2016 Olympic Games – Team USA

 

April 27, 2016

Remarks by the First Lady at 2016 Olympics 100 Days Out Countdown

Times Square
New York, New York

12:18 P.M. EDT

MRS. OBAMA: Hi, everybody. Good morning — or afternoon — or wherever we are. (Laughter.) Hello. Thank you so much for joining us as we start the 100 Day Countdown to the thrilling moment when we let the games begin. I’m really honored to be here today.

I want to start by thanking Jordan — where did Jordan go? Hey, Jordan. What’s going on? — for that really kind introduction. We’re so proud of him. We’re excited to have him compete in this Summer Olympic Games. I also want to thank the outstanding leaders from the U.S. Olympic Committee who are joining me on this stage. You guys, thank you so much for all your great work — as well as The Band Perry, who is one of our favorites. I want to thank them for being here. Coach Auriemma, thank you all so much for everything you’re doing.

And, of course, most of all, I want to thank these incredible athletes who are here today. I have to turn around and look at them because I just got here. (Laughter.) They look so good! (Laughter.) I want to recognize them for the extraordinary work that they’ve been doing. I’m proud, I’m honored to be in the presence of these Olympians and Paralympians.

In fact, this is kind of a dream come true for me, because I’m here today not just as the First Lady, but as a real, lifelong, die-hard Olympics fan. To this day, I still remember the excitement that I felt as a little girl growing up on the South Side of Chicago when Olympic season would roll around. My family and all the kids in our neighborhood, we would gather around somebody’s TV somewhere in the neighborhood, and we would watch for hours as our Olympic favorites would compete — whether it was Mary Lou Retton, or Carl Lewis. I mean, I could go on. I mean, these times meant the world to kids in neighborhoods all over the country.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/27/remarks-first-lady-2016-olympics-100-days-out-countdown

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  1. WH

    Wednesday, August 3, 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
    11:00 AM
    11:15 AM
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    3:20 PM
    President Obama participates in a Young African Leaders Initiative Town Hall
    Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.

    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    Vice President Biden Delivers Remarks at the World Affairs Council
    Philadelphia, PA

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

  2. Team USA at the 2016 Olympic Games

    April 27, 2016

    Remarks by the First Lady at 2016 Olympics 100 Days Out Countdown

    Times Square
    New York, New York

    12:18 P.M. EDT

    MRS. OBAMA: Hi, everybody. Good morning — or afternoon — or wherever we are. (Laughter.) Hello. Thank you so much for joining us as we start the 100 Day Countdown to the thrilling moment when we let the games begin. I’m really honored to be here today.

    I want to start by thanking Jordan — where did Jordan go? Hey, Jordan. What’s going on? — for that really kind introduction. We’re so proud of him. We’re excited to have him compete in this Summer Olympic Games. I also want to thank the outstanding leaders from the U.S. Olympic Committee who are joining me on this stage. You guys, thank you so much for all your great work — as well as The Band Perry, who is one of our favorites. I want to thank them for being here. Coach Auriemma, thank you all so much for everything you’re doing.

    And, of course, most of all, I want to thank these incredible athletes who are here today. I have to turn around and look at them because I just got here. (Laughter.) They look so good! (Laughter.) I want to recognize them for the extraordinary work that they’ve been doing. I’m proud, I’m honored to be in the presence of these Olympians and Paralympians.

    In fact, this is kind of a dream come true for me, because I’m here today not just as the First Lady, but as a real, lifelong, die-hard Olympics fan. To this day, I still remember the excitement that I felt as a little girl growing up on the South Side of Chicago when Olympic season would roll around. My family and all the kids in our neighborhood, we would gather around somebody’s TV somewhere in the neighborhood, and we would watch for hours as our Olympic favorites would compete — whether it was Mary Lou Retton, or Carl Lewis. I mean, I could go on. I mean, these times meant the world to kids in neighborhoods all over the country.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/27/remarks-first-lady-2016-olympics-100-days-out-countdown

