President Obama Meets with Flint Citizens

Asked and Answered: President Obama Responds to an Eight-Year-Old Girl from Flint

At eight years old, Mari Copeny — known around town as “Little Miss Flint” — wrote to President Obama last month from her home in Flint, Michigan to share how she is working to bring attention to the public health crisis in her community. She also noted that she’s headed the President’s way, and asked if she could meet him during her trip to Washington, D.C.

This week, President Obama wrote back to “Little Miss Flint” with some big news: He’s coming to town. On Wednesday, May 4th, the President will travel to Flint, Michigan where he will hear first-hand from Flint residents like Mari about the public health crisis, receive an in-person briefing on the federal efforts in place to help respond to the needs of the people of Flint, and speak directly with members of the Flint community.

For the entire article: https://medium.com/@WhiteHouse/asked-and-answered-president-obama-responds-to-an-eight-year-old-girl-from-flint-48be6bfc36cc#.seuqq8lvq

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President Obama gets a briefing from officials on the Federal response to the water crisis
Food bank of Eastern Michigan, Flint, Michigan

President Obama participates in a roundtable discussion with Flint residents
Flint, Michigan

President Obama delivers remarks
Flint Northwestern High School, Flint, Michigan

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  1. WH

    Wednesday, May 4, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    Vice President Biden takes a family photo with heads of the U.S. Caribbean Central American Energy Summit delegation
    The Department of State

    9:30 AM
    Vice President Biden holds a meeting with the U.S. Caribbean Central American Energy Summit heads of delegation
    The Department of State

    10:05 AM
    President Obama departs the White House en route to Michigan
    South Lawn

    10:20 AM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews
    Joint Base Andrews

    11:00 AM
    11:15 AM
    Vice President Biden holds a meeting with the U.S. Caribbean Central American Energy Summit heads of delegation
    The Department of State

    11:50 AM
    President Obama arrives Flint, Michigan
    Bishop International Airport

    12:00 PM
    12:40 PM
    President Obama receives a briefing on the response and recovery effort by the Unified Command Group
    Food bank of Eastern Michigan, Flint, Michigan

    1:00 PM
    1:30 PM
    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at the U.S. Caribbean Central American Energy Summit plenary lunch
    The Department of State

    2:00 PM
    2:30 PM
    President Obama participates in a roundtable discussion with Flint residents
    Northwestern High School, Flint, Michigan

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks
    Northwestern High School, Flint, Michigan

    5:00 PM
    President Obama departs Flint, Michigan
    Bishop International Airport

    6:25 PM
    President Obama arrives Joint Base Andrews
    Joint Base Andrews

    6:40 PM
    President Obama arrives the White House
    South Lawn

    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM

    8:25 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks at the Asia Pacific American Institute of Congressional Studies 22nd annual awards gala dinner
    Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington DC

    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    • POTUS podium

      May 4, 2016

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

      1:30 PM EDT
      Vice President Biden Delivers Remarks at U.S. Caribbean Central American Energy Summit
      State Department, Washington, DC

      2:00 PM EDT
      White House Champions of Change for AAPI Art and Storytelling
      The White House

      4:00 PM EDT
      President Obama Delivers Remarks to Community Members
      Northwestern High School, Flint, MI

      8:25 PM EDT
      President Obama Delivers Remarks at Gala Dinner
      Washington Hilton Hotel,, Washington, DC

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      9:00 AM ET
      Brookings Institution
      Climate Change and the Zika Virus
      Panelists talked about the possible link between global climate change and the spread of mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus.

      11:00 AM ET
      Center for Strategic and International Studies
      Oil and Gas Exports
      Energy and national security experts talked about financial challenges facing countries in the Middle East and Africa caused by low oil prices. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/409064-1

      12:15 PM ET
      Hudson Institute
      Internet Privacy and Surveillance
      Nadine Strossen and David Rivkin talked about Internet privacy and government surveillance, as well as surveillance carried out by businesses. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/409062-1

      1:30 PM ET
      State Department Briefing
      State Department Daily Briefing Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner briefs reporters and responds to their questions on a variety of international topics. http://www.c-span.org/video/?409080-1/state-department-briefing

      4:00 PM ET
      President Obama delivers remarks in Flint, Michigan http://www.c-span.org/video/?409040-1/president-obama-deliver-remarks-flint-michigan

  2. Asked and Answered: President Obama Responds to an Eight-Year-Old Girl from Flint

    At eight years old, Mari Copeny — known around town as “Little Miss Flint” — wrote to President Obama last month from her home in Flint, Michigan to share how she is working to bring attention to the public health crisis in her community. She also noted that she’s headed the President’s way, and asked if she could meet him during her trip to Washington, D.C.

