Staff Sgt. C Romesha, Medal of Honor Recipient


Army Medal of Valor

The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It is bestowed by the President in the name of Congress on members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.

Members of all branches of the armed forces are eligible to receive the medal, and there are three versions; one for the Army, one for the Air Force, and one for the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The Medal of Honor is bestowed upon an individual by the passing of a Joint Resolution in the Congress; and is then personally presented to the recipient or, in the case of posthumous awards, to next of kin, by the President of the United States, on behalf of the Congress, representing and recognizing the gratitude of the American people as a whole.

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January 11, 2013
President Obama to Award Medal of Honor

On February 11, 2013, President Barack Obama will award Clinton L. Romesha, a former active duty Army Staff Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.

Staff Sergeant Romesha will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a Section Leader with Bravo Troop, 3d Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy at Combat Outpost Keating, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on October 3, 2009.

He will be the fourth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. He and his family will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/01/11/president-obama-award-medal-honor

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February 11, 2013
President Barack Obama awards Clinton L. Romesha
the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry
White House

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  1. CR says:

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    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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    • CR says:

      Clinton Romesha, Medal of Honor Recipient

      January 11, 2013

      President Obama to Award Medal of Honor

      On February 11, 2013, President Barack Obama will award Clinton L. Romesha, a former active duty Army Staff Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.

      Staff Sergeant Romesha will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a Section Leader with Bravo Troop, 3d Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy at Combat Outpost Keating, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on October 3, 2009.

      He will be the fourth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. He and his family will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/01/11/president-obama-award-medal-honor

      • CR says:

        February 11, 2013

        Remarks by the President in Presentation of the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Clinton L. Romesha

        East Room

        1:40 P.M. EST

        THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon. And on behalf of Michelle and myself, welcome to the White House.

        Every day at the White House we receive thousands of letters from folks all across America. And at night, upstairs in my study, I read a few. About three years ago, I received a letter from a mom in West Virginia. Her son, Stephan, a Specialist in the Army, just 21 years old, had given his life in Afghanistan. She had received the condolence letter that I’d sent to her family, as I send to every family of the fallen. And she wrote me back. “Mr. President,” she said, “you wrote me a letter telling me that my son was a hero. I just wanted you to know what kind of hero he was.”

        “My son was a great soldier,” she wrote. “As far back as I can remember, Stephan wanted to serve his country.” She spoke of how he “loved his brothers in B Troop.” How he “would do anything for them.” And of the brave actions that would cost Stephan his life, she wrote, “His sacrifice was driven by pure love.”

        Today, we are honored to be joined by Stephan’s mother Vanessa and his father Larry. Please stand, Vanessa and Larry. (Applause.) We’re joined by the families of the seven other patriots who also gave their lives that day. Can we please have them stand so we can acknowledge them as well. (Applause.) We’re joined by members of Bravo Troop whose courage that day was driven by pure love. And we gather to present the Medal of Honor to one of these soldiers — Staff Sergeant Clinton L. Romesha.

        Clint, this is our nation’s highest military decoration. It reflects the gratitude of our entire country. So we’re joined by members of Congress; leaders from across our Armed Forces, including Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marty Dempsey, Army Secretary John McHugh, and Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno. We are especially honored to be joined by Clint’s 4th Infantry Division — “Iron Horse” — soldiers, and members of the Medal of Honor Society, who today welcome you into their ranks.

        For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/02/11/remarks-president-presentation-medal-honor-staff-sergeant-clinton-l-rome

  2. CR says:

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      Our First Couple

      In June 1989, Barack Obama met Michelle Robinson when he was employed as a summer associate at the Chicago law firm of Sidley Austin. Assigned for three months as Obama’s adviser at the firm, Robinson joined him at group social functions, but declined his initial requests to date. They began dating later that summer, became engaged in 1991, and were married on October 3, 1992. The Obamas now have two daughters, Malia Ann, was born on July 4, 1998, and Natasha (“Sasha”), born on June 10, 2001.

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      Barack And Michelle Obama On Their 20 Years Of Marriage

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      Barack And Michelle Obama On Their 20 Years Of Marriage -“Today is President Obama’s and First Lady Michelle Obama’s 20th wedding anniversary. Take a look as the President and First Lady describe the first moment they met, their first date and their first kiss. ”

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      Our Second Couple

      On August 27, 1966 Joe Biden married Neilia Hunter. They had three children, Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III (born 1969), Robert Hunter (born 1970), and Naomi Christina (born 1971). On December 18, 1972, Senator Joe Biden’s wife Neilia, and one-year-old daughter Naomi were killed in an automobile accident while Christmas shopping in Hockessin, Delaware. In remembrance of his wife, Neilia and daughter Naomi , Biden does not work on December 18, the anniversary of the accident.

