Posts Tagged ‘Vice
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. To Vicki, Ted, Patrick, Curran, Caroline, Ambassador Smith, members of the Kennedy family — thank you so much for inviting me to speak today. Your Eminence, Cardinal O’Malley; Vice President Biden; Governor Baker; Mayor Walsh; members of Congress, past and present; and pretty much every elected official in Massachusetts — (laughter) — it is an honor to mark this occasion with you.
Boston, know that Michelle and I have joined our prayers with yours these past few days for a hero — former Army Ranger and Boston Police Officer John Moynihan, who was shot in the line of duty on Friday night. (Applause.) I mention him because, last year, at the White House, the Vice President and I had the chance to honor Officer Moynihan as one of America’s “Top Cops” for his bravery in the line of duty, for risking his life to save a fellow officer. And thanks to the heroes at Boston Medical Center, I’m told Officer Moynihan is awake, and talking, and we wish him a full and speedy recovery. (Applause.)
I also want to single out someone who very much wanted to be here, just as he was every day for nearly 25 years as he represented this commonwealth alongside Ted in the Senate — and that’s Secretary of State John Kerry. (Applause.) As many of you know, John is in Europe with our allies and partners, leading the negotiations with Iran and the world community, and standing up for a principle that Ted and his brother, President Kennedy, believed in so strongly: “Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.” (Applause.)
John Kerry (@JohnKerry) March 30, 2015
And, finally, in his first years in the Senate, Ted dispatched a young aide to assemble a team of talent without rival. The sell was simple: Come and help Ted Kennedy make history. So I want to give a special shout-out to his extraordinarily loyal staff — (applause) — 50 years later a family more than one thousand strong. This is your day, as well. We’re proud of you. (Applause.) Of course, many of you now work with me. (Laughter.) So enjoy today, because we got to get back to work. (Laughter.)
Distinguished guests, fellow citizens — in 1958, Ted Kennedy was a young man working to reelect his brother, Jack, to the United States Senate. On election night, the two toasted one another: “Here’s to 1960, Mr. President,” Ted said, “If you can make it.” With his quick Irish wit, Jack returned the toast: “Here’s to 1962, Senator Kennedy, if you can make it.” (Laughter.) They both made it. And today, they’re together again in eternal rest at Arlington.
But their legacies are as alive as ever together right here in Boston. The John F. Kennedy Library next door is a symbol of our American idealism; the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate as a living example of the hard, frustrating, never-ending, but critical work required to make that idealism real.
What more fitting tribute, what better testament to the life of Ted Kennedy, than this place that he left for a new generation of Americans — a monument not to himself but to what we, the people, have the power to do together.
Any of us who have had the privilege to serve in the Senate know that it’s impossible not to share Ted’s awe for the history swirling around you — an awe instilled in him by his brother, Jack. Ted waited more than a year to deliver his first speech on the Senate floor. That’s no longer the custom. (Laughter.) It’s good to see Trent and Tom Daschle here, because they remember what customs were like back then. (Laughter.)
And Ted gave a speech only because he felt there was a topic — the Civil Rights Act — that demanded it. Nevertheless, he spoke with humility, aware, as he put it, that “a freshman Senator should be seen, not heard; should learn, and not teach.”
Some of us, I admit, have not always heeded that lesson. (Laughter.) But fortunately, we had Ted to show us the ropes anyway. And no one made the Senate come alive like Ted Kennedy. It was one of the great pleasures of my life to hear Ted Kennedy deliver one of his stem winders on the Floor. Rarely was he more animated than when he’d lead you through the living museums that were his offices. He could — and he would — tell you everything that there was to know about all of it. (Laughter.)
And then there were more somber moments. I still remember the first time I pulled open the drawer of my desk. Each senator is assigned a desk, and there’s a tradition of carving the names of those who had used it before. And those names in my desk included Taft and Baker, Simon, Wellstone, and Robert F. Kennedy.
The Senate was a place where you instinctively pulled yourself up a little bit straighter; where you tried to act a little bit better. “Being a senator changes a person,” Ted wrote in his memoirs. As Vicki said, it may take a year, or two years, or three years, but it always happens; it fills you with a heightened sense of purpose.
That’s the magic of the Senate. That’s the essence of what it can be. And who but Ted Kennedy, and his family, would create a full-scale replica of the Senate chamber, and open it to everyone?
