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Japan Is Done. Now On To The Republic Of Korea.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Saying goodbye……

 

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President Obama’s Schedule || Friday, April 25, 2014

 

All times are Japan or Korea Standard Time, which are each 13 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Daylight Time

 

9:05 am JST || Meets and greets with Embassy personnel; Okura Hotel, Tokyo, Japan.


9:30 am || Bids farewell to the Emperor and Empress of Japan; Okura Hotel.


10:30 am || Departs Tokyo.


12:30 pm KST || Arrives Seoul, South Korea.


1:25 pm || Participates in a naturalization ceremony; National War Memorial, Seoul.


1:40 pm || Participates in a wreath laying ceremony; National War Memorial.


2:10 pm || Tours the Gyeongbok Palace; Gyeongbok Palace, Seoul.


4:10 pm || Participates in the official arrival Ceremony with President Park of the Republic of South Korea; Blue House, Seoul.


4:30 pm || Holds a bilateral meeting with President Park; Blue House.


5:30 pm || Delivers brief remarks with President Park on the return of cultural artifacts; Blue House.


5:50 pm || Holds a joint press conference with President Park; Blue House.


7:20 pm || Participates in a working dinner with President Park; Blue House.

 

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President Obama Holds a Joint Press Conference with President Park

 

 

 

 

On Board with President Obama in Japan

 

Published on Apr 24, 2014

Today in Tokyo, the President traveled to the Imperial Palace and was received by the Emperor and Empress of Japan, held a press conference with Prime Minister Abe, visited students and robots at Miraikan Science and Youth Expo and saw Meiji shrine where he was shown a traditional archery demonstration –http://www.whitehouse.gov/asia-trip-s…

 

 

 

 

President Obama’s Bilateral Meeting with President Abe of Japan

 

Published on Apr 24, 2014

President Obama and President Abe of Japan make a joint statement to the media before their bilateral meeting at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, Japan. April 24, 2014.

 

 

 

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Toast Remarks by President Obama at State Dinner

 

President Obama Offers a Toast at the Japanese State Dinner

 

Published on Apr 24, 2014

In his toast at a state dinner held in his honor in Tokyo, President Obama says that Japan and American share an “alliance that will never be broken.” April 24, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

April 2014: Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama watches archers on horseback demonstrate their skills at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, April 24, 2104. Caroline Kennedy, U.S. Ambassador to Japan, and her husband Dr. Edwin Schlossberg watch at right. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Barack Obama watches archers on horseback demonstrate their skills at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, April 24, 2104. Caroline Kennedy, U.S. Ambassador to Japan, and her husband Dr. Edwin Schlossberg watch at right. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Barack Obama talks with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko during a state call at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan, April 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko during a state call at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan, April 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

 

Statements and Releases - April 25, 2014

 

FACT SHEET: U.S.-Japan Global and Regional Cooperation

 

U.S.-Japan Joint Statement: The United States and Japan: Shaping the Future of the Asia-Pacific and Beyond

 

FACT SHEET: U.S.-Japan Bilateral Cooperation

 

 

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The President’s Trip to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines

 

April 22 to April 29

 

President Obama’s fifth trip to Asia during his time in office will underscore a continued focus on the Asia-Pacific region and commitment to his vision of rebalancing to the world’s largest emerging region. The President’s visit to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines will focus on our major priorities in the region: modernizing our alliances; supporting democratic development; advancing the Trans-Pacific Partnership and commercial ties; investing in regional institutions; and deepening cultural and people-to-people ties.

 

 

 

 

Friday, April 25, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama greets members of the U.S. Embassy in Japan
  • Later that morning, the President bids farewell to the Emperor Akihito of Japan
  • In the afternoon, President Obama travels to Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • The President visits the National War Memorial and participates in a wreath-laying ceremony
  • Later, the President visits Gyengbok Palace
  • President Obama meets with President Park at the Blue House

 

 

 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama participates in a roundtable meeting with business leaders to discuss trade policy
  • Later, the President participates in a Combined Forces Command Briefing at Yongsan Garrison and delivers remarks
  • In the afternoon, the President travels to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • President Obama participates in an arrival ceremony in Parliament Square
  • Later that evening, the President attends a State Dinner and delivers remarks at Istana Negara

 

 

 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama greets members of the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia
  • Later, the President visits the National Mosque of Malaysia
  • President Obama meets with Prime Minister Najib Razak at Perdana Putra
  • In the afternoon, President Obama attends a working lunch with Prime Minister Najib Razak
  • The President delivers remarks at the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center
  • Later, the President participates in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Town Hall at the University of Malaysia

 

 

 

Monday, April 28, 2014

  • The President travels to Manila, Philippines, and participates in an arrival ceremony at Malacanang Palace
  • Later that afternoon, President Obama meets with President Benigno S. Aquino III of the Philippines
  • President Obama participates in a joint press conference with President Aquino
  • The President greets members of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines
  • Later that evening, the President attends a State Dinner with President Aquino at Malacanang Palace

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama delivers remarks at Fort Bonafacio
  • Later that morning, the President participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Manila American Cemetery
  • The President travels back to Washington, D.C.

