TheObamaCrat™ SoapBox: The Dumbfuckery Edition. NSFW Or Kids.










TheObamaCrat™ SoapBox: Dumbfuckery Edition.


Sometime in life things occur that are just too stupid to comprehend. Have you noticed, like me, that the people responsible for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are now the very same morons media networks have decided to turn over the airwaves to for advice/opinions on how OUR elected President Of The United States, Barack Hussein Obama, should proceed concerning Iraq?


Thats as dumbass as giving the keys to the Rolls Royce to Stevie Wonder and asking him to drive you home from the bar cause you’re too drunk to drive.


Jay Carney Had The Perfect Response To Dick Cheney On Iraq





Who is this ugly muthafucka……


Krauthammer: Obama Administration’s Policies Have Left US with ‘No Good Options’ in Iraqmovie 2




Krauthammer slams Obama – Obama’s policy of retreat has allowed the bad guys to take over



This cat looks like he got up from being embalmed, before the undertaker finished.




Dick Cheney Vs Dick Cheney On Iraq




Cheney rips Obama on Iraq




If Only Dick Cheney Had Listened To This Iraq War Critic…







Harry Reid tells Dick Cheney to shut up and apologize for Iraq War




Megyn Kelly To Dick Cheney: ‘History Has Proven’ You Were Wrong on Iraq Dick Cheney Kelly File.




Rachel Maddow RIPS Dick Cheney On Iraq ‘Laugh-Out-Loud’ Self-Parody






Finally, the ultimate dumbfuckery…..




Romney: Obama’s ‘Inaction’ Is Responsible for Iraq Falling to ISIS




This stupid racist bastard couldn’t even tell the truth about his Benghazi lie during a debate, and is as dumb as a box of Velcro, yet the Sunday talk shows have him giving advice and opinions on Iraq.






Lastly…..Faux Spews, formerly Fox News, weighs in on it’s understanding of a terrorist being captured and what that terrorist has to say…….Get the Popcorn.


Benghazi Suspect Caught, Fox Sees Conspiracy & Insanity Ensues




U.S. Special Operations forces captured one of the suspected ringleaders of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi in a secret raid in Libya over the weekend, the first time one of the accused perpetrators of the 2012 assaults has been apprehended, according to U.S. officials.


The officials said Ahmed Abu Khattala was captured Sunday near Benghazi by American troops, working alongside the FBI, following months of planning, and was now in U.S. custody in a secure location outside Libya.  The officials said there were no casualties in the operation and that all U.S. personnel involved have safely left Libya.


Of course Faux Spews ain’t happy….


IF it were not so serious, it would be comedy night at the Clusterfuck Comedy Factory.



Now I have a suggestion for Lindsey Graham and John McCain. If you two warmongers wish to have troops go BACK into Iraq, get your punk asses to the closest enlistment facility and sign up. Then equally as quick, get to the front muthafuckin lines and fight for all that bull shit you talking about.




I am sick and tired of politicians sitting in D. fucking C. and deciding to send our young ladies and gentlemen off to die in a foreign war for the profit of fat ass caucasian billionaires.


Remember John McCain’s loudmouth rants of disapproval over SGT Bowe Bergdahl…..








boweknows (2)

000000000000000000000000boweknows (2)


I simply hate traitors of this government clothed in OUR American flag.


As for Lindsey Graham, he mad his mamma named him after a girl, I feel his pain. He’s confused about his manhood.


Lindsey Graham: Iraq collapse is ‘another 9/11 in the making’



This pussy is never going to take his confused ass into any war zone. Ever. Yet HE wants American citizens to go to war. And die. While he is at home sulking over his name.



Lindsey Graham: Obama ‘delusional’ on Iraq



Barack Hussein Obama ain’t never been delusional on a muthafuckin thing in his life. If this dicklicker wants to see delusional, look in his bathroom mirror.


I know it looks like Barack is playing golf, he's actually having terrorist Ahmed Abu Khattala arrested by Special Forces and The FBI

I know it looks like Barack is playing golf, he’s actually having terrorist Ahmed Abu Khattala arrested by Special Forces and The FBI



You see, a real man walks the walk, and never has to talk the talk.







Now for John McCain on Iraq……





John McCain LIVID Over Iraqi Turmoil He Helped Create




Sen. John McCain: Use airstrikes in Iraq




Chris Hayes: Senator McCain DESTROYS John McCAIN on IRAQ!!! Oops? Alzheimer’s?








John McCain On Iraq: We Won And Obama Ruined It




Did anyone besides me notice John McCain having an orgasm as he discusses Iraq? Thats called “Old Senile Peckerwood Warmonger Syndrome.”










TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Friday The 30th Of May. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Shinseki. My Brother’s Keeper Task Force. FEMA.


By Jueseppi B.




White House Schedule – May 30, 2014


President Barack Obama on Friday gets a status report on his My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, lunches with Vice President Joe Biden and then heads to FEMA headquarters for a briefing on  hurricane preparedness. And speaking of lunches: Obama’s Thursday lunch with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was left off his public schedule. (Love those White House curve-balls)


From the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force report: “The My Brother’s Keeper Task Force was established to develop a coordinated Federaleffort to improve significantly the expected life outcomes for boys and young men of color (including Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans) and their contributions to U.S. prosperity, so that all youth have an equal opportunity at the American dream. It is important to note that there is significant diversity within and among these groups of the population. Differences of language status, income, disability, sexual orientation and many other factors influence the identity and  experience of these young people, just as any other population.”



