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Barack & Michelle After Dark™: Michelle Visits Howard. Wounded Warrior Riders Visit Barack’s House. The West Wing Week.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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First Lady Michelle Obama And Bow Wow Spotted At Howard University

 

On Thursday, first lady Michelle Obama and rapper-slash-actor Bow Wow joined 37 students from Chicago public high schools for a tour of Howard University, our colleague Krissah Thompson reports. According to the first lady’s office, Obama specifically requested Bow Wow for the event, an annual college visit called “Escape to the Mecca” — a nod to the university’s nickname “the mecca.”

“This isn’t bad,” Obama said as she stepped inside a dorm room in Frazier Hall where one enterprising student had the perfect product placement on her desk: a portfolio and résumé. During the sneak peek, Obama encouraged the visiting students to step in and look around too. “You might be living here. I’m just visiting,” she said.

 

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From NBC 5 Chicago:

 

First Lady Welcomes Chicago Public School Students on College Visit 

 

CPS officials said 37 students were on the campus visit from 18 area schools

 

By Alexandria Fisher

First Lady Michelle Obama and rapper Bow Wow welcomed dozens of Chicago high schoolers to Howard University in Washington Thursday afternoon.

 

First lady Michelle Obama and Bow Wow, co-host of the television show “106 & Park,” along with high school students from Chicago, tour the Howard University dorms. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

First lady Michelle Obama and Bow Wow, co-host of the television show “106 & Park,” along with high school students from Chicago, tour the Howard University dorms. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

 

The First Lady joined the students on their college visit to promote the President’s “North Star” initiative, which aims to bring America’s proportion of college graduates back to the highest in the world by 2020.

 

Obama, a Princeton University and Harvard Law alum, toured dorm rooms and posed for a group photo with the juniors and seniors from Chicago Public high schools as Howard students shouted from dorm room windows.

 

Students cheer from their dorm room windows as they watch First Lady Michelle Obama take a tour of Howard University

Students cheer from their dorm room windows as they watch First Lady Michelle Obama take a tour of Howard University

 

Donning a maroon pant suit and black flats the First Lady showed her school spirit by waving a “Howard hand” and speaking to the students from a campus food court.

 

Bow Wow, formerly L’il Bow Wow, joined the First Lady Thursday to help moderate the students’ discussion.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama smiles at rapper Bow Wow at Howard University. The First Lady joined juniors and seniors from Chicago public high schools on the first day of their four-day visit to Howard University, as part of a program to immerse talented high school students in a college campus environment.

First Lady Michelle Obama smiles at rapper Bow Wow at Howard University. The First Lady joined juniors and seniors from Chicago public high schools on the first day of their four-day visit to Howard University, as part of a program to immerse talented high school students in a college campus environment.

 

“I’m very proud of you guys,” Bow Wow said, after starting off by shouting out Chicago neighborhoods.

 

Obama pumped her fist when he said “South Side.”

 

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The 27-year-old co-host of BET’s “106 & Park,” a weekday show on which the First Lady has appeared, didn’t attend college and instead pursued an entertainment career, according to his manager Bart Waters.

 

The First Lady commended Bow Wow, a child rapping prodigy, for his support for education and said she was “very proud of this young man.”

 

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She then went on to encourage the students to go to college or pursue other higher education.

 

“While there’s a lot of work that needs to be done on our end,” she said, referring to government, philanthropy and other resources, “you don’t have time to wait for everybody to fix the system.”

 

CPS officials said 37 students were on the campus visit from 18 area schools.

 

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“This has been the most phenomenal day of my life,” Pamela Mondane, 17, told Obama.

 

The senior at Whitney Young, Obama’s alma mater, said she intended to enroll at Howard University later this year.

 

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First lady Michelle Obama and Bow Wow, co-host of the television show “106 & Park,” along with high school students from Chicago, tour the Howard University dorms. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

First lady Michelle Obama and Bow Wow, co-host of the television show “106 & Park,” along with high school students from Chicago, tour the Howard University dorms. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

 

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Letters to the President: Stories of Health Reform

 

 

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Published on Apr 17, 2014

While in Austin, the President recently met with several Americans who wrote letters about the Affordable Care Act.

 

 

 

8 Million People Have Signed Up For Private Health Coverage Thanks To The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES). Read All About The 8 Million.

 

 

President Obama: 8 Million People Have Signed Up for Private Health Coverage

 

Speaking from the White House Briefing Room this afternoon, President Obama announced that 8 millionAmericans have signed up for private health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

 

 

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Published on Apr 17, 2014

Before taking questions from the press in the White House Press Briefing Room, President Obama announces that 8 million people signed up for private health coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace. April 17, 2014.

 

 

 

He noted that 35 percent of those people are under 35 years old.

 

What’s more, costs associated with expanding coverage under the Affordable Care Act are lower than expected.

 

And health care costs are growing at the slowest level on record. That slower growth in spending is reflected across MedicareMedicaid, and private insurance.

 

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Take a look at a few more important numbers, from a fact sheet released today:

 

  • 8 million people signed up for private insurance in the Health InsuranceMarketplace. For states that have Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces, 35 percent of those who signed up are under 35 years old, and 28 percent are between 18 and 34 years old, virtually the same youth percentage that signed up in Massachusetts in its first year of health reform.

 

  • 3 million young adults gained coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act by being able to stay on their parents’ plan.

 

  • 3 million more people were enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP as of February, compared to before the Marketplaces opened. Medicaid and CHIP enrollment continues year-round.

 

  • 5 million people are enrolled in plans that meet ACA standards outside the Marketplace, according to aCBO estimate. When insurers set premiums for next year, they are required to look at everyone who enrolled in plans that meet ACA standards, both inside and outside the Marketplace.

 

  • 5.7 million people will be uninsured in 2016 because 24 states have chosen not to expand Medicaid — even though this expansion would be of no cost to states, as the President pointed out in today’s briefing.

 

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The bottom line, as the President said: “This thing is working.

 

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West Wing Week: 4/18/14 or, “Pull Together, Fight Back, and Win”

 

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Published on Apr 17, 2014

This week, the President nominated Sylvia Burwell as Secretary of Health and Human Services, hosted an Easter Prayer Breakfast and a PassoverSeder, discussed immigration reform with Faith leaders, welcomed the Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride, announced a major milestone in the continued implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and hit the road to New York City and Oakdale, Pennsylvania.

 

 

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Wounded Warriors Ride for Recovery

 

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The Phoro Of The Year: President Obama Watches As The Riders Speed By.

 

This morning, on the South Lawn of the White House, President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretary Shinseki welcomed riders participating in the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride.

 

Today was the fifth time President Obama has welcomed Soldier Ride to the White House. The ride begins in Washington, D.C. and ends in Friendship, Maryland, spanning a total of 58 miles.

