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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

President Obama to Award Medal of Honor To William Swenson

On October 15, 2013, President Barack Obama will award William Swenson, a former active duty Army Captain, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Captain Swenson will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as an Embedded Trainer and Mentor of the Afghan National Security Forces with Afghan Border Police Mentor Team, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, during combat operations in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on September 8, 2009.
 Captain Swenson will be the sixth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. He and his family will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service.
Captain William D. Swenson separated from the Army on February 1, 2011 and currently resides in Seattle, Washington. He is single.
Captain Swenson was commissioned as an Army Officer upon completing Officer Candidate School on September 6, 2002. His military training and education includes: Infantry Maneuver Captains Career Course, Ranger Course, Infantry Officer Basic, Infantry Mountain Leader Advanced Marksmanship Course, Airborne, Officer Candidate School.
At the time of the September 8, 2009 combat engagement, Captain Swenson was an Embedded Trainer and Mentor of Afghan National Security Forces. His actions were performed as part of 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, 10th Mountain Division.
His military decorations include: Bronze Star Medal with Two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with One Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Two Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge
The Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguishes themselves conspicuously by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty while:
  • engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States;
  • engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or
  • serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.
The meritorious conduct must involve great personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life. There must be incontestable proof of the performance of the meritorious conduct, and each recommendation for the award must be considered on the standard of extraordinary merit.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Statement by the President on U.S.-Russian Agreement on Framework for Elimination of Syrian Chemical Weapons

President Obama made the following statement this weekend on the US-Russia framework for eliminating Syria's chemical weapons.
"I welcome the progress made between the United States and Russia through our talks in Geneva, which represents an important, concrete step toward the goal of moving Syria's chemical weapons under international control so that they may ultimately be destroyed.  This framework provides the opportunity for the elimination of Syrian chemical weapons in a transparent, expeditious, and verifiable manner, which could end the threat these weapons pose not only to the Syrian people but to the region and the world.  The international community expects the Assad regime to live up to its public commitments.

While we have made important progress, much more work remains to be done.  The United States will continue working with Russia, the United Kingdom, France, the United Nations and others to ensure that this process is verifiable, and that there are consequences should the Assad regime not comply with the framework agreed today.  And, if diplomacy fails, the United States remains prepared to act.

Following the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons to kill more than 1,000 men, women, and children on August 21, I decided that the United States must take action to deter the Syrian regime from using chemical weapons, degrade their ability to use them, and make clear to the world that we will not tolerate their use.  In part because of the credible threat of U.S. military force, we now have the opportunity to achieve our objectives through diplomacy.  I spoke to Secretary Kerry earlier today and thanked him for his tireless and effective efforts on behalf of our nation.  I also spoke to Ambassador Samantha Power who will ably lead our follow-on negotiations at the UN Security Council in New York.

The use of chemical weapons anywhere in the world is an affront to human dignity and a threat to the security of people everywhere.  We have a duty to preserve a world free from the fear of chemical weapons for our children.  Today marks an important step towards achieving this goal. "

Friday, September 13, 2013

Gene Sperling To Leave Post as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy

After more than four years working for the Administration, Gene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, will be departing the White House on January 1, 2014.  The President announced today that he will appoint Jeffrey Zients, former Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget, to serve as Director of the National Economic Council.  

President Obama said, “Over the past four and a half years, Gene has been one of my closest advisors and a close friend.  Gene understands better than anybody that our top priority as a nation is making sure that our economy once again works for working Americans.  Gene’s impact in this Administration began at Treasury, where he helped us avoid a second Great Depression and led efforts to pass a Small Business Jobs Act to help entrepreneurs grow. He has been a tireless proponent of efforts to strengthen the recovery and make our tax code more fair, whether in helping to design the payroll tax cut, fighting for job-creating tax credits for tens of millions of hardworking Americans or developing the American Jobs Act. He was central to designing policies to help support the housing recovery and was a driving force behind our manufacturing agenda and our efforts to attract jobs and investment to the United States.

