The Last 24 Potpourri™


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Lets start off with a feel good story………

 

 

Obama, Don’t Touch My Girlfriend. Mike Jones told President Obama, “don’t touch my girlfriend.”

 

Published on Oct 21, 2014

obama, don’t touch my girlfriend. mike tells president obama don’t touch my girlfriend as he casts vote, man to barack obama “don’t touch my girlfriend” video. Mike Jones, Cooper’s boyfriend, told President Obama, “don’t touch my girlfriend.” “I said, I know you’re Mr. President, but don’t touch my girlfriend,” Jones said. Yep, Jones teased the president. “I didn’t know what to say. I was just shaking. I said ‘Oh boy, this is the president. What am I supposed to do?” Cooper said. When President Barack Obama voted in Chicago yesterday, he did so next to Aia Cooper, whose boyfriend was careful to make sure the chief executive didn’t get any notions. “Don’t touch my girlfriend,” Mike Jones joked as he walked by. “I really wasn’t planning on it,” Obama said, and then to a clearly mortified Cooper: “Now there’s an example of a brother just embarrassing you for no reason, no reason whatsoever. Now you’re gonna be going back home, talking to your friends saying, ‘I can’t believe Mike — he is such a fool. Fortunately the president was nice about it, so it was all right.’”

 

“He gave me a hug and a kiss, on the cheek,” Cooper later told CNN. “Just the cheek – please, Michelle, don’t come after me – just the cheek!”

 

 

 

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Now it goes downhill from here……….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

 

Published on Oct 21, 2014

Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. South African Judge Thokozile Masipa delivered the ruling on Tuesday.

 

 

 

STOP Police Terror, Mass Incarceration, Repression, and the Criminalization of Generations! #O22

 

Published on Oct 5, 2014

On October 1, 2014, the Revolution Club Bay Area, the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, and “Uncle Bobby” took to the Fruitvale BART Station (the site of the murder of Oscar Grant by police) to call on YOU to be part of a national month of resistance against police terror, mass incarceration, repression, and the criminalization of generations.

 

National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality: OCTOBER 22 (#O22) in a city near you. Stand up! Walk out! No business as usual! STOP police brutality!

 

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 NOW for the really vital stuff……

 

 

 

 

Now I am gonna do something I NEVER do, get personal about a thing I am involved with on Twitter.

 

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I arrived at Twitter 3 years ago, and didn’t use it for about 9 months. When I finally started using Twitter as @MrMilitantNegro I found it more stupid than Facebook. Then I discovered the 4 million “tweeps” who hung out there and thought this blog could benefit from that audience. That audience has since grown: “Total number of active registered Twitter users, 645,750,000.”

 

In case you don’t know what Twitter is: Twitter is an online social networking website and microblogging service that allows users to post images and messages in a 140 character limit. 

 

Now back to my personal story…..About 2 years ago I acquired a Twitter stalker and she is one of the sickest humans on this planet. This stalker is called @TheObamaCat.

 

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Yes, you read that correctly. If you follow this blog, you know it was named at one time The ObamaCrat, my stalker got as close to my blog’s original name as she could. She omitted the “R” from my blog’s old name and created her Twitter account. Upon her tweeting me, I immediately blocked her account, but Twitter’s block policy is garbage and a simple block stops almost nothing. I’d have to lock my Twitter account down & make it private, which stops use of several Twitter social options. Defeats the entire purpose of being on Twitter.

 

Examples of TheObamaCat’s mental illness are as follows. The image a very good friend sent me is the first image……

 

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The Obama Cat has turned the word “AUNT” into “CUNT.” She has sent this altered photoshopped tweet to every female who follows me on Twitter, and a few people who are jealous and envious of me (I have no clue why anyone would be jealous or envious of me) in an attempt to get people to unfollow me. Now what good that will do is beyond me. Here is her altered photoshopped image…..

 

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I don’t vote or live in TexASS, and could give 2 fucks about Wendy Davis. I was a supporter of hers until I discover she supports open carry in TexASS so she can win the gun vote, which I despise. Other than that, Ms. Wendy Davis means nothing to me. I have a fight in my own state of Iowa to insure Ms. Joni Ernst never see’d Washington D.C. except as a tourist.

 

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Finally, the amount of time and effort The Obama Cat has spent stalking & obsessing over what I do on Twitter is very unhealthy, very sick & twisted. I’ve never met the woman or exchanged any conversation with her. I do know whom she is and where she lives, and where she came from 2 years ago, in other words who she really is, I know.

 

I’ve said all this to say to those on Twitter, if you happen to see nasty, negative tweets supposedly from me, it’s a lie. A fabrication. A figment of a sad, lonely, demented female soul who is upset I chased her off my blogs comments section for posting inappropriate comments to me, asking for an online relationship. That is why and how this 2 year stalking on Twitter started.

 

If you know me at all, you know I am hardheaded, stubborn, opinionated and can be nasty & evil if pushed. You know if I say something, I mean that something and will not change my mind, 99.968% of the time. If I tweet, type or say a thing, I am man enough to stand beside what I tweet, type or say. Nobody has ever made me ashamed of my beliefs. Nobody.

 

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OK, my rant is over now.

 

Back to the regularly scheduled “stuff.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chasing Echoes – Dem Bringin’ Mo’ Murda’ #HandsUpDontShoot

 

 

 

Chasing Echoes Voter ID. ft. Pres. Barack Obama (Extended Night Mix) #SeeYouInNovember2014

 

 

 

Dick Gregory “Barack Obama is President & Black People Are Still Sleep”

 

 

 

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Rolling Stone: In Defense of Obama.


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The Nobel Prize-winning economist, once one of the president’s most notable critics, on why Obama is a historic success

By | October 8, 2014 For Rolling Stone Magazine

 

When it comes to Barack Obama, I’ve always been out of sync. Back in 2008, when many liberals were wildly enthusiastic about his candidacy and his press was strongly favorable, I was skeptical. I worried that he was naive, that his talk about transcending the political divide was a dangerous illusion given the unyielding extremism of the modern American right. Furthermore, it seemed clear to me that, far from being the transformational figure his supporters imagined, he was rather conventional-minded: Even before taking office, he showed signs of paying far too much attention to what some of us would later take to calling Very Serious People, people who regarded cutting budget deficits and a willingness to slash Social Security as the very essence of political virtue.

 

And I wasn’t wrong. Obama was indeed naive: He faced scorched-earth Republican opposition from Day One, and it took him years to start dealing with that opposition realistically. Furthermore, he came perilously close to doing terrible things to the U.S. safety net in pursuit of a budget Grand Bargain; we were saved from significant cuts to Social Security and a rise in the Medicare age only by Republican greed, the GOP’s unwillingness to make even token concessions.