      In 1975, Senator Joe Biden met Jill Tracy Jacobs, who grew up in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, and would become a teacher in Delaware. They had met on a blind date with the help of Biden’s brother, although it turned out that Biden had already noticed her picture in a local advertisement. Biden would credit her with renewing his interest in both politics and life. On June 17, 1977, Biden and Jacobs married at the Chapel at the United Nations in New York. They have one daughter, Ashley Blazer (born 1981),

  3. CR says:

    Operation Homecoming for Vietnam POWs Marks 40 Years

    Feb. 12, 2013 By Donna Miles – American Forces Press Service

    WASHINGTON– Forty years ago today, a C-141A Starlifter transport jet with a distinctive red cross on its tail lifted off from Hanoi, North Vietnam, and the first flight of 40 U.S. prisoners of war began their journey home through Operation Homecoming.

    By the day’s end, three C-141A aircraft would lift off from Hanoi, as well as a C-9A aircraft from Saigon, South Vietnam. In a steady flow of flights through late March 1973 under terms set through the Paris Peace Accords, 591 POWs returned to American soil.

    Americans were spellbound as they watched news clips of the POWs being carried in stretchers or walking tentatively toward U.S. officers at the awaiting aircraft for the first flight from Hanoi’s Gia Lam Airport.

    The POWs ranged from privates first class to colonels, all wearing new gray uniforms issued by the North Vietnamese just before their release.

    Air Force Tech. Sgt. James R. Cook, who suffered severe wounds when he bailed out of his stricken aircraft over North Vietnam in December 1972, saluted the U.S. colors from his stretcher as he was carried aboard the aircraft. Also on the first flight was Navy Cmdr. Everett Alvarez Jr., the first American pilot to be shot down in North Vietnam and, by the war’s end, the longest-held POW there. He spent eight-and-a-half years in captivity.

    Celebration broke out aboard the first aircraft — nicknamed the “Hanoi Taxi” — as it lifted skyward and the POWs experienced their first taste of freedom.

    For more: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=119272

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    Michelle Obama hosting ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ discussion

    2/11/13 4:35 PM EST By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

    First lady Michelle Obama will welcome 80 middle and high school students to the White House Wednesday for an interactive workshop featuring cast and crew from “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”

    As part of the workshop, Rachel Goslins, executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, will moderate a discussion in the State Dining Room about “the film, its production, and the inspirational themes within it that students can apply to their own lives,” the White House said in an announcement.

    “Featured members of the cast and crew, including Quvenzhané Wallis, will share their experiences as well as answer student questions.”

    Students selected to attend are from Washington and New Orleans, where the Oscar-nominated film is set.

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    Same-sex Couples Can Claim New Benefits by October

    Feb. 11, 2013 By Karen Parrish – American Forces Press Service

    WASHINGTON – Military members and retirees with same-sex partners will qualify for up to 24 new benefits under policy changes Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced today.

    In a memo to the service chiefs outlining the new policy, Panetta noted the department has “essentially completed” repeal of the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that barred gay and lesbian military members from serving openly.

    Now, the secretary wrote to the chiefs, military leaders’ work must “expand to changing our policies and practices to ensure fairness and equal treatment and to taking care of all of our service members and their families, to the extent allowable under law.”

    Two of the new benefits are available at the service member’s election: hospital visitation and Family Readiness Group membership. For 22 other benefits, service members and their same-sex partners may file a “declaration of domestic partnership.” That declaration entitles same-sex partners to military identification cards, commissary and exchange shopping privileges, child care and youth programs, sexual assault counseling and other benefits.

    Housing, medical and dental care, and overseas command sponsorship for same-sex partners are not included in this round of policy changes. As Panetta noted in a statement, those benefits are restricted under the Defense of Marriage Act, commonly known as DOMA, which defines “spouse” as someone married to a person of the opposite sex. The Supreme Court is reviewing the law, and is expected to rule on it later this year.

    For more: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=119260

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      Panetta Signs Memo Extending Benefits to Same-sex Partners

      American Forces Press Service Feb. 11, 2013

      WASHINGTON – Calling it “a matter of fundamental equity,” Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta today signed a memorandum to the service secretaries and the Pentagon’s top personnel official extending benefits to same-sex partners of service members.

      Here is the secretary’s announcement of the policy change:
      “Seventeen months ago, the United States military ended the policy of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ We have implemented the repeal of that policy and made clear that discrimination based on sexual orientation has no place in the Department of Defense.

