National Museum of African American History & Culture

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Official Groundbreaking Ceremony

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012

Pre-ceremony music: 9:00 AM EST
Ceremony: 10:00 AM EST

Location: The construction site of the NMAAHC, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W. (on the National Mall between the Washington Monument and the National Museum of American History)

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Speakers:

President Barack Obama, Wayne Clough, Secretary, Smithsonian Institution Lonnie G. Bunch III, director, NMAAHC France Córdova, chair, Smithsonian Board of Regents Laura Bush, member, NMAAHC, Advisory Council Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) Phylicia Rashad, emcee Musical performances by Denyce Graves, Thomas Hampson, jazz pianist Jason Moran, Stanley Thurston and The Heritage Signature Chorale, Howard University Jazz ensemble-Afro Blue, The Madrigal Singers of St. Albans and the National Cathedral Schools, and the U.S. Navy Band

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture. The National Museum of African American History and Culture will be a place where all Americans can learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience, what it means to their lives and how it helped us shape this nation. A place that transcends the boundaries of race and culture that divide us, and becomes a lens into a story that unites us all. Scheduled to open in 2015, the museum will be the first green building on the National Mall.

Ground breaking ceremony  live stream: http://www.nmaahc.si.edu/

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  1. CR says:

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    Wednesday, February 22, 2012

    All Times Eastern

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    • CR says:

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      10:00 AM EST
      Dr. Jill Biden and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis visit the Columbus State Community College Center for Workforce Development.

      10:30 AM EST
      Pentagon briefing on Afghanistan
      A senior ISAF official briefs reporters from Afghanistan to update the public on governance and reconstruction in the war-torn country.

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      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host a reception in honor of the groundbreaking of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

  2. CR says:

    Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

    10:00 AM EST President Obama speaks at official groundbreaking of – joined by former First Lady Laura Bush and by actress and director Phylicia Rashad.

    The pre-ceremony music will begin at 9:00am, and the ceremony will begin at 10:00am.

    The Smithsonian will have a live webcast: http://www.nmaahc.si.edu/

    The National Museum of African American History and Culture will be a place where all Americans can learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience, what it means to their lives and how it helped us shape this nation. A place that transcends the boundaries of race and culture that divide us, and becomes a lens into a story that unites us all.

    Construction of the NMAAHC building will begin on the Mall in 2012 and will be completed in 2015. Until then, we invite you to visit our gallery located on the second floor of the National Museum of American History.

    The Vision for the National Museum of African American

    History and Culture
    In many ways, there are few things as powerful and as important as a people, as a nation that is steeped in its history. Often America is celebrated as a place that forgets. This museum seeks to help all Americans remember, and by remembering, this institution will stimulate a dialogue about race and help to foster a spirit of reconciliation and healing.

    There are four legs upon which this museum will stand:

    The first is to create an opportunity for those that care about African American culture to explore and revel in this history.

    Equally important is the opportunity to help all Americans see just how central African American history is for all of us. The museum will use African American history and culture as a lens into what it means to be an American.

    Additionally, the museum will use African American culture as a means to help all Americans see how their stories, their histories, and their cultures are shaped and informed by international considerations ⬠ and how the struggle of African Americans has impacted freedom struggles around the world.

    Finally, as a 21st century institution, the museum must be a place of collaboration. We must be a truly national museum that reaches beyond Washington to engage new audiences and to collaborate with the myriad of museums and educational institutions, both nationally and internationally.

    Ultimately, the National Museum of African American History and Culture should be a place of meaning, of memory, of reflection, of laughter, and of hope. It should be a beacon that reminds us of what we were; what challenges we still face; and point us towards what we can become.

    • CR says:

      Inside the Groundbreaking of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

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      President Obama was on hand for the ground breaking at the site of the future Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Get a sneak peek of The National Museum of African American History and Culture which was approved by the Smithsonian Board of Regents in 2006, and the new building is scheduled to open to the public in 2015.

    • CR says:

      National Museum of African American History and Culture Groundbreaking Ceremony

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      A ceremony marks the groundbreaking of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. February 22, 2010.

  3. CR says:

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    Young Americans For Obama

    Young Americans are at the foundation of this campaign. In 2008, young people came together to organize and lead a movement for change that helped Barack Obama win a historic election. Now, three years later, even more is at stake. We need to grow faster and fight harder to protect the progress we’ve made and continue to work for more. Young activists will lead the grassroots effort across the country to build this campaign for 2012 from the ground up.

    The 2012 election will depend on us, as a generation of young leaders, to get the word out about the kind of politics we want to see. We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for, and we’re greater together.

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    The Greater Together Student Summit Tour will run February 2012 to March 2012. The tour will bring together senior campaign officials, community leaders, student representatives and celebrities to discuss key policy issues impacting young Americans. This tour is a chance for students like you to weigh in on the issues that matter to you, and find out how you can start organizing on your campus to ensure a victory in November 2012.

    * University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV – February 22, 2012

    * University of Nevada Reno, Reno, NV – February 22, 2012

    For more information on The Greater Together Student Summit Tour: http://www.barackobama.com/young-americans/student-summit

  4. CR says:

    Kicking Off the Community College to Career Bus Tour

    Melanie Kaye February 21, 2012 04:39 PM EST

    Tomorrow, Dr. Jill Biden and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis will embark on a three-day “Community College to Career” bus tour to highlight innovative industry initiativesthat are helping train students with the skills they need to meet area workforce needs.

    President Obama recently announced an $8 billion Community College to Career Fund , co-administered by the Department of Labor and Department of Education,which will help forge new partnerships between community colleges and businesses to train two million workers with skills that will lead directly to jobs.

    During the tour, Dr. Biden and Secretary Solis will visit several community colleges to learn about model industry partnerships, but we know there are many more success stories around the country (check out the full schedule below). We want to hear from community college faculty, students, business and community leaders about how these partnerships have benefited you and your community .

    Check out this video from Secretary Solis asking for community college faculty, students and industry partners to share their stories. Got a story to share? Head over to WhiteHouse.gov/CommunityCollege/Tour to tell us about it or share your story on Twitter using the hashtag #CCtour .

    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2012

    10:00 AM Columbus, Ohio: Dr. Biden and Secretary Solis will visit the Columbus State Community College Center for Workforce Development and hear from program participants and industry partners.

    1:30 PM Centerville, Ohio: Dr. Biden and Secretary Solis will tour the production line at DG Medical with workforce development partners Sinclair Community College and BioOhio.

    4:15 PM Cincinnati, Ohio: Dr. Biden and Secretary Solis will visit Cincinnati State Technical and Community College to hear how Labor Department funding is helping to expand the successful Health Careers Collaborative.

    7:30 PM Lexington, Kentucky: Dr. Biden and Secretary Solis will visit the UPS Freight facility in Lexington to meet twilight sort employees.

  5. Kat 4 Obama says:

    This should be a ceremony worth watching! Thanks for this topic, CR!

  6. CR says:

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    A TBS Black History minute from 1991. Featuring future President Barack Obama. Follow me on Twitter at Twitter.com/Akaczynski1 for more political videos.

  7. Good morning CR and PPO Fam. HOPE you all have a terrific Wednesday.

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

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

  8. What a way to start the day! The President sings again.

  9. CR says:

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

  10. CR says:

    Now Streaming…

    10:00 AM EST
    President Obama delivers remarks at the construction site of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, First Lady Michelle Obama also attends.

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/Groundbreaking-Ceremony-for-New-National-Museum-of-African-American-History-and-Culture/10737428436/

    • CR says:

      February 22, 2012

      Remarks by the President at the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

      The National Mall

      11:21 A.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you so much. Please, have a seat. Thank you very much. Well, good morning, everybody.

      AUDIENCE: Good morning.

      THE PRESIDENT: I want to thank France for that introduction and for her leadership at the Smithsonian. I want to thank everybody who helped to make this day happen. I want to thank Laura Bush; Secretary Salazar; Sam Brownback; my hero, Congressman John Lewis; Wayne Cluff, and everybody who’s worked so hard to make this possible.

      I am so proud of Lonnie Bunch, who came here from Chicago, I want to point out. (Laughter and applause.) I remember having a conversation with him about this job when he was planning to embark on this extraordinary journey. And we could not be prouder of the work that he has done to help make this day possible.

      I promise to do my part by being brief.

      As others have mentioned, this day has been a long time coming. The idea for a museum dedicated to African Americans was first put forward by black veterans of the Civil War. And years later, the call was picked up by members of the civil rights generation -– by men and women who knew how to fight for what was right and strive for what is just. This is their day. This is your day. It’s an honor to be here to see the fruit of your labor.

      It’s also fitting that this museum has found a home on the National Mall. As has been mentioned, it was on this ground long ago that lives were once traded, where hundreds of thousands once marched for jobs and for freedom. It was here that the pillars of our democracy were built, often by black hands. And it is on this spot –- alongside the monuments to those who gave birth to this nation, and those who worked so hard to perfect it –- that generations will remember the sometimes difficult, often inspirational, but always central role that African Americans have played in the life of our country.

