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A Little Sumtin Sumtin From The White House


By Jueseppi B.

 

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The Supreme Court Strikes Down the Defense of Marriage Act

 

Today, the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act. In a statement released shortly after the Court’s ruling was announced, President Obama applauded the historic decision.

 

This was discrimination enshrined in law. It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people. The Supreme Court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it.

 

 

Click here to read the President’s full statement, then share it with your friends.

 

 

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President Obama’s Plan to Fight Climate Change

Yesterday, President Obama laid out his comprehensive plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it.

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We the Geeks: Innovation for Global Good

The White House will host a “We The Geeks” Google+ Hangouttomorrow, June 27 at 1:00 pm EST to discuss innovation for global good with some of the creative minds making it happen.

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See the White House through a New Lens

We are proud that President Obama is committed to giving Americans an unfiltered look at life inside the White House, but you can’t always go #nofilter. This morning, the White House posted its first photo on Instagram, an image of the First Family taking off on Marine One for their trip to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania.

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Wal-Mart ends relationship with Paula Deen

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is announcing that it has ended its relationship with Paula Deen a week after the Southern celebrity chef admitted using racial slurs in the past.

 

The world’s largest retailer said it will not place “any new orders beyond what’s already committed.”

 

The discounter says it will work with suppliers on existing inventories.

 

The Bentonville, Ark., company started carrying Paula Deen-branded products at all of its U.S. namesake stores since 2011.

 

The latest development follows the announcement on Friday from Food Network that it was dropping her food shows. Smithfield Foods announced on Monday it was dropping her as a spokeswoman as well.

 

Thank you Associated Press.

 

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Megan Slack
Megan Slack

June 26, 2013
01:00 PM EDT

 

Ed. note:  Find state-by-state reports about the impacts of extreme weather and carbon pollution here.

 

On Tuesday, President Obama laid out his comprehensive plan to cut carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it.

 

Climate change impacts — ranging from more frequent and severe storms, floods, heat waves, and wildfires, to increased risk of asthma attacks and longer allergy seasons – are already affecting our security, our economy, and our communities.  In 2012 alone, the cost of weather disasters exceeded $110 billion in the United States, and climate change will only increase the frequency and intensity of these events. Today, we already set limits for arsenic, mercury and lead, but we impose no limits on how much carbon pollution our power plants release– despite the fact carbon pollution is one of the largest drivers of climate change.

 

As the President explained yesterday, we have a moral obligation to leave our children a planet that’s not polluted or damaged, and by taking an all-of-the-above approach to develop homegrown energy and steady, responsible steps to cut carbon pollution, we can begin to slow the effects of climate change so we leave a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations. The President’s plan is a comprehensive approach to cutting the pollution that causes climate change and threatens public health, setting us on a path to make our communities healthier, safer, and more resilient.

 

The state-by-state reports below detail some of the impacts of extreme weather and pollution across the country, and underscore the importance of acting now  to cut carbon pollution and protect the health of our communities.

 

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Kasie Coccaro

June 26, 2013
01:14 PM EDT

 

 

We are proud that President Obama is committed to giving Americans an unfiltered look at life inside the White House, but you can’t always go #nofilter. This morning, the White House posted its first photo on Instagram, an image of the First Family taking off on Marine One for their trip to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania.

 

Follow @WhiteHouse and @MichelleObama from your phone or computer to experience the White House in photos and be sure to stay tuned for upcoming chances to engage.

 

And over the next few days, folks on Instagram will be able to follow the President and First Lady on their trip to Africa—you won’t want to miss it.

 

 

(The First Family takes off for a three-country trip across Africa captured in Earlybird)

(The First Family takes off for a three-country trip across Africa captured in Earlybird)

 

Check out some of the other ways to engage with the White House.

 

 

For many more ways to engage with the White House,visit WhiteHouse.gov/engage.

 

 

 

Heather Zichal
Heather Zichal

June 26, 2013
03:00 PM EDT

 

Yesterday, at Georgetown University, President Obama laid out his Administration’s broad-based plan to cut carbon pollution and meet the climate change challenge.