      “At the time of repeal, I committed to reviewing benefits that had not previously been available to same-sex partners based on existing law and policy. It is a matter of fundamental equity that we provide similar benefits to all of those men and women in uniform who serve their country. The department already provides a group of benefits that are member-designated. Today, I am pleased to announce that after a thorough and deliberate review, the department will extend additional benefits to same-sex partners of service members.

      “Taking care of our service members and honoring the sacrifices of all military families are two core values of this nation. Extending these benefits is an appropriate next step under current law to ensure that all service members receive equal support for what they do to protect this nation.

      “One of the legal limitations to providing all benefits at this time is the Defense of Marriage Act, which is still the law of the land. There are certain benefits that can only be provided to spouses as defined by that law, which is now being reviewed by the United States Supreme Court. While it will not change during my tenure as secretary of defense, I foresee a time when the law will allow the department to grant full benefits to service members and their dependents, irrespective of sexual orientation. Until then, the department will continue to comply with current law while doing all we can to take care of all soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and their families.

      “While the implementation of additional benefits will require substantial policy revisions and training, it is my expectation that these benefits will be made available as expeditiously as possible. One of the great successes at the Department of Defense has been the implementation of DADT repeal. It has been highly professional and has strengthened our military community. I am confident in the military services’ ability to effectively implement these changes over the coming months.”

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      In Loving Memory Of A Wife, Daughter And Fallen Soldier

      February 16, 2013 5:20 AM by NPR STAFF

      North Carolina National Guardsman Tracy Johnson is an Iraq War veteran and an Army widow.

      She is also one of the first gay spouses to lose a partner at war since the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

      On Feb. 14, 2012, Tracy married her longtime partner, Staff Sgt. Donna Johnson. But eight months later, Donna was killed by a suicide bomber while serving in Khost, Afghanistan.

      “That day, I had a bad feeling,” Tracy tells her mother-in-law, Sandra Johnson, during a visit to StoryCorps. “I immediately starting scouring the news websites, and it said that … three U.S. soldiers were killed in Khost, Afghanistan, and I knew, obviously, that’s where she was stationed.”

      But she had to wait to find out if her fears were legitimate.

      “I knew that any communication about Donna was going to come to you guys because even though we were married, I wasn’t considered her next of kin,” Tracy says.

      Donna’s sister called and told Tracy that people from the military were at her mother’s house. Tracy grabbed a copy of their marriage certificate and went to the house.

      “I said, ‘You know, I am her wife and I brought documentation,’ ” she recounts. The notification officer looked at it and asked for a copy.

      Tracy then asked if she could be the military escort who brought her wife’s body home.

      “He goes, ‘Well, we’ll see.’ Well, I know it wouldn’t have happened if it hadn’t been for your insistence,” she tells Sandra.

      The idea of strangers bringing her daughter home was upsetting.

      “I wanted her coming home to family,” she says.

      For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2013/02/16/172135162/in-loving-memory-of-a-wife-daughter-and-fallen-soldier

  6. CR says:

    US soccer<br />

    Feb. 13, 2013
    U.S. Women vs. Scotland Women
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  7. Kat 4 Obama says:

    What a LOVEly topic, CR! :)

  8. CR says:

    10:00 AM EST
    State of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Address
    The White House

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      State of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Address

      Published on Feb 13, 2013

      Dr. John P. Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Todd Park, US Chief Technology Officer; Lori Garver, Deputy Administrator of NASA; and other non-Administration special guests discuss the Administration’s
      priorities and accomplishments, as well as topics amplified in the President’s State of the Union Address, as they relate to science, technology and innovation.

  9. CR says:

    11:00 AM ET
    First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes students from the D.C. area and New Orleans to take part in an interactive student workshop with the cast and crew of the film “Beasts of the Southern Wild”.

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

    • CR says:

      February 13, 2013

      Remarks by the First Lady at the Beasts of the Southern Wild Workshop

      State Dining Room

      11:07 A.M. EST

      MRS. OBAMA: Hi! How is everybody? You guys good? Good morning!

      AUDIENCE: Good morning.

      MRS. OBAMA: I am thrilled, beyond thrilled. You guys excited to be here?

      AUDIENCE: Yes!

      MRS. OBAMA: Was it a good movie?

      AUDIENCE: Yes.

      MRS. OBAMA: Oh, wonderful. I am so glad you all are here to help us celebrate Black History Month at the White House. We’re doing a bunch of stuff this month, but this is one of the highlights. And we are thrilled to be here with you all.

