Weekly Address 05-31-14

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May 312014
 

“Reducing Carbon Pollution in Our Power Plants”

From the White House weblog:

In this week’s address, President Obama discussed new actions by the Environmental Protection Agency to cut dangerous carbon pollution, a plan that builds on the efforts already taken by many states, cities and companies. These new commonsense guidelines to reduce carbon pollution from power plants were created with feedback from businesses, and state and local governments, and they would build a clean energy economy while reducing carbon pollution.

The President discussed this new plan from the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he visited children whose asthma is aggravated by air pollution. As a parent, the President said he is dedicated to make sure our planet is cleaner and safer for future generations.

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May 252014
 

The Commander in Chief made a surprise visit to the troops in Afghanistan today…

And our flag is still there because when our nation was attacked, a generation — this generation, the 9/11 Generation — stepped up and said “send me.” Our flag is still there because you’ve served with honor in dusty villages and city streets, and in rugged bases and remote outposts, in Helmand and Kandahar, and Khost and Kunar and Paktika and Nuristan. Our flag is still there because through this long war you never wavered in your belief that people deserve to live free from fear — over here and back home. Our flag will always be there, because the freedom and liberty it represents to the world will always be defended by patriots like you.

Full transcript of the President’s remarks is below the fold.

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Weekly Address 05-24-14

 Posted by at 09:42  Politics
May 242014
 

“Paying Tribute to our Fallen Heroes this Memorial Day”

From the White House weblog:

In this week’s address, President Obama commemorated Memorial Day by honoring the brave men and women in uniform who have given their lives in service to our country. As we stand with our veterans and military families this weekend, the President underscored our commitment to uphold our nation’s sacred trust with our veterans and ensure they get the benefits and opportunities they deserve and have earned.

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May 232014
 

President Obama spoke at a DSCC fundraiser in Chicago last night. He put the nix on the idea being touted in the media that the current gridlock in Washington, D.C. is the fault of both Republicans and Democrats. Nope. It’s the Republicans…

Now, you’ll hear if you watch the nightly news or you read the newspapers that, well, there’s gridlock, Congress is broken, approval ratings for Congress are terrible. And there’s a tendency to say, a plague on both your houses. But the truth of the matter is that the problem in Congress is very specific. We have a group of folks in the Republican Party who have taken over who are so ideologically rigid, who are so committed to an economic theory that says if folks at the top do very well then everybody else is somehow going to do well; who deny the science of climate change; who don’t think making investments in early childhood education makes sense; who have repeatedly blocked raising a minimum wage so if you work full-time in this country you’re not living in poverty; who scoff at the notion that we might have a problem with women not getting paid for doing the same work that men are doing.

They, so far, at least, have refused to budge on bipartisan legislation to fix our immigration system, despite the fact that every economist who’s looked at it says it’s going to improve our economy, cut our deficits, help spawn entrepreneurship, and alleviate great pain from millions of families all across the country.

So the problem is not Dick Durbin. The problem is not Michael Bennet. The problem is not that the Democrats are overly ideological — because the truth of the matter is, is that the Democrats in Congress have consistently been willing to compromise and reach out to the other side. There are no radical proposals coming out from the left. When we talk about climate change, we talk about how do we incentivize through the market greater investment in clean energy. When we talk about immigration reform there’s no wild-eyed romanticism. We say we’re going to be tough on the borders, but let’s also make sure that the system works to allow families to stay together, and that we’re attracting talent like Michael who constantly replenish the American Dream.

When we talk about taxes we don’t say we’re going to have rates in the 70 percent or 90 percent when it comes to income like existed here 50, 60 years ago. We say let’s just make sure that those of us who have been incredibly blessed by this country are giving back to kids so that they’re getting a good start in life, so that they get early childhood education, so that struggling middle-class families are able to finance their education, and that if a talented young person wants to go into teaching or wants to become a social worker that they’re not burdened by hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of debt.

Health care — we didn’t suddenly impose some wild, crazy system. All we said was let’s make sure everybody has insurance. And this made the other side go nuts — the simple idea that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, nobody should go bankrupt because somebody in their family gets sick, working within a private system.

So when you hear a false equivalence that somehow, well, Congress is just broken, it’s not true. What’s broken right now is a Republican Party that repeatedly says no to proven, time-tested strategies to grow the economy, create more jobs, ensure fairness, open up opportunity to all people.

The President has a solution to this problem…

I need a Congress that works. And that means I need a Democratic Senate. And it would be helpful to have a Democratic House.

You can read the full transcript of the President’s remarks here.

An impromptu walk

 Posted by at 14:18  Politics
May 222014
 

President Obama had to attend a meeting at the Department of the Interior this morning. Since it is not very far from the White House, he decided to take a spring walk. He surprised a lot of people along the way…

I think my favorite was the young lady who asked “Are you real?” to which the President replied “Yes I am.” That and the kids with the special White House M&Ms. (Don’t you know that little seven-year-old girl is going to remember that encounter for the rest of her life? She’ll probably be telling her grandkids about it.)

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May 182014
 

First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at the Senior Appreciation Day in Topeka, Kansas this Friday just passed. She talked about the 60th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education. Let me give you a heads up… she went there. It’s well worth your time to watch and listen.

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Weekly Address 05-17-14

 Posted by at 09:44  Politics
May 172014
 

“Working When Congress Won’t Act”

From the White House weblog:

In this week’s address, the President discussed actions to expand opportunity for more Americans, with or without the help of Republicans in Congress, including his Administration’s efforts to cut red tape for major transportation infrastructure projects. In the coming days, the President will meet with business leaders to highlight the importance of bringing jobs back to America and will also discuss the economic benefits of making it easier for tourists to visit and spend money at attractions in the U.S., which in turn helps local businesses and grows the economy for everyone.

The President has called 2014 a year of action, and he will continue to do whatever he can to continue to strengthen our economy, create jobs and restore opportunity for all.

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