 

The Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride at the White House

 

Published on Apr 17, 2014

President Obama welcomes Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House in celebration of the seventh annual Soldier Ride. A cycling event to help Wounded Warriors restore their physical and emotional well-being, the Soldier Ride also raises awareness of our nation’s Wounded Warriors who battle the physical and psychological damages of war.

 

 

 

Remarks by the President Welcoming the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride

South Lawn

11:06 A.M. EDT

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THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody!  (Applause.)  Welcome to the White House.  Thank you to Ric for not just a nice introduction, but more importantly, for your outstanding service to our country and for your service to our veterans and fellow wounded warriors.

Now, I also want to mention that our Vice President here has been relentless in his support, along with our spouses, Michelle and Jill Biden, for military families.  And we’re very proud of everything that Joe has done.

This is now the fifth time that I’ve had the honor of welcoming the Soldier Ride to the White House.  And I have to tell you, this is one of my favorite events of the year.  First of all, you know it’s spring when — or at least it’s supposed to be spring — (laughter) — when the Soldier Ride comes around.  But mainly, it’s because those who participate are such an incredible inspiration to me and to our country.

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To all the riders, you look outstanding, especially after biking 17 miles yesterday.  You’re doing another 17 miles tomorrow, another 17 miles after that — all told, nearly 60 miles.  Today we wanted to come cheer you on.  And I think we’ve got some folks from the Army here, is that right?  (Hooah!)  And the Navy.  (Hooyah!)  Air Force.  (Applause.)  Marines.  (Oorah!)  Oh, that was good.  (Laughter.)  Coast Guard.  (Applause.)  And we’ve got some extraordinary families here today.  (Applause.)  Yay, families.

By now, everybody knows the story about how this got started.  You had a bartender on Long Island, Chris Carney, who came up with the idea of riding his bike across America to support wounded warriors.  Chris couldn’t be here today.  He owns a gym now; I think you all inspired him to trade the bar in for some barbells.  But today there are Soldier Rides all across the country, and we want to thank everybody at the Wounded Warriors Project for their incredible support.

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I know some of you are doing this for the very first time; some of you have ridden three or four times.  Some of you are riding in tandem with your parents.  Biking nearly 60 miles in three days would be a challenge for anybody, but for all of you this is a lot more than a bike ride — this is a mark of how far you’ve come.

Many of you are recovering from devastating injuries.  Some of you have had to learn the basics all over again — how to stand again, how to walk again, how to run again.  And now you’re here today because that’s what Soldier Ride is all about — seeing each other through the finish line.

Lieutenant Commander John Jae Terry is here.  Three years ago, he was on foot patrol in Afghanistan when he was hit by an IED, ended up losing his leg.  But reflecting on his service, he said he would do it all again.  Now, he’s got a new goal — get in the best shape possible so he can play with his three kids.  And so today he’s here on his first Soldier Ride.

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You’ve got Master Sergeant Louis Alfonso Ramirez.  Serving in Afghanistan, he lost good friends in a terrible ambush.  He even assisted at the airport as they began their dignified transfer home.  Later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress, credits the Wounded Warriors Project with helping him heal.  He says, “You know that they got you.”  This is now his fourth ride.

Sergeant Major Sedrick Banks is here.  An explosion in Iraq left him with injuries to his neck and his back, and traumatic brain injury.  But after years of rehab, Cedric is focused on the future.  He volunteers here in Washington, helps mentor young men with the life skills they need to succeed.  He calls himself now a “warrior for society.”  This is his first Soldier Ride.

Major Jeanette Nieves-Ayala is here.  And I first met Jeanette a few years ago at Walter Reed, where she was recovering from an injury received in Iraq.  As some of you know, when I visit with our troops I often hand out coins marked with the Seal of the President.  Jeanette shook my hand and she said, Mr. President, all these men think your coin is the best; I don’t.  I made a bet with them that there was a coin that could trump yours.  I said, what are you talking about?  She said, I want the First Lady’s coin.  (Laughter.)  The First Lady’s coin would beat yours.

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Now, it is true that the First Lady trumps me.  But Jeanette says her proudest accomplishment is being a peer mentor to other wounded warriors.  She says that during her recovery, “I was definitely being carried.  Now I feel like I am helping to carry others.”  So I want to thank you, Jeanette.

This ride is first and foremost for these incredible riders.  But it’s men and women like John and Louis and Cedric and Jeanette and all of you who make the ride so special for all of us, because you inspire us.  You inspire the country, some of whom will be out cheering along your ride.  You inspire me with your courage, your resolve, your resilience, your tenacity, your optimism.  It makes me proud to be your Commander-in-Chief.  And Michelle and I treasure every moment that we get to spend with you and your families.

Every day I have the honor of serving as this country’s Commander-in-Chief.  And as long as I have that honor, I will keep fighting to make sure you and your families get the care and treatment and benefits that you have earned and deserve.  When people ask of you to serve your country, to give your all to make your sacrifices, you’ve raised your hands.  You’ve stepped up.  You’ve held up your end of the bargain.  And it’s especially now, as we’re winding down the war in Afghanistan, after having ended over a decade of war, that we are standing up for you.  Our obligations to our veterans endure for your entire lives.  That’s our mission.  That’s why we’re here not just during this ride, but all year long.

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So with that, the sun is out.  It’s a spectacular day.  The racers look like they’re ready.  I think it’s time for us to get this party started.

God bless you.  God bless America.  Let’s get this going.  (Applause.)

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Cheering on riders at the Wounded Warrior Project's Solider Ride this morning. #JoiningForces

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President Obama high fives a rider as he welcomes the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House

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One of the riders taking part in the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride, with a President Obama bobblehead in his jersey, waits in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, April 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

One of the riders taking part in the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride, with a President Obama bobblehead in his jersey, waits in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, April 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

A Wounded Warrior exits the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House to participate in the Soldier Ride, April 17, 2014. (WH Photo by Pete Souza)

A Wounded Warrior exits the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House to participate in the Soldier Ride, April 17, 2014. (WH Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretary Shinseki cheer on participants in the Soldier Ride, April 17, 2014. (WH Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretary Shinseki cheer on participants in the Soldier Ride, April 17, 2014. (WH Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Participants in the seventh annual Soldier Ride make their way around the South Lawn of the White House, April 17, 2014. (WH Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

Participants in the seventh annual Soldier Ride make their way around the South Lawn of the White House, April 17, 2014. (WH Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretary Shinseki welcome the Soldier Ride to the White House, April 17, 2014. (WH Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretary Shinseki welcome the Soldier Ride to the White House, April 17, 2014. (WH Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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Statements and Releases

 

Statement by the President on the Passing of Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Marquez

 

Readout of the President’s Call with Chancellor Merkel of Germany

 

FACT SHEET: Affordable Care Act by the Numbers

 

President Obama Signs Montana Disaster Declaration

 

Statement by the President on the Tragic Ferry Sinking Off the Coast of the Republic of Korea

 

First Lady Michelle Obama to Address 2014 Graduating Seniors

 

FACT SHEET: Building on Progress – Supporting Solar Deployment and Jobs

 

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President Obama Schedule || Friday, August 18,2014

 

10:00 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing


10:45 am || Meets with Treasury Secretary Lew


11:35 am || Meets with the National Commander and Executive Director of the American Legion


2:00 am || Presents the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the United States Naval Academy football team

 

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Barack After Dark™: The White House Welcomes French President François Hollande.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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The Arrival:

 

A member of the color guard holds a French flag as President Barack Obama listens to remarks by President François Hollande of France during the State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Feb. 11, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

A member of the color guard holds a French flag as President Barack Obama listens to remarks by President François Hollande of France during the State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Feb. 11, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

Remarks by President Obama and President Hollande of France at Arrival Ceremony

 

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February 11, 2014 | 31:29 |Public Domain

 

President Obama, joined by First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, welcome President Hollande of France to the White House for an official state visit.

