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First Lady Michelle Obama: “Talking to Our Kids about Newtown”

 

 

By Kristina Schake  December 21, 2012  The White House Blog

Kristina Schake is the Communications Director to the First Lady

 

In an open letter to parents, First Lady Michelle Obama offers some ideas for discussing the tragedy in Newtown with children and young people. Read the First Lady’s letter below:

 

Dear parents,

Like every American, Barack and I are absolutely heartbroken about the unspeakable tragedy that occurred last week in Newtown, Connecticut.  And like so many of you, our first reactions were not as a President and First Lady, but as a Mom and Dad.  We were asking ourselves, what if this had been our town, or our school, or our girls?

 

And we know that all across the country, it’s not just adults who are asking questions right now – our children are looking for answers as well.  Like us, they want to know, why did this happen?

 

Could it happen again?  And as parents, all of us can take the time to hold our kids close and talk with them about the things that truly matter: our love for them, the importance of extending that love to those affected by this tragedy, and how that love truly defines our great American community.

 

We can tell our kids that we’re doing everything we can to keep them safe and make sure they feel loved – and so are their teachers, coaches, faith leaders, Scout leaders and everyone else who plays a role in their lives.

 

We can remind them to be grateful for the educators who work every day to help them achieve their dreams – and for the first responders who risk their lives at a moment’s notice to protect ours.

 

We can tell them about the extraordinary people of Newtown and how they have responded to unspeakable tragedy: the educators who sprang into action; the children who carefully followed instructions and comforted each other amidst the chaos; the neighbors and faith leaders who have come together to support one another.

 

And finally, we can tell them that it’s our job now to stand with the people of Newtown – to pray for them and to find ways, large and small, to show them that they are not alone in their grief.  It is now up to us to carry the memory of those who were lost in our hearts and to follow their example every day, living our lives as they lived theirs – with courage, determination, hope and love.  Those are the values that give us our strength as Americans and that we return to in times of crisis – not just because they help us heal, but because they define who we are, as a people and as a nation.

 

May the memories of those we lost be a blessing to their families, their community and our country, and may God be with the people of Newtown as they begin the slow and painful work of healing and moving forward.

 

Sincerely,

Michelle Obama

 

A Principled Stance on the Internet’s Future

 

Michael Daniel
By Michael Daniel  December 21, 2012  The White House Blog

 

 

Last Friday, the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) ended without broad agreement regarding proposed revisions to a major international telecommunications treaty. Why? Because what should have been a limited effort to modernize quarter-century old telecommunications regulations turned into an attempt to legitimize greater state control over the Internet.

 

The United States has consistently opposed such efforts based on core principles:  that the Internet’s social and economic benefits come from the free flow of information and ideas and that the technical innovation enabling this information flow comes from the full engagement of civil society, industry, and governments in the process.

 

The United States went to the WCIT prepared to negotiate revisions to a telecommunications treaty, last revised in 1988. These changes would have reflected the realities of the modern world while staying true to the charter of the Conference.

 

Unfortunately, a small number of vocal states at the WCIT which do not endorse the principles of economic opportunity and free expression sought, in proposal after proposal, to instead focus on the Internet. Because of those efforts, the Conference  missed a significant opportunity to encourage economic growth through greater broadband deployment.

 

In the end, the United States determined that it could not sign the proposed treaty and we were far from alone in our stance. Fifty-four nations in the developed and developing world—including India, Kenya, the Philippines, Colombia, and almost all of Europe—have also chosen not to sign the treaty.

 

Moreover, U.S. industry, Congress, and civil society were united in recognizing the value of a principled decision to protect  the existing multistakeholder governance model of the Internet and not sign a treaty that could have set a dangerous precedent for greater state control of information on the Internet.

 

We recognize, however, that many states wanted something from this Conference that it did not provide, but could have: increased investment in broadband to connect more people around the world to the digital future. And to those nations, we reaffirm that our Administration is committed to connecting more across the globe to modern technology — and will do so both directly, and in forums positioned to address real needs in a constructive way.

 

The United States believes that expanded global access to telecommunications services and broadband Internet—combined with an inclusive Internet governance model—remains the best path towards economic growth that benefits everyone. We know that the WCIT was not the last place that those opposed to an inclusive Internet will try to gain legitimacy for their approach.

 

As a result, the U.S. remains committed to upholding our principles in all our international engagements. The Obama Administration looks forward to continued discussions with all parties, from other nations to industry to civil society, on how best to promote the growth of this infrastructure so the world can continue to enjoy the benefits of digital innovation.

 

 

 

Presidential Announcement:

 

The President today, announced Sen. John Forbes Kerry will be his nominee for Secretary Of State for the United States Of America.

 

 

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I do not like Sen. Kerry because he was weak during his Presidential campaign, when he allowed the Swift Boat idiots to derail his pursuit of The White House. It appeared to me then, that Sen. Kerry was not up to the task of fighting for the office of President of The United States.

 

Has he grown a pair of cojones after having none in 2004?

 

He will need a big brass pair to follow in the high heels of Secretary Of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

 

She took nobodies bull feces.

 

But I am against this nomination on a much more personal note. I admire and respect Ambassador Susan Elizabeth Rice, whom has worked hard to get where she is, not marry into wealth and politics as Sen. Kerry has done. Ambassador Rice is intelligent, smart, diplomatic and sharp, as is our President. She was abused and misused by a few racist, antique and jealous caucasian Congressmen.

 

The fact that several Congressional members used lies and misinformation to character assassinate Ambassador Rice, and we Americans allowed that to happen, makes me ill. We continue to allow politicians and the media, to spread lies and blatantly evil nasty rumors as the truth and facts.

 

That needs to stop now.

 

POTUS Obama and I disagree on this nomination. I disagree because appointing Sen. Kerry creates a vacant seat in the United States Senate. A seat the TeaTardedRepubliCANTS want very badly. That is the lone reason The GOPretenders screamed Kerry’s name so loudly when Ambassador Rice was forced to withdraw her name as a candidate for Secretary Of State.

 

If They win that vacant seat in a special election……

 

My second reason for not liking Sen. John Kerry as Secretary Of State is simple dislike for the goal of the TeaTardedRepubliCANTS, to pick and choose who Barack Obama has in his cabinet. For thinking they have a right to dictate who President Obama picks for HIS cabinet…before HE even decides whom HE wants for HIS cabinet.

 

That has never been the protocol for cabinet selection in the past, so why, now, does the Reich wing believe they can set a precedent for the 44th POTUS when the past 43 POTUS had no involvement from the opposition party in cabinet selection?

 

Allow me to tell you why: Racism. Hatred. Envy. Jealously.

 

GOPretenders still can not accept they lost on November 6th, 2012.

 

They believe they can choose the next Presidential cabinet.

 

And steal a Senate seat as well.

 

 

 

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