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The White House Blog Updates™: A Message From The President. The White House Beards.


By Jueseppi B.




President Barack Obama: 7.1 million Americans.


Last night, the first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act came to an end.


And this afternoon, we announced that 7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private insurance plans through the new Health Insurance Marketplaces.


7.1 million.


That doesn’t count the more than 3 million young adults who have gained insurance under this law by staying on their families’ plans. It doesn’t count the millions more who have gotten covered through the expansion of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. It doesn’t include the more than 100 million folks who now have better care — who are receiving additional benefits, like mammograms and contraceptive care, at no extra cost.


Now, millions of our fellow Americans have the comfort and peace of mind that comes with knowing they’re no longer leaving their health and well-being to chance. For many of them, quality health insurance wasn’t an option until this year — maybe because they couldn’t afford it, or because a pre-existing condition kept them locked out of a discriminatory system.


Today, that’s changed. And while our long-broken health care system may not be completely fixed, it’s without question a lot better. That’s something to be proud of — and there’s no good reason to go back.


Regardless of your politics, or your feelings about the Affordable Care Act, millions more Americans with health coverage is something that’s good for our economy and our country.


At the end of the day, that is what this law — and the other reforms we’re fighting for, from a 21st-century immigration system to a fairer wage for every American who’s willing to work for it — are all about:


Making sure our country lives up to our highest ideals.


I am thankful to be your President today, and every day. And I am proud that this law will continue to make life better for millions of Americans in the years to come.


Thank you.

President Barack Obama








Announcing the President’s Council on Beards




Today, President Obama announced the creation of the President’s Council on Beards, a committee of volunteer citizens and officials dedicated to honoring our nation’s history, and promoting men’s health and wellness.


Finding inspiration from today’s visit by the renowned beard enthusiasts from the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, the President has pulled together an experienced, enthusiastic, and hairy team of council members to advise him on issues related to beard growth, health, and styles.



Catching up with the Curator: Presidential Beards


Published on Apr 1, 2014

In the latest installment of “Catching up with the Curator”, White House curator Bill Allman discusses the history of beards at the White House. Learn more athttp://WhiteHouse.gov/beards




Led by chair Jay Carney, also known as “The Briefing Beard,” council members include:



For more on the history of beards at the White House, watch our latest installment of “Catching up with the Curator” with Bill Allman.






Statements and Releases - April 01, 2014


Message to the Congress — Iceland and the Fisherman’s Protective Act


Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Business Executives from Information Technology Companies


Statement by the Press Secretary on the House Republican Budget



Remarks by the President Honoring the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox



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The White House Weekend™: Barack Heads Home. The Weekly Address With Joey B. & Cecilia Muñoz.


By Jueseppi B.




Barack waves during his departure on Air Force One at King Khalid International airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Saturday morning, March 29th, 2014.







Weekly Address: Raise The Minimum Wage – It’s The Right Thing To Do For Hardworking Americans




In this week’s address, Vice President Biden discusses the importance of raising the federal minimum wage. It’s good for workers, it’s good for business, and it would help close the gender pay gap, as women make up more than half of the workers who stand to benefit from a raise. And as the Vice President highlights, Congress should boost the federal minimum wage because it is what a majority of the American people want.





Weekly Address: Raise The Minimum Wage – It’s The Right Thing To Do For Hardworking Americans


WASHINGTON, DC— In this week’s address, Vice President Biden discusses the importance of raising the federal minimum wage. It’s good for workers, it’s good for business, and it would help close the gender pay gap, as women make up more than half of the workers who stand to benefit from a raise. And as the Vice President highlights, Congress should boost the federal minimum wage because it is what a majority of the American people want.

The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online at www.whitehouse.gov at 6:00 a.m. ET, Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Remarks of Vice President Joe Biden
Weekly Address
The White House
March 29, 2014

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m Joe Biden. I’m filling in for President Obama, who is abroad.

I want to talk to you today about the minimum wage and the overwhelming need to raise the minimum wage. There’s no reason in the world why an American working 40 hours a week has to live in poverty. But right now a worker earning the federal minimum wage makes about $14,500 a year.  And you all know that’s incredibly hard for an individual to live on, let alone raise a family on.

But if we raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, that same worker will be making $20,200 a year—and with existing tax credits would earn enough to bring that family or a family of four out of poverty. But there’s a lot of good reasons why raising the minimum wage makes sense.

Not only would it put more hard-earned money into the pockets of 28 million Americans, moving millions of them out of poverty, it’s also good for business. And let me tell you why.

