Arizona 8th CD Special Election 2012

Arizona 8th Congressional District Special Election

June 12, 2012
A special election in Arizona’s 8th congressional district for a replacement for Gabrielle Giffords

6/13/12 UPDATE: Ron Barber will serve out Gabrielle Giffords’ term

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Monday, June 11, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
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    9:30 AM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden receive the presidential daily briefing.
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    10:00 AM
    10:50 AM
    President Obama participates in interviews with local TV anchors from across the country.
    Cabinet Room
    Closed Press

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet for lunch.
    Private Dining Room
    Closed Press

    1:00 PM
    1:15 PM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

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    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with Tresury Secretary Geithner.
    Oval Office
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    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with Secretary of Defense Panetta
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      POTUS podium

      June 11, 2012

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

      10:00 AM ET
      Online Seniors’ Health Town Hall
      White House and the Department of Health and Human Services held a town hall meeting to discuss how the health care law is helping women and families across the country

      1:15 PM ET
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

      3:00 PM ET
      Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Briefing
      The White House Office of Public Engagement is hosting a briefing for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
      The White House

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      CNN http://live.cnn.com

      USAID Hosts a “Frontiers in Development” Forum

      10:00 AM ET
      Bipartisan Policy Center
      Tax Reform

      11:15 AM ET
      Women in Public Service
      Secretary Clinton will deliver remarks at the opening day of the inaugural Institute of Women in Public Service Project at Wellesley College

      11:30 AM ET
      Pentagon briefing on Afghanistan
      The commander of ISAF Joint Command will brief reporters on current military operations in Afghanistan.

      1:15 PM ET
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      USAID Hosts a “Frontiers in Development” Forum http://www.c-span.org/Events/USAID-Hosts-a-Frontiers-in-Development-Forum/10737431408/

      10:00 AM ET
      Bipartisan Policy Center
      Tax Reform http://www.c-span.org/Events/Sen-Baucus-D-MT-Discusses-Role-of-Tax-Reform-on-Debt-Reduction/10737431387/

      11:15 AM ET
      Women in Public Service
      Secretary Clinton will deliver remarks at the opening day of the inaugural Institute of Women in Public Service Project at Wellesley College

      11:30 AM ET
      Pentagon briefing on Afghanistan
      The commander of ISAF Joint Command will brief reporters on current military operations in Afghanistan. http://www.c-span.org/Events/DOD-Live-Update-from-Afghanistan/10737431409/

      1:15 PM ET
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

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      Department of State http://www.state.gov/

      11:15 AM ET
      Women in Public Service
      Secretary Clinton will deliver remarks at the opening day of the inaugural Institute of Women in Public Service Project at Wellesley Collegev

    • CR says:

      Arizona June 12 Special Election

      Arizona’s 8th congressional district for a replacement for Gabrielle Giffords
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      AZ 8th Congressional District Special Election

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      I’ve lived here in Southern Arizona most of my life, running a small business with my wife, and helping to solve problems for people — whether it was heading up Congresswoman Giffords’s district operations to help people resolve their problems, or working for 35 years to look out for people with disabilities.

      I’m running for Congress because we need someone who will put politics aside to solve problems for the people of Southern Arizona. We need someone who will be honest with people, and who will lead with civility. And someone who will focus on the needs of Southern Arizona — balancing the budget the right way, by protecting Social Security and Medicare, creating jobs, protecting our military families and bases, and securing our border.

      My children and grandchildren are all here in Southern Arizona — and I want this to be as special a place for them as it’s been for me.

      Ron Barber

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      Ron Barber Understands

      Published on Jun 6, 2012 by RonBarberAZ

      Ron Barber for AZ Congress http://ronbarberforcongress.com

    • CR says:

      Aide injured in Giffords shooting will run to replace her in House

      2/09/12 By Josh Lederman – TheHill

      Ron Barber, an aide to former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) who was wounded in the shooting spree that also injured Giffords, will run to replace her in the House.

      Barber announced Thursday he would run in the special election to replace Giffords and said she had personally asked him to enter the race. Giffords resigned from Congress last month to focus on her recovery from the shooting.

      Her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, said he and Giffords were supporting Barber’s campaign.

      “While there will never be anyone who can fill Congresswoman Giffords shoes, I look forward to continuing her legacy of putting problem-solving before politics,” Barber said in announcing his candidacy.

      Barber served as Giffords’s district director, staying on after he was shot twice in the shooting spree in Tucson.

      “My roots in southern Arizona go deep. I’ve lived here since 1959,” he told reporters on a conference call. “Having survived the tragic shooting on Jan. 8, I really feel fortunate I’ve gotten to serve my community in a new way.”

      Barber said he had never anticipated running for public office, but that the idea had come from Giffords herself.

      “The congresswoman looked at me directly and said: ‘Ron, will you run?’ That started a discussion with my family,” he said.

      Arizona will hold a special election on June 12 to pick a candidate to finish the rest of Giffords’s term, followed by a regular election in November. Barber said he considered it presumptious to be thinking about whether he would run for a full term in November before he had even made it on the ballot for the special election, but said he would make a decision soon about whether to run again.

      For the entire article: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/house-races/209745-aide-injured-in-giffords-shooting-will-run-to-replace-her

    • CR says:

      Giffords attends Tucson campaign concert

      6/10/12 TUCSON, AZ (CBS5)

      Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was in Tucson on Saturday night to attend a concert to support the Democrat hoping to be her successor.

      The “Get Out the Vote” concert supported Ron Barber’s campaign.

      Mark Kelly, Giffords’ husband, said his wife was happy to be in Tucson and to show her support for Barber.

      Kelly said when his wife was running for Congress, Barber put his life on hold to support Gabby’s dream and it was her turn to repay the favor.

      Barber, a former district director for Giffords, faces Republican Jesse Kelly and Green Party candidate Charlie Manolakis to represent Arizona’s 8th Congressional District.

      Earlier in the day, the city unveiled a new skate park named in honor of the youngest victim of the Tucson mass shooting.

      The Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Skate Park is inside Grijalva park on Tucson’s southwest side.

      Even at 9 years old, Green was described as “ambitious.”

      “The short years that she lived, she did something about the betterment of her community of her school,” said Regina Romero, city council member. “She got involved. She changed things. She was the change she wanted to be.”

      The skate park was the request of children in the neighborhood. The city didn’t have enough money to build one so an anonymous donor gave $7,500 and the local homeowner’s association matched it.

