Pres Obama @ U.S. Naval Academy Commencement 2013

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President Barack Obama to Speak at USNA Graduation MARCH 19, 2013 08:00 EDT BY NAVAL ACADEMY PUBLIC AFFAIRS President of The United States Barack Obama will speak at the graduation exercises for the U.S.  Naval Academy’s Class of 2013 May 24.


U.S. Naval Academy Commencement 2013
President Obama – Commencement Speaker
Friday, May 24 @ 10:00 AM ET
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD


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  1. WH

    Friday, May 24, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:20 AM
    President Obama departs the White House en route Annapolis, Md.

    9:40 AM
    President Obama arrives in Annapolis, Md.

    10:00 AM
    President Obama delivers the Commencement Address for the U.S. Naval Academy
    Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium , Annapolis, MD

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama visits Savoy Elementary School
    Washington, D.C.

    12:11 P.M. EDT

    1:00 PM
    1:10 PM
    President Obama arrives at the White House

    2:00 PM
    2:15 PM
    President Obama signs a bill designating the Congressional Gold Medal commemorating the lives of the four young girls killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing of 1963.

    3:00 PM
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  2. May 23, 2013

    Remarks by the President at the National Defense University

    National Defense University
    Fort McNair
    Washington, D.C.

    2:01 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. Please be seated.

    It is a great honor to return to the National Defense University. Here, at Fort McNair, Americans have served in uniform since 1791 — standing guard in the earliest days of the Republic, and contemplating the future of warfare here in the 21st century.

    For over two centuries, the United States has been bound together by founding documents that defined who we are as Americans, and served as our compass through every type of change. Matters of war and peace are no different. Americans are deeply ambivalent about war, but having fought for our independence, we know a price must be paid for freedom. From the Civil War to our struggle against fascism, on through the long twilight struggle of the Cold War, battlefields have changed and technology has evolved. But our commitment to constitutional principles has weathered every war, and every war has come to an end.

    With the collapse of the Berlin Wall, a new dawn of democracy took hold abroad, and a decade of peace and prosperity arrived here at home. And for a moment, it seemed the 21st century would be a tranquil time. And then, on September 11, 2001, we were shaken out of complacency. Thousands were taken from us, as clouds of fire and metal and ash descended upon a sun-filled morning. This was a different kind of war. No armies came to our shores, and our military was not the principal target. Instead, a group of terrorists came to kill as many civilians as they could.

    And so our nation went to war. We have now been at war for well over a decade. I won’t review the full history. What is clear is that we quickly drove al Qaeda out of Afghanistan, but then shifted our focus and began a new war in Iraq. And this carried significant consequences for our fight against al Qaeda, our standing in the world, and — to this day — our interests in a vital region.

    Meanwhile, we strengthened our defenses — hardening targets, tightening transportation security, giving law enforcement new tools to prevent terror. Most of these changes were sound. Some caused inconvenience. But some, like expanded surveillance, raised difficult questions about the balance that we strike between our interests in security and our values of privacy. And in some cases, I believe we compromised our basic values — by using torture to interrogate our enemies, and detaining individuals in a way that ran counter to the rule of law.

    So after I took office, we stepped up the war against al Qaeda but we also sought to change its course. We relentlessly targeted al Qaeda’s leadership. We ended the war in Iraq, and brought nearly 150,000 troops home. We pursued a new strategy in Afghanistan, and increased our training of Afghan forces. We unequivocally banned torture, affirmed our commitment to civilian courts, worked to align our policies with the rule of law, and expanded our consultations with Congress.

    Today, Osama bin Laden is dead, and so are most of his top lieutenants. There have been no large-scale attacks on the United States, and our homeland is more secure. Fewer of our troops are in harm’s way, and over the next 19 months they will continue to come home. Our alliances are strong, and so is our standing in the world. In sum, we are safer because of our efforts.

    Now, make no mistake, our nation is still threatened by terrorists. From Benghazi to Boston, we have been tragically reminded of that truth. But we have to recognize that the threat has shifted and evolved from the one that came to our shores on 9/11. With a decade of experience now to draw from, this is the moment to ask ourselves hard questions — about the nature of today’s threats and how we should confront them.

