The Civil Rights Summit

Fiftieth Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Fiftieth Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

PBO 50th Annv 1964 Civil Rights Act

US Minorities Civil Rights Timeline 1863-1963 (ProPresObama.org Civil Rights Timelines ™)

US Minorities Civil Rights Timeline 1964-2009 (ProPresObama.org Civil Rights Timelines ™)

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Civil Rights Summit

Apr 08, 2014

“WE SHALL OVERCOME.”

When President Lyndon Johnson spoke those words before a Joint Session of Congress, he made the cause of overcoming injustice the cause of all Americans.

Johnson began his quest for a more just and honorable America with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the most transformational civil rights legislation since Reconstruction and a crucial step in the realization of America’s promise. In the years that followed, LBJ passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968. Together, this triumvirate of laws would ban discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, or national origin.

The three-day Civil Rights Summit commemorates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The Act, along with the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the Fair Housing Act in 1968, helped establish the legal foundation in fulfilling the long elusive promise of equality among all Americans.  The three-day Civil Rights Summit, comprised of afternoon panel discussions followed by evening keynote addresses, will reflect on the seminal nature of the civil rights legislation passed by President Johnson while examining civil rights issues in America and around the world today.

The Civil Rights Summit –  Program
The Civil Rights Summit – Speakers

Live Stream: http://www.civilrightssummit.org

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April 8
Former President Jimmy Carter delivers remarks

April 9
Former President Bill Clinton delivers remarks

April 10
Former George W. Bush delivers remarks

President Barack Obama delivers the keynote address

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Civil Rights Summit
April 8-10, 2014
LBJ Presidential Library
Austin, Texas

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:05 AM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle depart the White House
    South Lawn

    9:20 AM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle depart Joint Base Andrews

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle arrive in Killeen, Texas
    Robert Gray Army Airfield

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle attend a memorial service
    Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas

    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    5:20 PM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle arrive in Houston, Texas
    George Bush Intercontinental Airport

    6:00 PM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle attend a DNC event
    Private Residence, Houston, Texas

    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    8:30 PM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle attend a DCCC/DSCC event
    Private Residence, Houston, Texas

    10:00 PM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle overnight in Houston, Texas

    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      April 9, 2014

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

      3:00 PM ET
      President Obama speaks at a memorial service for the victims of the shooting at Fort Hood on April 2. Three service members died in the attack and 16 others were wounded. 
      Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      10:00 AM ET
      Department of Labor Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request
      Labor Secretary Thomas Perez appears before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee to discuss his department’s fiscal year $11.8 billion budget proposal. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) chairs the hearing. http://www.c-span.org/video/?318773-1/fy2015-labor-budget

      10:00 AM ET
      Defense Health Program Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request
      Surgeons General for the Army, Navy and Air Force testify along with the executive officer of the Defense Healthcare Management System on the fiscal year 2015 budget request for defense health programs. http://www.c-span.org/video/?318770-1/fy2015-defense-health-budget

      10:00 AM ET
      U.S. Agency for International Development Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request
      USAID Administrator Ragiv Shah testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss the agency’s fiscal year 2015 $20.1 billion budget request. http://www.c-span.org/video/?318774-1/fy2015-usaid-budget

      2:30 PM ET
      Department of Energy Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request
      Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and his deputy, Daniel Poneman, testify before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development on their department’s fiscal year 2015 $27.9 billion budget request. http://www.c-span.org/video/?318775-1/fy2015-energy-water-budget

      3:00 PM ET
      President Obama Remarks at Fort Hood
      President Obama speaks at a memorial service for the victims of the shooting at Fort Hood on April 2. Three service members died in the attack and 16 others were wounded. http://www.c-span.org/video/?318771-1/fort-hood-memorial-service

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

      3:00 PM ET
      President Obama speaks at a memorial service for the victims of the shooting at Fort Hood on April 2. Three service members died in the attack and 16 others were wounded. 
      Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas

  2. CR says:

    Civil Rights Summit

    Apr 08, 2014

    “WE SHALL OVERCOME.”

    When President Lyndon Johnson spoke those words before a Joint Session of Congress, he made the cause of overcoming injustice the cause of all Americans.

