White House Easter Egg Roll 2012

On Monday April 9th, 2012 President Obama and First Lady Michelle are hosting the134th annual White House Easter Egg Roll with the theme “Let’s Go, Let’s Play, Let’s Move.” Let’s Move! invites its followers on Twitter and Facebook and their children to join the fun on the South Lawn for games, stories, the traditional egg roll, and of course to tweet! The day’s activities — which will include sports and cooking demonstrations — will help educate families on smart ways to incorporate healthy eating and exercise choices into their daily routines, key pillars of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move ! initiative.

The event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling. All of the activities will encourage children to lead healthy and active lives and follow the First Lady’s ‘Let’s Move!’ initiative, a national campaign to combat childhood obesity. For the talent list click HERE.

* Download the  2012 White House Easter Egg Roll Program

* Download the 2012 White House Children’s Activity Book

* The National Park Service is offering 2012 White House keepsake eggs and this year one of the eggs has a special design of the First Dog Bo!

Join the conversation online using the hashtag #EasterEggRoll and get the latest updates by visiting Let’s Move! on Twitter and Facebook.

Live streams from the South Lawn all day on April 9th, 2012 on WhiteHouse.gov/live.

To lean more on the White House 2012 Easter Egg Rollhttp://www.whitehouse.gov/easterEggRoll

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential briefing

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    President Obama and his family attend Easter services at St. John’s Episcopal Church in downtown Washington D.C.

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  2. CR says:

    Reed Preston Lindsey, a nine-year-old attending Anderson Elementary in Booneville, Mississippi, was the co-winner of the contest. His artwork was chosen as the 2012 Official Easter Egg Roll Poster. Reed won first place in the Mississippi Public Broadcasting writing contest two years in a row for writing and illustrating Roscoe Wants a Red Feather and Troy’s Next Stop........Mars! respectively.<br />

    On Monday April 9th, 2012 President Obama and First Lady Michelle are hosting the134th annual White House Easter Egg Roll with the theme “Let’s Go, Let’s Play, Let’s Move.” Let’s Move! invites its followers on Twitter and Facebook and their children to join the fun on the South Lawn for games, stories, the traditional egg roll, and of course to tweet! The day’s activities — which will include sports and cooking demonstrations — will help educate families on smart ways to incorporate healthy eating and exercise choices into their daily routines, key pillars of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move ! initiative.

    The event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling. All of the activities will encourage children to lead healthy and active lives and follow the First Lady’s ‘Let’s Move!’ initiative, a national campaign to combat childhood obesity.

    * The White House has a 2012 White House Children’s Activity Book that can be downloaded.

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    * The National Park Service is offering 2012 White House keepsake eggs and this year one of the eggs has a special design of the First Dog Bo!

    To lean more on the White House 2012 Easter Egg Rollhttp://www.whitehouse.gov/easterEggRoll

    • CR says:

      Today is the White House Easter Egg Roll

      Megan Slack April 09, 2012 09:30 AM EDT

      Today, the First Family is hosting the 134th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Throughout the day, more than 30,000 people will gather on the South Lawn for games, snacks, music and, of course, the Egg Roll.

      The tradition of the Easter Egg Roll dates back to 1878, when President Rutherford B. Hayes welcomed children to the White House to roll hard-boiled eggs down the sloping hills of the South Lawn. This year, some 14,500 dyed and hard-boiled eggs will be used for the game.

      This year’s theme is “Let’s Go, Let’s Play, Let’s Move!” and focuses on promoting health and wellness and encouraging children to lead healthy and active lives. Activities at today’s event include:

      * Musical performances on the Rock n’ Egg Roll Stage from artists Janelle Monae, Cody Simpson, Rachel Crow, Sesame Street, Zendaya, China Ann McClain and the McClain Sisters

      *Reading on the Storytime Stage with Robin Roberts, Julianne Moore, Jeff Kinney from Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Etan Thomas, Forest Whitaker and Bella Thorne

      * An Eggtivity Zone featuring an obstacle course, players and coaches from professional sports teams teaching kids fun ways to stay active and fit

      * Healthy eating and food demonstrations at the Play with your Food station with Chefs Andrew Zimmern, Richard Blais, Marcus Samuelsson, Paul Qui, Carla Hall, Pat and Gina Neel,; Bryan Voltaggio and the White House

      Download the program and activity book for this year’s event, and catch all the fun as it happens on http://www.whitehouse.gov/live. Also visit the 2012 Easter Egg Roll page for more photo galleries and videos from years past.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/04/09/today-white-house-easter-egg-roll

    • CR says:

      Timelapse – The 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Apr 10, 2012

      Tour the 2012 White House Easter Egg roll in record speed. 30,000 people from all 50 states and the District of Columbia attended the event on the White House south lawn.

  3. CR says:

    April 06, 2012

    Statement by the President on Easter

    This Sunday, Michelle and I will join Christians across the country and around the world to celebrate Easter and give thanks for the all-important gift of grace. Easter is a time to reflect on both Christ’s suffering and ultimate triumph, as the anguish of the cross continues to give way to the victory of resurrection. So to all those celebrating with us, we extend our warmest Easter greetings and best wishes in the days ahead.

    • CR says:

      April 07, 2012

      WEEKLY ADDRESS: Easter and Passover Greetings from President Obama

      WASHINGTON, DC—President Obama used this week’s address to offer his warmest greetings to all who are celebrating Easter and Passover this weekend, and to reflect on the common thread of humanity that binds us together. President Obama wishes all Americans a joyful weekend focused on the wonders of our individual traditions as well as the values that unite us all.

      Remarks of President Barack Obama
      Weekly Address
      The White House
      April 7, 2012

      For millions of Americans, this weekend is a time to celebrate redemption at God’s hand. Tonight, Jews will gather for a second Seder, where they will retell the story of the Exodus. And tomorrow, my family will join Christians around the world as we thank God for the all-important gift of grace through the resurrection of His son, and experience the wonder of Easter morning.

      These holidays have their roots in miracles that took place thousands of years ago. They connect us to our past and give us strength as we face the future. And they remind us of the common thread of humanity that connects us all.

      For me, and for countless other Christians, Easter weekend is a time to reflect and rejoice. Yesterday, many of us took a few quiet moments to try and fathom the tremendous sacrifice Jesus made for all of us.
      Tomorrow, we will celebrate the resurrection of a savior who died so that we might live.

      And throughout these sacred days, we recommit ourselves to following His example. We rededicate our time on Earth to selflessness, and to loving our neighbors. We remind ourselves that no matter who we are, or how much we achieve, we each stand humbled before an almighty God.

      Christ’s triumph over death holds special meaning for Christians. But all of us, no matter how or whether we believe, can identify with elements of His story. The triumph of hope over despair. Of faith over doubt.
      The notion that there is something out there that is bigger than ourselves.

      These beliefs help unite Americans of all faiths and backgrounds. They shape our values and guide our work. They put our lives in perspective.

