FLOTUS Michelle @ Oregon State University 2012 Commencement

Oregon State University

Oregon State  University Commencement 2012
First Lady Michelle Obama – Commencement Speaker
Sunday, June 17 @ 6:30 PM ET
Corvallis, Oregon


LIVE Broadcast: http://oregonstate.edu/events/commencement/streaming-video

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  1. WH

    Saturday, June 16,, 2012

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  2. osunewlogo

    March 28, 2012

    First Lady Michelle Obama to Address 2012 Graduating Seniors

    This year, First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver commencement addresses at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (North Carolina A&T), and Oregon State University (OSU). Mrs. Obama will begin her 2012 commencement addresses at Virginia Tech where she was inspired by the resilience of the student body and community coming together to support each other during difficult times. The next day, the First Lady will travel to North Carolina to speak at North Carolina A&T, part of the rich legacy of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that have been instrumental in educating generations of African Americans. The President and First Lady both have recognized the important contributions of HBCUs across the country and have delivered commencement addresses to highlight their successes. Finally, Mrs. Obama will deliver the commencement address to OSU graduates. OSU’s student body has been recognized for its efforts to promote healthy communities by organizing large scale food donation drives. OSU researchers also have worked to identify factors that lead to childhood obesity and are developing prevention programs for school districts, parents and health care providers to help improve children’s’ health. Mrs. Obama’s brother, Craig Robinson serves as the school’s head men’s basketball coach.

    In 2009, Mrs. Obama spoke at the graduation of University of California Merced’s first full senior class. She also addressed the Washington Math and Science Tech Public Charter High School Graduation in Washington DC. In 2010, Mrs. Obama addressed graduates of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, the George Washington University, and the Anacostia Senior High School. In 2011, Mrs. Obama delivered commencement addresses at the University of Northern Iowa, Spelman College, and Quantico Middle High School. The First Lady also spoke to graduates and families at West Point.


      3-28-12 oregonstate.edu

      CORVALLIS, Ore. – First Lady Michelle Obama, a national champion of promoting healthier communities and better childhood nutrition, will provide the commencement address at Oregon State University on Sunday, June 17.

      OSU President Ed Ray extended the invitation to the First Lady to participate in Oregon State’s 143rd annual commencement ceremony.

      “Mrs. Obama’s leadership to improve the health of our nation’s communities and reduce obesity among young people is outstanding,” Ray said. “And her efforts are very much in keeping with Oregon State’s overall mission. As a top tier land grant university, we are focused on academic programs, research and outreach and engagement that promote healthy people, a healthy environment and a healthy economy.

      “During her campaign for better childhood nutrition for improved community health, the First Lady has gained national insights, community perspectives and a passion for improved health that few can match,” Ray said. “We know that the 3,000 or so Oregon State bachelors, masters and doctoral degree graduates who will participate in this year’s commencement ceremony – and their guests and family members – will be inspired by Mrs. Obama’s address.”

      Ray said Oregon State University and its students have long had a strong connection to fostering healthy communities and healthy lifestyle choices, including proper nutrition.

      Members of SIFE – the Students in Free Enterprise team from Oregon State’s College of Business – earned first place in 2010 in the national “Let’s Can Hunger Challenge” sponsored by the Campbell Soup Co. and the national Students in Free Enterprise Organization.

      For the entire article: comm/ua/ncs/archives/2012/mar/first-lady-michelle-obama-deliver-commencement-address-oregon-state-university

      • Craig Robinson talks before OSU Commencement

        Published on Jun 17, 2012 by midvalleynewspapers

        Robinson, Oregon State University men’s basketball coach, answers questions about his sister, first lady Michelle Obama, before OSU’s Commencement on Sunday, June 17, at Reser Stadium. Michelle Obama gave the commencement address and received an honorary doctoral degree.

  3. 6/16

    Obamas heading back to Chicago


    The Chicago Tribune has the details:

    WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama and the first family will travel to Chicago on Friday night for a weekend visit, one that coincides with Saturday’s wedding of Laura Jarrett, daughter of top White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.

    A White House official on Tuesday confirmed the weekend trip and said there were no public events on the president’s Chicago schedule. The official would not say whether the Obamas will attend the wedding.

    This will be the third trip home for the president in the past month. He and the first lady were in Chicago for the NATO summit in May and the president returned for fundraisers earlier this month. It’s unclear if the first family will be staying in their own house, an unusual treat that Obama relished during his last trip to the Windy City.

  4. StartUp America

    Saturday, June 16, 2012 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm
    A celebrity business pitch contest event is being planned to help celebrate the launch of StartupLA and Startup California. A great opportunity to learn about resources in our area that make Los Angeles the Kauffman Foundation recognized most entrepreneurial city in the nation!