    • USWNT Olympics Schedule
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      August 3, 2016 6 PM ET
      WNT vs New Zealand Belo Horizonte NBCSN, NBC Universo ; FINAL: USWNT 2:0 NZL

      August 6, 2016 4 PM ET
      WNT vs France Mineirão; NBCSN, NBC Universo; FINAL: USWNT 1:0 FRANCE

      August 9, 2016 6 PM ET
      WNT vs Colombia Amazônia Arena; Manaus NBCSN, NBC Universo, FINAL: USWNT 2:2 Columbia

      August 12, 2016 12 PM ET
      WNT vs Sweden Mané Garrincha Stadium; Brasilia NBCSN

      US Soccer Team Schedule: http://www.ussoccer.com/schedule-tickets

    • August 06, 2016

      Weekly Address: Representing the Best of America in the Summer Olympics

      Remarks of President Barack Obama as Delivered
      Weekly Address
      The White House
      August 6, 2016

      Every four years, our nation’s attention turns to a competition that’s as heated as it is historic. People pack arenas and wave flags. Journalists judge every move and overanalyze every misstep. Sometimes we’re let down, but more often we’re lifted up. And just when we think we’ve seen it all, we see something happen in a race that we’ve never seen before.

      I’m talking, of course, about the Summer Olympics.

      This month, Rio is hosting the first-ever Games held in South America – and we’re ready to root on Team USA. We’re excited to see who will inspire us this time; whose speed will remind us of Jesse Owens; whose feats will remind us of Bob Beamon’s amazing jump? Which young American will leave us awestruck, the way a teenager named Kerri Strug did when she stuck that landing, and when another kid named Cassius Clay gave the world its first glimpse of greatness? Who will match Mary Lou Retton’s perfection; or pull off an upset like Rulon Gardner’s; or dominate like the Dream Team?

      That’s why we watch. And we have a lot to look forward to this year. Team USA reminds the world why America always sets the gold standard: We’re a nation of immigrants that finds strength in our diversity and unity in our national pride.

      Our athletes hail from 46 states, D.C., and the Virgin Islands. Our team boasts the most women who have ever competed for any nation at any Olympic Games. It includes active-duty members of our military and our veterans. We’ve got basketball players who stand nearly seven feet tall and a gymnast who’s 4-foot-8. And Team USA spans generations: a few athletes who are almost as old as I am, and one born just a year before my younger daughter.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/08/06/weekly-address-representing-best-america-summer-olympics

  3. I have always enjoyed watching the Olympics. Especially swimming, gymnastics and track and field. Go USA!

  4. ADP Employment Report

    Released On 8/3/2016 8:15:00 AM For Jul, 2016

    Prior Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    ADP employment 172,000 165,000 160,000 to 185,000 179,000

    Highlights
    Growth in the labor market held firm and steady in July, based on ADP’s 179,000 estimate for private payrolls in Friday’s employment report. The result is near the top-end of the Econoday forecast range and is slightly higher than ADP’s estimate for June.

    For more: http://www.econoday.com/economic-calendar.aspx

  5. Gallup U.S. Job Creation Index

    Released On 8/3/2016 8:30:00 AM For Jul, 2016
    Prior Actual
    level 33 33

    Highlights
    U.S. workers’ reports of hiring activity at their place of employment in July remained at a record high for the third month in a row. Gallup’s U.S. Job Creation Index first reached the high score of plus 33 in its eight-year trend in May. The latest holding pattern follows a period of relative stability in workers’ perceptions of their employers’ hiring activity.

    The index has ranged from plus 29 to plus 33 since February 2015. In July, 44 percent of workers reported their companies were hiring, while 11 percent reported their companies were laying people off, resulting in the July Job Creation Index score of plus 33. These figures are unchanged from May and June. The latest results are based on interviews conducted July 1-31 with 16,753 full- and part-time U.S. workers.

