By Jueseppi B.
The President Said 2014 Will Be a Year of Action. Here’s What Happened Next:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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?
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:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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
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)
Back in the day, before his head full of gray hair working for an ungrateful AmeriKKKa…State Senator Barack Obama
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