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The Daily Word From Barack’s House For August 26th, 2013


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule – August 26, 2013

 

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

 

Later in the morning, the President will meet with faith leaders to discuss the Anniversary of the March on Washington and how civil rights and equality are closely tied to voting rights and closing the gap on education, unemployment, and access to health care.  This meeting is closed press.

 

In the afternoon, the President will award Staff Sergeant Ty M. Carter, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.  Staff Sergeant Carter will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a cavalry scout with Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during combat operations in Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on October 3, 2009. Staff Sergeant Carter will be the fifth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.  He and his family will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service. The President’s remarks in the East Room will be open press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will meet with the 2013 Urban Debate National Tournament champions, part of the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL) in the Oval Office. NAUDL is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization working to close the achievement gap in urban public high schools by organizing competitive debate programs for minority students from low-income families. This meeting is closed press.

 

 

Monday, August 26 2013 All Times ET

 

 

 

10:00 AM: The President and the Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office.

 

 

11:30 AM: The President meets with faith leaders in the Roosevelt Room.

 

 

2:10 PM: The President awards Staff Sergeant Ty M. Carter, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor in the East Room.

 

 

3:00 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney in the Brady Briefing Room.

 

 

4:15 PM: The President meets with 2013 Urban Debate National Tournament Champions in the Oval Office.

 

 

The Week Ahead:

Tuesday: The President will host a reception at the White House in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

 

Wednesday: The President will deliver remarks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

 

Thursday: Attends meetings at the White House.

 

Friday: The President will welcome President Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia, President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania, and President Andris Berzins of Latvia to the White House.

 

 

 

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August 26, 2013 2:10 PM EDT

President Obama Awards Staff Sergeant Ty M. Carter, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor

The White House

 

Staff Sergeant Carter will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a cavalry scout with Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during combat operations in Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on October 3, 2009.

 

He will be the fifth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

 

Staff Sergeant Carter grew up in Spokane, Washington and claims Antioch, California as his home of record. He is married to Shannon Carter and they have three children; Jayden Young, Madison Carter and Sehara Carter.

 

 

August 26, 2013 3:00 PM EDT

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

The White House

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

Readout of the President’s Phone Call with President Hollande of France

 

 

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Valerie Jarrett
Valerie Jarrett

August 26, 2013
11:10 AM EDT
Valerie B. Jarrett is a Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. She oversees the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and chairs the White House Council on Women and Girls.

 

This Wednesday will mark 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech at the base of the Lincoln Memorial; a moment which served to punctuate a movement that changed America.

 

To honor this occasion, President Obama will be joined Wednesday, August 28th, by President Jimmy Carter and President Bill Clinton, members of the King family and other civil rights leaders and luminaries at the Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action event at the Lincoln Memorial, to commemorate Dr. King’s soaring speech and the 1963 March on Washington.

 

As we mark this important anniversary, we reflect on what the Civil Rights Movement has meant for the country, and perhaps most importantly, the hard work that lies ahead as we continue to pursue the ideals laid out by Dr. King, and sought by the hundreds of thousands of Americans who marched through our nation’s capital fifty years ago.

 

This event is open to the public. Doors open at 9:00 AM, for an 11:00 AM program start on Wednesday, August 28th at the Lincoln Memorial. Guests arriving after 12:00 PM are not guaranteed admittance.  In order to access the venue, you must enter from the east side of the Reflecting Pool, on 17th street, near the World War II Memorial.

 

For more information on the 50th Anniversary Let Freedom Ring Ceremony and Call to Action Event at the Lincoln Memorial please visit http://officialmlkdream50.com/august-28/.

 

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Interfaith Service 

9:00 – 10:30 am 

Shiloh Baptist Church

Hosted by The King Center and The Coalition for Jobs, Justice and Freedom (National Council of Negro Women, SCLC, National Urban League, National Coalition of Black Civic Participation, National Action Network, National Council of Churches, Children’s Defense Fund)

 

 

The Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action Ceremony

11:00 am – 4:00 pm 

The Lincoln Memorial
Washington, DC

President Obama will speak at the “Let Freedom Ring” ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28. That will mark the 50th anniversary celebration of the 1963 March on Washington where Rev. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

 

Hosted by The King Center and The Coalition for Jobs, Justice and Freedom (National Council of Negro Women, SCLC, National Urban League, National Coalition of Black Civic Participation, National Action Network, National Council of Churches, Children’s Defense Fund)

 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
For more details go to: http://goo.gl/wE5bW1

 

“If your city, school, organization or faith based group wants to participate in coordinating a local Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action Bell Ringing at 3 PM please contact Steve Klein SKlein@thekingcenter.org.”

