Posts Tagged ‘kids

09
Jan
16

Tweet Of The Day

14
Dec
15

The President And First Lady’s Day

President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the counter-ISIL campaign in the Pentagon briefing room  in Arlington, Virginia

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First lady Michelle Obama walks with Stephen Orzechowski, 5, left, and Bo Obama, right, arrives to read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to a group of children at the Children’s National Health System in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Her appearance continued a first lady tradition that dates back more than 60 years to Bess Truman, who first brought holiday cheer to children not well enough to leave the hospital in time for Christmas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

First Lady Michelle Obama arrives with Stephen Orzechowski to read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” to a group of children at the Children’s National Health System in Washington

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Patient Stephen Orzechowski, 6, leans in as First Lady Michelle Obama reads "T'was the Night Before Christmas" to children during her visit to Children's National Health System in Washington, December 14, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

First lady Michelle Obama, sitting with Stephen Orzechowski, 5, left, Bo Obama, second from right, and Luna Fera, 11, answers questions after reading "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to a group of children at the Children’s National Health System in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Her appearance continued a first lady tradition that dates back more than 60 years to Bess Truman, who first brought holiday cheer to children not well enough to leave the hospital in time for Christmas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

First lady Michelle Obama quiets the audience as she answers the question on what she is going to get President Barack Obama for Christmas during a visit to the Children’s National Health System in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Stephen Orzechowski, 5, sits at left, and Bo Obama is at right. Her appearance continued a first lady tradition that dates back more than 60 years to Bess Truman, who first brought holiday cheer to children not well enough to leave the hospital in time for Christmas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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First lady Michelle Obama greets children after reading "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to a group of children at the Children’s National Health System in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Her appearance continued a first lady tradition that dates back more than 60 years to Bess Truman, who first brought holiday cheer to children not well enough to leave the hospital in time for Christmas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

First lady Michelle Obama poses for photos after reading "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to a group of children at the Children’s National Health System in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Her appearance continued a first lady tradition that dates back more than 60 years to Bess Truman, who first brought holiday cheer to children not well enough to leave the hospital in time for Christmas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Patient Stephen Orzechowski, 6, points to Santa Claus as First Lady Michelle Obama reads "T'was the Night Before Christmas" to children during her visit to Children’s National Health System in Washington, December 14, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Patient Stephen Orzechowski, 6, reaches out for Santa's beard as First Lady Michelle Obama reads "T'was the Night Before Christmas" to children during her visit to Children’s National Health System in Washington, December 14, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Patient Stephen Orzechowski, 6, raises his hand as First Lady Michelle Obama reads "T'was the Night Before Christmas" to children during her visit to Children’s National Health System in Washington, December 14, 2015. On the right is the Obama's dog Bo. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

First lady Michelle Obama sits with Stephen Orzechowski, 5, center, and Santa Claus as she reads "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to a group of children at the Children’s National Health System in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Her appearance continued a first lady tradition that dates back more than 60 years to Bess Truman, who first brought holiday cheer to children not well enough to leave the hospital in time for Christmas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

06
Oct
15

The President And First Lady’s Day

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President Barack Obama meets with agriculture and business leaders at the Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. The President discussed the benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership for American businesses and workers

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First Lady Michelle Obama participates with local students in the annual fall harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden. The garden, which started in 2009, is part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Initiative

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First Lady Michelle Obama mixes salad with local students from Capital City Public Charter School after they participated in the annual fall harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden

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First Lady Michelle Obama eats with local students from DC Bilingual Public Charter School

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Aug
15

Chat Away

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First Lady Michelle Obama and guests watch Big Time Rush perform during the Kids’ State Dinner in the East Room of the White House, Aug. 20, 2012. Photo by Sonya N. Hebert

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President Barack Obama samples a baked zucchini fry in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House after dropping by the East Room for the Kids’ State Dinner, Aug. 20, 2012. Photo by Pete Souza

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Aug
15

Rise And Shine

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President Barack Obama talks with Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, after delivering a statement on the murder of journalist Jim Foley by the terrorist group ISIL. He spoke at the Edgartown School in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., Aug. 20, 2014. Photo by Amanda Lucidon

