Veterans Day 2012

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The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery . The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.

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United States Department of Veterans Affairs http://www.va.gov/

 Women Veterans Hotline1-855-VA-WOMEN (829-6636)

History of Veterans Day 

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54 Responses to Veterans Day 2012

  1. CR says:

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    Friday, November 9, 2012

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  2. CR says:

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    History of Veterans Day

    World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

    In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

    The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

    The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

    Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

    Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

    Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

    An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

    For the entire article: http://www1.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp

    National Veterans Day Ceremony
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    • CR says:

      November 07, 2012

      Presidential Proclamation — Veterans Day, 2012

      VETERANS DAY, 2012

      BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

      A PROCLAMATION

      Whether they fought in Salerno or Samarra, Heartbreak Ridge or Helmand, Khe Sanh or the Korengal, our veterans are part of an unbroken chain of men and women who have served our country with honor and distinction. On Veterans Day, we show them our deepest thanks. Their sacrifices have helped secure more than two centuries of American progress, and their legacy affirms that no matter what confronts us or what trials we face, there is no challenge we cannot overcome, and our best days are still ahead.

      This year, we marked the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. We began to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. We welcomed our veterans back home from Iraq, and we continued to wind down operations in Afghanistan. These milestones remind us that, though much has changed since Americans first took up arms to advance freedom’s cause, the spirit that moved our forebears is the same spirit that has defined each generation of our service members. Our men and women in uniform have taught us about strength, duty, devotion, resolve — cornerstones of a commitment to protect and defend that has kept our country safe for over 200 years. In war and in peace, their service has been selfless and their accomplishments have been extraordinary.

      Even after our veterans take off the uniform, they never stop serving. Many apply the skills and experience they developed on the battlefield to a life of service here at home. They take on roles in their communities as doctors and police officers, engineers and entrepreneurs, mothers and fathers. As a grateful Nation, it is our task to make that transition possible — to ensure our returning heroes can share in the opportunities they have given so much to defend. The freedoms we cherish endure because of their service and sacrifice, and our country must strive to honor our veterans by fulfilling our responsibilities to them and upholding the sacred trust we share with all who have served.

      On days like this, we are called to reflect on immeasurable burdens that have been borne by so few. We pay tribute to our wounded, our missing, our fallen, and their families — men and women who have known the true costs of conflict and deserve our deepest respect, now and forever. We also remember that our commitments to those who have served are commitments we must honor not only on Veterans Day, but every day. As we do so, let us reaffirm our promise that when our troops finish their tours of duty, they come home to an America that gives them the benefits they have earned, the care they deserve, and the fullest opportunity to keep their families strong and our country moving forward.

      With respect for and in recognition of the contributions our service members have made to the cause of peace and freedom around the world, the Congress has provided (5 U.S.C. 6103(a)) that November 11 of each year shall be set aside as a legal public holiday to honor our Nation’s veterans.

      NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim November 11, 2012, as Veterans Day. I encourage all Americans to recognize the valor and sacrifice of our veterans through appropriate public ceremonies and private prayers. I call upon Federal, State, and local officials to display the flag of the United States and to participate in patriotic activities in their communities. I call on all Americans, including civic and fraternal organizations, places of worship, schools, and communities to support this day with commemorative expressions and programs.

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

      BARACK OBAMA

    • CR says:

      Chairman Dempsey & Sgt. Maj. Battaglia’s 2012 Veterans Day Message

      Published on Nov 1, 2012 by DODvClips

      Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey and the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia thank veterans for their service.

    • CR says:

      POW/MIA Recognition

      Published on Sep 20, 2012 by DODvClips

      To honor the sacrifice of service members who were prisoners of war or are still missing in action, observances of National POW/MIA Recognition Day, traditionally observed on the third Friday in September, are held across the country on military installations, ships at sea, state capitols, schools and veterans’ facilities.

    • CR says:

      Joining Forces Executive Director Todd Veazie’s Veterans Day Message

      Published on Nov 10, 2012 by whitehouse

      Todd Veazie, the new Executive Director of Joining Forces, honors our nation’s veterans.

    • CR says:

      President Obama Honors Veterans at Arlington National Cemetery

      Katelyn Sabochik November 11, 2012 01:53 PM EST

      Today is Veterans Day, and President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden travelled to Arlington National Cemetery to honor our nation’s fallen warriors, veterans and military families. Before President Obama gave remarks, they laid a wreath to “remember every service member who has ever worn our nation’s uniform.”

      The President discussed our sacred duty to care for our men and women in uniform and their families, even after their military service has concluded.

      So long after the battles end, long after our heroes come home, we stay by their side. That’s who we are. And that’s who we’ll be for today’s returning service members and their families. Because no one who fights for this country overseas should ever have to fight for a job, or a roof over their head, or the care that they have earned when they come home.
      We know the most urgent task many of you face is finding a new way to serve. That’s why we’ve made it a priority to help you find jobs worthy of your incredible skills and talents. That’s why, thanks to the hard work of Michelle and Jill Biden, some of our most patriotic businesses have hired or trained 125,000 veterans and military spouses. It’s why we’re transforming, for the first time in decades, how the military transitions service members from the battlefield to the workplace. And because you deserve to share in the opportunities you defend, we are making sure that the Post-9/11 GI Bill stays strong so you can earn a college education and pursue your dreams.

      He also relayed the story of Petty Officer Taylor Morris who served in the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team in Afghanistan. Six months ago, Petty Officer Morris was on patrol and stepped on an IED. The explosion cost him both legs, his left arm and his right hand. He is one of only five Americans treated at Walter Reed to survive the amputation of all four limbs. Despite his staggering injuries, Petty Officer Morris has made a remarkable recovery and in July, he came to the White House where President Obama presented him with a Purple Heart.