 

 

THE LET FREEDOM RING CALL TO ACTION CLOSING CEREMONY

 
On August 28, 2013 at 3:00 P.M. we are asking you ring bells in your local community or ring our virtual bell on this website. Please go to the schedule on the 28th and register your group, church. organization/agency or city up to do a Bell Ringing. Join the list of groups below who have registered for the bell Ringing.

 

 

Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission Little Rock, AK

 

Dept. of Tourism Montgomery, AL

 

State of Arizona Phoenix, AZ

 

Columbia Foundation San Francisco, CA

 

National Park Service Rocky Mountain National Park

 

Yale New Haven, CT

 

State of Florida Tallahassee, FL

 

Orlando Mayor’s MLK Commission Orlando, FL

 

Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta Augusta, FL

 

High Meadows School Roswell, GA

 

Stone Mountain Stone Mountain, GA

 

Harris United Methodist Church Honolulu, Hawaii

 

State of Kansas Topeka, KS

 

Old South Meeting House, Boston, MA

 

Mississippi State Senate District 24, Greenwood, MS

 

State of Missouri, Jefferson City, MO

State of New Hampshire, Mt. Washington

 

The Gibson Center for Senior Services, New Hampshire

 

The Pelham Public Library. New Hampshire

 

Christ the King Lutheran Church, New Hampshire

 

The Congregational Church, Amherst, New Hampshire

 

State House Plaza, Concord, New Hampshire

 

Isles Of Shoals, New Hampshire

 

Grace Church and the Nyack Center Nyack, New York

 

African Burial Ground National Monument , New York

 

Methodist Theological School, Ohio

 

 

McKinney Group, Dayton Ohio

 

Oklahoma State Capitol, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

The Rising Sun Committee, Allentown, PA

 

Allegheny College, Meadville, PA

 

Lafayette College, Easton, PA

 

Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA

 

Governor’s Southeast Regional Office, Philadelphia, PA

 

Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, Providence, RI

 

The Honorable Nikki R. Haley, Governor of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

 

City of Camden, Camden, SC

 

The National Park Service at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone, SD

 

Orchard Knob Elementary, Lookout Mountain, TN

 

State Capitol Nashville, TN

 

Girls Inc of Oak Ridge, Oak Ridge, TN

 

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Jefferson TX

 

State Senator Rodney Ellis , Houston, Texas

 

Marion Cross School, Norwich, VT

 

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

 

Richmond Capitol Square, Richmond, VA

 

Mt. Sinai Baptist Church (MSBC), Washington DC

 

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC

 

Office of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Madison, WI

 

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, Charleston, WV

 

Southbank Centre, London

 

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Global Freedom Festival

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

The National Mall
Washington, Dc

Hosted by: National Park Service, with the King Center and the The Coalition for Jobs, Justice and Freedom

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 

 

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A virtual education panel: “50 Years of Struggle: Youth Driving Economics, Education and Social Change”

 

High School Panel Session
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM 

 

4th – 8th Grade Session
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM 

 

School Without Walls (DC Public School) — this event will be streamed online

The King Center is partnering with Discovery Education, Kaplan University.

 

Featured Speakers: 
Bernice a. king, King center, CEO
Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
Naomi King, Civil Rights Activist
Congressman John Lewis
Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent Miami Dade Public Schools
Carolyn McKinstry, 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing survivor
Ambassador Andrew Young
Elisabeth Omilami, Humanitarian
Willy Leventhal, Civil Rights Activist
Laura Schwartz, Author

 

We invite high school students across our nation to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Historic March on Washington. Join us for a two hour virtual field trip that brings together the voices of civil rights activists who changed our world.

 

Freedom Festival 

10:00 am – 6:00 pm 

West Potomac Park

Hosted by: National Park Service, with the King Center and The Coalition for Jobs, Justice and Freedom

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 

 

 

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Eric Holder
Eric Holder

August 24, 2013
12:14 PM EDT

 

It was an honor to speak at the National Action to Realize the Dream March this morning to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

 

Fifty years ago, Dr. King shared his dream with the world and described his vision for a society that offered, and delivered, the promise of equal justice under the law. He assured his fellow citizens that this goal was within reach – so long as they kept faith with one another, and maintained the courage and commitment to work toward it.