      So to all Christians celebrating the Resurrection with us, Michelle and I want to wish you a blessed and Happy Easter. And to all Americans, I hope you have a weekend filled with joy and reflection, focused on the things that matter most. God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.

  4. CR says:

    Sunday talk show tip sheet

    4/6/12 By LEIGH MUNSIL – POLITICO

    (Democratic excerpts only)

    The intersection of faith and politics takes center stage on this Easter Sunday’s television talk shows, with this fall’s presidential election remaining a hot topic despite a break in the Republican primaries…

    Fox also has Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Kent Conrad (D-N.D.)…

    On NBC, “Meet the Press” splits its focus between a 2012 campaign segment featuring Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich, and an Easter Sunday roundtable with the archbishop designate of Baltimore, William Lori; evangelist Billy Graham’s daughter, Anne Graham Lotz; Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), a United Methodist minister; Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and author Jon Meacham….

    CBS has a similar roundtable, including Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and the Rev. Luis Cortes of Esperanza USA…

    Additionally CNN hosts the chairwoman of Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D- Fla.) And she’ll appear as well on Bloomberg TV’s “Political Capital,” as will the chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus.

    Finally, C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” has Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, interviewed by Nick Timiraos of The Wall Street Journal and Margaret Chadbourn of Reuters

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/74921.html

  5. CR says:

    Meet the newest tech start-up: the Obama campaign

    4/6/12 By Nick Judd | The Ticket – 23 hrs ago

    Were you to walk into parts of the Obama reelection campaign’s headquarters, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Silicon Valley.

    Beginning last year, Obama’s re-election effort started hiring dozens of designers and developers, engineers, and data scientists. A cross check of the Obama for America FEC filings and Twitter bios turns up at least 36 hires whose resumes could place them on a tech team, rather than a political one. A perusal of their job board turns up a slew of positions located in “HQ Digital,” ranging from front end developer to senior web engineer.

    “I am here to make sure technology is a successful force multiplier within the campaign,” the campaign’s chief technology officer, Harper Reed, said in a statement given to the Chicago Tribune when he was hired. Reed came to the campaign from the startup world, where he ran a hosting company, served as CTO of the collaborative Chicago-based t-shirt company Threadless and did a stint with the hosting giant Rackspace.

    On one hand, the campaign is harnessing technology to better splice the mountains of data that it can now collect on potential supporters. Rayid Ghani, now OfA’s chief data scientist, has a reputation for taking data analysis beyond simple sorting; past projects have focused on looking at how things like past consumer data can predict future purchases.

    But the campaign is also using tech to work around the sometimes arcane rules governing electioneering. Take last week’s news, for example, that the Obama campaign has found a way to collect donations by text message.

    Mobile is unquestionably the hottest new channel for fundraising: Nonprofits, government and mobile carriers collaborated in 2010 to raise nearly $33 million in donations for Haiti earthquake relief. According to a Pew Internet & American Life Project study, nearly 10 percent of Americans have texted a charitable contribution through their mobile phone.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/meet-newest-tech-start-obama-campaign-212401654.html

  6. Kat 4 Obama says:

    EGGcellent topic, CR!

    Someone had to say it.

    So I did.

    >^..^<

  7. CR says:

    April 04, 2012

    Remarks by the First Lady at a Fisher House Easter Event

    Maryland Fisher House IV
    Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
    Bethesda, Maryland

    2:02 P.M. EDT

    MRS. OBAMA: Hey! (Applause.) You guys, thank you so much. It is always one of my favorite things to come visit Fisher House, and — because this house is a home away from home to so many of our military families. The work they do here is amazing. Every single house that I have visited is just like this — the level of quality, the level of comfort, the staff is always is amazing.

    But what I always say is that you all deserve this. Our military families, our troops — you all deserve this kind of high-level treatment for what you go through for this country, for what you sacrifice. This should be the kind of place that welcomes you in times like these. So we always are just thrilled to shine a light on the good work.

    But I just didn’t come to visit; I’m going to come around to tables. But I come bearing treats: I’ve got Easter cookies from the White House. (Laughter.)

    CHILD: Yay!

    MRS. OBAMA: And I’ve got — oh, this — I’m going to put this here. We’ve got some Easter cookies — we’ve got enough for everybody to have an Easter cookie. And I have a second surprise, which is I also brought tickets to the Easter egg roll for everybody here, on Monday. (Applause.) Easter egg roll tickets! (Laughter.)

    So you guys are all invited to the White House. We’ve got — yes, do you have a question? (Laughter.) Yes, it’s very exciting. We’ve got — it’s going to be so much fun. And parents who are coming — yes, people come to the White House dressed up, but the Easter egg roll is fun. We’ve got hula-hooping, and we’ve got tennis, and we’ve got games. So come ready to play, okay? Come ready — are you ready to play?

    And I have a final treat, which is I think the most important treat: I brought one of my best friends in the whole world, my only son — I brought with me today — I brought Bo. (Laughter.)

    All right, so I’m going to come around. Do you guys want to see Bo?

    END
    2:05 P.M. EDT

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    Month of the Military Child: First Lady Visits Families at Walter Reed Fisher House

    Uploaded by InstallationMgt on Apr 6, 2012

    By Terri Moon Cronk – American Forces Press Service

    BETHESDA, Md., April 4, 2012 — The first ladies of the United States and the U.S. military helped to observe Easter and the Month of the Military Child here today by visiting children and their families at a Fisher House on the campus of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

  8. COS says:

    Hey CR and Kat. I agree with Kat. This is an eggcelent thread, :) I have received my 2012 Obama eggs already, and they are beautiful. I have all of my eggs in a cute crystal basket. :) Enjoy your Easter.

  9. CR says:

    A Wild Easter Egg Hunt

    April 7, 2012 5:28 AM | Posted By : Jonsson, Katherine – fws.gov

    Everybody likes a good easter egg hunt. So we here at Open Spaces created a wildlife version for you to enjoy!

    To view it full size, follow this link. Or print it as an activity for the kiddos!

    And if you can’t get enough of gazing down this sun-dappled path through Alabama’s Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, this photo makes great wallpaper for your computer desktop. Use it to remind you to plan your visit there!

    If you take up our Wild Easter Egg Hunt challenge, you’re looking for ten critters lurking in the woods, including a fish out of water. On Monday, we’ll post the solutions.

    Happy searching!

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Found the fish!

    • CR says:

      I found an owl, blue butterfly, pelican, lizard, grey wolf, purple/orange beetle, green snake, sea turtle, fish out of water …and….wait was that Big Foot???!!!

  10. CR says:

    Happy Easter Everyone!

    Remember that chocolate is benefical to our bodies as an anti-oxidant.

    I HOPE that you have a good Easter!

  11. CR says:

    President Obama and his family went to Easter services at St. John’s Episcopal Church in downtown Washington D.C. April 8, 2012 - MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

    Obama family celebrates Easter

    4/8/12 11:44 AM EDT POLITICO44

    President Obama and his family went to Easter services at St. John’s Episcopal Church in downtown Washington D.C.