    Location: Cross Campus 820 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA

    Launch Event for StartupLA and Startup California

    Saturday, Jun 16, 2012, 5:00 PM

    Cross Campus
    820 Broadway Santa Monica, CA

    262 Startup LAers Went

    A business pitch contest event is being planned to help celebrate the launch of StartupLA and Startup California. A great opportunity to learn about resources in our area that make Los Angeles the Kauffman Foundation recognized most entrepreneurial city in the nation!

    Check out this Meetup →

  5. pbo_61512_http-www-whitehouse-govthe-press-office20120615remarks-president-immigration



    June 15, 2012

    Remarks by the President on Immigration

    Rose Garden

    2:09 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. This morning, Secretary Napolitano announced new actions my administration will take to mend our nation’s immigration policy, to make it more fair, more efficient, and more just — specifically for certain young people sometimes called “Dreamers.”

    These are young people who study in our schools, they play in our neighborhoods, they’re friends with our kids, they pledge allegiance to our flag. They are Americans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper. They were brought to this country by their parents — sometimes even as infants — and often have no idea that they’re undocumented until they apply for a job or a driver’s license, or a college scholarship.

    Put yourself in their shoes. Imagine you’ve done everything right your entire life — studied hard, worked hard, maybe even graduated at the top of your class — only to suddenly face the threat of deportation to a country that you know nothing about, with a language that you may not even speak.

    That’s what gave rise to the DREAM Act. It says that if your parents brought you here as a child, if you’ve been here for five years, and you’re willing to go to college or serve in our military, you can one day earn your citizenship. And I have said time and time and time again to Congress that, send me the DREAM Act, put it on my desk, and I will sign it right away.

    Now, both parties wrote this legislation. And a year and a half ago, Democrats passed the DREAM Act in the House, but Republicans walked away from it. It got 55 votes in the Senate, but Republicans blocked it. The bill hasn’t really changed. The need hasn’t changed. It’s still the right thing to do. The only thing that has changed, apparently, was the politics.

    As I said in my speech on the economy yesterday, it makes no sense to expel talented young people, who, for all intents and purposes, are Americans — they’ve been raised as Americans; understand themselves to be part of this country — to expel these young people who want to staff our labs, or start new businesses, or defend our country simply because of the actions of their parents — or because of the inaction of politicians.

    In the absence of any immigration action from Congress to fix our broken immigration system, what we’ve tried to do is focus our immigration enforcement resources in the right places. So we prioritized border security, putting more boots on the southern border than at any time in our history — today, there are fewer illegal crossings than at any time in the past 40 years. We focused and used discretion about whom to prosecute, focusing on criminals who endanger our communities rather than students who are earning their education. And today, deportation of criminals is up 80 percent. We’ve improved on that discretion carefully and thoughtfully. Well, today, we’re improving it again.

    Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security is taking steps to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people. Over the next few months, eligible individuals who do not present a risk to national security or public safety will be able to request temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization.

    Now, let’s be clear — this is not amnesty, this is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It’s not a permanent fix. This is a temporary stopgap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, patriotic young people. It is —

    Q (Inaudible.)

    THE PRESIDENT: — the right thing to do.

    Q — foreigners over American workers.

    THE PRESIDENT: Excuse me, sir. It’s not time for questions, sir.

    Q No, you have to take questions.

    THE PRESIDENT: Not while I’m speaking.

    Precisely because this is temporary, Congress needs to act. There is still time for Congress to pass the DREAM Act this year, because these kids deserve to plan their lives in more than two-year increments. And we still need to pass comprehensive immigration reform that addresses our 21st century economic and security needs — reform that gives our farmers and ranchers certainty about the workers that they’ll have. Reform that gives our science and technology sectors certainty that the young people who come here to earn their PhDs won’t be forced to leave and start new businesses in other countries. Reform that continues to improve our border security, and lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.

    Just six years ago, the unlikely trio of John McCain, Ted Kennedy and President Bush came together to champion this kind of reform. And I was proud to join 23 Republicans in voting for it. So there’s no reason that we can’t come together and get this done.

    And as long as I’m President, I will not give up on this issue, not only because it’s the right thing to do for our economy — and CEOs agree with me — not just because it’s the right thing to do for our security, but because it’s the right thing to do, period. And I believe that, eventually, enough Republicans in Congress will come around to that view as well.

    And I believe that it’s the right thing to do because I’ve been with groups of young people who work so hard and speak with so much heart about what’s best in America, even though I knew some of them must have lived under the fear of deportation. I know some have come forward, at great risks to themselves and their futures, in hopes it would spur the rest of us to live up to our own most cherished values. And I’ve seen the stories of Americans in schools and churches and communities across the country who stood up for them and rallied behind them, and pushed us to give them a better path and freedom from fear –because we are a better nation than one that expels innocent young kids.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/15/remarks-president-immigration

    • Department of Homeland Security announcement on Young People and Immigration

      June 15, 2012


      David V. Aguilar
      Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

      Alejandro Mayorkas
      Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

      John Morton
      Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

      Janet Napolitano

      Secretary of Homeland Security
      Exercising Prosetorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children

      By this memorandum, I am setting forth how, in the exercise of our prosecutorial discretion, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should enforce the Nation’s immigration laws against certain young people who were brought to this country as children and know only this country as home. As a general matter, these individuals lacked the intent to violate the law and our ongoing review of pending removal cases is already offering administrative closure to many of them. However, additional measures are necessary to ensure that our enforcement resources are not expended on these low priority cases but are instead appropriately focused on people who meet our enforcement priorities.

