POTUS attends unveiling of Rosa Parks statue on Capitol Hill
President Obama sitting in the the famed Rosa Parks bus. Photo credit: Pete Souza The White House
February 27th, 2013
08:49 AM ET

POTUS attends unveiling of Rosa Parks statue on Capitol Hill

9:00AM In-Town Pool Call Time

9:30AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing. Oval Office

10:00AM THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors. Oval Office

11:00AM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at the unveiling of a statue of Rosa Parks. United States Capitol

7:30PM THE PRESIDENT deliver remarks at the Business Council dinner and answer questions. Park Hyatt Hotel, Washington, DC

Topics: Daily Schedule

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  1. John

    Quite a brave woman. Given the times, she did something I would not have been brave enough to do. God bless her.

    Hey CNN, there are pictures out there of Rosa Parks actually sitting on the bus. Maybe that would have been more appropriate? I have seen this picture on CNN at least 4 times on 4 different stories already.

    February 27, 2013 at 10:59 am |
    • Lionel

      Agree, she is a brave woman and it is about time that she is recognized.

      A more appropriate picture would be Mr. Obama sitting alone in Congress.

      Don't you see the irony here, Republicans have been obstructing him since he took office and do not want to accept the fact that he is our President and was elected by the people with over 3 million more votes.

      February 27, 2013 at 12:29 pm |
      • John

        Obstruction? For one thing Obama had a majority his first two years. so you must be talking about the last two years? Anyway, I think you are a little behind with current affairs. It seems to me the current "Obama crisis" was brought about because the repubs said yes. Just so we are all clear – this time you libs wanted the repubs to stop the sequester and say no instead of yes, but all the other socialist-like proposals – the repubs should have said yes instead of no?
        Now, Obama does not want the responsibility of deciding where the cuts should be made? Do I have that right? What kind of a leader wouldn't want that responsibility instead of "just letting the across the board cuts happen"? Blame the repubs all you want, but the people are beginning to pay attention to the lies.

        February 27, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
      • Caramon

        Lionel, if I recall, the President did not elect or select our representatives. They were elected by the people in their district. Therefore they represent the people in their district. These people did not elect or re-elect them to side with the President.

        As for Rosa Parks, I agree she should be recognized. But to say that she hasn't been recognized in the past simply shows that you have not paid attention.

        February 27, 2013 at 2:22 pm |
    • John

      Does anyone else think when things are going well for this administration we get 4 or 5 new articles here. But, when things are not going well we get nothing new?

      March 1, 2013 at 7:23 am |
      • steven

        No John, we don't. Let go of the silly conspiracy theories. Let go of Rush, Glenn Beck, Hannity, McCain and the rest.
        This man is doing the best he can against a warped, sick opponent who would rather trash this country than be seen supporting the President. He could use some support.

        March 4, 2013 at 9:19 am |
      • John

        As soon as he supports the working middle class he will get my support.

        March 4, 2013 at 11:13 am |
      • scott

        You are spot on.

        March 4, 2013 at 11:43 am |
      • Lionel

        @John, Mr. Obama is for the middle class. This is why he fought for health care reform, student loans and no tax increases. Once the Republicans start working for the middle class, I will reconsider my vote, other wise they are in trouble for the next election.

        March 4, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
      • John

        I am as middle class as it gets and I do not feel the love. The taxes at the beginning of this year, the government pay raise at the end of last year and the war against basically everything that doesn't support the Obama agenda is why.
        Now they are talking more taxes to avoid the so called "cliff". They are not for the working middle class.
        I know they say they are for the "middle class", but it appears to be just another lie.

        March 4, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
      • John

        BTW, I am talking about both parties. The dems are more responsible now because they hold the Senate and the Presidency (for over 4 years now), but they are all to blame.

        March 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm |
      • John

        Steven, I must have missed the information from Rush, Beck, McCain and the like that you mentioned. Can you post the note where they said they thought stories were held back from CNN because things weren't going well for Obama?
        BTW, it is telling that we have only seen two new stories in 5 days.
        If I wanted to talk conspiracy I would have mentioned NBC and how they have edited stories 3 times in the past year.

        March 4, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
  2. W.G.

