Posts Tagged ‘Sasha



04
Aug
15

Rise And Shine: Happy Birthday, President Obama!

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All Times Eastern

10:00AM: President Obama and Vice President Biden receive the Presidential Daily Briefing

11:00AM: President Obama and Vice President Biden hold a bilateral meeting United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

12:30PM: President Obama and Vice President Biden have lunch in the Private Dining Room

12:30PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest

3:15PM: President Obama views White House Demo Day exhibits

3:40PM: President Obama delivers remarks at the White House Demo Day

4:25PM: President Obama meets with American Jewish community leaders to discuss the Iran nuclear deal (he also did this in April, following the announcement of the Lausanne framework)

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1990, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA: 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama in 1990, during his tenure as President of the Harvard Law Review. Barack Hussein Obama (born August 4, 1961) is the junior U.S. Senator from Illinois. In November 2004, he was elected to the Senate as a Democrat. He is married to Michelle Obama and is a father to two daughters. On January 3, 2008 he came first in the Iowa caucus for the American presidency.///Barack Obama, on the campus of Harvard University.. Credit: Susan Lapides / Polaris   Original Filename: 7xp0fk50.JPG

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DES MOINES, IA - AUGUST 16:  Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) gives his wife Michelle a playful kiss as they tour the Iowa State Fair August 16, 2007 in Des Moines, Iowa. The fair runs until August 19th and is expected to draw about 1 million people. John Edwards also made a campaign stop at the fair today.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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President Barack Obama watches the flame on the candle as he walks to the Brady Briefing Room to present cupcakes to Hearst White House columnist Helen Thomas in honor of her birthday, August 4, 2009. Thomas, who turned 89,  shares the same birthday as Obama, who turned 48 years old. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama watches the flame on the candle as he walks to the Brady Briefing Room to present cupcakes to Hearst White House columnist Helen Thomas in honor of her birthday, Aug. 4, 2009. Thomas, who turned 89, shares the same birthday as the President, who turned 48. Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama, with daughter Sasha, looks at the card given  to him during a birthday party with his staff in the Roosevelt Room of the White House,  August 4, 2009.  Daughter Malia nd First Lady Michelle Obama look on at left.  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama, with daughter Sasha, looks at the card given to him during a birthday party with his staff in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, on Aug. 4, 2009. Daughter Malia and First Lady Michelle Obama look on at left. Photo by Pete Souza

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President Barack Obama meets with advisors in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Aug. 4, 2014. Photo by Pete Souza

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President Barack Obama holds the birthday card given to him during a group photo with interns on the South Portico of the White House, August 3, 2009.  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama holds the birthday card given to him during a group photo with interns on the South Portico of the White House. Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama presents cupcakes with a candle to Hearst White House columnist Helen Thomas in honor of her birthday in the James Brady Briefing Room, August 4, 2009. Thomas, who turned 89 , shares the same birthday as Obama, who turne 48 years old. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama presents cupcakes with a candle to Hearst White House columnist Helen Thomas in honor of her birthday in the James Brady Briefing Room, on Aug. 4, 2009. Thomas, who turned 89, shares the same birthday as the President, who turned 48. Photo by Pete Souza

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President Barack Obama points out cake crumbs on the floor to Vice President Joe Biden following a birthday celebration in Oval Office,  August 4, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama jokingly points out cake crumbs that Vice President Joe Biden dropped on the floor in the Oval Office following a birthday celebration for the President on Aug. 4, 2009. Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama tries out the fly fishing rod given to him on his birthday by a group of avid fisherman on his staff, August 4, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama tries out the fly fishing rod given to him on his birthday by a group of avid fisherman on his staff, on Aug. 4, 2009. Photo by Pete Souza

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President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters, Malia and Sasha, sit for a  family portrait in the Green Room of the White House, Sept. 1, 2009. (Official White House Photo) Photo by Annie Leibovitz/Released by White House Photo Office This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

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18
Jul
15

Father-Daughter Weekend

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President Barack Obama and daughter Sasha, along with two of Sasha’s friends, board Air Force One as they depart Joint Base Andrews in Washington. President Obama and Sasha are traveling to New York City to meet up with Malia Obama for some father-daughter time

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President Barack Obama accompanied by his daughters Sasha and Malia, their friends, and the president’s sister Maya Soetoro-Ng, her husband Konrad Ngwalk, through Central Park

