POTUS Europe Travel to Poland, Belgium and France

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April 30, 2014

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Europe in June 2014

As part of the United States’ ongoing consultations with our allies, President Obama will travel to Poland, Belgium, and France in June 2014. While in Warsaw, the President will hold bilateral meetings and join other world leaders in commemorating the Polish Day of Freedom, marking the 25th anniversary of Poland’s emergence from Communism. From Poland, the President will travel to Brussels for the June 4-5 G-7 Leaders’ Summit, which was moved to Brussels after the G-7 Leaders agreed to cancel the G-8 Summit in Sochi due to Russia’s illegal annexation and occupation of Crimea. The Leaders will discuss their broad shared economic, security, and development agenda and follow up on their March 24 discussion in The Hague on the situation in Ukraine. The President then will continue on to France to participate in commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The President appreciates the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families, and he looks forward to honoring them, along with the contributions of all the Allies. Further details will be provided at a later time.

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FACT SHEET: The United States and Poland: Strong and United

FACT SHEET: European Reassurance Initiative and Other U.S. Efforts in Support of NATO Allies and Partners

FACT SHEET: The United States and Central and Eastern Europe: Enduring Cooperation

FACT SHEET: U.S. Security Assistance to Ukraine

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President Obama’s European Travel Itinerary

Monday, June 2

President Obama departs Washington DC for Warsaw, Poland

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Tuesday, June 3

President Obama arrives in Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw Chopin Airport, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama is welcomed by Polish President Komorowski
Warsaw Chopin Airport, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama and Polish President Komorowski meet with American and Polish airmen who are supporting our aviation mission
Okecie Military Airport, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama arrives at Belweder Palace
Belweder Palace – Warsaw, Poland

President Obama and Polish President Komorowski hold a bilateral meeting
Belweder Place, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama and Polish President Komorowski hold a joint press conference
Belweder Palace, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama arrives at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister
Chancellery of the Prime Minister – Warsaw

President Obama and Polish Prime Minister Tusk hold a bilateral meeting
Belweder Place, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk deliver statements to the press
Chancellery of the Prime Minister, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowsk greet participants of the meeting with Central and Eastern European Leaders
Koniecpolski Palace, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski host a meeting with Central and Eastern European Leaders
Koniecpolski Palace, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama joins the Central and Eastern European Leaders for a photo opportunity
Koniecpolski Palace, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama attends a Solidarity Dinner with other Polish leaders to paying tribute to people who have played a critical role in advancing democracy and human rights
Royal Castle, Warsaw, Poland
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Wednesday, June 4

President Obama and President-elect Poroshenko of Ukraine hold a bilateral meeting
Marriot, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama and President-elect Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine deliver remarks after their bilateral meeting

President Obama and Polish President Komorowski hold a joint press conference

President Obama meets with US embassy staff and family members
Marriot, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama participates in a family photo with leaders
Royal Castle, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama attends and delivers remarks at the Day of Freedom Event ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of Poland’s first free elections
Royal Castle, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama travels to Brussels, Belgium

President Obama and Belgian King Philippe hold a bilateral meeting
Royal Palace, Brussels, Belgium

President Obama attends the Group of 7 Summit
The Hague, Justus Lipsius Building, Brussels, Belgium

President Obama and the G7 leaders hold a working dinner on foreign policy issues
The Hague, Justus Lipsius Building, Brussels, Belgium

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Thursday, June 5

President Obama attends G7 meetings on the global economy, and energy and climate issues
The Hague, Brussels, Belgium

President Obama and the G7 leaders hold a working lunch on development issues
The Hague, Brussels, Belgium

President Obama and United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Cameron hold a bilateral meeting
The Hague, Brussels, Belgium

President Obama and United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Cameron hold joint press conference
The Hague, Brussels, Belgium

President Obama travels to Paris, France

President Obama and French President Hollande have a private dinner

President Obama over nights in Paris

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Friday, June 6

President Obama travels to Normandy, France

President Obama meets with WWII and post-9/11 U.S. veterans
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France

President Obama participates in the ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France

President Obama delivers remarks at the French-American commemoration, D-Day ceremony
Normandy American Cemetery Memorial, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France

President Obama participates in a Leaders Family Photo
Bénouville, Normandy, France

President Obama attends a Heads of State Lunch hosted by President Hollande
Bénouville, Normandy, France

President Obama attends an international Ceremony with all the leaders of the various belligerent countries in World War II
Sword Beach, Normandy, France

President Obama meets with embassy staff and family members
Paris Orly International Airport

President Obama returns to Washington, D.C


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Brussels G7 Summit 2014 – 4-5 June 2014

The leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission (G7 leaders) will meet in Brussels on 4-5 June 2014 in the G7 format.

G7 leaders will discuss foreign policy issues, and in particular the situation in Ukraine and the relations with Russia, as well as the global economy and trade, energy, climate change and development.

The European Union is a full member of the G8 (and the G20) and is jointly represented by the European Council President and the European Commission President.

It is the first time that the EU hosts a summit and that it takes place in Brussels. The two-day meeting, at the Council of the European Union – Justus Lipsius building, will begin at 8 p.m. on Wednesday 4 June and end on Thursday 5 June around 3 p.m.

 

Agenda

  • Wednesday 4 June

10.00 EU bilateral meeting with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe

15:00 Pre-summit press briefing by Presidents Van Rompuy and Barroso

19:30 Arrival of participants and official welcome

20:00 Working dinner on the situation in Ukraine, relations with Russia and other foreign policy topics

  • Thursday 5 June

09:30 – 10:40 First working session on global economy and trade

10:40 Family photo

10:50 – 12:00 Second working session on energy security and climate change

12:00 – 14:00 Working lunch on development

Exact time TBC Closing press conference by Presidents Van Rompuy and Barroso

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G7 Summit

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June 4-5, 2014

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38 Responses to POTUS Europe Travel to Poland, Belgium and France

  1. CR says:

    WH

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    3:50 AM
    President Obama arrives in Warsaw, Poland
    Warsaw Chopin Airport, Warsaw, Poland

    President Obama is welcomed by Polish President Komorowski
    Warsaw Chopin Airport, Warsaw, Poland

    4:15 AM
    President Obama and Polish President Komorowski meet with American and Polish airmen who are supporting our aviation mission
    Okecie Military Airport, Warsaw, Poland

    4:55 AM
    President Obama arrives at Belweder Palace
    Belweder Palace – Warsaw, Poland

    5:10 AM
    President Obama and Polish President Komorowski hold a bilateral meeting
    Belweder Place, Warsaw, Poland

    6:30 AM
    President Obama and Polish President Komorowski hold a joint press conference
    Belweder Palace, Warsaw, Poland

    7:00 AM
    7:30 AM
    President Obama arrives at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister
    Chancellery of the Prime Minister – Warsaw

    7:40 AM
    President Obama and Polish Prime Minister Tusk hold a bilateral meeting
    Belweder Place, Warsaw, Poland

    8:00 AM
    8:25 AM
    President Obama and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk deliver statements to the press
    Chancellery of the Prime Minister, Warsaw, Poland

    9:00 AM
    9:05 AM
    President Obama and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowsk greet participants of the meeting with Central and Eastern European Leaders
    Koniecpolski Palace, Warsaw, Poland

    9:15 AM
    President Obama and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski host a meeting with Central and Eastern European Leaders
    Koniecpolski Palace, Warsaw, Poland

    10:00 AM
    10:45 AM
    President Obama joins the Central and Eastern European Leaders for a photo opportunity
    Koniecpolski Palace, Warsaw, Poland

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    1:30 PM
    President Obama attends a Solidarity Dinner with other Polish leaders to paying tribute to people who have played a critical role in advancing democracy and human rights
    Royal Castle, Warsaw, Poland

