Vice Pres Biden’s Trip to Panama

11/15/2013

US PanamaThe Panama Canal is a 77.1-kilometre (48 mi) ship canal in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean (via the Caribbean Sea) to the Pacific Ocean. The canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and is a key conduit for international maritime trade. There are locks at each end to lift ships up to Gatun Lake, an artificial lake created to reduce the amount of excavation work required for the canal, 26 metres (85 ft) above sea level. The current locks are 33.5 metres (110 ft) wide. A third, wider lane of locks is currently under construction and is due to open in 2015.

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

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.VP Biden en Panama

 Monday, November 18th 

Vice President Biden and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx tour the port of Houston, Houston, Texas

Tuesday, November 19th

Vice President Biden accompanied by Secretary of Transportation Foxx, respresentatives from both parties of Congress and city leaders to meet with President Martinelli and to tour the Panama Canal expansion project
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Vice President Biden and Panamanian President Martinelli hold a bilateral meeting, Palacio de las Garzas , Panama City, Panama

Vice President Biden and Panamanian President Martinelli deliver statements to the press, Palacio de las Garzas , Panama City, Panama

Vice President Biden participates in wreath-laying ceremony, Corozal American Cemetery and Memorial, Panama City, Panama

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Vice President Biden to Travel to Panama

October 25, 2013 – panama.usembassy.gov

Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Panama the third week of November to meet with President Martinelli and to tour the Panama Canal expansion project. In his meeting with President Martinelli, the Vice President will discuss our bilateral partnership and emphasize our mutual interest in improving integration in Central America as a means to accelerate regional economic growth. The Vice President’s visit to the Panama Canal expansion project follows on his September visits to the ports of Baltimore, Charleston, and Savannah to highlight the importance of infrastructure investments in the United States. The project will nearly triple the capacity of the canal and will allow significantly larger ships to call on U.S. ports, helping spark job creation and prosperity at home and across the Americas.

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A Report to Congress Addressing “the Critical Need for Additional Port and Inland Waterway Modernization to Accommodate Post- Panamax Vessels”

• U.S. population growth increasing 100 million within 30 years

• U.S. exports to the Americas increased from $250 billion to nearly $750 billion during between 2008 and 2011. U.S. imports and exports are projected to increase significantly

• Worldwide numbers of post-Panamax vessels increasing

• Opportunities for economically justified port expansion are expected to be greatest along the Southeast and Gulf coasts – Corps is conducting 17 port specific studies to identify expansion needs

• Increased grain exports through the Gulf can be expected as a result of transportation cost savings associated with the use of larger vessels – The capacities of the Inland Waterways serving the export market needs to be maintained to take advantage of this opportunity

For more: http://www.iwr.usace.army.mil/portals/70/docs/portswaterways/Post-Panamax_Study_Webinar_July_19_2012.pdf

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FACT SHEET: Modernizing and Investing in America’s Ports and Infrastructure

November 08, 2013

FACT SHEET: Modernizing and Investing in America’s Ports and Infrastructure

On November 8th, President Obama will speak from the Port of New Orleans, one of the nation’s largest ports, where he will reiterate his call to invest in rebuilding America’s infrastructure, including strategic ports along the Mississippi River such as the Port of New Orleans, which support U.S. commerce and trade.

Despite making significant progress under the President’s leadership, there is still much more work to be done across the country to improve our nation’s infrastructure. That’s why the President continues to call for greater investments. Rebuilding our roads, bridges and ports will not only put Americans back to work, but also help to expand trade, keep American businesses competitive and create even more jobs here at home.

* Ports like the one in New Orleans and around the Mississippi River Valley play a central role in the American economy by facilitating global trade and exports.

* That’s why the Obama Administration has invested significant resources into New Orleans.

* The President’s support for the Port of New Orleans has helped grow the region’s exports

* But more remains to be done, and the President has proposed increasing investments in infrastructure and continuing to promote a broad trade agenda

President Obama Understands that America’s Ports Are Key to Our Competitiveness.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/08/fact-sheet-modernizing-and-investing-america-s-ports-and-infrastructure

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Congressional Reform Act of 2013

10/18/2013

US Congress

Congressional Reform Act of 2013

1. No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 01/31/2013. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.