Office of the Press Secretary
May 30th, 2014


FRIDAY, MAY 30th, 2014




In the morning, the President will meet with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Shinseki in the Oval Office to receive an update on the situation at the Department of Veterans Affairs. This meeting will be closed press.


Later in the morning, the President will meet with the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force to receive a 90-day report on its progress. There will be a stills only pool spray of this meeting in the Roosevelt Room.


In the afternoon, the President and the Vice President will meet for lunch in the Private Dining Room. This lunch is closed press.
Later in the afternoon, the President will attend a hurricane preparedness meeting at FEMA Headquarters. There will be a pool pray at the top of this meeting.





Friday May 30th, 2014. All Times EDST



10:15 AM: The President meets with Secretary Shinseki, Oval Office.


11:00 AM: THE PRESIDENT meets with the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, Roosevelt Room.


1:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet for lunch, Private Dining Room.


1:45 PM: The Vice President ceremonially swears in Suzi Levine as U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland, The White House.


2:15 PM: THE PRESIDENT attends a hurricane preparedness meeting, FEMA Headquarters, Washington, DC.


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






White House LIVE!! Streaming.




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


0001111news logo



From The Hill:


Judgment day for Shinseki?


By Justin Sink




Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is widely expected to lose his job as the White House seeks to quell a rising controversy over mismanagement at his agency.


White House press secretary Jay Carney offered little support for Shinseki’s position on Thursday, repeatedly brushing aside questions about whether President Obama had the four-star general’s back.


Instead, Carney reiterated the president’s pledge to seek “accountability” for secret waiting lists at VA facilities that may have contributed to the deaths of veterans.


Carney said Obama expected a preliminary report from Shinseki “by the end of this week,” setting up Friday as a possible time for Shinseki’s dismissal.


The White House desperately wants to put to rest a controversy that is only dragging on Obama’s already low approval numbers and adding to the pessimism that Democrats can hold on to the Senate this fall.


The political stakes have been highlighted by the wave of Democrats in tough reelection races turning on Shinseki. Nearly a dozen Senate Democrats have called for his resignation, and almost all of them are up for reelection in 2014.


The calls, and a damning interim report from the VA’s Office of Inspector General on Wednesday, have led to a feeling that it is inevitable Shinseki will go. The report said that found a Phoenix-area VA clinic claimed veterans waited 24 days for care when in fact they were kept from booking a primary care appointment an average of 115 days.


“This is sort of the sad stage of the process where the embattled official is twisting in the wind and almost everyone, including usually that embattled official, the president and advisers knows that person’s utility is finished,” said Cal Jillson, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University. “The question is when and how the resignation should occur.”


Many think the when will be Friday, a traditional news “dumping” ground where stories can be buried at a time when fewer people are paying attention.


“Presidents are always looking for the time this is a little less visible,” said Princeton University presidential historian Julian Zelizer . “The less news coverage, the more you can get the story to move on, and that’s good for this administration, especially during midterm season.”


Obama has repeatedly shown a reluctance to fire Cabinet members, a tendency that could still save Shinseki.


Obama stood by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius after the botched rollout of ObamaCare, and Attorney General Eric Holder amid questions over the Justice Department’s handling of the Fast and Furious gunrunning program and the subpoena of journalist’s phone records.


But in comments on the scandal last week, Obama indicated Shinseki had a shorter rope.


“Once we know the facts, I assure you — if there is misconduct, it will be punished,” Obama said. “I have said to Ric — and I said it to him today — I want to see what the results of these reports are and there is going to be accountability.”


White House officials have stressed that Obama’s primary interest is in fixing the problem for veterans as quickly as possible. If the president believes Shinseki’s removal would disrupt triage efforts designed to make sure that vulnerable veterans receive care, he may hold off — despite the political damage.


The White House will also want to find a replacement for Shinseki if he is to be fired.


“You need a good replacement ready,” said Zelizer. “You need someone when that man or woman is announced who will generate some kind of excitement and confidence the VA will look good.”


Bill Burton, a spokesman for Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and the leader of the political action committee supporting his reelection effort, told CNN Thursday it might make more sense strategically to keep Shinseki aboard.


“If the president were to just fire Shinseki, it’s not like Senate Republicans are going to let you put some new head of the VA in to deal with the problem,” Burton said. “They’re going to extract their pound of flesh and they’re going to make it as difficult as possible for him.”


Still, a White House official characterized the administration’s approach to the VA scandal as different from the controversies surrounding Holder or Sebelius.


While stressing that the president preferred his response to be thoughtful and measured, the official described Shinseki’s status as probationary awaiting the results of the VA’s internal investigation.


Carney, asked Thursday about Obama’s reluctance to fire people, said the president was “clear that he believes accountability’s important” — another sign that Shinseki’s days could be numbered.


“Obama hasn’t really defended him in the way he defended other Cabinet officials,” Zelizer noted.

Thank you The Hill.




From The Hill:


President Obama extends minority youth outreach


By Justin Sink


President Obama will ask members of his administration to commit to tutoring at-risk youth as he releases a new White House report outlining ways the government and private sector can help young men of color.


Obama will make the call to action during a Cabinet meeting Friday, and point interested Americans to a new White House website that will connect them with mentoring opportunities in their communities.


The push is the latest part of Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, a bid by the president to improve outcomes for minority men who are more likely to live in single-parent homes, be born into poverty, or have negative interactions with the criminal justice system.


In February, Obama announced $200 million in philanthropic commitments designed to improve child development and school readiness, parenting and parent engagement, third grade literacy, and school discipline reform.