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      June 3, 2014

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

      6:30 AM ET
      President Obama and Polish President Komorowski hold a joint press conference
      Belweder Palace, Warsaw, Poland

      8:25 AM ET
      President Obama and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk deliver statements to the press
      Chancellery of the Prime Minister, Warsaw, Poland

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      9:00 AM ET
      Center for Strategic and International Studies
      Intelligence and National Security
      John Hamre; Kathleen Hicks; Michael Vickers
      Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) about the role of intelligence in national security. http://www.c-span.org/video/?319727-1/surface-transportation-reauthorization

      10:00 AM EDT
      Forestry and Climate Change
      Environmental specialists testify before a Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee on the economic effects of climate change on agriculture, fishing, forestry, and hunting. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) chairs the hearing. http://www.c-span.org/video/?319728-1/forestry-climate-change

      10:30 AM ET
      Senate Committee Judiciary
      Hearing on McCutcheon v Federal Election Commission Supreme Court Decision
      Charles Grassley; Patrick Leahy
      The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. FEC and a proposed constitutional amendment, that would allow Congress and the states to set limits on the raising and spending in political campaigns. http://www.c-span.org/video/?319713-1/campaign-spending

      2:15 PM ET
      Brookings Institution
      European Union Elections
      Panelists talked about Europe’s future and what European Parliament election results meant for the formation of a new European Commission, European fiscal policies, and the U.S.-EU relationship.

  2. CR says:

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    April 30, 2014

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Europe in June 2014

    As part of the United States’ ongoing consultations with our allies, President Obama will travel to Poland, Belgium, and France in June 2014. While in Warsaw, the President will hold bilateral meetings and join other world leaders in commemorating the Polish Day of Freedom, marking the 25th anniversary of Poland’s emergence from Communism. From Poland, the President will travel to Brussels for the June 4-5 G-7 Leaders’ Summit, which was moved to Brussels after the G-7 Leaders agreed to cancel the G-8 Summit in Sochi due to Russia’s illegal annexation and occupation of Crimea. The Leaders will discuss their broad shared economic, security, and development agenda and follow up on their March 24 discussion in The Hague on the situation in Ukraine. The President then will continue on to France to participate in commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The President appreciates the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families, and he looks forward to honoring them, along with the contributions of all the Allies. Further details will be provided at a later time.

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    President Obama’s European Travel Itinerary

    Monday, June 2

    President Obama departs Washington DC for Warsaw, Poland

    ———–

    Tuesday, June 3

    President Obama arrives in Warsaw, Poland

    President Obama is welcomed by Polish President Komorowski
    Warsaw Chopin Airport, Warsaw, Poland

    President Obama and Polish President Komorowski meet with American and Polish airmen who are supporting our aviation mission
    Okecie Military Airport, Warsaw, Poland

    President Obama arrives at Belweder Palace
    Belweder Palace – Warsaw, Poland

    President Obama and Polish President Komorowski hold a bilateral meeting
    Belweder Place, Warsaw, Poland

    President Obama and Polish President Komorowski hold a joint press conference
    Belweder Palace, Warsaw, Poland

    President Obama arrives at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister
    Chancellery of the Prime Minister – Warsaw

    President Obama and Polish Prime Minister Tusk hold a bilateral meeting
    Belweder Place, Warsaw, Poland

    President Obama and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk deliver statements to the press
    Chancellery of the Prime Minister, Warsaw, Poland

    President Obama and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowsk greet participants of the meeting with Central and Eastern European Leaders
    Koniecpolski Palace, Warsaw, Poland

    President Obama and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski host a meeting with Central and Eastern European Leaders
    Koniecpolski Palace, Warsaw, Poland

    President Obama joins the Central and Eastern European Leaders for a photo opportunity
    Koniecpolski Palace, Warsaw, Poland

    President Obama attends a Solidarity Dinner with other Polish leaders to paying tribute to people who have played a critical role in advancing democracy and human rights
    Royal Castle, Warsaw, Poland

    ———–

    Wednesday, June 4

    President Obama and President-elect Poroshenko of Ukraine hold a bilateral meeting
    Marriot, Warsaw, Poland

    President Obama meets with US embassy staff and family members
    Marriot, Warsaw, Poland

    President Obama participates in a family photo with leaders
    Royal Castle, Warsaw, Poland

    President Obama attends and delivers remarks at the Day of Freedom Event ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of Poland’s first free elections
    Royal Castle, Warsaw, Poland

    President Obama travels to Brussels, Belgium

    President Obama and Belgian King Philippe hold a bilateral meeting
    Royal Palace, Brussels, Belgium

    President Obama attends the Group of 7 Summit
    The Hague, Justus Lipsius Building, Brussels, Belgium

    President Obama and the G7 leaders hold a working dinner on foreign policy issues
    The Hague, Justus Lipsius Building, Brussels, Belgium

    ———

    Thursday, June 5

    President Obama attends G7 meetings on the global economy, and energy and climate issues
    The Hague, Brussels, Belgium

    President Obama and the G7 leaders hold a working lunch on development issues
    The Hague, Brussels, Belgium

    President Obama and United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Cameron hold a bilateral meeting
    The Hague, Brussels, Belgium

    President Obama and United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Cameron hold joint press conference
    The Hague, Brussels, Belgium

    President Obama travels to Paris, France

    President Obama and French President Hollande have a private dinner

    President Obama over nights in Paris

    ———–

    Friday, June 6

    President Obama travels to Normandy, France

    President Obama meets with WWII and post-9/11 U.S. veterans
    Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France

    President Obama participates in the ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion
    Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France

    President Obama delivers remarks at the French-American commemoration, D-Day ceremony
    Normandy American Cemetery Memorial, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France

    President Obama participates in a Leaders Family Photo
    Bénouville, Normandy, France

    President Obama attends a Heads of State Lunch hosted by President Hollande
    Bénouville, Normandy, France

    President Obama attends an international Ceremony with all the leaders of the various belligerent countries in World War II
    Sword Beach, Normandy, France

    President Obama meets with embassy staff and family members
    Paris Orly International Airport

    President Obama returns to Washington, D.C

    • CR says:

      https://propresobama.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/pbo_poland_2014_banner-e1401745412643.jpg?w=450

      President Obama’s European Travel Itinerary

      Tuesday, June 3

      President Obama arrives in Warsaw, Poland

      President Obama is welcomed by Polish President Komorowski
      Warsaw Chopin Airport, Warsaw, Poland

      President Obama and Polish President Komorowski meet with American and Polish airmen who are supporting our aviation mission
      Okecie Military Airport, Warsaw, Poland

      President Obama arrives at Belweder Palace
      Belweder Palace – Warsaw, Poland

      President Obama and Polish President Komorowski hold a bilateral meeting
      Belweder Place, Warsaw, Poland

      President Obama and Polish President Komorowski hold a joint press conference
      Belweder Palace, Warsaw, Poland

      President Obama arrives at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister
      Chancellery of the Prime Minister – Warsaw

      President Obama and Polish Prime Minister Tusk hold a bilateral meeting
      Belweder Place, Warsaw, Poland

      President Obama and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk deliver statements to the press
      Chancellery of the Prime Minister, Warsaw, Poland

      President Obama and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowsk greet participants of the meeting with Central and Eastern European Leaders
      Koniecpolski Palace, Warsaw, Poland

      President Obama and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski host a meeting with Central and Eastern European Leaders
      Koniecpolski Palace, Warsaw, Poland

      President Obama joins the Central and Eastern European Leaders for a photo opportunity
      Koniecpolski Palace, Warsaw, Poland

      President Obama attends a Solidarity Dinner with other Polish leaders to paying tribute to people who have played a critical role in advancing democracy and human rights
      Royal Castle, Warsaw, Poland

      • CR says:

        June 03, 2014

        Remarks by President Obama and President Komorowski to U.S. and Polish Armed Forces

        Okecie Military Airport
        Warsaw, Poland

        10:03 A.M. CET

        PRESIDENT KOMOROWSKI: (As interpreted.) Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, it is a great honor for me to be able to welcome the President of the United States here to the airport against the background of the F-16 aircraft — Polish and American aircraft.

