Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders

Empowering AAPIs in an America Built to Last

Posted by Chris Lu on January 27, 2012 at 03:40 PM EST

Earlier this week, in his annual State of the Union Address, President Obama laid out his Blueprint for an America Built to Last. This includes our Administration’s unwavering commitment to preserving the American dream for all, including the nearly 17 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) across our nation. Below, read more about how the Initiative will help carry the President’s message to AAPIs across the country. Also, learn about our upcoming Weekly Web Chat Series and other exciting federal work.

In his State of the Union Address, the President laid out a blueprint for an economy that’s built to last – an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values. The President believes this is a make or break moment for the middle class and those trying to reach it. What’s at stake is the very survival of the basic American promise that if you work hard, you can do well enough to raise a family, own a home, and put enough away for retirement.

The defining issue of our time is how to keep that promise alive. No challenge is more urgent; no debate is more important. We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while more Americans barely get by, or we can build a nation where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules. At stake right now are not Democratic or Republican values, but American values – and for the sake of our future, we have to reclaim them.

Over the next few weeks, the White House Initiative on AAPIs will have many opportunities for you to take an active role in the work of our government. Here’s what’s coming up:

February 6, 2012: Washington, DC, AAPI business leaders briefing and State of the Union conversation

For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/01/27/empowering-aapis-america-built-last

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  1. CR says:

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    Monday, February 6, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
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    Vice President Biden and Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter visit Florida State University.
    Florida, Tallahassee

    12:00 PM
    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    12:30 PM EST
    White House briefing
    Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

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    President Obama meets with senior advisers.
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    2:45 PM
    Vice President Biden attends a campaign event.

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    Vice President Biden attends a campaign event.

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    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      February 6, 2012

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

      11:00 AM EST
      Vice President Biden speaks on the Importance of Tackling Rising College Costs with Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter visit Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL (Audio Only)

      12:30 PM EST
      White House briefing
      Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

      3:00 PM EST
      White House AAPI Business Leaders Briefing

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      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      12:30 PM EST
      White House briefing
      Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

      12:30 PM EST
      State Department briefing
      The State Department holds its daily briefing with reporters. Topics expected to be discussed include the crisis in Syria and the situation in Egypt.

      2:00 PM EST
      Senate considers FAA funding
      Senate lawmakers are expected to begin discussion on legislation that would fund and reform the Federal Aviation Administration.

      3:30 PM EST
      U.S. Postal Service changes briefing
      Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, will brief reporters on his opposition to proposed U.S. Postal Service cuts.

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      12:00 PM EST
      The Aspen Institute: Israel’s Future in a Changing Middle East http://www.c-span.org/Events/Former-Obama-Advisor-Discusses-Israel-and-the Middle-East/10737428000/

      IMF Official Forecasts European Recession
      The IMF’s Olivier Blanchard speaks at the Carnegie Endowment about Europe’s coming economic slowdown. http://www.c-span.org/Events/IMF-Official-Forecasts-European-Recession/10737428001/

      12:30 PM EST
      Institute of International Finance: An Economic and Monetary Policy Outlook http://www.c-span.org/Events/Federal-Reserve-Policymaker-Analyzes-US-Economic-Policy/10737427994/

      12:30 PM EST
      White House briefing
      Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

      2:00 PM EST
      Senate considers FAA funding
      Senate lawmakers are expected to begin discussion on legislation that would fund and reform the Federal Aviation Administration.

      3:30 PM EST
      U.S. Postal Service changes briefing
      Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, will brief reporters on his opposition to proposed U.S. Postal Service cuts.

  2. CR says:

    Empowering AAPIs in an America Built to Last

    Posted by Chris Lu on January 27, 2012 at 03:40 PM EST

    Earlier this week, in his annual State of the Union Address, President Obama laid out his Blueprint for an America Built to Last. This includes our Administration’s unwavering commitment to preserving the American dream for all, including the nearly 17 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) across our nation. Below, read more about how the Initiative will help carry the President’s message to AAPIs across the country. Also, learn about our upcoming Weekly Web Chat Series and other exciting federal work.

    In his State of the Union Address, the President laid out a blueprint for an economy that’s built to last – an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values. The President believes this is a make or break moment for the middle class and those trying to reach it. What’s at stake is the very survival of the basic American promise that if you work hard, you can do well enough to raise a family, own a home, and put enough away for retirement.

    The defining issue of our time is how to keep that promise alive. No challenge is more urgent; no debate is more important. We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while more Americans barely get by, or we can build a nation where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules. At stake right now are not Democratic or Republican values, but American values – and for the sake of our future, we have to reclaim them.

    Over the next few weeks, the White House Initiative on AAPIs will have many opportunities for you to take an active role in the work of our government. Here’s what’s coming up:

    February 6, 2012: Washington, DC, AAPI business leaders briefing and State of the Union conversation

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/01/27/empowering-aapis-america-built-last

    • CR says:

      Obama Administration Record for the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

      “When any of our citizens are unable to fulfill their potential due to factors that have nothing to do with their talent, character, or work ethic, then I believe there’s a role for our government to play.”
      - President Barack Obama, October 14, 2009

      President Obama knows that putting Americans back to work is job one. But we have to do more. We have to reclaim the security the middle class has lost by restoring the basic values that made our country great. America prospers when we’re all in it together; when hard work pays off and responsibility is rewarded; when everyone, from Main Street to Wall Street, does their fair share and plays by the same rules. The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community has made tremendous contributions to our nation, but still faces challenges. That’s why President Obama signed an executive order reestablishing the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders which has worked to improve the quality of life and opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders by facilitating increased access to and participation in Federal programs, and ensuring educational opportunities for AAPI students. The Obama Administration’s record for the AAPI community includes:

      * Restoring Economic Security to AAPI Families

      * Improving Health Outcomes for the AAPI Community

      * Strengthening Higher Education Institutions that Serve AAPI Students

      * Reforming Legal Immigration and Immigration Enforcement

      * Promoting Safe and Secure Jobs for AAPI Workers

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/aapi_community_record.pdf

    • CR says:

      White House Asian American and Pacific Islander Women’s Briefing

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Jan 23, 2012

      The White House hosts a briefing to address issues facing women in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. January 23, 2011.

    • CR says:

      White House Asian American and Pacific Islander Women’s Briefing

      Published on Apr 6, 2012 by whitehouse

      The White House honors nine Asian American and Pacific Islander community leaders who were selected to represent their community through the “What’s Your Story” video challenge. These The Champions of Change represent the millions of Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders who are making a difference in their community, many of whom continue to make a difference without being formally recognized. The nine leaders and organizations have stood out as demonstrating exceptional leadership in civil rights, immigration, community empowerment, LGBT engagement, anti-bullying, health, and the arts. Their work has been an integral part ensuring that the underserved among them are given a voice.’

    • CR says:

      Champions of Change: AAPI “What’s Your Story” Challenge Winners Part 2

      Published on Apr 6, 2012 by whitehouse
      The White House honors nine Asian American and Pacific Islander community leaders who were selected to represent their community through the “What’s Your Story” video challenge. These The Champions of Change represent the millions of Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders who are making a difference in their community, many of whom continue to make a difference without being formally recognized. The nine leaders and organizations have stood out as demonstrating exceptional leadership in civil rights, immigration, community empowerment, LGBT engagement, anti-bullying, health, and the arts. Their work has been an integral part ensuring that the underserved among them are given a voice.

    • CR says:

      Open for Questions: AAPI Initiative

      Uploaded by whitehouse on May 4, 2010

      Secy. Gary Locke, Department of Commerce, and Kiran Ahuja, Executive Director of White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, answer questions on topics specific to the AAPI community.

    • CR says:

      Immigration is an AAPI Issue

      Posted by May Y. Chen on June 26, 2012 at 03:26 PM EDT

      Just over a week ago, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced a deferred action process for young people who are low enforcement priorities and that meet several key criteria, a step that will help certain young people—sometimes called “DREAMers”—be considered for relief from the threat of deportation. This renews my hope for public policies that recognize the contributions of immigrants and my hope for the possibility of comprehensive immigration reforms.

      As a Chinese-American, born in the United States to immigrant parents, I have experienced the deeply felt concerns of my family and community for fairer immigration policies. I became a lifelong advocate for immigrants’ rights through my work with the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU). Through the stories and cases of thousands of Chinese immigrant workers, I learned about their desires to become American citizens, to keep families together, to enjoy fair working conditions, and to provide a brighter future for their children.

      Speaking in the Rose Garden, President Obama underscored the need for comprehensive immigration reform, including the adoption of the full DREAM Act. Over the course of my career, I have supported various efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform. It is heartwarming to see this Administration, acting through the Department of Homeland Security and led by my President—our President––now take bold action towards that goal.

      As the President also noted, this announcement was “the right thing to do.” I absolutely agree.

      With the President’s leadership on this important issue, I hope everyone can work together to celebrate our history as a country of immigrants, and to acknowledge the hard work and contributions of the generations of immigrants, especially today’s immigrants, with comprehensive, humane immigration reforms.

