World Teachers’ Day 2010

World Teachers’ Day, held annually on October 5th since 1994, commemorates teachers’ organizations worldwide. Its aim is to mobilise support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers.

According to UNESCO, World Teachers’ Day represents a significant token of the awareness, understanding and appreciation displayed for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development.

Education International (EI) (the global union federation that represents education professionals worldwide) strongly believes that World Teachers’ Day should be internationally recognized and celebrated around the world. EI also believes that the principles of the 1966 and 1997 Recommendations should be considered for implementation in all nations.

Over 100 countries observe World Teachers’ Day. The efforts of Education International and its 401 member organisations have contributed to this widely spread recognition. Every year, EI launches a public awareness campaign to highlight the contributions of the teaching profession.


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  1. WH

    Tuesday Oct. 5, 2010
    All Times Eastern

    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:45 AM

    Pres Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.
    10:00 AM
    10:15 AM

    Pres Obama receives the economic daily briefing.
    10:30 AM

    VP Biden gives a speech at a rally for gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton.
    10:45 AM

    Pres Obama meets with senior advisers.
    11:00 AM
    11:30 AM

    Pres Obama signs the Gold Medal Bill.
    12:00 PM
    12:15 PM

    Pres Obama delivers remarks at the Community College Summit with Dr. Jill Biden.

    VP Biden attends an event for Mark Dayton.
    1:00 PM
    1:30 PM

    R Gibbs briefs members of the press.
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    4:30 PM

    Pres Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host the Diplomatic Corps Reception.
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    7:50 PM

    Pres Obama speaks to the 2010 Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit.
    8:00 PM

  2. January 04, 2010

    President Obama to Honor Teachers and Mentors, Announce Key Partnerships in “Educate to Innovate” Campaign

    WASHINGTON – On Wednesday January 6, at his second “Educate to Innovate” Campaign event for excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) education, President Obama will honor educators from across the country for awards received for excellence in mathematics and science teaching and mentoring. The President will also announce key new partnerships in his campaign to help reach the Administration’s goal of moving American students from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math achievement over the next decade. In November, President Obama announced a series of high-powered partnerships involving leading companies, foundations, non-profit organizations, and science and engineering societies dedicated to motivating and inspiring young people across America to excel in science and math. For more information on the President’s Educate to Innovate Campaign, CLICK HERE.

    The event will be webcast at and is open press. Interested reporters who are in Washington and who do not have a White House hard pass should email with their full name, date of birth, Social Security number, and country of citizenship by 4 p.m. Tuesday January 5. Reporters will not receive a confirmation of clearance, but we will contact you if additional information is needed.

    Reporters should enter through the Northwest Gate (on Penn at Jackson Pl) and be prepared to show ID and go through security. The gather location will be the Palm Room doors. (Pre-Set 12:30 p.m., Final Gather 1:00 p.m.). Note that reporters who arrive after the final gather time will not be able to attend the event.

    For the entire article:

  3. January 06, 2010

    President Obama Expands “Educate to Innovate” Campaign for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education

    Public-private investments of more than $250 million will help prepare over 10,000 new math and science teachers and train over 100,000 existing teachers

    Today at the White House, as part of his “Educate to Innovate” campaign to lift American students to the top of the pack in science and math achievement over the next decade, President Obama will announce several new and innovative partnerships involving major companies, universities, foundations, non-profit organizations and government agencies designed to attract, develop, reward and retain outstanding educators in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). These partnerships will build upon initiatives already announced by the President in November at the launch of the “Educate to Innovate” campaign to motivate and inspire students to excel in STEM subjects.

    Also today, the President will honor more than 100 outstanding math and science educators—the latest winners of Presidential awards for excellence in STEM teaching and mentoring.

    The President will announce:

    * Five new public-private partnerships that will use proven models to prepare more than 10,000 new math and science teachers over the next five years and will support the professional development of more than 100,000 current teachers in STEM fields. These partnerships – Intel’s Science and Math Teachers Initiative, Expansion of the National Math and Science Initiative’s UTeach Program, a Commitment of Public University Presidents to Train 10,000 Math and Science Teachers Annually by 2015, the PBS Innovative Educators Challenge and Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships in Math and Science – represent a combined commitment of more than $250 million in financial and in-kind support, adding to the more than $260 million in support announced in November at the launch of the “Educate to Innovate” campaign.
    * Building on the President’s call to action to all scientists and engineers last May, a challenge to the 200,000 scientists and engineers working for the federal government to engage in high-impact volunteering alongside STEM educators. As part of this Presidential challenge, NASA will organize a multi-year “Summer of Innovation” enrichment program in which NASA scientists and engineers will work with thousands of teachers and students to work on cutting-edge STEM learning opportunities.

    “The quality of math and science teachers is the most important single factor influencing whether students will succeed or fail in science, technology, engineering and math,” President Obama said. “Passionate educators with issue expertise can make all the difference, enabling hands-on learning that truly engages students—including girls and underrepresented minorities—and preparing them to tackle the grand challenges of the 21st century such as increasing energy independence, improving people’s health, protecting the environment, and strengthening national security.”

    For the entire article:

  4. January 19, 2010

    President Obama to Announce Plans for “Race to the Top” Expansion

    As first deadline approaches for Challenge applications, President announces $1.35 billion in 2011 budget committed to reforming and strengthening America’s public schools

    WASHINGTON, DC — President Obama will visit Graham Road Elementary tomorrow in Fairfax County where he will announce his plans to continue the Race to the Top challenge, requesting $1.35 billion for the program in his FY 2011 budget.

    As the first deadline approaches for states to apply for the challenge, the President’s plan will support further incentives for states to revise, strengthen and implement their plans for education reform in order to qualify for an award under the program. This plan will also invigorate district-level reform by expanding the Race to the Top beyond just states but to school districts ready to embark on system-wide improvement of their educations policies and practices.

    The continuation of the Race to the Top, which is one of the largest investments in education reform in history, is just one part of a larger education reform agenda that the Administration will unveil in the coming weeks, including continuation of the Race to the Top’s companion program, the Invest in Innovation Fund.

    “We want to challenge everyone — parents, teachers, school administrators — to raise standards, by having the best teachers and principals, by tying student achievement to assessments of teachers, by making sure that there’s a focus on low-performing schools, by making sure our students are prepared for success in a competitive 21st century economy and workplace,” said President Obama.

    “This competition has generated an overwhelming response from over 30 states in just the first round of funding. By continuing, we have an opportunity to create incentives for far-reaching improvement in our nation’s schools,” said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

    For the entire article:

  5. February 22, 2010

    President Obama Calls for New Steps to Prepare America’s Children for Success in College and Careers

    Obama Administration Applauds Governors for Bipartisan Work to Develop Higher Standards in Education

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today at a meeting with our nation’s governors, President Obama outlined new steps to better prepare America’s children for college and the workplace. The President is calling for a redesigned Elementary and Secondary Education Act that includes a comprehensive, new vision to help states successfully transition to and implement college- and career-ready standards by improving teacher preparation and development, upgrading classroom instruction, and supporting high-quality assessments.

    “America’s prosperity has always rested on how well we educate our children – but never more so than today,” said President Barack Obama. “This is true for our workers, when a college graduate earns over 60 percent more in a lifetime than a high school graduate. This is true for our businesses, when according to one study; six in ten say they simply can’t find qualified people to fill open positions.”

    Last year, the President challenged states to develop standards and assessments that will help America’s children rise to the challenge of graduating from high school prepared for college and the workplace.

    Today, the Obama Administration announced new efforts to promote college- and career-ready standards in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The President and Secretary Duncan applauded Governors for their efforts to work together in a state-led consortium – managed by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) – to develop and implement common reading and math standards that build toward college- and career-readiness.

    “With many states well positioned to adopt these common standards that better position our students for college and careers, the Governors initiative is an essential first step in improving the rigor of teaching and learning in America’s classrooms,” said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

    For the entire article:

  6. March 01, 2010

    President Obama Announces Steps to Reduce Dropout Rate and Prepare Students for College and Careers

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Barack Obama highlighted steps his Administration will take to combat the dropout crisis and invest in strategies to ensure students graduate prepared for college and careers.

    President Obama challenged states to identify high schools with graduation rates below 60% and discussed the Administration’s investments to help them turn those schools around. The Obama Administration has committed $3.5 billion to fund transformational changes in America’s persistently low-performing schools. Additionally, the President’s FY 2011 budget includes $900 million to support School Turnaround Grants. President Obama also emphasized the importance of investing in dropout prevention and recovery strategies to help make learning more engaging and relevant for students, and announced new efforts to invest $100 million in a College Pathways program to promote a college readiness culture in high schools, through programs that allow students to earn a high school diploma and college credit at the same time.

    “This is a problem we can’t afford to accept or ignore,” President Obama said. “The stakes are too high – for our children, for our economy, for our country. It’s time for all of us to come together – parents and students, principals and teachers, business leaders and elected officials – to end America’s dropout crisis.”

    President Obama spoke at the America’s Promise Alliance GradNation event hosted by Alliance Founding Chairman General Colin Powell and his wife and Alliance Chair Alma Powell. America’s Promise Alliance is the nation’s largest partnership organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth.

    For the entire article:

  7. Remarks of President Barack Obama
    As Prepared for Delivery
    Weekly Address

    March 13, 2010

    Lost in the news of the week was a headline that ought to be a source of concern for every American. It said, “Many Nations Passing U.S. in Education.” Now, debates in Washington tend to be consumed with the politics of the moment: who’s up in the daily polls; whose party stands to gain in November. But what matters to you – what matters to our country – is not what happens in the next election, but what we do to lift up the next generation. And the fact is, there are few issues that speak more directly to our long term success as a nation than issues concerning the education we provide to our children.

    Our prosperity in the 20th century was fueled by an education system that helped grow the middle class and unleash the talents of our people more fully and widely than at any time in our history. We built schools and focused on the teaching of math and science. We helped a generation of veterans go to college through the GI Bill. We led the globe in producing college graduates, and in turn we led in producing ground-breaking technologies and scientific discoveries that lifted living standards and set us apart as the world’s engine of innovation.

    Of course, other nations recognize this, and are looking to gain an edge in the global marketplace by investing in better schools, supporting teachers, and committing to clear standards that will produce graduates with more skills. Our competitors understand that the nation that out-educates us today will out-compete us tomorrow. Yet, too often we have failed to make inroads in reforming and strengthening our public education system – the debate mired in worn arguments hurled across entrenched divides.

    As a result, over the last few decades, we’ve lost ground. One assessment shows American fifteen year olds no longer even near the top in math and science when compared to their peers around the world. As referenced in the news report I mentioned, we’ve now fallen behind most wealthy countries in our high school graduation rates. And while we once led the world in the proportion of college graduates we produced, today we no longer do.

