Posts Tagged ‘ceremony

27
Jan
16

The President’s Day

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Righteous Among the Nations Award Ceremony, organised for the first time in the U.S. by Yad Vashem, at the Embassy of Israel in Washington January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama speaks at the Righteous Among the Nations Award Ceremony, organised for the first time in the U.S. by Yad Vashem, at the Embassy of Israel in Washington

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U.S. President Barack Obama, seated beside Steven Spielberg (C) and Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer (R) listen to remarks at the Righteous Among the Nations Award Ceremony, organised for the first time in the U.S. by Yad Vashem, at the Embassy of Israel in Washington January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

10
Dec
15

The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama is introduced by Kenmore Middle School student Antonio Martin before signing The Every Student Succeeds Act during a ceremony. The new law is supposed to eliminate the “one-size-fits-all mandates” of the unpopular 2001 No Child Left Behind Act

President Barack Obama speaks before signing the "Every Student Succeeds Act," a major education law setting U.S. public schools on a new course of accountability, on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in Washington. The law will change the way teachers are evaluated and how the poorest performing schools are pushed to improve. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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U.S. President Barack Obama signs the Every Student Succeeds Act into law in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House in Washington December 10, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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President Barack Obama smiles after signing the "Every Student Succeeds Act," a major education law setting U.S. public schools on a new course of accountability, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in Washington. The law will change the way teachers are evaluated and how the poorest performing schools are pushed to improve. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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12
Nov
15

President Obama Honors Army Captain Florent Groberg

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President Barack Obama presents a Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry to Army Captain Florent A. Groberg (Ret.) during a ceremony at the White House. Captain Groberg received the Medal of Honor for attempting to push a suicide bomber away from harming his patrol while serving as a Personal Security Detachment Commander for Task Force Mountain Warrior, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division during combat operations in Asadabad, Kunar Province, Afghanistan on August 8, 2012. He was severely injured from his courageous actions

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President Barack Obama and Medal of Honor recipient retired U.S. Army Capt. Florent Groberg, walk to the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, for ceremony honoring Groberg for his actions during combat operations in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

U.S. President Barack Obama stands with Medal of Honor recipient retired U.S. Army Captain Florent "Flo" Groberg (L) in the East Room of the White House in Washington November 12, 2015. Groberg received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a personal security detachment commander during combat operations in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on August 8, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

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President Barack Obama stands with Medal of Honor recipient retired U.S. Army Capt. Florent Groberg during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, honoring Groberg for his actions during combat operations in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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U.S. President Barack Obama applauds retired U.S. Army Captain Florent Groberg, 32, after presenting him with the Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC November 12, 2015. Groberg received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a personal security detachment commander during combat operations in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on August 8, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama hugs retired U.S. Army Captain Florent Groberg, 32, after presenting him with the Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC November 12, 2015. Groberg was badly wounded thwarting a suicide bomber in Afghanistan on what he has called the worst day of his life. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

24
Sep
15

History

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TodayShow: Great pic of @POTUS and @Pontifex (via @gettyimages) #PopeInDC

23
Sep
15

Welcome To The White House, Pontifex!

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) comments to Pope Francis as they watch from onstage as the "Old Guard" fife and drum corps marches past during an official welcome ceremony on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama comments to Pope Francis as they watch from onstage as the “Old Guard” fife and drum corps marches past during an official welcome ceremony on the South Lawn at the White House

Pope Francis listens as President Barack Obama welcomes him during a state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Pope Francis listens as President Barack Obama welcomes him during a state arrival ceremony

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President Barack Obama walk out of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, to greet Pope Francis for a state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) listens as Pope Francis speaks during an arrival ceremony for the pope at the White House in Washington September 23, 2015. The pontiff is on his first visit to the United States. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama stands with U.S. bishops and members of the President Barack Obama's cabinet during an arrival ceremony for Pope Francis at the White House in Washington September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) greets Pope Francis upon his arrival at the White House in Washington September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Pope Francis watch onstage as the "Old Guard" fife and drum corps marches past during an official welcome ceremony on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

President Barack Obama leans over to talk to Pope Francis during a state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Pope Francis wave to the crowd on South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Pope Francis wave to the 11,000 people on South Lawn of the White House

