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Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts” One On One With First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama.


 

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Michelle Obama Creating a ‘New Norm for What a Healthy Environment Looks Like’

 

Published on Mar 6, 2014

The first lady sat down with Robin Roberts to discuss everything from healthcare to family.

 

 

 

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Orlando Sentinel: Juror B-29 Tells ABC…”He ‘got away with murder’….


 

By Jueseppi B.

He didn't get away with murder....the jury, including you, let him walk away from a guilty verdict.

He didn’t get away with murder….the jury, including you juror B29, let him walk away from a guilty verdict.

 

 

From The Orlando Sentinel:

 

George Zimmerman trial juror tells ABC: He ‘got away with murder’

 

By Hal Boedeker and Amy Pavuk, Orlando Sentinel

1:54 pm, July 25, 2013

 

The second juror from the George Zimmerman trial to speak publicly told ABC’s Robin Roberts she thought Zimmerman was guilty and that he “got away with murder.”

 

Juror B-29, the only minority juror from the controversial trial, is identified only as “Maddy” during her interview, which is detailed at abcnews.com.

 

The names of the jurors have not yet been made public.

 

She told court officials during jury selection that she is a certified nursing assistant in an Alzheimer’s ward. She is 36 years old, Puerto Rican, married and has several children.

 

She lived in Chicago at the time Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

 

Roberts conducted the interview with “Maddy” on Thursday morning after “Good Morning America.”

 

According to a recap of the interview on abcnews.com, Maddy told Roberts: “George Zimmerman got away with murder, but you can’t get away from God. And at the end of the day, he’s going to have a lot of questions and answers he has to deal with.”

 

“Maddy” said when she and her fellow jurors began deliberations, she favored convicting Zimmerman of second-degree murder.

 

But on the second day of deliberations, Maddy said, she realized there wasn’t enough evidence to convict Zimmerman of murder.

 

“That’s where I felt confused, where if a person kills someone, then you get charged for it,” Maddy told Roberts. “But as the law was read to me, if you have no proof that he killed him intentionally, you can’t say he’s guilty.”

 

Maddy said she feels that she owes an apology to Trayvon’s parents because she feels “like I let them down.”

 

But Maddy explained how the jury arrived at its acquittal: “You can’t put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty,” she said. “But we had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look at the evidence.”

 

The first portions of the interview will air on “World News With Diane Sawyer” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday on WFTV-Channel 9.

 

More of the exclusive interview will be seen Thursday night on “Nightline.” The full interview will air Friday on “Good Morning America,” which starts at 7 a.m.

 

Maddy is represented by Celebration attorney David Chico. Attempts to reach him Thursday were not immediately successful.

 

The first juror to talk to the press was B-37, who was photographed in shadows when she spoke to CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

 

It is unknown when the juror names will be revealed.

 

They were granted anonymity because of the high-profile nature of the trial.

 

Defense attorneys have asked Circuit Judge Debra Nelson to extend that anonymity for six months.

 

She, though, has made no ruling.

 

Media attorneys have opposed the idea, saying that to assure that trials remain an open and public process juror names should not be kept secret.

 

 

Thank you Hal Boedeker, Amy Pavuk & Orlando Sentinel

 

 

“She is 36 years old, Puerto Rican, married and has several children.”

I am very curious, what would her vote had been had one of her children been the victim….would she have let her child’s murderer walk for the very same reasons she allowed the killer, George Zimmerman, of Trayvon Benjamin Martin, to walk out smiling, from that Sanford, Florida courtroom?

 

Just curious.

 

“You will feel people stare at you. Judging you for what you think are unfair reasons. You will lose out on getting jobs for something you feel is outside of your control. You will believe yourself to be an upstanding citizen and wonder why people choose to not see that.”

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NEVER Allow Facts To Interfere In A Racist Trial. Trayvon’s Parents Speak Out On “The Today Show”


 

 

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Trayvon Martin‘s Parents Speak Out On “The Today Show”, Call On Obama To ‘Investigate’ Zimmerman

 

 

For the first time since the man who fatally shot their son was acquitted, Trayvon Martin’s parents, have come forward to discuss their reaction to the verdict.