 

But now the shoe is on the other foot: Obama faces trash talk left, right and center – literally – and doesn’t deserve it. Despite bitter opposition, despite having come close to self-inflicted disaster, Obama has emerged as one of the most consequential and, yes, successful presidents in American history. His health reform is imperfect but still a huge step forward – and it’s working better than anyone expected. Financial reform fell far short of what should have happened, but it’s much more effective than you’d think. Economic management has been half-crippled by Republican obstruction, but has nonetheless been much better than in other advanced countries. And environmental policy is starting to look like it could be a major legacy.

I’ll go through those achievements shortly. First, however, let’s take a moment to talk about the current wave of Obama-bashing. All Obama-bashing can be divided into three types. One, a constant of his time in office, is the onslaught from the right, which has never stopped portraying him as an Islamic atheist Marxist Kenyan. Nothing has changed on that front, and nothing will.

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There’s a different story on the left, where you now find a significant number of critics decrying Obama as, to quote Cornel West, someone who ”posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit.” They’re outraged that Wall Street hasn’t been punished, that income inequality remains so high, that ”neoliberal” economic policies are still in place. All of this seems to rest on the belief that if only Obama had put his eloquence behind a radical economic agenda, he could somehow have gotten that agenda past all the political barriers that have con- strained even his much more modest efforts. It’s hard to take such claims seriously.

Finally, there’s the constant belittling of Obama from mainstream pundits and talking heads. Turn on cable news (although I wouldn’t advise it) and you’ll hear endless talk about a rudderless, stalled administration, maybe even about a failed presidency. Such talk is often buttressed by polls showing that Obama does, indeed, have an approval rating that is very low by historical standards.

But this bashing is misguided even in its own terms – and in any case, it’s focused on the wrong thing.

Yes, Obama has a low approval rating compared with earlier presidents. But there are a number of reasons to believe that presidential approval doesn’t mean the same thing that it used to: There is much more party-sorting (in which Republicans never, ever have a good word for a Democratic president, and vice versa), the public is negative on politicians in general, and so on. Obviously the midterm election hasn’t happened yet, but in a year when Republicans have a huge structural advantage – Democrats are defending a disproportionate number of Senate seats in deep-red states – most analyses suggest that control of the Senate is in doubt, with Democrats doing considerably better than they were supposed to. This isn’t what you’d expect to see if a failing president were dragging his party down.

More important, however, polls – or even elections – are not the measure of a president. High office shouldn’t be about putting points on the electoral scoreboard, it should be about changing the country for the better. Has Obama done that? Do his achievements look likely to endure? The answer to both questions is yes.

 

HEALTH CARE

When Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, an excited Joe Biden whispered audibly, ”This is a big fucking deal!” He was right.

 

The enactment and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, has been a perils-of-Pauline experience. When an upset in the special election to replace Ted Kennedy cost Democrats their 60-vote Senate majority, health reform had to be rescued with fancy legislative footwork. Then it survived a Supreme Court challenge only thanks to a surprise display of conscience by John Roberts, who nonetheless opened a loophole that has allowed Republican-controlled states to deny coverage to millions of Americans. Then technical difficulties with the HealthCare.gov website seemed to threaten disaster. But here we are, most of the way through the first full year of reform’s implementation, and it’s working better than even the optimists expected.

We won’t have the full data on 2014 until next year’s census report, but multiple independent surveys show a sharp drop in the number of Americans without health insurance, probably around 10 million, a number certain to grow greatly over the next two years as more people realize that the program is available and penalties for failure to sign up increase.

It’s true that the Affordable Care Act will still leave millions of people in America uninsured. For one thing, it was never intended to cover undocumented immigrants, who are counted in standard measures of the uninsured. Furthermore, millions of low-income Americans will slip into the loophole Roberts created: They were supposed to be covered by a federally funded expansion of Medicaid, but some states are blocking that expansion out of sheer spite. Finally, unlike Social Security and Medicare, for which almost everyone is automatically eligible, Obamacare requires beneficiaries to prove their eligibility for Medicaid or choose and then pay for a subsidized private plan. Inevitably, some people will fall through the cracks.

Still, Obamacare means a huge improvement in the quality of life for tens of millions of Americans – not just better care, but greater financial security. And even those who were already insured have gained both security and freedom, because they now have a guarantee of coverage if they lose or change jobs.

What about the costs? Here, too, the news is better than anyone expected. In 2014, premiums on the insurance policies offered through the Obamacare exchanges were well below those originally projected by the Congressional Budget Office, and the available data indicates a mix of modest increases and actual reductions for 2015 – which is very good in a sector where premiums normally increase five percent or more each year. More broadly, overall health spending has slowed substantially, with the cost-control features of the ACA probably deserving some of the credit.

In other words, health reform is looking like a major policy success story. It’s a program that is coming in ahead of schedule – and below budget – costing less, and doing more to reduce overall health costs than even its supporters predicted.

Of course, this success story makes nonsense of right-wing predictions of catastrophe. Beyond that, the good news on health costs refutes conservative orthodoxy. It’s a fixed idea on the right, sometimes echoed by ”centrist” commentators, that the only way to limit health costs is to dismantle guarantees of adequate care – for example, that the only way to control Medicare costs is to replace Medicare as we know it, a program that covers major medical expenditures, with vouchers that may or may not be enough to buy adequate insurance. But what we’re actually seeing is what looks like significant cost control via a laundry list of small changes to how we pay for care, with the basic guarantee of adequate coverage not only intact but widened to include Americans of all ages.

It’s worth pointing out that some criticisms of Obamacare from the left are also looking foolish. Obamacare is a system partly run through private insurance companies (although expansion of Medicaid is also a very important piece). And some on the left were outraged, arguing that the program would do more to raise profits in the medical-industrial complex than it would to protect American families.

You can still argue that single-payer would have covered more people at lower cost – in fact, I would. But that option wasn’t on the table; only a system that appeased insurers and reassured the public that not too much would change was politically feasible. And it’s working reasonably well: Competition among insurers who can no longer deny insurance to those who need it most is turning out to be pretty effective. This isn’t the health care system you would have designed from scratch, or if you could ignore special-interest politics, but it’s doing the job.

