By Jueseppi B.
More Than 20 Actions, and Counting:
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The President made something very clear in his State of the Union address this past January:
Republicans in Congress have actually set records in obstruction and inaction, blocking simple yes-or-no votes on proposals that would create jobs and expand opportunity for more Americans. On the other hand, the President has steadily acted on his own to help build real, lasting economic security for the middle class.
We’re talking about actions that are:
- Creating new manufacturing hubs to spur new research and private-sector activity in communities across the country
- Expanding apprenticeships and job training programs that we know prepare workers for jobs of the future
- Getting the long-term unemployed back to work
- Addressing the gender pay gap
- Making college a reality for more young Americans
- Raising the minimum wage for employees on new federal contracts
And that’s just to name a few.
But don’t take my word for it — watch President Obama describe in his own words just a few of the more than 20 actions the Administration has taken so far this year. Take a look, and then share this with someone who needs to see it.
Year of Action: “We’re not done yet”
Published on May 5, 2014
Since January, the President has taken more than 20 actions to help build real, lasting economic security for the middle class and expand opportunities for every hardworking American to get ahead. http://www.wh.gov/year-of-action
Of course, Congress has the ability to expand opportunity for more Americans even further.
And the President is just as eager now as he was four months ago to work with lawmakers when they are willing to act on behalf of working Americans.
But in the meantime, he’s not standing still — and that means working with the private sector, state and local officials, and anyone else who’s interested in building an economy where more hardworking people can get ahead. That’s what’s happening right now, and it’s what’s going to continue happening over the course of this year.
Statements and Releases
President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Costa Rica to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Luis Guillermo Solís
5/5/14: White House Press Briefing
#BringBackOurGirls – Part 1
#BringBackOurGirls – Part 2
Published on May 5, 2014
The leader of an Islamic extremist group in Nigeria says his group has started kidnapping women and children as part of its bloody guerrilla campaign against the country’s government, according to a video released Monday. Scores of girls and young women kidnapped from a school in Nigeria are being forced to marry their Islamic extremist abductors, a civic organization reported Wednesday.
A quick note on the White House + #BringBackOurGirls
Full disclosure: I have not spoken with any of my former White House colleagues about the situation in Nigeria.
I am seeing a fair amount of angst on social media asking what President Obama is doing to #BringBackOurGirls.
This reminded me of other situations we confronted in my time in the White House – where the lives of prisoners of conscience or other threatened persons hung in the balance.
In these situations, we – various White House offices, the State Department, and senior officials up to and including the President himself – were often working overtime to resolve them. But disclosing that work would actually compromise the ultimate goal, even threatening human life.
I remember being very frustrated that I could not respond to concerned friends and outside advocates with a loud, “We’re doing everything we can!” But still just working, as hard as we could, to get the best possible result.
Again, I don’t know what’s happening at NSS or State now. But I do know that President Obama is a father of two young ladies who would remind many of these missing girls. The man I know is likely very concerned, and doing whatever he can to bring them back.
Thank you Joshua DuBois.