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The Weekly Address: Rewarding Women’s Hard Work And Increasing The Minimum Wage


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Your Weekly Address

 

President Barack Obama intends to publish a weekly video address every Saturday morning of his presidency.

 

 

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Weekly Address: Rewarding Women’s Hard Work and Increasing the Minimum Wage

March 22, 2014 | 3:04 |Public Domain

 

In this week’s address, President Obama highlights the importance of making sure our economy rewards the hard work of every American – including America’s women.

 

 

 

 

 

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VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: Premiando el trabajo arduo de las mujeres

March 22, 2014 | 3:06 |Public Domain

 

En el mensaje de esta semana, Elmy Bermejo, la Directora de Asuntos Intergubernamentales del Departamento de Trabajo discutió la necesidad de garantizar que nuestra economía recompense el arduo trabajo realizado por las mujeres. Un verdadero plan de oportunidades no es tal si no funciona para las mujeres que son parte de la fuerza laboral. Porque cuando la mujer tiene éxito, Estados Unidos tiene éxito.

 

 

 

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West Wing Week 3/21/14 or, “24 Soldiers”

March 20, 2014 | 5:58

 

This week, the President celebrated St. Patrick’s day alongside the Prime Minister of Ireland, continued to work toward a diplomatic resolution to the conflict in Ukraine, hosted Palestinian President Abbas, awarded 24 Medals of Honor, and traveled to Florida to speak on the importance of supporting working families.

 

 

 

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Press Briefing

March 22, 2014 | 52:31 | Public Domain

 

White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

 

 

 

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Statement By President Barack Hussein Obama On Ukraine


 

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Statement by the President on Ukraine

 

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

1:05 P.M. EST

 

 

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Before Jay takes some of your questions, I wanted to provide a brief update on our efforts to address the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

 

Since the Russian intervention, we’ve been mobilizing the international community to condemn this violation of international law and to support the people and government of Ukraine.

 

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This morning I signed an executive order that authorizes sanctions on individuals and entities responsible for violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, or for stealing the assets of the Ukrainian people.

 

According to my guidance, the State Department has also put in place restrictions on the travel of certain individuals and officials.  These decisions continue our efforts to impose a cost on Russia and those responsible for the situation in Crimea.  And they also give us the flexibility to adjust our response going forward based on Russia’s actions.

 

We took these steps in close coordination with our European allies.  I’ve spoken to several of our closest friends around the world, and I’m pleased that our international unity is on display at this important moment.  Already, we’ve moved together to announced substantial assistance for the government in Kyiv, and today in Brussels, our allies took similar steps to impose costs on Russia.  I am confident that we are moving forward together, united in our determination to oppose actions that violate international law and to support the government and people of Ukraine.

 

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And that includes standing up for the principle of state sovereignty.  The proposed referendum on the future of Crimea would violate the Ukrainian constitution and violate international law.  Any discussion about the future of Ukraine must include the legitimate government of Ukraine.  In 2014, we are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders.

 

While we take these steps, I want to be clear that there is also a way to resolve this crisis that respects the interests of the Russian Federation, as well as the Ukrainian people.  Let international monitors into all of Ukraine, including Crimea, to ensure the rights of all Ukrainians are being respected, including ethnic Russians.  Begin consultations between the government of Russia and Ukraine, with the participation of the international community.  Russia would maintain its basing rights in Crimea, provided that it abides by its agreements and respects Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  And the world should support the people of Ukraine as they move to elections in May.

 

That’s the path of de-escalation, and Secretary Kerry is engaged in discussions with all of the relevant parties, including Russia and Ukraine to pursue that path.  But if this violation of international law continues, the resolve of the United States, and our allies and the international community will remain firm.  Meanwhile, we’ve taken steps to reaffirm our commitment to the security and democracy of our allies in Eastern Europe and to support the people of Ukraine.