And this big improvement in American society is almost surely here to stay. The conservative health care nightmare – the one that led Republicans to go all-out against Bill Clinton’s health plans in 1993 and Obamacare more recently – is that once health care for everyone, or almost everyone, has been put in place, it will be very hard to undo, because too many voters would have a stake in the system. That’s exactly what is happening. Republicans are still going through the motions of attacking Obamacare, but the passion is gone. They’re even offering mealymouthed assurances that people won’t lose their new benefits. By the time Obama leaves office, there will be tens of millions of Americans who have benefited directly from health reform – and that will make it almost impossible to reverse. Health reform has made America a different, better place.

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FINANCIAL REFORM

Let’s be clear: The financial crisis should have been followed by a drastic crackdown on Wall Street abuses, and it wasn’t. No important figures have gone to jail; bad banks and other financial institutions, from Citigroup to Goldman, were bailed out with few strings attached; and there has been nothing like the wholesale restructuring and reining in of finance that took place in the 1930s. Obama bears a considerable part of the blame for this disappointing response. It was his Treasury secretary and his attorney general who chose to treat finance with kid gloves.

It’s easy, however, to take this disappointment too far. You often hear Dodd- Frank, the financial-reform bill that Obama signed into law in 2010, dismissed as toothless and meaningless. It isn’t. It may not prevent the next financial crisis, but there’s a good chance that it will at least make future crises less severe and easier to deal with.

Dodd-Frank is a complicated piece of legislation, but let me single out three really important sections.

First, the law gives a special council the ability to designate ”systemically important financial institutions” (SIFIs) – that is, institutions that could create a crisis if they were to fail – and place such institutions under extra scrutiny and regulation of things like the amount of capital they are required to maintain to cover possible losses. This provision has been derided as ineffectual or worse – during the 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney claimed that by announcing that some firms were SIFIs, the government was effectively guaranteeing that they would be bailed out, which he called ”the biggest kiss that’s been given to New York banks I’ve ever seen.”

But it’s easy to prove that this is nonsense: Just look at how institutions behave when they’re designated as SIFIs. Are they pleased, because they’re now guaranteed? Not a chance. Instead, they’re furious over the extra regulation, and in some cases fight bitterly to avoid being placed on the list. Right now, for example, MetLife is making an all-out effort to be kept off the SIFI list; this effort demonstrates that we’re talking about real regulation here, and that financial interests don’t like it.

Another key provision in Dodd-Frank is ”orderly liquidation authority,” which gives the government the legal right to seize complex financial institutions in a crisis. This is a bigger deal than you might think. We have a well-established procedure for seizing ordinary banks that get in trouble and putting them into receivership; in fact, it happens all the time. But what do you do when something like Citigroup is on the edge, and its failure might have devastating consequences? Back in 2009, Joseph Stiglitz and yours truly, among others, wanted to temporarily nationalize one or two major financial players, for the same reasons the FDIC takes over failing banks, to keep the institutions running but avoid bailing out stockholders and management. We got a chance to make that case directly to the president. But we lost the argument, and one key reason was Treasury’s claim that it lacked the necessary legal authority. I still think it could have found a way, but in any case that won’t be an issue next time.

A third piece of Dodd-Frank is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. That’s Elizabeth Warren’s brainchild, an agency dedicated to protecting Americans against the predatory lending that has pushed so many into financial distress, and played an important role in the crisis. Warren’s idea was that such a stand-alone agency would more effectively protect the public than agencies that were supposed to protect consumers, but saw their main job as propping up banks. And by all accounts the new agency is in fact doing much more to crack down on predatory practices than anything we used to see.

There’s much more in the financial reform, including a number of pieces we don’t have enough information to evaluate yet. But there’s enough evidence even now to say that there’s a reason Wall Street – which used to give an approximately equal share of money to both parties but now overwhelmingly supports Republicans – tried so hard to kill financial reform, and is still trying to emasculate Dodd-Frank. This may not be the full overhaul of finance we should have had, and it’s not as major as health reform. But it’s a lot better than nothing.

THE ECONOMY

Barack Obama might not have been elected president without the 2008 financial crisis; he certainly wouldn’t have had the House majority and the brief filibuster-proof Senate majority that made health reform possible. So it’s very disappointing that six years into his presidency, the U.S. economy is still a long way from being fully recovered.

Before we ask why, however, we should note that things could have been worse. In fact, in other times and places they have been worse. Make no mistake about it – the devastation wrought by the financial crisis was terrible, with real income falling 5.5 percent. But that’s actually not as bad as the ”typical” experience after financial crises: Even in advanced countries, the median post-crisis decline in per- capita real GDP is seven percent. Recovery has been slow: It took almost six years for the United States to regain pre-crisis average income. But that was actually a bit faster than the historical average.

Or compare our performance with that of the European Union. Unemployment in America rose to a horrifying 10 percent in 2009, but it has come down sharply in the past few years. It’s true that some of the apparent improvement probably reflects discouraged workers dropping out, but there has been substantial real progress. Meanwhile, Europe has had barely any job recovery at all, and unemployment is still in double digits. Compared with our counterparts across the Atlantic, we haven’t done too badly.

Did Obama’s policies contribute to this less-awful performance? Yes, without question. You’d never know it listening to the talking heads, but there’s overwhelming consensus among economists that the Obama stimulus plan helped mitigate the worst of the slump. For example, when a panel of economic experts was asked whether the U.S. unemployment rate was lower at the end of 2010 than it would have been without the stimulus, 82 percent said yes, only two percent said no.

Still, couldn’t the U.S. economy have done a lot better? Of course. The original stimulus should have been both bigger and longer. And after Republicans won the House in 2010, U.S. policy took a sharp turn in the wrong direction. Not only did the stimulus fade out, but sequestration led to further steep cuts in federal spending, exactly the wrong thing to do in a still-depressed economy.

We can argue about how much Obama could have altered this literally depressing turn of events. He could have pushed for a larger, more extended stimulus, perhaps with provisions for extra aid that would have kicked in if unemployment stayed high. (This isn’t 20-20 hindsight, because a number of economists, myself included, pleaded for more aggressive measures from the beginning.) He arguably let Republicans blackmail him over the debt ceiling in 2011, leading to the sequester. But this is all kind of iffy.

The bottom line on Obama’s economic policy should be that what he did helped the economy, and that while enormous economic and human damage has taken place on his watch, the United States coped with the financial crisis better than most countries facing comparable crises have managed. He should have done more and better, but the narrative that portrays his policies as a simple failure is all wrong.

