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


 

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

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

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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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Dr. Jill Biden Meets With LGBT Americans Benefiting From The Affordable Care Act.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Dr. Biden Meets with LGBT Americans Benefiting from the Affordable Care Act

 

 

Dr. Jill Biden Meets with Members of the LGBT community about ACADr. Jill Biden meets with members of the LGBT community who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, March 26, 2014.

 

An important deadline is coming up for all Americans, including the LGBT community: March 31 is the end of the open enrollment period for individuals to sign up for health care in the state and federal Marketplaces. If you miss the deadline, you may not be able to get health insurance again until next year.

 

The Affordable Care Act has the potential to improve the health and well-being of the LGBT community for generations to come.(Here’s how.) Many LGBT individuals across the country have signed up for coverage — and they’re already seeing the benefits.

 

Earlier today, Dr. Jill Biden met with the following LGBT individuals at the White House to hear about their experiences with health care coverage and how they are benefiting from the Affordable Care Act:

 

  • Simone Allender (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Neil Beresford (Decatur, GA)
  • Shannon Green (Fredericksburg, VA)
  • Regina Gray (Denver, CO)
  • Brad Holland (Tucson, AZ)
  • Eddie Martinez (Los Angeles, CA)
  • La’Tasha Mayes (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Michael Lappin and John West (Atlanta, GA)
  • Dan Waszak (Detroit, MI)

 

Dr. Biden heard from a gay man who lost his job in 2010, the same year he was diagnosed with HIV. Because of his pre-existing conditions, he went four years without health insurance — until he signed up for a plan through the federal Marketplace. At the meeting, he told Dr. Biden that the Affordable Care Act saved his life.

 

She also heard from a same-sex married couple from Atlanta, Georgia, who, as small business owners, previously had private health care plans. But thanks to the Affordable Care Act, they now have a plan with lower co-pays, lower deductibles, and lower out-of-pocket costs — and they’re saving more than $5,000 a year.

 

And she heard from a 21-year-old lesbian student from Virginia who switched from an expensive school-sponsored plan to one she bought on the Marketplace that is saving her hundreds of dollars each month.

 

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Stories like these highlight why the Affordable Care Act will make such a difference for LGBT people: because pre-existing conditions are not a barrier to coverage, because LGBT individuals can’t be denied coverage or charged a higher rate because of who they are, and because it is affordable.

 

To learn more, visit HealthCare.gov, or call the 24/7 call center, available in over 150 languages, at 1-800-318-2596 by March 31.

 

Gautam Raghavan is an Advisor in the White House Office of Public Engagement.

 


 

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A Name You Won’t Hear Mentioned Sunday Evening During The Academy Awards: Sarah Jones.


 

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Film crew worker’s tragic death prompts Hollywood movement

 

By Christina Zdanowicz, CNN

 

Sarah Elizabeth Jones died doing the job she loved. The South Carolina native was working as a second camera assistant when she was killed on set Thursday. Her friends and the film community are rallying to remember Jones in a movement called Slates for Sarah. Hundreds have shared photo tributes since the group started on Monday.

 

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(CNN) — The film community is coming together in a touching way to honor one of their own who died on a movie set.

 

Sarah Elizabeth Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant, was on the set of musician Gregg Allman‘s biopic “Midnight Rider” when she was struck and killed by a freight train near Savannah, Georgia, on Thursday.

 

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Her death rocked the local film community, leaving many questioning who was to blame for the accident. A group of friends set up a Facebook page on Monday in tribute to Jones with a simple call to action: “Sarah Elizabeth Jones, friend and family to so many, made every day awesome. Show your slate love here along with all the good stories of her life.”

 

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Film crew members from various countries immediately began sharing photo tributes, holding clapboards with messages of remembrance for her. It’s become a movement with more than 800 images shared on the Facebook group Slates for Sarah, which was created on Monday. As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 30,000 people had liked the page.