 

 

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On Friday morning, the President will meet with employees and family members of the U.S. Embassy to Japan. He will then travel to the Republic of Korea. In the afternoon, the President will participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the National War Memorial to honor fallen soldiers. Following the ceremony, he will tour the Gyeongbok Palace. Later in the afternoon, the President will visit the Blue House to participate in a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with President Park of the Republic of Korea . In the evening the President will join President Park for a working dinner and remain overnight in Seoul, South Korea.

 

On Saturday morning, the President will participate in a round table meeting with business leaders to discuss trade policy.  Following the round table, the President will travel to Yongsan Garrison.  Here, he will be briefed by U.S.-ROK Combined Forces Command officers and deliver remarks and visit with troops and their families to thank them for their extraordinary service to our nation. In the afternoon, the President will travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  In the evening, he will join King Abdul Halim and Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia for the State dinner at the Istana Negara Palace.   The President will remain overnight in Malaysia.

 

On Sunday, the President will visit the National Mosque of Malaysia.  Following his visit, he will participate in a bilateral meeting and working lunch followed by a joint press conference with Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia at the Prime Minister’s Office. In the afternoon, the President and Prime Minister will take part in an event at the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center. In the evening, the President will travel to Malaya University to participate in a town hall with participants in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative. The President will remain overnight in Malaysia.

 

On Monday, The President will leave for The Philippines in the morning. The President will have a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with President Benigno AquinoLater that evening The President will attend a State Dinner hosted by President Benigno Aquino.

 

On Tuesday, The President will view an electric vehicle in The Philippines called “The Comet.” The President will visit Fort Bonifacio, where he will deliver remarks to U.S. and Filipino service members and veterans. The President will lay a wreath at The American Cemetery. Later in the evening The President will return to Washington, D.C.

 

 

Occasional Live streaming can be viewed here (CBS), here (LiveStation) and here (NHK)

 

 

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First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama: The White House’s Annual “Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day.”


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Those who grew up in the 1990′s may always think of today as a day when many girls missed school to go to work with mom or dad, but this morning, girls and boys across the country headed off to work with parents, relatives, friends, or community volunteers as part of what is now known as Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

 

Originally launched 21 years ago by the Ms. Foundation, the event was initially planned for  New York, but an article in Parade magazine prompted such an outpouring of interest that the decision was made to extend the program nationwide. It has taken place on the fourth Thursday in April ever since.

The First Lady Hosts Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day at the White House

 

Published on Apr 24, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with children of Executive Office employees at the White House’s annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day and takes questions from the audience. April 24, 2014.

 

 

Six years ago the program was revamped and reemerged in its current, gender-inclusive incarnation.

 

“We wanted girls to be able to see the professions open to them, and to have role models,” says George McKecuen, a representative of the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation, which now facilitates the annual event. “Girls could share their feelings about the workforce and what they saw during the day. The problem that occurred was that many parents said, ‘Our boys could benefit from a program like this also.’”

 

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The First Lady, Michelle Obama, received something rather unique from a girl during the White House’s “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day,” and it was a wonderful favor to her father.

 

Heartbreaking: Girl gives Michelle Obama her unemployed father’s résumé

 

Little Girl Confronts Michelle Obama — Hands Her Resume From Unemployed Dad
10-Year-Old Girl Whose Dad is Out of Work Approaches Michelle Obama With His Résumé
10-year-old Charlotte Bell was a guest at a White House Q&A with Michelle Obama today. When it was her turn to talk she said her father had been out of work for three years and brought the First Lady his résumé.
A young girl offered US First Lady Michelle Obama her father’s CV during questions at the White House’s Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

 

Charlotte Bell, 10, told Mrs Obama her dad had been out of work for several years.

 
Mrs Obama told the other children the girl was “doing something for her dad”.

 

When the event – attended by children of employees of the Obama administration – ended, she hugged the 10-year-old and took the CV.