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Matt Viser: Senator Edward Markey Says He Will Back Iran Deal

Senator Edward J. Markey on Wednesday said he would support the Iran nuclear agreement, offering his endorsement on a highly charged issue that has been dividing some Democrats. Markey – a Massachusetts Democrat who took the seat long held by Secretary of State John Kerry, who negotiated the deal – said in a statement provided to the Globe that he believes that the negotiated deal is the best way to ensure Iran doesn’t build a nuclear weapon.  “I have concluded that diplomacy remains our best tool to secure a nuclear weapon-free Iran,” Markey said.

“That’s why I intend to support the Iran nuclear agreement when it comes before Congress in September.” “This agreement is far from perfect and carries risks,” he added. “But I believe our negotiators achieved as much as they reasonably could, and that if strictly implemented, this plan can be effective.” Markey is the latest member of the Massachusetts delegation to announce his support for the deal. Earlier this month, Senator Elizabeth Warren, as well as representatives Seth Moulton, Stephen Lynch, and Jim McGovern also announced their support. Representative Michael Capuano has said he is “leaning strongly in favor,” and no member of the all-Democratic delegation has come out against the deal.

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Sam P.K. Collins: Americans Actually Like Michelle Obama’s Healthier School Lunches

A national poll shows that more than 80 percent of Americans support healthy school meals consisting of more fruit and vegetables and less high calorie and sodium food choices, requirements outlined in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act — a law that authorized the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to set nutritional standards for food sold and distributed in schools and expanded access to healthy lunch to more than 115,000 U.S. children. The survey, conducted by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, debunks the primary argument against the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, one of the central policies at the heart of First Lady Michelle Obama’s effort to address childhood obesity. “Our survey found that people in the U.S. overwhelmingly support strong nutrition standards and believe school meals are healthier and on the right track because of these standards,” La June Montgomery Tabron, president and chief executive of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation,

told the New York Times. If lawmakers reauthorize the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act next month, schools would receive $4.5 billion over the next decade. With time dwindling before it’s set to expire, its supporters and challengers have scrambled to make their case, drawing out a battle that started shortly after its passage and holding nothing back in the process. Since the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act’s inception, the program has expanded, serving more than one million students across the United States not only lunch, but dinner too as part of its after-school snack offerings. The UDSA also rolled out $5 million in grants to fund programs that connect school cafeterias with local farmers. The 2014 grant cycle supported more than 80 projects in 42 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In total, more than $385 million in locally grown produce has entered school buildings across the country.

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President Barack Obama prepares for a meeting with economic columnists in the Oval Office, Aug. 20, 2013. From left are: Kathryn Ruemmler, Counsel to the President; Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri; Katie Beirne Fallon, Deputy Director of Communications; and Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the Domestic Policy Council. Photo by Pete Souza

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President Barack Obama talks with former Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula in the Blue Room prior to a ceremony honoring the 1972 Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins at the White House, Aug. 20, 2013. Photo by Pete Souza

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President Barack Obama has a foreign leader phone call in the Oval Office, Aug. 20, 2012. Pictured, from left, are: Chief of Staff Jack Lew; Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough; and Steve Simon, Senior Director for Middle East and North Africa. Photo by Pete Souza

05
Aug
15

Chat Away

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Giving high fives to children at the U.S. Embassy. Photo by Pete Souza

10
Jul
15

The Kids State Dinner

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First lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks as she hosts the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for the Kids' State Dinner in the East Room at the White House, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks as she hosts the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for the Kids’ State Dinner

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President Barack Obama drops by and shakes hands with attendees during the annual Kids State Dinner at the East Room of the White House. The First Lady hosted the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a nationwide recipe challenge for kids that promotes cooking and healthy eating, at the annual “dinner”

