Navajo Technical College & Bowie State University Commencement 2013

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Navajo Technical College 2013 Commencement Ceremony
Dr Jill Biden – Commencement Speaker
Friday, May 17, 2013 @ 12:00 PM ET
Navajo Technical College, Crownpoint, NM

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Friday, May 17, Dr. Biden will address the 33rd graduating class of Navajo Technical College, one of two tribal colleges serving the Navajo Nation. NTC was recently recognized for the second consecutive year by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program as being one of the top 120 community colleges in the United States, in part because of its graduation rate near 80 percent.

For more: http://www.navajotech.edu/

Live Stream:  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/navajo-tech-crownpoint-nm

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Bowie State University 2013 Commencement Ceremony
First Lady Michelle Obama – Commencement Speaker
Friday, May 17 @ 11:00 AM ET
University of Maryland, Comcast Center, College Park, MD

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First Lady Michelle Obama to Speak at Bowie State University Spring Commencement

April 11, 2013 bowiestate.edu

First Lady Michelle Obama will address Bowie State University graduates at the 2013 Spring Commencement ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, May 17, at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md. Mrs. Obama will address approximately 600 graduates and receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

“It is an extraordinary honor for Bowie State University and the Class of 2013 to welcome First Lady Michelle Obama as an honored guest at our Spring Commencement ceremony,” said BSU President Mickey L. Burnim. “She is an outstanding role model who will add even greater significance to this celebration of achievement for our graduates and their families.”

For more: http://www.bowiestate.edu/about/News/index.cfm?ID=13165&TYPE=1192

WJLA Live Stream: http://www.wjla.com/live2/

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27 Responses to Navajo Technical College & Bowie State University Commencement 2013

  1. CR says:

    WH

    Friday, May 17, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    Dr Jill Biden travels New Mexico
    First Lady Michelle travels to Maryland

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    11:00 AM
    President Obama departs White House for Balitmore, MD

    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers the commencement address for Bowie State University
    University of Maryland, Comcast Center, College Park, MD

    11:25 AM
    President Obama arrives in Balitmore, MD

    11:35 PM
    President Obama visits Moravia Park Elementary School
    Baltimore, MD

    12:00 PM
    Dr Jill Biden delivers the Commencement Address at Navajo Technical College
    Crownpoint, NM

    1:00 PM
    1:05 PM
    President Obama tours Ellicott Dredges, which manufactures innovative dredges and dredge equipment being sold for infrastructure projects across the country and around the world.
    Baltimore, MD

    1:20 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks at Ellicott Dredges
    Baltimore, MD

    2:00 PM
    2:15 PM
    President Obama visits a community center that helps families by ensuring parents have the skills they need to earn a decent living.
    Baltimore, MD

    3:00 PM
    President Obama departs Baltimore

    3:25 PM
    President Obama arrives at the White House

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    Dr. Jill Biden to Deliver 2013 Commencement Address at Navajo Technical College

    April 17, 2013

    CROWNPOINT, NM – Second Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden will deliver the commencement address this spring at Navajo Technical College (NTC) in Crownpoint, NM. Dr. Biden, an educator for more than 30 years, continues to teach English full-time at a community college in Northern Virginia.

    On Friday, May 17, Dr. Biden will address the 33rd graduating class of Navajo Technical College, one of two tribal colleges serving the Navajo Nation. NTC was recently recognized for the second consecutive year by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program as being one of the top 120 community colleges in the United States, in part because of its graduation rate near 80 percent.

    NTC offers 20 certificate programs, 15 associate degrees, and six baccalaureate degrees to a student population of nearly 1,800 students. Many of the programs at NTC are designed to help the Navajo Nation develop economic development opportunities and sources of employment on or near the Reservation. Through this approach, NTC has developed partnerships and collaborations with other universities, including Arizona State University, the private sector, and federal agencies.

    For more: http://www.collegefund.org/news/detail/229

    • CR says:

      Dr. Jill Biden to Deliver 2013 Commencement Address at Navajo Technical College

      On Friday, May 17th, at 10:00 AM MT/ 12:00 PM ET

      Dr. Jill Biden will deliver the commencement address at Navajo Technical College in Crownpoint, New Mexico. Dr. Biden will address the 33rd graduating class of Navajo Technical College (NTC), one of two tribal colleges serving the Navajo Nation. NTC was recently recognized for the second consecutive year by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program as being one of the top 120 community colleges in the United States, in part because of its graduation rate near 80 percent.

