President Obama Presents State Department’s 2014 Women of Courage Award to Dr. Maha Al Muneef.


 

By Jueseppi B.

U.S. President Barack Obama presents Dr. Maha Al-Muneef with the U.S. Secretary of State's International Woman of Courage Award in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, March 29, 2014. Photo by AP

U.S. President Barack Obama presents Dr. Maha Al-Muneef with the U.S. Secretary of State‘s International Woman of Courage Award in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, March 29, 2014. Photo by AP

 

 

Obama honors Saudi woman with ‘courage award’

 

U.S. President Barack Obama met with a campaigner for women’s rights on Saturday, wrapping up a trip that was meant to allay Riyadh’s fears of a waning U.S. interest in the region.

 

The president personally awarded the State Department Woman of Courage Award to Dr. Maha Al Muneef, executive director of the National Family Safety Program. “Dr. Al Muneef has worked relentlessly to spread awareness about domestic violence and victims of child abuse,” the State Department said.

 

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REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT IN PRESENTING STATE DEPARTMENT’S 2014 WOMEN OF COURAGE AWARD

TO DR. MAHA AL MUNEEF

Ritz Carlton

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

THE PRESIDENT:  For the press, I just wanted to let everybody know Dr. Al Muneef was a recipient of the International Women of Courage Award that the State Department annually presents to women who are doing extraordinary work around the world advocating on behalf of women, children, and families.  She was not able to attend because of family health issues, but we were aware of the fact that we’d be able to see her here today to personally present the award.

I’m doing this on behalf of Michelle Obama, who normally is the presenter, and I know that Dr. Al Muneef is disappointed that it’s me instead of Michelle — appropriately so.  (Laughter.)  But Dr. Maha Al Muneef has been able to not only set up services here in the kingdom, but also, more importantly in some ways, been able to pass laws providing protections for women and children for domestic abuse and to provide a safe space and shelter for those who are suffering from domestic abuses.

     And so to see the kind of progress that’s been made, her ability to work with the kingdom to persuade many that this is an issue that’s going to be important to the society over the long term, I think makes this award fully justified.  And so we’re very, very proud of you and grateful for all the work you’re doing here and I’m looking forward to seeing you do even more wonderful things in the future.

     DR. AL MUNEEF:  Thank you.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you so much.  And she has wonderful children who are over there taking pictures.  She’s very proud of them.

 

 

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First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama Travels To China.


 

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First Lady Michelle Obama Travels to China And Invites Young People to Participate

 

Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama 

March 03, 2014
11:22 AM EST

 

Note: Visit WhiteHouse.gov/First-Lady-China-Visit to sign up for email updates from the First Lady and get the latest news about the trip.

 

On March 19th, I’ll be heading to China for an official visit – and I want young people like you across America to join me.

 

Over the past five years as First Lady, I’ve traveled around the world – to countries like Mexico, India, South Africa, Ireland and others across Africa, Asia, Europe and South America – and China is another important stop on this journey.  With more than 1.3 billion people, China is the most populous country on earth, and it plays an important role on the world stage.

 

My husband and I take the time to visit countries like China because we know that today, more than ever before, our lives here in America are connected to the lives of people around the world.

 

Companies here in America do business with – and compete with – companies across the globe.  With the click of a button, you can connect with kids on every continent, and last year alone, more than 283,000American high school and college students studied in more than 190 different countries (China is actually the fifth most popular place for American students to study abroad, and more students come from China to study in the U.S. than from any other country).  And no matter what country we live in, we’re all facing so many of the same challenges – from ensuring that students get a good education; to fighting poverty, hunger and disease; to addressing threats to our planet like climate change.

 

These issues affect every last one of us, so it’s critically important that young people like you learn about what’s going on not just here in America, but around the world.  Because when it comes to the challenges we face, soon, all of you will be leading the way. You’ll be discovering the cures, inventing the technologies, building the businesses, and making the laws that will shape our future for generations to come.  And you’ll need to do these things together, working with others around the world – so you’ll need to be familiar with cultures, languages, and traditions that are very different from your own.

 

That’s why everywhere I go, whether it’s here in the U.S. or abroad, I meet with young people to hear about your challenges, hopes and dreams – and that’s what I’ll be doing in China as well.  During my trip, I’ll be visiting a university and two high schools in Beijing and Chengdu(which are two of China’s largest cities).  I’ll be talking with students about their lives in China and telling them about America and the values and traditions we hold dear.  I’ll be focusing in particular on the power and importance of education, both in my own life and in the lives of young people in both of our countries. I’ll also be visiting various historical and cultural sites in China, and I look forward to sharing with you the stories of the students I meet, as well as the interesting facts I learn about Chinese history and culture.

 

I’ll be posting a daily travel blog, complete with videos and photos, and I’ll be taking – and answering – questions from kids across America as I go.

 

I hope you’ll join me – all you have to do is get online:

 

  • Go to WhiteHouse.gov to check out my travel blog, and you can even sign up for a daily email update delivered to your inbox.
  • Explore educational resources about China and join virtual events with PBS LearningMedia and Discovery Education.
  • Follow me on Twitter @FLOTUS and on Instagram@MichelleObama for the latest updates from the road and for chances to ask questions during the visit.

 

I look forward to sharing this important trip with you.

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Washington, DC * 2:00 PM – As part of her focus on education and reaching out to students for her upcoming trip to China, First Lady Michelle Obama will visit the Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School – a Chinese-immersion, International Baccalaureate, elementary school in Washington, DC. At the event, Mrs. Obama will encourage students around the U.S. to follow her trip. The First Lady will deliver brief, informal remarks following a 6th grade presentation on their 2013 trip to China.  The First Lady will also visit with pre-Kindergarten students in their classroom to experience their language learning firsthand. The First Lady’s remarks and the 6th grade presentation will be open press; the visit with Pre-Kindergarten students will be covered by a pool.

