9/11 Patriot Day 2013

In the United States, Patriot Day occurs on September 11 of each year, designated in memory of the 2,993 killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks. Most Americans refer to the day as “Nine-Eleven (9/11),” “September Eleventh,” or some variation thereof. U.S. House of Representatives Joint Resolution 71 was approved by a vote of 407-0 on October 25, 2001. It requested that the President designate September 11 of each year as “Patriot Day.”

On this day, President Obama asks Americans to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 AM ET and calls upon all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

President Obama urges Americans to we mark each September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.

United We Serve http://www.serve.gov/sept11.asp

President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle, Dr. Jill Biden mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by observing a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House at 8:46 AM ET September 11, 2013

President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle, Dr. Jill Biden mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by observing a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House at 8:46 AM ET September 11, 2013

9/11 Memorial

National September 11 Memorial and Museum

The Pentagon Memorial

Flight 93 National Memorial – Donate To Help It’s Construction

Beyond the 11th

Better Business Bureau Human Service Charities http://www.bbb.org/charity-reviews/national/human-services/

Better Business Bureau Police and Fire Fighters Charities http://www.bbb.org/charity-reviews/national/police-and-firefighter/

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Wednesday, September 11

8:39 AM ET
9/11 Memorial – http://www.911memorial.org/watch-911-anniversary-ceremony
Live webcast of the September 11, 2001 anniversary ceremony. The observance of the 12th anniversary
9/11 Memorial Plaza, New York, NY

8:46 AM ET
President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle, Dr. Jill Biden and White House staff observe a moment of silence to mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks
South Lawn of the White House

9:30 AM ET
President Obama attends the Pentagon Memorial to attend the September 11th Observance Ceremony
Pentagon, Washington DC

9:45 AM ET
U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell attends the memorial for the passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93
Shanksvillle, PA

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39 Responses to 9/11 Patriot Day 2013

  1. CR says:

    WH

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    Vice President Biden and Dr Jill Biden host a dinner for military families
    Naval Observatory, Washington DC

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    8:46 AM
    President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle, Dr. Jill Biden and White House staff observe a moment of silence to mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks
    South Lawn of the White House

    9:00 AM
    9:30 AM
    President Obama attends the Pentagon Memorial to attend the September 11th Observance Ceremony
    Pentagon, Washington DC

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

    1:00 PM
    1:30 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama vists the USO Warrior and ‘Intrepid Spirit’ Family Center to visit with military youth and participate in a patriotic craft project
    Fort Belvoir, VA

    2:00 PM
    President Obama participates in a service project sponsored Food & Friends
    Washington DC

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

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      POTUS podium

      September 11, 2013

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

      8:46 AM ET
      President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle, Dr. Jill Biden and White House staff observe a moment of silence to mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks
      South Lawn of the White House

      9:30 AM ET
      Pentagon 9/11 Memorial Ceremony
      General Dempsey & Secretary of Defense Hagel
      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend
      Pentagon, Washington DC

      11:00 AM ET
      U.S. Capitol
      September 11th Congressional Remembrance Ceremony

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

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      8:39 AM ET
      9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at Ground Zero http://www.c-spanvideo.org/event/224243

      9:30 AM ET
      Pentagon 9/11 Memorial Ceremony
      General Dempsey & Secretary of Defense Hagel
      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend
      Pentagon, Washington DC http://www.c-spanvideo.org/event/224236

      11:00 AM ET
      U.S. Capitol
      September 11th Congressional Remembrance Ceremony http://www.c-spanvideo.org/event/224237

      12:30 PM ET
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press http://www.c-spanvideo.org/event/224239

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

      9:30 AM ET
      Pentagon 9/11 Memorial Ceremony
      General Dempsey & Secretary of Defense Hagel
      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend
      Pentagon, Washington DC

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      9/11 Memorial http://www.911memorial.org/watch-911-anniversary-ceremony

      8:39 AM ET
      Live webcast of the September 11, 2001 anniversary ceremony. The observance of the 12th anniversary is on the 9/11 Memorial plaza. Family members of victims of the 2001 and 1993 attacks have been invited to read names.The first moment of silence is at 8:46 a.m., marking the time Flight 11 struck the North Tower.

  2. CR says:

    9/11 Patriot Day

    In the United States, Patriot Day occurs on September 11 of each year, designated in memory of the 2,993 killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks. Most Americans refer to the day as “Nine-Eleven (9/11),” “September Eleventh,” or some variation thereof. U.S. House of Representatives Joint Resolution 71 was approved by a vote of 407-0 on October 25, 2001. It requested that the President designate September 11 of each year as “Patriot Day.”

