Friday’s Pictorial Potpourri


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

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I just wish to express my loving thanks to all who have followed, supported and understood this blog the past year…..

 

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Without each and every one of you, TheObamaCrat.Com™ would not exist.

 

I also wish to thank all those who leave nasty, evil, stupid comments as well, lets face it, if you morons take time from your lives to comment on TheObamaCrat.Com™…..it means I’m doing “it” right.

 

 

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Latest Happinngs From 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

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Orlando Sentinel: ABC News has released photos of Robin Roberts’ interview with first lady Michelle Obama.

The chat was conducted Friday, but it won’t air until Tuesday on “Good Morning America”….

More here

 

 

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Robin Roberts, left, is interviewing first lady Michelle Obama for ‘Good Morning America.’ Photo credit: Ida Mae Astute/ABC

 

 

 

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INTERVIEW AIRS ON “GOOD MORNING AMERICA” TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26

“Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts will interview First Lady Michelle Obama to discuss the third anniversary of Let’s Move! and a new partnership that makes finding healthy, reliable recipes easy for busy parents, among other topics.

 

This will be Mrs. Obama’s first morning show interview and will air on “Good Morning Americaon Tuesday, February 26.

 

“Good Morning America” is a two-hour, live program anchored by Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos. Josh Elliott is the news anchor, Lara Spencer is lifestyle anchor and Sam Champion is the weather anchor. Tom Cibrowski is the senior executive producer. The morning news program airsMONDAY-FRIDAY (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

 

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Tonight the First Lady visits Jimmy Fallon…….

 

 

Evolution Of Mom Dancing (w/ Jimmy Fallon & Michelle Obama)

 

Published on Feb 22, 2013

In honor of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” campaign, Jimmy Fallon and Michelle Obama present the “Evolution of Mom Dancing.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From The White House Blog…….

 

 

Photos Of The Day:

 

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President Barack Obama meets with senior advisors in the Oval Office, Feb 21, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

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Vice President Joe Biden receives a bracelet from Paige Baitinger, wife of fallen St. Petersburg, Fla., police Sgt. Thomas Baitinger, following a Medal of Valor ceremony in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Feb. 20, 2013. The Vice President and Attorney General Eric Holder presented 18 recipients with the Medal of Valor, which is awarded to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect others from harm. Baitinger accepted the award on behalf of her husband who was killed in the line of duty in 2011. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

 

 

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President Barack Obama talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan as they stand in the West Wing Lobby of the White House, Feb. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

 

Speeches and Remarks

 

February 22, 2013

Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Abe of Japan After Bilateral Meeting

 

 

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

 

February 22, 2013

Joint Statement by the United States and Japan

 

 

 

February 22, 2013

Message — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Cuba

 

 

 

February 22, 2013

Notice — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Cuba

 

 

 

February 22, 2013

President Obama Signs Louisiana Disaster Declaration

 

 

 

February 22, 2013

Letter from the President — Concerning Niger

 

 

 

February 21, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama and Big Bird Team Up to Help Get Kids Healthy

 

 

 

Fulfilling our Commitment to Open Government

 

Lisa Ellman and Nick Sinai
February 22, 2013

 

Since taking office, President Obama has made clear that his Administration is committed to Open Government—that the Nation is made stronger by making the Federal Government accountable to citizens and by giving those citizens opportunities to participate in their government.

 

That’s why, in September 2011, President Obama, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, and the leaders of six other governments launched the global Open Government Partnership– a global effort to encourage transparent, effective, and accountable governance driven by citizens and civil society around the world.  Demonstrating the Nation’s domestic commitment to the Partnership, President Obama launched theU.S. National Action Plan on Open Government that same day, saying:

“We pledge to be more transparent at every level — because more information on government activity should be open, timely, and freely available to the people. We pledge to engage more of our citizens in decision-making — because it makes government more effective and responsive. We pledge to implement the highest standards of integrity — because those in power must serve the people, not themselves. And we pledge to increase access to technology — because in this digital century, access to information is a right that is universal.”

 

In just over a year, the Administration has made significant progress toward implementing the National Action Plan, working closely and in partnership with American citizens and organizations.

 

For example, with the launch of the White House’s “We the People” petition platform, citizens now have a more powerful voice in government. With the passage of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, and President Obama’s landmark directive extending whistleblower protections to the intelligence and national security communities for the first time, Federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government will receive the protection they deserve.  And, through innovative, accessible platforms like data.gov, the government is unleashing more information than ever before to fuel innovation and entrepreneurship. But we’re not stopping there.

 

As part of our ongoing commitment to Open Government, the United States Government will publish a Self-Assessment Report this spring, that outlines our significant progress to date and highlights areas where there is more work to be done.  And, in the true spirit of Open Government—we want you to participate in the process.

