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West Wing Week: 05/03/13 or “Nobody Does It Better”

This week, President Obama spoke at the Planned Parenthood conference and the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, met with the King of Jordan, made five personnel announcements, celebrated the sciences and the Joining Forces Initiative, and embarked on a trip to Mexico and Costa Rica.

Friday, April 26th

  • The President became the first sitting President to address Planned Parenthood's National Conference, where he demonstrated his unwavering support for protecting women's reproductive rights. 
  • King Abdullah II of Jordan visited the White House for a bilateral meeting with the President, where the two leaders addressed the ongoing crisis in Syria.

Saturday, April 27th

Monday, April 29th

  • At the National Academy of Sciences, the President joined the current members of the Academy to celebrate the 150 years of work.
  • The President announced he was nominating Charlotte NC mayor, Anthony Foxx as the next Secretary of Transportation.
  • In the Roosevelt Room, the President and the Vice President met with Latino leaders to discuss the upcoming trip to Mexico and Costa Rica. 

Tuesday, April 30th

  • On Tuesday morning, the 100th day of the President's second term, the President held a news conference in the Briefing Room.
  • The Vice President, Dr. Jill Biden, the First Lady, and the President joined business leaders in the East Room to announce significant new hiring commitments for transitioning servicemen and women, veterans and military spouses as part of the Joining Forces initiative.

Wednesday, May 1st

  • The President made two more personnel announcements in the State Dining Room, nominating Congressman Mel Watt to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency and Tom Wheeler to head up the Federal Communications Commission.

Thursday, May 2nd

  • The President made his third personnel announcement of the week, for two more positions in his administration, Mike Froman as the next US Trade Representative and Penny Pritzker as the next Secretary of Commerce.
  • Then it was time to head south for a three-day trip to Mexico and Costa Rica.