College To Career Bus Tour

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 .

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2012

11:00 AM Thomasville, North Carolina: Vice President Biden will join Dr. Biden and Secretary Solis for their final stop of the “Community College to Career” bus tour at Davidson County Community College.

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Friday, February 24, 2012

    All Times Eastern

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.

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    Vice President Biden will join Dr. Biden and Secretary Solis for their final stop of the “Community College to Career” bus tour at Davidson County Community College.
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    President Obama attends the Democratic Governors’ Association meeting.

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    White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press
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    President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Thorning-Schmidt of Denmark
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    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      February 24, 2012

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

      9:00 AM EST
      White House Office of Public Engagement hosts the American Heart Association and WomenHeart White House Community Leaders Briefing Series

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      Vice President Biden will join Dr. Biden and Secretary Solis for their final stop of the “Community College to Career” bus tour at Davidson County Community College.
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      2nd Annual State Solutions Conference
      State Solutions Conference” with Gov. McDonnell (R-VA) & Gov. O’Malley (D-MD)

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      President Obama attends the Democratic Governors’ Association meeting.

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      White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press
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      State Solutions Conference” with Gov. McDonnell (R-VA) & Gov. O’Malley (D-MD) http://www.c-span.org/Events/Politico-Maryland-Virginia-Governors-Talk-About-Jobs/10737428528/

      11:15 AM EST
      President Obama attends the Democratic Governors’ Association meeting.

      11:30 AM EST
      White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press
      The White House

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

      3:00 PM EST
      President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Thorning-Schmidt of Denmark
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  2. 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 .

    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2012

    11:00 AM Thomasville, North Carolina: Vice President Biden will join Dr. Biden and Secretary Solis for their final stop of the “Community College to Career” bus tour at Davidson County Community College.

  3. CR says:

    February 07, 2012

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Danish Prime Minister Thorning-Schmidt

    President Obama will host Prime Minister Thorning-Schmidt of Denmark for a meeting in the Oval Office on Friday, February 24. Denmark and the United States are close NATO allies and the President looks forward to thanking the Prime Minister for Denmark’s important contribution to the NATO mission in Libya and for its continuing commitment to the ISAF operation in Afghanistan. The two leaders will discuss preparations for the upcoming NATO Summit in Chicago, including proposals for supporting the transition in Afghanistan, increasing Alliance defense capabilities, and advancing NATO’s relationships with key partners. With Denmark currently holding the European Union presidency, the President and Prime Minister will talk about the recent European summit and the latest steps that Europe is taking to address its sovereign debt crisis. The President and the Prime Minister will also discuss common efforts on counterterrorism, counterpiracy, green growth, economic development, Arctic cooperation and support for the democratic transitions in North Africa and the Middle East

    • CR says:

      Transatlantic diplomacy

      2/24/12 4:33 AM EST POLITICO44

      President Obama will hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt of Denmark in the Oval Office. According to the White House, Obama and the Danish leader will have a packed agenda:

      “The two leaders will discuss preparations for the upcoming NATO Summit in Chicago, including proposals for supporting the transition in Afghanistan, increasing Alliance defense capabilities, and advancing NATO’s relationships with key partners. With Denmark currently holding the European Union presidency, the President and Prime Minister will talk about the recent European summit and the latest steps that Europe is taking to address its sovereign debt crisis. The President and the Prime Minister will also discuss common efforts on counterterrorism, counterpiracy, green growth, economic development, Arctic cooperation and support for the democratic transitions in North Africa and the Middle East.

  4. CR says:

    National Ocean Policy Draft Implementation Plan

    As part of President Obama’s National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes, the National Ocean Council has released a draft National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan to address some of the most pressing challenges facing the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes. The draft Implementation Plan describes more than 50 actions the Federal Government will take to improve the health of the ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes, which support tens of millions of jobs, contribute trillions of dollars a year to the national economy, and are essential to public health and national security.

    The draft Implementation Plan will ensure the Federal Government targets limited resources more effectively to deliver demonstrable results for the American people, including predictability for users, more efficient and coordinated decision-making, and improved sharing of data and technology. For each action, the Plan outlines key milestones, identifies responsible agencies, and indicates the expected timeframe for completion.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/oceans/implementationplan

  5. CR says:

    Empowering AAPIs in an America Built to Last

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

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

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

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

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

    February 24-26, 2012

    February 24, 10 AM EST
    Durham, NC, Eddie Lee, White House Office of Public Engagement to keynote the East Coast Asian American Student Union Conference

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

  6. CR says:

    Nation’s Governors to Convene in Washington for NGA Winter Meeting

    February 16, 2012 nga.org

    WASHINGTON—A bipartisan group of the nation’s governors will gather in Washington, D.C., February 24-27, for the 2012 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, which will include sessions with the President, members of his Cabinet, business leaders and other experts for discussions about a variety of issues affecting states.

    “These meetings offer us an opportunity to meet face-to-face to find real solutions to real challenges,” said NGA Chair Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman. “The most important priority for us as governors is job creation. Economic growth is key to our future.”

    “Governors tend to care less about where an idea or policy starts and more about where that idea can help us go,” said NGA Vice Chair Delaware Gov. Jack Markell. “This meeting is a chance to examine great ideas from around the country so we can push forward in areas like jobs, education and government efficiency.”

    For the entire article: http://www.nga.org/cms/home/news-room/news-releases/page_2012/col2-content/nations-governors-to-convene-in.html

  7. CR says:

    February 23, 2012

    White House to Host The American Heart Association and WomenHeart as part of the Community Leaders Briefing Series

    WASHINGTON, DC – Tomorrow, February 24th, in celebration of American Heart Month, the White House Office of Public Engagement will host the American Heart Association and WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, as part of the White House Community Leaders Briefing Series. One hundred and fifty American Heart Association and WomenHeart volunteers, members, advocates, and staff from across the country will attend this briefing for individuals and organizations who work to raise awareness among women about their risk of cardiovascular disease.

    The White House Community Leaders Briefing Series, a weekly program that began in the summer of 2011, is a unique opportunity for grassroots leaders to have a two-way dialogue with the White House about issues that are affecting their communities and to ensure that they are well-informed about government policies and programs and how they can use or maximize these resources.

    “The American Heart Association and WomenHeart are key partners in our efforts to win the fight against heart disease and educate people about this critical public health challenge,” said Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement Jon Carson. “We’re looking forward to having them here at the White House to discuss ways to take action against a disease that takes the lives of over half a million Americans every year.”

    To watch this event live, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/live from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET on Friday, February 24th.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/23/white-house-host-american-heart-association-and-womenheart-part-communit

  8. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Go Maine Democrats! Good luck to the Pine Tree State from the Evergreen State (Washington)!

    >^..^<

  9. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Checking out the new website of Rep. John Lewis. In addition to events and votes, there’s a handy link to search the Library of Congress for legislation by either bill number or a word/phrase.

    http://johnlewis.house.gov/

  10. Kat 4 Obama says:
    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      That’s DNC chair Wasserman-Schultz’s Tweet:

      Increased fuel efficiency standards for US cars pushed thru by @BarackObama will reduce need for oil by 2M barrels/year.

    • CR says:

      DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on GOP Debate in Arizona

      Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 10:23 p.m. Et – democrats.org

      “At a time when the American people have made it clear they need real solutions from their leaders that will help working and middle-class families get ahead and put our country back on track, all the Republican candidates had to offer during tonight’s debate were more shameless attempts to woo the extreme right wing of the Republican Party. Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, the current frontrunners of the GOP field, have spent their entire candidacy throwing every attack they can possibly muster at President Obama and each other. This type of discourse though doesn’t come as much of a surprise—Mitt Romney has shown time and time again that he’ll say anything to get elected, and Rick Santorum has consistently demonstrated he cares more about dividing America than restoring economic security for the middle class. Tonight, instead of talking about jobs or how to provide a secure future for the middle class, Republicans attacked a woman’s right to contraception, spouted more extreme anti-immigrant rhetoric and leveled more false and defamatory attacks against the President’s faith and support for religious liberty. It was an unfortunate display of one-upmanship from candidates who are tripping over one another to appeal to the far right wing extreme of their party. And the only discussion of jobs in this debate revolved around the unanimous position of Republicans on stage that they would have let Detroit go bankrupt; would have turned their backs on American workers; and would have allowed an iconic American industry and over one million jobs to go down the tubes.

