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07
Jun
16

Early Bird Chat

30
May
16

President Obama Pays Tribute To The Fallen

US President Barack Obama (L) and US Major General Bradley A. Becker, Commander of the Military District of Washington, listen to the US national anthem before placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns to honor Memorial Day at Arlington National CemeteryMay 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama and Major General Bradley A. Becker, Commander of the Military District of Washington, listen to the US national anthem before placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns to honor Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery

US President Barack Obama places a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns to honor Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 30: (AFP-OUT) President Barack Obama arrives to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. Obama paid tribute to the nation's fallen military service members. (Photo by Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama (L) bows his head after placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns to honor Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 30: (AFP-OUT) President Barack Obama bows his head in silence along with Major General Bradley A. Becker at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. Obama paid tribute to the nation's fallen military service members. (Photo by Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 30: (AFP-OUT) President Barack Obama is assisted as he lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. Obama paid tribute to the nation's fallen military service members. (Photo by Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 30: (AFP-OUT) President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Amphitheater after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. Obama paid tribute to the nation's fallen military service members. (Photo by Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Amphitheater after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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U.S.President Barack Obama makes remarks at the Amphitheater after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016, near Washington, DC. Obama paid tribute to the nation's military service members who have fallen. Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI

US President Barack Obama salutes during an event to honor Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

People watch as US President Barack Obama places a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns to honor Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks during a event to honor Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks during an event to honor Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 30: (AFP-OUT) President Barack Obama, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford (L) and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (C) listen to the National Anthem at the conclusion of remarks at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. Obama paid tribute to the nation's fallen military service members. (Photo by Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)

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President Barack Obama lays a coin on a grave in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery

ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 30: (AFP-OUT) President Barack Obama bows his head in silence after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. Obama paid tribute to the nation's fallen military service members. (Photo by Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)

28
May
16

Early Bird Chat: The Baby Whisperer In Japan

IWAKUNI, JAPAN - MAY 27: U.S. President Barack Obama greets the cheering crowd of the U.S. and Japanese servicemen and their families at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (MCAS Iwakuni) on May 27, 2016 in Iwakuni, Japan. President Barack Obama flew in to the MCAS Iwakuni on Air Force One, and visited the troops before visiting Hiroshima. (Photo by Jean Chung/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama plays with a child while visiting U.S. and Japanese servicemen and their families at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (MCAS Iwakuni) in Iwakuni, Japan

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Pete Souza: President Obama greets troops and their families at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan

27
May
16

President Obama Visits Service Members

US President Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with US and Japanese troops during his visit to the Marine Corps Air Station at Iwakuni, near the Japanese city of Hiroshima on May 27, 2016. Obama, who arrived at Iwakuni after attending the G7 Summit in central Japan, hailed the "great alliance" between the United States and Japan on May 27, just hours ahead of his historic visit to Hiroshima. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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IWAKUNI, JAPAN - MAY 27: U.S. President Barack Obama gives a speech to the U.S. and Japanese servicemen and their families at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (MCAS Iwakuni) on May 27, 2016 in Iwakuni, Japan. President Barack Obama flew in to the MCAS Iwakuni on Air Force One, and visited the troops before visiting Hiroshima. (Photo by Jean Chung/Getty Images)

IWAKUNI, JAPAN - MAY 27: U.S. servicemen (L) and (R) take snapshots of the U.S. President Barack Obama (C) during his speech at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (MCAS Iwakuni) on May 27, 2016 in Iwakuni, Japan. President Obama flew in to the MCAS Iwakuni on Air Force One, and visited the troops before visiting Hiroshima. (Photo by Jean Chung/Getty Images)

IWAKUNI, JAPAN - MAY 27: U.S. President Barack Obama gives a speech to the U.S. and Japanese servicemen and their families at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (MCAS Iwakuni) on May 27, 2016 in Iwakuni, Japan. President Barack Obama flew in to the MCAS Iwakuni on Air Force One, and visited the troops before visiting Hiroshima. (Photo by Jean Chung/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks with Us and Japanese troops at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni on May 27, 2016. Obama, who arrived at Iwakuni after attending the G7 Summit in central Japan, hailed the "great alliance" between the United States and Japan on May 27, just hours ahead of his historic visit to Hiroshima. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

IWAKUNI, JAPAN - MAY 27: U.S. President Barack Obama gives a speech to the U.S. and Japanese servicemen and their families at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (MCAS Iwakuni) on May 27, 2016 in Iwakuni, Japan. President Barack Obama flew in to the MCAS Iwakuni on Air Force One, and visited the troops before visiting Hiroshima. (Photo by Jean Chung/Getty Images)

