Barack’s House Welcomes NBA Champs The Miami Heat: Next Year The Bulls!!

By Jueseppi B.


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President Obama Welcomes the 2012 NBA Champion Miami Heat


Published on Jan 28, 2013

President Obama congratulates the Miami Heat on the team’s 2012 NBA championship and recognizes the Heat’s ongoing support to the men and women who serve in our military and their families. January 28, 2013.










LeBron at the White House: “Mom, I made it.”









January 28, 2013

Remarks by the President in Welcoming the Miami Heat



The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
January 28, 2013

Remarks by the President in Welcoming the Miami Heat

East Room


1:44 P.M. EST


THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Everybody please have a seat.  Well, today I am honored to welcome a little up-and-coming basketball team — (laughter) — to the White House called the world champion Miami Heat.  (Applause.)



Now, for many of teams that come here, this is a lot of cameras in one place.  It’s a little overwhelming.  (Laughter.)  But for the Heat, this is what practice looks like.  (Laughter.)  This is normal.  I know this is the first trip for some of these players, but a few of them were here a couple of years ago for a pickup game on my birthday.



Now, I’m not trying to take all the credit, Coach, but I think that it’s clear that going up against me prepared them to take on Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.  (Laughter.)  It sharpened their skills.  It gave them the competitive edge that they needed.  And I think part of the reason they came back today is they want another shot at the old guy.  (Laughter.)



But first, I have to congratulate the Heat on their well-earned title.  This team traveled a long road to get to where they are.  In 2011, the Heat got all the way to the finals only to come up short.  But when you fall, the real test is whether you can ignore the naysayers, pick yourself up and come back stronger.  And that’s true in basketball, but it’s also true in life.  That’s exactly what these guys did.



Instead of getting down, they got better.  Dwayne Wade worked on his core.  LeBron learned some post moves from Hakeem.  Shane Battier came on board.  They became a more complete team.  They got to know each other better and trust each other more.  And they became more fun to watch.



In Game Four against the Thunder last year, we saw LeBron carried off the floor with cramps, only to come back a few minutes later and hit a dagger of a three-pointer to put the Heat ahead.  During Game Six, we saw him pull off one of the greatest performances in basketball playoff history, dropping 45 points — and he had a scary look in his eye.  (Laughter.)



We saw Dwayne Wade, the heart and soul of this team,  continue to do whatever it takes to win, including leading the team in blocks.  And at the post-game press conferences, he dressed well enough to land himself in GQ magazine.  (Laughter.)  Show them your kicks here, Dwayne.  (Laughter.)  If any of you can pull this off — (laughter) — other than Dwayne Wade, let me know.  We saw Chris Bosh get injured, but get healthy right at the perfect time and do outstanding work throughout the rest of the playoffs.



And it wasn’t just the Big Three.  Mike Miller could barely walk.  Mike, you look better now.  (Laughter.)  You looked broke down last year — (laughter) — but still hit seven three-pointers in the final game.  I don’t know how he did it because he could not walk.  He looked like an old man.  Mario Chalmers earned himself a nickname from Dwayne Wade that I’m not allowed to repeat.  (Laughter.)  But he did a great job.



Shane Battier, as always, played impeccable defense, hit big threes.  Juwan Howard — “Grandpa” — became the first member of the Fab Five to win a ring.  And Coach continually set the tone and kept these guys motivated the entire way.



So that team mentality — with everybody doing their part — is what finally put the Heat over the top.  And it’s especially impressive when you think about everything they’ve had to deal with over the last few years.  This team inspired a lot of passions on both sides.  And I’m just talking about their dance moves.  (Laughter.)  We saw that video, LeBron.  (Laughter.)



But even though I’m a little disappointed that the Bulls didn’t make it, I do want to congratulate the Heat for a well-earned championship.  LeBron said, “It’s about damn time.”  And I want to thank them for taking the time this afternoon to spend with wounded warriors at Walter Reed, because you guys are heroes to them but they are heroes to all of us.



And let me just say one last thing about these guys, and I mentioned this as we were coming in.  There’s a lot of focus on what happens on the court, but what’s also important is what happens off the court.  And I don’t know all these guys, but I do know LeBron and Dwayne and Chris.  And one of the things I’m proudest of is that they take their roles as fathers seriously.  And for all the young men out there who are looking up to them all the time, for them to see somebody who cares about their kids and is there for them day in and day out, that’s a good message to send.  It’s a positive message to send, and we’re very proud of them for that.  (Applause.)



So congratulations, again, to the Miami Heat.  And now we are going to take a picture that makes me look very short.  (Laughter.)  I’m accustomed to it, but first I’m going to ask Coach to say a few words.  (Applause.)



