West Wing Week 05/09/14 or, “Reach Higher”


This week, the First Lady launched her new Reach Higher education initiative, while the President hosted two bilateral meetings and a press conference, let loose some humor at the White House Correspondents Dinner, and traveled to Arkansas and California.

Friday, May 2nd

  • On Friday, the President hosted German Chancellor Angela Merkel for a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, a joint press conference in the Rose Garden and a working lunch.
  • Later, the President met with AAPI business and faith leaders as they held a discussion on commonsense immigration reform.
  • The First Lady travelled to the University of Texas San Antonio’s Annual College Signing Day, where she spoke about her new Reach Higher education initiative.

Saturday, May 3rd

Monday, May 5th

  • On Monday, the President hosted President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti for a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office to highlight Djiboutis importance to regional security.
  • Later that day, the President spoke on immigration reform at a celebration of the 152nd anniversary of Cinco de Mayo.

Tuesday, May 6th

  • On Tuesday, the President participated in “Weather at the White House", a series of interviews with both local and national meteorologists to discuss that day’s release of the third National Climate Assessment.

Wednesday, May 7th

  • On Wednesday, the President traveled to central Arkansas to tour the states tornado damage.
  • Later, the President traveled to California to speak at the Shoah Foundations' 20th Anniversary Gala.