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Weekly Address: Rewarding Hard Work By Strengthening Overtime Pay Protections


 

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Weekly Address: Rewarding Hard Work by Strengthening Overtime Pay Protections

 

David Hudson
David Hudson

March 15, 2014
06:00 AM EDT

 

In this week’s address, President Obama highlighted the action he took this week to reward hard work by strengthening overtime pay protections. As part of this year of action, the President has ordered the Secretary of Labor to modernize our country’s overtime rules to ensure that millions of American workers are paid a fair wage for a hard day’s work.

 

While our economy is moving forward, the middle class and those fighting to get into it are still struggling and too many Americans are working harder than ever just to keep up, let alone get ahead. So, in consultation with workers and business, the Obama administration will update and simplify the rules to reward hard work and responsibility.

 

 

 

Updating and Modernizing Overtime Regulations

March 13, 2014 | 10:35 |Public Domain

 

President Obama signs a Presidential Memorandum on modernizing the overtime system to ensure that workers are paid fairly for a hard day’s work.

 

 

 

Remarks by the President On Overtime Pay

 

 

Presidential Actions

 

Presidential Memorandum — Updating and Modernizing Overtime Regulations

 

 

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Ariel Castro Committed Suicide, Did Not Die In Sexual Act, Report Says.


 

By Jueseppi B.

Cleveland Kidnapper Ariel Castro Sentenced In Cleveland

 

 

Report confirms Castro’s jail cell suicide

 

From LA Times:

By Michael Muskal

 

Ariel Castro, the Cleveland bus driver who held three women captive for years before they escaped, committed suicide by hanging in his cell and did not die of autoerotic asphyxiation, consultants to the Ohio prison system determined, according to a report released on Tuesday.

 

The 25-page report, by consultants Lindsay M. Hayes and Fred Cohen for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, examined the incidence of suicides in the state prison system where 32 people killed themselves in the five-year period beginning in 2009. Ten suicides were reported this year, the report states.

 

The consultants looked at two cases in-depth including the high-profile case of Castro, who was found hanging in his cell on Sept. 3 with his shorts around his ankles. Prison officials noted that it was unclear what that meant, but the case was turned over to the Ohio State Highway Patrol “for consideration of the possibility of autoerotic asphyxiation,” the report said.

 

During autoerotic asphyxiation, the individual seeks a sexual thrill by choking himself into unconsciousness.

 

The consultants said that all of the evidence pointed to suicide, including how Castro arranged his family pictures and a Bible in the cell. Subsequent reviews by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Franklin County coroner reached the same conclusion, the report said.

 

“In conclusion, based upon the fact that this inmate was going to remain in prison for the rest of his natural life under the probability of continued perceived harassment and threats to his safety, his death was not predictable on September 3, 2013, but his suicide was not surprising and perhaps inevitable,” the report states.

 

Castro, 53, pleaded guilty to kidnapping three women from the streets of Cleveland from 2002 to 2004. The victims were 14, 16 and 20, and were kept in Castro’s house, chained in rooms and sometimes in the basement and repeatedly sexually abused. One of the women gave birth to a child fathered by Castro.
The women were rescued May 6 when one of them broke through a door and called for help.

 

Castro told a judge at his sentencing that he was addicted to sex and pornography. “I’m not a monster. I’m sick,” he said in August before the judge handed down a sentence of 1,000 years in prison.

 

A month later, Castro was found kneeling in his cell with his pants down and hanging from a sheet attached to a window hinge. Some inmates — who had not seen Castro — suggested that his pants slipped because of his 10-pound weight loss since entering prison, the report said. But one nurse interviewed by the consultants said Castro was completely naked, and a supervisor said it was not uncommon for Castro to be naked in his cell, according to the report.

 

The conditions and the bizarre nature of Castro’s crime led officials to examine whether he had died of autoerotic asphyxiation. A prison after-action report had noted the circumstances, prison system spokeswoman JoEllen Smith told the Los Angels Times by telephone on Tuesday.

 

“We were trying to present the findings and circumstance around the incident,” she said, adding that the agency was not tying to determine the cause of Castro’s death. “Those facts were presented to the patrol for consideration. The Franklin County Coroner determined the cause of death as a suicide and that was never disputed by DRC.”

 

Castro underwent several mental health assessments, the report stated, but none indicated that Castro was a suicide risk, the report said. Castro was supposed to be checked every 30 minutes.

 

Some of those checks were not carried out, however. Two prison guards were placed on paid administrative leave during the state’s investigation into Castro’s death. The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction alleged that the two falsified logs documenting the number of times guards checked on Castro before he died.

 

The falsification did not contribute to Castro’s death, the report found.

 

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is committed to following recommendations in the report, spokeswoman Smith said in a statement. Those recommendations include beefing up staff training on suicide prevention.

