PBO @ Lake Area Tech & FLOTUS Michelle @ Tuskegee U

LakeAreaTech PBO

PRESIDENT OBAMA TO GIVE COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS AT LAKE AREA TECHNICAL INSTITUTE

APRIL 13, 2015 lakeareatech.edu

WATERTOWN, SD Lake Area Technical Institute is honored and privileged to join the White House in announcing that President Barack Obama will be Lake Area Tech’s commencement speaker to the graduating class of 2015.

The White House announced today its intentions for President Obama to speak at the ceremony. The release noted that Lake Area Technical Institute is one of the top community colleges in the nation, and is recognized for rigorously preparing its students with the skills they need to compete in the 21st Century economy. With graduation rates among the highest in the nation, Lake Area Technical Institute focuses on providing its graduates smooth pathways to high skilled careers with private-sector businesses.

For more: http://news.lakeareatech.edu/president-obama-to-give-commencement-address-at-lake-area-technical-institute/

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Friday, May 8, 2015, 5:00 PM ET
President Obama delivers the commencement address
to the Class of 2015
Lake Area Technical Institute

Watertown Civic Arena, Watertown, South Dakota

Streamed Live: http://www.lakeareatech.edu/

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TuskegeeU FLOTUS

First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama to deliver commencement speech at niversity Saturday, May 9

4/20/2015 tuskegee.edu/

First Lady Michelle Obama TUSKEGEE, Ala. (April 21, 2015) — First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the address at Tuskegee University’s 130th Spring Commencement Ceremony. Mrs. Obama will address approximately 500 graduates as well as their friends, family and members of the university community on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 11 a.m. CST in the Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Arena.

For more: http://goo.gl/RZmS8T

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Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 12:00 PM ET
First Lady Michelle Obama delivers the commencement address to the Class of 2015
Tuskegee University, Daniel “Chappie” James Center, Tuskegee, Alabama

Streamed Live: www.tuskegee.edu/live

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25 thoughts on “PBO @ Lake Area Tech & FLOTUS Michelle @ Tuskegee U

  1. WH

    Friday, May 8, 2015

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:15 PM
    President Obama attends an event to discuss how workers benefit from progressive, high-standards trade agreements
    Nike, Inc., Beaverton, Oregon

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    2:05 PM
    President Obama departs Portland en route to South Dakota
    Oregon Air National Guard Base – Portland

    3:00 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden Host their Annual Mother’s Day Tea to Honor Military-Connected Mothers at the White House
    The White House

    4:00 PM
    4:50 PM
    President Obama arrives South Dakota
    Watertown Regional Airport – South Dakota

    5:00 PM
    5:25 PM
    President Obama deliver the commencement address for the graduating class at Lake Area Technical Institute
    Watertown Civic Arena, Watertown, South Dakota

    6:00 PM
    6:50 PM
    President Obama departs South Dakota
    Watertown Regional Airport – South Dakota

    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    9:30 PM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews

    9:45 PM
    President Obama arrives White House

    10:00 PM

    • POTUS podium

      May 8, 2015

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

      12:15 PM ET
      President Obama attends an event to discuss how workers benefit from progressive, high-standards trade agreements
      Nike, Inc., Beaverton, Oregon

      2:00 PM ET
      National Small Business Week 2015 Awards Ceremony
      The White House

      3:00 PM ET
      First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden Host their Annual Mother’s Day Tea to Honor Military-Connected Mothers at the White House
      The White House

      5:25 PM ET
      President Obama deliver the commencement address for the graduating class at Lake Area Technical Institute
      Watertown Civic Arena, Watertown, South Dakota

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      10:00 AM ET
      Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Baltimore Investigation
      Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced a Justice Department investigation of the Baltimore Police Department following the death of Freddie Gray, who sustained spinal injuries while in police custody. http://www.c-span.org/video/?325940-1/attorney-general-loretta-lynch-baltimore-investigation&live

      10:00 AM ET
      Brookings Institution
      Driverless Cars
      Panelists talked about the U.S. and Germany are shaping research, development, and regulation of driverless cars. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/325911-1

