By Jueseppi B.
White House Tweets – August 8, 2013
Statements and Releases August 08, 2013
President Obama to honor Bill Clinton, Oprah with Medal of Freedom
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton is headed back to the White House — just for a day — and Oprah is coming, too.
Clinton and Oprah Winfrey will be among 16 people that President Barack Obama will venerate later this year with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House announced Thursday. They’ll join other prominent people to be honored this year, including musicians, scientists, activists — even an astronaut.
Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy created the medal — the highest honor the U.S. bestows on civilians — with the stroke of a pen to an executive order. In the five decades since, more than 500 people have been recognized for contributions to society of all stripes.
“This year’s honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world,” Obama said in a statement.
Clinton, who served as Arkansas’ governor before being elected the 42nd president, will be recognized also for his humanitarian work through the Clinton Foundation, which promotes global public health, economic development and environmental protection. The White House also noted his work with former President George W. Bush to raise money for Haiti after the Caribbean nation’s devastating 2010 earthquake. Clinton also spoke on Obama’s behalf at the 2012 Democratic convention, and his wife, former Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, was Obama’s first-term secretary of state.
Winfrey’s career as an American broadcaster, actress and activist has spanned decades, with The Oprah Winfrey Show becoming the highest rated talk show in America for 25 years. Her philanthropic efforts have been focused largely on education and creating opportunities for women and girls, in the U.S. and Africa. She was also an early and avid supporter of Obama’s first presidential campaign, raising money and campaigning in what was considered a major boost to Obama’s campaign.
Others who will receive the medal:
—Daniel Inouye, former senator from Hawaii, World War II veteran and the first Japanese American in Congress. Inouye will receive the award posthumously.
—Ben Bradlee, former executive editor of the Washington Post who oversaw the newspaper’s coverage of Watergate.
—Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space. Ride will receive the award posthumously.
—Richard Lugar, former senator from Indiana who worked to reduce the global nuclear threat.
—Gloria Steinem, writer and prominent women’s rights activist.
—Ernie Banks, baseball player who hit more than 500 home runs and played 19 seasons with the Chicago Cubs.
—Bayard Rustin, civil and gay rights activist and adviser to Martin Luther King Jr. Rustin will receive the award posthumously.
—Daniel Kahneman, psychologist who won the Nobel Prize in Economics.
—Loretta Lynn, country music singer.
—Maria Molina, chemist and environmental scientist who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry.
—Arturo Sandoval, Grammy-winning jazz musician who was born in Cuba and defected to the U.S.
—Dean Smith, head coach of University of North Carolina’s basketball team for 36 years.
—Patricia Wald, first woman appointed to U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and became the court’s chief judge.
—C.T. Vivian, civil rights leader and minister.
President Barack’s Blog
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
02:37 PM EDT
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As a mother and grandmother, I know how a mom’s voice is critical to maintaining the health of her family—and that’s true even after her kids have grown up into young adults. And as a trusted voice in the lives of their children, moms can play a vital role in getting the word out about the exciting new options for affordable, quality health coverage becoming available this fall for their children and other families in their communities.
Starting October 1, people who either do not have insurance or who buy their own but are looking for new options will be able to sign up for the Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov. There, they will be able to compare easy-to-understand plans and choose the one that best suits their needs and budget for coverage that will start January 1st, 2014. Many families, including young adults, will also be eligible for tax credits that can help lower the cost of their premiums.
All of the plans must cover a set of essential benefits, such as maternity and newborn care, doctor visits, emergency care, prescription drugs, and mental health services. Insurers will be barred from discriminating against anyone because of their gender or a pre-existing condition, like breast cancer, asthma, or diabetes. That also means it will be illegal to deny women coverage or charge them more simply because of their sex—being a woman will finally no longer be a pre-existing condition.
But just because people have the opportunity to get new coverage doesn’t mean they know about it. And for too many Americans, quality, affordable health insurance has been out of reach for so long that they don’t believe it’s a possibility for them.
August 08, 2013
04:51 PM EDT
Want to learn more about the state of American robotics? Join us for a “We the Geeks” Google+ Hangout On “Robots” tomorrow, Friday, August 9th at 2:00 pm ET. We’ll be joined by scientists to discuss the significance of robots and how they can help improve school classrooms to operating rooms.
But before you tune in – we’ve collected some of our favorite pictures of the President and robots. Check them out and we’ll see you tomorrow!
1. Playing SoccerPresident Barack Obama gets down on his hands and knees as he looks at the inner workings of a robot that plays soccer, built by a team from Blue Bell, Pa., as he tours science projects on display in the State Dining Room of the White House. President Obama hosted the White House Science Fair for winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions. October 18, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
2. Human RobotsPresident Barack Obama observes the Cybernetic Human Robot prior to the start of the APEC dinner at the Pacifico Yokohama Conference Center in Yokohama, Japan, Nov. 13, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
3. Visiting the National Robotics Engineering CenterPresident Barack Obama delivers remarks following a tour of the National Robotics Engineering Center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa., June 24, 2011. The President spoke on the need to focus on cross-cutting technologies that will enhance the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing and speed up ideas from the drawing board to the manufacturing floor. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
4. Signing “Scrappy”President Barack Obama signs “Skrappy” the robot during a tour of the computer lab and robotics workshop at Bluestone High School in Skipwith, Va., Oct. 18, 2011. The Bluestone Robotics team was founded in 2004 and built their first robot with a basic kit of parts and scraps from area businesses. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
5. Robots by High SchoolersPresident Barack Obama examines a robot created in the school’s prototyping and robotics senior research labs at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va., Sept. 16, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)Courtney Corbisiero
August 08, 2013
07:05 PM EDTPresident Barack Obama joins Jay Leno for a taping of the “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” at the NBC Studios in Burbank, Calif., Aug. 6, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama stopped by The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Tuesday, part of his two-day West Coast trip to discuss housing and the economy.
The President discussed the improvement in the housing market and the shrinking deficit, but acknowledged that Americans all over the country are still struggling and that we still have a lot of work to do. “Wages and salaries haven’t gone up,” President Obama said. “Middle-class families are still struggling to make sure they can pay for their kids’ college education. They’re still concerned about whether they can retire.”
And what Washington should be thinking about every single day is how do we make sure we’ve got an economy where if folks work hard, they can find a good job that pays a decent wage; they can send their kids to college; they’ve got health care they can count on; they can retire even if they don’t get rich — or even if they’re not rich; and that we’re creating these ladders of opportunities for people to get into the middle class.
Earlier on Tuesday, President Obama was in Phoenix, where he laid out his vision for a housing system that promotes the American dream of home-ownership. On Wednesday, the President answered questions from homeowners, renters, and prospective buyers in an interview with Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff.
President Obama’s Bilateral Meeting with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras of Greece
August 08, 2013 | 10:11 |Public Domain
President Obama and Prime Minister Antonis Samaras of Greece speak to the press after a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office.
August 08, 2013 | 48:19 |Public Domain
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