United Nations Climate Change Conference 2013

Global warming

The 19th United Nations Climate Change Conference
November 11 to 22, 2013
Warsaw, Poland

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change 

Warsaw Climate Change Conference – November 2013.

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“You’ve inherited a country that’s all about living large,”

“each person takes up not only the space occupied by their home and school, but also land in Iowa to grow their food, in Brazil and China to make all their “stuff,” and in the Middle East to get fuel to drive around.”

“Can you believe that the average American teenager uses about 21 football fields of Earth’s resources to live?” 

Cy Maramangalam – Alliance for Climate Education

Source: http://www.npr.org/2013/05/07/181899846/filling-in-the-gap-on-climate-education-in-classrooms

Combating Climate Change

“…We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.  Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms.

The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition, we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries, we must claim its promise. That’s how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure — our forests and waterways, our crop lands and snow-capped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared…”

President Barack Obama 1/21/13

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“for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change.  (Applause.)  Now, it’s true that no single event makes a trend.  But the fact is the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15.  Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, floods — all are now more frequent and more intense.  We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence.  Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science — and act before it’s too late.

Now, the good news is we can make meaningful progress on this issue while driving strong economic growth.  I urge this Congress to get together, pursue a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change, like the one John McCain and Joe Lieberman worked on together a few years ago.  But if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will.  “
President Barack Obama 2/12/13
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President Obama Establishes a Task Force on Climate

FACT SHEET: Executive Order on Climate Preparedness

November 01, 2013

“We’re going to need to get prepared. And that’s why this plan will also protect critical sectors of our economy and prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change that we cannot avoid. States and cities across the country are already taking it upon themselves to get ready… And we’ll partner with communities seeking help to prepare for droughts and floods, reduce the risk of wildfires, protect the dunes and wetlands that pull double duty as green space and as natural storm barriers.” –

President Barack Obama, June 25, 2013

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Today, President Obama established a Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience to advise the Administration on how the Federal Government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of climate change. The Task Force members include state, local and tribal leaders from across the country who will use their first-hand experiences in building climate preparedness and resilience in their communities to inform their recommendations to the Administration.

The President signed an Executive Order that directs Federal agencies to take a series of steps to make it easier for American communities to strengthen their resilience to extreme weather and prepare for other impacts of climate change.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/01/fact-sheet-executive-order-climate-preparedness

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Climate change is happening

Our Earth is warming. Earth’s average temperature has risen by 1.4°F over the past century, and is projected to rise another 2 to 11.5°F over the next hundred years. Small changes in the average temperature of the planet can translate to large and potentially dangerous shifts in climate and weather.

The evidence is clear. Rising global temperatures have been accompanied by changes in weather and climate. Many places have seen changes in rainfall, resulting in more floods, droughts, or intense rain, as well as more frequent and severe heat waves. The planet’s oceans and glaciers have also experienced some big changes – oceans are warming and becoming more acidic, ice caps are melting, and sea levels are rising. As these and other changes become more pronounced in the coming decades, they will likely present challenges to our society and our environment.

Humans are largely responsible for recent climate change

Over the past century, human activities have released large amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The majority of greenhouse gases come from burning fossil fuels to produce energy, although deforestation, industrial processes, and some agricultural practices also emit gases into the atmosphere.

Greenhouse gases act like a blanket around Earth, trapping energy in the atmosphere and causing it to warm. This phenomenon is called the greenhouse effect and is natural and necessary to support life on Earth. However, the buildup of greenhouse gases can change Earth’s climate and result in dangerous effects to human health and welfare and to ecosystems.

The choices we make today will affect the amount of greenhouse gases we put in the atmosphere in the near future and for years to come.

Climate change affects everyone

Our lives are connected to the climate. Human societies have adapted to the relatively stable climate we have enjoyed since the last ice age which ended several thousand years ago. A warming climate will bring changes that can affect our water supplies, agriculture, power and transportation systems, the natural environment, and even our own health and safety.

Some changes to the climate are unavoidable. Carbon dioxide can stay in the atmosphere for nearly a century, so Earth will continue to warm in the coming decades. The warmer it gets, the greater the risk for more severe changes to the climate and Earth’s system. Although it’s difficult to predict the exact impacts of climate change, what’s clear is that the climate we are accustomed to is no longer a reliable guide for what to expect in the future.

