By Jueseppi B.
Michelle Obama Creating a ‘New Norm for What a Healthy Environment Looks Like’
Published on Mar 6, 2014
The first lady sat down with Robin Roberts to discuss everything from healthcare to family.
By Jueseppi B.
Published on Mar 6, 2014
The first lady sat down with Robin Roberts to discuss everything from healthcare to family.
By Jueseppi B.
Bob Cesca: …. the sequestration issue has been one of those rare items that frustrate me to the point of being incapable of spending time on it. When I read about sequestration, my brain seizes. The stupidity of it all simply confounds me to the point of being speechless. For me, this is a shocking and rare predicament.
It’s not even the chronic brinksmanship — the reoccurring doomsday countdowns and the Republican-manifested economic sabotage that’s behind it all. It’s not the Keynesian in me who opposes the very notion of deficit reduction during a sluggish recovery. Granted, these are both points of irritation, but the characteristic of the sequester that ought to force us all into complete apoplexy and subsequent outrage-induced catatonia is the epidemic of ignorance regarding the status of the federal budget deficit.
Read the rest of the story at The Daily Banter.
Watch at 1:05 p.m. ET: President Obama speaks on the devastating impact of the sequester on WhiteHouse.gov/Live.
In just a matter of days, harmful automatic cuts — known as the sequester — take effect, threatening hundreds of thousands of jobs, and cutting vital services for children, seniors, people with mental illness and our men and women in uniform.
President Obama put forward a plan to avoid these cuts and reduce the deficit by cutting spending and closing tax loopholes. Now it’s up to Congress to act.
All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST).
11:05 AM: The President departs Joint Base Andrews en route to Newport News, Virginia
1:05 PM: The President delivers remarks on the devastating impact of the sequester
2:05 PM: The President departs Newport News, Virginia
2:50 PM: The President arrives at Joint Base Andrews
3:05 PM: The President arrives at the White House
Nothing is more outdated and in need of a “do-over” than the United States Constitution. But that is not considered in need of an update. Voting Rights however are considered outdated by caucasian TeaTardedRepubliCANT state level elected politicians.
Can YOU smell that?
Published on Feb 26, 2013
Why Blacks Don’t Vote Republican:http://www.politicalarticles.net/blog…
This issue is also designed to sneak attention away from the fake sequestration issue.
Now for some fun:
Published on Feb 26, 2013
Robin Roberts talks with the first lady about her “Let’s Move” campaign in addition to Sasha and Malia.
The Newest Barack Obama Issues For The TeaTardedRepubliCANTS:
Published on Feb 18, 2013
President Obama played golf Sunday with Tiger Woods during the president’s long holiday weekend in Florida, amid concerns from the media about a lack of access before, during and after the newsworthy outing.
The foursome at the Floridian National Golf Club, in Palm City, Fla., included U.S. trade representative Ron Kirk and Jim Crane, a Democratic donor who owns the club and the Houston Astros baseball team.
Hey Mr. Fox News’ Ed Henry, ….Can The President Of The United States take a piss without White House Press Coverage?
February 26, 2013
Published on Feb 26, 2013
Cooking With The First Lady Michelle Obama GMA Cooking Healthy Delicious Recipes Robin Roberts
As she celebrates the third anniversary of her Let’s Move! initiative, first lady Michelle Obama told “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts that the country is seeing real “movement” on the issue of childhood obesity.
“We’ve really changed the conversation in this country. When we started, there were a lot of people in this country who would have never thought that childhood obesity was a health crisis. But now we’re starting to see some movement on this issue,” the first lady told Roberts. “Our kids are eating better at school. They’re moving more. And we’re starting…to see a change in the trends. We’re starting to see rates of obesity coming down like never before.”
“What we’re seeing is that there’s hope, and when a nation comes together, and everyone is thinking about this issue and trying to figure out what role they can play, then we can see changes,” she said.
Mrs. Obama is set to embark on a star studded national tour this week to promote and celebrate her Let’s Move! initiative. Her first stop will be in Clinton, Miss. on Wednesday when she appears at an event highlighting healthy school lunches with Rachael Ray.
“I’m going back to Mississippi because when I first went there, Mississippi was considered one of the most unhealthy states in the nation,” Mrs. Obama said.
