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


 

By Jueseppi B.

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

 

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March 19, 2014
10:50 AM EDT

 

Happy March Madness everyone!

 

Yesterday, for the sixth straight year, President Obama sat down to fill out his brackets for the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments — and talked a little “Barack-etology” with ESPN’s Andy Katz.

 

The President has Louisville, Michigan State, Florida, and Arizona headed to the Final Four.

 

Get excited Michigan State fans: The President picked the Spartans to beat the Louisville Cardinals in the National Championship game on April 7.

 

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Be sure to check back on Friday to find out who the President picked to go all the way in the women’s tournament. You can also download the President’s bracket here

 

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President Barack Obama fills out his bracket for the 2014 men’s NCAA tournament.

 

President Barack Obama, the nation’s first basketball fan, took marker to bracket with ESPN again at the White House and selected Michigan State to defeat defending champion Louisville in the NCAA men’s tournament title game.

 

The path Obama took to arrive at his national champion, an event that has come to be known as “Barack-etology,” was revealed on SportsCenter at 9:30 a.m. ET Wednesday. It is the sixth consecutive year he’s made them with ESPN’s Andy Katz.

 

“Tom Izzo is a great tournament coach,” Obama said. “I’ve got Michigan State going all the way. … He know how to motivate folks and he knows how to coach. My pick: Michigan State. Bring it home for me. It’s been a while since I’ve won my pool.”

 

Besides the fourth-seeded Spartans and Cardinals, President Obama also selected No. 1 overall seed Florida and top seed Arizonato reach the Final Four in Arlington, Texas.

 

“I know these are not imaginative picks, but I think they’re the right ones,” Obama said of his Final Four picks.

 

Among other picks of note, Obama likes two 12-seeds to pull off upsets in their NCAA tournament openers – Harvard overCincinnati, and North Dakota State over Oklahoma. The president also likes North Carolina to upset 3-seed Iowa Stateto reach the Sweet 16.

 

Obama has picked three different teams in the “Barack-etology” era to win the men’s title – Indiana (over Louisville in 2013),Kansas (over Ohio State in 2011 and Kentucky in 2010) and North Carolina (over Kentucky in 2012 and Louisville in 2009). His correctly picked national champion was the Tar Heels in ’09.

 

Last year, Obama’s men’s bracket ranked No. 2,080,996 out of 8.15 million entries in ESPN.com’s free Men’s Tournament Challenge, placing him in the 74.4th percentile.

 

The president correctly picked Louisville to play in the 2013 championship game, predicting a loss to Indiana for the title. In fact, the Hoosiers fell short of the Final Four and the Cardinals defeated Michigan 82-76 in what the president said was “one of the best championship games that any of us have seen in a very, very long time.”

 

Florida in the South Region and Arizona in the West are the only top seeds represented in the president’s Final Four. The other top seeds in the tournament are undefeated Wichita State in the Midwest and Virginia in the East.

 

The Cardinals and Spartans finished their seasons by winning their conference tournaments and are popular picks to make it to the Final Four.

 

The president is an avid fan of the college game and his hometown Chicago Bulls, and his brother-in-law is the head coach at Oregon State.

 

Oregon State head coach, Craig Robinson, must enjoy his presidential connections. The sixth-year head coach is the brother of First Lady Michelle Obama. Needless to say, the Beavers' commander-in-chief has probably shared some of his basketball wisdom with the real Commander-in-Chief.

Oregon State head coach, Craig Robinson, must enjoy his presidential connections. The sixth-year head coach is the brother of First Lady Michelle Obama. Needless to say, the Beavers’ commander-in-chief has probably shared some of his basketball wisdom with the real Commander-in-Chief.

Believe it or not, President Obama was a four-year player on his high school team growing up in Hawaii. Obama worked his way up to highest level, Varsity AA, at the Punahou School by his senior year and was a very solid contributor throughout his four years there.

Believe it or not, President Obama was a four-year player on his high school team growing up in Hawaii. Obama worked his way up to highest level, Varsity AA, at the Punahou School by his senior year and was a very solid contributor throughout his four years there.

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Obama's basketball experience continued after high school. He has been known to participate in a variety of pick-up games, even after taking his spot in the Oval Office. As you may remember, the President was elbowed in the face during a rather physical game in 2010, causing him to get stiches in his upper lip.

Obama’s basketball experience continued after high school. He has been known to participate in a variety of pick-up games, even after taking his spot in the Oval Office. As you may remember, the President was elbowed in the face during a rather physical game in 2010, causing him to get stiches in his upper lip.

5 Reasons You Can Trust President Obama’s Bracket.

 

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5 Reasons You Can Trust President Obama’s Bracket.


 

By Jueseppi B.

President Barack Obama participates in a basketball drill on the White House basketball court during the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn, April 9, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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NCAA Tournament: 5 Reasons Why You Should Trust President Obama’s Bracket

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March Madness is finally here! In celebration of this glorious time of year, college basketball fans everywhere are filling out brackets in an admirable, but often futile attempt to achieve the perfect bracket and win money and/or bragging rights. The leader of the free world is no exception. President Obama, in all likelihood, will be filling out his annual NCAA bracket sometime this week. Here are five reasons why you can trust his picks.

 

5. President Obama Loves and Respects the Game

 

President Obama clearly has a great admiration for the game of basketball. When he is not speaking to foreign leaders or trying to push bills through Congress, you can find him courtside at college basketball games or giving the Medal of Freedom to NBA legend Bill Russell.

President Obama clearly has a great admiration for the game of basketball. When he is not speaking to foreign leaders or trying to push bills through Congress, you can find him courtside at college basketball games or giving the Medal of Freedom to NBA legend Bill Russell.

 

 

4. Basketball Runs in the Family

 

Oregon State head coach, Craig Robinson, must enjoy his presidential connections. The sixth-year head coach is the brother of First Lady Michelle Obama. Needless to say, the Beavers' commander-in-chief has probably shared some of his basketball wisdom with the real Commander-in-Chief.

