Memorial Day & 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while in the military service.

COMMEMORATION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VIETNAM WAR

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 May 28, 2012, through November 11, 2025, as the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. I call upon Federal, State, and local officials to honor our Vietnam veterans, our fallen, our wounded, those unaccounted for, our former prisoners of war, their families, and all who served with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

Throughout this Commemoration, let us strive to live up to their example by showing our Vietnam veterans, their families, and all who have served the fullest respect and support of a grateful Nation.”

President Barack Obama 5/25/12


National Memorial Day Observances
Monday, May 28th – 3:00 pm Local Time

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Presidential Medal of Freedom

The Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

Awarded for “a meritorious act or service which has aided the United States in the prosecution of a war against an enemy or enemies and for which an award of another United States medal or decoration is considered inappropriate”

On May  29, 2012 at 3:25 PM ET the following individuals will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom:

Madeleine Albright
John Doar
Bob Dylan
William Foege
John Glenn
Gordon Hirabayashi
Dolores Huerta
Jan Karski
Juliette Gordon Low
Toni Morrison
Shimon Peres
John Paul Stevens
Pat Summitt

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65 Responses to Memorial Day & 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom

  1. CR says:

    WH

    Monday, May 28, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.

    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:15 AM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host a breakfast in honor of Gold Star Families.

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    President Obama Participates in a Wreath Laying ceremony at Tomb of the Unknowns
    Arlington National Cemetary, Arlington, VA

    11:20 AM
    President Obama Speaks at the Memorial Amphitheater
    Arlington National Cemetary, Arlington, VA

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    1:50 PM
    President Obama Speaks at the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony
    Vietnam War Memorial, Washington, DC

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      May 28, 2012

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

      11:00 AM EDT
      President Obama Participates in a Wreath Laying ceremony at Tomb of the Unknowns
      Arlington National Cemetary, Arlington, VA

      11:20 AM EDT
      President Obama Speaks at the Memorial Amphitheater
      Arlington National Cemetary, Arlington, VA

      1:50 PM EDT
      President Obama Speaks at the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony
      Vietnam War Memorial, Washington, DC

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      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      10:30 AM ET
      Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta delivers remarks at the National Memorial Day Observance ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA

      11:00 AM EDT
      President Obama Participates in a Wreath Laying ceremony at Tomb of the Unknowns
      Arlington National Cemetary, Arlington, VA

      11:20 AM EDT
      President Obama Speaks at the Memorial Amphitheater
      Arlington National Cemetary, Arlington, VA

      1:50 PM EDT
      President Obama Speaks at the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony
      Vietnam War Memorial, Washington, DC

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      10:30 AM ET
      Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta delivers remarks at the National Memorial Day Observance ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA

      11:00 AM EDT
      President Obama Participates in a Wreath Laying ceremony at Tomb of the Unknowns
      Arlington National Cemetary, Arlington, VA http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-Attends-Annual-Wreath-Laying-Ceremony/10737430978/

      11:20 AM EDT
      President Obama Speaks at the Memorial Amphitheater
      Arlington National Cemetary, Arlington, VA

      1:50 PM EDT
      President Obama Speaks at the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony
      Vietnam War Memorial, Washington, DC http://www.c-span.org/Events/Vietnam-War-Marked-on-Memorial-Day/10737430977/

      Department of Defense http://www.defense.gov/live/

      10:30 AM ET
      Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta delivers remarks at the National Memorial Day Observance ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA

      11:00 AM EDT
      President Obama Participates in a Wreath Laying ceremony at Tomb of the Unknowns
      Arlington National Cemetary, Arlington, VA

      11:20 AM EDT
      President Obama Speaks at the Memorial Amphitheater
      Arlington National Cemetary, Arlington, VA

      1:50 PM EDT
      President Obama Speaks at the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony
      Vietnam War Memorial, Washington, DC

  2. CR says:

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    Memorial Day

    Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while in the military service.

    * Origins of Memorial Day
    * Veterans Stories
    * Memorials, Military History, and Monuments
    * Help Your Country

    • CR says:

      vietnam-war-commemoration

      May 26, 2012

      WEEKLY ADDRESS: Honoring Our Fallen Heroes this Memorial Day

      WASHINGTON, DC—In this week’s address, President Obama paid tribute to our men and women in uniform who have died in service to our country. The President also reaffirmed our nation’s dedication to serving our veterans as well as they have served us, and thanked our men and women in uniform for their unwavering commitment to the United States. As we come together on Memorial Day, we remind our military families and veterans that they are not alone, and give our thanks to those who made the ultimate sacrifice and helped make America the most prosperous and powerful nation on earth.

      Remarks of President Barack Obama
      Weekly Address
      The White House
      May 26, 2012

      This weekend, folks across the country are opening up the pool, firing up the grill, and taking a well-earned moment to relax. But Memorial Day is more than a three-day weekend. In town squares and national cemeteries, in public services and moments of quiet reflection, we will honor those who loved their country enough to sacrifice their own lives for it.

      This Memorial Day, Michelle and I will join Gold Star families, veterans, and their families at Arlington National Cemetery. We’ll pay tribute to patriots of every generation who gave the last full measure of devotion, from Lexington and Concord to Iraq and Afghanistan.

      Later that day, we’ll join Vietnam veterans and their families at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial—the Wall. We’ll begin to mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. It’s another chance to honor those we lost at places like Hue, Khe Sanh, Danang and Hamburger Hill. And we’ll be calling on you—the American people—to join us in thanking our Vietnam veterans in your communities.

      Even as we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice, we reaffirm our commitment to care for those who served alongside them—the veterans who came home. This includes our newest generation of veterans, from Iraq and Afghanistan.

      We have to serve them and their families as well as they have served us: By making sure that they get the healthcare and benefits they need; by caring for our wounded warriors and supporting our military families; and by giving veterans the chance to go to college, find a good job, and enjoy the freedom that they risked everything to protect.