      His story of recovery has been an inspiration for Americans across the country. As President Obama said:

      In Taylor we see the best of America — a spirit that says, when we get knocked down, we rise again. When times are tough, we come together. When one of us falters, we lift them up. In this country we take care of our own –- especially our veterans who have served so bravely and sacrificed so selflessly in our name. And we carry on, knowing that our best days always lie ahead.

      For photos: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/11/11/president-obama-honors-veterans-arlington-national-cemetery

  3. vitaminlover says:

    So proud of all of our wonderful veteran’s.

  4. CR says:

    Republicans Losing Key States as Hispanics Shun Party

    Nov 8, 2012 7:34 AM PT By John McCormick and Todd Shields – bloomberg

    Mariachi musicians sing and play as they go from house to house to encourage people to come to vote on election day at the Sun Valley’s Latino district, Los Angeles County, on Nov. 6, 2012 in California.

    If demographics are destiny, Democrats are positioned to dominate U.S. national politics until Republicans can attract Hispanic voters who shunned their party in the presidential election.

    “It’s a huge issue. It’s a big reason why they lost states like Virginia, Florida and Colorado,” said William Frey, a senior demographer at the Washington-based Brookings Institution. “As Hispanics continue to disperse to the South and West — Republican strongholds — the party becomes increasingly at risk.”

    As Hispanics make up more of the U.S. population, they also are transforming the country’s politics. In this election, Latino voters represented 10 percent of the electorate, up from 9 percent four years ago.

    President Barack Obama captured 71 percent of the Hispanic vote as he won a second term, according to a national exit poll. That translated to a 44 percentage-point advantage over Republican challenger Mitt Romney, who won just 27 percent of the Hispanic vote — down from Republican shares of 31 percent in 2008, 44 percent in 2004 and 35 percent in 2000.

    Beyond the presidential race, 28 Latinos won House seats, including three who defeated Republican incumbents, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund said in a statement. The results added four Hispanic members to the House, creating the largest class of Latino U.S. lawmakers, the group said. In the Senate, Hispanics gained a seat with a victory by Texas Republican Ted Cruz.

    For more; http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-08/hispanic-political-clout-seen-in-2012-election-and-beyond.html

    • CR says:

      The RNC’s real problem is that as long as they only stay in the dark Fox echo chamber listening to the extremist they will not know what is going on in the real world. The longer they stay in that echo chamber the more removed they will be and the smaller their party will become.

    • CR says:

      Gender Gap in 2012 Vote Is Largest in Gallup’s History
      Obama wins women’s vote; Romney has eight-point edge among men

      November 9, 2012 by Jeffrey M. Jones – gallup

      PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama won the two-party vote among female voters in the 2012 election by 12 points, 56% to 44%, over Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Meanwhile, Romney won among men by an eight-point margin, 54% to 46%. That total 20-point gender gap is the largest Gallup has measured in a presidential election since it began compiling the vote by major subgroups in 1952.

      Notably, Obama’s 12-percentage-point advantage among women is slightly less than the 14-point advantage he had over John McCain in 2008, while Romney improved on McCain’s performance among men by eight points. Thus, the narrowing of Obama’s winning margin between the two elections, from seven points to two points, can be ascribed mainly to men’s shifting more Republican.

      For more: http://goo.gl/NMt15

  5. CR says:

    Inside the 7 Unresolved House Races

    November 8, 2012 | 3:51 p.m. By Julie Sobel and Scott Bland – holineoncall.nationaljournal

    The election is over — but not in a few House districts. First of all, GOP Reps. Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry have a December runoff coming up in Louisiana’s 3rd District, after neither won a majority on Tuesday. But a handful of races that will eventually produce a winner haven’t been resolved. Here’s the current status of the seven races still in question:

    Arizona’s 2nd and 9th Districts:

    In Arizona, over 602,000 early and provisional ballots remain uncounted — nearly 450,000 of which are in Maricopa County, the state’s population center. That should at the very least tighten the Senate race, but it could affect the outcomes of two House races, too.

    In the 2nd District, Democratic Rep. Ron Barber is slightly behind GOP challenger Martha McSally — the Arizona Daily Star reports that McSally led by about 1,300 votes, but that has already narrowed to 426 in the latest tally, and tens of thousands of provisional and early ballots have yet to be counted. There is reason to believe they will favor Barber.

    In 2010, then-Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (who Barber replaced) beat Republican Jesse Kelly by just over 12,000 in early voting and narrowly in the provisional ballots — enough to win despite trailing in votes cast on Election Day. Barber pulled the same trick against Kelly in the June special election to replace Giffords.

    In the 9th District, Democratic nominee Krysten Sinema holds a small lead over Republican Vernon Parker — 2,715 votes. Sinema’s campaign manager said that lead had grown from 600 in the morning as uncounted early and provisional ballots turned out to favor the Democrat.

    Florida’s 18th District:

    In one of the most-watched House races in the nation, GOP Rep. Allen West trails Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy by 2,456 votes. Though it’s outside the margin for a recount, West is calling for one. His campaign is citing “disturbing irregularities” at polling places in St. Lucie County.

    California’s 7th, 36th, and 52nd Districts:

    In the state’s 7th District, GOP Rep. Dan Lungren narrowly trails Democratic opponent Ami Bera with numerous ballots still to be counted. The Sacramento Bee:

    Bera late Wednesday led by just 186 votes out of more than 176,000 ballots counted.

    The race for the east Sacramento County seat is far from over. Election officials said Wednesday that they still need to process 162,000 absentee and 31,000 provisional ballots cast countywide.

