Selma to Montgomery Marches – 47th Anniversary

Selma to Montgomery marches

The Selma to Montgomery marches were three marches in 1965 that marked the political and emotional peak of the American civil rights movement. They grew out of the voting rights movement in Selma, Alabama, launched by local African-Americans who formed the Dallas County Voters League (DCVL). In 1963, the DCVL and organizers from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) began voter-registration work. When white resistance to Black voter registration proved intractable, the DCVL requested the assistance of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, who brought many prominent civil rights and civic leaders to support voting rights.

The first march took place on March 7, 1965 — “Bloody Sunday” — when 600 civil rights marchers were attacked by state and local police with billy clubs and tear gas. The second march, the following Tuesday, resulted in 2,500 protesters turning around after crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

The third march started March 16. The marchers averaged 10 miles (16 km) a day along U.S. Route 80, known in Alabama as the “Jefferson Davis Highway”. Protected by 2,000 soldiers of the U.S. Army, 1,900 members of the Alabama National Guard under Federal command, and many FBI agents and Federal Marshals, they arrived in Montgomery on March 24, and at the Alabama State Capitol on March 25.[1]

The route is memorialized as the Selma To Montgomery Voting Rights Trail, a U.S. National Historic Trail.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloody_Sunday_(1965)#The_First_March:_.22Bloody_Sunday.22

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Monday, March 5, 2012

    All Times Eastern

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      POTUS podium

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      Urban Economic Forum from Birmingham, Alabama
      The White House Business Council and the U.S. Small Business Administration host an Urban Economic Forum in Birmingham, Alabama.
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      Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass: Virtual Conversation
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      Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses delegates at the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington.

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      The Congressional-Executive Commission on China holds a hearing on the legality of China’s forced repatriations of North Korean refugees detained in China.

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      The Congressional-Executive Commission on China holds a hearing on the legality of China’s forced repatriations of North Korean refugees detained in China.

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      FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz Defends FY2013 Budget
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  2. CR says:

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    Selma to Montgomery marches

    The Selma to Montgomery marches were three marches in 1965 that marked the political and emotional peak of the American civil rights movement. They grew out of the voting rights movement in Selma, Alabama, launched by local African-Americans who formed the Dallas County Voters League (DCVL). In 1963, the DCVL and organizers from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) began voter-registration work. When white resistance to Black voter registration proved intractable, the DCVL requested the assistance of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, who brought many prominent civil rights and civic leaders to support voting rights.

    The first march took place on March 7, 1965 — “Bloody Sunday” — when 600 civil rights marchers were attacked by state and local police with billy clubs and tear gas. The second march, the following Tuesday, resulted in 2,500 protesters turning around after crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

    The third march started March 16. The marchers averaged 10 miles (16 km) a day along U.S. Route 80, known in Alabama as the “Jefferson Davis Highway”. Protected by 2,000 soldiers of the U.S. Army, 1,900 members of the Alabama National Guard under Federal command, and many FBI agents and Federal Marshals, they arrived in Montgomery on March 24, and at the Alabama State Capitol on March 25.[1]

    The route is memorialized as the Selma To Montgomery Voting Rights Trail, a U.S. National Historic Trail.

    For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloody_Sunday_(1965)#The_First_March:_.22Bloody_Sunday.22

    • CR says:

      The Selma-to-Montgomery March

      The Selma-to-Montgomery March for voting rights ended three weeks–and three events–that represented the political and emotional peak of the modern civil rights movement. On “Bloody Sunday,” March 7, 1965, some 600 civil rights marchers headed east out of Selma on U.S. Route 80. They got only as far as the Edmund Pettus Bridge six blocks away, where state and local lawmen attacked them with billy clubs and tear gas and drove them back into Selma. Two days later on March 9, Martin Luther King, Jr., led a “symbolic” march to the bridge. Then civil rights leaders sought court protection for a third, full-scale march from Selma to the state capitol in Montgomery. Federal District Court Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr., weighed the right of mobility against the right to march and ruled in favor of the demonstrators. “The law is clear that the right to petition one’s government for the redress of grievances may be exercised in large groups…,” said Judge Johnson, “and these rights may be exercised by marching, even along public highways.” On Sunday, March 21, about 3,200 marchers set out for Montgomery, walking 12 miles a day and sleeping in fields. By the time they reached the capitol on Thursday, March 25, they were 25,000-strong. Less than five months after the last of the three marches, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965–the best possible redress of grievances.

      For more: http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/civilrights/al4.htm

    • CR says:

      Alabama police chief apologizes to Freedom Rider congressman

      3/4/13 By Craig Giammona, NBC News

      An Alabama police chief brought Rep. John Lewis to tears Saturday, apologizing to the noted civil rights leader for failing to protect the Freedom Riders during a trip to Montgomery in 1961.

      Lewis and fellow civil rights activists were beaten by a mob after arriving at Montgomery’s Greyhound station in May 1961.

      On Saturday at ceremony at First Baptist Church, the city’s current police chief, Kevin Murphy, apologized to Lewis and offered him his badge in a gesture of reconciliation, telling the longtime Georgia congressman that Montgomery police had “enforced unjust laws” in failing to protect the Freedom Riders more than five decades ago.

      Lewis, who was arrested during civil rights protests in cities across the south, said it was the first time a police chief had apologized to him.

      “It means a great deal,” Lewis said. “I teared up. I tried to keep from crying.”

      Lewis and other members of Congress were taking part in the 13th Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Alabama, a three-day event that also included trips to Selma, Tuscaloosa and Birmingham.

      Murphy said the decision to apologize was easy.

      “For me, freedom and the right to live in peace is a cornerstone of our society and that was something that Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Congressman Lewis were trying to achieve” Murphy said. “I think what I did today should have been done a longtime ago. It needed to be done. It needed to be spoken because we have to live with the truth and it is the truth.”

      For more: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/03/17167907-alabama-police-chief-apologizes-to-freedom-rider-congressman?lite

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      Alabama police chief APOLOGIZES to Freedom Rider congressman | Discuss apology

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  3. CR says:

    February 20, 2012

    Readout of the National Security Advisor’s Trip to Israel

    National Security Advisor Tom Donilon concluded a three day visit to Israel today for consultations with senior Israeli officials including Prime Minister Netanyahu, Defense Minister Barak, Chief of the General Staff Gantz, and National Security Advisor Gen. Yaakov Amidror. Mr. Donilon and his delegation addressed the full range of security issues of mutual concern. The visit is part of the continuous and intensive dialogue between the United States and Israel and reflects our unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security. Mr. Donilon relayed to Prime Minister Netanyahu that the President looks forward to meeting with him at the White House on March 5.

    • CR says:

      Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the American Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC) annual conference, which is being held at the Washington Convention Center.

  4. CR says:

    With Kerrey coming and Snowe going, Senate Dems confident

    3/03/12 By Alexander Bolton – TheHill

    Senate Democrats are buoyantly optimistic about keeping control of the upper chamber after developments this past week increased their chances of winning races in Maine and Nebraska.

    They sought to capitalize on the new wave of optimism by blasting out a fundraising email Friday touting the “seismic” shift of the Senate electoral map.

    “This week’s entry of Democrat Bob Kerrey into the Nebraska race and surprise retirement of Republican Senator Olympia Snowe in Maine have completely changed the face of the 2012 map in favor of Democrats,” Senate Democratic fundraisers wrote in their pitch.

    Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) surprised her colleagues by announcing she would retire at the end of the year, opening up a seat in a Democratic-leaning state that Senate strategists did not view as in play.
    Former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.) sent another gush of excitement though the Democratic caucus by declaring he would run for the seat being vacated by Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.).

    “It’s very big,” said Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.).

    Conrad and his colleagues see their chances of keeping the majority next year as much improved now that they have a good shot at picking up Snowe’s seat and will force Republicans to pour money into a competitive race in Nebraska.

    “It’s pretty different. Two seats were made competitive in one week,” said Conrad.

