2013 Natl Medal of Arts & Natl Humanities Medal

The National Endowment for the Humanities was created in 1965 as an independent Federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the Nation.  The NEA extends its work through partnerships with State arts agencies, local leaders, other Federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. The Endowment brings high-quality historical and cultural experiences to large and diverse audiences in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and five territories.

Natl Medal of Arts

2013 National Medal of Arts

  • Julia Alvarez, Novelist, Poet, and Essayist, Weybridge, VT
  • Brooklyn Academy of Music, Presenter, Brooklyn, NY
  • Joan Harris, Arts Patron, Chicago, IL
  • Bill T. Jones, Dancer and Choreographer, Valley Cottage, NY
  • John Kander, Musical Theater Composer, New York, NY
  • Jeffrey Katzenberg, Director and CEO of DreamWorks, Beverly Hills, CA
  • Maxine Hong Kingston, Writer, Oakland, CA
  • Albert Maysles, Documentary Filmmaker, New York, NY
  • Linda Ronstadt, Musician, San Francisco, CA
  • Billie Tsien and Tod Williams (receiving individual medals), Architects, New York, NY
  • James Turrell, Visual Artist, Flagstaff, AZ

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2013 National Humanities Medal

  • M.H. Abrams, Literary Critic, Ithaca, NY
  • David Brion Davis, Historian, Orange, CT
  • Darlene Clark Hine, Historian, Chicago, IL
  • Anne Firor Scott, Historian, Chapel Hill, NC
  • William Theodore De Bary, East Asian studies scholar, Tappan, NY
  • Johnpaul Jones, Architect, Bainbridge, WA
  • Stanley Nelson, Filmmaker, New York, NY
  • Diane Rehm, Radio Host, Washington, D.C.
  • Krista Tippett, Radio Host, St. Paul, MN
  • American Antiquarian Society, Historical Organization, Worcester, MA

For more information: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/22/advisory-president-obama-award-2013-national-medal-arts-and-national-hum


Monday, July 28, 2014
President Obama awards the 2013 National Medal of Arts and
the National Humanities Medals
East Room, White House


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  1. WH

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

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  2. 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal

    The National Endowment for the Humanities was created in 1965 as an independent Federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the Nation. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with State arts agencies, local leaders, other Federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. The Endowment brings high-quality historical and cultural experiences to large and diverse audiences in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and five territories.

    Monday, July 28, 2014
    President Obama awards the 2013 National Medal of Arts and
    the National Humanities Medals
    East Room, White House

    • July 28, 2014

      Remarks by the President at the Presentation of the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal

      East Room

      3:18 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. (Applause.) Hello! Hey! Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you, everybody. Please have a seat.

      Well, welcome to the White House. It has been 200 years since Dolley Madison saved the portrait of George Washington that hangs in this room from an advancing British army. So I guess you could say that the White House has always supported the arts. (Laughter.) I’m glad to say that Michelle has never had to save any paintings that I know of from Bo or otherwise. (Laughter.) But we do believe in celebrating extraordinarily talented Americans and their achievements in the arts and in the humanities.

      So I want to thank Jane Chu and Bro Adams, the chairs of the National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment of the Humanities, for their outstanding work. And I want to thank members of Congress, including a great champion of the arts, Nancy Pelosi, for joining us this afternoon. (Applause.)

      The late, great Maya Angelou once said, “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” Each of the men and women that we honor today has a song -– literally, in some cases. For others, it’s a talent, or a drive, or a passion that they just had to share with the world.

      To our honorees: Like most creative and brainy people, you did not cultivate your song for accolades or applause. If there were no medal for your work, I expect you’d still be out there designing buildings and making movies and digging through archives and asking tough questions in interviews.

      But we do honor you today — because your accomplishments have enriched our lives and reveal something about ourselves and about our country. And we can never take for granted the flash of insight that comes from watching a great documentary or reading a great memoir or novel, or seeing an extraordinary piece of architecture. We can’t forget the wonder we feel when we stand before an incredible work of art, or the world of memories we find unlocked with a simple movement or a single note.

