The ObamaCrat Is Dead. Long Live The MilitantNegro™


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In case you didn’t notice, this blog has gone through a small renovation process the past 4 weeks. I had wrestled in the past with what I would rename my blog in 2016 when The President Of The United States Of America, Barack Hussein Obama, left office. Barack helped me with that decision when an UNARMED Michael Brown was slain in the street of Ferguson, Missouri. The President, unwittingly, made the decision for me, just a bit early….two years early.

 

I used to be an ObamaCrat and follow Barack blindly, but Ferguson Missouri and the murder of Michael Brown, changed my views of Barack Hussein Obama. The President’s total lack of attention, he didn’t pay, to a rash of incidents involving the systematic genocide of Black Americans right here at home by racist AmeriKKKan law enforcement, made me realize Barack didn’t deserve my blind commitment. AmeriKKKa can’t fix the world when freedoms and liberties are denied daily to America’s citizens.

 

Bowing to political pressure from Democratic politicians who are concerned about having a Democratic President speak out about a racial murder, weeks before the all important Mid Term elections, is NOT why I voted for Barack Hussein Obama, twice. Ignoring the hundreds of murders of Black Americans, mostly Black American males, whom were unarmed and in a position of surrender and submission, is unacceptable to me as a Black male. It’s disgusting when a caucasian President ignores that issue. It’s the worst feeling in the soul and heart when a President who is a person of color ignores it, who happened to campaign on “Hope & Change”, and allows that Black genocide to continue.

 

Many defend Barack’s lack of involvement and cite his assigning AG Holder and the DOJ to investigate Ferguson. I didn’t vote twice for AG Eric Holder. I voted for MY POTUSA to represent me and to be the “Comforter-In-Chief” to all people in America, not just Sandy Hook victims, Hurricane Sandy victims, Oso, Washington mud slide victims or Aurora shooting victims. The conflict, chaos and racism displayed against the citizens of Ferguson, Missouri by the state of Missouri and county of St. Louis, was despicable, evil, nasty and down right unAmerican. The handling of the American press in Ferguson was and is disgusting and a blatant violation of freedom of the press and freedom of speech.

 

Our 44th POTUSA was silent on both issues. And still is silent.

 

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President Obama Delivers a Statement on Airstrikes in Syria

 

Published on Sep 23, 2014

Speaking from the South Lawn at the White House, President Obama delivered an update on the U.S. military airstrikes on ISIL targets in Syria. September 23, 2014.

 

 

You can not ask Americans to march into foreign lands and fight for those humans rights & liberties, when right here at home in AmeriKKKa, people have their rights challenged daily. The LGBTQA1 community fights daily to live equally. People Of Color fight daily for freedom & liberty. Women have been fighting for centuries to think for themselves, work for a fair and equal paycheck, get maternity leave and the right to control their bodies and their healthcare. 

 

The right to vote is being removed for Americans. Benefits for Veterans and the poor are vanishing. Marrying whom you love regardless of gender is fought on every front. Guns kill 30,000 plus in AmeriKKKa annually. Oil and other fossil fuels are choking our planet. Dreamers are at risk. Sexual assault in our military and on our college campuses is rampant. YET our elected politicians are concerned with tax breaks for the wealthy. Killing humans in foreign nations. Giving billions in financial aid to Israel. Worrying about Sharia Islamic Law.

 

Dear Mom and Dad- get to work saving my life!

 

Published on Jul 20, 2014

If you have children you MUST watch and share this video! It’s time to stop the madness and protect our children from America’s epidemic of gun violence! To use this video in a commercial player or in broadcasts, please email licensing@storyful.com

 

 

 

AmeriKKKa can’t police the world while ignoring issues at home that keep Americans in poverty, issues that keep Americans under nourished, but mostly issues that keep America in 3rd world status.

 

If Barack Hussein Obama has concerns for freedoms and liberties being denied on this planet……start right here in The United States Of AmeriKKKa.

 

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Ruth From MomsRising.org: Your Phone Has Super Powers!


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This is red hot! Monday afternoon (September 15th) the U.S. Senate will vote again on the Paycheck Fairness Act. This vote will determine whether or not the bill will move forward for a final up and down vote on the Senate floor.

 

We have to keep the pressure on our Senators. We have to make it clear to them that we’re watching, we’re listening, we’re demanding that they do more than play political football with our paychecks.

 

#WEmatter #WEvote and #WeAreAPowerfulForce!

 

Call your U.S. Senators and urge them to vote YES to move the Paycheck Fairness Act forward for a full Senate vote! It’s easy! Just call this number, and we’ll connect you to your U.S. Senator’s office: 855-976-1858

 

*Not near a phone? Don’t worry! You can still make your voice heard via email!

 

**Just click here to send a quick EMAIL message to your Senators and we’ll deliver it right away!

 

If you do have time to make a call, then when you dial the number above, you’ll hear a short recording from me reminding you of what to say when you talk to your Senator’s receptionist. Then, we’ll connect you directly to their office. That’s it – simple but powerful.

 

Making your voice heard today–by either phone or email, or both–is important: When U.S. Senators hear directly from constituents, they know that it’s an important issue that you (a voter in their district) will continue to follow.

 

Why is your voice needed now?   Last week, for the first time ever, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of moving to a full debate of the Paycheck Fairness Act, by a vote of 73-25. [2]  This historic win, a first of many hurdles for the bill, is due in no small part to your messages, letters, calls, testimony, shared stories, and contact with leaders.

 

It’s not over. Now the U.S. Senate has a chance to take the next step and do the right thing: Move the bill forward to a final up-or-down vote for passage.