Family members of US and Japanese troops listen as US President Barack Obama speaks during his visit to the Marine Corps Air Station at Iwakuni, near the Japanese city of Hiroshima on May 27, 2016. Obama, who arrived at Iwakuni after attending the G7 Summit in central Japan, hailed the "great alliance" between the United States and Japan on May 27, just hours ahead of his historic visit to Hiroshima. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama (C) speaks with US troops during his visit to the Marine Corps Air Station at Iwakuni, near the Japanese city of Hiroshima on May 27, 2016. Obama, who arrived at Iwakuni after attending the G7 Summit in central Japan, hailed the "great alliance" between the United States and Japan on May 27, just hours ahead of his historic visit to Hiroshima. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

IWAKUNI, JAPAN - MAY 27: U.S. President Barack Obama (L) gives a speech to the U.S. and Japanese servicemen and their families at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (MCAS Iwakuni) on May 27, 2016 in Iwakuni, Japan. President Obama flew in to the MCAS Iwakuni on Air Force One, and visited the troops before visiting Hiroshima. (Photo by Jean Chung/Getty Images)

IWAKUNI, JAPAN - MAY 27: U.S. President Barack Obama greets cheering crowd at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (MCAS Iwakuni) on May 27, 2016 in Iwakuni, Japan. President Barack Obama flew in to the MCAS Iwakuni on Air Force One, and visited the troops before visiting Hiroshima. (Photo by Jean Chung/Getty Images)

IWAKUNI, JAPAN - MAY 27: U.S. President Barack Obama greets the cheering crowd of the U.S. and Japanese servicemen and their families at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (MCAS Iwakuni) on May 27, 2016 in Iwakuni, Japan. President Barack Obama flew in to the MCAS Iwakuni on Air Force One, and visited the troops before visiting Hiroshima. (Photo by Jean Chung/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama (C) shakes hands with US and Japanese troops during his visit to the Marine Corps Air Station at Iwakuni, near the Japanese city of Hiroshima on May 27, 2016. Obama, who arrived at Iwakuni after attending the G7 Summit in central Japan, hailed the "great alliance" between the United States and Japan on May 27, just hours ahead of his historic visit to Hiroshima. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

IWAKUNI, JAPAN - MAY 27: U.S. President Barack Obama greets the cheering crowd of the U.S. and Japanese servicemen and their families at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (MCAS Iwakuni) on May 27, 2016 in Iwakuni, Japan. President Barack Obama flew in to the MCAS Iwakuni on Air Force One, and visited the troops before visiting Hiroshima. (Photo by Jean Chung/Getty Images)

 

14
Apr
16

The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama high fives a rider after signaling the start of the Wounded Warrior Ride, on the South Lawn of the White House. The ride is held to help raise awareness of our nations heroes who battle the physical and psychological damages of war

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14
Apr
16

Early Bird Chat: President Obama On Pollution & Thought-Controlled Technology

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All Times Eastern

10:00AM: President Obama receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

11:35AM: President Obama welcomes the Wounded Warrior Ride

12:45PM: Press Secretary Josh Earnest holds the press briefing

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12
Nov
15

President Obama Honors Army Captain Florent Groberg

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President Barack Obama presents a Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry to Army Captain Florent A. Groberg (Ret.) during a ceremony at the White House. Captain Groberg received the Medal of Honor for attempting to push a suicide bomber away from harming his patrol while serving as a Personal Security Detachment Commander for Task Force Mountain Warrior, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division during combat operations in Asadabad, Kunar Province, Afghanistan on August 8, 2012. He was severely injured from his courageous actions

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President Barack Obama and Medal of Honor recipient retired U.S. Army Capt. Florent Groberg, walk to the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, for ceremony honoring Groberg for his actions during combat operations in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

U.S. President Barack Obama stands with Medal of Honor recipient retired U.S. Army Captain Florent "Flo" Groberg (L) in the East Room of the White House in Washington November 12, 2015. Groberg received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a personal security detachment commander during combat operations in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on August 8, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

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President Barack Obama stands with Medal of Honor recipient retired U.S. Army Capt. Florent Groberg during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, honoring Groberg for his actions during combat operations in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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U.S. President Barack Obama applauds retired U.S. Army Captain Florent Groberg, 32, after presenting him with the Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC November 12, 2015. Groberg received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a personal security detachment commander during combat operations in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on August 8, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama hugs retired U.S. Army Captain Florent Groberg, 32, after presenting him with the Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC November 12, 2015. Groberg was badly wounded thwarting a suicide bomber in Afghanistan on what he has called the worst day of his life. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

