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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 01/17/2011

MLK Day: How the Obama administration will celebrate

By Ed O'Keefe

Eye Opener

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Today is the second federal holiday of the year. Most government employees and officials have the day off. The U.S. Postal Service is not delivering mail today and post offices are closed. As for The Federal Eye, blogging will be lighter than normal.

If YOU are looking for a meaningful way to pass the day, visit MLKDay.gov, an official government Web site operated by the Corporation for National and Community Service that allows you to type in your hometown or ZIP code and find nearby volunteer opportunities.

Though it's officially a holiday, most Obama administration officials will spend the day participating in volunteer activities as part of the National Day of Service.

Here's a rundown of the schedule of events, as provided by the White House:

-- President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are scheduled to participate in a community service project in the Washington area. Vice President Biden and Jill Biden will participate in a community service project in their hometown of Wilmington, Del.

-- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is scheduled to attend the Defense Department's official observance program in the Pentagon's auditorium.

-- Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is scheduled to speak at the opening convocation of the Howard School of Divinity. Keeping in line with her ongoing defense of the health-care reform law, Sebelius is expected to discuss how the Affordable Care Act is a victory for civil rights, according to the White House.

-- Education Secretary Arne Duncan is scheduled to speak at a breakfast hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network and will later participate in a service project at Kramer Middle School in Southeast Washington. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is also scheduled to attend the breakfast.

-- Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is set to serve meals at So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E.) in Washington.

-- Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and White House Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes are scheduled to join Transportation Department employees in a series of events at Ballou Senior High School in the District. The employees, along with Ballou and George Washington University students are set to paint murals, cover up graffiti and clean the school grounds.

-- Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew is scheduled to visit New York and participate in a service event with more than 1,700 volunteers at a Brooklyn school.

-- Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams and deputy Carrie Hessler-Radelet are scheduled to serve dinners at Miriam's Kitchen in Washington.

-- On Sunday, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. spoke at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King pastored. He later sidestepped questions about gun-control laws from reporters despite describing the recent Arizona mass shooting as "senseless" during his address to the congregation.

-- On Friday General Services Administration Administrator Martha Johnson participated in a rededication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Building in Atlanta.

-- Last Thursday Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack attended a USDA King Day celebration at headquarters in Washington.

-- Also last Thursday, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray and others visited the future site of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial near the Jefferson Memorial to view the ongoing construction. The site is expected to open later this year.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 17, 2011; 6:00 AM ET
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Posted by: brendasmithy17 | January 17, 2011 6:13 AM | Report abuse

Hosea Williams, Dr King’s favored Field Lieutenant, in his later years, often said: “Dr. King's Dream has become a nightmare.”

The Black community, via the Democrats, today is economically completely divided and conquered. President Obama along with the other Clinton / Pelosi Negroes are all complicit and prove beyond any doubt the famous, Old Lodge Skins, saying: “The White Black man, he is the strangest Black man of all.”

Only difference is today the White Black man is far more abundant, far wealthier, whole heartedly accepted by the Democrats and, to the great misfortune of our Great Nation, abandons the poor Black man every chance he gets.

Oh yes, to further their own agenda, the Democrats co-opted the Black intelligentsia along with Black wealth, all the while leaving poor Black folks behind and no where to vote except Democrat. Very clever Democrats manipulated this ruse and have won without a question being asked.

Rev. Williams was absolutely correct: Dr, King’s Dream has become a nightmare; and most certainly, the nightmare is real in the poor Black community.

Posted by: steveswimmer1 | January 17, 2011 7:01 AM | Report abuse

Who cares what Odummbo and his incompetent phonies will do?
They care about themselves, and nothing more.
All the ignorant blacks who support this slug deserve what they get, which is more poverty, more ignorance, and more crime.
Disgusting.

Posted by: LarryG62 | January 17, 2011 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Obama, if he really wanted to step up to the plate, could order the release of the secret MLK tapes. He could also order a real search be made for J Edgar Hoover's personal files.

Posted by: 1911a1 | January 17, 2011 8:43 AM | Report abuse

MLK Tribute video - http://youtu.be/1-u5fvU63lA

Posted by: SocialSteve | January 17, 2011 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Hmmpf! What's the point of having a holiday if you still have to go to work? I've never had a government job, ipso facto I've never had the day off. But it seems like all of these feds needs to take advantage of the holiday and relax.

