Pres Obama @ USAFA 2012 Graduation

The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA or Air Force) is a military academy for officer candidates for the United States Air Force. Its campus is located immediately north of Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado, United States. The Academy’s stated mission is “to educate, train, and inspire men and women to become officers of character, motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation.” It is the youngest of the five United States service academies, having graduated its first class in 1959. Graduates of the Academy’s four-year program receive a Bachelor of Science degree, and are commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Air Force.

Candidates for admission are judged on their academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, athletics and character. To gain admission, candidates must also pass a fitness test, undergo a thorough medical examination, and secure a nomination, which usually comes from the member of Congress in the candidate’s home district. Recent incoming classes have had about 1,200 cadets; historically just under 1,000 of those will graduate. Tuition along with room and board are all paid for by the U.S. government. Cadets receive a monthly stipend, but incur a commitment to serve a number of years of military service after graduation.

The program at the Academy is guided by the Air Force’s core values of “Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do“, and based on four “pillars of excellence”: military training, academics, athletics and character development. In addition to a rigorous military training regimen, cadets also take a broad academic course load with an extensive core curriculum in engineering, humanities, social sciences, basic sciences, military studies and physical education. All cadets participate in either intercollegiate or intramural athletics, and a thorough character development and leadership curriculum provides cadets a basis for future officership. Each of the components of the program is intended to give cadets the skills and knowledge that they will need for success as officers.



United States Air Force Academy Commencement 2012
President Obama – Commencement Speaker
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 12:00 PM ET
Falcon Stadium,  Colorado Springs, CO


67 thoughts on “Pres Obama @ USAFA 2012 Graduation

  1. WH

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama travels to California

    7:00 AM
    President Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews.
    Open Press

    7:15 AM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route Colorado Springs, Colorado.
    Joint Base Andrews
    Press Information

    8:00 AM
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    10:40 AM
    President Obama arrives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
    Local Event Time: 8:40AM MDT
    Peterson Air Force Base
    Open Press

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    President Obama delivers the commencement address at the Air Force Academy
    Colorado Springs, COV
    Local Event Time: 10:00AM MDT
    Air Force Academy
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    President Obama departs Colorado Springs en route Denver, Colorado.
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    Peterson Air Force Base
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    President Obama arrives in Denver, Colorado.
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    Buckley Air Force Base
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    President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event
    Local Event Time: 3:35 PM MDT
    Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center
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    President Obama departs Denver, Colorado en route Mountain View, CA
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    Buckley Air Force Base
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    6:45 PM
    Vice President Biden hosts a reception for leaders of labor organizations at the Naval Observatory.

    7:00 PM
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    President Obama arrives in Mountain View, CA

    8:30 PM
    President Obama attends a campaign event
    Goldman Residence
    Atherton, CA

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    President Obama attends a campaign event
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    Redwood City, CA

    10:00 PM
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    President Obama over nights in San Jose, CA


    2012 Graduation Commencement Program

    23 May 2012
    United States Air Force Acadmey 54th Graduating Class

    10:oo AM
    Falcon Stadium

    Military members are reminded that a salute will be rendered during the playing of Honors for the Graduation Speaker and the National Anthem. During the National Anthem, all other citizens of the United States should face the flag with both hands at their sides or with their hat or an open hand over their heart. Military retirees may render a salute during the playing of the National Anthem.

    MISTRESS of cEREMonIES – Cadet Chelsie Lehmann, Spring Wing Command Chief
    NATIONAL ANTHEM – The United States Air Force Academy Band
    INVOCATION – Chaplain (Colonel) Robert Bruno, United States Air Force Academy Chaplain
    Lieutenant General Michael C. Gould, Superintendent, United States Air Force Academy

    INTRODUCTION OF COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER – Mr. Michael B. Donley, Secretary of the Air Force GRADUATION ADDRESS – President of the United States, Barack H. Obama

    Cadet Paulo Dutra, Class President
    Cadet Kevin Loudermilk, Summer Cadet Wing Commander Cadet Samantha Reep, Fall Cadet Wing Commander
    Cadet Benjamin Barringer, Spring Cadet Wing Commander

    PRESENTATION OF DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN AWARD – Mr. David Palenchar, President of the Air Force Academy Foundation
    PRESENTATION OF GRADUATES – Brigadier General Dana H. Born, Dean of the Faculty
    PRESENTATION OF DIPLOMAS – President of the United States, Barack H. Obama
    (Names of graduates are read by Colonel Carolyn A. M. Benyshek, Director of Admissions, and Dr. Dean H. Wilson, Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs and Academy Registrar. The President is assisted by Distinguished Guests and Academy Officials.)

    OATH OF OFFICE – Brigadier General Richard M. Clark, Commandant of Cadets “THE AIR FORCE SONG” – The United States Air Force Academy Band
    DISMISSAL – Brigadier General Richard M. Clark, Commandant of Cadets

    As the final names in Squadron 36 are called, children 7 to 10 years of age may gather just east of the scoreboard where they will be escorted to the stadium floor to retrieve graduates’ hats following the hat toss. Each child may pick up one hat and will then be escorted to seats in the southeast stands where parents may pick up their children following the ceremony.

    This aerial demonstration is conducted in honor of the graduating class of 2012. This event exhibits to the public the technical and professional capabilities of the United States Air Force. The team is comprised of selected pilots assigned to the Air Combat Command and demonstrates the coordination, discipline, and flying ability that combat-capable pilots require to fulfill their vital role in our nation’s defense.
    Federal Aviation Administration regulations prohibit spectators from being within 1500 feet of the flight path during acrobatic aerial demonstrations. Therefore, for your own safety and to comply with FAA regulations, NO ONE will be permitted to leave the stadium after the graduation ceremony until the completion of the Thunderbirds demonstration.

    (The audience is requested to remain in place until the stadium gates open following the conclusion of the Thunderbirds performance.)

    • May 21, 2012

      President Obama to Deliver Commencement Address at the United States Air Force Academy

      WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, May 23, the President will travel to Colorado Springs, Colorado where he will deliver the commencement address at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO at Falcon Stadium

    • Air Force Academy Class of 2012 “Day in the Life”

      Published on Apr 19, 2012 by USAFACadetMedia

      On Wednesday May 23, the Class of 2012 will graduate at a cermony in Falcon Stadium with the POTUS speaking and the Thunderbirds flying overhead. Get a sneak peak at life for a cadet at the Academy in our soon to be released “Day in the Life” DVD.

      Or, for information on Class of 2012 graduation products see Graduation link at

      for information on how to purchase the full version of “Day in the Life” visit


      5.26.2012 : MICHAEL MATSON –

      For the very first time, openly gay and lesbian cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs participated in graduation commencement. It was the school’s first since the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and President Obama was on hand to personally salute each of the cadets.

      Check out ABC News’ coverage of the historic event below.


      Air Force Academy Graduates First Openly Gay Cadets

      Published on May 23, 2012 by biggreend05

      ABC News’ Devin Dwyer reports from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    • McRaven gives ‘fantastic’ Obama credit for bin Laden raid

      By JOSH GERSTEIN | 7/26/12 1:06 AM EDT POLITICO

      ASPEN, Colo.—Republicans trying to play down President Barack Obama’s decision to launch the raid that led to the death of Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden are not getting much help from the military brass who oversaw the operation.

      During a rare public interview on Wednesday, Adm. Bill McRaven, head of the U.S. Special Operations command, portrayed as bold and brave Obama’s decision to order the raid despite significant doubts about whether bin Laden was at the Abbottabad, Pakistan compound.