      NTC offers 20 certificate programs, 15 associate degrees, and six baccalaureate degrees to a student population of nearly 1,800 students. Many of the programs at NTC are designed to help create new jobs and economic opportunities on or near the Navajo Nation, while equipping their students with the skills they need to succeed in those jobs. Through this approach, NTC has developed partnerships and collaborations with other universities, including Arizona State University, the private sector, and federal agencies.

      The commencement, including Dr. Biden’s remarks, will be live streamed at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/navajo-tech-crownpoint-nm.

  3. CR says:

    First Lady Michelle Obama to Speak at Bowie State University Spring Commencement

    April 11, 2013 bowiestate.edu

    First Lady Michelle Obama will address Bowie State University graduates at the 2013 Spring Commencement ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, May 17, at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md. Mrs. Obama will address approximately 600 graduates and receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

    “It is an extraordinary honor for Bowie State University and the Class of 2013 to welcome First Lady Michelle Obama as an honored guest at our Spring Commencement ceremony,” said BSU President Mickey L. Burnim. “She is an outstanding role model who will add even greater significance to this celebration of achievement for our graduates and their families.”

    For more: http://www.bowiestate.edu/about/News/index.cfm?ID=13165&TYPE=1192

  4. CR says:

    President Barack Obama to visit Baltimore Friday

    President tours area as part of Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour

    May 15, 2013 wbaltv

    BALTIMORE —President Barack Obama is scheduled to be in Baltimore on Friday.

    White House officials said the president will be in Maryland for his second Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour. While in Baltimore, Obama will visit an elementary school that provides comprehensive early childhood services.

    He’ll also visit Ellicott Dredges, which manufactures innovative dredges and dredge equipment being sold for infrastructure projects across the country and around the world.

    The tour concludes with a visit to a community center that helps families by ensuring parents have the skills they need to earn a decent living.

    The president’s remarks at Ellicott Dredges are open to pre-credentialed media, but closed to the public.

    • CR says:

      Previewing the President’s trip to Baltimore

      Published on May 16, 2013

      On Friday, May 17, the President will travel to Baltimore, Maryland in his second Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour. While in Baltimore, the President will visit an elementary school that provides comprehensive early childhood services. Then, the President will visit Ellicott Dredges, which manufactures innovative dredges and dredge equipment being sold for infrastructure projects across the country and around the world. He will also be visiting a community center that helps families by ensuring parents have the skills they need to earn a decent living.

    • CR says:

      Ellicott Dredges

      First established as the Ellicott Machine Company in 1885, Ellicott Dredges is one of the oldest manufactures in the world that specializes in the design and building of dredges and dredge machinery. Throughout its 125 years of existence, Ellicott has built over 1,500 dredges and exported to over 80 countries.

      By 1783, brothers John and Andrew Ellicott were well established flour exporters and operators of the largest flour mill on the East coast US – Ellicott Mills. To accommodate their export business, the Ellicott brothers built a warehouse and wharf at Pratt and Light Streets on the Baltimore harbor. To maintain the wharf’s water depth, and continue to bring in ships, the Ellicotts commonly utilized horse drawn scoops to remove sediment from the harbor. In 1785, the Ellicotts designed and built their first dredge, the Mud Machine. Their efforts have been documented as the first dredging effort in the Baltimore harbor. In the same year, Maryland’s assembly established a board of port wardens to oversee the management of the Baltimore port and its dredging needs. In 1790, the wardens approved the first use of mud machines throughout the harbor.

      In 1827, the federal government recognizing the importance of the Port of Baltimore and its location on the B&O railroad, approved funding for an ongoing Baltimore harbor dredging program. To initiate the program, the Maryland state senate purchased ten Mud Machines from the Ellicott brothers. Shortly thereafter, horses were replaced by steam engines on the Mud Machine crafting the first power driven dredge in the US.

      Ellicott Dredges built the cutter dredges used in construction of the Panama Canal

      For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellicott_Dredges

  5. CR says:

    Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas

    May 17, 1954 – The Supreme Court rules on the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas., unanimously agreeing that segregation in public schools is unconstitutional.

    Brown v Board of Education Decision (May)

    See NAACP Builds the Case for preceding events.
    Back in 1951, the NAACP and local parents and community groups began filing lawsuits against school segregation in various parts of the country as described in NAACP Builds the Case . In December of 1952, the United States Supreme Court consolidates 5 of the school desegregation cases under the name Brown v Board of Education (see Students and Parents Challenge School Segregation ).

