The Image Of A Strong Stable Black Family.











This image is what racist caucasians in The United States Of AmeriKKKa hate most about President of The United States Of America, Barack Hussein Obama and First Lady Of The United States Of America, Michelle LaVaughn Obama.


A portrait of a unified, strong, stable Black Family.


Racist caucasian have long viewed the Black family as splintered, broken, non-existent. And along comes this first family with a strong Black father, an even stronger Black mother, children who are precious in their intelligence and manners and knowledge of their roles as first children….and a Grandmother, Mother-In-Law and Mom who is the backbone of this historic Black family unit.


How dare these Negros be all that many AmeriKKKan families are not?


How dare this Black man be a Harvard graduate, President of The Harvard Law Review. Then have the audacity to be a community organizer to boot? How dare he imagine he could occupy the White Man’s House?


How dare this Negro woman, First Lady of the United States, raised on the South Side of Chicago, attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School before returning to Chicago to work at the law firm Sidley Austin, HOW DARE THEY!!


What an uppity bunch of colored folk.




You see, many Black families in America exist, but our biased, unfair and unbalanced media refuses to put these Strong Stable Black Families on The Evening News.


Fear and loathing is further associated with the Black family by AmeriKKKan media in it’s many forms, but informed, intelligent Americans comprehend that America is comprised of many whole, complete, strong stable families of people of all colors, sexual orientations and religious beliefs.


Only the racist, moronic, idiots who want to believe in lies and misinformation of the Reich wing, choose to buy into caucasian families being the only “normal’ family units. Thats a myth.


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Parade Magazine: The President & First Lady Michelle Obama On Work, Family, And Juggling It All.




The President and Michelle Obama on Work, Family, and Juggling It All


President Barack Obama and wife Michelle have never been your typical working stiffs. With four Ivy League degrees between them, they’ve enjoyed high incomes and strong job security. But before and during college, they each worked minimum-wage jobs. And there was a time when they felt the same kind of financial aches and marriage strains that today’s dual-income families know all too well. As a young married couple in Chicago, they were mired in student debt, juggling multiple jobs and two kids, and bickering over who did what housework. “I wouldn’t fold,” remembers the president. “I didn’t separate, and Michelle’s point was, that’s not laundry.”


Silly suds stories aside, the Obamas feel they’ve been there. They know what families need, especially America’s working moms. According to the Pew Research Center, a record 40 percent of households with children under the age of 18 are led by mothers who, much like the president’s own mother, are either the sole or primary breadwinner for the family. Of working mothers with very young children, one in five has a low-wage job.


On June 23, to help raise the national discussion of these issues, the president will host the White House Summit on Working Families in Washington, D.C., a listen, learn, and recommendation session open to business leaders, lawmakers, economists, and ordinary citizens. Says the president, “There are structures that can help families around child care, health care, and schooling that make an enormous difference in people’s lives.”


In a May 20 interview with Parade editor in chief -Maggie Murphy and contributing writer Lynn Sherr in the Oval Office, the first couple discussed their work experiences, what they hope to get done before they leave the White House, and their roots in the ordinary. The president, who once scooped ice cream at Baskin-Robbins, began by recalling his days as a waiter in an assisted living facility—a story that even surprised his wife.


Read the entire interview here at TheObamaCrat™


You see, this President and First Lady started out dirt poor, as many common everyday Americans start out their journey. Now most every past 43 POTUSA started out in The Oval Office wealthy, it’s why they can fun for the highest office in the land, cash.


This POTUSA was not wealthy, rich or even well off. Barack Hussein Obama broke the mold and the rules.


Barack also loves, respects and adores his wife, his children and his Mother-In-Law.


Real Love Looks Like This


“On our first date, I treated her to the finest ice cream Baskin-Robbins had to offer, our dinner table doubling as the curb. I kissed her and it tasted like chocolate.” – President Barack Hussein Obama from an interview in O, The Oprah Magazine. February , 2007.




Barack & Michelle


Barack & Michelle Showing The World What real Unity & Love Looks Like. This Is MY POTUSA!!




Another Black Man myth busted. The Black Family is alive and well In The United States Of America, unlike the lies, misinformation, racist rhetoric and media fear mongering currently floating around in The United States Of AmeriKKKa.


Now YOU know why racist caucasians hate Barack Hussein Obama, Michelle LaVaughn Obama, Natasha Obama, Malia Ann Obama and Marian Lois Robinson.


And The Un-supreme Court says Racism in AmeriKKKa is no more.


Yeah. Right. Uh-huh.


REMEMBER! everytown1










Weekly Wrap-Up: POTUSA In Europe, OK Go, Power Plants, And More.