      This museum will celebrate that history. Because just as the memories of our earliest days have been confined to dusty letters and faded pictures, the time will come when few people remember drinking from a colored water fountain, or boarding a segregated bus, or hearing in person Dr. King’s voice boom down from the Lincoln Memorial. That’s why what we build here won’t just be an achievement for our time, it will be a monument for all time. It will do more than simply keep those memories alive.

      Just like the Air and Space Museum challenges us to set our sights higher, or the Natural History Museum encourages us to look closer, or the Holocaust Museum calls us to fight persecution wherever we find it, this museum should inspire us as well. It should stand as proof that the most important things in life rarely come quickly or easily. It should remind us that although we have yet to reach the mountaintop, we cannot stop climbing.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/22/remarks-president-groundbreaking-ceremony-national-museum-african-americ

  11. CR says:

    10:00 AM EST
    Dr. Jill Biden and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis visit the Columbus State Community College Center for Workforce Development.

    • CR says:

      Remarks to follow

    • CR says:

      Report from the Road: An Ambitious Plan to Train Ohio Workers for New Jobs

      Secretary Hilda Solis February 22, 2012

      Dr. Jill Biden and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis today kicked off a three-day “Community College to Career” bus tour to highlight the unique role community colleges play in developing a flexible, highly-skilled 21st-century workforce to meet emerging regional business needs. Secretary Solis is writing updates on the trip from the road.

      Dr. Biden and I just visited DG Medical in Centerville, Ohio, to hear about the incredible BioOhio Workforce development partnership that is helping community colleges like Sinclair Community College prepare Ohioans for jobs in the growing biomedical manufacturing industry.

      Sinclair is working with former GM/Delphi employees and other dislocated workers to get retraining to perform jobs making medical devices and life-saving drugs. They are part of a BioOhio partnership that has brought together industry leaders and six Ohio community colleges to match workforce needs with course offerings.

      The ambitious goal is to graduate 700 Ohioans and place them in biosciences jobs as clean technicians, shipping clerks, packaging experts, manufacturing technicians and test engineers. More than half of existing program graduates already have found good-paying jobs in this field. Also, incumbent workers are being trained to move up the career ladder to become team leaders and front-line supervisors.

      Watching this unique partnership at work illustrates why health care industry job growth continues to help drive our recovery forward.

      Want to join the conversation by sharing how community colleges and industry partners are working together in your community? Share your story at http://www.whitehouse.gov/communitycollege/tour and follow and engage with the tour on Twitter with the hashtag #CCtour.

      You can see more of Secretary Solis’ posts at Work in Progress , the Department of Labor’s official blog

  12. CR says:

    Now streaming…

    10:01 AM EST
    Counter-Trafficking in Persons Policy – Integration, Innovation, Accountability, and Action
    The White House

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    • CR says:

      Counter-Trafficking in Persons Policyb

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      The United States Agency for International Development launches a new policy aimed at making efforts to combat human trafficking more effective and efficient. February 23, 2012.

  13. CR says:

    Home sales jump more than 4 percent in January

    2/22/12 By DEREK KRAVITZ | Associated Press – 16 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Home sales rose in January to the highest pace in nearly two years, flashing signs of health ahead of the spring-buying season.

    The National Association of Realtors says U.S. home sales increased 4.3 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.57 million. That’s the highest level since May 2010.

    Sales have risen in three of the past four months. But they remain well below the 6 million that economists equate with a healthy market.

    First-time buyers, who are critical to a recovery, are increased slightly to 33 percent of sales. In healthy markets, first-time buyers make up at least 40 percent.

    Homes at risk of foreclosure made up 35 percent of sales last month, up from 32 percent in December.

  14. CR says:

    Consumer-finance watchdog probes overdraft fees

    2/22/12 By DANIEL WAGNER | Associated Press – 2 hrs 45 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government’s new consumer-watchdog agency is launching a probe into costly overdraft fees charged by big banks.

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Wednesday that it will ask banks for information about how overdraft fees affect consumers, how overdraft protection is marketed and what information consumers receive.

    The probe could result in new rules or even lawsuits if banks are accused of violating consumer laws.

    “Overdraft practices have the capacity to inflict serious economic harm on the people who can least afford it,” CFPB Director Richard Cordray said in a statement. “We want to learn how consumers are affected, and how well they are able to anticipate and avoid paying penalty fees.”

    Banks impose overdraft fees when people spend more money than they have in their accounts. The fees didn’t exist 15 years ago; by 2009, they were generating tens of billions of dollars for banks.

    The fees function like extremely high-cost, short-term loans. The cost of pushing your checking account into the red averages $30 to $35 per transaction, the CFPB said.

    Banks were barred from automatically enrolling customers in overdraft programs for debit card or ATM transactions in 2010, under a rule issued by the Federal Reserve. The rule did not apply to checks and online bill payments or recurring debits. It also did not limit how much banks can charge for the service.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/consumer-finance-watchdog-probes-overdraft-fees-050628385.html

  15. CR says:

    Next Up…

    1:00 PM EST
    Feed the Future Technical Forum
    The White House

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

    • CR says:

      Feed the Future Technical Forum Part 1

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Feb 22, 2012

      U.S. Government and private sector partners came together in a forum to identify potential areas of collaboration in support of Feed the Future, the Administration’s global hunger and food security initiative, in light of the need to double productivity to meet projected demands for food in 2050. February 23, 2012.

  16. CR says:

    February 22, 2012

    Statement by the President on Ash Wednesday

    Today, Michelle and I honor Ash Wednesday with Christians around the country and across the world. This is at once a solemn and joyous occasion, an opportunity to remember both the depths of sacrifice and the height of redemption. We join millions in entering the Lenten Season with truly thankful hearts, mindful of our faith and our obligations to one another.

  17. CR says:

    Longoria, Emanuel among Obama ’12 campaign chairmen

    2/22/12 By Daniel Strauss – TheHill

    Actress Eva Longoria and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are among the new campaign chairmen for President Obama’s reelection bid.

    The Obama campaign announced the new chairmen on Wednesday. They also include former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), Caroline Kennedy and actor Kal Penn, who served in the Obama administration.

    The campaign had previously named former Chief of Staff Bill Daley, Emanuel’s successor as Obama’s chief of staff, as a campaign chairman.

    Many of the 30-some chairmen named are high-profile members of Illinois’s political community. They include Emanuel and Penny Pritzker, a longtime backer and early fundraiser for Obama; Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.); and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.).
    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) was also named a co-chairman. Villaraigosa was recently named chairman of the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

    Longoria is the biggest celebrity on the list. She has previously hosted fundraisers for Obama and has been at the White House to discuss immigration reform.

    For the entire article: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/211935-rahm-emanuel-eva-longoria-kalpen-modi-russ-feingold-among-obama-reelect-cochairmen

  18. CR says:

    Geithner: Obama seeks 28 percent corp. tax rate

    Geithner: Obama plan would make corporate tax system fairer and more globally competitive

    2/22/12 By Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | Associated Press – 49 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the current corporate tax system is outdated, unfair and inefficient. He is calling for an end to dozens of subsidies and loopholes that he says offer tax breaks to companies that move jobs and profits overseas.
    Obama says the current system is “not right and it needs to change.”

    The Obama administration is proposing cutting corporate tax rates from 35 percent to 28 percent. That is still higher than the 25 percent rate sought by congressional Republicans.

    Obama said in a statement Wednesday that his framework lowers the corporate tax rate and broadens the tax base and will increase competitiveness for companies across the U.S.

  19. CR says:

    Calling All App Developers: $10,000 App Challenge Looking for Ways to Connect Businesses with Government

    Posted by Mike Kruger on February 22, 2012

    Today, in conjunction with the newly-launched BusinessUSA initiative , the Department of Commerce announced the launch of their business app challenge . The $10,000 contest challenges app developers to find innovative ways to utilize Commerce and other publicly available data and information to support American businesses. The business app challenge calls on developers to utilize at least one Department of Commerce data set in creating an application that assists businesses and/or improves the service delivery of Business.USA.gov to the business community. Developers may choose the platform that best suits them. Applicants may design for the web, personal computer, mobile handheld device, or any platform broadly accessible to the open Internet. A list of developer-friendly data sets can be found on the Business Data and Tools page of Data.gov.

    A panel of high-profile judges will evaluate and vote on the entries. The panel includes:

    John Bryson, Secretary of Commerce
    Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
    Vivek Kundra, Executive Vice President of Emerging Market, Salesforce.com
    Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media
    Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook
    Steven Van Roekel, Federal CIO
    Specifically developers are being challenged to look for innovative ways to utilize available data to help businesses:

    Learn about and evaluate opportunities, both here in the U.S. and internationally;
    Access useful government services, data, and market information;
    Fund business activities;
    Support education and training, and
    Facilitate or accelerate the pursuit of operating and growing their business.
    A $5,000 cash award will be given to the winner. Second place will receive $3,000 and third place will receive $2,000. Submissions will be accepted between February 22, 2012 and April 30, 2012. Complete contest rules and entry requirements can be found at http://docbusinessapps.challenge.gov

  20. CR says:

    Next Up…

    4:00 PM EST
    Feed the Future Technical Forum
    The White House

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

    • CR says:

      Feed the Future Technical Forum Part 2

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Feb 22, 2012

      U.S. Government and private sector partners came together in a forum to identify potential areas of collaboration in support of Feed the Future, the Administration’s global hunger and food security initiative, in light of the need to double productivity to meet projected demands for food in 2050. February 22, 2012.