 

**Look, we don’t often ask MomsRising members to make phone calls. We know you’re busy and we know that people don’t like to make calls. But we wouldn’t ask if it wasn’t important.

 

This is a critical vote to move equal pay forward, but they won’t do it if they don’t get a lot of heat from their constituents across the country telling them to stop playing games with our paychecks.

 

Making a quick call is a very powerful way to get that message across.

 

Call now: 855-976-1858 – it takes just two minutes or less! 

 

**And if you can’t make a call right now, just click here to send an EMAIL message to your U.S. Senators right away!

 

Passing the Paycheck Fairness Act is a real opportunity to help close the wage gap and boost our national economy–and we expect that those U.S. Senators who are genuinely committed to equal pay will help move the bill forward to a final up-or-down vote.

 

It’s time (actually, it’s way past time for this to happen).

 

Join me in using one of our most effective tools for change—our voices—and pick up your phone to make the call now. 855-976-1858.

 

Together, our voices are powerful!

 

-Ruth, Beth, Ashley and the whole MomsRising.org team

 

 

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President Obama Speaks on the Economy

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks on the economy during his trip to Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 27, 2014.

 

 

This President Of The United States Of America, is amazingly wonderful.

 

 

Dildo Fight! An Awesome Gun Safety Ad

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

It would be mortifying if this happened to anybody! Can you imagine if these kids had found and were playing with guns. We love this ad. In the year following Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre at least 100 children were unintentionally killed by gun fire. These deaths are completely preventable. You can never be careful enough when it comes to storing your guns. Cenk Uygur (www.twitter.com/cenkuygur), Ana Kasparian (www.twitter.com/AnaKasparian), Jimmy Dore (TYTComedy, The Jimmy Dore Show), and Lissette Padilla (www.twitter.com/lizzette) discuss.

 

“A gun safety advocacy group is using sex toys to start a conversation around gun safety and responsibility.

 

An ad released Thursday titled “Playthings” shows two young boys running around, playing with large, brightly colored dildos as if they’re swords.

 

“If they find it, they’ll play with it,” the narrator says, “so always lock up your guns.”

 

The ad comes from Evolve, an organization committed to reducing gun violence while taking no political position on the issue of gun control. The group’s co-founder, Rebecca Bond, said Evolve aims to “motivate people to make behavior changes” when it comes to firearms safety and responsibility.” *

 

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This is amazing. And it makes sense and is a fact.

 

 

Miss Florida crowns wrong Miss Florida

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) – A scoring error in last weekend’s Miss Florida pageant crowned the wrong winner, causing organizers to announce a new Miss Florida today in St. Petersburg, FOX 13 learned Friday.

 

Leesburg’s Elizabeth Fechtel has been in the spotlight all week after her big moment. However, an independent review of scoring found they had erroneously tabulated the winner. Now they are instead awarding it to Victoria Cowen of Panama City.

 

 

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Body of Missing Mike Herdman California Firefighter Found

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

The body of missing Arcadia firefighter Mike Herdman was found, officials said Friday.

The body was found about three-quarters of a mile from where he was last seen and several hundred feet up on a cliff above the Sespe River in rugged terrain of the Los Padres National Forest, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said.Herdman’s body was discovered by a pilot flying over a canyon after dropping off searchers combing through hillsides looking for Herdman.

 

 

 

Gas Prices on the Rise Conflict in Iraq triggers the rise in oil prices.

 

 

 

Could car seat monitors prevent tragedies?

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

CNN’s Gary Tuchman tests out an alarm that claims to save kids from being left in hot cars.

 

 

What parent forgets a child in the backseat of a vehicle? There’s no excuse for this, you never heard of parents leaving children in cars during the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s…..even the 80’s. Why is is a common event today?

 

 

Secretive Trade Deals, Pesticides and Autism, Detroit Water Shutoff & Prison Industrial Complex

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

The Redacted Team reveals Obama’s true feelings on secretive trade deals, discovers free TV, shuts off Detroit’s water, finds a practical use for giant vagina statues, and reveals who’s the sexiest inmate alive.

 

 

 

War’s First Casualty: the Truth

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

This week Bill speaks with investigative journalist Charles Lewis about why facts, logic and reason are often missing in the rush to war.

 

 

Too bad there is no integrity in reporting. No integrity in politics either.

 

 

Track race no sweat for eight months pregnant athlete Runner Alysia Montano

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

Runner Alysia Montano was eight months pregnant when she competed in a U.S. track and field championship 800-meter race.

 

 

 

Why we’re all paying the cost of excessive drinking

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

Excessive alcohol consumption accounts for one in 10 deaths among working-age Americans each year, making it the fourth leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States. And it’s not just alcoholic drinkers at risk; partying, bingeing and daily drinking all take a toll. Hari Sreenivasan interviews Dr. Robert Brewer, co-author of a new report from the Centers for Disease Control.

 

 

Common sense is not ever common.

 

 

Shields and Ponnuru on House GOP vs. Obama

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s top news, including how incumbents held their ground against the tea party in last Tuesday’s primaries, Rep. John Boehner’s threat to sue President Obama for abusing presidential powers, as well as accusations swirling around missing IRS emails.

 

 

Racism is a deadly dumbass disease, that is TAUGHT not caught. Politics are infected with much racism.

 

 

Is America More Financially Stable After Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform?

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

Senator Elizabeth Warren and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew go toe to toe over whether “too-big-to fail” banks run the risk of causing another financial meltdown.