    On May 17, 1954, Chief Justice Earl Warren reads the decision of the unanimous Court:

    We come then to the question presented: Does segregation of children in public schools solely on the basis of race, even though the physical facilities and other “tangible” factors may be equal, deprive the children of the minority group of equal educational opportunities? We believe that it does… We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal. Therefore, we hold that the plaintiffs and others similarly situated for whom the actions have been brought are, by reason of the segregation complained of, deprived of the equal protection of the laws guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment.
    By ruling in favor of the plaintiffs the Supreme Court strikes down the “separate but equal” doctrine of Plessy v Ferguson in regards to public education and mandates the desegregation of schools across America. But the decision does not explicitly overturn segregation in other areas such as public accomodations, “private” schools, housing, employment, government contracts, college admissions, and so on. Nor does it require immediate desegregation of public schools, or even desegregation by a certain date.

    See “Massive Resistance” to Integration for continuation.
    For more information on school desegregation:
    Books: Schools and School Desegregation
    Web: School Desegregation

    For more: http://www.crmvet.org/tim/timhis54.htm#1954bvbe

  6. CR says:

    9:45 AM ET
    Meeting of the President’s Task Force on Trafficking in Persons
    The White House

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

    • CR says:

      Meeting of the President’s Task Force on Trafficking in Persons

      Published on May 21, 2013

      Members of the Cabinet and senior administration officials meet to discuss efforts to fight human trafficking. May 17, 2013.

  7. CR says:

    11:00 AM ET
    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers the commencement address for Bowie State University
    University of Maryland, Comcast Center, College Park, MD

    WJLA Live Stream: http://www.wjla.com/live2/

    • CR says:

      May 17, 2013

      Remarks by the First Lady at Bowie State University Commencement Ceremony

      University of Maryland
      College Park, Maryland

      11:54 A.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Well, thank you. (Applause.) Oh, my goodness. Thank you so much. (Applause.) Oh, my goodness. It is such a — you all, rest yourselves. You’ve got a long day ahead. It is beyond a pleasure and an honor for me to be here with all of you today.

      Of course, I want to start by thanking President Bernim for that very kind introduction, for this wonderful degree, and for his outstanding leadership here at Bowie State University. I also want to recognize Chancellor Kirwan, Provost Jackson, Executive Vice President and General Counsel Karen Johnson Shaheed, Vice Chair Barry Gossett. And of course, I want to thank the BSU Madrigal Singers — they did a great job — the university choir, and DeMarcus Franklin for their wonderful performances here today. You all are amazing. I just wish I could sing. Can’t sing a lick.

      I also want to recognize today’s Presidential Medal of Excellence recipient, Professor Freeman Hrabowski, who’s a for-real brother as well. (Applause.) And I want to thank him for his tremendous work as the Chair of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He has done some magnificent work, but we have so much more work to do.

      And let’s take another moment to thank all of the beautiful people sitting all around us today — the folks who have loved you and pushed you and put up with you every step of the way. (Applause.) Give another round of applause to all the family members who are here today. (Applause.) Yes, indeed. This is your day, too.

      But most of all, to the Bowie State University class of 2013, congratulations. (Applause.) Oh, congratulations. You don’t know how proud we all are of you. Just look at you. We’re so proud of how hard you worked, all those long hours in the classroom, in the library. Oh, yeah. Amen. (Laughter.) All those jobs you worked to help pay your tuition. Many of you are the first in your families to get a college degree. (Applause.) Some of you are balancing school with raising families of your own. (Applause.) So I know this journey hasn’t been easy. I know you’ve had plenty of moments of doubt and frustration and just plain exhaustion.

      But listen, you dug deep and you kept pushing forward to make it to this magnificent day. (Applause.) And in doing so, you didn’t just complete an important chapter in your own story, you also became part of the story of this great university — a story that began nearly 150 years ago, not far from where we all sit today. As you all know, this school first opened its doors in January of 1865, in an African Baptist church in Baltimore. And by 1866, just a year later, it began offering education courses to train a new generation of African American teachers.

      Now, just think about this for a moment: For generations, in many parts of this country, it was illegal for black people to get an education. Slaves caught reading or writing could be beaten to within an inch of their lives. Anyone — black or white — who dared to teach them could be fined or thrown into jail. And yet, just two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, this school was founded not just to educate African Americans, but to teach them how to educate others. It was in many ways an act of defiance, an eloquent rebuttal to the idea that black people couldn’t or shouldn’t be educated. And since then, generations of students from all backgrounds have come to this school to be challenged, inspired and empowered. And they have gone on to become leaders here in Maryland and across this country, running businesses, educating young people, leading the high-tech industries that will power our economy for decades to come.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/05/17/remarks-first-lady-bowie-state-university-commencement-ceremony

    • CR says:

      FLOTUS gave such an inspirational speech!!!

