TheObamaCrat™: West Wing Week 02/07/14 or “POTUS Cam!”


 

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West Wing Week 02/07/14 or “POTUS Cam!”

 

Adam Garber
Adam Garber

February 07, 2014
02:30 PM EST

 

 

This week, the President urged action on long-term unemployment, hung out on Google+ for his first virtual road trip, announced major private-sector commitments to expand broadband Internet for students, spoke with both House and Senate Democrats, and joined the First Lady for the National Prayer Breakfast. The First Lady helped students get a leg up with filing for financial aid, and the Vice President unveiled Amtrak’s new Cities Sprinter electric locomotive.

 

Friday, January 31st

  • The President and the Vice President signed a Presidential Memorandum calling for a federal commitment to support workforce development.
  • Later that day, the President participated in a series of Google+ Hangouts with Americans across the country to answer their questions as a part of his first-ever virtual road trip.

 

Tuesday, February 4th

 

Wednesday, February 5th

  • The President spoke at the Senate Democratic Issues Conference held at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
  • The First Lady and the Secretary of Education spoke to students and their families at T.C. Williams High School in Virginia on the topic of students filing their FAFSA forms for student aid.

 

Thursday, February 6th

  • The President, the Vice President, and the First Ladyattended the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton.
  • The Vice President traveled to Philadelphia to unveil Amtrak’s new Cities Sprinter electic locomotive to highlight the importance of infrastructure investments.
  • Later that day, the President hosted a bilateral meeting with President Martelly of Haiti.

 

 

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President Obama Has a Message for Team USA

 

Ezra Mechaber
Ezra Mechaber

February 07, 2014
11:43 AM EST

 

The Winter Olympics kick off tonight, and people across the globe will be watching.

 

As Team USA represents us on the world stage and goes for the gold, folks here at home will be cheering them on every step of the way.

 

President Obama recorded a special message of his own for Team USA. Watch his message to some of our nation’s greatest athletes — and make sure to watch the games tonight:

 

 

 

 

Sorry Mr. President but I must boycott Sochi  Winter Olympics.

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BUT you still My main Man!!

 

 

February 2014: Photo of the Day

 

Vice President Joe Biden sits at the controls of one of Amtrak's new "Cities Sprinter" electric locomotives at the 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, Pa., Feb. 6, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Vice President Joe Biden sits at the controls of one of Amtrak’s new “Cities Sprinter” electric locomotives at the 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, Pa., Feb. 6, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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Statements and Releases

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 2642

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 2642

On Friday, February 7, 2014, the President signed into law:

H.R. 2642, the “Agriculture Act of 2014,” which extends, expands, or modifies Federal agriculture and nutrition programs, including farm income support, crop insurance, conservation, credit assistance, trade, research, international food assistance, rural development, and other programs through the fiscal year 2018 crop year.

 

 

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

 

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

 

  • Bob Work – Deputy Secretary of Defense, Department of Defense
  • Cassandra Q. Butts – Ambassador to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Department of State
  • Matthew T. McGuire – United States Executive Director, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development

 

President Obama said, “I am pleased to announce that these experienced and committed individuals have agreed to join this Administration, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

 

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President Obama Announces Another Key Administration Post

 

President Obama Announces Another Key Administration Post

WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key Administration post:

 

  • Mark Green – Member, Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation

 

President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key Administration post:

 

Ambassador Mark Green, Nominee for Member, Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation

 

Ambassador Mark Green is the President of the International Republican Institute (IRI), a position he has held since January 2014.  Prior to joining IRI, Ambassador Green was President and CEO of the Initiative for Global Development.  From 2010 to 2013, Ambassador Green was a Member of the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation.  From 2011 to 2013, Ambassador Green was Senior Director of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.  From 2007 to 2009, he served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania.  Ambassador Green served four terms representing Wisconsin’s eighth congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Among his committee assignments, he served as a member of the House Committee on International Relations.  He received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin School of Law.

 

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Friday The 7th Of February, 2014. It’s A Busy Start To The Weekend.


 

By Jueseppi B.

Yes, God Has heard & answered your prayers.

Yes, God Has heard & answered your prayers.

