Happy Birthday VP Joseph Biden

Vice President Biden

Happy Birthday Vice President Biden!!!

Vice President Biden’s was born on November 20, 1942

Six-term Sen. Joseph Biden, Jr. of Delaware was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972 when 29 years old, the youngest U.S. senator in modern history.

Biden, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the 110th Congress (2007-08), is a gifted negotiator who has helped shape U.S. security and foreign relations policies for decades. He’s a moderate Democrat who often bridges the bipartisan gap.

Other notable actions:

  • When he vehemently objected to the nomination of neocon John Bolton to be U.N. ambassador.
  • As Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Biden led confirmation fights against Supreme Court nominees Robert Bork (not confirmed) and Clarence Thomas (confirmed).

Major Areas of Interest:

  • Senator Biden is one of the most respected Senate voices on foreign policy, civil liberties, crime and college aid/loan programs, and an avid supporter of AMTRAK.
  • Biden is a leader in fighting drug use and deterring drugs from entering the U.S.
  • Biden has crafted many landmark federal crime laws, including the Violent Crime Control Act of 1994 and the Violence Against Women Act of 2000.

Senate Committees in the 110th Congress:

  • Committee on Foreign Relations, Chair
  • Committee on the Judiciary, Chair from 1987 to 1995
  • Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Victims’ rights, ranking Democratic member
  • Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, co-chair
  • Senate NATO Observer group, co-chair
  • Senate National Security working group, co-chair
  • Congressional Firemen’s Caucus, co-chair
  • Congressional International Anti-Piracy caucus, co-chair
  • Congressional Air Force and National Guard caucuses

Now, as the 47th Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden has continued his leadership on important issues facing the nation.


January 12, 2017
President Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom
to Vice President Joseph Biden

Obama Biden


267 thoughts on “Happy Birthday VP Joseph Biden

    • As soon as I saw the title for this thread I had to rush on over to see if Jackie O would be first to post!!! Way to go, JackieO.

  1. CR – Thanks for everything you do for us as we gather here to share this little port in the storm, as well as thanks to Kat and all the others for the great info!

    Visiting PPO is like the “old days” of sitting down to read the evening newspaper. Something some of you wouldn’t even remember! 🙂

  2. WH

    Friday, November 19 2010

    All Times ET

    5:50 am
    The President arrives in Lisbon, Portugal
    Local Event Time:
    10:50 AM WET
    Lisbon International Airport
    Open Press

    7:25 am
    The President participates in a U.S. Embassy meet and greet
    Local Event Time:
    12:15 PM WET
    Lisbon, Lisbon Marriot Hotel, Portugal
    Closed Press

    8:05 am
    The President participates in arrival ceremony and signs guest book
    Local Event Time:
    1:05 PM WET
    Belém National Palace, Lisbon, Portugal
    Travel Pool Coverage

    8:15 am
    The President holds a bilateral meeting with President Cavaco Silva
    Local Event Time:
    1:15 PM WET
    Belém National Palace, Lisbon, Portugal
    Pool Spray at the Top

    9:20 am
    The President and President Cavaco Silva deliver statements to the press
    Local Event Time:
    2:20 PM WET
    Belém National Palace, Lisbon, Portugal
    Travel Pool Coverage

    9:45 am
    The President holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Socrates
    Local Event Time:
    2:45 PM WET
    Lisbon, Portugal, Prime Minister’s Office
    Travel Pool Coverage

    10:05 am
    The President and Prime Minister Socrates deliver statements to the press
    Local Event Time:
    3:05 PM WET
    Lisbon, Portugal, Prime Minister’s Office
    Pool Spray at the Top

    10:30 am
    The Vice President holds a Middle Class Task Force event to announce new initiatives to help middle class and low income families secure their legal rights
    South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building |
    Open Press

    11:20 am
    The President participates in a NATO arrival reception
    Local Event Time:
    4:20 PM WET
    Feria Internacional de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
    Travel Pool Coverage

    11:55 am
    The President attends the NAC opening session
    Local Event Time:
    4:55 PM WET
    Feria Internacional de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
    Closed Press

    2:05 pm
    The President participates in the NATO official photo
    Local Event Time:
    7:05 PM WET
    Feria Internacional de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
    Travel Pool Coverage

    2:20 pm
    The President holds a bilateral meeting with President Saakashvili
    Local Event Time:
    7:20 PM WET
    Feria Internacional de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
    Closed Press

    2:45 pm
    The President participates in the NAC working dinner
    Local Event Time:
    7:45 PM WET
    Feria Internacional de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
    Closed Press

    • POTUS podium

      Nov 19 Live Feed Schedule

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

      10:30 AM EST
      Vice President Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder speak at Middle Class Task Force, Access to Justice Event – The White House

      1:00 PM EST
      Open for Questions: Entrepreneurship and Innovation with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke – The White House

      CNN http://live.cnn.com/

      08:00 AM ET
      The newest members of Congress get their “class” photo taken on Capitol Hill.

      9:00 AM ET
      New members of Congress find out which office they will be working out of via a lottery process.

      10:30 AM ET
      Senate lawmakers discuss and debate the issues of the day.

      10:30 AM EST
      The Middle Class Task Force announces new initiatives to help middle class and low income families secure their legal rights.


      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      Newly-elected members of the 112th Congress assembled on the east front steps of the Capitol for their freshman class photograph. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/8849-1

      Ethics Committee Recommends Censure For Rangel; House Set To Take Vote http://www.cspan.org/


      NATOchannel.tv: http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/index.htm

  3. Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., was born November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the first of four siblings. In 1953, the Biden family moved from Pennsylvania to Claymont, Delaware. He graduated from the University of Delaware and Syracuse Law School and served on the New Castle County Council. Then, at age 29, he became one of the youngest people ever elected to the United States Senate.

    Just weeks after the election, tragedy struck the Biden family, when Biden’s wife, Neilia, and their 1-year old daughter, Naomi, were killed and their two young sons critically injured in an auto accident. Vice President Biden was sworn in to the U.S. Senate at his sons’ hospital bedside and began commuting to Washington every day by train, a practice he maintained throughout his career in the Senate.

    In 1977, Vice President Biden married Jill Jacobs. Jill Biden, who holds a Ph.D. in Education, has been an educator for over two decades and currently teaches at a DC-area community college. The Vice President has three children: Beau, Hunter, and Ashley. Beau serves as Delaware’s Attorney General and recently returned home from Iraq where he served as a Captain in the 261st Signal Brigade of the Delaware National Guard. Ashley is a social worker and Hunter is an attorney. Vice President Biden has five grandchildren: Naomi, Finnegan, Roberta Mabel (“Maisy”), Natalie, and Robert Hunter.

    As a Senator from Delaware for 36 years, Senator Biden established himself as leader on some of our nation’s most important domestic and international challenges. As Chairman or Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee for 17 years, then-Senator Biden was widely recognized for his work on criminal justice issues including the landmark 1994 Crime Bill and the Violence Against Women Act. As Chairman or Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee since 1997, then-Senator Biden played a pivotal role in shaping U.S. foreign policy. He has been at the forefront of issues and legislation related to terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, post-Cold War Europe, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia.

    Now, as the 47th Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden has continued his leadership on important issues facing the nation.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/vice-president-biden

    • “Hail, Columbia” was the unofficial national anthem of the United States until its replacement in 1931 by the officially mandated “Star-Spangled Banner”. Columbia is a poetic name for the United States in use during the 18th century. The anthem was originally composed by Philip Phile in 1789 for the inauguration of George Washington, titled “The President’s March”, arranged with lyrics by Joseph Hopkinson in 1798. It was used in the United States as a national anthem for most of the 19th century, but lost popularity after World War I. It is now the entrance march, or the official song, for the Vice President of the United States in a similar fashion as “Hail to the Chief” is for the President. When played in honor of the Vice-President, the song is always preceded by four ruffles and flourishes. In addition, the song has been used as a slow march during military ceremonies, often while the band counter-marches. This song is not to be confused with Columbia, Gem of the Ocean.

    • CSPAN | August 23, 2008

      Sen. Obama introduces his VP pick, Joe Biden (D-DE), at a campaign rally in Springfield, IL

    • Often Written Off, Biden Has Long List Of Deals To His Name

      January 05, 2013 5:28 AM by ARI SHAPIRO – NPR

      When President Obama finally announced a fiscal cliff agreement late Tuesday night, he thanked several people who had worked to get a deal.

      The first one he mentioned by name was the man standing next to him at the podium: “my extraordinary vice president, Joe Biden.”

      In the final hours of the standoff, Republican Mitch McConnell asked Biden to help push a deal over the finish line. It was far from the first time the vice president has played that role.

      In 2009, Biden’s chief economist, Jared Bernstein, was in an Oval Office meeting with the president. In the middle of the meeting, Bernstein remembers, the phone rang.

      “And it’s Arlen Specter announcing that he’s going to become a Democrat and give the Democrats the majority in the Senate,” Bernstein recalls. “And the president took the call and was extremely pleased. And when he got off the phone, he said something to the effect of, ‘That was Joe Biden’s work.’ ”

      The White House has an entire legislative affairs office whose only job is to keep in touch with Congress. But often, this vice president acts as a one-man shop, doing the job on his own.

      Bernstein says everyone in the White House acknowledges this.

      “Not only is it recognized as one of his strengths, but it’s one of the reasons he’s there,” Bernstein says. “I mean, you’re talking about a president who was in Washington and in the Senate for all of two years, and a vice president who was there for 36.”

      Obama has a reputation for being aloof, especially with members of Congress. He doesn’t take lawmakers golfing. He doesn’t invite them over for movie night. He doesn’t schmooze.

      Biden is just the opposite. This week, he greeted incoming senators and their families at the start of the new Congress. He gave bear hugs, workout advice and facial caresses.

      That side of Biden is easy to mock. Critics dismiss him as a gaffe-prone windbag who talks more than he listens. That’s what veteran Republican staffer Jack Howard had heard before he met Biden in 1994.

      Howard was working for then-Rep. Newt Gingrich in the House at the time. Congress was deadlocked over a crime bill. Lawmakers were still in the office deep into what would usually have been the August recess, when Biden, then the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, came over to help break the logjam.

      “My first reaction was: Why is he coming over here to try to help this? And my experience to that point had pretty much been only what I’d seen or heard from other people, which, you know, was kind of a caricature of him,” Howard says. “But all those notions were quickly dispelled within hours.”

      Howard says Biden was there until 2 a.m. or 3 a.m., night after night, sleeves rolled up, pushing everyone toward a deal.

      “The Republican members quickly came to realize we could trust the guy,” Howard says. “He was a straight shooter. He kind of knew what our limits were, and he was quite candid in terms of telling us what his limits were. … Once you kind of get that established, that’s the first real predicate to a successful negotiation.”

      For the entire article and audio: http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/01/05/168637705/often-written-off-biden-has-long-list-of-deals-to-his-name

    • January 12, 2017

      Remarks by the President and the Vice President in Presentation of the Medal of Freedom to Vice President Joe Biden

      State Dining Room

      3:50 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Hey! All right, that’s enough. Don’t want to embarrass the guy. (Laughter.)

      Welcome to the White House, everybody. As I have already delivered my farewell address, I will try to be relatively brief. But I just wanted to get some folks together to pay tribute to somebody who has not only been by my side for the duration of this amazing journey, but somebody who has devoted his entire professional life to service to this country, the best Vice President America has ever had, Mr. Joe Biden. (Applause.)