Congressmen/women made all these contracts for themselves.
Serving in Congress

8. Term limits will be set the same as president. A two term limit for all congressman/women will take effect immediately and all pensions stop for everyone past and present. They made enough money by being in office for two terms, now they can go and get a job with that nice resume they have, just like the rest of us would have to do.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their Term(s), then go home and back to work

To sign the petition: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/congressional-reform-152

Learn about the United States Congress

 

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P5+1 Negotiations – Geneva 2013

10/14/2013

UN Geneva

The P5+1 is a group of countries which in 2006 joined the diplomatic efforts with Iran in regard to its nuclear program. The term refers to the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, namely United StatesRussiaChinaUnited Kingdom,France and Germany. P5+1 is sometimes referred to as the E3+3 by European countries.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P5%2B1

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* Background Briefing on P5+1 Negotiations http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2013/10/215369.htm

P5+1 Meeting
October 15-16, 2013
Geneva, Switzerland

Secretary of State Department Under Secretary Wendy R. Sherman to lead the United States’ delegation

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UPDATE:   Iran, six world powers clinch breakthrough nuclear deal

11/23/13 1 hour ago By Parisa Hafezi and Justyna Pawlak – Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers reached a breakthrough agreement early on Sunday to curb Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for limited sanctions relief, in a first step towards resolving a dangerous decade-old standoff.

The deal between the Islamic state and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia was nailed down after more than four days of negotiations.

“We have reached an agreement,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced on his Twitter feed. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius also confirmed the deal.

Iran will get access to $4.2 billion in foreign exchange as part of the accord, a Western diplomat said. No other details of the agreement were immediately available.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and foreign ministers of the five other world powers joined the negotiations with Iran early on Saturday as the two sides appeared to be edging closer to a long-sought preliminary agreement.

The talks were aimed at finding a package of confidence-building steps to ease decades of tensions and banish the specter of a Middle East war over Tehran’s nuclear aspirations.

The Western powers’ goal had been to cap Iran’s nuclear energy program, which has a history of evading U.N. inspections and investigations, to remove any risk of Tehran covertly refining uranium to a level suitable for bombs.

For more: http://news.yahoo.com/iran-nuclear-deal-reached-geneva-021222943.html

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November 23, 2013

Statement By The President On First Step Agreement On Iran’s Nuclear Program

THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Today, the United States — together with our close allies and partners — took an important first step toward a comprehensive solution that addresses our concerns with the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear program.

Since I took office, I’ve made clear my determination to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. As I’ve said many times, my strong preference is to resolve this issue peacefully, and we’ve extended the hand of diplomacy. Yet for many years, Iran has been unwilling to meet its obligations to the international community. So my administration worked with Congress, the United Nations Security Council and countries around the world to impose unprecedented sanctions on the Iranian government.

These sanctions have had a substantial impact on the Iranian economy, and with the election of a new Iranian President earlier this year, an opening for diplomacy emerged. I spoke personally with President Rouhani of Iran earlier this fall. Secretary Kerry has met multiple times with Iran’s Foreign Minister. And we have pursued intensive diplomacy — bilaterally with the Iranians, and together with our P5-plus-1 partners — the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, and China, as well as the European Union.

Today, that diplomacy opened up a new path toward a world that is more secure — a future in which we can verify that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful and that it cannot build a nuclear weapon.

While today’s announcement is just a first step, it achieves a great deal. For the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program, and key parts of the program will be rolled back. Iran has committed to halting certain levels of enrichment and neutralizing part of its stockpiles. Iran cannot use its next-generation centrifuges, which are used for enriching uranium. Iran cannot install or start up new centrifuges, and its production of centrifuges will be limited. Iran will halt work at its plutonium reactor. And new inspections will provide extensive access to Iran’s nuclear facilities and allow the international community to verify whether Iran is keeping its commitments.

These are substantial limitations which will help prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon. Simply put, they cut off Iran’s most likely paths to a bomb. Meanwhile, this first step will create time and space over the next six months for more negotiations to fully address our comprehensive concerns about the Iranian program. And because of this agreement, Iran cannot use negotiations as cover to advance its program.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/23/statement-president-first-step-agreement-irans-nuclear-program


Vice President Biden’s Mexico Trip

09/19/2013

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Vice President Joe Biden travels to Mexico to highlight our strong relationships in the region.

