Posts Tagged ‘Barack Obama

25
Apr
15

The Gorgeous First Couple At The WHCD

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First Lady Michelle Obama chats with SNL’s Cecily Strong

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U.S. President Barack Obama applauds as he arrives at the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

24
Apr
15

After All This, Has He Earned Nothing?

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“I take this personally.”

Those were President Barack Obama’s words yesterday at an Organizing for America meeting as he fought back against his critics over the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The criticism from supposed “allies” like Elizabeth Warren, Allan Grayson, and the labor movement has increased in vitriol and volume.

“Show us the bill!”

“Why is it secret!?”

“This is NAFTA 2!!”

Everyone agrees that no one has seen anything of the deal aside from the summary. And, in perusing the summary, I don’t see anything which approaches an excuse for the Gotterdammerung levels of hysteria.

“It’s being negotiated in secret! It must be bad!”

Name me one treaty which has been negotiated live on C-SPAN.

“NAFTA was awful, so all trade pacts are awful!”

This is a very parochial view. Without growing trade, the economy won’t grow. And NAFTA provides lessons in how not to forge a trade pact, which Pres. Obama is following.

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“There are no wage/labor/environmental protections!”

That’s just false. The summary shows this. You can only believe this if you, without evidence, assume the summary is false propaganda.

And that last point leads into the meat of the essay.

Continue reading ‘After All This, Has He Earned Nothing?’

23
Apr
15

The President’s Day

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 President Barack Obama makes a statement in the Brady Briefing room at the White House. President Obama took full responsibility and apologized for a US drone strike that targeted a suspected al Qaeda compound in Pakistan but inadvertently killed an American and Italian being held hostage by the group

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President Barack Obama holds a jersey while posing for a picture with head coach Bill Belichick (L), owner Robert Kraft (R) and members of the National Football League Super Bowl champions New England Patriots during an event at the White House. President Obama honored the Super bowl XLIX champion Patriots who defeated the Seattle Seahawks 33-27 in overtime

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23
Apr
15

President Barack Obama: A Phenomenal President That History Will Remember Well

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President Barack Obama addresses an Organizing for Action (OFA) summit in Washington

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A powerful speech full of facts. Shame on the Democrats fundraising against President Obama. That includes you, Sen. Elizabeth Warren. He has proven himself over and over and over again. He brought us back from the brink of a depression and saved the economy; which has been creating jobs month after month. Over 16 million people have comprehensive and affordable insurance thanks to him. He saved the auto industry. He has been a champion for the environment. He put two women on the Supreme Court. He nominated Loretta Lynch; who is the first Black female Attorney General. He fought for credit card and Wall Street Reform. The first bill he signed was the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law. He cut taxes for over 98% of middle and working class families. He is proposing free community college.

He increased Pell Grants for millions of students. He reformed the student loan program. He righted the wrong of the crack cocaine and powder cocaine sentencing laws. He created an effective and comprehensive task force to curb the surge of police violence against citizens. He has put money into job training so that millions can have a better future. He has made sure Native Americans have a seat at the table and have a hand in creating policies that protect and make sure their communities flourish. He has been fighting for economic fairness and against income inequality years before these so called Democrats considered it an issue. He has fought for LGBT rights. What more must he do to prove that he is ALWAYS and has ALWAYS been on the side of working, middle class, and marginalized folks?

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Shame on any Democrat who distances himself or herself from President Barack Obama. Shame on any Democrat saying this trade agreement would destroy America. That includes you, Sen. Warren. He campaigned hard for her. That he has to defend himself like this is abhorrent. Shame on them. They are not fit to shine his shoes. He has been a phenomenal president and history will remember him well.

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A supporter holds up a sign for President Barack Obama to see after he addressed an Organizing for Action (OFA) summit in Washington

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22
Apr
15

The President and First Lady’s Day

Touring the Everglades

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Pete Souza: It’s @billnye (The Science Guy) on Marine One talking science on Earth Day with the President, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

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Text of the President’s remarks here

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President Obama shares a laugh with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell as they walk to Air Force One at Miami International Airport

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Anaya Brodie runs to give first lady Michelle Obama a hug during the White House’s annual “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” in the East Room

Michelle Obama hugs Anaya during the White House's annual "Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day" in Washington

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And: Haaaaaappy Birthday DiploMutt!

