Posts Tagged ‘2012

10
Apr
14

Early Bird Chat

Completely Random Old Pic: The President and Vice President share a laugh before a campaign rally together in Portsmouth, N.H., Sept. 7, 2012. Photo by Pete Souza

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MoooOOOooorning – Happy Thursday!

 

25
Feb
14

First Lady Michelle Obama Announces New School Wellness Standards

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First Lady Michelle Obama announces proposed guidelines for local school wellness policies during an event in the East Room at the White House

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NYT: Obesity Rate For Young Children Plummets 43% In A Decade

Federal health authorities on Tuesday reported a stunning 43 percent drop in the obesity rate among 2- to 5-year-old children over the past decade, the first broad decline in an epidemic that often leads to lifelong struggles with weight and higher risks for cancer, heart disease and stroke. The drop emerged from a major federal health survey that experts say is the gold standard for evidence on what Americans weigh. The trend came as a welcome surprise to researchers. New evidence has shown that obesity takes hold young: Children who are overweight or obese between age 3 and 5 are five times as likely to be overweight or obese as adults.

“This is the first time we’ve seen any indication of any significant decrease in any group,” said Cynthia Ogden, a researcher for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the author of the report, which will be published in JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association, on Wednesday. “It was exciting.” Another explanation is that some combination of state, local and federal policies aimed at reducing obesity is starting to have an effect. Michelle Obama has led a push to change young children’s eating and exercise habits and 10,000 child care centers across the country have signed on. The news announcement from the C.D.C. included a remark from Mrs. Obama: “I am thrilled at the progress we’ve made over the last few years in obesity rates among our youngest Americans.”

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, introduces JoAnne Hammermaster, from Vienna, Va., who is co-founder and president of Real Food For Kids, and her son Sam Hammermaster, before First Lady Michelle Obama announced proposed guidelines for local school wellness policies

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First Lady Michelle Obama recites a “wrap” song written by students from George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, Va., about healthy eating

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First Lady Michelle Obama helps Naeem Khan make history!

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This handout photo provided by the Smithsonian shows a dress designed by Indian-American designer Naeem Khan for First Lady Michelle Obama. It was worn to the 2012 Governors Dinner and is now on display at the Smithsonian’s first major exhibit: “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation” on Indian-American influences in U.S. history. Khan has designed several dresses for Mrs. Obama. The exhibit opens Thursday.

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*Ahem* Ladies? You’re welcome

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Sam Kass, Executive Director of Let’s Move! and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy speaks to guests before First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announce proposed guidelines for local school wellness policies

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First lady Michelle Obama gives a hug at a Miami parks and recreation center during a visit to promote her “Let’s Move” campaign

28
Jan
14

Fired Up?

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2010:

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2011:

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2012:

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2013:

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The countdown:

21
Jan
14

Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama pauses to look back at the scene before leaving the platform following the inaugural swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 21, 2013 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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Today (all times Eastern):

Update: both events canceled due to weather

1:0: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

2:05: The President and the Vice President meet with the President’s Commission on Election Administration, The Oval Office

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NYT: Peace of Mind Is First Benefit for Many Now Getting Medicaid

Sharon Mills, a disabled nurse, long depended on other people’s kindness to manage her diabetes. She scrounged free samples from doctors’ offices, signed up for drug company discounts and asked for money from her parents and friends. Her church often helped, but last month used its charitable funds to help repair other members’ furnaces.

Ms. Mills, 54, who suffered renal failure last year after having irregular access to medication, said her dependence on others left her feeling helpless and depressed. “I got to the point when I decided I just didn’t want to be here anymore,” she said.

So when a blue slip of paper arrived in the mail this month with a new Medicaid number on it — part of the expanded coverage offered under the Affordable Care Act — Ms. Mills said she felt as if she could breathe again for the first time in years. “The heavy thing that was pressing on me is gone,” she said.

…. Last week Ms. Mills used her Medicaid number for the first time to fill a prescription. It was a Wednesday and she walked into Walmart feeling good.

“Now I’ve got insurance,” she said, “and I’m waving that piece of paper all over the place.”