      This also gives the Internet one last chance to talk about our bromance. (Laughter.) This has been quite a ride. It was eight and a half years ago that I chose Joe to be my Vice President. There has not been a single moment since that time that I’ve doubted the wisdom of that decision. He was the best possible choice, not just for me, but for the American people. This is an extraordinary man with an extraordinary career in public service. This is somebody the people of Delaware sent to the Senate as quickly as they possibly could. (Laughter.)

      Elected at age 29, for more than a dozen years apiece he served as chair or ranking member of the Judiciary and Foreign Relation Committees. Domestically, he championed landmark legislation to make our communities safer, to protect our women from violence. Internationally, his wisdom and capacity to build relationships that shaped our nation’s response to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain, to counterterrorism, Iraq, Afghanistan.

      And for the past eight years, he could not have been a more devoted or effective partner in the progress that we’ve made. He fought to make college more affordable and revitalize American manufacturing as the head of our Middle Class Task Force. He suited up for our Cancer Moonshot, giving hope to millions of Americans touched by this disease.

      He led our efforts to combat gun violence, and he rooted out any possible misappropriations that might have occurred. And as a consequence, the Recovery Act worked as well as just about any largescale stimulus project has ever worked in this country. He visited college after college — and made friends with Lady Gaga (laughter) — for our “It’s On Us” campaign against campus sexual assault. And when the Pope visited, Joe was even kind enough to let me talk to His Holiness, as well. (Laughter.)

      Behind the scenes, Joe’s candid, honest counsel has made me a better President and a better Commander-in-Chief. From the Situation Room to our weekly lunches, to our huddles after everybody else has cleared out of the room, he’s been unafraid to give it to me straight, even if we disagree — in fact, especially if we disagree.

      And all of this makes him, I believe, the finest Vice President we have ever seen.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/12/remarks-president-and-vice-president-presentation-medal-freedom-vice

  4. Number One Observatory Circle is the official residence of the Vice President of the United States.

    Located on the northeast grounds of the United States Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., the house was built in 1893 for its superintendent. The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) liked the house so much that in 1923 he took over the house for himself. It remained the residence of the CNO until 1974, when Congress authorized its transformation to an official residence for the Vice President. The congressional authorization covered the cost of refurbishment and furnishing the house.

    Before that time, the Vice President lived in his own home, but the cost of providing security for these private residences had become prohibitive.

    Although Number One Observatory Circle was made available to the Vice President in 1974, three years passed before a Vice President lived full-time in the house. Vice President Gerald Ford became President before he could use the house, and his Vice President, Nelson Rockefeller, primarily used the home for entertaining since he already had a residence in Washington. Vice President Walter Mondale was the first Vice President to move into the house. Every Vice President since has lived there.

    For the entire article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_One_Observatory_Circle

  5. Thursday, November 18, 2010

    Happy Birthday Joe: Obama Goes Sweet On Biden

    President Obama wished Vice President Joe Biden an early “Happy Birthday” on Wednesday, as they finished their weekly lunch in the Private Dining Room. The Veep turns 68 on November 20th, and he was presented with a mini chocolate cake.

  6. whitehouse | November 18, 2010 –

    West Wing Week: 11/19/10 or “I Really Like this Guy”

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Walk step by step with the President as he attends the G-20 in Seoul, Korea and the annual APEC meeting in Yokohama, Japan, awards the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta, and the National Medals of Science and Technology, affirms the Administration’s commitment to promoting equality in the work place at a meeting of women leaders in the Roosevelt Room, and more…

  7. comeback053 | November 18, 2010 –

    President Obama’s Address to Detroit Auto Workers: “Don’t bet against the American worker. Don’t bet against the American people.”

  8. StartLoving4 | November 18, 2010 –

    Rachel Maddow on the return of GM

    At the 5:10 mark, there is an interview with Ron Bloom, senior advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury and member of the President’s task force on the automotive industry.

    • Wowie, I wonder what happened to get Senator Landrieu to drop her hold?? Thank goodness we now have someone to work on the budget! She was holding his appointment because of the oil drilling ban in the Gulf.

      Great news. Thanks, Kat!

  9. nydailynews | November 18, 2010 –

    First Lady Michelle Obama encourages Harlem kids to get moving

    First Lady Michelle Obama plays with kids at the Harlem Police Athletic League building and holds a press conference for her ‘Let’s Move’ campaign.

    • NYDailyNews.com, Nov. 18, 2010:

      Michelle Obama drops into Harlem PAL center to do some pushups, squats and jumping jacks with kids

      By Joanna Molloy and Frank Lombardi

      First Lady Michelle Obama got a workout in Harlem Thursday when she dropped into a Police Athletic League center and led an exercise class for the kids….

      “You are our future, that’s why I spent so much time with you guys,” the First Lady told the kids. “Turn off the TV, turn off the video games, put down the potato chips and the candy.”

      “She’s terrific and a role model for all of you and all of us,” said former Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau, longtime chairman of the city’s PAL program….


  10. Good morning guys!

    Just had to drop in and get a little dig in. So this morning, I see that airports may use private security rather than TSA to do security.

    Well, there ya go Keith and other professional lefties who decided to go all melodramatic over the body scanners and pat downs. I have been traveling ALL YEAR and they’ve been doing a mix of scanning and patting down. I never saw people freaking out. You stand in the stupid bubble, raise your hands, and the thing moves, and you step out. The end. No one is sitting back there laughing and gawking, that I noticed. When I had to get a pat down, a woman with gloves quickly and very professionally patted me down. I didn’t feel like this was sexual or something either of us were getting jollies out of. I get pat down to go into a club for heaven’s sake!

    Anyway, with all of this drama and OH MY GOD my civil liberties….here ya go! Some airports are talking about using private security since folks are freaking out over the TSA doing it. Good luck with accountability for any wrong-doing.

    Ya know, I understand not wanting to be bothered, but it could be much worse. WAY before I got a pat down like the ones happening now, I was patted down HEAVILY in Germany about 3 years ago at their airport. To the point where the security agent did a little wiggle of my bra when she was patting the wire area under my bra.

    So my point is that folks need to CHOOSE WISELY when they decide to get all outraged. Now we may end up with private contractors handling security at airports. Oh great…Maybe it’ll be Blackwater’s subsidiary.

    • Sandy said:

      Good Morning Vero – I had one of my nieces come from Virginia a couple of days ago and she was complaining she had to throw away her coffee. I am trying to understand why the outrage when she knows for a fact no liquids allowed. Her answer to me was “they” are making it harder to travel. Uh? Only if you don’t follow the guidelines.


    • I agree with you completely, Vero. I don’t get what the big deal is. And if the same rules need to be followed no matter who does the screening, then it doesn’t make any sense to hire private firms. I’d be really disgusted to hear that Blackwater would profit from this yet again.

  11. Democrats to hold votes on middle class tax cuts


    WASHINGTON – After meeting with President Barack Obama Thursday, Democratic leaders in Congress said they plan to hold a series of politically charged votes to extend middle-class tax cuts while letting tax cuts for the wealthy expire.

    Republicans are expected to block the plan, leaving both sides back at square one as they try to negotiate a deal to spare families at every income level from a big tax increase in January.

    Democratic officials said Obama did not embrace a particular approach to the tax cuts in his Oval Office meeting with Democratic leaders. He indicated he wanted to wait for a meeting with Democratic and Republican leaders on Nov. 30 before staking out a position.

    “I think there’s a reality here which is that while it might be best to continue the middle-class tax cuts and raise taxes on higher income people, the votes are not there to do that,” said Sen. Joseph Lieberman, a Connecticut independent who caucuses with the Democrats. “I think everybody’s got to deal with a stark reality which is, are we going to leave here knowing that we haven’t come to an agreement and that everybody’s taxes are going to go up Jan. 1?”

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he would like to schedule competing votes on the Senate floor. One would be on Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s bill to make all the tax cuts permanent; the other would be on a Democratic plan to extend only the middle class tax cuts. Neither is expected to pass.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101119/ap_on_re_us/us_tax_cuts_democrats

  12. Afghanistan handover issue hangs over NATO summit


    LISBON, Portugal – President Barack Obama and NATO’s 27 other leaders open a two-day summit Friday on keeping the Cold War alliance relevant — but the meeting is being overshadowed by the escalating war in Afghanistan, where the alliance is struggling to contain Taliban militants.

    NATO officials say they expect unanimous support from the allies for Obama’s plans for a new, expanded missile defense system in Europe that would be based on an existing shield meant to defend military units from attack. The U.S. already has a missile defense system based mainly in North America, and it is planning one for its European allies.

    But Obama will face tough questions from U.S. allies on his exit strategy in Afghanistan. He will also meet with leaders of the European Union on Saturday to defend his preference for stimulus spending at a time when many European nations are enacting economic austerity measures.

    NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said this year’s annual Lisbon summit will be one of the most important in the alliance’s history.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101119/ap_on_re_eu/eu_nato_summit

    • NATO to turn Afghan security control over by 2014


      LISBON, Portugal – NATO will start drawing down its troops in Afghanistan next July and its combat role in the war-torn nation will end by 2014 or earlier so security can be turned over to the Afghans, a top alliance official said Friday.

      “We think that goal is realistic, and we have made plans to achieve it, but of course if circumstances agree, it could be sooner, absolutely,” said Mark Sedwill, NATO’s top civilian representative in Afghanistan.

      Sedwill said the troop withdrawal starting next year will be “shallow” and eventually accelerate but did not elaborate.

      The escalating war in Afghanistan, where the alliance is struggling to contain Taliban militants, looked set to dominate a two-day NATO summit opening Friday in Lisbon.

      NATO spokesman James Appathurai also said the alliance’s 28 leaders, including President Barack Obama, were poised to approve the withdrawal plan. He said NATO is “quite confident of the end of 2014 timeline for handing responsibility to Afghan security forces” as requested by Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

      Appathurai and Sedwill did not say how many NATO troops would stay in Afghanistan after 2014 serving as military advisers and trainers or in a support role.

      U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who arrived in Lisbon ahead of Obama, met for an hour Friday with Karzai, a State Department official said.

      The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a private meeting, said the session at Karzai’s hotel was “candid and friendly” and covered key aspects of the NATO mission in Afghanistan — including the planned transition to Afghan security control, as well as international civilian assistance to Kabul.

      For the entire article: http://yhoo.it/d6xYAU

  13. Formal events planned for Obama

    11/19/10 By MATT NEGRIN | POLITICO

    The NATO events in Portugal begin in the evening for President Obama, who plans to attend a handful of formal activities with leaders in Lisbon.

    First up is an “arrival reception” at the Feria Internacional de Lisboa, followed by a North Atlantic Council opening session and an NAC “working session.” Then he’ll smile for the cameras for the NATO official photo, and he’ll end his day with an NAC “working dinner.”

  14. VP addressing families’ ‘legal rights’

    11/19/10 By MATT NEGRIN | POLITICO

    Vice President Biden will be joined by a host of administration officials on Friday at a Middle Class Task Force event to discuss legal issues for families.

    At the morning event, Biden will “announce new initiatives to help middle class and low income families secure their legal rights,” the White House said in guidance to reporters.

    At the end of the session at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Attorney General Eric Holder plans to speak.