      The following criteria should be satisfied before an individual is considered for an exercise of prosecutorial discretion pursuant to this memorandum:

      • came to the United States under the age of sixteen;
      • has continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and is present in the United States on the date of this memorandum;
      • is currently in school, has graduated from high school, has obtained a general education development certificate, or is an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces ofthe United States;
      • has not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise poses a threat to national security or public safety;
      • is not above the age of thirty.


      Our Nation’s immigration laws must be enforced in a strong and sensible manner. They are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case. Nor are they designed to remove productive young people to countries where they may not have lived or even speak the language. Indeed, many of these young people have already contributed to our country in significant ways. Prosecutorial discretion, which is used in so many other areas, is especially justified here.

      For more: http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/s1-exercising-prosecutorial-discretion-individuals-who-came-to-us-as-children.pdf

      • An in-depth look at Obama’s immigration reprieve

        7/9/12 mercurynews

        * Who’s eligible? Anyone brought to the country illegally before they turned 16 and are 30 or younger; graduated from high school or are in school or in the military; lived here continuously for at least five years; and haven’t committed “significant” crimes.

        * What’s a “significant” crime? Anyone convicted of a felony, three or more misdemeanors or any “significant” misdemeanor is likely to be barred from relief. But what’s a “significant” misdemeanor? No one is certain but many lawyers suspect it will include drug possession, driving under the influence, assault and theft. Also barred are people who present a “public safety threat,” which is not limited to criminal convictions and could include any arrest, gang activity or juvenile offenses. Decisions about who qualifies are under the government’s discretion.

        * What do beneficiaries get? A work permit that can be renewed every two years, and “deferred action,” which means they won’t be deported.

        * What they don’t get: Legal permanent residency or a path to citizenship; access to most federal public benefits.

        * Could a new president reverse the initiative? Yes, but he probably won’t, most lawyers say. It is a “real but very remote risk,” said San Francisco immigration lawyer Mark Silverman. “No one knows the answer to this question, but I think that an incoming Republican administration would conclude that it would be a serious long-term political mistake” to deport young people applying for or granted relief under a previous administration.

        Sources: National Lawyers Guild; U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Immigrant Legal Resource Center

      • Oakland City Hall intern’s deportation reprieve could be first of many

        7/13/12 By Matt O’Brien – Oakland Tribune

        A federal immigration agent sifted through Jose Garcia’s paperwork before gruffly telling the shackled 20-year-old he was off the hook, rescued by forces beyond the agent’s control.

        “‘You better thank Obama,’” Garcia, a summer intern in Oakland Mayor Jean Quan’s office, said the agent told him. Not long after, Garcia walked free into downtown San Francisco after a sleepless, desperate week in jail.

        Garcia’s sudden freedom Monday from the threat of deportation to Mexico could be a taste of what’s to come for young people like him — or it might be a fluke.

        His reprieve came a month before the Department of Homeland Security’s promised start of a program granting deportation relief and work permits to hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children. Lawyers believe Garcia is one of the Bay Area’s first to benefit since President Barack Obama announced the directive last month.

        “It’s because of the June 15 policy” that Garcia was freed, said San Francisco lawyer Mark Silverman of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. “Normally it’s ICE’s mandate if they find someone who is deportable,” they try to deport them.

        Garcia is only the second person Silverman knows of — the other in Arizona — to receive such a reprieve.

        The Department of Homeland Security won’t say if or how many illegal immigrants are already being helped by the policy, insisting it won’t be fully implemented until mid-August. Republican lawmakers are accusing the administration of having started two months early, though Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s June 15 memo said the new guidance to immigration agents “takes effect immediately.”

        Garcia’s lawyer, Laura Polstein of Oakland’s Centro Legal de la Raza, has never seen a case like this.

        “What happened to Jose is surprising,” she said. “It’s very atypical for someone to be released without a bond.”

        Immigration agents always had discretion, but “there was probably some more forceful direction from the Obama administration” last month to actually use it, said Bay Area immigration lawyer Randall Caudle. He said he had heard of a handful of similar cases around the country since June 15.

        Garcia crossed into the United States when he was 5 and grew up in Oakland.

        A friend recruited the restaurant worker this summer for an unpaid internship at Oakland City Hall, where he sorts mail and does clerical work.