        It is [a] very significant symbol of Polish-American military cooperation. This symbol has a long history that is enough to remember the Kościuszko. Mr. President, you just visited West Point; there’s a beautiful monument to the Kościuszko there. And it is also a reminder of the special brotherhood in arms that goes back to the 18th century; I’m talking about the Polish-American brotherhood in arms.

        Here, because of the F-16s here, I would like to remind you that we have already had an opportunity to host American pilots in the Polish skies. It was at a very important moment in Poland — it was back in 1920 when the first Polish squadron was fighting against the Bolshevik wave, and it was established on the basis of the American pilots, mainly those of Polish origin from Chicago and other American towns. But these were American pilots.

        That is why it is important for us to be able to really mark the lasting Polish-American brotherhood in arms. And I think that F-16 — while “F” can stand for fighter, but “F” can also stand for freedom, Mr. President. And I’m convinced that it matches perfectly well the 25th anniversary of Poland regaining its freedom, and it’s really worthwhile being strengthened and to become a permanent, stable element to make Poland secure and safe — the security of Poland and the whole region. It is also about Polish-American cooperation; it is also about the presence of American troops in Poland, in the Polish territory at the time when we are all experiencing this crisis that is unfolding just across Poland’s border, just across the border of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, in Ukraine.

        Mr. President, once again, thank you very much for coming here, and thank you very much for the opportunity to mark together the lasting Polish-American brotherhood in arms.

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Dzień dobry! Good morning, everybody. And thank you, Mr. President, for the kind words. It is wonderful to be back in Poland, one of our great friends and one of our strongest allies in the world.

        It is a special honor to be here as Poles celebrate the 25th anniversary of the rebirth of Polish democracy. And this year also marks the 15th anniversary of Poland’s membership in NATO. I’m starting the visit here because our commitment to Poland’s security, as well as the security of our allies in Central and Eastern Europe, is a cornerstone of our own security and it is sacrosanct.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/03/remarks-president-obama-and-president-komorowski-us-and-polish-armed-for

      • CR says:

        June 03, 2014

        Remarks by President Obama and President Komorowski of Poland in a Joint Press Conference

        Belweder Palace
        Warsaw, Poland

        12:25 P.M. CET

        PRESIDENT KOMOROWSKI: (As interpreted.) Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, it really is a great joy and a great satisfaction for me to be able to host the President of the United States to Poland on the 25th anniversary of regaining freedom by us.

        It is also a great satisfaction and a great hope to host the President of the United States of America in a situation when with concern we are watching the crisis situation developing across the eastern border of Poland and across the eastern border of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, across the eastern border of the European Union in Ukraine.

        That is why I am so glad that this meeting, that these talks signify also the reassurances of the security guarantees of this region of Europe. And they also signify the joint aspiration to strengthen the roles and the significance and the strength of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. I’m also very satisfied to be able to know that actually in all the areas that have been raised during our conversation, we are on the same page fully, and we also have full understanding of our intentions.

        I would like to stress the Polish satisfaction that the President of the United States of America speaks in a very clear voice about the necessity to strengthen the role of the Article 5 of the Washington Treaty. Poland has been really making efforts to get this. And here and now, I would like to thank very much for the engagement of the United States in the actions to confirm in practice the declarations on the significance of NATO under the Washington Treaty for the security of Poland and the whole region — I mean here also other countries that are located along the eastern flank of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/03/remarks-president-obama-and-president-komorowski-poland-joint-press-conf

      • CR says:

        June 03, 2014

        Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Tusk of Poland

        Chancellery of the Prime Minister
        Warsaw, Poland

        2:25 P.M. CET

        PRIME MINISTER TUSK: (As interpreted.) Mr. President, I’m very happy that again here in Warsaw we had the opportunity to talk about Polish-American relations. And with great satisfaction, I observed that so much has changed around us, but our relations and the nature of our relations remain the same — it remains so very good and of such fundamental significance as it was in the past when we spoke for the first time.

        It was no coincidence in the fact that we began our meeting with my thanks to the very speedy and also very effective reaction of the United States to the Ukrainian crisis. And we’re talking about the American reaction to the very situation in the region, but also in terms of support for Poland, which is both political — and we do remember that on this key day, when Crimea was subject to annexation, we remember the visit of Vice President Biden here to Warsaw, but we also highly appreciate your practical decisions about the support given to the Polish defense capabilities. And for that we’re truly thankful, because that’s not always so frequent in contemporary times.

        We’ve exchanged information of our strategic cooperation. I informed Mr. President about our readiness and something that President Komorowski has also mentioned about our readiness to strengthen the Polish defense capabilities. We will also try to convince our European allies — also at the meeting at the NATO Summit in Wales – we’ll try to convince them to a common European effort for a common European defense and solidarity.

        It was with great satisfaction that we welcome the announcement of Mr. President about the readiness to increase the engagement and the plus-billion dollars dedicated to this part of the world. It was also with satisfaction that I heard from Mr. President this is just another step and that this is not the end, and that in terms of the strategic perspective we will continue to talk about the evermore intense cooperation and presence in this part of Europe — the presence of NATO in this part of Europe.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/03/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-tusk-poland

      • CR says:

        June 03, 2014

        Remarks by President Obama Before a Meeting with Central and Eastern European Leaders

        Koniecpolski Palace
        Warsaw, Poland

        3:24 P.M. CET

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, thank you very much. Good afternoon. And along with President Komorowski, I’m very pleased to welcome our outstanding allies from across Central and Eastern Europe. We have done this before in Prague and on my last visit to Warsaw. And I want to thank my fellow leaders for being here.

        As the President indicated, this 25th anniversary of Polish freedom reminds us of the transformation that’s taken place all across the region. The countries represented here have all undertaken hard reforms, have built democratic institutions, have delivered greater prosperity for their citizens, and underlying this progress is the security guarantee that comes from NATO membership. We’re here today because as NATO allies we have to stand absolutely united in our Article 5 commitments to collective defense. We stand together always.

        And as I’ve said throughout the day and previously back home, I continue to believe that NATO is the cornerstone foundation of U.S. security, not just European security. Now, given Russia’s actions in Ukraine, NATO has increased its presence across the region from the Baltic to the Black Sea. I thank our allies for the contributions they’re making, and I’ll be discussing the initiative that I announced today to bolster the U.S. presence in Europe.

        A number of countries represented here have already committed to increasing their investments in our collective defense, and today we’ll be discussing additional steps that we can take both as individual nations and as an alliance to make sure we have the capabilities that we need. I expect that we’ll also have an opportunity to discuss how Europe, especially Central and Eastern Europe, can continue to diversify its energy sources. The United States will be exporting more natural gas to the global market in the years to come. But more immediately, there are steps that we can take together to reduce energy risks, upgrade our energy infrastructure and improve efficiency.

        So, again, I want to thank our fellow leaders for being here today. I think their presence sends a powerful message that as NATO allies, we stand as one. Citizens across Central and Eastern Europe need to know that what you’ve built over the last 25 years no other nation can take away.

        So, again, thank you, President Komorowski, for your hospitality. And I think once the press clears the room, we can get the meeting started.

        END
        3:27 P.M. CET

      • CR says:

        June 04, 2014

        Remarks by President Obama at at 25th Anniversary of Freedom Day

        Castle Square

        Warsaw, Poland

        12:10 P.M. CET

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hello, Warsaw! (Applause.) Witaj, Polsko! (Applause.)

