TheObamaCrat™ Potpourri


By Jueseppi B.




White House Tweets – October 19, 2013












Lindsay Holst
Lindsay Holst

October 19, 2013
06:00 AM EDT


In this week’s address, President Obama said that now that the Federal government is reopened and the threat of default is lifted from the economy, there are three places Washington can take action to serve the American people. First, it’s time for a balanced, responsible approach to the budget that grows the economy and shrinks our long term deficits. Second, we must fix our broken immigration system. And finally, Congress should pass a farm bill to give rural communities the opportunity to grow. The President said it’s time to put aside politics and work on behalf of the American people and the country we love.





Kasie Coccaro
Kasie Coccaro

October 18, 2013
05:45 PM EDT


Members of the public view the Kitchen Garden during the White House Fall Garden Tour on the South GroundMembers of the public view the Kitchen Garden during the White House Fall Garden Tour on the South Grounds, Oct. 14, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)


Today, we are pleased to announce the resumption of East Wing and Executive Residence tours, beginning on November 5th.


In addition, the White House will be opening its gardens and grounds to visitors on Saturday, October 26th from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, and Sunday, October 27th from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM for the 2013 Fall White House Garden Tour. The White House will distribute tickets to the public on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 7:30 am on Saturday, October 26th and Sunday, October 27th at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion located at 15th and E Streets.


Guests are invited to tour and photograph the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the Rose Garden and the South Lawn. They’ll also visit the White House Kitchen Garden – the first vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden.


Learn more about public Fall Garden Tours and the resumption of public East Wing and Executive Residence tours here. Tours of the East Wing and Executive Residence are not included in the Garden Tours.


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Alicia Oken
October 18, 2013
04:24 PM EDT


For more than two weeks, President Obama worked diligently to reopen the government and remove the dangers of default from our economy. He met with members of Congress from both parties, talked with Americans impacted by the shutdown, and spoke to the press. Thanks to those efforts and the work of Democrats and responsible Republicans in Congress, the President signed legislation late Wednesday night to end the shutdown.


The President also continued working on other issues throughout the shutdown. He found time to welcome official visitors to the White House, present the Medal of Honor, and appoint a new Chair to the Federal Reserve. In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights from those 16 days:


Shutdown impact: While the government was closed, the President met with those whose lives had been affected by the government shutdown. He talked with small business owners to discuss the impacts of the government shutdown on their businesses and thanked FEMA employees at the National Response Coordinating Center for working during the shutdown, in preparation of Tropical Storm Karen.


He also visited to a DC food pantry, Martha’s Table, to thank furloughed federal employees who spent their time out of the office volunteering for charities and non-profits.


During the shutdown, many local businesses offered discounts and free food to furloughed employees. For lunch one day, the President and Vice President walked to Taylor Gourmet, a locally owned sandwich shop near the White House that was offering a discount and a free cookie to furloughed employees.


Malala Yousafzai Visits: President Obama, the First Lady and Malia Obama met with Malala Yousafzai in the Oval Office on International Day of the Girl. Yousafzai is the young Pakistsani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban a year ago, after speaking out in support of the right of girls to go to school. In his proclamation on International Day of the Girl, the President said:

Across the globe there are girls who will one day lead nations, if only we afford them the chance to choose their own destinies. And on every continent, there are girls who will go on to change the world in ways we can only imagine, if only we allow them the freedom to dream.


Medal of Honor Ceremony: President Obama presented the Medal of Honor to Captain William D. Swenson for his courageous actions during a lengthy battle with the Taliban in Kunar Province in Afghanistan. “Moments like this, Americans like Will, remind us what our country can be at its best – a nation of citizens who look out for one another; who meet our obligations to one another, not just when it’s easy, but when it’s hard. Especially when it’s hard,” the President said.


Welcoming Miss America: The President met with Miss America Nina Davuluri, who also took part in a group photo to honor the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Champions.


New Federal Reserve Chair: President Obama announced the nomination of Dr. Janet Yallen to succeed Ben Bernanke as Chair of the Federal Reserve. Dr. Yellen has served in many leadership positions at the Fed for more than a decade. If her nomination is confirmed by the Senate, Dr. Yellen will be the first woman to hold the position.


