The White House Blog Updates For August The 13th, 2014.




New Commitments to Improve College Opportunity


Last January, I listened to the President ask hundreds of college presidents to increase college opportunity for all Americans. He asked them to help because a college degree remains one of the surest pathways into the middle class in America, and is an especially powerful engine of social and economic mobility.


Over this decade, nearly 8 in 10 new jobs will require some postsecondary education or training beyond high school. And of the 30 fastest growing occupations, half require a college degree. At the same time, college graduates earn an average of 77 percent more per hour than a high school graduatePresident Obama set forth a goal early in his first term to guide our work in education – to lead the world with the highest proportion of college graduates by 2020.


And yesterday, I had the privilege of joining Secretary Duncan in meeting with community college leaders who have made new commitments to ensure student success, because, in order to make progress on our goal to be first in the world, we need to embrace some of the foundational challenges to college enrollment, persistence, and completion.


Our nation’s community colleges are the engines of our higher education system. As the largest part of America’s higher education system, these institutions provide the education and training to prepare our 21st century workforce and are an ideal place to raise the knowledge and skills of our workforce – and to meet the academic needs of a diverse population of learners, from recent high school graduates to adults seeking new skills


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Join Us for a Maker Camp Field Trip to the White House Kitchen Garden


Watch the Maker Camp Field Trip below starting at 2 p.m. ET



Get ready to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty! White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford is inviting you to join a virtual Maker Camp Field Trip to the White House Kitchen Garden on Wednesday, August 13 at 2:00 p.m. ET.


Google and Make have come together to put on Maker Camp, a free online summer camp for building, tinkering and exploring available online and in local neighborhoods. With Maker Camp, teen inventors and artists around the world can make awesome projects, participate in epic virtual field trips and meet the world’s coolest makers. Tomorrow, Chef Comerford will give participants a look inside the First Lady’s Kitchen Garden, share tips for cooking and gardening at home, and more.


Here’s how you can join:

  • Watch the virtual field trip live right here or on Maker Camp’s Google+ page on Wednesday, August 13 at 2 p.m. ET
  • Got a question about the White House garden? Ask it during the event right here.


In June, President Obama hosted the first-ever White House Maker Faire to celebrate America’s students and entrepreneurs who are inventing the future with new technologies such as 3D printers, laser cutters, easy-to-use design software, and desktop machine tools. The event brought together more than 100 students, entrepreneurs, engineers, and researchers from 25 states ­all of whom love to “Make” stuff.


We hope you can “Make” it to Wednesday’s event and join the conversation live from the White House Kitchen Garden.



White House Award Ceremony with Youth and Environmental Educators


Published on Aug 12, 2014

Senior White House and Administration officials join an awards ceremony honoring recipients of the Presidential Environmental Youth Award and the Presidential innovation Award for Environmental Educators. August 12, 2014.







Statements and Releases – August 13th, 2014


Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel

President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed today by phone the ongoing negotiations in Cairo to achieve a sustainable ceasefire agreement.  The President reaffirmed the United States’ support for Egypt’s mediation efforts and underscored the importance of achieving a sustainable outcome that ensures Israel’s security and addresses Gaza’s humanitarian crisis.



Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on the Death of Eduardo Campos

We were deeply saddened to learn of the plane crash that appears to have taken the life of Brazilian Presidential candidate Eduardo Campos as well as his travel companions. We extend our profound condolences to the family and other loved ones of the deceased and to the people of Brazil. The thoughts and prayers of the American people are with Brazil on this tragic occasion.



FACT SHEET: Improving College Opportunity


Statement by the President on the Passing of Michael Brown




Giving America a Raise: A Progress Report



In this year’s State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour—a move that would boost the bottom lines of businesses and increase the earnings of 28 million hardworking Americans.


It’s a commonsense proposal that Republicans in Congress continue to block—which is why President Obama took action to raise the minimum wage for workers on new federal contracts. And states, cities, and businesses across the country are doing their part, too.