    Not only does that risk our leadership as a nation, it consigns millions of Americans to a lesser future. For we know that the level of education a person attains is increasingly a prerequisite for success and a predictor of the income that person will earn throughout his or her life. Beyond the economic statistics is a less tangible but no less painful reality: unless we take action – unless we step up – there are countless children who will never realize their full talent and potential.

    I don’t accept that future for them. And I don’t accept that future for the United States of America. That’s why we’re engaged in a historic effort to redeem and improve our public schools: to raise the expectations for our students and for ourselves, to recognize and reward excellence, to improve performance in troubled schools, and to give our kids and our country the best chance to succeed in a changing world.

    For the entire article:

  8. April 29, 2010

    Remarks by the President in the Rose Garden

    1:54 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. Hello, everybody. Please have a seat. Welcome to the White House. Welcome to the Rose Garden. This is an extraordinary occasion, a beautiful day — appropriately so. So I hate to intrude on it, but before we begin I do want to speak briefly to the American people about the recent BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

    I’ve been receiving frequent briefings from members of my Cabinet and White House staff, including an update last night on the additional breach and another update this morning. And while BP is ultimately responsible for funding the cost of response and cleanup operations, my administration will continue to use every single available resource at our disposal, including potentially the Department of Defense, to address the incident.

    Earlier today, DHS Secretary Napolitano announced that this incident is of national significance and the Department of Interior has announced that they will be sending SWAT teams to the Gulf to inspect all platforms and rigs. And I have ordered the Secretaries of Interior and Homeland Security as well as Administrator Lisa Jackson of the Environmental Protection Agency to visit the site on Friday to ensure that BP and the entire U.S. government is doing everything possible, not just to respond to this incident, but also to determine its cause. And I’ve been in contact with all the governors of the states that may be affected by this accident.

    Now, earlier this week, Secretaries Napolitano and Salazar laid out the next steps for a thorough investigation into what precipitated this event. I am sure there may be a few science teachers here who have been following this issue closely with their classes, and if you guys have any suggestions, please let us know. (Laughter.)

    That’s the real reason why all of you are here, because you are great teachers, engaging your students in the world around you. So I want to start by congratulating all of you for your extraordinary achievement. We could not be prouder. And I had occasion to meet each and every one individually — you could not ask for a better bunch. And it made me want to go back to school. (Laughter.) Maybe not take the exams, but — (laughter) — but you could just tell these are people who love their work.

    For the entire article:

  9. June 07, 2010

    Presidential Math and Science Teachers Award Release

    WASHINGTON, DC — President Obama today named 103 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The educators will receive their awards in Washington, D.C. later this year.

    The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to the best pre-college-level science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year the award alternates between mathematics and science teachers teaching Kindergarten through 6th grade, and those teaching 7th through 12th grades. This year it goes to teachers teaching 7th through 12th grades.

    Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also receive an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for an awards ceremony and several days of educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and science agency leaders.

    Last spring at the National Academy of Sciences, President Obama called on all Americans to join the effort to elevate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education as a national priority. The President’s public-private “Educate to Innovate” initiative, which was launched last fall, has attracted more than $500 million in donations and in-kind support from corporations, philanthropies, service organizations, and others to help inspire students to pursue studies and careers in math and science. Last month, Cabinet officials and others in the Federal government answered the President’s call to action by volunteering in local classrooms as part of National Lab Day, a nationwide initiative to build local communities of support for teachers and students studying mathematics and science.

    “Science and technology have long been at the core of America’s strength and competitiveness, and the scientists and engineers who have led America on its remarkable path to success share something very precious: science and math teachers who brought these critical subjects to life,” said President Obama. “Today we honor some of the best of these teachers and thank them for their dedication. They are inspirations not just to their students, but to the Nation and the world.”

    For the entire article:

  10. August 10, 2010

    Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 1586

    On Tuesday, August 10, 2010, the President signed into law:

    H.R. 1586, which appropriates funds for education jobs; extends and modifies certain increased Federal medical assistance for States; accelerates the sunset of certain temporary increases in food assistance benefits; limits the use of foreign tax credits by U.S. corporations with foreign operations; and rescinds appropriated funds for several Federal programs.

    • Obama signs emergency bill to halt teacher layoffs

      8/10/10 JIM ABRAMS – AP

      WASHINGTON – Summoned back from summer break, the House on Tuesday pushed through an emergency $26 billion jobs bill that Democrats said would save 300,000 teachers, police and others from election-year layoffs. President Barack Obama immediately signed it into law.

      Lawmakers streamed back to Washington for a one-day session as Democrats declared a need to act before children return to classrooms minus teachers laid off because of budgetary crises in states that have been hard-hit by the recession.

      Republicans saw it differently, calling the bill a giveaway to teachers’ unions and an example of wasteful Washington spending that voters will punish the Democrats for in this fall’s elections. The legislation was approved mainly along party lines by a vote of 247-161.

      The aid for the states is to be paid for mostly by closing a tax loophole used by multinational corporations and by reducing food stamp benefits for the poor.

      Obama, joined by teachers at a Rose Garden ceremony earlier in the day, said, “We can’t stand by and do nothing while pink slips are given to the men and women who educate our children or keep our communities safe.”

      The Senate narrowly passed the measure last Thursday, after the House had begun its August break.

      The legislation provides $10 billion to school districts to rehire laid-off teachers or to ensure that more teachers won’t be let go before the new school year begins. The Education Department estimates that could save 160,000 jobs.

      Education Secretary Arne Duncan said his department would streamline the application process to get the money to local school districts quickly. He said three-fourths of the nation’s districts have said they would be opening the school year with fewer teachers and “we wanted to avert a crisis for this year.”

      An additional $16 billion would extend for six months increased Medicaid payments to the states. That would free money for states to meet other budget priorities, including keeping more than 150,000 police officers and other public workers on the payroll.

      For the entire article:

  11. September 27, 2010

    President Obama Announces Goal of Recruiting 10,000 STEM Teachers Over the Next Two Years
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Barack Obama announced a new goal of recruiting 10,000 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) teachers over the next two years. This announcement will move the country forward on the Obama Administration’s ambitious goal of preparing 100,000 STEM teachers over the next decade.

    Statement by President Obama: “When I came into office, I set a goal of moving our nation from the middle to the top of the pack in math and science education. Strengthening STEM education is vital to preparing our students to compete in the 21st century economy and we need to recruit and train math and science teachers to support our nation’s students.”

    As America’s students lag in math and science when compared to peers around the world, President Obama has made improving STEM education one of his top priorities. President Obama has identified three overarching priorities for STEM education, necessary for laying a new foundation for America’s future prosperity:

    * Increasing STEM literacy so all students can think critically in science, math, engineering and technology;
    * Improving the quality of math and science teaching so American students are no longer outperformed by those in other nations;
    * And expanding STEM education and career opportunities for underrepresented groups, including women and minorities.

  12., Oct. 4, 2010:


    TORONTO, Oct 4 /CNW/ – Ontario Teachers’ Federation President Rian McLaughlin issued this statement on the eve of World Teachers’ Day:

    Ontario’s 160,000 teachers in our publicly funded schools are honoured to be joining their 55 million colleagues across the globe recognizing World Teachers’ Day.

    World Teachers’ Day, held annually on October 5 since 1994, commemorates the anniversary of the signing in 1966 of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. It is an occasion to celebrate the essential role of teachers in providing quality education at all levels. Its aim is to mobilize support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers.

    The UNESCO theme for this year, Recovery Begins With Teachers is one that encapsulates what we know about returning to normal after a disaster of any kind—the first step is to get schools open again. In Canada we are supporting that theme with a national statement—Canadian Teachers – doing it right.

    Whenever or wherever there is human tragedy—the hurricane in Haiti, the floods in Pakistan, or the persecution of teachers anywhere—Ontario’s teachers are always at the front of the line to offer their expertise and to open their cheque books.

    As the President of OTF, I want to take time to congratulate and thank Ontario’s teachers for striving to ‘do it right’ on a daily basis for all of their students. At a time when our colleagues in the United States are under attack from so many, we should take a moment to celebrate our profession, our schools and ourselves. We have much to be proud of in education in Ontario and we have much to share with our colleagues.

    The Ontario Teachers’ Federation is the advocate for the teaching profession in Ontario and for its 160,000 teachers. OTF members are full-time, part-time and occasional teachers in all the publicly funded schools in the province—elementary, secondary, public, Catholic and francophone.

  13., Oct. 4, 2010:

    Tuesday October 5 – World Teachers Day

    Teachers in Cameroon Tuesday October 5, 2010 join the rest of their peers worldwide to celebrate the 17th edition of the World Teachers Day.

    Placed under the theme, “Nation building passes through teachers”, the day serves as an opportunity to pay homage to teachers who toil, sometimes under not-so-comfortable conditions, to build the capacities of human resources for the socio-economic development of the country.

    Commemorative activities in Yaounde that began last September 29 with educative talks at the Lycée Général Leclerc will round off this Tuesday at the Wada multi-purpose sports complex.

  14., Oct. 3, 2010:

    Minister Carty calls for strategic partnership and investment in teachers

    BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, OCTOBER 3RD 2010 (CUOPM) – Violence in the schools and wider community cannot be effectively reduced without a strategic partnership and investment in teachers.

    So says St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Education Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty in an address to officially declare open Teachers Week.

    “Firstly, teachers play a pivotal role in shaping children’s lives and for their own critical contribution to the social, economic and intellectual development of the nation. Teachers are recognized as being agents of change. Secondly, the quality of teacher training is seen as critically important. Well-trained teachers are better equipped to promote, in students, values of citizenship, peace and intercultural dialogue,” said Mr. Carty in a radio and television broadcast.

    Pointing to his Ministry’s efforts to address school violence, Minister Carty said considerable amount of resources has been invested in the orientation and sensitisation of teachers in areas such as, Anger Management, Conflict Resolution, and Behaviour Modification.

    “There is research evidence that suggests that in school jurisdictions where teachers are trained in these areas, school violence is substantially reduced,” said Mr. Carty.

    Teachers’ Week, organized by the St. Kitts Teachers Union is celebrated under the theme, “Building Strategic Partnerships: Investing in Teachers Now.”

    “The significance and urgency of the chosen theme become evident when we recall that teachers in St. Kitts and Nevis, as indeed teachers everywhere in the world, have in their hands the exciting challenge and the onerous responsibility of preparing today’s children to be tomorrow’s leaders and, very critically, tomorrow’s teachers. But the challenge and responsibility are not for teachers alone. It is for parents, law enforcement, civil society, political leadership, the church, and our children to work in close collaborative effort to achieve these laudable and vital objectives,” said the education Minister, who further noted that World Teachers’ Day will be celebrated on Tuesday October 5th, under the theme, “Recovery Begins with Teachers.”

    “Not only does this theme bear out the essential need for continued investment in our teachers, moreover, it instructs us that teachers are, and must be, at the forefront of any campaign and effort directed towards positive social change,” Mr. Carty said….