      “At the end of the day, make no mistake about it, it was the president of the United States that shouldered the burden of this operation, that made the hard decision,” McRaven said during an on-stage interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that served as the kickoff session of the Aspen Security Forum.

      Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has suggested that the decision to launch the raid was a no-brainer. “Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order,” Romney said in April.

      McRaven refused to respond Wednesday when asked whether he agreed with Romney that any president would have made the same decision Obama did. However, at a couple of junctures, the Special Operations commander offered effusive praise for Obama.

      “The president of the United States is fantastic,” the admiral said. “I’m not a political guy. I’ve worked in both [administrations,] very much enjoyed working with President Bush and I very much enjoy working for President Obama. This isn’t about politics. This is about a Commander in Chief who I have the opportunity to engage with on a routine basis.”

      McRaven also had high praise for Obama’s national security team, including those in place at the time of the raid, such as then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, then-Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, Deputy National Security Advisers Denis McDonough and John Brennan.

      “I’m not a political guy, but I’ll tell you as an interested observer of this, they were magnfiicent how they handled the start-to-finish,” McRaven said. “The president asked all the right questions…The president gave me ample time to prepare once the conversations were through.”

      McRaven, like all military officers, serves at the pleasure of the president. A few weeks before the bin Laden raid, Obama nominated McRaven to take over the Special Operations command and be elevated to four-star admiral. McRaven, who was deeply involved in planning and executing the May 2011 raid, was confirmed by the Senate to his current post the following month.

      • Sharp Decline in Terror Attacks After Bin Laden Death

        8/1/12 By Dana Hughes | ABC OTUS News – 14 hrs ago

        The number of worldwide terror attacks fell to 10,283 last year, down from 11,641 in 2010 and the lowest since 2005, the State Department reported today.

        What’s made the difference? The State Department cites the May 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden and other top al Qaeda members killed last year including Atiyah Abd al-Rahman and Anwar al-Awlaki, who was the head of Yemen’s Al Qaeda affiliate and had ties to the underwear bomber plot in 2010.

        “The loss of bin Laden and these other key operatives puts the network on a path of decline that will be difficult to reverse,” the report stated.

        But Ambassador Dan Benjamin, the State Department’s coordinator for counter-terrorism, warned that for all the good news about the core of al Qaeda being weakened, affiliates of the group, particularly in Yemen and in Africa, continue to pose a real risk.

        Nigeria was one of the few countries which actually saw an increase in terror attacks last year because of Boko Haram, and Kenya and Somalia continue to experience attacks by a weakened Al Shabab. Benjamin also noted that the Arab spring and other countries in transition could leave important allies like Egypt and Iraq vulnerable to terror groups.

        “Inspiring as the moment may be, we are not blind to the attendant perils. Terrorists could still cause significant disruptions for states undergoing very challenging democratic transitions. Affiliates of the group, and violent extremist ideology and rhetoric continue to spread in some parts of the world,” said Benjamin.

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  3. Mancos resident to introduce Obama at Denver fundraiser

    5/22/12 By Jordyn Dahl – durangoherald

    Mancos resident will introduce President Barack Obama at a fundraising event in Denver this afternoon .

    Tami Graham was diagnosed with Stage 1 uterine cancer last September, but she didn’t have health insurance because she couldn’t afford it.

    She heard about the pre-existing condition insurance plan offered through Obama’s Affordable Care Act and was able to get health insurance after her diagnosis.

    Graham saw a post on the Obama Facebook page asking for people who have been positively affected by the health-care act to share their stories.

    She shared hers, which was put on a blog about people helped by the act, and she was contacted Monday by the campaign asking if she would like to introduce the president at the fundraising event.

    The answer was a no-brainer for Graham.

    “I was like ‘Are you kidding? Of course,’” she said. “I’m used to public speaking, but this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It’s a great honor to meet him and to introduce him in my home state.”

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  4. President Barack Obama coming to Palo Alto Thursday
    Obama will be in Bay Area this week for fundraisers in Atherton, Redwood City and Palo Alto

    5/22/12 paloaltoonline

    President Barack Obama will be returning to the Bay Area this week to raise more money for his re-election campaign with three events on the Peninsula.

    Obama will first attend a fundraising dinner at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Atherton home of philanthropists Lisa and Doug Goldman. Tickets for the event cost $35,800 per person.

    The president will then attend a large rally at Redwood City’s Fox Theatre at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Premium seating for the event starts at $1,000 per person. Redwood City Mayor Alicia Aguirre said the president’s visit has generated much enthusiasm in her city.

    “We’re really excited that he’s coming,” Aguirre said. “It really elevates Redwood City and puts it on the map.”

    Aguirre said she has been contacted by people from various communities within the city who are interested in attending the event.

    “No matter what side you’re on in your beliefs and politics, it’s always a special treat to have the president visit your city,” she said.

    The rally is expected to attract protesters from Occupy Redwood City, who plan to assemble outside the theater to protest what they say are civil liberties abuses abroad and collusion with corporate interests at home.

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  5. White House Hangout: Small Business Week with SBA Administrator Karen Mills

    Karen Mills May 21, 2012 11:02 AM EDT

    Throughout the next few days, we will celebrate our nation’s entrepreneurs during National Small Business Week. At the U.S. Small Business Administration, we have the great privilege to work with many amazing small business owners — so we asked them to share their stories in a short video that demonstrates how their small business makes a difference in their local community. The response to SBA’s first video contest was incredible.

    On Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at 3:00 pm ET during a Google+ Hangout hosted by SBA and the White House, we will announce the winning entries. I will be joined by the small business owners who submitted the winning videos, along with special guest moderator, Diana Ransom, contributing editor of We’ll discuss how SBA assistance helped their small business and what inspired their successes.

    If you’re interested in starting or growing a business, the Google+ Hangout is a great opportunity for you to learn more about the many programs available to help you achieve your goals. We will also take your questions live during the hangout via Twitter with the hashtag #WHHangout.

    Here’s how you can join:

    * When: Join us at 3:00pm EDT on Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    * Where: Watch on, the White House Google+ page, or at

    * Engage: Ask questions and join the discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #WHHangout

  6. Ask an Entrepreneur: How Do Small Businesses Benefit from Federal Research Grants?

    Allison Lami Sawyer May 22, 2012 03:59 PM EDT

    It is not always obvious what will come of a federal research grant. Would you expect that a federal research grant from the National Institutes of Health for “Image Slicing Spectrometer for High Resolution Sub-Cellular Microscopy” would eventually revolutionize oil rig and refinery safety? The researchers themselves could not have guessed how far their invention would go.

    Two years ago, Robert Kester and I founded Rebellion Photonics around technology he and his colleagues at Rice University created with support from a federal grant for basic bioengineering research. Since then, we have created seven jobs, raised $1.1 million in venture funding, become cash flow positive, and created products that truly make the world a safer place.

    At Rebellion Photonics, we produce video cameras that can identify and quantify chemicals — essentially our video cameras “see” chemicals, not just colors. While this type of technology, called hyperspectral imaging, has been around since the 1980s, researchers were forced to wait minutes, even hours to see results. Our cameras take milliseconds, allowing the first true real-time chemical imaging video.

    The technology was initially invented to see live chemical reactions within cells for medical research. We do sell cameras for researchers, but with the help of additional grant funding for basic R&D we have been able to expand our product range.