      I want to start by thanking Rachel Goslins for agreeing to moderate the workshop today. Rachel is a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. And what that means is that her job is to connect all Americans, especially young people, to music, art, dance and film. So thank you, Rachel, as always. Thanks for all your hard work, and — yes. (Applause.)

      And, of course, I also want to thank our guests who are with us today — Benh Zeitlin, Dwight Henry, and Quvenzhané — my girl. Did I say that right? Did I get that right? Quvenzhané Wallis for being here today. Let’s give them a round of applause. (Applause.)

      But it’s a special joy to have so many bright, smart and talented young people here. You guys are looking good. And I know that some of you have traveled all the way from New Orleans — is that correct? And many of you are here right from D.C., right in our neighborhood, our neighbors. But let me tell you, no matter where you’ve come from or how far you traveled, we’re just glad you’re here today to watch what I consider to be one of the most powerful and important movies that has been put out this year — or in a long time, quite frankly — Beasts of the Southern Wild.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/02/13/remarks-first-lady-beasts-southern-wild-workshop

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    12:00 PM ET
    President Obama delivers remarks highlighting the economic plans of his State of the Union speech at Linamar Factory
    Asheville, NC

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

    ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/Live/

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/Pres-Obama-Discusses-Economy-in-North-Carolina/10737438002/

    • CR says:

      February 13, 2013

      Remarks by the President on Manufacturing — Asheville, NC

      Linamar Corporation
      Asheville, North Carolina

      12:10 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! (Applause.) Hello, North Carolina! (Applause.) It is good to be back. I love coming to Asheville. (Applause.) Love coming to Asheville. Michelle and I always talk about how after this whole presidency thing, we’re looking for a little spot to — (applause) —

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: Come on down.

      THE PRESIDENT: Come on down? (Applause.) Play a little golf, do a little hiking, fishing, barbecue. There are two things that keep bringing me back here. Number one is I really like the people. And number two is 12 Bones, which I will be stopping on the way back to the airport. (Laughter and applause.)

      Now, I want to start off by thanking Stratton for the wonderful introduction. And what made it wonderful was not only did he do a great job, but it was really brief. (Laughter.) And I also want to thank Frank and Jim and everybody at Linamar for hosting us and giving me this terrific tour of the plant.

      I want to point out two elected officials who are with us here today –- first of all, your Mayor, Terry Bellamy. (Applause.) Where is Mayor Bellamy? There she is. Good to see you. Plus, you got a wonderful mayor. I like that in you, too. And also, Congressman Mel Watt is here. So give Congressman Watt a big round of applause. (Applause.)

      So last night, I delivered the State of the Union Address. (Applause.) And I talked about steps we can take right now to strengthen our recovery, but also to build up our middle class. And I said that while we’re seeing some signs of solid progress — car sales are up, housing is starting to recover — we’re still a ways away from where we need to be. There are still too many Americans who are out there every day. They’re pounding the pavement. They’re looking for work. You guys probably know friends or family members who are still pretty strapped, having a difficult time. And while it’s true that corporate profits have rocketed to an all-time high, it’s also true that for more than a decade now, wages and incomes haven’t gone up at all just about.
      So we’ve got a lot of work to do. And our job — and this is a job for everybody; it’s not a Democratic thing or a Republican thing. Our job as Americans is to restore that basic bargain that says if you work hard, if you’re willing to meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead. You can get ahead. (Applause.) It doesn’t matter what you look like. It doesn’t matter where you come from. That’s what we should be focused on: How do we make sure that people who are willing to work hard can make a decent living and look after their family?

      Because the true engine of America’s economic growth has always been our middle class. Now, there are a lot of countries that have folks at the top who are doing real well, and a bunch of folks at the bottom, but part of what set America apart was ordinary folks, if they worked hard, they could do well. Our middle class when it’s growing, when it’s thriving, when there are ladders of opportunity for people to do a little bit better each year and then make sure that their kids are doing even better than them — that’s the American Dream. That’s what we got to fight for. That has to be the North Star that guides everything we do.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/02/13/remarks-president-manufacturing-asheville-nc

  11. CR says:

    12:30 PM ET
    Education
    Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education holds a “Open for Questions” discussion moderated by Babble

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

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      Open for Questions: The State of the Union and Education

      Published on Feb 13, 2013

      In a virtual Q&A live from the White House, Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, answers questions submitted by citizens via Twitter, Google+ and Facebook about the President’s education policies.

  12. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy and HOPEful Valentine’s Eve, CR and all friends!

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    Obama Administration Launches College Scorecard

    Secretary Arne DuncanFebruary 13, 2013 11:00 AM EST

    Editor’s note: This post was originally published on the official blog of the U.S. Department of Education.

