StartUp America – 3 Day StartUp Events

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StartUp America

Startup America is a White House initiative that was launched to celebrate, inspire, and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation.

Startups are engines of job creation. Entrepreneurs intent on growing their businesses create the lion’s share of new jobs, in every part of the country and in every industry. And it is entrepreneurs in clean energy, medicine, advanced manufacturing, information technology, and other innovative fields who will build the new industries of the 21st century, and solve some of our toughest global challenges.

In January 2011, President Obama called on both the federal government and the private sector to dramatically increase the prevalence and success of entrepreneurs across the country.

Since launch, the Obama Administration rolled out a set of entrepreneur-focused policy initiatives in five areas:

  1. Unlocking access to capital to fuel startup growth
  2. Connecting mentors and education to entrepreneurs
  3. Reducing barriers and making government work for entrepreneurs
  4. Accelerating innovation from “lab to market” for breakthrough technologies
  5. Unleashing market opportunities in industries like healthcare, clean energy, and education

Leaders in the private sector launched the Startup America Partnership, an independent alliance of entrepreneurs, corporations, universities, foundations, and other leaders, joining together to fuel innovative, high-growth U.S. startups. In short order, the Partnership has mobilized well over $1 billion in business services available through a national network, designed to serve as many as 100,000 startups over the next few years.

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3 Day Startups Events

The idea of 3 Day Startup is simple: start a technology company over the course of three days. We rent work space for an entire weekend, recruit 40 students with a wide range of backgrounds, cater food and drinks, invite top-notch entrepreneurs and investors, pick the best idea for a software startup during the Friday brainstorming session, and release a minimal prototype by Sunday night. The goal is to build enough momentum among a network of motivated people to sustain the company beyond the weekend.

Participants: Passionate students with an entrepreneurial drive, including Computer Science (PhD, MS, undergraduate), MBAs, law students, graphic designers, PR, business undergraduates, etc.

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March 16 – 18, 2012

Santa Fe CIED (Center for Innovation and Economic Development)
Gainesville, FL http://www.s.co/event/3-day-startup-gainesville

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March 16-  18th 2012

International Business School
Brandeis University
Waltham, MA http://www.s.co/event/3-day-startup-brandeis-university

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March 23 – 25, 2012

Miller Hall, School of Communication
The Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL http://www.s.co/event/3-day-startup-florida-state-university

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March 30, 2012 – April 1, 2012

Austin Technology Incubator
3925 West Braker Lane
Austin, TX http://www.s.co/event/3-day-startup-austin

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Apr. 6 – 8, 2012

Duncan Hall at Rice University
Houston, TX http://www.s.co/event/3-day-startup-rice-university

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April 13- 15, 2012

Homeaway World Headquarters
1011 West 5th Street
Austin, TX http://www.s.co/event/3-day-startup-homeaway

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April 13- 15, 2012

Duke and University of North Carolina
Durham, NC http://www.s.co/event/3-day-startup-triangle-duke-and-university-north-carolina

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April 20-22, 2012

Hive at 55, 55 Broad Street
New York City, NY http://www.s.co/event/3-day-startup-nyc

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April 28- 30, 2012

The Green House
685 Auahi St
Honolulu, HI http://www.s.co/event/startup-weekend-honolulu-green-house

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May 4- 6, 2012

University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI http://www.s.co/event/3-day-startup-university-wisconsin-madison

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Friday, March 2, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    Vice President Biden meets with senior advisors in the afternoon.

    12:00 AM
    12:15 AM
    President Obama arrives Joint Base Andrews.

    12:30 AM
    President Obama arrives the White House.

    1:00 AM
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    10:00 AM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden receive the presidential daily briefing.
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    11:00 AM
    11:30 AM
    First Lady Michelle Obama travels to Raleigh-Durham International Airport to meet with active duty and veteran service members along with their families
    Raleigh, NC

    11:45 AM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with Secretary of State Clinton.
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    11:45 AM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press
    The White House

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a Democratic National Committee event
    City Center Marrio, Raleigh, NC

    1:50 PM
    President Obama departs the White House en route Bethesda, Maryland.
    South Lawn
    Open Press

    2:00 PM
    President Obama arrives Bethesda, Maryland.
    Travel Pool Coverage

    2:20 PM
    President Obama visits with wounded service members at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland
    Bethesda, Maryland
    Closed Press

    3:00 PM
    3:30 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama will join North Carolina school children for a Let’s Move! pre-game event during the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Tournament and 100th Anniversary celebration
    Charlotte, NC

    3:50 PM
    President Obama departs Bethesda, Maryland en route the White House
    Travel Pool Coverage

    4:00 PM
    President Obama arrives at the White House
    South Lawn
    Open Press

    5:00 PM
    5:15 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks at a conservation event “Growing America’s Outdoor Heritage and Economy,” at the Department of the Interior.
    U.S. Department of the Interior
    Open to pre-credentialed media

    5:30 PM
    First Lady Michelle .Obama delivers remarks at two Democratic National Convention Committee events, joined by singer, James Taylor
    Ballantyne Hotel,
    Charlotte, NC.

    6:00 PM
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    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      March 2, 2012

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

      11:45 AM EST
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press
      The White House

      5:15 PM EST
      President Obama delivers remarks at a conservation event “Growing America’s Outdoor Heritage and Economy,” at the Department of the Interior.

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      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      10:00 AM EST
      U.S. Senate – Continued Consideration of the Transportation Bill

      10:05 AM EST
      Senate Committee Foreign Relations
      Syrian Political Unrest and Violence
      State Department officials testified on the crisis in Syria

      11:45 AM EST
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press
      The White House

      5:15 PM EST
      President Obama delivers remarks at a conservation event “Growing America’s Outdoor Heritage and Economy,” at the Department of the Interior.

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      10:00 AM EST
      U.S. Senate – Continued Consideration of the Transportation Bill http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/304717-1

      10:00 PM EST
      Education Secretary and Mayors Discuss Education Reform
      In a forum on education reform at the local level, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will join New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a discussion entitled, “Education Now: Cities at the Forefront of Reform.” http://www.c-span.org/Events/Education-Secretary-and-Mayors-Discuss-Education-Reform/10737428721/

      10:05 AM EST
      Senate Committee Foreign Relations
      Syrian Political Unrest and Violence
      State Department officials testified on the crisis in Syria

      11:45 AM EST
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press
      The White House

      5:15 PM EST
      President Obama delivers remarks at a conservation event “Growing America’s Outdoor Heritage and Economy,” at the Department of the Interior. http://www.c-span.org/Events/Pres-Obama-Visits-NH-to-Discuss-Energy-Security/10737428672/

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      Department of Education http://www.ustream.tv/channel/education-department

      10:00 PM EST
      Education Secretary and Mayors Discuss Education Reform
      In a forum on education reform at the local level, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will join New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a discussion entitled, “Education Now: Cities at the Forefront of Reform.” http://www.c-span.org/Events/Education-Secretary-and-Mayors-Discuss-Education-Reform/10737428721/

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      CIAA http://theciaa.com/video/Livestream_embed_code

      3:30 PM EST
      First Lady Michelle Obama will join North Carolina school children for a Let’s Move! pre-game event during the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Tournament and 100th Anniversary celebration
      Charlotte, NC

      CIAA http://theciaa.com/video/Livestream_embed_code

  2. CR says:

    StartUp America

    StartUp America

    Startup America is a White House initiative that was launched to celebrate, inspire, and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation.

    Startups are engines of job creation. Entrepreneurs intent on growing their businesses create the lion’s share of new jobs, in every part of the country and in every industry. And it is entrepreneurs in clean energy, medicine, advanced manufacturing, information technology, and other innovative fields who will build the new industries of the 21st century, and solve some of our toughest global challenges.

    In January 2011, President Obama called on both the federal government and the private sector to dramatically increase the prevalence and success of entrepreneurs across the country.

    Since launch, the Obama Administration rolled out a set of entrepreneur-focused policy initiatives in five areas:

    1. Unlocking access to capital to fuel startup growth
    2. Connecting mentors and education to entrepreneurs
    3. Reducing barriers and making government work for entrepreneurs
    4. Accelerating innovation from “lab to market” for breakthrough technologies
    5. Unleashing market opportunities in industries like healthcare, clean energy, and education

    Leaders in the private sector launched the Startup America Partnership, an independent alliance of entrepreneurs, corporations, universities, foundations, and other leaders, joining together to fuel innovative, high-growth U.S. startups. In short order, the Partnership has mobilized well over $1 billion in business services available through a national network, designed to serve as many as 100,000 startups over the next few years.

    For more information about Startup America, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/economy/business/startup-america

  3. CR says:

    President Obama will travel to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, to visit with wounded service members

    • CR says:

      Obama on the Great Outdoors

      3/2/12 5:04 AM EST POLITICO44

      President Obama is scheduled to deliver remarks at a conservation conference at the Department of the Interior.

      According to an announcement, the conference, “Growing America’s Outdoor Heritage and Economy,” will “explore the link between conservation and strong local economies through tourism, outdoor recreation, and healthy lands, waters and wildlife. …As part of President Obama’s ‘America’s Great Outdoors Initiative,’ the Administration is opening up recreational access to lands and waters, supporting the creation of urban parks and trails, increasing youth employment in conservation jobs and making historic investments in large landscapes such as the Everglades.”

  4. CR says:

    CIAA Welcomes First Lady Michelle Obama to its 100th Anniversary Celebration

    February 28, 2012 ciaatournament.org

    CIAA Welcomes First Lady Michelle Obama to its 100th Anniversary Celebration
    First Lady Joins Local Elementary School Students to Participate in a Special “Let’s Move!” Pre-Game Program

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (February 28,2012) First Lady Michelle Obama will join Senator Kay Hagan and North Carolina school children for a Let’s Move! on-court event during the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Tournament and 100th Anniversary celebration. The CIAA, known as the “Conference of Firsts” is the oldest African-American athletic conference in the nation and consists of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) spanning the east coast from Pennsylvania to North Carolina. Space is limited, and media seeking to cover this program between the 1:00pm and 3:00pm games, should RSVP to Shera White, Director of Communications at swhite@theciaa.com by Tuesday, February 28 at 6:00 PM.