A new White House report released today looks at the progress businesses and communities are making in raising the minimum wage for millions of workers. In fact, since the President first called for a minimum wage increase in 2013, 13 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws to increase their minimum wage, which will benefit about 7 million workers.


The economic evidence is clear: It’s time to give America a raise. Find out how many more workers would benefit if Congress would take action to raise the wage:




Learn more about why we must act now to raise the wage and ensure a growing economy that works for everyone:










Climate Change & Wildfires Explained in Less Than Three Minutes

August 05, 2014 | 2:38 | Public Domain

President Obama’s Science Advisor, Dr. John Holdren, explains in less than three minutes how the growing number of intense wildfires are linked in part, to climate change. Learn more at



















I have supported Barack Hussein Obama since 1997 when I first noticed him in and around the Hyde Park neighborhood. I still support him 5000%, although we disagree on Israel. This post published by 


Thought Provoking Perspectives


Mirrors exactly how I feel about the attention paid to the Black American community since 2009 by MY President Of The United States of America. It’s an interesting read from a Black American who sometimes thinks about things as I think about things.


Butt I’d still crawl thru hell wearing gasoline soaked boxers for Barack Hussein Obama. Even though we disagree on Palestine/Israel.


This thought provoking article is by Thought Provoking Perspectives…..

Please Mr. President


It expresses exactly how I feel at this moment in time.






Anonymous: Audio Tapes (St. Louis Dispatch)


Published on Aug 13, 2014


We are Anonymous.

These files compiled in this video contains audio of St. Louis police dispatch from the date of August 9th 2014, the day Mike Brown was murdered by a Ferguson PD officer. We have released these tapes to the public so as they are able to get a sense of the atmosphere the moments before and the hours after Mike Brown was shot.

These raw audio files have been compiled and long quiet moments have been cut down. Time stamps are available within the video.

Incident begins at around noon..(9:08 time stamp)











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Beep Beep Boop Screen Is Not A Glitch. How To “Get Around” This Dumbass Upgrade.





I awoke this morning, like so many others, to find WordPress had screwed with a very easy to navigate blog post editor,…and turned it into a JOKE. A COMEDY OF ERRORS!


Here’s how to “get around” this new clusterfuck, and get to your old blog post editor.


Pay close attention because it’s tricky…bookmark your “old blog post editor”, once you get to your old blog post editor dashboard….so you are able to return to it when you want to post/publish to your blog.


The link to your old dashboard starts here……


Go to Dashboard > Posts > Add New and create your posts there.


THIS is what you will see…..Ignore the message and read down to whats below this error message.


User theobamacrat Cannot Access the Dashboard Requested


You are logged in as “theobamacrat” and do not have the necessary privileges to access the dashboard for “Welcome to the new!“. If you are not “theobamacrat”, please log out, and log back in with your username. If you are “theobamacrat” and you need access, please ask an administrator of the site to invite you.


If you reached this screen by accident and meant to visit one your own sites, here are some shortcuts to help you find your way.


Your Sites


Here you will see a list of your WordPress blog sites, and you will be able to click onVisit Dashboard | View Site”


This “Visit Dashboard | View Site” will direct you straight to your old blog editor dashboard. Just click on your “post” icon in your leftside bar, and scroll down to “New” and you be be on the old blog post editor.


It sounds complicated but it is NOT hard to navigate back to your old blog post editor. I know because THIS BLOG POST was created and published using the old blog post editor that was available yesterday.


I hope this helps you whi have had the trouble I have had today with WordPress and their continued efforts to make bloggin on WordPress IMPOSSIBLY DIFFICULT!


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By Jueseppi B.













Get ready for the White House Maker Faire on June 18th, 2014


Published on Jun 4, 2014

The White House Maker Faire will feature Makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs of all ages who are using cutting-edge tools to bring their ideas to life. These projects will delight and amaze us, and some may very well create industries and jobs of the future.

For more information and to get involved, visit and follow #NationofMakers.



