    • CR says:

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      Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords & Ron Baber casting their ballots 6:12:12

    • CR says:

      Barber holds Gabrielle Giffords’ seat for Democrats in Arizona

      6/13/12 By Rachel Rose Hartman | The Ticket – 40 mins ago

      Democrat Ron Barber, Gabrielle Giffords’ former district director, won the special election Tuesday to succeed his former boss in Arizona’s 8th District, holding the open House seat for his party and earning a leg up in the race for a full term.

      Barber led Republican Jesse Kelly, a Marine veteran and Giffords’ 2010 challenger, 52 to 45 percent in the Tucson-area district.

      The district leans Republican but remains highly competitive territory– prompting some national interest from outside groups as well as party strategists in Washington. Republicans attempted to capitalize on the president and Obamacare’s low approval numbers, tying Barber to each, while Barber cast Kelly as an opponent of Social Security.

      “Ron Barber’s strong campaign made this a referendum on the Republican plans to drastically cut Medicare and privatize Social Security, while giving massive tax breaks to millionaires, Big Oil and corporations that ship jobs overseas,” Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel said in a statement. “The Republican plan lost.”

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/barber-holds-gabrielle-giffords-seat-democrats-arizona-122840665.html

  2. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Vote smart and vote Democratic in 2012! I’ll second that!

    Good and HOPEful Sunday, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

  3. CR says:

    Join Us for an Online Seniors’ Health Town Hall

    Dori Salcido June 08, 2012 09:30 AM EDT

    This past Thursday, officials from the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services held a town hall meeting to discuss how the health care law is helping women and families across the country. On Monday June 11, we will turn our attention to America’s seniors when we host a a Seniors’ Health Town Hall. The event will be streamed live from the White House from 10 am to 11:30 am ET.

    Similar to our Women’s Health Town Hall, this event will be an interactive, open dialogue about how the health care law, the Affordable Care Act, is improving the health and quality of life for the nation’s senior citizens by strengthening the Medicare program:

    It makes preventive services available for free. This includes mammograms, colonoscopies, and an annual wellness visit where seniors can spend more time with their doctor.
    It makes prescription drugs cheaper. Seniors who hit the donut hole get a 50 percent discount on their prescription drugs and the donut hole will be closed completely in the years ahead. It cracks down on waste, fraud and abuse.

    Submit questions using the Twitter hashtag #SeniorsHealth or on the HealthCareGov Facebook page.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/06/08/join-us-online-seniors-health-town-hall

  4. CR says:

    Secretary Clinton To Deliver Remarks at the Opening of the Inaugural Women in Public Service Institute

    Washington, DC
    June 8, 2012

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    On June 11th, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver remarks at the opening day of the Inaugural Women in Public Service Institute at Wellesley College. The institute is hosted by Wellesley College, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and the nation’s leading women’s colleges. The Institute is a first-of-its-kind, two-week program that will train the next generation of women leaders, and part of a global project to get world leadership from 17.5% female to “50% by 2050.”

    The delegates attending the Institute were selected from 21 nations in the process of political and social transformation, including countries that are drafting new Constitutions and undergoing major reform. Many of the women are from the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region and were involved in the Arab Spring.

    The women will gather at Wellesley for training and networking sessions with their peers and with established leaders, including Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State; Jane Harman, former Congresswoman and President of the Woodrow Wilson Center; Mu Sochua, Minister for Women’s Affairs and leader of the Opposition in Cambodia; Honorable Judge Nancy Gertner, Ambassador Melanne Verveer, and many more.

    For more: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/06/192034.htm

    • CR says:

      Remarks at the Opening of the Inaugural Women in Public Service Institute

      Hillary Rodham Clinton
      Secretary of State
      Wellesley College
      Wellesley, Massachusetts

      June 11, 2012

      MS. BOTTOMLY: It is my distinct pleasure to introduce a woman who Wellesley College has long been proud to call one of our own. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Wellesley class of 1969, is the 67th U.S. Secretary of State. She is only the third woman to hold this position, but the second Wellesley alumna to do so. (Applause.)

      Her public service career has spanned 40 years as an attorney, a first lady, and a senator. And as an advocate for human rights, health care reform, and issues pertinent to women and children. At Wellesley, Secretary Clinton was a political science major who became the first student to address her peers at commencement, a tradition that has been honored ever since. (Applause.)

      Secretary Clinton spends many hours a day traveling to all corners of the world, and so we are delighted that she could join us at Wellesley today for the opening ceremonies of the first Women in Public Service Institute.

      Madam Secretary, I know the Women in Public Service Project is close to your heart, and we thank you for being the champion of this important initiative. You are a role model to women everywhere and you continue to make your alma mater proud. Please join me in welcoming back to Wellesley, Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Applause.)

      SECRETARY CLINTON: Good morning. Oh, good morning. It is wonderful for me to have this opportunity to be here with all of you. I want to thank President Bottomly for her introduction and for understanding that the education of women does not stop at the campus’s edge or even a country’s border. This event, being held for the first time here at Wellesley, would not have been possible without the commitment and leadership of all the so-called sister schools, including Barnard; Bryn Mawr; Smith; Mount Holyoke; Scripps College, who’s president Lori Bettison-Varga is here today, and we just expect this to continue growing and going from strength to strength.

      For more: http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2012/06/192104.htm

  5. CR says:

    Good Monday morning everyone. I HOPE that you have a good day.

  6. CR says:

    Now Streaming…

    10:00 AM ET
    Online Seniors’ Health Town Hall
    White House and the Department of Health and Human Services held a town hall meeting to discuss how the health care law is helping women and families across the country

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

    • CR says:

      Seniors Health Care Town Hall

      Published on Jun 11, 2012 by whitehouse

      The White House holds a town hall to discuss the benefits of the Affordable Care Act for seniors and caregivers. June 11, 2012.

  7. CR says:

    Priorities USA, SEIU launch Spanish-language ad

    6/11/12 6:32 AM EDT POLITICO

    The pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action and the Service Employees International Union are launching a new three-state ad campaign in Spanish:

    The labor giant SEIU is teaming up with the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action for a multi-million-dollar Spanish-language ad campaign assailing Mitt Romney.

    The groups plan to commit $4 million to run TV and radio ads in Colorado, Nevada and Florida starting this week and continuing “throughout the summer,” a spokesperson for the group said.

