Promise Zones


President Barack Obama speaks about his Promise Zones Initiative, in the East Room of the White House. The Promise Zone Initiative is part of a plan to create a better bargain for the middle-class by partnering with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, expand educational opportunities, increase access to quality, affordable housing and improve public safety.




President Barack Obama is introduced by 14 year-old student Kiara Molina


PBS NewsHour: White House To Tackle Income Inequality In ‘Five Promise Zones’

President Barack Obama announced his new strategy to combat income inequality and poverty by targeting resources at five new “Promise Zones”, the Associated Press reports. White House officials said the administration will focus on creating jobs and cutting poverty in San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, southeastern Kentucky and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. The federal funding for these areas will be put into education, housing and crime-reduction programs. Obama announced the initiative during last year’s State of the Union address.

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Yahoo: Obama Unveils First 5 ‘Promise Zones’

President Barack Obama is identifying five communities that will benefit from a program of tax incentives and government grants, a year after he unveiled the plan in his 2013 State of the Union address. Obama named the new “Promise Zones” Thursday at a bipartisan White House event. It’s an example of administrative action Obama can take without Congress. Thursday’s zones are in San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, southeastern Kentucky and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. They’re the first of 20 the administration intends to announce over the next three years.

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133 Responses to “Promise Zones”

  1. January 9, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Where is everyone?

  2. 10 carolyn
    January 9, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    One of the Promise Zones is in my state, in the Choctaw nation. So glad they’ve agreed to do this. This will make a huge difference in the lives of Native Americans in our state, whose level of poverty is high. The Native American nations are more progressive in this state than the state legislature and governor.

    • 11 jacquelineoboomer
      January 9, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      So happy to hear that (and I like that last part that the “Native American nations are more progressive … than the state legislature and governor”). Pres. Obama is keeping his promises to the tribal leaders across the nation.

  3. January 9, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Let’s hear it for The City of Angels!!! WOOT.

    • January 9, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      Tally, loved your tweet from end of previous thread.

      The Daily Mail UK’s prime audience are the tea bagger types in the US.

      If only we open these closed minds to the fact that a “rising tide lifts all boats” as JFK told us.

      All of America could prosper if we didn’t pay CEOs multi-millions a year (for what, exactly) that they squirrel away to pay virtually no taxes. Look at the Ethan Couch case in North Dallas. The father is spending $450K a year for a residential rehab program for his unworthy son who killed 4 innocent people and crippled for life two of his “friends” while driving DUI at 16 years of age.

      The only people not outraged by this non-sentence are the folks who live in North Dallas and other exclusive American neighborhoods.

      $450K in taxes by all in Ethan Couch’s father’s income range would certainly help America a lot.

      Also, there’s a quote by the Defense attorney who pled “Affluenza” that makes me think that he’s on the Newport Academy (CA rehab center) payroll.

      • January 9, 2014 at 5:40 pm

        INDEED. (I posted a comment at DM wondering where the TEAGOP comments were screeching about the “evils of Socialism.” Probably won’t get posted….. )

  4. 15 HZ
    January 9, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Hi beautiful Tally. I am between watching the Senate vote on a Procedural Vote On DC Circuit Court Judge Robert Wilkins Nomination. Plus posting a comment about the President’s announcement this morning. The great UT has it up, but I did put some information up on the last thread. HZ

  5. January 9, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Oh, that’s my handsome President. He looks amazing in that picture.

  6. 28 hopefruit2
    January 9, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    • 29 jackiegrumbacher
      January 9, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      Yes, we will make sure of it and so will our children who will benefit from what he is doing for years to come.

    • 30 anniebella
      January 9, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      I was so proud of our President when he talk about these young kids and what they come accomplish. So proud.

  7. 31 No Child Left Behind
    January 9, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Good Evening Tally. Congrats on your first.

  8. 32 jacquelineoboomer
    January 9, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Wow. They put this guy in charge of New Jersey roads and bridges? They allowed this guy to keep his day job as a U.S. Attorney? Law and order and law enforcement, anyone? No, more like privilege personified.

  9. 43 HZ
    January 9, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Vote to Limit Debate, Majority Needed: Yes: 55 NO 38 and One Senator voted Present.
    Robert Wilkins DC Circuit Court Nomination

  10. 44 Ladyhawke
    January 9, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    WATCH: Elizabeth Warren Introduces Bill To Expose ‘Sweetheart Deals’ For Corporations


  11. 45 Ladyhawke
    January 9, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Bob Woodward Attacks President Obama For Getting It Right

    By Jason Sattler


    The New York Times‘ Thom Shanker looked at Gates’ book and found that it was simply a “critique of the president,” whom the secretary depicts as a “rigorous” thinker. Shanker notes Gates’ frustration with the president quickly souring on his own Afghanistan policy. “For him, it’s all about getting out,” he quotes from Gates’ memoir.

