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The President’s Day


 Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi looks on as President Barack Obama shakes hands after a roundtable with members of parliament and civil society to discuss Myanmar’s reform process in Naypyitaw, Myanmar




President Barack Obama with Myanmar President Thein Sein ahead of the 9th East Asia summit plenary session at Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyitaw, Myanmar




President Barack Obama speaks with Aung San Suu Kyi


President Barack Obama speaks at a U.S.-ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations East Asia) session at the Myanmar International Convention Center




President Barack Obama talks to members of his delegation as he attends an East Asia Summit Plenary at the Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. With President Obama are Nina Hachigian, U.S. Ambassador to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar Derek J. Mitchell


President Barack Obama and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung hold a bilateral meeting. President Obama says he sees opportunities for deeper engagement and cooperation with Vietnam despite the difficult history between the two nations










From left, South Korea President Park Geun Hye, U.S. President Barack Obama, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, arrive for group photo session during the East Asia summit


Myanmar university students walk past a graffiti of President Barack Obama on a roadside in Yangon, Myanmar




President Barack Obama smiles as he joins hands with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations at a group photo session during the 2nd ASEAN-U.S Summit at Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. They are from left: Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Obama, Myanmar President Thein Sein, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen



The President’s Day


President Barack Obama is presented a plaque by philanthropist Lois Pope and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, during the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial dedication ceremony in Washington. President Obama paid tribute to disabled U.S. veterans on Sunday, pointing to the dedication of a new memorial honoring those severely injured in war as a symbol of the nation’s perseverance and character.


Text of the President’s remarks here








Military veterans stand as they are recognized by President Barack Obama and are applauded during the dedication of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial








Veterans and invited guests listen to President Barack Obama speak





President Barack Obama shakes hands with actor, musician and military advocate and National Spokesman for the American Veterans Disabled for Life (AVDL) Foundation Gary Sinise


President Barack Obama stands with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Vietnam war veteran and Disabled Veterans’ Life Memorial Foundation co-founder and President Arthur H. Wilson





President Obama Awards The Medal Of Honor To Two Heroes


Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins salutes after President Barack Obama awards him the Medal of Honor for actions during the Vietnam War




President Barack Obama applauds at right after presenting the Medal of Honor for Army Spc. Donald P. Sloat to his brother William Sloat, left, in the East Room of the White House. Donald P. Sloat of Coweta, Okla., was killed in action on Jan. 17, 1970, at age 20. While on patrol, a soldier in his squad triggered a hand grenade trap that had been placed in their path by enemy forces. According to the White House, Sloat picked up the live grenade, initially to throw it away. When he realized it was about to detonate, he shielded the blast with his own body in order to save the lives of his fellow soldiers











Rise and Shine


12:0: VP Biden delivers remarks at a campaign event at Century Village in Boca Raton, Fla (CNN)

1:0: Michelle Obama speaks at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls

3:05: VP Biden delivers remarks at a campaign event at Kings Point in Tamarac, Fla (CNN)

3:45: Michelle Obama speaks at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin (C-Span)

4:20: President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. (CBS and CNN)

6:05: President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at a private residence (Print Pool for Remarks Only)

8:25: President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. (Print Pool for Remarks Only)

Need to double-check some of these times, and will look for more links



Michael Tomasky: Fascinating series of tweets from the economist Justin Wolfers … the Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its annual revisions of the jobs numbers … Result? They were only off by 386,000 jobs.

….. That, says Wolfers, equals 32,000 more jobs every month – every month, friends – than we knew. So the economy that year was adding an average of 194,000 jobs per month, not 162,000 ….. “The BLS benchmark revisions means that there has been a net jobs gain since Jan ’09. Romney can no longer talk about job losses under Obama.”

I would say this is rather big news. Meshes pretty nicely with this recent development that people are apparently feeling a little better about the economy, and becomes, I should think, a pretty good applause line for Obama to add into his speeches.

Full post here


Washington Post: Voters in three critical swing states broadly oppose the far-reaching changes to Medicare ­associated with the Republican presidential ticket and, by big margins, prefer President Obama to handle the issue, according to new state polls by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

For seniors in Florida, Ohio and Virginia, Medicare rivals the economy as a top voting issue. And by majorities topping 70 percent, seniors say they prefer to keep Medicare as a program with guaranteed benefits, rather than moving to a system in which the government gives recipients fixed payments to buy coverage from private insurers or traditional Medicare, as Romney advocates.

… Generally, the more voters focus on Medicare, the more likely they are to support Obama’s bid for reelection.

The future of Medicare, the federal health program for the elderly and disabled, has become a flash point in the campaign since Romney’s selection last month of Rep. Paul Ryan…. Now, the challenges for Romney in the aftermath of the Ryan selection are becoming clear.

More here


Text of Michelle Obama’s remarks at two Chicago fundraisers yesterday here and here





Michael Tomasky: On the Hardball set last night, Matthews told me that George W. Bush, on November 1, i.e. five days before the election, is giving a speech in…the Cayman Islands! It’s true.

What is he thinking? I guess he’s thinking first and foremost that he’s going to pocket $2 million or whatever it is they’re paying him (it’s an investment summit of some kind). But hasn’t he sort of noticed that overseas tax shelters in general and the Cayman Islands specifically have become campaign issues, and liabilities for the standard-bearer of his party?

It’s not even just about Romney; Bush may or may not give a crap about him. But it’s about Bush. This speech is, if the Democrats set it up properly, going to generate maybe two days of negative stories about the GOP and plutocracy that are going to include revisitations of the dismal Bush record. If he were going to make himself an issue in the campaign in such a public way, you’d think he might have decided to go visit veterans in a hospital or something.

More here




Eugene Robinson: Conservative activist circles are abuzz with a new conspiracy theory: Polls showing President Obama with a growing lead over Mitt Romney are deliberately being skewed by the Liberal Mainstream Media so Republicans will be disheartened and stay home on Election Day.

This is denial and self-delusion but not of the harmless kind. It’s a false narrative that encourages the Republican Party to take the wrong lessons from this election, no matter the outcome.

Full article here





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