We can make a difference

You can take action. You can take steps at home, on the road, and in your office to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the risks associated with climate change. Many of these steps can save you money; some, such as walking or biking to work can even improve your health! You can also get involved on a local or state level to support energy efficiency, clean energy programs, or other climate programs.

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30 Responses to United Nations Climate Change Conference 2013

  1. CR says:

    WH

    Friday, November 8, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:05 AM
    President Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews

    9:20 AM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    11:45 AM
    President Obama arrives in New Orleans

    12:00 PM
    12:15 PM
    President Obama tours Port of New Orleans

    1:00 PM
    Vice President Biden attends DCCC event
    Baltimore, MD

    1:00 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to the Film Symposiums/Oscars Workshop
    White House

    1:10 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks at export event
    Port of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

    2:00 PM
    2:10 PM
    President Obama departs New Orleans

    3:00 PM
    3:45 PM
    President Obama arrives in Miami

    4:00 PM
    4:25 PM
    President Obama attends a DNC event
    Miami, FL

    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    6:20 PM
    President Obama attends a DSCC event
    Miami, FL

    7:00 PM
    7:45 PM
    President Obama attends a DSCC event
    Miami, FL

    8:00 PM
    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at the Second Annual Louis L. Redding Benefit and Awards Gala
    The Hotel du Pont’s Gold Ballroom, Wilmington, DE

    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    President Obama overnights in Miami, FL

  2. CR says:

    UN Warsaw Climate Change Conference – November 2013

    The 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and the 9th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol will take place from 11 to 22 November. The conference will be held at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland.

    Learn more: http://unfccc.int/2860.php

    • CR says:

      Meeting the Challenge of Climate Change

      Heather Zichal September 20, 2013 10:36 AM EDT

      In June, President Obama laid out the case for action on climate change, and the steps his Administration will take to address it. In his Climate Action Plan, the President announced steps to cut the emissions of carbon pollution, prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to combat global climate change.

      Three months later, the Administration is well on its way implementing the President’s plan. Already, the Administration has announced new renewable energy projects on public lands, we are taking steps to make our communities more resilient to the effects of severe weather, and we are working with our international partners to reduce emissions of powerful greenhouse gasses. At home and abroad, we are making real progress, and we have results to show for it.

      Today, the EPA announced another milestone by re-proposing carbon pollution standards for new power plants. With this announcement, the EPA is taking responsible, steady steps to cut carbon pollution, protect the air we breathe, and develop affordable, American-made clean energy. For years we have had limits in place for arsenic, mercury and lead that power plants can release, and today we are taking a common-sense step to reduce the carbon pollution that is contributing to higher rates of asthma attacks and more frequent and severe floods and heat waves. The President is serious about taking on the challenge of climate change, and with today’s announcement we are proving that we can deliver on that promise.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/09/20/meeting-challenge-climate-change

    • CR says:

      November 01, 2013

      FACT SHEET: Executive Order on Climate Preparedness

      President Obama Establishes a Task Force on Climate

      “We’re going to need to get prepared. And that’s why this plan will also protect critical sectors of our economy and prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change that we cannot avoid. States and cities across the country are already taking it upon themselves to get ready… And we’ll partner with communities seeking help to prepare for droughts and floods, reduce the risk of wildfires, protect the dunes and wetlands that pull double duty as green space and as natural storm barriers.” – President Barack Obama, June 25, 2013

      Today, President Obama established a Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience to advise the Administration on how the Federal Government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of climate change. The Task Force members include state, local and tribal leaders from across the country who will use their first-hand experiences in building climate preparedness and resilience in their communities to inform their recommendations to the Administration.

      The President signed an Executive Order that directs Federal agencies to take a series of steps to make it easier for American communities to strengthen their resilience to extreme weather and prepare for other impacts of climate change.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/01/fact-sheet-executive-order-climate-preparedness

  3. CR says:

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    National Export Initiative

    March 11, 2010

    President Obama Details Administration Efforts to Support Two Million New Jobs by Promoting New Exports

    In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for a new National Export Initiative (NEI) to double U.S. exports and support two million new jobs. Today, President Obama announced five steps the Administration is taking under the NEI to help U.S. firms expand sales of their goods and services abroad: creating a new Cabinet-level focus on U.S. exports, expanding export financing, prioritizing government advocacy on behalf of U.S. exporters, providing new resources to U.S. businesses seeking to export, and ensuring a level playing field for U.S. exporters in global markets.
    A New, Focused High-Level Effort to Promote U.S. Exports

