Posts Tagged ‘State Dinner

13
May
16

First Lady Michelle Obama At The Smithsonian

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First Lady Michelle Obama looks at Patrick Dougherty’s Shindig at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery

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Jenni Haukio of Finland, First Lady Michelle Obama, Sindre Finnes of Norway, Solrun Lokke Rasmussen of Denmark, Nicholas Bell, Curator of the Renwick Gallery and a White House photographer view Patrick Dougherty’s Shindig at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery

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23
Mar
16

The President And First Lady’s Day In Argentina

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama doing the tango

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President Barack Obama meets with Argentine President Mauricio Macri, Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at the Casa Rasada in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

U.S. President Barack Obama and Argentina's President Mauricio Macri walk in the government house in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Obama is on a two-day official visit to Argentina. It is the first visit to Argentina by a U.S. president since George W. Bush came here in 2005. (Natacha Pisarenko/Pool Photo via AP)

Argentina's President Mauricio Macri greets U.S. President Barack Obama at government house in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Obama is on a two day official visit to Argentina. (David Fernandez/Pool Photo via AP)

U.S. President Barack Obama (centre L) meets Argentina's President Mauricio Macri at the Casa Rosada government house as part of Obama's two-day visit to Argentina, in Buenos Aires March 23, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

U.S. President Barack Obama salutes as he enter the government house in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Obama is on a two day official visit to Argentina. It is the first visit to Argentina by a U.S. president since George W. Bush came here in 2005. (David Fernandez/Pool Photo via AP)

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U.S. President Barack Obama shares a light moment during a joint news conference with Argentine President Mauricio Macri, at the Casa Rosada Presidential Palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Obama is on a two day official visit to Argentina. (David Fernandez/Pool Photo via AP)

U.S. President Barack Obama shares a light moment with Argentine President Mauricio Macri during a joint news conference at the Casa Rosada Presidential Palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Obama is on a two day official visit to Argentina. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

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U.S. President Barack Obama answers questions during a joint news conference with Argentine President Mauricio Macri at the Casa Rosada Presidential Palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Obama is on a two day official visit to Argentina. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

U.S. President Barack Obama stands next to Argentine President Mauricio Macri, center, during a joint news conference at the Casa Rosada Presidential Palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Obama is on a two day official visit to Argentina. (David Fernandez/Pool Photo via AP)

U.S. President Barack Obama laughs during a joint news conference with Argentine President Mauricio Macri, at the Casa Rosada Presidential Palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Obama is on a two day official visit to Argentina. (David Fernandez/Pool Photo via AP)

Argentina's President Mauricio Macri (R) and U.S. President Barack Obama talk at the Casa Rosada government house in Buenos Aires in this March 23, 2016 handout photo by the Argentine Presidency. REUTERS/Argentine Presidency/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.

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First lady Michelle Obama speaks during a meeting with high school students at the Centro Metropolitano de Diseño, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. The First Lady talked about the importance of completing their studies, as part of the Lets girls Learn initiative. (AP Photo/Ivan Fernandez)

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during a meeting with high school students at the Centro Metropolitano de Diseño, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The First Lady talked about the importance of completing their studies, as part of her Lets Girls Learn initiative

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First lady Michelle Obama applauds during a meeting with high school students at the Centro Metropolitano de Diseño, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. The First Lady talked about the importance of completing their studies, as part of the Lets Girls Learn initiative. (AP Photo/Ivan Fernandez)

First lady Michelle Obama has a picture taken with a student during a meeting with high school students at the Centro Metropolitano de Diseño, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, March 23, 2016. The First Lady talked about the importance of completing their studies, as part of the Lets Girls Learn initiative. (AP Photo/Ivan Fernandez)

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21
Mar
16

The President And First Lady’s Day In Cuba

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President Barack Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony at the Jose Marti memorial in Revolution Square

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Cuban President Raul Castro, right, speaks with U.S. President Barack Obama during a meeting in Revolution Palace, Monday, March 21, 2016. Brushing past profound differences, President Obama and President Castro sat down for a historic meeting, offering critical clues about whether Obama's sharp U-turn in policy will be fully reciprocated. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)

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President Barack Obama and President Raul Castro review troops before bilateral meetings