      Our men and women in uniform took an oath to defend our country at all costs, and today, as members of the finest military the world has ever known, they uphold that oath with dignity and courage. As President, I have no higher honor than serving as their Commander-in-Chief. But with that honor comes a solemn responsibility – one that gets driven home every time I sign a condolence letter, or meet a family member whose life has been turned upside down.

      No words can ever bring back a loved one who has been lost. No ceremony can do justice to their memory. No honor will ever fill their absence.

      But on Memorial Day, we come together as Americans to let these families and veterans know that they are not alone. We give thanks for those who sacrificed everything so that we could be free. And we commit ourselves to upholding the ideals for which so many patriots have fought and died.

      Thank you, God bless you, and have a wonderful weekend.

    • CR says:

      May 25, 2012

      Presidential Proclamation — Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War

      COMMEMORATION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VIETNAM WAR
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      BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
      A PROCLAMATION

      As we observe the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, we reflect with solemn reverence upon the valor of a generation that served with honor. We pay tribute to the more than 3 million servicemen and women who left their families to serve bravely, a world away from everything they knew and everyone they loved. From Ia Drang to Khe Sanh, from Hue to Saigon and countless villages in between, they pushed through jungles and rice paddies, heat and monsoon, fighting heroically to protect the ideals we hold dear as Americans. Through more than a decade of combat, over air, land, and sea, these proud Americans upheld the highest traditions of our Armed Forces.

      As a grateful Nation, we honor more than 58,000 patriots –their names etched in black granite — who sacrificed all they had and all they would ever know. We draw inspiration from the heroes who suffered unspeakably as prisoners of war, yet who returned home with their heads held high. We pledge to keep faith with those who were wounded and still carry the scars of war, seen and unseen. With more than 1,600 of our service members still among the missing, we pledge as a Nation to do everything in our power to bring these patriots home. In the reflection of The Wall, we see the military family members and veterans who carry a pain that may never fade. May they find peace in knowing their loved ones endure, not only in medals and memories, but in the hearts of all Americans, who are forever grateful for their service, valor, and sacrifice.

      In recognition of a chapter in our Nation’s history that must never be forgotten, let us renew our sacred commitment to those who answered our country’s call in Vietnam and those who awaited their safe return. Beginning on Memorial Day 2012, the Federal Government will partner with local governments, private organizations, and communities across America to participate in the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War — a 13-year program to honor and give thanks to a generation of proud Americans who saw our country through one of the most challenging missions we have ever faced. While no words will ever be fully worthy of their service, nor any honor truly befitting their sacrifice, let us remember that it is never too late to pay tribute to the men and women who answered the call of duty with courage and valor. Let us renew our commitment to the fullest possible accounting for those who have not returned.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/05/25/presidential-proclamation-commemoration-50th-anniversary-vietnam-war

    • CR says:

      May 25, 2012

      FACT SHEET: Memorial Day and Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War

      This Memorial Day, we honor the men and women who have defended our nation, and mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. On Memorial Day, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will participate in an event at Arlington National Cemetery. The President, Vice President, First Lady and Dr. Biden will also attend an event at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. Prior to these events, the President and First Lady Michelle Obama will meet with Gold Star Families. On Friday, the Vice President and Dr. Biden attended an event to honor the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp.

      Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War
      “This month, we’ll begin to mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, a time when, to our shame, our veterans did not always receive the respect and the thanks they deserved — a mistake that must never be repeated.” — President Obama, May 16, 2012

      The Memorial Day gathering at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall marks the beginning of the national commemoration of the Vietnam War’s 50th anniversary program and is a joint effort between the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the National Park Service and the Department of Defense.

      The Federal Government will partner with State and local governments, private organizations, and communities across America to launch the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War—a 13-year program to honor and give thanks to a generation of proud Americans who saw our country through one of the most challenging missions we have ever faced and pay tribute to the more than 3 million men and women who answered the call of duty with courage and valor. The events and activities that are a part of this commemoration will:

      • Thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor the families of these veterans.

      • Highlight the service of the armed forces during the Vietnam War and the contributions of federal agencies and governmental and non-governmental organizations that served with, or in support of, the armed forces.

      • Pay tribute to the contributions made on the home front by the people of the United States during the Vietnam War.

      • Highlight the advances in technology, science, and medicine related to the military research conducted during the Vietnam War.

      • Recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the allies of the United States during the Vietnam War.

      • CR says:

        Vietnam Veterans Champions of Change

        Published on May 27, 2012 by whitehouse

        The White House recently honored eleven individuals within the veterans’ community, especially those who served in Vietnam, who are Champions of Change. These individuals have shown continued support for efforts to end veterans’ homelessness, boost veterans’ employment, treat problems with substance abuse, and develop treatment programs for those dealing with PTSD.

      • CR says:

        Champions of Change: Vietnam Veterans

        Published on May 24, 2012 by whitehouse

        The White House Office of Public Engagement honors eleven individuals within the veterans’ community, especially those who served in Vietnam, who are Champions of Change. These individuals have shown continued support for efforts to end veterans’ homelessness, boost veterans’ employment, treat problems with substance abuse, and develop treatment programs for those dealing with PTSD. May 24, 2012.

      • CR says:

        May 28, 2012
        Op-ed by President Obama: Keeping faith with Vietnam veterans

        The full text of the op-ed by President Barack Obama is printed below. The piece was published today in Military.com, Military Times and Stars and Stripes.

        Keeping faith with Vietnam veterans
        By President Obama

        Today, all across America, we’re coming together to remember our men and women in uniform who gave their lives so that we could live free. In town squares and national cemeteries, in moments of quiet reflection and parades down city streets, we’ll pay tribute to all those who gave the last full measure of their devotion, from Lexington and Concord to Iraq and Afghanistan.

        This Memorial Day also holds special significance because it marks the beginning of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. It was 50 years ago — January 1962 — when U.S. Army pilots on dozens of helicopters transported South Vietnamese troops into the jungles outside Saigon for a raid against enemy forces. It was one of America’s first major operations in Vietnam and another turning point in what would become one of our longest wars.

