By Jueseppi B.
White House Tweets – October 19, 2013
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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.
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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.
October 18, 2013
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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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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”
October 18th 2013: Photo of the Day
Speeches and Remarks
WEEKLY ADDRESS: Working Together on Behalf of the American People
Remarks of President Barack Obama
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.