State of the Union 2012 – WH Follow Up Events

State of the Union 2012 – White House Follow Up Events

January 24:

10:00 PM EST
Open for Questions: State of the Union 2012
Senior Administration officials take questions from a live audience at the White House as well as from Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ about the President’s State of the Union Address. January 24, 2012.

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January 25:

All Day Josh Earnest answers your questions on Twitter @jearnest44

12:55 PM EST
President Obama will travel to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to deliver remarks at Conveyor Engineering & Manufacturing

1:00 PM EST
Mark Zuckerman, White House Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council holds a follow up event of the State of the Union speech

3:00 PM EST
Ray LaHood, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary holds a follow up event of the State of the Union speech at Virginia Commonwealth University

3:00 PM EST
Dan Pfeiffer , White House Communications Director  holds a follow up event of the State of the Union speech

6:30 PM EST
President Obama travels to the Phoenix area to deliver remarks at the Intel Ocotillo Campus, Chandler, AZ

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January 26:

11:00 AM EST
Vice President Biden tours and delivers remarks at a center co-operated by Albany Engineered Composites and Safran USA on promoting partnerships between Community Colleges and Businesses in Rochester, NH.

10:00 AM EST
Veterans: Matt Flavin, Director of Veterans & Wounded Warrier Policy

11:00 AM EST
LGBT: Miriam Vogel & Gautam Raghavan

12:00 PM EST
Women: Racquel Russell and Avra Siegel

1:00 PM EST
President Obama delivers remarks at UPS Las Vegas South about the importance of American workers developing American-made energy to an economy that’s built to last

1:00 PM EST
Seniors: Jeanne Lambrew and Nick Papas

1:10 PM EST
Vice President Biden to answer some of the most popular questions on Twitter

2:00 PM EST
Latinos: Felicia Escobar, Julie Rodriguez and Luis Miranda

3:00 PM EST
President Obama delivers remarks at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, CO

4:00 PM EST
Small Business Owners: Christine Koronides,Senior Advisor for Economic Policy

5:00 PM EST
African American: Danielle Gray, Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy

5:30 PM EST
President Obama will deliver remarks on American Energy and Promoting Energy Security
at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, CO

6:00 PM EST
Asian American Pacific Islanders: Chris Lu, Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary

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January 27:

All Day Submit your questions for President Obama to answer 1/30 at youtube.com/whitehouse

9:00 AM EST
Disability Issues: Kareem Dale, Deputy Assoc. Director of Public Liaison

9:45 AM EST
President Obama will deliver remarks at the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, MI

10:00 AM EST
Rural Issues: Doug McKalip, Senior Policy Advisor for Rural Affairs

11:00 AM EST
Foreign Policy: Ben Rhodes, Deputy NSA for Strategic Communications & Speechwriting

12:00 PM EST
Education: Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy

1:00 PM EST
Health: Jeanne Lambrew and Nick Papas

2:00 PM EST
Energy: Heather Zichal and Dan Utech

3:00 PM EST
Consumer Protections: Brian Deese, Deputy Director National Economic Council

4:00 PM EST
Economy: Jason Furman, Principal Deputy Director National Economic Council

5:00 PM EST
Job Opportunities: Portia Wu, Senior Policy Advisor for Mobility & Opportunity Policy

6:00 PM EST
Urban Issues: Racquel Russell, Special Assistant to the President for Mobility & Opportunity

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January 30:

5:30 PM EST
President Obama will answer your top-voted questions in a special post-State of the Union interview from the White House. To participate, visit http://www.youtube.com/whitehouse and submit your question. YouTube videos you submit will drive the interview and will be used to select a few lucky people to join a live Google+ Hangout with the President.

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88 Responses to State of the Union 2012 – WH Follow Up Events

  1. CR says:

    WH

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:50 AM
    President Obama departs the White House en route to Joint Base
    Andrews.
    South Lawn
    Open Press

    10:00 AM
    10:05 AM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route to Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
    Travel Pool Coverage

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:20 PM
    President Obama arrives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
    Local Event Time: 11:20 AM CST
    Eastern Iowa Airport
    Open Press

    12:40 PM
    President Obama tours Conveyor Engineering & Manufacturing.

    12:55 PM
    President Obama will travel to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to deliver remarks at Conveyor Engineering & Manufacturing
    Local Event Time: 11:40AM CST
    Cedar Rapids, Conveyor Engineering & Manufacturing, IA
    Travel Pool Coverage

    2:00 PM
    2:30 PM
    President Obama departs Cedar Rapids, Iowa en route to Phoenix, Ariz.

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    5:35 PM
    President Obama arrives in Phoenix, Ariz.

    6:00 PM
    6:30 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks at Intel Ocotillo Campus.

    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    8:35 PM
    President Obama departs Phoenix, Ariz. en route to Las Vegas, Nevada.

    9:00 PM
    9:30 PM
    President Obama arrives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    10:00 PM

    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      January 25, 2012

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

      All Day Josh Earnest answers your questions on Twitter

      12:55 PM EST
      President Obama Speaks on An America Built to Last
      Conveyor Engineering & Manufacturing, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      1:30 PM EST
      White House Champions of Change: Leaders in Catholic Education
      The White House

      6:30 PM EST
      President Obama delivers remarks at Intel Ocotillo Campus.

      —-

      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      8:00 AM EST
      House Committee Oversight and Government Reform | Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending
      National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Response to Volt Vehicle Fires

      9:00 AM EST
      Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will hand in her resignation letter to House Speaker John Boehner during today’s House lawmaker session.

      9:30 AM EST
      The House Oversight Committee holds a hearing on whether the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration delayed an announcement regarding battery fires in the Chevy Volt automobile.

      11:30 AM EST
      World Economic Forum opening remarks
      German Chancellor Angela Merkel will deliver the opening remarks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

      12:55 PM EST
      President Obama Speaks on An America Built to Last
      Conveyor Engineering & Manufacturing, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      2:15 PM EST
      Bernanke briefing
      Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke briefs reporters on interest rate projections over the next several years and other issues of the day.

      2:30 PM EST
      Sen. Homeland Security & Gov’t Affairs Subcmte: Management at Arlington Cemetery

      6:30 PM EST
      President Obama delivers remarks at Intel Ocotillo Campus.

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org

      8:00 AM EST
      House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Energy & Power: Keystone XL Pipeline http://www.c-span.org/Events/Lawmakers-Continue-to-Move-Keystone-Pipeline-Project-Forward/10737427430/

      8:00 AM EST
      House Committee Oversight and Government Reform | Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending
      National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Response to Volt Vehicle Fires

      9:00 AM EST
      Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will hand in her resignation letter to House Speaker John Boehner during today’s House lawmaker session. http://www.c-span.org/Events/Gabrielle-Giffords-Leaves-US-House-quotI-Will-Recover-and-Returnquot/10737427550/

      9:30 AM EST
      The House Oversight Committee holds a hearing on whether the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration delayed an announcement regarding battery fires in the Chevy Volt automobile. http://www.c-span.org/Events/Gov39t-Safety-Officials-Testify-on-Chevy-Volt-Fires/10737427529/

      11:30 AM EST
      World Economic Forum opening remarks
      German Chancellor Angela Merkel will deliver the opening remarks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

      12:55 PM EST
      President Obama will travel to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to deliver remarks at Conveyor Engineering & Manufacturing http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-The-State-of-Our-Union-Is-Getting-Stronger/10737427412/

      2:15 PM EST
      Bernanke briefing
      Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke briefs reporters on interest rate projections over the next several years and other issues of the day. http://www.c-span.org/Events/Ben-Bernanke-Discusses-Economic-Projections/10737427429/

      2:30 PM EST
      Sen. Homeland Security & Gov’t Affairs Subcmte: Management at Arlington Cemetery http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/303893-1

      6:30 PM EST
      President Obama delivers remarks at Intel Ocotillo Campus.

  2. CR says:

    State of the Union – White House Follow Up Events

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    All Day Josh Earnest answers your questions on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jearnest44

    U.S. Department of the Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will visit the Siemens Energy Charlotte, North Carolina Hub

    12:55 PM EST
    President Obama will travel to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to deliver remarks at Conveyor Engineering & Manufacturing

    1:00 PM EST
    Mark Zuckerman, White House Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council holds a follow up event of the State of the Union speech

    3:00 PM EST
    Ray LaHood, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary holds a follow up event of the State of the Union speech at Virginia Commonwealth University

    3:00 PM EST
    Dan Pfeiffer, White House Communications Director holds a follow up event of the State of the Union speech

    6:30 PM EST
    President Obama delivers remarks at Intel Ocotillo Campus.

    • CR says:

      Open for Questions: State of the Union 2012

      From: whitehouse | Jan 24, 2012

      Senior Administration officials take questions from a live audience at the White House as well as from Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ about the President’s State of the Union Address. January 24, 2012.

  3. CR says:

    Cedar Rapids Factory President to Visit May Illustrate Biofuels, Export Messages

    1/24/12 Dave DeWitte – kcrg

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa- The quiet Cedar Rapids company President Obama plans to visit Wednesday has a significant role in the export and renewable energy markets the president seeks to promote.

    Conveyor Engineering & Manufacturing manufactures stainless steel screw-type conveyors that are used in many ethanol plants, food processing plants, and meat packing plants. The company also makes screw conveyors used in chemical plants and grain handling facilities.

    The company’s Cedar Rapids backyard is one of its best markets — with customers like General Mills, Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill and Penford Products Company.

    President Obama’s has pledged to double exports by 2015 and his first re-election campaign commercial touts the creation of 2.7 million renewable energy jobs, a claim that some have already challenged.

    Penford Operations Director Erwin Froehlich admitted he was a little surprised to hear the President was visiting Conveyor Engineering, even though it’s Penford’s primary supplier of screw conveyors for its corn processing and starch manufacturing facility.

    “We use them because, number one, they are local, number two, they are price competitive, and number three, their service and responsiveness is excellent,” Froehlich said.

    The kind of ethanol wet mill Penford operates does not require screw conveyors, Froehlich said, although ethanol dry mills, such as the one Archer Daniels Midland operates in Cedar Rapids, does.

    The construction of new ethanol plants opening in Iowa has slowed to about one this year, according to Monte Shaw of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, however capacity expansions at existing ethanol plants are equal to about one 100 million-gallon-per-year plant.

    Conveyor Engineering serves many of the same companies as Divine Engineering, a Cedar Rapids company that makes chain and flat drag conveyor systems.

