TheObamaCrat™ Potpourri For Thursday The 29th Of August


By Jueseppi B.

It's Just A Plethora Of "Stuff."

It’s Just A Plethora Of “Stuff.”


White House Tweets – August 29, 2013















Vice President Biden Swears in ATF Director, Announces Two New Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence


FACT SHEET: New Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence


Statement by the President Announcing the Appointment of Ambassador Donald Booth as U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan


Statement by the President Announcing the Appointment of Ambassador Donald Booth as U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan





Tobin Marcus
Tobin Marcus

August 29, 2013
02:52 PM EDT


Vice President Joe Biden ceremonially swears in Todd Jones as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and ExplosivesVice President Joe Biden ceremonially swears in Todd Jones as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, in the Roosevelt Room in the White House, Aug. 29, 2013. Also pictured are Jones’ wife Margaret and son Anthony. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)


Even as Congress fails to act on common-sense proposals to reduce gun violence, like expanding criminal background checks and making gun trafficking a federal crime, President Obama and Vice President Biden remain committed to using all the tools in their power to make our communities safer.


Vice President Biden Swears in B. Todd Jones

August 29, 2013 | 8:50 |Public Domain


Vice President Biden swears in B. Todd Jones as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and announces new Executive Actions to reduce gun violence.





Today, as part of that commitment, Vice President Biden swore inB. Todd Jones as the first permanent Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in seven years.  As the Vice President said, “ATF is the key agency enforcing our gun laws, and they need a permanent director in order to do that and to do the job to the best of their ability.” The Vice President was joined by Attorney General Eric Holder and Deputy Attorney General Jim Cole.


The Vice President also announced two new executive actions, building on the comprehensive gun violence reduction plan he and the President laid out on January 16, 2013.


First, ATF is closing a loophole that has allowed machine guns and other particularly dangerous weapons to get into the wrong hands. This loophole allows prospective buyers to license these weapons to shell corporations, which lets them bypass a required background check.  ATF is proposing a rule to change that, requiring anyone associated with those corporations to go through the very same kind of background check process.  Closing this loophole will make a difference—last year alone, there were more than 39,000 requests for transfers of these restricted firearms to trusts or corporations.


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Heather Zichal
Heather Zichal

August 29, 2013
03:10 PM EDT


Energy efficiency is one of the clearest and most cost-effective opportunities to save families money, make our businesses more competitive, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.



Climate Name Change


Published on Aug 26, 2013

Go to http://www.climatenamechange.org

Since 1954, the World Meteorological Organization has been naming extreme storms after people. But we propose a new naming system. One that names extreme storms caused by climate change, after the policy makers who deny climate change and obstruct climate policy. If you agree, sign the petition at http://www.climatenamechange.org/#/pe…




In President Obama’s first term, the Energy Department established new minimum efficiency standards for dishwashers, refrigerators, and many other products. Through 2030, these standards will cut consumers’ electricity bills by hundreds of billions of dollars and save enough electricity to power more than 85 million homes for two years.


To build on this success, the President set a new goal in his Climate Action Plan: Efficiency standards for appliances and federal buildings set in the first and second terms combined will reduce carbon pollution by at least 3 billion metric tons cumulatively by 2030 – equivalent to nearly one-half of the carbon pollution from the entire U.S. energy sector for one year – while continuing to cut families’ energy bills.


Today, the Energy Department is taking steps towards achieving this new goal by issuing two proposed rules that could cut energy bills by up to $28 billion and cut emissions by over 350 million metric tons of CO2 over 30 years. This reduction in CO2 emissions would be the equivalent of taking nearly 109 million new cars of the road for one year. Or put another way, the energy saved from these proposed rules would be equal to the amount of electricity used by 50 million homes in a year.


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Kori Schulman
Kori Schulman

August 29, 2013
11:14 AM EDT


First Lady Michelle Obama at a screening of "The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights" First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a screening of “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights,” in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium, Aug. 27, 2013. Mrs. Obama was introduced by Whitney Young’s niece Bonnie Boswell, left, who wrote and produced the documentary. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)


A day before celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, the First Lady invited local students to the White House to watch “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights,” a film that chronicles the life and legacy of the civil rights leader.