    • CR says:

      AAPI Community Leaders Briefing

      Published on May 9, 2012 by whitehouse

      White House staff speak with community leaders at a briefing in honor of AAPI Heritage Month. May 9, 2012.

      • CR says:

        AAPI Youth Leadership Summit Part 2

        Published on Jul 9, 2012 by whitehouse

        The White House Office of Public Engagement and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) hosts an AAPI Youth Leadership Summit to discuss important issues facing AAPI youth and empower AAPI youth leaders to take action in their communities and campuses. July 6, 2012.

      • CR says:

        AAPI Youth Leadership Summit Part 3

        Published on Jul 9, 2012 by whitehouse

        The White House Office of Public Engagement and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) hosts an AAPI Youth Leadership Summit to discuss important issues facing AAPI youth and empower AAPI youth leaders to take action in their communities and campuses. July 6, 2012.

    • CR says:

      Photo of Second World War veteran casting ballot captures hearts

      10/22/12 By Audrey McAvoy, The Associated Press

      HONOLULU, Hawaii – A photograph of a 93-year-old Second World War veteran casting what will likely be his last ballot has captured the hearts of tens of thousands of Internet users.

      The photo shows Frank Tanabe lying in a hospital bed at home as his daughter Barbara Tanabe helps him fill out his absentee ballot. A half-million people saw the picture on the website Reddit after his grandson posted it there on Thursday, making it one of the most popular items on the social media network for a day after.

      “True Patriotism,” was the top rated comment on the post. “This is America. Amen,” was next, followed by “Thank you, Citizen.”

      Doctors diagnosed Tanabe with an inoperable cancer tumour in his liver two months ago. He’s been in hospice care for the past three weeks at his daughter’s home. His condition has been deteriorating, and he’s been speaking little lately.

      He’s been determined to vote regardless, eagerly asking when the ballot would be arriving in the mail, his daughter said. She kept telling him, “don’t worry, it’s coming.” He filled it out immediately when it landed in the mailbox on Wednesday.

      Barbara Tanabe read aloud the names of the candidates to her dad. He either nodded “yes” to the names or shook his head “no.” She filled in the boxes on his behalf, following his instructions even when he didn’t pick the people she wanted.

      “There were some that were OK, but there were others where I said, ‘Dad, are you sure?’” she said.

      But he knew what he was doing. He’s kept up on the issues, reading newspapers regularly until only recently, she said.

      Tanabe volunteered to join the Army from behind barbed wire at the Tule Lake internment camp in California. He was pulled out of college at the University of Washington and taken to the camp when President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered 110,000 Japanese-Americans detained and isolated after the start of the war with Japan.

      The Army assigned Tanabe to the Military Intelligence Service, a classified unit whose members were collectively awarded the Congressional Gold Medal last year along with soldiers who served in the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team — highly decorated segregated units of mostly Japanese-Americans.

      “I’d like to accept on behalf of all hyphenated Americans, including American-Americans,” Tanabe told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser at the time. “We all served together in defence of our country.”

      Noah Tanabe, the grandson who posted the photo online, said he thinks about his grandfather every time he votes.

      “It’s hard to imagine – after his family business is torched, his family imprisoned, and denied the opportunity to finish his college education – he volunteered to serve. I don’t know if I would have done the same thing, but we are all very proud of him,” he said.

      The family has been surprised and gratified by the online comments on the photo, Barbara Tanabe said.

      “I think he feels like joining the Army, going to the camp, fighting in the war, and fighting discrimination — these were all things he did so that we have this precious right to vote,” she said. “For so many people to express their heartfelt tribute to my father was really, really heartwarming for us.”

      Several Reddit commentators asked whether Tanabe’s vote would be counted if he passed away before Election Day on Nov. 6.

      Glenn Takahashi, Honolulu election administrator, said absentee ballots cast by voters who later die become invalid if the state Department of Health notifies elections officials of the death before Election Day. To void a ballot when that happens, officials have to be able to sort through tens of thousands of ballots to find the one in question. This is not always practical, and so the ballot is counted if it isn’t.

      A similar situation arose in Honolulu four years ago when President Barack Obama’s grandmother died two nights before the election but after she mailed her absentee ballot. Hawaii counted her vote anyway because the Health Department didn’t receive her certificate of death before the election.

      Barbara Tanabe said her father, a quiet, unassuming man, would wonder what the fuss over the photo was about. But he’d be thrilled it encouraged others to vote, she said.

      “That would be the ultimate honour for him,” she said.

      • CR says:

        WWII vet from Hawaii dies at age 93 after casting last ballot

        10/24/12 By Audrey McAvoy – Associated Press

        HONOLULU (AP) — A World War II veteran who inspired many with his determination to vote even though he had end-stage liver cancer died Wednesday.

        Frank Tanabe’s daughter Barbara Tanabe said he died at her Honolulu home, where he has spent the past few weeks in hospice. He was 93.

        Barbara Tanabe said she put the American flag up outside the home to mark the day for him and their family.

        “He really liked it when I put out the flag,” she said.

        Hundreds of thousands of people saw a photo of Frank Tanabe filling out his absentee ballot with the help of his daughter last week, after his grandson posted the picture on the social media site Reddit.

        The photo struck a chord, prompting many to thank Frank Tanabe for his service and praise his patriotism. The story spread further when The Associated Press and other media organizations wrote about the photo and the response it generated online.

        Tanabe served in a mostly Japanese-American unit of the Military Intelligence Service during the war, interrogating Japanese prisoners in India and China.

        He volunteered for the Army from an internment camp where the U.S. government sent him as part of a policy to detain and isolate 110,000 Japanese-Americans after the start of the war with Japan. He spent time in both the Tule Lake camp in California and the Minidoka camp in Idaho.

        Decades later, Tanabe explained how he felt in an interview for a documentary tribute to Japanese-American veterans.

        “I wanted to do my part to prove that I was not an enemy alien, or that none of us were — that we were true Americans. And if we ever got the chance, we would do our best to serve our country. And we did,” he said.

        Barbara Tanabe said she told her father about all the news coverage his vote was getting, including stories that appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on the front page of the Idaho Statesman.

        “I was thinking these are the two big newspapers in Idaho and California, where he went to camp,” Barbara said. “It’s just a nice way to look back at history and say that things do turn out OK.”

        Honolulu elections officials say Frank Tanabe’s vote will be counted unless they receive his death certificate before the Nov. 6 election. Even if they do receive the certificate, it most likely won’t be practical for elections officials to pick out his ballot from the thousands of absentee ballots mailed in.

        His family knows which candidates he chose, but they’ve decided to keep that information private.

        Barbara Tanabe said it’s not important who her father voted for — it’s the voting itself that makes a difference.

        • CR says:

          WWII Veteran Fought To Cast His Last Vote

          October 27, 2012

          This is the time of a long election season when voters can begin to feel weary. You can’t watch the World Series without seeing ads so scolding and snarling you may want to shoo away your children. They can make voting seem like a nasty chore.

          When 93-year-old Frank Tanabe of Honolulu moved into the home of his daughter, Barbara, earlier this year, he had liver cancer and knew he was going to die. But his family said he was determined to hold on long enough to vote.

          Frank Tanabe grew up in Washington State. He was 22 years old and a college man when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. A Japanese-American, he was sent to an internment camp.

          He volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army’s Military Intelligence Service, where he interrogated Japanese prisoners in India and China.

          “I wanted to do my part to prove that I was not an enemy alien,” he said years later in a documentary film. “And if we ever got the chance, we would do our best to serve our country. And we did.”

          Congress awarded the Congressional Gold Medal last year to all who served in the MIS and other Japanese-American units. Frank Tanabe was able to come to Washington, D.C., stand tall, and have the medal draped around his neck.

          As his illness made inroads, his family said Frank Tanabe made living long enough to vote his last goal. He used a magnifying glass to read the newspaper each day and exercised in his bed.

          Barbara Tanabe said, “I would let him know, ‘Hey, the ballots are coming next week. Just hang in there.’”

          Frank Tanabe’s absentee ballot arrived last week, and Barbara said she hurried into his room to say, ‘OK, I’m going to read you the names and you just nod yes or no.’”

          For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2012/10/27/163761795/wwii-veteran-fights-to-live-long-enough-to-cast-last-ballot

    • CR says:

      Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders for Obama

      Published on May 1, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
      Join AAPIs for Obama: https://my.barackobama.com/aapi2012vid

      Join Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders for Obama and find resources AAPIs need to organize in the community and help build this campaign one conversation at a time. President Obama has deep ties to the AAPI community, and he knows our country is strongest when everyone has a seat at the table and a shot at the American dream. We’re proud to stand with him and for the issues we care about—because when it comes to our future, we’re all in it together.

      The President’s half sister is Asian so when he talks about the AAPI community he is not just talking about us as a constituency group he is talking about us as family.

