A Personal Message From The President

By Jueseppi B.


President Obama’s Economic Vision

A Better Bargain for the Middle Class

President Obama kicks off a series of speeches that will lay out his vision for rebuilding an economy that puts the middle class and those fighting to join it front and center.

From The President:

Hello everybody –

The basic bargain of this country says that if you work hard, you can get ahead — you can build a secure life for your family, and know that your kids will do even better someday.

But for more than a decade, that bargain has frayed, and a devastating recession made it worse.

Over the past four and a half years, America has fought its way back, laying a new foundation for more durable economic growth. But many of the challenges that faced the middle class before the recession remain. And Washington has taken its eye off the ball.

Too many people in this town are focused on scoring political points or fanning phony scandals instead of finding ways to help grow our economy, create jobs, or roll back a 30-year trend of rising inequality.

It’s time for that to stop. It’s time for all of us to focus on our top priority as a country, and that’s reigniting the engine of our prosperity: a rising, thriving middle class.

That’s what I just said while speaking at Knox College, back home in Illinois, where I kicked off a series of speeches on what truly matters to the middle class.

In my haste to get this video of POTUS Barack Hussein Obama‘s speech, out to those who might have missed it’s original broadcast, I am using an uncut unpolished version released by The White House from it’s live White House feed.

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Streamed live on Jul 24, 2013

President Obama’s live remarks have concluded. Drag the counter along the timeline below to replay. The full video will be posted on the White House YouTube channel momentarily.

If building America from the middle out is an idea you share, I need you to stand with me. Add your voice to mine.

This has been my North Star for as long as I’ve been in office, and it’s what will shape the time that I have left in the White House.

In the weeks ahead, in towns across the country, I’ll be talking about my ideas for building on the cornerstones of middle-class security: Good jobs with good wages. An education that prepares our children and our workers for a new economy. A home to call your own. Affordable health care when you get sick. A secure retirement even if you’re not rich. A better bargain for the middle class, and for all who are striving to join it.

This is the debate we need to have. And you can join me right now.

Let the country know that you believe that America works best not when it grows from the top down, but when it grows from the middle out:


Thank you,

President Barack Obama





President Barack Hussein Obama Visit The Planned Parenthood Conference


By Jueseppi B







April 26, 2013

Remarks by the President at the Planned Parenthood Conference


Megan Slack
Megan Slack

April 26, 2013
02:37 PM EDT


Today, President Obama spoke at the Planned Parenthood Conference in Washington, DC, reaffirming the core principle that has guided the organization for nearly a century: that women should be allowed to make their own decisions about their own health.


President Obama thanked the doctors, nurses, advocates and staff who work tirelessly to keep the doors open for the millions of women who depend on the health services Planned Parenthood offers.

Somewhere there’s a woman who just received a new lease on life because of a screening that you provided that helped catch her cancer in time.  Somewhere there’s a woman who’s breathing easier today because of the support and counseling she got at her local Planned Parenthood health clinic.  Somewhere there’s a young woman starting a career who, because of you, is able to decide for herself when she wants to start a family.


“One in five women in this country has turned to Planned Parenthood for health care,” he said. “And for many, Planned Parenthood is their primary source of health care  — not just for contraceptive care, but for lifesaving preventive care, like cancer screenings and health counseling.”


When politicians threaten to cut funding for Planned Parenthood, they’re “talking about shutting those women out at a time when they may need it most — shutting off communities that need more health care options for women, not less.”


“After decades of progress, there’s still those who want to turn back the clock to policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century,” he said. “And they’ve been involved in an orchestrated and historic effort to roll back basic rights when it comes to women’s health.”


When you read about some of these laws, you want to check the calendar; you want to make sure you’re still living in 2013.

Forty years after the Supreme Court affirmed a woman’s constitutional right to privacy, including the right to choose, we shouldn’t have to remind people that when it comes to a woman’s health, no politician should get to decide what’s best for you.  No insurer should get to decide what kind of care that you get.  The only person who should get to make decisions about your health is you.


Related Topics: Health CareWomen





President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the 2013 Planned Parenthood National Conference at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., April 26, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)




President Obama Speaks to the Planned Parenthood Conference


President Obama Speaks at the Planned Parenthood Gala

April 26, 2013 | 12:16 | Public Domain


President Obama delivers remarks at the 2013 Planned Parenthood Gala.













































Sequestration Order Signed By President Barack Hussein Obama


By Jueseppi B.










July 31, 2012




FROM: Jeffrey D. Zients
Acting Director

SUBJECT: Issues Raised by Potential Sequestration Pursuant To Section 251A of the
Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985


Passed by bipartisan majorities in both houses ofthe Congress, the Budget Control Act of
2011 (BCA; Public Law 112-25) amended the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control
Act of 1985 (BBEDCA) to put into place an automatic process of across-the-board reductions in
budgetary resources, known as a sequestration, specified in an order to be issued on January 2,
2013, ifthe Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction failed to propose, and the Congress
failed to enact, a bill containing at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction.