    On this day, the President directs that the American flag be flown at half-staff at individual American homes, at the White House, and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments, home and abroad. The President also asks Americans to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 A.M. (Eastern Daylight Time), the time of the first plane crash on September 11, 2001.

    • CR says:

      September 10, 2013
      Presidential Proclamation — Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance

      PATRIOT DAY AND NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE AND REMEMBRANCE, 2013
      – – – – – – –

      BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

      A PROCLAMATION

      Twelve years ago this month, nearly three thousand innocent men, women, and children lost their lives in attacks meant to terrorize our Nation. They had been going about their day, harming no one, when sudden violence struck. We will never undo the pain and injustice borne that terrible morning, nor will we ever forget those we lost.

      On September 11, 2001, amid shattered glass, twisted steel, and clouds of dust, the spirit of America shone through. We remember the sacrifice of strangers and first responders who rushed into darkness to carry others from danger. We remember the unbreakable bonds of unity we felt in the long days that followed — how we held each other, how we came to our neighbors’ aid, how we prayed for one another. We recall how Americans of every station joined together to support the survivors in their hour of need and to heal our Nation in the years that followed.

      Today, we can honor those we lost by building a Nation worthy of their memories. Let us also live up to the selfless example of the heroes who gave of themselves in the face of such great evil. As we mark the anniversary of September 11, I invite all Americans to observe a National Day of Service and Remembrance by uniting in the same extraordinary way we came together after the attacks. Like the Americans who chose compassion when confronted with cruelty, we can show our love for one another by devoting our time and talents to those in need. I encourage all Americans to visit http://www.Serve.gov, or http://www.Servir.gov for Spanish speakers, to find ways to get involved in their communities.

      As we serve and remember, we reaffirm our ties to one another. On September 11, 2001, no matter where we came from, what God we prayed to, or what race or ethnicity we were, we were united as one American family. May the same be said of us today, and always.

      By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89), the Congress has designated September 11 of each year as “Patriot Day,” and by Public Law 111-13, approved April 21, 2009, the Congress has requested the observance of September 11 as an annually recognized “National Day of Service and Remembrance.”

      NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2013, as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. I call upon all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. I invite the Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and interested organizations and individuals to join in this observance. I call upon the people of the United States to participate in community service in honor of those our Nation lost, to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to honor the innocent victims who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

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

      BARACK OBAMA

    • CR says:

      September 10, 2013

      Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Meeting with Senior Administration Officials on Our Preparedness and Security Posture on the Twelfth Anniversary of September 11th

      Earlier today the President met with key national security principals on our preparedness and security posture on the eve of the twelfth anniversary of September 11th. Over the past several months, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco has convened numerous meetings to review security measures in place for this anniversary, as well as other global threats, including the recent threat emanating from the Arabian Peninsula.

      The President’s National Security team is taking measures to prevent 9/11 related attacks and to ensure the protection of U.S. persons and facilities abroad. The President reiterated that protecting the American people, both at home and abroad, is the Administration’s top national security priority.

      September 11th has been a day of remembrance for 12 years for Americans and others around the world. The events of last year, losing four brave Americans – Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods – brought home the reality of the challenges we face in the world. As we near this day of remembrance, we continue to mourn the death of our cherished colleagues and honor their dedication to public service. We remain committed to bringing the perpetrators of the Benghazi attacks to justice and to ensuring the safety of our brave personnel serving overseas.

  3. CR says:

    $40 million raised to complete Flight 93 National Memorial

    9/9/13 Claudine Zap

    The money has been raised; the memorial will rise.

    Twelve years after United Flight 93 crashed into a meadow near Shanksville, Pa., on Sept. 11, 2001, the $40 million capital campaign has been fully funded.

    “We thank and applaud the thousands of individuals and organizations that have helped us reach this profound moment,” Neil Mulholland, president and CEO of the National Park Foundation, said in a statement.

    “It is only through their support and generosity that the Foundation is able to protect, enrich and honor the Flight 93 National Memorial, and all of our country’s more than 400 national parks.” The National Park Foundation is the official charity for the national parks.

    The memorial that honors the 40 passengers and crew who lost their lives on Flight 93 is planned for completion in 2015. The money has already made possible the construction of the park’s Memorial Plaza, Wall of Names, 40 Memorial Groves, Field of Honor, and major reforestation of the landscape.