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U.S. President Barack Obama, left, speaks next to Cuba's President Raul Castro, during a joint statement in Havana, Cuba, Monday, March 21, 2016. President Raul Castro called on President Obama to lift longstanding U.S. restrictions on Cuba, even as he and Obama pledged to move forward with normalizing relations between Cuba and its longtime Cold War-era foe. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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U.S. President Barack Obama, left, listens to Cuba's President Raul Castro, during a joint statement in Havana, Cuba, Monday, March 21, 2016. President Raul Castro called on President Obama to lift longstanding U.S. restrictions on Cuba, even as he and Obama pledged to move forward with normalizing relations between Cuba and its longtime Cold War-era foe. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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U.S. President Barack Obama, left, speaks next to Cuba's President Raul Castro, during a joint statement in Havana, Cuba, Monday, March 21, 2016. President Raul Castro called on President Obama to lift longstanding U.S. restrictions on Cuba, even as he and Obama pledged to move forward with normalizing relations between Cuba and its longtime Cold War-era foe. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

US President Barack Obama and Cuba's President Raul Castro shake hands after a joint statement in Havana, Cuba, Monday, March 21, 2016. Brushing past differences, President Obama and President Castro sat down for a historic meeting, offering critical clues about whether Obama's sharp U-turn in policy will be fully reciprocated.(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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President Barack Obama takes part in an event focused on entrepreneurship and opportunity for the Cuban people at La Cervecera

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U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama speaks with Cuban girls during a Let Girls Learn roundtable at the Fabrica de Arte Cubano, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, March 21, 2016. Let Girls Learn is an initiative launched by the Obamas in 2015 to help overcome obstacles preventing adolescent girls from attending and completing school. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama speaks during a "Let Girls Learn" conversation with female Cuban students (R) at the Fabrica de Arte Cubano in Havana, Cuba March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama attends a "Let Girls Learn" conversation with female Cuban students at the Fabrica de Arte Cubano in Havana, Cuba March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive for a state dinner at the Palace of the Revolution

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27
Jul
15

The President’s Monday In Ethiopia

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) walks to review a marsh band during a welcome ceremony at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2015. The economy of Ethiopia is forecast to expand by more than 10 percent, although rights groups say Addis Ababa's achievements are at the expense of political freedom. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

President Barack Obama during a welcome ceremony at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) takes part in a welcome ceremony with Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (R) at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2015. The economy of Ethiopia is forecast to expand by more than 10 percent, although rights groups say Addis Ababa's achievements are at the expense of political freedom.REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

U.S. President Barack Obama, centre, inspects the honor guard after arriving at the National Palace to meet with Ethiopian prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, in Addis Ababa , Ethiopia, Monday, July 27, 2015.  (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) reviews a marsh band during a welcome ceremony at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2015. The economy of Ethiopia is forecast to expand by more than 10 percent, although rights groups say Addis Ababa's achievements are at the expense of political freedom. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) and his delegation, stand during welcome ceremony with Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (R) at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2015. The economy of Ethiopia is forecast to expand by more than 10 percent, although rights groups say Addis Ababa's achievements are at the expense of political freedom.REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome shake hands during a meeting at the National Palace, on Monday, July 27, 2015, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Ethiopia's President Mulatu Teshome (R) welcomes U.S. President Barack Obama for a meeting at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2015. Also pictured is U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice (L). REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Ethiopia’s President Mulatu Teshome welcomes President Barack Obama for a meeting at the National Palace in Addis Ababa

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REFILE - UPDATING SLUG U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) and his delegation, including National Security Advisor Susan Rice (L), sit down to a bilateral meeting with Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (3rd R) at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2015. The economy of Ethiopia is forecast to expand by more than 10 percent, although rights groups say Addis Ababa's achievements are at the expense of political freedom. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama sits down to a bilateral meeting with Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn

U.S. President Barack Obama, center, participates in a bilateral meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn at the National Palace, on Monday, July 27, 2015, in Addis Ababa. Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn hold a news conference after their meeting at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2015. Obama met the Ethiopian prime minister on Monday on the first visit by a serving U.S. president to a nation with one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa but which has often been criticised for its rights record.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn hold a news conference after their meeting

