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White House Tweets – October 15, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Statements and Releases  October 15, 2013

 

Statement by the President on Eid al-Adha

Statement by the President on Eid al-Adha

Michelle and I extend our best wishes for a joyous Eid al-Adha to Muslims around the world and congratulate those performing the Hajj this year.  As our Muslim neighbors and friends gather for Eid celebrations, Muslim Americans are among the more than three million pilgrims joining one of the world’s largest and most diverse gatherings, which serves as a reminder of the shared roots of the world’s Abrahamic faiths.

To commemorate Eid al-Adha, Muslims around the world are joining other faith communities in offering their assistance to those suffering from hunger, disease, and conflict.  Their service is a powerful example of the positive role that faith can play in motivating communities to work together to address shared challenges.

On behalf of the American people, we extend our warmest greetings during this Hajj season.  Eid Mubarak and Hajj Mabrour.

 

Readout of the President’s Call with Leader Pelosi

 

Readout of the President’s Call with Leader Pelosi

This afternoon the President spoke with Leader Pelosi over the phone. The President and Leader Pelosi discussed the way forward on the pressing fiscal matters facing Congress today. They reinforced that there must be a clean debt limit increase that allows us to pay the bills we have incurred and avoid default, and that the House needs to pass the clean continuing resolution to open up the government and end the shutdown that is hurting middle class families and businesses across the country. The President and the Leader also discussed their willingness, once the debt limit is raised and the government reopened, to negotiate on a longer term budget solution that will grow our economy and create jobs. The President also thanked Leader Pelosi for her efforts to move forward with a clean CR and a one-year clean debt limit increase that would prevent a first-ever default of our nation’s credit.

 

 

POTUS Briefed on Shutdown Impacts

 

POTUS Briefed on Shutdown Impacts

From a WH official:

Today, the President was briefed by Denis McDonough on the impacts of the lapse in appropriations on important research programs.

 

The federal government’s research agencies have been largely shuttered, with scientists sent home and projects shelved.  There are five Nobel Prize-winning researchers currently working for the federal government, all of whom are world-renowned scientists and leaders in their field.  Four of them are currently furloughed and unable to conduct their federal research on behalf of the American public due to the government shutdown.

 

Additional details below:

•          Center for Disease Control: Two-thirds of CDC personnel have been sent home. CDC’s activities in influenza surveillance and monitoring have been cut back, just as we are moving into peak flu season.  While many flu vaccines are produced by private companies, CDC’s annual flu vaccination campaigns have been cut back and the weekly “Flu View” report that is relied upon by public-health authorities has been suspended.  CDC will continue to address any imminent threats to public health.

•          National Science Foundation: 98 percent of the National Science Foundation has been furloughed, and new scientific research grants are not being issued.

•          National Institute for Health: Currently, nearly three-quarters of NIH staff have been furloughed.  Although the NIH Clinical Center remains open for patients already enrolled in studies, most new patients have been turned away during the shutdown.  NIH will continue to monitor its admissions policy and adjust as necessary based on life and safety considerations, depending on the duration of the shutdown.

 

 

Press Briefing

October 15, 2013 | 57:53 |Public Domain

 

White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

 

 

 

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    October 15, 2013
    03:55 PM EDT

     

    Remarks by President Obama at Martha’s Table

    October 14, 2013 | 5:40 |Public Domain

     

    President Obama visited Martha’s Table, which helps 1,100 people a day deal with the immediate effects of poverty and finds long-term solutions with education, nutrition and family support services. President Obama also addressed the government shutdown saying, “this afternoon I am going to once again urge them to open the government and urge them to make sure that the United States government is paying its bills.”

     

     

     

    On Monday, the President traveled to Martha’s Table, a local food pantry, to thank the many furloughed federal employees who have spent time during the government shutdown volunteering for charities and non-profits. In a brief statement, he lauded their commitment to public service, noting: “They’re here contributing and giving back to the community, and I think that shows the kind of spirit that we have among all kinds of federal workers all across the country — people who dedicate their lives to public service.”