        Today at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., I’ll join Vietnam veterans and their families for a ceremony to begin this 50th anniversary. It will be an occasion to honor the 58,282 names on The Wall—men and women who gave their lives in that war. We’ll stand with their families, who have borne that loss ever since. And we’ll reaffirm our commitment to never stop searching for the 1,666 service members who are still missing from that war.

        After Vietnam, our veterans didn’t always receive the respect and thanks they deserved. At times they were neglected and even shunned, which was a national shame. We’ve pledged many times since Vietnam that we would never let that happen again, and that we would give our veterans, especially our Vietnam Veterans, the respect and honor they deserve. This 50th anniversary is our opportunity to do it right.

        We’re calling on all Americans to join us in honoring and supporting our extraordinary Vietnam veterans who are among the more than three million Americans who served in that war. There are so many ways to show our appreciation to these veterans and their families, and many of them are available at http://www.vietnamwar50th.com.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/05/28/op-ed-president-obama-keeping-faith-vietnam-veterans

        • CR says:

          “America could not be prouder of you”

          Published on Jul 4, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
          Learn More: http://OFA.BO/fgMPAB

          Edward Meagher joined the United States Air Force in 1966. He volunteered to go to Vietnam and spent well over 2.5 years overseas.

          Today, Edward has the privilege of working with veterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

          President Obama’s message has been very clear. You stood up for us; we will stand tall for you. He’s ended the war with honor, and he’s brought them home, and he’s doing the same thing in Afghanistan. He understands at a real gut level what these folks have been through.

          President Obama has taken a wide view of taking care of veterans who have come back from their service. He’s really addressing all their issues: the medical issues, the transition issues, educational benefits, jobs. They have to have access to jobs. They have to have job training. He’s put real programs in place — programs that work.

      • CR says:

        Reaching Out to Fight Veteran Homelessness

        Rosye Cloud June 05, 2012 02:01 PM EDT

        The White House would like to congratulate the finalists dedicated to providing resources to our homeless veterans. On March 19, 2012, the VA Innovation Initiative (VAi2) launched Project REACH (Real-time Electronic Access for Caregivers and the Homeless), which involved public and nonprofit collaboration between the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, and the Jon Bon Jovi (JBJ) Soul Foundation.

        VA Deputy Secretary W. Scott Gould, Mr. Bon Jovi, and HUD Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones announced the finalists today at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Data Initiative Forum in Washington D.C., and each finalist received a $10,000 prize.

        Project REACH challenges the nation’s developers to create a convenient mobile application so that local resources are available to those who need them most – our homeless veterans. The ultimate goal is to create a national platform that allows for identifying available services such as health clinics, food kitchens, housing services, and shelters at any location around the country.

        These finalists were chosen because they were the first five contestants to meet the selection criteria as outlined on http://www.reachthehomeless.challenge.gov. Simply put, they provided a free, broadly accessible application that produces real or near real-time information on where someone can find a bed, a place to eat, or seek medical services. A pilot program between Veterans Affairs and Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation will select a program among this list of finalists that can be scaled nationwide.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/06/05/reaching-out-fight-veteran-homelessness

    • CR says:

      May 18, 2012

      DOD to Host Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony at Vietnam Veterans Memorial

      Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta will host a ceremony on Monday, May 28, 2012, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to thank and honor America’s Vietnam Veterans on behalf of a grateful nation. This ceremony will serve as a public kickoff of efforts to partner with communities across the United States. Invited guests include thousands of Vietnam Veterans, their loved ones, Gold Star families and leadership from the military services, Cabinet and Congress. There will be a limited viewing area open to the general public.

      The Memorial Day ceremony marks the beginning of the national commemoration of the Vietnam War’s 50th anniversary program and is a joint effort between the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the National Park Service and the Department of Defense. The event will include remarks, a moment of silence, music and ceremonial elements that will begin at 1 p.m. EDT. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, Secretary of Defense and Senator Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam Veteran, and other dignitaries are scheduled to speak.

      Due to space limitations, the event is open to a limited number of registered correspondents with pooled TV and still photographers. Correspondents wanting to cover this event must RSVP by email to PA_vnwar50th@wso.whs.mil by noon Wednesday, May 23 to receive set instructions. Registration will be confirmed by e-mail and badges will be issued at the media check-in desk on Monday, May 28, 2012 at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

      For more: http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=15291

    • CR says:

      Vietnam War Commemoration National Announcement and Proclamation Ceremony

      Office of the Spokesperson
      Washington, DC

      May 25, 2012 state.gov

      On Monday, May 28, 2012, Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns will lay a wreath at the Vietnam War Commemoration National Announcement and Proclamation Ceremony at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC.

      Congress tasked the Department of Defense to lead the United States in commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta will host this ceremony to thank and honor America’s Vietnam Veterans on behalf of a grateful nation. President Obama will be the keynote speaker at the event which will include 2,500 Vietnam Veterans, their loved ones, current and former State officials who served at the Embassy, Gold Star families and leadership from the military services, Cabinet and Congress. In addition to President Obama, the ceremony will feature remarks by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Senator Chuck Hagel; a moment of silence; music; and ceremonial elements. Other government officials laying wreaths will include Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, and Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.

      Actor Tom Selleck will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Ms. Cindy Coleman, wife of the late Foreign Service Officer Joseph Fandino, who served at the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam from 1971-1972 and passed away at Bien Hoa Air Force Base in 1972, will lay a wreath with Deputy Secretary Burns.

    • CR says:

      Sacred Trust

      Uploaded by BarackObamadotcom on May 22, 2012

      Learn more: http://www.barackobama.com/forward

      The sacrifices that our troops have made have been incredible. It’s because of what they’ve done that we’ve been able to go after Al Qaeda and kill Bin Laden. When they come home we have a sacred trust to make sure that we are doing everything we can to heal all of their wounds. Giving them the opportunities that they deserve to find a job and get the education they need. It’s not enough just to make a speech about how we value veterans. It’s not enough just to remember them on Memorial Day.

