Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama still “looks forward” to meeting next month with President Francois Hollande, reference the White House said Saturday after the French leader announced his split from partner Valerie Trierweiler. Obama “looks forward to seeing President Hollande as planned” during his February 11 state visit, National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden told AFP, without further comment. Hollande, 59, told AFP on Saturday that he has split with Trierweiler, his longstanding partner, following his affair with an actress nearly 20 years his junior. Saying he was speaking as a private individual, Hollande announced: “I wish to make it known that I have ended my partnership with Valerie Trierweiler.” Trierweiler, 48, remains holed up in a presidential residence in Versailles outside Paris after leaving hospital last Saturday, where she was treated for a bout of “tiredness” brought on by press revelations of Hollande’s affair with 41-year-old actress Julie Gayet. The question of whether Hollande will come to Washington with Gayet, Trierweiler or neither woman has been a matter of great speculation in Washington, where state visits by foreign dignitaries are carefully choreographed. Francois Hollande
Obama Rushes to Keep Last Year’s Promise Before Address
He says he wants to work together, but doesnt give the mechanism by which that can happen. Travel Plans Next week, Obama will follow up his Jan. 28 State of the Union with a four-state tour to address long-term unemployment and building the middle class, senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said in an e-mail released by the White House today. The presidents stops will take him to Prince Georges County in Maryland ; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ; Milwaukee , Wisconsin ; and Nashville, Tennessee . Three words sum up the presidents message on Tuesday night: opportunity, action, and optimism, Pfeiffer said in the e-mail. The core idea is as American as they come: If you work hard and play by the rules, you should have the opportunity to succeed. While Obama will seek out as many opportunities as possible to work with Congress in a bipartisan way, Pfeiffer said he will not wait for Congress to act on some of his goals.
Obama signs off on nomination of Rogers as NSA director
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Aide: Obama will focus on jobs in State of the Union
Snowden, in interview, says his missions accomplished Barton Gellman His leaks have fundamentally altered the U.S. governments relationship with its citizens, the rest of the world. Full coverage: NSA Secrets Read all of the stories in The Washington Posts ongoing coverage of the National Security Agencys surveillance programs. White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden declined to comment, but people familiar with the matter said an announcement is expected soon. Rogers, a Navy cryptologist, had long been seen as the frontrunner to succeed Gen.
In address, Obama to focus on economic opportunity
He also nodded at the ongoing push by Congress and the administration to curb the problem of sexual violence in the armed forces, vowing to keep up the fight. When a member of our military is attacked by the very people he or she trusts and serves with, thats an injustice that no one who volunteers to protect our nation should ever endure, the president said. Some of this is a job for government, he added. But, really, its up to all of us. Weve got to teach young people – men and women – to be brave enough to stand up and help put an end to these crimes.Weve especially got to teach young men to show women the respect they deserve.
Obama: Step up efforts to combat sexual violence
The president has cast 2014 as a “year of action” but has yet to show the public how he’ll ensure that’s more than just an empty promise. Previewing the president’s remarks, White House spokesman Jay Carney said, “He’ll certainly aim high. Presidents ought to aim high.” Obama has been tinkering with the speech in his typical fashion, writing out notes long-hand on yellow legal pads and scribbling edits on drafts typed out by his speechwriting team. The White House has heavily promoted the address on social media sites like Instagram, posting photos of Obama working in the Oval Office with lead speechwriter Cody Keenan. Aides are also working on an interactive version of the speech that will run online and feature charts and statistics about the president’s proposals as he’s speaking.