International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace also known as the World Peace Day, occurs annually on September 21. It is dedicated to peace, or specifically the absence of war, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone. It is observed by many nations, political groups, military groups, and peoples. The first year this holiday was celebrated was 1981.

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  1. CR says:

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    Tuesday Sep. 21, 2010

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:15 AM

    VP Biden meets with Sen. John Kerry.
    10:00 AM
    10:15 AM

    Pres Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.
    10:30 AM

    VP Biden hosts a roundtable meeting with university presidents to discuss the Recovery Act.
    10:45 AM

    Pres Obama meets with senior advisers.
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM

    Pres Obama and VP Biden have lunch.
    1:00 PM
    1:15 PM

    Pres Obama and VP Biden award the Medal of Honor to Chief Master Sergeant Richard L. Etchberger.
    2:00 PM

    R Gibbs briefs members of the press.
    3:00 PM

    VP Biden meets with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou.
    4:00 PM
    4:30 PM

    Pres Obama and VP Biden meet with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.
    5:00 PM

  2. CR says:

    History of the International Day of Peace

  3. CR says:

    April 08, 2010

    Remarks by President Obama and President Medvedev of Russia at New START Treaty Signing Ceremony and Press Conference

    Prague Castle
    Prague, Czech Republic

    12:37 P.M. CEST

    PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good afternoon, everyone. I am honored to be back here in the Czech Republic with President Medvedev and our Czech hosts to mark this historic completion of the New START treaty.

    Let me begin by saying how happy I am to be back in the beautiful city of Prague. The Czech Republic, of course, is a close friend and ally of the United States, and I have great admiration and affection for the Czech people. Their bonds with the American people are deep and enduring, and Czechs have made great contributions to the United States over many decades — including in my hometown of Chicago. I want to thank the President and all those involved in helping to host this extraordinary event.

    I want to thank my friend and partner, Dmitry Medvedev. Without his personal efforts and strong leadership, we would not be here today. We’ve met and spoken by phone many times throughout the negotiations of this treaty, and as a consequence we’ve developed a very effective working relationship built on candor, cooperation, and mutual respect.

    One year ago this week, I came here to Prague and gave a speech outlining America’s comprehensive commitment to stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and seeking the ultimate goal of a world without them. I said then — and I will repeat now — that this is a long-term goal, one that may not even be achieved in my lifetime. But I believed then — as I do now — that the pursuit of that goal will move us further beyond the Cold War, strengthen the global non-proliferation regime, and make the United States, and the world, safer and more secure. One of the steps that I called for last year was the realization of this treaty, so it’s very gratifying to be back in Prague today.

    I also came to office committed to “resetting” relations between the United States and Russia, and I know that President Medvedev shared that commitment. As he said at our first meeting in London, our relationship had started to drift, making it difficult to cooperate on issues of common interest to our people. And when the United States and Russia are not able to work together on big issues, it’s not good for either of our nations, nor is it good for the world.

    Together, we’ve stopped that drift, and proven the benefits of cooperation. Today is an important milestone for nuclear security and non-proliferation, and for U.S.-Russia relations. It fulfills our common objective to negotiate a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. It includes significant reductions in the nuclear weapons that we will deploy. It cuts our delivery vehicles by roughly half. It includes a comprehensive verification regime, which allows us to further build trust. It enables both sides the flexibility to protect our security, as well as America’s unwavering commitment to the security of our European allies. And I look forward to working with the United States Senate to achieve ratification for this important treaty later this year.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-obama-and-president-medvedev-russia-new-start-treaty-signing-cere

  4. CR says:

    Signing of New START Nuclear Arms Treaty with Russia

  5. CR says:

    Nuclear Security Summit: Presidential Press Conference

  6. CR says:

    For Immediate Release
    May 12, 2010
    Remarks by President Obama and President Karzai of Afghanistan in Joint Press Availability

    East Room

    11:40 A.M. EDT

    PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good morning, everybody. Please be seated. I am very pleased to welcome President Karzai back to the White House. And I also want to welcome the President’s delegation — including ministers from across his government — whose presence speaks to the broad and deepening strategic partnership between the United States and Afghanistan.

    This visit is an opportunity to return the hospitality that President Karzai showed me during my recent visit to Afghanistan. That included a wonderful Afghan dinner that the President shared with us, and where we were joined by members of his delegation. So, Mr. President, thank you and welcome to the United States.

    More importantly, this visit is an opportunity for us to assess the progress of our shared strategy in Afghanistan, and to advance the strong partnership between our two nations, one that’s based on mutual interest and mutual respect.

    I have reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to an Afghanistan that is stable, strong and prosperous. Afghans are a proud people who have suffered and sacrificed greatly because of their determination to shape their own destiny.

    There is no denying the progress that the Afghan people have made in recent years — in education, in health care and economic development, as I saw in the lights across Kabul when I landed — lights that would not have been visible just a few years earlier.

    Nor, however, can we deny the very serious challenges still facing Afghanistan. After 30 years of war, Afghanistan still faces daily challenges in delivering basic services and security to its people while confronting a brutal insurgency.

    Whether Afghanistan succeeds in this effort will have consequences for the United States and consequences for the entire world. As we’ve seen in recent plots here in the United States, al Qaeda and its extremist allies continue to plot in the border regions between Afghanistan and Pakistan. And a growing Taliban insurgency could mean an even larger safe haven for al Qaeda and its affiliates.

    So today, we are reaffirming our shared goal: to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda and its extremist allies in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and to prevent its capacity to threaten America and our allies in the future. And we are reviewing the progress of our shared strategy and objectives: a military effort to reverse the Taliban’s momentum and to strengthen Afghanistan’s capacity to provide for their own security; a civilian effort to promote good governance and development; and regional cooperation, including with Pakistan, because our strategy has to succeed on both sides of the border.

    For the entire article: http://bit.ly/cVnRjp

  7. CR says:

    For Immediate Release
    June 09, 2010
    Remarks by President Obama and President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority after Meeting

    Oval Office

    11:58 A.M. EDT

    PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hello, everybody. Be careful, careful.

    Before I begin, I know that there was just a vote in the United Nations Security Council. I’m going to comment on that separately. I don’t want to detract from the topic at hand here. So for reporters who are interested in that issue, I will be making a statement about that after our session here.

    I just want to thank President Abbas for being here, and his delegation. We just concluded some very productive discussions on this issue. I commended President Abbas for the excellent work that he and Prime Minister Fayyad have been engaged in over the last several years in strengthening the security as well as improving the economic situation for his people. He’s done so through hard work and dedication, and I think the whole world has noticed the significant improvements that we’ve seen as a consequence of his good administration.

    But obviously there is a lot of work that remains to be done so that we can create a two-state solution in the Middle East in which we have an Israel that is secure and fully accepted by its neighbors, and a Palestinian people that have their own state, self-determination, and the ability to chart their own destiny.

    Now, we’ve just gone through a difficult period in the region. We saw the tragedy with the flotillas, something that I think has drawn attention all around the world to the ongoing problems in Gaza. As part of the United Nations Security Council, we were very clear in condemning the acts that led to this crisis and have called for a full investigation. And it is important that we get all the facts out. But what we also know is that the situation in Gaza is unsustainable. I think increasingly you’re seeing debates within Israel, recognizing the problems with the status quo. And so President Abbas and I had very extensive discussions about how we could help to promote a better approach to Gaza.

    We agree that Israelis have the right to prevent arms from entering into Gaza that can be used to launch attacks into Israeli territory. But we also think that it is important for us to explore new mechanisms so that we can have goods and services, and economic development, and the ability of people to start their own businesses, and to grow the economy and provide opportunity within Gaza.

    And so we are going to be working hand in hand to make sure that we come up with a better approach, and urge Israel to work with all parties involved — Egypt, the Palestinian Authority, and the international community — to find a resolution to this issue.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-obama-and-president-abbas-palestinian-authority-after-meeting

  8. CR says:

    June 27, 2010

    Remarks by President Obama at G-20 Press Conference in Toronto, Canada
    Intercontinental Hotel, Toronto, Canada

    6:03 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Please, everybody, have a seat. Good evening. I want to thank our wonderful hosts —- first and foremost, my friend and partner, Prime Minister Harper, as well as the Canadian people, and the people of Toronto, for their extraordinary hospitality.

    The success of these summits —- the G8 in Muskoka and the G20 here in Toronto -— is a tribute to Canadian leadership. I also want to thank my fellow leaders for the sense of purpose that they brought to this summit.

    The G20 is now the premier forum for international economic cooperation. We represent East and West, North and South, advanced economies and those still emerging. Our challenges are as diverse as our nations. But together we represent some 85 percent of the global economy, and we have forged a coordinated response to the worst global economic crisis in our time.

    In London last year, we took unprecedented action to prevent an even larger economic catastrophe, to put our economies on the path to recovery and to begin reforming our financial system so that a crisis like the one we were emerging from never happened again.

    In Pittsburgh we went further —- moving beyond the old economic cycles of boom and bust by committing our nations to a new framework for growth that’s balanced and sustained, as well as specific financial reforms.

    Our bold action has succeeded. In the United States, we are committed, above all, to leading by example, and because of the steps that we’ve taken to get our economy moving, we are growing again, and this growth is beginning to translate into job creation. And we’re now poised to pass the toughest financial reform since the aftermath of the Great Depression.

    Globally, economic contraction has given way to economic growth. Trade that had plummeted is rebounding. Emerging economies in particular are seeing impressive growth. So we have pulled ourselves back from the brink, and begun to move forward with economic recovery.

    But as we all know, that’s not good enough. In the United States and around the world, too many people are still out of work. In too many economies, demand for goods and services is still too weak. As we’ve been reminded in recent months, a financial crisis in one country can have consequences far beyond its borders. And history teaches us that growth and prosperity is never guaranteed. It requires constant effort and it requires continued leadership.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-obama-g-20-press-conference-toronto-canada

  9. CR says:

    June 29, 2010

    Remarks by President Obama and His Majesty King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia Before Meeting
    Oval Office

    2:33 P.M. EDT

    PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hello, everybody. I want to welcome His Majesty King Abdullah to the White House, and I’m very pleased to be able to return the extraordinary hospitality that he showed me and my delegation when we visited Saudi Arabia and when we visited His Majesty’s farm.

    Since that historic meeting that took place 65 years ago between Franklin Delano Roosevelt and His Majesty’s father, King Abdul-Aziz, we have had a strong and strategic relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia.

    I always value His Majesty’s wisdom and insights, and we have had a very productive session speaking about a whole range of issues that relate to both relations between our two countries but also issues of prosperity and security around the globe.

    We talked about our joint interest and work together in combating violent extremism. And we talked about a range of strategic issues, including issues related to Afghanistan and Pakistan; Iran and its attempts to develop nuclear weapons capacity. We discussed the Middle East peace process and the importance of moving forward in a significant and bold way in securing a Palestinian homeland that can live side by side with a secure and prosperous Israeli state.

    As representatives of two G20 countries, we also continued the conversation that took place this weekend about how the Saudi government and the United States government can work with our other partners around the world to keep the economic recovery going and to help bring about the strong economic growth that’s necessary to put people back to work.

    And we will continue to work together to expand the people-to-people contacts, the educational programs, the commercial ties, the business people who are working together in both countries so that not only do our governments remain strong partners but our people are continually enriching both countries.

    On behalf of the American people, welcome. We appreciate your friendship. And we appreciate your good counsel and look forward to continuing to work together to strengthen the strong bonds between our two countries.

    KING ABDULLAH: (As translated.) Thank you very much, Mr. President. I believe you have covered everything and left nothing out in terms of our conversation.

    Mr. President, I would like to share with you the views that I have been hearing about you from other — from around the world. You are an honorable man and you are a good man. And I don’t say this in order to compliment you — I say this because this is the truth as I hear it from people around the world.

    And I would like to say to the friendly American people that the American people are friends of Saudi Arabia and its people, and they are friends of the Arab and Muslim people, and they are also friends of humanity.

