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Barack Meets With Women Members Of Congress. First Lady And The Muppets. Barack At The GAP. Barack Between Two Ferns.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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President Obama Meets with Women Members of Congress

 

Published on Mar 12, 2014

President Obama drops by a meeting with women Members of Congress to discuss the administration’s economic agenda and minimum wage efforts.

 

 

 

The First Lady Hosts a Screening of “Muppets Most Wanted”

 

Published on Mar 12, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks to military children and families at a special screening of Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, and star of the film, Kermit the Frog, also participate. March 12, 2014.

 

 

 

President Obama Visits the Gap to Discuss Raising the Minimum Wage

 

Published on Mar 12, 2014

President Obama congratulates the Gap for “doing the right thing” by raising wages for thousands of its employees, and says he will continue calling on Congress to take action to raise the minimum wage for all Americans. March 11, 2014.

 

 

 

You Never Know Where Barack Hussein Obama Will Turn Up. A Pizza Place. A Sandwich Shop. A GAP Store.

 

During a trip to the Big Apple today, the president made a surprise stop at the Gap.
Barack checked out some khakis and sweatshirts. A cheery saleswoman talked him through a few options, including a V-neck pink sweater.

 

White House official explained the president’s impromptu stop: “In his State of the Union address, the President called for businesses to raise workers’ wages, and today the President will visit a Gap store to show his support for Gap Inc.’s decision to increase wages for their US based employees.”

 

Raise That Minimum Wage Ya’ll…..You Never Know….

 

 

 

Geeks Get Covered: A Message From Geeks at the White House

 

Uploaded on Mar 11, 2014

Geeks at the Office of Science and Technology Policyshare their reasons why their fellow geeks should get covered.

 

 

 

 

Zach Galifinakis and Preseident Barack Obama Between Two Ferns Official Interview COMPLETE FULL HD

 

 

 

White House White Board: President Obama’s 2015 Budget

 

Published on Mar 10, 2014

Watch as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and BudgetBrian Deese, sketches out the nuts and bolts of the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget.

 

 

 

President Obama Designates the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands as a National Monument

 

Published on Mar 11, 2014

As part of his commitment to make 2014 a year of action using his pen and phone, President Obama uses his authorities under the Antiquities Act to designate the Point Arena-Stornetta public lands as part of the California Coastal National Monument, protecting approximately 1,665 acres of coastline in Northern California. March 11, 2014.

 

 

 

Honey Maid: This is Wholesome :30 TV Commercial | Official

 

Published on Mar 10, 2014

No matter how things change, what makes us wholesome never will.

If you support our message, help us spread the word by donating your voice to our thunderclap here http://thndr.it/PjV6NF

 

 

 

 

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The White House Blog: Videos. Videos. Videos. Barack At The GAP. Barack Between Two Ferns.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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President Obama Visits the Gap to Discuss Raising the Minimum Wage

 

Published on Mar 12, 2014

President Obama congratulates the Gap for “doing the right thing” by raising wages for thousands of its employees, and says he will continue calling on Congress to take action to raise the minimum wage for all Americans. March 11, 2014.

 

 

 

You Never Know Where Barack Hussein Obama Will Turn Up. A Pizza Place. A Sandwich Shop. A GAP Store.

 

During a trip to the Big Apple today, the president made a surprise stop at the Gap.
Barack checked out some khakis and sweatshirts. A cheery saleswoman talked him through a few options, including a V-neck pink sweater.

 

A White House official explained the president’s impromptu stop: “In his State of the Union address, the President called for businesses to raise workers’ wages, and today the President will visit a Gap store to show his support for Gap Inc.’s decision to increase wages for their US based employees.”

 

Raise That Minimum Wage Ya’ll…..You Never Know….

 

 

Geeks Get Covered: A Message From Geeks at the White House

 

Uploaded on Mar 11, 2014

Geeks at the Office of Science and Technology Policy share their reasons why their fellow geeks should get covered.

 

 

 

White House White Board: President Obama’s 2015 Budget

 

Published on Mar 10, 2014

Watch as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Brian Deese, sketches out the nuts and bolts of the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget.

 

 

 

Zach Galifinakis and Preseident Barack Obama Between Two Ferns Official Interview COMPLETE FULL HD

 

 

 

President Obama Designates the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands as a National Monument

 

Published on Mar 11, 2014

As part of his commitment to make 2014 a year of action using his pen and phone, President Obama uses his authorities under the Antiquities Act to designate the Point Arena-Stornetta public lands as part of the California Coastal National Monument, protecting approximately 1,665 acres of coastline in Northern California. March 11, 2014.