Vice President Biden will launch the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue and participate in an education event highlighting the Bilateral Forum on Education, Innovation and Research. He will meet with President Peña Nieto, underscoring the United States’ commitment to deepening our close economic relationship with Mexico, our third largest trading partner in the world, and the strength of our broad bilateral relationship.

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US-Mexico Relations At a Glance

The two countries share a maritime and land border in North America. Several treaties have been concluded between the two nations bilaterally, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Both are members of various international organizations, including the Organization of American States and the United Nations.

The two countries have close economic ties, being each other’s first and third largest trading partners. They are also closely connected demographically, with over one million U.S. citizens living in Mexico and Mexico being the largest source of immigrants to the United Sates. Illegal immigration and illegal trade in drugs and in fire arms have been causes of differences but also of cooperation.

To learn more: http://mexico.usembassy.gov/index.html

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Viice President Biden and Mexican President Peña Nieto in Mexico City, Mexico – September 20, 2013

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Vice President’s Mexico Trip Itinerary

Wednesday, September 18
11:30 AM ET
Vice President Biden meets with U.S. participants in the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue
Roosevelt Room, White House

Thursday, September 19
10:00 PM ET
Vice President Biden and Dr Jill Biden is welcomed to Mexico
Benito Juarez International Airport

Friday, September 20
Vice President Biden meets with Mexico’s President Peña Nieto to participate in the launch of the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue

Vice President Biden attends the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue

Vice President Biden participates in an education event highlighting the Bilateral Forum on Education, Innovation and Research

Vice President Biden and  Mexico’s President Peña Nieto hold a bilateral meeting
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Pres Obama’s Trip to Sweden and 2013 G20 Leaders’ Summit

09/02/2013

Pres Obama Sweden Trip

August 07, 2013

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Sweden

Before traveling to Russia, the President will travel to Stockholm, Sweden, on September 4 and 5.  Sweden is a close friend and partner to the United States.  Sweden plays a key leadership role on the international stage, including in opening new trade and investment opportunities through the U.S.-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, advancing clean technologies, and promoting environmental sustainability.

Welcome to #KTH, Obama! #ObamainSweden pic.twitter.com/3ghms3DDb2— KTH aktuellt (@KTHinfo) August 31, 2013

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G20 Russia 2013

The G20 was created in December 1999 in response to the financial crises affecting the emerging countries in the late 1990s. The initial aim was to have the finance ministers and central bank governors of the industrialised and emerging countries meet once a year to facilitate international economic policy cooperation.

Confronted with the deepest economic and financial crisis since World War II, the G20 went into high gear in late 2008 at the initiative of France, the holder of the rotating EU presidency at the time. What emerged was an economic steering body that brought together the world’s major political leaders at the highest level. At the pioneering Washington Summit in November 2008, heads of States and governments agreed on an extraordinary plan of action to prevent the financial system and the global economy from collapsing.

The 8th G20 Leaders’ Summit will be held on September 5-6, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

G20 Russia: http://www.g20.org/en

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President Obama’s Sweden, G20 Russia Travel Schedule

Tuesday, September 3
President Obama departs Washington, DC en route Stockholm, Sweden

Wednesday, September 4
President Obama is welcomed to Stockholm, Sweden

President Obama and Prime Minister Reinfeldt hold a bilateral meeting and joint press conference, Stockholm, Sweden

President Obama participates in an event honoring Raoul Wallenberg at the Great Synagogue, Stockholm, Sweden

President Obama tours an expo featuring clean energy innovations
Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden

President Obama attends a dinner with Nordic Leaders, Stockholm, Sweden

Thursday, September 5
President Obama and the King and Queen of Sweden hold a bilateral meeting, Stockholm, Sweden

President Obama departs Stockholm en route Saint Petersburg, Russia

President Obama attends G-20 Summit Leaders working session on growth and the global economy,  Konstantinovsky Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia

President Obama attends the G-20 Leaders working dinner on sustainable development,   Konstantinovsky Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Friday, September 6

President Obama attends the G-20 Leaders session on investing in growth and Summit session on investing in growth and jobs, Saint Petersburg, Russia

President Obama participates in the G-20 Leaders family photo
Konstantinovsky Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia

President  Obama participates in the G-20 Leaders working lunch on growth and trade,  Konstantinovsky Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia

President Obama participates in a press conference,  Konstantinovsky Palace,, Saint Petersburg, Russia

President Obama meets with human rights activists and LGBT rights groups, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Saint Petersburg, Russia

President Obama returns to Washington, DC

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FLOTUS @ Natl Council of La Raza & VPOTUS India/Singapore Trip

07/20/2013

2013 NCLR Banner

NCLR is proud to exhibit its growth and success at the NCLR Annual Conference, representing the largest and most important gathering of the nation’s most influential individuals, organizations, institutions, and companies working with the Hispanic community. The NCLR Annual Conference has grown with its gente, providing a forum for people in the business of social change to learn about ongoing and emerging issues in the Hispanic community, connect with key community leaders, and generate partnerships with Hispanic community-based organizations.

