Barack After Dark™: West Wing Week & Joseph Robinette “Joe” Biden, Jr. At The King Center Naturalization Ceremony.


 

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Felicia Escobar
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November 15, 2013
05:00 PM EST

 

Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas stand for the National AnthemVice President Joe Biden and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas stand for the National Anthem at a naturalization ceremony at the Martin Luther King Junior Center, in Atlanta, Georgia, November 14, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

 

On Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden spoke at a naturalization ceremony at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center in Atlanta, Georgia. He welcomed 104 newly naturalized citizens, representing 50 countries. This ceremony is one of 120 naturalization ceremonies held throughout the nation and overseas in the last two weeks to welcome approximately 8,000 new U.S. citizens.

 

At the ceremony, the Vice President thanked the new citizens for pursuing American citizenship. “Thank you for choosing us – thank you for concluding America was worthy of your aspirations,” he said. “The truth of the matter is you’ve been Americans for a long time, long before you raised your right hand today, because you’ve all adhered to the idea of America.”

 

The event highlighted the Obama Administration’s celebration of citizenship and across the board commitment to passing commonsense immigration reform that includes a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living and working in the U.S. today.

 

The Vice President recognized that immigration makes us stronger, and that if we want to keep attracting the best and brightest talent the world has to offer, then we need to do a better job of welcoming them. He called for reforms to our immigration system that will help harness the talent and ingenuity of all those like them who want to work hard and find a place here in America.

 

The event highlighted the Obama Administration’s celebration of citizenship and across the board commitment to passing commonsense immigration reform that includes a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living and working in the U.S. today.

 

The Vice President recognized that immigration makes us stronger, and that if we want to keep attracting the best and brightest talent the world has to offer, then we need to do a better job of welcoming them. He called for reforms to our immigration system that will help harness the talent and ingenuity of all those like them who want to work hard and find a place here in America.

 

New U.S. Citizens take the oath of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony New U.S. Citizens take the oath of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony at the Martin Luther King Junior Center, in Atlanta, Georgia, November 14, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

 

The Vice President’s visit to Atlanta culminated a week of engagement on celebrating immigrants’ contributions and making the moral case for immigration reform. On Tuesday, the Vice President hosted a conference call with Catholic organizations, stressing the moral case for commonsense immigration reform. The call included the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, representatives from Catholic Colleges and Universities, and NETWORK, a National Catholic Social Justice Organization which was founded by 47 Catholic Sisters over 40 years ago and is now directed by Sister Simone Campbell.

 

On Wednesday, the Vice President joined President Obama, and senior Administration officials in a meeting with faith leaders in the Oval Office to discuss the importance of taking action to pass commonsense immigration reform. The President and the Vice President commended the faith leaders for their tireless efforts in sharing their stories with Congress, while noting there is no reason for House Republicans to continue to delay action on this issue that has garnered bipartisan support.

 

The President, the Vice President and the Administration will continue working with both sides of the aisle to ensure that commonsense immigration reform becomes reality as soon as possible.  And to our nation’s newest citizens, we congratulate them and remind them that in the United States anyone can write the next great chapter of our nation’s history.

 

 

Alicia Oken
November 15, 2013
06:45 PM EST

 

 

West Wing Week: 11/15/13 or “We Will Stand By Your Side”

November 15, 2013 | Public Domain

 

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond. This week, the First and Second Families honored Veterans Day, the President traveled to New Orleans and to Cleveland to speak on the importance of infrastructure to job creation, signed the EpiPen Law, discussed immigration reform with Faith Leaders and attended the 5th Annual Tribal Nations Conference. That’s November 8th to November 14th or “We Will Stand By Your Side.”

 

 

Honoring our Military: On Veterans Day, the President honored those who have served, or are currently serving, our country. The President hosted a breakfast that morning for veterans and their families before heading off to Arlington Cemetery with the Vice President, the First Lady, and Dr. Biden. The President participated in a wreath-laying ceremony and spoke to the crowd about the devotion and commitment of those who don our nation’s uniform.