 

It’s a plan that starts with responsibility. While no single step can reverse the effects of climate change, President Obama believes we have a moral obligation to future generations to do what we can.  After all, this is no longer a distant threat – we are already feeling the impacts now.

 

The 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15 years. Asthma rates have doubled in the past 30 years and our children will suffer more asthma attacks as air pollution gets worse. And increasing floods, heat waves, and droughts have taken a toll on our nation’s farmers, which is raising food prices. These changes come with far-reaching consequences and real economic costs. Last year alone, there were more than 11 different weather and climate disaster events with estimated losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States.

 

During President Obama’s first term, we took a number of important steps to reduce carbon pollution and spark innovation in cleaner forms of energy. For example, we doubled our use of renewable electricity from wind, solar, and geothermal sources and set the toughest fuel efficiency standards in American history. Thanks in part to these actions, in 2012, U.S. carbon pollution from the energy sector fell to the lowest level in nearly 20 years. To build on this progress, the President’s Climate Action Plan has three pillars: cut carbon pollution in America; prepare the United States for climate impacts; and lead international efforts to combat global climate change.

 

Now, we’re already seeing many Republicans and some of the nation’s biggest polluters attack the President’s plan. And they’re recycling the same tired and empty arguments that we’ve heard time and time again. To separate fact from fiction, let’s dig a little deeper and compare their rhetoric with the reality.

 


CLAIM #1:

Reducing carbon pollution will hurt the economy and cost jobs.

 

FACT:

Over the last three decades, we have reduced carbon pollutants by more than half and have doubled economic growth. 

Our own history shows us that we can protect our environment, reduce harmful pollution, and promote economic growth all at the same time. And the numbers speak for themselves: between 1970 and 2011, aggregate emissions of common air pollutants dropped 68 percent, while the U.S. gross domestic product grew 212 percent. Private sector jobs increased by 88 percent during the same period.

 

What’s even worse about this claim is that it suggests a lack of faith in American businesses to innovate. When we banned cancer-causing chemicals in our toys, and leaded fuel in our cars, it didn’t end the plastics industry or the oil industry; American chemists came up with better, cheaper substitutes.  When we phased out chlorofluorocarbons – the gases that depleted the ozone layer – it didn’t kill off refrigerators and air conditioners; American workers built better ones.

 

The bottom line is that we don’t have to choose between the health of our children and the health of our economy. Those goals go hand in hand. And by taking action to reduce carbon pollution, we can spark new jobs and industries building cleaner and more efficient American-made energy technologies.

 

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Megan Slack
Megan Slack

June 26, 2013
02:30 PM EDT

 

Today, the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act. In a statement released shortly after the Court’s ruling was announced, President Obama applauded the decision.

 

This was discrimination enshrined in law. It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people. The Supreme Court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it. We are a people who declared that we are all created equal – and the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.

 

This ruling is a victory for couples who have long fought for equal treatment under the law; for children whose parents’ marriages will now be recognized, rightly, as legitimate; for families that, at long last, will get the respect and protection they deserve; and for friends and supporters who have wanted nothing more than to see their loved ones treated fairly and have worked hard to persuade their nation to change for the better.

 

So we welcome today’s decision, and I’ve directed the Attorney General to work with other members of my Cabinet to review all relevant federal statutes to ensure this decision, including its implications for Federal benefits and obligations, is implemented swiftly and smoothly.

 

On an issue as sensitive as this, knowing that Americans hold a wide range of views based on deeply held beliefs, maintaining our nation’s commitment to religious freedom is also vital. How religious institutions define and consecrate marriage has always been up to those institutions. Nothing about this decision – which applies only to civil marriages – changes that.

 

The laws of our land are catching up to the fundamental truth that millions of Americans hold in our hearts: when all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.

 

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Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama 

June 26, 2013
09:30 AM EDT

 

Today, my husband, President Obama, and I, along with our daughters, are heading to Africa – to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania – and we want young people all across America to join us!