        For more: http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_21072554/oakland-city-hall-interns-deportation-reprieve-could-be

    • Jose Antonio Vargas: Immigration Decision ‘Joyous’

      June 15, 2012 at 6:07 PM EDT BY: CHRISTINA BELLANTONI – pbsnewshour

      President Obama announced a sweeping change to deportation policy Friday, a move that would allow some 800,000 undocumented young people to remain in the United States if they go to school and stay out of trouble.

      The NewsHour was there as some of the young people impacted by the decision watched the president’s speech at the American Immigration Lawyers Association in Washington. At that event, we spoke with Jose Antonio Vargas, the journalist who revealed one year ago he is an undocumented immigrant.

      In our video, Vargas explains how he was brought to the United States as a young boy, and then reacts to the president’s move. Mr. Obama’s announcement comes less than a day after Vargas and other so-called “dreamers” appeared on the cover of Time Magazine for a story that highlights the thousands of undocumented young people in the United States and hoping for change

      For more: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2012/06/jose-antonio-vargas-immigration-decision-joyous-1.html

    • June 25, 2012

      Statement by the President on the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Arizona v. the United States

      I am pleased that the Supreme Court has struck down key provisions of Arizona’s immigration law . What this decision makes unmistakably clear is that Congress must act on comprehensive immigration reform. A patchwork of state laws is not a solution to our broken immigration system – it’s part of the problem.

      At the same time, I remain concerned about the practical impact of the remaining provision of the Arizona law that requires local law enforcement officials to check the immigration status of anyone they even suspect to be here illegally. I agree with the Court that individuals cannot be detained solely to verify their immigration status. No American should ever live under a cloud of suspicion just because of what they look like. Going forward, we must ensure that Arizona law enforcement officials do not enforce this law in a manner that undermines the civil rights of Americans, as the Court’s decision recognizes. Furthermore, we will continue to enforce our immigration laws by focusing on our most important priorities like border security and criminals who endanger our communities, and not, for example, students who earn their education – which is why the Department of Homeland Security announced earlier this month that it will lift the shadow of deportation from young people who were brought to the United States as children through no fault of their own.

      I will work with anyone in Congress who’s willing to make progress on comprehensive immigration reform that addresses our economic needs and security needs, and upholds our tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. And in the meantime, we will continue to use every federal resource to protect the safety and civil rights of all Americans, and treat all our people with dignity and respect. We can solve these challenges not in spite of our most cherished values – but because of them. What makes us American is not a question of what we look like or what our names are. What makes us American is our shared belief in the enduring promise of this country – and our shared responsibility to leave it more generous and more hopeful than we found it.

    • Religious Leaders Support President Obama’s Stance on Immigration Reform

      Cecilia Muñoz June 26, 2012 02:03 PM EDT

      From Pope Benedict to prominent Protestant pastors, clergy from a variety of faiths are raising their voices on behalf of immigrants and the need to fix the broken system. President Obama has consistently and forcefully called for a comprehensive solution to the immigration challenges we face. In an historic move demonstrating his Administration’s commitment to addressing the broken immigration system, the Department of Homeland Security announced a deferred action process for certain young people on June 15.

      This move was universally praised by leaders in the faith community. From the Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles, José Gomez, who “welcomed the announcement by President Obama… and renewed [the Bishop’s] call for bipartisan efforts to enact comprehensive and humane reform to our nation’s broken immigration system,” to Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, who said we should “applaud the President for doing the right thing and encourage Congress to follow up by codifying it into law.”

      Many faithshave a strong history of welcoming newcomers, a tradition that is embedded in the founding values of the United States. We define ourselves as a nation of immigrants – a place for people from all walks of life to come together to pursue common hopes, shared values, and the American Dream. From artists and business owners to faith and civic leaders: the stories of immigrants are woven into the fabric of American history.

      Pope Benedict XVI recently stated, “The Catholic community in the United States continues, with great generosity, to welcome waves of new immigrants, to provide them with pastoral care and charitable assistance, and to support ways of regularizing their situation, especially with regard to the unification of families. A particular sign of this is the long-standing commitment of the American Bishops to immigration reform.”

      Recently a broad cross section of Evangelical leaders endorsed a statement of principles on immigration that tracks closely with what President Obama has outlined in his comprehensive immigration reform blueprint. We welcome the vocal support of the National Association of Evangelicals, Southern Baptist Convention, Focus on the Family, National Latino Evangelical Coalition, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, World Relief, Sojourners and others. Shortly after their announcement, leaders from these groups met with senior Administration officials at the White House. The week before, the Interfaith Forum on Immigration also held a meeting with White House officials.

      We appreciate the support by the Pope, his fellow Catholic Bishops in the United States, and their Protestant, Jewish and other faith colleagues. We will continue to work with a broad spectrum of faith leaders around the country and the entire growing coalition of leaders urging Congress to pass comprehensive legislative reform.

