort of have a little fun and relax a little bit.”

 

Hathwar and Sujoe will each get the $30,000 cash prize and their own engraved trophy.

 

“Each year was better than the last,” Hathwar said. “But now that I have the trophy, it’s the best.”

 

Thank you Medill News Service.

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Statements and Releases

 

FACT SHEET & REPORT: Opportunity for All: My Brother’s Keeper Blueprint for Action

The My Brother’s Keeper Task Force Report to the President can be found HERE.

 

Over the past five years, the hard work and grit of the American people pulled our economy back from the brink of collapse.  We are now moving forward again.  But there is more work to do, and for decades opportunity has lagged behind for some, including millions of boys and young men of color.  Boys of color are too often born into poverty and live with a single parent.  And while their gains contributed to the national high school graduation rate reaching an all-time high, in some school districts dropout rates remain high.  Too many of these boys and young men will have negative interactions with the juvenile and criminal justice system, and the dream of a college education is within grasp for too few.  Our society can and will do more to help remove barriers to all young people’s success, because America prospers not only when hard work and responsibility are rewarded but also when we all pull forward together.

 

Rebuilding that core American value—community—is why the President launched My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative designed to determine what works to help young people stay on track to reach their full potential.

 

The Administration is doing its part by identifying programs and policies that work, and recommending action that will help all our young people succeed.  Since the launch of My Brother’s Keeper, the President’s Task Force has met with and heard from thousands of Americans, through online and in-person listening sessions, who are already taking action.  Cities and towns, businesses, foundations, faith leaders and individuals have made commitments to helping youth get a strong start in school and life and later connect them to mentoring, support networks and specialized skills they need to find a good job or go to college and work their way up into the middle class.  As President Obama has said, “We are stronger when America fields a full team.”

 

Today, the President met with his Cabinet to discuss the Task Force’s initial assessments and recommendations and the President called on the American people to get engaged through mentorship opportunities nationwide.

 

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Vice President Biden to Travel to Brazil, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic

Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Brazil, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic during the week of June 16, 2014. In each country, the Vice President will meet with key leaders to discuss the full range of bilateral, regional and global issues. While in Brazil, the Vice President will attend the June 16th match in Natal between the United States and Ghana, and continue on to Brasilia to meet with President Rousseff and Vice President Michel Temer.  In Colombia, the Vice President will meet with President Santos to follow-up on the bilateral and regional prosperity and security agenda.  In the Dominican Republic, the Vice President will meet with President Danilo Medina to discuss a broad range of bilateral issues, as well as regional cooperation.

 

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A Brand New Day™: White House Schedule – May 2, 2014. Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel.


 

By Jueseppi B.

It's A Brand New Day....See What Barack Is Up To At 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

It’s A Brand New Day….See What Barack Is Up To At 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

 

White House Schedule – May 2, 2014

 

In the morning, the President and the Vice President will welcome Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel to the White House. The President will hold a bilateral meeting with Chancellor Merkel in the Oval Office; the Vice President will also attend. There will be a pool spray at the top of the meeting. In their meeting, the President and Chancellor Merkel will discuss promoting economic growth, supporting the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, cooperating within NATO, supporting democracy in Europe’s east, and meeting shared security and economic challenges around the globe.

 

Later in the morning, the President will hold a joint press conference with Chancellor Merkel in the Rose Garden. The press conference is open press.

 

In the afternoon, the President will hold a working lunch with Chancellor Merkel in the Cabinet Room; the Vice President will also attend. The working lunch is closed press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will meet with Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) business and faith leaders to discuss commonsense immigration reform in the Roosevelt Room. There will be a stills only pool spray at the top of this meeting.

 

 

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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, MAY 2nd, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
FRIDAY, MAY 2nd, 2014

 

Friday May 2nd, All Times ET

 

President Barack Obama on Friday meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the two leaders hold a joint press conference in the morning.

 

9:55 AM: The President holds a bilateral meeting with Chancellor Merkel; the Vice President also attends, Oval Office.

 

11:40 AM: The President and Chancellor Merkel hold a joint press conference, Rose Garden. White House LIVE!! Streaming.

 

12:00 PM: The Vice President delivers remarks at the Motion Picture Association of America’s second annual Creativity Conference, Newseum.

 

12:45 PM: The President holds a working lunch with Chancellor Merkel and Official U.S. and Official German Delegations; the Vice President also attends, Cabinet Room.

 

3:50 PM: The President meets with AAPI Business and Faith Leaders to discuss Commonsense Immigration Reform, Roosevelt Room.

 

 

White House Photo Of The Day – Friday May 2nd, 2014

 

President Barack Obama meets with Cody Keenan, right, Director of Speechwriting, and Presidential Speechwriter David Litt in the Oval Office, April 30, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama meets with Cody Keenan, right, Director of Speechwriting, and Presidential Speechwriter David Litt in the Oval Office, April 30, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President honored the National Teacher of the Year, Sean McComb.

President honored the National Teacher of the Year, Sean McComb.

President Barack Obama eavesdrops as Aidan Lamothe, the 2014 March of Dimes Ambassador, whispers to his mother that he had wished to see both The President and Bo, the Obama family dog, during his visit in the Oval Office, May 1, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama eavesdrops as Aidan Lamothe, the 2014 March of Dimes Ambassador, whispers to his mother that he had wished to see both The President and Bo, the Obama family dog, during his visit in the Oval Office, May 1, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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11:40 AM EDT: President Obama Holds a Press Conference with Chancellor Merkel, The White House. White House LIVE!! Streaming.