 

 

I absofuckinlutely adore, admire & love Senator Elizabeth Warren and believe she must be our first female POTUSA…hopefully in 2016 but she’s too intelligent to do that.

 

 

NASA: U.S. air quality improving

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

NASA maps show that over the last decade, levels of the air pollutant nitrogen dioxide has decreased in U.S. cities.

 

 

Air quality has improved because…….wait for it…….THE E.P.A. is working. Take THAT GOP’ukes who wish to abolish The E.P.A.

 

 

Apple CEO Sexual Orientation Accidentally ‘Outed’ On National TV By CNBC Panel

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook outed as gay by CNBC’s Simon Hobbs live on-air.
(CBS SF) — Apple’s CEO Tim Cook is notoriously private about his life and his lifestyle, but Friday, a CNBC panelist talking about gay CEOs blurted, “Tim Cook is fairly open about the fact that he’s gay at the head of Apple, isn’t he?”, only to be met with stunned silence.

 

Apple’s chief has in fact spoken about his sexual orientation, making references to suffering discrimination at a speech last December to Auburn University, but he has not been overtly “out.”

 

Cook told students, “I’ve experienced many other types of discrimination and all of them were rooted in the fear of people that were different from the majority.”

 

 

 

Who gives a fuck what anyone’s sexual orientation is?

 

 

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of June 23

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

While members counted votes and confused reporters in their final week before the July Fourth recess, John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell sang to overcome the odds.

 

 

This 113th CongrASS is a clusterfuck of dumbfuckery.

 

 

Matt Lauer Called Out Over Questions to GM’s Female CE

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

NBC’s Matt Lauer has sparked some controversy for questions that he posed to General Motors CEO Mary Barra, asking her if she thought she got the job because she’s a woman and a mom.

 

 

NBC’s Matt Lauer has always been a dumbass, in my unhumble opinion.

 

 

Gun ‘professionals’ fire ‘safely’ 14-inch artillery into house

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

Homeowner assesses damage after 14-inch artillery shell enters house. ‘Responsible’ Gun Owner ‘Accidentally’ Fires Howitzer At House (VIDEO). Artillery shell fired “safely” lands in house.

 

 
(KOAMTV) A homeowner in Wyandotte, Oklahoma is awaiting damage assessments after an artillery shell entered his home.

 

It was fired at the Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot and Trade Show on Saturday, around 3 miles a way.

 

Homeowner Gene Kelley could not fathom what he found after hearing a large crash inside his home.

 

“It’s unbelievable,” Kelley said. “Unless you were here to see it or see the pictures I’ve got, you would not believe how huge this thing is.”

 

A 105 howitzer artillery shell, 14 and a half inches long and 3 and a half inches across, was lying on his bedroom floor.

 

It entered from the outside wall, hit the ceiling, and damaged another wall, all while he and his wife were home.

 

“Fortunately, nobody was hurt,” Kelley said.

 

Homeowners say if the shell had not first hit a tree limb and then the ground, the impact would have been a lot more severe when it hit the house.

 

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department says the shell came from a historic artillery canon fired at the gun show.

 

The gun range owner says the weapon was fired safely by professionals at a downward projection.

 

“It was not on a level plane, but on a downward trend, pointed downhill in the bottom of a valley,” said Mike Friend, Owner of Fast Machine Gun Shoot. “For that thing to rise and go far northwest of the range, it’s just unheard of.”

 

Both he and the homeowner describe it as an absurd occurrence.

 

“It’s a freak accident because as far as the safety end of everything, we drill every one of our shooters before it ever begins,” Friend said. “We have 30-45 minute drill.”

 

“It was definitely a freakish accident that happened,” Kelley said.

 

The weapon owner has agreed to pay for all damages to the Kelley home.

 

Kelley says he is not against guns, but does think there should be a limit on the size and use of such weapons.

 

“The people that bring these type of weapons need to think about whether it is really safe and an appropriate area to take a weapon of that magnitude and shoot it,” Kelley said.

 

Owners of the range say they are taking every measure to prevent something like this from ever happening again.

 

That particular weapon had never been fired on the range before.

 

 

 

Sometimes one does not have to offer any comment at all. Well maybe one comment….NRAssholes.

 

 

Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

Have you ever felt like you’re talking, but nobody is listening? Here’s Julian Treasure to help you fix that. As the sound expert demonstrates some useful vocal exercises and shares tips on how to speak with empathy, he offers his vision for a sonorous world of listening and understanding.

 

 

If politicians followed these rules of talking…..there’d be total silence. “Blame Thrower”, I will have to steal this phrase.

 

 

President Obama Stops by a Job Training Center in Minneapolis

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

During a trip to Minneapolis, Minnesota, President Obama stops by a Project CARE class with Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and Senator Al Franken, June 27, 2014.

 

 

This Man Is Truly A Man Of The People By The People.

 

 

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President Obama Hosts the 2013 Presidents Cup Team

 

Published on Jun 24, 2014

President Obama welcomes the 2013 Presidents Cup Team to the White House and delivers remarks, June 24, 2014.

 

 

 

Working Families Summit: “Career Ladders and Leadership”

 

Published on Jun 23, 2014

Mika Brzezinski moderates the third plenary session at the
White House Summit on Working Families in Washington, D.C., June 23, 2014.

 

 

 

Working Families Summit: “A 21st Century Economy that Works for Business and Workers”

 

Published on Jun 23, 2014

Claire Shipman and Katty Kay moderate the second plenary
session at the White House Summit on Working Families in Washington, D.C., June 23, 2014.