By Jueseppi B.



Weekly Wrap-Up: POTUS in Europe, OK Go, Power Plants, and More



There was a lot of action this week, both in Washington and overseas. President Obama traveled to Europe, we announced the first-ever White House Maker Faire, the EPA proposed a rule to curb climate change and make our children healthier, and more.


Check out what else you may have missed in this week’s wrap up:



President Obama Heads to Europe


President Obama traveled to Europe this week, visiting Poland, Belgium, and France. It was a busy four days overseas, and we have all of the highlights here.


Finishing off the week, the President traveled to Normandy to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day — and narrated a behind-the-scenes video in honor of the event.




216,000 Jobs

Another jobs report, another month of positive job growth. We’re not done yet, but we’re making progress.



For a more detailed look at the 51th consecutive month of businesses adding jobs, read on.




Celebrating a Nation of Makers

With a little help from the band OK Go, we announced this week the first-ever White House Maker Faire! On June 18, the President will host America’s students and entrepreneurs who are using cutting-edge tools that might very well create the industries and jobs of the future.



We can’t wait for this event. If you’re interested in getting involved, find out more here.




New Carbon Pollution Standards for Power Plants

Earlier this week, the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new actions to cut dangerous carbon pollution from existing power plants. This move is not only good for the health of our climate, but it’s good for the health of our children. The President made that clear when he visited the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he met with children whose asthma is aggravated by air pollution.




“One of the best things we can do for our economy, our health, and our environment is to lead the world in producing cleaner, safer energy – and we’re already generating more clean energy than ever before.”



“It’s a Good Day”

On Saturday, in the White House Rose Garden, President Obama spoke on the recovery of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl — an American soldier who spent nearly five years in captivity during the war in Afghanistan. In the President’s remarks, he stressed that “while Bowe was gone, he was never forgotten.”



“As Commander-in-Chief, I am proud of the servicemembers who recovered Sergeant Bergdahl and brought him safely out of harm’s way. As usual, they performed with extraordinary courage and professionalism, and they have made their nation proud.”



As always, to see even more of this week’s events, be sure to watch the latest episode of West Wing Week:








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By Jueseppi B.



I have never in 54 years ever seen a man so comfortable in his own skin as a President Of These United States Of America. I have never witnessed or observed a real man of the people, his people, sitting in The White House as POTUSA.


The Man is a diplomat, a humanitarian and a lover of humankind. When can those words be uttered about any other President.



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Raw Video: The President Takes a Surprise Walk


Published on May 22, 2014

The President was heading over to the nearby Department of the Interior and decided to break with tradition and take a Springtime walk. On the way, he got a chance to meet with all sorts of folks, who weren’t expecting to meet the President of the United States of America.




“Am I Allowed to Slide Over?” or West Wing Peek


Published on May 21, 2014

When the President and Vice President visited Shake Shack, they found a counter in between them and their picture with the staff.




“This is Our Graduation Picture” or, West Wing Peek


Published on May 14, 2014

When the President spoke with ACA letter writers in California, one family got a graduation picture and a bit of friendly advice from the President.




These three videos say exactly what I meant, and say it so much better than I could.






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Barack Speaks On Immigration Reform. Joey B. Tackles Infrastructure. The White House Honors “Champions of Change.”


By Jueseppi B.




Remarks by the President at Law Enforcement Briefing on Immigration


Published on May 13, 2014

During a law enforcement briefing, the President delivers remarks on fixing our broken immigration system, May 13, 2014.


Room 350
Eisenhower Executive Office Building

12:01 P.M. EDT






THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, everybody.  (Applause.)  Have a seat.  Have a seat.  Well, it’s wonderful to see all of you.  Some of you I’ve had the chance to get to know working on law enforcement issues and criminal justice issues.  But I cannot thank you enough for participating today on an issue that I think is important to our economic future, to our cultural future, to our standing in the world and to our safety and security, and that’s the issue of immigration.


I’m here with some of the leaders of America’s law enforcement agencies who recognize that fixing a broken immigration system isn’t just the right thing to do — it’s also the right thing to do for safety and security in communities all across America.


The immigration system that we have right now makes it harder, not easier, for law enforcement agencies to do their jobs.  It makes it harder for law enforcement to know when dangerous people cross our borders.  It makes it harder for business owners who play by the rules to compete when they’re undercut by those who would exploit workers in a shadow economy. And it makes it harder for law enforcement to do their jobs when large segments of the community are afraid to report crimes or serve as witnesses because they fear the consequences for themselves or their families.


This system is not fair.  It’s not fair to workers; it’s not fair to businesses who are trying to do the right thing; it’s not fair to law enforcement agencies that are already stretched thin.


