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Barack After Dark™: Happy Thanksgiving…Obama Style


By Jueseppi B.




President Obama & Family Hand Out Thanksgiving Goodies To The Needy At Capital Area Food BankDC


Published on Nov 27, 2013

President Barack Obama is continuing an annual family tradition by helping to pack bags of food and distribute them to the needy on Thanksgiving eve. (Nov. 27)


Raw: Obamas Visit Food Bank on Thanksgiving Eve




From The Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is continuing an annual family tradition this year, by helping to pack bags of food and distribute them to the needy on Thanksgiving eve.


Obama, his wife, Michelle, daughters Malia and Sasha and his mother-in-law, Marian Robinson, dropped in Wednesday on the Capital Area Food Bank, one of the largest serving the Washington area.


They dropped bundles of sweet potatoes, onions, carrots and apples into reusable bags people held open as they walked by. They also handed out small white boxes stamped with the presidential seal that contain M&M’s candy.


Obama wished people a “Happy Thanksgiving,” and Malia shook their hands.


It’s the third straight Thanksgiving that Obama and his family have helped out at this particular food bank.


Obama was spending the holiday at the White House.


Thank you The Associated Press.



 U.S. President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters Sasha Obama, 12, and Malia Obama, 15, help pack and distribute bags of food to needy children and seniors at the Capital Area Food Bank November 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. According to the White House, the first family was joined by family and friends and members of The Mission Continues, “an organization of post-9/11 veterans who are awarded community service fellowships.” (Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images













Lindsay Holst
Lindsay Holst

November 27, 2013
04:39 PM EST


President Obama Pardons White House Turkey

November 27, 2013 | 4:40 |Public Domain


The President grants the traditional Thanksgiving pardon to Popcorn, this years Official White House Turkey, in a ceremony on the North Portico of the White House.




We’ve come a long way since 11-year-old Tad Lincoln convinced his father to “adopt” a turkey named Jack in 1863.


Today, President Obama pardoned two 20-week-old, 38-pound turkeys named Popcorn and Caramel — and announced Popcorn as the official “National Thanksgiving Turkey,” after the American public weighed in on their favorites via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
The President noted:
The competition was stiff, but we can officially declare that Popcorn is the winner — proving that even a turkey with a funny name can find a place in politics. As for Caramel, he’s sticking around, and he’s already busy raising money for his next campaign.
And so, all “Hunger Games” references aside, both turkeys will live. Popcorn and Caramel will spend the rest of their natural days in the historic rolling pastures of Morven Park’s Turkey Hill — located at the home of former Virginia governor Westmoreland Davis in Leesburg, Virginia.


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Secretary Tom Perez and Dr. Jill Biden
November 27, 2013
04:30 PM EST


Ed. note: This is cross-posted from the Department of Labor blog. See the original post here.

If you have had the chance to step onto a community college campus recently, you know the special role they are playing in rebuilding the American economy. Over the last three years, this administration has made unprecedented investments in the community college system through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training − or TAACCCT − grant program.


These grants encourage schools across the country to work with each other, with the workforce system and with employers to create cutting edge training programs that prepare workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow.


At Cleveland Community College in Shelby, N.C., Dr. Jill Biden and Secretary Perez listen in as Kenneth Dover (second from right) talks about his experience making the transition from the Marines to a career in "mission critical" IT operations.

At Cleveland Community College in Shelby, N.C., Dr. Jill Biden and Secretary Perez listen in as Kenneth Dover (second from right) talks about his experience making the transition from the Marines to a career in “mission critical” IT operations.


No matter the industry, partnership is the key to the program’s success. In fact, it’s a prerequisite for consideration for a TAACCCT award. That means education, labor, business and community leaders all coming together to meet the real-world challenges of a complex global economy. The idea is to ensure that community college curricula are aligned with industry’s needs, so adult learners are obtaining exactly the certifications and know-how that local businesses require their workers to have.


As a community college educator and a former state official with longstanding community college relationships, the two of us understand the vital role these institutions play in workforce development. We’ve seen first-hand what community colleges do to save lives. So last week we hit the road together to visit two of the newest grantees and meet some of the people helping transform these instructions of higher learning into engines of economic growth − and transforming lives each step of the way.


In Shelby, N.C., Cleveland Community College is leading a consortium awarded $23 million to help ensure that companies around the country and around the world are able to stay up and running day or night thanks to workers trained in what are known as “mission critical” operations. When emergencies like a power outage or a computer virus or a machinery malfunction happen, these workers know what it takes to solve the problem quickly.


Report from the Road: Community Colleges Leveraging Partnerships for Economic GrowthCleveland Community College faculty member Mitchell Sepaugh leads Dr. Biden and Secretary Perez through the school’s state-of-the-art engineering lab, which allows students to get hands-on training in the latest remote access and automation technology.


