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07
Oct
15

The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with German President Joachim Gauck during a meeting in the Oval Office. The two leaders participated in a bilateral meeting that marked the 25th anniversary of German reunification

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U.S. President Barack Obama is introduced by Terrance Wise, a second-generation fast food worker, at the White House Summit on Worker Voice in Washington October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

President Barack Obama is introduced by Terrance Wise, an organizer and fast food worker, at the White House Summit on Worker Voice

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President Barack Obama speaks during White House Summit on Worker Voice, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The summit is an effort to give unions, organizers and some businesses a platform to discuss wages and other issues. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama speaks during White House Summit on Worker Voice in the East Room of the White House. The summit is an effort to give unions, organizers and some businesses a platform to discuss wages and other issues

U.S. President Barack Obama embraces Terrance Wise, a second-generation fast food worker, who introduced Obama to speak at the White House Summit on Worker Voice in Washington October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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President Barack Obama during a event co-hosted by coworker.org during the White House Summit on Worker Voice in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. On stage with Obama is Michelle Miller, co-founder of coworker.org. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama speaks during a event co-hosted by coworker.org during the White House Summit on Worker Voice. On stage with the president is Michelle Miller, co-founder of coworker.org

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The full conference with President Obama and Vice President Biden’s remarks

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President Barack Obama takes off his jacket as he arrives to participate in a conversation co-hosted by coworker.org during the White House Summit on Worker Voice in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, with workers, employers, unions, organizers and other advocates and experts on how to energize a new generation of Americans to come together and recognize the potential power of their voice at work. On stage is Michelle Miller, co-founder of coworker.org. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Michelle Miller, co-founder of coworker.org, left, speaks during a conversation co-hosted by Coworker.org during the White House Summit on Worker Voice, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Workers, employers, unions, organizers and other advocates were meeting on how to energize a new generation of Americans to come together and recognize the potential power of their voice at work. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama, second from left, and Michelle Miller, co-founder of coworker.org, left, listen as International President of the Service Employees International Union Mary Kay Henry, right, speaks during a conversation co-hosted by Coworker.org at the White House Summit on Worker Voice, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Workers, employers, unions, organizers and other advocates were meeting on how to energize a new generation of Americans to come together and recognize the potential power of their voice at work. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama, right, listens as Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, left, speaks the White House Summit on Worker Voice in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Participants included workers, employers, unions, organizers and other advocates and experts on how to energize a new generation of Americans to come together and recognize the potential power of their voice at work. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Barack Obama attends a conversation co-hosted by Coworker.org during the White House Summit on Worker Voice, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Workers, employers, unions, organizers and other advocates were meeting on how to energize a new generation of Americans to come together and recognize the potential power of their voice at work. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama shakes a present that her received following a conversation co-hosted by coworker.org at the White House Summit on Worker Voice in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Participants included workers, employers, unions, organizers and other advocates and experts on how to energize a new generation of Americans to come together and recognize the potential power of their voice at work. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Barack Obama shakes a present that he received following a conversation co-hosted by coworker.org

President Barack Obama stops to pose for a photograph with Terrence Wise, right, and Wise's mom Joann Wise, center, during the White House Summit on Worker Voice, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The summit is an effort to give unions, organizers and some businesses a platform to discuss wages and other issues. Terrence Wise is a second-generation fast food worker from Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

02
Oct
15

The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama holds a news conference to announce John B. King Jr. as the next Education Secretary to succeed outgoing Education Secretary Arne Duncan

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29
Sep
15

The President And First Lady’s Day

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President Barack Obama and President Raul Castro of Cuba shake hands during a bilateral meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City

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President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, Natioanl Security Advisor Susan Rice, Secretary of State John Kerry and Samantha Power United States Ambassador to the United Nations, attend the “Leader’s Summit on Countering ISIL and Countering Violent Extremism” at the United Nations

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First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama joins the “Let Girls Learn” Global Conversation at The Apollo Theater in New York City

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Glamour’s Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive (R) led a panel discussion with Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Founder of Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project and U.N. Messenger of Peace Charlize Theron, First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama and Girl ambassador from Plan International Nurfahada during Glamour “The Power Of An Educated Girl” at The Apollo Theater