 

While peaceful protests and demonstrations popped up around the country, displaying an overwhelming outpour of support for the family, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin remained silent. But during an interview with “CBS This Morning” the teen’s mother said she was stunned by the jury’s decision.

 

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July 18, 2013 — Trayvon Martin’s Parents Speak Out On “The Today Show”, Call On Obama To ‘Investigate’ Zimmerman — On Thursday, the parents of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin, Tracy Martin and Sabrina Fulton, as well as family attorney Ben Crump, sat down for interviews with CBS, ABC and NBC. Speaking out for the first time since the verdict which found George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering their son, Travyon Martin’s parents expressed their shock in interviews with CBS This Morning, ABC’s Good Morning America, and NBC’s Today.

 

“I want America to know that Trayvon was a fun-loving child,” Tracy Martin told CBS’s Charlie Rose. “He was our child. We miss him dearly.”

 

“I thought surely that he would be found guilty of second degree murder — manslaughter at the least,” Fulton added. “I just knew that they would see that this was a teenager just trying to get home. This was no burglar. This was somebody — somebody’s son that was trying to get home.”

 

“What would you like President [Barack] Obama to do?” Norah O’Donnell asked. Fulton replied that she would hope the federal government would “at least investigate” what happened the night her son died.

 

 

 

 

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From   at theGRIO

 

What if the races of the defendant and the victim were reversed in the George Zimmerman murder trial?

 

Jurors in the Trayvon Martin murder case will tell you that race had nothing to do with their verdict acquitting George Zimmerman of second-degree murder in the shooting death of the unarmed black teen in Sanford, Florida.  Zimmerman—who is biracial and of white and Afro-Latino heritage, yet has played the role of white victim acting in self- defense against a black teen thug—was found not guilty by a nearly all-white jury of six women in the killing of Martin.

 

Some people are asking, what if the roles were reversed? What if Zimmerman was the shooting victim? Better yet, what if George Zimmerman had been a black man accused of shooting a white teen to death?

 

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George Zimmerman leaves court with his family after a jury found him not guilty in Seminole circuit court July 13, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Gary W. Green-Pool/Getty Images)

George Zimmerman leaves court with his family after a jury found him not guilty in Seminole circuit court July 13, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Gary W. Green-Pool/Getty Images)

 

 

Man Explains Why Zimmerman Is Guilty & How The Fight With Trayvon Martin Went Down!

 

Published on Jul 15, 2013

Does It Get More Honest Then This Man Explains Why Zimmerman Is Guilty & How The Fight With Trayvon Martin Went Down.

 

 

 

 

George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin never struggled on the ground

 

Published on Jul 17, 2013

“As myself and a caller were discussing last Friday night on BTR News, Neither George Zimmerman or Trayvon’s clothing showed evidence of the life or death struggle Zimmerman claims occurred. I am also more inclined to believe that his little scratches and bloodied nose were self inflicted or inflicted by accomplices.

 

However, it is not relevant to disproving Zimmerman’s story about struggling while on his back and the witness who said he saw Zimmerman on his back lied. Grass, wet or dry, leaves grass stains, concrete tears up clothing or leaves visible marks.” – Scotty Reid, Black Talk Radio News

 

“Notice the state of Florida prosecuting attorneys did not attack the absence of signs of the struggle Zimmerman lied about. What does that mean? It means that the prosecution intentionally underperformed with the intent of a not guilty verdict. The prosecution even conceded the lie of Zimmerman being on the bottom when he shot Trayvon in the heart.

 

What’s NOT on the back of his jacket provides the TRUTH which is, Zimmerman was NOT on the bottom in the wet, muddy grass with his head being jammed into the sidewalk. The state of Florida is guilty of malpractice and violating Trayvon’s civil/human rights.” – West Thea, Afrisynergy

 

 

 

 

 

The POWERFUL words of David Banner on Trayvon Martin.

 

 

 

 

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A Tuesday Potpourri: Keep Up To Date On What’s Happening


 

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Bob Cesca: …. the sequestration issue has been one of those rare items that frustrate me to the point of being incapable of spending time on it. When I read about sequestration, my brain seizes. The stupidity of it all simply confounds me to the point of being speechless. For me, this is a shocking and rare predicament.