 

 

 

PBS News Hour For Tuesday, June 24, 2014

 

 

 

SCOTUS Ruling Limits EPA Regulatory Power

 

Published on Jun 24, 2014

Pubic Justice Executive Director Paul Bland and EcoWatch founder Stefanie Spear explain why SCOTUS ruling is being claimed as victory by environmentalists and coal industry alike.

 

 

 

Inside Story – Who are Nigeria’s Boko Haram?

 

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After a wave of attacks hit Nigeria, Inside Story asks what motivates the Islamist group’s increasing violence in Africa’s most populous country.

 

 

 

Freedom Summer‘ leaders recall pivotal fight against racism

 

Published on Jun 24, 2014

A new documentary “Freedom Summer” looks back to the deeply segregated Mississippi of 1964, and the young people who came from around the country to lend a hand in the struggle against racism. For a look back at the moment, Gwen Ifill is joined by Freedom Summer coordinator Robert Moses, Freedom Summer volunteer Rita Schwerner Bender, as well as director of the film, Stanley Nelson.

 

 

 

The Road to Freedom Summer — Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (5/8)

 

Published on Jun 23, 2014

Mr. Moses says one of the main ways we get to Freedom Summer is the assassination of Medgar Evers.

 

 

 

SD Republican Party votes to impeach Obama

 

Published on Jun 24, 2014

Impeaching President Barack Obama is a long-standing desire for many, but delegates for the South Dakota Republican Party decided to act instead of merely wish. In a 191-176 vote in favor of impeachment, delegates voiced their approval Saturday for removing from office the 44th president of the United States. Citing what the delegates claim are numerous violations of the oath of office, the resolution calls for Representatives in the House “to initiate impeachment proceedings.” RT’s Ameera David speaks with Robert Burgess, communications director for the South Dakota Republican Party, to learn more about the vote.

 

 

 

6/24/14: White House Press Briefing

 

Published on Jun 24, 2014

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

 

 

 

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Dan Pfeiffer: “POTUS Replies”

 

 

This morning, Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer sent the message below to the White House email list to share the story of Rebekah — a hardworking mom from Minneapolis who wrote the President to share her story, and will meet with him later this week.

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Hi, all –

Every day, the Office of Presidential Correspondence sorts through thousands of letters. Every night, President Obama reads ten of them. Some people write to share what his decisions mean in their daily lives, to talk about the economy, or to ask a question about a policy. Others just write in to say hello.

Each letter is a chance for President Obama to hear directly from folks across the country about the sorts of issues they face every day.

The President makes notes in the margins, and sits down to reply personally. He often sends the letters to the staff as reminder of what we are fighting for or to ask us to follow up on an issue raised in the letter. So when Rebekah, a hardworking mom from Minneapolis, wrote in to share how much harder it’s become to get ahead and do right by her family, you can bet the President set that letter aside for a reply.

But he’s not just doing that. He’s meeting Rebekah in person this Thursday to spend a day in her shoes. Watch President Obama tell her story, and find out why he’s traveling to her town.

 

When the President travels to Minnesota, he’ll launch the first in a series of “day-in-the-life” visits across the country this summer. He’ll spend a day with Rebekah — and he’ll meet with her family and community members to discuss the issues that matter to them, host a town hall, and talk about the steps we need to take as a country to help more Americans like Rebekah get ahead.

I know the President is excited to talk with her — and Americans like her. So all this summer, he’ll meet with folks who’ve written in to share what their lives are like. He’ll be hitting the road and traveling to communities across the country — sitting around diner booths and kitchen tables to talk about the issues that matter to them.

Rebekah’s story is representative of the experiences of millions of Americans: Even though our economy’s made a historic comeback, too many middle-class Americans are still stretched too thin, and there’s more work to do.

Make sure you see Rebekah’s story — and then tune in on Thursday as the President travels to Minnesota.

 

 

A Letter to the President: Rebekah

 

Published on Jun 23, 2014

The President reads a letter from Rebekah, a hardworking mom from Minneapolis who wrote to the President about what she sees, what she thinks needs changing, and her struggle to get ahead. The President chose to highlight Rebekah’s story because it is representative of the experiences of millions of Americans: While our economy’s made a comeback, too many Americans are still stretched too thin and the President knows there’s more work to do.

 

 

 

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Here’s What You Missed: The White House Summit on Working Families

 

 

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Yesterday, the White House, in partnership with the Department of Labor and the Center for American Progress, hosted a Summit on Working Families with the aim of having a national conversation and set a concrete agenda to bring American workplaces into the 21st century.

 

That conversation brought together businesses, economists, labor leaders, legislators, advocates, and working citizens to talk through the very real issues facing the full spectrum of working families — from low-wage workers to executives.

 

And you didn’t have to be in Washington to participate join in. Americans across the country tuned in and raised their voices online.

 

As Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett noted yesterday: “This is a movement, not a moment.” So if you missed the event yesterday, you can still add your voice. Take a look at our recap of yesterday’s Summit, and if you’ve got a story tell — get involved.

 

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Senate Delays Hurting Our National Security

 

 

As the President’s National Security Advisor, I am focused every day on keeping our country secure and our citizens – at home and abroad – safe. But these goals are hindered and our stature abroad is weakened when we are not fielding a full team. That’s why I urge the Senate to let the President’s qualified ambassadorial nominees get to work on behalf of the American people.

Right now, 48 nominees for ambassador are pending and 26 are on the Executive Calendar and eligible for confirmation by the full Senate – 16 of whom are career Foreign Service Officers. Together, all ambassadorial nominees have been waiting an average of 161 days, while those on the Executive Calendar have been waiting an average of 262 days. This is simply too long.