    Rosa Parks was everybody´s hero . Whether you´re Black , Brown Yellow , Red or even White , she was
    and still is an inspiration for all of us . What I´m mad about is that they had republicans there . The same
    political party guilty of Gerry Mandering and trying cheat minority voters and democrats out of their vote .
    Republicans ..... who needs ém !

    February 27, 2013 at 11:28 am |
    • steveo

      Sorry but George Wallace and crew were DEMOCRATS. In fact, look up the Civil rights Act and you will plainly see MOST of those who voted against it were...DEMOCRATS! You will probably say something like "THAT WAS THE DEMOCRATS BACK THEN". Your context was ROSA PARKS, correct? Speaking of cheating minority voters, what do you think will happen to that WHITE lady, who confessed to voting for Obama SIX times?? Wait!! She was white, right? All I know is YOU said "cheating minority voters". Is that what you meant?

      February 27, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
      • W.G.

        If George Wallace were alive today he would be a republican . The Bigots in the democratic party left and went to the republican side when LBJ started pushing for equal rights that´s a fact ! There is ABSOLUTE EVIDENCE that the
        republican party is trying to Gerry Mander its way into our Gov. . They´re trying to pass laws that take away voting rights to minorities it´s JIM CROW pt. 2 .

        February 27, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
      • steveo

        @WG, Are you referring to having to show an ID before you can vote? Maybe that wil eliminate little jonny from voting for his Grandpa! Maybe that will eliminate little miss six time voter! As far as gerrymandering, both parties do it and both parties are wrong! You cannot cash a check without ID but can vote for the most powerful office on the planet? You see nothing wrong with that?

        February 27, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
      • steven

        Oddly, you're right. Parties change, don't they? I was a life long Republican until George Bush jr came along with his band of brothers (Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice et al). No more. The DNC has some serious problems as well. Need to change "by the people, for the people..." to "goes to the ighest bidder..."

        March 4, 2013 at 9:22 am |
      • John

        Steven, it is ok to bash everyone except Obama?? Do I have that right??

        March 4, 2013 at 11:14 am |
    • Caramon

      If I recall Steveo, she was also a poll worker.

      February 27, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
      • steveo

        I believe she was a poll worker. As far as your remarks to Lionel concerning Rosa Parks, she was presented the Medal of Freedom in 1999. Sounds like recognition to me! MLK, Jr drew inspiration from her determined and peaceful spirit! Sounds like a lesson we can all use once more!

        February 27, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
  3. NAM VET


    February 27, 2013 at 11:28 am |
    • W.G.

      to nam vet : You can´t stand that right won the election and cheating and crookedness lost , can you ?
      Mr. Obama was right when he said you did not build that business alone that the Gov. did help with
      roads and infrastructure designed to help business owners . Mr. Obama deserves credit for saving our
      country from republicans bent on financially ruining our country . I bet you believe the Human Manatee
      Rush Limbaugh and the other trailer trash on FOX when they say He´s growing the deficit when every expert
      says the deficit has been shrinking since Mr. Obama took office from -10 to – 7 and in 2013 it´s projected to be
      – 6 to 5% . Face it you´re a loser that never grew up and out of Nam .

      February 27, 2013 at 11:58 am |
      • John

        W.G. – have you ever watched FOX news? WHo have they not had on that network that you think they should have? It seems to me they give both sides, unlike MSDNC.
        You appear to be just another typical lib, you know, the all inclusive type.. LOL... If you haven't noticed, our country is a mess right now and Obama doesn't even want the responsibility of targeting the cuts that need to be made. A true leader would want the responsibility. If Obama really saved the country – what is going on now? The debt is 16 TRILLION AND, according to Obama, the sky is falling..

        February 27, 2013 at 12:17 pm |
      • Lionel

        @John – have you read the comments of "NAM VET".

        I find it odd that you only think that your so called "LIBS" are the ones with nasty comments. Now, is this the kind of way to treat a President.

        February 27, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
      • John

        I read it. He didn't call anyone a racisit or any other name. And, yes, all in all, the libs seem to be the haters on this particular site. I get called names every single day by libs on here and I almost never do that. I say almost never because of December (Throbbing Member). I call him names every day, and he returns the favor.
        What do you think when Obama lies and says "who should I cut funds from, the poor kid or the disabled kid". That is the phoney stuff that makes people (like Nam Vet) very angry. That, and the fact that people who have no clue, question his service time.