    This week, President Obama wrote back to “Little Miss Flint” with some big news: He’s coming to town. On Wednesday, May 4th, the President will travel to Flint, Michigan where he will hear first-hand from Flint residents like Mari about the public health crisis, receive an in-person briefing on the federal efforts in place to help respond to the needs of the people of Flint, and speak directly with members of the Flint community.

    For the entire article: https://medium.com/@WhiteHouse/asked-and-answered-president-obama-responds-to-an-eight-year-old-girl-from-flint-48be6bfc36cc#.seuqq8lvq

    • May 04, 2016

      Remarks by the President After Meeting with Federal Responders on the Flint, Michigan Water Crisis

      Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
      Flint, Michigan

      1:46 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Well, I just had the opportunity to meet with the federal responders who have been on the ground here in Flint, joined by Governor Rick Snyder and Mayor Karen Weaver. And our discussion underscored how important it was for us to mount a whole-of-government effort across agencies and across levels of government to meet one core mission, and that is make sure that the people of Flint are healthy; that they’ve got safe water to drink and to use; that we are ensuring that we have a plan for the system to work over the long term; and that we are certain that our kids here in Flint are going to be able to take advantage of their talents and opportunities well into the future.

      So we’ve got a short-term challenge, which is water, but we’ve also got a long-term challenge, which is making sure that the city of Flint can prosper going forward.

      I want to thank everybody who’s participating. Everybody here has been working hard on the ground for months now to respond to this crisis. It’s an all-hands-on-deck approach. And just to give you some examples of the work that’s being done — FEMA is expanding access to water and filters by providing water commodities to the state of Michigan. The EPA has been actively testing and monitoring the city’s water, and is providing technical assistance to the city to make sure that the water distribution system is safe again. The CDC is investigating concerns that we’ve heard from people about health symptoms that may have been connected to the water.

      Some good news — we’re hoping that if it hasn’t already happened, that it’s going to happen shortly, that legislation is being passed by the state of Michigan that allows the federal government, in partnership with the state, to expand access to Medicaid and provide additional services to individuals under 21. So making sure that our kids are covered and have these additional services, as well as pregnant women. And I want to thank the state of Michigan, working with us, to develop that plan.

      Thanks to the USDA, and Debbie Stabenow has been outstanding in guiding this. And obviously the rest of the Michigan congressional delegation have worked hard on this, as well. USDA is making sure that infants get the formula that they need and that children are getting access to healthy food.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/05/04/remarks-president-after-meeting-federal-responders-flint-michigan-water

    • 2:30 PM ET
      President Obama participates in a roundtable discussion with Flint residents
      Northwestern High School, Flint, Michigan

    • May 04, 2016

      Remarks by the President to the Flint Community — Flint, MI

      Northwestern High School
      Flint, Michigan

      4:10 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Flint! (Applause.) How’s it going, Wildcats? (Applause.) Well, it is good to be back in Flint, Michigan. (Applause.)

      AUDIENCE MEMBER! Obama!

      THE PRESIDENT: That’s me! (Applause.)

      All right, settle down, everybody. (Laughter.)

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: (Inaudible.)

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, sir. I appreciate it.

      All right. Let me do some business here. Let me begin by recognizing some of the guests who are here. Your mayor, Karen Weaver, is here. (Applause.) I know Governor Rick Snyder is here.

      AUDIENCE: Boo —

      THE PRESIDENT: No, no — because here’s here to — we’re doing some business here. Members of Congress are here, including your outstanding senator, Debbie Stabenow. (Applause.) Flint’s own Dan Kildee is here. (Applause.) Debbie Dingell is here. (Applause.) Brenda Lawrence is here. (Applause.) John Conyers is here. (Applause.) And Sandy Levin. An outstanding Michigan delegation. We’ve got Secretary Sylvia Burwell, who is the head of Health and Human Services, works for me. And Administrator Gina McCarthy is here, as well. I want to thank Superintendent Bilal Tawwab — (applause) — and Principal Tim Green for their hospitality. And I want to thank all of you for being here.

      Now, not too long ago, I received a letter from a young lady, an eight-year-old girl named Mari Copeny. You may know her as “Little Miss Flint.”

      Those of you who have seats, please feel free to sit down so folks can see behind you. If you don’t have a seat, don’t sit down.