There’s clear data that shows fair wages generate loyalty of workers to their employers, which has the benefit of increasing productivity and leading to less turn over. It’s really good for the economy as a whole because raising the minimum wage would generate an additional $19 billion in additional income for people who need it the most.

The big difference between giving a raise in the minimum wage instead of a tax break to the very wealthy is the minimum wage worker will go out and spend every penny of it because they’re living on the edge. They’ll spend it in the local economy.  They need it to pay their electric bill, put gas in their automobile, to buy fundamental necessities. And this generates economic growth in their communities.

And I’m not the only one who recognizes these benefits.  Companies big and small recognize it as well. I was recently in Atlanta, Georgia, and met the owner of a small advertising company, a guy named Darien. He independently raised the wages of his workers to $10.10 an hour.  But large companies, as well, Costco and the Gap—they’re choosing to pay their employees higher starting wages.

A growing list of governors are also raising wages in their states – the minimum wage. They join the President who raised the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors like the folks serving our troops meals on our bases.  They’re all doing this for a simple reason. Raising the minimum wage will help hardworking people rise out of poverty.

It’s good for business. It’s helpful to the overall economy. And there’s one more important benefit. Right now women make up more than half of the workers who would benefit from increasing the minimum wage.  Folks, a low minimum wage is one of the reasons why women in America make only 77 cents on a dollar that every man makes. But by raising the minimum wage, we can close that gap by 5 percent. And it matters. It matters to a lot of hardworking families, particularly moms raising families on the minimum wage.

And one more thing, folks—it’s what the American people want to do. Three out of four Americans support raising the minimum wage. They know this is the right and fair thing to do, and the good thing to do for the economy.  So it’s time for Congress to get behind the minimum wage bill offered by Tom Harkin of Iowa and Congressman George Miller of California—the proposal that would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.

So ask your representatives who oppose raising the federal minimum wage—why do they oppose it? How can we look at the men and women providing basic services to us all, like cleaning our offices, caring for our children, serving in our restaurants and so many other areas—how can we say they don’t deserve enough pay to take them out of poverty?

The President and I think they deserve it. And we think a lot of you do too. So, folks, it’s time to act. It’s time to give America a raise.

Thanks for listening and have a great weekend. God bless you all and may God protect our troops.






VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: Es Tiempo de Aumentar el Salario Mínimo

March 29, 2014 | 4:03 |Public Domain


En el mensaje de esta semana, la Directora del Consejo de Política Doméstica de la Casa Blanca, Cecilia Muñoz habla sobre la necesidad de que el Congreso actúe para aumentar el salario mínimo. También, damos la bienvenida a la confirmación del Senado de María Contreras–Sweet para liderar la Administración de las Pequeñas Empresas. María será una ferviente campeona para las pequeñas empresas y ayudará a aumentar el crecimiento económico y ampliar las oportunidades para todos.









President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the Kingdom of Spain to attend the State Funeral for former President Adolfo Suarez Gonzalez


President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the Kingdom of Spain to attend the State Funeral for former President Adolfo Suarez Gonzalez, on March 31, 2014.


The Honorable Ray Mabus, Secretary of the United States Navy, will lead the delegation.


Members of the Presidential Delegation:


The Honorable James Costos, United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain and the Principality of Andorra


The Honorable Bob Graham, former United States Senator from Florida






West Wing Week 03/28/14 or, “The 2014 European Edition”

March 28, 2014 | 3:22


Welcome to a special, travel edition of the West Wing Week. The President spent this whirlwind week working in Europe, where he attended the third, biennial Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, traveled to Brussels for an EU-US Summit, and then on to Rome, where he met with His High Holiness Pope Francis.







President Obama hits Chicago Wednesday for DNC fundraisers


President Barack Obama hits Chicago on Wednesday for two jumbo priced fundraisers to benefit the Democratic National Committee.


Obama hosts a roundtable—I am told keyed towards business executives—at the Chicago Cut Steakhouse downtown where about 25 folks are expected; the tab is up to $32,400. The Obama roundtable is hosted by Mesirow Financial Chairman and CEO Richard Price.


Later, Obama is the headliner at a dinner for about 55—donating up to $10,000–at the Lincoln Park  home of Craig Freedman and Grace Tsao-Wu, who is an Obama major donor and fund-raiser.


“It will be a great opportunity to get a photo with the President and hear him speak in an intimate setting,” a note with the invite for the Lincoln Park event said.







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President Barack Obama Visits Powell Elementary School In Washington, D.C.


By Jueseppi B.




Today, after sending his 2015 budget to Congress, President Obama visited a local elementary school to discuss what he called a “roadmap” for the agenda he laid out in his State of the Union address to restore opportunity for all Americans.