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  7. The spending surge that never happened

    May 22, 2012 By Steve Benen – maddowblog

    The notion that federal spending soared after President Obama took office is one of those “facts” that the political world just accepts implicitly. Republicans have repeated the claim so often (and so loudly) that it’s no longer even questioned. Indeed, Mitt Romney promises to “stop the excessive overspending” on a nearly daily basis.

    But MarketWatch’s Rex Nutting took a closer look at the assumption that many assume is true, but isn’t. (The MarketWatch piece included this great chart, too.)


    Government spending under Obama, including his signature stimulus bill, is rising at a 1.4% annualized pace — slower than at any time in nearly 60 years.

    But it didn’t happen. Although there was a big stimulus bill under Obama, federal spending is rising at the slowest pace since Dwight Eisenhower brought the Korean War to an end in the 1950s…. There has been no huge increase in spending under the current president, despite what you hear.

    It matters, of course, that a political myth is accepted as fact, especially when it’s likely to be one of the driving messages of the 2012 campaign.

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    How Mitt Romney gets away with his lying

    5/16/12 By Greg Sargent washingtonpost

    Yesterday, Mitt Romney gave a big speech in which he accused Obama of lighting a “prairie fire of debt.” It’s a good line, and it has received widespread media coverage.

    Romney’s speech has already been dissected by Jonathan Chait and Steve Benen. They note that it’s entirely at odds with conventional understanding of how deficits work, and utterly disconnected from context, rendering it almost unquantifiably misleading.

    But I wanted to make another point. If you scan through all the media attention Romney’s speech received, you are hard-pressed to find any news accounts that tell readers the following rather relevant points:

    1) Nonpartisan experts believe Romney’s plans would increase the deficit far more than Obama’s would.

    2) George W. Bush’s policies arguably are more responsible for increasing the deficit than Obama’s are.

    Oh, sure, many of the news accounts contain the Obama campaign’s response to Romney’s speech; the Obama campaign put out a widely-reprinted statement arguing that Romney’s plans would increase the deficit and that he’d return to policies that created it in the first place.

    But this shouldn’t be a matter of partisan opinion. On the first point, independent experts think an actual set of facts exists that can be used to determine what the impact of Romney’s policies on the deficit would be. And according to those experts, based on what we know now, Romney’s policies would explode the deficit far more than Obama’s would.

    The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has taken a close look at this question. It has determined that relative to current policy — that is, if you keep the Bush tax cuts in place, as Romney wants to do — Romney’s tax cutting plans would increase the deficit by nearly $5 trillion over 10 years. That’s on top of keeping the Bush tax cuts for the rich. Romney has promised to close various loopholes to pay for his tax cuts, but he hasn’t specified which ones. Until he does, the Tax Policy Center concludes, his plan would cost $5 trillion — which would be added, yes, to the deficit.

    By contrast, Obama’s plans would not increase the deficit by anything close to that amount. Relative to current policy, the Tax Policy Center has found, Obama’s plan would reduce the deficit by approximately $2 trillion over the next decade. Now, under Obama, the deficit would still increase. That’s because current policy means we’re forgoing the $4.5 trillion in revenues we’d gain if we let all the Bush tax cuts expire. But neither candidate is going to do that. Obama, however, would end the Bush tax cuts for the rich and bring in revenues through a variety of other tax increases. Bottom line: relative to current policy, Obama’s plan would reduce the deficit by bringing in $180 billion or more in revenues a year, or approximately $2 trillion over 10 years; Romeny’s plan would increase the deficit by nearly $500 billion a year — $5 trillion over ten years.

    The Tax Policy Center’s Roberton Williams summed it up perfectly in a quote to me:

    “The bottom line is that whatever baseline you use, until Romney makes good on his promise to pay for his tax cuts, he would increase the deficit far more than Obama would.”

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  9. With Mubarak gone, Egyptians vote freely for leader

    5/23/12 By Edmund Blair | Reuters – 46 mins ago

    CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians relished their first free leadership vote on Wednesday, with Islamists pitted against secular figures in a contest unthinkable before a popular revolt swept President Hosni Mubarak from power 15 months ago.

    With no reliable opinion polls, no one knows who will win the presidency, but Egyptians enjoyed the uncertainty after the routinely rigged votes of Mubarak’s 30 years in power.

    “We must prove that the times when we stayed at home and someone would choose for us are over,” said Islam Mohamed, a 27-year-old swimming coach, waiting at a Cairo polling station.

    There were no early reports of vote-related violence and independent election monitors said they saw no major abuses.

    The election is a momentous sequel to Mubarak’s overthrow on February 11, 2011. The military council in charge of a messy and often bloody political transition since then has overseen a constitutional referendum, parliamentary polls and now a vote for a president to whom it has promised to hand power by July 1.

    The revolutionaries of Tahrir Square may be reluctant to trust Egypt’s future to Islamists or Mubarak-era politicians, but those candidates may appeal to many of the 50 million eligible voters who yearn for Islamic-tinged reform or who want a firm and experienced hand to restore stability and security.

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  10. Obama campaign launches new online organizing tool ‘Dashboard’

    5/23/12 POLITICO44

    The Obama campaign is set to launch a new online organizing tool called Dashboard that essentially creates a digital field office, the Wall Street Journal reports:

    The program, known as Dashboard, has been in development since last year and builds off technology used by the campaign in 2008. It is meant to replicate a campaign field office, allowing volunteers to do phone banking, organize events and talk to campaign leaders from their laptops or smartphones.

    It is the latest example of Democrats betting they can organize their way to victory after the Internet was credited with helping propel Mr. Obama in 2008. But it isn’t clear that the technology could overcome what is expected to be a Republican advantage in television advertising, a more proven method of swaying wavering voters. More of Mitt Romney’s supporters are “very interested” in the election than Mr. Obama’s, according a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Tuesday night.

    “The immediacy of Dashboard really sets it apart from 2008,” said Obama campaign spokeswoman Katie Hogan. “It provides a good volunteer experience online that is directly tied to our field-operation goals.”

    • Jeremy Bird introduces Dashboard on

      Published on May 23, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom

      Get started:

      Dashboard is the organizing network of supporters working to re-elect President Obama.

      By signing up for Dashboard on you’ll get updates on upcoming events near you and tools that will help you build this campaign in your community.

      Once you’re ready, you can take the next step and join your Neighborhood Team, work with other volunteers, and organize block by block to win in November.

      If your a Neighborhood Team Leader, Dashboard will make your day-to-day tasks easier and faster. You’ll be able to recruit new team members and manage your teams progress from wherever you are.

      Get started:

  11. May 22, 2012

    President Obama Calls on Congress to Act on Clean Energy Tax Credits in “To Do List”

    WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, President Obama will visit a wind manufacturer in Newton, Iowa. Newton is a city of roughly 16,000 residents, located 35 miles east of Des Moines. For many years, Maytag manufactured washers and dryers at its corporate headquarters in Newton, employing 3,500 at its peak. After being acquired by Whirlpool in 2006, plans were made to consolidate manufacturing into existing facilities, and the remaining 1,900 employees in Newton lost their jobs. But because of the growth in the wind industry, much of it stimulated by the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC), TPI Composites – a leading global provider of composite wind blades to major turbine manufacturers – built a plant in Newton in 2008 and today employs more than 700 workers.

