President Obama’s Back-to-School Speech

“A world-class education is the single most important factor in determining not just whether our kids can compete for the best jobs but whether America can out-compete countries around the world. America’s business leaders understand that when it comes to education, we need to up our game. That’s why we’re working together to put an outstanding education within reach for every child”

-PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, JULY 18, 2011

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 On Wednesday, September 28, 2011 President Barack Obama will deliver his third annual Back-to-School Speech at 1:30PM EDT at the Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, DC. Watch it live on WhiteHouse.gov

The President’s Back-to-School Speech is an opportunity to speak directly to students across the country. In past years, President Obama has encouraged students to study hard and take responsibility for their education, urging students to set goals, to believe in themselves, and to be the authors of their own destinies.

To learn more about President Obama’s stance on education: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education

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80 Responses to President Obama’s Back-to-School Speech

  1. CR says:

    WH

    Wednesday, September 28, 2011

    All Times Eastern

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    The President participates in an “Open for Questions” roundtable
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    Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
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    The President delivers a Back-to-School speech at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington D.C.

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    The Vice President meets with Ambassador to Iraq Jim Jeffrey.

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    The President and the Vice President meet with Secretary of Defense Panetta
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    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      September 28, 2011

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

      11:25 AM EDT
      President Obama Participates in an “Open for Questions” Roundtable
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      The White House

      11:26 AM EDT
      President Obama Participates in an “Open for Questions” Roundtable
      Spanish
      The White House

      12:00 PM EDT
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

      1:30 PM EDT
      The President delivers a Back-to-School speech at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington D.C.

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      CNN http://live.cnn.com

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      U.S. Chamber of Commerce – “Immigration & Competitiveness”

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      12:30 PM EDT
      State Department briefing
      The State Department holds its daily briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include the conflicts in Libya and Syria.

      1:30 PM EDT
      The President delivers a Back-to-School speech at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington D.C.

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      U.S. Chamber of Commerce – “Immigration & Competitiveness” http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/301798-1

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      UN Discusses Recognizing Palestinian State http://www.c-span.org/Events/UN-Discusses-Recognizing-Palestinian-State/10737424425/

      12:00 PM EDT
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

      12:30 PM EDT
      State Department briefing
      The State Department holds its daily briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include the conflicts in Libya and Syria.

      1:30 PM EDT
      The President delivers a Back-to-School speech at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington D.C. http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-Makes-Back-to-School-Speech/10737424423/

  2. CR says:

    President Obama’s Education Guiding Principles

    Providing a high-quality education for all children is critical to America’s economic future. Our nation’s economic competitiveness and the path to the American Dream depend on providing every child with an education that will enable them to succeed in a global economy that is predicated on knowledge and innovation. President Obama is committed to providing every child access to a complete and competitive education, from cradle through career.

    Progress

    • On August 8, 2011 President Obama directed Secretary Duncan to move forward with plans to provide flexibility to states who are looking for greater relief under the No Child Left Behind law. In early to mid-September a final waiver package will be announced providing states the flexibility to make sure that every single child is getting an excellent education, making sure that they are ready for college and career, and that they are going to be competitive in a global economy.

    • On July 18, 2011, President Barack Obama announced four major commitments to education that take advantage of leading industry leaders’ areas of expertise and the skills of their employees. President Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign is designed to improve the participation and performance of America’s students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and includes efforts from the federal government and from leading companies, foundations, non-profits, and science and engineering societies to work with young people across America to excel in science and math.“

    • On May 25, 2011 the Obama Administration announced a $500 million state level grant competition, the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge. States applying for grants will be encouraged to increase access to quality learning programs for vulnerable children across America. The Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services will jointly administer the program.

    • On May 16, President Obama gave the commencement address to the Booker T. Washington Class of 2011, and stressed the importance of education in a highly competitive world. The Memphis, TN high school was the winner of the second annual Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge, which is designed to reward schools that best demonstrate how they are preparing students for college and a career.

    • The President reiterated his commitment to improving American education and said his administration is focused on achieving reform, promoting responsibility and delivering results in a speech in Miami on March 4, 2011.

    • President Obama signed an overhaul of the student loan program into law, doubling funding for Pell Grants and allowing for direct student loans.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education

    • CR says:

      September 23, 2011

      Remarks by the President on No Child Left Behind Flexibility

      East Room

      10:24 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much. Everybody, please have a seat. Well, welcome to the White House, everybody. I see a whole bunch of people who are interested in education, and we are grateful for all the work that you do each and every day.

      I want to recognize the person to my right, somebody who I think will end up being considered one of the finest Secretaries of Education we’ve ever had — Arne Duncan. (Applause.) In addition to his passion, probably the finest basketball player ever in the Cabinet. (Laughter.)

      I also want to thank Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee for taking the time to be here today, and the great work that he’s doing in Tennessee. I’m especially appreciative because I found that his daughter is getting married, and he is doing the ceremony tomorrow, so we’ve got to get him back on time. (Laughter and applause.) But we really appreciate his presence. Thank you.

      And a good friend, somebody who I had the pleasure of serving with during the time that I was in the United States Senate, he is now the Governor of Rhode Island — Lincoln Chafee. It’s wonderful to see Lincoln. (Applause.)

      Thank you all for coming. And I do want to acknowledge two guys who’ve just worked tirelessly on behalf of education issues who happen to be in the front row here — from the House, outstanding Congressman, George Miller. (Applause.) And from the Senate, the pride of Iowa, Tom Harkin. (Applause.)

      Now, it is an undeniable fact that countries who out-educate us today are going to out-compete us tomorrow. But today, our students are sliding against their peers around the globe. Today, our kids trail too many other countries in math, in science, in reading. And that’s true, by the way, not just in inner-city schools, not just among poor kids; even among what are considered our better-off suburban schools we’re lagging behind where we need to be. Today, as many as a quarter of our students aren’t finishing high school. We have fallen to 16th in the proportion of young people with a college degree, even though we know that 60 percent of new jobs in the coming decade will require more than a high school diploma.

      And what this means is if we’re serious about building an economy that lasts –- an economy in which hard work pays off with the opportunity for solid middle-class jobs -– we’ve got to get serious about education. We are going to have to pick up our games and raise our standards.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/23/remarks-president-no-child-left-behind-flexibility

      • CR says:

        Obama Administration Sets High Bar for Flexibility from No Child Left Behind in Order to Advance Equity and Support Reform

        September 23, 2011

        WASHINGTON – In an effort to support local and state education reform across America, the White House today outlined how states can get relief from provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act – or No Child Left Behind (NCLB) – in exchange for serious state-led efforts to close achievement gaps, promote rigorous accountability, and ensure that all students are on track to graduate college- and career-ready.

        States can request flexibility from specific NCLB mandates that are stifling reform, but only if they are transitioning students, teachers, and schools to a system aligned with college- and career-ready standards for all students, developing differentiated accountability systems, and undertaking reforms to support effective classroom instruction and school leadership.