    “… My administration will release a new “College Scorecard” that parents and students can use to compare schools based on a simple criteria — where you can get the most bang for your educational buck.” – President Obama, 2013 State of the Union

    The interactive College Scorecard gives students and families five key pieces of data about a college: costs, graduation rate, loan default rate, average amount borrowed, and employment.

    Too often, students and their families don’t have the right tools to help them sort through the information they need to decide which college or university is right for them. The search can be overwhelming, and the information from different colleges can be hard to compare.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/02/13/obama-administration-launches-college-scorecard

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    Retail Sales in U.S. Increase for Third Straight Month

    Feb 13, 2013 9:47 AM PT By Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    Retail sales in the U.S. rose in January for a third consecutive month, showing household spending is holding up even as an increase in the payroll tax takes a bigger bite from paychecks.

    Purchases climbed 0.1 percent, matching the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg, according to Commerce Department figures issued today in Washington. The gain was smaller than the 0.5 percent increases in December and November.

    Department stores and online merchants were among those showing growing demand as improving job prospects and a strengthening housing market helped companies such as Gap Inc. and Target Corp. Some economists boosted estimates for the start of the year as the figures eased concern consumer purchases would retrench after a fourth-quarter pickup.

    “The first quarter is looking better than we were expecting,” said Conrad DeQuadros, a senior economist at RDQ Economics in New York. “Payrolls are still growing and wage growth, while moderate, is still rising. We’re seeing increases in home prices and equity prices. Those are all positives for the household sector.”

    Stocks were little changed as investors weighed the data and President Barack Obama proposed spending on infrastructure and environmental programs. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose less than 0.1 percent to 1,520.4 at 12:45 p.m. in New York. The S&P Supercomposite Retailing Index, which includes Gap, Target and Macy’s Inc., climbed 0.3 percent.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-13/retail-sales-rose-in-january-as-u-s-consumers-sustained-growth.html

  16. CR says:

    2:30 PM ET
    Jobs and the Economy
    Jason Furman, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council holds a “Open for Questions” discussion moderated by Yahoo! Finance

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

    • CR says:

      Open for Questions: The State of the Union and the Economy

      Published on Feb 13, 2013

      In a virtual Q&A live from the White House, Alan Krueger, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, answers questions submitted by citizens via Twitter, Google+ and Facebook. about the President’s plan to create jobs and strengthen the economy.

  17. 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

  18. CR says:

    4:00 PM ET
    Energy and the Environment
    Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, holds a “Open for Questions” discussion moderated by Popular Science

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

    • CR says:

      Open for Questions: The State of the Union and Energy and the Environment

      Published on Feb 13, 2013

      In a virtual Q&A live from the White House, Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, answers questions submitted by citizens via Twitter, Google+ and Facebook about the President’s energy and environment policies.

  19. CR says:

    WH

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    Vice President Biden hosts a lunch meeting with President Giorgio Napolitano of Italy at Blair House.

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:35 AM

    President Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews.
    9:50 AM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews.

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    11:30 AM
    President Obama arrives in Decatur, Ga.

    12:00 PM
    12:10 PM
    President Obama visits a pre-kindergarten classroom at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center
    Decatur, GA

    1:00 PM
    1:20 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks highlighting the economic plans of his State of the Union speech at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center
    Decatur, GA

    2:00 PM
    2:40 PM
    President Obama departs Decatur, Ga.

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    4:10 PM
    Obama arrives at Joint Base Andrews.
    4:25 PM
    President Obama arrives at the White House.

    4:30 PM
    “Fireside Hangout” with President Obama

    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  20. CR says:

    Obama Focuses On Georgia

    2/13/13 By Ellen Reinhardt – georgia public broadcasting

    ATLANTA – President Obama is coming to Decatur on Thursday to talk about his plans to expand access to preschool. Georgia’s pre-k program “Bright From The Start” is considered a national leader.

    President Obama will tour an early learning center in the metro Atlanta city, then talk about his plan to provide all low and moderate income 4-year-olds with high quality preschool. He also wants to reach more middle class children and incentivize full-day kindergarten policies.

    Bright From The Start Commissioner Bobby Cagle told GPB’s PrimeTime Lawmakers last week that a recent study found Georgia’s program is working.

    “Children, on average in this program, move from below average in language, mathematics and social skills to above the national average at the completion of the year,” he said.

    Cagle said such programs are crucial to a child’s future academic success.