      10:30 AM ET
      National Park Service,Friends of the National World War II Memorial
      World War II Victory in Europe 70th Anniversary Ceremony
      Dignitaries and veterans commemorated the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe at a ceremony at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/325807-1

      11:00 AM ET
      State Department Daily Briefing
      Spokesman Jeff Rathke briefs reporters and responds to their questions on a variety of international topics. http://www.c-span.org/video/?325941-1/state-department-briefing

      12:10 PM ET
      National Park Service,Arsenal of Democracy
      World War II Victory in Europe 70th Anniversary Flyover
      Dozens of World War II aircraft participated in a flyover following a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/325808-1

      12:15 PM ET
      President Obama attends an event to discuss how workers benefit from progressive, high-standards trade agreements
      Nike, Inc., Beaverton, Oregon http://www.c-span.org/video/?325909-1/president-obama-remarks-nike-transpacific-partnership-deal

      1:00 PM ET
      National Press Club | Luncheon Speech
      Role of Air Force Academy
      Lieutenant General Michelle Johnson, the superintendent of the Air Force Academy, spoke about the role of the academy in future air and space missions. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/325845-1

      2:30 PM ET
      Sunlight Foundation | Advisory Committee on Transparency
      Government Surveillance Transparency
      Panelists talked about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance practices and enhancing transparency. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/325913-1

      5:25 PM ET
      President Obama deliver the commencement address for the graduating class at Lake Area Technical Institute http://www.c-span.org/video/?325909-2/president-obama-commencement-address-lake-area-technical-institute
      Watertown Civic Arena, Watertown, South Dakota

    • PRESIDENT OBAMA TO GIVE COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS AT LAKE AREA TECHNICAL INSTITUTE

      APRIL 13, 2015 lakeareatech.edu

      WATERTOWN, SD Lake Area Technical Institute is honored and privileged to join the White House in announcing that President Barack Obama will be Lake Area Tech’s commencement speaker to the graduating class of 2015.

      The White House announced today its intentions for President Obama to speak at the ceremony. The release noted that Lake Area Technical Institute is one of the top community colleges in the nation, and is recognized for rigorously preparing its students with the skills they need to compete in the 21st Century economy. With graduation rates among the highest in the nation, Lake Area Technical Institute focuses on providing its graduates smooth pathways to high skilled careers with private-sector businesses.

      For more: http://news.lakeareatech.edu/president-obama-to-give-commencement-address-at-lake-area-technical-institute/

      • May 08, 2015

        Remarks by the President at Lake Area Technical Institute Commencement Ceremony

        Lake Area Technical Institute

        Watertown, South Dakota

        5:36 P.M. CDT

        THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you so much. Congratulations. Thank you so much. Thank you. Everybody, please have a seat. Well, hello, Watertown! (Applause.) It’s good to be in South Dakota. I want to thank Governor Daugaard and the First Lady. Apparently, Michelle and her, they’re on the same wave length when it comes to keeping us straight. (Laughter.) To Senator Thune, Senator Rounds, Congresswoman Noem, Mayor Thorson, Superintendent Dr. Lesli Jutting — all of you for your extraordinary hospitality today.

        I am thrilled to be here. I have now been to all 50 states as President — and I was saving the best for last. (Applause.) To the other 49, I hope you take no offense. (Laughter.) I will say that your Tourism Secretary sent me a very impressive letter listing all the South Dakota sites that I still need to see. (Laughter.) And they looked great, but I decided that the first one I needed to see was Lake Area Tech. (Applause.)

        So, President Cartney, thank you and the people of Watertown for welcoming me. To the students, the faculty, the staff, I’m honored to be with you here today. And most of all, congratulations to the Class of 2015! (Applause.)

        I know some folks were a little surprised by me coming here. But there is no place I’d rather be on this Friday afternoon than celebrating with all of you. Although I was told I should head home before any of my staff end up at the “gravel pit” tonight. (Laughter.) That’s what I was told. (Applause.)

        I want to begin with a public service announcement. As long as you keep your school ID, you can still get your Sunday night student discount at B-Dubs. (Laughter.) I had my staff check on that. And I think it may go down in history as one of my more popular executive actions. (Laughter.)

