By Jueseppi B.
White House Tweets – August 31, 2013
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Speeches and Remarks/Statements and Releases
August 30, 2013 – August 31, 2013
Joint Statement by the United States of America, Republic of Estonia, Republic of Latvia, and Republic of Lithuania
President Obama Speaks on Syria
August 31, 2013 | 10:03 |Public Domain
President Obama speaks on the situation in Syria from the White House Rose Garden.
Weekly Address: Commemorating Labor Day
August 31, 2013 | 2:46 | Public Domain
President Obama discusses Labor Day and reflects on the contributions of the working men and women in our country.
VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: Secretario del Trabajo Tom Pérez Conmemora el Día del Trabajo
August 31, 2013 | 2:10 |Public Domain
En el mensaje de esta semana, el Secretario de Trabajo Tom Pérez conmemoró el Día del Trabajo y discutió el plan del Presidente para lograr un mejor negocio para la clase media, que incluye un buen trabajo para todo aquel dispuesto a trabajar duro para llegar a esta. El Secretario Pérez destacó el papel fundamental que juegan los Latinos para nuestra fuerza laboral diversa y vibrante, y también agradeció a los hombres y mujeres de Estados Unidos por contribuir con su trabajo al país.
President Obama’s Meeting with Baltic Leaders
August 30, 2013 | 18:01 |Public Domain
President Obama and President Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia, President Dalia Grybauskaitė of Lithuania, and President Andris Bērziņš of Latvia speak to the press after a meeting at the White House.
50th Anniversary of the March on Washington: On Wednesday, President Obama spoke from the Lincoln Memorial at the “Let Freedom Ring” Ceremony, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. President Obama was joined by former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, along with members of the King family, civil rights leaders, and other dignitaries. Thousands converged from across the country to join in this historic event. In his remarks, President Obama honored the heroes that marched in 1963, but stressed that while the nation has come far in the past fifty years, there is still work to be done.
But we would dishonor those heroes as well to suggest that the work of this nation is somehow complete. The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but it doesn’t bend on its own. To secure the gains this country has made requires constant vigilance, not complacency.
In recognition of the historic March on Washington, Administration officials wrote blog posts reflecting on what the civil rights movement meant for the country, the urgency of continuing that march, and what lies ahead.
For more information, check out six videos that capture our favorite moments of the President with icons of the Civil Rights Movement.
“The Powerbroker” Screening: A day before the President spoke at the Lincoln Memorial, First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a screening of “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights,” a documentary detailing the life and achievements of the civil rights leader. The First Lady also spoke to a group of students who attended the screening.
The thing I want you all to remember, as you watch this film, is that we are here because of that struggle. I’m here because of that struggle. And even though you may think you have some struggles, your paths are a whole lot easier because of the work these men and women did.
Women’s Equality Day: Tuesday was Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment and celebrates advocates like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Ida B. Wells, who devoted their lives to ensuring that women would have a voice in democracy. In advance of Women’s Equality Day, the President visited Seneca Falls, New York during his college affordability bus tour, where the first Women’s Right Convention was held in 1848. President Obama presented the Women’s Rights National Historic Park with a copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, the first bill he signed into law, which makes it easier for women to bring forward pay discrimination claims.
Medal of Honor Ceremony: Also on Tuesday, the President presented the Medal of Honor to Army Staff Sgt. Ty M. Carter. Carter was one of 53 Americans stationed at a remote outpost in Afghanistan when it came under attack by more than 300 Taliban fighters. The President recognized Carter’s courage and strength, both on the battlefield and in speaking openly and honestly about his struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress.
ATF Director Sworn-In: Vice President Joe Biden swore-in B. Todd Jones as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on Thursday. The Vice President also announced two new executive actions to reduce gun violence, building on the gun violence reduction plan he and the President presented at the beginning of this year.
Appointment of new U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan: On Wednesday, President Obama appointed Ambassador Donald Booth as the new U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan. Ambassador Booth will play a vital role in supporting peace between these two nations.
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Today, President Obama hosted Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė, and Latvian President Andris Bērziņš for a meeting at the White House.
The visit underscored the close ties between the United States and the Baltic states, which are grounded in our shared values, ideals, and interests. The leaders highlighted ongoing cooperation on issues including defense and security, trade and investment, energy and the environment, and global development.
06:50 PM EDT
Earlier this week, as part of a series of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, I attended the White House Ladders of Opportunity Forum. As I responded to questions about inequality, housing, jobs, and a host of other issues that affect the middle class and those striving to reach the middle class, I got a couple of questions that come up frequently in the course of my work. The first question was about how the current immigration debate affects these economic issues. And the second was from an African immigrant wondering what a new immigration law might mean for her.
There’s a reason that President Obama describes immigration reform as an economic imperative, and now that the Senate has passed a bill with a strong bipartisan vote, we can actually measure what the economic impact of this bill will be. The numbers are impressive: the Senate-passed immigration bill would:
- Strengthen the overall economy and grow U.S. GDP by 3.3 percent in 2023 and 5.4 percent in 2033 – an increase of roughly $700 billion in 2023 and $1.4 trillion in 2033 in today’s dollars.
- Increase real wages by 0.5 percent in 2033 relative to current law – the equivalent of about an annual $250 increase today for a median household.
- Reduce the federal deficit by nearly $850 billion over the next 20 years.
It’s clear that immigration reform fits squarely in the President’s agenda to make sure that policymakers in Washington do everything they can to build a better bargain for the middle class, growing our economy in a way that ensures that we all benefit.
Reducing America’s Dependence on Foreign Oil As a Strategy to Increase Economic Growth and Reduce Economic Vulnerability
Climate Name Change
Published on Aug 26, 2013
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…
Vice President Biden Swears in ATF Director, Announces Two New Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence
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