        Mr. President; Mr. Prime Minister; Madam Mayor; heads of state and government, past and present — including the man who jumped that shipyard wall to lead a strike that became a movement, the prisoner turned president who transformed this nation — thank you, Lech Walesa, for your outstanding leadership. (Applause.)

        Distinguished guests, people of Poland, thank you for your extraordinary welcome and for the privilege of joining you here today. I bring with me the greetings and friendship of the American people — and of my hometown of Chicago, home to so many proud Polish Americans. (Applause.) In Chicago, we think of ourselves as a little piece of Poland. In some neighborhoods, you only hear Polish. The faithful come together at churches like Saint Stanislaus Kostka. We have a parade for Polish Constitution Day. And every summer, we celebrate the Taste of Polonia, with our kielbasa and pierogies, and we’re all a little bit Polish for that day. (Applause.) So being here with you, it feels like home. (Applause.)

        Twenty-five years ago today, we witnessed a scene that had once seemed impossible — an election where, for the first time, the people of this nation had a choice. The Communist regime thought an election would validate their rule or weaken the opposition. Instead, Poles turned out in the millions. And when the votes were counted, it was a landslide victory for freedom. One woman who voted that day said, “There is a sense that something is beginning to happen in Poland. We feel the taste of Poland again.” She was right. It was the beginning of the end of Communism — not just in this country, but across Europe.

        The images of that year are seared in our memory. Citizens filling the streets of Budapest and Bucharest. Hungarians and Austrians cutting the barbed wire border. Protestors joining hands across the Baltics. Czechs and Slovaks in their Velvet Revolution. East Berliners climbing atop that wall. And we have seen the extraordinary progress since that time. A united Germany. Nations in Central and Eastern Europe standing tall as proud democracies. A Europe that is more integrated, more prosperous and more secure. We must never forget that the spark for so much of this revolutionary change, this blossoming of hope, was lit by you, the people of Poland. (Applause.)

        History was made here. The victory of 1989 was not inevitable. It was the culmination of centuries of Polish struggle, at times in this very square. The generations of Poles who rose up and finally won independence. The soldiers who resisted invasion, from the east and the west. The Righteous Among the Nations — among them Jan Karski — who risked all to save the innocent from the Holocaust. The heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto who refused to go without a fight. The Free Poles at Normandy and the Poles of the Home Army who — even as this city was reduced to rubble — waged a heroic uprising.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/04/remarks-president-obama-25th-anniversary-freedom-day

  3. CR says:

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    6/2/14 A.T. Kearney

    WASHINGTON, June 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/

    Global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney today released its 2014 Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index (FDICI), an in-depth view of forward-looking investment sentiment. In this year’s ranking, the U.S. not only maintains its first place position from last year, but also increases the lead it had in the 2013 study, which was referenced in the recent White House report, Winning Business Investment in the United States. The findings bode well not only for the U.S., but for the global economy: Nearly four out of five respondents are more optimistic about the global economy than they were a year ago. Since its inception, the study has consistently pointed toward top global choices for foreign direct investment, with the top 10 most attractive FDI destinations receiving a majority share of global FDI inflows roughly one year after the survey.

    In January 2014, President Barack Obama referred to the prior FDICI findings in his State of the Union address, saying, “For the first time in over a decade, business leaders have declared that China is no longer the world’s number one place to invest; America is.” With an unprecedented swing in positive outlook by global executives surveyed in the 2014 FDICI, half of the respondents indicated that they have a more positive outlook on the U.S. than two years ago. No country has ever recorded a higher positive outlook from investors in the history of the Index. Driven by overriding factors such as the increasingly strong prospect of U.S. energy independence, leading executives continue to plan increased investments in the U.S.

    For more: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/2014-t-kearney-fdi-confidence-130000383.html

  4. Jueseppi B. says:

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  5. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy and HOPEful Monday night, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

  6. CR says:

    Factory Orders

    Released On 6/3/2014 10:00:00 AM For Apr, 2014
    Prior Prior Revised Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    Factory Orders – M/M change 1.1 % 1.5 % 0.5 % -0.2 % to 0.9 % 0.7 %

    Highlights
    Factory orders rose a higher-than-expected 0.7 percent in April in the latest sign of strength in the manufacturing sector. The gain is well balanced between durable goods, up 0.6 percent (revised from last week’s initial reading of plus 0.8 percent), and nondurable goods, up 0.7 percent on strength in petroleum and coal products. Another positive is a solid upward revision to March, now at plus 1.5 percent from a previous plus 0.9 percent.

    Orders for computers show special strength, up 4.7 percent for a second straight month with construction materials, in what is a welcome sign of demand out of housing, up 1.1 percent following a 1.7 percent gain in March. The smaller category of defense aircraft was especially strong in the month, up 13.2 percent. Slipping in the month were orders for motor vehicles and orders for capital goods excluding aircraft which fell 1.2 percent but only partially reversing March’s very strong 4.7 percent surge.

    Inventories are well balanced, rising only 0.4 percent in the month and keeping the inventory-to-shipment ratio unchanged for a fourth month at 1.30. Unfilled orders are unusually strong, up 0.9 percent on top of March’s upward revised 0.8 percent gain. The strength in unfilled orders will keep shipments humming through the summer. Shipments in April rose 0.3 percent.

    Yesterday’s reports from ISM and Markit showed solid strength in manufacturing data for May. The manufacturing sector is increasingly at the forefront of the economy. The Dow is moving up from opening lows in early reaction to today’s report.

    Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/economic-calendar/

  7. CR says:

    WH

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    3:30 AM
    President Obama and President-elect Poroshenko of Ukraine hold a bilateral meeting
    Marriott Hotel, Warsaw, Poland

    4:00 AM
    4:30 AM
    President Obama meets with US embassy staff and family members
    Marriott Hotel, Warsaw, Poland

    5:00 AM
    5:20 AM
    President Obama participates in a family photo with leaders
    Royal Castle, Warsaw, Poland

    5:30 AM
    President Obama attends and delivers remarks at the Day of Freedom Event ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of Poland’s first free elections
    Royal Castle, Warsaw, Poland

    6:00 AM
    7:00 AM
    7:25 AM
    President Obama travels to Brussels, Belgium
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:20 AM
    President Obama arrives Belgium
    Brussels National Airport

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    1:25 PM
    President Obama meets with Belgian King Philippe and Prime Minister Di Rupo
    Royal Palace, Brussels, Belgium

    1:30 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama Announces The Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness
    The White House

    1:55 PM
    President Obama attends the Group of 7 Summit
    The Hague, Justus Lipsius Building, Brussels, Belgium

    2:00 PM
    President Obama takes a photo with EU Leaders
    The Hague, Justus Lipsius Building, Brussels, Belgium

    2:20 PM
    President Obama and the G7 leaders hold a working dinner on foreign policy issues
    The Hague, Justus Lipsius Building, Brussels, Belgium

    3:00 PM
    Vice President Biden Speaks at “The Future of Workforce” Third Way Meeting on Workforce Development, Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez also attends
    Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, Washington, DC

    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    6:30 PM
    Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden Host a Reception for Asian-American and Pacific Islander Community Leaders
    Naval Observatory, Washington, DC

    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      June 4, 2014

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

      5:30 AM ET
      President Obama attends and delivers remarks at the Day of Freedom Event ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of Poland’s first free elections
      Belweder Place, Warsaw, Poland

      1:30 PM ET
      First Lady Michelle Obama Announces The Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness
      The White House

      3:00 PM ET
      Vice President Biden Speaks at “The Future of Workforce” Third Way Meeting on Workforce Development, Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez also attends
      Washington, DC

      6:30 PM ET
      Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden Host a Reception for Asian-American and Pacific Islander Community Leaders
      Naval Observatory, Washington, DC