    Heightened security measures will be in effect in preparation for Mrs. Obama’s arrival. Media and Tournament attendees are advised to arrive at 10:30am on Friday, March 2 if they plan on attending the 1:00 p.m. game; airport security measures are to be expected.

    The First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative is focused on solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. The initiative has brought together parents, businesses, educators, elected officials, members of the military, chefs, physicians, athletes, childcare providers, community and faith leaders and kids themselves to make substantial commitments to improve the health of our nation’s children. Through working together with Let’s Move!, these groups have provided children with healthier food and greater opportunities for physical activity in schools and communities, helped get families the information they need to make healthier decisions, supported a healthy start in early childhood, and have worked to ensure more people have access to healthy, affordable food.

    “The CIAA, its Board of Directors, member institutions, alumni, students and fans are excited to welcome First Lady, Michelle Obama to our 100th Anniversary Celebration. This is a great moment in the history of the CIAA and we are honored to share such a memorable experience with Mrs. Obama,” stated CIAA Interim Commissioner, Peggy Davis.

    For the entire article: http://www.ciaatournament.org/news/ciaa-welcomes-first-lady-michelle-obama-to-its-100th-anniversary-celebration

    CIAA http://theciaa.com/video/Livestream_embed_code

  5. CR says:

    Hiring Heros

    Hiring Our Heros
    US Chamber of Commerce

    March 2, 2012 – Colorado Springs, CO

    On March 2, 2012, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces, Department of Labor Veterans Employment and Training (DOL VETS), alongside the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other local chambers, will be conducting the Military and Veterans Employment Expo at the Goodwill Campus.

    This event will be open to employers who are committed to hiring our veterans and to veteran job seekers, active duty military members, Guard and Reserve members, and eligible spouses.

    On February 29 and March 1, the MVEE will be conducting free resume, social networking, interviewing, and hiring workshops for interested job seekers at the same location. Please visit http://www.mvee.org to register for these workshops, as well.

    March 2, 2012
    Military and Veterans Employment Expo
    Goodwill Campus
    1460 Garden of the Gods Road
    Colorado Springs, CO

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    March 2, 2012 – Philadelphia, PA

    On March 2, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, at the Philadelphia Independence Seaport Museum (211 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19106), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes, Department of Labor Veterans Employment and Training (DOL VETS), the Pennsylvania Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), and other local chambers will be conducting a Hero 2 Hired (H2H) hiring fair for active duty military members, Guard and Reserve members and eligible spouses.

    This hiring event will be a one-of-a-kind FREE hiring fair.

    This event will be open only to employers who are committed to hiring our veterans and to veteran job seekers, active duty military members, Guard and Reserve members, and eligible spouses.

    March 2, 2012
    Philadelphia Independence Seaport Museum
    211 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

  6. CR says:

    Making (Health) Insurance Plans Easier to Understand

    Don Berwick August 17, 2011

    March 2012, if you are one of the 180 million Americans with private health insurance, help is on the way to make sure you understand your health insurance.

    And this means you and your family will have an easier time accessing the health benefits you currently have–and you will be able to make a more informed decision about purchasing the coverage you need.

    Having affordable, quality health insurance is incredibly important. But how can you pick the plan that is best for you and your family if insurance plans are written in words you cannot understand or in type so small you can barely read it? And how can you take advantage of the health benefits you have if you don’t know what your plan covers?

    You’re not alone in your confusion. Too many Americans don’t have access to information in plain language to help them understand the health coverage they have.

    Now, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, every American consumer will receive an important new tool to understand their coverage. Under proposed rules announced today, health insurers and employers who offer coverage to their workers must provide you with clear and consistent information about your health plan.

    Specifically, you will have access to two important insurance forms:

    * An easy to understand Summary of Benefits and Coverage
    * A uniform Glossary of terms commonly used in health insurance coverage
    This will include basic information that every person should have, including:

    What is your annual premium?
    What is your annual deductible?
    What services are NOT covered by my policy?
    What will my costs be if I go to a provider in my network versus one that is not in my network?

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/08/17/making-insurance-plans-easier-understand

  7. CR says:

    Read Across America

    Read Across America

    NEA’s Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

    NEA’s Read Across America also provides NEA members, parents, caregivers, and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading on the calendar 365 days a year.

    In cities and towns across the nation, teachers, teenagers, librarians, politicians, actors, athletes, parents, grandparents, and others develop NEA’s Read Across America activities to bring reading excitement to children of all ages. Governors, mayors, and other elected officials recognize the role reading plays in their communities with proclamations and floor statements. Athletes and actors issue reading challenges to young readers. And teachers and principals seem to be more than happy to dye their hair green or be duct-taped to a wall if it boosts their students’ reading.

    For the entire article: http://www.nea.org/grants/13003.htm

    • CR says:

      National Education Association’s ‘Read Across America” Events

      “Read Across California” http://news.yahoo.com/california-tackles-illiteracy-rate-inauguration-read-across-ca-100313407.html

      “Read Across America” Tour – Driven by Mazda’ To Raise $1 Million for Public School Libraries http://www.mazdatestdriveoffer.com/lorax

      For more information on “Read Across America” http://www.nea.org/grants/886.htm

    • CR says:

      March 02, 2012

      Presidential Proclamation — Read Across America Day, 2012

      READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY, 2012

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      BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

      A PROCLAMATION

      From infancy through adulthood, reading enriches the human experience and illuminates the path to learning, opportunity, and success. By sharing the beauty and power of books with our children, we make a vital investment not only in their future, but also in an America that leads the world in educating its people. As we celebrate Read Across America Day in our homes, schools, and libraries, let us recommit to empowering every child with a strong start and a passion for the written word.

      The journey to literacy begins early and continues throughout childhood. Parents and caregivers can play an essential role in developing fundamental skills by reading aloud regularly, helping children explore new words and concepts, and instilling enthusiasm for language and storytelling. These first lessons help pave the way for a love of reading that can last a lifetime. As children move from the living room to the classroom, teachers, librarians, and families use books to reinforce reading proficiency and build critical thinking skills that provide the foundation for a world-class education. By working together to give our sons and daughters the tools for achievement, we lay the groundwork for growth and prosperity that will stand the test of time.

      On Read Across America Day, we also celebrate the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel — an author whose fanciful wordplay and whimsical tales continue to delight young readers around the world. Dr. Seuss’s stories evoke the unlimited potential for imagination and inspiration on the printed page, and they remind us of the countless ways reading enhances our lives. Today, we reaffirm our commitment to raising a generation of avid learners and bringing an outstanding education within reach for every child.

      NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 2, 2012, as Read Across America Day. I call upon children, families, educators, librarians, public officials, and all the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this second day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

      BARACK OBAMA

  8. CR says:

    US soccer<br />

    March 2, 2012
    U.S. Women vs. Norway Women
    10 a.m. ET
    Estadio Municipal
    Lagos, Portugal

    • CR says:

      U.S. WNT Nets 2-1 Win Against Norway in Algarve Cup

      Abby Wambach and Sydney Leroux each scored a goal as the U.S. held off Norway for a 2-1 victory in Group B play at the Algarve Cup on Friday in Lagos, Portugal.

      March 2, 2012 ussoccer.com

      LAGOS, Portugal (March 2, 2012) – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Norway 2-1 on Friday in Group B play of the 2012 Algarve Cup at Municipal Stadium. Abby Wambach and Sydney Leroux provided the USA scoring in the 51st and 81st minutes before Norway’s Elise Thorsnes salvaged a goal three minutes into second-half stoppage time.

      For more information: http://www.ussoccer.com/News/Womens-National-Team/2012/03/US-WNT-Tops-Norway-in-Algarve-Cup.aspx

  9. Kat 4 Obama says:

    I cheer our women’s soccer team and the Obama’s Administration’s commitment to making us a healthier, safer, stronger, more united and more prosperous nation!

  10. Kat 4 Obama says:

    SeattlePI.com calls Limbaugh a “right-wing mound of sound” and reports how Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) smacked him down on MSNBC for his nasty slur on the law student who wasn’t allowed to testify on women’s health coverage before Rep. Daryl Issa’s (R-CA) committee.

    (Cantwell said) “There is no call for those kinds of comments. They are very inappropriate and they should be repudiated by lots of people. This is about something that women have fought for and guaranteed the right to get access.”

    http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/2012/03/01/cantwell-smacks-down-rush-limbaugh/

    Maria is up for re-election this year — of course she has my vote!

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      And a lot of other votes too, says the PI:

      A new statewide survey by Public Policy Polling concludes that Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., is “safe for reelection,” with what these days passes for a pretty strong job approval rating for a member of Congress.

      In match-ups, Cantwell has a 51-36 percent lead over announced Republican challenger State Sen. Michael Baumgartner, and is running 50-36 percent ahead of rumored (but lying low) foe Seattle Port Commissioner Bill Bryant….

      http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/2012/02/24/cantwell-safe-for-reelection-poll/

      Still, I don’t think we should ever take anything for granted. Voters need to turn out for Democrats!

    • CR says:

      Obama phones woman called ‘slut’ by Limbaugh

      3/2/12 1:21 PM EST By JENNIFER EPSTEIN – POLITICO44

      The young woman who was called a “slut” by Rush Limbaugh got a call Friday from President Obama who voiced support for her pro-birth control advocacy.

      “He encouraged me and supported me and thanked me for speaking out about the concerns of American women,” Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke said on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.” She got the call from Obama while in a green room waiting to appear on the show.

      “What was really personal for me was that he said to tell my parents that they should be proud and that meant a lot because Rush Limbaugh questioned whether or not my family would be proud of me,” Fluke said. “So I just appreciated that very much.”

