President Obama Speaks On American Energy…..At Wal-Mart.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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I don’t usually disagree with POTUS Barack Hussein Obama, and he’s much smarter than I on issues, it’s why I voted for him twice and support him 5000%. This visit to Wal-Mart goes against everything I stand for. The Walton family are selfish greedy assholes, and I can think of 500,000 better places to talk about American energy than a Wal-Mart store.

 

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However, I am not The President, and he knows best….I hope.

 

 

President Obama Speaks on American Energy

 

Published on May 9, 2014

President Obama announces new steps to help generate more clean energy, waste less energy overall, and leave our kids and our grandkids with a cleaner, safer planet in the process. May 9, 2014.

 

 

 

Remarks by the President on American Energy

Walmart
Mountain View, California

9:48 A.M. PDT

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, Mountain View!  (Applause.)  It’s good to be in California.  Everybody, have a seat.  Have a seat.  This is actually my third day on the West Coast.  On Wednesday, we went to L.A., then we went to San Diego, we’re here in the Bay Area.  But I have to get back because Sunday is what?

 

AUDIENCE:  Mother’s Day!

 

THE PRESIDENT:  It is Mother’s Day.  That is a public service announcement — do not forget.  (Laughter.)  It’s Mother’s Day.

 

I told Michelle one time, I said, how come people put so much emphasis on Mother’s Day, and Father’s day not so much?  (Laughter.)  She said every day other than Mother’s Day is Father’s Day.  (Laughter and applause.)  Which I thought kind of quieted me down.

 

I want to thank your mayor, Chris Clark, for hosting us.  (Applause.)  I want to thank the folks at Walmart.  And I know this looks like a typical Walmart, but it is different — and that’s why I’m here.  A few years ago, you decided to put solar panels on the roof of the store.  You replaced some traditional light bulbs with LEDs.  You made refrigerator cases more efficient.  And you even put in a charging station for electric vehicles.  And all told, those upgrades created dozens of construction jobs and helped this store save money on its energy bills.  And that’s why I’m here today — because more and more companies like Walmart are realizing that wasting less energy isn’t just good for the planet, it’s good for business.  It’s good for the bottom line.

 

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  (Inaudible.)

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Yes, see, he agrees.  (Applause.)  And it means jobs.

 

Changing the way we use energy is just one of the ways Americans have been working so hard to move this country forward.  In the wake of the worst financial and economic crisis in generations, our businesses now have created over 9.2 million new jobs.  A housing market that was reeling is rebounding.  An auto industry that was flat-lining is now booming.  You’ve got a manufacturing sector that had lost a third of its jobs during the ‘90s and now is adding jobs for the first time.  More than 8 million Americans have now signed up for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act.  (Applause.)  Troops that were fighting two wars are coming home.  And rather than create jobs in other countries, more companies are actually choosing to create jobs and invest right here in the United States of America.

 

But we’ve got a long way to go before we get to where we need to be — which is an economy where everybody who works hard, everybody who takes responsibility has a chance to get ahead, and that we have a chance to build an economy that works not just for a few at the top, but for everybody.  That’s our goal — the idea that no matter who you are, no matter what you look like, no matter where you come from, what your last name is, if you work hard, if you take responsibility, you can make it here in America.

 

And that starts with helping businesses create more good jobs.  One of the biggest factors in bringing jobs back to America has been our commitment to American energy over the last five years.  When I took office, we set out to break our dependence on foreign oil.  Today, America is closer to energy independence than we have been in decades.  We generate more renewable energy than ever, with tens of thousands of good American jobs to show for it.  We produce more natural gas than anyone — and nearly everybody’s energy bill is lower because of it.  So are our carbon emissions that cause climate change.

 

We set new fuel standards for our cars and trucks so that they’ll go twice as far on a gallon of gas by the middle of the next decade.  That saves the typical family about $8,000 at the pump.  And for the first time in nearly 20 years, America produces more oil here at home than we buy from other countries.

 

So we’re producing more traditional energy, but we’re also becoming a leader in the energy sources of the future.  We’re becoming a global leader in solar, thanks in part to the investments we’ve made in the Recovery Act.  Over the past few years, the cost of solar panels have fallen by 60 percent; solar installations have increased by 500 percent.  Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar, and every panel is pounded into place by a worker whose job cannot be overseas.