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Maya Soetoro-Ng, the sister of President Barack Obama, center, and her husband Konrad Ngwalk, right, and Obama's daughter Malia Obama, left, accompany the president through Central Park, Saturday, July 18, 2015, in New York. Obama is spending a mainly personal weekend with his daughters in New York City. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama, center top, accompanied by his daughter, Sasha, at his left, friends, family, and secret service agents, walks through Central Park, Saturday, July 18, 2015, in New York. Obama is spending a mainly personal weekend with his daughters in New York City. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Maya Soetoro-Ng, the sister of President Barack Obama, center left, and her husband Konrad Ngwalk, center right, accompany the president through Central Park, Saturday, July 18, 2015, in New York. Obama is spending a mainly personal weekend with his daughters in New York City. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

22
Jun
15

President Obama Gives The Country Some Well Deserved Real Talk

A must listen to interview. Marc was great. He asked very relevant questions and covered an interesting breadth of topics. President Obama was fantastic. He doesn’t have to run his answers through pollsters, a communication team, a PR firm, etc., He is always refreshingly honest because he speaks from the heart. A hallmark of a true leader

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19
Jun
15

The First Lady (Yesterday) In Italy

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama visits the roof of the Duomo gothic cathedral in Milan, Italy, Thursday, June 18, 2015. Earlier Michelle Obama  toured the U.S. and Italian pavilions at the Expo 2015 world's fair focused on food and nutrition, topics in step with the first lady's initiative to promote healthy eating.(AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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Colleen Barry: Michelle Obama Lights Candles For US Shooting Victims In Milan’s Duomo Cathedral

Michelle Obama and her elder daughter visited Milan’s Duomo cathedral on Thursday, where an official traveling with her said they lit candles in memory of the victims of the shooting in South Carolina. The first lady and her daughter Malia were seen by photographers entering the Gothic-inspired cathedral on the unannounced stop. Mrs. Obama was dressed in black with dark glasses, while Malia wore a white blouse with black trousers. Mrs. Obama made no comment and issued no statement. Nine people, including the pastor, were killed overnight at a prayer meeting inside a historic black church in downtown Charleston.

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, left, flanked by Italy's first lady Agnese Landini, meets Italian schoolchildren during her visit at the Italian pavilion at the 2015 Expo in Rho, near Milan, Italy, Thursday, June 18, 2015. Mrs. Obama is leading a presidential delegation Thursday to the world's fair, organized around issues concerning food and nutrition, which dovetails with the U.S. first lady's "Let's Move" initiative to fight childhood obesity through diet and exercise. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Earlier Thursday, Mrs. Obama visited the Expo 2015 World’s Fair in Milan, which focuses on food and nutrition. She found kindred spirits in her campaign to promote healthy eating during visits to the U.S. and the Italian pavilions. Mrs. Obama was greeted by a video image of her husband, President Barack Obama, as she entered the U.S. pavilion, guided by U.S. student delegates to Expo from universities around the United States. She spent some time discussing the vertical garden covering the length of pavilion, which has rotating panels of herbs and vegetables that are engineered to maximize sunlight exposure. Mrs. Obama said the pavilion was “awe-inspiring.” “The most impactful part of it, obviously, is the vertical farm, the largest of its kind. And I couldn’t help but think about all the issues we face around hunger, around food deserts in our countries and places all over the world. And when you walk around this pavilion, you think the solutions are right in our grasp,” Mrs. Obama told some 60 student delegates during a question-and-answer session at the end of the tour.

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Italy's first lady Agnese Landini,  left, welcomes U.S. first lady Michelle Obama,  for a visit at the Italian pavilion at the 2015 Expo in Rho, near Milan, Italy, Thursday, June 18, 2015. Mrs. Obama is leading a presidential delegation Thursday to the world's fair, organized around issues concerning food and nutrition, which dovetails with the U.S. first lady's "Let's Move" initiative to fight childhood obesity through diet and exercise. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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Italy's first lady Agnese Landini,  left, welcomes U.S. first lady Michelle Obama,  for a visit at the Italian pavilion at the 2015 Expo in Rho, near Milan, Italy, Thursday, June 18, 2015. Mrs. Obama is leading a presidential delegation Thursday to the world's fair, organized around issues concerning food and nutrition, which dovetails with the U.S. first lady's "Let's Move" initiative to fight childhood obesity through diet and exercise. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Italy’s First Lady Agnese Landini welcomes First Lady Michelle Obama to the 2015 Expo in Rho, near Milan, Italy. First Lady Michelle Obama is leading a presidential delegation to the world’s fair, organized around issues concerning food and nutrition, which dovetails with her “Let’s Move” initiative to fight childhood obesity