 

 

 

Honey Maid: This is Wholesome :30 TV Commercial | Official

 

Published on Mar 10, 2014

No matter how things change, what makes us wholesome never will.

If you support our message, help us spread the word by donating your voice to our thunderclap here http://thndr.it/PjV6NF

 

 

 

Moms team up to repeal “Stand Your Ground” law

 

Published on Mar 10, 2014

Jordan Davis’ mom, Lucia MacBath, has teamed up with the parents of Trayvon Martin to repeal the Stand Your Ground law.

 

 

 

 

YouTube Stars Talk Health Care at the White House

 

Published on Mar 6, 2014

President Obama drops by a meeting with YouTube personalities to learn about how they’re using YouTube to connect with an audience of millions of people and to discuss why it’s important for young people to visit HealthCare.gov and learn more.

 

 

 

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President Obama talks on the telephone with President Francois Hollande of France to discuss the situation in Ukraine, in Key Largo, Florida, March 8 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama talks on the telephone with President Francois Hollande of France to discuss the situation in Ukraine, in Key Largo, Florida, March 8 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama meets with members of his national security staff in the Oval Office, March 6, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama meets with members of his national security staff in the Oval Office, March 6, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama participates in an interview with Zach Galifianakis for "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis," in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama participates in an interview with Zach Galifianakis for “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis,” in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Between Two Ferns: photo from Zach Galifianakis's interview w the Prez.

Between Two Ferns: photo from Zach Galifianakis’s interview w the Prez.

 

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Barack After Dark™: The First Family Returns Home. The Weekly Address. The Week Ahead.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Weekly Address: Time for Congress to Raise the Minimum Wage for the American People

 

Lindsay Holst
Lindsay Holst

March 08, 2014
06:00 AM EDT

 

In this week’s address, President Obama highlighted the momentum building across the country to give Americans a raise and reiterated his call for Congress to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10. The President has already signed an executive order to raise the minimum wage for people working under new federal contracts. Companies large and small are choosing to give workers a raise because they know it’s good business. And Governors across the country are answering the President’s call by working to raise their states’ minimum wages. Now, it’s time for Congress to get the job done and restore opportunity for all Americans by raising the minimum wage to “ten-ten.”

 

 

 

VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: Es hora que el Congreso aumente el salario mínimo

March 08, 2014 | 3:03 |Public Domain

 

En el mensaje de esta semana, el Secretario de Trabajo Thomas E. Pérez habló sobre el llamado del Presidente al Congreso para aumentar el salario mínimo para los trabajadores estadounidenses a $10.10 dólares. Es el momento de dar a Estados Unidos un aumento de sueldo.

 

 

 

 

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WEEKLY  SCHEDULE FOR MONDAY, MARCH 10th, – MONDAY, MARCH 14th, 2014

 

On Sunday, the First Family will return from Key Largo, Florida. The First Family’s departure from Homestead Air Reserve Base and arrival on the South Lawn

 

 

On Monday, the President will host a reception for the 2012 and 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Champions.

 

On Tuesday, the President will travel to New York, NY to attend DNC and DSCC events.

 

On Wednesday, the President will attend meetings at theWhite House.

 

On Thursday and Friday, the President will attend meetings at the White House.

 

 

 

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From The White House Blog

 

Weekly Wrap Up: the President Announces His Budget, YouTube Stars Say Hi, and More

 

This week, the President announced his 2015 budget, and addressed the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. YouTube Stars visited the White House, and more. Check out what you missed in this week’s wrap up.

 

 

President Obama Announces His 2015 Budget

The President traveled to Powell Elementary School on Tuesday after sending his 2015 budget to Congress. There, he discussed what he called a “roadmap” for the opportunity agenda he laid out in his State of the Union address.

 

President Obama's #budget invests in his vision of giving every 4-year-old in America access to quality preschool.

President Obama’s #budget invests in his vision of giving every 4-year-old in America access to quality preschool.

 

“Our budget is about choices,” President Obama said. “It’s about our values. As a country, we’ve got to make a decision if we’re going to protect tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans, or if we’re going to make smart investments necessary to create jobs and grow our economy, and expand opportunity for every American.”

 

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A World-Class Education for Every Student in America

 

Megan Slack
Megan Slack 

March 07, 2014
07:27 PM EST

 

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talks with students in a classroom at Coral Reef Senior High School, Florida, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obamatalks with students in a classroom at Coral Reef Senior High School, Fla., March 7, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

 

Today, President Obama and the First Lady visited Coral Reef High School in Miami to discuss the President’s plan to equip all Americans with the education they need to compete in the 21st century economy.