    “Happy Easter, everybody,” Obama told reporters on his way to mass.

    According to the pool report, the president was dressed in a dark suit with a light-blue tie, and the first lady was wearing a magenta-colored dress as the family walked the short distance from the White House to the church.

    The president last attended services at St. John’s in March.

    Obama’s Twitter account also tweeted a photo of family dog Bo, dressed with bunny ears.

  12. Good morning CR and PPO Family. HOPE you all have a very Happy Easter. I was out all day yesterday getting things I needed for my Grandchildren’s baskets, and dinner. Somehow I ended up getting the ham and making mac and cheese from scratch, even though Easter dinner is at my son’s house. Go figure! Very happy to do it. I am still needed!!

    Pllease join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Family and the Nation.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Done — 17 candles now.

      Jackie, grandmothers are ALWAYS needed!!

    • CR says:

      Good Sunday morning Jackie!

      Everyone should have a grandparent as good as you!

      Have a happy Easter!

  13. . says:

    WH

    Monday, April 9, 2012

    All Times Eastern

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.
    Oval Office
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    President Obama and First Lady Michelle hosts the 134th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll with the theme “Let’s Go, Let’s Play, Let’s Move!” President Obama and First Lady Michelle deliver remarks
    South Lawn
    Open to pre-credentialed media

    11:00 AM
    11:45 AM
    President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil
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    Pool Spray

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    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

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    President Obama meets with Secretary of State Clinton.
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    President Obama meets with Secretary of Treasury Geithner.

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    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      April 9, 2012

      WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

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      Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage
      The White House

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      Storytime Stage
      The White House

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      Play With Your Food
      The White House

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      2012 Easter Egg Roll
      The White House

      10:30 AM EDT
      President Obama and First Lady Michelle hosts the 134th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll with the theme “Let’s Go, Let’s Play, Let’s Move!” President Obama and First Lady Michelle deliver remarks.

      11:45 AM EDT
      President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil

      1:30 PM EDT
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

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      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      10:30 AM EDT
      President Obama and First Lady Michelle hosts the 134th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll with the theme “Let’s Go, Let’s Play, Let’s Move!” President Obama and First Lady Michelle deliver remarks.

      11:45 AM EDT
      President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil

      1:30 PM EDT
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

      3:30 PM EDT
      Secretary of State Hillary Clinton participates in a signing ceremony with her Brazilian counterpart in Washington.

      5:00 PM EDT
      Brazil’s president speaks to U.S. Chamber of Commerce
      Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff delivers closing remarks to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington.

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

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      Aspen Institute: Symposium on the State of Race in America http://www.c-span.org/Events/Symposium-Examines-the-State-of-Race-in-America/10737429716/

      10:30 AM EDT
      President Obama and First Lady Michelle hosts the 134th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll with the theme “Let’s Go, Let’s Play, Let’s Move!” President Obama and First Lady Michelle deliver remarks. http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-Hosts-Annual-Easter-Egg-Roll/10737429726/

      11:45 AM EDT
      President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Rousseff-of-Brazil-Discusses-Trade-at-White-House-Meeting/10737429728/

      1:30 PM EDT
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

      3:30 PM EDT
      Secretary of State Hillary Clinton participates in a signing ceremony with her Brazilian counterpart in Washington.

      5:00 PM EDT
      Brazil’s president speaks to U.S. Chamber of Commerce
      Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff delivers closing remarks to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington.

  14. CR says:

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    President Obama and First Lady Michelle hosts the134th annual White House Easter Egg Roll with the theme “Let’s Go, Let’s Play, Let’s Move.” Let’s Move!

  15. CR says:

    Business hopes for momentum from U.S.-Brazil summit

    Apr 5, 2012 By Doug Palmer – Reuters

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. companies hope a White House meeting on Monday between President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will energize an economic relationship seen performing below its potential and lay the groundwork for future trade talks.

    “We for a long time at the U.S. Chamber (of Commerce) have felt that we need to have much more bold and ambitious agenda with Brazil,” Jodi Bond, the business group’s vice president for the Americas, told reporters on Thursday.

    “The rest of the world has been very focused on Brazil, both East and West,” Bond said. “We need to do more.”

    Brazil is the second largest economy in the Western Hemisphere and the sixth largest economy in the world, but only the eighth largest U.S. trading partner.

    Two-way trade last year totaled about $74 billion, compared to $503 billion between the United States and China.

    U.S. business hopes Rousseff’s visit will prompt action by both countries to loosen visa restrictions that impede business and tourist travel, and increase cooperation in areas such as civilian aviation, Bond said.

    She acknowledged the meeting was unlikely to produce a more dramatic announcement the two sides are launching talks on free trade agreement, a longtime U.S. Chamber of Commerce goal.

    But U.S. companies hope the two sides can begin taking steps toward a free trade pact by tackling smaller agreements on tax and investment, Bond said.

    Meanwhile, the United States will be able to show it has made progress on some of Brazil’s trade concerns.

    In the year since Obama visited Brazil to meet with Rousseff, the U.S. Congress has let a long-time tariff on ethanol imports lapse and renewed an expired program known as U.S. Generalized System of Preferences that waives duties on many goods from Brazil and other developing countries.

    Last month, the U.S. International Trade Commission also voted to lift long-time anti-dumping duties on frozen concentrated orange juice from Brazil, saying it no longer saw a threat to U.S. producers from the imports.

    Rousseff will speak to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Monday after her meeting with Obama.

    For the entire article: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/business-hopes-momentum-u-brazil-224356094.html

  16. CR says:

    Netflix forms PAC

    By DAVE LEVINTHAL | 4/7/12 4:28 PM EDT

    In yet another move to boost its Washington profile, Netflix has formed a political action committee, new federal records indicate.

    Called FLIXPAC, the committee may now make contributions donations directly to federal candidates — up to $5,000 per election.

    And it provides Netflix with another political tool with which to aggressively press a pro-intellectual property, anti-video piracy agenda — an effort it began in earnest in 2010, when the company began heavily investing in federal lobbying efforts.

    In 2009, for example, Netflix spent just $20,000 on federal lobbying, congressional records show.

    But that figure grew to $130,000 in 2010 and $500,000 in 2011, as legislative debates over the Stop Online Privacy Act, Protect IP Act and Video Privacy Protection Act raged.

    For the entire article: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/74929.html

    • CR says:

      From what I can tell in my research it looks like FLIXPAC maybe backing Democratic candidates because CEO Hastingins has backed Jack O’Connell (D) in the 2010 CA Govenor’s race

  17. CR says:

    Now Streaming….

    7:30 AM EDT
    Storytime Stage
    The White House

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    • CR says:

      2012 White House Easter Egg Roll: The First Family Reads “A Sick Day for Amos McGee”

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Apr 9, 2012

      The First Family reads “A Sick Day for Amos McGee, written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin Stead, at the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll.