These crucial posts are vacant and American interests are therefore underrepresented. The longer we wait to fill these roles the harder it becomes to maintain our effective American diplomacy.

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Consider:

  • Kuwait borders Iraq and is a vital strategic partner that requires the highest level engagement given the current situation. Yet our post there remains without an ambassador. Now more than ever, it is crucial that our ambassador to the State of Kuwait is confirmed.

 

  • In Africa, a quarter of our ambassadors are awaiting Senate confirmation. And in combating regional instability and serious challenges such as Boko Haram, key partners including Niger, Cameroon, and Mauritania – as well as our delegation to the African Union – need ambassadors in place now. And with the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit planned for later this summer, it’s crucial that we display our commitment to partnering with leaders from across the continent for the good of Africa and the United States.

 

  • ASEAN will play a crucial role in the East Asia Summit in November 2014, which the President will attend. Substantively and organizationally, we need an ambassador in place to lay the groundwork for a successful Summit. We need a leading voice in our seat at the ASEAN table as tensions in the region have escalated surrounding China’s actions in the South China Sea.

These are only a few of many reasons it is critical to our national security that America fields a full team in our global engagement. The qualified individuals nominated to serve our country need to be confirmed without delay and allowed to do their important work leading our complex and vital interagency teams that are working to protect American interests around the world.

While there is a potential path to confirmation without bipartisan support, our nation’s security is stronger when we act together, and so I call on all members of the Senate to agree to confirm these nominees today so we can get them in place now.

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Sylvia Mathews Burwell Sworn In as the New HHS Secretary

 

 

Vice President Joe Biden swears in Sylvia Matthews Burwell as Secretary of Health and Human ServicesVice President Joe Biden swears in Sylvia Mathews Burwell, as Secretary of Health and Human Services, with her husband Stephen holding the bible, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. June 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

 

This afternoon, the Vice President ceremonially swore in Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services.

On June 5, Secretary Burwell was confirmed by a strong, bipartisan majority of Senators. In a statement that day, President Obama commended the Senate and reiterated his support for Secretary Burwell as a proven manager:

 

I applaud the strong, bipartisan majority of Senators who today confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell as America’s next Secretary of Health and Human Services. Sylvia is a proven manager who knows how to deliver results, and over her career she has built deep relationships with Democrats and Republicans alike. I’m confident Sylvia’s unparalleled experience will serve her well in her new role as she works to ensure the safety of our food and drug supply, protect our nation from outbreaks or bioterror attacks, keep America at the forefront of medical research, and make sure every American has access to quality, affordable healthcare.

 


 

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President Obama Joins a Roundtable Discussion at the Working Families Summit

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President Obama participates in a roundtable discussion at the White House Summit on Working Families in Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

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Speeches and Remarks

Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice at the White House Forum on Global LGBT Human Rights

 

 

Dr. Jill Biden, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, and U.S. Ambassador Catherine Russell to Travel to Africa

Dr. Jill Biden will travel to Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sierra Leone from June 30 – July 7, 2014. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Catherine Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, will also travel with Dr. Biden.

 

During their travel, Dr. Biden, Administrator Shah, and Ambassador Russell will highlight how girls’ education and women’s participation in government, the economy, and civil society can accelerate economic development, improve health and educational outcomes, strengthen democratic governance, and foster peace and security. These themes will also be woven throughout the upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit held in Washington, D.C. in early August.

 

Additional details about the trip are forthcoming.

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FACT SHEET: Advancing The Human Rights Of LGBT Persons Globally

Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice at the White House Forum on Global LGBT Human Rights

It’s great to be here, and particularly great to see such a wonderful collection of faith leaders, human rights activists, private sector representatives and colleagues in government all in one place.  Protecting and upholding human rights, especially for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender brothers and sisters, is work to which we all are called, so thank you, thank you so much for joining us here today.

 

The inexhaustible pursuit of equality, the drive to expand opportunity, the unshakeable conviction that human dignity and human rights are the natural endowment of all humankind—these are qualities that are fundamental to our American character.  For many Americans, they are also essential to our personal story.  I would not be standing here today if those who came before me had not pried open doors that had long been shut to people who look like me.  So, I feel a responsibility and a personal passion to help others enjoy the same opportunities that I have been blessed to receive.  It’s what drives me as a public servant and as a mother, because I do not want my children, or anyone else’s, to have their life choices limited by how they look, who they worship, or whom they love.

 

Universal human rights are not bestowed by governments or powerful majorities, they are God’s gift and the birth right of all people.  They belong to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender men and women as surely as they belong to anyone in the human family.  As President Obama has said so eloquently, “If we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”

 

It offends our common humanity when men or women anywhere in the world are beaten or abused, or when individuals anywhere have their rights restricted because of who they are.  And, it doesn’t just harm those who are targeted.  It rends the bonds that knit society together.  Trust recedes; suspicion spreads.  Entire countries are deprived of vital contributions from citizens in minority groups.

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Presidential Actions

Presidential Memorandum — Delegation of Reporting Functions Specified in Section 1206(b) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014

 

Presidential Memorandum — Enhancing Workplace Flexibilities and Work-Life Program

 

 

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The Last 24™: The White House Summit On Working Families Edition.


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President Obama Stops for Lunch On his Way To The White House Working Families Summit

 

 

 

 

Working Families Summit: “Family Matters

 

 

 

The Vice President Speaks at the Working Families Summit

 

 

 

6/23/14: White House Press Briefing

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks at the Working Families Summit

 

 

 

The First Lady Speaks at the Working Families Summit

 

 

 

A Letter to the President: Rebekah

 

 

 

Live from the White House Summit on Working Families

 

 

 

The White House Summit on Working Families is happening today — and businesses, economists, labor leaders, policymakers, advocates, and citizens are joining together for a national conversation about how we can update our workplaces to better help families in the 21st century succeed at work and at home.