    For the entire article: http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/213957-with-kerrey-coming-and-snowe-going-democrats-confident-about-holding-senate

    • COS says:

      It is imperative that we maintain the majority in the Senate. If not, we will be in a world of trouble. We must re-elect PBO.

  5. CR says:

    US soccer<br />

    March 5, 2012
    U.S. Women vs. Japan Women
    9:10 a.m. ET
    Estadio Algarve
    Faro, Portugal

  6. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Washington’s Democratic precinct caucuses are April 15. Washington Democrats can “commit to caucus” and receive updates here:

    http://www.wa-democrats.org/commit

  7. CR says:

    March 04, 2012

    Statement by President Obama on the Anniversary of Bloody Sunday

    Today, we mark the 47th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, where hundreds of courageous men and women risked their lives in the name of equality. Those brave marchers knew the danger that awaited them on the other side of the Edmund Pettus Bridge but they pressed on, stepping into history as they challenged the nation’s conscience. Today, we remember their courage in the face of danger and the spirit of perseverance that helped lead to iconic legislation like the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. We also recommit ourselves to their struggle and to the idea that we should always seek a more perfect union.

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Those marchers were American heroes. They made our country better. They were fighting for freedom and democracy as surely as if they were in some overseas combat. We should all honor them by not letting their work be undone.

      We must protect civil rights and voting rights and vote Democratic in 2012.

  8. CR says:

    Brazil 2012 and Beyond March 5th and 6th, 2012

    Brazil will host the second high-level meeting of Open Government Partnership (OGP). A group of countries – including the 38 who expressed their formal intent to participate today – will endorse the Open Government Declaration and deliver their own action plans to strengthen the pillars of open and accountable government.

    The founding governments are committed to continuing the Partnership beyond Brazil, with commitments from the United Kingdom, Indonesia, and Mexico to chair the effort in subsequent years. OGP will work actively to expand the ranks of participating countries, engage civil society and the private sector, and to help countries deliver meaningful reforms that increase government accountability, effectiveness, and efficiency.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/20/fact-sheet-open-government-partnership

  9. CR says:

    Signs the economy is turning around

    3/04/2012 3:30 PM ET by Steven Pearlstein – washingtonpost

    In case you haven’t noticed, the economy is actually getting better. Noticeably better.

    Yes, it’s been painfully slow in coming, as we continue to tack against strong headwinds coming from Europe and the Middle East as well as the strong ebb tide created by the wind-down of fiscal stimulus. And certainly the recovery has been halting and uneven.

    The data points for this optimism are to be found in recent reports on private payrolls (averaging just under 200,000 jobs per month for the past year), gross domestic product (growing at an annual rate of 3 percent), consumer confidence (as high as its been since 2008) and income (up 5 percent in the past year before adjusting for inflation).

    On Wall Street, the Dow is at its highest point in nearly four years and Nasdaq at its highest point in a decade, reflecting both record profits and renewed investor confidence. Federal and state tax revenues are beginning to come in better than projected and households are continuing to whittle down their debt, with a savings rate of 4.5 percent. There are even enough green shoots in the housing market to suggest that residential construction might contribute to GDP growth this year rather than subtract from it. Revisions of government data are now reliably up rather than down.

    And yet, there are those on the Republican right and the Democratic left who have so much invested in a bad economy that they are reluctant to acknowledge any of this good news.

    If all you did was to listen to Republican presidential candidates (a cruel and unusual punishment, I realize), you would surely be under the impression that the country was teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, businesses were barely getting by under the weight of excessive taxation and regulation, and most of the middle class was standing in bread lines. Their relentless demagoguery has undermined the recovery as much as the gridlock politics practiced by their Republican counterparts in Congress. When forced to confront the facts about the economy and the financial markets, the best response these jeremiads can come up with is that it could have been better.

    There are some on the left who also cling to the view that the economy is stuck in a depression — lest it undermine their critique about the woeful inadequacy of fiscal stimulus and the desperate need for more.

    For the entire article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/signs-the-economy-is-turning-around/2012/03/04/gIQAL3s5qR_blog.html#pagebreak

  10. Good morning CR and PPO Family. HOPE you have a terrific Monday. Headed back to work today after being off for a week.

    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

  11. 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.

  12. CR says:

    First lady Michelle Obama to meet Missouri guardsmen in Kansas City
    Cross-state trip includes more military in STL

    3/5/12 kshb

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Michelle Obama will meet two Missouri National Guard service members Monday afternoon, then speak at a Democratic National Committee luncheon in Kansas City.

    The first lady arrives at Kansas City International Airport at 12 p.m. CST.

    Among the guardsmen and their family members meeting her will be sergeants Jeremy Neece and Ian Rydzel.

    Neece served twice in Iraq and once in Afghanistan, earning a Bronze Star Medal for exceptional service in a combat zone.

    In 14 years with the Missouri National Guard, Rydsel has seved as a firefighter in Bosnia and Iraq.

    After speaking at the luncheon, the first lady will head to St. Louis, where she’ll meet more members of the military at Lambert International Airport, then speak at another DNC event this evening.

    41 Action News will be at KCI at noon and have more on Michelle Obama’s visit to Kansas City during the day on 41 Action News and right here on KSHB.com.

  13. CR says:

    A 7th advertiser pulls out of Limbaugh’s show

    3/5/12 By TALI ARBEL | Associated Press – 2 hrs 12 mins ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A flower company is the seventh advertiser to pull its ads from conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh’s radio program in reaction to his derogatory comments about a law student who testified about birth control policy.

    ProFlowers said Sunday on its Facebook page that it has suspended advertising on Limbaugh’s program because his comments about Georgetown University student Sandra Fluke “went beyond political discourse to a personal attack and do not reflect our values as a company.”

    The six other advertisers that say they have pulled ads from his show are mortgage lender Quicken Loans, mattress retailers Sleep Train and Sleep Number, software maker Citrix Systems Inc., online data backup service provider Carbonite and online legal document services company LegalZoom.

    ProFlowers had said on Twitter that posts it received about Limbaugh’s remarks affected its advertising strategy. ProFlowers is an online flower delivery service.

    Limbaugh called the 30-year-old Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute” last week after she testified to congressional Democrats in support of national health care policies that would compel employers and other organizations, including her university, to offer group health insurance that covers birth control for women.

    He apologized to Fluke on Saturday after being criticized by Republican and Democratic politicians and after several advertisers left the show.

    Clear Channel’s Premiere Radio Networks Inc. hosts Limbaugh’s program, one of the country’s most popular talk radio shows. The company is supporting Limbaugh, whose on-air contract with Premiere runs through 2016.

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

  14. CR says:

    Next Up…

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

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    Urban Economic Forum from Birmingham, Alabama
    The White House Business Council and the U.S. Small Business Administration host an Urban Economic Forum in Birmingham, Alabama.
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    • CR says:

      Video to follow

    • CR says:

      Introducing….. The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass

      February 29th, 2012 by Secretary Tom Vilsack and Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan -usda

      Are you a farmer, rancher or food business entrepreneur interested in local and regionally-produced food?

      Are you a community leader wondering how local and regional food systems can help your local economy?

      Are you a consumer interested in learning more about where your food comes from?

      Now you can learn more about USDA’s support of local and regional food through the new Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass. The Compass is an online multi-media narrative with stories, pictures and video about USDA’s support for local and regional food systems and an interactive map of USDA-supported local and regional food activities in all 50 states. With the Compass, you can navigate USDA resources for local and regional food ; meet farmers, ranchers, businesses and communities in your state that are participating in local food chains; and learn about local and regional food projects across the country.

      Released today, the Compass showcases USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative. The Initiative was launched in 2009 to coordinate the work of USDA’s 17 agencies and many staff offices that invest in local and regional food systems. Since then, USDA has supported nearly 4,500 seasonal high tunnels (or “hoop houses”) to help farmers extend their growing seasons. We’ve also seen the number of number of farm to school programs jump from 400 in 2004 to over 2,300 in 2011 and the number of operating farmers markets blossom from 4,685 in 2008 to over 7,100 in 2011.