 

Many of the best ideas that helped shape the National Action Plan on Open Government were suggested from citizens and outside groups. Starting today, for the next two weeks, we want to hear from you, as we work to develop our Open Government self-assessment report.

 

Here’s how: You can share your ideas and feedback through Q&A site Quora, or through a web form on WhiteHouse.gov. Specifically, we’d like to hear from you about:

  • What Open Government commitments need the most additional work in the near term?
  • How can we be more responsive to your feedback?
  • How can we work more closely with the public to enhance the Government’s effectiveness?

 

Your feedback will inform our upcoming Self-Assessment Report on Open Government and ensure that your voice is heard as we continue working together toward increased openness and transparency. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Lisa Ellman is Chief Counselor for the Open Government Partnership and Senior Advisor to the Chief Technology Officer and Nick Sinai is Deputy Chief Technology Officer.

 

 

 

What Is the Sequester?

 

Megan Slack
Megan Slack

February 22, 2013

In eight days, harmful automatic cuts — known as the sequester — take effect, threatening hundreds of thousands of jobs, and cutting vital services for children, seniors, people with mental illness and our men and women in uniform.

 

To prevent a costly, self-inflicted wound to our economy and middle class families, President Obama put forward a plan to avoid these cuts and reduce the deficit by cutting spending and closing tax loopholes. Now it’s up to Congress to act. Learn more about President Obama’s plan here.

 

Still have questions about what the sequester is, and why American famillies and our national economy face this threat? We’ve put together the explainer below using some helpful background information President Obama laid out in a statement on Tuesday. Check it out:

 

 

$2.5 TRILLION IN DEFICIT REDUCTION

 

 

 

 

“Over the last few years, both parties have worked together to reduce our deficits by more than $2.5 trillion. More than two-thirds of that was through some pretty tough spending cuts. The rest of it was through raising taxes — tax rates on the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans. And together, when you take the spending cuts and the increased tax rates on the top 1 percent, it puts us more than halfway towards the goal of $4 trillion in deficit reduction that economists say we need to stabilize our finances.”

 

 

 

SO WHAT’S THE SEQUESTER? WHY NOW?

 

 

 

 

“Now, Congress, back in 2011, also passed a law saying that if both parties couldn’t agree on a plan to reach that $4 trillion goal, about a trillion dollars of additional, arbitrary budget cuts would start to take effect this year. And by the way, the whole design of these arbitrary cuts was to make them so unattractive and unappealing that Democrats and Republicans would actually get together and find a good compromise of sensible cuts as well as closing taxloopholes and so forth. And so this was all designed to say we can’t do these bad cuts; let’s do something smarter. That was the whole point of this so-called sequestration.”

 

“Unfortunately, Congress didn’t compromise. They haven’t come together and done their jobs, and so as a consequence, we’ve got these automatic, brutal spending cuts that are poised to happen next Friday.”

 

“Now, if Congress allows this meat-cleaver approach to take place, it will jeopardize our military readiness; it will eviscerate job-creating investments in education and energy and medical research. It won’t consider whether we’re cutting some bloated program that has outlived its usefulness, or a vital service that Americans depend on every single day. It doesn’t make those distinctions.”

 

 

A WAY FORWARD, A BALANCED APPROACH

 

 

 

 

“There is a smarter way to do this –- to reduce our deficits without harming our economy. But Congress has to act in order for that to happen.”

 

“Now, for two years, I’ve offered a balanced approach to deficit reduction that would prevent these harmful cuts…”

 

“I am willing to cut more spending that we don’t need, get rid of programs that aren’t working. I’ve laid out specific reforms to our entitlement programs that can achieve the same amount of health care savings by the beginning of the next decade as the reforms that were proposed by the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles commission.”

 

 

 

 

 

“I’m willing to save hundreds of billions of dollars by enacting comprehensive tax reform that gets rid of tax loopholes and deductions for the well off and well connected, without raising tax rates.”

 

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT PRESIDENT OBAMA’S PLAN TO AVOID HARMFUL CUTS AND REDUCE THE DEFICIT.

 

 

 

 

 

“I believe such a balanced approach that combines tax reform with some additional spending reforms, done in a smart, thoughtful way is the best way to finish the job of deficit reduction and avoid these cuts once and for all that could hurt our economy, slow our recovery, put people out of work. And most Americans agree with me.”

 

WATCH PRESIDENT OBAMA’S FULL STATEMENT ON YOUTUBE.

 

 

 

President Obama Meets with Prime Minister Abe of Japan

 

Megan Slack
Megan Slack

February 22, 2013
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President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan deliver press statements and take questions following their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, Feb. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Today, President Obama held a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan. “The U.S.-Japan alliance is the central foundation for our regional security and so much of what we do in the Pacific region,” President Obama said.

