At The End Of The Day It’s Barack After Dark™


By Jueseppi B.




Remembering and Celebrating the Life of Dr. Maya Angelou


David Hudson
David Hudson

May 28, 2014
02:50 PM EDT


This afternoon, the President released a statement on the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou – one of the most prolific writers and activists of our time:


When her friend Nelson Mandela passed away last year, Maya Angelou wrote that “No sun outlasts its sunset, but will rise again, and bring the dawn.”


Today, Michelle and I join millions around the world in remembering one of the brightest lights of our time – a brilliant writer, a fierce friend, and a truly phenomenal woman. Over the course of her remarkable life, Maya was many things – an author, poet, civil rights activist, playwright, actress, director, composer, singer and dancer. But above all, she was a storyteller – and her greatest stories were true. A childhood of suffering and abuse actually drove her to stop speaking – but the voice she found helped generations of Americans find their rainbow amidst the clouds, and inspired the rest of us to be our best selves. In fact, she inspired my own mother to name my sister Maya.


Like so many others, Michelle and I will always cherish the time we were privileged to spend with Maya. With a kind word and a strong embrace, she had the ability to remind us that we are all God’s children; that we all have something to offer. And while Maya’s day may be done, we take comfort in knowing that her song will continue, “flung up to heaven” – and we celebrate the dawn that Maya Angelou helped bring.


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“America Must Always Lead”: President Obama Addresses West Point Graduates


David Hudson
David Hudson

May 28, 2014
03:33 PM EDT


Remarks by the President at the United States Military Academy Commencement Ceremony


President Obama Speaks to West Point Graduates


Published on May 28, 2014

President Obama delivers the commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy commencement ceremony.




This morning, President Obama traveled to West Point to congratulate the newest officers in the United States Army and to reflect on America’s foreign policy agenda. In the President’s remarks, he acknowledged that our world is changing with accelerating speed and that America must be equipped to respond to an increasingly dynamic environment.


It will be your generation’s task to respond to this new world. The question we face; the question you will face; is not whether America will lead, but how we will lead, not just to secure our peace and prosperity, but also to extend peace and prosperity around the globe.


The President spent most of his speech outlining his vision for how the United States, and our military, should lead in the years to come. The four elements of American leadership included:


  1. Using military force when our core interests are at stake or our people are threatened
  2. Shifting our counter-terrorism strategy by more effectively partnering with countries where terrorist networks seek a foothold
  3. Continuing to strengthen and enforce international order through evolving our institutions, such as NATO and the United Nations
  4. Supporting democracy and human rights around the globe, not only as a matter of idealism, but one of national security


President Obama articulated that the United States is a global leader – a nation that “must always lead on the world stage.”


Ultimately, global leadership requires us to see the world as it is, with all its danger and uncertainty. But American leadership also requires us to see the world as it should be – a place where the aspirations of individual human beings matter; where hopes and not just fears govern; where the truths written into our founding documents can steer the currents of history in the direction of justice. And we cannot do that without you.









Graduation at the United States Military Academy at West Point 2014 By Pete Souza




Statements and Releases


Background Conference Call on the President’s Commencement Address at West Point


FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Designates the First 12 Manufacturing Communities through the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership to Spur Investment and Create Jobs


Statement by the President on the Passing of Maya Angelou


FACT SHEET: Harnessing the Power of Data for a Clean, Secure, and Reliable Energy Future


Fact Sheet: The Administration’s Fiscal Year 2015 Overseas Contingency Operations Request



President Obama to Host Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit

WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, May 29, President Obama will host a Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit at the White House, where he will be joined by young athletes, parents, coaches, academics and experts, athletes, military service members, and other stakeholders.


We know that many parents are focused on how best to protect their child from concussions, identify when their child has a concussion, and how best to respond when their child has a concussion.  Last fall, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council published a report that found that there are gaps in our research knowledge and that there is a startling lack of data on concussions, especially in youth sports.  The report also found that there is still a “culture of resistance” among athletes related to the self-reporting of concussions and the adherence to treatment plans once they experience a concussion.


The President believes we can and must do better and the Administration is committed to helping ensure that children continue to be active and play sports safely. During this summit, the Administration will announce new commitments from both the public and private sectors to raise awareness among young athletes, parents, school administrators, clinicians, coaches, and youth sports programs about how to identify, treat, and prevent concussions, as well as to conduct additional research in the field of sports-related concussions that will help better address concussions among students.




Harnessing the Power of Data, Technology, and Innovation for a Clean Energy Economy



Today, the White House, the Energy Department, and the General Services Administration are teaming up to host an Energy Datapalooza, highlighting important new steps in the public and private sectors to leverage data and innovation in ways that promote a clean energy economy in America.