New Ways The Billionaire Koch Bros Are Bad-Touching Democracy


Published on Jun 4, 2014

John F. O’Donnell and Lee Camp get molested by the tentacles of the billionaire Kochtopus! Can they break down exactly –





















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Taking Action To Attract The World’s Top Talented Professionals To America.


By Jueseppi B.




Taking Action to Attract the World’s Top Talented Professionals


Secretary Penny Pritzker
Secretary Penny Pritzker

May 06, 2014
11:44 AM EDT


Penny Pritzker is Secretary of Commerce


Today, the Obama Administration announced new steps to make it easier for highly skilled workers and talented researchers from other countries to contribute to our economy and ultimately become Americans. These measures are part of administrative reforms first announced in 2012, and reflect our commitment to attracting and retaining highly-skilled immigrants, continuing our economic recovery, and encouraging job creation.


Specifically, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed rule that would—for the first time—allow work authorization for the spouses of H-1B workers who have begun the process of applying for a green card through their employers. Once enacted, this proposed rule would empower these spouses to put their own education and skills to work for the country that they and their families now call home.  This rule change was requested in a “We the People” petition to the White House.

At the same time, DHS is also proposing another new rule to make it easier for outstanding professors and researchers in other countries to demonstrate their eligibility for the EB-1 visa, a type of green card reserved for the world’s best and brightest. Just as great athletes and performers are already able to provide a range of evidence to support their petition for an EB-1, professors and researchers would be able to present diverse achievements such as groundbreaking patents or prestigious scientific grants.

You can watch the video featuring inaugural Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship below:


Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship: Why America Needs Immigration Reform


Published on May 6, 2014

Inaugural members of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (Nina Vaca, Hamdi Ulukaya, Rich Barton, Daphne Koller, and Steve Case) tell stories of how immigration makes America great, and why the time is now for common sense immigration reform.




These measures build on continuing Administration efforts to streamline existing systems, eliminate inefficiency, and increase transparency, such as by the launch of Entrepreneur Pathways, an online resource center that gives immigrant entrepreneurs an intuitive way to navigate opportunities to start and grow a business in the United States.

These actions promise to unleash more of the extraordinary contributions that immigrants have always made to America’s economy. By some estimates, immigration was responsible for one-third of the explosive growth in patenting in past decades, and these innovations contributed to increasing U.S. GDP by 2.4 percent. Immigrants represent 50 percent of PhD‘s working in math and computer science and 57 percent of PhD’s working in engineering, and one study found that 26 percent of all U.S.-based Nobel laureates over the past 50 years were foreign born.

Immigrants are also over-represented in the ranks of America’s entrepreneurs, as they are more than twice as likely as the native-born to start a business in the United States. Immigrants started one of every four small businesses and high-tech startups across America, and more than 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies—from GE and Ford to Google and Yahoo!—were founded by immigrants or the children of immigrants.

While today’s executive actions are an important step in the right direction, only Congress can offer permanent solutions to fix our broken immigration system and ensure that immigration pathways for foreign entrepreneurs and talented workers are clear and consistent, and better reflect today’s business realities.

Last June, the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill that would significantly grow our economy and shrink the deficit. It is imperative that the House of Representatives do its part to send a bill to the President’s desk, as the costs of inaction are considerable. Among the many other benefits of commonsense immigrant reform, we need legislation that will keep talented scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs here in America instead of compelling them to go back home and compete against us.

When President Obama and I met last month with the new Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship, these top entrepreneurs spoke passionately about the contributions of immigrants and the importance of immigration reform for growing our economy. This group of successful American business people who have committed to sharing their expertise to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs at home and abroad agreed that we undermine our economic competitiveness when we make it harder, not easier, for talented immigrants to stay here and contribute to our economy.

America’s immigration system is broken. Too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers and there are 11 million people living in the shadows. Neither is good for the economy or the country.

Together we can build a fair, effective and common sense immigration system that lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.

