Weekly Wrap Up: VP At The World Cup, Robotic Giraffes, The Medal of Honor, West Wing Week, The Twitter Storm™ And More.









Weekly Wrap Up: VP At The World Cup, Robotic Giraffes, The Medal of Honor And More.




This week, the President continued his fight against climate change, updated the American people on the situation in Iraq, hung out with a robotic giraffe at the first-ever White House Maker Faire, and paid tribute to our newest Medal of Honor recipient — and the Vice President cheered on the U.S. Men’s National Team at the World Cup.


Check out what you might have missed this week in our weekly wrap up:



He “Should Not Be Alive Today”


At the White House yesterday, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, a retired United States Marine. Corporal Carpenter received the medal for his courageous actions during combat operations against an armed enemy in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.


By all accounts, Kyle shouldn’t be alive today. On November 21, 2010, Kyle’s platoon woke up to the sound of AK-47 fire. As their compound began taking fire, Kyle and Lance Corporal Nicholas Eufrazio took cover up on a roof, low on their backs behind a circle of sandbags. And then a grenade landed nearby, its pin already pulled.



In the President’s remarks, he detailed the horrific events that followed:


When the grenade landed, other Marines in the compound looked up and saw it happen. Kyle tried to stand. He lunged forward toward that grenade, and then he disappeared into the blast. Keep in mind, at the time, Kyle was just 21 years old. But in that instant, he fulfilled those words of Scripture: “Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends.”


Learn more about Medal of Honor recipient Corporal Kyle Carpenter.



An Update on Iraq


Yesterday, after a meeting with his national security team, President Obama delivered a statement from the White House Press Briefing Room on the situation in Iraq and the U.S. response.



Read the President’s full statement here.



The First-Ever White House Maker Faire

Banana pianos, giant red weather balloons, POTUS pancakes, and a 17-foot robotic giraffe on the South Lawn. These were all part of the first-ever White House Maker Faire on Wednesday, hosted by President Obama.



The event brought together more than 100 students, entrepreneurs, engineers, and researchers from 25 states — all of whom love to “Make” stuff. Check out the Storify here.



One Team, One Nation


On Monday night, Vice President Biden cheered on the U.S. men’s soccer team as they defeated Ghana in their first game of the World Cup in Brazil. The Vice President talked about the experience and visited with the team in the locker room after their thrilling victory.



The Vice President wrote, “As I told the guys in the locker room after the game, they truly do represent one team, one nation united.”




“This Is a Fight That America Must Lead”


Last weekend, President Obama traveled to California to congratulate the University of California, Irvine’s 2014 graduating class and challenged them to get involved in the fight against climate change.



The President spent much of his speech urging graduates to fight the cynicism and naysayers and to act on climate change — “one of the most significant long-term challenges that our country and our planet faces.”



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This week, the President visited Lakota Country, the land of the Anteaters, and Pittsburgh’s Tech Shop, while at home he hosted the first-ever Maker Faire and awarded the Medal of Honor.


















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Statements and Releases


Statement by the President on World Refugee Day


Fact Sheet: The Economic Challenge Posed by Declining Pollinator Populations


Background Conference Call by Senior Administration Officials on Iraq


President Obama Announces His Intent to Nominate Carolyn Watts Colvin as Commissioner of Social Security


FACT SHEET: Unaccompanied Children from Central America


Readout of the Vice President’s Call to President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras


FACT SHEET: The United States and New Zealand: Forward Progress


White House Releases the United States Counter Piracy and Maritime Security Action Plan


Op-Ed by President Obama on the 70th Anniversary of the GI Bill


Notice to Congress — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to North Korea


Press Call on Efforts to Enhance Enforcement on the Southwest Border


White House Report: Nine Facts About American Families and Work


Statement by the President



Speeches and Remarks


Remarks by the First Lady at Summer Learning Day Event



Op-Ed by President Obama on the 70th Anniversary of the GI Bill

In an op-ed published in Military Times, President Obama reflects on the 70thAnniversary of the GI Bill, and how the investments we make in veterans help produce the leaders America needs.


The following op-ed by President Obama appeared in Military Times


You pick the school, and we’ll help pick up the bill.


That’s the basic promise America made to our veterans of World War II seventy years ago with the signing of the original GI Bill.  It’s the same promise we’re keeping with our newest veterans and their families through the Post-9/11 GI Bill.  Now as then, investing in the education and skills of our veterans is one of the smartest investments we can make in America.