    • CR says:

      Obama meets with Rolling Thunder

      5/25/12 3:06 PM EDT By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

      There were no events listed on his public schedule Friday, but President Obama apparently took time out to greet members of Rolling Thunder , a nonprofit dedicated to bringing attention to POWs and troops missing in action.

      The White House put out a photo of the meeting, showing Obama meeting the group in the Diplomatic Reception Room.

      The organization, which is known for motorcycle rallies on Memorial Day weekend, says on its web site that its members “are united in the cause to bring full accountability for Prisoners Of War (POW) and Missing In Action (MIA) of all wars, reminding the government, the media and the public by our watchwords: ‘We Will Not Forget.’”

      The president signed a proclamation on Friday marking the start of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War on Monday.

  3. CR says:

    Pia Sundhage Names 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Soccer Team
    11 Players Return from 2008 Beijing Olympics; Rampone to Play in Record Fourth Olympic Tournament

    May 27, 2012 ussoccer.com

    11 Players Return from 2008 Beijing Olympics; Rampone to Play in Record Fourth Olympic Tournament

    CHICAGO (May 27, 2012) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named the 18-player roster for the 2012 Olympic Games. Eleven players make a return to the Olympics after helping the USA to the gold medal in 2008 in Beijing, China. Midfielders Shannon Boxx and Heather O’Reilly and defender Heather Mitts make their third Olympic Team while U.S. captain Christie Rampone will be playing in a U.S. record fourth Olympic Games.

    The U.S. will open Group G play at the Olympics with two matches at the famed Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland. The U.S. will first face France (5 p.m. local / 12 p.m. ET) on July 25 – two days before the Olympic Opening Ceremonies – and then take on Colombia on July 28 (5 p.m. local / 12 p.m. ET). The USA will finish group play against Korea DPR on July 31 (5:15 p.m. local / 12:15 p.m. ET) at the legendary Old Trafford in Manchester, home to Manchester United.

    The U.S. Women’s National Team has advanced to the gold medal game of every Olympic women’s soccer tournament that has been contested. The USA won the inaugural gold medal in 1996 in Athens, Ga., won silver in 2000 in Sydney, Australia, and will be going for its third straight gold medal after standing atop the podium in Athens, Greece, in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.

    U.S. Olympic Women’s Soccer Team Roster by Position – Detailed Roster
    GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart, Hope Solo
    DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler, Amy LePeilbet, Heather Mitts, Kelley O’Hara, Christie Rampone, Becky Sauerbrunn
    MIDFIELDERS (6): Shannon Boxx, Lauren Cheney, Tobin Heath, Carli Lloyd, Heather O’Reilly, Megan Rapinoe
    FORWARDS (4): Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, Amy Rodriguez, Abby Wambach

    For more: http://www.ussoccer.com/News/Womens-National-Team/2012/05/Pia-Sundhage-Names-2012-US-Olympic-Soccer-Team.aspx

    • CR says:

      US soccer<br />

      May 27, 2012
      U.S. Women vs. China PR Women
      @ 7 p.m. ET
      PPL Park; Chester, Pa.

      • CR says:

        US 4-1 WIN OVER CHINA!!!

        ————

        Grades: China-U.S. friendly

        May 27, 2012, 11:09 PM ET By Jeff Carlisle – espn

        With the Olympics fast approaching, Alex Morgan continues to live up to the hype. She scored two goals for the U.S. women’s national team in a 4-1 win against China in Sunday’s friendly, one of a handful of tuneups leading up to London.

        Zhang Rui had staked China to a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute, but Morgan pulled the Americans level 11 minutes later, curling home Heather O’Reilly’s deflected pass. An own goal from China captain Zhou Gaoping in the 36th minute put the U.S. ahead, and Morgan sealed the match five minutes into the second half, showing good strength to fend off her marker before rifling home a shot from 20 yards. Abby Wambach capped off the scoring in the 83rd minute, converting from a tight angle after taking a throw-in from Morgan.

        While the U.S. ultimately eased to a victory, the match wasn’t without some hiccups. In particular, a sloppy start to the game characterized by some ill-advised passes will no doubt trouble U.S. manager Pia Sundhage.

        China showed its intentions as early as the fourth minute, when Han Peng clipped the crossbar. The visitors also showed no hesitation in pressuring the Americans in their own half and, as a result, the U.S. tried to play its way out of trouble rather than take the direct route. Such a sequence led directly to China’s goal midway through the first half. Amy LePeilbet’s high-risk pass deep in her own half led to a turnover, and a quick pass put Zhang in on goal and her shot cleanly beat U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo to the far post.

        For more: http://espn.go.com/olympics/story/_/id/7978708/2012-london-olympics-us-women-soccer-team-beats-china-friendly

  4. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Many likes and thumbs-ups for this post, CR!

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    • CR says:

      It is an honor that my 400th thread is one of such significance.

      Thank you to our Veterans!

      Thank you to all the great people in our country whose efforts of blood, sweat, speaking out, standing up and fighting for civil rights made us a great nation that we are today!

  5. CR says:

    9:15 AM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host a breakfast in honor of Gold Star Families.

  6. CR says:

    Good Monday morning everyone!

    Please join me in today’s oberservance of the

    National Moment of Remembrance 3:00 p.m. local time

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    Thank you and all of our “honorary American brothers and sisters” who care for our Fallen Soliders’ graves outside of the USA.

    One of our “honorary American brothers and sisters” is Bert Caris (a supporter of Pres. Obama) and his group from the Netherlands that tend to the graves of American Soliders overseas. Please visit their website “Fallen Not Forgotten“.

  8. CR says:

    Next Up…

    11:00 AM EDT
    President Obama Participates in a Wreath Laying ceremony at Tomb of the Unknowns
    Arlington National Cemetary, Arlington, VA

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-Attends-Annual-Wreath-Laying-Ceremony/10737430978/

    Department of Defense http://www.defense.gov/live/

    • CR says:

      Obama lays Memorial Day wreath

      Published on May 28, 2012 by CBS

      President Obama lays a wreath at the Tome of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery in Va. to commemorate Memorial Day, 2012.

