By Jueseppi B.
White House Tweets – August 20, 2013
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August 2013: Photo of the Day
President Obama Honors the 1973 Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins
August 20, 2013 | 9:00 |Public Domain
President Obama welcomes the 1972-1973 Miami Dolphins to the White House to honor their 1973 Super Bowl win and their undefeated season.
Press Briefing by Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest
August 20, 2013 | 49:32 |Public Domain
Statements and Releases August 20, 2013
Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Indian NSA Shivshankar Menon
August 20, 2013
04:00 PM EDT
America has always been a nation of immigrants, and throughout the nation’s history, immigrants and visitors from around the globe have kept our workforce vibrant, our businesses on the cutting edge, and helped to build the greatest economic engine in the world. However, America’s immigration system is broken and has not kept pace with changing times. Our outdated immigration system has hindered our ability to attract legitimate international travelers and the best foreign workers. This isn’t good for the economy or the country. This is why Congress needs to pass comprehensive reform to fix our broken immigration system: doing so would go a long way to grow our economy, create jobs and improve America’s ability to compete for the best global talent.
Today, we are highlighting another economic benefit of commonsense immigration reform: a boost to U.S. travel and tourism.
Travel and tourism, which is the number one service that we export and a key source of job creation, is reliant on a modern immigration system that allows us to efficiently welcome legitimate international visitors to America.
In 2012, international travel and tourism resulted in $165.6 billion in exports and the entire U.S. tourism and travel industry accounted for $1.4 trillion in economic activity and supported nearly 8 million jobs. That’s a contribution to the U.S. GDP and the job force that we should make every effort to grow.
In fact, this momentum has continued, the leisure and hospitality sector has created more than 450,000 jobs in the past twelve months. And tourism spending continues to be a key driver of economic growth for a number of regions throughout the country.
04:17 PM EDT
Today, President Obama sent the message below to the White House email list to explain why he’ll be on the road this week talking about his plan to make college more affordable. If you didn’t get the email, be sure to sign up.
Hello, everybody –
Michelle and I know exactly how tough it can be to pay for higher education. By the time we finished paying back the loans we took out to go to college and grad school, I was on my way to being a U.S. Senator.
I believe that anyone who works hard should have the same opportunities that our educations gave us. That’s why, as President, I’ve made it a personal mission to make higher education more affordable — and why I’m going to be visiting school campuses later this week.
The facts are clear. Over the past three decades, the average tuition at a public four-year college has more than tripled. At the same time, many state governments are actually reducing their support for education, and many middle-class students are getting stuck with the tab. Today, the average student taking out loans to pay for education graduates with more than $26,000 in debt.
Just tinkering around the edges won’t be enough: To create a better bargain for the middle class, we have to fundamentally rethink about how higher education is paid for in this country. We’ve got to shake up the current system.
That’s why, starting Thursday, I will be embarking on a bus tour to offer my plan to make college more affordable, tackle rising costs, and improve value for students and their families. My plan includes real reforms that would bring lasting change. They won’t all be popular with everyone –including some who’ve made higher education their business — but it’s past time that more of our colleges work better for the students they exist to serve.
Over the past four and a half years, we’ve worked to put college in reach for more students and their families through tax credits, improving access to financial aid, and new options that make it easier to repay those loans.
But if we’re going to keep the doors of higher education open to everyone who works for it, we need to do more — much more. And that’s exactly what I’m going to be talking about this week.
So learn more here, then help to spread the word:
President Barack Obama
August 20, 2013
05:15 PM EDT
When the Miami Dolphins took to the field at the Los Angeles Coliseum on January 14, 1973, history was on the line. After winning every game so far in the season, that Super Bowl Sunday, the Dolphins swept past the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII with a 14-7 victory to clinch the championship. With two touchdowns and extra point conversions, the Dolphins became the first team in the NFL to have a perfect season. Now, 40 years after the Dolphins first donned their Super Bowl rings, they remain the only undefeated team in NFL history.
Today in the East Room, President Obama welcomed the 1973 Super Bowl Champion Miami Dolphins to the White House to celebrate their accomplishment. It did not become common practice for Super Bowl champions to visit the White House until after 1980, and President Obama was able to take advantage of past presidents’ missed opportunity.
An Important Announcement:
A very important and vital organization is forming to defeat ALEC, a group responsible for creating the Stand Your Ground Laws in 31 United States. This new organization is in the beginning stages of getting set up and started in it’s efforts to defeat ALEC.
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A little background on A.L.E.C.:
Please visit the WE Political Sigh Up Form & join us as we start a war to end A.L.E.C.
Thank you America.
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