 

And he urged them to do just that. By calling for no more – and no less – than equal justice. By standing up for the civil rights to which everyone is entitled. And by speaking out – in the face of hatred and violence, in defiance of those who sought to turn them back with fire hoses, bullets, and bombs – for the dignity of a promise kept; the honor of a right redeemed; and the pursuit of a sacred truth that’s been woven through our history since this country’s earliest days: that all are created equal.

 

Those who marched on Washington in 1963 had taken a long and difficult road – from Montgomery, to Greensboro, to Birmingham; through Selma and Tuscaloosa. They marched – in spite of animosity, oppression, and brutality – because they believed in the greatness of what this nation could become and despaired of the founding promises not kept. Their focus, at that time, was the sacred and sadly unmet commitments of the American system as it applied to African Americans.

 

Attorney General Eric Holder acknowledges applause before speaking at a rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.  Carolyn Kaster, AP

Attorney General Eric Holder acknowledges applause before speaking at a rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Carolyn Kaster, AP

 

As we gather today, 50 years later, their march – now our march – goes on. And our focus has broadened to include the cause of women, of Latinos, of Asian Americans, of lesbians, of gays, of people with disabilities, and of countless others across this country who still yearn for equality, opportunity, and fair treatment. We recognize that we are forever bound to one another and that we stand united by the work that lies ahead – and by the journey that still stretches before us.

 

This morning, we affirm that this struggle must, and will, go on in the cause of our nation’s quest for justice – until every eligible American has the chance to exercise his or her right to vote, unencumbered by discriminatory or unneeded procedures, rules, or practices. It must go on until our criminal justice system can ensure that all are treated equally and fairly in the eyes of the law. And it must go on until every action we take reflects our values and that which is best about us. It must go on until those now living, and generations yet to be born, can be assured the rights and opportunities that have been too long denied to too many.

 

Eric Holder is the Attorney General of the United States
Related Topics: Civil Rights

 

 

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Weekly Address: Making Higher Education More Affordable for the Middle Class

 

 

Weekly Wrap Up: “Make College More Affordable”

 

 

African Leaders Meet to Discuss Immigration Reform

 

 

Regional Roundup: College Affordability Bus Tour

 

 

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri


 

By Jueseppi B.

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The Twitterverse – August 26, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Week Ahead:

 

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Monday: The President will award Staff Sergeant Ty M. Carter, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Staff Sergeant Carter will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a cavalry scout with Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during combat operations in Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on October 3, 2009.

 

Staff Sergeant Carter will be the fifth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. He and his family will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service.

 

Tuesday: The President will host a reception at the White House in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

 

Wednesday: The President will deliver remarks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

 

Thursday: The President attends meetings at the White House.

 

Friday: The President will welcome President Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia, President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania, and President Andris Berzins of Latvia to the White House.

 

 

 

 

The Ed Show: Obamacare

 

 

 

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ObamaCare Facts: Obama’s Health Care Reform

 

 

 

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Obamacare supporters react to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold President Obama's health care law, on June 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. Today the high court upheld the whole healthcare law of the Obama Administration. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Obamacare supporters react to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold President Obama’s health care law, on June 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. Today the high court upheld the whole healthcare law of the Obama Administration. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

 

 

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The College Affordability Bus Tour: Day 1

 

 

President Obama’s Plan for Making College More Affordable

 

 

The White House: Join The Conversation On Making College Affordable

 

 

The College Affordability Bus Tour: Final Day

 

 

First Lady Michelle Obama Attends Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

 

 

Join The March Online

 

 

50 Years And The Struggle Continues: The MLK 50th Anniversary March On Washington, D.C.

 

 

Are You A Trayvon Voter?

 

 

Weekly Address: Making Higher Education More Affordable for the Middle Class

 

 

President Obama and Vice President Biden Speak on College Affordability

 

 

President Obama Holds a Town Hall on College Affordability

 

 

Weekly Wrap Up: “Make College More Affordable”

 

 

Attorney General Eric Holder acknowledges applause before speaking at a rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.  Carolyn Kaster, AP

Attorney General Eric Holder acknowledges applause before speaking at a rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Carolyn Kaster, AP

 

Eric Holder
Eric Holder

August 24, 2013
12:14 PM EDT

 

It was an honor to speak at the National Action to Realize the Dream March this morning to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

 

Fifty years ago, Dr. King shared his dream with the world and described his vision for a society that offered, and delivered, the promise of equal justice under the law. He assured his fellow citizens that this goal was within reach – so long as they kept faith with one another, and maintained the courage and commitment to work toward it.