“These kids may not be the most excited people in town on budget day,” President Obama said, “but my budget is designed with their generation and future generations in mind.”


The budget I sent Congress this morning lays out how we’ll implement this agenda in a balanced and responsible way. It’s a roadmap for creating jobs with good wages and expanding opportunity for all Americans. And at a time when our deficits have been cut in half, it allows us to meet our obligations to future generations without leaving them a mountain of debt.


This budget adheres to the spending levels that both parties in both houses of Congress already agreed to. But it also builds on that progress with what we’re calling an Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative that invests in our economic priorities in a smart way that is fully paid for by making smart spending cuts and closing tax loopholes that right now only benefit the well-off and the well-connected.


“Our budget is about choices,” President Obama said. “It’s about our values. As a country, we’ve got to make a decision if we’re going to protect tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans, or if we’re going to make smart investments necessary to create jobs and grow our economy, and expand opportunity for every American.”


The American people have made clear time and again which approach they prefer. That’s the approach that my budget offers. That’s why I’m going to fight for it this year and in the years to come as President.












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TheObamaCrat™ Potpourri For Saturday The 8th Of February, 2014. 8 Months Till Mid Terms.


By Jueseppi B.




The White House Blog





The President Said 2014 Will Be a Year of Action. Here’s What Happened Next:


Lindsay Holst
Lindsay Holst

February 08, 2014
11:29 AM EST



When the President took the stage to deliver this year’s State of the Union, he told the American people that he intends for 2014 to be a year of action. He said:


“…What I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class, and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class. Some require Congressional action, and I’m eager to work with all of you.


But America does not stand still — and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”


Those weren’t just lines in a speech. It’s been just 11 days since the State of the Union. In that time, the President has:


  • Directed the Department of the Treasury to create starter “myRA” accounts that will make it easier for Americans to save for retirement.
  • Ordered a government-wide review of federal training programs to make sure Americans get in-demand skills for good jobs.
  • Taken executive action to assist millions of long-term unemployed Americans — and more than 300 companies have already committed to the Administration’s best practices for hiring and recruiting the long-term unemployed.
  • Announced a major new commitment that will connect more than 20 million students to high-speed Internet — and the private sector stepped up to the plate with more than $750 million in commitments to help make it happen.


And next Wednesday, he’ll be using his pen again.


Don’t take our word for it. See for yourself what action looks like — and if you’re ready for a year of action in 2014, let the President know you’re in.


Families across the country deserve action that gives them a fair shot at getting ahead and creating better lives for themselves.


The President’s going to do everything in his power to make sure they get it.


Take a look, pass it on, and let the President know you’re going to be fighting with him in 2014.






Weekly Address: Expanding Opportunity for the American People


David Hudson
David Hudson

February 08, 2014
06:00 AM EST


In this week’s address, President Obama says he will do everything he can to make a difference for the middle class and those working to get into the middle class, so that we can expand opportunity for all and build an economy that works for the American people.




Weekly Wrap Up: Students Get ConnectED, the President Makes a Movie, and More


Megan Slack
February 07, 2014
07:30 PM EST


This week, President Obama announced that 20 million students are getting next-generation Internet at school, and made the first-ever Presidential short film. The White House announced it’s hosting a Maker Faire and the First Lady talked about her freshman year of college. Check out what you missed in this week’s wrap up.



Making Major ConnectED Progress


President Obama announced this week major progress toward realizing the ConnectED goal to provide 99 percent of students with high-speed Internet access at school.



POTUS Puts On His Director’s Hat


Before making the ConnectED announcement, President Obama dropped by a Maryland middle school classtiin where he borrowed one of the student’s iPad and made his directorial debut with this award-worthy short film.



Announcing the First White House Maker Faire


“Don’t be bored, make something.” That phrase, offered by then-14-year old Joey Hudy — after he sent a marshmallow flying across the State Dining Room — to the President, became a rallying cry for the President’s efforts to grow a generation of students who are makers.



The First Lady Shares Her “I’m First” Story


In this video released for the “I’m First” storytelling project, First Lady Michelle Obama talks about her experience as a first-generation college student.



Economic Benefits of the Affordable Care Act


Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 5 million people will save an average of $4,700 on their health insurance in 2014. In 2016, approximately 19 million people will benefit from even larger savings.


This is “Not Your Father’s Farm Bill”


Working Together to Provide Opportunity for All


The President Signs the Farm Bill: “A Jobs Bill, an Innovation Bill, a Research Bill, and a Conservation Bill”





As always, to see even more of this week’s events, watch this week’s episode of West Wing Week below:







Victim’s friends testify in Florida murder trial


Published on Feb 7, 2014

Jordan Davis’ friends who were in the car the night he was killed testify. CNN’s Tory Dunnan reports.






VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: Brindar oportunidades para todos

February 08, 2014 | 4:45 |Public Domain


En el mensaje de esta semana, la Directora Adjunta de la Oficina de Enlace Público Julie Rodríguez discutió los temas del Estado de la Union. El Presidente cree en las oportunidades para todos y la idea de que si uno trabaja duro, debe tener la oportunidad de salir adelante. El Presidente trabajará sin descanso para construir una economía que beneficie a todos.




President Obama Speaks on the Farm Bill and the Economy

February 07, 2014 | 23:04 |Public Domain


President Obama says that the farm bill is not just about helping farmers — it’s also a jobs bill, an innovation bill, an infrastructure bill, a research bill, a conservation bill.






Bill Maher vs SE Cupp: Disincentives To Work Are Not Always A Bad Thing


Published on Feb 8, 2014

bill maher se cupp battle over work. BILL MAHER: Let me ask about this other issue that was in the news this week, which I think is a good thing, the decoupling of Obamacare, or healthcare, from employment. But, it was reported in the press differently. Now, what happened was the CBO — that’s the Congressional budget office — they are the arbiters, they are the umpires. We say they are impartial. I’ve quoted them many times, and say, ‘look, they are the impartial ones.’


Okay, what they said was Obamacare, over 10 years, will reduce employment by 2 million people. Okay, somehow in the media that got to be Obamacare will kill jobs. But I don’t think that’s what’s happening. What it means is that because people now, of course, can decouple, and by the way, we should never have coupled employment with healthcare in the first place. We did that during World War II because they throw salaries, so it was a way of giving a worker a benefit.


Okay, now, you know, because they passed that thing which Republicans agree with too, we should not — if you have a pre-existing condition, you have to cover that. So now people don’t have to stay in their job to get covered. So these are people choosing to leave the workforce because they finally can. Isn’t that a good thing?




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Obama Interview on Sochi Olympics in Russia with Bob Costas before Opening Ceremony pt 1


Olympics: NBC Airing Bob Costas’ Obama Interview During Opening Ceremony Costas conducted the interview Thursday from NBC’s Olympics studio in Sochi, while Obama was at the White House in Washington, D.C. According to the announcement, topics centered exclusively on controversies and hot-button issues surrounding Russia and the Winter Games.




Obama Interview on Sochi Olympics in Russia with Bob Costas before Opening Ceremony pt 2






The Week Ahead:


Office of the Press Secretary
February 8th, 2014


Saturday and Sunday: The President has no public events scheduled.


Monday: the President looks forward to welcoming President Hollande of France to Washington for a State Visit. The United States and France are close friends and allies, including through NATO, and our countries have worked together to support democracy, liberty, and freedom at home and abroad for more than two centuries. During the visit, they will discuss opportunities to further strengthen our shared security; grow our economic and commercial partnership; and partner on the environment, climate change, and development. On Monday, they will tour Monticello, the residence of Thomas Jefferson, one of the United States’ earliest envoys to France.


Tuesday: The President and First Lady will officially welcome President Hollande with an arrival ceremony, after which the Presidents will have a bilateral meeting and press conference. That evening, the President and First Lady will host a State Dinner for President Hollande.


Wednesday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.


Thursday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.


Friday: the President will deliver remarks at the House Democratic Issues Conference in Cambridge, Maryland. Following the conference the President will depart for Rancho Mirage, California, for a meeting with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan at Sunnylands, the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Estate. The United States and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan are close friends and historic partners that have worked together to promote peace, prosperity, and reform. The President looks forward to discussing with King Abdullah opportunities to strengthen the U.S.-Jordan strategic partnership and to consult on regional developments.


You could meet the President backstage in Washington, D.C. Here's how: http://ofa.bo/b4Z

You could meet the President backstage in Washington, D.C. Here’s how: http://ofa.bo/b4Z



February 7th, 2014: Photo of the Day


President Barack Obama arrives back at the White House aboard Marine One following a trip to East Lansing, Mich., Feb. 7, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

President Barack Obama arrives back at the White House aboard Marine One following a trip to East Lansing, Mich., Feb. 7, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

Back in the day, before his head full of gray hair working for an ungrateful AmeriKKKa...State Senator Barack Obama

Back in the day, before his head full of gray hair working for an ungrateful AmeriKKKa…State Senator Barack Obama

President Obama at the Michigan State University


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