  6. New Visa Legislation Enables Israeli Investors to Create American Jobs

    Felicia Escobar June 15, 2012 05:36 PM EDT

    Last week, President Obama signed into law H.R. 3992, bipartisan legislation introduced by Rep. Howard Berman (CA28), which would further open America to direct investment by Israeli investors, provided Israel reciprocates with similar opportunities for American investors. The law adds Israel to a list of 80 countries whose citizens are eligible for E-2 investor visas.

    E-2 visas are temporary visas granted to investors from a particular list of treaty countries. To qualify for this visa, foreign national investors must intend to come to the United States to develop and direct the operations of a business in which the foreign national must have invested — or be in the process of investing — a substantial amount of capital in the enterprise. In Fiscal Year 2011, the United States issued 28, 245 visas for this purpose.

    Israel is a significant trade partner with the United States. In 2011, bilateral trade with Israel totaled $26.9 billion, and it is among the U.S.’s top 10 largest per capita export markets. Israel is a world leader in security and defense technologies, medicine, agriculture and clean energy. As we work to build an America Built to Last, and get our economy back on track, the Obama Administration is focused on supporting and generating investment in these and other critical industries.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/06/15/new-visa-legislation-enables-israeli-investors-create-american-jobs

  7. I was at my volunteer job today, so I’m here late. Now to catch up with the news!

  8. June 16, 2012

    WEEKLY ADDRESS: Ending the Stalemate in Washington

    WASHINGTON, DC— In this week’s address, President Obama told the American people that the stalemate in Washington is holding our economy back during this make-or-break moment for the middle class. The President’s jobs bill could create more than one million additional jobs if Congress were to drop its opposition to common sense ideas like giving small businesses tax cuts for hiring more workers, helping states keep thousands of teachers, firefighters and police officers on the job, and putting thousands of construction workers back to work. It’s time for Congress to end this partisan gridlock and work with the President on behalf of the American people to help grow the economy and support new jobs.

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House
    June 16, 2012

    Over the last few weeks, I’ve been talking a lot about America’s economic future. I’ve told you how I believe we should go about creating strong, sustained growth; how we should pay down our long-term debt in a balanced way; and most of all, what we should do right now to create good, middle-class jobs, so people who work hard can get ahead.

    This isn’t some abstract debate or trivial argument. I’ve said that this is the defining issue of our time, and I mean it. I’ve said that this is a make-or-break moment for the middle class, and I believe it. The decisions we make over the next few years will have an enormous impact on the country we live in, and the one we pass on to our children.

    Right now, we’re still fighting our way back from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The economy is growing again, but it’s not growing fast enough. Our businesses have created 4.3 million new jobs over the last 27 months, but we’re not creating them fast enough. And we’re facing some pretty serious headwinds – from the effects of the recent spike in gas prices, to the financial crisis in Europe.

    But here’s the thing. We have the answers to these problems. We have plenty of big ideas and technical solutions from both sides of the aisle. That’s not what’s holding us back. What’s holding us back is a stalemate in Washington.

    Last September, I sent Congress a jobs bill full of the kinds of bipartisan ideas that could have put over a million Americans back to work and helped bolster our economy against outside shocks. I sent them a plan that would have reduced our deficit by $4 trillion in a balanced way that pays for the investments we need by cutting unnecessary spending and asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little bit more in taxes.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/15/weekly-address-ending-stalemate-washington

  9. June 14, 2012

    The Nobel Peace Prize 1991
    Aung San Suu Kyi

    The Nobel Peace Prize 1991
    Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony
    Aung San Suu Kyi

    Aung San Suu Kyi Remarks:

    Your Majesties, Your Royal Highness, Excellencies, Distinguished members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Dear Friends,

    Long years ago, sometimes it seems many lives ago, I was at Oxford listening to the radio programme Desert Island Discs with my young son Alexander. It was a well-known programme (for all I know it still continues) on which famous people from all walks of life were invited to talk about the eight discs, the one book beside the bible and the complete works of Shakespeare, and the one luxury item they would wish to have with them were they to be marooned on a desert island. At the end of the programme, which we had both enjoyed, Alexander asked me if I thought I might ever be invited to speak on Desert Island Discs. “Why not?” I responded lightly. Since he knew that in general only celebrities took part in the programme he proceeded to ask, with genuine interest, for what reason I thought I might be invited. I considered this for a moment and then answered: “Perhaps because I’d have won the Nobel Prize for literature,” and we both laughed. The prospect seemed pleasant but hardly probable.

    (I cannot now remember why I gave that answer, perhaps because I had recently read a book by a Nobel Laureate or perhaps because the Desert Island celebrity of that day had been a famous writer.)

    In 1989, when my late husband Michael Aris came to see me during my first term of house arrest, he told me that a friend, John Finnis, had nominated me for the Nobel Peace Prize. This time also I laughed. For an instant Michael looked amazed, then he realized why I was amused. The Nobel Peace Prize? A pleasant prospect, but quite improbable! So how did I feel when I was actually awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace? The question has been put to me many times and this is surely the most appropriate occasion on which to examine what the Nobel Prize means to me and what peace means to me.