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Adam Garber
Adam Garber

October 18, 2013
02:30 PM EDT


This week, the government shutdown came to an end, and the nation averted default. That’s October 11th to October 17th or “The Shutdown Edition: The End”





President Obama’s Letter Welcoming Federal Employees Back to Work After Shutdown



Vice President Biden Welcomes EPA Employees Back to Work



National Cyber Security Awareness Month



The Government Shutdown Is Over



October 18th 2013: Photo of the Day


President Barack Obama works at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, Oct. 18, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama works at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, Oct. 18, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Speeches and Remarks


Remarks by the President at Nomination of Jeh Johnson to be Secretary of Homeland Security



WEEKLY ADDRESS: Working Together on Behalf of the American People


Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
October 19, 2013


Hi everybody. This week, because Democrats and responsible Republicans came together, the government was reopened, and the threat of default was removed from our economy.


There’s been a lot of discussion lately of the politics of this shutdown. But the truth is, there were no winners in this. At a time when our economy needs more growth and more jobs, the manufactured crises of these last few weeks actually harmed jobs and growth. And it’s understandable that your frustration with what goes on in Washington has never been higher.


The way business is done in Washington has to change. Now that these clouds of crisis and uncertainty have lifted, we need to focus on what the majority of Americans sent us here to do – grow the economy, create good jobs, strengthen the middle class, lay the foundation for broad-based prosperity, and get our fiscal house in order for the long haul.


It won’t be easy. But we can make progress. Specifically, there are three places where I believe that Democrats and Republicans can work together right away.


First, we should sit down and pursue a balanced approach to a responsible budget, one that grows our economy faster and shrinks our long-term deficits further. There is no choice between growth and fiscal responsibility – we need both. So we’re making a serious mistake if a budget doesn’t focus on what you’re focused on: creating more good jobs that pay better wages. If we’re going to free up resources for the things that help us grow – education, infrastructure, research – we should cut what we don’t need, and close corporate tax loopholes that don’t help create jobs. This shouldn’t be as difficult as it has been in past years. Remember, our deficits are shrinking – not growing.


Second, we should finish the job of fixing our broken immigration system. There’s already a broad coalition across America that’s behind this effort, from business leaders to faith leaders to law enforcement. It would grow our economy. It would secure our borders. The Senate has already passed a bill with strong bipartisan support. Now the House should, too. The majority of Americans thinks this is the right thing to do. It can and should get done by the end of this year.


Third, we should pass a farm bill – one that America’s farmers and ranchers can depend on, one that protects vulnerable children and adults in times of need, and one that gives rural communities opportunities to grow and the longer-term certainty they deserve.


We won’t suddenly agree on everything now that the cloud of crisis has passed. But we shouldn’t hold back on places where we do agree, just because we don’t think it’s good politics, or just because the extremes in our parties don’t like compromise. I’ll look for willing partners from either party to get important work done. There’s no good reason why we can’t govern responsibly, without lurching from manufactured crisis to manufactured crisis. Because that isn’t governing – it’s just hurting the people we were sent here to serve.


Those of us who have the privilege to serve this country have an obligation to do our job the best we can. We come from different parties, but we’re Americans first. And our obligations to you must compel all of us, Democrats and Republicans, to cooperate, and compromise, and act in the best interests of this country we love.


Thanks everybody, and have a great weekend.


Video Mensaje de la Casa Blanca: El Congreso debe trabajar junto para servir mejor a los Estados Unidos

October 19, 2013 | 2:50 |Public Domain


En el mensaje de esta semana, la Directora del Consejo de Política Doméstica Cecilia Muñoz analizó la importancia de la unión entre los demócratas y los republicanos para trabajar duro y para velar por los mejores intereses de este país que tanto queremos. Ahora que se han despejado las nubes de la crisis y la incertidumbre, el Presidente espera que ambas partes puedan trabajar juntas de inmediato en un enfoque equilibrado para lograr un presupuesto responsable, la aprobación de la reforma migratoria y un proyecto de ley agrícola.




Applying for Health Insurance: Then and Now


Published on Oct 8, 2013

In which John Green attempts to apply for new health insurance coverage using the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges and then through a private insurer that existed before the ACA (aka Obamacare) went into effect.

