TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Tuesday The 6th Of May: “Weather from the White House.” The First Lady. John Kerry.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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President Barack Obama on a cloudy Tuesday in D.C. invites weather reporters to the White House to tout administration climate change actions.

 

White House Schedule – May 6, 2014

 

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

 

In the afternoon, the President will participate in “Weather from the White House” by conducting a round of interviews with national and local meteorologists from New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, and Columbia, South Carolina.  While in Washington, the anchors will spend the day with behind-the-scenes access to the White House and the President’s top advisers.  These interviews are embargoed until 5:00PM EDT. The interviews will take place in the Rose Garden.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President and Vice President will meet with Secretary of State Kerry in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

 

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Tuesday May 6th, All Times ET

 

10:30 AM: The President and Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

 

11:45 AM: The Vice President delivers remarks at the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Opening Ceremony, Department of the Interior.

 

 

12:30 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Briefing Room.

 

 

1:45 PM: The Vice President ceremonially swears in Puneet Talwar as Assistant Secretary of State, State Department.

 

 

2:45 PM: The President is interviewed by local and national meteorologists participating in “Weather from the White House.” The Rose Garden.

 

 

4:15 PM: The President and Vice President meet with Secretary of State Kerry, Oval Office.

 

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White House Photo Of The Day – Monday May 5th, 2014

 

President Barack Obama meets with Anita Decker, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, and Personal Secretary Ferial Govashiri in the Oval Office, May 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama meets with Anita Decker, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, and Personal Secretary Ferial Govashiri in the Oval Office, May 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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The White House Week Ahead – May 6th – 9th, 2014

 

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On Tuesday, the President will attend meetings at the White House. President Barack Obama on a cloudy Tuesday invites weather reporters to the White House to tout administration climate change actions. The President will participate in “Weather from the White House” by conducting a round of interviews with national and local meteorologists from New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, and Columbia, South Carolina.  While in Washington, the anchors will spend the day with behind-the-scenes access to the White House and the President’s top advisers.  These interviews are embargoed until 5:00PM EDT. The interviews will take place in the Rose Garden.

On Wednesday, the President will travel to Los Angeles, California to participate in a joint DSCC/DCCC event. In the evening, the President will be honored at a dinner hosted by the USC Shoah Foundation. He will remain overnight in Los Angeles.

On Thursday, the President will participate in a DNC roundtable in Los Angeles before traveling to San Diego to participate in a DCCC event.  The President will then travel to San Jose, California where he will participate in two DNC events and remain overnight.

On Friday, the President will participate in an event on energy in the San Jose, California area.  Following the event he will return to Washington, DC.

 

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Michelle Obama honoring Chicago Public Library at White House

 

WASHINGTON — Mayor Rahm Emanuel returns here on Thursday to be at the White House when First Lady Michelle Obama presents the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to, among others, the Chicago Public Library

 

From the White House: “The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community.  In its 20th anniversary year, the medals program celebrates excellent institutions that have made a significant impact on individuals, families, and communities across the nation.  These ten honorees exemplify the nation’s great diversity of libraries and museums and include a natural history museum, a children’s museum, a natural sciences museum, an aquarium, a botanic garden, public library systems, and a book center, hailing from ten states.’

The 2014 winners of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service are:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Chicago Public Library, Chicago, Ill.

Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, Las Vegas, Nev.

Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, Mo.

Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, Conn.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, N.C.

Octavia Fellin Public Library, Gallup, N.M.

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Norman, Okla.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Ind.

Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, Mass.

 

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CLIMATE CHANGE AND PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ACTION PLAN
PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS ANNOUNCED A SERIES OF EXECUTIVE ACTIONS TO REDUCE CARBON POLLUTION, PREPARE THE U.S. FOR THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE, AND LEAD INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS TO ADDRESS GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE.

