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Wednesday’s Potpourri: Barack’s Blog & The “Expert Pundits” Speak

By Jueseppi B.








White House Schedule – February 20, 2013



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

12:30 PM: The President and the Vice President meet for lunch
Private Dining Room
2:20 PM: The President is interviewed by regional television outlets
Diplomatic Room
4:00 PM: The President and the Vice President meet with Secretary of State Kerry

Oval Office
From The Whiter House Blog:

Statements and Releases


February 20, 2013

Fact Sheet: The President’s Plan to Make America a Magnet for Jobs by Investing in Infrastructure



February 20, 2013

Background on Medal of Valor Ceremony



February 19, 2013

Statement from the President on General John Allen




Speeches and Remarks


February 19, 2013

Remarks by the President on the Sequester



Setting the Record Straight About the Sequester


Dan Pfeiffer
                       By Dan Pfeiffer February 19, 2013






In less than two weeks, dangerous across the board budget cuts are slated to take effect, potentially threatening hundreds of thousands of jobs, our national security and our economic recovery. The President has laid out a specific plan with detailed cuts to avoid the sequester and reduce the deficit in a balanced way by cutting spending, reforming entitlements and closing tax loopholes for the wealthiest and big corporations – loopholes not available to the middle class — and Congressional Democrats have put forward a balanced approach as well.


The only party unwilling to compromise to avoid these devastating cuts are Congressional Republicans, who would rather see our recovery and middle class economic security be put at risk than close one tax loophole for big corporations and the wealthiest.


Tonight, in an effort to distract from this reality, the Leader of the Republican party took to the opinion pages of the Wall Street Journal to engage in an amazing act of revisionist history. Instead of communicating with the American people – who support a balanced approach to reduce the deficit – about finding a compromise, the Republican Leadership once again launched a series of false attacks instead of putting forward ways to resolve this issue in a bipartisan way.


So let’s set the record straight.

  1. Speaker Boehner asked “What spending are you willing to cut to replace it?” Here they are: The fact is, the President has a detailed, balanced plan with spending cuts. He is willing to make tough choices. Now it’s time for the Speaker to do the same. The Speaker has yet to name one tax loophole he’s willing to close. Not one.
  2. The Speaker said the sequester is “an ugly and dangerous way” to cut spending. We agree. But in the past he’s led Congressional Republicans to threaten the sequester as a political tool. In the Wall Street Journal on January 6, 2013: “Mr. Boehner says he has significant Republican support, including GOP defense hawks, on his side for letting the sequester do its work. ‘I got that in my back pocket,’ the speaker says.”
  3. In that same article in the Wall Street Journal Speaker Boehner boasts about using the sequester as leverage. “Republican willingness to support the sequester, Mr. Boehner says, is ‘as much leverage as we’re going to get.’ That leverage, he reasons, is what will force Democrats to the table on entitlements.”
  4. It’s time for Speaker Boehner to explain to the American people what he actually meant. The Speaker claims the sequester was a last minute agreement to resolve the debt limit increase the President wanted. Simply not true. In fact, it was the Speaker who praised the sequester at the time. Following the deal, he said “When you look at this final agreement that we came to with the White House, I got 98 percent of what I wanted. I’m pretty happy.” In fact, the final vote count was 269-161 – with 174 Republicans in favor. Speaker Boehner, Rep. Cantor and Rep. Ryan all voted yes.
  5. Speaker Boehner argues the President has “put forth no detailed plan that can pass Congress”. Here’s the plan.  It’s balanced and it includes spending cuts. The President is willing to make tough choices. It’s time for Speaker Boehner and Congressional Republicans to do the same.
  6. Speaker Boehner claims we haven’t been serious about entitlement reform. The opposite is true: Here’s the plan. It’s on the table. Now it’s time for Congressional Republicans to come to the table and take a balanced approach to avoid these devastating cuts.
  7. Where is the Republican plan? The GOP bill expired. If they’re confident the draconian cuts will win support in Congress and more importantly – with the American people — they should bring it up for a vote.








President Obama Speaks on the Sequester










Photo Gallery: Behind the Scenes in January 2013


Megan Slack
                        By  Megan Slack  February 19, 2013


The White House Photo Office just released a set of behind the scenes photos from January 2013. Images include scenes from the Inaugural swearing-in and festivities, meetings around the White House and more. 

Check out the gallery below, and see all the images on Flickr.




President Barack Obama works on his inaugural address with Jon Favreau, Director of Speechwriting, not pictured, in the Oval Office, Jan. 16, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)




A Moment With Joseph Robinette “Joey B.” Biden, Jr.:


Open for Questions: Vice President Biden on Reducing Gun Violence











Now a word, or two, from “Our Expert Pundits”:







The Potential Effect of The Sequester Budget Cuts





The Republican ‘Low Taxes’ Myth Debunked





Dr. Maya Angelou on Activism and GOP Disrespect For President Obama






















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