In last night’s Night Owl Chat, I included a clip of the genius that was Bill Evans. As I am wont to do, I then went and viewed some more videos, and came across this one, comprised of two sessions he did for the BBC program “Jazz 625” in the 1960s. I think that after the ugliness which has spewed forth these past two days, a bit of beauty is in order.
Things seem to be settling into a cautious stalemate. Last week’s successful elections have taken a lot of the steam out of the “rebels” (read: Russian infiltrators). So, for your Sunday, a quick catchup on the latest news.
President Obama’s most sweeping policy yet to address global warming — a new rule to cut carbon-dioxide emissions from coal and gas-fired power plants across the United States – will be announced by the The Environmental Protection Agency. The President will discuss the policy in on an off-camera conference call with health advocates.
The President leaves for Poland on Monday night.
Poland Flashback: President Obama greets veterans following a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw, Poland, May 27, 2011 (Pete Souza)
The President arrives in Warsaw, Poland on Tuesday morning. He will meet President Komorowski at the airport, and then they will have the opportunity to meet with some of the American and Polish airmen who are supporting the aviation mission that is based at Lask Air Force Base in Poland.
Following that event the President will have a bilateral meeting at the Belweder Place with President Komorowski.
Later in the afternoon, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Tusk.
That evening, the President will attend a Solidarity Dinner at the royal palace.
Belgium Flashback: Despite an enoooooormous stuffed giraffe staring down on him – um – President Obama serenely signs items backstage following his remarks at the Palais Des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Belgium, March 26, 2014 (Pete Souza)
In the morning the President will hold a bilateral meeting with President-elect Poroshenko of Ukraine.
Following that bilateral meeting, the President will go to the Royal Castle, where he will meet with other leaders attending the Freedom Day event. At the Royal Castle, the President will be one of the speakers who will give the speech commemorating the Day of Freedom.
After that event, the President will fly to Brussels, Belgium. He will travel to the Royal Palace and have a meeting with King Philippe. Then he will attend the G7 summit.
That night, the leaders will have a working dinner.
France Flashback: It was sooooo hard to choose a photo from previous visits to France, so I just completely randomly went for this one from Cannes in 2011, which you might not have seen before:???:
The President will attend G7 meetings on the global economy, and energy and climate issues.
Following that, there will be a working lunch on development issues. In the afternoon, after the G7 Summit is concluded, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom. Then the President will travel to Paris, France. That night, he will have a private dinner with President Hollande before spending the night in Paris.
Normandy, France Flashback – One of the loveliest Pete Souza photos, President Obama shakes hands with French veteran Captain Jean Mauras during the 65th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, June 6, 2009
The President will travel to Normandy. He will deliver remarks at Omaha Beach for a French-American commemoration, D-Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery Memorial.
In the afternoon, the President will travel to Sword Beach, where he will attend a lunch hosted by President Hollande with the other leaders that the French have invited for the 70th anniversary commemorations. And then he will attend the international ceremony that the French are hosting with all the leaders of the various belligerent countries in World War II.
After that, the President will depart France and come home to Washington, D.C. on Friday night.
Complete Randomness: President Obama lets a little boy listen to his heartbeat with a stethoscope during a classroom visit at Powell Elementary School in Washington, D.C., March 4, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)