The National Climate Assessment

 

Published on May 6, 2014

Dr. John Holdren, President Obama’s Science Advisor, introduces the National Climate Assessment and discusses President Obama’s climate action plan which takes an all of the above energy approach towards combatting climate change now. Learn more at http://www.whitehouse.gov/climate-change

 

 

 

 

THE NATIONAL CLIMATE ASSESSMENT

 

 

Watch Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science & Technology, discuss the Report.
On May 6, the Administration released the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment, the most authoritative and comprehensive source of scientific information to date about climate-change impacts across all U.S. regions and on critical sectors of the economy.
The report, a key deliverable of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, confirms that climate change is not a distant threat — it’s affecting us now.
Extreme weather disasters fueled by climate change cost our economy more than $100 billion in 2012. #ActOnClimate

Extreme weather disasters fueled by climate change cost our economy more than $100 billion in 2012. #ActOnClimate

 

What Climate Change Means for Regions Across America

 

 

Today, the Obama Administration unveiled the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA)—the most comprehensive, authoritative scientific report ever generated about climate changes that are happening now in the United States and further changes that we can expect to see throughout this century. The report—a key deliverable of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan—confirms that climate change is affecting Americans in every region of the United States and key sectors of the national economy.

This NCA embodies the concept of “actionable science” called for in the President’s Climate Action Plan. It communicates the impacts of climate change according to geographic region of the United States, and by economic and societal sector—including agriculture, energy, and health. These tailored findings help translate scientific insights into practical, useable knowledge that can help decision-makers and citizens anticipate and prepare for specific climate-change impacts.

For instance, the report finds that, on the whole, summers are longer and hotter, with longer periods of extended heat. Wildfires start earlier in the spring and continue later into the fall. Rain comes down in heavier downpours. People are experiencing changes in the length and severity of seasonal allergies. And climate disruptions to water resources and agriculture have been increasing.

 

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White House Hangout: Commitment to #ActOnClimate

 

 

Today, the White House is hosting an event highlighting the release of the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment – a major scientific report on the impacts of climate change on all regions of the United States and key sectors of the national economy. The report was called for in the President’s Climate Action Plan, launched last June, to cut carbon pollution in America, prepare communities for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to fight this global challenge.

 

The event will include remarks by senior Obama Administration officials and experts who contributed to the development of the new National Climate Assessment. Tune in to WhiteHouse.gov/live at 2 p.m. ET.

 

And on Thursday, we’re co-hosting a conversation with the Weather Channel about the current state of climate science and impacts and what work we are doing to make a difference. Use the hashtag #ActOnClimate to ask questions and join the conversation with these participants via Google+ Hangout on Thursday, May 8 at 2 p.m. ET:

 

  • Sam Champion, host, The Weather Channel
  • Carl Parker, Meteorologist, Hurricane Specialist, The Weather Channel
  • Kathy Sullivan, Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Dan Utech, White House Domestic Policy Council
  • Mike Boots, White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • Laura Petes, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

 

Find out more about the National Climate Assessment, and check out some of the graphics and videos about the findings by visiting the website here.

 

Watch today’s event at 2 p.m. ET, and then join and ask your questions for Thursday’s White House hangout on the National Climate Assessment at 2 p.m. ET right here, or on the White House Google+ page.

 

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FACT SHEET: What Climate Change Means for Regions across America and Major Sectors of the Economy

 

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Statements and Releases

 

Statement by the President on Israeli Independence Day

 

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Travel to Israel

 

Statement by the President on the Passing of Billy Frank, Jr.

 

President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Costa Rica to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Luis Guillermo Solís

 

FACT SHEET: Marking the Administration’s Progress on Mental Health

 

 

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12:30 PM EDT: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing RoomWhite House LIVE!! Streaming.

12:30 PM EDT: National Climate Assessment Event, These interviews are embargoed until 5:00PM EDT. The interviews will take place in the Rose Garden. White House LIVE!! Streaming.

 

 

Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship: Why America Needs Immigration Reform

 

Published on May 6, 2014

Inaugural members of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (Nina Vaca, Hamdi Ulukaya, Rich Barton, Daphne Koller, and Steve Case) tell stories of how immigration makes America great, and why the time is now for commonsense immigration reform.