 

White House Schedule – February 7th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR
FRIDAY , FEBRUARY 7th, 2014

 

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

 

Later in the morning, the President will travel to Lansing, Michigan. The departure from the South Lawn and the arrival at Capital Region International Airport are open press.

 

In the afternoon, the President will tour the Michigan Biotechnology Institute where the President will see firsthand what institutions are doing to create jobs and drive innovation that benefits farmers, ranchers, our rural communities, and our nation as a whole. There will be out-of-town travel pool coverage of the President’s tour. Following the tour, the President will deliver remarks at Michigan State University on the importance of the Farm Bill to America’s economy. Following his remarks, the President will sign the bipartisan Agriculture Act of 2014 into law. The President’s remarks are open to pre-credentialed media.

 

In the afternoon, the President will depart Lansing, Michigan en route Washington, DC. The departure from Capital Region International Airport and the arrival on the South Lawn are open press.

 

 

Friday, February 7 2014 All Times ET

 

9:45 AM: THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

10:30 AM: THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews, South Lawn.

 

10:45 AM: THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews.

 

12:15 PM: THE PRESIDENT arrives Michigan, Capital Region International Airport.

 

12:45 PM: THE PRESIDENT tours Michigan Biotechnology Institute,Lansing, Michigan.

 

2:10 PM: THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks and signs the bipartisan Agriculture Act of 2014, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

 

3:15 PM: THE PRESIDENT departs Michigan, Capital Region International Airport.

 

4:35 PM: THE PRESIDENT arrives Joint Base Andrews

 

 

4:50 PM: THE PRESIDENT arrives the White House, South Lawn.

 

Briefing Schedule

Press Secretary Jay Carney will gaggle aboard Air Force One

 

 

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President Obama’s Message to Team USA

 

Published on Feb 7, 2014

President Obamas says congratulations and good luck to everyone representing the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

 

 

 

Remarks by Vice President Biden on Infrastructure Investment

 

Published on Feb 7, 2014

Vice President Biden delivers remarks at an event highlighting the need for infrastructure investment and unveiling Amtrak’s new Cities Sprinter electric locomotive. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx also attended and spoke. This event was held at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, PA.

 

 

 

President Obama’s Bilateral Meeting with President Martelly of Haiti

 

Published on Feb 6, 2014

President Obama and President Martelly of Haiti speak to the press before a bilateral meeting to discuss the way forward in Haiti, and how the United States can continue to support the Haitian government’s efforts to promote economic growth and strengthen Haiti’s democracy. February 6, 2014.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks at the 2014 National Prayer Breakfast

February 06, 2014 | 20:04 |Public Domain

 

President Obama delivers remarks to legislators, officials, and clergy from all faiths and political ideologies at the annual National Prayer Breakfast.

 

 

 

 

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Labor Department Numbers Are Out:
Unemployment falls to 6.6 percent, 113,000 jobs added in January. The Labor Department says employers added 113,000 jobs in January.

 

Still, more people began looking for work in January, and some of the jobless were hired, reducing the unemployment rate to 6.6 percent. That’s the lowest since October 2008.

 

Now what will the Reich Wing Spin Nuts talk about today? Benghazi.

 

 

Jason Furman
Jason Furman

February 07, 2014
09:30 AM EST

 

Today’s report is another reminder of both the progress that has been made and the challenges that remain. Businesses have now added 8.5 million jobs over the last 47 months and the unemployment rate ticked down to its lowest level in more than five years. But the economy is still healing from the Great Recession and steps are still needed to expand economic opportunity. Given the elevated long-term unemployment rate, extending emergency unemployment benefits for the 1.7 million workers who lost them is critical. At the same time, the President will continue to focus on action, both pushing forward on priorities with Congress and using his pen and his phone to expand opportunity and growth.

 

FIVE KEY POINTS IN TODAY’S REPORT FROM THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

1. The private sector has added 8.5 million jobs in 47 consecutive months of job growth. Today we learned that total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 113,000 in January, due to a 142,000 increase in private employment together with a 29,000 decline in government jobs. Private sector job growth was revised up for November (to 272,000) and December (to 89,000) so that over the past twelve months, private employment has risen by 2.3 million, or an average of 191,000 per month. These figures account for several data revisions released today, including benchmarking the survey-based data to more comprehensive tax records, updating the seasonal adjustment factors, and reclassifying a handful of industries.