  8. CR says:

    President Obama Talks to Pre-K Students

    Published on May 17, 2013

    President Obama sits down with a class of students at Moravia Park Elementary School. May 17, 2013.

  9. CR says:

    Consumer Sentiment Index in U.S. Rose to 83.7 in May

    By Lorraine Woellert – May 17, 2013 7:12 AM PT

    Consumer confidence rose in May to the highest level in almost six years as an advancing stock market and cheaper gas prices helped lift Americans’ outlook on the economy.

    The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary index of consumer sentiment rose to 83.7 in May, the highest since July 2007, from 76.4 the prior month, a report today showed. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey was for a gain to 77.9. Forecasts ranged from 74 to 82.5. The index averaged 64.2 during the recession that ended in June 2009 and 89 in the five years prior.

    Americans are enjoying lower prices at the pump, a rally in the stock market and a recovery in home sales, which are helping alleviate the effects of higher taxes and a package of federal spending cuts, known as sequestration, that threatens to take a toll on jobs. At the same time, merchants including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT), Kohl’s Corp. (KSS) and OfficeMax Inc. (OMX) report that customers remain cautious.

    “We’ve got a consumer that’s been stunningly resilient to tax hikes and sequestration,” Mike Englund, chief economist at Action Economics in Boulder, Colorado, said before the report. “It’s not an optimistic consumer, but it’s a resilient one.”

    The Michigan survey follows a Bloomberg measure of consumer outlook, which improved in May to its best reading in five months. The Bloomberg consumer economic expectations gauge, released monthly, rose to minus 1 from minus 4 in April. The weekly Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index, released yesterday, slipped to minus 30.2 for the period ended May 12 from minus 29.5. It reached a five-year high of minus 28.9 in late April.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-17/consumer-sentiment-index-in-u-s-rose-to-83-7-in-may-from-76-4.html

  10. CR says:

    Leading Indicators Index in U.S. Rises More Than Forecast

    May 17, 2013 7:33 AM PT By Jeanna Smialek – bloomberg

    The index of U.S. leading indicators climbed in April, a rebound from March that suggests the world’s largest economy will accelerate later this year.

    The Conference Board’s gauge of the outlook for the next three to six months climbed 0.6 percent in April after falling a revised 0.2 percent in March that was steeper than previously reported, the New York-based group said today. The median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 0.2 percent increase.

    Advancing stock prices and a recovering housing market may be propping up household spending, which accounts for about 70 percent of the economy. Still, slowing in manufacturing, automatic federal budget cuts and higher payrolls taxes threaten economic growth.

    “We’re still definitely on the recovery path, but we anticipated all along that this is going to be a very gradual recovery,” said Scott Brown, chief economist at Raymond James & Associates Inc. in St. Petersburg, Florida, who correctly predicted the reading.

    He said multiple factors could drive economic improvement going forward. “It’s typically a lot of little things getting better at the same time. You get a little more job growth, a little more consumer spending, bank credit eases up a little more,” according to Brown.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-17/april-leading-indicators-index-in-u-s-rises-more-than-forecast.html

  11. CR says:

    Payrolls Increased in 30 U.S. States in April, Led by Texas

    May 17, 2013 8:10 AM PT By Alex Kowalski – bloomberg

    Payrolls climbed in 30 U.S. states in April, while the unemployment rate dropped in 40, showing the labor market strengthened across the country.

    Texas led the gains in payrolls, adding 33,100 jobs last month, followed by New York and Florida, according to figures released today in Washington by the Labor Department. California, New York and South Carolina were among states with the biggest decreases in joblessness.

    Widespread employment gains indicate that stronger demand has induced companies to fire fewer workers and, at times, boost staff levels. Those decisions will be challenged in May and the following month as slower manufacturing activity, diminished business with the government and a slowdown in consumer spending offer less support to the U.S. expansion.

    “The hiring backdrop has been much more steady than economic growth,” Julia Coronado, chief economist for North America at BNP Paribas in New York, said before the report. “I expect it to improve and look better in the second half” of the year.