      Soon after she appeared on TV, Fluke also thanked Obama on her Twitter account. “Thank you @BARACKOBAMA for your call and words of support. It means so much to me and millions of women! #WeWillNotBeSilenced,” she wrote.

      Fluke testified in support of the Obama administration’s rules on contraceptives in an unofficial hearing chaired by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) after Republicans kept her off what turned out to be an all-male panel testifying against the rules

      White House press secretary Jay Carney said that the president called Fluke because “he wanted to express his disappointment that she has been the subject of inappropriate personal attacks.”

      Carney said it was “a very good conversation” that lasted several minutes. The president “like a lot of people feels the kinds of personal attacks that have been directed her way are inappropriate, the fact that our political discourse has become debased is bad enough.”

      Limbaugh mentioned Fluke on his show Wednesday. “What does it say about the college co-ed Susan [sic] Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her?” the conservative talker said.“It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex. What does that make us? We’re the pimps.”

      Carney said Obama was aware of Limbaugh’s comments, which the press secretary called “reprehensible.”

      He added: “It is disappointing that those kinds of personal and crude attacks could be leveled against someone like this young law school student who was simply expressing her opinion on a matter of public policy and doing so with a great deal of poise.”

      Limbaugh said on his show Friday that Obama was “so compassionate” to call Fluke. “Obama just called Sandra Fluke to make sure that she was alright, aw,” the host said. “What a great guy. The president called her to make sure she’s OK. What is she, 30 years old? Thirty years old, student at Georgetown Law who admits to having so much sex she can’t afford it.”

  11. CR says:

    Education Now: Cities at the Forefront of Reform

    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Joins Mayors Bloomberg, Villaraigosa and Emanuel for “Education Now: Cities at the Forefront of Reform”
    UPDATE: This event will be webcasted live at 10 a.m. ET. To watch, go to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/education-department. Viewers are also invited to join the conversation on Twitter at #EdCities.

  12. CR says:

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

  13. CR says:

    Nope, more drilling won’t bring back $2.50 gasoline

    3/01/2012 Brad Plumer – washingtonpost

    On the campaign trail, Newt Gingrich keeps insisting that if America drilled for more oil, we could return to the days of $2.50-per-gallon gasoline. Michael Conathan says this is dubious, noting that drilling has been booming since 2009, yet gas prices keep rising:

    drilling_gas_prices_chart

    Why is this? Because oil prices are set on a world market, and there are a whole bunch of factors that affect prices. A healthier global economy means more global demand for oil. That pushes prices up. A new wave of middle-class consumers in China and India have been replacing their bikes with automobiles. That pushes prices up. Oil fields are declining in countries like Mexico. That pushes prices up. Saudi Arabia seems to be running low on spare capacity. That pushes prices up. Tensions in Iran have prompted traders to set oil aside for potential supply disruptions in the future. That pushes prices up.

    For the entire article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/why-more-drilling-wont-lower-gas-prices/2012/03/01/gIQALNBtkR_blog.html

  14. CR says:

    Romney’s and Obama’s tax plans, in one chart

    03/01/2012 Brad Plumer and Ezra Klein – washingtonpost

    The Tax Policy Center has just released its analysis of Mitt Romney’s newest tax proposal. That certainly calls for a chart. So here are Romney’s and Obama’s tax plans, side by side:

    change_in_tax-rates_romney_vs_obama

    Note that the Tax Policy Center could only conduct a partial analysis of Romney’s tax plan. That’s because Romney’s proposal itself is incomplete. He’s said that he wants to scrap various deductions in the tax code, particularly for high earners, in order to broaden the tax base. But he hasn’t offered any details about which deductions he’d scrap or how, so there wasn’t anything for the Tax Policy Center to analyze.

    Based on the details Romney has provided so far, his plan would lower tax rates for the top quintile by 5.4 percent, saving the wealthiest an average of $16,134. (The top 1 percent of earners, meanwhile, would save an average of $149,997.) The lowest fifth of earners, by contrast, would see a small tax increase of 1.3 percent under Romney’s plan, owing the federal government an additional $143 extra on average.

    Obama’s tax proposal, meanwhile, would keep tax rates roughly the same except for married couples making over $250,000 per year (or single earners making more than $200,000 per year). On average, under Obama’s plan, the top 1 percent would be paying about $87,173 more per year.

  15. CR says:

    11:30 AM EST
    First Lady Michelle Obama travels to Raleigh-Durham International Airport to meet with active duty and veteran service members along with their families
    Raleigh, NC

  16. CR says:

    West Wing Week: 2/24/12 – 3/1/12 or “That’s Worth Fighting For”

    Uploaded by whitehouse on Mar 1, 2012

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President honored the resurgence of the American auto industry, challenged governors to invest in education, held a dinner honoring Iraq War Veterans, hosted the Prime Minister of Denmark and urged Congress to end subsidies for oil and gas companies during a trip to New Hampshire. That’s February 24th to March 1st or “That’s Worth Fighting For.”

  17. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good and HOPEful Friday, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

  18. CR says:

    Nine New Administrative Patent Judges Will Help Entrepreneurs Turn Ideas Into Jobs

    Rebecca Blank March 02, 2012 12:34 PM EST

    As part of our ongoing efforts to make government more accountable to the American people and cut wasteful spending, yesterday I had the honor of swearing in nine new administrative patent judges who will help reduce patent backlogs. These nine talented and dynamic individuals will serve on the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), joining the dedicated public servants at USPTO who support millions of jobs in the intellectual property industry.

    Today, a high share of companies regularly relying on robust intellectual property (IP) protections to attract investor capital and stay competitive. These IP-intensive firms create an average of three million U.S. jobs per year. More than ever, we must be efficient and effective in helping entrepreneurs protect their intellectual property.

    America’s entrepreneurs are the primary source of new ideas that drive innovation. Entrepreneurs provide us with better production processes, new advances in health, and improved consumer products. These are people who can move from ideas to products and from products to the marketplace. These activities strengthen our economy and our global competitiveness. And they create jobs.These new administrative jurists will directly help to reduce backlogs that prevent game-changing ideas from breaking through. Specifically, they will help with the new in-house review process for challenging patents that have already been granted. This process is faster and less expensive than litigation.

    The new review process is part of a larger set of patent modernization efforts that are part of the recently-enacted America Invents Act. USPTO has already implemented seven provisions of this federal legislation–all on time. This new law is helping to provide America’s entrepreneurs with better service through smarter tools, streamlined processes, and fewer barriers. As a result, we are increasing the confidence that everyone places in America’s patent system. Even prior to the enactment of the America Invents Act, USPTO cut the patent application backlog by approximately 10 percent as the volume of applications filed increase by approximately 5 percent, between 2009 and 2011.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/03/02/nine-new-administrative-patent-judges-will-help-entrepreneurs-turn-ideas-jobs

  19. CR says:

    March 02, 2012

    Message — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to the Situation in Zimbabwe

    TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES:

    Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date. In accordance with this provision, I have sent to the Federal Register for publication the enclosed notice stating that the national emergency with respect to the actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Zimbabwe and other persons to undermine Zimbabwe’s democratic processes or institutions is to continue in effect beyond March 6, 2012.

    The crisis constituted by the actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Zimbabwe and other persons to undermine Zimbabwe’s democratic processes or institutions has not been resolved. These actions and policies continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States. For these reasons, I have determined that it is necessary to continue this national emergency and to maintain in force the sanctions to respond to this threat.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/02/message-continuation-national-emergency-respect-situation-zimbabwe

    • CR says:

      March 02, 2012

      Notice — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to the Situation in Zimbabwe

      NOTICE

      CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT

      TO THE SITUATION IN ZIMBABWE

      On March 6, 2003, by Executive Order 13288, the President declared a national emergency and blocked the property of persons undermining democratic processes or institutions in Zimbabwe, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706). He took this action to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States constituted by the actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Zimbabwe and other persons to undermine Zimbabwe’s democratic processes or institutions. These actions and policies have contributed to the deliberate breakdown in the rule of law in Zimbabwe, to politically motivated violence and intimidation in that country, and to political and economic instability in the southern African region.

      On November 22, 2005, the President issued Executive Order 13391 to take additional steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13288 by ordering the blocking of the property of additional persons undermining democratic processes or institutions in Zimbabwe.

      On July 25, 2008, the President issued Executive Order 13469, which expanded the scope of the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13288 and ordered the blocking of the property of additional persons undermining democratic processes or institutions in Zimbabwe.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/02/notice-continuation-national-emergency-respect-situation-zimbabwe

  20. CR says:

    1:00 PM EST
    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a Democratic National Committee event
    City Center Marrio, Raleigh, NC

    • CR says:

      March 02, 2012

      Remarks by the First Lady at a Campaign Event

      Raleigh Marriott City Center
      Raleigh, North Carolina

      1:06 P.M. EST

      MRS. OBAMA: Wow! This is good stuff. (Applause.) Oh, my goodness! Yes, indeed! Yes, we can! (Applause.) Yes, we will. You all, thank you so much. Please, rest yourselves — because we want all that energy for November. (Laughter.) So just rest yourselves.

      It is a true pleasure and an honor to be with all of you back in North Carolina. We’re going to be spending a lot of time in this state, and we are happy about that. (Applause.)

      I want to start with just a few thank-yous. I want to thank Eliza for that very kind introduction, but more importantly, for her passion, her leadership in the College Democrats, both here in North Carolina and across the country. It is that kind of young leadership, right, that really makes the difference in our country. And if anybody is worried about the future of this country, you look to people like Eliza and you know that we are in good hands. (Applause.)

      I also want to recognize Governor Perdue. Now, she was here earlier, but she’s going to be spending the day with me across the state, so she had to jump ahead. But we’re thrilled that she could join us today. And we’ll be (inaudible) part of the day with me as well.

      I also want to acknowledge today’s other panelists as well: Secretary of State Elaine Marshall — yes, indeed — (applause) — and I heard that panel was awesome — Janet Cowell, and Cynthia Marshall, as well as Simone Ward. Let’s give them all a wonderful round of applause. (Applause.)