“Gene’s relentless work ethic, sharp intellect and ability to work across the aisle have been instrumental in our efforts to build a better bargain for the middle class and reduce the deficit while also protecting the most vulnerable. I want to thank Gene and his family for their service and I look forward to having his counsel for the rest of the year.

“Today, I’m also proud to name Jeff Zients as the next Director of the National Economic Council.  Before heading up the Office of Management and Budget, Jeff spent decades as a successful entrepreneur in the private sector.  Jeff has a sterling reputation as a business leader, and he earned the admiration and respect of everyone he worked with during his four years in leadership positions at the Office of Management and Budget.   I am certain that in Jeff’s hands we will continue to have strong leadership of our economic policy team and his advice will be critical as we keep moving this country forward and building an economy where everyone who works hard can get ahead.”
Biography for Jeffrey Zients
Jeffrey Zients served as the Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget from January 2012 to April 2013, and from July 2010 to November 2010, after being confirmed by the United States Senate in 2009 as the Deputy Director for Management and the nation’s first Federal Chief Performance Officer. Zients has twenty years of business experience as a CEO, management consultant and entrepreneur.  In the private sector, Zients served as CEO and Chairman of The Advisory Board Company and as Chairman of the Corporate Executive Board, two high growth, publicly traded firms that are leading providers of performance benchmarking and best practices across a wide range of industries. Zients also founded an investment firm, and served as a member of a number of Boards of Directors including Sirius XM Radio, Timbuk2 Designs, and Children’s National Medical Center.  Zients is a co-founder of The Urban Alliance Foundation, a non-profit organization that partners with corporations to provide economically disadvantaged youth with year-round paid internships, adult mentors and job training. Zients graduated from Duke University and lives with his wife Mary and four children in Washington, D.C.

'Drink More Water', says First Lady Michelle Obama

You Are What You Drink

When we first got a swig (pun intended) of this upcoming event with Michelle Obama encouraging Americans to drink more water, we knew the crazies would come out against it.

Apparently, the only ones who can talk about fitness, eating healthy, and drinking water are Jane Fonda, Jack LaLanne, the group Drink Water, and the bottled water company, Drink More Water.

First Lady Obama wants Americans to drink more water.

Even with a resume in fitness like the one of Mrs. Obama, she still receives backlash.  

Speaking at an event yesterday in Watertown, Wisconsin the first lady gave a passionate appeal on why drinking water is healthy for all.

"But I really care about your health like I care about my kids' health", said Mrs. Obama.

"That's why I've devoted so much of my energy into making sure that your generation is as healthy as you can be.  We've been talking about how you got to move and keep active and eat right.  But as we were thinking about this, we were thinking, what is the one thing that we can have you guys do that ensures good health?  And it's really pretty simple.  It's drink more water.  Just drink up.  Because truly as I've said before water is the first and best energy drink. "

Everyone knows that our bodies are made up of 80% water, and that drinking pure water helps the body's system function at peak levels.  Water aids in digestion, can aid in weight loss, and is good for the skin. Still, those who want their 15 'seconds' of fame have already begun with their attacks against the first lady's latest initiative.

We say First Lady Obama has the perfect response to the guy in the Dos Equis beer commercial who says, 'Stay thirsty my friends."

Simply, drink more water.

Along with the Partnership for Healthier America, The Drink More Water campaign sets its sites on reminding families of the importance of drinking water Its supporters will carry the Drink Up logo on nearly 300 million packs of bottled water; more than half a billion bottles of water; 200,000 packages of reusable bottles; and more than 10,000 reusable bottles in the next year. Additionally, more than 10,000 outdoor public taps are expected to carry the brand over the next few years. Cities will also be utilizing the logo to encourage people to drink more tap water.  And hosts on a dozen TV shows are participating in an around the clock, cross-network, bilingual day of drinking water and encouraging their audience to Drink Up.