For more: http://www.nclr.org/index.php/events/nclr_annual
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FLOTUS LaRaza 2013

Tuesday, July 23 @ 12:30 PM ET
First Lady Michelle Obama delivers the key note address to the 2013 National Council of La Raza
Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA

NCLR Live Stream: http://www.livestream.com/nclrannualconference

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Vice President Biden’s Trip to India and Singapore

19 July 2013 http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov

Washington — Vice President Biden will visit India and Singapore the week of July 22 to highlight the U.S. rebalancing of its foreign policy toward Asia and the Pacific and to encourage greater economic cooperation, including expanding the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

A senior Obama administration official who spoke to reporters on background in a July 19 teleconference said the vice president will arrive in New Delhi July 22 and meet with Indian officials, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He will also travel to Mumbai during his India visit. His discussions will cover bilateral economic cooperation, energy and climate issues, and cooperation on regional and defense issues, including maritime security, counterterrorism and Asia’s multilateral institutions.

Biden told an audience in Washington July 18 that with regard to Asia and the Pacific, the Obama administration is focused on “the risks of disruptions of commerce, proliferation, human disasters, conflict between nations and the persistent threat posed by North Korea.”

In response, the administration’s approach has been to strengthen its alliances in the regions, deepen security partnerships and invest “like never before” in Asian regional institutions to help them manage disputes peacefully, he said.

Empowered and growing Asian and Pacific region middle classes can help lift the global economy, he said, and progress can be made “if nations reject the temptations of zero-sum thinking and rise peacefully together, if progress toward greater rights and freedoms proves that no country has to make a choice between democracy and development, which is a false choice.”

The senior administration official said Biden plans to make a speech in Mumbai July 25 on ways to improve trade, and how there is a “strategic convergence” between the United States and India on maritime security and navigation, fair trade rules and shared democratic values.

In his remarks, Biden said India is increasingly looking east as a force for security and growth and “to us that’s welcome news.”

“We welcome India’s engagement in the region, and we welcome its efforts to develop new trade and transportation links by land and by sea in the area,” he said.

Before departing for Singapore, the vice president will also give a speech in Mumbai on women’s empowerment and the importance of their increased participation in science and math, the administration official said.

On July 26, Biden will meet with Singaporean leaders including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Tony Tan Keng Yam for consultations on maritime security and the South China Sea, as well as Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, before returning to the United States July 27.

Biden said Singapore, a country of 5 million people, has become the 17th largest economy in the world and is an important U.S. partner on issues ranging from counterproliferation to counterpiracy.

In promoting the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Singapore and elsewhere, “we want to help lead in creating the 21st century rules of the road that will benefit not only the United States and the region, but the world as a whole. The lifeblood of the region, to state the obvious, is economic development,” Biden said.

“To spark new growth, there has to be fewer barriers at and behind our borders; protections for intellectual property to reward innovation; new commitments to make sure everyone plays by the same rules because that’s what attracts investment and jobs; as well as greater economic integration,” Biden said.

The vice president said the Trans-Pacific Partnership is ambitious, but “doable,” and “we’re working hard to get this done this year.”

The vice president’s wife, Jill Biden, will accompany him on the trip, will participate in a health and nutrition event in India, and will take part in events concerning girls’ education and gender-based violence. In Singapore, she will also participate in an early education event and a barbecue for U.S. service members, the official said.

Vice President Biden’s India Schedule – July 22 – 25, 2013

US-India Trade

Vice President Biden’s Singapore Schedule - July 26 – 27, 2013

US-Singapore Trade
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Pres Obama travels to Senegal, S Africa & Tanzania

06/25/2013

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President Obama Travels to the African Continent

June 26 – July 3, 2013

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama travel to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania

President Obama plans to reinforce the importance that the United States places on our deep and growing ties with countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including through expanding economic growth, investment, and trade; strengthening democratic institutions; and investing in the next generation of African leaders.