    “It’s a unique field,” said Paul Hills, vice president of Divine. “There just aren’t many custom conveyor manufacturers out there.”

    Divine’s own conveyor business has been strong in Cedar Rapids for the last several years, due in part to the expansion of the ethanol industry, Hills said.

    For the entire article: http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/CR-Factory-President-to-Visit-May-Illustrate-Biofuels-Export-Messages-138010788.html

  4. CR says:

    Obama to visit Intel plant, in nod to domestic manufacturing

    January 23, 2012 by Brooke Crothers – cnet

    President Obama will visit Intel’s Arizona plant on Wednesday in a nod to Intel’s abiding U.S. manufacturing presence.

    On Wednesday, following his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Obama will travel to Phoenix to deliver remarks at Intel’s Ocotillo campus in Chandler, a suburb of Phoenix.

    The Arizona plant, designated Fab 42, is under construction now, with completion expected in 2013.
    That plant will produce Intel’s next generation of processors built on its 14-nanometer technology. To put that into perspective, Intel’s upcoming “Ivy Bridge” processors, due in systems this spring, use 22-nanometer technology. Those chips initially went into production last year. So, production of 14-nanometer chips could begin as early as the end of 2013. Generally, the smaller the geometries, the faster and/or more power efficient the processor is.

    “For Intel, manufacturing serves as the underpinning for our business and allows us to provide customers and consumers with leading-edge products in high volume,” Intel’s newly appointed COO, Brian Krzanich, said last year when Obama visited Intel’s Oregon manufacturing facility.

    Intel said last year that it plans to invest more than $5 billion in the Chandler, Ariz., plant. That announcement was made by Intel CEO Paul Otellini during a visit by Obama to an Intel facility in Hillsboro, Ore.

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/tF4Xh

  5. CR says:

    U.S. Department of the Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will visit the Siemens Energy Charlotte Hub

    U.S. Department of the Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will visit the Siemens Energy Charlotte Hub to highlight the President’s efforts to create jobs. The Secretary will tour the recently expanded manufacturing facility and visit with employees throughout the campus. Siemens Energy has invested more than $350 million in Charlotte in the last four years – an investment that will create more than 1,000 jobs, many of them highly skilled, bringing the total number of employees to more than 1,800.

    • CR says:

      Treasury secretary tours Charlotte Siemens plant

      Jan. 25, 2012 By Jim Bradley – wcotv

      CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Barack Obama mentioned Charlotte’s Siemens plant in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, and it stayed in the spotlight Wednesday as U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner visited to talk about the importance of the manufacturing industry.

      Most people have never seen the inside of Siemens’ sprawling turbine assembly plant off Westinghouse Boulevard.

      On Wednesday, Geithner not only saw it, stopping to talk with workers along the way, but he also called it a prime example of the kind of manufacturing America needs to produce jobs.

      “A lot of how we grow as a country in the future depends on our ability to do more things like this,” Geithner said.

      Siemens employs 1,400 people, making turbines and generators for power plants around the world.

      And all of its 700 most recent hires have something in common: They took training courses developed in a partnership with Central Piedmont Community College.

      “The neat thing they’ve done is come and say, ‘What do you need?’” said Mark Pringle with Siemens. “And they’re creating curriculum custom-designed to what we need.”

      It’s that kind of collaboration that Obama talked about Tuesday night in his State of the Union address, and that Geithner mentioned again Wednesday afternoon in a question-and-answer session at the Charlotte Chamber.

  6. CR says:

    Guide to Exporting: World Econ Outlook 2012

    Basic Guide to Exporting: World Econ Outlook 2012, US

    January 25, 2012
    2:00 – 3:00 PM EST
    Washington, D.C.

    Event Summary:
    The Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) presents its Global Economic Forecast for 2012, with a particular focus on

    * The state of the the U.S. recovery
    * The debt crisis in Europe
    * The latest on the shift in economic and consumer power to the major emerging markets.

    For the entire article: http://export.gov/eac/show_detail_trade_events.asp?EventID=32734&InputType=EVENT

  7. CR says:

    First Lady Michelle Obama Will Unveil New School Nutrition Standards During Virginia Event

    JANUARY 20, 2012 obamafoodorama.blogspot

    First Lady Michelle Obama’s first Let’s Move! event of 2012 will be on Wednesday, January 25th, when she joins Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to unveil USDA’s new nutrition standards for school meals. Improving America’s school lunches is one of the five key pillars of Mrs. Obama’s childhood obesity campaign, which marks its second anniversary in February. The standards will be unveiled during a visit to Parklawn Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia, where celebrity chef Rachael Ray, a longtime supporter of Mrs. Obama’s campaign, will join the cafeteria staff to cook a model school lunch.

    Mrs. Obama and the Secretary will dine on the healthy feast with the kids after making remarks. The nutrition standards are part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act signed into law by President Obama in December of 2010. About 32 million children receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program, which is responsible for up to half of kids’ daily calorie intake, according to USDA and the White House. A summary of the Act [PDF].

    The First Lady’s visit to Parklawn is designed to illustrate that many schools are already providing excellent school lunches for children, even before the new nutrition standard has become law. Parklawn has been recognized by USDA in the HealthierUs School Challenge, a program that rewards schools for best-practices in food and fitness initiatives.

    “Mrs. Obama and Secretary Vilsack will see firsthand how schools like Parklawn have undertaken creative efforts to provide healthy food and nutrition education for students ahead of the new standards,” the White House said.

    USDA notes that “the new standards make the same kinds of changes that many parents are already encouraging at home, including ensuring kids are offered fruits and vegetables every day of the week, substantially increasing offerings of whole grain-rich foods, offering only fat-free or low-fat milk varieties and making sure kids are getting proper portion sizes.”

    For the entire article: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2012/01/first-lady-michelle-obama-will-unveil.html

    • CR says:

      USDA, First Lady makeover school lunches

      Published on Jan 25, 2012 by CBSNewsOnline

      First Lady Michelle Obama joined Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and celebrity chef Rachael Ray Wednesday at an elementary school in Alexandria, Virginia to launch a major nutritional overhaul of school lunch meals.

    • CR says:

      Nuevos regulaciones para menús escolares.

      Uploaded by noticiascolorado on Jan 25, 2012

      La Primera Dama Michelle Obama visitó una escuela elemental en el norte de Virginia para anunciar nuevas regulaciones en los alimentos que proveen los planteles que serán implementados este próximo otoño.

  8. COS says:

    I really, really enjoyed the SOTU speech. He did not hold anything back. Appears that

  9. COS says:

    OOps my hand hit the post button before I finished my sentence. :) I was saying that it appears that the Cabinet members and surrogates will pushing the message tomorrow.

    • CR says:

      I agree with you COS that it was a great speech.

      PBO was honest and fair as usual. I am truly greatful to the steps PBO and has his administration takes in helping America get back on it feet!

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      I still feel high as a kite with happiness from SOTU! What a great leader. What a great Administration he has put together. What a challenge to Congress!

  10. CR says:

    US military raid in Somalia frees American, Dane

    1/25/12 By ABDI GULED and KATHARINE HOURELD | Associated Press – 1 hr 5 mins ago

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — U.S. Special Forces troops flew into Somalia on a nighttime helicopter raid early Wednesday, freed an American and a Danish hostage and killed nine of the kidnappers in a mission that President Barack Obama said he personally authorized.

    The Danish Refugee Council confirmed that the two aid workers, American Jessica Buchanan and Dane Poul Hagen Thisted, were freed and “are on their way to be reunited with their families.”

    The raiders came in very quickly, catching the guards as they were sleeping after having chewed the narcotic leaf qat for much of the evening, a pirate who gave his name as Bile Hussein told The Associated Press by phone. Hussein said he was not present at the site but had spoken with other pirates who were, and that they told him nine pirates had been killed in the raid and three were missing.

    A second pirate who gave his name as Ahmed Hashi said two helicopters attacked at about 2 a.m. about 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of the Somali town of Adado where the hostages were being held.

    Buchanan, 32, and Thisted, 60, were working with a de-mining unit of the Danish Refugee Council when they were kidnapped in October.

    The U.S. military’s Africa Command, based in Stuttgart, Germany, confirmed that nine kidnappers were killed.

    “Last night’s mission, boldly conducted by some of our nation’s most courageous, competent, and committed special operations forces, exemplifies United States Africa Command’s mission to protect Americans and American interests in Africa,” said Gen. Carter F. Ham, commander of U.S. Africa Command.

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

    • CR says:

      January 25, 2012

      Statement by the President on Successful Hostage Rescue

      On Monday, I authorized an operation to rescue Jessica Buchanan, an American citizen who was kidnapped and held against her will for three months in Somalia. Thanks to the extraordinary courage and capabilities of our Special Operations Forces, yesterday Jessica Buchanan was rescued and she is on her way home. As Commander-in-Chief, I could not be prouder of the troops who carried out this mission, and the dedicated professionals who supported their efforts.

      Jessica Buchanan was selflessly serving her fellow human beings when she was taken hostage by criminals and pirates who showed no regard for her health and well-being. Last night I spoke with Jessica Buchanan’s father and told him that all Americans have Jessica in our thoughts and prayers, and give thanks that she will soon be reunited with her family. The United States will not tolerate the abduction of our people, and will spare no effort to secure the safety of our citizens and to bring their captors to justice. This is yet another message to the world that the United States of America will stand strongly against any threats to our people.

  11. CR says:

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

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

    Don’t you just love how our President, so cool and calm, gives an awesome speech while our Navy Seals are rescuing hostages in Somalia. I love our President.

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Family and the Nation. Also, please keep the President in your prayers while he travels outside of Washington, D.C.

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

  13. This is getting good.

  14. CR says:

    Gabrielle Giffords Leaves U.S. House: “I Will Recover and Return”

    1/25/12 cspan

    House of Representatives Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) appeared in the House chamber Wednesday to formally submit her resignation. Members addressed the Congresswoman’s accomplishments before she handed in her letter of resignation.

    After representing Southern Arizona in the House for five years, Representative Giffords (D-AZ) says in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and her state’s governor that she’s leaving Congress in order to focus on her recovery from a critical gunshot wound to the head inflicted a year ago this month. Her resignation will be effective at the end of the day today.

    The congresswoman’s resignation will come the morning after attending the President’s State of the Union Speech, where the crowd gave her a bipartisan standing ovation.

    Representative Giffords ends her letter with these words: “Every day I am working hard. I will recover and will return and we will work together again for Arizona and for all Americans.”