    Mr. President, I would like to point to the historic ties of friendship between our two nations that began with the meeting that you pointed to, the meeting between the late King Abdul-Aziz and the late Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Over the past seven decades, the relationship has grown stronger and broader and deeper, and we appreciate all that you personally have done to further broaden and deepen and strengthen this relationship. And I hope that you will be able to continue to work with us on improving this relationship for many more years.

    Thank you, Mr. President, for a productive meeting. I want to also thank our friends, the American people. And I also would like to thank our friends here in the media. May God spare us from all of the bad things they can do to us. (Laughter.) And may God bless us with all the positive things they can do for us and for humanity.

    PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, that is an excellent prayer. Thank you.

    END

  10. CR says:

    July 06, 2010

    Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel in Joint Press Availability

    Oval Office

    12:38 P.M. EDT

    PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I just completed an excellent one-on-one discussion with Prime Minister Netanyahu, and I want to welcome him back to the White House.

    I want to, first of all, thank him for the wonderful statement that he made in honor of the Fourth of July, our Independence Day, when he was still in Israel. And it marked just one more chapter in the extraordinary friendship between our two countries.

    As Prime Minister Netanyahu indicated in his speech, the bond between the United States and Israel is unbreakable. It encompasses our national security interests, our strategic interests, but most importantly, the bond of two democracies who share a common set of values and whose people have grown closer and closer as time goes on.

    During our discussions in our private meeting we covered a wide range of issues. We discussed the issue of Gaza, and I commended Prime Minister Netanyahu on the progress that’s been made in allowing more goods into Gaza. We’ve seen real progress on the ground. I think it’s been acknowledged that it has moved more quickly and more effectively than many people anticipated.

    Obviously there’s still tensions and issues there that have to be resolved, but our two countries are working cooperatively together to deal with these issues. The Quartet has been, I think, very helpful as well. And we believe that there is a way to make sure that the people of Gaza are able to prosper economically, while Israel is able to maintain its legitimate security needs in not allowing missiles and weapons to get to Hamas.

    We discussed the issue of Iran, and we pointed out that as a consequence of some hard work internationally, we have instituted through the U.N. Security Council the toughest sanctions ever directed at an Iranian government. In addition, last week I signed our own set of sanctions, coming out of the United States Congress, as robust as any that we’ve ever seen. Other countries are following suit. And so we intend to continue to put pressure on Iran to meet its international obligations and to cease the kinds of provocative behavior that has made it a threat to its neighbors and the international community.

    We had a extensive discussion about the prospects for Middle East peace. I believe that Prime Minister Netanyahu wants peace. I think he’s willing to take risks for peace. And during our conversation, he once again reaffirmed his willingness to engage in serious negotiations with the Palestinians around what I think should be the goal not just of the two principals involved, but the entire world, and that is two states living side by side in peace and security.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-netanyahu-israel-joint-press-availabilit

  11. CR says:

    September 01, 2010

    Remarks by President Obama, President Mubarak, His Majesty King Abdullah, Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas Before Working Dinner
    East Room

    7:05 P.M. EDT

    PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good evening, everyone. Tomorrow, after nearly two years, Israelis and Palestinians will resume direct talks in pursuit of a goal that we all share —- two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security. Tonight, I’m pleased to welcome to the White House key partners in this effort, along with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the representative of our Quartet partners, former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

    President Abbas, Prime Minister Netanyahu, Your Majesty King Abdullah, and President Mubarak —- we are but five men. Our dinner this evening will be a small gathering around a single table. Yet when we come together, we will not be alone. We’ll be joined by the generations —- those who have gone before and those who will follow.

    Each of you are the heirs of peacemakers who dared greatly -— Begin and Sadat, Rabin and King Hussein -— statesmen who saw the world as it was but also imagined the world as it should be. It is the shoulders of our predecessors upon which we stand. It is their work that we carry on. Now, like each of them, we must ask, do we have the wisdom and the courage to walk the path of peace? All of us are leaders of our people, who, no matter the language they speak or the faith they practice, all basically seek the same things: to live in security, free from fear; to live in dignity, free from want; to provide for their families and to realize a better tomorrow. Tonight, they look to us, and each of us must decide, will we work diligently to fulfill their aspirations?

    And though each of us holds a title of honor —- President, Prime Minister, King —- we are bound by the one title we share. We are fathers, blessed with sons and daughters. So we must ask ourselves what kind of world do we want to bequeath to our children and our grandchildren.

    Tonight, and in the days and months ahead, these are the questions that we must answer. And this is a fitting moment to do so.For Muslims, this is Ramadan. For Jews, this is Elul. It is rare for those two months to coincide. But this year, tonight, they do. Different faiths, different rituals, but a shared period of devotion —- and contemplation. A time to reflect on right and wrong; a time to ponder one’s place in the world; a time when the people of two great religions remind the world of a truth that is both simple and profound, that each of us, all of us, in our hearts and in our lives, are capable of great and lasting change.

    In this spirit, I welcome my partners. And I invite each to say a few words before we begin our meal, beginning with President Mubarak, on to His Majesty King Abdullah, Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/01/remarks-president-obama-president-mubarak-his-majesty-king-abdullah-prim

  12. CR says:

    September 01, 2010

    Remarks by the President in the Rose Garden after Bilateral Meetings

    WITH PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU OF ISRAEL,
    PRESIDENT MAHMOUD ABBAS OF THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY,
    HIS MAJESTY KING ABDULLAH OF JORDAN,
    AND PRESIDENT HOSNI MUBARAK OF EGYPT

    Rose Garden

    5:27 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody.

    Upon taking office, I declared that America is a friend of each nation and every person who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that the United States was ready to lead in pursuit of that future. At the beginning of my administration, I stated that it was our policy to actively and aggressively seek a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians, as well as a comprehensive peace between Israel and all of its Arab neighbors. And to support my outstanding Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton’s leadership, I appointed a special envoy and one of our nation’s finest statesmen, former Senator George Mitchell, to guide our efforts.

    As I’ve said many times, our goal is a two-state solution that ends the conflict and ensures the rights and security of both Israelis and Palestinians. And despite the inevitable challenges, we have never wavered in pursuit of this goal. I’ve met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on numerous occasions. Between them, Secretary Clinton and Senator Mitchell have made countless trips to the region.

    Over the past year, both the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority have taken important steps to build confidence. And with Senator Mitchell’s support, Israelis and Palestinians have engaged in several rounds of proximity talks -— even in the face of difficult circumstances. But we’ve always made it clear that the only path to lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians is direct talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

    Tomorrow, after nearly two years, the parties will relaunch those direct talks.

    Today, I had a series of very productive meetings with key partners in this effort. I urged Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas to recognize this as a moment of opportunity that must be seized. I thanked President Mubarak of Egypt and His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan, for their valuable leadership and for the support that will be necessary going forward. And I look forward to hosting these four leaders at a private working dinner at the White House tonight.

    I also want to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to many friends and allies, especially our Quartet partners. And former Prime Minister Tony Blair will be joining us as representing the Quartet at the dinner this evening.

    The purpose of these talks is clear. These will be direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. These negotiations are intended to resolve all final status issues. The goal is a settlement, negotiated between the parties, that ends the occupation which began in 1967 and results in the emergence of an independent, democratic and viable Palestinian state, living side by side in peace and security with a Jewish state of Israel and its other neighbors. That’s the vision we are pursuing.

    Now, I know these talks have been greeted in some quarters with skepticism. We are under no illusions. Passions run deep. Each side has legitimate and enduring interests. Years of mistrust will not disappear overnight. Building confidence will require painstaking diplomacy and trust by the parties. After all, there’s a reason that the two-state solution has eluded previous generations —- this is extraordinarily complex and extraordinarily difficult.

    But we know that the status quo is unsustainable — for Israelis, for Palestinians, for the region and for the world. It is in the national interests of all involved, including the United States, that this conflict be brought to a peaceful conclusion.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/01/remarks-president-rose-garden-after-bilateral-meetings

  13. CR says:

    September 20, 2010

    Advancing U.S. Interests at the United Nations

    The Obama Administration has dramatically changed our course at the United Nations. The President’s new era of engagement has led to concrete results at the UN that advance U.S. foreign policy objectives and American security. The dividends of U.S. leadership at the UN are tangible – the stiffest UN sanctions ever against Iran and North Korea, renewed momentum against the proliferation of nuclear weapons and materials, a coordinated global effort to help Haiti recover and rebuild, internationally agreed principles to address food insecurity, and direct U.S. participation to reform the flawed UN Human Rights Council. In a world facing so many complex transnational challenges, rebuilding a strong basis for international cooperation has allowed the U.S. to work collectively to solve problems at the United Nations, furthering core national security interests for the American people.

    Non Proliferation

    The President’s vision for a world without nuclear weapons includes a realistic path to achieve that goal. Several of the significant milestones to date on this important Administration priority have taken place at the UN.

    UN Security Council Resolution 1887: In September 2009, the U.S. held the presidency of the UN Security Council and President Obama chaired the historic Council Summit on nonproliferation and disarmament. The capstone of the Summit was the unanimous passage of UN Security Council Resolution 1887. This U.S.-drafted resolution reaffirmed the international community’s commitment to the global nonproliferation regime based on the NPT, expressed the unified view that all countries enjoy rights and responsibilities under the NPT, and signaled particular concern that all countries need to comply with their obligations. Resolution 1887 also reinforced ongoing work based on UNSC Resolution 1540 to strengthen the nonproliferation regime.

    * Iran: The United Nations Security Council voted overwhelmingly to sanction Iran for its continued failure to live up to its obligations. UNSCR 1929 puts in place the toughest sanctions ever faced by the Iranian government, and it sends an unmistakable message about the international community’s commitment to stopping the spread of nuclear weapons. The new sanctions impose restrictions on Iran’s nuclear activities, its ballistic missile program, and, for the first time, its conventional military. They put a new framework in place to stop Iranian smuggling, and crack down on Iranian banks and financial transactions. They target individuals, entities, and institutions -– including those associated with the Revolutionary Guard –- that have supported Iran’s nuclear program and prospered from illicit activities at the expense of the Iranian people. And the U.S. will ensure that these sanctions are vigorously enforced, just as we continue to refine and enforce our own sanctions on Iran alongside our friends and our allies.

    * The strong resolution that passed in June benefited from wide international support. In voting for it, the U.S. was joined by nations from Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America -– including Russia and China. And these sanctions show the united view of the international community that a nuclear arms race in the Middle East is in nobody’s interest, and that nations must be held accountable for challenging the global non-proliferation regime.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/20/advancing-us-interests-united-nations

  14. CR says:

    September 20, 2010

    Press Briefing by Conference Call on the President’s Upcoming Visit to the United Nations

    PRESS BRIEFING
    BY DEPUTY NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR FOR
    STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS BEN RHODES,
    PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE TO THE U.N. AMBASSADOR SUSAN RICE,
    AND
    SENIOR DIRECTOR OF MULTILATERAL AFFAIRS SAMANTHA POWER

    Via Conference Call

    3:35 P.M. EDT

    MR. CHANG: Thanks, everybody, for waiting and thanks for joining our call today. We have three senior officials joining us on the call right now: Ambassador Susan Rice, our Permanent Representative to the United Nations; Ben Rhodes, the Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications; and Samantha Power, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of Multilateral Affairs.

    They will be on the record, going over the President’s trip to New York to attend a variety of U.N. meetings.

    With that, I’ll hand it over to Ben Rhodes.

    MR. RHODES: Thanks, Ben, and thanks, everybody, for joining the call. I’ll just take this opportunity to walk you through the President’s schedule at the U.N. General Assembly this year, and I’ll also just say off the bat that these are occasionally fluid in the sense that there’s a lot of business that we have to do up there, so if there are any additions or changes to the schedule between now and the end of the week we’ll certainly let you know.

    But currently, we’re planning to go up to New York on Wednesday afternoon. The President will arrive and go directly to the United Nations building where he will deliver remarks at the Millennium Development Goals Conference that’s being hosted at the United Nations this year. His remarks will focus on what the United States is doing in pursuit of achieving the Millennium Development goals and focus on some of the key initiatives of our development policy writ large. So that will be an important opportunity for the President to address America’s approach to development and our commitment to the Millennium Development goals.

