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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Did Attorney General Sessions Hear What Civil Rights Groups Said?

Members of civil rights groups met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice Tuesday with a list of concerns they say were meant to put Sessions “on notice.”

"The meeting was two-fold", said Wade Henderson, president and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. We met with Sessions "to present the agenda of national civil rights organizations and to discuss with the AG our expectations for his responsibility to the American people to address issues of national concern regarding civil and human rights", he said.


Civil rights groups met with the press after meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions Tuesday at the Department of Justice. Pictured are: Marc Morial, National Urban League. From left to right:  Rev. Al Sharpton, National Action Network; Wade Henderson, Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund (hidden); Kristen Clarke, president & executive director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and the Black Women's Roundtable. Photo/CD Brown.
Henderson said the second part of their discussion with Sessions focused on the group’s opposition and disagreement to several initiatives the DOJ has already undertaken on a range of civil and human rights matters.

“And we brought those issues to the attention of the attorney general”, Henderson said.

One of the issues concerning to the group includes President Trump's initial travel ban that affected middle eastern countries that mainly included Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen and Iraq. Trump’s revised ban now excludes Iraq but reports indicate the ban did nothing to keep 'bad apples' out of the country, but rather detained and inconvenienced people just because they had Muslim sounding names.

Rev. Al Sharpton, founder and president of the National Action Network said the group also wants the attorney general to investigate recent cases of police misconduct such as in the cases of Eric Garner and Walter Scott

Garner was ambushed by several police officers as he stood on the streets of New York, allegedly selling lose cigarettes. A video of the incident shows one officer putting Garner, who was not confrontational in the video, in a choke hold for seemingly no reason at all. Garner could be repeatedly heard saying he couldn’t breathe. 


“For two-and-a-half years that case has been laying there”, Sharpton said. “There has been a federal investigation. I asked him (Sessions) to move forward, aggressively on that case.”

Sharpton said Sessions had not looked into the case, but said he would now do so.

The group maintains that they also need Sessions to speak out on incidents of hate crimes.

“When we see what is going on in Jewish cemeteries, bomb threats, the targeting of Muslims, the targeting of people because of sexual orientation, he needs to be the voice against hate and he needs to speak out and he needs to prosecute those who are engaged in this activity", said Sharpton.

But did Sessions hear the words that were coming out of the mouths of the group also concerned about the rights of people of color, women, immigrants and other vulnerable groups, and their right to be protected from discrimination and violence?

“To our dismay, the Attorney General offered no commitment to ensure all of the nation’s civil rights laws are enforced”, said Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Sessions has come under fire for his past record as senator from Alabama where he opposed legal and illegal immigration and amnesty and supported expansion of the border fence with Mexico.  

Since Trump's call to deport "bad people" out of the country, a growing number of Latino families have been separated from their children and family members.

Session’s stance on civil rights also comes into question after it was reported in the 1960's that he made remarks disparaging civil-rights organizations.  
We spoke to a well-known civil rights attorney about Sessions’ track record, prior to Sessions being nominated for attorney general. We were told (under anonymity) by the civil rights attorney that he felt Sessions was not fit for the job. He answered our question on whether Sessions would make a good attorney general by answering with an emphatic, "No!"
Sessions has come under fire as of late for having given false information into whether or not he met with Russian officials during last year’s presidential election, an act he denied – under oath – to Congress. Sessions has recused himself from any investigation, a decision that sparked controversy within the Trump administration.
Both Democrats and Republicans have called for Sessions to resign.
Given Sessions’ record, members of civil rights organizations insist they have put Sessions on notice and that they intend to “stay on the scene – watching – to insure fair and impartial justice for all Americans."

We asked Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, given Sessions’ track record if he was optimistic that Sessions would meet their demands.

“I don’t think we can expect optimism or pessimism today", said Morial. "This was a step needed to present our agenda and express our objection to steps that have already been taken."

Video of the presser can be found here.

Other members who met with sessions were Kristen Clarke, president & executive director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and the Black Women's Roundtable.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

White House Recognizes International Women's Day

The White House put out a statement honoring International Women's Day, a day where women around the world are recognized for their contributions to advance a civil society. 


THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 8, 2017

Statement from the Press Secretary in Honor of International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate and reflect upon the meaningful progress women have made throughout society, while also acknowledging that there is still much work that remains to be done to ensure the complete and consequential participation of women in all spheres of economic, political, and public life. Throughout our history, women have made enormous contributions in the service of our country, and we know that as a Nation, America will only become stronger, more prosperous, and better able to meet our shared goals, as women achieve greater access to a level playing field.

The United States, as a beacon of hope and a leader in promoting women’s rights, is deeply committed to empowering women both at home and abroad.  Our policies will work to advance the economic empowerment of women by promoting entrepreneurship and equal access to education, employment opportunities, and training adapted to a new economic landscape.

Together, America looks forward to a bright future with women in higher-wage jobs throughout high-growth sectors.  America remains committed to empowering women around the world to realize their full potential within the global marketplace.  And with our international partners, America will build upon the legacy of previous generations of women who have bravely broken through both economic and political barriers.

It was with these goals in mind that, as one of its first initiatives, this Administration ramped up efforts to promote women in business by launching the United States-Canada Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders.  The United States will continue to work with Canada and other partners around the globe to ensure that all women have the opportunity to succeed.
Today, the United States renews its commitment to fostering economic growth and job creation by harnessing the full potential of women in our economy. This Administration will work diligently to encourage women to enter and succeed in the workforce while addressing the many barriers women still face in achieving economic success, including those that impede women’s access to capital, markets, and networking opportunities.

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The month of March is the official month of Women's History/ International Women's Day. This year, perhaps in concert with the Day Without Immigrants demonstrations across the country, women's groups used the occasion to demonstrate by having a Day Without A Woman demonstration in an effort to recognize women's contributions to family, the workplace and the country. Organizers hope to gain support for equality and justice for women and other marginalized groups like LGBTQ communities.

First Lady Melania Trump, in her first term as FLOTUS,  held a women's luncheon in the State Dining Room Wednesday honoring International Women's Day. In the previous administration (and as former first lady) First Lady Michelle Obama participated in events honoring the occasion.

[See also: Melania Trump's approval ratings.]

Press secretary Sean Spicer was asked during Wednesday's press briefing if any female White House staff members participated in the Day Without Women demonstrations. Spicer said he was "unaware" if any female White House staffers had participated and remarked that women in the Trump administration are "busy working" to continue the work of the president.

"People have a right to express themselves', Spicer said, but expressed that there should be a "balance" when asked about several school closings on Wednesday in the wake of female school officials and teachers choosing not to work. 


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch for United States Supreme Court; Dems already oppose

President Trump announced Tuesday, on prime-time television, his Supreme Court pick selecting Neil Gorsuch, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  If confirmed, Gorsuch will fill the SCOTUS seat left by Chief Justice Antonin Scalia who died in 2016.  
Trump selects Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court. Photo/AP.
“Judge Gorsuch has a superb intellect, an unparalleled legal education, and a commitment to interpreting the Constitution according to its text", said Trump. "He will make an incredible Justice as soon as the Senate confirms him.”
While some consider Gorsuch to be “warm”, “open”, “generous” and willing to “find common ground”, Democratic Minority Speaker of House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said in a statement issued soon after the announcement about Gorsuch:
“In the Hobby Lobby case, Judge Neil Gorsuch revealed his eagerness to single out women’s health for discrimination and enable employers to meddle in their workers’ most intimate health decisions. Judge Gorsuch’s record reveals he holds radical views far outside the mainstream of American legal thought.”  
In a CNN town hall Pelosi went on to say that the selection of Judge Gorsuch is a “very bad decision.”
“If you breathe air, eat food, drink water and take medicine you should be scared and oppose #SCOTUS nominee Gorusch”, Pelosi said.
Gorsuch is said to be against women’s rights and has taken staunch positions on environmental issues and law enforcement.
Trump picked Gorsuch over 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Thomas Hardiman who works alongside Trump’s sister MaryAnne Trump Barry.
“Was this a surprise? Was this a surprise?” Trump asked the attendees in the East Room of the White House after his remarks.
Gorsuch will need sixty required votes for confirmation which Republicans hope the Democrats will help provide. 
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he was “mucho happy” about Trump’s pick.