 

2. While the overall unemployment rate continues to fall, it still remains unacceptably high, reflecting more than 3.6 million long-term unemployed. The unemployment rate has fallen 1.3 percentage point in the last 12 months, and fell in January 0.1 percentage point, even as the labor force participation rate rose 0.2 percentage point. But as of January 2013, persons unemployed 27 weeks or more represent 2.3 percent of the labor force, more than double its average prior to the recession. These figures provide a stark reminder that despite the progress that has been made, the after-effects of the recession still linger and are creating hardship for many families. For this reason, the President has called on Congress to reinstate the extended unemployment insurance benefits that expired at the end of 2013, and in the absence of congressional action, the President will use his own authority to forge ahead with efforts to help connect the long-term unemployed with new jobs. Last week, the President announced commitments from over 300 companies – including 80 of the nation’s largest businesses – to adhere to a new set of best practices that will ensure recruiting processes do not disadvantage people who have been out of work, along with new funding for partnerships that connect the long-term unemployed to jobs.

 

3. Unemployment rates continue to vary widely by educational attainment, from just 3.2 percent for workers (age 25+) who completed college to 9.6 percent for workers without a high school diploma. The economic benefits of going to college are substantial: in January 2014, the unemployment rate for workers who completed college was less than half the unemployment rate for workers with only a high school diploma. Moreover, increased education leads to higher wages and is associated with substantially greater upward mobility. The President continues to press ahead with steps to make college more accessible and affordable, and last month announced commitments from more than 150 universities, businesses, and nonprofits to help more low-income students access and succeed in college.

 

4. In January, the economy typically experiences the sharpest seasonal swing in employment, partly reflecting the unwinding of temporary holiday season retail hiring.During successive Januarys from 2000 to 2013, unadjusted employment fell by an average of 2.8 million, and January 2014 was in line with this pattern, as unadjusted employment again fell by 2.9 million. The Bureau of Labor Statistics uses statistical techniques to adjust the industry-level data for predictable seasonal swings, and reported a seasonally-adjusted increase of 113,000 in total nonfarm payroll employment for January. While seasonal adjustment allows monthly jobs reports to be more easily compared and interpreted, the fact that seasonality varies over time adds an additional margin of error to monthly estimates from the payroll survey.

 

5. Looking over the last 47 consecutive months of private sector job growth, the construction sector had its strongest single month of job growth in January 2014, adding 48,000 jobs. Part of this strength may reflect a bounce-back from weaker job growth in December, when construction shed 22,000 jobs. In contrast, education and health services saw its weakest month of job growth over the past 47 months, with employment in this sector falling by 6,000 in January. Education and health services employment has risen by an average of 31,000 per month over the last 47 months, but has declined in each of the last two months. Across other sectors, manufacturing had an above-average month, adding 21,000 jobs in January, while the Federal government shed 12,000 jobs, near the lower end of its recent range.

 

As the Administration stresses every month, the monthly employment and unemployment figures can be volatile, and payroll employment estimates can be subject to substantial revision. Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report and it is informative to consider each report in the context of other data that are becoming available.

 

 

Fill Out Your FAFSA, Get Help Paying for College

 

Vice President Biden Speaks at the Annual United Auto Workers Conference

 

SOTU by the Numbers

 

Enduring Partnership with Haiti

 

Six Economic Benefits of the Affordable Care Act

 

FACT SHEET: Opportunity For All : Establishing a New “Made In Rural America” Export and Investment Initiative

 

STAT SHEET: Opportunity For All – CEA Highlights of Recent Farm Sector and Rural Economy Performance

 

 

Organizing for Action features Chicago area couple in making the case for Obamacare

 

WASHINGTON—The Chicago-based Organizing for Action—the group spawned out of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign—is continuing to backstop the White House on making the case for Obamacare, the latest a web video featuring a couple from suburban Hillside.

 

The video features a couple, Amanda and Solomon who married in January, 2013.

 

They do not have full-time jobs. Amanda, 29, is an adjunct writing instructor at a university in Chicago and cannot get health insurance through her employer. She stayed on her parents policy until she was 24. She is too old to have benefited from the Affordable Care Act feature of mandating policies to keep kids on a parents plan until the age of 26.