 

Thank you LA Times.

 

 

Kidnapper Ariel Castro’s Prison Cell Suicide, Did Staff Look The Other Way?

 

Published on Sep 4, 2013

“The man who held three women captive in his home for nearly a decade before one escaped and alerted authorities has been found dead and is believed to have committed suicide, a prison official said.

 

Ariel Castro, 53, was found hanging in his cell around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, located south of Columbus in central Ohio, JoEllen Smith, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokeswoman, said early Wednesday.”* Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola (TYT University and Common Room), Jimmy Dore (TYTComedy, The Jimmy Dore Show), and Ben Mankiewicz (What The Flick?! and TYT Sports) break it down on The Young Turks.

 

 

 

 

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President Obama Speaks On Manufacturing In Ohio. (Full Video & Transcript)


 

By Jueseppi B.

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Arcelormittal Steel factory in Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 14, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Arcelormittal Steel factory in Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 14, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

 

Megan Slack
Megan Slack

November 14, 2013
07:03 PM EST

 

President Barack Obama  delivers remarks at Arcelormittal Steel factory in Cleveland, OhioPresident Barack Obama delivers remarks at Arcelormittal Steel factory in Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 14, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

 

President Obama Speaks on Manufacturing and the Economy

November 14, 2013 | 24:40 |Public Domain

 

President Obama delivers remarks at ArcelorMittal‘s Cleveland plant, a global leader in advanced high-strength steel, which not only helps to improve the fuel efficiency of our vehicles, but it also helps the U.S. to become a leader in the advanced manufacturing products that will fuel an American manufacturing renaissance.

 

 

 

Today, President Obama spoke at ArcelorMittal’s steel factory in Cleveland, Ohio. ArcelorMittal is the largest supplier of steel to the U.S. auto manufacturing sector.

 

But just a few years ago, President Obama said, the economy was in free fall and the auto industry was on the brink of collapse. That meant demand for steel had dried up. Nearly 1,200 steelworkers were furloughed from the factory.

 

Shortly after taking office, President Obama stepped in to give the auto industry the temporary helped in needed to start growing again. “We rolled up our sleeves, we made some tough choices,” he said. “We rescued and retooled the American auto industry; it saved more than a million jobs.”

 

We bet on American ingenuity and American workers. And assembly lines started humming again, and automakers started to make cars again. And just a few months after this plant shut down, your plant manager got the call: Fire those furnaces back up, get those workers back on the job. And over the last four years, you’ve made yourselves one of the most productive steel mills not just in America, but in the world.

 

Today, ArcelorMittal’s Cleveland plant is a global leader in producing the advanced high-strength steel that automakers are demanding for newer, more fuel efficient cars and trucks.

 

In his remarks, President Obama quoted one of the plant’s engineers, who said that “when we came back, we wanted to make sure we were in a position where we never shut down again.” And so the company has invested in state-of-the-art technology, while making sure workers are constantly upgrading their skills.

 

“The story of this plant is the story of America over the last five years,” President Obama said. “We haven’t just been recovering from a crisis. What we’ve been trying to do is rebuild a new foundation for growth and prosperity to protect ourselves from future crises.”

 

Workers listen as President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the ArcelorMittal Steel factory in Cleveland, OhioWorkers listen as President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the ArcelorMittal Steel factory in Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 14, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

 

President Obama told the workers they were “an example of what we do when we put our minds to it.”

 

This plant was closed for a while. We go through hard times. And a lot of our friends are still going through hard times.  But when we work at it, we know we can get to a better place, and we can restore some security to a middle class that was forged in plants just like this one, and keep giving ladders of opportunity for folks who were willing to work hard to get into the middle class. That’s what I’m about. That’s what this plant is about. I’m proud to be with you.

Related Topics: ManufacturingEconomyOhio

 

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Remarks by the President on the Economy in Cleveland, OH

ArcelorMittal Cleveland Steel Factory
Cleveland, Ohio

3:38 P.M. EST

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, Ohio!  (Applause.)  It is good to be back in Cleveland.  The last time I was here was about a year ago, in the final days of the campaign.  I know how much you miss hearing how I approve this message every night on your TV.  (Laughter.)  I will say it is nice to be here when the only real battle for Ohio is the Browns-Bengals game this Sunday.  (Applause.)  He’s got the Browns shirt right here, Browns cap.  (Laughter.)

 

 

I want to thank Scotty for that terrific introduction.  Give him a big round of applause.  (Applause.)  He is a natural.  I want to thank your CEO, Lakshmi Mittal, for investing in America and the Cleveland area.  We appreciate him.  (Applause.)  And I want to thank all of you for having me here today.