 

Yu Ying – meaning nurturing excellence – takes its name from a groundbreaking girls school founded in 1911 in Beijing, China. Established by a former Imperial Lady-in-Waiting, Madame Tzen-Kuei Wang, the Yu Ying School offered classroom education at a time when the centuries-old tutorial system was still the norm in China. The school was a powerful force for educational change in China.

 

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To Beijing, Xi’an, and Chengdu

 

The First Lady will travel to China from March 19-26, 2014. She will be visiting Beijing from March 20-23, Xi’an on March 24, and Chengdu from March 25-26. And she’s inviting students and classrooms across the U.S. to follow her trip.

 

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

 

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

 

The First Lady will be focusing on the power and importance of education, both in her own life and in the lives of young people in both countries.

 

 

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First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama Prepares For Her China Visit: Visits Yu Ying Public Charter School In Washington, D.C.

 

 

US First Lady Michelle Obama (L) learns some basic Mandarin at Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School, a Chinese-immersion, International Baccalaureate, elementary school, in Washington on March 4, 2014. Michelle Obama travels to China March 19-26.

US First Lady Michelle Obama (L) learns some basic Mandarin at Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School, a Chinese-immersion, International Baccalaureate, elementary school, in Washington on March 4, 2014. Michelle Obama travels to China March 19-26.

 

FLOTUS Michelle Obama is going to China this month and wants advice on what to do when she gets there.

 

Sure, the State Department is involved in the planning. But the first lady sought help on Tuesday from sixth-graders at a Washington public charter school who visited the Asian powerhouse last year. The school has a dual English and Mandarin Chinese immersion program.

 

The students gave her tips on dealing with jet lag and pick pocketers. They told her that people will stare at her because she’s the president’s wife, and to bring hand sanitizer.

 

Mrs. Obama also learned a few choice Chinese phrases.

 

The first lady announced Monday that she will travel to China from March 19-26, with several stops including Beijing.

 

 

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Participate in the First Lady’s China Trip from Anywhere

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama Visits Yu Ying Public Charter School In Washington, D.C.


 

By Jueseppi B.

US First Lady Michelle Obama (L) learns some basic Mandarin at Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School, a Chinese-immersion, International Baccalaureate, elementary school, in Washington on March 4, 2014. Michelle Obama travels to China March 19-26.

US First Lady Michelle Obama (L) learns some basic Mandarin at Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School, a Chinese-immersion, International Baccalaureate, elementary school, in Washington on March 4, 2014. Michelle Obama travels to China March 19-26.

 

Michelle Obama is going to China this month and wants advice on what to do when she gets there.

 

Sure, the State Department is involved in the planning. But the first lady sought help on Tuesday from sixth-graders at a Washington public charter school who visited the Asian powerhouse last year. The school has a dual English and Mandarin Chinese immersion program.

 

The students gave her tips on dealing with jet lag and pick pocketers. They told her that people will stare at her because she’s the president’s wife, and to bring hand sanitizer.

 

Mrs. Obama also learned a few choice Chinese phrases.

 

The first lady announced Monday that she will travel to China from March 19-26, with several stops including Beijing.

 

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Remarks by the First Lady at Chinese Immersion School Visit

 

Yu Ying Public Charter School
Washington, D.C.

 

1:41 P.M. EST

 

MRS. OBAMA:  (Applause.)  I’m delighted to be here.  I don’t know if you’ve heard, but I’m going to take a trip in a couple of weeks to China, and I heard that you all took a very similar trip.  Did everybody here go on the trip?  How many people went to China?  Yes.

 

Well, you guys are going to help me out with my trip because you’re going to prep me.  See, I have all of these wonderful policy people that help me prep, but I figured since you actually visited some of the cities that I’m going to go to that I would get a good sense of what to expect, what you learned, what you liked, what you didn’t like, some of the questions that you think I should ask and be prepared for.

 

Because I do a lot of international travel, and everywhere I go I try to focus on education.  Because one of the things that I want to learn from young people in China is what works for them, what keeps them motivated to keep working hard, studying hard in school.  And I also want to take kids from America with me on those trips.  If they can’t do it physically, I want them to be following what I do.

 

Because what you guys probably learned is that being able to go to another country and learn about other cultures and traditions, that’s a real gift.  Not a lot of kids get to do that, but it’s going to be important as you grow up and you get jobs and you start living in a world that is a very global world.  It’s important to know about other cultures, other traditions.

 

And so that’s why we’re here, because you guys are already ahead of the curve.  And your school is a model for what hopefully more schools in this country will do to expose kids to other countries.  So I’m excited to hear what you have to say.  I’m going to stop talking.  My job is to listen now, okay?  Take it away.

 

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama Travels to China And Invites Young People to Participate

 

Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama 

March 03, 2014
11:22 AM EST

 

Note: Visit WhiteHouse.gov/First-Lady-China-Visit to sign up for email updates from the First Lady and get the latest news about the trip.

 

On March 19th, I’ll be heading to China for an official visit – and I want young people like you across America to join me.

 

Over the past five years as First Lady, I’ve traveled around the world – to countries like Mexico, India, South Africa, Ireland and others across Africa, Asia, Europe and South America – and China is another important stop on this journey.  With more than 1.3 billion people, China is the most populous country on earth, and it plays an important role on the world stage.

 

My husband and I take the time to visit countries like China because we know that today, more than ever before, our lives here in America are connected to the lives of people around the world.