President Obama will meet with government, business and civil society leaders to discuss our strategic partnerships on bilateral and global issues, to reaffirm our commitment to strengthening democratic institutions, expanding trade and global health investment, promoting broad-based growth and development, and supporting the next generation of young African leaders.

Washinton Post – “Obama in Africa” updates

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Africa’s Pulse

April 2013 Volume 7 – worldbank.org

An analysis of issues shaping Africa’s economic future

Summary:

* The global economic recovery remains tepid, but it is expected to gradually strengthen going forward.
* Sub-Saharan African countries continue to grow at a strong pace, spurred by domestic demand and still high commodity prices. Economic prospects are tilted to the upside.

*  Good progress has been made on a few MDGs, even though the region lags in achieving the development goals.

*  More than a decade of strong growth has reduced poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa, but high inequality and resource dependence have dampened the poverty-reducing effect of income growth.

*  Several opportunities—mineral wealth, elevated food prices, rapid urbanization and a demographic dividend—hold the promise of accelerating the income growth of the poorest groups, but appropriate policies are required to unleash this potential.

Section I: Recent Trends and Prospects

*  Fiscal consolidation and weak consumer and business sentiment in high-income countries continue to weigh down global growth, which is projected to tick up to 2.4 percent in 2013.

*  Economic output in Sub-Saharan Africa expanded at nearly twice the global rate. With some of the fastest growing economies in the world, African growth is expected to accelerate to over 5 percent in 2013-15.

For more: http://www.worldbank.org/content/dam/Worldbank/document/Africa/Report/Africas-Pulse-brochure_Vol7.pdf

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U.S.-Senegal Trade http://www.ustr.gov/countries-regions/africa/west-africa/senegal.

U.S.-South Africa Trade http://www.ustr.gov/countries-regions/africa/southern-africa/south-africa

U.S.- Tanzania Trade http://www.ustr.gov/countries-regions/africa/east-africa/tanzania

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President Obama’s African Continent Itinerary

Wednesday, June 26
8:45 AM ET
President Obama and the First Family depart on their trip to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania.

4:25 PM ET
President Obama and the First Family arrive in Dakar, Senegal

President Obama and the First Family are welcomed to Dakar, Senegal

President Obama and the First Family attend an official dinner
Dakar, Senegal

President Obama and the First Family overnight in Senegal

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Thursday, June 27
President Obama and Senegalese President Sall hold a bilateral meeting
Dakar, Senegal

President Obama and Senegalese President Sall hold a joint press conference
Dakar, Senegal

President Obama and Senegalese President Sall meet with regional judicial leaders to discuss rule of law
Supreme Court, Dakar, Senegal

President Obama tours the Maison Des Esclaves Museum
Goree Island, Senegal

President Obama visits with civil society leaders
Goree Institute, Goree Island, Senegal

President Obama meets with Embassy employees
Dakar, Senegal

First Lady Michelle Obama and Senegalese First Lady Sall have tea together
Dakar, Senegal

First Lady Michelle Obama and Senegalese First Lady Sall visits with the students at the Martin Luther King Middle School
Dakar, Senegal

President Obama and the First Family attend an official dinner with President Sall
Goree Institute, Goree Island, Senegal

President Obama and the First Family overnight in Senegal

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Friday, June 28
President Obama participates in a “Feed the Future Food Security” event
Dakar, Senegal

President Obama travels to South Africa with the First Family

President Obama and the First Family are welcomed to South Africa
Centurion, South Africa, Waterkloof Air Base

President Obama meets and greets Embassy personnel.
Johannesburg, South Africa

President Obama and the First Family attend an official dinner
Johannesburg, South Africa

President Obama and the First Family overnight in Johannesburg, South Africa

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Saturday, June 29

President Obama and the First Family travel to Pretoria, South Africa

President Obama and the First Family are welcomed to Pretoria, South Africa

President Obama and South African President Zuma hold a bilateral meeting
Pretoria, South Africa

President Obama and South African President Zuma hold a joint press conference
Pretoria, South Africa

President Obama hosts a town hall at the University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg-Soweto Campus, Johannesburg, South Africa

President Obama meets with the African Union  Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
Soweto, South Africa

