Does Immigration Matter? It’s A “Big Fuckin Deal.”


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President Barack Obama signs two presidential memoranda associated with his actions on immigration in his office on Air Force One as he arrives at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas

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President Obama Speaks on Immigration at Del Sol High School

 

Published on Nov 21, 2014

On November 21, 2014, President Obama followed up on his new steps to fix our broken immigration system at Del Sol high School in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

 

 

The President Speaks on Fixing America‘s Broken Immigration System

November 20, 2014 | 15:05 | Public Domain

In an address to the nation, President Obama lays out the executive action he’s taking to fix our nation’s broken immigration system.

 

 

 

Behind-The-Scenes Video: 100 Minutes: Countdown to a Presidential Address

 

November 21, 2014 | 3:12 | Public Domain

Go inside the mind of the President in the final moments before he addresses the nation on the action he chose to take to fix our broken immigration system. http://www.whitehouse.gov/immigration-action

 

 

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It’s A “Big Fuckin Deal.”

 

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Weekly Address: Immigration Accountability Executive Action

 

Published on Nov 22, 2014

In this week’s address, the President laid out the steps he took this past week to fix our broken immigration system. Enacted within his legal authority, the President’s plan focuses on cracking down on illegal immigration at the border; deporting felons, not families; and accountability through criminal background checks and taxes.

 

 

 

Mensaje De La Casa Blanca

 

Published on Nov 22, 2014

En el mensaje de la Casa Blanca de esta semana, Denis McDonough, Jefe de Estado de la Casa Blanca expuso las medidas que el Presidente tomó la semana pasada para arreglar nuestro sistema de inmigración que no funciona. Promulgada dentro de sus facultades legales, el plan del Presidente se centra en tomar medidas enérgicas contra la inmigración ilegal en la frontera; la deportación de criminales, no las familias; y la rendición de cuentas a través de la verificación de antecedentes penales y de los impuestos. Estos son pasos de sentido común, pero sólo el Congreso puede terminar el trabajo. Como actúa el Presidente, que continuará trabajando con el Congreso en un proyecto de ley bipartidista integral – como lo que el Senado aprobó hace más de un año – que puede sustituir a estas acciones y fijar el conjunto del sistema

 

 

 

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West Wing Week: 11/21/14 or, “Mingalarbar!”

November 21, 2014 | 5:04 | Public Domain

This week, the President visited Burma for the second time in his presidency, attended the G20 Summit in Australia, worked to expand access to broadband and 21st century technology in our schools, and addressed the nation about the steps he is taking to fix our broken immigration system. That’s November 14th to November 20th or, “Mingalarbar!”

 

 

 

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Obama’s Action Marks Historic Victory for Immigrant Rights, But Activists Warn of a Long Way to Go

 

 

 

How immigrants are reacting to Obama’s action

 

 

 

Defending President Obama – Nancy Pelosi – La Raza- Luis Gutierrez – MSNBC – O’Reilly

 

 

 

House GOP sues White House over Obamacare

 

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Published on Nov 21, 2014

Republicans in the House of Representatives have sued the White House over Obamacare

 

 

 

Boehner on Obama’s Immigration Action: ‘The House Will Act’

 

 

 

Boehner: Obama ‘Damaging the Presidency’

 

 

 

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Obama to announce immigration executive action

 

 

Tune In: The President Addresses the Nation on Immigration Reform

 

Our immigration system has been broken for decades — and every minute we fail to act, millions of people who live in the shadows but want to play by the rules and pay taxes have no way to live right by the law and contribute to our country.

 

So tomorrow night, President Obama will address the nation to lay out the executive actions he’s taking to fix our broken immigration system. You can watch the President live tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET at WhiteHouse.gov/Live.

 

 

We Were Strangers Once, Too”: The President Announces New Steps on Immigration

 

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The President Speaks on Fixing America’s Broken Immigration System

 

Published on Nov 20, 2014

In an address to the nation, President Obama lays out the executive action he’s taking to fix our nation’s broken immigration system, November 20, 2014.

 

 

“Scripture tells us that we shall not oppress a stranger, for we know the heart of a stranger — we were strangers once, too. My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too.”

– President Obama, November 20, 2014

 

Since the founding of our nation, we’ve weaved a tradition of welcoming immigrants into the very fabric of who we are. It’s what keeps us dynamic, entrepreneurial, and uniquely American.

But, as we know all too well, America’s immigration system is broken. So tonight, President Obama addressed the nation on the executive actions he is taking to help fix what he can:

 

1. We will build on our progress at the border with additional resources for our law enforcement personnel. 

Today, we have more agents and technology deployed to secure our southern border than at any time in our history. And over the past six years, illegal border crossings have been cut by more than half. Although this summer, there was a brief spike in unaccompanied children being apprehended at our border, the number of such children is now actually lower than it’s been in nearly two years. Overall, the number of people trying to cross our border illegally is at its lowest level since the 1970s.  Those are the facts.

 

2. We will make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy, as so many business leaders have proposed. 

 

3. We will take steps to deal responsibly with the millions of undocumented immigrants who already live in our country.

 

Families who enter our country the right way and play by the rules watch others flout the rules. Business owners who offer their workers good wages and benefits see the competition exploit undocumented immigrants by paying them far less. All of us take offense to anyone who reaps the rewards of living in America without taking on the responsibilities of living in America. And undocumented immigrants who desperately want to embrace those responsibilities see little option but to remain in the shadows, or risk their families being torn apart.

 

We are a nation of immigrants, and we are a nation of laws. We must hold accountable those who broke the law, while understanding that the mass deportation of millions of Americans is neither possible nor in keeping with who we are as Americans. That is why the President is focusing enforcement resources on actual threats to our security: “Felons, not families. Criminals, not children. Gang members, not a mom who’s working hard to provide for her kids.”

 

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“I continue to believe that the best way to solve this problem is by working together to pass that kind of common-sense law.”

 


 

So here is the deal the President put forward tonight:

 

If you’ve been in America for more than five years; if you have children who are American citizens or legal residents; if you register, pass a criminal background check, and you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes — you’ll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily, without fear of deportation. You can come out of the shadows and get right with the law.

 

Here is what this deal is not: Amnesty. Amnesty is the immigration system we have now, in which millions of people live here without paying their taxes or playing by the rules, and politicians use this issue to scare and divide Americans.

 

That’s the real amnesty — leaving this broken system the way it is. Mass amnesty would be unfair. Mass deportation would be both impossible and contrary to our character. What I’m describing is accountability – a common-sense, middle ground approach: If you meet the criteria, you can come out of the shadows and get right with the law. If you’re a criminal, you’ll be deported. If you plan to enter the U.S. illegally, your chances of getting caught and sent back just went up.