    • CR says:

      2012 White House Easter Egg Roll: The First Lady Reads to Kids

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Apr 9, 2012

      First Lady Michelle Obama reads “The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear, written by by Don Wood and Audrey Wood, at the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll.

    • CR says:

      2012 White House Easter Egg Roll: Sesame Street Reads “The Monster at the End of This Book”

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Apr 9, 2012

      Sesame Street characters read “The Monster at the End of this Book,” by Jon Stone, at the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll.

    • CR says:

      2012 White House Easter Egg Roll: Bella Thorne Reads Curious George

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Apr 9, 2012

      Actress Bella Thorne Reads “Curious George” by H.A. Rey at the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll.

    • CR says:

      2012 White House Easter Egg Roll: Julianne Moore Reads “Freckleface Strawberry”

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Apr 9, 2012

      Actress Julianne Moore reads her book “Freckleface Strawberry” at the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll.


    • CR says:

      2012 White House Easter Egg Roll: Marian Robinson Reads “The Rainbow Fish”

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Apr 9, 2012

      Marian Robinson, mother of First Lady Michelle Obama, reads “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister at the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll.

    • CR says:

      2012 White House Easter Egg Roll: Carla Hall Reads “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Apr 9, 2012

      Celebrity Chef Carla Hall Reads “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” written by Laura Joffe Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond , at the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll.

    • CR says:

      2012 White House Easter Egg Roll: Michael Chang Reads “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Apr 9, 2012

      Former professional tennis player Michael Chang reads “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See,” written by Bill Martin and illustrated by Eric Carle, at the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll.

    • CR says:

      2012 White House Easter Egg Roll: Jeff Kinney Reads “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Apr 9, 2012

      Author Jeff Kinney reads from his book “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” at the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll.

    • CR says:

      2012 White House Easter Egg Roll: Robin Roberts Reads “The Little Engine That Could”

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Apr 9, 2012

      Robin Roberts reads “The Little Engine That Could” by Watty Piper at the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll.

    • CR says:

      2012 White House Easter Egg Roll: Forest Whitaker Reads “Horton Hatches the Egg”

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Apr 9, 2012

      Actor Forest Whitaker reades ” Horton Hatches the Egg” by Dr. Seuss at the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll.

    • CR says:

      2012 White House Easter Egg Roll: Chanda Rubin Reads “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears”

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Apr 9, 2012

      Chanda Rubin reads “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears,” written by Verna Aardema and illustrated by Leo Dillon and Diane Dillon, at the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll.

    • CR says:

      2012 White House Easter Egg Roll: The Harlem Globetrotters Read To Kids

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Apr 9, 2012

      The Harlem Globetrotters read “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?,” written by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle, at the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll.

  18. CR says:

    Now Streaming….

    7:30 AM EDT
    Play With Your Food
    The White House

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    • CR says:

      2012 White House Easter Egg Roll: Play with Your Food

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Apr 9, 2012

      First Lady Michelle Obama, TODAY show anchor Al Rocker, and Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson show kids how to prepare an easy snack that’s also healthy and delicious at the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll.

    • CR says:

      2012 White House Easter Egg Roll: Play with Your Food with Andrew Zimmern

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Apr 9, 2012

      Celebrity Chef Andrew Zimmern shows kids how to prepare an easy snack that’s also healthy and delicious at the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll.

    • CR says:

      2012 White House Easter Egg Roll: Play with Your Food with Richard Blais

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Apr 9, 2012

      Celebrity Chef Richard Blais shows kids how to prepare an easy snack that’s also healthy and delicious at the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll.

    • CR says:

      2012 White House Easter Egg Roll: Play with Your Food with Paul Qui

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Apr 9, 2012

      Celebrity Chef Paul Qui shows kids how to prepare an easy snack that’s also healthy and delicious at the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll.

    • CR says:

      2012 White House Easter Egg Roll: Play with Your Food with Bill Yosses and Susan Morrison

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Apr 9, 2012

      White House Pastry Chef Bill Yosses and Assistant Pastry Chef Susan Morrison show kids how to prepare an easy snack that’s also healthy and delicious at the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll.

  19. CR says:

    Now Streaming….

    7:30 AM EDT
    2012 Easter Egg Roll
    The White House

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    • CR says:

      http://propresobama.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/pbo_2012_wh_egg_roll-e1334005472479.jpg?w=450

      President Barack Obama helps a little boy roll his egg to the finish line during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, Monday, April 9, 2012, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. In the background, at right are Malia Obama and Sasha Obama. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

  20. CR says:

    Caterpillar’s big bet on the U.S. economy

    4/9/12 By John D. Stoll | Reuters – 1 hr 58 mins ago

    VICTORIA, Texas (Reuters) – It hasn’t been long since Caterpillar Inc looked like the typical resident of the Rust Belt. Having misjudged how deep the U.S. economy would decline, the world’s largest maker of construction machinery reduced its workforce by 33,000 people worldwide in 2009, closed plants and posted lower profits.

    But the Peoria, Illinois-based company has mounted a quick recovery and is emerging as the poster child for America’s manufacturing renaissance.

    In 24 months, 15 Caterpillar facilities have been built or updated in the United States, tens of thousands of workers have been added to the payroll and $2 billion is committed for capital investments on its home soil this year.

    “We haven’t seen Caterpillar doing this much building in the United States since probably the 1960s,” said Peter Holt, owner of the Holt Caterpillar dealership in San Antonio. Caterpillar is building a $200 million plant two hours southeast of his store, in Victoria, Texas, that is slated to start churning out badly needed excavators later this summer.

    Underpinning Caterpillar’s U.S. momentum is a flood of demand by heavy equipment users in America – ranging from construction companies to oil drillers to cement producers – who are looking to replace aging machines now that the economy is improving and credit is easier to obtain.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/caterpillars-big-bet-u-economy-114337321.html

  21. CR says:

    In an old Chicago meat plant, greens and fish grow

    4/9/12 By MARTHA IRVINE | Associated Press – 1 hr 9 mins ago”

    CHICAGO (AP) — They call this place the Back of the Yards, a neighborhood in the middle of the city once filled with acres and acres of stockyards.

    In their heyday, those stockyards gave Chicago a reputation as the world’s meat-packing capital — but also as an environmental and health horror brought to life in the stark images of Upton Sinclair’s novel “The Jungle.”

    A few remnants of that industry remain here today. But the stockyards are long gone, replaced by an industrial park and a mindset that, from now on, Chicago will try to move past those images.

    Now, you will find a jungle of a very different kind here.
    It’s on the third floor of an old meat-packing plant, a humid hothouse, of sorts, filled with rows of greens and sprouts, even exotic white strawberries. Nearby, in large blue barrels, lurk tilapia, fish native to tropical regions.

    It’s all part of the fledgling world of urban “aquaponics,” vertical farms set up in old warehouses, where plants and fish are raised symbiotically. The idea is that water containing fish excrement is used to feed and fertilize the plants, which then filter that water before it goes, through a series of pipes, back to the fish.