      —-

      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      5:30 AM ET
      President Obama attends and delivers remarks at the Day of Freedom Event ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of Poland’s first free elections
      Belweder Place, Warsaw, Poland http://www.c-span.org/video/?319743-2/president-obama-polish-freedom-day-speech

      7:03 AM ET
      Department of the Treasury | Terrorism and Financial Intelligence,Center for Strategic and International Studies
      Treasury Department Financial Tools and National Security
      Tom Donilon and Stephen Haldley talked about their experiences as National Security Advisers. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Toolsand

      10:00AM ET
      The Senate Budget Cmte. holds a hearing to examine the impact of student loan debt on borrowers and the economy. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau student loan debt is near $1 trillion. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) chairs the hearing. http://www.c-span.org/video/?319757-1/student-loan-debt

      10:30 AM ET
      Senate Committee Homeland Security and Government Affairs
      Port Security Assessment
      Transportation, FEMA, and Coast Guard officials testified on progress made in addressing port security, and some of the challenges that remain. http://www.c-span.org/video/?319742-1/port-security-assessment

      11:00 AM ET
      U.S. Senate: Vote on Advancing Sylvia Burwell HHS Secretary Nomination http://www.c-span.org/video/?319760-2/us-senate-vote-advancing-sylvia-burwell-hhs-secretary-nomination

      1:30 PM ET
      First Lady Michelle Obama Announces The Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness http://www.c-span.org/video/?319743-1/first-lady-ending-veteran-homelessness

      2:30 PM ET
      Senate Committee Judiciary | Privacy, Technology and the Law
      Location Privacy Protection –
      Al Franken
      Witnesses testified on legislation that would end “stalking apps,” which abusers can put on victims’ smartphones to secretly track their location, and give consumers control over sensitive location information. http://www.c-span.org/video/?319758-1/location-privacy-protection

      ————

      Department of State http://www.state.gov

      1:45 PM ET
      25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Event
      Harvard-based historian Rowena will speak on the events of the 1989 Tiananmen Movement and her new book Tiananmen Exiles: Voices of the Struggle for Democracy in China. Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall will deliver opening remarks.

      ____

      G7 Summit – http://video.consilium.europa.eu

      10.00 EU bilateral meeting with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe

      15:00 Pre-summit press briefing by Presidents Van Rompuy and Barroso

      19:30 Arrival of participants and official welcome

      20:00 Working dinner on the situation in Ukraine, relations with Russia and other foreign policy topics

  8. CR says:

    https://propresobama.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/pbo-europe-20141-e1401918660963.png?w=450

    President Obama’s European Travel Itinerary

    Wednesday, June 4

    President Obama and President-elect Poroshenko of Ukraine hold a bilateral meeting
    Marriot, Warsaw, Poland

    President Obama meets with US embassy staff and family members
    Marriot, Warsaw, Poland

    President Obama participates in a family photo with leaders
    Royal Castle, Warsaw, Poland

    President Obama attends and delivers remarks at the Day of Freedom Event ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of Poland’s first free elections
    Royal Castle, Warsaw, Poland

    President Obama travels to Brussels, Belgium

    President Obama and Belgian King Philippe hold a bilateral meeting
    Royal Palace, Brussels, Belgium

    President Obama attends the Group of 7 Summit
    The Hague, Justus Lipsius Building, Brussels, Belgium

    President Obama and the G7 leaders hold a working dinner on foreign policy issues
    The Hague, Justus Lipsius Building, Brussels, Belgium

    • CR says:

      June 04, 2014

      Remarks by President Obama and President-elect Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine After Bilateral Meeting

      Warsaw Marriott Hotel
      Warsaw, Poland

      10:45 A.M. CET

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, it is a great pleasure for me to have the opportunity to have my first extended meeting with President-elect Poroshenko and to hear about his plans for a peaceful and prosperous Ukraine. Obviously, Ukraine has gone through a very challenging time. And what we have seen has been a incredible outpouring of democracy in the face of actions by Russia as well as armed militias in certain portions of the east that violate international law, violate sovereignty, and have spurred great violence.

      Despite all that, what the Ukrainians said in the election that resulted in President-elect Poroshenko’s inauguration on Saturday is that they reject that past. They reject violence. They reject corruption. And what they’re interested in is the opportunity for Ukrainians to make their own decisions about their own future — a future in which if people work hard, if they are willing to educate themselves and apply themselves, that they can succeed and that they can choose their own representatives, and that those representatives will look out for their interests and not the interests of only those in power.

      That’s the hope that President-elect Poroshenko represents. And in my discussions with him today it’s clear that he understands the aspirations and the hopes of the Ukrainian people. And when I say the Ukrainian people, I mean all the Ukrainian people. I think that President-elect Poroshenko recognizes that his mandate is not just to help certain portions of his country succeed, but all portions of his country succeed.

      We had the opportunity to discuss President-elect Poroshenko’s plans for bringing peace and order to the east that is still experiencing conflict. We discussed his economic plans and the importance of rooting out corruption, increasing transparency, and creating new models of economic growth. We discussed issues of energy — making sure that Ukraine becomes a more energy-efficient economy but also one that is less dependent solely on energy sources from Russia. And I have been deeply impressed by his vision, in part because of his experience as a businessman, in understanding what’s required to help Ukraine grow and to be effective.

      The challenge now for the international community is to make sure that we are supporting Petro’s efforts. And the United States has already stepped up in a number of ways. We’re supplementing the assistance that the IMF is providing with $1 billion in additional loan guarantees, and we’ve discussed additional steps that we might take to help during this reform and transition process. We’ve discussed additional steps that we can take to help train and professionalize the Ukrainian law enforcement and military so they can deal with some of the challenges that are still taking place in certain portions of the country. And, in fact, today we announced some additional non-lethal assistance that we can provide — things like night vision goggles that will help a professional Ukrainian military force do its job.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/04/remarks-president-obama-and-president-elect-petro-poroshenko-ukraine-aft

    • CR says:

      June 04, 2014

      Remarks by President Obama at at 25th Anniversary of Freedom Day — Warsaw, Poland

      Castle Square
      Warsaw, Poland

      12:10 P.M. CET

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hello, Warsaw! (Applause.) Witaj, Polsko! (Applause.)

      Mr. President; Mr. Prime Minister; Madam Mayor; heads of state and government, past and present — including the man who jumped that shipyard wall to lead a strike that became a movement, the prisoner turned president who transformed this nation — thank you, Lech Walesa, for your outstanding leadership. (Applause.)

      Distinguished guests, people of Poland, thank you for your extraordinary welcome and for the privilege of joining you here today. I bring with me the greetings and friendship of the American people — and of my hometown of Chicago, home to so many proud Polish Americans. (Applause.) In Chicago, we think of ourselves as a little piece of Poland. In some neighborhoods, you only hear Polish. The faithful come together at churches like Saint Stanislaus Kostka. We have a parade for Polish Constitution Day. And every summer, we celebrate the Taste of Polonia, with our kielbasa and pierogies, and we’re all a little bit Polish for that day. (Applause.) So being here with you, it feels like home. (Applause.)

      Twenty-five years ago today, we witnessed a scene that had once seemed impossible — an election where, for the first time, the people of this nation had a choice. The Communist regime thought an election would validate their rule or weaken the opposition. Instead, Poles turned out in the millions. And when the votes were counted, it was a landslide victory for freedom. One woman who voted that day said, “There is a sense that something is beginning to happen in Poland. We feel the taste of Poland again.” She was right. It was the beginning of the end of Communism — not just in this country, but across Europe.

      The images of that year are seared in our memory. Citizens filling the streets of Budapest and Bucharest. Hungarians and Austrians cutting the barbed wire border. Protestors joining hands across the Baltics. Czechs and Slovaks in their Velvet Revolution. East Berliners climbing atop that wall. And we have seen the extraordinary progress since that time. A united Germany. Nations in Central and Eastern Europe standing tall as proud democracies. A Europe that is more integrated, more prosperous and more secure. We must never forget that the spark for so much of this revolutionary change, this blossoming of hope, was lit by you, the people of Poland. (Applause.)