      And of course, I want to thank all of you for taking the time out of your busy lives to join us today.

      And of course, I have to give a big shoutout to our Host Committee, because this is a sold-out event. You guys did a great job. I want our Host Committee to stand up, let’s see you guys. Round of applause to everyone who helped out on this event. (Applause.) I would say this event is a success, right? Yes.

      But thank you all again.

      Now, I know that there is a reason why you all are here. And it’s not just to hang out with me, although I love hanging out with all of you. (Applause.) But you’re also here because I know that we stand at a fundamental crossroads for our country. And I know you’re here because you know that in less than a year from now — already; November is coming — we are going to make a choice that will impact our lives for decades to come.

      And I know you’re here because you know that choice won’t just affect all of us, but it’s going to affect our children, it’s going to affect our grandchildren, and it’s going to affect the world that we leave behind for them long after we’re gone. And that’s really why I am here. I am going to be out on the road all over the country. That is why I am doing this.

      As First Lady, I have had the privilege, the honor of traveling all across this magnificent country, meeting with folks from all different backgrounds and hearing what’s going on in their daily lives. That is really the — one of the beautiful things about my role. But every day, I do hear about the struggles that people are facing — the bills they’re trying to pay, the businesses people are trying to keep afloat. And I hear about how people are doing everything they can in their power to keep it all together. They’re taking the extra shift. They’re working the extra job. They’re saving and they’re sacrificing, many people never spending a dime on themselves because they desperately want something better for their kids.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/02/remarks-first-lady-campaign-event

  21. CR says:

    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

  22. CR says:

    2:20 PM EST
    President Obama visits with wounded service members at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland

    • CR says:

      Obama awards 8 Purple Hearts

      3/2/12 By JENNIFER EPSTEIN – POLITICO44

      President Obama visited wounded service members Friday afternoon at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and, the White House said, awarded eight Purple Hearts.

      Obama made his first trip of the year to the Maryland military facility and met with 27wounded service members – 11 soldiers, 14 Marines, 1 sailor and 1 NATO forces member. One was injured in Iraq and the rest were injured in Afghanistan.

      When Obama was last at Walter Reed, in October, he visited more than three dozen people and awarded four Purple Hearts.

  23. CR says:

    Next Up…

    3:30 PM EST
    First Lady Michelle Obama will join North Carolina school children for a Let’s Move! pre-game event during the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Tournament and 100th Anniversary celebration
    Charlotte, NC

    CIAA http://theciaa.com/video/Livestream_embed_code

    • CR says:

      March 02, 2012

      Remarks by the First Lady at CIAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Let’s Move! Pre-Game Event

      Time Warner Cable Arena
      Charlotte, North Carolina

      3:44 P.M. EST

      MRS. OBAMA: Thank you all so much. (Applause.) I am not going to talk long because we’re here to be moving around.

      But I am thrilled to be here at the CIAA Tournament. I mean, this — it’s great to be in Charlotte. When I knew I was going to be in Charlotte and we heard that this tournament was going on, we thought, we’ve got to be a part of this in some way, shape or form. (Applause.) So this was a happy coincidence. North Carolina has been just a phenomenal state. Kay has been a terrific supporter.

      But many of you know that one of my major initiatives is Let’s Move!, where we’re focused on trying to get our kids healthy and active. Because we need them to be on point to be the next generation that handles all of these challenges, and we need you to be doing that with some good food in your bodies and being able to move. And there’s no better way than basketball to illustrate that point.

      As you all know, we are a basketball family. My husband is a crazy fanatic about basketball. And what better way to let kids have some fun than to run around out here on the court? And that’s exactly what we’re going to do today.

      We’ve got some great kids here. They’ve got a lot of energy, they’re going to do a phenomenal relay race. We are cheering them all on. We are so proud of you all for moving. These kids are not just athletic, they’re doing sports, they’re doing music. But they’re also getting good grades, as I understand, which is the most important thing. (Applause.)

      So we’re just delighted to be here, you all. I hope you all — and I want to say congratulations and good luck to all the teams who are playing. We are so proud of you, especially our ladies. There’s nothing like — (applause) — yes, indeed, we are proud of you all. Just keep it going.

      But the one thing I want you all to remember is while you are doing your sports, you’ve got to be on top of your grades, correct?

      AUDIENCE: Yes!

      MRS. OBAMA: You’ve got to be on top of your grades, we got that?

      So with that, I will turn it over. I think it’s time for us to get started. So let’s move!

      END
      3:47 P.M. EST

    • CR says:

      flotus_ciaa_lets_move

      First lady Michelle Obama promotes anti-obesity campaign between games at CIAA tournament

      3/2/12 By Associated Press

      CHARLOTTE, N.C. — For a few minutes Friday, first lady Michelle Obama turned the hardwood floor at the Time Warner Arena into an elementary school gym.

      Obama was in North Carolina for two Democratic Party events in Raleigh and Charlotte.

      But before those fundraisers, she promoted the “Let’s Move!” fitness program with children from two Charlotte elementary schools. It took place after the first women’s basketball game at the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament.

      Obama walked to midcourt and addressed the crowd about her national anti-obesity campaign. She touted basketball as a way to keep active.

      “We need them to be the next generation to handle challenges,” she said.

      She promised she wouldn’t talk long because “we’re going to be moving around.”

      “There’s no better way than basketball to illustrate the point (of staying healthy.) We are a basketball family and my husband is a crazy fanatic about basketball,” she said.

      Obama and Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., then took part as students from two Charlotte elementary schools competed in a relay. After the students ran the length of the court and jumped rope, Obama and Hagan tossed them basketballs so they could take shots. Afterward, Obama hugged some of the children to cheers from the crowd attending the conference tournament.

      For the entire article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/first-lady-michelle-obama-promotes-anti-obesity-campaign-between-games-at-ciaa-tournament/2012/03/02/gIQAQHKSnR_story.html

  24. CR says:

    March 02, 2012

    Statement by the President on the Retirement of Representative Norm Dicks

    I want to thank Norm Dicks for more than 30 years of service on behalf of the people of Washington State. Norm has spent his career working to protect our national security, championing the men and women of our Armed Forces and fighting for the many natural resources of Washington State and the Pacific Northwest. Norm’s dedication to our nation’s intelligence personnel and his leadership on the Appropriations Committee will be missed in Congress and Michelle and I wish him and family well in the future.

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      About CD 6, from Rep. Dicks’s website:

      The Sixth Congressional District extends from Tacoma, located 30 miles south of Seattle, across the Tacoma Narrows to Kitsap, Mason, Grays Harbor, Jefferson and Clallam Counties, encompassing the Olympic Peninsula and most of the western coast of Washington State. It includes downtown and North Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, Bremerton, Port Townsend, Sequim, Port Angeles, Forks, Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Montesano and Shelton. Tacoma has a thriving Port district, and international trade is an important economic force in the port cities of Hoquiam, Aberdeen and Port Angeles. Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, located in Bremerton, is the largest employer in Kitsap County. The 6th District has a large military presence, bordered by McChord Air Force Base and Fort Lewis, and including the Naval Shipyard and Naval Station in Bremerton. The Sixth District also contains a large Coast Guard presence, including search and rescue stations, an air station, and a number of Coast Guard cutters. One of the environmental highlights of the 6th District is Olympic National Park, which annually ranks near the top of the National Park System in visitor attendance.

      http://www.house.gov/dicks/aboutdist.shtml

  25. CR says:

    US soccer<br />

    March 2, 2012

    U.S. Women vs. Norway Women

    US wins 2-1

    See post at the top of the thread for more information

  26. CR says:

    Silicon Valley companies grapple with rising costs in China

    3/1/12 By John Boudreau – mercurynews.com

    The price to make Silicon Valley gadgets and computers in China — the assembly line for the global tech industry — is going up, forcing tech companies to rejigger supply chains to contain costs and to consider charging more for electronic devices.

    With millions of Americans out of work, some hope the soaring salaries and other rising costs across the Pacific will trigger a renaissance in low-cost manufacturing in the United States. That is not expected to happen any time soon, experts say. But there is mounting concern among tech executives in the fiercely competitive gadget and PC markets.

    “Costs are rising across the board,” said Sung Won Sohn, an economics professor at Cal State Channel Islands.

    Prices of imports from China rose 3.6 percent in 2011, the highest uptick on record, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    “This is a long-term shift and it’s going to continue,” said Shaun Rein, managing director of Shanghai-based China Market Research Group, who just published a new book, “The End of Cheap China.”

    “Last year, 21 of China’s 31 provinces increased the minimum wage on average 22 percent,” he said. “Americans will have to pay more when they shop at Best Buy or companies like HP will have to squeeze margins and become less profitable. So what’s happening is companies are trying to change their supply chain.”

    Foxconn Technology Group, which assembles iPads, Hewlett-Packard

    (HPQ) laptops and many other devices in China, recently announced wage increases of as much as 25 percent for its workers. That will raise the monthly salary of many workers to about $400, not including overtime. It was the third pay hike since 2010, though assembly-line workers in China still make a fraction of the $2,200 a month typically paid for similar work in the United States.

    The pay increases in China came as the nonprofit Fair Labor Association performed on-the-ground inspections of Apple (AAPL) supplier Foxconn at Apple’s request. Foxconn, which employs more than 1 million workers in China, has come under pressure after a number of employee suicides in 2010 and a plant explosion that killed four employees last year.

    Last week, HP Chief Executive Meg Whitman said rising wages in China, in particular, could affect the global electronics industry.

    “If Foxconn’s labor costs go up, their product cost to us will go up,” she told Reuters. “But that will be an industrywide phenomenon, and then we have to decide how much do we pass on to our customers versus how much cost do we absorb.”

    Wages, which remain a relatively small piece of the total cost of computing devices, are merely one of the rising costs in China.