11
Nov
15

The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama participates in a full honor wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate Veterans Day in Arlington, Virginia. The tomb contains the remains of an unidentified soldier from World War I and crypts of unknowns from World War II, Korea and Vietnam are set next to the tomb

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald applauds at left as President Barack Obama speaks at the Memorial Amphitheater of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, during Veterans Day ceremonies. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Barack Obama, left, arrives to speak at the Memorial Amphitheater of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, during Veterans Day ceremonies. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Barack Obama is saluted by retired Navy Vice Adm. Norbert Ryan Jr. as he arrives to speak at the Memorial Amphitheater of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington

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First lady Michelle Obama applauds Capt. Capt. Rolana Brown of High Point, N.C., during a luncheon for military women, active-duty service members and veterans, spouses and caregivers, at the Vice President's official residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. Capt. Brown is commander of Echo Company, 266th Quartermaster Battalion at Fort Eustis and appeared in the filming of "Women of Honor," a TV special that paid tribute to women of the military community. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

First Lady Michelle Obama applauds Capt. Capt. Rolana Brown of High Point, N.C., during a luncheon for military women, active-duty service members and veterans, spouses and caregivers, at the Vice President’s official residence at the Naval Observatory. Capt. Brown is commander of Echo Company, 266th Quartermaster Battalion at Fort Eustis

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President Barack Obama listens to the National Anthem during Veterans Day ceremonies, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, at the Memorial Amphitheater of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

11
Nov
15

A Veteran

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He served

He hugged the grandmother,
and mom and dad,
tears in his eyes
that he couldn’t let them see.
Looked over his shoulder
to remember their faces
set in time.
This time in his life
he would only understand
was extraordinary,
looking back.

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Honor and bravery
and, yes, to be a man
were why he signed up early,
why he went off
why he missed a bit of his youth
and journeyed to a far-off
war-time destination
he had never
heard much about
when he was younger.

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The in-between years
are not forgot
They enter in dreams
and memories he sometimes wished
he didn’t have.
He knows he’s not alone
in the recollections
yet only a small amount of comfort
has come from that,
has ever come from that.

It is what it is,
his mantra.
It is what it is.

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But now in the prime
of his older years
he wears a ballcap with the
name of his service on it
and the name of his war.
He remembers the conflict
and when he
remembers the grandmother
remembers mom and dad
he feels the honor
he thinks he brought them.

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The sting of yesterday’s tears
in his crinkly eyes come from
the love of country
the esprit de corps ~
the brothers and comrades
he left behind or
still meets for coffee
on a Wednesday morning
in his hometown.

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And when he and his brothers
talk over coffee
about the “free lunch” for veterans
they’re serving at the
VFW, in a few hours,
he turns to them
(those who, like he,
paid ahead such a high price
for that “free lunch” years ago)
and says,
“We should support that
for the new vets
who might really need it.”

He is what he is.

A veteran.

A man.

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03
Nov
15

The First Lady’s Day

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Straits Times: US First Lady Michelle Obama Visits Qatar; Makes Stop At United States Air Base In Qatar

First Lady Michelle Obama visited the largest US air force base outside the United States Tuesday on the first full day of a Middle East tour. “This isn’t an easy post; you guys are doing the tough work,” she told the assembled servicemen and women at Al-Udeid base, the forward headquarters for the US Central Command outside the Qatari capital. Obama is in Qatar as part of a seven-day regional tour during which she is expected to focus on the issue of “cultural beliefs” obstructing girls’ education.

She is set to make a keynote speech at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Doha Wednesday, as part of her well-publicised efforts to promote girls’ education globally. In an email ahead of her trip, Obama wrote that 62 million girls across the globe are not going to school at all, urging support for the Let Girls Learn initiative that she launched with President Barack Obama earlier this year. Obama was accompanied by late-night talk show host Conan O’ Brien as part of the morale-boosting visit to troops. O’Brien, whose Conan programme airs on TBS cable television, put on a show for the troops, part of which will be broadcast later this year.

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First Lady Michelle Obama meeting with Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development in Doha

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In this photo made available by the Qatar News Agency, QNA, U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama shakes hands with Qatar Emir Sheik Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. (Qatar Government/QNA via AP)

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (R) is introduced to speak to U.S troops stationed at Al Udeid air base west of Doha, Qatar November 3, 2015. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon

First Lady Michelle Obama is introduced by Conan O’Brien to speak to U.S troops stationed at Al Udeid air base

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama claps as she visits U.S troops stationed at Al Udeid air base west of Doha, Qatar November 3, 2015. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon

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First Lady Michelle Obama greets members of the military at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. Photo by Amanda Lucidon

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama gestures as she visits Al Udeid air base west of Doha, Qatar November 3, 2015. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon

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