 

 

Along with me, there are a couple of people I just want to acknowledge.  First of all, America’s Secretary of Energy, Ernie Moniz, is here.  Right there.  (Applause.)  And Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur is here.  Give Marcy a big round of applause.  (Applause.)  Fighting for working people every day.

 

 

And earlier this afternoon I had a chance to see your mayor, Frank Jackson; your county executive, Ed FitzGerald.  And even though they’re not here, I want to thank them for the great work they’re doing on behalf of working people throughout the region.  (Applause.)

 

 

And then, finally, I want to thank Mark and Gary for showing me one of the biggest steel plants in America.  And they told me that folks are proud to have been making steel right here for a century — 100 years — right here.  (Applause.)  And they explained that, today, the steel you make in Cleveland is some of the strongest you’ll find anywhere in the world.  It’s one of the most productive plants in the world.  Best workers in the world.  (Applause.)

 

 

And what’s remarkable is, when you think about it, go back to where this plant was just a few years ago.  The economy was in free fall, auto industry on the brink of collapse.  And that meant demand for steel had dried up.  The blast furnaces went quiet.  About 1,200 steelworkers punched out for what might have been the last time.  And that all came at the end of a decade when the middle class was already working harder and harder just to get by, and nearly one in three American manufacturing jobs had vanished — a lot of them going overseas.  And that could have devastated this community for good.

 

 

But we rolled up our sleeves, we made some tough choices.  We rescued and retooled the American auto industry; it saved more than a million jobs.  We bet on American ingenuity and American workers.  (Applause.)  And assembly lines started humming again, and automakers started to make cars again.  And just a few months after this plant shut down, your plant manager got the call:  Fire those furnaces back up, get those workers back on the job.  And over the last four years, you’ve made yourselves one of the most productive steel mills not just in America, but in the world.  In the world.  (Applause.)

 

 

So you retooled to make the stronger steel that goes into newer, better American cars and trucks.  You created new partnerships with schools and community colleges to make sure that folks who work here have the high-tech skills they need for the high-tech jobs — because I was looking around this factory, and there’s a whole bunch of computer stuff going on.

 

 

One of your engineers — and I want to make sure I get Margaret’s name right here — Margaret Krolikowski.  Did I get that right, Margaret?  (Applause.)  Where’s Margaret?  Where is she?  There is she is, back there.  So I’m going to quote you — I’m going to quote you.  Here’s what Margaret said:  “When we came back, we wanted to make sure we were in a position where we never shut down again.”  Never shut down again.  And that means making sure that workers here are constantly upgrading their skills and investments being made in the state-of-the-art technology.

 

 

And it was interesting, when I was meeting a number of the folks who were giving me the tour — folks who have been here 30 years, 40 years — but obviously the plant has changed, and so during that period they’ve had to upgrade their skills.  And that’s what’s happened.  And the story of this plant is the story of America over the last five years.  We haven’t just been recovering from a crisis.  What we’ve been trying to do is rebuild a new foundation for growth and prosperity to protect ourselves from future crises.  And because of the grit and resilience and optimism of the American people, we’re seeing comeback stories like yours all across America.

 

 

Over the last 44 months, our businesses have created 7.8 million new jobs.  Last month, another 200,000 Americans went back to work.  (Applause.)  And a lot of those jobs are in manufacturing.  So now we’ve got more work to do to get those engines of the economy churning even faster.  But because we’ve been willing to do some hard things, not just kick the can down the road, factories are reopening their doors, businesses are hiring new workers, companies that were shipping jobs overseas, they’re starting to talk about bringing those jobs back to America.  We’re starting to see that.

 

 

And let me give you an example, because we were talking about this — Mr. Mittal and others were talking about what’s different now.  Take a look at what we’ve done with American energy.  For years, folks have talked about reducing our dependence on foreign oil — but we didn’t really do it.  And we were just importing more and more oil, sending more and more money overseas.  Gas prices keep on going up and up and up.  We finally decided we were going to do something about it.

 

 

So we invested in new American technologies to reverse our addiction to foreign oil, double wind power, double solar power, produce more oil, produce more natural gas, and do it all in a way that is actually bringing down some of our pollution, making our entire economy more energy-efficient.  Today, we generate more renewable energy than ever.  We produce more natural gas than anybody in the world.  Just yesterday, we learned that for the first time since 1995, the United States of America produces more of our own oil here at home than we buy from other countries.  First time since 1995.  (Applause.)  And that’s a big deal.  That’s what America has done these past five years.