19
Apr
15

The First Family Goes Hiking

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The First Family: Malia Obama, Sasha Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and President Barack Obama, with White House photographer Pete Souza at right, return from a hike at Great Falls Park in Great Falls, Virginia

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Stacy A. Anderson: First Hikers: Obama Family Walks The Trails Of Great Falls Park Near Potomac River

President Barack Obama is wrapping up a leisurely weekend with his family. Obama, wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha took a walk Sunday along trails just outside Washington at Great Falls Park in Virginia. He also visited the park along the Potomac River last June. The president greeted two eager children and took a selfie with an onlooker before starting along the woody trail. The 50-minute trek concluded as a light drizzle began.

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U.S. President Barack Obama steps out from his vehicle as he, U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters Malia and Sasha arrive for a hike at Great Falls National Park in Virginia

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U.S. President Barack Obama, U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters begin a hike at Great Falls National Park in Virginia

16
Apr
15

The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald, and Vice President Joe Biden welcome veterans participating in the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House in celebration of the eighth annual Soldier Ride. The Wounded Warrior Project is a charitable organization offering programs, services and events for U.S. military veterans wounded in conflicts that have occurred in the wake of the September 11 attacks

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President Barack Obama greets Army Major Bradley Zimmer

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President Barack Obama greets Army Specialist Teresa-Anne Jackson

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Obama cheers on participants in Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride as they begin 3-day ride to raise awareness for injured veterans at White House in Washington

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Obama cheers on a participant in the Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride as they begin a 3-day ride to raise awareness for injured veterans with two laps around the South Lawn at the White House in Washington

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President Barack Obama greets guests after welcoming veterans participating in the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House

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Obama signs the bill H.R. 2 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, the so-called Medicare 'doc fix,' in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington

President Barack Obama signs the bill H.R. 2 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, the so-called Medicare ‘doc fix,’ in the Rose Garden at the White House

Obama reads papers at an outdoor table after signing the bill H.R. 2 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, the so-called Medicare 'doc fix,' in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington

President Barack Obama reads papers at an outdoor table after signing the bill H.R. 2 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a Champions of Change event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC. Champions of Change highlights issues important to working families

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PeteSouza: President Obama takes the stage for the Working Families Champions for Change event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

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President Barack Obama reaches back to acknowledge those on stage with him who have championed working families

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Marcario reacts as Obama mentions her in remarks at 'Champions of Change' event to highlight middle class economic issues on White House campus in Washingto

Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario reacts as President Barack Obama mentions her in his remarks

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Satya Nadella CEO of Microsoft, shakes hands with President Barack Obama

Firestein reacts as Obama calls on her and mentions her work for paid family leave in remarks at 'Champions of Change' event White House campus in Washington

Netsy Firestein reacts as President Barack Obama calls on her and mentions her work for paid family leave

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Honorees onstage with Obama applaud as he delivers remarks at 'Champions of Change' event to highlight middle class economic issues on White House campus in Washington

Obama takes stage to deliver remarks at 'Champions of Change' event to highlight middle class economic issues on White House campus in Washington

Obama smiles as he takes stage to deliver remarks at  'Champions of Change' event to highlight middle class economic issues on the White House campus in Washington

That smile you give when you’re enjoying being President of the United States. Smile on, President Obama. You are awesome!

15
Apr
15

The President And First Lady’s Day

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President Barack Obama meets with (L-R) Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Guinean President Alpha Conde and makes a statement on their progress in the fight against the Ebola virus and their efforts to create long-term economic recovery for the West African countries

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President Obama walks across the South Lawn before departing the White House aboard Marine One in Washington, DC. to Charlotte, North Carolina

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Pete Souza: Rainy day. President Obama arrives in Charlotte, N.C.