    In the 36th District, GOP Rep. Mary Bono Mack is losing to Democratic challenger Raul Ruiz by over 4,500 votes — but says she won’t concede yet. Over 183,000 ballots still need to be counted in the county — though it’s not clear how many of those are from the 36th District. Bono Mack had earlier said (early Wednesday morning) that, looking at the numbers, “Historically speaking, he will win.”

    In the 52nd District, Democrat Scott Peters is leading GOP Rep. Brian Bilbray by 685 votes with all precincts reporting — but still to be counted are about 475,000 absentee and provisional ballots in the county, and Bilbray’s spokesperson told the U-T San Diego that between 120,000 and 125,000 of those are from the district.

    North Carolina’s 7th District:

    Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre has a slim, 507-vote lead over state Sen. David Rouzer — but about 4,500 provisional ballots are not yet counted in the counties that lie completely or almost fully within the district, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. A possible recount, if one becomes necessary, wouldn’t begin until November 26.

  6. CR says:

    President Obama: “I’m Really Proud of All of You.”

    Published on Nov 8, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
    Thank you. This is your victory.

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    • COS says:

      Hey CR and friends. I have watched this video more than once. It is so touching!!!!! The photo at the beginning of the thread is breathtaking. Great thread.

  7. CR says:

    Healing U.S. Labor Market Means Fewer Temporary Jobs

    Nov 8, 2012 9:01 PM By Anna-Louise Jackson and Anthony Feld – bloomberg

    Temporary employment is contributing less to job creation in the U.S. after buoying the labor market in the first six months of the year, a sign employers are more confident about the durability of the economic expansion.

    The monthly change in the number of people on payrolls of temporary-help service businesses averaged 2.2 percent of the monthly gains in total nonfarm payrolls during the July-October period, well below almost 19 percent in the first half of 2012, based on seasonally adjusted data from the Labor Department.

    The steep decline came as the total number of jobs created each month rose to an average of 173,000 in July-October compared with 66,667 in the second quarter. The “significant improvement” shows that companies became comfortable adding full-time workers to their payrolls, said Stuart Hoffman, chief economist at PNC Financial Services Group Inc. in Pittsburgh. The result is a “double positive” for the economy: more jobs and more of them full-time.

    While hiring in the four months ended in October still was below the first quarter’s 225,667 average, the recent gains suggest that “bogeyman talk” about business-owner cautiousness was exaggerated, Hoffman said. “This flies somewhat in the face of the notion that employment had been put on hold” leading up to the Nov. 6 elections, he said.

    For investors, the decline in new temp-service jobs relative to total hiring is among “a number of supporting data points” showing an improvement in the labor market, according to John Canally, an economist and investment strategist at LPL Financial Corp. in Boston, which oversees about $350 billion in investments. It’s a “positive sign” that businesses feel better about adding people to their payrolls and also gives more assurance to newly hired full-time employees.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-09/healing-u-s-labor-market-means-fewer-temporary-jobs.html

  8. CR says:

    US Import and Export Prices

    Released On 11/9/2012 8:30:00 AM For Oct, 2012 bloomberg

    Highlights
    Despite strength in the dollar, import prices are moving higher, but not by much though there is isolated pressure. Import prices rose a sizable 0.5 percent in October following very sharp fuel-driven gains of 1.1 percent and 1.2 percent in the two prior months. These are sharp monthly gains but come from a low base with the year-on-year rate, after five straight months in the negative column, finally emerging into positive ground but just barely at plus 0.4 percent. Fuel pressures eased in October highlighting pressures in other readings including ex-petroleum industrial supplies, up a steep 1.2 percent in the month, and incremental gains in finished goods prices where the category of motor vehicles shows a 0.3 percent monthly rise for a year-on-year rate of plus 1.8 percent which doesn’t look like much but is the highest since April.

    With foreign demand down and given strength in the dollar, there’s not a lot of pricing power for US exports based on total export prices which are unchanged on the month as well as export prices for both capital goods and consumer goods which are basically flat. Year-on-year rates have been in improving in recent months for these readings but not by much and are at plus 1.1 percent for capital goods and minus 0.1 percent for consumer goods. But US farmers are enjoying traction, with the year-on-year rate, despite a 1.9 percent decline in October, at 11.6 percent and suddenly in the double digits for the first time this year. Total export prices are at a year-on-year plus 1.4 percent, which like that for total imports, shows its first positive reading since April.

    Today’s report shows some pressures but won’t raise alarms for outsized readings in next week’s producer and consumer price reports. Also, watch for inflation expectation readings in the consumer sentiment report later this morning.

    For more: http://bloomberg.econoday.com/byshoweventfull.asp?fid=451427&cust=bloomberg-us&year=2012&lid=0#top

  9. CR says:

    US Consumer Sentiment

    Released On 11/9/2012 9:55:00 AM For Nov, 2012 – bloomberg

    Highlights

    With the election over and despite the approach of the fiscal cliff, consumer sentiment is strong, up 2.3 points to another recovery best of 84.9 at the mid-month reading. Confidence in current conditions is especially strong, at 91.3 vs October’s final reading of 88.1. But expectations are also on the rise, up nearly 2 points to 80.8. Both of these readings, like the composite index, are at recovery bests.

    Inflation readings are mixed with the 1-year outlook down 1 tenth to 3.0 percent but with the 5-year at 2.8 percent, up 1 tenth. Still, the dip underway in national gas prices will bolster consumer confidence in future income and should be a boost to non-gasoline consumer spending going into the holidays.

