Vice President Biden’s European Travel

VPOTUS Visits Europe

Vice President Joe Biden will be in the UK, France and Germany to meet with European leaders the first weekend in February. Vice President Joe Biden will meet with key leaders to discuss a full range of bilateral, regional and global issues.

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Vice President Joe Biden’s Schedule

Friday, February 1

Vice President Joe Biden meets with Chancellor Angela Merkel
Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

Dr Jill Biden meets with current American participants and German alumni of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program
Berlin, Germany

Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden will meet with our Ambassador, Philip D. Murphy , and the embassy staff and their families
US Embassy, Berlin, Germany

Saturday, February 2

Vice President Biden attends the 49th Munich Security Conference,  attends series of meetings with leaders there and delivers remarks
Conference Hall, Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany.Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden attend a dinner hosted by Bavarian Minister President Seehofer’s

49th Munich Security Conference
Venue: Conference Hall, Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

Saturday, 2 February 2013

3:00 – 3:15 AM ET
A TRIBUTE TO SENATORS RICHARD LUGAR AND SAMUEL NUNN

Jane Margaret Harman Director, President and Chief Executive Officer, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C.

3:15 – 5:15 AM ET
Statements & Discussion WHAT FUTURE FOR THE EURO-ATLANTIC SECURITY COMMUNITY

Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Vice President, United States of America, Washington, D.C.

For the entire schedule: http://www.securityconference.de/fileadmin/user_upload/data/pdf/Sprecherprogramm_2013-02-01_1440.pdf

Munich Security Conference – LIVE STREAM


Dr Jill Biden visits with soldiers and their families
Joint Multinational Training Command, Grafenwoehr, Germany

Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden attend a dinner hosted by Bavarian Minister President Seehofer

Sunday, Feburary 3

Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden visit the wounded soldiers
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center

Monday, February 4

Vice President Biden meets with President Hollande for a working lunch
Élysée Palace, Paris, France

Vice President Biden President Hollande deliver a joint statement
Élysée Palace, Paris, France

Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden will meet with our Ambassador, Charlie Rivkin, and the embassy staff and their families
US Embassy Paris, France

Tuesday, February 5

Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden will meet with our Ambassador, Louis B. Susman, and the embassy staff and their families
US Embassy, London, United Kingdom

Vice President Biden meets with Deputy Prime Minister Clegg and Prime Minister Cameron for a working lunch
10 Downing Street, London, United Kingdom

Vice President Biden joins a meeting of the United Kingdom’s National Security Council
London, United Kingdom

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

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    Vice President Biden attends the 49th Munich Security Conference, attends series of meetings with leaders there and delivers remarks
    Conference Hall, Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

    Dr Jill Biden visits with soldiers and their families
    Joint Multinational Training Command, Grafenwoehr, Germany

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    Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden attend a dinner hosted by Bavarian Minister President Seehofer’s

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  2. CR says:

    Vice President Joe Biden’s European Schedule

    Vice President Joe Biden will be in the UK, France and Germany to meet with European leaders in early February. Vice President Joe Biden will meet with key leaders to discuss a full range of bilateral, regional and global issues.

    In Berlin, he’s scheduled to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel and deliver remarks at the Munich Security Conference. In London, he’ll meet with Prime Minister David Cameron and in Paris, he’ll meet with President François Hollande.

    Vice President Joe Biden is the star guest at the Munich Security Conference this weekend. His speech on Saturday is supposed to form the basis of the new trans-Atlantic partnership.

    Friday, February 1

    Vice President Joe Biden meets with Chancellor Angela Merkel
    Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

    Dr Jill Biden meets with current American participants and German alumni of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program
    Berlin, Germany

    Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden will meet with our Ambassador, Philip D. Murphy, and the embassy staff and their families
    US Embassy, Berlin, Germany

    Saturday, February 2

    Vice President Biden attends the 49th Munich Security Conference, attends series of meetings with leaders there and delivers remarks
    Conference Hall, Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

    Dr Jill Biden visits with soldiers and their families
    Joint Multinational Training Command, Grafenwoehr, Germany

    Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden attend a dinner hosted by Bavarian Minister President Seehofer’s

    Sunday, Feburary 3

    Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden visit the wounded soldiers
    Landstuhl Regional Medical Center