    “There are many children, parents and schools that need help! We must join forces, in effect, build strategic partnerships, with our teachers if we are to be successful in meeting the challenges and providing the support that our children need in order to become well-adapted and highly productive citizens,” said Mr. Carty.

  15. unesco | October 01, 2010 –

    World Teachers’ Day 2010 – “Recovery Begins with Teachers”

  16. unesco | October 01, 2010 –

    World Teachers’ Day: “Recovery begins with teachers”

    Video interview: Georges Haddad, Director, Division of Higher Education, UNESCO.

  17. White House Blog, Oct. 4, 2010:

    Helping More Women-Owned Small Businesses Compete for Federal Contracts

    Posted by Karen Mills, Administrator of the Small Business Administration

    Today, at the White House Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference, I announced the official roll-out of an important new tool for women-owned small businesses. It’s called the Women’s Contracting Rule and it will help put more federal contracts in their hands.

    These contracts will help women take their business to the next level and create the jobs we need.

    Here’s the situation. Even though women lead some of the strongest and most innovative small firms, and women-owned firms are among the fastest growing sectors of our economy, they continue to be underrepresented in the federal contracting marketplace.

    That’s why – back in 2000 – Congress passed a law authorizing the SBA to set up a program to help ensure that at least 5 percent of contracts from federal agencies go to small women-owned firms. When President Obama took office, a Women’s Contracting Rule still hadn’t been implemented, so we made it a top priority and got to work. We analyzed the contracting marketplace for women-owned firms, and we gathered input from more than 1,000 women’s business groups and women business leaders. With their help, we moved forward.

    The final rule we announced today is focused on 83 industries in which we know there are too few contracting dollars and/or too few contracts going to small women-owned firms. After the rule is published in the Federal Register today, we’ll be working closely with the federal agencies to give them the systems and the training they need to set-aside more contracts for small, women-owned firms. We expect for the program to be operational in about 4 months. That means by early 2011, a new women’s small business contracting program will be up and running.

    More importantly, this means that millions of small firms owned by women across the U.S. will have more opportunities to compete for and win federal contracts, grow their businesses, and create more good American jobs. That’s good news for women-owned firms, and that’s good news for our economy.

  18. whitehouse | October 04, 2010 –

    White House Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference: Opening Session

    Business owners, community leaders, Administration officials, academics and lenders discuss the critical challenges, opportunities and solutions to further success in business for women.

    • whitehouse | October 04, 2010 –

      White House Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference: Closing Session

      Business owners, community leaders, Administration officials, academics and lenders discuss the critical challenges, opportunities and solutions to further success in business for women.

  19. cccwhitehouse | October 04, 2010 –

    Thoughts on Dr. Jill Biden’s first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges (#6 in a series).

    President Obama asked Dr. Biden to convene this event to highlight the critical role that community colleges play in developing America’s workforce and reaching our educational goals. The summit is an opportunity to bring together community colleges, business, philanthropy, federal and state policy leaders, and students to discuss how community colleges can help meet the job training and education needs of the nation’s evolving workforce, as well as the critical role these institutions play in achieving the President’s goal to lead the world with the highest proportion of college graduates by 2020.

  20., Oct. 5, 2010:

    Our view: Erie can learn from White House community college summit

    When Jill Biden, a community college English teacher, convenes the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges today, it would be nice if Erie had a seat at the table.

    But because of the marvels of technology, you don’t have to travel to Washington, D.C., to follow the summit. The conference will be streamed live today, starting at 12:15 p.m., at

    The conference is an ideal forum to learn about why community colleges are being touted as a way to improve our country’s competitiveness, and what needs to be done to make them more effective.

    A promotional video for the conference features such national figures as Ray LaHood, U.S. Secretary of Transportation; Bill Green, chief executive of Accenture, a giant consulting firm; and Jim Lehrer, host of the PBS “NewsHour” program. All three men started their educations at community colleges. Current college students also talk about the open-door policies that are key to community colleges. “It gives an education to everyone,” says one young woman.

    Community colleges have also drawn the attention of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has donated $110 million to a community college initiative. The foundation is pouring millions into this project because community colleges serve a vital need in preparing Americans for the workplace. But the foundation also knows community colleges face special challenges because so many students need remedial help.

    When Bill Gates spoke to the American Association of Community Colleges in April, he explained the goal of the Gates’ large pledge. “Community colleges led the way on college access, now they must lead the way on college completion,” Gates said. “Research shows that improving remediation is the single most important thing community colleges can do to increase the number of students who graduate with a certificate or a degree.”

    One community college opponent waves around the Gates Foundation statistics as evidence that community colleges are a failed experiment. There are legitimate concerns about colleges with low graduation rates, but the Gates Foundation believes that such colleges can be reformed (and that middle schools and high schools can do a better job of preparing students for college). The foundation wants to identify innovative and successful strategies at community colleges.

    Don’t assume all community colleges have low graduation rates. In August, Washington Monthly ranked the top 50 community colleges in the U.S. Many of the colleges on that list boast graduation rates on a par with the best four-year colleges.

    Thanks to the Gates Foundation and the ideas that the White House Summit will generate, Erie will have best-practice models to emulate for our community college.

  21., Oct. 5, 2010:

    Santa Fe sends video to White House

    By Harriet Daniels, Staff Writer

    Santa Fe College answered the call from the White House to send in a video featuring current and former students as part of today’s White House Summit on Community Colleges.

    The video, just under two minutes long, showcases students talking about the role the community college has played in furthering their education by providing such things as small class sizes and specific degree programs to aid in their career track.

    SFC’s participation in the summit was a quick turnaround, said Marilyn Tubb, associate vice president of college relations, who coordinated the effort with a one-week lead time.

    “We hope it highlights the things we’ve been discussing at Santa Fe and bring national attention to community colleges,” Tubb said.

    Tubb said Eugene Jones, director of Information Technology Education for SFC, submitted several ideas to the summit on behalf of SFC. The ideas: provide federal funding to install high speed wireless to all community colleges; forgive financial aid debt for students who teach three years at a community college; and increase Perkins funding to community colleges in order to sustain and grow workforce programs.

    Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden and who teaches English at Northern Virginia Community College, is convening the first-ever summit on community colleges to discuss how the institutions can ensure that the nation be the global leader of educated work forces.

    Jill Biden will be joined by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Melinda Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, along with Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padron.

    Santa Fe President Jackson Sasser, along with other SFC administrators and faculty, will view the opening session of the summit via a live video stream.

    Sasser said President Barack Obama is the first president to acknowledge the pivotal role community colleges played in building a robust economy following World War II.

    “The prosperity he anticipates will come from this truly American entity in higher education — community colleges,” Sasser said.

    Sasser said SFC and Gainesville are the model for the president’s vision in moving toward an entrepreneurial economy.

    “The president is again calling on those same colleges — 1,200 in the country — to once again retool through training and education and retrain the workforce,” he said. “He’s also prodding community colleges to send more students on to obtain a bachelor’s degree; that’s why we have UF degrees at Santa Fe and are offering bachelors degrees in specific areas like health management and early childhood education and advanced biotechnology technician.”….

    SantaFeCollege | September 29, 2010 –

    Santa Fe College, Gainesville, Florida

    Santa Fe College was established by the state government in 1965 to offer wide access to quality higher education. Florida’s legislature, governor and Department of Education were responding to a request from the Alachua and Bradford county Boards of Public Instruction, which had canvassed the area to find that the community would be well served if all citizens had more opportunities for an education and better life.

  22. whitehouse | October 04, 2010 –

    President Obama Meets with Economic Recovery Advisory Board

    President Obama meets with the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board (PERAB), chaired by Paul Volcker, at the White House.

    • Office of the Press Secretary, October 04, 2010:

      Remarks by the President at a Meeting of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board

      THE PRESIDENT: Have a seat, everybody. Good afternoon. Before we begin today’s meeting of my economic advisory board, I wanted to say a few words about one of the topics that we’ll be discussing, and something that’s one of our most important economic issues of our time: the skills and education of our workforce, because every business leader in this room knows that the single most important predictor of America’s success in the 21st century is how well our workers can compete with workers all around the world.

      All of our education institutions — from our pre-schools to our universities — have a critical role to play here. But one of our most undervalued assets as a nation is our network of community colleges. These colleges don’t just serve as a gateway to good jobs for millions of middle-class Americans; community colleges also serve as a pool of talent from which businesses can draw trained, skilled workers. Unfortunately, because of the burden the recession has placed on state and local budgets, community colleges have been forced to cap enrollments and scrap courses. And even in the best of times, they receive far less funding than four-year colleges and universities.

      Not only is that not right — I think it’s not smart…. We need to be doing more, not less, to equip our workers with the skills and training they need in the 21st century. It’s an economic imperative.

      And so I’ve said that by the year 2020, I want to see an additional 5 million community college degrees and certificates in America. To reach this goal, we’re making an unprecedented investment in our community colleges — upgrading them, modernizing them, and challenging these schools to pursue innovative, research-oriented approaches to educating. And I’ve asked Dr. Jill Biden, a community college educator for more than 17 years who’s with us here today, to help promote community colleges around the country and lead the first ever White House Summit on Community Colleges, which will be taking place tomorrow. And I’ve asked this economic advisory board to reach out to employers across the country and come up with new ways for businesses, community colleges, and other job-training providers to work together.

      The result of their effort is an initiative called Skills for America’s Future, which we’ll be talking about today….

      The idea here is simple: We want to make it easier to connect students looking for jobs with businesses looking to hire….

      • Dr. Jill Biden discusses her favorite high school teacher.

        From: TEACHGOV | Sep 15, 2010

        Dr. Jill Biden discusses her favorite high school teacher.

  23. Good Morning O’Team

    Today is another opportunity to convince or remind someone, somewhere to vote in this years election.

    Please join in lighting a candle for the President, his family, the nation and the Democratic electorate that they vote in this years election in record numbers.

    Have a great Productive O’Day

  24. BREAKING NEWS Here comes the sun: White House to go solar

    By DINA CAPPIELLO – 1 hour ago

    WASHINGTON — Solar power is coming to President Barack Obama’s house.

    The most famous residence in America, which has already boosted its green credentials by planting a garden, plans to install solar panels atop the White House’s living quarters. The solar panels are to be installed by spring 2011, and will heat water for the first family and supply some electricity.

    The plans will be formally announced later Tuesday by White House Council on Environmental Quality Chairwoman Nancy Sutley and Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

  25. Just got a email from Bob an Obama Team Leader…make it go viral people!

    I am voting Republican because…..


      GOP senators block bill to put teachers, first responders back to work

      Posted by Elizabeth Chan on Friday, October 21, 2011

      Last night, Republican Senators stood unanimously to block the Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act, a stand-alone piece of President Obama’s jobs bill that would put Americans back on the job teaching our children and keeping our communities safe.