    Then he’ll have a very busy day on Thursday. It will begin with the President’s address to the U.N. General Assembly. We’ll have more details on the speech, obviously, as we get closer to Thursday. I’ll just say by way of a preview that this is an opportunity for the President to speak broadly about America’s foreign policy. It’s an opportunity for him to really cover the waterfront of what we have done to date in the first 20 months of this administration to renew American leadership in the world, with particular focus on issues that are of great concern to the American people, such as our efforts to restart the global economy, to combat al Qaeda, to advance the cause of nonproliferation, and to pursue Middle East peace.

    He’ll also have the ability to look forward and to lay out in broad strokes what the United States is — what the purpose of American leadership is in the world, as we continue to promote both peace and security and prosperity, but also democracy and human rights around the world.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/20/press-briefing-conference-call-presidents-upcoming-visit-united-nations

    • CR says:

      Peace Symbols

      Dove olive branch
      Dove and olive branch

      Broken rifle
      Broken Rifle

      Peace fingers
      Peace hand sign

    • CR says:

      UK Nuclear Disarmament Symbol

      The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) is an anti-nuclear organization that advocates unilateral nuclear disarmament by the United Kingdom, and for international nuclear disarmament and tighter international arms regulation through agreements such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. It opposes military action that may result in the use of nuclear, chemical or biological weapons and the building of nuclear power stations in the UK.

      UK Peace symbol

      The CND symbol, designed by Gerald Holtom in 1958. It later became a universal peace symbol used in many different versions worldwide

  15. Kat 4 Obama says:

    thenobelprize | December 17, 2009 –

    2009 Nobel Peace Prize Lecture by Barack Obama


    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Office of the Press Secretary, December 10, 2009:

      Remarks by the President at the Acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize

      …. As someone who stands here as a direct consequence of Dr. King’s life work, I am living testimony to the moral force of non-violence. I know there’s nothing weak — nothing passive — nothing naïve — in the creed and lives of Gandhi and King.

      But as a head of state sworn to protect and defend my nation, I cannot be guided by their examples alone. I face the world as it is, and cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the American people. For make no mistake: Evil does exist in the world. A non-violent movement could not have halted Hitler’s armies. Negotiations cannot convince al Qaeda’s leaders to lay down their arms. To say that force may sometimes be necessary is not a call to cynicism — it is a recognition of history; the imperfections of man and the limits of reason.

      I raise this point, I begin with this point because in many countries there is a deep ambivalence about military action today, no matter what the cause. And at times, this is joined by a reflexive suspicion of America, the world’s sole military superpower.

      But the world must remember that it was not simply international institutions — not just treaties and declarations — that brought stability to a post-World War II world. Whatever mistakes we have made, the plain fact is this: The United States of America has helped underwrite global security for more than six decades with the blood of our citizens and the strength of our arms. The service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform has promoted peace and prosperity from Germany to Korea, and enabled democracy to take hold in places like the Balkans. We have borne this burden not because we seek to impose our will. We have done so out of enlightened self-interest — because we seek a better future for our children and grandchildren, and we believe that their lives will be better if others’ children and grandchildren can live in freedom and prosperity.

      So yes, the instruments of war do have a role to play in preserving the peace. And yet this truth must coexist with another — that no matter how justified, war promises human tragedy. The soldier’s courage and sacrifice is full of glory, expressing devotion to country, to cause, to comrades in arms. But war itself is never glorious, and we must never trumpet it as such….

      I believe that force can be justified on humanitarian grounds, as it was in the Balkans, or in other places that have been scarred by war. Inaction tears at our conscience and can lead to more costly intervention later. That’s why all responsible nations must embrace the role that militaries with a clear mandate can play to keep the peace.

      America’s commitment to global security will never waver. But in a world in which threats are more diffuse, and missions more complex, America cannot act alone. America alone cannot secure the peace. This is true in Afghanistan. This is true in failed states like Somalia, where terrorism and piracy is joined by famine and human suffering. And sadly, it will continue to be true in unstable regions for years to come….

      Where force is necessary, we have a moral and strategic interest in binding ourselves to certain rules of conduct. And even as we confront a vicious adversary that abides by no rules, I believe the United States of America must remain a standard bearer in the conduct of war…. we honor those ideals by upholding them not when it’s easy, but when it is hard….

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-acceptance-nobel-peace-prize

  16. Students Protest McCain’s Lack of Support for Dream Act

    PHOENIX – This week, a big vote is coming up in the Senate — the Dream Act could become law. If it is passed, undocumented immigrant students could become legal citizens if they go to college or sign up to be in the military. But not everyone supports it.

    There was a protest Monday morning outside of Sen. John McCain’s office, where Hispanic students are trying to convince the senator to support the Dream Act.

    http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/news/immigration/dream-act-protest-held-at-sen-mccains-office-09202010

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      PhoenixNewTimes.com, Sept. 20, 2010:

      John McCain’s Shame: Blocking the Dream Act

      By Stephen Lemons

      I stopped by DREAM Army headquarters last night to watch Michael Nazario put his wannabe-U.S. troops through the paces.

      See, Nazario and other members of the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition have been camped out since last week near U.S. Senator John McCain’s Phoenix office, at the corner of 16th Street and Missouri Avenue.

      Sunday, Nazario, a former member of the Junior ROTC, schooled about 30 teenagers and twentysomethings on some basic moves, saluting, right-face, at ease. They were preparing for a demonstration today at the state Capitol, where they will rally for their cause.

      They want McCain to support the legislation, which would allow young men and women brought to the U.S. from other countries when they were kids to apply for temporary residency. If within six years they earn a college degree or serve in the military, they could score a green card.

      “We have a lot of young men and women who have been here with us who really want to be in the service,” Nazario, 21, told me. “But because of their status, they’re unable to.”

      In fact DREAM Act students live in a legal limbo. Although they’ve been educated in our K-12 public schools, as is mandated by the federal courts, they graduate from high school to a world of little hope, where they can’t even score a driver’s license or work legally.

      Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is attaching the long-floundering DREAM Act to the Defense Authorization bill, along with a repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

      Although McCain has backed DREAM Act legislation many times in the past, he’s now opposing it, as is Sand Land’s junior Senator Jon Kyl….

      http://bit.ly/aBwDhQ

      michelerudy | September 20, 2010 –

      DREAM Army Commander Michael Nazario speaks in front of the State Capitol.

      [From YouTube text]: …. Senator McCain, sir. I want an opportunity to be a marine, to do something greater for myself and others. You and I have many things in common. One of them is love for this country. I am asking you to step up and be a leader in this moment. I am asking you to lead courageously so that I can serve.


  17. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Office of the Press Secretary, September 20, 2010:

    Press Briefing by Conference Call on the President’s Upcoming Visit to the United Nations

    …. The President will arrive [in New York on Wednesday] and go directly to the United Nations building where he will deliver remarks at the Millennium Development Goals Conference that’s being hosted at the United Nations this year. His remarks will focus on what the United States is doing in pursuit of achieving the Millennium Development goals and focus on some of the key initiatives of our development policy writ large. So that will be an important opportunity for the President to address America’s approach to development and our commitment to the Millennium Development goals.

    Then he’ll have a very busy day on Thursday. It will begin with the President’s address to the U.N. General Assembly. We’ll have more details on the speech, obviously, as we get closer to Thursday. I’ll just say by way of a preview that this is an opportunity for the President to speak broadly about America’s foreign policy. It’s an opportunity for him to really cover the waterfront of what we have done to date in the first 20 months of this administration to renew American leadership in the world, with particular focus on issues that are of great concern to the American people, such as our efforts to restart the global economy, to combat al Qaeda, to advance the cause of nonproliferation, and to pursue Middle East peace.

    He’ll also have the ability to look forward and to lay out in broad strokes what the United States is — what the purpose of American leadership is in the world, as we continue to promote both peace and security and prosperity, but also democracy and human rights around the world.

    Moving on from there, the President will have a bilateral meeting with Premier Wen of China. This continues a very regular and high-level series of consultations that we have had with the Chinese, and the constructive and comprehensive relationship that we’ve forged with China over the first 20 months of the administration.

    From there, the President will attend a luncheon hosted by the U.N. Secretary General, and will be able, on the margins of that luncheon, to also meet briefly with the President of the U.N. General Assembly and the Secretary General.

    After that, in the afternoon, the President will be going to the Clinton Global Initiative, where he will be introducing the First Lady who will then be making more extended remarks to the Clinton Global Initiative. And the President, knowing that the First Lady was going to speak there, wanted to be sure he had the opportunity to introduce her….

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/20/press-briefing-conference-call-presidents-upcoming-visit-united-nations

  18. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Office of the Press Secretary, September 20, 2010:

    Advancing U.S. Interests at the United Nations

    The Obama Administration has dramatically changed our course at the United Nations. The President’s new era of engagement has led to concrete results at the UN that advance U.S. foreign policy objectives and American security. The dividends of U.S. leadership at the UN are tangible – the stiffest UN sanctions ever against Iran and North Korea, renewed momentum against the proliferation of nuclear weapons and materials, a coordinated global effort to help Haiti recover and rebuild, internationally agreed principles to address food insecurity, and direct U.S. participation to reform the flawed UN Human Rights Council. In a world facing so many complex transnational challenges, rebuilding a strong basis for international cooperation has allowed the U.S. to work collectively to solve problems at the United Nations, furthering core national security interests for the American people.

    Non Proliferation

    The President’s vision for a world without nuclear weapons includes a realistic path to achieve that goal. Several of the significant milestones to date on this important Administration priority have taken place at the UN.

    UN Security Council Resolution 1887: In September 2009, the U.S. held the presidency of the UN Security Council and President Obama chaired the historic Council Summit on nonproliferation and disarmament. The capstone of the Summit was the unanimous passage of UN Security Council Resolution 1887. This U.S.-drafted resolution reaffirmed the international community’s commitment to the global nonproliferation regime based on the NPT, expressed the unified view that all countries enjoy rights and responsibilities under the NPT, and signaled particular concern that all countries need to comply with their obligations. Resolution 1887 also reinforced ongoing work based on UNSC Resolution 1540 to strengthen the nonproliferation regime.

    •Iran: The United Nations Security Council voted overwhelmingly to sanction Iran for its continued failure to live up to its obligations. UNSCR 1929 puts in place the toughest sanctions ever faced by the Iranian government, and it sends an unmistakable message about the international community’s commitment to stopping the spread of nuclear weapons. The new sanctions impose restrictions on Iran’s nuclear activities, its ballistic missile program, and, for the first time, its conventional military. They put a new framework in place to stop Iranian smuggling, and crack down on Iranian banks and financial transactions. They target individuals, entities, and institutions -– including those associated with the Revolutionary Guard –- that have supported Iran’s nuclear program and prospered from illicit activities at the expense of the Iranian people. And the U.S. will ensure that these sanctions are vigorously enforced, just as we continue to refine and enforce our own sanctions on Iran alongside our friends and our allies.

    •The strong resolution that passed in June benefited from wide international support. In voting for it, the U.S. was joined by nations from Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America -– including Russia and China. And these sanctions show the united view of the international community that a nuclear arms race in the Middle East is in nobody’s interest, and that nations must be held accountable for challenging the global non-proliferation regime….

    [Many other examples are listed.]

    Read the rest here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/20/advancing-us-interests-united-nations

  19. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Office of the Press Secretary, September 20, 2010:

    Statement by National Security Council Spokesman Mike Hammer on the visit of Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security John Brennan to Yemen

    Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security John Brennan visited Sana’a today to consult with U.S. and Yemeni officials about the bilateral relationship. In a meeting with President Ali Abdullah Saleh, Mr. Brennan discussed the United States’ economic and humanitarian support for the Yemeni people, which increased to over $110 million dollars in the last year. President Saleh and Mr. Brennan consulted on the Friends of Yemen, including its upcoming September 24th Ministerial meeting in New York, which provides an important forum for the international community to support Yemeni economic and governance reforms. Mr. Brennan also reiterated the United States’ support for a comprehensive and inclusive national dialogue, the upcoming parliamentary elections, the protection of human rights, and continued compliance by all sides to the ceasefire in the north of Yemen. President Saleh and Mr. Brennan discussed cooperation against the continuing threat of al-Qa’ida, and Mr. Brennan conveyed the United States’ condolences to the Yemeni people for the loss of Yemeni security officers and citizens killed in recent al-Qa’ida attacks.