    While many Democrats have focused on Romney’s views on immigration as a way of driving a wedge between him and Latino voters, the Priorities USA/SEIU spots are aimed at Romney’s broader economic views. The spots show some of his most infamous gaffes – “I’m also unemployed,” e.g.” – to say he’s out of touch with working people.

    “When you really are out of work, you are worried, and you don’t want to laugh or make fun of anybody,” one Latino voter says (in Spanish) in one of the spots. Reacting to Romney’s “I like being able to fire people” comment, another voter says: “I’d never support someone with that type of thinking.”

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    SEIU Romney ad in Florida

    Published on Jun 11, 2012 by SEIU

  8. Good morning everyone. Wish I could vote for Ron Barber, but he is not in my district. The gun-toter, white supremacist hopefully will not win.

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

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

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    New Guide Highlights Best Practices and Innovations in Helping Veterans Thrive in the Private Sector

    Posted by Brad Cooper on June 11, 2012 at 12:16 PM EDT

    Last November, more than 30 organizations, including businesses, government agencies, think tanks and veteran advocates, joined forces in New York City for a “best practices” summit on veteran employment. Keynote speakers included Richard D. Parsons, now former chairman of the board of Citigroup, and Mrs. Patricia Shinseki – two of the Joining Forces three-member advisory board.

    Just last week, the results of the summit came to fruition with the release the Guide to Leading Practices and Resources Supporting the Employment of Veterans and Military Families. The guide was published by Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and reflects a collaborative contribution of major private-sector employers and others who agreed to share their own lessons learned and innovations with regard to effective recruitment, assimilation, retention, and development of veterans in the civilian workforce – all in an effort to advance employment opportunities for the nation’s veterans and military family members.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/06/11/new-guide-highlights-best-practices-and-innovations-helping-veterans-thrive-private-

  12. CR says:

    June 11, 2012

    Obama Administration Releases Report on America’s Agricultural Economy and Announces Commitment to Invest over $2 Billion in Rural Small Businesses

    WASHINGTON—Today, President Obama will announce investments to help rural small businesses expand and hire. Home to some of the most diligent and self-reliant Americans, rural communities and our nation’s agriculture industry are vital contributors to employment and exports from the United States. Strong and secure rural communities are essential to creating an economy built to last that rewards hard work and responsibility—not outsourcing, loopholes, and risky financial deals. While the security of the middle class has been threatened by the irresponsible financial collapse and the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, rural Americans continue to come together to buckle down and make ends meet. The values that have helped hard-working, responsible families weather the storm continue to move our economy forward. As a result, while there is still work to do, a new report released today details the progress that has been made in the agricultural economy.

    “As we continue to fight our way back from the deepest economic crisis in generations and build an economy that lasts, rural America is helping to lead the charge,” said President Obama. “On farms and ranches; in towns and communities across this country, rural Americans know that we are stronger as a people when everybody gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules. Those are the values we need to return to, and as long as I’m President, my Administration will continue to give our rural communities the support and investment they need to show us the way.”

    Last August at the White House Rural Economic Forum, President Obama announced a new commitment to invest in rural businesses through the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program, at no cost to tax payers. Today, President Obama is announcing that more than $400 million has already been invested this fiscal year in these businesses through the Small Business Administration’s SBIC program, and that nearly $2 billion in additional funding will be invested by the end of fiscal year 2016. These investments will continue to help finance, grow, expand, and modernize rural small business operations across the country. The details of the locations, amounts and industries in which these dollars have been invested to date can be found HERE.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/11/obama-administration-releases-report-america-s-agricultural-economy-and-

    • CR says:

      White House Rural Council Celebrates Its One Year Anniversary

      Cecilia Muñoz June 11, 2012 06:47 PM EDT

      Today, President Obama talked to local TV reporters from communities around the country with significant rural populations. These interviews come as the White House released a report noting progress that has been made in the agricultural economy and detailing the steps the Obama Administration has taken to help strengthen the farm economy and support jobs in rural America. The report was developed by the White House Rural Council, the Council of Economic Advisors, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, the President announced new investments to help rural small businesses expand and hire.

      One year ago today, President Obama established the White House Rural Council in order to better coordinate federal programs and maximize the impact of Federal investment to promote economic prosperity and improve the quality of life in rural communities. It truly is exciting that in just one year, more than a dozen new policy initiatives have been launched to assist rural America. One of those initiatives was a new commitment to invest in rural businesses through the Small Business Administration’s Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program, at no cost to tax payers. Today the President announced that more than $400 million has already been invested this fiscal year in these businesses through the SBIC program, and that nearly $2 billion in additional funding will be invested by the end of fiscal year 2016.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/06/11/white-house-rural-council-celebrates-its-one-year-anniversaryhttp://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/06/11/white-house-rural-council-celebrates-its-one-year-anniversary

  13. CR says:

    Obama officials tout rural investment in local interviews

    6/11/12 1:01 PM EDT By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

    White House officials did some preliminary interviews with local television stations on Sunday and touted the administration’s record on rural investments, according to some of the stations’ web sites.

    Eight television stations were scheduled to get one-on-one interviews on Monday with President Obama. The White House did not specify which stations scored the exclusives, but some creative Googling found six of the eight:

    Roanoke, Virginia: WDBJ – Hollani Davis

    Jacksonville, Florida: WJXT- TomWills

    Greenville, South Carolina: WYFF – Michael Cogdill

    Sioux City, Iowa: KTIV – Matt Breen

    Green Bay, Wisconsin: WBAY – Matt Smith

    Fresno, California: KFSN – Warren Armstrong

  14. Nation’s Largest Health Insurer Will Preserve Key Obamacare Provisions, Regardless Of Supreme Court Ruling

    UnitedHealthcare — one of the nation’s largest health insurers — has announced that it will preserve a provision of the health care law that allows young adults to stay on their family health care plans up to age 26, even if the high court rules the law unconstitutional later this month.

    The measure is one of several so-called “Patients’ Bill of Rights” included in the law that UnitedHealthcare will keep in place. The company will also continue offering preventive health care services without out-of-pocket costs and end lifetime limits on insurance payouts:

    “The protections we are voluntarily extending are good for people’s health, promote broader access to quality care and contribute to helping control rising health care costs,” Stephen J. Hemsley, president and chief executive of UnitedHealth Group, said in a statement. “These provisions are compatible with our mission and continue our operating practices.” [...]