    People who will talk on panels after Biden makes his announcement include Labor Secretary Hilda Solis; Larry Tribe, a senior counselor for access to justice at the Justice Department; Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz; senior officials from the Veterans Affairs Department and the Housing and Urban Development Department; and “representatives from the legal advocacy community,” the White House said.

  15. November 18, 2010

    CEA Releases New Quarterly Analysis on Job and Economic Impact of the Recovery Act

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Council of Economic Advisers today released its latest quarterly report on the economic impact of the Recovery Act. The report shows that the Act played a key role in changing the trajectory of the economy. Specifically, the Recovery Act added 2.7 percent to third quarter GDP growth and by some measures has exceeded the original goal of creating or saving 3.5 million jobs by the end of 2010.

    The report also shows that the third quarter was the biggest yet for public investment spending, with more than $33 billion outlaid for clean energy, transportation and other infrastructure projects. According to CEA’s analysis, public investment spending was responsible for over 1 million jobs nationwide through the third quarter of 2010.

    This is the fifth quarterly report the Council of Economic Advisers has submitted to Congress on the employment and economic impact of the Recovery Act. The report can be viewed in full HERE.

    The Council of Economic Advisers Fifth Quarterly Report on the Economic Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

    Key Findings

    * As of the third quarter of 2010, the Recovery Act has raised employment by 2.7 to 3.7 million jobs.
    * The Recovery Act has raised the level of GDP as of the second quarter of 2010 by 2.7 percent.
    * Public investment spending increased significantly in the third quarter with more than $33 billion paid out to support projects in areas like health IT, building construction and transportation infrastructure.
    * Public investment spending was responsible for more than 1 million jobs in the third quarter.
    * Clean energy investments were responsible for nearly a quarter of the 1 million public investment jobs – or 224,500 clean energy jobs.
    * Less than $20 billion of discretionary program funding remains “unobligated” – and the majority of those funds have already been awarded.
    * Eight states – California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas – have now seen an impact of over 100,000 Recovery Act jobs.

    Europe and America, Aligned for the Future
    Published: November 18, 2010
    With this week’s NATO and United States-European Union summit meetings in Lisbon, I am proud to have visited Europe a half-dozen times as president. This reflects an enduring truth of American foreign policy — our relationship with our European allies and partners is the cornerstone of our engagement with the world, and a catalyst for global cooperation.

    With no other region does the United States have such a close alignment of values, interests, capabilities and goals. With the largest economic relationship in the world, trans-Atlantic trade supports millions of jobs in the United States and Europe and forms a foundation of our efforts to sustain the global economic recovery.

    As an alliance of democratic nations, NATO ensures our collective defense and helps strengthen young democracies. Europe and the United States are working together to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, promote peace in the Middle East and confront climate change. And as we have seen in the recent security alert in Europe and the thwarted plot to detonate explosives on trans-Atlantic cargo flights, we cooperate closely every day to prevent terrorist attacks and keep our citizens safe.

  17. The White House Blog

    White House White Board: The Rebirth of the American Auto Industry
    Posted by Jesse Lee on November 19, 2010 at 08:00 AM EST
    In the fourth edition of White House White Board, Austan Goolsbee, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, discusses the President’s tough decisions on the American auto industry in light of the General Motors IPO.

    • A Major Milestone in the Recovery of the American Auto Industry

      November 18th, 2010 by Karina – Speaker’s Blog

      According to a report released yesterday by the Center for Automotive Research, government action supporting the auto industry prevented a $26.8 billion loss to the American taxpayer and saved nearly 1.5 million American jobs. And today’s initial public stock offering of the newly-reformed General Motors has analysts predicting taxpayers will be repaid for much of the emergency intervention. Bloomberg:

      The U.S. government avoided a $28.6 billion loss and saved more than 1.45 million jobs by bailing out the automotive industry, a research group said today.

      The loss would have been caused by increased public welfare payments and lost tax receipts from workers had the government not provided $82 billion of assistance to the industry, said Kristin Dziczek, director of the labor industry group at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan…

      “You could argue that because the auto industry is one of the most productive and integrated industries, putting the money there was a better place to put it than job creation in any other sector,” Dziczek said.

      Congressional Republicans, working on behalf of the special interests, made no secret of their opposition to Democratic initiatives to save the American auto industry. From Politico, “Republicans Hope General Motors is President Obama’s Hurricane Katrina”:

      In news conference after news conference this week, they slammed the administration for taking a roughly 60 percent stake in GM as part of the bankruptcy proceedings. That decision, they argue, will result in lawmakers getting intimately involved with the daily workings of the troubled company…

      …House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said in a New York radio interview Thursday: “Washington, the president, Congress, none … has any business running that car company. They’ll run it into the ground.”

      Republicans also argue that the White House has put the taxpayers on the hook for billions of dollars, money that they may never see repaid if the company continues to founder.

      For the entire article: http://www.speaker.gov/blog/?p=3136

  18. Good morning, OTeam. TGIF to all!

    Just wondering. Is Dancing with the Stars on the ABC network? I see that Barbara Walters is doing her most fascinating people special and featuring The Quitter. She’s on ABC. So sick of having these people crammed down our throat. We should write to Disney.

      • Oh man, Sandy. I remember that like it was yesterday. Charlie Gibson and George Steph doing a real hit job. I was so outraged. And luckily they got a lot of flack for it. Not that it did any good.

    • Thank you Donna! I will send our VPOTUS a birthday greeting.

      VP Biden’s was born on November 20, 1942

  19. Government as Convener – Fostering Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

    Posted by Aneesh Chopra on November 19, 2010

    Ed. Note: This week the Obama Administration celebrating America’s entrepreneurs and small businesses as part of National Entrepreneurship Week. Join Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today at 1 p.m. for a live chat on entrepreneurship and innovation.

    This week on the White House blog, we’ve highlighted the Obama Administration’s role in improving entrepreneurs’ access to capital, driving innovation from the lab to the marketplace, empowering vetrepreneurs, and fueling disruptive energy startups. Today, in celebration of the first-ever National Entrepreneurs’ Day, I thought to highlight the emerging role of government as convener to catalyze entirely new ideas and business models. Through competition in prizes and challenges, open data downloads, and participation in voluntary consensus standards activities, entrepreneurs are finding new ways to participate – and succeed in building the industries and jobs of the future.

    * Prizes and Challenges
    * Open Data
    * Voluntary Consensus Standards

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/11/19/government-convener-fostering-entrepreneurial-ecosystems

    • Celebrating National Entrepreneurs’ Day

      Posted by Valerie Jarrett on November 19, 2010

      President Obama declared today the first-ever National Entrepreneurs’ Day, part of a full-blown National Entrepreneurship Week that, in the President’s words, aims to “renew our commitment to supporting the entrepreneurs who power the engine of our Nation’s economy.”

      Entrepreneurship is a core American value. And supporting a culture that is conducive to entrepreneurship and startups is a core component of the President’s National Innovation Strategy, for achieving sustainable growth and quality jobs. Startups are inherently bold and by their nature constantly facing the risk of failure. But startups also bring an unparalleled wealth of transformative innovations to market—think of everything from the airplane to the automobile to Amazon.com—and have been the Nation’s engine of job creation over the past three decades. It is the entrepreneurs who are tackling the Nation’s challenges in clean energy, medicine, national security, and other fields. They will build the leading industries of the 21st century.

      This week, leaders from throughout the Obama Administration have highlighted a range of initiatives to promote entrepreneurship and high-growth startups, through a series of five daily White House blog postsand a live web chat with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/11/19/celebrating-national-entrepreneurs-day

  20. Today at 1 PM: Open for Questions with Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke

    Posted by Katelyn Sabochik on November 19, 2010

    Today at 1 p.m. EST Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and Fast Company will be hosting a special live chat to answer your questions about this Administration’s role in promoting innovation-based, high-growth entrepreneurship. During the event, you can watch live and submit questions on facebook.

    In the meantime, be sure to check out our National Entrepreneurship Week blog post series:

    * Entrepreneurs: Building Businesses, Creating Jobs, Strengthening Our Economy by SBA Administrator Karen Mills
    * Moving Ideas from the Lab to the Marketplace by Commerce Secretary Gary Locke
    * Vetrepreneurs: Helping Our Vets Start Their Own Businesses by Jonah Czerwinski, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Director of the VA Innovation Initiative at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    * Entrepreneurs Fueling Innovation by Cathy Zoi, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy
    * Government as Convener – Fostering Entrepreneurial Ecosystems by U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra

  21. New post from The People’s View, please show Deaniac83 some love…

    DADT Repeal Is In. Dems Are Still In Charge! Good News!

    Posted: 18 Nov 2010 05:36 PM PST

    Crossposted at DailyKos

    Democrats are still in-charge and must be given their dues for standing tall and not bucking down. It is very clear now that the repeal of the military’s gay ban will be brought in for votes as part of the 2011 defense policy bill early in December.

    Rollcall reports:

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Wednesday night that he will schedule a vote next month on repealing the military’s ban on openly gay service members.

    “During the work period following the Thanksgiving holidays, I will bring the Defense Authorization bill to the floor, including a repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’” the Nevada Democrat said in a statement. “Our Defense Department supports repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ as a way to build our all-volunteer armed forces. We need to repeal this discriminatory policy so that any American who wants to defend our country can do so.”

    Thank you Senator Reid! So, what is the White House’s involvement here?

    For the entire article: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2010/11/dadt-is-in-dems-are-still-in-charge.html

    • GOP blocks unemployment extension

      11/18/10 Domenico Montanaro – MSNBC

      An extension of unemployment benefits failed in the House this afternoon.

      The measure got a vote of 258-154, but the L.A. Times points out that that margin is “ordinarily sufficient to pass legislation. But Democrats brought the measure to the floor using a legislative tactic that required approval from two-thirds of the House.”

      AP writes: “Republicans in the House Thursday blocked a bill that would have extended jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed beyond the holiday season. An extension of jobless benefits enacted this summer expires Dec. 1, and unless they are renewed, two million people will lose benefits averaging $310 a week nationwide by the end of December. The failed measure would have extended jobless benefits through the end of February at a cost of adding $12.5 billion to the nation’s debt. Republicans opposing the legislation said the measure should be paid for by cutting unspent money from last year’s economic stimulus bill. The White House criticized Congress for voting to cut off unemployment benefits with the holiday break approaching.”

  22. Happy Friday, everybody!

    My new DK diary:

    Today’s report features the following:

    • The President’s remarks on New START ratification: “There is no higher national security priority for the lame duck session of Congress.” Also key facts about the treaty and a report on the President’s commitment to modernizing our nuclear deterrent.

    • GM IPO raises over $20 billion. Center for Automotive Research: aid to GM and Chrysler saved over 1.1 million jobs in 2009 and 314,000 jobs this year. Since emerging from bankruptcy, the auto industry has created over 75,000 new jobs.

    • CEA quarterly analysis: The Recovery Act has raised employment by 2.7 to 3.7 million jobs.

    • National Entrepreneurship Week: A look at three innovative companies that have benefited from the Recovery Act.

    • The First Lady attends Let’s Move! events in New York and New Jersey.

    • West Wing Week, the White House’s video retrospective.