He also ordered a 90-day review, which concluded earlier this week, asking top administration officials to recommend ways government and the private sector could help at-risk youth.


Those recommendations include eliminating suspensions and expulsions in preschool and other early learning settings, public and private initiatives to increase reading time outside of school, improving access to Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses, and increasing awareness of youth summer employment opportunities.


White House Director of Domestic Policy Cecilia Munoz called the report “a call to action really to every sector” and said it reflected an intensive review process at every level of the federal government.


Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett said the coming weeks would also see “a series of announcements from the philanthropic community, the business community, the non-profit community” supporting goals outlined in the report.


“America prospers not only when hard work and responsibility are rewarded, but when we all work together,” Jarrett said.

Thank you The Hill.




From Medill News Service:


Co-champions crowned at 2014 National Spelling Bee


Spellers Ansun Sujoe, of Fort Worth, Texas,, left and Sriram Hathwar, of Painted Post, N.Y., celebrate as co-winners of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, May 29, 2014. CHUCK MYERS — MCT

Spellers Ansun Sujoe, of Fort Worth, Texas,, left and Sriram Hathwar, of Painted Post, N.Y., celebrate as co-winners of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, May 29, 2014.


 — And then there were two.


Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe made history as they were crowned co-champions of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee.


Sweat beading on their foreheads under dozens of bright studio lights, the boys battled it out until only one word remained – feuilleton.


“Ansun, if you spell this word correctly, we’ll declare both you and Sriram co-champions,” said Dr. Jacques Bailly, former bee winner and official pronouncer. Both boys had misspelled one of their words, which is what set up the final result.


Sujoe traced the word – which means a part of a European newspaper – on the back of his placard before spelling it unhesitatingly. The crowd went wild, confetti sprayed the stage and both boys grinned as they shook hands.


“The competition was with the dictionary, not each other,” said fifth-time competitor Sriram Hathwar as he accepted half of the shining trophy. The 14-year-old of Corning, New York, tied for third place in 2013.


“I was pretty happy when I made the finals and now I’m even happier that I’m co-champion,” said Ansun Sujoe, an eighth-grader from Fort Worth, Texas and second-timer at the bee.


The competition began at the Gaylord National Convention Center in Maryland on Tuesday with a computerized written round. On Wednesday, 281 spellers, ranging in age from 8 to 15, took the stage for rounds two and three. They were whittled down to 46 for the semifinals Thursday and then again to a lucky dozen for the final competition that evening.


The audience alternatively buzzed and held its breath as words such as witloof, Weissnichtwo and rasgado were given to the kids. A quick ding of a bell signaled if they were incorrect. One misspelling on stage meant they were out of the competition for good.


In between the bizarre words and intense pressure, the quirks stood out.


Eighth-grader Kate Miller of Abilene, Texas “air-typed” the words and even hit enter as she spelled. Jacob Williamson, 15, of Bonita Springs, Florida, screamed, threw his fists in the air and jumped up and down on stage each time he got a word he knew.


“My parents have always said I’m probably the least nervous person up here,” Williamson said after the finalists were announced. In round 10 of the finals, he screamed, “I know it, I know it, I totally know it!” before misspelling kabaragoya.


Many spellers scribbled the words on trembling palms with their fingers and then recited the correct letters immediately. Others asked for definitions, pronunciations, parts of speech and language of origin before they hesitatingly attempted their words.


“Can I take a deep breath please?” asked Neha Seshadri, 13, of Detroit, Michigan as she stood at the microphone. “Now back to business,” she said before spelling taiga correctly.


This isn’t the first time on the national stage for many of the kids – 78 of them are repeating for a second time or more.


The sense of camaraderie is clear – the spellers high-fived each other and clapped enthusiastically after every victory. When the decisive ding of the bell signaled an incorrect spelling and the kid walked off stage, the others stood and clapped to show their support.


“I think I’ve left part of my heart on this stage. I think I did that my first year here,” one said.


Several spellers asked for a sentence from Jacques Bailly, but only if it met a certain criteria.


“I know this one, but can you use it in a funny sentence please?” asked one speller during his first time on stage.


The funny sentences began as an experiment in 2009. Paige Kimble, executive director of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, said they kept the plan to themselves at first and didn’t even mention it to ESPN.


“Over time, kids have come to appreciate it and expect it,” Kimble said. She said they hired two professional comedy writers, whose names they wouldn’t disclose, to come up with the funny sentences that appeared more frequently in the later rounds of competition.


Bailly said it’s a way to cut the tension as a young speller stands on a national stage surrounded by beaming lights and clicking cameras.


“The sentence is probably the piece of information that has the least clear purpose,” Bailly said. “It’s the place where we can sort of have a little fun and relax a little bit.”


Hathwar and Sujoe will each get the $30,000 cash prize and their own engraved trophy.


“Each year was better than the last,” Hathwar said. “But now that I have the trophy, it’s the best.”


Thank you Medill News Service.




Statements and Releases


FACT SHEET & REPORT: Opportunity for All: My Brother’s Keeper Blueprint for Action

The My Brother’s Keeper Task Force Report to the President can be found HERE.


Over the past five years, the hard work and grit of the American people pulled our economy back from the brink of collapse.  We are now moving forward again.  But there is more work to do, and for decades opportunity has lagged behind for some, including millions of boys and young men of color.  Boys of color are too often born into poverty and live with a single parent.  And while their gains contributed to the national high school graduation rate reaching an all-time high, in some school districts dropout rates remain high.  Too many of these boys and young men will have negative interactions with the juvenile and criminal justice system, and the dream of a college education is within grasp for too few.  Our society can and will do more to help remove barriers to all young people’s success, because America prospers not only when hard work and responsibility are rewarded but also when we all pull forward together.