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Steve Benen: Critic sees ACA as ‘a godsend’

Sean Recchi, a small-business owner in Lancaster, Ohio, was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. The business he and his wife ran wasn’t making a lot money; the family was forced to borrow heavily; and officials at the cancer center where he sought treatment said his insurance was effectively worthless.

Despite these horrific circumstances, Sean’s wife, Stephanie Recchi, told Time’s Steven Brill last fall, “I don’t think Obamacare will help us. I don’t want anything to do with it.” She added, “I hear a lot of bad things about it – that it doesn’t cover pre-existing conditions and it’s too expensive.” Why did she believe this? Recchi said she’d seen “television ads and some politicians talking on the news.”

…. That was a few months ago. Brill published a follow-up report this week…

….. What Stephanie soon discovered, she told me in mid-November, “was a godsend.”

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ThinkProgress: Medicaid Expansion Has Already Cut The Number Of Uninsured West Virginians By A Third

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s (D) decision to accept Obamacare’s optional Medicaid expansion last spring is already paying off in a big way for the large number of poor and uninsured people in the state.

According to the New York Times, about 75,000 Wast Virginia residents have enrolled in Medicaid since Obamacare’s open enrollment season launched in October. While a portion of that consists of people who already had Medicaid benefits and are simply re-enrolling in the program, a sizable number of uninsured residents are gaining health benefits for the first time, thanks to the health law’s expanded eligibility threshold that allows anyone earning up 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) to enroll in Medicaid. In fact, the number of uninsured people in the states has already been reduced by a third.

An analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) finds that the Medicaid expansion will eventually reduce West Virginia’s uninsurance rate by a staggering 67 percent.

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TPM: Obama To Discuss Inequality With Pope Francis In March

President Barack Obama is expected to meet with Pope Francis in March, the White House announced Tuesday.

…. The President will travel to Vatican City on March 27 as part of a swing through Europe that includes visiting the Netherlands for the Nuclear Security Summit and Brussels, Belgium for a U.S.-EU Summit.

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Steve Benen: ‘An important first step’ in Iran

It’s been two months since Iranian officials reached an agreement with the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) on a six-month nuclear deal. We learned last week that the framework, which garnered international approval, would be implemented starting on Jan. 20.

That, of course, is [yesterday]. And while it’s literally the first day of a six-month process, so far, the agreement is working as intended.

…. the six-month talks between Iran and the P5+1 nations are still underway, with diplomats searching for a permanent deal on Iran’s nuclear future. It’s best to keep expectations in check, but so long as Congress doesn’t sabotage the diplomatic process on purpose, the process will continue.

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ThinkProgress: West Virginia Governor On Safety Of Water Supply: ‘It’s Your Decision… I’m Not A Scientist’

Amid growing concerns over whether or not the water is actually safe for 300,000 West Virginians following a massive chemical spill into the water supply, the state’s governor said it was up to each of them to decide whether they use it.

“It’s your decision,” Gov. Tomblin told reporters at a press conference on Monday. “If you do not feel comfortable drinking or cooking with this water then use bottled water.”

“I’m not going to say absolutely, 100 percent that everything is safe,” Tomblin continued. “But what I can say is if you do not feel comfortable, don’t use it.”

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Good riddance:

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TPM: Charlie Crist Picks Up Obama’s 2012 Campaign Manager

Jim Messina, President Barack Obama’s campaign manager for his 2012 re-election bid, has joined former Florida Gov. Charlie Christ’s (D) campaign.

…. Messina is expected to act more as a senior advisor to Crist rather than a campaign manager, according to the Miami Herald.

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On This Day:

President Obama is given the Oath of Office for a second time by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. in the Map Room of the White House, Jan. 21, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Pete Souza: “This was his first morning in the Oval Office as President of the United States. He was reading some briefing material before a meeting.” Jan. 21, 2009

President Obama sits in the Oval Office on his first day in office, Jan. 21, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama pauses before moving to the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, Jan. 21, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Continue reading ‘Rise and Shine’

19
Nov
13

Early Bird Chat

President Obama talks to New Zealand Prime Minister John Key as they arrive for the gala dinner together with other head of states participating in the 21st ASEAN Summit, Cambodia, Nov 19, 2012

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Yes, it is the first anniversary of that shirt

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