 

It’s not even the chronic brinksmanship — the reoccurring doomsday countdowns and the Republican-manifested economic sabotage that’s behind it all. It’s not the Keynesian in me who opposes the very notion of deficit reduction during a sluggish recovery. Granted, these are both points of irritation, but the characteristic of the sequester that ought to force us all into complete apoplexy and subsequent outrage-induced catatonia is the epidemic of ignorance regarding the status of the federal budget deficit.

 

Read the rest of the story at The Daily Banter.

 

 

 

Watch at 1:05 p.m. ET: President Obama speaks on the devastating impact of the sequester on WhiteHouse.gov/Live.

 

What Is the Sequester?

 

In just a matter of days, harmful automatic cuts — known as the sequester — take effect, threatening hundreds of thousands of jobs, and cutting vital services for children, seniors, people with mental illness and our men and women in uniform.

 

President Obama put forward a plan to avoid these cuts and reduce the deficit by cutting spending and closing tax loopholes. Now it’s up to Congress to act.

 

Read more about the devastating impact of the sequester, and learn about President Obama’s plan to avoid these cuts.

 

 

 

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Today’s Schedule

 

All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

 

10:05 AM: The President and the Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing

 

 

10:50 AM: The President departs the White House en route to Joint Base Andrews

 

 

11:05 AM: The President departs Joint Base Andrews en route to Newport News, Virginia

 

 

1:05 PM: The President delivers remarks on the devastating impact of the sequester

 

 

2:05 PM: The President departs Newport News, Virginia

 

 

2:50 PM: The President arrives at Joint Base Andrews

 

 

3:05 PM: The President arrives at the White House

 

 

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Nothing is more outdated and in need of a “do-over” than the United States Constitution. But that is not considered in need of an update. Voting Rights however are considered outdated by caucasian TeaTardedRepubliCANT state level elected politicians.

 

Can YOU smell that?

 

Why The Voting Rights Act Must Be Upheld To Keep GOP Discrimination in Check

 

Published on Feb 26, 2013

Why Blacks Don’t Vote Republican:http://www.politicalarticles.net/blog…

 

 

 

This issue is also designed to sneak attention away from the fake sequestration issue.

 

 

 

Now for some fun:

 

 

Michelle And Barack Obama Welcome ABC’s Robin Roberts Back To GMA

 

 

 

 

First Lady Michelle Obama on ‘Good Morning America

 

Published on Feb 26, 2013

Robin Roberts talks with the first lady about her “Let’s Move” campaign in addition to Sasha and Malia.

 

 

 

 

 

The Newest Barack Obama Issues For The TeaTardedRepubliCANTS:

 

 

Golf Channel report – President Barack Obama & Tiger Woods

 

 

 

 

Cameras Banned as President Obama GOLFS with Tiger Woods

 

Published on Feb 18, 2013

President Obama played golf Sunday with Tiger Woods during the president’s long holiday weekend in Florida, amid concerns from the media about a lack of access before, during and after the newsworthy outing.

The foursome at the Floridian National Golf Club, in Palm City, Fla., included U.S. trade representative Ron Kirk and Jim Crane, a Democratic donor who owns the club and the Houston Astros baseball team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obama tees off with Tiger Woods and frustrates media with lack of access

 

 

 

 

Hey Mr.  Fox News’ Ed Henry, ….Can The President Of The United States take a piss without White House Press Coverage?

 

 

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

 

February 26, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama Announces New Effort to Make Healthier, MyPlate Recipes Easy to Find and Share

 

 

 

February 25, 2013

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with Syrian Opposition Coalition President Moaz al-Khatib

 

 

 

Let’s Move Anniversary News: Recipe Partnership Makes It Easy for Families to Eat Healthier at Home

 

Marissa Duswalt
February 26, 2013

 

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama joins Robin Roberts and Chef Marcus Samuelsson on Good Morning America. (by Good Morning America)

 

 

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Published on Feb 26, 2013

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As she celebrates the third anniversary of her Let’s Move! initiative, first lady Michelle Obama told “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts that the country is seeing real “movement” on the issue of childhood obesity.