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Pete Souza: President Obama waits backstage before being introduced at town hall in Charlotte.

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Obama participates in a town hall meeting about working families issues at the ImaginOn educational center in Charlotte, North Carolina

President Obama holds a town hall meeting with BlogHer and SheKnows about working families issues at the ImaginOn educational center in Charlotte, North Carolina

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Pete Souza: President Obama signing photos backstage at Imaginon in Charlotte after today’s town hall.

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Obama says hello to a baby as he greets military families in a cargo bay after arriving aboard Air Force One at Charlotte Air National Guard Base in Charlotte, North Carolina

President Obama says hello to a baby as he greets military families in a cargo bay, due to a steady rain outside, after arriving aboard Air Force One at Charlotte Air National Guard Base

President Obama speaks with BlogHer co-founder and SheKnows COO Lisa Stone during a town hall meeting at Imaginon

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Obama greets attendees after a town hall meeting about working families issues at the ImaginOn educational center in Charlotte, North Carolina

President Obama greets attendees after a town hall meeting

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First Lady Michelle Obama runs up to greet local students before planting vegetables in the White House kitchen garden. This is the seventh year in a row the First Lady has planted a vegetable garden on the South Lawn to initiate a national conversation around healthy eating.

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14
Apr
15

A Gospel Celebration At The White House

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 That wonderful moment Aretha Franklin the Queen of Soul serenades and praises you

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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks as he plays host to a tribute to gospel music for an "In Performance at the White House" television event at the White House in Washington

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Obama delivers remarks as he plays host to a tribute to gospel music for an 'In Performance at the White House' television event at the White House in Washington

President Barack Obama delivers remarks as he plays host to a tribute to gospel music for an “In Performance at the White House.” Also included on the program were Bishop Rance Allen, Aretha Franklin, Rodney Crowell, Rhiannon Giddens, Emmylou Harris, Darlene Love, Lyle Lovett, Tamela Mann, the Morgan State University Choir and Michelle Williams

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Shirley Caeser and the Morgan State University Choir perform in the East Room of the White House

Barack Obama, Loretta Lynch, Michelle Obama,  Marian Robinson

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The legendary Darlene Love

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U.S. President Barack Obama arrives to play host to a tribute to gospel music for an "In Performance at the White House" television event at the White House in Washington

President Barack Obama is applauded by T. Bone Burnett and audience members as he arrives

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@TheObamaDiary: President, First Lady and Mother-in-Law-in-Chief at Gospel Night in the White House.

13
Apr
15

9 In 10 Adults Covered? Thanks, ObamaCare

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Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar: Survey: Nearly 9 In 10 US Adults Now Have Health Insurance

Underlining a change across the nation, nearly 9 out of 10 adults now say they have health insurance, according to an extensive survey released Monday. As recently as 2013, slightly more than 8 out of 10 had coverage. The Gallup-Healthways survey found that the share of adults who lack insurance dropped to 11.9 percent for the first three months of this year, the lowest level since that survey began its tracking in 2008. The latest update overlaps with the period when the health law’s second sign-up season was winding down. Coverage gains from 2014-2015 translate to about 3.6 million fewer adults uninsured since the fall, before open enrollment got under way, according to Gallup. “The Affordable Care Act had three major objectives: increase coverage, slow the rate of increase in costs, and improve health,” said Dan Witters, research director for the poll.

“The first one is clearly a win. Coverage is increasing; there is no question about it.” On balance, an estimated 14.75 million adults have gained coverage since the fall of 2013, when the law’s first open enrollment season was about to begin, according to Gallup. Hispanics saw the biggest coverage gains of any ethnic or racial group. The uninsured rate dropped 8.3 points among Latinos since the end of 2013. Recent gains in coverage have benefited people up and down the income ladder. But the most notable improvement has been among those making less than $36,000 a year, a group that traditionally struggled to get and keep health insurance. Their uninsured rate dropped 8.7 points since the end of 2013.

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