 

Companies here in America do business with – and compete with – companies across the globe.  With the click of a button, you can connect with kids on every continent, and last year alone, more than 283,000American high school and college students studied in more than 190 different countries (China is actually the fifth most popular place for American students to study abroad, and more students come from China to study in the U.S. than from any other country).  And no matter what country we live in, we’re all facing so many of the same challenges – from ensuring that students get a good education; to fighting poverty, hunger and disease; to addressing threats to our planet like climate change.

 

These issues affect every last one of us, so it’s critically important that young people like you learn about what’s going on not just here in America, but around the world.  Because when it comes to the challenges we face, soon, all of you will be leading the way. You’ll be discovering the cures, inventing the technologies, building the businesses, and making the laws that will shape our future for generations to come.  And you’ll need to do these things together, working with others around the world – so you’ll need to be familiar with cultures, languages, and traditions that are very different from your own.

 

That’s why everywhere I go, whether it’s here in the U.S. or abroad, I meet with young people to hear about your challenges, hopes and dreams – and that’s what I’ll be doing in China as well.  During my trip, I’ll be visiting a university and two high schools in Beijing and Chengdu(which are two of China’s largest cities).  I’ll be talking with students about their lives in China and telling them about America and the values and traditions we hold dear.  I’ll be focusing in particular on the power and importance of education, both in my own life and in the lives of young people in both of our countries. I’ll also be visiting various historical and cultural sites in China, and I look forward to sharing with you the stories of the students I meet, as well as the interesting facts I learn about Chinese history and culture.

 

I’ll be posting a daily travel blog, complete with videos and photos, and I’ll be taking – and answering – questions from kids across America as I go.

 

I hope you’ll join me – all you have to do is get online:

 

  • Go to WhiteHouse.gov to check out my travel blog, and you can even sign up for a daily email update delivered to your inbox.
  • Explore educational resources about China and join virtual events with PBS LearningMedia and Discovery Education.
  • Follow me on Twitter @FLOTUS and on Instagram@MichelleObama for the latest updates from the road and for chances to ask questions during the visit.

 

I look forward to sharing this important trip with you.

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Washington, DC * 2:00 PM – As part of her focus on education and reaching out to students for her upcoming trip to China, First Lady Michelle Obama will visit the Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School – a Chinese-immersion, International Baccalaureate, elementary school in Washington, DC. At the event, Mrs. Obama will encourage students around the U.S. to follow her trip. The First Lady will deliver brief, informal remarks following a 6th grade presentation on their 2013 trip to China.  The First Lady will also visit with pre-Kindergarten students in their classroom to experience their language learning firsthand. The First Lady’s remarks and the 6th grade presentation will be open press; the visit with Pre-Kindergarten students will be covered by a pool.

 

Yu Ying – meaning nurturing excellence – takes its name from a groundbreaking girls school founded in 1911 in Beijing, China. Established by a former Imperial Lady-in-Waiting, Madame Tzen-Kuei Wang, the Yu Ying School offered classroom education at a time when the centuries-old tutorial system was still the norm in China. The school was a powerful force for educational change in China.

 

 

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To Beijing, Xi’an, and Chengdu

 

The First Lady will travel to China from March 19-26, 2014. She will be visiting Beijing from March 20-23, Xi’an on March 24, and Chengdu from March 25-26. And she’s inviting students and classrooms across the U.S. to follow her trip.

 

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

 

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

 

The First Lady will be focusing on the power and importance of education, both in her own life and in the lives of young people in both countries.

 

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The First Lady, Michelle LaVaughn Obama, Honors The 2014 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage.


 

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The First Lady Honors International Women of Courage

 

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March 04, 2014
06:18 PM EST

 

International Women of Courage AwardsFirst Lady Michelle Obama participates in the International Women of Courage Awards ceremony at the State Departmentin Washington, D.C., March 4, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

 

First Lady Michelle Obama joined Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom at the Department of State today to honor recipients of the International Women of Courage Award.

 

“This is the sixth time that I’ve had the pleasure of attending this event, and it is one of the highlights of my year because I always walk away feeling inspired by these women, determined to reflect their courage in my own life,” Mrs. Obama said. “And I know I’m not alone in that feeling because every day, with every life they touch and every spirit they raise, these women are creating ripples that stretch across the globe.”

The award annually recognizes women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk. Since the inception of the award in 2007, the Department of State has honored more than 70 women from 49 different countries.

 

“When we see these women raise their voices and move their feet and empower others to create change, we need to realize that each of us has that same power and that same obligation,” the First Lady added. “…the idea that a girl in Dakar shares the same hopes and dreams as a girl from Fiji or Ukraine or the South Side of Chicago –- that reminds us that we’re never alone in our struggles.”

 

Read the First Lady’s full remarks to the International Women of Courage Award recipients.

 

The First Lady Honors International Women of Courage

 

Published on Mar 4, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at the Department of State to honor recipients of the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award.

 

The award annually recognizes women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk. Since the inception of the award in 2007, the Department of State has honored more than 70 women from 49 different countries.

 

 

 

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Remarks by the First Lady at International Women of Courage Awards

State Department

 

11:46 A.M. EST

 

MRS. OBAMA:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.  Thank you all.  Please.  Well, good morning.  I want to start by thanking my dear friend Ambassador Russell for that very kind introduction and for her phenomenal work as our ambassador for global women’s issues.