    For the Rep Giffords resignation letter: http://www.c-span.org/uploadedfiles/Content/Documents/Giffords_Resign_letter_012512.pdf

    • CR says:

      Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Resigns From The House

      Uploaded by NancyPelosi on Jan 25, 2012

      Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz reads the letter of resignation that U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords submitted to Speaker John Boehner.

  15. CR says:

    11:15 AM EST
    First lady Michelle Obama joins Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at Parklawn Elementary School in Alexandria, Va., to talk about USDA’s new and improved nutrition standards for school lunches

    • CR says:

      January 25, 2012

      Remarks by the First Lady in School Lunch Standards Announcement

      Parklawn Elementary School
      Alexandria, Virginia

      11:32 A.M. EST

      MRS. OBAMA: Thank you, everyone. Please, sit, rest. This is exciting. It is such a pleasure to be here today. This is an exciting day.

      I want to start by thanking Secretary Vilsack, not just for that very kind introduction but for his outstanding work as Secretary of Agriculture. He has been just a major proponent on so many issues that are near and dear to me, and we wouldn’t be here without his efforts and the efforts of his entire agency. So, thank you, sir.

      I’d also like to thank Principal Akroyd and Jen Fitzgerald for their terrific work and for hosting us here today at Parklawn Elementary School. Go, Panthers! (Laughter.) I hear you’re the “purring Panthers.” (Laughter.) It’s very, very good — very good. We are so happy to be here and so proud of you all.

      And I want to recognize all of the educators, the administrators, the food service workers and the advocates who are here today for everything that you do, every day, on behalf of our kids. This is a great celebration for us all.

      And of course, I want to give a special hello to Rachael Ray, who’s a special guest here. I know she’s hard at work getting lunch ready, and I am hungry — (laughter) — so I’m looking forward to it. But she has been a true advocate on this issue for quite some time, and we’re just thrilled that she’s here with us today.

      And finally, I want to thank all of the parents who are here today — because, I just want to be clear that we can’t make any mistake about it — this movement to improve the food in our schools is happening in large part because of all of you, the parents. It’s happening because you all stood up. It’s happening because you all spoke out and you asked for something better for our kids.

      Because, as parents, we all know that if left to their own devices, many of our kids would eat candy for breakfast, they’d follow it up with a few French fries for lunch and cookies and chips for snacks, and then they’d come home for a big chocolate sundae for dinner, right? (Laughter.) And we know that it is our responsibility, as adults, to make sure they don’t do that. So it’s our responsibility to make sure that they get basic nutrition that they need to stay healthy.

      And that’s why so many of us try so very hard to prepare decent meals at home, and to limit how much junk food they get at home, and to ensure that they have a reasonably balanced diet. And when we’re putting forth this kind of effort at home — and many of us are, and it’s difficult to do every single day — it’s always a challenge, particularly with tough economic times and not enough time in the day — but when we’re putting forth these efforts, when we’re doing what we’re supposed to do at home, the last thing we want is to have all these hard efforts, all this hard work undone in the school cafeteria.

      When we send our kids to school, we have a right to expect that they won’t be eating the kind of fatty, salty, sugary foods that we’re trying to keep from them when they’re at home. We have a right to expect that the food they get at school is the same kind of food that we want to serve at our own kitchen tables.

      And let’s be clear, this isn’t just about our kids’ health. Studies have shown that our kids’ eating habits can actually affect their academic performance as well. And I’m sure that comes as no surprise to the educators here today. Anyone who works with kids knows that they need something other than chips and soda in their stomachs if they’re going to focus on math and science, right? Kids can’t be expected to sit still and concentrate when they’re on a sugar high, or when they’re stuffed with salty, greasy food — or when they’re hungry.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/01/25/remarks-first-lady-school-lunch-standards-announcement

    • CR says:

      Healthy Meals and Healthy Kids

      January 25, 2012 Posted by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, usda.gov

      Today we celebrate an historic achievement on behalf of kids across America. We have accomplished a critical step on the road to deliver healthier, more nutritious food to our nation’s schoolchildren. Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture released the final rule that sets the standards for critical improvements to the child nutrition programs that serve millions of children across the country every day.

      The new rule implements important provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. It will substantially increase offerings of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, reduce saturated fat, trans fats and sodium, and set sensible calorie limits based on the age of children being served.

      The final standards make the same kinds of practical changes that many parents are already encouraging at home, including:

      * Ensuring students are offered both fruits and vegetables every day of the week;
      * Substantially increasing offerings of whole grain-rich foods;
      * Offering only fat-free or low-fat milk varieties;
      * Limiting calories based on the age of children being served to ensure proper portion size; and
      * Increasing the focus on reducing the amounts of saturated fat, trans fats and sodium.

      First Lady Michelle Obama announced the new meal standards during a guest appearance at Parklawn elementary school in Alexandria, Va., today. The President and the First Lady have advocated strongly for passing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, and USDA is in lockstep with them to continue to focus on the twin issues of childhood obesity and hunger.

      The strength of our communities, our economy, and our national security, rely on the health of our children. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act strengthens the school nutrition environment, expands access to healthy meals, and simplifies processes so every child can receive a well-balanced school meal.

      For the entire article: http://blogs.usda.gov/2012/01/25/healthy-meals-and-healthy-kids/

  16. CR says:

    US women top Mexico 4-0, on to do-or-die semis

    1/25/12 By JOSEPH WHITE | Associated Press – 8 hrs ago

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The U.S. women’s soccer team was still on the field, having dispatched rival Mexico, when Abby Wambach gathered her teammates for a little speech.

    The message: “We haven’t done anything yet.”

    The Americans avenged one of their most shocking losses Tuesday night, and did so emphatically. A pair of early goals put to rest any notion of another upset by the neighbor to the south, and Carli Lloyd scored her first international hat trick in a 4-0 victory that clinched first place in the Americans’ group and put them a major step closer to the London Olympics.

    But hang on. Next up is the one game in this tournament that matters most, the London-or-bust semifinal against Costa Rica on Friday. The winner gets one of the two available berths for the Olympics; the loser stays home.

    “The next game is the game that we need to be prepared for, and that matters the most,” goalkeeper Hope Solo said. “She made sure that we didn’t celebrate too much today.”

    Wambach and her teammates remember all too well the sting from a 2-1 defeat against Mexico in Cancun in a World Cup qualifier 14 months ago, the only time in 28 tries the Mexicans have beaten the Americans. That loss forced the U.S. into a backdoor playoff just to qualify for the World Cup — and served as a wakeup call that the top-ranked team in the world can’t take important games for granted any more.

    “This was the exact same position that we were in, in Mexico in 2010,” Wambach said. “We haven’t done anything. We still have one game left. That’s what I said — stay focused.

    “It’s simple. I think everybody knows it. I think everybody understands it. But I also think that in hindsight we wish we had said something like that prior to that game. Because we didn’t say those things, I didn’t want to leave any stone unturned. And that’s kind of what that speech was about.”

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/us-women-top-mexico-4-0-die-semis-073215489–olympics.html

  17. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good and HOPEful day after a truly GREAT State of the Union speech, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

    • CR says:

      Good and HOPEful Wednesday Kat!

      It was a great SOTU. We are lucky to have a President that understands how to help America get back on it’s feet.

  18. CR says:

    Now Streaming…

    12:55 PM EST
    President Obama Speaks on An America Built to Last
    Conveyor Engineering & Manufacturing, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-The-State-of-Our-Union-Is-Getting-Stronger/10737427412/

    • CR says:

      January 25, 2012

      Remarks by the President at Conveyor Engineering and Manufacturing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      Conveyor Engineering and Manufacturing
      Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      11:47 A.M. CST

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you! Hello, Iowa! Hello, Cedar Rapids! (Applause.) All right. Thank you. Thank you, everybody. Please have a seat.

      It is great to be back in Iowa, although it is a little colder here — (laughter) — than it was in Washington. I want to thank Jeff for the introduction. It’s good to see your governor, Governor Branstad, and Mayor Corbett. Outstanding members of the congressional delegation. All kinds of good friends. In fact, this whole row here, if I start introducing them, it will make my speech twice as long, but I love these guys. And it is wonderful to be back here in Iowa.

      I know there’s been a lot of excitement here over the past couple of months. It kind of made me nostalgic. (Laughter.) I used to have a lot of fun here in Iowa. I remember a great backyard barbecue out in Marion way back in 2007. Good burgers. I did not have as much gray hair back then. (Laughter.)

      But when I think about all the days I spent in Iowa, so much of my presidency, so much about what I care about, so much what I think about every day, has to do with the conversations that I had with you. People’s backyards, VFW halls. Those conversations I carry with me.

      All across this state, in all 99 counties — and I was in I think just about every county — we talked about how for years the middle class was having a tougher time. Hard work had stopped paying off for too many people. Good jobs and manufacturing were leaving our shores.

      Folks at the very, very top saw their incomes rise like never before, but most Americans, most folks in Iowa, were just trying to stay afloat. And that was before the financial crisis hit in 2008.

      The crisis struck right at the end of a long campaign, but we didn’t even understand at that point how bad that crisis was going to be. And millions of our neighbors were put out of work.

      But we did know then what we know today — that when we come together as a country, there’s no reason why we can’t restore that basic American promise, that if you work hard, you can do well.

      America is not about handouts. America is about earning everything you’ve got. But if you’re willing to put in the work, the idea is that you should be able to raise a family and own a home; not go bankrupt because you got sick, because you’ve got some health insurance that helps you deal with those difficult times; that you can send your kids to college; that you can put some money away for retirement. That’s all most people want.

      Folks don’t have unrealistic ambitions; they do believe that if they work hard they should be able to achieve that small measure of an American Dream. That’s what this country is about. That’s what you deserve. That’s what we talked about during the campaign.

      Now, today, three years after the worst economic storm in three generations, we are making progress. Our businesses have created more than 3 million jobs over the last 22 months. If you look at a job chart, if you look at a chart of what’s happened in terms of jobs in America, we lost 4 million jobs before I took office, another 4 million in the few months right after I took office, before our economic policies had a chance to take effect, and we’ve been growing and increasing jobs ever since — 3 million over the last 22 months. Last year, we created the most jobs since 2005. And today, American manufacturers like this one are hiring again, creating jobs for the first time since the 1990s. And that’s good news.