 

And he urged them to do just that. By calling for no more – and no less – than equal justice. By standing up for the civil rights to which everyone is entitled. And by speaking out – in the face of hatred and violence, in defiance of those who sought to turn them back with fire hoses, bullets, and bombs – for the dignity of a promise kept; the honor of a right redeemed; and the pursuit of a sacred truth that’s been woven through our history since this country’s earliest days: that all are created equal.

 

Those who marched on Washington in 1963 had taken a long and difficult road – from Montgomery, to Greensboro, to Birmingham; through Selma and Tuscaloosa. They marched – in spite of animosity, oppression, and brutality – because they believed in the greatness of what this nation could become and despaired of the founding promises not kept. Their focus, at that time, was the sacred and sadly unmet commitments of the American system as it applied to African Americans.

 

As we gather today, 50 years later, their march – now our march – goes on. And our focus has broadened to include the cause of women, of Latinos, of Asian Americans, of lesbians, of gays, of people with disabilities, and of countless others across this country who still yearn for equality, opportunity, and fair treatment. We recognize that we are forever bound to one another and that we stand united by the work that lies ahead – and by the journey that still stretches before us.

 

This morning, we affirm that this struggle must, and will, go on in the cause of our nation’s quest for justice – until every eligible American has the chance to exercise his or her right to vote, unencumbered by discriminatory or unneeded procedures, rules, or practices. It must go on until our criminal justice system can ensure that all are treated equally and fairly in the eyes of the law. And it must go on until every action we take reflects our values and that which is best about us. It must go on until those now living, and generations yet to be born, can be assured the rights and opportunities that have been too long denied to too many

 

 

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‘The Butler’ stays on top of box office with $17 million

 

NEW YORK (AP) — “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” served up another box office-topping weekend, earning $17 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

 

That was enough to lead all films on a late August weekend known as a dumping ground for studios following their summer blockbusters and before the start of the fall moviegoing season. Daniel’s historical drama about a long-serving White House butler starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, last weekend opened with $24.6 million for the Weinstein Co.

 

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Two new releases failed to catch on. The teen fantasy “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” adapted from the popular young adult book series, opened tepidly in third with $9.3 million for Sony Screen Gems.

 

Edgar Wright’s pub-crawl-gone-wrong comedy “The World’s End” opened with $8.9 million for Focus Features.

 

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Saturday’s 411 From Barack’s House: Weekly Address “A Better Bargain For The Middle Class.”


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Weekly Address: A Better Bargain for the Middle Class

July 27, 2013 | 4:42 | Public Domain

 

President Obama tells the American people about his speech at Knox College on Wednesday, where he discussed the cornerstones of what it means to be middle class, including having a good job, a home that is your own, quality education, a secure retirement, and affordable health care.

 

 

 

WEEKLY ADDRESS: A Better Bargain for the Middle Class

 

 

 

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July 27, 2013 | 4:23 | Public Domain

 

En el mensaje de esta semana, Katina Rojas Joy, Directora Adjunta de la Oficina de Enlace Comercial del Departamento de Comercio, discutió la visión del Presidente para reconstruir una economía que coloque en primer lugar a la clase media y a los que luchan por llegar a esta. El plan del Presidente ofrece un mejor negocio para la clase media: un buen empleo, una educación de calidad, una casa propia, una jubilación segura y digna, y cuidado de la salud a bajo precio del que se pueda depender.

 

 

 

 

West Wing Week: 07/26/13 or “Becoming A More Perfect Union

July 26, 2013 | 04:28 |Public Domain

 

This week, the President hosted the NCAA Champion Louisville Cardinals, the President of Vietnam, pressed for the passage of comprehensive immigration reform, and laid out his vision of growing the economy from the middle class out, while traveling to Illinois, Missouri, and Florida.

 

 

 

 

President Obama delivers remarks marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice

 

President Obama Honors the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice

 

Published on Jul 27, 2013

In his remarks President Obama said, Veterans of the Korean War — in the spring of your youth you learned how short and precious life can be. And because of you, millions of people can keep on living it, in freedom and in peace. Your lives are an inspiration. Your service will never be forgotten. You have the thanks of a grateful nation. July 27, 2013.