 

 

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Monday The 5th Of May. Happy American Made Holiday: Cinco de Mayo.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May“) is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated in the United States and in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla).

 

It originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War, and today the date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army‘s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16.

 

 

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White House Schedule – May 5th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SATURDAY, MAY 5th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
SATURDAY, MAY 5th, 2014

 

 

Monday May 5th, All Times ET

 

President Barack Obama marks Cinco de Mayo on Monday with an afternoon reception at the White House while earlier in the day he meets with President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti.

 

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

Later in the morning, the President will host President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti for a bilateral meeting at the White House.  President Guelleh’s visit underscores the strength of the strategic partnership between the United States and Djibouti, including the important role Djibouti plays in preventing conflict, promoting regional stability, and countering extremism as host to the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa at Camp Lemonnier.  The President looks forward to discussing a range of issues of mutual interest with President Guelleh, including security and counterterrorism, development, trade, and energy cooperation. There will be a pool spray at the top of the meeting.

In the evening, the President will host a Cinco de Mayo reception in the Rose Garden. There will be pooled press coverage of this event.

 

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

10:55 AM: THE PRESIDENT holds a bilateral meeting with President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti, The Oval Office.

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

5:50 PM: THE PRESIDENT hosts a Cinco de Mayo reception, The Rose Garden.

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The White House Week Ahead – May 5th – 9th, 2014

 

On Monday, the President will host President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti at the White House.  President Guelleh’s visit underscores the strength of the strategic partnership between the United States and Djibouti, including the important role Djibouti plays in preventing conflict, promoting regional stability, and countering extremism as host to the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa at Camp Lemonnier.  The President looks forward to discussing a range of issues of mutual interest with President Guelleh, including security and counterterrorism, development, trade, and energy cooperation. In the evening, the President will host a Cinco de Mayo reception at the White House.

On Tuesday, the President will attend meetings at the White House.

On Wednesday, the President will travel to Los Angeles, California to participate in a joint DSCC/DCCC event. In the evening, the President will be honored at a dinner hosted by the USC Shoah Foundation. He will remain overnight in Los Angeles.

On Thursday, the President will participate in a DNC roundtable in Los Angeles before traveling to San Diego to participate in a DCCC event.  The President will then travel to San Jose, California where he will participate in two DNC events and remain overnight.

On Friday, the President will participate in an event on energy in the San Jose, California area.  Following the event he will return to Washington, DC.

 

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President Obama at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

 

Published on May 3, 2014

President Obama at the 2014 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, D.C. May 3, 2014.

 

 

 

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Joe Biden: White House Correspondents’ Dinner 2014

 

Published on May 3, 2014

Watch what happens when Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Vice President Joe Biden do not go to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

 

 

 

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#BringBackOurGirls

 

 #BringBackOurGirls

 

The leader of an Islamic extremist group in Nigeria says his group has started kidnapping women and children as part of its bloody guerrilla campaign against the country’s government, according to a video released Monday. Scores of girls and young women kidnapped from a school in Nigeria are being forced to marry their Islamic extremist abductors, a civic organization reported Wednesday.

 

 

 

Barack Got Jokes: President Obama At The 2014 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

 

44 Years After Kent State AND Jackson State.

 

Lucy McBath, Everytown For Gun Safety: See What I Saw At The NRA convention.

 

Meet President Barack Hussein Obama!!!

 

First Lady At San Antonio Signing Day Reach Higher Event

 

Let’s Talk About The Minimum Wage

 

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9:00 AM EDT: Vice President Biden Hosts a Cinco de Mayo Breakfast, Audio Only. Washington, DC.

 

 

1:00 PM EDT: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing RoomWhite House LIVE!! Streaming.

 

 

2:00 PM EDT: Vice President Biden Speaks to The American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, New York, New York.  White House LIVE!! Streaming, Audio Only.

 

 

 

5:50 PM EDT: President Obama Hosts a Cinco de Mayo Reception, The Rose Garden. White House LIVE!! Streaming.