        So after a whole lot of work, you have a whole lot to celebrate this weekend. This is a proud moment — and not just for you, wearing the funny hats, but for your friends and your family, and your mentors, your instructors who helped you to reach this day. So let’s give the family members and all the people who helped get you here, let’s give them a big round of applause. (Applause.)

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/05/08/remarks-president-lake-area-technical-institute-commencement-ceremony

    • First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama to deliver commencement speech at Tuskegee University Saturday, May 9

      4/20/2015 tuskegee.edu/

      First Lady Michelle Obama TUSKEGEE, Ala. (April 21, 2015) — First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the address at Tuskegee University’s 130th Spring Commencement Ceremony. Mrs. Obama will address approximately 500 graduates as well as their friends, family and members of the university community on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 11 a.m. CST in the Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Arena.

      For more: http://goo.gl/RZmS8T

      • May 09, 2015

        Remarks by the First Lady at Tuskegee University Commencement Address

        Tuskegee University

        Tuskegee, Alabama

        12:30 P.M. CDT

        MRS. OBAMA: Thank you all. (Applause.) Thank you so much. (Applause.) Let’s let our graduates rest themselves. You’ve worked hard for those seats! (Applause.)

        Let me start by thanking President Johnson for that very gracious introduction, and for awarding me with this honorary degree from an extraordinary institution. I am proud to have this degree — very proud. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you so much. (Applause.)

        I want to recognize Major General Williams; Congresswoman Sewell; Zachary; Kalauna; to all of the trustees, the faculty, the staff here at Tuskegee University. Thank you — thank you so much for this warm welcome, this tremendous hospitality. And I’m so glad to be here. (Applause.)

        Before I begin, I just want to say that my heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Eric Marks, Jr. I understand he was such a talented young man, a promising aerospace engineer who was well on his way to achieving his dream of following in the footsteps of the Tuskegee Airmen. And Eric was taken from us far too soon. And our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with his family, his friends, and this entire community. (Applause.)

        I also have to recognize the Concert Choir. Wow, you guys are good! Well done! (Applause.) Beautiful song. (Applause.) And I have to join in recognizing all the folks up in the stands — the parents, siblings, friends — (applause) — so many others who have poured their love and support into these graduates every step of the way. Yeah, this is your day. (Applause.) Your day. (Applause.)

        Now, on this day before Mother’s Day, I’ve got to give a special shout-out to all the moms here. (Applause.) Yay, moms! And I want you to consider this as a public service announcement for anyone who hasn’t bought the flowers or the cards or the gifts yet — all right? I’m trying to cover you. (Laughter.) But remember that one rule is “keep mom happy.” (Laughter.) All right? (Applause.)

        And finally, most of all, I want to congratulate the men and women of the Tuskegee University Class of 2015! (Applause.) T-U!

        AUDIENCE: You know!

        MRS. OBAMA: I love that. (Applause.) We can do that all day. (Laughter.) I’m so proud of you all. And you look good. (Applause.) Well done!

        You all have come here from all across the country to study, to learn, maybe have a little fun along the way — from freshman year in Adams or Younge Hall — (applause) — to those late night food runs to The Coop. (Applause.) I did my research. (Applause.) To those mornings you woke up early to get a spot under The Shed to watch the Golden Tigers play. (Applause.) Yeah! I’ve been watching! (Laughter.) At the White House we have all kinds of ways. (Laughter.)

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/05/09/remarks-first-lady-tuskegee-university-commencement-address

  2. Obama To Speak At DNC Fundraiser, Nike Next Week

    April 30, 2015 by Lizzy Duffy – OPB

    On Friday, May 8, the President will attend an event held at Nike headquarters to discuss how workers will benefit from progressive, high-standards trade agreements that would open up new markets and support high-quality jobs both for Oregon small businesses and large companies like Nike,” said a statement from the White House.

    During the Nike visit, Obama is expected to talk on the proposed international trade agreement, Trans-Pacific Partnership. Fast-track legislation was introduced this month, which would affect TPP becoming a reality.