While America remains an incredibly unequal society, and we haven’t seen anything like the New Deal’s efforts to narrow income gaps, Obama has done more to limit inequality than he gets credit for. The rich are paying higher taxes, thanks to the partial expiration of the Bush tax cuts and the special taxes on high incomes that help pay for Obamacare; the Congressional Budget Office estimates the average tax rate of the top one percent at 33.6 percent in 2013, up from 28.1 percent in 2008. Meanwhile, the financial aid in Obamacare – expanded Medicaid, subsidies to help lower-income households pay insurance premiums – goes disproportionately to less-well-off Americans. When conservatives accuse Obama of redistributing income, they’re not completely wrong – and liberals should give him credit.

THE ENVIRONMENT

In 2009, it looked, briefly, as if we might be about to get real on the issue of climate change. A fairly comprehensive bill establishing a cap-and-trade system to limit greenhouse-gas emissions actually passed the House, and visions of global action danced like sugarplums in environmentalists’ heads. But the legislation stalled in the Senate, and Republican victory in the 2010 midterms put an end to that fantasy. Ever since, the only way forward has been through executive action based on existing legislation, which is a poor substitute for the new laws we need.

But as with financial reform, acknowledging the inadequacy of what has been done doesn’t mean that nothing has been achieved. Saying that Obama has been the best environmental president in a long time is actually faint praise, since George W. Bush was terrible and Bill Clinton didn’t get much done. Still, it’s true, and there’s reason to hope for a lot more over the next two years.

 

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First of all, there has been much more progress on the use of renewable energy than most people realize. The share of U.S. energy provided by wind and solar has grown dramatically since Obama took office. True, it’s still only a small fraction of the total, and some of the growth in renewables reflects technological progress, especially in solar panels, that would have happened whoever was in office. But federal policies, including loan guarantees and tax credits, have played an important role.

Nor is it just about renewables; Obama has also taken big steps on energy conservation, especially via fuel-efficiency standards, that have flown, somewhat mysteriously, under the radar. And it’s not just cars. In 2011, the administration announced the first-ever fuel-efficiency standards for medium and heavy vehicles, and in February it announced that these standards would get even tougher for models sold after 2018. As a way to curb green house-gas emissions, these actions, taken together, are comparable in importance to proposed action on power plants.

Which brings us to the latest initiative. Because there’s no chance of getting climate-change legislation through Congress for the foreseeable future, Obama has turned to the EPA’s existing power to regulate pollution – power that the Supreme Court has affirmed extends to emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. And this past summer, the EPA announced proposed rules that would require a large reduction over time in such emissions from power plants. You might say that such plants are only a piece of the problem, but they’re a large piece – CO2 from coal-burning power plants is in fact a big part of the problem, so if the EPA goes through with anything like the proposed rule, it will be a major step. Again, not nearly enough, and we’ll have to do a lot more soon, or face civilization-threatening disaster. But what Obama has done is far from trivial.

NATIONAL SECURITY

So far, i’ve been talking about Obama’s positive achievements, which have been much bigger than his critics understand. I do, however, need to address one area that has left some early Obama supporters bitterly disappointed: his record on national security policy. Let’s face it – many of his original enthusiasts favored him so strongly over Hillary Clinton because she supported the Iraq War and he didn’t. They hoped he would hold the people who took us to war on false pretenses accountable, that he would transform American foreign policy, and that he would drastically curb the reach of the national security state.

 

None of that happened. Obama’s team, as far as we can tell, never even considered going after the deceptions that took us to Baghdad, perhaps because they believed that this would play very badly at a time of financial crisis. On overall foreign policy, Obama has been essentially a normal post-Vietnam president, reluctant to commit U.S. ground troops and eager to extract them from ongoing commitments, but quite willing to bomb people considered threatening to U.S. interests. And he has defended the prerogatives of the NSA and the surveillance state in general.

Could and should he have been different? The truth is that I have no special expertise here; as an ordinary concerned citizen, I worry about the precedent of allowing what amount to war crimes to go not just unpunished but uninvestigated, even while appreciating that a modern version of the 1970s Church committee hearings on CIA abuses might well have been a political disaster, and undermined the policy achievements I’ve tried to highlight. What I would say is that even if Obama is just an ordinary president on national security issues, that’s a huge improvement over what came before and what we would have had if John McCain or Mitt Romney had won. It’s hard to get excited about a policy of not going to war gratuitously, but it’s a big deal compared with the alternative.

SOCIAL CHANGE

In 2004, social issues, along with national security, were cudgels the right used to bludgeon liberals – I like to say that Bush won re-election by posing as America’s defender against gay married terrorists. Ten years later, and the scene is transformed: Democrats have turned these social issues – especially women’s rights – against Republicans; gay marriage has been widely legalized with approval or at least indifference from the wider public. We have, in a remarkably short stretch of time, become a notably more tolerant, open-minded nation.

Barack Obama has been more a follower than a leader on these issues. But at least he has been willing to follow the country’s new open-mindedness. We shouldn’t take this for granted. Before the Obama presidency, Democrats were in a kind of reflexive cringe on social issues, acting as if the religious right had far more power than it really does and ignoring the growing constituency on the other side. It’s easy to imagine that if someone else had been president these past six years, Democrats would still be cringing as if it were 2004. Thankfully, they aren’t. And the end of the cringe also, I’d argue, helped empower them to seek real change on substantive issues from health reform to the environment. Which brings me back to domestic issues.

As you can see, there’s a theme running through each of the areas of domestic policy I’ve covered. In each case, Obama delivered less than his supporters wanted, less than the country arguably deserved, but more than his current detractors acknowledge. The extent of his partial success ranges from the pretty good to the not-so-bad to the ugly. Health reform looks pretty good, especially in historical perspective – remember, even Social Security, in its original FDR version, only covered around half the workforce. Financial reform is, I’d argue, not so bad – it’s not the second coming of Glass-Steagall, but there’s a lot more protection against runaway finance than anyone except angry Wall Streeters seems to realize. Economic policy wasn’t enough to avoid a very ugly period of high unemployment, but Obama did at least mitigate the worst.

And as far as climate policy goes, there’s reason for hope, but we’ll have to see.

Am I damning with faint praise? Not at all. This is what a successful presidency looks like. No president gets to do everything his supporters expected him to. FDR left behind a reformed nation, but one in which the wealthy retained a lot of power and privilege. On the other side, for all his anti-government rhetoric, Reagan left the core institutions of the New Deal and the Great Society in place. I don’t care about the fact that Obama hasn’t lived up to the golden dreams of 2008, and I care even less about his approval rating. I do care that he has, when all is said and done, achieved a lot. That is, as Joe Biden didn’t quite say, a big deal.

 

Thank you  &  Rolling Stone Magazine

 
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The President’s Last 24™


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President Obama Speaks at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

 

Published on Oct 5, 2014

On October 5, 2014, President Obama delivered remarks at the dedication of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial.