     

    While there, the President joined volunteers and helped prepare food for the pantry. He spent some time with a few elementary school students working alongside furloughed federal employees, making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Americans who are in need of a helping hand.(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    While there, the President joined volunteers and helped prepare food for the pantry. He spent some time with a few elementary school students working alongside furloughed federal employees, making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Americans who are in need of a helping hand.(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

     

    While there, the President joined volunteers and helped prepare food for the pantry. He spent some time with a few elementary school students working alongside furloughed federal employees, making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Americans who are in need of a helping hand.

     

    With the shutdown dragging into its third week, it’s time to let these furloughed employees return to work. In the President’s words:

    This week if we don’t start making some real progress, both the House and the Senate and if Republicans aren’t willing to set aside their partisan concerns in order to do what’s right for the country, we stand a good chance of defaulting and defaulting could have a potentially have a devastating effect on our economy.

     

    Martha’s Table has been serving the DC community for over 30 years. The organization helps more than 1,100 people per day obtain healthy food and needed clothing, daycare and after-school programs, and other family support services. To learn more about them, you can visit their website at marthastable.org.

 

 

October 2013: Photo of the Day

 

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to the media following a meeting with President Barack Obama on the debt limit and reopening the government

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to the media following a meeting with President Barack Obama on the debt limit and reopening the government

 

President Barack Obama meets with House Democratic leaders in the Oval Office at the White House

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with the House Democratic Leadership including, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Jame Clyburn, Rep. Xavier Becerra, Rep. Steve Crowley, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Rep. Chris Chris Van Hollen and Rep. Steve Israel, during a meeting on the debt limit in the Oval Office

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with the House Democratic Leadership including, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Jame Clyburn, Rep. Xavier Becerra, Rep. Steve Crowley, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Rep. Chris Chris Van Hollen and Rep. Steve Israel, during a meeting on the debt limit in the Oval Office

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with the House Democratic Leadership

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with the House Democratic Leadership

President Barack Obama listens as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks

President Barack Obama listens as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks

President Barack Obama meets with House Democratic leaders in the Oval Office at the White House

President Barack Obama meets with House Democratic leaders in the Oval Office at the White House

 

 

Speaker Boehner was busy

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US President Barack Obama making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at Martha’s Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013.

President Barack Obama speaks to reporters as he visits Martha's Table, which prepares meals for the poor and where furloughed federal employees are volunteering, in Washington, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. President Obama spoke about the government shutdown and the looming debt ceiling during remarks to reporters during his visit. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