      History was made here. The victory of 1989 was not inevitable. It was the culmination of centuries of Polish struggle, at times in this very square. The generations of Poles who rose up and finally won independence. The soldiers who resisted invasion, from the east and the west. The Righteous Among the Nations — among them Jan Karski — who risked all to save the innocent from the Holocaust. The heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto who refused to go without a fight. The Free Poles at Normandy and the Poles of the Home Army who — even as this city was reduced to rubble — waged a heroic uprising.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/04/remarks-president-obama-25th-anniversary-freedom-day-warsaw-poland

  9. CR says:

    https://propresobama.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/g7-brussels-20141-e1401829906871.png?w=450

    Brussels G7 Summit 2014 – 4-5 June 2014

    The leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission (G7 leaders) will meet in Brussels on 4-5 June 2014 in the G7 format.

    G7 leaders will discuss foreign policy issues, and in particular the situation in Ukraine and the relations with Russia, as well as the global economy and trade, energy, climate change and development.

    The European Union is a full member of the G8 (and the G20) and is jointly represented by the European Council President and the European Commission President.

    It is the first time that the EU hosts a summit and that it takes place in Brussels. The two-day meeting, at the Council of the European Union – Justus Lipsius building, will begin at 8 p.m. on Wednesday 4 June and end on Thursday 5 June around 3 p.m.

    Agenda

    Wednesday 4 June

    10.00 EU bilateral meeting with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe

    15:00 Pre-summit press briefing by Presidents Van Rompuy and Barroso

    19:30 Arrival of participants and official welcome

    20:00 Working dinner on the situation in Ukraine, relations with Russia and other foreign policy topics

    Thursday 5 June

    09:30 – 10:40 First working session on global economy and trade

    10:40 Family photo

    10:50 – 12:00 Second working session on energy security and climate change

    12:00 – 14:00 Working lunch on development

    Exact time TBC Closing press conference by Presidents Van Rompuy and Barroso

    For more: http://www.european-council.europa.eu/g7brussels

    .

    G7 Summit – Live Stream: http://video.consilium.europa.eu

  10. CR says:

    https://propresobama.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/homeless-vet-call-center-e1401834440599.png?w=450

    We Can All Do Something to End Veteran Homelessness

    VA is committed to ending Veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. No one who has served our country should ever go without a safe, stable place to call home.

    The entire department has put its energy and resources into ending Veteran homelessness. VA’s programs provide individualized, comprehensive care to Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

    Still, VA cannot do it alone. Organizations and individuals in communities across the country are integral to providing services to Veterans and spreading the word about the resources VA provides to end and prevent homelessness among Veterans.

    Explore va.gov/homeless to learn about VA’s programs for Veterans and to find out what you, your neighbors, and your community can do to help Veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.

    Know that one phone call can be the difference in the life of a Veteran who is homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Make the Call to 877-4AID-VET (424-3838) to be connected 24/7 with VA’s services to overcome or prevent homelessness for yourself or a Veteran you know.

    For the entire article: http://www.va.gov/homeless/#

    * Veterans Administration/Homeless
    * My HelathVet 
    * Veteran Services
    * VA Locations
    * Prevention Suicide 
    * Open Advanced Search 
    * Veterans Affairs Mobile app
    * PTSD Coach app
    * National Resource Directory- Veteran Job Search
    * National Resource Directory app

    June 4
    First Lady Michelle Obama announces the “Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness” with the goal of ending homelessness among veterans by 2015. Housing and Urban Development Department Secretary Shaun Donovan and Acting Veterans’ Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson also give remarks.

    • CR says:

      Michelle Obama Promotes Ending Vet Homelessness

      JUNE 4, 2014, 10:03 AM EDT NANCY BENAC – tpm

      WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid a furor over the failings of federal health-care programs for veterans, Michelle Obama was putting the spotlight Wednesday on a program that is working to reduce homelessness among vets.

      The first lady was welcoming to the White House some 20 mayors and local officials who are among dozens around the country participating in the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness. She was being joined at the event by acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson and Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan.

      The Obama administration in 2010 set a goal of ending homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015. Veteran homelessness has dropped by 24 percent since then, but there were still nearly 58,000 homeless veterans as of January 2013, according to the most recent statistics available. That represented 12 percent of all homeless adults.

      Mrs. Obama was announcing the commitment of 77 mayors, four governors and four county officials to participate in the mayors challenge. And she was calling on additional mayors and local leaders around the country to join the program.

      For more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/first-lady-promotes-ending-vet-homelessness

    • CR says:

      June 04, 2014

      Remarks by the First Lady Announcing Mayors Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness

      East Room

      1:49 P.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much, everyone. Thank you all. Well, welcome. Rest yourselves. Thank you so much. This is a good-news day, and I am honored to welcome everyone here to the White House.

      I want to start by thanking Chris. Let’s give Chris a round of applause for her courage. (Applause.) I look at Chris and I go she’s a baby. I mean, she served our country and she’s a baby. And Chris is also the face of veterans and the face of homelessness, which is why today is so important. And we are grateful that she could be here to share her story. We are proud of you, Chris, and proud of everything you’re going to do because we know you’re going to keep contributing.

      I also want to thank Secretary Donovan for his tremendous leadership at HUD, as well as Mayor Julian Castro, who we are confident will continue to build on the progress that we’ve been making. I also want to thank acting Secretary Sloan Gibson. Sloan and I have done some really good work together, and I am so happy he’s joining us and is going to keep doing great work. And we’re just grateful for his distinguished service to our country for so many years — as well as Mayor Becker for doing such phenomenal work in Salt Lake City.

      I also want to recognize someone who doesn’t get a lot of attention, and that is Laura Zeilinger, who — yes. (Applause.) Laura. Today is the first day I got to meet Laura, but her reputation precedes her. She is the Executive Director of the Interagency Council on Homelessness. So for many of the advancements we’ve made have, it’s been because of the Council’s work to streamline and coordinate our efforts across agencies. So I want to thank Laura and everyone from the Council for their outstanding leadership and service.

      And most of all, I want to thank all of you here today -– our guests, our mayors, our community leaders; the county and city, federal employees who work day in and day out to repay our debt to our veterans.

      Now, unfortunately, homelessness among our veterans is an issue that we’re all too familiar with. Sometimes we see these folks on our way to work or when we’re walking our kids home from school. We might pass them — someone as we’re strolling through the park sitting on a bench and not even realize that he or she is a veteran. Maybe we say hello, offer to buy a sandwich, but often we just keep on going, rushing off to the next meeting, burying our heads into our smart phones. It’s not that we don’t care, it’s just that we think, well, there’s no way we’ll ever solve this problem, that’s just the way things go.

      But that kind of thinking starts to melt away when we better understand the stories of these veterans. The man who lost his arm in Vietnam, and when he and his wife’s medical bills kept piling up they lost their home. The Gulf War vet who injured her back and lost her job, and then her house, and spent months on the streets. The Army veteran from the Iraq War who survived cancer, but when she and her two kids were evicted from their home they had nowhere to go.

      These are just three stories. Altogether, roughly 58,000 veterans are experiencing homelessness in America today -– a number that, fortunately, has fallen sharply in the past few years. But whatever the number, these brave men and women have served this country with courage and grace.

      Some volunteered to serve; many others were drafted. They went off to faraway jungles and deserts and mountain regions; they saw their best friends fall in ambush, or because of a suicide bomb. Some of them were left wondering why they were the ones who survived. And after all that, too many of them have come home only to fight a new battle -– a battle to keep a roof over their head, a battle just to have somewhere to go when it rains.