 

 

 

Remarks by the President at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial Dedication

 

 

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The President Holds a Town Hall on Manufacturing

 

Published on Oct 3, 2014

President Obama speaks at a town hall on manufacturing in Princeton, Indiana, October 3, 2014.

 

 

Remarks by the President at a Town Hall on Manufacturing

 

 

First Lady Michelle Obama at Michaud for Governor Rally

 

Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama at Michaud for Governor Rally

 

 

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Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama at Michaud for Governor Rally

University of Maine
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MRS. OBAMA: Hey, Maine! (Applause.) Oh my goodness, thank you guys! Thanks so much. Wow, you guys are really fired up and I love it! (Applause.)

 

I am so thrilled to be back in Maine — I just wish I could stay longer. (Laughter and applause.) But let me start by thanking our friend, the next governor of Maine, Mike Michaud. (Applause.)

 

I don’t know about you, but — I don’t know why you’re here but I’m here for Mike. I’m here for Mike. (Laughter and applause.) And just listening to him backstage, he is a decent man. He is an honest man. He is a hard-working man. And I am very proud to be here in support of him. Mike understands what families here in Maine are going through — he knows. And as you all know, the entire time he was serving in your state legislature, he was working on the mill floor at the Great Northern Paper Company. He worked there for more than 29 years. So when it comes to creating jobs and making sure folks get a decent paycheck for their work, Mike understands what’s at stake in people’s lives. And Mike doesn’t get caught up in partisanship or politics. He was unanimously elected president of the Maine Senate by 17 Democrats, 17 Republicans and one independent. (Applause.) And he worked hard to bring those folks together to do great things for this state like raise the minimum wage, and cut taxes for small businesses, and so much more.

 

And Mike brought that same spirit to Congress — working across the aisle to improve benefits for our veterans, and promote clean energy, and make sure our military uniforms are 100 percent made here in the U.S., including right here in Maine. (Applause.)

 

So whether it’s strengthening the economy, or expanding access to health care, or ensuring that women get equal pay for equal work, Mike will wake up, as he said, every day ready to fight for hard-working families. And so, once again, I’m so proud to be here on his behalf and I think you all for being here to support him as well.

 

AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you! (Laughter.)

 

MRS. OBAMA: I love you, too. (Laughter and applause.)

 

I also want to recognize Senator Emily Cain. (Applause.) Yes, Emily. (Applause.) And Emily’s mom. (Laughter.) Emily has led the charge in your state legislature for economic development and better schools and more affordable health care, and I know that she will be an outstanding Congresswoman for the people of the 2nd district, so be sure to vote for Emily along with Mike on November the 4th. (Applause.) Yay, Emily! (Applause.)

 

And I also want to give a big hello to Cecile Richards who has been such a strong, passionate advocate for women and families across this country — and I’m thrilled — it was a pleasure, I know for all of you, to hear from her today. (Applause.)

 

And thanks also — I’ve got a lot of people to thank here in Maine. You guys have made my visit so special, I want to thank the president of this university, Susan Hunter, for her outstanding leadership and for hosting us here today. (Applause.)

 

But most of all, I want to thank you guys, I really do. (Applause.) Yes, I see so many wonderful faces — folks who have been with us from the beginning, folks who are new to this whole endeavor. I remember some of you were with us back when we were out in Iowa and New Hampshire, talking about hope and change and getting all fired up and ready to go — remember that? Yes! (Applause.)

 

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Cecile Richards, head of Planned Parenthood, speaks in support of Mike Michaud for Governor

 

Published on Oct 4, 2014

Speech given 10/3/14 before a packed house at FLOTUS/ Mike Michaud For Governor rally.

 

 

 

Rep. Mike Michaud addresses UMaine crowd, introduces FLOTUS Michelle Obama

 

Published on Oct 4, 2014

Speech given 10/3/14 before a packed house at FLOTUS/ Mike Michaud For Governor rally

 

 

 

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VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: Fortaleciendo Nuestra Clase Media

October 04, 2014 | 1:55 | Public Domain

En el mensaje de esta semana, Katherine Vargas, la Directora de Medios Hispanos en la Casa Blanca, destacó que seis años después de la Gran Recesión, gracias al trabajo duro del pueblo estadounidense y las políticas del Presidente , nuestra economía se ha recuperado más y más rápido que cualquier otra nación del mundo. Con 10.3 millones de empleos del sector privado agregados durante más de 55 meses consecutivos, las empresas de Estados Unidos han ampliado el período más largo del crecimiento de los avances del sector privado en expediente. Pero incluso con estos avances, muchos personas que viven en los Estados Unidos aún tienen que sentir los beneficios. Ella reiteró la visión que el Presidente se propuso a principios de esta semana para los pasos que pueden formar una nueva base para un mayor crecimiento, un aumento de los salarios, y ampliar las oportunidades económicas para las familias de clase media.

 

 

 

Weekly Address: We Do Better When the Middle Class Does Better

October 04, 2014 | 01:06:24 | Public Domain

In this week’s address, the President highlighted that six years after the Great Recession, thanks to the hard work of the American people and the President’s policies, our economy has come back further and faster than any other nation on Earth.

 

 

 

Senior Administration Officials Hold a Briefing on the U.S. Government’s Ebola Response

October 03, 2014 | 44:01 | Public Domain

At the White House, senior administration officials hold a briefing on the U.S. government’s response to the Ebola epidemic, October 3, 2014.

 

 

 

West Wing Week: 10/03/14 or, “If the Body is Strong”

October 02, 2014 | 4:17

This week, the President convened summits on global public health and on the BRAIN Initiative, hosted the Prime Ministers of India and Israel, welcomed the 2013 MLS Champion Sporting Kansas City to the White House, and traveled to Chicago to speak on the resurgence of the American economy.

