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Barack After Dark™: The White House Blog, Videos & Images


 

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Katherine Vargas
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December 03, 2013
04:47 PM EST

 

President Barack Obama holds a bilateral meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos of ColombiaPresident Barack Obama holds a bilateral meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia in the Oval Office, Dec. 3, 201 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

Today, President Obama hosted President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia at the White House. Their visit underscored the growing partnership with Colombia, founded on our shared democratic values, deepening economic ties, and our long history of shared security goals.

 

Colombia is a respected leader in the region. We are expanding our partnership far beyond security into new areas of mutual interest like commerce, energy access, regional infrastructure and economic integration. Thanks to the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement – a win-win for both countries - U.S. exports to Colombia are up nearly 20 percent, supporting thousands of American jobs and helping to achieve President Obama’s goal of doubling U.S. exports.

 

Colombia is an example of the profound transformations underway in Latin America. Elections that once were exceptions are now largely the norm. Some of the world’s fastest growing economies are in Latin America and across the region. Tens of millions of people have escaped poverty and entered the middle class. This represents an incredible opportunity for a new era of relations between the United States and the Americas.

 

 

Remarks by President Obama and President Santos of Colombia After Bilateral Meeting

 

 

President Obama’s Bilateral Meeting with President Santos of Colombia

December 03, 2013 | 12:10 |Public Domain

 

President Obama and President Juan Manuel Santos of Columbia speak to the press following bilateral meeting in the Oval Office. The two leaders discussed cooperation on promoting citizen security, respect for human rights, and economic prosperity for all Colombians., as well as the expansion of our economic ties, anchored by the growing trade relationship shared through the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement.

 

 

 

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David Simas
David Simas

December 03, 2013
04:25 PM EST

 

Today, HHS released its first monthly report on Medicaid enrollment and enrollment in the Children’s Health Insurance Program – and it’s good news. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act and decisions by Democratic and Republican elected officials in 26 states to expand their Medicaid programs, 1.46 million hardworking Americans have applied for and been deemed eligible to enroll in quality, affordable health care.

 

More hardworking Americans will know the security of health care coverage in states that chose to expand Medicaid than those states that chose to recklessly and irresponsibly deny health coverage to millions of Americans. In fact, if every state expanded Medicaid coverage, over 5.4 million more Americans—and more than 1 million in Texas alone—would get health coverage. And today’s report showed that states that expanded Medicaid have seen over a 15 percent increase in applications for Medicaid and CHIP, compared to the average monthly enrollment in the three preceding months.  While states that refused to expand Medicaid only saw a 4.1 percent increase in applications.

 

This spike in applications confirmed what we have always known: hardworking Americans need and want the security of affordable health coverage.

 

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Gene Sperling
Gene Sperling

December 03, 2013
09:49 AM EST

 

A core component of President Obama’s agenda to grow the middle class is to make the U.S. a magnet for the location of high-quality jobs – especially those that support manufacturing and innovation.

 

The President has already taken significant steps to support America’s manufacturers, including by announcing nearly $250 million in funding to support four new manufacturing innovation institutes, aggressive new efforts to enforce trade agreements and open new markets, new investments in community colleges to help workers get the high-demand advanced manufacturing credentials needed by our manufacturers, and launching the first-ever federal effort to bring job-creating foreign investment to the U.S.

 

And going forward, the President will continue to push a comprehensive agenda to support a manufacturing renaissance that includes supporting a network of up to 45 manufacturing innovation institutes with a one-time $3 billion investment, making the U.S. more cost competitive by reforming our business tax code including a rate no higher than 25% for manufacturing, expanding and making permanent the R&D tax credit, continuing to ensure that trading partners like China are playing by the rules, and pushing new efforts to train workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

 

Our emphasis on manufacturing is due to the unique role that the sector plays in creating positive “spillover” benefits to our broader economy, particularly in its connection to our ability to innovate. Manufacturing punches above its weight; despite representing 12 percent of GDP, manufacturing accounts for roughly 70 percent of private sector research and development, 60 percent of all US R&D employees, over 90 percent of patents issued, and the majority of all U.S. exports. The benefits from a stronger manufacturing sector go far beyond factory jobs and include the production capabilities needed in design and innovation for many technologies, the high-skill talent that enable our services industries, and the dense web of suppliers that employ millions outside of the manufacturing sector.

 

While our emphasis on manufacturing must have a long-term focus – one that goes beyond the ups and downs in our economy in any month or quarter – today we received more good news that growth in America’s manufacturing sector continues to be strong.