      The GOP is putting politics ahead of country yet again. DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz responded to this disappointing vote:

      “What will it take for Republicans to get serious about working with the President to create jobs and get our economy back on track? The American people have made it clear that they want Congress to act now. We can’t wait. Leading economists from across the political spectrum have said the American Jobs Act will create as many as 1.9 million jobs and prevent another recession—and they have warned that the Senate GOP’s alternative jobs proposal will do nothing to create jobs now and could actually do serious harm to the economy.

      “Our country can’t afford to keep waiting. America’s teachers and first responders continue to face uncertain futures as they do the work from which every American benefits. Middle-class families continue to struggle to make ends meet—this Senate bill and the American Jobs Act would help them get ahead. It’s time for Republicans to do the job they were elected to do and work with the President to create jobs and restore our economic security.”

      Tell your Republican senators that putting America back to work is more important than winning elections. Ask them to support the President’s American Jobs Act by calling or tweeting.


        The Root of Romney’s Comfort with Lying

        Published on Jun 14, 2012 by TheBigPictureRT

        Psychiatrist DR. Justin Frank – The same man who Analyzed Presidents Bush and Obama – has analyzed Mitt Romney – and says Romney is comfortable lying, in part, because of the way he was raised in his Mormon faith. But could the reason why Romney can’t tell the truth be something much more simple – and does it make him unfit to be President.


      Romney calls for fewer cops, firefighters, and teachers

      Jun 8, 2012 4:12 PM EDT By Steve Benen – maddowblog

      The rules of the political discourse apparently dictate that the story that matters today is President Obama saying the private sector is “fine” relative to the public sector is The Scandal That Matters. It’s a dumb story, and reporters obsessing over seem to realize it’s a dumb story, but the train has apparently left the station.

      If anyone’s looking for more meaningful quotes from presidential candidates, Mitt Romney’s line today on public-sector jobs is arguably one of the more important things the Republican has said in a very long time.

      For those who can’t watch clips online, Romney said of Obama:

      “[Obama] wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more fireman, more policeman, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”

      Let’s be clear about this: Romney is rejecting the idea of saving the jobs of cops, firefighters, and teachers. He sees this as an applause line. The Republican nominee for president believes we can “help the American people” by laying off, not just public-sector workers in general, but specifically cops, firefighters, and teachers.

      As Greg Sargent explained, Romney “has singlehandedly reframed the debate from one over despised government bureaucrats to one over whether we should hire more cops, firefighters and teachers to get the economy going.”

      Here’s a radical idea I’ll just throw out there: maybe during the race for the White House, candidates and media professionals can spend a little time on this. I mean, honestly, isn’t this one of the more important positions Romney has taken all year?

      For more:


      Romney Economics: Fewer Teachers, Fewer Firefighters, Fewer Police Officers

      Published on Jun 9, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom

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      Yesterday Mitt Romney said of President Obama, “…he wants another stimulus, he wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more fireman, more policeman, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”

  26. Youths are focus in next town hall

    10/05/10 By MIKE ALLEN – POLITICO

    Viacom will announce Tuesday that its cable networks BET, CMT and MTV will air a one-hour, commercial-free youth town hall with President Obama at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14.

    “Let’s Talk: A Conversation with President Obama” will air live before an audience of approximately 250 young people, representing a broad cross-section of backgrounds, interests and political viewpoints.

    It’s a production of MTV News and BET News and will be hosted by MTV’s Sway Calloway, BET’s April Woodard and CMT’s Katie Cook.

    Obama will answer questions from the studio audience as well as from viewers who submit questions via Twitter.

    • Wow Our President is hitting all the right buttons.

      We were told at that OFA meeting I attended a couple weeks ago that we were going to see engagement by the WH to our base of AA’s, Youth and Women unlike seen before in a mid-term election and I’m seeing it with all these events.

      Thank You President Obama!!!

  27. Program aims to raise grad rate

    10/05/10 By MJ LEE – POLITICO

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Aspen Institute and its partners will unveil two initiatives at Tuesday’s White House summit on community colleges led by Jill Biden.

    Completion by Design, a program that aims to raise the country’s community college graduation rate, will include a competitive grant program that will make a $35 million investment over five years, according to White House officials. The other initiative is the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, a $1 million annual prize program partnered by the Aspen Institute, the Joyce Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase.

    “We are very excited about those two announcements,” Melody Barnes, the director of the White House’s Domestic Policy Council, told reporters on a conference call. “They show that we are, on a national level, working very closely with the private sector and philanthropic sector to support community colleges to make sure our workforce can compete globally.”

    Biden, a community college professor, called Tuesday’s summit “an important next step in our effort to meet the president’s goal in having the best educated workforce in the world by 2020.”

    Asked about the administration’s involvement in the two programs, Barnes said both ideas were “generated in the private sector.” She added that the prize concept is one that Obama believes “drives a lot of creativity and innovation.”

  28. Biden: ‘Do not sit on your hands’

    10/04/10 By MATT NEGRIN – POLITICO

    Vice President Biden repeated his call to Democrats to vote in the midterm elections on Monday, urging Ohio voters to make calls and knock on doors.

    “We’ve got to step up our game,” Biden said at a rally for Gov. Ted Strickland, a month before the election. “We’ve got to organize.”

    Biden said again that Democrats will “retain the House and the Senate,” though he issued a final plea to his supporters after finishing his stump speech and thanking them and the troops.

    “Go get them,” Biden yelled. “Do not sit on your hands. Get ’em.”

    Biden toid a crowd at a fund-raiser in Canfield that he understands that Americans, especially Ohioans, are upset with the extreme amounts of job loss over the past several years.

    But Biden said Strickland has been at the forefront of returning nearly 400,000 lost jobs to Ohio.
    “There’s no reason why we expect people to understand that,” Biden said. “They’re focused on how to put meat and potatoes on the table … and how to keep their kids in college.”

  29. Good Morning everyone! Thank you to all the teachers, especially the ones who chose to teach our special needs community. They are all Heroes and Sheroes.

  30. Good morning, OTeam. Lots of great news here today. Democrats are picking up steam each and every day, thanks to the good efforts of PBO, VP Biden and thousands of OFA volunteers. And soon the First Lady will take on her traditional role as The Closer.

    The organization where I work as a consultant has been the beneficiary of an uptick in philanthropy and I’m seeing more proposals for community college partnerships. I also just worked on a proposal to help students become fully prepared to transfer from community college to a 4-year institution. I’m proud to work in the field of education and things have never looked more hopeful because we have a President who believes that education is the key to our future. Let’s hear it for lifelong learning!

    • I think I also mentioned that we were the recipients of a generous donation from President Obama upon his winning of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. What our scholarship team has done with this money is create a new President Obama/HSF STEM Teacher Scholarship Program, available on a competitive basis to outstanding Latino college juniors majoring in STEM fields with a minimum 3.00 GPA and plans to become a teacher. Selected students will receive $2,500 their junior and senior year for a total of $5,000. This is so exciting for me. They even have PBO’s campaign logo on our website and they have always gone out of their way not to be a political organization!

  31. October 05, 2010 Live Feed

    12:15 PM EDT
    President Obama Speaks at the Community College Forum
    President Obama opens an event highlighting the critical role of community colleges in America.
    The White House

    1:30 PM EDT
    Briefing By Press Secretary Robert Gibbs

    3:00 PM EDT
    White House Summit on Community Colleges Closing Session. Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden closes an event highlighting the critical role of community colleges in America.

    4:30 PM EDT
    The President and The First Lady host the Diplomatic Corps Reception


    October 05, 2010 Live Feed CNN

    12:15 PM EDT
    Obama participates in community college summit
    President Obama joins Jill Biden at the first White House Summit on Community Colleges.

    01:00 PM EDT
    Pentagon briefing
    Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell holds a briefing with reporters.

    01:30 PM EDT
    White House briefing
    The White House holds its daily briefing with reporters.

    04:30 PM EDT
    Obamas honor diplomats
    President Obama and the first lady host a diplomatic corps reception at the White House.

    05:15 PM EDT
    Hillary Clinton to receive award
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton receives the George McGovern Leadership Award for advancing the international community’s efforts to address global hunger. The award will be presented by the World Food Program.

    08:00 PM EDT
    Obama speaks at ‘Fortune’ summit
    President Obama makes remarks at “Fortune” magazine’s Most Powerful Women summit in Washington.


    October 05, 2010 CSPAN video

    * President Obama to kick off First Summit on Community Colleges

    * Jill Biden spoke at a White House summit on community colleges. Professor Biden teaches English at Northern Virginia Community College and is married to Vice President Joe Biden.

  32. Good morning everyone. I intend to keep working through to the election to help the Democrats retain their majorities. BUT, when we do this, and we will do this, I intend to let the Democrats have it. The moment we know they have been re-elected, I will be hounding them day in and day out to stand behind our President and his agenda and that they owe their re-elections to him and us. The pressure will stay on them for the next two years. None of this fourth quarter stuff. The hard work that all of you, those at OFA, our families, our friends, and others have put in has been amazing but, it should not have been necessary. The Democrats through President Obama’s leadership have done more for this country in the last 21 months than has been done since FDR and there will be no repeat of this mid-term, PERIOD.

  33. Survey: Latinos still strongly support Democrats

    10/5/10 By SUZANNE GAMBOA, AP

    WASHINGTON – In a year when Democrats are struggling to energize supporters, Hispanic voters appear significantly less motivated than the rest of the U.S. to cast election ballots even though two-thirds of Latino registered voters say they’ll vote Democratic in their congressional race, a Pew Hispanic Center study shows.

    The center’s national survey, released Tuesday, found 51 percent of Latino registered voters were absolutely certain they would vote — compared with 70 percent of U.S. voters — and 65 percent of Latino voters planned to support the Democrat in their congressional district, compared with 47 percent of U.S. voters.

    They are pledging that support even though only 26 percent of the voters said the policies of President Barack Obama’s administration have helped Latinos. Thirteen percent said the administration’s policies hurt Latinos, while 51 percent said they had no effect.

    “The Latino vote appears to continue to strongly identify with the Democratic Party,” said Mark Lopez, Pew Hispanic Center’s associate director.

    About 19.3 million Latinos, the nation’s largest minority group, are eligible to vote, Pew Hispanic estimates. Two of every three live in California, Texas, Florida and New York.

    Latinos voted more than 2-to-1 for Obama in 2008. But the sagging economy and outrage among some voters has the Democratic Party concerned about a general apathy among its core supporters and some newer and independent voters.

    Latino voter turnout generally is lower than for U.S. registered voters overall. But the Latino share of all voters increased from 6 percent in 2004 to 7.4 percent in 2008, according to Pew Hispanic’s data. Nearly half of Latino eligible voters say they voted in 2008.

    The Pew Hispanic Center’s survey also found:

    _Thirty-eight percent of Latino voters whose primary language is Spanish are absolutely certain to vote this year.