 

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White House Photo Of The Day – Monday May 5th, 2014

 

President Barack Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany tour the Kitchen Garden with Executive Chef Cris Comerford on the South Grounds of the White House, May 2, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany tour the Kitchen Garden with Executive Chef Cris Comerford on the South Grounds of the White House, May 2, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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

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

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

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

 

Speeches and Remarks

 

Remarks by the President at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

 

Weekly Address: The President’s Year of Action

 

Remarks by the First Lady at San Antonio Signing Day Reach Higher Event

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

Readout of the President’s Call with President Karzai

 

Statement by the President on the Passing of Jim Oberstar

 

President Obama Signs Alabama Disaster Declaration

 

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Reality check: What a minimum wage salary looks like

 

Published on Apr 28, 2014

How much do you think someone who works full time earning the federal minimum wage earns a year? Not enough — more than 7 in 10 Americans support raising the minimum wage. It’s time for Congress to act — add your name today: barackobama.com/raise-the-wage

 

 

 

Minimum Wage Business Realities

 

Published on Apr 23, 2013

Why do some employers favor a raise in the minimum wage? Profit per employee plays a major role. For more information, visit http://www.MinimumWage.com.

 

 

 

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OFA is dedicated to making progress on our nation’s most pressing issues: We’re getting the facts out about Obamacare, pushing for comprehensive immigration reform, fighting climate change, working to prevent gun violence, standing up for equal rights, and organizing to increase economic opportunities for the middle class.

 

 

 

Fox News Cuts Away From Obama Press Conference Because Nobody’s Asking About Benghazi

 

Published on May 2, 2014

Fox News cut away from President Obama’s press conference with German chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday because people weren’t asking Obama questions about Benghazi.

Obama’s conference came just as House Republicans announced that they were forming a select committee to further investigate the 2012 attacks, but Fox News apparently grew frustrated that he was getting questions on the situation in Ukraine and the botched execution in Oklahoma. When a German reporter stood up, Fox News host Harris Faulkner told viewers that the network was cutting away, and that it would stay away unless someone asked about Benghazi.

 

 

 

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President Obama Guidance & Schedule For May 3, 2014: The WHCA Dinner. The Week Ahead.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule – May 3rd, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SATURDAY, MAY 3rd, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
SATURDAY, MAY 3rd, 2014

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle attend the White House Correspondents’ Association–Hollywood meets the Potomac– annual dinner tonight, with Obama to deliver a speech with a likely high quotient of self-deprecating humor. Joel McHale, star of the NBC series Community, is the entertainer. The WHCA  turns 100 this year. Spotted in town for the dinner: Illinois Senate President John Cullerton D-Chicago and wife Pam.

MSNBC:  “MSNBC Special: Washington Meets Hollywood” (3 P.M. – 4 P.M. ET)

 

“White House Correspondent’s Dinner” (LIVE, 9 P.M. – 11 P.M. ET)

 

CSPAN: Live coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET

 

CNN:  CNN Newsroom will provide live updates of the red carpet arrivals during the 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET hours. CNN will provide coverage of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.  At 11 p.m. ET the network’s coverage of the dinner will have an encore presentation.

 

 

On Saturday, the President and the First Lady will attend the 2014 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.  The event will be covered by the travel pool.

On Sunday, the President has no public events scheduled.

 

 

Saturday May 3rd, All Times ET

 

8:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner; THE FIRST LADY attends, Washington Hilton Hotel.

 


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The White House Week Ahead – May 5th – 9th, 2014

 

On Monday, the President will host President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti at the White House.  President Guelleh’s visit underscores the strength of the strategic partnership between the United States and Djibouti, including the important role Djibouti plays in preventing conflict, promoting regional stability, and countering extremism as host to the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa at Camp Lemonnier.  The President looks forward to discussing a range of issues of mutual interest with President Guelleh, including security and counterterrorism, development, trade, and energy cooperation. In the evening, the President will host a Cinco de Mayo reception at the White House.

On Tuesday, the President will attend meetings at the White House.

