Posts Tagged ‘gun control

17
Jul
16

The President’s Day

US President Barack Obama makes a statement at the White House in Washington about police officers deadly shooting in Baton Rouge on July 17, 2016. Obama condemned as "cowardly" a shooting that killed three police officers and wounded three more in the Louisiana capital of Baton Rouge on Sunday. / AFP / YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: President Obama speaks at a press conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on July 17, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama remarked on the shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in which three officers were killed and three more wounded by armed suspects. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama makes a statement about a shooting that killed three police officers and wounded three more in the Louisiana capital of Baton Rouge on Sunday

US President Barack Obama makes a statement at the White House in Washington about police officers deadly shooting in Baton Rouge on July 17, 2016. Obama condemned as "cowardly" a shooting that killed three police officers and wounded three more in the Louisiana capital of Baton Rouge on Sunday. / AFP / YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama makes a statement at the White House in Washington about police officers deadly shooting in Baton Rouge on July 17, 2016. Obama condemned as "cowardly" a shooting that killed three police officers and wounded three more in the Louisiana capital of Baton Rouge on Sunday. / AFP / YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: President Obama speaks at a press conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on July 17, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama remarked on the shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in which three officers were killed and three more wounded by armed suspects. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama makes a statement at the White House in Washington about police officers deadly shooting in Baton Rouge on July 17, 2016. Obama condemned as "cowardly" a shooting that killed three police officers and wounded three more in the Louisiana capital of Baton Rouge on Sunday. / AFP / YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)

15
Jul
16

The President’s Thinking Hours

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Michael D. Shear: Obama After Dark: The Precious Hours Alone

“Are you up?” The emails arrive late, often after 1 a.m., tapped out on a secure BlackBerry from an email address known only to a few. The weary recipients know that once again, the boss has not yet gone to bed. The late-night interruptions from President Obama might be sharply worded questions about memos he has read. Sometimes they are taunts because the recipient’s sports team just lost. Last month it was a 12:30 a.m. email to Benjamin J. Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser, and Denis R. McDonough, the White House chief of staff, telling them he had finished reworking a speechwriter’s draft of presidential remarks for later that morning. Mr. Obama had spent three hours scrawling in longhand on a yellow legal pad an angry condemnation of Donald J. Trump’s response to the attack in Orlando, Fla., and told his aides they could pick up his rewrite at the White House usher’s office when they came in for work. Mr. Obama calls himself a “night guy,” and as president, he has come to consider the long, solitary hours after dark as essential as his time in the Oval Office.

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He works on speeches. He reads the stack of briefing papers delivered at 8 p.m. by the National Security Council staff secretary. He reads 10 letters from Americans chosen each day by his staff. “He is thoroughly predictable in having gone through every piece of paper that he gets,” said Tom Donilon, Mr. Obama’s national security adviser from 2010 to 2013. “You’ll come in in the morning, it will be there: questions, notes, decisions.”  One night last June, Cody Keenan, the president’s chief speechwriter, had just returned home from work at 9 p.m. and ordered pizza when he heard from the president: “Can you come back tonight?” Mr. Keenan met the president in the usher’s office on the first floor of the residence, where the two worked until nearly 11 p.m. on the president’s eulogy for nine African-Americans fatally shot during Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. Three months earlier, Mr. Keenan had had to return to the White House when the president summoned him — at midnight — to go over changes to a speech Mr. Obama was to deliver in Selma, Ala., on the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” when protesters were brutally beaten by the police on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. “There’s something about the night,” Mr. Keenan said, reflecting on his boss’s use of the time. “It’s smaller. It lets you think.”

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12
Jul
16

Early Bird Chat

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All Times Eastern

10:20AM: President Obama departs the White House with First Lady Michelle Obama

1:15PM: They and the Bidens arrive in Dallas, Texas

1:40PM: They attend an interfaith memorial service for the fallen Dallas police officers at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

3:20PM: They visit privately with the injured police officers and the families of the fallen police officers at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

5:35PM: They depart Dalas, Texas

8:10PM: They arrive at the White House

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08
Jul
16

The President’s Day In Poland

WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 08: U.S. President Barack Obama attends the meeting of the North Atlantic Council at the Warsaw NATO Summit on July 8, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland. NATO member heads of state, foreign ministers and defense ministers are gathering for a two-day summit beginning today. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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(From L to R) European Council President Donald Tusk, US President Barack Obama and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker arrive at a press conference for the joint press statements followig a meeting on the sidelines of the NATO Summit at a hotel in Warsaw on July 8, 2016. The Polish capital hosts a two-day NATO summit, first time that it hosts a top-level meeting of the Western military alliance since it joined in 1999. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

European Council President Donald Tusk, President Barack Obama, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker arrive at a press conference for the joint press statements followig a meeting during the NATO Summit