    Mr. Brennan delivered to President Saleh a letter from President Obama discussing these issues and reiterating the United States’ support for a unified, stable, democratic and prosperous Yemen. The President’s letter stated “We are also committed to helping Yemen achieve a future that builds upon the extraordinary talents of its people and the richness of its history. Yemen possesses a deeply rooted culture, and is widely admired around the world for its ancient traditions, beautiful countryside, and hospitable people. I am convinced that the people of Yemen can do more than overcome the threats that they face – they can build a future of greater peace and opportunity for their children.”

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/20/statement-national-security-council-spokesman-mike-hammer-visit-assistan

  20. Kat 4 Obama says:

    NOLA.com, Sept. 20, 2010:

    Immigration debate finds focus in DREAM Act

    …. “It’s the right thing to do it,” [President] Obama said of the act, which would give undocumented students a chance to earn legal status if they came here as children, are long-term residents, are of “good character,” and complete two years of college or military service. “We should get it done.”

    http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/09/immigration_debate_finds_focus.html

    StartLoving3 | September 16, 2010 –

    President Obama tells the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute: DREAM Act is the right thing to do.


    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      President Obama: Senate has a chance to do the right thing; in the past, the DREAM Act was supported by a majority of Democrats AND Republicans


  21. Hi Kat. I finally was able to see today’s townhall. We certainly do have a smart President. I am surprised that the people were saying he has not done the change he campaigned on. Where have they been?
    Do they not see that the President has tried to work with Republicans and they are not cooperating. Where is that outrage? The only thing I think the President should have done is to remind them that it was Bush that bailed out the banks and that it was him as a candidate that gave that bailout any teeth. He said he was handed a deficit of $1.3 trillion with a big red bow on it, but could have said that the two wars were not included in the Bush budget but are added in his. He knows the story so well, that he omits some very important details that would resonate with voters. Is there any footage of the other fundraisers he attended tonight?

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Hi Jackie, so far I find only two short vids of PBO’s events that have very poor sound and visual quality. We’ll see what turns up as the hours pass.

  22. Kat 4 Obama says:

    WSJ.com, Sept. 21, 2010:

    Why the GOP Should Repeal DADT

    By Bret Stephens

    …. The strength of [retired Major General Dennis Laich’s] case is that it’s …. about the interests of the military itself, starting with its values. “If you talk to most theologians, ethicists or philosophers, they’ll tell you there are two kinds of lies, of commission or omission,” he says. “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell represents a lie of omission that is inconsistent with the values of a military organization that presents itself as values-based.”

    The values argument isn’t the half of it. Since DADT came into force in 1993, some 14,000 service members have been discharged under the policy—the equivalent of an entire division of warfighters. Investigating and processing each case has its costs; so does recruiting and training each replacement. How much? A 2006 commission organized by UCLA’s Palm Center and led by former Defense Secretary William Perry put the total cost of each discharge at $42,835, meaning the policy has now cost the U.S. taxpayer around $600 million.

    That’s not pocket change, especially for a military scrounging for savings. It’s also no small matter at a time when the military’s recruitment standards for age, education, physical fitness and moral standards have been steadily declining. In the last two years alone the Army and Marines have granted an unprecedented number of “moral waivers” to recruits with previous felony convictions.

    The result, Mr. Laich acidly notes, is that “we would rather have in our military middle-aged, overweight, undereducated felons than fully qualified, experienced patriots who happen to have a sexual orientation that some people find troublesome.”….

    In the meantime, it’s worth noting that there are an estimated 48,000 homosexuals on active duty or the reserves, many of them in critical occupations, many with distinguished service records. If they pose any risk at all to America’s security, it is, paradoxically, because DADT institutionalizes dishonesty, puts them at risk of blackmail, and forces fellow warfighters who may know about their orientation to make an invidious choice between comradeship and the law. That’s no way to run a military….

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703556604575502103316084526.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      I thought this was interesting information in spite of the very cynical reason the writer gives at the end of the article for why Republicans should vote to repeal DADT.

  23. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Office of the Press Secretary, September 20, 2010:

    Remarks by the President at CNBC Town Hall Discussion on Jobs

    …. MR. HARWOOD: Are you vilifying business?

    THE PRESIDENT: Absolutely not. Look, let’s look at the track record here. When I came into office, businesses, some of the same commentators who are on CNBC, were crying, “Do something,” — because as a consequence of reckless decisions that had been made, the economy was on the verge of collapse. Those same businesses now are profitable. The financial markets are stabilized. We haven’t increased taxes on businesses. Actually, we have instituted about 50 tax cuts, many of them going to businesses large and small.

    And so the only thing that we’ve said is that we’ve got to make sure that we’re not doing some of the same things that we were doing in the past that got us into this mess in the first place.

    So when I mentioned, for example, changes in the financial services industry, it is very important for us not to find ourselves in a position in which banks get too big to fail, and if they make bad decisions taxpayers have to bail them out or we let the entire economy collapse. That’s not a choice that I want any future President to have to make. And we instituted those changes.

    And the fact is that when FDR put in place deposit insurance in banks, banks said at the time, this is going to destroy capitalism. When Medicare was instituted, there were a whole bunch of people who said, this is socialized medicine. Now we take it for granted. But oftentimes there’s this response that somehow these modest reforms that make the free market work better for consumers and for workers as well as for businesses, on the front end are resisted….

    Well, I think that it’s premature to say that John Boehner is going to be Speaker of the House. (Applause.) I do think it is very important for the country, as we go into these midterm elections, to understand that there’s a choice in front of us. The other side, their basic argument is that if we go back to doing what we were doing before the financial crisis and before I was President, that we’d be in a better place….

    But I also know this — that an economy that was shrinking is now growing. We have finally tackled tough challenges like health care that we had been putting off for decades. I have put forward proposals that are going to require bipartisan cooperation in order for us to get government spending under control.

    And I am confident that if we stay on a course that gets us back to old-fashioned values of hard work and responsibility and looking out for one another, that America will thrive; that the 21st century will be an American Century again. (Applause.) But I’m going to need everybody’s support. I’m happy to have that debate over the course of the next several weeks and for months to come.

    Thank you very much, everybody. (Applause.)

    MR. HARWOOD: Thank you, Mr. President.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/20/remarks-president-cnbc-town-hall-discussion-jobs

    Politiclearnews | September 20, 2010 –

    President Obama at the CNBC town hall, Part 1


  24. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Office of the Press Secretary, September 20, 2010:

    Remarks by the President at Finance Reception for Congressman Sestak

    …. But I want to talk a little bit about enthusiasm, energy; why you need to work for Joe; why, between now and November, I need everybody here to knock on some doors, and write some more checks, and make some more phone calls, and talk to your neighbors about Joe. That’s what we need. (Applause.)

    And you need to do this because the choice in this election could not be clearer, and the stakes could not be higher.

    On the one hand, we have a candidate in Joe Sestak who is not a career politician. Everybody has been talking about insiders in Washington. Well, Joe is not one of the insiders who’s been part of the problem. Instead, he’s been solving problems in Washington. (Applause.) He didn’t go there with a liberal agenda or a conservative agenda. He went to serve the people of Pennsylvania, just like he’s served his country for the last three decades. (Applause.)

    This is somebody who’s always working for you; whose door is always open; who’s helped pass 10 pieces of legislation in just three years –- the first new federal funding for autism treatment in 12 years; student loan assistance for U.S. troops called to active duty; support for troops who come home with PTSD; more help and more contracts for Pennsylvania’s small businesses. (Applause.) He has been doing the work. In Washington, you know, they make the distinction between show horses and work horses. And Joe is a work horse. (Applause.) He’s been working, not talking. (Applause.)

    And this is somebody who’s been pragmatic. He will work with Democrats, he’ll work with Republicans, he’ll work with Independents. He’s willing to work with anybody who’s interested in actually getting the job done, and that’s the kind of person you want representing you in Washington. That’s who Joe Sestak is. (Applause.) That’s why you need to work for him to make him your next Senator. (Applause.)

    On the other side, we’ve got a candidate who was in Washington for years, ran a special interest group whose main function has been to pull the Republican Party to the right — even farther to the right. (Laughter.) I guess you could say they’ve done a good job — (laughter) — at that. This is somebody who, when he had a chance, voted to cut help for small businesses; who wants to make trade deals that send jobs out of Pennsylvania; who seems more concerned about the folks he used to trade with on Wall Street than the Pennsylvanians here on Main Street. It’s someone who is telling us he’ll do everything he can to return to the exact same policies that led us to this horrible recession that we’re in, in the first place.

    We can’t afford to let that happen. We cannot afford more of the same rigid ideology that led us in this place. We can’t afford to go backwards. We’ve got to move forward. We need Joe Sestak to move forward. That’s the choice in this election. (Applause.)….

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/20/remarks-president-finance-reception-congressman-sestak

  25. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Office of the Press Secretary, September 20, 2010:

    Remarks by the President at Dinner Reception for Congressman Sestak

    …. Let me just describe for you one specific debate that we’re having right now about tax cuts. Now, they instituted two tax cuts that were not paid for, along with two wars that were not paid for, which contributed to taking a record surplus to a record deficit. You now have a whole bunch of folks out there understandably and legitimately concerned about deficits and debt. And so the Republicans are trying to ride this wave: We are opposed to government spending, and we are going to take our country back.

    And then they propose a $700 billion extension of tax cuts for the top 3 percent of the country — top 2 percent of the country; a tax cut that 86 percent of it would go to people making a million dollars a year or more; would average $100,000 check for people making a million dollars or more. That’s their growth agenda — $700 billion, which we don’t have, so we would have to borrow, from China or the Saudis or somebody, because we don’t have it.

    And if you don’t think $700 billion is real money, even in Washington, understand that is the budget for Veterans Affairs over the course of 10 years. Everything we spend on our veterans — we would have to figure out how to come up with that much money. That’s the amount of money we spend on the Department of Homeland Security — all this for folks who don’t need a tax cut, weren’t even looking for a tax cut. Well, that means you’re not serious about the deficit. That means this is just talk and rhetoric.

    So I want everybody to understand these are serious times and we need serious leaders. We can’t have sound bite leaders. We can’t have folks who are thinking about the next election instead of the next generation. We need people who are willing to not just do what’s easy, not just look at a poll or figure out which way the cable chatter is going, and rush over to try to get in the front of the line. We need people who have the guts and the backbone to stand up and say, this is what’s right.

    You did not elect me to do what was popular. You elected me to do what was right. (Applause.) And that’s what I’ve been trying to do, and that’s what Joe Sestak is all about. (Applause.)….

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/20/remarks-president-dinner-reception-congressman-sestak

  26. CR says:

    Tuesday, Sept. 21

    — The Senate Homeland Security Committee meets at 9:15 a.m. to consider the nomination of Jacob Lew as director of the Office of Management and Budget. 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building.

    — The Senate Banking Committee holds a 10 a.m. hearing on “Investing in Infrastructure: Creating Jobs and Growing the Economy,” with testimony expected by Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pa.), administration officials and others. 538 Dirksen.

    — The House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations subcommittee holds a noon hearing on food safety and the nationwide egg recall. 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.

    — And its Health subpanel meets at 2 p.m. on “Cutting Waste, Fraud and Abuse in Medicare And Medicaid.” 2322 Rayburn.

    — The Brookings Institution and the Center for American Progress co-host a conference on “Regional Innovation Clusters: Advancing the Next Economy.” Among the speakers: Commerce Secretary Gary Locke; Jason Furman, deputy director of the National Economic Council; Eli Lilly CEO John Lechlieter; and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who will deliver the afternoon keynote. Registration for the event, which runs from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Washington Mayflower Hotel, is closed, but it will be webcast.