    Monday, February 4

    Vice President Biden meets with President Hollande for a working lunch
    Élysée Palace, Paris, France

    Vice President Biden President Hollande deliver a joint statement
    Élysée Palace, Paris, France

    Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden will meet with our Ambassador, Charlie Rivkin, and the embassy staff and their families
    US Embassy Paris, France

    Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden will meet with our Ambassador, Louis B. Susman, and the embassy staff and their families
    US Embassy, London, United Kingdom

    Vice President Biden meets with Deputy Prime Minister Clegg and Prime Minister Cameron for a working lunch
    10 Downing Street, London, United Kingdom

    Vice President Biden joins a meeting of the United Kingdom’s National Security Council
    London, United Kingdom

    • CR says:

      February 01, 2013

      Remarks by the Vice President at a Meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

      REMARKS BY VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN
      AT A MEETING WITH GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL

      Chancellery
      Berlin, Germany

      VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: Chancellor, thank you very much. It’s a delight to be back in Germany. I — the President, since I’m the Vice President, sends me mostly to Afghanistan and Iraq. It’s a pleasure to be back in Germany. And it’s a pleasure to see you again.

      By the way, the President sends his personal regards. As you know, he has a high regard for you and it was a pleasure to witness you receive the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor the United States can give, and extremely well-deserved.

      Germany is an absolutely essential, critical partner, and the Transatlantic Alliance continues to be the basis upon which our entire relationship with the world (inaudible). Without a strong Europe, close ties to Europe, it is not conceivable how American interests can be — can be met around the world.

      We have a great deal to talk about. I have been spending a good deal of time meeting with (inaudible) Iraq. I know we have a keen mutual interest. But also I’m anxious to tell you how we’re going to — why I think we’re in the very good shape in terms of our so-called fiscal crisis, as it’s always characterized. I think it’s less of a crisis than people think.

      And I also really appreciate your expression of sympathy for the — I don’t have much detail, but it’s characterized obviously as a terrorist attack on our embassy in Ankara. And to the best of our knowledge, there have been some injured. We don’t have the detail yet, but it reinforces what has been the case since I have been in public life, particularly the last 15 years — the very close counterterrorism cooperation that exists between Germany and the United States.

      So we have much to talk about and I’m anxious to get that underway, and again, I want to thank you for your hospitality. It’s a delight to be back.

      One of my grown sons and his spouse are with me on this trip. And as we were getting off the plane, he looked at me and he said, Dad, it’s great to be back in Berlin. He said, you remember the first time you took me here? And I hadn’t remembered. He said, I was 15 years old, and you took me through Checkpoint Charlie. And (inaudible) since then, so this magnificent sight and this reunited country with such power and influence is — it’s a delight to be here again, and particularly to be with you, Chancellor.

      Thank you all very much.

      END

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      Munich Security Conference

      Objectives

      Over the past decades the Munich Security Conference has become the major security policy conference worldwide. Each year it brings together senior figures from around the world to engage in an intensive debate on current and future security challenges. Our aim is to maintain this high international standard and raise its profile still further.

      The Munich Security Conference will continue to address the main security issues of our time. We will debate and analyze the main security challenges, while at the same time constantly looking ahead so as to take up future issues at an early stage. This includes broadening the range of themes covered, in line with the concept of networked security.

      Our intention is to ensure that the Munich Security Conference remains the most important independent forum for the exchange of views by international security policy decision-makers.

      Munich Security Conference
      Venue: Conference Hall, Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

      Saturday, 2 February 2013

      3:00 – 3:15 AM ET

      A TRIBUTE TO SENATORS RICHARD LUGAR AND SAMUEL NUNN

      Jane Margaret Harman
      Director, President and Chief Executive Officer, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C.

      3:15 – 5:15 AM ET

      Statements & Discussion
      WHAT FUTURE FOR THE EURO-ATLANTIC SECURITY COMMUNITY?

      Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
      Vice President, United States of America, Washington, D.C.

      For the entire schedule: http://www.securityconference.de/fileadmin/user_upload/data/pdf/Sprecherprogramm_2013-02-01_1440.pdf

      Live Stream: http://player.gl-systemhaus.de/DW/SiKo2013/en.html

    • CR says:

      Obama seeks $5T European trade deal

      2/05/13 05:00 AM ET By Vicki Needham – TheHill

      The Obama administration is poised to launch trade talks with the European Union that would form a $5 trillion trans-Atlantic free-trade zone.