Oregon State head coach, Craig Robinson, must enjoy his presidential connections. The sixth-year head coach is the brother of First Lady Michelle Obama. Needless to say, the Beavers’ commander-in-chief has probably shared some of his basketball wisdom with the real Commander-in-Chief.

 

 

3. The President is a Former Player

 

Believe it or not, President Obama was a four-year player on his high school team growing up in Hawaii. Obama worked his way up to highest level, Varsity AA, at the Punahou School by his senior year and was a very solid contributor throughout his four years there.

Believe it or not, President Obama was a four-year player on his high school team growing up in Hawaii. Obama worked his way up to highest level, Varsity AA, at the Punahou School by his senior year and was a very solid contributor throughout his four years there.

 

 

2. White House Pick-Up Games

 

Obama's basketball experience continued after high school. He has been known to participate in a variety of pick-up games, even after taking his spot in the Oval Office. As you may remember, the President was elbowed in the face during a rather physical game in 2010, causing him to get stiches in his upper lip.

Obama’s basketball experience continued after high school. He has been known to participate in a variety of pick-up games, even after taking his spot in the Oval Office. As you may remember, the President was elbowed in the face during a rather physical game in 2010, causing him to get stiches in his upper lip.

 

 

1. Obama Has Picked a Winner in the Past

 

President Obama's past efforts have left a lot to be desired, but Obama did pick North Carolina to win during his first Presidential bracket in 2009, so that should count for something. When it's all said and done, everyone struggles to build the perfect bracket. But if you feel that you need some more analysis, there are definitely worse people that you could consult than the Commander-in-Chief.

President Obama’s past efforts have left a lot to be desired, but Obama did pick North Carolina to win during his first Presidential bracket in 2009, so that should count for something. When it’s all said and done, everyone struggles to build the perfect bracket. But if you feel that you need some more analysis, there are definitely worse people that you could consult than the Commander-in-Chief.

 

 

A Blast From The Past:

President Obama’s Bracket For The 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

 

President Obama’s Bracket for the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

 

Yesterday President Obama continued what’s become a March tradition: For the fifth time, he sat down to fill out his brackets for the NCAA men and women’s basketball tournaments — and shared his picks with ESPN.

 

The President has Louisville, Ohio State, Florida, and Indiana headed to Atlanta for the Final Four.

 

He picked the Hoosiers to top the Cardinals in the National Championship game on April 8.

 

Download the full predictions here.

 

We’ll share the President’s pick for the women’s tournament on Friday. Be sure to check back!

 

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Barack After Dark™: ACA Bracketogly: The 16 Sweetest Reasons To #GetCovered.


 

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ACA Bracket: The 16 Sweetest Reasons to Get Covered

 

As millions of Americans scramble to fill out their March Madness brackets, we’ve got another big milestone coming up: the March 31deadline to sign up for health insurance in 2014. If you need affordable coverage, head over to HealthCare.gov and #GetCoveredNow.

 

If you’ve got insurance, help spread the word by voting for your favorite reason to get covered.

 

President Barack Obama participates in a basketball drill on the White House basketball court during the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn, April 9, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Vote for your favorite reason (and GIF) to get covered

 

Need health insurance? Go to HealthCare.gov right now.

As millions of Americans scramble to fill out their March Madness brackets, we’ve got another big milestone coming up: the March 31st deadline to sign up for health insurance. If you need affordable coverage, head over to HealthCare.gov and #GetCoveredNow. If you’ve got insurance, help spread the word by voting for your favorite reason to get covered.

 

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Roy Williams and Geno Auriemma on the Importance of Getting Covered

 

Published on Mar 17, 2014

It’s March Madness time again and College Basketball Coaches Roy Williams and Geno Auriemma know the importance of getting covered before the April 1 deadline. Learn more and get covered at http://www.healthcare.gov

 

 

 

Alonzo Mourning: #GetCovered by March 31

 

 

 

Lebron James: #GetCovered by March 31

 

 

 

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Need health insurance? Go to HealthCare.gov right now.

 


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White House Embraces March Madness To Sell Obamacare

 

From Zeke J Miller & TIME:

 

The Obama administration is banking on the popularity of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament to sell the Affordable Care Act to young Americans by using athletes, coaches and sports celebrities to encourage more youth to sign up

The Obama administration is getting a case of March Madnesss for its latest effort to reach young and healthy consumers who have been slow to sign up for insurance under the new health care reform law, two weeks before a critical enrollment deadline.

 

The administration has marshaled athletes, coaches, and sports celebrities to help sell the law to the so-called “young invincibles,” whose participation is vital to the success of the insurance marketplaces, according to a White House official who described the blitz. Just 25 percent of enrollees are aged 18-35, well below the administration’s target.

 

The field of teams in the college basketball tournament was set to be chosen on Sunday, also known as “Selection Sunday.” On Monday, the White House will release a “16 Sweetest Reasons to Get Covered” bracket listing the top reasons to get health insurance, along with a new web video featuring top college basketball coaches. The bracket will be updated all week to reflect the results of an online survey. The bracket is timed to coincide with the release of President Barack Obama’s selections for his own NCAA tournament bracket on Wednesday, the White House official said.

 

Additionally, ads paid for by the Department of Health and Human Services featuring LeBron James, Magic Johnson and Alonzo Mourning will air during March Madness games and on ESPN, ABC, TNT and NBAtv, while the agency is targeting digital ads to basketball supporters. Administration officials including Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer have called into sports radio stations across the country to promote insurance enrollment.

 

The effort follows Obama’s appearance in a Funny Or Die Web video, “Between Two Ferns,” as well as a call-in to Ryan Seacrest’s radio show.

 

Last week the administration announced that 4.2 million Americans have enrolled in coverage through federal and state health care exchanges, well below the initial seven million projection and the revised six million projection from the Congressional Budget Office. The White House has said that the final weeks of the enrollment period are when they expect to see a surge in enrollment, particularly among young people, to avoid the law’s tax penalty for not having coverage.