      Our economy is getting stronger. We’ve got a lot of work to do, but it’s getting stronger. And we’ve come way too far to turn back now. After everything that’s happened, there are people in Washington who seem to have collective amnesia. They seem to have forgotten how we got into this mess. They want to go back to the very same policies that got us into it — the same policies that have stacked the deck against middle-class Americans for years.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/01/25/remarks-president-conveyor-engineering-and-manufacturing-cedar-rapids-io

  19. CR says:

    January 25, 2012

    FACT SHEET: National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security

    “International trade has been and continues to be a powerful engine of United States and global economic growth. In recent years, communications technology advances and trade barrier and production cost reductions have contributed to global capital market expansion and new economic opportunity. The global supply chain system that supports this trade is essential to the United States’ economy and security and is a critical global asset.”

    – National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security, 2012

    The United States and other nations worldwide rely upon the efficient and secure movement of goods across and within our borders to provide food, medicine, energy, and an abundance of other products that feed our domestic critical infrastructure sectors, drive our economies, and support our ways of life. We have a shared, mutual interest in working collaboratively to strengthen this vital global asset.

    Global Supply Chains: Global asset and vital to our economic and security interests

    As the global supply chain becomes more complex and global in scope, it is increasingly at risk from disruptions including natural hazards, accidents, and malicious incidents. Events like Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland in 2010, and the Japan earthquake and tsunami of 2011; failing infrastructures such as the I-35 bridge collapse in 2007; terrorist attacks such as 9/11, and more recent plots involving air cargo shipments filled with explosives shipped via Europe and the Middle East to the United States, remind us that even localized disruptions can escalate rapidly and impact U.S. interests and the broader global community. We must collectively address the challenges posed by these threats and strengthen our national and international policies accordingly.

    National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security

    Through the National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security, we establish the United States Government’s policy to strengthen the global supply chain in order to protect the welfare and interests of the American people and secure our Nation’s economic prosperity. Our focus in this Strategy is the worldwide network of transportation, postal, and shipping pathways; assets and infrastructure by which goods are moved from the point of manufacture until they reach an end consumer; and supporting communications infrastructure and systems.

    The Strategy includes two goals:

    • To Promote the Efficient and Secure Movement of Goods

    • To Foster a Resilient Supply Chain

    Our approach is informed by the following guiding principles:

    • To Galvanize Action

    • To Manage Supply Chain Risk

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/01/25/fact-sheet-national-strategy-global-supply-chain-security

    • CR says:

      APNewsBreak: Obama to protect US goods globally

      1/25/12 By JOHN HEILPRIN | Associated Press – 3 hrs ago

      DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — President Barack Obama has adopted a new strategy declaring for the first time that the United States has a national security interest to protect the nation’s economic goods against terrorists, criminals and natural disasters in all corners of the globe.

      The new U.S. policy unveiled Wednesday by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in Switzerland is called the “National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security,” according to a White House document provided to The Associated Press.

      It says potential economic threats to goods dependent on supplies from beyond U.S. borders are now a matter of national security and that the government must “resolve threats early.”

      And that’s not just cargo shipments — all “cyber and energy networks” also are affected.

      At the World Economic Forum in Davos, she called Obama’s policy “a look across all of U.S. government” preparing for the worst. “When the unknown occurs, you have no time,” she said.

      Businesses have often sought to cut costs by farming out many parts of their operations, leaving them potentially more at risk to disruptions outside the confines of their traditional areas of management. But with the economy increasingly globalized, businesses are becoming more dependent on each other — and more exposed to these risks.

      “The global supply chain provides the food, medicine, energy and products that support our way of life,” the document says.

      “Many different entities are responsible for or reliant upon the functioning of the global supply chain, including regulators, law enforcement, public-sector buyers, private-sector business, and other foreign and domestic partners,” it says. “The system relies upon an interconnected web of transportation infrastructure and pathways, information technology, and cyber and energy networks.”

      Daniel J. Brutto, president of UPS International, said more such cooperation internationally would not only address supply chain threats but also speed up trade. “Many countries want a paper chain system, an archaic system, that slows down commerce,” he said. “When there are disruptions, you are penalized very strongly and I don’t think the financial institutions take that into account.”

      For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/apnewsbreak-obama-protect-us-goods-globally-144814656.html

      • CR says:

        Trade cheats beware: new U.S. team will come after you: Kirk

        1/2912 By Warren Strobel | Reuters – 3 hrs ago

        DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – A new team of U.S. trade enforcers will make countries think twice about putting up unfair barriers to American exports, President Barack Obama’s top trade official said.
        U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk told Reuters that the team, announced by Obama last week, will include intelligence officials as well as representatives of other agencies in order to beef up U.S. resources and crack open markets.

        “We want to make sure we aren’t resource-constrained. Other countries know our budget and our resources … and so they’ll game the system because they know that we’re very discriminating on which cases we make,” Kirk said in an interview.

        “We don’t want them to make … that bet that we don’t have the resources to come after them if they’re intentionally and unfairly discriminating against American exporters,” Kirk said, speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

        He did not identify countries that could attract the attention of the unit, but Obama is under pressure to show business and voters he is taking a tough stance against China.

        For the entire article: http://goo.gl/t5DFX

        • CR says:

          “I Will Go Anywhere in the World to Open New Markets for American Products”

          January 25. 2012 ustr.gov

          Did you see President Obama’s State of the Union last night? If not, you can watch a clip about trade and exports below. You can also read his remarks below the video.

          “We’re also making it easier for American businesses to sell products all over the world. Two years ago, I set a goal of doubling U.S. exports over five years. With the bipartisan trade agreements we signed into law, we’re on track to meet that goal ahead of schedule. (Applause.) And soon, there will be millions of new customers for American goods in Panama, Colombia, and South Korea. Soon, there will be new cars on the streets of Seoul imported from Detroit, and Toledo, and Chicago. (Applause.)

          “I will go anywhere in the world to open new markets for American products. And I will not stand by when our competitors don’t play by the rules. We’ve brought trade cases against China at nearly twice the rate as the last administration –- and it’s made a difference. (Applause.) Over a thousand Americans are working today because we stopped a surge in Chinese tires. But we need to do more. It’s not right when another country lets our movies, music, and software be pirated. It’s not fair when foreign manufacturers have a leg up on ours only because they’re heavily subsidized.

          “Tonight, I’m announcing the creation of a Trade Enforcement Unit that will be charged with investigating unfair trading practices in countries like China. (Applause.) There will be more inspections to prevent counterfeit or unsafe goods from crossing our borders. And this Congress should make sure that no foreign company has an advantage over American manufacturing when it comes to accessing financing or new markets like Russia. Our workers are the most productive on Earth, and if the playing field is level, I promise you -– America will always win.”

    • CR says:

      March 05, 2013

      One-Year Update on the Implementation of the National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security

      The National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security, released in January 2012, established the U.S. Government’s policy to strengthen the global supply chain to protect the interests of the American people and enhance our Nation’s economic prosperity.

      The Administration, in coordination with private sector stakeholders and foreign government partners, made significant progress in implementing the Strategy throughout 2012 and in defining our priorities for future work. As required by the Strategy, Federal Departments and Agencies prepared a consolidated report outlining these efforts and defining 2013 implementation goals. The public version of this report is available HERE.

  20. CR says:

    Next Up…

    1:30 PM EST
    White House Champions of Change: Leaders in Catholic Education
    The White House

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

    • CR says:

      Champions of Change: Catholic Education
      From: whitehouse | Jan 25, 2012

      The White House honors Catholic education leaders as Champions of Change. January 25, 2012.

  21. CR says:

    Senate Democrats promise to push Obama tax agenda

    1/25/12 By ANDREW TAYLOR | Associated Press – 4 mins 55 secs ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s Democratic allies in the Senate are promising to press ahead this year with his proposals to require millionaires to pay at least 30 percent in taxes and curb tax preferences for companies that ship jobs overseas.

    Senate Democratic leaders promise votes soon on such tax “fairness” initiatives, which a key theme of Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.

    The move would build on last year’s drive to renew the payroll tax cut. It comes immediately after GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney revealed that he pays an effective tax rate of less than 15 percent despite income exceeding $20 million a year.

    Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said the decision by Republicans to embrace the payroll tax cut despite widespread reservations bodes well for the upcoming debate.

  22. CR says:

    America Built To Last.<br />

    January 25, 2012

    FACT SHEET: President Obama’s Blueprint to Support U.S. Manufacturing Jobs, Discourage Outsourcing, and Encourage Insourcing

    In his State of the Union address, President Obama laid out a Blueprint for an America Built to Last, encouraging companies to create manufacturing jobs in the United States while removing deductions for shipping jobs overseas and encouraging insourcing. During the past two years, we have begun to see positive signs in American manufacturing – with the manufacturing sector adding more than 300,000 jobs since December 2009, with companies engaging in the emerging trend of “insourcing” by bringing jobs back and making additional investments in the United States. Manufacturing jobs are growing for the first time since the late 1990s.

    The proposals the President is describing today are designed to build on this progress. They include six proposals that Congress should act on immediately to encourage job growth in the United States and that are fully paid for by closing tax loopholes that encourage the shifting of jobs and shielding of profits overseas. The President is also calling for Congress to extend current temporary tax incentives this year to bring more certainty to the near-term economy and for fundamental tax reform that would encourage more investment in America with a new international minimum tax, a lower rate for American manufacturing, and a simpler, broader tax code.

    The President is proposing the following revenue-neutral reform package to support manufacturing, discourage outsourcing, and encourage insourcing that Congress should act on immediately:

    1. Removing tax deductions for shipping jobs overseas and providing new incentives for bringing them back home

    2. Targeting the domestic production incentive on manufacturers who create jobs here at home and doubling the deduction for advanced manufacturing

    3. Introducing a new Manufacturing Communities Tax Credit to encourage investments in communities affected by job loss

    4. Providing temporary tax credits to drive nearly $20 billion in domestic clean energy manufacturing

    5. Reauthorizing 100% expensing of investment in plants and equipment

    6. Closing a loophole that allows companies to shift profits overseas

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/01/25/fact-sheet-president-obama-s-blueprint-support-us-manufacturing-jobs-dis

  23. CR says:

    Fed: Slightly lower growth, unemployment in 2012

    1/25/12 By MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Associated Press – 30 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve has downgraded its outlook for U.S. economic growth this year but is slightly more optimistic about the unemployment rate.

