What Did Barack Do Today™: Barack Hussein Obama, Celebrating 53 Years Of Birth.

Happy Birthday Barack





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White House Schedule – August 4, 2014


Office of the Press Secretary
Monday August 4th, 2014


MONDAY AUGUST 4th, 2014 


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


Later in the morning, the President will meet with Secretary of the Treasury Lew. This meeting is closed press.




Monday, August 4 2014  All Times ET


11:00 AM: The President and Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.


11:45 AM: The President meets with Secretary of the Treasury Lew, Oval Office.


12:00 PM: The Vice President delivers remarks at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Civil Society Forum, National Academy of Sciences.


12:45 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Brady Press Briefing Room.


US President Barack Obama holds his first Twitter Town Hall


The White House Week Ahead – Augustth  to August 8th, 2014



On Monday, August 4th, the President attends meetings at The White House. Barack Hussein turns 53 and will celebrate that birthday with family and staffers….there will be surprised throughout the day for The Commander-In-Chief.


On Tuesday, August 5th, President Obama will welcome leaders from across theAfrican continent to the Nation’s Capital for a three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the first such event of its kind. This Summit, the largest event any U.S. President has held with African heads of state and government, will build on the President’s trip to Africa in the summer of 2013 and it will strengthen ties between the United States and one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest growing regions.


Susan E. Rice: Previewing the U.S.- Africa Leaders Summit


Published on Jul 31, 2014

United States national security Advisor Susan E. Rice previews the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit where President Obama will welcome nearly 50 African heads of state to Washington, as well as leaders from across Africa’s civil society, private sector and faith communities.




President Obama will participate in the Business Forum along with Secretary Pritzker and Mayor Bloomberg, as will other senior U.S. government officials. Held at the Mandarin Oriental, in Washington, D.C., the U.S.-Africa Business Forum will intensify efforts to strengthen trade and financial ties between the United States and Africa and seek to create partnerships that will promote trade, accelerate job growth, and encourage investment. The Forum will focus on U.S. private sector engagement in Africa in the areas of finance and capital investment; infrastructure; power and energy; agriculture; consumer goods; and information and communication technology. African leaders will engage with business executives from both sides of the Atlantic to engage in conversations about successes and solutions to increase trade with and invest in Africa. President Obama will participate in the conversation with CEOs and government leaders from the United States and Africa.


On the evening of August 5, President and Mrs. Obama will host a dinner at the White House for African heads of state and government and select guests.


On Wednesday, August 6th, African leaders and President Obama will engage in dialogue in three action-oriented sessions that will address issues of shared interest and mutual concern.


On August 6th, First Lady Michelle Obama, in partnership with former First Lady Laura Bush and the Bush Institute, will host a day-long spouses symposium at the Kennedy Center focused on the impact of investments in education, health, and public-private partnerships.


On Thursday, August 7th, The President will attend meetings at The White House.


On Friday, August 8th, The President will attend meetings at The White House.



The U.S. ★ Africa Leaders Summit: August 4th – 6th, 2014, Washington, D.C.… (Everything you need to know about this historic summit.)




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August 04, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

US-Africa Leaders Summit: Civil Society Forum

Washington, DC, White House LIVE Streaming


Schedule of Events:
8:30 AM – Civil Society Forum Panel
10:00 AM – Secretary of State Kerry Addresses the Forum
11:50 AM – Vice President Biden Delivers Remarks

Find additional information at



August 04, 2014 12:45 PM EDT

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest

The White House, White House LIVE Streaming




August 04, 2014 2:00 PM EDT

US-Africa Leaders Summit: Resilience and Food Security in a Changing Climate

Washington, DC, White House LIVE Streaming

Find additional information at





Highlights from Dr. Biden’s Trip to Africa


Last month, Dr. Jill Biden traveled to Africa on a three-country visit, leading a delegation to Zambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Sierra Leone. This trip focused on how girls’ education and women’s participation in government, the economy, and civil society can accelerate economic development, improve health and educational outcomes, strengthen democratic governance, and foster peace and security.

Dr. Biden had the opportunity to visit health clinics and a hospital for survivors of gender-based violence, speak at local schools to encourage the next generation to pursue their dreams, meet with women entrepreneurs who are spurring economic growth, and hear from women political leaders about their work to break barriers so more women can become voices of change in their communities.