 

In the life of our nation, across every generation, there are those who stand apart. They step up, they raise their hands, they take that oath. They put on the uniform and they put their lives on the line. They do this so that the rest of us might live in a country and a world that is safer, freer, and more just.

 

The President also reminded Americans that we need to support troops after they have come home. “This is how we’ll be judged.  Not just by how well we care for our troops in battle, but how we treat them when they come home,” the President said. Check out the President’s remarks here.

 

In honor of Veteran’s Day, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden wrote an op-ed about Joining Forces that appeared in military news websites, highlighting their commitment to employment, wellness, and education for veterans, service members, and their families.

 

Continuing his work with members of the military later that week, the President welcomed senior civilian defense and military leaders to an annual meeting and dinner, where those present discussed a wide range of issues.

 

Affordable Care Act: President Obama made a statement in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room on Thursday, announcing new steps to help those Americans that are receiving insurance cancellation notices. The President stated that insurers can offer customers who have been notified about canceled plans the option to renew their 2013 plan in 2014.

“It took 100 years for us to even get to the point where we could start talking about and implementing a law to make sure everybody has got health insurance,” the President said. “And my pledge to the American people is, is that we’re going to solve the problems that are there, we’re going to get it right, and the Affordable Care Act is going to work for the American people.”

 

Manufacturing in Ohio: The President spoke at a steel factory in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday, highlighting the plant’s comeback after nearly 1,200 steelworkers were furloughed when the auto industry was on the brink of collapse. Today, ArcelorMittal, is the largest supplier of steel in the auto industry and is a global leader in producing advanced high-strength steel for fuel efficient cars. “The story of this plant is the story of America over the last five years,” President Obama said. “We haven’t just been recovering from a crisis. What we’ve been trying to do is rebuild a new foundation for growth and prosperity to protect ourselves from future crises.”

 

Tribal Nations Conference: On Thursday, the White Househosted the fifth White House Tribal Nationals Conference, which welcomed leaders from all 566 federally recognized tribes. The President spoke to conference attendees, highlighting the need for strengthening justice and tribal sovereignty, expanding opportunities for Native Americans, and protecting tribal lands. Read the President’s full remarks here.

 

Protecting kids with asthma and allergies: President Obama signed into law the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Acton Wednesday, which encourages schools to plan for severe asthma attacks and allergic reactions. Approximately 9.5 percent of American children suffer from asthma, and between 4 and 6 percent of children have food allergies. By updating and upgrading school’s response capacity for asthma and food allergies, this law will help relieve the anxiety of millions of parents.

 

First Lady Talks Education: First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, D.C. to discuss the importance of youth empowerment and education. The First Lady shared her personal academic experiences to a group of sophomores, telling them that she pushed herself to have a strong academic and extracurricular record. “And when I encountered doubters…when people told me that I wasn’t going to cut it… I didn’t let that stop me,” she said

 

 

Phil Larson
November 15, 2013
05:50 PM EST

 

Today we talked 3-D printed flowers, books that fold into LED lamps, and the power of the maker movement on the latest We The Geeks, called “Don’t Be Bored, Make Something.”

 

Pioneers here in America are democratizing the tools of the industrial revolution and spreading them to students around the country. Today’s discussion focused on the coalition of citizens coming together to give U.S. students, entrepreneurs, and workers the ability to make almost anything.