 

Charlotte’s mother, an administration employee who did not want to be identified, told the Associated Press news agency her husband had worked for the Obama campaign in 2012. He had been looking for a policy job since then.

 

Charlotte’s family had joked over the weekend about making a job pitch to the first lady, but her parents didn’t know she would give it a try, her mother said.

 

 

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Graduating high school seniors and their parents in Topeka, Kansas didn’t want The First Lady to soak up all the attention – and force limited seating – at their upcoming graduation ceremony, First Lady Michelle Obama agreed to speak to them the day before at a separate event. If you ask me, and you did not, these people should be honored that a sitting First Lady would be interested in visiting their graduating class.

 

From The Associated Press:

 

New date for first lady’s Kansas graduation speech

 

By JOHN MILBURN and DARLENE SUPERVILLE The Associated Press.

 

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Michelle Obama is rearranging plans for a speech before graduating high school seniors in Kansas in the face of protests that her appearance at a combined graduation ceremony for five schools would limit seating for families and friends.

She had accepted the Topeka public school district’s invitation to speak May 17 at the combined ceremony to mark that day’s 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, outlawing school segregation. The case originated in Topeka.

But a furor over what the district considered an honor erupted after plans for Mrs. Obama’s address were announced.

Under a new plan worked out by the district, the first lady will speak on May 16 at a “senior recognition day” ceremony at the same 8,000-seat arena where the combined ceremony was to be held. The combined ceremony is being scrapped, and the five schools will hold separate graduation exercises instead.

The compromise, announced while President Barack Obama was traveling in Asia, pleased Topeka students and parents who were concerned about being limited to six tickets for family members and the first lady’s remarks taking away from the occasion.

“That’s awesome. I’m ecstatic,” said Tina Hernandez, mother of Topeka High senior Dauby Knight. “It works out for everybody. That makes me more excited for her to come.”

The school district said each student will get one ticket and up to six for family members for the first lady’s speech, the same allotment originally planned for the combined graduation ceremony. And now that Mrs. Obama will no longer speak at a graduation, seating won’t need to be limited due to concerns over her security during graduation events.

School board president Janel Johnson said the district was pleased with the community support and hopes Mrs. Obama’s visit makes for a memorable weekend. The first lady’s communications director, Maria Cristina Gonzalez Noguera, added that Mrs. Obama wants everyone to have the opportunity to attend a graduation ceremony.

“Once we learned about the concerns of some students, we were eager to find a solution that enabled all of the students and their families to celebrate the special day,” the spokeswoman said Thursday.

Eighteen-year-old Taylor Gifford had launched an online petition urging the school district to reconsider its plans. Gifford and the more than 1,200 people who had signed it expressed concern that Mrs. Obama’s visit would limit guest seating.

Abbey Rubottom, 18, said the change of plans would work best for graduates and their families, as well as other community members who are interested in what Mrs. Obama would have the say about the anniversary of the Brown decision.

“We are affected, but to close it off from people who deserve to go there doesn’t make sense,” Rubottom said. “The fact that she would do that is so amazing.”

Hernandez said she was glad the first lady realized the stir her planned visit was causing for the graduates and their families, and that she was willing to modify her plans.

“She’s a mom. She understands,” Hernandez said.

Thank you The Associated Press.

 

I could never be a politician. You can guess what my response would have been to this dumbfuckery.

 

 

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The Imperial Palace. The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. The Meiji Shrine. A Japanese State Dinner, Imperial Palace.


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

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On Board with President Obama in Japan

 

Published on Apr 24, 2014

Today in Tokyo, the President traveled to the Imperial Palace and was received by the Emperor and Empress of Japan, held a press conference with Prime Minister Abe, visited students and robots at Miraikan Science and Youth Expo and saw Meiji shrine where he was shown a traditional archery demonstration –http://www.whitehouse.gov/asia-trip-s…

 

 

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President Obama Holds a Press Conference with Prime Minister Abe of Japan

 

Published on Apr 24, 2014

President Obama and Prime Minister Abe answer questions from the press following a bilateral meeting in Tokyo. April 24, 2014.

 

 

 

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Watch Live: President Obama at the Miraikan Science Expo

 

Remarks by President Obama to Miraikan Science and Youth Expo

 

President Obama’s Remarks at the Miraikan Science Expo, April 24, 2014

 

Published on Apr 24, 2014

On Thursday, April 24, 2014, President Obama will visit the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo and delivered remarks at an event for youth in science.