 

One last point — there’s been a lot of talk in Congress about these issues.  Today, once again, I’m calling on Congress to follow up on these words with action, specifically to support the IMF’s capacity to lend resources to Ukraine and to provide American assistance for the Ukrainian government so that they can weather this storm and stabilize their economy, make needed reforms, deliver for their people, all of which will provide a smoother pathway for the elections that have already been scheduled in May.

 

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Today the world can see that the United States is united with our allies and partners in upholding international law and pursuing a just outcome that advances global security and the future that the Ukrainian people deserve.  That’s what we’re going to continue to do in the days to come until we have seen a resolution to this crisis.

 

Thanks very much.  And Jay and Ben and others will be happy to take your questions.

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Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Latvian President Andris Berzins

In a telephone call earlier today, Vice President Biden and Latvian President Andris Berzins expressed their grave concern over Russia’s clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity and discussed how best to bring about a peaceful resolution.  The Vice President reaffirmed the United States’ longstanding and continuing commitment to peace and security in the Baltic region.

 

 

Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom

As part of our continuing close consultations on shared security challenges, the President spoke to Prime Minister Cameron today regarding the events unfolding in Ukraine  The leaders expressed their grave concern over Russia’s clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, and both noted that the current circumstances are unacceptable.  Russia has already started to pay a cost for its actions, such as reducing investor confidence in Russia. The two leaders welcomed the military observer mission being undertaken by Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe at the request of the Government of Ukraine.   They also discussed support for the government of Ukraine as it works to stabilize its economy and makes preparations for elections in May.  The leaders agreed to stay in close contact in the days ahead.

 

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Vladimir Putin has responded to journalists’ questions about the invasion with “What invasion? I don’t hear anybody complaining about any invasion. Now go away, I’m busy protecting these cardboard targets.”

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AP PHOTO/ANDREW LUBIMOV A man in unmarked uniform rides military vehicle in Balaklava, on the outskirts of Sevastopol in the Crimean region of Ukraine. One day after sending in thousands of troops, Russian President Vladimir Putin got permission from parliament to use military force in the autonomous region of Crimea, where most residents are ethnic Russians.

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A man in unmarked uniform rides military vehicle in Balaklava, on the outskirts of Sevastopol in the Crimean region of Ukraine. One day after sending in thousands of troops, Russian President Vladimir Putin got permission from parliament to use military force in the autonomous region of Crimea, where most residents are ethnic Russians.

A woman sheds tears during a rally in Independence Square on March 2.

A woman sheds tears during a rally in Independence Square on March 2.

A woman waits in front of unidentified men in military fatigues who were blocking a base of the Ukrainian frontier guard unit in Balaklava, Ukraine, on March 1.

A woman waits in front of unidentified men in military fatigues who were blocking a base of the Ukrainian frontier guard unit in Balaklava, Ukraine, on March 1.

the United States, Germany and Italy during a rally in Independence Square on March 2.

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Barack After Dark™: The Prez Is As Busy As Ever. CongrASS Is AS Invisible AS Usual.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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President Obama Speaks on Improving Fuel Efficiency for American Trucks

February 18, 2014 | 16:20 |Public Domain

 

President Obama lays out additional details for the plan he announced in the 2014 State of the Union to improve the fuel efficiency of American trucks and bolster energy security, cut carbon pollution, and spur manufacturing innovation.

 

 

FACT SHEET: Opportunity For All: Improving the Fuel Efficiency of American Trucks – Bolstering Energy Security, Cutting Carbon Pollution, Saving Money and Supporting Manufacturing Innovation

 

Remarks by the President on Fuel Efficiency Standards of Medium and Heavy-Duty Vehicles

 

 

Press Briefing

February 18, 2014 | 53:55 |Public Domain

 

White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

 

 

 

Lie Witness News — Presidents’ Day Edition

 

Published on Feb 18, 2014

We went out onto Hollywood Blvd. to tell people that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt died today. He actually died in 1945 but that didn’t stop people from remembering him fondly.