      For the entire article: http://kyf.blogs.usda.gov/2012/02/29/introducing…-the-know-your-farmer-know-your-food-compass/

  15. CR says:

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

  16. CR says:

    March 04, 2012

    Statement by NSC Spokesman Tommy Vietor on Train Accident in Poland

    The President sends his deepest condolences to the Polish people and to the families whose loved ones were killed or injured in yesterday’s train accident in Poland. As a close ally of Poland, the United States stands with the Polish people and is prepared to provide whatever assistance may be helpful.

  17. CR says:

    New Data: The Affordable Care Act in Your State

    Jeanne Lambrew March 05, 2012 07:30 AM EST

    For the past year, Amy Ward of West Des Moines, Iowa has been living through a medical emergency that sounds like a TV plotline. Months after returning from a vacation, she came down with a rare fungal infection – a disease that only a tiny fraction of the population contracts – and nearly died.

    On her road to recovery, Amy’s had to be on ventilators and dialysis. She’s needed potent antifungal agents that cost up to $1,600 a dose. Her medical expenses quickly added up.

    Without the Affordable Care Act, Amy and her husband may not have been able to afford all the care she needed to recover. Before the new health reform law, Amy’s health insurance policy had a lifetime dollar limit of $1 million. While it sounds like a lot, Amy’s expenses exceeded that amount within months.

    Lifetime limits used to be common – in 2009, nearly 60 percent of employer-sponsored plans and 89 percent of individually purchased coverage had them.

    Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Amy is one of 105 million Americans – and nearly 1.2 million Iowans – with private health insurance who no longer will face lifetime limits on their care. You can read the Department of Health and Human Services’ latest research on the number of people who no longer have a lifetime limit on their insurance plan here.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/03/05/new-data-affordable-care-act-your-state

  18. CR says:

    AP Exclusive: Obama’s transgender ex-nanny outcast

    3/5/12 By NINIEK KARMINI & Robin McDowell – Associated Press – 7 hrs ago

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Once, long ago, Evie looked after “Barry” Obama, the kid who would grow up to become the world’s most powerful man. Now, his transgender former nanny has given up her tight, flowery dresses, her brocade vest and her bras, and is living in fear on Indonesia’s streets.

    Evie, who was born a man but believes she is really a woman, has endured a lifetime of taunts and beatings because of her identity. She describes how soldiers once shaved her long, black hair to the scalp and smashed out glowing cigarettes onto her hands and arms.

    The turning point came when she found a transgender friend’s bloated body floating in a backed-up sewage canal two decades ago. She grabbed all her girlie clothes in her arms and stuffed them into two big boxes. Half-used lipstick, powder, eye makeup — she gave them all away.

    “I knew in my heart I was a woman, but I didn’t want to die like that,” says Evie, now 66, her lips trembling slightly as the memories flood back. “So I decided to just accept it. … I’ve been living like this, a man, ever since.”

    Indonesia’s attitude toward transgenders is complex.

    Nobody knows how many of them live in the sprawling archipelagic nation of 240 million, but activists estimate 7 million. Because Indonesia is home to more Muslims than any other country in the world, the pervasiveness of men who live as women and vice versa often catches newcomers by surprise.

    They hold the occasional pageant, work as singers or at salons and include well-known celebrity talk show host Dorce Gamalama.

    However, societal disdain still runs deep — when transgenders act in TV comedies, they are invariably the brunt of the joke. They have taken a much lower profile in recent years, following a series of attacks by Muslim hard-liners. And the country’s highest Islamic body has decreed that they are required to live as they were born because each gender has obligations to fulfill, such as reproduction.

    “They must learn to accept their nature,” says Ichwan Syam, a prominent Muslim cleric at the influential Indonesian Ulema Council. “If they are not willing to cure themselves medically and religiously” they have “to accept their fate to be ridiculed and harassed.”

    Many transgenders turn to prostitution because jobs are hard to find and because they want to live according to what they believe is their true gender. In doing so, they put themselves at risk of contracting AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

    Some, like Evie, have decided it’s better to hide their feelings.

    Others are pushing back. Last month, a 50-year-old Indonesian transvestite applied to be the next leader of the national human rights commission, showing up in a borrowed luxury vehicle with paparazzi cameras flashing as she stepped out.

    “I’m too ugly to be a prostitute,” Yuli Retoblaut said, chuckling. “But I can be their bodyguard.”

    The threat of violence is very real: Indonesia’s National Commission for Human Rights receives about 1,000 reports of abuses per year, ranging from murder and rape to the disruption to group activities. Worldwide, at least one person is killed every other day, according to the Trans Murder Monitoring Project, which collects homicide reports.

    Evie says she chose her current name because she thought it sounded sweet. But she adds, as she pulls out her national identification card, her official name is Turdi and gender male.

    Several longtime residents of Obama’s old Menteng neighborhood confirmed that Turdi had worked there as his nanny for two years, also caring for his baby sister Maya. When asked about the nanny, the White House had no comment.

    Evie, who like many Indonesians goes by a single name, now lives in a closet-sized hovel in a tightly packed slum in an eastern corner of Jakarta, collecting and scrubbing dirty laundry to pay for food. She wears baggy blue jeans and a white T-shirt advertising a tranquil beach resort far away in a place she’s never been. She speaks softly, politely, and a deep worry line is etched between her eyes.

    As a child, Evie was often beaten by a father who couldn’t stand having such a “sissy” for a son.

    “He wanted me to act like a boy, even though I didn’t feel it in my soul,” she says.

    Teased and bullied, she dropped out of school after the third grade and decided to learn how to cook.

    As it turned out, she was pretty good at it, making her way into the kitchens of several high-ranking officials by the time she was a teenager, she recalls with a smile and a wink. And so it was, at a cocktail party in 1969, that she met Ann Dunham, Barack Obama’s mother, who had arrived in the country two years earlier after marrying her second husband, Indonesian Lolo Soetoro.

    Dunham was so impressed by Evie’s beef steak and fried rice that she offered her a job in the family home. It didn’t take long before Evie also was 8-year-old Barry’s caretaker, playing with him and bringing him to and from school.

    Neighbors recalled that they often saw Evie leave the house in the evening fully made up and dressed in drag. But she says it’s doubtful Barry ever knew.

    “He was so young,” says Evie. “And I never let him see me wearing women’s clothes. But he did see me trying on his mother’s lipstick, sometimes. That used to really crack him up.”

    When the family left in the early 1970s, things started going downhill. She moved in with a boyfriend. That relationship ended three years later, and she became a sex worker.

    “I tried to get a job as a maid, but no one would hire me,” says Evie. “I needed money to buy food, get a place to stay.”

    It was a cat-and-mouse game with security guards and — because the country was still under the dictatorship of Gen. Suharto — soldiers. They often rounded up “banshees” or “warias,” as they are known locally, loaded them into trucks, and brought them to a field where they were kicked, hit and otherwise abused.

    The raid that changed everything came in 1985. She and her friends scattered into dark alleys to escape the swinging batons. One particularly beautiful girl, Susi, jumped into a canal strewn with garbage.

    When things quieted, those who ran went back to look for her.

    “We searched all night,” says Evie, who is still haunted by the memory of her friend’s face. “Finally … we found her. It was horrible. Her body swollen, face bashed in.”

    Today Evie seeks solace in religion, going regularly to the mosque and praying five times a day. She says she’s just waiting to die.

    “I don’t have a future anymore.”

    She says she didn’t know the boy she helped raise won the 2008 U.S. presidential election until she saw a picture of the family in local newspapers and on TV. She blurted out that she knew him.

    “I couldn’t believe my eyes,” she says, breaking into a huge grin.
    Her friends at first laughed and thought she was crazy, but those who live in the family’s old neighborhood say it’s true.

    “Many neighbors would remember Turdi … she was popular here at that time,” says Rudy Yara, who still lives across the street from Obama’s former house. “She was a nice person and was always patient and caring in keeping young Barry.”