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28
Sep
15

The President’s Day

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive for the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

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U.S. President Barack Obama addresses attendees during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, September 28, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (C) listens while U.S. President Barack Obama addresses attendees during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York September 28, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

United States President Barack Obama addresses the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

United States President Barack Obama waits to address the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

United States President Barack Obama, bottom, greets United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after addressing the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

President Barack Obama greets United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after addressing the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly

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U.S. President Barack Obama and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi embrace at the end of their meeting at the United Nations General Assembly in New York September 28, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, meet together in a bilateral meeting, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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President Barack Obama, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Russian President Vladimir Putin sit together during a luncheon hosted by Ki-moon

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President Barack Obama jokes with South African President Jacob Zuma, who was talking on the phone

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President Barack Obama greets Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

U.S. President Barack Obama waits to deliver remarks during a Leaders Summit on Peacekeeping to coincide with the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations in Manhattan, New York September 28, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

President Barack Obama waits to deliver remarks during a Leaders Summit on Peacekeeping

18
Aug
15

Tweets Of The Day

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There is no liberal America for African Americans

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14
Aug
15

A Historic New Day

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09
Mar
15

Pete Souza: Selma

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In Selma, the President greets former foot soldier Amelia Boynton Robinson, 103 years old, backstage before the ceremony

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See all of Pete Souza’s photos and his commentary from Selma here

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The President speaks to the foot soldiers who attended the 50th anniversary event.

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The President hugs Yolanda Renee King, granddaughter of Martin Luther King, Jr., as her parents, Martin Luther King III and Andrea Waters look on

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Rep. John Lewis holds hands with President Obama during a prayer at the ceremony.

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Continue reading ‘Pete Souza: Selma’

07
Mar
15

The President’s Selma Speech

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by Jacqueline

The Bridge to Everywhere

This day, many hadn’t come
But all that was for naught
Because no one really noticed.
Those who came could have
Closed their eyes and still felt
The singular beauty of the place.
Could have still heard the silenced voices
Of the old warriors, and could have
Heard the sound the old bridge made
With the wind softly moving through it
And the shoes passionately walking over it
All voices still silent.
See and hear the beauty of the place
Look out into the rivers of time
Touch each other in
Warm embrace
And feel the beauty of the day.
The remarkable memories it brought
Were enough. I wouldn’t change a thing.
No need to change the name of the bridge, either
That bridge belongs to everyone and no one, anyway.

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President Obama:

It is a rare honor in this life to follow one of your heroes. And John Lewis is one of my heroes.

Now, I have to imagine that when a younger John Lewis woke up that morning fifty years ago and made his way to Brown Chapel, heroics were not on his mind. A day like this was not on his mind. Young folks with bedrolls and backpacks were milling about. Veterans of the movement trained newcomers in the tactics of non-violence; the right way to protect yourself when attacked. A doctor described what tear gas does to the body, while marchers scribbled down instructions for contacting their loved ones. The air was thick with doubt, anticipation, and fear. They comforted themselves with the final verse of the final hymn they sung:

No matter what may be the test, God will take care of you;
Lean, weary one, upon His breast, God will take care of you.

Then, his knapsack stocked with an apple, a toothbrush, a book on government — all you need for a night behind bars — John Lewis led them out of the church on a mission to change America.

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President Bush and Mrs. Bush, Governor Bentley, Members of Congress, Mayor Evans, Reverend Strong, friends and fellow Americans:

There are places, and moments in America where this nation’s destiny has been decided. Many are sites of war — Concord and Lexington, Appomattox and Gettysburg. Others are sites that symbolize the daring of America’s character — Independence Hall and Seneca Falls, Kitty Hawk and Cape Canaveral.

Selma is such a place.

In one afternoon fifty years ago, so much of our turbulent history — the stain of slavery and anguish of civil war; the yoke of segregation and tyranny of Jim Crow; the death of four little girls in Birmingham, and the dream of a Baptist preacher — met on this bridge.

It was not a clash of armies, but a clash of wills; a contest to determine the meaning of America.