      Join AAPIs for Obama: https://my.barackobama.com/aapi2012vid

    • CR says:

      Maya Soetoro-Ng: Get Involved with Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for Obama

      Published on Aug 22, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
      Join AAPI for Obama: http://OFA.BO/fE4XhR

      President Obama’s younger sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng shares why the AAPI community is important to her and to the President. She also shares how President Obama has worked to include AAPI issues and concerns in his administration as well as how AAPI’s will play a big role in re-electing President Obama in November.

      As Maya shares:

      “My hope is the AAPI community will participate in unprecedented ways. Please come forward, if you haven’t already participated politically a wonderful place to begin, of course, is with this election-registering other voters, speaking about why this Presidency matters, speaking to what might be possible and what we can build together in the future.”

    • CR says:

      John Cho: Why It’s Important to Get Involved – OFA Colorado

      Published on Aug 23, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
      Get involved in Colorado: http://OFA.BO/u4sdUb

      John Cho took some time out to meet some amazing volunteers at a field office in Boulder, Colorado. In this video, he shares why it’s important to get involved to make sure President Obama is re-elected this November.

      As John shares:
      “You’re going to look back and take an enormous amount of pride in affecting a historic election. It’s something I’ll tell my kids and I know you’ll tell yours.”

      • CR says:

        Does Your Asian Mom Vote?!

        Published on Sep 18, 2012 by FungBrosComedy
        Register to vote here: http://rtvote.com/Qf65VM

        SUBSCRIBE AND FACEBOOK US AT:

        http://www.facebook.com/thefungbros

      • CR says:

        Exit Polls Show Asian Americans Backed Obama by Wide Margin

        November 07, 2012 VOA News

        Exit polls suggest Asian Americans overwhelmingly voted for President Barack Obama in Tuesday’s election that handed the incumbent Democrat a second term in the White House.

        Preliminary national exit poll data suggested that 73 percent of Asian Americans voted for President Obama, while only 26 percent supported his Republican rival, Mitt Romney.

        The figures were in line with the voting decisions of other larger U.S. minority groups. Seventy-one percent of Latinos said they supported Obama, while 93 percent of African Americans reported voting for the president.

        Even though Asian Americans are one of the fastest growing populations in the U.S., they still make up only a small portion of the overall electorate. In Tuesday’s exit poll, only three percent of respondents said they were Asian Americans.

        Because of this, observers said both the Obama and Romney campaigns spent relatively little time trying to attract the votes of Asian Americans.

        But the Asian American vote figures to become a more prominent in the coming years. The Pew Research Center said earlier this year that Asians have overtaken Hispanics to become the largest group of new immigrants arriving in the U.S. every year.

    • CR says:

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      A New White House Recipe: Simple Kimchi

      FEBRUARY 07, 2013 obamafoodorama.blogspot.

      The national dish of Korea is the first new recipe release of President Obama’s second term…

      The White House on Wednesday night released the first new recipe of President Obama’s second term, posted on First Lady Michelle Obama’s @FLOTUS Twitter account. Made with spicy, fermented vegetables, Kimchi is the national dish of Korea, and the easy White House concoction uses Napa cabbage grown in Mrs. Obama’s Kitchen Garden. On Tuesday, Jan. 29, a photo of the cabbages and broccoli newly plucked from the garden was posted on @FLOTUS, and the recipe is a follow-up.

      For more: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-new-white-house-recipe-simple-kimchi.html

      White House Simple Kimchi

      Ingredients

      *2 Heads Napa Cabbage, washed

      *1 Cup Kosher Salt

      *1 TBSP Fish Sauce, any brand (could skip for a vegetarian)

      *1 TBSP Minced Fresh Ginger

      *4 Cloves Garlic, minced

      *1 TBSP Turbinado Sugar

      *1 Small White Radish, sliced paper thin

      *1 Bunch Scallion, sliced

      *5 Thai Chilies, or 5 TBSP Korean Dried Chili Powder

      Method
      1. Cut the Napa Cabbage into 1-inch slices. Place in a large bowl and sprinkle with the Kosher salt. Mix with your hands and set aside in the refrigerator overnight.

      2. Rinse the salt from the leaves and squeeze [out] as much moisture or excess liquid [as you can]. [In a bowl], mix in the rest of the ingredients [with the cabbage]. Place in an airtight jar (mason jar works well) and store in the refrigerator.

      3. The pickle should be ready in about four days.

      • CR says:

        Korea Is Thrilled With First Lady’s White House Recipe For ‘Simple Kimchi’

        FEBRUARY 08, 2013 obamafoodorama.blogspot

        “Michelle Obama is a lover of Kimchi,” notes headline in the Korea Times… 미셸 오바마 김치

        Kimchi is the national dish of Korea, and First Lady Michelle Obama is getting props in the country’s media after the White House on Wednesday night released a recipe for housemade “Simple Kimchi.” The recipe was posted to Mrs. Obama’s @FLOTUS Twitter account, and after Obama Foodorama noted that it is the first new recipe release of President Obama’s second term, Korea’s SBS television and radio network linked to the post and reported that the recipe “has become a hot topic” and “netizens have shown great interest.” Above, a screengrab of the SBS story, which features a photo of Mrs. Obama and a headline that seems to read “Michelle Obama soaked in Kimchi,” according to Google translate.

        “Michelle Obama is a lover of Kimchi,” was the headline for a story published about the recipe in English in the Korea Times. Kimchi is typically a vibrant red in Korea, and the outlet reported that the bottles of Kimchi in the White House photo (l) included with the recipe do “not look as red as the Korean traditional variety,” and that “the ingredients and preparation were also modified slightly for Western tastes.”

        For more: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2013/02/korea-is-thrilled-with-first-ladys.html

      • CR says:

        Pres. Obama Loves White House ‘Simple Kimchi’

        FEBRUARY 26, 2013 obamafoodorama

        The Kitchen Garden recipe is perfect for the President because he “loves big bold flavors,” says Assistant Chef Sam Kass…

        The White House’s ‘Simple Kimchi’ is a favorite of President Obama’s, according to Assistant Chef Sam Kass. The recipe for the house-made version of Korea’s national dish was unveiled on First Lady Michelle Obama’s Twitter account earlier this month when Napa cabbage was harvested from her Kitchen Garden. It’s just one of the White House chefs’ many pickling experiments, said Kass. And the President is definitely a fan.

        “He loves big bold flavors, like y’know, with a little spice,” Kass said during an interview filmed in the Kitchen Garden last week as part of a sequester-themed media event for local TV anchors.

        “We had a bunch of beautiful Napa cabbage that came out of here just a few weeks ago, so it [Kimchi] was the perfect thing to do,” Kass said.

        The White House kimchi uses radish, scallion, Thai chilies, garlic, and fresh ginger, which is currently growing in the garden, said Kass.

        And President Obama isn’t the only one loving 1600 Penn’s recipe. The first new White House release for the second term, the recipe caused an outpouring of interest in Korean media. “Michelle Obama is a lover of Kimchi,” enthused a headline in the Korea Times, while SBS broadcast network noted that the recipe “has become a hot topic.” At left, the photo tweeted with the recipe.

        Mrs. Obama’s world-famous 1,500-square foot plot grows year round, and has produced more than 4,000 pounds of vegetables since first planted in 2009, Kass said.

        “We pickle a lot of it,” Kass said.

        Asked if daughters Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11, eat from the Kitchen Garden, Kass said “absolutely.”

        For more: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2013/02/pres-obama-loves-white-house-simple.html

    • CR says:

      White House Briefing with Council of Korean Americans

      Published on Aug 1, 2013

      The White House Office of Public Engagement and the Council of Korean Americans host a briefing on issues of concern to the Korean American community, including immigration reform, the Affordable Care Act, innovation, and foreign policy.

  3. Kat 4 Obama says:

    VOTE DEMOCRATIC IN 2012!

    The Party and the President who are truly on the side of Americans.

  4. Kat 4 Obama says:

    The Giants have won the Super Bowl!

    Timmy was right!

    • COS says:

      Voting Democratic in 2012 is the only way to go Kat, if we want solutions, honesty and hard work by the best president ever. Don’t forget to watch the reminder of PBO’s interview on the Today show tomorrow morning.

    • CR says:

      Timmy the Porcupine was right!

      Paul the Octopus is now in that great Great Ocean in the sky! Err you know what I mean.

  5. COS says:

    BTW, hey CR how are you doing? Hope you had a great day.

  6. CR says:

    At 11th hour, vulnerable GOP members back insider-trading bill

    2/05/12 By Andres Feijoo and Bob Cusack – TheHill

    A slew of politically vulnerable Republican lawmakers are backing a popular insider-trading bill days before it will be debated on the House floor.

    Members have been racing to back the bill since a “60 Minutes” report in November highlighted members who have allegedly invested in stocks based on their knowledge of the inner workings of Congress.

    Some members have been quicker to back the bill than others.

    The legislation, sponsored by Reps. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) and Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), now has an astounding 282 co-sponsors. It had fewer than 10 before the “60 Minutes” report.
    The bill has so much momentum that lawmakers who have waited to formally co-sponsor the bill are now feeling pressure to back it.