The President has made clear that the Congress should act to avoid such a sequestration.
If allowed to occur, the sequestration would be highly destructive to national security and
domestic priorities, as well as to core government functions. To avoid this, the President
submitted a budget for 2013 that includes a comprehensive and balanced set of proposals that
contain greater deficit reduction than the Congress was charged with achieving. The
Administration believes the Congress should redouble its efforts to reduce the deficit in a
bipartisan, balanced, and fiscally responsible manner and avoid the sequestration.

If Congress were to enact the requisite deficit reduction measures and avoid the
sequestration, there would be no need to take steps to issue the sequestration order, and then to
develop plans for agency operations for the remainder of FY 2013 within the constraints of that
order. These sequestration planning and implementation activities, once undertaken, will
necessarily divert scarce resources from other important agency activities and priorities. The
President remains confident that Congress will act, but because it has not yet made progress
towards enacting sufficient deficit reduction, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will
work with agencies, as necessary, on issues raised by a sequestration ofthis magnitude.

To that end, OMB will be holding discussions on these issues with you and your staff
over the coming months. In the near term, OMB will consult with you on such topics as the
application to your agency’s accounts and programs of the exemptions from sequestration
contained in section 255 ofBBEDCA and the applicable sequestration rules specified in section
256 ofBBEDCA. These discussions should be informed by your General Counsel‘s analysis of
how the requirements of BBEDCA, as amended by the BCA, and other statutory authorities apply to a particular issue involving your agency. OMB will also engage with agencies on anticipated reporting requirements established by Congress that are related to, but separate from, planning for or implementing a sequestration order under the BCA.


Over the longer term, in the absence of Congressional action on a balanced deficit
reduction plan in advance of January 2, 2013, OMB will undertake additional activities related to
the implementation ofthe BCA. OMB will work with agencies, as necessary, on issues
surrounding the sequestration order and its implementation. For example, sequestrable amounts
can only be calculated once FY 2013 funding levels are known; therefore, shortly before any
sequestration order is issued, OMB will collect information from agencies on sequestrable
amounts and, where applicable, unobligated balances, and calculate the percentage reductions
necessary to implement the sequestration. In the meantime, agencies should continue normal
spending and operations since more than 5 months remain for Congress to act.


The steps described above are necessary to prepare for the contingency of having to issue
a sequestration order, but they do not change the fact that sequestration is bad policy, was never
meant to be implemented, and should be avoided through the enactment ofbipartisan, balanced
deficit legislation. The Administration urges the Congress to take this course.











THE WHITE HOUSE,  March 1, 2013.


By the authority vested in me as President by the laws of the United States of America, and in accordance with section 251A of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act, as amended (the “Act”), 2 U.S.C. 901a, I hereby order that budgetary resources in each non-exempt budget account be reduced by the amount calculated by the Office of Management and Budget in its report to the Congress of March 1, 2013.


Pursuant to sections 250(c)(6), 251A, and 255(e) of the Act, budgetary resources subject to sequestration shall be new budget authority, unobligated balances of defense function accounts carried over from prior fiscal years, direct spending authority, and obligation limitations.


All sequestrations shall be made in strict accordance with the requirements of section 251A of the Act and the specifications of the Office of Management and Budget’s report of March 1,


Barack Obama


March 1, 2013.


Thank you CNN.












If You’re Dissatisfied With Your Elected Officials: Call ‘Em And Write ‘Em.



By Jueseppi B.






A list of websites, email addresses, twitter accounts and phone numbers for the Senate, members of the House of Representatives, and the White House:

Another valuable resource is this website which allows you to FAX for free.  I did not list the fax numbers but the representatives website should have that information.



President Barack Obama – (Democrat)            Twitter BarackObama
Web Formhttp://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
Phone: 202-456-1111




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Americans are forced to bounce from one crisis in Washington D.C., to another. Our elected politicians have no connection with the very voters and American citizens who elected them in the first place. This MUST stop NOW.


Call your local Washington D.C. representative, and voice your concerns. Let them know exactly how YOU feel about this monthly fiasco of fiscal cliffs, and budget battles and debt ceiling issues. On every major piece of legislation there is this mindset that going down to the last possible second before reaching solutions….is the proper way to conduct government business.


E-mail your Washington D.C. elected politicians and voice your desires on how they should represent your ideas, opinions and thoughts on YOUR government. After all, YOU voted for your representatives to speak for you in the halls of Congress.











Thursday’s Potpourri: Everything From Everywhere.


By Jueseppi B.












LIVE 5 NEWS AT THE WHITE HOUSE: Beginning the day at the White House.





LIVE 5 NEWS AT THE WHITE HOUSE: Bo on the White House lawn





LIVE 5 NEWS AT THE WHITE HOUSE: Debi and Bo on the White House lawn.