 

The best and most definitive way to fix the system is to pass comprehensive and common-sense immigration reform in Congress. Last year, 68 Democrats, Republicans, and independents in the Senate came together to do just that. That bipartisan bill would have doubled the number of Border Patrol agents; given undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship if they pay a fine, start paying taxes, and go to the back of the line; and boosted our economy while shrinking the deficit.

 


“What makes us Americans is our shared commitment to an ideal — that all of us are created equal, and all of us have the chance to make of our lives what we will.”


 

But more than 500 days later, Republicans in the House continue to block the bipartisan bill from a vote. “Had the House of Representatives allowed that kind of a bill a simple yes-or-no vote, it would have passed with support from both parties, and today it would be the law,” the President noted.

 

So the President had to act, just as every president since President Eisenhower has over this last half century.

 

To those Members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill.

 

At the heart of the President’s actions is a commitment to who we are as a nation. We are a nation that values families and works together to keep them together. We are a nation that educates the world’s best and brightest, and encourages them to stay and create jobs here.

 

 

We are a nation that welcomes the tired, the poor, and the huddled weary who yearn to breathe free and build a better life for their children.

 

As the President said:

 

Scripture tells us that we shall not oppress a stranger, for we know the heart of a stranger — we were strangers once, too.

 

My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too. And whether our forebears were strangers who crossed the Atlantic, or the Pacific, or the Rio Grande, we are here only because this country welcomed them in, and taught them that to be an American is about something more than what we look like, or what our last names are, or how we worship.  What makes us Americans is our shared commitment to an ideal – that all of us are created equal, and all of us have the chance to make of our lives what we will.

 

 

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Read more about the details of the President’s actions at WhiteHouse.gov/Immigration-Action.

 

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Here’s What the President Is Doing to Fix Our Broken Immigration System:

 

Tonight at 8 p.m. ET, the President will address the nation on the new steps he’s taking to increase accountability and fix what he can in our immigration system. You can watch his address live here.

 

As everyone knows, our immigration system has been broken for decades, and the President is doing his job to address the problems that he can with his executive authority. He will continue to work with Congress to pass comprehensive and common-sense immigration reform that will offer a long-term and much-needed solution.

 

So what exactly is the President’s plan for immigration? Take a look at what the President plans to do:

 

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Every U.S. president since President Eisenhower has used his executive authority to address immigration issues. However, President Obama cannot fix the system on his own — Congress must pass comprehensive immigration reform in order to enact a long-term solution. The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan immigration bill more than 500 days ago, but House Republicans are still refusing to bring it up for a vote.

 

The President is doing his job, and it’s time for Republicans in Congress to do theirs so we can build a system that lives up to our history as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.

 

To learn more about the President’s actions, watch his address live tonight at 8 p.m. ET here: WhiteHouse.gov/Immigration-Action

 

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The President Awards the National Medals of Science and National Medals of Technology and Innovation

 

November 20, 2014 | 29:37 | Public Domain

President Obama delivers remarks at the National Medals of Science and National Medals of Technology and Innovation awards ceremony.

 

 

 

President Obama Honors America’s Top Scientists and Engineers, Launches New Steps to Cultivate Tomorrow’s Innovators

 

Today, in the East Room of the White House, President Obama awarded National Medals of Science and National Medals of Technology and Innovation to 19 of our nation’s top thinkers, discoverers, and innovators — marveling both at the amount of brainpower packed into the room and the magnitude of the laureates’ achievements.

“The results of the work of the people we honor today have transformed our world,”President Obama said.

 

The medals are the nation’s highest honors for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology. This year’s class of laureates includes individuals with groundbreaking accomplishments that have improved lives and pushed forward the boundaries of human understanding — from contributions including the commercialization of thumb drives and invention of minimally invasive medical devices, to new insights about insect-plant interactions and how heart valves operate, to the fundamental research that has made HPV vaccines a reality.

In remarks honoring the awardees, President Obama noted that to continue this legacy of scientific discovery and technological innovation, we must do all that we can to lift our game in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education:

We have to remind ourselves constantly that so much of what has set us apart economically, culturally, is our commitment to science. And we have to continue to broaden opportunities for young scientists, especially girls and minority students, to enter into the field, and we have to remind them of how exciting it is to be able to shape the world, unlock its secrets, make new stuff. That’s who we are.

President Barack Obama presents the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to Eli Harari, SanDisk Corporation, Calif. in the East Room of the White House, Nov. 20, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama presents the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to Eli Harari, SanDisk Corporation, Calif. in the East Room of the White House, Nov. 20, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

At today’s ceremony, the President announced a series of important new commitments and announcements to advance his Educate to Innovate initiative, an all-hands-on-deck campaign to help more girls and boys be inspired to excel in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects. The campaign reflects the President’s core conviction that far more needs to be done in giving students the critical skills needed to succeed in STEM fields, and that success requires action not just from the federal government, but also the broader community of educational leaders, foundations, companies, non-profits, and science and technology professionals. Steps announced by the President and Educate to Innovate partners today include:

  • 100kin10, a network of more than 200 partners, announced that it has raised another $28 million in support of the goal of preparing 100,000 excellent STEM teachers over a decade.
  • Change the Equation, a coalition of leading CEOs, committed to expanding high-quality STEM programs to more than 1 million students by 2016.
  • Discovery Communications will launch a new show next year to inspire students in STEM fields, highlighting “All-American Makers.”
  • Ongoing progress from a range of partners, with full details here.

Noting the achievements of today’s medalists and the promise and potential of a new generation of scientific discoverers, explorers, builders, and makers, President Obama remarked:

That’s one of the things that makes America exceptional — this sense that we push against limits and that we’re not afraid to ask questions. And when that spirit, that sense of possibility, is truly unleashed, then you get the remarkable men and women that you see here today.

The White House warmly congratulates all of today’s National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation laureates. Tomorrow’s laureates are sitting in classrooms across the country today, and the world awaits the incredible discoveries and inventions to come.