 

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It’s a fitting tribute, as Jones’ primary job on set was to operate the slate at the beginning of each take. Jones, an Atlanta resident and member of the International Cinematographers Guild, used her “spunk and determination” to climb up in the industry, according to her obituary. The word about the tribute is spreading through her comrades, the behind-the-scenes workers in the industry.

 

Her friends and co-workers are also trying to do the near-impossible: They’re asking the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to add Jones’ name to the In Memoriam list displayed during the Oscars this weekend. CNN has contacted the Academy for comment.

 

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Eric Henson, one of the people who helped start Slates for Sarah, worked in the camera department with Jones on two seasons of “The Vampire Diaries,” as well as a few movies. The two became friends after meeting on set five years ago, when Jones moved to Atlanta, he said.

 

Henson was on the set of “The Vampire Diaries” when the crew learned about her death, just hours after it had happened. He said the producer wrapped after they heard the news.

 

Buses of crew members from “Vampire Diaries” and other productions filming in Georgia were on their way to Jones’ memorial in Columbia, South Carolina, on Wednesday afternoon. Jones was a native of West Columbia.

 

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“We were all devastated,” Henson said. “The beautiful thing about this kind of work is that you spend 12 to 13 hours a day with someone, and it becomes a family situation. Something like this happens and you see how close knit we all are.”

 

“It’s given us an opportunity to look at how we make films and how to make it a safer environment.”
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When Henson and a group of Jones’ friends saw a few people posting clapboards in honor of her, they decided to create a page to house all of the memories and messages for Jones. He and others have been trading off shifts to post photos and respond to the outpouring of supporters.

 

“I’ve had a lot of people saying, ‘I haven’t seen something like this in 30 to 40 years in the film industry,'” Henson said. “The solidarity of people coming together has really been incredible.”

 

Jones’ death has also been a wake-up call to the community, launching discussions about changing the industry.

 

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“That’s part of what Slates for Sarah has become,” he said. “It’s a really tragic situation, but it’s given us an opportunity to look at how we make films and how to make it a safer environment.”

 

Jones and others were filming on train tracks at the time of the accident, according to a police report from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. Jones died and seven others were injured during the accident.

 

Gregg Allman, the focus of the movie Jones was working on, shared his condolences. “I am so terribly saddened by the news of the tragedy that took the young life of Sarah Elizabeth Jones on the film set,” he wrote on his website Saturday. “My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends and colleagues during this time of mourning.”

 

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Actors who worked on set with her, notably stars from “The Vampire Diaries,” as well as crew members from TV shows “Glee,” “Scandal” and “Downton Abbey,” are among the hundreds who have shared messages of “RIP Sarah Jones.”

 

Even people who had never met Jones were moved to share their own tributes from places as far away as South Africa, Israel and Germany. Members of cinematography crews also shared messages of peace and love, saying “your death will not be in vain.”

 

 

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“From the heights of the mountains she hiked, to the depths of the oceans she dove (and never without a camera to record her experiences), the gift of her presence was felt far and wide,” read Jones’ obituary.

 

Jones’ life has touched hundreds in the industry, as seen through the outpouring of the Slates for Sarah movement. It’s a legacy her friends are proud of.

 

“We’re all extremely sad but all really proud that Sarah can have this kind of effect on everyone,” said Henson.

 

 

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Sarah Jones: 5 Things To Know About Dead ‘Vampire Diaries’ Crew Member

 

 

‘Vampire Diaries’ crew member Sarah Jones died tragically at the age of 27 on Feb. 20, and now her peers are petitioning for her to be honored during the Oscars on March 2. We’re sure you’d like to know more about Sarah, so HollywoodLife.com has found five facts about the beloved camera assistant.

 

Friends, family and co-workers were devastated when Sarah Jones was killed by a train while filming the Greg Allman biopic Midnight Rider in Georgia. Here are five things to know about the much-loved Vampire Diaries crew member.

 

 

1. Sarah started her career as a crew member on Army Wives.

 

2. Sarah was a beloved crew member on The Vampire Diaries, and the show’s star Nina Dobrev took to Twitter to remember Sarah saying, “(she) had the most beautiful spirit and a smile that lit up our set for years.”