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President Barack Obama speaks during a joint news conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Monday, July 27, 2015, at the National Palace in Addis Ababa. Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama listens during a joint news conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Monday, July 27, 2015, at the National Palace in Addis Ababa. Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama gestures during a joint news conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Monday, July 27, 2015, at the National Palace in Addis Ababa. Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks as he and Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn hold a news conference after their meeting at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2015. Obama told Ethiopia's leaders on Monday that allowing more freedoms would strengthen the African nation, which had already lifted millions in the once famine-stricken country out of poverty. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (R) smiles at comments by U.S. President Barack Obama (L) during their news conference at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2015. The economy of Ethiopia is forecast to expand by more than 10 percent, although rights groups say Addis Ababa's achievements are at the expense of political freedom. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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U.S. President Barack Obama holds a meeting on South Sudan and counterterrorism issues with African heads of state at his hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2015. Pictured at the table are: Obama (clockwise from the top center), U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan Donald Booth, Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, African Union Chairperson Dlamini Zuma, Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Sudan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim Ghandour, Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama holds a meeting on South Sudan and counterterrorism issues with African heads of state at his hotel

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President Barack Obama speaks during a multilateral meeting on South Sudan and cointerterrorism issues with Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia, the African Union and Uganda, Monday, July 27, 2015, in Addis Ababa. Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) holds a meeting on South Sudan and counterterrorism issues with African heads of state at his hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2015. Pictured at the table (clockwise from the top center), are: Obama, U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan Donald Booth, Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, African Union Chairperson Dlamini Zuma, Ethiopiaâ's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Sudan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim Ghandour, Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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Dr. Zeresenay Alemseged Lemseged (C), of the California Academy of Sciences, laughs at a quip by U.S. President Barack Obama (2ndR) as he and Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (R) look at the bones of Lucy, an early human, before a State Dinner in Obama's honor at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2015. Lucy is the most famous fossil of the species Australopithecus afarensis, and was found in Ethiopia in 1974. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Dr. Zeresenay Alemseged Lemseged of the California Academy of Sciences, laughs at a quip by President Barack Obama as he and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn look at the bones of Lucy, an early human. Lucy is the most famous fossil of the species Australopithecus afarensis, and was found in Ethiopia in 1974

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Dr. Zeresenay Alemseged Lemseged (2ndR), of the California Academy of Sciences,  directs U.S. President Barack Obama (R) to touch a fossilized vertebra of Lucy, an early human, before a State Dinner in Obama's honor at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2015. Lucy is the most famous fossil of the species Australopithecus afarensis, and was found in Ethiopia in 1974. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (C) sit down to a State Dinner in Obama's honor at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2015. Also pictured is U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice (R). REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn sit down to a State Dinner in President Obama’s honor at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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President Barack Obama offers a toast during a state dinner hosted by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Monday, July 27, 2015, at the National Palace in Addis Ababa. Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, right, are waited on during a state dinner, Monday, July 27, 2015, at the National Palace in Addis Ababa. Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

U.S. President Barack Obama raises his glass in a toast during a State Dinner in his honor at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen Hassen, left, and National Security Adviser Susan Rice, right, toast President Barack Obama during a state dinner, Monday, July 27, 2015, at the National Palace in Addis Ababa. Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

25
Jul
15

President Obama Attends A State Dinner

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Doug Mills: President Obama raises his glass during a toast at the State Dinner in Kenya. #ObamaInKenya @POTUS

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President Barack Obama, right, offers a toast to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, left, during a state dinner at State House, on Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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President Barack Obama, third from left, stands before the playing of the National Anthem during a state dinner at State House, on Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya. Obama's visit to Kenya is focused on trade and economic issues, as well as security and counterterrorism cooperation. From left, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Obama, and Kenyan first lady Margaret Kenyatta. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama's half-sister Auma Obama watches as he proposes a toast to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta during a state dinner at State House, on Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya. Obama's visit to Kenya is focused on trade and economic issues, as well as security and counterterrorism cooperation.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama’s sister Auma Obama watches as he proposes a toast to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