 

 

And that is a huge competitive advantage for us.  Part of the reason companies now want to move — we were just talking about it — this plant, if it’s located in Germany, energy costs are double, maybe triple; same in Japan.  So this gives us a big edge.  But this is also important:  We reached the milestone not just because we’re producing more energy, but also we’re wasting less energy.  And this plant is a good example of it.  We set new fuel standards that double the distance our cars and trucks go on a gallon of gas by the middle of the next decade.  That saves the average driver, everybody here, more than $8,000 at the pump over the life of a new car.  You like that?  (Applause.)  We launched initiatives to put people to work upgrading our homes, and our businesses, and our factories so we’re wasting less energy.  All that saves businesses money on their energy bills.  Your plant is one of the hundreds to answer that call.  And if you’re saving money on energy costs, that means you can invest in equipment, invest in workers, hire more people, produce more products.

 

 

And here’s another thing:  Between more clean energy, less wasted energy, the carbon pollution that’s helping to warm the planet, that actually starts going down.  And that’s good news for anybody who cares about leaving a planet to our kids that is as beautiful as the one we got from our parents and our grandparents.  (Applause.)  So it’s a win-win.  Our economy keeps growing, creating new jobs, which means that strengthening our energy security and increasing energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a choice between the environment and the economy — we can do both.

 

 

So we’ve tackled the way we use energy.  That’s making America more competitive in order to attract good jobs.  We’ve also tackled our deficits.  A lot of people have been concerned about deficits.  Since I took office, we cut them in half.  That makes America more attractive when it comes to business investment decisions.

 

 

And we’ve tackled a broken health care system.  Obviously, we’re not done yet.  (Applause.)  Obviously, we’re not done yet.  But over the last three years, health care costs have grown at the slowest pace on record.  And this is a great place to work thanks to a great steelworkers union and cooperation between management and labor.  (Applause.)  But just keep in mind that if businesses’ health care costs are growing at about one-third the rate that they were a decade ago, that makes America a more affordable place to do business, and it also means that the investors here, if they’re putting less money into health care costs, they can put more money in terms of hiring more workers and making sure that they’re getting good pay.

 

 

So that’s what all these tough decisions are about:  Reversing the forces that have hurt the middle class for a long, long time, and building an economy where anybody, if you work hard, you can get ahead.  That’s what plants like this have always been about.  It’s not that it’s easy work.  But it means if you work hard, you’ve got a chance to buy a home, you’ve got a chance to retire, you’ve got a chance to send your kids to school, you have a chance to maybe take a little vacation once in a while.  That’s what people strive for.  And that’s what will make the 21st century an American century, just like the last century was.

 

 

But I didn’t run for President to go back to where we were.  I want us to go forward.  I want us to go towards the future.  (Applause.)  I want us to get us to where we need to be.  I want to solve problems, not just put them off.  I want to solve problems.  And we’ve got to do more to create more good, middle-class jobs like the ones folks have here.

 

 

That means we’ve got to do everything we can to prepare our children and our workers for the competition that they’re going to face.  We should be doing everything we can to help put some sort of advanced education within reach for more young people.  Not everybody has got to go to a four-year college, but just looking at the equipment around here, you’ve got to have a little bit of advanced training.  It may come through a community college or it may come through a technical school, but we’ve got to make sure you can get that education, your kids can get that education without going broke — without going broke, without going into debt.  (Applause.)  So we’re working on that.

 

 

Another thing we should be working on:  Fixing a broken immigration system.  (Applause.)  When you think about this whole region, a lot of folks forget, but almost everybody who worked in that plant 100 years ago came from someplace else.  And so we’ve got now a new generation of hopeful, striving immigrants; we’ve got to make sure that they come legally and that we do what we need to secure our borders, but we’ve also got to make sure that we’re providing them opportunity just like your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents received when they arrived at this plant.  And that’s important.  (Applause.)  And, by the way, it will help our economy grow because then they’re paying taxes and helping to invest and build here in America.

 

 

We should do everything we can to revitalize American manufacturing.  Manufacturing is — that’s the hub of our economy.  When our manufacturing base is strong, the entire economy is strong.  A lot of service jobs depend on servicing manufacturing jobs.  And, typically, manufacturing jobs pay a little bit better.  So that’s been a path, a ticket to the middle class.  So when we make steel and cars, make them here in America, that helps.  Like I said, the work may be hard but it gives you enough money to buy a home and raise a kid, retire and send your kids to school.

 

 

And those kinds of jobs also tell us something else.  It’s not just how much you get in your paycheck, it’s also a sense of, “I’m making something and I’m helping to build this country.”  It helps establish a sense of — that we’re invested in this country.  (Applause.)  It tells us what we’re worth as a community.  One of your coworkers, Mike Longa — where’s Mike?

 

 

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Back here.

 

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Is he back here?  That’s Mike right there.  Mike grew up here.  His mom and dad worked at this plant.  This plant helped put Mike and four brothers and/or sisters through college.  And once this plant started growing again, Mike got his chance to be a steelworker here, and provide for his own two young kids.  So it’s a generational thing, and I want to keep that going.