    The Fed expects the economy to grow between 2.2 percent and 2.7 percent in 2012, according to its updated economic forecasts released Wednesday. That’s down from November’s forecast of between 2.5 percent and 2.9 percent.

    Many economists expect Europe will suffer a recession this year, which will slow U.S. growth.

    Earlier Wednesday, the Fed noted the weak but growing economy when it said it doesn’t plan to raise its benchmark interest rate until late 2014. And some members wanted to push that back even further, according to new interest rate projections released with the quarterly forecasts.

    Still, the Fed said it expects unemployment to fall low as 8.2 percent. That’s an improvement from November’s bottom rate of 8.5 percent.

    In December, the unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent — the lowest level in nearly three years — after the sixth straight month of solid hiring.

    Inflation has been relatively tame and the Fed doesn’t see that changing over the next three years.

    And for the first time, the Fed offered an official target for inflation — 2 percent — in a statement of its long-term policy goals. It had previously indicated that inflation between 1.7 percent and 2 percent was acceptable.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/fed-slightly-lower-growth-unemployment-2012-190141146.html

  24. CR says:

    3,2million Jobs Added In Last 22 Months

    By the Numbers: 3.2 Million

    Megan Slack January 25, 2012

    In 2011, American businesses created the most jobs in any year since 2005. In fact, the private sector has added nearly 3.2 million jobs in the last 22 months.

    These numbers are proof that we are steadily climbing out of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. But we can’t stop now. We must continue to take steps to strengthen and grow our economy.

    In his State of the Union address last night, President Obama outlined a Blueprint for an American economy built to last. He laid out a plan to create jobs in the manufacturing and clean energy industries that relies on the skills of American workers. And ee called for a return to American values: hard work, responsibility, and the same rules for everyone, from Wall Street to Main Street.

    Learn more about the President’s Blueprint, or watch the Enhanced State of the Union, which provides a side-by-side display of charts, graphs and other visual representations of why the President’s policies are so important for our country and our economy.

  25. CR says:

    Next Up…

    6:30 PM EST
    President Obama Speaks on An America Built to Last
    Intel Ocotillo Campus, Chandler, Arizona

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-Begins-Five-State-Tour/10737427438/

    • CR says:

      January 25, 2012

      Remarks by the President at Intel Ocotillo Campus, Chandler, AZ

      Chandler, Arizona

      4:31 P.M. MST

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you. (Applause.) Well, thank you, everybody. It is good to be in Arizona. (Applause.) The weather is good. You can’t have better weather than this, can’t do it.

      I want to thank Preston for that wonderful introduction. I want to acknowledge a few folks we have with us this afternoon. Mayor Tibshraeny is here. Give him a big round of applause. (Applause.) Mayor Stanton is here. (Applause.) All the tribal leaders who are here today. (Applause.)

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: — Barack es mi hermano!

      THE PRESIDENT: Mi hermano — mucho gusto. (Applause.)

      Let me say how happy I was to see one particular Arizonan last night — Gabby Giffords. (Applause.) I was able to give her a big hug and just tell her we could not be happy — more happy to see her. I mean, she just looked gorgeous last night. And she’s been an inspiration. Her husband, Mark, has been just a great friend and a great public servant and a hero to so many of us. And Michelle and I are going to be thinking of her as she continues her recovery here in Arizona. And she loves this state and she loves all of you. So it was wonderful to see her. (Applause.)

      Now, last year, I had the chance to tour one of Intel’s plants in Oregon. And basically, the engineers explained what happens inside these factories, and I pretended that I understood — (laughter) — what they were talking about. It’s true. We were on this tour and we were looking through these microscopes and you’d look at some little spots in the microscope and you’d say, well what’s that? And they’d say, well, that’s atoms. (Laughter.) Really? And it was so remarkable that my trip director who was with me — he said, this stuff is like magic. (Laughter.) How do they do this?

      And while I was there, Intel’s CEO, Paul Otellini, someone whose advice I rely on as a member of my Jobs Council — (applause) — announced — he announced that Intel would be building a new factory here in Arizona. (Applause.) A factory which will turn out some of the fastest and most powerful computer chips on Earth. (Applause.) A factory so big, I’m told that right there is the world’s largest land-based crane — (applause) — can pull up to, what is it, 4,000 tons? Is that right, Preston?

      MR. OTELLINI: Yes, sir.

      THE PRESIDENT: Four thousand. So not only that, but Paul informs me that the microscopes that they’re going to have here will be twice as good as the ones they had — (laughter) — up in Oregon. So I decided I had to check this out for myself — because, honestly — first of all, who wants to miss out a chance to see the crane? (Laughter.) That thing is huge.

      But there’s a more important reason that I’m here. I’m here because the factory that’s being built behind me is an example of an America that is within our reach. An America that attracts the next generation of good manufacturing jobs. An America where we build stuff and make stuff and sell stuff all over the world. (Applause.)

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/01/25/remarks-president-intel-ocotillo-campus-chandler-az

  26. CR says:

    The president’s popularity may have taken a beating in the polls since he took the oath of office, but it seems the asking price for one of his previous cars has skyrocketed ten-fold.

    President Obama’s Chrysler on sale for $1 million

    1/25/12By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

    A 2005 Chrysler 300C that Obama reportedly traded in while he was a senator was put up for auction on e-Bay with a starting bid of $100,000 four years ago, according to Fox News. That same car — with another 1,800 miles on it — is back on the auction site, this time for $1 million.

    A representative for the owner, who failed to sell the car the first time after fake bidders drove the price to $1 billion, told Fox that she believes the vehicle is worth so much because Obama has now spent three years in the Oval Office.

    “She cites the reported sale of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s 1977 Peugeot for $2.5 million as an example of the potential value of the vehicle,” Fox reported.

    Bidding ends tonight at 10:30 p.m.

    The market value for a similar Chrysler — without previous Obama ownership but fully loaded and in mint condition otherwise — is $14,346, according to Kelley Blue Book.

  27. CR says:

    WH

    Thursday, January 26 , 2012

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    Vice President Biden tours and delivers remarks at a center co-operated by Albany Engineered Composites and Safran USA on promoting partnerships between Community Colleges and Businesses in Rochester, NH.

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks at UPS Las Vegas South about the importance of American workers developing American-made energy to an economy that’s built to last
    Local Event Time: 10:00AM PST
    Las Vegas, NV, UPS Las Vegas South
    Open Press

    1:10 PM
    Vice President Biden to answer some of the most popular questions on Twitter

    2:00 PM
    2:30 PM
    Vice President Biden attends a campaign event in Portsmouth, N.H.

    3:00 PM
    3:05 PM
    President Obama departs Las Vegas en route to Buckley Air Force Base, Colo.
    Local Event Time: 12:05PM PST
    Las Vegas McCarren International Airport
    Open Press

    4:00 PM
    4:35 PM
    President Obama arrives at Buckley Air Force Base, CO
    Local Event Time: 2:35 PM MST
    Buckley Air Force Base
    Open Press

    5:00 PM
    5:30 PM
    President Obama will deliver remarks on American Energy and Promoting Energy Security
    at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, CO
    Local Event Time: 3:30PM MST
    Buckley Air Force Base
    Open Press

    6:00 PM

    6:15 PM
    President Obama departs Buckley Air Force Base en route Detroit, MI
    Local Event Time: 4:15PM MST
    Buckley Air Force Base
    Open Press
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    8:30 PM
    President Obama arrives Detroit, MI
    Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport
    Open Press

    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  28. CR says:

    State of the Union – White House Follow Up Events

    Thursday, January 26, 2012

    10:00 AM EST
    Veterans: Matt Flavin, Director of Veterans & Wounded Warrier Policy

    11:00 AM EST
    Vice President Biden tours and delivers remarks at a center co-operated by Albany Engineered Composites and Safran USA on promoting partnerships between Community Colleges and Businesses in Rochester, NH.

    11:00 AM EST
    LGBT: Miriam Vogel & Gautam Raghavan

    12:00 PM EST
    Women: Racquel Russell and Avra Siegel

    1:00 PM EST
    Seniors: Jeanne Lambrew and Nick Papas

    1:00 PM EST
    President Obama delivers remarks at UPS Las Vegas South about the importance of American workers developing American-made energy to an economy that’s built to last

    1:10 PM EST
    Vice President Biden to answer some of the most popular questions on Twitter

    2:00 PM EST
    Latinos: Felicia Escobar, Julie Rodriguez and Luis Miranda

    3:00 PM EST
    President Obama will deliver remarks at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, CO

    4:00 PM EST
    Small Business Owners: Christine Koronides,Senior Advisor for Economic Policy

    5:00 PM EST
    African American: Danielle Gray, Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy

    5:30 PM EST
    President Obama will deliver remarks on American Energy and Promoting Energy Security
    at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, CO

    6:00 PM EST
    Asian American Pacific Islanders: Chris Lu, Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary

  29. CR says:

    Obama To Visit Buckley Air Force Base

    January 24, 2012 denver.cbslocal

    BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) – President Barack Obama is stopping at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora Thursday on a five-state swing to follow his State of the Union address.

    Obama is giving remarks at a brief stop that is open to the press but closed to the public. Obama heads to Colorado from Las Vegas. The president is also going to Arizona, Iowa and Michigan on his brief tour after his third State of the Union speech.

  30. CR says:

    Biden to be in Rochester Thursday

    Jan 24, 2012 unionleader.c

    ROCHESTER – Vice President Joe Biden will be in New Hampshire Thursday morning to promote partnerships between community colleges and businesses tin training workers for skilled jobs.

    Biden will visit a 216 Airport Drive facility, operated jointly by Albany Engineered Composites and Safran USA, where he plans to address workers about the administration’s promotion of the training program.

    Albany and Safran, which plans to hire 400 employees over the next decade, teamed up with Great Bay Community College to design a training program to ensure workers have access to advanced manufacturing skills necessary for employment, according to the White House Press Office.

    Safran is a global high-technology company with annual revenues exceeding $15 billion concentrated in aerospace, defense and security. Albany is a global advanced textiles and materials processing company with about $1 billion in revenues from the paper and aerospace composite industries.

  31. CR says:

    FLOTUS 1/26/12 Schedule:

    11:30 AM Tampa, Florida, – First Lady Michelle Obama will join Bob Unanue, President of Goya Foods, the largest, Hispanic-owned U.S. food company, which is committing to being a National Strategic Partner for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in promoting My Plate or Mi Plato. Mrs. Obama will also join leading Latino organizations to promote their nationwide effort to encourage health and wellness in their community.