President Barack Obama speaks to reporters as he visits Martha’s Table, which prepares meals for the poor and where furloughed federal employees are volunteering, in Washington, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. President Obama spoke about the government shutdown and the looming debt ceiling during remarks to reporters during his visit. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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US President Barack Obama poses for photos with children and adult volunteers that are making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at Martha's Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama poses for photos with children and adult volunteers that are making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at Martha’s Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama talks with children and adult volunteers that are making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at Martha's Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama talks with children and adult volunteers that are making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at Martha’s Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama shakes hands with volunteer Dolly Garcia (R), a federal employee from the US Census Bureau, prior to making bologna sandwiches at Martha's Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama shakes hands with volunteer Dolly Garcia (R), a federal employee from the US Census Bureau, prior to making bologna sandwiches at Martha’s Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama makes bologna sandwiches alongside Dolly Garcia (R), a federal employee from the US Census Bureau, and Chantelle Britton (L), a federal employee from the Department of Health and Human Services, at Martha's Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama makes bologna sandwiches alongside Dolly Garcia (R), a federal employee from the US Census Bureau, and Chantelle Britton (L), a federal employee from the Department of Health and Human Services, at Martha’s Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama makes bologna sandwiches at Martha's Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama makes bologna sandwiches at Martha’s Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama makes bologna sandwiches alongside volunteers Dolly Garcia (R), a federal employee from the US Census Bureau, and Chantelle Britton (L), a federal employee from the Department of Health and Human Services, at Martha's Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama makes bologna sandwiches alongside volunteers Dolly Garcia (R), a federal employee from the US Census Bureau, and Chantelle Britton (L), a federal employee from the Department of Health and Human Services, at Martha’s Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama makes bologna sandwiches alongside volunteers Dolly Garcia (R), a federal employee from the US Census Bureau, and Chantelle Britton (L), a federal employee from the Department of Health and Human Services, at Martha's Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama makes bologna sandwiches alongside volunteers Dolly Garcia (R), a federal employee from the US Census Bureau, and Chantelle Britton (L), a federal employee from the Department of Health and Human Services, at Martha’s Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama puts on protective gloves prior to making bologna sandwiches at Martha's Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama puts on protective gloves prior to making bologna sandwiches at Martha’s Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama tries to hear over the noise prior to speaking to the press as he makes bologna sandwiches alongside volunteers Dolly Garcia (R), a federal employee from the US Census Bureau, and Chantelle Britton (L), a federal employee from the Department of Health and Human Services, at Martha's Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama tries to hear over the noise prior to speaking to the press as he makes bologna sandwiches alongside volunteers Dolly Garcia (R), a federal employee from the US Census Bureau, and Chantelle Britton (L), a federal employee from the Department of Health and Human Services, at Martha’s Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama stands with volunteers preparing lunches as he speaks to reporters during a visit to Martha's Table, which prepares meals for the poor and where furloughed federal employees are volunteering, in Washington, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. Speaking there Obama said that if Republicans can't resolve the standoff over the debt ceiling and the partial government shutdown, quote, "we stand a good chance of defaulting." (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

President Barack Obama stands with volunteers preparing lunches as he speaks to reporters during a visit to Martha’s Table, which prepares meals for the poor and where furloughed federal employees are volunteering, in Washington, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. Speaking there Obama said that if Republicans can’t resolve the standoff over the debt ceiling and the partial government shutdown, quote, “we stand a good chance of defaulting.” (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

US President Barack Obama speaks to the press as he makes bologna sandwiches alongside Dolly Garcia (R), a federal employee from the US Census Bureau, and Chantelle Britton (L), a federal employee from the Department of Health and Human Services, at Martha's Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks to the press as he makes bologna sandwiches alongside Dolly Garcia (R), a federal employee from the US Census Bureau, and Chantelle Britton (L), a federal employee from the Department of Health and Human Services, at Martha’s Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama talks with children and adult volunteers that are making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at Martha's Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama talks with children and adult volunteers that are making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at Martha’s Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama talks with children and adult volunteers that are making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at Martha's Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama talks with children and adult volunteers that are making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at Martha’s Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

 

President Obama’s interview with WABC-TV, New York City.

 

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From  USA TODAY:

 

Obama’s TV talks: L.A., NYC, and Des Moines

 

David Jackson, USA TODAY

 

President Obama as seen through the lens of a television camera. (Photo: Saul Loeb, AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama as seen through the lens of a television camera.
(Photo: Saul Loeb, AFP/Getty Images)

 

President Obama’s shutdown and debt ceiling television interviews Tuesday hit the nation’s top two media markets, as well as part of the American heartland.

 

Obama sits down with KMEX-TV, a Spanish-language Univision affiliate based in Los Angeles; WABC-TV of New York City; and KCCI-TV of Des Moines, Iowa.

 

The interviews are scheduled for release at 5 p.m.

 

Obama plans to discuss the government shutdown, now in its 15th day, as well as the prospect of a debt default this week.

 

The White House says Obama is speaking to local stations “about how the government shutdown has affected their communities and how an economic shutdown would be even worse.”

 

Thank you  USA TODAY.

 

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3 Responses

  1. Good morning. I hope you are well. The clock is ticking and we both wrote about it. Guess it is hard to ignore. Have a good day, Barbara

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    • The clock is always ticking, there is always a crisis facing Americans because TeaTardedRepubliCANTS don’t give a fuck about Americans who elected them. This will face us again in 3/4 months. All because racist AmeriKKKans don’t like or respect The Duly Elected Black American President.

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