First lady Michelle Obama talks with guests during the Kids State Dinner for the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, on Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama greets a young guest after making an unannounced appearance as first lady Michelle Obama hosts the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for the Kids' State Dinner in the East Room at the White House, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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President Barack Obama mingles with guests during the Kids State Dinner for the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, on Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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President Barack Obama greets Sophia and Isabella Strahan, the daughters of retired football player Michael Strahan, as he makes an unannounced appearance as first lady Michelle Obama hosts the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for the Kids' State Dinner in the East Room at the White House, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama greets Sophia and Isabella Strahan, the daughters of retired football player Michael Strahan

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President Barack Obama makes an unannounced appearance as first lady Michelle Obama hosts the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for the Kids' State Dinner in the East Room at the White House, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, delivers remarks as he makes an unannounced appearance at the Kids' State Dinner in the East Room at the White House, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. The children present were part of the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama greets guests after  making an unannounced appearance as first lady Michelle Obama hosts the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for the Kids' State Dinner in the East Room at the White House, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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President Barack Obama gives a young guest a hug as he makes an unannounced appearance as first lady Michelle Obama hosts the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for the Kids' State Dinner in the East Room at the White House, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

06
Apr
15

The Easter Egg Roll

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Dec
14

Photo of the Year: Vote!

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06
Nov
14

The President And First Lady’s Day

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President Barack Obama stands with Helen Loring Ensign, 85, from Palm Desert, Calif., after awarding the Medal of Honor posthumously to Army First Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing for conspicuous gallantry during a ceremony in the Roosevelt Room of the White House

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at a ceremony to present the Medal of Honor posthumously to Army First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing for conspicuous gallantry in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. First Lieutenant Cushing received the Medal of Honor for his actions during combat operations in the vicinity of Cemetery Ridge, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 3, 1863

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President Barack Obama stands with Helen Loring Ensign, 85, from Palm Desert, Calif., after awarding the Medal of Honor posthumously to Army First Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing for conspicuous gallantry during a ceremony in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. With them, from left to right, are Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., Army Secretary John McHugh and Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald.

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U.S. Army First Lieutenant Alonzo Cushing is pictured in a military academy graduation photograph dated 1861, obtained on October 28, 2014. President Barack Obama posthumously awarded the Civil War artillery officer the Medal of Honor, the highest U.S. award for bravery, 151 years after Cushing was killed at the Battle of Gettysburg.

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President Barack Obama stands with Helen Loring Ensign, as the citation for her relative, U.S. Army First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing is read

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Margaret Zerwekh of Delafield, Wis. raises her hand as she is acknowledged by President Barack Obama during a ceremony awarding the Medal of Honor posthumously to Army First Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing for conspicuous gallantry. President Obama acknowledged the work of Zerwekh, a 94-year-old amateur historian from Cushing’s hometown who painstakingly researched his story and lobbied Wisconsin’s congressional delegation for decades

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during a special daytime workshop for high school students from military communities in the greater Washington area

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Willie Nelson, right, and fellow panelist, songwriter Ted Peterson, left, hip hop recording artist Common, second from right, listen as Army Sgt. Christiana Ball responds to a question

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31
Oct
14

Trick or Treat

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A boy dressed as a college graduate looks up at President Obama as the president greets costumed trick-or-treaters during Halloween festivities by the South Portico of the White House

15
Oct
14

At the gates of St. Peter

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Even at a ripe 45, I have some of the sense of invulnerability that I had at 25. There is no good reason for me to be so confident; I have the physicals and admonitions from my doctor to prove so. But, I guess it’s better than being like some people, who treat every errant mole as a sign of the Grim Reaper’s impending visit.

However, everything ends. The one surety in life is that your time on Earth is short an precious. Would we appreciate life if we somehow discovered the fountain of youth? I don’t know. But the short lives we have now make every moment unique, of a singular nature, whether in joy or sorrow.

As life is short, something which always informs my decisions is the question: Am I making the world a better place. I’m not talking about great, macro-historical acts. I’m talking about the little things, the everyday kindnesses, the quotidian miracles which will not make it to the history books, but which may change a person’s life in innumerable ways for the better.

It’s a question by which I try to live. But it’s also a question which too few of our fellow citizens ask.