    “We are honored President Obama plans to make time to visit Nike to discuss our future growth and innovation plans and the importance of trade to Oregon and the country while on his upcoming trip,” said Nike spokesman Greg Rossiter.

    For more: http://www.opb.org/news/blog/newsblog/obama-to-speak-at-dnc-fundraiser-nike-next-week/

    • May 08, 2015

      Remarks by the President on Trade

      Nike, Inc.
      Beaverton, Oregon

      9:44 A.M. PDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Oregon! (Applause.) Well, who arranged this day? (Applause.) Every time I come to Oregon this is what it looks like. (Laughter.) Yeah! It never rains in Oregon, does it?

      AUDIENCE: No!

      THE PRESIDENT: Never.

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: Don’t come to California. (Laughter.)

      THE PRESIDENT: All right. Well, listen, it is wonderful to see all of you. First of all, please give Mark another round of applause for his hospitality. (Applause.) And thanks to everyone at Nike for hosting us today, here in “Federer Platz.” (Laughter.) You know, the White House is cool. (Laughter.) We’ve got a basketball court — actually, it’s a tennis court that we repainted some lines — (laughter) — when I came into office. So it’s a combination basketball-tennis court. There is a putting green that President Eisenhower put in. Can you imagine, by the way, if I had put in a putting green? (Laughter.) Things have changed. (Laughter.)

      But you’ve got all that and the 18th tee box from Pebble Beach. (Applause.) Come on. I’m sure some of my staff is running around right now in the Michael Jordan and Mia Hamm buildings — (laughter) — they want to be lab rats for your new gear. (Laughter.)

      But it is wonderful to be here. Please give it up for two people who fight every single day for Oregon workers — your Representatives in Congress — they do a great job — Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici. They are both here. Give them a big round of applause. (Applause.) Yay! And there are two people who couldn’t make it here today, but they’re doing a great job and you should give them a round of applause as well, and that’s Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Kurt Schrader. (Applause.)

      So it is great to be at the world headquarters of such an iconic company — a company that helps athletes succeed from the individual to the world stage. And as you’ve heard, I’ve come to Oregon to talk a little bit about trade — which initially may have had some people thinking, what, is Mariota going someplace that we didn’t know about? (Laughter.) He’s going to be great. He’s an outstanding young man. He’s going to be terrific — and from Hawaii, by the way. (Applause.) Local boy.

      But this is important, and I want to tell you why I think trade deals and our willingness to go out there and compete on the global stage is so important.

      Before I came out here, I had a chance to meet with some small business owners from across Oregon, whose workers make everything from bikes to tea to stationery to wine. And they know how important this is to them. Sometimes when we talk about trade, we think of Nike, or we think of Boeing, or we think of G.E. — we think about these big multinational companies. But those small business leaders came here today because they understood that these markets outside the United States will help them grow, and will help them hire more folks — just as all the suppliers to Nike or Boeing or G.E. or any of these other companies understand this is going to be critical to their growth and their ability to create new jobs.

      In fact, that’s why Ron Wyden is not here — because he’s in Washington, D.C. as we speak quarterbacking this effort on behalf of Oregon’s small business owners and workers.

      Now, small businesses are the backbone of our economy. Eventually, like Nike, they grow sometimes into really, really big companies. They employ millions of people; 98 percent of exporters are small businesses.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/05/08/remarks-president-trade

  3. U.S. Unemployment Falls to Lowest Level Since May 2008

    5:30 AM PDT May 8, 2015 – bloomberg

    Payrolls rebounded in April following an even bigger setback a month earlier than previously estimated, a sign companies are confident the U.S. economy will reboot after stagnating early this year. The unemployment rate dropped to 5.4 percent.

    The 223,000 net increase in employment followed an 85,000 gain in March that was the smallest since June 2012, figures from the Labor Department showed Friday in Washington. The jobless rate fell to the lowest since May 2008 as more Americans entered the labor force and found work. Average hourly earnings climbed less than forecast.

    Construction and health care were among the industries that accelerated the pace of hiring last month as the economy emerged from temporary setbacks that included bad weather and a labor dispute at West Coast ports. Such job growth and steadily rising wages may keep the Federal Reserve on track to raise its benchmark interest rate later this year.