 

In the meeting, the two leaders discussed a range of security issues in the Asia Pacific region, and over lunch, talked about the close economic cooperation between our two countries.

 

“I know that Prime Minister Abe and I both agree that our number-one priority has to be making sure that we are increasing growth and making sure that people have the opportunity to prosper if they’re willing to work hard in both our countries.”

 

Read the full remarks here.

 

 

 

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The Firing Of Meteorologist Rhonda Lee


By Jueseppi B.

 

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Take a look at the Black woman in the above photo. Take a good look. I don’t know how I missed this story/issue but miss it I most certainly did.

 

You get a good look at Ms. Rhonda Lee?

 

This from Change.Org:

 

KTBS-TV: Give Rhonda Lee her job back ASAP!

 

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Petition by  Claudia Zayas  Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

 

A female meteorologist, Rhonda Lee, has been fired from the ABC affiliate in Shreveport, Louisiana (KTBS-TV) because she responded to a racial remark posted by a viewer on the station’s Facebook page.

 

In October, a viewer posted an offensive remark about Lee and her appearance on KTBS’s Facebook page. The comment included: “the black lady that does the news is a very nice lady.the only thing is she needs to wear a wig or grow some more hair. im not sure if she is a cancer patient” [sic].

 

After the comment was left on the station’s page for days without any response or moderation and after Lee claims the station refused to offer a reply to the comment at her request, Lee wrote a thoughtful and respectful response. In her comment, Lee stated, “I am the ‘black lady’ to which you are referring… I am very proud of my African-American ancestry which includes my hair… I’m very proud of who I am and the standard of beauty I display. Women come in all shapes, sizes, nationalities, and levels of beauty. Showing little girls that being comfortable in the skin and HAIR God gave me is my contribution to society. Little girls (and boys for that matter) need to see that what you look like isn’t a reason to not achieve their goals.”

 

In November, Lee responded to a comment on KTBS’ Facebook page from a viewer complaining about a segment that feature predominantly children of color to clarify that “the children are picked at random.” She added: “I would like to think it doesn’t matter who the child is.”

 

KTBS has stated that Lee was fired for allegedly violating a social media policy for staff members. However, Lee said that in a meeting with her supervisors, they told her the policy she violated “isn’t written down, but was mentioned in a newsroom meeting (a meeting she did not attend) about a month-and-a-half prior.” Lee also claims, “There isn’t anything in our employee manual talking about social media dos and don’ts.”

 

Lee said that initially she was told that she would be having a discussion with the station’s managers about clarifying the social media policy, but instead, allegedly without any discussion, Lee was terminated.

 

As a mom, I worry that actions by employers like this give girls the idea that they have to conform to a certain look to be successful. One day my daughter will want to wear her hair natural — or maybe not — but I want it to be her choice not her peer’s. If we allow this to go on where will it stop? I want my daughter to be inspired by woman like Lee who achieve success in their fields and stand up for themselves and others.

 

Please join me in asking KTBS to stand with their meteorologist and return Rhonda Lee to her job.

 

To: 
George Sirven, KTBS-TV 
Jan Elkins, Community Affairs, KTBS-TV 
Trey Lankford, Operations Manager, KTBS-TV
KTBS-TV, KTBS-TV 
Give Rhonda Lee her job back ASAP!

Sincerely, 
[Your name]

 

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This is exactly why unions are necessary in the United States Of America.
 
 
First of all, KTBS should stand beside it’s employees of all cultures. 
 
 
Second of all….what exactly did Ms. Lee say in her response to racist ignorance that was a firing offense?
 
 
Third and most important, when KTBS failed to remove the hateful, racist post on their “company” facebook page, they themselves were in violation of safe and non racist working conditions for their employee, Ms. Rhonda Lee.
 
 
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First Lady Michelle Obama And Jimmy Kimmel


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

 

Kimmel and the first lady — who had met before at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner when Kimmel was host — chatted about everything from whether she still disciplines her daughters in public (not really) to whether the North Portico will give out vegetables to trick-or-treaters this Halloween (no, sometimes candy is okay).

Michelle Obama also stressed the importance of early voting.

“You don’t know what’s going to happen on Election Day. Babysitters, you might be sick, car breaks down, but you can vote for weeks in advance in many states if you vote early,” she cautioned. “And we’re encouraging people to vote early and use Election Day to help get other people to the polls who may need assistance.”

 

 

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Plan to Get People to Vote

 

Published on Oct 26, 2012

Jimmy Kimmel Live – First Lady Michelle Obama’s Plan to Get People to Vote

Jimmy Kimmel Live’s YouTube channel features clips and recaps of every episode from the late night TV show on ABC.