 

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks at the OFA Action August Summit

 

Published on Jul 26, 2013

Highlighted remarks from the President, who spoke to supporters at the OFA Action August Summit on Monday, July 22nd.

 

 

 

 

The Saturday White House Schedule

 

6:30 PM: VP Biden and Dr Jill Biden visit with U.S. service members, military families, and Defense Department employees at an event at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii.

 

 

The White House Week Ahead:

 

Monday: The President will welcome the San Francisco Giants to the White House to honor the team and their 2012 World Series Championship.

 

 

Tuesday: The President will travel to the Amazon fulfillment center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to give the first in a series of policy speeches on his better bargain for the middle class. The speech is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. ET.

 

 

Wednesday: The President will welcome NCAA Champion UConn Huskies to honor the team and their 2013 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship. Also on Wednesday, he will travel to Capitol Hill for a meeting with Democrats in both chambers.

 

 

Thursday: The President will host Yemeni President Abdo Rabbu Mansour Hadi at the White House.

 

 

Friday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.

 

 

Tweets From The White House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Obama to Award Medal of Honor

 

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President Obama to Award Medal of Honor

On August 26, 2013, President Barack Obama will awardStaff Sergeant Ty M. Carter, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.  Staff Sergeant Carter will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a cavalry scout with Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during combat operations in Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on October 3, 2009.

 

Staff Sergeant Carter will be the fifth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.  He and his family will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service.

 

 

PERSONAL BACKGROUND: 

Staff Sergeant Ty Michael Carter grew up in Spokane, Washington and claims Antioch, California as his home of record.  He is married to Shannon Carter and they have three children; Jayden Young, Madison Carter and Sehara Carter.

 

Staff Sergeant Carter enlisted in the Army in January 2008 as a cavalry scout.  After completion of training at Ft Knox, Kentucky, he was assigned to 3-61 Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, where he deployed to Afghanistan from May 2009 to May 2010.  In Oct 2010, he was assigned as a Stryker gunner with 8-1 Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  He completed a second deployment to Afghanistan in October 2012.  Carter is currently stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington and is assigned to 7th Infantry Division.

 

His military decorations include:  Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal, Navy Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service MedalNCO Professional Development Ribbonw/Numeral 2, Army Service Ribbon, Oversea Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, the Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge and Air Assault Badge.

 

Staff Sergeant Carter has also been credited with the following unit awards: Valorous Unit Award and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.

 

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

THE MEDAL OF HONOR:

The Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguishes themselves conspicuously by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty while:

 

  • engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States;
  • engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or
  • serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

 

The meritorious conduct must involve great personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life. There must be incontestable proof of the performance of the meritorious conduct, and each recommendation for the award must be considered on the standard of extraordinary merit.

 

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) delivers remarks before awarding U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta with the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry in the East Room of the White House November 16, 2010 in Washington, DC. Staff Sergeant Giunta, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions during combat operations in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan in October 2007. Giunta is the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War.

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) delivers remarks before awarding U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta with the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry in the East Room of the White House November 16, 2010 in Washington, DC. Staff Sergeant Giunta, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions during combat operations in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan in October 2007. Giunta is the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War.

 

 

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Updates, Tweets & Photos From The White House


By Jueseppi B.

Tweets From Those Connected With The Obama Administration

Tweets From Those Connected With The Obama Administration

 

July 26th, 2013: Tweets of the Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

President Obama to Award Medal of Honor

 

 

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President Obama to Award Medal of Honor

On August 26, 2013, President Barack Obama will award Staff Sergeant Ty M. Carter, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.  Staff Sergeant Carter will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a cavalry scout with Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during combat operations in Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on October 3, 2009.

 

Staff Sergeant Carter will be the fifth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.  He and his family will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service.

 

 

PERSONAL BACKGROUND: 

Staff Sergeant Ty Michael Carter grew up in Spokane, Washington and claims Antioch, California as his home of record.  He is married to Shannon Carter and they have three children; Jayden Young, Madison Carter and Sehara Carter.

 

Staff Sergeant Carter enlisted in the Army in January 2008 as a cavalry scout.  After completion of training at Ft Knox, Kentucky, he was assigned to 3-61 Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, where he deployed to Afghanistan from May 2009 to May 2010.  In Oct 2010, he was assigned as a Stryker gunner with 8-1 Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  He completed a second deployment to Afghanistan in October 2012.  Carter is currently stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington and is assigned to 7th Infantry Division.