President Barack Obama points out some of the highlights on the Washington Mall to Pope Francis from the Truman Balcony of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 during a state arrival ceremony. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) looks back at Pope Francis as he delivers remarks upon the pontiff's arrival at the White House in Washington September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Pope Francis after this welcoming speech during the state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

U.S. President Barack Obama applauds with Pope Francis (L) as the pontiff is welcomed to the White House during a ceremony in Washington September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Barack Obama (R), first lady Michelle Obama, and Pope Francis wave from a balcony during an official welcoming ceremony held at the White House in Washington September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama stands with Pope Francis (L) as the pontiff is welcomed to the White House during a ceremony in Washington September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

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President Barack Obama talks with Pope Francis in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama and Pope Francis, accompanied by Msgr. Mark Miles, the English translator for the Pontiff, walk down the Colonnade before meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama and Pope Francis, accompanied by Msgr. Mark Miles, the English translator for the Pontiff, walk down the Colonnade

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) smiles with Pope Francis in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington September 23, 2015. The pontiff is on his first visit to the United States. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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27
Jul
15

The President’s Monday In Ethiopia

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) walks to review a marsh band during a welcome ceremony at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2015. The economy of Ethiopia is forecast to expand by more than 10 percent, although rights groups say Addis Ababa's achievements are at the expense of political freedom. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

President Barack Obama during a welcome ceremony at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) takes part in a welcome ceremony with Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (R) at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2015. The economy of Ethiopia is forecast to expand by more than 10 percent, although rights groups say Addis Ababa's achievements are at the expense of political freedom.REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

U.S. President Barack Obama, centre, inspects the honor guard after arriving at the National Palace to meet with Ethiopian prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, in Addis Ababa , Ethiopia, Monday, July 27, 2015.  (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) reviews a marsh band during a welcome ceremony at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2015. The economy of Ethiopia is forecast to expand by more than 10 percent, although rights groups say Addis Ababa's achievements are at the expense of political freedom. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) and his delegation, stand during welcome ceremony with Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (R) at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2015. The economy of Ethiopia is forecast to expand by more than 10 percent, although rights groups say Addis Ababa's achievements are at the expense of political freedom.REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome shake hands during a meeting at the National Palace, on Monday, July 27, 2015, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Ethiopia's President Mulatu Teshome (R) welcomes U.S. President Barack Obama for a meeting at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2015. Also pictured is U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice (L). REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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President Barack Obama sits down to a bilateral meeting with Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn

U.S. President Barack Obama, center, participates in a bilateral meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn at the National Palace, on Monday, July 27, 2015, in Addis Ababa. Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

REFILE - UPDATING SLUG U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and his delegation sit down to a bilateral meeting with Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (R) at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2015. The economy of Ethiopia is forecast to expand by more than 10 percent, although rights groups say Addis Ababa's achievements are at the expense of political freedom. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn hold a news conference after their meeting at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2015. Obama met the Ethiopian prime minister on Monday on the first visit by a serving U.S. president to a nation with one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa but which has often been criticised for its rights record.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn hold a news conference after their meeting

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President Barack Obama speaks during a joint news conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Monday, July 27, 2015, at the National Palace in Addis Ababa. Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama listens during a joint news conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Monday, July 27, 2015, at the National Palace in Addis Ababa. Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama gestures during a joint news conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Monday, July 27, 2015, at the National Palace in Addis Ababa. Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks as he and Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn hold a news conference after their meeting at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2015. Obama told Ethiopia's leaders on Monday that allowing more freedoms would strengthen the African nation, which had already lifted millions in the once famine-stricken country out of poverty. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (R) smiles at comments by U.S. President Barack Obama (L) during their news conference at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2015. The economy of Ethiopia is forecast to expand by more than 10 percent, although rights groups say Addis Ababa's achievements are at the expense of political freedom. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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U.S. President Barack Obama holds a meeting on South Sudan and counterterrorism issues with African heads of state at his hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2015. Pictured at the table are: Obama (clockwise from the top center), U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan Donald Booth, Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, African Union Chairperson Dlamini Zuma, Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Sudan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim Ghandour, Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama holds a meeting on South Sudan and counterterrorism issues with African heads of state at his hotel