    That’s an opinion now shared by about 6 out of 10 Americans, which leads to Gates’ conclusion about President Obama. In the final chapter of his book, the man who has served every president since Reagan except Bill Clinton gives his verdict on the president’s strategy in Afghanistan: “I believe Obama was right in each of these decisions.”

    Ooh, harsh!

    That is, if you’re Bob Woodward and you already decided what you were going to write before you even read Robert Gates’ book.


    Read more here …


  12. 46 HZ
    January 9, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Love Senator Warren.

    Senator Carl Levin just slapped Lindsey and Grumpy McCain about the withdrawal dates in Iraq which was set by GW. Well it is about time Sen. Levin. Thank you. HZ

  13. January 9, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Fort Lee Mayor Accepts Christie’s Apology: ‘I’m Glad He Came’

    Even though Sokolich said that he did not want Christie to come to Fort Lee for an apology, Christie insisted and Sokolich said he was glad the governor stopped by.

    “I’m glad he came,” Sokolich said after meeting with the governor. “I indicated maybe it wouldn’t be productive to come up now. It wasn’t to be disrespectful. It was just, would it make more sense to do it when the investigation is completed? The governor insisted, and we would certainly welcome our governor with open arms, as we did.”..

    Sokolich said that he believes Christie’s claims that he did not know about his aides’ plans to shut down lanes on the bridge.

    “I take him for his word, which is, he didn’t have anything to do with it,” Sokolich said.

    • 48 donna dem 4 obama
      January 9, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      Well there you have it. SMH!!!!!!!!!

      • January 9, 2014 at 6:10 pm

        …so confronted by the bully…he backs down…. hoping the local press keep up the pressure and that the investigation continues

        • 50 Nena20409
          January 9, 2014 at 6:16 pm

          He didn’t back down. That is politics. He said okay, I will take your word for it. Nixon said he didn’t do it and he was Not a CROOK. Now who believes Nixon today? Clinton said he didn’t have SEX with THAT Woman, Ms Lewinski. Now who believes Clinton? There is an investigation by the NJ Legislatures. There is the local media and the US Attorney investigation. In other words, the best thing now to do is let the experts do their job and from there, there will be justice. Christie has yet to take his oath for his manufactured second term.

    • 59 GGail
      January 9, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      I don’t believe that you believe that!

    • 61 Puddin'
      January 9, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      Money, money, mooooney…

    • 62 jacquelineoboomer
      January 9, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      Singular Democrats always rise above it – as does our President – so I’m good with this. Besides, what the Fort Lee mayor said or didn’t say today is not the end of the story. The NJ state legislature smells blood, and they’re still going on with their hearings. It’ll be wait and see, because the bully who has lots of Dems on the string in NJ (who knows why) will continue to lie and pull on their strings. If it takes his own party to take him down, we may have to wait a little while, but even some of them are speaking out now.

  14. 63 Ladyhawke
    January 9, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Marco Rubio isn’t the ‘Republicans’ Obama’, he’s a Latino Rick Santorum

    By Ana Marie Cox


    Senator Marco Rubio’s office hyped his speech Wednesday as an “Address on the 50th Anniversary of the ‘War on Poverty'”, a rather grand billing given its familiar proposals. Rubio has slipped in and out of a few different presidential wrappers since he appeared in the US Capitol. He used to be “The Republicans’ Obama”. His proposals suggest that now he is the Latino Rick Santorum.

    In 2012, Santorum outlined the exact same three-point anti-poverty plan: promote marriage, eliminate federal poverty programs in favor of block grants to states, and “something something America hope-dream-optimism something”.



    • 64 susanne
      January 9, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      ‘something something america hope dream optimism something’ 🙂
      how could they forget freedom??!

  15. 65 GGail
    January 9, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    I just finished watching & listening to President Obama & Kiera speak about Promises!!! Our own Mayor Garcetti was right there on the front row! We will hold him accountable for sure!

    I loved how the young boys would break out into a smile after they’ve received a “soul handshake” from The President of the United States!!!!!! I think that is so sweet – it’s something they will remember for the rest of their lives – “my president was soooo cool man”!

  16. 66 Vicki
    January 9, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    So while we were all distracted by goings-on in NJ the United States Senate is plotting to put the sequester back in place.