Subscribe for clips from the monologue, the interviews, and musical performances every day of the week. Watch your
favorites parts again, or catch-up on any episodes you may have missed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Lady Michelle Obama on Jimmy Kimmel Live PART 1

 

Published on Oct 26, 2012

Jimmy Kimmel Live – The first part of Jimmy’s interview with First Lady Michelle Obama

Jimmy Kimmel Live’s YouTube channel features clips and recaps of every episode from the late night TV show on ABC.

Subscribe for clips from the monologue, the interviews, and musical performances every day of the week. Watch your
favorites parts again, or catch-up on any episodes you may have missed.

Website: http://www.jimmykimmellive.com

Channel: http://www.youtube.com/jimmykimmellive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Lady Michelle Obama on Jimmy Kimmel Live PART 2

 

Published on Oct 26, 2012

Jimmy Kimmel Live – The second part of Jimmy’s interview with First Lady Michelle Obama

Jimmy Kimmel Live’s YouTube channel features clips and recaps of every episode from the late night TV show on ABC.

Subscribe for clips from the monologue, the interviews, and musical performances every day of the week. Watch your
favorites parts again, or catch-up on any episodes you may have missed.

Website: http://www.jimmykimmellive.com

Channel: http://www.youtube.com/jimmykimmellive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Smalls: Dear Mr. President

 

Published on Oct 26, 2012

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Eric Smalls wrote a letter to the President, this is his story.

Dear Mr. President,

My name is Eric Smalls. At a young age I was inspired by NASA and their expeditions to the moon. As a career I would love to build robots to explore the first earth-like planets and beyond. However, when I was three years old my mother passed away due to breast cancer. For several months my family was homeless and forced to live out of a car. With my dad doing his best to take care of my sister and I, those years were very difficult and college was just a pipe dream. As we lived paycheck to paycheck, the three of us shared two dollars a day for food. Some days, my sister and I were faced with choosing between going to school or eating that day.

For a while I feared I might never be able to achieve my dreams. But I was motivated to change my circumstance. I got back on my feet and went to live in Philadelphia with my grandmother. I started attending an engineering and science academy in North Philly. I was determined to achieve my dreams. It was largely due to your STEM initiatives that I found my calling as the President of the robotics club at my high school. I became thoroughly motivated no matter how hard life became around me.

Today, I can say that I’m well on my way to achieving my dreams and that your education initiatives are helping make it possible. Your doubling of Pell Grants have made college more affordable for students like me. This year I’ll begin my first year of college. I’m proud to say that I’m the first in my family to go to college. Currently, I’m pursuing an engineering degree in computer science and artificial intelligence at Stanford University.

As a person who overcame homelessness and now has the opportunity to pursue higher education, I want to thank you and tell the American people ‘It is possible.’ Perhaps I could not see my dreams from the backseat of a car window, but, today my dream has been made possible thanks to you. We’re moving forward in the right direction and I’m excited for the next four years, both for college and what you can do for the country.

Sincerely,
Eric Smalls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The White House Daily Snapshot


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Daily Snapshot for
Thursday, May 10, 2012

 

President Obama Supports Same-Sex Marriage

 

Yesterday, in an interview with ABC News, President Obama said, “I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”

With that one statement, he made it clear that he believes that it’s wrong to prevent couples who are in loving, committed relationships from getting married.

 

See more quotes from the President’s interview.

 

 

Photo of the Day

 

 

President Barack Obama participates in an interview with Robin Roberts of ABC’s Good Morning America, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, May 9, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

In Case You Missed It

 

Here are some of the top stories from the White House blog:

 

Hangout with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis


Today at 1:00 p.m. EDT, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis hosts a Google+ Hangout to talk about the Obama Administration’s Summer Jobs+ initiative.

 

By the Numbers: 37


Manufacturing accounts for 37 percent of our economic growth since 2009.

 

The Changing Face of Our Military


Meet some members of the Marine’s Female Engagement Team, women who volunteer to join otherwise all-male patrols on the ground in Afghanistan villages, where they build relationships with local women.

 

Today’s Schedule

 

All times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).


9:40 AM: The President departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews

 

9:55 AM: The President departs Joint Base Andrews en route Seattle, Washington

 

10:45 AM: The Vice President addresses a group of students and representatives from higher education and youth-serving organizations who are meeting at the White House WhiteHouse.gov/live

 

1:55 PM: The President arrives in Seattle, Washington

 

2:50 PM: The President delivers remarks at a campaign event

 

5:15 PM: The President delivers remarks at a campaign event

 

6:15 PM: The President departs Seattle, Washington en route Los Angeles, California

 

7:25 PM: The President arrives in California

 

9:20 PM: The President delivers remarks at a campaign event

 

WhiteHouse.gov/live Indicates that the event will be live-streamed on WhiteHouse.gov/Live

 

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