 

His military decorations include:  Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal, Navy Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon w/Numeral 2, Army Service Ribbon, Oversea Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, the Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge and Air Assault Badge.

 

Staff Sergeant Carter has also been credited with the following unit awards: Valorous Unit Award and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.

 

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

THE MEDAL OF HONOR:

The Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguishes themselves conspicuously by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty while:

 

  • engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States;
  • engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or
  • serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

 

The meritorious conduct must involve great personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life. There must be incontestable proof of the performance of the meritorious conduct, and each recommendation for the award must be considered on the standard of extraordinary merit.

 

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) delivers remarks before awarding U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta with the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry in the East Room of the White House November 16, 2010 in Washington, DC. Staff Sergeant Giunta, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions during combat operations in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan in October 2007. Giunta is the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War.

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) delivers remarks before awarding U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta with the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry in the East Room of the White House November 16, 2010 in Washington, DC. Staff Sergeant Giunta, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions during combat operations in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan in October 2007. Giunta is the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War.

 

 

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President Obama Signs West Virginia Disaster Declaration

 

 

President Obama Signs Colorado Disaster Declaration

 

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National Park Board Chief Executive Hong Yuen Poon presents Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill with the certificate for “Dendrobium Joe and Jill Biden”, the orchid named after the couple at National Orchid Garden in Singapore, July 26th, 2013

National Park Board Chief Executive Hong Yuen Poon presents Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill with the certificate for “Dendrobium Joe and Jill Biden”, the orchid named after the couple at National Orchid Garden in Singapore, July 26th, 2013

President Obama walks across the South Lawn as he departs the White House. Obama invited all the members of his cabinet and their families to spend the day at Camp David.

President Obama walks across the South Lawn as he departs the White House. Obama invited all the members of his cabinet and their families to spend the day at Camp David.

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President Obama winks as he speaks at an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan in the State Dining Room of the White House, July 25th, 2013

President Obama winks as he speaks at an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan in the State Dining Room of the White House, July 25th, 2013

 

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Barack’s Blog For Tuesday The 12th Of February, Twenty Twelve


By Jueseppi B.

 

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An American Hero Receives the Medal of Honor

 

Matt Compton
By  Matt Compton  February 11, 2013  The White House

 

 

 

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President Barack Obama awards Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 11, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

 

 

This afternoon, former Army Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha received the Medal of Honor in a ceremony at the White House. He’s the fourth living individual to do so.

 

On Oct. 3, 2009, Romesha was part of a unit attached to Combat Outpost Keating in the northeastern mountains of Afghanistan. In the early morning, while most of the unit was still asleep, they came under attack. Fifty-three Americans found themselves defending a position the Defense Department later “indefensible” from more than 300 Taliban fighters.

 

It soon became one of the most intense battles in the war in Afghanistan.

 

“With gunfire impacting all around him,” President Obama said, “Clint raced to one of the barracks and grabbed a machine gun. He took aim at one of the enemy machine teams and took it out. A rocket-propelled grenade exploded, sending shrapnel into his hip, his arm, and his neck. But he kept fighting, disregarding his own wounds, and tending to an injured comrade instead.”

 

Despite those heroics, the Taliban advanced, and the American defenders withdrew to a single building. They became convinced that their position would be entirely overrun. And then, the President told the audience in the East Room, “Clint Romesha decided to retake that camp.”

 

“Clint gathered up his guys, and they began to fight their way back,” he said. “Storming one building, then another. Pushing the enemy back. Having to actually shoot up — at the enemy in the mountains above. By now, most of the camp was on fire. Amid the flames and smoke, Clint stood in a doorway, calling in airstrikes that shook the earth all around them.”

 

Even then, the battle wasn’t over. Romesha and his team covered three of their comrades who were pinned down in a Humvee as they made their escape. Then he led a 100-meter charge, under fire, to recover the bodies of others who had died — rather than leave them to the enemy.

 

When told he would receive the Medal of Honor, Romesha downplayed his actions — and lauded the efforts of the rest of his team. And as President Obama acknowledged, there were indeed a lot of heroes in Afghanistan that day.

 

“If you seek a measure of that day, you need to look no further than the medals and ribbons that grace their chests,” he said, “for their sustained heroism, 37 Army Commendation Medals; for their wounds, 27 Purple Hearts; for their valor, 18 Bronze Stars; for their gallantry, 9 Silver Stars.”