    And these questions matter to every American.

    For over the last decade, our nation has spent well over a trillion dollars on war, helping to explode our deficits and constraining our ability to nation-build here at home. Our servicemembers and their families have sacrificed far more on our behalf. Nearly 7,000 Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice. Many more have left a part of themselves on the battlefield, or brought the shadows of battle back home. From our use of drones to the detention of terrorist suspects, the decisions that we are making now will define the type of nation — and world — that we leave to our children.

    So America is at a crossroads. We must define the nature and scope of this struggle, or else it will define us. We have to be mindful of James Madison’s warning that “No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.” Neither I, nor any President, can promise the total defeat of terror. We will never erase the evil that lies in the hearts of some human beings, nor stamp out every danger to our open society. But what we can do — what we must do — is dismantle networks that pose a direct danger to us, and make it less likely for new groups to gain a foothold, all the while maintaining the freedoms and ideals that we defend. And to define that strategy, we have to make decisions based not on fear, but on hard-earned wisdom. That begins with understanding the current threat that we face.

    For more:

    • May 23, 2013

      Fact Sheet: The President’s May 23 Speech on Counterterrorism

      In a broad and comprehensive address at National Defense University, President Obama laid out the framework for U.S. counter-terrorism strategy as we wind down the war in Afghanistan. The President provided the American people with an update on how the threat of terrorism has changed substantially since September 11, 2001, as Al Qaeda’s core in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been decimated, and new threats have emerged from al Qaeda affiliates, localized extremist groups, and homegrown terrorists. The President also discussed our comprehensive strategy to meet these threats, including waging the war against al Qaeda and our counter-terrorism efforts more broadly. The following are some of the policy highlights from the President’s speech:

      * Responding to the Threat: Targeting Terrorists and Leveraging Effective Partnerships

      * Standards for Taking Lethal Action

      * Oversight and Authorities

      * Beyond the Use of Force: Diplomatic Engagement and Assistance

      * Domestic Radicalization

      * A Balance Between Security and Civil Liberties

      * Closing Guantanamo

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  3. Boy Scouts vote to end ban on openly gay youth members

    5/23/13 By Jason Sickles, Yahoo! | The Lookout – 17 mins ago

    DALLAS – The Boy Scouts of America, one of the country’s largest and oldest youth organizations, decided Thursday to break 103 years of tradition by allowing openly gay members into its ranks.

    The controversial move was approved by more than 60 percent of the approximate 1,400 votes cast by the BSA’s national council. According to the new resolution, beginning Jan. 1, 2014, “no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.”

    “The resolution also reinforces that Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting,” the BSA stated in a press release.

    Lifting the organization’s ban on gay adult volunteer leaders and paid staff was not considered and remains in place.

    The historic change comes 13 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that BSA is a private club that is allowed to set its own rules for membership. Since then, public pressure has mounted for the Texas-based organization to change the exclusion, especially last year, when a gay California teen was denied his Eagle Scout award and an Ohio lesbian was removed as a den mother from her son’s troop.

    Still, just 10 months ago, the Scouts reaffirmed their stance, saying a two-year confidential review revealed a majority of the organization’s parents wanted to keep the policy.

    The about-face to put it to a vote came “out of respect for the diverse beliefs of Scouting’s chartered organizations,” according to the BSA website.

    The emotionally charged issue has seen those for and against wage costly public relations campaigns and has fostered intense debate from coast to coast.

    “My concern all along has been boy-on-boy sexual contact,” John Stemberger, an Eagle Scout and organizer of On My Honor, told the Dallas Morning News in April. “If this resolution passes, it will be open season for gay young men. How do we protect the Scouts who are not gay?”

    Gay-rights activists have held a public summit this week, not far from the location of the annual BSA gathering.

    “There is nothing Scout-like about exclusion of other people, and there is nothing Scout-like about putting your own religious beliefs before someone else’s,” Zach Wahls, an Eagle Scout and founder of Scouts for Equality, told supporters at a Wednesday rally.