 

 

Previewing the President & First Lady’s Trip to Africa

June 21, 2013 | 2:40 | Public Domain

 

Deputy National Security Advisor, Ben Rhodes, walks through the importance of President Obama’s and First Lady Michelle Obama‘s trip to Africa.

 

 

 

 

This is such an important trip because Africa is such an important partner to the United States on so many of the issues facing our world today – from climate change and terrorism, to poverty and disease, to the challenge of creating jobs in our global economy. And more than ever before, our success here in the U.S. is tied to the success of other countries around the world – in so many ways, we will all rise or fall together. So it’s critical that young people like you develop a global perspective as citizens of the world – it’s critical that you follow not just what’s happening in the news here in the U.S., but what’s happening all around the world, including the international travels and policies of our President. Because when it comes to the issues our countries face, young people like you – both here in the United States and across Africa – will have to work together to lead the way. In the coming years, you all will be building the businesses, and making the scientific discoveries, and drafting the laws and policies that will move our countries – and our world – forward for decades to come.

 

That’s why, when I visited Africa back in 2011, I spent most of my time with passionate, dynamic, inspiring young people, listening to their stories and sharing my own. I also had the privilege of meeting one of the greatest heroes that Africa – and the world – has ever known: formerPresident of South AfricaNelson Mandela. President Mandela is in the hospital right now, and he is very much in our thoughts and prayers. I’ll be writing more about President Mandela’s extraordinary contributions to history – and what we can all do in our own lives to live up to his legacy – in future blog posts.

 

On this trip, I’ll once again be focusing on young people: I’ll be hosting a student town hall where I’ll be emphasizing the importance of education…I’ll be visiting a school where young women are training to become the next generation of leaders in their country… I’ll be attending a performance by a youth dance and acrobatics troupe who are learning about focus, dedication and goal-setting as they become accomplished performers…and I’ll be going to important cultural and historical sites as well.

 

 

I want young people here in the U.S. to join me on this journey so that you can engage with – and learn from – the African students I meet and experience the rich culture and history of each of these countries right alongside me. All you have to do is get online:

 

  • For updates from the road, follow my new Instagram account@MichelleObama and check out @FLOTUS on Twitter.

 

  • Every day on the White House blog, you can check out my travel journal – which will include photos and videos – to learn more about the places I visit and the people I meet.

 

  • On Saturday, June 29th, at 9:30am EST, I’ll be hosting a special town hall that connects young people in South Africa with young people in the U.S. through a Google+ Hangout. I would love for you to join! Watch it live right here.

 

  • Use the hashtag #FLOTUSinAfrica to discuss the trip and ask your questions – I’ll be answering some of these questions throughout the trip.

 

I hope you can join me for this important and exciting trip!

 

Michelle Obama is the First Lady of the United States

 

View the full-size gallery of the First Lady’s 2011 Trip to South Africa and Botswana

 

 

The Complete Itinerary For The President & First Family’s Trip To The African Continent.

 

 

 

Statements & Releases From The President, Barack Hussein Obama

Statements & Releases From The President, Barack Hussein Obama

 

Statements and Releases

 

June 26, 2013

 

President Obama Nominates Three to Serve on the United States District Court

 

 

Statement by the President on Intention to Renominate General Marty Dempsey as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Admiral Sandy Winnefeld as the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

 

 

President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the Celebration of the Accession of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union

 

 

Statement by the President on the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act

 

 

 

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The Full Video Of The 57th Inaugural Swearing-In Ceremony


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

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2013 Inauguration Ceremony

 

Published on Jan 21, 2013

Watch the complete ceremony marking the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.

