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West Wing Week 07/04/14 or, “Cynicism is a Choice… Hope is a Better Choice”

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

This week, the President wrapped up a trip to Minneapolis, nominated a new VA Secretary, and caught some World Cup fever. 

Thursday, June 26th

  • President Obama met with Rebekah Erler, a working mom who wrote the President a letter about the struggles middle-class families face in America.
  • The President then hosted a Town Hall at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis.  The discussion focused on a myriad of issues from the economy, healthcare, gun control, and climate change to name a few.

Friday, June 27th

  • The President stopped by a job training center in north Minneapolis with Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Sen. Al Franken (D-Minnesota).  The Project CARE class provides young mothers training in customer service and sales occupations for four weeks, followed by paid internships. Project CARE is a part of HIRED, a community-based organization in Minneapolis that helps individuals train for and find jobs.
  • The President then delivered remarks focused on the economy at the Lake Harriet Band Shell in Minneapolis.

Monday, June 30th

  • Monday morning the President and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet held a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, where the two talked about the advancement of peace, global security, and free trade.
  • President Obama delivered remarks in the Rose Garden on immigration reform.
  • The President nominated Bob McDonald to take over as the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
  • The President hosted a reception in observance of LGBT Pride Month in the East Room.

Tuesday, July 1st

  • The President held a Cabinet Meeting to underscore the responsibility of his Administration to act on behalf of the American people in the absence of Congressional action.
  • The President delivered remarks on the economy at Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington.

Wednesday, July 2nd

  • The President sat down for an interview about the economy with Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal in the Oval Office.
  • The President called U.S. Men's National Team captain Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Tim Howard to commend them on their team's performance during the 2014 World Cup.

Thursday, July 3rd

  • The President stopped by 1776 DC – a local firm that connects new startups with the resources they need to grow – to reiterate the need for cooperation in order to keep the economy growing.