Obama guidance & press schedule Nov. 24, 2014. Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON–President Barack Obama on Monday meets with Nobel prize winners, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to, among others, Chicago’s political and civic legend, Abner Mikva – five-term Congressman; Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; White House Counsel for former President Bill Clinton; law professor at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois.

Others to be awarded medals on Monday, besides Mikva:

Alvin Ailey (posthumous)

Isabel Allende

Tom Brokaw

James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner (posthumous)

Mildred Dresselhaus

John Dingell

Ethel Kennedy

Suzan HarjoPatsy Takemoto Mink

Edward Roybal(posthumous)

Charles Sifford

Robert Solow

Stephen Sondheim

Meryl Streep

Marlo Thomas

Stevie Wonder

Below, from the White House…


Office of the Press Secretary


November 23, 2014



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

Later in the morning, the President will meet with Nobel Laureates in the Oval Office. This is closed press.

In the afternoon, the President will have lunch with the Vice President in the Private Dining Room. This lunch is closed press.

Following this, the President will meet with Secretary of the Treasury Lew in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

Later in the afternoon, the President will present nineteen recipients the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.The Vice President and the First Lady will also attend. The ceremony is open to pre-credentialed media. 

In-Town Travel Pool

Wires: AP, Reuters, Bloomberg

Wire Photos: AP, Reuters, AFP

TV Corr & Crew: FOX

Print: New York Daily News

Radio: SRN


9:30AM In-Town Pool Call Time

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

Oval Office

Closed Press

10:45AM  THE PRESIDENT meets with Nobel Laureates

 Oval Office

  Closed Press

12:30PM  THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet for lunch

Private Dining Room

Closed Press

1:00PM    THE PRESIDENT meets with Secretary of the Treasury Lew

Oval Office

Closed Press

2:15PM   THE PRESIDENT honors recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a ceremony; THE VICE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY also attend

East Room

Open to Pre-Credentialed Media (Pre-set 11:45AM – Final Gather at 1:30PM – North Doors of the Palm Room)

Briefing Schedule

1:00PM    Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest


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