And because of men and women like John Lewis, Joseph Lowery, Hosea Williams, Amelia Boynton, Diane Nash, Ralph Abernathy, C.T. Vivian, Andrew Young, Fred Shuttlesworth, Dr. King, and so many more, the idea of a just America, a fair America, an inclusive America, a generous America — that idea ultimately triumphed.

As is true across the landscape of American history, we cannot examine this moment in isolation. The march on Selma was part of a broader campaign that spanned generations; the leaders that day part of a long line of heroes.

We gather here to celebrate them. We gather here to honor the courage of ordinary Americans willing to endure billy clubs and the chastening rod; tear gas and the trampling hoof; men and women who despite the gush of blood and splintered bone would stay true to their North Star and keep marching toward justice.

They did as Scripture instructed: “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” And in the days to come, they went back again and again. When the trumpet call sounded for more to join, the people came — black and white, young and old, Christian and Jew, waving the American flag and singing the same anthems full of faith and hope. A white newsman, Bill Plante, who covered the marches then and who is with us here today, quipped that the growing number of white people lowered the quality of the singing. To those who marched, though, those old gospel songs must have never sounded so sweet.

In time, their chorus would reach President Johnson. And he would send them protection, echoing their call for the nation and the world to hear:

“We shall overcome.”

What enormous faith these men and women had. Faith in God — but also faith in America.

The Americans who crossed this bridge were not physically imposing. But they gave courage to millions. They held no elected office. But they led a nation. They marched as Americans who had endured hundreds of years of brutal violence, and countless daily indignities — but they didn’t seek special treatment, just the equal treatment promised to them almost a century before.

Continue reading ‘The President’s Selma Speech’

07
Jan
15

The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House. President Obama met with Vice President Joseph Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and spoke on the gunmen attack at the office of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France.

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President Barack Obama approaches Marine One on the snow covered South Lawn prior to his departure from the White House

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President Barack Obama, accompanied by 89th Airlift Wing Commander Col. John Millard, smiles as they walk on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

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President Barack Obama, followed by Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich and Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., as they arrive on Air Force One at Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport in Detroit

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President Barack Obama speaks at Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich., about the resurgent American automotive and manufacturing sector

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Ford plant manager, Phillip Calhoun, President Barack Obama, Mark Fields, president and CEO of Ford, and Bill Ford eye a new mustang at Ford Michigan Assembly Plant

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25
Nov
14

Rise and Shine

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Today

1:45 EDT: The President departs the White House

2:50 CT: Arrives Chicago

3:50 CT: Meets with community leaders to discuss immigration reform; Copernicus Community Center, Chicago

4:35 CT: Delivers remarks on immigration reform; Copernicus Community Center, Chicago

6:25 CT: Departs Chicago

9:20 EDT: Arrives White House

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Nerdy prepared a beautiful post yesterday on the President’s day, but we held off because of events in Ferguson. So, here it is:

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden applaud Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for his years of service as he announces his resignation in the State Dining Room of the White House

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Stevie Wonder is greeted by President Barack Obama after receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a White House ceremony. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors

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Actress Marlo Thomas

 

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Journalist Tom Brokaw

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Congressman John Dingell

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Author Isabel Allende

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Congressman Abner Mikva

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Writer, curator, and activist Suzan Harjo

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Robert Battle, the Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recieves a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama on behalf of dancer Alvin Ailey

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Actress Meryl Streep

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Stevie Wonder smiles while showing off his Presidential Medal of Freedom

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23
Sep
14

The President and First Lady’s Day

The President and First Lady leaving the White House this morning

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@dougmillsnyt: President Obama walks from the Oval Office to make a statement about the Syria airstrikes

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President Obama makes a statement on recent U.S. and allied airstrikes against ISIS in Syria

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Text of the President’s remarks here

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama depart the White House to New York for the United Nations General Assembly

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet people after arriving at JFK International Airport

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@BarackObama: Retweet if you agree. #ActOnClimate

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Text of the President’s remarks here

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President Obama addresses the Climate Summit at the United Nations General Assembly

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President Obama is greeted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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@petesouza: Presidents Obama and Clinton backstage at the Clinton Global Initiative

President Obama speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York

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Text of the President’s remarks here

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President Obama and senior advisers meet with representatives from the five Arab countries plus Iraq who have participated in air strikes against ISIS in Syria in New York City

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