 

And while I know how disappointed Secretary Kerry is to miss this event — by the way, in his busy schedule he tried to call me five times to apologize.  (Laughter.)  And finally I had to tell him, I know why you can’t make it — (laughter) — stop calling, just do your job.  I know how heartbroken he is, but we all know that he is doing vitally important work right now in Ukraine, and we are all so grateful for his outstanding service as our Secretary of State.  And in his absence, we are thrilled to have Deputy Secretary Heather Higginbottom and Dr. Vanessa Kerry.  And I also want to recognize their efforts, and I am thrilled that they are here today.

 

And finally, I want to thank all of you for joining us today for the International Women of Courage Awards.  This is the sixth time that I’ve had the pleasure of attending this event, and it is one of the highlights of my year because I always walk away feeling inspired by these women, determined to reflect their courage in my own life.  And I know I’m not alone in that feeling because every day, with every life they touch and every spirit they raise, these women are creating ripples that stretch across the globe.

 

They teach us that if a woman can fight torture and oppression and get her name on the ballot in Tajikistan; if she can break a glass ceiling and advocate for equality and tolerance as a bishop in Georgia; if she can go door to door, police station to police station, court to court to combat domestic and child abuse in Saudi Arabia — if these women can do all of that, then surely we can summon a fraction of their bravery in our own lives and communities — whether that means ending wage discrimination in the workplace, or fighting sexual violence on college campuses, or confronting any of the small injustices that we see every day.

 

 

That is what this day is about.  It’s about understanding that while our circumstances may be different, in so many ways, the solutions to our struggles are the same.  So when we see these women raise their voices and move their feet and empower others to create change, we need to realize that each of us has that same power and that same obligation.

 

And as I learned about this year’s honorees, and I thought about how we could support their work, I realized that for most of these women, there is a common foundation for their efforts:  it’s a foundation of education.  On stage today, we have doctors and lawyers, we have a bishop, even a classically trained musician.  These women have spent years in schools and universities equipping themselves with the knowledge and skills they now use to tackle the challenges before them.  And that’s a story I can relate to because it’s the story of my life.

 

And that is the message I’m sharing with young people across America, urging them to commit to their education so that they, too, can write their own destiny.  That’s the core idea behind our White House Leadership and Mentoring Program.  And we are so proud to have some of our mentees here with us today.  I’m going to embarrass you all — yes, you must stand — (laughter) — so that we can see our young women who are here today.  (Applause.)  You know I’m always proud of you.  And it’s important, as you know, for you to be at this event to see what’s happening around the world.  So welcome.

 

And as I travel the world, whether I’m in Mexico City or Johannesburg, Mumbai, or later this month when I travel to China, I make it a priority to talk to young people about the power of education to help them achieve their aspirations.  I always tell them that getting a good education isn’t just about knowing what’s going on in your own community or even your own country.  Because no matter where we live, we all face so many of the same struggles:  fighting poverty, hunger, and disease; ensuring our most basic rights and freedoms; confronting threats like terrorism and climate change.  And in order to solve these problems, we will need to work with others around the world.  So our next generation will need exposure to societies and languages and traditions that are very different from their own.

 

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That message of cultural exchange is the focus of all of my international travel.  Because that connection –- the idea that a girl in Dakar shares the same hopes and dreams as a girl from Fiji or Ukraine or the South Side of Chicago –- that reminds us that we’re never alone in our struggles.  And that’s what must compel us to reach beyond our own borders, whether that means getting on an airplane, or picking up an iPad, or maybe simply writing a letter.

 

There is too much work left to be done, too many young people who can’t go to school, too many families struggling to put food on the table, too many women and minorities who are excluded and oppressed.  So none of us can afford to just go about our business as usual.  We cannot just sit back and think, this is someone else’s problem.

 

As one of our honorees, Zimbabwe’s Beatrice Mtetwa — as she once said about the fight for progress in her home country, she said:  “This has to be done.  Somebody’s got to do it, and why shouldn’t it be you?”

 

That is the courage we celebrate today –- that willingness to not only ask that question but to devote your soul — your entire soul — toward finding an answer, that fearlessness to step forward even though you don’t know what lies ahead, that audacity to believe that principles like justice and equality can become a reality but only if we’re willing to sacrifice for it.  That is the courage that we all must challenge ourselves to summon every single day in our own families and our own communities.  And if we can do that, then we won’t just be making a difference for those closest to us, we’ll be creating a ripple effect of our own.

 

So I want to thank these honorees once again for their tremendous bravery, for their efforts, for their courage, for their work to make change in their own lives and communities and throughout the world.  I cannot wait to see the impact you will continue to make in the years ahead.  God bless you all.  (Applause.)

 

And now, it is my pleasure to turn the podium back over to Ambassador Russell to continue the program.

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First Lady Michelle Obama Recognizes The The 2014 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Honorees.

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The 2014 International Women of Courage Award Winners

 

Ms. Beatrice Mtetwa
ZIMBABWE

Date: 03/03/2014 Description: Ms. Beatrice Mtetwa from Zimbabwe. 2014 International Women of Courage Award Winner. - State Dept Image

Beatrice Mtetwa is Zimbabwe’s most prominent human rights lawyer. For more than 20 years she has fought against injustice, defended press freedom, and upheld the rule of law, accepting difficult cases that other lawyers have declined for fear of political reprisal. Despite experiencing harassment, assault, violence, and arrest, she remains a steadfast advocate for human rights, women’s equality and advancement, and social justice. Mtetwa defended two previous International Women of Courage awardees, Jestina Mukoko and Jenni Williams. She has also represented politicians, civil society activists, and local and international journalists including British and American correspondents arrested while covering Zimbabwe’s 2008 election.