 

 

In my State of the Union address, I talked about how we created America’s first manufacturing innovation institute right here in Ohio.  Marcy Kaptur has been a big proponent of this, because she knows how important manufacturing is.  I want to create more of them — places where businesses are working with universities and they’re partnering to figure out what are the new manufacturing techniques that keep us at the cutting edge so that China or Germany don’t get ahead of us in terms of the equipment that’s being invested.  We want to be at the cutting edge, so what we’re producing is always the best steel, it’s always the best cars.  But that requires research and investment.

 

 

And your Senator, Sherrod Brown, helped us to create that first manufacturing hub in Youngstown.  And he’s now leading a bipartisan effort — (applause) — he’s now leading a bipartisan effort with Senator Blunt of Missouri to move more of these manufacturing innovation hubs all across the country.  And Congress should pass Sherrod’s bill.  We should be doing everything we can to guarantee the next revolution in manufacturing happens right here in Cuyahoga, happens right here in Ohio, happens right here in America.  (Applause.)

 

 

And let me make one last point.  We have to do everything we can to make sure every American has access to quality, affordable health care, period.  (Applause.)  You may have read we had some problems last month with websites.  I’m not happy about that.  And then I had a press conference today and I said, you know what, we fumbled the ball in terms of the rollout.

 

 

But we always knew this was going to be hard.  There’s a reason why folks had tried to do it for 100 years and hadn’t done it.  And it’s complicated.  There are a lot of players involved.  The status quo is entrenched.  And so, yes, there’s no question the rollout on the Affordable Care Act was much tougher than we expected.  But I want everybody here to understand, I am going to see this through.  (Applause.)  I want millions of Americans to make sure that they’re not going broke when they get sick and they can go to a doctor when their kids get sick.  And we’re not apologizing for that.  We are going to get this done.  (Applause.)

 

 

So we’re going to get the website working the way it’s supposed to.  The plans are already out there that are affordable and people can get tax credits.  We’re going to help folks whose old plans have been canceled by the insurers — many of them weren’t very good — and we’re going to make sure that they can get newer, better options.

 

 

But we’re not going to go back to the old system, because the old system was broken.  And every year, thousands of Americans would get dropped from coverage or denied their medical history or exposed to financial ruin.  You guys are lucky that you work at a company with a strong union that gives you good health benefits.  (Applause.)  But you know friends and family members who don’t have it, and you know what it’s like when they get sick.  You know how scary it is for them when they get sick.  Or some of them have health insurance — they think they do — and they get sick, and suddenly the insurance company says, oh, I’m sorry, you owe $50,000.  That’s not covered.  Or they jack up your premium so you can’t afford it because you had some sort of preexisting condition.  That happens every day.

 

 

So we’re not going to let that happen.  We’re not going to let folks who pay their premiums on time get jerked around.  And we’re not going to walk away from the 40 million Americans without health insurance.  (Applause.)  We are not going to gut this law.  We will fix what needs to be fixed, but we’re going to make the Affordable Care Act work.  And those who say they’re opposed to it and can’t offer a solution, we’ll push back.  (Applause.)

 

 

I got to give your Governor a little bit of credit.  John Kasich, along with a lot of state legislators who are here today, they expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.  And think about that.  Just that one step means as many as 275,000 Ohioans are going to have health insurance.  And it doesn’t depend on a website.  That’s already happening because of the Affordable Care Act.  (Applause.)

 

 

And I think it’s fair to say that the Governor didn’t do it because he just loves me so much.  (Laughter.)  We don’t agree on much, but he saw, well, this makes sense — why wouldn’t we do this?  Why wouldn’t we make sure that hundreds of thousands of people right here in Ohio have some security?  It was the right thing to do.  And, by the way, if every Republican governor did what Kasich did here rather than play politics about it, you’d have another 5.4 million Americans who could get access to health care next year, regardless of what happens with the website.  That’s their decision not to do it.  And it’s the wrong decision.  They’ve got to go ahead and sign folks up.

 

 

So the bottom line is sometimes we just have to set aside the politics and focus on what’s good for people.  What’s good to grow our middle class?  What’s going to help keep plans like this growing?  What’s going to make sure we’re putting more people back to work?  What’s going to really make a difference in terms of our kids getting a great education?

 

 

And, look, we’ve done it before.  That’s the good news.  The good news is that America is — look, we make mistakes.  We have our differences.  Our politics get screwed up sometimes.  Websites don’t work sometimes.  (Laughter.)  But we just keep going.  We didn’t become the greatest nation on Earth by accident.  We did it because we did what it took to make sure our families could succeed, make sure our businesses could succeed, make sure our communities could succeed.  And if you don’t believe me, listen to one of your coworkers.

