Sunday, February 27, 2011

WTF Moment of the Week: Rep. Paul Broun Ignored a Threat On Obama

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Paul Broun. If you see this guy around,
run for your life! He's dangerous!!!
After the tragedy in Arizona, you might think that people, especially lawmakers, are a mature-enough to forcefully condemn any threats against other government officials, or anybody for that matter.

Well, that's the not the case with Georgia Republican Congressman Paul Broun. Obviously he's one of the Sarah Palin type of figure - who would willingly spread hatred, and lies about Democrats. When he was at a town hall meeting, he was asked by a person in the audience asked who would shoot President Obama! The response from Broun: a good minute of laugh, which even more amusing that than the question.

"After the event, my office took action with the appropriate authorities. I deeply regret that this incident happened at all. Furthermore, I condemn all statements -- made in sincerity or jest -- that threaten or suggest the use of violence against the president of the United States or any other public official. Such rhetoric cannot and will not be tolerated." - Georgia Republican Congressman Paul Broun on anti-Obama threat at a town hall meeting
Notice that he wrote "cannot and will not be tolerated" in his statement. But the fact of the matter is he did exactly the opposite of that! This is another one those self-contradicting statements from Republicans we've seen over the years.

Please vote Paul Broun out of office!

Weekly Address: Traveling the Country, Winning the Future

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The President discusses his recent travels
and the examples he’s seen of how America
can win the future. He urges Congress
to heed these examples in the coming budget
debate and to tighten our belts without
eliminating investments in innovation,
education and infrastructure.
In this week’s address, President Obama said that he expects Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress to find common ground as Congress focuses on a short term budget next week. The President will consider any serious ideas to reduce the deficit, regardless of which party proposes them. In fact, the President has already proposed freezing domestic spending, which would cut the deficit by $400 billion and bring this kind of spending to the lowest level, as a percentage of our economy, since the Eisenhower administration. But, cutting investments in education and innovation would hinder our ability to out-compete the rest of the world. While the President recognizes that everyone needs to be willing to sacrifice, we cannot sacrifice our country’s ability to win the future.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Listening to Small Businesses, in Cleveland and Across the Country

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Well, Cleveland I think is a great example of cities all across the country, but especially in the Midwest, who are starting to reinvent themselves.  These are typically manufacturing cities.  They were built on the auto industry, on heavy manufacturing, steel.  And as manufacturing has become much more productive, fewer workers are in manufacturing -- even though manufacturing continues to contribute a lot to the economy -- and so these regions are having to think what’s going to be the businesses of the future that end up employing more people and providing more opportunity.  And small businesses are going to be the ones that I think are going to be making the biggest impact on regions like this one -- a lot of risk-takers, a lot of entrepreneurs here.

What we wanted to do is make sure that we listen to small businesses, hear from them, find out what kind of barriers they’re meeting -- whether it’s capital, or finding the right workforce, or how do they partner with larger companies.  And so far we've already gotten some terrific ideas. - CEA Chairman Austan Goolsbee
President Barack Obama attends the Entrepreneurship breakout session with SBA Administrator Karen Mills at the Winning the Future Forum on Small Business at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio, February 22, 2011.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Obama Organizing Fellows is BACK! - Know Any Good Organizers

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Obama Organizing Fellows is back, in a different form

This summer, Organizing for America will train a new team of summer organizers. The Summer Organizing Fellowship is a grassroots program that aims to put boots on the ground and help foster a new generation of leaders -- not just to help win elections, but to strengthen our democracy in communities across the country.

We're reminded nearly every day of the power of organizing -- of people standing up and speaking out in their communities. And that kind of effective organizing doesn't happen in a vacuum. It takes commitment, time, and hard work to build a movement around a cause.

That's exactly what our team of summer organizers will do.

They will be trained in the basic principles that have always built and powered effective grassroots movements, and will be assigned to a specific community where they'll work to organize supporters street by street, neighborhood by neighborhood. They'll recruit volunteers, run events, knock on doors, and do what it takes to support the President's agenda. And, in the end, their work will take our grassroots power to an impressive new level.

Apply now to be a summer organizer, or pass this email along to anyone else you know who might be interested.

Folks who trained in programs like this one have gained important skills that have since helped them in careers with OFA and beyond. And they had a good time doing it.