    Evie hopes her former charge will use his power to fight for people like her. Obama named Amanda Simpson, the first openly transgender appointee, as a senior technical adviser in the Commerce Department in 2010.

    For Evie, who’s now just trying to earn enough to survive each day on Jakarta’s streets, the election victory itself was enough to give her a reason — for the first time in a long time — to feel proud.

    “Now when people call me scum,” she says, “I can just say: ‘But I was the nanny for the President of the United States!’”

  19. CR says:

    US service firms grow at fastest pace in a year

    US service sector expands at fastest pace in a year in February as new orders rise

    3/5/12 By Christopher s. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Associated Press – 1 minute 24 seconds ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. service companies expanded in February at the fastest pace in a year, helped by increased demand for new orders and growth in hiring.

    The Institute for Supply Management says its index of non-manufacturing activity rose to 57.3, up from January’s 56.8. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion.

    The trade group of purchasing managers surveys roughly 90 percent of U.S. companies in all sectors outside of manufacturing. That includes retail, construction, financial services, health care, and hotels.

    A measure of new orders reached its highest point in a year. While the group’s employment index declined, it stayed at a level that suggests many service companies are adding workers.

  20. CR says:

    10:45 AM EST
    The President meets with Prime Minister Netanyahu
    Oval Office

    • CR says:

      March 05, 2012

      Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel

      Oval Office

      10:53 A.M. EST

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I want to welcome Prime Minister Netanyahu and the entire Israeli delegation back to the White House, back to the Oval Office.

      This visit obviously comes at a critical time. We are seeing incredible changes that are taking place in the Middle East and in North Africa. We have seen the terrible bloodshed that’s going on in Syria, the democratic transition that’s taking place in Egypt. And in the midst of this, we have an island of democracy and one of our greatest allies in Israel.

      As I’ve said repeatedly, the bond between our two countries is unbreakable. My personal commitment — a commitment that is consistent with the history of other occupants of this Oval Office — our commitment to the security of Israel is rock solid. And as I’ve said to the Prime Minister in every single one of our meetings, the United States will always have Israel’s back when it comes to Israel’s security. This is a bond that is based not only on our mutual security interests and economic interests, but is also based on common values and the incredible people-to-people contacts that we have between our two countries.

      During the course of this meeting, we’ll talk about the regional issues that are taking place, and I look forward to the Prime Minister sharing with me his ideas about how we can increase the prospects of peace and security in the region. We will discuss the issues that continue to be a focus of not only our foreign policy but also the Prime Minister’s — how we can, potentially, bring about a calmer set of discussions between the Israelis and the Palestinians and arrive at a peaceful resolution to that longstanding conflict. It is a very difficult thing to do in light of the context right now, but I know that the Prime Minister remains committed to trying to achieve that.

      And obviously a large topic of conversation will be Iran, which I devoted a lot of time to in my speech to AIPAC yesterday, and I know that the Prime Minister has been focused on for a long period of time. Let me just reiterate a couple of points on that.

      Number one, we all know that it’s unacceptable from Israel’s perspective to have a country with a nuclear weapon that has called for the destruction of Israel. But as I emphasized yesterday, it is profoundly in the United States’ interest as well to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. We do not want to see a nuclear arms race in one of the most volatile regions in the world. We do not want the possibility of a nuclear weapon falling into the hands of terrorists. And we do not want a regime that has been a state sponsor of terrorism being able to feel that it can act even more aggressively or with impunity as a consequence of its nuclear power.

      That’s why we have worked so diligently to set up the most crippling sanctions ever with respect to Iran. We do believe that there is still a window that allows for a diplomatic resolution to this issue, but ultimately the Iranians’ regime has to make a decision to move in that direction, a decision that they have not made thus far.

      And as I emphasized, even as we will continue on the diplomatic front, we will continue to tighten pressure when it comes to sanctions, I reserve all options, and my policy here is not going to be one of containment. My policy is prevention of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons. And as I indicated yesterday in my speech, when I say all options are at the table, I mean it.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/05/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-netanyahu-israel

    • CR says:

      March 05, 2012

      Readout of the President’s Meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu

      The President hosted Prime Minister Netanyahu for several hours to discuss a broad range of issues in their ninth bilateral meeting. They spoke at length about the threat from Iran. The President reaffirmed the United States policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. He reiterated the United States’ commitment to pursuing a strategy of principled diplomacy, backed by unprecedented pressure, including the additional sanctions that are taking hold on the Iranian regime. He further reiterated that all options are on the table to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The two leaders also discussed a range of regional issues, including Middle East peace, and the tragic situation in Syria. The two leaders agreed to consult closely going forward.

  21. CR says:

    1:30 PM EST
    First lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at campaign event in Kansas City

    • CR says:

      March 05, 2012

      Remarks by the First Lady at a Campaign Event

      American Jazz Museum
      Kansas City, Missouri

      1:30 P.M. CST

      MRS. OBAMA: Oh, my goodness! (Applause.) Well, thank you all so much.

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: You’re beautiful!

      MRS. OBAMA: Aw, you’re so sweet! (Laughter.) It is truly a pleasure and an honor to be here with all of you.

      But before I started today, I just had to say that on behalf of my husband and myself, I just want to say that our thoughts and our prayers are with those affected by the storms in this state and in several other parts of the state last week. And I know that it’s been a very difficult time for many people in this part of the country — and we’ll be keeping folks here in Missouri and elsewhere in our hearts and prayers as they begin to work on the recovery. So I just wanted to start with that. (Applause.)

      But I have to also start by thanking Myra for that very kind introduction and for sharing her family’s story with all of us today. It is because of stories like these that my husband worked so hard on health reform, and it’s because of people like Myra and all of you that we actually got it done. So thank you. We have a lot to be proud of. A lot to be proud of. (Applause.)

      I also want to recognize your Mayor, Mayor James, who is here today. (Applause.) He got to hang out with us hearing some blues. As he said, he got to hear the President sing — again. (Laughter.) But I want to thank him for all of his support, and for taking the time to join me here today. And of course, I want to give a big shoutout to our co-hosts, all the people who helped to make this event a success — Sharon Hoffman, Ursula — thank you all for your outstanding work to make this event such a success. Let’s give them a round of applause. (Applause.)

      And finally, I have to thank all of you. Thank you all for your support and for taking the time to be here today.

      And I know there’s a reason that you all are here. And it’s not just to see me, while I’m grateful — I am grateful for those of you who came. But I know that we’re here because we stand at a fundamental crossroads for our country. We’re here because you all know that in less than a year from now — and the time is ticking away — we are going to make a choice that will impact our lives for decades to come.

      And I know that you’re here because you know that choice won’t just affect all of us, it is going to affect our children, it’s going to affect our grandchildren, and more importantly, it’s going to affect the world that we leave behind for them long after we’re gone.

      And truly, that is why I’m here as well. That’s why I’m going to be on the road, I’m going to be traveling around this country making sure that people understand what’s at stake.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/05/remarks-first-lady-campaign-event

  22. CR says:

    Next Up…

    2:30 PM EST
    Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass: Virtual Conversation
    The White House

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

    • CR says:

      Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass: Virtual Conversation

      Uploaded by whitehouse on Mar 5, 2012

      The U.S. Department of Agriculture holds an event to discuss a new digital report detailing USDA support for local and regional food projects. March 5, 2012.

  23. CR says:

    Business Lending Showing New Signs of Strength

    Karen Mills March 05, 2012 02:31 PM EST

    Over the past three years, the Obama administration has made it a top priority to increase access to capital for small business owners across America. When I came to SBA in early 2009, small business owners would say to me, “I need a loan to survive.” Since that time, SBA has worked hard to provide small businesses with access to capital – even during the depth of the recession. Thanks to the Recovery Act and the Small Business Jobs Act, SBA had a record year in FY2010, supporting more than $30 billion in small business lending across the country.