Now, the good news is the Senate has already passed a bill with a wide, bipartisan majority that would go a long way towards fixing a broken system.  It would strengthen our borders even further.  And I’m sure Jeh has talked to you about the work that’s been done over the last five years — we have put unprecedented resources at the borders, and you’ve seen the results.  We have fewer folks coming in than ever before.  And the personnel that is arrayed along our borders is well beyond anything that we saw five years ago, 10 years ago, 20 years ago. So we take border enforcement seriously.


But what this reform package would also do is create a firm but fair pathway to earned citizenship for those who live in the shadows — and as a consequence, would give law enforcement a better idea of who’s in the country.  It would also help build trust between local communities and law enforcement and immigrant communities.  It would undermine criminal enterprises that prey on undocumented immigrants.  And it would allow law enforcement to focus on its primary mission, which is keeping our communities safe.


And these are some of the reasons why a broad, bipartisan coalition — including law enforcement agencies like the ones who are represented today — is pushing Congress to go ahead and get the job done, get us over the finish line and do it this year.


I hope all of you keep it up because it’s making a difference.  A number of Republicans are realizing that blocking immigration reform is not an option, and that’s the good news.  And most Americans, the majority of Americans, know this is the right thing to do.  Public opinion is on our side on this.  Unfortunately, we’ve got a handful of House Republicans right now who are blocking going ahead and letting legislation get to the floor.


To their credit, I think Speaker Boehner and some of the other leaders there do believe that immigration reform is the right thing, but they’ve got to have a political space that allows them to go ahead and get it through their caucus and get it done.  I’ve said to them, if they’ve got ideas I’m happy to talk to them.  We’re not hell-bent on making sure that every letter of what’s in the Senate bill is exactly what ultimately lands on my desk for signature, but there are some core principles that we’ve got to get done.  We’ve got to have stronger border security.  We’ve got to make sure that we are dealing with companies that are not doing the right thing by workers.  We’ve got to make sure that we’ve got an improved legal immigration system, because a lot of folks are getting pushed into the illegal system because the waits are so long through the legal process.  And we’ve got to make sure that there’s a way for people to earn some pathway to citizenship.


And keep in mind, some of these statistics you may have already heard — it’s estimated that over 80 percent of the folks who are here on an undocumented basis have been here 10 years or longer.  These are folks who are woven into the fabrics of our communities.  Their kids are going to school with our kids.  Most of them are not making trouble; most of them are not causing crimes.  And yet, we put them in this tenuous position and it creates a situation in which your personnel, who have got to go after gang-bangers and need to be going after violent criminals and deal with the whole range of challenges, and who have to cooperate with DHS around our counterterrorism activities — you’ve got to spend time dealing with somebody who is not causing any other trouble other than the fact that they were trying to make a living for their families.  That’s just not a good use of our resources.  It’s not smart.  It doesn’t make sense.


So I know I’m preaching to the choir here.  You wouldn’t be here if you didn’t agree with us that this is time for us to go ahead and get moving.  But I just want all of you to know your voices, particularly over the next couple of months, are going to be critical.  I think people have come to expect that I’m in favor of comprehensive immigration reform.  I think that people anticipate that the Congressional Hispanic Caucus is going to be in favor of comprehensive immigration reform.  I think people understand that there are a lot of agricultural enterprises that know how important their immigrant workers are to them.  But it’s more important in some ways to get over the hump when they hear from unexpected voices.


I think the evangelical Christian community has shown itself to be foursquare behind immigration reform, and that’s a powerful voice.  I think portions of the business community that people may not anticipate know that this is the key to our economic future.  It would lower our deficits; it would grow our economy; it would bring in some of the most skilled people around the world.  We want them to continue to come here.  That’s part of our competitive advantage relative to the rest of the world.  Our population is not aging the way some other populations are because it’s constantly replenished with folks who are go-getters.  And hearing from law enforcement is important and I think it lends this overall effort great credibility.


So I just want to say thank you to all of you.  But we’ve got this narrow window.  The closer we get to the midterm elections the harder it is to get things done around here.  Now, I know it’s hard to believe that things could get harder — (laughter) — that this place could get a little more dysfunctional.  But it’s just very hard right before an election. So we’ve got maybe a window of two, three months to get the ball rolling in the House of Representatives.  And your voices are going to be absolutely critical to that effort.