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President Barack Obama's step-grandmother Mama Sarah Obama listens to his toast during a state dinner hosted by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, on Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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U.S. President Barack Obama (C) and Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (L) share a toast at the end of a state dinner in Obama's honor at the State House in Nairobi July 25, 2015. Obama told African entrepreneurs in Kenya on Saturday they could help counter violent ideologies and drive growth in Africa, and said governments had to assist by ensuring the rule of law was upheld and by tackling corruption. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

First Lady Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta looks on as President Barack Obama and President Uhuru Kenyatta share a toast

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U.S. Representative Charlie Rangel (D-NY) attends a state dinner in U.S. President Barack Obama's honor at the State House in Nairobi July 25, 2015. Obama told African entrepreneurs in Kenya on Saturday they could help counter violent ideologies and drive growth in Africa, and said governments had to assist by ensuring the rule of law was upheld and by tackling corruption. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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President Barack Obama, left, and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta toast during a state dinner at State House, on Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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A program sits on a table as U.S. President Barack Obama and Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (not pictured) deliver toasts at the end of a state dinner in Obama's honor at the State House in Nairobi July 25, 2015. Obama told African entrepreneurs in Kenya on Saturday they could help counter violent ideologies and drive growth in Africa, and said governments had to assist by ensuring the rule of law was upheld and by tackling corruption. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Recording artist Akon attends a state dinner in U.S. President Barack Obama's honor at the State House in Nairobi July 25, 2015. Obama told African entrepreneurs in Kenya on Saturday they could help counter violent ideologies and drive growth in Africa, and said governments had to assist by ensuring the rule of law was upheld and by tackling corruption. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Musician Akon attends a state dinner in President Barack Obama’s honor at the State House

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Mama Sarah Obama (L-R), step grandmother to U.S. President Barack Obama, his half-sister Auma Obama and Ngina Kenyatta, the mother of Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, smile as presidents Obama and Kenyatta deliver toasts at the end of a state dinner in Obama's honor at the State House in Nairobi July 25, 2015. Obama told African entrepreneurs in Kenya on Saturday they could help counter violent ideologies and drive growth in Africa, and said governments had to assist by ensuring the rule of law was upheld and by tackling corruption. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) looks on as Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (C) drinks a toast to him at the end of a state dinner in Obama's honor at the State House in Nairobi July 25, 2015. Also pictured is Kenyatta's wife Margaret Kenyatta. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

28
Apr
15

The President And First Lady’s Day

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama stand with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe during an official arrival ceremony at the South Lawn of the White House

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President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands during a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Akie Abe during a Japanese immersion class at Great Falls Elementary School in Great Falls, Virginia. The Japanese immersion is part of Virginia’s Fairfax County Public School’s World Languages Immersion Program, where elementary students learn math, science, and health through a foreign language

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama greets Mrs. Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, at Great Falls Elementary School in Great Falls

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President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe participate in a joint press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe after they arrived at the north portico of the White House for a State Dinner

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First Lady Michelle Obama is in a Tadashi Shoji dress

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President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe participate in a toast with sake during a state dinner

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25
Jan
15

Namaste President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

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President Barack Obama inspects a guard of honor during his welcoming ceremony

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Wing commander Puja Thakur of the Indian Air Force leads the guard of honor

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First Post: Wing Commander Puja Thakur Leads Guard Of Honour for Obama, Scores A Win For Modi Govt

US President Barack Obama’s visit to India for the Republic Day parade is on the path of turning out to be a gigantic public relations success for the Narendra Modi government. Just two days after the Prime Minister launched the government’s ambitious ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign, the country witnessed the first guard of honour in the country’s history led by a woman officer. Wing commander Puja Thakur of the Indian Air Force led the guard of honour in the Raj Bhavan in what is being hailed as a inspiring move by the Modi government.

NDTV reported: “President Obama was given a 21-gun salute at the forecourt of the majestic presidential palace, after which Wing Commander Thakur walked him for the inspection of the Guard of Honour. She is the first woman officer to lead a tri-services Guard of Honour.” Thakur told NDTV that while she was proud of the fact that she was allowed to lead the guard of honour, she really hoped that the incident inspired more women to join the armed forces in the country.

