By Jueseppi B.
President Obama & Family Hand Out Thanksgiving Goodies To The Needy At Capital Area Food Bank, DC
Published on Nov 27, 2013
President Barack Obama is continuing an annual family tradition by helping to pack bags of food and distribute them to the needy on Thanksgiving eve. (Nov. 27)
Raw: Obamas Visit Food Bank on Thanksgiving Eve
From The Associated Press:
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is continuing an annual family tradition this year, by helping to pack bags of food and distribute them to the needy on Thanksgiving eve.
They dropped bundles of sweet potatoes, onions, carrots and apples into reusable bags people held open as they walked by. They also handed out small white boxes stamped with the presidential seal that contain M&M’s candy.
Obama wished people a “Happy Thanksgiving,” and Malia shook their hands.
It’s the third straight Thanksgiving that Obama and his family have helped out at this particular food bank.
Obama was spending the holiday at the White House.
Thank you The Associated Press.
U.S. President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters Sasha Obama, 12, and Malia Obama, 15, help pack and distribute bags of food to needy children and seniors at the Capital Area Food Bank November 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. According to the White House, the first family was joined by family and friends and members of The Mission Continues, “an organization of post-9/11 veterans who are awarded community service fellowships.” (Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)
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President Obama Pardons White House Turkey
November 27, 2013 | 4:40 |Public Domain
The President grants the traditional Thanksgiving pardon to Popcorn, this years Official White House Turkey, in a ceremony on the North Portico of the White House.
We’ve come a long way since 11-year-old Tad Lincoln convinced his father to “adopt” a turkey named Jack in 1863.
The competition was stiff, but we can officially declare that Popcorn is the winner — proving that even a turkey with a funny name can find a place in politics. As for Caramel, he’s sticking around, and he’s already busy raising money for his next campaign.
November 27, 2013
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Ed. note: This is cross-posted from the Department of Labor blog. See the original post here.
If you have had the chance to step onto a community college campus recently, you know the special role they are playing in rebuilding the American economy. Over the last three years, this administration has made unprecedented investments in the community college system through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training − or TAACCCT − grant program.
These grants encourage schools across the country to work with each other, with the workforce system and with employers to create cutting edge training programs that prepare workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
No matter the industry, partnership is the key to the program’s success. In fact, it’s a prerequisite for consideration for a TAACCCT award. That means education, labor, business and community leaders all coming together to meet the real-world challenges of a complex global economy. The idea is to ensure that community college curricula are aligned with industry’s needs, so adult learners are obtaining exactly the certifications and know-how that local businesses require their workers to have.
As a community college educator and a former state official with longstanding community college relationships, the two of us understand the vital role these institutions play in workforce development. We’ve seen first-hand what community colleges do to save lives. So last week we hit the road together to visit two of the newest grantees and meet some of the people helping transform these instructions of higher learning into engines of economic growth − and transforming lives each step of the way.
In Shelby, N.C., Cleveland Community College is leading a consortium awarded $23 million to help ensure that companies around the country and around the world are able to stay up and running day or night thanks to workers trained in what are known as “mission critical” operations. When emergencies like a power outage or a computer virus or a machinery malfunction happen, these workers know what it takes to solve the problem quickly.
At the college we met Kenneth Dover, a former marine and current student who is also a full-time employee at one of the fastest-growing local companies. TAACCCT is going to help more people like Kenneth get the marketable skills that lead to good, middle-class jobs. But the impact doesn’t stop there. Because of the strong partnerships with local employers, these grants also strengthen the overall economy, providing businesses with the pipeline of talented workers they need to compete, prosper and grow.
With Kenneth’s story still fresh on our minds we traveled south to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. There, Broward College is leading a consortium of a dozen colleges − from Newark, N.J., to Long Beach, Calif. − that was awarded $24.5 million to focus on another essential component to effective business operations in just about any industry: supply chain management.
At Broward College’s Aviation Institute, we heard from students and employers who are at the leading edge of this growing field. Whether it was the mechanics working on the flight line, or the faculty members training new prospective pilots, it was great to see everyone understand the intersection of transportation and business, and the importance of managing a complex supply chain in real time.
The TAACCCT program is a win for everyone. It strengthens the regional economy. It helps businesses stay on the competitive cutting edge in a complex global economy. And for workers, it paves a career pathway and serves as a springboard into the middle class.
All of the students we met have a bright future ahead of them. We’re proud to be a part of the team making an investment in their future, and we’re proud of the role that community colleges are playing in making it all happen.
November 27, 2013
03:55 PM EST
Throughout President Obama’s career, he has been fighting for young people. Whether it is increasing access to higher education, or expanding health care coverage, giving young people a fair shot has been and always will be a priority.
The President also believes in reaching out to youth across the country to make sure we’re hearing what they have to say, and helping them better understand the policies and programs that impact them. That’s why, on Wednesday, December 4th, we’re hosting over 150 leaders from across the country at the White House for a Youth Summit. The Summit will offer young people coming to the White House and across the country a chance to discuss the Affordable Care Act and others issues important to them.
Even if you can’t be at the Summit in person, we still want to hear from you!
On Monday, December 2nd at 8:00 p.m. ET, join White House Deputy Senior Advisor for Commnications David Simas, Kal Pen, and Young Invincibles for a Google+ Hangout. During this live video chat, we’ll announce the winners of the “Healthy Young America Video Contest,” preview the upcoming Youth Summit, and take questions about the Affordable Care Act and what It means for young Americans.
You can watch the Hangout live on the White House Google+ page. Have a comments or questions? Ask them using the hashtag #WHYouth on Twitter and on Google+ and we’ll answer some of them during the live Hangout.
Additionally, on December 4th, you can watch the Summit live starting at 2:00 pm ET on Whitehouse.gov/live. Throughout the day White House staff, HHS officials, and other special guests will be taking questions submitted on twitter using the hashtag #WHYouth.
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This Saturday, November 30th, I will join a number of White House and Cabinet Officials, along with millions of Americans around the country, in paying tribute to small businesses, which drive our economy, and help to define the spirit of our communities.
I will be spending Small Business Saturday in Chicago, to start on my holiday shopping, and reacquaint myself with the small businesses lining my hometown streets, and breathing life into my neighborhood.
There is of course, no need to wait for Small Business Saturday to enjoy the local delicacies and the unique goods being sold in our communities. It can be a concerted effort throughout the year, and an ongoing priority for all Americans. The President certainly sees it that way, and has made support for small business a top priority every day he has spent in office.
West Wing Week 11/29/13 or, “Kindness Covers All of My Political Beliefs”
November 27, 2013
Published on Nov 27, 2013
Welcome to this Thanksgiving Edition of West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond. This week, the President traveled to the west coast for a three day, three city swing, sat down for an interview with Barbara Walters, met with student entrepreneurs, held a video conference with Peace Corps volunteers, and announced a breakthrough in diplomatic talks with Iran. That’s November 22rd to November 28th or “Kindness Covers All of My Political Beliefs.”
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