  4. West Wing Week: 05/24/13 or “Justice for Everybody”

    Published on May 23, 2013

    This week, the President continued his Jobs & Opportunity tour, this time highlighting bold new efforts in education and manufacturing in Baltimore, gave the commencement address at Morehouse College, invited the President of Myanmar, eight immigration reform advocates and DREAMers themselves, and Gershwin Prize winner Carol King and friends to the White House, and delivered a major counter-terrorism speech at the National Defense University.

  5. Orders for U.S. Durable Goods Rose More Than Forecast in April

    May 24, 2013 5:30 AM PT Alex Kowalski – bloomberg

    Orders for U.S. durable goods increased more than forecast in April, pointing to gains in business investment that will help manufacturing rebound in the second half of the year.

    Bookings for equipment meant to last at least three years increased 3.3 percent last month after dropping 5.9 percent in March, the Commerce Department said today in Washington. The median forecast from 78 economists surveyed by Bloomberg projected a 1.5 percent increase.

    Quickening activity in the housing and auto industries may ripple throughout manufacturing, rendering the economy better able to recover from a slowdown this quarter. At the same time, government cutbacks, higher taxes on consumers and cooling exports are crimping demand, which means any acceleration will be slow to develop.

    “In the near term, manufacturing is entering a soft patch, but by the second half of the year, we should see some of that softness fade, whether it’s because global growth is picking up, construction drives machinery sales or autos do well,” Joshua Dennerlein, an economist at Bank of America Corp. in New York, said before the report. “This could quash some fears about a manufacturing slowdown.”

    Estimates in the Bloomberg survey of economists ranged from a drop of 5.9 percent to a gain of 4.6 percent. The Commerce Department revised the March decline from a previously reported 6.9 percent drop.

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    • May 24, 2013

      Remarks by the President at the United States Naval Academy Commencement

      Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
      United States Naval Academy
      Annapolis, Maryland

      10:29 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Midshipmen! (Applause.) Well, thank you, Governor O’Malley, for your kind introduction and the great support that Maryland gives this Academy. To Secretary Mabus, Admiral Greenert, General Paxton — thank you all for your incredible leadership of our extraordinary Navy and Marine Corps teams.

      To Vice Admiral Miller, thank you for the outstanding work that you do. To Captain Clark and all the faculty and staff; to the moms and dads who raised your sons and daughters to seek this life of service; to the local sponsor families who cared for them far from home; the members of the Class of 1963 — veterans who’ve guided these midshipmen along the way — today is also a tribute to your support and your patriotism. And I know that the Class of 2013 joins me in saluting your service as well. (Applause.)

      To the entire Brigade of Midshipmen — you embody the highest virtues of this venerable institution. And yet, I know that some of you at times have enjoyed yourselves at other local institutions like McGarvey’s and Armadillo’s. (Applause.) But today is a day of celebration — and also forgiveness. And so, in keeping with tradition, I declare all midshipmen on restriction for minor conduct offenses are hereby absolved. (Laughter and applause.) As always, Admiral Miller gets to decide what’s “minor.” (Laughter.) Some of these guys are laughing a little nervously about that. (Laughter.)

      Now, obviously, most of all, it is wonderful to be able to celebrate this incredible Class of 2013. This has special meaning for me as well, because the United States Naval Academy was the very first service academy that I had the privilege to address as President. On that spring day four years ago, most of you were still in high school, finishing your senior year, or at NAPS, finishing up prep school. You were a little younger — and I was, too. You had your entire Naval Academy experience ahead of you; I was already getting chest bumps from the graduates of 2009. (Laughter.)

      Soon after, you came to the Yard — and you got quite a welcome. The joy of I-Day. Wonderful haircuts. Stylish eyeglasses. And all that Plebe Year, if you got something wrong, your upperclassmen kindly corrected you — at high volume, at very close range. (Laughter.) When Michelle brought our daughter Sasha here for a visit, she got a somewhat different reception. She was just in elementary school, but it seemed like the Navy was already doing some recruiting — because as she went through Bancroft Hall she came to one room and saw the name on the door — “Sasha Obama, Class of 2023.” (Laughter.) So you never know.