  9. CR says:

    11:20 AM EDT
    President Obama Speaks at the Memorial Amphitheater
    Arlington National Cemetary, Arlington, VA

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-Attends-Annual-Wreath-Laying-Ceremony/10737430978/

    Department of Defense http://www.defense.gov/live/

    • CR says:

      May 28, 2012

      Remarks by the President Commemorating Memorial Day

      Memorial Amphitheater
      Arlington National Cemetery
      Arlington, Virginia

      11:39 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Please be seated. Good morning, everybody. Thank you, Secretary Panetta, for your introduction and for your incredible service to our country. To General Dempsey, Major General Linnington, Kathryn Condon, Chaplain Berry, all of you who are here today — active duty, veterans, family and friends of the fallen — thank you for allowing me the privilege of joining you in this sacred place to commemorate Memorial Day.

      These 600 acres are home to Americans from every part of the country who gave their lives in every corner of the globe. When a revolution needed to be waged and a Union needed to be saved, they left their homes and took up arms for the sake of an idea. From the jungles of Vietnam to the mountains of Afghanistan, they stepped forward and answered the call. They fought for a home they might never return to; they fought for buddies they would never forget. And while their stories may be separated by hundreds of years and thousands of miles, they rest here, together, side-by-side, row-by-row, because each of them loved this country, and everything it stands for, more than life itself.

      Today, we come together, as Americans, to pray, to reflect, and to remember these heroes. But tomorrow, this hallowed place will once again belong to a smaller group of visitors who make their way through the gates and across these fields in the heat and in the cold, in the rain and the snow, following a well-worn path to a certain spot and kneeling in front of a familiar headstone.

      You are the family and friends of the fallen — the parents and children, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters by birth and by sacrifice. And you, too, leave a piece of your hearts beneath these trees. You, too, call this sanctuary home.

      Together, your footsteps trace the path of our history. And this Memorial Day, we mark another milestone. For the first time in nine years, Americans are not fighting and dying in Iraq. (Applause.) We are winding down the war in Afghanistan, and our troops will continue to come home. (Applause.) After a decade under the dark cloud of war, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon.

      Especially for those who’ve lost a loved one, this chapter will remain open long after the guns have fallen silent. Today, with the war in Iraq finally over, it is fitting to pay tribute to the sacrifice that spanned that conflict.

      In March of 2003, on the first day of the invasion, one of our helicopters crashed near the Iraqi border with Kuwait. On it were four Marines: Major Jay Aubin; Captain Ryan Beaupre; Corporal Brian Kennedy; and Staff Sergeant Kendall Waters-Bey. Together, they became the first American casualties of the Iraq war. Their families and friends barely had time to register the beginning of the conflict before being forced to confront its awesome costs.

      Eight years, seven months and 25 days later, Army Specialist David Hickman was on patrol in Baghdad. That’s when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb. He became the last of nearly 4,500 American patriots to give their lives in Iraq. A month after David’s death — the days before the last American troops, including David, were scheduled to come home — I met with the Hickman family at Fort Bragg. Right now, the Hickmans are beginning a very difficult journey that so many of your families have traveled before them — a journey that even more families will take in the months and years ahead.

      To the families here today, I repeat what I said to the Hickmans: I cannot begin to fully understand your loss. As a father, I cannot begin to imagine what it’s like to hear that knock on the door and learn that your worst fears have come true. But as Commander-In-Chief, I can tell you that sending our troops into harm’s way is the most wrenching decision that I have to make. I can promise you I will never do so unless it’s absolutely necessary, and that when we do, we must give our troops a clear mission and the full support of a grateful nation. (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/05/28/remarks-president-commemorating-memorial-day

  10. Dang, I missed it.

  11. CR says:

    Next Up…

    1:50 PM EDT
    President Obama Speaks at the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony
    Vietnam War Memorial, Washington, DC

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/Vietnam-War-Marked-on-Memorial-Day/10737430977/

    Department of Defense http://www.defense.gov/live/

    • CR says:

      May 28, 2012

      Remarks by the President at the Commemoration Ceremony of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War

      The Vietnam War Memorial
      National Mall
      Washington, D.C.

      2:27 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. Chuck, thank you for your words and your friendship and your life of service. Veterans of the Vietnam War, families, friends, distinguished guests. I know it is hot. (Laughter.) But you are here — to honor your loved ones. And Michelle and I could not be more honored to be here with you.

      It speaks to the complexity of America’s time in Vietnam that, even now, historians cannot agree on precisely when the war began. American advisors had served there, and died there, as early as the mid-’50s. Major combat operations would not begin until the mid-’60s. But if any year in between illustrated the changing nature of our involvement, it was 1962.

      It was January, in Saigon. Our Army pilots strapped on their helmets and boarded their helicopters. They lifted off, raced over treetops carrying South Vietnamese troops. It was a single raid against an enemy stronghold just a few miles into the jungle — but it was one of America’s first major operations in that faraway land.

      Fifty years later, we come to this wall — to this sacred place — to remember. We can step towards its granite wall and reach out, touch a name. Today is Memorial Day, when we recall all those who gave everything in the darkness of war so we could stand here in the glory of spring. And today begins the 50th commemoration of our war in Vietnam. We honor each of those names etched in stone — 58,282 American patriots. We salute all who served with them. And we stand with the families who love them still.

      For years you’ve come here, to be with them once more. And in the simple things you’ve left behind — your offerings, your mementos, your gifts — we get a glimpse of the lives they led. The blanket that covered him as a baby. The baseball bat he swung as a boy. A wedding ring. The photo of the grandchild he never met. The boots he wore, still caked in mud. The medals she earned, still shining. And, of course, some of the things left here have special meaning, known only to the veterans — a can of beer; a packet of M&Ms; a container of Spam; an old field ration — still good, still awful. (Laughter.)

      It’s here we feel the depth of your sacrifice. And here we see a piece of our larger American story. Our Founders — in their genius — gave us a task. They set out to make a more perfect union. And so it falls to every generation to carry on that work. To keep moving forward. To overcome a sometimes painful past. To keep striving for our ideals.