 

Amanda could not find a plan she could afford, so she went without insurance.

 

Solomon, 31, was a medical school student until he graduated last year and is applying for medical residencies. His medical school offered an insurance plan, but he did not purchase it because of the price.

 

After they married, they found coverage—for about $1,500 a month for each of them. They could not afford $3,000 monthly.

 

BOTTOM LINE: Under Obamacare, they are now enrolled in a Gold Plan with Blue Cross Blue Shield that costs about $490 a month for the both of them, with an additional dental plan that costs about $100 monthly. They do not get a subsidy.

 

This is why health care reform matters: Amanda and Solomon’s story

 

Published on Feb 5, 2014

Amanda and Solomon went without health insurance for years because coverage would have cost them more than $3,000 a month. Now, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, they’re covered. Watch their story and tell yours:http://www.barackobama.com/health-car…

 

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Thursday The 6th Of February, 2014. Prayer Breakfast Time.


 

By Jueseppi B.

YOU Gone Sleep All Day? Wake Up.

YOU Gone Sleep All Day? Wake Up.

 

White House Schedule – February 6th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 6th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6th, 2014

 

In the morning, the President, the Vice President, and the First Lady will attend the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton. The President will deliver remarks. This event is pooled press.

 

In the afternoon, the President will hold a bilateral meeting with President Martelly of Haiti in the Oval Office. The meeting serves as an opportunity to discuss President Martelly’s vision for promoting economic growth and further strengthening Haiti’s democracy. There will be a pool spray at the top of the meeting.

 

Thursday, February 6 2014 All Times ET

 

8:00 AM: The President, the Vice President, and the First Lady attend the National Prayer Breakfast; the President delivers remarks, Washington Hilton.

 

12:00 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

1:00 PM: The Vice President delivers remarks at an event highlighting the need for infrastructure investment and unveiling Amtrak’s new Cities Sprinter electric locomotive, 30th Street Station.

 

2:15 PM: The President holds a bilateral meeting with President Martelly of Haiti, Oval Office.

 

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On Thursday, the President will deliver remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast. The Vice President and the First Lady will also attend. Later, the President will meet with President Martelly of Haiti at the White House.

 

 

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Vice President Biden Speaks on Infrastructure Investment

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This is the First Time Our Judicial Pool Has Been This Diverse

 

The men and women the President has nominated to enforce our laws and deliver justice represent his unprecedented commitment expanding the diversity of our nation’s highest courts. That’s a big deal — so if you learned something new here, pass it on.

 

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Champion of African American History: Carter G. Woodson

 

First Lady Michelle Obama: “I’m First”

 

 

 

USDA’s Climate Hubs: Providing Targeted Solutions to Modern Challenges

 

 

 

President Obama Visits a Middle School Classroom – and Borrows a Student’s iPad

 

 

 

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Press Briefing

February 5, 2014 | 1:07:06 |Public Domain

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

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks on ConnectED

 

Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama at a FAFSA Workshop

 

Published on Feb 5, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) workshop at the T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA. The workshop included high school seniors filling out the FAFSA form, their parents, and high school counselors.

 

This workshop highlighted the recent release of the 2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and resources available to help students access higher education. The Department of Education has worked to ensure that the FAFSA is an inclusive form that reflects the diversity of American families, and in recent years has revised the form to significantly decrease the amount of time and information it takes to complete.

 

 

 

2014 Presidential Hangout Road Trip Highlights

 

Published on Feb 1, 2014

On Friday, January 31, President Obama “traveled” the country in a virtual whistlestop tour. He joined Google+ Hangouts with people from across the United States to answer their questions face-to-face, and hear their thoughts about the topics he addressed in his State of the Union speech. Here are some highlights from his Hangout Road Trip.

 

 

 

CBO Director: ACA will *reduce* unemployment

 

 

 

Speeches and Remarks/Statements and Releases

 

Remarks by the First Lady at FAFSA Workshop

 

President Obama Announces Intent to Nominate Cheryl Ann Krause to Serve on the United States Court of Appeals

 

President Obama Announces Intent to Nominate Four to Serve on the United States District Courts

 

President Obama Updates Presidential Delegation to the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games

 

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on the U.S.-Iraq Energy Joint Coordination Committee Meeting

 

Statement by the President

 

 

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Yes, God Has heard & answered your prayers.