Becca Siegel, a student at Stanford University, spent the past two summers organizing in Colorado -- and she loved it. "Working as a summer organizer certainly taught me a diverse set of skills in a fast-paced environment. Each day brought new opportunities and challenges: a meeting with a local activist followed by voter registration at an outdoor concert, or a conference call with other organizers from around the country followed by volunteering at a community health clinic."

When she graduates from college later this year, Becca will take the skills she learned at OFA to a new job in South Africa.

You don't have to be a student, like Becca, or a recent graduate to be a summer organizer. Nikki Giancola, now a regional field director for OFA Illinois, was a middle school teacher for four years before becoming a summer organizer. "I will never forget the day the Affordable Care Act passed," she says. "It was a feeling like no other -- I had played a part in helping millions of people, and the summer organizer program gave me the chance to do so."

Summer organizer Paras Patel had a similarly unforgettable experience -- meeting President Obama at an event in Detroit. "He shook my hand and told me that he was proud of me and appreciated the work I was doing. I didn't know what to expect when I started at OFA, but meeting the President was definitely a surprise and something I will never forget!"

Successful movements have always been built and grown by ordinary people who take responsibility for organizing their fellow citizens to make their voices heard. We're looking for folks who are ready to work hard to support the President's agenda and lay new groundwork to carry this movement forward for years to come.

Click here to apply for the OFA summer organizers program or pass it on to a friend -- no experience is needed to apply:

http://my.barackobama.com/Summer-Organizers


Thanks for all you do,

Jeremy

Jeremy Bird
Deputy Director
Organizing for America

An HONEST Huckabee: Pres. Obama Will be Tough to Beat in 2012

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Beating Obama in 2012 would be like
"climbing a ladder, pointing toward you."
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who ran in 2008 for the office, came out on Monday and said beating the most electrifying president in American history would be like "climbing a ladder, pointing toward you."
It is a very grueling process.I think the fact that I've done it before gives me both a sense of gravity toward the process, but it also gives me an understanding that it's not always smart to be the first guy out of the corral and out there in the arena riding around on your pony by yourself.

You don't beat presidents easily.And this idea that he's just an absolute one-term and easy to beat - this race is going to be like climbing a ladder, pointing toward you, because Barack Obama is going to start this race with a billion dollars, he's going to have no primary opponent.
When Sarah Palin came out against First Lady's "Let's Move" program, which is designed to eliminate obesity by promoting healthy food and exercise, Mike Huckabee actually defended Michelle Obama by saying, "she's point out the obvious facts." It looks like, after Ron Paul, Mike Huckabee might be the honest republicans among potential 2012 candidates.
The Republicans are going to have a crowded field, all elbowing their way under the basket for the layup, and it's not going to be a layup," he continued. "It's going to be a tough shot? So, I am thinking very carefully.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Republicans Lying About Planned Parenthood

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The Republicans say
it's an evil organization,
and engage in criminal activities.
They are LYING
The House plan to continue de-fund Planned Parenthood continues. It's being labeled as evil and dishonest by the Republicans. They say Planned Parenthood engages in illegal activity. Republicans are clearly misinforming you and misdirecting you.

The Republicans basically say Planned Parenthood allows government funds for abortion! THAT IS A LIE. Planned Parenthood is one of the best organizations in the county, but the Republicans are continuously lying about it!
FACT: YOU CAN'T USE ANY FEDERAL FUNDING TO FUND ABORTION EXCEPT RAPE AND SEX. They are almost NO federally funded abortions in US. Even under the new Obama Healthcare law, none of these has changed. In fact Obama Healthcare plan doesn't promote anymore funding for abortions in anyway.
Everybody who comes to Planned Parenthood pays for it. There's no federal funding for abortion at Planned Parenthood. U.S. Congressman John Culberson: 7th District of Texas came out on 18th and LIED to Americans on the floor of the House. He talked as if there are plenty of federal funding for abortion, and Planned Parenthood is among one of them! That's a LIE!!!!! He went on to say employees at Planned Parenthood engage in criminal activities and criminal conducts, but there haven't been any of these changers actually taken place. He knows that, yet he chose to LIE about it to the American people.

Please vote John Culberson out of office.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The President Unveils a Budget to Win the Future for Our Kids

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This week, the President sent his budget to Congress.