President Barack Obama presents the National Medal of Science posthumously to David Blackwell, University of California, Berkeley, Calif. in the East Room of the White House, Nov. 20, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Barack Obama presents the National Medal of Science posthumously to David Blackwell, University of California, Berkeley, Calif. in the East Room of the White House, Nov. 20, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

 

November 20th 2014: Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have lunch with youth from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe at We The Pizza/Good Stuff Eatery in Washington, D.C., Nov. 20, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have lunch with youth from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe at We The Pizza/Good Stuff Eatery in Washington, D.C., Nov. 20, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

Speeches and Remarks

 

Remarks by the President in Address to the Nation on Immigration

 

Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit

 

Remarks by the President at National Medals of Science and National Medals of Technology and Innovation Award Ceremony

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma

 

President Obama Presents the National Medals of Science & National Medals of Technology and Innovation

 

FACT SHEET: Global Entrepreneurship Summit

 

 

Travel Journal of the Vice President’s Trip to Morocco, Ukraine, Turkey

November 20, 2014     Dates and Milk Welcome Vice President and Dr. Biden to Morocco

November 20, 2014 Dates and Milk Welcome Vice President and Dr. Biden to Morocco

Welcome to your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden’s three-country, five-day visit to Morocco, Ukraine, and Turkey.

 

The first stop on the Vice President and Dr. Biden’s three-country trip was Morocco. The Vice President and Dr. Biden’s visit started on a sweet note, as they were greeted at the airport with dates and milk, a traditional Moroccan welcome.

 

Morocco has a special place in the history and hearts of Americans because it was the first nation in the world to recognize the United States nearly 237 years ago. The Vice President’s visit, the first by a sitting U.S. Vice President in decades, marked the latest chapter in a long and storied friendship.

 

After arriving, the Vice President met with His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco. The two reaffirmed our countries’ alliance and enduring friendship. The Vice President and King discussed a range of issues, including:

 

  • Achieving a secure, stable, and prosperous Magreb, Africa, and Middle East
  • The two countries’ efforts together as part of the international coalition against ISIL
  • Non-military aspects to combat violent extremism
  • Morocco’s important role as a gateway for trade and investment in sub-Saharan Africa.

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On Thursday, the Vice President addressed the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, an annual gathering of entrepreneurs and business, government, and thought leaders.

In his remarks, the Vice President announced that the U.S. government has committed to a bold new goal to expand economic opportunity by sparking $1 billion in new private investments for entrepreneurs worldwide. In fact, half of these investments will be generated by women and young entrepreneurs.

 

“When I travel the region and the entire world, I see young people with limitless promise to make not only their countries but the whole world better…That is the reality. That’s the world we live in,” Vice President Biden said.

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Next stop on the trip: Kyiv, Ukraine. Stay tuned for more updates from the road.

 

In the afternoon, the Vice President and Dr. Biden will depart Marrakech en route Kyiv, Ukraine.

 

Friday, November 21st

In the morning, the Vice President will hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the Cabinet of Ministers Club.  In the afternoon, the Vice President will attend a working lunch with President Poroshenko at the House of Chimeras. Following their lunch, the Vice President and President Poroshenko will deliver a joint statement to the press at the Presidential Administration Building.

Afterwards, the Vice President will attend a roundtable discussion on anti-corruption efforts. In the evening, the Vice President and Dr. Biden will depart Kyiv en route Istanbul, Turkey.

Later in the evening, the Vice President will attend a working dinner with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

 

 

Saturday, November 22nd

In the morning, the Vice President will deliver remarks and participate in a moderated discussion with the Atlantic Council Energy Conference.

Afterwards, the Vice President will attend a meeting of the National Democratic Institute “Checks and Balances Networ.”

Later, the Vice President will attend a working lunch with President Erdogan at the Beylerbeyi Palace.

 

 

Sunday, November 23rd

In the morning, the Vice President will meet with His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

In the afternoon, the Vice President and Dr. Biden will depart Istanbul en route Washington, DC.

 

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Dumbfuckery Of The Day: Boehner: Why We Must Now Sue The President. {Cause We Can’t Beat Him Legally}


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Boehner: Why we must now sue the President

 

 Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, is speaker of the House of Representatives. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. Which means he does jack shit all day long.

 

 

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(CNN) – Every member of Congress swore an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So did President Barack Obama.

 

But too often over the past five years, the President has circumvented the American people and their elected representatives through executive action, changing and creating his own laws, and excusing himself from enforcing statutes he is sworn to uphold — at times even boasting about his willingness to do it, as if daring the American people to stop him.

 

Boehner: Why we must sue the President

 

Published on Jul 6, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner says he will introduce legislation that will authorize Congress to sue the President.

 

 

That’s why, later this month, we will bring legislation to the House floor that would authorize the House of Representatives to file suit in an effort to compel President Obama to follow his oath of office and faithfully execute the laws of our country.

The President’s response: “So sue me.”

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What’s disappointing is the President’s flippant dismissal of the Constitution we are both sworn to defend. It is utterly beneath the dignity of the office. I know the President is frustrated. I’m frustrated. The American people are frustrated, too.

After years of slow economic growth and high unemployment under President Obama, they are still asking, ‘where are the jobs?’ The House has passed more than 40 jobs bills that would help. But Washington Democrats, led by the President, just ignore them.

Even worse, the President’s habit of ignoring the law as written hurts our economy and jobs even more. Washington taxes and regulations always make it harder for private sector employers to meet payrolls, invest in new initiatives and create jobs — but how can those employers plan, invest and grow when the laws are changing on the President’s whim at any moment?

 

I don’t take the House legal action against the President lightly. We’ve passed legislation to address this problem (twice), but Senate Democrats, characteristically, have ignored it.

In the end, the Constitution makes it clear that the President’s job is to faithfully execute the laws. And, in my view, the President has not faithfully executed the laws when it comes to a range of issues, including his health care law, energy regulations, foreign policy and education.

 

There must be accountability. We have a system of government outlined in our Constitution with the executive branch, the legislative branch, and the judicial branch. Congress has its job to do, and so does the President. When there are conflicts like this — between the legislative branch and the executive branch — it is my view that it is our responsibility to stand up for this institution in which we serve, and for the Constitution.

 

If you look back over American history, there has always been a tension between the inherent powers of the executive branch versus the inherent powers of the legislative branch. This issue is as old as Marbury vs. Madison and as fresh as the unanimous Supreme Court ruling last week that the President overstepped his authority on recess appointments.

Over the last five years, starting — not coincidentally — when his political party lost the majority in the House of Representatives, the President has consistently overstepped his authority under the Constitution, and in so doing eroded the power of the legislative branch.

The legislative branch has an obligation to defend the rights and responsibilities of the American people, and America’s constitutional balance of powers — before it is too late.

 

Opinion: Dear Speaker Boehner: Do your job instead

Opinion: GOP left Obama no choice but to act on immigration

 

 

Obama: Boehner’s lawsuit is ‘a stunt’

 

(CNN) – President Barack Obama called House Speaker John Boehner’s plans to file a lawsuit over the President’s use of executive action “a stunt,” in an interview with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos.

“You notice that he didn’t specifically say what exactly he was objecting to. I’m not going to apologize for trying to do something while they’re doing nothing,” the President said.