    But it’s not all about national politics as the consumer sentiment report began its rise back in August, about when strength in the housing sector started to get attention. The domestic consumer is the ultimate engine of the U.S. economy and today’s report points to a rising contribution from consumer spending. The Dow is moving off opening lows following today’s report.

    For more: http://bloomberg.econoday.com/byshoweventfull.asp?fid=451485&cust=bloomberg-us&year=2012&lid=0#top

  10. CR says:

    US Wholesale Trade

    Released On 11/9/2012 10:00:00 AM For Sep, 2012 bloomberg

    Inventories – M/M change Prior: 0.5 % Consensus: 0.3 % Consensus Range: -0.2 % to 0.5 % Actual: 1.1 %

    Market Consensus before announcement
    Wholesale inventories in August rose 0.5 percent. But a burst of sales brought down inventories relative to sales in the wholesale sector during August. Sales in the sector, showing wide strength and including special strength for autos, jumped 0.9 percent for the strongest increase since February.

    Definition
    Wholesale trade measures the dollar value of sales made and inventories held by merchant wholesalers. It is a component of business sales and inventories.

    For more: http://bloomberg.econoday.com/byshoweventfull.asp?fid=451607&cust=bloomberg-us&year=2012&lid=0#top

  11. CR says:

    West Wing Week: 11/09/12 or “Our Journey Forward”

    Published on Nov 8, 2012 by whitehouse

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President urged Americans to contribute to the recovery efforts in the Northeast, met with governors, mayors, and other local officials, as well as his Homeland Security team to talk about the response to Sandy, and addressed the nation on election night.

  12. CR says:

    Next Up…

    1:05 PM ET
    President Obama Speaks on Growing our Economy and Reducing our Deficit
    East Room

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/Pres-Obama-Remarks-on-the-Economy-and-Fiscal-Cliff/10737435726/

    • CR says:

      November 09, 2012

      Remarks by the President

      East Room

      1:08 P.M. EST

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

      Well, good afternoon, everybody. Now that those of us on the campaign trail have had a chance to get a little sleep — (laughter) — it’s time to get back to work. And there is plenty of work to do.

      As I said on Tuesday night, the American people voted for action, not politics as usual. You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. And in that spirit, I’ve invited leaders of both parties to the White House next week, so we can start to build consensus around the challenges that we can only solve together. And I also intend to bring in business and labor and civic leaders from all across the country here to Washington to get their ideas and input as well.

      At a time when our economy is still recovering from the Great Recession, our top priority has to be jobs and growth. That’s the focus of the plan I talked about during the campaign. (Applause.) It’s a plan to reward small businesses and manufacturers that create jobs here, not overseas. It’s a plan to give people the chance to get the education and training that businesses are looking for right now. It’s a plan to make sure this country is a global leader in research and technology and clean energy, which will attract new companies and high-wage jobs to America. It’s a plan to put folks back to work, including our veterans, rebuilding our roads and our bridges, and other infrastructure. And it’s a plan to reduce our deficit in a balanced and responsible way.

      Our work is made that much more urgent because at the end of this year, we face a series of deadlines that require us to make major decisions about how to pay our deficit down — decisions that will have a huge impact on the economy and the middle class, both now and in the future. Last year, I worked with Democrats and Republicans to cut a trillion dollars’ worth of spending that we just couldn’t afford. I intend to work with both parties to do more — and that includes making reforms that will bring down the cost of health care so we can strengthen programs like Medicaid and Medicare for the long haul.

      But as I’ve said before, we can’t just cut our way to prosperity. If we’re serious about reducing the deficit, we have to combine spending cuts with revenue — and that means asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more in taxes. (Applause.) That’s how we did it in the 1990s, when Bill Clinton was President. That’s how we can reduce the deficit while still making the investments we need to build a strong middle class and a strong economy. That’s the only way we can still afford to train our workers, or help our kids pay for college, or make sure that good jobs in clean energy or high-tech manufacturing don’t end up in countries like China.

      Now, already, I’ve put forward a detailed plan that allows us to make these investments while reducing our deficit by $4 trillion over the next decade. I want to be clear — I’m not wedded to every detail of my plan. I’m open to compromise. I’m open to new ideas. I’m committed to solving our fiscal challenges. But I refuse to accept any approach that isn’t balanced. I am not going to ask students and seniors and middle-class families to pay down the entire deficit while people like me, making over $250,000, aren’t asked to pay a dime more in taxes. I’m not going to do that. (Applause.)

      And I just want to point out this was a central question during the election. It was debated over and over again. And on Tuesday night, we found out that the majority of Americans agree with my approach — and that includes Democrats, independents, and a lot of Republicans across the country, as well as independent economists and budget experts. That’s how you reduce the deficit — with a balanced approach.

      So our job now is to get a majority in Congress to reflect the will of the American people. And I believe we can get that majority. I was encouraged to hear Speaker Boehner agree that tax revenue has to be part of this equation — so I look forward to hearing his ideas when I see him next week.

      And let me make one final point that every American needs to hear. Right now, if Congress fails to come to an agreement on an overall deficit reduction package by the end of the year, everybody’s taxes will automatically go up on January 1st — everybody’s — including the 98 percent of Americans who make less than $250,000 a year. And that makes no sense. It would be bad for the economy and would hit families that are already struggling to make ends meet.

      Now, fortunately, we shouldn’t need long negotiations or drama to solve that part of the problem. While there may be disagreement in Congress over whether or not to raise taxes on folks making over $250,000 a year, nobody — not Republicans, not Democrats — want taxes to go up for folks making under $250,000 a year. So let’s not wait. Even as we’re negotiating a broader deficit reduction package, let’s extend the middle-class tax cuts right now. Let’s do that right now. (Applause.)