  21. CR says:

    Next Up…

    4:10 PM EST
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host a reception in honor of the groundbreaking of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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

  22. CR says:

    Next Up…

    5:00 PM EST
    NEH’s Bridging Cultures through Law Film Series: Prohibition
    The White House

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

    • CR says:

      Bridging Culture through Law Film Series: Prohibition

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Feb 22, 2012

      Washington-area law students, experts on Constitutional law, and others will gather at the White House for a screening of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s documentary Prohibition and a panel discussion about the importance of Constitutional law. The screening is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ “Bridging Cultures through Law” film series, which uses NEH-funded films to enrich legal education.

  23. CR says:

    February 22, 2012

    Statement by the President

    In my State of the Union, I laid out a blueprint for an economy that’s built to last — where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone pays their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules. That includes a tax code that rewards companies who invest and create jobs in the United States of America.

    Our current corporate tax system is outdated, unfair, and inefficient. It provides tax breaks for moving jobs and profits overseas and hits companies that choose to stay in America with one of the highest tax rates in the world. It is unnecessarily complicated and forces America’s small businesses to spend countless hours and dollars filing their taxes. It’s not right, and it needs to change.

    That’s why my administration released a framework for reform that simplifies the tax code, eliminates dozens of tax loopholes and subsidies, and promotes job creation right here at home. It’s a framework that lowers the corporate tax rate and broadens the tax base in order to increase competitiveness for companies across the nation. It cuts tax rates even further for manufacturers that are creating new products and manufacturing goods here in America. Finally, because no company should be able to avoid paying its fair share of taxes by moving jobs and profits overseas, this framework includes a basic minimum tax for every multinational company. This reform is fully paid for, and it won’t add a dime to the deficit.

    As I said in the State of the Union, it is time to stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas, and start rewarding companies that create jobs right here in America.

  24. CR says:

    Obama campaign manager to hold rallies, raise money in MN this week

    February 19, 2012 by Tom Scheck – minnesotapublicradio

    President Obama’s campaign manager will be in Minnesota this week to raise money for the campaign and encourage get out the vote efforts.

    Jim Messina will join DFL Congresswoman Betty McCollum and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak for a town hall and “organizing discussion” at Macalester College in St. Paul on Wednesday at 1pm. He’ll be holding a similar event with Rybak and DFL Congressman Keith Ellison at the University of Minnesota at 2:30 on the same day.

    Messina is also in town to raise money. A Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor is hosting a fundraiser at his home for Messina. Keillor is an independent contractor for American Public Media, Minnesota Public Radio’s parent company.

    Messina is also hosting a higher dollar fundraising dinner at The Lexington restaurant in St. Paul on Wednesday night.

  25. CR says:

    Signed into law

    By POLITICO STAFF | 2/22/12 7:51 PM

    Press secretary Jay Carney offered this statement about President Obama signing into law legislation that would, among other things, extend the payroll tax cut:

    “On Wednesday, February 22, 2012, the President signed into law: H.R. 3630, the “Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012,” which extends through December 31, 2012: (1) a reduction in employment tax rates for employees and the self-employed: (2) an initial eligibility for emergency unemployment compensation and 100 percent Federal funding for extended unemployment insurance benefits: and (3) a Medicare physician payment update delaying a rate reduction for physician services. Also extends assistance for needy families through September 30, 2012.”

    • CR says:

      President Obama Signs the Payroll Tax Cut

      Matt Compton February 22, 2012 22, 2012

      Just now, President Obama signed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 — extending the payroll tax cut and emergency jobless benefits through the end of the year.

      Last week, the President called on Americans from across the country to add their voices to the debate and let us know what they would do without an extra $40 in their paychecks. Thousands of individuals did exactly that, and it made all the difference.

      At the time, President Obama said, “Until you see me sign this thing, you’ve got to keep on speaking up…If it’s not on the White House website, it hasn’t happened.”

      David Plouffe sent an email to the people who shared their stories with the White House, and they were the first folks to get the news. Here’s what he said:

      Good evening —

      When President Obama asked you to speak out on the payroll tax cut, you jumped into action. Thousands of individuals from across the country wrote in to say what $40 with each paycheck means to their families.

      And it worked.

      President Obama just signed the legislation extending the tax cut and emergency jobless benefits through the end of the year.
      When the President spoke with a group of individuals who came to the White House after sharing their stories, he said, “Until you see me sign this thing, you’ve got to keep on speaking up…If it’s not on the White House website, it hasn’t happened.”

      We just posted a picture of the President signing the bill on WhiteHouse.gov. Go check it out.

      Extending the payroll tax cut was a critical step for middle class families, but we still have a lot more work to do. So get ready.
      Thanks,

      David
      David Plouffe
      Senior Adviser

  26. CR says:

    WH

    Thursday, February 23 , 2012

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:45 AM
    President Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews
    South Lawn
    Open Press

    11:00 AM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route Miami, Florida.
    Travel Pool Coverage

    12:00 PM
    Vice President Biden attends a campaign event
    Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    1:00 PM
    1:25 PM
    President Obama arrives in Miami, Florida.
    Miami International Airport
    Open Press

    1:30 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a DNC Event — Cincinnati, OH

    1:45 PM
    President Obama tours the Industrial Assessment Center
    University of Miami
    Travel Pool Coverage

    2:00 PM
    2:30 PM
    President Obama speaks about the economy at the University of Miami
    University of Miami Field House
    Open to pre-credentialed media

    3:00 PM
    Vice President Biden attends a campaign event with local supporters
    Manchester, New Hampshire

    4:00 PM
    4:20 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at the Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Florida.
    Pooled TV, Open to Correspondents

    5:00 PM
    5:30 PM
    Remarks by the First Lady at a DNC Event
    Kentucky Center for African American Heritage Museum
    Louisville, Kentucky

    5:55 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event.
    Private Residence
    Print Pool

    6:00 PM
    6:30 PM
    Vice President Biden travels to Providence, Rhode Island to attend a campaign event for U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.

    7:00 PM
    President Obama departs Miami, Florida en route Orlando, Florida.
    Miami International Airport
    Open Press

    8:00 PM
    8:15 PM
    President Obama arrives in Orlando, Florida.
    Local Event Time: Orlando International Airport
    Open Press

    8:55 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign
    event.
    Private Residence
    Print Pool

    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM
    10:30 PM
    President Obama departs Orlando, Florida en route Joint Base Andrews
    Orlando International Airport
    Open Press

  27. CR says:

    UM students spend hours waiting in line for coveted tickets to Obama event

    2/22/12 ALEXANDRA LEON- miamiherald

    Students eager to see and hear President Barack Obama speak at the University of Miami on Thursday, spent hours waiting in line for the coveted tickets.

    “I slept for an hour or two, but it was uncomfortable,” said Demi Rafuls, a UM junior studying microbiology, who waited 11 hours before she was able to get her hands on one of the tickets. She was one of about 1,000 people who camped out on university grounds Tuesday through Wednesday morning.

    Obama is scheduled to speak about the economy at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the school’s BankUnited Center Fieldhouse.

    “He really is a symbol of hope, a symbol of change,” said senior Jude Legiste, a Haiti native who recently became a U.S. citizen and plans to cast his first U.S. vote in November’s presidential election. “I would say that the vast majority of students who are coming support him; they support what he represents. And I think he’s done a good job, quite frankly.”

    The line started near the University Center in the heart of campus and snaked around the school’s library and administrative buildings.

    By 6 a.m., an estimated 1,000 students had made the queue. Tickets were distributed at 8:30 a.m..

    Students who got their hands on tickets said the long wait was worth it.

    “It’s the president of the United States,” Rafuls said. “How often does someone get to be within 50-feet of the president?”

    Following the speech at UM, Obama is scheduled to attend a fundraising reception at the Biltmore Hotel and later the Coral Gables home of lawyer Chris Korge, a top fundraiser for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. From Miami, Air Force One will fly Obama to Orlando for a $30,000-per-person fundraising dinner at the home of NBA star Vince Carter.

    WLRN Miami Herald News reporter Ariana Prothero contributed to this report.

  28. CR says:

    Kicking Off the Community College to Career Bus Tour

    Melanie Kaye February 21, 2012 04:39 PM EST

    Tomorrow, Dr. Jill Biden and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis will embark on a three-day “Community College to Career” bus tour to highlight innovative industry initiativesthat are helping train students with the skills they need to meet area workforce needs.

    President Obama recently announced an $8 billion Community College to Career Fund , co-administered by the Department of Labor and Department of Education,which will help forge new partnerships between community colleges and businesses to train two million workers with skills that will lead directly to jobs.

    During the tour, Dr. Biden and Secretary Solis will visit several community colleges to learn about model industry partnerships, but we know there are many more success stories around the country (check out the full schedule below). We want to hear from community college faculty, students, business and community leaders about how these partnerships have benefited you and your community .

    Check out this video from Secretary Solis asking for community college faculty, students and industry partners to share their stories. Got a story to share? Head over to WhiteHouse.gov/CommunityCollege/Tour to tell us about it or share your story on Twitter using the hashtag #CCtour .