      Now, I want to be very clear: The vast majority of our veterans return home in good health and good spirits. They go on to build good families, find good jobs. They keep serving this nation in their communities through their congregations and schools and neighborhoods. In fact, the percentage of veterans who are homeless today is actually just 0.3 percent of the total veteran population.

      But even one homeless veteran is a shame. (Applause.) And the fact that we have 58,000 is a moral outrage. We should all be horrified. (Applause.) Tens of thousands of veterans who risked their lives for our country are sleeping in their cars, or in a shelter, or next to a subway vent. We should be horrified because that’s not who we are as Americans.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/04/remarks-first-lady-announcing-mayors-challenge-end-veterans-homelessness

  11. CR says:

    Tiananmen Square protests of 1989

    The Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, commonly known as the June Fourth Incident ( 六四事件 ) or more accurately ’89 Democracy Movement ( 八九民运 ) in Chinese, were student-led popular demonstrations in Beijing which took place in the spring of 1989 and received broad support from city residents, exposing deep splits within China’s political leadership. The protests were forcibly suppressed by hardline leaders who ordered the military to enforce martial law in the country’s capital. The crackdown that initiated on June 3–4 became known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre or the June 4 Massacre as troops with assault rifles and tanks inflicted casualties on unarmed civilians trying to block the military’s advance towards Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing, which student demonstrators had occupied for seven weeks. The scale of military mobilization and the resulting bloodshed were unprecedented in the history of Beijing, a city with a rich tradition of popular protests in the 20th century.

    The Chinese government condemned the protests as a “counter-revolutionary riot”, and has prohibited all forms of discussion or remembrance of the events since. Due to the lack of information from China, many aspects of the events remain unknown or unconfirmed. Estimates of the death toll range from a few hundred to the thousands.

    The protests were triggered in April 1989 by the death of former Communist Party General Secretary, Hu Yaobang, a liberal reformer, who was deposed after losing a power struggle with hardliners over the direction of political and economic reform. University students marched and gathered in Tiananmen Square to mourn. Hu had also voiced grievances against inflation, limited career prospects, and corruption of the party elite. The protesters called for government accountability, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and the restoration of workers’ control over industry. At the height of the protests, about a million people assembled in the Square.

    The government initially took a conciliatory stance toward the protesters. The student-led hunger strike galvanized support for the demonstrators around the country and the protests spread to 400 cities by mid-May. Ultimately, China’s paramount leader Deng Xiaoping and other party elders resolved to use force. Party authorities declared martial law on May 20, and mobilized as many as 300,000 troops to Beijing.

    In the aftermath of the crackdown, the government conducted widespread arrests of protesters and their supporters, cracked down on other protests around China, expelled foreign journalists and strictly controlled coverage of the events in the domestic press. The police and internal security forces were strengthened. Officials deemed sympathetic to the protests were demoted or purged.Zhao Ziyang was ousted in a party leadership reshuffle and replaced with Jiang Zemin. Political reforms were largely halted and economic reforms did not resume until Deng Xiaoping’s 1992 southern tour. The Chinese government was widely condemned internationally for the use of force against the protesters. Western governments imposed economic sanctions and arms embargoes.

    For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiananmen_Square_protests_of_1989

    ———–

    June 4
    1:45 PM ET
    25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Event
    Harvard-based historian Rowena will speak on the events of the 1989 Tiananmen Movement and her new book Tiananmen Exiles: Voices of the Struggle for Democracy in China. Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall will deliver opening remarks.

    Department of State http://www.state.gov

    • CR says:

      June 04, 2014

      Statement by the Press Secretary on the 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

      Twenty-five years ago, the United States deplored the use of violence to silence the voices of the peaceful demonstrators in and around Tiananmen Square. Twenty-five years later, the United States continues to honor the memories of those who gave their lives in and around Tiananmen Square and throughout China, and we call on Chinese authorities to account for those killed, detained, or missing in connection with the events surrounding June 4, 1989.

      The United States will always speak out in support of the basic freedoms the protestors at Tiananmen Square sought, including the freedom of expression, the freedom of the press, and the freedoms of association and assembly. These freedoms—which are enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, the Chinese Constitution, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—are values the United States champions around the world.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/04/statement-press-secretary-25th-anniversary-tiananmen-square

  12. CR says:

    June 04, 2014

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the Presidential Election in Egypt

    The United States looks forward to working with Abdelfattah al-Sisi, the winner of Egypt’s presidential election, to advance our strategic partnership and the many interests shared by the United States and Egypt. President Obama, who is currently traveling in Europe, plans to speak with President-elect al-Sisi in the coming days.

    We note that domestic and international observers concluded in their preliminary statements that Egypt’s Presidential Electoral Commission (PEC) administered the election professionally and in line with Egyptian laws. We are pleased that international organizations were allowed to participate as observers, and note that balloting proceeded in a calm and peaceful manner.

    We also share concerns raised by observation groups about the restrictive political environment in which this election took place. We have consistently expressed our concerns about limits on freedom of peaceful assembly, association, and expression and call upon the government to ensure these freedoms as well as due process rights for all Egyptians. As Egypt looks toward parliamentary elections later this year, we urge the government to consider the recommendations of the observer groups on ways to improve the administration of future elections.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/04/statement-press-secretary-presidential-election-egypt

  13. CR says:

    Service Industries in U.S. Grow at Fastest Pace Since August

    Jun 4, 2014 7:30 AM PT By Jeanna Smialek – bloomberg

    Service industries expanded in May at the fastest pace in nine months as orders picked up, indicating improving sales will help the U.S. economy strengthen.

    The Institute for Supply Management’s non-manufacturing index climbed to 56.3 last month from 55.2 in April, the Tempe, Arizona-based group said today. Readings greater than 50 signal expansion. The median forecast of economists in a Bloomberg survey called for 55.5. The gauge of orders reached a more than three-year high.

    The third straight gain in the services measure shows demand is strengthening as companies add workers and rising stock and home prices give consumers the wherewithal to keep spending. The advance, along with the fastest pace of manufacturing this year, points to a second-quarter rebound in the economy.

    “It suggests the strong momentum we saw the past few months is being sustained to carry growth from Q2 into the second half of the year,” said Millan Mulraine, deputy head of U.S. research and strategy at TD Securities USA LLC in New York, who projected a reading of 56.2.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-04/ism-non-manufacturing-index-rose-to-56-3-in-may-from-55-2.html

  14. CR says:

    Markit U.S. Services PMITM – final data (with composite PMITM)
    Sharpest rise in service sector activity for just over two years

    4 June 2014

    Key points:
     Output growth hits 26-month high
     Fastest rise in new work since February 2011  Job creation picks up in May

    May data pointed to a renewed acceleration in the pace of U.S. service sector activity growth, driven by the fastest expansion of new business volumes for just over three years. Stronger demand led to a rise in backlogs of work for the first time in three months and the most marked increase in employment since January. Meanwhile, input cost inflation was also the highest since the start of the year, but prices charged by service providers increased at a slower pace than in April.

    At 58.1 in May (58.4 flash), up from 55.0 in April, the final seasonally adjusted Markit U.S. Services Business Activity Index signalled the fastest pace of output expansion since March 2012. The index has now registered above the 50.0 no-change mark for seven months running and the latest reading pointed to a robust pace of expansion.

    For more: http://www.markiteconomics.com/Survey/PressRelease.mvc/79ce2aae785c47a4b99b1233d757b169

  15. CR says:

    https://propresobama.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/6-4-14-wh-fatherhood-buzz-e1401900113326.png?w=450

    Fatherhood.gov

    Neighborhood barbershops are a trusted space to discuss personal and public issues, ranging from family to politics, health, money, and other life issues. Fatherhood Buzz is an effort to increase awareness around responsible fatherhood and parenting issues, and increase families access to support through local barbershops throughout the country.