 

3. Sarah loved bacon and kombucha. On Feb. 26, The Vampire Diaries‘ craft services posted a picture to Facebook of a table stocked with “two of Sarah’s favorite things, bacon and kombucha.” They even spelled out her name in bacon as a tribute.

 

4. Sarah was an avid photographer and fearless adventurer. Her obituary read, “From the heights of the mountains she hiked, to the depths of the oceans she dove (and never without a camera to record her experiences).”

 

5. Sarah’s accidental death has prompted an online petition, started by members of the film community, asking that Sarah be included in the memorial section during the Academy Awards on March 2. The petition had over 30,000 signatures as of Feb. 26.

 

 

Petition To Add Sarah Elizabeth Jones To The Academy Awards Memoriam Tribute

 

 

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Sarah Elizabeth Jones was a West Columbia native who died last week while filming a movie in South Georgia.

 

Only 27 years old, Sarah’s promising life was cut short when she was struck by a train while working on a dangerous set. Crew members are the unsung heroes of film and television production who work long hours and sometimes very dangerous conditions for the love of filmmaking. Sarah Elizabeth Jones was one of us.

 

We ask for Sarah Elizabeth Jones’ love and passion for filmmaking be acknowledged on the grandest stage of all, The Academy Awards.

 

UPDATE: This petition will be submitted for consideration by The Academy on Sunday. Signatures on this petition are going through electronically to the Oscars. Thank you for supporting one of our own.

 

#SafetyForSarah  #SlatesforSarah  #RIPSarahJones

 

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Barack After Dark™: West Wing Week & Joseph Robinette “Joe” Biden, Jr. At The King Center Naturalization Ceremony.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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On Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden spoke at a naturalization ceremony at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center in Atlanta, Georgia. He welcomed 104 newly naturalized citizens, representing 50 countries. This ceremony is one of 120 naturalization ceremonies held throughout the nation and overseas in the last two weeks to welcome approximately 8,000 new U.S. citizens.

 

At the ceremony, the Vice President thanked the new citizens for pursuing American citizenship. “Thank you for choosing us – thank you for concluding America was worthy of your aspirations,” he said. “The truth of the matter is you’ve been Americans for a long time, long before you raised your right hand today, because you’ve all adhered to the idea of America.”

 

The event highlighted the Obama Administration’s celebration of citizenship and across the board commitment to passing commonsense immigration reform that includes a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living and working in the U.S. today.

 

The Vice President recognized that immigration makes us stronger, and that if we want to keep attracting the best and brightest talent the world has to offer, then we need to do a better job of welcoming them. He called for reforms to our immigration system that will help harness the talent and ingenuity of all those like them who want to work hard and find a place here in America.

 

The event highlighted the Obama Administration’s celebration of citizenship and across the board commitment to passing commonsense immigration reform that includes a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living and working in the U.S. today.

 

The Vice President recognized that immigration makes us stronger, and that if we want to keep attracting the best and brightest talent the world has to offer, then we need to do a better job of welcoming them. He called for reforms to our immigration system that will help harness the talent and ingenuity of all those like them who want to work hard and find a place here in America.

 

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The Vice President’s visit to Atlanta culminated a week of engagement on celebrating immigrants’ contributions and making the moral case for immigration reform. On Tuesday, the Vice President hosted a conference call with Catholic organizations, stressing the moral case for commonsense immigration reform. The call included the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, representatives from Catholic Colleges and Universities, and NETWORK, a National Catholic Social Justice Organization which was founded by 47 Catholic Sisters over 40 years ago and is now directed by Sister Simone Campbell.

 

On Wednesday, the Vice President joined President Obama, and senior Administration officials in a meeting with faith leaders in the Oval Office to discuss the importance of taking action to pass commonsense immigration reform. The President and the Vice President commended the faith leaders for their tireless efforts in sharing their stories with Congress, while noting there is no reason for House Republicans to continue to delay action on this issue that has garnered bipartisan support.