      “The fact is hardworking Americans across the country don’t want more tired distractions from the issues that matter most—they want to have the basic security of knowing that if they work hard and play by the rules, they can do well enough to raise a family, own a home and have some savings when they retire. That’s what President Obama has been fighting for since day one of his presidency, and we’re seeing the results: 23 straight months of private sector job growth for a total 3.7 million jobs, with American manufacturing creating jobs for the first time since the 1990s. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have proposed economic plans that would explode the deficit by over a trillion dollars and drag our country back to the same failed policies of the past. The choice facing voters in November is clear—the President will continue to move America forward, while the leading GOP candidates would be bad news for the future of our country.

      • Kat 4 Obama says:

        Water is still wet, and here is more dog whistling (oh heck, anybody can hear this) from the party that wants to restrict voting rights: Last night Rick Santorum cited racist author Charles Murray to justify his opposition to contraception.

        From ThinkProgress.org:

        Murray co-authored The Bell Curve, which argues that black people score lower on IQ tests because they are genetically inferior to whites. To reach this conclusion, Murray relied on studies backed by the Pioneer Fund, whose original mission was to pursue “race betterment” for people “deemed to be descended predominantly from white persons who settled in the original thirteen states prior to the adoption of the Constitution.”

        http://bit.ly/zW3Gqs

  11. Kat 4 Obama says:

    I should have thought of this the other day when PBO was in Washington — our Democratic Governor Tweets:

  12. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Murray, Cantwell at ramparts — green voter group

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer — Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., both getting perfect 100 scores, are being hailed by the League of Conservation Voters for their role in helping thwart House Republican leaders’ efforts to roll back America’s environmental laws….

    The assault has failed because the U.S. Senate, under narrow Democratic control, and the Obama administration have “stood fast” against efforts to weaken such laws as the Clean Air Act….

    Cantwell, Murray and Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., get perfect scores of 100, with veteran Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., not far behind at 97 percent. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., scores a 94 percent, with Reps. Adam Smith and Rick Larsen at 91 percent.

    http://www.cantwell.com/blog/news-clips/2012/murray-cantwell-at-ramparts-green-voter-group/

    Note to Washington voters: Maria is up for re-election in 2012 and Jay is running for Governor. We need them both in office!

  13. CR says:

    Maryland gay marriage bill passes, heads to governor

    2/23/12 By Alice Popovici | Reuters – 47 mins ago

    ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (Reuters) – The Maryland Senate approved on Thursday a same-sex marriage bill that will now be sent to Gov. Martin O’Malley, who has promised to sign the legislation and make the state the eighth in the nation to legalize gay and lesbian nuptials.

    The Senate voted in favor of the bill, which had previously been approved by the state’s lower House of Delegates, after a full day of debate that included efforts by opponents to derail the measure with a series of proposed amendments.

    The preliminary vote tally of 25 to 22 was greeted by loud cheering and applause in the State House.

    The bill will next be sent to O’Malley, a Democrat who has supported the legislation and promised to sign it once passed by lawmakers. His office could not predict when a signing ceremony might take place.

    “Maryland will now be able to protect individual civil marriage rights & religious freedom equally,” O’Malley said on his official Twitter feed about a minute after the vote.

    Opponents of the measure have said they will push for a voter referendum to repeal it.

    They would need nearly 56,000 signatures to get the measure on the ballot, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections. They would need to submit one-third of those signatures by May 31 and the remainder by June 30 to get the measure on the November ballot.

    While still controversial, same-sex marriage has been gaining acceptance nationally in recent weeks. Washington state signed it into law and the New Jersey legislature passed it through both houses, although it was vetoed by Gov. Chris Christie.

    Also, an appeals court has overturned California’s ban on gay marriage, enacted through a 2008 ballot initiative.

    Same-sex couples can marry in the District of Columbia and in six states — Massachusetts, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and New York. Washington state will join the list in June unless opponents stop it ahead of a possible ballot initiative.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/maryland-senate-sends-gay-marriage-bill-governor-234159536.html

    • CR says:

      One more step toward equality in the USA!

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Jonathan Capehart says:

      …. The (New Jersey) legislature handed (Gov.) Christie a bill that would have made New Jersey the eighth state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage. He had the opportunity right then and there to show true courage and leadership by signing it into law. Instead, he punted. Obama has had no such opportunity to affix his signature to such historic legislation. Saying flat-out “I’m for gay marriage” would be high on symbolism and moral persuasion. But it would be low on real impact. Instead, the president has taken real actions that fly in the face of Christie’s criticism.

      The Obama administration declared a year ago today that it viewed the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to be unconstitutional and therefore would no longer defend it in court. Obama has vocally supported the state-by-state efforts to allow gay and lesbian couples to enjoy the rights and responsibilities that come with marriage. And he has even thrown his support behind S.598. That’s the Respect for Marriage Act sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) that would repeal DOMA.

      In short, the president is using whatever power he has to do right by gay men and lesbian couples who want to marry. Remember, this is a democracy, not a monarchy or a dictatorship, despite what you hear from some in the Republican Party. If Congress were to put the Feinstein bill on Obama’s desk he’d sign it. If only Christie had had the courage to show true leadership when a marriage-equality bill was sitting right in front of him last week.

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/post/chris-christie-is-wrong-on-obama-and-gay-marriage/2011/03/04/gIQAVWNcVR_blog.html?tid=pm_opinions_pop

  14. CR says:

    Warren Buffett Backs ‘Buffett Rule’ in Letter

    Feb. 23, 2012 By Humberto Sanchez – Roll Call Staff

    Billionaire Warren Buffett wrote to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) on Wednesday in support of the lawmaker’s bill to charge millionaires a 30 percent minimum tax rate, as Democrats look to spark a debate on taxes and inequality.

    “I’m delighted to be identified as a supporter” of the bill, Buffett said in a letter to Whitehouse, according to a release from the Congressman’s office.

    “I have no problem endorsing any large step in the direction of greater fairness in the tax code,” Buffett continued.

    The idea, which is typically referred to as the Buffett Rule, was put forth by President Barack Obama in the State of the Union address last month when he called for legislation that would require individuals making more than $1 million a year to pay at least a 30 percent tax rate to put them on par with the percentage paid by most middle-class taxpayers.

    Democrats are convinced that not only is the issue good policy, but that it it’s a message that appeals to middle-class voters and will help yield important victories in the November elections.

    Whitehouse introduced his proposal earlier this month and a House version of the bill was introduced by Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) who is running to replace retiring Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.).

    “I’m honored to have Warren Buffett’s support in the fight to create a fairer tax system for middle class families,” Whitehouse said in the release. “Mr. Buffett has long been a champion on this issue, and I look forward to working with him to make sure that all Americans are paying their fair share toward our nation’s success.”

    For the entire article: http://www.rollcall.com/news/warren_buffett_backs_buffett_rule_millionaires_tax_letter-212591-1.html?pos=hftxt

  15. Good morning CR and PPO friends. Great thread, as usual. CR.
    HOPE you all have a terrific day.

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

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

  16. CR says:

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

  17. CR says:

    Next Up..

