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President Obama On Michelle Running For Office Someday


By Morgan Whitaker



Fans of First Lady Michelle Obama who hope she might one day pursue political office got some bad news from President Barack Obama as he weighed in on the possibility of her candidacy.


“I would say ‘Where did you take my wife?’ Because I was sure that there had been an alien body snatching going on,” Obama said in an interview on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael.


LIVE with Kelly and Michael Interviews President Obama


Published on May 30, 2014

Kelly and Michael Interview President Barack Obama in the White House. They talk about Veterans, Eric Shinseki, Hillary Clinton, Malia’s prom, and Obama’s gray hair.




“One thing I can promise you, Michelle will not run for office,” he said.


But the president championed his wife’s handling of the role of first lady in the interview, praising both the leadership and maternal nature she’s brought to the job.


“She’s a brilliant lawyer and was a very strong professional and is as smart as can be around policy but what drives her, what is passionate for her are children,” he said.


He gave Michelle most of the credit for successfully raising what he described as both normal and well-adjusted daughters in the White House, saying that she’s “management” and he’s “labor” in their parenting relationship.


“They’re doing great because Michelle was a great mom and is a great mom,” he said. “The girls are confident, they’re smart, they’re funny, they work hard, but most importantly they’re respectful and they’re kind.”


The president said he and his wife were initially worried that bringing their daughters into the White House might give them “an attitude” but that instead they’ve remained respectful. “They treat everybody well and that makes us happy,” he said.


Elder daughter Malia has apparently attended her first prom, although the president wouldn’t say whether she took a date.


“I think this is all classified information, but I think it’s fair to say that the first time you see your daughter in heels it’s jarring,” he said. “She’s lovely.”


When asked how he might interact with any potential boyfriends arriving at the White House to court his daughter, the president insisted the process would go smoothly. “I’m not too intimidating, I don’t think,” he said.


While his wife may never try to run for office, Obama said he’d be happy to see another former first lady take control of the White House.


“Hillary and I, we’re buddies,” he said. “I think because we ran in the longest primary in history, you know, and our staffs I think we’re doing battle politically the perception was that this was always kind of a marriage of convenience when she came in as secretary of state. I always admired her as soon as she got here she couldn’t have been more effective more loyal and since that time we’ve become really really good friends.”


“I don’t know what she’s going to decide to do,” he added. “But I know that if she were to run for president I think she’d be very effective at that.”


But he made a point to praise Vice President Joe Biden as well, noting he and Hillary were both, “great, hardworking effective people and I love them to death.”


The president also reflected on what he believes makes a good president.


“I think it’s a combination of vision. You’ve got to know where it is that you want to take the country and what core convictions and values you want to fight for. You’ve got to have judgment because most of the problems that land on my desk don’t have an easy answer,” he said.


“Then the third thing is persistence,” he continued. “I think you just have to understand that the way the country moves forward, the way the world moves forward, requires a lot of elbow grease and sticktoitiveness and you can’t get discouraged.”


Thank you MSNBC & Morgan Whitaker.






Podium Shuffle: Carney Resigns as White House Press Secretary


President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance Friday to announce that his chief spokesman Jay Carney is leaving his post behind the podium.

Obama called Carney one of his closest advisers and friends at the White House in remarks to the press in the White House briefing room.

“In April, Jay came to me in the Oval Office and said that he was thinking of moving on, and I was not thrilled, to say the least,” he said. “But Jay has had to wrestle with this decision for quite some time.”




“I will continue to rely on him as a friend and an adviser after he leaves to spend as much of his summer as he can with his kids before he decides what’s next for him,” he added. “Whatever it is, I know he’s going to be outstanding at it.”

Carney, who has served as press secretary for over three years, called holding the job “an honor and a joy for me.”

Obama announced that communications deputy Josh Earnest will take over the job as the president’s press secretary.


“Today the flak jacket is officially passed to a new generation,” he said of Earnest.




Obama Speech Jay Carney Resigns as White House Press Secretary 5/30/2014


Published on May 30, 2014

FULL VIDEO HD — President Barack Obama Carney Resigns White House Press Secretary statement speech Speak Carney Resigns White House Press Secretary! 5/30/2014


President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance Friday to announce that his chief spokesman Jay Carney is leaving his post behind the podium.



Obama called Carney one of his closest advisers and friends at the White House in remarks to the press in the White House briefing room.


“In April, Jay came to me in the Oval Office and said that he was thinking of moving on, and I was not thrilled, to say the least,” he said. “But Jay has had to wrestle with this decision for quite some time.”


“I will continue to rely on him as a friend and an adviser after he leaves to spend as much of his summer as he can with his kids before he decides what’s next for him,” he added. “Whatever it is, I know he’s going to be outstanding at it.”


Carney, who has served as press secretary for over three years, called holding the job “an honor and a joy for me.”