    “You’ll see them working on things that help them form patterns. Patterns help them learn higher level math skills. You’ll see them participating in activities that build vocabulary. You’ll see them participating in reading book. All designed to help them with literacy, which we know is key to children being able to read on grade level by third grade,” he said.

    Mindy Binderman, with the advocacy group Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, says one way to make the program even better is to add family support coordinators.

    “It’s not just what happens in the classroom, it’s what happens at home. And connecting families and parents and getting them engaged in early education is so important,” she said.

    Georgia’s pre-K program has served more than a million children in ITS 20 years. But thousands remain on a waiting list.

    Mindy Binderman said demand exceeds supply. “Our number of pre-K slots in the state is determined by the Governor, who makes that determination based on lottery proceeds. And so we do not have enough pre-K slots to cover all the kids whose parents want to enroll them in pre-K.”

    The governor has cut the number of days the program serves children in recent years because of lower lottery proceeds. But he has proposed restoring the program to a full 180 day calendar starting this fall.

  21. CR says:

    heart

    1 Million Hearts For Newtown

    Valentine’s Day marks the two month anniversary of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. As we celebrate those we love, Sandy Hook Promise is asking all Americans to keep the community of Newtown in their hearts.

    Send your love and support to the community today. SHARE a valentine, make the Sandy Hook Promise, and help us send #1MillionHearts to Newtown.

  22. CR says:

    Jobless Claims in U.S. Fell More Than Forecast Last Week

    Feb 14, 2013 5:50 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    Fewer Americans than projected filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, indicating an improving outlook for the labor market.

    Jobless claims decreased by 27,000, the most in a month, to 341,000 in the week ended Feb. 9, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The level of filings was lower than any projection in a Bloomberg survey in which the median forecast was 360,000.

    A slower pace of dismissals indicates demand is strong enough for companies to maintain headcounts, a necessary first step toward bigger job and income gains needed to spur consumer spending. Further strides in employment would augment advances in the stock market and housing, helping ease the burden of higher payroll taxes on household budgets.
    “The labor market is improving but only at a very steady pace,” said Yelena Shulyatyeva, a U.S. economist at BNP Paribas in New York, who had the lowest forecast in the Bloomberg survey. “What we need is an acceleration in hiring to move the unemployment rate lower.”

    Stock-index futures pared losses after the figures, with the contract on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index expiring in March dropping 0.2 percent to 1,514.2 at 8:49 a.m. in New York. The contract had been down as much as 0.5 percent.

    Jobless claims for Connecticut and Illinois were estimated by the Labor Department, a spokesman said as the figures were being released. Connecticut has since relayed its figures to the Labor Department, and they were close to the agency’s estimates, he said.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-14/jobless-claims-in-u-s-decreased-more-than-forecast-last-week.html

  23. CR says:

    Consumer Comfort in U.S. Climbs to Highest Level in a Month

    Feb 14, 2013 6:45 AM PT By Jeanna Smialek – bloomberg

    Consumer confidence in the U.S. climbed last week to the highest level in a month as improving labor and real-estate markets eased the burden of a higher payroll tax.

    The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose to minus 35.9 in the period ended Feb. 10 from minus 36.3 in the prior week. The advance, within the survey’s margin of error of 3 percentage points, was led by waning pessimism about the economy.

    More job opportunities pushed the average length of unemployment in January to a two-year low and the recovering housing market has boosted property values, helping shore up sentiment. At the same time, gasoline prices at a four-month high and gridlock in Washington over the budget may prevent confidence from staging a bigger recovery.

    “Readings this low show consumers are still not fully convinced that economic recovery is in the tea leaves,” said Richard Yamarone, a senior economist at Bloomberg LP in New York. “Higher payroll taxes are weighing greatly on consumer attitudes.”

    Fewer Americans than projected filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, indicating an improving outlook for the labor market, another report showed today. Jobless claims decreased by 27,000 to 341,000 in the week ended Feb. 9, according to Labor Department figures.

    Shares fell today on disappointing economic data from overseas. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index dropped 0.3 percent to 1,516.51 at 9:40 a.m. in New York after reports showed economies in Europe and Japan shrank more than forecast in the fourth quarter.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-14/consumer-comfort-in-u-s-climbs-to-highest-level-in-a-month.html

  24. CR says:

    Next Up…

    1:20 PM ET
    President Obama delivers remarks highlighting the economic plans of his State of the Union speech at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center
    Decatur, GA

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

    ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/Live/

    CSPAN ttp://www.c-span.org/Events/Pres-Obama-Remarks-on-the-Economy-in-Georgia/10737438056/

    • CR says:

      February 14, 2013

      Remarks by the President on Early Childhood Education — Decatur, GA

      Decatur Community Recreation Center
      Decatur, Georgia

      1:28 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! (Applause.) Well, it is great to be in Georgia! (Applause.) Great to be in Decatur! (Applause.)