 

Barack Obama Dismisses John Boehner Lawsuit as a Stunt on GMA Interview 

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

6-27-14 – (ABC) – The first part of George Stephanopoulos’ interview with President Barack Obama aired Friday morning on Good Morning America (more to come Sunday on This Week) and during their talk the president addressed House Speaker John Boehner’s proposed lawsuit against him for the first time. “You notice that he didn’t specifically say what exactly he was objecting to,” Obama told Stephanopoulos during his trip to Minnesota. “I’m not going to apologize for trying to do something while they’re doing nothing.”

 

“The suit is a stunt,” he added.

 

“What I’ve told Speaker Boehner directly is, ‘If you’re really concerned about me taking too many executive actions, why don’t you try getting something done through Congress?’” Obama continued, mentioning immigration reform as one area in which Americans want action. “You’re going to squawk if I try to fix some parts of it administratively that are within my authority while you’re not doing anything?”

 

On Wednesday, Boehner held a press conference in which he announced the planned lawsuit and criticized Obama for “bragging” about taking executive action on issues. But, he added, “This is not about impeachment, this is about his faithfully executing the laws of our country.”

 

 

 

“You know, the suit is a stunt. But what I’ve told Speaker Boehner directly is, ‘If you’re really concerned about me taking too many executive actions, why don’t you try getting something done through Congress?’”

 

The interview aired on ABC’s “Good Morning America”Friday morning. It was conducted Thursday during the President’s trip to Minneapolis, where Obama held a town hall meeting.

 

The President touted the accomplishments of his first five years in office but lamented the tone in Washington.

 

“What I do worry about is that right now we’ve got a Republican Party that seems to only care about saying no to me.” Obama said.

 

 

Obama Dismisses Boehner Lawsuit as a ‘Stunt’ on GMA

 

Published on Jun 27, 2014

The first part of George Stephanopoulos’ interview with President Barack Obama aired Friday morning on Good Morning America (more to come Sunday on This Week) and during their talk the president addressed House Speaker John Boehner’s proposed lawsuit against him for the first time.

 

 

 

He repeated his frustrations about the immigration reform bill passed a year ago by the Senate that’s been stalled in the House, and having to use executive action.

 

“The majority of American people want to see immigration reform done. We had a bipartisan bill through the Senate, and you’re going to squawk if I try to fix some parts of it administratively that are within my authority while you are not doing anything?’” the President added.

 

Responding to Obama’s comments, Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said Friday in a statement that “the American people, their elected representatives, and the Supreme Court have all expressed serious concerns about the President’s failure to follow the Constitution. Dismissing them with words like, ‘smidgen’ or ‘stunt’ only reinforces their frustration.”

 

Republicans argue that the President is breaching his constitutional power by side-stepping the legislative process. Obama has used executive actions as a way to bypass a deeply divided Congress, avoiding inaction on issues the White House has made hallmarks of the President’s second term agenda.

 

So far, the Republican-controlled House has passed two bills aimed at curbing executive orders by the President, neither of which have gone anywhere in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

 

At this point in his presidency, Obama has issued less executive orders than his most recent two-term predecessors in the White House, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ronald Reagan.

 

In speaking of immigration during the interview, the President was asked about the thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America coming across the southern border. He implored their parents to not send their kids.

 

“Our message absolutely is, ‘Don’t send your children unaccompanied on trains on through a bunch of smugglers.’ That is our direct message to the families in Central America. ‘Do not send your children to the borders. If they do make it, they’ll get sent back. More importantly, they may not make it’,” he said.

 

CNN Senior Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh contributed to this story

 

 

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The United States Of AmeriKKKa

 

The following video has nothing to do with the topic of this post, but is so magnificently stupid that I felt compelled to post it here and now….

 

Waitresses openly carry guns at restaurant in Rifle, Colorado

 

Published on Jul 8, 2014

While “open carry” firearm laws are being debated across the country, there’s been a push back from some businesses about allowing owners to carry handguns in public. Barry Petersen reports on a Colorado establishment taking the opposite approach.

 

 

 

Doc Holiday was a gunslinger/killer……John Henry “Doc” Holliday (August 14, 1851 – November 8, 1887) was an American gambler,gunfighter, and dentist of the American Old West who is usually remembered for his friendship with Wyatt Earp and his involvement in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

 

Doc was no joke, he’d shoot you as soon as look at you. Doc wore his peacemaker in the only position proven to allow  fast draw with accuracy…over his left hip high up with the handle angled to his right side, at hand height. The dumbass females in the above video, as well as the patrons of Shooters Grill, all have their weapons on them for show only. You can not fast draw with any accuracy with a weapon holstered on the hip low down on your dominant side.

 

In other words, if “bad guys” were to walk into Shooters Grill to kill, every last idiot armed with a weapon, they would all be dead.

 

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Now this is a real gunslinger, and this is how real killers wear their side arms…..this ain’t for show.

 

 

This is an example of fools ready to die…….

 

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This bullshit is clearly a marketing tool to get dumbass rednecks into this place of business….

 

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So when in Rifle, Colorado…stop into Shooters Grill….where you’ll be safe cause good guys with guns hang out there.

 

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Now Time For Some Dumbfuckery: Operation American Spring Promises To Drive President Of The United States, Barack Hussein Obama, From Office This Friday.


By Jueseppi B.

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This is the funniest shit since that fiasco of truckers planning to bring Washington, D.C. to a complete halt by jamming up the city…wait, maybe this is dumber.

 

The Secret Service, Capitol Hill Police and The Armed Services of The United States Of America...don't have black powder muskets...ya'll gonna need better shit than this.

The Secret Service, Capitol Hill Police and The Armed Services of The United States Of America…don’t have black powder muskets…ya’ll gonna need better shit than this.

 

From The Raw Story….

 

Self-styled revolutionary patriots plan to converge on Washington, D.C., this week to drive President Barack Obama and disloyal lawmakers out of office.

“We are calling for the removal of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, and Eric Holder as a start toward constitutional restoration,” said retired Army Col. Harry Riley, leader of the Operation American Spring protest group. “They have all abandoned the US Constitution, are unworthy to be retained in a position that calls for servant status.”

Operation American Spring aims to pressure those lawmakers who remain – or are replaced by officials of their own choosing – “to sponsor and pass very Constitutionally crafted State legislation to dissolve the size, powers, scope and spending of the U.S. Government by 2/3rds.”

 

Operation American Spring ~ May 16th 2014 in Washington DC… JOIN US!!!