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17
Sep
14

Kids Love President Obama

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President Barack Obama leans over to allow Caleb Edwin, right, touch his hair during his visits to a first grade classroom at Gen. Clarence Tinker elementary school at MacDill Air Force Base

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President Barack Obama reaches over to touch the spiked hair on Blake Diego, during his visits to a first grade class at Gen. Clarence Tinker elementary school at MacDill Air Force Base

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11
Sep
14

Kids ♥ The Obamas

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First Lady Michelle Obama hugs a child during a Drink Up event on the South Lawn of the White House, July 22, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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President Barack Obama talks with a little girl at the Charcoal Pit restaurant in Wilmington, Del., July 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama holds the baby daughter of former staff members Darienne Page Rakestraw and London Rakestraw in the Ground Floor Corridor of the White House, July 1, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama greets a young girl after he delivered remarks on the economy at Cheesman Park in Denver, Colo., July 9, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama talks with a young girl as he and the First Lady greeted military personnel and their families during the Fourth of July celebration on the South Lawn of the White House, July 4, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama talks with three-year-old Holden Fossum and his sisters Ayla, 8, and Alexandria, 4, during a greet with wounded warriors and their families in the East Room of the White House, July 14, 2014. Holden, Ayla, and Alexandria are the children of Staff Sergeant Brendan Fossum and wife Dana of Woodbine, Md. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama greets a young boy on the street in Denver, Colo., July 8, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama greets Make-A-Wish recipient Mariah Rivera, age 10, and her family in the Oval Office, July 29, 2014. Rivera brought the President a birthday card she made for him. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama greets Emmitt and Pat Smith and family, and Team 22 on the Rose Garden steps of the White House, July 29, 2104. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama greets the family of departing staff member Archana Snyder, Council of Economic Advisers, in the Outer Oval Office, July 3, 2014.

11
Sep
14

The Obama White House Through The Lens Of Pete Souza

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President Barack Obama holds the baby daughter of former staff members Darienne Page Rakestraw and London Rakestraw in the Ground Floor Corridor of the White House, July 1, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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First Lady Michelle Obama hugs Braeden Mannering, the 2013 Kids’ State Dinner winner from Delaware, after he introduced her at the Kids’ State Dinner in the East Room of the White House, July 18, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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President Barack Obama greets audience members after he delivered remarks on the economy at the Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington, D.C., July 1, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with Ken Burns as part of an interview for a PBS documentary about Jackie Robinson, in the White House Library, July 3, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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President Barack Obama greets Airman First Class Karen Mae Manalo with other citizenship candidates in the Blue Room prior to a naturalization ceremony for active duty military, military dependents, reservists and veterans at the White House, July 4, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama greets a young girl after he delivered remarks on the economy at Cheesman Park in Denver, Colo., July 9, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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First Lady Michelle Obama discusses Millennium Development Goals with students during a visit to Global Kids, Inc. in New York, N.Y., July 10, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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President Barack Obama jokes with Mattina Falco, 19-year-old Make-A-Wish recipient from Worchester, Mass., as she sits at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, July 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez pose for a selfie before the 85th Annual League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Convention and Exposition in New York, N.Y., July 10, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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Vice President Joe Biden talks with Chief of Staff Denis McDonough in the Oval Office, July 2, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama greets audience members after he delivers remarks on the economy at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, July 10, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama greets patrons at the Charcoal Pit restaurant in Wilmington, Del., July 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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First Lady Michelle Obama joins the cast of Disney’s “The Lion King” onstage after their performance at the Kids’ State Dinner in the East Room of the White House, July 18, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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President Barack Obama greets patrons at Canter’s Delicatessen in Los Angeles, Calif., July 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama greets HUD staff following remarks at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C., July 31, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden share a laugh in the Oval Office July 21, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