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President Barack Obama pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat

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President Barack Obama folds his hands in a traditional Indian greeting gesture, as Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi laugh during a ceremonial reception at the Indian presidential Palace in New Delhi

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14

First Lady Michelle Obama Celebrates Kid Chefs

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First Lady Michelle Obama hosts the “Kids State Dinner” in the East Room of the White House. The White House treated more than 50 kid chefs to a “state dinner.” The children earned a seat at the table by whipping up mouth-watering yet healthy meals as part of a nationwide contest sponsored by the food magazine Epicurious and the Education and Agriculture departments

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First Lady Michelle Obama hugs last year’s winner from Delaware, Braeden Mannering

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First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama confess that their favorite junk foods are french fries (her) and chips and guacamole (him)

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President Barack Obama teases First Lady Michelle Obama when she says she is taking a break from french fries

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@dougmillsnyt: FLOTUS reacts when POTUS reveals that she like likes french fries. FLOTUS says “I’m taking a break” from them.

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28
Apr
14

Rise and Shine

President Obama greets members of the audience following his remarks at the Oakley Lindsay Center in Quincy, Ill., April 28, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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The Philippines is 12 hours ahead of EDT

In the morning, President Obama delivers remarks at Fort Bonafacio

Later that morning, the President participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Manila American Cemetery

The President travels back to Washington, D.C.

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President Obama arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines

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Amita O. Legaspi: US, PHL Sign Agreement For Increased US Troop Presence

Philippine and United States officials on Monday signed the agreement that will allow an enlarged rotational presence of American troops in the country, hours before the arrival of US President Barack Obama. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and US Ambassador Philip Goldberg signed the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. The ceremony lasted for not more than 15 minutes. The two officials left did not take questions after giving short statements. Finalized after eight rounds of talks that began in August 2013, the new accord grants US troops access to designated Philippine military facilities, the right to construct facilities, and pre-position equipment, aircraft and vessels. But the pact rules out permanent basing, as the Philippine Constitution bans foreign military bases in the country unless covered by a treaty.

According to a fact sheet provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the pact has an initial term of 10 years and was signed as an executive agreement within the scope of the Visiting Forces Agreement that had been ratified by the Philippine Senate in 1999. In his speech, Goldberg stressed that the agreement will not pave the way for permanent US military presence and the reopening their military bases in the country. “The US does not intend to establish permanent military presence in the Philippines…it will not reopen US bases to enhance our defense relationship,” he said. Goldberg said the agreement will support the long-term modernization of the Armed Forces and will help it “maintain and develop additional maritime security, maritime domain awareness and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capability.”

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President Barack Obama and Philippines President Benigno Aquino III speak at a joint news conference at Malacanang Palace in Manila, the Philippines

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President Barack Obama signs a guestbook as Philippine President Benigno Aquino III stands by in the Malacanang Palace in Manila, the Philippines

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President Obama delivers a speech as Philippine President Benigno Aquino III smiles during a state dinner at Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines

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President Obama accepts the Order of the Sikatuna from President Benigno Aquino

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Robert Calandra: Once Opposed To ACA, Now A Convert

Dean Angstadt fells trees for a living. He’s a self-employed, self-sufficient logger who has cleared his own path for most of his 57 years, never expecting help from anyone. And even though he’d been uninsured since 2009, he especially wanted nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act. “I don’t read what the Democrats have to say about it because I think they’re full of it,” he told his friend Bob Leinhauser, who suggested he sign up. That refrain changed this year when a faulty aortic valve almost felled Angstadt. Suddenly, he was facing a choice: Buy a health plan, through a law he despised, that would pay the lion’s share of the cost of the life-saving surgery – or die. He chose the former. “A lot of people I talk to are so misinformed about the ACA,” Angstadt said. “I was, before Bob went through all this for me. I would recommend it to anybody and, in fact, have encouraged friends, including the one guy who hauls my logs.” Angstadt called Leinhauser. The political odd couple talked a bit before Angstadt mentioned he was having trouble breathing. Leinhauser, 55, a retired firefighter and nurse, drove him to a doctor’s office.

