Dec 162013
 

Here’s First Lady Michelle Obama reading “The Night Before Christmas” to the kids at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Bo and Sunny were also in attendance.

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Weekly Address 12-14-13

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Dec 142013
 

“Marking the One-Year Anniversary of the Tragic Shooting in Newtown, Connecticut”

From the White House weblog:

In his weekly address, President Obama honors the memory of the 26 innocent children and educators who were taken from us a year ago in Newton, Connecticut.

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Weekly Address 12-07-13

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Dec 072013
 

“Calling on Congress to Extend Unemployment Benefits this Holiday Season”

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In this week’s address, President Obama says that before Congress leaves for vacation, they should extend unemployment benefits for 1.3 million hardworking Americans who will lose this lifeline at the end of the year.

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Dec 042013
 

President Obama discusses the twin challenges of growing income inequality and shrinking economic mobility and how they pose a fundamental threat to the American Dream.

Since 1979, when I graduated from high school, our productivity is up by more than 90 percent, but the income of the typical family has increased by less than eight percent. Since 1979, our economy has more than doubled in size, but most of that growth has flowed to a fortunate few.

The top 10 percent no longer takes in one-third of our income — it now takes half. Whereas in the past, the average CEO made about 20 to 30 times the income of the average worker, today’s CEO now makes 273 times more. And meanwhile, a family in the top 1 percent has a net worth 288 times higher than the typical family, which is a record for this country.

So the basic bargain at the heart of our economy has frayed.

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Dec 032013
 

President Obama speaking today about the Affordable Care Act and its importance to so many Americans…

The bottom line is this law is working and will work into the future. People want the financial stability of health insurance. And we’re going to keep on working to fix whatever problems come up in any startup, any launch of a project this big that has an impact on one-sixth of our economy, whatever comes up we’re going to just fix it because we know that the ultimate goal, the ultimate aim, is to make sure that people have basic security and the foundation for the good health that they need.

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World AIDS Day 2013

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Dec 022013
 

President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Secretary of Health and Human Services deliver remarks in observance of World AIDS Day 2013.

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