    9:00 AM EST
    White House Office of Public Engagement hosts the American Heart Association and WomenHeart White House Community Leaders Briefing Series

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

  18. CR says:

    West Wing Week 100: 2/17/12 – 2/23/12

    Uploaded by whitehouse on Feb 23, 2012

    Welcome to the 100th episode of West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. It’s hard to believe that when West Wing Week was born Don’t Ask Don’t tell was still around, American troops were still fighting in Iraq, the American Auto Industry was on the brink of collapse, and nobody knew The President could sing? Wow! what a difference 694 days makes.

    We’ve got a great week for you – BB King is here, the Boeing Dreamliner, the extension of the Payroll Tax Cut, and musical guest Keb Mo. That’s February 17th to February 23rd or West Wing Week 100.

  19. CR says:

    Bill Maher donates $1M to Obama super PAC

    2/24/12 6:34 AM EST POLITICO44

    Via Burns, the liberal comedian Bill Maher gives a huge check to Priorities USA:

    Comedian Bill Maher announced tonight that he will donate one million dollars to President Obama’s re-election campaign. At the end of his groundbreaking comedy special, “CrazyStupidPolitics: Live from Silicon Valley,” which streamed live on Yahoo!, Bill brought out a check, making a personal donation of one million dollars to Obama’s Super PAC, Priorities USA Action. His explained that having a country governed by Barack Obama rather than any of the Republican candidates is “worth a million dollars” and that in his own financial interests, “this is the wisest investment I think I could make.” He also encouraged other wealthy liberals to do the same and give until it hurts.

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Having PBO in office is priceless, but a million dollars is a good start!

  20. CR says:

    Consumer sentiment edges up to year high

    2/24/12Reuters – 7 mins ago

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Consumer sentiment improved a tad in February to rack up a year high as Americans became more confident about the economy’s resilience, a survey released on Friday showed.

    The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan’s final reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment came in at 75.3, edging up from 75.0 the month before. It was the highest level since February 2011.
    It surpassed economists’ expectations of 73.0 and recovered from a decline to 72.5 in February’s preliminary reading.

    “It is not that surging oil prices, instability in the Mideast, the European crisis or uncertainties about future tax and spending policies could not ultimately derail the recovery, but that consumers expect the pace of overall economic growth to continue to slowly restore lost jobs despite these potential problems,” survey director Richard Curtin said in a statement.

    The survey’s barometer of current economic conditions eased to 83.0 from 84.2, but the survey’s gauge of consumer expectations also rose to its highest level in a year at 70.3 from 69.1.

    A third of consumers spontaneously reported hearing about more job opportunities, the highest proportion ever recorded by the survey.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/consumer-sentiment-edges-high-145640482.html

  21. CR says:

    January New Home Sales Beat Expectations At 321k, But Decline From Revised December Numbers

    Feb. 24, 2012, 10:00 AM Sam Ro- businessinsider

    January new home sales came in at an annualized rate of 321k.
    Economists were expecting 315k.

    December’s new home sales were revised up substantially to 324k from a previous reading of 307k.

    So, while the January new home sales level was higher than expected, it reflected a 0.9 percent decline.

    Economist were looking for the reading to have climbed 2.6 percent.

    From the Census Bureau’s announcement:
    Sales of new single-family houses in January 2012 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 321,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 0.9 percent (±16.6%)* below the revised December rate of 324,000, but is 3.5 percent (±17.6%)* above the January 2011 estimate of 310,000.

    The median sales price of new houses sold in January 2012 was $217,100; the average sales price was $261,600. The seasonally adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of January was 151,000. This represents a supply of 5.6 months at the current sales rate.

    • CR says:

      Housing, confidence data bolster growth outlook

      2/24/12 By Lucia Mutikani | Reuters – 51 mins ago

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New U.S. home sales fell in January but upward revisions to the prior months’ data and a drop in the supply of properties on the market added to signs of a budding housing recovery.

      In a further boost to the economy, a separate report on Friday showed U.S. consumer confidence hit its highest point in a year this month despite a strong rise in gasoline prices.

      “We are guardedly optimistic that we may be at an important turning point for both the economy and the housing sector,” said Millan Mulraine, a senior macro Strategist at TD Securities in New York.

      The Commerce Department said sales of new single-family homes slipped 0.9 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted 321,000-unit annual rate.

      However data for October, November and December were revised to show a much higher sales pace than previously reported, giving the report a stronger tone and putting January’s figure above economists’ expectations
      Sales last month rose briskly in the Northeast and South but fell sharply in the Midwest and the West.

      A slew of recent data has led economists to lay aside concerns that the economy would slow abruptly at the start of this year. The U.S. unemployment rate hit a three-year low last month, manufacturing has picked up and the housing sector is stirring.

      The brighter economic signs have helped lift the spirits of U.S. households.

      The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan’s final index of consumer sentiment in February edged up to 75.3, the highest since February last year, from 75.0 in January.

      The rise in confidence came even as Americans faced higher prices for gasoline. Prices have jumped 8.8 percent since the start of this year, according to the Energy Information Agency, topping an average of $3.65 a gallon in the week through Monday.

      The Obama administration is weighing the circumstances that could warrant tapping the nation’s strategic oil reserve, aware that supply disruptions from Iran could harm the global economy, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Friday.

      “There is a case for the use of the reserve in some circumstances and we will continue to look at those and evaluate that carefully,” Geithner said on CNBC television.

      President Barack Obama, who faces re-election in November, is under pressure to give Americans relief from rising gasoline prices, with Republicans blaming the administration’s energy policies for driving up oil prices to over $123 a barrel.

      Economists expect the pain at the pump to be mitigated by falling natural gas prices and do not anticipate a repeat of 2011 when spiking gasoline prices almost tipped the economy back into recession.

      GREEN SHOOTS EMERGING
      Despite the drop in new homes sales last month the supply of homes on the market fell to 5.6 months – the lowest since January 2006 – from 5.7 months in December.

      A 6-month supply is generally considered an ideal level and the decline last month suggested the supply-demand situation in the new homes market was coming into better balance. The inventory of new homes on the market was the lowest on record.

      But new home sales face stiff competition from previously owned homes, which represent a much larger share of the market. Many are selling at a huge discount because of foreclosures.

      “The report shows traction for a housing industry anxious to ascend from the bottom,” said Mitchell Hochberg, principal at Madden Real Estate Ventures in New York.

      “To climb back, the foreclosure overhang needs to clear, prospective home buyers must find it less difficult to qualify for a mortgage and consumer confidence must improve.”

      The median price for a new home rose 0.3 percent last month to $217,100, the highest since October. It was the second straight month of gains. Compared to January last year, however, the median price was down 9.6 percent.

      Economists are optimistic the downward pressure on home prices is set to ease, encouraged by recent declines in the supply of unsold previously owned homes, which fell to a near 6-year low of 6.1 months in January.

      Data this week showed home resales rose to a 1-1/2-year high last month, and confidence among homebuilders in February neared a five-year high. Still, both sales and home construction remain far below their 2005 levels.

  22. CR says:

    11:00 AM EST
    Vice President Biden will join Dr. Biden and Secretary Solis for their final stop of the “Community College to Career” bus tour at Davidson County Community College.
    Thomasville, North Carolina

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    • CR says:

      February 24, 2012

      Vice President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, and Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis Announce Availability of $500 Million to Fund Partnerships Between Community Colleges and Businesses to Train Workers with Skills Employers Need

      Announcement of new round of grants made at Davidson County Community College in Thomasville, North Carolina as part of Community College to Career tour

      WASHINGTON – Vice President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, and Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis today announced that the Administration is making another $500 million available to create and expand innovative partnerships between community colleges and businesses to train workers with the skills employers need. This funding is part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Community College and Career Training grant program. The Administration is issuing the next Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA) for this program today; community colleges can apply for these grants, and later this year, the Department of Labor, working with the Department of Education, will announce approximately $500 million in new awards.