It's a plan to rebuild our economy and win the future -- a plan that will prepare our country and our children for the jobs and industries of tomorrow.

It's a proposal to live within our means so we can invest in our future.

But the budget can be complex, confusing, and easy to distort in a partisan environment. President Obama will rely on our help -- the on-the-ground organizing we know works -- to make the case alongside him.

That's why we want your input.

Take a minute to learn about the President's top budget priorities, and then let us know which is the most important to you.

Your feedback will help guide the work we do and the strategies we employ in the coming months, as the fights in Washington over the budget come to a head.

The President's vision is ambitious yet responsible. While making the tough decisions on some things we can't afford, the budget also makes targeted investments where we need them to create jobs and secure a brighter future for new generations.

It comes down to whether we're able to live up to the vision the President laid out in five pillars:

     -- Innovate: Invest heavily in research and development, more than double funding for energy efficiency advances, and put 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.

     -- Educate: Expand the Race to the Top program, encourage school funding reform by rewarding success and innovation, train 100,000 new math and science teachers, and make it more affordable for millions more students to pay for college.

     -- Build: Create hundreds of thousands of jobs off the bat with investments in infrastructure, bring high-speed Internet access to 98 percent of Americans, and support the goal of supplying high-speed rail to 80 percent of Americans within 25 years.

     -- Be fiscally responsible: Reduce the deficit by more than $1 trillion over the next 10 years, bring non-security discretionary spending to the lowest levels since Eisenhower, and live up to the President's pledge to cut the deficit he inherited in half before the end of his first term.

     -- Reform government: Embrace competitive grant models that encourage innovation and save taxpayer dollars, cut administrative overhead costs by billions, and establish a process to reorganize government to make it better serve the goal of a competitive America.

Weekly Address: Winning the Future at Intel

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In this week’s address, President Obama said that the United States needs the best trained and best skilled workforce in the world to win the global competition for new jobs and industries. Over the next ten years, nearly half of all new jobs will require education beyond high school. This is why his administration has made education a top priority, enacting reforms like “Race to the Top,” working to make college more affordable, revitalizing community colleges, and launching a nationwide initiative to connect graduates to the businesses that need their skills.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Advise the Advisor: Austan Goolsbee and Small Business

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In the second edition of the Advise the Advisor series, Austan Goolsbee, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, is asking for your feedback on small businesses and entrepreneurship.

Next week, Austan will travel with President Obama to Cleveland, Ohio for the Winning the Future Forum on Small Business. At the Forum Austan and the President will have a chance to talk with small business owners and entrepreneurs about their ideas for how America can continue to grow the economy.



We want to be sure you’re a part of the conversation as well.  So head over to WhiteHouse.gov/Advise to answer any (or all) of the questions below:
  • Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurship is important in driving innovation and growth. When you first had a new idea for a business how did you convert that idea into a growing business?
  • Access to Capital: The President has focused on increasing access to capital and tax breaks for small businesses. What role does access to capital play in your small business, and how can the government help small businesses ensure they can access the financing they need to grow.
  • Workforce Development: As different industries in our economy grow, the workforce must adjust. How can government and business work together to better prepare the next generation workforce for the jobs of the future?
  • Exports: Promoting U.S. exports is an effective way to grow businesses and create jobs. What obstacles does your business face in exporting goods and services to foreign markets?
  • Clean Energy: In the President’s State of the Union he emphasized that an investment in clean energy technology will strengthen our security, protect our planet, and create new jobs. How can your business benefit from opportunities in this growing industry?
And be sure to tune in on Tuesday, February 22 for a special live discussion with Austan Goolsbee from the Forum on Small Business at WhiteHouse.gov/live. Austan will be responding to some of your ideas, suggestions and questions. More details on the live discussion from Cleveland will be posted in the coming days.
And in case you missed it, earlier today, Senior Advisor David Plouffe posted initial responses and feedback to some of the comments submitted as part of the last edition of Advise the Advisor on innovation.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Winning the Future - New White House Website

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Obama Administration has opened up a new website solely devoted to inform you on how we are going to win the future by out-innovating, out-educating and out-building.

To win the future, we have to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world, tapping the creativity and imagination of our people. We have to take responsibility for our deficit, by investing in what makes America stronger and cutting what doesn’t. And we have to reform our government so that it’s smarter, leaner, and better able to take on the challenges of the 21st century.

