Barack After Dark™: Alicia & Michelle, Maria, Magic And North Carolina.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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As The Sun Sets…..It’s Time For Barack After Dark™

 

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The First Lady and Alicia Keys Discuss Education at the White House

January 15, 2014 | 23:11 |Public Domain

 

First Lady Michelle Obama hosts a discussion with education stakeholders about the challenges and best practices regarding education access in underserved communities.

 

 

 

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First lady Michelle Obama  speaking in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, where she hosted a screening of "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete," a coming of age story about two inner-city youth who are left to fend for themselves in the Bronx. Photo: Evan Vucci, AP

First lady Michelle Obama speaking in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, where she hosted a screening of “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete,” a coming of age story about two inner-city youth who are left to fend for themselves in the Bronx. Photo: Evan Vucci, AP

 

 

Megan Slack
Megan Slack

January 15, 2014
07:14 PM EST

 

President Barack Obama announces the nomination of Maria Contreras-Sweet, left, as Administrator of the Small Business AdministrationPresident Barack Obama announces the nomination of Maria Contreras-Sweet, left, as Administrator of the Small Business Administration, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium, Jan. 15, 2014. At right is Acting SBA Administrator Jeanne Hulit. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

 

America’s small businesses are on the front lines when it comes to creating jobs and new opportunities. They are the cornerstones of our communities, and can help lead the way as we continue to grow the economy and add jobs in the coming year.

 

“They’re part of the pact that America makes — the idea that if you work hard, if you take responsibility, then you can build something new,” President Obama said today.

 

“And that’s the dream that brought generations of hardworking immigrants to our shores, and that’s the idea that drives small business owners to create new products and expand their businesses every single day.”

 

Maria Contreras-Sweet, who President Obama announced this afternoon as his nominee to lead the Small Business Administration, knows first hand what it means to start a small business, and has a proven track record of helping other small businesses succeed.

 

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President Obama Nominates Maria Contreras-Sweet as SBA Administrator

January 15, 2014 | 11:09 |Public Domain

 

President Obama announces that he is nominating Maria Contreras-Sweet to lead the Small Business Administration.

 

 

She’s the founder of ProAmérica Bank, the first Latino-owned business bank in California in over 30 years. Its focus is small and medium-sized businesses in Latino neighborhoods. So not only did she start small businesses, but those have also been her customers, and she understands all too often that the lack of access to capital means a lack of opportunity.

 

As Secretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, Maria was the driving force behind major job creation and major public investments in infrastructure and in housing.

 

As a consultant, she helped companies expand into the Latino market. She’s a champion of women-owned and family-owned businesses … And as someone who moved to California from Mexico as a young girl, and whose mother worked long hours to support Maria and her five siblings, she knows firsthand the challenges that working families and recent immigrants are facing.

 

“So as we work to keep our economy growing, Maria will be charged with looking for more ways to support small businesses,” President Obama said, “to help them get that good idea off the ground, to expand, to hire, to sell their products and ideas not only in our domestic markets, but also overseas.  And I’m absolutely confident that she is going to do an outstanding job as our Small Business Administrator.”

 

 

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January 15, 2014
08:57 AM EST

 

No one plans to get sick or hurt — I certainly didn’t — but most people will need medical care at some point in their lives.

 

As an athlete, I understood the value of my health insurance. I knew that in my profession, injuries were common and could happen at any time.

 

It was important that I had the insurance needed to protect me in case I got hurt. It’s been almost 20 years since my playing days and having health insurance is still important to me. All athletes know that a broken bone, or knee surgery can cost a lot, and medical bills can add up. But it doesn’t just happen to professional athletes, it can happen to anybody. And, without health insurance, some medical treatments can cost thousands of dollars.

 

Magic Johnson: #GetCovered Because Earlier Detection Can Save People’s Lives

January 14, 2014 | 2:12 |Public Domain

 

Hall of Fame Basketball player, Entrepreneur and Activist Ervin “Magic” Johnson urges young americans to #GetCovered with the Affordable Care Act. Go to http://HealthCare.Gov and find the plan that best fits you.

 

 

The good news is, now you can finally get the health insurance you need. The new HealthInsurance Marketplace offers affordable, quality health insurance that can help you get the care you need without risking your life savings.

