Today’s Daily Word From Barack’s House

By Jueseppi B.






In Case You Missed It


Here are some of the top stories from the White House blog:


Weekly Address: Two Nominees Who Will Fight for the American People
President Obama discusses his nomination of Mary Jo White to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission and Richard Cordray to continue as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.



Weekly Wrap Up: Our People, Our Future
Here’s a quick glimpse at what happened last week on



Meet the Next White House Chief of Staff
President Obama has tapped Denis McDonough to serve as his Chief of Staff and lead the team at the White House



Today’s Schedule


All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST).


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



11:15 AM: The President and the Vice President meet with representatives from the Major Cities Chiefs Association and Major County Sheriffs Association.



12:30 PM: The President and the Vice President meet for lunch.



12:30 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney.



1:40 PM: The President welcomes the NBA Champion Miami Heat to the White House.







From The Associated Press:


A bipartisan group of leading senators has reached agreement on the principles of sweeping legislation to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws. The deal, which was to be announced at a news conference Monday afternoon, covers border security, guest workers and employer verification, as well as a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country.


Although thorny details remain to be negotiated and success is far from certain, the development heralds the start of what could be the most significant effort in years toward overhauling the nation’s inefficient patchwork of immigration laws.


President Barack Obama also is committed to enacting comprehensive immigration legislation and will travel to Nevada on Tuesday to lay out his vision, which is expected to overlap in important ways with the Senate effort.


Read the rest of the story at The Associated Press.




From Greg Sargent & The Washington Post:


Today a bipartisan group of Senators will unveil the framework for a major new immigration reform bill. You can read the framework right here. The most important fact about the plan is that it articulates as a policy goal the need to provide a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants. That was the bottom line for Senate Democrats and immigration reform advocates, and they got four Republican Senators to agree to it.


It’s the price Democrats paid for this concession that could be the problem. It’s a cliche to say at such moments that the “Devil is in the details,” but in this case, boy is the Devil ever in the details…..


The rest of the story can be read at The Washington Post.







WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama was meeting on Monday with police chiefs from the three U.S. communities that saw the worst mass shootings of 2012, as his administration continues its push to address gun violence.


Obama was to meet at the White House with the police chiefs from Aurora, Colorado, where 12 were killed; Oak Creek, Wisconsin, where six died in an assault on a Sikh temple; and Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were shot dead.


A White House official said representatives from the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the Major County Sheriffs Association will also participate. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the meeting publicly.







Statements and Releases


January 28, 2013

Readout of the President’s Call with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu



January 27, 2013

Daily Guidance for the Vice President



Next Up…

January 28, 2013 1:40 PM EST

President Obama Welcomes the NBA Champion Miami Heat to The White House


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A Thursday Evening Potpourri: Barack’s Blog

By Jueseppi B.





Bo, the Obama family dog, plays in the snow in the Rose Garden of the White House, Jan. 24 (Photo by Pete Souza)




Watch: “Fireside Hangout” with Vice President Biden on Reducing Gun Violence


This afternoon, Vice President Biden sat down with Americans from around the country to talk about proposals to reduce gun violence in a live Google+ Hangout. During the virtual roundtable, participants from all different backgrounds asked the Vice President about topics ranging from an assault weapons ban to the Second Amendment and from mental health checks to making our schools safer. In case you missed the event live, check out the full video below, and learn more about the plan.


This “Fireside Hangout” was hosted by Google and moderated by Hari Sreenivasan of PBS NewsHour with guests including: Guy Kawasaki, an author and technology expert; Phil DeFranco, a media entrepreneur and host of the Phil Defranco show on YouTube;  Theresa Ttillett, a mother and grandmother living in Hartford, CT; and Kimberley Blaine, a blogger and therapist who leads several parenting communities on Google+. This was the Vice President’s first hangout, and the first White House hangout of the second term.




White House Hangout with Vice President Joe Biden on Reducing Gun Violence


Published on Jan 24, 2013

Vice President Biden participates in a “Fireside Hangout” — a 21st century take on FDR’s famous radio addresses — to talk about reducing gun violence. The hangout was hosted by Google and moderated by Hari Sreenivasan of PBS NewsHour. Other participants included Guy Kawasaki and Philip DeFranco. January 24, 2013.