On Wednesday, the President will travel to Los Angeles, California to participate in a joint DSCC/DCCC event. In the evening, the President will be honored at a dinner hosted by the USC Shoah Foundation. He will remain overnight in Los Angeles.

On Thursday, the President will participate in a DNC roundtable in Los Angeles before traveling to San Diego to participate in a DCCC event.  The President will then travel to San Jose, California where he will participate in two DNC events and remain overnight.

On Friday, the President will participate in an event on energy in the San Jose, California area.  Following the event he will return to Washington, DC.

 

 

In Case You Missed It.

 

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Let’s Talk About The Minimum Wage

 

Lucy McBath, Everytown For Gun Safety: See What I Saw At The NRA convention.

 

President Obama Holds A Press Conference With Chancellor Merkel Of Germany

 

Meet President Barack Hussein Obama!!!

 

First Lady At San Antonio Signing Day Reach Higher Event

 

Weekly Wrap Up™: From Barack’s House. The Weekly Address. A Look Back At The Week.

 

Tonight Is The White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

 

 

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President Obama Calls For Humility At The National Prayer Breakfast


By Jueseppi B.

 

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President Obama Calls for Humility at the National Prayer Breakfast

 

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                      By  Matt Compton  February 07, 2013 The White House Blog

 

 

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President Barack Obama addresses the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C., Feb. 7, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

President Obama Speaks at the National Prayer Breakfast

 

 

Published on Feb 7, 2013

President Obama delivers remarks at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast. February 7, 2013.

 

 

 

In discussing his faith at the National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama made a call for humility — a trait which, he noted, Washington could embrace more fully.

 

“In a democracy as big and as diverse as ours, we will encounter every opinion,” he said. “And our task as citizens — whether we are leaders in government or business or spreading the word — is to spend our days with open hearts and open minds; to seek out the truth that exists in an opposing view and to find the common ground that allows for us as a nation, as a people, to take real and meaningful action. And we have to do that humbly, for no one can know the full and encompassing mind of God. And we have to do it every day, not just at a prayer breakfast.”

 

Presidential attendance at the breakfast is a long-standing tradition, and this is President Obama’s fifth appearance.

 

 

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

 

 

Remarks by the President at the National Prayer Breakfast

 

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Washington, D.C.

 

 
For Immediate Release                     February 07, 2013

 

 
 
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THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Please have a seat.
Mark, thank you for that introduction.  I thought he was going to talk about my gray hair.  (Laughter.)  It is true that my daughters are gorgeous.  (Laughter.)  That’s because my wife is gorgeous.  (Applause.)  And my goal is to improve my gene pool.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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To Mark and Jeff, thank you for your wonderful work on behalf of this breakfast.  To all of those who worked so hard to put this together; to the heads of state, members of Congress, and my Cabinet, religious leaders and distinguished guests.  To our outstanding speaker.  To all the faithful who’ve journeyed to our capital, Michelle and I are truly honored to be with you this morning. 
 
 
 
 
Before I begin, I hope people don’t mind me taking a moment of personal privilege.  I want to say a quick word about a close friend of mine and yours, Joshua Dubois.  Now, some of you may not know Joshua, but Joshua has been at my side — in work and in prayer — for years now.  He is a young reverend, but wise in years.  He’s worked on my staff.  He’s done an outstanding job as the head of our Faith-Based office.  
 
 
 
 
Every morning he sends me via email a daily meditation — a snippet of Scripture for me to reflect on.  And it has meant the world to me.  And despite my pleas, tomorrow will be his last day in the White House.  So this morning I want to publically thank Joshua for all that he’s done, and I know that everybody joins me in wishing him all the best in his future endeavors — including getting married.  (Applause.)  
 
 
       
It says something about us — as a nation and as a people — that every year, for 61 years now, this great prayerful tradition has endured.  It says something about us that every year, in times of triumph and in tragedy, in calm and in crisis, we come together, not as Democrats or Republicans, but as brothers and sisters, and as children of God.  Every year, in the midst of all our busy and noisy lives, we set aside one morning to gather as one community, united in prayer.    
 