        “To help states, districts and schools that are ready to move forward with education reform, our administration will provide flexibility from the law in exchange for a real commitment to undertake change. The purpose is not to give states and districts a reprieve from accountability, but rather to unleash energy to improve our schools at the local level,” President Obama said.

        Release of this package comes nearly a decade after NCLB became law, and four years after it was due to be rewritten by Congress. NCLB shined light on achievement gaps and increased accountability for high-need students, but it also encouraged states to lower standards and narrow curriculum, focused on absolute test scores instead of student growth and gains, and created one-size-fits-all federal mandates.

        Education Secretary Arne Duncan said, “We want to get out of the way and give states and districts flexibility to develop locally-tailored solutions to their educational challenges while protecting children and holding schools accountable for better preparing young people for college and careers.”

        For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/23/obama-administration-sets-high-bar-flexibility-no-child-left-behind-orde

      • CR says:

        Fact Sheet: Bringing Flexibility and Focus to Education Law

        September 23, 2011

        One of my highest priorities is to help ensure that Federal laws and policies support the significant reforms underway in many States and school districts and do not hinder State and local innovation aimed at increasing the quality of instruction and improving student academic achievement.
        ~ Arne Duncan, September 23, 2011

        The Case for ESEA Flexibility

        Over the past few years, States and school districts have initiated education reforms and innovations to support great teaching and help all students learn and achieve success.

        * 44 States and the District of Columbia have adopted a common set of State-developed college- and career-ready standards
        * 46 States and the District of Columbia are developing high-quality assessments aligned with college- and career-ready standards
        * More than 40 States are developing next-generation accountability and support systems, guided by principles developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers
        * Many States are implementing reforms in teacher and principal evaluation and support, turning around low-performing schools

        Many of these innovations and reforms were not anticipated when the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) was enacted nearly a decade ago. Instead of fostering progress and accelerating academic improvement, many NCLB requirements have unintentionally become barriers to State and local implementation of reforms. It is time for a new partnership where the federal role is to support innovation and reform in the states while maintaining a high bar for the success of all students.

        For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/23/fact-sheet-bringing-flexibility-and-focus-education-law

    • CR says:

      American Jobs Act

      President Obama: We Need to Do Everything We Can to Prepare Our Kids for the Future

      Posted by Colleen Curtis on September 27, 2011

      Today, President Obama visited the Abraham Lincoln High School in Denver, Colorado to talk about how the American Jobs Act will help modernize schools like Lincoln High all across the country. The President is proposing a $25 billion investment in school infrastructure to repair and upgrade at least 35,000 public schools because, as he said today, “Every child deserves a great school – and we can give it to them. We can rebuild our schools for the 21st century, with faster internet, smarter labs and cutting-edge technology.”

      The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) awarded the United States a ‘D’ for the condition of our public school infrastructure and the statistics are grim. The average public school building in the United States is over 40 years old, and many are much older. Schools spend over $6 billion annually on their energy bills, more than they spend on computers and textbooks combined. Forty three states reported that one-third or more of their schools do not meet all of the functional requirements necessary to effectively teach laboratory science, knowledge that is critical if we are to prepare our children for the jobs of the future. The Job Act’s school infrastructure funds can be used for a range of much needed emergency projects, including greening and energy efficiency upgrades, asbestos removal and modernization efforts to build new science and computer labs and upgrade the technology infrastructure in our schools. The President’s goal is to create a better, safer learning environment for all students:

      So Lincoln has been adding new AP courses and new language courses, and the wonderful principal and administrators here have been making sure — and the teachers here have been making sure that kids have upgraded computers and learning software that’s necessary to prepare all of you students for the jobs and the economy of the future. But you know what? Things like science labs take money to upgrade. The science labs here at Lincoln High were built decades ago, back in the ‘60s. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but science and technology has changed a little bit since the 1960s. The world has changed a little bit since the 1960s. So we need to do everything we can to prepare our kids to compete. We need to do everything we can to make sure our students can compete with any students, anywhere in the world. And every child deserves a great school — and we can give it to them.

      We can rebuild our schools for the 21st century, with faster Internet, and smarter labs, and cutting-edge technology. And that won’t just create a better learning environment for students — it will create good jobs for local construction workers right here in Denver, and all across Colorado, and all across the country. There are schools all throughout Colorado in need of renovation.

      But it’s not just in this state. Last week, I visited a bridge in Cincinnati that connected Ohio to Kentucky. Bridges need renovations. Roads need renovations. We need to lay broadband lines in rural areas. There are construction projects like these all across this country just waiting to get started, and there are millions of unemployed construction workers ready to do the job.

      So my question to Congress is: What on Earth are you waiting for? Let’s get to work. Let’s get to work. Let’s get to work.
      Why should our children be allowed to study in crumbling, outdated schools? How does that give them a sense that education is important? We should build them the best schools. That’s what I want for my kids; that’s what you want for your kids. That’s what I want for every kid in America.

      Under the American Jobs Act, Colorado could receive up to $265,100,000 in school modernization funds for K-12 schools to support as many as 3,400 jobs. The Denver County School District, which includes Lincoln High, could receive up to $75.5 million in funds. Tax cuts in the Jobs Act will save the average working family in Colorado $1,740 in taxes next year.

    • CR says:

      September 27, 2011

      Repairing and Modernizing America’s Schools

      Today, the President will visit the Abraham Lincoln High School in Denver, Colorado to highlight his proposal to put workers back on the job by rebuilding and modernizing schools across the country. The President is proposing a $25 billion investment in school infrastructure that will modernize at least 35,000 public schools. This investment will create jobs, while improving classrooms and upgrading our schools to meet 21st century needs. Funds can be used for a range of emergency repair and renovation projects, greening and energy efficiency upgrades, asbestos abatement and removal, and modernization efforts to build new science and computer labs and to upgrade the technology infrastructure in our schools. The President is also proposing a $5 billion investment in modernizing community colleges (including tribal colleges), bolstering their infrastructure in this time of need while ensuring their ability to serve future generations of students and communities.

      COLORADO SNAPSHOT

      • Under the American Jobs Act Colorado could receive up to $265,100,000 in funding for K-12 schools to support as many as 3,400 jobs. Included in this amount are direct funds for Colorado’s largest school district.
      • The Denver County School District could receive up to $75.5 million in funds
      • In addition Colorado could receive $57,500,000 in funding in the next fiscal year for its community colleges.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/27/repairing-and-modernizing-americas-schools

    • CR says:

      Making a Postive Impact on Students in the Face of Adversity

      Posted by Dr. Mary Graham on September 28, 2011

      As a Champion for Change and as a finalist for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC), recognizes that educating citizens in our society is paramount to the mission of every community college. Located in a region referred to as the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the college offers programs and services designed to enhance the educational level of the residents in the diverse four-counties constituting the college district. The educational and economic role in response to the community for 100 years demonstrates a strong commitment of MGCCC faculty, staff and administration to learning outcomes, completion initiative, and labor-market outcomes, all contributing to the successes experienced by the college. Critical to every institution’s effectiveness is the strong planning and assessment process which ensures that decisions are based on feedback from every component of the institution. From rural to metropolitan service areas, colleges across the country must adapt to changing economic, educational and technological requirements based on outcomes-assessment data.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/09/28/making-postive-impact-students-face-adversity

  3. CR says:

    September 16, 2011

    President Obama to Deliver Back-to-School Speech September 28

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – As students begin their school year, President Barack Obama will deliver his third annual Back-to-School Speech at 1:30PM EDT on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, DC.