 

 

So Sherrod Brown, earlier this year, brought a special guest along with him to the State of the Union address — one of your coworkers, Cookie Hall.  Where’s Cookie?  Is Cookie here?

 

 

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  No, she’s back at the hall.

 

 

THE PRESIDENT:  She’s back at the hall working.  (Laughter.)  Well, let me say something nice about her behind her back.  (Laughter.)  So Cookie said, one of — let me make sure I can find this.  She said — that night she said, “If I get a chance to meet President Obama, I’ll tell him my greatest pride is in our 2012 production record at Cleveland Works.  We’re the most productive steelworkers in the world.”  (Applause.)  More than a ton of steel produced for every single one of the workers at this plant.  That’s pretty good.  That’s pretty good.  (Applause.)

 

 

So all of you are an example of what we do when we put our minds to it.  This plant was closed for a while.  We go through hard times.  And a lot of our friends are still going through hard times.  But when we work at it, we know we can get to a better place, and we can restore some security to a middle class that was forged in plants just like this one, and keep giving ladders of opportunity for folks who were willing to work hard to get into the middle class.  That’s what I’m about.  That’s what this plant is about.  I’m proud to be with you.

 

 

And as long as I have the honor of being your President, I’m going to be waking up every single day thinking about how I can keep on helping folks like the ones who work in this plant.  (Applause.)

 

 

God bless you.  Thank you.  God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.  Thank you.

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Daily Word From Barack’s House: He’s On The Move!!


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule – November 14, 2013

 

President Obama guidance and press schedule, Nov. 14, 2013. Cleveland

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 14th, 2013

 

DAILY GUIDANCE FOR THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14th, 2013

 

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

 

In the afternoon, the President will travel to Cleveland, Ohio. The departure from the South Lawn and the arrival at Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport are open press.

 

While in Cleveland, the President will take part in a tour and deliver remarks on the economy at ArcelorMittal Cleveland. The President’s remarks are open to pre-credentialed media. There will be travel pool coverage of the President’s tour.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will depart Cleveland en route Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The departure from Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport and the arrival at Philadelphia International Airport are open press.

 

While in Philadelphia, the President will participate in an event for the DSCC at a private residence. There will be print pool coverage for the President’s remarks only.

 

At night, the President will depart Philadelphia en route Washington, D.C. The departure from Philadelphia International Airport and the arrival on the South Lawn are open press.

 

Thursday, November 14 2013 All Times ET

 

9:30 AM: THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

 

12:00 PM: First Lady Michelle Obama delivers keynote address at Disney’s first-ever Veterans Institute workshop at Walt Disney World Resort.

 

 

1:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews, South Lawn.

 

 

1:15 PM: THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews.

 

 

2:25 PM: THE PRESIDENT arrives Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport.

 

2:30 PM: VP Biden delivers remarks in Atlanta, Freedom Hall at the King Center on Auburn Avenue.

 

 

2:55 PM: THE PRESIDENT tours ArcelorMittal Cleveland, ArcelorMittal Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio.

 

3:40 PM: THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks, ArcelorMittal Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio.

 

 

4:35 PM: THE PRESIDENT departs Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport.

 

5:45 PM: THE PRESIDENT arrives Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia International Airport.

 

 

7:45 PM: THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks, Private Residence, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

9:10 PM: THE PRESIDENT departs Philadelphia en route Washington, D.C., Philadelphia International Airport.

 

9:50 PM: THE PRESIDENT arrives Joint Base Andrews,

 

10:05 PM: THE PRESIDENT arrives the White House, South Lawn.

 

Briefing Schedule

Press Secretary Jay Carney will gaggle aboard Air Force One

 

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Next Up…

November 14, 2013 2:35 PM EST

Vice President Biden Speaks at a Naturalization Ceremony

Audio Only

Atlanta, Georgia

Watch White House LIVE!! Streaming.

 

 

November 14, 2013 3:40 PM EST

President Obama Speaks at ArcelorMittal

Cleveland, Ohio

Watch White House LIVE!! Streaming.

 

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November 14th, 2013: Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden join hands during a prayer at the end of an immigration reform meeting with faith leaders in the Oval Office, Nov. 13, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden join hands during a prayer at the end of an immigration reform meeting with faith leaders in the Oval Office, Nov. 13, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama today signed into law the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act during a ceremony attended by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) CEO John L. Lehr, members of FARE’s board of directors and key congressional sponsors. This historic and potentially lifesaving legislation is the first federal law encouraging schools to stock epinephrine for use in allergic emergencies, and has been championed by FARE for more than two years.