 

“By working hard every single day, every single night, you are making the best investment there is in your future,” President Obama told the students. “And we want to make sure you’ve got everything, all the tools you need to succeed.”

 

President Obama talked about one tool that’s helping give more students the opportunity to afford, attend, and graduate from college: the Free Application for Student Aid or FAFSA.

 

It is a simple form. It used to be complicated; we made it simple. It doesn’t cost anything — that’s why the word “free” is right there in the name. It does not take a long time to fill out. Once you do, you’re putting yourself in the running for all kinds of financial support for college — scholarships, grants, loans, work-study jobs.

 

Over the last five years, the Obama administration has been working to make college more affordable for more students. And today, more young people are earning college degrees than ever before. But we have to do more, President Obama said.

 

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Opening Today: The 2014 Easter Egg Roll Ticket Lottery

 

Don’t miss your chance to join the First Family for the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. The big event is on Monday, April 21 and more than 30,000 people will join in on the fun. Guests will have a chance to participate in activities including games, stories, singing, dancing, and of course, the traditional egg roll – all on the White House South Lawn.

 

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This year’s theme  ”Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” encourages children to lead healthy, active lives in support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative. In addition to the fun and games, the day’s activities will help educate families on smart ways to incorporate healthy eating and exercise choices into their daily routines.

 

Starting today, you can enter the lottery at www.recreation.govfor a chance to join in on the fun. The event is open to children ages 13 years and younger and their families. Be sure to enter the lottery before it closes on Monday, March 10 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

 

Families and schools who can’t make the trip to Washington, D.C. but want to participate in the festivities can enter the annual poster contest. The First Lady will select the winning design to be used as part of the White House 2014 Easter Egg Roll program.

 

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Ask President Obama Your Health Care Questions on WebMD

 

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Next week, President Obama will sit down for his first-ever interview with WebMD, the leading source of health information for consumers and health care professionals, to discuss the importance of signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. During a conversation with the site’s health care reform expert Lisa Zamosky, the President will answer questions about health care and the ACA directly from WebMD users in an interview that will air on March 14.

What’s your question for President Obama? Ask now at WebMD.com/AskObama

 

The President’s interview with WebMD continues efforts by the administration to encourage as many Americans as possible to sign up for health insurance for 2014 by the end of open enrollment on March 31.

 

And it’s just one of many innovative and targeted strategies used by the White House to speak with Americans directly — especially women, young adults and the uninsured – about quality, affordable health care options available. As the leading source for health information, WebMD has enormous reach. According to WebMD, the site’s more than 156 million unique visitors per month is made up of 60 percent women, 33 percent of its audience is ages 18-34 and 38 percent of those younger users are uninsured.

 

So, go ahead and submit your questions now – then tune in on March 14 to watch the full interview and find out if the President answered your question.

 

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West Wing Week 3/7/14 or “Look Who’s In Our Room”

 

 

 

This week, The White House hosted its first ever White House Student Film Festival, while the President addressed the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, presented his budget for Fiscal Year 2015, urged Congress to raise the minimum wage, and held a town hall on Latinos and the Affordable Care Act.

 

 

 

YouTube Stars Talk Health Care (and Make History) at the White House

 

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This year, the President is committed to using the power of his phone and pen to create opportunity for all Americans. One ways he’s doing that is through raising awareness about policies and priorities through non-traditional platforms, like YouTube.

 

Last week, senior administration officials sat down with some of the most popular content creators on YouTube to talk about the issues that they care the most about, including access to quality, affordable health care. This group of influencers has developed innovative ways to engage with tens of millions of young people in a way that few other media platforms can accomplish. To learn from the YouTube community, we’re starting a dialogue with these leaders to continue the conversation about issues that are important for their audiences including anti-bullying, education, economic opportunity, and health care.

 

 

 

Read More

 

 

 

The Employment Situation in February

 

February 2014 was the 48th straight month of private-sector job growth, with businesses adding 8.7 million jobs over that time. Despite a major snowstorm that hit the East Coast during the reference week for the labor market surveys, the rate of job growth picked up from the December and January pace. Nevertheless, the unemployment rate remains elevated, and for too many Americans, wages have been slow to rise.

 

This week, the President put out a budget that can make progress on these issues by investing in education, job training, and innovation, by expanding tax credits for working Americans, and by extending the emergency unemployment benefits that has expired for 2 million Americans. And while the President encourages Congress to act on his proposals, he will also continue to take action on his own wherever possible to support job growth and expand economic opportunity.