    The President’s Back-to-School Speech is an opportunity to speak directly to students across the country. In past years, President Obama has encouraged students to study hard and take responsibility for their education, urging students to set goals, to believe in themselves, and to be the authors of their own destinies.

    Benjamin Banneker Academic High School opened in 1981 as a magnet school for students in grades 9-12 enrolled in rigorous academic experiences in preparation for college. It placed on the Newsweek list of America’s Best High Schools for 2011 for their high graduation rates, college matriculation rates, and test scores. Banneker is a part of the District of Columbia Public Schools system.

    President Obama’s Back-to-School Speech will be live streamed on http://www.WhiteHouse.gov so that classrooms across the country may listen to or watch the remarks. For more information about watching the speech, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/back-to-school.

    Schools across the country can also watch the speech live on MSNBC as a special feature of NBC News’ “Education Nation” – part of NBC’s weeklong commitment to education reports and programming across the network’s shows and platforms beginning September 25.

  4. CR says:

    Statue of Liberty banner

    125 days of 125 years of history

    nps.gov

    Much happens over 125 years. The United States has had 23 presidents. There have been two World Wars. Space travel was successfully achieved. Medical care has allowed the world population to live longer and healthier. The Internet has changed the way we live and communicate with each other. In the bustling New York Harbor, one of the most recognizable works of art on the planet has stood as a silent witness to all of these, her expression as unwavering as the republic in which she stands.

    To mark the Statue of Liberty’s 125th Anniversary, The National Park Service will be launching “125 tweets in 125 days”. Each day, from June 26th, until October 28th, we will be tweeting notable events since the Statue’s dedication in 1886. These will include events that focus on the struggle for liberty and independence around the globe as well as historic events. What better way to highlight a few events and changes spanning the past 125 years than by sharing milestones of freedom utilizing technology that connects us all instantaneously. Follow our tweets here.

    To learn more: http://www.nps.gov/stli/planyourvisit/125-in-125.htm

  5. CR says:

    Send in Your Questions: Open for Questions Roundtable with President Obama

    Posted by Sarah Bernard on September 21, 2011

    On Wednesday, September 28, President Obama will take your questions during a live, Open for Questions roundtable from the White House with Yahoo!, MSN Latino, AOL Latino and HuffPost LatinoVoices.

    In this event, the President will address the issues that matter most to the Hispanic community and all Americans – the economy and job creation, education, health care, fixing the broken immigration system and more.

    Submit your questions for the President now on Yahoo!, MSN Latino, AOL Latino and HuffPost LatinoVoices, and come back to watch

    LIVE – in Spanish and English – at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live.

    11:25 AM EDT
    President Obama Participates in an “Open for Questions” Roundtable
    English
    The White House

    11:26 AM EDT
    President Obama Participates in an “Open for Questions” Roundtable
    Spanish
    The White House

  6. CR says:

    Obama proposes letting the jobless sue for discrimination

    9/27/11 By Zachary Roth | The Lookout – 3 hrs ago

    Advocates for the unemployed have cheered a push by the Obama administration to ban discrimination against the jobless. But business groups and their allies are calling the effort unnecessary and counterproductive.

    The job creation bill that President Obama sent to Congress earlier this month includes a provision that would allow unsuccessful job applicants to sue if they think a company of 15 more employees denied them a job because they were unemployed.

    The provision would ban employment ads that explicitly declare the unemployed ineligible, with phrases like “Jobless need not apply.” As The Lookout has reported, such ads appear to have proliferated in recent years, prompting an inquiry by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

    Democratic lawmakers in both the House and the Senate have introduced similar measures. Obama said recently that discrimination against the unemployed makes “absolutely no sense,” especially because many people find themselves out of work through no fault of their own.

    Advocates for employers oppose the proposed ban. “We do not see a need for it,” Michael Eastman of the Chamber of Commerce told the New York Times.

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/FODz8

    • jacquelineoboomer says:

      I love this. Understand there’s been a rise in the “Jobless need not apply” signs … reminds me of “Irish need not apply” or “Whites only.”

      Will we never learn in this country?

  7. CR says:

    Geithner: Business should back development banks

    9/27/11 Reuters

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It is in U.S. business’ own interest to support the role of multilateral development banks as they try to bolster global growth, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Tuesday.

    In prepared remarks for a closed-door event at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a business lobby group, Geithner noted the global economy still is under pressure including from Europe’s debt crisis.
    development banks can help by boosting growth in emerging markets, he suggested.

    Treasury made a copy of Geithner’s remarks available after the event.

    “If the emerging markets and developing nations grow, we can export more. We can hire more workers,” Geithner said, alluding to the development banks’ primary purpose.

    Multilateral development banks, or MDBs, typically refers to the World Bank Group and four regional banks: the African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Inter-American Development Bank Group.

    Geithner said U.S. investment in the banks, and their subsequent support in emerging markets, was an important element in restarting growth for U.S. exports after the 2007-09 financial crisis.

  8. CR says:

    Poll: Raise taxes on wealthy, leave Medicare, Medicaid alone

    04/19/11 By Bernie Becker – TheHill

    When it comes to confronting budget deficits, Americans are much more in favor of raising taxes on the wealthiest than cutting Medicare or Medicaid, a new poll found.

    The McClatchy-Marist poll, conducted as Democrats and Republicans were touting their own long-term budget visions, also found the country largely pessimistic about America’s direction.

    On taxes, the poll reported that roughly two out of three registered voters — 64 percent — would be in favor of increasing taxes on annual income over $250,000. President Obama reiterated in his deficit-reduction speech last week that he favored allowing taxes to rise on families in that income level.

    Independents favored that plan of action at roughly the same percentage as the country at large, with more than eight in 10 Democrats also behind the idea. A majority of Republicans, 54 percent, opposed it.

    The poll was conducted both before and after Obama’s Wednesday speech, with support for higher taxes on wealthier Americans picking up afterward.

    Meanwhile, fully four in five registered voters oppose cutting Medicare and Medicaid. The House GOP’s fiscal 2012 budget, largely crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), makes fundamental long-term changes to both health entitlement programs, converting Medicaid into a block grant and turning Medicare into a type of voucher system.

    Democrats (92 percent), Republicans (73 percent) and independents (75 percent) all opposed cuts to the two programs, the McClatchy-Marist poll found.

    For the entire article: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/156737-poll-raise-taxes-on-wealthy-leave-medicare-medicaid-alone

    • jacquelineoboomer says:

      Since I’m officially eligible for Medicare next month (gulp), I’ll be out there picketing with the rest of ‘em!

      Paul Ryan needs to go home. Now he’s also going after employer-sponsored health benefits.

