The major focus of the White House on Monday is its Working Families Summit, and President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden all are part of the program at the Omni Shoreham Hotel here. The Summit is hosted by the the White House Council on Women and Girls, chaired by White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, the Department of Labor and the Center for American Progress.
Live from the Working Families Summit
Monday: Join the conversation on working families
The modern family looks different than it has before. More parents are working, and nearly a third of families with children are single-parent families.
It’s not 1960 anymore, but you could be forgiven for thinking our workplaces still feel like it: Most moms and dads don’t have access to paid leave or a flexible workplace.
It’s time for workplace policies that match our reality — and give all of us the best chance to succeed at work and at home. So tomorrow we’re hosting an online conversation on working families and the 21st-century workplace.
If this is an issue that matters to you, tune in to WorkingFamiliesSummit.org starting at 9 a.m. ET tomorrow to join President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Dr. Jill Biden in this important conversation.
The White House Summit on Working Families: Addressing The Needs Of Working Families In America.
Addressing the Needs of Working Families in Rural America
June 20, 2014
11:59 AM EDT
This was originally posted on the Huffington Post, and is part of a series of essays about the issues facing working families, leading up to the White House Summit on Working Families on June 23, 2014.
Krysta Harden is Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
You can learn more about the Summit and how you can get involved at www.workingfamiliessummit.org.
Last Wednesday, I participated in a regional forum of the White House Working Families Summit that was held at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia. Coming from a small town in Southwest Georgia myself, I can relate to the unique challenges that rural Americans face. Growing up, my father worked seven days a week on our peanut and cattle farm with help from my mother. To make sure our family had a constant source of income and health insurance, my mother also worked off the farm at the local independent bank. I am fortunate to be the product of hard working parents who provided my sister and me with the best opportunities possible.
All families have a right to have access to a good education system, affordable healthcare and jobs. Our rural families are concerned about creating strong prospects for their children, whether it is on or off the farm. But it is also essential that there are opportunities that will attract young people back to rural areas and help us secure the future of agriculture.
The Obama Administration is committed to providing opportunities for working families across the country. That’s why earlier this year President Obama created the Made in Rural America Export and Investment Initiative to help rural businesses and leaders take advantage of new investment opportunities and access new markets abroad.
In rural America, transportation and market access issues create complex challenges for working families. During the summit, I spoke with Maxine Ayers, legal assistant by day and partner in a seven-generation family farm by night. Maxine is working hard to help prepare her son to take over the family farm. In addition to working her job and taking care of the farm, she is also responsible for her in-laws’ medical care and must regularly drive two hours to get her in-laws the care they need. I also spoke with Dee Dee Darden, owner of a country store and farmer, who faces similar rural transportation hurdles. On top of running her store and farm, she must drive three to four hours to sell her livestock. While transportation issues are still a challenge, USDA brings economic opportunities to rural communities through programs such as the Rural Community Development Initiative and Rural Business Opportunity Grants.
There are many ways that USDA is working to create opportunities in rural areas. First, we work to address issues of access and quality of life through efforts like Rural Development’s community facilities and broadband programs. Second, we support new markets for farm and ranch products, at home and abroad. Whether it’s promoting international trade, bringing products to local and regional markets or supporting the bio-based economy, USDA programs help expand opportunities for rural businesses to thrive. Third, your local USDA office can help you find programs for your community, your business and your family.
In the United States, there are twice as many farmers that are ages 65 or older than those ages 45 or younger. As our aging farmers transition to retirement, it is crucial that we determine who the next generation of farmers and ranchers will be. It is easy to forget that one percent of the population is responsible for feeding the entire country and much of the world.
Young, talented rural leaders are needed to help us tackle challenges like climate change, food security and the overall health of our economy. It was so promising to see college students in the audience who were passionate about farming and rural America. Whether it is their local FFA or 4-H chapter or serving in student government, I always encourage young folks to get involved in their local communities.
I am proud to be from rural America, and I know that others feel the same sense of community that I do, but there are many challenges that rural residents face. Folks in rural America have an unparalleled amount of drive and passion that makes their communities a vibrant place to live. At USDA, we will continue to do everything we can to help working families succeed for generations to come.
JOIN US FOR A CONVERSATION ON WORKING FAMILIES FOR A 21ST CENTURY WORKPLACE
On June 23, 2014, the White House Council on Women and Girls, the Department of Labor (DOL), and the Center for American Progress (CAP) will host a Summit on Working Families to focus on creating a 21st century workplace that works for all Americans. Workplaces that make full use of the talented pool of American workers are essential – to a thriving and healthy economy, to enable businesses to stay competitive in today’s global economy, and to help all workers ensure the economic stability of their families.
Too many working Americans – both women and men – are living paycheck to paycheck, struggling to make ends meet and respond to the competing demands of work and family. We will convene businesses, economists, labor leaders, policymakers, advocates, and ordinary citizens to discuss policy solutions that can make a real difference in the lives of working families and ensure America’s global competitiveness in the coming decades.
WHITE HOUSE SUMMIT ON WORKING FAMILIESBASIC AGENDA
Please Join President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Dr. Jill Biden at the White House Summit on Working Families.
The summit is co-hosted by the Center for American Progress and the U.S. Department of Labor.