Check out this video of highlights from Dr. Biden’s recent trip to Africa


Travels in Africa with Dr. Jill Biden


Published on Aug 4, 2014

In July 2014 Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden led a delegation to Zambia, The Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone to meet with leaders and discuss education and women’s empowerment. On the trip she was joined by USAID Administrator Raj Shah. Hear them discuss their experiences and the significance of this visit.




The areas Dr. Biden focused on during her trip will be on display this week when the largest gathering of African heads of state and government come together in Washington, D.C. for the 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. The Summit will highlight ways to strengthen U.S.-African partnerships and enable greater opportunities and growth between our country and Africa moving forward.

Click here to learn more about the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.




Questions and Answers on Ebola


Ed. note: This is cross-posted from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention website. See the original post here.


The current Ebola outbreak is centered on three countries in West Africa: Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, although there is the potential for further spread to neighboring African countries. Ebola does not pose a significant risk to the U.S. public. The CDC is surging resources by sending 50 more workers to the area to help bring the outbreak under control.


What is Ebola?

Ebola virus is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic fever disease. Symptoms include: fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and abnormal bleeding. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to ebola virus though 8-10 days is most common


How is Ebola transmitted?

Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected symptomatic person or though exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions.


Can Ebola be transmitted through the air?

No. Ebola is not a respiratory disease like the flu, so it is not transmitted through the air.


Can I get Ebola from contaminated food or water?

No. Ebola is not a food-borne illness. It is not a water-borne illness.


Can I get Ebola from a person who is infected but doesn’t have any symptoms?

No. Individuals who are not symptomatic are not contagious. In order for the virus to be transmitted, an individual would have to have direct contact with an individual who is experiencing symptoms.


Are there any cases of individuals contracting Ebola in the U.S.?



What is being done to prevent ill passengers in West Africa from getting on a plane?

CDC is assisting with active screening and education efforts on the ground in West Africa to prevent sick travelers from getting on planes. In addition, airports in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are screening all outbound passengers for Ebola symptoms, including fever, and passengers are required to respond to a healthcare questionnaire. CDC is also surging support in the region by deploying 50 additional workers to help build capacity on the ground.


What is CDC doing in the U.S.?

On the remote possibility that an ill passenger enters the U.S., CDC has protocols in place to protect against further spread of disease. These include notification to CDC of ill passengers on a plane before arrival, investigation of ill travelers, and, if necessary, isolation. CDC has also provided guidance to airlines for managing ill passengers and crew and for disinfecting aircraft. CDC has issued a Health Alert Notice reminding U.S. healthcare workers of the importance of taking steps to prevent the spread of this virus, how to test and isolate suspected patients and how they can protect themselves from infection.


What about ill Americans with Ebola who are being brought to the United States for treatment? How is CDC protecting the American public?

CDC has very well-established protocols in place to ensure the safe transport and care of patients with infectious diseases back to the United States. These procedures cover the entire process — from patients leaving their bedside in a foreign country to their transport to an airport and boarding a non-commercial airplane equipped with a special transport isolation unit, to their arrival at a medical facility in the United States that is appropriately equipped and staffed to handle such cases. CDC’s role is to ensure that travel and hospitalization is done to minimize risk of spread of infection and to ensure that the American public is protected. Patients were evacuated in similar ways during SARS.


What does the CDC’s Travel Alert Level 3 mean to U.S. travelers?

On July 31, the CDC elevated their warning to U.S. citizens encouraging them to defer unnecessary travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone over concerns that travelers may not have access to health care facilities and personnel should they need them in country.


For more information please see this statement from the Department of State.


Download the PDF here.





In this video briefing from the West Wing, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes provides an update on recent U.S. actions with regard to Ukraine and offers an overview of America’s policy position.


Digital Briefing: Ben Rhodes on Ukraine


Published on Aug 1, 2014

Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes provides an update on the situation in Ukraine and offers context for America’s policy position. Rhodes also discusses the origin of the recent conflict in the region.



President Obama also spoke to the press on Ukraine today, saying:


Our diplomatic efforts often take time, they often will see progress and then a step backwards. That’s been true in the Middle East, that’s been true in Europe, that’s been true in Asia. That’s the nature of world affairs – it’s not neat and it’s not smooth. But if you look at, for example, Ukraine, we have made progress in delivering on what we said we would do. We can’t control how Mr. Putin thinks, but what we can do is say to Mr. Putin, ‘If you continue on the path of arming separatists with heavy armaments that, the evidence suggests, may have resulted in 300 innocent people on a jet dying, and that violates international law and undermines the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, then you’re going to face consequences that will hurt your country.’