MyPlate is one of the easiest ways to learn about healthy eating. It’s simple to look at the icon and recognize how to pile up your own plate. But can you cook with it? Mrs. Obama thinks so. Today, the First Lady joined Robin Roberts and Chef Marcus Samuelsson on Good Morning America to announce a new partnership that highlights healthier recipes that align with MyPlate.
Your favorite recipe sites — and social media network Pinterest — have teamed up with the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) to make it easier to find healthier recipes online. Each of the sites will indicate which of their recipes meet nutrition guidance from the US Department of Agriculture, meaning you can now find delicious MyPlate-inspired recipes on the sites you already visit for cooking inspiration. Thousands of recipes will also be featured on new Pinterest boards that launched today. This one-stop-shop for home cooks will give parents the information and tools they need to make healthy choices for their families.
“As a mom, I know how challenging it can be to think of new meal ideas that your kids will like and that will be good for them,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “This partnership takes the guess work out of finding healthier recipes and gives parents the information and the tools they need to make healthy choices for their families every day.”
So what is a MyPlate recipe? It’s a recipe that uses key foods for a healthy diet, a recipe that emphasizes foods in their simplest forms and encourages people to eat the right size portions. These recipes aim for limiting added sugars and saturated fats, just as the Dietary Guidelines recommend. The big idea here is to help home cooks connect delicious recipes to the food groups on MyPlate: vegetables, fruits, dairy, whole grains, and proteins.
Visit these websites for MyPlate-inspired recipes:
Published on Feb 9, 2013
America’s First Lady Michelle Obama has attended the funeral of a 15 year old girl killed after performing in President Obama’s inauguration celebration.
The high school student was the 46th person to be shot dead in the Obamas’ hometown of Chicago this year alone.
Her death has intensified a national debate on gun control.
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By Jueseppi B.
The chat was conducted Friday, but it won’t air until Tuesday on “Good Morning America”….
Robin Roberts, left, is interviewing first lady Michelle Obama for ‘Good Morning America.’ Photo credit: Ida Mae Astute/ABC
INTERVIEW AIRS ON “GOOD MORNING AMERICA” TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26
“Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts will interview First Lady Michelle Obama to discuss the third anniversary of Let’s Move! and a new partnership that makes finding healthy, reliable recipes easy for busy parents, among other topics.
This will be Mrs. Obama’s first morning show interview and will air on “Good Morning America“on Tuesday, February 26.
“Good Morning America” is a two-hour, live program anchored by Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos. Josh Elliott is the news anchor, Lara Spencer is lifestyle anchor and Sam Champion is the weather anchor. Tom Cibrowski is the senior executive producer. The morning news program airsMONDAY-FRIDAY (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Tonight the First Lady visits Jimmy Fallon…….
Published on Feb 22, 2013
In honor of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” campaign, Jimmy Fallon and Michelle Obama present the “Evolution of Mom Dancing.”
From The White House Blog…….
Photos Of The Day:
Vice President Joe Biden receives a bracelet from Paige Baitinger, wife of fallen St. Petersburg, Fla., police Sgt. Thomas Baitinger, following a Medal of Valor ceremony in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Feb. 20, 2013. The Vice President and Attorney General Eric Holder presented 18 recipients with the Medal of Valor, which is awarded to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect others from harm. Baitinger accepted the award on behalf of her husband who was killed in the line of duty in 2011. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
President Barack Obama talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan as they stand in the West Wing Lobby of the White House, Feb. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Lisa Ellman and Nick Sinai
February 22, 2013
Since taking office, President Obama has made clear that his Administration is committed to Open Government—that the Nation is made stronger by making the Federal Government accountable to citizens and by giving those citizens opportunities to participate in their government.
That’s why, in September 2011, President Obama, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, and the leaders of six other governments launched the global Open Government Partnership– a global effort to encourage transparent, effective, and accountable governance driven by citizens and civil society around the world. Demonstrating the Nation’s domestic commitment to the Partnership, President Obama launched theU.S. National Action Plan on Open Government that same day, saying:
“We pledge to be more transparent at every level — because more information on government activity should be open, timely, and freely available to the people. We pledge to engage more of our citizens in decision-making — because it makes government more effective and responsive. We pledge to implement the highest standards of integrity — because those in power must serve the people, not themselves. And we pledge to increase access to technology — because in this digital century, access to information is a right that is universal.”