Advances in technology are making it easier for consumers and businesses across the nation to better understand how they are using and saving energy. Empowering citizens with information about their energy usage can help them make smart choices that cut energy waste, cut down energy bills, and preserve our environment.


The federal government has an important role to play in unleashing energy-related data and catalyzing innovation to support these savings. That is why the Obama Administration has taken unprecedented steps to make open government data more available to citizens, companies, and innovators — including by launching both an Energy Data Initiative and a Climate Data Initiative.


In addition, in 2011, the Administration launched the Green Button Initiative to provide families and businesses with easy and secure access to their own energy-usage information. And today, the Obama Administration is announcing a number of new steps to continue this momentum, including: a successful federal pilot applying the Green Button to help building managers achieve greater efficiencies; and new or expanded data resources and tools in the areas of geothermal, solar, hydropower, bio energy, and buildings.


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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Read By Dr. Maya Angelou (PhD) 1928-2014.


An Answer To Joe The Plumber’s (Samuel J. Wurzelbacher) Asinine Comment: “Your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights.”


President Obama Speaks On Afghanistan Draw Down Plans.


What Is The White House Science Fair? Prepare To Become Enlightened.


Nigerian Military Says It Has Located Missing Girls, BUT A Rescue Is Too Risky/Dangerous For The Girls.






PBS NewsHour Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Published on May 28, 2014

Wednesday on the NewsHour, President Obama shared his vision for the U.S. in foreign policy during his commencement speech at West Point. Also: lack of diversity in Google’s workforce, what low voter turnout in Egypt means for the outcome, healing wounds from Rwanda’s historic genocide and celebrating the legacy of a poet, renaissance woman and literary Maya Angelou.




Kitra Cahana: Stories of the homeless and hidden’


Published on May 28, 2014

As a young girl, photojournalist Kitra Cahana dreamed about running away from home to live freely on the road. Now as an adult and self-proclaimed vagabond, she follows modern nomads into their homes — boxcars, bus stops, parking lots, rest stop bathrooms — giving a glimpse into a culture on the margins.




Sterling responds to NBA with long letter


Published on May 28, 2014

Donald Sterling responds to the NBA’s vote to terminate his ownership of the LA Clippers in a 26-page letter.




College Student Strips Her Way To A Debt-Free Future


Published on May 27, 2014

“A University of Maryland student covers her tuition costs (and then some) by taking a train to New York every other weekend to work as an exotic dancer, according to a story from WMAR Baltimore. She makes about $180,000 a year. (Payscale says the typical annual income range for an exotic dancer is anywhere from $20,000 to $142,000.)


Six figures for working every other weekend? That’s pretty fantastic. This might not be the job choice for everyone — including some of the roughly 20 million college students in the U.S — but Maggie (who didn’t give the TV station her last name), seems more than happy with her choice. She has to have plenty of spending money, too: Tuition at the University of Maryland was $23,581 this year for state residents. It was $42,767 for out-of-state students.”




Scars, Memories Remain After Oso Mudslide


Published on May 27, 2014

Two months after a mudslide killed over 40 people in Oso, Washington, the community shows what it means to be ‘Oso Strong.’ The AP’s Bill Gorman found volunteers still searching for the missing, even as the official search ended a month ago.




Isla Vista victim’s dad: Don’t call me politicians, do something


Published on May 27, 2014

Anderson Cooper speaks with Richard Martinez, the dad of Isla Vista shooting victim Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez.




We’ll end this edition Of Barack After Dark™ with some dumbfuckery…..


Fox News Guest: Maybe He Killed Because He Was Gay?


Published on May 27, 2014

“Psychotherapist Dr. Robi Ludwig has been popping up all over TV news this weekend after 22-year-old Elliot Rodger killed seven people, including himself, in a murderous rampage near UC Santa Barbara Friday night. But it was one speculative comment on Fox News that has drawn the most attention.


Saturday evening, Ludwig wondered aloud of Fox’s Justice with Judge Jeanine Pirro if Rodger was somebody who was “trying to fight against his homosexual impulses?” Instead of the conventional wisdom that Rodger targeting young women because he found they were not attracted to him, as he laid out in his video and written manifestos, Ludwig asked if he was “angry with women because they were taking away men from him.”


On Monday, Ludwig attempted to address some of the criticism she had received by posting a hashtag-filled message on Facebook, which notably misspelled the killer’s name — twice”




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5 replies »

  1. The Presidents speech to West Point was excellent, I sat this morning and listened. I had forgotten the prayer for the President, the picture and words brought tears to my eyes, thank you for posting this one, it remains a perfect blessing I think.

    The rest, I am always so grateful to you for the effort you put into bring all the different issues and interest stories to a single place. It makes it easy to absorb. I would like to reach out and touch Robi Ludwig with a boot to her azz, what a tool.

    Loved the TED Talk by Kira, of course I nearly always love the TED talks. I subscribe but don’t always have time to watch them.


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