    Diminishing the sequester was the best part of the Murray-Ryan deal and the Democratic senators appear ready to vote to overrule Ryan-Murray and instead continue the sequester so that UI can pass.

    This is a spectacular betrayal of the American people. It says, “OK we will extend UI for a few weeks but those 57,000 Head Start kids are out of luck.”

    I heard a few seconds of Jack Reed dem from RI pushing this idea and turned off my TV. Reed with Dean Heller repub were the original sponsors of the UI bill.

  17. 69 Nena20409
    January 9, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Steve Kornacki has Known the fired WOMAN in Christie’s camp for over 12 yrs and on Politics Nation, Kornacki said that there is No Way Bridget could have done what Christie alleged all by herself.

    • January 9, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      Any reasonable person would doubt Christie’s honesty.

      Aside from Putin, who holds a 90-minute press conference? And on one topic?

      Saw in my twitter timeline that Christie claims not to be a bully. Puleeeze.

      Also, Christie is a tough former prosecutor. He bullies teachers. You have to suspend reality to believe that a young aide would dream up this idea all on her own, and then decide on her own, without consulting anyone, to charge ahead, knowing what it would do to anyone unfortunate enough to be on that bridge at that time.

      As Jon Stewart said, those people were fleeing Fort Lee; the mayor is stuck there.

  18. 71 Nena20409
    January 9, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    1-09-14 at WH Podium: Here’s Jay “Clark Kent” Carney 😉

  19. 74 Nena20409
    January 9, 2014 at 6:28 pm


    Shopping for insurance on healthcare.gov isn’t yet as easy as booking a flight on Expedia, but a new survey suggests that consumers are warming up to the new online marketplace for health care. The findings, released Thursday by the Commonwealth Fund, show that insurance seekers had markedly better experiences in December than in October. Nearly 70% continued to give the health-care exchanges “fair” or “poor” ratings—a finding the Right may trumpet as a bitter defeat for Obamacare—but the finding is less dire as it sounds. Most potential enrollees said they still expected to buy insurance before open enrollment ends this spring, and young adults are showing as much interest as older ones.

    Health care exchanges opened in all 50 states in October, but 36 of them relied on a federal enrollment website (healthcare.gov) that performed abysmally at first. The Obama administration repaired and improved the site during a frantic November push, enabling roughly a million people to enroll in private plans before the year ended. Another million secured private coverage through state-run exchanges, and nearly 4 million enrolled in Medicaid. The next goal is to push private enrollment from 2 million to 7 million by March 31, and to control costs by balancing older (costlier) subscribers with younger ones.

  20. 75 dotster3
    January 9, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    • 76 vcprezofan2
      January 9, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      What do you want to bet that by the time Christie has finished breathing in everyone’s face, it will become a traffic study, and with supporting evidence too? Christie seemingly has NJ types so well-trained (and fearful of his reach) that once he has finished his pushy campaign they’ll all be asserting (with quivering knees) that he never did a thing and they never for a moment thought he had.

  21. 77 Ladyhawke
    January 9, 2014 at 6:39 pm



    REMINDER: Emergency unemployment benefits weren’t controversial until Republicans ran out of ways to slow

    down the economy.


    • 78 99ts
      January 9, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      GOP retaliation against people voting for PBO – If it was Pres Romney – it would have been in the budget bill

    • 80 susanne
      January 9, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      ‘Free preschool is coming to 30 public schools. Governor Neil Abercrombie’s Executive Office on Early Learning has announced plans to open up classrooms in campuses across the state specifically geared to prekindergarten development.
      “… It’s an investment. This is not spending. This is investing,” said Governor Neil Abercrombie. ‘


      • 81 jacquelineoboomer
        January 9, 2014 at 7:04 pm

        Oh, my. How wonderful.

      • January 9, 2014 at 7:29 pm

        This is an investment….


      • January 9, 2014 at 8:34 pm

        I think it was DonnaDem who asked a couple of days ago about how to convince people that local elections make a difference.

        The answer is: by example.

        Whatever your hobby horse is, there’s a Dem mayor or Governor whose track record will show what a difference Dem v. Repub makes.

        California politicos are in a tizzy today because Gov Brown had a press conference about his proposed budget here are a few of highlights:

        Gov Brown is so gung ho that 2014 will be a stellar year for CA and its economy.

        Other Dem examples of making a difference in red states are Salt Lake City mayor and Utah same-sex marriage (unfortunately now in limbo because of the courts and Phoenix mayor who has eliminated homelessness among vets in his city.