President Obama today signed into law the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act during a ceremony attended by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) CEO John L. Lehr, members of FARE’s board of directors and key congressional sponsors. This historic and potentially lifesaving legislation is the first federal law encouraging schools to stock epinephrine for use in allergic emergencies, and has been championed by FARE for more than two years.

 

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President Obama Speaks at the 2013 Tribal Nations Conference

November 13, 2013 | 13:39 |Public Domain

 

President Obama reaffirms his Administration’s commitment to strengthening the government-to-government relationship with Indian Country and to improve the lives of Native Americans by focusing on four key areas: standing up for justice and tribal sovereignty; increasing economic opportunity; expanding quality health care; and protecting native homelands.

 

 

 

Sick find solace in pre-existing conditions guarantee

 

Published on Nov 13, 2013

After Martha Monsson was diagnosed with cancer, her husband lost his job and their health care. In our series of personal stories about the effects of health reform, Monsson voices support for the law’s guarantee of care for those with pre-existing conditions. Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News joins Judy Woodruff for more.

 

 

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The HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE: NOVEMBER ENROLLMENT REPORT

 

 

Gun Laws for Dummies

 

Published on Nov 11, 2013

The Brady Law has blocked 2-million gun purchases by criminals and other dangerous persons prohibited from possessing a firearm. However 40% of gun purchases bypass lifesaving Brady Background Checks because the law doesn’t adequately cover guns sold by private sellers or over the Internet. Tell Congress to Finish The Job by applying background checks to ALL gun sales. Sign the petition today at http://bit.ly/17j5mrG

 

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

Statement by the President Encouraging Americans to Support Relief Efforts in the Philippines

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 2094

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 3302

 

Readout of the President’s Meeting with Faith Leaders on Commonsense Immigration Reform

 

 

Valerie Jarrett
Valerie Jarrett

November 13, 2013
05:17 PM EST

 

President Barack Obama signs H.R. 2094, the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine ActPresident Barack Obama signs H.R. 2094, the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, during a signing ceremony in the Oval Office, Nov. 13, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

Today in the Oval Office, President Obama signed into law the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, which will encourage schools to plan for severe asthma attacks and allergic reactions, and provide millions of families with greater peace of mind.

 

The law makes an important change to the Children’s Asthma Treatment Grants Program and other federal asthma programs, which authorizes the Department of Health and Human Services to give funding preferences to states for asthma-treatment grants if they: maintain an emergency supply of epinephrine (EpiPens), if they permit trained personnel of the school to administer epinephrine, and if they develop a plan for ensuring trained personnel are available to administer epinephrine during all hours of the school day.

 

The President knows in signing this new law, that the anxiety felt by millions of parents, every time their child with asthma or severe allergies heads into school, will begin to fade.  An estimated 9.5% of American children suffer from asthma, and between 4 and 6% of children are affected by food allergies, either of which can strike in an instant, and have life threatening consequences.  But the significance of this threat can be dramatically reduced as more schools respond to this law, and begin to prepare for these emergencies.

 

It is a promising day for millions of children and families who live life just one mishap away from catastrophe.  As states and schools begin to update and upgrade their response capacity, we will all learn to breathe a little easier.

 

Valerie B. Jarrett is a Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. She oversees the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and chairs the White House Council on Women and Girls.

 

 

Driving Toward Greater Energy Security

 

The President’s Meeting with Senior Military Leaders

 

The First Lady on the Power of Education

 

The Health Insurance Marketplace is now open. Learn more!

 

Spread the word on the importance of health coverage.

 

The HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE: NOVEMBER ENROLLMENT REPORT

 

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Readout Of The President’s Call To House Speaker John Boehner


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Readout of the President’s Call to House Speaker John Boehner

Late this morning, the President telephoned Speaker John Boehner from the Oval Office and repeated what he told him when they met at the White House last week: the President is willing to negotiate with Republicans — after the threat of government shutdown and default have been removed – over policies that Republicans think would strengthen the country. The President also repeated his willingness to negotiate on priorities that he has identified including policies that expand economic opportunity, support private sector job creation, enhance the competitiveness of American businesses, strengthen the Affordable Care Act and continue to reduce the nation’s deficit.

 

The President urged the Speaker to hold a vote in the House of Representatives on the Senate-passed measure that would re-open the federal government immediately. Citing the Senate’s intention to pass a clean, yearlong extension of the debt limit this week, the President also pressed the Speaker to allow a timely up-or-down vote in the House to raise the debt limit with no ideological strings attached. He noted that only Congress has the authority to raise the debt limit and failure to do so would have grave consequences for middle class families and the American economy as a whole.

 

Nathaniel Lubin
Nathaniel Lubin

October 07, 2013
05:50 PM EDT

On Monday, President Obama met with FEMA officials at the National Response Coordinating Center, where he thanked them for their dedicated service during the shutdown in light of the arrival of Tropical Storm Karen and other potential natural disasters. The President repeated his call for Congress to pass a continuing resolution to reopen the government and to raise the debt limit. The President noted that about 86% of FEMA employees are currently furloughed.