 

Americans both at the Summit and around the country are adding their voices to that conversation. Take a look at what they’re saying — and add your own voice using #FamiliesSucceed

 

#FamiliesSucceed: White House Summit on Working Families

On June 23, the White House Summit on Working Families brought together businesses, economists, labor leaders, policymakers, advocates, and citizens for a national conversation about how we can create workplace policies that give modern American families the best chance to succeed.

 

 

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Watch from Anywhere: The White House Summit on Working Families

 

 

Today is the White House Summit on Working Families — bringing together businesses, economists, labor leaders, policymakers, advocates, and citizens for a national conversation about how we can create workplace policies that give modern American families the best chance to succeed at work and at home.

 

Americans across the country are tuning in and adding their voices from their desks, living rooms, and dining room tables.

 

Don’t miss a thing — here are all the ways you can participate in the Summit, no matter where you are:

 

  • Follow along online at www.workingfamiliessummit.org. There, you’ll find a full schedule of speakers, and panels — as well as a livestream of all of the main remarks and plenary sessions. In between, HuffPost Live will host and moderate digital breakout sessions featuring Summit particpants and Americans from around the country, via Google+ Hangout.

 

  • Add your voice to the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #FamiliesSucceed. We’ll be tweeting remarks and helpful facts and graphics from White House accounts all day. Follow the conversation, and add your voice.

 

 

  • Share how 21st-century workplace policies would help your working family succeed. Visit WhiteHouse.gov/working-families to share what your working family looks like, and how you’ll be uniquely helped by 21st-century workplace policies. There will also be a story-sharing wall at the Summit, where attendees can fill out cards with this information and post their own story in a central location.

 

 

 

Family-Friendly Workplace Policies Are Not Frills — They’re Basic Needs

 

 

This morning, the Huffington Post published the following op-ed from the President, discussing the need for family-friendly policies in our workplaces. The op-ed is part of a series of essays about the issues facing working families, leading up to today’s White House Summit on Working Families.

 

Watch the Summit live at www.workingfamiliessummit.org.

 


As President, my top priority is rebuilding an economy where everybody who works hard has the chance to get ahead.

 

That’s the subject of the first White House Summit on Working Families, which is taking place today. We’re bringing together business leaders and workers to talk about the challenges that working parents face every day and how we can address them.

 

Take flexibility – the ability to take a few hours off for a school play or to work from home when your kid is sick. Most workers want it, but not enough of them have it – even though studies show that flexibility makes workers happier, and helps companies lower turnover and raise productivity.

 

Take paid family leave. Many jobs don’t offer adequate leave to care for a new baby or an ailing parent, so workers can’t afford to be there when their family needs them the most. And the United States is the only developed country in the world without paid maternity leave.

 

Take childcare. Most working families I know can’t afford thousands a year for childcare, but often, that’s what it costs. I recently got a letter from a woman in Minnesota whose kids’ preschool is so expensive, it costs more every month than her mortgage.

 

And take the minimum wage. Nearly 28 million Americans would benefit if we raised the minimum wage to $10.10. And we’re not just talking about young people on their first job – the average worker who would benefit from an increase is 35 years old. Many have kids. And a majority are women. Right now, many full-time minimum wage workers aren’t even making enough to keep their kids out of poverty.

 

Family leave, childcare, flexibility, and a decent wage aren’t frills. They’re basic needs. They shouldn’t be bonuses – they should be the bottom line.

 

Parents who work full-time should earn enough to pay the bills and go to work every day knowing that their kids are in good hands. Workers who give their all should know that if they need some flexibility, they can have it – because their employers understand that it’s hard to be productive when you’ve got a sick kid at home or a childcare crisis. And talented, hard-working people should be able to say yes to a great new opportunity without worrying that their family will pay the price. Nearly half of all working parents surveyed say they’ve chosen to turn down a job, not because they didn’t want it, because it would be too hard on their families. When that many members of our workforce are forced to choose between a job and their family, something’s wrong.

 

Some businesses are realizing that family-friendly policies are a good business practice, because they help build loyalty and inspire workers to go the extra mile. JetBlue offers a flexible work-from-home plan for its customer service representatives. Google increased their paid parental leave to five months – and the rate of women leaving the company decreased by half. Cisco lets their employees telecommute as needed, which they estimate saves them over $275 million every year.

 

And there’s a bigger economic case here, too. The strength of our economy rests on whether we’re getting the most out of all of our nation’s talent – whether we’re making it possible for all our citizens to contribute to our growth and prosperity. That’s the key to staying competitive in the global economy. Right now, we’re leaving too many people on the sidelines who have the desire and the capacity to work, but are held back by one obstacle or another. It’s our job to remove those obstacles. That’s what supporting working families is all about.

 

States are getting on board, too. California, Rhode Island, and New Jersey give workers paid family leave. Connecticut offers paid sick days. So does New York City. Since I asked Congress to raise the minimum wage last year, 13 states have taken steps to raise it on their own.

 

But all Americans should get to benefit from these policies. That’s why we need to see some action here in Washington.

 

I’ll work with anyone – Democrats or Republicans – to increase opportunity for American workers. But in this year of action, whenever I can act on my own, I will.

 

Today, I’ll sign a Presidential Memorandum directing every agency in the federal government to expand access to flexible work schedules, and giving employees the right to request them.