So I just want to say thank you to all of you.  And while I’m here, I want to thank you for a wide range of issues that we’ve had a chance to cooperate with you on.  Whether it’s dealing with counterterrorism issues and the preparations that ensure that if and when an event happens that we’re prepared, and more importantly, that we’re able to prevent such activities from taking place in the first place, or dealing with natural disasters where our first responders are always right there on the scene, day in and day out your teams, your personnel are doing heroic work on behalf of America.  And we’re very, very grateful for that.


So thank you, everybody.  Let’s make this happen.  (Applause.)


12:10 P.M. EDT






Investing in American Ports Infrastructure


Vice President Biden will visit the CityArchRiver project in the afternoon to discuss the economy and showcase the progress of the site. The project is set to redesign the grounds and enhance the experience ahead of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Gateway Arch.


Senator Richard Durbin and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will also attend the event at the at the Arch grounds. The vice president will also attend an event at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee at 5 p.m. in Alton, Ill. Vice President Biden will also attend an event at a private residence at 6:15 p.m. prior to heading back to Washington D.C.



Published on May 13, 2014

In order to more efficiently accommodate massive post-panamax ships, the United States needed to widen and deepen many of its channels and harbors. TIGER grants have channeled federal transportation funding directly to 38 port projects in 22 states designed to increase efficiency and grow the economy. President Obama has proposed new investments in transportation infrastructure to jump-start job creation & build a 21st century American economy. Learn more at:




"We have to rebuild the infrastructure in this country." – VP outside the Gateway Arch in St. Louis #RebuildAmerica

“We have to rebuild the infrastructure in this country.” – VP outside the Gateway Arch in St. Louis #RebuildAmerica


“Infrastructure is the back upon which this great nation has been built.” –VP discussing the need to #RebuildAmerica

“Infrastructure is the back upon which this great nation has been built.” –VP discussing the need to #RebuildAmerica

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, from left, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., take a tour of the CityArchRiver project at the Gateway Arch on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, from left, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., take a tour of the CityArchRiver project at the Gateway Arch on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)


From The Associated Press:


Vice President Biden touts St. Louis Arch renovation project


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden made a rain-shortened appearance beneath the Gateway Arch Tuesday to tout the economic benefits of a massive renovation project at the iconic tourist attraction.

The Democratic vice president was introduced by St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and accompanied by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat who was scheduled to later join Biden at a $1,000-a-plate fundraiser at the home of a lawyer in Alton, Illinois, just across the Mississippi River.

The Midwest trip came as the White House presses Congress to replenish the Federal Highway Trust Fund for road and bridge repairs. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has said the fund could run out of money by August unless Congress acts. Obama is scheduled to speak Wednesday in front of the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York, while his vice president heads to Cleveland to promote a federally funded transit center project.

The $410 million Arch renovation project includes construction of a pedestrian bridge over Interstate 70 to connect downtown St. Louis with the National Park Service site. Project funding is expected to come from $250 million private donations, government grants and a portion of a local sales tax increase.

“Infrastructure is the back upon which this great nation has been built,” Biden told an audience of several dozen local politicians, civic and business leaders. “We have to rebuild the infrastructure in this country. We’ve stalled.”

In response to Biden’s visit, the Missouri Republican Party issued a statement calling for White House and Democratic congressional support of the Keystone XL pipeline project.

Vice President Joe Biden, center, speaks as St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, left, and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell listen during a visit to the CityArchRiver project at the Gateway Arch on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)

Vice President Joe Biden, center, speaks as St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, left, and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell listen during a visit to the CityArchRiver project at the Gateway Arch on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., left, and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., listen as Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the CityArchRiver project at the Gateway Arch on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., left, and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., listen as Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the CityArchRiver project at the Gateway Arch on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)

Vice President Joe Biden, left, listens as Susan Trautman, Executive Director of The Great Rivers Greenway, gives a tour of the CityArchRiver project at the Gateway Arch on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)

Vice President Joe Biden, left, listens as Susan Trautman, Executive Director of The Great Rivers Greenway, gives a tour of the CityArchRiver project at the Gateway Arch on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)

Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the CityArchRiver project at the Gateway Arch on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)

Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the CityArchRiver project at the Gateway Arch on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, center, speaks as Vice President Joe Biden, right, and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay listen during a visit to the CityArchRiver project at the Gateway Arch on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, center, speaks as Vice President Joe Biden, right, and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay listen during a visit to the CityArchRiver project at the Gateway Arch on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, left, speaks as Vice President Joe Biden listens during a visit to the CityArchRiver project at the Gateway Arch on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, left, speaks as Vice President Joe Biden listens during a visit to the CityArchRiver project at the Gateway Arch on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)





White House Honors “Champions of Change” for Transportation


Published on May 13, 2014

The White House honors local leaders as “Champions of Change” for their leadership to ensure that transportation facilities, services, and jobs help individuals and their communities connect to 21st century opportunities. These individuals are leading the charge across the country building connectivity, strengthening transportation career pathways, and making connections between transportation and economic growth. May 13, 2014.