    — AN HONORABLE AWARD: President Obama will award a Medal of Honor on Tuesday to Chief Master Sergeant Richard L. Etchberger of the Air Force, who died in combat in Laos in 1968. The White House says that Etchberger, who will be given the award for “conspicuous gallantry,” “displayed immeasurable courage and uncommon valor — deliberately exposing himself to enemy fire in order to place his three surviving wounded comrades in the rescue slings permitting them to be airlifted to safety. As he was finally being rescued, he was fatally wounded by enemy ground fire.”
    Etchberger’s sons Richard Etchberger, Cory Etchberger and Steve Wilson will be at the White House ceremony with Obama and Vice President Biden.

    — Biden meets Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou at the White House.

  27. CR says:

    Michelle Obama to speak at CGI

    0/21/10 AMIE PARNES – POLITICO

    Six months after her last appearance on the world stage in Haiti and Mexico, Michelle Obama will speak about international issues Thursday at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York — and, in a rare move, her husband, President Barack Obama, will introduce her to the audience.

    The White House confirmed the president will give the introduction for his wife, who will make the closing remarks to CGI members, an influential group of Nobel laureates, philanthropists and world leaders. Obama, who will be in town to address the U.N. General Assembly, will appear with her at the forum, founded in 2005 by former President Bill Clinton in an effort to find “innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.”

    Aides to the first lady are tight-lipped about the topic of her speech or what she will say, categorizing it only as “a major address.” CGI officials also have been mum about her appearance, although Clinton said this year’s topic is “the economic challenges facing people all around the world, including in the United States.”

    “As always, we’ll have a lot of emphasis on education and on bringing the benefits of technology to people who don’t have them,” he said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

    Observers say Michelle Obama could pick up where she left off in Mexico, where she gave a speech calling on world leaders to pay more attention to young people — her first foray into issues abroad.

    “This could be the start of more global visibility for the first lady,” said Anita McBride, who served as chief of staff to former first lady Laura Bush. In 2006, Bush was the first presidential spouse to address CGI, speaking about HIV-AIDS and announcing a program to bring clean water to underdeveloped nations.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0910/42459.html

  28. CR says:

    Good Morning Everyone! I HOPE that you have a good day!

    Peace be with you!

  29. sandy466 says:

    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) – New construction of U.S. houses surged in August, the Commerce Department estimated Tuesday. Starts rose 10.5% in August to a seasonally adjusted 598,000 annualized units, much stronger than the 535,000 pace expected by economists surveyed by MarketWatch. This is the highest level since April. Starts in July were revised down slightly to a 541,000 rate compared with prior estimate of 546,000. Starts of new single-family homes rose 4.3% to a 438,000 rate in August, while starts of large apartment units rose 32.2% to 160,000. Building permits, a leading indicator of housing construction, rose 1.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 569,000.

    http://bit.ly/9mxPwL

  30. meta says:

    Good morning, OTeam. Today promises to be an exciting day in the Senate. Debate begins on the Defense Authorization Act, which includes provisions for both DADT and the DREAM Act. Debate begins at 10:00AM Eastern with a vote expected this afternoon.

    In the House, Democrats are expected to bring the small business lending trust fund bill, (H.R.5297), for consideration later this week. This bill creates the $30 billion lending fund for banks to increase their loans to small businesses and offers tax-write offs on new investments to small business owners. The Senate passed by the bill by a vote of 61-38 last Thursday.

  31. meta says:

    Even though I’m logged in, every few times when I hit the post button, I get a message that says I can’t post because I’m not logged in and I lose the entire post. I’m clearly displayed as logged in. Anybody else experience this glitch with WordPress? Anyone have a solution?

    • CR says:

      That has not happened to me today…yet. Sometimes when WordPress is updating stuff that happens.

      • meta says:

        Oh, I see. I think since it happens to me so often, I just need to remember to copy my post before I hit the button.

  32. Good morning everyone. Meta, that has happened to me in the past, but no trouble today.

    Any news on Donna’s Aunt?

    • meta says:

      Thanks, Jackie.

      I was just about to post good thoughts and prayers for speedy recovery and good health to Aunt V.

    • CR says:

      Good Morning Jackie!

      I have not heard from Donna since yesterday. I bet she will be coming on board soon.

  33. Please join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Family and the Nation. Please also light a candle for Donna’s Aunt.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=pbo

  34. donna 4 obama says:

    Good Morning All!

    I’m just getting into work. Spent the night at the hospital with Aunt V. The surgery went very well. They only had to take a third of the kidney so that was great news but last evening she was in a lot of pain. There is nothing worse than watching someone you love moan in pain.

    They finally got her on a pain drip and she was able to sleep comfortably. Don’t even ask me why it took them over an hour to get her on pain meds. Needless to say I was furious in that hospital last night.

    Her prognosis is good and we will have more results of test in the next 48 hours. I have an OFA meeting tonight and then its back to the hospital.

    Thank you all for your good thoughts and prayers.

    P.S. I can read your comments but I cannot post on this site from my blackberry for some reason. I’ll get my kids to figure that one out for me.

    Thanks again everyone. Now I have lots of work to catch up on.

    • CR says:

      Good morning Donna! Thank you for the update! Tell your Aunt we wish her a speedy recovery!

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Hi Donna. So glad to hear your Aunt’s surgery went well. Take care.

    • Glad your Aunt’s surgery went well. If you find out from your tech savvy kids how to post from your BlackBerry please let me know. I tried while in Austria and Germany and could not. I could login and read but not post.

    • COS says:

      Good morning Donna and O family. Glad that your aunt’s surgery went well. I am praying for her speedy recovery.

  35. CR says:

    Housing Starts Up; Redistricting Key Issue In Elections; Fed Has Hard Choice

    by Mark Memmott

    Good morning.

    The day begins, unfortunately, with bad news from Afghanistan, as JJ just reported. Nine NATO soldiers — their nationalities haven’t yet been reported — were killed when their helicopter went down in the Daichopan district of southern Zabul province. As JJ adds:

    “These deaths make 2010 the deadliest year in the almost nine year war. 529 international forces have been killed so far this year.”

    We’ve also already reported about a debate set for later today in the Senate, over whether to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that bars openly gay men and women from serving in the military.

    Other stories making headlines include:
    At a construction site in Springfield, Ill., on Sept. 13.
    Seth Perlman/Associated Press

    A home going up in Springfield, Ill., earlier this month.

    Census Bureau — Housing Starts Rose 10.5% In August: “Privately-owned housing starts in August were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 598,000. This is 10.5 percent above the revised July estimate of 541,000 and is 2.2 percent above the August 2009 rate of 585,000.”

    From a related report by the Associated Press: “Home construction increased last month and applications for building permits also grew. But the gains were driven mainly by apartment and condominium construction, not the much larger single-family homes sector.”

    — Morning Edition — “Midterm Elections Play Major Role In Redistricting“: NPR’s Mara Liasson spells out what’s at stake in the November midterms because of the role that state legislatures will play next year when Congressional districts are redrawn with new data from the 2000 Census. The party that wins in state elections this year will be able to set the boundary lines on Congressional districts for subsequent elections through 2010. State elections this year, she reports, will have a “profound impact” on Congressional elections for years to come:

    On ‘Morning Edition': Midterms & Redistricting audio interview: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130011228

    (This is a good time to remind all that NPR.org’s newest blog — It’s All Politics — is following all the news about the midterm elections.)

    — The New York Times — “Short Of Repeal, GOP Will Chip At Health Law“: “Republicans are serious. Hopeful of picking up substantial numbers of seats in the Congressional elections, they are developing plans to try to repeal or roll back President Obama’s new health care law. … That conclusion emerged from interviews with a wide range of Republican lawmakers, who said they were determined to chip away at the law if they could not dismantle it.”

    For the entire article: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/09/21/130013818/afghanistan-politics?ft=1&f=1014

  36. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy Tuesday CR, Meta, Sandy, Jackie and Donna and all friends!

    >^..^<

  37. blackwaterdog says:

    So Russ Feingold’s numbers in the toilet, and whose fault it is? PBO, of course.

    The hell with that, i had enough with this crap.

    • CR says:

      Good morning BWD!

      I understand how you feel….so much for these “fair weather” friends showing their true colors.

      Pres Obama is truly a good man who is taking the steps to better the lives of ALL Americans because he knows that it is the right thing to do and not because it is popular.

  38. Kat 4 Obama says:

    neonbreaker | September 20, 2010 –

    VPOTUS visits Delaware Senate candidate Chris Coons at HQ

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden joined U.S. Senate Candidate Chris Coons in his Wilmington, Delaware headquarters on September 17. Biden thanked both
    Coons and his volunteers for the work on the campaign and to discuss the need to continue the work of the Obama administration. Footage by Mark Corrigan of The Newark Post.


    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      WashingtonPost.com, Sept. 21, 2010:

      Christine O’Donnell is toxic and hurting GOP

      By Greg Sarget/The Plum Line

      ….[A] new Fox poll in Delaware shows …. that Dem Chris Coons is beating O’Donnell by a lopsided margin, 54-39, among likely voters. But the internals are even more interesting. They show that a big majority of Delaware voters says [O’Donnell]‘s not qualified to be Senator….

      http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/09/poll_proves_christine_odonnell.html

      • COS says:

        This is great news for Coons Kat. My take on O’Donnell is that SP is advising her. She probably has no real interest in being a senator. She has noterity now and this is her ticket to Hollywood and to make millions like her mentor. She is an opportunist like SP. She has been working on this for years, starting with Politically correct years ago.

    • meta says:

      Why is Coons saying that we haven’t seen the change we voted for? What was he expecting to see accomplished at this point? I’m VERY proud of every single inch of change I’ve seen so far and I’ve seen a lot. I can’t stand it when Democrats become ingrained with right-wing talking points. Enough.

  39. Kat 4 Obama says:

    WashingtonMonthly.com, Sept. 21, 2010:

    In defense of extraneous amendments

    By Steve Benen

    When Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) explains why he’s trying to kill the bill that funds the military, he says it’s necessary to prevent measures that aren’t germane to defense spending.

    Noting, for example, that the bill includes a repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, and may ultimately include the Dream Act, McCain says the problem has nothing to do with his animosity towards gays and immigrants. Rather, McCain says it’s “reprehensible” to “use the defense bill … to pursue a social agenda.”….

    But here’s the detail McCain and his cohorts hope you won’t notice: this is actually pretty common, and just the way the Senate operates. More to the point, this is the way McCain and other Republicans have operated for years. [Cites HuffPo article:]

    “[F]or all the griping about what amendments have or haven’t been added to the DoD Authorization, the fact remains that these appropriations measures have long been vehicles for unrelated legislation. McCain himself would know that. As Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich) noted right after he spoke on the floor, the Senate had previously considered hate crimes legislation in 2001, 2005, and 2008. McCain himself “offered a non-relevant amendment to the defense authorization bill,” Levin added, proposing “to acquire campaign finance disclosure by the so-called 527 organizations as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization.”

    Meanwhile, as a Democratic source following the debate on the Hill noted, back in 2005, then Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) managed to attach a provision granting immunity for companies manufacturing vaccines to protect against biological agents to an FY2006 DoD appropriations bill.”

    What do campaign-finance disclosures and immunity for vaccine companies have to do with funding the military? Not a thing, and therein lies the point. Republicans are whining incessantly about a legislative maneuver they’ve used many times.

    McCain told Fox News the other day, “Interestingly, for many, many years, we never put any extraneous items on the bill because it was so important to defense and we just didn’t allow it.” He was either lying blatantly or he’s completely forgotten his own recent history in the Senate…..

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2010_09/025770.php

  40. sandy466 says:

    The tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003 under President George W. Bush expire Dec. 31. President Barack Obama and most congressional Democrats want to renew all the measures, except those affecting the highest incomes. That proposal plus some new measures from Obama would cost about $3.3 trillion over 10 years. Republicans are pushing to extend all the cuts for all income levels. That would cost $4.3 trillion over 10 years.

    Some observers including Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan say the U.S. can’t afford either approach. Greenspan advocates letting all the cuts expire to help narrow the U.S. budget deficit.