  23. The White House

    Office of the Press Secretary

    For Immediate Release November 19, 2010
    Statements to the Press by President Obama and President Silva of Portugal After Meeting

    Belém National Palace, Lisbon, Portugal

    2:25 P.M. WET

    PRESIDENT SILVA: (As translated.) Good afternoon. I would like to start by thanking President Barack Obama for having accepted my invitation for a working meeting during his first visit to Portugal.

    Portugal is honored to welcome President Obama. The meeting we just had and the working lunch which followed enabled a fruitful exchange of viewpoints, thus highlighting the excellent political relationship between Portugal and the U.S.A. — a solid relationship grounded on a strong identity of viewpoints and sharing of values and principles.

  24. AssociatedPress | November 19, 2010 –

    The President in Portugal (raw video

    President Obama touched down in a rainy Portuguese capital Friday morning. He’s in Lisbon for two days of meetings with NATO allies and the European Union. (Nov. 19, no audio)

  25. I feel you, meta. I’m so over Sarah Palin coverage. If isn’t running, then I don’t know what she’s up to. Hopefully it’s just trying to sell a book. I dunno, though.

    I feel so helpless. I wanted to call into Stephanie Miller this morning and ask her if she’s really so clueless as to not see how she is not helping push the progressive agenda forward.

    Every day these left wing shows spend 1/2 of their time complaining about the president or Democrats, and the other 1/2 they are talking about the latest crazy thing someone on the right said – whether it’s Rush, Glen, or Sarah. And typically, the crazy thing those folks on the right say is is something insulting to Democrats – particularly President Obama. So what do you get as a result? Endless President Obama negativity, whether it’s the left complaining, or the right belittling him, with the left simply complaining about that or just making fun of the folks on the right who do it.

    I just wish they’d see what they’re doing. I do not say we should just stick our heads in the sand and totally ignore them. But I do think we shouldn’t spend so much time on everything they say. Notice how you’ll never catch Rush or Glenn doing a segment where they’re playing clips of outrageous things Ed or Keith or Stephanie Miller says? They know that it will distract from their message which is 24/7 anti-Democrats, anti-Obama, anti-progressive messaging, while whitewashing and oversimplifying their right wing vkews to make them palatable.

    • Hi Vero,
      Proves one thing.
      Republican Pundits are so full of bull-s–t, all they do is open their mouths, & it spews forth… 😦
      Republican politicians march in lock-step behind their “messengers”

      Democrats need to work harder on messaging.

  26. A big day for small business

    November 27, 2010 is the first-ever Small Business SaturdaySM.

    * A day to come together in support of the small businesses we love.
    * The shops and restaurants that employ our neighbors and reinvest our money close to home.
    * The businesses that are the heartbeat of our communities and local economies.

    For every $100 spent at local small businesses (NOT WALMART!!!), $68 returns to the community – Civic Economics

    Small businesses employ half of all private sector employees – Small Business Administration

    Small businesses represent 99.7% of all employer firms – Small Business Administration

    For every year over the last decade, 60% – 80% of new jobs were generated by small businesses – Small Business Administration


    Take the pledge to support small business. Join the movement.

  27. TEDxPentagon: The Human Stories

    Posted by Sumit Agarwal on November 19, 2010

    Today, eleven remarkable people will give eleven riveting talks. What’s unique about them, besides experiences like being a female engagement team Marine in Afghanistan or an explosive ordinance disposal technician in Iraq, is that they’re all from the Department of Defense. The eleven speakers of TEDxPentagon represent America’s men and women in uniform, and the families who stand strong alongside them. Watch the live stream here.

    Like other remarkable speakers who come together under the umbrella of the TED conferences (Technology, Entertainment, and Design), these speakers will share experience, lessons, and stories that range from wonderful to terrifying, and enlightening to inspiring.

    TED’s mission is to share “Ideas Worth Sharing”. The men and women of the America’s military have many such stories. For the past few months, team members from the Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force, and military civilian communities have been working together to curate bring together a small sample of speakers who will share ideas that really are worth sharing. The Department of Defense organized TEDxPentagon to share the human side of a military that can seem vast and imposing to many. They are stories of innovation, bravery, and hope, and serve as a reminder that our military is made up not just of weapons and gadgets, but of people, too. I hope that these men and women will inspire you as much as they inspired me, and that you will tune in and watch the event live at http://www.livestream.com/tedxpentagon.

    Sumit Agarwal is Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Outreach and Social Media

  28. The GOP war on ‘anchor babies’

    11/19/10 TheWeek.com

    New York – Blocking citizenship for U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants is a top priority for some House Republicans. Can they do it?

    The incoming Republican chairman of the House subcommittee on immigration, Rep. Steve King (R-IA), has set his top priority: Repeal the U.S. “birthright citizenship” granted to all U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants under the 14th Amendment. King argues that these so-called anchor babies are an unfair drain on taxpayer dollars, and offer their undocumented parents a stealth path to citizenship. While some GOP leaders support King’s drive, is it good policy… or bad politics?

    What happened to Constitutional conservatism? The newly elected class of Republicans campaigned on “defending” the Constitution, says Cynthia Tucker in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. But if their first goal is gutting the 14th Amendment — rather than, say, creating jobs — it’s not the Democrats who “don’t care so much about fealty to the Constitution,” it’s the “radical” GOP.
    Radical Republicans want to ignore the Constitution

    It’s time for Congress to take action: King’s got the right idea, says Bruce Maiman at Examiner.com, but his proposal doesn’t directly tackle the real problem: The vague language of the 14th Amendment. Ideally, Congress would revise the amendment so that it clearly requires that one parent be a citizen before a child can become one too.
    House conservatives target ‘anchor babies‘”

    This is political suicide: King’s bill would never pass the Senate, let alone the courts, says the Los Angeles Times in an editorial. The only thing it would do is alienate Latino voters. And that’s just bad politics. Latinos are a rapidly growing electoral force, and they “are not, by any means, monolithic Democratic voters” — yet. If GOP leaders don’t “quash” anti-immigrant talk, they risk losing Latino support.
    Alienating Latinos


    • “Anchor babies.”

      They used to be called “first generation Americans.”

  29. Heard interview on by MSNBC Andrea Mitchell about START Treaty
    Chief Negotiator START Treaty
    Rose Gottemoeller

    Re: Sen. Jon Kyl –R-AZ
    Rose Gottemoeller just now emphasized that Kyl is “THE ONE” blocking this treaty from being ratified
    However, if treaty ratification is deferred until Republicans can tweak this & that, the Russians may throw up their hands & walk away.

    Rose G. pointed out that the team working on this treaty consulted all along this summer WITH Republicans.

    Seems that MAIN Goal of Kyl is to defeat President Obama;
    To hell with American interests;
    Just to make our President look weak & ineffective.

    Let’s try to “shame” this man into thinking of AMERICA FIRST!!!
    Forget his politics… at least long enough to insure a safer future for USA.

    Here’s Sen. Jon Kyl contacts:

    730 Hart Senate Building
    Washington, D.C. 20510
    Phone: (202) 224-4521
    Fax: (202) 224-2207

    2200 East Camelback, Suite 120
    Phoenix, Arizona 85016-3455
    Phone: (602) 840-1891
    Fax: (602) 957-6838

    6840 North Oracle Road, Suite 150
    Tucson, Arizona 85704
    Phone: (520) 575-8633
    Fax: (520) 797-3232

    Andrea …interviewing Sen. Richard Lugar (R), who in favor of treaty.
    (If any recall in his book, then Sen. Barrack Obama took a trip to Russia with Sen. Lugar, about nuclear weapons.

    He says Harry Reid needs to put Treaty on Vote-Schedule ASAP.
    Maybe we need to call Harry too!

    I like what Sen. Lugar is saying….

    Just called Kyl office # in Washington DC, & let ’em have it!
    Clerk says,
    “I’ll let him know”
    Says I,
    “Oh- just that one person from Tucson called ?”
    He says, “No mamm, you’re hardly the ONLY one…lot of people have been calling”

    Keep it up guys, we can make a difference!

    Here’s some AZ zip-codes if you need them:

  30. As you know, I emailed Senator Kyl about the START Treaty and unemployment benefits extension. Today, I called his Washington office and the line is busy but I called the Phoenix office. A young man answered and I asked if he has heard from others and he says “we sure have.” I told the guy I was an Arizona native and that Kyl he is has not done a thing for Arizona and that I will not vote for him in 2012. I told him that Kyl was playing politics with the Nation’s national security and that he is a disgrace.

  31. Just found: The planet from another galaxy

    11/19/10 AP

    WASHINGTON – Scientists have discovered the first planet from another galaxy, sort of.

    While some 500 planets have been identified in other parts of our galaxy — the Milky Way — none has been reported in other galaxies.

    Now one has been discovered orbiting a star called HIP 13044, located about 2,000 light year away. While this star is now in the Milky Way, researchers reported in Thursday’s online edition of the journal Science that it originated in a separate galaxy that was later cannibalized by ours.

    That makes the new planet, which is about 20 percent larger than Jupiter, the first found to have originated in another galaxy.

    “This discovery is very exciting,” Rainer Klement of Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, said in a statement.

    “For the first time, astronomers have detected a planetary system in a stellar stream of extragalactic origin. Because of the great distances involved, there are no confirmed detections of planets in other galaxies. But this cosmic merger has brought an extragalactic planet within our reach.”

    For the entire article: http://yhoo.it/cTKTFk



      Yes you…Winky-Blinky-Married-to-the-Secessionist

      & your friend Limbo-I-will-leave-America-if-HealthCareReform-passes


  32. Joe Scarborough suspended from MSNBC for campaign donations


    MSNBC said Friday that it is suspending “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough for two days after he acknowledged giving eight previously unknown $500 contributions to friends and family members running for state and local offices during his tenure at the network, a violation of parent NBC’s ban on political contributions by employees without specific permission from the network president.

    “I recognize that I have a responsibility to honor the guidelines and conditions of my employment, and I regret that I failed to do so in this matter,” Scarborough said in a statement. “I apologize to MSNBC and to anyone who has been negatively affected by my actions,” he said, adding that after he was made aware of some of the contributions, he called MSNBC President Phil Griffin “and agreed with Phil’s immediate demand of a two-day suspension without pay.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/45411.html

  33. In Portugal, Obama smiles on his pet


    LISBON—During his visit here Friday ahead of a two-day NATO summit, President Obama was quick to remind the locals that one member of his family has Portuguese roots: Bo the dog.

    Bo, who was acquired by the Obamas a few months after they moved into the White House last year, is a Portuguese Water Dog — a hypoallergenic breed sometimes referred to as Porties.

    “I understand there’s been a fair amount of interest here in how my family has been enriched by Portugal … specifically, Bo, our dog,” Obama said to loud laughter as he spoke to reporters with Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates. “He is the most popular member of the White House.”

    Obama also noted the contributions of human Portuguese immigrants to America, including in Hawaii, where he was born.

    “Immigrants from Portugal, the Azores and Madeira have formed strong Portuguese communities across our country, including by the way in my home state of Hawaii,” Obama said.

    Video: http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/1110/origins_of_bo_838dac5e-546a-427f-b959-806c7d007e75.html

  34. Another great post from The People’s View by Deaniac83

    Let’s Get Those Calls Going! Repeal DADT!