      I can’t imagine a more romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day — (laughter) — than with all of you, with all the press here. Actually, Michelle says hello. (Applause.) She made me promise to get back in time for our date tonight. (Laughter.) That’s important. That’s important. I’ve already got a gift, got the flowers. (Applause.) I was telling folks the flowers are a little easier, though, because I’ve got this Rose Garden. (Laughter.) Lot of people keeping flowers around.

      I want to acknowledge a few people who are here — first of all, Congressman Hank Johnson is here. Where’s Hank? (Applause.) Your Mayor, Jim Baskett, is here. (Applause.) Another Mayor you may know — Kasim Reed snuck in here. (Applause.) I want to acknowledge the Decatur School Board, who I had a chance to meet and has helped to do so much great work around here. (Applause.) Folks right here.

      And of course, I want to thank Mary for the wonderful introduction and for teaching me how to count earlier today. (Laughter.) I’ve got to tell you it was wonderful to be there. I want to thank all the teachers and the parents and the administrators of Decatur City Schools, because behind every child who is doing great there is a great teacher, and I’m proud of every single one of you for the work that you do here today. (Applause.)

      Now, on Tuesday, I delivered my State of the Union address. And I laid out a plan for reigniting what I believe is the true engine of America’s economic growth, and that is a thriving, growing, rising middle class. And that also means ladders for people to get into the middle class. And the plan I put forward says we need to make smart choices as a country — both to grow our economy, shrink our deficits in a balanced way by cutting what we don’t need but then investing in the things that we do need to make sure that everybody has a chance to get ahead in life.

      What we need is to make America a magnet for new jobs by investing in manufacturing, and energy, and better roads and bridges and schools. We’ve got to make sure hard work is rewarded with a wage that you can live on and raise a family on.

      We need to make sure that we’ve got shared responsibility for giving every American the chance to earn the skills and education that they need for a really competitive, global job market.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/02/14/remarks-president-early-childhood-education-decatur-ga

    • Kat 4 Obama says:
  25. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy and HOPEful Valentine’s Day, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

  26. Kat 4 Obama says:
  27. CR says:

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

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

    • CR says:

      President Obama Participates in a Fireside Hangout on Google+

      Published on Feb 14, 2013

      President Obama answers questions during a virtual interview with Google+ and Americans from around the country to discuss his State of the Union Address. February 14, 2013.

  28. CR says:

    The coolest Valentine’s Day video you’ll watch all day

    Published on Feb 14, 2013

    As stewards of America’s National Parks, Wildlife Refuges and other public lands, we get to see many wonderful events on a daily basis. None of which are more exciting than when we see visitors using our Nation’s public lands for their most memorable moments.

    http://www.doi.gov

  29. CR says:

    Obama meets 47% video guy

    2/14/13 2:31 PM EST By REID J. EPSTEIN – POLITICO44

    DECATUR, Ga. — President Obama on Thursday met the man who made “47 percent” part of Mitt Romney’s legacy.

    Obama and opposition researcher James Carter, who released the infamous Romney fundraiser video, met backstage before Obama’s education event here, Carter’s cousin, Georgia state Sen. Jason Carter, told POLITICO.

    Upon being introduced and told of James Carter’s role in the 47 percent video, Obama jumped forward to embrace him.

    “Thank you, thank you so much,” Obama told James Carter, his cousin said.

    Both Carters are grandsons of former President Jimmy Carter.

    ——————–

    5/17/12 Mitt Romney’s remarks to wealthy donors at a private campaign event

    “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. Andy they will vote fro this president no matter what.

    And I mean the president starts off with 48, 49…he starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. So he’ll be out there talking about no tax cuts for the rich.

    I mean, that’s what they sell every four years. And so my jobs is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to is convince the five to ten percent in the center that are independents that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon in some cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not. “

    ——-

    SECRET VIDEO: Mitt Romney on 47% of Americans

    Published on Sep 18, 2012

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2
    “During a private fundraiser earlier this year, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told a small group of wealthy contributors what he truly thinks of all the voters who support President Barack Obama. He dismissed these Americans as freeloaders who pay no taxes, who don’t assume responsibility for their lives, and who think government should take care of them.” Watch all the secret tapes here: http://www.youtube.com/user/MotherJon

  30. CR says:

    February 14, 2013

    Statement by the Press Secretary

    Today, Senate Democrats offered a balanced plan to avoid across the board budget cuts that will hurt kids, seniors, and our men and women in uniform. The plan includes spending cuts that won’t harm middle class families while closing tax loopholes that benefit the wealthiest.

