Posts Tagged ‘Raul

22
Mar
16

The First Family’s Day

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Gran Teatro de la Habana Alicia Alonso in the hisoric Habana Vieja, or Old Havana; in Havana, Cuba. Described as a message to the Cuban people about his vision for the future of Cuba, his speech was nationally televised to the 11 million people on the island

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Cuba's President Raul Castro (L) watches as U.S. President Barack Obama greets Cuba's prima ballerina, Alicia Alonso, before Obama makes a speech to the Cuban people in the Gran Teatro de la Habana Alicia Alonso, in Havana March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama greets Cuba’s prima ballerina, Alicia Alonso

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President Barack Obama meets with dissidents and other local Cubans at the U.S. Embassy, Tuesday, March 22, 2016, in Havana, Cuba. From left are., Jose Daniel Ferrer, Juana Mora Cedeno, Antonio Rodiles, Angel Yunier Remon, Guillermo 'Coco' Farinas, Nelson Alvarez Matute, Miriam Celaya Gonzalez, Manuel Cuesta Morua, Miriam Leiva Viamonte, Elizardo Sanchez. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Barack Obama meets with dissidents and other local Cubans at the U.S. Embassy, Tuesday, March 22, 2016, in Havana, Cuba. Sitting with Obama, from left are, Nelson Matute, Miriam Celeya, and Manuel Cuesta. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama meets with dissidents and other local Cubans at the U.S. Embassy, Tuesday, March 22, 2016, in Havana, Cuba. From lower left corner are, Dagoberto Valdes, Berta Soler, Laritza Diversent, Jose Daniel Ferrer, Juana Mora Cedeno, Antonio Rodiles Angel Yunier Remon, Guillermo 'Coco Farinas', Nelson Alvarez Matute, Miriam Celaya Gonzalez, Manuel Cuesta Morua, Miriam Leiva Viamonte, Elizardo Sanchez. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama meets with dissidents and other local Cubans at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba. From lower left corner are, Dagoberto Valdes, Berta Soler, Laritza Diversent, Jose Daniel Ferrer, Juana Mora Cedeno, Antonio Rodiles Angel Yunier Remon, Guillermo ‘Coco Farinas’, Nelson Alvarez Matute, Miriam Celaya Gonzalez, Manuel Cuesta Morua, Miriam Leiva Viamonte, Elizardo Sanchez

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U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, center left, and her daughter Malia, center right, pose for a picture with children of U.S. embassy workers after dedicating two magnolia trees and a bench, at a small park beside Ruben Martinez Villena public library in Plaza de las Armas, Old Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. The bench bears the inscription in English and Spanish "A gift to the people of Cuba from Mrs. Michelle Obama, first lady of the U.S., March 2016." (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, center left, thanks embassy workers, as she and her daughter Malia, center right, pose for a picture with their children after dedicating two magnolia trees and a bench, at a small park beside Ruben Martinez Villena public library in Plaza de las Armas, Old Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. The bench bears the inscription in English and Spanish "A gift to the people of Cuba from Mrs. Michelle Obama, first lady of the U.S., March 2016." (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

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First Lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, and President Raul Castro stand together during a moment of silence for the victims of the terror attack in Belgium today before the start of the exhibition game between the Cuban national team and the Tampa Bay Rays of the Major League Baseball at the Estado Latinoamericano

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President Barack Obama and Rachel Robinson, Jackie Robinson’s widow

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Cuban President Raul Castro, right, cheers next to U.S. President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle, and their daughters Sasha and Malia, at the start of a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national baseball team, in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. The crowd roared as Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro entered the stadium and walked toward their seats in the VIP section behind home plate. It's the first game featuring an MLB team in Cuba since the Baltimore Orioles played in the country in 1999. (Ismael Francisco/Cubadebate via AP)

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U.S. President Barack Obama and his daughters Malia and Sasha are accompanied by Cuba's President Raul Castro as they walk towards Air Force One at the end of their visit to Cuba, at Havana's international airport, March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