    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012

    8:15 AM Lexington, Kentucky: Dr. Biden and Secretary Solis will visit Bluegrass Community and Technical College and hear from program participants in the automotive, energy, HVAC, and bio-technology industries from across Kentucky. This event is open press.

    1:45 PM Harriman, Tennessee:Dr. Biden and Secretary Solis will participate in a discussion about Roane State Community College’s successful industry partnerships.

    7:15 PM Wytheville, Virginia: Dr. Biden and Secretary Solis will visit Wytheville Community College to learn about the school’s successful training partnership with the Gatorade Blue Ridge plant.

    • CR says:

      A New Generation of Nurses

      Secretary Hilda Solis February 23, 2012 10:34 AM EST

      Dr. Jill Biden and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis kicked off a three-day “Community College to Career” bus tour yesterday to highlight the unique role community colleges play in developing a flexible, highly-skilled 21st-century workforce to meet emerging regional business needs. Secretary Solis is writing updates on the trip from the road.

      We just saw the great things happening in Cincinnati to train up our next generation of nurses. The average age of the registered nurse is climbing. There are more nurses in their 50s right now than any other age range. They account for almost one-quarter of our nursing workforce. So it’s critical that we prepare for these retirements and train up our next generation of nurses.

      Many schools across the country have struggled to meet the rising need for more nursing professionals. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act , more than 32 million Americans will soon gain access to healthcare services, including access to care provided by registered nurses.

      The American Association of Colleges of Nursing found that nursing schools turned away more than 67,000 qualified applicants in 2010 due to insufficient number of faculty, clinical sites, classroom space, and budget constraints. Nine years ago, in response to the urgent nursing shortage, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College began a health careers collaborative with local hospitals. The goal was to train up local workers for entry-level health care jobs like office assistants and medical coders—and help incumbent workers who wanted to continue their education and perhaps become nurses.

      For the entire article; http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/02/23/new-generation-nurses

  29. CR says:

    good_jobs_green_jobs_reg_conferences

    Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference

    February 23 – 24, 2012
    Atlanta , GA

    The conference is the nation’s leading forum sharing ideas and strategies to build a green economy that creates good jobs and preserves America’s economic and environmental security. Sponsored by The US Department of Energy.

    How can we finance transportation projects to make our systems more modern and efficient? At Good Jobs, Green Jobs South — February 23 and 24 in Atlanta, GA at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta — we will explore the unique challenges and opportunities to creating good, green jobs in the Southern United States.

    Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference holds the important discussion of how we will build a green economy that creates good jobs, reduces global warming and preserves America’s environmental and economic security.

    Good Jobs, Green Jobs West in Los Angeles will feature more than 40 workshops covering:

    * Business, Investments and New Markets
    * Clean Energy Manufacturing
    * Emerging Green Sectors
    * Infrastructure and Cleaner, More Efficient Transportation
    * Regional, State and Local Initiatives and Partnerships
    * Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
    * Responsible Investment and Workers’ Capital
    * Workforce and Economic Development
    * Youth, Education and Green Schools – Building a Clean Energy Movement

    For more information:: http://www.greenjobsconference.org/atlanta

  30. CR says:

    “We The People” Petition Response: The National Guard on the Joint Chiefs of Staff

    Uploaded by whitehouse on Feb 22, 2012

    Ben Rhodes, the Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting, responds to a petition that was submitted on the White House’s online petition tool “We The People regarding giving a seat on the Joint Chiefs of Staff to the National Guard. http://whitehouse.gov/wethepeople

  31. CR says:

    CBO: Stimulus continues to deliver

    2/22/12 04:37 PM ET By Erik Wasson – TheHill

    The Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday that President Obama’s 2009 stimulus package continues to have a significant effect.

    The bill raised fourth-quarter 2011 gross domestic product by as much as 1.5 percent, it states, and lowered the unemployment rate by as much as 1.1 percentage points.

    The package reduced the rolls of the jobless by up to 2 million people in the last three months of 2011.

    The CBO analysis is very similar to the last stimulus report it produced in November. It continues to predict that in 2012, the stimulus will increase the number of people employed by up to 1.1 million.

    Despite the CBO figures, the $831 billion stimulus package has not lived up to the claims the administration made when it sold Congress on the bill.

    Obama economic adviser Christina Romer claimed the bill would keep unemployment below 8 percent, but the rate spiked to 10 percent in 2009 and remained above 9 percent until last October.

    The stimulus will likely remain a centerpiece of GOP attacks on Obama ahead of the November elections.

  32. CR says:

    Treasury to release corporate tax plan Wednesday

    2/22/12 By JIM KUHNHENN | Associated Press – 22 hrs ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior administration official says the Obama administration is proposing to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 28 percent. It also seeks a deeper rate cut, to 25 percent, for manufacturers.

    The plan would require congressional action, unlikely in an election year. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (GYT’-nur) was to spell out the plan later Wednesday.

    The official said the Treasury Department’s corporate tax framework would call for ending dozens of loopholes and subsidies.

    It also would propose setting a minimum tax on foreign earnings.

    The rate cuts, closed loopholes and minimum tax on overseas earnings would result in no increase in the deficit.

    The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the plan ahead of its release.

    The New York Times first reported the details.

  33. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Checking in late, but checking in! Good and HOPEful Wednesday night, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

  34. CR says:

    8:15 AM EST

    Dr. Biden and Secretary Solis will visit Bluegrass Community and Technical College and hear from program participants in the automotive, energy, HVAC, and bio-technology industries from across Kentucky. Lexington, Kentucky

  35. CR says:

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

  36. THIS IS A MUST SEE! Martin Beshear on Christianity.

    • CR says:

      Martin Bashir says in the video “Mitt Romney earlier this month said this about the President: [the video shows Romney saying this] “President Obama told American that if Congress approved his plan to borrow nearly a trillion dollars he would hold unemployment [rate] below 8%” That is an out right lie, the President never, ever said such a thing in fact that was a speculative projection written by Christina Romer and Jared Bernstein about the possible impact of a stimulus package and it was written even before the President was inaugurated.So the devote Mormon is apparently a liar.”

      “Second Rick Santorum. Mr Santorum is selling himself as the most Christian of all the candidates. He says “Satan is attacking the institutions of America.” He talks greatly about the men and women of faith who served this country through self sacrifice and generosity. But when it comes to his own personal committment to charity Mr Santorum is remarkably quiet and that is because in 2010 Mr Santorum earned almost a million dollars and just gave over 1.7% to charity during the same period the President and the First Lady gave over 14.2%. So the devote Catholic is apparently a hypocrite”.

      “And finally Newt Gingrich, a man who that the Christian sacrament of marriage, life long monogamy, actually means sleeping with one woman at a time.”

      “So there you have it. The Liar, The Hypocrite and The Adulterer . ” Then Mr Bashir refers to CS Lewis’s quote on Christianity in his book “Mere Christianity”

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      “The President of the United States is a Christian. But as for those three, in the words of Franklin Graham, “I don’t think any of us can be categorically so”

      Martin Bashir (born 19 January 1963) is a British journalist and media personality, currently with NBC News as a contributor for its Dateline program, and an afternoon anchor for MSNBC, hosting Martin Bashir

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      This is great!

  37. Good morning CR and PPO Fam. HOPE you all have a terrific Thursday.

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Family and the Nation. May the President have a safe trip to Florida.

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

  38. CR says:

    Unemployment aid applications stay at 4-year low

    2/23/12 By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Associated Press – 9 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment aid was unchanged last week and the four-week average of applications fell to its lowest point in four years. The figures add to evidence that show the job market is improving.

    Applications stayed last week at a seasonally adjusted 351,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That’s the fewest since March 2008, when the country was just a few months into the recession.

    The four-week average, which smooths week-to-week fluctuations, dropped for the sixth straight week to 359,000. That’s also the lowest since March 2008.

    Applications have fallen steadily since last October. The average has declined 13.5 percent since then. When applications drop consistently below 375,000, it usually signals that hiring is strong enough to lower the unemployment rate.

    Economists said the level suggests the economy will see another strong month of hiring in February, similar to the average net gain of about 200,000 in the previous three months.

    The report covers the week that the government surveys companies to calculate how many jobs have been added or lost for the monthly employment report. Economists frequently pay close attention to the application figures during those so-called “survey weeks.” If applications fall from one month’s survey week to the next, it could signal a stronger jobs report.

    Weekly applications have fallen only 4,000 compared to last month’s survey week. But the four-week average has dropped 20,000.

    That “bodes well for the February payroll report,” said Jennifer Lee, an economist at BMO Capital Markets. “The positive trend continues.”

    The number of people receiving unemployment aid also fell. The total benefit rolls dropped to 7.5 million in the week ended Feb. 4, the latest data available. That’s down from nearly 7.7 million in the previous week.

    Hiring has picked up in recent months. The economy added 243,000 net jobs in January, the most in nine months. The unemployment rate dropped for the fifth straight month, to 8.3 percent — the lowest in nearly three years.

    Healthier economic growth is spurring greater job growth. The economy expanded at an annual rate of 2.8 percent in the final three months of last year — a full percentage point higher than the previous quarter.