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  6. Wonkbook: Some very good news for Obamacare

    May 24, 2013 at 8:32 am By Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas – washingtonpost

    Obamacare got some very good news on Thursday.

    In 2009, the Congressional Budget Office predicted that a medium-level “silver” plan — which covers 70 percent of a beneficiary’s expected health costs — on the California health exchange would cost $5,200 annually. More recently, a report from the consulting firm Milliman predicted it would carry a $450 monthly premium. Yesterday, we got the real numbers. And they’re lower than anyone thought.

    As always, Sarah Kliff has the details. The California exchange will have 13 insurance options, and the heavy competition appears to be driving down prices. The most affordable silver-level plan is charging $276-a-month. The second-most affordable plan is charging $294. And all this is before subsidies. Someone making twice the poverty line, say, will only pay $104-a-month.

    Sparer plans are even cheaper. A young person buying the cheapest “bronze”-level plan will pay $172 — and that, again, is before any subsidies.

    California is a particularly important test for Obamacare. It’s not just the largest state in the nation. It’s also one of the states most committed to implementing Obamacare effectively. Under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger — remember how that really happened? — California was the first state to begin building its insurance exchanges. The state’s outreach efforts are unparalleled. Its insurance regulators are working hard to bring in good plans and make sure they’re playing fair. If California can’t make the law work, perhaps no one can. But if California can make the law work, it shows that others can, too.

    And perhaps others will. We’re beginning to see competition drive down proposed rates in some exchanges around the country. Remember Maryland, where CareFirst grabbed headlines with a shocking 25 percent proposed increase in rates? More plans have streamed in with lower bids. Kaiser Permanente, for instance, is only increasing its rates next year by 4.3 percent — a modest increase that will make CareFirst’s proposal almost impossible to sustain. My guess is when the exchange actually opens in October, CareFirst will have dropped its price substantially. If they don’t, then Kaiser and others will grab all the market share.

    The way this competition can drive down rates is already evident in Oregon. There, one insurer came in with monthly premium costs in the $169 range, while other insurers asked to charge more than $400. But then, seeing what their competitors were charging, two insurers came back to the state’s regulators and asked if they could refile at lower rates. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be competitive in the exchange. The Obama administration was ecstatic to see this: It’s exactly what they’re hoping will happen across the country.

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  7. POTUS: “And to define that strategy, we have to make decisions based not on fear, but on hard-earned wisdom.”

    This is why we are safer today and will remain so – because of this President.

    Happy and HOPEful Friday, CR and all friends!


      • Truly — I guess their cars absorbed the shock or something. But there was outstanding fast response from police and emergency services on the ground and, of course, from our Democratic Governor, Senators, Representatives whose districts are affected and President Obama’s Administration!

    • May 24, 2013

      Remarks by the First Lady at Savoy Elementary School Visit

      Savoy Elementary School
      Washington, D.C.

      12:11 P.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Hey, everyone! Oh, my goodness. You guys look good.

      I have been waiting to come visit you guys for a long, long time — ever since I experienced the wonderful performance of the Savoy Players, who have been to the White House. And I said to myself, I have got to go to this school. I’ve got to see what’s going on at this school. And today, my dream has come true. I’m here with all of you, and it’s so exciting. Thank you so much for having me. (Applause.) Yay to you!

      I want to start by thanking Anton for that very moving introduction, and for that first-time shout out. I love having my first-time shout out. And of course, I want to thank Principal Pope for his outstanding leadership here at this school. I mean, you can tell that there’s not just a great education going on here, but there’s a whole lot of love. And that is true not just for the principal, but for every single one of the adults — our teachers, our administrators. You can tell; you can walk into a building and know that there is love in the air.

      And so we are grateful to all of you for the sacrifices that you make, for the commitment that you make, for caring, for the outstanding work that you all do. We are so proud of you all. Thank you. (Applause.)

      And I have to, of course, recognize my dear friend, Kerry Washington, who — just let me tell you — you guys know, Kerry is a big-time star right now. Big time. (Applause.) I mean, there is no bigger star right now than Kerry. It’s just true. It’s a fact.