Posted by: forgetthis | January 17, 2011 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Obama will observe by pandering to a group that is rapidly loosing political clout and can only continue to play the race card for a while longer. Anyone who has ever met any member of the King family knows full well that their main objective is to milk this for all the money it can generate. What to see how obscene this will get? Just watch as the dedication to the MLK memorial gets. Release of the MLK papers, tapes, reports etc would serve to inflame. However at least the Obama term has served to keep Hesse, Al, Marion at bay.

Posted by: KBlit | January 17, 2011 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Obama will observe by pandering to a group that is rapidly loosing political clout and can only continue to play the race card for a while longer. Anyone who has ever met any member of the King family knows full well that their main objective is to milk this for all the money it can generate. What to see how obscene this will get? Just watch as the dedication to the MLK memorial gets. Release of the MLK papers, tapes, reports etc would serve to inflame. However at least the Obama term has served to keep Jesse, Al, Marion at bay.

Posted by: KBlit | January 17, 2011 9:36 AM | Report abuse

I suspect obozo will celebrate by taking another taxpayer funded $10,000,000 luxury vacation.

Posted by: carlbatey | January 17, 2011 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Obama dislikes Black folks, especially Black Business-people.

Posted by: question-guy | January 17, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

We need to make more progress for minority groups. The Republican Tea Party has made race relations worse than ever before ! One very scary person is freshman Tea Party Senator Rand Paul who is a Libertarian who said that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 should be repealed. Rand Paul also stated that a private luncheonette can refuse to serve a Black person. The Republican Tea Party hates not only Blacks, but Jews, like Giffords, and other minority groups. And remember the racial slurs outside of the Capitol building during the Health Care Reform hearings where Republican Tea Party people were shouting the "N" word to Black legislators. And how about Republican Congressman Joe Wilson with his outburst to Obama, YOU LIE ? Other Republican Tea Party people are bigots and racists. When she was young, Sarah Palin started school in Hawaii and came back saying she felt "uncomfortable" around Asians and Pacific Islanders. It was Jimmy Carter who made the observation that Republicans don't want Obama to succeed because he is a Black person. I believe the Tea Party could start race riots and racial violence in this country. I saw a bumper sticker and a T-Shirt that said, "Don't Blame Me, I Voted for the Old White Man," (meaning he voted for McCain). The Arizona shooting is tied to all of this because Giffords was Jewish, another minority group that has suffered hatred and hate crimes. Most Republicans, and the Republican Tea Party, including Rand Paul and Sarah Palin, hates all minority groups--- Blacks, Hispanics, Jews, Asians, Pacific Islanders, etc. Last year, Newt Gingrich "tweeted" that "Spanish is the language of the gutter," and also said that Justice Sotomeyer was a racist. There was also an anti-Italian-American video produced by a Republican referring to Italians as "guidos."

Posted by: jerzeyjim21 | January 17, 2011 11:40 AM | Report abuse

WOW!!! Can't you people just tone it down for one minute? I mean what exactly is it you are afraid of with President Obama? It seems that some of you people are really afraid that he is turning into a great leader and you just don't know what to do with all the hate,intolerance and bigotry you feel to see this African American President exceed beyond your expectations. If people critized his policies it would be one thing but you people have gone beyond that and you all have made it personal. That is the reason why so many Americans are sick of hearing from you haters. I mean you people critize everything from how he spends the day honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to where he attends church and why, to his wife and her campaign to fight childhood obesity. After two years the American people understand. We have it. You hate President Barack Hussein Obama and no matter what he does you will hate it. Why not just post that all the time rather than calling him and his wife names, disrespecting them, the office of the President and the other Americans who do not believe in your narrow minded agendas.

Posted by: catmomtx | January 17, 2011 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Maybe he will imitate King;
Enjoy some interracial sexual degeneracy
Be an America hating communist
Surround himself with illiterate black muslim racists
Provide an excuse for bigoted black poverty pimps to sponge off the public
Attend a racist, white hating "church" in the sewers of Chicago
Just another day in the life of Barry Obama...

Posted by: carlbatey | January 17, 2011 12:25 PM | Report abuse

So many hateful comments and lies.

WaPo never ever removes inappropriate comments as some of the above comments will remain for days.

Posted by: rlj1 | January 17, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Happy Birthday Michelle and Happy MLK Day to all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: MsSexy4Life | January 17, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

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