The President’s plan builds a smart, effective immigration system that continues efforts to secure our borders and cracks down on employers who hire undocumented immigrants. It’s a plan that requires anyone who’s undocumented to get right with the law by paying their taxes and a penalty, learning English, and undergoing background checks before they can be eligible to earn citizenship.

White House White Board: Why Immigration Reform Is Good For Our Economy


Published on Jul 11, 2013

It’s clear commonsense immigration reform is good for the economy as a whole. Don’t take our word for it — study after study has shown that commonsense immigration reform will strengthen the economy, spur innovation, reduce the deficit and increase US trade and exports.


Creating an Immigration System for the 21st Century


White House Photo Of The Day – Monday May 5th, 2014



President Barack Obama meets with Anita Decker, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, and Personal Secretary Ferial Govashiri in the Oval Office, May 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama meets with Anita Decker, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, and Personal Secretary Ferial Govashiri in the Oval Office, May 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama returns to the Oval Office after giving interviews in the Rose Garden of the White House, May 6, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama returns to the Oval Office after giving interviews in the Rose Garden of the White House, May 6, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)




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Weekly Address: Congress Needs To Act On Minimum Wage


By Jueseppi B.




Weekly Address: Congress Needs to Act on Minimum Wage


In this week’s address, the President highlights small business owners across the country acting to raise wages for their workers, and calls on Congress to give America a raise so more hard-working Americans have the opportunity to get ahead.







Mensaje De La Casa Blanca


Published on Apr 26, 2014

En el mensaje de esta semana, la Directora de la Oficina de Administración de Personal Katherine Archuleta habló sobre la importancia de aumentar el salario mínimo a fin de que todos los que trabajan duro ganen el salario que se merecen.







What $10.10 Would Mean For Your State. Raise The Wage.


In this year’s State of the Union addressPresident Obama called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.


That would benefit more than 28 million workers — helping families across the country make ends meet.


But exactly how would it help? We’ll show you.




In his State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to raise the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, and soon after signed an Executive Order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for the individuals working on new federal service contracts.


Raising the minimum wage nationwide will increase earnings for millions of workers, and boost the bottom lines of businesses across the country. Learn more below, and share this page with your friends and family.


Raising the federal minimum wage would not only benefit more than 28 million workers across the country, but 19 million workers from all types of households would see a direct increase in their wages




Today, the real value of the minimum wage has fallen by nearly one-third since its peak in 1968. And right now, a full-time minimum wage worker makes $14,500 a year, which leaves too many families struggling to make ends meet.





Raising the minimum wage will help millions of Americans


Spread the word to friends and family









Raise The Minimum Wage: Barack Speaks At Michigan University, Ann Arbor – Full Speech.



Obama Speaks At Michigan University, Ann Arbor– Full Speech


Published on Apr 2, 2014

President Obama speaks about raising the minimum wage while visiting the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.





Add Your Name: America Deserves a Raise


Last Friday, I spoke at a rally in Cleveland about raising the minimum wage. While I was there, I had the opportunity to talk with 11-year-old Jesseca Hudson, who came out to show her support.


Before I’d even boarded my plane back to D.C., she had already emailed me, telling me how she wanted to help in the fight to give millions of workers the wages they deserve.


Jesseca doesn’t think that someone working full-time should struggle to make ends meet. But full-time workers earning the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 only earn about $14,500 a year in wages — below the poverty line for a family of two.


That’s unacceptable. And it’s why the President has called on Congress and state governments to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour — and on businesses to act on their own to increase the pay of their workers.


If you agree, then add your name, and share why you think we need to raise the wage.





Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 will benefit about 28 million workers across the country. And it will help businesses, too — raising the wage will put more money in people’s pockets, which they will pump back into the economy by spending it on goods and services in their communities.


The bottom line: America deserves a raise.


And it’s not just 11-year-olds that understand why it’s a problem that the minimum wage has lost nearly a third of its value since its peak in 1968. Nearly three out of fourAmericans agree we should raise the wage.