 

 

 

 

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Raw: Obama Plays Soccer With Japanese Robot

 

Published on Apr 24, 2014

President Obama briefly played soccer with a robot during his visit to Japan on Thursday. The President has been emphasizing technology along with security concerns during his visit. (April 24)

 

 

 

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Raw: Obama Arrives at State Dinner in Tokyo

 

Published on Apr 24, 2014

President Obama arrives at a state dinner in his donor during his first full day of a four-nation visit to Asia. (April 24)

 

 

 

Toast Remarks by President Obama at State Dinner

 

 

 

 

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The President’s Trip to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines

 

April 22 to April 29

 

President Obama’s fifth trip to Asia during his time in office will underscore a continued focus on the Asia-Pacific region and commitment to his vision of rebalancing to the world’s largest emerging region. The President’s visit to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines will focus on our major priorities in the region: modernizing our alliances; supporting democratic development; advancing the Trans-Pacific Partnership and commercial ties; investing in regional institutions; and deepening cultural and people-to-people ties.

 

 

 

 

Friday, April 25, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama greets members of the U.S. Embassy in Japan
  • Later that morning, the President bids farewell to the Emperor Akihito of Japan
  • In the afternoon, President Obama travels to Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • The President visits the National War Memorial and participates in a wreath-laying ceremony
  • Later, the President visits Gyengbok Palace
  • President Obama meets with President Park at the Blue House

 

 

 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama participates in a roundtable meeting with business leaders to discuss trade policy
  • Later, the President participates in a Combined Forces Command Briefing at Yongsan Garrison and delivers remarks
  • In the afternoon, the President travels to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • President Obama participates in an arrival ceremony in Parliament Square
  • Later that evening, the President attends a State Dinner and delivers remarks at Istana Negara

 

 

 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama greets members of the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia
  • Later, the President visits the National Mosque of Malaysia
  • President Obama meets with Prime Minister Najib Razak at Perdana Putra
  • In the afternoon, President Obama attends a working lunch with Prime Minister Najib Razak
  • The President delivers remarks at the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center
  • Later, the President participates in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Town Hall at the University of Malaysia

 

 

 

Monday, April 28, 2014

  • The President travels to Manila, Philippines, and participates in an arrival ceremony at Malacanang Palace
  • Later that afternoon, President Obama meets with President Benigno S. Aquino III of the Philippines
  • President Obama participates in a joint press conference with President Aquino
  • The President greets members of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines
  • Later that evening, the President attends a State Dinner with President Aquino at Malacanang Palace

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama delivers remarks at Fort Bonafacio
  • Later that morning, the President participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Manila American Cemetery
  • The President travels back to Washington, D.C.

 

On Friday morning, the President will meet with employees and family members of the U.S. Embassy to Japan. He will then travel to the Republic of Korea. In the afternoon, the President will participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the National War Memorial to honor fallen soldiers. Following the ceremony, he will tour the Gyeongbok Palace. Later in the afternoon, the President will visit the Blue House to participate in a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with President Park of the Republic of Korea . In the evening the President will join President Park for a working dinner and remain overnight in Seoul, South Korea.

 

On Saturday morning, the President will participate in a round table meeting with business leaders to discuss trade policy.  Following the round table, the President will travel to Yongsan Garrison.  Here, he will be briefed by U.S.-ROK Combined Forces Command officers and deliver remarks and visit with troops and their families to thank them for their extraordinary service to our nation. In the afternoon, the President will travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  In the evening, he will join King Abdul Halim and Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia for the State dinner at the Istana Negara Palace.   The President will remain overnight in Malaysia.

 

On Sunday, the President will visit the National Mosque of Malaysia.  Following his visit, he will participate in a bilateral meeting and working lunch followed by a joint press conference with Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia at the Prime Minister’s Office. In the afternoon, the President and Prime Minister will take part in an event at the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center. In the evening, the President will travel to Malaya University to participate in a town hall with participants in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative. The President will remain overnight in Malaysia.

 

On Monday, The President will leave for The Philippines in the morning. The President will have a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with President Benigno AquinoLater that evening The President will attend a State Dinner hosted by President Benigno Aquino.

 

On Tuesday, The President will view an electric vehicle in The Philippines called “The Comet.” The President will visit Fort Bonifacio, where he will deliver remarks to U.S. and Filipino service members and veterans. The President will lay a wreath at The American Cemetery. Later in the evening The President will return to Washington, D.C.