      And like a lot of you, Mari has been worried about what happened here in Flint. She’s worried about what it means for children like her. She’s worried about the future of this city and this community.

      So in the middle of a tragedy that should have never happened here in the United States of America — the denial of something as basic as clean, safe drinking water — this eight-year-old girl spoke out and marched and, like many of you, protested. As Mari was getting ready to hop on a bus to Washington, she wrote to ask if she could meet with me while she was in town. There she is. (Applause.)

      Now, I would have been happy to see Mari in Washington. But when something like this happens, a young girl shouldn’t have to go to Washington to be heard. I thought her President should come to Flint to meet with her. (Applause.) And that’s why I’m here — to tell you directly that I see you and I hear you, and I want to hear directly from you about how this public health crisis has disrupted your lives, how it’s made you angry, how it’s made you worried.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/05/04/remarks-president-flint-community-flint-mi

  3. May 4

    Vice President Biden takes a family photo with heads of the U.S. Caribbean Central American Energy Summit delegation
    The Department of State

    Vice President Biden holds a meeting with the U.S. Caribbean Central American Energy Summit heads of delegation
    The Department of State

    Vice President Biden holds a meeting with the U.S. Caribbean Central American Energy Summit heads of delegation
    The Department of State

    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at the U.S. Caribbean Central American Energy Summit plenary lunch
    The Department of State

  4. U.S. Job Creation Index Steady in April, at +30

    May 4, 2016 by Justin McCarthy – Gallup

    * Index is similar to March’s +32 and scores from the past year
    * Nongovernment hiring remains stronger than government hiring​

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Employed Americans’ reports of hiring activity where they work were essentially unchanged in April, keeping Gallup’s Job Creation Index near its highest level ever recorded. The index averaged +30 in April, similar to the nine-year high of +32 reached in March, as well as on several other occasions over the past 11 months.

    Workers’ perceptions of their employers’ hiring have been relatively steady over the past couple of years, with index scores at or above +27 since May 2014. Upon reaching a new high of +32 in May 2015, the index held at this figure for six months straight. It has hovered around that level ever since, and matched the record high yet again in March.

    For more: http://www.gallup.com/poll/191303/job-creation-index-steady-april.aspx?g_source=WWWV7HP&g_medium=topic&g_campaign=tiles

  5. US factory orders rose in March

    May 4, 2016 10:06 am By MARTIN CRUTSINGER – AP

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories advanced by a modest amount in March, reflecting strength in demand for military hardware and machinery.

    The Commerce Department says factory orders rose 1.1 percent, rebounding from a 1.9 percent drop in February. It was only the second increase in total orders in the past five months as American manufacturers have struggled with a weak global economy, a strong dollar and a big fall in oil prices.

    A key category that serves as a proxy for business investment posted a tiny 0.1 percent rise in March after a 2.7 percent decline in February.

    Orders for durable goods such as autos and appliances rose 0.8 percent. Demand for nondurable goods such as paper and chemicals rose 1.5 percent.

    • May 05, 2016
      Remarks by the President at the 22nd Annual APAICS Awards Gala

      Washington Hilton Hotel
      Washington, D.C.

      8:18 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! (Applause.) It’s good to see all of you. You all look so nice. Can everybody please give a big round of applause to Judy Chu for her outstanding service. (Applause.) A couple other people I want to acknowledge. I want to thank Floyd Mori. (Applause.) Norm Mineta. (Applause.) All the outstanding members of Congress who are joining us. So, how’s it? (Applause.)

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: (Inaudible.)

      THE PRESIDENT: (Inaudible.) Right on.

      Being with the Asian American Pacific Islander community is like being with family. (Applause.)

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: I love you, Obama!

      THE PRESIDENT: I love you back.

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you!

      THE PRESIDENT: All right, settle down, you guys. (Laughter.)

      As many of you know, I grew up in Hawaii. (Applause.) I spent time in Indonesia as a young boy. The food, the culture, the spirit of the Asia Pacific region — that’s who I am. And that’s why it gives me so much pleasure to see all of you and to thank all of you for everything you’re doing to make sure that the AAPI community is participating in the political process. And together, as Judy noted, we’ve accomplished a lot of things.