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President Barack Obama speaks during a multilateral meeting on South Sudan and cointerterrorism issues with Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia, the African Union and Uganda, Monday, July 27, 2015, in Addis Ababa. Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) holds a meeting on South Sudan and counterterrorism issues with African heads of state at his hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2015. Pictured at the table (clockwise from the top center), are: Obama, U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan Donald Booth, Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, African Union Chairperson Dlamini Zuma, Ethiopiaâ's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Sudan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim Ghandour, Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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Doug Mills: Obama touches “Lucy”. Lucy is estimated to have lived 3.2 million years ago in Ethiopia. #ObamaInEthiopia @POTUS

Dr. Zeresenay Alemseged Lemseged (C), of the California Academy of Sciences, laughs at a quip by U.S. President Barack Obama (2ndR) as he and Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (R) look at the bones of Lucy, an early human, before a State Dinner in Obama's honor at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2015. Lucy is the most famous fossil of the species Australopithecus afarensis, and was found in Ethiopia in 1974. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Dr. Zeresenay Alemseged Lemseged of the California Academy of Sciences, laughs at a quip by President Barack Obama as he and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn look at the bones of Lucy, an early human. Lucy is the most famous fossil of the species Australopithecus afarensis, and was found in Ethiopia in 1974

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Dr. Zeresenay Alemseged Lemseged (2ndR), of the California Academy of Sciences,  directs U.S. President Barack Obama (R) to touch a fossilized vertebra of Lucy, an early human, before a State Dinner in Obama's honor at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2015. Lucy is the most famous fossil of the species Australopithecus afarensis, and was found in Ethiopia in 1974. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (C) sit down to a State Dinner in Obama's honor at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2015. Also pictured is U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice (R). REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn sit down to a State Dinner in President Obama’s honor at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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President Barack Obama offers a toast during a state dinner hosted by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Monday, July 27, 2015, at the National Palace in Addis Ababa. Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, right, are waited on during a state dinner, Monday, July 27, 2015, at the National Palace in Addis Ababa. Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

U.S. President Barack Obama raises his glass in a toast during a State Dinner in his honor at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen Hassen, left, and National Security Adviser Susan Rice, right, toast President Barack Obama during a state dinner, Monday, July 27, 2015, at the National Palace in Addis Ababa. Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

25
Jul
15

The President’s Saturday In Kenya

President Barack Obama smiles as he arrives to deliver a speech at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the United Nations Compound, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Nairobi. Obama's visit to Kenya is focused on trade and economic issues, as well as security and counterterrorism cooperation.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama smiles as he arrives to deliver a speech at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the United Nations Compound in Nairobi. President Obama’s visit to Kenya is focused on trade and economic issues, as well as security and counterterrorism cooperation

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President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the United Nations Compound, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Nairobi. Obama's visit to Kenya is focused on trade and economic issues, as well as security and counterterrorism cooperation.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (R) take part in a roundtable with young businesspeople at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the United Nations compound in Nairobi, Kenya July 25, 2015. Obama told African entrepreneurs in Kenya on Saturday they could help counter violent ideologies and drive growth in Africa, and said governments had to help by ensuring the rule of law was upheld and by tackling corruption. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama and Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta take part in a roundtable with young businesspeople at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit

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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the United Nations compound in Nairobi, Kenya July 25, 2015. Obama told African entrepreneurs in Kenya on Saturday they could help counter violent ideologies and drive growth in Africa, and said governments had to help by ensuring the rule of law was upheld and by tackling corruption. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. He told African entrepreneurs in Kenya on Saturday they could help counter violent ideologies and drive growth in Africa, and said governments had to help by ensuring the rule of law was upheld and by tackling corruption

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President Barack Obama, left, takes part in a panel discussion at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the United Nations Compound. Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Nairobi. Obama's visit to Kenya is focused on trade and economic issues, as well as security and counterterrorism cooperation.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama pauses before delivering a speech at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the United Nations Compound, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Nairobi. Obama's visit to Kenya is focused on trade and economic issues, as well as security and counterterrorism cooperation.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (R) depart the stage after speaking at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the United Nations compound in Nairobi July 25, 2015. Obama told African entrepreneurs in Kenya on Saturday they could help counter violent ideologies and drive growth in Africa, and said governments had to help by ensuring the rule of law was upheld and by tackling corruption. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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President Barack Obama looks at a mobile payment platform and solar exhibit during the Power Africa Innovation Fair, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Nairobi. Obama's visit to Kenya is focused on trade and economic issues, as well as security and counterterrorism cooperation.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama looks at a mobile payment platform and solar exhibit during the Power Africa Innovation Fair