 

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Statements and Releases

 

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on Attack in Kabul

 

Statement by the President on Armenian Remembrance Day

 

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Your South Lawn Seat To The 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. Videos And Photo Gallery Slide Show.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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About 30,000 people, including a few celebrities, are expected to crowd onto the South Lawn of the White House Monday for the annual Easter Egg Roll.

 

The egg roll, now in its 136th year, will feature Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, actor Jim Carrey, singer Ariana Grande, 2014 Miss America winner Nina Davuluri, and Sesame Street’s very own Cookie Monster.

 

There also will be live performances from pop stars and the U.S. Marine Corps Band. Cam Anthony, the 12-year-old Youtube star, will sing the National Anthem at the Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage.

 

The theme of this year’s egg roll is “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative to promote healthy eating habits in children.

 

 

Opening the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome children and their families to the South Lawn of the White House for the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.

 

 

 

 

President Obama Participates in the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

President Obama participates in the signature event at the White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.

 

 

 

 

2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: The First Lady Reads to Kids

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama reads “My Garden”, written by Kevin Henkes, at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll.

 

 

 

 

2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: President Obama Reads to Kids

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

President Obama reads “Where the Wild Things Are”, written by Maurice Sendak, at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.

 

 

 

 

2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Play with Your Food with First Lady Michelle Obama

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama is joined by chef Marc Murphy and Karan Brar, Skai Jackson, Cameron Boyce, Peyton R. List, and Debby Ryan from JESSIE at a Play with Your Food session at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.

 

 

 

 

Raw: The Obamas Host Annual Easter Egg Roll

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the 136th annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House, Monday. In Obama fashion, the theme of this year’s roll was keeping young people active and healthy. Nearly 30,000 were expected. (April 21)

 

 

 

Remarks by the President and the First Lady at the Easter Egg Roll

 

South Lawn

10:34 A.M. EDT

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, hello everybody.  Is everybody having fun?  (Applause.)  Happy Easter.  This is the biggest event that we have at the White House all year long and it is our most fun event, because we have a chance to see families from all across the country coming through here.  My main and only job, other than officiating over the roll at some point, is to introduce, alongside the Easter Bunny, the person who makes this all possible — we love her dearly — my wife, the First Lady, Michelle Obama.  (Applause.)

 

MRS. OBAMA:  Thank you, honey. Hey, everybody.  Happy Easter Egg Roll Day.  Isn’t this exciting?  It is so wonderful to have so many of you here today.  We are celebrating the 136th Easter Egg Roll.  The theme of this year’s roll is “Hop Into Health, Swing Into Shape.”  Yes, I love it.

 

And it’s going to be a great day.  We have beautiful weather, because the Easter Egg Roll is blessed.  And we’re going to have fun stuff going on.  We’ve got the Egg Roll.  We’ve got some storytelling.  We’ve got entertainment.  We’ve got wonderful athletes and performers like Cam and so many others.  We’ve got obstacle courses and yoga and face painting and egg hunts.  It’s just going to be terrific.  As Barack said, we love this event.  This is the largest event that we do here on the South Lawn.  We’re going to have more than 30,000 people on the lawn today.

 

And we’re just thrilled that this theme is focusing on one issue that is near and dear to my heart, and it’s making sure that our young people are active and healthy.  So while you’re here, parents, look around.  You’re going to learn how to make healthy snacks that the kids will actually eat.  I’m going to be over there on the chef’s stage doing some demonstrations.

 

And I want to make sure that kids know that healthy eating and being active can be fun, because what today is about is having a whole lot of fun.  And I hope you all do that, because we want our kids to be the healthiest and the strongest they can be, so they can do well in school and live up to all of their God-given potential.  Isn’t that right, parents?  That’s what we want for you all.  (Applause.)

 

And we want to thank the Easter Bunny, as always, for being here.  And I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the hundreds of volunteers who make today possible.  (Applause.)  Thank you to our volunteers who have been out here setting up the South Lawn, who are going to make sure you guys get through these activities and have a great time.

 

So you all just enjoy.  That’s all you have to do from this point on, is have fun.  And we’ll be down there to participate in the Egg Roll.  The President is going to read.  I’m going to read a little bit.  So we’ll meet you down on the South Lawn, okay?

 

All right.  Have a great time.  Bye-bye.  (Applause.)

 

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White House Easter Egg Roll Highlights 2014

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

Check out the best of the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll held on the South Lawn of the White House.

 

 

 

 

2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Debby Ryan Reads Curious George

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

Debby Ryan from the Disney Channel’s JESSIE Reads “Curious George” by H. A. Rey, at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.