    Johnson began his quest for a more just and honorable America with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the most transformational civil rights legislation since Reconstruction and a crucial step in the realization of America’s promise. In the years that followed, LBJ passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968. Together, this triumvirate of laws would ban discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, or national origin.

    The three-day Civil Rights Summit commemorates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Act, along with the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the Fair Housing Act in 1968, helped establish the legal foundation in fulfilling the long elusive promise of equality among all Americans. The three-day Civil Rights Summit, comprised of afternoon panel discussions followed by evening keynote addresses, will reflect on the seminal nature of the civil rights legislation passed by President Johnson while examining civil rights issues in America and around the world today.

    For more: http://www.civilrightssummit.org.

    Civil Rights Summit Speakers
    LBJ Presidential Library

    April 8
    Former President Jimmy Carter delivers remarks

    April 9
    Former President Bill Clinton delivers remarks

    April 10
    Former George W. Bush delivers remarks

    President Barack Obama delivers the keynote address
    First Lady Michelle Obama also attends

  3. CR says:

    Senate OKs jobless bill; House prospects slimmer

    4/7/14 By DAVID ESPO – AP

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted 59-38 Monday to resurrect federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, and a small band of Republican supporters swiftly appealed to a reluctant Speaker John Boehner to permit election-year action in the House as well.

    Senate votes to renew expired jobless benefits Reuters
    Steps are needed “to restore unemployment benefits to struggling Americans,” seven House Republicans wrote Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia. They released their letter as the Senate was bestowing its widely expected approval on the legislation.

    Despite the appeal, the bill’s prospects are cloudy at best, given widespread opposition among conservative lawmakers and outside groups and Boehner’s unwillingness to allow it to the floor without changes that Republicans say would enhance job creation.

    The Senate vote itself, seven months before congressional elections, capped a bruising three-month struggle. Fifty-one Democrats, two independents and six Republicans voted for approval.

    The bill was the first major piece of legislation that Democrats sent to the floor of the Senate when Congress convened early in the year, the linchpin of a broader campaign-season agenda meant to showcase concern for men and women who are doing poorly in an era of economic disparity between rich and poor.

    In the months since, the Democrats have alternately pummeled Republicans for holding up passage and made concessions in an effort to gain support from enough GOP lawmakers to overcome a filibuster. Chief among those concessions was an agreement to pay the $9.6 billion cost of the five-month bill by making offsetting spending cuts elsewhere in the budget.

    The White House-backed measure would retroactively restore benefits that were cut off in late December, and maintain them through the end of May. Officials say as many as 2.7 million jobless workers have been denied assistance since the law expired late last year. If renewed, the aid would total about $256 weekly, and in most cases go to men and women who have been off the job for longer than six months

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/senate-oks-jobless-bill-house-prospects-slimmer-222610356–finance.html

    • CR says:

      April 07, 2014

      Statement by the President on the Senate Voting to Renew Unemployment Insurance

      Today the Senate acted in a bipartisan way to reinstate emergency unemployment insurance for 2.3 million Americans who depend on it as they search for work. As I’ve said time and again, Washington needs to put politics aside and help these hard-working, responsible Americans make ends meet and support their families as they look for a job. Each week Congress fails to act on this crucial issue, roughly 70,000 long-term unemployed Americans lose their vital economic lifeline. I urge House Republicans to stop blocking a bipartisan compromise that would stem this tide, take up the bill without delay, and send it to my desk. Let’s remove this needless drag on our economy and focus on expanding opportunity for all Americans.

    • CR says:

      GOP WRONG WAY

      House GOP poised to let jobless aid ‘come to an end’

      04/09/14 08:00 AM By Steve Benen – maddowblog

      With the Senate easily approving a bipartisan compromise on extended unemployment benefits on Monday, the focus now shifts to House Republicans, who’ve struggled at times to come up with a compelling rationale to cut off millions of struggling, jobless Americans.

      To date, arguably the worst argument was floated two weeks ago by Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), who said, “The extended unemployment benefits by the administration were to be in place until unemployment came down. Unemployment is down.”