 

 

 

12:00 PM EDT: Vice President Biden Speaks at the Motion Picture Association of America’s Second Annual Creativity Conference, White House LIVE!! Streaming, Audio Only.

 

 

12:15 PM EDT: The First Lady Speaks at College Signing Day at the University of Texas at San Antonio, To view the live stream go towww.whitehouse.gov/reachhigh

 

 

 

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Where is resuce effort for 200 kidnapped girls?

 

Published on May 2, 2014

Frustration with Nigeria’s rescue effort of 200+ kidnapped girls has led some to take the search into their own hands.

 

 

 

Women Rally In Nigeria To Demand More Action For 200 Kidnapped Girls

Women Rally In Nigeria To Demand More Action For 200 Kidnapped Girls

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#BringBackOurGirls 234 innocent girls are missing in Nigeria and so is our media on this story!

#BringBackOurGirls 234 innocent girls are missing in Nigeria and so is our media on this story!

 

 

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Past 12 Months: Over 2.36M jobs have been added. Millions have health insurance. That damn Obama!!

Past 12 Months: Over 2.36M jobs have been added. Millions have health insurance. That damn Obama!!

Speaker Boehner reacts to great jobs news

Speaker Boehner reacts to great jobs news

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Thursday The 17th Of April. Wounded Warriors Soldier Ride.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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President Barack Obama on Thursday at the White House meets with Veterans participating in the Wounded Warriors Soldier Ride and then huddles with representatives of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and with insurance executives.

 

White House Schedule – April 16th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
THURSDAY, April 17th, 2014

 

In the morning, the President and the Vice President will welcome the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House in celebration of the seventh annual Soldier Ride. A cycling event to help Wounded Warriors restore their physical and emotional well-being, the Soldier Ride also raises awareness of our nation’s Wounded Warriors who battle the physical and psychological damages of war. The President’s remarks on the South Lawn are open press.

 

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In the afternoon, the President and the Vice President will meet with representatives from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. This meeting is closed press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President and the Vice President will meet with insurance executives in the Roosevelt Room. There will be a photojournalist spray at the top of the meeting.

 

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Thursday, April 16th 2014 All Times ET

 

11:05 AM: The President and the Vice President welcome the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House in celebration of the seventh annual Soldier Ride, South Lawn.

 

11:40 AM: The President and the Vice President meet with representatives from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

 

1:35 PM: The President and the Vice President meet with insurance executives, Roosevelt Room.

 

1:45 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

 

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On Thursday, the President will welcome the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House in celebration of the eighth annual Soldier Ride.  A cycling event to help Wounded Warriors restore their physical and emotional well-being, the Soldier Ride also raises awareness of our nation’s Wounded Warriors who battle the physical and psychological damages of war.

On Friday, the President will meet with the National Commander and Executive Director of the American Legion.  Later, he will welcome the United States Naval Academy Football Team to the White House to present them with the 2013 Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.

 

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White House LIVE!!! Streaming Schedule

 

 

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April 2014: Photo of the Day

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The Teflon Dons On The Tarmac Before Boarding Their Respective Planes Home

The Teflon Dons On The Tarmac Before Boarding Their Respective Planes Home

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host a Passover Seder dinner in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House, April 15, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host a Passover Seder dinner in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House, April 15, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama tours a classroom with Paul Blackford, instructor of the Mechatronics Program, at Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center

President Barack Obama tours a classroom with Paul Blackford, instructor of the Mechatronics Program, at Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden tour the Community College of Allegheny West Hills Center with students in the Mechatronics program

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden tour the Community College of Allegheny West Hills Center with students in the Mechatronics program

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"The backbone of this country is a strong and thriving middle class." -- VP Biden

“The backbone of this country is a strong and thriving middle class.” — VP Biden

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The White House Blog

 

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Building on Our Progress in Solar Deployment

 

Reforming America’s Job-Driven Training Programs

 

Business School Deans Meet to Discuss Best Practices for a 21st Century Workplace

 

Creating Pathways to Successful Careers: Erick Varela’s Story

 

Vice President Biden Joins Instagram

 

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The President and Vice President Speak on Skills Training for Workers

 

 

 

The Evil That Saturates This Country

 

Published on Apr 16, 2014

Mike talks about Cliven Bundy, Glen Miller and all the rightwinger domestic terrorists.

 

 

 

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A Counter-Narrative on Black Male Students: At Central High School’s Black History Month Celebration, the Central and Centennial High School African-American Clubs released a joint video countering the negative images of young African-American males in the media.

 

 

 

Opportunity For All: Erick’s Story

 

Published on Feb 12, 2014

President Obama is calling on companies across the country to give long-term unemployed Americans a fair shot, and help connect them to good jobs. Erick Varela was an unemployed veteran who got back on his feet thanks to a 16-week job-training program at Pacific Gas and Electric.

 

 

 

You made history

 

Published on Apr 3, 2014

Millions of Americans now have health insurance—and peace of mind—but it couldn’t have happened without people like you.

Add your name to the permanent record of people who helped change the course of history.

 

 

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Statements and Releases

 

FACT SHEET: Building on Progress – Supporting Solar Deployment and Jobs

 

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Remember when Barack said this would happen 2 years ago....

Remember when Barack said this would happen 2 years ago….

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