    “I never really saw myself going into farming — but this was an opportunity to try something different,” says Mario Spatafora, a 24-year-old, spectacle-wearing accountant by training who is vice president of finances at this new Back of the Yards company, known as 312 Aquaponics. The company hopes it will soon be selling fish and vegetable greens to restaurants and at farmer’s markets in the Chicago area.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/old-chicago-meat-plant-greens-fish-grow-163606674.html

  22. Good morning CR and PPO Family. HOPE you all had a great Easter and may you have a great Monday.

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Family and the Nation.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  23. CR says:

    Good Monday morning everyone! I HOPE that you have a good day! :)

  24. CR says:

    GOP WRONG WAY

    Mitt Romney won. And now he’s going to lose

    Apr 6, 2012 By Robert Shrum | The Week

    So the hollow man has finally firmed his fragile hold on the GOP nomination, in another of T.S. Eliot’s phrases, “not with a bang, but with a whimper.” In the Wisconsin primary, the whimper was Mitt Romney’s margin — a derisory 4 percent for someone to whom Republicans should rally overwhelmingly since they know he will be their standard bearer in November.

    But as I’ve written before, Romney’s will be a grudging nomination, requiring Herculean exertion and Midas-like spending to overcome a clutch of rivals who resemble the cast of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Wisconsin, like the rest of Romney’s poll-lurching journey down the campaign trail, was a recurring revelation of his relative weakness and his unconvincing, untrusted presence among the Republican faithful. Nonetheless, in the party’s 2012 sweepstakes, it’s all over but the muted cheering; the sorting out of the predictable denouement of the primary process and the potential melodrama of the Tampa convention; and the rebooting of Romney himself.

    Romney looks like a papier-mâché candidate with a glass jaw and tin tongue.

    Newt Gingrich, with his self-proclaimed high Reaganism reduced to a cross-country tour of four-star restaurants financed by $10 contributions from little old ladies, has morphed into a conservative messiah without disciples. He fancies himself a Churchill emerging from his wilderness years; the rest of us now inescapably conceive of him as a self-caricature entranced by his own looney delusions.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/mitt-romney-won-now-hes-going-lose-061500394.html

    • CR says:

      Robert Shurm writes:

      “Romney is the winner as loser. As the primaries finally confirm his capture of the GOP — to many base voters a hostile takeover hardly soothed by his constant pandering — he’s cratered his standing with women, independents, and the mainstream electorate. In the USA Today/Gallup poll of swing states, he has an 18-point gender chasm. ”

      “The president’s strengths are the mirror images of Romney’s liabilities — character vs. opportunism, consistency vs. flip-flops, fairness vs. unfairness, caring vs. an unknowing indifference. And perhaps most important of all, jobs and the economy: Romney’s message that as a CEO he can fix things will increasingly falter and fail as the job numbers rise.”

  25. CR says:

    GOP WRONG WAY

    A reputation Romney can’t afford to earn

    Apr 9, 2012 By Steve Benen – maddowblog

    In his latest column, the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank noted Mitt Romney’s latest speech in Washington, and paid particular attention to the fact that the likely Republican presidential nominee had “some trouble” telling the truth.

    The columnist highlighted quite a few of the former governor’s falsehoods — most of them will be familiar to readers who keep up on our weekly “Chronicling Mitt’s Mendacity” feature — before noting the larger significance of Romney’s “prodigious output” of “whoppers.”

    That candidates don’t tell the truth is hardly news. Voters already know there are lies, damn lies, and politics…. But the fact that the fibs are routine doesn’t make them less insidious…. Romney’s fast-and-loose routine with the facts — deployed equally against his Republican rivals and Obama — is particularly disappointing because it is unnecessary. [...]

    That Romney resorts to such gratuitous falsehoods discredits his leadership more than his opponent’s.

    For regular Maddow Blog readers, this certainly isn’t new. What’s notable about the Milbank column, however, is its existence — Romney’s unnerving dishonesty is starting to get noticed in ways that had gone largely overlooked for months. In other words, concerns about the ease with which the presumptive Republican nominee misleads the public are going mainstream.

    This matters. This is about the point in a presidential campaign at which media “narratives” start to stick. Romney can live with mockery of his out-of-touch patrician elitism; he can tolerate talk of his role in orchestrating mass layoffs; he embraces his lack of leadership experience; and he’s confident he can overcome talk of his flip-flopping.

    For the entire article: http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/09/11099109-a-reputation-romney-cant-afford-to-earn?lite

  26. CR says:

    Next Up…

    10:30 AM EDT
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle hosts the 134th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll with the theme “Let’s Go, Let’s Play, Let’s Move!” President Obama and First Lady Michelle deliver remarks.

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-Hosts-Annual-Easter-Egg-Roll/10737429726/

    • CR says:

      April 09, 2012

      Remarks by the President and the First Lady at the White House Easter Egg Roll

      South Lawn
      The White House

      10:46 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody! (Applause.) How about Rachel Crow? Give her a big round of applause. (Applause.)

      I want to wish everybody a wonderful Easter. And we are so thrilled that all of you could join us here today. My job is very simple: It is to introduce the powerhouse of the White House, the one truly in charge, as Malia, Sasha and Bo all know — the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. (Applause.)

      MRS. OBAMA: Thank you, honey. (Applause.) My job is simple as well. I just want to officially welcome you all to the White House Easter Egg Roll. It is a beautiful day, perfect weather. We are so excited to have you all here. We’ve got a great set of activities planned for you. There’s something for everyone. We’re going to be over there doing a little egg roll. I think the President is going to try to beat a three-year-old — which I hope he does not. (Laughter.)

      But we also have a wonderful yoga garden. We’ve got some story-time guests. We’ve got great readers here this year, as we do every year. You can get your face painted. We’ve got wonderful musical guests. Rachel was amazing, and she’s a really sweet kid, which is more important. We’ve got wonderful athletes here. We’ve got Chris Evert — my gosh. (Applause.) And many, many others — the Harlem Globetrotters are here. (Applause.) You can do an obstacle course. We’re going to be down at the kitchen learning how to do some healthy cooking with the — some of our celebrity chefs.

      So it’s a wonderful day, and I hope you all enjoy it. I hope you put on your comfortable shoes. We’ve got ours on, right, all the Obamas here.

      So on behalf of our family, I also want to wish you all a happy Easter and a happy Easter Egg Roll. So in the theme of this year’s Easter Egg Roll, let’s go, let’s play — let’s move! (Applause.)

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. Have a great time. We’ll see you down there. (Applause.)

      END
      10:48 A.M. EDT

    • CR says:

      /2012_wh_easter_eggroll_First_Family

      The First Family and the Easter Bunny welcomes everyone to the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll

  27. CR says:

    Next Up…

    11:45 AM EDT
    President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Rousseff-of-Brazil-Discusses-Trade-at-White-House-Meeting/10737429728/

    • CR says:

      April 09, 2012

      Joint Statement by President Obama and President Rousseff

      Read the Joint Statement in Portuguese.