For some eight million World War II veterans, the original GI Bill meant the chance to realize a college education, get on-the-job training or buy their first home.  They became teachers and small business owners, doctors and nurses, engineers and scientists.  One of them was my grandfather.  A soldier in Patton’s Army, he came home, went to college on the GI Bill and raised his family.  In his later years he helped raise me, too.


The GI Bill also transformed America.  With the careers it sparked, the homes it helped our veterans buy, and the prosperity it generated, it paid for itself several times over and helped lay the foundation for the largest middle class in history.


Like generations before them, our men and women in uniform today deserve the chance to live the American Dream they helped to defend.  That’s why, under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, we’ve already helped more than one million veterans and family members pursue their education.


Now, with our troops coming home from Afghanistan and a new generation of veterans returning to civilian life, even more will be eligible for this opportunity in the years to come.  As Commander in Chief, I want everyone who is eligible to know what the Post-9/11 GI Bill can do for them.  A good place to start is benefits.va.gov/gibill/, which has important information on the benefits available, including assistance to help pay for tuition, housing and books, and how to transfer benefits to a family member.


As veterans and their families think about which school is right for them, it’s worth considering several factors.


Does the school adhere to our Principles of Excellence?  We created these standards to protect our veterans from dishonest recruiting and predatory practices.  For example, does the school provide students with a clear statement of all costs?   Does it provide students with a point of contact for financial advice?  Does it provide a clear educational plan, so you get what you pay for?  So far about 6,000 colleges and universities have signed on to our principles and pledged to do right by our veterans and their families.


Does the school foster an environment that supports veterans?  Under the “8 Keys to Success” we unveiled last year, there are specific steps colleges and universities can take to truly welcome and encourage veterans on campus.  For example, is there a culture of inclusiveness that invests in veterans’ academic success?  Is there a centralized place on campus that coordinates services for veterans?  Are faculty and staff trained to understand the unique needs of veterans and how to best serve them?  So far nearly 400 colleges and universities have joined this effort to help our veterans complete their education and get their degree.


Even with the Post-9/11 GI Bill, will you still need student loans?  The high cost of college is leaving too many students, including veterans, in debt.  That’s why, even as we work to make college more affordable, we’re doing more to protect students from crushing debt.  We’re making it easier to automatically reduce the interest rates our service members and veterans pay on their student loans.  Congress can also do its part by passing legislation that would allow veteran attending a state college or university to pay in-state tuition, regardless of their residency.


Finally, when you go looking for that civilian job, are you taking advantage of the latest resources?  Our improved transition assistance program helps our newest veterans and their spouses plan their new careers.  We’re making it easier for veterans to transfer their military training to the licenses and credentials needed for civilian jobs.  We’re matching veterans looking for jobs with companies looking to hire veterans and military spouses through our Veterans Employment Center, online at ebenefits.va.gov.  Every company in America needs to know—if you want someone who will get the job done, hire a veteran.


The original GI Bill helped produce a generation of leaders, including three presidents, three Supreme Court Justices, more than a dozen Nobel laureates, and two dozen Pulitzer Prize winners.  Once again, the investments we make in our newest veterans today will produce the leaders America needs tomorrow.  On this 70th anniversary, we pledge to uphold that promise once more and keep our veterans and our country strong for decades to come.






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Staples You Suck: Printed Copy Of Petition To Be Delivered To Staples Corporate Today!


By Jueseppi B.




Printed copy of Petition to be Delivered to Staples Corporate Today!


By Sue Whistleblower


This is it! The day where all our hard work pays off! A 10 lb box of printed signatures was sent to Staples Corporate Headquarters and is scheduled to be delivered today!


If Staples doesn’t respond within a week, I would like to schedule a Call-In to the Office of the President on Monday February 3rd.