        February 27, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
      • Caramon

        WG, the deficit is growing. Maybe the annual projections are shrinking since 2009 when the President took office. But the overall deficit is growing. It does not take a news station to do simple math. In 2009 the deficit was 10 or 11 T. Now, it is over 16 T. That means it is growing. Now, who are these experts you are quoting?

        February 27, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
      • W.G.

        To John , yes I´ve watched FOX and no they are not Fair . They do not give both sides to the story and they LIE a lot .
        I also agree that our country is in a mess . You can squarely put the blame for that on the last Admin. Experts say
        it´ll be YEARS before we get over what repubs did to our country . Getting us into 2 wars we didn´t need to get into .
        Countries warning us that Iraq was not the problem . But that didn´t stop Bush and his money hungry buddies from
        lying and killing our soldiers and driving us to the brink of extinction FOR NOTHING ! You don´t cut your way out of
        deb ,t Experts say you invest in your country and create jobs that produce revenue and that revenue gets you out of debt . Liars like the pewople atr FOX say he debt is rising that´s just not true LOOK IT UP ! Since Mr. Obama has
        been in Office our National debt is GOING DOWN ! Of course being Republican to you the sky is falling .

        February 27, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
      • Sienna

        Camaron, the debt is 16T, he said the deficit is shrinking. And under which president has the debt shrank? Answer: None! Even Reagan grew the national debt and it has grown with every president whether they have a D or an R next to their name.

        March 4, 2013 at 9:17 am |
      • Caramon

        Sienna, agreed. The deficit has been growing since the turn of the 20th century. Yet, supporters of the President are trying to tell us the deficit is shrinking. In actuality, the deficit isn't shrinking, it is simply growing at a slower rate. We have gone from cutting the deficit in half to cutting the annual growth in deficit in half. Has any President before tried to convince people the deficit is shrinking?

        March 6, 2013 at 9:35 am |
    • Lionel

      I doubt that you are a "Nam Vet", probably just another draft dodging Republicans.

      It is about time that Rosa Parks was recognized. This is a good story and it is nice to see that Prez Obama has recognized this brave woman.

      February 27, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
      • John

        You libs are classic. I saw all the nasty comments about McCain the other day. It doesn't surprise me that you people are that sad... It does surprise me that you would do it to a war hero like McCain.
        Get use to it libs, the press is beginning to see through the lies.
        One question, what, IYO, is Obama responsible for??

        February 27, 2013 at 12:20 pm |
      • Lionel

        No John, the media and the American people are seeing the lies of the right.

        Agree that McCain is a war hero but it is not the person who is hiding under the alias "NAM VET"

        McCain has been recognized and is a wealthy man because of it too. Unfortunately, he has changed sides so many times and is still upset at losing to Obama. I used to like him when he was a moderate Republican but no one wants to be that these days.

        February 27, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
      • Moose

        Hey dork idoubt you know rosas real story, her heart was broke when emmit till was killed by 2 rednecks, read up its interesting. im glad she got the reconition she deserved. However this is just more bamman b.s. to distact everyone from seeing his rear end is his hat rack. he should try working for 1 day. Its not about who screwed up the economy, its about fixing it, which bamman has made clear, he doesnt know how. you also might try showing a little respect to vets.

        February 27, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
      • Lionel

        Hey Moose Head. My grandfather served in Pattons army during WWII and I am also a Veteran.

        Why didn't "Nam Vet" show the President some respect. I like how Republicans jump on the wagon and say "Let's Repect our Vets" when in fact George Bush and Mitt Romney were both draft dodgers. I am a damm vet so respect that.

        It is about time the Right and Tea Baggers show some respect to the President.

        February 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
      • Moose

        So now your a vet ??? respect is something you earn, not given, as soon as bamman earns it ill give it to him. If bush was adodger why was he in ??? ask dan rather. my guess is you were a MARY in the service !!!!!!!!!!!!!

        February 27, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
      • Lionel

        OMG! I can't believe this guy "Moose". Who is this person.

        Now he is dissing my family after all we have done for this country.

        Go to Fox News and spew your hatred and lies, Oh yeah, they do not allow comments. How democratic.