COACH SPOELSTRA:  Well, on behalf of Micky Arison, Pat Riley, the entire Miami Heat organization, and our families, we want to thank you for your hospitality today to be in the White House and also to be inspired by the great men and women of the Walter Reed Hospital.  We are honored and truly, truly humbled to be here.



We actually hope that this team serves as an inspiration to the nation of what a group can do when you come together and sacrifice your egos for a greater goal; to come together with a real hard-hat work ethic, and to be able to persevere through adversity and a whole heck of a lot of criticism — (laughter) — and still be able to accomplish the ultimate dream.



THE PRESIDENT:  Fantastic.  Thank you so much.  (Applause.)

MR. JAMES:  Am I supposed to say something?



THE PRESIDENT:  You can if you want.  It’s your world, man.  (Laughter.)



MR. JAMES:  On behalf of myself and my teammates, we just want to thank you — to piggyback what Spo said — for the hospitality, for allowing us to be, I mean, in the White House.  I mean, we’re in the White House.  (Laughter.)  And Coach said — and the Prez said this real casual.  So I mean, we’re kids from Chicago and Dallas, Texas and Michigan and Ohio and South Dakota — (laughter) — Miami.  And we’re in the White House right now.  This is like, hey, mama, I made it.  (Laughter and applause.)



MR. WADE:  All I’ve got to say is we’ve got a 10-day contract left?






MR. WADE:  Pick my man up.  (Laughter.)



THE PRESIDENT:  You guys could use a shooter.  (Laughter.)



MR. WADE:  My point guard.  (Laughter.)



THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)



1:52 P.M. EST






Barack Obama, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade

President Barack Obama stands with LeBron James, fifth from left, Dwayne Wade, third left, and coach Erik Spoelstra, right, as he honors the NBA champions Miami Heat basketball team in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Barack Obama, Ray Allen

President Barack Obama shakes hand with Miami Heat guard Ray Allen as he welcomes the NBA basketball champion Miami Heat to the East Room of the White House, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama stands with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, coach Erik Spoelstra, and others, as he honors the NBA champions Miami Heat basketball team in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Dwyane Wade, center, shakes hands with President Barack Obama as he honors the NBA champions Miami Heat basketball team in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. LeBron James is seen rear left. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama is flanked by Miami Heat forward LeBron James, left, and coach Erik Spoelstra, right, as he welcomes the NBA basketball champion Miami Heat, to the East Room of the White House, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama accepts a signed basketball from Miami Heat forward LeBron James as he welcomes the the NBA basketball champion Miami Heat, to the East Room of the White House, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
LeBron James speaks after presenting President Barack Obama with a basketball signed by the NBA champions Miami Heat basketball team in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)



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The 2013 Reader Appreciation Award

By Jueseppi B.





I love awards, getting them is cool but passing them around is so much better. Ms. SilentlyHeardOnce gave The ObamaCrat.Com™ this 2013 Reader Appreciation Award and I am so grateful to her for this honor. You must visit her blog: Silentlyheardonce for poetry, inspirational post and genuine thought provoking words of hope.


Ms. Silently was one of the first bloggers I met in our bloggersphere when I started over 13 months ago. She is inspirational and a role model for parenting and living through life’s curve balls. I admire and respect Ms. SilentlyHeardOnce.


There are rules to this award.


And I am about to break them all.


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From Barack’s House: The POTUS & VPOTUS Discuss Reducing Gun Violence With Law Enforcement Officials

By Jueseppi B.






The President and Vice President Discuss Reducing Gun Violence with Law Enforcement Officials


Published on Jan 28, 2013

President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with representatives from the Major Cities Chiefs Association and Major County Sheriffs Association to discuss the common-sense policies the President put forward last month that would reduce gun violence in communities across America. January 28, 2013.






From C-SPAN:


Monday, January 28, 2013


President Obama met with members of the Major Cities Chiefs Association and Major County Sheriffs Association to discuss gun control. The president spoke to media during a brief photo-op in the meeting.


President Obama unveiled his recommendations to reduce gun violence earlier this month, including a number of executive orders and administration appointments.  The executive actions and proposals stemmed from Vice President Biden’s Gun Violence Prevention task force, which the president created soon after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.


Get News & Unfiltered updates on all things Presidential at C-SPAN.



January 28, 2013

Remarks by the President Before Meeting with Law Enforcement Officials



The White House

Office of the Press Secretary


January 28, 2013

Remarks by the President Before Meeting with Law Enforcement Officials

Roosevelt Room

11:28 A.M. EST


THE PRESIDENT:  Well, Vice President Biden and I just want to thank the police chiefs and sheriffs who are here today representing law enforcement officials all across the country who obviously share our deep concern about issues of gun safety and how we can protect our communities and keep our kids safe.


