“I want you to remind everybody else those simple words that summed up our campaign in 2008 and still sum up our spirit: Yes, we can!”

PBO’s remarks last night at Sony Studios.  This is just awesome.

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THE PRESIDENT: Hello, L.A.! Hello, Los Angeles! (Applause.) It is good to be back in L.A. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you!

THE PRESIDENT: Love you back. (Applause.) It’s an honor to be here at Sony Studios Stage 30. (Applause.) For those of you who thought you were being brought in here as extras for the new Spider-Man movie — (laughter) — you’re at the wrong soundstage. (Laughter.) I hope you’ll stick around anyway.

We have some wonderful folks here, and I am so grateful for everybody and what they did to participate in this wonderful event. But I just want to acknowledge a few folks. We’ve got a great congressional delegation coming out. Congressman Brad Sherman is here. (Applause.) Congresswoman Laura Richardson is here. (Applause.) Congresswoman Karen Bass is here. (Applause.) Controller John Chiang is here. (Applause.) All the elected officials, the community leaders. There are too many to mention, but I am grateful for all of you.

Now, I’m assuming that Jamie Foxx didn’t say anything too crazy while he was on. Because if he did, I’ll talk to him when I get backstage.

AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

THE PRESIDENT: Well, actually, technically it’s about five and a half. (Applause.) That’s our goal.

Now, it is nice to be out of D.C. The weather in D.C. is okay, but the conversation that you hear in Washington is very different from the conversation that you hear around kitchen tables and around water coolers. And that’s why we recently decided that our reelection campaign will be the first one in modern history to be based outside of Washington, D.C. (Applause.) We’re going back to Chicago. (Applause.) I should add, by the way, that the Bulls just won. (Laughter.) So maybe we’ll see you in the finals. I know the Bulls will be there.
 
But, look, here’s the reason that we’re going to be based outside of Washington. I don’t want our campaign to be hearing only from pundits and powerbrokers and lobbyists. I want our campaign to be hearing from the folks who got me into the Oval Office. (Applause.) I want them hearing from you. I want to make sure we are putting the campaign in your hands — the hands of the same organizers, the same volunteers, the same neighborhood folks, who proved last time that, together, ordinary people can do extraordinary things. (Applause.) That’s what this campaign is still about. I’m glad you’re in. I hope you’re all in. (Applause.)

Now, a few things have changed since the last time around. I’m grayer. (Laughter.) I’m all right? All right, I’m going to let Michelle know you said it’s okay. (Laughter.) See, folks here in Hollywood, they can go gray and they just say, well, that was just for a part and then they rinse. (Laughter.) I can’t do that. But even though some things have changed, all of us can still remember that night in Grant Park — (applause) — the excitement on the streets, the sense of possibility. And I hope you also remember what I said to you that night. I said our work hadn’t ended; we were just beginning. And that —

AUDIENCE MEMBER: I love you, President Obama.

THE PRESIDENT: I love you, too, sweetie. (Laughter.) But what I said was that our climb would be steep. We would have a tough road ahead. I said we might not get there in one year; we might not even get there in one term. But I knew in my heart that together we would get there; that we would bring about the change that we had promised — promised, by the way, to each other. Because the campaign wasn’t just about me, the campaign was you making commitments to each other about the kind of country that you wanted. (Applause.) You made a commitment to each other about the kind of future that we wanted for our children and our grandchildren.

Now, it turns out — let’s face it, the climb was a little steeper than we anticipated. (Laughter.) I ended up taking office in the middle of the worst recession since the Great Depression. Four million people had lost their jobs before I was sworn in; another 4 million lost their jobs in the first few months before our economic plan had a chance to take effect. Hundreds of thousands of people lost their jobs — millions of people lost their jobs, hundreds of thousands lost their homes.

It was a recession so bad that families all across America are still grappling with it. Some folks in this audience may still be dealing with the after-effects. So we had to make some tough decisions, and we had to make them very quickly. And they weren’t always popular.

But two and a half years later, the economy is growing again. (Applause.) Two and a half years later, we’re creating jobs again. (Applause.) Two and a half years later, the financial system works again. (Applause.) Two and a half years later, small businesses are opening their doors again. (Applause.)

Over the last four months, we’ve seen the largest drop in unemployment since 1984. (Applause.) Over the last 13 months we have created nearly 2 million private sector jobs. (Applause.) Some of the things that weren’t popular that folks said wouldn’t work have worked. We have a Big Three auto industry in Detroit that is back on its feet, making a profit again. (Applause.) GM announced it’s hiring all its workers back. (Applause.)