  13. 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

  14. CR says:

    Four More Beers: President Obama’s Irish Cousin Henry Healy Celebrates Reelection With Guinness

    NOVEMBER 09, 2012 obamafoodorama.blogspot

    In May of 2011 President O’bama made a triumphant pilgrimage to his tiny, ancestral Irish village of Moneygall, County Offaly, where he got a hero’s welcome as he met long-lost relatives for the first time, including his closest relation, eighth cousin Henry Healy. In a moment watched around the globe, the President and his extended family toasted their centuries-old bonds with pints of Guinness at the village pub. Healy later visited the President at the White House during St. Patrick’s Day weekend this year, and they again shared pints of Guinness at DC pub The Dubliner. On Election Night, there was more Guinness flowing when the US Embassy Dublin hosted a rollicking party at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin to celebrate the President’s win. Healy was of course the biggest celebrity at the shindig.

    “Ok extremely weird walking down Grafton street & people shaking my hand & congratulating me!” Healy wrote on Twitter after the party, when his cousin was confirmed for four more years.

    Healy, 28, was last with President Obama when he attended the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte in September. In Dublin, the US Embassy pulled out all the stops for the party, inviting hundreds of guests, including Irish Senators Lorraine Higgins and Ivana Bacik, and Teachta Dála member Sean Connick to the Storehouse, the company’s flagship headquarters.

    Red, white and blue decorations mingled with green and orange decorations, the colors of the Irish flag. Guests quaffed pints of Guinness and snacked on finger food. Giant-screen TVs were tuned to US stations to watch the election returns across the pond. There were life-size cardboard cutouts of both the President and Mitt Romney for photo ops. Check out the US Embassy Dublin’s Flickr for Election Night photos.

    For more: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2012/11/four-more-beers-president-obamas-irish.html

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    Election Night at the Guinness Storehouse Part 2

    Published on Nov 8, 2012 by U.S. Embassy Dublin

    U.S. Embassy Dublin hosted an Election Night viewing party on November 6th 2012 in the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin. Here is what some of the guests had to say before the results came in, including President Obama’s distant cousin from Moneygall, Henry Healy!

  15. CR says:

    November 09, 2012

    Statement by President Obama on the Resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus

    David Petraeus has provided extraordinary service to the United States for decades. By any measure, he was one of the outstanding General officers of his generation, helping our military adapt to new challenges, and leading our men and women in uniform through a remarkable period of service in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he helped our nation put those wars on a path to a responsible end. As Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, he has continued to serve with characteristic intellectual rigor, dedication, and patriotism. By any measure, through his lifetime of service David Petraeus has made our country safer and stronger.

    Today, I accepted his resignation as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. I am completely confident that the CIA will continue to thrive and carry out its essential mission, and I have the utmost confidence in Acting Director Michael Morell and the men and women of the CIA who work every day to keep our nation safe. Going forward, my thoughts and prayers are with Dave and Holly Petraeus, who has done so much to help military families through her own work. I wish them the very best at this difficult time.

  16. CR says:

    The Man Who Tracked Down Bin Laden Reported To Be New Head Of CIA

    11/9/12 By Adam Taylor | Business Insider – 3 hours ago

    With David Petraeus stepping down as CIA Director after reports of an extra-marital affair, we’re seeing reports that Mike Morell, currently deputy C.I.A. director, will take the job on an interim basis.

    Morell’s official bio is here, but it doesn’t mention one key thing — his role in tracking Osama bin Laden.

    In a Vanity Fair article about the decision to kill bin Laden, Mark Bowdon described Morell as “the head of the C.I.A.’s bin Laden team”.

    The article also states that Morell “had been personally involved in the flawed analysis of Saddam’s weapons capability”, and was told the president he was only 60 percent sure the Al Qaeda leader was actually living in the Pakistani property.

  17. CR says:

    WH

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    First lady Michelle Obama attends the 237th Marine Corps Birthday Ball with 20 year old Marine Lance Corporal Aaron Leeks from Frederick, MD

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  18. CR says:

    First on CNN: First lady accepts date to the Marine Corps Ball

    December 16th, 2011 02:03 PM ET Posted by: CNN Editorial Producer Sarah Baker

    Washington (CNN) – 20 year old Marine Lance Corporal Aaron Leeks from Frederick, Maryland has asked First Lady Michelle Obama to accompany him to the Marine Corps Ball next November. “With your husband’s permission of course,” said Leeks.

    The first lady responded, “I’d love to” and brought an aide over to get his information. The first lady met Leeks at a Toys-for-Tots event at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling located in southeast Washington, DC.

    Leeks leaves for Afghanistan next month where he will prepare the bodies of slain troops for return to Dover Air Force Base.

    When asked by the media if the President was aware of the invitation, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, “If the President is watching, this it might be the first he has heard of it…I don’t know, but I think the First Lady’s commitment to military families is very strong indeed so I am sure she was flattered by the invitation.”

    lady-michelle-obama-shakes-hands-w-lance-cpl-aaron-leeks

    First lady Michelle Obama visited Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, D.C., Dec. 16 to sort toys for the Toys for Tots charity. Michelle Obama said shook hands with Lance Cpl. Aaron Leeks and many other U.S. Marines during her visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brittany E. Jones)

    • CR says:

      2012 Commandant’s Marine Corps Birthday Ball

      Celebrating the 237th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps

      November 10, 2012

  19. CR says:

    After 3 bumpy years, Europe turns corner on crisis

    11/9/12 By DAVID McHUGH and DON MELVIN | Associated Press – 3 hrs ago

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The worst of Europe’s financial crisis appears to be over.