    Every House Democrat who faces a challenging race in November has endorsed the measure.

    For the entire article: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/1007-other/208735-at-11th-hour-vulnerable-gop-members-back-insider-trading-bill

  7. CR says:

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

  8. Good morning CR and everyone. HOPE you all have a great Monday.

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

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

  9. GOP TURNOUT TROUBLES CONTINUE
    By Steve Benen – MADDOW BLOG

    Counting the votes in Nevada’s Republican presidential caucuses turned out to be more difficult than expected, but this morning, the final results were announced. The tally largely reflects what we already knew: Mitt Romney won easily, finishing with 50% (16,486 votes).

    What was far more interesting was the turnout.

    Total turnout was 32,930, far less than the 44,000 Republicans who voted in the GOP caucuses in 2008.

    Going into Saturday’s contest, Nevada GOP leaders told reporters they expected in upwards of 70,000 Republicans to participate. The final tally shows the party failed to even reach half that total.

    What’s more, if Nevada were the only state that struggled, it’d be easier to overlook. Unfortunately for the GOP, though, the poor showing in the Silver State fits into a larger pattern.

    The Republicans’ primary in Florida last week, for example, showed a sharp decline in turn (about 14%) as compared to 2008. In the Iowa caucuses, GOP turnout fell short of expectations, and in the New Hampshire primary, it happened again. Turnout in South Carolina was strong, but given the party’s difficulties in the other four contests, it’s proving to be the exception.

    Read more:

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/06/10330326-gop-turnout-troubles-continue

  10. CR says:

    U.S. shuts down Syrian diplomatic operations

    2/6/12 9:47 AM EST POLITICO44

    The United States has pulled its ambassador out of Syria and closed its embassy in Damascus amid escalating violence and a bloody crackdown by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime against demonstrators.

    “The recent surge in violence, including bombings in Damascus on December 23 and January 6, has raised serious concerns that our Embassy is not sufficiently protected from armed attack. We, along with several other diplomatic missions, conveyed our security concerns to the Syrian government but the regime failed to respond adequately,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement.

  11. CR says:

    Amb. Rice says Russia, China will ‘come to regret’ vetoing UN Syria resolution

    2/06/12 By Alicia M. Cohn – TheHill

    The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations strongly condemned Russia and China on Monday for vetoing a resolution over the weekend calling on Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to step down.

    “They put a stake in the heart of efforts to resolve this conflict peacefully,” Susan Rice said on CNN. “The tragedy is for the people of Syria. We the United States stand with the people of Syria. Russia and China are obviously with Assad.”

    Russia and China were the only two members of the U.N. Security Council to vote against the resolution, which was based on a peace plan from the Arab League. Rice said the two countries “sent mixed signals” regarding their positions leading up to the vote, and said the vote was held in part to confront Russia’s “delaying tactics.”

    “Russia and China will, I think, come to regret this action,” Rice continued. “They have by their actions by their veto dramatically increased the risk of greater violence, and you’ve seen manifestations of that.”

    Syrian troops reportedly killed more than 200 people over the weekend in the city of Homs.

    President Obama condemned the violence, as well as Assad’s leadership, on Saturday. “Assad must halt his campaign of killing and crimes against his own people now. He must step aside and allow a democratic transition to proceed immediately,” he said in a statement.

    Rice said the U.S. has “a whole range of steps, diplomatic and otherwise” for dealing with Assad without the U.N. resolution.

    For the entire article: http://thehill.com/video/administration/208773-susan-rice-condemns-russia-and-china-for-voting-with-syrias-assad

  12. CR says:

    Eyeing greener acres, new farmers reap growing U.S. aid

    2/6/12 By Carey Gillam | Reuters – 2 hrs 25 mins ago

    HALLSVILLE, Missouri (Reuters) – Dan Pugh wishes he had a bigger tractor and his wife Laura worries about their chickens in the winter weather.

    But as new farmers putting down roots in rural Missouri, the Pughs are counting on more rewards than regrets in trading their city lives for the country.

    A better quality of food and life are among the factors that caused Dan, 47, to leave a career in sales last year and move Laura, 48, and their two young children to 50-acres of rolling pastureland they call Honey Creek Farm.

    The Pughs will plant their first crop of organic spinach and lettuces in the next few weeks on ground they tilled behind the barn they converted into a two-bedroom home. They are shopping for sheep and hogs. And though their first hives of bees mysteriously died, Laura is determined to develop a successful honey operation as well.

    “The whole food and farming system is so out of whack,” Dan Pugh said. “We want better and we can do something to help other people eat better.”

    For those who remember the American TV series, call it the “Green Acres” effect. Fueled by an economic downturn that has curtailed the upward mobility of many corporate jobs, general dissatisfaction with suburban stresses and growing discontent with what they see as the ills of industrialized agriculture, thousands of families across the United States have left suburban cul de sacs and headed to the countryside – forging a new demographic of family farmer.

    The U.S. government is not only monitoring the trend, it is encouraging it – backing loans for land purchases and operating expenses as well as grants for seminars and workshops to train people how to be farmers. Government-backed loans to new farmers have more than doubled in the past decade.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/eyeing-greener-acres-farmers-reap-growing-u-aid-131402964.html

  13. CR says:

    Next Up…

    11:00 AM EST
    Vice President Biden speaks on the Importance of Tackling Rising College Costs with Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter visit Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL (Audio Only)

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

  14. CR says:

    White House Office Hours: Let’s Move! Anniversary with Sam Kass

    Today, we’re holding a special session of White House Office Hours to celebrate the second anniversary of Let’s Move!, the First Lady’s initiative to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation.

    At 2:30 p.m. EST, Sam Kass, Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives, is answering your questions live on Twitter.

    Join Sam for Office Hours at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, February 6th. Here’s how it works:

    * Ask your question on Twitter with the hashtag #WHChat
    * Sam Kass, Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives, responds to your questions in real-time via Twitter from @LetsMove
    * Follow the Q&A through the @WHLive Twitter account
    * If you miss the live event, the full session will be posted on WhiteHouse.gov and Storify.com/WhiteHouse
    * We hope you can join us! Follow us on Twitter @WhiteHouse, @WHLive and @LetsMove for the latest updates and more chances to engage.

    Since launching Let’s Move! on February 9, 2010, significant progress has been made to solve the problem of childhood obesity. Parents, businesses, educators, elected officials, members of the military, chefs, physicians, athletes, childcare providers, community and faith leaders and kids themselves have made substantial commitments to improve the health of our nation’s children.

    Later this week, First Lady Michelle Obama is hitting the road to kick off a three day, nation-wide tour celebrating the anniversary of Let’s Move!. The Let’s Move! tour will highlight examples of people making changes across the country, from a single family to an entire state. Learn more about the accomplishments of Let’s Move! here.

  15. CR says:

    February 06, 2012
    Message– Blocking Property of the Government of Iran and Iranian Financial Institutions

    TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES:

    Pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), I hereby report that I have issued an Executive Order (the “order”) that takes additional steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 12957 of March 15, 1995.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/06/message-blocking-property-government-iran-and-iranian-financial-institut

  16. President Obama’s Record on Jobs – Obama for America 2012 Ad – February 2012

  17. CR says:

    2:45 PM EST
    Vice President Biden attends a campaign event.

  18. CR says:

    Next Up…

    3:00 PM EST
    White House AAPI Business Leaders Briefing

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

    • CR says:

      Asian American and Pacific Islander Business Leaders Briefing

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Feb 6, 2012

      The White House holds a briefing for small business leaders from the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and marks the Lunar New Year.

  19. CR says:

    Best indicator of the job growth is increased traffic on the highways and roads during the week and crowded malls on the weekends……in February!!!

  20. CR says:

    4:30 PM EST
    Vice President Biden attends a campaign event.

  21. CR says:

    President Obama: “A Strong Message from the American People”

    By Lauren on February 6, 2012 barackobama.com

    President Obama sat down with Matt Lauer this weekend to talk about foreign policy, the economy, and the upcoming election. Here’s what the President had to say about the choice facing voters—and politicians—this November:

    I do think that this is going to be a critical election because having yanked ourselves out of the risk of a great depression, having stabilized the economy, we now have a broader question, which is how do we take it to the next level? And I think whoever comes in, both in Congress and in this White House, is going to have to take a strong message from the American people about which direction to go, and I think that will allow us to make more progress over the next couple years.