      And one thing that’s clear — and you can see it in this room — is the amazing diversity of the AAPI community. I’m so proud of all that we’ve accomplished together. From Southeast Asia to the Indian subcontinent — (applause) — from the Pacific Islands to the Native Hawaiians of my home state, you represent the heritage that spans the globe. And your families may come from different countries. They may speak different languages, practice different faiths. Some of you live on the land of your ancestors. And for others, the journey began when somebody in your family — or maybe you — decided to leave behind what you knew to seek a better life in a new world.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/05/05/remarks-president-22nd-annual-apaics-awards-gala

  6. May 04, 2016

    Statement by the President on Holocaust Remembrance Day

    Today, on Yom HaShoah, we solemnly remember the six million Jews and the millions of others murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

    On this day, we honor the memory of the millions of individuals – the mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, friends and neighbors – who lost their lives during a time of unparalleled depravity and inhumanity. We reaffirm our ongoing responsibility as citizens and as a nation to live out the admonition, “Never forget. Never again.” And we commit ourselves to preserving the memories of those who lived through the horrors of the Shoah, so that their experiences are not forgotten by our generation or by our children or grandchildren.

    We also honor those who survived the Holocaust, many of them spared from death because of the righteous individuals who risked their lives to save Jews and other victims from Nazi persecution. The stories of these survivors and their protectors remind us to confront persecution wherever it arises, and that silence can be an accomplice to evil. They remind us of our duty to counter the rising tide of anti-Semitism, bigotry and hatred that threaten the values we hold dear—pluralism, diversity, and the freedoms of religion and expression.

    Today, and every day, we stand in solidarity with the Jewish community both at home and abroad. We stand with those who are leaving the European cities where they have lived for generations because they no longer feel safe, with the members of institutions that have been attacked because of their Jewish affiliations, and with the college students forced to confront swastikas appearing on their campuses. And we call upon all people of good will to be vigilant and vocal against every form of bigotry.

    When we recognize our interconnectedness and the fundamental dignity and equality of every human being, we help to build a world that is more accepting, secure and free. This is the best way to honor the legacy we recognize on Yom HaShoah and to fulfill our responsibilities to repair our world from generation to generation.

  7. WH

    Thursday, May 5, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    First Lady Michelle and Dr. Biden host an event announcing commitments from more than 50 companies that have pledge to hire and train veterans and military spouses
    State Dining Room

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    President Obama hosts a Cinco de Mayo reception
    East Room

    5:00 PM
    5:30 PM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle depart the White House en route Joint Base Andrews
    South Lawn

    6:00 PM
    First Lady and Dr. Biden, joined by President Obama and Vice President Biden kick off a USO comedy show celebrating Military Appreciation Month as well as the 5th anniversary of Joining Forces and the 75th anniversary of the USO.
    Joint-Base Andrews

    6:45 PM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle depart Joint Base Andrews en route the White House
    Joint Base Andrews

    6:55 PM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle arrive at the White House
    South Lawn

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

    • POTUS podium

      May 5, 2016

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

      9:30 AM EDT
      White House Forum on the Civil Rights of Parents with Disabilities
      The White House

      10:00 AM ET
      First Lady Michelle and Dr. Biden host an event announcing commitments from more than 50 companies that have pledge to hire and train veterans and military spouses
      State Dining Room

      12:30 PM EDT
      White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

      4:00 PM ET
      President Obama hosts a Cinco de Mayo reception
      East Room

      6:00 PM ET
      First Lady and Dr. Biden, joined by President Obama and Vice President Biden kick off a USO comedy show celebrating Military Appreciation Month as well as the 5th anniversary of Joining Forces and the 75th anniversary of the USO.
      Joint-Base Andrews

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      10:00 AM ET
      U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
      U.S. Holocaust Museum Days of Remembrance Ceremony
      The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum held a ceremony to mark the Days of Remembrance, which honor victims of the Holocaust. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/409102-1

      10:30 AM ET
      Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
      Nuclear Weapons in China
      The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace hosted a discussion on China’s approach to the role of nuclear weapons in national security, as well as how the U.S. can negotiate with China on nuclear issues. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/409101-1

      11:00 AM EDT
      Defense Department Briefing on Military Operations in Afghanistan
      Brigadier General Charles Cleveland, Resolute Support Mission deputy chief of staff for communication, briefs reporters via satellite on U.S. military operations in Afghanistan. http://www.c-span.org/video/?409119-1/defense-department-briefing-military-operations-afghanistan

      12:30 PM EDT
      White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press http://www.c-span.org/video/?409126-1/white-house-briefing

      1:00P M EDT
      Defense Department Briefing
      Defense Department Spokesman Peter Cook briefs reporters and responds to their questions on a variety of military-related topics. http://www.c-span.org/video/?409131-1/defense-department-briefing

      2:00 PM EDT
      State Department Briefing
      State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner briefs reporters and responds to their questions on a variety of international topics. http://www.c-span.org/video/?409132-1/state-department-briefing

      4:00 PM ET
      President Obama hosts a Cinco de Mayo reception

  8. Joining Forces – 5th Anniversary

    In 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden came together to launch Joining Forces, a nationwide initiative calling all Americans to rally around service members, veterans, and their families and support them through wellness, education, and employment opportunities. Joining Forces works hand in hand with the public and private sector to ensure that service members, veterans, and their families have the tools they need to succeed throughout their lives.