      And one of the most painful chapters in our history was Vietnam — most particularly, how we treated our troops who served there. You were often blamed for a war you didn’t start, when you should have been commended for serving your country with valor. (Applause.) You were sometimes blamed for misdeeds of a few, when the honorable service of the many should have been praised. You came home and sometimes were denigrated, when you should have been celebrated. It was a national shame, a disgrace that should have never happened. And that’s why here today we resolve that it will not happen again. (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/05/28/remarks-president-commemoration-ceremony-50th-anniversary-vietnam-war

  12. 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

  13. Kat 4 Obama says:
  14. CR says:

    May 28, 2012

    First Lady Named Sponsor of New Navy Submarine, USS ILLINOIS

    Accepts Honor During Visit with First Female Navy Submariners

    As part of the Joining Forces initiative to honor, recognize and serve military families, today at the White House President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama met with the U.S. Navy’s first contingent of women submariners to be assigned to the Navy’s operational submarine force. In 2009, U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced that for the first time in Navy history, women would be assigned to the submarine force. The 24 women who met with the President and First Lady today were accepted into the Navy’s nuclear submarine program after completing an intensive training program. They are serving on ballistic and guided missile submarines throughout the Navy. A photograph of the President, First Lady, Defense Secretary Panetta, Secretary Mabus and the women submariners can be found at this LINK.

    As part of the visit to the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama accepted Secretary Ray Mabus’ invitation to serve as the sponsor of the future USS Illinois (SSN 786). Illinois is a Virginia-class submarine, the Navy’s newest class of attack submarine, and is being built in Groton, Connecticut and Newport News, Virginia. Illinois is expected to join the fleet in late 2015. In sponsoring USS Illinois, the First Lady joins a tradition of First Lady sponsorship of U.S. Navy submarines. First Lady Laura Bush is USS Texas’ (SSN 775) sponsor and christened it in 2004; First Lady Hillary Clinton is USS Columbia’s (SSN 771) sponsor and christened it in 1994. As sponsor, the First Lady will establish a special link to Illinois, her Sailors, and their families that extends throughout the life of the submarine.

    “It’s an honor and a privilege to serve as sponsor of the USS ILLINOIS,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “I’m always inspired by the service and sacrifice of the men and women of the Navy, as well as the families who support them. This submarine is a tribute to the strength, courage, and determination that our Navy families exhibit every day.”

    “Naval tradition holds that a sponsor’s spirit and presence guide the ship and her crew throughout the life of the ship,” said Secretary Mabus. “Illinois and her crew are blessed to have such a wonderful sponsor and I am grateful Mrs. Obama accepted my invitation to serve as sponsor for this submarine.”

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/05/28/first-lady-named-sponsor-new-navy-submarine-uss-illinois

    • CR says:

      June 02, 2014

      Remarks by the First Lady at the Keel Laying Ceremony for the PCU ILLINOIS

      General Dynamics Electric Boat Shipyard
      Quonset Point, Rhode Island

      2:24 P.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you so much. Good afternoon. Wow. All right, can I just break with protocol and say, this is really cool. (Laughter.) I mean, come on. This is so nice. (Applause.)

      I want to start by thanking Secretary Mabus for that very kind introduction, but more importantly, for his tremendous leadership for our country for so many years. I also want to recognize Governor Chaffee, Governor Malloy, Senators Reed and Whitehouse, and all of the members of Congress and the elected officials that we have with us today, and all of the distinguished guests and military leaders who serve our country so bravely every single day.

      Now, I have been a sponsor for a Coast Guard cutter before, but I’ve heard that working with submariners is a whole different ballgame. Is that true? So I am beyond excited, and I am truly honored. And I couldn’t be more proud that I have my daughters, Malia and Sasha, who join me to serve as maids of honor for this vessel. They are not here today because they had tests to take. That’s no indication of their commitment going forward, but today they had history and something else. But they send their love, and they are truly excited by the honor. But know that you have three really solid Chicago girls that are very excited to support this vessel.

      And we understand what a fine submarine the ILLINOIS will be. And it has been fascinating for me to learn more about all that goes into building a submarine -– from laying the keel, to the christening, to the commissioning. It is truly a privilege to be part of this very unique process. It is something that I will take away as one of the extraordinary experiences that I’ve had in my entire life.

      So I want to thank everyone from General Dynamics Electric Boat for hosting us here today, for all the work that they’re doing, along with the folks from Newport News Shipbuilding to build this submarine. And I especially want to, again, join in thanking all of the outstanding folks who work to make these submarines happen — all of the welders, the machinists, the metalworkers, the electricians. I know there are so many more. I got to see some of you guys earlier — some of you guys and gals, because we got some strong women on the team, as well. But thank you for everything that you do, for being part of this effort. I’ve heard that you all are some of the most skilled shipbuilders we have around, so I’m confident that this is going to be an outstanding vessel.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/02/remarks-first-lady-keel-laying-ceremony-pcu-illinois

  15. CR says:

    WH

    Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    First Lady Michelle Obama will appear on ABC’s “Good Morning America” to promote her new book “American Grown
    The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America”

    New York, NY

    First Lady Michelle Obama will appear on “The View,” to promote her new book “American Grown
    The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America”

    New York, NY

    First Lady Michelle Obama will appear on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to promote her new book “American Grown
    The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America”

    New York, NY

    First Lady Michelle Obama will tape an appear on “LIVE! with Kelly” to promote her new book “American Grown
    The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America”

    New York, NY

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:30AM
    President Obama receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    11:00 AM
    President Obama meets with senior advisors
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    1:30 PM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

    2:00 PM
    2:45 PM
    President Obama meets with Secretary of State Clinton
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    3:00 PM
    3:25 PM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama honor recipients of the 2011 Medal of Freedom in a ceremony
    East Room
    Open Press

    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    President Obama meets with Secretary of Defense Panetta
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

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

  16. CR says:

    2012 Medal of Freedom

    President Obama Names 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients

    WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama named thirteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

    President Obama said, “These extraordinary honorees come from different backgrounds and different walks of life, but each of them has made a lasting contribution to the life of our Nation. They’ve challenged us, they’ve inspired us, and they’ve made the world a better place. I look forward to recognizing them with this award.”