      • I will be 62 next month and if I had insurance, I could possibly retire., though It would require many, many changes in my lifestyle. What the hell is wrong with Paul Ryan. He is not that young and know he must have elderly parents and family members who work for employers. This is crazy.

  9. CR says:

    Poll: Americans want compromise

    9/27/11 Tim Mak – POLITICO44

    A majority of Americans would prefer that political leaders in Washington, D.C. compromise to get things done instead of ardently staking out a position and sticking with it, according to a new Gallup poll.

    Just as Congress narrowly avoided yet another looming government shutdown for the second time this year, 51 percent of respondents said that politicians should compromise rather than to stick to their beliefs, up from 47 percent in November 2010. Only 28 percent of respondents said that politicians sticking to their beliefs was more important.

    Conservatives and Republicans were deeply divided over the issue, but were slightly more likely to agree with the sentiment that “it is more important for political leaders to stick to their beliefs even if little gets done,” with 40 percent and 37 percent agreeing, respectively. Thirty-six percent of both conservatives and Republicans preferred compromise.

    Liberals and Democrats, on the other hand, were much more likely to favor compromise, with just over 60 percent of both groups favoring compromise and about 20 percent opposing it.

    Tea Party supporters were the most fervently opposed to compromise of any of the groups examined by Gallup. Forty-five percent of tea party supporters said that it is more important for political groups to stick to their beliefs, even if little gets done, while 31 percent responded in favor compromise.

    Self-identified tea party opponents were the strongest supporters of compromise, with 69 percent of respondents agreeing with the sentiment that “it is more important for political leaders to compromise in order to get things done.”

    The Gallup poll was conducted Sept. 8-11. It surveyed 1,017 adults, and included a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

  10. COS says:

    Hello CR and friends. This is a great thread CR. I am looking forward to PBO’s speech to the school children. He is the energizer bunny. I hope he get some rest tonight after all of the fundraisers and rally. :)

  11. jacquelineoboomer says:

    The President’s back at the White House, and all’s right with the world!

    Also looking forward to his address to schoolchildren. Remember how the Rs made fools of themselves over it last year? They are so very jealous of our President’s great ideas, not one of which has ever popped in their little jealous heads.

    • CR says:

      Good evening Ms O’Boomer! I am looking forward to his school speech as well.

      Like COS said POTUS has been busy with events letting everyone know that America needs the American Jobs Act. He does work tireless for improving America.

  12. CR says:

    VP Biden on 17th Anniversary The Violence Against Women Act

    9/27/11 | Posted by Sepiagurl/ChimeraSpeaks – ThePeoplesView

    Today is the 17th anniversary of The Violence Against Women Act.

    Vice President Joe Biden made an appearance on The View to talk about the Act’s accomplishments over the years. He also addressed an issue that is prevalent in today’s society, which is teen violence. The Vice President was very adamant about the importance of giving our young people tools that would help them to deal with issues of violence.

    On September 13th, Vice President Biden released a statement from the White House in which he “called on high school and college students to share their ideas for how to prevent dating violence and sexual assault at their schools and on their college campuses. Over the next two weeks, young men and women are invited to join this important conversation by submitting their ideas via the new whitehouse.gov/1is2many page or by using the hashtag #1is2many on Twitter…”

    For the entire article and video: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2011/09/biden-on-17th-anniversary-violence.html

  13. CR says:

    Republicans 4 Millionaire's Rights

    Republican candidates seek Trump stamp of approval

    9/27/11 By BETH FOUHY – Associated Press | AP – 16 hrs ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump has become a must-stop for GOP candidates looking for advice or hoping to bask in the celebrity real estate mogul’s star power.

    All the major Republican presidential hopefuls have sought an audience with Trump, just months after President Barack Obama dismissed the TV reality show personality as a “carnival barker” for raising debunked questions about Obama’s citizenship.

    Trump’s money and fame as host of “Celebrity Apprentice” are part of the draw for GOP candidates. But Republican strategists say candidates could also learn a lot politically from Trump, whose aggressive criticism of Obama and blunt portrait of the U.S. as a nation in decline have resonated with conservative voters looking for an in-your-face challenge to the president.

    “Trump created a position of playing offense and took it right to President Obama and his policies,” said John McLaughlin, a GOP pollster who has worked with Trump, who flirted with a presidential bid. “He speaks in plain language about jobs lost at home, and our loss of prestige overseas. He’s been forthright and willing to put in a sentence what the average person feels.”

    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney made the pilgrimage Monday, meeting with Trump for 45 minutes at his office. Texas Gov. Rick Perry dined with Trump earlier this month at a fancy Manhattan restaurant. Sarah Palin, still toying with a potential presidential bid, shared pizza with Trump and his wife, Melania, in Times Square last spring. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann visited Trump’s penthouse atop the Trump Tower in July.

    Another contender, Godfather’s Pizza founder Herman Cain, is scheduled to meet with Trump next Monday.

    Thump even sent a videotaped message to the Faith and Freedom Coalition forum in Florida where all the major GOP contenders spoke last week.

    “It’s very important that we pick the right person. If we pick the wrong person we’re going to have four more years of this nonsense in Washington. Obama must be defeated,” Trump told the gathering.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/republican-candidates-seek-trump-stamp-approval-073249582.html

  14. CR says:

    Good Tuesday morning everyone! I HOPE that you have a good day!

  15. Good morning CR and everyone. HOPE you all have a terrific Wednesday.

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Family and the Nation.

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

  16. CR says:

    Next Up…

    11:25 AM EDT
    President Obama Participates in an “Open for Questions” Roundtable
    English
    The White House

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

    • CR says:

      September 28, 2011

      Remarks by the President in an “Open for Questions” Roundtable

      Map Room

      11:40 A.M. EDT

      MR. SIADE: Ladies and gentlemen, señores y señoras, welcome to “Open for Questions with President Obama.” I’m Jose Siade from Yahoo Español — your host today, coming to you from the White House. I’m honored to be joined by industry colleagues Karine Medina from MSN Latino, and Gabriel Lerner from AOL Latino and Huff-Post Latino Voices.

      And sitting next to me, a man that needs no introduction, President Barack Obama.

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much, Jose. Thank you for having me.

      MR. SIADE: Thank you very much, sir, for sitting down with us today. We received hundreds of questions from our audience — from our U.S. Hispanic audience across the country. And we’ve brought some of those questions in today so you can address them.

      THE PRESIDENT: Excellent. Look forward to it.

      MR. SIADE: Very well. Let’s jump into the first question — from Claudia in California: President Obama, there are many illegal aliens currently in the U.S. that can contribute much to the country and cannot do so because of their status. What are you currently doing and what still needs to be done in order to reform immigration laws and solve this issue?

      THE PRESIDENT: Well, I appreciate this, Jose. Obviously this is an issue that I’ve been working on for years. When I was in the U.S. Senate, I was a cosponsor of comprehensive immigration reform. I have voted for comprehensive immigration reform. And our administration consistently has supported the basic concept that we are a nation of laws but we’re also a nation of immigrants, and that immigrants continually have strengthened America’s economy, America’s culture, and that we have to create a system that works for all of us.