      In other words, though it’s been generations since Congress allowed jobless aid to lapse with an unemployment rate this high, Price is satisfied that the economy is now fine – so unemployment benefits no longer matter.

      This quote, by way of Laura Clawson, isn’t much better.

      “I don’t think there is a great sense of pressure on our members,” said Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), a House deputy whip. “The prevailing view in our conference is that there aren’t adequate pay-fors and it’s time for this program to come to an end.”
      Putting aside the fact that the “pay-fors” are perfectly adequate and earned the support of several Senate Republicans, Cole’s quote is a great example of why congressional policymaking is such a mess.

      The unemployment rate is still too high. The Senate just passed a bipartisan bill to help millions of jobless Americans with a bill that the CBO believes will create hundreds of thousands of jobs. But because the unemployed lack political capital and House Republicans aren’t especially concerned with the policy merits of legislation, GOP lawmakers don’t feel any real “pressure” to act.

      On a certain level, I can at least appreciate Cole’s candor – he’s effectively admitting that he and his Republican colleagues just don’t give a darn unless they feel “a great sense of pressure” – but that’s cold comfort to those facing personal economic crises.

      That said, the bill may not be completely dead just yet.

      Roll Call reported overnight that GOP leaders may be eyeing some kind of trade.

      House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions of Texas and other senior Republicans are pushing proposals to tie the extension of emergency unemployment insurance to jobs measures and the extension of some tax breaks in an attempt to bring the plan to the House floor.

      Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California said Tuesday there was no plan to deal this week with the five-month unemployment extension (HR 3979) that passed the Senate on Monday and that any potential action on a House GOP alternative likely would come after the two-week April recess.

      “I don’t think the Senate bill is one that can pass the House,” McCarthy said.

      The comments from senior Republicans were the strongest indication from GOP leadership, however, that the House may take up some form of an unemployment extension.

      This ties into what we discussed yesterday: Republicans might be willing to at least consider the bipartisan Senate bill on jobless aid, but only if they add some conservative goodies and tell Senate Dems to take it or leave it.

      Or put another way, we’re once again looking at a dynamic in which the House GOP has some demands they expect to be met before they allow governing to proceed.

      At this point, it’s not entirely clear what’s on the Republicans’ wish list or how offensive Democrats might perceive their demands.

      • CR says:

        April 10, 2014

        Statement by the Press Secretary on the House Republican Budget

        Today’s vote illustrates once again that the House Republicans’ view of the economy is a top-down approach that cuts taxes for millionaires and could raise taxes on middle class families with kids by an average of at least $2,000.

        If the budget the House Republicans voted for today was enacted and its deep cuts compared to what the President has proposed fell across the board, within a few years, more than 1.1 million people could lose access to job training and employment services, more than 600,000 students could lose Pell Grants that help pay for college, and approximately 170,000 children could lose access to early-childhood education. Critical investments in our roads and bridges and scientific research to cure diseases like Alzheimer’s also could see drastic cuts. And rather than expanding health coverage for all Americans and making it more affordable, the House Republican Budget would repeal the Affordable Care Act, raising health care costs on families and businesses and eliminating coverage for millions.

        The President believes we need to grow the economy from the middle-out, not the top down, and expand opportunity for all hardworking Americans. Rather than once again putting forward a top-down approach, House Republicans should join the President and Democrats in taking steps that would strengthen the economy and create opportunity, like raising the minimum wage, extending emergency unemployment insurance, advancing paycheck fairness, and passing bipartisan immigration reform.

  4. CR says:

    Mortgage applications fell last week as refinance down: MBA
    Reuters

    4/9/14 – 2 hours ago Luciana Lopez
    – Reuters

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Applications for U.S. home mortgages fell last week as refinancing slipped, an industry group said on Wednesday.

    The Mortgage Bankers Association said its seasonally adjusted index of mortgage application activity, which includes both refinancing and home purchase demand, fell 1.6 percent in the week ended April 4.

    The MBA’s seasonally adjusted index of refinancing applications fell 4.9 percent, while the gauge of loan requests for home purchases, a leading indicator of home sales, rose 2.7 percent.