    For the entire article; http://news.yahoo.com/unemployment-aid-applications-stay-4-low-133618487.html

  39. CR says:

    Federal Judge in California Strikes Down Key Provision of DOMA

    2/23/12 By Ariane de Vogue | ABC OTUS News – 14 hrs ago

    A federal judge in California tonight struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as applied to a federal employee who sought benefits for her same-sex spouse.

    While this is not the first time a federal court has struck down a provision of DOMA, it is the first ruling to come since the Obama administration determined it would no longer defend the federal law that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman.

    Lawyers hired by the Republican leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives are now defending the law in court.

    Karen Golinski, a lesbian woman married to her spouse under California law, brought the suit after she was unable to secure federal health benefits for her same-sex spouse.

    U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey S. White said, “In this matter, the court finds that DOMA, as applied to Ms. Golinski, violates her right to equal protection of the law under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution by, without substantial justification or rational basis, refusing to recognize her lawful marriage to prevent provision of health insurance coverage to her spouse.”

    Lambda Legal Defense Fund, which represented Golinski, praised the ruling.

    “We are thrilled,” said John Davidson, legal director at Lambda Legal. “This is a grand slam for us. Judge White agreed that sexual orientation discrimination should be given heightened judicial scrutiny and there is not even a rational justification for DOMA’s discrimination. Courts should regard with suspicion government discrimination based on sexual orientation.”

  40. CR says:

    Budget Watchdog To Candidates: Back Up Tough Talk

    Report: Debt will swell under top GOP hopefuls’ tax plans

    2/23/12 by SCOTT HORSLEY – NPR

    Republican presidential hopefuls have had a field day attacking President Obama for the federal government’s trillion-dollar deficits and promising things will be different when the GOP is in charge.

    But while the candidates talk a good game about stemming the tide of red ink, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget says their proposals don’t necessarily add up.

    “So far what we have is four candidates who are all serious about cutting spending, but are also very serious about cutting taxes,” says Maya MacGuineas, president of the bipartisan organization. “And in most cases they would cut taxes by more than their spending cuts, which would make the overall deficit situation worse.”

    The lone exception is Texas Rep. Ron Paul, whose plans would actually shrink the debt by more than $2 trillion over the next decade.

    “He tops the group in terms of the kinds of spending cuts he’s talking about — at over $7 trillion in cuts, which is by far the greatest amount of any specific cuts that anybody has offered,” MacGuineas says.

    Specific is the operative word there. The budget watchdogs give more credit to candidates who spell out specific cuts than those who offer vague targets, like former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who pledged to limit government spending to 20 percent of the overall economy.

    “Gov. Romney puts forth cuts in spending and cuts in taxes,” MacGuineas says. “Neither of them kind of drastically change the budget, but overall the effects of those tax cuts would outweigh the spending cuts, from what he’s offered so far.”

    The committee estimates that Romney’s proposals would add $250 billion to the debt over the next decade.

    That’s nothing, though, compared to the red ink that would be spilled by former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum or former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

    Santorum wants to cut personal income taxes while preserving costly deductions and tripling the tax break for children. So far, he has offered little to balance those cuts, except $5 trillion in unspecified spending reductions.

    “This is the big wild card for Sen. Santorum so far,” MacGuineas says. “He has said he’ll cut $5 trillion. That would have a significant effect on the overall fiscal effects of his plan. But he has yet to say where that $5 trillion would come from.”

    The committee also dings Gingrich for his optional 15 percent flat tax; because everyone would have the option of paying less, government revenues would take a big hit.

    “Who’s going to be the person who says I’ll take the system where I’ll pay more?” MacGuineas says. “So in the end, it might be a more desirable tax system for a number of other reasons, but it usually winds up losing revenues, and significant revenues in this case.”

    The committee estimates that over 10 years, the Gingrich plan would add $7 trillion to the federal debt.

    MacGuineas says this report is not intended to be the last word on GOP proposals, but to illustrate the challenge of backing up tough fiscal talk and to encourage the candidates to get specific.

    For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2012/02/23/147272092/budget-watchdog-to-candidates-back-up-tough-talk

  41. CR says:

    Now streaming…

    10:00 AM EST
    Counter-Trafficking in Persons Policy – Integration, Innovation, Accountability, and Action
    The White House

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

  42. CR says:

    Consumer Comfort Highest in Almost 4 Years

    Feb 23, 2012 6:45 AM PT By Bob Willis – bloomberg

    Consumer confidence in the U.S. increased last week to the highest level since April 2008 as more Americans had a favorable view of their finances.

    The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort (COMFCOMF) Index rose to minus 38.4 in the period ended Feb. 19, its fifth consecutive gain, from minus 39.8 the previous week. It marked the second straight week above minus 40, which is the level associated with recessions and their aftermath. Men, homeowners and households with annual incomes of more than $50,000 were the most optimistic in more than a year.

    A majority rated their personal finances as positive for the first time since July, indicating a rising stock market and job growth may encourage consumers to keep spending. At the same time, higher gasoline costs threaten to unravel the recent gains in sentiment, as occurred a year ago.

    “An improving labor market and rising equity prices have bolstered sentiment of survey participants, especially those in the upper-middle and wealthy classes,” said Joe Brusuelas, a senior economist at Bloomberg LP in New York.

    For the entire article: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-23/americans-confidence-reaches-highest-level-since-2008-in-bloomberg-index.html

  43. CR says:

    FHFA House Price Index Jumps 0.7%

    2/23/12 Sam Ro – businessinsider 26 minutes ago

    The FHFA national house price index jumped 0.7 percent in December, which outpaced economists expectations for a 0.1 percent increase.

    In the fourth quarter, the seasonally adjusted purchase-only index, which is based Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac-acquired mortgages, declined 0.1 percent. Economists were expecting or 0.2 percent increase.

    “While FHFA’s national index shows a 2 percentage point price decline over the latest four quarters, 12 states and the District of Columbia posted price increases,” wrote FHFA’s Andrew Leventis. “When coupled with the fact that about half of all U.S. states saw price increases in the latest quarter, this growth adds to mounting evidence that real estate markets are seeing at least some signs of life.”

  44. CR says:

    A Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

    The Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights is outlined in a report released today by the White House Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World: A Framework for Protecting Privacy and Promoting Innovation in the Global Digital Economy.

    “Every day, millions of Americans shop, sell, bank, learn, talk and work online. At the turn of the century, online retail sales were around $20 billion in the United States, now they’re nearing $200 billion,” said Secretary Bryson. “The Internet has become an engine of innovation, business growth, and job creation, so we need a strong foundation of clear protections for consumers, and a set of basic principles to help businesses guide their privacy and policy decisions. This privacy blueprint will do just that.”

    The Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights provides a baseline of clear protections for consumers and greater certainty for businesses. The rights are:
    Individual Control: Consumers have a right to exercise control over what personal data organizations collect from them and how they use it.

    * Transparency: Consumers have a right to easily understandable information about privacy and security practices.
    * Respect for Context: Consumers have a right to expect that organizations will collect, use, and disclose personal data in ways that are consistent with the context in which consumers provide the data.
    * Security: Consumers have a right to secure and responsible handling of personal data.
    * Access and Accuracy: Consumers have a right to access and correct personal data in usable formats, in a manner that is appropriate to the sensitivity of the data and the risk of adverse consequences to consumers if the data are inaccurate.
    * Focused Collection: Consumers have a right to reasonable limits on the personal data that companies collect and retain.
    * Accountability: Consumers have a right to have personal data handled by companies with appropriate measures in place to assure they adhere to the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.

    The Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights is one of four key elements of the report, which also includes a stakeholder-driven process to specify how these rights apply in particular business contexts; strong enforcement by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC); and greater interoperability between the United States’ privacy framework and those of our international partners.

    • CR says:

      February 23, 2012

      Fact Sheet: Plan to Protect Privacy in the Internet Age by Adopting a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

      The Obama Administration unveiled a “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights” as part of a comprehensive blueprint to protect individual privacy rights and give users more control over how their information is handled. This initiative seeks to protect all Americans from having their information misused by giving users new legal and technical tools to safeguard their privacy. The blueprint will guide efforts to protect privacy and assure continued innovation in the Internet economy by providing flexible implementation mechanisms to ensure privacy rules keep up with ever-changing technologies. As a world leader in the Internet marketplace, the Administration believes the United States has a special responsibility to develop privacy practices that meet global standards and establish effective online consumer protection.

      * Putting in place a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights
      * Achieving privacy policies for a Global, Open Internet
      * Industry Action – Down payment on Individual Control principle

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/23/fact-sheet-plan-protect-privacy-internet-age-adopting-consumer-privacy-b

    • CR says:

      February 23, 2012

      We Can’t Wait: Obama Administration Unveils Blueprint for a “Privacy Bill of Rights” to Protect Consumers Online

      Internet Advertising Networks Announces Commitment to “Do-Not-Track” Technology to Allow Consumers to Control Online Tracking

      WASHINGTON, DC – The Obama Administration today unveiled a “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights” as part of a comprehensive blueprint to improve consumers’ privacy protections and ensure that the Internet remains an engine for innovation and economic growth. The blueprint will guide efforts to give users more control over how their personal information is used on the Internet and to help businesses maintain consumer trust and grow in the rapidly changing digital environment. At the request of the White House, the Commerce Department will begin convening companies, privacy advocates and other stakeholders to develop and implement enforceable privacy policies based on the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.