 

More from a White House official on the latest enrollment push:

Building on our efforts to reach young consumers where they are during the final weeks of open enrollment, next week the Obama administration, well-known athletes, coaches, and other influencers are launching a push around March Madness to encourage tournament fans young and old to sign up for insurance by March 31. This effort will feature PSAs from athletes and coaches, new digital engagement tools and social media blitzes, and targeted interviews on sports radio, including Spanish Language sports radio, throughout the week. Officials from the White House and across the Administration, including many who are former basketball players, will participate in various ways, including White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer, White House Senior Advisor Phil Schiliro, and Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan.

 

For example, on Monday morning, the White house will release a “16 Sweetest Reasons to Get Covered” bracket listing the top reasons to get health insurance. To introduce the bracket, the White House will release a new online video featuring two of the most recognized coaches in college basketball, talking about the importance of getting health insurance and making sure consumers know about the upcoming March 31st deadline.

 

Each day the ACA bracket will be updated based on the “winning” votes from online users. On Wednesday, when the President’s NCAA bracket is released, it will be incorporated into the 16 Sweetest Reasons to Get Covered bracket webpage on WhiteHouse.gov. The release of the President’s NCAA bracket last year got over 280,000 views, and was the most popular blog of the year on WhiteHouse.gov.

 

Next week, a new CMS ad featuring LeBron James will begin airing during March Madness games, as part of the agency’s existing ad rotation running on ESPN, ABC, TNT and NBAtv. LeBron’s ad joins similar 30 second spots CMS has been airing that feature Magic Johnson and Alonzo Mourning sharing their compelling health care stories and highlighting the importance of getting covered, even for young folks who may think they’ve invincible.

 

HHS and Healthcare.gov social media channels will be promoting enrollment by joining the online conversation during the NCAA tournament with graphics, posts and paid promotion targeted to basketball fans. Secretary Sebelius, a big college basketball fan, will be tweeting about the tournament throughout the tournament, especially about the Kansas Jayhawks.

 

On Thursday, athletes involved with the ongoing health care enrollment campaign being spearheaded by Gameplan4me.com will help drive a social media day of action, pushing out #GetCoveredNow messages to drive traffic to their site, which links toHealthCare.govGamePlan4Me.com is a unique partnership between the sports industry and athletes like Kobe Bryant and Victor Cruz, that encourages young people to make healthy decisions about their future, which includes signing up for health insurance.

 

On Monday, Univision Radio’s Locura Deportiva will air an interview with President Obama. Additionally, the ESPN Deportes network will air an interview with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on its syndicated network of stations, which include Miami, Houston, Dallas, and Phoenix. And ESPN Deportes will also air a PSA featuring Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, will air 25 times each week between now and the March 31st enrollment deadline.

 

And throughout next week, Secretary Duncan, Denis McDonough, and Phil Schiliro will conduct interviews on several sports talk radio stations across the nation to discuss the importance of getting covered ahead of the March 31st deadline. On Monday, March 17, Dan Rooney, Chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers will be interviewed by a leading Pittsburgh radio station to discuss the importance of having health care coverage.

 

Next week’s push builds upon the Administrations already extensive outreach to sports radio stations across the country. Since February 27, Denis McDonough and Dan Pfeiffer have done interviews with sports talk stations in major enrollment media markets to highlight the importance of health care coverage, reaching listeners in Atlanta, Austin, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Miami, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, and Tampa.

 

This effort also builds on the innovative strategies the Administration and stakeholders have been using to reach young people where they are, including by appealing to them through their mothers, who are often are the primary influences in the health care decisions of their adult children. Last week, Funny or Die released an interview of the President on Between Two Ferns, which as of Friday had over 15 million views and linked to HealthCare.gov. On Friday, an interview the President did with WebMD aired on the platform’s website, which has 156 million views per month – over 60 percent of which are women. And on Friday, a new online video campaign, YourMomCares, was launched by outside organizations, featuring the mothers of celebrities like Jonah Hill, Adam Levine, Jennifer Lopez and Alicia Keys, and the First Lady, all talking about the importance of getting covered.

 

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Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama

 

 

 

 

#YourMomCares: Jonah Hill, Adam Levine, Jennifer Lopez and Alicia Keys’ Moms

 

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks to the Latino Community on Why it is Important to #GetCovered

 

 

 

 

Get Covered: A Special Message from the President

 

 

 

 

Geeks Get Covered: A Message From Geeks at the White House

 

 

 

 

WebMD Interviews President Obama: Health Care Reform

 

 

 

 

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#GetCovered. March 31st, 2014 is the deadline for Affordable Health Care Act coverage for this year. Don't wait. Do It NOW.

#GetCovered. March 31st, 2014 is the deadline for Affordable Health Care Act coverage for this year. Don’t wait. Do It NOW.

 

 

March 2014: Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama tells Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas goodbye in a first floor hallway after concluding meetings in the West Wing of the White House, March 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama tells Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas goodbye in a first floor hallway after concluding meetings in the West Wing of the White House, March 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Barack After Dark™: The First Family Returns Home. The Weekly Address. The Week Ahead.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Weekly Address: Time for Congress to Raise the Minimum Wage for the American People

 

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March 08, 2014
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In this week’s address, President Obama highlighted the momentum building across the country to give Americans a raise and reiterated his call for Congress to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10. The President has already signed an executive order to raise the minimum wage for people working under new federal contracts. Companies large and small are choosing to give workers a raise because they know it’s good business. And Governors across the country are answering the President’s call by working to raise their states’ minimum wages. Now, it’s time for Congress to get the job done and restore opportunity for all Americans by raising the minimum wage to “ten-ten.”

 

 

 

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En el mensaje de esta semana, el Secretario de Trabajo Thomas E. Pérez habló sobre el llamado del Presidente al Congreso para aumentar el salario mínimo para los trabajadores estadounidenses a $10.10 dólares. Es el momento de dar a Estados Unidos un aumento de sueldo.