 

 

Ms. Ruslana Lyzhychko
UKRAINE

Date: 03/03/2014 Description: Ms. Ruslana Lyzhychko  from Ukraine. 2014 International Women of Courage Award Winner. - State Dept Image

Ruslana Lyzhychko is a civil society activist, human rights advocate and a leader of Ukraine‘s Maidan movement for democratic reform. Her steadfast commitment to non-violent resistance and national unity helped channel a series of popular demonstrations into a national movement against government corruption and human rights abuses. Ms. Lyzhychko started her career as a pop music star, earning international fame for winning the 2004 Eurovision song contest. In November 2013, Ms. Lyzhychko became one of the most powerful voices and leaders of Ukraine’s EuroMaidan movement using her celebrity status and social media connections to encourage citizens to demonstrate peacefully for a change of political course. Her performance of the Ukrainian national anthem every night, even in the face of impending police attacks and death threats, fortified the movement and became a symbol of its commitment to a diverse and unified Ukraine.

 

When police attacked peaceful student demonstrators, Ms. Lyzhychko personally evacuated students and stood guard outside while alerting the media and calling on the international community to intervene. Then, on a freezing night in December, as security forces with truncheons and shields descended on the Maidan, Ruslana remained onstage to marshal activists to stand their ground and resist non-violently. Ms. Lyzhychko continues to work actively in Ukraine and with Ukraine’s European partners to further the Maidan’s agenda of democratic reform.

 

 

Ms. Oinikhol Bobonazarova
TAJIKISTAN

Date: 03/03/2014 Description: Ms. Oinikhol Bobonazarova from Tajikistan. 2014 International Women of Courage Award Winner. - State Dept Image

Oinikhol Bobonazarova is a pioneer of the human rights movement in Tajikistan and one of the country’s most well-known female human rights activists. Since the end of the Tajik civil war in 1997, Ms. Bobonazarova has worked tirelessly to draw attention to women’s rights, torture in detention centers, and the plight of Tajik migrant laborers. In September 2013, Ms. Bobonazarova became the first ever female candidate for President of Tajikistan when the only Islamic political party in Central Asia nominated her as its standard bearer. Since her unsuccessful bid for the presidency, Ms. Bobonazarova has continued to speak out against torture and has been instrumental in working with the NGO association “Coalition Against Torture” and the Ombudsman’s Office to establish the first independent prison monitoring program since prisons were closed to outside access in 2004.

 

 

Dr. Maha Al Muneef
SAUDI ARABIA

Date: 03/03/2014 Description: Dr. Maha Al Muneef from Saudi Arabia. 2014 International Women of Courage Award Winner. - State Dept Image

Dr. Maha Al Muneef is the executive director of the National Family Safety Program (NFSP), which she founded in 2005 to combat domestic violence and child abuse in Saudi Arabia. A specialist in pediatric infectious diseases, Dr. Al Muneef has worked relentlessly to spread awareness about domestic violence and victims of child abuse. As the first organization in Saudi Arabia to address these issues, the NFSP has developed advocacy programs, reported on domestic violence and child abuse statistics in Saudi Arabia, and led efforts to provide services for victims of abuse. From 2009-2013, Dr. Al Muneef served as an advisor to Saudi Arabia’s Consultative Council, the Shura Council. In August 2013, after a multi-year effort, the Council of Ministers adopted landmark legislation to protect victims of domestic violence. As a courageous promoter of this issue, Dr. Al Muneef and the NFSP played an instrumental role in drafting and advising on the “Protection from Abuse” law, which defines and criminalizes domestic violence for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

 

 

Ms. Fatimata Touré
MALI

Date: 03/03/2014 Description: Ms. Fatimata Touré from Mali. 2014 International Women of Courage Award Winner. - State Dept Image

During the terrorist occupation of northern Mali, Fatimata Touré channeled her 22 years of experience advocating for women’s health rights to fight resolutely against countless acts of gender-based violence. When extremists attacked the hospital in Gao, she assisted victims in relocating and finding much needed safety and care. As the conflict ensued, Mme. Touré provided counseling and shelter for victims of rape and forced-marriage and publicly denounced perpetrators of gender-based violence. Her actions drew threats from the extremists and, even as her own home was under assault, Mme. Touré hid beneath her bed and used her mobile phone to continue documenting acts of violence against women. Her limitless courage ensured that victims received medical care and that the abuse they suffered was not forgotten during the conflict. As the current head of the Regional Forum on Reconciliation and Peace in Gao, she continues advocating for justice and women’s rights.

 

 

Laxmi
INDIA

Date: 03/03/2014 Description: Laxmi from India. 2014 International Women of Courage Award Winner. - State Dept Image

Laxmi was 16 when an acquaintance threw acid on her face while she waited at a bus stop, disfiguring her permanently. Her attacker, a friend’s 32-year old brother, planned to use the acid to destroy Laxmi’s face after she refused to respond to his romantic advances. Many acid attack victims never return to normal life: they often go to great lengths to hide their disfigurement, many forgo education or employment rather than appear in public, and suicide is not uncommon. But Laxmi did not hide.

She became the standard-bearer in India for the movement to end acid attacks. She made repeated appearances on national television, gathered 27,000 signatures for a petition to curb acid sales, and took her cause to the Indian Supreme Court. Laxmi’s petition led the Supreme Court to order the Indian central and state governments to regulate immediately the sale of acid, and the Parliament to make prosecutions of acid attacks easier to pursue. Much is left to be done, and Laxmi continues to advocate on behalf of acid attack victims throughout India for increased compensation, effective prosecution and prevention of acid attacks, and rehabilitation of survivors.