Yes, God Has heard & answered your prayers.

This is class warfare.

This is class warfare.

Happy 69th birthday Mr. Bob Marley.

Happy 69th birthday Mr. Bob Marley.

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The second gay Black judge nominated by Barack Hussein Obama for a federal judgeship. The first was blocked by GOP Sen. Marco Rubio. This is Judge Darrin Gayles

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For HuMpDaY The 5th Of February, 2014. 9 Months Till Mid-Terms!


 

By Jueseppi B.

Wake The "Samuel L. Jackson" UP America.
Wake The “Samuel L. Jackson” UP America.

 

White House Schedule – February 5th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 5th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5th, 2014

 

In the morning, the President and Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, and later in the morning the President will meet with senior advisors. These meetings in the Oval Office are closed press.

 

In the afternoon, the President will meet with Democratic Senators at the Senate Democratic Issues Conference at Washington Nationals Park. This meeting is closed press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President and Vice President will meet with Secretary of the Treasury Lew. This meeting is closed press.

 

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

 

 

Wednesday, February 5 2014 All Times ET

 

10:45 AM: THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

11:30 AM:  THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors, Oval Office.

 

 

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

 

 

1:45 PM: THE PRESIDENT meets with Democratic Senators at the Senate Democratic Issues Conference, Washington Nationals Park.

 

4:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT meet with Secretary of the Treasury Lew, Oval Office.

 

 

4:45 PM: THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT meet with Secretary of State Kerry, Oval Office.

 

 

President Obama  Week Ahead Schedule: Feb. 5th, 2014 – Feb. 7th, 2014.

 

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On Wednesday, the President will deliver remarks at the Senate Democratic Issues Conference.

 

On Thursday, the President will deliver remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast. The Vice President and the First Lady will also attend. Later, the President will meet with President Martelly of Haiti at the White House.

 

Details about Friday’s schedule will be released as they become available

 

 

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Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

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President Obama Speaks on ConnectED

February 04, 2014 | 20:21 |Public Domain

 

President Obama announces major progress toward his ConnectED initiative, which will connect 99% of students to next-generation broadband and wireless technology within five years.

 

 

 

Press Briefing

February 04, 2014 | 1:12:41 |Public Domain

 

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

South Carolina’s battle over Medicaid expansion

 

Published on Feb 3, 2014

After the Supreme Court ruled that states were not obligated to expand their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, South Carolina was one of the first to opt out. PBS NewsHour’s Mary Jo Brooks reports on the effects for residents who are still uninsured, plus a small alternative program designed to reach some of them..

 

 

 

President Obama on Raising the Minimum Wage

 

Published on Feb 4, 2014

During a virtual road trip on Google+, President Obama answers a question from Darnell Summers, a fry cook at a fast-food restaurant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, about raising the minimum wage.

 

 

 

Statement by the President

I applaud this morning’s news that CVS Caremark has decided to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in its stores, and begin a national campaign to help millions of Americans quit smoking instead.  As one of the largest retailers and pharmacies in America, CVS Caremark sets a powerful example, and today’s decision will help advance my Administration’s efforts to reduce tobacco-related deaths, cancer, and heart disease, as well as bring down health care costs – ultimately saving lives and protecting untold numbers of families from pain and heartbreak for years to come.  I congratulate – and thank – the CEO of CVS Caremark, Larry Merlo, the board of directors, and all who helped make a choice that will have a profoundly positive impact on the health of our country.

 

 

Statement by the President

Today, in a strong bipartisan vote, the U.S. Senate came together to pass a comprehensive Farm Bill – legislation that will build on the historic economic gains in rural America over the past five years, create new jobs and opportunities, and protect the most vulnerable Americans.  This bill provides certainty to America’s farmers and ranchers, and contains a variety of commonsense reforms that my Administration has consistently called for, including reforming and eliminating direct farm subsidies and providing assistance for farmers when they need it most.  It will continue reducing our deficits without gutting the vital assistance programs millions of hardworking Americans count on to help put food on the table for their families.  And it will support conservation of valuable lands, spur the development of renewable energy, and incentivize healthier nutrition for all Americans.   As with any compromise, the Farm Bill isn’t perfect – but on the whole, it will make a positive difference not only for the rural economies that grow America’s food, but for our nation.