      The way to do that is to be serious about border security — and we have been. We’ve put more resources in border security than anything that’s been done in previous administrations. But what we’ve also said is, is that for those persons who are here, we have to make sure that we provide a pathway to earning a legal status in this country. They have broken the immigration laws, so they may have to pay a fine, learn English, take other steps. But to create a pathway so that they can get out of the shadows and contribute to society in a more effective way is something that I consider to be a top priority. And we can do it in a way that is compatible with our tradition of everybody being responsible and following the law.

      Now, to do that, we’ve got to get legislation through Congress. And in the past we’ve seen bipartisan support for comprehensive immigration reform. Unfortunately, over the last several years what you’ve seen is the Republican Party move away from support of comprehensive immigration reform.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/28/remarks-president-open-questions-roundtable

  17. CR says:

    Next Up…

    11:26 AM EDT
    President Obama Participates in an “Open for Questions” Roundtable
    Spanish
    The White House

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

    • CR says:

      HOLA

      9/28/11 POLITICO44

      President Obama is taking questions online at the White House from Hispanics. His first one is on immigration, and Obama laments that he wants to change the immigration system but needs help from the GOP.

      “We used to have Republican cosponsors,” he says. “Now, we don’t.” (11:44 a.m.)

      On a question about dealing with the laws on illegal immigrants, Obama says he’s “tried to be as fair, humane, just as we can, recognizing, though, that the laws themselves need to be changed.” (11:46 a.m.)

      President Obama plugs his jobs bill in his online talk with Hispanics. He says “a lot of Latino construction workers” would be put back to work if it’s passed. (11:49 a.m.)

      Obama is asked about the Defense of Marriage Act by a person who is gay and who married a foreigner. “We made a decision … based on my assessment of the Constitution, that this administration would not defend DOMA in the federal courts,” Obama says. “This is going to be settled fairly soon. … Administratively, you know, we can’t ignore the law. DOMA is still on the books. … Even as we enforce it, we don’t support it. We think it’s unconstitutional.”

      Obama says he doesn’t know how a court will rule on binational issues on DOMA, but that “I can only say what I believe, and that is, DOMA doesn’t make sense. It’s unfair.” (12:05 p.m.)

      Obama is asked about Marco Rubio, and whether he thinks there will be a Hispanic vice president anytime soon. He says, basically, yes. “I am absolutely certain that within my lifetime, we will have a Latino candidate for president that is very competitive. Just look at the demographics. The Latino population is growing faster than any other population. Look at a state like Texas. … With numbers comes political power.” (12:22 p.m.)

    • CR says:

      El Presidente Obama Te Responde

      From: whitehouse | Sep 28, 2011

      El Presidente Obama participa en un foro para responder a sus preguntas a través de Yahoo!, MSN Latino, AOL Latino y HuffPost Latino Voices sobre los temas que más impactan a la comunidad Hispana y a todo estadounidense.

  18. CR says:

    Businesses boost orders for equipment, machinery

    9/28/11 By MARTIN CRUTSINGER – AP Economics Writer | AP – 1 hr 23 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies ordered more machinery, computers and communication equipment in August, a positive sign for the slumping U.S. economy.

    An increase in demand for those kind of longer-lasting factory goods suggests businesses are sticking with their investment plans, despite slow growth and weak consumer spending.

    Overall orders for durable goods slipped 0.1 percent last month. The modest decline was largely due to an 8.5 percent drop in orders for autos and auto parts. In July, demand for those goods surged 10.2 percent — the biggest increase in eight years.

    Economists looked past the headline figure and focused more closely on a 1.1 percent increase in a key category that measures business investment plans. Those are core capital goods that are neither used for defense nor transportation.

    Another bright sign: shipments of those goods rose 2.8 percent, the fourth consecutive gain in this category. The government looks closely at shipment data when calculating economic growth.

    The orders were placed and shipped in a month when the stock market fluctuated wildly, Europe’s debt crisis intensified and a raft of data suggested the U.S. economy was vulnerable to another recession.

    Economists said the fact that businesses kept expanding and modernizing during the turbulent month suggests many are confident in the future.

    “Business capital spending is rising. There is no recession,” said Christopher Rupkey, chief financial economist at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi in New York.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/businesses-boost-orders-equipment-machinery-135628070.html

  19. CR says:

    Unemployment rates fell in majority of US cities

    9/28/11 AP – 15 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell in roughly two-thirds of U.S. cities last month, despite zero job growth nationwide.

    The Labor Department says unemployment rates dropped in 237 of the nation’s largest metro areas in August from July. They rose in 103 and stayed the same in 32. That’s an improvement from July, when rates fell in 193 areas and rose in 118.

    The U.S. economy added no net jobs in August, the least amount of hiring in almost a year. The national unemployment rate remained 9.1 percent for the second straight month.

    Unemployment dropped the most last month in Yuba City, Calif., a heavily agricultural area in Northern California. Metro unemployment data is not adjusted for seasonal changes, such as the beginning of harvest season.

  20. CR says:

    Next Up..

    1:30 PM EDT
    The President delivers a Back-to-School speech at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington D.C.

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-Makes-Back-to-School-Speech/10737424423/

    • CR says:

      September 28, 2011
      Remarks by the President in Back-to-School Speech

      Benjamin Banneker High School
      Washington, D.C.

      1:48 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you very much. Everybody, please have a seat. Well, Madam President, that was an outstanding introduction. (Laughter.) We are so proud of Donae for representing this school so well.

      And in addition, I also want to acknowledge your outstanding principal, who has been here for 20 years — first as a teacher, now as an outstanding principal — Anita Berger. Please give her a big round of applause. (Applause.) I want to acknowledge, as well, Mayor Gray is here — the mayor of Washington, D.C. is here. Please give him a big round of applause. (Applause.) And I also want to thank somebody who is going to go down in history as one of the finest Secretaries of Education that we’ve ever had — Arne Duncan is here. (Applause.)

      Now, it is great to be here at Benjamin Banneker High School, one of the best high schools not only in Washington, D.C., but one of the best high schools in the country. (Applause.) But we’ve also got students tuning in from all across America. And so I want to welcome you all to the new school year, although I know that many of you already have been in school for a while. I know that here at Banneker, you’ve been back at school for a few weeks now. So everything is starting to settle in, just like for all your peers all across the country. The fall sports season is underway. Musicals and marching band routines are starting to shape up, I believe. And your first big tests and projects are probably just around the corner.

      I know that you’ve also got a great deal going on outside of school. Your circle of friends might be changing a little bit. Issues that used to stay confined to hallways or locker rooms are now finding their way onto Facebook and Twitter. (Laughter.) Some of your families might also be feeling the strain of the economy. As many of you know, we’re going through one of the toughest economic times that we’ve gone through in our lifetime — in my lifetime. Your lifetime hasn’t been that long. And so, as a consequence, you might have to pick up an after-school job to help out your family, or maybe you’re babysitting for a younger sibling because mom or dad is working an extra shift.