 

FIVE KEY POINTS IN TODAY’S REPORT FROM THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

 

1. The private sector has added 8.7 million jobs over 48 straight months of job growth. Today we learned that total non-farm payroll employment rose by 175,000 in February, with 162,000 of that increase in the private sector. Revisions to private employment in the previous months were small and offsetting, so that that over the past twelve months, private employment has risen by 2.2 million, or an average of 183,000 a month. This is almost identical to the pace of job gains over the preceding twelve-month period (182,000 a month).

 

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The First Family Returns Home

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Saturday The 8th Of March: 2014 International Women’s Day. The Weekly Address.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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WEEKEND GUIDANCE AND  SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2014 AND SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2014

 

The First Family will remain in Key Largo, Florida through the weekend. There are no public events scheduled.

 

 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

 

On Sunday, the First Family will return from Key Largo, Florida. The First Family’s departure from Homestead Air Reserve Base and arrival on the South Lawn

 

 

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Schedule for the Week of March 10th – March 14th, 2014

 

On Monday, the President will host a reception for the 2012 and 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Champions.

 

On Tuesday, the President will travel to New York, NY to attend DNC and DSCC events.

 

On Wednesday, the President will attend meetings at the White House.

 

On Thursday and Friday, the President will attend meetings at the White House.

 

 

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Kerry headlining Gridiron Club dinner tonight

 

WASHINGTON–Secretary of State John Kerry headlines the annual Gridiron Club and Foundation dinner on Saturday night, returning to the U.S. after a swing this week through Kiev, Paris, Rome and Aqaba, Jordan.

 

Kerry will deliver a speech on behalf of the Obama administration. Sen. Ted Cruz R-Texas is speaking on behalf of Republicans and former Florida Gov. Charlie Christ is representing Democrats.

 

The Gridiron Club active members are 65 Washington-based journalists, including this scribe. The white-tie event features musical skits where club members lampoon political figures–Democrats and Republicans.

 

 

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Weekly Address: Time for Congress to Raise the Minimum Wage for the American People

 

Lindsay Holst
Lindsay Holst

March 08, 2014
06:00 AM EST

 

In this week’s address, President Obama highlighted the momentum building across the country to give Americans a raise and reiterated his call for Congress to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10. The President has already signed an executive order to raise the minimum wage for people working under new federal contracts. Companies large and small are choosing to give workers a raise because they know it’s good business. And Governors across the country are answering the President’s call by working to raise their states’ minimum wages. Now, it’s time for Congress to get the job done and restore opportunity for all Americans by raising the minimum wage to “ten-ten.”

 

 

 

VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: Es hora que el Congreso aumente el salario mínimo

March 08, 2014 | 3:03 |Public Domain

 

En el mensaje de esta semana, el Secretario de Trabajo Thomas E. Pérez habló sobre el llamado del Presidente al Congreso para aumentar el salario mínimo para los trabajadores estadounidenses a $10.10 dólares. Es el momento de dar a Estados Unidos un aumento de sueldo.

 

 

 

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From The White House Blog

 

Weekly Wrap Up: the President Announces His Budget, YouTube Stars Say Hi, and More

 

This week, the President announced his 2015 budget, and addressed the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. YouTube Stars visited the White House, and more. Check out what you missed in this week’s wrap up.

 

 

President Obama Announces His 2015 Budget

The President traveled to Powell Elementary School on Tuesday after sending his 2015 budget to Congress. There, he discussed what he called a “roadmap” for the opportunity agenda he laid out in his State of the Union address.

 

President Obama's #budget invests in his vision of giving every 4-year-old in America access to quality preschool.

President Obama’s #budget invests in his vision of giving every 4-year-old in America access to quality preschool.

 

“Our budget is about choices,” President Obama said. “It’s about our values. As a country, we’ve got to make a decision if we’re going to protect tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans, or if we’re going to make smart investments necessary to create jobs and grow our economy, and expand opportunity for every American.”

 

Read More

 

 

A World-Class Education for Every Student in America

 

Megan Slack
Megan Slack

March 07, 2014
07:27 PM EST

 

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talks with students in a classroom at Coral Reef Senior High School, Florida, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talks with students in a classroom at Coral Reef Senior High School, Fla., March 7, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

Today, President Obama and the First Lady visited Coral Reef High School in Miami to discuss the President’s plan to equip all Americans with the education they need to compete in the 21st century economy.

 

“By working hard every single day, every single night, you are making the best investment there is in your future,” President Obama told the students. “And we want to make sure you’ve got everything, all the tools you need to succeed.”

 

President Obama talked about one tool that’s helping give more students the opportunity to afford, attend, and graduate from college: the Free Application for Student Aid or FAFSA.