 

 

 

 

 

 

p012013lj-0022_1Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office to President Barack Obama during the official swearing-in ceremony in the Blue Room of the White House on Inauguration Day, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. First Lady Michelle Obama, holding the Robinson family Bible, along with daughters Malia and Sasha, stand with the President. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

 

 

 

Speeches and Remarks

 

 

January 21, 2013

Remarks by the President and the Vice President at Inaugural Luncheon

 

 

January 21, 2013

Inaugural Address by President Barack Obama

 

 

January 20, 2013

Remarks by the President, the Vice President, the First Lady and Dr. Biden at Inaugural Reception

 

 

January 19, 2013

Remarks by the First Lady and Dr. Biden at the Kids Inaugural Concert

 

 

January 19, 2013

Remarks by the President and the First Lady on Volunteering on National Day of Service

 

 

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

January 19, 2013

Statement by the President on the Terrorist Attack in Algeria

 

 

 

From The White House Blog:

 

The Second Inauguration of Barack Obama

 

 

Be a Part of the Next Four Years

 

 

These Four Historians Have Some Thoughts About Today’s Inauguration

 

 

Follow the 2013 Inauguration, Live!

 

 

President Obama and Vice President Biden Take the Oath of Office

 

 

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden Celebrate the Inauguration with Military Families

 

 

Giving Back on the National Day of Service

 

 

 

2012: A Year in Photos

 

The White House photo team has a front row view for all the events both big and small at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., and on the road with the President, the Vice President and the First Family. Each January, Pete Souza, Chief Official White House Photographer and Director of the White House Photography Office, selects his favorite images from the past twelve months. Featuring exclusive perspectives of everything from Presidential trips and events to private moments between President Obama and his family, his staff and American citizens, this collection offers a unique view of 2012.

 

 

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Click here to view the photos….   2012: A Year in Photos

 

 

 

 

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Four Days In America’s History: The 57th Presidential And Vice Presidential Inauguration (In Photos)


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

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I am way too lazy, pooped, tired, excited/happy to organize these photos….so they are in no particular order….but enjoy them just the same.

 

History usually has no order at The ObamaCrat.Com™….where organized confusion reigns.

 

 

 

 

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The Second Term Starts Now


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

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Tomorrow’s Presidential inaugural ceremonies mark the beginning of the fight for President Obama’s ambitious second-term agenda.

 

But it’s not just President Obama’s agenda. It’s yours too.

 

The fight to protect Medicare, Social Security, and an equal playing field for all Americans won’t be easy. But we can do it if we stand together. 

 

President Obama needs to know that you’re behind him. Take the pledge and tell President Obama that you’re a strong supporter of his second-term agenda. Make sure you act before his inaugural address at noon tomorrow! Let’s get 150,000 strong united behind our President.

 

The inaugural ceremonies tomorrow are going to be incredible. But nothing will compare to how much we’ll accomplish over the next four years if we stand together.

 

 
President Obama takes the oath of office at noon tomorrow! If you’re a supporter of President Obama, tell him that you back his second term agenda before he takes the stage.

 

Thanks for your support,

 

 

 

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President Obama and Vice President Biden Take the Oath of Office

 

Megan Slack
By   Megan Slack  January 20, 2013  The White House Blog

 

Today, in two separate, private ceremonies, President Obama and Vice President Biden were officially sworn into office, marking the start of the second term. (The Constitution mandates that the President takes the oath on January 20. Since that date falls on a Sunday this year, the public inauguration ceremony and festivities will take place tomorrow, January 21)

 

President Obama took the oath, administered by Chief Justice John Roberts, in the Blue Room of the White House, using a bible that belonged to First Lady Michelle Obama’s paternal grandparents.

 

 

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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office to President Barack Obama during the official swearing-in ceremony in the Blue Room of the White House on Inauguration Day, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. First Lady Michelle Obama, holding the Robinson family Bible, along with daughters Malia and Sasha, stand with the President. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

 

 

 

Vice President Biden was sworn in by Justice Sonia Sotomayor in front of family and friends in a ceremony at the Naval Observatory. Vice President Biden took the oath using the Biden family bible.

 

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The President and Vice President also participated in a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery this morning. Later today, they will attend an inaugural reception.