In just over a year, the Administration has made significant progress toward implementing the National Action Plan, working closely and in partnership with American citizens and organizations.
For example, with the launch of the White House’s “We the People” petition platform, citizens now have a more powerful voice in government. With the passage of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, and President Obama’s landmark directive extending whistleblower protections to the intelligence and national security communities for the first time, Federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government will receive the protection they deserve. And, through innovative, accessible platforms like data.gov, the government is unleashing more information than ever before to fuel innovation and entrepreneurship. But we’re not stopping there.
As part of our ongoing commitment to Open Government, the United States Government will publish a Self-Assessment Report this spring, that outlines our significant progress to date and highlights areas where there is more work to be done. And, in the true spirit of Open Government—we want you to participate in the process.
Many of the best ideas that helped shape the National Action Plan on Open Government were suggested from citizens and outside groups. Starting today, for the next two weeks, we want to hear from you, as we work to develop our Open Government self-assessment report.
Your feedback will inform our upcoming Self-Assessment Report on Open Government and ensure that your voice is heard as we continue working together toward increased openness and transparency. We look forward to hearing from you.
Lisa Ellman is Chief Counselor for the Open Government Partnership and Senior Advisor to the Chief Technology Officer and Nick Sinai is Deputy Chief Technology Officer.
In eight days, harmful automatic cuts — known as the sequester — take effect, threatening hundreds of thousands of jobs, and cutting vital services for children, seniors, people with mental illness and our men and women in uniform.
To prevent a costly, self-inflicted wound to our economy and middle class families, President Obama put forward a plan to avoid these cuts and reduce the deficit by cutting spending and closing tax loopholes. Now it’s up to Congress to act. Learn more about President Obama’s plan here.
Still have questions about what the sequester is, and why American famillies and our national economy face this threat? We’ve put together the explainer below using some helpful background information President Obama laid out in a statement on Tuesday. Check it out:
“Over the last few years, both parties have worked together to reduce our deficits by more than $2.5 trillion. More than two-thirds of that was through some pretty tough spending cuts. The rest of it was through raising taxes — tax rates on the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans. And together, when you take the spending cuts and the increased tax rates on the top 1 percent, it puts us more than halfway towards the goal of $4 trillion in deficit reduction that economists say we need to stabilize our finances.”
“Now, Congress, back in 2011, also passed a law saying that if both parties couldn’t agree on a plan to reach that $4 trillion goal, about a trillion dollars of additional, arbitrary budget cuts would start to take effect this year. And by the way, the whole design of these arbitrary cuts was to make them so unattractive and unappealing that Democrats and Republicans would actually get together and find a good compromise of sensible cuts as well as closing taxloopholes and so forth. And so this was all designed to say we can’t do these bad cuts; let’s do something smarter. That was the whole point of this so-called sequestration.”
“Unfortunately, Congress didn’t compromise. They haven’t come together and done their jobs, and so as a consequence, we’ve got these automatic, brutal spending cuts that are poised to happen next Friday.”
“Now, if Congress allows this meat-cleaver approach to take place, it will jeopardize our military readiness; it will eviscerate job-creating investments in education and energy and medical research. It won’t consider whether we’re cutting some bloated program that has outlived its usefulness, or a vital service that Americans depend on every single day. It doesn’t make those distinctions.”
“There is a smarter way to do this –- to reduce our deficits without harming our economy. But Congress has to act in order for that to happen.”
“Now, for two years, I’ve offered a balanced approach to deficit reduction that would prevent these harmful cuts…”
“I am willing to cut more spending that we don’t need, get rid of programs that aren’t working. I’ve laid out specific reforms to our entitlement programs that can achieve the same amount of health care savings by the beginning of the next decade as the reforms that were proposed by the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles commission.”
“I’m willing to save hundreds of billions of dollars by enacting comprehensive tax reform that gets rid of tax loopholes and deductions for the well off and well connected, without raising tax rates.”
“I believe such a balanced approach that combines tax reform with some additional spending reforms, done in a smart, thoughtful way is the best way to finish the job of deficit reduction and avoid these cuts once and for all that could hurt our economy, slow our recovery, put people out of work. And most Americans agree with me.”