    In Newton, the President will urge Congress to create secure American jobs and restore middle class security by acting on the “To Do List.” Specifically, the President will highlight the need to reduce our reliance on foreign oil and develop more secure domestic energy sources by investing in clean energy manufacturing. He will call on Congress to pass legislation that will extend the PTC to support American jobs and manufacturing in the wind industry alongside an expansion of the 48C Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit that supports American-made clean energy manufacturing. According to industry estimates, the wind industry supports nearly 20,000 direct jobs along with over 30,000 manufacturing jobs in its supply chain. These credits have played an important role in fueling that job creation, and as a result have strong bipartisan support from Governors, Members of Congress, as well as industry.

    Today, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, Heather Zichal; Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, Brian Deese; Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu; and Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar will meet with wind energy developers and supply chain manufacturers to discuss the value of the PTC and the 48C tax credits to a range of industries, companies, and communities, and how we want to work together to ensure they are passed. Thanks in part to the Obama Administration’s investments in clean energy – the largest in American history – the United States has nearly doubled renewable energy generation from sources like wind and solar since the President took office. Generation from wind turbines has increased 27 percent in the last year alone, continuing a trend of rapid growth.

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  12. Personal

    Uploaded by BarackObamadotcom on May 22, 2012

    Learn more:

    To you and your loved ones, Medicare is personal and to a president raised by his grandparents, it’s personal too. And starts with protecting your Medicare from health care scam artists who prey on seniors. President Obama is leading the most successful crackdown on health care fraud ever, already recovered four billion dollars in health care scams last year alone; to preserve Medicare now and for the future; a commitment to Medicare as personal as yours.

  13. New home sales, prices rise in April

    5/23/12 Reuters – 14 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New single-family home sales rose more than expected in April and prices pushed higher, further evidence the housing market was turning the corner.

    The Commerce Department said on Wednesday sales increased 3.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted 343,000-unit annual rate after a 332,000-unit pace in March.

    Economists polled by Reuters had forecast sales at a 335,000-unit rate in April. Compared to April last year, new home sales were up 9.9 percent.

    The data, coming on the heels of a report on Tuesday showing home resales hit a two-year high in April, suggested the housing market recovery was gaining traction.

    It also highlighted the economy’s underlying strength, even though job growth has slowed in recent months. The weak housing market has been the Achilles heel of the economy’s recovery from the 2007-09 recession, as falling home values restrain consumer spending.

    Signs of life in the housing market were also bolstered by a 0.7 percent rise in the median price of a new home last month to $235,700 from March. Compared to April last year, the median price was up 4.9 percent.

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    • May 23, 2012

      Remarks by the President at the Air Force Academy Commencement

      Air Force Academy
      Colorado Springs, Colorado

      10:29 A.M. MDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much. (Applause.) Please be seated. Good morning, everybody! It is wonderful to be at the United States Air Force Academy on such a spectacular day. And it is a privilege to join you in honoring the Class of 2012. (Applause.)

      I want to thank Secretary Donley for his introduction, but more importantly, for his leadership. Generals Gould, Clark and Born; academy faculty and staff; Governor Hickenlooper; members of Congress; distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen.

      I especially want to acknowledge a graduate of this academy who has kept our Air Force strong through a time of great challenge, a leader I’ve relied on and for whom today is his final commencement as chief of staff — General Norton Schwartz. Norty, Suzie, we could not be prouder of you and we are grateful for 39 years of extraordinary service to our nation. (Applause.)

      And although he is not with us today, I’m proud to have nominated another Academy graduate, General Mark Welsh, as the next chief of staff. (Applause.)

      This is my second visit to the Academy. I was here in the summer of 2008, and you were getting ready to head out to Jacks Valley. So I was proud to be here when you began this journey, and I thought I’d come back and help you celebrate at the end. (Laughter.)

      It’s great to be back at a school that has produced so many of the airmen I’ve known as President. Every day, I rely on outstanding Academy graduates who serve at the White House. Some of you know that photo from the Situation Room on the day we delivered justice to bin Laden — you can see right next to me a great leader of our Special Operations forces, General Brad Webb.

      Last month, I was able to present the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to Coach Calhoun and the Fighting Falcons — (applause) — for the second straight year, a record 18th time. And of course, every time I step on Air Force One, I count on Academy graduates like my pilot today — Colonel Scott Turner. Now, I was going to tell you a joke about Scott, but he’s my ride home. (Laughter.) So I’m going to have to keep it to myself.

      Cadets, you distinguished yourselves as leaders before you ever stepped foot on the Terrazzo. And when you arrived, I know your upper classmen gave you quite a welcome. They let you experience the joy of the Beast. The pleasure of Recognition. They made you experts on filling out forms. I only ask that you resist the temptation to rate my speech — “fast-neat-average-friendly-good-good.” (Laughter and applause.)

      But you survived. In you we see the values of integrity and service and excellence that will define your lives. And I know you couldn’t have made it without the love and support of your moms and dads and brothers and sisters and grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, cousins. So give them all a big round of applause. (Applause.)

      This Academy is one of the most demanding academic institutions in America. And you have excelled. I’m told you have set at least three Academy records: The largest number of graduates ever to go directly on to graduate school; the largest number of female graduates in Academy history — (applause.) You will follow in the footsteps of General Janet Wolfenbarger, who I was proud to nominate as the first female four-star general in Air Force history. (Applause.)

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  14. May 23, 2012

    Obama Administration Launches Sweeping Shift to Mobile

    New Directive to Make Federal Services Available on Mobile Devices, Spur “App Economy” and Entrepreneurship

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Obama Administration is launching a new initiative to accelerate efforts to make new and useful services available to consumers on their mobile devices. As part of the President’s commitment to delivering a 21st century government, he is issuing a directive today requiring that each major Federal agency make two key government services the American people depend on available on mobile phones within the next 12 months. The Administration is also ramping up its ongoing efforts to make large amounts of government data more easily accessible to the public to spur entrepreneurs to develop innovative new services and mobile applications that take advantage of this data, creating new opportunities, businesses and jobs in the process. These actions are part of a larger digital strategy being implemented by the Administration—a roadmap that will guide the Federal government as it makes the most of new sources of digital information.

    President Obama said, “Americans deserve a government that works for them anytime, anywhere, and on any device. By making important services accessible from your phone and sharing government data with entrepreneurs, we are giving hard-working families and businesses tools that will help them succeed.”

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    • White House Hangout: National Small Business Week with Administrator Karen Mills

      Published on May 23, 2012 by whitehouse

      Description of the event. During National Small Business Week, Small Business Administrator Karen Mills joins a Google+ Hangout to announce the SBA video contest winners and discuss how SBA assistance helped their small business and what inspired their successes. May 23, 2012.

  15. Pelosi asks Boehner for immediate vote on middle-class tax cuts

    5/23/12 By Mike Lillis – TheHill

    Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday urged Republicans to stage an immediate vote on extending the Bush-era tax rates for the middle class and making those rates permanent.

    In a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the House Democratic leader said the issue should be resolved “as early as next week” both to lend confidence to consumers and to ensure the issue isn’t lost amid the chaos that’s expected to mark this year’s lame-duck session.

    “Extension of this middle-income tax cut will inject demand into our markets and strengthen small businesses,” Pelosi wrote. “We cannot afford another manufactured crisis that unnecessarily threatens the full faith and credit of the United States and jeopardizes our economic recovery.”

    President Obama and Republican leaders agreed in December 2010 to extend the Bush-era tax rates for all taxpayers, meaning the cuts will expire in January without congressional action.
    Boehner has said he’ll bring a vote on extending all of the tax rates before November’s elections.