 

Read the full remarks here. Or watch the video.

 

 

 

State of the Union 2013: White House “Open for Questions” Marathon

 

Erin Lindsay
By  Erin Lindsay  February 11, 2013  The White House

 

 

On Tuesday, February 12 at 9:00 p.m. ET, President Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union Address. Once again, we will be streaming an enhanced version of the speech that features graphics, data and stats that highlight the issues the President is discussing on WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU. We will also live stream that broadcast through the White House Live App on FacebookYouTube and our Google+ page.

 

Immediately following the speech, we’ll be streaming a virtual Q&A live from the White House. During this special “Open for Questions” event, a panel of senior advisors will be answering questions about the President’s address submitted by citizens via Twitter (using the hashtag’s #WHChat & #SOTU), Google+ and Facebook, as well as from the live in-person audience of White House Social participants.

 

In the days following the speech, Administration officials will continue to take questions on key issue areas addressed in the President’s speech submitted by the public on social media during an “Open for Questions” marathon.

 

You can submit questions during the event on Twitter (#WHChat & #SOTU), Facebook and Google+ or ahead of time with participating sites. Each “Open for Questions” event will be streamed live on WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU.  Check out the full line up below.

 

 

 

“Open for Questions” Marathon

 

Tuesday, February 12th: 

10:00 p.m. ET: Post-SOTU “Open for Questions”

  • Brian Deese, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council
  • Josh Earnest, Principal Deputy Press Secretary (@JEarnest44)
  • Sarah Bianchi, Director of Economic and Domestic Policy for the Vice President
  • Felicia Escobar, Senior Policy Director for Immigration
  • Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy
  • Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Policy

 

 

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Thursday, February 14th:

 

 

Friday, February 15th:

 

 

 

 

Vice President Biden Meets with Law Enforcement Officials in Philadelphia

 

Tobin Marcus
By  Tobin Marcus  February 11, 2013  The White House

 

Today, Vice President Biden traveled to Philadelphia to meet with law enforcement officials and hold a roundtable discussion to talk about the Administration’s plan to reduce gun violence.

 

 

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Vice President Joe Biden holds a roundtable with law enforcement officials and members of congress on gun safety, at Girard College in Philadelphia, PA, Feb., 11, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

 

 

In addition to Vice President Biden, the roundtable included Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, Senator Robert Casey, Congressman Robert Brady, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, Congressman Chaka Fattah, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, and police chiefs and prosecutors from other cities and communities.

 

In the meeting, the participants discussed the challenges for law enforcement as they work to reduce gun crime. The Vice President pledged to continue the Administration’s fight to put 15,000 police officers on the street – and also argued that there is a consensus growing behind sensible gun safety legislation. He called for getting assault weapons and high capacity magazines off the streets, requiring background checks for all gun purchases, and a federal gun trafficking statute, among other proposals.

 

 

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Vice President Joe Biden listens as Chief Thomas Hyers of the Springettsbury police department talks about a .223 round, during a roundtable with law enforcement officials and members of congress on gun safety, at Girard College in Philadelphia, PA, Feb., 11, 2013. To Chief Hyers’ right is Chief Scott Thomson of Camden, New Jersey. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

 

 

“We can debate some of the things that the President has proposed,” he said. “But there is no common-sense rationale to suggest why we don’t act.” The Vice President reiterated that the message of improving gun safety in America will be “embraced by rural communities as well as urban communities.”

 

As the meeting came to a close, Commissioner Ramsey called for action, saying, “You see a variety of police chiefs assembled around this table.  They are here because they either are dealing on a daily basis or have dealt on a daily basis with the kind of carnage that we see all the time… And it has to stop, and we have to move forward on this.

 

 

 

February 10, 2013

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel After the State of the Union

 

 

The White House

 

Office of the Press Secretary

 

For Immediate Release
February 10, 2013

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel After the State of the Union

 

After Tuesday evening’s State of the Union address, the President will travel to three different communities to discuss proposals, unveiled in the speech, that focus on strengthening the economy for the middle class and those striving to get there.  On Wednesday, February 13th, the President will travel to the Asheville, North Carolina area for an event.  On Thursday, February 14th, the President will travel to the Atlanta, Georgia area for an event.  On Friday, February 15th, the President will travel to the Chicago area for an event.  More details about these events, including time and location, will be released later this week.

 

 

 

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