 

 

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President Obama Visits a Middle School Classroom – and Borrows a Student’s iPad

 

VA Offers New Tools to Ensure Post-9/11 GI Bill Beneficiaries Are Informed Consumers

 

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Apply for the Chance to Attend a White House State Visit Arrival Ceremony

 

 

Embattled Gov. Christie hits the road: Chicago Feb. 11; stops in Texas, D.C.

 

WASHINGTON–Embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hits the road, with fundraisers and a speech in Chicago on Feb. 11 for the Republican Governor’s Association with stops in Texas, here and other outposts in the coming weeks.

 

Christie is intent on keeping a high profile while the George Washington Bridge probe continues. Christie, the RGA chair, is responsible for raising millions of dollars; it’s too early to say yet if the unfolding bridge scandal handcuffs Christie’s ability to raise campaign cash.

 

On Feb. 6 Christie headlines funders in Dallas and Fort Worth.

 

On Feb. 11 Christie delivers a speech to The Economic Club of Chicago which the RGA says is going to be open press and is being billed as a “conversation luncheon.” Following the speech, Christie has a series of RGA fundraising events followed by an RGA dinner.

 

As I reported earlier, Christie is in Washington Feb. 21-24 for the National Governors Association annual winter meeting, where the RGA–as is the Democratic Governors Association–will be holding fundraising events.

 

On March 6, Christie talks to the Conservative Political Action Conference–known as CPAC–at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center outside Washington.

 

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President Obama Speaks At House Democratic Issues Conference


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

 

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President Obama arrives to make remarks to the House Democratic Issues Conference at the Lansdowne Resort in Virginia, February 7.

 

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

February 07, 2013

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

 

 

February 07, 2013

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Speeches and Remarks

 

February 07, 2013

Remarks by the President at House Democratic Issues Conference

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks at the House Democratic Issues Conference

 

Published on Feb 7, 2013

President Obama delivers remarks to the House Democratic Issues Conference. February 7, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

 

For Immediate Release  February 07, 2013
 
 
 

Remarks by the President at House Democratic Issues Conference

 

 

Lansdowne Resort
 
 
12:49 P.M. EST
 
 
 
 
 
THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you!  (Applause.)  Thank you, everybody.  Please have a seat.  Xavier, thank you for that very gracious introduction and your outstanding leadership.  
 
 
 
 
Let me begin by saying that I could not be happier that one of my most important friends and partners is still leading our Democrats in the House of Representatives.  I love Nancy Pelosi. Give her a big round of applause.  (Applause.)  Love Nancy Pelosi.  (Applause.)  Also, she just generates good-looking grandbabies.  (Laughter.)  They’re all so handsome and sharp and beautiful.  
 
 
 
 
 
To Steny Hoyer and Jim Clyburn, as well as Xavier and Joe Crowley, thank you so much for the great work that you guys are doing each and every day.  And to Steve Israel, who worked tirelessly to bring on 49 new outstanding members of this caucus. (Applause.)  I am looking forward to spending time with all 49 of you.  And hopefully we’ll be seeing you over at the White House and at various events, but obviously I know that you came here to get something done.  And I am looking forward to working with you every single day to make sure that we’re doing right by the people who sent us here.
 
 
 
 
 
Now, I actually just changed the format here.  I called an audible — because originally the way this was scheduled was I was just going to talk and then I was going to shake some hands, and I thought, since this is not a shy bunch, it might make sense for me to take some questions and some advice I’m sure you guys have for me.  (Laughter.)  So what I’m going to do is I’m just going to make s few points at the top, and then what I’d like is maybe Xavier or Steve or somebody can come up here, you can call on folks, and we’ll spend a little time with Q&A before I get a chance to say hello to everybody.  
 
 
 
 
 
And part of the reason I want to keep my remarks short is because I just made a pretty long speech a couple of weeks ago, and I’m about to make another next week, and I don’t want you guys tired of me.  (Laughter.)  
 