 
 
 
 
We do so because we’re a nation ever humbled by our history, and we’re ever attentive to our imperfections — particularly the imperfections of our President.  We come together because we’re a people of faith.  We know that faith is something that must be cultivated.  Faith is not a possession.  Faith is a process.  
 
 
 
I was struck by the passage that was read earlier from the Book of Hebrews:  “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and He rewards those who diligently seek Him.”  He rewards those who diligently seek Him — not just for one moment, or one day, but for every moment, and every day.
 
 
 
As Christians, we place our faith in the nail-scarred hands of Jesus Christ.  But so many other Americans also know the close embrace of faith — Muslims and Jews, Hindus and Sikhs.  And all Americans — whether religious or secular — have a deep and abiding faith in this nation.  
 
 
 
Recently I had occasion to reflect on the power of faith.  A few weeks ago, during the inauguration, I was blessed to place my hand on the Bibles of two great Americans, two men whose faith still echoes today.  One was the Bible owned by President Abraham Lincoln, and the other, the Bible owned by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  As I prepared to take the sacred oath, I thought about these two men, and I thought of how, in times of joy and pain and uncertainty, they turned to their Bibles to seek the wisdom of God’s word — and thought of how, for as long as we’ve been a nation, so many of our leaders, our Presidents, and our preachers, our legislators and our jurists have done the same.  Each one faced their own challenges; each one finding in Scripture their own lessons from the Lord.  
 
 
 
And as I was looking out on the crowd during the inauguration I thought of Dr. King.  We often think of him standing tall in front of the endless crowds, stirring the nation’s conscience with a bellowing voice and a mighty dream.  But I also thought of his doubts and his fears, for those moments came as well — the lonely moments when he was left to confront the presence of long-festering injustice and undisguised hate; imagined the darkness and the doubt that must have surrounded him when he was in that Birmingham jail, and the anger that surely rose up in him the night his house was bombed with his wife and child inside, and the grief that shook him as he eulogized those four precious girls taken from this Earth as they gathered in a house of God. 
 
 
 
And I was reminded that, yes, Dr. King was a man of audacious hope and a man of relentless optimism.  But he was always — he was also a man occasionally brought to his knees in fear and in doubt and in helplessness.  And in those moments, we know that he retreated alone to a quiet space so he could reflect and he could pray and he could grow his faith. 
 
 
 
And I imagine he turned to certain verses that we now read. I imagine him reflecting on Isaiah, that we wait upon the Lord; that the Lord shall renew those who wait; that they shall mount up with wings as eagles, and they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint.  
 
 
 
We know that in Scripture, Dr. King found strength; in the Bible, he found conviction.  In the words of God, he found a truth about the dignity of man that, once realized, he never relinquished.  
 
 
 
We know Lincoln had such moments as well.  To see this country torn apart, to see his fellow citizens waging a ferocious war that pitted brother against brother, family against family — that was as heavy a burden as any President will ever have to bear.  
 
 
 
We know Lincoln constantly met with troops and visited the wounded and honored the dead.  And the toll mounted day after day, week after week.  And you can see in the lines of his face the toll that the war cost him.  But he did not break.  Even as he buried a beloved son, he did not break.  Even as he struggled to overcome melancholy, despair, grief, he did not break.  
 
 
 
And we know that he surely found solace in Scripture; that he could acknowledge his own doubts, that he was humbled in the face of the Lord.  And that, I think, allowed him to become a better leader.  It’s what allowed him in what may be one of the greatest speeches ever written, in his second Inaugural, to describe the Union and the Confederate soldier alike — both reading the same Bible, both prayed to the same God, but “the prayers of both could not be answered.  That of neither has been answered fully.  The Almighty has His own purposes.”
 
 
 
In Lincoln’s eyes, the power of faith was humbling, allowing us to embrace our limits in knowing God’s will.  And as a consequence, he was able to see God in those who vehemently opposed him. 
 