 

It is a simple form. It used to be complicated; we made it simple. It doesn’t cost anything — that’s why the word “free” is right there in the name. It does not take a long time to fill out. Once you do, you’re putting yourself in the running for all kinds of financial support for college — scholarships, grants, loans, work-study jobs.

 

Over the last five years, the Obama administration has been working to make college more affordable for more students. And today, more young people are earning college degrees than ever before. But we have to do more, President Obama said.

 

Read More

 

 

Opening Today: The 2014 Easter Egg Roll Ticket Lottery

 

Don’t miss your chance to join the First Family for the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. The big event is on Monday, April 21 and more than 30,000 people will join in on the fun. Guests will have a chance to participate in activities including games, stories, singing, dancing, and of course, the traditional egg roll – all on the White House South Lawn.

 

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This year’s theme  “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” encourages children to lead healthy, active lives in support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative. In addition to the fun and games, the day’s activities will help educate families on smart ways to incorporate healthy eating and exercise choices into their daily routines.

 

Starting today, you can enter the lottery at www.recreation.govfor a chance to join in on the fun. The event is open to children ages 13 years and younger and their families. Be sure to enter the lottery before it closes on Monday, March 10 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

 

Families and schools who can’t make the trip to Washington, D.C. but want to participate in the festivities can enter the annual poster contest. The First Lady will select the winning design to be used as part of the White House 2014 Easter Egg Roll program.

 

Read More

 

 

Ask President Obama Your Health Care Questions on WebMD

 

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Next week, President Obama will sit down for his first-ever interview with WebMD, the leading source of health information for consumers and health care professionals, to discuss the importance of signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. During a conversation with the site’s health care reform expert Lisa Zamosky, the President will answer questions about health care and the ACA directly from WebMD users in an interview that will air on March 14.

What’s your question for President Obama? Ask now at WebMD.com/AskObama

 

The President’s interview with WebMD continues efforts by the administration to encourage as many Americans as possible to sign up for health insurance for 2014 by the end of open enrollment on March 31.

 

And it’s just one of many innovative and targeted strategies used by the White House to speak with Americans directly — especially women, young adults and the uninsured – about quality, affordable health care options available. As the leading source for health information, WebMD has enormous reach. According to WebMD, the site’s more than 156 million unique visitors per month is made up of 60 percent women, 33 percent of its audience is ages 18-34 and 38 percent of those younger users are uninsured.

 

So, go ahead and submit your questions now – then tune in on March 14 to watch the full interview and find out if the President answered your question.

 

Read More

 

 

West Wing Week 3/7/14 or “Look Who’s In Our Room”

 

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This week, The White House hosted its first ever White House Student Film Festival, while the President addressed the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, presented his budget for Fiscal Year 2015, urged Congress to raise the minimum wage, and held a town hall on Latinos and the Affordable Care Act.

 

 

YouTube Stars Talk Health Care (and Make History) at the White House

 

youtube

 

This year, the President is committed to using the power of his phone and pen to create opportunity for all Americans. One ways he’s doing that is through raising awareness about policies and priorities through non-traditional platforms, like YouTube.

 

Last week, senior administration officials sat down with some of the most popular content creators on YouTube to talk about the issues that they care the most about, including access to quality, affordable health care. This group of influencers has developed innovative ways to engage with tens of millions of young people in a way that few other media platforms can accomplish. To learn from the YouTube community, we’re starting a dialogue with these leaders to continue the conversation about issues that are important for their audiences including anti-bullying, education, economic opportunity, and health care.

 

 

 

Read More

 

 

The Employment Situation in February

 

February 2014 was the 48th straight month of private-sector job growth, with businesses adding 8.7 million jobs over that time. Despite a major snowstorm that hit the East Coast during the reference week for the labor market surveys, the rate of job growth picked up from the December and January pace. Nevertheless, the unemployment rate remains elevated, and for too many Americans, wages have been slow to rise.

 

This week, the President put out a budget that can make progress on these issues by investing in education, job training, and innovation, by expanding tax credits for working Americans, and by extending the emergency unemployment benefits that has expired for 2 million Americans. And while the President encourages Congress to act on his proposals, he will also continue to take action on his own wherever possible to support job growth and expand economic opportunity.

 

FIVE KEY POINTS IN TODAY’S REPORT FROM THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

 

1. The private sector has added 8.7 million jobs over 48 straight months of job growth. Today we learned that total non-farm payroll employment rose by 175,000 in February, with 162,000 of that increase in the private sector. Revisions to private employment in the previous months were small and offsetting, so that that over the past twelve months, private employment has risen by 2.2 million, or an average of 183,000 a month. This is almost identical to the pace of job gains over the preceding twelve-month period (182,000 a month).