“What this documentary shows us is that there are so many unsung heroes in our history whose impact we still feel today,” said Mrs. Obama. During her remarks, the First Lady shared one of her favorite quotes by Young:


It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one, than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.


“How are you going to be the agents of change for the next generation?” the First Lady asked. “We’re counting on you all to be ready to take the helm and be the next agents of change, because there is still a lot of work to do.”


The First Lady has a personal connection to the civil rights leader. In 1981, Michelle Robinson graduated from the Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago. Take a look some archival photos from the First Lady’s time at Whitney Young High School:




Photos courtesy of Whitney M. Young Magnet High School.



Watch the video the First Lady at the screening of “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights”:


First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks at a Screening of “The Powerbroker”


Published on Aug 27, 2013

“The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights,” a documentary narrated by Alfre Woodard, chronicles Whitney Young’s civil rights fight of the 1960’s that took him from segregated Kentucky to leader of the National Urban League. The First Lady graduated from the Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago, IL in 1981. August 27, 2013.




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Admistration officials mark the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington:


White House Video:

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Secretary Shaun Donovan
Secretary Shaun Donovan

August 29, 2013
01:17 PM EDT


Ed. note: This is cross-posted from The HUDdle, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.Read the original post


This week marks the 8th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Although a number of years have passed since that devastating storm hit the Gulf Coast, none of us will ever forget the tragic events that unfolded in its aftermath and the incredible pain inflicted on the region.


That is why President Obama has made improving the way the federal government prepares for, responds to, and recovers from natural disasters a priority for his Administration.


Shortly after he took office, the President tasked the Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and me with rethinking the federal approach to disaster recovery. This work resulted in the creation of the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF), which was first fully deployed following Hurricane Sandy.


The NDRF allowed us to quickly organize a massive and coordinated federal, state and local response to Hurricane Sandy – we had over 17,000 federal responders on the ground within seven days of the storm making landfall.


However, the President recognized that the response to Sandy also required an additional level of cabinet-level coordination so he created the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, which I’ve had the honor to chair. Last week, the Task Force released a Rebuilding Strategy that marks the next step in improving how we approach natural disasters – this time with a focus on building stronger communities in an era of climate change.


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Emmy Ruiz, BarackObama.com


Thanks to you, we’re the closest we’ve been in decades to passing comprehensive immigration reform.

This month alone, several more Republican members of Congress have announced that they support voting on a comprehensive approach to immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants who live in this country.

Now, our job is to keep the momentum up and the pressure on our lawmakers as they head back to Washington next week.

Today, we’re all doing one thing to show our support for reform.

This is your chance to add your personal reason for being part of this fight.

Your sign might say, “#StandWith my mother” — or it might say “#StandWith our country” or “#StandWith our future” — just make it your own.

Here’s my sign:

I #StandWith the dream!

Make your own — and print it out to let your friends know why you’re fighting and who you #StandWith today:

Or, if you don’t have a printer, just share this image on your personal accounts:



Emmy Ruiz
Immigration Campaign Manager
Organizing for Action

P.S. — If you can’t print out the sign or take your photo right now, you can still #StandWith us — just share this on Twitter.

Every day, seven kids are murdered with guns in America.

That’s why we’re taking Congress Back to School on Background checks. And this week, we’re filling backpacks with your petitions and delivering them to district offices of senators and representatives all across the country.

Add your name to a backpack, and help us remind Congress that background checks are the single most effective way to prevent gun violence and save lives.

Just as Congress is heading back to Washington from August recess, children across the country are going back to school. And nine months after 26 innocent first-graders and their teachers were murdered in their classrooms at Sandy Hook Elementary School, leaders in Washington haven’t made any progress towards passing federal legislation that would prevent future tragedies.

Every day, 33 Americans are murdered with guns — and seven of them are children. We have to remind Congress that they’re accountable for the safety of kids all over the country, and the longer they wait to act on background checks, the more children will be killed with guns.

Thanks for signing on,

Mayors Against Illegal Guns

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