    The President signed today an Executive Order instructing the federal government to enhance and coordinate Federal efforts to promote exports. The President ordered the following measures to ensure high-level coordination of U.S. export promotion activities:

    * Creating the Export Promotion Cabinet
    * Relaunching the President’s Export Council
    * More Financial Support for U.S. Exporters
    * Major Government-wide Export Advocacy Effort
    * Expanded Support and Resources for Potential U.S. Exporters
    * Free and Fair Access to Markets around the World
    * Export Control System Reform to Enhance National Security and the Competitiveness of Key U.S. Industries

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/president-obama-details-administration-efforts-support-two-million-new-jobs-promoti

    • CR says:

      President Obama to bring message on exports to New Orleans

      11/7/13 By Katherine Sayre, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

      President Barack Obama will be in New Orleans on Friday (Nov. 8) to talk about boosting U.S. exports, delivering his message from a city where exports are growing at one of the highest rates in the nation, powered in large part by a domestic energy boom.

      Obama is scheduled to visit the Port of New Orleans to discuss the role of exports in growing the national economy — an issue that reaches back to his 2010 pledge to double the nation’s exports in five years. To that end, he created the National Export Initiative aimed at removing trade barriers overseas and helping companies penetrate new markets.

      For more: http://www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2013/11/president_obama_to_bring_messa.html

  4. COS says:

    Hey CR. Great thread.

  5. CR says:

    West Wing Week 11/07/13 or, “Casual, With a Raffish Look”

    Published on Nov 7, 2013

    This week, the President worked to help consumers learn about and enroll in quality, affordable health insurance plans through the Marketplaces, welcomed Iraq’s Prime Minister, hosted the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, and kicked off the newly re-instated White House Tours with a surprise drop-by.

  6. CR says:

    Payrolls Jump 204,000 as U.S. Economy Weathers Shutdown

    Nov 8, 2013 6:01 AM PT By Victoria Stilwell – bloomberg

    Payrolls in the U.S. increased more than forecast in October, a sign that employers were optimistic the world’s biggest economy would weather the effects of the federal government shutdown.

    The addition of 204,000 workers followed a revised 163,000 gain in September that was larger than initially estimated, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 91 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 120,000 advance. The jobless rate rose to 7.3 percent from an almost five-year low.

    The figures indicate companies adhered to hiring plans with an outlook for stronger sales in the aftermath of the 16-day budget impasse and a debate over raising the nation’s debt ceiling.

    Treasuries and stock futures fell on speculation the report will prompt an earlier reduction of asset purchases by the Federal Reserve.

    “The government shutdown really didn’t have a material impact on employment,” said Brian Jones, senior U.S. economist at Societe Generale in New York, whose forecast for a payroll gain of 175,000 was the highest in the Bloomberg survey. “The labor market is actually quite healthy, regardless of what people may think. The economy is doing better.”

    The contract on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index expiring in December dropped 0.3 percent to 1,739.80 at 8:51 a.m. in New York. Treasuries lost the most in two months, pushing up the yield on the 10-year Treasury note 12 basis points, or 0.12 percentage point, to 2.72 percent.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-08/payrolls-jump-by-204-000-as-u-s-economy-weathered-shutdown.html

  7. CR says:

    1:00 PM ET
    Vice President Biden attends DCCC event
    Baltimore, MD

  8. CR says:

    1:00 PM ET
    First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to the Film Symposiums/Oscars Workshop
    White House

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

    • CR says:

      November 08, 2013

      Remarks by the First Lady at Careers in Film Symposium

      East Room

      1:49 P.M. EST

      MRS. OBAMA: Well, hey!

      AUDIENCE: Hey!

      MRS. OBAMA: How are you doing? You guys, rest. Sit down. You’ve been here all day, you should feel at home by now. Oh, wasn’t that great. Alan, oh, Beauty — I thought he was going to call the President the Beast. I was going to laugh at that. But that was pretty cool, Beauty and the Chief. That was — I don’t know about you guys, but I was listening backstage, and I just wanted to put my ball gown on and twirl and twirl. (Laughter.) I mean, — yes, I hear some people in the back — beautiful scores, beautiful music, great way to start off this workshop, or this panel discussion.