 

The President, the Vice President and the Administration will continue working with both sides of the aisle to ensure that commonsense immigration reform becomes reality as soon as possible.  And to our nation’s newest citizens, we congratulate them and remind them that in the United States anyone can write the next great chapter of our nation’s history.

 

 

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November 15, 2013
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West Wing Week: 11/15/13 or “We Will Stand By Your Side”

November 15, 2013 | Public Domain

 

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond. This week, the First and Second Families honored Veterans Day, the President traveled to New Orleans and to Cleveland to speak on the importance of infrastructure to job creation, signed the EpiPen Law, discussed immigration reform with Faith Leaders and attended the 5th Annual Tribal Nations Conference. That’s November 8th to November 14th or “We Will Stand By Your Side.”

 

 

Honoring our Military: On Veterans Day, the President honored those who have served, or are currently serving, our country. The President hosted a breakfast that morning for veterans and their families before heading off to Arlington Cemetery with the Vice President, the First Lady, and Dr. Biden. The President participated in a wreath-laying ceremony and spoke to the crowd about the devotion and commitment of those who don our nation’s uniform.

 

In the life of our nation, across every generation, there are those who stand apart. They step up, they raise their hands, they take that oath. They put on the uniform and they put their lives on the line. They do this so that the rest of us might live in a country and a world that is safer, freer, and more just.

 

The President also reminded Americans that we need to support troops after they have come home. “This is how we’ll be judged.  Not just by how well we care for our troops in battle, but how we treat them when they come home,” the President said. Check out the President’s remarks here.

 

In honor of Veteran’s Day, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden wrote an op-ed about Joining Forces that appeared in military news websites, highlighting their commitment to employment, wellness, and education for veterans, service members, and their families.

 

Continuing his work with members of the military later that week, the President welcomed senior civilian defense and military leaders to an annual meeting and dinner, where those present discussed a wide range of issues.

 

Affordable Care Act: President Obama made a statement in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room on Thursday, announcing new steps to help those Americans that are receiving insurance cancellation notices. The President stated that insurers can offer customers who have been notified about canceled plans the option to renew their 2013 plan in 2014.

“It took 100 years for us to even get to the point where we could start talking about and implementing a law to make sure everybody has got health insurance,” the President said. “And my pledge to the American people is, is that we’re going to solve the problems that are there, we’re going to get it right, and the Affordable Care Act is going to work for the American people.”

 

Manufacturing in Ohio: The President spoke at a steel factory in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday, highlighting the plant’s comeback after nearly 1,200 steelworkers were furloughed when the auto industry was on the brink of collapse. Today, ArcelorMittal, is the largest supplier of steel in the auto industry and is a global leader in producing advanced high-strength steel for fuel efficient cars. “The story of this plant is the story of America over the last five years,” President Obama said. “We haven’t just been recovering from a crisis. What we’ve been trying to do is rebuild a new foundation for growth and prosperity to protect ourselves from future crises.”

 

Tribal Nations Conference: On Thursday, the White Househosted the fifth White House Tribal Nationals Conference, which welcomed leaders from all 566 federally recognized tribes. The President spoke to conference attendees, highlighting the need for strengthening justice and tribal sovereignty, expanding opportunities for Native Americans, and protecting tribal lands. Read the President’s full remarks here.

 

Protecting kids with asthma and allergies: President Obama signed into law the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Acton Wednesday, which encourages schools to plan for severe asthma attacks and allergic reactions. Approximately 9.5 percent of American children suffer from asthma, and between 4 and 6 percent of children have food allergies. By updating and upgrading school’s response capacity for asthma and food allergies, this law will help relieve the anxiety of millions of parents.