 

Published on Jan 25, 2014

JOIN US! Operation American Spring
May 16th 2014, Washington DC

http://www.patriotsforamerica.ning.com

CALL TO ALL PATRIOTS:
Black, white, red, yellow,
brown, male, female, civilian,
military, truckers, bikers,
militias, veterans, old, young

Every American that loves
freedom and liberty!

MISSION:
Restoration of
Constitutional government,
rule of law, freedom, liberty

“of the people, for the people, by the people”

From despotic and tyrannical
federal leadership

ASSUMPTIONS:
Millions of Americans will participate

American Veterans and Patriots are
energized to end the tyranny,
lawlessness, and shredding
of the US Constitution

Government is not the target,
it is sound…

Corrupt and criminal
leadership must be removed

Field millions, as many as ten million Patriots

Who will assemble in a
non-violent, physically unarmed
(Spiritually/Constitutionally armed)
display of unswerving loyalty to
the US Constitution

Go full-bore, no looking back,
steadfast in the mission!

We are asking, pleading with you, and any others
that have resources, national voices,
email lists, blogs, FB, Twitter

To call for a non-violent American Spring
May 16 2014 in Washington D.C.

 

 

It’s a slow news Friday and I thought you could use a laugh. This event will be like the Miami Heat playing against the Marlon County JV basketball team.

 

Maybe worse.

 

Operation American Spring

Operation American Spring

 

So do these asswipe Operation American Spring expect the United States Gubmint to just stand by watching the Beverly Hillbillies or The Andy Griffin Show, while they over-run and over-throw the Government? If Operation American Spring wants to turn The United States Of America into the United States Of AmeriKKKa, why don’t they start by taking over Compton. The West, South & East sides of Chicago. How bout visiting the 5th Ward, NOLA.

 

A bit more dumbfuckery…..

 

The activists say they expect 10 million to 30 million like-minded Americans to join them Friday in the nation’s capital for a rally patterned after Occupy Wall Street and “Arab Spring” protests.

 

You can’t get 10 to 30 million Americans to travel to their local voting booth to effect change, but these dumbasses expect 10 to 30 million to travel to Washington, D.C. I do believe this shows exactly how stupid the Operation American Spring morons are.

 

More…..

 

They also plan a sister event the same day in Bunkerville, Nevada, where militia groups have gathered to support scofflaw rancher Cliven Bundy in his dispute with the federal government.

Organizers also anticipate “incremental nullification” by state legislatures of “all withholding taxes, employment taxes, employer taxes, and income taxes.”

“This will effectively DOUBLE the size of ALL American Middle Class family weekly paychecks and cause our local city and town economies to boom,” the group promises on its Facebook page.

Tea Party Nation promoted Operation American Spring last month in an email to its members from founder Judson Phillips, who hinted at a violent response from the federal government, and sent invitations in January to the protest.

“There is no way a militia with small arms can defeat the kind of arms the U.S. government can bring to bear on such a battle, but one has to admire the courage of those people who showed up to confront them,” Phillips said, comparing the protest to the American Revolution. “That’s quintessentially American!”

Operation American Spring spokesman Terry Trussell told the “Patriot Nation” radio program that he feared Obama would order drone strikes on protesters, and host Mark Hoffman suggested participants bring emergency supplies and make other preparations in case of violence.

Riley told Before It’s News that his group does not want violence, but he admits that peaceful solutions have thus far proved ineffective.

“For more than five years, ‘we the people’ have been writing, calling, faxing Congress, the media, screaming in Town Halls, marching, rallying, demonstrating, petitioning, all to no avail,” Riley said. “Every branch of government looks at ‘we the people’ whom they have taken an oath to serve, as ‘pests,’ interfering with their political agenda, cramping their self-serving, greedy agendas. We have no faith in the ballot box any longer, as many believe this sacred secret box has been compromised.”

Previous attempts to drive Obama out of office by shutting down Washington, D.C., with massive protests or by encircling the “beltway” with semi-trucks have drawn far fewer participants than promised.

But Operation American Spring organizers say those ineffective protests helped pave the way for their own success.

“Every political persuasion, rich, poor, every color, all ages, men, women, liberal, conservative, independent, unemployed, et al, are now mobilizing to participate in this peaceful, non-violent, cause in the search for constitutional restoration for America,” Riley said. “We have well over 1 million militia members mobilizing; bikers, truckers, hunters, Tea Party groups — citizens across America. No, I don’t think 10 million (participants) is high at all.”

Or, as a blogger speculated at Before It’s News, the whole operation could be a false flag planted by the Obama administration to launch a civil war.

 

Thank you The Raw Story. I think.

 

Ok, I think I will head on over to D.C. Hang around and see what I can see. After all, the Heat of Miami could lose to The Marlon County JV basketball team…..

 

 

Hey Barack, Operation American Spring is coming for Yo ass....

Hey Barack, Operation American Spring is coming for Yo ass….

5/16/14 in DC Be there to Protect your Constitution and your Country!:  @COLHarryRiley #USA

5/16/14 in DC Be there to Protect your Constitution and your Country!: @COLHarryRiley #USA

I wonder what would happen if the original owners of The United States Of America decided to get together and "take their land, country & nation" back?

I wonder what would happen if the original owners of The United States Of America decided to get together and “take their land, country & nation” back?

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Barack Speaks On Immigration Reform. Joey B. Tackles Infrastructure. The White House Honors “Champions of Change.”


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Remarks by the President at Law Enforcement Briefing on Immigration

 

Published on May 13, 2014

During a law enforcement briefing, the President delivers remarks on fixing our broken immigration system, May 13, 2014.

 

Room 350
Eisenhower Executive Office Building

12:01 P.M. EDT

 

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THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, everybody.  (Applause.)  Have a seat.  Have a seat.  Well, it’s wonderful to see all of you.  Some of you I’ve had the chance to get to know working on law enforcement issues and criminal justice issues.  But I cannot thank you enough for participating today on an issue that I think is important to our economic future, to our cultural future, to our standing in the world and to our safety and security, and that’s the issue of immigration.

 

I’m here with some of the leaders of America’s law enforcement agencies who recognize that fixing a broken immigration system isn’t just the right thing to do — it’s also the right thing to do for safety and security in communities all across America.

 

The immigration system that we have right now makes it harder, not easier, for law enforcement agencies to do their jobs.  It makes it harder for law enforcement to know when dangerous people cross our borders.  It makes it harder for business owners who play by the rules to compete when they’re undercut by those who would exploit workers in a shadow economy. And it makes it harder for law enforcement to do their jobs when large segments of the community are afraid to report crimes or serve as witnesses because they fear the consequences for themselves or their families.

 

This system is not fair.  It’s not fair to workers; it’s not fair to businesses who are trying to do the right thing; it’s not fair to law enforcement agencies that are already stretched thin.