    _Republican Latino registered voters are more likely than Democratic Latino registered voters to say they have given the election quite a lot of thought, 44 percent versus 28 percent.

    _Among Latino registered voters who identify with or lean toward the Republican Party, 18 percent say the GOP is better for Latinos than the Democratic Party, while 60 percent say they see no difference.

  34. Japanese-American troops to receive Congressional Gold Medal


    The Starting Point is a snapshot of the news that occurred overnight and a preview of the stories we expect to cover today.

    President Barack Obama will sign a bill today granting the Congressional Gold Medal to Japanese-American soldiers who fought during World War II, AFP reported.

    The law recognizes some 6,000 Japanese-Americans born of immigrant parents who fought in Europe and Asia, even as the U.S. government forced their families to live in internment camps, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported. According to the Navy Times, the soldiers were part of the Military Intelligence Service and the segregated 442nd Regimental Combat Team/100th Infantry Battalion, which eventually became the most highly decorated unit in the history of the U.S. military.

    “While some Japanese-Americans were being wrongly interned due only to their ethnicity, these brave men stepped forward to defend our nation,” Sen. Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) said. “Their bravery helped to not only win the war, it paved the way towards a more tolerant and just nation. It will be a truly historic moment when President Barack Obama signs this honor for the Nisei veterans into law.”

    The Congressional Gold Medal is one of the highest civilian honors presented to people who serve the security and national interests of the United States. Past honorees include the Wright Brothers, Rosa Parks, Navajo code talkers, the Tuskegee Airmen and the Dalai Lama.

  35. What is Negativities Magnetic Force?

    1) People complain about negative campaign ads but strategists theorize and quote statistics as to the reality that they work. So every election cycle we must witness a barrage of negative ads before we go to vote.

    2) What makes us slow down to witness a car accident?

    3) Our Corp Owned Media likes to take the most salacious, sexy, controversial, negative story they can find and run with it. They consistently makeup all kinds of excuses as to why these things must be their featured stories. We complain about their lack of journalism but by all accounts society continues to tune in day in and day out to watch it all unfold before their very eyes.

    4) Take for instance the OFA Blog. Folks blog to gather together like-minded people from all walks of life to share and discuss important issues and information that we think will support the Presidents agenda. We get a little off target at times and have a little fun and maybe even get a little personal but for the most part we promote the Presidents agenda. But nothing that I have witnessed since starting to blog have I seen generate as much response and activity as those negative, distracting, incendiary troll comments and the reaction is like mosquitoes to a porch light. They seem to be irresistible. We then state all kinds of reasons as to why we must respond in some form or another.

    What is it that makes people so attracted to negativity?

    • People have always been attracted to negativity, take the ancient Greek plays for instance.

      For some it maybe a survival instinct to notice tragedies so that you will be aware and not end up that way or to make your life seem better by comparison or some people just like to wallow in negativity which leads to nowhere but self destruction.

      • Thanks CR sometimes it just boggles the mind to see how negativity gets such rabid attention.

    • I think it’s the hyper-polarized atmosphere that is promoted 24/7 by the MSM. Some people think they need to respond to every little provocation because they think it means they’ve won. All it does is escalate the nonsense and waste a whole lot of time. They think they’re helping but they just look foolish. It seems like some people just don’t have anything else to do so they see it as their mission to be in the schoolyard taunting business. It’s really stupid and I’m embarrassed that this is what’s happened to PBO’s blog.

      • I posted some pretty interesting articles for two hours this morning over there and I know it was early but not a peep. Within seconds of “becky the troll” posting some ridiculous comment it gets an immediate response. I don’t mean to sound as if I’m concerned about “my” posts being responded to its anyone “other than a troll” that gets very little attention and with us 4 weeks away from an election I just find it amazing that people that really care about this Presidents agenda will spend all that time batting flies.

        I guess I’ve just become too serious for that place.

        • I’ve had the exact same feelings. We can post informative information and even pose questions to engage about strategies and who’s doing what but no one responds. Then let becky enter and say one idiotic thing that can barely be parsed and suddenly there’s a long thread playing her game. It’s disgusting and one of the reasons it’s so annoying is that it doesn’t change anything. After 2 years of the same freakin’ trolls, all that ugly juvenile back and forth has not helped us. In fact, it’s only made it worse. That’s why I posted there the other day that lurkers are not stupid. I’ve been on plenty of boards in the last 15 years and let me tell you, ignoring them DOES work. If they don’t get any response, they move on.

          • Donna and Meta,

            I hear you. How many times do we have to tell these people to ignore these trolls. Arizona Grandma and AZGram post the psychology of what makes a troll and it goes right over their heads. It is frustrating for sure.

    • October 05, 2010

      Background on the White House Summit on Community Colleges


      Today, the President will join Dr. Jill Biden at the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges. This event will highlight the critical role that community colleges play in developing America’s workforce and reaching our educational goals. The Summit will also enable Americans across the country to submit their thoughts, questions and challenges for discussion as part of the Summit dialogue. The White House has set up a number of ways for the public to participate in the Summit online at The opening and closing plenary sessions will be streamed live on A video featuring current community college students as well as community college graduates is available HERE.

      The President will deliver remarks during the opening plenary session and will be introduced by Dr. Jill Biden.

      The audience will be made up of approx. 150 people from across the nation, including community college, business, philanthropy, federal and state policy leaders, and students.

      *Backgrounder on Dr. Jill Biden and Community Colleges attached. Also attached, Fact Sheet: Building American Skills by Strengthening Community Colleges.

      For the entire article:

  36. Make higher education available to 100 percent of American

    10/01/10 By Martha Kanter –

    This week’s upcoming first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges is all about the lives and future of America’s students. During my years as a community college president and chancellor, I always asked my professional colleagues the same simple question whenever we faced a difficult challenge or issue: what is the best way to help students succeed?

    That’s the key question that will be on the table on Tuesday when President Obama, Second Lady Jill Biden, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis convene this historic gathering of community college students, faculty, presidents, business leaders, unions, philanthropists, members of Congress and other important stakeholders to honor community colleges and help support their mission.

    This summit is evidence that the president and the administration understand the crucial role community colleges must play to achieve the goal he set for our nation: that by 2020 “the United States will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.” Community colleges are the gateway to access and opportunity for America’s students, for building strong local communities, for keeping our nation in the forefront of the global marketplace, and for opening the doors for all to succeed in the workplace and in life, especially those from underserved and low-income populations.

    For decades, I have been privileged to lead and support community colleges to transform the lives of our students. As you can see, I believe deeply in the purpose and power of community colleges to change the lives of Americans for the better. Our social and economic prosperity as a nation depends on leaders at all levels who are educated. Our nation needs highly trained plumbers and radiologic technicians just as our nation needs highly educated climate scientists, artists and physicians. To prepare students with the skills, knowledge and critical thinking skills for success, community colleges must partner with four-year universities, business, government and others to make the full range of educational opportunities available to everyone seeking a college education.

    For the entire article:

    • Big-name companies to help colleges train workers

      10/5/10 ERIC GORSKI- AP

      As the White House stages a first-of-its-kind community college summit Tuesday, the Obama administration is proposing that stronger partnerships between two-year public colleges and big-name U.S. employers such as McDonald’s and The Gap will help better match workers with jobs during the economic recovery and beyond.

      Community college officials welcomed the new initiative, “Skills for America’s Future.”

      But it’s unclear whether the project will help meet Obama’s education goals. Community colleges are short of cash, jammed with laid-off workers and students who in better times would attend four-year schools and spending heavily on remedial education for students ill-prepared for college.

      For years, community colleges have worked with local employers to identify employment needs and train for them. But most efforts have stayed local, or been limited to pilot programs.

      “These employers are well known and very important employers and this is being done at a national level,” said Thomas Bailey, director of the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College. “It’s not at the local, local level where people don’t see it every much.”

      Rosalie Safier considers herself the beneficiary of a public-private work force development partnership that worked.

      Her family’s business, National Van Equipment of Long Island City, N.Y., started in 1922 and mostly manufactures blankets for the moving industry using textile remnants, including stuffing made of old blue jeans.

      In a pilot program for small businesses at LaGuardia Community College supported with money from investment bank Goldman Sachs, Safier said she learned the art of negotiation in an accounting class, mastered Microsoft Excel, met regularly with counselors and fellow business owners and presented a growth plan before graduating.

      As a result, Safier said she expanded her distribution area and diversified her product line to include custom quilted covers and sound-absorption blankets that muffle things like loud band practices. She said the company has added five employees to grow to 23 employees and has experienced big sales growth.

      For the entire article:

      • This is a great thread topic, CR. Thank you for all the work you do day in and day out to select good subect areas and research information to post. really opens a much-needed window on the achievements and values of our hard-working, wide-ranging Obama Administration!

      • Hi Meta! We’re keeping busy around the homestead before it gets too cold/wet to do anything to the house and garden. Subject to interruptions from the feline overlord, of course.

      • Well, it rained last night, and was nice and cool this morning but we are told that the storm has moved on. We have been hitting 105-107. The forecast this last weekend was that we would cool down to possibly under 100, but to prepare for another spike around October 22. I have to say, though, that you guys in California, Washington and Oregon have had it tougher because you are not used to living in an oven like we are. Is it any better up there? My son works in Moses Lake, which is much warmer than Seattle.

        • Oh, we’re in the comfortable 60s this week during the day. Got into the 40s last night and the furnace has been going. So I guess autumn, my favorite season, is finally here!

        • You’re right, we haven’t been used to high heat in our area, although we see it getting warmer every year — some plants are blooming and setting seed earlier.

        • Yes, in SF we have very temperate weather, usually about mid- to upper-60s. A good share of wind and occasional fog, but it keeps the air cool and clean. Autumn is when we have the sunniest days in the low 70s. But we do have heat waves every now and then. When it gets above 90 here, it’s a real shocker!

    •, Oct. 5, 2010:

      Obama administration announces plans to install new solar panels on the white house residence

      U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) Chair Nancy Sutley today announced plans to install solar panels and a solar hot water heater on the roof of the White House Residence. These two solar installations will be part of a Department of Energy demonstration project showing that American solar technologies are available, reliable, and ready for installation in homes throughout the country. Secretary Chu and Chair Sutley made the announcement during CEQ’s 2010 GreenGov Symposium, which is bringing together leaders from Federal, state and local governments, nonprofit and academic communities and the private sector to identify opportunities around greening the Federal Government.

      ‘This project reflects President Obama’s strong commitment to U.S. leadership in solar energy and the jobs it will create here at home,’ said Secretary Chu. ‘Deploying solar energy technologies across the country will help America lead the global economy for years to come.’

      ‘President Obama has said the Federal Government has to lead by example in creating opportunity and jobs in clean energy,’ said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. ‘By installing solar panels on arguably the most famous house in the country, his residence, the President is underscoring that commitment to lead and the promise and importance of renewable energy in the United States.’