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  16. 6:45 PM ET
    The Vice President hosts a reception for leaders of labor organizations
    Naval Observatory

    • May 24, 2012

      Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event

      Private Residence
      Atherton, California

      8:03 P.M. PDT

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

      Well, let me start out by just saying that the Goldman family and Doug and Lisa, they have had my back from the get-go. At a time when a lot of people had no idea who I was, they stepped up and were enormous supporters, along with some of the people in this room. They’ve been great friends. Even though the boys here beat me in air hockey — (laughter) — they haven’t rubbed it in, except for when I show up and they have an air hockey table here — (laughter.) But they’ve just been extraordinary supporters and I could not thank them more for everything that they’ve done. So please give them another round of applause. (Applause.)

      I want to thank David Crosby and Graham Nash for providing some wonderful music. (Applause.) It’s not every day you get Rock and Roll Hall of Famers strumming the guitar for you. So we really appreciate them. And they’ve been wonderful supporters as well. We really appreciate that.

      I want to thank Don Cheadle for helping to — (applause) — helping to frame the debate here. And Don has been a terrific friend as well. I’m not going to talk about the basketball game we had a couple of weeks ago. (Laughter.) We’re not going to say anything about it.

      DON CHEADLE: Thank you.

      THE PRESIDENT: Nothing. (Laughter.)

      And I want to thank all of you for being here.

      Now, in these kinds of settings I try not to give a long speech. What I’d like to do is just make some very brief remarks at the top because I want to save as much time as possible just for questions, for comments, for advice. I always get advice at these things so — (laughter) — I’m sure this crowd will not be shy.

      But as has already been said, we’ve gone through three and a half of the toughest years in our lifetimes. It wasn’t just the 800,000 jobs a month that we were losing. We had lost 3 million jobs before I was even sworn into office. We had lost 8 million before our economic policies had a chance to take effect. And we’ve still got a long way to go here in California and all across the country. There are a lot of folks who are hurting, people out of work or underemployed, people whose homes are $100,000 underwater and have no sense of how they’ll ever get out from under the debts that they’ve accumulated. There are an awful lot of young people here who are extraordinarily talented, but don’t see a path or a vision for the future. So our work is not done.

      The good news, though, is that we’re beginning to steer that ship in the right direction. We’ve set a path and a target and a direction where this is again a country where everybody gets a fair shot, everybody does their fair share, everybody plays by the same set of rules. A lot of that has to do with making sure that every kid in this country is getting a good education. And I could not be prouder of the work that we’ve done on education reform.

      A lot of it has to do with making sure that higher education is not a luxury. And it’s not just four-year colleges. We need more engineers, we need more scientists, we need more Stanford grads, but we also need folks who are going to community colleges and are able to get the skills and the training that they need in order to compete for jobs the 21st century.

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    • May 24, 2012

      Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event

      Fox Theatre
      Redwood City, California

      9:45 P.M. PDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you! (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much. How’s it going, Redwood City! (Applause.) Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you, guys. (Applause.) Well, it is good to be back in California. (Applause.)

      A couple of people I just want to acknowledge. First of all, your mayor, Alicia Aguirre. Give her a big round of applause — she’s here. (Applause.) And please give it up for Ben Harper for performing tonight. (Applause.)

      Now, you guys can have a seat. I’m going to be talking for a while. (Laughter.)

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you, Obama!

      THE PRESIDENT: It is good to see all of you. Are you having fun tonight? (Applause.)

      Well, listen, I’m here not just because I need your help — although I do need your help. (Applause.) I’ll get to that in a second. But I’m here because your country needs your help.

      Now, four years ago, we came together because we wanted to reclaim the basic bargain that had built the largest middle class and the most prosperous nation on Earth. We shared a belief that in America, your circumstances shouldn’t be determined — or your success shouldn’t be determined by the circumstances of your birth, right? (Applause.) And you can see that in Redwood City — people from every background, from every corner not just of the country but of the world.

      This represents that idea that if you’re willing to work hard, you should be able to create a life for yourself and your family, find a good job. If you’re willing to meet your responsibilities, you should be able to own a home and maybe start a business, strike out with a new idea, send your kids to a good school — give them a chance to do even better than you, no matter who you are, no matter where you come from, no matter what you look like, no matter who you love. (Applause.)

      So that’s why we did all this in 2008. This wasn’t a commitment you made because of me. This was a commitment you made to each other, because you felt that the country had strayed from some of those basic values.

      We watched a record surplus that was squandered on tax cuts for folks who didn’t need them and weren’t asking for them. (Applause.) We saw two wars being waged on a credit card. We saw speculation in the financial sector, reaping huge profits for a few folks who were making bets with other people’s money, but it was a flimsy kind of success. Manufacturing left our shores. A shrinking number of Americans did really, really well, but a growing number saw falling incomes and stagnant job growth and rising costs for everything from college to health care.

      And so we had strayed from those values. And we built a house of cards, and it ended up collapsing in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression — lost three million jobs while we were campaigning; 800,000 jobs lost the month I took office.

      And it’s been tough. But it turns out the American people were tougher. (Applause.) We don’t quit. We don’t give up. We keep on going. Together, we fought back. We fought our way back. When some said, you know what, we should just let Detroit go bankrupt, we made a bet on American workers and American innovators and American companies, and today, the auto industry is back on top of the world. (Applause.)

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  17. WH

    Thursday, May 23, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    President Obama attends a campaign event hosted by the Asian-American/Pacific Islander community
    Garden Court Hotel, Palo Alto, CA

    12:00 PM
    12:45 PM
    Vice President Biden will attend a campaign event in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    1:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    President Obama departs San Jose, California en route Newton, Iowa.
    Local Event Time: 10:00 AM PDT
    Moffett Federal Airfield
    Open Press

    2:00 PM
    President Obama arrives in Des Moines, Iowa.
    Local Event Time: 3:00 PM CDT
    Des Moines International Airport
    Open Press

    2:30 PM
    Vice President Biden attends a campaign event.

    2:55 PM
    President Obama tours TPI Composites, a wind manufacturer.

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    5:15 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks on the economy from TPI Composites, a wind manufacturer
    Local Event Time: 4:15 PM CDT
    Newton, IA
    Open Press

    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    7:55 PM
    President Obama holds a campaign event
    Local Event Time: 6:55 PM CDT
    Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center
    Iowa State Fairgrounds
    Des Moines, IA
    Open Press

    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    9:20 PM
    President Obama departs Des Moines, Iowa en route Joint Base Andrews.
    10:00 PM
    11:00 PM
    11:30 PM
    President Obama arrives at Joint Base Andrews.

    11:45 PM
    President Obama arrives at the White House.

    • POTUS podium

      May 23, 2012

      5:15 PM ET
      President Obama delivers remarks on the economy from TPI Composites, a wind manufacturer
      Newton, IA



      10:00 AM ET
      Senate Committee Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
      Responsible Homeowner Refinancing Act of 2012

      10:30 AM ET
      Human rights report released
      Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others release the State Department’s annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.

      10:30 AM ET
      African ivory poaching hearing
      The Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on the global implications of ivory poaching in Africa.

      1:00 PM ET
      Pentagon briefing on missile defense
      The Defense Department’s missile defense agency program briefs reporters at the Pentagon on the state of the program.

      3:00 PM ET
      Defense of Marriage Act briefing
      GOP senators, pastors and activists hold a briefing on their opposition to a proposed vote to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.
      Colin Powell endorses same-sex marriage

      3:40 PM ET
      Secretary of State Clinton briefing with New Zealand foreign minister
      Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her New Zealand counterpart speak with reporters following talks in Washington.

