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President Obama official schedule and guidance, May 15, 2009. Meets with Phillies

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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

________________________________________________________________________________________________________

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 14, 2009

DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR

FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009

In the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, the Economic Daily Briefing, and meet with senior advisors in the Oval Office. These meetings are closed press.

In the afternoon, the President will welcome the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team to the White House. This event is open press.

The President will meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office. The meeting is closed press.

In-Town Travel Pool

Wires: AP, Reuters, Bloomberg

Wire Photos: AP, Reuters, AFP

TV Corr & Crew: NBC

Print: McClatchy

Radio: AP

Magazine Photo: TIME

EDT

9:00AM Pool Call Time

9:30 AM THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors

Oval Office

Closed Press

10:00AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

Oval Office

Closed Press

10:25AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Economic Daily Briefing

Oval Office

Closed Press

12:20PM THE PRESIDENT welcomes the Philadelphia Phillies Baseball Team to the White House

South Portico

Open Press (Pre-Set 11:20AM - Final Gather 11:50AM - North Doors of the Palm Room)

1:05PM THE PRESIDENT meets with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Oval Office

Closed Press

Briefing Schedule

1:30PM Briefing by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs

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31 Comments

Oh, I'm sorry Mr. President, I didn't realize it was more important for a photo op with a baseball team than to actually show up to honor the country's fallen law enforcement officers

In case nobody told you, May 15th is National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Day

Would have been nice, but I guess getting a team jersey was a better photo op.

Retired Law Enforcement Officer, very well said on behalf of all Law Enforcement Officers who put their lives on the line everyday.

It is shameful and disrespectful that President Obama did not feel it was important enough to participate in the memorial. Just as bad that he did not even attend it. The memorial is to honor the Fallen Heroes, from Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement, who have made the ultimate sacrifice losing lost their lives in the line of duty. I would think they, their families and friends are worthy of your time Mr. President. May those heroes Rest in Peace, Thank you for your Service.

President Obama doesn't even have the luxury of pretending that he didn't know about it. HE signed the order making May 15th, Peace Officers Day and May 10 through 16 as Police Week, and he did this on May 11th.
I guess I should give him credit for not buzzing the ceremony with Air Force One and panicking everyone, like he just did at the World Trade Center in NYC.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Presidential-Proclamation-Peace-Officers-Memorial-Day-and-Police-Week/

I am a widow of a fallen officer from 2008... and I think that it was HIGHLY disrespectful for Presidnet Obama not to attend the ceremony on May 15th.... when he was right down the street. I didnt know that a baseball team was more important than the men and women that give their lives to this country!!!! The little respect that I had for that man is now gone!!!!

I am a retired LEO. This year marked the 19th year I have attended police week to honor our fallen heros. Obama is a disgrace to this country for not attending the service. It is evident that he does not care about law enforcement or their families.In the 19 years that I have attended, this is only the third time that a president did not show up. Bill Clinton and George Bush were absent one time each, but sent a representative to apologize for their absence and gave a reason why. Obama did not even give a reason or send any message of condolence to the families.I guess baseball is more important that cops dying.

It is sad when our president doesn't even take the time to honor the men and women of Law Enforcement who put their lives on the line for the citizens of this country day in and day out. Police officers who would put their lives on the line for the president no matter what their political leanings. But, who cares, right? Getting Philadelphia Phillies players' autographs is obviously more important and time-worthy than paying respect to our fallen. Way to set an example.

This, putting porta-potties on a memorial, and his close ties to known cop killer William Ayers makes it an obvious statement that this man does not support Law Enforcement and that his Police Week proclamation was only for the good press and to get kudos from the press.

I'm a moderate and had great hopes for Obama to be a great president, and for the first few days, it looked like that was going to happen. But, that quickly changed and every day he makes Bush look like a great president.

Why am I not surprised at Obama's arrogant behaviour????

Our so-called leader of this country has his priorities screwed up. He is so out of touch with reality. His head was screwed on with left-handed threads. There is a rule of thumb for fasteners.

Righty-Tighty
Lefty- Loosey

God help America & its Christian people

Actually, I expected nothing from him and do not expect him to address the subject. I do not expect him to give a reason, I do not expect him to respect our fallen brothers next year (2010) or the year after or the year after that (2011) or the last year of his reign (2012). I hope that is the last time it will be an issue. Shame!

Dave Rivers and the others have said it all. This just leaves me speechless.