      Today’s announcement was made at Davidson County Community College in Thomasville, North Carolina, which is part of a consortium of nine North Carolina community colleges previously awarded $18.8 million through the grant program to expand their training partnerships with local employers. The announcement comes on the final stop of Dr. Biden and Secretary Solis’ Community College to Career bus tour. The five-state, three-day bus tour has focused on innovative programs at community colleges, in partnership with area employers, helping train students to meet local workforce needs.
      “This new round of funding will help community colleges forge new partnerships with local businesses to train workers with the skills they need for jobs available right now,” said Vice President Joe Biden. “I am proud to join Secretary Solis and my wife – a community college professor herself – on the final stop of the Community College to Career tour to announce this new round of support for these innovative training partnerships.”

      “Building a well-educated workforce is critical for the ongoing strengthening of our economy,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “This week’s tour has been an extraordinary opportunity to meet students, educators and employers alike, highlighting how these grants bring community colleges and businesses together to give students the skills they need to compete for good jobs in growing industries.”

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/24/vice-president-joe-biden-dr-jill-biden-and-secretary-labor-hilda-l-solis

      • CR says:

        Training Workers with the Skills Employers Need

        Tobin Marcus February 27, 2012 01:35 PM EST

        Last Friday, Vice President Biden joined Dr. Jill Biden and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis at Davidson County Community College in Thomasville, North Carolina to discuss the importance of training workers with the skills employers need right now. This visit was the final leg of a five-state, three-day Community College to Career Bus Tour that Dr. Biden and Secretary Solis took to highlight the $8 billion Community College to Career Fund recently proposed as part of the President’s FY 2013 Budget.

        Speaking to over 300 faculty, students, and other members of the Davidson community, the Vice President argued that America’s skilled workforce is one of our greatest economic assets. But now that many American manufacturers and other businesses are growing again, too many are having trouble finding workers with the exact skills they need. That’s why it’s so important to forge partnerships between community colleges and businesses to train workers with the skills that employers need for jobs that are open right now. On Friday, the Vice President announced that the Administration is taking further steps to do exactly that by making available another $500 million to create and expand these partnerships as part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Community College and Career Training grant program.

        The Administration’s efforts to create and expand these training partnerships are already showing results at places like Davidson County Community College (DCCC). Thanks to a grant they received in the first round of this program, DCCC has been able to expand their partnerships with local companies to train workers with the skills they need—companies like Ingersoll Rand, which is working with DCCC to train workers with computer numerically controlled manufacturing skills, or Unilin Flooring, which is training workers in electronics engineering. And these programs are working—in fact, every single graduate of the electronics engineering program at Davidson County Community College has been able to secure a job, many of them at companies like Unilin.

        For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/02/27/training-workers-skills-employers-need

  23. CR says:

    GOP “Priorities”

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  24. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good and HOPEful Friday, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

  25. CR says:

    USDA to help thousands of rural homeowners

    2/24/12 By TAMARA LUSH | Associated Press – 18 mins ago

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will visit Florida on Friday to discuss a United States Department of Agriculture pilot loan program that could help tens of thousands of rural homeowners in 19 states.

    The program, which was first announced Feb. 1, allows underwater homeowners in rural areas to refinance their homes with lower interest rates, similar to a program President Barack Obama announced earlier this month — although as Vilsack points out, the USDA’s program does not rely on the approval of Congress.

    “We’ve already obligated this money,” Vilsack said.

    To be eligible for the USDA program, homeowners must have either a direct loan with the USDA or a USDA guarantee on a commercial bank mortgage.

    Officials say the new program will cut through red tape normally seen with bank refinancing and save borrowers hundreds of dollars a month. To be eligible, borrowers must have made their mortgage payments on time for 12 consecutive months. There are more than 20,000 borrowers eligible in Florida and some 237,000 nationwide, according to the USDA, all in rural areas.

    “We’re trying to make this as easy as possible,” Vilsack said.

    He said that if more underwater loans are refinanced, then fewer homeowners will face foreclosure.

    “This will preserve not only an opportunity for these families to save a little money, but it will preserve the value of neighborhoods, also,” he said.

    Under the new pilot program, a homeowner could knock three or four percentage points off their mortgage interest rates if they refinance — and they wouldn’t have to go through an appraisal, inspection or credit report.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/usda-help-thousands-rural-homeowners-103047063.html

  26. CR says:

    11:15 AM EST
    President Obama attends the Democratic Governors’ Association meeting.

  27. CR says:

    Study: [GOP] Candidates’ plans lead to huge deficits

    2/24/2012 By ANDREW TAYLOR – Associated Press

    WASHINGTON—Huge tax cuts in the budget plans of Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum would produce the kinds of trillion-dollar-plus deficits that the GOP candidates are blaming on President Barack Obama.

    That’s the finding by the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a Washington-based budget watchdog group.

    The study also says the more modest tax and spending plans of Mitt Romney wouldn’t make a dent in deficits that are on track to average $800 billion or so a year over the coming decade under current trends and policies—and could add to them considerably.

    Only Ron Paul, who calls for wrenching budget cuts that dwarf anything proposed by his three rivals, would reduce the flow of red ink. But even Paul’s plan would leave in place a deficit in the $500 billion range by the end of his first term.

    The candidates’ budget plans provide a sharp contrast with those of President Barack Obama, who released his latest fiscal blueprint just last week. Like Obama, the GOP candidates have the luxury of suspending political reality and assuming lawmakers would quickly enact their ideas into law.

    That translates into a tax code in which taxes on investments and capital gains are sharply reduced or eliminated. Each Republican candidate would eliminate inheritance taxes on large estates. And tax rates on individuals would be cut as well—all in the face of deficits that economists say would eventually cripple the economy.

    The results, according to the study, would be higher deficits, except in the case of Paul, whose proposed cuts to the military and other programs make even tea partyers blanche.

    According to the study, Gingrich’s plan would add $7 trillion to the nation’s debt over the coming nine years—almost doubling the deficits that would be recorded if the government basically ran on autopilot. Santorum’s plan would add $4.5 trillion over the period, or about $500 billion to the deficit every year on average.

    By contrast, Romney’s proposal would add $250 billion to the deficit over nine years, though that estimate was generated before he unveiled a new tax plan this week that could add considerably to the deficit.

    By the end of fiscal 2016, little more than a month before Election Day, Gingrich’s plan would produce a deficit of 7.8 percent of the economy, or almost $1.5 trillion. Santorum’s blueprint would produce a deficit in the $1.2 trillion range, or 6.5 percent of gross domestic product, or GDP. And Romney’s plan—given the benefit of the doubt since his new tax plan is so vague—would generate a 2016 deficit of $700 billion to $800 billion or so.

    Obama’s budget claims a $649 billion deficit by 2016, relying on tax increases to do it.

    The group didn’t publish specific deficit figures for 2016 but provided estimates of them as a percentage of GDP to The Associated Press, which calculated them based on the GDP estimates of the Congressional Budget Office.

    Paul’s budget plans include eliminating five Cabinet departments, immediately ending operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and sharply cutting federal programs like Medicaid and food stamps. It would reduce the deficit by $2.2 trillion over nine years. He is the only candidate whose spending cuts exceed the amount of revenue lost by cutting taxes.

    The four GOP candidates vying to replace Obama each promise sweeping tax cuts, even as the deficit under current policies would never fall below $600 billion over the coming decade.

    For the entire article: http://www.siliconvalley.com/ci_20035160?IADID=Search-www.siliconvalley.com-www.siliconvalley.com

  28. CR says:

    GOP WRONG WAY

    Romney’s Koch Brothers’ Connections

    February 24, 2012 Ari Berman – TheNation

    Tomorrow Mitt Romney will speak at the Michigan Prosperity Forum, alongside Tea Party icons like Andrew Breitbart and Michelle Malkin. The event is sponsored by the conservative group Americans for Prosperity, which receives the bulk of its funding from the Koch brothers, whom the Romney campaign has described as “the financial engine of the Tea Party.”