 

I’m calling on Congress to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, because too many pregnant workers are forced to choose between their health and their job. They can get fired for taking too many bathroom breaks, or forced on unpaid leave just for being pregnant. It’s inhumane, and it needs to stop.

 

And to help parents trying to get ahead, I’m directing my Secretary of Labor to invest $25 million in helping people who want to enroll in job training programs, but don’t currently have access to the childcare they need to do it.

 

I take this personally – as the son and grandson of some strong women who worked hard to support my sister and me; as the husband of a brilliant woman who struggled to balance work and raising our young ladies when my job often kept me away; and as the father of two beautiful girls, whom I want to be there for as much as I possibly can – and whom I hope will be able to have families and careers of their own one day.

 

We know from our history that our country does better when everybody participates; when everyone’s talents are put to use; when we all have a fair shot. That’s the America I believe in. That’s the America I’ll keep fighting for every day.

 

 

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President Obama at Chipotle

 

President Barack Obama orders his lunch at a Chipotle Mexican Grill after walking there with several participants attending the White House Summit on Working Families at the nearby Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., June 23, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

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FACT SHEET: The White House Summit On Working Families

 

Remarks by President Obama at the White House Summit on Working Families | June 23, 2014

Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, D.C.

1:51 P.M. EDT

 

THE PRESIDENT:  This crowd looks fired up.  (Applause.)  Already, everybody have a seat.  Have a seat.  You look like you’ve been busy.

 

AUDIENCE MEMBERS:  Yes!

 

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  We’re just waiting on you.

 

THE PRESIDENT:  I know that’s right.  (Applause.)  I know that’s right.  (Laughter.)  Good afternoon, everybody.  Have a seat, have a seat.

 

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  I love you, Mr. President.

 

THE PRESIDENT:  I love you back.  (Applause.)  I do.  Well, welcome to the White House Summit on Working Families.  (Applause.)  And thanks to all of you for joining us.  I know that for most of you, you are taking time off of work or family, or both, to be here.  And I know that’s a sacrifice.  And I know just juggling schedules can be tough.  And in fact, that’s one of the reasons that we are here today.

 

I want to thank our co-hosts, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez — give him a big round of applause — as well as Neera Tanden and everyone at the Center for American Progress for the great work that they did.  (Applause.)  Thanks as well to all the members of Congress who are participating, especially Nancy Pelosi and the members of the Democratic Women’s Working Group.  (Applause.)  And a long-time friend and champion of families and women and veterans, Connie Milstein — we could not have pulled this off without Connie’s great assistance, so we want to thank Connie.  (Applause.)

 

So I just walked over to Chipotle for lunch.  (Laughter.)  I caused a lot of havoc, as you might expect.  (Laughter.)  It had been a while since I had the burrito bowl, and it was good.  (Laughter.)  And I went there with four new buddies of mine.  One of them is a father of a four year old and a two month old who has worked with his wife to come up with a flexible plan where he works three or four days a week.  She works three or four days a week.  And the reason is because, as Roger put it, he thinks it’s important that he is able to bond with this kids just as much as his wife is.

 

Read The Entire Transcript Here.

 

 

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Op-Ed by President Obama on the White House Summit on Working Families

In an op-ed published on the Huffington Post, President Obama writes about the importance of today’s White House Summit on Working Families and his commitment to creating a 21st century workplace that works for all Americans.

 

The following op-ed by President Obama appeared on the Huffington Post.

 

Family-Friendly Workplace Policies Are Not Frills — They’re Basic Needs

 

Family-Friendly Workplace Policies Are Not Frills — They’re Basic Needs

 

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As President, my top priority is rebuilding an economy where everybody who works hard has the chance to get ahead.

 

That’s the subject of the first White House Summit on Working Families, which is taking place today. We’re bringing together business leaders and workers to talk about the challenges that working parents face every day and how we can address them.

 

Take flexibility — the ability to take a few hours off for a school play or to work from home when your kid is sick. Most workers want it, but not enough of them have it — even though studies show that flexibility makes workers happier and helps companies lower turnover and raise productivity.

 

Take paid family leave. Many jobs don’t offer adequate leave to care for a new baby or an ailing parent, so workers can’t afford to be there when their families need them the most. And the United States is the only developed country in the world without paid maternity leave.

 

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Take childcare. Most working families I know can’t afford thousands a year for childcare, but often, that’s what it costs. I recently got a letter from a woman in Minnesota whose kids’ preschool is so expensive it costs more every month than her mortgage.

 

And take the minimum wage. Nearly 28 million Americans would benefit if we raised the minimum wage to $10.10. And we’re not just talking about young people on their first job — the average worker who would benefit from an increase is 35 years old. Many have kids. And a majority are women. Right now, many full-time minimum-wage workers aren’t even making enough to keep their kids out of poverty.

 

Family leave, childcare, flexibility and a decent wage aren’t frills. They’re basic needs. They shouldn’t be bonuses — they should be the bottom line.

 

Parents who work full-time should earn enough to pay the bills and go to work every day knowing that their kids are in good hands. Workers who give their all should know that if they need some flexibility, they can have it — because their employers understand that it’s hard to be productive when you’ve got a sick kid at home or a childcare crisis. And talented, hard-working people should be able to say yes to a great new opportunity without worrying that their families will pay the price. Nearly half of all working parents surveyed say they’ve chosen to turn down a job not because they didn’t want it, but because it would be too hard on their families. When that many members of our workforce are forced to choose between a job and their family, something’s wrong.

