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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Who's Watching The House? We Are!

Here are items we're following at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Today Vice President Biden hosted an event to launch a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) at the White House.

The Vice President was joined by Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women Lynn Rosenthal, Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies, David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays and Andy Katz of ESPN.  Featured in the PSA are David Beckham, and Eli Manning the President, the Vice President, and other professional athletes and role models who deliver the message that dating violence is unacceptable. 

The PSA, 1 is 2 Many, which also includes New York Knick standout Jeremy Lin, Evan Longoria, David Beckham, and Joe Torre will air on various television networks and online platforms this summer.

Click here to view it. 

First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at the Creative Arts Center in Pueblo, Colorado today at a campaign event where she about restoring the American values she grew up knowing.

"We’re doing this because we want all of our children to be able to go to good schools, you know?   You know those schools -- the kind of schools that inspire them; the kind of schools that push them to be their best and prepare them for the jobs and careers of the future.  We want that for all of our kids.

We want our parents and our grandparents to be able to retire with dignity, because after a lifetime of hard work, these folks in our lives should be able to enjoy their golden years, don’t you agree? 
We’re doing this because we want to restore that basic middle-class security for our families, because we believe that in America folks shouldn’t go bankrupt because they get sick.  Not here.   People shouldn’t lose their homes because someone loses a job.  We believe that responsibility should be rewarded and hard work should pay off.  We believe that everyone should do their fair share, but they should play by the same rules. 
And the truth is, these are basic American values, right?  This isn’t new.  These are the values that so many of us were raised with, including myself."

Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

·        David “Mas” Masumoto – Member, National Council on the Arts
·        Polly Trottenberg–Under Secretary for Policy, Department of Transportation

President Obama said, “Our nation will be greatly served by the talent and expertise these individuals bring to their new roles. I am grateful they have agreed to serve in this Administration, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

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