So we’ve made progress, but our work is not finished. We’re still climbing. We’re still climbing because the summit we want to reach is a summit where every child in America has opportunity. (Applause.) The summit we want to reach is where we’re looking out for each other if we’re disabled or infirm or in our golden years. (Applause.) The summit we want to reach is where America is more competitive than ever before; where our economy is growing and everybody is sharing in the prosperity. That’s the summit we want to reach. (Applause.)

And it’s going to take more than a couple of years. It’s going to take, in fact, more than one term. (Applause.) I am reminded of that almost every night, because every night I get letters from citizens all across the country. And some of these letters are heartbreaking. You read a letter about someone who’s sent out 16 resumes and hasn’t gotten a response back. Or a child writes you a letter and says, you know, my mommy and daddy, they’re losing their home — is there something that you can do to help us?

And sometimes I’ll stay up late just trying to figure out what is it that we haven’t tried yet; what is it that we need to do to make sure that we’re reaching every single one of those folks who are working so hard, doing the right thing, looking after their families, meeting their responsibilities, and are still — still struggling out there. That’s the reason that we ran. It wasn’t for the title. It wasn’t for the trappings of office. It was making sure we were delivering for those families all across America.

And our work is not done. But even though those are the Americans that I’m thinking about when I wake up in the morning and those are the Americans I’m thinking about when I go to bed at night, I want everybody to understand that we have made progress. (Applause.) Because of you, we have made progress. (Applause.)

That progress shouldn’t make us complacent, but it should remind us of what is possible and it should inspire us to try to finish what we started in 2008.

Because of you we were able to prevent a second Great Depression. (Applause.) Because of you we know that we’ve got the chance of making sure that the new jobs, the new industries aren’t located somewhere else, but they’re located here in California; they’re located here in the United States of America. (Applause.)

We’ve got to be prepared to win the future. Because of you we’ve made college more affordable for millions of young people all across America. (Applause.) It used to be that the student loan program run through the government would give billions of dollars to banks, unwarranted subsidies for acting as middlemen in the student loan program. We said, well, let’s end that. Let’s give the money directly to students. (Applause.) And as a consequence millions of more students are able to benefit from a better deal.

We’re not done yet, but we’ve started to reform some of the schools that needed reforming all across America. And because of our Race to the Top program, we’re seeing better teachers in our classrooms, and we are seeing more support for our teachers and more resources for our teachers. And we are making sure that we’re reaching into the schools that are underperforming here in Los Angeles and all across the country. Because of you we’ve been able to accomplish that. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE MEMBER: We need your leadership.

THE PRESIDENT: I’m ready to give it, but I’m going to need yours as well. (Applause.) Because of you we made the largest investment in clean energy, in renewable energy in our history. (Applause.) Investments that are already creating new jobs and new businesses.

But at a time of high gas prices — I know you’ve noticed.

AUDIENCE: Yes!

THE PRESIDENT: It’s rough out there. I admit, Secret Service doesn’t let me fill up the pump anymore. (Laughter.) But it hasn’t been that long since I did. You think about folks — and certainly here in Los Angeles, everybody understands this experience — if you’ve got to drive 50 miles for your job, and you can’t afford the new hybrid, so you got that old beater giving you eight miles a gallon — (laughter) — and your budget is already strained, I mean, that’s tough. But let me tell you something, we’re already making a difference.

We have increased oil production, but more importantly we’ve also said to ourselves how are we going to find the kinds of alternative energy sources, the new energy sources that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil but also clean up the planet in the process. That’s something we need to invest in. (Applause.)

Because of you we used to only have 2 percent of the world’s advanced battery manufacturing in this country, a whole new industry. These are the batteries that go into these new electric cars. In five years, we’re going to have 40 percent of that market. That’s because of you, because you were able to get us in a position to make those decisions. (Applause.)

Because of you we’ve increased fuel-efficiency standards on cars that will save 1.8 billion barrels of oil. (Applause.) But we’ve got to do more. And to help pay for it, I don’t know about you but I think it’s time we eliminated the $4 billion in taxpayer subsidies that we’re giving to oil companies. (Applause.)

Now, they are making — keep in mind that the top five oil companies over the last five years, their lowest profits were $75 billion; their highest profits were $125 billion. That’s money coming directly from your pocket into theirs.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: And we feel it.

THE PRESIDENT: And you feel it. Now, companies make big investments. They’re allowed to make a profit. But let me tell you, for them to get a $4 billion tax break at a time when they’re making record profits, and you’re struggling to fill up your tank does not make sense. It has to stop. (Applause.) Let’s stop subsidizing the energy sources of yesterday, and let’s invest in the energy sources of tomorrow. That’s what we’re going to do because of you. (Applause.)