We live in a time of such great cynicism about all our institutions. And we are cynical about government and about Washington, most of all. It’s hard for our children to see, in the noisy and too often trivial pursuits of today’s politics, the possibilities of our democracy — our capacity, together, to do big things.
And this place can help change that. It can help light the fire of imagination, plant the seed of noble ambition in the minds of future generations. Imagine a gaggle of school kids clutching tablets, turning classrooms into cloakrooms and hallways into hearing rooms, assigned an issue of the day and the responsibility to solve it.
Imagine their moral universe expanding as they hear about the momentous battles waged in that chamber and how they echo throughout today’s society. Great questions of war and peace, the tangled bargains between North and South, federal and state; the original sins of slavery and prejudice; and the unfinished battles for civil rights and opportunity and equality.
Imagine the shift in their sense of what’s possible. The first time they see a video of senators who look like they do — men and women, blacks and whites, Latinos, Asian-Americans; those born to great wealth but also those born of incredibly modest means.
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The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 17, 2015
Happy St. Patrick's Day from the Vice President's residence, where he hosted Irish Prime Minister Kenny for breakfast http://t.co/ebE1yqyr2M—
Vice President Biden (@VP) March 17, 2015
The First Lady (@FLOTUS) March 17, 2015
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(@Medium) March 17, 2015
Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 17, 2015
Thanks to the ACA: 16.4 million more Americans have health coverage ✓ The uninsured rate = ↓ 35% since October 2013 http://t.co/0k0phjyyTu—
The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 17, 2015
Note: GOP holds off confirming 1st African-American woman AG to vote on denying health services for human trafficking victims. #ConfirmLynch—
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) March 17, 2015
Loretta Lynch has waited 129 days for Senate to vote on her nom as AG, despite having bipartisan support. Long past time to #confirmLynch.—
Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) March 17, 2015
Epic Fail, Starbucks. You don’t force your baristas who you pay $7-$10 an hour to talk about race, when your practices don’t reflect what you speak. Corporate should lead the discussion
April (@ReignOfApril) March 17, 2015
honest to God, if you start to engage me in a race conversation before I've had my morning coffee, it will not end well.—
gwen ifill (@gwenifill) March 17, 2015
I am 100% interested in engaging with Starbucks employees in a conversation about race. Let's start with anyone _but_ the baristas. VPs! HR!—
Anil Dash (@anildash) March 17, 2015
It took my barista 45 minutes to draw this on my cup. :\ http://t.co/WJDFUvjF80—
Anil Dash (@anildash) March 17, 2015
Hey Starbucks: Instead of badgering your customers about race, what about serving non-burnt coffee? #RaceTogether—
Imani ABL (@AngryBlackLady) March 17, 2015
We cannot #RaceTogether when our starting line is 500m behind yours. And our line comes with dogs. And tear gas. And you have cars.—
5'7 Black Male (@absurdistwords) March 17, 2015
Starbucks says let’s talk about race. People say okay, tell us about your hiring practices, wages and salaries, who sits at the power table, etc. Their corporate dude deletes his Twitter account and locks his Instagram account. That’s how Starbucks talks about race. Congratulations, cowards
Corporate White Dude: Let's talk about race! 😃 #RaceTogether POC: Uh...ok. *talks about race CWD: NOT LIKE THAT! 😭 *deletes account—
Ryan Dalton (@capetownbrown) March 17, 2015
black power alt bro (@vidalwuu) March 17, 2015
Maybe Starbucks should try to actually practice what it's trying to preach and be 100% fair trade to help POC. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ #RaceTogether—
Wagatwe Wanjuki (@wagatwe) March 17, 2015
diane sheehy (@dsheehy100) March 17, 2015
The. Day. Has. Been. Won.