 

 

 

 

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WEEKLY  SCHEDULE FOR MONDAY, MARCH 10th, – MONDAY, MARCH 14th, 2014

 

On Sunday, the First Family will return from Key Largo, Florida. The First Family’s departure from Homestead Air Reserve Base and arrival on the South Lawn

 

 

On Monday, the President will host a reception for the 2012 and 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Champions.

 

On Tuesday, the President will travel to New York, NY to attend DNC and DSCC events.

 

On Wednesday, the President will attend meetings at theWhite House.

 

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

 

 

 

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Weekly Wrap Up: the President Announces His Budget, YouTube Stars Say Hi, and More

 

This week, the President announced his 2015 budget, and addressed the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. YouTube Stars visited the White House, and more. Check out what you missed in this week’s wrap up.

 

 

President Obama Announces His 2015 Budget

The President traveled to Powell Elementary School on Tuesday after sending his 2015 budget to Congress. There, he discussed what he called a “roadmap” for the opportunity agenda he laid out in his State of the Union address.

 

President Obama's #budget invests in his vision of giving every 4-year-old in America access to quality preschool.

President Obama’s #budget invests in his vision of giving every 4-year-old in America access to quality preschool.

 

“Our budget is about choices,” President Obama said. “It’s about our values. As a country, we’ve got to make a decision if we’re going to protect tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans, or if we’re going to make smart investments necessary to create jobs and grow our economy, and expand opportunity for every American.”

 

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A World-Class Education for Every Student in America

 

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March 07, 2014
07:27 PM EST

 

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Today, President Obama and the First Lady visited Coral Reef High School in Miami to discuss the President’s plan to equip all Americans with the education they need to compete in the 21st century economy.

 

“By working hard every single day, every single night, you are making the best investment there is in your future,” President Obama told the students. “And we want to make sure you’ve got everything, all the tools you need to succeed.”

 

President Obama talked about one tool that’s helping give more students the opportunity to afford, attend, and graduate from college: the Free Application for Student Aid or FAFSA.

 

It is a simple form. It used to be complicated; we made it simple. It doesn’t cost anything — that’s why the word “free” is right there in the name. It does not take a long time to fill out. Once you do, you’re putting yourself in the running for all kinds of financial support for college — scholarships, grants, loans, work-study jobs.

 

Over the last five years, the Obama administration has been working to make college more affordable for more students. And today, more young people are earning college degrees than ever before. But we have to do more, President Obama said.

 

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Opening Today: The 2014 Easter Egg Roll Ticket Lottery

 

Don’t miss your chance to join the First Family for the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. The big event is on Monday, April 21 and more than 30,000 people will join in on the fun. Guests will have a chance to participate in activities including games, stories, singing, dancing, and of course, the traditional egg roll – all on the White House South Lawn.

 

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This year’s theme  ”Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” encourages children to lead healthy, active lives in support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative. In addition to the fun and games, the day’s activities will help educate families on smart ways to incorporate healthy eating and exercise choices into their daily routines.

 

Starting today, you can enter the lottery at www.recreation.govfor a chance to join in on the fun. The event is open to children ages 13 years and younger and their families. Be sure to enter the lottery before it closes on Monday, March 10 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

 

Families and schools who can’t make the trip to Washington, D.C. but want to participate in the festivities can enter the annual poster contest. The First Lady will select the winning design to be used as part of the White House 2014 Easter Egg Roll program.

 

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Ask President Obama Your Health Care Questions on WebMD

 

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Next week, President Obama will sit down for his first-ever interview with WebMD, the leading source of health information for consumers and health care professionals, to discuss the importance of signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. During a conversation with the site’s health care reform expert Lisa Zamosky, the President will answer questions about health care and the ACA directly from WebMD users in an interview that will air on March 14.

What’s your question for President Obama? Ask now at WebMD.com/AskObama

 

The President’s interview with WebMD continues efforts by the administration to encourage as many Americans as possible to sign up for health insurance for 2014 by the end of open enrollment on March 31.

 

And it’s just one of many innovative and targeted strategies used by the White House to speak with Americans directly — especially women, young adults and the uninsured – about quality, affordable health care options available. As the leading source for health information, WebMD has enormous reach. According to WebMD, the site’s more than 156 million unique visitors per month is made up of 60 percent women, 33 percent of its audience is ages 18-34 and 38 percent of those younger users are uninsured.

 

So, go ahead and submit your questions now – then tune in on March 14 to watch the full interview and find out if the President answered your question.

 

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West Wing Week 3/7/14 or “Look Who’s In Our Room”

 

 

 

This week, The White House hosted its first ever White House Student Film Festival, while the President addressed the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, presented his budget for Fiscal Year 2015, urged Congress to raise the minimum wage, and held a town hall on Latinos and the Affordable Care Act.

 

 

 

YouTube Stars Talk Health Care (and Make History) at the White House

 

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This year, the President is committed to using the power of his phone and pen to create opportunity for all Americans. One ways he’s doing that is through raising awareness about policies and priorities through non-traditional platforms, like YouTube.

 

Last week, senior administration officials sat down with some of the most popular content creators on YouTube to talk about the issues that they care the most about, including access to quality, affordable health care. This group of influencers has developed innovative ways to engage with tens of millions of young people in a way that few other media platforms can accomplish. To learn from the YouTube community, we’re starting a dialogue with these leaders to continue the conversation about issues that are important for their audiences including anti-bullying, education, economic opportunity, and health care.

 

 

 

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The Employment Situation in February

 

February 2014 was the 48th straight month of private-sector job growth, with businesses adding 8.7 million jobs over that time. Despite a major snowstorm that hit the East Coast during the reference week for the labor market surveys, the rate of job growth picked up from the December and January pace. Nevertheless, the unemployment rate remains elevated, and for too many Americans, wages have been slow to rise.