    Learn the details of all the tax measures at play in the interactive table below from Bloomberg News. The table can be sorted by category, description, and cost by clicking on the column headings. Roll over the icons of supporters and opponents to see their positions in the debate. Click on the icons to filter the table.

    http://bit.ly/cc1pGC

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Hi Sandy! Interesting that Republicans have changed their positions on the research credit and bonus depreciation issues now that the President insists they must be paid for! GOP: The party of endless debt accumulation.

  41. CR says:

    Next Up…

    September 21, 2010

    1:15 PM EDT

    President Obama Awards the Medal of Honor to Chief Master Sergeant Richard L. Etchberger, U.S. Air Force – The White House

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    CNN http://live.cnn.com/

    • CR says:

      Richard Loy Etchberger

      (March 5, 1933 – March 11, 1968) was a United States Air Force airman and a posthumous recipient of the United States military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the Battle of Lima Site 85 in the Vietnam War. The medal will be formally presented to his three sons by President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House on September 21, 2010.

      Military career

      A native of Hamburg, Pennsylvania, Etchberger graduated from Hamburg High School in 1951.He joined the Air Force on August 31 of that year.He was promoted to Chief Master Sergeant on April 1, 1967.

      Battle of Lima Site 85

      During the Vietnam War, Etchberger was among a group of airmen hand-picked for a classified mission: manning secret radar facilities in Laos. According to the 1962 International Agreement on the Neutrality of Laos, the U.S. was to have no military facilities in that country. As such, the selectees would officially become civilians employed by Lockheed Aircraft. Etchberger was deployed to Lima Site 85, used to direct bombing missions against targets in Laos and North Vietnam. The site was staffed by sixteen “former” airmen, including Etchberger, two CIA agents, and one forward air controller. Local guerrilla fighters were hired to protect the base.

      Between November 1967 and March 1968, Lima Site 85 directed 27 percent of all air strike missions in Laos and North Vietnam. When successful strikes were launched even through heavy cloud cover, the North Vietnamese realized that a radar facility must be nearby. Beginning in January 1968, North Vietnamese troops began closing in on Site 85. On January 13, the base was strafed by two An-2 Colts, killing several of the local guerrillas. Plans were made to abandon and destroy the base, but they were not implemented in time.

      In the early morning hours of March 11, 1968, the site came under attack from North Vietnamese soldiers who had scaled the surrounding cliffs. By 3 a.m., Etchberger and six others were the only surviving Americans out of the original 19. Etchberger tended to the wounded and fought off the advancing North Vietnamese troops until a rescue helicopter arrived. He then helped load the wounded onto slings to be lifted into the hovering aircraft before coming aboard himself. As the helicopter headed towards an air base in Thailand, it was hit by an armor-piercing round which severely wounded Etchberger; he bled to death soon after.

      He is buried in Saint John’s Cemetery, Hamburg, Pennsylvania.

      Source: Wikipedia

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Some background:

      Office of the Press Secretary, Sept. 3, 2010:

      President Obama to Award Medal of Honor

      On September 21, President Barack Obama will award Chief Master Sergeant Richard L. Etchberger, U.S. Air Force, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Chief Etchberger will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his heroic actions in combat on March 11, 1968 in the country of Laos. He displayed immeasurable courage and uncommon valor – deliberately exposing himself to enemy fire in order to place his three surviving wounded comrades in the rescue slings permitting them to be airlifted to safety. As he was finally being rescued, he was fatally wounded by enemy ground fire. Chief Etchberger’s sons, Cory Etchberger, Richard Etchberger and Steve Wilson will join the President at the White House to commemorate their father’s example of selfless service and sacrifice.

      PERSONAL BACKGROUND:

      Richard (Dick) L. Etchberger served in the United States Air Force from 1951 – 1968. Born in Hamburg, Pennsylvania on March 5, 1933, he was inspired to join the military due to his brother Bob enlisting in the Navy in early 1946. Upon joining the USAF on August 31, 1951, he proved to have a high aptitude in electronics and began long list of training and assignments that he would undergo to become a master in his career field. On April 1, 1967, he was promoted to Chief Master Sergeant. He held assignments in Mississippi, Utah, Morocco, North Dakota, Philippines, Illinois and the Republic of Vietnam.

      ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – THE MEDAL OF HONOR:

      The Medal of Honor is awarded to a member of the Armed Forces who distinguishes themselves conspicuously by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty while:

      •engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States;

      •engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or

      •serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

      The meritorious conduct must involve great personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life. There must be incontestable proof of the performance of the meritorious conduct, and each recommendation for the award must be considered on the standard of extraordinary merit.

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/03/president-obama-award-medal-honor

    • meta says:

      Wow, that was a pretty heavy ceremony. Deepest thanks to those in Congress and PBO for making this possible for this family.

    • CR says:

      Thank you for all those who have showed gallantry in defending our Country and our citizens.

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      “It’s never too late to do the right thing.”

      Thank you, Mr. President!

  42. azgrammy says:

    Hi Cr,
    Copied/pasted your above posted Presidential Schedule to OFA, along with this note:

    “Copied following from Cheryl’s new blog,
    “Pro-President Obama”,
    that CR established after she was blocked so thoroughly from ever re-posting again by OFA Admin….

    A remarkable feat accomplished by HQ, which has never again, before or since, been duplicated by Admin with any REAL trolls…
    Like becky, or User from Midlothian, VA, along with their numerous Alias names….

    I miss Cheryl on OFA blog, & Kathleen from Washington who went with her…..”

    • CR says:

      Thank you so much AZGrammy!!!! ((Hugs))

      I am honored to have that nice tribute!

      I promised that the trolls and deleting my posting abilities on OFA would not silence my voice from speaking out about President Obama’s constant fight for American’s rights and bettering our country that is why I created ProPresObama.org!!!

      POTUS flag

    • CR says:

      ProPresObama.org Blog Statistics Generated 2010-09-21 11:05:45 UTC-7:

      Total Views Since 5/31/2010 : 61,347

      Busiest day: 1,051 views— Tuesday, July 20, 2010 thread titled “Treasury.gov”

      Total Thread Posts Since 5/31/2010 : 107

      Total Comments Since 5/31/2010 : 17,369

      ProPresObama.org 9 subscribers, 64 subscriptions

      Just a note: These statistics do count CR’s own visits to this blog.

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Wow, AZgrammy, good for you!!!

      And thanks! :)

  43. sandy466 says:

    Any word on the def. bill yet? DREAM, repeal of DADT?

    • meta says:

      Voting still in process……

      • sandy466 says:

        Thanks meta, very nervous I can’t watch.

      • meta says:

        It just failed. ARGH.

        • CR says:

          So very very sad!

        • meta says:

          56 to 43. Damn!

          • sandy466 says:

            Very sad – I really was hoping against hope that this was going to pass. What’s the next step? Is this dead for a while and picked up again or this is it for a long time?

            • meta says:

              Well, they definitely have to pass the Defense Authorization Act. Dems tried to force this vote as a package but not sure what the next move it except to separate out these amendments for individual consideration but who knows.

            • CR says:

              White House: “We’re going to keep on trying”

              9/21/10 POLITICO

              White House press secretary Robert Gibbs comments on the Senate’s failure to move forward on the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell”: “We’re disappointed at not being able to proceed in legislation, but we’re going to keep on trying.”

        • CR says:

          We need a Congress that represents and fights for ALL Americans!

          A person’s rights should not be voted on whether it is to enlist in our military, attend an institution or get married!

          • sandy466 says:

            I had to explain to someone recently this is the only country in the developed world who is debating this right now.
            She was surprised. In any other industry this would be a case for a lawsuit based on discrimination, she says to me she never thought of it that way.

          • CR says:

            Repost:

            Jackie 4 Obama says:
            09/21/2010 at 12:38 pm

            If anyone would like to call John McCain’s office, his number is (202) 224-2235. If they ask you for a zip code are town, Phoenix, 85004

      • CR says:

        Republicans BLOCK bill to lift military gay ban

        9/21/10 By ANNE FLAHERTY, AP

        WASHINGTON – Senate Republicans have blocked an effort to repeal the law banning gays from serving openly in the military.

        The partisan vote was a defeat for gay rights groups who saw the provision in a defense authorization bill as their last chance any time soon to overturn the law known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

        Democrats fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance the legislation, which authorized $726 billion in defense spending including a pay raise for troops.

        Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins had been seen as the crucial 60th vote because she supports overturning the military ban. But Collins sided with her GOP colleagues in arguing that Republicans weren’t given sufficient leeway to offer amendments to the wide-ranging policy bill.

        THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

        WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate bill to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy appeared headed for defeat Tuesday, a major setback for gay groups that saw the vote as their last chance this year to overturn the 17-year-old ban.

        Advocates had been optimistic that the Democratic-controlled White House and Congress could overcome objections to repeal of the law barring gays from serving openly in the military. The move is unpopular among Republicans, military officers and social conservatives.

        But in the end, Senate Democrats were expected to fall at least one vote short of the 60 needed to limit debate and advance the legislation .

        For the entire article: http://yhoo.it/9VEMT9

        • CR says:

          Like I said before I can not understand why anyone who is a minority or gay would EVER BE OR VOTE FOR A GOP CANDIDATE!!!!!

          • So, this is where the Democrats fall flat. We just lost this vote. Dems get your butts on the news shows and tell the people that the REPUBLICANS VOTED NO. They voted against gay soldiers and to it now while the issue is hot.

    • CR says:

      Rachel Maddow- McCain stands firm for hypocrisy on DADT – Lady Gaga

  44. CR says:

    Republicans in Congress Push to End Consumer Protections, Let Wall Street Run Loose

    Posted by Jen Psaki on September 21, 2010

    Yesterday afternoon, Senator Richard Shelby laid out very clearly what Congressional Republicans consider to be one of their major priorities – rolling back legislation that will provide more security and stability to middle class families, and more accountability to Wall Street. He joins the Republican Leader in the House who promised to try to repeal Wall Street Reform in July.

    Senator Shelby wants to go back to a time when there was no such thing as a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and when consumers were left without a voice at the table. This is an agency whose mission is to look out for American consumers and empower them with the clear and concise information they need to make the financial decisions that are best for them. Its existence is enormously important, because one cause of the financial crisis and the Lost Decade for the middle class was the unscrupulous practices of credit card companies and mortgage lenders, who reaped billions at the expense of consumers from hidden fees and penalties.

    That’s why the President fought so hard for the new CFPB and new rules to outlaw the tricks and traps that have punished the American people. That hard-won victory came over the fierce opposition of Wall Street and the financial industry. But now the man who would be chair of the Senate Banking Committee says that if Republicans win control of the Senate, he will work to gut these new consumer protections.

    We hope Senator Shelby is prepared to explain why he feels that way to the millions of Americans who have been misled with pages and pages of fine print on applications for credit cards, mortgages or student loans, and now find themselves in untenable financial situations.

    It’s important to understand that when Congressional Republicans talk about re-opening this legislation, they’re talking about standing up for the interests of big banks and their lobbyists and leaving middle class families to fend for themselves.

    The Wall Street reform legislation is a clear victory for the American people. It will bring greater economic security to families and businesses across our country by enacting the toughest financial reforms since the ones created in the aftermath of the Great Depression, and by making Wall Street more accountable. And yet Senator Shelby wants to get rid of the progress we made and go back to a system that helped cause the financial crisis.

    It’s become very clear that Congressional Republicans do not have any viable solutions to fix our nation’s problems. And the solutions they do offer, like repealing Wall Street reform legislation, will do absolutely nothing to grow our economy, put people back to work and strengthen America’s middle class. Instead, they would take us back to the same exact failed economic policies that created the mess we’re in: cutting rules for the special interests and big corporations and cutting the middle class loose.

    Jen Psaki is Deputy Communications Director

  45. CR says:

    Building a New Foundation

    by Secretary Shaun Donovan on September 21, 2010

    Recently, I had the privilege to speak before the Congressional Black Caucus’ Annual Legislative Conference Summit, where HUD staff participated in several panels and roundtables addressing issues, such as minority contracting, that are particularly important to communities of color. There, I was proud to describe how the Obama Administration and HUD are building a New Foundation to make minority communities more livable, sustainable, competitive and prosperous. Before an audience of CBC members and community advocates, I described how HUD is working to strengthen our economy—how, for instance, the Federal Housing Administration helps 51 percent of African American borrowers purchase a home; to invest in communities—how HUD’s $7 billion Neighborhood Stabilization Program is targeting communities hit hard by the foreclosure crisis, including CBC districts; and to protect civil rights – by increasing by a third federal funding to combat mortgage fraud and lending discrimination.