    A spokesman at UnitedHealthcare said officials chose to announce their intentions now because “people in this uncertain time are worried about what might happen to their coverage and we think the time is right to let people know that these provisions will continue and they can count on us.”

    The announcement applies to the roughly 9 million consumers in plans that they or their employer have purchased from UnitedHealthcare.

    So far, 6.6 million young adults between 19 and 25 years old have signed up for insurance coverage through their parents’ policies. It’s a popular provision that even Republicans, such as Tea Party favorite Rep. Allen West (FL), support. During an appearance on Fox News Monday morning, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) — one of the staunchest opponents of the law — also defended the insurer’s decision, noting, “to allow them to stay on that family plan, just helps the family until that person goes to school [and is] established in life.”

    The growing bipartisan support for some provisions of the law will complicate the GOP’s efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, particularly as Americans start to benefit from it. The measure expands access to health insurance for millions of Americans, and UnitedHealthcare’s decision to continue at least some of its provisions means that Obamacare has already changed the health care system — no matter what the Supreme Court decides.

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/06/11/497085/unitedhealthcare-continue-obamacare-provisions/

  15. CR says:

    Next Up…

    3:00 PM ET
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Briefing
    The White House Office of Public Engagement is hosting a briefing for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
    The White House

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

    • CR says:

      Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Briefing

      Published on Jun 11, 2012 by whitehouse

      The White House Office of Public Engagement hosts a briefing for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. June 11, 2012.

  16. CR says:

    GOP WRONG WAY

    Romney camp doubles down on pro-layoffs agenda

    Jun 11, 2012 2:05 PM EDT By Steve Benen – maddowblog

    On Friday, Mitt Romney argued policymakers can “help the American people” by laying off, not just public-sector workers in general, but specifically school teachers, police officers, and firefighters. The call for more public-sector austerity was immediately welcomed by President Obama’s re-election team.

    Any chance the Romney camp might walk this back? Apparently not — former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu (R), a leading Romney surrogate, talked to MSNBC’s Chris Jansing this morning, doubling down on the pro-layoffs line. Sununu said “people ought to stop jumping on it as a gaffe” — he’s right; this was a policy position, not a gaffe — but added that Romney’s position is “wise.”

    For more: http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/11/12168521-romney-camp-doubles-down-on-pro-layoffs-agenda?lite

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Um, no, Romney’s position is not wise.

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Romney advisor ignores “politics ends at the water’s edge” and takes GOP’s destructive pro-austerity position to Europe in German op-ed:

  17. CR says:

    Betty White visits Obama

    6/11/12 2:40 PM EDT By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

    Betty White, who endorsed President Obama a few weeks ago, actually got some facetime with the president on Monday.

    A White House official confirmed that the 90-year-old actress toured the White House and met with Obama.

    No word yet on their conversation.

    She told the Associated Press last month that she “very very much favors” Obama.

  18. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good and HOPEful Monday, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

  19. CR says:

    June 11, 2012

    President Obama Honors Outstanding Math and Science Teachers

    WASHINGTON, DC — President Obama today named 97 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The educators will receive their awards in Washington, DC later this month.

    The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year the award alternates between teachers teaching kindergarten through 6th grade and those teaching 7th through 12th grades. The 2011 awardees named today teach 7th through 12th grades.

    Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also are invited Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony and several days of educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and the Administration.

    President Obama has committed to strengthen science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and prepare 100,000 effective science and mathematics teachers over the next decade. These commitments build on the President’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign, which has attracted more than $700 million in donations and in-kind support from corporations, philanthropies, service organizations, and others to help bolster science and technology education in the classroom.

    For more; http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/11/president-obama-honors-outstanding-math-and-science-teachers

  20. CR says:

    WH

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:30 AM
    Vice President Biden delivers the commencement address at Sidwell Friends School.
    Washington DC

    11:00 AM
    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    11:45 AM
    President Obama departs the White House en route Baltimore, Maryland.
    South Lawn
    Open Press

    11:30 AM
    First Lady Michelle Obama will visit a, Barnes & Noble bookstore to autograph copies of her new book American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America
    Washington, DC

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    1:20 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event
    Fidler Private residence, Baltimore, MD Owings Mills, MD
    Print Pool

    2:00 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama takes caller’s questions on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, hosted by Neal Conan.

    2:35 PM
    President Obama attends a campaign fundraiser
    The Hyatt Regency, Baltimore, MD

    3:00 PM
    3:45 PM
    President Obama attends a campaign fundraiser
    Baltimore, Hyatt Regency, Maryland
    Pooled TV, Open to Correspondents

    4:00 PM
    4:45 PM
    President Obama departs Baltimore, Maryland.
    Baltimore/Washington International Airport
    Open Press

    5:00 PM
    5:20 PM
    President Obama arrives Philadelphia, PA
    Philadelphia International Airport
    Open Press

    6:00 PM
    6:10 PM
    President Obama attends a campaign event.
    The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA
    Closed Press

    7:00 PM
    7:45 PM
    President Obama attends a campaign fundraiser
    The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA
    Pooled TV, Open to Correspondents

    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    9:05 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event.
    Planetarium, Philadelphia, PA

    10:00 PM
    10:20 PM
    President Obama departs Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    11:05 PM
    President Obama arrives Joint Base Andrews.

  21. CR says:

    Lady Michelle Obama attends a book signing

    First Lady Michelle Obama will visit a, Barnes & Noble bookstore in Washington, DC to autograph copies of her new book, American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America, which went on sale on May 29.
    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 .

  22. CR says:

    US soccer<br />

    June 12, 2012
    U.S. Men vs. Guatemala
    9 p.m. ET
    Estadio Mateo Flores
    Guatemala City, Guatemala

    • CR says:

      US allows late goal in 1-1 tie at Guatemala

      6/13/12 By The Associated Press | Associated Press – 6 hrs ago

      About 10 minutes from opening a comfortable lead in its semifinal group of World Cup qualifying, the United States stumbled.

      Marco Pappa scored on a free kick in the 83rd minute, giving Guatemala a 1-1 tie with the Americans on Tuesday night in Guatemala City.

      Clint Dempsey put the U.S. ahead in the 40th minute, but Fabian Johnson pulled down Carlos Ruiz just outside the penalty area to set up the late free kick in a dangerous position. Pappa, a Chicago Fire midfielder, froze goalkeeper Tim Howard with a 24-yard shot that went just under the crossbar.