 

So today, no matter where you live or where you do business, solar is getting cheaper and is getting easier to use than before.  And with more businesses and rural cooperatives and homes choosing solar, prices keep coming down, manufacturers keep getting more innovative, and more jobs are created.  Last year, jobs in the solar industry increased by 20 percent.

But we’ve got more work to do.  And I want to work with Congress to do it.  Unfortunately, Congress has not always been as visionary on these issues as we would like.  It can be a little frustrating.  But in this Year of Action, wherever I can go ahead and create my own opportunities for new jobs, I’m going to take it.

 

And so far, I’ve taken more than 20 executive actions — from launching new hubs to attracting more high-tech manufacturing jobs to America, to reforming our job training programs to make sure more Americans are getting the skills they need to get the jobs that exist right now.

 

And so today, here at Walmart, I want to announce a few more steps that we’re taking that are going to be good for job growth and good for our economy, and that we don’t have to wait for Congress to do.  They are going to be steps that generate more clean energy, waste less energy overall, and leave our kids and our grandkids with a cleaner, safer planet in the process.

 

So let me list these out.  Number one, we know that making buildings more energy efficient is one of the easiest, cheapest ways to create jobs, save money, and cut down on harmful pollution that causes climate change.  It could save our businesses tens of billions of dollars a year on their energy bills — and they can then use that money to grow and hire more folks.  It would put construction workers back to work installing new systems and technologies.  So this is what you call a win-win-win.

 

So that’s why, three years ago, I announced what we called the Better Buildings Initiative.  It’s an ambitious plan to improve the energy efficiency of America’s commercial buildings by 20 percent by the year 2020.  And already we’ve got 190 businesses and organizations that have signed on.  On average, they’re on track to meet their goal — cutting energy use by 2.5 percent every single year.  Together, they’ve already saved $300 million in energy costs.  So we know it works.

 

And that’s why, over the past few months, I’ve been picking up the phone and reaching out to more leaders to get them on board.  And today, they’re stepping up — from cities, school districts, businesses, universities, you’re seeing folks move on energy efficiency.  GM is pledging to improve energy efficiency in 31 plants.  The University of Virginia is doing the same thing in its buildings.  Cities like Little Rock, Kansas City and Detroit are replacing regular street lights with more efficient LEDs.

 

And at Walmart, you’ve committed to reducing energy consumption across 850 million square feet of space.  That’s a lot.  That’s enough to cover more than half of the city of San Francisco.  Taken together, this is going to make a difference, and it’s the right thing to do for the planet, but it’s also the right thing to do for the bottom line.  Because when you save that money you can pass that money back to consumers in the form of lower prices, or you can use it to create more jobs.

 

So folks in the private sector are doing their part to create jobs and reduce pollution and cut waste.  I’m making sure the federal government does its part.  Two years ago, I ordered $2 billion in energy upgrades to federal buildings.  Today, I’m ordering an additional $2 billion in upgrades over the next three years.  And these upgrades will create tens of thousands of construction jobs and save taxpayers billions of dollars.

 

The Department of Energy is putting a new efficiency standard — set of efficiency standards in place that could save businesses billions of dollars in energy costs and cut carbon pollution — and it’s the equivalent of taking about 80 million cars off the road.  And I want to thank Ernie Moniz, Secretary of Energy, and Secretary Donovan — Shaun Donovan of HUD — who are here today because they’ve shown extraordinary leadership on these issues.  That’s worth applauding.  (Applause.)

 

So that’s the first announcement.  Cities, schools, businesses, the federal government — we’re all going to pledge to waste less energy and we’ve got concrete strategies that we know work.

 

The second announcement is about more Americans coming together to use more clean energy.  Last month, I called up leaders from a whole range of industries and made the economic case for why solar is a good idea.  And they listened.  And today, more than 300 organizations — from homebuilders, to affordable housing owners, to companies like Home Depot and Apple — announced that they are going to expand the use of solar energy, thereby creating more jobs and cutting carbon pollution.