At the college we met Kenneth Dover, a former marine and current student who is also a full-time employee at one of the fastest-growing local companies. TAACCCT is going to help more people like Kenneth get the marketable skills that lead to good, middle-class jobs. But the impact doesn’t stop there. Because of the strong partnerships with local employers, these grants also strengthen the overall economy, providing businesses with the pipeline of talented workers they need to compete, prosper and grow.


With Kenneth’s story still fresh on our minds we traveled south to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. There, Broward College is leading a consortium of a dozen colleges − from Newark, N.J., to Long Beach, Calif. − that was awarded $24.5 million to focus on another essential component to effective business operations in just about any industry: supply chain management.


Report from the Road: Community Colleges Leveraging Partnerships for Economic GrowthDr. Biden takes a turn at the helm of one of Broward College’s flight simulators.


At Broward College’s Aviation Institute, we heard from students and employers who are at the leading edge of this growing field. Whether it was the mechanics working on the flight line, or the faculty members training new prospective pilots, it was great to see everyone understand the intersection of transportation and business, and the importance of managing a complex supply chain in real time.


Report from the Road: Community Colleges Leveraging Partnerships for Economic GrowthAt Broward College’s Aviation Institute, Dr. Jill Biden – a community college professor herself – talk about the important role that community colleges are playing in helping to shape the American workforce.


The TAACCCT program is a win for everyone. It strengthens the regional economy. It helps businesses stay on the competitive cutting edge in a complex global economy. And for workers, it paves a career pathway and serves as a springboard into the middle class.


All of the students we met have a bright future ahead of them. We’re proud to be a part of the team making an investment in their future, and we’re proud of the role that community colleges are playing in making it all happen.



Kyle Lierman
November 27, 2013
03:55 PM EST


Throughout President Obama’s career, he has been fighting for young people. Whether it is increasing access to higher education, or expanding health care coverage, giving young people a fair shot has been and always will be a priority.


The President also believes in reaching out to youth across the country to make sure we’re hearing what they have to say, and helping them better understand the policies and programs that impact them. That’s why, on Wednesday, December 4th, we’re hosting over 150 leaders from across the country at the White House for a Youth Summit. The Summit will offer young people coming to the White House and across the country a chance to discuss the Affordable Care Act and others issues important to them.


WH Youth Social 

Even if you can’t be at the Summit in person, we still want to hear from you!


On Monday, December 2nd at 8:00 p.m. ET, join White House Deputy Senior Advisor for Commnications David Simas, Kal Pen, and Young Invincibles for a Google+ Hangout. During this live video chat, we’ll announce the winners of the “Healthy Young America Video Contest,” preview the upcoming Youth Summit, and take questions about the Affordable Care Act and what It means for young Americans.


You can watch the Hangout live on the White House Google+ page.  Have a comments or questions? Ask them using the  hashtag #WHYouth on Twitter and on Google+ and we’ll answer some of them during the live Hangout.


Additionally, on December 4th, you can watch the Summit live starting at 2:00 pm ET on Whitehouse.gov/live. Throughout the day White House staff, HHS officials, and other special guests will be taking questions submitted on twitter using the hashtag #WHYouth.





Valerie Jarrett
Valerie Jarrett

November 27, 2013
03:02 PM EST


This Saturday, November 30th, I will join a number of White House and Cabinet Officials, along with millions of Americans around the country, in paying tribute to small businesses, which drive our economy, and help to define the spirit of our communities.


I will be spending Small Business Saturday in Chicago, to start on my holiday shopping, and reacquaint myself with the small businesses lining my hometown streets, and breathing life into my neighborhood.


There is of course, no need to wait for Small Business Saturday to enjoy the local delicacies and the unique goods being sold in our communities.  It can be a concerted effort throughout the year, and an ongoing priority for all Americans.  The President certainly sees it that way, and has made support for small business a top priority every day he has spent in office.


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West Wing Week 11/29/13 or, “Kindness Covers All of My Political Beliefs”

November 27, 2013

Published on Nov 27, 2013

Welcome to this Thanksgiving Edition of West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond. This week, the President traveled to the west coast for a three day, three city swing, sat down for an interview with Barbara Walters, met with student entrepreneurs, held a video conference with Peace Corps volunteers, and announced a breakthrough in diplomatic talks with Iran. That’s November 22rd to November 28th or “Kindness Covers All of My Political Beliefs.”




Statements and Releases


Background Press Briefing on Vice President Biden’s Trip to China, Japan and the Republic of Korea


Background on the Pardoning of the National Thanksgiving Turkey


Statement by the President on Hanukkah


Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 1848, H.R. 3204, S. 252


President Obama Speaks on the Economy


President Obama Speaks on Immigration Reform








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3 replies »

  1. I love the story of the turkeys. As a vegetarian I tend to believe that all turkeys should live out their natural lifespan, but I think that, if they are going to be eaten, some sort of consideration should be given to what is happening and what it means to people and birds. The ceremony you describe performs this function.


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