    Now we’re getting encouraging news that business lending is showing new signs of strength. You may have seen that the FDIC recently released data showing that banks had their biggest increase in business lending in four years. And the Wall Street Journal recently wrote “At Last! Banks Are Making New Loans.” Lately, small business owners are no longer telling me they’re fighting for survival; they’re talking about needing a loan to take advantage of a new opportunity, hire another worker or buy more inventory. There are additional signs that more money is getting into the hands of business owners. The Department of Treasury began receiving reports from the banks that participated in the Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF). Already these financial institutions, mostly community banks, have increased their small business lending by $3.5 billion. And, the 27 states participating in the State Small Business Credit Initiative are also putting the funds to use, supporting lending to small businesses and small manufacturers.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/03/05/business-lending-showing-new-signs-strength

  24. CR says:

    4:30 P.M. CST
    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event

    • CR says:

      March 05, 2012

      Remarks by the First Lady at a Campaign Event

      Peabody Opera House
      St. Louis, Missouri

      4:41 P.M. CST

      MRS. OBAMA: My goodness. (Applause.) Naga, what did you say to them? They’re all fired up. It’s good. (Applause.)

      Before I begin I just want to, first of all, say thank you. I am thrilled to be here. It’s an honor. But before I begin I just wanted to, on behalf of myself and my husband, I wanted to say that our thoughts and prayers are with all those who were affected by the storms in the state and other parts of the state. I know that it’s been just a very difficult time for many families in this part of the country, and we will be keeping everyone in the state and elsewhere in our prayers. So I just wanted to start with that. (Applause.)

      Now, again, back to Naga. Thank you for that very kind introduction. I missed it — (laughter) — but I know it was good. (Laughter.) She and her family are wonderful. It’s just great to have her here. I also want to thank former Senator Carnahan, who I think is here. (Applause.) Yay! We have County Executive Charlie Dooley who’s here. (Applause.) We’ve got your Mayor, Mayor Slay, who’s just been tremendous. He was here. I’m not sure if he’s still here, but he was. It was great to see him.

      I just am thrilled that everyone could come and join in, in this celebration. And of course, I have to give a big thank you to the entire host committee — everyone who helped put this together — you all, thank you so much. (Applause.) Host committee, way to go! Many of you have been with us from the very beginning. It’s just tremendous to be back. And of course, I want to thank all of you for making this event a success.

      And finally, I want to thank everybody here for being here, for your support, for taking the time to come and see me. And I know that there’s a reason why you’re all here today. And it’s not just to see me. (Laughter.) While I’m flattered. But I know there’s a reason. Okay, thank you. (Laughter.) My exercise — she’s working out there.

      But I know you’re here because we stand at a fundamental crossroads for our country. And you’re here because you know that in less than a year from now — the time is ticking, we’re getting close to November — we are going to make a choice that will impact our lives for decades to come.

      And you’re here because you know that choice won’t just affect all of us, but it’s going to affect our children, it’s going to affect our grandchildren, and it’s going to affect the world that we leave behind for them long after we are gone. And believe me, that’s why I’m here today as well. And that’s why I will be traveling around the country, working so very hard, because I know what’s at stake.

      As First Lady, I have had the privilege of traveling all across our magnificent country and I have the pleasure of meeting with folks from all different kinds of backgrounds and I get to hear what’s going on in people’s daily lives. And every day I hear about how people are trying to keep it together. I hear about their struggles, about the bills they’re trying to pay, about the businesses they’re trying to keep afloat. I hear about how they’re taking that extra shift, working that extra job, doing everything they can — saving, sacrificing — never spending a dime on themselves, because they desperately want something better for their kids.

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

      But in the past three years, your President has worked so very hard to dig us out of this mess. (Applause.) And we have made some very important progress. We’ve had 23 straight months of private sector job growth — (applause) — 23 straight months. And the unemployment rate is now the lowest it has been in three years. (Applause.)

      But we know we have a long way to go. And your President has been working so very hard to rebuild our economy based on a vision that we all share — the belief, as my husband says, that hard work should pay off, that responsibility should be rewarded, and that everyone should get a fair shot and do their fair share and play by the same rules. (Applause.)

      And truly, these are basic American values. It’s the basics, right. They’re the values that so many of us were raised with, including myself. You all know my story by now. My father was a blue-collar worker, worked for the city filtration plant. My family lived in a little-bitty apartment on the South Side of Chicago. Mother still has that house.Neither of my parents attended college. But let me tell you what they did do. They worked, my parents; they saved and, God knows, they sacrificed everything, because they wanted something better for me and my brother. That’s such a familiar story, right, I know here.

      And more than anything else, that is what’s at stake in this election, that fundamental promise that no matter who you are, no matter how you started out, if you work hard you can build a decent life for yourself and an even better life for your kids. (Applause.) And on just about every issue — from health care to education to the economy — that is the choice we face. That’s the choice.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/05/remarks-first-lady-campaign-event-0

  25. CR says:

    WH

    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    President Obama receives the daily briefing.
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    Vice President Biden meets with Honduran President Porfirio Lobo Sosa in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

    1:00 PM
    1:15 PM
    President Obama holds a news conference in the press briefing room.
    Brady Press Briefing Room
    Open Press

    Vice President Biden has a working lunch with Honduran President Porfirio Lobo Sosa and other Central American leaders.

    2:00 PM
    2:45 PM
    Vice President Biden and Honduran President Lobo Deliver a Joint Press Statement
    Tegucigalpa, Honduras

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    5:30 PM
    President Obama attends a campaign event at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington.
    The Jefferson Hotel
    Closed Press

    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    7:10 PM EST
    President Obama meets with over 100 members of the Business Roundtable to discuss jobs and economic growth.
    Newseum, Washington, DC
    Travel Pool Coverage

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

  26. CR says:

    President Obama meets with members of the Business Roundtable to discuss jobs and economic growth.

  27. CR says:

    Obama to take questions Tuesday

    3/5/12 POLITICO44

    White House press secretary Jay Carney announces a Tuesday presidential news conference via Twitter: “President Obama will hold a news conference with the White House press corps tomorrow afternoon.”

    Tuesday is the 114th day since Obama’s last wide-ranging Q-and-A session, which took place Nov. 13 in Hawaii. His last news conference held in the White House was on Oct. 6, 152 days before Tuesday. He’s also taken a few questions from the White House press corps following bilateral meetings with foreign leaders.

  28. CR says:

    Hiring Heros

    Hiring Our Heros
    US Chamber of Commerce

    March 6, 2012 – Columbia, SC

    Today, more than ever, companies want and need to hire the right employee with the “right” stuff. Military veterans and their spouses comprise a pool of skilled talent that can benefit your company or organization in many ways.

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Hiring Our Heroes” Hiring Fair scheduled for March 6, 2012 at Fort Jackson’s MG Robert B. Solomon Center is committed to making this a one-of–a-kind FREE hiring fair a win-win for employers and veteran/military spouse job seekers.

    This Hero2Hired (H2H) sponsored hiring event is being conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment & Training Service (DOL VETS), Fort Jackson, The Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP), South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce Veterans Services (SCDEW), South Carolina National Guard, U.S. Army Reserve, South Carolina Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), the Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces, Army Community Services and the State Media Company. These agencies are partnering to help veterans, guardsmen/reservists, and their spouses find meaningful employment.

    March 6, 2012
    10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (opening ceremonies kick off at 9:45 a.m.)
    MG Robert B. Solomon Center
    Bldg 6510
    6510 Strom Thurmond Blvd
    Fort Jackson, South Carolina 29207

  29. CR says:

    National Council of La Raza Capital Awards Gala

    2012 National Council of La Raza Capital Awards Gala
    Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) is among those being honored
    National Building Museum. 6:30 PM EST

  30. CR says:

    Oreo Celebrates 100 Years

    Mar 1, 2012 By ENJOLI FRANCIS | ABC News

    The Oreo is turning 100! http://www.nabiscoworld.com/oreo/birthday/ Get your glass of milk ready!