 

Kumar Garg, Assistant Director for Learning and Innovation at the Office of Science and Technology Policy and J.J. Raynor, a Policy Analyst at the National Economic Council moderated today’s discussion, and the participants included:

 

Watch the full video below:

 

 

 

 

November 2013: Photo of the Day

 

First Lady Michelle Obama autographs items after she delivered the keynote address at Disney's Veterans Institute workshop at the Disney Boardwalk Inn, Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 14, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

First Lady Michelle Obama autographs items after she delivered the keynote address at Disney’s Veterans Institute workshop at the Disney Boardwalk Inn, Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 14, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

 

Remarks by the President Before Meeting with Insurance Companies

 

Remarks by the President Before Meeting with Insurance Companies

Roosevelt Room

3:31 P.M. EST

 

THE PRESIDENT:  I want to welcome the executives who are here from a lot of the insurance companies that are participating in the marketplace.  We all share a similar value, which is we want to make sure that Americans have good, solid coverage that gives them the security they need for themselves and their family members if and when they get sick.

 

And we know the demand is out there for that.  We had, despite all the problems with the website, over a million people apply.  Many multiples of that wanted to see what options were available.  Obviously because of the problems with the website some folks have been blocked from seeing the well-priced benefits that are available in the marketplace, and so we’re working 24/7 to get it fixed.  The website is working a lot better now than it was a couple of weeks ago.

 

And what we’re going to be doing is brainstorming on how do we make sure that everybody understands what their options are.  Because of choice and competition, a whole lot of Americans who’ve always seen health insurance out of reach are going to be in a position to purchase it.  And because of the law, we’re also going to be able to provide them help even if they are still having trouble purchasing that insurance.  But they’ve got to know what those options are in order to be successful.

 

So I appreciate all these folks coming in.  We’re going to be soliciting ideas from them.  There’s going to be a collaborative process.  We want to make sure that we get this done so that in the years to come every American is going to have the kind of affordable health care that they all deserve.

 

Thank you very much for being here.

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3:33 P.M. EST

 

 

Statement by the President on the Anniversary of the Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji

 

Statement by the President on the Anniversary of the Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji

I want to extend my best wishes to all our Sikh friends, across the United States and around the world, who this weekend are observing the anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first Sikh Guru.  This sacred time is an occasion to reflect on Guru Nanak’s timeless teachings and the principles that are at the heart of Sikhism, including the equality of all human beings, the pluralism we cherish in diverse societies and the compassion we owe one another.  Here in the United States, we’re grateful to the many Sikh Americans who give life to these values and enrich our country every day, reminding us that these shared principles are not only at the heart of the Sikh faith, they are central to who we are as Americans.

 

 

Background Conference Call with Senior Administration Officials on the Vice President’s Trip to Houston and Panama

 

President Obama Announces New Steps To Help Americans Receiving Insurance Cancellation Notices

 

Barack After Dark™: The Democrats Who Would Sabotage ObamaCARES

 

President Obama Reveals New Proposal To Help Consumers Facing Insurance Cancellations

 

Spineless Democrats: Take A Lesson From Governor Deval Patrick, The Next Black President

 

39 Democratic Cowards Vote To Undermine The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES).

 

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On Friday, November 15, the White House will host an observance of the 50th Anniversary of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, signed into law by President Kennedy in 1963.

On Friday, November 15, the White House will host an observance of the 50th Anniversary of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, signed into law by President Kennedy in 1963.

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10 Responses

    • Hello Ms. Barbara. I’ve been out all evening seeing films, I saw The Butler for the 3rd time and also saw 12 Years A Slave. 12 Years is one of the most interesting films I have seen since Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. The way the director used sound and music and how he staged the sounds & music from one scene to the next….magnificent.

      What did you do on a Friday evening?

      • Did you like the Butler also? I am reading the book thief now. It is coming out as a movie. So twelve years a slave is on my list. Thank you.

      • I have seen preview for the book thief…looks very interesting. I’ve seen The Butler 3 times so yes, I like it.

  1. Thank you for addressing the Dems who crossed the isle. This is a wonderful blog as usual. You remain my hero and you continue to be on my list. Remember?

  2. I get emotional watching new Americans take the oath. Have you ever read about all they have to know? I bet 80% of Americans can’t take the test and pass it. My husband blows me away – as most legal immigrants will.

    Anyway, I followed your Twitter.

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