 

 

Judge Iris Yassmin Barrios Aguilar
GUATEMALA

Date: 03/03/2014 Description: Judge Iris Yassmin Barrios Aguilar from Guatemala. 2014 International Women of Courage Award Winner. - State Dept Image

As the president of one of two of Guatemala’s High Risk Court Tribunals, Yassmin Barrios has made a career of taking on the most difficult and politically-sensitive cases. Such cases have confronted high-profile corruption, organized crime and drug trafficking, and human rights abuses occurring during Guatemala’s 36-year internal armed conflict (1960-1996). Most strikingly, in 2013, Barrios served as the presiding judge in the genocide trial of former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt. The trial represented the first time a former head of state was tried for genocide in his home country by the national judiciary. By initiating the judicial process against the former dictator, Barrios gave a voice to thousands of Ixil-Mayan victims, provided an important legal precedent for genocide cases worldwide, and demonstrated the importance of an independent judiciary.

 

 

Bishop Rusudan Gotsiridze
GEORGIA

Date: 03/03/2014 Description: Bishop Rusudan Gotsiridze from Georgia. 2014 International Women of Courage Award Winner. - State Dept Image

Despite being a minority of a minority – a woman working in a predominately male religious field, and a religious minority operating in a society dominated by one faith – Bishop Rusudan Gotsiridze of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia bravely advocates for gender equality and for the equal protection of all of Georgia’s minorities. As a woman holding a position of church leadership, Bishop Gotsiridze occupies a unique and respected role, challenging the perception of the role of women in society. She contributes frequently to gender equality, efforts to prevent and respond to gender-based violence, and other women’s initiatives. With her church, Bishop Gotsiridze has spearheaded a number of initiatives to promote tolerance and equality in Georgia, including the establishment of interfaith dialogues that have successfully worked to protect the freedom of religious expression in Georgia, especially for the Muslim minority. Bishop Gotsiridze was one of the first members of the religious community to speak in support of the rights of Georgia’s LGBT community.

 

 

 

Ms. Roshika Deo
FIJI

Date: 03/03/2014 Description: Ms. Roshika Deo from Fiji. 2014 International Women of Courage Award Winner. - State Dept Image

Roshika Deo has been a vocal advocate for Fiji’s return to democracy and for the participation of women and youth in her country’s the democratization process. She was one of the very first candidates in the country to announce her intention to stand in Fiji’s 2014 elections, the first since a military coup in 2006. Despite intense criticism and threats of violence and financial difficulties, Roshika and her “Be the Change” political campaign are inspiring a new generation of Fijian women and youth to believe in democracy and the power of civic participation. Roshika has also been one of Fiji’s most outspoken critics of violence and discrimination against women and girls, and has publicly stood up for government accountability.

 

 

Dr. Nasrin Oryakhil
AFGHANISTAN

Date: 03/03/2014 Description: Dr. Nasrin Oryakhil from Afghanistan. 2014 International Women of Courage Award Winner. - State Dept Image

A prominent leader in the field of maternal health, Dr. Nasrin Oryakhil is a doctor of Gynecology and Obstetrics and has been the Director of the Malalai Maternity Hospital in Kabul since 2004. In addition to providing emergency obstetric care to women, including for rural women who come to Kabul because of medical complications, Dr. Nasrin founded, at Malalai Maternity Hospital, the first center for obstetric fistula repair in Afghanistan. Dr. Nasrin is also firmly committed to strengthening the role of women in medical professions in Afghanistan. She has increased the recognition of the essential role of midwives and supported the establishment of the Afghan Midwives Association. She is the president of the non-governmental organization Afghan Family Health Association, which is currently implementing innovative reproductive health programs, providing a hotline for youth and shelters for women, and conducting outreach sessions in high schools to raise reproductive health awareness among students. She is also an active member of the Afghan Women’s Network, has spoken before the Parliament many times, has presented at professional medical conferences, and is part of the working group tasked to establish a Medical Council in Afghanistan.

 

 

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White House Schedule – March 4th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
MONDAY, MARCH 4th, 2014

 

10:00 am: The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, The Oval Office.

 
11:10 am: The President visits The  Powell Elementary School classroom, Washington D.C.

 
11:30 am: The President  delivers remarks on the FY2015 budget, Powell Elementary School, Washington, D.C.

Live stream of budget briefing at 12:45 pm, White House LIVE!!! Streaming.

 

 
5:00 pm: The President meets with Secretary of Defense Hagel, The Oval Office.

 
7:25 pm: The President delivers remarks at a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraiser; Private Residence, McLean, Virginia.

 

 

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Schedule for the Week of March 3rd Thru March 7th, 2014

 

On Tuesday, the President will hold an event on the FY2015 budget and our plan to expand opportunity for all in Washington, DC. In the evening, the President will attend a DSCC event in the Washington, DC area.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama will honor the recipients of the International Women of Courage Award in the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the U.S. Department of State.

 

 

On Wednesday, the President will travel to the Hartford, Connecticut area for an event on the minimum wage. Following this, he will travel to Boston, Massachusetts for two DNC events.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama will participate in a conversation with Robin Roberts at the Leading Women Defined Summit, hosted by BET Networks. The discussion will be around the Affordable Care Act and a personal reflection on health and wellness. The First Lady will also visit a health center to highlight the work that hospitals, doctors and clinics are doing to educate their patients about the Affordable Care Act and how patients can get insurance.

 

 

On Thursday, the President will hold an event on the economy and healthcare in Washington, DC.

 

On Friday, the President and the First Lady will travel to the Miami area for an event on expanding opportunity for all.