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Vice President Biden Celebrates Violence Against Women Act With 'Biden Beach Walk'

Vice President Biden's efforts dedicated to bringing awareness to violence against women, and holding perpetrators accountable helped launched the Violence Against Women Act of 1994.

The VAWA legislation is expected to do the following:

• Hold rapists accountable for their crimes by strengthening federal penalties for repeat sex offenders and creating a federal "rape shield law," which is intended to prevent offenders from using victims’ past sexual conduct against them during a rape trial;

• mandating that victims, no matter their income levels, are not forced to bear the expense of their own rape exams or for service of a protection order;

• keeping victims safe by requiring that a victim’s protection order will be recognized and enforced in all state, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions within the United States;

• increasing rates of prosecution, conviction, and sentencing of offenders by helping communities develop dedicated law enforcement and prosecution units and domestic violence dockets;

• ensuring that police respond to crisis calls and judges understand the realities of domestic and sexual violence by training law enforcement officers, prosecutors, victim advocates and judges; VAWA funds train over 500,000 law enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges, and other personnel every year;

• providing additional tools for protecting women in Indian country by creating a new federal habitual offender crime and authorizing warrantless arrest authority for federal law enforcement officers who determine there is probable cause when responding to domestic violence cases.

Some see a flaw in this effort.  While the legislation does much to help protect the rights of civilians, it fails to mention protecting the rights of women in the military who also suffer from acts of violence often at the hands of their fellow officers, and even worse, high ranking military officials.

Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have revealed the prevalence of such acts and has brought attention to it on a national stage.

It is estimated that more than 100 women soldiers a year have been victimized by their male service members.  The number increases to include women who have not reported their assault.

Biden called members of the House "Neanderthals" for stalling the renewal of the act that now includes protections to immigrants, Native American women and members of the LGBT community.

We certainly don't want to call the Vice President the same for not mentioning the women who serve in the U.S. armed forces .

Bidens 'Beach Walk' To Celebrate VAWA Act Anniversary

Here's a bit of color from White House pool reporter Jen Bendery (JenBen) of The Huffington Post on last evening's VAWA celebration hosted by the Bidens at their home.

Jen writes....


This year’s Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reception is to commemorate the 19th anniversary of VAWA which was first signed into law in 1994.  Tonight will be the 4th VAWA reception the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden have hosted at the Naval Observatory.  On March 7, 2013, President Obama signed the third reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) into law which  expanded protections for Native Americans and prohibits discrimination against LGBT victims. 

Reception in Honor of the Violence Against Women Act Anniversary
Hosted by the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden
Thursday, September 12, 2013
The Vice President’s Residence, Naval Observatory


Dr. Jill Biden
Vice President Joe Biden


Approximately 140 guests including senior Administration officials, Members of Congress, private sector partners, as well as leaders of the major national women’s, domestic violence, Tribes, and sexual assault advocacy organizations.


On brioche squares with cheddar cheese & sauce vert
                With rémoulade
In tortilla cups
                With chèvre & sun-dried tomatoes on a cornmeal crust
                With avocado & tomato salsa
                Chocolate & vanilla cookies with vanilla ice cream

Packed into the front room of the Vice President's residence just before 7pm, Biden spoke for about half an hour to the crowd of several dozen people, most of whom played a role in making VAWA a reality.

The room was full of chatter as Biden was standing at the mic waiting to talk, so he turned around and let out a piercingly loud whistle, and the room went quiet. He talked about when he first came up with the idea for VAWA legislation in the early 1990s.

"I caused a lot of trouble because I just started writing," Biden said to laughs. "I'm serious. This isn't one of these cases, I didn't ask for staff help, I didn't ask for any help, I was so God darn-- gosh darn mad."

Biden said everyone in the room has helped to save other people's lives through VAWA -- "that's not hyperbole, that's a fact" -- and that they should look back on that reality with pride. He said he's traveled 800,000 miles as vice president (!), and that he's seen how VAWA has had an impact on other nations too.