      I want to welcome you to the White House. Have you been having fun?

      AUDIENCE: Yes!

      MRS. OBAMA: Oh, I can tell. I want to start by thanking Harvey Weinstein for organizing this amazing day. (Applause.) Harvey. This is possible because of Harvey. He is a wonderful human being, a good friend and just a powerhouse. And the fact that he and his team took the time to make this happen for all of you should say something not about me or about this place, but about you. Everybody — we are here because of you.

      Whoopi Goldberg, Naomie Harris, Ryan Coogler, David Frankel, Blake Lively — all of us are here because of you. And of course, my dear friend Gayle King is here. We are here because of you. So let’s welcome everybody here. (Applause.)

      I also want to thank all of the directors and the actors, all the specialists who generously shared their time and talent this morning. You guys did an amazing job. I got to sit in on a few things and see what was going on today, it was pretty amazing. But as I — yes, big hand to all the teams for making this possible. (Applause.)

      But most importantly, I want to thank our young people. I want to thank you guys for — yes, give yourselves a hand. (Applause.) We have students here from film and visual arts programs in Boston, in Brooklyn, and right here in Washington, D.C. (Applause.) And I’m thrilled to have all of you here for our first-ever Careers in Film Symposium. We never did this before.

      This is the first time that we have brought young people into the White House for an event like this. And we have had students here for workshops on all sorts of things. We’ve done everything from classical music to spoken word to poetry. And just a few days ago, we were doing some Bollywood dancing in the State Dining Room. (Laughter.) And today, we wanted to continue this tradition by giving you all the chance to dive into the world of film-making.

      For more; http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/08/remarks-first-lady-careers-film-symposium

  9. CR says:

    1:10 PM ET
    President Obama delivers remarks at export event
    Port of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

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

    CSPAN http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/316129-1

    • CR says:

      November 08, 2013

      Remarks by the President on the Economy — Port of New Orleans

      Port of New Orleans
      New Orleans, Louisiana

      12:32 P.M. CST

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Big Easy! (Applause.) Everybody, give it up for Nancy for that great introduction. (Applause.) It is good to be back in New Orleans. This is what passes for winter here in New Orleans, huh? (Laughter.) Folks got all their coats on and all that. Come on. You need to go to Chicago to know what it’s like to be cold.

      It is great to be here. It is especially happy for my staff. They love coming to New Orleans. But we did schedule the event early because I figure there’s a limit to how much trouble they could get into. (Laughter.) They can’t get over to Bourbon Street fast enough if we did a daytime event. And I know that there are probably a couple of my staff that are LSU fans. I wouldn’t mind staying for the game tomorrow night. I know we’ve got the president here — I just saw him a minute ago and I wished him all the best.

      I also want to acknowledge a couple of other people who are here. You’ve got your Governor — Bobby Jindal is here. (Applause.) We’ve got the Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, who is here. (Applause.) We have Cedric Richmond, your outstanding Congressman. (Applause.) Cedric then brought down a whole bunch of his colleagues from the Congressional Black Caucus for some important work that they’re doing — not that they’re going to enjoy themselves at all while they’re here. (Laughter.) But we are thrilled to see them all here.

      You have one of the best mayors in the country in Mitch Landrieu. (Applause.) And I just flew down with your Senator, who, by coincidence, has the same name — Mary Landrieu. (Applause.) She’s traveling around the state today and doing unbelievable work on behalf of the people of Louisiana. And I just want to say nobody is a tougher advocate on behalf of the working people of Louisiana than Mary Landrieu. So we’re very, very proud of the work that she does. (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/08/remarks-president-economy-port-new-orleans

    • CR says:

      November 08, 2013

      FACT SHEET: Modernizing and Investing in America’s Ports and Infrastructure

      On November 8th, President Obama will speak from the Port of New Orleans, one of the nation’s largest ports, where he will reiterate his call to invest in rebuilding America’s infrastructure, including strategic ports along the Mississippi River such as the Port of New Orleans, which support U.S. commerce and trade.

      Despite making significant progress under the President’s leadership, there is still much more work to be done across the country to improve our nation’s infrastructure. That’s why the President continues to call for greater investments. Rebuilding our roads, bridges and ports will not only put Americans back to work, but also help to expand trade, keep American businesses competitive and create even more jobs here at home.