President Barack Obama, right, talks to Cuba's President Raul Castro, left, before boarding Air Force One on his way to Argentina, in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Behind are Obama's daughters Sasha, second from right, and Malia, partially covered. Obama's visit was a crowning moment in his and Castro's bold bid to restore ties after a half-century diplomatic freeze. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

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U.S. President Barack Obama and his daughters Malia and Sasha are accompanied by Cuba's President Raul Castro as they walk towards Air Force One at the end of their visit to Cuba, at Havana's international airport, March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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21
Mar
16

The President And First Lady’s Day In Cuba

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President Barack Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony at the Jose Marti memorial in Revolution Square

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Cuban President Raul Castro, right, speaks with U.S. President Barack Obama during a meeting in Revolution Palace, Monday, March 21, 2016. Brushing past profound differences, President Obama and President Castro sat down for a historic meeting, offering critical clues about whether Obama's sharp U-turn in policy will be fully reciprocated. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)

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President Barack Obama and President Raul Castro review troops before bilateral meetings

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U.S. President Barack Obama, left, speaks next to Cuba's President Raul Castro, during a joint statement in Havana, Cuba, Monday, March 21, 2016. President Raul Castro called on President Obama to lift longstanding U.S. restrictions on Cuba, even as he and Obama pledged to move forward with normalizing relations between Cuba and its longtime Cold War-era foe. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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U.S. President Barack Obama, left, listens to Cuba's President Raul Castro, during a joint statement in Havana, Cuba, Monday, March 21, 2016. President Raul Castro called on President Obama to lift longstanding U.S. restrictions on Cuba, even as he and Obama pledged to move forward with normalizing relations between Cuba and its longtime Cold War-era foe. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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U.S. President Barack Obama, left, speaks next to Cuba's President Raul Castro, during a joint statement in Havana, Cuba, Monday, March 21, 2016. President Raul Castro called on President Obama to lift longstanding U.S. restrictions on Cuba, even as he and Obama pledged to move forward with normalizing relations between Cuba and its longtime Cold War-era foe. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

US President Barack Obama and Cuba's President Raul Castro shake hands after a joint statement in Havana, Cuba, Monday, March 21, 2016. Brushing past differences, President Obama and President Castro sat down for a historic meeting, offering critical clues about whether Obama's sharp U-turn in policy will be fully reciprocated.(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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President Barack Obama takes part in an event focused on entrepreneurship and opportunity for the Cuban people at La Cervecera

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U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama speaks with Cuban girls during a Let Girls Learn roundtable at the Fabrica de Arte Cubano, in Havana, Cuba, Monday, March 21, 2016. Let Girls Learn is an initiative launched by the Obamas in 2015 to help overcome obstacles preventing adolescent girls from attending and completing school. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama speaks during a "Let Girls Learn" conversation with female Cuban students (R) at the Fabrica de Arte Cubano in Havana, Cuba March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama attends a "Let Girls Learn" conversation with female Cuban students at the Fabrica de Arte Cubano in Havana, Cuba March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive for a state dinner at the Palace of the Revolution

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11
Apr
15

Diplomat In Chief

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuba’s President Raul Castro

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 President Obama holds a news conference at the conclusion of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City

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President Obama meets with Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff

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PM of Antigua and Barbuda Browne, Argentina's President Fernandez, U.S President Obama,  Grenada's PM Mitchell and Uruguay's President Vazquez wave during the family photo of the VII Summit of the Americas in Panama City

Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne (front L), Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (front R), U.S President Barack Obama (back L), Grenada’s Prime Minister Keith Mitchell (second row R) and Uruguay’s President Tabare Vazquez (top R) wave during the family photo of the VII Summit of the Americas in Panama City

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Correa smiles as he listens to remarks by Obama during the first plenary session of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa smiles as he listens to remarks by President Barack Obama during the first plenary session of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama

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President Obama, flanked by National Security Advisor Susan Rice, gives remarks at the first plenary session of the Summit of the Americas

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With Secretary John Kerry

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Homeward bound

12
Jan
11

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Security personnel keep vigil as President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama disembark from Air Force as they arrive at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson

· Opening music
· Native American blessing
· Welcome by UA President Robert N. Shelton
· Playing of the National Anthem
· Remarks by President Shelton
· Remarks by UA Student
· Remarks by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer
· Remarks by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano
· Remarks by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
· Remarks by President Obama
· Moment of silence.