 

We’ve got public banks like Connecticut’s Green Bank and private banks like Goldman Sachs ready to invest billions of dollars in renewable energy.  The Treasury Department and the IRS are making it easier for renewable energy companies to operate and attract investment.  And we’re going to support training programs at community colleges across the country that will help 50,000 workers earn the skills that solar companies are looking for right now.

 

Walmart has already got the most installed on-site solar capacity of any company in America.  And now you’ve announced plans to double that capacity.  And it’s all part of your goal to buy or produce 7 billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy by 2020 — something that could save Walmart $1 billion a year in energy costs.

 

So we know that generating more clean energy, using less dirty energy, and wasting less energy overall can be good for business and consumers.  And it’s also good for the world that we leave for our children.

 

So together, the commitments we’re announcing today prove that there are cost-effective ways to tackle climate change and create jobs at the same time.  So often, when we hear about how we’re going to deal with this really serious issue, people say we can’t afford to do it; it won’t be good for the economy.  It will be good for the economy long term — and if we don’t, that will be bad for the economy.  Rising sea levels, drought, more wildfires, more severe storms — those are bad for the economy.  So we can’t afford to wait.  And there’s no reason why we can’t even go further than we are so far by working with states and utilities, and other organizations to change the way we power our economy.  Climate change is real and we have to act now.

 

Earlier this week, I issued — or we issued a report that was years in the making called the National Climate Assessment.  Hundreds of scientists, experts and businesses, not-for-profits, local communities all contributed over the course of four years.  What they found was unequivocally that climate change is not some far-off problem in the future.  It’s happening now.  It’s causing hardship now.  It’s affecting every sector of our economy and our society — more severe floods, more violent wildfires.  It’s already costing cities and states and families and businesses money.

 

Here in California, you’ve seen these effects firsthand.  You know what’s happening.  And increasingly, more and more Americans do — including, by the way, many Republicans outside of Washington.

 

So unfortunately, inside of Washington we’ve still got some climate deniers who shout loud, but they’re wasting everybody’s time on a settled debate.  Climate change is a fact.

 

And while we know the shift to clean energy won’t happen overnight, we’ve got to make some tough choices along the way.  And we know that if we do, it’s going to save us ultimately money and create jobs over the long term.  That’s what Walmart understands, and Walmart is pretty good at counting its pennies.

 

So that’s why this fight is so important.  That’s why the sooner we work together to adapt the economy to this reality of climate change, the more likely it is that we do right by our kids and leave a more stable world.  And ultimately that’s what motivates a whole lot of us.

 

As Americans, we don’t look backwards.  We look forward.  We don’t fear the future, we seize it.  We shape it.  And when it comes to energy, we have a chance to shape that sector that is probably going to have more to do with how well our economy succeeds than just about any other.  We are blessed when it comes to energy, but we’re much more blessed when it comes to the innovation and the dynamism and the creativity of our economy.

 

If we do our part right now to rebuild an economy and transition to a clean energy future, we will create new jobs, we will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, we will leave our children with a better America and a better future.

 

So thank you very much, everybody.  God bless you.  (Applause.)  Thanks to all the companies who are doing the great work, and the not-for-profits.  We appreciate your leadership.

 

Thank you, guys.  Happy Mother’s Day, moms!  (Applause.)

 

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10:02 A.M. PDT

 

 

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From SFGate:

 

Activists gather outside Walmart for Obama appearance

 

By Vivian Ho

 

Activists and schoolchildren gathered outside a Mountain View shopping center Friday in anticipation of President Obama’s visit to a Walmart there.

Obama appeared at the store shortly before 10 a.m. to give a speech touting renewable energy initiatives. He selected Walmart because the chain has been working to boost its use of green energy.

Labor groups were angry with the president’s choice, noting complaints that the company has worked to keep unions out of its stores and wages and benefits low.

As a teacher instructed a group of elementary-school students where to stand to watch the president’s motorcade, a handful of demonstrators held signs across the street from the store on El Camino Real, calling for a raise in the minimum wage and better working conditions for Silicon Valley’s working class.

“People think of Silicon Valley as this rich area, but there’s this group of people who are contributing to the region and haven’t found a way to share the wealth,” said Alison Hicks, 56, of Mountain View. “Raising the minimum wage is a good start.”

Elena Pacheco, a 56-year-old teacher from Mountain View, said many of her students’ families can’t afford the $1,800 average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city.