While I understand the sentiment for President Obama not attending the Memorial. I don't have enough facts to conclude that he in fact snubbed us for the Phillies Photo Op. Only part of his schedule was made public and we don't know what else may have come into play that could prevent him from attending. He was with the Phillies may be 45 minutes.I also noted that there were several other entries on the schedule before and after the photo op but none of those were suggested as the a substitute for the Memorial. I think it is presumptuous to make a statement that he deliberately snubbed us with out further investigation. That is unless the intent is to convict without solid evidence. Has anyone contacted the White House for comment? Maybe the Press Corps? We are or once were investigators. Let's get all the facts then draw a proper conclusion.

I HEAR ALL OF YOU, BUT I WANT YOU TO HEAR ME AS
WELL, WHO DID REPRESENT THE PRESIDENT AT THE EVENT
ALL OF YOU KNOW THAT A PRESIDENT CAN'T BE IN TWO
PLACES AT THE SAME TIME!
I FEEL YOUR COMMENTS, BUT THE PRESIDENT IS A VERY
HUMBLE AND RESPECTFUL PERSON, SO HE DIDN'T TRY
TO DISRESPECT ANY OF YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONES!
AND MOST OF YOU DIDN'T VOTE FOR THE MAN IN THE
FIRST PLACE, YOU ARE JUST SCRUTINIZING HIS EVERY
MOVE, BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU LOOK FOR, IT MAY ANSWER
YOUR CONCERNS!
THIS PRESIDENT HAS A HEART AND IS VERY DOWN TO
EARTH, I WOULD SUGGEST INSTEAD OF CRYING OVER
SPILLED MILK, THAT YOU WOULD CALL THE WHITE HOUSE
AND CONVEY YOUR CONCERNS, AND YOUR CONCERNS WILL
BE ANSWERED!
MY DEEPEST RESPECT FOR YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES!
GOD BLESS YOU AND GOD BLESS AMERICA AND THE WORLD

As an aunt of a police officer fallen in the line of duty, I am so disappointed. My Christian faith teaches me that I shall respect the office of the President of the USA and, in turn, the one who holds that office. As time goes on I find it very difficult to do so.

This is very common for this president.What I find revolting is the outrage of some of these police officers to this situation.Not for nothing but isn't THE CHOSEN ONE the exact candidate the police union backed?Well...here it is..you got what you asked for.Maybe they will do some research the next time their delegate "encourages" them to vote...maybe

We have more than the Commander in Chief to look at for their less than honorable observations of our fallen. I feel a great majority of our politicians failed to recognize what National Police Week and Peace Officer Memorial Day is all about. Wives, husbands, sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, and the countless other relatives and friends stand by each and everyday to support those men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting our communities. And this shameful act of disrespect by our President is typical of the obvious devaluing of the lives of our countries peace officers. I feel if Abraham Lincoln were here he would have a different perspective when you took his immortal words for your own gain and then see how you fail to address the protectors of our country. Mr Obama, I am a 30 year veteran of law enforcement and prior military (Honorable Discharge), sir, you and the politicans better realize when you look outside your window or door, those are men and women of law enforcement who without a second thought would put their life on the line for you. You owe them and all of us a reasonable explaination of your failure to be present to honor our fallen. To the Attorney General, Mr Eric Holder, I attended the Peace Officer Memorial on the west lawn of our nations Capitol (May 15)as an escort officer to the family for our fallen officer, I thank you for your words and support to law enforcement across this entire country. Mr Obama take a lesson from Mr Holder on treating the policing community right.

WHO DID REPRESENT THE PRESIDENT AT THE EVENT
ummm....no one.

AND MOST OF YOU DIDN'T VOTE FOR THE MAN IN THE
FIRST PLACE, Oh, do you have the stats to back that up? There are police officers on both sides of the aisle...so dont even go there. And what does that mean anyway...IF your statement is true does that mean he is "little" enough to snub those who may have? Remember, death has no political agenda. Nobody asks the cop whether they are republican or democrat before they blow the cop away.

I WOULD SUGGEST INSTEAD OF CRYING OVER
SPILLED MILK, THAT YOU WOULD CALL THE WHITE HOUSE
AND CONVEY YOUR CONCERNS, AND YOUR CONCERNS WILL
BE ANSWERED!
...and then you woke up.

But thank your for your respect ...it is greatly appreciated and certainly more than we got from President Obama.

Wow, I can't believe all this whining about attending a ceremony. You know what Obama did to show his respect to Police Officers? He designated $6 billion dollars in his Recovery Act to benefit local law enforcement agencies across the country. Bush tried to cut it.