      So all of you have a lot on your plates. You guys are growing up faster and interacting with a wider world in a way that old folks like me, frankly, just didn’t have to. So today, I don’t want to be just another adult who stands up and lectures you like you’re just kids — because you’re not just kids. You’re this country’s future. You’re young leaders. And whether we fall behind or race ahead as a nation is going to depend in large part on you. So I want to talk to you a little bit about meeting that responsibility.

      It starts, obviously, with being the best student that you can be. Now, that doesn’t always mean that you have to have a perfect score on every assignment. It doesn’t mean that you’ve got to get straight As all the time — although that’s not a bad goal to have. It means that you have to stay at it. You have to be determined and you have to persevere. It means you’ve got to work as hard as you know how to work. And it means that you’ve got to take some risks once in a while. You can’t avoid the class that you think might be hard because you’re worried about getting the best grade if that’s a subject that you think you need to prepare you for your future. You’ve got to wonder. You’ve got to question. You’ve got to explore. And every once in a while, you need to color outside of the lines.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/28/remarks-president-back-school-speech

      • jacquelineoboomer says:

        “Being the best student you can be” – timeless message, yet so “scary” to the haters.

        We have your back, Mr. President, and we know you and Arne Duncan have the best interests of our children and grandchildren (and my little baby great grandson!) guiding your hearts and minds.

    • CR says:

      That was an excellent Back-to-School speech Mr President!

  21. CR says:

    Next Up…

    2:30 PM EDT
    The Vice President meets with Ambassador to Iraq Jim Jeffrey.

  22. CR says:

    American Jobs Act

    Creating Jobs, Opportunity Through Transit Investments

    Posted by John Porcari on September 28, 2011

    Since President Obama introduced the American Jobs Act a few weeks ago, Secretary LaHood has been an outspoken advocate for its passage, and with good reason.

    On Monday, for example, Brian Lombardozzi, a senior policy analyst with the BlueGreen Alliance, joined me to discuss the importance of investing in job-creating transit projects. And yesterday, I had the chance to extend that conversation at a conference called “Building the Future: New York State Transit Manufacturing Conference.”

    This extended discussion fits President Obama and Secretary LaHood’s message perfectly because transit investments create jobs and opportunities.

    Transit literally connects people with opportunities. It connects them to jobs, to school, to the grocery store. It connects customers to businesses. For many Americans and American businesses, it’s an absolute lifeline.

    But in many places, that lifeline is crumbling. If we’re going to be honest with ourselves, we have to acknowledge that our major transit systems were built and paid for by our parents and grandparents. The American Jobs Act would provide $9 billion for thousands of jobs repairing bus and rail transit systems. Once Congress passes the Act, that money will go out quickly and easily into the economy, creating jobs and helping get our transit systems up to speed.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/09/28/creating-jobs-opportunity-through-transit-investments

    • CR says:

      Bang for the Buck in the American Jobs Act

      Posted by Brian Deese on September 27, 2011

      Recently, a somewhat misleading estimate of the cost of the nearly 2 million jobs that independent economists estimate will be created by American Jobs Act has been making headlines, so we’d like to set the record straight. These calculations purport to show the “cost per job” created by the bill, by simply dividing the cost of the bill by the estimated jobs created next year. While this calculation might seem intuitive, it provides a misleading picture of the American Jobs Act and its economic impact.

      First, as Secretary Geithner highlighted in a visit to a UPS facility in Louisville, Kentucky on Monday, in addition to supporting good middle-class jobs, the investments in the American Jobs Act also create real economic value. It helps pay for the cost of materials for rebuilding roads and bridges or modernizing schools. It provides tax cuts that go towards new investment by small businesses or new purchases by families. We can all agree that improving the quality of our schools and our infrastructure or providing small businesses with the incentives and resources to expand strengthens our economy and its competitiveness. Simply dividing the cost of the bill by an estimate of the number of jobs created ignores these economic benefits. In addition, these calculations focus on the jobs impact in one year alone, and evaluate it against the cost of the entire bill. While the package is designed so that there is the strongest boost in 2012, there is a job creation impact beyond then, which these calculations don’t take into account.

      What’s more, these calculations fail to take into account the impact of getting people back to work now. Helping Americans get back to work not only reduces the costs of publicly funded programs like Medicaid and food stamps, it also reduces the potentially significant long-term costs to the economy of having people out of work for extended periods.

      For the entie article: http://propresobama.org/2011/09/27/president-obamas-back-to-school-speech/#comment-50721

    • CR says:

      Arne Duncan: The President’s Plan for the Economy and Education

      Posted by Arne Duncan on September 28, 2011

      This oped by Arne Duncan was originally published in the Denver Post

      Imagine Steve Jobs trying to design the next generation of tablet computers using mainframe hardware from the Eisenhower administration. Or American automakers trying to out-engineer foreign competitors on an assembly line with equipment from the 1960s.

      Unfortunately, just such antiquated facilities and barriers to innovation exist today in precisely the institutions that can least afford it: our nation’s public schools. The digital age has now penetrated virtually every nook of American life, with the exception of many public schools.

      The average public school building in the United States is more than 40 years old. Nationwide, cash-strapped school districts face an enormous $270 billion backlog of deferred maintenance and repairs.

      On Tuesday, President Obama spoke at Abraham Lincoln High School in Denver about the need to urgently modernize public schools, and the importance of keeping teachers in the classroom, instead of in unemployment lines.

      In the American Jobs Act, President Obama proposes to invest $30 billion to repair and modernize public schools and community colleges, putting hundreds of thousands of unemployed construction workers, engineers, boiler repairmen, and electrical workers back to work. He proposed an additional $30 billion to keep hundreds of thousands of educators facing potential layoffs and furloughs on the job.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/09/28/arne-duncan-presidents-plan-economy-and-education-0

  23. CR says:

    WH

    Thursday, September 29, 2011

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:30 AM
    The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    10:00 AM
    The President meets with senior advisors
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    10:30 AM
    The President meets with Secretary of the Treasury Geithner
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    11:00 AM
    11:20 AM
    The President participates in regional interviews on the need for Congress to pass the American Jobs Act now to put more people back to work and more money in the pockets of working Americans
    Diplomatic Room
    Closed Press

    11:45 AM
    The Vice President delivers remarks at the Alexandria Police Department in Alexandria, Va., on the American Jobs Act.

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    White Housde Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press
    James S. Brady Briefing Room
    Open Press

    1:30 PM
    The President meets with Secretary of State Clinton
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    2:00 PM
    The Vice President meets with Prime Minister Al-Sabah of Kuwait in the Roosevelt Room.

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      September 29, 2011

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

      11:45 AM EDT
      The Vice President delivers remarks at the Alexandria Police Department in Alexandria, Va., on the American Jobs Act. (Audio Only)

      1:00 PM EDT
      White Housde Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

      2:00 PM EDT
      The Vice President meets with Prime Minister Al-Sabah of Kuwait in the Roosevelt Room.

      —-

      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      11:00 AM EDT
      House considers spending measure
      House lawmakers will vote on a spending measure that will keep the government running until October 4.