    Fixed 30-year mortgage rates averaged 4.56 percent in the week, unchanged from the week before.

    The survey covers over 75 percent of U.S. retail residential mortgage applications, according to MBA.

  5. CR says:

    US wholesale stockpiles up 0.5 percent in February

    US stockpiles held by wholesalers rose 0.5 percent in February as sales increased 0.7 percent

    4/9/14 16 minutes ago By Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale businesses increased their stockpiles for an eighth consecutive month in February as their sales rose at the fastest clip since November, good signs for future economic growth.

    The Commerce Department says that wholesale businesses boosted stockpiles by 0.5 percent in February following an increase of 0.8 percent in January.

    Sales rose 0.7 percent in February, rebounding from a sharp 1.8 percent drop in January which had been blamed in part on severe weather during the month which cut into demand.

    The solid gain in sales should encourage businesses to keep restocking their shelves to meet rising demand. That will mean increased orders to factories and rising production which would boost economic growth.

    Many economists expect that the economy slowed in the January-March quarter but will rebound this quarter.

  6. CR says:

    3:00 PM ET
    President Obama speaks at a memorial service for the victims of the shooting at Fort Hood on April 2. Three service members died in the attack and 16 others were wounded. 
    Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas

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

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/video/?318771-1/fort-hood-memorial-service

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

    • CR says:

      April 09, 2014

      Remarks by the President at Fort Hood Memorial Service

      Fort Hood
      Killeen, Texas

      2:06 P.M. CDT

      THE PRESIDENT: In our lives — in our joys and in our sorrows — we’ve learned that there is “a time for every matter under heaven.” We laugh and we weep. We celebrate and we mourn. We serve in war and we pray for peace. But Scripture also teaches that, alongside the temporal, one thing is eternal. “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”

      Deputy Secretary Fox; General Dempsey; Secretary McHugh; Generals Odierno and Milley; and most of all, the families of the soldiers who have been taken from us; the wounded — those who have returned to duty and those still recovering; and the entire community of Fort Hood, this “Great Place”: It is love, tested by tragedy, that brings us together again.

      It was love for country that inspired these three Americans to put on the uniform and join the greatest Army that the world has ever known. Sergeant First Class Daniel Ferguson. Staff Sergeant Carlos Lazaney-Rodriguez. Sergeant Timothy Owens.

      And Danny and Carlos joined two decades ago, in a time of peace, and stayed as the nation went to war. Timothy joined after 9/11, knowing he could be sent into harm’s way. Between them, they deployed nine times. Each served in Iraq. Danny came home from Afghanistan just last year. They lived those shining values — loyalty, duty, honor — that keep us strong and free.

      It was love for the Army that made them the soldiers they were. For Danny, said his fiancée, being in the Army “was his life.” Carlos, said a friend, was “the epitome of what you would want a leader to be in the Army.” Timothy helped counsel his fellow soldiers. Said a friend, “He was always the person you could go talk to.”

      And it was love for their comrades, for all of you, that defined their last moments.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/09/remarks-president-fort-hood-memorial-service

    • CR says:

      Memorial Service at Fort Hood – April 9th 2014

      Published on Apr 9, 2014

  7. CR says:

    GOP WRONG WAY

    Senate Republicans again kill Paycheck Fairness Act

    4/09/14 01:06 PM – Steven Benen – maddowblog

    The third time was not the charm. Democratic efforts to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act failed to overcome Republican opposition in the 111th Congress and the 112th Congress, and as of this morning, it failed once again at the hands of a GOP filibuster.

    Senate Republicans filibustered a debate on a Democratic pay equity bill backed by President Barack Obama Wednesday.

    Sixty votes were needed to allow the bill to be debated on the Senate floor, but Republicans refused to allow the bill to come up for debate after complaining Democrats weren’t allowing votes on their amendments.

    The roll call from the vote is online here. Note that the final tally was 54 to 43 – six votes shy of the supermajority needed to end Republican obstructionism – but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) switched his vote for procedural reasons, leaving it at 53 to 44.