Rebuilding that core American value—community—is why the President launched My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative designed to determine what works to help young people stay on track to reach their full potential.


The Administration is doing its part by identifying programs and policies that work, and recommending action that will help all our young people succeed.  Since the launch of My Brother’s Keeper, the President’s Task Force has met with and heard from thousands of Americans, through online and in-person listening sessions, who are already taking action.  Cities and towns, businesses, foundations, faith leaders and individuals have made commitments to helping youth get a strong start in school and life and later connect them to mentoring, support networks and specialized skills they need to find a good job or go to college and work their way up into the middle class.  As President Obama has said, “We are stronger when America fields a full team.”


Today, the President met with his Cabinet to discuss the Task Force’s initial assessments and recommendations and the President called on the American people to get engaged through mentorship opportunities nationwide.


Read More.



Vice President Biden to Travel to Brazil, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic

Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Brazil, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic during the week of June 16, 2014. In each country, the Vice President will meet with key leaders to discuss the full range of bilateral, regional and global issues. While in Brazil, the Vice President will attend the June 16th match in Natal between the United States and Ghana, and continue on to Brasilia to meet with President Rousseff and Vice President Michel Temer.  In Colombia, the Vice President will meet with President Santos to follow-up on the bilateral and regional prosperity and security agenda.  In the Dominican Republic, the Vice President will meet with President Danilo Medina to discuss a broad range of bilateral issues, as well as regional cooperation.


















Enhanced by Zemanta

The Last 24™


By Jueseppi B.



Lets get right to it…..


Remarks by the President on Creating Jobs Through Tourism


President Obama Speaks at the Baseball Hall of Fame


Published on May 22, 2014

President Obama visits the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, to talk about the Administration’s efforts to increase travel and tourism in the United States.




Remarks by the First Lady at Girls International Education Roundtable


The First Lady Drops by Girls International Roundtable


Published on May 22, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama drops by a discussion with international education experts, and talks about the need to educate women and girls around the world.




On The Clock – SelectUSA with Jeff Zients


Published on May 22, 2014

Director of the National Economic Council Jeff Zients goes “on the clock” to talk about the importance of investing in the United States and continuing to create jobs for workers here at home.




The 2014 NSTAC Annual Meeting


Published on May 21, 2014

The President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) holds its annual meeting, May 21, 2014. NSTAC is comprised of various chief executives from major telecommunications companies, network service providers, information technology, finance, and aerospace companies.




Raw Video: The President Takes a Surprise Walk


Published on May 22, 2014

The President was heading over to the nearby Department of the Interior and decided to break with tradition and take a Springtime walk. On the way, he got a chance to meet with all sorts of folks, who weren’t expecting to meet the President of the United States of America.




Remarks by the President Designating the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument


President Obama Designates the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument


Published on May 21, 2014

At the Department of the Interior, President Obama gives remarks before designating the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region as a National Monument.




President Obama to Host White House Science Fair


Statement by Press Secretary Jay Carney on Terrorist Attack in China



Vice President Biden Delivers a Statement to the Press


Published on May 22, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden is joined with Turkish Cypriot Leader Dervis Eroglu and the President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, as he delivers remarks to the press in Nicosia, Cyprus after meeting with both leaders individually and then together.




Vice President Biden Speaks to Romanian Civil Society


Published on May 21, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks to civil society groups, students and political leaders at the Cotroceni Palace in Bucharest, Romania.




Mark Cuban: “I’m A Prejudiced Bigot”


Published on May 22, 2014

“Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is known for bold statements, and he made a few Wednesday at a conference in Nashville on the topic of banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

“I know I’m prejudiced, and I know I’m bigoted in a lot of different ways,” Cuban said in an interview shown at the annual GrowCo convention hosted by Inc. magazine, according to The Tennessean.




Arlington National Cemetery Honors Fallen Heroes


Published on May 22, 2014

Marking the start of Memorial Day weekend activities, soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment placed American flags before each grave marker and honored those who have served and fallen. (May 22)




The Harvey Milk Forever Stamp Is Dedicated


On what would have been his 84th birthday, Harvey Milk had a stamp dedicated in his honor at the White House. A number of distinguished guests attended the ceremony, including U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senator Tammy Baldwin, Representative John Lewis, and Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman.


Harvey Milk was a visionary leader who became one of the first openly gay elected officials in the U.S. when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. Milk’s achievements gave hope and confidence to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the United States and elsewhere at a time when the community was encountering widespread hostility and discrimination. Milk believed that government should represent all citizens, ensuring equality and providing needed services.


This slideshow requires JavaScript.



Assessing Cybersecurity Regulations



Countdown to White House Science Fair: Meet Girl Scout Troop 2612 — Bridge Designers, STEM Enthusiasts


We’re geeking out about the upcoming fourth-ever Science Fair here at the White House this Tuesday, May 27, 2014. We are prepping the halls for wall-to-wall gizmos, gadgets, robots, apps, and science projects – and the amazing kids who created them. To share our excitement about the Fair – and its focus this year on young women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) – we’ll spend the next few days introducing you to some of the stellar STEM females who are packing up their inventions and research projects and headed to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.