And there was a lot of skepticism about our ability to coordinate with Europeans for a strong series of sanctions, and each time, we have done what we said we would do, including this week when we put in place sanctions that have an impact on key sectors of the Russian economy—their energy, their defense, their financial systems. It hasn’t resolved the problem yet. I spoke to Mr. Putin this morning and I indicated to him: Just as we will do what we say we do in terms of sanctions, we will also do what we say we do in terms of wanting to resolve this issue diplomatically if he takes a different position. If he respects and honors the right of Ukrainians to determine their own destiny, then it’s possible to make sure that Russian interests are addressed that are legitimate and that Ukrainians are able to make their own decisions, and we can resolve this conflict and end some of the bloodshed.





Weekly Wrap Up: Jobs, a VP #TBT, Iced Tea, and BBQ


53 Straight Months of Job Growth


VP at 26


BBQ, Iced Tea, and the Economy


Dinner with the President?


Africa’s Next Generation of Leaders






It’s Time for Congress to Help the Middle Class


Published on Aug 2, 2014

In this week’s address, President Obama discussed the new monthly jobs report and the fact that our economy created over 200,000 new jobs in July for the sixth straight month—the longest streak since 1997.




Mensaje De La Casa Blanca




The President Delivers a Statement


Published on Aug 1, 2014

President Obama briefs the press on the economy and foreign policy issues on Aug. 1, 2014.




West Wing Week 08/01/14: A Walk Down Main Street with President Obama


Published on Aug 1, 2014

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond. This week, the President hosted the inaugural Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, reaffirmed America’s commitment to Ukraine, and continued responding to Americans’ letters – this time in Kansas City.




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Statements and Releases/Speeches and Remarks


Statement by NSC Deputy Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on the Earthquake in Southwestern China


Statement by the Press Secretary


The Obama Administration’s Government-Wide Response to Influx of Central American Migrants at the Southwest Border


Statement by Deputy NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Benjamin Rhodes and National Security Advisor to the Vice President Jake Sullivan’s Meeting with the Syrian Defector “Caesar”


Statement by Deputy NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on the 70th Anniversary of the Massacre of Roma and Sinti People at Auschwitz-Birkenau


Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 1528, S. 517


Weekly Address: It’s Time for Congress to Help the Middle Class


Press Conference by the President



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Live Streaming from the Summit:



American Museum of Natural History hosts sleepover for grown-ups


Published on Aug 4, 2014

The New York City institution opened its doors to an adults-only sleepover last week to draw interest and new visitors. Jamie Wax reports on the experience




Cornel West Calls Obama a ‘War Criminal’ at Pro-Gaza Rally


Published on Aug 4, 2014

Cornel West Calls Obama a ‘War Criminal’ That Kills Children.
Radical leftist professor Cornel West denounced President Obama during a pro-Gaza rally in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, calling him a “war criminal.”



This is what happens when you get ass hurt cause you ask for additional inauguration tickets in 2009 and get turned down, you become an Obama hating house nigger.



What Speaking Out About Israel Does To Journalists




Surprising Group Of Politicians Declare ‘War FOR Women’


Published on Aug 4, 2014

“A group of GOP Congress members led by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) on Wednesday unveiled a package of bills aimed at improving women’s economic situations and attracting women voters.

The proposals include tax credits for childcare, a bill that prevents retaliation against employees who ask about equal pay and a bill that allows employees to trade overtime pay for paid family leave and sick leave. Some of the bills are ones that have already passed the House, while others are new proposals.

Republicans for years have faced accusations that they are waging a “war on women.” But Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) said Wednesday he is proud to stand with his Republican colleagues in a “war for women.””




Secret serum likely saved Ebola patient




Covering a deadly disease


Published on Aug 4, 2014

CNN’s David McKenzie shows the precautions he and his crew are taking while reporting at an Ebola clinic in Sierra Leone.




Great Wall: Did You Know – GEICO


Published on Aug 4, 2014

The Great Wall wasn’t always so great




Obama’s day: A happy birthday




President Obama turns 53 years old on Monday, and celebrates in part with a light public schedule.


Obama, born Aug. 4, 1961, has a string of meetings with aides throughout the day.


The economy will be the major topic when the president sits down in the afternoon with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.


Monday also marks the start of the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. While Obama is scheduled to address the summit Tuesday, he may drop in on some of the meetings set for Monday.



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