      5:15 PM ET
      President Obama delivers remarks on the economy from TPI Composites, a wind manufacturer
      Newton, IA



      10:00 AM ET
      Senate Committee Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
      Responsible Homeowner Refinancing Act of 2012

      10:30 AM ET
      Human rights report released
      Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others release the State Department’s annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.

      10:30 AM ET
      African ivory poaching hearing
      The Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on the global implications of ivory poaching in Africa.

      1:00 PM ET
      Pentagon briefing on missile defense
      The Defense Department’s missile defense agency program briefs reporters at the Pentagon on the state of the program.

      3:00 PM ET
      Defense of Marriage Act briefing
      GOP senators, pastors and activists hold a briefing on their opposition to a proposed vote to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.
      Colin Powell endorses same-sex marriage

      3:40 PM ET
      Secretary of State Clinton briefing with New Zealand foreign minister
      Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her New Zealand counterpart speak with reporters following talks in Washington.

      5:15 PM ET
      President Obama delivers remarks on the economy from TPI Composites, a wind manufacturer
      Newton, IA


      Department of State

      10:30 AM ET
      Human rights report released
      Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others release the State Department’s annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.

  18. May 22, 2012

    President Obama to Travel to Newton, Iowa

    WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, President Obama will visit TPI Composites, a wind manufacturer in Newton, Iowa where he will urge Congress to act on the “To Do List,” specifically highlighting the need to invest in clean energy by passing legislation that will extend the Production Tax Credit (PTC) to support American jobs and manufacturing in the wind industry alongside an expansion of the 48C Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit that supports American-made clean energy manufacturing.

    • Obama Administration to lay out clean energy, jobs agenda during TPI visit

      5/22/12 By MIKE MENDENHALL – newtondailynews

      In a statement earlier Tuesday morning, a spokesperson from the White House announced that President Obama will visit TPI Composites in Newton at 4:15 p.m. Thursday as part of a planned official visit to discuss his administration’s renewable energy objectives.

      Since the announcement of the Iowa trip last week, White House officials have been referring to a “to-do list” that Obama is slated to lay out during a speech at the Newton wind blade manufacturer.

      According to the latest information from White House Regional Communications Director Caroline Hughes, while at TPI the president will call on Congress to extend the Production Tax Credit, which is slated to expire at the end of this year. The credit gives a 2.2 cent per kilowatt hour reimbursement to companies that distribute and generate renewable energy from sources such as wind. The credit in turn supports manufacturers such as TPI that build the infrastructure to those power companies.

      Obama also will call for new tax incentives and an expansion of the 48C Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax credit, which gives a 30 percent investment credit to manufacturers that invest in equipment to make components for clean energy products. The 48C credit originally was part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act, more commonly known as the economic stimulus bill. Obama wants the credit to be extended by $5 billion to compensate for more than $5 billion in projects his administration claims it did not receive but merited funding under the original program.

      In the statement, the administration said that Obama will call on Congress to pass legislation that gives companies a new 20 percent tax credit for the cost of moving their operations back to the United States.

      Officials propose paying for the new credit by eliminating tax incentives that the administration claims allows companies to deduct the costs of moving their businesses to other countries.

      The president also is slated to propose a 10 percent income tax credit for small businesses that increases wages in calendar year 2012.

      Obama also will urge Congress to create a Veterans Jobs Corps which could allow Afghanistan and Iraq War veterans to find jobs in community service such as law enforcement and as firefighting.

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  19. Secretary Clinton To Release Annual Human Rights Reports

    Notice to the Press
    Office of the Spokesperson
    Washington, DC

    May 21, 2012

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    On May 24, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Michael Posner will release the 2011 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices at 10:30 a.m. in the Department of State Press Briefing Room. The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, commonly known as the Human Rights Reports, cover the status of human rights in countries around the world.

    Remarks will be open to the press.

    Pre-set time for cameras: 9:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.
    Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 10:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

    Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver’s license, passport).

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  20. Jobless claims hold steady for third straight week

    Thu May 24, 2012 8:40 AM EDT By Steve Benen – maddowblog

    For a while, the initial unemployment claims looked a bit like a roller-coaster ride. February and March were very encouraging, while April was a disheartening mess, only to see the data level off in May. Today’s report from the Department of Labor reinforces the trend.

    Last week’s figures were revised up slightly, leaving this week’s totals about where they’ve been.

    The number of Americans who filed requests for jobless benefits fell by 2,000 last week to 370,000, the U.S. Labor Department said Thursday. Claims from two weeks ago were revised up to 372,000 from 370,000. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had projected claims would rise to a seasonally adjusted 373,000 in the week ended May 19. The average of new claims over the past four weeks, meanwhile, dropped by 5,500 to 370,000, the lowest level in six weeks.

    It’s worth emphasizing that week-to-week results can vary widely, and it’s best not to read too much significance into any one report.

    In terms of metrics, when jobless claims fall below the 400,000 threshold, it’s considered evidence of an improving jobs landscape, and when the number drops below 370,000, it suggests jobs are being created rather quickly. We’ve only managed to dip below the 370,000 threshold once in the last seven weeks.

    And with that, here’s the chart showing weekly, initial unemployment claims going back to the beginning of 2007. (Remember, unlike the monthly jobs chart, a lower number is good news.) For context, I’ve added an arrow to show the point at which President Obama’s Recovery Act began spending money.


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  21. US durable goods orders up 0.2 percent in April
    US durable goods orders edged up slight 0.2 percent in April with business investment down

    5/24/12 By Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Associated Press – 7 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders for long-lasting factory goods edged up slightly in April but a key category that tracks business investment spending fell for a second straight month.

    The Commerce Department says orders for durable goods increased a slight 0.2 percent last month after a 3.7 percent decline in March.

    But core capital goods orders, which are considered a proxy for business investment plans, fell 1.9 percent in April after a 2.2 percent decline in March. Demand for computers and electronics products and heavy machinery fell.

    Overall orders for durable goods, items expected to last at least three years, rose to $215.5 billion, up 52.5 percent from their recession low hit in the spring of 2009. Orders are still 11.6 percent below their peak in December 2007. In March.

  22. 11:00 AM ET
    President Obama attends a campaign event hosted by the Asian-American/Pacific Islander community
    Garden Court Hotel, Palo Alto, CA

    • Champions of Change: Vietnam Veterans

      Published on May 24, 2012 by whitehouse

      The White House Office of Public Engagement honors eleven individuals within the veterans’ community, especially those who served in Vietnam, who are Champions of Change. These individuals have shown continued support for efforts to end veterans’ homelessness, boost veterans’ employment, treat problems with substance abuse, and develop treatment programs for those dealing with PTSD. May 24, 2012.

      • Reaching Out to Fight Veteran Homelessness

        Rosye Cloud June 05, 2012 02:01 PM EDT

        The White House would like to congratulate the finalists dedicated to providing resources to our homeless veterans. On March 19, 2012, the VA Innovation Initiative (VAi2) launched Project REACH (Real-time Electronic Access for Caregivers and the Homeless), which involved public and nonprofit collaboration between the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, and the Jon Bon Jovi (JBJ) Soul Foundation.

        VA Deputy Secretary W. Scott Gould, Mr. Bon Jovi, and HUD Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones announced the finalists today at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Data Initiative Forum in Washington D.C., and each finalist received a $10,000 prize.