    “The pace of employment is quite encouraging,” said Gregory Daco, head of U.S. macroeconomics at Oxford Economics USA Inc., whose payrolls forecast of 221,000 was among the closest in a Bloomberg survey. “Wage growth is accelerating, but it’s quite gradual, more gradual than we would expect in a market where the unemployment rate is 5.4 percent.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-05-08/payrolls-in-u-s-rose-223-000-in-april-unemployment-falls

  4. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Delivers Remarks at a Press Conference Announcing Investigation into Baltimore Police Department

    Washington, DCUnited States ~ Friday, May 8, 2015 – doj.gov

    Good morning, and thank you all for being here. I am joined today by Vanita Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division, and Director Ron Davis of the Community Oriented Policing Services Office, or COPS.

    Over the past few days and weeks, we have watched as Baltimore struggled with issues that face cities across the country today. We have seen the tragic loss of a young man’s life. We have seen a peaceful protest movement coalesce to express the concern of a beleaguered community. We have seen brave officers upholding the right to peaceful protest, while also sustaining serious injury during the city’s unfortunate foray into violence. And we have watched it all through the prism of one of the most challenging issues of our time: police-community relations.

    When I traveled to Baltimore earlier this week, I had an opportunity to see the significant work that the city and the police department had done with the COPS Office over the last six months through a collaborative reform process. But despite the progress being made, it was clear that recent events – including the tragic in-custody death of Freddie Gray – had given rise to a serious erosion of public trust. And in order to address this issue, I was asked – by city officials and community leaders – to augment our approach to the situation with a court enforcement model. I have spent the last few days with my team considering which of the Justice Department’s tools for police reform best meets the current needs of the Baltimore Police Department and the broader Baltimore community.

    Today, the Department of Justice is opening an investigation into whether the Baltimore Police Department has engaged in a pattern or practice of violations of the Constitution or federal law. This investigation will begin immediately, and will focus on allegations that Baltimore Police Department officers use excessive force, including deadly force; conduct unlawful searches, seizures and arrests; and engage in discriminatory policing. The COPS Office will continue to work with the Baltimore Police Department and the collaborative reform process will now convert to the provision of technical assistance to the Baltimore Police Department. Some may ask how this differs from our current work with the Baltimore Police Department. The answer is: rather than examining whether the police department violated good policies, we will now examine whether they violated the Constitution and the community’s civil rights. This approach has been welcomed by the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police, and I want to thank them for their support and their partnership as we move forward.

    In the coming days, Civil Rights Division attorneys and investigators conducting the investigation, and the police experts who will assist them, will be engaging with community members and law enforcement. We will examine policies, practices and available data. And at the conclusion of our investigation, we will issue a report of our findings. If unconstitutional policies or practices are found, we will seek a court-enforceable agreement to address those issues. We will also continue to move forward to improve policing in Baltimore even as the pattern or practice investigation is underway.

    For more: http://www.justice.gov/opa/speech/attorney-general-loretta-e-lynch-delivers-remarks-press-conference-announcing

  5. GOP WRONG WAY

    Candidate Mike Huckabee Connects Native Americans With Jihadists During Speech; DNC Responds

    5/6/15 Simon Moya-Smith indiancountrytodaymedianetwork

    In an attempt to criticize President Barack Obama, Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, instead offended Native Americans by connecting them with jihadists during a speech Tuesday when he announced his candidacy for president.

    During his speech in Hope, Arkansas, Huckabee, who is formerly a Southern Baptist pastor, excoriated Obama for comments he made during the annual National Prayer Breakfast in February when, in reference to Islamic terrorism, he reminded his fellow Christians that they, too, have committed horrendous acts in the name of Christianity throughout the annals of human history.

    “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ,” Obama said.

    On Tuesday, Huckabee told a raucous crowd of supporters that he wonders who Obama cheers for when watching 1950s western cinema.

    John Wayne and Henry Fonda star in “Fort Apache.”John Wayne and Henry Fonda star in “Fort Apache.”