      12:30 PM EDT
      State Department briefing
      The State Department holds its daily briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include the situations in Syria and Libya.

      1:00 PM EDT
      White Housde Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

      —-

      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      11:00 AM EDT
      House considers spending measure
      House lawmakers will vote on a spending measure that will keep the government running until October 4.

      12:30 PM EDT
      State Department briefing
      The State Department holds its daily briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include the situations in Syria and Libya.

      12:00 PM EDT
      50th Anniversary of Defense Intelligence Agency: Defense Secretary Panetta http://www.c-span.org/Events/Defense-Intelligence-Agency-Marks-50th-Anniversary/10737424466/

      1:00 PM EDT
      White Housde Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

      —–

      Department of Defense http://defense.gov

      12:00 PM EDT
      50th Anniversary of Defense Intelligence Agency: Defense Secretary Panetta

    • jacquelineoboomer says:

      So glad when the President has a day at the White House, and can rest from his travels. Although if he were going to be on MY STREET tomorrow, that would spark another gladness in me!

  24. CR says:

    DIA 50th Anniv logo
    50th Anniversary of Defense Intelligence Agency

    DIA’S HISTORIC ROLE

    As DIA prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary on October 1, 2011, the agency can look back over five decades of evolution and find a much different institution than it was when first established. At first unpopular among some policymakers and military leaders, it suffered early setbacks that are sometimes common in new agencies. Though it took time for the DIA to grow into its role as a manager and supplier of all-source intelligence, the agency slowly became a key component of the U.S. Intelligence Community, first by supplying intelligence to senior policymakers and later, expanding to provide intelligence to warfighters in the field. Today, its work is essential to maintaining U.S. national security.

    DIA’s contributions in this regard have been instrumental in shaping many of the significant events in U.S. history. From the first major challenges it faced during the Cuban Missile Crisis to the current perils presented by global terrorist movements and arms proliferation, DIA has played a key role in collecting, analyzing, and producing intelligence used to defend the United States from foreign aggression. In doing so, it has also served as an effective force multiplier, allowing U.S. military leaders to project power that is greater than the sum of its parts.

    For the entire article: http://www.dia.mil/history/

    • jacquelineoboomer says:

      Well, congrats to the DIA! Looks as though it was formed during JFK’s time.

  25. I know it’s Huffington Post but worth a read

    It’s Time to Ignore the Paralyzing Cynicism and Get Engaged
    By Kal Penn

    Before I met President Obama, I was always cynically independent when it came to politics. Like a lot of other young people with different views on different issues, I never considered myself to be either a Democrat or Republican. I still don’t. But having had the honor to serve in this president’s White House for two years, one thing that dissipated from my mind is the sense of cynicism that existed before. Now, I know that it might sound nuts to hear someone say that they’re less cynical today than they were 2 years ago, even after having seen first-hand the chaos in Congress. But my reasons have to do with also having seen first-hand President Obama’s strong convictions in action behind the scenes, and watching those convictions overcome partisan bickering to fulfill some really big promises.

    Flash back to 2008, when President-elect Obama won with an overwhelming majority of young voters on a promise to make college more affordable, fix a broken health care system, bring our buddies home from Iraq, and make sure that our gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members could serve openly in the military. I remember thinking “all of these things make common sense to me. The system must be so broken on both sides of the aisle if no previous president succeeded in changing it already. I want to help this guy get elected. It’s now or never.”

    Fast forward to September 2011. In just three years as president, and against tremendous odds, Barack Obama ended Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. He’s been bringing service members home from Iraq. He got financial aid reform passed, increased the Pell Grant, and increased the American Opportunity Tax Credit to $2500 — all so that college is more affordable. And he passed the Affordable Care Act, which has made quality and affordable health care available while also lowering costs. Lots of good people said none of this could be done. Others even said it shouldn’t be done. But the president — with the help of young Americans – fought hard to get it done. Working as part of the White House team when these pieces of legislation came to fruition is and will likely remain one of my greatest honors.

    The news media rarely cover good stories about youth issues these days, but recently, several outlets did report on the success of the Affordable Care Act and its impact on young adults. Since the bill’s passage in 2010, nearly one million more young adults have obtained health care coverage. By giving people under 26 the security of knowing they can use their parents’ insurance policies, our generation will no longer be at the mercy of insurance companies and won’t have to go without health coverage as we start our careers. These reported numbers of newly insured young people are incredible, and clearly illustrate how President Obama’s vision for a country with quality and affordable health care for all is becoming a reality.

    Despite these big steps in the right direction, our work is far from over. If some members of Congress or other presidential contenders get their way and repeal important legislation such as The Affordable Care Act, or reinstate Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, these positive changes will be taken away from millions of Americans who have new found security. It broke my heart when I watched the Republican presidential debates and saw some people in the audience applaud the notion that young Americans without health care should be left to die. It saddened me this week when they booed a brave service member fighting for us overseas just because he happens to be gay. Whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or an Independent like me, our generation cannot let the president’s strong vision be undone after everything we have fought for and won. We inherited debt, wars, a bickering political system, and a dangerous growing gap between those at the very top and everyone else. But we have achieved incredible successes, and have so much more left to still do. It’s not right to roll that back.

    I’ve been motivated by the reality that progress is possible with a leader who understands what’s at stake. But progress is never easy, which is all the more reason to keep a focus on positivity and abandon cynicism. President Obama hasn’t been able to change Washington overnight, we know that. And if the last few years are any indication, he certainly can’t do it alone. I stand with the president to help move America forward in the hopes that when we do stand together we see more and more of our peers benefiting from their own hard work. Now is the time to ignore the paralyzing cynicism and get engaged. I hope you’ll join me.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kal-penn/post_2482_b_983920.html?source=ssn

  26. I am so glad I read that article because I was feeling pretty down after reading that Michigan did not come through with enough signatures to recall Snyder. i just don’t know what is wrong with people.

  27. CR says:

    Good Thursday morning everyone! I HOPE that you have a good day! :)

  28. CR says:

    Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits

    9/29/11 By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER – AP Economics Writer | AP – 11 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply last week, an encouraging sign that layoffs are easing.

    The Labor Department says that weekly applications dropped 37,000 to a seasonally adjusted 391,000, the lowest level since April 2. It’s the first time applications have fallen below 400,000 since Aug. 6.

    Applications typically need to fall below 375,000 to signal substantial job growth. They haven’t been that low since February.

    A Labor Department spokesman says some of the drop was due to technical difficulties related to seasonally adjusting the figures. The spokesman says some states also reported higher applications in previous weeks due to Hurricane Irene.

    The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell to 417,000, the first drop in six weeks.

  29. Good morning CR and everyone. HOPe you all have a great Thursday.

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Family and the Nation.

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

  30. DNC television ad – Pass the American Jobs Act now!

  31. CR says:

    U.S. Economy Grew Faster Than Previously Estimated In Q2

    9/29/2011rttnews

    (RTTNews) – The U.S. economy grew more than initially reported in the second quarter, according to figures released Thursday by the Commerce Department.