 

First Lady Talks Education: First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, D.C. to discuss the importance of youth empowerment and education. The First Lady shared her personal academic experiences to a group of sophomores, telling them that she pushed herself to have a strong academic and extracurricular record. “And when I encountered doubters…when people told me that I wasn’t going to cut it… I didn’t let that stop me,” she said

 

 

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November 15, 2013
05:50 PM EST

 

Today we talked 3-D printed flowers, books that fold into LED lamps, and the power of the maker movement on the latest We The Geeks, called “Don’t Be Bored, Make Something.”

 

Pioneers here in America are democratizing the tools of the industrial revolution and spreading them to students around the country. Today’s discussion focused on the coalition of citizens coming together to give U.S. students, entrepreneurs, and workers the ability to make almost anything.

 

Kumar Garg, Assistant Director for Learning and Innovation at the Office of Science and Technology Policy and J.J. Raynor, a Policy Analyst at the National Economic Council moderated today’s discussion, and the participants included:

 

Watch the full video below:

 

 

 

 

November 2013: Photo of the Day

 

First Lady Michelle Obama autographs items after she delivered the keynote address at Disney's Veterans Institute workshop at the Disney Boardwalk Inn, Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 14, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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Remarks by the President Before Meeting with Insurance Companies

 

Remarks by the President Before Meeting with Insurance Companies

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THE PRESIDENT:  I want to welcome the executives who are here from a lot of the insurance companies that are participating in the marketplace.  We all share a similar value, which is we want to make sure that Americans have good, solid coverage that gives them the security they need for themselves and their family members if and when they get sick.

 

And we know the demand is out there for that.  We had, despite all the problems with the website, over a million people apply.  Many multiples of that wanted to see what options were available.  Obviously because of the problems with the website some folks have been blocked from seeing the well-priced benefits that are available in the marketplace, and so we’re working 24/7 to get it fixed.  The website is working a lot better now than it was a couple of weeks ago.

 

And what we’re going to be doing is brainstorming on how do we make sure that everybody understands what their options are.  Because of choice and competition, a whole lot of Americans who’ve always seen health insurance out of reach are going to be in a position to purchase it.  And because of the law, we’re also going to be able to provide them help even if they are still having trouble purchasing that insurance.  But they’ve got to know what those options are in order to be successful.

 

So I appreciate all these folks coming in.  We’re going to be soliciting ideas from them.  There’s going to be a collaborative process.  We want to make sure that we get this done so that in the years to come every American is going to have the kind of affordable health care that they all deserve.

 

Thank you very much for being here.

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Statement by the President on the Anniversary of the Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji

 

Statement by the President on the Anniversary of the Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji

I want to extend my best wishes to all our Sikh friends, across the United States and around the world, who this weekend are observing the anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first Sikh Guru.  This sacred time is an occasion to reflect on Guru Nanak’s timeless teachings and the principles that are at the heart of Sikhism, including the equality of all human beings, the pluralism we cherish in diverse societies and the compassion we owe one another.  Here in the United States, we’re grateful to the many Sikh Americans who give life to these values and enrich our country every day, reminding us that these shared principles are not only at the heart of the Sikh faith, they are central to who we are as Americans.

 

 

Background Conference Call with Senior Administration Officials on the Vice President’s Trip to Houston and Panama

 

President Obama Announces New Steps To Help Americans Receiving Insurance Cancellation Notices

 

Barack After Dark™: The Democrats Who Would Sabotage ObamaCARES

 

President Obama Reveals New Proposal To Help Consumers Facing Insurance Cancellations

 

Spineless Democrats: Take A Lesson From Governor Deval Patrick, The Next Black President

 

39 Democratic Cowards Vote To Undermine The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES).

 

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On Friday, November 15, the White House will host an observance of the 50th Anniversary of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, signed into law by President Kennedy in 1963.

On Friday, November 15, the White House will host an observance of the 50th Anniversary of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, signed into law by President Kennedy in 1963.

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Friday The 15th Of November


 

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White House Tweets – November 15, 2013

 

 

White House Schedule – November 15th, 2013

President Obama guidance and schedule, Nov. 15, 2013

 

In the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

In the afternoon, the President will meet with senior advisors. This meeting in the Oval Office is closed press.