A couple of weeks ago, I appeared along with Joe to present the administration’s ideas in terms of steps that we have to take.  And I issued a number of executive actions that should be taken unilaterally in order to improve our collection of data to make sure that we’re coordinating more effectively with state and local governments, and to do everything that we could to improve the issue of gun safety and to make our communities safer.


But, as we’ve indicated before, the only way that we’re going to be able to do everything that needs to be done is with the cooperation of Congress.  And that means passing serious laws that restrict the access and availability of assault weapons and magazine clips that aren’t necessary for hunters and sportsmen and those responsible gun owners who are out there.  It means that we are serious about universal background checks.  It means that we take seriously issues mental health and school safety.


We recognize that this is an issue that elicits a lot of passion all across the country.  And Joe and my Cabinet members who have been involved in this have been on a listening session over the last several months.  No group is more important for us to listen to than our law enforcement officials.  They are where the rubber hits the road.


And so I welcome this opportunity to work with them; to hear their views in terms of what will make the biggest difference to prevent something like Newtown or Oak Creek from happening again.  But many of them also recognize that it’s not only the high-profile mass shootings that are of concern here, it’s also what happens on a day-in-day-out basis in places like Chicago or Philadelphia, where young people are victims of gun violence every single day.


That’s why part of the conversation that we’re going to be having today relates not only to the issue of new laws or better enforcement of our gun laws, it also means what are we doing to make sure that we’ve got the strongest possible law enforcement teams on the ground?  What are we doing to hire more cops?  What are we doing to make sure that they’re getting the training that they need?  What are we doing to make sure our sheriff’s offices in rural counties have access to some of the resources that some of the big cities do in order to deal with some of these emergencies?


So I’m looking forward to a robust conversation.  I know that this is not a shy group, mainly because they’re dealing with life-and-death situations every single day.  But I’m very grateful to them for their participation.  This is a representative group.  It comes from a wide cross-section of communities across the country.  And hopefully, if law enforcement officials who are dealing with this stuff every single day can come to some basic consensus in terms of steps that we need to take, Congress is going to be paying attention to them and we’ll be able to make progress.


All right?  Thank you very much, everybody.


11:32 A.M. EST



















Today’s Daily Word From Barack’s House

By Jueseppi B.






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Today’s Schedule


All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST).


10:30 AM: The President and the Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing.



11:15 AM: The President and the Vice President meet with representatives from the Major Cities Chiefs Association and Major County Sheriffs Association.



12:30 PM: The President and the Vice President meet for lunch.



12:30 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney.



1:40 PM: The President welcomes the NBA Champion Miami Heat to the White House.







From The Associated Press:


A bipartisan group of leading senators has reached agreement on the principles of sweeping legislation to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws. The deal, which was to be announced at a news conference Monday afternoon, covers border security, guest workers and employer verification, as well as a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country.


Although thorny details remain to be negotiated and success is far from certain, the development heralds the start of what could be the most significant effort in years toward overhauling the nation’s inefficient patchwork of immigration laws.


President Barack Obama also is committed to enacting comprehensive immigration legislation and will travel to Nevada on Tuesday to lay out his vision, which is expected to overlap in important ways with the Senate effort.


Read the rest of the story at The Associated Press.




From Greg Sargent & The Washington Post:


Today a bipartisan group of Senators will unveil the framework for a major new immigration reform bill. You can read the framework right here. The most important fact about the plan is that it articulates as a policy goal the need to provide a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants. That was the bottom line for Senate Democrats and immigration reform advocates, and they got four Republican Senators to agree to it.


It’s the price Democrats paid for this concession that could be the problem. It’s a cliche to say at such moments that the “Devil is in the details,” but in this case, boy is the Devil ever in the details…..


The rest of the story can be read at The Washington Post.







WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama was meeting on Monday with police chiefs from the three U.S. communities that saw the worst mass shootings of 2012, as his administration continues its push to address gun violence.


Obama was to meet at the White House with the police chiefs from Aurora, Colorado, where 12 were killed; Oak Creek, Wisconsin, where six died in an assault on a Sikh temple; and Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were shot dead.


A White House official said representatives from the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the Major County Sheriffs Association will also participate. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the meeting publicly.







Statements and Releases


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Readout of the President’s Call with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu



January 27, 2013

Daily Guidance for the Vice President



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January 28, 2013 1:40 PM EST

President Obama Welcomes the NBA Champion Miami Heat to The White House


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