Because of you we’ve put hundreds of thousands of folks back to work rebuilding our roads and our bridges and our infrastructure. Now we’ve got to make sure America is not just rebuilding and repairing the old infrastructure. We’ve got to be building the new infrastructure — the high-speed rail, the high-speed Internet, the smart grid that could help electricity move around in more efficient ways. (Applause.) That’s part of what America has always been about.

We’ve had — I mean, I hate to be parochial here, but we’ve had the best stuff. (Laughter.) But you know what, in some areas we don’t. South Korea now has faster high-speed Internet than we do. You go to a Beijing airport or Singapore airport — I mean, LAX — (laughter) — I’m just saying. It does not have to be that way. We can put Americans to work right now doing the work that needs to be done, but I’m going to need your help doing it, because our job is not yet finished. (Applause.)
 
Because of you we did what folks have talked about for 100 years. We said health care should no longer be a privilege in this country. It should be affordable and available to every single American. (Applause.) We said in America you shouldn’t go broke just because you got sick. (Applause.) But we’ve got more work to do. We’re implementing it now, and many of you are already benefiting from the changes we made, but there are some folks who want to dismantle it. We’re going to have to protect it.

Because of you we passed Wall Street reform to make sure that we don’t have the same kinds of bailouts that we had before, to make sure the consumers are protected and not cheated when you take out a mortgage or a credit card. But there are some folks who want to roll that back. We’ve got to protect it.

Because of you we passed a law that says women should get an equal day’s pay for an equal day’s work. (Applause.)

Because of you we overturned “don’t ask, don’t tell,” so everybody could serve their country. (Applause.)

Because of you we got two more women on the Supreme Court, one of them the first Latina. (Applause.)

And because of you we removed 100,000 troops from Iraq and we have ended combat missions there just like I promised. That happened because of you. (Applause.)

But now we’ve got to protect the changes that we’ve made. We’ve got to — we got some more changes we’ve got to make. We still got to pass comprehensive immigration reform — (applause) — so that we are a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. We still got to have a more comprehensive energy policy. We’ve got to keep moving forward. We have to keep working for the America that we believe in — the America we want to leave to our children.

And that is the debate that we’re having in Washington right now. That’s what this budget debate is all about. You hear people talking about debt and deficits and spending and budgets. And, yes, this is about numbers, but this debate is really about the kind of future that we want. It’s about what kind of country we believe in. I believe in a country where the government lives within its means. We’ve got to cut spending in Washington. (Applause.) We’ve got to cut domestic spending. We’ve got to cut defense spending. (Applause.) We’ve got to cut health care inflation. We got to cut spending in our tax code — because we spend a lot through our tax code with loopholes and tricks. We’ve got to eliminate every dime of waste. And if we want to take responsibility for the debt that we owe then we’re going to have to make some tough decisions.

We’ve got to decide what we can do without to make sure we maintain those things that we care deeply about. And that requires shared sacrifice.

But let me tell you what I won’t do. I will not reduce our deficit by sacrificing the things that have always made America great. (Applause.) The things that have made Americans prosper. I will not sacrifice our investment in education. (Applause.) I won’t sacrifice scholarships for our students or medical research for our scientists. (Applause.) I won’t sacrifice the safety of our highways or our airports. I will not sacrifice our investment in clean energy at a time when our dependence on foreign oil is causing Americans so much pain at the pump. I won’t sacrifice clean air and clean water. I will not sacrifice America’s future. (Applause.)

We need shared sacrifice, and that means as part of our overall approach, ending tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans in this country. (Applause.) Let me tell you something. This is important. You know, look, a lot of folks right now, somehow they’ve gotten the idea that we’ve raised taxes. I have lowered everybody’s taxes since I came into office. That’s part of what the Recovery Act was all about — 30 percent of it were tax cuts. Folks might not have noticed it. (Laughter.) It got spread out over all your paychecks. But those were tax cuts. And then this December we cut some taxes. Your payroll tax got cut because we wanted to make sure that we kept on going with the recovery.

So nobody here is just loving taxes. I just paid my taxes. (Laughter.) And it was a pretty big tax bill. (Laughter.) But I want everybody to understand it’s not that I want to punish success. I want everybody here to be rich. I think somebody may have fainted here. This happens. They’ll be fine. Give them some room. If we can get some medics in the front. Probably what they need is just a little bit of air, maybe a little bit of juice. They’ll be okay. We’ll get the medics up here in a second.