 

 

 

 

2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Leland Melvin Reads The Little Engine That Could

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

Former NFL player and NASA astronaut Leland Melvin Reads “The Little Engine That Could” by Watty Piper, at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.

 

 

 

 

2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Nina Davuluri Reads The Giving Tree

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri Reads “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein, at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.

 

 

 

 

2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Cam Anthony Performs

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

12-year-old singing sensation Cam Anthony performs on the Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll.

 

 

 

 

2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Sesame Street Characters Perform

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

Mando, Rosita, Abby, and Cookie Monster from Sesame Street perform on the Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.

 

 

 

 

2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Play with Your Food with Alexandra Guarnaschelli

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

Celebrity Chef Alexandra Guarnaschelli shows kids how to prepare an easy snack that’s also healthy and delicious at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.

 

 

 

 

2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Play with Your Food with Maneet Chauhan

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

Celebrity Chef Maneet Chauhan shows kids how to prepare an easy snack that’s also healthy and delicious at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.

 

 

 

 

2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Jim Carrey Reads How Roland Rolls

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

Actor Jim Carrey Reads “How Roland Rolls” by Jim Carrey and Rob Nason, at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.

 

 

 

 

2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Play with Your Food with Sam Kass and Super Sprowtz

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

Executive Director of Let’s Move! and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy Sam Kass is joined by Super Sprowtz to show kids how to prepare an easy snack that’s also healthy and delicious at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.

 

 

 

 

2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: DJ Lance Reads Let’s Use Our Imaginations! (Yo Gabba Gabba!)

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

Actor DJ Lance Reads “Let’s Use Our Imaginations! (Yo Gabba Gabba!)” by Irene Kilpatrick and Mike Giles, at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.

 

 

 

 

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President Obama Seeks Inmates Worthy Of His Commutation Power


 

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From The Associated Press:

 

Obama Seeks Inmates Worthy of Commutation Power

 

By NEDRA PICKLER,  Associated Press

 

President Barack Obama is looking for convicts worthy of his rarely used power to commute sentences.

 

Obama has directed the Justice Department to improve its clemency recommendation process and recruit more applications from convicts, White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler said Tuesday.

 

Most recently, Obama reduced the prison time for a man facing longer time behind bars because of a typographical error. The commutation of Ceasar Cantu’s sentence from 15 to 11½ years demonstrates “the importance of clemency as a fail-safe mechanism” for those who run out of options, Ruemmler said.

 

“The president believes that one important purpose can be to help correct the effects of outdated and overly harsh sentences that Congress and the American people have since recognized are no longer in the best interests of justice,” Ruemmler said Tuesday at New York University’s law school. “This effort also reflects the reality that our overburdened federal prison population includes many low-level, nonviolent offenders without significant criminal histories.”

 

Cantu is only the 10th inmate Obama has granted a commutation. He pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering after prosecutors said he used his Houston trucking company to help move tons of marijuana from Mexico through Texas and into Virginia.

 

He was sentenced in Danville, Va., in 2006 by U.S. District Judge Jackson Kiser, who based his decision on a pre-sentencing report that had a critical error in “base offense level” that takes into consideration the crime’s severity and the defendant’s criminal history to come up with a sentencing guideline. The report correctly listed Cantu’s level at 34 in one part, but incorrectly listed it at 36 in the portion that calculated a recommended sentence of up to nearly 22 years.

 

Kiser noted at sentencing that although Cantu didn’t have a criminal record, the quantity of drugs involved in his case deserved a sentence within the recommended guidelines. The judge told Cantu the best he could do was sentence him at the bottom of the guideline. But if the calculation had been correct, the bottom of the guideline would have been 3½ years less.

 

The White House said Obama decided to grant clemency because it was the only way to correct the mistake.

 

Obama commuted only one sentence in his first term, causing critics to charge that he was being too stingy with his power. Last December, Obama cut time for eight defendants sentenced under old guidelines that treated convictions for crack cocaine offenses more harshly than those involving the powder form of the drug. Critics blamed the disparity for longer sentences being handed to black convicts, and Obama changed the sentencing standards for future cases beginning in 2010.

 

Ruemmler said the administration believes there is a larger pool of meritorious candidates for both pardons and commutations, and encouraged both types of applications. A pardon forgives a crime without erasing the conviction, typically after the sentence has been served. A commutation leaves the conviction and ends the punishment.

 

 

Follow Nedra Pickler on Twitter at https://twitter.com/nedrapickler

 

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