WASHINGTON, DC – Tomorrow, the White House will honor eleven local heroes who are “Champions of Change” for their exemplary leadership to ensure that transportation facilities, services, and jobs help individuals and their communities connect to 21st century opportunities. These individuals are leading the charge across the country building connectivity, strengthening transportation career pathways, and making connections between transportation and economic growth.


Across the Federal government, the Administration has been dedicated to providing “ladders of opportunity” for all Americans, by investing in connecting communities to centers of employment, education, and services, and is calling for greater emphasis on those initiatives supporting this outcome.  Recent research has found that social mobility varies by geography, and poor transportation access is a factor preventing lower income Americans from gaining higher income levels than their parents. Transportation plays a critical role in connecting Americans and communities to economic opportunity through connectivity, job creation, and economic growth. Recognizing social mobility as a defining trait of America’s promise, access to reliable, safe, and affordable transportation is critical.


The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. The event is closed to press but will be live streamed on the White House website. To watch this event live, visit at 10:00 am EST on May 13, 2014.  To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program, visit



Josh Baker, General Manager, Radford Transit, New River Valley Community Services
Blacksburg, VA

Josh is the leader of a major investment in the development of a brand new Public Transit system in the City of Radford, Virginia. He pioneered the concept and worked with community leaders, local university administration, state officials and the Federal Transit Administration to garner support for a much needed community service.  Josh dedicated his work and time over the course of three years to help make the new service a reality. It’s the first time in over 30 years there has been any transit available to the City of Radford, and it was badly needed. Radford Transit has grown rapidly providing over 325,000 passenger trips annually, even providing transfer connections throughout the entire region. Now residents can move effortlessly and reach their destinations within and between the communities of Radford, Pulaski County, Montgomery County and the Towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg.



Dr. Evelyn Blumenberg, Professor and Chair of Urban Planning, UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs
Los Angeles, CA

Professor Evelyn Blumenberg’s research examines the effects of urban structure—the spatial location of residents, employment, and services—on economic outcomes for low-wage workers, and on the role of planning and policy in shaping the spatial structure of cities.  Evelyn has investigated the travel behavior of special population groups including low-income adults, immigrants, and youth; the effects of the economy on the travel behavior and transportation assets in low-income communities; and the relationship between residential location, automobile ownership, and employment outcomes among the poor.  Evelyn is recommended for Ladders of Opportunity because her current research examines (1) travel behavior of low-income adults; (2) the transportation expenditure burden; and (3) the relationship between transportation and the economic outcomes of low-income families.



Dan Burden, Director of Innovation and Inspiration, Walkable and Livable Communities Institute
Port Townsend, WA

Dan Burden is the Director of Innovation and Inspiration for the nonprofit Walkable and Livable Communities Institute. For more than 35 years he has worked to inspire leaders in 3500 cities on ways to design cities for people first; still accommodating the auto. His work helps define the future of transportation; and is now celebrated with thousands of new innovations giving full support to walking, bicycling, transit, and living in place; driving less, enjoying life more.  Dan has proven his ability to energize leaders of towns and cities to help them frame and focus on their assets, get beyond their barriers, raise the bar in design of place. He has an ability to help them focus on their values and become believers in their future, achieving their hopes and dreams, and once momentum is gained, expand to the rebuilding of their entire community.



Anthony Chiarello, President and CEO, TOTE
Princeton, NJ

Anthony has led TOTE to build the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered container ships in the world; TOTE is the first maritime company in the U.S. to convert its entire fleet to natural gas. As a result of his vision and leadership, natural gas suppliers are now creating distribution networks in major U.S. ports, making gas available to all transportation modes in those markets. Natural gas powered ships will achieve emissions reductions far below even the world’s most stringent regulatory standards. These emissions reductions will have long-lasting and far-reaching positive effects on the health and safety of citizens along the U.S. coastline, particularly in Washington, Alaska, Florida, and Puerto Rico where TOTE ships are part of the critical domestic supply chain. As the adoption of natural gas fuel spreads, air emissions will be lowered along the coastline as part of the North American Emissions Control Area, and additional environmental benefits will accrue in ports, on roads, and rail lines.