 

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama’s Week Ahead

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the First Lady

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 1st, 2014
UPCOMING GUIDANCE FOR FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA

 

 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Washington, DC * 11:30 AM ET – First Lady Michelle Obama will honor the recipients of the International Women of Courage Award in the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the U.S. Department of State. The Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award annually recognizes women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and empowerment, often at great personal risk. Since the inception of this award in 2007, the Department of State has honored more than 70 women from 45 different countries. This will be the sixth year the First Lady has attended this event.

 

The International Women of Courage Award ceremony will be open to credentialed members of the media and live-streamed at http://www.state.gov.  Attendees and those watching the live-stream are encouraged to use the Twitter hashtag #IWOC and #IWD when discussing the events. Logistics information is available HERE and for additional press inquiries, please contact PressDuty@state.gov or (202) 647-2492.

 

 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Miami, FL * 1:30 PM ET – First Lady Michelle Obama will participate in a conversation with Robin Roberts at the Leading Women Defined Summit, hosted by BET Networks. The discussion will be around the Affordable Care Act and a personal reflection on health and wellness. A portion of the discussion will air on Good Morning America on Thursday, March 6. This event will be closed press.

 

Miami, FL * 3:00 PM ET – First Lady Michelle Obama will visit a health center to highlight the work that hospitals, doctors and clinics are doing to educate their patients about the Affordable Care Act and how patients can get insurance. This event will be covered by a pre-determined pool.

 

 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Miami, FL – The President and First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to the Miami area for an event on expanding opportunity for the middle class.

 

 

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Next Up…

March 04, 2014 11:30 AM EST

President Obama Speaks on the FY 2015 Budget

Washington, DC, White House LIVE!!! Streaming.

 

 

 

March 04, 2014 12:45 PM EST

Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell Speaks on the President’s FY 2015 Budget

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Readout of the Vice President’s Calls on Ukraine

In a telephone call this afternoon, Vice President Biden spoke with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk to discuss ongoing diplomatic efforts to support Ukraine’s stability, sovereignty and territorial integrity.  The two leaders also reviewed plans to support Ukraine’s economic reforms.  In addition, the Vice President spoke by telephone with Estonian President Toomas Ilves to consult on the situation in Ukraine, including the international effort to de-escalate the situation and assure the stability of Ukraine and the region.

 

 

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FACT SHEET: International Support for Ukraine

President Obama has made clear that the United States will continue to support the Government of Ukraine, including economically.  We have been working closely with international partners to develop an assistance package that will provide rapid financial and technical assistance to help Ukraine restore economic stability and conduct free, fair, and inclusive new elections that will allow the Ukrainian people to continue to make democratic choices about their future.

 

The new Ukrainian government has inherited an economy with enormous potential but that is currently financially fragile and uncompetitive.  The Government of Ukraine has said publicly that it will work to meet these urgent challenges.  As the government implements important reforms, the United States will work with its bilateral and multilateral partners to ensure that Ukraine has sufficient financing to restore financial stability and return to growth.

 

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is already engaging to help stabilize the Ukrainian economy.  We understand that an IMF mission is currently in Kyiv working with the Ukrainian government at their request.  The IMF will be at the front lines of an international package for Ukraine and is positioned to support  robust and market-oriented reforms needed to restore Ukraine to economic health, including via providing large-scale financing and technical support.  At the same time, the United States is working alongside international partners and the Government of Ukraine to assemble a package of assistance to complement and support an IMF program.

 

As part of this international effort, the United States has developed a package of bilateral assistance focused on meeting Ukraine’s most pressing needs and helping Ukraine to enact the reforms needed to make its IMF program a success.  We are working with Congress to approve the 2010 IMF quota legislation, which  would support the IMF’s capacity to lend additional resources to Ukraine, while also helping to preserve continued U.S. leadership within this important institution.  We are ready to work with Congress and the Government of Ukraine to provide U.S. loan guarantees and other financial and technical assistance to address Ukraine’s four most urgent needs:

 

  • Critical assistance with economic reforms, including by cushioning their impact on vulnerable Ukrainians:  The U.S. Administration is working with Congress and the Government of Ukraine to provide $1 billion in loan guarantees aimed at helping insulate vulnerable Ukrainians from the effects of reduced energy subsidies.  At the same time, the United States is moving quickly to provide technical expertise to help the National Bank of Ukraine and the Ministry of Finance address their most pressing challenges.  The United States is dispatching highly experienced technical advisors to help the Ukrainian financial authorities manage immediate market pressures.  The United States will also provide expertise to help Ukraine implement critical energy sector reforms.
  • Conducting free, fair, and inclusive elections:  The United States will provide technical assistance to train election observers, help bring electoral processes in line with international standards, and promote robust participation by civil society organizations and a free and independent media.
  • Combatting corruption and recovering stolen assets:  The United States is preparing to help the government respond to the clear demands of the Ukrainian people for more robust safeguards against corruption and additional efforts to recover assets stolen from the people of Ukraine.  The United States will support the government as it takes tangible steps to reduce corruption and increase transparency, including in areas such as e-government and public procurement.  The United States is deploying an interagency team of experts to Kyiv this week to begin to work with their Ukrainian counterparts to identify assets that may have been stolen, identify their current location, and assist in returning those assets to Ukraine.
  • Withstanding politically motivated trade actions by Russia, including in the area of energy:  The United States is preparing to provide technical advice to the Ukrainian government on Ukraine’s WTO rights with respect to trade with Russia.  At the same time the United States is ready to provide assistance and financing to help Ukrainian businesses find new export markets and adjust to trade pressures and to enhance energy efficiency, helping to reduce dependence on imported gas.

 

 

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Readout of President Obama’s Call with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed

President Obama spoke with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed today as part of regular consultations between our two countries on a range of regional issues.  The President reaffirmed his commitment to the United States’ strong partnership with the UAE.  They shared views on a range of regional issues and common security challenges, and agreed to continue our close consultations.

