2014 Mid Term Elections

TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Monday The 7th Of April. Barack Goes To School. Maria Contreras-Sweet Gets Sworn In.


By Jueseppi B.




White House Schedule – April 7th, 2014


On  a rainy Monday, President Barack Obama travels to a Washington suburb in Maryland to talk about high school students getting “real-world career skills and college-level courses,”  meets with the Executive Director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and delivers remarks at the  ceremonial swearing-in of Maria Contreras-Sweet as the new Small Business Administration chief.



Office of the Press Secretary
April 7th, 2014


MONDAY, April 7th, 2014


In the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office.  This meeting is closed press.


Later in the morning, the President will travel to Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Maryland to announce the winners of a competition he launched last fall to bring together educators and employers to redesign the high school experience to give students access to real-world career skills and college-level courses. The President’s remarks are open to pre-credentialed media and there will be in-town travel pool coverage of the President’s classroom visit at Bladensburg High School.


In the afternoon, the President will meet with the Commander-in-Chief and Executive Director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.


Later in the afternoon, the President and the Vice President will attend and deliver remarks at the ceremonial swearing-in of Maria Contreras-Sweet as Administrator of the Small Business Administration. This event in the South Court Auditorium is open press.






Monday, April 7 2014 All Times ET



10:00 AM: THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.



11:15 AM: THE PRESIDENT visits a classroom at Bladensburg High School, Bladensburg High School, Bladensburg, Maryland.



11:35 AM: THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at Bladensburg High School, Bladensburg High School, Bladensburg, Maryland.



1:15 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing Room.



2:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT meets with the Commander-in-Chief and Executive Director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Oval Office.



3:25 PM: THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT attend the ceremonial swearing in of Maria Contreras-Sweet as Administrator of the Small Business Administration, South Court Auditorium.







Barack Hussein Obama Week Ahead Schedule, April 7th, To 11th, 2014



On Monday, the President will travel to Prince George’s County, MD to host an event on the economy. Following this event, he will meet with the Commander-in-Chief and Executive Director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.


On Tuesday, the President  will host an event on the economy at the White House.



On Wednesday, the President and the First Lady will travel to Houston, TX. The President will attend DCCC and DSCC events.  More details regarding the President and First Lady’s travel to Houston will be forthcoming.


President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will attend Wednesday’s memorial service for the victims of last week’s shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, a top White House official announced.


Obama vowed after the shootings that “We’re going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened” at Fort Hood, where three soldiers were killed and 16 wounded Wednesday afternoon by a soldier who then took his own life. Investigators have identified the killer as Spc. Ivan Lopez, a 34-year-old Iraq war veteran with a history of depression and anxiety.

White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer confirmed the trip Sunday morning during an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” Obama also addressed the memorial service for an earlier massacre at Fort Hood, in 2009.


On Thursday, the President and the First Lady will travel to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library in Austin, TX.  The President will deliver remarks at a Civil Rights Summit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. The President and the First Lady will return to Washington, DC, in the afternoon.


On Friday, the President will travel to New York, NY to deliver remarks at the National Action Network’s 16th Annual Convention.




From  Associated Press:


The Obamas to attend Fort Hood memorial


Flowers are laid at the main gate at the U.S. Army post at Fort Hood, Texas, gunman Ivan Lopez opened fire in the Fort Hood Army base area in central Texas on April 2, 2014 injuring  16 and killing 4 including himself.

Flowers are laid at the main gate at the U.S. Army post at Fort Hood, Texas, where gunman Ivan Lopez opened fire in the Fort Hood Army base area in central Texas on April 2, 2014 injuring 16 and killing 4 including himself.


WASHINGTON — President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will visit Fort Hood on Wednesday to pay respect to the victims of last week’s shooting tragedy at the Texas military installation, a senior White House official announced Sunday.


“It’s a terrible tragedy what happened at Fort Hood,” senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said during an appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation.“The president and first lady send their thoughts and prayers out to the victims and families and everyone on the base, and they’re going to actually travel down on Wednesday to the memorial ceremony.”


The Obamas were already scheduled to begin a two-day trip to Texas on Wednesday to take part in Democratic campaign fundraisers in Houston. On Thursday, they are both scheduled to travel to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum in Austin, where the president is to deliver remarks at a civil rights summit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act.


Obama visited Fort Hood in November 2009 under similar circumstances following the shooting rampage by a Muslim Army officer that left 13 dead and injured 30 more. Maj. Nidal Hasan was convicted in August of those killings, which occurred after Hasan had communicated via e-mail with a radical Muslim cleric living in Yemen.


Meanwhile, Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, repeated on Sunday that the latest incident at Fort Hood — in which three soldiers were killed before the gunman, Spc. Ivan Lopez, killed himself — underscores the need for military personnel to be allowed to carry concealed weapons on base.


“We should be looking at the idea of senior leadership at these bases, give them the ability to carry a weapon,” said McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee on Fox News Sunday. “They defend us overseas and defend our freedom abroad, so the idea that they are defenseless when they come on our home bases, I think, Congress should be looking at that and having a discussion with the bases about what would be the best policy.”


Pfeiffer, however, suggested the White House wouldn’t support such legislation.


“The Pentagon has looked at proposals like the one Congressman McCaul has talked about,” Pfeiffer said. “They don’t think it’s a good idea.”


Meanwhile, dozens gathered in the Fort Hood community of Killeen, Texas, on Sunday to honor the victims of last week’s mass shooting.


Pastor Robert Sperbeck tried to comfort the congregation at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Killeen, saying most everyone is asking why a shooting like this would happen again.


Sperbeck said “the devil is the author of what happened,” but that “the way of God leads to the way of comfort.” The pastor added that God gives individuals choice, and that the shooter chose to follow darkness.