      * Ports like the one in New Orleans and around the Mississippi River Valley play a central role in the American economy by facilitating global trade and exports.

      * That’s why the Obama Administration has invested significant resources into New Orleans.

      * The President’s support for the Port of New Orleans has helped grow the region’s exports

      * But more remains to be done, and the President has proposed increasing investments in infrastructure and continuing to promote a broad trade agenda

      President Obama Understands that America’s Ports Are Key to Our Competitiveness

      * Ports like the one in New Orleans play a central role in the American economy in part by facilitating global trade and exports

      * In fact, the Port of New Orleans and sister ports around the Mississippi River Valley are among the largest and more strategically important ports in the U.S.

      The Obama Administration Has Made Significant Investments in America’s Infrastructure – Including the Port of New Orleans and Other Key Ports in the U.S.

      * Since the President took office, America has begun the hard work of rebuilding our infrastructure, including key investments in our nation’s ports and waterways

      * The President also launched a government-wide initiative to improve the efficiency of Federal review and permitting of infrastructure projects through an Executive Order (EO) in March 2012 [EU3]

      * The President also established a Task Force on Ports in 2012 to develop a Federal strategy for future port and related infrastructure investments

      * Later this month, the Vice President will lead a delegation of U.S. officials on a tour of the Panama Canal expansion project, highlighting the global economic implications of investing in transportation infrastructure here at home.

      The President has committed significant resources to maintaining and upgrading the facilities around the Port of New Orleans.

      * Providing $26 million in TIGER grants to support the Port of New Orleans

      * Providing more than $230 million of resources to the Mississippi River Valley to support flood and drought related dredging

      The President’s Investments in the Port of New Orleans Have Helped Grow Exports from the Region and Supported His National Export Initiative

      * The Obama administration’s investments in the Port of New Orleans have helped New Orleans expand its export base significantly, supporting the region’s workforce and helping businesses up and down the Mississippi River Valley

      * The strength of the export market in the Port of New Orleans has played a role in supporting the President’s broader export initiatives

      The President’s Has a Plan to Make America a Magnet for Jobs and Production by Rebuilding Our Infrastructure

      * By most measures, the United States is still investing less in infrastructure than other nations

      * Ports, like other parts of the national infrastructure system, need greater attention and investments

      * The President’s plan would invest $50 billion immediately in our nation’s infrastructure

      * The President has also proposed a “Rebuild America Partnership” to leverage private sector investment

      The President has also proposed a “Rebuild America Partnership” to leverage private sector investment

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/08/fact-sheet-modernizing-and-investing-america-s-ports-and-infrastructure

  10. CR says:

    4:25 PM ET
    President Obama attends a DNC event
    Miami, FL

  11. CR says:

    6:20 PM ET
    President Obama attends a DSCC event
    Miami, FL

    • CR says:

      November 08, 2013

      Remarks by the President at a DSCC Fundraising Reception

      Private Residence
      Miami, Florida

      6:25 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Wow, if Jorge wasn’t so good at business, we might have to run him for something — (laughter) — because I was inspired just listening to him. To Jorge and Aleyda, and the entire Mas family, thank you so much for the incredible hospitality in this beautiful setting and to all of you who are here.

      Everything that Jorge said is true and I remember as if it was yesterday, although we noted that both of us have gotten a little grayer since the first time we met. (Laughter.) When I first met Jorge, I was obviously the underdog in a presidential campaign. And I had taken a deep interest in Florida and a deep interest in Cuban politics. But the truth is I hadn’t had occasion to campaign a lot in Florida, with the exception of making sure that Florida re-elected one of the finest senators we have in this country, Bill Nelson, who is here tonight. (Applause.)

      But one of the things I was confident about was given my history and concern on issues of freedom, democracy, civil society, my own background as a grassroots organizer that the policies that the United States pursued would be ones that would focus on the idea of liberty and how do we build that from the bottom-up. And Jorge immediately was able to share with me his vision and his views. And, as a consequence, we were in a position I think to make changes that empowered, that opened the possibility of greater penetration and contact from Cuban families here in remittances and in travel.

      And we’ve started to see changes on the island. Now, I think we all understand that, ultimately, freedom in Cuba will come because of extraordinary activists and the incredible courage of folks like we see here today. But the United States can help. And we have to be creative. And we have to be thoughtful. And we have to continue to update our policies. Keep in mind that when Castro came to power, I was just born. So the notion that the same policies that we put in place in 1961 would somehow still be as effective as they are today in the age of the Internet and Google and world travel doesn’t make sense.