 

This week, the President put out a budget that can make progress on these issues by investing in education, job training, and innovation, by expanding tax credits for working Americans, and by extending the emergency unemployment benefits that has expired for 2 million Americans. And while the President encourages Congress to act on his proposals, he will also continue to take action on his own wherever possible to support job growth and expand economic opportunity.

 

FIVE KEY POINTS IN TODAY’S REPORT FROM THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

 

1. The private sector has added 8.7 million jobs over 48 straight months of job growth. Today we learned that total non-farm payroll employment rose by 175,000 in February, with 162,000 of that increase in the private sector. Revisions to private employment in the previous months were small and offsetting, so that that over the past twelve months, private employment has risen by 2.2 million, or an average of 183,000 a month. This is almost identical to the pace of job gains over the preceding twelve-month period (182,000 a month).

 

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The First Family Returns Home

 

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A Day In The Life Of Barack & Michelle™: Miami For The Weekend.


 

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Taking off from The South Lawn & Joint Base Andrews.

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Touching down at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Homestead Florida.

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The White House Blog

 

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Opening Today: The 2014 Easter Egg Roll Ticket Lottery

 

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March 07, 2014
12:30 PM EST

 

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Don’t miss your chance to join the First Family for the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. The big event is on Monday, April 21 and more than 30,000 people will join in on the fun. Guests will have a chance to participate in activities including games, stories, singing, dancing, and of course, the traditional egg roll – all on the White House South Lawn.

 

This year’s theme  “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” encourages children to lead healthy, active lives in support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative. In addition to the fun and games, the day’s activities will help educate families on smart ways to incorporate healthy eating and exercise choices into their daily routines.

 

Starting today, you can enter the lottery at www.recreation.govfor a chance to join in on the fun. The event is open to children ages 13 years and younger and their families. Be sure to enter the lottery before it closes on Monday, March 10 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

 

Families and schools who can’t make the trip to Washington, D.C. but want to participate in the festivities can enter the annual poster contest. The First Lady will select the winning design to be used as part of the White House 2014 Easter Egg Roll program.

 

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Ask President Obama Your Health Care Questions on WebMD

 

Kori Schulman
Kori Schulman

March 07, 2014
11:00 AM EST

 

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Next week, President Obama will sit down for his first-ever interview with WebMD, the leading source of health information for consumers and health care professionals, to discuss the importance of signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. During a conversation with the site’s health care reform expert Lisa Zamosky, the President will answer questions about health care and the ACA directly from WebMD users in an interview that will air on March 14.

 

What’s your question for President Obama? Ask now at WebMD.com/AskObama

 

The President’s interview with WebMD continues efforts by the administration to encourage as many Americans as possible to sign up for health insurance for 2014 by the end of open enrollment on March 31.

 

And it’s just one of many innovative and targeted strategies used by the White House to speak with Americans directly — especially women, young adults and the uninsured – about quality, affordable health care options available. As the leading source for health information, WebMD has enormous reach. According to WebMD, the site’s more than 156 million unique visitors per month is made up of 60 percent women, 33 percent of its audience is ages 18-34 and 38 percent of those younger users are uninsured.

 

So, go ahead and submit your questions now – then tune in on March 14 to watch the full interview and find out if the President answered your question.

 

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Carole King: What I’d Say to My Kids

 

Published on Mar 7, 2014

Carole King has a special message to share with families: “If you were my child I would tell you – get health care now. HealthCare.gov is there for you. It is a way that you can find health care. It’s available, it’s affordable. Enrollment ends March 31st, so don’t wait! Just get on HealthCare.gov. Enroll today. That’s what I’d say to my kids.”

 

 

 

Getting Covered with Carole King

 

 

 

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The Employment Situation in February

 

Jason Furman
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March 07, 2014
09:38 AM EST

 

February 2014 was the 48th straight month of private-sector job growth, with businesses adding 8.7 million jobs over that time. Despite a major snowstorm that hit the East Coast during the reference week for the labor market surveys, the rate of job growth picked up from the December and January pace. Nevertheless, the unemployment rate remains elevated, and for too many Americans, wages have been slow to rise.

 

This week, the President put out a budget that can make progress on these issues by investing in education, job training, and innovation, by expanding tax credits for working Americans, and by extending the emergency unemployment benefits that has expired for 2 million Americans. And while the President encourages Congress to act on his proposals, he will also continue to take action on his own wherever possible to support job growth and expand economic opportunity.

 

FIVE KEY POINTS IN TODAY’S REPORT FROM THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

1. The private sector has added 8.7 million jobs over 48 straight months of job growth. Today we learned that total non-farm payroll employment rose by 175,000 in February, with 162,000 of that increase in the private sector. Revisions to private employment in the previous months were small and offsetting, so that that over the past twelve months, private employment has risen by 2.2 million, or an average of 183,000 a month. This is almost identical to the pace of job gains over the preceding twelve-month period (182,000 a month).

 

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Remarks by the President on Preparing for College

Coral Reef Senior High School
Miami, Florida

 

President Obama Speaks on College Opportunity

 

Published on Mar 7, 2014

President Obama discusses his plan to equip all Americans with the education and skills they need to compete in today’s economy and announces a new FAFSA Completion Initiative to give more Americans the opportunity to afford, attend and graduate from college. March 7, 2014.

 

 

 

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THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, Miami!  (Applause.)  Hello, Cuda Nation!  (Applause.)  Hello!  It is good to be here at Coral Reef Senior High.  (Applause.)  You guys are just happy because it’s warm down here all the time.  (Laughter.)  I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but the rest of the country is cold.  (Laughter.)  Listen, Michelle and I are so grateful for the warm welcome.  It is great to be here.  I want to thank some people who are doing outstanding work.

 

First of all, your superintendent, Superintendent Carvalho, is doing great work.  We’re really proud of him.  (Applause.)  Your principal, Principal Leal, is doing great work.  (Applause.)  All the Coral Reef teachers and staff, you guys are all doing a great job.  (Applause.)  And you’re doing what is necessary to help young people get ready for college and careers.  So that’s why we’re here.  We are proud of what’s being done at this school.