Greer Gillis, Area Manager of Parsons Brinckerhoff
Washington, DC

Greer Gillis is the Washington, D.C. Area Manager of Parsons Brinckerhoff, where she oversees transportation services staff in managing various infrastructure, planning, and design projects as well as leading client relations management, business development, and financial oversight for activities in the metropolitan Washington DC area.     She is the Vice President of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) Washington, DC chapter and serves as National Chair of its “Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation” Awards Committee.  She is also a past President of the Women’s Transportation Seminar International’s Washington, D.C. Chapter. Throughout her career, she has served as a role model and advocate for building a diverse transportation workforce.



Marilyn Golden, Senior Policy Analyst, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
Berkeley, CA

For over 25 years, Marilyn Golden has led national system-change efforts that broaden the rights of people with disabilities to transportation. Marilyn has played a key role in federal policy development in the interconnected areas of transportation and architectural barriers. She has been a strong advocate for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) throughout all the stages of its proposal, passage, and implementation, as well as a forceful watchdog through its many stages of regulatory interpretation and the regular challenges to its strong mandates. Her advocacy has been focused on a broad range of transportation issues—including fixed route buses, all forms of passenger rail systems, ADA complementary paratransit, privately-funded over-the-road buses, taxis, airport shuttles, as well as air travel. As a national transportation advocate, she has led the struggle for many of the policy victories during and since the ADA to provide better public transportation for people with disabilities.  Marilyn served on the U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board from 1996-2005 as a very strong and effective advocate for the interests of people with disabilities.



Daphne Izer, Founder, Parents Against Tired Truckers (PATT)
Lisbon, ME

Daphne Izer founded the nonprofit safety organization Parents Against Tired Truckers (PATT) after losing her son Jeff in a fatigue related truck crash that killed three other teenagers and seriously injured a fourth. Daphne has worked tirelessly to advance truck safety in order to help prevent other families from suffering a similar, devastating loss. PATT has focused its efforts on reducing truck driver fatigue, seeking a requirement for the use of technology to accurately record truck driver hours behind the wheel and reduce falsification of driving logs, and to promoting safe trucking. Recently, PATT took another step toward realizing its goal of requiring electronic logging devices (ELDs) in commercial trucks when the FMCSA released the NPRM for the ELD rule. This May, as PATT marks its twentieth anniversary, Daphne is recognized for her instrumental work in bringing attention to the urgent need for change in truck safety policy and programs, with a focus on reducing truck driver fatigue.



Flavio Leo, Deputy Director, Aviation Planning and Strategy, Massachusetts Port Authority
Newton, MA

Flavio has played a key role applying innovative transportation technology to enhance airport safety, security and equitable access at MassPort Airport in Boston.   This includes the implementation of aircraft related noise mitigation strategies for the surrounding urban communities and the greater Boston region , leading to an enhanced quality of life.   Through his leadership, transparency and enhanced public participation, he has established a relationship with over 30 diverse communities, which have had a long history of engagement with Massport and the FAA.   He has been the leader and “face of Massport” on an innovative program to address airport noise and other safety and technology improvements, which can be applied nationwide.  Flavio was selected for his leadership and coordination for the implementation of a set of noise reduction strategies created with extensive community participation and implemented that will reduce aircraft noise impacts to the greater Boston area including to nearby disadvantaged communities.



Susan Park Rani, President, Rani Engineering
Minneapolis, MN

Susan Park Rani is an inspiration and a role model for women, minorities, immigrants, and virtually anyone with a desire to pursue the American Dream and start their own business. As a leader in the transportation field, she has demonstrated that opportunities in this industry are widespread and growing—and open to all who wish to acquire the necessary skills and participate.  Rani, born in South Korea, moved with her family to the United States as a child, speaking no English. She ultimately obtained a degree in civil engineering, and in 1993, at the age of 34, founded one of the first woman-and-minority-owned engineering firms in Minnesota where she grew up, with just two employees.  Over the years, the company has been involved in a number of high-profile transportation projects, and today, Rani Engineering employs 50 people, the company grosses over $5 million a year, and anticipates doubling in size within the next five years. In 2012, Rani Engineering was named the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Contractor of the Year by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.



Big John Smith, Transportation Director, Shoshone and Arapaho Tribes, Joint Business Council
Fort Washakie, WY

For the past 25 years, “Big John Smith” has served as the Transportation Director for the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes’ Joint Business Council on the Wind River Indian Reservation in central Wyoming.  Big John is also the Rocky Mountain Regional Representative on the Tribal Transportation Committee, and the Executive Director of the Intertribal Transportation Association. Big John has succeeded in improving the reservation’s transportation infrastructure (highways and bridges), has led the effort to dramatically cut alcohol-involved crashes and fatalities on the Wind River Reservation.  He has worked with tribal leaders to toughen tribal laws to enhance seat belt compliance, and has led the effort to use positive messaging to educate drivers of all ages about the dangers of drinking and driving.  His love for the people of Wind River has been instrumental in building relationships with tribal, local, county, state and federal partners to save lives.