      In addition, advertising networks announced that leading Internet companies and online advertising networks are committing to act on Do Not Track technology in most major web browsers to make it easier for users to control online tracking. Companies that represent the delivery of nearly 90 percent of online behavioral advertisements, including Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, and AOL have agreed to comply when consumers choose to control online tracking. Companies that make this commitment will be subject to FTC enforcement.

      “American consumers can’t wait any longer for clear rules of the road that ensure their personal information is safe online,” said President Obama. “As the Internet evolves, consumer trust is essential for the continued growth of the digital economy. That’s why an online privacy Bill of Rights is so important. For businesses to succeed online, consumers must feel secure. By following this blueprint, companies, consumer advocates and policymakers can help protect consumers and ensure the Internet remains a platform for innovation and economic growth.”

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/23/we-can-t-wait-obama-administration-unveils-blueprint-privacy-bill-rights

  45. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good and HOPEful Thursday, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

  46. CR says:

    12:00 PM EST
    Vice President Biden attends a campaign event in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  47. CR says:

    February 23, 2012

    Statement by the Press Secretary on Presidential Elections in Senegal

    As Senegal’s citizens go to the polls on February 26, we call on Senegalese authorities to uphold internationally-recognized electoral standards to ensure that these elections reflect the will of the Senegalese people.

    We encourage all registered Senegalese voters to make their voices heard by casting their ballot, and to do so peacefully. We urge all political party leaders to lead by example, and encourage their supporters to respect the rights of their neighbors to express their will. We also call on all Senegalese, including security forces, to exercise restraint, and refrain from any violence. We regret the loss of life that has occurred, and we offer our condolences to the families and friends of those who have been lost.

    We and others in the international community stand together in calling for free, fair, transparent, and peaceful elections in Senegal. The Senegalese people have come to deserve – and expect – nothing less.

  48. CR says:

    Helping Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Get Needed Care

    Secretary Kathleen Sebelius February 23, 2012 11:49 AM EST

    Before the Affordable Care Act , Americans like Deborah Sferlazza of Shelby Township, Michigan, were locked out of health insurance due to a pre-existing condition. This often a meant going without the care they need for those conditions.

    Now, 50,000 Americans have health coverage through the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan in their state – and are getting the care they need to manage their medical conditions. The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, or PCIP, is a temporary high-risk health insurance program that makes health coverage available and more affordable for individuals who are uninsured and have been denied health insurance because of a pre-existing condition.

    In 2005, Deborah suffered a back injury that left her unemployed and struggling to afford health insurance premiums. She runs her own small business out of her home, but like many self-employed Americans, particularly those with a pre-existing condition, health insurance was out of reach.

    All that changed when Deborah found out about Michigan’s PCIP program and was able to enroll this past summer. She received back surgery in August 2011 and is now on the road to recovery.

    PCIP is making a difference in many people’s lives. A new report out today shows that while many PCIP enrollees have serious and expensive illnesses, they were likely to delay receiving needed care due to lack of insurance. PCIP has worked quickly to help connect Americans with the health insurance and medical care they need. Unlike many existing high risk pools, which have waiting periods before coverage of pre-existing conditions begin, PCIP enrollees can receive needed care right away. You can find that report here .

  49. CR says:

    1:30 PM EST
    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a DNC Event — Cincinnati, OH

    • CR says:

      February 23, 2012

      Remarks by the First Lady at a DNC Event — Cincinnati, OH

      The Westin
      Cincinnati, Ohio

      1:38 P.M. EST

      MRS. OBAMA: Thank you all so much. It is truly a pleasure and an honor to be here with all of you today.

      I have to start by thanking your fabulous mayor, Mayor Mallory, for that kind introduction, but more importantly, for his outstanding leadership and service on behalf of this city. He has done a phenomenal job. (Applause.) Absolutely. And he has been a supporter from the very beginning. So I am always excited to see him. And I got to meet his wonderful parents, too. You all did a good job raising this young man. (Laughter.) I hope mine turn out just the same. (Laughter.)

      I also want to thank all of today’s hosts for their wonderful work to make this event such a success. So I want to give all our hosts a round of applause. It takes a lot of work to do this. So well done, well done. (Applause.) And I like the fact that you all are seated. Also, I expect you to be on your feet by the end of this, all fired up and ready to go. I like it. (Laughter.)

      And finally, I have to thank all of you for your support and for joining us today. I know that there is a reason that you all are here. You’re here because you know that we stand at a fundamental crossroads for our country. And you’re here because you know that in less than a year from now — time is ticking — we are going to make a choice that will impact our lives for decades to come. And you’re here because you know that choice won’t just affect all of us, but it’s going to affect our children, it’s going to affect our grandchildren, and it’s going to affect the world that we leave for them long after we’re gone.

      And truly, that is why I’m here today as well. That’s why I’m in this. As First Lady, I have had the privilege of traveling all across this magnificent country, and I get to meet folks from all different backgrounds and I get to hear what’s going on in their lives. And every day, I hear about how folks are trying to keep it together — their struggles; their challenges; trying to pay the bills; trying to keep those businesses afloat. I hear about how folks are taking the extra shift, how people are working the extra job, how people are saving and sacrificing — never spending a dime on themselves because they desperately want something better for their kids. It’s happening all across this country.

      And make no mistake about it, these struggles that people are going through, they are not new. For decades now, middle-class folks have been squeezed from all sides. The costs for things like gas and groceries and tuition have continued to rise, but people’s paychecks just haven’t kept up. So when this economic crisis hit, for far too many families the bottom completely fell out.

      Now, over the last three years, your President has worked very hard to dig ourselves out of this mess. And there has been some real progress made. (Applause.) Absolutely — real progress. We have had 23 straight months of private sector job growth — (applause) — and the unemployment rate is now the lowest it has been in nearly three years. (Applause.)

      But with all that said, we still have a long way to go. And we’ve been working hard to rebuild our economy based on a vision that we all share — the belief, as my husband says, that hard work should pay off; that responsibility should be rewarded; and that everyone should get a fair shot, right? They should do their fair share. They should play by the same rules.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/23/remarks-first-lady-dnc-event-cincinnati-oh

  50. CR says:

    Apoyando Nuestros Suenos

    Uploaded by BarackObamadotcom on Feb 23, 2012

    Únete a la lucha: https://my.barackobama.com/suenosvid

    El Presidente cree firmemente en la noción que, en Estados Unidos, si trabajas duro debes de poder salir adelante. Pero muchos de nuestros jóvenes no tienen esa oportunidad.

    Mitt Romney promete vetar la Ley DREAM y la califica como “limosna,” pero los miles de estudiantes indocumentados que podrían ganarse la ciudadanía gracias a la Ley DREAM no buscan cosas gratuitas, sólo quieren una oportunidad para contribuir al único hogar que conocen.

    El Presidente Obama sabe que en este país, el trabajo se debe de premiar. El respalda plenamente la ley DREAM, y luchará hasta que se apruebe. Únete a la lucha: https://my.barackobama.com/suenosvid

  51. CR says:

    Made in America – Obama for America 2012 Ad

    Uploaded by BarackObamadotcom on Feb 22, 2012

    Get the facts: https://my.barackobama.com/madeinamericaad

    In 2009, the President decided to extend emergency loans to GM and Chrysler—preventing the collapse of a major American industry:

    The Rescue

    -More than 1.1 million jobs saved in 2009, more than 310,000 jobs saved in 2010, and nearly $97 billion in personal income losses prevented

    -More than 200,000 jobs added since June 2009—the most growth in a decade

    -Industry expects to add 167,000 jobs by 2015

  52. CR says:

    Next Up…

    2:30 PM EST
    President Obama speaks about the economy at the University of Miami – BankUnited Fieldhouse Center , Miami, FL

    CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

    CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/Pres-Obama-Discusses-Economy-and-Gas-Prices/10737428490/

    • CR says:

      February 23, 2012

      Remarks by the President on Energy

      University of Miami
      Miami, Florida

      2:26 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Miami! (Applause.) The U! (Applause.) It is good to see all of you here today. (Applause.)

      I want to thank Erica for that outstanding introduction. She said her parents were tweeting. (Laughter.) We’re so proud of you, Erica.

      I also want to thank your president, this country’s former Secretary of Health and Human Services, Donna Shalala. (Applause.) Senator Bill Nelson is here. Give him a big round of applause. (Applause.) Former astronaut — that’s too cool. (Laughter.) And my outstanding friend, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, is in the house. (Applause.)

      It is good to be back in sunny Florida. (Applause.) I must say I don’t know how you guys go to class. (Laughter.) I’m assuming you do go to class. (Laughter.) It’s just too nice outside. But in another life, I would be staying for the Knicks-Heat game tonight — (applause) — then go up to Orlando for NBA All-Star Weekend. (Applause.) But these days, I’ve got a few other things on my plate. (Laughter.) Just a few.

      I just got a fascinating demonstration of the work that some of you are doing at the College of Engineering. (Applause.) And let me say at the outset, we need more engineers. So I could not be prouder of those of you who are studying engineering.

