News from the Obama administration and Capitol Hill.
The Week of Monday, April 13th, 2009
This week in Obama news…
On Easter Sunday the Obama family kept things traditional and worshipped at
On Saturday, the Obamas attended their first dinner party away from the White House at the home of Valerie Jarrett. Daughters Malia and Sasha and what appeared to be three of their girlfriends accompanied the President and first lady. They had the girls back home by 11 that evening.
On Monday, April 13th, the President will attend the Easter Egg Roll at the White House. Over 30,000 people from 45 states and the
This year’s theme ‘Let’s go play,’ encourages
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, James Cromwell, Josh Duhamel, Julie Foudy, Devon McTavish, Renee Brown, Ben Olsen, Dawn Staley, Derrick Dockery and Shaun Suisham will read on the Storytime Stage.
The President and Vice President will travel to the Department of Transportation to deliver remarks highlighting the transportation projects and infrastructure jobs created by the Recovery Act. Secretary LaHood will also attend. In the afternoon, the President and Vice President will receive the Economic Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. The President will then meet with senior staff in the Oval Office. The President and the Vice President will also meet with Defense Secretary Gates in the Oval Office.
On Tuesday, the President will deliver remarks at an event in DC. More details to come. In the afternoon, he will welcome the World Series Championship Philadelphia Phillies to the White House.
On Wednesday, the President will attend meetings and an event at the White House.
On Thursday, the President will attend an event at the White House and will then travel to
On Friday, the President will depart for
He will return to DC on Sunday.
That’s my dog, that’s my dog!
It’s puppy love at the White House as the Obamas say, “Welcome home, Bo!” The latest addition to the family is an adorable little 6-month-old Portuguese water dog given to the Obama girls as a gift by Senator Ted Kennedy (he’s a big lover of the breed). The girls named him "Bo." According to sources, Malia and Sasha chose the name, because their cousins have a cat named Bo and because first lady Michelle Obama's father was nicknamed Diddley (as in Bo Diddley). In his hypoallergenic tuxedo-style black fur, with a white chest, white paws and a rakish white goatee, he is already well dressed for White House social gatherings.
Six Degrees of Discrimination?
Arizona State University announced they would not grant President Obama an honorary degree when he addressed graduates May 13th. "His body of work is yet to come. That's why we're not recognizing him with a degree at the beginning of his presidency," a university spokeswoman told the Associated Press. The university told the AP it has no plans to award any honorary degrees at next month's graduation festivities. However, others who have been awarded honorary degrees from the school include actor Steve Allen; Jerry Colangelo, the chairman and CEO of the Phoenix Suns basketball team; former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, an Arizona resident, after she served three years on the Court; Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.) and one-term Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder (D).
In First Lady News…
Michelle Obama’s hair stylist, Johnny Wright, 31, a former LA-based stylist for Frederic Fekkai, relocated to the capital for his position in January. But he wasn't the first lady's first choice. Michael "Rahni" Flowers, 54, who has styled Mrs. Obama's locks since she was 18, said he couldn't relocate from
On The Hill…
Congress is in recess through Friday, April 17th.
Early Monday morning Somali insurgents fired mortar shells toward a plane carrying Congressman Donald Payne (D-MO) as he left the Somali capital on a rare visit. Payne flew into
His arrival occurred after President Barack Obama issued a standing order to use force against pirates holding Captain Richard Phillips hostage – including giving a Navy commander the authority to act if he believed the captain’s life was in danger. Navy snipers aboard the USS Bainbridge on Sunday shot and killed three of the pirates after the Bainbridge’s commander gave the order, when a pirate was spotted aboard the lifeboat pointing an AK-47 rifle at Capt. Phillips, who is now safe in
Authorities have recently interviewed Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. (also known as "Candidate Number 5") as part of the Blago investigation, and a congressional ethics panel has begun a probe of the congressman's actions in the days and weeks leading up to Blagojevich's arrest.
Businessmen with ties to the ex-governor and Jackson met at the India House restaurant in Schaumburg in late October to discuss supporting a
Gov. David Patterson: Where is the Love??
Where is the love? That’s what N.Y. Governor David Patterson is asking. But his Black constituents may be asking him that very same thing after a poll released last week shows that fewer than half of Black voters approve of how he is handling the job. Patterson is one of only two Black governors in the country; the other is Deval Patrick of
It is a remarkable turnaround for a man whose ascension to the governor’s office just over a year ago set off a swell of pride and joy in black communities. ..The disappointment expressed by some black voters in interviews appears distinct from the more dominant critique of Mr. Paterson as ineffective and lacking in focus. They cited Mr. Paterson’s efforts to remake himself as a moderate, fiscally conservative politician, a break from his beginnings as a liberal Democrat and defender of social programs… In recent weeks, Mr. Paterson has spoken frequently at black churches, and as part of a broader media blitz is appearing more often on black and ethnic radio shows. Last Monday, he began an economic stimulus tour — a Santa Claus-like week spent announcing projects that will be paid for with federal stimulus aid — at a
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Wednesday, April 29th marks the 100th day of the Obama presidency.
The White House Correspondents Association Dinner will take place on Saturday, May 9th. Wanda Sykes will be the featured entertainer.
President Barack Obama to Deliver Spring 2009 Commencement Addresses:
President Obama will serve as commencement speaker at
First Lady Michelle Obama to Deliver Commencement Addresses:
First lady Michelle Obama will serve as commencement speaker at two graduations this year. Mrs. Obama will give the commencement speech to high school graduates of
***DATE CHANGE---The Congressional Correspondent’s Dinner will now take place on Friday, June 19th. The date changed to accommodate the President’s schedule.