    European leaders have taken steps to ease the panic that has plagued the region for three turbulent years. Financial markets are no longer in a state of emergency over Europe’s high government debts and weak banks. And this gives politicians from the 17 countries that use the euro breathing room to fix their remaining problems.

    Threats remain in Greece and Spain, and Europe’s economy is forecast to get worse before it gets better. But an imminent breakup of the euro now seems unlikely, analysts say.

    “We are probably well beyond the worst,” says Holger Schmieding, chief economist at Berenberg Bank in London. He says occasional flare-ups in financial markets are likely, but “coming waves of turmoil will be less severe.”

    Evidence that Europe has turned a corner can be found in countries’ falling borrowing costs, rising stock markets and a slow but steady stabilization of the region’s banking system:

    — The interest rates investors are demanding to lend to struggling countries such as Spain and Italy have plunged — a sign that investors are less fearful about defaults. Spain’s two-year bonds carry an interest rate, or yield, of just under 3 percent — down from a July 24 peak of 6.6 percent. Italy’s bond yields have dropped just as sharply.

    — The Stoxx 50 index of leading European shares has surged 26 percent since June 1, while the euro has risen from $1.26 to $1.29 over the same period.

    — After months of withdrawals, deposits are trickling back into Greek and Spanish banks, signaling that fears of their imminent financial collapse are abating. And U.S. money market mutual funds loaned 16 percent more to eurozone banks in September.

    That was the third straight monthly increase in short-term funding to European banks, and follows a 70 percent reduction since May 2011.

    More proof the crisis is easing: Gatherings of European financial ministers no longer cause global stock and bond markets to gyrate with every sign of progress or a setback.

    As financial-market panic recedes, euro leaders have more time to try to fix the flaws in their currency union. Among the challenges are reducing regulations and other costs for businesses in order to stimulate economic growth, and imposing more centralized authority over budgets to prevent countries from ever again spending beyond their means. That’s important because a major cause of the crisis was Greece’s overspending during the calm years after the euro’s introduction in 1999, and Italy’s failure to cut the high levels of debt it joined with. Other governments — such as Spain and Ireland — were saddled with debt piled up by banks and real estate developers during boom years.

    Much of the credit for easing Europe’s financial crisis goes to the European Central Bank, which has become more aggressive over the past year under the leadership of Mario Draghi.

    For more; http://news.yahoo.com/3-bumpy-years-europe-turns-corner-crisis-162356666–finance.html

  20. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy and HOPEful Friday night, CR and all friends! See you tomorrow!

    >^..^<

    Today it's official: Jay Inslee, Democrat, has been elected Governor of Washington!

  21. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Also, Washinggton approved Referendum 74, which upholds the marriage equality law for same-sex couples passed by the state legislature and signed by our outgoing Democratic Governor. We re-elected our Democratic Senator Cantwell, and my new Congressional DIstrict elected a Democrat over a Tea Partier. Not to mention Washington went for President Obama. :)

  22. CR says:

    November 10, 2012

    Weekly Address: Extending Middle Class Tax Cuts to Grow the Economy

    Hello, everybody.

    On Tuesday, America went to the polls. And the message you sent was clear: you voted for action, not politics as usual. You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours.

    That’s why I’ve invited leaders of both parties to the White House next week, so we can start to build consensus around challenges we can only solve together. I also intend to bring in business, labor and civic leaders from outside Washington to get their ideas and input as well.

    At a time when our economy is still recovering from the Great Recession, our top priority has to be jobs and growth. That’s the focus of the plan I talked about during the campaign. It’s a plan to reward businesses that create jobs here in America, and give people access to the education and training that those businesses are looking for. It’s a plan to rebuild our infrastructure and keep us on the cutting edge of innovation and clean energy. And it’s a plan to reduce our deficit in a balanced and responsible way.

    This is even more important because at the end of this year, we face a series of deadlines that require us to make major decisions about how to pay down our deficit – decisions that will have a huge impact on the economy and the middle class, now and in the future.

    Last year, I worked with Democrats and Republicans to cut a trillion dollars’ worth of spending, and I intend to work with both parties to do more. But as I said over and over again on the campaign trail, we can’t just cut our way to prosperity. If we’re serious about reducing the deficit, we have to combine spending cuts with revenue – and that means asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more in taxes. That’s how we did it when Bill Clinton was President. And that’s the only way we can afford to invest in education and job training and manufacturing – all the ingredients of a strong middle class and a strong economy.

    Already, I’ve put forward a detailed plan that allows us to make these investments while reducing our deficit by $4 trillion over the next decade. Now, I’m open to compromise and new ideas. But I refuse to accept any approach that isn’t balanced. I will not ask students or seniors or middle-class families to pay down the entire deficit while people making over $250,000 aren’t asked to pay a dime more in taxes. This was a central question in the election. And on Tuesday, we found out that the majority of Americans agree with my approach – that includes Democrats, Independents, and Republicans.

    Now we need a majority in Congress to listen – and they should start by making sure taxes don’t go up on the 98% of Americans making under $250,000 a year starting January 1. This is something we all agree on. Even as we negotiate a broader deficit reduction package, Congress should extend middle-class tax cuts right now. It’s a step that would give millions of families and 97% of small businesses the peace of mind that will lead to new jobs and faster growth. There’s no reason to wait.

    We know there will be differences and disagreements in the months to come. That’s part of what makes our political system work. But on Tuesday, you said loud and clear that you won’t tolerate dysfunction, or politicians who see compromise as a dirty word. Not when so many of your families are still struggling.