 

Now, the good news is the Senate has already passed a bill with a wide, bipartisan majority that would go a long way towards fixing a broken system.  It would strengthen our borders even further.  And I’m sure Jeh has talked to you about the work that’s been done over the last five years — we have put unprecedented resources at the borders, and you’ve seen the results.  We have fewer folks coming in than ever before.  And the personnel that is arrayed along our borders is well beyond anything that we saw five years ago, 10 years ago, 20 years ago. So we take border enforcement seriously.

 

But what this reform package would also do is create a firm but fair pathway to earned citizenship for those who live in the shadows — and as a consequence, would give law enforcement a better idea of who’s in the country.  It would also help build trust between local communities and law enforcement and immigrant communities.  It would undermine criminal enterprises that prey on undocumented immigrants.  And it would allow law enforcement to focus on its primary mission, which is keeping our communities safe.

 

And these are some of the reasons why a broad, bipartisan coalition — including law enforcement agencies like the ones who are represented today — is pushing Congress to go ahead and get the job done, get us over the finish line and do it this year.

 

I hope all of you keep it up because it’s making a difference.  A number of Republicans are realizing that blocking immigration reform is not an option, and that’s the good news.  And most Americans, the majority of Americans, know this is the right thing to do.  Public opinion is on our side on this.  Unfortunately, we’ve got a handful of House Republicans right now who are blocking going ahead and letting legislation get to the floor.

 

To their credit, I think Speaker Boehner and some of the other leaders there do believe that immigration reform is the right thing, but they’ve got to have a political space that allows them to go ahead and get it through their caucus and get it done.  I’ve said to them, if they’ve got ideas I’m happy to talk to them.  We’re not hell-bent on making sure that every letter of what’s in the Senate bill is exactly what ultimately lands on my desk for signature, but there are some core principles that we’ve got to get done.  We’ve got to have stronger border security.  We’ve got to make sure that we are dealing with companies that are not doing the right thing by workers.  We’ve got to make sure that we’ve got an improved legal immigration system, because a lot of folks are getting pushed into the illegal system because the waits are so long through the legal process.  And we’ve got to make sure that there’s a way for people to earn some pathway to citizenship.

 

And keep in mind, some of these statistics you may have already heard — it’s estimated that over 80 percent of the folks who are here on an undocumented basis have been here 10 years or longer.  These are folks who are woven into the fabrics of our communities.  Their kids are going to school with our kids.  Most of them are not making trouble; most of them are not causing crimes.  And yet, we put them in this tenuous position and it creates a situation in which your personnel, who have got to go after gang-bangers and need to be going after violent criminals and deal with the whole range of challenges, and who have to cooperate with DHS around our counterterrorism activities — you’ve got to spend time dealing with somebody who is not causing any other trouble other than the fact that they were trying to make a living for their families.  That’s just not a good use of our resources.  It’s not smart.  It doesn’t make sense.

 

So I know I’m preaching to the choir here.  You wouldn’t be here if you didn’t agree with us that this is time for us to go ahead and get moving.  But I just want all of you to know your voices, particularly over the next couple of months, are going to be critical.  I think people have come to expect that I’m in favor of comprehensive immigration reform.  I think that people anticipate that the Congressional Hispanic Caucus is going to be in favor of comprehensive immigration reform.  I think people understand that there are a lot of agricultural enterprises that know how important their immigrant workers are to them.  But it’s more important in some ways to get over the hump when they hear from unexpected voices.

 

I think the evangelical Christian community has shown itself to be foursquare behind immigration reform, and that’s a powerful voice.  I think portions of the business community that people may not anticipate know that this is the key to our economic future.  It would lower our deficits; it would grow our economy; it would bring in some of the most skilled people around the world.  We want them to continue to come here.  That’s part of our competitive advantage relative to the rest of the world.  Our population is not aging the way some other populations are because it’s constantly replenished with folks who are go-getters.  And hearing from law enforcement is important and I think it lends this overall effort great credibility.

 

So I just want to say thank you to all of you.  But we’ve got this narrow window.  The closer we get to the midterm elections the harder it is to get things done around here.  Now, I know it’s hard to believe that things could get harder — (laughter) — that this place could get a little more dysfunctional.  But it’s just very hard right before an election. So we’ve got maybe a window of two, three months to get the ball rolling in the House of Representatives.  And your voices are going to be absolutely critical to that effort.

 

So I just want to say thank you to all of you.  And while I’m here, I want to thank you for a wide range of issues that we’ve had a chance to cooperate with you on.  Whether it’s dealing with counterterrorism issues and the preparations that ensure that if and when an event happens that we’re prepared, and more importantly, that we’re able to prevent such activities from taking place in the first place, or dealing with natural disasters where our first responders are always right there on the scene, day in and day out your teams, your personnel are doing heroic work on behalf of America.  And we’re very, very grateful for that.

 

So thank you, everybody.  Let’s make this happen.  (Applause.)

 

END
12:10 P.M. EDT

 

 

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Investing in American Ports Infrastructure

 

Vice President Biden will visit the CityArchRiver project in the afternoon to discuss the economy and showcase the progress of the site. The project is set to redesign the grounds and enhance the experience ahead of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Gateway Arch.

 

Senator Richard Durbin and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will also attend the event at the at the Arch grounds. The vice president will also attend an event at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee at 5 p.m. in Alton, Ill. Vice President Biden will also attend an event at a private residence at 6:15 p.m. prior to heading back to Washington D.C.

 

 

Published on May 13, 2014

In order to more efficiently accommodate massive post-panamax ships, the United States needed to widen and deepen many of its channels and harbors. TIGER grants have channeled federal transportation funding directly to 38 port projects in 22 states designed to increase efficiency and grow the economy. President Obama has proposed new investments in transportation infrastructure to jump-start job creation & build a 21st century American economy. Learn more at:   http://www.whitehouse.gov/economy

 

 

 

"We have to rebuild the infrastructure in this country." – VP outside the Gateway Arch in St. Louis #RebuildAmerica

“We have to rebuild the infrastructure in this country.” – VP outside the Gateway Arch in St. Louis #RebuildAmerica

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“Infrastructure is the back upon which this great nation has been built.” –VP discussing the need to #RebuildAmerica

“Infrastructure is the back upon which this great nation has been built.” –VP discussing the need to #RebuildAmerica

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, from left, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., take a tour of the CityArchRiver project at the Gateway Arch on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, from left, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., take a tour of the CityArchRiver project at the Gateway Arch on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)

 

From The Associated Press:

 

Vice President Biden touts St. Louis Arch renovation project

 

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden made a rain-shortened appearance beneath the Gateway Arch Tuesday to tout the economic benefits of a massive renovation project at the iconic tourist attraction.