      At the invitation of President Barack Obama, President Dilma Rousseff made an official visit to the United States on April 9, 2012 to discuss their countries’ ongoing relationship on a broad range of bilateral, regional, and multilateral issues. The Leaders expressed satisfaction with the constructive and balanced partnership, based on the shared values and mutual trust that exist between their countries, the two largest democracies and economies in the Americas.

      To form a U.S.-Brazil Partnership for the 21st Century, the Leaders reviewed the progress of major dialogues elevated to the Presidential-level in March 2011 – the Economic and Financial Dialogue, the Global Partnership Dialogue, and the Strategic Energy Dialogue. To contribute to the 21st Century Partnership, the Presidents directed a new Defense Cooperation Dialogue between their two Defense Ministers that will also report regularly to the Presidents. They praised the work and acknowledged the importance of numerous other interactions and consultations between their two governments in enhancing bilateral cooperation.

      They coincided on the importance of the contributions from civil society and the private sector to create the basis for a US-Brazil Partnership. The Presidents participated in the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum, noting the important role that the private sector plays in the commercial relationship and welcomed the activities of the April 9, 2012 “US-Brazil Partnership for the 21st Century” conference in Washington focused on trade and investment, energy, innovation, competitiveness, and education.

      The Leaders stressed that partnerships between state and local governments contribute to the fostering of friendship and understanding between their countries and to the advancing of shared national goals. They welcomed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding to Support State and Local Cooperation, encouraging subnational entities to unite efforts to achieve goals in areas of mutual interest that complement the strengthening of U.S.-Brazil bilateral relations, such as trade and investment, economic opportunity, science, technology and innovation, social inclusion, environmental sustainability, and preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games and other megaevents.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/04/09/joint-statement-president-obama-and-president-rousseff

      • CR says:

        Rousseff y Obama: aliados y socios

        Uploaded by vozdeamerica on Apr 9, 2012

        Un histórico encuentro en la Casa Blanca, marca el lanzamiento de una nueva etapa en las relaciones entre Estados Unidos y Brasil…Barack Obama y Dilma Rousseff, sellaron alianzas políticas y económicas que prometen incidir más allá de las fronteras de sus países…El mensaje fue reiterado por la Secretaria de Estado, Hillary Clinton, ante cientos de empresarios de ambas naciones.

    • CR says:

      April 09, 2012

      Fact Sheet: The U.S.-Brazil Global Partnership Dialogue

      Today in Washington, President Obama and President Rousseff reviewed the accomplishments of the Global Partnership Dialogue (GDP), elevated to the Presidential level in March 2011, which strengthens U.S.-Brazil partnership across a range of global issues including the advancement of educational cooperation, scientific and technological cooperation, and multilateral and trilateral cooperation. The GDP provides for engagement on key topics such as economic cooperation, non-proliferation, space security, cooperation in political-military affairs and efforts to combat translational crime, social inclusion and human rights, and hemispheric issues. Secretary Clinton will join Foreign Minister Patriota in Brasilia on April 16 for the next meeting of the GPD.

      Since President Obama’s visit to Brazil last March, the United States Brazil have significantly advanced our educational cooperation and our coordination of global issues. The links below highlight examples of our joint progress and collaboration:

      Fact Sheet on Trilateral Cooperation

      The United States and Brazil have a long history of partnership in delivering development assistance to maximize resources to fight poverty. Current initiatives work to improve health and food security in Africa, to combat child labor in Haiti, to partner on a trilateral basis with Bolivia on counternarcotics cooperation, and to promote biofuels in Central America, the Caribbean, and Africa.

      Fact Sheet on Education Cooperation

      Presidents Obama and Rousseff have set complementary goals on education. President Obama’s “100,000 Strong in the Americas” program has as its goal to increase the number of students from Latin America and the Caribbean studying in the United States and the number of U.S. students studying in these regions to 100,000 in each direction by 2020. President Rousseff’s Science without Borders initiative aims to build and expand Brazil’s role as a global leader by sending 101,000 Brazilians to study in science and technology fields abroad in the next four years, with at least half attending U.S. academic institutions. We recognize that the prosperity of our countries is intrinsically linked to the education of our people, and is enriched by academic experiences in other countries.

      Fact Sheet on Cooperation on Space Issues

      Our two countries recognize that we stand to gain from cooperation on space issues, given our extensive research and development (R&D) capacities, our long history of cooperation in civil remote sensing, space exploration, and other space activities, and the opportunity to strengthen the long-term sustainability of the space environment for future generations. By working bilaterally and multilaterally on using outer space for civilian purposes, mitigating space congestion, and increasing our knowledge base via research and development, the United States and Brazil will deepen our strong and collaborative partnership.

      Fact Sheet on Social Inclusion

      President Obama and President Rousseff share a commitment to combat discrimination on account of race, gender, ethnicity, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) status; to advance gender equality; to fight exploitative child and forced labor; and promote human rights. To this end, the United States and Brazil have identified and are executing a robust set of activities, and we are seeking to further deepen and institutionalize our cooperation.

      Fact Sheet on Health Cooperation

      President Obama and President Rousseff are united in their desire to strengthen public health systems and to advance science and technology research, both in their own countries and around the world. For several decades, the United States and Brazil have participated in a bilateral dialogue to discuss medical research, disease surveillance, and improving public health. President Obama and President Rousseff have further advanced our bilateral health cooperation through the U.S.-Brazil Working Group on Public Health, under the U.S.-Brazil Joint Commission on Science and Technology.

    • CR says:

      April 09, 2012

      Fact Sheet: Strengthening the U.S.-Brazil Economic Relationship

      Today, President Obama and President Rousseff celebrated a vibrant bilateral economic relationship through enhanced trade, investment, and cooperation in the energy infrastructure, environment, and sustainable development arenas. During President Rousseff’s visit, President Obama noted multiple initiatives that will broaden and deepen our trade and economic ties, further strengthening the relationship between the Western Hemisphere’s two largest democracies and economies.

      * Trade, Investment, and Commercial Engagement
      * Aviation Partnership and Infrastructure Investments
      * Climate, Clean Energy, and Environment
      * Rio +20

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/04/09/fact-sheet-strengthening-us-brazil-economic-relationship

    • CR says:

      April 09, 2012

      Fact Sheet: The U.S.-Brazil Economic Relationship

      Strengthening Commercial Ties Contribute To Jobs and Growth

      The United States and Brazil, the two largest economies and largest democracies in the Western Hemisphere, share one of the most important trade and economic relationships in the world. Brazil is our eighth largest goods trading partner. U.S. goods and services exports to Brazil totaled $63 billion in 2011 supporting approximately 300,000 U.S. jobs.

      Brazil is an emerging global player and economic powerhouse. With a 2011 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of nearly $2.5 trillion, Brazil is the sixth largest economy in the world and accounts for more than 60 percent of South America’s total GDP. The United States is committed to deepening our bilateral economic relationship with Brazil, building on our mutual strengths, common interests, and input from our dynamic private sector stakeholders.