Thank you Associated Press.





President Obama Delivers a Statement on Fort Hood


Published on Apr 3, 2014

The President delivers brief remarks about the shooting at
the Fort Hood, Texas military base that took place on Wednesday afternoon. April 2, 2014.









The White House Blog





Weekly Address: The President’s Budget Ensures Opportunity for All Hardworking Americans


In this week’s address, the President highlighted the important differences between the budget he’s put forward — built on opportunity for all — and the budget House Republicans are advocating for, which stacks the deck against the middle class.

While the President is focused on building lasting economic security and ensuring that hardworking Americans have the opportunity to get ahead, Republicans are advancing the same old top-down approach of cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans and slashing important investments in education, infrastructure, and research and development.





Weekly Wrap Up: Millions Get Covered, Team USA Visits, and More


This week, the President announced that 7.1 million Americans got covered, and the First Lady worked with students to plant the Kitchen Garden. Plus, 2014 U.S. Olympians and Paralympians visited the White House. Check out what else you may have missed in this week’s wrap up.



America’s PrepareAthon!


Here at the White House, we’re getting ready for the first America’s PrepareAthon!, a national day of action that will take place April 30, 2014.


Join us this Monday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m. ET to discuss America’s PrepareAthon!, a community-based campaign to build a more secure and resilient nation by getting people to understand what disasters could happen in their communities and to take action to increase their preparedness. Actions include signing up for mobile alerts and warnings, holding a preparedness discussion to emphasize the steps people should take to be ready should a disaster occur, and conducting a drill so people are familiar with what to do beforehand.



You’re Invited: White House Easter Egg Roll Social


On Monday, April 21, 2014, the First Family will host the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This year’s theme is “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” and more than 30,000 people will assemble on the South Lawn to join in the fun. For our next White House Social, we are giving our followers of @LetsMove and @FLOTUS on Twitter, or @MichelleObama on Instagram, a chance to attend.


Interested in attending the White House Easter Egg Roll? Sign up for your chance to join us and learn more about the history of the White House Easter Egg Roll atWhiteHouse.gov/EasterEggRoll. All applicants must have children ages 5 to 13.




While Marketplace Enrollment Ended, Medicaid Enrollment Continues


The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has already provided coverage to millions of Americans. More than 7.1 million Americans signed up for coverage through the Marketplaces, 3 million additional young adults were covered under their parents’ insurance and millions more will have access through Medicaid. A new report shows that more people are gaining coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as a result of the health law. The analysis, produced by the Health and Human Services Department shows enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP in February was at least 3 million people higher than it was, on average, between July and September. That does not include March, which saw an enormous spike in Marketplace enrollment and traffic to HealthCare.gov.




West Wing Week: 4/4/14 or, “The Rosies”


This week, the President wrapped up a six day trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia, spoke on the success of the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, traveled to Michigan to highlight the importance of raising the federal minimum wage, and honored both the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, and the 2014 US Olympic and Paralympic teams. That’s March 28th to April 3rd or, “The Rosies.”





The Employment Situation in March


Economy added 192,000 jobs in March; unemployment rate steady at 6.7 percent


The U.S. economy added 192,000 jobs in March, according to government data released Friday morning, a concrete sign that the recovery remains on track despite a slowdown over the winter.


The Labor Department reported that the unemployment rate held steady at 6.7 percent as about half a million people joined the labor force, and the broad-based expansion touched industries ranging from health care to construction.


The private sector has added 8.9 million jobs over 49 straight months of job growth. Today we learned that total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 192,000 in March, entirely due to an increase in private employment, while government employment was unchanged on net. Job growth in January and February was revised up, so that that over the past twelve months, private employment has risen by 2.3 million, or an average of 189,000 a month. This is slightly faster than the pace of job gains over the preceding twelve-month period (175,000 a month).





Statements and Releases


Statement by the President on the 20th Commemoration of the Genocide in Rwanda


Statement by the President on Elections in Afghanistan








Press Briefing

April 04, 2014 | 53:48 | Public Domain


White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.









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April 07, 2014 10:30 AM EDT

Vice President Biden Speaks at the 94th Annual Convention of the American Association of Community Colleges

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April 07, 2014 11:35 AM EDT

President Obama Speaks at Bladensburg High School

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April 07, 2014 1:15 PM PM EDT


Press Briefing by Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

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Will Ortiz’s Selfie be Obama’s Last? I fail to see what all the fuss is about.


After presenting the president with an "Obama 44" Red Sox jersey, Boston DH David Ortiz and Obama posed for a "selfie" on the South White House Lawn. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff).

After presenting the president with an “Obama 44” Red Sox jersey, Boston DH David Ortiz and Obama posed for a “selfie” on the South White House Lawn. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff).



Are selfies causing President Obama more trouble than they’re worth?


White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer told “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer Sunday that the recent kerfuffle over David Ortiz’s impromptu cell phone shot could mean the end of presidential selfies as we know them.


“Well, [Obama] obviously didn’t know anything about Samsung’s connection to this,” he said. “And, perhaps, maybe this will be the end of all selfies. But in general, whenever someone tries to use the president’s likeness to promote a product, that’s a problem with the White House Counsel”


Pfeiffer declined to comment on whether the administration would seek legal action over the photograph.


Ortiz: “That was one of those things that just happened,” Ortiz told the Globe last week. “I gave [Obama] the jersey, and the photographers were going to take their pictures and I thought, really at the last second, maybe I should snap a shot with my phone while I have the chance.


“It had nothing to do with no deals.”


He took a selfie and then used it for personal gain….so what. Ain’t that the American way? Well ain’t it Niccah?








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