 

On Monday, ISM released its monthly purchasing managers’ index (PMI), which rose to 57.3 in November – the fastest monthly pace of growth since April 2011, with all five components of the index showing strength, including employment (a reading above 50 indicates expansion).  he index has shown sector expansion for six straight months and is on track to have its strongest quarter since mid-2011. Recent strength in the ISM report underscores that America’s manufacturing sector is helping to lead our recovery. Today there is little disagreement that the U.S. is a more competitive location for production, and we are beginning to see the results. America’s manufactures have created jobs at the fastest pace in 15 years, with over 500,000 new jobs added since February 2010, and our manufacturing sector has grown roughly twice as fast as the overall economy since the beginning of 2010. And there is little doubt that without the threat of default and harm from the arbitrary sequester, America’s manufacturing sector and the economy would be performing even better today.

 

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Previewing the Vice President’s Trip to Asia

 

 

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Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden in Closing at Roundtable Discussion on Women in the Japanese Economy

 

Remarks to the Press by Vice President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan

 

December 03, 2013 | 4:50

 

Jake Sullivan, the Vice President’s National Security Advisor, previews the upcoming trip to Asia.

 

 

 

 

Joint Statement to the Press with Vice President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

 

Published on Dec 3, 2013

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Remarks by the President on the Affordable Care Act (Full Transcript)

 

President Obama Speaks on the Affordable Care Act

December 03, 2013 | 13:02 |Public Domain

 

President Obama says now that HealthCare.gov is working for the vast majority of users, we must refocus on what’s truly at stake, which is ensuring Americans have the security of decent health insurance at a reasonable cost.

 

 

 

Press Briefing

December 03, 2013 | 53:36 |Public Domain

 

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

 

 

 

 

Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States, on Giant Panda Cub Naming

 

Published on Dec 1, 2013

Mrs. Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States, shares her congratulations on the naming of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s giant panda cub, born on August 23, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

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Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice at the Global Fund Congressional Breakfast

 

Statement by the President on Nancy Sutley’s Departure in February

 

Presidential Determination — Jerusalem Embassy

 

FACT SHEET: The President’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

 

FACT SHEET: The United States and Colombia – Strategic Partners

 

Background Briefing by Senior Administration Officials on Vice President Joe Biden’s Trip to Asia

 

Fact Sheet on United States-Japan Global Cooperation: Meeting Modern Challenges

 

 

December 2013: Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama talks with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia after their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, Dec. 3, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia after their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, Dec. 3, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

Presidential Actions

 

Presidential Proclamation — International Day of Persons With Disabilities, 2013

 

 

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Hearts of Romaine with Blue Cheese and Bacon


Originally posted on Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide:

Romain lettuce makes this healthy right

Romaine lettuce makes this healthy right

This dish makes a nice side with steak or can be a meal in itself. If serving as a starter or side, one heart of romaine will serve two people. The dressing is tangy and a bit addictive. Splurge on good blue cheese.

Hearts of Romaine with Blue Cheese and Bacon

  • 2-3 hearts of romaine
  • 2-4 slices bacon, browned and crumbled
  • 2 oz blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • dash hot pepper sauce
  • black pepper to taste

Mix cheese, buttermilk, yogurt, lemon juice and hot sauce together in a shallow bowl. Season with black pepper to taste. Drizzle each heart of romaine with desired amount of dressing and sprinkle with crumbled bacon.

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Will Mark O’Mara Ever Be Paid By George Zimmerman & Discussion On New Theory


Originally posted on Gronda Morin:

Mark O'Mara and George Zimmerman Standing Up

Mark O’Mara and George Zimmerman Standing Up

I couldn’t help but chuckle to myself when I read  the Atlanta Daily World, dated December 2, 2013 as they are reporting the news that George Zimmerman is finally  in receipt of a bill for the legal services rendered by the attorneys Mark O’Mara and Don West to the tune of 2.5 million dollars. I find this amusing even if it may be somewhat old news as George Zimmerman did list this debt on his affidavit to qualify for a public defender.  Another blogger (2dogsonly) suggested the timing of this story could be a ploy for funds. I believe the publicity timing of this billing is designed to reinforce the image that Mark O’Mara’s former client, George Zimmerman is indigent and not worth filing any claims against himself. These two attorneys along with investigators, paralegals and other support staff worked on the George Zimmerman case full time from April, 2012 through July…

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You Were There


Originally posted on Allison Grayhurst - Poet :

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You Were There

 

I thought of you

when the stones were thrown

from prairie ground.

I called to you in mornings,

weak with doubt and faced

by terrible extremes.

I ran to you when in the quiet of my room,

the walls oozed unloving shadows

and my heart could find no connection.

I talked to you in restaurants, in words

I dare never reuse.

I found you in my breadbox

and in the eyes of my enemy.

I want you though my wanting is broken

by distraction and gnarled by blunt fear,

but wanting and wanting

your hand on my shoulder

and your voice for all time

(subtle or strong) pressed

within my breathing air.

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Copyright © 2000 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Sprout”

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You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality 

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My Gift….


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