Sen. Barack Obama, accompanied by Reverend Joseph Lowery and others, pushes civil rights activist Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth during a commemoration of the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” Voting Rights march in Selma, Alabama, March 4, 2007
Today (all times Eastern):
11:10: President Obama visits a Powell Elementary School classroom; Washington
11:30: Delivers remarks on the FY2015 budget; Powell Elementary School
7:25: Delivers remarks at a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraiser; Private Residence, McLean, Virginia
First Lady Michelle Obama will honor the recipients of the International Women of Courage Award in the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the U.S. Department of State.
President Obama convenes a National Security Council mtg in Sit Room tonight on Ukraine: http://t.co/2xt0ZRr1rl
— petesouza (@petesouza) March 4, 2014
The Week Ahead:
Wednesday: The President will travel to the Hartford, Connecticut area for an event on the minimum wage. Following this, he will travel to Boston, Massachusetts for two DNC events.
First Lady Michelle Obama will participate in a conversation with Robin Roberts at the Leading Women Defined Summit, hosted by BET Networks. The discussion will be around the Affordable Care Act and a personal reflection on health and wellness. The First Lady will also visit a health center to highlight the work that hospitals, doctors and clinics are doing to educate their patients about the Affordable Care Act and how patients can get insurance.
Thursday: The President will hold an event on the economy and healthcare in Washington, DC.
Friday: The President and the First Lady will travel to the Miami area for an event on expanding opportunity for all.
Any GOPer who stands in support of a party literally assuring the enemy not to trust the president in a time of foreign crisis is despicable
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) March 2, 2014
Oliver Willis: Ukraine Crisis Reminds Us To Keep Ignoring Conservatives On Foreign Policy
In case you had allowed yourself to believe conservatives had learned a single thing from orchestrating some of the worst foreign policy in U.S. History during the Bush years, forget about it.
The same gang who led us into Iraq and defended the death and destruction that followed is still wrong on almost everything on under the sun.
As has been the case since about noon on January 20, 2009, the right is insisting that President Obama got it wrong. This time its on Russia and Putin. In their fractured, nonsensical view of reality, Obama is to blame for Putin deciding to invade Ukraine.
This only makes sense if you believe that Barack Obama is the President who peered into Putin’s soul and declared him a good man….
— amk4obama (@amk4obama) March 4, 2014
Benjamin Wallace-Wells: The Misplaced Question of Obama’s ‘Toughness’
The consensus over the past two days has been that Vladimir Putin’s military occupation of part of Ukraine poses a challenge to Obama’s “toughness.” That word — toughness — has been everywhere, as if the two men were actually wrestling for the future of far eastern Europe.
Peter Baker, surveying foreign-policy insiders this morning’s New York Times, found his sources returning repeatedly to this theme: “At its heart,” Baker wrote, “the advice seemed to pose the same question: Is Mr Obama tough enough to take on the former KGB colonel in the Kremlin? It is no easy task.” The Washington Post’s editorial board lectured Obama about the need to face “reality.” On Meet the Press, the panel was unanimous: “No more just issuing harshly worded statements,” admonished Chuck Todd. “It’s almost as if Putin is brilliant, really — he’s outfoxing Obama all the time,” said Tina Brown. “I think Putin looked into Obama’s eyes and saw his soul. And President Obama doesn’t like conflict at all,” reported Kathleen Parker.
Now, few complicated policy dilemmas ever really turn on which politician is more blustery. (Let alone on trans-oceanic soul-gazing.) But this particular bit of pining seems especially misguided. It is strange to wish that President Obama would, in this episode, become something he is not — a bit more like his predecessor, George W. Bush, perhaps a bit more like Putin himself — when the crisis in the Ukraine, perhaps more than any other in his presidency, is perfectly suited to Obama himself.
— Simon Rosenberg (@SimonWDC) March 4, 2014
Dana Milbank: Obama, the feckless tyrant
President Obama is such a weak strongman. What’s more, he is a feeble dictator and a timid tyrant.
That, at any rate, is Republicans’ critique of him. With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Obama’s critics pivoted seamlessly from complaining about his overreach to fretting that he is being too cautious. Call it Operation Oxymoron.
Last Wednesday, I sat in a House hearing and listened to Republicans describe Obama exercising “unparalleled use of executive power” and operating an “uber-presidency.” They accused him of acting like a “king” and a “monarch,” of making the United States like a “dictatorship” or a “totalitarian government” by exercising “imperial” and “magisterial power.”
But after events in Ukraine, this very tyrant was said to be so weak that it’s “shocking.”
