Posts Tagged ‘tour

16
Nov
16

The President’s Day Two In Greece

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President Barack Obama makes a speech at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens, Greece

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President Barack Obama walks from the Propylaia with Eleni Banou, Ministry of Culture director of Ephorate of Antiquities for Athens, during a tour of the Acropolis

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President Barack Obama tours the Acropolis Museum

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President Barack Obama arrives in Berlin, Germany

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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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20
Mar
16

The First Family Tours Old Havana

U.S. President Barack Obama waves to reporters while taking part in a walking tour including the Museum of the City of Havana, in Havana, Cuba March 20, 2016. Also pictured are historian Eusebio Leal (L) and Obama's daughter Sasha Obama (R). REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama waves while taking part in a walking tour including the Museum of the City of Havana, in Havana, Cuba

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U.S. President Barack Obama smiles at reporters as he takes part in a walking tour including the Museum of the City of Havana, in Havana, Cuba March 20, 2016. Also pictured is Obama's daughter Sasha Obama (R). REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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President Barack Obama, center, and first lady Michelle Obama, visit la Catedral de La Habana in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, March 20, 2016. Obama's trip is a crowning moment in his and Cuban President Raul Castro's ambitious effort to restore normal relations between their countries. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The First Family visit la Catedral de La Habana

(L to R) U.S. President Barack Obama, his daughter Sasha and first lady Michelle Obama tour the Museum of the City of Havana in Havana, Cuba March 20, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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26
Feb
16

The President’s Day

President Barack Obama speaks following his tour of the Saft America factory in Jacksonville, Fla., Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. The plant opened in 2011 with help from federal money from economic stimulus package Obama pushed through Congress in 2009. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)

President Barack Obama speaks at the Saft America factory in Jacksonville, Florida. The plant opened in 2011 with help from federal money from the economic stimulus package President Obama fought for in 2009

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U.S. President Barack Obama tours Saft America Advanced Batteries Plant in Jacksonville, Florida February 26, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

President Barack Obama takes the stage as he is introduced at by Jamie Vazquez, right, at Saft America factory in Jacksonville, Fla., Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. The plant opened in 2011 with help from federal money from economic stimulus package Obama pushed through Congress in 2009. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama speaks at Saft America factory in Jacksonville, Fla., Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. The plant opened in 2011 with help from federal money from economic stimulus package Obama pushed through Congress in 2009. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama stops to look over a battery array during his tour of Saft America factory in Jacksonville, Fla., Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. The plant opened in 2011 with help from federal money from economic stimulus package Obama pushed through Congress in 2009. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Barack Obama speaks after his tour of the Saft America factory in Jacksonville, Fla., Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. The plant opened in 2011 with help from federal money from economic stimulus package Obama pushed through Congress in 2009. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama talks with employee Jim Mastronardi as they watch a robotic demonstration during a tour at Saft America factory in Jacksonville, Fla., Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. The plant opened in 2011 with help from federal money from economic stimulus package Obama pushed through Congress in 2009. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama greets employees during his tour of Saft America factory in Jacksonville, Fla., Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. Walking with Obama are Thomas Alcide, right, Saft America President and Chris Kaniut, behind Obama, Saft America General Manager. The plant opened in 2011 with help from federal money from economic stimulus package Obama pushed through Congress in 2009. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama greets the crowd after speaking following his tour of the Saft America factory in Jacksonville, Fla., Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. The plant opened in 2011 with help from federal money from economic stimulus package Obama pushed through Congress in 2009. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)

President Barack Obama greets supporters on the tarmac after arriving on Air Force One at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville, Fla., Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, to visit Saft America factory, which opened in 2011 with help from federal money from economic stimulus package he pushed through Congress in 2009. (AP Photo/Rick Wilson)

President Barack Obama waves to supporters on the tarmac after arriving on Air Force One at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville, Fla., Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, to visit Saft America factory, which opened in 2011 with help from federal money from economic stimulus package he pushed through Congress in 2009. (AP Photo/Rick Wilson)

President Barack Obama stops to wave before he enters Air Force One before departing Cecil Airport in Jacksonville, Fla., Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Rick Wilson)

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Sep
15

The President’s Day In Alaska

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Markers throughout Exit Glacier show how much it’s receded over time. The impacts of climate change are real, and the people of Alaska are living with them every day. It’s never been more important for us to work together to address this challenge. -bo

President Barack Obama pauses to view the Exit Glacier in Seward, Alaska, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, which according to National Park Service research, has retreated approximately 1.25 miles over the past 200 years. Obama is on a historic three-day trip to Alaska aimed at showing solidarity with a state often overlooked by Washington, while using its glorious but changing landscape as an urgent call to action on climate change. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama pauses to view the Exit Glacier in Seward, Alaska, which according to National Park Service research, has retreated approximately 1.25 miles over the past 200 years

