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Statement by the President on the Passing of Fidel Castro

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At this time of Fidel Castro’s passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people. We know that this moment fills Cubans - in Cuba and in the United States - with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him. ‎ For nearly six decades, the relationship between the United States and Cuba was marked by discord and profound political disagreements. During my presidency, we have worked hard to put the past behind us, pursuing a future in which the relationship between our two countries is defined not by our differences but by the many things that we share as neighbors and friends - bonds of family, culture, commerce, and common humanity. This engagement includes the contributions of Cuban Americans, who have done so much for our country and who care deeply abo…

First Lady Obama accepts final White House Christmas Tree

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In what she called the "easiest part of the holiday season" First Lady Michelle Obama accepted the last official White House Christmas tree of her stay.  The 19 foot Douglas fir will be decorated by volunteers and displayed in the Blue Room of the White House. David and Mary Vander Velden of Wisconsin presented the carraige-drawn tree as winners of a National Christmas Tree contest. Mrs. Obama was accompanied by her nephews. The arrival of the tree traditionally signifies the start of the Christmas holiday season in our nation's capitol.

First Lady Obama accepts final White House Christmas Tree

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In what she called the "easiest part of the holiday season" First Lady Michelle Obama accepted the last official White House Christmas tree of her stay.  The 19 foot Douglas fir will be decorated by volunteers and displayed in the Blue Room of the White House. David and Mary Vander Velden of Wisconsin presented the carraige-drawn tree as winners of a National Christmas Tree contest. Mrs. Obama was accompanied by her nephews. The arrival of the tree traditionally signifies the start of the Christmas holiday season in our nation's capitol.

First Family Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

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The Obama's had a Thanksgving feast featuring a thyme roasted turkey named Tot who had been selected the day before.  POTUS pardoned a second turkey, Tot,  who was sent back to the farm per White House tradition.  Although the sound of turkey and thyme sounds delicious, the culinary selctions on the final White House Dinner Menu all sound tasty.  A White House official provided the the full buffet course as follows:


First Family Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Thursday, November 24, 2016 Hors d'oeuvres: Mini BLT's Chicken Satay with Peanut Chili Dip Mini Crab Cakes Pizza Bites Fresh Veggies and Hummus Pigs in the Blanket Dinner Buffet: Thyme Roasted Turkey (Carving Station) Garlic Jus and Cranberry-Orange Relish Honey-Baked Ham Apricot-Mustard Glaze Prime Rib and Creamed Horseradish Shallot Marmalade Fried Chicken Wings Sides: Cornbread Stuffing with Chorizo and Roasted Peppers Oyster Stuffing Braised Winter Greens (Collards, Kale, and Turnip Greens) Macaroni and Cheese Sweet Potato Gr…

President Obama Grants Over 70 More Commutations

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WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 22, 2016 – The President granted commutation of sentence to the following 79 individuals:
·Lawrence Daro Adams – Houston, TX
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, aiding and abetting; Southern District of Texas
Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release; $5,000 fine (July 20, 2001) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on March 22, 2017.
·Tyrone Allen – Lubbock, TX
Offense: Aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base; Western District of Texas
Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (March 25, 2003) Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on November 22, 2018, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.
·Anthony Arthur – Killeen, TX
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute at least 50 grams of "crack cocaine"; Western District of Texas
Se…