    Foreign companies with operations there are also getting squeezed by the rising value of China’s currency. Although the United States and other Western countries complain that China has traditionally held down the value of the yuan to make its exports cheaper and Chinese companies more competitive against foreign companies, the currency has nonetheless appreciated about 35 percent since 2005, Sohn noted.

    “This year, I expect appreciation of the yuan to be up about 2.5 to 3 percent,” he said.

    Also contributing to rising costs is the Chinese government’s new requirement that multinationals provide pensions for workers.

    And the prices of some metals are increasing, as well as fees tied to regulations. Meanwhile, hard-disk drives have become more expensive because of floods in Thailand, which devastated many factories.

    Increasing costs “could be a big deal” for companies like HP and Dell, said Shaw Wu, analyst at Sterne Agee & Leach.

    During its most recent quarterly financial report, Hewlett-Packard reported a decline in sales and a sharp drop in profit. About 30 percent of its business is “exposed” to the cutthroat global PC industry, Wu said. So increased costs could further pinch profits. Dell, which relies on computer sales for about 70 percent of its business, faces even more pressure, he said.

    Apple, though, could sidestep much of the pain because it’s not competing solely on price, Wu said.

    “If you look at Apple’s products, they are priced at premium,” he said. “They have higher margins. The other (competitors’) products are more commodity products. They are more price sensitive.”

    Jim Handy, principal analyst at Objective Analysis, said Apple can use its market dominance in certain products to drive down costs.

    “They have phenomenal clout,” he said.
    If the company were to pass along increased costs, it would probably result in slightly diminished upgrades of next-generation products rather than price hikes, Handy said.

    For now, China retains its position at the epicenter of tech manufacturing. Foxconn, which has opened a factory in Vietnam, maintains the bulk of its operations in China but is shifting operations from the pricey southeastern region of the country to inland locations, such as Chengdu, where wages are much lower.

    “If you want to ship something from Chengdu, it’s the same as if you were shipping it from Shanghai,” said Lester Lee, CEO of Sunnyvale-based Recortec, which makes high-end computers used to operate factories and has extensive ties to Asia. “That little extra distance doesn’t make much of a difference in airfreight costs.”

    “If you are a Nike or an apparel company, you are moving out of China,” Rein said. “But if you are a computer- or iPhone-maker — anything higher up on the assembly difficulty level — you can’t shift production outside of China. The other (Asian) countries just don’t have the worker productivity and world-class infrastructure that is needed.”

    There have been a few examples of low-end manufacturing returning to the United States, Sohn said, particularly in the apparel industry.

    Nonetheless, constructing acres of factory floors for low-end manufacturing in the United States doesn’t make economic sense, said Oded Shenkar, a professor of business management at the Ohio State University and author of “Copycats: How Smart Companies Use Imitation to Gain a Strategic Edge,” and who visits China regularly.

  27. CR says:

    Next Up…

    5:15 PM EST
    President Obama delivers remarks at a conservation event “Growing America’s Outdoor Heritage and Economy,” at the Department of the Interior

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/Pres-Obama-Visits-NH-to-Discuss-Energy-Security/10737428672/

    • CR says:

      March 02, 2012

      Remarks by the President at Conservation Conference

      Department of Interior
      Washington, D.C.

      5:32 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Everybody, have a seat. Have a seat. (Applause.) Well, it is good to have all of you in here. Welcome to Washington.

      I want to thank Ken Salazar for the introduction. Did everybody know that it’s his birthday today? (Laughter.) All right — has he milked that enough? (Laughter.) I just want to make sure everybody wished him a happy birthday. Turning 40 is tough. (Laughter.)

      We’ve also got our outstanding Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, in the house. (Applause.) Our wonderful EPA Administrator, Lisa Jackson, is with us. (Applause.) And I want to thank all of you for being a part of this conference.

      Now, I have to say that this is a pretty diverse group here today. We’ve got hunters and fishermen; we’ve got farmers and ranchers; we’ve got conservationists; we’ve got small business owners; we’ve got local government leaders; we’ve got tribal leaders. And some of you may have just wandered in — I don’t know. (Laughter.) But you’re all here for the same reason. Each of you has a deep appreciation for the incredible natural resources, the incredible bounty that we’ve been blessed with as a nation. And you’re working hard every day to make sure those resources are around for my daughters and your children and hopefully their children to enjoy.

      Doing that takes creativity. The great Aldo Leopold once said that conservation is “a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution.” It’s not just about doing nothing; it’s about doing something affirmative to make sure that we are passing on this incredible blessing that we have. And you also know that effective conservation is about more than just protecting our environment — it’s about strengthening our economy. When we put in place new common-sense rules to reduce air pollution, like we did in December, it was to prevent our kids from breathing in dangerous chemicals. That’s something we should all be able to agree on. But it will also create new jobs, building and installing all sorts of pollution control technology. And since it will prevent thousands of heart attacks and cases of childhood asthma, it will also take some strain off our health care system.

      When we make a commitment to restore a million acres of grasslands and wetlands and wildlife habitat — like the Department of Agriculture and Interior did today — we’re not just preserving our land and water for the next generation. We’re also making more land available for hunting and fishing. And we’re bolstering an outdoor economy that supports more than 9 million jobs and brings in more than a trillion dollars a year. (Applause.)

      And when we make it easier to visit this country — like we’ve done recently at accelerating the process for foreign travelers to get visas — we’re not just boosting tourism in big cities and places like Disney World. We’re helping more people discover our parks and our mountains and our beaches. And more visitors means more people renting cars and staying in hotels and eating at our restaurants and buying our equipment.

      So the work you’re doing today is important if we’re going to grow our economy and put more people back to work. But conservation is also important when it comes to another issue that I’ve been talking about lately, and that’s developing new sources of American-made energy.

      Obviously, gas prices are on a lot of folks’ minds right now. And we’re getting another painful reminder of why developing new energy is so important for our future. Of course, because it’s an election year, everybody is trotting out their 3-point plans for $2.00 gas. And you know what that involves, is you drill and then you drill and then you drill some more. We’ve heard this for 30 years.

      The American people know better. They understand we can’t just drill our way out of high gas prices. We’re doing everything we can to boost U.S. production. But if we’re going to take control of our energy future and avoid these gas price spikes in the future, then we’ve got to have a sustained, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy -– yes, oil and gas, but also wind and solar and biofuels, and more.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/02/remarks-president-conservation-conference

    • CR says:

      Growing America’s Outdoor Heritage and Economy

      Secretary Ken Salazar March 02, 2012

      There is no doubt that our nation’s public lands – national parks, refuges, waterways and open spaces – are economic engines that produce and support jobs across the country.

      On Tuesday, a report issued by the National Park Service showed that visitors to the National Park System contributed more than $31 billion to local economies and supported 258,000 jobs in 2010, an increase of $689 million and 11,500 jobs over 2009.

      These are incredible numbers – and just a slice of the pie when it comes to the economic contributions of our public lands. For example, recreation in national parks, refuges, and other public lands led to nearly $55 billion and 440,000 jobs in 2009.

      That’s part of the reason that President Obama called on his administration to take actions to promote travel and tourism in the United States. Investing in our parks and public lands and promoting them to visitors, especially internationally, is one way we can make the United States – with all its natural, historic and cultural assets – the top tourist destination in the world. International travel to the U.S. already supports 1.2 million jobs alone, so our efforts will help bolster job creation.

      This is one of the topics we’re discussing today at the White House Conference on Conservation where President Obama and senior members of his Cabinet are meeting with conservation leaders from across the country to strengthen partnerships and identify next steps in advancing community-driven conservation, preservation and outdoor recreation initiatives that are building strong local economies and healthy lands, waters and wildlife.

      The White House conference – Growing America’s Outdoor Heritage and Economy – is bringing together hundreds of boaters, hunters, anglers, farmers, ranchers, land conservationists, historic preservationists, outdoor recreationists, small business owners, local governments, tribal leaders and other key stakeholders from around the nation.

      The Obama administration has already made great strides on conservation. And, together with our local communities across the country, we can continue the march of progress in implementing President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative to create a conservation and outdoor recreation agenda for the 21st century.

    • CR says:

      happy birthday

      Happy Birthday Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar!

  28. CR says:

    5:30 PM EST
    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at two Democratic National Convention Committee events, joined by singer, James Taylor
    Ballantyne Hotel,
    Charlotte, NC.

    • CR says:

      March 02, 2012

      Remarks by the First Lady at a Democratic National Convention Committee Event

      Ballantyne Hotel
      Charlotte, North Carolina

      5:42 P.M. EST

      MRS. OBAMA: Oh, my goodness. Thank you so much. (Applause.) You all, rest yourselves. Thank you. Thank you so much. It is truly just a pleasure and a joy and an honor to be here with all of you in the Queen City.

      I want to start by thanking Mayor Foxx for that very kind introduction. Thank you for sharing your story. It was wonderful to meet your mom and your grandma, too, and that history is very profound and it’s something that we should all stay focused on. That’s why Charlotte is so special. It’s that community. It’s that history. But thank you for your leadership and thank you for being here today.

      I also want to thank Governor Perdue, who’s here. How are you? (Applause.) I also have to thank my basketball buddy today, Senator Kay Hagan — we were hanging out at the CIAA today. (Applause.) We didn’t actually shoot hoops, but we cheered some little people on and it was a lot of fun. We also have Congressmen Mel Watt, and Larry Kissell, and G.K. Butterfield, who are here somewhere — maybe they didn’t — there they are. (Applause.) Thank you, guys. Thank you so much. You all will be sick of me before September. We’ll be seeing a lot of each other. (Laughter.)

      And I also want to thank and recognize host committee co-chair Jim Rogers. (Applause.) He was telling me that he saw the President last night, in New York, and he told — the President told you to take care of me. So when I get — I told him when I got home safely I’d tell him that it was all because of you, Jim. (Laughter.) But thank you so much for your work. This is a wonderful event and I’m glad I could be here.