      But see, the beauty of Kerry — and there is not — she’s not just a beautiful, fashionable, talented woman, but she’s real inside, and there is beauty deep inside. The fact that she is flying all over the country but she comes to spend time with you guys, and she does it for real; the fact that she’s taken time out of her schedule to come here today, it shows a level of respect for me, of course, and our friendship, but it shows more her love for all of you. So, Kerry, love you, girl. Keep it going. Very proud of you. (Applause.)

      And I want to join in in thanking George Stevens, Margo Lion, and also Rachel Goslins, who is here too, as well, for all of your work that you’re doing with the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. (Applause.) You guys are awesome. Rachel, you are phenomenal. Love you guys. We are so grateful for everything that you’ve done.

      For more:

    • Raw Video: Freeze Dance with First Lady Michelle Obama

      Published on May 24, 2013

      At Savoy Elementary School in Washington, D.C., First Lady Michelle Obama joins Ms. Lyons Pre-K class in an exercise of Freeze Dance. The First Lady visited the Savoy School which is one of eight schools selected last year for The Turnaround Arts Initiative at the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Turnaround Arts Schools use the arts as a central part of their reform strategy, both to dramatically improve the culture and climate, and to bolster academic success in high poverty, traditionally underperforming schools. Once the lowest performing school in the district with less than a fourth of its students proficient in reading and math in 2011, the school is already showing significant signs of success. Test scores are rising, enrollment is up 18%, student and teacher attendance is up, and due to the recent progress, the school is developing a cadre of new community and fine arts partnerships.

  8. 2:15 PM ET

    President Obama signs a bill designating the Congressional Gold Medal commemorating the lives of the four young girls killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing of 1963.

    • H.R.360

      One Hundred Thirteenth Congress

      of the

      United States of America


      Begun and held at the City of Washington on Thursday,
      the third day of January, two thousand and thirteen

      An Act

      To award posthumously a Congressional Gold Medal to Addie Mae Collins,
      Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley to commemorate the
      lives they lost 50 years ago in the bombing of the Sixteenth Street
      Baptist Church, where these 4 little Black girls
      ‘ ultimate sacrifice
      served as a catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement.

      Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
      United States of America in Congress assembled,
      The Congress Finds the following:
      (1) September 15, 2013, will mark 50 years since the lives of
      Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia
      Wesley were suddenly taken by a bomb planted in the Sixteenth
      Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.
      (2) The senseless and premature death of these 4 little Black
      girls sparked “The Movement that Changed the World”.
      (3) On that tragic Sunday in September of 1963, the world took
      notice of the violence inflicted in the struggle for equal rights.
      (4) The fact that 4 innocent children lost their lives as they
      prepared for Sunday School shook the world’s conscience.
      (5) This tragedy galvanized the Civil Rights Movement and
      sparked a surge of momentum that helped secure the passage of the
      Civil Rights Act of 1964 and later the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by
      President Lyndon B. Johnson.
      (6) Justice was delayed for these 4 little Black girls and
      their families until 2002, 39 years after the bombing, when the
      last of the 4 Klansmen responsible for the bombing was charged and
      convicted of the crime.
      (7) The 4 little Black girls are emblematic of so many who have
      lost their lives for the cause of freedom and equality, including
      Virgil Ware and James Johnny Robinson who were children also killed
      within hours of the 1963 church bombing.
      (8) The legacy that these 4 little Black girls left will live
      on in the minds and hearts of us all for generations to come.
      (9) Their extraordinary sacrifice sparked real and lasting
      change as Congress began to aggressively pass legislation that
      ensured equality.
      (10) Sixteenth Street Baptist Church remains a powerful symbol
      of the movement for civil and human rights and will host the 50th
      anniversary ceremony on Sunday, September 15, 2013.
      (11) It is befitting that Congress bestow the highest civilian
      honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, in 2013 to the 4 little Black
      girls, Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and
      Cynthia Wesley, posthumously in recognition of the 50th
      commemoration of the historical significance of the bombing of the
      Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.