    Instead, you want cooperation. You want action. That’s what I plan to deliver in my second term, and I expect to find leaders from both parties willing to join me.

    Thanks, and have a great weekend.

  23. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy and HOPEful Saturday, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

  24. 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

  25. CR says:

    Pakistan marks “Malala Day”, poor children to get cash for school

    11/10/12 By Katharine Houreld | Reuters – 16 hrs ago

    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The families of more than 3 million poor children in Pakistan will receive cash stipends if their children go to school, the government said as officials prepared to mark “Malala Day” on Saturday in support of a schoolgirl shot by the Taliban.

    U.N. officials declared Malala Day one month after 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai and two of her classmates were shot by the Pakistan Taliban. She had been targeted for speaking out against the insurgency.

    In the days following the shooting, Yousufzai became an international icon and world leaders pledged to support her campaign for girls’ education. She is now recovering in a British hospital.

    On Friday, Pakistani president Asif Zardari added his signature to petitions signed by more than a million people urging Pakistan to pay stipends to families who put their girls in school in honor of Malala.

    “Malala’s dreams represent what is best about Pakistan,” said former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown as he presented the petitions to President Zardari.

    Tens of thousands of Britons have called on the government to nominate Malala Yousufzai for a Nobel Peace Prize for her work promoting girls’ education.

    On Friday, the government announced that poor families will now receive $2 a month per child in primary school.

    The program will be funded by the World Bank and Britain and distributed through the government’s Benazir Income Support Program, designed to give small cash payments to needy families. The families in the program already receive $10 a month for basic expenditure.

    After a stipend program was put in place in Pakistan’s Punjab province, a World Bank study found a nine percent increase in girls’ enrolment over two years, said Alaphia Zoyab, the South Asia campaigner for internet activist group Avaaz.

    Pakistan is struggling to overcome widespread poverty, a Taliban insurgency and massive, endemic corruption. Less than 0.57 percent of Pakistan’s 180 million citizens pay income tax, money that the government could use to educate poor children.

    Instead, the Pakistani government relies on foreign donors to fund many social programs. Britain is due to spend around $1 billion on helping Pakistan educate poor children by 2015.

  26. CR says:

    Votes in six House races still being counted, seventh will see runoff

    November 10, 201212:09 PM EST, By Allison Brennan, CNN

    (Excerpts)

    (CNN) — When seven-term Republican Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack conceded to her Democratic challenger Raul Ruiz on Friday, she left two other members of California’s GOP House delegation still trailing in tight, unsettled races.

    As of Saturday, six of seven unresolved House races remain too close to call. In the seventh, two Louisiana Republicans will face off in a December 8 runoff for the 3rd District seat after none of the five candidates got the required 50%.

    Democrats hold narrow leads in all six of the too-close-to-call races. Should all win, they will have picked up a net gain of eight seats in the House after losing the majority in the chamber and suffering the largest loss of seats since 1948 in the 2010 midterm elections.

    Going into Tuesday’s elections, Republicans held a 242-193 majority in the House.

    Mack took over her seat after her husband Rep. Sonny Bono was killed in a skiing accident in 1998. In a heartfelt statement conceding defeat on Friday night, she congratulated her opponent, an emergency room physician, and thanked her family.

    “Today, I called Dr. Ruiz and congratulated him on his impressive victory,” Mack said. “Dr. Ruiz will do a fine job if he is guided as well by the people of the congressional district as I was. Please give him the opportunity to succeed…..

    The California delegation, which has been historically heavily Democrat, will send 36 Democrats and 15 Republicans to Washington as of Saturday, but that number could grow to 38 Democrats if the other two Republicans — Rep. Dan Lungren and Rep. Brian Bilbray – are defeated.

    Neither Lungren nor Bilbray have conceded, with provisional and absentee ballots still being recounted in both races.

    Bilbray spokesman Patrick Howell said the race was “far from over,” as additional ballots are processed. Bilbray trails Democrat Scott Peters by 1,334 votes in California’s 52nd District.

    Lungren trails his Democratic challenger Ami Bera by 1,779 votes as of Saturday. The race could drag on for weeks as Sacramento County election officials count the 98,464 vote-by-mail and 31,000 provisional ballots still outstanding.

    Lungren’s district is one of four in Sacramento County.

    Another potential upset across the country could add yet another tick in the Democrats’ tally.

    Rep. Allen West rode the tea party wave to office in Florida’s 18th Congressional District during the 2010 midterm elections, unseating three-term Democrat Rep. Ron Klein with more than an 8-point win. This time around, West faced a tough opponent in Republican-turned-Democrat Patrick Murphy.

    But refusing to accept defeat after a vote count showed him down by 2,500 votes, West is demanding a full recount….

    Two races in Arizona also remain uncalled.

    The contest for former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ seat between Democrat Rep. Ron Barber and Republican Martha McSally finds Barber behind by 426 votes. Barber, former district director for Giffords, replaced her in a special election held after she was shot in the head and severely wounded in 2011.

    The man convicted in the attack outside a supermarket that killed six people received a life prison sentence on Thursday.

    And in a district across the state, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema is holding onto a 2,715-vote lead over Republican Vernon Parker while provisional and absentee votes are counted.

    Parker might have Libertarian candidate Powell Gammill to blame if he does not win.

    Gammill won more than 6% of the vote in Tuesday’s election despite urging supporters to stay home rather than vote on Election Day in protest of the political system.

    The unresolved contest in North Carolina could be the second tightest 2012 congressional race after provisional and absentee ballots are counted for the district that encompasses Wilmington and the area northwest to the Raleigh suburbs.

    Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre faced a tough re-election challenge. His district added Johnston County and his hometown of Lumberton was cut from the 7th District this year after redistricting.