- 9:20 AM – 10:40 AM:FIRST PLENARY: Family matters
- 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM:For Online Audience only: HuffPost Live, Family Matters Panel
- 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM:BREAKOUT 1: Hourly workers
- BREAKOUT 2: Compensation
BREAKOUT 3: Evaluation and assessment tools
BREAKOUT 4: Young women leaders
- 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM:For Online Audience only: HuffPost Live, The Business Case Panel
- 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM:SECOND PLENARY: A 21st century economy that works for business and workers
- 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM:For Online Audience only: HuffPost Live, Career Ladders and Leadership Panel
- 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM:BREAKOUT 1: Talent attraction and retention
BREAKOUT 2: Structure of the workplace
BREAKOUT 3: Caregiving
BREAKOUT 4: STEM and nontraditional jobs
- 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM:THIRD PLENARY: Career ladders and leadership
- 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM:CLOSING
White House Schedule – June 23, 2014
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY June 23rd, 2014
THE WHITE HOUSE GUIDANCE & SCHEDULE
FRIDAY June 23rd, 2014
In the morning, the President and Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.
In the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks and participate in a roundtable discussion as part of the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families to focus on creating a 21st century workplace that works for all Americans. The Vice President, the First Lady and Dr. Biden will also participate in the summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. The President’s remarks are open to pre-credentialed media and there will be a pool spray at the top of the roundtable.
Monday, June 23 2014 All Times ET
10:00 AM: THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.
12:30 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, The Brady Press Briefing Room.
1:40 PM: THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at the White House Summit on Working Families, The Omni Shoreham Hotel.
2:10 PM: THE PRESIDENT participates in a round table discussion at the White House Summit on Working Families,The Omni Shoreham Hotel.
June 22, 2014
11:33 AM EDT
On Monday, June 23, the White House will host a Summit on Working Families to focus on creating a 21st century workplace that works for all Americans. The event brings together businesses, economists, labor leaders, policymakers, advocates, and citizens to discuss policy solutions that can make a real difference in the lives of working families and ensure America’s global competitiveness in the coming decades.
You’re invited to join the conversation on Facebook and watch live.
Summit participants are sitting down for Facebook Q&A’s all day to discuss key issues and answer your questions. Check out the full schedule below and be sure to follow along on Facebook.com/WhiteHouse.
Don’t forget to tune in live starting at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 23. Then, get on Facebook to join the conversation. VisitWorkingFamiliesSummit.org to learn more.
President Barack Obama talks with the Weithman family, Rhonda, Joseph, daughter Rachel, 9, and son Josh, 11, in their home in Columbus, Ohio. August 18, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
White House Week Ahead
On Tuesday, the President will host the 2013 Presidents Cup Teams at the White House.
On Wednesday, the President will have lunch with Israeli President Shimon Peres at the White House. Afterward, the President will welcome Jimmie Johnson to the White House to honor him for his 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. In the evening, the President will deliver remarks at the League of Conservation Voters Capital Dinner.
On Thursday, the President will travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota.
On Friday, the President and First Lady will attend the Marine Barracks Evening Parade in Washington, DC.
June 23, 2014 9:00 AM EDT
Live from the Working Families Summit
Washington, DC, White House LIVE Streaming
Visit Working Families for more information about the day’s events.
June 23, 2014 12:30 PM EDT
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest
The White House, White House LIVE Streaming
‘R-E-S-P-E-C-T’ easy to spell, hard to do for Obama critics. Disparaging the president is uncalled for.
By Laura Washington, Chicago Sun-Times
‘R-E-S-P-E-C-T’ the song goes.
It is easy enough to spell, but for some vocal critics of President Barack Obama, it seems exceedingly hard to do.
As the president moves toward the land of the lame ducks, his political enemies are calling for blood. That’s no shocker at this stage of a presidency. In this case, the cuts go deeper.
For some, it is not enough to disagree. Some high-status public figures seem determined to demean, denigrate and ridicule the president of the United States.
On June 12 the Speaker of the U.S. House stepped to a podium and insulted Obama for his handling of the ongoing crisis in Iraq.
“It’s not like we haven’t seen over the last five or six months these terrorists moving in, taking control of western Iraq,” U.S. Rep. John Boehner said at a press conference. He added, in his trademark, obdurate tone: “And what’s the president doing? Taking a nap!”
Last week, U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk pronounced that Obama has fallen short in his dealings with Iran, reported CBS2 Chicago. “I’m very worried that the president doesn’t appear to be up to this job, of protecting the United States,” he said.
The disrespect comes in words, tone and attitude. He’s “taking a nap.” He’s “not up to this job.” They refer to the president as though he were a wayward child.
It’s nothing new. Obama supporters, especially African-Americans, have fumed over the insults for years. Oprah Winfrey recently suggested it has something to do with his race. “There’s no question about that,” she said.
Last week, former Vice President Dick Cheney leveled a blistering attack on the president’s foreign policy in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. “Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many,” Cheney wrote. Obama cares more about his golf game than the raging conflict in Iraq, Cheney asserted.
(I could give you a few thousand words on Cheney’s track record of mistakes, but that would be digressing).
Some critics refuse to address the president by his title, instead sneering lowly pronouns, like “he” and “him.” On the talk shows, via the blogosphere, even on the floor of Congress, they ridicule him in personal, demeaning ways.
In 2009, President Obama was speaking on immigration reform before a joint session of Congress. “You lie!” U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina shouted from his seat.
Others, from Donald Trump to Newt Gingrich, have insisted that the president is some kind of alien, a “foreigner,” demanding he produce his birth certificate to “prove” he is an American.
I know how it is. In today’s hyper-partisan USA, Launching tirades at political enemies provides cheap, red meat for the base.
Still, we are talking about the president of the United States, a man who, while imperfect, is very much a grown-up, possesses high intelligence and has many talents. In two national elections, American voters definitively entrusted that man with the job.
That man represents the presidency, the most powerful office in the world. Politicians who publicly disrespect the man who holds that office derogate their own profession.
The disrespect and insults give license to the world’s despots to, in turn, disrespect him, his position, and us.
Thank you SUNTIMES.COM
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