President Barack Obama speaks to members of the media while on a hike to the Exit Glacier in Seward, Alaska, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, which according to National Park Service research, has retreated approximately 1.25 miles over the past 200 years. Obama is on a historic three-day trip to Alaska aimed at showing solidarity with a state often overlooked by Washington, while using its glorious but changing landscape as an urgent call to action on climate change. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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U.S. President Barack Obama stops to make remarks to reporters as he hikes to the Exit Glacier at Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward, Alaska, September 1, 2015. President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed a faster timetable for buying a new heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Arctic, where quickly melting sea ice has spurred more maritime traffic and the United States has fallen far behind Russian resources. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst


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U.S. President Barack Obama makes a selection at the Sweet Darlings ice cream shop before taking a boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward, Alaska September 1, 2015. During a three-day visit Obama is also slated to meet people in remote Arctic communities whose way of life is affected by rising ocean levels, creating images designed to build support for regulations to curb carbon emissions. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama makes a selection at the Sweet Darlings ice cream shop

U.S. President Barack Obama greets fellow customers at the Sweet Darlings ice cream shop before taking a boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward, Alaska September 1, 2015. During a three-day visit Obama is also slated to meet people in remote Arctic communities whose way of life is affected by rising ocean levels, in a bid to build support for regulations to curb carbon emissions. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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President Barack Obama greets people in downtown Seward, Alaska, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, after takes a hike to view the Exit Glacier. Obama is on a historic three-day trip to Alaska aimed at showing solidarity with a state often overlooked by Washington, while using its glorious but changing landscape as an urgent call to action on climate change. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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President Barack Obama takes a boat tour to see the effects of global warming at the Kenai Fjords National Park, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Seward, Alaska. Obama is on a historic three-day trip to Alaska aimed at showing solidarity with a state often overlooked by Washington, while using its glorious but changing landscape as an urgent call to action on climate change. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama takes a boat tour to see the effects of climate change at the Kenai Fjords National Park

President Barack Obama speaks to reporters before taking a boat tour at the Kenai Fjords National Park, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Seward, Alaska. Obama is on a historic three-day trip to Alaska aimed at showing solidarity with a state often overlooked by Washington, while using its glorious but changing landscape as an urgent call to action on climate change. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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Doug Mills: President Obama looks from his boat at Bear Glacer during his boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska. @POTUS

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks before taking a boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward, Alaska September 1, 2015. During a three-day visit Obama is also slated to meet people in remote Arctic communities whose way of life is affected by rising ocean levels, creating images designed to build support for regulations to curb carbon emissions. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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15
Jul
14

700K Jobs At Risk? Do Something, Congress

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President Barack Obama speaks about the economy at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Virginia. President Barack Obama envisions a time when cars will be able to talk with other cars or with America’s roads. He says such technology could prevent crashes, cut down on traffic and save gasoline.

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President Barack Obama is given a tour of vehicles equipted with V2I technology by Joe Peters while at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Virginia

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President Barack Obama looks over his shoulder while driving a simulator

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David Yang, human factors team leader, shows President Barack Obama a vehicle simulator during his tour of the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center

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President Barack Obama is given a tour of the Saxton Transportation Operations

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President Barack Obama greets employees after speaking about the economy at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx

05
Nov
13

The President and First Lady Surprise White House Tours

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Jul
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Chat Away

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Jul
13

Rise and Shine

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2:30: President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route Camp David

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Steve Benen: U.S. job growth improves, exceeds expectations

Going into this morning, most economists projected job growth from June to be about 155,000 new jobs. With this in mind, the new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows not only good news, but unexpectedly good news…..

The U.S. economy added a better-than-expected 195,000 jobs in June and employment gains for May and April were revised sharply higher, the U.S. government said Friday. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.6%, but the size of the labor force increased by 177,000, according to the Labor Department said.

…. Perhaps the most important – and most heartening – detail in this new report is the upward revisions for the previous two months…

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Business Insider: It’s a beat!

195K new private sector jobs was well ahead of the 165K new jobs that was expected.

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Ah, funny how this didn’t get much attention….

NYT: I.R.S. Scrutiny Went Beyond the Political

In 2010, a tiny Palestinian-rights group called Minnesota Break the Bonds applied to the Internal Revenue Service for tax-exempt status. Two years and a lot of prodding later, the I.R.S. sent the group’s leaders a series of questions and requests almost identical to the ones it was sending to Tea Party groups at the time.

…. The controversy that erupted in May has focused on an ideological question: Were conservative groups singled out for special treatment based on their politics, or did the I.R.S. equally target liberal groups? But a closer look at the I.R.S. operation suggests that the problem was less about ideology and more about how a process instructing reviewers to “be on the lookout” for selected terms was applied to any group that mentioned certain words in its application.

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ThinkProgress: What The Mainstream Media Misses About Texas’ Ongoing Abortion Battle

Over the past week, Texas has captured national attention with a dramatic show-down between a Republican-controlled legislature and thousands of reproductive health advocates…. but many of the narratives the media is crafting aren’t actually getting at the full scope of the story.

In addition to criminalizing abortion services after 20 weeks, the other provisions in Texas’ abortion proposals would impose harsh restrictions on abortion providers. By subjecting abortion clinics to new regulations that would force them to make expensive updates to their facilities — unnecessary measures that major medical groups, like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, oppose — Texas’ bill would force 90 percent of the state’s clinics to close their doors. That would leave just five abortion clinics in the entire Lone Star State, which happens to be the second most populous state in the country.