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15th, 2013

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013

 

Friday, November 15 2013   All Times ET

 

10:30 AM: THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

2:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors, Oval Office.

 

 

Press Briefing Schedule

12:45 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, Brady Beirfing Room.

 

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November 15, 2013 12:45 PM EST

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

The White House. Watch At White House LIVE!! Streaming

 

 

November 15, 2013 1:00 PM EST

The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act 50th Anniversary Commemoration

The White House. Watch At White House LIVE!! Streaming

 

 

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November 15th, 2013: Photo of the Day

 

First Lady Michelle Obama autographs items after she delivered the keynote address at Disney's Veterans Institute workshop at the Disney Boardwalk Inn, Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 14, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

First Lady Michelle Obama autographs items after she delivered the keynote address at Disney’s Veterans Institute workshop at the Disney Boardwalk Inn, Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 14, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

President Obama today signed into law the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act during a ceremony attended by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) CEO John L. Lehr, members of FARE’s board of directors and key congressional sponsors. This historic and potentially lifesaving legislation is the first federal law encouraging schools to stock epinephrine for use in allergic emergencies, and has been championed by FARE for more than two years.

President Obama today signed into law the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act during a ceremony attended by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) CEO John L. Lehr, members of FARE’s board of directors and key congressional sponsors. This historic and potentially lifesaving legislation is the first federal law encouraging schools to stock epinephrine for use in allergic emergencies, and has been championed by FARE for more than two years.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden join hands during a prayer at the end of an immigration reform meeting with faith leaders in the Oval Office, Nov. 13, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden join hands during a prayer at the end of an immigration reform meeting with faith leaders in the Oval Office, Nov. 13, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden hold a meeting with Combatant Commanders and Military Leadership in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Nov. 12, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden hold a meeting with Combatant Commanders and Military Leadership in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Nov. 12, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Watched by her family & Sec Kerry, Caroline Kennedy signs her appointment papers to become US Ambassador to Japan.

Watched by her family & Sec Kerry, Caroline Kennedy signs her appointment papers to become US Ambassador to Japan.

Ambassador Kennedy arrived to take up her post in Japan today.

Ambassador Kennedy arrived to take up her post in Japan today.

 

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Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama at Disney’s Veterans Institute

 

Published on Nov 14, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama delivered the keynote address at Disney’s first-ever Veterans Institute workshop at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. The event brought together business experts, government officials, veterans and leaders from non-profit veterans service organizations to share experiences, best practices, and tips for making a successful transition from the military to the civilian workforce.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks on Typhoon Haiyan

 

Published on Nov 14, 2013

President Obama says that our prayers are with the Filipino people, and with Filipino-Americans across our country who are anxious for their family and friends back home, and pledges that the United States will continue to offer whatever assistance we can. For more information on how to help, visit WhiteHouse.gov/typhoon. November 14, 2013.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks at the 2013 Tribal Nations Conference

 

Published on Nov 13, 2013

President Obama reaffirms his Administration’s commitment to strengthening the government-to-government relationship with Indian Country and to improve the lives of Native Americans by focusing on four key areas: standing up for justice and tribal sovereignty; increasing economic opportunity; expanding quality health care; and protecting native homelands. November 13, 2013.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks on Manufacturing and the Economy

 

Published on Nov 14, 2013

President Obama delivers remarks at ArcelorMittal’s Cleveland plant, a global leader in advanced high-strength steel, which not only helps to improve the fuel efficiency of our vehicles, but it also helps the U.S. to become a leader in the advanced manufacturing products that will fuel an American manufacturing renaissance. November 14, 2013.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks on the Affordable Care Act

November 14, 2013 | 51:39 |Public Domain

 

President Obama announced a solution to address the cancellation notices that some people in the individual health insurance market have received in recent weeks, keeping with his pledge to make adjustments and improvements where they’re warranted as the Affordable Care Act takes effect.