    It’s the third time Romney has appeared at an AFP gathering this cycle—he spoke before the group in New Hampshire over Labor Day and at their “Defending the American Dream” summit in November 2011. AFP, one of the main organizers behind the Tea Party, recently ran a $6 million ad campaign criticizing the Obama Administration’s loan to Solyndra.

    The Koch brothers, in turn, have been major supporters of Romney. David Koch endorsed him in 2008 and held a fundraiser for Romney at his Southampton home in 2010. Bill Koch and his coal company, Oxbow Carbon, have donated $1 million to the Romney Super PAC, Restore Our Future. At a recent retreat in California, David and Charles Koch pledged to spend $60 million during the 2012 election to defeat President Obama, which would no doubt give a major boost to Romney if and when he becomes the GOP nominee.

    Romney’s estate tax plan alone could save the Kochs billions of dollars. His advocacy of the oil, gas and coal industries would also be a major boon to the Koch brothers’ many energy interests.

    The Obama campaign is already using Romney’s Koch connections as a fundraising appeal, writing in an email today: “Tomorrow Mitt Romney is hanging out with the billionaire Koch brothers at a Tea Party forum. I imagine they’ll get along.”

    http://www.thenation.com/blog/166447/romneys-koch-brothers-connections

  29. CR says:

    3:00 PM EST
    President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Thorning-Schmidt of Denmark
    Oval Office

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/Pres-Obama-Meets-with-PM-of-Denmark/10737428527/

    • CR says:

      February 24, 2012

      Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Thorning-Schmidt of Denmark after a Bilateral Meeting

      The Oval Office

      3:41 P.M. EST

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I want to welcome Prime Minister Thorning-Schmidt to the White House and to the Oval Office. This is the first time that we’ve had a chance to meet, but obviously we’ve been very impressed with the first five months of her prime ministership. I shared with her how much Michelle and I appreciated the extraordinary hospitality that was shown to Michelle and I when I visited Copenhagen in the past. And I also wanted to just say how much we appreciate the great alliance and partnership that we have with the Danish people on a whole range of international issues.

      Obviously, most recently, the operations in Libya could not have been as effective had it not been for the precision and the excellence of the Danish armed forces and their pilots. But that’s fairly typical of the way that Danes have punched above their weight in international affairs.

      In Afghanistan, I thanked the Prime Minister for the extraordinary contributions of Danish troops in the Helmand area. They operate without caveat, have taken significant casualties, for which obviously all of us extend our condolences to the families that have been affected. But because of the outstanding work that’s been done by Danish soldiers in Afghanistan, we’re seeing great progress in the areas where they operate.

      We had a chance to talk about the economy. As we were exchanging notes, it turns out that, like folks here in the United States, everybody in Denmark wants to talk about the economy all the time, and jobs and growth. And we agreed that there has been some progress in resolving the sovereign debt issues, that there has been some progress with respect to the agreements between the EU and the IMF and Greece, the new government in Italy, new governments in Spain and Portugal are all making significant progress, but that there’s a lot more work to do. And we will be consulting closely with Denmark.

      And we exchanged ideas on how we can ensure not only economic stability in Europe but also growth in Europe, because if Europe is growing then that benefits the U.S. economy as well. And we emphasized other additional ways that we can encourage trade and reduce economic frictions between the two sides of the transatlantic relationship.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/24/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-thorning-schmidt-denmark-afte

    • CR says:

      February 24, 2012

      Fact Sheet: The United States and Denmark – NATO Allies and Global Partners

      President Obama hosted Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt for a meeting in the Oval Office on February 24. Denmark has the distinction of being the only Nordic country that is a member of both NATO and the European Union (EU), making it an especially valuable partner of the United States in a wide variety of endeavors in Europe and around the world. Denmark currently holds the rotating EU Presidency until the end of June.

      Defense and Security Cooperation

      Diplomatic Cooperation and Global Development

      Economic, Energy and Environmental Cooperation

      Educational and Cultural Ties

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/24/fact-sheet-united-states-and-denmark-nato-allies-and-global-partners

  30. CR says:

    Contracting Smarter, Saving More

    Posted by Danny Werfel on February 24, 2012 at 12:43 PM EST

    From the start of the Administration, President Obama has charged agencies to cut waste and give the American people a government that is not only more affordable, but also more efficient and effective. One critical area for those efforts has been contracting.

    Last year at this time, we reported that agencies turned the tide on contract spending – cutting spending for the first time in 13 years. Collectively agencies spent a remarkable $80 billion less on contracting than would have occurred had growth continued at the same rate as under the prior Administration. Today, we are pleased to report that we sustained this new era of fiscally responsible contracting in FY 2011, maintaining the reduced spending level of $535 billion achieved in 2010 as we have continued our aggressive campaign to keep costs down and deliver better value for the American taxpayers.

    This marks the first time in almost two decades that spending has either declined or remained unchanged for two years in a row. In fact, had contract spending continued to grow at the same pace as it did in the last Administration, we would have spent $690 billion on contracts, or $155 billion more than agencies ended up spending in FY 2011. While there is much still to be done, we now can confirm what we’ve had good reason to believe for some time: that the promising results of FY 2010 demonstrated that we have moved in a sustainable way into an era of more accountable contract spending and getting a better return for every taxpayer dollar.

    During the prior Administration, contract spending exploded, but contract management and oversight capacity were not strengthened to keep up with that demand. As a result, agencies struggled to hold contractors accountable. That’s why President Obama took action right away, directing agencies in March 2009 to slash billions in contracting costs and continuing more recently with further efforts to strengthen accountability for contracting spending as part of the Campaign to Cut Waste.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/02/24/contracting-smarter-saving-more

  31. CR says:

    February 24, 2012

    President Obama Announces New White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs David Agnew

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the White House announced that current Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs David Agnew will now serve as the Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. Mr. Agnew will oversee the Obama Administration’s relationship with state, county, local, and tribal officials across the country.

    “I’m pleased to announce David Agnew as the new Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. A strong nation requires strong partnerships with our state, local, and tribal officials and I am confident that David will bring their voices and the voices of the people they represent into the White House,” said President Obama.

    Since January 2009, Mr. Agnew served as Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, working to strengthen the partnership with our nation’s mayors, county leaders, and other local officials.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/24/president-obama-announces-new-white-house-director-intergovernmental-aff

  32. CR says:

    Obama on Syria

    2/24/12 4:25 PM POLITICO44

    President Obama, after meeting with the Danish prime minister Friday, told reporters that “all of us who have been seeing the terrible pictures coming out of Syria and Homs recently recognize it is absolutely imperative for the international community to rally and send a clear message to President Assad that it is time for a transition. It is time for that regime to move on and it is time to stop the killing of syrian citizens by their own government,” according to a pool report.

    The president said he was encouraged by the “international unity” that is developing and would continue to keep the pressure up and “look for every tool available to prevent the slaughter of innocents in Syria. “It is important that we not be bystanders during these extraordinary events,” he said.

    Earlier Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blasted Russia and China for their opposition to a UN Security Council resolution on Syria, calling their actions “despicable.”

  33. CR says:

    WH

    Saturday, February 25, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
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    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      February 25, 2012

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

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      CNN http://live.cnn.com

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      10:00 AM EST
      National Governors Association
      National Governors Association Opening News Conference

      11:00 AM EST
      National Governors Association
      State Economies

      2:15 PM EST.
      National Governors Association
      National Governors Association Opening News Conference

      3:00 PM EST
      National Governors Association
      Creating an Entrepreneurial Culture

      8:00 PM EST
      National Governors Association
      National Governors Association Opening News Conference

  34. CR says:

    greater_together_obama<br />

    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.

    Young Americans:

     Home
    Our Movement
    Issues
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    The Greater Together Student Summit Tour

    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.

    Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA - February 25, 2012

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

  35. CR says:

    Eliminating Barriers to Growing our Economy

    Jewel James February 24, 2012 06:35 PM EST

    Throughout today and the rest of the weekend, President Obama will be meeting with governors from around the country. Today, he met with Democratic governors and talked about ways the federal government and the states can work together to create jobs and grow the economy. In particular, the President talked about ways to accelerate the growing trend of ‘insourcing’ – where companies are bringing jobs back to the United States and making additional investments here in America. The President’s conversation with governors about how we can work together to put Americans back to work and build an economy built to last will continue with a larger, bipartisan group of governors Monday.

    Last year, around this time – along with similar meetings with governors – the President instructed agencies to work closely with State, local, and tribal governments to identify any Federal barriers that prevent efficient use of taxpayer dollars to achieve the best results.

    Today we’re releasing a report highlighting examples of where these new partnerships are leading to real benefits for States, which include:

    * More flexibility to design and implement education reforms. In exchange for agreeing to implement bold reforms around standards and accountability, the Administration is granting flexibility to states from the burdensome mandates of No Child Left Behind. The Administration recently granted waiversb to the first 11 States that applied and looks forward to working with additional States.

    * New job and workforce opportunities through the $37 million Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge to promote economic development in high-growth industries, the $15 million Rural Jobs Accelerator to support jobs development, and $166 million to hire veterans under 2012 grants for Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency (SAFER).

    * Development of streamlined rules for Federal grants that focus resources on targeting high-risk areas to improve performance and target waste, fraud, and abuse.

    * A forthcoming Executive Order to clear away the red tape that can slow down the construction of infrastructure projects.

    In addition, in January 2011, the President issued an Executive Order that emphasized the importance of obtaining the views of State and local governments in making and revising Federal regulations to protect public health, welfare, safety, and our environment while promoting economic growth, innovation, competitiveness, and job creation.

    The Administration also established the Partnership Fund for Program Integrity Innovation, which brings together stakeholders from across all levels of government, including representatives of all 50 states, to engage in ongoing collaborative forums with Federal agencies and to provide constructive feedback and ideas to improve program administration.

  36. CR says:

    Fighting Improper Payments And Fraud – Protecting Taxpayer Dollars

    Marilyn Tavenner February 24, 2012 08:00 PM EST

    Fighting fraud and waste in the health care system is a top priority for the Obama Administration. We are committed to using all resources at our disposal in these efforts – and they are paying off.

    Just last week, the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services (HHS) released an updated annual report showing that in FY 2011 anti-fraud efforts have recovered more than $4.1 billion in fraudulent Medicare payments – the second year in a row recovery efforts reached this unprecedented level. Compare this to just $2.14 billion recovered in FY 2008. Prosecutions are way up too: the number of individuals charged with fraud increased from 821 in fiscal year 2008 to 1,430 in fiscal year 2011 – nearly a 75 percent increase.

    But we know we need keep doing more to end the “pay and chase” model of fighting fraud. We need to stop fraud and waste from happening in the first place. Today we’re taking an important step to protect taxpayer dollars by reducing improper payments to Medicare Advantage plans, an action that is estimated to save $370 million in the first audit year alone. By improving the way we audit Medicare Advantage contracts, we will reduce the payment error rate for the Medicare Advantage program and that saves money for Medicare.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/02/24/fighting-improper-payments-and-fraud-protecting-taxpayer-dollars

    • CR says:

      Medicare gets its first confirmed leader in nearly a decade

      May 15, 2013 at 6:12 pm By Sarah Kliff – washingtonpost

      Moments ago, the Senate did something it has not done in nearly a decade: It confirmed a leader for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

      Obama nominee Marilyn Tavenner received a 91 to 7 vote on the Senate floor to run an agency that, since 2006, has been without a confirmed leader. Her position, overseeing a $1 trillion agency that administers health benefits to millions, has long been considered too politically volatile to fill.

      Tavenner, a former hospital executive, managed to thread the needle.

      She spent more than a year as Medicare’s deputy administrator and apparently impressed Senate Republicans. Dozens of health-care associations endorsed her nomination, as did a seven former Medicare heads (three Republicans, four Democrats). As one told me, if Tavenner couldn’t get confirmed, then not even “Mother Teresa or Ghandi” could get the Senate’s blessing.

      Former Medicare administrators say that confirmation is important in running an agency. When the White House knows you’re going to be around for a significant amount of time and have the Senate’s backing, they say, it makes it easier to stand firm on crucial fights.

      “The basic work will get done either way,” Bruce Vladeck, President Bill Clinton’s former Medicare administrator, told me in an interview this year. “What’s really important is it gives someone whose primary concern is Medicare and Medicaid a little more ability and standing to push back against others in the executive branch. The stature of a Senate confirmation does give a little extra standing.”

      Now, Tavenner has that. For a bit more background, you can read our interview from a few months back and a profile from 2011, which includes a story of how Tavenner brought a patient back from the dead.

  37. CR says:

    US to call for peacekeepers in Syria

    2/24/12 By Jeremy Herb – TheHill

    The United States is joining 70 other countries in calling for the United Nations to prepare a peacekeeping force to send to Syria once President Bashar al-Assad agrees to a cease-fire.

    The Associated Press reported that the Friends of Syria group, meeting in Tunisia on Friday, would demand that Assad agree to a cease-fire and allow humanitarian aid to enter the hardest-hit areas of Syria, or face unspecified consequences.

    The measure is designed to increase pressure so Assad sees his end as inevitable and agrees to give up power, according to diplomats in Tunisia, the AP reported.

    The United States has said that Assad cannot stay in power, as his regime has bombarded opposition forces. Violence has risen sharply in recent days.

    Russia and China, the two countries that vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution earlier this month to pressure Assad to leave, were not involved in the Friends of Syria meeting.
    The U.N. peacekeeping force, which would enter Syria after a cease-fire occurred, would be a non-military mission.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at a press conference in London on Thursday that officials at the Friday meeting would hear from the Syrian opposition about their vision for a post-Assad Syria.

    As calls for intervention have increased, the White House has maintained it is opposed at this time to supplying arms to the Syrian opposition or getting involved militarily. “We continue to believe that a political resolution is the best approach,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said Thursday.

    Clinton said in London that the opposition forces will be increasingly capable. “They will, from somewhere, somehow, find the means to defend themselves as well as begin offensive measures,” she said.

    For the entire article: http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/policy-and-strategy/212445-friends-of-syria-to-call-for-un-peacekeepers-in-syria

    • CR says:

      Report: U.S. shores up Persian Gulf defenses

      2/24/12 10:01 PM EST POLITICO44

      The U.S. military is shoring up its defenses in the Persian Gulf amid Iranian threats to close the strategically important Strait of Hormuz, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

      Defense officials told the newspaper that the Pentagon has notified Congress of “plans to preposition new mine-detection and clearing equipment and expand surveillance capabilities in and around the strait.”

      The push is led by the military’s Central Command, which oversees U.S. forces in the Gulf region, the paper reported on its website.

  38. CR says:

    GOP WRONG WAY

    Romney would raise eligibility age for Medicare

    2/24/12 By DAVID ESPO | Associated Press – 1 hr 23 mins ago

    DETROIT (AP) — Four days before critical primary elections, Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney outlined a far-reaching plan Friday to gradually delay Americans’ eligibility for Medicare as well as Social Security.

    Romney said the shift, as people live longer, is needed to steer the giant benefit programs toward economic sustainability.

    Speaking to the Detroit Economic Club — in cavernous Ford Field, where the Detroit Lions football team plays — he also made a play for primary election support in Michigan, which votes on Tuesday along with Arizona.

    Romney said previous steps to toughen government emission standards had “provided a benefit to some of the foreign automakers” at the expense of American companies. He said future changes should be worked out cooperatively between government and industry.