 

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Daylight Saving Time (United States) 2014 Begins At 2:00 AM On Sunday, March 9th.

 

 

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Today – March 8th, 2014 – Is “International Women’s Day”.

 

 

International Women’s Day

 

International Women’s Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day, is marked on March 8th every year. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political and social achievements. Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries, primarily Eastern EuropeRussia, and the former Soviet bloc.

 

In some regions, the day lost its political flavor, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. In other regions, however, the political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner.

 

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Barack & Michelle After Dark™: West Wing Week. The White House Blog. President Obama And The First Lady Host “In Performance At The White House: Women of Soul.”

 

 

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A Day In The Life Of Barack & Michelle™: Miami For The Weekend.

 

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The Obama’s After Dark™ : Coral Reef Senior High School, Miami, Florida.

 

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President Obama Visits a Florida Classroom

March 07, 2014 | 3:26 |Public Domain

 

President Obama visits a Florida high school that’s helping more of its students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks on College Opportunity

March 07, 2014 | 21:34 |Public Domain

 

President Obama discusses his plan to equip all Americans with the education and skills they need to compete in today’s economy and announces a new FAFSA Completion Initiative to give more Americans the opportunity to afford, attend and graduate from college.

 

 

 

Statement by the President on Bloody Sunday

Forty-nine years ago, a determined group of Americans marched into history, facing down grave danger in the name of justice and equality—walking to protest the continued discrimination and violence against African Americans.  On a day that became known as “Bloody Sunday”, these brave men and women met billy-clubs and tear gas with courage and resolution.  Their actions helped set an example for a generation to stand up for the fundamental freedoms due to all people.  We recognize those who marched that day—and the millions more who have done their part throughout our nation’s history to bend the arc of the moral universe toward justice.

 

49 years ago today Rep. John Lewis led peaceful march from Selma to Montgomery and was beaten by Alabama state troopers

49 years ago yesterday Rep. John Lewis led peaceful march from Selma to Montgomery and was beaten by Alabama state troopers

 

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Get Covered: A Special Message from the President

 

Published on Feb 21, 2014

President Obama has a message for millions of Americans who now have access to new or improved affordable health insurance: Go to http://www.HealthCare.gov, and get covered right now.

 

 

 

Carole King: What I’d Say to My Kids

 

Published on Mar 7, 2014

Carole King has a special message to share with families: “If you were my child I would tell you – get health care now. HealthCare.gov is there for you. It is a way that you can find health care. It’s available, it’s affordable. Enrollment ends March 31st, so don’t wait! Just get on HealthCare.gov. Enroll today. That’s what I’d say to my kids.”

 

 

 

Getting Covered with Carole King

 

Published on Mar 4, 2014

Carole King has a message for you. You can get the health insurance that you need and deserve at HealthCare.gov. Enroll by March 31.

 

 

 

The deadline for coverage this year in The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES), is March 31st, 2014. That means after March 31st, 2014 you will NOT be able to enroll in The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES), until next years open enrollment dates.

 

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Do NOT allow March 31st, 2014 get here and you have not signed up for The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES). Your life or the lives of your family & loved ones very well may depend on YOU getting covered.

 

Get Covered, time runs out on March 31st, 2014.

Get Covered, time runs out on March 31st, 2014.

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Sunday at 2 AM….spring your clocks ahead 1 hour. Sorry but the GOPukes will still be living in 1865.

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Barack & Michelle After Dark™: West Wing Week. The White House Blog. President Obama And The First Lady Host “In Performance At The White House: Women of Soul.”


 

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West Wing Week 3/7/14 or “Look Who’s In Our Room”

 

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March 07, 2014
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This week, The White House hosted its first ever White House Student Film Festival, while the President addressed the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine, presented his budget for Fiscal Year 2015, urged Congress to raise the minimum wage, and held a town hall on Latinos and the Affordable Care Act.

 

 

 

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Friday, February 28th

·       The President hosted students from across the country for the first ever White House Student Film Festival.

·       Later that day, the President spoke on the ongoing developments in Ukraine.

 

 

Monday, March 3rd

·       The President hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for talks on the ongoing process towards a two state solution.

 

 

Tuesday, March 4th

·       The President announced his Fiscal Year 2015 Budget.

·       Later, the President visited Powell Elementary School to discuss his roadmap for restoring opportunity for all Americans.

·       Following that, the First Lady honored the recipients of the International Women of Courage Award.

·       After that, the First Lady reached out to students at Ying Yu Public Charter School, where she spoke about her upcoming trip to visit schools in China.

 

 

Wednesday, March 5th

·       The President joined the Secretary of Labor and four Northeastern governors in Connecticut to speak on the urgent need to raise the minimum wage.