      For more:

      • 16th Street Baptist Church

        Sixteenth Street Baptist Church is a Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama which is frequented predominately by African Americans. In September 1963, it was the target of the racially motivated 16th Street Baptist Church bombing that killed four girls in the midst of the American Civil Rights Movement. The church is still in operation and is a central landmark in the Birmingham Civil Rights District. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2006.


    • May 24, 2013

      Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 360

      On Friday, May 24, 2013, the President signed into law:

      H.R. 360, which provides for the presentation of a congressional gold medal to commemorate the lives of the four young African American victims of the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, in September 1963.

  9. Hey CR. Stopped by to catch up. I was up your way this past weekend. We drove up to visit my daughter who was attending her high school reunion, and stayed at the Embassy Suites near the airport. So much information here. Have a wonderful day.

  10. U.S. Education Department Awards $1.3 Million Grant to Newtown, Conn., to Further Support Recovery Efforts

    MAY 24, 2013

    The U.S. Department of Education today announced it is awarding more than $1.3 million to Newtown Public School District to help with ongoing recovery efforts following the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed in December 2012. This grant, which is being made through the Department’s Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) program, will support school district leaders as they continue to restore a safe and healthy environment that is critical to teaching and learning.

    The grant announcement comes as U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan joins Gov. Dannel Malloy to visit Classical Magnet School in Hartford today at noon. Duncan and Malloy will co-host a town hall at the school to highlight the importance of comprehensive school safety efforts and the need to ensure that all Americans are able to live free of fear.

    “This tragedy has forever changed the entire Newtown community—and our country,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “While we continue efforts to enact President Obama’s comprehensive approach to make our schools and communities safer, we want to do whatever we can to support ongoing recovery efforts and ensure this community has the resources it needs to meet the needs of its teachers, students and families.”

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  11. WH

    Saturday, May 25, 2013

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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  12. May 25, 2013

    WEEKLY ADDRESS: Giving Thanks to our Fallen Heroes this Memorial Day

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House
    May 25, 2013

    Hi, everybody. This week, I’ve been speaking about America’s national security – our past, our present, and our future.

    On Thursday, I outlined the future of our fight against terrorism – the threats we face, and the way in which we will meet them.

    On Friday, I went to Annapolis to celebrate the extraordinary young men and women of the United States Naval Academy’s Class of 2013 – the sailors and Marines who will not only lead that fight, but who will lead our country for decades to come.

    And on Monday, we celebrate Memorial Day. Unofficially, it’s the start of summer – a chance for us to spend some time with family and friends, at barbecues or the beach, getting a little fun and relaxation in before heading back to work.

    It’s also a day on which we set aside some time, on our own or with our families, to honor and remember all the men and women who have given their lives in service to this country we love.

    They are heroes, each and every one. They gave America the most precious thing they had – “the last full measure of devotion.” And because they did, we are who we are today – a free and prosperous nation, the greatest in the world.

    At a time when only about one percent of the American people bear the burden of our defense, the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform isn’t always readily apparent. That’s partly because our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and coast guardsmen are so skilled at what they do. It’s also because those who serve tend to do so quietly. They don’t seek the limelight. They don’t serve for our admiration, or even our gratitude. They risk their lives, and many give their lives, for something larger than themselves or any of us: the ideals of liberty and justice that make America a beacon of hope for the world.

    That’s been true throughout our history – from our earliest days, when a tiny band of revolutionaries stood up to an Empire, to our 9/11 Generation, which continues to serve and sacrifice today.

    Every time a threat has risen, Americans have risen to meet it. And because of that courage – that willingness to fight, and even die – America endures.

    That is the purpose of Memorial Day. To remember with gratitude the countless men and women who gave their lives so we could know peace and live in freedom.

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  13. Mensaje De La Casa Blanca

    Published on May 25, 2013

    En el mensaje de esta semana, Cecilia Muñoz rindió homenaje a los hombres y mujeres uniformados que murieron mientras servían a la patria. Cecilia también habló sobre la emotiva reunión del Presidente Obama y el Vicepresidente Biden con DREAMers y con familias de inmigrantes indocumentados y elogió el voto bipartidista sólido en el Senado para una reforma migratoria integral.