 
 
Today, the divisions in this country are, thankfully, not as deep or destructive as when Lincoln led, but they are real.  The differences in how we hope to move our nation forward are less pronounced than when King marched, but they do exist.  And as we debate what is right and what is just, what is the surest way to create a more hopeful — for our children — how we’re going to reduce our deficit, what kind of tax plans we’re going to have, how we’re going to make sure that every child is getting a great education — and, Doctor, it is very encouraging to me that you turned out so well by your mom not letting you watch TV.  I’m going to tell my daughters that when they complain.  (Laughter.) In the midst of all these debates, we must keep that same humility that Dr. King and Lincoln and Washington and all our great leaders understood is at the core of true leadership.  
 
 
 
In a democracy as big and as diverse as ours, we will encounter every opinion.  And our task as citizens — whether we are leaders in government or business or spreading the word — is to spend our days with open hearts and open minds; to seek out the truth that exists in an opposing view and to find the common ground that allows for us as a nation, as a people, to take real and meaningful action.  And we have to do that humbly, for no one can know the full and encompassing mind of God.  And we have to do it every day, not just at a prayer breakfast.  
 
 
 
I have to say this is now our fifth prayer breakfast and it is always just a wonderful event.  But I do worry sometimes that as soon as we leave the prayer breakfast, everything we’ve been talking about the whole time at the prayer breakfast seems to be forgotten — on the same day of the prayer breakfast.  (Laughter.)  I mean, you’d like to think that the shelf life wasn’t so short.  (Laughter.)  But I go back to the Oval Office and I start watching the cable news networks and it’s like we didn’t pray.  (Laughter.)  
 
 
 
And so my hope is that humility, that that carries over every day, every moment.  While God may reveal His plan to us in portions, the expanse of His plan is for God, and God alone, to understand.  “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face; now I know in part, but then shall I know even as also I am known.”  Until that moment, until we know, and are fully known, all we can do is live our lives in a Godly way and assume that those we deal with every day, including those in an opposing party, they’re groping their way, doing their best, going through the same struggles we’re going through. 
 
 
 
And in that pursuit, we are blessed with guidance.  God has told us how He wishes for us to spend our days.  His Commandments are there to be followed.  Jesus is there to guide us; the Holy Spirit, to help us.  Love the Lord God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  Love your neighbor as yourself.  See in everyone, even in those with whom you disagree most vehemently, the face of God.  For we are all His children.  
 
 
 
That’s what I thought of as I took the oath of office a few weeks ago and touched those Bibles — the comfort that Scripture gave Lincoln and King and so many leaders throughout our history; the verses they cherished, and how those words of God are there for us as well, waiting to be read any day that we choose.  I thought about how their faith gave them the strength to meet the challenges of their time, just as our faith can give us the strength to meet the challenges of ours.  And most of all, I thought about their humility, and how we don’t seem to live that out the way we should, every day, even when we give lip service to it. 
 
 
 
As President, sometimes I have to search for the words to console the inconsolable.  Sometimes I search Scripture to determine how best to balance life as a President and as a husband and as a father.  I often search for Scripture to figure out how I can be a better man as well as a better President.  And I believe that we are united in these struggles.  But I also believe that we are united in the knowledge of a redeeming Savior, whose grace is sufficient for the multitude of our sins, and whose love is never failing.  
 
 
 
And most of all, I know that all Americans — men and women of different faiths and, yes, those of no faith that they can name — are, nevertheless, joined together in common purpose, believing in something that is bigger than ourselves, and the ideals that lie at the heart of our nation’s founding — that as a people we are bound together.   
 
 
 
And so this morning, let us summon the common resolve that comes from our faith.  Let us pray to God that we may be worthy of the many blessings He has bestowed upon our nation.  Let us retain that humility not just during this hour but for every hour.  And let me suggest that those of us with the most power and influence need to be the most humble.  And let us promise Him and to each other, every day as the sun rises over America that it will rise over a people who are striving to make this a more perfect union.  
 
 
 
Thank you.  God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.  (Applause.) 
 
 
 
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