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“Dean only saw a doctor when he needed to because it made a big difference in his finances,” Leinhauser said. From time to time, Leinhauser would urge Angstadt to buy a plan through the ACA marketplace. And each time, Angstadt refused. “We argued about it for months,” Angstadt said. “I didn’t trust this Obamacare. One of the big reasons is it sounded too good to be true.” Leinhauser went to Angstadt’s house, and in less than an hour, the duo had done the application. A day later, Angstadt signed up for the Highmark Blue Cross silver PPO plan and paid his first monthly premium: $26.11. Angstadt’s plan kicked in on March 1. It was just in time. Surgery couldn’t be put off any longer. On March 31, Angstadt had life-saving valve-replacement surgery. “I probably would have ended up falling over dead” without the surgery, Angstadt said. “Not only did it save my life, it’s going to give me a better quality of life.” “For me, this isn’t about politics,” he added. “I’m trying to help other people who are like me, stubborn and bullheaded, who refused to even look. From my own experience, the ACA is everything it’s supposed to be and, in fact, better than it’s made out to be.”

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Reuters: U.S. Sanctions Russia Over Ukraine

The United States froze assets and imposed visa bans on seven powerful Russians close to President Vladimir Putin on Monday and also sanctioned 17 companies in reprisal for Moscow’s actions in Ukraine. President Barack Obama said the moves, which add to measures taken when Russia annexed Crimea last month, were to stop Putin fomenting rebellion in eastern Ukraine. Obama added he was holding broader measures against Russia’s economy “in reserve”. Among those sanctioned were Igor Sechin, head of state energy firm Rosneft, and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak. A Russian deputy foreign minister was quoted as expressing “disgust” at the White House announcement. The European Union, with more to lose than Washington from sanctions against Russia, a major energy supplier and trading partner for the EU,

is also expected to announce new penalties after member governments reached a deal, diplomats said. The United States will deny export licenses for any high-technology items that could contribute to Russian military capabilities and will revoke any existing export licenses that meet these conditions, the White House said. It was the third round of sanctions that the United States has imposed over Crime and troop build-up on the border. All the sanctions have been aimed at individuals and businesses. “Russia’s involvement in the recent violence in eastern Ukraine is indisputable,” a White House statement said.

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TPM: Obama Pledges Federal Help After Deadly Tornado

President Barack Obama is sending his deepest condolences to those affected by a deadly tornado that ripped through Arkansas. Obama says he wants everyone affected to know that the federal government is on the ground to help. He says the Federal Emergency Management Agency will work with local officials. Obama says, quote, “Your country will be there to help you recover and rebuild, as long as it takes.” The president is also praising the heroic efforts of first responders and neighbors. A broad tornado killed at least 11 when it sliced through suburbs in Arkansas on Sunday at the start of the U.S. tornado season. Another person died in Oklahoma.

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Washington Post: Ukraine Mayor Shot; US Announces New Sanctions

The mayor of Ukraine’s second-largest city was shot in the back and pro-Russia insurgents seized more government buildings Monday as the U.S. hit Russia with more sanctions for allegedly fomenting the unrest in eastern Ukraine. Armed insurgents tacitly backed by Moscow are seeking more autonomy in the region — possibly even independence or annexation with Russia. Ukraine’s acting government and the West have accused Russia of orchestrating the unrest, which they fear Moscow could use as a pretext for an invasion. Hennady Kernes, the mayor of Kharkiv, was shot in the back Monday morning, underwent surgery and “doctors are fighting for his life,” city hall said. Kernes was a staunch opponent of the pro-West Maidan movement that toppled President Viktor Yanukovych in February and

was widely viewed as the organizer of activists sent to Kiev from eastern Ukraine to harass those demonstrators. But he has since softened his stance toward the new Kiev government. At a meeting of eastern Ukrainian leaders and acting Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk earlier this month, Kernes insisted he does not support the pro-Russia insurgents and backed a united Ukraine. Kharkiv is in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russia gunmen have seized government buildings and police stations, set up roadblocks or staged protests to demand greater autonomy or outright annexation by Russia. But unlike the neighboring Donetsk region, Kharkiv has been largely unaffected by the insurgency and Kernes has been credited for this. Its regional administration building was briefly seized earlier this month but promptly cleared of pro-Russia protesters.

