12:08 PM, Nov 29, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have joined immigration activists today on the National Mall. Via the White House pool report:
The presidential motorcade left the White House at 11:33 a.m. and arrived at National Mall the 11:42 a.m.
POTUS and FLOTUS came here to speak informally to a Fast For Families event where immigration advocates are fasting to call attention to the push for reform. His remarks were inaudible as the press pool was kept a distance away.
"The President and the First Lady are visiting individuals taking part in Fast For Families on the National Mall and offer their support for those who are fasting on behalf of immigration reform," said a White House official.
The White House official continued: "Since Nov. 12, immigration activists comprising Fast For Families have abstained from all food except water and are calling for the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives to take up action on comprehensive immigration reform. Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Director of the Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett have also visited Fast For Families in recent weeks."
UPDATE: More from the White House pool reporter:
Some more background from a White House official on the Fast For Families event POTUS and FLOTUS are at now on the National Mall:
"The President and First Lady were joined by 18 day fasters and two who have been fasting for 18 days: Eliseo Medina (seated to the President's left) and Dae Joong Yoon (seated to the First Lady's right)."
Here are a couple pictures:
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