LIVE 5 NEWS AT THE WHITE HOUSE: Inside the room where Debi will interview President Obama.




LIVE 5 NEWS AT THE WHITE HOUSE: Debi in the interview room.




LIVE 5 NEWS AT THE WHITE HOUSE: White House Briefing Room.





Debi Chard interviewing President Barack Obama at the White House. (Photo source: White House)




President Obama talks SC topics with Live 5’s Debi Chard


By Philip Weiss



President Barack Obama touched on a number of topics relating to South Carolina on Wednesday in a special one-on-one interview with Live 5 News anchor Debi Chard.


Chard was selected as one of eight local news reporters around the United States to interview the president in the White House on Wednesday. During the interview, Chard spoke with President Obama on issues relating to residents of South Carolina.


Full article can be read at Live 5 News.



The “Expert Pundits”:


Obama Runs Circles Around Boehner, ‘Histrionic’ GOP on Sequester Cuts






Obama’s Decades-Old Shooting Scare Guides Anti-Poverty Plan






Speaker Boehner’s Op-ED Blaming Obama For ‘Sequester’ Falls Flat






Big Bird Visits the White House


Marissa Duswalt
February 21, 2013


First Lady Michelle Obama invited Big Bird to to the White House to learn how easy and delicious it is to eat fruits and vegetables. Check out the latest PSAs from Mrs. Obama and Sesame Workshop celebrating Let’s Move!‘s third anniversary!


Let’s Move! with Big Bird at the White House





Big Bird and Michelle Obama: Healthy Eating Can Be Easy!





February 21, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama and Big Bird Team Up to Help Get Kids Healthy







Don’t Miss Out! Tickets Lottery for the 2013 Easter Egg Roll Opens Today


Colleen Curtis
Colleen Curtis

February 21, 2013

Are you in? Don’t miss your chance to join the First Family for the 135th annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday April 1. This year’s theme is “Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You” — and more than 35,000 people will be joining the First Family on the South Lawn for activities including games, stories, singing, dancing, and of course, the traditional egg roll.


Once again, tickets will be distributed through an online lottery system, allowing guests from across the United States to participate in a tradition that dates back to 1878. Starting today, you can click here to enter the lottery and win a chance to join the fun (the lottery closes at 10 am EST on Monday February 25, 2013). The event is open to children aged 13 years and younger and their families.


In addition to all the fun and games, the day’s activities — which will include sports and cooking demonstrations — will help educate families on smart ways to incorporate healthy eating and exercise choices into their daily routines, which are key pillars of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative.


Families and schools who can’t make the trip to Washington, DC but want to participate in the festivities can enter the annual poster contest.



Introducing the 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll






A Balanced Plan to Avert the Sequester and Reduce the Deficit


Jennifer Palmieri
Jennifer Palmieri

February 21, 2013

In eight days, harmful automatic cuts are slated to 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.


Only Congress can avoid this self-inflicted wound to our economy and middle class families, and the only thing standing in the way of a solution today is Congressional Republicans’ refusal to even consider closing tax loopholes that benefit wealthy Americans and well-connected corporations. The President and Congressional Democrats have put forward solutions to avoid these cuts and allow time for both sides to work on a long-term, balanced solution to our deficit challenges.


The President is serious about cutting spending, reforming entitlements and the tax code to reduce the deficit in a balanced way.  The question is, will Congressional Republicans come to the table to get something done?


Let’s take a moment to look what we’ve done so far: The President has already reduced the deficit by over $2.5 trillion, cutting spending by over $1.4 trillion, bringing domestic discretionary spending to its lowest level as a share of the economy since the Eisenhower era [see below]. As a result of these savings, together with a strengthening economy, the deficit is coming down at the fastest pace of anytime in American history other than the demobilization from World War II.







And he’s laid out a specific plan to do more. His proposal resolves the sequester and reduces our deficit by over $4 trillion dollars in a balanced way- by cutting spending, finding savings in entitlement programs and asking the wealthiest to pay their fair share. As a result the deficit would be cut below its historic average and the debt would fall as a share of the economy over the next decade.  Just two months ago Speaker Boehner said there was $800 billion in deficit reduction that could be achieved by only closing loopholes and reducing tax expenditures.  So we know we can get this done. Let’s be clear: the President’s proposal to Speaker Boehner is still on the table. Here it is again


We can’t just cut our way to prosperity. Even as we look for ways to reduce deficits over the long term, we must grow the economy in a way that strengthens the middle class and everyone willing to work hard to get into it.


So the choice in front of Congressional Republicans today is simple: will they let these devastating cuts happen that will cost hundreds of thousands of jobs simply because they refuse to close one tax loophole for the wealthy? Or will they compromise and work with us on a balanced solution to get this done?  We hope they come to the table for the sake of middle class families, our national security and our future today.








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