      The PV system will convert sunlight directly to electricity. The solar hot water heater will have a solar collector facing the sun that will heat water for use in the White House Residence. The Department of Energy will now begin a competitive procurement process to select the company responsible for the installations.

      By installing solar panels on their homes, consumers are able to effectively lock in the price of electricity they will pay in the years ahead, acting as an insulator against future rises in electricity prices since the systems installed in homes today are expected to last approximately thirty years. Financial incentives are also available to offset the initial costs of installing solar energy systems, including a 30 percent federal tax credit and additional state, local, and utility incentive programs to encourage the deployment of renewable energy. The Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency has additional information about state, local and utility rebates for solar generation throughout the country.

      The deployment of solar energy and other renewable energy sources will help expand U.S. clean energy manufacturing and create new jobs for American workers. As a result of investments under the Recovery Act, the solar energy industry is growing and solar resources can now be seen in communities nationwide. In the coming years, continued investments in innovation and cutting-edge solar technologies will help make solar energy cost-competitive with conventional electricity sources all across the country….

  37. Hey guys! Wish me luck for tomorrow…one of 2 big custody cases I have are tomorrow. Needlesstosay I’m feeling anxious, but ready to roll…my clients will keep their kids from the crazy fathers, I’m sure the judge will see my position.

    Anywho, I agree with all of you about the troll craziness on the blog and how it just falls in line with the notion that people are attracted to the very negativity they claim not to like. I really can’t understand the constant need by the same old, same old, to respond and engage “becky, Brad, and Unknown User.”

    This may sound funny, but I’ve taken not responding to them as a personal growth tool…to not allow myself to get drawn into negativity and things that I feel will not benefit my spirit in the long run. In other words, I am focused on feeding my soul good things, and since it’s clear trolls are bad for the soul, it is a personal decision and committment I have to not respond and allow them to poison my soul.

    I wish others would see things that way and resist the urge, as a way to not just keep the blog clean, but also to feed their soul positivity.

    • Your decision sounds very wise to me, Vero.

      And all the best of luck with your case.

    • Hi Vero. Best of luck with your case. I know you’ll do exceptionally well.

      I like your approach for dealing with trolls. Everything we do each day has the potential to contribute to or detract from our being. We make choices on how to use our energy. Matching the behavior of negative people and influences only harms us. I agree that it is a high personal challenge to be conscious of this every day but it’s worth it over time.

  38. You might have to put up with a commercial before the vid.

    AssociatedPress | October 05, 2010 –

    Obama: Community Colleges Essential

    President Barack Obama says community colleges are essential to help build the nation’s economic base. His message comes as a new poll finds some students should attend these institutions instead of four-year schools.

  39. 10/9/10 Morgan Hill Statewide Democratic Day of Action!

    Our Tea Party-endorsed opponent, corporate lawyer David Harmer, isn’t ceding any ground in this election. The polls show this race as tied. The pundits are calling it a toss-up. We need to match him punch for punch, inch for inch, and show this carpetbagger that he isn’t welcome in California’s 11th district.

    This coming Saturday, October 9th is the event we’ve all been waiting for: the statewide Democratic Day of Action! We will be talking to Democratic voters and pushing the entire ticket to guard the change we have worked so hard for. Please see the attached flyer for details. *Will you join our winning effort on Saturday, October 9th? RSVP NOW!*

    One more thing… *WE ARE IN NEED OF SUPPLIES!*

    Our core group of dedicated interns is hard at work knocking thousands of doors for Jerry McNerney and the Democratic ticket every week. *WE NEED BOTTLED WATER AND SNACKS FOR THESE INTERNS! *If you cannot come in and volunteer at all, PLEASE consider at least donating a $3 case of water.

    Other essential needs for the office:
    printer paper
    hand sanitizer
    extension cord
    power strip
    fly swatter
    vacuum cleaner
    clip boards
    clear packing tape
    Thank you for all your hard work!

    Stephen Tu

    Jerry McNerney for Congress
    17395 Monterey Rd. Morgan Hill, CA
    (925) 395-0791
    Mon-Thurs 10am-8pm Sat 10am-5pm Sun 12-8pm

    • What a practical thing! I like it. This gives everybody a chance to contribute and help the campaign.

    • I won’t be able to attend any functions for this rest of this election cycle; I am trying to stay away from gatherings as I don’t want to get a cold.

      I did my part by emailing my South County 4 Obama group and post it here on I don’t do phonebanking but I have just written additional small donations to the Boxer, McNerney and Brown campaigns.

      • CR, I think you have already earned your stripes and are continuing to make a great contribution in getting the facts disseminated. You are smart to protect yourself so you can stay strong and have a good recovery. Spoken by one who has been there and done that!

  40. Incredible!!!?
    Republicans running for governor in a handful of states could block, or significantly delay, one of President Obama’s signature initiatives: his plan to expand the passenger rail system and to develop the nation’s first bullet-train service.

    • Yes, I was posting on that yesterday. Not only is it foolish in terms of long-term urban planning and clean energy goals, but very short-sighted in terms of providing JOBS both now and in the future.

  41. Thanks very much for this article, Sandy.

    These people slay me, they really do. It’s the rank hypocrisy.

    “Federal officials, meanwhile, are incredulous that candidates are threatening to spurn stimulus money that their states competed ferociously to win just a year ago.”

    What are they promising their voters? That they’ll fight tooth and nail to destroy their local economies?

    “‘The bottom line is that high-speed rail is a national program that will connect the country, spur economic development and bring manufacturing jobs to the U.S.,’ Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a former Republican congressman, said in a statement. ‘It will also transform transportation in America, much like the Interstate highway system did under President Eisenhower. It’s hard to imagine what would have happened to states like Ohio and Wisconsin if their leaders had decided they didn’t want to be connected to the rest of the country back then.’”

    • You know, it’s things like that that get my blood boilling. I travel quite a bit, and I can’t tell y’all how many times I wish I could take a high-speed train rather than a up and down commuter flight to places that are relatively close to me. I know many people feel the same as I do.

      So it seems to me that high speed rail is a no-brainer. The only reason NOT to do it, is because your wedded to the politics of personal destruction – meaning destroying Barack Obama as president.

      But as I always say – he’s going to be fine, whether he’s the best, worst, or mediocre president. We’re the ones that will be having problems.

      • This can only go against Meg Whitman. she is stupid for campaigning on this. I hope she is toast already. We need high speed rail here in this huge state of California.

        • She is such a loser. The housekeeper had another press conference today to say that no one pushed her to do this and another nanny came forward to say the Whitman family was a big hassle to work for and she quit after two months.

          • Wow, Meta, I did not know that another press conference was held today and another person came out against Whitman. I have been in and out. I totally believe these ladies. Whitman is a big phony. Just heard on the radio that Jerry has 22.5 mil on hand and has only spent 10 mil so far.

      • I have no idea what the heck is up with voters that this kind of promise would resonate.

        What’s that saying?? “We have met the enemy, and the enemy is us.” Politicians wouldn’t say crazy things like this if some voters didn’t like to hear it. This is called pandering to the lowest denominator. The only person I can think of that would want such a promise is someone who’s old, doesn’t get out much, and has no vision for the future…not someone I’d like helping shape our future with their vote. But alas, they get a vote just like you and I. We can only outnumber them.

  42. Ending Violence Against Women

    Posted by Lynn Rosenthal on October 05, 2010

    Last Friday, President Obama signed the proclamation of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Here at the White House, we’ve already started commemorating this important month, recognizing the remarkable work being done to address domestic violence and the distance we still must travel to end it.

    On September 22, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden opened their home for a night dedicated to ending violence against women. It was a night to mark the 16th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act and to recommit ourselves to ending sexual and domestic violence. The event brought together groups from national organizations as well as groups of college students working on this issue on their campuses. Many students had the great opportunity to speak with the Vice President and Dr. Biden about what was going on in their lives and the lives of young people across the country.

    The message was clear. Despite all we have accomplished since passing the Violence Against Women Act, there is a new generation of teens and college-age young people who are facing the threat of abuse all too often. Young women, ages 16-24, experience the highest rates of rape and sexual assault. The Vice President addressed the need for systemic change in the way that society values women. He said, “This is not just a problem of black eyes and broken bones, it’s a problem of attitudes.” In fact, a 2009 study of sixth-grade students found that 25% thought it was acceptable for boys to hit their girlfriends. These are attitudes we must change.

    This is a generation that has grown up with the Internet. Social networking sites and text messaging have become the favored communication methods of the majority of American teens. The resources we provide victims of violence must keep up with the technological advances we have integrated into our daily lives. Some organizations are already doing this, like the Teen Dating Violence Helpline, which has a “chat” function that is answered by teens. We need to reach people where they are and get young women and girls the information they need.

    “Our course of action needs to adapt, to change with the times if we are here to keep a promise we have made to our daughters and granddaughters: to end domestic violence and sexual abuse. Not to reduce it. To end it,” said the Vice President. We have come a long way since the passage of the Violence Against Women Act and there is no better time to renew our pledge to stand up to those attitudes and end violence against women.

    Throughout the month of October we will be updating the White House blog and Facebook page with regular updates on violence against women, so please stay tuned!

    If you or someone you love has been affected by domestic or sexual violence, visit the Department of Health and Human Services violence against women website for resources. For more information about the Violence Against Women Act, visit the and the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.

    Lynn Rosenthal is the White House Advisor on Violence Against Women

    To watch the video:

  43. This will make your day! It’s getting crazy.

    Rachel Maddow Booted From Christine O’Donnell’s Delaware HQ

    MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and her show’s producers were ejected from Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell’s headquarters today with an “angry guy” insisting they were not welcome back.

    Maddow tweeted earlier about the kerfuffle, sure to be a part of her show tonight:

    “Ejected from O’Donnell HQ. Staffer insulted producers Bill & Laura then angry man came outside and told us to leave and not come back.”

    This afternoon Maddow told TPM in a statement that she spoke with O’Donnell’s staffers “multiple times about us being here today and wanting to speak with someone — anyone, even a volunteer — from the campaign.

    Maddow said that the producer who made the initial calls and the executive producer went into the O’Donnell offices without a camera crew to check on the status of their request.

    “They were greeted nicely by what appeared to be two junior staffers … then insulted by a senior staffer,” Maddow told TPM. The producers left, but “then an angry guy followed them out and told us loudly that we all had to leave the premises and not come back.”

    Maddow added, “Other than that, Delaware’s great!”

    MSNBC sources stressed that there was no camera crew there, and the arrival was no ambush. The Maddow team was making an in-person followup after their multiple phone conversations.

    We’ll post video after Maddow discusses this on her show tonight.

  44. An Awe-Inspiring Chapter of America’s History

    Posted by Jesse Lee on October 05, 2010

    This afternoon the President signed legislation to grant the Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team in recognition of their dedicated service during World War II.