 

I want to mention a few other folks who are here who are fighting on behalf of the people of South Florida every day.  We’ve got Congressman Joe Garcia is here.  (Applause.)  We’ve got Congresswoman Frederica Wilson here.  (Applause.)  We’ve got Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.  Your former Governor Charlie Crist is here.  (Applause.)

 

And most of all, I want to thank the people that Michelle and I came all the down here to see, and that is the students of Coral Reef.  (Applause.)  We had heard great things about your school.  We had heard great things about the students.  We wanted to come down here and just see what was going on.  (Applause.)  And Michelle and I just had a chance to visit with some of your classmates who are going through some of the scholarship applications, and we had a chance to talk to them and hear what their plans were.  And first of all, Michelle and I looked and we said, these must be actors playing students, because they were all smart and good-looking and organized.  (Laughter.)  And I asked them, what are you going to do?  And they’re — well, I’m going to be applying to business school, and then I’m going to start a company, and then I — when I was your age, I didn’t know what I was doing.  I was lucky if I had gotten out of bed on time.  (Laughter.)  So you guys are ahead of the game.

 

And we’re here to tell you that you’ve got to keep up the good work, because by working hard every single day, every single night, you are making the best investment there is in your future.  And we want to make sure you’ve got everything, all the tools you need to succeed.  We want every young person to have the kinds of teachers and the kind of classes and the kind of learning experiences that are available to you here at Coral Reef.  (Applause.)  Because that’s the best investment we can make in America’s future.  (Applause.)

 

Now, keep in mind, Michelle and I, we’re only here today because of the kind of education that we got.  That was our ticket to success.  We grew up a lot like many of you.  I was raised by a single mom; she was a teenager when I was born.  We moved around a lot, we did not have a lot of money, but the one thing she was determined to see was that my sister and I would get the best education possible.

 

And she would press me.  Sometimes she’d make me wake up, do my lessons before I even went to school.  She was not going to let me off the hook.  And at the time, I wasn’t happy about it, but now I’m glad she pressed me like that.  Because, thanks to my mother and my grandparents, and then great teachers and great counselors who encouraged me, and a country that made it possible for me to afford a higher education, I was able to go to college and law school.

 

And then when I met Michelle, I saw that — (applause) –there were a couple of things I noticed.  I noticed she was smart.  (Applause.)  I noticed she was funny — she’s funny, she’s funnier than I am.  (Laughter.)  Obviously, I noticed she was cute, yes.  (Applause.)  But one of the things I also realized was, even though we had grown up in very different places, her story was a lot like mine.  Her dad worked at a city water plant.  He didn’t go to college.  He was a blue-collar worker.  Michelle’s mom — my mother-in-law, who I love to death — she was a secretary.  No one in her family had gone to college.  But because she had worked hard and her parents understood the value of education, and she had great teachers and great opportunities, and because the country was willing to invest to make sure that she was able to pay for college, she ended up going to some of the best universities in the country.  (Applause.)

 

So the point is she and I have been able to achieve things that our parents, our grandparents would have never dreamed of.  And that’s the chance this country should give every young person.  That’s the idea at the heart of America.  (Applause.)

 

What makes this country great, what makes it special when you look around, and Miami is a great example of it, you’ve got people coming from everywhere, every background, every race, every faith.  But what binds us together is this idea that if you work hard, you can make it — that there’s opportunity for all.  The belief that no matter who you are, no matter where you come from, no matter what your last name is, if you are responsible and put in the effort, you can succeed.  There’s no limit to what you can do.  That’s what America is all about.  (Applause.)

 

Opportunity is what drew many of your parents and grandparents to America.  And we’ve got to restore that idea for your generation, so that everybody has the same chance Michelle and I did.  That’s why we’re working on what we call an opportunity agenda to create more jobs and train more workers with new skills; to make sure hard work is rewarded with a paycheck that supports a family; to make sure that everybody can get health care when they need it, so that nobody has to get into financial trouble because somebody in the family gets sick.  (Applause.)

 

And for the students here, a lot of you, you may not think about these issues all the time.  You’re spending a lot of time on homework and sports, and this and that.  But you also oftentimes see your own family struggling and you worry about it.  And one of the single-most important parts of our opportunity agenda is making sure that every young person in America has access to a world-class education — a world-class education.  (Applause.)  So that’s why we are here.

 

I believe we should start teaching our kids at the earliest ages.  So we’re trying to help more states make high-quality preschool and other early learning programs available to the youngest kids.  (Applause.)  I believe that our K-12 system should be the best in the world.  So we started a competition called Race to the Top, to encourage more states like Florida to raise expectations for students like you, because when we set high expectations, every single one of you can meet them.  (Applause.)  You’re recruiting and preparing the best teachers.  You are turning around low-performing schools.  You’re expanding high-performing ones.  You’re making sure every student is prepared for college or a career.

 

I believe that every student should have the best technology.  So we launched something we called ConnectED to connect our schools to high-speed Internet.  And I want to congratulate Miami-Dade and your superintendent, because you have achieved your goal of installing wi-fi in every single one of your schools.  (Applause.)

 

So the good news is, in part because of some of these reforms we’ve initiated, when you add it all up our nation’s high school graduation rate is the highest on record.  The drop-out rate has been dropping, and among Latino students has been cut in half since 2000.  (Applause.)  Miami-Dade’s graduation rate is higher than it’s ever been.  That’s all because of the efforts of so many people, including the parents and students who have been putting in the effort.  It’s because of the teachers and administrators and staff who are doing such a great job.  You should be proud.  We’re making progress — we’re making progress.  (Applause.)

 

Yes, you guys — by the way, you can all sit down.  I didn’t realize everybody was still standing up.  Sit down.  Take a load off.  You guys can’t sit down though, because you don’t have chairs, although bend your knees so you don’t faint.  (Laughter.)

