Jul 212014
 

President Obama signed an Executive Order today that bans discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people by any firm that does business with the federal government. He had to do this because the Republican congress refuses to do its job and ban discrimination by any business in America.

The full transcript of the President’s remarks follows the break.

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Weekly Address 07-19-14

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Jul 192014
 

“Equipping Workers with Skills Employers Need Now and for the Future”

From the White House weblog:

In this week’s address, the President discussed the importance of ensuring that the economic progress we’ve made is shared by all hardworking Americans. Through his opportunity agenda, the President is focused on creating more jobs, educating more kids, and working to make sure hard work pays off with higher wages and better benefits.

This week, the President will visit a community college in Los Angeles to highlight the need to equip our workers with the skills employers are looking for now and for the good jobs of the future, and he will continue looking for the best way to grow the economy and expand opportunity for more hardworking Americans.

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Weekly Address 07-12-14

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Jul 122014
 

“Expanding Opportunity — It’s Time for Congressional Republicans to Do Their Part”

From the White House weblog:

In this week’s address, the President recapped his visits with folks who have written him letters about their own American stories — their successes and struggles. While congressional Republicans are blocking meaningful measures that would strengthen the middle class, the President continues looking for ways to grow the economy and expand opportunity for more hardworking Americans.

The President again urged Congress to join him, as they were elected to do, in working on behalf of everyday Americans – including those the President spent time with this week – by investing in our infrastructure to support American jobs, and ensuring that the Highway Trust Fund does not expire.

“But so far this year, Republicans in Congress have blocked every serious idea to strengthen the middle class. Lifting the minimum wage, fair pay, student loan reform – they’ve said no to all of it. And that’s when I’ve acted this year to help working Americans on my own– when Congress won’t act.

I’ve taken actions to attract new jobs, lift workers’ wages, help students pay off their loans, and more. And the Republican plan right now is not to do some of this work with me – instead, it’s to sue me. That’s actually what they’re spending their time on. It’s a political stunt that’s going to waste months of America’s time. And by the way, they’re going to pay for it using your hard-earned tax dollars.

I have a better idea: do something, Congress. Do anything to help working Americans. Join the rest of the country. Join me, I’m looking forward to working with you.”

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Jul 102014
 

President Obama was in Austin, Texas today. He spoke at some length mainly about the economy and the obstructionist Republicans in congress. My favorite and, I feel, the most relevant part of speech was:

The truth is, even with all the actions I’ve taken this year, I’m issuing executive orders at the lowest rate in more than 100 years. So it’s not clear how it is that Republicans didn’t seem to mind when President Bush took more executive actions than I did. (Applause.) Maybe it’s just me they don’t like. I don’t know. Maybe there’s some principle out there that I haven’t discerned, that I haven’t figure out. (Laughter.) You hear some of them — “sue him,” “impeach him.” Really? (Laughter.) Really? For what? (Applause.) You’re going to sue me for doing my job? Okay. (Applause.)

I mean, think about that. You’re going to use taxpayer money to sue me for doing my job — (laughter) — while you don’t do your job. (Applause.)

There’s a great movie called “The Departed” — a little violent for kids. But there’s a scene in the movie where Mark Wahlberg — they’re on a stakeout and somehow the guy loses the guy that they’re tracking. And Wahlberg is all upset and yelling at the guy. And the guy looks up and he says, “Well, who are you?” And Wahlberg says, “I’m the guy doing my job. You must be the other guy.” (Laughter and applause.) Sometimes, I feel like saying to these guys, I’m the guy doing my job, you must be the other guy. (Applause.)

So rather than wage another political stunt that wastes time, wastes taxpayers’ money, I’ve got a better idea: Do something. (Applause.) If you’re mad at me for helping people on my own, let’s team up. Let’s pass some bills. Let’s help America together. (Applause.)

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Presidential Visit to Dallas

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Jul 092014
 

President Obama visited Dallas today. He met with Governor Perry and several local and religious leaders concerning the current border crisis. He then attended a fundraising dinner before moving on to Austin for more fundraising.

Here is our local CBS affiliate’s report on the President’s visit, including the President’s remarks following the meeting…

Judging strictly from this photo taken during the meeting, it does not appear to be going the way Rick Perry would have liked…

Did anything productive come of the meeting (for which Perry begged) or will the Republicans continue playing politics with the lives of the children currently streaming across our southern border?

I think we all know the answer to that question, don’t we?

Weekly Address 07-04-14

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Jul 042014
 

“Celebrating Independence Day”

From the White House weblog:

In this week’s address, President Obama commemorated Independence Day by noting the contributions and sacrifices from individuals throughout the history of this country — from our Founding Fathers, to the men and women in our military serving at home and abroad.

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