“He has the perfect disposition. I don’t know who would think he’s not qualified”, Graham said.

Republicans failed to vote on former President Obama’s Supreme Court selection of Merrick Garland, instead opting to wait until after the 2016 selection when they stood a better chance to nominate a Republican.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) tweeted after the president’s announcement:
"I encourage my Senate colleagues to give Neil Gorsuch the same courtesy Senate Republicans gave Merrick Garland." #SCOTUS
Gorsuch, 49, if confirmed, will have a lifetime appointment on the United States Supreme Court. 

About Neil Gorsuch

Gorsuch has served for over a decade as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate without opposition on July 20, 2006, to the U.S.

Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Judge Gorsuch attended Harvard Law School as a Harry Truman Scholar and graduated with honors in 1991. He graduated with honors from Columbia University in 1988, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After law school, he attended Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar and received his Doctorate in Philosophy in 2004. He clerked for Justice Byron White and Justice Kennedy of Supreme Court of the United States and Judge David Sentelle of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Judge Gorsuch attended Harvard Law School as a Harry Truman Scholar and graduated with 
honors in 1991. He graduated with honors from Columbia University in 1988, where he was
elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After law school, he attended Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar, 
and he received his Doctorate in Philosophy in 2004.He clerked for Justice Byron White and Justice Kennedy of Supreme Court of the United Statesand Judge David Sentelle of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Trump press office provides positive reinforcement against 'demoralizing' news coverage

The Trump administration PR machine is doing its best to point out positive items the administration believes it is accomplishing.

After Press Secretary Sean Spicer, on Monday, called the negative news about Trump "demoralizing" (2:00 mark), the administration put out 'positive' reinforcement by highlighting media coverage they say 'praises' Trump's actions his first week as president of the United States.

Spicer said it was "frustrating" to turn on the news to see "... a constant attempt to undermine [Trump's] credibility and the movement that he represents."

On Tuesday the administration, with facts to support their claims, provided a running list of news articles that show America's support. A White House email, leading with an article by The Atlantic titled, Praise For President Trump's Bold Action: The President Is “Coming Out As A Winner On Many Issues, provided a running list of articles that show the 'positive press' the administration is seeking.

Media supporting Trump's eagerness to get things done.
The President Is “Coming Out As A Winner On Many Issues…” – The Atlantic

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl: “Incredible Pace Of Activity In The Trump White House On Week One…” Karl Tweet: “Incredible pace of activity in the Trump White House on week one - when have we seen a public WH sked packed as yesterday's & today's?” (Twitter.com, 1/24/17)

Fox News’ Sean Hannity: “I Don't Think I've Ever Seen So Much Happen In Such A Short Period Of Time.” (Fox News’ “Hannity,” 1/24/17)

Chicago Tribune Editorial Board: “Trump Could Have Chosen Any Topic To Get His Presidency Rolling. He Picked Jobs. Good.” (Editorial, “What Trump Got Right On Day 1: The Jobs Agenda,” Chicago Tribune, 1/23/17).

Chicago Tribune Headline: “What Trump Got Right On Day 1: The Jobs Agenda” (Chicago Tribune, 1/23/17)

The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board: “President Trump Is Making Short Work Of Campaign Promises…” “President Trump is making short work of campaign promises, and on Tuesday he signed executive orders reviving the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.” (Editorial, “No More Keystone Capers,” The Wall Street Journal, 1/24/17)

Media coverage on Trump's promise to create jobs
USA Today Editorial Board: Trump “Came Down On The Right Side Of The Debate… By Advancing Construction Of The Keystone XL And Dakota Access Pipelines.” “President Trump, following through on a campaign promise, came down on the right side of the debate Tuesday by advancing construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, both of which had been blocked by the Obama administration.” (Editorial, “Trump Revives Pipeline Projects,” USA Today, 1/24/17)