    The final phase of construction will be a visitor center and the symbolic Tower of Voices with 40 wind chimes, each representing a person lost in the crash. A groundbreaking ceremony for the visitor complex will take place on Tuesday.

    The massive fundraising effort that included former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, along with Speaker of the House John Boehner, resulted in private contributions from 110,000 individuals, foundations and corporations.

    Additional funds came from public financing. Ongoing operational support will continue through the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/-40-million-raised-to-complete-flight-93-memorial–193234654.html

    • CR says:

      America Honors 9/11 Victims on Anniversary

      September 11, 2013 VOA News

      Solemn memorials are being held in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania Wednesday to honor the victims of the airliner terrorist attacks 12 years ago.

      President Barack Obama will lead observances marking the anniversary of the attacks by al-Qaida terrorists that killed nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon.

      Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and their wives will hold a moment of silence at the time the first hijacked jetliner struck the twin towers of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The president will later attend a private ceremony at the Pentagon for family members of the more than 100 people killed when a jetliner struck the U.S. military headquarters.

      In New York, family members will recite the names of loved ones who died when the twin towers collapsed, in what has now become a traditional ceremony. The names of six people killed in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center will also be read.

      A fourth observance will be held in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed, killing 33 passengers and seven crew.

      The plane crashed as passengers attempted to regain control from hijackers, who were believed to be flying toward Washington.

      Relatives of the victims joined the National Park Service Tuesday in a groundbreaking ceremony for a visitor center at the Flight 93 Memorial.

      Wednesday is also the first anniversary of the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed.

      For more: http://www.voanews.com/content/america-honors-911-victims-on-anniversary/1747386.html

  4. vitaminlover says:

    We will always remember.

  5. CR says:

    8:46 AM ET
    President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle, Dr. Jill Biden and White House staff observe a moment of silence to mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks
    South Lawn of the White House

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

    • CR says:

      Observing A Moment of Silence at the White House

      Published on Sep 11, 2013

      The President, the Vice President, the First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden and White House gather on the South Lawn of the White House to observe a moment of silence to mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. September 11, 2013.

  6. CR says:

    9:30 AM ET
    President Obama attends the Pentagon Memorial to attend the September 11th Observance Ceremony
    Pentagon, Washington DC

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

    CSPAN http://www.c-spanvideo.org/event/224236

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

    • CR says:

      September 11, 2013

      Remarks by the President at the September 11th Observance at the Pentagon Memorial

      The Pentagon
      Arlington, Virginia

      9:32 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Good morning.

      AUDIENCE: Good morning!

      THE PRESIDENT: From Scripture, we learn of the miracle of restoration. “You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again. From the depths of the earth you will bring me up again. You will increase my greatness and comfort me again.”

      Secretary Hagel, General Dempsey, members of our Armed Forces and most of all, the survivors who bear the wounds of that day and the families of those we lost, it is an honor to be with you here again to remember the tragedy of twelve Septembers ago — to honor the greatness of all who responded and to stand with those who still grieve and to provide them some measure of comfort once more. Together we pause and we pray and we give humble thanks — as families and as a nation — for the strength and the grace that from the depths of our despair has brought us up again, has revived us again, has given us strength to keep on.

      We pray for the memory of all those taken from us — nearly 3,000 innocent souls. Our hearts still ache for the futures snatched away, the lives that might have been — the parents who would have known the joy of being grandparents, the fathers and mothers who would have known the pride of a child’s graduation, the sons and daughters who would have grown, maybe married and been blessed with children of their own. Those beautiful boys and girls just beginning to find their way who today would have been teenagers and young men and women looking ahead, imagining the mark they’d make on the world.

      They left this Earth. They slipped from our grasp. But it was written, “What the heart has once owned and had, it shall never lose.” What your families lost in the temporal, in the here and now, is now eternal. The pride that you carry in your hearts, the love that will never die, your loved ones’ everlasting place in America’s heart.

      We pray for you, their families, who have known the awful depths of loss. And in the quiet moments we have spent together and from the stories that you’ve shared, I’m amazed at the will that you’ve summoned in your lives to lift yourselves up and to carry on, and to live and love and laugh again.

      Even more than memorials of stone and water, your lives are the greatest tribute to those that we lost. For their legacy shines on in you — when you smile just like him, when you toss your hair just like her, when you foster scholarships and service projects that bear the name of those we lost and make a better world. When you join the firehouse or you put on the uniform or you devote yourself to a cause greater than yourself, just like they did, that’s a testimony to them. And in your resilience you have taught us all there is no trouble we cannot endure and there is no calamity we cannot overcome.