Today, President Obama held a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan. “The U.S.-Japan alliance is the central foundation for our regional security and so much of what we do in the Pacific region,” President Obama said.
In the meeting, the two leaders discussed a range of security issues in the Asia Pacific region, and over lunch, talked about the close economic cooperation between our two countries.
“I know that Prime Minister Abe and I both agree that our number-one priority has to be making sure that we are increasing growth and making sure that people have the opportunity to prosper if they’re willing to work hard in both our countries.”
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By Jueseppi B.
This image released by ABC shows host Robin Roberts, center, with her sister Sally-Ann Roberts, right and ABC News’ Diane Sawyer on “Good Morning America” Monday, after Robin Roberts announced she has been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood and bone marrow disease once known as preleukemia.
“Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts said she is starting chemotherapy Monday for treatment of a disease that will require her to get a bone marrow transplant sometime this fall.
The chemotherapy is a preparatory treatment for the bone marrow transplant. Roberts said her sister is a good match and has agreed to donate bone marrow.
From Ms. Roberts:
Here we go again…
As many of you know, 5 years ago I beat breast cancer. I’ve always been a fighter, and with all of your prayers and support, a winner.
Sometimes the treatment for cancer can cause other serious medical problems. Today, I want to let you know that I’ve been diagnosed with MDS or myelodysplastic syndrome. It’s a disease of the blood and bone marrow and was once known as preleukemia.
My doctors tell me I’m going to beat this – and I know it’s true.
If you Google MDS, you may find some scary stuff, including statistics that my doctors insist don’t apply to me. They say I’m younger and fitter than most people who confront this disease and will be cured.
Today, I will start what is known as pre-treatment – chemotherapy in advance of a bone marrow transplant later this year. Bone marrow donors are scarce and particularly for African-American women. I am very fortunate to have a sister who is an excellent match, and this greatly improves my chances for a cure. As you know from my recent interview with Mark Zuckerberg, organ donation is vitally important. Many people don’t realize they can be bone marrow donors. I encourage everyone to sign up on a donor registry like bethematch.org.
I received my MDS diagnosis on the very day that Good Morning America finally beat the Today Show for the first time in 16 years. Talk about your highs and lows! Then a few weeks ago, during a rather unpleasant procedure to extract bone marrow for testing, I received word that I would interview President Obama the next day. The combination of landing the biggest interview of my career and having a drill in my back reminds me that God only gives us what we can handle and that it helps to have a good sense of humor when we run smack into the absurdity of life.
Bottom line: I’ve been living with this diagnosis for awhile and will continue to anchor GMA. I love what I do and the people with whom I do it. Along with my faith, family and friends, all of you at ABC News give me the motivation and energy to face this challenge.
Going forward, it’s business as usual at GMA, which means I’ll be right here every day with George, Sam, Josh and Lara. When I miss a day here or there, I’m fortunate that some very talented friends at ABC News will fill-in. When I undergo the transplant later this year, I’ll miss a chunk of time.
When I faced breast cancer, your prayers and good wishes sustained me, gave me such hope and played a major role in my recovery. In facing this new challenge, I ask humbly for more of your prayers and love – as I will keep you in my mine and update you regularly on my condition.
Love and blessings,
Roberts, 51, said she contracted the disease through her treatment for the breast cancer.
Between 80 percent and 90 percent of MDS patients develop it when they’re over age 60, according to the American Cancer Society. Roberts said there’s some “scary stuff” when you look up statistics about the disease, but ABC medical correspondent Dr. Richard Besser said these statistics don’t shed much light on Roberts’ case because she’s “young and incredibly healthy” in comparison to most people who contract the disease.
Roberts has been on “Good Morning America” for a decade, most recently teamed with George Stephanopoulos as co-anchor. The show has been doing well this spring in its ratings competition with NBC’s “Today” show.
She learned of her diagnosis on the same day that “Good Morning America” beat “Today” for a week in the ratings for the first time in more than 16 years, Roberts said. On a day some of her bone marrow was extracted for testing, Roberts learned she had landed an interview with President Barack Obama where the president revealed his support for gay marriage.
“The combination of landing the biggest interview of my career and having a drill in my back reminds me that God only gives us what we can handle and that it helps to have a good sense of humor when we run smack into the adversity of life,” she said.
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