Girl Scout Troop 2612 – including Avery Dodson, 7; Natalie Hurley, 8; Miriam Schaffer, 8; Claire Winton, 8; and Lucy Claire Sharp, 8 – put their preparedness skills into action as part of the Junior FIRST Lego League’s Disaster Blaster Challenge. The Challenge invites thousands of elementary-school-aged students from across the country to explore how simple machines, motorized parts, engineering, and math can help solve problems posed by natural disasters like floods or earthquakes.


Recalling the recent, damaging summer floods in Estes Park, Colorado, the Troop noticed that first responders weren’t able to easily reach certain communities because bridges had been washed out – and set out to design a solution. The girls invented the “Flood Proof Bridge,” and built a model of their idea – not only mechanizing the bridge using motors and the correct gear ratios, but also developing, from scratch, a simple computer program to automatically retract the bridge when flood conditions are detected by a motion sensor in the river bed.


Read More



May 21st 2014: Photos of the Day


This slideshow requires JavaScript.



Presidential Actions


Presidential Memorandum — Establishing a National Goal and Developing Airport Specific Action Plans to Enhance the Entry Process for International Travelers to the United States



SUBJECT: Establishing a National Goal and Developing Airport Specific Action Plans to Enhance the Entry Process for International Travelers to the United States


The U.S. travel and tourism sector is critical to the Nation’s prosperity and drives economic growth. In 2013, international visitors alone supported more than 1.3 million U.S. jobs.


Executive Order 13597 of January 19, 2012 (Establishing Visa and Foreign Visitor Processing Goals and the Task Force on Travel and Competitiveness), mobilized the Federal Government to increase visa processing capacity, expand the Visa Waiver Program, and expand expedited traveler programs, all without compromising national security requirements.


The National Travel and Tourism Strategy, published 2 years ago, set a target of attracting and welcoming 100 million visitors by 2021, which the United States is on track to meet. To ensure we properly welcome and process those visitors at our airports, I am directing the Secretaries of Commerce and Homeland Security (Secretaries) to develop a national goal for improving service levels for international arrivals, including the time passengers spend waiting for primary inspection, i.e. passport control, and other steps of the arrival process. The Secretaries shall also develop airport-specific action plans that include actions from both private and public sectors to measurably improve the entry experience and reduce the wait time for international arrivals to those airports. The goal and action plans shall be consistent with efforts that have already demonstrated significant improvements through partnership between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and international airports, such as improvements at Dallas-Fort Worth and Chicago O’Hare over a 12-month period that have resulted in average wait times of just 15 minutes and reduced the percentage of travelers with more than 30-minute wait times from 29 percent to 14 percent.


The purpose of this goal and action plans is to maximize the economic contribution of travel and tourism for business, leisure, academic, medical, and other lawful purposes by improving the experience of international travelers coming to the United States, in particular their experience with passport control and customs processing at airports in the United States.


The experience of an international arrival at one of our airports is not limited to the interaction with the U.S. Government. Airports, airlines, and local governments figure heavily into the arrival’s experience — and they have an essential role to play in creating a positive first impression. Therefore, as part of the action plans, the Secretaries will identify opportunities for private and nonfederal public sector actors to help achieve the goal, and ask for their public commitment to take specific actions to improve the entry experience for international guests.


By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to remove barriers to traveler entry while continuing to protect our national security, public health, and safety, I hereby direct as follows:


Section 1. National Goal for Improving the Entry Process for International Arrivals. (a) Within 120 days of the date of this memorandum, the Secretaries shall, in consultation with the Tourism Policy Council established by the United States National Tourism Organization Act of 1996, National Security Council, National Economic Council, Council of Economic Advisers, Office of Management and Budget, Secretaries of State, Agriculture, Transportation, and Health and Human Services, and other executive departments and agencies (agencies) as appropriate, develop the following:


(i) in consultation with private and nonfederal public actors, a national goal for improving the experience of international arriving passengers, including expediting the arrival and entry process for international visitors to the United States. In developing the goal, the Secretaries shall consider all steps the Federal Government can take to improve the arrivals experience, including by expediting primary inspection and customs clearance, while maintaining public health and national security. In addition to steps to be taken by agencies, the Secretaries shall identify opportunities for both private and nonfederal public sector actors to help achieve the goal; and


(ii) in consultation with airlines, airport authorities, worker representatives, State and local governments, and appropriate private and nonfederal public actors, airport-specific action plans to measurably improve the international arrivals’ experience and reduce the processing time for international arrivals in at least 15 U.S. gateway airports. The action plans shall draw upon the lessons and successes of the targeted pilot efforts that demonstrated significant service level improvements and wait time reductions at Dallas-Fort Worth and Chicago O’Hare airports. These action plans could include automating paper Customs and Border Protection Form I-94, implementing Automated Passport Control kiosks, expanding the DHS Global Entry program, and airports entering into voluntary partnerships with stakeholders to provide increased services on a reimbursable basis.


(b) In developing the goal and action plans as set forth in subsection (a) of this section, the Secretaries shall establish metrics for measuring progress in implementing the action plans and achieving service-level improvements, taking into account the Federal Government’s responsibility to protect the safety, public health, and national security of the United States and its visitors. These metrics shall include measurements of wait times that consider the entire arrivals process (from landing to exiting the airport), private sector effects on the arrivals process, and traveler perceptions of their experience.


(c) In developing the goal and action plans, the Secretaries shall consult with existing non-governmental entities and advisory councils with relevant expertise and experience, such as the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board within the Department of Commerce, for continued input and advice.


Sec. 2. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:


(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department, agency, or the head thereof; or


(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.


(b) This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law, and subject to the availability of appropriations.


(c) This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.


(d) Independent agencies are strongly encouraged to comply with the requirements of this memorandum.