  22. January 9, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    “Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats have come up with a proposed bill that met all of the conditions that Republicans laid out as necessary in order to get their support, but Republicans are now refusing to support it because they don’t want to help the unemployed that much”.

  23. 85 dotster3
    January 9, 2014 at 6:52 pm

  24. 91 dotster3
    January 9, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    NBC News reporting that for the first time in history, a majority of members of Congress are millionaires.
    Could be a part of the problem, cannot relate to how dire the situation is for some people. Or in the case of Repubs, care.

    • 92 anniebella
      January 9, 2014 at 9:09 pm

      Then why are these millionaires taking our tax dollars for their salary? These haters can complain about the Obamas taking vacations, but don’t have a darn word to say about the John Boehner and the House only working 92 days this coming year. Out of 365 they will be only working 92 days, and still getting a salary paid by the tax payers.

  25. January 9, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Emerging from my cubbyhole to recommend two books.

    1. “Silence: A Christian History” by renowned Oxford historian of religion Diarmaid MacCulloch.
    2. “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” by noted scholar Reza Aslan. It’s a real page-turner.

    I now return to my reading, for which I get paid, so that I can tell you guys what to read. (And, of course, get the books from your local library.)

    • 94 mtmarilyn
      January 9, 2014 at 7:32 pm

      Glad to hear those recommendations, they both had been recommended by another friend. Guess I must read them. Thanks

  26. 95 hopefruit2
    January 9, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    • 96 Nena20409
      January 9, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      And GA has current, I believe 3 medical RWNJs in Congress, two of whom are running for the senate Seat?

      Within a decade, GA will be back as a Dem state.

  27. 97 Nena20409
    January 9, 2014 at 7:13 pm


    Delaware Update: 400% increase since 12/12; Medicaid up 3.7x
    Submitted by Charles Gaba on Thursday, January 9, 2014 – 6:49pm.
    Washington Post, 01/09/14: Delaware officials provide ACA enrollment update
    It looks like the exchanges are starting to become more sensitive to the distinction between paid and unpaid enrollments; Delaware is the 5th state exchange to start separating these numbers out (or perhaps the media is just starting to do so based on the numbers released). In any event, depending on how you look at it, Delaware’s private enrollments have gone up either 44% or 400% since the 793 enrolled as of December 12, and Medicaid enrollees have gone up 3.7x the 1,822 that it stood at as of 11/30.

  28. 98 99ts
    January 9, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Hi all

    Very late to the days events – I have been listening to the Committee hearing in New Jersey where Wildstein took the 5th. The committee chairman said that this is not allowed under the rules of the committee?? The lawyer said the constitution & the state constitution overrode such ideas.

    Can someone explain this to me – maybe I need to spend my senior years at a college studying US politics/laws – it all seems so complicated to an outsider – sigh

  29. 99 jacquelineoboomer
    January 9, 2014 at 7:59 pm

  30. 100 hopefruit2
    January 9, 2014 at 8:12 pm

  31. 106 jacquelineoboomer
    January 9, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    LL – This one’s for you!

  32. 109 hopefruit2
    January 9, 2014 at 8:22 pm

  33. 113 africa
    January 9, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    I know I am late to this. But Duh, Gates. Did he really write this book or what? He seems discombobulated and is so contradictory.

  34. 119 dotster3
    January 9, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Take 1 second and tweet a gun message to your congress person.

  35. 122 99ts
    January 9, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Maybe I shouldn’t – but I blame McCain – Sarah Palin taught the republicans – “poor little me”, blame anyone, the cat the dog, your cousin – but always always deny – being stupid is an accepted trait of a good republican – anything is acceptable except being found out for your political sins.

    So Christie will be forgiven because he was duped – admitting to stupid is much better than admitting to knowing anything.

    • 123 jacquelineoboomer
      January 9, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      Yes, and, for Republicans, the “I am not a crook” – it was the other guy – goes all the way back to the Nixon days.


  36. 124 africa
    January 9, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    • 125 Obama Grandmama
      January 9, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      When I saw the clip of Christi during his first term in office yelling rudely at a teacher asking him a question due to him not liking the question, I knew I did not want him meeting foreign leaders representing the USA.

  37. January 9, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Let’s play a game! Name a republican leader that doesn’t make you angry and/or nauseous. I’ll start: Colin Powell.

    Hello??? That’s it? Games over already??

  38. January 9, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Just got real:

  39. 130 globalcitizenlinda
    January 9, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    loved, loved the POTUS’ event on Promise Zones!!!

    the young lady who introduced PBO is brilliant and certainly going places!!!!!

  40. 133 yardarm756
    January 9, 2014 at 9:26 pm

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