Responsibility
We have to work together to make the hard choices necessary to control our deficit so we can afford necessary investments in our future. The Budget includes more than $1 trillion in deficit reduction – two-thirds of it from cuts -- and puts the nation on a path toward fiscal sustainability so that by the middle of the decade, the government will be paying for what it spends and debt will no longer be increasing as a share of the economy.

Education
The United States has fallen from first to ninth in college graduation. To win the future, we must out-educate our global competitors by training 100,000 new STEM teachers, expanding the President’s Race to the Top program and making college more affordable.

Innovation
Investing in American innovation and ingenuity is crucial to winning the jobs and industries of the future. That’s why President Obama has called for the highest level of investment in basic research and development since President Kennedy and challenged America’s scientists and engineers to develop better clean energy technologies.

Visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/winning-the-future to learn more!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Weekly Address: The President previews his budget, explaining that it will help the government live within its means, while still investing to make sure America wins the future.

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President Obama delivers his weekly address.
President Obama used his weekly address to preview his budget saying that it will help the government live within its means, while still investing in the future. In addition to stripping out waste, his budget includes a freeze on annual domestic spending over the next five years—even for programs he cares deeply about—which will reduce the deficit by more than $400 billion over the next decade. And, it will make investments in the future, by supporting what will do the most to grow the economy in the years to come. This means investing in things like infrastructure, research, and education.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

President Obama On Health Insurance Reform at Chamber of Commerce

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In his speech at the Chamber of Commerce, President Obama had to say this about the Health Insurance Reform:
The same can be said of health insurance reform. We simply could not continue to accept a status quo that’s made our entire economy less competitive, as we’ve paid more per person for health care than any other nation on Earth. Nobody is even close. And we couldn’t accept a broken system where insurance companies could drop people because they got sick, or families went into bankruptcy because of medical bills.

I know that folks here have concerns about this law. And I understand it. If you’re running a business right now and you’re seeing these escalating health care costs, your instinct is if I’ve got even more laws on top of me, that’s going to increase my costs even more. I understand that suspicion, that skepticism.

But the non-partisan congressional watchdogs at the CBO estimate that health care tax credits will be worth nearly $40 billion for small businesses over the next decade -- $40 billion, directly to small businesses who are doing the right thing by their employees.
Republicans are vowing to go after health reform—piece by piece—until it’s dismantled.

That’s their goal, and it’s up to us to stop them.

Latest on 2012 Republican Buzz

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It looks like all the expected Republicans will be seeking the party's nomination in 2012. These include, as of this writing, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. Of course, besides these power players there are number of others. Texas congressman Ron Paul, for instance.

New CNN poll shows that the majority of republicans ( Tea Baggers ) want to nominate someone that can beat President Obama in 2012 general election, but not necessary standby their Republican values. ( Any surprise that Ronald Reagan would be unelectable today? )

Anyway, here's the latest news on potential 2012 candidates:
"I am not ready to make it, an announcement as to what my political future is going to be. I am not going to sit down. I'm not going to shut up. I'm going to hopefully be able to help empower others who believe that one of the things that makes America so exceptional is our right to free speech. It's our right to vigorously yet respectfully debate ideas and intentions in this country. I'm going to continue down that path. And if that leads to be a candidate for a high office, then I will announce that at the appropriate time." - Sarah Palin
"Congressman Paul is very pleased with his strong national organization and flattered by his growing national profile. He is strongly considering a presidential run and is assessing all of his political prospects," Paul Political Director Jesse Benton tells CNN.
"I think people get sick of us if we are out there for too long a period of time, and by the time it starts to matter -- when you're getting closer to the caucuses and the primaries -- you've been so just essentially exposed in a campaign mode that there is nothing new. You're the stale old loaf of bread on the shelf, and it's very difficult to make your message fresh." - Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
"I don't have an answer for you yet, because there are a lot of things that you have to consider before you make the final decision. Clearly, I'm doing the things, like other folks are doing, to keep the option open, and moving forward in the event that I make a positive decision. But there are matters of health, of support, of the kind of network you'd like to have of individuals behind you. Those are thins you've got to assess before you make a final decision" - Mitt Romney
"By the end of February, we'll make a decision on whether or not to have an exploratory committee. I think the country has enormous problems. I think it requires a totally different kind of approach." - House Speaker Newt Gingrich
POSTED BY Dwayne Austin