    The legislation received exactly zero Republican votes, as was the case with previous efforts to pass the bill.I

    In case anyone needs a refresher, the Paycheck Fairness Act is a perfectly credidble piece of legislation that would “enhance the remedies available for victims of gender-based discrimination and require employers to show that wage differences are job-related, not sex-based, and driven by business necessity. The measure would also protect employees from retaliation for sharing salary information, which is important for deterring and challenging discriminatory compensation.”

    As we’ve discussed, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was an important step forward when it comes to combating discrimination, but it was also narrowly focused to address a specific problem: giving victims of discrimination access to the courts for legal redress. The Paycheck Fairness Act is a broader measure.

    Republicans have responded that they endorse the idea of equal pay for equal work, but in recent years, much of the party remains opposed to policymakers’ efforts to do something about it. (This morning, some GOP senators also raised procedural objections about amendments.)

    As for the electoral considerations, aren’t GOP lawmakers worried about rejecting measures like these in an election year?

    Apparently not.

    Senate Republicans aren’t sweating a ramped-up push by Democrats and President Barack Obama for new pay equity legislation – pushing forward women Republicans to rebut charges they have a woman problem and doubting the issue will resonate with voters. […]

    Republicans argue that the Democrats’ bill – along with their so-called “Fair Shot” agenda for the year – is a political ploy that will not fool voters.

    I’m not sure who’s trying to fool whom in this model. Dems put together a bill; the bill is popular; and they’ve pushed it repeatedly for six years. That sounds less like a p.r. stunt and more like an effort to address a problem.

    As for the midterms, Republicans have struggled of late with the gender gap. At a minimum, today’s vote won’t help.

    • CR says:

      April 09, 2014

      Statement by the President

      Today, Senate Republicans overwhelmingly blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act – preventing it from even receiving an honest debate, let alone a simple yes-or-no vote. The Paycheck Fairness Act is commonsense legislation that would strengthen the 1963 Equal Pay Act and reinforce our country’s commitment to the principle of equal pay for equal work. Yesterday, I took two actions that will make it easier for working women to earn fair pay, and my Administration will continue to do everything we can to make sure that every hard-working American earns the respect and wages that they deserve on the job. But Republicans in Congress continue to oppose serious efforts to create jobs, grow the economy, and level the playing field for working families. That’s wrong, and it’s harmful for our national efforts to rebuild an economy that gives every American who works hard a fair shot to get ahead.

  8. CR says:

    April 09, 2014

    Readout of the Vice President’s Meetings on Workforce Development and Job-Driven Training

    As part of Vice President Biden’s ongoing work to improve America’s training programs, the Vice President hosted a conference call today with National Governors Association (NGA) leadership to discuss workforce development and job-driven training. The Vice President highlighted the importance of giving America’s workers opportunities to acquire skills they need to pursue in-demand jobs and careers. The Vice President also highlighted innovative efforts in states across the country that have proven successful, and encouraged the governors to expand on these efforts in their roles as state executives and leaders of the NGA. The Vice President was joined on today’s call by Governor Fallin of Oklahoma, Governor Hickenlooper of Colorado, Governor Beshear of Kentucky, and Governor Sandoval of Nevada.

    The Vice President also dropped by a meeting today at the White House with entrepreneurs and leaders from information technology companies to discuss the importance of ensuring that our training efforts teach skills that are in demand by employers. The Vice President encouraged the leaders to increase job-driven training by supporting efforts to promote partnerships with training organizations and community colleges; define common skills, credentials, and standards that workers need to get middle class jobs; and increase the number of apprenticeship programs.

    The Vice President’s meetings today are part of his ongoing work with private companies, non-profit organizations, federal agencies, education institutions, state and local leaders, and others across the country to make the workforce and training system more job-driven, integrated, and effective.