    Catch the full interview here: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/46279899#.Ty_uLuNWpss

  22. CR says:

    WH

    Tuesday, February 7 , 2012

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden receive the presidential daily briefing.
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    10:35 AM
    President Obama views science fair projects.
    State Dining Room
    Pooled Press

    11:00 AM
    11:25 AM
    President Obama delivers remarks at the White House Science Fair
    East Room
    Open Press

    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

    12:45 PM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet for lunch
    Private Dining Room
    Closed Press

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    Vice President Biden meets with the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom Louis Susman
    Closed Press

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    4:30 PM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with Secretary of Defense Panetta.
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

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

    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      February 7, 2012

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

      10:35 AM EST
      President Obama Views Science Fair Projects
      The White House

      11:25 AM EST
      President Obama Speaks at the White House Science Fair
      The White House

      11:55 AM EST
      White House Science Fair
      The White House

      —-

      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      9:00 AM EST
      New York Giants ticker tape parade
      The Super Bowl champion New York Giants are honored with a ticker tape parade in Lower Manhattan

      10:00 AM EST
      Conferees Continue to Meet on Tax Cut Extension
      A House-Senate Conference Committee continues their negotiations today with a fourth meeting on extending a payroll tax cut for workers paying into Social Security, as well as long-term unemployment aid and Medicare payments to doctors.

      10:00 AM EST
      House Examines Maritime Security and Trade Facilitation

      10:00 AM EST
      Senate Budget Committee: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke

      11:25 AM EST
      President Obama delivers remarks at the White House Science Fair

      12:00 PM EST
      House Energy & Commerce Committee: Keystone XL Pipeline

      2:00 PM EST
      TSA hearing on Capitol Hill
      TSA Administrator John Pistole testifies before a House homeland security subcommittee about public/private security screening at U.S. airports.

      2:15 PM EST
      Tax loopholes briefing
      Sen. Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat, briefs reporters on the CUT Loopholes Act, which he says will reduce the budget deficit by closing tax loopholes.

      —-

      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      10:00 AM EST
      Conferees Continue to Meet on Tax Cut Extension
      A House-Senate Conference Committee continues their negotiations today with a fourth meeting on extending a payroll tax cut for workers paying into Social Security, as well as long-term unemployment aid and Medicare payments to doctors. http://www.c-span.org/Events/Conferees-Continue-to-Meet-on-Tax-Cut-Extension/10737428013/

      10:00 AM EST
      House Examines Maritime Security and Trade Facilitation http://www.c-span.org/Events/House-Examines-Maritime-Security-and-Trade-Facilitation/10737428036/

      10:00 AM EST
      Senate Budget Committee: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke http://www.c-span.org/Events/Ben-Bernanke-Debates-Economic-Policy-with-Senators/10737428014/

      12:00 PM EST
      House Energy & Commerce Committee: Keystone XL Pipeline http://www.c-span.org/Events/House-Committee-Marks-Up-Keystone-XL-Pipeline-Legislation/10737428035/

      2:00 PM EST
      TSA hearing on Capitol Hill
      TSA Administrator John Pistole testifies before a House homeland security subcommittee about public/private security screening at U.S. airports. http://www.c-span.org/Events/Hearing-Questions-TSA-Resistance-to-Screening-Program/10737428037/

      2:15 PM EST
      Tax loopholes briefing
      Sen. Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat, briefs reporters on the CUT Loopholes Act, which he says will reduce the budget deficit by closing tax loopholes.

  23. CR says:

    January 31, 2012

    President Obama to Host White House Science Fair

    Event Will Highlight Winners of National Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Competitions

    WASHINGTON, DC — On Tuesday, February 7th, President Obama will host the second White House Science Fair celebrating the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. The President will also announce key steps that the Administration and its partners are taking to help more students excel in math and science, and earn degrees in these subjects.

    At the fair, the President will view exhibits of student work, ranging from breakthrough research to new inventions, followed by remarks to an audience of students, science educators and business leaders on the importance of STEM education to the country’s economic future.

    The President hosted the first-ever White House Science Fair in late 2010, fulfilling a commitment he made at the launch of his Educate to Innovate campaign to inspire students to excel in math and science. As the President noted then, “If you win the NCAA championship, you come to the White House. Well, if you’re a young person and you produce the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too.” In addition, over the past year, the President met with the three young women who won the Google Science Fair, met a student robotics team on his bus tour through North Carolina and Virginia, and made a surprise appearance at the New York City Science Fair.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/01/31/president-obama-host-white-house-science-fair

    • CR says:

      How You Can Join the White House Science Fair (Virtually)

      Kori Schulman February 06, 2012 at 08:30 AM EST

      On Tuesday, February 7, over 100 students from over 45 states are heading to the White House with their robots, research and new inventions for the second ever White House Science Fair.

      Now, the White House is calling on folks across the country to join the Science Fair virtually! While students at the White House share their latest inventions — from a robotic arm to waste-reducing dissolvable sugar packets — we want to hear about the projects you’ve worked on. Tell us about your favorite science fair project and share pictures on Twitter with the hashtag #WHScienceFair or through a form on WhiteHouse.gov. Then, we’ll display some of our favorite submissions on WhiteHouse.gov.

      What’s your favorite science fair project? Let us know on Twitter with the hashtag #WHScienceFair or through a form WhiteHouse.gov.

      We also hope you’ll join us for a special session of White House Office Hours: Science Fair edition. On Tuesday, February 7 at 2:00 p.m. EST, Bill Nye “the science guy” and Tom Kalil “the White House Office of Science and Technology guy” are answering your questions live on Twitter.

      Here’s how it works:

      * Starting now, you can ask your questions on Twitter with the hashtag #WHChat. We’ll also be using the hashtag #WHScienceFair
      * At 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7, Bill Nye the Science Guy (@TheScienceGuy) and Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Policy, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (@WhiteHouseOSTP) will answer your questions live on Twitter.
      * Follow the Q&A through the @WHLive Twitter account
      * If you miss the live event, the full session will be posted on WhiteHouse.gov and Storify.com/WhiteHouse

      The White House Science Fair celebrates the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. At the fair, President Obama will view student projects and speak on the importance of STEM education. The President will also announce key steps that the Administration is taking to help more students excel in math and science, and earn degrees in these subjects. You can watch the President’s remarks live at 11:25 a.m. EST at WhiteHouse.gov/live.

    • CR says:

      White House Science Fair: Recognizing the Importance of Scientists, Engineers, and Inventors

      [Editor’s note: Tune in to http://wh.gov/live this morning to check out President Obama’s visit to today’s White House Science Fair starting at 10:35 a.m. EST. You can also ask your questions of Bill Nye this afternoon during a special White House Office Hours at 2:00 p.m. EST]

      Since the first days of the United States, our leaders have recognized the importance of science and especially engineering. Several among the founding fathers were inventors and scientists themselves. George Washington continually experimented with farm crops. Thomas Jefferson’s estate is replete with weather and time-keeping instruments. Benjamin Franklin made discoveries and developed inventions that are celebrated even today. Abraham Lincoln, nominally a lawyer, held a patent. It should come as no surprise that our Constitution calls for the legal protection of scientific inquiry and discovery.

      It is in this spirit that President Obama held the first White House Science Fair in October 2010. The second one is today. The President will honor over 100 students from 40 different competitions around the country who have excelled in science and math. I’ll be there along with several well-respected educators and leaders from the science and engineering community.

      Most of our successful corporations, the ones that touch our lives everyday like Amazon, Apple, Boeing, Ford, General Motors, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Pay-Pal, and now Facebook, were started by engineers—people who use science and math to create things and solve problems. For the United States to remain the world leader in technological innovation, we need more engineers and more scientists. We need more people, who can do math, design software, and create new applications for machines that have yet to come into existence.

      If we choose not to engage in fundamental research—not to pursue new technologies and systems, not to discover new properties of numbers and atomic structures,not to explore the oceans and outer space—we leave that work to others, to emerging countries, who have seen from the outside what science and technology can do for a society.

      It is in this spirit that I am proud and very much looking forward to being a part of today’s White House Science Fair. I hope to encourage the young people in attendance and their many fellow student competitors back home to change the world.

  24. CR says:

    First Lady Michelle Obama & Jimmy Fallon: Let’s Move! Late Night

    FEBRUARY 06, 2012 obamafoodorama.blogspot

    Expect some hilarious Let’s Move! hijinks on Tuesday night when First Lady Michelle Obama cameos in a video segment on NBC talk show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The comic visited Mrs. Obama last week at the White House to film the outing, which will air as part of this week’s celebration of the second anniversary of the Let’s Move! campaign. Among other fitness activities, the First Lady had Fallon running up and down the historic White House stairs, he said when he announced the upcoming cameo.

    “I said to her, this is really amazing, and she said ‘well, it is the White House,’” Fallon said while chatting on NBC’s Super Bowl pre-game show.

    Mrs. Obama announced in 2010 that she’d given up riding the White House elevator in favor of using the stairs in order to keep fit. The White House has six stories, and it will be revealed on Tuesday how many Fallon and Mrs. Obama ran through. The segment is “really fun,” Fallon said. He’s previously cracked cute about Let’s Move! on his show.

    For the entire article; http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2012/02/first-lady-michelle-obama-jimmy-fallon.html#more

  25. CR says:

    U.S. court to rule Tuesday on California gay marriage

    2/6/12 Dan Levine and Peter Henderson -Reuters

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court will rule on Tuesday on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage, the court said.

    The ruling on California’s same-sex marriage ban, passed by voters in 2008, could set national policy, if the Supreme Court takes the case. Both sides have indicated they will appeal if they lose the case in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

    About 40 U.S. states have outlawed same-sex marriage, but the issue has been decided on a state-by-state basis.