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President Barack Obama, left, looks at a solar powered lamp during a tour of the Power Africa Innovation Fair, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Nairobi. Obama's visit to Kenya is focused on trade and economic issues, as well as security and counterterrorism cooperation.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama, left, looks at a solar powered lamp during a tour of the Power Africa Innovation Fair

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President Barack Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Nairobi, at Memorial Park in honor of the victims of the deadly 1998 bombing at the U.S. Embassy.  Obama's visit to Kenya is focused on trade and economic issues, as well as security and counterterrorism cooperation.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony in Nairobi, at Memorial Park in honor of the victims of the deadly 1998 bombing at the U.S. Embassy

President Barack Obama reflects as he participates in a wreath laying ceremony, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Nairobi, at Memorial Park in honor of the victims of the deadly 1998 bombing at the U.S. Embassy.  Obama's visit to Kenya is focused on trade and economic issues, as well as security and counterterrorism cooperation.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama inspects the honor guard after arriving to meet with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House in Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, July 25, 2015.  Obama heralded Africa as a continent "on the move" while visiting Kenya Saturday, the East African nation where he has deep family ties.(AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

President Barack Obama inspects the honor guard after arriving to meet with Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta at the State House

REFILE - REMOVING EXTRA WORDS U.S. President Barack Obama (L) takes part in a reception ceremony next to Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (R) as he visits the State House in Kenya's capital Nairobi, July 25, 2015. Obama told African entrepreneurs in Kenya on Saturday they could help counter violent ideologies and drive growth in Africa, and said governments had to assist by ensuring the rule of law was upheld and by tackling corruption.  REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) shake hands with Kenya's Chief of Defence Forces Samson Mwathathe (R), next to Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (2nd R), as he arrives to visit at the State House in Kenya's capital Nairobi, July 25, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

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U.S. President Barack Obama inspects the honor guard after arriving to meet with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House in Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday, July 25, 2015. U.S. President Obama heralded Africa as a continent "on the move", as he visits Kenya  Saturday, the East African nation where he has deep family ties. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, right, on his arrival at State House in Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday, July 25, 2015. U.S. President Obama heralded Africa as a continent "on the move", as he visits Kenya  Saturday, the East African nation where he has deep family ties.(AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) meets Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (R) as he arrives for a visit at the State House in Kenya's capital Nairobi, July 25, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, stands next to Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, 2nd left, as the Kenya Air Force military band passes by, at State House in Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, July 25, 2015.  Obama heralded Africa as a continent "on the move" while visiting Kenya Saturday, the East African nation where he has deep family ties. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

U.S. President Barack Obama reviews a Kenya Defence Forces honour guard during a visit to the State House in Kenya's capital Nairobi, July 25, 2015. Obama told African entrepreneurs in Kenya on Saturday they could help counter violent ideologies and drive growth in Africa, and said governments had to assist by ensuring the rule of law was upheld and by tackling corruption. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

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President Barack Obama is escorted into a bilateral meeting by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the State House, on Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Nairobi. Obama's visit to Kenya is focused on trade and economic issues, as well as security and counterterrorism cooperation.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama is escorted into a bilateral meeting by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the State House

President Barack Obama arrives for a bilateral meeting with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, on Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya. Obama's visit to Kenya is focused on trade and economic issues, as well as security and counterterrorism cooperation.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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President Barack Obama and President Uhuru Kenyatta participate in a joint press conference

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U.S. President Barack Obama answers questions from the media, after meeting with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, at State House in Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, July 25, 2015.  Obama heralded Africa as a continent "on the move", as he visits Kenya  Saturday, the East African nation where he has deep family ties. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

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U.S. President Barack Obama makes a joke while answering a question from the media about the dinner he had with his Kenyan relatives, after meeting with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, at State House in Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, July 25, 2015. Obama heralded Africa as a continent "on the move", as he visits Kenya  Saturday, the East African nation where he has deep family ties. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

