Archive for September, 2010



29
Sep
10

snap

President Barack Obama poses for a photo with a customer during a stop at Barelas Coffee House in Albuquerque, N.M., Sept. 28, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

29
Sep
10

244

the 244 accomplishments of President Obama….after just two years in office

read them here

28
Sep
10

fired up!

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President Barack Obama speaks at a rally at the University of Wisconsin in Madison

28
Sep
10

a wisconsin welcome

President Barack Obama greets students at La Follette High School during a surprise visit on September 28, 2010 at the University of Wisconsin in Madison

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28
Sep
10

‘obama fights back’

Interview with Rolling Stone

Audio extract from interview (about Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and ‘Michelle’)

28
Sep
10

a backyard in albuquerque….

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President Barack Obama holds a discussion on the economy with neighborhood families in the backyard of a home in Albuquerque, N.M. , Tuesday, Sept. 28

Complete video:

28
Sep
10

coffee break

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President Barack Obama at Barelas Coffee House September 28, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

28
Sep
10

new mexico, new friends

President Barack Obama arrives in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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27
Sep
10

the “pledge to increase the deficit”

The Center for American Progress has a new report showing that the “Pledge to America” would increase the deficit relative to President Obama’s budget. Get used to seeing this graph:

Even that is a generous grade for the Republican budget, as it assumes that the huge cuts to domestic discretionary spending will be carried out. Cutting domestic discretionary spending is a classic budget dodge. It’s a giant catch-all category of programs that have long resisted cutting either because they’re popular, vital, protected by powerful interest groups, or all three. A promise to cut domestic discretionary spending is a way to grasp anti-spending credibility without naming an actual program you plan to cut. (If opponents say, “Do you want to cut veterans’ spending? Highways? The Coast Guard?,” inevitably the response is no, we’ll cut something else.)

The funny thing is that, even if the Pledge were to carry out 100% of its phantom cuts, it would still increase the deficit relative to President Obama’s budget.

The New Republic

27
Sep
10

a source of inspiration

By President Obama for USA TODAY

I was too young to remember John F. Kennedy’s presidency; I was born the year he took office. But I grew up hearing stories about him and his brothers from my mother and my grandparents — stories of hope, possibility and understanding.

I can still remember sitting on my grandfather’s shoulders in Hawaii, watching the Apollo astronauts return from a journey President Kennedy set in motion. Looking back, I think my own sense that America is a place of boundless possibility comes, in part, from moments like these; from the stories I heard about President Kennedy.

And I’m not alone. For millions of Americans and for millions of people around the world, John Kennedy’s life and presidency was a source of inspiration; calling us all to rise above whatever barriers of faith, race or station stand in our way; to live out our ideals and set no limits on our aspirations.

It’s a testament to President Kennedy that, although his presidency lasted only one thousand days, his legacy has endured, not only though his inspiring words, but through his inspiring life.

In a campaign where a vocal minority voiced its opposition to electing a Catholic president, he saw an America where people of all faiths could pursue their aspirations.

In an era when some critics doubted it could be done, he vowed to put a man on the moon — and to do it before the decade was out.

In the aftermath of the world’s first and only nuclear confrontation, at the height of the Cold War, he envisioned a world free from nuclear weapons — even when that seemed beyond our reach.

And at a time when Jim Crow divided this country, he knew that our nation would not be free until all its citizens were free — advancing a movement that would one day make it possible for me to occupy this office.

Together, these moments reflect JFK’s belief that there was no challenge that a determined America couldn’t meet; no frontier that the American people could not cross. It is a lesson that continues to inspire each of us to ask what we can do for our country, and one that will endure for generations to come.

November 8 will be the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s election

USA Today




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