The Atlantic: Trump’s “Coming Out As A Winner On Many Issues.” “But what if the Trump presidency is actually off to a surprisingly effective start? … The result, paradoxically, is that he’s coming out as a winner on many issues.” (David A. Graham, “Is Trump's Presidency Off To A Successful Start?,” The Atlantic, 1/24/17)

Detroit News Headline: “Mich. Could Benefit In Trump Infrastructure Order” (Detroit News, 1/25/17)

Rasmussen Reports: “57% Of Likely U.S. Voters Approve Of President Trump’s Job Performance…” “The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance.” (“Daily Presidential Tracking Poll,” Rasmussen Reports, 1/24/17)

The Daily Signal On Pipeline Executive Orders: “A Win For The Economy And The Environment.” “In a win for the economy and the environment, President Donald Trump signed executive orders backing the construction of two unnecessarily controversial energy infrastructure projects: the Keystone XL pipeline and the Dakota Access pipeline.” (Nicolas Loris, “Trump’s Pipeline Approvals Are A Win For The Economy And Environment,” The Daily Signal, 1/25/17)

Supporters voice their opinion on Trump nominations
Reuters: “A Slew Of Donald Trump's Picks Won Approval By The Senate Committees Overseeing Their Official Nominations…” “A slew of Donald Trump's picks won approval by the Senate committees overseeing their official nominations, suggesting that they will face little resistance to approval by the full Senate.” (“US Senate Panels Approve Carson, Ross, Chao, Haley,” Reuters, 1/24/17)

Sen. Ted Cruz: “I Could Not Be More Encouraged… The Cabinet Appointments Have Been Phenomenal.” HANNITY: “How do you feel about the agenda and the first few days so far?” CRUZ: “I could not be more encouraged. We are five days into it, but the cabinet appointments have been phenomenal.” (Fox News’ “Hannity,” 1/24/17)

Despite over a million Americans, across the country, came out in opposition to Trump being elected president, the White House points to data showing overwhelming support for his inaugural speech.

Fifty-One Percent Of Voters Described The Speech As 'Optimistic'…” “Fifty-one percent of voters described the speech as 'optimistic,' 46 percent of respondents say the speech was 'presidential,' and 44 percent say it was 'inspiring,' laying bare an alternative narrative that could have driven this week’s news cycle if the president had not started a multi-day debate about the crowd size on the National Mall.” (Jake Sherman, “Poll: Majority Of American Approve Of Trump's 'America First' Address,” Politico, 1/25/17)

Washington Examiner: “A Majority Of Americans Who Listened To President Trump's Inaugural Address Gave The 16-Minute Speech A Positive Review…” “A majority of Americans who listened to President Trump's inaugural address gave the 16-minute speech a positive review, according to a new poll by Gallup.” (Gabby Morrongiello, “Poll: Trump's Inaugural Speech Gets A Thumbs Up,” Washington Examiner, 1/23/17)

A New POLITICO/Morning Consult Poll Shows That The New President’s Message Is Resonating With Voters…” “A new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll shows that the new president’s message is resonating with voters, refuting the idea that Trump bungled his first speech as commander in chief.” (Jake Sherman, “Poll: Majority Of American Approve Of Trump's 'America First' Address,” Politico, 1/25/17).

With their own facts, the Trump team has just refuted their claims that news media is biased and negative against President Trump. They did not however, provide evidence to support Spicer's claim that the inaugural audience "... was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe.”

Monday, January 23, 2017

President Trump promises 'fair trade'; says trade policy 'not free'

Making good on one of his campaign promises, President Trump vowed to make changes to NAFTA, also known as the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Meeting with business leaders from Ford, Tesla, Dell and others at the White House Monday morning, Trump stated he will impose legislation that will charge tariffs (taxes) on companies that ship their products to the U.S.

President Trump meets with business leaders at the White House. Photo/Chicago Tribune.
"We're the only ones that make it free to come into the country", he said.

Trump said countries like China make it difficult to ship products to their country, but do not pay to ship their products to the U.S.

"We want fair trade", Trump said.