 

 

 

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A Look At What They’re Saying About myRA Across the Country

 

Brandi Hoffine
February 18, 2014
06:20 PM EST

 

Ed. note: This is cross-posted from Treasury Notes, the official blog of the U.S. Department of the TreasurySee the original post.

 

Last month in the State of the Union, President Obama laid out specific executive actions he will take to put more Americans back to work and expand opportunity so that every American can get ahead. Speaking about the importance of securing a dignified retirement, the President announced that he would direct Treasury to create a new way for working Americans to start their own retirement savings. According to independent estimates, about half of all workers and 75 percent of part-time workers lack access to employer-sponsored retirement plans. That is why the Obama administration designed myRA (my Retirement Account) – a simple, safe, and affordable retirement savings account that will be offered through employers to help low- and moderate- income Americans begin to save for retirement.

 

Below is a look at what newspaper editorial boards and financial columnists across the country are saying.

 

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Kicking Vehicle Efficiency into High Gear

 

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February 18, 2014
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President Barack Obama delivers remarks on improving the fuel efficiency of American trucks, at the Safeway Distribution Center in Upper Marlboro, Md., Feb. 18, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on improving the fuel efficiency of American trucks, at the Safeway Distribution Center in Upper Marlboro, Md., Feb. 18, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

 

When the President took office, the fuel efficiency standards for our cars had been stuck at 27.5 miles per gallon for twenty years – two decades of lost time when it comes to developing new technologies that can get more miles per gallon out of every tankful of gas. That’s why one of the very first actions the President took in office was to direct the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation to work with the auto industry to develop new fuel economy standards for cars and trucks. It was guided by a belief that if this industry was truly going to come back stronger than before – and thrive over the long term – then we had to build the cars of the future right here in America. After all, improving fuel efficiency represents one of the best opportunities we have to reduce our dependence on oil.

 

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With the President’s leadership, we were able to move forward. Taken together, the standards the Administration has put in place for cars and light trucks span model years 2011 to 2025 and they represent the toughest fuel economy standards in history. Under this first-ever national program, average fuel efficiency for cars and trucks will nearly double, reaching an average performance equivalent of about 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

 

In 2011, the President also established the first-ever fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, covering model years 2014 through 2018. Over the lifetimes of the vehicles covered, trucks and buses will reduce oil consumption by a projected 530 million barrels and greenhouse gas pollution by approximately 270 million metric tons, saving vehicle owners and operators an estimated $50 billion in fuel costs.

 

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Today, the President directed the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation to set the next round of fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks by March 2016. This next round of fuel efficiency standards will build on the historic work done to date, support American manufacturing innovation, and spur the development of new technologies. After years of idling on fuel efficiency, America’s truck fleet is on a straight road to lower emissions, fuel savings for drivers, and leading the world in advanced vehicles.

 

Check out our progress report, Improving the Fuel Efficiency of American Trucks, to learn more about today’s announcement and find out how the President is taking action on climate change by improving the efficiency of our vehicles.

 

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  • We the People Response: Reaffirming the White House’s Commitment to Net Neutrality

     

    Gene Sperling and Todd Park
    February 18, 2014
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    Ed. note: Earlier today, the White House issued its response to a We the People petition on net neutrality. You can read it below, or see the response here.

     


     

    Thank you to everyone who has signed on to this petition in support of a free and open Internet. Since his days as a United States Senator, President Obama has embraced the principle of net neutrality. As the President recently noted, his campaign for the White House was empowered by an open Internet; it allowed millions of supporters to interact with the President and each other in unprecedented fashion. That experience helped give rise to the creation of this very platform – the We The People website– where Americans can express their opinions on any topic and receive a response from the White House. Rights of free speech, and the free flow of information, are central to our society and economy — and the principle of net neutrality gives every American an equal and meaningful opportunity to participate in both. Indeed, an open Internet is an engine for freedom around the world.

     

    Preserving an open Internet is vital not to just to the free flow of information, but also to promoting innovation and economic productivity. Because of its openness, the Internet has allowed entrepreneurs — with just a small amount of seed money or a modest grant — to take their innovative ideas from the garage or the dorm room to every corner of the Earth, building companies, creating jobs, improving vital services, and fostering even more innovation along the way.