In the order that he signed designating May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, he said:

"The benefits that peace officers provide come with great sacrifice. Every year, many give their lives in the performance of their duties. Their contributions live on in the communities they strengthened, and their service will never be forgotten. This week, as we recognize their commitment to duty, we renew our pledge to support their families and colleagues."

Doesn't sound very disrespectful to me. Quit being a bunchy of babies because he didn't go to some ceremony. He put his money where his mouth is, and that is what matters. He's the leader of the free world. Your little ceremony is not the highlight of hi day, nor is a 10 minute meet and greet with the Phillies.

No matter how you slice it, it was wrong that the President did not attend the Law Enforcement Memorial. Period. At the very least, the President should publicly apologize for missing the event, even if he wants to blame it on a scheduling snafu. But to not even address the situation, as if to say, "Maybe if I don't talk about it, no one will notice", is just plain disrespectful. Mr. President, man up, admit you made a mistake, and say a sincere "I'm sorry" to the families of fallen officers who you should have been there to support. I may not have voted for Mr. Obama, but I can respect a REAL apology, not lip service like: "I regret missing the event", or "It's unfortunate that I was unable to attend". As for the person who tries to equate money from the stimulus bill being designated for law enforcement, as respect, he needs to understand that the two are not related. Respect is not something that is bought. Saying a sincere "hello" to a police officer, or sincerely saying "thank you" to a soldier (even though you might be nervous or embarrased to do so) shows support and respect. Just note the common thread - sincerity, it does not cost a dime, but is worth its weight in gold. Mr. Obama, "Yes you can".
A Police Detective.

PHILL SMITH - -OF COURSE WE HEAR YOU, SINCE YOU ARE YELLING...

MR. PRESIDENT, ARE YOU HEARING THESE LEO'S???

Officers, you must understand, it was an American Idol election - so, the photo ops with idols take priority.

MAKE THE CALL YALL!
IF YOU VOTED FOR THE MAN, STAND UP FOR THE MAN!
PRESIDENT OBAMA IS VERY RESPECTFUL AND HIS WIFE
IS AS WELL!
DID YOU VOTE FOR THE MAN?
I WISH YOU GUYS WOULD HAVE SCRUTINIZED THE OTHER
FELLOW THE WAY YOU DO THIS PRESIDENT?
PRESIDENT OBAMA THE MOST SCRUTINIZED PRESIDENT
IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES!
HE DID THIS, HE DIDN'T DO THAT, STOP THE MADNESS,
AND LET'S ACT LIKE TRUE AMERICANS, AND CHEER
FOR OUR PRESIDENT!

Is Phil Smith for real? Phil can't really believe the tripe you typed. Obama is the first president to skip this event or not send someone in his place with their apology for not making it. Obama has totally ignored this memorial. Either he is making a statement by doing so or he and his staff are situationally unaware.

Phil Smith JR: You are mistaken with your comment "PRESIDENT OBAMA THE MOST SCRUTINIZED PRESIDENT
IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES!". It is opportunistic at best that those that voted for the obama forget how they still criticize President Bush's performance. the obama is far from being the most criticized president as the liberals genuflect at the mere mention of his name. Back to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Day. Having had two colleagues, and friends, killed in the line of duty during my career, I would like to say shame on you to the obama. His true colors are coming through.

I have attended funerals and visited comrads in
the hospital. I have also been visited in the hospital.

I can not support a man who has nothing but distain for the very people who make his personal story possible, military and police.

Yes, he's the leader of the free world. Did you ever add up the cost of that freedom?

"The debt it was asked,
And the price it was paid.
For the land of the free,
And the home of the brave."

By the way, I did not vote for him and I'm proud of it.

I trust all those who expressed dismay at President Obama's failure to attend the
memorial expressed similar dismay when President Bush was a no show in May, 2008.

Police work transcends politics, which is something some Americans will never understand. We've heard from a couple of them on this blog. The right to express opinions is a fundamental right of all Americans, not just Democrats. I find it curious that a citizen who expresses disappointment with his President is met with hate speech that labels American law enforcement officers ‘anti Obama’. I’m 61 years old and have yet to have a President that I was not critical of at some point. It is somewhat frightening there are advocates who are as blind in their obedience to Obama as they were totally intolerant of Bush. Even though I was not a vote for President Clinton, I was moved and appreciative of his words May 15, 2000 when he addressed thousands of officers at our Nations Capital. For those of us who served our Nation; stand tall. There are far more Americans who respect and weep for our fallen brothers and sisters, than those who are incapable of embracing anyone other than themselves or the Phillies on this National Day of Mourning.