      European Union Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht will meet with Obama administration officials Tuesday and Wednesday to work toward announcing the talks, which many observers expect could happen this week.

      Such a time frame would give President Obama a chance to tout progress in next week’s State of the Union address.

      “The business community will be deeply disappointed if it’s not announced by then or, at least, by mid-February,” Stephen Biegun, vice president of international governmental affairs for Ford, told The Hill.

      A free-trade agreement between the U.S. and European Union would boost trade by hundreds of billions of dollars, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

      Just as importantly, it could allow the two powers to set new standards for trade deals going forward in a rapidly globalizing world where China, India and Brazil are increasingly flexing their muscles.

      Top U.S. officials including Vice President Biden are making last-minute efforts to ensure that the Europeans are committed to moving forward on a deal. Biden highlighted the talks as a priority during a weekend visit to Germany, where he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

      A free-trade deal is “within our reach” Biden said in a speech Saturday to the Munich Security Summit, according to reports. He added that leaders on both sides of the Atlantic had shown “lots of interest.”

      Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/1005-trade/281063-obama-seeks-5t-euro-trade-deal

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        February 13, 2013

        Statement from United States President Barack Obama, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso

        Washington, D.C. – We, the Leaders of the United States and the European Union, are pleased to announce that, based on recommendations from the U.S.-EU High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth co-chaired by United States Trade Representative Kirk and European Trade Commissioner De Gucht, the United States and the European Union will each initiate the internal procedures necessary to launch negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

        “The transatlantic economic relationship is already the world’s largest, accounting for half of global economic output and nearly one trillion dollars in goods and services trade, and supporting millions of jobs on both sides of the Atlantic.

        “We are committed to making this relationship an even stronger driver of our prosperity. In that regard, we welcome the High Level Working Group’s recommendations on how we can expand further our transatlantic trade and investment partnership, promoting greater growth and supporting more jobs.

        “A high-standard Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership would advance trade and investment liberalization and address regulatory and other non-tariff barriers.

        “Through this negotiation, the United States and the European Union will have the opportunity not only to expand trade and investment across the Atlantic, but also to contribute to the development of global rules that can strengthen the multilateral trading system.”

    • CR says:

      Obama seeks $5T European trade deal

      2/05/13 05:00 AM ET By Vicki Needham – TheHill

      The Obama administration is poised to launch trade talks with the European Union that would form a $5 trillion trans-Atlantic free-trade zone.

      European Union Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht will meet with Obama administration officials Tuesday and Wednesday to work toward announcing the talks, which many observers expect could happen this week.

      Such a time frame would give President Obama a chance to tout progress in next week’s State of the Union address.

      “The business community will be deeply disappointed if it’s not announced by then or, at least, by mid-February,” Stephen Biegun, vice president of international governmental affairs for Ford, told The Hill.

      A free-trade agreement between the U.S. and European Union would boost trade by hundreds of billions of dollars, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

      Just as importantly, it could allow the two powers to set new standards for trade deals going forward in a rapidly globalizing world where China, India and Brazil are increasingly flexing their muscles.

      Top U.S. officials including Vice President Biden are making last-minute efforts to ensure that the Europeans are committed to moving forward on a deal. Biden highlighted the talks as a priority during a weekend visit to Germany, where he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

      A free-trade deal is “within our reach” Biden said in a speech Saturday to the Munich Security Summit, according to reports. He added that leaders on both sides of the Atlantic had shown “lots of interest.”

      Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/1005-trade/281063-obama-seeks-5t-euro-trade-deal

      • CR says:

        February 13, 2013

        Statement from United States President Barack Obama, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso

        Washington, D.C. – We, the Leaders of the United States and the European Union, are pleased to announce that, based on recommendations from the U.S.-EU High Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth co-chaired by United States Trade Representative Kirk and European Trade Commissioner De Gucht, the United States and the European Union will each initiate the internal procedures necessary to launch negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

        “The transatlantic economic relationship is already the world’s largest, accounting for half of global economic output and nearly one trillion dollars in goods and services trade, and supporting millions of jobs on both sides of the Atlantic.