 

Some businesses are realizing that family-friendly policies are a good business practice, because they help build loyalty and inspire workers to go the extra mile. JetBlue offers a flexible work-from-home plan for its customer-service representatives. Google increased its paid parental leave to five months — and the rate of women leaving the company decreased by half. Cisco lets their employees telecommute as needed, which they estimate saves them over $275 million every year.

 

And there’s a bigger economic case here, too. The strength of our economy rests on whether we’re getting the most out of all of our nation’s talent — whether we’re making it possible for all our citizens to contribute to our growth and prosperity. That’s the key to staying competitive in the global economy. Right now, we’re leaving too many people on the sidelines who have the desire and the capacity to work, but are held back by one obstacle or another. It’s our job to remove those obstacles. That’s what supporting working families is all about.

 

States are getting on board, too. California, Rhode Island and New Jersey give workers paid family leave. Connecticut offers paid sick days. So does New York City. Since I asked Congress to raise the minimum wage last year, 13 states have taken steps to raise it on their own.

 

But all Americans should get to benefit from these policies. That’s why we need to see some action here in Washington.

 

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I’ll work with anyone — Democrats or Republicans — to increase opportunity for American workers. But in this year of action, whenever I can act on my own, I will.

 

Today, I’ll sign a Presidential Memorandum directing every agency in the federal government to expand access to flexible work schedules, and giving employees the right to request them.

 

I’m calling on Congress to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, because too many pregnant workers are forced to choose between their health and their job. They can get fired for taking too many bathroom breaks, or forced on unpaid leave just for being pregnant. It’s inhumane, and it needs to stop.

 

And to help parents trying to get ahead, I’m directing my Secretary of Labor to invest $25 million in helping people who want to enroll in job-training programs, but don’t currently have access to the childcare they need to do it.

 

I take this personally — as the son and grandson of some strong women who worked hard to support my sister and me; as the husband of a brilliant woman who struggled to balance work and raising our young ladies when my job often kept me away; and as the father of two beautiful girls, whom I want to be there for as much as I possibly can — and whom I hope will be able to have families and careers of their own one day.

 

We know from our history that our country does better when everybody participates; when everyone’s talents are put to use; when we all have a fair shot. That’s the America I believe in. That’s the America I’ll keep fighting for every day.

 

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Statements and Releases – June 23rd, 2014

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Conviction of Journalists in Egypt

 

Message to Congress — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to the Western Balkans

 

Notice to Congress — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to the Western Balkans

 

Presidential Nomination Sent to the Senate

 

 

President Obama to Award the Medal of Honor

On July 21, 2014, President Barack Obama will award Ryan M. Pitts, a former active duty Army Staff Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.  Staff Sergeant Pitts will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a Forward Observer with 2nd Platoon, Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, during combat operations at Vehicle Patrol Base Kahler, in the vicinity of Wanat Village in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on July 13, 2008.

 

Staff Sergeant Pitts will be the ninth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.  He and his family will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service.

 

PERSONAL BACKGROUND:

Staff Sergeant Pitts separated from the service on October 27, 2009 from Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  He currently lives in Nashua, New Hampshire, where he works in business development for the computer software industry.

 

Staff Sergeant Pitts enlisted in the Army in August 2003 as a Fire Support Specialist (13F), primarily responsible for the intelligence activities of the Army’s field artillery team.   After completion of training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and follow-on parachutist training at the U.S. Army Airborne School, Fort Benning, Georgia, he was assigned to Camp Ederle, Vicenza, Italy, as a radio operator with the 4th Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment and 173rd Airborne Brigade where he deployed to Afghanistan.  His final assignment was with the 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment “The Rock”, 173rd Airborne Brigade as a Forward Observer which included a second combat tour to Afghanistan.

 

At the time of the July 13, 2008 combat engagement, then-Sergeant Pitts was a Forward Observer in 2nd Platoon, Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment 173rd Airborne Brigade as part of Task Force Rock. His heroic actions were performed at Vehicle Patrol Base Kahler, in the vicinity of Wanat Village in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

 

His personal awards include the Bronze Star Medal w/ “V” Device, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal w/ three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal with Bronze Clasp and two Loops, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Two Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral “4”,  NATO Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Valorous Unit Award, Combat Action Badge, Pathfinder Badge and Parachutist Badge.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

THE MEDAL OF HONOR:

The Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves conspicuously by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty while:

 

  • engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States;
  • engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or
  • serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

 

The meritorious conduct must involve great personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life. There must be incontestable proof of the performance of the meritorious conduct, and each recommendation for the award must be considered on the standard of extraordinary merit.

 

 

Readout of the President’s Call with President Putin of Russia

 

President Obama spoke with Russian President Putin today about the situation in Ukraine.  President Obama welcomed President Poroshenko’s peace plan and urged that Russia and separatist leaders work closely with the Ukrainian government to take concrete steps to implement it.  The President called upon President Putin to press the separatists to recognize and abide by the ceasefire and to halt the flow of weapons and materiel across its border into Ukraine.  The President emphasized that words must be accompanied by actions and that the United States remains prepared to impose additional sanctions should circumstances warrant, in coordination with our allies and partners.  The President and President Putin also discussed the removal of chemical weapons in Syria and ongoing efforts to reach a comprehensive solution to ensure that Iran’s nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful.

 

Obama Grabs a Bite at Chipotle Before Summit

 

 

 

Obama: Paid Leave Basic Need, Not Bonus

 

 

 

President Obama Grabs a Bite at Chipotle Before Summit!!

 

 

 

 

The White House Summit on Working Families {Full Summit}

 

 

 

 

 

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