17
Jun
15

Yes. Elections Do Matter

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25
May
15

The President And First Lady’s Day

President Barack Obama places a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider at Arlington National Cemetery

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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and U.S. Army Military District of Washington Commanding General Jeffrey Buchanan participate in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as part of the Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia May 25, 2015.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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President Barack Obama speaks during a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery May 25, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia

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President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Ash Carter, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey honor fallen soldiers at Arlington

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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and U.S. Army Military District of Washington Commanding General Jeffrey Buchanan participate in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as part of the Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia May 25, 2015.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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First lady Michelle Obama smiles after being hooded for an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humanities from Oberlin College. Monday, May 25, 2015, in Oberlin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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First lady Michelle Obama smiles as she is introduced by Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov before receiving an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humanities from Oberlin College, Monday, May 25, 2015, in Oberlin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

First Lady Michelle Obama smiles as she is introduced by Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov before receiving an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humanities from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio

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Maura Zurick: First Lady Michelle Obama Urges Oberlin College Graduates To Make A Difference

First Lady Michelle Obama told nearly 700 Oberlin College graduates Monday to wake up and “play your part in our great American story.” Obama urged the class of 2015 to volunteer for campaigns or “better yet, run for office yourselves.” She encouraged the graduates to not shy away from the clamor and polarization of the real world and told them to face the revolutions of their time: climate change, economic inequality, human rights and criminal justice reform. “Today, I want to urge you to actively seek out the most contentious, polarized, gridlocked places you can find,” she said in her 25-minute remarks to graduates, family members and spectators in Tappan Square.

“Because so often, throughout our history, those have been the places where progress really happens –- the places where minds are changed, lives transformed, where our great American story unfolds.” Zoe Madonna, an East Asian studies graduate, called the first lady brilliant. “This is going to be a story that I can tell 50 years from now about the time the first lady spoke at my graduation, and I really enjoyed that it wasn’t a pat-yourself-on-the-back speech,” Madonna said. “Usually when dignitaries come, they keep their real selves, real opinions quiet, but you could hear what she really thought, what she really wants for us shining through in her speech.”

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First lady Michelle Obama poses with Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov after receiving an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humanities, Monday, May 25, 2015, in Oberlin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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Apr
15

The President And First Lady’s Day

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama stand with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe during an official arrival ceremony at the South Lawn of the White House

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President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands during a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Akie Abe during a Japanese immersion class at Great Falls Elementary School in Great Falls, Virginia. The Japanese immersion is part of Virginia’s Fairfax County Public School’s World Languages Immersion Program, where elementary students learn math, science, and health through a foreign language

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama greets Mrs. Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, at Great Falls Elementary School in Great Falls

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, visit Great Falls Elementary School in Great Falls

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, are greeted by students at Great Falls Elementary School

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and and Mrs. Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, visit Great Falls Elementary School in Great Falls

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President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe participate in a joint press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe after they arrived at the north portico of the White House for a State Dinner

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First Lady Michelle Obama is in a Tadashi Shoji dress

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President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe participate in a toast with sake during a state dinner

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30
Mar
15

The President’s Address at the Opening of the Edward Kennedy Institute

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THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. To Vicki, Ted, Patrick, Curran, Caroline, Ambassador Smith, members of the Kennedy family — thank you so much for inviting me to speak today. Your Eminence, Cardinal O’Malley; Vice President Biden; Governor Baker; Mayor Walsh; members of Congress, past and present; and pretty much every elected official in Massachusetts — (laughter) — it is an honor to mark this occasion with you.

Boston, know that Michelle and I have joined our prayers with yours these past few days for a hero — former Army Ranger and Boston Police Officer John Moynihan, who was shot in the line of duty on Friday night. (Applause.) I mention him because, last year, at the White House, the Vice President and I had the chance to honor Officer Moynihan as one of America’s “Top Cops” for his bravery in the line of duty, for risking his life to save a fellow officer. And thanks to the heroes at Boston Medical Center, I’m told Officer Moynihan is awake, and talking, and we wish him a full and speedy recovery. (Applause.)