 
 
 
 
But, obviously, I’m deeply grateful to have been reelected, and I’m humbled by the support that I received from all across the country.  (Applause.)  And I said at the National Prayer Breakfast this morning — and I was telling the truth — I genuinely am humbled.  The fascinating thing about this job is the longer you’re in it, the more humble you get, and the more you recognize your own imperfections.  And you try to make up with effort and hard work those gaps in your personality or your intelligence that become so apparent to everybody on the daily news every day.  (Laughter.)  
 
 
 
 
But even as I think it’s important to be humbled by the privilege of this office and the privilege of serving in the United States Congress, even as it’s important not to read too much into any particular political victory — because this country is big, it is diverse, it is contentious, and we don’t have a monopoly on wisdom, and we need to remember that — despite all those things, I think it’s also important for us to feel confident and bold about the values we care about and what we stand for.  
 
 
 
 
And I tried to do that in my inauguration speech, and I’m hoping that we all do that over the next four years.  Because when I think about what it means to be a Democrat in this day and age, I start with the basic proposition that we are all created equal, that we’re all endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights.  And my governing philosophy and my interest in public service grows out of how we make that union more perfect for more people, day in, day out.  
 
 
 
 
And that starts with an economy that works for everybody.  Throughout my campaign, and throughout many of your campaigns, we talked about this bedrock notion that our economy succeeds and our economy grows when everybody is getting a fair shot and everybody is getting a fair shake and everybody is playing by the same rules.  That we have an economy in which we’re growing a vibrant middle class — that it grows from the middle out and the bottom up, not from the top down.  
 
 
 
 
 
And over the next four years as I work with this caucus and every caucus, the question I will ask myself on every item, every issue is, is this helping to make sure that everybody has got a fair shot and everybody is doing their fair share, and everybody is playing by the same rules.  Because I believe that is a growth agenda — not just an equity agenda, not just a fairness agenda  — that is a growth agenda.  That is when we have grown fastest.  
And that means that what you’ll hear from me next week, I’m going to be talking about making sure that we’re focused on job creation here in the United States of America.  (Applause.)  It means that we’re focused on education and that every young person is equipped with the skills they need to compete in the 21st century.  (Applause.)  It means that we’ve got an energy agenda that can make us less dependent on foreign oil, but also that we’re cultivating the kind of clean energy strategy that will maintain our leadership well into the future.  
 
 
 
 
 
It means that we’re going to talk about, yes, deficits and taxes and sequesters and potential government shutdowns and debt ceiling — we’ll talk about that stuff, but all from the perspective of how are we making sure that somebody who works hard in this country — a cop, or a teacher, or a construction worker, or a receptionist — that they can make it if they work hard, and that their kids can make it and dream even bigger dreams than they have achieved.
 
 
 
 
 
And obviously a lot of what we’ll be working on initially over the next few weeks is going to be on how do we deal with the sequester issue.  And I just want to make this quick point.  I had a press conference this week in which I reiterated I am prepared, eager, and anxious to do a big deal, a big package that ends this “governance by crisis” — (applause) — where every two weeks or every two months or every six months, we are threatening this hard-won recovery — where finally housing is starting to pick up, and commercial real estate is starting to do better, and the unemployment numbers are still too high, but we’re seeing some job growth, and businesses are investing and manufacturing is doing well — and we continue to have these self-inflicted crises here in Washington that suddenly leads everybody to tap the brakes.  
 
 
 
 
 
And so what I said this week was I want to do something big to provide certainty and steadiness for the economy and for American families.  And that means a balanced package that will reduce our long-term deficit and debt, but that still allows us to invest in those things that we need to grow right now — (applause) — because that’s also a deficit reduction agenda, us growing faster.
 
 
 
 
And in order to have a balanced package, that means that — we’ve already done a lot of cuts.  We’ve done some revenue now.  And so the rest of the way moving forward, we can do some additional reforms, and make our health care programs work better and make them more efficient, and we can cut our programs that we don’t need.  But it also means that we’ve got to be able to close some tax loopholes and deductions that the average American cannot take advantage of, to raise the revenue to actually do the job in a way that allows us to continue to grow.  (Applause.) 
 