    Mi Plato is the USDA’s new educational tool to assist families in making healthy meal choices and proper portions. Specific details on Goya’s announcement will be made at the time of the event.

    1:15 PM Sarasota, Florida, – First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver remarks at a Democratic National Committee reception in Sarasota.

    4:00 PM Palm Beach, Florida– First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver remarks at a Democratic National Committee reception in Palm Beach

  32. CR says:

    Warren Buffett and His Secretary Talk Taxes

    1/25/12 By ABC News | ABC News – 2 hrs 50 mins ago

    ABC News’ Seniboye Tienabeso reports:

    In a week when taxes and tax returns have dominated the headlines, billionaire investor Warren Buffett jumped back into the political debate and showed his returns exclusively to ABC News’ Bianna Golodryga, adding, “I have never had it so good. … What has happened in recent years, we were told a rising tide would lift all boats, but the rising tide has lifted all yachts.”

    Buffett’s secretary since 1993, Debbie Bosanek, sat next to her boss just hours after being invited by the president to the State of the Union address, where the president made her the face of tax inequality in America.

    Bosanek pays a tax rate of 35.8 percent of income, while Buffett pays a rate at 17.4 percent.

    “I just feel like an average citizen. I represent the average citizen who needs a voice,” said Bosanek. “Everybody in our office is paying a higher tax rate than Warren.”

    During Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, President Obama, for the first time, put a minimum percentage figure on the amount of taxes the ultra-rich should pay – 30 percent – an idea that has been referred to as the “Buffett rule.”

    “The question is what is fair when you have to raise multi-trillions to fund the United States of America,” said Buffett. “[Raising taxes] will not change my behavior. I have paid all different kinds of rates and I’ve always been interested in making money. I believe this should be a defining issue. Debbie works just as hard as I do and she pays twice the rate I do.”

    Buffett, a Democrat and Obama-supporter, had one question for Mitt Romney: “Do you think the tax system should be perpetuated?”

    He doesn’t blame the former Massachusetts governor or any of the ultra-rich for paying lower tax rates than most Americans and challenged Congress to make a change.

    “I don’t pay hardly any payroll taxes,” Buffett said. “Gov. Romney hardly pays any payroll taxes, Newt Gingrich hardly pays any payroll taxes. Debbie pays lots of payroll taxes.”

    He lashed out at assertions from many Republican leaders that the “Buffett rule” is class warfare.

    “If this is a war, my side has the nuclear bomb,” Buffett said. “We have K Street. … We have Wall Street. Debbie doesn’t have anybody. I want a government that is responsive to the people who got the short straw in life.”

    For the entire article: http://goo.gl/Txr1Z

  33. Good morning CR and everyone. HOPE you all have a great Thursday.

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

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

  34. CR says:

    U.S. Durable Goods Orders Beat Expectations

    Jan 26, 2012 By Bob Willis – bloomberg

    Orders for U.S. durable goods rose more than forecast in December, led by demand for aircraft, autos and business equipment that signals further manufacturing gains.

    Bookings (DGNOCHNG) for goods meant to last at least three years climbed 3 percent after a revised 4.3 percent gain the prior month that was more than previously estimated, data from the Commerce Department showed today. Economists projected a 2 percent increase, according to the median forecast in a Bloomberg News survey. Demand picked up for machinery, metals and communications equipment.

    Gains in consumer and business spending, coupled with lean inventories, may keep driving production in coming months and spur the expansion. Sustained demand from China, Brazil and other emerging economies may also help shield U.S. factories from a slowdown in Europe stemming from its sovereign debt crisis.

    “Improving economic momentum and diminished angst surrounding the financial crisis has encouraged businesses to take on more risk,” said Richard DeKaser, deputy chief economist at Parthenon Group Inc. in Boston. “The factory sector will continue to perform well.”

    Estimates of 78 economists surveyed by Bloomberg ranged from a drop of 2.8 percent to an increase of 6.7 percent. Durable goods orders climbed 10 percent last year after a 15.5 percent gain in 2010.

    For the entire article: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-26/durable-goods-orders-in-u-s-climb-3-stronger-than-economists-estimated.html

  35. CR says:

    Unemployment Claims Up Slightly; Business Spending Increased

    1/26/12 by EYDER PERALTA – NPR

    Over the past week, 21,000 more Americans claimed unemployment benefits, the Labor Department reports. Like most economic news, that’s the bad news. The good news, reports the AP, is the that the four-week average is down 2,500, which “still signals a healthier job market.”

    The Commerce Department also has some good news on the economy: Orders for durable goods rose 3 percent, last month.

    The AP reports that this marks a gain for the second straight month. The AP adds:

    “Perhaps the best evidence of that was a 2.9 percent increase in so-called core capital goods, such as computers and machinery. That pushed total orders for the category to a record $68.9 billion.

    “Economists pay most attention to so-called core capital goods because they are often viewed as a good way of gauging business investment plans.”

  36. CR says:

    US economic gauge shows 0.4 percent December gain
    US gauge of future economic activity posts 0.4 percent gain in December

    1/26/12 By Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Associated Press – 6 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. gauge of future economic activity posted an increase in December, providing evidence the economy was gaining strength as the year ended.

    The Conference Board says that its index of leading economic indicators rose 0.4 percent last month following a revised 0.2 percent increase in November and a revised 0.6 percent gain in October.

    The December report reflects extensive changes in how the index is put together, which the Conference Board hopes will make the index a better forecaster of where the economy is headed.

    Conference Board economist Ken Goldstein says the December index reading provided support for cautious optimism about how the economy will perform in the first half of 2012.

  37. CR says:

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

  38. CR says:

    American Made Energy

    January 26, 2012

    FACT SHEET: President Obama’s Blueprint to Make The Most of America’s Energy Resources

    In his State of the Union Address, President Obama laid out a Blueprint for an America Built to Last, underscoring his commitment to an all-of-the-above approach that develops every available source of American energy. This commitment includes the safe and responsible production of our oil and natural gas resources. Today, American oil production is at the highest level in eight years and last year we relied less on foreign oil than in any of the past 16 years.

    At the same time, the President believes we need to double-down on clean energy in the United States. Transitioning to cleaner sources of energy will enhance our national security, protect the environment and public health, and grow our economy and create new jobs. Over the past few years, renewable energy use has nearly doubled. In fact, in 2011, the United States reclaimed the position as the world’s leading investor in clean energy – but staying on top will depend on smart, aggressive action moving forward.

    President Obama will begin the second day of his post-State of the Union swing with an event at a UPS facility in Las Vegas, focusing on the importance of American workers developing American-made energy for an economy that’s built to last. Following this event, the President will travel to Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado to deliver remarks on American energy and the steps his Administration is taking to promote energy security.

    President Obama’s Plan to Advance Safe Production of Oil and Gas Resources To Create Jobs, Enhance Energy Security, and Cut Pollution

    * Make a new lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico to move forward on our national commitment to safe and responsible oil and gas development

    * Promote safe, responsible development of the near 100-year supply of natural gas, supporting more than 600,000 jobs while ensuring public health and safety

    * Reducing our dependence on oil by encouraging greater use of natural gas in transportation

    * Harnessing American ingenuity to catalyze breakthrough technologies for natural gas

    The President’s Commitment to Clean Energy

    * Doubling the share of electricity from clean energy sources by 2035

    * Supporting clean energy with targeted tax incentives

    * Opening public lands for private investments in clean energy

    * Securing renewable energy for the U.S. Navy

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/01/26/fact-sheet-president-obama-s-blueprint-make-most-america-s-energy-resour

  39. CR says:

    Now Streaming…

    11:00 AM EST
    Vice President Biden tours and delivers remarks at a center co-operated by Albany Engineered Composites and Safran USA on promoting partnerships between Community Colleges and Businesses in Rochester, NH.

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

  40. CR says:

    11:30 AM EST
    First Lady Michelle will join Bob Unanue, President of Goya Foods, National Strategic Partner for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in promoting My Plate or Mi Plato.

    • CR says:

      January 26, 2012

      Remarks by the First Lady at Goya Foods “MiPlato” Announcement — Tampa, FL

      National Supermarket
      Tampa, Florida

      11:17 A.M. EST

      MRS. OBAMA: Thank you, everyone. (Applause.) Well, hello, and thank you. Thank you for that wonderful welcome. And, Aimee, thank you for sharing your story. Thank you for that kind introduction. And thank you for your work as a health advocate in your own right, working with teenagers. I know you can be one of those key communicators, because it’s not just little kids who need to understand that, it’s our adolescents and young adults as well. So thank you for that.

      It’s wonderful to be back in Tampa.

      I want to start by thanking Fausto Castillo — and I know your family is here as well. Are those your two little ones? They’re cute — very cute. I love your shirts. (Laughter.)

      And I want to thank everyone here at National Supermarket for hosting us today. To all the staff who is here, thank you all, thank you for letting us interrupt your workday. It’s an honor to be here.

      I also want to recognize Representative Kathy Castor and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn — (applause) — as well for their leadership and for joining us here today.

      And, of course, I want to thank Bob and everyone at Goya Foods for making this groundbreaking commitment to our nation’s children.

      And finally, I want to thank all of you who are here — the community leaders, the parents, the advocates from so many of our Hispanic communities. When it comes to fighting for the health of our children, it’s folks like you, from America’s diverse and growing Hispanic community, who have been leading the way. From the very beginning, when we launched “Let’s Move”, you all have been vital partners for us, making sure that we understand the challenges that Hispanic children and families are facing.

      And over the past two years, we’ve worked with organizations like the National Council of La Raza, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and so many others. We’ve met with faith and community leaders, with educators, with other parents in Hispanic communities from across this country.

      And what we’ve learned is that when it comes to keeping their kids healthy, Hispanic parents are facing pretty much the same challenges that everyone else is. Kids are spending too much time in front of the TV instead of outside playing. Chips and candy and soda are taking up too much of their diets, while oftentimes fruits and vegetables don’t make enough of an appearance on the plate.

      And quite frankly, parents are stretched thinner than ever before, so often it’s just easier to pick up fast food or to get something from the corner store, because people don’t have the time or the energy to make a home-cooked meal.

      And we’re seeing these struggles in every community in the country, in families from all different backgrounds. But we also know that the Hispanic communities face unique challenges. While one in three kids in America are overweight or obese, we know that in Hispanic community, it’s nearly two in five — two in five.