    I was particularly proud to announce $7.4 million in awards to help Historically Black Colleges and Universities address community development needs in surrounding neighborhoods. These remarkable institutions are often neighborhood anchors and so these funds will help them to stabilize areas hard hit by the foreclosure crisis, provide down-payment assistance to underserved communities, remove lead paint from affordable housing, and support so many other local activities essential to building safe, healthy neighborhoods.

    Perhaps the most exciting news I shared was new data, hot off the presses, about how HUD’s Recovery Act dollars are really making an impact on the ground in Congressional Black Caucus districts.
    HUD has invested some $13.6 billion in communities across the country through President Obama’s Recovery Act that CBC members helped pass – to green our nation’s homes and revive stalled affordable housing projects while stabilizing neighborhoods devastated by foreclosures and preventing homelessness.

    In tandem with our Recovery team, HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research recently did groundbreaking analysis on the impact this funding is making in neighborhoods. Here are a few highlights of what we found:

    * Nearly 180,000 homes have been renovated in communities of color.

    * Sixty percent of HUD’s Recovery funds went to urban cores where the foreclosure crisis has hit particularly hard.

    * Areas of concentrated poverty—those neighborhoods with the poorest families, most troubled schools and least economic opportunity—received nearly twenty times the funding per capita.

    * Fully half of HUD’s Recovery funds went to places where the median income was less than $30,000, with recipients reporting more than 208,000 home renovations. These investments offer an extra bang for the buck because many of these renovations include energy efficiency improvements that lower the overall cost of utility bills for residents in affordable housing supported by HUD.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/09/21/building-a-new-foundation

  46. CR says:

    Fed lays groundwork for possible further easing

    9/21/10 Mark Felsenthal and Pedro da Costa – Reuters

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve on Tuesday inched closer to fresh steps to bolster a sluggish U.S. recovery, saying it stood ready to provide more support for the economy and expressing concerns about low inflation.

    The U.S. central bank’s policy-setting panel made no shift in monetary policy at the end of a one-day meeting, keeping overnight interest rates near zero, but it opened the door wider to pumping more money into the economy.

    “The committee will continue to monitor the economic outlook and financial developments and is prepared to provide additional accommodation if needed to support the economic recovery and to return inflation, over time, to levels consistent with its mandate,” it said in a statement.

    After its meeting on August 10, the Fed had simply said it would “employ its policy tools as necessary.”

    The Fed underscored its concerns over slowing inflation in its statement on Tuesday, saying the underlying rate of inflation was below levels consistent with its mandate for price stability and full employment.

    “With substantial resource slack continuing to restrain cost pressures and longer-term inflation expectations stable, inflation is likely to remain subdued for some time,” it said.

    U.S. stock prices rose after the statement, while prices for U.S. government debt fell, likely reflect some disappointment the Fed did not move more decisively. The dollar extended earlier declines against the euro.

    “The Federal Reserve has taken another step, albeit a half step, in recognizing the unusually sluggish economic and employment outlook and related need for additional policy measures,” said Mohamed El-Erian, co-chief investment officer at bond fund PIMCO.

    For the entire article: http://yhoo.it/dmOXz8

  47. CR says:

    Stocks turn higher after Fed announcement

    9/21/10 By Ryan Vlastelica – Reuters

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stocks turned positive in volatile afternoon trading on Tuesday after the Federal Reserve said it stood ready to provide additional support to bolster a modest economic recovery.

    While the central bank made no shift in monetary policy at the end of a one-day meeting, it opened the door wider to pumping more money into the economy.

    “This keeps the status quo and was exactly what the market was looking for,” said Steven Baffico, senior managing director at Claymore Securities Inc in Lisle, Illinois. “We’ve been getting some encouraging data and stabilizing numbers, so they were very careful to telegraph their message.”

    After the Fed’s August meeting, the central bank issued a bleak assessment of the economy and the S&P 500 tumbled more 4 percent over the next four days. Investors are hoping that improved economic data since then will mean a more upbeat outlook.

    “Anything that would be dramatic by the Fed one way or the other would be unsettling, and the market is looking for some stability to move higher,” said Ed Crotty, chief investment officer at Davidson Investment Advisors in Great Falls, Montana.

    The Dow Jones industrial average (.DJI) was up 54.04 points, or 0.50 percent, at 10,807.66. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (.SPX) was up 3.10 points, or 0.27 percent, at 1,145.81. The Nasdaq Composite Index (.IXIC) was up 4.79 points, or 0.20 percent, at 2,360.62.

    In Monday’s session, the S&P 500 (.SPX) broke through a key technical range to close at a four-month high. The index has gained about 9 percent so far this month, but some analysts are unconvinced by Monday’s breakout above 1,130, the upper end of a range that has persisted since June.

    Sectors that had rallied recently, including technology and materials shares, gave back some gains on Tuesday. Dow component Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) fell 0.6 percent to $25.27 while Alcoa Inc (AA.N) lost 1.8 percent to $11.18.

    U.S. housing starts increased in August to their highest level in four months, while permits for future construction rose, suggesting the embattled housing market was starting to stabilize.

    For the entire article: http://yhoo.it/aKGFfC

  48. If anyone would like to call John McCain’s office, his number is (202) 224-2235. If they ask you for a zip code are town, Phoenix, 85004

  49. and a county, Maricopa

  50. sandy466 says:

    Marc Knoller just tweeted that FLOTUS will be out campaigning 6days next month for dem. candidates and groups.

    • sandy466 says:

      http://twitter.com/markknoller

      FLOTUS will be stomping for Feingold, Giannoulias, Bennet, Murray, Pelosi & Boxer over 6 days next month.

      • meta says:

        OOoooo, I wonder if she’ll be in SF for Pelosi!

      • Wow. That is awesome. This is exactly the momentum that we need – our two most favorite people stumping to help the cause.

        • COS says:

          Here’s another article on FLOTUS.

          Michelle Obama, ‘The Closer,’ To Hit the Campaign Trail
          September 21, 2010 3:00 PM

          ABC News’ Sunlen Miller reports:

          Nicknamed “the closer” by her husband in the 2008 presidential campaign, Mrs. Obama will try to keep up her nickname as she hits the campaign trail starting October 13th in the lead up to the midterm elections.

          The First Lady will campaign – and raise money at fundraisers — for Senator Russ Feingold in Wisconsin, Alexi Giannoulias, Representative Debbie Halvorson, Dan Seals, and Bill Foster in Illinois, Senator Michael Bennet in Colorado, Senator Patty Murray in Washington, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Barbara Boxer in California. Additionally she will speak at two fundraising dinners for the Women’s Leadership Forum within the DNC in New York and California.

          http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?id=127673&page=1

  51. DailyKos Diary posted by Rodney Glassman. Please go show him some support.

    AZ-Sen: McCain Hurts our Military & LGBT, It’s Time To Retire Him
    Tue Sep 21, 2010 at 11:58:54 AM PDT

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that, all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

    Our scientists’ understanding of the world grows with each passing day, but in the realm of human affairs when we find something seemingly puzzling, I believe we’re always safe in reaching back to the wisdom of those who founded this nation. This famous line from the Declaration of Independence is not the law of the land, but it is a clear statement of the principles on which our laws are based.

    And this principle and it alone are the basis for any discussion on equality in this country today.

    We’ve always had gay men in military service to this country. The draft made this certain until 1973. The desire to serve our country coupled with the benefits of the leadership training and educational opportunities ensured there were still gay men enlisting after that. The armed forces opened, bit by bit, first for women in combat, and then the institution of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell came to be the law of the land.

    Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell was a step forward for its time, but in the 17 years since its inception, 13,000 gay and lesbian troops have been drummed out of the service because they won’t lie about who they are. We’re in the middle of two long ground wars, and today it is an affront to the dignity of those who serve honorably, a hazard to those who remain and fiscal foolishness of the worst sort to kick qualified troops out of the military because of who they love..

    Read more:

    http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2010/9/21/145040/582?new=true

  52. Rodney Glassman is scheduled to debate John McCain on Sunday. I do not have the channel or the time, but this ought to be good!

  53. donna 4 obama says:

    Ok there was something that VP Biden said in that interview with Rachel that has sort of bothered me since.

    She asked if the President could sign a stay (sp) that would prevent anymore Gays or Lesbians to be thrown out of the Armed Forces while pending the results of the Army investigation and the Congress repealing the Law and he essentially said that for political reasons that they couldn’t do it. “Some” in Congress would maybe not give their support if the President took this action.

    Then we get this vote today that goes no where and so today and the day after and the day after….gays and lesbians get released from the Armed Services if they are found out to be gay.

    I don’t want an Executive Order to repeal DADT because I understand the ramifications of the President doing that but since the Defense Sec, the Joint Chiefs and the President all think this is an awful law can’t we just stop kicking them out until a rightful, lawful decision has been made?

    Am I suggesting too much?

    • meta says:

      I remember what VP Biden said too and it struck me at the time as a way of saying that the votes were there. This is so disheartening, really. I absolutely think they need to do something to stop this idiocy. A stay should be issued but I don’t know the process for how that happens. Can PBO just do so?

      • donna 4 obama says:

        I don’t know all of the process either. I just know that heaven forbid we lose the House and or the Senate it sure will not happen for at least another two years regardless of the results of the Militaries report.

        It’s just an awful law.

        • I would think that they would try to get this done the correct way first (and I don’t think they are done trying) and then, if it doesn’t pass, perhaps the President could order a stay. To do it now would kick the can down the road further.

        • meta says:

          I wonder where Gates stands on this. I think they must all be wedded to the report in December, so I don’t expect anything much to change. I wish I were wrong about this.

          • CR says:

            Gates supports to repeal DADT

            Rachel Maddow- McCain stands firm for hypocrisy on DADT – Lady Gaga

            • meta says:

              Sorry I wan’t clear. I was referring to Gates’ position on the idea of a stay or injunction until December on those who are now being discharged.

    • vero804 says:

      Hey guys. I think a stay is truly a last resort option. I think they’ll wait until lame duck after Nov. elections.

      An executive order is not a law. If he signs any kind of EO, it will be challenged – immediately. I think politically that would be messy.

      While polls show Americans support DADT repeal, I don’t think the majority of Americans are juiced up over this issue. So if things start looking complicated, I don’t think Americans will continue supporting it under messy circumstances like signing what would be a controversial EO.

      Further, I’m not in the military, but living here in VA, I know a lot of military folks and they strike me as overwhelmingly conservative. I just don’t think many in the military are jazzed for this repeal. I do think it’s important to realize that if this is seen as being done TO them any more than it needs to, there could be a little backlash from the military.

      I think this review process is good since it has military buy-in. They should try and stick with it as much as they can.

  54. COS says:

    Larry summers leaving at end of year.

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s top economic adviser, Lawrence Summers, plans to leave the White House at the end of the year, a move that comes as the administration struggles to show an anxious public it’s making progress on the economy.

    While administration officials Tuesday quickly sought to paint the announcement as an expected development, Summers’ departure shakes up an economic team that has been under fire for its handling of the recovery. It’s also a team already in transition following the recent departures of other high-profile Obama advisers.

    In a statement, the president said he is grateful for Summers’ service during a time of “great peril for our country.”

    “While we have much work ahead to repair the damage done by the recession, we are on a better path thanks in no small measure to Larry’s wise counsel,” Obama said.

    Summers will return to Harvard University, a move a senior administration official said was always part of Summers’ long-standing plans. The official said the president asked Summers last fall to stay through 2010 in order to see through the passage of financial regulatory legislation and the continued implementation of the economic stimulus package. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss internal White House matters.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100921/ap_on_bi_ge/us_obama_economic_adviser

  55. meta says:

    From Benen:

    The defense authorization bill will be taken up again during the lame-duck session after the midterm elections.