  26. CR says:

    Michelle Obama Gets Personal

    What dreams are left for the woman who grew up working class in Chicago, graduated from Princeton and Harvard law and became the first African-American first lady of the United States? Here’s one of them: “To open a secret door for others that hadn’t been opened for me,” by pairing disadvantaged girls with some of the powerful women in the land. Join us for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look.

    February Edition by Tamara Jones- More.com

    Michelle Obama is one of those people you sense before you see, her confidence somehow arriving on the scene a few  seconds before she does. Even a roomful of antsy teenagers can feel it, leading them to fall silent moments before the first lady strides into the State Dining Room and greets them with a friendly “Hey! What’s happening?” A few starstruck girls gasp, which is exactly the reaction Obama later explains she doesn’t want. These high schoolers are the newest inductees into an elite White House mentoring program created by the first lady herself, and they’re going to be seeing a lot of her. The program is designed to be as intimate as it is intense, so job one is to get the girls past the gasping stage. To that end, Obama launches into a stand-up routine about the double life she’s lived since her husband was elected.

    “They call me FLOTUS, for first lady of the United States,” she explains, noting that the president’s internal White House acronym is POTUS. “And there are many times when FLOTUS and POTUS feel like characters.” There have even been times, she says, when she’s craned her own neck to see which celebrity might be causing all the excitement. “And it’s me. Oh, man, it’s FLOTUS. FLOTUS is here. No one told me FLOTUS was coming.”

    But for all her diffidence, FLOTUS has game. She can wave her invisible wand and make things happen. Like this innovative program, which taps White House staffers to mentor local high school girls, teaching them how to network by providing them cozy access to the administration’s vast brain trust. One call from FLOTUS, and a handful of 17-year-olds can be over at the Supreme Court chatting up a couple of justices or at the Department of Labor seeking advice from Secretary Hilda Solis about getting jobs in a tough market. Cosmetics mogul Bobbi Brown will be talking to them about beauty inside and out, and the president’s executive chef will bake them chocolate-chip cookies sweetened with organic honey from the hive in the first lady’s garden.

    For the entire article: http://www.more.com/michelle-obama-mentor

  27. CR says:

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

  28. CR says:

    “There are dark shadows on the Earth,
    but its light are stronger in the contrast”

    Charles Dickens (1812- 1870)

    Today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of the great writer, Charles Dickens.

  29. Good morning CR and everyone. HOPE you all have a great Tuesday.

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

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

  30. CR says:

    Chrysler Commercial – It’s Halftime in America – OFFICIAL

    Uploaded by chrysler on Feb 5, 2012

    It’s halftime. Both teams are in their locker room discussing what they can do to win this game in the second half.

    It’s halftime in America, too. People are out of work and they’re hurting. And they’re all wondering what they’re going to do to make a comeback. And we’re all scared, because this isn’t a game.

    The people of Detroit know a little something about this. They almost lost everything. But we all pulled together, now Motor City is fighting again.

    I’ve seen a lot of tough eras, a lot of downturns in my life. And, times when we didn’t understand each other. It seems like we’ve lost our heart at times. When the fog of division, discord, and blame made it hard to see what lies ahead.

    But after those trials, we all rallied around what was right, and acted as one. Because that’s what we do. We find a way through tough times, and if we can’t find a way, then we’ll make one.

    All that matters now is what’s ahead. How do we come from behind? How do we come together? And, how do we win?

    Detroit’s showing us it can be done. And, what’s true about them is true about all of us.

    This country can’t be knocked out with one punch. We get right back up again and when we do the world is going to hear the roar of our engines.

    Yeah, it’s halftime America. And, our second half is about to begin.

    .

    All that matters now is looking ahead and finding a way forward. Be a part of it at http://YouTube.com/Chrysler

    • CR says:

      Cheering for America’s come back is a GOOD American trait; it’s called patriotism.

      President Obama and his administration are working towards the come back of ALL AMERICANS.

    • CR says:

      Readers’ letters

      2/07/2012 From Mercury News readers

      Eastwood far more believable than Rove

      Whom are you going to believe: all-American Clint Eastwood, or political fabricator Karl Rove? My bet’s on Eastwood. Sorry, Karl, the sun shined on your misguided interpretation and you saw your own shadow. Guess you have another six weeks of winter to reconsider your position.

      James Rodriguez,
      Cupertino, CA

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      Rove’s wrong response to a U.S. success story

      “I’m offended” is the wrong response to an American success story, but that’s Republican spokesman Karl Rove’s response to Chrysler’s Super Bowl ad Sunday. In that ad, Clint Eastwood says of the people of Detroit, “They almost lost everything. But we all pulled together. Now, Motor City is fighting again.” Poor Rove and his fellow Republicans! When your egotism and selfishness make you feel “offended” when your team wins but you can’t take all the credit, you’re a monumental and pathetic loser.

      Russ Harden,
      San Jose, CA

  31. CR says:

    Obama nominates Air Force’s first female four-star general

    2/7/12 Alex Dobuzinskis – Reuters – 11 hrs ago

    (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has nominated Air Force Lieutenant General Janet Wolfenbarger to become the service’s first woman four-star general, military officials said on Monday.

    Wolfenbarger, who has served in the Air Force for more than 30 years, currently handles equipment and weapons acquisitions for the service, the Air Force said.

    In that role she oversees research and development, testing, production and modernization of programs worth more than $40 billion a year.

    The U.S. Senate will have to confirm Wolfenbarger’s promotion.
    Army General Ann Dunwoody in 2008 became the first female four-star general in the U.S. military.

    Wolfenbarger would be the first woman four-star general in the Air Force, said Andrea Knudson, a spokeswoman for the Secretary of the Air Force.

    Wolfenbarger is a 1980 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.

    Prior to her current assignment, she was the vice commander, Air Force Material Command, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, according to her biography on a military website.

  32. CR says:

    JP Morgan: Obama’s housing program could help 500,000 more homeowners

    2/06/2012 Posted by Suzy Khimm – washingtonpost

    President Obama has a sweeping new housing plan that has a slim chance of getting anywhere in Congress. But that doesn’t mean the White House doesn’t have its own tools at its disposal. Last month, the administration expanded its own program to help more home owners with mortgages held by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — a move that a new JP Morgan reports says will ultimately help about a half-million borrowers modify their mortgages.

    n January, the Treasury Department made changes to the Home Affordable Modification Program to make it easier for borrowers to apply for mortgage modifications that would lower their payments or lower their principal, making them less likely to go into foreclosure. A new JP Morgan report estimates that the changes will lead 1.9 million more potential borrowers to qualify for mortgage modifications, along with 500,000 investors who rent properties, according to Housing Wire.

    Altogether, JP Morgan expects the HAMP expansion “to result in 500,000 mortgage modifications that otherwise would not have taken place.” That would help HAMP get back on track with its intended mission: Both HAMP and its cousin HARP (Home Affordable Refinance Program) reached only a fraction of intended beneficiaries, due to recalcitrant mortgages services, fraud, overly stringent rules and other problems. Altogether HAMP has reached only about 900,000 borrowers, well short of the Obama administration’s 3 to 4 million target.

    For the entire article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/jp-morgan-obamas-housing-program-could-help-500000-more-homeowners/2012/02/06/gIQAxsKruQ_blog.html

  33. CR says:

    Job openings jump to near a 3-year high

    2/7/12 By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Associated Press – 3 mins 11 secs ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of available jobs in the United States jumped in December to near a three-year high, supporting other data that show a brighter outlook for hiring.

    The Labor Department says companies and governments posted 3.38 million jobs in December. That’s up from the 3.12 million advertised in the previous month and nearly matches the three-year high reached in September.

    The report on job openings follows Friday’s optimistic employment figures. Those showed employers added 243,000 net jobs in January, and the unemployment rate fell to 8.3 percent.

    Even with the gains, 13.1 million people were unemployed in December. That means an average of 3.9 people competed for each open job that month, the first time in four years that ratio was below 4 to 1

  34. CR says:

    Bernanke repeats vow to shield U.S. from Europe fallout

    2/7/12 Mark Felsenthal – Reuters – 1 hr 8 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Tuesday renewed a pledge to prevent Europe’s financial crisis from damaging the U.S. economy in testimony before Congress that mirrored remarks he made last week.

    “We are in frequent contact with European authorities, and we will continue to monitor the situation closely and take every available step to protect the U.S. financial system and the economy,” Bernanke said in remarks prepared for delivery to the Senate Budget Committee.

    The Fed chairman maintained a cautious tone on the U.S. outlook and did not refer to surprisingly strong U.S. jobs data released on Friday.

    “We still have a long way to go before the labor market can be said to be operating normally,” he said, employing language identical to remarks delivered on Thursday before the House budget panel.