    Campaigning in the city where he was born, Romney described himself as “a car guy” who has a Ford Mustang and a Chevy pickup and whose wife, Ann, drives “a couple of Cadillacs.” Aides said they were model year 2007 and 2010 SRX vehicles, one each registered in Massachusetts and California.

    Romney said his proposals for Medicare and Social Security would begin in 2022, meaning no current or near-retirees would be affected. He also said he favors adjustments to curtail the growth of future benefits for the relatively well-to-do, so “lower-income seniors would receive the most generous benefits.” He had described his Social Security proposals previously.

    The two programs provide retirement and health care benefits to tens of millions of older Americans.

    Beginning in 2022, Romney said, “we will gradually increase the Medicare eligibility age by one month each year. In the long run, the eligibility ages for both programs will be indexed to longevity so that they increase only as fast as life expectancy.”

    Under current law, the age for collecting full Social Security benefits is gradually rising from 65 to 67.

    Medicare is available at age 65. In both cases, the age is set in law, and Romney’s suggestion that it be tied automatically to increases in the life expectancy of Americans would mark a major change

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/romney-raise-eligibility-age-medicare-220313926.html

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Tax cuts for the rich, taxpayer-funded subsidies to big profitable corporations, and save money by cutting support to aging Americans — in 2022?. Go play with your cars, Mitt!

  39. CR says:

    February 25, 2012

    WEEKLY ADDRESS: An All-Of-The-Above Approach to American Energy

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    As Prepared for Delivery
    The White House
    Saturday, February 25, 2012

    Hello, everybody.

    In the State of the Union, I laid out three areas we need to focus on if we’re going to build an economy that lasts: new American manufacturing, new skills and education for American workers, and new sources of American-made energy.

    These days, we’re getting another painful reminder why developing new energy is so important to our future. Just like they did last year, gas prices are starting to climb. Only this time, it’s happening earlier. And that hurts everyone – everyone who owns a car; everyone who owns a business. It means you have to stretch your paycheck even further. Some folks have no choice but to drive a long way to work, and high gas prices are like a tax straight out of their paychecks.

    Now, some politicians always see this as a political opportunity. And since it’s an election year, they’re already dusting off their three-point plans for $2 gas. I’ll save you the suspense: Step one is drill, step two is drill, and step three is keep drilling. We hear the same thing every year.

    Well the American people aren’t stupid. You know that’s not a plan – especially since we’re already drilling. It’s a bumper sticker. It’s not a strategy to solve our energy challenge. It’s a strategy to get politicians through an election.

    You know there are no quick fixes to this problem, and you know we can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices. If we’re going to take control of our energy future and avoid these gas price spikes down the line, then we need a sustained, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy – oil, gas, wind, solar, nuclear, biofuels, and more. We need to keep developing the technology that allows us to use less oil in our cars and trucks; in our buildings and plants. That’s the strategy we’re pursuing, and that’s the only real solution to this challenge.

    Now, we absolutely need safe, responsible oil production here in America. That’s why under my Administration, America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years. In 2010, our dependence on foreign oil was under 50% for the first time in more than a decade. And while there are no short-term silver bullets when it comes to gas prices, I’ve directed my administration to look for every single area where we can make an impact and help consumers in the months ahead, from permitting to delivery bottlenecks to what’s going on in the oil markets.

    But over the long term, an all-of-the-above energy strategy means we have to do more. It means we have to make some choices.

    Here’s one example. Right now, four billion of your tax dollars subsidize the oil industry every year. Four billion dollars.

    Imagine that. Maybe some of you are listening to this in your car right now, pulling into a gas station to fill up. As you watch those numbers rise, know that oil company profits have never been higher. Yet somehow, Congress is still giving those same companies another four billion dollars of your money. That’s outrageous. It’s inexcusable. And it has to stop.

    A century of subsidies to the oil companies is long enough. It’s time to end taxpayer giveaways to an industry that’s never been more profitable, and use that money to reduce our deficit and double-down on a clean energy industry that’s never been more promising. Because of the investments we’ve already made, the use of wind and solar energy in this country has nearly doubled – and thousands of Americans have jobs because of it. And because we put in place the toughest fuel economy standards in history, our cars will average nearly 55 miles per gallon by the middle of the next decade – something that, over time, will save the typical family more than $8,000 at the pump. Now Congress needs to keep that momentum going by renewing the clean energy tax credits that will lead to more jobs and less dependence on foreign oil.

    Look, we know there’s no silver bullet that will bring down gas prices or reduce our dependence on foreign oil overnight. But what we can do is get our priorities straight, and make a sustained, serious effort to tackle this problem. That’s the commitment we need right now. And with your help, it’s a commitment we can make. Thank you.

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      I always look forward to PBO’s weekly addresses, and this is one of the best.

    • 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

  40. CR says:

    GOP WRONG WAY

    Romney and the Koch Brothers: Fighting for Big Oil

    February 25, 2012 Posted by Elizabeth Chan – democrats.org

    As president, Barack Obama is working to decrease our dependence on foreign oil and increase renewable energy; last year, our reliance on foreign oil was at its lowest point in 16 years. And at a time when big oil companies are raking in record profits, the President is fighting to end the $4 billion in unnecessary taxpayer subsidies.

    Mitt Romney has a different plan. He’s fighting to protect his big oil friends, and he’s gained some formidable teammates who don’t want to let their subsidies go. Romney is speaking to the Koch Brothers funded Americans for Prosperity in Michigan today—the same Koch Brothers who have pledged millions of dollars to defeat President Obama.

    Let everyone you know that Romney and the Koch brothers are fighting for big oil instead of what’s best for the middle class. Watch and share our newest video.

  41. CR says:

    GOP WRONG WAY

    Santorum-Savonarola comparison is fitting

    2/25/12 mercurynews

    Maureen Dowd (Opinion, Feb. 23) thinks that to compare Rick Santorum to the 15th-century moral crusader Savonarola is “too grand.” However, the comparison has merit if one imagines what a President Santorum would do — or try to do.

    Savonarola’s first act as ruler of Florence was to make sodomy a capital offense; I can certainly picture Santorum doing that. And I’m sure he would love to be able to repeat Savonarola’s “bonfire of the vanities,” banning or destroying all those things that tempt us to sensuousness and sin.

    Actually, all the leading Republican candidates for president this year seem to be reveling in a “bonfire of the sanities” — piling up and (at least mentally) destroying all sane thoughts and common sense. However, only Santorum truly bears comparison to Savonarola.

    Peter Stauffer,
    Palo Alto, CA

  42. CR says:

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

  43. CR says:

    Pakistan begins demolition of compound where US killed Osama bin Laden, say local residents

    2/25/12 By Aqeel Ahmed, The Associated Press | Associated Press – 14 mins ago

    ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan – Local residents say Pakistan has started to demolish the compound in the northwest city of Abbottabad where Osama bin Laden lived for years and was killed by U.S. commandos last May.

    Two residents say the government brought in three mechanized backhoes Saturday afternoon and began destroying the tall outer walls of the compound after sunset. They set up floodlights to carry out the work.

    The residents spoke on condition of anonymity because they were afraid of being harassed by government authorities.
    Pakistani officials could not immediately be reached for comment on the demolition.

    The compound has been a painful reminder for Pakistan, which was embarrassed by the unilateral U.S. operation that killed bin Laden.

  44. CR says:

    President watches Sasha play basketball

    2/25/12 9:29 AM EST POLITICO44

    In a routine Saturday morning, President Obama watched his daughter Sasha play basketball at a community center in Chevy Chase, Md. The presidential motorcade left the White House just after 8:30 a.m., according to pool reports.