        Project REACH challenges the nation’s developers to create a convenient mobile application so that local resources are available to those who need them most – our homeless veterans. The ultimate goal is to create a national platform that allows for identifying available services such as health clinics, food kitchens, housing services, and shelters at any location around the country.

        These finalists were chosen because they were the first five contestants to meet the selection criteria as outlined on Simply put, they provided a free, broadly accessible application that produces real or near real-time information on where someone can find a bed, a place to eat, or seek medical services. A pilot program between Veterans Affairs and Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation will select a program among this list of finalists that can be scaled nationwide.

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    • “America could not be prouder of you”

      Published on Jul 4, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
      Learn More: http://OFA.BO/fgMPAB

      Edward Meagher joined the United States Air Force in 1966. He volunteered to go to Vietnam and spent well over 2.5 years overseas.

      Today, Edward has the privilege of working with veterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

      President Obama’s message has been very clear. You stood up for us; we will stand tall for you. He’s ended the war with honor, and he’s brought them home, and he’s doing the same thing in Afghanistan. He understands at a real gut level what these folks have been through.

      President Obama has taken a wide view of taking care of veterans who have come back from their service. He’s really addressing all their issues: the medical issues, the transition issues, educational benefits, jobs. They have to have access to jobs. They have to have job training. He’s put real programs in place — programs that work.

    • May 24, 2012

      Remarks by the President on Energy in Newton, Iowa

      TPI Composites
      Newton, Iowa

      4:30 P.M. CDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Iowa! (Applause.) Well, it is good to be back in Newton! (Applause.) It’s been a while. It’s good to be back in Iowa. It’s brought back memories — of a lot of driving. (Laughter.) And I just had a great tour of this facility. By the way, if people have chairs, feel free to sit down. (Laughter.) Some of you may not have seats, but I want to make everybody comfortable. But don’t worry, I’m not going to talk that long. I didn’t want to give that impression.

      I just had a wonderful tour of this facility. And I was telling some of the folks we couldn’t take the helicopters in because the winds were too strong, so you are definitely in the right business. (Laughter.) Obviously there’s some wind power here in Iowa that we want to tap.

      I want to thank Quinten for the terrific introduction and for sharing his story. Give Quinten a big round of applause. (Applause.) Quinten was telling my team this is the first time he’s ever spoken in public. But he looked like a pro to me. (Applause.)

      I want to thank your mayor, Mayor Allen, for welcoming us here today. (Applause.) I also want to thank Representative Dave Loebsack for being here. Give Dave a big round of applause. (Applause.) And I know he had to leave early, but I just want to acknowledge somebody you know well — our outstanding Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack. (Applause.) Tom was instrumental in helping transform Newton and he’s still got your back. He is still fighting every single day for every single person in this town, but all across rural America. And so we’re very proud of him.

      Now, we all know how difficult these past few years have been for the country. Iowa has actually done a little better than some other states, but it’s still been tough. And after the worst recession of our lifetimes, it’s going to take some time for the economy to fully recover — more time than a lot of us would like. And we’re still facing some headwinds, like the situation in Europe right now, which is having an impact on our economy.

      But while there’s certain economic developments we can’t control, there are a bunch of things that we can control. There are plenty of steps that we can take right now — steps that we must take right now — to speed up this recovery and to create jobs, and to restore some of the financial security that a lot of families have lost. It’s within our control to do all of that right now. But here’s the thing — (applause.) It’s true, we can make that difference.

      The challenge we’ve got is that too many folks aren’t on the same page. We’ve got too many of my dear Republican friends in Congress that have been standing in the way of some steps that we could take that would make a difference at the moment. Either they say they don’t want to do anything at all, or they don’t want to do it before the election, or they want to double down on some of the policies that didn’t work and helped to get us into this mess in the first place.

      And Newton knows something about that — because Newton lost manufacturing. Newton lost Maytag. A lot of the trends that we had seen even before the financial crisis hit, hit Newton first. And so when you hear somebody say we should cut more taxes, especially for the wealthiest Americans, well, Newton, you’ve been there and you’ve done that. We did that — 2000, 2001, 2003. When you hear people say that we should cut back more on the rules we put in place for banks and financial institutions to avoid another taxpayer bailout — well, we tried that. When people say that we should just wait until the housing market hits bottom and hope that it comes back, hope for the best — well, that’s not an answer for people. That doesn’t make sense.

      We’ve tried at lot of these ideas for nearly a decade. It did not work. We saw manufacturing moving offshore. We saw a few people do very well, but too many families struggling just to get by — all before the financial crisis hit. And the financial crisis made it worse. So we can’t go backwards. We’ve got to move forward. We’ve got to build an economy where hard work and responsibility pay off, where you can find a good job and own your own home, maybe start your own businesses and give your kids a chance for a better future. (Applause.) That’s the American way. That’s who we are. (Applause.)

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      • President Obama Talks #CongressToDoList on Twitter

        Kori Schulman May 24, 2012 06:48 PM EDT

        Yes, President Obama was on Twitter today – taking your questions about his plan to create jobs and help the middle class.

        Earlier, the President paid a visit to TPI Composites, a wind manufacturer in Newton, Iowa. At the plant, he called on Congress to act on a to-do list that’ll create jobs, specifically highlighting the need to invest in clean energy.

        After the speech, the President answered some of your questions on Twitter. Check out the full Q&A below and learn more about clean energy tax credits and the other items on the to-do list here. To see more conversations like this one, check out some of our recent White House Twitter “Office Hours” at

        • Behind-the-Scenes Video: Twitter Q&A with President Obama

          Published on Aug 4, 2012 by whitehouse

          Go behind the scenes with President Obama as he answers your questions on Twitter after delivering remarks in Newton, Iowa. Follow @whitehouse on Twitter –

    • Obama to Congress on green-energy tax-break extension: ‘Do it now’

      5/24/12 By Ben Geman – TheHill

      President Obama used the backdrop of an Iowa wind-energy manufacturing plant Thursday to ramp up pressure on Congress to extend an expiring tax break that has been vital to financing new power projects.

      Extension of the wind-energy production tax credit — which is slated to lapse at year’s end — is part of a short “to do list” of actions Obama says Congress could do quickly to help the economy.

      Obama, speaking at TPI Composites, noted that domestic manufacturing, rather than imports, of various wind turbine parts now supports many facilities in 43 states employing tens of thousands of workers.

      “So we’re making progress. But I’m here today because that progress is in jeopardy,” Obama said at the plant in Newton, Iowa, that makes wind turbine blades.

      “If Congress doesn’t act, those tax credits I mentioned — the ones that helped to build up the wind industry and bring it here to Newton — will expire. If Congress doesn’t act, companies like this one will take a hit. Jobs will be lost. That’s not a guess. That’s a fact. And we can’t let that happen,” Obama said, according to his prepared remarks.

      “That’s a fact. And we can’t let that happen. We can’t walk away from these jobs. Congress should extend these tax credits, and they should do it now,” he added in the speech that noted Iowa supports more wind power jobs than any other state.

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      • Congress’s To-Do List

        Amy Brundage May 10, 2012 07:05 PM EDT

        Earlier this week the President visited the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s NanoTech Complex in Albany, New York where he called on Congress to act on a “To-Do List” that’ll create jobs and help restore middle class security. I’m sure you’ve seen the To-Do List by now. It’s about the size of a post-it note, and outlines five common-sense initiatives that’ll grow our economy and make a real difference for millions of families across the nation.

