Friday, September 13, 2013

President Obama's Week in Review

This was the President and First Lady's week.  What did Republicans in Congress accomplish?  All I hear from the House Republicans is they want to shut down the Government if Obama doesn't give in on Obamacare and delay for a year which is not happening.  That's their plan and threat to stop Government in its tracks to get him to agree to their agenda.  Are Republicans dumb or what?  

Some Republican office holders even agreed with Putin from Russia when he attacked Obama for his words on Syria about American Exceptionlism.  Suggested on Twitter that they pick up and move to Russia since they loved Putin so much.  Looks like there is no common sense left in the GOP when they had the hard right Senator, Rand Paul, give a counter to the President's speech.  That's scrapping the bottom of the barrel.

The President did an outstanding job with his speech and now the diplomatic channels are open to end chemical weapons in Syria without firing a missle or bombing.  Now can we get rid of chemical weapons from Israel?  No chemical weapons should be in the volatile Middle East for some rogue group to get their hands on them.   Neither Syria nor Israel ratified the ban on use of chemical weapons treaty.  Israel did sign unlike Syria but yet refused to ratify.  

Enjoy this synopsis of the week of the President and First Lady:
Alicia Oken
September 13, 2013 
06:06 PM EDT

Syria: On Tuesday, the President traveled to the Capitol to meet with the Senate Democratic Caucus and the Senate Republican Conference to discuss the situation in Syria.

A little after 9:00 PM that night, President Obama addressed the nation on the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons.
America is not the world’s policeman.  Terrible things happen across the globe, and it is beyond our means to right every wrong.  But when, with modest effort and risk, we can stop children from being gassed to death, and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act.  That’s what makes America different.  That’s what makes us exceptional.  With humility, but with resolve, let us never lose sight of that essential truth. 
During his address, he explained his reasons behind calling for a military strike, laid out his reasons for asking Congress to authorize the use of force, and described how the threat of U.S. action has created the potential for a diplomatic breakthrough. See the President’s remarks on Syria here.

Remembering September 11th: On Wednesday, the First and Second Families honored those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. At 8:46 AM, President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden were joined by White House staff to observe a moment of silence on the South Lawn—marking the moment the first plane hit the World Trade Center twelve years ago.

The President then traveled to the Pentagon Memorial for the September 11th Observance ceremony, where he laid a wreath at the Zero Age Line and observed a moment of silence for the 184 victims of the attack at the Pentagon. “They left this Earth. They slipped from our grasp.  But it was written, ‘What the heart has once owned and had, it shall never lose,’” the President said. Read the President’s full remarks here.

President Obama then volunteered at Food & Friends, a D.C. service organization that provides meals to people with serious illnesses, to commemorate the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Meanwhile, First Lady Michelle Obama visited the USO Warrior and Family Center and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) at Fort Belvoir, VA. The First Lady started her visit crafting with military children before touring the NICoE and meeting with recovering military personnel.
Later that evening, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden hosted a BBQ at their home to honor Wounded Warriors and their families.

Drink More Water: The First Lady traveled to Watertown, WI to launch a nationwide effort to encourage Americans to drink more water. “Drink just one more glass of water a day and you can make a real difference for your health, for your energy, and the way that you feel,” she said.

Meeting with the Cabinet: On Thursday, President Obama met with his Cabinet for the third time this year. They discussed steps to improve education, how to put people back to work, along with other issues going on with the government. Check out his full remarks here.

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