I also want to single out someone who very much wanted to be here, just as he was every day for nearly 25 years as he represented this commonwealth alongside Ted in the Senate — and that’s Secretary of State John Kerry. (Applause.) As many of you know, John is in Europe with our allies and partners, leading the negotiations with Iran and the world community, and standing up for a principle that Ted and his brother, President Kennedy, believed in so strongly: “Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.” (Applause.)

And, finally, in his first years in the Senate, Ted dispatched a young aide to assemble a team of talent without rival. The sell was simple: Come and help Ted Kennedy make history. So I want to give a special shout-out to his extraordinarily loyal staff — (applause) — 50 years later a family more than one thousand strong. This is your day, as well. We’re proud of you. (Applause.) Of course, many of you now work with me. (Laughter.) So enjoy today, because we got to get back to work. (Laughter.)

Distinguished guests, fellow citizens — in 1958, Ted Kennedy was a young man working to reelect his brother, Jack, to the United States Senate. On election night, the two toasted one another: “Here’s to 1960, Mr. President,” Ted said, “If you can make it.” With his quick Irish wit, Jack returned the toast: “Here’s to 1962, Senator Kennedy, if you can make it.” (Laughter.) They both made it. And today, they’re together again in eternal rest at Arlington.

But their legacies are as alive as ever together right here in Boston. The John F. Kennedy Library next door is a symbol of our American idealism; the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate as a living example of the hard, frustrating, never-ending, but critical work required to make that idealism real.

What more fitting tribute, what better testament to the life of Ted Kennedy, than this place that he left for a new generation of Americans — a monument not to himself but to what we, the people, have the power to do together.

Any of us who have had the privilege to serve in the Senate know that it’s impossible not to share Ted’s awe for the history swirling around you — an awe instilled in him by his brother, Jack. Ted waited more than a year to deliver his first speech on the Senate floor. That’s no longer the custom. (Laughter.) It’s good to see Trent and Tom Daschle here, because they remember what customs were like back then. (Laughter.)

And Ted gave a speech only because he felt there was a topic — the Civil Rights Act — that demanded it. Nevertheless, he spoke with humility, aware, as he put it, that “a freshman Senator should be seen, not heard; should learn, and not teach.”

Some of us, I admit, have not always heeded that lesson. (Laughter.) But fortunately, we had Ted to show us the ropes anyway. And no one made the Senate come alive like Ted Kennedy. It was one of the great pleasures of my life to hear Ted Kennedy deliver one of his stem winders on the Floor. Rarely was he more animated than when he’d lead you through the living museums that were his offices. He could — and he would — tell you everything that there was to know about all of it. (Laughter.)

And then there were more somber moments. I still remember the first time I pulled open the drawer of my desk. Each senator is assigned a desk, and there’s a tradition of carving the names of those who had used it before. And those names in my desk included Taft and Baker, Simon, Wellstone, and Robert F. Kennedy.

The Senate was a place where you instinctively pulled yourself up a little bit straighter; where you tried to act a little bit better. “Being a senator changes a person,” Ted wrote in his memoirs. As Vicki said, it may take a year, or two years, or three years, but it always happens; it fills you with a heightened sense of purpose.

That’s the magic of the Senate. That’s the essence of what it can be. And who but Ted Kennedy, and his family, would create a full-scale replica of the Senate chamber, and open it to everyone?

We live in a time of such great cynicism about all our institutions. And we are cynical about government and about Washington, most of all. It’s hard for our children to see, in the noisy and too often trivial pursuits of today’s politics, the possibilities of our democracy — our capacity, together, to do big things.

And this place can help change that. It can help light the fire of imagination, plant the seed of noble ambition in the minds of future generations. Imagine a gaggle of school kids clutching tablets, turning classrooms into cloakrooms and hallways into hearing rooms, assigned an issue of the day and the responsibility to solve it.

Imagine their moral universe expanding as they hear about the momentous battles waged in that chamber and how they echo throughout today’s society. Great questions of war and peace, the tangled bargains between North and South, federal and state; the original sins of slavery and prejudice; and the unfinished battles for civil rights and opportunity and equality.

Imagine the shift in their sense of what’s possible. The first time they see a video of senators who look like they do — men and women, blacks and whites, Latinos, Asian-Americans; those born to great wealth but also those born of incredibly modest means.

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