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Weekly Address: Winning the Future through American Innovation

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In this week’s address, President Obama said America can prosper and win the future by supporting innovation, education, and infrastructure. This past week, the President highlighted how students and researchers at Penn State University are poised lead the way on innovation and job creation through their work on energy efficiency. In the coming week, he will visit Marquette, Michigan, where high-speed broadband infrastructure is connecting a small town to the larger world. And on Monday, he will talk to the Chamber of Commerce about how if we make America the best place to do business, then businesses should make their mark on America by setting up shop in America, hiring American workers, and paying good wages.

White House White Board: Austan Goolsbee on Startup America, Includes Transcript

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In this edition, Austan Goolsbee, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, explains how the new Startup America program will help entrepreneurs overcome what’s often called the “valley of death” on the way to success and help America win the future.


Now everyone knows that some of the biggest and greatest companies in the United States, employing hundreds of thousands people, started out in some version of their garage with an idea. And over a 13-year period that had the data, those start-up new companies, created over 40 million jobs. They have the great engine of our growth, and all across the country people we talked to have raised issues that start-ups have trying to get to big companies, they have to cross, what in business they referred to as, valley of death. Which includes serious of problems like getting access to getting Capital and other things that they need to grow.

For them, the President outlined Startup America Program. Startup American is an ambitious effort that rolls private sector with the federal government to try to get the small businesses what they need. We've talked to hundreds of small business owner around the country.

The federal government going to be contributing four components to try to build the bridge across the valley of death.

President Obama and Healthcare Scores Victory In Mississippi

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The Obama administration won a victory Thursday in the winding legal debate surrounding the president's signature health care law, as a federal judge in Mississippi threw out a suit challenging the constitutionality of the bill.

The judge, Keith Starret, who serves on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, ruled that plaintiffs suing over the coming implementation of the individual mandate did not demonstrate sufficient standing for him to take the case. He "granted in part" the administrations motion to dismiss the case, but gave the plaintiffs 30 days to amend their complaint.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/03/obama-health-care-legal-victory_n_818428.html

President Obama and his administration now have a little taste of victory after a federal judge in Mississippi dismissed a suit challenging the Affordable Care Act’s constitutionality.

Judge Keith Starret, who sits on the bench of a U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Mississippi, shot down a suit over the bill’s individual mandate provision saying, “the Court finds that the allegations of Plaintiffs’ First Amended Petition, as stated therein, are insufficient to show that they have standing to challenge the minimum essential coverage provision of the PPACA [Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act]. Therefore, the Court dismisses Plaintiffs’ First Amended Petition without prejudice.”

http://www.talkradionews.com/news/2011/2/4/healthcare-scores-victory-in-mississippi.html

Thursday, February 3, 2011

President Obama Fights Big Oil and Gas Companies with Republican Opposition

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Good news about President Barack Obama! He is trying to repeal $36.5 billion a year in oil and gas company subsidies tax break. It's a tremendous amount of money; and that oil companies don't need it at all. Oil industry is the most profitable industry in the world - it's a fact.

You the taxpayer is giving away $36.5B a year to oil companies. You work hard to earn that money. When you pay taxes, you assume the government would put it into good use. But giving large portion of your money to oil and gas companies, people who don't need them, is a wasteful and immoral. In fact ExxonMobil is the most profitable company in the world. They make billions every year.

President Obama has tired to repeal this in two previous years, but he wasn't successful primarily because of the Republican brick-wall.

Fact of the matter is oil and gas companies spend millions and millions of campaign contributions to the republicans. They buy lawmakers, so they can bend the law in a way that is profitable to them, not you. You send lawmakers to Washington to sever you, not the big oil and gas companies!

If you voted for republican in 2010, you should be ashamed of yourself. It's absolutely indefinable if you are a conservative.

To give credit to the President, he has also proposed funding for clean energy initiatives. But the size and scope of the funding is mismatched to the 36.$5 billion dollar oil subsidies. Investing in clean energies account for less than half a billion dollars, 70 times less than the oil and gas tax breaks!