  9. CR says:

    6:00 PM ET
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle attend a DNC event
    Houston, Texas

  10. CR says:

    8:30 PM ET
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle attend a DCCC/DSCC event
    Houston, Texas

  11. CR says:

    WH

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:50 AM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle depart Houston, Texas
    George Bush Intercontinental Airport

    11:00 AM
    11:30 AM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle arrive in Austin, Texas
    Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

    12:00 PM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle review an exhibit
    LBJ Presidential Library, Austin, Texas

    12:50 PM
    President Obama delivers the keynote address at The Civil Rights Summit
    LBJ, Presidential Library, Austin, Texas

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    2:25 PM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle depart Austin, Texas
    Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    5:05 PM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle arrive at Joint Base Andrews

    5:20 PM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle arrive at the White House
    South Lawn

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

  12. CR says:

    http://propresobama.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/l_b_johnson_1973_stamp-e1397099235610.jpg?w=450

    Lyndon B. Johnson

    A Great Society” for the American people and their fellow men elsewhere was the vision of Lyndon B. Johnson. In his first years of office he obtained passage of one of the most extensive legislative programs in the Nation’s history. Maintaining collective security, he carried on the rapidly growing struggle to restrain Communist encroachment in Viet Nam.

    Johnson was born on August 27, 1908, in central Texas, not far from Johnson City, which his family had helped settle. He felt the pinch of rural poverty as he grew up, working his way through Southwest Texas State Teachers College (now known as Texas State University-San Marcos); he learned compassion for the poverty of others when he taught students of Mexican descent.

    In 1937 he campaigned successfully for the House of Representatives on a New Deal platform, effectively aided by his wife, the former Claudia “Lady Bird” Taylor, whom he had married in 1934.

    During World War II he served briefly in the Navy as a lieutenant commander, winning a Silver Star in the South Pacific. After six terms in the House, Johnson was elected to the Senate in 1948. In 1953, he became the youngest Minority Leader in Senate history, and the following year, when the Democrats won control, Majority Leader. With rare skill he obtained passage of a number of key Eisenhower measures.

    In the 1960 campaign, Johnson, as John F. Kennedy’s running mate, was elected Vice President. On November 22, 1963, when Kennedy was assassinated, Johnson was sworn in as President.

    First he obtained enactment of the measures President Kennedy had been urging at the time of his death–a new civil rights bill and a tax cut. Next he urged the Nation “to build a great society, a place where the meaning of man’s life matches the marvels of man’s labor.” In 1964, Johnson won the Presidency with 61 percent of the vote and had the widest popular margin in American history–more than 15,000,000 votes.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/lyndonbjohnson

    • CR says:

      LBJ did many a great things for civil rights. But he also did things that were terrible like escalate the Vietnam War.

  13. CR says:

    US soccer<br />

    April 10, 2014
    U.S. Women vs. China PR Women
    8 p.m. PT
    Qualcomm Stadium
    San Diego, Calif.

  14. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Good and HOPEful Wednesday night, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

    Looking forward to PBO speaking at the Civil Rights Summit on Thursday!

  15. Kat 4 Obama says:

  16. CR says:

    Jobless Claims in U.S. Drop to Lowest Level Since May 2007

    Apr 10, 2014 5:41 AM PT By Victoria Stilwell – bloomberg

    The fewest number of Americans since before the last recession filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, pointing to more progress in the labor market.

    Jobless claims decreased by 32,000 to 300,000 in the week ended April 5, the lowest since May 2007, a Labor Department report showed today in Washington. The figure was lower than the most optimistic forecast in a Bloomberg survey of 52 economists. The median estimate called for 320,000 claims.

    Fewer dismissals will help pave the way for a pickup in hiring as demand recovers from harsh winter weather, providing a bigger boost to the economy. Federal Reserve policy makers are monitoring progress in the labor market as they continue to scale back their bond-buying program based on an improving economic outlook.

    “Claims are back to a level consistent with normal labor turnover,” Yelena Shulyatyeva, a U.S. economist at BNP Paribas in New York, said before the report. “It’s the hiring that hasn’t picked up much.”