      And of course, I want to give a special hello to dear friends of ours who have just been so amazing throughout this wonderful journey — the legendary James Taylor, his wife Kim and their family. I want to thank them for performing tonight. (Applause.) And they have their two fabulous sons here who I just met. They’re terrific — handsome and tall, too. I like that in you. And they promised me they would be fluent in French in a month. (Laughter.) Setting the bar high; putting you on the spot. But thank you, thank you. You all are terrific. I know everybody enjoyed the performance and they will — those who will be joining us later.

      And finally, I want to thank all of you. Thank you for being here tonight. Thank you for your commitment to this city and to this state. And most of all, thank you for supporting the convention that we’ll be holding here in September.

      And I don’t know about you, but for me, it is hard to believe that 2012 is here already and the convention is just six months away, because it seems like it was just yesterday when Barack and I were beginning this journey.

      And I have to say, I have to be honest with you, that when Barack first started talking about running for President, I was a little hesitant about the idea. Malia and Sasha were very young then. They were 10 and seven — no, it was even — they were even younger than that. They were babies. And I was worried about the toll that the process would take on our family. And I’m sure, like a lot of folks, I still had some cynicism about politics. So to say that it took some convincing on Barack’s part is a bit of an understatement. And even as I began to travel around the country, I was still a little uneasy about the whole “President thing” — that’s what Malia called it throughout. It was like, “Dad still doing that President thing?” (Laughter.)

      But something happened during those first few months on the campaign trail that changed me. I realized right from the beginning that all this wasn’t just about handshakes and photo ops and stump speeches. It was really about those one-on-one conversations that you get to have with your fellow Americans in living rooms and on back porches, where you can really get to know people. And that’s something that I hadn’t expected.

      And as I traveled the country, I would have the privilege of hearing about what was going on in people’s lives, hearing about their hopes and their dreams, their worries, their struggles. Folks would tell me about the businesses that they were trying to keep afloat; about the homes that they loved but could no longer afford; about the child in their life that was so smart, who could be anything she wanted, if she could just get to college, if they could just afford that tuition.

      And truly, these stories moved me in a way that was so unexpected. And more than anything else, these stories were familiar to me. They reminded me of my own family’s stories. They reminded me of Barack’s family’s stories.

      And the folks I met weren’t content to just talk about the challenges that they were facing. They wanted to act. They wanted to get involved. They wanted to do their part. They wanted to be a critical part of this democratic process. And many of them were doing it for the very first time. Some for the first time in years, some for the first time ever.

      And that’s why I’m so proud to be here today. Because that spirit of engagement, that belief that everyone has a role to play — that is what’s truly driving this convention. For instance, I know the convention team has been reaching out to people online, asking folks to share their ideas about how we can make this whole process most open and accessible for people. I know that there are plans to engage as many as 10,000 volunteers, many of them right from the Charlotte community. And like Mayor Foxx said, the funding for all of these efforts comes only through the support of people like all of you. So there’s a lot happening to make sure that everyone feels welcomed and included here in Charlotte this September.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/02/remarks-first-lady-democratic-national-convention-committee-event

    • CR says:

      March 02, 2012
      Remarks by the First Lady at a Democratic National Convention Committee Event

      Ballantyne Hotel
      Charlotte, North Carolina

      6:43 P.M. EST

      MRS. OBAMA: Oh, my goodness. You all are amazing! (Applause.) Rest yourselves. Rest yourselves. The music is playing. It’s a party. You all been having a good time?

      AUDIENCE: Yes!

      MRS. OBAMA: Good. (Laughter.) Well, there’s more to come. There is more to come. The Mayor was the warm-up act for me. I’m the warm-up act for James Taylor. (Applause.) So we are very excited.

      Let me just begin by thanking you so much. It is a pleasure and an honor and a joy for me to be with you here in the Queen City. Yes, indeed. Very excited to be here. (Applause.)

      I want to start by thanking your amazing mayor, Mayor Foxx, for that very kind introduction. (Applause.) But more importantly, for taking the time to be here with me. He spent a little while with me, and that’s a good thing. He’s busy doing a great job. I got a chance to meet his mom and his grandma; they are gorgeous women, and it’s just terrific that he shared that story. It’s just such a — it’s a insightful tale about the importance of this city and this state. So I am grateful to him.

      I want to thank a few people — not sure who else is still here, but I want to make sure that I recognize Governor Perdue, who’s been with me this entire day. She’s been terrific. (Applause.) As well as Senator Kay Hagan — we got to run around with some kids — (applause) — this afternoon at the CIAA. We were playing some — we weren’t playing basketball, we were encouraging basketball. (Laughter.)

      And also Congressmen G.K. Butterfield — I don’t know if he’s still here, but he’s been hanging out. There he is. He’s been handing out with me. (Applause.) Thank you for your leadership and for hanging out with me as well.

      And of course, again, I want to give a special shoutout to the legendary James Taylor as well as his wife, Kim, who will be performing here just a little bit later. (Applause.) They have been fabulous to us and for us throughout this journey, both James and Kim. And it will be just a tremendous night, and I’m a little bit jealous. (Laughter.) Because I got to get home after this. (Laughter.) So you guys enjoy for me.

      And finally, I want to thank all of you — truly, I want to thank you. Thank you for being here tonight. Thank you for your commitment to this city and this state. And most of all, thank you for supporting the convention that we’ll be holding here in September. It’s going to be good! It’s going to be so good! (Applause.)

      Now, I don’t know about you, but I cannot believe that 2012 is here already. (Laughter.) I mean, the convention is six months away. So it is coming. It seems like just yesterday when Barack and I were beginning this journey. It seems like just yesterday.

      And I have to be honest with you, when Barack first started talking about running for President, I was a little hesitant about the idea. (Laughter.) The girls were very young at the time, and I know they are growing before your very eyes but they were little babies. You remember at the inauguration? They were so cute. (Laughter.) Malia is here now, looking me in the eye; it’s very scary.

      But they were very young, and I was worried about the toll that this process would take on our family. And a lot of folks — like a lot of folks, I had a little cynicism about politics. So to say that it took some convincing on Barack’s part would be an understatement. (Laughter.) It took a lot of convincing. And even as I began to travel around the country, I was still a little uneasy about the whole “President thing” — that’s what Malia would call it when she was little. She was like, “Is Dad still doing that President thing?” (Laughter.) It was like, “Yep, he’s still doing that President thing.” (Laughter.)

      But something happened during those first few months out there on the campaign that changed me. I realized from the beginning that this whole process wasn’t just about handshakes and photo ops and stump speeches. I realized that it was more about those one-on-one kind of conversations that you get to have with people when you’re out there going from state to state, when you’re going into people’s communities and into their homes. And people welcome you in just some incredible ways. People who don’t even know you before Barack Obama — people were letting us come in their house and talk to them. And that was beautiful. Those conversations in living rooms and on back porches, where you could really get to know people. And I would always say that every American should have the opportunity to do that, to just spend some time traveling around talking to folks.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/02/remarks-first-lady-democratic-national-convention-committee-event-0

  29. CR says:

    WH

    Saturday, March 3 , 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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  30. CR says:

    Bo Bunny

    2012 White House Easter Egg Roll Lottery
    Thursday March 1st at 10:00 AM EST

    nps.gov

    The 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll will be held on Monday, April 9. As in past years, an online lottery will be conducted to choose the lucky winners of tickets. Signing up for the lottery is free of charge and tickets for the winners are free of charge. You can sign up for the lottery starting Thursday March 1st at 10:00 AM (EST) by visiting the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll Lottery page.

    For more information on the history of the White House Easter Egg Roll, visit our page on the history of the Easter Egg Roll . To view information on last year’s event, visit the 2011 Easter Egg Roll page .

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    WH_2010_easter_egg_roll_poster

    2012 Easter Egg Roll Poster Contest

    The White House invites all elementary and middle school students to submit poster designs for the 2012 Easter Egg Roll. This year’s theme, “Let’s Go, Let’s Play, Let’s Move”, promotes health and wellness following the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, a national campaign to combat childhood obesity. The First Lady will select the winning design, which will be used as part of the White House 2012 Easter Egg Roll program.

    The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 at 11:59p.m. EST. Submissions should relate to this year’s theme, “Let’s Go, Let’s Play, Let’s Move”, and may not exceed 2 megabytes (high-quality scans measuring either 8.5”x11” at 600 dpi or 20×16” at 300 dpi must be available upon request). Please note, submissions may be made public during the selection process.

    For more information: http://www.whitehouse.gov/webform/2012-easter-egg-roll-poster-contest

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    WH easter eggs

    2012 White House Souvenir Easter Eggs

    Rolling Easter eggs on the White House South Lawn is one of the most eagerly anticipated spring events in our Nation’s Capital. Celebrate the tradition with your very own White House Easter Egg.

    The official 2012 White House Easter Egg, which is crafted from FSC-certified U.S. hardwood, comes in four unique colors and includes the stamped signatures of the President and First Lady. The souvenir eggs arrive in a festive gift box made from SFI-certified paperboard.

    SPECIAL OFFER: A special edition Bo Egg is included when you buy a set of 2012 souvenir eggs! The Bo Egg is only available with the set.

    For the 2012 White House Souvenir Easter Eggs: http://easter.nationalparks.org/index.php?app=ecom&ns=catshow&ref=2012

    Important Shipping Note: The souvenir eggs will begin shipping on Monday, March 19. If you order before March 19, please note that your order will not ship until on or around this date.

    The National Park Foundation produces and sells the official White House Easter Egg to help support the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the White House South Lawn, which is one of our country’s nearly 400 national parks.

  31. CR says:

    March 03, 2012

    WEEKLY ADDRESS: Taking Control of Our Energy Future

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House
    Saturday, March 3, 2012

    Hi, everybody. Earlier this week, I spent some time with the hardworking men and women of the American auto industry, who are busy writing a new chapter in America’s story.

    Just a few years ago, their industry was shedding hundreds of thousands of jobs. Two of the Big Three – GM and Chrysler – were on the brink of failure. If we had let this great American industry collapse – if we had let Detroit go bankrupt – more than one million Americans would have lost their jobs in the middle of the worst recession since the Great Depression.

