Tag Archive for President Barack Obama

Obama Weekly Address: Financial Reform to Protect Consumers

From the White House Blog: The President explains his plan to address one of the major causes of the current economic crisis — the breakdown of oversight leading to widespread abuses in the financial world.  The new Consumer Financial Protection Agency will have the sole job of looking out for the financial interests of ordinary…

AP source: Same-sex partners to get fed benefits

Found this story streaming across the headlines on the OC Register website. By PHILIP ELLIOTT Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, under growing criticism for not seeking to end the ban on openly gay men and women in the military, is extending benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees. Obama plans to…

Obama Weekly Address: Outlines New Medicare and Medicaid Savings

From the White House Blog: The President has long noted that skyrocketing health care costs will be disastrous in terms of our long term national debt unless we pass real reform.  In this Weekly Address, the President also explains how he will cover the upfront costs of reform by eliminating overpayments from Medicaid and Medicare and driving down…

Weekly Address: President Obama Calls for Real Health Care Reform

From the White House Blog In his weekly address to the nation the President makes clear that as Congress works through health care reform legislation, it must include fundamental changes that lower costs, ensure Americans have choices, and establish access to quality, affordable health care for all Americans. “But what we can’t welcome,” the President…

President Obama Speaks to the Muslim World

CAIRO – “This cycle of suspicion and discord must end,” Obama said in a widely anticipated speech in one of the world’s largest Muslim countries, an address designed to reframe relations after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the U.S.-led war in Iraq. Quoting from the Quran for emphasis, President Barack Obama called…

President Obama Recognizes Gay Pride Month

President Barack Obama today issued a Presidential Proclamation recognizing Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, and Transgendered Pride Month. Pride Month is observed by the LGBT communtiy in June commemorating the 1969 “Stonewall Riots” in New York City. President Clinton regularly recognized Gay Pride Month while President George W. Bush ignored it. While LGBT activists have been disappointed…

Obama Picks Sonia Sotomayor for The Supreme Court

A number of sources are reporting that President Barack Obama will nominate federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace Associate Justice Souter on the US Supreme Court. Sotomayor, a Latina of Puerto Rican descent, was born and raised in New York. She was named to the US District Court by President George H.W. Bush in…