 

The Marketplace is a new, simpler way to purchase health insurance — all in one place. You can go online to find and compare options, determine if you qualify for lower costs, and enroll in the plan that’s right for you.

 

I encourage folks to check out my video and visit HealthCare.gov to determine your options.

 

Everyone should have the opportunity to get affordable, quality health coverage. There’s still time to enroll through March 31.

 

Protect your health — enroll today.

 


 

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Megan Slack
Megan Slack

January 15, 2014
05:30 PM EST

 

 

President Obama Speaks on the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation

January 15, 2014 | 18:46 |Public Domain

 

At North Carolina State University, President Obama announces new steps with the private sector to strengthen the manufacturing sector, boost advanced manufacturing, and attract good jobs with good wages that a growing middle class requires.

 

 

President Obama made two stops during his trip to Raleigh today: the first to tour a company called Vacon, where workers design the drives that power everything from elevators to the giant fans that help cool buildings, and the second to deliver remarks at North Carolina State University, home of one of the largest undergraduate engineering programs in the country.

 

“The reason I came here today is because we’ve got to do more to connect universities like NC State with companies like Vacon to make America the number-one place in the world to open new businesses and create new jobs,” President Obama explained.

 

And, to help make Raleigh-Durham a magnet for the good, high-tech manufacturing jobs that we need to grow the middle class and keep this country on the cutting edge, President Obama announced today that the area will be home to the nation’s newest manufacturing innovation hub.

 

Like the hub launched in Ohio last year to develop and train workers in 3-D printing technology, the Next Generation Power Electronics Innovation Institute in North Carolina will bring leading companies, universities, and federal research together under one roof to help develop the next generation of power electronics.

 

“Folks at this hub are going to develop what are called ‘wide bandgap semiconductors,’” President Obama said.

 

“For all you non-engineers out there,” he said, “here’s what it means in the simplest terms.”

 

Semiconductors, obviously, are at the heart of every piece of the electronics that we use every day — your smartphone, your television set, these days everything … Wide bandgap semiconductors, they’re special because they use up to 90 percent less power; they can operate at higher temperatures than normal semiconductors.

 

So that means they can make everything from cell phones to industrial motors to electric cars smaller, faster, cheaper.

 

“And the country that figures out how to do this first, and the companies that figure how to do this best,” President Obama said, “they’re the ones that are going to attract the jobs that come with it.”

 

President Obama first called on Congress in his 2013 State of the Union to create a network of manufacturing hubs all across the country. Over the summer, he encouraged lawmakers to pass legislation supporting an even larger network of 45 hubs.

 

Absent Congressional action, President Obama has directed his administration to move forward where they can, and today he said that in addition to the hubs in Ohio and North Carolina, plans are underway to launch two more in the coming weeks.

 

Together, these hubs will “help build new partnerships in areas that show potential,” President Obama said. “They’ll help to lift up our communities. They’ll help spark the technology and research that will create the new industries, the good jobs required for folks to punch their ticket into the middle class.”

 

And that’s what America is all about. We have always been about research, innovation, and then commercializing that research and innovation so that everybody can benefit.  And then we start selling our stuff all around the world, we start exporting it.  And we create good jobs, and middle-class families then are able to buy the products that result from this innovation.  And you get a virtuous cycle where everybody is doing better, and nobody is left behind.  And that’s what we can do if we pull together the way those companies and universities have pulled together as part of this bid.

 


 

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Related Topics: ManufacturingEconomyNorth CarolinaOhio

 

 

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C. Vacon Vice President Dan Isaksson.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C. Vacon Vice President Dan Isaksson.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

President Barack Obama tours Vacon, a research and development center and lab for high-power AC drives, in Durham, N.C.

 

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The President Nominates Maria Contreras-Sweet New Administrator Of The SBA


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Remarks by the President in Nominating Maria Contreras-Sweet as Administrator of the SBA

 

South Court Auditorium

3:46 P.M. EST

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much. Well, welcome to the White House.  And I am pleased to be joined by many of the people on the front lines when it comes to creating jobs and new opportunities — America’s small business owners.  And I want to thank all of them for the hard work and the sacrifice of these entrepreneurs, as well as the workers and the families across the country that have helped us pull ourselves out of one of the worst recessions in our history.