Continue reading ‘The First Lady (Yesterday) In Italy’

17
Jun
15

First Lady Michelle Obama In Milan: A Great American Ambassador

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First Lady Michelle Obama and First Daughters Malia and Sasha Obama depart from Stansted Airport, England

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (R) arrives with her daughter Sasha (L) and Malia at Malpensa airport in Milan, Italy, as part of her European trip June 17, 2015.  REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

First Lady Michelle Obama arrives with her daughter Sasha and Malia at Malpensa airport in Milan, Italy.

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, right, her daughters Sasha, left, and Malia disembark from a plane as they arrive at Malpensa airport in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Michelle Obama has arrived in Milan on the second leg of a European trip that puts an international spin on her core initiatives. (AP Photo/Giuseppe Aresu)

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The First Lady is in Milan to meet with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife.

The First Lady and the Presidential Delegation will visit the Milan Expo 2015, tour the USA Pavilion at the Expo and participate in activities to promote efforts to support healthier families and communities.

With the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” the Expo Milan is promoting a global dialogue about the future of our food system.

The USA pavilion is titled “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet,” and it showcases American leadership on global food and development issues, science and technology, climate change, nutrition and health.

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, right, and her daughter Sasha disembark from a plane as they arrive at Malpensa airport in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Michelle Obama has arrived in Milan on the second leg of a European trip that puts an international spin on her core initiatives. (AP Photo/Giuseppe Aresu)

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama's daughters Sasha (L) and Malia walk as they arrive at Malpensa airport in Milan, Italy, as part of her European trip June 17, 2015.  REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (C) greets local authorities as she arrives with her daughters Sasha and Malia at Malpensa airport in Milan, Italy, as part of her European trip June 17, 2015.  REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama cooks with American kids at James Beard American Restaurant in Milan, Italy, as part of her European trip June 17, 2015.  REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama talks at James Beard American Restaurant in Milan, Italy, as part of her European trip, June 17, 2015.  REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama eats as she participates in a cooking demonstration at the James Beard American Restaurant with Italian and American middle school students in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, June 17, 2015.  Michelle Obama is in Milan on the second leg of a European trip that puts an international spin on her core initiatives. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama participates in a cooking demonstration at the James Beard American Restaurant with Italian and American middle school students in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, June 17, 2015.  Michelle Obama is in Milan on the second leg of a European trip that puts an international spin on her core initiatives. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama greets a child at James Beard American Restaurant, as part of her European trip, in Milan, Italy, June 17, 2015.  REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama poses after a cooking demonstration at the James Beard American Restaurant with Italian and American middle school students in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, June 17, 2015.  Michelle Obama is in Milan on the second leg of a European trip that puts an international spin on her core initiatives. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

First Lady Michelle Obama, Former Miami Heat basketball player Alonzo Mourning, a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition; Chef, writer and restaurateur Mario Batali pose with Italian and American middle school students in Milan, Italy

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama talks with Italian premier Matteo Renzi as she arrives at the Santa Maria delle Grazie church to see Leonardo's masterpiece "The Last Supper", after participating in a cooking demonstration at the James Beard American Restaurant with Italian and American middle school students in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, June 17, 2015.  At right is Renzi's wife Agnes, while behind are Michelle's daughters Malia and Sasha and her mother Marian Robinson. Michelle Obama is in Milan on the second leg of a European trip that puts an international spin on her core initiatives. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

First Lady Michelle Obama is welcomed by Prime Matteo Renzi and his wife, Agnese Landini, as she arrives at the Santa Maria delle Grazie church to see Leonardo’s masterpiece “The Last Supper”

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Agnese Landini, right, wife of Italian premier Matteo Renzi, and U.S. first lady Michelle Obama look at young Ester Renzi, as Italian premier Matteo Renzi, back to camera, talks with Sasha Obama and Marian Robinson during a visit at the Santa Maria delle Grazie church to see Leonardo's masterpiece "The Last Supper", after participating in a cooking demonstration at the James Beard American Restaurant with Italian and American middle school students in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, June 17, 2015.  Michelle Obama is in Milan on the second leg of a European trip that puts an international spin on her core initiatives. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks with Ester Renzi