      Now, some of this disparity is due to simple economics. This economic downturn has hit Hispanic households particularly hard. And folks are struggling to make ends meet and just to put food on the table, and we all know that sometimes the most affordable options aren’t always the healthiest options.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/01/26/remarks-first-lady-goya-foods-miplato-announcement-tampa-fl

  41. CR says:

    January 26, 2012

    Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate Regarding the War Powers Act for Somalia

    January 26, 2012

    Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)

    At my direction, on January 24, 2012, U.S. Special Operations Forces conducted an operation in Somalia to rescue Ms. Jessica Buchanan, a U.S. citizen. The operation was successfully completed. Ms. Buchanan was kidnapped in Galcayo, Somalia on October 25, 2011, by a group linked to Somali pirates and financiers. Also rescued in the course of the operation was a Danish national, Poul Hagen Thisted, who was kidnapped with Ms. Buchanan. The operation was undertaken by a small number of joint combat-equipped U.S. forces, after we received reliable intelligence indicating Ms. Buchanan’s location in Somalia along with that of Mr. Thisted. These forces left Somalia on January 25, 2012.

    I directed this action consistent with my responsibility to protect U.S. citizens both at home and abroad, and in furtherance of U.S. national security interests, pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct U.S. foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive.

    I am providing this report as part of my efforts to keep the Congress fully informed, consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148). I appreciate the support of the Congress in this action.

    Sincerely,

    BARACK OBAMA

  42. CR says:

    Thank You Mr. President

    Uploaded by ReneeNix on Jan 25, 2012

    I love my president! I think that he is an amazing man. I got these pictures in an e-mail and I felt that they deserved a song. I don’t think we as Americans say it enough! Thank you President Obama for everything that you do!

  43. CR says:

    Engaging Overseas Audiences on the State of the Union Address

    POSTED BY DAWN MCCALL / JANUARY 25, 2012 blogs.state.gov

    Dawn L. McCall serves as Coordinator of the Bureau of International Information Programs.

    Last night, Americans gathered around their television sets — or computer monitors — to watch President Barack Obama deliver the State of the Union Address. For the first time, international audiences were able to watch the State of the Union Address live on U.S. embassy and consulate websites. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) streamed the speech with a new video player, placed directly on almost 300 English-language embassy and consulate websites and Facebook pages worldwide.

    Our missions in Cambodia, Japan, Nepal, Thailand, and Turkey had among the highest views of the webcast, and more than 60 posts amplified the speech on social media platforms, where they engaged their online communities via Facebook and Twitter. The U.S. Mission in Melbourne noted that the hashtag #SOTU was trending on Twitter in Australia — which demonstrates to me the interest the State of the Union Address generated overseas.

    Some of our posts continued the online engagement offline by hosting viewing parties. For example, the U.S. Mission in Lahore hosted a group of Pakistani students to watch the President’s remarks, and the U.S. Embassy in Accra held an event with local journalists and exchange program alumni to view and discuss the program.

    The feedback we received from participants was encouraging. A group of students watching in India shared how inspired they were by the President, and a viewer in Russia said that she believed in the power of people to create change. One viewer in Iraq noted that he woke up extra early in the morning to make sure he didn’t miss the President’s address.

    Fortunately, not everyone had to set their alarm clocks early to watch the speech! To reach the part of the world that was asleep during the live event, we are rebroadcasting the State of the Union Address today in a 24-hour loop. International audiences across all time zones will be able to see the President’s remarks. This pilot program is part of our ongoing efforts to find new and innovative ways to create global conversations and connect publics around the world, a hallmark of 21st Century Statecraft.

  44. CR says:

    Senate kills measure to stop President Obama from raising debt limit

    1/26/12 By Alexander Bolton – TheHill

    President Obama will raise the nation’s debt limit to $16.39 trillion after the Senate on Thursday killed a measure to stop the president from adding $1.2 trillion to the total.

    After just over two hours of debate, the Senate voted 44-52 to block a motion to disapprove the debt-limit increase, which the House passed overwhelmingly last week. Four Senate Republicans missed the vote.

    The $1.2 trillion debt increase is expected to cover the nation’s borrowing requirements until after the November election. A GOP aide said Congress would have to vote on another increase if the administration spends the money faster than anticipated.

    Conservatives accused their colleagues of abandoning fiscal responsibility.

    “I’m embarrassed for us that we failed to meet the standard that we ask of the people who serve this country,” said Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.). “We have done nothing to eliminate the duplication in the 82 federal government programs for teacher quality. We have done nothing to consolidate the 88 economic development programs.
    “We have no business teaching anybody financial literacy when we don’t even have it ourselves,” he added.

    The House voted 239-176, largely along party lines, to stop Obama from raising the debt limit. But the measure needed to be approved by the Senate, as well.

    Democrats argued that raising the debt limit simply covers obligations the federal government has already incurred and does not authorize new spending.

    “Last week the House of Representatives said, ‘No, we don’t want to extend the debt ceiling.’ The same members of the House who voted for the spending bill, the same members who voted for the Budget Enforcement Act, the same members who give speeches back home about how we can’t turn our backs on our men and women in uniform,” said Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). “It is a totally inconsistent position.”

    Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Ben Nelson (Neb.), two Democrats from conservative-leaning states, bucked their party leadership and voted with Republicans to advance the disapproval motion.

    For the entire article: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/206805-senate-debt-vote

  45. CR says:

    January 26, 2012

    First Lady Michelle Obama joins Goya Foods in announcing “Mi Plato” Resources for families

    Tampa, Florida – In support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, Goya Foods, the largest, Hispanic-owned U.S. food company, is committing resources to promote the USDA’s MyPlate, or MiPlato, a new food group symbol to remind families about making healthy meal choices with easy “how-tos” about proper portions. Mrs. Obama joined Bob Unanue, President of Goya Foods, and leading Latino organizations to promote their nationwide effort to encourage health and wellness in communities across the country. Goya Foods is rolling out numerous steps to help communities enjoy healthy, tasty and affordable meals including creating brochures, posters, coupons and cookbooks for consumers; developing educational tools for 4th through 6th grade students across the country; and imprinting the MiPlato icon on some of their products.

    “Today’s announcement is what Let’s Move! is really all about – folks from every sector of our society stepping up and coming together on behalf of our kids. One of the pillars of Let’s Move! is empowering parents with the information they need to make healthy choices. MiPlato is a tool to help support families in that effort. Today, Goya is utilizing their incredible reach into communities across the country to get this helpful information to the hand of parents,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “Everything that Goya is doing – from the MiPlato posters and pamphlets to cookbooks and recipes – center around the idea that we parents can make simple changes to help their children lead healthier lives.”

    “For Goya, MiPlato is an ideal reflection of our product line; quality, flavor, healthy and nutritious; while offering guidance to the public to easily identify the basic food groups of vegetables, grains, fruits, proteins, and dairy,” said Bob Unanue, president of Goya Food.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/01/26/first-lady-michelle-obama-joins-goya-foods-announcing-mi-plato-resources

  46. CR says:

    Next Up…

    1:00 PM EST
    President Obama delivers remarks at UPS Las Vegas South about the importance of American workers developing American-made energy to an economy that’s built to last

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/Pres-Obama-Promotes-Job-Plan-in-Las-Vegas-amp-Denver-Stops/10737427632/

    • CR says:

      January 26, 2012

      Remarks by the President on American-Made Energy

      UPS Las Vegas South
      Las Vegas, Nevada

      10:11 A.M. PST

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Nevada! (Applause.) It is great to be back in Las Vegas. (Applause.)

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: I love you!

      THE PRESIDENT: I love you back. (Laughter.) Although I always say, when we stay here for the night, I’ve got to watch my staff to make sure that they get on the plane when we leave. (Laughter.) Sometimes they conveniently miss the flight. (Laughter.)

      But everybody please have a seat, have a seat. It is great to see you. Joe, thanks for the introduction. Scott, thank you and the folks at UPS for hosting us today. I want to thank all of the elected officials and the tribal leaders who took the time to join us.

      Before I get into the core of my remarks, I just want to mention something that I said to Scott and I said to Joe, and that is that UPS I think deserves just extraordinary credit for being the best in its space, one of the best businesses we have in the United States. But the reason is because it’s got such outstanding workers — (applause) — and the relationship between its workforce and management, cooperating, constantly figuring out how to make things better is just an outstanding organization. And so you guys all need to be congratulated for everything that you do. (Applause.)

      Now, I’m here to talk a little more about what I talked about at the State of the Union on Tuesday night. And what I want to focus on is how we’re going to restore the basic promise of America, something that folks at UPS understand, which is, if you work hard, if you do the right thing, you should be able to do well enough to raise a family and own a home and send your kids to college and put a little away for retirement. That’s the American Dream. That’s what most people are looking for.

      They don’t expect a handout. They don’t expect anything to come easy. They do expect, if they’re willing to work hard, to try to get ahead. If they’re doing the right thing, then they can have a sense of security and dignity, and help make sure that their family is moving forward. That’s what Americans are looking for. That’s what Americans deserve.

      And today, three years after the worst economic storm in three generations, our economy is growing again. Our businesses have created more than 3 million jobs. (Applause.) Last year, businesses created the most jobs since 2005. American manufacturers are hiring again and creating jobs for the first time since the 1990s.

      Now, we’ve got more work to do. But what we can’t do is go back to the very same policies that got us into a mess in the first place. We can’t go backwards. We have to move forward. I said on Tuesday, and I will repeat today, we will not — we cannot — go back to an economy weakened by outsourcing and bad debt and phony financial profits. So on Tuesday, at the State of the Union, I laid out my vision for how we move forward. I laid a blueprint for an economy that’s built to last, that has a firm foundation, where we’re making stuff and selling stuff and moving it around and UPS drivers are dropping things off everywhere. (Applause.)

      That’s the economy we want, an economy built on American manufacturing with more good jobs and more products made here in the United States of America. (Applause.) An economy built on American energy, fueled by homegrown and alternative sources that make us more secure and less dependent on foreign oil. (Applause.) An economy built on the skills of American workers, getting people the education and the training they need to prepare for the jobs of today, but also to compete for the jobs of tomorrow. (Applause.)

