Posts Tagged ‘kennedy

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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19
Mar
15

Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama walks with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff following the arrival of First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Sasha and Malia, at the Palacio do Alvorada in Brasilia, Brazil, March 19, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (all times Eastern)

11:15: The President attends an event at the Department of Energy

12:0: White House Press Briefing

2:05: The President meets with Charlie and Camilla Windsor of England

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The First Lady in Japan

@FLOTUS: Say cheese! All smiles with kids at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo

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First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Akie Abe, wife of Japanese PM

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First Lady, US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy & Akie Abe, wife of Japanese PM, at a Joint Girls Education Event in Tokyo

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe share a chuckle

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On This Day

Senator Barack Obama at the 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, March 19, 2005

President Obama practices his golf swing at an outdoor hold prior to an event at the Miguel Contreras Learning Center in Los Angeles, Calif., March 19, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama talks with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and L.A. Mayor Antonio Ramon Villaraigosa prior to an event at the Miguel Contreras Learning Center in Los Angeles, Calif., March 19, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama gestures while speaking at the Miguel Contreras Learning Center in Los Angeles, Calif., March 19, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama shares a moment with Jay Leno off set of the Tonight Show at NBC Studios, Burbank, Calif., March 19, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama talks to a Member of Congress while en route to George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., to deliver remarks on health insurance reform, March 19, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama speaks on health insurance reform at George Mason University’s Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia on March 19, 2010

President Obama calls a Member of Congress to discuss health care reform in the Oval Office, March 19, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama calls a Member of Congress about health care reform from the Oval Office, March 19, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Arriving at Brasilia Air Base, Brazil, March 19, 2011

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President Obama talks on the phone with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the Oval Office, March 19, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama is interviewed during a taping of the “Late Show with David Letterman” at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, N.Y., March 19, 2012 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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President Obama speaks during a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny in the Oval Office of the White House, March 19, 2013

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MoooOOOooorning!

07
Dec
14

The 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors

The five recipients of the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors – Tom Hanks, Sting, Al Green, Patricia McBride and Lily Tomlin – who were presented with their medallions last night at a State Department dinner hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry

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5:0: The President delivers remarks at the Kennedy Center Honors Reception, White House

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Wait….. Al Green, you say?

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7:15: The President and First Lady attend the Kennedy Center Honors, Kennedy Center

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The gala will be broadcast on CBS on December 30 at 9:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT.

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 2009

2009 Recipients: Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck, Grace Bumbry, Robert De Niro, and Bruce Springsteen

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2010

2010 recipients: Merle Haggard, Jerry Herman, Bill T Jones, Paul McCartney and Oprah Winfrey

US President Barack Obama (2nd L) and Fi

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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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Golfer Charles Sifford

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Ethel Kennedy

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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
Apr
14

Early Bird Chat

President Obama greets U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy upon his arrival at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo

President Obama is greeted by Caroline Kennedy and her husband Edwin Schlossberg

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MoooOOOooorning!

21
Apr
14

Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are welcomed by school children at the SEED School in Washington, D.C., after signing of the Kennedy Service Act for National Service, April 21, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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 Today

10:40 AM EST: President Obama and the First Family attend the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll

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The President’s Schedule: April 21-29 here

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Live Streaming

(Streaming is over, videos removed – see later posts for all your Easter Egg Roll Needs!)

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On This Day

Senator Obama exchanges a glance with his wife Michelle during a rally at University of Pittsburgh, April 21, 2008

Sen. Obama waits for his turn to address his supporters at the Peterson Event Center in Pittsburgh on April 21, 2008, the eve of the Pennsylvania Primary election

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet guests in the Oval Office April 21, 2009, including former President Bill Clinton, U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, former first lady Rosalynn Carter, along with Vice President Joe Biden (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama meets with President Bill Clinton in the Oval Office, April 21, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are welcomed by school children at the SEED School in Washington, D.C., after signing of the Kennedy Service Act for National Service, April 21, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama hosts former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, Dr. Jill Biden and Maria Eitel, new CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, at the White House April 21, 2009 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

President Obama escorts King Abdullah of Jordan to his motorcade following a meeting in the Oval office at the White House, April 21, 2009

White House Deputy Director of Oval Office Operations Brian Mosteller attempts to protect his shoes as he plays with the Obama family dog “Bo” in the Cabinet Room at the White House April 21, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama shares a laugh with Sen. Edward Kennedy before signing the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act at the SEED Public Charter School on April 21, 2009

President Obama hands a pen used to sign the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act to Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-MA, at the SEED Public Charter School on April 21, 2009

President Obama and Senator Ted Kennedy walk on the grounds of the White House, before signing of the Kennedy Service Act at the SEED School in Washington D.C., April 21, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama participate in a tree planting event at the Kenilworth Aquatic Garden in Washington on April 21, 2009

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First Lady Michelle Obama exercises with students and Olympic athletes during a Let’s Move event at the River Terrace Elementary School in Washington, D.C., April 21, 2010 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

  President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet members of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey team in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, April 21, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama participates in a health care implementation meeting in the Oval Office, April 21, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama walks to the motorcade from Marine One after arriving at the Barrington Recreation Center landing zone in Los Angeles, Calif., April 21, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama poses with Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban with players from the NCAA national championship team on the South Lawn of the White House, April 19, 2012

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Happy Easter Monday everyone – I’m waaaay too lazy to do a newsie round-up, so just enjoy the Easter Egg Roll!




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