    Primary Objectives of Joining Forces

    * Bring attention to the unique experiences and strengths of America’s service members, veterans, and their families.
    * Inspire, educate, and spark action from all sectors of society — citizens, communities, businesses, nonprofits, faith-based institutions, philanthropic organizations, and government — to ensure service members, veterans, and their families have the opportunities, resources, and support they have earned.
    * Showcase the skills, experience, and dedication of America’s service members, veterans and their families to strengthen our nation’s communities.
    * Create greater connections between the American public and the military.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/joiningforces

    • May 05, 2016

      Op-Ed by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden: Veterans With Job Skills America Needs

      The following op-ed by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden appeared in The Wall Street Journal.

      First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden: Veterans With Job Skills America Needs

      When America’s leading companies look to hire top technology talent, their search often follows a well-worn path: Recruiters fan out to world-renowned institutions like MIT, Caltech and Stanford, or they solicit applications from community colleges and other universities with the leading IT and engineering programs. For too long, though, another source of talent has been largely overlooked, despite producing many of America’s most talented technology professionals.

      We’re talking about the U.S. military.

      On land and in the air, under the sea and out in space, America has the most technologically advanced armed forces in history.

      Military researchers and inventors have pioneered technological innovations, including the Internet and GPS, that have transformed modern life. Today, more than 150,000 men and women in the U.S. military are working in tech jobs—like the developers who create the software for fighter jets and the network engineers who protect our country from cyberattacks.

      And whether they were establishing wireless networks in Baghdad, repairing communications equipment in the mountains of Afghanistan, or maintaining data-storage units on 100,000-ton aircraft carriers in the South China Sea, these military personnel have often done their jobs in conditions that most people can’t even begin to imagine.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/05/05/op-ed-first-lady-michelle-obama-and-dr-jill-biden-veterans-job-skills

    • May 05, 2016

      Remarks by The First Lady at Joining Forces Fifth Anniversary Employment Event

      State Dining Room

      10:26 A.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Thank you all. (Applause.) Thanks so much. You all rest yourselves. (Laughter.) You’ve been working hard and, obviously, after this announcement, you’ll have a lot more work to do once you’re rested. Welcome, welcome.

      We are so thrilled to have you all here at the White House today. Let me start by thanking Kathleen for that just very sweet introduction. She didn’t share with me backstage the story about Sophia, so it’s like, you’re going to wait and make me cry — (laughter) — right before I came out. (Laughter.)

      But the reason why we like to have folks like Kathleen share their stories is that they are the best representatives of why Joining Forces means so much to me and Jill. When we talk about being in awe of these men and women, it’s stories like Kathleen’s and her family’s, and there are millions of people like her out there. So I want to thank Kathleen and her amazing family for being my inspiration. Thank you all for your service and sacrifice. We’re so grateful and we love you all. We love you to death.

      I also, of course, want to thank Jill, my dear, dear friend, who has been an amazing partner in this Joining Forces endeavor. But more importantly, she’s been a terrific friend to have over this interesting journey that we’ve had together. So we made it to five years on Joining Forces. Looking back, we started talking about this backstage when Barack chose Joe to be his vice presidential candidate, and we both talked about the passion we had developed for our military — her as a Blue Star mom and me as a regular civilian who didn’t have that connection. So to be able to celebrate this milestone together with you today means the world. So thank you, Jill. Thank you so much. (Applause.)