NAFTA was enacted under former president George H.W. Bush in 1992 and signed into legislation by Bill Clinton in 1994.

The president also wants to impose sanctions on U.S. companies who manufacture overseas as he vows to 'bring jobs back to America'.

Ford CEO, Mark Fields said the meeting was "positive for CEOs and American manufacturing."


Trump also signed today an executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) enacted under President Obama.

In the afternoon, the president is also expected to meet with Union Leaders and American workers.

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More...

Pool report indicates the president met with the following business leaders and CEOs:

Mr. Michael S. Dell, Dell Technologies

Mr. Jeff M. Fettig, Whirlpool

Mr. Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company

Mr. Alex Gorsky, Johnson & Johnson

Ms. Marillyn A. Hewson, Lockheed Martin

Mr. Klaus Kleinfeld, Arconic

Mr. Andrew N. Liveris, Dow Chemical

Mr. Mario Longhi, U.S. Steel

Mr. Elon R. Musk, SpaceX

Mr. Kevin Plank, Under Armour

Mr. Mark S. Sutton, International Paper

Mr. Wendell P. Weeks, Corning

Friday, January 20, 2017

President Trump's Inaugural Address

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
January 20, 2017

Remarks of President Donald J.  Trump – As Prepared for Delivery
Inaugural Address
Friday, January 20, 2017
Washington, D.C.

As Prepared for Delivery –
Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you.

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done. Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent.


Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.

For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.
The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. This is your day. This is your celebration.
And this, the United States of America, is your country.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now.
You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before. At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.

Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves.These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public.
But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.
This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

We are one nation – and their pain is our pain.  Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success.  We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.

President Obama and First Lady Michelle on the White House portico with incoming president and first lady.
The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans. For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry; Subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military;
We've defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own;
And spent trillions of dollars overseas while America's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.

We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon. One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind.
The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world. But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future.
We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power.

From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.

Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs.  Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down. 

America will start winning again, winning like never before. We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders.  We will bring back our wealth.  And we will bring back our dreams.We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation.We will get our people off of welfare and back to work – rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor. We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American.We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world – but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first. 

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow. We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.

When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.

The Bible tells us, “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”
We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.
There should be no fear – we are protected, and we will always be protected.
We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.

Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving.We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action – constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.

The time for empty talk is over.Now arrives the hour of action.Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done.  No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.
We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.

A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions.
It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag.And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.

So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words:

You will never be ignored again.

Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams, will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.

Together, We Will Make America Strong Again.
We Will Make America Wealthy Again.
We Will Make America Proud Again.
We Will Make America Safe Again.
And, Yes, Together, We Will Make America Great Again. 

Thank you, God Bless You, And God Bless America.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

An Earnest, and sincere, praise

Press Secretary Josh Earnest, in his last press briefing under the Obama administration, received some kind words from the Commander-in- Chief during Tuesday's press briefing. The president praised Earnest for his "integrity", for being a "straight-shooter" and having an "All-American" look "going for him."

"That's helpful", said the president.


Earnest has been ridiculed for being "too vanilla" and had been ridiculed by incoming president Trump as being "foolish."

Said Trump during one of his campaign rallies, "This foolish guy, Josh Earnest, I don't know," Trump told the crowd. "You know, having the right press secretary is so important because he's so bad the way he delivers a message. He can deliver a positive message and it sounds bad. He could say ladies and gentlemen, today we have totally defeated ISIS, and it wouldn't sound good, OK?"

During today's presser Earnest said, "I have to admit that even that one made me laugh."



Earnest (more selective than previous Obama press secretaries about reporters he chooses to call on during press briefings) said his job hadn't been all fun and games and rattled off a laundry list of times he has 'tangled' with Senator Chuck Schumer over various pieces of legislation.

"There was a time where I tangled with Senator Schumber for funding for DHS in New York City, and the time I battled with Schumer over the Iran deal..."

Today's briefing marked Earnest's 354th briefing as press secretary. He is the third press secretary under the Obama administration, succeeding press secretaries Robert (Bob) Gibbs and Jay Carney.