 
 
 
Now, the reason this is relevant is because I gather — and I haven’t gotten this from firsthand sources, but from secondhand sources in the press — that our friends on the other side of the aisle, their position is:  We’re concerned about the sequester.  We recognize that just cutting the federal spending with a meat ax, as opposed to scalpel is probably damaging — it will damage our national security; it will damage our educational system.  We’ll have kids getting kicked off of Head Start.  It will mean people who have disabled kids suddenly having less help.
 
 
 
 
They recognize that the sequester is a bad idea, but what they’ve suggested is that the only way to replace it now is for us to cut Social Security, cut Medicare, and not close a single loophole, not raise any additional revenue from the wealthiest Americans or corporations who have a lot of lawyers and accountants who are able to maneuver and manage and work and game the system.  
 
 
 
 
And I have to tell you, if that’s an argument that they want to have before the court of public opinion, that is an argument I’m more than willing to engage in.  (Applause.)  Because I believe the American people understand that, yes, we need to reduce the deficit, but it shouldn’t just be on the backs of seniors; it shouldn’t just be on the backs of young people who are trying to get a college education; it should not just be on the backs of parents who are trying to give their kids a better start in life; that all of us have to participate — and that if, in fact, it’s important for us to make sure we’ve got a strong national defense and that we reduce our spending in a smart way, we sure as heck should be willing to ask those of us who are luckiest in this society to close a few loopholes and deductions that the average American doesn’t get.  
 
 
 
 
And if that’s the choice that we’ve got, I promise you we can win that debate because we’re on the right side of this argument.  And I expect that you guys will be with me on that.  (Applause.) 
 
 
 
 
Last point I’ll make — obviously economic growth is a priority.  But making sure that we’re opening up opportunity for everybody is also important.  And that’s why immigration reform is so critical.  (Applause.)  I said this is going to be a top priority and an early priority of my administration.  I am heartened to see Republicans and Democrats starting to be in a serious conversation about getting this done.  Now is the time.
 
 
 
 
I recognize that the politics aren’t always easy.  There are regional variations.  I understand that in some places this may end up being a tough issue.  But what I also know is that part of our strength is our youth and our dynamism, and our history for attracting talent from all around the globe.  And I’ve seen that talent in some of the young DREAMers that I’ve met who want to serve in our military, want to get an engineering degree, want to help build this country, want to start a business.  And I want to make sure that that American future is secured.
 
 
 
 
So we need to get immigration reform done.  And I’m going to be pushing hard to get it done early.  (Applause.)  
 
 
 
 
And we’re also going to have to make sure that we keep the American people safe, which means that we’re going to continue to work, even as we draw down our troops in Afghanistan, to go after those who would attack America.  
 
 
 
 
And we’ve got to be mindful about steps we can take to end the cycle of gun violence in this country.  And we should do so  — (applause) — recognizing that, again, there are regional differences here and we should respect those, and guns mean something different for somebody who grew up on a farm in a rural community than somebody who grew up in an inner city and they’re different realities and we have to respect them.  But what we know is the majority of responsible gun owners recognize we cannot have a situation in which 20 more of our children, or a 100 more of our children, or a 1,000 more of our children are shot and killed in a senseless fashion, and that there are some common-sense steps that we can take and build a consensus around. And we cannot shy away from taking those steps.
 
 
 
 
So the bottom line is this, people — we’ve got a lot of work to do.  What we’ve learned over the last four years — at least what I’ve learned over the last four years — is that it won’t be smooth; it won’t be simple.  There will be frustrations. There will be times when you guys are mad at me — (laughter) — and I’ll occasionally read about it.  But as long as we keep in mind why we came here in the first place; as long as we think back to whatever inspired each of us to say, maybe I can give something back, maybe I can make a difference, maybe my purpose here on Earth is not just thinking about what’s in it for me, but thinking about what’s in it for the broader community — for my neighborhood, for my state, for my country — if we keep that in mind every single day, I have no doubt that we will continue the extraordinary progress that we’ve made already.  
 
 
 
 
And as a byproduct of doing that good work and keeping that focus, I would expect that Nancy Pelosi is going to be Speaker again pretty soon.  (Applause.)   
 
 
 
All right?  So thank you very much, everybody.  God bless you.  Thank you.  (Applause.)
 
 
 
 
END
1:12 P.M. EST

 

 
 
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