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Celebrating Independence Day – Happy 4th.




Celebrating Independence Day

July 04, 2014 | 2:30 | Public Domain


In this week’s address, President Obama commemorated Independence Day by noting the contributions and sacrifices from individuals throughout the history of this country – from our Founding Fathers, to the men and women in our military serving at home and abroad.




VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: Celebrando una nación única

July 04, 2014 | 3:25 | Public Domain


En el mensaje de esta semana, el Secretario Asistente de la Marina de Guerra Juan García conmemoró la fundación única de nuestro país: que somos una nación de inmigrantes. En la celebración del 4 de julio, el Presidente naturalizará inmigrantes que han servido en las fuerzas armadas y han estado dispuestos a sacrificar sus vidas por este país aun antes de ser ciudadanos.




President Obama Welcomes 25 New American Citizens on the Fourth of July


    President Barack Obama Listens During Naturalization CeremonyPresident Barack Obama listens as Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Department of Homeland Security administers the Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony in the East Room of the White House, July 4, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


    This morning, President Obama welcomed 25 new American citizens at a special naturalization ceremony held at the White House. The President celebrated as service members and their families were able for the first time to be called “our fellow Americans” on this Fourth of July, just as they are in ceremonies happening today around the country. The President paid tribute to all those who served and fought for the United States in the Armed Forces, and to the great sacrifice of their spouses and families.


    In the President’s words:


    Today, on this Fourth of July, all across the country –- from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello to the Alamodome in Texas — immigrants from around the world are taking the oath of citizenship.  And many of them have worked and sacrificed for years to get to this moment.  All of them have done it for something none of us should ever take for granted:  the right to be called an American, from this moment, and forever after.


    Learn more about the Fourth of July at the White House.



Press Briefing

July 03, 2014 | 01:06:48 |Public Domain


White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.




The President Visits 1776 to Talk About the Economy

July 03, 2014 | 6:57 | Public Domain


President Obama stops by 1776, an “incubator for all sorts of tech startups” in Washington, D.C., and speaks on the economy.




West Wing Week 07/04/14 or, “Cynicism is a Choice… Hope is a Better Choice”

July 03, 2014 | 7:51


Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond. This week, the President wrapped up a trip to Minneapolis, nominated a new VA Secretary, and caught some World Cup fever. That’s June 27th to July 3rd or “Cynicism is a Choice…Hope is a Better Choice.”







President Obama and the First Lady Attend a Fourth of July Celebration


Scheduled for Jul 4, 2014

The President and the First Lady will celebrate the Fourth of July by hosting military heroes and their families for an Independence Day celebration with a barbeque, concert and a view of fireworks on the South Lawn. The President will deliver remarks.




President Obama hugs Army Sgt. Stephanie Van Ausdall after she had trouble leading the Pledge of Allegiance following a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members and civilians, July 4

President Obama hugs Army Sgt. Stephanie Van Ausdall after she had trouble leading the Pledge of Allegiance following a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members and civilians, July 4




The Employment Situation in June



The 1.4 million jobs added in the first half of this year are the most in any first half since 1999. Furthermore, this is the first time since September 1999-January 2000 we have seen total job growth above 200,000 for five straight months. While today’s jobs report is encouraging, many families are still struggling with long-term unemployment and wages that have been stagnant for decades. The President continues to press Congress to take steps to further strengthen the economy, including passing a transportation bill to avoid jeopardizing hundreds of thousands of jobs later this year. But he will also continue to make progress using his own authority to increase economic opportunity, support wage growth, and ensure America’s workplaces are adapting to the 21st century.




1. The private sector has added 9.7 million jobs over 52 straight months of job growth. Today we learned that total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 288,000 in June, mainly reflecting a 262,000 increase in private employment, which is above the 203,000 per month average over the past year. April and May were revised up slightly, so that over the past twelve months, private employment has risen by a total of more than 2.4 million. In addition, the 1.4 million total nonfarm jobs added in the first half of this year are the most in any first half since 1999. Furthermore, this is the first time since September 1999-January 2000 we have seen total job growth above 200,000 for five straight months.


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A Few Miles Can Make the Difference Between Getting Health Care or Being Uninsured



For Adelina of Sunland Park, New Mexico, living in one state over another made all the difference in getting health care. Because she lives in New Mexico, rather than nearby Texas, she was able to access health care. The real difference of a state’s decision making is demonstrated in both Adelina’s story and a new report released yesterday by the Council of Economic Advisers entitled Missed Opportunities: The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid.




Finding herself needing to care for her sick mother, Adelina was unemployed and without insurance for over six months. But after keeping up with the news, she found that because New Mexico had expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, she had access to the affordable health insurance coverage she needed.


She recently wrote to President Obama to share her experience, explaining, “I write because I feel it is important to let our leaders know how their policies impact their constituencies.” She went on to say her coverage “has not only saved me thousands of dollars, but in some ways has kept me from further stress complications as anyone that is out of work knows how stressful that is.”


Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, 5.2 million additional Americans have coverage from Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in the 26 states and the District of Columbia that expanded Medicaid eligibility to all non-elderly individuals in families with incomes below 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. Adelina, who recently obtained health insurance under the New Mexico Medicaid Centennial Care system, was one of the Americans who received coverage following state decisions to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.


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President Obama Visits 1776, “An Incubator for All Sorts of Tech Startups”



President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy at 1776, a tech startup hub in Washington, D.C.President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy at 1776, a tech startup hub in Washington, D.C., July 3, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson) 

On the day before we celebrate America’s independence, President Obama had a chance to stop by 1776, a tech startup incubator in D.C. that supports entrepreneurs tackling major challenges in education, energy, health care, and other critical industries. The President’s visit coincided with the June jobs report, which shows the supporting role that startups and new businesses are playing in the American economy.

1776 was an outgrowth of the President’s Startup America Initiative to encourage and promote entrepreneurship. During the visit, the President had the chance to meet some amazing entrepreneurs.

As he said, places like 1776 are helping Americans “coming from a wide range of backgrounds — we had former Army Rangers; we had lawyers; we had former HR folks, transportation experts, engineers — all of them had the kind of energy and drive and creativity and innovation that has been the hallmark of the American economy.”


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Here’s How the White House Celebrates the Fourth of July



Tomorrow’s the Fourth of July, and we’re pretty excited about it here at the White House.


To celebrate the holiday, the President and First Lady are inviting military heroes and their families to the White House tomorrow for a special Independence Day event, including a USO program featuring Grammy award-winning recording artist Pitbull.


But you don’t need to be on the South Lawn to enjoy the show! Check out the live-stream of all of tomorrow’s events — including a naturalization ceremony for service members and civilians, remarks from the President on the South Lawn, and the fireworks on the National Mall tomorrow night — right here atWhiteHouse.gov/Fourth-of-July.


In the meantime, check out some of our favorite Fourth of July moments from the past few years:


1. “One of the best perks about being President is anyone will hand you their baby.”


Holding a baby on July 4thPresident Barack Obama holds a baby while greeting guests during an Independence Day celebration on the South Lawn of the White House, July 4, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


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Happy 4th of July!


Ray Charles – America the Beautiful







Happy 16th Birthday to First Daughter Malia Ann Obama!!


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Weekly Wrap Up: Team USA, 9.7 Million Jobs, and 50 Years of the Civil Rights Act


Happy Independence Day, everyone!


This week, President Obama cheered on and congratulated the U.S. men’s soccer team; we saw a promising jobs report for June; the President talked about planes, trains, and automobiles in a speech on infrastructure and the economy; and the Vice President reflected on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.


Check out what else you may have missed in this week’s wrap up.



52 Months, 9.7 Million Jobs


Unemployment rate drops to 6.1 percent, pushes Dow Jones index to new record


Published on Jul 3, 2014

The Dow Jones surged above 17,000 after a stronger-than-expected June jobs report that showed the economy gained more than 200,000 jobs for the fifth straight month. Margaret Brennan reports.




Yesterday’s jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that private-sector employment has increased for 52 straight months — the longest such streak on record. Over that time, businesses have added 9.7 million jobs, and the 1.4 million jobs added in the first half of this year are the most in any first half since 1999.






50 Years Later

In the latest installment of our audio series Being Biden, the Vice President reflected on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, and shared a photo of himself with Representative John Lewis, Jesse Jackson, and other leaders of the civil rights movement.



Vice President Biden reminds us that, as we celebrate the Fourth of July, we must also celebrate and remember the struggles of a generation that pushed to make the Declaration of Independence’s inalienable rights — of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” — a reality for all Americans.






“You guys did us proud.”

Over the past few weeks, the U.S. men’s national soccer team captured the attention of the nation during this year’s World Cup. Their run came to a heartbreaking end on Tuesday, however, as they fell to Belgium in extra time.


President Obama got in on the action, watching the game against Belgium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building with White House staff.




The following day, President Obama called team captain Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Tim Howard to commend them on their team’s performance during the World Cup.





POTUS Talks Infrastructure and the Economy

The Highway Trust Fund — which helps build and repair roads, bridges, and other infrastructure projects across the country — is in danger of running out by the end of the summer. This would jeopardize nearly 700,000 American jobs, and hurt us on a global scale. Continuing to fund infrastructure projects should be a no-brainer, but House Republicans are refusing to act.


President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy at the Georgetown Waterfront Park President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy at the Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington, D.C. July 1, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) 

“It’s not crazy, it’s not socialism. It’s not the imperial presidency — no laws are broken. We’re just building roads and bridges like we’ve been doing for the last, I don’t know, 50, 100 years.”




“It’s just politics. Plain and simple.”

In the Rose Garden on Monday, President Obama reiterated his commitment to immigration reform and reproached House Republicans for their unwillingness to confront this important issue.



“Their argument seems to be that because the system’s broken, we shouldn’t make an effort to fix it. It makes no sense. It’s not on the level. It’s just politics. Plain and simple.”



