“Here, you have a private dog park,” she said, gesturing to the neighborhood next to Walmart. “Ten minutes from here, my students are sleeping in living rooms because their parents can’t afford bedrooms.”

Meghan Fraley, 31, of the Raise the Wage Mountain View Coalition, said she wanted to show Obama that local residents support his call to increase the national minimum wage, an initiative that has been blocked in Congress. She said her group wants the City Council to consider raising the minimum wage in Mountain View.

“We want to make sure action is taken,” Fraley said. “With all these people sleeping in their cars, we can’t wait.”

Dozens of other protesters gathered at the far end of the Walmart parking lot before Obama arrived, holding signs asking for him to support the chain’s workers.

Mixed in among the demonstrators were activists holding signs calling for an end to drone-aircraft attacks. An activist dressed as Darth Vader held a tongue-in-cheek sign supporting government surveillance.

Maria Noel Fernandez, 31, director of organizing and civic engagement at the nonprofit Working Partnerships, expressed disappointment that Obama chose to visit Walmart instead of actively support its workers.

“Obama needs to listen to the workers and make sure all workers can live with dignity,” she said. “Today’s economy is really leaving people behind. The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, and it doesn’t have to be like that.”

 

 

President to Speak at Walmart, Labor Unions to Protest

President Barack Obama is expected to visit a a Walmart in Silicon Valley on Friday. But the leader of the free world is not planning to be there to pick up a pair of cheap sweats. Instead, Obama plans to speak at 10 a.m. at a Mountain View Walmart about solar energy, and the employment numbers that are expected to rise with creating jobs to cut carbon pollution.

 

 

At Wal-Mart, Obama touts steps on solar power

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Calling it the right thing to do for America’s bottom line, President Barack Obama announced new steps Friday by companies, local governments and his own administration to deploy solar technology, showcasing steps to combat climate change that don’t require consent from a disinclined Congress.

 

 

Walmart Puts Price of Solar Power on Rollback (Wal-Mart Stores Inc)

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 9, 2014 – At an event with President Barack Obama, Walmart today announced that it will double the number of on-site solar energy projects at its U.S. stores, Sam’s Clubs and distribution centers by 2020. 

 

 

Throwing shade on solar push? Obama riles organized labor with Walmart visit

The 840-page “National Climate Assessment” paints a grim picture for America, warning of severe droughts, rising sea levels and other catastrophic consequences of global warming. Do you agree with this report? President Obama on Friday will announce new executive actions to promote renewable power and energy efficiency.

 

 

Lets hope MY President is playing chess and is 24 moves ahead of me AND the protesters.

 

 

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Weekly Address: Time To Pass Bipartisan Legislation To Extend Emergency Unemployment Insurance


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Weekly Address: Time to Pass Bipartisan Legislation to Extend Emergency Unemployment Insurance

January 04, 2014 | 3:18 |Public Domain

 

In this week’s address, President Obama says Congress should act to extend emergency unemployment insurance for more than one million Americans who have lost this vital economic lifeline while looking for a job.

 

 

 

VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: El Congreso debe extender el seguro de desempleo

January 04, 2014 | 3:04 |Public Domain

 

En el mensaje de esta semana, la Directora del Consejo de Política Doméstico Cecilia Muñoz habla sobre la importancia de que el Congreso extienda el seguro de desempleo cuando regrese de nuevo a Washington la próxima semana. El seguro de desempleo proporciona una fuente vital para millones de estadounidenses, incluyendo a muchos Latinos, que siguen buscando trabajo.

 

 

 

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Statement by Gene B. Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council

 

This New Year’s Day, there is likely less joy and more fear and distress in the homes of 1.3 million Americans who this week have seen their unemployment insurance suddenly cut off – a vital lifeline that these Americans depend on as they fight to find a job. There would be no better New Year’s resolution for Congress to make today than to commit to making the first new legislation for the new year the restoration of emergency unemployment insurance for those who have this week just been cut off.

 

Failing to extend emergency unemployment insurance through 2014 will negatively impact 14 million Americans – the 4.9 million workers who will see unemployment insurance cut off and the approximately 9 million additional family members they are supporting. But if Congress does the right thing and acts to extend emergency unemployment benefits through 2014, it is estimated to lead to 200,000 jobs and a fifth of a point of additional economic growth. This emergency unemployment insurance is temporary and by design will taper off as the unemployment falls around the nation.