 

 

p012013ps-0055President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden pause during a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., on Inauguration Day, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. Major General Michael S. Linnington, Commanding General of the Military District of Washington, D.C., accompanies them. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

Tomorrow, President Obama will deliver his second inaugural address from the Capitol. Tune in tomorrow to whitehouse.gov/inauguration to watch the public ceremony and speech live, starting at 11:00 a.m. EST.

 

Below, watch President Obama speak in his own words about what this inauguration means to him.

 

 

What this Inauguration Means to Our President

 

Published on Jan 18, 2013

President Obama talks about his favorite memories from his first Inauguration and what this Inauguration means to him.

 

 

 

 

 

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden Celebrate the Inauguration with Military Families

 

Colleen Curtis
By  Colleen Curtis  January 20, 2013  The White House Blog

 

The First and Second Ladies of the United States got an early start on the 2013 Inauguration celebrations at a concert honoring our military families.

 

The Kids Inaugural: Our Children, Our Future was hosted by Nick Cannon and featured artists including Katy Perry, Usher, the cast of “Glee,” Far East Movement and Mindless Behavior. JR Martinez, the Army hero who won “Dancing with the Stars,” also joined Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden for the event, which was held at the Washington Convention Center.

 

Dr. Biden said the concert was a chance to show military kids how much the country appreciates the sacrifices they make while their parents are serving.

 

The First Lady told the crowd that while she loves “every single minute” of the inaugural celebrations, the Kids Concert was the true highlight:

 I have to tell you that my very favorite part of this entire weekend is being right here with all of you. Absolutely. Because for me, this is what inauguration is all about. It’s about celebrating who we are as Americans and all the things that make this country so great. And when I think about who we are, when I think about what makes America great, I think about all of you –our men and women in uniform, our military spouses, and our amazing military kids.

 

The concert was held in support of Joining Forces, the initiative launched by Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden to mobilize all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned.

 

 

January 20, 2013

Remarks by the First Lady and Dr. Biden at the Kids Inaugural Concert

 

 

January 19, 2013

Remarks by the President and the First Lady on Volunteering on National Day of Service

 

 

January 19, 2013

Statement by the President on the Terrorist Attack in Algeria

 

 

 

 

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The 57th Presidential Inauguration Swearing-In Ceremonies…In Photos….In Videos.


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

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46309_595284137164488_1642536341_nVice President Joe Biden was sworn in for a second term early this morning in a low-key ceremony at his official residence in Washington. Since inauguration day fell on a Sunday, Biden and President Obama chose to follow tradition and be sworn in privately today. They will reenact their oaths at Monday’s public inaugural ceremony at the Capitol.

 

 

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Every person has the exact same expression of surprise or shock on their face, except one, President Obama.

He is the only person in this photo who doesn’t have his mouth open and his eyebrows are neither raised or “knitted.”

His eyes only barely give away the fact that something intense is happening at that moment. It speaks volumes of his ability to stay cool and keep his emotions in check. My President always under control even in his intense moments!

 

 

 

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The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C., Oct. 14, 2011 – Photo by Pete Souza

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

 

Biden Sworn in for 2nd Term

 

Published on Jan 20, 2013

The day began with a morning swearing-in ceremony for Vice President Joe Biden, committing him to four more years as the nation’s second in command. (Jan. 20)

 

 

 

 

 

Forward: An Anthem for Obama’s Second Term

 

Published on Oct 26, 2012

A new anthem and music video celebrating President Obama’s inclusive message of moving the country forward together as Americans during his second term, produced by the Executive Producer behind the iconic 2008 “Yes We Can” music video with will.i.am.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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President Obama Officially Sworn In (C-SPAN)

 

Published on Jan 20, 2013

Seen on C-SPAN: In accordance with the requirements of the United States Constitution, President Obama was officially sworn-in on Sunday, January 20, 2013. Historically, Inaugural Ceremonies are not held on a Sunday because Courts and other public institutions are not open.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tonight’s Events:

 

8:45 pm EST: The President and the Vice President will deliver remarks at an inaugural reception at the National Building Museum. First Michelle Obama Lady and Dr Jill Biden will also deliver remarks.

 

 

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