    For more: http://www.econoday.com/economic-calendar.aspx

  6. Closing an Estate Tax Loophole for the Wealthiest Few: What You Need to Know

    AUGUST 3, 2016 AT 10:00 AM ET BY SIMONE LEIRO

    Summary: The Treasury Department took action to close a loophole that allows some wealthy families to avoid paying their fair share in estate taxes. Here’s what you should know.

    The Obama administration has made considerable progress over the past eight years to make our tax code fairer. This week, the Treasury Department is building on that progress through proposed new rules closing a loophole that allows some wealthy families to avoid paying their fair share in estate taxes. Treasury’s action will help working families around the country because, when the wealthiest households are able to use sophisticated techniques to exploit loopholes and reduce the taxes that they owe, more of the tax burden ultimately falls on middle-class taxpayers.

    So, what exactly is the estate tax and what do these proposed regulations do to help make our tax code fairer? Here are a few answers:

    What is the estate tax?

    So why is the Treasury Department now taking action on the estate tax?

    Why is this a priority?

    What do Republicans think of the estate tax?

    What are some of the other steps that the Obama administration has taken that impact America’s middle class?

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/08/03/closing-estate-tax-loophole-wealthiest-few-what-you-need-know

  7. August 03, 2016

    Remarks by the President at the Young African Leaders Initiative Town Hall

    Omni Shoreham Hotel
    Washington, D.C.

    3:28 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much! (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you, everybody. Everybody, please sit down, sit down. Everybody, sit down.

    AUDIENCE: Yes, we can! Yes, we can! Yes, we can!

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much! Thank you, everybody. (Applause.) Thank you.

    Well, it is so good to see all of you. Okay, everybody settle down, settle down.

    (Audience sings “Happy Birthday.”) (Applause.)

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you! Well, you know, I — let me first of all just say that — let me first of all say I’m a little disappointed with the lack of enthusiasm. (Laughter.) Everybody is so shy and quiet.

    First of all, I want to thank Emmanuel for the great introduction and the outstanding work on behalf of the people of Uganda. Please give Emmanuel a big round of applause. (Applause.) I don’t know whether they chose Emmanuel because he’s such a great speaker — which he is — or because they thought he and I were cousins — (laughter) — because Odama, Obama — (laughter) — there must be some connection.

    Now, I know that you’ve been in this fellowship for a few weeks. I know that for many of you, this is your first visit to the United States. So let me start by saying on behalf of the American people, welcome to the United States of America. (Applause.)

    I don’t want to give a long speech because I’m really here to hear from you and answer your questions and to get your comments and ideas. But I do want to just take a moment to step back and talk about why you being here is so important, not just to me but to all of our countries and to people around the world.

    I stand here as the President of the United States and the son of an African. Michelle and I have always tried to instill in our girls, our daughters, a sense of their heritage, which is American and African and European — with all the strengths and all the struggles of that heritage. We took them to Africa. We wanted to open their eyes to the amazing tapestry of history and culture and music. We looked out from those doors of no return. We stood in the cell where Mandela refused to break.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/08/03/remarks-president-young-african-leaders-initiative-town-hall

  8. August 03, 2016

    Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Law Enforcement

    Today, the Vice President met in his Ceremonial Office with law enforcement leaders from across the country to continue the discussion about how we can better build improve trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. The Vice President thanked them for their unwavering and steadfast service and recognized that often they are asked to bear a tremendous share of the burden of dealing with broad frustrations with underlying societal challenges in communities across the country. He discussed with them ways to better support officer training as well as the need to ensure police have the resources they need to engage in community policing. The Vice President reiterated his commitment to finding solutions to reduce the anxiety felt by both law enforcement and the communities they protect, and he discussed his plan to continue to reconvene law enforcement and community leaders around the country for ongoing discussion.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/08/03/readout-vice-presidents-meeting-law-enforcement

  9. Trump behavior sends GOP into panicked search for alternatives

    08/03/16 10:11PM maddowblog

    Rachel Maddow reviews the recent erratic behavior by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and the pandemonium both within the Trump campaign and in the Republican Party over how to get 2016 under control.

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