  14. WH

    Sunday, May 26, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden travel to Bogota, Colombia

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    President Obama departs the White House en route to the Oklahoma City area.

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    President Obama arrives in the Oklahoma City area.

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    President Obama views areas and families impacted the devastating tornadoes and thanks first responders
    Okalhoma City Area, OK

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    President Obama departs Oklahoma.

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    President Obama arrives at the White House.

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  15. Sunday talk show tip sheet


    “Fox News Sunday” on Fox
    • Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
    • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
    • Former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.)

    “This Week” on ABC
    • Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
    • Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.)
    • Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), chairwoman, Democratic National Committee
    • Retired Gen. John Allen, former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan
    • Retired Adm. Dennis Blair, former director of national intelligence

    “Face the Nation” on CBS
    • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R)
    • Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)
    • Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)

    “State of the Union” on CNN
    • Fallin
    • Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas), chairman, House Homeland Security Committee
    • Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.)
    • Joplin, Mo., Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean

    “Political Capital” on Bloomberg TV
    • Former Secretary of State Colin Powell

    “Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
    • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), chairman, Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee

    “Meet the Press” on NBC
    • Preempted by the Monaco Grand Prix

  16. Israel’s Peres calls for return to peace talks

    5/26/13 By DALE GAVLAK | Associated Press – 1 hr 47 mins ago

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Israel’s president urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders on Sunday to overcome differences and resume peace negotiations, saying the sides could not afford “to lose this opportunity.”

    President Shimon Peres issued his call ahead of a gathering of Mideast leaders on the sidelines of a World Economic Forum meeting on the shores of the Dead Sea in Jordan. Sunday’s meeting was expected to include a rare face-to-face meeting between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, along with the participation of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who has devoted much of the past two months to restarting long-stalled peace talks.

    “We shouldn’t lose the opportunity because it will be replaced by a great disappointment,” Peres told reporters in Jordan. “For my experience, I believe it’s possible to overcome it. It doesn’t require too much time.”

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    • May 26, 2013

      Remarks by the President After Touring the Tornado Damage in Oklahoma

      Moore, Oklahoma

      12:57 P.M. CDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. Obviously, a picture is worth a thousand words, and what we’re seeing here I think gives you some sense of what the people of Moore and the people of Oklahoma have been dealing with over these last several days.

      There are a couple of acknowledgements that I want to make, but let me begin by just saying that whenever I come to an area that’s been devastated by some natural disaster like this, I want to make sure everybody understands I’m speaking on behalf of the entire country. Everywhere, fellow Americans are praying with you, they’re thinking about you, and they want to help.

      And so I’m just a messenger here today, letting everybody here know that you are not alone, that you’ve got folks behind you.

      Obviously, the damage here is pretty hard to comprehend. Our hearts go out to the families who have been impacted, including those who had loved ones who were lost. And that was true for the parents of some of the children here at Plaza Towers Elementary School.

      There are a number of people I want to especially thank, because they’ve engaged in some heroic efforts in dealing with this disaster. First of all, Governor Mary Fallin, thank you so much for your quick response and your outstanding work. Mayor Glenn Lewis, the mayor of Moore, who has been mayor here before, when there was a disaster, and because of his strong spirit and sense of community has been able to help lead the community through this disaster. We very much appreciate your work.

      Representative Tom Cole — not only is this his congressional district, but more importantly, this is his hometown. And so for him, this carries a special sadness but also a resolve in terms of trying to make sure that the city of Moore bounces back. Mayor Mick Cornett of Oklahoma City, a neighbor and friend — we appreciate him being here. Craig Fugate is here, and obviously we are very proud of the work that he and his FEMA team have done. Susie Pierce, superintendent of schools here — thank you for your leadership.

      Amy Simpson — I want to especially commend Plaza Towers Elementary School principal, as well as Shelley McMillan, the Briarwood Elementary School principal. They were on the ground when this happened, and because of their quick response, their keeping a level head, their putting kids first saved a lot of people. And they’re still going through some tough times. I can only imagine being their husbands, who are here, and the panic that I’m sure they were feeling when the tornado first struck. But I know that they could not be prouder of their wives for the outstanding work that they did in this amazing situation.

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