Obama announced that communications deputy Josh Earnest will take over the job as the president’s press secretary.











President Obama Talks About My Brother’s Keeper


Published on May 30, 2014

President Obama meets with the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force and discusses their 90-day report, May 30, 2014.




My Brother’s Keeper “We need to give every child – no matter what they look like, where they live – the chance to reach their full potential.”

— President Barack Obama


Remarks by the President with the “My Brother’s Keeper” Task Force

Roosevelt Room

12:35 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Earlier this year, I launched something we’re calling “My Brother’s Keeper,” and I think that many of you recall me talking in very personal terms about someone who grew up without a father and made some mistakes when I was young, but benefitted from the love and attention and opportunities that were given to me during the course of growing up, and the fact that we have too many young men of color — black boys and young men, Latino boys and young men — who are adrift and don’t have those same opportunities and don’t have those same structures of support.


The idea behind “My Brother’s Keeper” was that there are a lot of folks that want to do something, but we hadn’t created a platform, a mechanism to gather all those resources together, concentrate and focus on them, get good data, figure out what the best practices are, and then go out there and implement.


And so what I did was assign a process for us to inventory everything that’s already being done to help young boys of color and men of color to succeed, to have every agency — from Justice Department to Education to HUD to USDA — look at how they could contribute to the process to make sure that we’ve got the best data possible, and then to report back to me so that we can have a plan of attack.


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Statement by the President

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

11:17 A.M. EDT


THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, everybody.  A few minutes ago, Secretary Shinseki and Rob Nabors, who I’ve temporarily assigned to work with the VA, presented me with the department’s initial review of VA facilities nationwide.   And what they’ve found is that the misconduct has not been limited to a few VA facilities, but many across the country.  That’s totally unacceptable.  Our veterans deserve the best.  They’ve earned it.  Last week, I said that if we found misconduct, it would be punished.  And I meant it.


Secretary Shinseki has now begun the process of firing many of the people responsible, including senior leaders at the Phoenix VA.  He’s canceled any possible performance bonuses this year for VHA senior executives.  And he has ordered the VA to personally contact every veteran in Phoenix waiting for appointments to get them the care that they need and that they deserve.


This morning, I think some of you also heard Ric take a truly remarkable action — in public remarks, he took responsibility for the conduct of those facilities, and apologized to his fellow veterans and to the American people.  And a few minutes ago, Secretary Shinseki offered me his own resignation.  With considerable regret, I accepted.


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President Obama Speaks to the Press On Secretary Shinseki And The VA Problems.


Published on May 30, 2014

President Obama makes a statement to the press and announces the resignation of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, May 30, 2014.






Ric Shinseki has served his country with honor for nearly 50 years.  He did two tours of combat in Vietnam — he’s a veteran who left a part of himself on the battlefield.  He rose to command the First Cavalry Division, served as Army Chief of Staff, and has never been afraid to speak truth to power.


As Secretary at the VA, he presided over record investments in our veterans — enrolling 2 million new veterans in health care, delivering disability pay to more Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange, making it easier for veterans with post-traumatic stress, mental health issues and traumatic brain injury to get treatment, improving care for our women veterans.  At the same time, he helped reduce veteran homelessness, and helped more than 1 million veterans, servicemembers and their families pursue their education under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.


So Ric’s commitment to our veterans is unquestioned.  His service to our country is exemplary.  I am grateful for his service, as are many veterans across the country.  He has worked hard to investigate and identify the problems with access to care, but as he told me this morning, the VA needs new leadership to address them.  He does not want to be a distraction, because his priority is to fix the problem and make sure our vets are getting the care that they need.  That was Ric’s judgment on behalf of his fellow veterans.  And I agree.  We don’t have time for distractions.  We need to fix the problem.





West Wing Week: 5/30/14 or, “I Love These Kids!”



Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond. This week, the President nominated two new Cabinet Secretaries, honored servicemembers for Memorial Day, hosted the fourth-ever Science Fair and the first-ever Concussion Summit, and traveled to West Point, to graduate 1,000 brand-new Army officers. That’s May 23rd to May 29th or, “I Love These Kids!”




Previewing the President’s Trip to Europe


Published on May 30, 2014

Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama, previews the President’s upcoming trip to Poland, Belgium and France.




5/30/14: White House Press Briefing


Published on May 30, 2014

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









President Obama Attends a Hurricane Preparedness Meeting


Published on May 30, 2014

The President delivers remarks at a hurricane preparedness briefing at the FEMA headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 30, 2014.




Readout of the President’s Briefing Ahead of the 2014 Hurricane Season



Barack Obama, Janet Napolitano

Remarks by the President at Hurricane Preparedness Briefing

FEMA Headquarters
Washington, D.C.