        February 27, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
      • John

        Lionel, when you dis people you need to expect to be dissed.
        Fox news? What is your issue with Fox news? Have you ever seen Fox news? Given how they give both sides, I would put them up against any of the so called "main stream" media. Didn't Maddow just get caught doctoring a clip of McCain this week? Isn't this the third incident in less than a year for NBC?? Yes it is.
        Lionel, Other than Pelosi (who has been invited, but refuses) try to name someone who has appeared on NBC, MSDNC, or any other network that you like, that you think has not appeared on Fox. Sharpton? Yes. J. Jackson? Yes, Wrangle? Yes, Obama, Yes. Biden, Yes, Hilliary? Yes. Just so you understand, when you bash Fox for no apparent reason you bash their guests also...

        February 27, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
      • John

        Oh, I forgot a big one. Comrad matthews from MSDNC has appeard on O'Riley. And, BTW, I think O'Riley is as phoney as Obama.

        February 27, 2013 at 1:30 pm |
  4. acdcguy

    I don't see what the problem is........we have plenty of money to throw around, what is more critical than a statue right now?? I can't think of a thing..............

    February 27, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
  5. peter

    What if the Catholic Church recognized Rosa Parks as a Saint?

    Would the Americans United for Separation of Church and State fight to get her statue out of the Capitol or to keep images of her out of school an other government buildings? I have all the respect in the world for what she did, but I am using this event to make a point that what we as a community decide to recognize should not be construed as the governments involvement in religion or vice versa? If the 10 commandments or a image of Jesus Christ are displayed at a public school is it any different than a statue of Rosa Parks at the Capitol? Didn't they simply both stand up for what they believed was right? How did the statue of Mother Joseph make it into the Capitol? The AU folks must hate that!

    February 27, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
  6. Moose

    @ little loony Not your family, just YOU, pansy boy have a nice day

    February 27, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
  7. John

    I have a question for libs out there.
    We all know you think everything Obama does is good and the "other side" (anyone who disagrees with you) is wrong. WHo is the responsible party if one of the criminal illegals this administration released two days before the sequester takes place – kills someone in this country? Will we even know, given this transparent administration refuses to release the names of the people being released?

    February 27, 2013 at 2:48 pm |
  8. Moose

    Bob Woodward blasted President Obama on Wednesday morning for deciding to recall an aircraft carrier from the Persian Gulf because of impending budget cuts, calling the decision "a kind of madness."
    and the hits just keep comming !!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 27, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
    • steveo

      ICE released 500 illegal aliens in Arizona and blamed it on budget cuts that have not yet happened! How about we cut the funding for guys who are studying how moths mate! Let's start there! Better yet, let's cut funding for the guys who put religious symbols into a jar of pee and tell us that's art! What do these guys do? Release illegals and recall the Navy! Priceless!

      February 27, 2013 at 4:52 pm |
      • John

        This administration just can't get their lies in the right order. We were told, "when the president made illegals not illegal", that ICE was only focusing their efforts on illegals if the committed a crime. So doesn't it stand to reason that the illegals being released now have committed a crime? But, we now are hearing the people being released "are not dangerous"? Clearly, criminals are being released to the streets of local communities.
        Libs, please do not tell us that "Obama didn't know this was happening". If he didn't know, what the heck is he doing (other than golf)?

        February 28, 2013 at 6:59 am |
      • Badboy

        They had to release the illegals...so they can vote for freebies and libtards! As for chicken little crying the sky is falling...well
        then he had to tone it back and say well they wont be felt right away, but they will be down the road. As for the 2.5% hurting the economy, well, if it depends on Govt spending so much that these miniscule cuts in the rate of increase of spending are going to devastate the economy, it is much worse off than anyone could imagine! How bout taking out the work requirment for welfare and sending ads in spanish to Mexico telling them how to sign up for welfare and food stamps...RIDICULOUS!

        March 2, 2013 at 8:44 pm |
    • John

      As he should have. We have 5 carriers lined up like sitting ducks in VA. right now. Try to guess the last time we had ships lined up like this. Let me provide you with the clue – Hawaii...

      February 28, 2013 at 8:49 am |
  9. W.G.

    To John : Lets remember in the first place WHY Mr. Obama was elected . Because of all the LIES
    fron the retardlican party . Lets remember also why Mr. Obama was re-elected , because of all
    the LIES from the Retardlican Party .