Wanda Vazquez, Regional Traffic Safety Liaison, Rincon Family Services
Chicago, IL

Wanda Vazquez has been an active mentor and trainer for Hispanic advocates in the Chicago area helping them become certified child passenger safety technicians. As a motivational instructor, she teaches students how to correctly install car seats and help families understand the importance of safe transportation for their children. Once the training is completed, the students become nationally certified and are able to staff car seat inspection stations or participate in community events. Statistics show that Hispanic children are at a greater risk than non-Hispanic children for injuries and death in traffic crashes because their restraint use is low. Often times this is because their parents are from home countries where car seat use is not the norm. By training Hispanic advocates on how to correctly install car seats and the value of occupant protection, they can in turn go into the Hispanic community where they are welcomed and are able to teach families the importance of keeping their children and themselves safety secured whenever they travel. Ms. Vazquez also served as the Diversity Representative on the National Child Passenger Safety Board and was instrumental in translating materials into Spanish and ensuring that the concerns of the Hispanic community were heard. Wanda is a recommended Champion for her active role as a mentor and trainer for Hispanic advocates in the Chicago.






5/13/14: White House Press Briefing


Published on May 13, 2014

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








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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call: Manila The Philippines. The Beauty, The Style & The Grace.


By Jueseppi B.



The White House Schedule For Monday & Tuesday, April 28th & 29th, 2014


On Monday, the President will participate in the signing of major commercial agreements with American businesses. There will be travel pool coverage of the signing.


Later in the morning, the President will depart Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia en route Manila, Philippines. The Presidents departure from the Rmaf Subang Air Base and arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport are open press.


In the afternoon, the President will participate in the official arrival ceremony at the Malacanang Palace with President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines. The President’s arrival ceremony is open press. Following the official arrival ceremony, the President will participate in the guest book signing with President Aquino. There will be travel pool coverage of the signing. Later in the afternoon, the President will participate in a restricted and expanded bilateral meeting with President Aquino. There will be limited pool spray of the restricted meeting, and there will be a travel pool spray at the top of the expanded meeting. Following these meetings, the President joins President Aquino for a joint press conference. The press conference is open press.


In the evening, the President will meet with employees and family members of the United States Embassy to the Philippines. This event at the Sofitel Hotel is closed press. Later in the evening, the President will return to the Malacanang Palace to attend the state dinner with President Aquino of the Philippines. There will be travel pool coverage of the state dinner toasts. The President will remain overnight in the Philippines.



On the Rhodes: Departing Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia


Published on Apr 28, 2014

Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications, checks in from the tarmac in Kuala Lumpur as the President leaves Malaysia for the Philippines during his trip to Asia in April 2014.




All times are Malaysia or Philippines time, which are each 12 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time


1:35 AM: The President arrives in Manila, Philippines. Local Event Time: 1:35 PM. Ninoy Aquino International Airport – Manila, Philippines.



2:10 AM: The President participates in the official arrival ceremony held by President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines. Local Event Time: 2:10 PM. Malacanang Palace – Manila, Philippines.



2:25 AM: The President participates in the guestbook signing with President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines. Local Event Time: 2:25 PM. Malacanang Palace – Manila, Philippines.



2:35 AM: The President participates in an expanded bilateral meeting with President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines. Local Event Time: 2:35 PM. Malacanang Palace – Manila, Philippines.



3:45 AM: The President participates in a joint press conference with President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines. Local Event Time: 3:45 PM. Malacanang Palace – Manila, Philippines.



5:30 AM: The President meets and greets with Embassy personnel. Local Event Time: 5:30 PM. Hotel Sofitel – Manila, Philippines.



7:20 AM: The President attends the state dinner with President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines. Local Event Time: 7:20 PM. Malacanang Palace – Manila, Philippines.



2:00 PM: The Vice President delivers remarks at George Washington University. George Washington University.



9:10 PM: The President participates in the COMET electrical vehicle viewing. Local Event Time: 9:10 AM. Philippines, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel – Manila.



10:15 PM: The President delivers remarks to the troops. Local Event Time: 10:15 AM.Fort Bonifacio – Manila, Philippines.



11:05 PM: The President participates in a wreath laying ceremony. Local Event Time: 11:05 AM.The Manila American Cemetery.





On Monday, The President will leave for The Philippines in the morning. The President will have a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with President Benigno AquinoLater that evening The President will attend a State Dinner hosted by President Benigno Aquino.