"It's been "absolutely fascinating to see the ripple effect of this little old Act we passed 19 years ago," he said.

Biden talked about his days as a Delaware senator, working with police, prosecutors and corporations in his home state to try to change the culture of silence around domestic violence. Literally.

"I literally asked for a summit of all the judges in the state. And because I chaired the Judiciary Committee, they were worried they'd never be elevated," he said to laughs. "All kidding aside ... literally every judge in the state but one or two showed up. We laid out ... literally what we expected of them. And things began to change."

The vice president said he was "stunned" that House Republicans put up a months-long fight over reauthorizing VAWA earlier this year. Up until this Congress, VAWA reauthorization has been a routine, bipartisan process. This time around, House Republicans held up the bill for months over its new protections for Native American, immigrant and LGBT victims of abuse. The bill eventually passed in February.

"I'm going to say something outrageous," Biden said, with his aides in the room surely cringing. "I think I understand the Senate better than any man or women who's ever served in there, and I think I understand the House ... I was surprised this last time ... The idea we still had to fight? We had to fight to reauthorize?"

Biden blamed "this sort of Neanderthal crowd" in the House for stalling the legislation.

"Did you ever think we'd be fighting over, you know, 17, 18 years later to reauthorize this?" he asked, to audible "no's" in the audience. "Well, you know what? The thing they didn't like, they said we like it the way it is [without the new protections added in] -- believe me, they don't."

Biden recalled how some Republicans accused Democrats of trying to push the envelope too far on VAWA by adding protections for those three groups. He credited women in the Senate with keeping the pressure on Republicans to accept the changes.

"It makes a difference with women in the Senate," he said to applause. "It does. It does, man ... Because they go and look all the rest of those guys in the eye and say, 'Look. This is important to me.'"

The tribal provision in VAWA was arguably its biggest sticking point; some Republicans argued it wouldn't be constitutional to grant tribal courts the ability to prosecute domestic abusers who were non-Native but living on tribal lands with their spouses. Biden laughed off that argument.
"Constitutional violation? Yeah, come on!" he said to cheers.

As for GOP opposition to adding protections for LGBT victims of abuse, he said it's not that people are homophobic, but that they need to be educated on the subject.

Speaking of LGBT issues, he recalled an incident last year where he "went off script" in declaring his support for same-sex marriage – in the midst of a presidential election, and when President Obama hadn't yet gone there.

"I make no apologies on the issue of marriage," he said.

Biden had been talking for nearly 25 minutes now, and someone must have given him the signal to cut it off because he abruptly stopped and apologized for still talking

"I'm sorry to go on, but I'm so proud of you," he said to laughs. One woman shouted, "No!" "Keep going!" said someone else.

Alas, he wrapped up minutes later. He thanked the room for their years of work on VAWA and told them, with his voice just above a whisper, that there is "nothing, nothing, nothing I've ever been engaged in matters to me more that what you've made real."

Other notes: Jill Biden spoke briefly at the beginning, talked about visiting with women in various countries and being inspired by their strength and successes. Mood of the room was somewhat giddy. Waiters were walking around with glasses of wine and trays of sliced figs with a tiny piece of cheese on top. A handful of lawmakers were in attendance, including Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), along with his mother, Amy Klobuchar (D- Minn.), and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.).

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

U.S. Mint-Produced Congressional Gold Medal Posthumously Awarded to the Victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing

September 15, 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of the tragic deaths of Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley in Birmingham, Alabama. The four girls, aged 11-14, were entering a Sunday school class when a planted bomb exploded at the city’s historically African American 16th Street Baptist Church. This act of racially-motivated violence galvanized the Civil Rights Movement and sparked a surge of momentum that helped secure the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

To commemorate their lives, U.S. Representative Terri Sewell introduced H.R. 360 to posthumously award Addie Mae, Denise, Carole and Cynthia with the Congressional Gold Medal, which along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, is considered one of the highest civilian honors bestowed in the United States. The bill required the Secretary of the Treasury – and by extension, the United States Mint – to strike the gold medal, as well as bronze duplicates. After the bill passed the House 420-0 and, under the leadership of U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, passed the Senate by unanimous consent this spring, President Obama signed the bill into law on May 24, 2013.