    Created on March 6, 1912, in a National Biscuit Co. bakery in Manhattan, the sandwich cookie has come a long way from its first sale to a grocer by the name of S.C. Thuesen in Hoboken, N.J.

    Now an international favorite, Oreos can be bought in more than 100 countries and rake in $1.5 billion in global annual revenues. More than 95 million cookies are sold each day.

    Becky Tousey, Kraft Foods’ corporate archivist — aka “Oreo historian” — said the brand’s message had maintained the same theme in its advertising over the years.

    “The focus of advertising was on the fun of eating Oreos, the fun of the parts of the Oreo,” she told ABC News. “It has that theme of the enjoyment — the twisting, the licking, the dunking. For me, as a historian, it’s fun to see that thread throughout.”

    The cookie’s popularity has endured through at least five design changes and the National Biscuit Co.’s name change to Nabisco and then eventual takeover by Kraft Foods.

    “It’s always been a top seller — if not, the top seller for quite a few decades,” Tousey said of the Oreo brand. “Even early on, it became clear to the National Biscuit Co. that it was one of its flagship brands and the company really supported it. … [Oreo] has demonstrated decade after decade that it continues to endure.”

    For the entire: http://news.yahoo.com/oreo-celebrates-100-years-twisting-licking-dunking-215424696–abc-news.html

  31. CR says:

    Latinos Favor Obama Over Any GOP Candidate According To New Poll (Six to One)

    3/5/12 HuffingtonPost

    ….”Latino voters favor President Barack Obama by six-to-one over any of the Republican presidential hopefuls, showed a Fox News Latino poll conducted under the direction of Latin Insights and released Monday.

    The national poll of likely Latino voters indicated that 73 percent of them approved of Obama’s performance in office, with over half those questioned looking favorably upon his handling of the healthcare debate and the economy, at 66 percent and 58 percent respectively

    For the entire article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/05/latino-favor-obama-over-gop-candidates-_n_1321355.html

  32. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Whoa, I am checking in very late but I do not miss a day at ProPresObama! Good and HOPEful Monday night, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

  33. CR says:

    Democrats strive to swing Arizona

    3/06/12 By Josh Lederman – TheHill

    TUCSON, Ariz. — Democrats determined to turn Arizona from a red state to blue have cast their hopes on Richard Carmona, a former surgeon general in the Bush administration who is running to succeed Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.).

    The top ranks of Senate Democrats have all urged Carmona to join the race. But it was a rare personal call from President Obama that underscored the importance to Democrats that the party mount a show of strength in this historically conservative state.

    “He said, ‘We need to get some principled, value-driven people here to solve problems, and I just hope you consider it strongly, because your country need you now,’ ” Carmona said of Obama.
    Obama sees Arizona as a prime opportunity to pick up a state he lost in the 2008 race, and to prove that the Democratic Party’s message resonated beyond its strongholds in the Northeast and Midwest, regions that are losing population and votes.

    If the party is to grow, it needs to increase its reliance on the Southwest, where Democrats see opportunities in the fast-growing Hispanic population turned off by much of the GOP’s rhetoric on immigration — especially in Arizona, where an illegal immigration crackdown has driven a wedge through the electorate.

    And Democrats say Republican overreach in Arizona in recent years has alienated independents, creating the perfect climate for a Democratic coup.If winning in conservative state is the goal, it’s easy to see how Carmona is Democrats’ dream candidate.

    Carmona is positioning himself as the independent choice for an electorate disgusted by the focus on partisanship above solving problems. He points to his work as surgeon general as evidence he can find that sweet spot and help restore function to a dysfunctional body.

    For the entire article: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/214281-democrats-strive-to-swing-arizona

  34. CR says:

    Obama Campaign Ramps Up Efforts Early In Virginia

    3/6/12 by SCOTT HORSLEY – NPR

    While Republican candidates continue to slug it out for their party’s White House nomination, President Obama is getting a head start on the general election.

    Obama’s grassroots campaign is already hard at work with volunteers hosting house parties and staffing phone banks to find and mobilize the president’s supporters. The campaign has opened five offices in Virginia, and that’s not counting the basement of Sue Langley’s house in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Vienna, where more than a dozen volunteers assembled this past weekend.

    Langley, adorned in a “Women for Obama” T-shirt, handed out clipboards full of voter registration forms, along with ballpoint pens and other provisions for a long day of signing up voters.

    Teams were assigned to a local supermarket, an apartment building and a community center. Volunteer Carol Lewis, who works for a software company and has three grown children, has been doing this for a couple of hours every week.

    Lewis is particularly grateful for the president’s health care effort, which allowed her to keep one son on her company’s insurance policy. It’s a story she tells often when talking with her neighbors.

    “My neighbors are very much behind President Obama,” Lewis says. “And I’m actually trying to recruit them to work with me on this campaign.”

    For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2012/03/06/147998471/obama-campaign-ramps-up-efforts-early-in-virginia

  35. CR says:

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

    GO COLORADO DEMOCRATS!
    ‘LA MAUIA’ AMERICAN SAMOA DEMOCRATS!

  36. Good morning CR and PPO Family. Sorry I am late. My computer died this morning so have no access until I get to work (my Blackberry is too hard to read). HOPE you all have a great Tuesday.

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

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

    • CR says:

      Good morning Jackie. Sorry to hear about your computer; hope it gets fixed soon and that the rest of your day goes well. Thank you for the candle link.

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Holy cow! 53 candles from 5 countries! Lots of PBO love out there today!

      Jackie, how are you feeling these days?

      • I am doing well. It is more the inconvenience of the side effects of anesthesia and vicodin, along with the clotting and drainage that I have to deal with that is annoying. Not much pain. The surgery went well and was a success. I am really pleased. Thanks for asking. :)

  37. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good and HOPEful Tuesday, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

  38. CR says:

    Next Up…

    1:15 PM EST
    President Obama holds a news conference with the White House press corps
    The White House

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-Holds-First-News-Conference-of-Year/10737428808/

    • CR says:

      March 06, 2012

      Press Conference by the President

      James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

      1:15 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. Now, I understand there are some political contests going on tonight, but I thought I’d start the day off by taking a few questions, which I’m sure will not be political in nature. (Laughter.) Before I do, I want to make a few announcements about some steps we’re taking to help responsible homeowners who’ve been struggling through this housing crisis.

      We’ve clearly seen some positive economic news over the last few months. Businesses have created about 3.7 million new jobs over the last two years. Manufacturers are hiring for the first time since the 1990s. The auto industry is back and hiring more than 200,000 people over the last few years. Confidence is up. And the economy is getting stronger.

      But there are still millions of Americans who can’t find a job. There are millions more who are having a tough time making the rent or the mortgage, paying for gas or groceries. So our job in Washington isn’t to sit back and do nothing. And it’s certainly not to stand in the way of this recovery. Right now we’ve got to do everything we can to speed it up.

      Now, Congress did the right thing when they passed part of my jobs plan and prevented a tax hike on 160 million working Americans this year. And that was a good first step. But it’s not enough. They can’t just stop there and wait for the next election to come around. There are a few things they can do right now that could make a real difference in people’s lives.

      This Congress should, once and for all, end tax breaks for companies that are shipping jobs overseas, and use that money to reward companies that are creating jobs here in the United States. I’ve put forward a proposal that does just that, and there’s no reason why Congress can’t come together and start acting on it.

      This Congress could hold a vote on the Buffett Rule so that we don’t have billionaires paying a lower tax rate than their secretaries. That’s just common sense. The vast majority of Americans believe it’s common sense. And if we’re serious about paying down our deficit, it’s as good a place to start as any.

      And finally, this Congress should pass my proposal to give every responsible homeowner a chance to save an average of $3,000 a year by refinancing their mortgage at historically low rates. No red tape. No runaround from the banks. If you’ve been on time on your payments, if you’ve done the right thing, if you’ve acted responsibly, you should have a chance to save that money on your home — perhaps to build up your equity, or just to have more money in your pocket that you can spend on businesses in your community. That would make a huge difference for millions of American families.