    As I have said repeatedly in many an interview, I heard the news that I had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on the radio one evening. It did not altogether come as a surprise because I had been mentioned as one of the frontrunners for the prize in a number of broadcasts during the previous week. While drafting this lecture, I have tried very hard to remember what my immediate reaction to the announcement of the award had been. I think, I can no longer be sure, it was something like: “Oh, so they’ve decided to give it to me.” It did not seem quite real because in a sense I did not feel myself to be quite real at that time.

    For the entire article and video: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1991/kyi-lecture_en.html

  10. Plane seen flying over Romney’s events with this banner:

    Every Millinonaire Count$ Tour



      The Root of Romney’s Comfort with Lying

      Published on Jun 14, 2012 by TheBigPictureRT

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

      • You are fast GF. Thanks.

        Have you noticed how John McCain has been publicly disagreeing with Romney lately. I bet Romney hurt his little feelings. What do you think?

        • I saw that in the news that McCain was accusing Romney of getting campaign contrbutions from overseas….HOPEing the Federal Elections Committee will look into it.

  11. WH

    Sunday, June 17, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers the 2012 commencement address at Oregon State University

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    President Obama departs O’Hare Airport en route to the G-20 economic Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico.

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    President Obama arrives Los Cabos, Mexico.

  12. Sunday talk show tip sheet


    (Democratic excerpts only)

    CBS also has former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, a past chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
    Meanwhile, senior White House adviser David Plouffe makes the rounds with four stops: “Fox News Sunday,” CNN’s “State of the Union,” NBC’s “Meet the Press” and ABC’s “This Week.”…

    And Univision’s “Al Punto” features White House domestic policy adviser Cecilia Muñoz, along with Reps. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and David Rivera (R-Fla.).

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0612/77477.html

  13. June 15, 2012

    Presidential Proclamation — Father’s Day, 2012

    FATHER’S DAY, 2012
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    Every day, ordinary Americans make extraordinary contributions to the well-being of our children and the strength of our Nation by answering one of life’s greatest callings — parenthood. Morning, noon, and night, they dedicate themselves to their sons and daughters, expressing a love that knows neither beginning nor end through small daily acts. On Father’s Day, we honor the men whose compassion and commitment have nourished our spirits and guided us toward brighter horizons.

    For many of us, our fathers show us by the example they set the kind of people they want us to become. Whether biological, foster, or adoptive, they teach us through the encouragement they give, the questions they answer, the limits they set, and the strength they show in the face of difficulty and hardship. Our fathers impart lessons and values we will always carry with us. With their presence and their care, they not only fulfill a profound responsibility, but also share a blessing with their children that stands among our truest traditions.

    Every father bears a fundamental obligation to do right by their children. Yet, today, too many young Americans grow up without the love and support of their fathers. When the responsibilities of fathers go unmet, our communities suffer. That is why my Administration is working to promote responsible fatherhood by helping dads re-engage with their families and supporting programs that work with fathers. And that is why men across our country are making the decision every single day to step up; to be good fathers; and to serve as mentors, tutors, and foster parents to young people who need the guiding hand of a caring adult.

    All of us have a stake in forging stronger bonds between fathers and their children. Today, we celebrate men who have risen to the task, who raised us, and who do that most important work of parenting, day in and day out, with love, humility, and pride.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, in accordance with a joint resolution of the Congress approved April 24, 1972, as amended (36 U.S.C. 109), do hereby proclaim June 17, 2012, as Father’s Day. I direct the appropriate officials of the Government to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on this day, and I call upon all citizens to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.


  14. Good and HOPEful Saturday, CR and all friends!


    "Every Millionaire Count$ Tour" — that cracks me up! 🙂

  15. Democratic National Committee following Mitt’s bus tour

    June 17, 2012 8:18 AM By Lynn Sweet – chicagosuntimes

    Mitt Romney’s six-state bus tour is being followed by the Democratic National Committee–today in Iowa. It’s a standard tactic–designed to not let Romney get all the attention–and provides instant rebuttal/pre-buttal.

    Democratic National Committee’s “Romney Economics: The Middle Class Under the Bus” Tour to Stop In Davenport, Iowa Today
    In Advance of Romney’s Bus Tour, Democrats Will Highlight Romney’s Failed Economic Record and Vision

    DAVENPORT, IOWA — Advancing the route Mitt Romney will travel over the coming days as part of his bus tour, the Democratic National Committee’s “Romney Economics: The Middle Class Under the Bus” tour will visit Davenport, Iowa TODAY, June 17 at 3:30 pm CDT to discuss Mitt Romney’s real economic record and highlight the broken promises Romney made while running for governor of Massachusetts for more jobs, less debt, and smaller government – the same promises he is making today.