    The following individuals will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom:

    Madeleine Albright
    From 1997 to 2001, under President William J. Clinton, Albright served as the 64th United States Secretary of State, the first woman to hold that position.

    John Doar
    Doar was a legendary public servant and leader of federal efforts to protect and enforce civil rights during the 1960s

    Bob Dylan
    One of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century, Dylan released his first album in 1962

    William Foege
    A physician and epidemiologist, Foege helped lead the successful campaign to eradicate smallpox in the 1970

    John Glenn
    Glenn is a former United States Marine Corps pilot, astronaut, and United States Senato

    Gordon Hirabayashi
    Hirabayashi openly defied the forced relocation and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II

    Dolores Huerta
    Huerta is a civil rights, workers, and women’s advocate

    Jan Karski
    Karski served as an officer in the Polish Underground during World War II and carried among the first eye-witness accounts of the Holocaust to the world

    Juliette Gordon Low
    Born in 1860, Low founded the Girl Scouts in 1912

    Toni Morrison
    One of our nation’s most celebrated novelists, Morrison is renowned for works such as Song of Solomon, Jazz, and Beloved, for which she won a Pulitzer Prize in 198

    Shimon Peres
    An ardent advocate for Israel’s security and for peace, Shimon Peres was elected the ninth President of Israel in 2007

    John Paul Stevens
    Stevens served as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1975 to 2010, when he retired as the third longest-serving Justice in the Court’s history

    Pat Summitt
    In addition to accomplishing an outstanding career as the all-time winningest leader among all NCAA basketball coaches, Summitt has taken the University of Tennessee to more Final Four appearances than any other coach and has the second best record of NCAA Championships in basketball

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/04/26/president-obama-names-presidential-medal-freedom-recipients

  17. CR says:

    american-grown

    American Grown
    The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America

    Written by Michelle Obama

    In April 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama planted a kitchen garden on the White House’s South Lawn. It is a garden with roots in the American past, stretching back to George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, but it is also a garden very much designed for America’s future. As fresh vegetables, fruit, and herbs sprouted from the ground, this White House Kitchen Garden inspired a new conversation all across the country about the food we feed our families and the impact it has on the health and well-being of our children.

    Now, in her first-ever book, American Grown, Mrs. Obama invites you inside the White House Kitchen Garden and shares its inspiring story, from the first planting to the latest harvest. Hear about her worries as a novice gardener – would the new plants even grow? Learn about her struggles and her joys as lettuce, corn, tomatoes, collards and kale, sweet potatoes and rhubarb flourished in the freshly tilled soil. Get an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at every season of the garden’s growth, with striking original photographs that bring its story to life. Try the unique recipes created by top White House chefs and made with ingredients freshly-picked from the White House garden. And learn from the White House Garden team about how you can help plant your own backyard, school or community garden.

    To learn more: http://www.randomhouse.com/book/215288/american-grown-by-michelle-obama/9780307956026/

    —————

    Proceeds from the sale of First Lady Michelle Obama’s book “American Grown
    The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America” will go to the National Parks Foundation
    .

    • CR says:

      First Lady Michelle Obama on American Grown

      Published on May 10, 2012 by crownbooks

      Through telling the story of the White House Kitchen Garden, First Lady Michelle Obama explores how increased access to healthful, affordable food can promote better eating habits and improve health for families and communities across America.

      American Grown will be inspirational and instructive and will provide ideas for readers to get involved and join the movement to create community gardens, support local farmers markets, create school gardens, and start urban gardens, as well as other ways that they can make small changes to achieve big results and create healthy eating habits.

      American Grown will address the epidemic of childhood obesity by empowering parents and caregivers with information, improving food quality in schools, increasing access to healthy, affordable food, and encouraging increased physical activity. It will also include practical ideas, recipes, and resources as well as tips on how to begin a garden of any size, anywhere and how to support local farmers’ markets.

      Filled with gorgeous full-color photography, American Grown will include stunning photos of the White House garden and Mrs. Obama throughout the seasons, as well as other community and school gardens from around the country.

    • CR says:

      The First Lady Cultivates ‘American Grown’ Gardening

      5/29/12 by NPR STAFF

      One of the first things Michelle Obama did as first lady was to dig up part of the beautifully manicured South Lawn of the White House and plant a vegetable garden. The garden was just one of Obama’s many efforts to encourage Americans to eat nutritious food and live healthier lives. Her latest project, a book called American Grown, is a diary of that garden through the seasons and a portrait of gardening in America, past and present.

      On a hot May day in Washington, D.C., Obama took NPR’s Renee Montagne for a tour of the presidential vegetable plots, the source of the vegetables and greens that make up state dinners and family lunches.

      “This is one of my favorite times for the garden … because everything is bursting,” Obama said, looking out over her tomatoes, tarragon, figs, rhubarb and (of course) broccoli. “We eat lots of broccoli, lots of fresh greens and lettuces of all kinds.” There are also plenty of snap peas served in the White House, much to the chagrin of 14-year-old Malia Obama, who doesn’t like them.

      The White House garden is also home to a beehive, where Obama gets honey for her tea and for her favorite snack of sliced green apples and honey. It “tastes like sunshine,” she says. The honey also comes in handy for the White House’s home-brewed beer. “We usually pull that out at Super Bowl time,” she explained.

      Gardening runs in Obama’s family, though she didn’t know that until she started doing research for this book. She learned from her mother that her maternal grandmother used to tend a community garden in Chicago. “My mom grew up in the South Side,” Obama says. “They were a working-class family [with] six brothers and sisters. They couldn’t afford to go to the grocery store, so there was a victory garden and that’s where they got their vegetables.”

      For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2012/05/29/153705721/the-first-lady-cultivates-american-grown-gardening

      • CR says:

        Book TV: Michelle Obama, “American Grown”

        Published on Jun 18, 2012 by BookTV

        First Lady Michelle Obama signs her book, American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America at Barnes & Noble in Washington, D.C.