 

The claims by some that those experiencing long-term unemployment are solely at fault are belied by the countless accounts of the names, faces and stories of responsible Americans among those 1.3 million who have worked hard their whole lives and are fighting to find a new job to support their families. Because these workers are only eligible for this emergency assistance if they are actively looking for work, extension will help encourage many of the long-term unemployed to keep at it even if they are getting discouraged.

 

We as Americans can choose to have each other’s backs when we face serious spells of long-term unemployment. In more than 50 years, we have never cut off emergency unemployment insurance when the rate of long-term unemployment was even above 50% of its current level, even though none of those recessions were nearly as deep as the one we are now recovering from. Serious studies make clear that those who are long-term unemployed face serious barriers to getting new jobs than can lead to lasting damage to their economic future. At a time when we as a nation should be moving forward in our efforts to help those who are long-term unemployed find new jobs, we should not take a harsh step backwards by abruptly cutting off their unemployment insurance.

 

The President strongly supports Majority Leader Harry Reid’s commitment to bring the bipartisan Reed-Heller bill for a vote the very first day the Senate returns on January 6th. By temporarily extending emergency unemployment insurance for three months, this bipartisan bill will provide benefits for over 2 million Americans when they need it most, and we urge every member of Congress to support this vitally important bill.

 

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West Wing Week 01/03/14: Best Of The West (Wing Week) 2013


 

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As we move into 2014 we’d like to take a quick look back with you at some of our favorite moments, large and small from the 2013 White House video library. There was quite a bit to choose from, but we were able to narrow it down to 10. Take a look in this years edition of “Best of the West (Wing Week).”

 

 

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Obama Family’s Gift To Girls Godmother Delivered By Mistake To A Suburban Chicago Woman.

 

“I don’t want him to ever be forgotten.” A Grieving Cousin Speaks To Moms Demand Action

 

President Barack Hussein Obama Meets With Prime Minister Key Of New Zealand…On Hawaiian Golf Course.

 

Real Success Stories From Real People: The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES).

 

New Health Insurance Options, New Consumer Protections: New Year. A New Day in Health Care Coverage. New Year, New Coverage: Trinace’s Story.

 

Statement By Gene B. Sperling, Director Of The National Economic Council

 

Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America Applauds Upholding Of NY SAFE Act By Federal Court

 

James La Rue Avery, Sr, Star Of ‘The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air,’ Dies At Age 68

 

Barack’s World™: Happy New 2014…Now Lets Get To Work. Presidential Actions On New Years Eve.

 

Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America: The New Leaders On Gun Safety In 2013? Moms

 

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James La Rue Avery, Sr, Star Of ‘The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air,’ Dies At Age 68


 

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James La Rue Avery, Sr. (November 27, 1948 – December 31, 2013) was an American actor, best known for his portrayal of the patriarch and attorney (later judge) Philip BanksWill Smith‘s character’s uncle, in the TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. This character was ranked #34 in TV Guide‘s “50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time.” He also provided the voice of Shredder in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television series, as well as War Machine in the animated series Iron Man and Junkyard Dog in Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling. He also played Michael Kelso‘s commanding officer at the police academy late in the series run of the popular sitcom That ’70s Show.

 

Life and career

Avery was born in Virginia and raised in Atlantic CityNew Jersey. He served in the Vietnam War as a member of the U.S. Navy from 1968–1969, after graduating high school. Later on, he moved to San DiegoCalifornia where he began to write poetry and TV scripts. In addition to his fame insitcoms, he did voice acting for many animated series, most notably the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series (as the voice of The Shredder) and James Rhodes in the 1990s Iron Man series. He also performed in the single season production of Captain Simian and the Space Monkeys as “Gor-illa” a loveable, simple, and bi-polar gorilla.

 

He has been the primary host of Going Places, a popular travel and adventure series on PBS. He also guest starred in That ’70s Show as Officer Kennedy. In 2000, he guest starred in the “Unfriendly Skies” episode of CSI as Preston Cash, a legally-blind witness to a murder who assists the CSI team with a near-flawless verbal account of what he heard on board the flight. Avery played a Los Angeles County Medical Examiner, Dr. Crippen (who has recently appeared in a wheelchair), on the TNT series The Closer. In 2004, he guest starred on the television series That’s So Raven where he played an entrepreneur.