    The 100th Infantry Battalion, which was later incorporated into the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, was made up of predominantly Nisei (second generation Americans of Japanese ancestry) members of the Hawaii Provisional Infantry Battalion. The 442nd became the most decorated unit in United States military history for its size and length of service. Combined, the 100th Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team received 7 Presidential Unit Citations, 21 Medals of Honor, 29 Distinguished Service Crosses, 560 Silver Stars, 4,000 Bronze Stars, 22 Legion of Merit Medals, 15 Soldier’s Medal, and over 4,000 Purple Hearts. From the government, the President was joined by Secretary Eric Shinseki of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Senator Daniel Inouye — himself a member of the 442nd — and several other Members of Congress.

    For the entire article:

    Japanese Amer Vets

    • President, First Lady Host Diplomatic Corps Reception At White House

      October 05, 2010

      President, First Lady Host Diplomatic Corps Reception At White House
      This afternoon, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will welcome members of the foreign diplomatic corps to the White House, for a reception in the East Room. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will attend, and the President will make remarks at the 4:30 PM event.

      Mrs. Obama recently hosted an international event at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in New York, where she welcomed 31 spouses of world leaders and heads of government attending the 65th annual meeting of the UN General Assembly. The farm tour and farm to table luncheon brought Mrs. Obama’s message of healthy eating and fitness to a global audience. Following the foreign diplomats’ reception, Secretary Clinton heads back to the State Department, where she’ll be honored for her work on global hunger initiatives.

      In the evening, at 7:50 PM, President Obama will address the 2010 Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC to talk about the impact of women in business on the economy.

  45. One Week Later, Nearly 2,000 Small Businesses Approved for SBA Loans Due to Jobs Act

    SBA Administrator Karen Mills on October 05, 2010

    Late yesterday, just a week after President Obama signed the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, nearly 2,000 small business owners who had been waiting for SBA-backed loans had been approved and will soon have those loan funds – totaling nearly $1 billion – in hand. That’s a quick turnaround, and it’s an example of this Administration’s deep commitment to giving entrepreneurs and small business owners the support they need to grow and create jobs.

    Here’s how we made it happen.

    After the Recovery Act passed last year, SBA increased the guarantee and reduced the fees in our top two loan programs. That two-part formula worked. We saw a significant rebound in SBA lending, helping unlock much-needed capital for small businesses. All told, SBA took just $680 million in taxpayer dollars and turned it into nearly $30 billion in lending support to about 70,000 small businesses. That’s a strong bang for the taxpayer buck.

    Even though Congress renewed funding for the increased guarantee and waived fees several times, SBA had to stop making these loans in May when the agency’s authority for the higher guarantees ended. Shortly thereafter, the funds for fee waivers were used up. As a result, we had to start putting applicants on a stand-by waiting list – a “queue” – hoping that these successful loan enhancements would once again be available.

    Over the summer, that queue grew to include more than 1,000 entrepreneurs and small business owners. The Administration continued to push for Congress to pass a small business jobs bill, knowing that these small businesses – and many more – were ready to start growing and creating jobs as soon as they got their SBA loan.

    Finally, last week, with the stroke of the President’s pen, the SBA got $505 million more for these effective and proven enhancements, which will support an estimated $14 billion in new lending.

    As of late yesterday, just one week later, we had pushed out nearly 2,000 loans – clearing out all the loans in the queue. And, today we’re moving ahead with approving thousands more SBA Jobs Act loans. With each loan, we’re putting capital in the hands of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners so they can continue to drive economic growth and create jobs in communities all across the country. And this is just one of the many benefits in the Small Business Jobs Act, which can now deliver $55 billion in tax cuts and additional assistance for businesses that need loans.

    Karen Mills is Administrator of the Small Business Administration

    • I can’t say for sure CR, but there is a small mini mall in my community in the process of refubishing buildings. They were working on opening on this grocery store and suddenly they stopped for a few months, and I heard that they had ran out of money. A week after PBO signed the bill for small business loans, they finished the work and are now open. I beleive they were waiting on this bill.

  46. Community Colleges: “America’s Best Kept Secret”

    Posted by Katelyn Sabochik on October 05, 2010

    Today, Dr. Jill Biden hosted the first ever White House Summit on Community Colleges. The summit brought together community colleges, business, philanthropy, federal and state policy leaders, faculty and students to discuss how community colleges can help meet the job training and education needs of the nation’s evolving workforce, as well as the critical role these institutions play in achieving the President’s goal to lead the world with the highest proportion of college graduates by 2020.

    As Dr. Biden said in her remarks earlier today, community colleges are “one of America’s best-kept secrets,” providing affordable, quality higher education to millions of Americans each year and preparing them for the jobs of the 21st century:

    Getting Americans back to work is America’s great challenge. And community colleges are critically important to preparing graduates for those jobs. We are here today because community colleges are entering a new day in America, and here’s why: For more and more people, community colleges are the way to the future. They’re giving real opportunity to students who otherwise wouldn’t have it. They’re giving hope to families who thought the American Dream was slipping away. They are equipping Americans with the skills and expertise that are relevant to the emerging jobs of the future. They’re opening doors for the middle class at a time when the middle class has seen so many doors close to them.

    In his remarks at the opening session of the summit, President Obama emphasized the importance of providing all students with access to higher education to meet his goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates by 2020.

    That’s why last year I launched the American Graduation Initiative. I promised that we would end wasteful subsidies to big banks for student loans, and instead use that money to make college more affordable, and to make a historic investment in community colleges. And after a tough fight, we passed those reforms, and today we’re using this money towards the interest of higher education in America.

    And this is helping us modernize community colleges at a critical time -– because many of these schools are under pressure to cut costs and to cap enrollments and scrap courses even as demand has soared. It’s going to make it possible for colleges to better harness technology in the classroom and beyond. And it’s going to promote reform, as colleges compete for funding by improving graduation rates, and matching courses to the needs of local businesses, and making sure that when a graduate is handed a diploma it means that she or he are ready for a career.

    We’re also helping students succeed by making college more affordable. So we’ve increased student aid by thousands of dollars. We’ve simplified the loan application process. And we’re making it easier for students to pay back their loans by limiting payments to 10 percent of their income. But reaching the 2020 goal that I’ve set is not just going to depend on government. It also depends on educators and students doing their part. And it depends on businesses and non-for-profits working with colleges to connect students with jobs.

    For the entire article:

  47. Wall Street soars to near 5-month high on stimulus hopes

    10/5/10 Leah Schnurr Leah Schnurr -Reuters

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stocks rallied to a nearly five-month high on Tuesday on growing conviction that central banks will do even more to boost struggling economies worldwide.

    The Bank of Japan lit the fuse overnight when it unexpectedly cut rates closer to zero and said it would pour money into the markets through asset purchases. This move came as markets increasingly believe the U.S. Federal Reserve will stimulate the world’s largest economy in a similar fashion.

    “The thinking today is that the printing of money is going to take place,” said Bucky Hellwig, senior vice president at BB&T Wealth Management in Birmingham, Alabama.

    “The short-term impact of that is to drive asset prices higher. We’ve seen it almost across the board in commodities.”

    The likelihood of quantitative easing in the United States hit the greenback and lifted commodity prices, while resource stocks drove the S&P 500 through the 1,150 resistance level.

    Crude oil hit a five-month peak near $83 a barrel and gold hit another record high at $1,341.20 an ounce. The materials sector (.GSPM) led the S&P 500, gaining 2.8 percent, with mining company Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (FCX.N) jumping 4.6 percent to $91.21.

    For the entire article:

  48. White House Announces Fall Garden And Grounds Tours, October 16-17


    First Lady’s Kitchen Garden featured; bring your camera…
    First Lady Michelle Obama’s now-world famous Kitchen Garden will be in the spotlight during the Fall White House Garden and Grounds tour this year, as it was last Spring, the White House announced today. The tours will be on Saturday, October 16, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and on Sunday, October 17, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

    Tickets are free to the public, but are required.

    The First Lady’s 1,500 square foot Kitchen Garden is currently growing Fall crops, including a huge variety of lettuces, herbs, rapini, eggplant, sweet potatoes, and beans. This summer, corn was planted for the first time. Visitors will also be able to view the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the Rose Garden, the Children’s Garden, and the South Lawn of the White House while on the tour. (Above: Mrs. Obama and student helpers harvest fennel in the Kitchen Garden on June 4, the most recent “public” harvest)

    The National Park Service will distribute free, timed tickets at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion, located at 15th and E Streets on each tour day beginning at 8:00 a.m. Tickets will be distributed — one ticket per person — on a first-come, first-served basis. In the event of inclement weather, the Garden Tours may be cancelled. Please call the 24-hour information line at (202) 456-7041 to check on the status of the event. Tours of the White House will not occur on the dates of the Garden Tours.

  49. WSJ Poll Shows GOP Leaders Are Out of Touch on Outsourcing

    October 4th, 2010 by Karina – Speakers Blog

    The front page of today’s Wall Street Journal outlines more details on just how out of touch Congressional Republicans are. According to Friday’s WSJ /NBC News poll, a strong majority of Americans are concerned with outsourcing:

    Outsourcing Poll
    Outsourcing Angst

    The Wall Street Journal explains the widespread concern about outsourcing:

    Worries about side effects of trade and outsourcing seem one of the few issues on which Americans of different classes, occupations and political persuasions agree. The vote in the House last week to arm the administration with more levers to pressure China to let its currency rise, and thus restrain its export machine, was bipartisan: 249 Democrats and 99 Republicans voted for it.

    Last week, the top three House Republican leaders — Republican Leader John Boehner, Republican Whip Eric Cantor, and Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence — voted against the landmark China currency bill that would create and preserve 1 million manufacturing jobs in America. And the Congressional Republicans’ so-called ‘Pledge to America’ also ignored one of the most popular suggestions on their website—ending tax loopholes that encourage corporations to ship good-paying American jobs overseas.

    Here are findings from our new report on the Congressional Republican record on outsourcing American jobs:

    Over the last four years, Republicans have voted 11 times to protect tax breaks for corporations that ship American jobs overseas, keep off-shore tax havens for corporations and the wealthiest Americans, and other similar loopholes. These tax breaks cost American taxpayers more than $60 billion.

    Under President Bush, Republicans voted 8 times to expand tax breaks for outsourcing and protect corporations moving to offshore tax havens.

    And under Republican control, U.S. multinationals eliminated 1 million American jobs, while adding 2.5 million jobs abroad (1999-2007).