 

 

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Opportunity For All: Middle Class Tax Cuts In The President’s FY 2015 Budget

The President’s FY2015 budget released today will show how to achieve real, lasting economic security and expand opportunity for all so that every American who is willing to work hard can get ahead.   The President’s budget will show in real terms the choices we can make to expand economic opportunity and strengthen the middle class, like closing unfair tax loopholes so we can invest in the things we need to help the middle class and those striving to get into it, grow our economy, and provide economic opportunity for every American. It invests in infrastructure, job training, and preschool; cuts taxes for working Americans while closing tax loopholes enjoyed by the wealthy and well-connected; and reduces the deficit.

 

In the State of the Union, the President called for an expansion of one of those tax cuts for working Americans, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).  The President’s budget will lay out the details of this proposal, which would cut taxes for 13.5 million working Americans, while also proposing to expand tax cuts to help middle-class and working families afford child care, send their kids to college and retire with dignity. These pro-growth and pro-opportunity tax cuts would be fully offset by closing tax loopholes, including the so-called “Gingrich” and “Carried Interest” provisions that let high-income professionals avoid the income and payroll taxes other workers pay.

 

The White House also released a report on the economic benefits of expanding the EITC.  To read the report, click HERE.

 

DETAILS – HOW THE PRESIDENT’S BUDGET CUTS TAXES FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES

The President’s highest priority is to ensure economic opportunity for all Americans.  In his first term in office, he cut taxes by $3,600 for a typical middle-class family, and in 2012 he fought to keep taxes low for 98% of households while asking the wealthy to pay the same rates as in the 1990s.  But the President believes there is much more to be done. This year’s Budget would:

 

  • Strengthen the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit: The EITC and refundable Child Tax Credit are among our most effective tools for reducing poverty and rewarding work. This year’s Budget proposes to:

 

 

  • Significantly Strengthen the Childless Worker EITC: The President’s Budget significantly strengthens the childless worker EITC, benefiting 13.5 million workers. This expansion would address an important missed opportunity in the EITC – identified by economists of both parties – to provide support and an additional incentive to work to childless adults, while also making it available to younger workers who are currently excluded. This expansion – which would lift about half a million people above the poverty line – would be paid for by closing tax loopholes that let high-income professionals avoid the income and payroll taxes everyone else has to pay.

 

  • Make Permanent Important Improvements the President Has Already Achieved: The Budget also makes permanent important EITC and Child Tax Credit improvements that help 16 million families with 30 million children, and have helped lift 1.4 million Americans out of poverty.

 

  • Expand and Improve Tax Benefits that Help Middle-Class and Working Families:

 

  • Pay for Child Care:  Families with young children know how high the cost of childcare can be – and how it often keeps a parent from full-time work.  The Budget proposes a significant expansion of the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, targeted to families with children under the age of 5.  About 1.7 million families would benefit from this expansion in 2015, receiving an average tax cut of more than $600.

 

  • Save for Retirement:  Too many households know they should be saving for retirement but lack access to employer-sponsored plans like 401(k)s, which puts the onus on individuals to set up and invest in an Individual Retirement Account (IRA).  Complementing the President’s myRA executive action, the Budget proposes to establish automatic IRAs (or auto-IRAs), which will expand access to and build on proven best-practices in the private sector to encourage workers to save.  About 13 million workers would begin contributing to retirement savings through auto-IRAs as a result of this proposal.

 

  • Pay for College:  Education has never been a more important part of the path to opportunity and the middle class, and the President believes that we should do all we can to help students and their families afford college.  That’s why this Budget would:
  • Permanently Extend the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC), which will benefit 11.5 million families and students by an average of more than $1,100.
    • Simplify Taxes for Pell Grant Recipients, benefiting nearly all of the approximately 9 million Pell grant recipients by clarifying AOTC rules and simplifying calculations and providing some with a reduction in taxes or a boost to their AOTC.
    • Provide tax relief to student loan borrowers by excluding student loan forgiveness from taxation for borrowers who have made student loan payments for many years under an income-related repayment plan.

 

 

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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca

The President joined Vice President Biden’s meeting today with Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca. The President praised the strong and important friendship between our two countries and underscored the United States’ deep commitment to supporting Moldova’s European aspirations. The Vice President emphasized that the United States has a profound interest in Moldova’s success as a democratic partner with strong rule of law. He also commended the launching of a new strategic dialogue between our countries, which will serve as a practical forum for strengthening cooperation, including on economic ties. Both the President and the Vice President re-affirmed the United States’ strong support for Moldovan sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.

 

 

February 2014: Photo of the Day

 

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President Barack Obama discusses Ukraine during a meeting with members of his National Security Staff in the Oval Office, Feb. 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama discusses Ukraine during a meeting with members of his National Security Staff in the Oval Office, Feb. 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Remarks By President Obama And Prime Minister Netanyahu Before Bilateral Meeting

 

President Obama Participates In Townhall Focusing On Latinos And The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES).

 

US Leaders Skip Sochi, Russia Paralympics: Rep. Tammy Duckworth Delegation Canceled.

 

The White House Blog: First Lady Travels To China. Joey B. Calls Russian Prime Minister Dmitriy Medvedev.

 

Latest Ukraine Updates Photos And Video.

 

Rally Against ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws In Tallahassee. March 10th, 2014. Now Is The Time!

 

Marissa Alexander’s Sentence Could Triple In ‘Warning-Shot’ Case. State Attorney Angela Corey Wants A 60 Year Sentence.

 

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