…. And the real catch? Outside of the debate about abortion access after 20 weeks — even outside of the fight for abortion rights altogether — the “abortion clinics” in question are often providing health services that encompass much more than helping women terminate a pregnancy. Many of them also provide preventative care, family planning counseling, STD testing, and cancer screenings. And they offer those health services to Texans of both genders who are typically uninsured.

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News Observer: Gov. Pat McCrory doled out handshakes and hailed parade-goers as he rode in this Rowan County town’s Fourth of July parade Thursday, but he wouldn’t say what he’d do about a controversial abortion bill if it reaches his desk.

That question has been on many minds in North Carolina this week, after the N.C. Senate Wednesday approved sweeping new rules that could limit abortions. The bill now goes to the N.C. House.

The legislation would require N.C. abortion clinics to meet tougher standards similar to those governing outpatient surgery clinics. As a result, critics say, it would effectively close the majority of the state’s 16 abortion clinics. It would also require doctors to be present when women take pills to induce abortions.

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Oh boy…..

Mediaite: Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez, the Archbishop of Santo Domingo, was a little shocked when reporters switched from questioning him about the U.S.’s openly gay nominee for Ambassador to the Dominican Republic to the subject of the regional egg trade: “We go from faggots and lesbians to this?” he said, laughing. “We’re jumping to chickens now?”….

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Woah – nice voice! Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey sings the National Anthem at the Washington Nationals versus Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park on July 4:

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MooooOOOOoooorning!

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03
Jul
13

This and That

President Barack Obama meets with members of his national security team to discuss the situation in Egypt, in the Situation Room of the White House, July 3 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Statement by President Barack Obama on Egypt:

As I have said since the Egyptian Revolution, the United States supports a set of core principles, including opposition to violence, protection of universal human rights, and reform that meets the legitimate aspirations of the people.  The United States does not support particular individuals or political parties, but we are committed to the democratic process and respect for the rule of law.  Since the current unrest in Egypt began, we have called on all parties to work together to address the legitimate grievances of the Egyptian people, in accordance with the democratic process, and without recourse to violence or the use of force.

The United States is monitoring the very fluid situation in Egypt, and we believe that ultimately the future of Egypt can only be determined by the Egyptian people. Nevertheless, we are deeply concerned by the decision of the Egyptian Armed Forces to remove President Morsy and suspend the Egyptian constitution. I now call on the Egyptian military to move quickly and responsibly to return full authority back to a democratically elected civilian government as soon as possible through an inclusive and transparent process, and to avoid any arbitrary arrests of President Morsy and his supporters. Given today’s developments, I have also directed the relevant departments and agencies to review the implications under U.S. law for our assistance to the Government of Egypt.

The United States continues to believe firmly that the best foundation for lasting stability in Egypt is a democratic political order with participation from all sides and all political parties —secular and religious, civilian and military. During this uncertain period, we expect the military to ensure that the rights of all Egyptian men and women are protected, including the right to peaceful assembly, due process, and free and fair trials in civilian courts.  Moreover, the goal of any political process should be a government that respects the rights of all people, majority and minority; that institutionalizes the checks and balances upon which democracy depends; and that places the interests of the people above party or faction. The voices of all those who have protested peacefully must be heard – including those who welcomed today’s developments, and those who have supported President Morsy. In the interim, I urge all sides to avoid violence and come together to ensure the lasting restoration of Egypt’s democracy.

No transition to democracy comes without difficulty, but in the end it must stay true to the will of the people. An honest, capable and representative government is what ordinary Egyptians seek and what they deserve. The longstanding partnership between the United States and Egypt is based on shared interests and values, and we will continue to work with the Egyptian people to ensure that Egypt’s transition to democracy succeeds.

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NYT: Congressional Budget Analysts Release Positive Economic Assessment of Immigration Overhaul

Congressional budget analysts on Wednesday released a positive economic assessment of the broad overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws that passed the Senate last week, saying that the new legislation would cut more than $800 billion from the federal deficit over the next two decades and lead to 9.6 million new legal residents in the country.

Though the Congressional Budget Office had offered in June a similar estimate of the immigration bill that was then being debated in the Senate — in a report that found the benefits of an increase in legal residents from the immigration overhaul would outweigh the costs — the new report provides an analysis of the actual bill recently passed by the Senate.

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Steve Benen: Koch brothers push GOP officials to sign anti-climate pledge

The Republican Party is certainly fond of its pledges. Grover Norquist, of course, has his infamous anti-tax pledge that has interfered with federal policymaking in recent decades, and in 2011, GOP presidential candidates were pushed to endorse an anti-gay pledge from the National Organization for Marriage.

But as it turns out, there’s another pledge that’s taken root in Republican politics that’s received far less attention. The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer reports this week on the “No Climate Tax Pledge” pushed by Charles and David Koch….

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Atlantic Wire: The Tale of the Re-Routed Bolivian President’s Plane Is Falling Apart

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