    Economists’ estimates in the Bloomberg survey ranged from 310,000 to 330,000. The prior week’s claims were revised up to 332,000 from an initial reading of 326,000.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-10/jobless-claims-in-u-s-decline-to-lowest-level-since-may-2007.html

  17. CR says:

    12:50 PM ET
    President Obama delivers the keynote address at The Civil Rights Summit
    LBJ, Presidential Library, Austin, Texas

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

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/video/?318815-1/civil-rights-act-50th-anniversary

    LJB Presidential Library http://www.civilrightssummit.org

    • CR says:

      April 10, 2014

      Remarks by the President at LBJ Presidential Library Civil Rights Summit

      Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library
      Austin, Texas

      12:16 P.M. CDT

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

      What a singular honor it is for me to be here today. I want to thank, first and foremost, the Johnson family for giving us this opportunity and the graciousness with which Michelle and I have been received.

      We came down a little bit late because we were upstairs looking at some of the exhibits and some of the private offices that were used by President Johnson and Mrs. Johnson. And Michelle was in particular interested to — of a recording in which Lady Bird is critiquing President Johnson’s performance. (Laughter.) And she said, come, come, you need to listen to this. (Laughter.) And she pressed the button and nodded her head. Some things do not change — (laughter) — even 50 years later.

      To all the members of Congress, the warriors for justice, the elected officials and community leaders who are here today — I want to thank you.

      Four days into his sudden presidency — and the night before he would address a joint session of the Congress in which he once served — Lyndon Johnson sat around a table with his closest advisors, preparing his remarks to a shattered and grieving nation.

      He wanted to call on senators and representatives to pass a civil rights bill — the most sweeping since Reconstruction. And most of his staff counseled him against it. They said it was hopeless; that it would anger powerful Southern Democrats and committee chairmen; that it risked derailing the rest of his domestic agenda. And one particularly bold aide said he did not believe a President should spend his time and power on lost causes, however worthy they might be. To which, it is said, President Johnson replied, “Well, what the hell’s the presidency for?” (Laughter and applause.) What the hell’s the presidency for if not to fight for causes you believe in?

      Today, as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, we honor the men and women who made it possible. Some of them are here today. We celebrate giants like John Lewis and Andrew Young and Julian Bond. We recall the countless unheralded Americans, black and white, students and scholars, preachers and housekeepers — whose names are etched not on monuments, but in the hearts of their loved ones, and in the fabric of the country they helped to change.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/10/remarks-president-lbj-presidential-library-civil-rights-summit

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    April 10, 2014

    Statement by the President

    Today, the Minnesota Legislature took action to increase the state minimum wage, giving more hardworking Minnesotans the raise they deserve. With this important step, Minnesota joins a growing coalition of states, cities, counties and businesses that have taken action to do the right thing for their workers and their citizens. I commend the state legislature for raising their minimum wage and we look forward to Governor Dayton signing the bill into law soon. I urge Congress to follow Minnesota’s lead, raise the federal minimum wage, and lift wages for 28 million Americans. Congress should listen to the majority of Americans who say it’s time to give America a raise and help ensure that no American who works full time has to raise a family in poverty.

  19. CR says:

    Obama Meets With Wendy Davis In Texas

    APRIL 10, 2014, 3:47 PM EDTJOSH LEDERMAN – tpm

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — President Barack Obama has met with Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor.

    The White House says Obama visited briefly with Davis on Thursday at the LBJ Presidential Library in the state capital of Austin. That’s where Obama delivered a speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

    The White House isn’t saying what Obama or Davis discussed.

    Davis emerged as a national political figure last summer when she filibustered an abortion bill in the state legislature. She’s the first female gubernatorial candidate in Texas since 1994 and has buoyed Democratic hopes despite the state’s conservative leanings.

    Davis is set to face Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee, in the fall election.

  20. CR says:

    April 10, 2014

    Readout of President Obama’s Call With Franklin Regional Senior High School Principal Ron Suvak

    This afternoon aboard Air Force One, the President called Franklin Regional Senior High School Principal Ron Suvak to express his deepest sympathies for the senseless act that took place on campus yesterday. The President also expressed his gratitude for Mr. Suvak’s leadership as well as the heroic actions by students, faculty and staff as they responded to yesterday’s attack and provided critical aid and support to the victims. The President pledged the full support from the federal government, including resources from the FBI. The President asked Principal Suvak to inform him and his team of any resources that could be provided and told him not to hesitate to reach out to help the community heal after this devastating incident.

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