      * A Key Trading Partnership
      * Leading 15 Exporting States to Brazil (in millions of $USD)
      * Strengthening Ties Through Investment
      * Export Success Stories

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/04/09/fact-sheet-us-brazil-economic-relationship

    • CR says:

      April 09, 2012

      Fact Sheet: U.S.-Brazil Science and Technology Cooperation

      President Obama and President Rousseff recognize the importance of science, technology, and innovation to the well-being and economic strength of our countries. At the March 12-13, 2012, Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) on Science and Technology cooperation in Brasilia, the United States and Brazil deepened their already strong science and technology partnership. The two countries reaffirmed their shared commitment to collaboration in a wide range of disciplines, from studies of our oceans to outer space and from nanotechnology to natural disasters. Accomplishments of this bilateral partnership and activities planned for the years ahead include:

      * Understanding Oceans, Weather, and Climate Change
      * Strengthening Ecosystems Research
      * Maximizing the Potential of Nanotechnology
      * Managing and Monitoring Natural Disasters
      * Managing and Monitoring Natural Disasters
      * Cultivating Policies for Innovation
      * Partnering for Education and Collaborative Research
      * Applying New Technologies for the Military
      * Deepening Our Understanding of the Earth and Space
      *Advancing the Cause of Women in Science
      * Improving Transportation Security

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/04/09/fact-sheet-us-brazil-science-and-technology-cooperation

    • CR says:

      April 09, 2012

      Fact Sheet: the United States and Brazil Facilitating Travel and Exchange

      In a testament to the growing strength of the U.S.-Brazil partnership, a record number of Brazilians visited the United States last year. Brazil now ranks as the fourth largest source of overseas visitors with 1.5 million visits to the United States in 2011 – a 26 percent increase from 2010. Brazilian visitors bring their talents, culture, and ideas with them, and both nations benefit from these exchanges. This is why the Department of State is taking action to expand the already extensive ties between our nations.

      Visa issuances to Brazilians tripled between 2006 and 2011, and are on pace for significant gains in 2012. As of February, visa processing was up 57 percent in 2012 from the same timeframe in 2011. The Department of Commerce forecasts that 2.8 million Brazilians will travel to the United States in 2016, an increase of 87 percent from 2011. Visa interview wait times have dropped dramatically in Brazil, and now average just two weeks or less in Brasilia, Recife, and Rio de Janeiro, and 35 days or less in Sao Paulo. The Department of State will continue to welcome Brazilian visitors by:

      * Opening New Consulates in Belo Horizonte and Porto Alegre
      * Improving Facilities
      * Increasing Consular Staffing
      * Streamlining the Visa Process

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/04/09/fact-sheet-united-states-and-brazil-facilitating-travel-and-exchange

    • CR says:

      April 09, 2012

      Fact Sheet: U.S.-Brazil Defense Cooperation

      During their meeting on April 9, 2012, President Obama and President Rousseff directed the establishment of the U.S.-Brazil Defense Cooperation Dialogue (DCD), and announced that Secretary of Defense Panetta and Minister of Defense Amorim will hold the first DCD meeting in Brazil on April 24, 2012. The DCD will facilitate strengthened cooperation between the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Brazil’s Ministry of Defense, and between our nations’ militaries. This cooperation is closer today than at any point in more than 35 years, as highlighted by the following examples:

      * U.S.-Brazil Defense Cooperation Agreement
      * General Security of Military Information Agreement
      * Military Exercises and Exchanges
      * Cooperation in Haiti
      * Humanitarian and Disaster Response Operations
      * Super Hornet

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/04/09/fact-sheet-us-brazil-defense-cooperation

    • CR says:

      April 09, 2012

      Fact Sheet: The U.S.-Brazil Strategic Energy Dialogue

      Today in Washington, President Obama and President Rousseff reviewed the accomplishments of the presidential-level Strategic Energy Dialogue (SED). On the occasion of President Obama’s March 2011 visit to Brazil, they announced the creation of this Dialogue to support the two countries’ common goals of developing safe, secure and affordable supplies of energy for economic growth, energy security, and the transition to a clean energy economy. Priority areas of cooperation in the SED include oil and natural gas, biofuels, clean energy and efficiency, and clean energy. Since then, the United States and Brazil have undertaken collaborative activities with the goal of strengthening our energy relationship, increasing bilateral trade in energy-related goods and services, and enhancing national and shared energy security. In January, the two governments also committed, through the U.S.-Brazil Commercial Dialogue, to develop a work plan related to the energy sector to further enhance the private sector’s role in the SED. The partnerships resulting from this Dialogue will seek to create jobs in both countries, make energy supplies more secure, and help address the challenge of global climate change.

      * Oil and Natural Gas
      * Biofuels
      * Hydropower and Wind Energy
      * Energy Efficiency
      * Smart Grid
      * Science
      * Nuclear Energy

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/04/09/fact-sheet-us-brazil-strategic-energy-dialogue

    • CR says:

      April 09, 2012

      Fact Sheet: Educational Exchanges for the 21st Century: 100,000 Strong In The Americas and Science Without Borders

      President Obama’s “100,000 Strong in the Americas” and Brazilian President Rousseff’s “Science without Borders” initiatives create opportunities for substantial new partnerships between Brazil and the United States to expand international study and research. These exchanges strengthen U.S. and Brazilian institutional partnerships, develop a workforce prepared for 21st century opportunities, and contribute to long-term economic growth for both countries.

      * 100,000 Strong in the Americas

      * Science without Borders

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/04/09/fact-sheet-educational-exchanges-21st-century-100000-strong-americas-and

  28. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good and HOPEful Monday, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

    Still working on the chocolate here …

  29. CR says:

    Warren does $6.9M

    4/9/12 By DAVID CATANESE – POLITICO

    Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren raised a staggering $6.9 million during the first fundraising quarter, her campaign announced Monday.

    That haul marks the largest quarter for any Senate candidate during the 2012 cycle and is more than double than what GOP Sen. Scott Brown took in during the same period.

    Brown announced last week he raised $3.4 million in the first three months of the year and has $15 million in the bank to spend.

    That means the incumbent still enjoys a $4 million cash on hand advantage seven months from the election.

    In an e-mail to supporters Monday, Warren campaign manager Mindy Myers noted that Warren outraised Brown in Massachusetts, piling up $2.5 million alone from the Bay State. She also said that 83 percent of the quarter’s donations were $50 or less.

    Warren and Brown have agreed to a unique pact that penalizes their campaigns financially if an outside group spends money on their behalf.

    Because Warren’s candidacy is the top priority of national liberal groups, the agreement is widely considered to benefit Brown, though he has had to pay several penalties since it took hold in January.

  30. CR says:

    Vice President Joe Biden hits the campaign trail on Twitter

    4/9/12 By Olivier Knox – White House Correspondent – The Ticket – 4 hrs ago

    Vice President Joe Biden on Monday formally hit the campaign trail on Twitter, launching a new account (@JoeBiden) for what are sure to be regular attacks on the Republican candidate. It’s maintained by President Barack Obama’s campaign staff; tweets will be signed “Joe” when he sends them himself.