It’s of course too soon to tell which of these options will be cheaper, which will offer the best coverage, and so on, but I wanted to explore how the (still very glitchy) exchanges compare to the pre-ACA experience of trying to get approved for coverage.










HRC’s bold goal: 50 states in 5 years0

Right now, there are two Americas: one where full legal equality is nearly a reality and another where we must fight harder than ever before. That’s why we’ve announced a bold goal to bring marriage equality to 50 states in the next five years. This critical work is already underway in eight states where we’ve deployed 20 field organizers. But these efforts require early financial support, and we can’t do it without you. Please make an urgent gift now to push the marriage fight forward.
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HRC’s red logo campaign takes home Best Social Media Campaign award

From actors to musicians, and athletes to TV personalities, dozens of celebrities shared the red HRC logo with millions of their followers – not to mention millions of equality supporters around the world who changed their profile picture.
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19 replies »

  1. No rest for the weary indeed! Omgosh what a schedule our POTUS has..Honestly? I don’t think ever before have I realized how many places our president has to be; until I began paying such close attention during both of his terms..And I thought I had a busy schedule pfft! Nothing in comparison to his..It is no wonder when they leave office they’re far more grey haired than when they began..


    • No other POTUS has worked as much as this President because no other POTUS has had as many crisis, natural disasters, military issues, government problems or Presidential mission abroad as this President. Remember, the 1st Black anything has to be 7 times better than the caucasians who came before him/her.


      • Ahhh true that..Sadly? That is something my Daddy taught me & my bro about a cazillion years ago! Shame its still that way at anyone Black has to work multiple times HARDER; than White counterparts..Does that mean that we’ve not progressed as much as we think in 50years progressively? !? 50 years is a long time for America to STILL have race issues..I so just want to scream from the rooftops sometimes & say’ GET OVER IT’ But that scream would have to be directed at not just racist White folks; but some Blacks also..Sometimes I think its the slave mentality thats been carried from generation to generation to generation of some Blacks that is also a reason racism IS an American issue…Sorry for the digression but I’m having a few deep thoughts today. How the heck are you over there Jueseppi??? I miss our interactions & I thought I’d have more free time this weekend than I’ve had..


      • Hey, Waving! Mid-afternoon here now..3pm’ish. But you’re Central time there, right? My weekend is going pretty well on this end..Little relax time/little social outing/little shopping/and shortly headed to Sunday dinner at my parents house..When does your winter season begin there? Temps finally coming down here slowly..Down from mid 90s to high 80s..Its a start..I am going to miss not being close to a spot with snow I can visit for Christmas season..No mountains here like Cali had


      • Favor..I don’t know if I hit submit or x’ed out..I clicked too fast! But I left a comment on your , soapbox about rape culture piece. Yet I don’t see it waiting for moderation..Do you see a pending comment from me? If not I’ll have to text it again I guess


      • Cool! True its said patience is a virtue, huh? I’m short on it when I’m rushing..And I’m struggling to get caught up ..Which seems to be extra tough to do this weekend.


      • I am..And anyways I enjoy & learn from reading here..That isn’t counting I usually read a book a week..Love reading my friend..And I’d not miss the knowledge you drop here for all the tea in China..Headed shortly to my folks for Sunday dinner but I’ll be back..When time permits I’d like you to read my write I wrote a few hours ago..Finally wrote something again instead of my recent rash of re-blogs..Discovered the past couple days I can still swim & run..Surgery didn’t stop me from doing the things I love. And that is very good news for me..Yay! Speaking of fun; what did you do fun this weekend?


      • I don’t do fun anymore. Just blog, eat, sleep and shit, oh and shower/shave. Do laundry & clean my house….nothing fun for me anymore.


      • What?!??? Never too old to have fun Jueseppi..But ok , ok I’ve learned not to push with you. Though you do enjoy your blogging on your pages, right? Meant to ask you since you’ve been back on FB; hows that going?


      • ahhhh ok..I’m with you there @I only interact on FB for business purposes..Matter of fact? I’d not have a facebook account at all; had I not been required to have an account just to log on..And I have to log on since I was selected to co-moderate the FB page for my department . I’m still learning how to navigate on there


      • That is exactly why I’ve not spent precious time there..I actually prefer real interactions offline with those in my circle of friends…Honestly I run out of hours to do things as it is so I can’t afford to get addicted to FB


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