      The moments you help create -– moments of understanding or awe or joy or sorrow -– they add texture to our lives. They are not incidental to the American experience; they are central to it — they are essential to it. So we not only congratulate you this afternoon, we thank you for an extraordinary lifetime of achievement.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/28/remarks-president-presentation-2013-national-medal-arts-and-national-hum

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    Presidential Proclamation — National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, 2014


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    More than six decades ago, courageous Americans joined Korean patriots as they defended their right to decide their own fate. They fought through mud, snow, and heavy fire. As they stood firm against the tide of Communism, nearly 37,000 Americans gave their last full measure of devotion. Thanks to all who served and all who died, allied forces pushed invading armies back across the 38th parallel, and on July 27, 1953, they secured a hard-earned victory. On National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, we honor the men and women who sacrificed so a people they had never met would know the blessings of liberty and security.

    Yet our gratitude is not enough. As a Nation, we must do more to keep faith with our veterans and the families that stand with them always. Just as they have done their duty, we must do ours. We will never waver in our commitment to fully account for the captured and the missing, nor will we ever stop striving to give our veterans the care and opportunities they have earned.

    As we salute the men and women who made this victory possible, we reflect on the open and prosperous society that is their enduring legacy. The Republic of Korea has risen from occupation and ruin to become one of the world’s most vibrant democracies. While carefully defending the peace won 61 years ago, the South Korean people have built an advanced, dynamic economy. Today, the alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea — forged in war and fortified by common ideals — remains as strong as ever.

    This progress was not an accident. It reminds us that liberty and democracy do not come easily; we must win them, tend to them constantly, and defend them without fail. As we mark this anniversary, let us show the full care and support of a grateful Nation to every service member who fought on freedom’s frontier.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim July 27, 2014, as National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day. I call upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities that honor our distinguished Korean War veterans.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fifth day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.


  4. Sunday shows: Gaza takes center stage

    7/26/14 03:35 PM EDT By Laura Barron-Lopez – TheHill

    The escalating crisis in Gaza and last-ditch efforts by Congress to solve the border crisis before leaving for August recess are set to dominate Sunday shows.

    Israel tried to extend an initial 12-hour truce as the death toll topped 1,000 on Saturday, after 19 days of fighting. But Hamas officials said they would reject the proposal to extend a cease-fire for four hours.

    Political, economic and security issues have fueled three weeks of ongoing violence, which began after the kidnappings and murder of four teenagers, a Palestinian and three Israelis. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that “serious progress” was being made to extend a cease-fire.

    Before leaving town for August recess, Congress may try to tackle formidable legislation on the border crisis, but it may be too little too late.

    House GOP held a private meeting Friday on slimmed-down legislation that would provide President Obama with less than $1 billion to deal with the surge of unaccompanied children from Central America entering the U.S. illegally.

    Here’s the lineup:

    ABC’s “This Week”: Anchor George Stephanopoulos will report the latest on the crisis in the Middle East. Key players in the last-minute effort to pass legislation on the border crisis, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) will discuss the chances of it passing before the summer break. A roundtable including Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and former Labor Secretary under President Bill Clinton, Robert Reich, will discuss the week’s political events.

    NBC’s “Meet the Press”: In an exclusive, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will talk about the border crisis and action the House plans to take before leaving for August break. Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee will also discuss his property proposal, and the latest on what the recent House leadership changes mean for the Republican party. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will discuss the latest on the increasing conflict in Gaza.

    CBS’ “Face the Nation”: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will talk about the fighting between Israel and Hamas. Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will talk about the situation in Ukraine and Gaza. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin will discuss the resignation of Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

    Fox News Sunday: Rep. Stever Scalise (R-La.) will answer questions about immigration and the future of the GOP in the first TV interview since being elected House Majority. Netanyahu will discuss the violence in Gaza and talks of extending the truce.

    CNN’s State of the Union: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) will weigh in on the escalating chaos from Gaza to Ukraine. Russia has ramped up attacks on Ukrainian troops and is preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border to aide the rebels. Russia fired back at the European Union for a new round of sanctions imposed on Friday, claiming they would jeopardize the fight against international terrorism.

  5. Eugene Robinson: Israeli assault is taking an excessive toll

    7/24/2014 By Eugene Robinson

    Special to the Mercury News

    The civilian death toll in Gaza from Israel’s latest incursion is appalling. The right to self-defense is inalienable, but it is not free from moral constraints.