        In Albany the President emphasized the importance of rewarding companies who bring jobs back to America. Tomorrow, he’s heading to Reno, NV where he’ll discuss the second item on the To-Do List: cutting the red tape to allow hardworking homeowners to refinance and take advantage of today’s lower rates.

        The To-Do List is simple:

        1. Reward companies who bring jobs back to the U.S. with lower taxes and pay for it by eliminating tax incentives for companies to ship jobs overseas.

        2. Cut red tape so hardworking, responsible homeowners who are paying their mortgage can refinance at today’s lower rates.

        3. Help hardworking small business owners create jobs by giving them a tax credit for new hires.

        4. Invest in American clean energy manufacturers who create American jobs through innovation of new technologies and new fuels that reduce our reliance on foreign oil and lead to more secure energy sources.

        5. Ensure our commitment to our veterans is as strong as they are by creating a Veterans Job Corps that helps hire veterans as cops, firefighters, and serving their communities.

        Over the past few days, we’ve seen some movement from members of Congress on Capitol Hill. They’re taking action. Senator Jeff Merkley introduced the Rebuilding Equity Act, a bill that gives folks the opportunity to take advantage of today’s lower rates and the savings from refinancing to build back equity in their homes. Senator Feinstein introduced a bill yesterday, and today Senators Robert Menendez and Barbara Boxer introduced legislation to help millions of responsible homeowners take advantage of today’s lower rates, saving an average of $3,000 per homeowner. These are reforms that the Members of the House have called for, including Leader Pelosi, Barney Frank, Luis Gutierrez, Maxine Waters, and we hope that the Congress can send a responsible package to the President’s desk.

        We’re pleased Congress is taking up these housing measures. Now it’s time for Republicans to get on board. There’s no excuse for inaction. Congress needs to work together and start checking these items off the list. It’s the right thing to do. The President knows it, and the American people do to. It’s time for Congress to get to work.

  23. 7:55 PM ET
    President Obama holds a campaign event
    Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center
    Iowa State Fairgrounds
    Des Moines, IA

    • May 24, 2012

      Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event

      Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center
      Iowa State Fairgrounds
      Des Moines, Iowa

      7:10 P.M. CDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Iowa! (Applause.) I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling fired up! (Applause.) I am definitely ready to go! Definitely ready to go. We just had a chance to talk to the folks in the overflow, and before that we were in Newton. And I was just telling my team, there’s something about coming to Iowa — (applause) — it just gets me going! (Applause.) It’s my home away from home. (Applause.) Just love this place! Even just all those long drives. (Laughter.) Seeing all that corn — makes me feel good. (Applause.)

      So, listen, I want to thank a couple of Iowa friends of mine — first of all, your outstanding former governor and now outstanding Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack is in the house. (Applause.) Your Mayor, Frank Cownie is here. (Applause.) Your Congressman, Leonard Boswell. (Applause.) Your Attorney General and one of my campaign co-chairs, Tom Miller. (Applause.) Your State Treasurer and one of my earliest supporters, Mike Fitzgerald. (Applause.)

      And I also want to thank some folks who’ve been keeping us fired up from the very beginning — the Isiserettes who are in the house. (Applause.) We were talking about when we had the J.J. dinner, we were all going in together, and the Isiserettes were at the front. And Michelle and I were dancing — she was dancing, I was trying to dance. (Laughter.)

      So it’s good to be back. It’s good to be back among friends. It’s good to be seeing all of you. (Applause.) Four or five years ago, it was you who kept us going when a lot of pundits in Washington had written us off. You remember that. It was on your front porches, it was in your backyards where our movement for change began.

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you, Mr. President!

      THE PRESIDENT: I love you back. (Applause.)

      AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

      THE PRESIDENT: You know, it was here where we came together to reclaim the basic bargain that built the largest middle class and the most prosperous nation on Earth. We believe that in America success shouldn’t be determined by the circumstances of your birth. If you’re willing to work hard, you should be able to find a good job. (Applause.) If you’re willing to meet your responsibilities, you should be able to own a home, maybe start a business. You should be able to give your children a better chance than you had — no matter where you came from, no matter what you look like, no matter who you love. (Applause.) That’s what we believe. (Applause.)

      And we came together in 2008 because you could tell that our country — or at least the leadership in Washington — had strayed away from these basic values. We had a record surplus that had been squandered on tax cuts for folks who didn’t need them and weren’t even asking for them. Two wars had been waged on a credit card. Wall Street speculators were reaching huge profits, making bets with other people’s money, but it was destabilizing our financial system. Manufacturing was moving offshore. A shrinking number of Americans were doing fantastically well, but a whole lot of people were struggling with falling incomes and rising costs and the slowest job growth in half a century.

      And it was a house of cards, and we sensed that. And then right in the middle of the campaign we saw the most destructive crisis since the Great Depression. In the last six months of 2008, while we were still campaigning, nearly 3 million of our neighbors lost their jobs; 800,000 lost their jobs the month I was sworn in — hadn’t seen anything like it since the Great Depression.

      And so it was tough. But it turned out Americans were tougher. Folks in Iowa were tougher. (Applause.) We don’t quit. We keep going. And together, we’re fighting our way back. (Applause.)

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    • May 24, 2012

      Remarks by the President to Overflow Crowd

      Susan Knapp Amphitheatre
      Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center
      Iowa State Fairgrounds
      Des Moines, Iowa

      6:54 P.M. CDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Iowa! (Applause.) How’s it going, Des Moines? (Applause.) Well, it is good to be back in my home away from home. (Applause.)

      Now, I’ve got to give a long speech in there so I’m not going to give a long speech here. But what I do want to just say to all of you is —

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: I love you!

      THE PRESIDENT: I love you back. (Applause.)

      You know, this journey started in Iowa. (Applause.) And that’s why we’re going to be spending a lot of time in Iowa this time round. (Applause.) Because when I go around the country and I talk about how decent folks are and responsible they are, and everybody wants a fair shot and everybody is willing to do their fair share and everybody is playing by the same set of rules, I’m talking about the people of Iowa as a great example of what America is all about. (Applause.)

      So we’re going to have a lot of work to do. We’ve gone through some tough times. The economy has been tough. We still have friends and neighbors who are out of work. We still have too many folks whose home values have dropped, small businesses that are still struggling. So we’re going to have to keep on moving. We’ve got to push forward. We can’t go backwards.

      And these other folks, they want to go back to the same stuff that got us into this mess in the first place, and we’re not going to do that. We want to move forward. We’re not going backwards. (Applause.)

      So how many of you are ready to work? (Applause.) Because it’s going to take some work this time. This is going to take some work. This is going to be harder this time than it was the last time. But Iowa is full of hardworking folk. (Applause.) And there’s something about Iowa — when I come here I want to work even harder. (Applause.)

      So I just want to say thank you to all the team members, team leaders, everybody who’s out there knocking on doors, making phone calls, talking to your neighbors, talking to your friends, talking to your uncle or aunt who somehow still thinks the other side knows what they’re talking about — (laughter) — and you’ve got to help them see the light. You just keep at it.

      And the last thing I’ll say is this. Even though all these folks are spending all this millions of dollars of money on negative ads — that’s going to keep on because of these super PACs and all that stuff — nothing is more important than ordinary people standing up — standing up for our values, standing up for what America is all about. (Applause.) So don’t think that these folks can beat us. If you’re out there, you’re going to beat them. And we’re going to bring this country together and get things moving in the right direction.

      Thank you, everybody. God bless you. (Applause.) God bless America. (Applause.)

      6:57 P.M. CDT

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