 

He concluded:

I think the American people simply want government to work. And there’s no reason that there has to be a shutdown in order for the kinds of negotiations Speaker Boehner says he wants to proceed. Hold a vote. Call a vote right now.

 

Watch the full remarks here or you can read them here:

 

 

 

 

Nathaniel Lubin
Nathaniel Lubin

October 05, 2013
06:00 AM EDT

 

In this week’s address, President Obama said that Republicans in the House of Representatives chose to shut down the government over a health care law they don’t like. He urged the Congress to pass a budget that funds our government, with no partisan strings attached.  The President made clear he will work with anyone of either party on ways to grow this economy, create new jobs, and get our fiscal house in order for the long haul – but not under the shadow of these threats to our economy.

 

 

 

 

Nathaniel Lubin
Nathaniel Lubin

October 04, 2013
03:47 PM EDT

 

This week, the House of Representatives shut down the government, the President continued to urge them to pass aresolution to open the government back up, and the Health Insurance Marketplace opened for business under the Affordable Care Act. That’s September 27th to October 3rd, or “Just vote, and end this shutdown.”

 

 

 

 

 

Nathaniel Lubin
Nathaniel Lubin

October 03, 2013
02:30 PM EDT

 

Today in Rockville, MD, President Obama visited M. Luis Construction Company to talk about the impact of the government shutdown on the economy and why Congress needs to “just vote.” The President’s Small Business Jobs Act and other SBA programs have helped local businesses like M. Luis Construction grow in recent years, but the government shutdown has disrupted these programs.

 

The President’s remarks highlighted the effects of the shutdown on the American people, effects that could be avoided just by putting a resolution to fund the government and avoid a default to an up-or-down vote. Watch the entire speech here:

 

 

 

 

 

Two Must reads……

 

This Government Shutdown Is ALL About R.A.C.E.

 

 

Tea Party Patriots: Defunding Obamacare Toolkit. FreedomWorks: Blueprint For Defunding ObamaCARES.

 

 

Hopefully this will help you understand what is going on…..and if you need further help with the truth of this government shutdown…….

 

Tell The Truth America: This Government Shutdown Is ALL About R.A.C.E.

 

 

This government shutdown is racist and not very shy about it either.

 

Let me break it down for you who don’t know. Racist ass caucasians, and the hand full of house niggers who follow behind, sucking their nasty sweaty balls, do not want Barack Hussein Obama to be a success because he is Black. ObamaCARES is something that will put Barack Hussein Obama in the history books for much more than being the first Black human to be elected President Of The United States.

 

The Affordable Health Care Act elevates Barack Hussein Obama into the history books with The Presidents who implemented Social SecurityMedicareMedicaid, The G.I. Bill. It secures a legacy no other caucasian POTUS has had since those great men who started the above mentioned social services.

 

Can you imagine an America without Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, SNAP, Veterans Benefits? In 30 years, Barack Hussein Obama will be known as the Father Of American Health Care. Now what racist ass cracka caucasian wants THAT?

 

Think it any coincidence the U.S. Government was shut down by racist caucasian slaves of the Koch Brothers and Grover Norquist on the VERY SAME DAY ObamaCARES opens it’s enrollment?

 

What has been the headlines today, Government Shutdown or ObamaCARES Open Enrollment?

 

ObamaCARES…now that is something they just couldn’t allow to succeed.

 

They could NOT allow The Affordable Health Care Act to be a success. I mean how can some Harvard educated Black dude be mentioned in the same breath as  President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Social Security Act of 1935. They could not possibly “let” a Negro be thought of in the same way we think of President Lyndon B. Johnson and Medicare…heaven forbid!!

 

SO, the TeaTardedRepubliCANTS devised a plan to make Barack Hussein Obama the shame of the 44 Presidents. Make his signature legislation, legislation that saves lives and insures millions of Americans for the very FIRST time in their lives, The Affordable Health Care Act aka ObamaCARES, the single reason for shutting down the United States Government.

 

It’s ALL about race and ObamaCARES. P.E.R.I O.D.

 

And they were able to accomplish all this carnage for middle class federal employees and their families, middle class business owners, middle class workers, the poor, the elderly, American military personnel, children and expectant mothers, ONLY  because you middle class voters sat on your lazy asses on Tuesday, November 2, 2010.

 

Grover Norquist and The Koch Brothers thank you.

 

What YOU going to do on “NO”vember 4th, 2014.

 

Wake The Fuck Up America. YOU are on your way to becoming The United States Of AmeriKKKa.

 

 

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