The Democratic vice president was introduced by St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and accompanied by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat who was scheduled to later join Biden at a $1,000-a-plate fundraiser at the home of a lawyer in Alton, Illinois, just across the Mississippi River.

The Midwest trip came as the White House presses Congress to replenish the Federal Highway Trust Fund for road and bridge repairs. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has said the fund could run out of money by August unless Congress acts. Obama is scheduled to speak Wednesday in front of the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York, while his vice president heads to Cleveland to promote a federally funded transit center project.

The $410 million Arch renovation project includes construction of a pedestrian bridge over Interstate 70 to connect downtown St. Louis with the National Park Service site. Project funding is expected to come from $250 million private donations, government grants and a portion of a local sales tax increase.

“Infrastructure is the back upon which this great nation has been built,” Biden told an audience of several dozen local politicians, civic and business leaders. “We have to rebuild the infrastructure in this country. We’ve stalled.”

In response to Biden’s visit, the Missouri Republican Party issued a statement calling for White House and Democratic congressional support of the Keystone XL pipeline project.

Vice President Joe Biden, center, speaks as St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, left, and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell listen during a visit to the CityArchRiver project at the Gateway Arch on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)

Vice President Joe Biden, center, speaks as St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, left, and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell listen during a visit to the CityArchRiver project at the Gateway Arch on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., left, and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., listen as Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the CityArchRiver project at the Gateway Arch on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., left, and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., listen as Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the CityArchRiver project at the Gateway Arch on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)

Vice President Joe Biden, left, listens as Susan Trautman, Executive Director of The Great Rivers Greenway, gives a tour of the CityArchRiver project at the Gateway Arch on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)

Vice President Joe Biden, left, listens as Susan Trautman, Executive Director of The Great Rivers Greenway, gives a tour of the CityArchRiver project at the Gateway Arch on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)

Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the CityArchRiver project at the Gateway Arch on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)

Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the CityArchRiver project at the Gateway Arch on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, center, speaks as Vice President Joe Biden, right, and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay listen during a visit to the CityArchRiver project at the Gateway Arch on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, center, speaks as Vice President Joe Biden, right, and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay listen during a visit to the CityArchRiver project at the Gateway Arch on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, left, speaks as Vice President Joe Biden listens during a visit to the CityArchRiver project at the Gateway Arch on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, left, speaks as Vice President Joe Biden listens during a visit to the CityArchRiver project at the Gateway Arch on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)

 

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White House Honors “Champions of Change” for Transportation

 

Published on May 13, 2014

The White House honors local leaders as “Champions of Change” for their leadership to ensure that transportation facilities, services, and jobs help individuals and their communities connect to 21st century opportunities. These individuals are leading the charge across the country building connectivity, strengthening transportation career pathways, and making connections between transportation and economic growth. May 13, 2014.

 

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Tomorrow, the White House will honor eleven local heroes who are “Champions of Change” for their exemplary leadership to ensure that transportation facilities, services, and jobs help individuals and their communities connect to 21st century opportunities. These individuals are leading the charge across the country building connectivity, strengthening transportation career pathways, and making connections between transportation and economic growth.

 

Across the Federal government, the Administration has been dedicated to providing “ladders of opportunity” for all Americans, by investing in connecting communities to centers of employment, education, and services, and is calling for greater emphasis on those initiatives supporting this outcome.  Recent research has found that social mobility varies by geography, and poor transportation access is a factor preventing lower income Americans from gaining higher income levels than their parents. Transportation plays a critical role in connecting Americans and communities to economic opportunity through connectivity, job creation, and economic growth. Recognizing social mobility as a defining trait of America’s promise, access to reliable, safe, and affordable transportation is critical.

 

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. The event is closed to press but will be live streamed on the White House website. To watch this event live, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live at 10:00 am EST on May 13, 2014.  To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program, visit www.whitehouse.gov/champions.

 

 

Josh Baker, General Manager, Radford Transit, New River Valley Community Services
Blacksburg, VA

Josh is the leader of a major investment in the development of a brand new Public Transit system in the City of Radford, Virginia. He pioneered the concept and worked with community leaders, local university administration, state officials and the Federal Transit Administration to garner support for a much needed community service.  Josh dedicated his work and time over the course of three years to help make the new service a reality. It’s the first time in over 30 years there has been any transit available to the City of Radford, and it was badly needed. Radford Transit has grown rapidly providing over 325,000 passenger trips annually, even providing transfer connections throughout the entire region. Now residents can move effortlessly and reach their destinations within and between the communities of Radford, Pulaski County, Montgomery County and the Towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg.

 

 

Dr. Evelyn Blumenberg, Professor and Chair of Urban Planning, UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs
Los Angeles, CA

Professor Evelyn Blumenberg’s research examines the effects of urban structure—the spatial location of residents, employment, and services—on economic outcomes for low-wage workers, and on the role of planning and policy in shaping the spatial structure of cities.  Evelyn has investigated the travel behavior of special population groups including low-income adults, immigrants, and youth; the effects of the economy on the travel behavior and transportation assets in low-income communities; and the relationship between residential location, automobile ownership, and employment outcomes among the poor.  Evelyn is recommended for Ladders of Opportunity because her current research examines (1) travel behavior of low-income adults; (2) the transportation expenditure burden; and (3) the relationship between transportation and the economic outcomes of low-income families.

 

 

Dan Burden, Director of Innovation and Inspiration, Walkable and Livable Communities Institute
Port Townsend, WA

Dan Burden is the Director of Innovation and Inspiration for the nonprofit Walkable and Livable Communities Institute. For more than 35 years he has worked to inspire leaders in 3500 cities on ways to design cities for people first; still accommodating the auto. His work helps define the future of transportation; and is now celebrated with thousands of new innovations giving full support to walking, bicycling, transit, and living in place; driving less, enjoying life more.  Dan has proven his ability to energize leaders of towns and cities to help them frame and focus on their assets, get beyond their barriers, raise the bar in design of place. He has an ability to help them focus on their values and become believers in their future, achieving their hopes and dreams, and once momentum is gained, expand to the rebuilding of their entire community.

 

 

Anthony Chiarello, President and CEO, TOTE
Princeton, NJ

Anthony has led TOTE to build the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered container ships in the world; TOTE is the first maritime company in the U.S. to convert its entire fleet to natural gas. As a result of his vision and leadership, natural gas suppliers are now creating distribution networks in major U.S. ports, making gas available to all transportation modes in those markets. Natural gas powered ships will achieve emissions reductions far below even the world’s most stringent regulatory standards. These emissions reductions will have long-lasting and far-reaching positive effects on the health and safety of citizens along the U.S. coastline, particularly in Washington, Alaska, Florida, and Puerto Rico where TOTE ships are part of the critical domestic supply chain. As the adoption of natural gas fuel spreads, air emissions will be lowered along the coastline as part of the North American Emissions Control Area, and additional environmental benefits will accrue in ports, on roads, and rail lines.