​​​​Today, with family members of the “four little girls” and civil rights leaders from across the country looking on, House Speaker John Boehner awarded the medal, entrusting it to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, AL, where it will be displayed. Treasury is humbled by the opportunity to play a role in honoring Addie Mae, Denise, Carole and Cynthia and their impact on American history.
To learn more about the events of September 15, 1963, please visit here. Bronze duplicates of the medal will be available for purchase starting tomorrow at 12pm EDT here
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When Will The Racism End?

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced today that it has entered into a first-of-its-kind resolution agreement in Alabama.  The Lee County School District entered into an agreement to ensure that all students, including African American students, are provided an equal opportunity and equal access to Advanced Placement (AP) courses and other higher-level learning opportunities that will provide students with the skills necessary for success in college and careers.  
Under the agreement, the district will:
·        Develop a comprehensive district-wide plan for addressing the underrepresentation of African American students in AP and higher level courses;
·        Identify any barriers to African American students’ participation in AP and higher level courses, and ensure that African American students have an equal opportunity for participation in the courses;
·        Permit students to participate in distance learning opportunities at schools providing more AP and higher level options;
·        Establish dual-enrollment courses with the local community college for students at the predominantly African American high school and provide transportation for all students who elect to take dual-enrollment courses; 
·        Encourage students at all of the district’s elementary, middle, and high schools to aspire to attend college, and to participate in AP and higher level courses. 
The district’s comprehensive plan will be based on recommendations from an expert consultant, feedback from students, parents and staff, and a comprehensive self-assessment.
“We look forward to working with the Lee County School District administrators to ensure that all students have equal access to a quality education, and are pleased that the district has taken positive steps to increase college-ready access through raising the enrollment of black students in AP and other higher level courses,” said Catherine E. Lhamon, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights.  “The Lee County School District has been a partner throughout this process and I applaud the steps the District is taking to help ensure their compliance with our civil rights laws to serve all students.”
OCR initiated a compliance review under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to address whether the district is providing African American students with equal access to AP courses and other higher-level learning opportunities.
OCR’s investigation focused on African American students’ access to advanced courses, especially in math, in the district’s middle schools and on the availability of advanced, honors, and AP courses at the high school level.
Students must receive adequate preparation in earlier grades in order to succeed in AP and higher level courses in high school--access to advanced courses at least by the time students are in middle school is essential in preparing students to take rigorous courses in high school and to provide them with the skills necessary for success in college and career. 
From the inception of the review, the district worked collaboratively with OCR.  The district voluntarily entered into a resolution agreement prior to OCR’s making a finding.
The investigation revealed, however, that a disproportionately low number of African American students were enrolled in eighth-grade algebra, which sets students on the course path for completion of the district’s highest level course offerings in math and science, including AP courses.  Also, advanced math was offered in the seventh grade at the district’s predominantly white middle schools; it was not offered at the predominantly African American middle school.
The investigation also showed, during school year 2010-2011, African American students were underrepresented district-wide in AP and high level courses, including in all higher level mathematics courses, where the underrepresentation was particularly pronounced in calculus and statistics courses. 
The district’s predominantly white high schools offered a large overall number of higher level and AP courses; either regular or AP calculus, higher level courses in the social sciences, an advanced foreign language, and a wider range of AP courses.  There were significantly fewer higher level and AP courses offered at the district’s predominantly African American high school, and only online AP courses were offered at that high school.
OCR will monitor this agreement until OCR has determined that the district has fulfilled the terms of the agreement and is in compliance with the regulation implementing Title VI.
A copy of the resolution letter is posted here and the agreement here.
OCR’s mission is to ensure equal access to education and promote educational excellence throughout the nation through the vigorous enforcement of civil rights.  OCR is responsible for enforcing federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination by educational institutions on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, and age, as well as the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act of 2001.
Additional information about OCR is available at