        “We are committed to making this relationship an even stronger driver of our prosperity. In that regard, we welcome the High Level Working Group’s recommendations on how we can expand further our transatlantic trade and investment partnership, promoting greater growth and supporting more jobs.

        “A high-standard Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership would advance trade and investment liberalization and address regulatory and other non-tariff barriers.

        “Through this negotiation, the United States and the European Union will have the opportunity not only to expand trade and investment across the Atlantic, but also to contribute to the development of global rules that can strengthen the multilateral trading system.”

    • CR says:

      In Munich, Vice President Biden Highlights Transatlantic Relationship with European Allies

      Megan Slack February 06, 2013 12:36 PM EST

      Four years ago, Vice President Biden spoke at the annual Munich Security Conference to outline the Obama administration’s foreign policy agenda and reset our relationship with Russia. On Tuesday, Vice President Biden wrapped up a similar trip to Europe during which he stressed our strong cooperation with our European allies and highlighted our many joint accomplishments over the last four years.

      Travelling first to Berlin, the Vice President met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss our bilateral relationship with Germany and the common challenges we face in Iran, Syria, Mali, and Afghanistan. The Vice President and the German Chancellor also traded views on their respective economies as well as energy and climate change.

      Continuing on to Munich, Vice President Biden delivered remarks at the 49th Munich Security Conference and held a series of bilateral meeting with world leaders. His speech stressed the continued importance the U.S. places on the transatlantic relationship. “It’s hard to imagine a single threat or opportunity that we cannot address more effectively together,” he said.

      For the entire article and photos: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/02/06/munich-vice-president-biden-highlights-transatlantic-relationship-european-allies

  3. CR says:

    Next Up…

    Vice President Biden attends the 49th Munich Security Conference, attends series of meetings with leaders there and delivers remarks
    Conference Hall, Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

    Munich Security Conference http://player.gl-systemhaus.de/DW/SiKo2013/en.html

    • CR says:

      February 02, 2013

      Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden to the Munich Security Conference. Hotel Bayerischer Hof Munich, Germany

      9:22 A.M. (Local)

      THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, Wolfgang, let me begin by saying thank you and our expectations are very high as well. (Laughter.) The good news is we’re not going anywhere. The bad news is we’re not going anywhere. (Laughter.) So you have nothing to worry about along those lines.

      It’s a delight to be back, and it’s a particular delight to be back here starting this morning off observing a tribute to an old friend. One of the great privileges of my career is that I was elected the same year that Sam Nunn was, in 1972, to the United States Senate. And in 1976, one of my — our closest friends in the Senate arrived. His name was Dick Lugar. I had the privilege of over 30 years chairing or sitting alongside of Dick Lugar on the Foreign Relations Committee. And Sam and Dick and I can say one thing that is rare in politics period, in American politics now: I don’t ever remember there being a harsh word exchanged in over 36 years among any of the three of us. And I always looked to, and still look to, the leadership of Dick and Sam on so many issues.

      In each of our countries, we’ve had fine men and women who have made significant contributions while they were actively involved in the political process. But many of them, upon leaving that political office they held, recede into private life and their contributions end. I would suggest that Dick Lugar’s* [*sic- Sam Nunn’s] contributions have been as profound from the day he left the United States Senate and public elective office as they have been when he was in public office, and I believe you’ll see the same thing can be said of my very close friend, Sam Nunn* [*sic Dick Lugar]. We, as a country, are lucky to have them both and I would argue everyone assembled in this conference is lucky they are still deeply involved in the security interests of all of us involved. So again, congratulations, Sam. Congratulations. (Applause.)

      It’s great to be back among friends. When I say among friends, I mean not only the distinguished guests that are from around the world who have joined us in this conference. I also mean to be back here in Germany, to be back here in Europe. I have traveled over 640,000 miles since I’ve been Vice President, and most of the time the President sends me to places that he doesn’t want to go. (Laughter.) So I’ve spent an awful lot of time with McCain and others in Afghanistan and Iraq, and so it’s nice to be here in Germany. (Laughter.) It’s nice to be invited back. (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/02/02/remarks-vice-president-joe-biden-munich-security-conference-hotel-bayeri

    • CR says:

      February 02, 2013

      Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meetings with United Nations and Arab League Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi and Syrian Opposition Coalition President Moaz al-Khatib

      Vice President Biden met with United Nations and Arab League Joint Special Representative (JSR) Lakhdar Brahimi today in Munich, Germany, on the margins of the Munich Security Conference. The Vice President thanked Brahimi for his steadfast work to bring resolution to the ongoing crisis in Syria and pledged that the United States would continue to support his efforts. The Vice President and JSR Brahimi discussed the dire humanitarian situation inside Syria and the regional implications of the Syria crisis.