      We pray for all those who have stepped forward in those years of war — diplomats who serve in dangerous posts, as we saw this day last year in Benghazi, intelligence professionals, often unseen and unheralded who protect us in every way — our men and women in uniform who defend this country that we love.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/09/11/remarks-president-september-11th-observance-pentagon-memorial

  7. CR says:

    SEIU joins Kathleen Sebelius in Obamacare outreach push

    9/11/13 5:13 AM EDT By BRETT NORMAN – POLITICO

    Obamacare got a renewed show of support Tuesday from the SEIU after some other key unions have complained that the law they advocated for could undermine their members’ health insurance.

    Service Employees International Union President Mary Kay Henry announced that it will partner with advocacy groups, including Enroll America and Families USA, to help the Department of Health and Human Services promote Obamacare in 30 cities in coming weeks.

    “It’s our moment to build power for working people by empowering them with the facts about the new health care law,” Henry said in a statement. “SEIU members worked for more than two decades to win affordable health care and stop the worst insurance industry abuses. We’re ready to give it all we’ve got once again.”

    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius joined Henry and other SEIU leaders in Pittsburgh for the announcement. It’s part of Sebelius’s whistle-stop tour around the country to promote the law, hitting local media markets, especially in states where the federal government will run the exchange, including Pennsylvania. On Monday, she was in New Jersey to announce an outreach and enrollment partnership with the drugstore company Rite Aid.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/seiu-obamacare-push-96582.html?hp=l16

  8. CR says:

    Feds go after online ‘puppy mills’

    9/10/13 04:23 PM ET By Julian Hattem – TheHill

    The Obama administration is extending federal oversight to online pet stores in an effort to crack down on abusive “puppy mills.”

    A measure from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) puts new restrictions on breeders that sell pets on the Internet, closing what animal rights advocates call a loophole in the law.

    “The puppy mills are kind of like factory farms for dogs where the mother dogs are treated like a breeding machine and the puppies are turned out like a commodity,” Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive of the Humane Society of the U.S., said in an interview with The Hill.

    “They don’t think of them of companions like pet owners do. It just becomes a money-making operation.”

    Breeders and other animal businesses have to abide by licensing and regulations issued under the Animal Welfare Act of 1966. The measure sets minimum standards for some wholesale breeders of dogs, cats and other pets.

    Retail outlets that sell animals are exempt from those rules, however. As a result, some negligent breeders have begun to sell their animals on the Internet to escape scrutiny, Pacelle said.

    “You have thousands of puppy mill operators who have migrated to the Internet as their primary means of commerce, and the Animal Welfare Act regulations were adopted prior to the era of the Internet,” he said. “It didn’t anticipate that direct sales by that method would come to dominate the industry.”

    The USDA’s regulation would change the definition of a “retail pet store” to exempt only brick-and-mortar facilities from the Animal Welfare Act.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/regwatch/administration/321435-feds-go-after-online-puppy-mills

  9. CR says:

    Unions draft expansive ‘Southern Strategy’

    9/11/13 07:01 AM ET By Kevin Bogardus – TheHill

    LOS ANGELES — Labor will embark on an expansive organizing campaign in America’s union-scarce South that, if successful, could bring about serious political upheaval.

    The AFL-CIO, at its quadrennial convention this week, adopted a resolution to come up with a “Southern Strategy” that includes “a long-term commitment to organize the South.” Union officials told The Hill that the labor movement needs to follow the workforce, which is moving down south, as well as learn how to better operate with right-to-work laws in the region designed to weaken union power.

    Linda Bridges, president of the Texas AFT, a teachers’ union, said only bringing more workers into labor will lead to changes in the South’s laws that restrict labor’s influence.

    “Just because most of the workers are in right-to-work states, it’s time that we have real strategies about how to organize, about how to bring them into the labor movement in great numbers. I think that’s how we eventually change the laws in the South, through organizing,” Bridges said.

    Unions also see opportunity for political gain, which could benefit their traditional allies in the Democratic Party. Shifting demographics, including a growing Latino population, could shake up the electorate in the South.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/321545-unions-draft-southern-strategy

  10. CR says:

    Big Data From Talking Turbines Signal Productivity Boom

    Sep 11, 2013 7:53 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra, Rich Miller & Peter Burrows – bloomberg

    At the Top Crop farm in Dwight, Illinois, 200 turbines rise from a sea of corn and soybeans, their blades gently turning day and night to spin up wind energy. They talk to one another, unheard by the human ear, seeking to keep pace with their neighbors’ output.