      And I think that partly because we’re of the same generation, we recognize that the aims are always going to be the same. And what we have to do is to continually find new mechanisms and new tools to speak out on behalf of the issues that we care so deeply about.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/08/remarks-president-dscc-fundraising-reception-0

  12. CR says:

    7:45 PM ET
    President Obama attends a DSCC event
    Miami, FL

    • CR says:

      November 08, 2013

      Remarks by the President at a DSCC Fundraising Reception

      Private Residence
      Miami, Florida

      7:29 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. Well, I told Leslie we should all just jump in the pool. (Laughter.) But she thought that might not be appropriate. I just want to say to Leslie and her remarkable children thank you so much for the hospitality and the support.

      Two other people I want to acknowledge — first of all, your senator, one of the finest public servants we know, Mr. Bill Nelson. (Applause.) By the way, Bill, did you see “Gravity?”

      MR. NELSON: It is terrific.

      THE PRESIDENT: It is terrific. But I need to get a sense of what astronauts think about it. I always told Bill that I was mildly impressed that he was a U.S. senator, much more impressed that he was an astronaut — (laughter) — and just a great public servant. The other person I want to make sure I acknowledge is somebody who has the thankless job of recruiting great candidates and helping to make sure that we maintain a democratic majority in the Senate. He is a wonderful friend and somebody, by the way, Leslie, who used to be superintendent of schools and transformed the Denver school system. That’s how I first met and knew him. He is a wonderful man, Mr. Michael Bennet. (Applause.)

      So I’m going to keep the remarks very brief, because I just want to spend most of the time interacting, getting questions and suggestions. We’ve gone through enormous challenges over the last four or five years — the worst recession since the Great Depression, oil leaks in the Gulf, transformative changes taking place throughout the Middle East, challenges around how we build an economy that works for everybody, the need to transform our education system, the challenges of climate change. And, as a consequence, I think sometimes people are worried about what’s the future for our kids going to be like. Are we going to be able to pass on to them the same incredible opportunities that a lot of us enjoyed as we were coming up?

      And the main message I want to deliver to everybody is I have never been more optimistic about America’s possibilities for the future. The 21st century is one in which our wheelhouse, our skillset is perfectly adapted. In a global, interconnected world we’re the most innovative people on Earth. We’ve got the most entrepreneurial spirit of anybody on Earth. We’ve got incredible natural resources and energy. We have the best universities on Earth, a community college system that is underappreciated in terms of how we can train and create new skills for folks — the best workers in the world.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/08/remarks-president-dscc-fundraising-reception

  13. CR says:

    8:00 PM ET
    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at the Second Annual Louis L. Redding Benefit and Awards Gala The Hotel du Pont’s Gold Ballroom, Wilmington, DE

  14. CR says:

    WH

    Saturday, November 9, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    3:25 PM
    President Obama departs Miami en route Andrews Air Force Base.

    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    5:30 PM
    President Obama arrives at Joint Base Andrews.

    5:55 PM
    President Obama arrives at the White House

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    November 08, 2013

    Statement by the President on the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht

    I join millions of people in the United States and around the world in marking the 75th anniversary of the tragedy of Kristallnacht – “the Night of Broken Glass.” On November 9 and 10, 1938, Nazi paramilitaries marched under the cover of darkness throughout the towns and villages of Germany and Austria smashing Jewish storefronts, arresting Jewish men en masse, ransacking Jewish homes, burning books and littering the streets with the parchment of sacred Judaic texts. Throughout the two-day wave of violence, hundreds of synagogues and thousands of businesses owned by Jews were destroyed or damaged. At least 91 Jews were killed, while another 30,000 were sent to concentration camps.

    Kristallnacht foreshadowed the systematic slaughter of six million Jews and millions of other innocent victims. Seventy-five years later, Kristallnacht now signifies the tragic consequences of silence in the face of unmitigated hatred.

    As we mark this anniversary, let us act in keeping with the lessons of that dark night by speaking out against anti-Semitism and intolerance, standing up to indifference, and re-committing ourselves to combatting prejudice and persecution wherever it exists. In so doing, we honor the memories of those killed and reaffirm that timeless call: “Never Again.”

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