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Jonathan House: U.S. Pending Home Sales Rise 3.4% In March

A gauge of upcoming home sales ticked higher in March after eight straight months of declines, a sign the sector could be pulling out of its malaise. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its seasonally adjusted index of pending sales of existing homes rose 3.4% in March from February to 97.4. That was more than the 1% increase forecast by economists and placed the index 2.6% below its 2001 benchmark level. The report showed home sales perking up after suffering in recent months from an unusually harsh winter weather as well as declining affordability.

The spring buying and selling season is crucial for the U.S. housing market because many families prefer to make a move to a new school district by the end of the summer. Pending home sales provide a more timely gauge of market conditions than some other indicators as they tally sales at the moment contracts are signed. Sales typically close one or two months later. “After a dismal winter, more buyers got an opportunity to look at homes last month and are beginning to make contract offers,” said National Association of Realtors Chief Economist Lawrence Yun.

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Greg Sargent: Scott Brown’s Obamacare Repeal Follies

Here’s another sign that the stance on Obamacare held by many GOP Senate candidates — whether you call it “repeal,” or “repeal and replace with something-or-other to be specified later” — is becoming increasingly unsustainable and could get harder and harder to explain as these campaigns intensify. In a weekend interview with WMUR, Scott Brown — who is running for Senate in New Hampshire — attempted to explain his stance on health care. He endorsed the general goals of protecting people with preexisting conditions and expanding coverage to those who need it. But he then denounced Obamacare as a “disaster,” citing the usual litany of Obama tyrannies and horror stories often hawked by Republicans. So, how would Senator Scott Brown go about accomplishing the goals he says he supports? Well, he urges reform on the state level.

New Hamsphire recently moved forward with its version of the Medicaid expansion. Brown supports repeal — which would do away with the expansion — and yet to my knowledge, he has not taken a position directly on the expansion when asked. Repeal would scrap Obamacare’s consumer protections and other efforts to expand coverage. Brown (who supported Romneycare in Massachusetts) appears to think federal reform should be repealed and replaced with state level reform. Until he says otherwise, that seems to mean he doesn’t envision a federal “replace” plan.

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On This Day

First Lady Michelle Obama watches as students from the Ron Clark Academy perform at the unveiling of the Sojourner Truth bust at the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC, April 28, 2009 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

President Obama greets various 2009 State Teacher of the Year winners during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on April 28, 2009

President Obama speaks to employees of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at FBI headquarters in Washington on April 28, 2009

Students from the Ron Clark Academy perform for First Lady Michelle Obama and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi during the unveiling ceremony of abolitionist and suffragist Sojourner Truth in the Capitol Visitors Center in Washington on April 28, 2009

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President Obama greets workers and invited guests after speaking at POET Biorefining ethanol plant in Macon, Missouri on April 28, 2010

First Lady Michelle Obama jokes with participants in the Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, April 28, 2010 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

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President Obama talks with Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour about severe storms and tornados that moved across the southeast, during a phone call in the Oval Office Private Dining Room, April 28, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama greets cast members from ABC’s sitcom “Modern Family”, including Julie Bowen, center, and Sofia Vergara, right, in the Oval Office, Saturday, April 28, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama arrives at the 2012 White House Correspondents Association Dinner

President Obama laughs during the 2012 White House Correspondents Association Dinner held at the Washington Hilton on April 28, 2012

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26
Apr
14

President Obama In South Korea And Malaysia

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President Barack Obama is greeted by U.S. military personnel, their families, and members of the U.S diplomatic community upon his arrival to deliver a speech at U.S. military base Yongsan Garrison in Seoul, South Korea

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President Barack Obama greets members of the military as he arrives with South Korean President Park Geun-hye to be briefed by U.S.-ROK Combined Forces Command officers including U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, Commander UNC/CFC/USFK, at the U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, South Korea

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President Barack Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye, arrive to be briefed by U.S.-ROK Combined Forces Command officers including U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, right, Commander UNC/CFC/USFK, at the U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, South Korea

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President Barack Obama is briefed by U.S.-ROK Combined Forces Command officers including U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, Commander UNC/CFC/USFK, at the U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, South Korea

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President Barack Obama greets U.S. military personnel, their familes, and members of the diplomatic community at Yongsan Army Garrison in Seoul, South Korea

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