      For the entire article; http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/01/26/remarks-president-american-made-energy

  47. CR says:

    1:15 PM EST
    First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver remarks at a Democratic National Committee reception in Sarasota, FL

    • CR says:

      January 26, 2012

      Remarks by the First Lady at a DNC Event — Sarasota, FL

      Private Residence
      Sarasota, Florida

      1:50 P.M. EST

      MRS. OBAMA: Oh, my goodness! (Applause.) Thank you so much. (Applause.) This is beautiful. I am never leaving. (Laughter.) It is such a pleasure and an honor to be back here. I remember this event so well, because the Lobos are amazing — terrific, warm family. This is a beautiful house, beautiful venue. I think I wanted to stay last time. (Laughter.) So we have to arrange this differently from now on.

      But I want to start by thanking Caren for not just that kind introduction — (applause) — absolutely. But I want to thank Caren and Dick and their wonderful family for hosting us in their home again, and for all that they’ve done on behalf of this administration, our family. It’s this kind of consistent support — so many of you were here that time ago — it matters. It really does make a difference to us as we’re working so hard. So we are so grateful. So a round of applause to all of you. (Applause.)

      And we have to thank Alyssa White for her wonderful performance. She is a tremendous talent, a beautiful young woman. (Applause.) Sign of the future — that’s who we’re working for.

      And of course, I want to thank our host committee for their outstanding work — this is an amazing turnout. And I heard you guys were flawless to work with, so thank you all. I want to make sure that we thank the caterers, the wait staff, everyone who’s worked so hard to make this event such a success. Thank you all. (Applause.)

      And finally, thank you for joining us this afternoon. And I know that there’s a reason why you all are here today, and it has a little more to do with spending a wonderful, sunny afternoon with a wonderful view and good food and good friends. You’re here because you know that we stand at a fundamental crossroads for our country. You’re here because you know that in less than a year from now, we’re going to make a choice that will impact our lives for decades to come.

      And you’re here because you know that that choice won’t just affect all of us, it will also affect our children and our grandchildren and the world we leave for them long after we’re gone. (Applause.) Absolutely.

      And that is also why I’m here today. You see, as First Lady, I have had the privilege of traveling all across this great country, meeting folks from different backgrounds and hearing what’s going on in their lives. And every day, I hear about their struggles -– the bills they’re trying to pay, the businesses they’re trying to keep afloat. I hear about how people are taking that extra shift, working that extra job; how people are saving and sacrificing, never spending a dime on themselves, because they desperately want something better for their kids.

      And make no mistake about it, these struggles are not new. For decades now, middle-class folks have been squeezed from all sides. The costs for things like gas and groceries and tuition have been rising, but people’s paychecks just haven’t kept up.

      So when the economic crisis hit, for far too many families, the bottom just completely fell out. And now, over the past three years, we have worked very hard to dig ourselves out of this mess. And we have made some wonderful progress — wonderful progress. (Applause.) We have had 22 straight months of private sector job growth, and the unemployment rate is now the lowest it’s been in nearly three years. That’s the truth. (Applause.)

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/01/26/remarks-first-lady-dnc-event-sarasota-fl

  48. CR says:

    2:30 PM EST
    Vice President Biden attends a campaign event in Portsmouth, N.H.

  49. CR says:

    4:00 PM EST
    First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver remarks at a Democratic National Committee reception in Palm Beach, FL

    • CR says:

      January 26, 2012

      Remarks by the First Lady at a DNC Event — Palm Beach, FL

      Private Residence
      Palm Beach, Florida

      4:28 P.M. EST

      MRS. OBAMA: Oh, my goodness. Thank you so much. (Applause.) Wow. Thank you all. Thank you so much. (Applause.) Please, rest yourselves. We want you ready to work. (Laughter.) So don’t waste any energy on clapping. Oh, never mind, you can clap. (Laughter.) But it is a pleasure and an honor to be here with all of you.

      And I want to start by thanking Michele for that — my staff is back there and they were saying, we need to get Michele on the road. I mean, she covered every point. I’m done. (Laughter.) I am done. You’re amazing, Howard. Thank you both for hosting us in your beautiful home. You have an amazing family. We had a great time. I was drilled about iCarly, Air Force One — I think they covered it all. You two need to go into media interviewing. (Laughter.) You could give Oprah a run for her money. (Laughter.) But we have to give them a round of applause for opening up this beautiful home. (Applause.)

      And I also want to recognize Congressman Deutch and his family, who are here. (Applause.) And there’s a birthday girl here as well.

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: Yes, she’s a Deutch.

      MRS. OBAMA: Yeah, happy birthday. And Mayor Muoio, for her leadership. Thank you both. Thank you all for joining us today. (Applause.)

      And of course, I want to thank the co-hosts who made this event such a wonderful success — Ewa, Danny, Elaine, Jerry, Mark, Andrew — awesome. Way to go. Let’s give them a round of applause. (Applause.) They do it so seamlessly.

      And finally, I have to thank all of you for taking the time to join us here this afternoon. And I’ve seen a few of you around the country, and I’m always amazed that you come back to hear me again and again. (Laughter.) Funny, you’re not sick of me yet. (Laughter.) But it is always a joy, and it feels like a privilege and an honor when I come out here and I see so many people who are just positive and enthusiastic. I tell people, as I see them in rope lines and photo lines, it’s important for you to know that this keeps us going. I mean, for me and for Barack, it’s your love, it’s your support, it’s your energy that inspires us. So we are so grateful.

      And I know there’s a reason that you all are here today.

      You’re here because you know that we stand at a fundamental crossroads for our country. You’re here because you know that in less than a year — and it is — the months are closing in — we are going to make a choice that will impact our lives for decades to come.

      For the entire article; http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/01/26/remarks-first-lady-dnc-event-palm-beach-fl

  50. CR says:

    5:30 PM EST
    President Obama will deliver remarks on American Energy and Promoting Energy Security
    at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, CO

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.cspan.org

    • CR says:

      January 26, 2012

      Remarks by the President on American Energy, Aurora, Colorado

      Buckley Air Force Base
      Aurora, Colorado

      3:34 P.M. MST

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! (Applause.) Hello, Team Buckley! (Applause.) It is great to be here. Everybody please have a seat, have a seat.

      Al, thank you for that introduction and for your years of service. I brought a few folks with me here today. The Secretary of the Air Force, Michael Donley. (Applause.) The Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus is here. (Applause.) Our Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy Planning Sharon Burke is in the house. (Applause.) They are all doing great work with Secretary Panetta to keep our military the strongest in the world and to make our military more energy efficient.

      I want to thank our host, Colonel Dant, for welcoming us here today. (Applause.) Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia is here as well. Give him a round of applause. (Applause.) And the mayor of the great city of Denver, Michael Hancock is here as well. (Applause.) You’ll notice they have the same hairdo. (Laughter.)

      And of course we’ve got some outstanding men and women in uniform from Buckley Air Force Base. (Applause.) And that includes the 460th Space Wing. (Applause.) To all of you, on behalf of a grateful nation, I want to thank you for your extraordinary service.

      During a decade of war, these folks, so many of you, exhibited the very best of America: courage, selflessness, teamwork. As I said this past Tuesday, you’ve exceeded all expectations, because you focus on your mission. You work together. You get the job done.

      And so on Tuesday, I talked about the job we’ve got to get done as a nation, all of us — the job of restoring the American promise, the idea that if you work hard, if you fulfill your responsibilities, then you can do well enough to raise a family and own a home, send your kids to college, put a little away for retirement, live out that American Dream.

      That’s what most people are reaching for. They don’t expect a handout. They don’t expect anything to come easy. But they do expect if they’re applying themselves, if they’re working hard, if they’re able to overcome setbacks and obstacles and they can cooperate with the folks they’re working with — if they’re doing the right thing, then they should be able to achieve some security and some dignity in their lives. Something very basic — it’s a basic promise that we’ve got to restore.

      So at the State of the Union, I tried to lay out my vision for how we would do that. I laid out a blueprint for an economy that’s built to last. It’s an economy built on American manufacturing, more good jobs and products made here in the United States that we’re selling all around the world.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/01/26/remarks-president-american-energy-aurora-colorado

  51. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Arriving a little late here to wish a good and HOPEful Thursday to CR and all friends!

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  52. CR says:

    January 26, 2012

    Statement by the President on the Retirement of Governor Bev Perdue

    As the first woman to serve as North Carolina’s Lieutenant Governor and Governor, Bev Perdue has never been afraid to break barriers. For over 25 years, she has fought for the people of the Tar Heel State – working to transform the state’s public schools, improve the health care system, protect and attract jobs for members of the military and their families, and create the jobs of the future. Michelle and I want to congratulate Governor Perdue on her historic tenure, and we wish Bev and her family well in the future.

  53. CR says:

    January 26, 2012

    Statement by the President on the Retirement of Congressman Brad Miller

    Brad Miller has served the people of North Carolina for two decades. In the House of Representatives, Brad helped lead the fight to protect families from abuses by the financial industry, and is a key reason why today we finally have a strong watchdog in place looking out for American consumers. Michelle and I thank Brad for his service, and wish him the very best in the future.

  54. CR says:

    January 26, 2012

    Statement by the Press Secretary on Legislation to Ban Insider Trading by Members of Congress

    Today, Leader Reid announced the Senate will take-up legislation making it clear that Members of Congress may not engage in insider trading, an important component of the President’s blueprint for an America built to last. As the President said in his State of the Union message, this bipartisan legislation will help limit the corrosive influence of money in politics and restoring the American people’s trust in Washington. Members of Congress should not be able to trade stocks based on nonpublic information gleaned on Capitol Hill nor should they be able to own stocks in industries they impact. We believe this is an important first step to prevent members of Congress from profiting from their positions and call for swift passage.

  55. CR says:

    Deadline Saturday: Submit Your Questions for President Obama

    Katelyn Sabochik January 27, 2012

    On Tuesday, President Obama delivered his State of the Union address and laid out his Blueprint for an America that is built to last, a nation where hard work and responsibility are rewarded, where everyone does their fair share, and where everyone is held accountable for their actions. All week, Vice President Biden and over 30 White House officials have been taking your questions on Twitter.

    And, on Monday January 30 at 5:30 p.m. ET, President Obama will answer questions that have been submitted by Americans from across the country in the first completely-virtual interview from the White House.

    The deadline to submit your questions is midnight on Saturday January 28, so head over to the White House YouTube Channel now to submit a question or vote for your favorite question.

    Then don’t forget to tune in at Monday at 5:30 p.m. when the President will join a special Google+ Hangout from the West Wing. He’ll be answering several of the most popular questions that have been submitted through YouTube, and some of the people who submitted questions will even be invited to join the President in the Hangout and take part in the live conversation.

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