  18. CR says:

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

  19. CR says:

    Home Prices In U.S. Fell At Slower Pace In Year Ended March

    May 29, 2012 6:14 AM PT By Lorraine Woellert – bloomberg

    Home values in 20 U.S. cities fell in the 12 months ended March at the slowest pace in more than a year as lower borrowing costs and an improving job market gave sales a boost.

    The S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values fell 2.6 percent from a year earlier after a 3.5 percent drop in February, the group reported today in New York. The decline matched the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News. The index rose from the prior month on a seasonally adjusted basis.

    “We’ve turned the corner,” said Scott Brown, chief economist at Raymond James & Associates in St. Petersburg, Florida, who correctly projected the drop. “This was always going to be a very gradual process. No one expected a real sharp housing recovery.” he said.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-29/home-prices-in-u-s-fell-at-slower-pace-in-year-ended-march.html

  20. CR says:

    GOP WRONG WAY

    romney_trump_youre_fired

    Another missed opportunity to lead

    Tue May 29, 2012 8:00 AM EDT By Steve Benen – maddowblog

    Mitt Romney will join Donald Trump tonight in Las Vegas for a fundraiser, just a few days after the reality-show host reiterated his support for the ridiculous “birther” conspiracy theory. Asked by reporters yesterday whether Trump’s ugly, borderline-racist antics gives him pause, Romney seemed unconcerned.

    “You know, I don’t agree with all the people who support me and my guess is they don’t all agree with everything I believe in,” Romney said. “But I need to get 50.1% or more and I’m appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people.”

    That’s not much of a response. By Romney’s reasoning, decency is irrelevant — he should partner with anyone, no matter how vile, so long as it furthers his ambitions and gets him more votes.

    The Obama campaign released a new video this morning, contrasting Romney’s response to supporters’ extremism with John McCain’s.

    For more: http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/29/11935087-another-missed-opportunity-to-lead?lite

  21. CR says:

    Obama leads 56-36 in California

    5/29/12 10:14 AM EDT By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

    President Obama has a 56 percent to 36 percent lead over Mitt Romney among registered voters in California, a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll found.

    Analysts have long put the state safely in Obama’s column, but the results could portend some problems for the Republican Party long after this year’s presidential race and beyond the borders of California.

    The Obama campaign and the Democratic Party in general are placing a huge emphasis on women and Latinos. In California, women make up 53 percent of registered voters while Latinos now represent 20 percent, the LA Times reported. Obama took both groups by wide margins in the poll — he won 60 percent of women and moderates and 75 percent of Latinos.

    “As much as anything, the poll demonstrated anew how Democratic success in the state has been driven by the ascent of demographic groups allied with the party,” the Times reported. “…The last Republican presidential nominee to win California was George H.W. Bush, whose narrow 1988 victory came before Latinos and independents rose in prominence.”

    The Latino population is growing in many battleground states and, as John Heilemann wrote in New York Magazine, Obama’s team is not only confident they can guide the president to a second term in part by leveraging that growing demographic, but they also hope to “create a template for Democratic dominance at the presidential level for years to come.”

  22. CR says:

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

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

  23. CR says:

    Next Up…

    3:25 PM ET
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama honor recipients of the 2011 Medal of Freedom in a ceremony

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/2012-Presidential-Medal-of-Freedom-Award-Ceremony/10737431012/

    • CR says:

      May 29, 2012

      Remarks by the President at Presidential Medal of Freedom Ceremony

      East Room

      3:45 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you very much. Everybody, please have a seat, and welcome to the White House. It is an extraordinary pleasure to be here with all of you to present this year’s Medals of Freedom. And I have to say, just looking around the room, this is a packed house, which is a testament to how cool this group is. (Laughter.) Everybody wanted to check them out.

      This is the highest civilian honor this country can bestow, which is ironic, because nobody sets out to win it. No one ever picks up a guitar, or fights a disease, or starts a movement, thinking, “You know what, if I keep this up, in 2012, I could get a medal in the White House from a guy named Barack Obama.” (Laughter.) That wasn’t in the plan.

      But that’s exactly what makes this award so special. Every one of today’s honorees is blessed with an extraordinary amount of talent. All of them are driven. But, yes, we could fill this room many times over with people who are talented and driven. What sets these men and women apart is the incredible impact they have had on so many people — not in short, blinding bursts, but steadily, over the course of a lifetime.

      Together, the honorees on this stage, and the ones who couldn’t be here, have moved us with their words; they have inspired us with their actions. They’ve enriched our lives and they’ve changed our lives for the better. Some of them are household names; others have labored quietly out of the public eye. Most of them may never fully appreciate the difference they’ve made or the influence that they’ve had, but that’s where our job comes in. It’s our job to help let them know how extraordinary their impact has been on our lives. And so today we present this amazing group with one more accolade for a life well led, and that’s the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/05/29/remarks-president-presidential-medal-freedom-ceremony

  24. CR says:

    Biden’s Daughter To Tie The Knot This Weekend

    5/29/12 By Mary Bruce | ABC OTUS News – 1 hr 18 mins ago

    Joe Biden has held many positions in his career as a U.S. senator, two-time presidential candidate, and vice president. But this weekend he will assume a new role: Father of the bride.

    The vice president is spending the week at his home in Wilmington, Del., as he prepares to walk his only daughter, Ashley, down the aisle there this Saturday.

    “The vice president’s daughter is getting married this weekend. And the vice president is hosting the reception at his house,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters today. “As any father would, he takes this matter very seriously and looks forward to it with great happiness for his daughter and his future son-in-law.”

    Carney did not, however, have any details on the dress.
    Ashley is set to wed Dr. Howard Krein, a Philadelphia ear, nose and throat doctor. News of Ashley’s engagement leaked last October after her gaffe-prone father reportedly referred to Krein in public as his “future son-in-law.”

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/bidens-daughter-tie-knot-weekend-191620456–abc-news-politics.html

  25. CR says:

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