 

 

 

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Speeches and Remarks

 

Remarks by the President at a DSCC Event

 

Remarks by the President on the Economy in Cleveland, OH

 

Remarks by the First Lady at Disney’s Veterans Institute

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

FACT SHEET: New Administration Proposal To Help Consumers Facing Cancellations

 

Statement by the President on the Affordable Care Act

 

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

 

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

·       Debo P. Adegbile – Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Department of Justice

·       Marc Kastner – Director of the Office of Science, Department of Energy

·       Mark E. Lopes – Member, Board of Directors of the Inter-American Foundation

·       Vivek Hallegere Murthy – Surgeon General, Department of Health and Human Services

·       Franklin Orr – Under Secretary for Science, Department of Energy

 

President Obama also announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

·       Susan L. Graham – Member, President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

·       J. Michael McQuade – Member, President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

 

President Obama said, “I am confident that these outstanding individuals will greatly serve the American people in their new roles and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”

President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

 

Debo P. Adegbile, Nominee for Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Department of Justice

Debo P. Adegbile is Senior Counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, a position he has held since July 2013.  Previously, from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Adegbile held a number of roles at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., including Special Counsel, Acting President and Director-Counsel, Associate Director-Counsel and Director of Litigation, Associate Director of Litigation, and Assistant Counsel.  Prior to joining the NAACP, he was an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison from 1994 to 2001.  Mr. Adegbile received a B.A. from Connecticut College and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

 

Dr. Marc Kastner, Nominee for Director of the Office of Science, Department of Energy

Dr. Marc Kastner is the Dean of the School of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a position he has held since 2007.  Previously, Dr. Kastner was the department head of the MIT Department of Physics from 1998 to 2007.  From 1993 to 1998, he directed MIT’s Center for Materials Science and Engineering, and from 1989 to1992 he was the Associate Director of MIT’s Consortium for Superconducting Electronics.  In 1989, Dr. Kastner was named Donner Professor of Science at MIT and from 1983 to 1987 he served as Head of the MIT Department of Physics Division of Atomic, Condensed Matter, and Plasma Physics.  He joined the MIT Department of Physics in 1973 and was previously a research fellow at Harvard University.  Dr. Kastner received an S.B., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

 

Mark E. Lopes, Nominee for Member, Board of Directors of the Inter-American Foundation

Mark E. Lopes is Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), a position he has held since 2010.  He was nominated to serve as the United States Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank in September, 2013.  From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Lopes served as the Senior Policy Advisor for the International Development and Foreign Assistance subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.  Prior to this, he served on detail to the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs.  From 1999 to 2001, he served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay.  His government service began in 2003 as a Presidential Management Fellow, where he served in a variety of roles at USAID.  Mr. Lopes received a B.M. from Berklee College of Music and an M.P.P. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

 

Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy, Nominee for Surgeon General, Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy is the Co-Founder and President of Doctors for America, a position he has held since 2009.  Dr. Murthy is also a Hospitalist Attending Physician and Instructor in Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School, a position he has held since 2006.  In 2011, Dr. Murthy was appointed to serve as a Member of the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health.  Dr. Murthy has been the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of TrialNetworks, formerly known as Epernicus, since 2007.  Dr. Murthy co-founded VISIONS Worldwide in 1995, a non-profit organization focused on HIV/AIDS education in India and the United States, where he served as President from 1995 to 2000 and Chairman of the Board from 2000 to 2003.  Dr. Murthy received a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.B.A. from Yale School of Management, and an M.D. from Yale School of Medicine.