    The account kicked off with the inaugural message: “We’re excited to announce that @JoeBiden is being rebooted for the 2012 campaign season to give you news of the Vice President on the trail.”

    “Campaign staff will run this account to keep you up to date on what the VP’s up to, but you’ll see occasional tweets from Joe himself, too,” Biden’s ghost-tweeter wrote in the second message. Biden already had an official account, @VP.

    A few hours later, Obama’s campaign Twitter account (@BarackObama) invited its nearly 14 million followers to take notice: “Hello, Joe: @JoeBiden is new on Twitter today, with the latest from the Vice President on the campaign trail.”

    For the entire aritcle: http://goo.gl/7Tgmc

  31. CR says:

    Next Up…

    3:30 PM EDT
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton participates in a signing ceremony with her Brazilian counterpart in Washington.

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    • CR says:

      Remarks to the U.S.-Brazil Partnership for the 21st Century

      Remarks
      Hillary Rodham Clinton
      Secretary of State
      U.S. Chamber of Commerce
      Washington, DC

      April 9, 2012

      Good morning. It’s wonderful to be here to celebrate the strong ties between Brazil and the United States, and to talk, starting this morning and going through the day, about how we can strengthen and deepen those ties.

      I want to thank Tom Donohue and the extraordinary staff of the chamber for the work that you do every day, and in particular, for your commitment to this relationship. You know, as does our government, that it is one of the most consequential relationships for the 21st century. And I want to welcome my friend and colleague, the foreign minister of Brazil. It’s a great pleasure to work with Antonio on a broad range of issues, but none more important than our commitment to seeking out new, creative, enduring ways to really bind the peoples of our two countries together.

      I am delighted that we also have this visit of President Rousseff here today, because when I think about the extraordinary leadership she is providing to Brazil, it makes eminent sense that she would be leading the way for Brazil and the United States’ relationship, along with President Obama, to find those lasting ties and illustrate in a very public, visible way how important they are.

      Everyone knows we are the two largest and most diverse democracies, the two largest economies, in our hemisphere. But what may not be known is that the United States and Brazil, because we are democracies, have a special obligation to stand for our values. It is, of course, important that we promote our economic ties, that we try in every way possible to raise the standard of living of our two peoples, but we do so within a strong framework of commitment to democratic values. And we increasingly have a responsibility to work together on behalf of those values. The policies we embrace and the investments that we make will shape our shared future, and we are developing strong habits of partnership and cooperation. And that is not, as you know so well, a job solely for governments. In fact, it is actually more the job for the private sectors, our universities, our civil societies, our citizens. And therefore, we need to draw on all sources of our respective national strengths to build this partnership for the future. And I look out at this audience, and I see many Americans whom I know well who are deeply committed to doing just that.

      For the entire article: http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2012/04/187614.htm

  32. CR says:

    Obama Campaign Weighs in to Oppose Minnesota Marriage Amendment

    April 9, 2012 Posted by Chris Geidner – metroweekly

    The Obama campaign has announced its opposition to the marriage amendment that will be on the November ballot in Minnesota that would restrict marriage only to opposite-sex couples there, echoing a theme from its earlier opposition to such an amendment in North Carolina that will appear on the May primary ballot.

    If there was any question whether the March 16 statement by North Carolina Obama campaign spokesman Cameron French stating the Obama campaign’s specific opposition to the marriage amendment there was an intentional move to take a stand on the issue in the state, today’s statement would appear to answer that.

    According to a statement released today by Obama for America Minnesota Communications Director Kristin Sosanie, she said, “While the President does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the record is clear that the President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples.”

    In the statement provided to Metro Weekly, she continued, “That’s what the Minnesota ballot initiative would do — it would single out and discriminate against committed gay and lesbian couples — and that’s why the President does not support it.”

    The language is the same as that used by French in March regarding the North Carolina proposal.

    The proposed Minnesota marriage amendment reads: “Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota.” Unlike the proposed North Carolina amendment, it does not address recognition of other relationships like civil unions or domestic partnerships. Same-sex couples cannot marry currently, however, in either state.

    In October 2011, when President Obama addressed the Human Rights Campaign’s national dinner, he referenced the amendments — but not by name.

    For the entire article: http://www.metroweekly.com/poliglot/2012/04/obama-campaign-weighs-in-to-oppose-minnesota-marri.html

  33. CR says:

    April 09, 2012

    White House Announces 2012 Spring Garden Tours

    The White House will open its gardens and grounds to visitors on Saturday, April 21st from 9:00AM to 4:00PM, and on Sunday, April 22nd from 9:00AM to 3:00PM Visitors can view the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden and the South Lawn of the White House. Additionally, the White House Kitchen Garden – the first vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden – will be accessible to tour guests.

    These Garden Tours are free and open to the public; however, a ticket is required for all attendees (including small children). The National Park Service will distribute free, timed tickets at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion located at 15th and E Streets on each tour day beginning at 8:00AM. Tickets will be distributed — one ticket per person — on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Tours of the East Wing and Executive Residence will be closed on the dates of the Garden Tours.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/04/09/white-house-announces-2012-spring-garden-tours

  34. CR says:

    Next Up..

    White House Easter Egg Roll Stage Performances
    White House

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    • CR says:

      2012 White House Easter Egg Roll: Rachel Crow Performs

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Apr 9, 2012

      Singer Rachel Crow performs on the Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage at the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll.

    • CR says:

      2012 White House Easter Egg Roll: Zendaya Performs

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Apr 9, 2012
      Singer Zendaya performs on the Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage at the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll

  35. CR says:

    Next Up…

    5:00 PM EDT
    Brazil’s president speaks to U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff delivers closing remarks to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington.

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    • CR says:

      Secretary Bryson Co-Chairs 2012 U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum, Promotes Bonds of Bilateral Economic Prosperity

      April 10, 2012 – commerce.gov

      Yesterday, U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary John Bryson co-chaired the 7th annual U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum meeting at the White House in efforts to boost our commercial ties with Brazil and continue opportunities to grow the U.S. economy.

      The Secretary was joined by Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs Michael Froman, Fernando Pimentel, Brazil’s Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, and Gleisi Hoffmann, Brazil’s Presidential Chief of Staff.

      Together with 24 CEO’s from the United States and Brazil, the coalition worked to provide joint recommendations to the two governments on ways to strengthen the U.S.-Brazil economic relationship and advance bilateral trade.

      Secretary Bryson praised the team on achieving key goals in their economic relationship, and encouraged further opportunity for even greater collaboration on trade investment, infrastructure, strategic energy, education and innovation. Secretary Bryson also announced that he will travel to Brazil for the next meeting this year.

      For the entire article: http://www.commerce.gov/blog/2012/04/10/secretary-bryson-co-chairs-2012-us-brazil-ceo-forum-promotes-bonds-bilateral-economi

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