 

 

Thursday, March 6th

·       The President, participated in the “Tu Salud y La Nueva Ley” Town Hall at the Newseum in DC, centering on Latinos and the Affordable Care Act.

 

 

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YouTube Stars Talk Health Care (and Make History) at the White House

 

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March 06, 2014
04:29 PM EST

 

This year, the President is committed to using the power of his phone and pen to create opportunity for all Americans. One ways he’s doing that is through raising awareness about policies and priorities through non-traditional platforms, like YouTube.

 

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Last week, senior administration officials sat down with some of the most popular content creators on YouTube to talk about the issues that they care the most about, including access to quality, affordable health care. This group of influencers has developed innovative ways to engage with tens of millions of young people in a way that few other media platforms can accomplish. To learn from the YouTube community, we’re starting a dialogue with these leaders to continue the conversation about issues that are important for their audiences including anti-bullying, education, economic opportunity, and health care.

 

 

From Hannah Hart, an internet personality and comedian who recently got health coverage, to Alphacat, a President Obama impersonator that created a spoof rap music video about getting covered, the YouTube stars at the meeting discussed ideas and strategies that can help raise awareness about health care enrollment.

 

President Obama stopped by the meeting – the first of its kind at the White House – to talk with the group about why it’s so important to help get the word out to the millions of fans they speak to every day. He also encouraged them to tell their their fans to check out HealthCare.gov to learn more and get covered. Participants included:

 

 

With just 25 days left until the end of open enrollment on March 31, 2014, the administration and the many groups working onhealth care outreach is continuing to use creative strategies to get the word out.

 

 

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President Obama Discusses Efforts to Address the Ongoing Crisis in Ukraine

 

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March 06, 2014
03:19 PM EST

 

 

 

Statement by the President on Ukraine

 

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

1:05 P.M. EST

 

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THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Before Jay takes some of your questions, I wanted to provide a brief update on our efforts to address the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

 

Since the Russian intervention, we’ve been mobilizing the international community to condemn this violation of international law and to support the people and government of Ukraine.

 

This morning I signed an executive order that authorizes sanctions on individuals and entities responsible for violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, or for stealing the assets of the Ukrainian people.

 

According to my guidance, the State Department has also put in place restrictions on the travel of certain individuals and officials.  These decisions continue our efforts to impose a cost on Russia and those responsible for the situation in Crimea.  And they also give us the flexibility to adjust our response going forward based on Russia’s actions.

 

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We took these steps in close coordination with our European allies.  I’ve spoken to several of our closest friends around the world, and I’m pleased that our international unity is on display at this important moment.  Already, we’ve moved together to announced substantial assistance for the government in Kyiv, and today in Brussels, our allies took similar steps to impose costs on Russia.  I am confident that we are moving forward together, united in our determination to oppose actions that violate international law and to support the government and people of Ukraine.

 

And that includes standing up for the principle of state sovereignty.  The proposed referendum on the future of Crimea would violate the Ukrainian constitution and violate international law.  Any discussion about the future of Ukraine must include the legitimate government of Ukraine.  In 2014, we are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders.

 

While we take these steps, I want to be clear that there is also a way to resolve this crisis that respects the interests of the Russian Federation, as well as the Ukrainian people.  Let international monitors into all of Ukraine, including Crimea, to ensure the rights of all Ukrainians are being respected, including ethnic Russians.  Begin consultations between the government of Russia and Ukraine, with the participation of the international community.  Russia would maintain its basing rights in Crimea, provided that it abides by its agreements and respects Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  And the world should support the people of Ukraine as they move to elections in May.

 

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That’s the path of de-escalation, and Secretary Kerry is engaged in discussions with all of the relevant parties, including Russia and Ukraine to pursue that path.  But if this violation of international law continues, the resolve of the United States, and our allies and the international community will remain firm.  Meanwhile, we’ve taken steps to reaffirm our commitment to the security and democracy of our allies in Eastern Europe and to support the people of Ukraine.

 

One last point — there’s been a lot of talk in Congress about these issues.  Today, once again, I’m calling on Congress to follow up on these words with action, specifically to support the IMF’s capacity to lend resources to Ukraine and to provide American assistance for the Ukrainian government so that they can weather this storm and stabilize their economy, make needed reforms, deliver for their people, all of which will provide a smoother pathway for the elections that have already been scheduled in May.

 

Today the world can see that the United States is united with our allies and partners in upholding international law and pursuing a just outcome that advances global security and the future that the Ukrainian people deserve.  That’s what we’re going to continue to do in the days to come until we have seen a resolution to this crisis.