 

Dr. Franklin Orr, Nominee for Under Secretary for Science, Department of Energy

Dr. Franklin Orr is the Director of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University, a position he has held since 2009.  Dr. Orr has been an associate professor and professor in the Department of Petroleum Engineering since 1985.  From 2002 to 2008, Dr. Orr served as the Director of the Global Climate and Energy Project at Stanford.  He was the Dean of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford from 1994 to 2002 and the Chairman of the Department of Petroleum Engineering from 1991 to 1994.  Dr. Orr held several other research positions from 1970 to 1985 in New Mexico, Texas, and Washington, D.C.  Dr. Orr received a B.S. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

 

President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

 

Dr. Susan L. Graham, Appointee for Member, President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

Dr. Susan L. Graham is the Pehong Chen Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley, where she began teaching in 1971.  She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery; the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.  She has served on the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee and was co-chair of the National Research Council study on the Future of Supercomputing.  Dr. Graham received an A.B. in Mathematics from Harvard University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

 

Dr. J. Michael McQuade, Appointee for Member, President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

Dr. J. Michael McQuade is Senior Vice President of Science and Technology at United Technologies Corporation, a position he has held since 2006.  Previously, he was Vice President of 3M’s Medical Division and President of Eastman Kodak’s Health Imaging business.  He is a member of the Carnegie Mellon University Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors of Project HOPE, and a member of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and the American Physical Society.  Dr. McQuade received a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University.

 

The White House Observance Of The 50th Anniversary Of The Developmental Disabilities Assistance And Bill Of Rights Act

 

On Friday, November 15, the White House will host an observance of the 50th Anniversary of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, signed into law by President Kennedy in 1963. This event marks an opportunity for the intellectual and developmental disability community to review the accomplishments of the past, examine current challenges, and look ahead to the future of disability policy. The event will include speakers from the Administration and representatives from a number of disability organizations.

 

October 31, 2013 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (originally PL 88-164, “The Mental RetardationConstruction and Facilities Act of 1963”).

 

To commemorate the occasion, the White House Office of Public Engagement, in partnership with the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and theNational Council on Disability are hosting an event on October 4th featuring senior Administration officials, special guests and a series of panel discussions about the past, present and future for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dr. Olivia Raynor, Director of the Tarjan Center at UCLA and CECY has been invited to attend this event.

 

The event will be streamed live. The event will begin at 1:00 PM ET on Friday, November 15th and can be accessed at the following link:www.whitehouse.gov/live.

 

Presidential Actions

November 14, 2013

Presidential Proclamation — America Recycles Day, 2013

 

 

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President Obama Signs New EpiPen Law To Protect Children with Asthma and Severe Allergies, And Help Their Families To Breathe Easier

 

How Many People Have Been Killed By Guns In The 336 Days Since Newtown?

 

Shop Small Business Saturday: November 30th, 2013. Why YOU Should.

 

Moms Demand Action: Daughter Speaks Out After Years of Gun Threats from Father

 

The White House: Responding To Typhoon Haiyan

 

President Obama Reveals New Proposal To Help Consumers Facing Insurance Cancellations

 

First Lady Michelle Obama Delivers Keynote Address At Disney’s Veterans Institute Workshop

 

Barack After Dark™: The Democrats Who Would Sabotage ObamaCARES

 

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - NOVEMBER 14: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, Disney Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger and First Lady Michelle Obama address the audience at Disney's BoardWalk Resort at Walt Disney World Resort November 14, 2013 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Iger and Obama gave keynote remarks at Disney's first-ever "Veterans Institute" workshop. The complimentary day-long seminar, co-sponsored by Disney's "Heroes Work Here" initiative and the Disney Institute, is designed to help companies build effective veteran-hiring programs of their own. (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Disney Parks via Getty Images)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL – NOVEMBER 14: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, Disney Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger and First Lady Michelle Obama address the audience at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort at Walt Disney World Resort November 14, 2013 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Iger and Obama gave keynote remarks at Disney’s first-ever “Veterans Institute” workshop. The complimentary day-long seminar, co-sponsored by Disney’s “Heroes Work Here” initiative and the Disney Institute, is designed to help companies build effective veteran-hiring programs of their own. (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Disney Parks via Getty Images)

 

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On Friday, November 15, the White House will host an observance of the 50th Anniversary of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, signed into law by President Kennedy in 1963.

On Friday, November 15, the White House will host an observance of the 50th Anniversary of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, signed into law by President Kennedy in 1963.

 

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