    I refused to let that happen. These jobs are worth more than just a paycheck – they’re a source of pride and a ticket to the middle class. These companies are worth more than just the cars they build – they’re a symbol of American innovation and a source of our manufacturing might.

    So in exchange for help, we demanded responsibility. We got the companies to retool and restructure. Everyone sacrificed. And three years later, the American auto industry is back.

    Today, GM is the number one automaker in the world. Chrysler is growing faster in America than any other car company. Ford is investing billions in American plants and factories, and plans to bring thousands of jobs back home. All told, the entire industry has added more than 200,000 new jobs over the past two and a half years.

    And they’re not just building cars again – they’re building better cars. Thanks to new fuel efficiency standards we put in place, they’re building cars that will average nearly 55 miles per gallon by the middle of the next decade. That’s almost double what they get today. That means folks will be able to fill up every two weeks instead of every week, saving the typical family more than $8,000 at the pump over time. That’s a big deal, especially as families are yet again feeling the pinch from rising gas prices.

    So what’s happening in Detroit will make a difference. But it won’t solve everything. There’s no silver bullet for avoiding spikes in gas prices every year. There’s no shortcut to taking control of our energy future. We have to pursue an all-of-the-above strategy that helps develop every source of American energy. And we have to do it now.

    The good news is, we’ve been making progress. Take a look at this chart. Six years ago, 60% of the oil we used was imported. Since I took office, America’s dependence on foreign oil has decreased every single year. In fact, in 2010, for the first time in thirteen years, less than half the petroleum we consumed was imported. Part of that is because we’re producing more oil here at home than at any time in the last eight years.

    But we can’t just drill our way out of this problem. While we consume 20 percent of the world’s oil, we only have 2 percent of the world’s oil reserves. We’ve got to develop new technology that will help us use new forms of energy. That’s been a priority of mine as President. And because of the investments we’ve made, our use of clean, renewable energy has nearly doubled – and thousands of Americans have jobs because of it.

    Now we need to keep at it. And to do that, we need to make the right choices.

    Here’s one we can make right now. Every year, $4 billion of your tax dollars go to subsidizing the oil industry. These are the same companies making record profits – tens of billions of dollars a year. I don’t think oil companies need more corporate welfare. Congress should end this taxpayer giveaway. If you agree with me, I’m asking you to e-mail, call, or Tweet your representative. Tell them to stop fighting for oil companies. Tell them to start fighting for working families. Tell them to fight for the clean energy future that’s within our reach. Because the sooner we all get started, the sooner we’ll get there together. Thanks and have a great weekend.

    • CR says:

      President Obama on Gas Prices and Oil Subsidies

      Every year, $4 billion of your tax dollars go to subsidizing the oil industry. These are the same companies making record profits – tens of billions of dollars a year. I don’t think oil companies need more corporate welfare. Congress should end this taxpayer giveaway. If you agree with me, I’m asking you to e-mail, call, or Tweet your representative. Tell them to stop fighting for oil companies. Tell them to start fighting for working families. Tell them to fight for the clean energy future that’s within our reach.

      3/3/12 President Obama’s
      Weekly Address

      Contact your legislator Contact your Congress person to TELL THEM STOP CATERING TO OIL COMPANIES!!

      U.S. Senators
      U.S. Representatives
      Tweet a Message to Your Representatives

  32. CR says:

    GOP WRONG WAY

    G.O.P. IS NOW THE PARTY OF EXTREMISTS

    03/03/2012 Cynthia Tucker – uexpress

    Who can blame Olympia Snowe for giving up on the U.S. Senate?

    It has become a dysfunctional institution, infected by the same virulent partisanship that long ago claimed the House, hamstrung by rules that elevate petty politics over policy and stripped of the reasoned debate and thoughtful compromise that once characterized its work. Because filibusters now threaten most bills, it takes 60 votes, not a simple majority, to pass even innocuous legislation.

    Snowe told MSNBC last week that it’s “very, very difficult to resolve major issues” in Congress, describing the two political parties as “working in a parallel universe with competing proposals.”

    It is fashionable among reporters and ostensibly non-partisan observers to parcel out blame for this depressing state of affairs equally among Democrats and Republicans, but that’s simply not accurate. Most of the blame for the current state of affairs in the Senate — as you’ve figured out if you’ve been watching the Republican primary campaign — belongs with a GOP that has becoming increasingly obstreperous even as it becomes increasingly unmoored from reality.

    For the entire article: http://www.uexpress.com/asiseeit/

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Good for Cynthia Tucker for pointing out the true source of the rabid partisanship — the GOP.

  33. CR says:

    Obama’s Saturday morning hoopla

    3/3/12 9:10 AM EST POLITICO44

    President Obama left the White House at 8:31 a.m. Saturday to watch his daughter Sasha play basketball at the Jane E. Lawton Community Center in Chevy Chase, Md.

  34. CR says:

    Ohayōgozaimasu minasan! Kyō wa Hinamatsuri desu! (Japanese)
    Good morning everyone! Today is Girl’s Day!

    The Japanese Doll Festival (雛祭り, Hina-matsuri), or Girls’ Day, is held on March 3

    I HOPE that you have a good day! :)

  35. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Deaniac83 says:

    If there’s one group of voters that will decide the 2012 election, it’s women. And women, thanks in part to the GOP’s putting the crazy train in high gear, are flocking to President Obama, according to a just released AP-GfK poll…

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/02/as-women-flock-to-obama-gop-looks-to.html

  36. CR says:

    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

  37. CR says:

    March 03, 2012

    Readout of President Obama’s Calls to Governors of Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio

    Today, after receiving a briefing from FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, President Obama called Indiana Governor Daniels, Kentucky Governor Beshear, and Ohio Governor Kasich to express his concern for citizens impacted by the severe weather and tornadoes this week, including yesterday and overnight, and condolences to families who had lost loved ones. The President acknowledged that the extent of damage may not be known for days, and reiterated to each Governor that FEMA stood ready to provide assistance, if necessary, to the extensive response efforts already underway in each state, led by the Governors’ teams. The administration, through FEMA, is closely monitoring the storms and their impacts and remains in close contact with emergency officials in impacted states across the country to ensure there are not any unmet needs.

  38. CR says:

    WH

    Sunday, March 4 , 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    Vice President Biden travels to Mexico and Honduras

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    President Obama speaks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee
    Walter E. Washington Convention Center
    Washington, D.C.

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  39. CR says:

    President Obama to Address AIPAC Policy Conference

    Posted by Jarrod Bernstein on February 22, 2012 at 05:27 PM EST

    First, we are pleased to announce that the President will address this year’s annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, March 4. The President welcomes this opportunity to speak to the strength of the special bonds between Israel and the United States. As you know and has been previously announced, the President has a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu on March 5th, the day after.

    10:50 AM EST
    President Obama speaks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee
    Walter E. Washington Convention Center
    Washington, D.C.

    • CR says:

      Obama to Iran and Israel: ‘As President of the United States, I Don’t Bluff’

      MAR 2 2012, 7:00 AM ET TheAtlantic

      t the White House on Monday, President Obama will seek to persuade the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to postpone whatever plans he may have to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities in the coming months. Obama will argue that under his leadership, the United States “has Israel’s back,” and that he will order the U.S. military to destroy Iran’s nuclear program if economic sanctions fail to compel Tehran to shelve its nuclear ambitions.

      In the most extensive interview he has given about the looming Iran crisis, Obama told me earlier this week that both Iran and Israel should take seriously the possibility of American action against Iran’s nuclear facilities. “I think that the Israeli government recognizes that, as president of the United States, I don’t bluff.” He went on, “I also don’t, as a matter of sound policy, go around advertising exactly what our intentions are. But I think both the Iranian and the Israeli governments recognize that when the United States says it is unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon, we mean what we say.”

      The 45-minute Oval Office conversation took place less than a week before the president was scheduled to address the annual convention of AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobbying group, and then meet, the next day, with Prime Minister Netanyahu at the White House. In the interview, Obama stated specifically that “all options are on the table,” and that the final option is the “military component.” But the president also said that sanctions organized by his administration have put Iran in a “world of hurt,” and that economic duress might soon force the regime in Tehran to rethink its efforts to pursue a nuclear-weapons program.

      “Without in any way being under an illusion about Iranian intentions, without in any way being naive about the nature of that regime, they are self-interested,” Obama said. “It is possible for them to make a strategic calculation that, at minimum, pushes much further to the right whatever potential breakout capacity they may have, and that may turn out to to be the best decision for Israel’s security.”

      The president also said that Tehran’s nuclear program would represent a “profound” national-security threat to the United States even if Israel were not a target of Iran’s violent rhetoric, and he dismissed the argument that the United States could successfully contain a nuclear Iran.

      “You’re talking about the most volatile region in the world,” he said. “It will not be tolerable to a number of states in that region for Iran to have a nuclear weapon and them not to have a nuclear weapon. Iran is known to sponsor terrorist organizations, so the threat of proliferation becomes that much more severe.” He went on to say, “The dangers of an Iran getting nuclear weapons that then leads to a free-for-all in the Middle East is something that I think would be very dangerous for the world.”

      For the entire article: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/03/obama-to-iran-and-israel-as-president-of-the-united-states-i-dont-bluff/253875/

  40. CR says:

    February 22, 2012

    Vice President Biden to Travel to Mexico and Honduras

    Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Mexico and Honduras from March 4-6.  In Mexico City, the Vice President will meet with President Calderón and will underscore the United States’ commitment to deepening our close dialogue and cooperation with Mexico on a broad range of issues.   In Tegucigalpa, the Vice President will hold a bilateral meeting with President Lobo.  In addition, he will take part in a meeting with Central American leaders, who have been invited to a joint meeting by President Lobo, the current President Pro Tempore of the Central American Integration System.  In both countries, the Vice President will also consult with our partners about the Summit of the Americas, scheduled to be held in Colombia in mid-April, which will focus on leveraging Hemispheric connections and partnerships to improve the lives of people throughout the region.  Additional details about the Vice President’s trip will be released at a later date.