    If one falls behind, sensors reach out to an office about 850 miles away in Schenectady, New York, where General Electric Co. (GE)’s remote operations center, using data from 19,000 windmills, finds the most efficient way to help. Intelligent monitoring of the machines has helped GE fix faults, limit snags and pre-empt thousands of failures.

    Machines increasingly communicate among themselves and with people. Mobile devices allow round-the-clock interconnectivity.

    Computers crunch terabytes of data. Such innovations have convinced economists from GE’s Marco Annunziata to Erik Brynjolfsson of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that the stage is set for a wave of productivity gains to rival the 10-year Internet boom that began in 1995.

    “I’m quite optimistic,” said Brynjolfsson, a professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management in Cambridge. “When I look at the technologies coming along, I project some big improvements from productivity.”

    Faster Growth
    Stronger productivity would be good news for the U.S. and the global economy. It would allow faster growth without generating higher inflation. Companies could pay their workers more while still enjoying rising earnings. Higher profits would be a tonic for the stock market. Rising tax revenue would make it easier for the U.S. government to reduce its budget deficit.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-11/talking-windmills-portend-gust-of-productivity-growth-in-u-s-.htmlhttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-11/talking-windmills-portend-gust-of-productivity-growth-in-u-s-.html

  11. CR says:

    1:30 PM ET
    First Lady Michelle Obama vists the USO Warrior and Family Center to visit with military youth and participate in a patriotic craft project
    Fort Belvoir, VA

    • CR says:

      September 11, 2013

      Remarks by the First Lady at USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir

      USO Warrior and Family Center
      Fort Belvoir, Virginia

      1:49 P.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: You guys look awesome! What are you doing? What’s going on? Are you making hands? Yes, uh-huh, uh-huh. Guess what I brought you guys — what do you think is in this basket? Cookies!

      CHILD: I want that one! (Laughter.)

      MRS. OBAMA: And you know what these cookies are — who are on these cookies? This is our new puppy. We have a new puppy at the White House, her name is Sunny. And the White House pastry chefs made cookies for all of you guys with Sunny and some other fun stuff in here.

      But Gary and I are here because we’re so proud of you guys. Do you realize you guys are heroes? Do you know that? We’re so proud of what you do because your parents, your moms and dads and grandparents and cousins and uncles and aunts, whoever is in your family who’s serving — you guys help them help our country. And we just wanted to shine a light on all of the great work that the USO is doing for military families all over this country.

      This is a beautiful facility. It’s the kind of partnership that represents all that we need to do. And I know there are mothers back there — you guys — be quiet! (Laughter.) I see you. Let them be. (Laughter.) I know, you’re having a fit over there. (Laughter.) They can do whatever they want to. I’m talking to you guys right now. The kids, we’re going to play with them later.

      But we just wanted to shine a light on all the great work that the USO is doing for families like these all over the country. And I’ve got my friend Gary Sinise here who has done such terrific work for veterans, troops and military families through his foundation, as well as his Lt. Dan Band, which I hear is very good because they play a little bit of everything — they play songs that us old folks recognize, but also the beats that get kids moving. And you guys are going to be playing tonight at a really cool rock concert that’s going to be out here at Fort Belvoir today.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/09/11/remarks-first-lady-uso-warrior-and-family-center-fort-belvoir

    • CR says:

      First Lady Visits USO Warrior and Family Center

      Published on Sep 11, 2013

      First Lady Michelle Obama stopped by the USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir, Va., on Sept. 11 to help children from military families make an art project.

    • CR says:

      First of 9 ‘Intrepid Spirit’ Centers Opens at Fort Belvoir

      Sept. 12, 2013 By J.D. Leipold – Army News Service

      FORT BELVOIR, Va., – Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks 12 years ago, more than 2.5 million U.S. troops have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and over that same period, more than 260,000 service members have been diagnosed with the invisible wounds of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress as a result of combat-related injuries and accidents.

      To treat and care for those service members suffering from the most severe forms of traumatic brain injury, known as TBI, and post-traumatic stress, or PTS, the first of nine Intrepid Spirit Centers planned nationwide officially opened its doors here yesterday in a dedication ceremony sponsored by the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a $100-million campaign funded entirely with donations from public and private sources.

      The center has actually been operating for two months and has treated some 80 patients thus far, said Martin Edelman, a trustee with the fund, who acted as master of ceremonies.

