Wrapping Up The Week That Was™










Weekly Address: Expanding Opportunity – It’s Time for Congressional Republicans to Do Their Part



In this week’s address, the President recapped his visits with folks who have written him letters about their own American stories — their successes and struggles. While congressional Republicans are blocking meaningful measures that would strengthen the middle class, the President continues looking for ways to grow the economy and expand opportunity for more hardworking Americans.


The President again urged Congress to join him, as they were elected to do, in working on behalf of everyday Americans – including those the President spent time with this week – by investing in our infrastructure to support American jobs, and ensuring that the Highway Trust Fund does not expire.




VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: Cambios en las prioridades de Washington

July 12, 2014 | 2:26 | Public Domain


En el mensaje de esta semana, Felicia Escobar, la Asistente Especial del Presidente de Políticas de la Inmigración en el Consejo de Política Doméstica de la Casa Blanca, habló sobre el viaje del Presidente a Colorado y Texas, donde habló con personas sobre los desafíos que millones de personas se enfrentan para tratar de abrirse camino dentro de la clase media. El Presidente también subrayó la necesidad de aprobar la legislación bipartidista para arreglar nuestro sistema de inmigración que no funciona, después de realizar una mesa redonda sobre el urgente desafío humanitario en la frontera.




Weekly Wrap Up: “The Departed,” Pizza, Pool, and Fireworks



This week, President Obama sat down with everyday Americans who wrote him from around the country; he grabbed some pizza and shot some pool in Denver; he chowed down on some BBQ in Austin; and we celebrated Independence Day at the White House.


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



POTUS Channels “The Departed”


Yesterday, President Obama capped off a three-day road trip with a visit to Austin, Texas, where he sat down for coffee with a letter writer, delivered a speech on the economy, and grabbed lunch at a local BBQ joint.




In his speech at the historic Paramount Theatre, the President took a line from “The Departed” to describe Republicans in Congress:


There’s a great movie called “The Departed” — a little violent for kids. But there’s a scene in the movie where Mark Wahlberg — they’re on a stakeout and somehow the guy loses the guy that they’re tracking. And Wahlberg is all upset and yelling at the guy. And the guy looks up and he says, “Well, who are you?” And Wahlberg says, “I’m the guy doing my job. You must be the other guy.” Sometimes, I feel like saying to these guys, I’m the guy doing my job, you must be the other guy.





“Don’t get cynical. Don’t do it.”


On a beautiful Wednesday afternoon in Denver’s Cheesman Park, President Obama delivered remarks about the economy, the progress that his Administration has made, and how Republican obstructionism is making it more difficult for Americans achieve their full potential.



The President said that as a country we’re making progress:


Today, our businesses have added nearly 10 million new jobs over the past 52 months. Construction and housing are rebounding. Our auto industry is booming. Manufacturing is adding jobs for the first time since the ‘90s. The unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest point since September of 2008 — the fastest one-year drop in nearly 30 years.


We are better off today by almost every economic measure than we were when President Obama took office. But the President reiterated that there’s still work to do.



POTUS, Pizza, and Pool in Denver


On Tuesday, President Obama made his first stop on a three-day tour of Colorado and Texas. The President ate pizza with five Coloradans who wrote him, strolled through the streets of Denver, and ended up at a local brewery to shoot some pool with Colorado Governor John


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Fourth of July at the White House


New American citizens, lots of burgers, Pitbull, and fireworks. It was quite a Fourth of July at the White House.


Celebrate Independence Day all over again, and check out what you missed.


Fireworks on the National Mall from the White House

July 04, 2014 | 17:38 | Public Domain


The National Mall fireworks as seen from the South Lawn of the White House.




As always, to see even more of this week’s events, be sure to watch the latest episode of West Wing Week:


West Wing Week 07/11/14 or, “Responding to Your Letter…In Person!”

July 11, 2014 | 6:05 | Public Domain


Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and far beyond.




Statements and Releases/Speeches and Remarks


Weekly Address: Expanding Opportunity – It’s Time for Congressional Republicans to Do Their Part


Remarks by the First Lady at LULAC Unity Luncheon


President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to Georgia to Attend the Funeral Service of Former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze


Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades


President Obama Announces New Partnership with the Private Sector to Strengthen America’s Small Businesses; Renews the Federal Government’s QuickPay Initiative



The President Is Listening


President Obama was on the road again this week, breaking out of the D.C. bubble to meet with everyday Americans in Colorado and Texas — many of whom had written to tell him what’s going on in their lives.


There’s an underlying theme to these trips: The President’s listening.


He’s listening to the teacher of 26 years who wrote him about the importance of early childhood education — and he’s fighting for the college student whose parents lost their jobs after the Great Recession.


The President is traveling across the country and letting folks know that he hears them, and that he’s going to keep fighting for them so that this country can keep making progress.


See some of the highlights from the President’s trip to Colorado and Texas.


The President heads to Denver.


President Obama landed in Denver on Tuesday and made his first stop at Wazee Supper Club, where he ate pizza with five Coloradans who wrote him.


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The following day, the President spoke on the economy.


On a beautiful Wednesday afternoon in Denver’s Cheesman Park, President Obama delivered remarks on the economy, the progress that his Administration has made, and how Republican obstructionism is making it more difficult for Americans to achieve their full potential.


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The President closed his remarks by reminding people that despite the cynicism and obstructionism, he’s going to continue to spend every day fighting to restore the American Dream for everybody.


“Every day I receive these thousands of acts of hope from you. I’m listening. It’s why I ran for office. It’s why I’m fighting for you. I will keep treating your cares and concerns as my own.”


And then, he was off to Austin.


The President capped off his three-day tour in Austin, where he grabbed coffee with a letter writer and delivered another speech on the progress this country is making.


In the morning, the President met with Kinsey Button, a student at the University of Texas at Austin. She wrote the President talking about her family’s struggles, after both of her parents lost their jobs.

We’re going to keep doing this — because we’ve still got work to do.


The President is going to continue to travel around the country to meet with working Americans, talking about what their “day in the life” looks like, and highlighting the actions that he’s taken this year to benefit them.


Find out more about the President’s actions this year to keep moving our country forward.



In Memory Of The Verdict That Freed A Killer…


George Zimmerman Verdict: One Year Later (The Stand-Your-Ground Curse and Rachel Jeantel Interview)


Published on Jul 12, 2014

Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of the George Zimmerman, ‘not guilty’ verdict. Since then, there has been a rash of murders in the name of ‘Stand-Your-Ground’, most notably, the movie theater murder (because the shooter “felt threatened”). This video revisits the Zimmerman case with new commentary by Al Sharpton (00:22) and Erin Burnett (09:10), interviews with Florida State Representative, Perry Thurston (03:04), attorney, Lisa Bloom (04:44), attorney, Rod Vereen (10:43), and, the close friend of Trayvon Martin, Rachel Jeantel (10:14). ***Watch Video***



Rest In Peace My Brother…..We Will Vindicate Your Murder.














5 replies »

  1. 1 year and nothing has changed, there is something wrong with this nation. We are rotting from the inside out.

    I adore the pictures of the President playing pool. Brings to mind other pool tables…


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