    Key Senators to Call – call at least a couple of them (list from Winning Progressive in comments yesterday):

    * Harry Reid (Nevada) (202) 224-3542 Thank Senator Reid for vowing to bring DADT repeal to a vote in December
    * Carl Levin (Michigan) – (202) 224-6221 – Senator Levin is the Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee – make sure to ask that he not agree to remove DADT repeal from the Defense Reauthorization Bill
    * Claire McCaskill (Missouri) – 202-224-6154
    * Olympia Snowe (Maine) – (202) 224-5344
    * Susan Collins (Maine) – (202) 224-2523
    * Scott Brown (Massachusetts) – (202) 224-4543
    * George LeMieux (Florida) – (202) 224-3041
    * George Voinovich (Ohio) – (202) 224-3353
    * Jim Webb (Virginia) – (202)-224-4024


  35. whitehouse | November 19, 2010 –

    President Obama Meets with President Silva

    President Obama and President Cavaco Silva of Portugal make statements to the press after meeting at Belém National Palace in Lisbon.

    • Office of the Press Secretary, November 19, 2010:

      Statements to the Press by President Obama and President Silva of Portugal After Meeting


      …. It is very fitting that we are gathering here in Lisbon. It was from here that the great explorers set out to discover new worlds. It was here, a gateway of Europe, through which generations of immigrants and travelers have passed and bound our countries together. It was here that Europeans came together to sign the landmark treaty that strengthened their union.

      Now we’ve come to Lisbon again to revitalize the NATO alliance for the 21st century and to strengthen the partnership between the United States and the European Union.

      Mr. President, I thank you and all the people of Portugal for everything you’ve done to make these summits a success.

      Our meeting was also an opportunity to reaffirm the strong partnership between the United States and Portugal. President Cavaco Silva is commander of Portugal’s armed forces, and will be representing Portugal at the NATO Summit.

      We pledged to continue the excellent cooperation between our militaries, especially Lajes Field in the Azores, which provides critical support to American and NATO forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

      I expressed my gratitude to the Portuguese armed forces who are serving alongside us in Afghanistan. And here in Lisbon, I look forward to working with our NATO and our ISAF partners as we move towards a new phase, a transition to Afghan responsibility that begins in 2011, with Afghan forces taking the lead for security across Afghanistan by 2014.

      So this summit is an important opportunity for us to align an approach to transition in Afghanistan.

      Finally, we discussed ways to expand our bilateral cooperation. On the economic front, we’re looking to deepen our partnership in trade and investment, in science and technology. I am very impressed with the outstanding work that Portugal has done in areas like clean energy, and we think that we can collaborate more.

      On the security front, Portugal’s upcoming seat at the U.N. Security Council will be an opportunity to advance peace and security that both our nations seek around the world….


  36. Here we go again with the messaging. I just went over to the Arizona Daily Star to join the fray. These people are ignorant. They act like there hasn’t been hearings up the wahzoo on this START Treaty for pete’s sake. They act like the Democrats are trying to “ram” it through like “Obamacare.” Somehow, we need to reach the American public. I am really getting sick of this. Now this azzhole of a Senator, Jon Kyl, a McCain boot licker, is holding this Treaty up on the premise of unanswered questions. Oh please. This has got to stop.

    Sorry guys. It is really tough seeing my state be the epitome of stupidity.

    • California has got our share of stupidity….remember the Birther Queen??!

      Around my neighborhood were McSame/WinkyBlinky signs (I look out my window and see one across the street) and anti-O bumper stickers.

    • Hi Jackie.
      Checked in on that AZ Star story again this a.m.
      Does seem somewhat consoling that the positive out-weights the negative over there, so there’s hope…:)

      But being AZ is next-to-last on the educational achievement level of U.S.A. States, suppose we ought not to be too surprised at fifth-grade thinking behind some of those blog posts.
      Education , or lack there-of, is a problem for America in all parts of society.
      Glad our President knows this fact, & is addressing the problem.

  37. whitehouse | November 19, 2010 –

    Open for Questions: Entrepreneurship and Innovation with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke

    Commerce Secretary Gary Locke answers your questions about the Administration’s role in promoting innovation-based, high-growth entrepreneurship. November 19, 2010.

  38. Office of the Press Secretary, November 19, 2010:

    Remarks by the President on the NATO Summit and the New START Treaty

    THE PRESIDENT: Good evening, everybody. I just wanted to take a few minutes to talk about the substantial progress that the United States and our NATO allies have made here today.

    We head into tomorrow’s meeting with an alliance that is fully aligned in its vision and approach to collective security for the 21st century. After a year of discussions — and sometimes debate — the new Strategic Concept that we are embracing shows that NATO is fully united about the way forward and committing to addressing the full range of security challenges of this century.

    Our Article 5 commitment remains the center of our approach, of course — an attack on one NATO member is an attack on all. And just as we will always back up that commitment with the conventional and nuclear strength that is necessary to defend our allies, we are now backing up that commitment with new capabilities as well.

    That’s why I’m pleased to announce that — for the first time — we’ve agreed to develop missile defense capability that is strong enough to cover all NATO European territory and populations, as well as the United States. This important step forward builds on the new phased adaptive approach to missile defense that I announced for the United States last year. It offers a role for all of our allies. It responds to the threats of our times. It shows our determination to protect our citizens from the threat of ballistic missiles. And tomorrow, we look forward to working with Russia to build our cooperation with them in this area as well, recognizing that we share many of the same threats….

    Finally, let me say a few words about the need to ratify the New START treaty. As I’ve said, this is a national security imperative for the United States. We need to ratify New START to put in place on-the-ground inspections of Russian nuclear arsenals, to reduce our deployed weapons and launchers, and to build on our cooperation with Russia — which has helped us put pressure on Iran and helped us to equip our mission in Afghanistan.

    But just as this is a national security priority for the United States, the message that I’ve received since I’ve arrived from my fellow leaders here at NATO could not be clearer — New START will strengthen our alliance and it will strengthen European security.

    Nobody is aware — nobody is more aware of the need for a strong, secure and democratic Europe than our Eastern and Central European allies. And my friend, the Foreign Minister of Poland, Radoslaw Sikorski, put it well when he said that New START will — and I quote — “bolster our country’s security, and that of Europe as a whole.”….


  39. So Palin has a connection to George Soros? Wow who would believe that Alan Keyes is calling her out on it..As Media Matters reports

    As we’ve previously noted, there is a connection between Sarah Palin and philanthropist George Soros in the form of Palin adviser Randy Scheunemann – whose firm has been paid at least $150,000 by Soros’ Open Society Policy Center for work related to promoting democracy in Burma. So far, this revelation has escaped the attention of Glenn Beck, who has made chalkboard examples of others with much less concrete connections to Soros.

    But Alan Keyes, conservative activist and serial Republican presidential candidate, has taken note of Palin’s Soros tie in his most recent column for World Net Daily:

    More here

  40. Senate passes black farmers settlement
    By the CNN Wire Staff
    November 19, 2010 4:59 p.m. ESTWashington (CNN) — The U.S. Senate approved a $1.15 billion measure Friday to fund a settlement initially reached between the Agriculture Department and minority farmers more than a decade ago.
    The 1997 Pigford v. Glickman case against the U.S. Agriculture Department was settled out of court 11 years ago. Under a federal judge’s terms dating to 1999, qualified farmers could receive $50,000 each to settle claims of racial bias.

    • Claims settlement
      Obama praises Senate vote

      11/20/10 By POLITICO STAFF

      President Obama late Friday praised the Senate’s passage of legislation to settle long-running lawsuits by black farmers against the Agriculture Department alleging discrimination and by American Indians over the management of Indian trust funds. Here is the text of his statement:

      I applaud the Senate for passing the Claims Settlement Act of 2010, which will at long last provide funding for the agreements reached in the Pigford II lawsuit, brought by African American farmers, and the Cobell lawsuit, brought by Native Americans over the management of Indian trust accounts and resources. I particularly want to thank Attorney General Holder and Secretaries Salazar and Vilsack for their continued work to achieve this outcome. I urge the House to move forward with this legislation as they did earlier this year, and I look forward to signing it into law.

      This bill also includes settlements for four separate water rights suits made by Native American tribes. I support these settlements and my Administration is committed to addressing the water needs of tribal communities. While these legislative achievements reflect important progress, they also serve to remind us that much work remains to be done. That is why my Administration also continues to work to resolve claims of past discrimination made by women and Hispanic farmers against the USDA.

  41. Top 10 Must-Have Government Apps

    Posted by Jordan Harp on November 19, 2010

    Whether you are taking public transport to work, getting coffee in a local café, or shopping for groceries — there are dozens of apps for your mobile phone to help you stay connected to your government and get the latest information. From the EPA’s alternative fuel locator to live video streams from the White House, these apps are worth checking out at apps.usa.gov.

    Here is our list of 10 must-have Government Apps:

    NASA App
    USA Jobs
    White House
    Find Your Embassy
    My TSA
    Alternative Fuel Locator
    Veterans Affairs
    FBI Most Wanted

  42. Tuesday Talks: Health Care Reform Implementation with Nancy-Ann DeParle
    Posted by Kori Schulman on November 19, 2010 at 04:58 PM EST

    Nancy-Ann DeParle, Director of the White House Office of Health Reform, is answering your questions on health reform implementation in a live video chat for Tuesday Talks. In March 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law — the Act gives you better health security by putting in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that hold insurance companies accountable, lower health care costs, guarantee more choice, and enhance the quality of care for all Americans.

    Join us for a talk with Nancy-Ann DeParle on Tuesday, November 23rd at 2:15 p.m. EST.

    For the entire article: http://yhoo.it/cTKTFk

  43. West Wing Week: 11/19/10 or “I Really Like this Guy”

    From: whitehouse | November 18, 2010

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Walk step by step with the President as he attends the G-20 in Seoul, Korea and the annual APEC meeting in Yokohama, Japan, awards the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta, and the National Medals of Science and Technology, affirms the Administration’s commitment to promoting equality in the work place at a meeting of women leaders in the Roosevelt Room, and more…

  44. WH

    Saturday, November 20 2010

    All Times ET

    3:30 am
    The President attends the meeting on Afghanistan opening session
    Local Event Time:
    8:30 AM WET
    Feria Internacional de Lisboa
    Travel Pool Coverage

    3:40 am
    The President attends the meeting on Afghanistan working session
    Local Event Time:
    8:40 AM WET
    Feria Internacional de Lisboa
    Closed Press

    7:45 am
    The President attends the NAC working session
    Local Event Time:
    12:45 PM WET
    Feria Internacional de Lisboa
    Closed Press

    9:00 am
    The President attends the NATO Russian Council meeting opening session
    Local Event Time:
    2:00 PM WET
    Feria Internacional de Lisboa
    Travel Pool Coverage

    9:10 am
    The President attends the NATO Russian Council meeting working session
    Local Event Time:
    2:10 PM WET
    Feria Internacional de Lisboa
    Closed Press

    10:40 am
    The President holds a bilateral meeting with President Karzai of Afghanistan
    Local Event Time:
    3:40 PM WET
    Feria Internacional de Lisboa
    Pool Spray at the Top

    11:30 am
    The President holds a press conference
    Local Event Time:
    4:30 PM WET
    Feria Internacional de Lisboa
    Open Press

    12:25 pm
    The President participates in the EU/US Summit official photo
    Local Event Time:
    5:25 PM WET
    Portuguese Pavilion
    Travel Pool Coverage

    12:30 pm
    The President participates in the EU/US Summit
    Local Event Time:
    5:30 PM WET
    Portuguese Pavilion
    Pool Spray at the Top

    2:00 pm
    The President delivers a statement to the press with EU Commission President José Barroso and European Council President Herman van Rompuy
    Local Event Time:
    7:00 PM
    Portuguese Pavilion
    Open Press

    2:45 pm
    The President departs Lisbon, Portugal en route Washington, DC
    Local Event Time:
    7:45 PM WET
    Lisbon Airport
    Travel Pool Coverage

    10:25 pm
    The President arrives at Andrews Air Force Base
    Andrews Air Force Base
    Travel Pool Coverage

    10:40 pm
    The President arrives at the White House
    South Lawn
    Open Press

  45. whitehouse | November 19, 2010 –

    President Obama Meets with Prime Minister Socrates

    President Obama and Prime Minister Socrates of Portugal make statements to the press after meeting in Lisbon. November 19, 2010.

    • Statements to the Press by President Obama and Prime Minister Socrates of Portugal After Meeting

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: …. These are obviously difficult times — difficult economic times for the world and for Portugal. But Mr. Prime Minister, your determination to strengthen the Portuguese economy and to host these summits speaks to your leadership and to Portugal’s leadership, not only in Europe but around the world. So I thank you very much for that.

      Portugal and the United States have been partners for more than 200 years, and allies for more than 60 years. Immigrants from Portugal, the Azores and Madeira, formed strong Portuguese American communities across our country, including, by the way, in my home state of Hawaii.

      And I understand that there’s been a fair amount of interest here about how my family has been enriched by Portugal as well, specifically Bo, our dog. (Laughter.) He is the most popular member of the White House. (Laughter.)

      As the Prime Minister said, we had some excellent discussions, first over lunch and just now in our meeting. I told the Prime Minister how grateful we are for the service of Portuguese soldiers in our efforts in Afghanistan, where next year we will begin the transition to Afghan responsibility for security….


  46. Op-Ed by President Barack Obama: ‘Europe and America, Aligned for the Future’

    The op-ed below by President Barack Obama appeared this morning [Nov. 19] in the International Herald Tribune.

    With this week’s NATO and United States-European Union summit meetings in Lisbon, I am proud to have visited Europe a half-dozen times as president. This reflects an enduring truth of American foreign policy — our relationship with our European allies and partners is the cornerstone of our engagement with the world, and a catalyst for global cooperation.

    With no other region does the United States have such a close alignment of values, interests, capabilities and goals. With the largest economic relationship in the world, trans-Atlantic trade supports millions of jobs in the United States and Europe and forms a foundation of our efforts to sustain the global economic recovery.

    As an alliance of democratic nations, NATO ensures our collective defense and helps strengthen young democracies. Europe and the United States are working together to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, promote peace in the Middle East and confront climate change. And as we have seen in the recent security alert in Europe and the thwarted plot to detonate explosives on trans-Atlantic cargo flights, we cooperate closely every day to prevent terrorist attacks and keep our citizens safe.

    Put simply, we are each other’s closest partners. Neither Europe nor the United States can confront the challenges of our time without the other. These summits are thus an opportunity to deepen our cooperation even further and to ensure that NATO — the most successful alliance in human history — remains as relevant in this century as it was in the last. That is why we have a comprehensive agenda at Lisbon….


  47. whitehouse | November 19, 2010 –

    President Obama’s Statement at NATO Summit

    President Obama urges the Senate to pass the new START nuclear disarmament treaty, saying that the treaty will strengthen our alliance and the security of our European allies. November 19, 2010.

    • Remarks by the President on the NATO Summit and the New START Treaty

      THE PRESIDENT: Good evening, everybody. I just wanted to take a few minutes to talk about the substantial progress that the United States and our NATO allies have made here today.

      We head into tomorrow’s meeting with an alliance that is fully aligned in its vision and approach to collective security for the 21st century….

      That’s why I’m pleased to announce that — for the first time — we’ve agreed to develop missile defense capability that is strong enough to cover all NATO European territory and populations, as well as the United States….

      Finally, let me say a few words about the need to ratify the New START treaty. As I’ve said, this is a national security imperative for the United States. We need to ratify New START to put in place on-the-ground inspections of Russian nuclear arsenals, to reduce our deployed weapons and launchers, and to build on our cooperation with Russia — which has helped us put pressure on Iran and helped us to equip our mission in Afghanistan.

      But just as this is a national security priority for the United States, the message that I’ve received since I’ve arrived from my fellow leaders here at NATO could not be clearer — New START will strengthen our alliance and it will strengthen European security.



      11/20/10 POLITICO44

      President Obama on Saturday lauded the success of a summit with the European Union in which the participants agreed to deepen cooperation on economic growth and development, climate change and security.
      “This summit was not as exciting as other summits because we basically agreed on everything,” Obama said at a news conference, flanked by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council. “But nevertheless I value these meetings for a simple reason: America’s relationship with our European allies and partners is the cornerstone of our engagement with the world.”

      Obama again thanked his Portuguese hosts for their hospitality. “I plan to come back when I have fewer meetings,” he said with a smile.

  48. whitehouse | November 19, 2010 –

    Legal Rights for Middle-Class and Low-Income Families

    Vice President Joe Biden hosts a Middle Class Task Force event where he, Attorney General Eric Holder and others discuss new initiatives to help middle-class and low-income families secure their legal rights. November 19, 2010.

    • Vice President Biden Announces New Initiatives to Help Homeowners, Veterans, and Workers Access Legal Services

      WASHINGTON, DC – At a Middle Class Task Force event today, co-hosted by the Department of Justice’s Access to Justice Initiative, Vice President Biden announced a series of steps designed to help middle class and low-income families secure their legal rights. These actions include strengthening foreclosure mediation programs, helping veterans secure the legal help they need, and making it easier for workers to find a qualified attorney when they believe their rights have been violated.

      “In difficult economic times, we want to make sure all Americans—regardless of income or status—have access to the resources they need to pursue justice,” said Vice President Joe Biden. “The initiatives we are announcing today represent an important step toward that goal and will help thousands of Americans get the legal assistance they need.”


    • Middle Class Task Force Blog, Nov. 19, 2010:

      Helping Middle-Class Families Pursue Justice

      Posted by Brian Levine, Deputy Domestic Policy Advisor to the Vice President

      This morning, the Vice President spoke at a Middle Class Task Force Event that was co-hosted by the Department of Justice’s Access to Justice Initiative. He announced new steps that our Administration is taking in partnership with the legal community to strengthen foreclosure mediation programs, help veterans cope with legal challenges, and make it easier for workers to find a qualified attorney when they believe their rights have been violated….


  49. Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House

    November 20, 2010

    Today, I’d like to speak with you about an issue that is fundamental to America’s national security: the need for the Senate to approve the New START Treaty this year.

    This Treaty is rooted in a practice that dates back to Ronald Reagan. The idea is simple – as the two nations with over 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons, the United States and Russia have a responsibility to work together to reduce our arsenals. And to ensure that our national security is protected, the United States has an interest in tracking Russia’s nuclear arsenal through a verification effort that puts U.S. inspectors on the ground. As President Reagan said when he signed a nuclear arms treaty with the Soviet Union in 1987, “Trust, but verify.”

    That is precisely what the New START Treaty does. After nearly a full year of negotiations, we completed an agreement earlier this year that cuts by a third the number of long-range nuclear weapons and delivery vehicles that the United States and Russia can deploy, while ensuring that America retains a strong nuclear deterrent, and can put inspectors back on the ground in Russia.

    The Treaty also helped us reset our relations with Russia, which led to concrete benefits. For instance, Russia has been indispensable to our efforts to enforce strong sanctions on Iran, to secure loose nuclear material from terrorists, and to equip our troops in Afghanistan.

    All of this will be put to risk if the Senate does not pass the New START Treaty.

    Without ratification this year, the United States will have no inspectors on the ground, and no ability to verify Russian nuclear activities. So those who would block this treaty are breaking President Reagan’s rule – they want to trust, but not verify.

    Without ratification, we put at risk the coalition that we have built to put pressure on Iran, and the transit route through Russia that we use to equip our troops in Afghanistan. And without ratification, we risk undoing decades of American leadership on nuclear security, and decades of bipartisanship on this issue. Our security and our position in the world are at stake.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/11/20/weekly-address-senators-opposing-new-start-want-trust-not-verify

  50. CR, I’ve been meaning to ask how you’re feeling these days? Please know that even if we aren’t voicing it we are thinking about you and hoping you are nearly back to being 100%!

  51. Good morning, all! And happy birthday again and again and again to our Joe! Love our Vice President!

  52. Happy Saturday, everybody, and…

    ***Happy Birthday, Mr. Vice President!***


  53. Here’s my DK diary o’ the day, hot off the presses, featuring:

    • The President’s Weekly Address: The President explains the urgent need to ratify the New START Treaty with Russia on nuclear weapons.

    • The President in Lisbon for NATO: press conferences with the Portuguese President and Prime Minister, the President’s op-ed on the U.S.-Europe relationship, readouts of meetings with leaders and comments on the need for New START, and the President’s statement on the day’s progress.

    • The Vice President’s Middle Class Task Force event: Vice President Biden announced a series of steps designed to help middle class and low-income families secure their legal rights.

    • National Entrepreneurship Week concludes with Commerce Secretary Locke’s Q & A and reports from National Entrepreneur’s Day.

    • The President checks out an electric car made by GM for the European market.


  54. Just got back from the gym in time to watch his presser from Lisbon. Right on time!

  55. PBS correspondent asks if POTUS has a message for Sen. Kyl:


    I have a message for the American people. Americans should be proud that an alliance that began 60 years ago, in part through American sacrifice, has endured.

    This alliance has never been stronger.

    American leadership remains crucial to achieving objectives. What we ratified today is direct result of work we’ve done over the past two years — a unified approach with allies to move forward in Afghanistan. It has happened in part because we’ve rebuilt the strong bonds of trust between America and allies.

    Allies overwhelmingly say New START is critical component of European security, and they urge its ratification. No way to inspect the Russian program at the moment. U.S. national security experts and military advisors urge ratification. There’s no reason not to ratify other than partisanship. “It’s something we should be doing because it helps keep America safe.”

  56. POTUS on Afghanistan: For all the noise in the press, the fact is that we’ve made progress and I expect we’ll make more.

  57. Every time I see a press conference of this president that deals with substantive issues, and every time I see him engage in our foreign policy issues, I am SO THANKFUL he is our president. I also cannot even begin to comprehend Sistah Sarah pulling this off. That’s when I think she’ll realize being president isn’t all campaigning and winking at “real Americans.” I don’t think she has any interest in these types of mundane diplomatic experiences which are critical, but offer her no limelight and cutesy moments.

  58. Love my president’s new tie. He is wearing one of his new suits too. I hope he continues wearing them. He looks sharp.

  59. $#!% Joe Biden Says
    Can he raise the rafters like his boss? No. But nobody can flat-out talk like Joe Biden. And these days, everybody’s listening

    11/20/10 GQ by Lisa DePaulo

    There are only two reporters traveling coast-to-coast with the vice president on Air Force Two on a clear day in early October. Which is two more than usual. Even though Joe Biden is in the midst of a long-overdue respectfest—the recent 9,300-word Atlantic opus declaring him “indispensable,” the eighty or so floundering Democratic candidates who called Joe before O to come stump for them—he’s still largely ignored by the press. Until he puts his foot in his mouth. (At the signing ceremony for the health care bill: “Mr. President, this is a big fucking deal”—well, it was!) In an ironic consequence of the ongoing economic crisis—the one he’s traversing the country to assuage voters’ angst about—few media companies can afford to send reporters on both Air Force One and Air Force Two. We finally have a vice president who loves to talk, and the poor guy is stuck with just me and a Bloomberg reporter. “Bloomberg still has money,” cracks one of Biden’s aides.

    Read More http://www.gq.com/news-politics/politics/201012/joe-biden-interview-vice-president-obama?currentPage=1

    • I look forward to reading this.

      Thanks also for the reminder to check Obama Diary — here’s a great quote from VPOTUS:

      I watch the guy. And I find nothing, nothing about him that’s aloof. Look, I judge people in large part by how they treat people who wait on them at a table. Watch him. Watch how he treats ordinary people. There’s nothing aloof about him. I think what it is, is he’s so brilliant. He is an intellectual. And the president, in a strange way, has more faith in the American people than about anybody I know. He sits there and says, “Look, we just tell ‘em. Just tell them.” It’s almost kind of a blind faith. You know, when someone will say to him, “Well, look, Mr. President, you really oughta do it this way.” [He says] “No. The American people get this. Just tell them. Just go out there and do the right thing.”
      He has a great expression. He says—and the reason why I’m confident we’ll be reelected—he says, “Look, I always joke, I always wanted to be a former president. If it has to be in four years, so be it. As long as we do the right thing.”

  60. Sorry guys – this president is killing me. I’m loving this presser, then he gives Kyl the benefit of the doubt. He doesn’t believe that, I know it. He’s lying to us that he believes Kyl’s concerns are legit. I don’t know why he doesn’t just let the facts speak for themselves, which is that Kyl is holding out for NO GOOD REASON.


  61. Has anyone seen Kyl’s specific questions articulated anywhere? It seems to me that we should all be able to have those questions on the table. Make him spell out the details. Then we can know if those questions have been answered before or not and get them answered now. Unless he does that he is not acting in good faith.

  62. Someone needs to write a very scary Op-Ed about this START Treaty that wakes the American people up enough to scream outrage. The President should take whatever deal he made off the table. Kyl is getting a lot of calls. I called the Tucson Office and Phoenix Office yesterday and tried to call DC. The line was busy, and when I did get through, the voicemail was full. I just called again and the line is busy. It is going to take someone powerful but I do not know who that is. This man should not be rewarded in any way. AND we better not sacrifice tax cuts for the wealthy for him to remove his hold either. NO rewards for bad behavior, period.

      • I read this diary early this morning. I am so sorry BWD stopped writing. She really found her niche. I tipped, rec’d and commented on this diary. I just checked back and there are over 600 comments. People really are hungary for positive news, even if it doesn’t seem like it.

    • Hee. Thank you dear. I would never know about it. I will have my own place soon – thanks to our wonderful CR – and will never ever go back to that hateful place.

      • That is THE BEST news BWD!!! You made my weekend!

        I encourage everyone to speak out LOUDLY about their enthusiasm for our wonderful Pres Obama!

  63. AssociatedPress | November 20, 2010 –

    The President promotes GM electric car for Europe

    While in Portugal for NATO summit meetings, President Obama checked out an Opel Ampera. The electric vehicle is made by General Motors at a plant in Detroit and will start going on sale in Europe next year. (Nov. 20)

    • USAToday.com, Nov. 20, 2010:

      Obama checks out a GM electric car in Lisbon

      …. “This is the future right here,” Obama said after sitting at the wheel of an Opal Ampera, made by GM for sale in Europe.

      The Opal Ampera is “another example of GM technology that is going to have great appeal here in Europe,” Obama said. “Our hope is we’re going to market this all through Europe.”

      Electric cars are also a key to Obama’s clean energy program in the United States. Obama wants 1 million plug-in hybrid electric vehicles on U.S. roads by 2015….


    • It’s electric – Pit stop for Obama in Lisbon

      11/20/10 By MATT NEGRIN – POLITICO

      President Obama took some time off during the NATO summit in Lisbon on Saturday to tout American exports and examine an electric car similar to the Chevy Volt.

      “This is a nice-looking car,” Obama said of the Opel Ampera in a tent next to a convention hall. He then got in the driver’s seat and tried to turn it on, but it wouldn’t because his door was open. “Can’t hear it, can you?” he asked reporters.

  64. EUXTV | November 20, 2010 –

    Obama Meets EU Leaders in Lisbon (raw video)

    US President Barack Obama on Saturday met with leaders of the European Union at the EU-US summit that followed the meeting of NATO countries earlier in the day. Distributed by Tubemogul.

  65. Obama, Polish president to meet Wednesday

    11/20/10 WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will meet at the White House on Wednesday with Poland’s president.

    Poland is a leading contributor to the NATO mission in Afghanistan and the White House says Obama looks forward to consulting with Bronislaw Komorowski on issues of mutual concern.

    The White House announced the meeting Saturday while Obama was in Lisbon, Portugal.

  66. Millionaires to Obama: Tax us

    Nov 19, 2010 By Rachel Rose Hartman – news.yahoo.com

    Anti-tax activists everywhere have been loudly arguing for an extension of George W. Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans in the United States. Now a group of millionaires is arguing the opposite.

    More than 40 of the nation’s millionaires have joined Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength to ask President Obama to discontinue the tax breaks established for them during the Bush administration, as Salon reports.

    “For the fiscal health of our nation and the well-being of our fellow citizens, we ask that you allow tax cuts on incomes over $1,000,000 to expire at the end of this year as scheduled,” their website states. “We make this request as loyal citizens who now or in the past earned an income of $1,000,000 per year or more.”

    The group includes many big-time Democratic donors such as Gail Furman, trial lawyer Guy Saperstein and Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream (pictured). The list remains open to millionaires who want to sign on.

    Republicans in Congress argue that a failure to extend tax cuts for individuals making over $250,000 would be detrimental to the economy. “It’s a massive tax increase,” Minnesota GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann said this week on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “And it’s on the people who are the job creators.”

    Most Democrats in Congress are opposed to extending cuts for the wealthiest Americans–but they’re treading carefully about how to proceed with the issue.

    The president has repeatedly stated his support for extending Bush-era cuts for the middle class, but Democrats are divided over whether to vote only on middle-class cuts or to include a vote on cuts for those making $250,000. It doesn’t appear that the Senate can muster the votes to pass a measure that would extend only middle-class cuts.

    “I think there’s a reality here, which is that while it might be best to continue the middle-class tax cuts and raise taxes on higher-income people, the votes are not there to do that,” Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) told the Washington Post.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_theticket/20101119/ts_yblog_theticket/millionaires-to-obama-tax-us

  67. President Obama and the Bulletproof Suit

    11/19/10 Elliot Feldman – news.yahoo.com

    When newly inaugurated President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama stepped out of the presidential limo to stroll down the parade route amongst a throng of well-wishers, there was an assumed collective gasp of surprise for many who witnessed this. In truth, while this was indeed a bold gesture for the first African-American President of the United States, Mr. Obama was wearing special bulletproof clothing crafted by “high-security fashion tailor” Miguel Caballero.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ac/20101119/lf_ac/2595849_president_obama_and_the_bulletproof_suit_1

  68. StartLoving4 | November 20, 2010-

    President Obama’s press conference at NATO, Part 1

  69. Biden’s bio reveals a life of ambition

    By Emmanuel Touhey – 11/17/10 07:15 PM ET

    When I first came to this town, I remember hearing then-Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.) saying his word was his bond. Dole couldn’t have been clearer. If a senator cannot be trusted by his colleagues, he has nothing.

    That same belief permeates a new biography about a vice president who has always banked on his “word as a Biden.”

    Joe Biden: A Life of Trial and Redemption is a sympathetic tome by former Baltimore Sun journalist Jules Witcover. Still, it does not shy away from tackling Biden’s flaws: namely, that he is verbose and gaffe-prone. If anything, Witcover goes overboard. And, in case you didn’t get the point, he closes the book with “That’s Joe.”

    For the entire article: http://thehill.com/capital-living/bookshelf/129825-bidens-bio-reveals-a-life-of-ambition-

  70. Pentagon says “aware” of China Internet rerouting

    11/19/10 Jim Wolf Jim Wolf -Reuters

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Defense Department is aware that Internet traffic was rerouted briefly through China earlier this year, a Pentagon spokesman said on Friday, referring to what a congressionally appointed panel has described as a hijack.

    The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission charged in its annual report on Wednesday that state-owned China Telecom advertised erroneous network routes that instructed “massive volumes” of U.S. and other foreign Internet traffic to go through Chinese servers during an 18-minute stretch on April 8.

    Marine Colonel David Lapan, a Defense Department spokesman, told reporters, “We’re aware that on the 8th of April … Internet traffic was rerouted through China.”

    He added at one point that he did not know if “we’ve determined whether that particular incident … was done with some malicious intent or not.”

    Moments later, he said there was no evidence that anything malicious had occurred, a position he repeated when pressed about the discrepancy in his remarks.

    The U.S.-China Commission in its 2010 report said the incident affected traffic to and from U.S. government and military sites, including those for Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ office, the armed forces and some commercial websites.

    For the entire article: http://yhoo.it/cTKTFk

  71. How Indonesia keeps Islamic extremists at bay

    11/19/10 John Hughes – Christian Science Monitor

    Barack Obama’s return to Indonesia, the land of his childhood, was more than a sentimental journey.

    It was to affirm a quiet yet crucial US relationship with a significant Islamic nation where democracy burgeons, but that carefully hews to international nonalignment.

    Indonesia is the most populous Muslim (but non-Arab) country in the world. It has survived colonization by the Dutch, World War II occupation by the Japanese, a fateful dalliance with communism under President Sukarno, a horrific bloodbath that followed, and a disappointing, corruption-ridden regime under President Suharto. Today, it is holding Islamist extremists at bay.

    As US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has said: “If you want to know whether Islam, democracy, modernity, and women’s rights can coexist, go to Indonesia.”

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20101119/cm_csm/343708

  72. Presidential Weekly Address. http://dearmrpres.com/Dear_Mr.html

    “Know the Facts” Fact of the Day: President Obama significantly increased funding for the Violence Against Women Act. President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010, which provided funding to various departments, including the Justice Department. Congress gave OVAW $418.5 million, $29.5 million more than in 2009. Of specific focus were the STOP (Services, Training, Officers, and Prosecutors) program, the sexual assault victims services, and civil legal assistance programs for abused women, which received $210 million, $15 million and $41 million, respectively. http://dearmrpres.com/-Know_the_Facts_.html

  73. EUXTV | November 20, 2010 –

    The President: U.S.-Europe relationship is “catalyst for gloabal cooperation.”

    “This summit was not as exciting as other summit,” President Obama said, “because we basically agree on everything.”

    He added, “Nevertheless, I value these meetings for a simple reason: America’s relationship with our European allies and partners is the cornerstone of our engagement with the world, and it’s a catalyst for global cooperation.”

  74. Looks like there is a national groundswell against Kyl and his foolish grandstanding. Just about everybody in public life if making a statement about his jeopardizing national security. Some group is taking out an ad against him that will run nationwide. Let’s keep up the pressure.

    • Good. This guy needs to be taken down a few notches. He is a pompous ass. I hope they keep the pressure on. They need someone with a huge presence to take a swipe at Kyl. There is no excuse for his behavior on such a critical issue.

  75. WH

    Sunday Nov. 21, 2010

    All Times Eastern

    Pres Obama receives the presidential daily briefing
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  76. Welcome home Pres Obama and thank you for working hard to keep America and the world a safer place!

  77. From EUXTV, Nov. 20, 2010:

    President Obama on EU-US Summit

    US President Barack Obama, EU Council President Herman van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on Saturday met for their EU-US summit in Lisbon. President Obama gave his assessment of the meeting during a press conference afterwards.

  78. Scott Wooledge (@clarknt67) Has Been Wrong on DADT Before

    20 Nov 2010 thepeoplesview.net

    Recently, fans of Scott Wooledge (clarknt67 on Daily Kos and Twitter) decided to spew some venom and go after little old me (ok fine, so I’m not old, sue me) for challenging his narrative that the President and his administration has been AWOL from the Congressional process of repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. If you hear Scott tell the story, the President has been “unengaged.” His fans are very angry at me for challenging his narrative of a President who is betraying his promise of repealing DADT.

    But you see, Scott’s “reporting” on this, as much as his editorializing of hair on fire news about this, have been wrong before. Just two weeks ago, on Pam’s House Blend, Wooledge wrote a column pronouncing DADT repeal dead, complete with the singing fat lady metaphor.

    For the entire article: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2010/11/scott-wooledge-clarknt67-has-been-wrong.html

  79. Clyburn carves out liaison role
    No. 3 Dem in House says he’s securing port funding

    11/20/10 By Yvonne Wenger -postandcourier.com

    COLUMBIA — Congressman Jim Clyburn, a South Carolina Democrat and outgoing U.S. House Majority Whip, said Friday that he’s been meeting with the president’s staff and has a plan to bring money to South Carolina for the development of the Charleston and Georgetown ports.

    Clyburn said his new role as assistant Democratic leader — the No. 3 ranking position created for him when the Democrats become the minority party in January — will be to serve as budget liaison between the White House and his party colleagues.

    Clyburn said he has found a way to sidestep the controversial earmark process, condemned by fellow South Carolinians U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint and 1st District U.S. Rep.-elect Tim Scott, both Republicans, among others.

    For the entire article: http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2010/nov/20/clyburn-carves-out-liaison-role/

    • See the “Live Stream Schedule” above for Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) video with C‑SPAN’s

  80. Reviving the economy must include immigration reform

    11/21/2010 By Barbara Boxer- Special to the San Jose Mercury News

    Clearly, too many people across our country are still suffering the effects of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

    Here are five steps we can take immediately to help create jobs:

    # We must ensure that the recently signed Small Business Jobs Act is carried out effectively so that small businesses get the credit they need to start hiring again.

    # We must ensure that California and other states can continue leading the way toward a clean-energy future and the thousands of jobs that depend on it.

    # We must put Californians to work rebuilding our roads, bridges and transit systems, which will create thousands of jobs, especially in the hard-hit construction industry.

    # We must offer incentives for U.S.-based companies to bring home billions of dollars sitting offshore from foreign sales, which would be a huge economic boost from the private sector.

    # And, we must pass comprehensive immigration reform, which is a vital economic issue. Our broken immigration system does more than just tear apart families, it hurts our economic competitiveness, and it is time we fixed it.

    Independent studies have shown that comprehensive immigration reform will create jobs, increase revenues and strengthen our economy. A recent University of Southern California study estimates that the new direct and indirect spending could support 25,000 new jobs here in California and bring in $310 million in additional state income taxes.

    Comprehensive reform would boost the U.S. economy as a whole, adding $1.5 trillion to the United States gross domestic product over 10 years, according to the Center for American Progress. What’s more, the higher earning power of newly legalized workers would result in increased tax revenues of $5 billion in the first three years.

    When immigrants are able to come out of the shadows, their wages increase, they open bank accounts, buy homes and spend money freely in our communities. And our industries, from agriculture to high-tech, will benefit when they have a reliable and skilled work force.

    For the entire article: http://bit.ly/9LKmqv

  81. Silicon Valley — finally — to get high-speed wireless Web network

    11/20/2010 By Steve Johnson – mercurynews.com

    At long last, Silicon Valley — the world’s technological epicenter — is getting a wireless network that promises superfast Internet connections for people using mobile gadgets.

    Two networks, in fact.

    WiMax, a so-called 4G (for fourth-generation) wireless service partly bankrolled by Intel and Google, and a similar network from Verizon, are set to be launched in the Bay Area by the end of the year. They promise to let consumers download video, Web pages or e-mail at least three to six times quicker than existing mobile wireless networks. Moreover, unlike Wi-Fi hot spots, which have limited reach, 4G networks typically cover large areas.

    With WiMax starting in 63 other markets across the country over the past two years, being stuck in the technological slow lane has been aggravating for many in Silicon Valley, and the services are likely to spark an array of imaginative new Internet-based applications from local businesses.

    Peter Jarich of the market research firm Current Analysis, for instance, envisioned that these new networks would allow car GPS systems to be quickly and regularly updated with new maps, for instance. And that could just be the start, he added, since it is hard to imagine every possibility until the technology is in hand. “We didn’t really see this whole application boom in mobile phones until the iPhone came out.”

    Alan Weissberger, a retired Santa Clara University electrical engineering professor who has closely tracked efforts to get a 4G network in the Bay Area, noted that two competing services will be better for users.

    For the entire article: http://www.mercurynews.com/top-stories/ci_16662415

    • Was HRC on first and did she talk about Jon Kyl and the START Treaty? I turned on MTP, which is showing now, but it is a roundtable with Richard Wolffe and that crazy Adam West and others. Not one said how can you proclaim tax cuts for the wealthy have to stay to create jobs when only 1.9M were created by the Bush Administration. Where is that narrative?

      I had to turn it off.

      • Yes she discussed the START Treaty, and also told David Gregory that she would not discuss “politics.” He tried to bring her into the “Sara Palin talk for Presidency,” but she refused to take the bait.

  82. DIY ‘Hackers’ Tinker Everyday Things Into Treasure

    11/21/10 Jon Kalish -NPR

    Most people think of a hacker as someone who breaks into computer networks, but many in the do-it-yourself movement have adopted the term for themselves. DIY hackers take everyday items and hack, or modify, them to serve new purposes. In the last few years, work spaces dedicated to their craft have been sprouting up all over North America.

    In Chicago, members of the Pumping Station: One hacker space have turned a bicycle and trailer into a glow-in-the-dark ice cream maker. Outside San Francisco, members of the Noisebridge hacker space sent an amateur weather balloon 70,000 feet into the sky. And at the All Hands Active hacker space in Ann Arbor, Mich., a woman with a neuroscience degree turned an empty propane tank into a musical instrument.

    In more than 70 hacker spaces in the U.S. and Canada, do-it-yourselfers are drilling, gluing, soldering and welding just about anything you can imagine. Some spaces consist of little more than a large room where they share tools and expertise, while others are equipped with expensive, computer-controlled power tools. While the focus at some hacker spaces is primarily on electronics, at others, sawdust flies and sewing machines whir as members build hybrid objects of a less technological variety. The spaces also offer learning opportunities through classes on anything from brewing beer to picking locks, and demonstrations of new contraptions.

    For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2010/11/12/131268511/diy-hackers-tinker-everyday-things-into-treasure

  83. Happy Sunday, everybody!

    Kat’s Daily Obama Administration Report, 11/21/10

    Today’s report features:

    • The President’s Press Conference after NATO Summit: The President discusses outcomes of the summit, which include alignment of the NATO-led coalition’s approach in Afghanistan, especially the transition from 2011-2014 to Afghan responsibility; working to forge relationships between Afghanistan and both the U.S. and NATO; plans to modernize conventional forces and adopt the U.S. approach to missile defense, and continuing to enhance NATO’s relationships with the EU and Russia.

    • EU-US Summit: Includes US Ambassador to the EU Kennard’s preview, Secretary of State Clinton’s remarks about US-EU cooperation on energy issues, and the President’s summation of the meeting, calling America’s relationship with Europe “a catalyst for global cooperation.”

    • Energy Secretary Chu in Asia: Secretary Chu explains that we need to work closely with China and Japan in developing clean energy technology or risk falling behind them in the race for the jobs of the future.

    • Save the tigers: The US is sending an interagency delegation to the International Tiger Conservation Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, November 21-24.



  84. ThinkProgress2 | November 21, 2010-

    Mullen on Marine Commandant’s support for DADT

    Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tells CNN that Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos will comply with the repeal of DADT if COngress passes the measure.

    Article: http://bit.ly/aaZAOI

  85. Good Morning/afternoon everyone! Happy Sunday.
    Thanks for all the links and videos Kat and CR – this place is great to catch up on missed events 🙂

  86. Adm. Mullen: North Korea Nukes a ‘Huge Concern’
    The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Sits Down With Christiane Amanpour on ‘This Week’

    Post a Comment By JACK DATE
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2010

    Reacting to a report in the New York Times that North Korea has made a major advance in nuclear technology, Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen told “This Week” anchor Christiane Amanpour that the potential the development of nuclear weapons in the region is a “huge concern.” Mullen called the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il “predictable in his unpredictability,” and that the regime is a “very dangerous country.”

  87. Nancy Pelosi taps Steve Israel to run DCCC


    Rep. Steve Israel will head up the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for the 2012 election cycle, a move that will vault the 52-year-old New Yorker into his party’s leadership ranks during what promises to be a political season for House Democrats.

    Israel was tapped by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for the DCCC on Friday, according to Democratic insiders.

    Pelosi has also considered Reps. Joe Crowley (N.Y.) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) for the DCCC post, but chose Israel instead, the sources said.

    Israel has been a top loyalist to Pelosi over the last few years, and since Democrats lost control of the House on Nov. 2, he helped rally support for her to transition to minority leader in the next Congress.

    He is also a prodigious fundraiser, bringing in more than $1.9 million for the DCCC last cycle, according to an internal Democratic tracking sheet.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/45423.html

  88. Happy Birthday, Senator Durbin!

    “If you think it’s a socialist plot, give up your federal health care”

    BarackObamadotcom | February 25, 2010 –

    Senator Dick Durbin asks Republicans who oppose health reform to give up the health plans they and their families receive from the federal government as members of Congress: “The federal employees health benefit program that we enjoy as individuals and want for our families is all we are asking for in this bill for families across America. If you think it is a socialist plot and it’s wrong, for goodness sakes, drop out of the federal employees health benefit program. But if you think it is good enough for your family, shouldn’t our health insurance be good enough for the rest of America?”


    11/21/110 POLITICO44

    President Obama remembers a mentor: “Michelle and I are saddened by the passing of Dr. Margaret Burroughs, who was widely admired for her contributions to American culture as an esteemed artist, historian, educator, and mentor. In 1961, Dr. Burroughs founded the DuSable Museum of African-American History on the South Side of Chicago, which served as a beacon of culture and a resource worldwide for African-American history. She was also admired for her generosity and commitment to underserved communities through her children’s books, art workshops and community centers that both inspired and educated young people about African-American culture. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dr. Burroughs’ family and loved ones. Her legacy will live on in Chicago and around the world.”

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