Live on the White House website (here), starting 8.0 EST

Live on the C-Span site here


Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and Rep. Raul Grijalva await the arrival of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama (read what Raul went through in Arizona last year: here)



04
Nov
10

updated: welcome to tea party america…

Huffington Post: October 21 – The office of Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) has been locked down due to the presence of a suspicious package covered with swastikas …. an “envelope containing white powder” was mailed to Grijalva’s Tuscon office

Grijalva has served in the House since 2003. He was reelected in 2008 with 63% of the vote.

* Raul Grijalva’s father was a migrant worker from Mexico who entered the United States in 1945 through the Bracero Program and labored on southern Arizona ranches

* Grijalva was born in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Sunnyside Magnet High School in 1967. He is a 2004 inductee to the Sunnyside High School Alumni Hall of Fame. He attended the University of Arizona and earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology

* Grijalva co-chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus and is widely considered one of the most liberal members of Congress — in 2008, he was among 12 members rated by National Journal as tied for most liberal overall

* For the first session of the 111th Congress, Grijalva received a 100 percent score from Americans for Democratic Action, Peace Action, the League of Conservation Voters, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and several other notable groups

* Grijalva has been an outspoken advocate of mining law reform and other environmental causes during his time on the House Committee on Natural Resources, where he chairs the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands

* He has been a vocal opponent of the recently enacted Arizona law that mandates police checks of citizenship documentation

* Shortly after the measure was signed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, Grijalva called on legal, political, activist and business groups not to hold their conventions or conferences in the state, a position he says has been misconstrued as a call for a general boycott of the state economy

* Grijalva has a pro-choice voting record. He was strongly critical of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, which sought to place limits on taxpayer-funded abortions in the Affordable Health Care for America Act

* Grijalva has sponsored numerous education bills during his time in Congress, most recently the Success in the Middle Act and the Graduation for All Act

* On Feb. 24, 2010, Grijalva wrote a letter signed by 18 other Representatives calling for an investigation of the BP Atlantis offshore drilling platform due to whistleblower allegations that it was operating without approved safety documents. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill began on April 20

* As a member and chairman of the Pima County Board of Supervisors, Grijalva was widely regarded as a central figure behind the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan, an ambitious and highly regarded County program for planned land-use and biodiversity conservation

* He consistently supported endangered species and wilderness conservation on the Board of Supervisors and has continued to do so in Congress, introducing a bill in 2009 to make permanent the National Landscape Conservation System within the Bureau of Land Management

* In 2008, Grijalva released a report called The Bush Administration’s Assaults on Our National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, which accused the Bush administration of mismanaging public land and reducing barriers to commercial access

* Grijalva supports increasing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns and increasing enforcement of existing restrictions on gun purchase and possession

* As co-chair of the Progressive Caucus, Grijalva was a prominent supporter of a public option throughout the debate over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

* Grijalva has a long history in community health activism as an early supporter of Tucson’s El Rio Community Health Center. He supports single-payer health care, but voted in favor of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act because he felt it was a major improvement over the status quo

* Grijalva supports the DREAM Act and the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act (CIR ASAP) and has recently come to greater prominence because of his role in promoting immigration reform

* Grijalva is a strong supporter of sovereignty and government-to-government relationships. In April 2010 he introduced the RESPECT Act, which mandates that federal agencies consult with Native tribes before taking a variety of major actions

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