Highway beating: CHP investigating video of officer hitting woman


Published on Jul 4, 2014

California Highway Patrol is investigating an incident captured on video showing an officer hitting a woman repeatedly. The woman did not appear to be resisting. Anthony Mason reports.




Raw: French Kids Witness a Mom Killing Teacher


Published on Jul 4, 2014

Police say the mother of a pupil at a French preschool stabbed a teacher to death in front of her class Friday, the last day of the school year. (July 4)




George Takei: Why I love a country that once betrayed me


Published on Jul 4, 2014

When he was a child, George Takei and his family were forced into an internment camp for Japanese-Americans, as a “security” measure during World War II. 70 years later, Takei looks back at how the camp shaped his surprising, personal definition of patriotism and democracy.




Hurricane Arthur moves up East Coast


Published on Jul 4, 2014

The Category 2 storm moves offshore and heads up the East Coast after making landfall on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.




Helicopter Rescues Climber Clinging to a Cliff 


Published on Jul 4, 2014

The stranded climber called 911 after he got stuck 5,000 feet up in the mountains in Washington.




The ACLU and the Baltimore Curfew Law’s Lead Sponsor Go Head to Head on the Issue


Published on Jul 4, 2014

Find out why critics like the ACLU believe that the change to Baltimore’s youth curfew law threatens parental and Fourth Amendment rights.



Violating the 4th amendment rights of youth, or keeping those youth alive?



Hurricane Arthur causes flight delays




5 Women Stage ‘Knit-In’ Protesting Gas Pipeline, 1 Arrested




Insanely Racist Twitter Rant From Opie & Anthony Show Host


Published on Jul 3, 2014

“Anthony Cumia, one half of the SiriusXM’s comedy show The Opie & Anthony Show, claims to have been assaulted by a woman in Times Square Tuesday. According to his Twitter feed, he was apparently trying to take photos of the area when the woman was caught in the frame. When she objected to being in the photos, she allegedly starting punching him. He responded by calling her a cunt. Cumia then took to Twitter—for hours—for a racist, violent tirade.”



I suggest this piece of shit racist caucasian muthafucka meet me face to face and snap my photo.



PBS News Hour For Thursday, July 3, 2014


Published on Jul 3, 2014

Thursday on the NewsHour, good jobs news from June with a strong hiring report and a dip in the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent. Also: increased airport security and screening, the backlash against Common Core education standards, consumerism in rural Bangladesh, a reporter and his son embed with U.S. troops in Afghanistan and a new interpretation of the Declaration of Independence.




Hillary Clinton On The Benghazi Attack


Published on Jul 3, 2014

In this audio excerpt from her book Hard Choices, Hillary Clinton addresses the political controversy surrounding the now-infamous attack on the Benghazi diplomatic compound at the end of an exhaustive chapter on the topic, narrated by the actress Kathleen Chalfant.




ALERT: Hurricane Arthur Lashing North Carolina Coast Now


Published on Jul 3, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Hurricane Winds Gusts Top 100 Miles Per Hour
Hurricane Arthur expected to get stronger, brush N.C. coast.

CNN) — As Hurricane Arthur muscled up early Thursday evening, heavy rain began to fall along the coast of North Carolina.


The National Weather Service in Wilmington said 1 1/3 inches of rain fell during one hour Thursday afternoon. The office also tweeted that there was some flooding just south of downtown.




Remarks on Combating Violence and Discrimination Against Women


Published on Jul 3, 2014

Senator Elizabeth Warren’s statement at a June 24, 2014 Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women’s Issues Hearing titled “Combating Violence and Discrimination Against Women: A Global Call to Action.”




Paul Bloom: Can prejudice ever be a good thing?


Published on Jul 3, 2014

We often think of bias and prejudice as rooted in ignorance. But as psychologist Paul Bloom seeks to show, prejudice is often natural, rational … even moral. The key, says Bloom, is to understand how our own biases work — so we can take control when they go wrong.




Jim Hightower on the Rise of Populism


Published on Jul 3, 2014

The writer and commentator says groups across the country are stepping up the fight for economic, political and social justice.




Holiday travel impeded by weather


Published on Jul 3, 2014

Dangerous weather will cause travel delays for one of the busiest weekends of the year. CNN’s Jason Carroll reports.











9 replies »

  1. Oh my, you are looking well today! It’s good you are busy as your recovery allows. I love the variety above and the images are super as well. Enjoy your day!

    We have rain off and on, my brother in NC sustained minor damage and the loss of a couple of trees this time. I and he will be fine. Back to work, Bro.😉


    • Good afternoon, don’t forget to take breaks to rest from work. I am glad your family is not harmed by Arthur.


  2. Did you hear what our POTUS said? Let me repeat his most excellent words, “Cynicism is a choice, hope is a better choice.”

    I just love him!!

    Love Ray Charles, beautiful.

    Twitter Storm excellent today.

    You always do all of this so well, I don’t even know what I want to watch next. So I think I will just keep this open and watch more later.


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