#ACAPULCO (@MADBLACKTHOT) March 16, 2015
Brimstone (@bigbrimstone) March 17, 2015
Starbucks baristas are being told to engage customers about race. I hope Starbucks now feels good about itself. for.tn/1MG1U05—
Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) March 17, 2015
#RaceTogether is asking an underclass to make people they are SERVING feel hopeful about race with no Benefit or incentive to themselves—
Sydette (@Blackamazon) March 17, 2015
So Starbucks both starts to serve alcohol and encourage their baristas to discuss race relations. Nothing about this seems like a bad idea—
DarkSkintDostoyevsky (@daniecal) March 17, 2015
April (@ReignOfApril) March 17, 2015
Blanche Devereaux (@TLanzzz) March 17, 2015
Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) March 17, 2015
(@sfpelosi) March 17, 2015
meta (@metaquest) March 17, 2015
George Zimmerman and now Darren Wilson, are folk heroes + paid motivational speakers after killing unarmed black men: http://t.co/I5Kgqf6yeo—
rebkah howard (@pink_funk) March 16, 2015
Darren Wilson spoke at Hunt For Justice event, a group directed by cop who beat assault & burglary conviction in 2009 bit.ly/1AAVvf3—
Danny Wicentowski (@D_Towski) March 17, 2015
The Root (@TheRoot) March 17, 2015
Elizabeth Alexander (@ProfessorEA) March 17, 2015
By this point in Bush's 7th year in office, Senate Dems had confirmed 13 judicial nominees. Obama has 0. huff.to/19wr6rX—
jennifer bendery (@jbendery) March 17, 2015
The Hill (@thehill) March 17, 2015
Penn State fraternity suspended over nude photos of sleeping women trib.al/OE2fQUe—
(@GuardianUS) March 17, 2015
Sen. Mark Kirk on trafficking bill fight: "My wish is that we hadn't junked that bill up with abortion politics."—
jennifer bendery (@jbendery) March 17, 2015
@VP: #TBT to VP Biden at the 2010 #WorldCup with Pelé
On This Day – Pete Souza: “Two days after the shootings at Newtown, the President traveled to Connecticut to meet with the victims’ families and give remarks at a prayer vigil. The President spent hours greeting family members. Difficult as that was for everyone, the one moment that helped sooth the pain was when he posed for a photo with the siblings and cousins of Emilie Parker, one of the 20 children who died that day in Newtown. I see both sadness and hope in this photograph, and I know after a lot of tears that day, it meant so much to the President that everyone was able to smile for a moment in this family photo. Thanks to the Parker family for allowing us to show this photograph publicly.” Dec. 16, 2012
Today (all times Eastern):
1:0: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
2:0: First Lady Michelle Obama visits the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington
Michael Tomasky: Why Obama’s Haters Are Worse Than Bush’s
The left’s critics of the Bush presidency are no match to today’s paranoid right, as this week’s insane innuendo – from the Hawaii plane crash to The Handshake – perfectly illustrates.
Permit me to share with you my favorite set of headlines from Thursday.
USA Today: Official who OK’d Obama birth papers dies in crash.
NPR: Hawaiian Official Who Released Obama’s Birth Certificate Dies in Plane Crash.
NBC News: Health care director who approved Obama birth certificate dies in plane crash.
And finally, National Review, and note the difference, which rests in just one word, but what a word it is: Official Who Released Obama’s Birth Certificate Dies in Mysterious Plane Crash.
Ah, of course. “Mysterious.” Well, I mean, it had to be, didn’t it?
Justice Robert’s pen & Obamacare has done more damage to the USA then the swords of the Nazis,Soviets & terrorists combined.
— Bob Rucho (@SenatorBobRucho) December 15, 2013
Steve Benen: Why there’s no Republican health care plan
Where’s the Republican alternative to the Affordable Care Act? The question is generally best suited for milk cartons – it’s pretty clear GOP officials would love to “repeal” the federal health care law, but we’ve been waiting for years to know what they’d “replace” it with.
…. As for why Republicans have no rival plan, there’s no great mystery. Every credible, effective solution requires some combination of regulating the private insurance market and investing in broader coverage for consumers. There’s just no way around that, and as a result, GOP officials are left with an ideological hurdle they simply cannot clear.
And so Republicans spin their wheels, condemning a policy that they used to like – remember, the basic ACA blueprint was a conservative approach to health care reform – while pretending to have an alternative they can’t identify in earnest.
Full post here
Crooks and Liars: When Will CNN Start Being Honest About The ACA?
Another Sunday full of talking heads concerning their empty little selves with how Politifact’s ridiculous Lie of the Year determination might hurt Democrats.
…. If only Politifact had been around when George W. Bush was lying to us about Iraq and WMD. Maybe we could have saved thousands of lives by opposing that war before they sent troops into that godforsaken place for no specific purpose other than settling the score and Dubya’s Daddy issues.
