First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement address at Dillard University on Saturday, May 10 for the university's 2014 graduating class of 243 students.
Obama's address at the historically black university is part of a series of visits to schools and areas central to her higher education initiative. She will also speak at two other graduations — she'll address graduating seniors in Topeka, Kan. public high schools on May 17 in recognition of the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education. She'll also address the D.C. College Access Program June 19 in Washington, D.C. The program is a nonprofit organization serving low-income, minority students mostly from single-parent households and are often the first in their family to attend college.
The visit to New Orleans follows President Barack Obama's November 2013 visit to the Port of New Orleans. Michelle Obama also spoke at the National Council of La Raza conference in July 2013.
The Dillard University ceremony begins at 10 a.m. May 10.
President Barack Obama used the Port of New Orleans as a backdrop today to push for more spending on infrastructure and to create more American jobs.
By closing useless tax loopholes, the President said, and by investing that money in infrastructure like transportation, the country will be able to create more jobs and increase exports, helping achieve a goal the president outlined in 2010: to double U.S. exports in five years.
With the expansion of the Panama Canal scheduled for completion in 2015, Obama said he wants to make sure the Port of New Orleans and other U.S. export hubs are prepared for the new burdens the waterway will impose, including bigger supertankers that will be able to hold three times the cargo they can today. “Why wouldn’t we put people to work upgrading them?" Obama asked of the ports.
Dan Packer, Chairman of the Commission of the Port of New Orleans, told Gambit he was pleased with the President’s remarks, though he would have liked federal funding for projects like expanding the New Orleans container port to be more secure. “I know they’re working on it,” he said. “I don’t think they’ve come to a conclusion on that yet.”
With all this dysfunction, Republican governors are not going to take a back seat to anyone in Washington anymore.
Up until now, we have just lived with the brand that Washington gave us. Republican governors don’t just talk about conservative ideas, we put them into action. The answers aren’t coming from Washington. Republican governors are driving the American comeback.
We are no longer going to outsource the Republican brand to the folks in Washington.
Who do you think was more responsible for the poor response to Hurricane Katrina: George W. Bush or Barack Obama?
George W. Bush
Gov. Bobby Jindal's performance at Saturday night's Gridiron Club Dinner in Washington, D.C. went over well — at least with President Barack Obama, who praised Jindal's material and delivery at the
logrolling annual chance for politicians and the D.C. press corps to share a laugh:
"I have to say, I thought Bobby (Jindal) was incredibly funny this evening. I thought he was terrific," Obama said last night at the high-profile Gridiron Dinner, in his remarks after Jindal made a highly impressive speech full of fun and jokes, wiping out his 2009 lacklustre speech which was in response to the first State of the Union Address by Obama.
Jindal's entire speech has been posted online by The Washington Post. Here's one for Louisianans:
[N]ow some people have asked me if I intend to run for President in 2016?
And the answer is that I have no plans to run. I’ve made that clear, over and over again…in Iowa…in New Hampshire…and in South Carolina.
And for those who want a local take on politicos and press rubbing elbows, tickets are now on sale for the Press Club of New Orleans' annual Gridiron Dinner, which takes place March 19 at Walk-On's. The headliner is New Orleans City Council president Stacy Head; tickets are $40 and are available here.
More Jindal under the cut. (Lots of Indian jokes!)
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