 

“We’ve really changed the conversation in this country. When we started, there were a lot of people in this country who would have never thought that childhood obesity was a health crisis. But now we’re starting to see some movement on this issue,” the first lady told Roberts. “Our kids are eating better at school. They’re moving more. And we’re starting…to see a change in the trends. We’re starting to see rates of obesity coming down like never before.”

 

“What we’re seeing is that there’s hope, and when a nation comes together, and everyone is thinking about this issue and trying to figure out what role they can play, then we can see changes,” she said.

 

Mrs. Obama is set to embark on a star studded national tour this week to promote and celebrate her Let’s Move! initiative. Her first stop will be in Clinton, Miss. on Wednesday when she appears at an event highlighting healthy school lunches with Rachael Ray.

 

“I’m going back to Mississippi because when I first went there, Mississippi was considered one of the most unhealthy states in the nation,” Mrs. Obama said.

 

 

 

 

Ed. note: this post was originally published on the official Let’s Move website. You can read it here

 

MyPlate is one of the easiest ways to learn about healthy eating. It’s simple to look at the icon and recognize how to pile up your own plate. But can you cook with it? Mrs. Obama thinks so. Today, the First Lady joined Robin Roberts and Chef Marcus Samuelsson on Good Morning America to announce a new partnership that highlights healthier recipes that align with MyPlate.

 

Your favorite recipe sites — and social media network Pinterest — have teamed up with the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) to make it easier to find healthier recipes online. Each of the sites will indicate which of their recipes meet nutrition guidance from the US Department of Agriculture, meaning you can now find delicious MyPlate-inspired recipes on the sites you already visit for cooking inspiration. Thousands of recipes will also be featured on new Pinterest boards that launched today. This one-stop-shop for home cooks will give parents the information and tools they need to make healthy choices for their families.

 

“As a mom, I know how challenging it can be to think of new meal ideas that your kids will like and that will be good for them,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “This partnership takes the guess work out of finding healthier recipes and gives parents the information and the tools they need to make healthy choices for their families every day.”

 

So what is a MyPlate recipe? It’s a recipe that uses key foods for a healthy diet, a recipe that emphasizes foods in their simplest forms and encourages people to eat the right size portions. These recipes aim for limiting added sugars and saturated fats, just as the Dietary Guidelines recommend. The big idea here is to help home cooks connect delicious recipes to the food groups on MyPlate: vegetables, fruits, dairy, whole grains, and proteins.

 

Visit these websites for MyPlate-inspired recipes:

 


 

Learn more:

 

Marissa Duswalt, RD, is the Let’s Move! Associate Director of Policy & Events

 

 

US First Lady mourns slain Chicago teenager

 

Published on Feb 9, 2013

America’s First Lady Michelle Obama has attended the funeral of a 15 year old girl killed after performing in President Obama’s inauguration  celebration.

The high school student was the 46th person to be shot dead in the Obamas’ hometown of Chicago this year alone.

Her death has intensified a national debate on gun control.

 

 

 

 

 

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Latest Happinngs From 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue


 

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Orlando Sentinel: ABC News has released photos of Robin Roberts’ interview with first lady Michelle Obama.

The chat was conducted Friday, but it won’t air until Tuesday on “Good Morning America”….

More here

 

 

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INTERVIEW AIRS ON “GOOD MORNING AMERICA” TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26

“Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts will interview First Lady Michelle Obama to discuss the third anniversary of Let’s Move! and a new partnership that makes finding healthy, reliable recipes easy for busy parents, among other topics.

 

This will be Mrs. Obama’s first morning show interview and will air on “Good Morning Americaon Tuesday, February 26.

 

“Good Morning America” is a two-hour, live program anchored by Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos. Josh Elliott is the news anchor, Lara Spencer is lifestyle anchor and Sam Champion is the weather anchor. Tom Cibrowski is the senior executive producer. The morning news program airsMONDAY-FRIDAY (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

 

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Tonight the First Lady visits Jimmy Fallon…….

