By Jueseppi B.
West Wing Week: “Nobody Does It Better”
This week, President Obama spoke at the Planned Parenthood conference and the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, met with the King of Jordan, made five personnel announcements, celebrated the sciences and the Joining Forces Initiative, and embarked on a trip to Mexico and Costa Rica.
West Wing Week: 05/03/13 or “Nobody Does It Better”
Friday, April 26th
- The President became the first sitting President to address Planned Parenthood’s National Conference, where he demonstrated his unwavering support for protecting women’s reproductive rights.
- King Abdullah II of Jordan visited the White House for abilateral meeting with the President, where the two leaders addressed the ongoing crisis in Syria.
Saturday, April 27th
- The President joined comedian Conan O’Brien and the journalists who cover his administration at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.
Monday, April 29th
- At the National Academy of Sciences, the President joined the current members of the Academy to celebrate the 150 years of work.
- The President announced he was nominating Charlotte NC mayor, Anthony Foxx as the next Secretary of Transportation.
- In the Roosevelt Room, the President and the Vice President met with Latino leaders to discuss the upcoming trip to Mexico and Costa Rica.
Tuesday, April 30th
- On Tuesday morning, the 100th day of the President’s second term, the President held a news conference in the Briefing Room.
- The Vice President, Dr. Jill Biden, the First Lady, and the President joined business leaders in the East Room to announce significant new hiring commitments for transitioning servicemen and women, veterans and military spouses as part of the Joining Forces initiative.
Wednesday, May 1st
- The President made two more personnel announcements in the State Dining Room, nominating Congressman Mel Watt to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency and Tom Wheeler to head up the Federal Communications Commission.
Thursday, May 2nd
- The President made his third personnel announcement of the week, for two more positions in his administration, Mike Froman as the next US Trade Representative and Penny Pritzker as the next Secretary of Commerce.
- Then it was time to head south for a three-day trip to Mexico and Costa Rica.
Speeches and Remarks
Statements and Releases
President Barack Obama and President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico share a toast prior to a working dinner at Los Pinos, Mexico City, Mexico, May 2, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza).
12:46 PM EDT
In the latest installment of “Being Biden,” the Vice President tells the story behind a photo taken with Senator John McCain, just before speaking at the McCain Institute for International Leadership in Sedona, Arizona. Listen:
09:30 AM EDT
While more work remains to be done, today’s employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to recover from the worst downturn since the Great Depression. It is critical that we remain focused on pursuing policies to speed job creation and expand the middle class, as we continue to dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began in December 2007.
Today’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that private sector businesses added 176,000 jobs last month. Total non-farm payroll employment rose by 165,000 jobs in April. The February and March employment estimates were revised up by a total of 114,000 jobs. The economy has now added private sector jobs every month for 38 straight months, and a total of 6.8 million jobs has been added over that period. Over 800,000 private sector jobs have been added over the last four months.
The household survey showed that the unemployment rate edged down from 7.6 percent in March to 7.5 percent in April, the lowest rate since December 2008. The labor force participation rate was unchanged at 63.3 percent in April.
Now is not the time for Washington to impose self-inflicted wounds on the economy. The Administration continues to urge Congress to replace the sequester with balanced deficit reduction, while working to put in place measures to create middle-class jobs, such as by rebuilding our roads and bridges and promoting American manufacturing. The President will continue to press Congress to act on the measures he called for in his State of the Union address to make America a magnet for good jobs, help workers earn the skills they need to do those jobs, and make sure their hard work leads to a decent living.
According to the establishment survey, in April employment rose notably in professional and business services (+73,000), bars and restaurants (+37,900), retail trade (+29,300), and health care and social assistance (+26,100). Construction declined by 6,000 (due to a fall in nonresidential construction employment), after growing for 10 consecutive months and adding 181,000 jobs in that period.
As the Administration stresses every month, the monthly employment and unemployment figures can be volatile, and payroll employment estimates can be subject to substantial revision. Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report and it is informative to consider each report in the context of other data that are becoming available.
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President Obama Visits Mexico and Costa Rica
On his trip to Mexico and Costa Rica, the President hopes to highlight and reinforce the deep cultural, familial, and economic ties that so many Americans share with Mexico and Central America, and to promote economic growth across the region.
Ben Rhodes Previews President Obama’s Trip to Mexico and Costa Rica
The Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications talks about some of the issues the President will be focusing on in his meetings.
The Employment Situation in April
Today’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that private sector businesses added 176,000 jobs last month and total non-farm payroll employment rose by 165,000 jobs in April. The economy has now added private sector jobs every month for 38 straight months, and a total of 6.8 million jobs has been added over that period.
All times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
8:30 AM: The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden host their annual Cinco de Mayo breakfast at the Naval Observatory.
10:15 AM: The President delivers remarks.
10:30 AM: The Vice President and Secretary of State John Kerry deliver remarks at the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) Memorial Plaque Ceremony.
12:25 PM: The President meets with Mexican entrepreneurs.
1:25 PM: The President departs Mexico City, Mexico en route San Jose, Costa Rica.
4:00 PM: The President arrives San Jose, Costa Rica.
4:35 PM: The President meets and greets with United States Embassy personnel.
5:40 PM: The President and President Chinchilla hold a restricted bilateral meeting.
5:55 PM: The President and President Chinchilla hold an expanded bilateral meeting.
6:30 PM: The President and President Chinchilla hold a cultural event with Costa Rican youth.
7:15 PM: The President and President Chinchilla hold a press conference.
7:30 PM: The Vice President delivers keynote remarks at the South Carolina Democratic Party’s 2013 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.
8:35 PM: The President participates in a photo with Central American Integration System leaders.
9:00 PM: The President, President Chinchilla and Central American Integration System leaders meet for a working dinner.
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