Meanwhile, our panelists completely ignore the true liars in Politifact’s lie of the year: Insurers. Once again, I urge them to read the transcript of an actual telephone call which took place in 2010 luring an insured in a grandfathered plan out of that plan and into one that wasn’t grandfathered.
— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) December 16, 2013
Jim Stuart’s New Blog: Deep Currents, Surface Storms – Immigration http://t.co/JKD95iPveS
— Smarty Pants (@Smartypants60) December 16, 2013
ThinkProgress: Newtown Victim’s Sister: ‘It Only Takes 90 Seconds’ To Do A Background Check
One year ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a 27-year-old teacher, Victoria Leigh Soto, threw herself between her first graders and Adam Lanza, taking the bullets he meant for them. A photograph of her younger sister, Carlee, receiving the news of Vicki’s death on her cell phone quickly became a symbol of national heartbreak over the shooting.
On this week’s Fox News Sunday, Carlee Soto, 21, spoke with host Chris Wallace about that day and her newfound advocacy on gun violence. Soto expressed her frustration with the Senate’s failure to pass bipartisan background check legislation in April…
A Year Ago Today:
Pete Souza: “The President works on his Newtown speech at an auditorium in suburban Washington. Two days earlier, I had photographed him when John Brennan first briefed him on the shootings. Throughout that day, he reacted as we all did, which people witnessed when he delivered his statement a few hours later. Before we headed to Newtown for the Sunday night vigil, he went to watch his daughter Sasha, 11, at her rehearsal for the Nutcracker; he would be unable to attend her performance because of the trip to Newtown. During breaks in the rehearsal, he worked on his speech. His expression in this photograph may be subtle to the viewer, but not to me. There is emotion and resolve etched on his face, and he knew the importance of this speech for the nation.” Dec. 16, 2012
Eknoor Kaur, 3, stands with her father Guramril Singh during a candlelight vigil outside Newtown High School before an interfaith vigil with President Obama, Dec. 16
Members of the Sikh community hold a candlelight vigil outside Newtown high school
President Obama holding the granddaughter of Dawn Hochstrung, the Sandy Hook Elementary School principal who died in the shootings. Dec 16, 2012
“My mom would be SO proud to see President Obama holding her granddaughter” (@Chass63)
President Obama with Robbie Parker, father of Emilie, one of the 20 children who died in Newtown
President Obama attends a Sandy Hook interfaith vigil at Newtown High School, Dec. 16, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)
People hold hands in a bar near Sandy Hook Elementary School as President Obama speaks in Newtown
ThinkProgress: How Newtown Transformed Gun Activism
In the year since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, the American gun debate was thrust into the center of the national conversation. The horrific shooting, which left 20 children and 6 adults dead, galvanized both advocates and opponents of stricter gun regulation. 2013 saw a slew of new gun laws in virtually every state; 29 states weakened gun restrictions while 21 others and DC strengthened them. Even after a widely popular bipartisan bill to expand background checks on gun sales failed in the Senate, Newtown continues to shape the way Americans think about guns — and the way activists talk to them.
Below is a rundown of where gun activists stand one year after Newtown…
On This Day:
First Lady Michelle Obama delivers toys donated by White House staff to the Marine Corps Base Quantico Toys for Tots Campaign warehouse in Stafford, Va., Dec. 16, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
The White House and the National Christmas Tree are illuminated at dusk in Washington, D.C., Dec. 16, 2009. (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
Pete Souza: “This is a photograph I’d been trying unsuccessfully to make for some time. This is looking in the back windows of the Oval Office, an unusual vantage point that only I have access to. I wanted to shoot it at dusk, so there was still a little of light remaining in the sky. He was seated at the desk for most of the call, so I waited a long time hoping he would stand up so I could see him more clearly.” Dec. 16, 2009
First Lady Michelle Obama carries a bag of toys donated by Executive Office staffers into a Toys for Tots event at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling on Dec. 16, 2011
First Lady Michelle Obama delivers toys and gifts donated by White House staff to the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots campaign at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., Dec. 16, 2011 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
Lackawanna College, PA, August 23
The VP back home!
President Obama’s townhall today:
Text of remarks here
President Obama and VP Biden at Lackawanna College:
Text of remarks here
— Jesse Lee (@jesseclee44) August 23, 2013
FACT SHEET on the President’s Plan to Make College More Affordable: A Better Bargain for the Middle Class – see here
— Arne Duncan (@arneduncan) August 23, 2013