Vice President Joe Biden participates in a Google+ Hangout about the Administration’s efforts to reduce gun violence, in the Secretary of War Suite in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex. January 24, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)




President Obama: The American People Need Richard Cordray Standing Up for Them


Today, President Obama announced he would nominate Richard Cordray to continue as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, established by theWall Street Reform Act President Obama signed into law in 2010, is charged with overseeing the federal financial laws that specifically protect consumers—people who keep their money in banks and credit unions, pay for goods and services with their credit cards, and rely on loans to buy homes or pay for college, among other services.


“Over the last year, Richard has proved to be a champion of American consumers,” President Obama said.


Thanks to his leadership, we’ve made it tougher for families to be tricked into mortgages they can’t afford. We’ve set clearer rules so that responsible lenders know how to operate fairly. We’ve launched a “Know Before You Owe” campaign to help parents and students make smart decisions about paying for college. We’ve cracked down on credit card companies that charge hidden fees, and forced those companies to make things right. And through it all, Richard has earned a reputation as a straight shooter and somebody who’s willing to bring every voice to the table in order to do what’s right for consumers and our economy.


Have questions about how the Wall Street Reform Act is helping protect consumers? Watch the video below, or check out this handy explainer, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 101: Why We Need a Consumer Watchdog.





President Obama Makes a Personnel Announcement: Ms. Mary Jo White & Mr. Richard Cordray Appointments


Published on Jan 24, 2013

President Obama nominates Richard Cordray to continue as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Mary Jo White as Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission. January 24, 2013.






President Obama Nominates Mary Jo White to Run the SEC


President Obama announced today that he wants Mary Jo White, a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who has built a reputation as a tough and effective prosecutor with a proven record of bringing criminals to justice, to head up the Security and Exchange Commission in his second term.


As U.S. Attorney, White specialized in investigating and prosecuting large scale white collar crimes and complex securities and financial institution fraud — and won convictions against the terrorists responsible for bombing the World Trade Center and American embassies in Africa, as well as John Gotti, the head of the Gambino crime family. As President Obama saidduring the personnel announcement in the State Dining Room, “You don’t want to mess with Mary Jo.”

Behind the Scenes: What It’s Like to be Surprised by the President at the White House


It’s not unusual for guests on the White House tour to harbor a secret hope that they just might bump into the President, Mrs. Obama or even Bo as they make their way through the historic rooms that serve double duty as home to our First Family. In reality, it almost never happens, which is why these visitors found themselves nearly speechless on Tuesday, when three of the Obamas surprised them with an impromptu welcome in the Blue Room. Check out their reactions, below:


Behind the Scenes: Surprising White House Visitors




Published on Jan 24, 2013

Go behind the scenes at the White House as President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama surprise visitors on tour at the White House the day after the President’s second inauguration.




President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama Surprise White House Visitors


Published on Jan 22, 2013

The President, First Lady, and Bo make an unannounced appearance in the Blue Room to greet visitors during a public tour of the White House. January 22, 2013.







Statements and Releases


January 24, 2013

Statement by the President on the Opening of Combat Units to Women






Statement by the President on the Opening of Combat Units to Women

Today, by moving to open more military positions—including ground combat units—to women, our armed forces have taken another historic step toward harnessing the talents and skills of all our citizens.  This milestone reflects the courageous and patriotic service of women through more than two centuries of American history and the indispensable role of women in today’s military.  Many have made the ultimate sacrifice, including more than 150 women who have given their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan—patriots whose sacrifices show that valor knows no gender.


Earlier today I called Secretary of Defense Panetta to express my strong support for this decision, which will strengthen our military, enhance our readiness, and be another step toward fulfilling our nation’s founding ideals of fairness and equality.  I congratulate our military, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for the rigor that they have brought to this process.  As Commander in Chief, I am absolutely confident that—as with the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’—the professionalism of our armed forces will ensure a smooth transition and keep our military the very best in the world.    Today, every American can be proud that our military will grow even stronger with our mothers, wives, sisters and daughters playing a greater role in protecting this country we love.











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