 

But here’s the key thing, Coral Reef:  We still have more work to do, all of us — elected officials, principals, teachers, parents, students.  Because, as Michelle says, education is a two-way street.  Folks like us have to work hard to give you the best schools and support that you need.  But then, you’ve got to hold up your end of the bargain by committing to your education.  That means you’ve got to stretch your minds.  You’ve got to push through subjects that aren’t always easy.  And it means continuing your education past high school, whether that’s a two-year or a four-year college degree or getting some professional training.

 

So I want to talk about an easy step that high school students like you can take to make college a reality.  And it’s something you already know here at Coral Reef, but I’m speaking to all the young people out there who may be watching.  It’s called FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

 

It is a simple form.  It used to be complicated; we made it simple.  It doesn’t cost anything — that’s why the word “free” is right there in the name.  (Laughter.)  It does not take a long time to fill out.  Once you do, you’re putting yourself in the running for all kinds of financial support for college — scholarships, grants, loans, work-study jobs.

 

For the past five years, we’ve been working to make college more affordable.  We took on a college loan system that gave billions of dollars of taxpayer money to big banks to manage the student loan system.  We said, we don’t need the banks, let’s give the money directly to students, we can help more students.  (Applause.)  We can help more students that way.  So we expanded the grants that help millions of students from low-income backgrounds pay for college.  We’re offering millions of people the chance to cap their student loan payments at 10 percent of their incomes once they graduate.

 

Today, more young people are earning college degrees than ever before.  That’s a great thing.  (Applause.)  That is a great thing.  But we still need to do more to help rein in the rising cost of tuition.  We need to do more to help Americans who feel trapped by student loan debt — because no striving, hardworking, ambitious, young American should ever be denied a college education just because they can’t afford it — nobody.  (Applause.)

 

Unfortunately, there are still a lot of young people all across the country who say the cost of college is holding them back.  Some of you may have sat around the kitchen table with your parents wondering about whether you’ll be able to afford it.  So FAFSA is by far the easiest way to answer that question.  And I know the Barracudas know all about FAFSA.  (Applause.)  Last year, you had the second-highest completion rate of any large high school in the state.  (Applause.)  You should be proud of that.  Your teachers and parents should be proud of that.

 

But last year, almost half of high school graduates in Florida didn’t fill out the FAFSA form.

 

AUDIENCE:  Booo –

 

THE PRESIDENT:  That ain’t right.  (Laughter.)  Not only is it not right, but it also ain’t right.  (Laughter.)  And as a result, they lost out on over $100 million in Pell grants.  Think about that — $100 million that could have helped Florida students help pay for college was just left on the table.  That’s just in Florida.  Nationwide, over one million high school students did not fill out the FAFSA form.  That happens every year.

 

So my challenge today to every high school student in America:  Fill out the form.  Even if you think you might not qualify for financial aid, fill out the form.  You might qualify.

 

And we’re making it easier than ever.  We put the FAFSA form online.  We made it shorter.  It takes about half an hour to fill out.  And it could change the rest of your life.  We’ve updated it to save your parents a lot of hassle as well.  And today, I’m announcing another improvement.

 

Today, I’m directing the Department of Education to tell every governor that, starting today, they can, if they choose, confidentially let high school administrators know which students have filled out the FAFSA form and which haven’t.  So that way, if Principal Leal wants to check in with the seniors –

 

AUDIENCE:  Wooo –

 

THE PRESIDENT:  I know, everybody is like, wow.  (Laughter.)  I know she’s already on top of stuff, but this way, she could check and seniors who had not filled it out, she could then help them answer the questions and figure out what’s holding her back — what’s holding them back.

 

Anybody will be able to go online and find out the number of students who have filled out the form at each high school, so we can track it.  So if you want to have a friendly competition with Palmetto High or Miami Killian — (applause) — to see who can get a higher completion rate on your FAFSA, you can do that.  (Applause.)  You achieved the second-highest rate in the state, but I mean if you want to settle for number two, that’s okay –  you might be able to get number one.  (Applause.)  Huh?  I’m just saying you could go for number one.  (Applause.)

 

So these are things I can do on my own, but I’m here to also tell you I need — I could use some help from folks in Washington.  There are some things I don’t need Congress’s permission for, and in this year of action, whenever I see a way to act to help expand opportunity for young people I’m just going to go ahead and take it.  I’m just going to go ahead and do it.  (Applause.)

 

So earlier this year, Michelle and I hosted a College Opportunity Summit, where over 150 colleges and universities and nonprofits made commitments to help more low-income students get to college and graduate from college.  (Applause.)  But I’m also willing to work with anybody in Congress — Democrat, Republican, don’t matter — to make sure young people like you have a shot to success.

 

So a few days ago, I sent my budget to Congress.  And budgets are pretty boring — but the stuff inside the budgets are pretty important.  And my budget focuses on things like preschool for all; like redesigning high schools so students like you can learn real-world skills that businesses want — (applause) — like preparing more young people for careers in some of the fields of the future — in science and technology and engineering and math to discover new planets and invent robots and cure diseases — all the cool stuff that we adults haven’t figured out yet.  (Laughter.)

 

These are not just the right investments for our schools; they’re the right priorities for our country.  You are our priority.  We’ve got to make sure we have budgets that reflect that you are the most important thing to this country’s success. If you don’t succeed, we don’t succeed.  (Applause.)

 

We’ve got to make sure all of you are prepared for the new century, and we’ve got to keep growing our economy in other ways:  attracting new high-tech jobs, reforming our immigration system — something Congressman Garcia is fighting for.  (Applause.)   And the rest of Congress needs to stop doing nothing, do right by America’s students, America’s teachers, America’s workers.  Let’s get to work.  Let’s get busy.  (Applause.)  We’ve got work to do. All of us have work to do — teachers, school counselors, principals, superintendents, parents, grandparents.