     

    Absent net neutrality, the Internet could turn into a high-priced private toll road that would be inaccessible to the next generation of visionaries. The resulting decline in the development of advanced online apps and services would dampen demand for broadband and ultimately discourage investment in broadband infrastructure. An open Internet removes barriers to investment worldwide.

     

    A wide spectrum of stakeholders and policymakers recognize the importance of these principles. In the wake of last month’s court decision, it was encouraging to hear major broadband providers assert their commitment to an open Internet.

     

    It was also encouraging to see Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, whom the President appointed to that post last year, reaffirm his commitment to a free and open Internet and pledge to use the authority granted by Congress to maintain a free and open Internet. The White House strongly supports the FCC and Chairman Wheeler in this effort.

     

    The petition asked that the President direct the FCC to reclassify Internet service providers as “common carriers” which, if upheld, would give the FCC a distinct set of regulatory tools to promote net neutrality. The FCC is an independent agency. Chairman Wheeler has publicly pledged to use the full authority granted by Congress to maintain a robust, free and open Internet — a principle that this White House vigorously supports.

 

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The Fifth Anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

 

Dive into the Presidency for President’s Day

 

Administration-Wide Response to the Drought

 

Weekly Address: Calling on Congress to Raise the Minimum Wage

 

Weekly Wrap Up: the French Visit, the President Raises the Wage for Federal Contractors, and More

 

First Lady Michelle Obama: “I Need You to See This”

 

 

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White House Week Ahead Schedule – February 19th to the 21st, 2014

 

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On Wednesday, the President will travel to Toluca, Mexico, to participate in the North American Leaders Summit. At the Summit, the President will discuss a wide range of issues including economic competitiveness and citizen security with Mexican President Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Harper.

 

On Thursday, the President will return from Toluca, Mexico and attend the Democratic Governors Association dinner.

 

On Friday, the President will meet with the Democratic governors in town for the annual National Governors Association Winter Meeting to discuss his Opportunity for All agenda and the Year of Action.

 

 

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Biden to visit Granite City, Ill. on Wednesday.

 

WASHINGTON–Vice President Joe Biden travels to Granite City, Illinois on Wednesday to visit America’s Central Port, a rail, river road shipping complex on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River.

 

From the White House: “The Vice President’s visit will mark the fifth anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and highlight the need for continued investment in infrastructure to create jobs and grow our economy. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood will also attend.”

 

 

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President Obama holds a meeting with African American civil rights leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, February 18. Flanking the President are Attorney General Eric Holder and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett with Rev. Al Sharpton, president of National Action Network, also attending.

President Obama holds a meeting with African American civil rights leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, February 18. Flanking the President are Attorney General Eric Holder and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett with Rev. Al Sharpton, president of National Action Network, also attending.

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President Barack Obama said he wants the environmental protection agency and the transportation department to implement a new round of fuel efficiency standards for medium and heavy-duty vehicles by March 2016.

President Barack Obama said he wants the environmental protection agency and the transportation department to implement a new round of fuel efficiency standards for medium and heavy-duty vehicles by March 2016.

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Tuesday The 4th Of February, 2014.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule – February 4th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4th, 2014

 

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

 

Later in the morning, the President will visit Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, Maryland to tour a classroom and deliver remarks detailing progress toward his ConnectED goal of connecting 99% of students to next-generation broadband and wireless technology within five years. The President’s remarks are open to pre-credentialed media, and there will be travel pool coverage of the President’s tour.

 

In the afternoon, the President and Vice President will meet for lunch in the Private Dining Room. This lunch is closed press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President and Vice President will meet with Department of Defense leadership on Afghanistan in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

In the evening, the President and Vice President will meet with the House Democratic Caucus in the East Room. This meeting is closed press.