 

 

Evolution Of Mom Dancing (w/ Jimmy Fallon & Michelle Obama)

 

Published on Feb 22, 2013

In honor of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” campaign, Jimmy Fallon and Michelle Obama present the “Evolution of Mom Dancing.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From The White House Blog…….

 

 

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President Barack Obama meets with senior advisors in the Oval Office, Feb 21, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

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Vice President Joe Biden receives a bracelet from Paige Baitinger, wife of fallen St. Petersburg, Fla., police Sgt. Thomas Baitinger, following a Medal of Valor ceremony in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Feb. 20, 2013. The Vice President and Attorney General Eric Holder presented 18 recipients with the Medal of Valor, which is awarded to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect others from harm. Baitinger accepted the award on behalf of her husband who was killed in the line of duty in 2011. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

 

 

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President Barack Obama talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan as they stand in the West Wing Lobby of the White House, Feb. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

 

Speeches and Remarks

 

February 22, 2013

Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Abe of Japan After Bilateral Meeting

 

 

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

 

February 22, 2013

Joint Statement by the United States and Japan

 

 

 

February 22, 2013

Message — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Cuba

 

 

 

February 22, 2013

Notice — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Cuba

 

 

 

February 22, 2013

President Obama Signs Louisiana Disaster Declaration

 

 

 

February 22, 2013

Letter from the President — Concerning Niger

 

 

 

February 21, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama and Big Bird Team Up to Help Get Kids Healthy

 

 

 

Fulfilling our Commitment to Open Government

 

Lisa Ellman and Nick Sinai
February 22, 2013

 

Since taking office, President Obama has made clear that his Administration is committed to Open Government—that the Nation is made stronger by making the Federal Government accountable to citizens and by giving those citizens opportunities to participate in their government.

 

That’s why, in September 2011, President Obama, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, and the leaders of six other governments launched the global Open Government Partnership– a global effort to encourage transparent, effective, and accountable governance driven by citizens and civil society around the world.  Demonstrating the Nation’s domestic commitment to the Partnership, President Obama launched theU.S. National Action Plan on Open Government that same day, saying:

“We pledge to be more transparent at every level — because more information on government activity should be open, timely, and freely available to the people. We pledge to engage more of our citizens in decision-making — because it makes government more effective and responsive. We pledge to implement the highest standards of integrity — because those in power must serve the people, not themselves. And we pledge to increase access to technology — because in this digital century, access to information is a right that is universal.”

 

In just over a year, the Administration has made significant progress toward implementing the National Action Plan, working closely and in partnership with American citizens and organizations.

 

For example, with the launch of the White House’s “We the People” petition platform, citizens now have a more powerful voice in government. With the passage of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, and President Obama’s landmark directive extending whistleblower protections to the intelligence and national security communities for the first time, Federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government will receive the protection they deserve.  And, through innovative, accessible platforms like data.gov, the government is unleashing more information than ever before to fuel innovation and entrepreneurship. But we’re not stopping there.

 

As part of our ongoing commitment to Open Government, the United States Government will publish a Self-Assessment Report this spring, that outlines our significant progress to date and highlights areas where there is more work to be done.  And, in the true spirit of Open Government—we want you to participate in the process.

 

Many of the best ideas that helped shape the National Action Plan on Open Government were suggested from citizens and outside groups. Starting today, for the next two weeks, we want to hear from you, as we work to develop our Open Government self-assessment report.

 

Here’s how: You can share your ideas and feedback through Q&A site Quora, or through a web form on WhiteHouse.gov. Specifically, we’d like to hear from you about:

  • What Open Government commitments need the most additional work in the near term?
  • How can we be more responsive to your feedback?
  • How can we work more closely with the public to enhance the Government’s effectiveness?

 

Your feedback will inform our upcoming Self-Assessment Report on Open Government and ensure that your voice is heard as we continue working together toward increased openness and transparency. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Lisa Ellman is Chief Counselor for the Open Government Partnership and Senior Advisor to the Chief Technology Officer and Nick Sinai is Deputy Chief Technology Officer.

 

 

 

What Is the Sequester?

 

Megan Slack
Megan Slack

February 22, 2013

In eight days, harmful automatic cuts — known as the sequester — take effect, threatening hundreds of thousands of jobs, and cutting vital services for children, seniors, people with mental illness and our men and women in uniform.

