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West Wing Week: 05/24/13 or “Justice for Everybody”

Welcome to West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

This week, the President continued his Jobs & Opportunity tour, this time highlighting bold new efforts in education and manufacturing in Baltimore, gave the commencement address at Morehouse College, invited the President of Myanmar, eight immigration reform advocates and DREAMers themselves, and Gershwin Prize winner Carole King and friends to the White House, and delivered a major counter-terrorism speech at the National Defense University. 

Friday, May 17th

  • The President headed to Baltimore on his second Jobs and Opportunities Tour stop.
  • The President started out the day at Moravia Park Elementary School, where he took part in some pre-k learning lessons including addition, subtraction, spelling and drawing.
  • He then toured the Ellicott Dredges facility, which manufactures innovative dredges and dredge equipment, and gave a speech about creating jobs by rebuilding our nation's infrastructure. 
  • Finally, he visited the Center for Urban Families,  a non-profit that works to strengthen urban communities by helping fathers and families achieve stability and economic success.

Saturday, May 18th

  • The First Lady travelled to Nashville, Tennesee, to deliver the commencement address to graduates of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Magnet High School.

Sunday, May 19th

Monday, May 20th

  • The President welcomed President Thein Sein of Myanmar to the White House for a bilateral meeting, the first such visit in almost 50 years.

Tuesday, May 21st

  • In the morning, the President addressed the nation about the devastating tornadoes and severe weather that had impacted Oklahoma.
  • Then, the President invited leading advocates in immigration reform, who are DREAMers themselves, to share their stories with both him and the Vice President in the Oval Office.

Wednesday, May 22nd

  • 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. hosted a concert as part of the "In Performance at the White House," where Carole King received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize. Recording artists James Taylor, Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sandé, and Trisha Yearwood performed as well. 

Thursday, May 23rd

  • The President delivered a speech on national security and counter-terrorism strategies at the National Defense University on Fort McNair.