    “When I hear our current president say he wants Christians to get off their high horse so we can make nice with radical jihadists, I wonder if he can watch a western from the ‘50s and be able to figure out who the good guys and the bad guys really are,” Huckabee said.

    In a statement sent to ICTMN, Eric Walker, spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee, called Huckabee’s comment a “cheap joke” and said Native Americans deserve not to be compared to jihadists.

    “Mike Huckabee has spent his entire career offending Americans of all stripes – African Americans, Jews, Mormons, LGBT Americans to name a few – and now with these recent comments, he can add Native Americans to this growing list,” he said. “Native Americans have a proud heritage, and deserve better than to be compared to jihadists as part of a GOP candidate’s cheap joke. Sadly, this is what people have come to expect from GOP candidates who constantly push policies and views that are harmful to Americans. Mike Huckabee’s offensive, outdated, and divisive social views have no place in the 21st century.”

    Read more: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/05/06/video-candidate-mike-huckabee-connects-native-americans-jihadists-during-speech-dnc

  6. First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden Host their Annual Mother’s Day Tea to Honor Military-Connected Mothers at the White House

    Published on May 8, 2015

    First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden host their annual Mother’s Day tea to honor military-connected mothers at the White House. As part of their Joining Forces initiative, Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden deliver brief remarks in the East Room followed by a musical performance by Ben Folds. At the event, the First Lady and Dr. Biden also help military kids create homemade gifts for their mothers and grandmothers. May 8, 2015.

  7. US Tightens Security at Military Bases

    May 08, 2015 1:27 PM VOA News

    The U.S. military has increased security at bases across the country, after the FBI expressed concern that Islamist militants could target troops or police officers.

    The U.S. Northern Command said the move was due to “recent events” but stressed that the “change is not tied to a specific, credible threat.” The command also said it shares FBI concerns about “potential threat posed by homegrown violent extremists.”

    On Thursday, FBI Director James Comey said there might be thousands of Islamic State (IS) followers online in the U.S. Hundreds, maybe thousands of people across the country who are receiving recruitment overtures from the terrorist group or directives to attack the United States,” Comey said. “We have a general concern, obviously, that ISIL is focusing on the uniformed military and law enforcement,” he added, using another common acronym for the Islamic State.

    For more: http://www.voanews.com/content/us-tightens-security-at-military-bases/2760073.html

  8. May 08, 2015

    Statement by the President on the Election in the United Kingdom

    I congratulate Prime Minister Cameron on his impressive electoral victory. The special and essential relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is rooted in deep and abiding shared interests and values. I have enjoyed working closely with Prime Minister Cameron on a range of shared interests these last several years, and I look forward to continuing to strengthen the bonds between our countries, as we work together on behalf of global peace, security and prosperity.

  9. West Wing Week: 05/08/2015 or, “Viva Los Estados Unidos!”

    Published on May 8, 2015

    This week, the President visited Lehman College in New York City for the launch of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, taped an episode of the Late Show with David Letterman, hosted a Cinco de Mayo celebration, announced his nominee for the new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and presented the 2014 Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. That’s May 1st to May 7th, or “Viva Los Estados Unidos!”

  10. Ending Youth Homelessness

    Luke Tate May 08, 2015

    No young person should lack a stable and safe home, or be without a caring adult they can count on. Too many of America’s youth have been robbed of that essential foundation — and thanks to the extraordinary work of practitioners and volunteers across the country, we are learning what it takes to reestablish that footing and end youth homelessness nationwide.

    In 2012, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) issued the Framework to End Youth Homelessness detailing the steps necessary to achieve the goal of ending youth homelessness by 2020, and strategies to improve outcomes for children and youth experiencing homelessness. This framework articulates the need for government, non-profit, civic, and faith community partners to focus together on the overall well-being of youth experiencing homelessness — addressing not just their need for stable housing, but also their educational and employment goals, and the importance of permanent adult connections in their lives.