    The 1.3 percent growth in U.S. gross domestic product, while still weak, was 0.3 percentage points stronger than the 1 percent growth previously reported. Most economists had predicted a somewhat smaller upward revision to 1.2 percent.

    While still relatively weak, the second quarter growth is much stronger than the 0.4 percent growth seen in the first quarter of the year.

    According to the Commerce Department, the upward revision reflected stronger than previously reported consumer spending, an upward revision to exports and a downward revision to imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP.

    The report showed that the pace of consumer spending growth was upwardly revised to 0.7 percent from the 0.4 percent that had been reported. Nonetheless, the increase still marks a notable slowdown from the 2.1 percent growth seen in the first quarter.

    For the entire article: http://www.rttnews.com/Content/TopStories.aspx?Id=1724256

  32. CR says:

    House clears spending bill averting shutdown

    9/29/11 By ANDREW TAYLOR – Associated Press | AP – 2 mins 51 secs ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A nearly empty House on Thursday passed a stopgap spending measure to avert a government shutdown this weekend and refill disaster aid coffers drained by a series of recent storms, fires and tornadoes.

    The measure passed the House with the unanimous permission of all members present in a chamber that was nearly deserted because Congress is on vacation. It now goes to the White House forPresident Barack Obama’s signature. Just three lawmakers were there in a session that last all of five minutes: Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., who presided; Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, who offered the motion to pass the bill; and Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, who represented Democrats.

    The compromise measure, which passed the Senate Monday night, provides $2.7 billion in disaster aid, less than both Democrats and Republicans had hoped for. The disaster funding was cut back by $1 billion after a battle over whether that portion of the aid should have been “paid for” with spending cuts to clean energy programs favored by Democrats.

    Republicans had insisted on requiring cuts to a loan guarantee program benefiting the auto industry to offset the most urgently needed portion of disaster aid — $1 billion in funding to prevent the Federal Emergency Management Agency from running out of disaster money this week. The battle had raised the possibility of a government shutdown, but the situation was defused on Monday after FEMA revealed that the emergency money wasn’t needed after all.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/house-clears-spending-bill-averting-shutdown-150928144.html

  33. CR says:

    Next Up…

    11:45 AM EDT
    The Vice President delivers remarks at the Alexandria Police Department in Alexandria, Va., on the American Jobs Act.

    WhiteHouse.gov (Audio Only) http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    • CR says:

      Biden: New Stimulus Needed ‘Even if We’re Growing at 8%’ and Have ‘3% Unemployment Rate’

      9/29/11/ By Penny Starr

      CNSNews.com) – Vice President Joe Biden said Congress should pass the $450-billion American Jobs Act even if the economy were growing at 8 percent and unemployment were as low as 3 percent.

      “Look, we should be doing all of this stuff even if we were growing by 8 percent, even if there was a 3 percent unemployment rate in America,” Biden said at an event on Thursday to promote the legislation. “We need better roads, we need better bridges, we need safer streets.”

      “We need to be in a position where our kids are in classrooms where there’s enough qualified teachers, where they are in fact in classes where they are safe,” Biden said.

      The vice president made his remarks at the headquarters of the Alexandria Police Department in Alexandria, Va., where he also announced that the agency was one of the recipients of a federal grant to fund the hiring of new officers.

      The Alexandria Police Department will hire four officers with the almost $859,000 it received from the more than $243 million in grant funds.

      “We’ve got to kick start this economy that’s stalled,” Biden said of the $450 -billion proposed American Jobs Act.

      For the entire article: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/biden-new-stimulus-needed-even-if-we-re-growing-8-and-have-3-unemployment-rate

  34. CR says:

    Next Up…

    12:00 PM EDT
    50th Anniversary of Defense Intelligence Agency: Defense Secretary Panetta

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

    Department of Defense http://defense.gov

    • CR says:

      Panetta: DIA ‘Quiet Heroes’ Mark 50th Anniversary

      Sept. 29, 2011 By Cheryl Pellerin – American Forces Press Service

      WASHINGTON – Every day the quiet heroes of the Defense Intelligence Agency collect, distill and distribute information that helps America’s warriors defeat its enemies, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said today.

      The secretary joined DIA Director Army Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess Jr., Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, and more than 500 distinguished guests at a ceremony here celebrating the agency’s 50th anniversary.

      During the ceremony, defense officials from Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom presented Burgess with gifts, and a tribute was made to fallen DIA colleagues.

      “In commemorating this milestone,” Panetta said, “we all pay tribute to DIA’s half-century of extraordinary work defending our nation against a multitude of threats, a multitude of challenges, from the height of the Cold War to the post-9/11 conflicts.”

      A lot has changed in the last 50 years, the secretary added, “but one thing that remains the same is that we cannot accomplish our military objectives — it’s a fundamental principle — … without good intelligence. The two have to work together if we’re going to achieve the ultimate victory.”

      The DIA’s vital work makes the U.S. military vastly more effective and lethal, Panetta said, and America a stronger and more secure nation.

      “As we take this moment to reflect on the last 50 years,” Burgess told the audience, “it is important to consider the decisions made by our nation’s leaders at a very different time and place, and how those decisions and deliberations influence our world today.”

      For the entire article: http://www.defense.gov//News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=65486

  35. CR says:

    State Department: U.S. envoy to Syria safe after confronted by “violent” pro-regime mob

    9/29/11 By Laura Rozen | The Envoy

    The United States ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, and embassy staff are safe after being violently confronted by a pro-regime mob while Ford met with an opposition politician in Damascus, the State Department said Thursday.

    “A crowd of demonstrators tried to assault Ambassador Ford and Embassy colleagues today as they went about doing the normal work of any embassy,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner told journalists in an emailed statement Thursday. “In this instance, they went to a meeting with a well-known Syrian political figure.”

    A mob of about 100 supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad threw tomatoes and eggs at Ford as he met with the Syrian politician Hassan Abdul Azim at his office, the BBC reported. Azim said the protesters then “tried to get into his office as Mr. Ford arrived and then surrounded it.”

    “The mob was violent,” Toner said. “It tried, unsuccessfully, to attack Embassy personnel while they were inside several embassy vehicles, seriously damaging the vehicles in the process.”

    Syrian security officers “finally assisted in securing a path from the Ambassador’s meeting for him and his aides back to the Embassy,” Toner said. Ford and embassy staff are now safely back at the embassy.

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Good grief.

    • CR says:

      From the article:

      “In one month, Walker has cost Wisconsin 2,300 jobs, 800 of them from the private sector and unemployment rose this month to 7.9 percent”

  36. CR says:

    September 29, 2011

    Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with Prime Minister Al-Sabah of Kuwait

    Vice President Biden met today with Prime Minister Nasir Al-Muhammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah of Kuwait at the White House. They discussed a range of regional, political and security matters, including the changes underway in the region as a result of the Arab Spring, and the importance of resolving outstanding issues between Kuwait and Iraq. Noting that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the liberation of Kuwait, the Prime Minister and Vice President stressed the enduring ties between our two countries, and expressed their appreciation for the strength of the bilateral relationship. The Vice President also reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to the security of the region and of our partners.

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