      It was fascinating stuff. I understood about 10 percent of what they told me. (Laughter.) But it was very impressive. (Laughter.) And the work couldn’t be more important, because what they were doing was figuring out how our buildings, our manufacturers, our businesses can waste less energy. And that’s one of the fastest, easiest ways to reduce our dependence on oil, and save a lot of money in the process and make our economy stronger.

      So some cutting-edge stuff is being done right here at the U. (Applause.) Now, that’s what I’m here to talk about today. In the State of the Union, I laid out three areas where we need to focus if we want to build an economy that lasts and is good for the next generation, all of you. (Applause.) We need new American manufacturing. We’ve got to have new skills and education for America’s workers, and we need new sources of American-made energy.

      Now, right now we are experiencing just another painful reminder of why developing new energy is so critical to our future. Just like last year, gas prices are climbing across the country. This time, it’s happening even earlier. And when gas prices go up, it hurts everybody — everybody who owns a car, everybody who owns a business. It means you’ve got to stretch a paycheck even further. It means you’ve got to find even more room in a budget that was already really tight. And some folks have no choice but to drive a long way to work, and high gas prices are like a tax straight out of your paycheck.

      I got a letter last night — I get these letters, 10 letters every night that I read out of the 40,000 that are sent to me. And at least two of them said, I’m not sure I’m going to be able to keep my job if gas prices keep on going up so high, because it’s just hard to manage the budget and fill up the tank. A lot of folks are going through tough times as a consequence.

      Now, some politicians they see this as a political opportunity. I know you’re shocked by that. (Laughter.) Last week, the lead story in one newspaper said, “Gasoline prices are on the rise and Republicans are licking their chops.” (Laughter.) That’s a quote. That was the lead. “Licking their chops.” Only in politics do people root for bad news, do they greet bad news so enthusiastically. You pay more; they’re licking their chops.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/23/remarks-president-energy

    • CR says:

      February 23, 2012

      Remarks by the President During Walking Tour of Industrial Assessment Center — University of Miami

      Miami, Florida

      1:55 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: This is for background because you guys just came in. What this facility does is teach these outstanding young engineers how to do energy assessments for manufacturers, industrial buildings across the board. And so far they have — how many? Two hundred assessments, saving these companies up to 25 percent in their energy usage. And that’s going to end up saving them millions of dollars.

      So it’s a great example of how people are being trained right now to make our businesses more energy-efficient all across the country.

      All right.

      END
      1:56 P.M. EST

    • CR says:

      February 23, 2012

      Fact Sheets on American Energy

      Attached are two facts sheets pertaining to the President’s remarks on American energy today in Miami, Florida.

      Supporting an All-of-the-Above Approach to American Energy and Protecting Consumers at the Pump

      All-of-the-Above Approach to American Energy — Reducing Energy Costs for American Consumers and Businesses

      • CR says:

        FACT CHECK: All-of-the-Above Approach to American Energy

        Dan Pfeiffer February 29, 2012 03:37 PM EST

        Lately, there have been a lot of misleading claims about gas prices. As middle class families are struggling with high prices at the pump, a result of increased global oil prices, politicians have renewed their promises for $2 gas and their misleading claims about who is to blame. One thing is clear, cheap political points and false debates won’t bring down the price of gasoline.

        The fact is, oil is bought and sold in a world market. And just like last year, the biggest thing that’s causing the price of oil to rise right now is instability in the Middle East.

        The truth is that there is no silver bullet to address rising gas prices in the short term, but there are steps we can take to ensure the American people don’t fall victim to skyrocketing gas prices over the long term. That’s why since taking office the President has been focused on a sustained, “all-of-the-above” approach to developing new domestic energy sources, expanding oil and gas production, and reducing our reliance on foreign oil, most notably through the historic fuel economy standards the President has established, which will nearly double the efficiency of the vehicles we drive and save families $1.7 trillion at the pump. It’s true that in the near term, the U.S. will continue to rely on responsibly produced oil and gas, but over the long term, the Obama administration is committed to a policy that allows us to transition from oil towards cleaner alternatives and energy efficiency. This strategy is a win-win scenario. A win for the economy. A win for energy security. And a win for the environment. Despite the facts, Republicans have continued to ratchet up the rhetoric, distorting facts and in some cases pushing complete falsehoods for short term political gains.

        For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/02/29/fact-check-all-above-approach-american-energy

  53. CR says:

    3:00 PM EST
    Vice President Biden travels to Manchester, New Hampshire, to attend a campaign event with local supporters.

  54. CR says:

    New Computer Contract Expected to Save Taxpayers $20-25M

    Rebecca Blank February 23, 2012 03:49 PM EST

    Ed. note: This was originally posted on The Commerce Blog

    As President Obama said when he launched the Campaign to Cut Waste in June 2011, “No amount of waste is acceptable, not when it’s your money. Just as families are living within their means, government should, too, so we can invest in the things that we know will create good jobs and grow the economy.” As part of those ongoing efforts to make government more accountable to the American people and cut wasteful spending, I am happy to report today that the Commerce Department has awarded a contract for computers that is expected to save taxpayers $20-25 million over the next five years.

    Through the contract with Intelligent Decisions Inc., we will reduce our cost for desktops and laptops by 40 percent. The contract leverages the large volume of computers that Commerce purchases each year and standardizes specifications to achieve significant cost reductions. Making wise spending decisions like this will enable Commerce to focus resources on its primary mission, which is supporting innovation, helping American businesses create jobs, and driving U.S. competitiveness around the world.

    Intelligent Decisions Inc., is a small business reseller offering products manufactured by Dell Inc. By awarding this contract to a small business, the Commerce Department will increase its small business participation for computer purchases by over thirty percent. Intelligent Decisions Inc. will be providing valuable services to Commerce, including helping to better monitor its inventory of computers, improving delivery time, and loading custom images onto computers. Through the new contract, Commerce will be able to do the following:

    * the thousands of employee hours required to award hundreds of separate contracts for computers;
    * Reduce IT complexity and longer term support and maintenance costs by standardizing PC specifications across the Department; and
    * Streamline the computer ordering process.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/02/23/new-computer-contract-expected-save-taxpayers-20-25m

  55. CR says:

    February 23, 2012

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the Case of Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

    The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms reports that Iranian authorities’ reaffirmed a death sentence for Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani for the sole reason of his refusal to recant his Christian faith. This action is yet another shocking breach of Iran’s international obligations, its own constitution, and stated religious values. The United States stands in solidarity with Pastor Nadarkhani, his family, and all those who seek to practice their religion without fear of persecution—a fundamental and universal human right. The trial and sentencing process for Pastor Nadarkhani demonstrates the Iranian government’s total disregard for religious freedom, and further demonstrates Iran’s continuing violation of the universal rights of its citizens. The United States calls upon the Iranian authorities to immediately lift the sentence, release Pastor Nadarkhani, and demonstrate a commitment to basic, universal human rights, including freedom of religion. The United States renews its calls for people of conscience and governments around the world to reach out to Iranian authorities and demand Pastor Nadarkhani’s immediate release.

  56. CR says:

    4:20 PM EST
    President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at the Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Florida.

    • CR says:

      February 23, 2012

      Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event

      Biltmore Hotel
      Coral Gables, Florida

      4:03 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Miami! (Applause.) It is good to see all of you. Thank you so much. Everybody, please have a seat. Thank you.

      First of all, I just want you to know that I am resentful I’m not going to the game tonight. (Laughter.) I am mad about that. It’s not right. It’s not fair. (Laughter.) But I wish you guys all the best.

      I want to, first of all, acknowledge a couple of people who are in the audience. First of all, you just heard from somebody who I don’t know where she gets her energy from — (laughter) — but is just doing a remarkable job as our DNC chair — Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Give her a big round of applause. (Applause.) Your senior senator who I expect you will send back to Washington, Bill Nelson is in the house. (Applause.) And my great friend and Florida finance chair, Kirk Wager is here. (Applause.)

      And of course, all of you are here. And this is a good-looking crowd. (Laughter.) You, especially. (Laughter.) You’re all raising your hand — “yeah, that’s me.” (Laughter.)

      Miami, I am here today not just because I need your help, although I do. But I’m here because your country needs your help. There was a reason that so many of you got involved in the campaign back in 2008 — and it wasn’t because Barack Obama was a sure thing in the campaign. When you’re named Barack Hussein Obama the odds are not in your favor in any election campaign. (Laughter.) The reason you got involved was not because of me.

      The reason you got involved was because we had a shared vision about what America could be, what America should be. We had an idea of a shared vision of an America in which everybody who works hard, everybody who has a vision of where they want to take their life, they can succeed. It doesn’t matter where you come from, it doesn’t matter what you look like, doesn’t matter what your name is. That idea that if you worked hard and took responsibility, that you could buy a home, and send your kids to college, and retire with dignity and respect, put a little bit away — that core American Dream felt like it was slipping away for too many people all across the country.

      And we shared a vision in which we started making good decisions about energy and health care and education. And instead of trying to divide the country, we tried to bring it together — and that we could assure that America for the next generation and generations to come. That’s why you got involved, because of that shared vision we had for America.

