Posts Tagged ‘national

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Mar
17

Chat Away

12
Nov
16

Early Bird Chat

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Pete Souza: President Obama waits to be introduced before speaking at a Veterans Day ceremony today

11
Nov
16

Chat Away

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White House: “On Veterans Day, we acknowledge, humbly, that we can never serve our veterans in quite the same that they served us. But we can try. We can practice kindness. We can pay it forward. We can volunteer. We can serve. We can respect one another. We can always get each other’s backs.” —President Obama honoring America’s veterans #HonorAVet 🇺🇸

22
Sep
16

Arts And Humanities: The President’s Day

17
Sep
16

Early Bird Chat

09
Sep
16

Early Bird Chat: First Lady Michelle Obama Honors Student Poets

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities poetry reading to honor student poets at the White House

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Rapper and Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Hip Hop Culture, Q-Tip recite a poem

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02
Sep
16

Early Bird Chat: President Obama Visits Midway Atoll

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resident Barack Obama tours Midway Atoll in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in the Pacific Ocean

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All Times Eastern

4:40PM: President Obama departs Honolulu, Hawaii en route Hangzhou, China

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U.S. President Barack Obama greets workers after landing aboard Air Force One at Henderson Field to visit the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, Midway Atoll, U.S. September 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama greets workers after landing aboard Air Force One at Henderson Field to visit the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, Midway Atoll, U.S

U.S. President Barack Obama looks out at Turtle Beach on a visit to the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, Midway Atoll, U.S. September 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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U.S. President Barack Obama pays his respects at a memorial to the Battle of Midway monument during a visit to the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, Midway Atoll, U.S. September 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama pays his respects at a memorial to the Battle of Midway monument

U.S. Marine National Monuments Superintendent Matt Brown (L) gives President Barack Obama at tour of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, Midway Atoll, U.S. September 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Marine National Monuments Superintendent Matt Brown gives President Barack Obama a tour of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument

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U.S. President Barack Obama tours Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument on Midway Atoll, U.S. September 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Barack Obama views a map prior to a tour of Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument on Midway Atoll, U.S. September 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

 

U.S. President Barack Obama departs after paying his respects at a memorial to the Battle of Midway monument during a visit to the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, Midway Atoll, U.S., September 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Barack Obama tours Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument on Midway Atoll, U.S. September 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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26
Aug
16

Early Bird Chat

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Pete Souza: President Obama watches a virtual reality film captured during his trip to Yosemite National Park earlier this year. #nps100

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10AM: President Obama receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

11:30AM: Press Secretary Josh Earnest holds the White House Briefing

3:10PM: President Obama visits with wounded warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland

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Aug
16

Early Bird Chat

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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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