    Learn more: https://www.fatherhood.gov/fatherhood-buzz

    Bring Fatherhood Buzz to Your Area: Join the barbershop & partner planning call – June 4

    Call for Barbershops: The purpose of this call is to inform barbershops and community partners about the NRFC’s Fatherhood Buzz efforts in June 2014, including our nationwide Father’s day events. Attend to learn innovative ways you and your community can benefit from celebrating fathers this Father’s Day weekend by partnering with Fatherhood Buzz and the NRFC.

    Wed. June 4 2014, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT
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    Save the Date: Future Calls Wed., June 18

  16. CR says:

    3:00 PM ET
    Vice President Biden Speaks at “The Future of Workforce” Third Way Meeting on Workforce Development, Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez also attends
    Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, Washington, DC

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

  17. CR says:

    Fed Saw Modest to Moderate Growth as Labor Market Improved

    Jun 4, 2014 11:33 AM PT By Steve Matthews – bloomberg

    The Federal Reserve said the economy expanded at a modest to moderate pace last month as auto sales led household spending and the labor market improved.

    “Consumer spending expanded across almost all districts,” the report said today. “Labor market conditions generally strengthened” with “hiring activity steady to stronger” in most of the U.S.

    Seven of 12 districts saw “moderate” growth, with the rest characterized as “modest,” the Fed said in its Beige Book business survey, which is based on reports from its district banks.

    The survey, released two weeks before policy makers meet in Washington, supports Chair Janet Yellen’s view that the economy is rebounding from a 1 percent contraction in the first quarter caused largely by harsh winter weather. Fed officials are watching the labor market as they move to complete their bond-purchase program late this year and start considering the timing of the first interest-rate increase since 2006.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-04/fed-saw-modest-to-moderate-growth-in-may-as-job-market-improved.html

  18. CR says:

    https://propresobama.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/pbo-europe-20141-e1401918660963.png?w=450

    President Obama’s European Travel Itinerary

    Thursday, June 5

    President Obama attends G7 meetings on the global economy, and energy and climate issues
    The Hague, Brussels, Belgium

    President Obama and the G7 leaders hold a working lunch on development issues
    The Hague, Brussels, Belgium

    President Obama and United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Cameron hold a bilateral meeting
    The Hague, Brussels, Belgium

    President Obama and United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Cameron hold joint press conference
    The Hague, Brussels, Belgium

    President Obama travels to Paris, France

    President Obama and French President Hollande have a private dinner

    President Obama over nights in Paris

    • CR says:

      June 05, 2014

      Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom in Joint Press Conference

      Justus Lipsius Building
      Headquarters of the Council of the European Union
      Brussels, Belgium

      3:35 P.M. CET

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good afternoon, everybody. It is good to be here with my great friend and partner, Prime Minister David Cameron. Earlier this afternoon we concluded our summit with our fellow G7 leaders. And I want to thank His Majesty King Philippe, the Prime Minister, as well as the Belgian people for welcoming us back to Brussels.

      David and I also just had the opportunity to meet and discuss some pressing challenges — including Syria, Libya and Iran, as well as the process of ending our combat mission in Afghanistan. We spoke about the deepening partnership that we have on issues like Nigeria, in support of our shared goal of safely returning the kidnapped girls to their families. But what I want to focus on briefly before we take questions are two issues that dominated our discussion over the last two days, and that’s the situation in Ukraine and energy security.

      Originally, of course, our summit was supposed to be in Sochi. But after Russia’s actions in Ukraine, our nations united quickly around a common strategy. We suspended Russia from the G8 and we cancelled the Sochi meeting, making this the first G7 held without Russia in some 20 years. All seven of our nations have taken steps to impose costs on Russia for its behavior. Today, in contrast to a growing global economy, a sluggish Russian economy is even weaker because of the choices made by the Russia’s leadership. Meanwhile, our nations continue to stand united in our support and assistance to the Ukrainian people. And the G7 Summit was an occasion for me, David and our fellow leaders to ensure that we’re in lockstep going forward.

      On Ukraine, I shared the results of my meeting yesterday with President-elect Poroshenko. Like so many Ukrainians, he wants to forge closer ties with Europe and the United States, but also recognizes that Ukraine will benefit from a constructive relationship with Russia. So I believe his inauguration provides an opportunity, particularly since he has demonstrated a commitment to reach out to the east, and pursue reforms. Russia needs to seize that opportunity. Russia needs to recognize that President-elect Poroshenko is the legitimately elected leader of Ukraine and engage the government in Kyiv.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/05/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-david-cameron-united-kingdom-

  19. CR says:

    https://propresobama.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/d-day-70th-anniversary1-e1401998090313.png?w=450

    President Obama’s European Travel Itinerary

    Friday, June 6

    President Obama travels to Normandy, France

    President Obama participates in the ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion
    Omaha Beach, Normandy, France

    President Obama delivers remarks at the French-American commemoration, D-Day ceremony
    Normandy American Cemetery Memorial, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France

    President Obama attends a lunch hosted by President Hollande
    Sword Beach, Normandy, France

    President Obama attends an international Ceremony with all the leaders of the various belligerent countries in World War II

    President Obama returns to Washington, D.C

    • CR says:

      June 06, 2014

      Remarks by President Obama at the 70th Anniversary of D-Day — Omaha Beach, Normandy

      Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
      Omaha Beach
      Normandy, France

      11:16 A.M. CET

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: President Hollande; to the people of France; friends; the family; our veterans:

      If prayer were made of sound, the skies over England that night would have deafened the world.

      Captains paced their decks. Pilots tapped their gauges. Commanders pored over maps, fully aware that for all the months of meticulous planning, everything could go wrong — the winds, the tides, the element of surprise — and above all, the audacious bet that what waited on the other side of the Channel would compel men not to shrink away, but to charge ahead.

      Fresh-faced GIs rubbed trinkets, kissed pictures of sweethearts, checked and re-checked their equipment. “God,” asked one, “give me guts.” And in the pre-dawn hours, planes rumbled down runways; gliders and paratroopers slipped through the sky; giant screws began to turn on an armada that looked like more ships than sea. And more than 150,000 souls set off towards this tiny sliver of sand upon which hung more than the fate of a war, but rather the course of human history.

      President Hollande, distinguished guests, I’m honored to return here today to pay tribute to the men and women of a generation who defied every danger — among them, our veterans of D-Day. And, gentlemen, we are truly humbled by your presence here today. (Applause.)

      Just last week, I received a letter from a French citizen. “Dear Mr. President, and the American people,” he wrote, “[we are] honored to welcome you… to thank you again for all the pain and efforts of [the] American people and others in our common struggle for freedom.”

      Today, we say the same to the people of France. Thank you, especially, for the generosity that you’ve shown the Americans who’ve come here over the generations — to these beaches, and to this sacred place of rest for 9,387 Americans. At the end of the war, when our ships set off for America, filled with our fallen, tens of thousands of liberated Europeans turned out to say farewell, and they pledged to take care of the more than 60,000 Americans who would remain in cemeteries on this continent. In the words of one man, we will take care of the fallen “as if their tombs were our children’s.” And the people of France, you have kept your word like the true friends you are. We are forever grateful. (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/06/remarks-president-obama-70th-anniversary-d-day-omaha-beach-normandy

  20. CR says:

    West Wing Week: 6/6/14 or, “Dispatches: Europe”

    Published on Jun 5, 2014

    Welcome to a special edition of West Wing Week, Dispatches: Europe. This week, the President embarked on a three country tour which took him to Poland, the G7 Summit in Brussels, Belgium and then onto France where the President reaffirmed the United States commitment of support for the people and government of Ukraine, announced broader efforts to strengthen and modernize NATO; highlighted our work to diversify European energy security; and deepened our negotiations around the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

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