 

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Thanks very much.  And Jay and Ben and others will be happy to take your questions.

 

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Press Briefing

March 06, 2014 | 53:31 | Public Domain

 

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

 

 

 

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President Obama’s Town Hall on Latinos and the Affordable Care Act

 

Yesterday, President Obama took part in a town hall at the Newseum in Washington, DC to discuss the Affordable Care Act and how the law benefits the Latino community. The town hall was hosted by Univision, Telemundo, impreMedia and the California Endowment.

 

The town hall, was televised and livestreamed in both English and Spanish, and provided an opportunity for Latinos across the country to learn more about how to enroll in affordable, quality health care via the Health Insurance Marketplace.

 

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Presidential Innovation Fellows Round 3: Serve. Create. Innovate.

 

Todd Park and Dan Tangherlini
March 06, 2014
09:00 AM EST

 

Today, we are very excited to announce that applications arenow being accepted  for the third round of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program. This initiative pairs talented, diverse individuals from outside government with top Federal innovators to implement game-changing projects that make the Federal Government work better for the American people.

 

At its core, the Presidential Innovation Fellows Program is as strong as the incredible people that are willing to join this effort and serve their country. That’s why we want the best and brightest individuals—original thinkers, gifted designers, tech-savvy strategists, private-sector doers, inventors, entrepreneurs, and talented developers and engineers—to offer up their skills and expertise to create huge value for the American public.

 

 

 

Round 3 will include 14 projects that focus on addressing three high-impact initiatives:

 

  • Making Digital the Default: Building a 21st Century Veterans Experience: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is embarking on a bold new initiative to create a “digital by default” experience for our Nation’s veterans that provides better, faster access to services and complements the Department’s work to eliminate the disability claims backlog.
  • Data Innovation: Unleashing the Power of Data Resources to Improve Americans’ Lives: This initiative aim to accelerate and expand the Federal Government’s efforts to liberate government data by making these information resources more accessible to the public and useable in computer readable forms, and to spur the use of those data by companies, entrepreneurs, citizens, and others to fuel the creation of new products, services, and jobs.
  • By the People, for the People: Crowdsourcing to Improve Government: Crowdsourcing is a powerful way to organize people, mobilize resources, and gather information. This initiative will leverage technology and innovation to engage the American public as a strategic partner in solving difficult challenges and improving the way government works—from helping NASA find asteroid threats to human populations to improving the quality of U.S. patents to unlocking information contained in government records.

 

More information on each project is available here.

 

Since the initiative launched two years ago, Presidential Innovation Fellows, along with their government teammates, have been delivering impressive results—at start-up velocity. Fellows have unleashed the power of open government data to spur the creation of new products and jobs; improved the ability of the Federal government to respond effectively to natural disasters; designed pilot projects that make it easier for new economy companies to do business with the Federal Government; and much more. Their impact is enormous.

 

For example, Fellows recently helped expand the Blue Button Initiative, which is helping Americans across the country gain secure, online access to their own healthcare information. Through the work of Fellows and their government teammates, the Blue Button Initiative has expanded its reach to more than 150 million Americans who are today able to use Blue Button-enabled tools to access their own health information from a variety of sources including healthcare providers, health insurance companies, medical labs, and state health information networks.

 

Another recent example of the Fellows in action is their work at the Smithsonian Institute to develop a crowdsourcing platform that allows the public to transcribe handwritten historic documents and records. This kind of innovative approach will not only support important research, but provide an important avenue for the public to help preserve our Nation’s history.  In just six months, Fellows developed and launched an end-to-end solution for creating digital records for historic files, which in turn engaged thousands of volunteers who have helped to transcribe and review more than 3,000 historic and scientific records —which are now easily accessible to the public for the first time.

 

Looking ahead, the next round of Presidential Innovation Fellows will continue to build on these successes as well as tackle a new set of challenges.

 

This is an opportunity to truly transform how government works for the people it serves. The work will be challenging, but promises to be tremendously rewarding. The first step is to apply here. We can’t wait to see what the third round of Fellows will do!

 

 

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In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul

 

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Student Workshop: The History of Women in Soul

March 06, 2014 | 1:01:26 |Public Domain

 

First Lady Michelle Obama hosts middle school, high school and college students from across the country for an interactive student workshop: “I’m Every Woman: The History of Women in Soul.”

 

 

 

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President Obama And The First Lady Host “In Performance At The White House: Women of Soul”

 

 

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In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul

March 06, 2014 | 5:04 |Public Domain

 

President and First Lady host “In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul” for music legends and contemporary major female artists at the White House celebrating the great “foremothers” of American music, with songs expressing the struggles and achievements of women.

 

 

 

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