If you agree it’s time that we answer the President’s call to increase the minimum wage and reward honest work, add your name and share why.


Thanks for your help.






Three Out Of Four Americans Agree: It’s Time To Raise The Minimum Wage.


Raise The Minimum Wage – ’11 Must-Know Facts About The Minimum Wage’



Raising the minimum wage isn’t just pro-worker; it’s pro-economic growth. Putting money in the pockets of working families, as Henry Ford explained, means they’ll spend it on goods and services, which in turn helps businesses thrive and create more jobs.



Obama At Costco Promotes Higher Minimum Wage


Published on Jan 29, 2014

President Obama notes that Costco pays its workers a higher starting wage and therefor has fewer workers quit, making it a better company. He speaks from a Costco in Lanham, Maryland.




That’s why 75 percent of Americans − including so many business leaders I speak to − support a higher federal minimum wage. That’s why there’s a proud bipartisan history of raising the wage.


The typical minimum wage earner is a provider and a breadwinner – most likely a woman – responsible for paying bills, running a household and raising children. How can we expect her to get by on a wage that, in real terms, isn’t worth as much as it was in the 1950s?


The value of the minimum wage simply hasn’t kept up with the cost of living, including the essentials a family needs to survive: a gallon of milk, a gallon of gas, monthly rent, a pair of children’s shoes and more.


Wages also haven’t kept up with workers’ output. Since 1979, productivity has increased more than 90 percent, but real average hourly earnings have gone up only 3.2 percent.


President Obama believes that income inequality is one of the most pressing matters facing the nation. If we are going to be a country that provides ladders of opportunity and believes in a thriving middle class, then we have to raise the minimum wage.


But don’t take my word for it. In recent weeks, I’ve had the privilege of meeting with many low-wage workers – proud men and women who want nothing more than a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. I’ve looked into their eyes and seen their struggle and their sacrifice; their dignity and self-respect.


They wake up every morning and do their jobs. Now it’s time for Congress to do its job. It’s time to give minimum wage workers the raise they need, the raise they’ve earned, the raise they deserve.




In the year since I asked this Congress to raise the minimum wage, five states have passed laws to raise theirs.  Many businesses have done it on their own.  Nick Chute is here tonight with his boss, John Soranno.  John’s an owner of Punch Pizza in Minneapolis, and Nick helps make the dough.  Only now he makes more of it: John just gave his employees a raise, to ten bucks an hour – a decision that eased their financial stress and boosted their morale.


Tonight, I ask more of America’s business leaders to follow John’s lead and do what you can to raise your employees’ wages.  To every mayor, governor, and state legislator in America, I say, you don’t have to wait for Congress to act; Americans will support you if you take this on.  And as a chief executive, I intend to lead by example. Profitable corporations like Costco see higher wages as the smart way to boost productivity and reduce turnover. We should too.  In the coming weeks, I will issue an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to pay their federally-funded employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour – because if you cook our troops’ meals or wash their dishes, you shouldn’t have to live in poverty.


Of course, to reach millions more, Congress needs to get on board. Today, the federal minimum wage is worth about twenty percent less than it was when Ronald Reagan first stood here.  Tom Harkin and George Miller have a bill to fix that by lifting the minimum wage to $10.10.  This will help families.  It will give businesses customers with more money to spend.  It doesn’t involve any new bureaucratic program.  So join the rest of the country.  Say yes.  Give America a raise.




The State of the Union Fact Sheet: Opportunity for All


Opportunity for All: Key Executive Actions the President Will Take in 2014

The President’s top priority remains ensuring middle class Americans feel secure in their jobs, homes and budgets.  To build real, lasting economic security the President will work with Congress and act on his own to expand opportunity for all so that every American can get ahead and have a shot at creating a better life for their kids.


Raising the Minimum Wage through Executive Order to $10.10 for Federal Contract Workers. The President will also continue to urge Congress to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 across the nation because no one who works full-time should have to raise their family in poverty.



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