      Now, if Congress refuses to act, I’ve said that I’ll continue to do everything in my power to act without them. Last fall, we announced an initiative that allows millions of responsible homeowners to refinance at low interest rates. Today we’re taking it a step further — we are cutting by more than half the refinancing fees that families pay for loans ensured by the Federal Housing Administration. That’s going to save the typical family in that situation an extra $1,000 a year, on top of the savings that they’d also receive from refinancing. That would make refinancing even more attractive to more families. It’s like another tax cut that will put more money in people’s pockets. We’re going to do this on our own. We don’t need congressional authorization to do it.

      We’re also taking a series of steps to help homeowners who have served our country. It is unconscionable that members of our armed forces and their families have been some of those who have been most susceptible to losing their homes due to the actions of unscrupulous banks and mortgage lenders. Over the last few years that happened — a lot.

      So as part of the landmark settlement we reached with some of the nation’s largest banks a few weeks ago, here’s what we’re going to do: If you are a member of the armed forces whose home was wrongfully foreclosed, you will be substantially compensated for what the bank did to you and your family. If you are a member of the armed forces with a high interest rate who was wrongfully denied the chance to lower it while you were in active serve, which banks are required to do by law, the banks will refund you the money you would have saved along with a significant penalty.

      The settlement will make sure that you aren’t forced into foreclosure just because you have a permanent change in station but can’t sell your home because you owe more than it’s worth. Some of the money will also go into a fund that guarantees loans on favorable terms to our veterans, and there will be more foreclosure protections for every man and woman who is currently serving this country in harm’s way.

      As I’ve said before, no amount of money is going to be enough to make it right for a family who has had their piece of the American Dream wrongfully taken away from them, and no action — no matter how meaningful — will entirely heal our housing market on its own. This is not something the government by itself can solve. But I’m not one of those people who believe that we should just sit by and wait for the housing market to hit bottom. There are real things that we can do right now that would make a substantial difference in the lives of innocent, responsible homeowners. That’s true in housing, and that’s true in any number of different areas when it comes to ensuring that this recovery touches as many lives as possible. That’s going to be my top priority as long as I hold this office, and I will do everything I can to make that progress.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/06/press-conference-president

    • CR says:

      March 06, 2012

      FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces New Steps to Provide Housing Relief to Veterans and Servicemembers and Help More Responsible Homeowners Refinance

      In his State of the Union address, President Obama laid out a Blueprint for an America Built to Last, calling for action to help responsible borrowers and support a housing market recovery. While the government cannot fix the housing market on its own, the President believes that responsible homeowners should not have to sit and wait for the market to hit bottom to get relief when there are measures at hand that can make a meaningful difference.

      Today, the President is announcing two steps the Administration is taking to support homeowners and their families – providing relief for servicemembers and veterans, including those wrongfully foreclosed upon or denied a lower interest rate on their mortgages, and reducing fees for FHA borrowers looking to refinance. Along with the President’s broader plan to help millions of Americans refinance and save thousands of dollars a year, support the communities hardest-hit by the housing crisis, and help families avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes, this is part of the President’s overall strategy to support responsible homeowners and the housing recovery.

      * Providing Relief for Servicemembers and Veterans

      * Reducing Fees for FHA Borrowers Seeking to Refinance

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/06/fact-sheet-president-obama-announces-new-steps-provide-housing-relief-ve

    • CR says:

      Help for Military Homeowners

      Holly Petraeus March 06, 2012 05:43 PM EST

      Ed note: this was originally posted on the CFPB’s blog

      When I was at Fort Drum, NY last week I heard from a military spouse who said her family has been separated for four years – partly because of deployments but also because they can’t sell their house. At the same meeting an officer told me that he is underwater on a home he bought at a previous assignment. He wondered if there were any options for him that wouldn’t ruin his credit or require a large sum of money he didn’t have.

      I’ve had conversations like these repeatedly in my travels to military communities across the country during the past year. The housing crisis has had a devastating impact on military homeowners, and their unique challenges have made it difficult for them to get help. So I’m glad to see that important protections for military homeowners were included in the recent settlement between the Federal government, 49 state Attorneys General, and five of the largest mortgage loan servicers: Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, and Ally Financial.

      The mortgage servicers who signed the settlement have agreed to review their files for violations of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). They will give monetary relief to those families who saw their homes taken from them in violation of the SCRA, or who did not receive the SCRA interest-rate reduction to which they were entitled. In one way the settlement goes farther than the SCRA: it protects from non-judicial foreclosure all military homeowners who are deployed to a combat zone, even if the mortgage was not obtained before the servicemember entered active duty.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/03/06/help-military-homeowners

  39. CR says:

    Next Up..

    2:45 PM EST
    Vice President Biden and Honduran President Lobo Deliver a Joint Press Statement
    Tegucigalpa, Honduras (Audio Only)

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

    • CR says:

      March 06, 2012

      Joint Statement to the Press by Vice President Joe Biden and Honduran President Porfirio Lobo Sosa

      Presidential Palace
      Tegucigalpa, Honduras

      4:45 P.M. CST

      PRESIDENT LOBO SOSA: [As interpreted by Government of Honduras interpreter] Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen of the national and international press and the media. It’s a true honor for us that today we count with the attendance of Vice President Joe Biden. Welcome to the Republic of Honduras, sir. (Applause.)

      Likewise, it’s a true pleasure to receive the Presidents Otto Peréz Molina of Guatemala, Mauricio Funes of El Salvador, Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica, Ricardo Martinelli of Panama, and Chancellor Carlos Morales Troncoso on behalf of the President Leonel Fernéndez of the Dominican Republic.

      We held a joint meeting, the presidents of the Central American Integration System, SICA, together with Vice President Biden. It’s been a fairly — a meeting concentrated in citizen security and how to continue our endeavors, efforts between the people and country of the United States of America and the peoples and governments of Central America on the struggle against organized crime and drug traffic.

      We are doing our best efforts and also using the best collaboration efforts from the people and government of the United States. Vice President Biden, it’s a true honor for us, and to President Barack Obama, please mention that we count with your eternal friendship and the support of brotherly country. And you’re accompanying us in this struggle that we need so much in order to generate spaces that are in our interest as we have lots of poverty that is the scourge of our country. So, thank you for attending, being here with us. Thank you.

      VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: Mr. President, it’s an honor — it’s a genuine honor to be here. I appreciate President Lobo hosting me today and hosting our colleagues across the region. And the leader of the Senate is here, Congress is here. I thank you, Mr. President.

      And to the Vice Presidents, I thank you. Madam Vice President, thank you for traveling an hour and a half to meet my aircraft. The hospitality was much appreciated.

      The United States and Honduras have had a long and close partnership, and we reaffirmed that today. The President and I discussed a wide range of topics, especially security and economic development. We understand the grave threats of narcotrafficking and the gang violence, and the threat it poses to the people of Honduras, but quite frankly to the entire region as well as to my country. And the United States is absolutely committed to continuing to work with Honduras to win this battle against the narcotraffickers.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/06/joint-statement-press-vice-president-joe-biden-and-honduran-president-po

  40. CR says:

    March 06, 2012

    Statement by the President on the Passing of Congressman Donald Payne

    Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Congressman Donald Payne, Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and former Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. By any standard, Don lived a full and meaningful life. After serving as the first African American President of the National Council of YMCAs, and then several years in local government, Don went on to become the first African American Congressman to represent the state of New Jersey. In Washington, he made it his mission to fight for working families, increase the minimum wage, ensure worker safety, guarantee affordable health care and improve the educational system. He was a leader in US-Africa policy, making enormous contributions towards helping restore democracy and human rights across the continent. Don will be missed, and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.

  41. CR says:

    5:30 PM EST
    President Obama attends a campaign event at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington.