    It’s clear that success in those ambitious goals requires better data on youth experiencing unaccompanied homelessness, stronger capacity in the systems and organizations serving youth directly, and clearer evidence on what works. To advance those efforts, last week we welcomed youth, service providers, advocates, policymakers, and researchers to the White House on 40 to None Day, for an afternoon of discussions on the strongest approaches for serving youth in need, and the path forward, leveraging better data and evidence and strengthening our partnerships to end youth homelessness.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/05/08/ending-youth-homelessness

  11. WH

    Saturday, May 9, 2015

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers the commencement address to the Class of 2015
    Tuskegee University, Daniel “Chappie” James Center, Tuskegee, Alabama

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  12. May 9, 1865 – End of American Civil War – 150th Anniversary

    The American Civil War, widely known in the United States as simply the Civil War as well as other sectional names, was a civil war fought from 1861 to 1865 to determine the survival of the Union or independence for the Confederacy. Among the 34 states in January 1861, seven Southern slave states individually declared their secession from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America. The Confederacy, often simply called the South, grew to include eleven states, and although they claimed thirteen states and additional western territories, the Confederacy was never diplomatically recognized by a foreign country. The states that remained loyal and did not declare secession were known as the Union or the North. The war had its origin in the fractious issue of slavery, especially the extension of slavery into the western territories. After four years of combat, which left over 600,000 Union and Confederate soldiers dead and destroyed much of the South’s infrastructure, the Confederacy collapsed and slavery was abolished. Then began the Reconstruction and the processes of restoring national unity and guaranteeing civil rights to the freed slaves.

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

  13. Weekly Address: Honoring the 70th Anniversary of V-E Day

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House
    May 8, 2015

    Hello, everybody. Today marks an historic anniversary—70 years since the Allied victory in Europe during World War II. On V-E Day after the Nazi surrender, people swarmed the streets of London and Paris and Moscow, and the cloud of fear that had hung for so many years finally lifted. Here at home, from small towns to Times Square, crowds gathered in celebration, singing and dancing with joy. There would still be three more months of deadly fighting in the Pacific. But for a few hours, the world rejoiced in the hope of peace.

    General Eisenhower announced the news with little fanfare. “The Mission of this Allied Force,” he said, “was fulfilled.” But his simple message belied the extraordinary nature of the Allied victory—and the staggering human loss. For over five years, brutal fighting laid waste to an entire continent. Mothers, fathers, children were murdered in concentration camps. By the time the guns fell silent in Europe, some 40 million people on the continent had lost their lives.

    Today, we pay tribute to all who served. They were patriots, like my grandfather who served in Patton’s Army—soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, coast guard, merchant marines—and the women of the WACs and the WAVES and every branch. They risked their lives, and gave their lives so that we, the people the world over, could live free. They were women who stepped up in unprecedented numbers, manning the home front, and—like my grandmother—building bombers on assembly lines.

    This was the generation that literally saved the world—that ended the war and laid a foundation for peace.

    This was the generation that traded in their uniforms for a college education so they could marry their sweethearts, buy homes, raise children and build the strongest middle class the world has ever known.

    This was the generation that included heroes like the Tuskegee Airmen, the Navajo Code Talkers and the Japanese-Americans of the 442nd Regiment—and who continued the fight for freedom here at home, expanding equality and opportunity and justice for minorities and women.

    We will be forever grateful for what these remarkable men and women did, for the selfless grace they showed in one of our darkest hours. But as we mark this 70th anniversary, let’s not simply commemorate history. Let’s rededicate ourselves to the freedoms for which they fought.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/05/08/weekly-address-honoring-70th-anniversary-v-e-day

  14. May 09, 2015

    Statement by the Press Secretary on Liberia

    Today, the Republic of Liberia reached the important milestone of 42 days without reporting a new Ebola case, and we are pleased the World Health Organization was able to declare the end of the country’s current outbreak. We congratulate the people of Liberia on reaching this important marker, and once again pledge our commitment to ending the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and helping to rebuild Liberia and other affected nations. As President Obama said when Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visited the White House last month, “We’re proud to partner with you and we intend to see this through until the job is done.” While this milestone is important, the world must not forget that the Ebola outbreak still persists in neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea. We must not let down our guard until the entire region reaches and stays at zero Ebola cases. And we must all work together to strengthen capacity around the world to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to outbreaks before they become epidemics.

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