    Once the ballots are counted, either McIntyre or his Republican challenger and two-term state Sen. David Rouzer can request a recount if the margin remains a 1% or less. Both candidates have until November 20 to request a recount.

    Gary Bartlett, the executive director for the State Board of Elections in North Carolina, said officials should know if Rouzer intends to request a recount before the November 20 deadline.
    The new American electorate has arrived.

    For more: http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/10/politics/unresolved-house-races/index.html

  27. CR says:

    WH

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    President Obama and First Lady Michelle host a breakfast with veterans; the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden also attend
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    President Obama participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. First Lady Michelle Obama attends.
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  28. CR says:

    9:00 AM ET
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle host a breakfast with veterans; the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden also attend
    White House

  29. CR says:

    Next Up…

    11:00 AM ET
    President Obama participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. First Lady Michelle Obama attends.
    Arlington National Cemetery

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

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/Veterans-Day-Observance-at-Arlington-National-Cemetery/10737435729/

    Department of Defense http://www.pentagonchannel.mil

    • CR says:

      President Obama Lays Wreath at Arlington National Cemetery

      Published on Nov 11, 2012 by whitehouse
      The President participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day. November 11, 2012

    • CR says:

      November 11, 2012
      Remarks by the President on Veterans Day

      Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

      11:36 A.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much. Please, everybody, be seated. Good morning, everyone.

      Thank you, Secretary Shinseki, for a lifetime of service to our nation, and for being such a tireless advocate on behalf of America’s veterans, including your fellow Vietnam veterans.

      To Rick Delaney; to Vice President Biden; to Admiral Winnefeld; Major General Linnington; our outstanding veteran service organizations; our men and women in uniform –- Active, Guard and Reserve — and most of all, to the proud veterans and family members joining us in this sacred place, it is truly a privilege and an honor to be with all of you here today.

      Each year, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we pause –- as a nation, and as a people –- to pay tribute to you. To thank you. To honor you, the heroes, over the generations, who have served this country of ours with distinction.

      And moments ago, I laid a wreath to remember every service member who has ever worn our nation’s uniform. And this day, first and foremost, belongs to them and their loved ones: to the father and mother, the husband and wife, the brother and sister, the comrade and the friend who, when we leave here today, will continue to walk these quiet hills and kneel before the final resting place of those they cherished most.

      On behalf of the American people, I say to you that the memory of your loved one carries on not just in your hearts, but in ours as well. And I assure you that their sacrifice will never be forgotten.

      For it is in that sacrifice that we see the enduring spirit of America. Since even before our founding, we have been blessed with an unbroken chain of patriots who have always come forward to serve. Whenever America has come under attack, you’ve risen to her defense. Whenever our freedoms have come under assault, you’ve responded with resolve. Time and again, at home and abroad, you and your families have sacrificed to protect that powerful promise that all of us hold so dear –- life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

      Today, a proud nation expresses our gratitude. But we do so mindful that no ceremony or parade, no hug or handshake is enough to truly honor that service. For that, we must do more. For that, we must commit –- this day and every day -– to serving you as well as you’ve served us.

      When I spoke here three years ago, I spoke about today’s generation of service members. This 9/11 Generation who stepped forward after the towers fell, and in the years since, have stepped into history, writing one of the greatest chapters of military service our country has ever known.

      You toppled a dictator and battled an insurgency in Iraq. You pushed back the Taliban and decimated al Qaeda in Afghanistan. You delivered justice to Osama bin Laden. Tour after tour, year after year, you and your families have done all that this country has asked –- you’ve done that and more.

      Three years ago, I promised your generation that when your tour comes to an end, when you see our flag, when you touch our soil, you’ll be welcomed home to an America that will forever fight for you, just as hard as you’ve fought for us. And so long as I have the honor of serving as your Commander-in-Chief, that is the promise that we will never stop working to keep.

      This is the first Veterans Day in a decade in which there are no American troops fighting and dying in Iraq. (Applause.) Thirty-three thousand of our troops have now returned from Afghanistan, and the transition there is underway. After a decade of war, our heroes are coming home. And over the next few years, more than a million service members will transition back to civilian life. They’ll take off their uniforms and take on a new and lasting role. They will be veterans.

      As they come home, it falls to us, their fellow citizens, to be there for them and their families — not just now but always; not just for the first few years, but for as long as they walk this Earth.

      To this day, we still care for a child of a Civil War veteran. To this day, we still care for over a hundred spouses and children of the men who fought in the Spanish-American War. Just last year, I came here to pay tribute as Frank Buckles, the last remaining American veteran of World War I, was laid to rest. Frank stepped up and served in World War I for two years. But the United States of America kept its commitment to serve him for many decades that followed.

      So long after the battles end, long after our heroes come home, we stay by their side. That’s who we are. And that’s who we’ll be for today’s returning service members and their families. Because no one who fights for this country overseas should ever have to fight for a job, or a roof over their head, or the care that they have earned when they come home. (Applause.)

      For more; http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/11/11/remarks-president-veterans-da

  30. CR says:

    Thank you to our Military, their families and our Veterans for your sacrifice and service.

    Thank you to all the friends of our American military who have helped them in their time of need and who now tend their grave sites overseas.

  31. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Seconded.

    Good and HOPEful Veterans Day, CR and all friends. We have a President and an Administration actively looking out for veterans, serving troops and military families.

    And hello today especially to Bert!

    >^..^<

    • CR says:

      Good and HOPEful Veterans Day Kat!

      Hello and hank you to Bert for caring for our fallen.

  32. 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

  33. CR says:

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