    As of this writing, nearly 750 Palestinians have been killed since the Israeli assault began, including dozens of children. On Thursday, a compound housing a United Nations school crowded with Gaza residents who had fled their homes to seek shelter was shelled in an incident still under investigation by the Israeli Defense Forces. Palestinian officials said 15 people were killed and scores injured.

    I support Israel. I abhor Hamas. But unleashing such devastating firepower on a tiny, densely crowded enclave in which civilians are trapped — and thus destined to become casualties — is wrong by any reasonable moral standard.

    The Israeli government’s motivations in Gaza deserve to be taken seriously. In the end, however, they do not justify the onslaught that is now in its third week. For Israeli military action to be justifiable, it must be proportionate. What we’re witnessing is not.

    For more: http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_26211530/eugene-robinson-israeli-assault-is-taking-an-excessive

    • July 27, 2014

      Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel

      President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke again today by phone about the situation in Gaza. The President underscored the United States’ strong condemnation of Hamas’ rocket and tunnel attacks against Israel and reaffirmed Israel’s right to defend itself. The President also reiterated the United States’ serious and growing concern about the rising number of Palestinian civilian deaths and the loss of Israeli lives, as well as the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza.

      Building on Secretary Kerry’s efforts, the President made clear the strategic imperative of instituting an immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire that ends hostilities now and leads to a permanent cessation of hostilities based on the November 2012 ceasefire agreement. The President reaffirmed the United States’ support for Egypt’s initiative, as well as regional and international coordination to end hostilities. The President underscored the enduring importance of ensuring Israel’s security, protecting civilians, alleviating Gaza’s humanitarian crisis, and enacting a sustainable ceasefire that both allows Palestinians in Gaza to lead normal lives and addresses Gaza’s long-term development and economic needs, while strengthening the Palestinian Authority. The President stressed the U.S. view that, ultimately, any lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must ensure the disarmament of terrorist groups and the demilitarization of Gaza.

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  7. WH

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    President Obama awards the 2013 National Medal of Arts and
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  8. Monday, July 28

    The U.S. Senate will vote this week on an $11 billion bill passed by the House that would authorize funds for road repairs, mass transit improvements and other infrastructure projects through May 2015.

  9. U.S. services sector activity accelerates in July: Markit
    Keywords: Markit, services sector

    7/28/14 28 minutes ago Reuters

    NEW YORK, July 28 (Reuters) – Activity in the U.S. services sector held at its highest level in 4-1/2 years in July, though readings for new business and employment growth weakened, a survey showed on Monday.

    Financial data firm Markit said its preliminary services Purchasing Managers Index was 61.0 in July, unchanged from June and above expectations for a reading of 59.8.

    A reading above 50 signals expansion in economic activity, and June’s reading was the highest final reading since the survey began in October 2009.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/u-services-sector-activity-accelerates-july-markit-135330754–business.html;_ylt=AwrSyCSHXNZT9VIAQ_vQtDMD

  10. July 27, 2014

    Statement by the President on the Occasion of Eid-al-Fitr

    As Muslims throughout the United States and around the world celebrate Eid-al-Fitr, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to them and their families. This last month has been a time of fasting, reflection, spiritual renewal, and service to the less fortunate. While Eid marks the completion of Ramadan, it also celebrates the common values that unite us in our humanity and reinforces the obligations that people of all faiths have to each other, especially those impacted by poverty, conflict, and disease.

    In the United States, Eid also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy. That is why we stand with people of all faiths, here at home and around the world, to protect and advance their rights to prosper, and we welcome their commitment to giving back to their communities.

    On behalf of the Administration, we wish Muslims in the United States and around the world a blessed and joyous celebration. Eid Mubarak.

  11. July 28, 2014

    Remarks by the President in Town Hall with the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

    Omni Shoreham Hotel
    Washington, D.C.

    11:10 A.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! (Applause.) Hello, everybody. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Everybody, please have a seat. Have a seat. We’re just getting started here. Well, hello, everybody. (Applause.) Welcome to Washington. I know most of you are visiting our country for the first time. So on behalf of the American people, welcome to the United States of America. (Applause.) We are thrilled to have you here. And to everybody who’s watching online across Africa, or at watch parties, or following through social media — you are a part of this, too, and we’re very glad that you’re with us.