 

Now what we’re seeing is businesses having created more than 8 million new jobs since we hit bottom.  Manufacturing is growing, led by a booming auto industry.  Our investments have helped bring about new technologies, more affordable energy, and our slowing health care costs, all of which are making America even more attractive for investors.  And we’re starting to see a lot of the jobs that had left our shores in manufacturing, for example, starting to come back, because we put ourselves in a much more competitive position.

 

And so all the pieces are there to bring back even more new jobs to America this year, but it’s not going to happen by itself.  This has to be a year of action.  We got to keep our economy growing.  We got to make sure that our working families are sharing in growth and increasing success.  We’ve got to make sure that we’re creating more good jobs that pay good wages and provide families with some measure of security.  We’ve got to make sure that the recovery doesn’t leave anybody behind.

 

And that’s where our small businesses can help lead the way — because small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy.  They create most of the country’s new jobs.  They’re cornerstones of our communities.  And they’re part of the pact that America makes — the idea that if you work hard, if you take responsibility, then you can build something new.  You can make something of yourself.  You can leave something behind for your children.  And that’s the dream that brought generations of hardworking immigrants to our shores, and that’s the idea that drives small business owners to create new products and expand their businesses every single day.

 

And that’s one of the reasons why I made small business a priority from day one when I took this office.  It’s why we cut taxes for small business owners not once but twice — not once or twice, but 18 times in my first term.  Small business owners had a real tough time in the financial crisis.  When lending froze, they were the ones who were getting hit the hardest.  So my administration supported record amounts of lending to small businesses through the SBA — more than $130 billion to more than 225,000 small businesses during the course of five years.

 

We made it easier for small business to compete for and win federal contracts by eliminating unnecessary paperwork and cutting red tape, and accelerating payments to small business contractors through the “QuickPay” program so that they can maintain the cash flow that they need to grow their businesses and create more jobs.  And so in my first term, nearly $380 billion in federal contracts went to small business.  That’s almost $50 billion more than in the four years before I took office.

 

So I deeply believe in small businesses that can help to drive and continue the growth that we’ve already seen.  And I elevated the role of the Small Business Administrator to Cabinet level — to give small businesses a seat at the table when we are talking about our economic agenda.  I searched for an exceptional person to serve as the next leader of the SBA.  I wanted somebody with a proven track record of helping small businesses succeed; somebody who had firsthand experience both in the private sector and the public sector who can work with us and work with me to increase growth and expand opportunity.  I wanted somebody who understands entrepreneurs, and it would be even better if that somebody had actually started a business of her own.

 

And that’s why I’m so proud to nominate Maria Contreras-Sweet to be the next Administrator of the Small Business Administration.

 

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Maria knows how hard it is to get started on a business — the grueling hours, the stress, the occasional self-doubt — although I have not yet seen self-doubt out of Maria.

 

(Laughter.)  She knows it herself.  She’s the founder of ProAmérica Bank, the first Latino-owned business bank in California in over 30 years.  Its focus is small and medium-sized businesses in Latino neighborhoods.  So not only did she start small businesses, but those have also been her customers, and she understands all too often that the lack of access to capital means a lack of opportunity.

 

As Secretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, Maria was the driving force behind major job creation and major public investments in infrastructure and in housing.  As a consultant, she helped companies expand into the Latino market.  She’s a champion of women-owned and family-owned businesses.  When she started her bank, she said she wanted the bank to be a place where families would come for help, “because when family businesses thrive” — and I’m quoting — “the community thrives and the economy thrives.”  And as someone who moved to California from Mexico as a young girl, and whose mother worked long hours to support Maria and her five siblings, she knows firsthand the challenges that working families and recent immigrants are facing.

 

So she understands the needs of small business owners like herself.  She knows how they can lift entire communities, and ultimately how they lift our country.  So as we work to keep our economy growing, Maria will be charged with looking for more ways to support small businesses -– to help them get that good idea off the ground, to expand, to hire, to sell their products and ideas not only in our domestic markets, but also overseas.  And I’m absolutely confident that she is going to do an outstanding job as our Small Business Administrator.

 

So I want to thank her for accepting this position and the challenge, and I know that she’s going to be up to the task.  (Applause.)  And I want to thank her husband Ray and her three outstanding children -– because jobs like this turn out to be family affairs — and I know that Ray is very supportive and is going to be a great partner with her in this task.