    Once in office, Romney failed to keep those promises: he sank Massachusetts to 47th out of 50 in job creation, hiked taxes and fees by $750 million a year, and left taxpayers with the highest debt per person in the country. The tour will feature representatives from Massachusetts who will speak from firsthand knowledge about what Romney Economics meant for economic growth and the middle class.

    While the President has outlined a clear plan to grow the economy, create middle-class jobs and pay down our debt in a balanced way, Mitt Romney has provided no real plan to help the middle class. Instead he has promised economic policies that are familiar and troubling: more budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy and fewer rules for Wall Street, the same formula that benefited a few, but crashed our economy and devastated the middle class. Romney Economics didn’t work then, and it won’t work now.

    The four-day DNC bus tour will make at least ten stops across the six states Romney is visiting. The DNC bus already stopped in Exeter, NH and Scranton, PA Friday; it stopped in Cleveland, Columbus, and Dayton, Ohio on Saturday; it will stop in Madison, WI and Davenport, IA on Sunday; and Grand Rapids, Lansing and Detroit, MI on Monday. Massachusetts and local elected officials and other prominent surrogates will appear on the tour along with the DNC’s Brad Woodhouse.

    WHAT: Press conference as part of the DNC’s “Romney Economics: The Middle Class Under the Bus” tour to highlight Mitt Romney’s failed Massachusetts record and vision

    WHO: DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse
    Iowa State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald
    Iowa State Rep. Phyllis Thede
    Massachusetts State Representative Kathi-Anne Reinstein
    Jen Hollis, Massachusetts Teacher

    WHEN: TODAY, June 17, 2012 at 3:30 PM CDT

    WHERE: 1706 Brady St. #205
    Davenport, IA 52803

  16. Fathers Day in Chicago

    6/17/12 11:34 AM EDT POLITICO44

    The first family is spending the weekend in their Chicago home. President Obama hit the links on Fathers Day with friends Eric Whitaker and Marty Nesbitt, according to pool reports.

    The president leaves Sunday night for Los Cabos, Mexico, where he will attend the G20 Summit.

    • Obama, Michelle departing Chicago: bound for Mexico, Oregon

      June 17, 2012 By Lynn Sweet – chicagosuntimes

      President Barack Obama wrapped up his weekend in Chicago and departed Sunday early evening from O’Hare Airport on Air Force One for the G-20 economic Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico.

      First Lady Michelle Obama headed to Oregon Sunday where she will deliver a graduation address Sunday at Oregon State University where her brother, Craig is the men’s basketball coach.

      It’s not official but her mom Marian Robinson and daughters Malia and Sasha are likely with her: the family–including Mrs. Robinson–were all in Chicago for the Saturday wedding of Laura Jarrett, the daughter of Senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett.

      From the pool report: “POTUS left his house in Kenwood at 6 pm headed to helos. As motorcade left, neighbors and others lines parts of the street, waving good-bye and snapping photos.

      “Ten minutes later POTUS and pool were wheels up from a lake-side park for the helo ride to O’Hare. Lake Michigan was looking Tahoe blue for the occasion. Really lovely.

      “The president boarded Air Force One at 6:30, wearing navy jacket, brown pants and no tie. At 6:36, we rolling. Mexico bound.”

  17. Happy Father’s Day from First Lady Michelle Obama

    Published on Jun 17, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
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    First Lady Michelle Obama wishes a happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there and shares why President Obama is a great dad.

    Every solution the President puts forward is inspired by a desire all parents share: the need to build a better world for his kids.

    In President Obama’s words:

    “What I think about is what kind of world am I leaving my two little girls. And what I realized is that life doesn’t count for much unless you’re willing to do your small part to leave our children, all of our children, a better world. Even if it’s difficult. Even in the work seems great. That’s our responsibility as fathers and as parents.”

  18. Southern Baptists set to elect first black president

    Jun 16, 2012 By Colleen Jenkins – Reuters

    (Reuters) – The largest Protestant denomination is poised to elect the first black president in its 167-year history, just weeks after the predominately white religious group reprimanded one of its officials for making racially insensitive remarks.

    Church leaders said choosing New Orleans pastor Fred Luter Jr. to head the Southern Baptist Convention would make an important statement about the denomination’s efforts to distance itself from its racist past and become more diverse.

    “I’m really pumped about this,” Luter said in a telephone interview with Reuters. “My church is so excited man.

    Because they know my common background, they know where I came from. … I’m really excited for them.”

    First Baptist New Orleans Pastor David Crosby, who will nominate Luter, said the move is a statement that “we not only love people of color, we want them in our leadership.”

    “We need his perspective. We need him at the table to help us understand who we are as Southern Baptists in this new era.”