 

Tuesday, February 4 2014 All Times ET

 

9:45 AM: THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

11:10 AM: THE PRESIDENT visits a Buck Lodge Middle School classroom, Buck Lodge Middle School, Adelphi, Maryland.

 

11:30 AM: THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks on ConnectED, Buck Lodge Middle School, Adelphi, Maryland.

 

12:40 PM: THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT meet for lunch, Private Dining Room.

 

1:00 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

 

3:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT meet with Department of Defense leadership on Afghanistan, Oval Office.

 

 

4:30 PM: THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT meet with the House Democratic Caucus, The East Room.

 

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President Obama  Week Ahead Schedule: Feb. 4th, 2014 – Feb. 7th, 2014.

 

On Tuesday, the President will deliver remarks on education. In the evening, the President will host the House Democratic Caucus for a roundtable and reception at the White House. The Vice President will also attend.

 

On Wednesday, the President will deliver remarks at the Senate Democratic Issues Conference.

 

On Thursday, the President will deliver remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast. The Vice President and the First Lady will also attend. Later, the President will meet with President Martelly of Haiti at the White House.

 

Details about Friday’s schedule will be released as they become available

 

 

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Apply for the Chance to Attend a White House State Visit Arrival Ceremony

 

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February 03, 2014
06:24 PM EST

 

For the next White House Social, we are inviting our followers onTwitterFacebookGoogle+Instagram, and Tumblr to come to the White House South Lawn for a State Visit to welcome President François Hollande of France.

 

On Tuesday, February 11th, 2014, President Obama and the First Lady will welcome President François Hollande of France to the White House, where he will begin his visit with an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House — a tradition that started during the Kennedy Administration to formally welcome a visiting head of state. Sign up now for your chance to join other White House social media followers at the Official Visit. The deadline to apply is Wednsday, February 5th at 6:00 p.m. EST.

 

You can also follow the social and join the conversation with the hashtag #WHSocial.

You can also follow the social and join the conversation with the hashtag #WHSocial.

 

Announcing the First White House Maker Faire

 

Weekly Address: Restoring Opportunity for All

 

What You Missed: A Virtual Road Trip with President Obama

 

West Wing Week 01/31/14 or “West Wing Week Turns 200!”

 

 

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Press Briefing

February 03, 2014 | 47:05 |Public Domain

 

White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

 

 

 

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Announcing the First-Ever White House Maker Faire

February 03, 2014 | 1:03 |Public Domain

 

Inspired by “Joey Marshmallow” and the millions of citizen-makers driving the next era of American innovation, we are thrilled to announce plans to host the first-ever White House Maker Faire. We will release more details on the event soon, but it will be an opportunity to highlight both the remarkable stories of Makers like Joey and commitments by leading organizations to help more students and entrepreneurs get involved in making things. Learn more at

 

 

 

The First Lady & Dr. Biden Appear in Super Bowl Video Tribute to America’s Troops & Veterans

 

Published on Feb 2, 2014

A reading of the Declaration of Independence in honor of America’s active service members and veterans featuring Martin Sheen along with NFL owners, athletes and coaches including: Robert Kraft; Joe Andruzzi; Matt Chatham with members of the Boston Police Department; Chuck Bednarik; London Fletcher and Art Monk; John Mara; Steve Tisch and Woody Johnson; Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews; Chuck Pagano, Andrew Luck and Raymond Berry; Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas; Art Shell; Tony Gonzalez; JJ Watt, the Watt Family and the Houston Fire Dept.; and Adrian Peterson. An original musical composition entitled ³Heart of Independence² plays throughout the video.

 

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

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Statement by the President and First Lady on the Passing of Joan Mondale

 

Statement by the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden on the Passing of Joan Mondale

 

FACT SHEET: Opportunity For All – Answering the President’s Call to Enrich American Education Through ConnectED

 

Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Jomaa of Tunisia

 

Vice President Biden to Travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in March 2014

 

 

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February 04, 2014 11:30 AM EST

President Obama Delivers Remarks on ConnectED

Adelphi, Maryland, White House Streaming LIVE!!!