    And can everybody please give Faith a big round of applause for the great introduction. (Applause.) I have to say Faith didn’t seem very intimidated by the — (applause) — she seemed not lacking in confidence. (Laughter.) And she’s doing great work in South Africa to empower young people and young entrepreneurs, especially women.

    Now, I’m not here to give a big speech. The whole idea of a town hall is for me to be able to hear from you. But first, I want to speak briefly about why I believe so strongly in all of you being here today.

    Next week, I’ll host a truly historic event — the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, where nearly 50 Presidents and Prime Ministers attend from just about all of your countries. It will be the largest gathering any American President has ever hosted with African heads of state and government. And the summit reflects a principle that has guided my approach to Africa ever since I became President — that the security and prosperity and justice that we seek in the world cannot be achieved without a strong and prosperous and self-reliant Africa.

    And even as we deal with crises and challenges in other parts of the world that often dominate our headlines, even as we acknowledge the real hardships that so many Africans face every day, we have to make sure that we’re seizing the extraordinary potential of today’s Africa, which is the youngest and fastest-growing of the continents.

    So next week’s summit will focus on how we can continue to build a new model of partnership between America and Africa — a partnership of equals that focuses on your capacity to expand opportunity and strengthen democracy and promote security and peace. But this can’t be achieved by government alone. It demands the active engagement of citizens, especially young people.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/28/remarks-president-town-hall-washington-fellowship-young-african-leaders

    • July 28, 2014

      BACKGROUND & FACT SHEET: The President’s Young Africa Leaders Initiative (YALI)

      On background from a White House Official:

      This morning, the President will participate in a town hall with 500 exceptional young people who participated in the inaugural Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, an initiative he announced in 2013 as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). President Obama first launched YALI in 2010 to support an emerging generation of African leaders as they work to drive economic growth, enhance democratic governance, and strengthen the civil society structures that will help the continent grow and prosper. The President announced the creation of this Fellowship, which connects young African leaders to leadership training opportunities at some of America’s top universities to expand their leadership skills and knowledge, during his 2013 trip to South Africa.

      During the town hall, the President will deliver remarks to announce that the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders program will be renamed in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela. The President will also announce new public-private partnerships to create a continuum of programs, platforms, and support for young African leaders. These new investments will include the development of four Regional Leadership Centers in Africa, a vast array of online classes and resources, along with seed funding, mentoring, and networking opportunities. A Fact Sheet detailing these announcements is below. For more information on the Fellowship, click HERE.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/28/background-fact-sheet-president-s-young-africa-leaders-initiative-yali

    • Young African Leaders Initiative Network

      Welcoming Promising Leaders to the United States
      The Mandela Washington Fellows arrived in the United States in June 2014 and studied at 20 top American universities. Their six-week academic coursework and executive leadership training focused on one of three tracks: business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, or public management. Formal university programming was augmented with workshops, mentoring, and networking opportunities with leaders in their fields.

      In July 2014, Mandela Washington Fellows converged in Washington, DC for a Presidential Summit and Town Hall. Over three days, Fellows engaged with leaders from the public and private sectors, as well as with each other. Following the Summit, 100 Fellows stayed in the United States to participate in eight-week internships with over 80 American non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private companies, and governmental offices.

      For more: https://youngafricanleaders.state.gov/washington-fellowship/fellowshipabout/

      • July 28, 2014

        FACT SHEET: The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

        Today, in front of 500 exceptional young leaders, President Obama will announce the renaming of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in honor of Nelson Mandela. He will also announce that the United States intends to double the number of annual participants in the Mandela Washington Fellowship to 1000 by the summer of 2016.

        The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and embodies President Obama’s commitment to invest in the future of Africa. The first class of Mandela Washington Fellows arrived in June 2014 for six weeks of intensive executive leadership training, networking, and skills building, followed by a Presidential Summit in Washington, DC. Through this initiative, young African leaders are gaining the skills and connections they need to accelerate their own career trajectories and contribute more robustly to strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/28/fact-sheet-mandela-washington-fellowship-young-african-leaders

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