      For more: http://www.defense.gov/News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=120761

  12. CR says:

    2:00 PM ET
    President Obama participates in a service project sponsored Food & Friends
    Washington DC

    • CR says:

      Remarks by President Obama at Food & Friends

      Published on Sep 11, 2013

      President Obama visits Food & Friends headquarters, which provides meals to people with serious illnesses, to participate in a service opportunity on September 11, 2013.

  13. vitaminlover says:

    My First Lady is so pleasant! I believe I want a cookie too.

  14. CR says:

    WH

    Thursday, September 12, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    First Lady Michelle Obama launches her new Drink Up initiative at an event Watertown, Wisconsin

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:15 AM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden receive the presidential daily briefing

    11:00 AM
    President Obama holds a cabinet meeting; Vice President Biden also attends
    Cabinet Room

    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet for lunch

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

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    6:30 PM
    Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden host a reception in honor of the 19th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act
    Naval Observatory

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

  15. CR says:

    Jobless Claims Slump as Two U.S. States Upgrade Computer Systems

    Sep 12, 2013 5:30 AM PT By Jeanna Smialek – bloomberg

    First-time claims for unemployment insurance fell by 31,000 to 292,000 in the week ended Sept. 7, which also included the Labor Day holiday, according to Labor Department data released today in Washington.

    Jobless claims in the U.S. declined last week to the lowest level since April 2006 as upgrades to computer systems in two states caused those employment agencies to report fewer applications.

    First-time claims for unemployment insurance fell by 31,000 to 292,000 in the week ended Sept. 7, which also included the Labor Day holiday, according to Labor Department data released today in Washington. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey called for 330,000 applications. An agency spokesman said that the upgrades played a major role in the drop in claims.

    Fewer dismissals would be a precursor to an increase in hiring once demand strengthens and the effects of federal budget reductions become less pronounced. While the pace of job cuts has waned since the end of last year, faster payroll and income growth would help propel the consumer spending that accounts for about 70 percent of the economy.

    “The job market is gradually healing,” Ryan Sweet, senior economist at Moody’s Analytics in West Chester, Pennsylvania, said before the report. “It’s not booming and it won’t be booming for another six to nine months. I think the conditions are falling into place for much better job growth. It’s not layoffs that are the problem, it’s the lack of hiring.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-12/jobless-claims-slump-as-two-u-s-states-upgrade-computer-systems.html

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    Consumer Comfort in U.S. Stabilizes After Falling for Four Weeks

    Sep 12, 2013 6:45 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    Consumer confidence stabilized last week after four consecutive declines even as Americans’ views of the economy dimmed.

    The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose to minus 32.1 in the week ended Sept. 8 from the prior period’s minus 32.3. The drop was within the margin of error of 3 percentage points. A measure of whether this is a good time to make purchases improved for the first time in five weeks, while households’ assessment of the economy was the weakest since mid-May.

    The report follows data last week that showed payrolls climbed less than forecast in August, and the unemployment rate fell as workers left the labor force. The restrained pace of hiring makes it harder to achieve a pickup in growth in the second half of 2013, at the same time that stock-market gains and rising home values are helping to sustain household spending.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-12/consumer-comfort-in-u-s-stabilizes-after-falling-for-four-weeks.html

  17. CR says:

    11:00 AM ET
    President Obama holds a cabinet meeting; Vice President Biden also attends
    Cabinet Room

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    September 12, 2013

    Remarks by the President Before Meeting with Cabinet Members

    Cabinet Room

    11:17 A.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Well, obviously we’re missing a few members of our Cabinet here today. In particular, John Kerry is overseas meeting on a topic that we’ve been spending a lot of time on over the last several weeks — the situation in Syria and how we can make sure that chemical weapons are not used against innocent people.

    I am hopeful that the discussions that Secretary Kerry had with Foreign Minister Lavrov as well as some of the other players in this can yield a concrete result. And I know that he is going to be working very hard over the next several days to see what the possibilities are there.

    But even as we have been spending a lot of time on the Syria issue and making sure that international attention is focused on the horrible tragedy that occurred there, it is still important to recognize that we’ve got a lot more stuff to do here in this government.

    The American people are still interested in making sure that our kids are getting the kind of education they deserve; that we’re putting people back to work; that we are dealing properly with a federal budget; that bills are getting paid on time; that the full faith and credit of the United States is preserved; and that the federal government itself is, in every single agency, running the way it should and making sure that our constituents and the American people are getting a good deal.