 

 

 

Statements and Releases/Speeches and Remarks

 

Statement by Vice President Biden on the October 3 Attack on United Nations Peacekeepers in Mali

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Government of the Netherlands Decision to Authorize Military Force Against ISIL

 

Readout of the President’s Call with U.S. Africa Command Commander General David Rodriguez

 

Statement by the President on the Death of Alan Henning

 

Statement by the President on Hajj and Eid al-Adha

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Call with President Erdogan of Turkey

 

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on the Death of an ICRC Staff member in Ukraine

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on Australian, Danish, and Turkish Decisions to Authorize Military Force Against ISIL

 

Readout of Deputy National Security Advisor Antony Blinken ’s Meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak of Slovakia

 

FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces New Manufacturing Innovation Institute Competition

 

Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama at Martha Coakley for Governor Rally

 

Remarks by the Vice President at the John F. Kennedy Forum

 

 

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October 2014: Photo of the Day

 

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White House Week Ahead Schedule – October 6th – 10th, 2014

 

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Monday: The President will meet with the lead financial regulators at the White House for a discussion on the economy and to receive an update on the implementation of Wall Street reform. In the afternoon, he will meet with members of his national security team and senior staff to receive an update on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the administration’s response efforts. In the evening, the President will attend a DNC roundtable in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday: The President will travel to New York City to attend DNC events. Following these events, he will travel to Greenwich, Connecticut, to attend a DSCC event. Further details on the President’s travel to New York and Connecticut will be available in the coming days. The First Lady will attend an afternoon rally for Gov Pat Quinn at the University of Illinois

Wednesday: The President will travel to the Pentagon where he will meet with his combatant commanders and hold a meeting with his national security team to receive an update on the campaign to combat ISIL.

Thursday: The President will travel to Los Angeles to attend a DNC event. He will spend the night in LA.

Friday: The President will travel to San Francisco to attend a DNC event, and will spend the night there.

Saturday: While in San Francisco, the President will attend a DNC roundtable. Following these events, he will return to Washington, D.C., in the afternoon.

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama headlines rally at UIC for Quinn on Tuesday

 

First Lady Michelle Obama will campaign for Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday, the event: an afternoon rally at the University of Illinois/Chicago Pavilion at 525 S. Racine.

 

President Barack Obama raised $1 million for Quinn at a Thursday fundraiser for Quinn, but did not do any large-scale event to mobilize voters to turn out. At the UIC event, Michelle Obama will be leading a rally to get-out-the vote for Quinn and the rest of the Illinois Democratic ticket and will emphasize how folks should take advantage of the early voting options in Illinois.

 

On Monday, the Quinn campaign starting running a radio spot the first lady made for Quinn.

 

Obama in Chicago and Rahm’s policy push

 

 

 

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Demonstrators ‘disrupt’ STL symphony singing a ‘Requiem for Mike Brown’

 

 

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The President’s Day: October 2nd, 2014

 

On Thursday, the President will return from Chicago. In the evening, the President will deliver remarks at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Annual Awards Gala at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

 

 

President Obama Delivers Remarks at Northwestern University

 

Published on Oct 2, 2014

On October 2, 2014, President Obama spoke to young entrepreneurs at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management about the new foundation of America’s 21st century economy.

 

 

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The President Speaks at Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala

 

Published on Oct 2, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 37th Annual Awards Gala in Washington, D.C., October 2, 2014.

 

 

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President Obama meets with the Prime Minister of Israel

October 01, 2014 | 6:01 | Public Domain

President Obama held a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel on October 1, 2014.

 

 

 

The President Honors the MLS Cup Champions

 

Published on Oct 1, 2014

On October 1, 2014, President Obama delivered remarks in honor of the Sporting KC, the MLS Cup Champions of 2013.

 

 

 

West Wing Week: 10/03/14 or “If the Body is Strong”

 

Published on Oct 2, 2014

This week, the President convened summits on global public health and on the BRAIN Initiative, hosted the Prime Ministers of India and Israel, welcomed the 2013 MLS Champion Sporting Kansas City to the White House, and traveled to Chicago to speak on the resurgence of the American economy. That’s September 26th to October 2nd “If the Body is Strong.”

 

 

 

10/01/14: White House Press Briefing

 

 

Speeches and Remarks

 

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Remarks by the President at Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala

 

Remarks by the President on the Economy — Northwestern University

 

Remarks by the President Honoring the MLS Cup Champion Sporting KC

 

Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel Before Bilateral Meeting

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

Readout of National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh of Vietnam

 

Readout of National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Indian National Security Advisor Doval

 

Readout of National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Foreign Minister Wang Yi of China

 

President Obama Signs Kentucky Disaster Declaration

 

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

 

Readout of Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa O. Monaco’s Meeting with Security Officials from the Netherlands

 

Obama Administration Announces Climate Action Champions Competition to Recognize Climate Leaders Across the United States

 

 

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The White House Blog

 

Gary Pollard, Jr.: “One American’s Perspective”

 

The Foundation for Growth and Prosperity Revisited

 

“A New Foundation Is Laid”: President Obama on America’s 21st Century Economy

 

Have This in Front of You When You Watch the President Today

 

Watch and Engage: President Obama Speaks on the Future of America’s 21st Century Economy

 

President Obama Welcomes 2013 MLS Champs Sporting KC to the White House

 

You Told Us: Here’s What Raising the Wage Means to You

 

President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu Meet at the White House

 

Kevin Pearce: “I may never get to stand on the Olympic podium, but:”

 

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What’s Behind the Ebola Crises and are U.S. Americans at Risk?

 

Published on Oct 2, 2014

In an interview with Telesur’s The Global African, Johns Hopkins Infectious Disease Program co-director Taha E. Taha discusses the roots of the Ebola crisis and what can be done about it.

 

 

 

Ebola patient’s family still in apartment

 

 

 

This Insane Ad Shows Exactly How Republicans See Women

 

Published on Oct 2, 2014

Republicans just continue their “reaching out” to women in all the most tone deaf ways. College Republican National Committee released a demented new ad targeting young women voters attempting to parody the TV show Say Yes to the Dress…

 

 

 

Should Justice Ginsburg retire?

 

Published on Oct 2, 2014

When justices are named to the Supreme Court, they hold that seat for life. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 81, the oldest sitting justice and a powerful voice on the bench. Jeffrey Brown gets views from Erwin Chemerinsky of the University of California-Irvine and Jeffrey Rosen of George Washington University on the political ramifications of a retirement, and the idea of Supreme Court term limits.

 

 

 

Justice Scalia Is Utterly Stupid, Especially On Religion & The Constitution

 

Published on Oct 2, 2014

“The separation of church and state doesn’t mean “the government cannot favor religion over non-religion,” Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia argued during a speech at Colorado Christian University on Wednesday, according to The Washington Times.

 

 

 

Massive Cyber Attack 76 million accounts from JPMorgan been compromised – LoneWolf Sager

 

 

 

36 Million Americans in the Path of Severe Weather From Dallas to Chicago

 

Published on Oct 2, 2014

From Dallas to Chicago, powerful winds, hail, rain and floods all threaten the heartland. – LoneWolf & The Three Muskadoggies
“Please…. Remember Our Homeless, Hospitalized & Disabled Veterans & Fallen Heroes! Thank You….America!”
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Truck crashes during California high-speed police chase

 

Published on Oct 2, 2014

A police chase spanning three counties in California Thursday ended after the driver, who was suspected of grand theft, crashed off the interstate.