 

He also appeared in a 2005 episode of My Wife and Kids as Jay’s reluctant professor. He was cast in the new sitcom Sherri, starring Sherri Shepherd, playing her father.

 

Most recently, Avery wrapped production on Valediction, which could begin its film festival circuit as early as October 2011. He played the role of Edward, the husband of co-star Bonnie Bartlett. In addition, he starred in a 2012 role on the TV series Grey’s Anatomy, playing a distraught spouse to his brain-dead partner who was a patient.

 

Death

On December 31, 2013, Avery died from complications following open heart surgery in a Los Angeles hospital.

 

(CNN) — Actor James Avery, who played the beloved Uncle Phil on the hit 1990s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” died Tuesday, his publicist confirmed. He was 68.

 

The cause of death was complications from open-heart surgery, said his manager, Toni Benson.

 

His “Fresh Prince” co-star Alfonso Ribeiro tweeted news of Avery’s passing.

 

“I’m deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away,” Riberio tweeted. “He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly.

 

A classically trained actor and poet, Avery grew up in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he was raised by a single mother. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and first appeared onscreen as a dancer in an uncredited role in the 1980 film “The Blues Brothers.”

 

According to IMDb, after he served in the military, Avery moved to San Diego, California, where he began writing TV scripts and poetry for PBS. Before joining the military, he once said, he had dreams of being like Richard Wright and living in Paris. But life took a different turn.

 

“I knew I loved the arts,” Avery said in an interview for the show “Unscripted.” “I knew I wanted to be a writer, but the theater was something I had been involved in before.”

 

Avery appeared in multiple TV shows and movies, including “CSI,” “That ’70s Show,” “The Closer” and several appearances as a judge on “L.A. Law.”

 

Indeed, with his deep, mellifluous voice, he frequently played judges, professors and doctors — Uncle Phil began as a lawyer and eventually became a judge — and was much in demand as a voice actor. His voice roles included Shredder in the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” series and James “Rhodey” Rhodes in the 1990s animated series version of “Iron Man.”

 

He most recently appeared in Zach Braff’s new film, “Wish I Was Here,” which will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month.

 

But his most famous role was as Phillip Banks, the stern but loving uncle to Will Smith’s character on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” The show, co-executive produced by Quincy Jones and created by Andy Borowitz and Susan Borowitz, cast Smith — then best known as a rapper — as a Philadelphia teenager who is sent to live with his wealthy Los Angeles relatives. As Banks, a former civil-rights activist and Harvard Law-trained attorney, Avery provided a role model for Smith’s sometimes wild character.

 

Avery, too, leveled with youthful audiences, noting in “Unscripted” that he left home at 18 because “I had too good a time.”

 

In a 2007 interview with the New York Film Academy, he was forthright about his abilities.

 

“You can either be a movie star or an actor. I’m an actor,” he said. “(But) I’ve done pretty good.”

 

He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Barbara Avery, his mother, Florence Avery of Atlantic City, and a stepson, Kevin Waters.

 

People we lost in 2013

 

CNN’s Todd Leopold contributed to this story.

 

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Uncle Phil loses it

 

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Uncle Phil goes psycho on Geoffrey after another sly insult from the butler.

 

 

 

Unscripted: James Avery

 

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Best known as Will Smith’s “Uncle Phil” on the hit series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the imposing James Avery is a classically trained actor who has written TV scripts and poetry, and earned an Emmy Award for production while working for PBS. Born and raised in Atlantic City, New Jersey, he served in Vietnam with the U.S. Navy. Avery made his first screen appearance in 1980 with an uncredited part in The Blues Brothers, and in the three decades since then has amassed a long list of film and TV credits that includes Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, C.S.I. and The Closer.

 

 

 

James Avery, who played the character of Phil Banks on the hit sitcom ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air,’ died at the age of 68 on Dec. 31.

James Avery, who played the character of Phil Banks on the hit sitcom ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air,’ died at the age of 68 on Dec. 31.

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