    So we’re going to spend some time here today talking about all the efforts that have been made by many of these Cabinet secretaries to streamline operations, to cut out waste, to improve performance, to improve customer satisfaction. We’re going to focus on some specific issues, including managing some of the budget debates that are going to be taking place over the next several weeks.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/09/12/remarks-president-meeting-cabinet-members

  18. CR says:

    1:30 PM ET
    White House Briefing on Obamacare and the LGBT Community
    The White House

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      Remarks and video to follow

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      Advocates are launching an LGBT-specific Obamacare campaign. Here’s why.

      September 12 at 9:25 am By Sarah Kliff – washingtonpost

      States and nonprofits are already pouring billions of dollars into efforts to enroll millions of uninsured Americans into Obamacare’s new programs.

      On Thursday, another group will throw its hat in the ring: Out 2 Enroll will launch with a lunch event at the White House as the first national Obamacare outreach campaign to focus exclusively on the LGBT community.

      “This isn’t, ‘Oh, let’s put a rainbow on it,’” says Kellan Baker, associate director for the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress, one of the campaign’s funders. “What we’ve seen from our research, and our experience in the LGBT community, is that there are serious issues that we’re going to need to address.”

      The LGBT community is more likely to lack health insurance coverage than heterosexuals.

      For more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/09/12/advocates-are-launching-an-lgbt-specific-obamacare-campaign-heres-why/

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    September 12, 2013

    First Lady Michelle Obama to Ask Everyone to “drink Up” with More Water

    Mrs. Obama will join the Partnership for a Healthier America and more than a dozen organizations to announce new effort to promote drinking more water

    Washington, DC – Today, First Lady Michelle Obama will join the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and actress Eva Longoria in Watertown, Wisconsin to announce PHA’s new effort to encourage everyone to drink more water, an easy choice to improve health and well-being every day. The effort brings together more than a dozen organizations committed to encouraging everyone to drink more water more often. According to the CDC, approximately one fourth of children do not drink any water on a given day. This new effort will remind people that drinking more water helps you have more energy to do more, longer and with better focus.

    “Since we started the Let’s Move! initiative, I’ve been looking for as many ways as possible to help families and kids lead healthier lives. I’ve come to realize that if we were going to take just one step to make ourselves and our families healthier, probably the single best thing we could do is to simply drink more water,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “That’s it – it’s really that simple. Drink just one more glass of water a day and you can make a real difference for your health, your energy, and the way you feel. So Drink Up and see for yourself.”

    To remind families of the importance of drinking water, supporters of PHA’s effort will carry the Drink Up logo on nearly 300 million packs of bottled water; more than half a billion bottles of water; 200,000 packages of reusable bottles; and more than 10,000 reusable bottles in the next year. Additionally, more than 10,000 outdoor public taps are expected to carry the brand over the next few years. Cities will also be utilizing the logo to encourage people to drink more tap water. And hosts on a dozen TV shows are participating in an around the clock, cross-network, bilingual day of drinking water and encouraging their audience to Drink Up.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/09/12/first-lady-michelle-obama-ask-everyone-drink-more-water

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      Michelle Obama to visit Wisconsin school to promote water

      9/12/13 By Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel

      The dance team is ready. So is the drum line.

      On Thursday afternoon, more than 1,500 students will gather at Watertown High School to welcome first lady Michelle Obama at the launch of a nationwide campaign to get Americans to drink more water.

      “Who would not be interested in meeting any first lady of the United States?” said Watertown schools Superintendent Cassandra Schug. “I just think this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our students.”

      Obama, through her “Let’s Move!” initiative, and the Partnership for a Healthier America are bringing together a coalition from industry, entertainment, media and government to get behind the campaign.

      The tagline of the campaign is deceptively simple — Drink Up.

      But backers of the campaign are clearly trying to thread a needle by promoting water without casting a negative light on other beverages, including soda and juice drinks.

      For more: http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/michelle-obama-to-visit-watertown-school-to-launch-water-campaign-b9996361z1-223402311.html

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      September 12, 2013

      Remarks by the First Lady at the “Drink Up” Campaign Launch

      Watertown High School
      Watertown, Wisconsin

      2:43 P.M. CDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Thank you, everyone. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Oh, what a warm welcome. Thank you. And thank you, guys. Rest yourselves. (Laughter.) We’ve got a lot of water partying to do here today.

      Let me start by of course thanking Mitch for that very kind

      Introduction, as well as the entire staff, the principal, the assistant principals, the team here at Watertown High School for letting us interrupt your school day for a visit that you all have been so warm and welcoming. It’s just been amazing. Thank you so much.