    Gay rights advocates vowed to keep pressure on the Senate Tuesday, with some believing they will have enough votes to end the ban if senators vote on the compromise in December. Several moderate Republicans have said they would vote to end “don’t ask, don’t tell” only after they review a Pentagon study of how repealing the ban might impact troop readiness and morale. The study is due to President Obama and senior military leaders on Dec. 1.

    “This issue doesn’t go away,” said Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a group providing legal assistance to troops impacted by the gay ban.

    “The Senate absolutely must schedule a vote in December when cooler heads and common sense are more likely to prevail once midterm elections are behind us,” he said.

    But as today helped prove, there’s very little reason for optimism. After the Pentagon study, anti-gay Republicans will find some new rationale. It’s not as if they were sincere about this — the working of the provision already says it would merely empower the Pentagon and the White House to act. The excuse they were relying on for the basis of opposition was thin to begin with.

    One other thing to keep in mind: the Senate will look different in the lame-duck, with the winners of the Senate races in Illinois and Delaware taking office immediately, not next year. If Republicans win either of those races, it will make any hopes of progress that much less likely.

    Regardless, the DADT provision will still be in the bill when the Senate takes it up in the lame-duck session. It would need 60 votes to remove the language, and it’s not at all clear if those votes exist.

  56. sandy466 says:

    Katie Couric just ask Pres. Clinton if Sec. Clinton was POTUS would the country be in a better shape? Pres. Clinton answered it’s impossible to know…argh

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Oh! Oh! I know this one! Call on me, Katie!

      *clears throat*

      The answer is NO, the country would NOT be better off under anybody but President Obama!

      And also… what a question! “Choose between loyalty to your wife and your President!”

      Why is PC making the TV rounds lately, anyway?

      • meta says:

        I think he’s got the spotlight because of the CGI. Or maybe just because of his ginormous ego.

    • meta says:

      OH MY GOD, are you serious? I swear I could just about scream right now. What in the world, do these people have their head in the freakin’ sand? We are going into an election!!!! I can’t stand this self-serving non-stop waffling. ACK.

  57. CR says:

    Pres Obama and Gates supports DADT repeal.

    McCain said he would support repeal but he did not today….watch the Rachel Maddow video:

    Rachel Maddow- McCain stands firm for hypocrisy on DADT – Lady Gaga

  58. Kat 4 Obama says:

    whitehouse | September 21, 2010 –

    Investing in University Research

    Vice President Joe Biden hosts a roundtable discussion with university presidents to discuss investments in university research made through the Recovery Act.


    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      TheHill.com, Sept. 21, 2010:

      Biden: “Science is back in the White House”

      By Gautham Nagesh

      Vice President Joe Biden used a roundtable discussion with university presidents about stimulus research grants on Tuesday to promote the administration’s renewed commitment to investing in scientific research.

      “Science is back in the White House,” Biden said while promising Washington will continue to provide the “seed money” to help American universities “change the world.”

      The purpose of the gathering was to draw attention to the more than $18 billion included in the Recovery Act for university research. Biden said the research funds were among the most critical parts of the stimulus and key to the nation’s economic competitiveness.

      “Folks, this is where the future lies,” he said. “Our economic future will grow from ideas that are incubating at universities. That’s the breeding ground and it always has been.”

      Biden also said he is “always amazed” at critics of federal research spending.

      “Some of our critics act like we’ve come up with some new social intervention,” he said, contrasting that attitude with the mindset in countries such as India and China, where he said leaders understand the need for research investments. “The rest of the world gets this, and we can’t afford to lag behind. We cannot afford to not rededicate ourselves to the work you guys around the table do.”

      http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/120041-biden-qscience-is-back-in-the-white-houseq

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      JCOnline.com (Indiana), Sept. 21, 2010:

      Córdova meets with Biden, touts benefits of stimulus funding

      By Maureen Groppe

      WASHINGTON – The more than $130 million that Purdue University has received from the federal stimulus package is not just about creating jobs today, Purdue University President France Córdova said Tuesday.

      “It’s really about laying the groundwork for the future,” Córdova said after meeting with Vice President Joe Biden to talk about the impact of the stimulus bill on research universities.

      “What kinds of jobs will Indiana be doing a decade from now, and are we training our students to be ready for those jobs, and are we creating through start-up companies what the new industries will look like?”

      Córdova was one of six university presidents invited to talk with Biden for more than an hour today.

      The only Indiana entity that has received more money from the $862 billion stimulus package is the state government, according to a running tally from the federal government.

      Among other Indiana schools, Indiana University received $85 million through June; the University of Notre Dame received $33 million; and Ball State University received $10 million.

      The research funding came through competitive grants, some of which required matching funds. Every $1 million spent on research directly supports 10 jobs and indirectly supports 18, Córdova said.

      About 41 percent of Purdue’s funding came from the Department of Health and Human Services. Most recently, Purdue received a $1.3 million seed grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases to help create a computer network for hospitals to identify unknown pathogens….

      http://bit.ly/dC1W7Y

  59. Kat 4 Obama says:

    whitehouse | September 21, 2010 –

    Awarding Chief Etchberger the Medal of Honor

    President Obama awards Chief Master Sergeant Richard L. Etchberger, U.S. Air Force, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Chief Etchberger receives the Medal of Honor posthumously for his heroic actions in combat on March 11, 1968, in the country of Laos.


    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Office of the Press Secretary, September 21, 2010:

      Remarks by the President Awarding the Medal of Honor to Chief Master Sergeant Richard L. Etchberger

      …. Our nation endures because there are patriots like Chief Master Sergeant Richard Etchberger —- and our troops who are serving as we speak — who love this nation and defend it. Their legacy lives on because their families and fellow citizens preserve it. And as Americans, we remain worthy of their example only so long as we honor it —- not merely with the medals that we present, but by remaining true to the values and freedoms for which they fight…..

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/21/remarks-president-awarding-medal-honor-chief-master-sergeant-richard-l-e

  60. Kat 4 Obama says:

    MotherJones.com, Sept. 21, 2010:

    What Else Was in That “DADT” Bill? A Lot.

    By Adam Weinstein

    When Republicans successfully mustered their entire caucus to block an up-or-down vote on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” on Tuesday, they were blocking a heck of a lot more. The National Defense Appropriations Act of 2011 wasn’t just about DADT, or the immigrant-friendly DREAM Act, or even the DOD budget: Its more than 3,500 provisions set out an ambitious (largely progressive) agenda for the most powerful government agency in the world. As the party of “Hell no!” tries to convince voters that it has an affirmative vision for America, here’s a look at just a few of the other rules Republicans didn’t want to become the law of the land—from combating contractor corruption and reducing Uncle Sam’s foreign footprint, to going green and caring for wounded warriors:

    -No permanent military bases in Afghanistan.

    -Report on long-term costs of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

    -National Military Strategic Plan to Counter Iran.

    Anti-Corruption

    -Standards and certification for private security contractors.

    -Inclusion of bribery in disclosure requirements of the Federal awardee performance and integrity information system.

    Environmental Progress

    -Report identifying hybrid or electric propulsion systems and other fuel-saving technologies for incorporation into tactical motor vehicles.

    Service Member Welfare

    -Information sharing relating to investigation of exposure to drinking water contamination at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

    -Adoption of military working dogs by family members of deceased or seriously wounded members of the Armed Forces who were handlers of the dogs.

    -Recognition of role of female members of the Armed Forces and Department of Defense review of military occupational specialties available to female members.

    -Protection of child custody arrangements for parents who are members of the Armed Forces deployed in support of a contingency operation.

    -Improvements to Department of Defense domestic violence programs.

    -Department of Defense recognition of spouses of members of the Armed Forces.

    -Department of Defense recognition of children of members of the Armed Forces.

    -Enhancements to the Troops-to-Teachers Program.

    -Fiscal year 2011 increase in military basic pay.

    -Improving aural protection for members of the Armed Forces.

    -Comprehensive policy on neurocognitive assessment by the military health care system.

    -Report on feasibility of study on breast cancer among female members of the Armed Forces.

    -Pilot program on payment for treatment of members of the Armed Forces and veterans for traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

    -Assessment of post-traumatic stress disorder by military occupation.

    -Post-traumatic stress disorder counseling for civilian victims of the Fort Hood shooting and other similar incidents.

    Disaster Response

    -Authority to make excess nonlethal supplies available for domestic emergency assistance.
    Now, all these provisions might leave you with the impression that congressional Democrats were trying to ram through a “liberal” bill with no GOP input. That’s certainly what Republicans would like you to believe. Take Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who marched in step with her party comrades Tuesday. In a floor speech, she called repealing DADT “the right thing to do.” BUT! “But I cannot vote to proceed to this bill under a situation that’s going to shut down the debate and preclude Republican amendments,” she added. “That, too, is not fair.”

    Except Republicans did get plenty of say on this bill. That’s how we got amendments like these:

    -Prohibition on the use of funds for the transfer or release of individuals detained at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

    -Prohibition on the use of funds to modify or construct facilities in the United States to house detainees transferred from United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

    -Prohibition on use of funds to give Miranda warnings to Al Qaeda terrorists.

    There’s also this:

    -Sense of Congress regarding recreational hunting and fishing on military installations.

    And my favorite:

    -Sense of Congress encouraging the President to order the United States flag to be flown over United States military and civilian outposts in Haiti during earthquake relief efforts.

    Because what displaced Haitians really need right now is to see Old Glory flapping in the breeze from, you know, somebody else’s enclosed shelter.

    In the end, even these concessions weren’t enough for Republicans to allow a majority vote on the overall bill. Why? Notwithstanding the posturing of “moderates” like Collins, it all comes back to one 573-word provision tucked into this 190,655-word bill. That provision, comprising three-tenths of 1 percent of the National Defense Authorization Act, is Section 536: “Department of Defense policy concerning homosexuality in the Armed Forces.”

    We have this to be thankful for, at least: Conservatives have made it clear where their legislative priorities lie.

    http://motherjones.com/mojo/2010/09/what-else-in-dadt-bill-repeal-senate-defense-act-lgbt

  61. Kat 4 Obama says:

    SenateDemocrats | September 21, 2010 –

    Fight For DREAM Act Continues So More May Serve

    The Defense Authorization bill was defeated today 56-43, as not a single GOP Senator agreed to open debate on the bill. By not allowing the Senate to open debate on the bill, the DREAM Act would not have a chance to voted on as an amendment. Senators Durbin, Reid and Inouye, however, vowed to keep fighting for passage of the DREAM Act.


  62. Kat 4 Obama says:

    SenateDemocrats | September 21, 2010 –

    DREAM Act Would Offer Troops a Path to Citizenship

    Senator Dick Durbin today was joined by DREAM Act supporters to push for 60 votes in order to begin debating the Defense Authorization bill. Once on the bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had scheduled a vote on an amendment containing the DREAM Act.


  63. Kat 4 Obama says:

    SenateDemocrats | September 21, 2010 –

    Senator Gillibrand Discusses Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell on MSNBC

    Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today discussed the importance of passing a repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell.


  64. Kat 4 Obama says:

    LaurenMonica posts a video at Daily Kos of John McCain in serious denial about DADT. I tipped & rec’d.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/9/21/904056/-John-McCains-meltdown-on-DADT-caught-on-tape-(VIDEO-INCLUDED)

    • donna 4 obama says:

      Motivation for us to GOTV. That fool would be the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. YULK.

  65. donna 4 obama says:

    Well this Restore the Sanity Rally/March to Keep Fear Alive has really taken off here in the DC area. We are getting lots of local coverage about this rally and the Washington Post did another write up on it. Facebook has over 170,000 people signed up between the two rallies (Colbert and Stewart) of people saying they are attending. I read that people are coming from Britain, Canada, Australia and all over the United States. They even have satellite rallies going on all over the country.

    If it motivates people to vote then I am for it. I just hope it doesn’t take away from the GOTV efforts that last weekend.

    The funny thing is that most people in this area don’t know anything about the “real” rally for the Dems on 10.2.10 but everyone knows about the “fake” rally on 10.30.10.

    Its a crazy world that we live in. :)

    http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/dc/rallies-gaining-momentum-for-jon-stewart-and-stephen-colbert-092110

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