      “When you control the game the way we did, especially after we scored the goal and passed around the ball really well, you’re a bit disappointed when something like that happens,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “But overall it was a good game from our end. I’m happy with the performance. I would love three points but I will take it the way it is.”

      The 28th-ranked Americans were outshot 13-11 by 85th-ranked Guatemala, a team that has never qualified for the World Cup.

      Seeking its seventh straight appearance in soccer’s showcase, the U.S. (1-0-1) tops Group A of North and Central America and the Caribbean on goal difference over Jamaica (1-0-1), which tied 0-0 tie at Antigua and Barbuda. Guatemala (0-1-1) and Antigua (0-1-1) have one point each.

      The top two teams advance to next year’s six-nation regional finals, which will produce three qualifiers for the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/us-allows-goal-1-1-tie-guatemala-074300671–sow.html

  23. Good morning CR and everyone. HOPE you all have a great day.

    GOOD LUCK RON BARBER. MAY YOU TROUNCE JESSE KELLY TODAY!

    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

  24. CR says:

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

  25. CR says:

    Michelle Obama Live Interview On NPR Today

    First Lady will take questions from callers during ‘Talk of the Nation’…

    June 12, 2012 obamafoodorama.blogspot

    Following her first author appearance at a DC bookstore on Tuesday morning for American Grown, First Lady Michelle Obama will promote her book during a live interview on National Public Radio. Between 2:00-2:30 PM ET Mrs. Obama will be on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, hosted by Neal Conan. She’ll also discuss the Let’s Move! campaign and take calls from listeners about nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices for children, NPR announced.

    “Conan will invite parents to call in with their stories and questions for the First Lady,” NPR said.

    Listeners can call (800) 989-8255, email talk@npr.org or visit NPR.org to submit questions.

    Listeners can find local stations and broadcast times at npr.org/stations. The audio will be available on Tuesday at 6:00 PM ET online at NPR.org .

    enior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass promoted Let’s Move! on NPR on Saturday during an appearance on the show Wait Wait..Don’t Tell Me.

  26. CR says:

    10:30 AM ET
    Vice President Biden delivers the commencement address at Sidwell Friends School.
    Washington DC

  27. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good and HOPEful Tuesday, CR and all friends!

    >^.^<

  28. Kat 4 Obama says:

  29. CR says:

    11:30 AM ET
    First Lady Michelle Obama will visit a, Barnes & Noble bookstore to autograph copies of her new book American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America
    Washington, DC

    • CR says:

      June 12, 2012

      Remarks by the First Lady at a Book Signing for American Grown

      Barnes & Noble
      Washington, D.C.

      11:43 A.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Hi, everyone! Can you hear me? (Applause.) Good. Wow! This is so exciting! (Applause.) This is my very first book, and my very first and probably only book signing. (Applause.) This is so good, this is so good.

      Well, let me just say, I am so proud of this product. It is — the book, American Grown, is everything I would have imagined. I wanted the book to be beautiful, and I think that the pictures are absolutely beautiful. I could tell because when Malia and Sasha picked it up — you know, it’s mom — it’s like, oh, your book, how nice. (Laughter.) They actually got pulled in by the pictures, and then they couldn’t put it down and they started looking through, and then they started actually reading it. And then, eventually, I got actually a thumbs-up. (Laughter.)

      So that’s what we hope the book will be. I mean, the book is really not just the story of the White House garden and how it came to be and how we had our ups and downs and trials and tribulations, but it’s also a story of community gardens across the country — everything from a wonderful community garden in Hawaii, Ma’O Farms, to some excellent school gardens that are happening in — right smack dab in the middle of New York with some great school kids. So the stories of the work that people are doing across this country are really an important part of the book as well.

      But we also talk about one of my key initiatives, which is Let’s Move, and it’s all about getting our kids healthy. So the book shares that journey and some of the interesting statistics and work that are going on all across the country to help our kids lead healthier lives.

      And then it’s a little practical too; I mean, it gives a few tips. I’m not the best gardener in the world, but I had a great team of National Park Service people, and I had my Bancroft and Tubman kids — Tubman and Bancroft kids. (Applause.) They are my partners in crime in this respect. I mean, these two schools have been with us from the very beginning, and that was one of the things that we said when we started exploring whether or not we could plant a garden on the South Lawn — it’s like, it would have to be a teaching garden, it would have to be a garden that kids could participate in and understand where their food comes from and engage in that process.

      Because that’s really what I learned in my own life, is that when I involve my kids in the food that they ate — and we didn’t garden in Chicago, but we certainly went to farmers markets and we got them involved in really changing their diets and owning that process — that they accepted it a lot more. And we’ve seen that with these kids.

      These kids are working in the gardens in their own schools. I know that they’re bringing back ideas and questions to their own families, and helping to change the way they eat and do great things. So these kids have been amazing, and they have just been a pleasure. They come to the White House, they don’t get star struck, they don’t look around — they get to work. They get to work, and they get our garden planted and harvested in a matter of 10, 15 minutes — sometimes 30 minutes. They just get it done.

      So we couldn’t do this without them, and I am so proud of you all. So proud, proud, proud of you all. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you for helping me. Thank you for helping me.

      So I just want to thank you all for standing in the rain, for coming out. I am just thrilled, and I hope you all enjoy the book. And I hope it becomes the beginning of many conversations in your own homes, in your communities. And I hope that it leads to a healthier generation of kids at some point. There are also some good recipes in there that are easy to follow, and they’re pretty good — White House chefs, so I urge you to try them.

      You all, thank you so much. And I look forward to seeing you all up here. (Applause.) All right.

      END
      11:47 A.M. EDT

      • 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.

  30. Kat 4 Obama says:

  31. CR says:

    Democratic groups join forces to fight right

    By ALEXANDER BURNS | 6/12/12 4:43 AM EDT Updated: 6/12/12 10:21 AM EDT

    Faced with overwhelming financial firepower on the right, Democratic-aligned super PACs and advocacy groups are increasingly joining forces in a collaborative effort to bolster President Barack Obama and a select number of House and Senate candidates for the 2012 general election.

    From newly formed super PACs to unions, environmentalists and women’s groups, Democratic-aligned organizations are forming short-term partnerships to advance their most immediate goals — whether that means rallying behind a chosen candidate or gunning for a shared Republican enemy.

