Weekly Address 10-08-16

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Oct 082016
 

“Continuing to Strengthen the Middle Class”

From the White House weblog:

In this week’s address, President Obama highlighted wage growth over the course of his presidency. Since 2012, real wages have grown about 20 times faster than they did for almost three decades between 1980 and 2007. Last year, typical household income rose by $2,800 – the single largest increase on record. Across every race and age group in America, incomes rose and poverty rates fell; and 3.5 million people were lifted out of poverty – the largest one-year drop in the poverty rate since 1968. Thanks in part to states and communities that have raised the minimum wage, lower- and middle-income families saw the biggest boost in incomes. Although we’ve made significant progress, the President said more work needs to be done to strengthen the middle class – and this starts with a Congress that will put politics aside and act on commonsense ideas.

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Weekly Address 08-06-16

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Aug 062016
 

“Representing the Best of America in the Summer Olympics”

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In this week’s address, President Obama celebrated the beginning of the Summer Olympics by wishing Team USA the best of luck as they compete on the world stage. The President said Team USA reminds the world why America always sets the example as a nation of immigrants that finds strength by embracing our diversity and finding unity in our national pride. President Obama thanked the American Olympic and Paralympic athletes for representing the best of America. Our Olympians always remind us of our potential – that no matter where you’re from, you can succeed with determination and discipline. That’s not only the Olympic spirit, but also the American spirit.

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Officers killed in Baton Rouge

 Posted by at 17:13  General
Jul 172016
 

Three law enforcement officers were killed and three others wounded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Here is President Obama’s statement…

I am at a loss for words here. I do not understand nor do I know how to respond to this level of hatred. I’m glad we have the leadership of a great man like Barack Obama to lean on at times like this. I wish more people would listen to what he has to say.

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Wedding Day

 Posted by at 21:41  General
Dec 232015
 

I did something today that I never thought I would be able to do. I got married. In Texas, in a church.

It really was a lovely ceremony. Wish y’all could have been there.

Friday Night Cartoons 12-18-15

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Dec 182015
 

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

Weekly Address 10-17-15

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Oct 172015
 

“Working for Meaningful Criminal Justice Reform”

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In this week’s address, the President highlighted the problems in our criminal justice system. Our country faces a vicious cycle of poverty, criminality, and incarceration that traps too many Americans and weakens too many communities. There are 2.2 million people behind bars in America today, compared to 500,000 just 30 years ago. This topic isn’t new – the President has talked about the unfairness of much of the criminal justice system since his time in the Senate. And while we’ve taken steps to address this issue, members of both parties agree that we can do more. Over the next few weeks, the President will travel the country and meet with Americans who are working to fix the criminal justice system, from law enforcement officials working to lower the crime and incarceration rates, to former prisoners who are earning their second chance. And he promised to continue to work with Congress to pass meaningful criminal justice reform that makes the system cost-effective, fairer, and smarter, while enhancing the ability of law enforcement to keep our communities safe.

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Weekly Address 08-22-15

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Aug 222015
 

“It’s Time for Congress To Pass a Responsible Budget”

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In this week’s address, the President spoke to the economic progress that our country has made, from 13 million new jobs created over the past five and a half years, to 17 states raising the minimum wage. Congress needs to do its part to continue to help grow the economy, but instead left town last month with a great deal undone. Congress failed to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank, which enjoys bipartisan support and is tasked solely with creating American jobs by growing exports. And most pressingly, the Republican Congress failed to uphold their most basic responsibility to fund the government, leaving them only a few weeks once they return to pass a budget, or shut down the government for the second time in two years. The President made clear that Congress needs to get to work on behalf of the American people and reach a budget agreement that relieves the harmful sequester cuts and keeps our economy growing.

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Weekly Address 04-18-15

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Apr 182015
 

“Climate Change Can No Longer Be Ignored”

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In this week’s address, the President spoke about his commitment to combatting the threat of climate change and to keeping ourselves and future generations safe. The effects of climate change can no longer be denied or ignored – 2014 was the planet’s warmest year recorded, and 14 of the 15 hottest years on record have happened this century.

Climate change poses risks to our national security, our economy, and our public health. The President has already taken historic steps to address climate change, but there’s more that the United States and the international community can do. That’s why next Wednesday, on Earth Day, in the latest part of his effort to call attention to and act on the threat of climate change, the President will visit the Florida Everglades and speak about the threat that climate change poses to our economy and to the world.

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