 

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Now, Maria follows in the footsteps of two extraordinary leaders –- Karen Mills, who served as Administrator of the SBA in my first term, and Jeanne Hulit, who has graciously agreed to serve as Acting Administrator after Karen stepped down last year. Together, they made it easier and faster for entrepreneurs to get loans, to win contracts, to hire more people — and the results are thriving small businesses across the country.

 

Some of those entrepreneurs are here today.  Twenty years ago, Deb and Dan Carey wanted so bad to start their own brewing company that they sold their house to help pay for it.  And with a little help from the SBA, they rented an old appliance factory, set up their equipment, they got to work.  Today, the New Glarus Brewing Company is one of the top craft beer-makers in Wisconsin, with more than 80 full-time employees.  So Deb and Dan, where are you?  They’re around here somewhere.  There they are, right there.  Good to see you again.  (Applause.)

 

There’s another success story here — the team behind Taylor Gourmet, a hoagie shop with locations all over D.C., including one just half a block from the White House.  (Laughter.)  If you’re wondering why I know about this, the staff are steady customers at Taylor Gourmet and I have tasted those tasty sandwiches.  When Casey Patten and Dave Mazza moved to D.C., they looked everywhere for hoagies like the ones they’d grown up with in Philly.  And when they couldn’t find any, they thought, we should make them ourselves.  And with the help of the SBA, they opened eight shops in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.  And so not only are they providing great sandwiches, but they’re also creating jobs here in the area.

 

That’s the power of small business.  That’s the charge of the SBA.  That’s the extraordinary work that Jeanne has done and, before her, Karen, to help advance the agenda of people who just have a dream and are willing to put in all the blood, sweat and tears that they need to do in order to achieve that dream.  And so when we think about our small businesses, just remember that’s what keeps our communities and our country strong, and we should be doing everything in our power to help them succeed.  If here in America, you’re willing to work hard and dream big, you should have your shot at success.

 

Jeanne has understood that and, in fact, she’s going to be going back into the private sector and helping small businesses back in Maine.  I told her she might have wanted to stay here until the winter is over — (laughter) — but she’s eager to get back and she’s already stayed longer than she originally intended.

 

And I know this is something that Maria understands.  Maria, on the way in, told me a wonderful story about how her grandmother, back in Mexico who was a migrant worker, said to her that if she worked hard, studied, stayed in school, that someday she’d be able to work in an office as a secretary and really make her proud.  And she ended up being the Secretary of Business Development and Transportation in California.  And now she’s going to be helping the folks who are following behind her achieve their dreams.  That’s what America is all about.

 

So Maria is fulfilling the vision of her grandma in ways that maybe are not entirely expected.  And I’m confident that she’s going to put her heart and soul into making sure that all the other people who are out there striving and trying to achieve their dreams can succeed as well.  That’s what this administration is about and I’m looking forward to working with her.

 

So thank you very much.  Give them a big round of applause.  (Applause.)

 

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3:57 P.M. EST

 

 

President Barack Obama announces he will nominate Maria Contreras-Sweet, left, founder and board chairman of a Latino-owned community bank in Los Angeles, as the head of the Small Business Administration.

President Barack Obama announces he will nominate Maria Contreras-Sweet, left, founder and board chairman of a Latino-owned community bank in Los Angeles, as the head of the Small Business Administration.

 

Obama Nominates Maria Contreras-Sweet as Head of SBA

 

Former California official Maria Contreras-Sweet is President Obama’s pick to lead the Small Business Administration. She was introduced and her official nomination announced at a White House event Thursday.

 

Born in Mexico, Contreras-Sweet became the first Latina to serve as a cabinet secretary in California when she led its Business, Transportation and Housing Agency from 1999-2003.

 

That post led Obama to tell this anecdote:

“Maria, on the way in, told me a wonderful story about how her grandmother, back in Mexico who was a migrant worker, said to her that if she worked hard, studied, stayed in school, that someday she’d be able to work in an office as a secretary and really make her proud. And she ended up being the Secretary of Business Development and Transportation in California. And now she’s going to be helping the folks who are following behind her achieve their dreams. That’s what America is all about.

 

“So Maria is fulfilling the vision of her grandma in ways that maybe are not entirely expected,” he said.