 

We all have work to do, because we want to see you succeed, because we’re counting on you, Barracudas.  (Applause.)  And if you keep reaching for success — and I know you will, just based on the small sampling we saw of students here — if you keep working as hard as you can and learning as much as you can, and if you’ve got big ambitions and big dreams, if you don’t let anybody tell you something is out of your reach, if you are convinced that you can do something and apply effort and energy and determination and persistence to that vision, then not only will you be great but this country will be great.  (Applause.)  Our schools will be great.  (Applause.)

 

I want us to have the best-educated workforce in America.  And I want it to be the most diverse workforce in the world.  That’s what I’m fighting for.  That’s what your superintendent and your principal are fighting for, and I hope that’s what you fight for yourselves.  (Applause.)  Because when I meet the students here at Coral Reef, I am optimistic about the future.  Michelle and I walked out of that classroom, and we said, you know what, we’re going to be in good hands, we’re going to do okay.  (Applause.)  Because these young people are coming, and nobody is going to stop them.

 

Thank you, everybody.  God bless you.  God bless America.  (Applause.)

 

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FACT SHEET: Opportunity for All: Promoting College Opportunity and Graduation

 

American Royalty: Barack & Michelle at Coral Reef High School

American Royalty: Barack & Michelle at Coral Reef High School

Barack's biggest Fan is front & center at Coral Reef High School

Barack’s biggest Fan is front & center at Coral Reef High School

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Statement by the President on Bloody Sunday

Forty-nine years ago, a determined group of Americans marched into history, facing down grave danger in the name of justice and equality—walking to protest the continued discrimination and violence against African Americans.  On a day that became known as “Bloody Sunday”, these brave men and women met billy-clubs and tear gas with courage and resolution.  Their actions helped set an example for a generation to stand up for the fundamental freedoms due to all people.  We recognize those who marched that day—and the millions more who have done their part throughout our nation’s history to bend the arc of the moral universe toward justice.

 

49 years ago today Rep. John Lewis led peaceful march from Selma to Montgomery and was beaten by Alabama state troopers

49 years ago today Rep. John Lewis led peaceful march from Selma to Montgomery and was beaten by Alabama state troopers

 

 

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Travel to the United Arab Emirates and Djibouti

National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice is traveling to the United Arab Emirates and Djibouti from March 6-8.  In the United Arab Emirates she is meeting with senior Emirati officials including Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed to discuss U.S.-UAE cooperation on a range of regional issues.  In Djibouti, she will meet with President Guelleh to discuss our strategic partnership and visit U.S. troops at the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa at Camp Lemonnier.

 

 

Remarks by the President to Travel Pool

Classroom in Coral Reef Senior High School
Miami, Florida

 

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THE PRESIDENT:  One of the reasons we’re down here, Michelle and I are both working on encouraging school districts to adopt some terrific stuff that’s being done down here in order for young people to know if they’ve done the work, if they’re being responsible, they’re outstanding students, then financing should not be a barrier for them being able to go to college.  And we just don’t have enough information that’s getting out there about how easy it is now to fill out the FAFSA form and other scholarships that are available.  But this school district is doing some great work on it.  So this is an example of where we want all our young people to be.

So, great job.

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on Deputy National Security Advisor Antony Blinken’s Meeting with United Nations-Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Joint Mission in Syria Special Coordinator Sigrid Kaag

Deputy National Security Advisor Antony Blinken met yesterday with Sigrid Kaag, Special Coordinator of the United Nations-Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Joint Mission to eliminate the chemical weapons program in Syria, to discuss the Joint Mission’s progress and to reiterate strong U.S. support for its work.  Their conversation focused on ensuring the Syrian government maintains regular, substantial, and uninterrupted activities to remove its chemical weapons to enable destruction in accordance with the June 30 deadline set by the OPCW Executive Council and the U.N. Security Council, and on the continued readiness of the United States and the international community to support the Joint Mission’s efforts to facilitate the Syrian government’s meeting its obligations.  Deputy NSA Blinken thanked Special Coordinator Kaag for her leadership and for the dedication and bravery of her staff.

 

 

Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Abe of Japan

The President spoke to Prime Minister Abe late last evening regarding the situation in Ukraine. The two leaders agreed that Russia’s actions are a threat to international peace and security and emphasized the importance of preserving Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  They committed to work with other G-7 partners to insist that Russia abide by its obligations and commitments to Ukraine’s sovereignty, including under the UN Charter and the 1997 basing agreement, but noted that there is an opportunity for Russia to resolve the situation diplomatically, in a way that addresses its interests as well as those of Ukraine and the international community.  Both leaders also agreed to work bilaterally and through the International Monetary Fund to support the government of Ukraine as it works to stabilize its economy and prepare for May elections. The President noted that his April visit to Japan will offer an important opportunity to advance the many diplomatic, defense, and trade initiatives the United States and Japan are pursuing in Asia and around the globe.

 

 

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And finally….In the evening, the President and the First Lady will remain in Key Largo, Florida for the weekend….causing numerous GOPuke, bottom feeding, racist, conselfishservative, ass backwards, white supremacists, Koch Brother lovin, A.L.E.C. controlled morons, guided by a bunch of “cash under the table from greedy wealthy caucasian special interest groups” to have conniption fits, strokes and seizures all over AmeriKKKa.

 

 

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Sunday at 2 AM....spring your clocks ahead 1 hour. Sorry but the GOPukes will still be living in 1865.

Sunday at 2 AM….spring your clocks ahead 1 hour. Sorry but the GOPukes will still be living in 1865.

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The future of AmeriKKKa. Feeling Lucky,...PUNK?

The future of AmeriKKKa. Feeling Lucky,…PUNK?

Free Marissa Alexander. Imprison Angela Corey.

Free Marissa Alexander. Imprison Angela Corey.

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The Chicago Bears released Devin hester, the record holder for ANY & ALL kick return concerns. Now you know why Da Bears are Da Losers.

The Chicago Bears released Devin hester, the record holder for ANY & ALL kick return concerns. Now you know why Da Bears are Da Losers.

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