Thanks again for your continued support!
The following letter was included with the petition signatures:
Sue Whistleblower
1660 Soldiers Field Road
Brighton, MA 02135
January 18, 2014
Ron Sargent
Chief Executive Officer
500 Staples Drive
Framingham, MA 01702
Dear Ron Sargent:
I am a part-time employee of your company, Staples. I have served Staples faithfully for many years, and have earned your company far more income than you have paid me over that time. On January 4th, 2014, a policy was enacted at your retail stores that limited part-time employees to 25 hours a week. I have worked over 25 hours a week for the entirety of my employment at your company, as have a vast majority of your part-time staff. I inquired about the reason of the policy up the chain of command, and was not given a straight answer at every level.
It is for this reason, that we the part-time employees of Staples, hereby petition your company for the following actions:
1. Amend your policy to at least 35 hours a week for part-time employees or abolish said policy.
2. If there are reasons this cannot be done, Staples is to make an honest and truthful public statement as to why.
You are probably wondering under what authority we as employees have the right to demand such changes from the CEO of a company. As Customer Service Representatives, it is not only our duty to represent the company to the customer, it is also our duty to represent the customer to the company. Enclosed is a printed copy of over 200,000 signatures of people who disagree with your current actions and demand you change your policy. Most of them are your customers and have pledged not to shop at your stores until you take corrective action.
We know that thousands of other companies have been enacting similar policies for one reason, the Affordable Health Care Act. We also know that the medical insurance you currently offer through Aetna does not meet the minimum standards of the law. The ACA states that any employee working over 30 hours a week is entitled to health insurance, or the company faces steep fines. We understand that paying those fines would be an unacceptable cost to your corporation. However, we encourage Staples to be more open as to why this company is enacting such changes. If complying with the law would cost Staples hundreds of millions of dollars, then speak out!
If you truly need to enact such policies to avoid hefty fees, and to give you time to research ways to comply with the law that meet the needs of both the company and its employees, then please make this known in a public statement!
We also hereby inform you that we will use all lawful means to petition your company until we receive an answer, and that this letter will be distributed to all petition signers.
Sue Whistleblower
Petition Executor
Enclosed: 201,751 petition signatures from Change.org

Twas The Night Before Christmas & ALL Through Staples….Employees Get Their Hours Cut To Avoid ObamaCARES.


By Jueseppi B.




On December 6th of 2013 I wrote this…. “Tis The Holiday Season” At Wal-Mart, a Wal-Mart employees mom’s account of an incident at her son’s Wal-Mart store. Now come a similar store about Staples.


The Petition: “Staples: Don’t Cut Part-Time Hours Because of Obamacare!.” 


My name is “Sue,” and I work at Staples. I can’t tell you my full name because I’m afraid I’ll lose my job for what I’m about to tell you: Staples recently decided to cut part-time employees’ hours just so they won’t have to provide health care benefits under Obamacare.


Staples is taking advantage of a loophole in the health care law that says employers don’t have to provide coverage for employees who work less than 30 hours a week. Staples also told managers to hire more part time workers if they need people to cover the schedule.


Cutting employees’ hours just to avoid paying for health care is not right. I can’t afford to make less money than I do now without taking on another job. That’s why I started a petition on Change.org asking Staples to not cut part-time employees’ hours and comply with Obamacare. Will you join me by signing my petition?


I’ve worked as an Easy-Tech Representative for 9 years now, selling thousands of computers, protection plans, and services. I typically work 30-35 hours in a week, so when I was told that my hours would be cut, I was heartbroken. I recently got married and we have a baby on the way — 25 hours a week is not enough to make ends meet, let alone start a family.


Staples doesn’t want to provide health care to its employees — but there is hope. Other chain employers such as Darden Restaurants (owners of Olive Garden and Red Lobster) reversed similar cuts after intense public pressure. And other corporations like Starbucks have pledged not to reduce part time hours.


By signing my petition, you’ll be amplifying the voices of thousands of Staples employees across the country who are afraid to speak out and can’t afford to have their hours cut. Click here to sign my petition demanding Staples follow the law and provide health care instead of cutting part-time employees’ hours.


Thank you for your support.

“Sue” Whistleblower




Sue’s Petition:


Staples: Don’t Cut Part-Time Hours Because of Obamacare!


I am writing this petition as an anonymous person, as I fear my employer will persecute me if they knew my identity. My trust in the company I work for has been shaken, as they have enacted a new policy to reduce our hours, and I believe they are not telling the whole truth as to why.


I have worked as an Easy-Tech Representative at Staples, sold countless thousands of computers, protection plans, and services, and have made Staples far more money than they have paid me. I typically work 30-35 hours in a week, and have so for about 9 years now. I enjoy working at Staples, and the staff at my store have come to depend on me. I love my job. I recently got married, and am pregnant with my first child.


However, in mid-December, the company announced to the staff at my store: A new policy of limiting ALL part-time workers to 25 hours a week — with NO exceptions — for reasons of “Scheduling Flexibility”.


This left me heartbroken, as I knew 25 hours a week wouldn’t let me make ends meet, let alone have enough to start a family!I questioned my co-workers as to why they would make such a drastic change. Even the General Manager couldn’t get a straight answer out of the upper management. So I decided to do a little digging, and with the help of the internet, I came across what appears to be the answer: The Affordable Healthcare Act aka “Obamacare.”


