President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama travel to New York City late on Monday morning, where the President will host meetings ahead of his Tuesday address to the 68th United Nations General Assembly, his fifth since taking office.
After arriving in New York City at 12:35 PM on Monday, the President will meet with President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria at the Waldof Astoria. Then he will host a Civil Society Roundtable at the Hilton Midtown, designed to "explore ways to protect the critical role civil society plays from growing restrictions in a number of countries around the world," the White House said, with representatives of civil society, multilateral organizations, and private foundations.
The President will then attend a meet and greet with USUN Mission employees and their families. Ambassador Samantha Power and Secretary of State John Kerry will also attend. The closed-press event will also be at the Waldorf Astoria.
At 8:50 PM, the President and Mrs. Obama will welcome Heads of State and Government and their delegations to a reception at the Waldorf Astoria hotel. The event is closed to press. The President and Mrs. Obama will spend Monday evening in New York City.
On Tuesday morning, President Obama will address the UN General Assembly, then attend a bilateral meeting with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman. That will be followed by his annual meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. After, the President will attend the annual luncheon hosted by Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations.
The President will then meet with President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority. "This is the President's first opportunity to meet personally and at length with President Abbas since the launch of direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians," the White House said.
The President finishes his day by joining President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative, for an event designed to focus on the implementation of health care reform and the Affordable Care Act.
First Lady's luncheon at The Studio Museum...
Mrs. Obama will attend the President's UN address, then host an afternoon luncheon for the spouses of Chiefs of State and Heads of Government, the East Wing said. The affair will be at The Studio Museum in Harlem, which Mrs. Obama toured in September of 2011. (above, with Director and Chief Curator Thelma Golden)
Founded in 1968, the museum is "a leading institution devoted to artists of African descent," the East Wing said. Against the dramatic backdrop of the museum's vast permanent collection spanning 200 years of history, Mrs. Obama will deliver remarks, then treat her guests to a program of artistic performances, which will include acclaimed singer/actress Audra McDonald.
The Broadway star sang at the White House in February of this year, during the President and Mrs. Obama's annual black tie dinner for the nation's Governors. McDonald has "a record-tying five Tony Awards and two Grammy Awards," said the East Wing. "Her theater credits include Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, among others."
Also scheduled to perform are members of the chamber music class at LaGuardia Arts High School, and students and Company members from Dance Theatre of Harlem, the East Wing said. Above,
The East Wing noted that the Studio Museum of Harlem "is an internationally recognized venue for modern and contemporary art and is a vital source of programs and services for the Harlem community." More than 450 artists are represented in the permanent collection, which includes "paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, videos, and mixed-media installations."
*Top photo by Pete Souza/White House; second by Chuck Kennedy/White House