 

 

 

PBS NewsHour full episode Oct. 2, 2014

 

Published on Oct 2, 2014

Thursday on the NewsHour, we take a deeper look at the ongoing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Also: A debate on when Supreme Court justices should retire, students in Colorado protest changes to their curriculum, Walruses face dangers as sea ice retreats, taxi drivers push back against Uber and Lyft and actor Kevin Spacey cultivates an unsung talent.

 

 

 

Vice President Biden Speaks to the Urban Alliance and U.S. Chamber of Commerce

 

Scheduled for Oct 3, 2014

 

 

 

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On Tuesday, the President will host Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India at the White House. The two leaders will discuss a range of issues of mutual interest in order to expand and deepen the U.S.-India strategic partnership. They will discuss ways to accelerate economic growth, bolster security cooperation, and collaborate in activities that bring long-term benefits to both countries and the world. They will also focus on regional issues, including current developments in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, where India and the United States can work together with partners towards a positive outcome. The President looks forward to working with the Prime Minister to fulfill the promise of the U.S.-India strategic partnership for the benefit of both our citizens and the world. The Vice President will also participate.

 

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President Barack Obama talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India during their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, Sept. 30, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India during their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, Sept. 30, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

President Obama Meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

 

This morning, President Obama met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, marking the first bilateral summit between the two heads of state.

 

“It is an extraordinary pleasure to welcome Prime Minister Modi to the White House for the first time,” President Obama said in remarks after their meeting. The President recognized the Prime Minister’s historic victory in the Indian general election earlier this year, and the two leaders discussed the broad partnership that exists between the United States and India:

 

I think that the entire world has watched the historic election and mandate that the people of India delivered in the recent election.  And I think everyone has been impressed with the energy and the determination with which the Prime Minister has looked to address not only India’s significant challenges, but more importantly, India’s enormous opportunities for success in the 21st century.

We have had an outstanding discussion around a range of issues.  And we, during our discussions, reaffirmed that as two of the world’s largest democracies, vibrant people-to-people contacts between India and the United States, including an incredible Indian American population that contributes so much, that we have so much in common it is critical for us to continue to deepen and broaden the existing framework of partnership and friendship that already exists.


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Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India After Bilateral Meeting

 

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President Obama and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit the Martin Luther King Memorial

 

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CDC Confirms First Case of Ebola Diagnosed in the U.S.

 

President Obama Announces the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge

 

Dan Pfeiffer: “That’s How We Roll”

 

President Obama: “That’s How We Roll”

 

Community Colleges: The Secret Sauce

 

Weekly Wrap-Up: Act On Climate Change

 

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama Hosts the National Design Awards Luncheon

 

 

 

Remarks by the First Lady at Annual Cooper Hewitt Luncheon

East Room

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MRS. OBAMA:  Well, good afternoon everyone, and welcome to the White House.  Yay!  (Applause.)  See, I always have to loosen you guys up.  You’re in the White House, you’re a little stiff.  (Laughter.)  But let me just take a moment to notice these nice chairs — pretty nice.  This is a new addition to the luncheon, those of you who have been here.  (Laughter.)  This is — round of applause.  (Applause.)

 

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Well, it is truly a pleasure to be here with all of you today as we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the National Design Awards.  And I have been fortunate enough to be here for — this is my 6th year that we’ve had the pleasure of hosting this event here in the East Room.  And every year, I truly look forward to learning more about the honorees.  I mean, I get to read everything, but then, every now and then, I get to sit down and talk to you guys and actually learn a little bit about how you do what you do.

 

And what I discover is that these men and women are some of the most daring and creative minds in the world.  From a designer at Google who’s using data and crowd-sourcing to create art that will take your breath away, to the former Hollywood set designers who are now creating some of the most unique buildings and interiors that you’ll ever see — and they like each other, I think.  (Laughter.)  And then there’s this fashion designer whose parents tried to convince him to be a lawyer, or a doctor, or a dentist, or something like that.  And I’m sure that I speak for all women — (laughter) — when I say that I’m grateful that Narciso chose another path.  (Laughter and applause.)  Well done.

 

And it’s that idea of a path — a life’s journey — that I’d like to spend just a moment reflecting on.  Because every year at this event, I love asking our honorees how they ended up in these cool careers in the first place.  And more often than not, they tell me some crazy, quirky, interesting story about a string of coincidences that led them here today -– a chance meeting that turned into a partnership or business; a passion that no one ever dreamed they could actually make a living from; a mentor, a teacher, a family member who sort of led them into the career.

 

And as we reflect on the obstacles, and all the zig-zags and false starts that the folks we honor in this room have faced, I also want us to ask ourselves a few questions:  What can we do to help smooth the path for those who come after?  How do we make sure that our young people know about these careers?  I think about that all the time.  Who knows that you can do the stuff you do?  They don’t teach it in school, and we don’t want to leave it to luck or coincidence or chance to allow the next generation to make their dreams come true.

 

And more importantly, what are we doing to prepare the next generation for the opportunities that we do create for them?  How are we reaching our young people where they are in a way that really moves them and inspires them to commit to their education and fulfill their boundless promise?  Because in this age, as you know — and I’ve got teenagers — (laughter) — when our kids are always buried in some screen or device, what I’ve learned is that we can’t just lecture them anymore.  They tune us out.  (Laughter.)  It happens every night at dinner, it’s so sad.  We’ve got to really engage them and find ways for them to interact with us in new ways and with the world around them.

 

And that’s why I am so excited about the new Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, which will reopen in December, because you all are embracing the technology of the next generation in some really exciting ways.  I haven’t got a chance to see it; I’m going to come visit when it’s open, but I understand that you’re giving everyone who enters this new museum an interactive pen they can use to download information from ultra-high-definition exhibition tables — which means that essentially a visitor can record their visit, and then share and view it online long after they leave the museum, which is really kind of cool.  You’re also creating something called an “immersion room,” where a visitor can choose from hundreds of different wallpapers and patterns, or they can create something of their own and then instantly project them onto the walls around them.

 

And then of course there’s all the wonderful work that you’re doing outside of the museum that I am so proud of.  You’re sponsoring Teen Design Fairs and allowing kids to meet with experts, where they get feedback and they learn from some of the best in the world.  And you’re supporting budding designers with your DesignPrep Scholars program that’s in D.C. and New York.  And as usual, I got a chance to meet that group before I came into the room, and I want us to just take a moment — I want all those young scholars to please stand so that we can acknowledge you.  (Applause.)  Yay for you guys.  You can sit down now.  (Laughter.)