    Other reports today showed consumer sentiment jumped to an almost six-year high and the index of leading indicators climbed more than projected.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-17/payrolls-increased-in-30-u-s-states-in-april-led-by-texas.html

  12. CR says:

    Obama taps Giffords for Fulbright Scholarship Board

    5/17/13 5:41 AM EDT By KEVIN ROBILLARD – POLITICO44

    Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will be joining the State Department board charged with awarding Fulbright Scholarships to study abroad, the White House has announced.

    Obama appointed Giffords, who studied as a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico from 1993 to 1994, to join the bipartisan 12-member board. Other board members include professors, university presidents and a former ambassador, as well as former Bush and Reagan administration official Anita McBride and former Hillary Clinton aide Lisa Caputo.

    The prestigious program, named after longtime Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, awards more than 8,000 grants each year.

  13. CR says:

    12:00 PM ET
    Dr Jill Biden delivers the Commencement Address at Navajo Technical College
    Crownpoint, NM

    Navajo Tech http://www.ustream.tv/channel/navajo-tech-crownpoint-nm

    WH http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/05/14/watch-live-dr-jill-biden-navajo-technical-college

    • CR says:

      May 17, 2013

      Remarks of Dr. Jill Biden at Navajo Technical College Commencement

      Crownpoint, New Mexico
      May 17, 2013

      Good morning, everyone!

      Ya’aa’tey shi Din’e

      It’s wonderful to be here in New Mexico to celebrate such an important day with all of you!

      Thank you, Roselyn, for that very kind introduction. Dr. Guy, thank you for hosting me here today.

      Last night, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet President Shelly and his wife, Martha, and see the students from Dine Bi Olta Elementary School and Miyamura High School perform the basket and ribbon dances. The dances were beautiful.

      Thank you, President Shelly and Council Delegate Simpson for having me today.

      All of you graduating today stand on the shoulders of those who came before you – your parents, your grandparents, and all of your ancestors. It is their vision, and their determination that created this community and built this college.

      So as we celebrate your accomplishments here today, we also remember and acknowledge their sacrifices to make this all possible.

      Navajo Technical College is a special place. For the second year in a row I know you were recognized by the Aspen Institute as being one of the top 120 community colleges in the United States – in part because of your graduation rate near 80 percent. That’s amazing!

      I know you are also celebrating your first student to graduate with a Baccalaureate Degree this year – congratulations to Dody Begay– who is graduating with his degree in Information Technology!

      Some of you know my story. I’ve been a teacher for more than 30 years, and I continue to teach full-time at a community college in Northern Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C.

      This time of year is always a little bittersweet for me. I’m happy to have finished up another semester and look forward to a little summer break. But I know I’ll be missing my students.

      And those feelings – which I’m sure many of your teachers share – are only amplified for those who are graduating.

      We are so proud of you. We hope we have given you every bit of advice to help you succeed. And we are excited to see what you’ll do next.

      College is a place that changes lives, for the better. And tribal colleges are especially unique places … particularly for students who might otherwise not have the opportunity to attain a higher education.

      Tribal colleges, like community colleges, meet students exactly where they are.

      As a community college teacher, I see every day that my students have all made a choice to be there, to be better, to continue their education.

      They have made a choice to be in the classroom, even though they might be working one or two other jobs, juggling child care, and raising families.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/05/17/remarks-dr-jill-biden-navajo-technical-college-commencement-prepared-del

  14. CR says:

    1:20 PM ET
    President Obama delivers remarks at Ellicott Dredges
    Baltimore, MD

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

    CSPAN http://www.c-spanvideo.org/event/218915

    • CR says:

      May 17, 2013

      Remarks by the President at Ellicott Dredges

      Ellicott Dredges
      Baltimore, Maryland

      1:20 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Baltimore! (Applause.) Well, it is wonderful to see all of you. Give Duncan a big round of applause for the great introduction. (Applause.) I want to thank all of you for the warm welcome, the great hospitality. And I tell you what, I’m going to return the favor by hosting your Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens at the White House this summer. (Applause.) We’ll have Ray Lewis in the China Room -– what could go wrong? (Laughter.)

      I want to thank your CEO, Peter Bowe, and your plant manager, Robert Croom, and your entire team for showing me around this great facility. I was told that one of your customers once named a dredge after President Clinton, so I’ve got my fingers crossed. (Laughter.) Never had a dredge named after me, so I’m looking after — looking forward to that.

      I’ve come here today to talk about our single most important priority as a country right now. And that is reigniting the true engine of our economic growth, and that is a rising, thriving middle class. (Applause.) And as I said in my State of the Union address this year, that’s our North Star. That’s what we have to focus on. That’s what has to guide all our efforts.