    • CR says:

      March 01, 2012

      Conference Call Briefing on the Vice President’s Upcoming Travel to Mexico and Honduras

      Via Conference Call

      4:22 P.M. EST

      MS. BARKOFF: Thank you and thanks for everyone for joining the call today. Our hope is to provide you all with a more detailed sense of the Vice President’s schedule and goals during his upcoming trip to Mexico and Honduras. Today we have Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President Tony Blinken, and Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs Dan Restrepo.

      This call will be on the record and our speakers are happy to take questions after they give some opening remarks. I also wanted to let folks know that since Dan is here, he will be able to answer questions in Spanish.

      We’d like to keep this call as focused on the Vice President’s trip as much as possible and I also wanted to remind folks of one question per reporter.

      So with that, I’m just going to go ahead and turn it over to Tony.

      MR. BLINKEN: Kendra, thanks very much. Thanks, everyone, for being on the call.

      This trip is the latest chapter in the administration’s sustained, high-level engagement with our partners in the Americas. The economic security, familial, historic and cultural ties we share with the Americas and particularly with Mexico and Central America, are among the most consequential we have as a country.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/01/conference-call-briefing-vice-presidents-upcoming-travel-mexico-and-hond

  41. CR says:

    Michelle Obama talks faith and fitness on Lift Every Voice

    BET.com

    March 4 @ 10 AM EST
    BET Exclusive: Michelle Obama talks faith and fitness on Lift Every Voice.

    To view a preview of the interview: http://www.bet.com/video/lifteveryvoice/2012/exclusive/michelle-obama-flotus-lift-every-voice-s1.html

  42. CR says:

    Sunday shows: Super Tuesday

    By ZACK HALE | 3/4/12 8:55 AM EST POLITICO44

    (Democratic excerpts only)

    This Sunday’s television talk shows look ahead to next week’s crucial slate of Republican presidential primaries on Super Tuesday…

    ABC also has President Barack Obama’s longtime political strategist, David Axelrod.

    CNN has as well House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and the committee’s ranking Democrat, Maryland Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger – plus Martin Indyk, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel, and Nicholas Burns, who was undersecretary of state under President George W. Bush.

    And Fox also hosts Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

    For the entire article: http://www.politico.com/blogs/politico-live/

  43. CR says:

    GOP WRONG WAY

    Mercury News Editorial

    3/4/12 Mercury News Editorial

    Rick Santorum is right about one thing: Presidential candidates should be talking about their religious beliefs.

    The Republican’s remarks on John F. Kennedy’s famous 1960 speech on religious freedom reveal more about what a Santorum presidency would be like than any of the 20 GOP debates. And given the resurgence of religious issues in government, there’s no point in pretending the separation of church and state is a given.

    Santorum said Kennedy’s eloquent speech made him “want to throw up.” Of course he completely misrepresented what Kennedy said, raising red flags about his own suitability for office. But even more chilling is what this says about Santorum’s view of the role that religion should play.

    Mitt Romney, a Mormon who has recovered GOP front-runner standing, has been slammed by Santorum for his “liberal record” on religious expression. Romney could have given a Kennedy-esque defense of religious tolerance, but instead he has — this will shock you — tried to have it both ways. So the role of religion in a Romney presidency needs to be more clear.

    Meanwhile, Santorum’s swipes at Barack Obama’s “phony theology” feed into blog-fed claims that the president is Muslim.

    Organized religion has been flexing its political muscle, most recently in the debate over access to birth control, with Catholic bishops teaming with fundamentalist Christians against Obama. Abortion is always controversial, but birth control?

    Even most Catholic women have used it.

    Santorum weirdly interpreted JFK’s speech on religion to mean that people of strong religious convictions had no place in public life. It is the opposite of the true, perfectly clear meaning. Kennedy was trying to refute claims made from Protestant pulpits across the land that a Catholic president would do the Pope’s bidding and not the people’s. His message was that people of all faiths should be part of the political sphere, and that he would not put his personal faith above his public duty.

    “I believe in a president whose views on religion are his own private affair, neither imposed by him upon the nation or imposed by the nation upon him as a condition of holding that office,” Kennedy said. “I would not look with favor upon a president working to subvert the First Amendment’s guarantees of religious liberty. Nor would our system of checks and balances permit him to do so.

    “And neither do I look with favor upon those
    who would work to subvert Article VI of the Constitution by requiring a religious test — even by indirection — for it. If they disagree with that safeguard, they should be out openly working to repeal it.”

    About 82 percent of Americans identify themselves as having some sort of religious affiliation. But the 18 percent who claim no religious ties are nearly as numerous as Catholics (24 percent) or evangelicals (26 percent).

    Freedom of expression and religion are at the heart of American democracy. Our core values grow stronger when they stand up to close scrutiny by people with different cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Churches at their best provide a moral compass. But we believe John Kennedy was right, and voters should know if presidential candidates agree or disagree on the relationship between church and state. So yes, like Santorum, we believe it’s important to talk about.

    Source: http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_20091423

  44. CR says:

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

  45. CR says:

    Next Up…

    10:50 AM EST
    President Obama speaks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee
    Walter E. Washington Convention Center
    Washington, D.C.

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-Addresses-Annual-AIPAC-Conference/10737428706/

    American Israel Public Affairs Committee http://www.aipac.org/

    • CR says:

      March 04, 2012

      Remarks by the President at AIPAC Policy Conference

      Washington Convention Center
      Washington, D.C.

      11:10 A.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Well, good morning, everyone.

      Rosy, thank you for your kind words. I have never seen Rosy on the basketball court. I’ll bet it would be a treat. (Laughter.) Rosy, you’ve been a dear friend of mine for a long time and a tireless advocate for the unbreakable bonds between Israel and the United States. And as you complete your term as President, I salute your leadership and your commitment. (Applause.)

      I want to thank the board of directors. As always, I’m glad to see my long-time friends in the Chicago delegation. (Applause.) I also want to thank the members of Congress who are with us here today, and who will be speaking to you over the next few days. You’ve worked hard to maintain the partnership between the United States and Israel. And I especially want to thank my close friend, and leader of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz. (Applause.)

      I’m glad that my outstanding young Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, is in the house. (Applause.) I understand that Dan is perfecting his Hebrew on his new assignment, and I appreciate his constant outreach to the Israeli people. And I’m also pleased that we’re joined by so many Israeli officials, including Ambassador Michael Oren. (Applause.) And tomorrow, I’m very much looking forward to welcoming Prime Minister Netanyahu and his delegation back to the White House. (Applause.)

      Every time I come to AIPAC, I’m especially impressed to see so many young people here. (Applause.) You don’t yet get the front seats — I understand. (Laughter.) You have to earn that. But students from all over the country who are making their voices heard and engaging deeply in our democratic debate. You carry with you an extraordinary legacy of more than six decades of friendship between the United States and Israel. And you have the opportunity — and the responsibility — to make your own mark on the world. And for inspiration, you can look to the man who preceded me on this stage, who’s being honored at this conference — my friend, President Shimon Peres. (Applause.)

      Shimon was born a world away from here, in a shtetl in what was then Poland, a few years after the end of the first world war. But his heart was always in Israel, the historic homeland of the Jewish people. (Applause.) And when he was just a boy he made his journey across land and sea — toward home.

      In his life, he has fought for Israel’s independence, and he has fought for peace and security. As a member of the Haganah and a member of the Knesset, as a Minister of Defense and Foreign Affairs, as a Prime Minister and as President — Shimon helped build the nation that thrives today: the Jewish state of Israel. (Applause.) But beyond these extraordinary achievements, he has also been a powerful moral voice that reminds us that right makes might — not the other way around. (Applause.)

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/04/remarks-president-aipac-policy-conference

      • Kat 4 Obama says:

        PBO said at the end of this wonderful address, “So if you want to know where my heart lies, look no further than what I have done….”

        Over and over, on different subjects he speaks on, he reminds us that what he promised to do, he has done, to the best of his ability. This is why I never understand people who “fear” PBO will suddenly change course on some issue or who say they intend to force him to keep his word. I don’t know what reality they live in. I see a President whose word and character I can trust absolutely.

  46. Good morning CR and PPO Fam. HOPE you all have a terrific Sunday.

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Family and the Nation. Please also remember those who are in harms way in the midwest.

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

    • CR says:

      Good Sunday morning and thank you Jackie!

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Hey Jackie, it’s up to 29 now from 2 countries.

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      FEMA has a news release on the storms’ aftermath:

      …. At the requests of the states, FEMA and the Small Business Administration have deployed teams to Missouri and Illinois to assist with preliminary damage assessments. These assessments identify the damages in impacted counties and to help the governor determine if additional federal support will be requested. A FEMA disability integration specialist was part of the preliminary damage assessment team in Missouri to assess the needs of people with disabilities and access and functional needs who were displaced from their independent living center.

      FEMA has also proactively deployed a federal coordinating officer to Indiana, who is serving as a liaison to the Indiana Emergency Operations Center to provide support to the state and to assist in coordination efforts as the state continues to respond to the recent storms. Incident Management Assistance Team and eleven community relations teams have also been proactively deployed to Indiana to assist with situational awareness following the storms in support of the state and governor, as requested.

      At all times, FEMA maintains commodities, including millions of liters of water, millions of meals and hundreds of thousands of blankets, strategically located at distribution centers throughout the United States and its territories. To support the affected states, FEMA has coordinated with the Department of Defense to establish a national Incident Support Base in Kentucky to stage commodities in strategic locations close to the impacted areas, if needed and requested by the state. More than 98,000 meals and 146,000 liters of water are en route to the Incident Support Base….

      http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=61036

  47. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good and HOPEful Sunday CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

  48. I watched the President’s speech at AIPAC this morning. He was awesome, as usual. I just can’t imagine what state our country would be in without his leadership.

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