      Vice President Biden also met separately with Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) President Moaz al-Khatib on the margins of the Munich Security Conference. The Vice President praised al-Khatib’s personal courage and leadership of the SOC, the legitimate representative of the Syrian people. The Vice President urged al-Khatib to continue his efforts to maintain unity among the SOC leadership, to isolate extremist elements within the broader opposition, and to reach out to, and be inclusive of, a broad range of communities inside Syria, including Alawites, Christians and Kurds. The Vice President reaffirmed the U.S. call for an end to the Assad regime and a transition that leads to a peaceful, inclusive and democratic Syria, where the rights of all Syrians are protected. The Vice President commended al-Khatib’s recent statements, including in Munich, expressing openness, under certain circumstances, to the possibility of negotiations to bring the Syrian people the leadership they deserve.

    • CR says:

      February 02, 2013

      Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

      Vice President Joe Biden met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Munich today, on the margins of the Munich Security Conference. The Vice President emphasized the importance of the two countries working together in the interest of international peace and security, including in Syria. The Vice President noted that while the United States and Russia will continue to have serious differences – including, among other things, on human rights and Russia’s recent ban on U.S. adoptions – U.S. and Russian leadership is necessary to achieve practical solutions to the challenges facing the world today.

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      Biden outlines US policy on Syrian conflict

      Published on Feb 2, 2013 AlJazeeraEnglish

      Defence ministers and leaders from dozens of NATO countries attended a security conference in the German city of Munich.

      Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Vice President Joe Biden were among those who gathered there.

      During his speech, Biden tried to dispel fears that the US had moved its focus away from Europe.

      The conflict in Syria is also one of several issues on the agenda – and UN Special Envoy Lakdhar Brahimi has also been speaking.

      Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull reports from Munich.

  4. CR says:

    Dr Jill Biden visits with soldiers and their families
    Joint Multinational Training Command, Grafenwoehr, Germany

    • CR says:

      Dr. Jill Biden visits Grafenwoehr

      February 2, 2013 army.mil

      Dr. Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, talks with teachers at the Grafenwoehr (Germany) Elementary School during a visit to the training center Feb. 2, joined by U.S. Army Europe deputy commander Maj. Gen. James C. Boozer (left) and Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport Sr. (center). During her visit Biden also met with Soldiers and military families and watched training conducted by USAREUR’s Joint Multinational Training Command. For more photos of the visit, click on the USAREUR and JMTC links.

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    Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden attend a dinner hosted by Bavarian Minister President Seehofer

  6. CR says:

    February 02, 2013

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House
    February 2, 2013

    Hi, everybody.

    In the coming weeks, we face some important decisions about how to pay down our debt in a way that grows our economy and creates good jobs – decisions that will make a real difference in the strength and pace of our recovery.

    We began this year with economists and business leaders saying that we are poised to grow in 2013. And there are real signs of progress: Home prices are starting to climb again. Car sales are at a five-year high. Manufacturing is roaring back. Our businesses created 2.2 million jobs last year. And we just learned that our economy created more jobs over the last few months than economists originally thought.

    But this week, we also received the first estimate of America’s economic growth over the last few months. And it reminded us that bad decisions in Washington can get in the way of our economic progress.

    We all agree that it’s critical to cut unnecessary spending. But we can’t just cut our way to prosperity. It hasn’t worked in the past, and it won’t work today. It could slow down our recovery. It could weaken our economy. And it could cost us jobs – now, and in the future.

    What we need instead is a balanced approach; an approach that says let’s cut what we can’t afford but let’s make the investments we can’t afford to live without. Investments in education and infrastructure, research and development – the things that will help America compete for the best jobs and new industries.

    Already, Republicans and Democrats have worked together to reduce our deficits by $2.5 trillion. That’s a good start. But to get the rest of the way, we need a balanced set of reforms.