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) speaks while looking at US President Barack Obama during a press conference for the joint press statements following a meeting on the sidelines of the NATO Summit at a hotel in Warsaw on July 8, 2016. The Polish capital hosts a two-day NATO summit, first time that it hosts a top-level meeting of the Western military alliance since it joined in 1999. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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European Council President Donald Tusk (L) speaks while looking at US President Barack Obama during a press conference for the joint press statements following a meeting on the sidelines of the NATO Summit at a hotel in Warsaw on July 8, 2016. The Polish capital hosts a two-day NATO summit, first time that it hosts a top-level meeting of the Western military alliance since it joined in 1999. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with European Council President Donald Tusk following a meeting on the sidelines of the NATO Summit at a hotel in Warsaw on July 8, 2016. The Polish capital hosts a two-day NATO summit, the first time ever that it hosts a top-level meeting of the Western military alliance which it joined in 1999. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama (L) meets European Council President Donald Tusk (3rdR), European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (4thR) and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Federica Mogherini (R) on the sidelines of the NATO Summit at a hotel in Warsaw on July 8, 2016. The Polish capital hosts a two-day NATO summit, the first time ever that it hosts a top-level meeting of the Western military alliance which it joined in 1999. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama meets European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Federica Mogherini

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President Barack Obama observes a ceremony to honor NATO soldiers killed in the line of duty prior to the meeting of the North Atlantic Council at the Warsaw NATO Summit

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President of United States Barack Obama, at the media statements after meeting whit Polish President Andrzej Duda on NATO Summit in Warsaw, 08 June, 2016, Poland (Photo by Krystian Dobuszynski/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama (L) and Poland's President Andrzej Duda (R) attend a press conference following a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland, on July 8, 2016. The Polish capital Warsaw hosts a two-day top-level NATO meeting, first time since Poland joined the alliance in 1999. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama and Poland’s President Andrzej Duda attend a press conference following a bilateral meeting

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President of United States Barack Obama, at the media statements after meeting whit Polish President Andrzej Duda on NATO Summit in Warsaw, 08 June, 2016, Poland (Photo by Krystian Dobuszynski/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama (L) and Poland's President Andrzej Duda (R) shake hands during a press conference following a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland, on July 8, 2016. The Polish capital Warsaw hosts a two-day top-level NATO meeting, first time since Poland joined the alliance in 1999. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President of United States Barack Obama and Polish President Andrzej Duda at the media statements after meeting on NATO Summit in Warsaw, 08 June, 2016, Poland (Photo by Krystian Dobuszynski/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 8: British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (2nd L), President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L), British Pirme Minister David Cameron (3rd L) US Secretary of State John Kerry and US President Barack Obama ( 3rd R) attend the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland on July 8, 2016. (Photo by Kayhan Ozer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama (R), US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice (C) are seen before the meeting of heads of state of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) taking place during a NATO summit on July 8, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland. The Polish capital Warsaw hosts a two-day top-level NATO meeting, for the first time since Poland joined the alliance in 1999. / AFP / WOJTEK RADWANSKI (Photo credit should read WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and National Security Advisor Susan Rice are seen before the meeting of heads of state of the North Atlantic Council (NAC)

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US President Barack Obama (R) and Great Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) chat prior to the meeting of the heads of states of the North Atlantic Council (NAC), during the NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland. The Polish capital Warsaw hosts a two-day top-level NATO meeting, first time since Poland joined the alliance in 1999. / AFP / WOJTEK RADWANSKI (Photo credit should read WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron

WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 8: NATO Head of States and Governments with Polish President Andrzej Duda (C-L), NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (C), US President Barack Obama (C-R) and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (4th L) pose for a group photo during the official dinner hosted by Polish President at the Presidential Palace as a part of the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland, 08 July 2016. (Photo by Turkish Presidency / Yasin Bulbul/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The Family Picture

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) talks with US President Barack Obama during a working dinner at the Presidential Palace during the NATO Summit in Warsaw on July 8, 2016. The Polish capital Warsaw hosts a two-day top-level NATO meeting, first time since Poland joined the alliance in 1999. / AFP / JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Poland's President Andrzej Duda (R), NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (L) and US President Barack Obama (C) pose for a picture prior to the opening of the NATO summit on July 8, 2016 at the Belweder Palace in Warsaw, Poland. The Polish capital Warsaw hosts a two-day top-level NATO meeting, for the first time since Poland joined the alliance in 1999. / AFP / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, President Barack Obama, and Poland’s President Andrzej Duda

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US President Barack Obama (R) and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (L) smile while posing for a family photo ahead of a working dinner at the Presidential Palace during the NATO Summit in Warsaw on July 8, 2016. The Polish capital Warsaw hosts a two-day top-level NATO meeting, first time since Poland joined the alliance in 1999. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