Even so, these renewable energy subsidies are less likely to pass than maintaining the oil and gas subsidies. You should be outraged of this story regardless of your political views. On this issue, you have to support the President. Urge your representative, tell them to stop giving out money to big oil and gas.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The New START Treaty: Signed

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President Obama Signs the New START Treaty

President Barack Obama signs the instrument of ratification of the New START Treaty in the Oval Office, Feb. 2, 2011. Participants include, from left: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen; Energy Secretary Steven Chu; Defense Secretary Robert Gates; Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.; Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind.; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.; Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.; and Vice President Joe Biden. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Today the President ratified a landmark nuclear arms treaty with Russia, New START.  As the President said during the end of the last Congress, the treaty is "a national security imperative" as well as "a cornerstone of our relations with Russia" as we continue to work with them on everything from Iran to Afghanistan.  With the Senate having approved the treaty with a strong bipartisan vote late last year, today's signing marks a final step in the process.  That process began when President Obama and President Medvedev initially signed the agreement in Prague last April, a fitting location given that one year before that President Obama had been there for a major speech commiting to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.
You can read the Treaty (pdf) and Protocol (pdf) themselves, but here's a quick overview from our fact sheet at the time:

Learn more - http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/02/02/new-start-treaty-signed

Charlotte, North Carolina, will host the 46th Democratic National Convention in 2012.

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The First Lady has written to supporters to announce that the 2012 Democratic National Convention will be in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“I am thrilled to make sure you are the first to hear some very exciting news. Charlotte, North Carolina will host the 46th Democratic National Convention in 2012.

Charlotte is a city marked by its southern charm, warm hospitality, and an "up by the bootstraps" mentality that has propelled the city forward as one of the fastest-growing in the South. Vibrant, diverse, and full of opportunity, the Queen City is home to innovative, hardworking folks with big hearts and open minds. And of course, great barbecue.

Barack and I spent a lot of time in North Carolina during the campaign—from the Atlantic Coast to the Research Triangle to the Smoky Mountains and everywhere in between. Barack enjoyed Asheville so much when he spent several days preparing for the second Presidential debate that our family vacationed there in 2009.

And my very first trip outside of Washington as First Lady was to Fort Bragg, where I started my effort to do all we can to help our heroic military families.

All the contending cities were places that Barack and I have grown to know and love, so it was a hard choice. But we are thrilled to be bringing the convention to Charlotte.

We hope many of you can join us in Charlotte the week of September 3rd, 2012. But if you can't, we intend to bring the spirit of the convention—as well as actual, related events to your community and even your own backyard.

More than anything else, we want this to be a grassroots convention for the people. We will finance this convention differently than it's been done in the past, and we will make sure everyone feels closely tied in to what is happening in Charlotte. This will be a different convention, for a different time.

To help us make sure this is a grassroots convention—The People's Convention—we need to hear from you. We want to know what you'd like to see at next year's convention, how and where you plan on watching it—and the very best way we can engage your friends and neighbors.

Please share your input with us right now—how can we make The People's Convention belong to you and your community?

I can't believe it has been more than two years since my brother Craig introduced me at the 2008 Convention in Denver. It truly feels like it was yesterday.

As I looked out at a sea of thousands of supporters that night, I spoke about my husband—the man whom this country would go on to elect as the 44th President of the United States. I spoke about his fundamental belief—a conviction at the very core of his life's work—that each of us has something to contribute to the spirit of our nation.

That's also the belief at the core of The People's Convention. That the table we sit at together ought to be big enough for everyone. That the thread that binds us—a belief in the promise of this country—is strong enough to sustain us through good times and bad.

Barack talked at the State of the Union of his vision for how America can win the future. That must be the focus now, and I know so many of you will help talk about our plans with your neighbors—that through innovation, education, reform, and responsibility we can make sure America realizes this vision.

But, conventions take time to plan, so please help us make sure that your thoughts and your ideas will ring all the way to Charlotte. Get started now.

Looking forward to sharing this together,

Michelle

Share your ideas for making sure everyone can be involved in the 2012 Convention, wherever they live.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Progress

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America, this is our moment. This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past. Our time to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face. Our time to offer a new direction for the country we love.

The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people. Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth. This was the moment – this was the time – when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves, and our highest ideals. Thank you, God Bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America.

- Barack Obama

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