I read about how countless other companies were slashing part-time hours to use a loophole in the law: You don’t have to pay for healthcare if your employees don’t work more than 30 hours a week. I also learned that the Aetna medical insurance plan that Staples provided didn’t count, as it didn’t provide enough coverage to meet the minimums.


I was stunned. The TRUE reason was obvious: Staples didn’t want to follow the law and provide better heathcare to its employees. Instead, its giving its part-time workers a de facto pay cut and saving money by using a loophole.


However, there is hope. Other major employers such as Darden Restaurants (owners of Olive Garden and Red Lobster) rescinded similar cuts after intense pressure. Congress has also delayed the requirement until 2015, giving Congress time to sort things out. Corporations such as Starbucks and H-E-B have pledged NOT to reduce part time hours.


Will you join me in asking Staples to join companies like Starbucks and H-E-B to pledge NOT the cut part time employees’ hours? 


Ron Sargent, CEO of Staples
Don’t Cut Part-Time Hours Because of Obamacare! Join Starbucks and H-E-B in pledging not to cut hours!

[Your name]


Sign this petition





I received many comments on my Wal-Mart post alerting me that I only posted/reported one side of that story. So here’s a solution to that lie….if you have opposing information or facts to this Staples post or the Wal-Mart post, and when I say facts, thats exactly what I mean, then send that opposite side of the big box story to me, and I’ll post them.


Otherwise, miss me with your bull shit.



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“Tis The Holiday Season” At Wal-Mart


By Jueseppi B.



What Walmart did to my son


My son Kyle is a single dad who works incredibly hard to support his two children, who are 6 and 2. He doesn’t have a car, so he walks two miles every day to his job at Walmart so he can take care of his kids.


But last week, two days before Thanksgiving, Walmart fired Kyle — just for approving a price match on a turkey for an elderly customer. 





Here’s what happened: a customer came in and showed the cashier a lower price for a turkey from a competing retailer. As the customer service manager, my son authorized the cashier to match the competitor’s price. Three days later, Kyle’s manager told him he was fired because the turkey didn’t appear on the customer’s receipt at all, which is ridiculous, because it’s the cashier’s job to ring up customers, not Kyle’s!


Let me repeat that:

On Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 — just two days before Thanksgiving — my son, Kyle Jaglal, was fired from a Walmart store in Frankfort, Kentucky for price matching a turkey for an elderly customer who had an advertisement in hand. He broke no rules and adhered to Walmart’s price matching policy.


Kyle had been working at Walmart for about six months as a Customer Service Manager (CSM). On the Saturday before Thanksgiving, Kyle approved the price match for the elderly customer who was purchasing a turkey — a popular policy Walmart proudly advertises frequently. But on the following Tuesday, he was called to the back of the store by the manager and questioned about the turkey. As a customer service manager, Kyle’s job was to authorize or decline a price match. He authorized it and it was the cashier who rang up the sale. The manager said the turkey was not on the receipt. As it’s the cashiers job to conduct the sale, it doesn’t make sense that Kyle would be held responsible if she did not put the turkey on the receipt. But that’s exactly what happened. Kyle was immediately terminated just two days before Thanksgiving and told to turn in his badge.


Kyle was well-liked by customers and co-workers and passed his customer service test with flying colors. I would hate to think that he was fired because of his race (he’s one of only a handful of people of color who work at this Walmart location) or in retaliation for registering his concerns about a month earlier about bias and unfair treatment from another manager.


My son should not have been fired, and I’m not going to stand by while Walmart robs him of his ability to support his kids. Please click here to sign my Change.org petition demanding that Walmart give Kyle his job back.


Kyle lives in rural Kentucky, and he doesn’t have a lot of job options. He worked his way up to be a customer service manager at his local Walmart because he really needs that job to support his family. Kyle did not deserve to be fired, and his kids sure didn’t deserve to have their dad lose his job right at the start of the holidays.


Walmart has been publicly advertising its price match policy all through the holiday season, so I don’t understand why my son would get fired just for upholding the store’s own policy!


Please sign my petition to ask Walmart to give Kyle his job back. He is a single father of two young children and he walked the two miles to work and back every day in rain, snow or sleet and even 20 degree weather. He loved his job and he loved helping the people at Walmart.


Please sign my petition to get my son Kyle’s job back.


Thank you,

Caroline Wilson
Tampa, FL


Tell Walmart to rehire my son, Kyle Jagal, who was fired just because he approved a price match on a turkey for an elderly customer.


Walmart: Rehire employee fired for price matching turkey for elderly customer two days before Thanksgiving.






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