      I also want to thank the mayor of Watertown, Mayor David, who is a very sweet man. And my staff got a big kick out of realizing that he thought this was all a joke. (Laughter.) But it is just a treat for us to be here. We couldn’t have picked a better place to make such a huge announcement like this one, because not only is the name of this town on message, but I heard that just a couple years ago, you all won the award for the best tasting water in the state of Wisconsin, which is — way to go.

      So when it comes to water, you all know a little bit about what you’re doing, and I just want to again thank you for hosting us here today. It feels really good to be here.

      I also want to thank Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, who I got a chance to say hello to, and for joining us today. And of course, I want to recognize Larry from the Partnership for a Healthier America and all of the leaders sitting up here who have been working tirelessly to help PHA bring this groundbreaking water campaign to life.

      That group includes Susan Whiting and Karen Watson from Nielsen. (Applause.) Yay! Yay! It’s the Nielsen crew. They’re a rowdy bunch, but they’re good. They’re good. (Laughter.) Scott Miller from Core Strategy Group, and everyone from Y&R and Buck Media who put together this sensational creative material. You guys are amazing.

      And I also want to recognize Sergio Fernandez de Cordova of the PVBLIC Foundation; Sheldon Gilbert from Proclivity Media; and of course, my dear friend, the beautiful, talented, smart, Eva Longoria. Yeah, hi. (Applause.)

      Now, I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who might be asking — water? Really, water? What’s the big deal? It’s not new. It doesn’t come in different colors or shapes. In fact, it doesn’t even have a color or a shape. And to be honest with you, not long ago, I might have been thinking the same thing.

      But since we started the Let’s Move! initiative, I’ve been looking for as many ways as possible to help families and kids lead healthier lives. And I’ve come to realize that if we were going to take just one step to make ourselves and our families healthier, probably the single best thing we could do is to simply drink more water. It’s as simple as that. Drink more water.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/09/12/remarks-first-lady-drink-campaign-launch

    • CR says:

      September 12, 2013

      Remarks by the First Lady at the “Drink Up” Festival

      Watertown High School
      Watertown, Wisconsin

      3:16 P.M. CDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Oh, my God — you guys look amazing. (Applause.) Go Goslings! (Applause.) Let me just tell you I feel so good about being here. You guys have been just amazing.

      And I just want to say, first of all, thank you. Thank you for being such warm, wonderful hosts. I know it’s never easy having the First Lady show up to your school. And I hear you only heard about this on Monday and you got ready. The gym looks beautiful. The signs you guys put together are just amazing. You guys are truly an awesome school. This is an awesome town. Watertown, I’m just grateful that you guys are supporting us in this initiative. You should be very proud of yourselves. (Applause.)

      Well, I will remind us once again why we’re here. We’re here to kick off this amazing campaign called “Drink Up.” And the truth is that everything I do is really about you guys, your generation. I’ve got kids about your age; I’ve got a sophomore in high school. I know what you’re going through. Good luck with that. You’ll be fine. (Laughter.)

      But I really care about your health like I care about my kids’ health. That’s why I’ve devoted so much of my energy into making sure that your generation is as healthy as you can be. We’ve been talking about how you got to move and keep active and eat right. But as we were thinking about this, we were thinking, what is the one thing that we can have you guys do that ensures good health? And it’s really pretty simple. It’s drink more water. Just drink up. Because truly — as I’ve said before — water is the first and best energy drink.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/09/12/remarks-first-lady-drink-festival

  20. CR says:

    US BUDGET DEFICIT SHRINKS 35 PCT. FROM LAST YEAR

    9/12/13 BY CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP ECONOMICS WRITER

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government posted a narrower budget deficit in August compared with a year ago, keeping the annual gap on track to be the smallest in five years.

    The deficit for August was $147.9 billion, the Treasury reported Friday. That brought the annual budget gap through the first 11 months to $755 billion, or 35 percent lower than the nearly $1.2 trillion in red ink for the same period last year.

    The budget year ends on Sept. 30. The Congressional Budget Office projects the government will run a surplus this month, lowering the annual deficit to $642 billion. That would be the first annual deficit below $1 trillion in five years.

    Steady economic growth has put more people back to work and boosted corporate profits. And Social Security taxes rose at the beginning of the year, along with income tax rates on wealthier Americans. Both trends have raised tax revenue. In August, the government collected $185 billion in taxes, up 4 percent from the same month a year earlier.

    For more: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_BUDGET_DEFICIT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

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