The Phillies were scheduled at 1230. Lasted 45 minutes. The Memorial was set for 1530. It would not appear to be the President snubbing the Phillies. The Presidency of the United States is an Institution that comes with many meet and greets and obligations to attend. The President himself is a human being and a father who may have attended his daughters choir concert at school in lieu of attending the Memorial. As the President he will never make everyone happy no matter what he does...As a father he should make his kids happy. The presidency will pass...fatherhood lasts forever!
For those of you who are officers remember why we do what we do...not for pomp and circumstance...nor medals or recognition but to serve and expect nothing in return!

I am a retired 30 cop. I agree with LEO comments on June 3. I really don't understand a lot of my retired comrades. They are 10, 20 years retired. Most 50 pounds over weight as they sit around complaining about the cost of medical insurance, and all they every want to do is meet and talk about how great they are because they were cops. Move on and grow up. I doubt if Obama hates cops or purposely missed the event because he doesn't care. Who really knows why he wasn't there. LEO's last sentence should sum it up. Stop wanting everyone to tell you how great you are. You are/were a cop for a reason, now move on.

LEO: Where did you get your facts? The memorial service was and is always at noon. 1530? Huh?

DONCOP: You really don't get it, do you? We do know that he was not there and that he did not even care enough to send a representative or an apology. And we know that he met with the baseball team instead. Besides, we are not whining for the fallen officers, we are whining for their families. After all, memorial services are for the living. This was THE service when our nation honored those of our profession who have given their lives. In the history of the ceremony, the sitting president has attended all but two years. And in both instances there were very good reasons for the absence along with the fact that a representative of the President attended along with a sincere apology. So, in essence, every president in the history of the service saw it as important -- very important. This one did not. Is it worth noting? Absolutely!

ANONYMOUS CITIZDEN: We did not express dismay with President Bush in 2008 because we knew where he was and why. Do you? (By the way, where did you go to school?) Also, we watched year after year when he took an EXTRA 60-90 minutes to personally greet each and every family member of those who fell the previous year -- and he did it with tears streaming his face. There is no question in our minds where his loyalties and appreciation lie. Contrast that with President Clinton who attended, spoke, and then left before the service even concluded. (I am not criticizing him for not greeting each family member. I am simply saying you are way off base when you question the heart of President G.W. Bush when it comes to respect for our nation's fallen law enforcement officers.)

ALL: Certainly, I understand if someone makes an honest mistake. Even the new President is entitled. But if that is the case, he should express it. So far, he has been mute. I think his stance is coming through loud and clear. If it is not what he intends, then he should let us know!

Incredible!!!
Hard to believe what I'm reading here...
TO THOSE trying to find President Obama a good reason for not showing up at the Memorial: there are no good reasons! If he couldn't attend the ceremony, he should have made it public, and if it was a scheduling mistake, he should make a public apology.
TO THOSE bashing him: where are your comments about President Obama's predecessor when he was busy getting drunk and having fun flying his jet in safe USA when his brothers were falling in Vietnam. That was showing a lot of respect and it tells you exactly where his heart was.
TO ALL OF YOU: you are supposed to be the world leader. Well you just don't make us feel very safe. All that fighting among yourselves... Republicans, democrats, bla bla bla if you want my opinion. If the situation (economy / terrorism / etc.) around the world was not as scary as it is now, you would make me laugh.
All of you, LEO's, widows, ..., please wouldn't it be a good time rigth now to be UNITED (even if you don't like everything about your new President)? All that whining and fighting is not taking care of your and our problems. It only plays in the hands of those trying to hurt us all...
Incredible!

Mr. President..... THANKS!!! YOU MAKE ME SAD!

This is a proud Marine and proud officer who enjoys serving and will continue doing so with love for country and my department and profession.

I understand many of you points, but I don't think he's doing as terrible of a job as many of you seem to believe. Give the man a break. I think he's doing a much better job than Bush. At least Obama didn't graduate near the bottom of his class. He is working hard at trying to get things done and pushing for universal healthcare which most other civilized countries have so that their citizens are not dying on the streets. I do not have an infinite trust of any politician, but so far he has been doing a good job. I know that many people are upset about his nobel peace prize and it was premature, but he has been working with other nations to increse America's world standings which greatly plummeted in recent years. The reason we are still in Afghanistan is because officials there are asking for our help. I wish that people would stop labeling and hating just because of someone's party. I don't support everything that the president does like smoking for example, but I believe that he is actually trying to do what's best for the nation. I don't agree with everything from any party or point of view. Sometime's I'm a conservative liberal and sometime's I'm a liberal conservative. I detest the way that members from both the democratic and republican parties have been sniping at each other.

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