 

We’re very proud of you guys, and I’ve heard some really exciting things about the workshops earlier today and hopefully you all learned something too.  But here’s what I want you to think about — your mind, your creativity got you into the White House.  Remember that.  (Laughter.)  So you can do anything, all right?  This is pretty cool, right?  We’re very proud of you, and we’re proud of everything that Cooper Hewitt is doing.  Because the truth is, you all get it.  You really do.  You know that it’s not enough to simply celebrate the best design in America today, you know that we’ve got to really cultivate the best designers of tomorrow as well.

 

And it is an honor that during this special anniversary that we’re here at the White House that I’m able to thank you all once again for everything you do to make this world a better, more fun and interesting place, and what you’re doing to pass on that passion and imagination and commitment to our next generation.  It is truly a treat and an honor for me.  So thank you all, and congratulations.  (Applause.)

 

And now, it is my pleasure to introduce someone else who knows a thing or two about reaching out to our young people.  Under his leadership, the Smithsonian has used technology and educational programming to open up the museums, exhibitions and artifacts to more people than ever before — and my daughters are among those young people.  And while we are sad to see his time as Secretary of the Smithsonian end in just a few months, we’re pleased to have him here for this event one last time.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my dear friend, Dr. Wayne Clough.  (Applause.)

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Remarks by the First Lady at a Voter Mobilization Rally — Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

 

September 2014: Photo of the Day

 

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On Wednesday, the President will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House. The President looks forward to discussing with the Prime Minister Israel’s relations with the Palestinians, including the situation in Gaza; developments related to Iran; and the international effort to combat ISIL. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit is a demonstration of the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel, and our close consultations on a range of regional issues.The Vice President will also participate. In the afternoon, the President will welcome Sporting Kansas City to honor their 2013 MLS Cup Championship. In the evening, the President will travel to Chicago, Illinois, where he will remain overnight. Further details on the President’s travel to Chicago will be made available in the coming days.

 

On Thursday, the President will return from Chicago. In the evening, the President will deliver remarks at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Annual Awards Gala at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

 

On Friday, the President will attend meetings at the White House.

 

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Obama Guidance & Schedule Oct. 1st, 2014 — Netanyahu, Chicago

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2014

 

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

 

Later in the morning, the President will meet with Secretary of State Kerry in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

Following that meeting, the President will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House. The President looks forward to discussing with the Prime Minister Israel’s relations with the Palestinians, including the situation in Gaza; developments related to Iran; and the international effort to combat ISIL. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit is a demonstration of the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel, and our close consultations on a range of regional issues. The Vice President will also participate. There will be a pool spray at the top of this meeting in the Oval Office.

 

In the afternoon, the President will have lunch with the Vice President in the Private Dining Room. This lunch is closed press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will welcome Sporting Kansas City to honor their 2013 MLS Cup Championship. This event in the East Room is open press.

 

In the evening, the President will travel to Chicago, Illinois. The departure from the South Lawn and arrival at Gary Chicago International Airport are open press.

 

The President will remain overnight in Chicago, Illinois.

 

Wednesday, October 1 2014  All Times ET

 

10:00 AM: THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

10:40 AM: THE PRESIDENT meets with Secretary of State Kerry, Oval Office.

 

11:20 AM: THE PRESIDENT holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel; THE VICE PRESIDENT also attends,Oval Office.

 

12:15 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, The Brady Briefing Room.

 

1:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet for lunch, Private Dining Room.

 

2:10 PM: THE PRESIDENT honors the 2013 MLS Cup Champions Sporting Kansas City, East Room.

 

5:55 PM: THE PRESIDENT departs the White House, South Lawn.

 

6:10 PM: THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews.

 

7:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT arrives in Gary, Indiana, Gary Chicago International Airport. The President will remain overnight in Chicago, Illinois.

 

 

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Update: Obama to speak at Northwestern University on economy

 

By Ms. LYNN SWEET

 

Updated from Monday…WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will deliver a speech on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University on Thursday, which will come after Obama headlines a fundraiser in Chicago for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.

 

The last president to speak at Northwestern, according to the university, was President Dwight Eisenhower in 1954. Obama will deliver his speech at 1:15 p.m. at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., on the Evanston campus.

 

“I am extremely pleased to announce that President Barack Obama will come to Northwestern’s campus in Evanston to make a major address about the economy and his plans to keep expanding opportunity for Americans,” said Northwestern President Morton Schapiro in a statement.

 

Obama arrives in Chicago on Wednesday evening. After spending the night — it’s not known whether he will go to his Kenwood home — Obama heads downtown for the fundraiser at the Gold Coast home of Meredith A. Bluhm-Wolf, the daughter of Chicago business honcho Neil Bluhm, a major Northwestern benefactor — in 2013 Bluhm, a law school alum, donated $25 million to Northwestern.

 

After the fundraiser, Obama heads to Evanston for the speech on the economy at NU’s Kellogg School of Management. White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer said in an email sent Wednesday that in the Northwestern speech, “the President will make the case for what has always fueled America’s leadership — and that’s America’s economic greatness. He’ll take a step back from the rush of current events to explain what we’ve done to recover from the Great Recession and what we need to do to ensure that more middle-class Americans feel that progress in their own lives.”

 

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said at the Tuesday briefing that Kellogg was selected because  “this is one of the top business schools in the country and is an appropriate venue for a serious speech about America’s economy.”

 

On Monday, a Sun-Times videographer spotted military aircraft doing a practice run for the presidential visit at a parking lot near Soldier Field while other spotters in Evanston saw U.S. military aircraft landing on the NU campus lakefront landfill area.

 

Chicago prepares for President Obama’s visit on Wednesday

 

 

Thank you Ms. LYNN SWEET

 

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Obama to use Gary airport, not O’Hare or Midway after FAA fire

 

President Barack Obama will fly in and out of the airport at Gary, Ind., on Wednesday and Thursday, in the wake of flight delays still plaguing O’Hare and Midway airports following an arson fire on Friday damaging the FAA radar facility in Aurora.

 

Most of the cancelled and delayed flights on Tuesday were at O’Hare. Obama is flying to Chicago on Wednesday evening and departing Thursday afternoon after delivering a speech on the economy at Northwestern University in Evanston and headling a fundraiser for Gov. Pat Quinn on the Gold Coast in Chicago.

 

Obviously, O’Hare is much closer to the NU campus, but the White House did not want Air Force One and the president to get in the way of air traffic.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama Radio Ad for Governor Pat Quinn

 

 

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