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/southern-baptists-set-elect-first-black-president-174716633.html

    • June 17, 2012
      Remarks by the First Lady at Oregon State University Commencement

      Reser Stadium
      Corvallis, Oregon

      4:53 P.M. PDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Thank you so much. (Applause.) I can’t tell you how much this means. I am so proud to receive this honorary degree from this phenomenal university. And I am thrilled to be here today to celebrate the Oregon State University class of 2012! Go Beaves! (Applause.)

      I want to start by thanking President Ray for that very kind introduction and for the degree. I also want to thank Provost Randhawa. I also want to recognize Mayor Julie Manning, who’s here, and all of the outstanding faculty, staff, administrators and university leaders here at OSU.

      I also want to acknowledge Tonga as well, and all of the student speakers who are going to be on the stage today. We are so proud of you all. And of course, to the stars of today’s show, the class of 2012 — congratulations! (Applause.)

      We are all so proud of you. We are proud of how hard you’ve worked, how much you’ve grown, and all that you’ve achieved during your time here at Oregon State. And I know that none of you did this alone. As the President said earlier, you all are here today in large part because of those beautiful people up in the bleachers -– the folks who pushed you, and believed in you, and answered the phone every time you called, even when you were just calling for money. (Laughter.)

      So, graduates, again, let’s give another round of applause to your family, especially to all of the fathers out there on this beautiful Father’s Day. Today is their day, too. (Applause.)

      Now, like all of you, I am here today because of my family. As you know, Craig Robinson, your men’s basketball coach, is my big brother. (Applause.) And last fall, Craig called me up and he said that if I didn’t speak at this year’s commencement, he was going to tell mom on me. (Laughter.) And since our mother now lives with me, that threat actually still carries some weight. (Laughter.)

      But seriously, I’m not here today just because Craig has turned the Obama family into Beaver Believers, which he has. (Laughter and applause.) I am also here, proudly, because of everything this university is doing for this country. You have built one of the most sustainable campuses in America. You’re conducting groundbreaking research on everything from agriculture, to nanotechnology, to childhood obesity. You are serving others in so many ways — tutoring children, joining our armed forces, fighting hunger and disease here in America and around the world.

      So let me just say, I can see why Craig feels so at home here at OSU. Because in so many ways, the values you all embody are the values that he and I were raised with.

      Craig and I grew up on the South Side of Chicago, and our family was very close –- I mean literally close, real close. My mom, my dad, Craig and I, we lived in a little-bitty apartment, and for years Craig and I shared a bedroom divided by a wooden partition to give us the illusion of separate rooms. And at night, Craig and I would whisper to each other through the cracks in that partition until one of us feel asleep, or mom yelled and said, shut up, be quiet — one or the other. (Laughter.)

      But while we didn’t have much space, our little home was bursting with love. We spent lots of time together as a family laughing and sharing stories at dinner each night; playing board games, card games for hours, huddled around the kitchen table. We enjoyed the simple pleasures in life, like getting our report cards because good grades meant pizza for dinner — that was a highlight. Trying to hold in our giggles as Craig put shaving cream on my dad’s glasses while he napped. Sleeping on the back porch on hot summer nights when the temperature in our little apartment became unbearable.

      But it wasn’t all fun and games growing up. Our parents were big believers in everyone doing their part around the house. Craig often compared Saturday chores to boot camp. And my parents were even more serious about our academics. My mom taught Craig and I to read long before kindergarten started, and she spent hours volunteering in our neighborhood public school, making sure we got the education she knew we deserved. See, that was the kind of childhood we had.

      And one day — I will never forget, when my brother was about 10, he asked my dad a simple question. He said, “Dad, are we rich?” To answer this question, my dad took his next paycheck from his job at the city water plant, and instead of depositing that check, he cashed it in small bills. He then came home and dumped out all that money on the kitchen table. Craig was impressed -– with all that money, he thought, we must be rich.

      But then my Dad started explaining where all the money went each month: little bit for rent, that much for gas, this much for groceries. And by the time he was done, there wasn’t a penny left on that table. And Craig was shocked, and so was I. I mean, here we were, two kids growing up in a family that was just barely working class, but we were convinced that we were wealthy. We knew it.

      And, graduates, that’s what I’d like to talk with you about today. I’d like to talk about what Craig and I learned from our family about leading a rich life no matter how much money you have. And while there are plenty of lessons I could share, there are three that I’d like to emphasize today.

      The first: No matter what struggles or setbacks you face in your life, focus on what you have, not on what you’re missing.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/17/remarks-first-lady-oregon-state-university-commencement


      Michelle Obama Oregon State Commencement Address

      Published on Jun 17, 2012 by OregonStateUniv
      Michelle Obama addressed the 2012 graduates of Oregon State University during the university’s 143rd annual commencement ceremony.

      An estimated 4,979 students are graduating this June from Oregon State and OSU-Cascades, earning a total of 5,236 degrees. Both totals are records for the university, as is the number of graduates who will be attending commencement at the main campus on Sunday — an estimated 3,473. As many as 33,000 people are expected to attend commencement, which is being streamed online.

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