Saturday, September 7, 2013

August Job Report, By The Numbers

Jason Furman, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, issued the following statement today on the employment situation in August

The Employment Situation in August
Over the last four years, we've cleared away the rubble from the financial crisis and begun to lay a new foundation for stronger, more durable economic growth. While continued solid job gains, today’s employment report is another sign of progress, the report also underscores the need to continue pursuing policies that move our economy forward and restore middle class security

Five Key Points in Today’s Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 
 1. Private sector employment has risen for 42 consecutive months, with businesses adding a total of 7.5 million jobs over that period. Today we learned that total non-farm payroll employment rose by 169,000 in August, with the private sector accounting for 152,000 of that gain. Private sector job growth was revised down for June (to 194,000) and July (to 127,000), so that over the past three months, private sector employment has risen by an average of 158,000 per month.

2. The overall unemployment rate ticked down 0.1 percentage point to 7.3 percent, the lowest since December 2008, with long-term unemployment remaining elevated. Although the unemployment rate remains too high, it has been trending down steadily since late 2009. The lingering elevation in the unemployment rate primarily reflects a large number of long-term unemployed (those unemployed for more than 27 weeks), while the share of the labor force that has been unemployed for less than 27 weeks has mostly returned to its average during the 2001-07 expansion period. That's why the administration continues to push for measures to spur job creation now and put the long term unemployed back to work. 

3. The economy has been consistently adding jobs at a pace of more than 2 million per year. Over the twelve months ending August 2013, total non-farm payroll employment rose by 2.2 million, similar to the gain in the year-earlier period. While the month-to-month figures can be volatile, the year-over-year changes indicate that the recovery has been durable in the face of several headwinds that have emerged in recent years. The separate household survey is more volatile month-to-month, but over a longer period, it tells the same story. When adjusted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to be comparable to the concept of employment used in the payroll measure, household employment has risen by 2.4 million over the twelve months ending August 2013.  

View the full statement HERE.

Analyzing unemployment data to show that "real" unemployment is worse than the headline numbers show.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Representative Boehner Invites Veterans to Information Nights

In a recent video message, Congressman Boehner (R-OH) invited veterans from across the Eighth District to attend an upcoming information night with Boehner staff and representatives from the Cleveland Veterans Administration Regional Office, VA medical centers, Ohio Department of Veterans Services, and County Veterans Service Officers.

Rep. Boehner explains in the video below that these events aim to provide assistance and information to constituents about services for veterans available in Ohio.


Please see schedule below for event details. An informational flyer  is provided here.

Monday, September 9, 2013
5:00pm315 High Street, 1st Floor 
Hamilton, OH

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
American Legion Post 140
325 N. Ohio Street
Greenville, OH

Thursday September 12, 2013
Moose Lodge
1802 Selma Road
Springfield, OH

Veterans interested in attending any of the events can contact
Tristan Weis at or 800-582-1001 to register.

See also First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden's military assistance
initiative, Joining Forces.

The Best President We've Ever Had?

After watching this video documentary by former White House Press Secretary Bill Moyer, titled The Secret Government: The Constitution In Crisis, one could ask is Barack Obama the best president the United States has ever had?

The unveiled co-op lies and deception of presidents dating back as far as the 1940s revealed in Moyer's documentary leads one to wonder if the American people have forgotten about the government dealings of this country, have selective memory, or just don't care.  Either way it is beyond belief that given such details about former presidents why some Americans (and Congress) question, dissect, bemoan and groan about every decision the current president makes.

Watch this lengthy documentary and decide:  Is President Barack Obama the best president the United States has ever had?