 

 

 

February 04, 2014 1:00 PM EST

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

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South Carolina’s battle over Medicaid expansion

 

Published on Feb 3, 2014

After the Supreme Court ruled that states were not obligated to expand their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, South Carolina was one of the first to opt out. PBS NewsHour’s Mary Jo Brooks reports on the effects for residents who are still uninsured, plus a small alternative program designed to reach some of them..

 

 

USA Today: Obama to visit Saudi Arabia in March

 

President Obama will visit Saudi Arabia next month amid reports of a strained American-Saudi relationship over Iran and Syria.

 

White House press secretary Jay Carney announced that Obama would meet with Saudi King Abdullah in late March, calling it “part of regular consultations” between the two countries.

 

“The president looks forward to discussing with King Abdullah the enduring and strategic ties between the United States and Saudi Arabia as well as ongoing cooperation to advance a range of common interests related to Gulf and regional security, peace in the Middle East, countering violent extremism, and other issues of prosperity and security,” Carney said.

 

The Saudi stop will be added to a late March trip that includes the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Vatican City.

 

President Barack Obama shares a laugh with Dr. Andrew Sessler, left, and Dr. John Holdren, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, before meeting with the recipients of the 2013 Fermi Award in the Oval Office, Feb. 3, 2014. Dr. Sessler, Distinguished Scientist Emeritus and Director Emeritus at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Professor Allen J. Bard, Director, Center for Electrochemistry and Hackerman-Welch Regents Chair in Chemistry, The University of Texas at Austin, both received the award. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama shares a laugh with Dr. Andrew Sessler, left, and Dr. John Holdren, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, before meeting with the recipients of the 2013 Fermi Award in the Oval Office, Feb. 3, 2014. Dr. Sessler, Distinguished Scientist Emeritus and Director Emeritus at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Professor Allen J. Bard, Director, Center for Electrochemistry and Hackerman-Welch Regents Chair in Chemistry, The University of Texas at Austin, both received the award. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For The 21st Of December, 2013. 4 Days, YES 4 Days Till Christmas.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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President Obama And The First Family Arrive In Hawaii

 

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White House Schedule – December 21, 2013

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21st, 2013

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21st, 2013 THROUGH SUNDAY, JANUARY 5th, 2014

 

The President will be in Honolulu, Hawaii through Sunday, January 5th, 2014. The President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing every day, but there are no public events scheduled.

 

Saturday, December 21 2013 All Times ET

 

5:05 AM: The First Family arrives in Honolulu, Hawaii, Local Event Time: 12:05 AM HST, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

 

Press Conference by the President

 

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President Obama Holds a News Conference

December 20, 2013 | 1:00:48 |Public Domain

 

President Obama answers questions from the press in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

 

 

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Weekly Address: Working Together on Behalf of the American People

December 21, 2013 | 2:42 |Public Domain

 

In his weekly address, President Obama highlights the bipartisan budget agreement that unwinds some of the cuts that were damaging to the economy and keeps investments in areas that help us grow, and urges both parties to work together to extend emergency unemployment insurance and act on new measures to create jobs and strengthen the middle class.

 

 

 

Weekly Address: Working Together on Behalf of the American People

 

WASHINGTON, DC— In his weekly address, President Obama highlighted the bipartisan budget agreement that unwinds some of the cuts that were damaging to the economy and keeps investments in areas that help us grow, and urged both parties to work together to extend emergency unemployment insurance and act on new measures to create jobs and strengthen the middle class. 

 

The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online atwww.whitehouse.gov at 6:00 a.m. ET, December 21, 2013.

 

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
December 21
st, 2013

 

Hi, everybody.  This week, Congress finished up some important work before heading home for the holidays.

 

For the first time in years, both parties came together in the spirit of compromise to pass a budget – one that helps chart our economic course for the next two years.  This budget will unwind some of the damaging cuts that have threatened students and seniors and held back our businesses.  It clears the path for critical investments in the things that grow our economy and strengthen our middle class, like education and research.  And it will keep reducing our deficits – at a time when we’ve seen four years of the fastest deficit reduction since the end of World War II.