    For example, we need to lower the cost of health care in programs like Medicare that are the biggest drivers of our deficit, without just passing the burden off to seniors. And these reforms must go hand-in-hand with eliminating excess spending in our tax code, so that the wealthiest individuals and biggest corporations can’t take advantage of loopholes and deductions that aren’t available to most Americans.

    2013 can be a year of solid growth, more jobs, and higher wages. But that will only happen if we put a stop to self-inflicted wounds in Washington. Everyone in Washington needs to focus not on politics but on what’s right for the country; on what’s right for you and your families. That’s how we’ll get our economy growing faster. That’s how we’ll strengthen our middle class. And that’s how we’ll build a country that rewards the effort and determination of every single American.

    Thanks. And have a great weekend.

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    Groundhog Day prediction: An early spring!

    February 2, 2013 KEITH SRAKOCIC Associated Press (WPVI)

    PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – — An end to winter’s bitter cold will come soon, according to Pennsylvania’s famous groundhog.

    Following a recent stretch of weather that’s included both record warm temperatures and bitter cold, tornadoes in the South and Midwest, torrential rains in the mid-Atlantic and high winds in the Northeast, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his lair Saturday in front of thousands in west-central Pennsylvania but didn’t see his shadow.

    Legend has it that if the furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2 on Gobbler’s Knob, winter will last six more weeks. But if he doesn’t see his shadow, spring will come early.

    The prediction is made during a ceremony overseen by a group called the Inner Circle. Members don top hats and tuxedos for the ceremony on Groundhog Day each year.

    Bill Deeley, president of the Inner Circle, says that after “consulting” with Phil, he makes the call in deciphering what the world’s Punxsutawney Phil has to say about the weather.

    Phil is known as the “seer of seers” and “sage of sages.” Organizers predicted about 20,000 people this weekend, a larger-than-normal crowd because Groundhog Day falls on a weekend this year.

    For more: http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=8978019

  8. CR says:

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

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

  9. CR says:

    WH

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden visit the wounded soldiers
    Landstuhl Regional Medical Center

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    President Obama and the First Family watch Super Bowl XLVII football game

    7:00 PM
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    Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden visit the wounded soldiers
    Landstuhl Regional Medical Center

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      February 05, 2013

      Remarks by Dr. Jill Biden at Wounded Warriors Reception at Winfield House

      Hello, everyone! Thank you, Marjorie, for hosting us here today and for your ongoing collaboration as we support our service men and women and their families.

      As Second Lady, and as a military mom, I have been honored to spend time with our troops, and our recovering service members—and I am so inspired by the strength and resilience of both British and American military families and veterans. Major Peter Norton, thank you for your service.

      I know a spirit of service is deeply ingrained in all of you … that the warrior mentality doesn’t leave you when you return from war – or when you separate from the military.

      Over the past few days, I have visited with Wounded Warriors and medical staff at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center … and spent the day with soldiers and their families at a US Army base in Germany.

      With each visit, I am reminded that our service members and their families have done so much for us … and we can all do something in return.

      That spirit is what fuels the Joining Forces initiative the First Lady and I started to support and honor our troops and military families.

      And I am very pleased to not only visit with some of the heroes that make the British military so strong, but also all the organizations here that support them.

      I know that over the past 10 years, you have all worked so hard to improve the lives of the men and women who have sacrificed so much. It is your dedication and support that has made all the difference for so many veterans and their families.

      You are truly Joining Forces.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/02/05/remarks-dr-jill-biden-wounded-warriors-reception-winfield-house

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      Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden Visit Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany

      Donald Cloud February 03, 2013 03:54 PM EST

      Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden visit with medical staff during a visit to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, in Landstuhl, Germany, Feb., 3, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

      Today, Vice President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, and Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter visited with Wounded Warriors and their medical caretakers at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (RMC) in Landstuhl, Germany.

      Landstuhl RMC is the largest U.S. military hospital outside the United States. It serves American servicemembers and their families who are stationed in Europe. Landstuhl RMC is also the nearest medical trauma center treating wounded U.S. servicemembers coming from Afghanistan. The center treats wounded coalition military members serving alongside U.S. forces in Afghanistan as well.