    There’s been cooperation in past cycles between outside groups on both the left and right. Operatives involved in these organizations’ 2012 efforts say there’s a new level of intensity this time, and fresh urgency for liberal advocacy groups trying to protect their interests against a Republican air war that could total $1 billion.

    So for the heavily outgunned collection of allies attempting to keep Obama in the White House, there’s some strength in numbers.

    “The partnerships are a critical part of our strategy here. We have no doubt that the Koch brothers and Karl Rove are going to have more dollars than us. We knew we could leverage every dollar we have three or four times if we team up,” said Bill Burton, the former White House spokesman now helping steer the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action. “It’s a lot more deliberate this time, definitely.”

    While campaigns cannot coordinate with independent spending groups, there are no rules barring cooperation between the myriad interest groups on the right and left, which often share the same political goals and compete for the same dollars. For Democrats, fundraising has been particularly difficult this cycle.

    They can’t compete for dominance on television and radio with the GOP groups, but Democratic organizations hope to limit their financial disadvantage in the most urgent campaigns by divvying up the tab.

    Two fresh examples debuted this week, as Priorities USA Action and the labor giant SEIU announced they would jointly commit $4 million to Spanish-language television ads blasting Mitt Romney as hostile to working people.

    As those ads are hitting the air, a coalition of five environmental groups is preparing to launch an almost two-month campaign to boost Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich in the New Mexico Senate race. So far, the organizations involved — the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife, the National Wildlife Federation and the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund — are splitting the cost evenly, according to a strategist familiar with the campaign.

    EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock said Democratic organizations have coordinated for years — in many cases through the coalition-building group America Votes — but that the teamwork is closer than ever this cycle. In addition to Priorities USA Action, Democrats have formed super PACs to focus on both chambers of Congress: Majority PAC, which focuses on the Senate, and House Majority PAC. Key collaborators include SEIU, EMILY’s List, LCV and the public-sector labor group AFSCME.

    “Because resources are tight and we’re up against just an avalanche on the Republican side, we knew right away that none of us had resources that we could waste, nor could we in any way duplicate efforts at all,” said Schriock, who said EMILY’s List would “move money into whatever vehicle” appears most effective in a given race. Her group partnered earlier this year with VoteVets.org and Majority PAC to run TV commercials for Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill.

    For the groups that are joining forces — sometimes for a single ad campaign, sometimes over a longer period of time — there may be a limit on the total size of the financial pie available. So far, there are no Koch or Sheldon Adelson-level benefactors on the Democratic side — that is, ideological billionaires willing to pour potentially unlimited funds into their chosen causes.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0612/77313.html

    • Kat 4 Obama says:

      Good work! Who are we going to let win? A handful of greedy billionaires or we the people?

      Now more than ever we must vote Democratic!

  32. CR says:

    1:20 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event
    Fidler Private residence, Baltimore, MD Owings Mills, MD

    • CR says:

      June 12, 2012

      Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event – Private Residence, Owings Mills, MD

      Private Residence
      Owings Mills, Maryland

      1:23 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. (Applause.) Everybody, please have a seat. Well, it is wonderful to be with all of you. Let me begin by thanking our hosts, Josh and Genine. Thank you so much for opening up this extraordinary home — (applause) — and their gorgeous daughters who are doing all wonderful things. (Applause.) I was telling Josh, you cannot beat daughters. No offense, sons, but — (laughter) — I’m just saying, when you’ve got wonderful daughters it puts a smile on your face. But thank you so much for your hospitality.

      You guys benefit from having one of the best governors in the country. Please give Martin O’Malley a big round of applause. (Applause.) Absolutely. An outstanding Lieutenant Governor, classmate of mine at Harvard, although he was a little younger than me — Anthony Brown. (Applause.) Two wonderful allies, great friends, great champions on behalf of working people not just here in Maryland, but all across the country — Barbara Mikulski is here, the senior Senator — (applause) — and Ben Cardin in the house. (Applause.) We’ve got the wonderful Congressman — I loved his dad. He’s doing just a great job following in his footsteps — John Sarbanes is here. (Applause.) And the outstanding Mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is in the house. (Applause.)

      And of course, all of you are here, and we’re very pleased with that. I’m going to be very brief, because usually what I want to do in a setting like this is to take questions and provide comments or get advice.

      But let me just say briefly, building on what Martin said, we’ve gone through the toughest economy and the toughest financial crisis in our lifetimes. What we’ve seen not just here in the United States but worldwide is something that we haven’t seen since the ’30s. And we’ve still got a long way to go. There are a lot of folks out there who are hurting; a lot of folks who are looking for work or are underemployed; a lot of folks whose homes are underwater — and we’ve been reading over the last several days about because of the plunge in housing prices, the loss of that wealth that a lot of families are experiencing — it’s put enormous strains on people all across the country, including here in Maryland.

      But what we have been able to do over the last three and a half years, after a decade in which we had been moving in the wrong direction, is to begin to point towards a trajectory where here in this country everybody is getting a fair shot, everybody is doing their fair share, everybody is playing by the same set of rules — trying to restore those core values here in America where if you work hard, you can make it; regardless of where you come from, what you look like, you have a chance if you act responsibly and you’re willing to put in some sweat equity to make it here in America.

      That’s what the rescue of the auto industry was all about — recognizing that if you place a bet on American workers and American ingenuity, and people start cooperating, that we could once again be number one. And we’re seeing GM now the number-one automaker in the work and the U.S. auto industry not only back on its feet, but producing cars that people want to buy all around the world.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/12/remarks-president-campaign-event-private-residence-owings-mills-md

  33. CR says:

    Next Up…

    2:00 PM ET
    First Lady Michelle Obama takes caller’s questions on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, hosted by Neal Conan.

    NPR http://www.npr.org/

    • CR says:

      First Lady Fights Obesity With Moves And Good Food

      6/12/12 Neal Conan – NPR- Talk of the Nation

      Summary: Fighting childhood obesity is both a personal and a public mission for First Lady Michelle Obama. She has rethought her daughters’ diets, and she launched the Let’s Move! initiative to encourage healthier lifestyles. She talks about ways to get children to eat well, and her new book, American Grown.

      Like many First Ladies, Michelle Obama chose a mission: working to fight childhood obesity. It’s an epidemic that affects up to one-third of all children in the U.S. It’s also a personal issue for the First Lady. A number of years ago, her pediatrician asked her to rethink her daughters’ diets.