    While Republicans attempt to block bills clamping down on tax breaks for corporations shipping jobs overseas, House Democrats are working on a ‘Make It In America’ manufacturing strategy to spur American job creation and innovation

  50. Just Like Earmark Reform, ‘GOP’s Swamp-Draining Plans Remain Murky’

    October 4th, 2010 by Speaker’s Press Shop

    First, conservatives are furious at the lack of commitment from Congressional Republicans on plans to reform the earmark process. Wall Street Journal:

    Some tea-party sympathizers were particularly troubled by the omission of an earmark ban…

    Then, an article in last week’s Roll Call revealed the discrepancy between House Republican Leader John Boehner and House Republican Whip Eric Cantor on the call to end earmarks:

    There are deep divisions over what to do among the party’s rank and file, the vast majority of whom have endorsed earmarking in the past.

    Finally, an article today shows the inability of Republicans to agree on efforts for Congressional ethics reform:

    Republican leaders and rank-and-file Members said privately that there has been almost no discussion about the future of the House ethics process under a potential GOP majority.

    But we are familiar with the GOP record – a record of quadrupling earmarks when they were in charge. And for the last four years, Republicans have stood on the sidelines, as the Democratic-led House has enacted major ethics and accountability reforms. Independent advocates for Congressional reform have stated to the AP:

    Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21, credits Pelosi with going far beyond previous speakers, saying she changed what Democrats once called a “culture of corruption” under Republican rule.

    Melanie Sloan, director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said Pelosi has brought about the culture change she promised.

    Obstruction of Congressional Reform by House Republican Leader John Boehner and Congressional Republicans:

    Republicans in Congress have offered nothing but rhetoric about earmark reforms over the past four years and now they are having a fight within their own party and outside groups about their commitments for reform.

    Republicans opposed the creation of the Office of Congressional Ethics.

    Republicans made a regular practice of meeting with lobbyists representing Big Oil, health insurance companies, Wall Street and others in an effort to stop tough legislation that holds the Special Interests accountable and protects consumers.

    And what about Mr. Boehner’s special bond with the special interests dating back to his earliest days in Congress when he hosted a weekly meeting of “lobbyists representing some of the richest special interests in the country” in his office, a group nicknamed the Thursday Group?

    In fact, Congressional Republicans have a record that has been called everything from “a criminal enterprise” to “outright crookedness,” and last week, Leader Boehner declined to promise the GOP would not return to the days of the infamous “K Street Project”:

    But the last time the Republicans ran the House, Tom DeLay and other leaders, including Rep. Roy Blunt (who’s now running for Senate in Missouri), turned this institutional graft into a main part of the show. They developed the K Street project. Its mission: to integrate corporate lobbyists into the GOP power structure. It was a pay-to-play system. Lobbyists would gain access to GOP lawmakers only if they gave donations to Republican candidates and hired Republican staff. Those who went along were granted the privilege of helping GOP lawmakers craft bills. (And the GOP staffers who wrote the lobbyist-friendly bills and ushered them through Congress would go on to receive high-paying jobs at these lobbying joints.)

    …Boehner, a leading collector of lobbyist campaign cash, has made no promise not to revive such corruption should the GOP win the House and he become the speaker. In fact, when a colleague of mine, referring to the Pledge’s call for greater transparency, asked Boehner if he and his fellow Republicans would commit to disclosing their meetings with lobbyists and reveal what is discussed in these private sessions, Boehner changed the subject …

  51. Add It Up: House GOP Whip Eric Cantor’s Plan to Add $2.7 Trillion More to Deficit
    October 5th, 2010 by Speaker’s Press Shop

    Congressional Republicans want to go back to the “exact same” agenda that nearly doubled the national debt and more than doubled the foreign-held debt. Now, they’re at it again.

    In the Wall Street Journal, House Republican Whip Eric Cantor called for a series of tax proposals that would favor the wealthiest few – and add at least $2 trillion to the deficit – and that’s not including the $700 billion bailout he wants to give millionaires and billionaires. Does the Republican Leadership support Mr. Cantor? What about rank and file Congressional Republicans?


    Eliminating the capital gains tax. COST – UP TO $1.24 TRILLION OVER 10 YEARS
    According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the current tax rate on capital gains is projected to bring in about $1.24 trillion in federal receipts over 10 years. [CBO, 1/10/10] So eliminating this tax could cost middle-class Americans up to $1.24 trillion over 10 years, while giving even more tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans. For example, the Joint Committee on Taxation indicated that for 2005, 88 percent of the benefit of lower rates for capital gains would go to individuals with incomes over $200,000. [CRS, 2007]

    Reducing the top corporate tax rate to 25 percent. COST – MORE THAN $734.7 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS [Tax Policy Center, 9/15/08]

    Implementing a flat tax. COST – HIGHER TAXES FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS
    A flat tax could increase taxes on the middle class by thousands of dollars a year, while cutting taxes for the top 1 percent by more than $200,000. [Citizens for Tax Justice, 2/19/10]

    A permanent bailout for billionaires and millionaires (the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans). COST – $700 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS [Washington Post, 9/8/10]

    In addition to Mr. Cantor’s irresponsible tax agenda that saddles trillions more debt on hardworking American families, Congressional Republicans are pledging to hold middle-class tax cuts hostage to give tax cuts for top wealthiest 2 percent.

    This is just another example of the GOP’s willingness to pay for tax cuts for big corporate special interests, millionaires, and billionaires off the backs of middle-class Americans, their families and small businesses.

    Democrats are moving America forward on behalf of the middle class.

  52. October 05, 2010

    Live Feed CNN

    08:00 PM EDT
    Obama speaks at ‘Fortune’ summit
    President Obama makes remarks at “Fortune” magazine’s Most Powerful Women summit in Washington.

  53. whitehouse | October 05, 2010 –

    Community College Summit: Opening Session

    President Obama and Dr. Jill Biden speak to the first-ever Community College Summit about the role community colleges play in developing America’s workforce and furthering education.

  54. whitehouse | October 05, 2010 –

    Community College Summit: Closing Session

    The first-ever Community College Summit at the White House closes.

  55. whitehouse | October 05, 2010 –

    Diplomatic Corps Reception

    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host a reception for the foreign diplomatic corps in the East Room of the White House.

    • Office of the Press Secretary, October 05, 2010:

      Remarks by the President at Reception for the Diplomatic Corps

      Today, our nations and peoples are more interconnected than at any time in human history. We’ve got extraordinary opportunities to advance our national interests and our common interests, which can reinforce each another. We can advance the aspirations of our people, who, despite any differences, basically seek the same things —- to live in security and dignity, to seek progress and justice, and to realize a better future for their children.

      And that’s why, since I’ve taken office, I’ve pursued a new era of engagement with the world —- a new commitment to diplomacy and partnership based on mutual interest and mutual respect. Today, I want to thank you and your countries for joining us and for the progress that we’ve made together.

      Together, we’ve strengthened old alliances; we have forged new partnerships; we have pursued an international order where the rights and responsibilities of all nations are upheld. We’ve put the global economy back on the path of growth so we can create jobs and opportunity for all of our people.

      Together, we’re working to confront violent extremism, to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, and to secure vulnerable nuclear materials. We’re engaged in the hard work of pursuing peace, from the Middle East to Sudan, and promoting development to give people and nations a path out of poverty. In short, we are doing together what none of us can achieve by ourselves….

      … as President of the United States, my first responsibility is to look out for the people and interests of the United States. And I always will. But I also said America wants all of you to succeed as well, whether it’s in Africa or in Latin America, in Europe or in Asia — because when your nations and people succeed and prosper, it’s not only in your interests, it’s in America’s interests. And that’s why our commitment to this new era of engagement will remain a cornerstone of my foreign policy….

    • And Daschel suppose to be a real close friend of PBO who encouraged him to run for President. He must be still upset because he did not get a cabinet position?

        • I agree Jackie but I would bet that there is some deeply hidden resentment. They all need to let this go. We do not need this right now for the media to exploit.

  56. My husband is the easiest going guy who commutes on the train. There is a rude, thinks he knows-it-all guy who mouthed off this evening saying that PBO has not accomplished a thing in office and my husband ripped into his remark. The people around were silent because they have never seen my husband this serious before.

    That will teach him that we have PBO’s back! 🙂

  57. I just heard on my local news here in California that Hispanics are not paying much attention to the Whitman affair, and more Hispanics who are likely to vote, say they will vote Republican than Democrat. I refuse to believe this.

    • That sounds like a strange anecdote…they’re not paying attention to the whole mess with the maid, but they will vote for the person who they’re not staying up on, even tough it’s in the news???

        • I think it is just more spin also. Why would any Hispanic person vote for a republican after they have done nothing but demonize Hispancis and all other ethnic minority groups.

  58. White House Blog, Oct. 5, 2010:

    Celebrating Community Colleges and Their Students

    Posted by Melinda Gates, co-chair and the trustee for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

    Ed Note: Cross posted from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Blog.

    Community colleges are the unsung heroes of our education system. They prepare today’s workers for tomorrow’s careers, and they get little support and even less recognition for their efforts. For millions of Americans, the local community college is the gateway to the American Dream.

    But the American Dream is more than access to college. It’s about a complete education, and the better future that comes with it: a steady income, a rewarding career, a home in a nice neighborhood where you’d want to raise your family.

    Increasingly, to achieve those goals, students have to get a college degree or a professional certificate after high school. According to every measure–employment rates, wage premiums, labor forecasts–students who get those credentials can seize opportunities that those who stopped their education with high school can’t.

    In 1973, only about one-quarter of the American workforce needed a postsecondary degree or credential in order to get or hold on to a job. In 2007, that figure hit 57 percent. New research predicts that, by 2018, 63 percent of jobs in America will require an education beyond high school. Unable to find enough skilled workers here, U.S. businesses are outsourcing millions of high-skill, high-wage jobs to Germany, Japan, Singapore, Korea, and Canada.

    That’s why, at the foundation, one of our top goals is to increase the number of young people who earn a credential or degree after high school–and to increase that number dramatically. Because that is how they will set themselves up for a successful future.

    Today, at the White House, I met with, listened to, and learned from students, educators, and policy makers about how we can strengthen community colleges to meet these goals. It was fascinating, especially hearing from students about their goals and the obstacles they face.

    I’d love to hear from more community college students. How did you make it through? What kind of support did you need to succeed? What could your school have done differently to help? What are you doing now?

    The foundation has partnered with GOOD for the video [below], celebrating nontraditional students. Go to GOOD and submit your story.

    I want to hear from you, because you have the first-hand knowledge about how to make community colleges work for young Americans.

    GatesFoundation | October 05, 2010 –

    Tell Us About Your Nontraditional Education

    We need more college graduates. This video via GOOD celebrates all the non-traditional students who completed their certificates, degrees, and postsecondary credentials.

    We want everyone who hasn’t yet earned their college degree is encouraged to do so, and we want you to inspire them. Tell us your stories of success and frustration as a nontraditional student trying to obtain your degree.

    Visit GOOD and learn more about the contest here:

  59. Did you all see the seal fall off the lectern when PBO was speaking at the Women’s event? PBO is so quick on his feet and his sense of humor is great.

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