On Tuesday, The President will view an electric vehicle in The Philippines called “The Comet.” The President will visit Fort Bonifacio, where he will deliver remarks to U.S. and Filipino service members and veterans. The President will lay a wreath at The American Cemetery. Later in the evening The President will return to Washington, D.C





Monday, April 28, 2014

  • The President travels to Manila, Philippines, and participates in an arrival ceremony atMalacanang Palace
  • Later that afternoon, President Obama meets with President Benigno S. Aquino III of the Philippines
  • President Obama participates in a joint press conference with President Aquino
  • The President greets members of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines
  • Later that evening, the President attends a State Dinner with President Aquino at Malacanang Palace




Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama delivers remarks at Fort Bonafacio
  • Later that morning, the President participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Manila American Cemetery
  • The President travels back to Washington, D.C.




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Arrival of US President Barack Obama 4/28/2014


Published on Apr 28, 2014

Balagbag Ramp, Pasay City
28 April 2014

US President Barack Obama arrives at the Ages Hangar, Balagbag Ramp in Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at 1:25PM on board Air Force One for a two-day state visit in the country.


President Obama together with his delegation was welcomed by Vice-President Jejomar Binay, US Ambassador Philip Goldberg, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, Philippine Ambassador to US Jose L. Cuisia Jr. and Philippine Air Force Military Commanding General Maj. Gen. Jeffrey F. Delgado.

The US President is expected proceed to Malacañang to meet President Benigno S. Aquino III for bilateral talks to forge new agreements that will strengthen the country’s partnership to the US being one of its closest allies in Asia. President Aquino will also host a State Dinner at the Palace in honor of President Obama, showcasing the country’s top Filipino cuisine, traditional dances and performance arts.


Early on, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has issued a notice-to-airmen (Notam) advising aircraft to expect delays with the closing of NAIA terminals from 12:30pm to 1:30pm on Monday and Tuesday in preparation for the President Obama’s arrival and departure time. Following the Notam, the CAAP has also issued a no-fly zone in Malacañang complex all throughout the visit of the US President as part of the security protocol for a visiting head of state.


US President Barack Obama’s visit to the country is the first and will be the last leg to complete his four-nation Asia Pacific Tour where he visited South Korea, Japan and Malaysia.




Welcome Ceremony for US President Barack Obama 4/282/2014


Published on Apr 28, 2014

28 April 2014




Dinner in honor of H.E. Barack Obama, President of the USA – President Obama (Toast Remarks)




Joint Press Conference 4/28/2014 - President Benigno S. Aquino III And President Barack Hussein Obama





President Obama Speaks at Fort Bonifacio




Malaysia Part Two

Published on Apr 27, 2014

Come with me as Barack Hussein Obama lands in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. President Obama attends a working lunch with Prime Minister Najib Razak.
The President delivers remarks at the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center.
Later, the President participates in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Town Hall at the University of Malaysia.





Obama signs Malacañang guest book





Published on Apr 28, 2014

Watch Rappler’s full coverage of the first day of Obama’s visit here:

Obama signs the guest book at Malacañang


Where In The World Is Barack: Tokyo, Japan

President Barack Obama starts a four-nation Asian swing. President Obama’s fifth trip to Asia during his time in office will underscore a continued focus on the Asia-Pacific region and commitment to his vision of rebalancing to the world’s largest emerging region. The President’s visit to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines will focus on our major priorities in the region: modernizing our alliances; supporting democratic development and commercial ties; investing in regional institutions; and deepening cultural and people-to-people ties.




Speeches and Remarks - April 28, 2014


Remarks by President Obama and President Aquino III of the Philippines at State Dinner


Remarks by President Obama at Commercial Deals Signing Ceremony


Remarks by President Obama and President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines in Joint Press Conference



Statements and Releases - April 28, 2014


Readout of National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Malaysian Opposition Leaders


Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine


Statement by the President on Yom HaShoah


FACT SHEET: U.S.-Philippines Partnership for Growth


FACT SHEET: United States-Philippines Bilateral Relations


Obama visits Philippines; U.S. announces defense pact


Thomas Maresca , Special for USA TODAY


MANILA — The U.S. and the Philippines have agreed on a new 10-year defense pact that will allow increased presence of U.S. troops in the Philippines, White House officials said Sunday.


The deal came in advance of President Obama’s arrival in the Philippine capital, Manila, on Monday, the last stop on his four-country Asian tour.



Obama, Aquino Discuss New Security Agreements


Published on Apr 28, 2014

President Obama joined President Benigno Aquino III in a joint press conference Monday in Manila. The two leaders addressed new defense deals allowing US military greater access to Philippine bases.










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