  35. CR says:

    10:35 AM EST
    President Obama Views Science Fair Projects
    The White House

  36. CR says:

    Next Up…

    11:25 AM EST
    President Obama delivers remarks at the White House Science Fair

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    • CR says:

      February 07, 2012

      Remarks by the President at the White House Science Fair

      East Room

      11:53 A.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you, everybody. Everybody have a seat.

      Well, welcome to the White House Science Fair. (Applause.) It is — I just spent some time checking out some of the projects that were brought here today, and I’ve got to say, this is fun. It’s not every day that you have robots running all over your house. (Laughter.) I am trying to figure out how you got through the metal detectors. I also shot a marshmallow through a air gun, which was very exciting. (Laughter.)

      Science is what got several of our guests where they are today, so I just want to make a couple of introductions. We’ve got a real-life astronaut and the head of NASA, Charles Bolden, in the house. (Applause.) We have the Administrator of the EPA, Lisa Jackson is here. (Applause.) The Director of the National Science Foundation Subra Suresh is here. (Applause.) My science — there’s Subra, over here — my science advisor, John Holdren, is in the house. (Applause.) We’ve got a couple of people who’ve dedicated themselves to making science cool for young people. We’ve got Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye the Science Guy. (Applause.)

      Now, it is fitting that this year’s fair is happening just two days after the Super Bowl. I want to congratulate the New York Giants and all their fans. (Applause.) I just talked to Coach Coughlin; I’m looking forward to having the Giants here at the White House so we can celebrate their achievements. But what I’ve also said — I’ve said this many times — is if we are recognizing athletic achievement, then we should also be recognizing academic achievement and science achievement. If we invite the team that wins the Super Bowl to the White House, then we need to invite some science fair winners to the White House as well. (Applause.)

      Now I’m going to talk about how great all of you are in a second. But before I do, I want to give the parents a big round of applause because they work hard to help you succeed, and I know this is their day. They’re really proud of you. As a parent, I know that seeing your kids do extraordinary things brings the greatest happiness that a parent can have. So congratulations to all the parents of all these incredible young people. (Applause.)

      But parents aren’t the only ones who helped you get this far. Every one of you can think of a teacher, or maybe a couple of teachers, without whom you would not be here. So I want you to promise that the next time you see those teachers, that you give them a big thank you, not just for yourselves but also from me. Because teachers matter. They deserve our support. And I want to make sure that we are constantly lifting up how important teachers are to making sure that not only you succeed, but this country succeeds. So give teachers a big round of applause. (Applause.)

      Now, as I was walking around the science fair, I was thinking back to when I was your age. And basically, you guys put me to shame. (Laughter.) What impresses me so much is not just how smart you are, but it’s the fact that you recognize you’ve got a responsibility to use your talents in service of something bigger than yourselves.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/07/remarks-president-white-house-science-fair

      • CR says:

        Excerpt from President Obama’s speech at today’s WH Science Fair:

        “I’m going to make a special plea to the press — not just the folks who are here, but also your editors — give this some attention. I mean, this is the kind of stuff, what these young people are doing, that’s going to make a bigger difference in the life of our country over the long term than just about anything. And it doesn’t belong just on the back pages of a newspaper; we’ve got to lift this up. We’ve got to emphasize how important this is and recognize these incredible young people who are doing things that I couldn’t even imagine thinking about at 5th grade or 8th grade or in high school.

        And so pay attention to this. This is important. This is what’s going to make a difference in this country over the long haul. This is what inspires me and gets me up every day. This is what we should be focusing on in our public debates.”

    • CR says:

      Raw Video: Marshmallow Launch at the White House Science Fair

      From: whitehouse | Feb 7, 2012

      The President meets an 8th grader named Joey from Phoenix, AZ at the White House Science Fair and the two launch a marshmallow across the State Dining Room of the White House with Joey’s science project – an air cannon.

    • CR says:

      Harnessing Science, Technology & Innovation to Promote Global Development

      Gayle Smith, Tom Kalil February 08, 2012
      10:29 AM EST

      Today at the White House, senior Administration officials announced a series of new initiatives to promote game-changing innovations to solve long-standing development challenges. Answering President Obama’s call to harness science technology, and innovation to spark global development, the Administration announced initiatives from across the government to generate new development solutions. Announcements include new partnerships with universities; greater use of scientific breakthroughs through expedited technology transfer of federally-funded inventions; a program to reward inventors who use their patented technologies to address humanitarian needs; and initiatives to leverage advances in Internet and communications technologies to provide new development tools.

      In an increasingly globalized world, the Obama Administration recognizes that global development is vital to national security and is a strategic, economic, and moral imperative. One of the cornerstones of our global development policy is a commitment to investments in game-changing innovations with the potential to solve long-standing development challenges in health, food security, environmental sustainability, and broad-based economic growth. Innovation can play a key role in building a stable, inclusive global economy with new sources of prosperity, advancing democracy and human rights, and helping us to increase the ranks of prosperous, capable, and democratic states that can be our partners in the decades to come.

      Administrator Raj Shah announced that USAID is launching a new partnership with universities and research institutes to define and solve large development challenges. USAID also announced new commitments to increased utilization of electronic and mobile payments to save on costs and increase financial access; a new effort to make assistance to other governments in telecommunications development more efficient; a new “app store” for development to spur humanitarian apps and software; and new commitments to mobile education technology as part of USAID’s All Children Reading grand challenge for development.

      The United States Patent & Trademark Office announced the Patents for Humanity pilot program that rewards patent owners for using their patented technology to address humanitarian needs. The National Institutes of Health launched a new model licensing agreement to expedite licenses to not-for-profit institutions with a demonstrated commitment to diligence in providing broad global access to technologies. The Department of Energy will offer a reduced fee license on certain clean energy technologies to not-for-profit organizations with a demonstrated commitment to providing global access to clean technologies and services.

      For the entire article; http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/02/08/harnessing-science-technology-innovation-promote-global-development

      • CR says:

        February 08, 2012

        FACT SHEET: Harnessing Innovation for Global Development

        “We’re expanding scientific collaboration with other countries and investing in game-changing science and technology to help spark historic leaps in development.”
        – President Obama, September 2010

        President Obama’s Global Development Policy, released in Fall 2010, calls for investments in game-changing innovation to accelerate progress toward development goals in health, food security, climate change, energy and environmental sustainability, and broad-based economic growth. Focusing on innovation utilizes the U.S. comparative advantages in research and innovation, making our efforts more effective and efficient.

        Today, government and private sector leaders gathered at the White House to highlight progress in answering President Obama’s call to use science, technology and innovation to promote global development. At this event, several new public and private sector efforts were announced that will:

        • Harness the energy, idealism, and expertise of university students and faculty to generate, implement, and evaluate new solutions to critical development challenges;

        • Make the greatest use of scientific breakthroughs by expediting commercialization of inventions for humanitarian purposes and rewarding companies that use their patented technologies to solve societal challenges; and

        • Leverage advances in Internet and communication technologies to accelerate research and scale innovations – such as financial services for the unbanked– faster, further, and more efficiently.

        “A core part of my global development strategy is harnessing the creativity and innovation of all sectors of our society to make progress that none of us can achieve alone,” said President Obama. “The new collaborations we’re launching today will help save lives from hunger and disease, lift people from poverty and reaffirm America’s enduring commitment to the dignity and potential of every human being.”
        From the Green Revolution to the historic scientific achievements that have marked the “Beginning of the End of AIDS,” the United States has played a leading role in driving innovation for dramatic and lasting impact on the lives of millions in the developing world. Today’s event called for an “all-hands-on-deck” approach, asking public and private sector partners alike to bring their expertise to address today’s global challenges.

        For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/08/fact-sheet-harnessing-innovation-global-development

    • CR says:

      South Bay student talks science with Obama

      2/07/2012 By Sharon Noguchi – mercurynews.com

      Seventeen-year-old Angela Zhang talked one-on-one with President Barack Obama on Tuesday, and he apologized to her.

      A few hours later, she was still so stratospheric about the visit, she was struggling to remember the details. The Monta Vista High senior showcased her research in nanotechnology at the White House Science Fair, along with more than 100 young science and math whizzes.

      The excited students watched as the president moved among rooms and halls of the East Wing and talked about their projects. Then he came to Zhang’s display explaining a precise way to target chemotherapy exclusively at cancer cells.

      She told him about her research, and he asked how long it would take before it could be transformed into a therapy (Answer: 10 to 15 years). He asked where she was from (Cupertino), and he mentioned that he had been in the area a while ago visiting Stanford.
      Zhang told the president that she remembered the day because she was trying to get to her lab on campus, and all the roads were blocked.

      “He said he was sorry, that that sometimes happens when he comes to town,” Zhang said.

      Among many impressive things about the visit, Zhang said, was listening to the president talk with the various science fair winners. “He understood everything — computer science, technology, biology,” said Zhang, who won the 2011 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology for devising an iron oxide-gold sphere to deliver the chemotherapy drug salinomycin.

      Obama, she said, asked relevant questions to the Google Science Fair winner who had made a helmet enabling the brain to control a robotic arm. “The president understood sound waves and that you had to reduce the background noise and amplify sound,” Zhang said. “Everyone in the room was thinking, wow, this is so amazing he understands this.”

