Obama guidance & press schedule Nov. 6, 2014 — Civil War medal

Showing it is never too late to do the right thing, President Barack Obama on Thursday awards the Medal of Honor to Civil War Union soldier Alonzo Cushing, for heroism at the Battle of Gettysburg. Not on the schedule is the meeting on Thursday afternoon Obama and first lady Michelle will have with the members Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West Little League baseball team.

RELATED: Obamas welcome Jackie Robinson West to White House today

Below, from the White House…


Office of the Press Secretary


November 5, 2014



In the morning, the President and the Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

Later in the morning, the President will award the Medal of Honor to Army First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing for conspicuous gallantry. First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions while serving as commanding officer of Battery A, 4th United States Artillery, Artillery Brigade, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac during combat operations in the vicinity of Cemetery Ridge, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 3, 1863. The President’s remarks in the Roosevelt Room will be pooled press, and the event will be streamed live at WhiteHouse.gov/live.

In the evening, as part of the “In Performance at the White House” series and the Joining Forces initiative, the President and First Lady will invite music legends, members of the U.S. military, military veterans, and their families to the White House for a celebration of the men and women who serve the United States; the Vice President and Dr. Biden will also attend. The program on the South Lawn will include performances by Mary J. Blige, Common, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, Romeo Santos, as well as active duty military members Army SGT. Christiana R. Ball, Marine Corps Capt. Matt Smith and Capt. John Ed Auer, with Don Was as music director. The rock band Daughtry will also perform via satellite from a USO concert at Yokota Air Base in Japan. The President’s remarks will be pooled press, and the entire event will be streamed live at WhiteHouse.gov/live.

In-Town Travel Pool

Wires: AP, Reuters, Bloomberg

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TV Corr & Crew: ABC

Print: BNA

Radio: ABC


9:30AM  In-Town Pool Call Time

10:00AM  THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing

Oval Office

Closed Press

11:45AM  THE PRESIDENT awards Army First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing the Medal of Honor

Roosevelt Room

Pooled Press (Final Gather 11:15AM—Brady Press Briefing Room)   

7:15PM  THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY host “A Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House”; THE VICE PRESIDENT and DR. BIDEN also attend

South Lawn

Pooled Press (Pre-Set 5:00PM; Final Gather 7:00PM – North Doors of the Palm Room)

Briefing Schedule

12:30PM  Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest

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