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/05/05/remarks-first-lady-joining-forces-fifth-anniversary-employment-event

    • First Lady and Dr. Biden, joined by President Obama and Vice President Biden kick off a USO comedy show celebrating Military Appreciation Month as well as the 5th anniversary of Joining Forces and the 75th anniversary of the USO.
      Joint-Base Andrews

      May 5, 2016

  9. May 05, 2016

    FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Efforts that have Expanded Opportunities for the Hispanic Community

    Cinco de Mayo is a day to celebrate the important cultural contributions of our nation’s Mexican American – and Hispanic – community. Throughout his presidency, President Obama has worked to expand opportunities for all Americans, including the Hispanic community. He has brought our economy back from the brink by rebuilding America from the middle out; increased investments in education from cradle to career; made health care and a college education more affordable; and helped people across the country realize their dream of home ownership.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/05/05/fact-sheet-obama-administration-efforts-have-expanded-opportunities
    “Wow, if you had told me 25 years ago that one day the band Maná would play in the White House, I wouldn’t have believed it,” said frontman Fher Olvera in a statement to BuzzFeed News. “We feel proud to share our music and culture that without a doubt is an integral part of the United States.”

    The White House hailed the band from Guadalajara, Mexico as iconic and see the event as a way to unite the community and show support for Mexico, Mexican-Americans and Latinos at large, noting that the band has been “super” supportive of President Obama and he is “a big fan.”

    The top-selling Latin rock band of all-time, which supported Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012 at a Las Vegas concert, inserted itself into the 2016 election when it denounced Donald Trump’s comments early in his campaign last summer.

    It dedicated a song to him entitled “Somos Más Americanos,” “We Are More American,” at a Staples Center concert in Los Angeles, where they hold the record for most sold-out shows.

    “There is a character named Donald Trump, who made very violent declarations with great hatred of Mexicans and Latin Americans and called us rapists, criminals, drug traffickers,” Olvera said at the time, calling him a racist. “This is all trash.”

    They really don’t like Trump — at the Latin Grammy’s four months later, using music as a “weapon of protest,” they held up sign that read “Latinos United Don’t Vote For Racists!”

    The Latino community and immigration in particular have once again become a major part of the election, with Democrats hoping to maintain gains made by Obama at the presidential level, and hoping that Trump’s rhetoric will help in that pursuit.

    The prolific band, known for rock hits like Oye Mi Amor and love songs like Labios Compartidos, has also written songs about Mexican politics and gotten involved in Get Out The Vote efforts in the U.S.

    For more: https://www.buzzfeed.com/adriancarrasquillo/mexican-rock-band-mana-to-perform-at-white-house-on-cinco-de?utm_term=.erwJ1o5bJ#.dkxorMm5o

    • May 05, 2016

      Remarks by the President at the 2016 Cinco de Mayo Reception

      East Room

      4:12 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. (Applause.)

      AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years!

      THE PRESIDENT: No, no, I can’t. No, no, no.

      AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years!

      THE PRESIDENT: Let me say, in addition to the Constitution, Michelle will not allow that. (Laughter.) Buenas tardes. (Applause.)

      AUDIENCE: Buenas tardes!

      THE PRESIDENT: Feliz Cinco de Mayo! (Applause.) Bienvenidos a la Casa Blanca. (Applause.)

      This is one of our best fiestas of the year. And I want to thank Yaneley for not only the introduction, but for being just — what an unbelievable example of the young people who are going to be leading us in the future. (Applause.) She wasn’t even nervous backstage. She knew she was going to do great. So we’re so proud of her.

      We have a couple of guests I want to just make sure to mention. Representative Joaquín Castro is in the house, from the great state of Texas. (Applause.) I know your parents are proud of you, and we’re proud of you.

      I want to thank our special guest chef, Johnny Hernandez — (applause) — who brought his taco and margarita recipes all the way from San Antón. And give it up for our outstanding performers, Maná. (Applause.) I was thinking about coming out and playing. But I decided maybe not. (Laughter.) Let me not spoil the party.

      We all know the story of Cinco de Mayo. One hundred fifty-four years ago, the French, one of the strongest armies of the 19th century, marched on the tiny town of Puebla. An ill-equipped and hastily-trained band of Mexican patriots grabbed whatever weapons they could find, and they fought off the opposing forces, and eventually regained full independence.

      One hundred fifty years later, Americans and Mexicans still celebrate Cinco de Mayo. In backyard barbeques and baseball parks, from Chicago to Austin, folks are enjoying music and food and good times with family and friends, just like we’re doing here today. Earlier, I had a chance to speak with President Peña Nieto of Mexico about our shared work on advancing the prosperity and the security of Americans and Mexicans. And so I wished him a happy Cinco de Mayo. And he asked me to extend the same to you, so I’m doing my duty here. It’s a reminder of not just a holiday, but the incredible bonds that our two countries share.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/05/05/remarks-president-2016-cinco-de-mayo-reception

  10. White House Forum on the Civil Rights of Parents with Disabilities
    The White House

    May 5, 2016

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