President Obama and the Chairwoman of the African Union hold a bilateral meeting
Soweto, South Africa

First Lady Michelle Obama and South African First Lady Madiba-Zuma have tea together
Pretoria, South Africa

First Lady Michelle Obama and South African First Lady Madiba-Zuma visits with the high school
Sci Bono Discovery Center, Newton, Gauteng, South Africa

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a discussion with students at the Sci Bono Discovery Center and via Google+ page and MTV Base live on WhiteHouse.gov/FLOTUSinAfrica
Sci Bono Discovery Center, Newton, Gauteng, South Africa

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks
Sci Bono Discovery Center, Newton, Gauteng, South Africa

President Barack Obama meet swith Nelson Mandela’s family
Pretoria, South Africa

President Obama and the First Family attend an official dinner with South African President Zuma
Pretoria, South Africa

President Obama and the First Family overnight in Pretoria, South Africa

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Sunday, June 30
President Obama and the First Family travel to Cape Town, South Africa

President Obama and the First Family are welcomed to Cape Town, South Africa

President Obama and the First Family tour Robben Island
Robben Island, Cape Town, South Africa

President Obama and the First Family visit a community health center event at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Center with Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Cape Town, South Africa

President Obama’s economic team — Valerie Jarrett, Mike Froman, Fred Hochberg, and Raj Shah participate in an event with the private sector
Cape Town, South Africa

President Obama and the First Family visit to the community center
Cape Town, South Africa

President Obama delivers a speech
University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

President Obama and the First Family attend an official dinner
Cape Town, South Africa

President Obama and the First Family overnight in Cape Town, South Africa

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Monday, July 1

Monday, July 1

President Obama and the First Family travel to Dodoma, Tanzania

President Obama and the First Family are welcomed to Dodoma, Tanzania

President Obama and Tanzanian President Kikwete hold a bilateral meeting
Dodoma, Tanzania

President Obama and Tanzanian President Kikwete hold a joint press conference
Dodoma, Tanzania

President Obama attends a roundtable with business leaders and CEOs from the United States and across Africa
Dodoma, Tanzania

President Obama speaks to a group of business leaders and CEOs from the United States and across Africa
Dodoma, Tanzania

First Lady Michelle Obama and Tanzanian First Lady Kikwete have tea together

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Embassy employees
Tanzania Embassy, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

First Lady Michelle Obama visits memorial to the embassy bombing
Tanzania Embassy, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The First Family attends a performance by the Baba wa Watoto troupe
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

President Obama and the First Family attend an official dinner with Tanzanian President Kikwete
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

President Obama and the First Family overnight in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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Tuesday, July 2

President Obama meets with Embassy employees
Tanzania Embassy, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

President Obama lays a wreath at the memorial to the embassy bombing, the First Family also attend
Tanzania Embassy, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

President Obama tours the Ubungo  Symbion Power Plant
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

President attends a “Soccket” Ball demonstration
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

President Obama delivers remarks at the Ubungo Symbion Power Plant
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

First Lady Obama participates in an African First Ladies’ Summit “Investing in Women Strengthening Africa” G.W. Bush Institute, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

President Obama and the First Family depart Tanzania

President Obama and the First Family arrive at the White House

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6/26/13 Supreme Court rules that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional !!!

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US-China Sunnylands Meeting 2013

06/06/2013

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June 7-8, 2013

President Obama meets with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China at Sunnylands, Rancho Mirage, CA

President Obama and President Xi will hold in depth discussions on a wide range of bilateral, regional and global issues. They will review progress and challenges in U.S.-China relations over the past four years and discuss ways to enhance cooperation, while constructively managing our differences, in the years ahead.

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Friday, June 7

President Obama and President Xi hold a bilateral meeting

President Obama and President Xi hold a press conference

President Obama and President Xi hold a working dinner

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Saturday, June 8

President Obama and President Xi hold an informal meeting

President Obama and President Xi hold a bilateral meeting

President Obama and President Xi conclude their Sunnylands meetings

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U.S.-ROK Alliance 60th Anniversary

05/05/2013

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U.S. Embassy Marks 60 Years of Partnership and Shared Prosperity

January 15, 2013 seoul.usembassy.gov

The U.S. Embassy in Gwanghwamun has launched a year-long celebration of close U.S.-Korea relations with an 18-meter banner emblazoned with the words “60 Years of Partnership and Shared Prosperity.” The year 2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice, the U.S. – ROK Mutual Defense Treaty and the launch of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea among other key events. Starting the New Year, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Sung Kim said, “We have come a long way together during the past 60 years to create a relationship that is both deep and broad. It encompasses not only our mutual security but vibrant trade and economic cooperation, active coordination to deal with regional and global issues, and close people-to-people ties. Working together our partnership and our shared future is limitless.”