GOPers have to figure out who they are – Americans, who side with the country, or purely party who will even aid the enemy to attack Obama.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) March 2, 2014
WH.gov: President Obama to Participate in a Townhall on Latinos and the Affordable Care Act
This Thursday, March 6, at 11:30 am ET, President Obama will participate in a historic townhall on Latinos and the Affordable Care Act at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The townhall “Tu Salud y La Nueva Ley: Conversación con el Presidente” (Your Health and the New Law: A Conversation with the President) will be an opportunity for you to ask the President questions about the Affordable Care Act. You can join the conversation and submit questions on social media using the hashtag #TuSaludyObama (Your Health and Obama) and #Asegurate.
The townhall will be hosted by the Asegúrate campaign, also known as “Get Covered”, a partnership between the California Endowment; Covered California, and the largest Spanish-language media outlets in the U.S., including Univision, Telemundo, and La Opinion-impreMedia. The townhall with President Obama which will be televised, livestreamed and broadcast over radio, digital and social platforms in Spanish, will provide an opportunity for Latinos across the country to learn more about how to enroll in affordable, quality health care via the Health Insurance Marketplace.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 3, 2014
Michael Hiltzik: The zombie walks: Yet another GOP attack on Medicaid
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., obviously is a great adherent of the adage, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” On Monday his committee released another attack on Medicaid, one of the linchpins of the Affordable Care Act and one that for some reason is especially detested by conservatives, like the majority members of Ryan’s committee.
The attack is buried within the Ryan committee’s 204-page assault on the War on Poverty, which has just observed its 50th anniversary, as we reported in January. If you want to skip to the meat, the Medicaid section starts on Page 103.
…. In a nutshell, the main flaw of Ryan’s position is that it ignores that the difference between the population on Medicaid and the low-income population without it is that the latter group has no insurance. Medicaid isn’t perfect, but for all its flaws, it provides access to healthcare for a population that, in large part, otherwise has nothing.
@petesouza: The view through window in the Oval Office
WH.gov: First Lady Michelle Obama Travels to China
The First Lady will travel to China from March 19-26, 2014. She will be visiting Beijing from March 20-23, Xi’an on March 24, and Chengdu from March 25-26. And she’s inviting students and classrooms across the U.S. to follow her trip.
During her trip to China, as on previous international trips to Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, the First Lady will be focusing on the power and importance of education, both in her own life and in the lives of young people in both countries.
She will also be visiting important historical and cultural sites in China, and will share with students in the U.S. the stories of the students she meets in China, as well as interesting facts about China’s history and culture — emphasizing the importance of students learning from one another globally.
More higher standards from Obama administration — this time on sulfur emissions http://t.co/R1CafeLDTX
— Daniel Gross (@grossdm) March 3, 2014
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 3, 2014
On This Day:
Senator Barack Obama pushes civil rights activist Johnnie Carr in a wheelchair while crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in commemoration of the 1965 Selma-Montgomery Voting Rights March, in Selma, Alabama on March 4, 2007
Senator Barack Obama addresses a crowd gathered for the commemoration of the 1965 Voting Rights March at Brown Chapel AME Church March 4, 2007 in Selma, Alabama
Sen. Barack Obama and his wife Michelle board his campaign plane in Houston, Texas on their way to San Antonio, March 4, 2008
Sen. Barack Obama and his wife Michelle speak to members of the press on his campaign plane on their way to San Antonio
Sen. Barack Obama and his wife Michelle at a rally after the Texas presidential primary in San Antonio, March 4, 2008
President Obama plays with a football in the Outer Oval Office, March 4, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama pushes daughters Malia and Sasha at the unveiling of swing-set on South Lawn outside Oval Office, March 4, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama arrives at an event where he spoke on reforming the government contracting system at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington on March 4, 2009
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pretend to march to music in the Blue Room of the White House, July 4, 2010, before delivering remarks to military families during a Fourth of July celebration (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama greets Miss Florida Memorial University Morisa V. Jagrup at Miami Central High School in Miami, Fla., March 4, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama looks on an iPad at pictures of White House Military Aide Major Reggie McClam’s twin girls as they ride in a service elevator following a reception at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami, Fla., March 4, 2011. Pictured, from left, are: site advance Ian Rose, personal aide Reggie Love, Trip Director Marvin Nicholson, White House Dr. Ronny Jackson, and McClam (Photo by Pete Souza)
Israeli President Shimon Peres meets with President Obama in Washington, DC, March 4, 2012
President Obama delivers remarks at the AIPAC Policy Conference, March 4, 2012
President Obama walks from the Oval Office to the White House residence, March 4, 2012
President Obama greets Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel before a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, March 4, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)
The First Lady participates in a Let’s Move Google+ Hangout in the Blue Room, March 4, 2013
President Obama talks with Jennifer Palmieri, Director of Communications, National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling, and Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer following a meeting in the Oval Office, March 4, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)