2:18 P.M. EDT


THE PRESIDENT:  We’re here at FEMA’S National Response Coordination Center to get an update on this year’s preparations for hurricane season, which begins on Sunday.  I want to thank Secretary Jeh Johnson as well as FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate for leading this briefing.  And I also want to thank all the hardworking employees in all the departments that are responsible for helping us prepare, respond to, and recover from emergencies.


States still have the primary role in preparing for and responding to disasters, and we’ll continue to make sure that they get the full resources that they need, the support they need to back them up.  But it’s also every citizen’s responsibility to make sure that we are prepared for emergencies when they come — and not just hurricanes but every emergency.  And that’s why I want to thank the representatives that we have from not just the Department of Energy, but also the Commonwealth of Virginia as well as the folks from Orange County, Florida, who have developed mobile apps to give residents the ability to plan, prepare for, to get faster notice of, and respond to emergencies.


Before a hurricane is even on the horizon, these apps can help families develop emergency plans, figure out evacuation routes, and receive emergency alerts.  After a storm, one app provides information about power outages and where gas stations might be open.  Others show residents where to find shelter and water.  So I encourage every American to visit ready.gov — that’s our national website where you can go and get every bit of information you need to figure out whether you’re ready in the event, heaven forbid, something happens, you can get even more information about family emergency plans and supply kits and the plans that are taking place in your community.


And over the larger term, the changes we’re seeing in our climate means that, unfortunately, storms like Sandy could end up being more common and more devastating.  And that’s why we’re also going to be doing more to deal with the dangers of carbon pollution that help to cause this climate change and global warming.  And that’s why we’re also, with the terrific help of these departments, thinking of how we can build more resilient infrastructure.


But, obviously, more urgently, as hurricane season begins, we have to remember that responding to a hurricane is a team effort and everybody is going to have a role to play on the federal, state, and local levels.  So I encourage every family and business owner to check out ready.gov and see what you can do to be prepared.


And while I’m here I also want to thank not only the staff employees who each and every day without a lot of attention are helping communities deal with disasters, but I also want to thank all the first responders out there all across the family, because when they’re called on, they’re the ones who have to get there first and often put themselves at risk and do an amazing job.

Thank you, everybody.


2:22 P.M. EDT









Rachel Jeantel Graduates






Average CEO pay tops $10 million for first time


Published on May 30, 2014

Median CEO pay now tops $10 million, the first time the figure has reached eight digits. With their wages rising 50 percent in the last four years, CEO’s made 257 times the average worker’s pay in 2013. While wages for top business executives continue rising, middle class job growth and pay still struggle. Most new jobs are on the lowest end of the wage spectrum. RT’s Lindsay France takes a deeper look at the figures and the widening income gap.




 PBS NewsHour Friday, May 30, 2014


Published on May 30, 2014

Tonight on the program, we examine the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki amid ongoing pressure, and the future of the VA. Also: Mark Shields and David Brooks analyze the week’s news, a look at a record-setting bid for the NBA team Los Angeles Clippers and how opera legend Jessye Norman learned to “Stand up Straight and Sing.”




VA Secretary Shinseki Resigns Amid Scandal, Problem Solved?


Published on May 30, 2014

“Eric K. Shinseki resigned as secretary of veterans affairs Friday, apologizing for a scandal in which employees throughout the VA’s massive hospital system conspired to hide months-long wait times that veterans faced when seeking care.


The size and scope of the coverups in an agency that he had presided over for more than five years left Shinseki dumbfounded and President Obama searching for a replacement for one of his longest serving and most trusted Cabinet officials.”



Porn industry up in arms over California condom bill


Published on May 30, 2014

A safe-sex bill introduced in California is upsetting many in the pornography industry. The proposed legislation requires the use of condoms by performers while also mandating employers keep their employees’ medical records. A potential cramping of style and violation of privacy, opinions are mixed. RT’s Lindsay France gets an insider’s view by speaking with Dennis Hoff, owner of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, and performer Chloe Collens.




Sarah Palin On VA Scandal: “Illegal Aliens Receive Better Care”


Published on May 30, 2014

“”In many respects, illegal aliens in our country today are receiving better health care, more benefits than our troops,” Palin said in an interview on Thursday with FOX’s “Hannity” at the Republican Leadership Conference.”





Letter from the President — Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act

Dear Mr. Chairman: (Madam Chairman:)
(Dear Representative:) (Dear Senator:) (Dear Mr. Vice Chairman:)

This report to the Congress, under section 804(a) of the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, 21 U.S.C. 1903(b)(1) (the “Kingpin Act”), transmits my designations of the following three foreign individuals as appropriate for sanctions under the Kingpin Act and reports my direction of sanctions against them under the Act:


Francisco de Fatima Frederico Barros (Cape Verde)
Jose Adan Salazar Umaña (El Salvador)
Victor Ramón Navarro Cerrano (Colombia)




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