      In February 2010, she launched Let’s Move!, an initiative to address childhood obesity, encourage healthier lifestyles, and push for better-quality food in schools and neighborhoods. And she cultivates the White House vegetable garden, which provides fresh produce for formal lunches, State Dinners and Obama family meals. Critics complain Obama’s anti-obesity campaign represents the long reach of an overbearing government; supporters applaud her for focusing attention on the issue.

      For the audio interview and recipes: http://www.npr.org/2012/06/12/154854113/first-lady-fights-obesity-with-moves-and-good-food

  34. CR says:

    2:35 PM ET
    President Obama attends a campaign fundraiser
    The Hyatt Regency, Baltimore, MD

  35. CR says:

    Now Streaming…

    3:45 PM ET
    President Obama attends a campaign fundraiser
    Baltimore, Hyatt Regency, MD

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    • CR says:

      June 12, 2012

      Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event — Hyatt Regency, Baltimore, MD

      Hyatt Regency
      Baltimore, Maryland

      3:30 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, hello, hello! (Applause.) How’s it going, Maryland? (Applause.) How’s it going, Baltimore? (Applause.) Well, it is good to be in Baltimore — (applause) — home of what may end up being rivals with the White Sox — the Orioles. (Laughter.) I hear you guys are — the Orioles are having a pretty good season, I got to admit. (Applause.) They’re doing all right.

      It is wonderful to see all of you. A couple of people I just want to acknowledge — first of all, one of the finest governors we have in this country, Martin O’Malley is in the house. (Applause.) Your Lieutenant Governor, Anthony Brown is here. (Applause.) Two of the outstanding leaders of the United States Senate — the senior Senator, although young at heart, Barbara Mikulski is here. (Applause.) And the junior Senator, but wiser than his years — (laughter) — Ben Cardin is here. (Applause.)

      You’ve got an outstanding congressional delegation — Donna Edwards, John Sarbanes, Elijah Cummings. (Applause.) You’ve got Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in the house. (Applause.) And I want to give a big round of applause — because it’s not easy to do — I want to give Anna, who spoke before the Governor, give her a big round of applause — (applause) — because she did an outstanding job.

      Oh, it wasn’t on my card — Dutch is here. Give it up. (Applause.) Sorry, brother, didn’t see you. He’s doing a great job. This is an outstanding congressional delegation.

      Now, I am here today not just because I need your help — although I do. But I’m here because the country needs your help. A lot of you got involved in our campaign in 2008, and we came together not because of me; we came together because all of us shared the feeling that we needed to reclaim the basic bargain that built this country, that created the biggest middle class that the world had ever seen.

      We came together because of a shared belief that in America, your success should not be determined by the circumstances of your birth. If you’re willing to work hard, if you’re willing to take responsibility, you should be able to own a home. You should be able to send your kids to college. You shouldn’t be bankrupt when you get sick. You should be able to retire with dignity and respect. No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, no matter what you look like, no matter who you love, no matter what your faith, here in America you should be able to make it if you try. (Applause.) That’s why we came together.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/12/remarks-president-campaign-event-hyatt-regency-baltimore-md

  36. CR says:

    6:10 PM ET
    President Obama attends a campaign event.
    The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA

    • CR says:

      June 12, 2012

      Remarks by the President to Graduating Students of the Science Leadership Academy — Philadelphia, PA

      The Franklin Institute
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      5:50 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you so much. Everybody, have a seat. Have a seat. Well, this is so exciting to have a chance to see all of you. Congratulations on your graduation. (Applause.) I know I kind of messed up graduation a little bit, but it turned out that it was beautiful yesterday. So we had this all planned out. (Laughter.) We knew there was going to be sun yesterday; it’s a little cloudier today. We wanted to make sure you guys looked good in your caps and gowns and didn’t get too wet.

      Listen, I just want to say to all of you how incredibly proud I am of the work that you guys have accomplished, because some of you may have heard — in between studying you may have listened to a speech that I’ve given or remarks that I’ve made in the past — the nation that excels in science and math and technology, that’s going to be the nation that rises to the top in the 21st century. Almost everything we do is based on our capacity to innovate. And America became a economic superpower because we were constantly able to tap into the incredible talents and ingenuity of young people like you who decided — why can’t we fly? Why can’t we cure diseases? Why can’t we make sure that the energy that we use is able to make life a little bit better and a little bit easier for people?

      And so throughout our history we’ve constantly had innovators who have been able to not only excel in basic science and basic research, but have then been able to translate it into practical things that we now take for granted. And obviously, there was a pretty good scientist here in Philadelphia named Benjamin Franklin, who was able to tool around with kites and keys and all kinds of stuff before he helped to write our Constitution. So you’ve got a pretty good legacy, here in Philadelphia, of innovation.

      And the fact that, as I look around this auditorium, we are tapping into the talents of everybody — women as well as men; folks from every ethnic group, every background — that’s also this incredible strength for the United States, because innovation, brainpower does not discriminate by gender or race or faith or background. Everybody has got the capacity to create and improve our lives in so many ways.

      So you guys are representative of the future. This is a great postcard for what America is all about. And as you take your next steps — I’m assuming that everybody here is going to some sort of post-high school education, everybody here is going to be going to college, and some of you are going to continue beyond college — I just want you to know that you are going to be succeeding not just for yourself — and that’s important — your parents are going to want you to have a job, so they’re very pleased about the fact that you’re taking a path that is almost assured to provide you with extraordinary opportunities in the future — but you’re also going to be making a difference for the country as a whole.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/12/remarks-president-graduating-students-science-leadership-academy-philade

  37. CR says:

    7:45 PM ET
    President Obama attends a campaign fundraiser
    The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA

    • CR says:

      June 12, 2012

      Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event — Philadelphia, PA

      The Franklin Institute
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      7:30 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello! (Applause.) Thank you! How’s it going Philadelphia? (Applause.) Well, it is good to be back in Philadelphia. (Applause.) It is good to be among so many good friends, including Benjamin Franklin — one of my favorite Founders. (Laughter.) I have to admit, I had to restrain myself because this is such an amazing facility, and just wandering around I started reading about all kinds of American history and that the Dead Sea Scrolls were here. (Laughter.) Staff was saying, Mr. President, you have some other stuff that you have to do.