    Now, Republicans in Congress face a simple choice. Do they protect investments in education, health care and national defense or do they continue to prioritize and protect tax loopholes that benefit the very few at the expense of middle and working class Americans?

    The American people overwhelmingly support the approach Senate Democrats are taking, especially the “Buffett Rule.” They support it because it’s simply unacceptable that the very wealthiest Americans can pay less in taxes as a share of their income than their secretaries and other middle class workers like teachers, cops and firefighters.

    We hope that Congressional Republicans back off their insistence of putting the entire burden of reducing the deficit on the backs of the middle class and seniors because, as the President said on Tuesday, the true economic engine in this country is a thriving and rising middle class. That’s how we build a strong middle class and a strong America.

  31. CR says:

    Senate Republicans block vote on Hagel

    Feb 14, 2013 5:25 PM EST By Steve Benen – maddowblog

    For the very first time in American history, a cabinet nominee was brought to the Senate floor, filibustered by a minority of members, and came up short of 60 votes.

    Former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, President Obama’s choice to lead the Defense Department, faced fierce opposition from members of own party, and ultimately earned the support of 59 senators, which was one shy of what he needed to advance. (The Senate Majority Leader, for procedural reasons, had to switch his vote, so Hagel technically ended up with 58 votes.)

    It appeared as recently as last week to have the necessary support to be confirmed, even in the event of a filibuster, but several GOP senators who said they’d allow an up-or-down vote changed their minds in recent days.

    Indeed, as recently as Monday of this week, for example, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said, “Never before has a defense secretary nominee required 60 votes on the floor to overcome a filibuster threat.” He added a filibuster, if it were to occur, “sets a wrong precedent.”

    And then, today, McCain voted against cloture on Hagel anyway.

    All 55 members of the Senate Democratic caucus backed Hagel, and they were joined by four Senate Republicans — Johanns, Cochran, Collins, and Murkowski — some of whom were prepared to oppose the nominee’s confirmation, but each of whom opposed the filibuster.

    For more: http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/02/14/16965491-senate-republicans-block-vote-on-hagel?lite

  32. CR says:

    Obamas dine out for Valentines

    2/14/13 7:27 PM EST By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

    President Obama hinted earlier Thursday that he had a date night planned for first lady Michelle Obama with a gift and flowers. Turns out, the plan was a nice dinner out at Washington, D.C., restaurant minibar. The first couple headed there shortly before 7 p.m., according to a pool report.

    Minibar is in the Penn quarter and its reknowned chef, José Andrés, was named “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation in 2011.

    “minibar by José Andrés is a study in avant-garde cooking and one of the nation’s most exciting dining experiences,” the restaurant web site says. “An imaginative menu offered in an intimate setting, the creations combine art and science as well as tradition and technique.

    “Here you will be taken on a culinary journey. Each bite is designed to thrill the senses by pushing the limits of what we have come to expect, and what is possible from food.”

  33. CR says:

    G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting was held in Moscow

    16 February 2013 g20.org

    The first G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting within Russia’s Presidency was held on February 15-16 in Moscow. Main events took place on the 16th of February.

    Delegates discussed traditional G20 agenda, such as global economy outlook, implementation of the G20 Framework agreement for strong, sustainable and balanced growth, as well as further implementation of the IFA’s reform and financial regulation reforms. According to the Agenda delegates continued developing Russia’s priority issues – the financing for investment and government borrowing and public debt management.

    • CR says:

      G-20 Takes Harder Line on Currencies

      Feb 16, 2013, By Stepan Kravchenko, Rainer Buergin & Jeff Black – bloomberg

      Group of 20 finance chiefs sharpened their stance against governments trying to influence exchange rates as they sought to tame speculation of a global currency war without singling out Japan for criticism.

      Two days of talks between G-20 finance ministers and central bankers ended in Moscow yesterday with a pledge not to “target our exchange rates for competitive purposes,” according to a statement. That’s stronger than their position three months ago and leaves Japanese officials under pressure to stop publicly giving guidance on their currency’s value.

      With the yen near its lowest level against the dollar since 2010, policy makers are attempting to soothe concern that some countries are trying to weaken exchange rates to spur growth through exports. The risk is a 1930s-style spiral of devaluations and protectionism if other countries retaliate to safeguard their own economies.

      For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-16/g-20-pleges-not-to-target-exchange-rates-to-aid-economies.html

  34. CR says:

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