  42. Kat 4 Obama says:

    This, from Deaniac83, is the best article I’ve read so far about Attorney General Holder’s speech at Northwestern University.

    “…. He spoke with astounding clarity on the law and national security. He reminded all of us why this administration is the only group of adults in Washington, DC….”

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/03/eric-holder-destroys-fauxgressives-on.html

  43. CR says:

    Next Up..

    7:10 PM EST
    President Obama meets with over 100 members of the Business Roundtable to discuss jobs and economic growth.
    Newseum, Washington, DC (Audio Only)

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

    • CR says:

      March 06, 2012

      Remarks by the President at Business Roundtable

      Newseum
      Washington, D.C.

      7:06 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you very much, everybody. It is good to see all of you. Jim, thank you for the introduction. It is a privilege to be with the men and women of the Business Roundtable. Over the past three years, we’ve worked together on a number of issues, and we’ve found common ground on an awful lot of them.

      Some of you have dedicated your time and energy and expertise to serving on my Jobs Council or my Export Council. Others have hosted me or Cabinet members at your companies, at your plants, at your distribution centers. And this engagement has been incredibly productive for us. It’s helped to shape our collective work and to get this economy growing again. So I just wanted to say thank you for that.

      Tonight, I want to keep that engagement going, so I’m going to keep my remarks at the top relatively brief. I’m looking forward to hearing about your new “Taking Action for America” report. And I’m going to hopefully spend as much time listening as I do talking.

      But the last time I addressed this group was just over two years ago, when we were still working to clear away the wreckage from what turned out to be the worst economic crisis that we’ve seen since the Great Depression. And obviously we’ve got a long way to go. We’ve still got millions of people who are out of work. We still have a lot of folks whose homes are underwater. There are enormous economic challenges that lie ahead, and we’re going to have to think strategically and systematically about how we restore a sense of middle-class security for Americans who are doing the right thing, working hard, looking to support their families.

      The good news is, over the last two years, businesses like yours have created over 3.7 million new jobs. The American auto industry has come back. Companies are bringing jobs back to America. Manufacturers are adding new jobs for the first time since the 1990s.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/06/remarks-president-business-roundtable

  44. Obama’s Energy Strategy

  45. CR says:

    March 06, 2012

    Vice President Biden, Administration Officials Welcome Clarification of Countervailing Duty Law

    Administration Urged Congress to Act on Behalf of U.S. Businesses, Workers

    Washington, D.C. – Vice President Biden, along with U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary John Bryson, today welcomed congressional passage of legislation clarifying the Department of Commerce’s ability to apply countervailing duties (CVDs) on subsidized imports from non-market economies, including China.

    “By passing this law, Congress has taken a clear stand against the unfair trade practices that have put countless American jobs in jeopardy,” said Vice President Biden. “We will continue to use every available tool to make sure America’s trading partners play by the rules, because when they do, U.S. businesses and workers can fairly compete – and out-compete anyone.”

    “This law will make clear in no uncertain terms the rights that America’s businesses and workers have when their jobs are threatened by unfairly subsidized imports from countries like China,” said Ambassador Kirk. “We’re pleased that access to appropriate trade remedies will be ensured.”

    “The action taken by Congress today is a significant win for American businesses and workers,” said Secretary Bryson. “The passage of this legislation will prevent more than 80 companies, both large and small, from across 38 states and employing tens of thousands of manufacturing workers, from being harmed by unfair trade subsidies. I truly appreciate the leadership in both the House and the Senate for working with us to ensure that the Commerce Department maintains this critical tool to protect American businesses from subsidized imports, so that they can build things here and sell them everywhere.”

    In December 2011, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) found, in GPX v. United States, that U.S. law prohibits the Department of Commerce from applying CVDs to NMEs, including China. This legislation overturns that decision

  46. CR says:

    March 06, 2012

    Vice President Biden, Administration Officials Welcome Clarification of Countervailing Duty Law

    Administration Urged Congress to Act on Behalf of U.S. Businesses, Workers

    Washington, D.C. – Vice President Biden, along with U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary John Bryson, today welcomed congressional passage of legislation clarifying the Department of Commerce’s ability to apply countervailing duties (CVDs) on subsidized imports from non-market economies, including China.

    “By passing this law, Congress has taken a clear stand against the unfair trade practices that have put countless American jobs in jeopardy,” said Vice President Biden. “We will continue to use every available tool to make sure America’s trading partners play by the rules, because when they do, U.S. businesses and workers can fairly compete – and out-compete anyone.”

    “This law will make clear in no uncertain terms the rights that America’s businesses and workers have when their jobs are threatened by unfairly subsidized imports from countries like China,” said Ambassador Kirk. “We’re pleased that access to appropriate trade remedies will be ensured.”

    “The action taken by Congress today is a significant win for American businesses and workers,” said Secretary Bryson. “The passage of this legislation will prevent more than 80 companies, both large and small, from across 38 states and employing tens of thousands of manufacturing workers, from being harmed by unfair trade subsidies. I truly appreciate the leadership in both the House and the Senate for working with us to ensure that the Commerce Department maintains this critical tool to protect American businesses from subsidized imports, so that they can build things here and sell them everywhere.”

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/06/vice-president-biden-administration-officials-welcome-clarification-coun

  47. CR says:

    March 05, 2012
    Presidential Proclamation — National Consumer Protection Week, 2012

    NATIONAL CONSUMER PROTECTION WEEK, 2012

    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    A PROCLAMATION

    Millions of Americans use financial products, including credit cards, mortgages, and student loans, to build the foundation for a better tomorrow. These tools help bring our aspirations within reach and empower countless individuals to earn an education, afford a home, or raise a family. Yet, irresponsible lending and deceptive practices pose serious risks to consumers and our economy alike. During National Consumer Protection Week, we recommit to empowering all Americans with the clear and concise information they need to make financial decisions, and to encouraging open and honest competition in the marketplace.

    For 14 years, consumer advocacy groups, private organizations, and agencies at every level of government have come together to celebrate National Consumer Protection Week by highlighting the ways individuals and families can protect themselves from scams, fraud, and abuse. Robust consumer education is essential to a healthy economy, and I encourage all Americans to learn more about money management, avoiding identity theft, understanding loans and mortgages, and other topics at: http://www.NCPW.gov .

    With the leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Director Richard Cordray, my Administration continues to look out for the interests of everyday Americans by strengthening oversight and accountability in the financial sector and fighting for the protections consumers deserve. Last year, we launched the “Know Before You Owe” campaign to simplify home loan applications, student financial aid packages, and credit card agreements and make it easier for consumers to compare options. We are reaching out to seniors, service members, and others who face unique financial challenges to help them access the tools and resources they need. To better understand the issues confronting consumers across our country, we are also engaging individuals and organizations and ensuring they have a voice at the CFPB. To share your own experience with consumer financial products, file a complaint, or find more information about how the CFPB is protecting American families, visit: http://www.ConsumerFinance.gov .

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/05/presidential-proclamation-national-consumer-protection-week-2012

  48. CR says:

    March 06, 2012

    Presidential Memorandum — Treaty Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Concerning Defense Trade Cooperation

    MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE

    SUBJECT: Delegation of Responsibility Under the Senate Resolution of Advice and Consent to Ratification of the Treaty Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Concerning Defense Trade Cooperation; and the Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties Implementation Act of 2010

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 301 of title 3 of the United States Code, I hereby delegate to you, in consultation with the heads of other executive departments and agencies, as appropriate:

    (1) the function of the President to make all certifications, reports, and notifications to the Congress prior to entry into force of the Treaty Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Concerning Defense Trade Cooperation, as well as to provide annual reports thereafter, consistent with section 2 of the Senate Resolution of Advice and Consent to Ratification of the Treaty, dated September 29, 2010; and

    (2) the responsibility of the President, under the Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties Implementation Act of 2010 (the “Act”), to provide congressional notification of amendments to the Implementing Arrangements that are made pursuant to section 105(c) of the Act.

    You are authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

    BARACK OBAMA

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