      Now, three years later, I’m a little grayer — (laughter) — I’m a little dinged up here and there. But the message I have for you is that, because of you, that change that you believed in has begun to happen. As tough as these last three years have been, think about everything that we’ve accomplished together.

      Because of you, we averted a Great Depression. When I took office, 750,000 jobs were being lost every month. Last month we gained 250,000 jobs. We are moving the economy in the right direction. (Applause.) That’s because of you.

      Because of you, there are millions of people around the country who didn’t have health care and either already have health care or will soon have health care, and will never again have to think about going bankrupt just because they get sick. That happened because of you. (Applause.)

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/23/remarks-president-campaign-event

  57. CR says:

    5:55 PM EST
    President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event.

    • CR says:

      February 23, 2012

      Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event — Private Residence, Coral Gables, FL

      Private Residence
      Coral Gables, Florida

      5:35 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Well, good afternoon, everybody. What a spectacular setting and a beautiful evening. I want to thank Chris and Irene and the whole Korge family. You guys have been great friends for a really long time. So please give them a big round of applause. (Applause.)

      You have one of the finest senators in the country, Bill Nelson. I expect you to send him back to Washington. (Applause.) Plus he’s an astronaut. I always say this. (Laughter.) You know, there are a lot of folks who are senators; there aren’t that many astronauts. So we are so proud of him. And what can I say about Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She is tireless. She is smart. And she is just fearless. And so we could not have a better person to help lead the party. (Applause.)

      And to so many of you who have been supportive for so long, all the people that Chris mentioned, but a lot of folks who are here who have worked tirelessly not only on behalf of my campaign, but on behalf of good causes here in Florida and around the country — I am grateful to all of you.

      I just noticed, by the way, we’ve got one other person that needs to be acknowledged because some of you will be spending some time with him in September, and that is the Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, our host for the Democratic National Convention, Anthony Foxx is in the house. (Applause.)

      Now, in settings like this where I’m among friends I try to not speak long at the top because I want to spend most of my time in a conversation with you, in answering questions and getting ideas and comments from you. And part of the reason I don’t have to speak long at the top is because Chris stole a bunch of my lines. (Laughter.)

      Think about where we were in 2008. And sometimes people forget. The stock market was in a freefall. We were losing 750,000 jobs a month. The bottom had fallen off of the housing market. The entire financial system was locked up. Blue-chip companies couldn’t borrow money. And people weren’t certain whether we were going to spiral into a Great Depression.

      Three years later, instead of losing 750,000 jobs a month, we created 250,000 last month. (Applause.) Over the last two years, we’ve created 3.7 million jobs in the private sector. And we’ve actually seen manufacturing job growth for the first time since the 1990s. So the economy is moving in the right direction. We’ve got some headwinds — Europe is still weak, gas prices are a huge burden on families. But overall, considering where we were and where we could have been, I think most Americans recognize that things have stabilized and we’re moving in a better direction.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/23/remarks-president-campaign-event-private-residence-coral-gables-fl

  58. CR says:

    6:30 PM EST
    Vice President Biden travels to Providence, Rhode Island to attend a campaign event for U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.

  59. CR says:

    5:30 PM EST
    Remarks by the First Lady at a DNC Event
    Kentucky Center for African American Heritage Museum
    Louisville, Kentucky

    • CR says:

      February 23, 2012

      Remarks by the First Lady at a DNC Event — Louisville, KY

      Kentucky Center for African American Heritage Museum
      Louisville, Kentucky

      5:26 P.M. EST

      MRS. OBAMA: Yes! (Applause.) Wow. Thank you so much. Oh, you all are already fired up. I can just leave now, right? (Applause.) It is so good to be back. I am just honored to be here with all of you. This is truly amazing.

      Let me start by just saying a few thank-yous. First, Representative Yarmuth, thank you for that very kind introduction, and thank you for your leadership and your service in Congress. You are doing an amazing job. (Applause.) Absolutely.

      I also want to recognize your governor, Governor Beshear, and Mayor Fischer, who are both here, who have been amazing. (Applause.) Thank you both for being here, for leading the way, for having our backs in so many ways. It means a great deal.

      And I’d like to thank our dear friend, Matt Barzun, who is our national finance chair. (Applause.) He is terrific. He is so on point. We love him to death, as well as our wonderful hosts who have made this event such a tremendous success — Christy Brown, Brooke Pardue, and Carolyn Tandy as well. Let’s give them a big round of applause. Thank you all for your hard work. (Applause.) This is amazing. Amazing venue. It’s good to be here. (Applause.)

      And finally, I want to thank all of you. Thank you so much for your support, and thank you for being here with us today. And I know that there is a reason why you are all here, packed in together tightly. (Laughter.) You’re here because you know that we stand at a fundamental crossroads for our country. And you’re here because you know that in less than a year from now — because it’s coming up, right? — we are going to make a choice that will impact our lives for decades to come. And you’re here because you know that choice won’t just affect all of us; it will affect our children, and our grandchildren, and more importantly, the world we leave for them long after we’re gone.

      And believe me, that is why I am here today. That’s why I’m going to be traveling all across the country. I am so fired up. (Applause.) See, as First Lady, I have had the privilege of traveling all across this magnificent country, and I get to meet folks from all different kinds of backgrounds and I get to hear what’s going on in their lives. Every day, I hear about how folks are struggling — the bills they’re trying to pay; the businesses they’re trying to keep afloat. I hear about how folks are taking that extra shift, they’re working that extra job, they’re doing whatever they have to — they’re saving, they’re sacrificing, never spending a dime on themselves because they desperately want something better for their kids.

      And make no mistake about it, these struggles that I’m talking about, these are not new. For decades now — decades — middle-class folks have been squeezed from all sides. See, the cost of things like gas, groceries, tuition — prices continuing to rise, but people’s paychecks just haven’t kept up. And when this economic crisis hit, for far too many families the bottom just completely fell out.

      Now, over the past three years, your President has worked very hard to dig ourselves out of this mess. (Applause.) And a lot of progress has been made. We have had 23 straight months of private sector job growth — (applause) — and unemployment is now the lowest it has been in three years. (Applause.)

      But we know that we still have a long way to go. We’ve got a lot of work to do. And we’ve been working hard to rebuild our economy based on a vision that we all share — the belief, as my husband says, that hard work should pay off in this country; that responsibility should be rewarded; and that everyone — everyone — should get a fair shot, they should do their fair share, and they should play by the same rules. (Applause.)

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/23/remarks-first-lady-dnc-event-louisville-ky

  60. CR says:

    7:15 PM EST
    Dr. Biden and Secretary Solis will visit Wytheville Community College to learn about the school’s successful training partnership with the Gatorade Blue Ridge plant. Wytheville, Virginia

  61. CR says:

    8:55 PM EST
    President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign
    event.

    • CR says:

      February 23, 2012

      Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event

      Private Residence

      9:00 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. Everybody, please have a seat. Have a seat. First of all, I just want to thank Vince and the whole family for setting up this unbelievable event. This is a nice gym. (Laughter.) So Vince said that he left the other side open in case I wanted to get in a dunk contest with him. But I told him I didn’t bring my sneakers, so not tonight. (Laughter.)

      But Vince has been so generous, along with his mom and the whole family, for the last couple of years. And it’s a huge treat for me because I’m such a fan of his ever since he was playing for the Tar Heels. I know Reggie Love is not here so I can praise the Tar Heels. (Laughter.) But always conducting himself with such dignity and class, and now doing such great work with the Mavericks. I know that Mark Cuban is pretty happy about having Vince around. (Applause.)

      I see a lot of other friends in the room. Alonzo and Tracy have been there for me every time I’ve come to Florida. I could not be more grateful for that. Magic and Cookie, wherever I go in California they’re there for us. Chris is helping out on our Fitness Council and allowed me to cross over on him when we played during my birthday. (Laughter.) He insists that he could have stolen the ball at any time. (Laughter.) But I’m going to still claim it.

      In addition, I want to make sure that I acknowledge, first of all, the Mayor of Orlando, Buddy Dyer is here. (Applause.) An outstanding senator for Florida, but also just a great senator for the country — Bill Nelson is here. (Applause.) And I always have to remind people Bill was an astronaut before he was a senator. So being a senator is cool. Being an astronaut is cooler. (Laughter.) And his lovely wife, Grace — it’s wonderful to see you.

      And the chair of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz is here. (Applause.) So we love Debbie.

      I also understand that Commissioner Stern is here. And I just want to say that — (applause) — thank you so much for settling the lockout. (Laughter.) Because I don’t know what I would be doing with myself if I didn’t at least have some basketball games around. And obviously we’re looking forward to the All-Star game. The game down in Miami is tight, by the way. I just — I was checking on the score as I was flying up.

      We’ve gone through three of the toughest years this country has gone through in my lifetime. And there are a lot of people who are still hurting all across the country — a lot of people here in Florida, a lot of people everywhere. There are still folks whose homes are underwater because the housing market collapsed. There are people who are still struggling because they can’t find a job. There are folks who are just barely able to make ends meet. And obviously those of us who are here, we’ve been incredibly blessed. But one of the great things about America and one of the great things about those who are in professional sports is we’ve all got cousins, uncles, family members who are still struggling and are a reminder that we have a lot more work to do.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/23/remarks-president-campaign-event-0

  62. CR says:

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