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (C) talks with Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese (R) as they arrive to visit Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper" painting in Milan, Italy June 17, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (2nd R) and her daughters Sasha (L) and Malia (C) are welcomed by Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese (R) as they arrive to visit Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper" painting in Milan, Italy June 17, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama embraces Agnese Landini, wife of Italian premier Matteo Renzi, while he greets her daughters Sasha, left, and Malia, as she arrives at the Santa Maria delle Grazie church to see Leonardo's masterpiece "The Last Supper", after participating in a cooking demonstration at the James Beard American Restaurant with Italian and American middle school students in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, June 17, 2015.  Behind is Mrs Obama mother Marian Robinson. Michelle Obama is in Milan on the second leg of a European trip that puts an international spin on her core initiatives. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

U.S. President's daughters Sasha, right, and Malia Obama walk in Corso Como shopping street in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, June 17, 2015.  Michelle Obama is in Milan with her daughters on the second leg of a European trip that puts an international spin on her core initiatives. (Matteo Bazzi/ANSA via AP) ITALY OUT

First Daughters Sasha and Malia Obama walk in Corso Como shopping street in Milan, Italy

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama embraces a child as she participates in a cooking demonstration at the James Beard American Restaurant with Italian and American middle school students in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, June 17, 2015.  Michelle Obama is in Milan on the second leg of a European trip that puts an international spin on her core initiatives. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

16
Jun
15

A Meeting At Number 10 Downing Street

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First lady Michelle Obama is welcomed by Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha at Number 10 Downing Street in London. The First Lady was there for a discussion about her Let Girls Learn Initiative

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (R) is welcomed by Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha at Number 10 Downing Street in London June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Darren Staples

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Sasha (L) and Malia (2nd R), the daughters of U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, arrive at Number 10 Downing Street in London June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Darren Staples

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15
Jun
15

The First Lady in Europe

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First Lady Michelle Obama, Marian Robinson, Malia and Sasha Obama arrive in London

The First Lady hosts a roundtable discussion with representatives from the Research for Equitable Access and Learning Centre and the Peace Corps, former prime minister of Australia Julia Gillard and students on expanding access to girls education around the world, Mulberry School for Girls, London

Holds a Q&A session with students, Mulberry School for Girls

Meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha, Downing Street

Meets with Harry ‘Prince’ Windsor, Downing Street

The First Lady, Marian Robinson, Malia and Sasha leave for Milan

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Wednesday

The First Lady meets with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife in Milan

The First Lady and the Presidential Delegation visit the Milan Expo 2015, tour the USA Pavilion at the Expo and participate in activities to promote efforts to support healthier families and communities.

With the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” the Expo Milan is promoting a global dialogue about the future of our food system.

The USA pavilion is titled “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet,” and it showcases American leadership on global food and development issues, science and technology, climate change, nutrition and health.

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Thursday

The First Lady, Marian Robinson, Malia and Sasha travel to Vicenza

The First Lady visits the US Army North to meet American military families, Vicenza

The First Lady, Marian Robinson, Malia and Sasha travel to Venice

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The First Lady, Marian Robinson, Malia and Sasha tour the canal-crossed UNESCO World Heritage site, Venice

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Saturday

The First Lady, Marian Robinson, Malia and Sasha depart Venice for Washington DC

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19
Apr
15

The First Family Goes Hiking

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The First Family: Malia Obama, Sasha Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and President Barack Obama, with White House photographer Pete Souza at right, return from a hike at Great Falls Park in Great Falls, Virginia

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Stacy A. Anderson: First Hikers: Obama Family Walks The Trails Of Great Falls Park Near Potomac River

President Barack Obama is wrapping up a leisurely weekend with his family. Obama, wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha took a walk Sunday along trails just outside Washington at Great Falls Park in Virginia. He also visited the park along the Potomac River last June. The president greeted two eager children and took a selfie with an onlooker before starting along the woody trail. The 50-minute trek concluded as a light drizzle began.

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U.S. President Barack Obama steps out from his vehicle as he, U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters Malia and Sasha arrive for a hike at Great Falls National Park in Virginia

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U.S. President Barack Obama, U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters begin a hike at Great Falls National Park in Virginia

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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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.

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04
Jan
15

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