Archive for May 21st, 2014

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May
14

Night owl chat – TedTALK: Making peace is a marathon

From the YouTube page:

In Lebanon there is one gunshot a year that isn’t part of a scene of routine violence: The opening sound of the Beirut International Marathon. In a moving talk, marathon founder May El-Khalil explains why she believed a 26.2-mile running event could bring together a country divided for decades by politics and religion, even if for one day a year.

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Making peace is a marathon. Making life is a marathon. Making beauty is a marathon. But they’re worth every agonizing step.

Chat on, night owls.

21
May
14

Chat Away

@dougmillsnyt: “The Bear is loose”, says Obama as he walks from the White House to the Department of the Interior greeting tourist.

21
May
14

Legion Of Boom And Twelfth Man Come To The White House

@petesouza: President Obama holds a 12th man flag with the Super Bowl Champs Seattle Seahawks

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, accompanied by quarterback Russell Wilson, and wide receiver Doug Baldwin

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ABC News: Obama Salutes Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks

President Barack Obama congratulated the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday, saluting their victories on the field and their contributions to their community. Noting that some football analysts didn’t see Seattle as a top-tier team, Obama said he especially appreciated the team overcoming long odds.

“As a guy who was elected president named Barack Obama, I root for the underdog,” the president joked. The Seahawks clinched their first Super Bowl victory in the history of the franchise in February by beating the Denver Broncos 43-8.

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President Barack Obama talks with Seattle Seahawks Executive VP of Football Operations & Head Coach Pete Carroll

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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., takes a photo of President Barack Obama as Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash talks to him

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Seattle Seahawks players take photographs of President Barack Obama

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21
May
14

President delivers remarks on Organ Mountains National Monument Designation

4:10 EDT: The President delivers remarks on the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Designation, Department of Interior

Also at White House Live

21
May
14

Seattle Seahawks in the House

2:10 EDT: President Obama Welcomes the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks to the White House

Also at White House Live

21
May
14

The Commander-In-Chief Speaks

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President Barack Obama speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House following his meeting with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. The White House moved Wednesday to address the growing furor over allegations of misconduct at the Department of Veterans Affairs, summoning VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to an Oval Office meeting, hours before the House was scheduled to vote on a bill that would grant the secretary more authority to fire or demote senior executives.

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NPR: Obama: People ‘Will Be Held Accountable’ For Veterans Affairs Problems

Anybody found to have manipulated or falsified Veterans Affairs records “will be held accountable,” President Obama said Wednesday. The president condemned the reported widespread problems at the VA, defending Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. Obama spoke after he and Shinseki met in the Oval Office Wednesday morning with White House deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors, who since last week has been detailed to work with the VA. Neither of those men attended the president’s news conference. Speaking about reports of long wait times — and efforts to cover up the delays — Obama said that if they’re proven true, the behavior is “dishonorable” and “disgraceful.” “I will not stand for it,” Obama said. “None of us should.”

The president said that Nabors is heading to Phoenix today to look into reports that a facility there had produced misleading statistics about veteran care. Obama mentioned accountability several times in his prepared remarks; he also noted that some employees had already been put on administrative leave. He said that his administration will continue “bringing the VA into the 21st century – which is not an easy task.” Obama also defended Shinseki, saying, “No one cares more about our veterans.” But Obama added that he told Shinseki today that he expects accountability and improvement in the full report on the VA’s problems.

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