 

“Her grandmother, back in Mexico who was a migrant worker, said to her that if she worked hard, studied, stayed in school, that someday she’d be able to work in an office as a secretary and really make her proud.  And she ended up being the Secretary of Business Development and Transportation in California.  And now she’s going to be helping the folks who are following behind her achieve their dreams,” the president said. “That’s what America is all about.”

 

Contreras-Sweet is the founder of ProAmérica Bank, a California bank which works with small- and mid-size businesses. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Contreras-Sweet also previously served as secretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.

 

Contreras-Sweet would fill the spot previously held by Karen Mills, who left the position last year to work at Harvard.

 

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THIS Is How A Guest List To The State Of The Union Should Read……1st Lady Obama’s Guest List


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

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The TeaTardedRepubliCANT Pseudo-Freudian Psycho-Sexual Secret-Whore Pro-caucasian Pro-Racist Anti-LGBT Anti-Feminist Reich Wing GOPretender Conselfishservative NRAsshole-Gun Loving Nut Bag racist white supremacist caucasian Party member, Rep. Steve Stockmen, from the great dumbass state of Texas, invited derelict, drugged out, washed up, ex-celebrity Ted “poopypantspedophiledraftdodging” Nugent…..to the State Of The Union.

 

First Lady Of The United States, Michelle LaVaughn Obama, invites……….

 

 

First Lady Michelle Obama’s guest list for tonight’s State of the Union includes a teacher from Sandy Hook Elementary School, a police officer who responded to the massacre at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and the parents of a girl killed by gunfire in Chicago earlier this month.

 

The assembled guests make clear that the White House will emphasize gun violence with tonight’s speech. But there are also nods to technological innovation — Apple CEO Tim Cook will sit with Obama, as will the winner of this year’s Intel Science Fair and a member of NASA’s Mars rover team.

 

The presence of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) is a nod to Medicaid reform. An Affordable Care Act advocate will also be in the box, as will an undocumented student whose deportation was deferred by an Obama executive order last year.

 

The full list:

Sergeant Sheena Adams (Vista, CA), Team Advisor & Lead Instructor, Female Engagement Team.

 

Alan Aleman (Las Vegas, NV), DREAM Student.

 

Jack Andraka (Crownsville, MD), Winner of the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

 

Susan Bumgarner (Norman, OK), Early Childhood Educator.

 

Deb Carey (New Glarus, WI), Small Business Owner, New Glarus Brewing Company.

 

Sergeant Carlos Evans, USMC (Cameron, NC), Wounded Warrior.

 

Tim Cook (Cupertino, CA), CEO of Apple.

 

Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton and Nathaniel A. Pendleton Sr. (Chicago, IL).

 

Menchu de Luna Sanchez (Secaucus, NJ), Registered Nurse, NYU Langone Medical Center.

 

Bobak Ferdowsi (Pasadena, CA), Flight Director, Mars Curiosity Rover.

 

Bradley Henning (Louisville, KY), Machinist, Atlas Machine and Supply.

 

Tracey Hepner (Arlington, VA), Co-Founder, Military Partners and Families Coalition.

 

Peter Hudson (Evergreen, CO), Co-Founder and CEO, iTriage.

 

Governor John Kitzhaber (D-OR).

 

Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers (Avondale, AZ).

 

Amanda E. McMillan (Jackson, MS), Pay Discrimination Victim.

 

Lee Maxwell (Wilton, IA), Graduate, Kirkwood Community College Wind Technician Program.

 

Lieutenant Brian Murphy (Oak Creek, WI), The first police officer to arrive at the scene of the tragic Sikh temple shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin last August.

 

Lisa Richards (Arlington, VA), #My2K Participant.

 

Kaitlin Roig (Greenwich, CT), 1st Grade Teacher, Sandy Hook Elementary School.

 

Abby Schanfield (Minneapolis, MN), ACA Beneficiary.

 

Haile Thomas (Tucson, AZ), Let’s Move! Champion.

 

 

Hat Tip/Shout Out to: Washington Post.

 

 

This is the difference between: class, distinction, grace, style, intelligence, diplomacy, education and love of & for Country…..and a backwoods, ignorant, incest addled brain, caucasian racist politician.

 

 

 

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