      There are a couple of acknowledgments that I want to make. First of all, you’ve got one of the best mayors in the country, Mayor Michael Nutter is here. (Applause.) You’ve got a couple of the finest members of Congress in Bob Brady and Chaka Fattah. (Applause.) And you’ve got somebody here who’s been one of my dearest friends and one of my favorite people who has always had my back, and he and I share a lot in common — we both pretend to play basketball, even though we’re way too old. (Laughter.) We both married up and we both have extraordinary daughters. He happens also to be one of the best members of the Senate that we have — Bob Casey is in the house. (Applause.)

      So I’m here not just because I need your help — although I do. (Laughter.) I’m here because the country needs your help. When you think back to 2008, a lot of you were involved in that campaign. You didn’t get involved because you thought Barack Obama was the odds-on favorite to become President of the United States. Let’s face it. (Laughter.) That was a long shot. The reason we came together was because we shared a belief in the basic bargain that built this country; the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, if you’re willing to take responsibility, that in this country you can make it. That you can find a job that pays a living wage, and you can save and buy a home. You can send your kids to college so they do even better than you did. You can retire with some dignity and some respect. The idea that no matter where you come from, no matter what you look like, no matter what your faith, no matter who you love, that in America you can make it if you try. (Applause.)

      It’s that idea that builds the broadest middle class in the history of the world — (applause) — and that was and has been the strength of America, the backbone of America — is that everybody had a shot. And we felt back in 2008 that those ideals were being lost, that we had taken a wrong turn. We had taken a surplus, left behind by President Clinton, and turned it into deficits as far as the eye could see — not because we invested in our economic future, but because we gave tax cuts to folks who didn’t need them and weren’t even asking for them. We put two wars on a credit card. Our economy increasingly was built on financial speculation and a housing bubble. Manufacturing was leaving our shores.

      And although a few people were doing really, really well, that broad-based middle class that built this country, that was the essence of this country, found themselves — you found yourselves — in a situation where wages, incomes were flat-lining, and job growth was the most sluggish it had been in 50, 60 years, and the cost of everything from health care to college education kept on going up and up and up. And it all culminated in the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression — three million jobs lost in the six months before I took office, while we were campaigning; 800,000 jobs lost the month that I was sworn into office.

      And so we had to make a series of tough decisions and decisive decisions and quick decisions, and we had to do it without much help from the other side. But the thing that gave me confidence throughout was what I had learned about the American people as I traveled all across the country — and it is a great privilege just running for President, and obviously a greater privilege being President, because you meet Americans from every walk of life, and they show you their grit and they show you their determination. And it turns out Americans are tougher than any tough times. (Applause.)

      And so when some people said we should let Detroit go bankrupt, we decided, no, we’re going to make a bet on the American worker and American industry. And because of the actions that we took, GM is back on top and we’re seeing the auto industry rehiring and producing better cars than ever. (Applause.) We helped to stabilize the financial system so small businesses could get help again and get credit and financing flowing again. (Applause.) Businesses got back to basics and we created 4.3 million jobs over the last 27 months; 800,000 this year alone. (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/12/remarks-president-campaign-event-philadelphia-pa

  38. CR says:

    9:05 PM ET
    President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event.
    Planetarium, Philadelphia, PA

    • CR says:

      June 12, 2012

      Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event — Philadelphia, PA

      Planetarium
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      8:34 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you, everybody. Thank you. Everybody, please have a seat.

      First of all, let me just thank David for all of his extraordinary efforts. There are a lot of longtime, hardcore supporters in this room, but David has been tireless and Ruth has put up with him in support of my campaign back when people couldn’t pronounce my name. And so I just couldn’t be more grateful to them, and I just want to acknowledge all your leadership on this.

      I also want to acknowledge a couple of other extraordinary leaders — your outstanding mayor, Michael Nutter, who is here. (Applause.) One of my best friends in Washington — or anywhere — Bob Casey is in the house. (Applause.) He’s around here somewhere. And we have with us soon-to-be attorney general of the great state of Pennsylvania, Kathleen King, who is here. (Applause.)

      And all of you are here. And so because you are here I don’t want to spend a lot of time giving a long speech — I just gave one — and many of you have had the chance to hear me in larger settings before. I want to take advantage of this more intimate setting so that we can have more of a conversation.

      Those numbers David provided are a good starting point for what this election is all about. I am very proud of the record and what we’ve done in this administration during as challenging a time as we’ve experienced in this country’s history. But this election ultimately is also going to be about where we go from here, because as much progress as we’ve made, we’ve still got a lot of work to do. There’s still too many people who are out of work, too many homes underwater, and middle-class families still don’t have confidence that the future for their kids and their grandkids are going to be brighter than their futures have been.

      And so the question in this election is going to be whose vision is more likely to create that basic bargain, to affirm that basic bargain that made America the economic superpower and the greatest country on Earth? And that bargain says that if you work hard in this country regardless of what you look like, where you come from, what faith you hold, who you love, that you can make it if you try.

      The question in this election is going to be whose vision is most likely to lead us back to a point where economic growth is strong and is steady and is broad-based so that people who are willing to take initiative and work hard can succeed; that we’re not just a nation of consumers, but we’re a nation of producers; that we’re not just importing, but we’re exporting; that we’re a magnet for good, well-paying middle-class jobs in this society.

      And the choices in this election could not be starker. I said before, back in 2008, I had some strong disagreements with John McCain, but there were certain baselines that we both agreed on. We both agreed on things like immigration reform. We agreed on the existence of climate change. We agreed on the need to control campaign finance spending.

      This time out, across the board, there is just a fundamental disagreement, a difference of vision in terms of where we want to go. And Governor Romney’s vision is pretty much in sync with the vision of the House Republican Party right now, and it can be described basically with two ideas. One is that we need to slash taxes even more, particularly for the wealthiest, most successful among us. And two, we need to eliminate any kind of regulations, whether consumer or worker regulations or environmental regulations, that in any way impede the free market from operating however it will.

      And the vision that I’m presenting in this campaign is consistent with what we talked about in 2008, and what I’m going to continue to talk about, and that we put into practice over the last three and a half years — and that says, government can’t solve every one of our problems and it shouldn’t try, that there are some government programs that don’t work and should be ended, and there are some things that have to be done at a local level, but there are also some things that we have to do together.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/12/remarks-president-campaign-event-philadelphia-pa-0

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