06
Sep
14

Estonia To Wales: The Pete Souza Album

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President Barack Obama greets children of U.S. Embassy staff during a U.S. Embassy meet and greet at the Swissotel Tallinn in Tallinn, Estonia, Sept. 3, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama and President Toomas Hendrik Ilves review the troops during an official arrival ceremony at Kadriorg Palace in Tallinn, Estonia, Sept. 3, 2014. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama and President Toomas Hendrik Ilves review the troops during an official arrival ceremony at Kadriorg Palace in Tallinn, Estonia, Sept. 3, 2014. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama greets U.S. and Estonian troops following remarks at the Tallinn Airport in Tallinn, Estonia, Sept. 3, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom visit a classroom where students are making collages and watercolor paintings with the theme “My Wales” at Mount Pleasant Primary School in Newport, Wales, Sept. 4, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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People line the street to see President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom ride together in the motorcade from Mount Pleasant Primary School to the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales, Sept. 4, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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President Barack Obama visits Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, Sept. 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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President Barack Obama waves goodbye as he boards Air Force One for departure from RAF Station Fairford in Gloucestershire, England en route to Joint Base Andrews, Md., Sept. 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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04
Sep
14

Croeso i Gymru, President Obama

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President Barack Obama meets children at Mount Pleasant Primary School in Newport, Wales. President Barack Obama visited the school with Prime Minister David Cameron, before attending a two-day NATO summit at Celtic Manor Resort in Newport

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Wales Online: Nato Summit 2014: Barack Obama And David Cameron Visit Newport’s Mount Pleasant Primary School

Hundreds of wellwishers greeted American President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron as they arrived at a primary school in Newport this morning. Mr Obama’s car was adorned with an American and Welsh flag, and he greeted the smiling youngsters of Mount Pleasant Primary School in Welsh saying “bore da” – “good morning” – and then listened to a welcome message, thanking him for being the first serving US president to visit Wales. When a smiling Mr Obama walked into a Year 6 class speaking Welsh, the pupils’ nervous chatter turned to delighted smiles.

Some onlookers had brought ladders while others stood on walls or even on the back of bikes to try to get the best view. Local resident Sally Pyrah-Barnes, 47, said the day felt like a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience. “It’s good Barack Obama took time out from the summit to acknowledge the local city and the local kids,” she said. Among the crowds gathered outside was college student Jay Singh, 16. He said: “It’s pretty surreal, Barack Obama being in Rogerstone. It’s great that he’s come here and shows Newport has plenty to offer and it’s not just about Cardiff. Mrs Green added: “We both like Obama. He seems to have his finger on the pulse.”

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A crowd cheers President Barack Obama’s arrival during a visit at Mount Pleasant Primary School in Newport, Wales

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President Barack Obama speaks with Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron during the NATO summit at the Celtic Manor resort, near Newport, in Wales

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President Barack Obama, is seated at a table with, from left to right: France’s President Francois Hollande; Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko; British Prime Minister David Cameron; German Chancellor Angela Merkel; and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi as they meet about Ukraine

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Secretary of State John Kerry passes a document to President Barack Obama as British Prime Minister David Cameron, speaks at a meeting of NATO leaders regarding Afghanistan

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President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron bow their heads for a moment of silence for service members killed in Afghanistan

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NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks with President Barack Obama as they arrive for a group photo

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He Is ‘My Brother’s Keeper’

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Washington Post: Mr. Obama’s Promising My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

THESE ARE the depressing facts about boys and young men of color: They are more likely to drop out of school, more likely to be in prison, more likely to be unemployed and more likely to die at an earlier age. That minority men are at disproportionate risk throughout their lives has largely been seen as unavoidable. The beauty of President Obama’s public-private initiative to create better futures for them is its refusal to accept these outcomes as inevitable.

My Brother’s Keeper, a five-year, $200 million effort focused on improving opportunities for black and Hispanic youth, was launched in February. It got a boost this week with the announcement of new commitments from the private sector. Equally important is the decision by 60 of the nation’s largest school districts to join the effort by implementing evidence-based strategies to improve outcomes. The country as a whole will gain when males of color are able to realize their potential, rather than ending up on the streets, in jail or in the morgue.

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