      The Vice President, Dr. Biden, and Deputy Secretary Carter thanked the combat-injured U.S. soldier for his service to our country and thanked his wife and their young son for their sacrifices. They also spent time visiting with two wounded soldiers serving in Afghanistan who were from the Republic of Georgia. Of the fifty-nation coalition providing forces in Afghanistan, the Republic of Georgia is the largest non-NATO contributor, providing over 1,560 forces who primarily serve in Afghanistan’s volatile Helmand province.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/02/03/vice-president-biden-and-dr-biden-visit-landstuhl-regional-medical-center-germany

  11. CR says:

    Super Bowl: Obama wants close game

    2/1/13 1:42 PM EST By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

    President Obama will be watching “with interest” the Super Bowl matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, press secretary Jay Carney said Friday.

    “I don’t know who he favors in this particular matchup,” Carney said. “Absent his beloved Chicago Bears, he probably just has an interest in a close and good football game.”

    Carney did not say whether the president plans to host a party, as he has done before, or whether any guests are slated to watch with Obama on Sunday. But he did say the president is looking forward to it.

    “Some interesting dynamics there, brother versus brother,” he said. “I think we all expect it to be highly entertaining.”

    • CR says:

      The President Calls Baltimore Ravens Coach John Harbaugh

      Published on Feb 6, 2013

      President called Head Coach John Harbaugh and General Manager Ozzie Newsome to congratulate them and the Baltimore Ravens on winning Super Bowl XLVII. He commended the Ravens on an unbelievable year and for the steadiness the team displayed through the end. The President also expressed how moved he and the First Lady were by the story of O.J. Brigance. The President said he looks forward to congratulating the team in person at the White House.

  12. CR says:

    Sunday talk show tip sheet

    2/1/13 3:57 PM EST Updated: 2/2/13 8:10 AM EST By KATIE GLUECK – POLITICO44

    “Meet the Press” on NBC
    • Defense Secretary Leon Panetta
    • Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

    “This Week” on ABC
    • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
    • Michelle Rhee, former chancellor, Washington, D.C., public schools
    • Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.)
    • Political analyst Matthew Dowd

    “Face the Nation” on CBS
    • NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

    “State of the Union” on CNN
    • Panetta
    • Dempsey
    • Melody Barnes, former domestic policy adviser to President Barack Obama
    • Former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao
    • Former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.)

    “Fox News Sunday” on Fox
    • Wayne LaPierre, CEO and executive vice president, National Rifle Association
    • Retired Capt. Mark Kelly, former astronaut, anti-gun violence activist and husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.)
    • Kevin Madden, former Romney campaign adviser
    • Former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.)

    “Political Capital” on Bloomberg TV
    • White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer

    “Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
    • Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)

    “Al Punto” on Univision
    • President Barack Obama
    • Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)

    “Washington Watch” on TV One
    • Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.)

  13. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy and HOPEful Superbowl Eve, CR and all friends.

    >^..^<

    Really enjoyed this informative post, CR.

  14. CR says:

    Kerry calls foreign officials in first day on job

    2/3/13 Associated Press writer Mohammed Daraghmeh – Associated Press – 2 hrs 19 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New Secretary of State John Kerry had a busy first weekend on the job, calling Palestinian, Israeli, Turkish, Canadian and Mexican officials.

    In his conversation Sunday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Kerry said President Barack Obama “is very interested in the peace process and aware of the economic hardships of the Palestinian people,” Abbas spokesman Nabel Abu Rdeneh said.

    Abu Rdeneh also said that Kerry said he would visit the region for further talks with Abbas “to preserve the political path.” No time was set for the visit.

    The State Department said Kerry spoke with Israeli President Shimon Peres on Saturday about the formation of the country’s new government, and that the two “exchanged views” on the peace process and regional matters.

    Also on his first full day as America’s top diplomat, Kerry:

    —got an update from Turkey’s foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu about the investigation into Friday’s suicide bombing at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara.

    —spoke with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird about Iran, Mali and the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would run from Canada to Texas.

    —discussed with Mexico’s foreign minister, Jose Antonio Meade, the deadly blast at the headquarters of Mexico’s state-owned oil company.

    —had lunch with George Shultz, secretary of state under President Ronald Reagan.

    Kerry was sworn in Friday afternoon, succeeding Hillary Rodham Clinton in Obama’s Cabinet.

  15. CR says:

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

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

  16. CR says:

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