Nigerian Schools Close To Protest Boko Haram Kidnappings.




Some Education News: Ramarni Wilfred, 11, With Higher IQ Than Einstein, Wanted By Mensa.


Mentally Ill Inmate, Bradley Ballard, Died After 7 Days In NYC Cell, Denied His Medication.


Harvey Milk Stamp Unveiling Ceremony.





Chibok Schoolgirls: Abuja teachers protest


Published on May 22, 2014

Chibok Schoolgirls: Abuja teachers protest, demand compensation for slain teachers’ families



Now you know all I Know.



This slideshow requires JavaScript.



Enhanced by Zemanta

Where In The World Is Barack™: Today The POTUSA & The FLOTUSA Are At The National September 11 Memorial & Museum Dedication Ceremony.


By Jueseppi B.




White House Schedule – May 15, 2014


Office of the Press Secretary
THURSDAY, MAY 15th, 2014


THURSDAY, MAY 15th, 2014


On Thursday, the President and the First Lady will tour the National September 11th Memorial and Museum; the President will also deliver remarks at the dedication ceremony. Following his remarks, the President and the First Lady will return to Washington, DC.


In the morning, the President and the First Lady will tour the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Following this tour, the President will deliver remarks at a dedication ceremony. The tour will be covered by the travel pool, and the President’s remarks will be pooled for cameras and open to limited correspondents


In the afternoon, the President and First Lady will depart New York City en route Washington, DC. The departure from John F. Kennedy International Airport and the arrival on the South Lawn are open press.


Thursday May 15th, All Times ET


9:40 AM: The President and First Lady tour the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Memorial Hall and Museum, New York.


10:00 AM: The President delivers remarks at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Foundation Hall, New York.


11:00 AM: The Vice President delivers remarks at the 33rd Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, U.S. Capitol.


11:20 AM: The President and First Lady depart New York, John F. Kennedy International Airport.


12:15 PM: The President and First Lady arrive Joint Base Andrews.


12:30 PM: The President and First Lady arrive at the White House, South Lawn.


On Friday, the President will attend meetings at the White House.





White House LIVE!! Streaming


Next Up…


May 15, 2014 10:00 AM EDT
President Obama Speaks at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum
New York, New YorkWhite House LIVE!! Streaming



GreenGov Workshop on Renewable Energy Purchasing and Deployment


Published on May 14, 2014

The White House hosts a workshop about the purchase and deployment of renewable energy, May 14, 2014.




May 15, 2014 11:00 AM EDT
Vice President Biden Speaks at the 33rd Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service
Audio Only
Washington, DC, White House LIVE!! Streaming



Speeches and Remarks/Statements and Releases


Remarks by the President at DSCC Dinner – NY, NY


Remarks by the President on Building a 21st Century Infrastructure


Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Croatian President Ivo Josipović


Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 5/14/14


President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts


Statement by the Press Secretary on the Turkish Mining Collapse


FACT SHEET – Building a 21st Century Infrastructure: Modernizing Infrastructure Permitting



Statement by the Press Secretary on the Central African Republic

In late 2012, armed groups began a rebellion that sparked a period of devastating instability, lawlessness, and anarchy in the Central African Republic (CAR) that led to the overthrow of its government in early 2013.  Escalating violence and human rights abuses set the stage for the eruption of sectarian conflict by December 2013.  Communities that have lived together peacefully for generations are being torn apart along sectarian lines.  More than 2.5 million of the country’s 4.6 million people need humanitarian assistance.  Approximately one million people have been displaced.  Growing attacks perpetrated by both Muslim and Christian militias have brought CAR to a crisis of disastrous proportions.


That is why today President Obama issued a new Executive Order declaring a national emergency and authorizing the imposition of sanctions to deal with the threat posed by the situation in the CAR.  The Executive Order also imposes sanctions on five individuals – sending a powerful message that impunity will not be tolerated and that those who threaten the stability of the CAR will face consequences.  Today’s actions follows the UN Security Council’s unanimous vote in January to establish a sanctions regime against those responsible for instability and atrocities in the CAR, and the listing of three individuals by the UN Security Council CAR Sanctions Committee on May 9.


The United States continues to work with the international community, regional partners, and CAR’s transitional authorities to help set the country on a path toward recovery.  We strongly support the African Union, French, and European Union forces who have been working to reestablish security for the people of the CAR, and the UN peacekeepers who will continue their heroic work.  We stand with the courageous individuals who continue to call for peace and reconciliation.  We will continue to provide support to the Transitional Government as it works to restore governance and pave the way for a return to an elected government, and to deliver humanitarian assistance to those affected by the conflict.  We urge all parties to end the violence, to ensure justice and accountability for perpetrators of human rights abuses, and to work together to forge a brighter and more prosperous future for all Central Africans.



Camille Lepage Photojournalist (January 28, 1988 — May 9, 2014)



The death of the French freelance photojournalist Camille Lepageon assignment in the Central African Republic is a tragic loss to journalism. The 26-year-old’s body was found in a car between Bouar and Garoua Boualai the west of the Central African Republic, on the road to Cameroon.

“The body of Ms Lepage was found by an Operation Sangaris patrol which stopped a vehicle being driven by anti-balaka fighters in the Bouar region,” the Elysée Palace said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Photojournalist world is deeply shocked by the tragic death of a young journalist who showed extraordinary courage in her work every day.




Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts is new leader of lesbian PAC


By Lynn Sweet


Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts (pictured in 2010) is the new leader of LPAC, the only lesbian-backed political action committee in the U.S. | Sun-Times file photo

Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts (pictured in 2010) is the new leader of LPAC, the only lesbian-backed political action committee in the U.S. | Sun-Times file photo


Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts is the new chair of LPAC, the only lesbian-backed political action committee in the U.S., stepping up to a more visible and active political role as marriage equality and other gay rights battles are increasingly being fought across the nation.

“It’s important to me personally that we get more women and lesbians and bisexual women and transgender women specifically engaged in the political process,” said Ricketts, the first openly gay woman to own a piece of a major league baseball team.

“… I really want to inspire more women to get engaged, because if we don’t play on this field, we forfeit when decisions are made about our lives.”

I was talking to Ricketts, a Wilmette resident, about her new LPAC post after she had just returned from Lincoln, Neb., where the family put aside their political differences to join brother Pete on Tuesday, when he won the GOP nomination for Nebraska governor.

“I couldn’t be more proud of Pete today,” she said.

The Nebraska-raised Ricketts siblings, besides owning the Cubs and sitting on its board, are political players, though they don’t all go to bat for the same teams.

Laura, a member of the Democratic National Committee executive committee, is taking over LPAC at a time when brother Todd is the CEO of Ending Spending, a major conservative PAC founded by their father, and brother Pete narrowly clinched his six-way primary in a plurality win with 28.48 percent of the vote, according to the Nebraska Board of Elections.

The Cubs are led by brother Tom, the more apolitical Ricketts sibling.

“We don’t always agree on a good number of issues, but we love each other very much and respect each other’s viewpoint,” Ricketts told me. If elected, Pete will make an “outstanding” governor, she said.

She helped create LPAC in 2011, and since its founding the group has raised $1.2 million. Ricketts said her immediate fundraising task is to add $1 million to the LPAC war chest.

Ricketts was one of President Barack Obama’s biggest fundraisers in the 2012 re-election campaign, and in January she was a guest at first lady Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday party at the White House.

“Our goal is to help elect pro-lesbian, pro-women candidates to public office whether they are men or women, straight or gay, Republican or Democrat” and to “build a strategic, powerful visible donor network among lesbians nationwide,” she said.

While open to backing Republicans, the first wave of the LPAC 2014 endorsements includes 15 contenders — a mix of Democratic federal and state candidates, including Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn — and a move against a Tennesse anti-abortion ballot initiative.

To win LPAC backing, a candidate has to support ending LGBT discrimination; be for reproductive freedom; “quality health care,” and “advancing social, racial and economic justice for all Americans.”

Said Ricketts on why she is upping her game: “There is so much more work to be done and women’s rights are facing an assault on an ever-growing number of fronts.”

Thank you Ms. Lynn Sweet.

She’s a Democrat and a Liberal…..wonder why?


#BringBackOurGirls #BringBackOurDaughters






New Zealanders support Bring Back Our Girls campaign



Out Of Maryland, A Cry For Nigeria: ‘Bring Back Our Girls!’


‘Bring back our girls': Dozens rally in downtown Portland for Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram


Interview: “Bring back our girls,” UN official says


Lawmakers Mull Special Forces to Find Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls


Associated Press: Nigeria Opens The Door For Talks With Boko Haram.


Nigeria Refuses To Swap Militant Prisoners For Kidnapped Girls. New Video. #BringBackOurGirls.


Brand New Boko Haram Video Shows Missing Kidnapped Nigerian Girls. #BringBackOurGirls


The Bring Back Our Girls Hashtag Campaign.


#BringBackOurGirls #BringBackOurDaughters: The Global Village.


Report: Nigerian Military Knew Of Kidnapping Threat Hours Beforehand

#BringBackOurGirls: U.S. Vows To Help Nigeria In The Search For Kidnapped Girls. #BringBackOurDaughters.


#BringBackOurGirls: Extremist Islam Is Scared Of Little Girls.


Petitioning All World Leaders: Bring Back Nigeria’s 200 Missing School Girls #BringBackOurGirls.


#BringBackOurGirls – Part 1


#BringBackOurGirls – Part 2


#BringBackOurGirls – Part 3






Enhanced by Zemanta

TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Tuesday The 6th Of May: “Weather from the White House.” The First Lady. John Kerry.


By Jueseppi B.



President Barack Obama on a cloudy Tuesday in D.C. invites weather reporters to the White House to tout administration climate change actions.


White House Schedule – May 6, 2014


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


In the afternoon, the President will participate in “Weather from the White House” by conducting a round of interviews with national and local meteorologists from New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, and Columbia, South Carolina.  While in Washington, the anchors will spend the day with behind-the-scenes access to the White House and the President’s top advisers.  These interviews are embargoed until 5:00PM EDT. The interviews will take place in the Rose Garden.


Later in the afternoon, the President and Vice President will meet with Secretary of State Kerry in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.






Tuesday May 6th, All Times ET


10:30 AM: The President and Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.



11:45 AM: The Vice President delivers remarks at the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Opening Ceremony, Department of the Interior.



12:30 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Briefing Room.



1:45 PM: The Vice President ceremonially swears in Puneet Talwar as Assistant Secretary of State, State Department.



2:45 PM: The President is interviewed by local and national meteorologists participating in “Weather from the White House.” The Rose Garden.



4:15 PM: The President and Vice President meet with Secretary of State Kerry, Oval Office.