 

Members of Congress also voted to finally allow several dedicated and well-qualified public servants to do their jobs for the American people – many of whom waited months for a simple yes-or-no vote.  These are judges, cabinet secretaries and military leaders.  They’re men and women charged with growing our economy, keeping our homeland secure, and making sure our housing system and financial system work for ordinary Americans.

 

So after a year of showdowns and obstruction that only held back our economy, we’ve been able to break the logjam a bit over the last few weeks.  It’s a hopeful sign that we can end the cycle of short-sighted, crisis-driven decision-making and actually work together to get things done.

 

And that’s important.  Because there’s plenty of work to do.

 

Right now, because Congress failed to act before leaving on vacation, more than one million Americans are poised to lose a vital source of income just a few days after Christmas.  For many people who are still looking for work, unemployment insurance is a lifeline that can make the difference between temporary hardship or lasting catastrophe.  Instead of punishing these families who can least afford it – especially now – Congress should first restore that lifeline immediately, then put their entire focus on creating more good jobs that pay good wages.

 

That’s what I’ll be focused on next year, and every day I have the privilege of being your President.  Growing the economy.  Expanding opportunity.  Building an America that offers everyone who works hard the chance to get ahead, and every child a fair shot at success.

 

And if Congress continues to act in the spirit of cooperation we’ve seen in recent weeks, I’m confident we can make much more progress together in the year to come.

 

Thank you.  Have a great weekend and a very Merry Christmas.

 

Video Mensaje de la Casa Blanca: El Congreso debe extender el seguro de desempleo

December 21, 2013 | 2:35 |Public Domain

 

En el mensaje de esta semana, el Secretario de Trabajo Tom Pérez discutió la importancia de extender el seguro de desempleo para un millón de personas en los Estados Unidos, incluyendo muchos Latinos, que pueden perder una fuente vital de ingresos a solo pocos días después de Navidad.

 

 

 

On The Clock: Unemployment Insurance

December 20, 2013 | 1:14 |Public Domain

 

Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, Jason Furman, discusses the importance of unemployment insurance to Americans and the economy.

 

1.3 million Americans are about to lose a vital lifeline of unemployment insurance benefits if Congress doesn’t act. This is money that helps pay the bills while folks work hard to find their next job.

 

And it gets worse: If we don’t do anything in 2014, an additional 3.6 million Americans will lose their benefits.

 

That’s why Jason Furman, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, sat down for an On The Clock video to explain why this issue is so important — in under sixty seconds:

 

 

 

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West Wing Week: 12/20/13 or “26 Candles”

December 19, 2013 | 3:52 |Public Domain

 

This week, the White House honored those lost at Sandy Hook on the one year anniversary. The President met with newly elected mayors and executives from America’s leading technology companies, discussed the benefits of health care reform with a group of moms, and celebrated the holidays with Christmas in Washington.

 

 

 

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Urging Peace in South Sudan

 

Reinforcing President Obama’s strong message encouraging South Sudan’s leaders to choose peace, National Security Advisor Susan Rice records an audio message for the people of South Sudan.

 

 

President Obama Holds a Pre-Holiday Press Conference

 

President Obama answers questions from the press, discusses our economic progress over the last year, and laid out the work ahead for 2014.

 

 

First Lady Michelle Obama Collects Toys for Kids in Need

 

SNAP Builds a Healthier America for our Children

 

The Affordable Care Act Means Peace of Mind for Moms

 

The Economy in 2013

 

Mother Knows Best: Health Care Brings Peace of Mind to American Families

 

 

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2:00 PM: President Obama holds a press conference in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Dec. 20, 2013 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

 

 

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6:45 PM: The First Family departs the White House en route Andrews Air Force Base, South Lawn.

 

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5:05 AM: The First Family arrives in Honolulu, Hawaii, Local Event Time: 12:05 AM HST. Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

 

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