    February 28, 2013 at 8:22 am |
    • John

      Great, so two wrongs make a right? I am not a repub, nor do I think repubs are doing their job. All three (Obama, the House and the Senate) are failures right now, and have been for quite some time.
      And, last night we now hear from Obama " the cuts may not be as bad as I talked about"? WTF is that? He brings down the country with his doom and gloom lies and now we get this?
      How do you feel about criminal illegals being released to your steets? How do you feel about 5 of our aircraft carriers being lined up like sitting ducks in Norfolk VA. right now? Do you know the last time our military did something stupid like this?

      February 28, 2013 at 8:44 am |
    • John

      Two wrongs don't make a right. Would you at least agree with this? Right now the lies are Obamas'.
      BTW, my original comment is "awaiting moderation" for no apparent reason. Maybe they burried my comments with the Bob Woodward being threatened by the WH story...

      February 28, 2013 at 8:47 am |
    • steveo

      You mean lies like cutting the deficit in half during term #1? Sorry but that wasn't the GOP!

      February 28, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
    • Dean

      Black poll workers voting six times didn't hurt...

      February 28, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
      • John

        I think she was white, a dem, but white.

        March 4, 2013 at 11:26 am |
      • steveo


        Google "voting six times".

        March 4, 2013 at 11:41 am |
    • Badboy

      Know how to tell when Osama is lyin? His lips are moving and he is reading from the teleprompter! Obama is yo Momma!

      March 2, 2013 at 8:38 pm |
  10. JJO

    Obama is the most radical, destructive and worst President in history. He is arrogant, a pot head, lazy (only works 10am to 4pm) incompetent, lawless, a fraud, never had a real job, aloof and a COMMUNIST. Obama and the Democrat party are continuing to destroy the great US economy. In four years they have; deficit spent $6.5 trillion (most of any Pres.) with nothing to show for it, increased national debt to $16.5 trillion and counting, real unemployment rate of 15%, no job growth, 8.5 million lost jobs, 24 million underemployed, black/hispanic unemployment over 30%, hate oil/coal industries, fossil fuels, military, private sector, success, constitution, right to bear arms, over 1,808 soldiers killed in Iraq/Afgn since Obama became Pres., one in six people in poverty (highest ever), stole $716 billion in Medicare benefits from seniors to fund Obamacare, wasted billions of taxpayer funds on scam clean energy deals like Solyndra and Ener1 to campaign donors, disastrous Obamacare has already raised health rates 50%, is largest tax increase in history and now costs $2.8 trillion, foreign policy of cowardice and appeasement, supports worst Ex Sec. of State in history, Hillary Clinton, who is responsible for the murder of Libyan ambassador and three staffers in Benghazi, supports worst AG in history Eric Holder, who is responsible for killing a border agent, 49 million on food stamps and increased business killing govt regulation/employment more than any other Pres. Obama should be impeached.

    February 28, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
  11. William

    I havnt seen the statue of Parks yet but i hope its better than that communist looking monstrosity of a statue of MLK. As a Reverend i am sure he would have be proud of it. I took my family to the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum about 2 years ago. We spent a lot of time looking and reading. Besides us it was completely empty the whole time. I really think that the whole Civil Rights movement has been taken over by those who want to proclaim in public they are of the same cloth as MLK but behind the scenes do nothing to bring the races closer. So we have another statue which will grow dusty once the photo-ops are over and the politicians and Civil Rights Leaders will get into their limos and drive off.

    March 1, 2013 at 8:54 am |
  12. Badboy

    Elections have consequences and the will of the people should be acknowledged...so why is Obama trying to overturn the will of the people of California. They voted to ban same sex marriage but the administration apparently knows whats best. So in the future dont call the Rehtugs obstructionist, just consider them like Obama...they better than the voters...and being a leader is more than flying around in AF1 reading the same lines from a teleprompter...

    March 2, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
  13. Pale Rider

    Where's the statue? I thought this was about Rosa Parks not Obama on the campaign trail again.

    March 3, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
  14. Marie

    This was good to unveil this, and it actually brought party leaders together to take off the veil over it... literally of course, party leaders had to be there.

    March 4, 2013 at 6:48 pm |
  15. jerry

    first MLK and now parks...and the empty museum...guess what, who cares? obama's divisive administration has done nothing for blacks in America, too bad. When he got 93% of the black vote we all knew where the racism is and it is not white to black. bo should never have been elected to office in the first place and certainly not reelected...

    March 9, 2013 at 10:07 am |