 

To prevent a costly, self-inflicted wound to our economy and middle class families, President Obama put forward a plan to avoid these cuts and reduce the deficit by cutting spending and closing tax loopholes. Now it’s up to Congress to act. Learn more about President Obama’s plan here.

 

Still have questions about what the sequester is, and why American famillies and our national economy face this threat? We’ve put together the explainer below using some helpful background information President Obama laid out in a statement on Tuesday. Check it out:

 

 

$2.5 TRILLION IN DEFICIT REDUCTION

 

 

 

 

“Over the last few years, both parties have worked together to reduce our deficits by more than $2.5 trillion. More than two-thirds of that was through some pretty tough spending cuts. The rest of it was through raising taxes — tax rates on the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans. And together, when you take the spending cuts and the increased tax rates on the top 1 percent, it puts us more than halfway towards the goal of $4 trillion in deficit reduction that economists say we need to stabilize our finances.”

 

 

 

SO WHAT’S THE SEQUESTER? WHY NOW?

 

 

 

 

“Now, Congress, back in 2011, also passed a law saying that if both parties couldn’t agree on a plan to reach that $4 trillion goal, about a trillion dollars of additional, arbitrary budget cuts would start to take effect this year. And by the way, the whole design of these arbitrary cuts was to make them so unattractive and unappealing that Democrats and Republicans would actually get together and find a good compromise of sensible cuts as well as closing taxloopholes and so forth. And so this was all designed to say we can’t do these bad cuts; let’s do something smarter. That was the whole point of this so-called sequestration.”

 

“Unfortunately, Congress didn’t compromise. They haven’t come together and done their jobs, and so as a consequence, we’ve got these automatic, brutal spending cuts that are poised to happen next Friday.”

 

“Now, if Congress allows this meat-cleaver approach to take place, it will jeopardize our military readiness; it will eviscerate job-creating investments in education and energy and medical research. It won’t consider whether we’re cutting some bloated program that has outlived its usefulness, or a vital service that Americans depend on every single day. It doesn’t make those distinctions.”

 

 

A WAY FORWARD, A BALANCED APPROACH

 

 

 

 

“There is a smarter way to do this –- to reduce our deficits without harming our economy. But Congress has to act in order for that to happen.”

 

“Now, for two years, I’ve offered a balanced approach to deficit reduction that would prevent these harmful cuts…”

 

“I am willing to cut more spending that we don’t need, get rid of programs that aren’t working. I’ve laid out specific reforms to our entitlement programs that can achieve the same amount of health care savings by the beginning of the next decade as the reforms that were proposed by the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles commission.”

 

 

 

 

 

“I’m willing to save hundreds of billions of dollars by enacting comprehensive tax reform that gets rid of tax loopholes and deductions for the well off and well connected, without raising tax rates.”

 

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT PRESIDENT OBAMA’S PLAN TO AVOID HARMFUL CUTS AND REDUCE THE DEFICIT.

 

 

 

 

 

“I believe such a balanced approach that combines tax reform with some additional spending reforms, done in a smart, thoughtful way is the best way to finish the job of deficit reduction and avoid these cuts once and for all that could hurt our economy, slow our recovery, put people out of work. And most Americans agree with me.”

 

WATCH PRESIDENT OBAMA’S FULL STATEMENT ON YOUTUBE.

 

 

 

President Obama Meets with Prime Minister Abe of Japan

 

Megan Slack
Megan Slack

February 22, 2013
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President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan deliver press statements and take questions following their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, Feb. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Today, President Obama held a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan. “The U.S.-Japan alliance is the central foundation for our regional security and so much of what we do in the Pacific region,” President Obama said.

 

In the meeting, the two leaders discussed a range of security issues in the Asia Pacific region, and over lunch, talked about the close economic cooperation between our two countries.

 

“I know that Prime Minister Abe and I both agree that our number-one priority has to be making sure that we are increasing growth and making sure that people have the opportunity to prosper if they’re willing to work hard in both our countries.”

 

Read the full remarks here.

 

 

 

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