 

 

 

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The Monticello Visit:

 

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President Barack Obama and President François Hollande of France tour Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Va., with Leslie Bowman, president of the Monticello Foundation, Feb. 10, 2014 (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Barack Obama and President François Hollande of France tour Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Va., with Leslie Bowman, president of the Monticello Foundation, Feb. 10, 2014 (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Barack Obama and President François Hollande of France visit the Dome Room during a tour of Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Va., with Leslie Bowman, president of the Monticello Foundation, Feb. 10, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and President François Hollande of France visit the Dome Room during a tour of Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Va., with Leslie Bowman, president of the Monticello Foundation, Feb. 10, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Remarks by President Obama and President Hollande of France After Touring Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

 

 

President Obama and President Hollande Visit Monticello

February 10, 2014 | 8:42 |Public Domain

 

President Obama and President Hollande of France deliver remarks during a tour of Monticello. As the residence of Thomas Jefferson, one of the United States’ earliest envoys to France, Monticello reflects Jefferson’s affection for the people of France, the long-standing relations between our two democracies, and the shared values we hold dear: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

 

 

 

 

President Obama and President Hollande, Joint Presser:

 

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February 11, 2014 | 31:29 |Public Domain

 

President Obama and President Hollande answer questions from the press following their bilateral meeting at the White House.

 

 

 

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Speeches and Remarks/Statements and Releases

 

FACT SHEET: U.S.-France Cooperation on Science and Technology

 

FACT SHEET: Student and Youth Exchange Programs between the United States and France

 

FACT SHEET: U.S. Cooperation with France on Protecting the Environment, Building a Clean Energy Economy, and Addressing Climate Change

 

FACT SHEET: U.S.-France Security Cooperation

 

FACT SHEET: United States-France Economic and Commercial Partnership

 

 

Vice President Biden Hosts a Luncheon for President Hollande

February 11, 2014 | 26:05 |Public Domain

 

Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry will host a lunch in honor of President Hollande at the Department of State.

 

 

 

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France State Dinner:

 

Remarks by President Obama and President Hollande of France in Exchange of Toasts at State Dinner

 

 

Behind the Scenes: Inside the Kitchen for the France State Dinner

February 11, 2014 | 2:15 |Public Domain

 

Go behind the scenes at the White House as Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford, Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses and Assistant Pastry Chef Susan Morrison talk about themes and creations for the France State Dinner.

 

 

 

Hi everyone! It's Chef Cris Comerford and Pastry Chef Bill Yosses - we're taking over the White House Instagram to give you a look inside the kitchen as we get ready for tomorrow's State Dinner for France. Thanks for following along. #InsideTheWH -Cris and Bill

Hi everyone! It’s Chef Cris Comerford and Pastry Chef Bill Yosses – we’re taking over the White House Instagram to give you a look inside the kitchen as we get ready for tomorrow’s State Dinner for France. Thanks for following along. #InsideTheWH -Cris and Bill

As local as you can get! We're using honey from the White House beehive in a vinaigrette to dress a Winter Garden Salad with mixed radishes and baby carrots. Each season the color of the honey changes. Here you can see the difference between 2012 and 2013. #InsideTheWH -Cris

As local as you can get! We’re using honey from the White House beehive in a vinaigrette to dress a Winter Garden Salad with mixed radishes and baby carrots. Each season the color of the honey changes. Here you can see the difference between 2012 and 2013. #InsideTheWH -Cris

We're using a paint sprayer (previously unused of course) to give a micro-thin layer of chocolate over soft and creamy ganache cake. The bittersweet chocolate comes from Hawaii, and it will be served à la mode with vanilla ice-cream from Pennsylvania. #InsideTheWH -Bill

We’re using a paint sprayer (previously unused of course) to give a micro-thin layer of chocolate over soft and creamy ganache cake. The bittersweet chocolate comes from Hawaii, and it will be served à la mode with vanilla ice-cream from Pennsylvania. #InsideTheWH -Bill

Here's a first look at the Winter Garden Salad that we're serving at tomorrow's State Dinner. The salad features herbs from the White House Kitchen Garden, and the dressing uses honey from the beehive on the South Lawn. #InsideTheWH -Cris

Here’s a first look at the Winter Garden Salad that we’re serving at tomorrow’s State Dinner. The salad features herbs from the White House Kitchen Garden, and the dressing uses honey from the beehive on the South Lawn. #InsideTheWH -Cris

Sugar roses and fleur-de-lis, the official flowers of the United States and France. We made 38 of each - that's more than 1,800 petals! #InsideTheWH -Bill

Sugar roses and fleur-de-lis, the official flowers of the United States and France. We made 38 of each – that’s more than 1,800 petals! #InsideTheWH -Bill

 

President Obama Toasts President Hollande at the France State Dinner

February 11, 2014 | 14:35 |Public Domain

 

President Obama offers a toast at a state dinner in honor of President Hollande of France.

 

 

 

France State Dinner Menu:

 

The France State Dinner Menu

The France State Dinner Menu

 

 

France State Dinner Guest List:

 

Expected Attendees at Tonight’s State Dinner

 

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the First Lady

For Immediate Release

February 11, 2014

Expected Attendees at Tonight’s State Dinner

Below is a list of expected attendees at tonight’s State Dinner. Additional details about the State Dinner are available HERE.