      For the entire article: http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_19913790

    • CR says:

      The 2012 White House Science Fair

      From: whitehouse | Feb 9, 2012 | 307 views

      Meet some of the participants at the White House Science Fair. The President hosted the second White House Science Fair to celebrate the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. At the fair, the President viewed exhibits of student work, ranging from breakthrough research to new inventions.

    • CR says:

      Nominations Open for National Medal of Science or National Medal of Technology

      Posted by Nafeesa Owens on March 05, 2012 at 10:50 AM EST

      Last month, during the second White House Science Fair, White House guest Bill Nye the Science Guy, who also serves as CEO of the Planetary Society, commented on the many successful corporations—including Amazon, Apple, Boeing, Ford, General Motors, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Pay-Pal, and now Facebook—were started by engineers, people who use science and math to create things and solve problems. He said that for the United States to remain the world leader in technological innovation, we need more engineers and more scientists. We need more people who can do math, design software, and create new applications for machines that have yet to be invented.

      Bill’s comments reflected a theme that has been voiced repeatedly by President Obama: We need more scientists tackling challenges and running experiments that expand the reach of human understanding. As he said at the Science Fair: “When you work and study and excel at what you’re doing in math and science, when you compete in something like this, you’re not just trying to win a prize today. You’re getting America in shape to win the future. You’re making sure we have the best, smartest, most skilled workers in the world, so that the jobs and industries of tomorrow take root right here.”

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/03/05/nominations-open-national-medal-science-or-national-medal-technology

  37. CR says:

    Court: CA gay marriage ban is (un)constitutional

    2/7/12 Associated Press – 3 mins 47 secs ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has declared California’s same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional, paving the way for a likely U.S. Supreme Court showdown on the voter-approved law.

    A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled 2-1 Tuesday that a lower court judge interpreted the U.S. Constitution correctly in 2010 when he declared the ban, known as Proposition 8, to be a violation of the civil rights of gays and lesbians.

    The measure, which passed with 52 percent of the vote in 2008, outlawed same-sex unions just five months after they became legal in the state.

    Lawyers for Proposition 8 sponsors and for two couples who sued to overturn the ban have said they would appeal to the Supreme Court if they did not receive a favorable ruling from the 9th Circuit.

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      That is very good news.

      Here’s the latest from my state:

      Bellingham Herald:

      …. The (Washington state) Senate passed a bill legalizing gay marriage Wednesday, and the House is expected to advance it to Gov. Chris Gregoire, a Democrat, who has said she would sign the legislation. It’s expected to reach her desk this month. Opponents of gay marriage are working to schedule a referendum on the matter, probably on the November ballot. The outcome of that vote would determine whether same-sex marriages can actually take place.

      http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2012/02/07/2383434/battles-over-gay-marriage-heat.html#storylink=cpy

    • CR says:

      Equality Gets One Step Closer

      February 07, 2012 | Posted by Deaniac83 – ThePeoplesView

      All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

      The above is section 1 of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution. No state can pick and choose a group of people that the protection of the laws apply to while leaving out any other. Even if the state’s voters want to. It is on that basis that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutional, just as Judge Vaughn Walker had done in a lower court.

      For the entire article: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/02/equality-gets-one-step-closer.html

    • CR says:

      GOP WRONG WAY

      Romney slams judges for Prop. 8 same-sex-marriage ruling

      2/07/12 By Cameron Joseph – TheHill

      GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney slammed a Tuesday appellate court ruling that would overturn California’s ban on gay marriage.

      “Today, unelected judges cast aside the will of the people of California who voted to protect traditional marriage,” he said in a Tuesday statement.

      “This decision does not end this fight, and I expect it to go to the Supreme Court. That prospect underscores the vital importance of this election and the movement to preserve our values.
      “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman and, as president, I will protect traditional marriage and appoint judges who interpret the Constitution as it is written and not according to their own politics and prejudices.”

      Conservatives have expressed concerns about Romney’s record on social issues, and are suspicious he would not strongly oppose gay marriage if elected. But Romney has said he is against same-sex marriage.

      Tuesday’s ruling forces the issue back into the spotlight, and while Romney prefers to talk about economic issues, this topic provides him an opportunity to brush up on his social conservative bona fides.

  38. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good and HOPEful Tuesday, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

  39. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy 200th birthday to Charles Dickens!

    When Mitt Romney said he doesn’t worry about the poor, this is what I thought of:

    A Christmas Carol:

    …. “Are there no prisons?” asked Scrooge.

    “Plenty of prisons,” said the gentleman, laying down the pen again….

    “Oh! I was afraid, from what you said at first, that something had occurred to stop them in their useful course,” said Scrooge. “I’m very glad to hear it.”….

    http://www.stormfax.com/1dickens.htm

    Compare to President Obama’s words at the National Prayer Breakfast:

    “…. Treating others as you want to be treated. Requiring much from those who have been given so much. Living by the principle that we are our brother’s keeper. Caring for the poor and those in need. These values are old. They can be found in many denominations and many faiths, among many believers and among many non-believers. And they are values that have always made this country great — when we live up to them; when we don’t just give lip service to them; when we don’t just talk about them one day a year. And they’re the ones that have defined my own faith journey….”

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/02/remarks-president-national-prayer-breakfast

  40. Kat 4 Obama says:

    From MSNBC.msn.com:

    Obama increases Alzheimer’s research funding

    Funding will top $500 million as part of the mission to find effective treatments by 2025

    By Lauran Neergaard

    The Obama administration is increasing spending on Alzheimer’s research — planning to surpass half a billion dollars next year — as part of a quest to find effective treatments for the brain-destroying disease by 2025.
    .
    In a two-part plan announced Tuesday, the National Institutes of Health immediately will devote an extra $50 million dementia research, on top of the $450 million a year it currently spends. The boost opens the possibility that at least one stalled study of a possible therapy might get to start soon.

    Next week, President Barack Obama will ask Congress for $80 million in new money to spend for Alzheimer’s research in 2013….

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46295962/ns/health-alzheimers_disease/

  41. CR says:

    2:00 PM EST
    Vice President Biden meets with the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom Louis Susman

  42. CR says:

    GOP WRONG WAY

    Romney makes Pete Wilson his honorary California chairman

    2/7/12 By Josh Richman – bayareanewsgroup

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday announced the endorsement of former California Gov. Pete Wilson, and named him the Romney campaign’s honorary California chairman — a choice that might not sit well with Latino voters.

    “I’m honored to have Governor Pete Wilson‘s support, because he’s one of California’s most accomplished leaders. As governor of California from 1991 to 1999, he led California from the depths of recession to prosperous economic recovery,” Romney said in a news release.

    “Taking office with an inherited revenue gap of over $14 million, he left his successor a surplus of over $12.5 million,” Romney continued. “Pete persuaded Democratic Legislative majorities to enact dramatic tax and regulatory relief especially helpful to small businesses.”

    But some believe making Wilson the campaign’s honorary chair might alienate California Latino voters still embittered by Wilson’s support of Proposition 187 of 1994, which sought to create a state-run citizenship screening system and bar undocumented immigrants from using health care, public education and other social services.

    Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, said Romney “is getting really bad campaign advice.”

    “Anybody on the ground in California who was hoping to peel away Latino voters in a general election wouldn’t put Pete Wilson front and center,” Vargas said. “To me it’s baffling.

    Meg Whitman learned what a mistake that was for her to do the same in 2010 when she ran for governor — it certainly didn’t work for her.”

    For the entire article: http://www.mercurynews.com/presidentelect/ci_19906056?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com

    ———————–

    HELP SPREAD THE WORD THAT ROMNEY IS ANTI-IMMIGRANT!!!

    I sent the details of the above article to the following:

    CA Democratic Party website
    AZ Democratic Party website
    TX Democratic Party website
    NM Democratic Party website
    CO Democratic Party website
    NV Democratic Party website

    • CR says:

      Mitt Romney: Extreme on immigration

      November 23, 2011 Posted by Elizabeth Chan – democrats.org

      In last night’s Republican presidential debate, Romney went to the far right of every other candidate, refusing to agree with others on the stage that tearing apart families is wrong or that we shouldn’t implement an extreme and inhumane immigration policy.

      That makes him the most extreme, right-wing presidential candidate on the issue of immigration—ever.

      ———

      Mitt Romney on Immigration: Dishonest. To the Extreme.

      Uploaded by DemRapidResponse on Nov 22, 2011

      DNC VIDEO: “Mitt Romney: Dishonest and Extreme on Immigration”

  43. CR says:

    February 07, 2012

    Readout of the President’s Call with Coach Coughlin of the New York Giants

    This morning, President Obama called New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin to congratulate him and the rest of the team on their recent Super Bowl victory. The President said that the team’s victory was a testament to Coach Coughlin’s leadership and that his team came across with true grit and determination. President Obama told Coach Coughlin that he looks forward to shaking his hand and congratulating the team in person when they visit the White House.

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