The banner was hung on January 15th and ready for public viewing from Gwanghwamun Square beginning January 16th.

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President Obama will welcome President Park Geun-hye of the Republic of Korea to the White House on May 7. As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the U.S.-ROK alliance this year, President Park’s visit will highlight the growth, breadth, depth and strength of our alliance, our increased global cooperation, the deep economic ties between the United States and the Republic of Korea, and the strong bonds of friendship between the American and Korean people.

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President Obama’s Trip to Mexico and Costa Rica

04/30/2013

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President Obama  travels to Mexico and Costa Rica May 2-4

President Obama’s trip to Mexico and Costa Rica are an important opportunities to reinforce the deep cultural, familial, and economic ties that so many Americans share with Mexico and Central America.

In Mexico, the President looks forward to meeting with President Peña Nieto, with whom he spoke by telephone today. The President welcomes the opportunity to discuss ways to deepen our economic and commercial partnership and further our engagement on the broad array of bilateral, regional, and global issues that connect our two countries. In Costa Rica, the President looks forward to the opportunity to meet with President Chinchilla as well as heads of state of the other Central American countries and the Dominican Republic, whom President Chinchilla has graciously offered to host. The trip will be an important chance to discuss our collective efforts to promote economic growth and development in Central America and our ongoing collaboration on citizen security.

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* Crece el liderazgo de México.- Obama

ENTREVISTA AL PRESIDENTE OBAMA SOBRE SU PRÓXIMO VIAJE A MÉXICO Y COSTA RICA

U.S.-Mexico Trade http://www.ustr.gov/countries-regions/americas/mexico

U.S.-Costa Rica Trade http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/archives/2004/january/us-and-costa-rica-reach-agreement-free-tr

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President Obama’s Mexico & Costa Rica Schedule

Thursday, May 2

President Obama is greeted in  an official arrival ceremony by US Ambassador Wayne
Benito Juarez International Airport, Venustiano Carranza, D.F., Mexico

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with President Peña Nieto
Palacio Nacional, Mexico City, Mexico

President Obama holds a press conference with President Peña Nieto
Palacio Nacional, Mexico City, Mexico

President Obama meets and greets with United States Embassy personnel.
InterContinental Presidente Hotel, Mexico City, Mexico

President Obama and President Peña Nieto  hold a working dinner
Los Pinos, Mexico City, Mexico

President Obama overnights in Mexico

Friday, May 3

President Obama delivers a speech
National Anthropology Museum, Mexico City, Mexico

President Obama meets with Mexican entrepreneurs.
Anthropology Museum, Mexico City, Mexico.

President Obama departs Mexico for Costa Rica

President Obama is greeted with an official arrival ceremony by US Ambassador Andrew
Juan Santamaria International Airport, San Jose, Costa Rica

President Obama meets and greets with United States Embassy personnel
InterContinental Real Hotel, San Jose, Costa Rica

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with President Chinchilla
Casa Amarilla, San Jose, Costa Rica

President Obama and President Chinchilla hold an expanded bilateral meeting
Casa Amarilla, San Jose, Costa Rica

President Obama holds a cultural event with Costa Rican youth
Casa Amarilla, San Jose, Costa Rica

President Obama holds a press conference with President Chinchilla
Casa Amarilla, San Jose, Costa Rica

President Obama participates in a photo with Central American Integration System leaders
National Theatre, San Jose, Costa Rica

President Obama meets with President Chinchilla and Central American Integration System leaders for a working dinner
National Theatre, San Jose, Costa Rica

President Obama overnights in Costa Rica

Saturday, May 4

President Obama attends the Central America Forum on Sustainable Economic Development
San Jose, Costa Rica

President Obama delivers remarks and take questions from the press
San Jose, Costa Rica

President Obama departs Costa Rica for Washington D.C.

prosperidad pata todas en las americas

White House Hispanichttp://www.whitehouse.gov/hispanic

WH.gov en Español: http://www.whitehouse.gov/espanol

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