 

 

Greer Gillis, Area Manager of Parsons Brinckerhoff
Washington, DC

Greer Gillis is the Washington, D.C. Area Manager of Parsons Brinckerhoff, where she oversees transportation services staff in managing various infrastructure, planning, and design projects as well as leading client relations management, business development, and financial oversight for activities in the metropolitan Washington DC area.     She is the Vice President of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) Washington, DC chapter and serves as National Chair of its “Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation” Awards Committee.  She is also a past President of the Women’s Transportation Seminar International’s Washington, D.C. Chapter. Throughout her career, she has served as a role model and advocate for building a diverse transportation workforce.

 

 

Marilyn Golden, Senior Policy Analyst, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
Berkeley, CA

For over 25 years, Marilyn Golden has led national system-change efforts that broaden the rights of people with disabilities to transportation. Marilyn has played a key role in federal policy development in the interconnected areas of transportation and architectural barriers. She has been a strong advocate for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) throughout all the stages of its proposal, passage, and implementation, as well as a forceful watchdog through its many stages of regulatory interpretation and the regular challenges to its strong mandates. Her advocacy has been focused on a broad range of transportation issues—including fixed route buses, all forms of passenger rail systems, ADA complementary paratransit, privately-funded over-the-road buses, taxis, airport shuttles, as well as air travel. As a national transportation advocate, she has led the struggle for many of the policy victories during and since the ADA to provide better public transportation for people with disabilities.  Marilyn served on the U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board from 1996-2005 as a very strong and effective advocate for the interests of people with disabilities.

 

 

Daphne Izer, Founder, Parents Against Tired Truckers (PATT)
Lisbon, ME

Daphne Izer founded the nonprofit safety organization Parents Against Tired Truckers (PATT) after losing her son Jeff in a fatigue related truck crash that killed three other teenagers and seriously injured a fourth. Daphne has worked tirelessly to advance truck safety in order to help prevent other families from suffering a similar, devastating loss. PATT has focused its efforts on reducing truck driver fatigue, seeking a requirement for the use of technology to accurately record truck driver hours behind the wheel and reduce falsification of driving logs, and to promoting safe trucking. Recently, PATT took another step toward realizing its goal of requiring electronic logging devices (ELDs) in commercial trucks when the FMCSA released the NPRM for the ELD rule. This May, as PATT marks its twentieth anniversary, Daphne is recognized for her instrumental work in bringing attention to the urgent need for change in truck safety policy and programs, with a focus on reducing truck driver fatigue.

 

 

Flavio Leo, Deputy Director, Aviation Planning and Strategy, Massachusetts Port Authority
Newton, MA

Flavio has played a key role applying innovative transportation technology to enhance airport safety, security and equitable access at MassPort Airport in Boston.   This includes the implementation of aircraft related noise mitigation strategies for the surrounding urban communities and the greater Boston region , leading to an enhanced quality of life.   Through his leadership, transparency and enhanced public participation, he has established a relationship with over 30 diverse communities, which have had a long history of engagement with Massport and the FAA.   He has been the leader and “face of Massport” on an innovative program to address airport noise and other safety and technology improvements, which can be applied nationwide.  Flavio was selected for his leadership and coordination for the implementation of a set of noise reduction strategies created with extensive community participation and implemented that will reduce aircraft noise impacts to the greater Boston area including to nearby disadvantaged communities.

 

 

Susan Park Rani, President, Rani Engineering
Minneapolis, MN

Susan Park Rani is an inspiration and a role model for women, minorities, immigrants, and virtually anyone with a desire to pursue the American Dream and start their own business. As a leader in the transportation field, she has demonstrated that opportunities in this industry are widespread and growing—and open to all who wish to acquire the necessary skills and participate.  Rani, born in South Korea, moved with her family to the United States as a child, speaking no English. She ultimately obtained a degree in civil engineering, and in 1993, at the age of 34, founded one of the first woman-and-minority-owned engineering firms in Minnesota where she grew up, with just two employees.  Over the years, the company has been involved in a number of high-profile transportation projects, and today, Rani Engineering employs 50 people, the company grosses over $5 million a year, and anticipates doubling in size within the next five years. In 2012, Rani Engineering was named the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Contractor of the Year by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

 

 

Big John Smith, Transportation Director, Shoshone and Arapaho Tribes, Joint Business Council
Fort Washakie, WY

For the past 25 years, “Big John Smith” has served as the Transportation Director for the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes’ Joint Business Council on the Wind River Indian Reservation in central Wyoming.  Big John is also the Rocky Mountain Regional Representative on the Tribal Transportation Committee, and the Executive Director of the Intertribal Transportation Association. Big John has succeeded in improving the reservation’s transportation infrastructure (highways and bridges), has led the effort to dramatically cut alcohol-involved crashes and fatalities on the Wind River Reservation.  He has worked with tribal leaders to toughen tribal laws to enhance seat belt compliance, and has led the effort to use positive messaging to educate drivers of all ages about the dangers of drinking and driving.  His love for the people of Wind River has been instrumental in building relationships with tribal, local, county, state and federal partners to save lives.

 

 

Wanda Vazquez, Regional Traffic Safety Liaison, Rincon Family Services
Chicago, IL

Wanda Vazquez has been an active mentor and trainer for Hispanic advocates in the Chicago area helping them become certified child passenger safety technicians. As a motivational instructor, she teaches students how to correctly install car seats and help families understand the importance of safe transportation for their children. Once the training is completed, the students become nationally certified and are able to staff car seat inspection stations or participate in community events. Statistics show that Hispanic children are at a greater risk than non-Hispanic children for injuries and death in traffic crashes because their restraint use is low. Often times this is because their parents are from home countries where car seat use is not the norm. By training Hispanic advocates on how to correctly install car seats and the value of occupant protection, they can in turn go into the Hispanic community where they are welcomed and are able to teach families the importance of keeping their children and themselves safety secured whenever they travel. Ms. Vazquez also served as the Diversity Representative on the National Child Passenger Safety Board and was instrumental in translating materials into Spanish and ensuring that the concerns of the Hispanic community were heard. Wanda is a recommended Champion for her active role as a mentor and trainer for Hispanic advocates in the Chicago.

 

 

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5/13/14: White House Press Briefing

 

Published on May 13, 2014

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

 

 

 

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