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)




The White House Week Ahead – May 6th – 9th, 2014




On Tuesday, the President will attend meetings at the White House. President Barack Obama on a cloudy Tuesday invites weather reporters to the White House to tout administration climate change actions. The President will participate in “Weather from the White House” by conducting a round of interviews with national and local meteorologists from New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, and Columbia, South Carolina.  While in Washington, the anchors will spend the day with behind-the-scenes access to the White House and the President’s top advisers.  These interviews are embargoed until 5:00PM EDT. The interviews will take place in the Rose Garden.

On Wednesday, the President will travel to Los Angeles, California to participate in a joint DSCC/DCCC event. In the evening, the President will be honored at a dinner hosted by the USC Shoah Foundation. He will remain overnight in Los Angeles.

On Thursday, the President will participate in a DNC roundtable in Los Angeles before traveling to San Diego to participate in a DCCC event.  The President will then travel to San Jose, California where he will participate in two DNC events and remain overnight.

On Friday, the President will participate in an event on energy in the San Jose, California area.  Following the event he will return to Washington, DC.





Michelle Obama honoring Chicago Public Library at White House


WASHINGTON — Mayor Rahm Emanuel returns here on Thursday to be at the White House when First Lady Michelle Obama presents the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to, among others, the Chicago Public Library


From the White House: “The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community.  In its 20th anniversary year, the medals program celebrates excellent institutions that have made a significant impact on individuals, families, and communities across the nation.  These ten honorees exemplify the nation’s great diversity of libraries and museums and include a natural history museum, a children’s museum, a natural sciences museum, an aquarium, a botanic garden, public library systems, and a book center, hailing from ten states.’

The 2014 winners of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service are:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Chicago Public Library, Chicago, Ill.

Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, Las Vegas, Nev.

Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, Mo.

Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, Conn.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, N.C.

Octavia Fellin Public Library, Gallup, N.M.

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Norman, Okla.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Ind.

Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, Mass.






The National Climate Assessment


Published on May 6, 2014

Dr. John Holdren, President Obama’s Science Advisor, introduces the National Climate Assessment and discusses President Obama’s climate action plan which takes an all of the above energy approach towards combatting climate change now. Learn more at








Watch Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science & Technology, discuss the Report.
On May 6, the Administration released the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment, the most authoritative and comprehensive source of scientific information to date about climate-change impacts across all U.S. regions and on critical sectors of the economy.
The report, a key deliverable of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, confirms that climate change is not a distant threat — it’s affecting us now.
Extreme weather disasters fueled by climate change cost our economy more than $100 billion in 2012. #ActOnClimate

Extreme weather disasters fueled by climate change cost our economy more than $100 billion in 2012. #ActOnClimate


What Climate Change Means for Regions Across America



Today, the Obama Administration unveiled the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA)—the most comprehensive, authoritative scientific report ever generated about climate changes that are happening now in the United States and further changes that we can expect to see throughout this century. The report—a key deliverable of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan—confirms that climate change is affecting Americans in every region of the United States and key sectors of the national economy.

This NCA embodies the concept of “actionable science” called for in the President’s Climate Action Plan. It communicates the impacts of climate change according to geographic region of the United States, and by economic and societal sector—including agriculture, energy, and health. These tailored findings help translate scientific insights into practical, useable knowledge that can help decision-makers and citizens anticipate and prepare for specific climate-change impacts.

For instance, the report finds that, on the whole, summers are longer and hotter, with longer periods of extended heat. Wildfires start earlier in the spring and continue later into the fall. Rain comes down in heavier downpours. People are experiencing changes in the length and severity of seasonal allergies. And climate disruptions to water resources and agriculture have been increasing.


Read More





White House Hangout: Commitment to #ActOnClimate



Today, the White House is hosting an event highlighting the release of the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment – a major scientific report on the impacts of climate change on all regions of the United States and key sectors of the national economy. The report was called for in the President’s Climate Action Plan, launched last June, to cut carbon pollution in America, prepare communities for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to fight this global challenge.


The event will include remarks by senior Obama Administration officials and experts who contributed to the development of the new National Climate Assessment. Tune in to at 2 p.m. ET.


And on Thursday, we’re co-hosting a conversation with the Weather Channel about the current state of climate science and impacts and what work we are doing to make a difference. Use the hashtag #ActOnClimate to ask questions and join the conversation with these participants via Google+ Hangout on Thursday, May 8 at 2 p.m. ET:


  • Sam Champion, host, The Weather Channel
  • Carl Parker, Meteorologist, Hurricane Specialist, The Weather Channel
  • Kathy Sullivan, Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Dan Utech, White House Domestic Policy Council
  • Mike Boots, White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • Laura Petes, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy


Find out more about the National Climate Assessment, and check out some of the graphics and videos about the findings by visiting the website here.


Watch today’s event at 2 p.m. ET, and then join and ask your questions for Thursday’s White House hangout on the National Climate Assessment at 2 p.m. ET right here, or on the White House Google+ page.


Read More


FACT SHEET: What Climate Change Means for Regions across America and Major Sectors of the Economy







Statements and Releases


Statement by the President on Israeli Independence Day


Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Travel to Israel


Statement by the President on the Passing of Billy Frank, Jr.


President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Costa Rica to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Luis Guillermo Solís


FACT SHEET: Marking the Administration’s Progress on Mental Health





12:30 PM EDT: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing RoomWhite House LIVE!! Streaming.

12:30 PM EDT: National Climate Assessment Event, These interviews are embargoed until 5:00PM EDT. The interviews will take place in the Rose Garden. White House LIVE!! Streaming.



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 commonsense immigration reform.





This slideshow requires JavaScript.


Enhanced by Zemanta

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 269,023 other followers

%d bloggers like this: