Veterans Jobs Corps

President Obama’s Plan to Put Veterans Back to Work

In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for a new Veterans Job Corps initiative to help our returning veterans find pathways to civilian employment. The Administration’s new veteran employment initiatives, coupled with the work that President Obama has already accomplished in creating employment opportunities for veterans, will help put tens of thousands of veterans back to work.

The President’s Commitment to Veteran Employment

Today the President will announce new details of his Veterans Jobs Corps initiative which will help put veterans back to work on a range of projects that leverage skills developed in the military:

• New incentives to hire veterans as first responders
• Hiring veterans to protect Americans as first responders and law enforcement officers
• Putting veterans to work preserving and restoring America’s land and resources
• Supporting veteran entrepreneurship by building our next generation of small business leaders

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  1. WH

    Friday, February 3 , 2012

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    February 03, 2012

    President Obama’s Plan to Put Veterans Back to Work

    In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for a new Veterans Job Corps initiative to help our returning veterans find pathways to civilian employment. The Administration’s new veteran employment initiatives, coupled with the work that President Obama has already accomplished in creating employment opportunities for veterans, will help put tens of thousands of veterans back to work.

    The President’s Commitment to Veteran Employment

    Today the President will announce new details of his Veterans Jobs Corps initiative which will help put veterans back to work on a range of projects that leverage skills developed in the military:

    • New incentives to hire veterans as first responders
    • Hiring veterans to protect Americans as first responders and law enforcement officers
    • Putting veterans to work preserving and restoring America’s land and resources
    • Supporting veteran entrepreneurship by building our next generation of small business leaders

    For the entire article:

    • Obama plans push for veterans jobs programs

      2/3/12 By KEVIN FREKING | Associated Press

      WASHINGTON (AP) — In an effort to cut the unemployment rate among veterans, the Obama administration is calling for a new conservation program that would put veterans to work rebuilding trails, roads and levees on public lands.

      The administration also will seek more grant money for programs that allow local communities to hire more police officers and firefighters.

      The efforts are particularly geared to those veterans who served after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a group experiencing an unemployment rate of 13.1 percent versus 8.1 percent for non-veterans.

      Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the Civilian Conservation Corps that operated during the 1930s could be viewed as a model for what the administration will try to accomplish through its “Veterans Jobs Corps.” He said that the administration will propose spending $1 billion that would be used to put an estimated 20,000 veterans to work restoring habitat and eradicating invasive species, among other activities.

      “When one looks back at the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps, we take great comfort that those who take on these kinds of activities will leave a lasting legacy for the United States,” Salazar said.

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    • Welcoming Home Our Veterans

      Published on Jul 23, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
      Learn more: http://OFA.BO/ooJZtN

      Since day one, President Obama has made it a priority to keep the sacred trust we hold with those who wear the uniform of the United States and their families.

      In advance of the President’s remarks at the VFW Convention in Reno, Obama for America released this video that discusses the President’s commitment to keeping our nation’s sacred promise to our veterans. This video highlights a St. Louis parade organized to welcome our servicemembers home from Iraq.

      Learn how President Obama continues to better serve those who have served this nation and how you can get involved with Veterans and Military Familes for Obama: http://OFA.BO/ooJZtN

    • Transitioning Our Service Members

      Rosye Cloud July 25, 2012 09:37 AM EDT

      In August 2011, President Obama visited the Washington Navy Yard to discuss his plans to ensure that all of America’s veterans have the support they need and deserve when they leave the military, look for a job, go to school, and enter the civilian workforce. Our service members receive training of the highest quality to ensure they have the skills necessary to protect our country, yet service members who are preparing to leave the military lack access to expansive, personalized training and counseling necessary for success in the civilian sector. That is why, as part of his August address, the President directed the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to lead a task force to develop a career-ready military and design a “reverse boot camp” for separating service members.

      On July 23, 2012, President Obama addressed the VFW in Reno, Nevada and announced the first major re-design of the military’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP) since the program’s inception over 20 years ago. Previously, TAP was a voluntary, one-size fits all program. Many service members complained of that the workshops were “death by PowerPoint” and did not provide the interactive education and training required to be prepared to join civilian life. Under the President’s new transition program, Transition GPS, our military will no longer feel as if they are in a one-size-fits-all program.

      Transition GPS will expand the length of the transition program from three days to five to seven days and will integrate career and education counseling and training across the military life cycle. At the beginning of the program, each service members will complete individual pre-separation counseling and develop a personalized Individual Transition Plan which will provide him or her with a roadmap for a successful transition. They will then attend a five day core curriculum that will provide counseling in budget planning, veterans benefits, and military skills translation. Service members will also have the option to participate in individually-tailored two-day training programs to equip them with the set of tools they need to successfully pursue their post-military goals such as attending college, earning a professional license, or starting a small business. Once the service member’s transition training and counseling is complete, they will attend a CAPSTONE event which will verify their completion of the program’s Career Readiness Standards such as a civilian resume, a family budget, and a completed school application and provide a “warm hand off” to local, state, and federal agencies that can help them achieve career goals once they become veterans.

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      • Panetta: Program Will Help Transitioning Troops Get Jobs

        July 24, 2012 By Lisa Daniel – American Forces Press Service

        WASHINGTON – A redesigned program for service members separating from the military will help veterans better apply the experience they’ve gained in uniform, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

        President Barack Obama announced the revamped program, called “Transition GPS,” in a speech yesterday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention in Reno, Nev.

        “I applaud the leadership of President Obama to bring together government agencies around the goal of enhancing career opportunities for service members,” Panetta said in a statement. “Our personnel have developed extraordinary technical expertise and world-class leadership skills that are in high demand. Transition GPS will help military members apply their experience to additional training, formal education, and develop successful civilian careers.”

        Transition GPS is the first major overhaul of the military’s Transition Assistance Program in nearly 20 years, White House officials said. TAP was developed by an interagency team from the departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Labor, Education and Homeland Security, as along with the Office of Personnel and Management and the Small Business Administration.

        Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said the redesign will better ensure that veterans today and in the future will receive the care and benefits they have earned.

        “One of our fundamental responsibilities as a government is to properly prepare and support those serving in our military so they are career ready as they transition back into civilian life,” he said. “This collaborative effort will have an impact well beyond this current generation of individuals returning from combat.”

        The redesign is being developed by the Veterans Employment Initiative Task Force created in August to help separating service members successfully transition to the civilian workforce, start a business, or pursue higher education.

        TAP consisted of pre-separation counseling and a voluntary, three-day workshop from the departments of Labor, Defense and Veterans Affairs that was presented at selected military installations and attended by nearly half of the service members who separated from the services each year, White House officials said. Transition GPS is designed to strengthen, standardize and expand counseling and guidance for service members before leaving the military, and transform the military’s approach to education, training, and credentialing, they added.

        Transition GPS is to be implemented throughout the military by the end of 2013. It will:
        — Extend the current three-day transition program to five to seven days;
        — Offer individual assessment and counseling, including an individual transition plan;
        — Include a five-day curriculum of financial planning, available veterans’ benefits and services
        and a redesigned employment workshop;
        — Include a “Military Occupational Code Crosswalk” to translate military skills, training and experiences into civilian occupations and credentialing;
        — Include optional training specific to pursuing higher education, technical skills and training, or starting a business;
        — Include a “capstone” event to verify that the participant is career-ready;
        — Give a “warm handover” to appropriate government agencies and organizations for continued benefits, services and support of veterans; and
        — Create a “Military Life Cycle Transition Model” to incorporate career readiness and transition preparation early into a service member’s career.

  3. White House Hispanic Community Action Summit in Tampa, Florida

    On Friday, February 3, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., please join us at the White House Hispanic Community Action Summit in Tampa, Florida.

    The summit will connect senior Obama Administration officials from diverse policy areas with community leaders, business owners, and other stakeholders to discuss issues critical to the Hispanic community, Tampa, and the nation.

    Event information
    Date: Friday, February 3, 2012
    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Address: The University of Tampa, Vaughn Center, 9th Floor, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606

  4. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leaves on a two-day trip to Germany and Bulgaria. February 3rd through 5th, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Germany and Bulgaria. In Munich, Germany, the Secretary will participate in the 48th annual Munich Security Conference. This annual event brings together global leaders to discuss common security challenges and will also give the Secretary a chance to have bilateral meetings with a number of her European and other counterparts from around the world.

    While in – the Secretary will then go to Sofia, Bulgaria on February 5th to meet with senior Bulgarian officials to discuss a range of issues, including the democratic transitions in the Middle East, our ongoing support to Afghanistan, energy security, and our bilateral cooperation in international law enforcement.

  5. February 02, 2012

    First Lady & Dr. Biden Announce “Joining Forces Community Challenge” finalists from across the country

    From more than 300 submissions, 20 finalists recognized for displaying exemplary support to military families and veterans

    Challenge winners to be announced this Spring, based on input from Tom Brokaw, J.R. Martinez, Sloan D. Gibson, Mayor Julian Castro and Deanie Dempsey

    Public encouraged to vote for the “The People’s Choice Winner” at

    WASHINGTON—First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden today announced 20 finalists as part of the Joining Forces Community Challenge, an effort to recognize and celebrate citizens, communities, and organizations who have demonstrated a deep commitment to service by improving the lives of military families and veterans. Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden are inspired by the outstanding work of all the submissions and hope that celebrating them will encourage others to follow their lead and continue to raise awareness about the military family experience.

    Since the launch of the Community Challenge last July, hundreds of submissions were received in three months, all of which captured innovative ways Americans have stepped up to show their gratitude and support for our military families. The 20 finalists are profiled at The public is encouraged to participate in this Challenge by voting for their favorite submission to be the People’s Choice Winner, which will be announced on March 16, 2012.

    Five additional winners will be chosen with input from a panel of distinguished judges, including:

    • Tom Brokaw, NBC News Special Correspondent and author of five bestsellers including The Greatest Generation;
    • J.R. Martinez, Iraq war veteran, motivational speaker and winner of season 13 of Dancing with the Stars,
    • Sloan D. Gibson, President and CEO, United Service Organizations (USO);
    • Julian Castro – Mayor of San Antonio, one of the nation’s largest military communities; and
    • Deanie Dempsey, military family advocate and wife of General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    For the entire article:

      • “Daisy Bates” is not on my local lineup yet, but I’ll keep looking for it. Thanks!

      • Forgotten Civil Rights Hero Daisy Bates in New PBS Doc

        February 2, 2012 by Cherie Saunders – Eurweb

        *PBS kicks off its Black History Month programming this week with the premiere of “Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock.”

        The name Daisy Bates doesn’t ring a bell? The filmmaker, too, had no idea who she was when she first came across Bates’ story in the portrait book, “I Dream a World.” Published in the 1990s, the coffee table tome featured profiles of 75 outstanding African American women.

        “It’s a fantastic book, but Daisy’s story is the one that I really connected to, and it jumped out at me because I didn’t know her story,” says Sharon La Cruise, the documentary’s director.

        Daisy Bates was, in fact, the engine that drove the “Little Rock Nine.” The native of Huttig, Arkansas played a leading role in the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School in 1957, and her involvement came with as much pride as it did controversy.

        Bates, who regularly wrote about violations of the Supreme Court’s desegregation laws in her husband’s newspaper, became the chief guide and adviser to the nine black students attempting to enroll at the all-white school. But, as their story attracted more media interest, Bates found herself the de facto spokesperson for the effort on an international scale – which caused some folks in town to believe she was getting “too big for her britches,” as one person in the film put it.

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    • Big thank you to Rock for putting on Twitter! 😀

      I am a bit shy and would find FaceBook and Twitter overwhelming so I do not have accounts with them.

  6. West Wing Week: 2/03/12 or “Riding the Advanced Technology Superhighway”

    From: whitehouse | Feb 2, 2012

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President made history by holding the first completely virtual interview on Google +. He also tackled the rising cost of tuition at the University of Michigan, welcomed the President of Georgia, convened a cabinet meeting, stopped by the Auto Show, announced a major refinancing plan for responsible homeowners, and attended the National Prayer Breakfast. That’s January 27th to February 2nd or “Riding the Advanced Technology Superhighway.”

  7. Oakland hires first black woman as U.S. big-city fire chief

    2/3/12 By Laird Harrison | Reuters – 8 hrs ago

    OAKLAND, California (Reuters) – In a career spent climbing ladders, Teresa Deloach-Reed of Oakland has grasped a landmark rung by being named to become the first black woman chief of a major metropolitan U.S. fire department.

    Deloach-Reed, 53, is slated to take the helm of the 580-person Oakland Fire Department in March, following her appointment to the position earlier this week.

    She already was part of a select group. As of 2010, fewer than 4 percent of the nation’s firefighters were women, and just over 6 percent were African Americans, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    “It’s exciting,” Deloach-Reed told Reuters earlier this week in a telephone interview.

    “There are still a lot of (fire) departments that don’t have any women,” said Deloach-Reed, whose last post was as assistant fire chief of San Jose,

    California. “We still have a long way to go in regards to breaking down the doors.”

    She will take over in Oakland from interim Chief Mark Hoffman.

    A lot has changed for Deloach-Reed since 1986, when she joined the San Jose Fire Department. For one thing, female firefighters no longer have to wear pants and shirts made for men, as Deloach-Reed did in her first years, she said.

    Deloach-Reed, who has lived in Oakland since 1989, joins a racially diverse group of top officials in the city. Oakland has an Asian-American mayor in Jean Quan. And newly appointed police chief Howard Jordan is black.

    For the entire article:

  8. US unemployment rate down to 8.3 percent on hiring

    2/3/12 By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers went on a hiring spree in January and drove down the unemployment rate for a fifth straight month to 8.3 percent, its lowest point in nearly three years.

    Lower unemployment is a positive a sign for President Barack Obama’s re-election hopes. Still, he’s likely to face voters with the highest unemployment rate of any post-war president.

    The news pointed to a resurgent job market, and it sent stock futures surging. The Dow Jones industrial average futures, which were flat before the report, jumped 95 points.

    The economy created 243,000 net jobs, the most in nine months, and the unemployment rate fell from 8.5 percent.

    Employers have added an average of 201,000 jobs per month in the past three months. That’s 50,000 more jobs per month than the economy averaged in each month last year.

    The Labor Department’s January jobs report was filled with other encouraging data and revisions. Hiring was widespread across many high-paying industries. Pay increased. And the economy added 200,000 more jobs in 2011 than first thought.

    The unemployment is nearly a percentage point lower than over the summer, when a recession was feared imminent. The last time the unemployment rate has dropped for five straight months was in late 1994.

    For the entire article:

    • The Employment Situation in January

      Alan Krueger February 03, 2012 at 09:31 AM EST

      Today’s employment report provides further evidence that the economy is continuing to heal from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. It is critical that we continue the economic policies that are helping us to dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the recession that began at the end of 2007. Most importantly, we need to extend the payroll tax cut and continue to provide emergency unemployment benefits through the end of this year, and take the additional steps that President Obama proposed in his State of the Union address to create an economy built to last.

      The unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage point to 8.3%, from a high of 10% in October 2009. The drop in unemployment over the month was entirely due to employment growth, as the labor force participation rate remained constant, once new population weights are taken into account. The unemployment rate has fallen by 0.8 percentage point in the last 12 months. Private sector payrolls increased by 257,000 jobs and overall payroll employment rose by 243,000 jobs in January. Despite adverse shocks that have created headwinds for economic growth, the economy has added private sector jobs for 23 straight months, for a total of 3.7 million payroll jobs over that period. In the last 12 months, 2.2 million private sector jobs were added on net. Nonetheless, we need faster growth to put more Americans back to work.

      Sectors with net job increases in December included professional and business services (+70,000), manufacturing (+50,000), leisure and hospitality (+44,000), health care and social assistance (+29,700), and construction (+21,000). Government lost 14,000 jobs.

      The monthly employment and unemployment numbers can be volatile, and employment estimates can be subject to substantial revision. Therefore, as the Administration always stresses, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report; nevertheless, the trend in job market indicators over recent months is an encouraging sign.

    • Unemployment falls to lowest level since Obama’s first month

      2/3/12 9:13 AM EST POLITICO44

      POLITICO’s Josh Boak reports:

      Payrolls bolted upward by an incredible 243,000 jobs in January, cutting the unemployment rate from 8.5 to 8.3 percent in a sign of economic progress as President Barack Obama heads into re-election.

      Wall Street had projected the Bureau of Labor Statistics would report Friday the addition of 145,000-150,000 jobs and a flat unemployment rate, after the uptick in December payrolls came largely from the holiday season.

      The White House officially professes disinterest in the month-to-month movements of the labor market, but this is a strong number and the lowest that unemployment has been since February of 2009, the first full month of the Obama administration.

      “We’ve learned not to overreact to any single month’s numbers,” a White House official said. “What matters is the trend, and the trend has been in the right direction. A drop to 8.3% is progress, but no one here thinks it’s anywhere near good enough.”

  9. Unemployment Drops to 8.3%; Payrolls in U.S. Jump 243,000

    Feb 3, 2012 6:51 AM PT By Bob Willis – bloomberg

    Employment climbed more than forecast in January and the U.S. jobless rate unexpectedly fell to the lowest in three years, casting doubt on the Federal Reserve’s pledge to keep interest rates low until late 2014.

    The 243,000 increase in payrolls was the most since April and exceeded all forecasts in a Bloomberg News survey, Labor Department figures showed in Washington. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent, the lowest since February 2009.

    Stocks and bond yields jumped as the report fueled optimism the economy is weathering the European debt crisis. The data may boost President Barack Obama’s re-election bid and come one week after Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said the economy wasn’t growing fast enough to push unemployment lower.

    “Further Fed stimulus is probably limited at this point,” said John Silvia, chief economist at Wells Fargo Securities LLC in Charlotte, North Carolina. “The drop in the unemployment rate has to be very, very positive from the Fed’s point of view.”

    The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose 0.9 percent to 1,337.51 at 9:43 a.m. in New York. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note climbed to 1.91 percent from 1.82 percent late yesterday.

    The median projection in the Bloomberg survey called for payrolls to rise by 140,000 after an initially reported 200,000 gain in December. Estimates of the 89 economists ranged from increases of 95,000 to 225,000. Revisions added a total of 60,000 jobs to payrolls in November and December. The Labor Department revised December’s gain to 203,000.

    Broad-Based Gains
    Gains in employment were broad-based, including manufacturing, construction, temporary help agencies, accounting firms, restaurants and retailers.

    Employment, overtime and hours worked in factories increased as manufacturers, who have been leading the two-year recovery, ramped up production to rebuild inventories and meet global demand for their goods.

    Assembly-line workers put in an average 41.9 hours of work each week, the most since January 1998, while overtime hours climbed to the highest since March 2007. Manufacturing payrolls increased by 50,000 in January, the most in a year.

    For the entire article:

  10. Now Streaming..

    9:00 AM EST
    The Urban Economic Forum
    The White House Business Council, the White House Council on Women and Girls, and the U.S. Small Business Administration host an Urban Economic Forum in New York.
    New York City, New York

  11. Factory orders up 1.1 percent in December

    By MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Associated Press – 5 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories rose in December, supported by a rebound in business investment in capital goods such as heavy machinery.

    The results cap off another strong year for U.S. manufacturing.

    The Commerce Department says factory orders rose 1.1 percent following a 2.2 percent gain in November. For the year, total orders were up 12.1 percent following a gain of 12.9 percent in 2010. Orders had plunged 22.1 percent in the 2009, the year a deep recession ended.

    For December, orders for so-called core capital goods, which are viewed as a good measure of business investment plans, rose 3.1 percent to an all-time high. That gain was driven in part by a rush by businesses to take advantage of expiring tax breaks.

  12. ISM Services Gauge in U.S. Rises to 56.8

    2/3/12 By Shobhana Chandra – Feb 3, 2012 7:00 AM PT – bloomberg

    The Institute for Supply Management’s index of non-manufacturing industries, which account for almost 90 percent of the U.S.

    economy, rose to 56.8 in January from 53 a month earlier.

    The Tempe, Arizona-based group’s measure was projected to rise to 53.2, according to the median forecast of 77 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News. Economists’ estimates ranged from 52 to 54. Readings above 50 signal growth and the index has averaged 53.1 since the recession ended in June 2009.

    The ISM services survey covers industries ranging from utilities and retailing to health care and finance. A Feb. 1 report by the group showed manufacturing grew in January at the fastest pace in seven months, propelled by new orders.

    Employment climbed more than forecast in January and the jobless rate unexpectedly fell to the lowest in three years, another report today showed.

    The 243,000 increase in payrolls was the most since April and exceeded all forecasts in the Bloomberg survey, Labor Department figures showed in Washington. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent, the lowest since February 2009.

    • February 03, 2012

      Remarks by the President on the Veterans Job Corps

      Fire Station #5
      Arlington, Virginia

      11:30 A.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you! Thank you, guys. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Everybody, please have a seat. Well, good morning, everybody.

      AUDIENCE: Good morning!

      THE PRESIDENT: Jacob, thank you for that introduction. More importantly, thank you for your extraordinary service to our country.

      I want to acknowledge two outstanding members of my Cabinet who are here today — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Ric Shinseki is in the house, also one of our finest — (applause) — himself, one of our finest veterans and obviously an extraordinary leader when he was in our Army. And I also want to acknowledge Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who’s in the house. (Applause.)

      And we’re joined by another president — the International Association of Firefighters president, Harold Schaitberger, is here. (Applause.)

      Now, this is a fire station that holds some special significance for our country. On September 11th, the firefighters of this house were among the first to respond to the attack on the Pentagon. You guys answered this nation’s call during its hour of need. And in the years that followed, as Americans went to war, some of you answered that call as well.

      Today’s 9/11 generation of veterans has already earned a special place in our history. Our veterans — and all the brave men and women who serve our country — are the reason why America’s military is the greatest in the history of the world. In the face of great odds and grave danger, they get the job done. They work as a team. They personify the very best that America has to offer.

      That’s true on the battlefront. But we’re here today because it’s also true on the home front. After a decade of war, our nation needs to do some building right here in the United States of America.

      Now, this morning, we received more good news about our economy. In January, American businesses added another 257,000 jobs. The unemployment rate came down because more people found work. And altogether, we’ve added 3.7 million new jobs over the last 23 months.

      Now, these numbers will go up and down in the coming months, and there’s still far too many Americans who need a job, or need a job that pays better than the one they have now. But the economy is growing stronger. The recovery is speeding up. And we’ve got to do everything in our power to keep it going.

      We can’t go back to the policies that led to the recession. And we can’t let Washington stand in the way of our recovery. We want Washington to be helping with the recovery, not making it tougher.

      The most important thing Congress needs to do right now is to stop taxes from going up on 160 million Americans at the end of this month. They’ve got to renew the payroll tax cut that they extended only for a couple of months. They need to pass an extension of the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance — and do it without drama, without delay, without linking it to some ideological side issues. They just need to get it done. It shouldn’t be that complicated. Now is not the time for self-inflicted wounds to our economy. Now is the time for action.

      For the entire article:

      • Good morning CR and friends. It is so great to wake up to all of this great news on the employment front this morning. All of PBO’s hard work is paying off. The country is definitely moving in the right direction and we are going to work hard to make sure it remain that way. Have a beautiful day.

  13. Tuskegee Airmen visit the White House

    From: whitehouse | Feb 2, 2012

    The President and the First Lady host Tuskegee Airmen along with cast and crew members of the movie Red Tails for a screening at the White House.


    Romney gaffes alarm GOP

    2/02/12 By Cameron Joseph – TheHill

    Congressional Republicans are worried Mitt Romney’s propensity for verbal gaffes will hurt him in the fall.

    The former Massachusetts governor has had a series of foot-in-mouth moments that have set off alarm bells for the GOP and brought on gleeful attacks from Democrats.

    The latest came the morning after his decisive win in Florida’s primary, when he told CNN he’s “not concerned about the very poor.”

    Republicans say the normally disciplined Romney needs to get back on message, and avoid handing Democrats sound bites that can be used in attack ads in the general election.

    “When you know that the media is against you to start with, which is the case with Romney and [Newt] Gingrich, you have to be extremely careful that you don’t give them a phrase that can go on a bumper sticker,” said one Republican congressman who asked for anonymity in order to speak freely.

    Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), who has endorsed Gingrich but said he liked Romney as well, said the former governor should be more careful about his choice of words going forward.

    “Mr. Romney, unfortunately and through no fault of his own whatsoever, is almost the ideal caricature for the ‘divide America’ strategy of Barack Obama. It’s going to be important for him to be aware of that,” Franks said. “Mr. Obama’s strategy is an insidious one, and unfortunately historically effective. My only admonition to Mr. Romney is to be aware of it and to be cautious [that] what he says doesn’t play into that.”

    Romney’s campaign, which did not respond to a request to comment for this story, has argued its candidate’s words were taken out of context and, on the whole, people understood his meaning.

    With his comments on the poor, Romney was arguing it’s the middle class that needs the most attention in the tough economy, but it was the phrasing that gave people pause: “I’m not concerned about the very poor that have the safety net, but if it has holes in it, I will repair them,” he said.

    That brought to mind another slip-up last month, when he said he “liked to be able to fire people.” He was speaking about how people should have the right to “fire” their health insurance company if they don’t like their coverage. But, again, he stumbled on the phrasing.

    And whether voters got the full meaning of Romney’s remarks, they gave Democrats sound bites tailor-made for attack ads.

    This past summer, he said “corporations are people” and joked to voters that “I’m also unemployed.”

    Campaigning in New Hampshire before its primary, he said he knew what it was like to worry about getting a “pink slip.”

    He stumbled in the GOP presidential debates too, offering a $10,000 bet to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and said of the landscaping company he used in Massachusetts having illegal immigrants as employees: “I’m running for office, for Pete’s sake — I can’t have illegals.”

    A number of Republicans have defended Romney, saying his comments have been unfairly taken out of context.

    “I don’t think it’s a concern. This is February and I’ve seen so much improvement in Mitt Romney in the year that he’s been campaigning,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who has not endorsed in the GOP primary. “Just think of the difference between the speech he gave after he won Florida versus a lot of the other speeches he’s given. He realizes that you’ve got to put some emotion into it. You’ll never be elected president being a technocrat. … He’s going to become sharper the longer he campaigns.”

    But most of Romney’s comments play into the Democrats’ portrayal of him as an out-of-touch millionaire, and they have pounded on every stumble.

    Even President Obama seems to have gotten on board with the attacks, taking subliminal shots at Romney.

    On Thursday, seeming to refer to Romney’s comment about not being concerned “about the very poor,” Obama emphasized his commitment to them.

    “It’s … about the biblical call to care for the least of these, for the poor, for those at the margins of our society,” he said at the National Prayer Breakfast. “To answer the responsibility we’re given in Proverbs to ‘speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.’ ”

    Romney’s GOP rivals for the nomination also have been on the attack.

    “I really believe that we should care about the very poor, unlike Gov. Romney. But I believe we should care differently than Barack Obama,” Gingrich said Thursday in Nevada.

  15. WH

    Saturday, February 4 , 2012

    All Times Eastern

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  16. February 04, 2012

    WEEKLY ADDRESS: It’s Time for Congress to Act to Help Responsible Homeowners

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House
    Saturday, February 4, 2012

    Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been traveling around the country and talking with folks about my blueprint for an economy built to last. It’s a blueprint that focuses on restoring the things we’ve always done best. Our strengths. American manufacturing. American energy. The skills and education of American workers.

    And most importantly, American values like fairness and responsibility.

    We know what happened when we strayed from those values over the past decade – especially when it comes to our housing market.

    Lenders sold loans to families who couldn’t afford them. Banks packaged those mortgages up and traded them for phony profits. It drove up prices and created an unsustainable bubble that burst – and left millions of families who did everything right in a world of hurt.

    It was wrong. The housing crisis has been the single biggest drag on our recovery from the recession. It has kept millions of families in debt and unable to spend, and it has left hundreds of thousands of construction workers out of a job.

    But there’s something even more important at stake. I’ve been saying this is a make-or-break moment for the middle class. And the housing crisis struck right at the heart of what it means to be middle-class in this country: owning a home. Raising our kids. Building our dreams.

    Right now, there are more than 10 million homeowners in this country who, because of a decline in home prices that is no fault of their own, owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth. Now, it is wrong for anyone to suggest that the only option for struggling, responsible homeowners is to sit and wait for the housing market to hit bottom. I don’t accept that. None of us should.

    That’s why we launched a plan a couple years ago that’s helped nearly one million responsible homeowners refinance their mortgages and save an average of $300 on their payments each month. Now, I’ll be the first to admit it didn’t help as many folks as we’d hoped. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep trying.

    That’s why I’m sending Congress a plan that will give every responsible homeowner the chance to save about $3,000 a year on their mortgages by refinancing at historically low rates. No more red tape. No more endless forms. And a small fee on the largest financial institutions will make sure it doesn’t add a dime to the deficit.

    For the entire article:

  17. Job growth stuns economists, sends Nasdaq to highest level since dot-com crash

    2/3/12 Motoko Rich – NYTimes

    With the government reporting that the unemployment rate and the number of jobless fell in January to their lowest levels since early 2009, the recovery seems finally to be reaching U.S. workers.

    The Labor Department’s latest snapshot of the job market, released Friday, makes clear that employers have been hiring more in recent months, with 243,000 net new jobs in January.

    The unemployment rate now stands at 8.3 percent, down from 8.5 percent a month earlier and 9.1 percent as recently as August.

    On Wall Street, where investors had already driven stocks to their best start in 15 years because of optimism about the economy, the jobs report triggered an outbreak of buying.

    The Nasdaq composite index finished at its highest level since December 2000, during a steep decline after the dot-com stock craze.

    Money poured out of bonds, which are considered less risky than stocks, and bond yields rose.

    The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 156.82 points, its second-best showing this year, and finished the day at 12,862.23, its highest close since May 2008, four months before the financial crisis struck.

    Economists were encouraged, though they expect some fits and starts along the road to recovery.

    “I do think we’re at the point where we’re in a self-sustaining, positive reinforcing picture,” said Stuart Hoffman, chief economist for PNC Financial Services.

    The latest report revealed job gains not only for the past month but also for previous months. December job growth was revised to 203,000, from the original 200,000. November’s job gains, originally reported as 100,000 jobs, were revised upward to 157,000, creating a picture of a job market that has been gathering steam.

    The private sector remained the engine of growth. While federal agencies and local governments continued to lay off workers, businesses added 257,000 net new jobs in January. The biggest gains were in manufacturing, professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality.

    For the entire article:

    Japanese entrepreneurs aim for Silicon Valley

    2/03/12 By: TOMOKO A. HOSAKA –
    Associated Press

    For an emerging generation of Japanese innovators, the dream isn’t a job for life at a big company. They have new ambitions, and they’re determined to go places. Especially Silicon Valley.

    Small but growing numbers of Japanese entrepreneurs are jumping into the startup scene in northern California, particularly since the earthquake and tsunami last March. They include Naoki Shibata, who took the plunge by giving up the sort of life many Japanese in past decades spent their lives trying to attain.

    Only 30, Shibata had an executive-level position at online retailing giant Rakuten Inc. and an assistant professorship at the prestigious University of Tokyo, where he earned a Ph.D. Last June he launched AppGrooves, an iPhone application discovery tool.

    “I wanted a global company from the first moment,” he said. “If you want to reach a global market, then you have to start from Silicon Valley.”

    Shibata and others say they are seeing a major uptick in Japanese entrepreneurs migrating to Silicon Valley or seriously contemplating a move, as their country struggles with two decades of economic stagnation and a rapidly shrinking and aging population.

    Some venture capitalists believe the earthquake, tsunami and the nuclear disaster that followed compelled many Japanese to take an increasingly uncertain future into their own hands.

    “Whenever there’s a natural disaster, people are pushed and pressed against the wall,” said Annis Uzzaman, one of the founders of San Jose, Calif.-based Fenox Venture Capital. “And they want to come out as number one.”

    For the entire article:

  19. pbo_canadian_flag

    Just received this from CandaBarb!

    I bought a new Chevy Avalanche
    And returned to the dealer yesterday
    Because I couldn’t get the radio to work.

    The salesman explained that the radio was voice activated.
    ‘Nelson,’ the salesman said to the radio.

    The radio replied, ‘Ricky or Willie?’
    ‘Willie!’ he continued and ‘On The Road Again’ Came from the speakers.

    Then he said, ‘Ray Charles!’, and in an instant ‘ Georgia On My Mind’ replaced Willie Nelson.

    I drove away happy, and for the next few days, Every time I’d say, ‘Beethoven,’

    I’d get beautiful classical music, and if I said, ‘Beatles,’ I’d get one of their awesome songs.

    Yesterday, some guy ran a red light
    And nearly creamed my new truck,
    But I swerved in time to avoid him.
    I yelled, ‘Ass Hole!’

    Immediately the radio responded with,
    Which one, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, or Sarah Palin?

    Damn I love this truck…

  20. President Obama Serves Up Big Plate of Crow to GOP As Unemployment Dips to 3-Year Low

    February 03, 2012 | Posted by Deaniac83 – ThePeoplesView

    The President is making things worse! His economic policies haven’t worked! We must stop giving consumers power!

    These are the cries of the modern day GOP. Over the past months, though, as the economy has shown better signs of life, including in the job market, their chants have been harder to sustain, their disregard for facts not withstanding. Today’s jobs report – with 257,000 private sector jobs created in January and the unemployment rate falling to a three-year low of 8.3%, numbers significantly better than most predictions – serves them up with another well-deserved, nice, big plate of crow.

    The chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, Alan Krueger provides a great summary for the current employment situation:

    The unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage point to 8.3%, from a high of 10% in October 2009. The drop in unemployment over the month was entirely due to employment growth, as the labor force participation rate remained constant, once new population weights are taken into account. The unemployment rate has fallen by 0.8 percentage point in the last 12 months. Private sector payrolls increased by 257,000 jobs and overall payroll employment rose by 243,000 jobs in January. Despite adverse shocks that have created headwinds for economic growth, the economy has added private sector jobs for 23 straight months, for a total of 3.7 million payroll jobs over that period. In the last 12 months, 2.2 million private sector jobs were added on net. Nonetheless, we need faster growth to put more Americans back to work.

    For the entire article:

  21. CI: We Demand the Right to Vote: The Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People’s Movement Counters Voter Suppression

    2/2/12 Posted by nancy a heitzeg at 5:48 AM – ThePeoplesView

    † Criminal InJustice is a weekly series devoted to taking action against inequities in the U.S. criminal justice system. Nancy A. Heitzeg, Professor of Sociology and Race/Ethnicity, is the Editor of CI. Criminal Injustice is published every Wednesday at 6 pm CST.

    We Demand the Right to Vote: The Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People’s Movement Counters Voter Suppression

    by Victoria Law

    On Sunday, March 7, 1964, 600 civil rights activists attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, to protest the police murder of fellow demonstrator 26-year-old Jimmie Lee Jackson and to demand their rights. As the marchers crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge, they were brutally attacked by white state troopers, many of whom had been deputized that very morning. Seventeen marchers were hospitalized; the day became known as “Bloody Sunday.” After a federal district court issued a restraining order preventing a second march across the bridge, a third march was successfully organized and carried out. The bridge became a symbol of the Civil Rights struggle.

    Nearly fifty years later, the dreams of the Civil Rights movement remain unfulfilled. Mass incarceration has replaced Jim Crow as a means of racial and social control: In the fall of 1965, in a special message to Congress, Lyndon B. Johnson declared a War on Crime: “I hope that 1965 will be regarded as the year when this country began in earnest a thorough and effective war against crime.” In his 1973 State of the Union message, Richard Nixon vowed to continue and expand that war, linking the growing civil unrest to violent street crime. Reagan further intensified the amount of policing and prisons with his 1982 “War on Drugs” launched three years before the 1985 emergence of crack cocaine. These “wars” came at a time when economic conditions were deteriorating, particularly in communities of color; both served to lock poor people, particularly poor people of color, away before they could organize and challenge social conditions and the social order.

    For the entire article:

  22. February 04, 2012

    Statement by the President on Syria

    Thirty years after his father massacred tens of thousands of innocent Syrian men, women, and children in Hama, Bashar al-Assad has demonstrated a similar disdain for human life and dignity. Yesterday the Syrian government murdered hundreds of Syrian citizens, including women and children, in Homs through shelling and other indiscriminate violence, and Syrian forces continue to prevent hundreds of injured civilians from seeking medical help. These brutal killings take place at a time when so many Syrians are also marking a deeply meaningful day for their faith. I strongly condemn the Syrian government’s unspeakable assault against the people of Homs and I offer my deepest sympathy to those who have lost loved ones. Assad must halt his campaign of killing and crimes against his own people now. He must step aside and allow a democratic transition to proceed immediately.

    The Syrian people demonstrated in large numbers across Syria yesterday to participate in peaceful protests commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Hama massacre. They labeled the protests, “We are Sorry, Hama – Forgive Us.” We owe it to the victims of Hama and Homs to learn one lesson: that cruelty must be confronted for the sake of justice and human dignity. Every government has the responsibility to protect its citizens, and any government that brutalizes and massacres its people does not deserve to govern. The Syrian regime’s policy of maintaining power by terrorizing its people only indicates its inherent weakness and inevitable collapse. Assad has no right to lead Syria, and has lost all legitimacy with his people and the international community.

    For the entire article:

    • Thank you President Obama for condemning the murder of hundreds of Syrians by their own government.

      Thank you, UN Ambassador Susan Rice for expressing the United States’s outrage at the Russan/Chinese veto of a UN Security Council resolution condemning the violence and calling for President Assad to leave office.

      • Yes, thank you to President Obama and his administration for standing up and speaking out of injustices!

    • Clinton calls for friends of Syria to unite

      2/5/12 By MATTHEW LEE | Associated Press – 21 mins ago

      SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Sunday for “friends of democratic Syria” to unite and rally against President Bashar Assad’s regime, previewing the possible formation of a formal group of likeminded nations to coordinate assistance to the Syrian opposition.

      Speaking in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia a day after Russia and China blocked U.N. Security Council action on Syria, Clinton said the international community had a duty to halt ongoing bloodshed and promote a political transition that would see Assad step down. She said the “friends of Syria” should work together to promote those ends.

      Clinton was bluntly critical of Saturday’s veto by Russia and China at the United Nations blocking action against the continuing violence in Syria.

      “What happened yesterday at the United Nations was a travesty,” she said.

      “Faced with a neutered Security Council, we have to redouble our efforts outside of the United Nations with those allies and partners who support the Syrian people’s right to have a better future,” Clinton told reporters after meeting top Bulgarian officials.

      Such a group could be similar, but not identical, to the Contact Group on Libya, which oversaw international help for opponents of the late deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. However, in the case of Libya, the group also coordinated NATO military operations to protect Libyan civilians, something that is not envisioned in Syria.

      U.S. officials said a friends group would work to further squeeze the Assad regime by enhancing sanctions against it, bringing disparate Syrian opposition groups inside and outside the country together, providing humanitarian relief for embattled Syrian communities and working to prevent an escalation of violence by monitoring arms sales.

      For the entire article:

  23. WH

    Sunday, January 5, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    Super Bowl Sunday the Obamas plan to watch the big game only with family at the White House

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  24. Sunday talk show tip sheet

    2/3/12 By ZACK HALE – POLITICO

    (Democratic excerpts only)

    On Super Bowl Sunday, there’ll still be plenty of presidential politics on the morning television talk shows…

    On CNN, “State of the Union” also has McDonnell, along with Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association…

    On C-SPAN, “Newsmakers” has New York Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, interviewed by POLITICO’s Jonathan Allen and The Rothenberg Political Report’s Jessica Taylor.

    Univision’s “Al Punto” has Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

    And, finally, TV One’s “Washington Watch” interviews Cecilia Rouse, a former member of the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers.

    For the entire article:

  25. Superbowl XLVI

    New England Patriots vs NY Giants

    February 5, 2012
    Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

    • For President Obama, A Quiet Super Bowl Sunday

      FEBRUARY 05, 2012 obamafoodorama.blogspot

      President Obama will not be hosting a Super Bowl viewing party today at the White House, in contrast to previous years when he was joined by a big crowd of bipartisan pals. Instead, the President will be watching the Giants take on the Patriots with First Lady Obama and his daughters, in what an aide described as “a family affair.” Close friends and extended family may be part of the fun, but the White House aide declined to confirm this, saying simply that “the family will be watching the Super Bowl together in their home.” (Above: The First Family snacked on nachos while watching a World Cup match)

      Though he’s remained neutral on which team he’s rooting for, the President will be doing a pre-game interview at 2:45 PM ET on NBC, the network that is televising the Super Bowl. He’ll be chatting with Today show’s Matt Lauer.

      For the entire article:

      • Will Teddy the porcupine’s prediction of a NY victory come true? Or will the Pats prevail?

  26. Napolitano tours Super Bowl stadium

    2/01/12 By Jordy Yager -TheHill

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano toured Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Wednesday ahead of what is expected to be one of most highly-secured Super Bowl championships ever.

    Napolitano said there were no credible threats to the 46th annual football game, but that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was not taking any chances and would be heavily promoting its “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign to encourage the public to report suspicious activity to the thousands of law enforcement officials providing security for the game.

    DHS officials are helping local and state law enforcement with screening cargo, securing the air space and providing personnel security screening and training to event security officers.

    “At a major national event like the Super Bowl, security is a shared responsibility and everybody has a role to play in identifying and reporting suspicious activities and threats,” said Napolitano.

    The public awareness campaign is partnered with the National Football League (NFL) and plans to broadcast a series of messages on the videoboard and televisions throughout the stadium on game day, reminding people to watch for suspicious behavior.

    Safety messaging will also be printed in game programs for staff, players, and volunteers, with additional advertisements placed throughout Indianapolis at the airport, hotels, restaurants, bars, buses, magazines and visitor guides.

    • Security is a Shared Responsibility

      “Security is a shared responsibility and each citizen has a role to play in identifying and reporting suspicious activities and threats,” “Our partnership with the NFL and local law enforcement to bring the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign to Super BowlXLVI is a critical part of our efforts to ensure the safety of every player, employee and fan in the area for the game.”

      Report suspicious activity by calling . 911 . or. 202-282-8000

  27. Frank Schaeffer says:

    “….The President keeps proving himself smarter than his detractors. More power to him.

    President Obama will win in 2012. And 4 years later all that will be remembered about his critics is that they were impatient, deluded and wrong.

    Given what was on his plate when he took office and the fact that we’re successfully struggling out of both recession and 2 war — and succeeding — President Obama is one of the best of the American presidents already. His second term will consolidate that verdict and bodes greatness as his legacy.”

  28. Obama: Israel has not made decision on Iran attack

    2/5/12 Reuters – 3 mins 51 secs ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Sunday that Israel has not yet decided how to respond to concerns about Iran’s nuclear program and said there was no evidence that Iran has the “intentions or capabilities” to wage attacks on U.S. soil.

    Asked in an NBC interview whether Israel was set to attack Iran, Obama said: “I don’t think that Israel has made a decision on what they need to do. I think they, like us, believe that Iran has to stand down on its nuclear weapons program,” adding Israel and the United States would work “in lockstep” on Iran.

    Obama, who is up for re-election in November, has ended the U.S. war in Iraq and is seeking to wind down combat in Afghanistan amid growing public discontent about American war spending at a time when the economy remains weak.

    The Democrat made clear on Sunday that he would not like to see more fighting in the oil-producing Persian Gulf region.

    “Any kind of additional military activity inside the Gulf is disruptive and has a big effect on us. It could have a big effect on oil prices, we’ve still got troops in Afghanistan, which borders Iran, and so our preferred solution here is diplomatic,” he said.

    For the entire article:

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