(Front row, L-R) Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite, Polish President Andrzej Duda, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, US President Barack Obama, Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani and Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah pose along with other leaders for a family photo during a NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland. The Polish capital Warsaw hosts a two-day top-level NATO meeting, for the first time since Poland joined the alliance in 1999. / AFP / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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From left: US President Barack Obama, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pose for a family photo ahead of a working dinner at the Presidential Palace during the NATO Summit in Warsaw on July 8, 2016. The Polish capital Warsaw hosts a two-day top-level NATO meeting, first time since Poland joined the alliance in 1999. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2nd row C), Poland's President Andrzej Duda (Bottom, C Left), NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (Bottom C) and US President Barack Obama (Bottom C Right) pose for a family photo besides other participants, during the NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland, on July 8, 2016. The Polish capital Warsaw hosts a two-day top-level NATO meeting, first time since Poland joined the alliance in 1999. / AFP / JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

(Front row, L-R) NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, US President Barack Obama, and France's President Francois Hollande smile as they pose for a family photo ahead of a working dinner at the Presidential Palace during the NATO Summit in Warsaw on July 8, 2016. The Polish capital Warsaw hosts a two-day top-level NATO meeting, first time since Poland joined the alliance in 1999. / AFP / JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

08
Jul
16

President Obama On The Shooting In Dallas

US President Barack Obama speaks on the shooting in Dallas, Texas, on the sidelines of the NATO Summit at a hotel in Warsaw, Poland on July 8, 2016. The Polish capital hosts a two-day NATO summit, the first time ever that it hosts a top-level meeting of the Western military alliance which it joined in 1999. / AFP / Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama speaks during the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland on the shooting in Dallas, Texas.

US President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks on the shooting in Dallas, Texas, on the sidelines of the NATO Summit at a hotel in Warsaw, Poland on July 8, 2016. The Polish capital hosts a two-day NATO summit, the first time ever that it hosts a top-level meeting of the Western military alliance which it joined in 1999. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama speaks on the shooting in Dallas, Texas, on the sidelines of the NATO Summit at a hotel in Warsaw, Poland on July 8, 2016. The Polish capital hosts a two-day NATO summit, the first time ever that it hosts a top-level meeting of the Western military alliance which it joined in 1999. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

26
Jun
16

The Intimacy Of A Hug

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Julie Hirschfeld Davis: Long And Genuine’ Hugs: Shooting Victims’ Relatives Recall Obama’s Empathy

The wrenching ritual has become all too familiar to President Obama. His armored limousine deposits him at a nondescript building big enough to hold a large number of families whose loved ones have died in a mass shooting somewhere in America. Away from the news cameras that normally track his every interaction, he enters rooms thick with grief and the hushed voices of people in shock. He grasps for words of sympathy, comfort and condolence and offers long, tight embraces that the mourners will remember far more vividly than his words. Mr. Obama will travel to Orlando, Fla., on Thursday for the latest round of mass consoling, four days after a gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 at a gay nightclub in the deadliest mass shooting in American history. “He hugged each one of us individually — and I mean hug, so that I was able to smell his cologne,” said Sharon Risher, 57, who lost her mother,

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Ethel Lance, and two cousins in the shooting in Charleston, S.C., last year, and met privately with Mr. Obama the next week. “It was not a little pat on the back. The intimacy of that hug is what I’ll always remember.”  Roxanna Green — whose 9-year-old daughter, Christina-Taylor Green, was one of six people killed in a 2011 shooting in a supermarket parking lot in Tuscon, Ariz., where Representative Gabrielle Giffords was holding an event — said she had campaigned for Mr. Obama with her daughter and mother and had often dreamed of meeting him. “But you never want to receive a visit like that from anybody,” Ms. Green, 50, said in an interview. “Their hugs were just long and genuine, like something you receive from a family member,” she said of Mr. and Mrs. Obama. “He said she was a beautiful girl, and he’s so sorry, and it was just a horrible loss and his girls are about the same age,” she recalled. “They were both very, very emotional. It was like it happened to someone in their family.”

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U.S. President Barack Obama sheds a tear while delivering a statement on steps the administration is taking to reduce gun violence in the East Room of the White House in Washington January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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25
Jun
16

Defeating The NRA And Saving Lives Means Showing Up Everyday

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24
Jun
16

#NoBillNoBreak: The Death Of Thousands Is Not A Stunt

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23
Jun
16

Early Bird Chat

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All Times Eastern

11:45AM: President Obama meets with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew

2:55PM: President Obama departs the White House

8:30PM: President Obama arrives in San Jose, California

9:05PM: President Obama arrives  in San Francisco, California where he will remain overnight

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22
Jun
16

#NoBillNoBreak: Good Trouble

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