THE PRESIDENT and MRS. OBAMA

HIS EXCELLENCY FRANÇOIS HOLLANDE, PRESIDENT OF THE FRENCH REPUBLIC

Mr. J.J. Abrams, Pacific Palisades, CA

Ms. Katie McGrath

The Honorable Stacey Abrams, House Minority Leader (Georgia)

Mr. Ben Jealous

Ms. Jill Abramson, The New York Times, New York, NY

Mr. William Woodson

Mr. Charles Adams, Jr., Washington, DC

General Keith Alexander, Commander of U.S. Cyber Command, Director of the National Security Agency, and Chief of the Central Security Service

Mrs. Debbie Alexander

Mr. Peter G. Angelos, Baltimore, MD

Mrs. Georgia Angelos

Mr. Kader Arif, Minister Delegate for Veterans Affairs, French Republic

The Honorable Caroline Atkinson, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs

Mr. Geoffrey Boyd Lamb

Ms. Jennifer Bado-Aleman, Gaithersburg, MD

Mr. Frank Skinner

Mr. Caleb Ballew, Huntsville, AL

Mrs. Kourtney Ballew, Huntsville, AL

Mr. Dan Barber, New York, NY

Mr. David Barber

The Honorable Karen Bass, United States Representative (California)

Ms. Barbara Jordan

Mr. Terrence Bean, Portland, OR

Mr. Robert Iwasaki

The Honorable Katie Beirne Fallon, Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs

Mr. Brian Fallon

Mr. Joel Benenson, New York, NY

Mrs. Lisa Benenson, New York, NY

The Honorable Michael Bennet, United States Senator (Colorado)

Ms. Susan Daggett

Mrs. Andrea Bernstein, New York, NY

Mr. Tom Bernstein

Mr. Peter Beshar, Rye, NY

Mrs. Sarah Beshar

The Honorable Steven Beshear, Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky

Mrs. Jane Beshear

The Honorable Joseph Biden, Jr., Vice President of the United States

Dr. Jill Biden

Mr. Robert Hunter Biden, Washington, DC

Mrs. Kathleen Biden

Ms. Mary J Blige, Saddle River, NJ

Mr. Kendu Isaacs

The Honorable Tony Blinken, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor

The Honorable Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Mr. Joseph Blount, Miami Beach, FL

Ms. Katherine Blount

Mrs. Nicole Bricq, Minister for Foreign Trade, French Republic

The Honorable William Burns, Deputy Secretary of State

Ms. Lisa Ann Carty

The Honorable Sylvia Burwell, Director of the Office of Management and Budget

Mr. Steve Burwell

The Honorable Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader (United States House of Representatives)

The Honorable Jay Carney, Assistant to the President and Press Secretary

Ms. Claire Shipman

Mr. Jim Chanos, New York, NY

Ms. Crystal A Connors

Mr. Brian Cladoosby, LaConner, WA

Mrs. Nina Cladoosby

The Honorable James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence

Mrs. Susan Clapper

The Honorable Max Cleland, Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission

Mrs. Linda Dean

Mr. Steve Clemons, The Atlantic, Washington, DC

Mr. Andrew Oros

The Honorable David L. Cohen, Philadelphia, PA

Mrs. Rhonda Cohen

The Honorable David Cohen, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Mrs. Suzy Cohen

Mr. Stephen Colbert, New York, NY

Mrs. Evie Colbert

Ms. Joanna Coles, Cosmopolitan Magazine, New York, NY

Mr. Peter Godwin

Mr. Jason Collins, Los Angeles, CA

Mr. Brunson Green

Mr. Jean-Marie Colombani, JMC Media, French Republic

Mr. Marcello Conviti, Carmat, French Republic

Mr. Bradley Cooper, New York, NY

Ms. Suki Waterhouse

Mr. James Crane, Houston, TX

The Honorable Danielle Crutchfield, Assistant to the President and Director of Scheduling and Advance

The Honorable Elijah Cummings, United States Representative (Maryland)

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings

Mr. Philippe Dauman, New York, NY

Mrs. Deborah Dauman

His Excellency François Delattre, Ambassador of the Republic of France to the U.S.

Mrs. Sophie L’Hélias Delattre

General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Mrs. Diane Dempsey

Mr. Stéphane Distinguin, Cap Digital, French Republic

Dr. Karen Donfried, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs

Mr. Alan Untereiner

The Honorable Mike Donilon, Alexandria, VA

Mrs. Trish Donilon

Mr. Roland Du Luart, Senator from Sarthe, President of the Franco-American Friendship Committee, French Republic

Mrs. Shefali Duggal, San Francisco, CA

Mr. Rajat Duggal

Mr. Ken Ehrlich, Westlake Village, CA

Mrs. Harriet Ehrlich

His Excellency Laurent Fabius, Minister for Foreign Affairs, French Republic

Mr. Matthias Fekl, Representative of the National Assembly, French Republic

Mrs. Genevière Fioraso, Minister for Higher Education and Research, French Republic

Mr. Ken Fisher, Rockville, MD

Mrs. Tammy Fisher

The Honorable Anthony Foxx, Secretary of Transportation

Mrs. Samara Foxx

Mr. Ken Frazier, Whitehouse Station, NJ

Mrs. Andrea Frazier

The Honorable Michael Froman, U.S. Trade Representative

Ms. Nancy Goodman

The Honorable Jason Furman, Chairman, Council of Economic Advisors

Ms. Eve A. Gerber, Washington, DC

Mr. Mark Gallogly, New York, NY

Ms. Elizabeth Strickler

Mr. Pierre Gattaz, President of MEDEF, French Republic

Ms. Thelma Golden, New York, NY

Mr. Duro Olowu

Mr. John Goldman, Atherton, CA

Mrs. Marcia Goldman

Ms. Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg News, New York, NY

Mr. Michael Gottlieb

The Honorable Philip H Gordon, Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region

Mrs. Rachel Gordon

The Honorable Danielle Gray, Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary

Ms. Jaunique Sealey

The Honorable Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defense

Ms. Allyn Hagel

Ms. Laura G Haim, Canal Plus and I-Tele French TV, Washington, DC

Mr. Ara Aprikian

The Honorable William Haslam, Governor of the State of Tennessee

Mrs. Crissy Haslam

Mr. Samuel Heins, Wayzata, MN

Ms. Stacey Mills

Mr. Jean-Paul Herteman, Safran, French Republic

The Honorable Heather Higginbottom, Deputy Secretary of State

Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy

The Honorable Eric Holder, Jr., United States Attorney General

Dr. Sharon Malone

The Honorable John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology

Dr. Patricia Falcone, Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs

Mrs. Laura Holgate, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for WMD Terrorism and Threat Reduction

Dr. Rick Holgate

Mr. Steve Holland, Reuters, Alexandria, VA

Mrs. Lucie Holland

Mr. Jean-Paul Huchon, Paris Region President, French Republic

Mr. Irwin Jacobs, La Jolla, CA

Mrs. Joan Jacobs

Mr. Jean-Marc Janaillac, Transdev, French Republic

The Honorable Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement

Mr. Paul Jean-Ortiz, Diplomatic Advisor to the President, French Republic

The Honorable Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior

The Honorable Mike Connor, Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner

The Honorable Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security

Dr. Susan DiMarco

The Honorable Kevin Johnson, Mayor of the City of Sacramento

Ms. Michelle Rhee

Mr. Hubert Joly, Richfield, MN

Ms. Natalie Jones, Acting Chief of Protocol, U.S. Department of State

Justice Elena Kagan, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Ms. Mindy Kaling, Universal City, CA

Ms. Jocelyn Leavitt

Ms. Roberta Kaplan, New York, NY

Ms. Rachel Lavine

The Honorable Cody Keenan, Assistant to the President and Director of Speechwriting

Ms. Kristen Bartoloni

The Honorable Patrick F. Kennedy, Under Secretary for Management, U.S. Department of State

Ms. M. Elizabeth Swope

The Honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State

The Honorable Leslie Kiernan, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President

Mr. Paul Kiernan

The Honorable Ronald Klain, Chevy Chase, MD

Ms. Monica Medina

Ms. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund

Mrs. Anne Lauvergeon, Chairwoman of “Innovation 2030” Committee, French Republic

Mr. Jonathan Lavine, Weston, MA

Ms. Emily Lavine

Mr. Jean-Yves Le Gall, CNES, French Republic

The Honorable Patrick Leahy, President Pro Tempore (United States Senate)

Mrs. Marcelle Leahy

Mr. Frédéric Lefebvre, Representative of the National Assembly, French Republic

Ms. Corine Lesnes, Le Monde, Paris, France

Mr. John Ruddy

The Honorable Jack Lew, Secretary of the Treasury

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Dr. Tara Leweling, Director for NATO and European Affairs, National Security Council Staff

Mr. Harun Dogo

Ms. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mt. Kisco, NY

Mr. William Louis-Dreyfus

Mr. Emmanuel Macron, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, French Republic

Ms. Kathy Manning, Greensboro, NC

Mr. Randall Kaplan

The Honorable Alyssa Mastromonaco, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations

The Honorable Denis McDonough, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff

Mrs. Kari McDonough

Mr. Cappy McGarr, Dallas, TX

Mrs. Janie McGarr

Mr. Raymond McGuire, New York, NY

Ms. Crystal McCrary

The Honorable Brian McKeon, Deputy Assistant to the President, and Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff for the National Security Council Staff

Ms. Lizabeth Tankersley

Mr. Eliseo Medina, La Canada-Flintridge, CA

Ms. Arcelia Rocio Saenz

Ms. Constance Milstein, Washington, DC

Mr. Jehan Christophe de la Haye St. Hilaire

Ms. Nicola Miner, San Francisco, CA

Mr. Robert Mailer Anderson

The Honorable Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and Deputy National Security Advisor

Mr. Mark Monaco

The Honorable Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy

Mrs. Naomi Moniz

Mr. Bobby Monks, Portland, ME

Mr. Arnaud Montebourg, Minister for Industrial Renewal, French Republic

Mr. Aquilino Morelle, Political Advisor to the President, French Republic

Mr. Pierre Moscovici, Minister for Economy and Finance, French Republic

Mr. Bruce Mosler, New York, NY

Mr. Willard Freeman

The Honorable Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council

Mr. Amit A. Pandya

Mr. Elon Musk, Los Angeles, CA

Mrs. Talulah Musk

Mr. Pierre Nanterme, Accenture, French Republic

Ms. Karen Narasaki, Washington, DC

Mr. Vivek Malhotra

The Honorable Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Mr. Robert Kagan

The Honorable Michael Nutter, Mayor of the City of Philadelphia

Mrs. Lisa Nutter

Mr. Kevin F. O’Malley, St. Louis, MO

Mrs. Dena O’Malley

Ms. Julie Pace, Associated Press, Washington, DC

Mr. Michael Ferenczy

The Honorable Jennifer Palmieri, Assistant to the President and Communications Director

Mr. James Lyons

Mrs. Fleur Pellerin, Minister Delegate for SMEs, Innovation and the Digital Economy, French Republic

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader (United States House of Representatives)

Mrs. Jacqueline Kenneally

Mr. Fabien Penone, Deputy Diplomatic Advisor to the President, French Republic

Mr. Guillaume Pepy, SNCF, French Republic

The Honorable Tom Perez, Secretary of Labor

Ms. Ann Marie Staudenmaier

The Honorable Dan Pfeiffer, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor

Mr. Richard Plepler, New York, NY

Mrs. Lisa Plepler

The Honorable John Podesta, Counselor to the President

Mrs. Mary Podesta

The Honorable Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative the United Nations

Mr. Cass Sunstein

The Honorable Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Commerce

Mr. Nicholas Pritzker

General Benoît Puga, Military Advisor to the President, French Republic

Mr. Tangi Quéméner, Agence France-Presse, Bethesda, MD

Ms. Anne Porquet

Ms. Azita Raji, Tiburon, CA

Mr. Gary Syman

The Honorable Stephanie C Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of the City of Baltimore

Mr. Kent Blake

The Honorable Ben Rhodes, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting

Ms. Ann Norris

The Honorable Steven Ricchetti, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the Vice President

Mrs. Amy Ricchetti

The Honorable Susan Rice, Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor

Mr. Ian Cameron

Mrs. Claudine Ripert-Landler, Press Advisor, French Republic

Mr. Charles H Rivkin, Washington, DC

Ms. Susan Tolson

Mrs. Rachel Robinson, New York, NY

Mr. Norman Siegel

The Honorable Harold Rogers, United States Representative (Kentucky)

Mrs. Cynthia Rogers

Mr. James Roosevelt, Jr., Cambridge, MA

Mrs. Ann Roosevelt

Mrs. Laura Ross, New York, NY

Mr. James Ross

Mr. Alain Rousset, Aquitaine Region President, French Republic

The Honorable Edward Randall Royce, United States Representative (California)

Mrs. Marie Royce, Washington, DC

The Honorable Kathy Ruemmler, Assistant to the President and Counsel to the President, Washington, DC

Ms. Margaret-Angèle Russell, New York, NY

Mr. Robert Kaplan

The Honorable Paul Ryan, United States Representative (Wisconsin)

Mrs. Janna Ryan

Mr. Lee Saunders, Washington, DC

Mrs. Lynne Saunders

Mrs. Barbara Schmidt, Boca Raton, FL

Mr. Richard Schmidt

The Honorable Charles Schumer, United States Senator (New York)

Ms. Iris Weinshall

Mr. Pete Selleck, Greenville, SC

Mrs. Nancy Selleck

The Honorable Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., Counselor to the Secretary of State

Mrs. Maria Shannon

Reverend Alfred Sharpton, New York, NY

Ms. Aisha I. McShaw

Mrs. Beth Shaw, New York, NY

Ms. Rebecca Shaw

The Honorable Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Mr. Bruce Stokes

The Honorable Liz Sherwood-Randall, Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for Defense Policy, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Arms Control

Dr. Jeffrey Randall

The Honorable Peter Shumlin, Governor of the State of Vermont

Ms. Sarah Schmidt

The Honorable David Simas, Assistant to the President and Deputy Senior Advisor for Communications and Strategy

Ms. Shauna McCarty

Ms. Liz Simons, Atherton, CA

Mr. Mark Heising

Mrs. Sarah Smiley, Bangor, ME

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Mr. Chuck Smith, Jr., Winnetka, IL

Mrs. Melissa Smith

Mr. Keith Smith, Ashland, VA

Mr. Burton Smith

Mr. Michael Smith, Los Angeles, CA

Ms. Natalie Massenet

Ms. Kim Snow, Thorton, PA

Mr. James Snow

Mr. Kenneth Solomon, Pacific Palisades, CA

Mrs. Melissa Solomon

Mr. Arne Sorenson, Bethesda, MD

Mrs. Ruth Sorenson

The Honorable Gene Sperling, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council

Mr. Rick Sperling

Ms. Alexandra Stanton, New York, NY

Ms. Domna Stanton

Mr. Laurent Stefanini, Chief of Protocol, French Republic

Mr. Randall Stephenson, Dallas, TX

Mrs. Lenise Stephenson

Mr. David Stern, New York, NY

Mrs. Dianne Stern

The Honorable Todd Stern, United States Special Envoy for Climate Change

Ms. Jennifer Klein

Mrs. Jane Stetson, Norwich, VT

Mr. Bill Stetson III

Mr. Mark Taplin, Charge d’Affaires ad interim at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France

Ms. Kathy Kavalec

The Honorable Tina Tchen, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady

Mr. Benoit Thieulin, Digital National Committee President, French Republic

Mr. Andrew Tobias, New York, NY

Ms. Marie Brenner

Ms. Cicely Tyson, New York, NY

Mr. Reginald Austin Henry

The Honorable David Wade, Chief of Staff to the Secretary of State

Ms. Elizabeth Alexander

The Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz, United States Representative (Florida)

Mr. Steven Schultz

Mr. Frank White, Jr., Washington, DC

Mr. William Kirk

Ms. Edith Windsor, New York, NY

Ms. Julie Milligan

Mr. Richard Winter, Auriga USA

Mrs. Alexandra Winter

Mr. Jeff Zucker, CNN, New York, NY

Mrs. Caryn Zucker

 

 

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Today, President Obama, Vice President Biden, and the First Lady welcomed French President François Hollande to the White House during an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn at the White House. More than 90 White House Social guests attended the event and documented the arrival through their social media channels using the hashtag #WHSocial. After the ceremony, White House Social guests headed over to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to talk to various administration officials about the arrival ceremony, state visits, and the ways the administration works to engage citizens online.

 

For your chance to attend a White House Social, make sure to follow the White House on TwitterFacebookGoogle+,Tumblr, and Instagram and keep an eye out for upcoming events.

 

 

 

Behind the Scenes at the France State Dinner: See the Menu

 

Megan Slack
Megan Slack

February 11, 2014
05:24 PM EST

 

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Update: Read President Obama and President Hollande’s remarks in an exchange of toasts at tonight’s state dinner.

 

This evening, the President and Mrs. Obama will host a state dinner in honor of President François Hollande of France. The French State Dinner menu and theme was inspired by the shared history and friendship between the United States and France.

 

White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford and White House Executive Pastry Chef William Yosses have created a menu that features delicacies from across the United States and celebrates the best of American cuisine. The menu incorporates produce grown by farmers across the country and those grown here at the White House in the White House Kitchen Garden.

 

Go behind the scenes in the White House kitchen to see how Chefs Comerford and Yosses prepared for tonight’s meal.

 

 

David Hudson
David Hudson

February 11, 2014
11:57 AM EST

 

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This morning, President Obama, Vice President Biden, and the First Lady welcomed French President François Hollande to the White House – the first state visit by a French president in nearly 20 years. Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza is documenting the visit via Instagram, including this morning’s arrival ceremony and activities throughout the day.

 

Follow along on Pete’s Instagram, and over at Storify. And be sure to check out how the White House kitchen prepared for the France State Dinner, which the President and First Lady will host tonight in honor of the visit.

 

 

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President Obama And President Hollande Visit Monticello.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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President Obama and President Hollande Visit Monticello

 

Published on Feb 10, 2014

President Obama and President Hollande of France deliver remarks during a tour of Monticello. As the residence of Thomas Jefferson, one of the United States’ earliest envoys to France, Monticello reflects Jefferson’s affection for the people of France, the long-standing relations between our two democracies, and the shared values we hold dear: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

 

 

 

President Barack Obama and President François Hollande of France visit the Dome Room during a tour of Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Va., with Leslie Bowman, president of the Monticello Foundation, Feb. 10, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and President François Hollande of France visit the Dome Room during a tour of Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Va., with Leslie Bowman, president of the Monticello Foundation, Feb. 10, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

Op-ed by President Obama and President Hollande: An Alliance Transformed

 

The full text of an op-ed by President Obama and President Hollande of France is printed below. The piece, published today in the Washington Post and in Le Monde, can be read online HERE.

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By Barack Obama and François Hollande, Monday, February 10.
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Barack Obama is president of the United States. François Hollande is president of the French Republic.
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Today, American and French diplomats are preparing for talks with Iran that build on the agreement that has halted progress on and rolled back key elements of the Iranian nuclear program. French and American officials share information daily to combat terrorism around the world. Our development experts are helping farmers across Africa and on other continents boost their yields and escape poverty. In forums such as the Group of Eight and the Group of 20, the United States and France promote strong, sustainable and balanced growth, jobs and stability — and we address global challenges that no country can tackle alone. At high-tech start-ups in Paris and Silicon Valley, American and French entrepreneurs are collaborating on the innovations that power our global economy.

 

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A decade ago, few would have imagined our two countries working so closely together in so many ways. But in recent years our alliance has transformed. Since France’s return to NATO’s military command four years ago and consistent with our continuing commitment to strengthen the NATO-European Union partnership, we have expanded our cooperation across the board. We are sovereign and independent nations that make our decisions based on our respective national interests. Yet we have been able to take our alliance to a new level because our interests and values are so closely aligned.

 

Rooted in a friendship stretching back more than two centuries, our deepening partnership offers a model for international cooperation. Transnational challenges cannot be met by any one nation alone. More nations must step forward and share the burden and costs of leadership. More nations must meet their responsibilities for upholding global security and peace and advancing freedom and human rights.

 

Building on the first-step agreement with Iran, we are united with our “P5+1” partners — Britain, Germany, Russia and China — and the E.U. and will meet next week in Vienna to begin discussions aimed at achieving a comprehensive solution that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. In Syria, our credible threat of force paved the way for the plan to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons; now, Syria must meet its obligations. With the Syrian civil war threatening the stability of the region, including Lebanon, the international community must step up its efforts to care for the Syrian people, strengthen the moderate Syrian opposition, and work through the Geneva II process toward a political transition that delivers the Syrian people from dictatorship and terrorism.

 

Perhaps nowhere is our new partnership on more vivid display than in Africa. In Mali, French and African Union forces — with U.S. logistical and information support — have pushed back al-Qaeda-linked insurgents, allowing the people of Mali to pursue a democratic future. Across the Sahel, we are partnering with countries to prevent al-Qaeda from gaining new footholds. In the Central African Republic, French and African Union soldiers — backed by American airlift and support — are working to stem violence and create space for dialogue, reconciliation and swift progress to transitional elections.

 

Across the continent, from Senegal to Somalia, we are helping train and equip local forces so they can take responsibility for their own security. We are partnering with governments and citizens who want to strengthen democratic institutions, improve agriculture and alleviate hunger, expand access to electricity and deliver the treatment that saves lives from infectious diseases. Our two countries were the earliest and are among the strongest champions of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

 

Alongside a revitalized alliance on the world stage, we’re also working to deepen our bilateral economic relationship. Already, France is one of America’s top export markets, and the United States is the largest customer for French goods outside the European Union — trade that supports nearly a million jobs in our two countries. Our cooperation in science and education is illustrated by existing partnerships between our universities, top research laboratories and space agencies. But as entrepreneurial societies that cherish the spirit of invention and creativity, we need to do more to lead the world in innovation.

 

The trade and investment partnership that we are pursuing between the European Union and the United States is a major opportunity to build on millions of jobs on both sides of the Atlantic already supported by U.S.-E.U. trade. Such an agreement would result in more trade, more jobs and more export opportunities, including for small businesses in both of our countries. It would also build a lasting foundation for our efforts to promote growth and the global economic recovery.

 

This includes our leadership to combat climate change. Even as our two nations reduce our own carbon emissions, we can expand the clean energy partnerships that create jobs and move us toward low-carbon growth. We can do more to help developing countries shift to low-carbon energy as well, and deal with rising seas and more intense storms. As we work toward next year’s climate conference in Paris, we continue to urge all nations to join us in pursuit of an ambitious and inclusive global agreement that reduces greenhouse gas emissions through concrete actions. The climate summit organized by the U.N. secretary general this September will give us the opportunity to reaffirm our ambitions for the climate conference in Paris.

 

The challenges of our time cannot be wished away. The opportunities of our interconnected world will not simply fall into our laps. The future we seek, as always, must be earned. For more than two centuries, our two peoples have stood together for our mutual freedom. Now we are meeting our responsibilities not just to each other — but to a world that is more secure because our enduring alliance is being made new again.

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David Hudson
David Hudson

February 10, 2014
07:15 PM EST
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This afternoon, President Obama and French President François Hollande visited Monticello, the home of former President Thomas Jefferson, just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. Jefferson, who drafted the Declaration of Independence, was a noted Francophile, and served as the U.S. Minister to France from 1785 to 1789.

 

Monticello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is widely regarded as an architectural masterpiece. Jefferson began work on his home at age 26, designing — and continually redesigning – the house following neoclassical principles.

 

After touring Monticello, President Obama remarked that it symbolizes the “incredible history between the United States and France,” and the “incredible bond and the incredible gifts that France gave to the United States.” The house also represents the “complicated history of the United States,” President Obama said, as well as the “complex relations” between Jefferson and the institution of slavery. President Obama added that for France and the United States, Monticello is “a reminder for both of us that we’re going to continue to fight on behalf of the rights of all peoples.”

 

Tomorrow morning, President Obama and the First Lady will welcome the French President to the White House, holding a state dinner in his honor tomorrow evening.

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President Barack Obama and President François Hollande of France tour Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Va., with Leslie Bowman, president of the Monticello Foundation, Feb. 10, 2014 (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Barack Obama and President François Hollande of France tour Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Va., with Leslie Bowman, president of the Monticello Foundation, Feb. 10, 2014 (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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Statements and Releases:

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

 

NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:

Cassandra Q. Butts, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

 

Mark Green, of Wisconsin, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation for a term of two years.  (Reappointment)

 

Matthew T. McGuire, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Executive Director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development for a term of two years, vice Ian Hoddy Solomon, term expired.

 

Robert O. Work, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Defense, vice Ashton B. Carter, resigned.

 

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Don’t Know Who Mr. Richard Cohen Is…..He Writes A Racist/Sexist/Homophobic Column For The Washington Post


 

By Jueseppi B.

Richard Cohen

 

 

The Washington Post has a big problem and his name is Richard Cohen.

 

 

Richard Cohen is a syndicated columnist for the paper and has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist four times.

 

 

In July, he wrote a column justifying the racial profiling that led to the murder of unarmed Trayvon Martin.1 In September, he blamed Miley Cyrus and the MTV Video Music Awards for “so-called Steubenville rape,” adding that the issue in Steubenville was less about criminality and more about “decency.”

 

 

Now he’s gone too far–way, way too far–again. Yesterday he wrote a column suggesting that interracial marriage is offensive to many Americans and makes them want to “gag.”

 

 

His op-ed is going viral and people everywhere are outraged. The New York Observer calls it a “horribly racist” column.3Newsweek calls him a “menace to readers.”4 Calls for him to be axed are growing.”

 

 

Enough. Racism, sexism and victim blaming have no place in our discourse. This isn’t a one-time mistake from Cohen–it follows a long history of deeply offensive rhetoric. And The Washington Post needs to know that this time, we’re not letting them sweep it under the rug.

 

 

Can you sign the petition to The Washington Post to fire Richard Cohen?

 

 

Here’s the full quote:

People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?)

 

 

Equality at a higher frequency is our guiding principle, and we’re gagging at the thought that a respected publication like the Post, on which millions of people depend for news and opinion, keeps publishing this guy’s columns. His long history also includes:

  • Being reprimanded for inappropriate behavior and moved to a different office 12 floors higher by the Post over his harassment of a 23-year-old female co-worker, including telling her to “stand up and turn around” and that she “looked good in black.”

 

  • And after he defended rapist Roman Polanski, writing, “There is no doubt also that after all these years there is something stale about the case, not to mention a ‘victim,’ Samantha Geimer” and “[Polanski] ran from the prospect of a judge who was going to make his reputation at Polanski’s expense and send him to jail for a very long time. I would have done the same.”

 

The growing stain on the Post that is Richard Cohen won’t change his views, because the Post keeps publishing them. So it’s time for us to take a stand. Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos recently bought the newspaper and is looking for ways to improve it. Now’s our chance to make it clear that readers will continue to leave unless Cohen is fired.

 

 

Too many of his columns spew sexism and racism that justify and legitimize the culture that we’re fighting to change. Rape and racism culture is about more than just the perpretators–now’s our chance to do something about the enablers. The Washington Post needs to do the right thing, and cut Cohen loose

 

 

Sign the petition to tell The Washington Post: Fire Richard Cohen, once and for all.

 

 

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Are You A Trayvon Voter?


 

By Jueseppi B.

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How to Become a ‘Trayvon Martin Voter’

 

By: Benjamin L. Crump

 

In a piece for the Washington Post, Benjamin L. Crump, the lead attorney for Trayvon Martin’s family, is encouraging supporters of the Trayvon Martin movement to sign a petition on Change.org to amend “Stand your ground” laws in 21 states. He also says that these “Trayvon Martin voters” should come out in droves during the midterm elections — political cycles that often experience less voter turnout.

 

From Attorney Crump:

As I travel the country, many people tell me they wish they had been on the jury in the criminal trial of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. I tell them that although they did not have a vote in those proceedings, they do have a vote in establishing Trayvon’s legacy.

 

This vote, your vote, will be historic. It starts when you sign the Change.org petition by Trayvon’s family to amend “stand-your-ground” laws in 21 of the 31 states where they are on the books. It continues when you cast your vote in the 2014 midterm elections and each election cycle beyond until we make history by passing a Trayvon Martin amendment to the stand-your-ground laws in every state that has them. These actions will make you part of new voting bloc: The Trayvon Martin voter.

 

Trayvon Martin voters have the potential to become a critical mass influencing several important issues, including stand-your-ground laws, racial-profiling laws and stop-and-frisk policies. Typically, the voter turnout in midterm elections is dramatically diminished from presidential-election years. We can, however, make sure that in the upcoming midterm election Democrats, Republicans and independents across the country turn out to vote for Trayvon Martin amendments. Trayvon voters have a clear cause: capturing the passion over the devastating verdict returned in the trial of George Zimmerman and transforming these feelings into actions that can and will make a difference.

 

Why is it critical to amend stand-your-ground laws? The Trayvon Martin amendments are common-sense legislation that would alter such laws to prevent the initial aggressor in a confrontation from being able to later claim self-defense. Stand-your-ground laws were not enacted to allow aggressors the opportunity to get away with murdering an innocent person, although this is, unfortunately, what has happened. Law enforcement officers initially cited Florida’s stand-your-ground law in their refusal to arrest Trayvon’s killer, Zimmerman, in February 2012. In large part, this law permitted Trayvon’s killer to walk out of the courtroom and back into society. Passing these amendments would prevent this type of tragedy and protect others, especially children, from being profiled, pursued and killed by aggressors.

 

In asking the United States to start a conversation about the tragic circumstances of Trayvon’s death, President Obama expressed his concerns and the need to review stand-your-ground laws. Sen. John McCain and other prominent Republicans have joined Obama in questioning stand-your-ground statutes. Even former Florida governor Jeb Bush, the Republican who signed the state’s stand-your-ground legislation into law, has voiced concerns. Regarding the shooting of Trayvon, Bush said in March 2012, “ ‘Stand your ground’ means stand your ground. It doesn’t mean chase after somebody who’s turned their back.”

 

Throughout history, positive change has come from tragedy. Society has learned that with time and through action, protests and national movements, change is possible. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 began in large part because of the brutal murder of another unarmed black teenager,Emmett Till, in Money, Miss., in 1955. It took nearly a decade before this tragedy resulted in the passage of the historic civil rights legislation. Emmett’s mother, Mamie Till Mobley, eventually got to see something positive emerge from something very painful: an acknowledgment that her son’s death was not in vain.

 

The 1963 murder of Medgar Evers, another unarmed African American, led to positive change. During his life as an activist, Evers organized voter registration campaigns, demonstrations and boycotts to end Jim Crow laws in Jackson, Miss. His death was an influence for the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

 

Even as we fight today for change, and may expect it to manifest immediately, it is important to understand that this process will take time. We should not, however, allow that to be a discouragement.

 

We Trayvon voters must maintain a united front against stand- your- ground laws and continue to fight even at times when our efforts feel overlooked. No matter how seemingly impossible the task, if Trayvon voters remain steadfast, Trayvon’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, will eventually see something positive come out of something very painful : an acknowledgment that their son’s death was not in vain.

 

Simply put, this is your chance to vote for Trayvon.

 

 

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The NAACP has released a Bill Summary for Trayvon’s Law.

 

The introduction reads:

 

“In light of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin and the overwhelming national awareness around numerous issues surrounding this case, the NAACP advocates for creating a set of laws called “Trayvon’s Law” which embodies legislative responses that will greatly reduce the likelihood of another tragedy like the Trayvon Martin incident.

 

Trayvon’s Law is a set of bills that focus on ending racial profiling, repealing stand your ground type laws,creating law enforcement accountability through effective police oversight, improving training and best practices for community watch groups, and mandating law enforcement data collection on homicide cases involving people of color.

 

Some of these policies can be pushed on the state level; others may lend themselves well to more local campaigns. The NAACP will continue to advocate for these policy changes on the federal level as well. Advocates across the country can push for any combination of these policies that makes the most sense for their city, state, or local jurisdiction.”

 

The Bill Summary includes repeal of Stand Your Ground Law.  The NAACP writes: “Repeal Stand Your Ground Type Laws & Restore Sane, Sensible use of Force Standards in Self Defense.

 

“Although many have tried to promote stand your ground type laws as self-defense measures, the reality is that these laws do nothing but provide cover for vigilantes and hate groups who often choose to take the law into their own hands. Laws like that of Florida have contributed to a 300% increase in so-called self-defense related homicides, and people of color seem to always get caught in the crossfire.

 

The Tampa Bay Times found that defendants claiming “stand your ground” are more successful if the victim is black. A study by the Urban Institute also found that in states that have stand your ground policies, nearly 36% of cases where a white person killed an African American were deemed justifiable homicides, compared to only 3% of cases where an African American killed a white person. Hence, the NAACP proposes that “stand your ground” and other laws that provide immunity for vigilantes be repealed and replaced by common sense, self-defense measures.”

 

 

 

Please follow this link for the entire “Trayvon’s Law” Bill Summary: Trayvon’s Law

 

 

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The principles of Trayvon’s Law are:

  • Ending racial profiling;
  • Repealing stand your ground type laws;
  • Creating law enforcement accountability through effective police oversight;
  • Improving training and best practices for community watch groups; and
  • Mandating law enforcement data collection on homicide cases involving people of color.

In addition, state advocates can include policies that aim to dismantle the school to prison pipeline – which are critical to keeping youth safe and in schools.

 

Ben Jealous, the president of the NAACP, said on Saturday that “Trayvon’s law” should be enacted across the United States in a speech at the “Realize the Dream March and Rally” in Washington.

 

“Let us say, ‘Yes we will pass Trayvon’s law from coast to coast,’” Jealous said at the event commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

 

“When they say, ‘no you can’t,’ we say, ‘yes we can,’” Jealous said, saying that marchers could also succeed in passing the DREAM Act, enacting marriage equality, abolishing the death penalty and expanding the Voting Rights Act. “Let us say, ‘Yes we will protect the right to vote…”

 

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The Trayvon Martin Foundation On Facebook

 

The Trayvon Martin Foundation Website:  Trayvon Martin Foundation

 

 

 

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Asean Johnson at the March on Washington

 

 

 

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Trayvon Rally Saturday

 

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Thank you Dwyane Wade Spike Lee Boris Kodjoe for standing with Sybrina Fulton & Tracy Martin.

Thank you Dwyane Wade Spike Lee Boris Kodjoe for standing with Sybrina Fulton & Tracy Martin.

 

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