  45. CR says:

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

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

  46. CR says:

    Readout of President Obama’s call with General Allen

    2/25/12 4:02 PM EST POLITICO44

    This afternoon, President Obama called General John Allen, Commander of U.S. Forces and the NATO International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, to discuss the ongoing violence in Afghanistan and the tragic killing of two U.S. servicemembers this morning. On behalf of the American people, the President expressed his condolences to General Allen and to the families who lost loved ones.

    This afternoon, President Obama called General John Allen, Commander of U.S. Forces and the NATO International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, to discuss the ongoing violence in Afghanistan and the tragic killing of two U.S. servicemembers this morning. On behalf of the American people, the President expressed his condolences to General Allen and to the families who lost loved ones. The President thanked General Allen for all of the measures he is taking to protect our servicemembers and civilians in Afghanistan and to encourage calm. We welcome President Karzai’s statement this morning encouraging peaceful expressions, and his call for dialogue and calm. The United States remains committed to a partnership with the government and people of Afghanistan, as we work to realize our shared goal of disrupting, dismantling and defeating al Qaeda and strengthening the Afghan state.

  47. CR says:

    WH

    Sunday, February 26, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host the 2012 Governors’ Dinner; Vice President Biden and Dr Biden also attend
    State Dining Room

    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  48. CR says:

    Sunday: President Obama, First Lady Host Annual Black Tie Governors Dinner

    FEBRUARY 24, 2012 obamafoodorama.blogspot

    On Sunday evening, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host their first major dinner for 2012 when they roll out the red carpet for America’s top state leaders with their fourth annual Governors Dinner.

    More than 100 guests, including Vice President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, and Cabinet Secretaries, as well as the governors and their spouses or dates, are expected for the 7:10 PM black-tie affair in the State Dining Room. Following dessert, there will be a performance by a well-known entertainer in the East Room.

    For the entire article: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2012/02/sunday-president-obama-first-lady-host.html

  49. CR says:

    Sunday talk show tip sheet

    By ZACK HALE | 2/24/12 5:34 PM EST POLITICO44

    (Democratic excerpts only)

    This Sunday’s television talk shows survey the nation’s political landscape from a state’s perspective with a gaggle of governors in Washington for the annual winter meeting of the National Governors Association…

    NBC also has California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican. And ABC also has Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, a co-chairman of President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who has endorsed Romney ahead of Tuesday’s GOP primaries in Michigan and Arizona…

    CNN’s “State of the Union” also interviews Walker and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, as well as Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Robert Gibbs, the former White House press secretary who’s now advising the president’s reelection campaign.

    CBS’s “Face the Nation” features New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Romney surrogate, and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.

    And, finally, C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” has Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz, interviewed by Brendan Greeley of Bloomberg News.

    For the entire article: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/73266.html

  50. Good morning CR and PPO Fam. HOPE you all have a great Sunday.

    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

  51. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good and HOPEful Sunday CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

    It SNOWED here yesterday and this morning! (All melted now though.)

    • CR says:

      Good and HOPEful Sunday Kat!

      Our snow levels will get down to 2,000 ft tomorrow! Guess winter still has some umph left in her.

  52. CR says:

    Minnesota gets $26 million grant to create health insurance exchange

    2.22.12 | Arundhati Parmar medcitynews

    To aid in the effort to create a state health insurance exchange, Minnesota’s Department of Commerce announced that it has received a $26 million federal grant.

    Minnesota, like other states, has less than a year to meet a deadline put in place by the Obama administrations’s healthcare law. That provision requires states to design a health insurance exchange by Jan. 1, 2013 and for it to be operational a year later. If the state fails to design an insurance exchange, the federal government will create one for the state. Previously, Minnesota received $5.2 million planning and development grants to spur the process.

    The state’s efforts come without any legislative support so far, and is being led by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, who set up two healthcare task forces by executive order in October.

    Two bills are in the state legislature, and the House version authored by state Democrats recently won support from three Republican legislators. The Star Tribune reports that under the proposed bill,

    …the exchange would be governed by a 19-member board appointed largely by the Legislature and governor. It would include consumers, small employers, the health care and insurance representatives, health practitioners, other experts and three state agency commissioners. It would require all insurers to participate, with the same rules for insurance plans in or out of the exchange.

  53. CR says:

    7:00 PM EST
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host the 2012 Governors’ Dinner; Vice President Biden and Dr Biden also attend
    State Dining Room

    • CR says:

      February 26, 2012

      Remarks by the President and Governor Dave Heineman of Nebraska in an Exchange of Toasts at the 2012 Governors’ Dinner

      State Dining Room

      7:18 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Good evening, everybody. Welcome to the White House. (Laughter.) Did I hear an “aloha” back there? Yes. (Laughter.) All right, Neil. (Laughter.)

      Let me begin by acknowledging your outstanding chair, Dave Heineman, who’s doing an outstanding job in the great state of Nebraska, as well as your vice chair, Jack Markell, of the great state of Delaware, for their hard work.

      I have heard that you’ve had some very productive meetings this weekend. I’m looking forward to having you back tomorrow. We’ll be able to discuss a wide range of policy.

      But tonight it’s about having some fun. We’ve got the help of the great Dianne Reeves, who is going to be here, and we’ll be hearing from later on. (Applause.) So I’m going to be brief, because although some may disagree, she has a better voice than I do. (Laughter.)

      I’ve always said that governors have one of the best but also one of the toughest jobs around. On the one hand, you guys are in charge, which means that folks know where you live and they know how to find you if something doesn’t work. (Laughter.) They expect you to deliver when times are tough. But you’re also in a position to make real and lasting change every single day. You’re where rubber hits the road. And as a consequence, you can see your streets safer, your schools doing better by our children, our businesses growing faster, and our communities growing stronger because of the work that you do each and every day.

      In recent months, I’ve had the privilege of seeing first-hand some of the outstanding work that you’re doing in your respective states. I’ve seen the kinds of businesses that are growing in states like Iowa and Washington. I’ve seen states like Florida who are really doing great work increasing tourism and developing renewable energies. I often get a chance to go to Virginia and Maryland and states in the vicinity, where community colleges are doing a wonderful job retraining our people for the jobs of the future.

      For the entire article: February 26, 2012

      Remarks by the President and Governor Dave Heineman of Nebraska in an Exchange of Toasts at the 2012 Governors’ Dinner

      State Dining Room

      7:18 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Good evening, everybody. Welcome to the White House. (Laughter.) Did I hear an “aloha” back there? Yes. (Laughter.) All right, Neil. (Laughter.)

      Let me begin by acknowledging your outstanding chair, Dave Heineman, who’s doing an outstanding job in the great state of Nebraska, as well as your vice chair, Jack Markell, of the great state of Delaware, for their hard work.

      I have heard that you’ve had some very productive meetings this weekend. I’m looking forward to having you back tomorrow. We’ll be able to discuss a wide range of policy.

      But tonight it’s about having some fun. We’ve got the help of the great Dianne Reeves, who is going to be here, and we’ll be hearing from later on. (Applause.) So I’m going to be brief, because although some may disagree, she has a better voice than I do. (Laughter.)

      I’ve always said that governors have one of the best but also one of the toughest jobs around. On the one hand, you guys are in charge, which means that folks know where you live and they know how to find you if something doesn’t work. (Laughter.) They expect you to deliver when times are tough. But you’re also in a position to make real and lasting change every single day. You’re where rubber hits the road. And as a consequence, you can see your streets safer, your schools doing better by our children, our businesses growing faster, and our communities growing stronger because of the work that you do each and every day.

      In recent months, I’ve had the privilege of seeing first-hand some of the outstanding work that you’re doing in your respective states. I’ve seen the kinds of businesses that are growing in states like Iowa and Washington. I’ve seen states like Florida who are really doing great work increasing tourism and developing renewable energies. I often get a chance to go to Virginia and Maryland and states in the vicinity, where community colleges are doing a wonderful job retraining our people for the jobs of the future.

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