      And we’ve got some great people who are championing middle-class families every single day. First of all, your outstanding Governor — come on — Martin O’Malley. (Applause.) Your outstanding Mayor — Madam Mayor. (Applause.) You’ve got some outstanding members of Congress, led by your senior Senator, Barbara Mikulski. (Applause.) And your own leader in the House of Representatives — he is doing a great job every single day and he loves this state — Steny Hoyer. (Applause.)

      So we’ve got just some extraordinary folks here. Let me make sure I’ve — Elijah Cummings is here. (Applause.) But more importantly, Elijah’s mom is here. (Applause.) And we are so proud of Elijah, but his mom apparently prays for me every day, so I’m very grateful for her as well.

      And all of these — all of your members of Congress, every single day, are working, fighting on your behalf in terms of making sure that we’re growing an economy that creates outstanding middle-class jobs. That’s the challenge that we should be rallying around every single day. And I know it can seem frustrating sometimes when it seems like Washington’s priorities aren’t the same as your priorities. I know it often seems like folks down there are more concerned with their jobs than with yours. Others may get distracted by chasing every fleeting issue that passes by. But the middle class will always be my number-one focus, period. Your jobs, your families, your communities — that’s why I ran for President. That’s what drives me every day as I step into the Oval Office. That’s what I’m going to keep fighting for over the next four years.

      And that’s why I’m so proud to have these partners. John Sarbanes I saved for last, because Congressman Sarbanes, he himself is doing a great job, but when I first came in, his father was one of the people who I so admired in the Senate. He had served for a long time. And I remember just a conversation that we had — he probably doesn’t remember it — but I asked him — I came and paid him a visit, and I asked him, “What’s your advice?” He says, “Just keep in mind the people who sent you.” Because here in Washington, sometimes people get distracted. But you’re here to work on behalf of your constituencies. And if you stick to that, you’re going to be just fine.

      And that’s what’s happening here in Maryland. Under Governor O’Malley’s leadership, Maryland has won back almost 100 percent of the jobs that were claimed by the recession. (Applause.) So you might not know it if you were just watching the news and you’re exposed to all these partisan battles and brinksmanship in Washington, but the truth is there are a lot of reasons to be optimistic about where this country is headed, especially after all we’ve been through over the past several years. And that’s got to encourage us to roll up our sleeves, and work together, and take on the challenges that are still holding back the economy and holding down working families.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/05/17/remarks-president-ellicott-dredges

    • CR says:

      May 17, 2013

      Creating Jobs Faster by Cutting Timelines in Half for Major Infrastructure Projects

      As part of the Administration’s effort to make America a magnet for jobs by building a 21st Century infrastructure, President Obama will sign a Presidential Memorandum that will modernize the Federal infrastructure permitting process, cutting timelines in half for major infrastructure projects while creating incentives for better outcomes for communities and the environment.

      By cutting red tape and shaving months, and even years, off the time it takes to review and approve major infrastructure projects, we will be able to start construction sooner, create jobs earlier, and fix our Nation’s infrastructure faster.

      In March 2012, the President issued an Executive Order launching a government-wide initiative to improve the efficiency of Federal review and permitting of infrastructure projects. Since then, agencies have expedited the review and permitting of 50 major projects, including bridges, transit projects, railways, waterways, roads, and renewable energy. In just one example, Federal agencies recently approved the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project in New York, saving up to three years on the timeline of a multi-billion project that will help put Americans back to work.

      As a result of the President’s Executive Order, agencies have also identified a set of best practices for efficient review and permitting, which range from expanding information technology (IT) tools to strategies for improving collaboration, such as having multiple agencies review a project at the same time, instead of one after the other. Today’s Presidential Memorandum institutionalizes these best practices, directing all relevant agencies to put them into effect.

      Further details on this initiative and the results achieved so far can be found in the Administration’s first annual Report to the President, which was also published today. And results of specific projects can be tracked on the Administration’s Infrastructure Permitting Dashboard, a new tool that provides an unprecedented level of transparency into the Federal permitting and review process.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/05/17/creating-jobs-faster-cutting-timelines-half-major-infrastructure-project

  15. CR says:

    2:15 PM ET
    President Obama visits a community center that helps families by ensuring parents have the skills they need to earn a decent living.
    Baltimore, MD

  16. 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

  17. CR says:

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    Come on over to my newest post titled: “MLK Academic Magnet School & Moorehouse College Graduation 2013 ”

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