But in the meantime, look, I want all of you to be rich. (Applause.) Now, I don’t mean just going out and buying lottery tickets. (Laughter.) I want your small business to be successful. I want you to succeed in your careers. I want everybody to be successful. We don’t want to punish success. But what we do want is a society where if we’re going to ask everybody to sacrifice a little bit, we don’t just tell millionaires and billionaires, oh, you don’t have to do anything. You go ahead and just relax, count your money. (Laughter.)

Look, I don’t want a $200,000 tax cut for me that’s paid for by asking 33 seniors each to pay more than $6,000 in extra Medicare costs. (Applause.) I don’t want my tax cut paid for by cutting children from Head Start, or doing away with health insurance for millions of people on Medicaid, for seniors in nursing homes, or poor children, or families that have a disabled child. (Applause.) I don’t want to make that trade-off. (Applause.)

And that’s not a trade-off that I think most Americans want to see, no matter what party you belong to, because that’s not who we are as a country. We’re better than that. (Applause.)

The America we know is great not just because of the height of our skyscrapers, not just because of the size of our GDP. It comes because we’ve been able to keep two ideas together at the same time. The first is, is that we’re all individuals endowed with certain inalienable rights and freedoms. We are self-reliant. We don’t expect others to do for us what we can do for ourselves, and we don’t like other people telling us what to do. That’s part of what it’s like to be an American. (Applause.)

But the second idea is that we’re all in this together, that we look out for one another, that I am my brother’s keeper, that I am my sister’s keeper, that I want that child born in a tough neighborhood to have the same opportunities that I had so that someday they may be standing here instead of me. (Applause.)

And so, given the blessings that I’ve received, I want to look out for them, not out of charity but it’s because my life benefits from knowing when I’m driving down the street, look at that school that’s well funded and those kids that are learning. (Applause.) And I see an elderly couple strolling down the street and I say to myself, look at those folks, they’re secure and they’re comfortable in their retirement. (Applause.) And I see that person in a wheelchair going to work because somebody gave them opportunity, and I say, that’s how we make sure that everybody can use their talents. (Applause.)

That makes my life better. That makes my life richer — knowing that everybody has a measure of dignity and respect, and a shot at the American Dream. (Applause.) I don’t do that for somebody else. I do it because it improves my life and it’s going to improve Malia’s life and Sasha’s life. (Applause.)

That’s our vision for America. It’s not a vision of a small America; it’s a vision of a big America. We do big things. A vision of a compassionate America and a caring America. An ambitious America. When I look at some of the debate in Washington and what some folks are saying, I say, they have a pessimistic view of who we are. Their basic attitude is we can’t afford to look out for kids in poor neighborhoods. We can’t afford to invest in our infrastructure. Yes, we’re going to be driving around potholes and our airports are going to be mangy and — (laughter). There’s nothing we can do about it. We can’t afford to make sure all of our seniors have the health care that they need.

That’s not my vision for America. That’s not your vision for America. (Applause.) My vision is for one where we’re living within our means but we’re still investing in our future, and everybody is making sacrifices and nobody bears all the burden, and we live up to the idea that no matter what you look like or where you come from, whether you landed here — your ancestors landed here on Ellis Island or they came here on a slave ship, or they just came over the Rio Grande, that we are all connected to one another and we all rise and fall together. (Applause.)

Los Angeles, that’s the idea at the heart of America. That’s the idea at the heart of our last campaign. That’s the idea at the heart of this campaign. And that’s why I’m going to need your help now more than ever. (Applause.) This campaign is at its early stages, but now is the time you can step up and help shape it, and make sure we’re out of the gate strong. And I know there are times where some of you felt frustrated because we haven’t gotten everything we wanted to get done right away. I know who you all are. (Laughter.) I know the conversations you’ve been having. Oh, I don’t know, I don’t like that compromise with the Republicans. I don’t know, that health care thing, why did it take so long? I don’t know — Obama, he’s older now. (Laughter.) He used to look so fresh and exciting and — I still got that poster, but I don’t know.

Look, there are times where I’ve been frustrated, just like you have been. But we knew this wasn’t going to be easy. What also amuses me is when I hear people say, oh, well, the campaign was so smooth — why is governing so tough? (Laughter.) And I try to remind them — what campaign were you on? (Laughter.) What campaign were you on? It felt awful hard to me. (Laughter.) I thought we made all kinds of mistakes.

We knew that on a journey like this there were going to be setbacks, there were going to be detours. There were going to be times where we stumbled and we had to get up and dust ourselves off and then keep going. Because we knew that at each and every juncture in our history, when the future was on the line, when we were at the crossroads like we are right now, the country somehow came together. The country somehow found a way to make ourselves more prosperous and deal with the transition from an agricultural economy to an industrial economy, and then to an information economy.

And we figured out how to absorb new immigrants and finally deal with the stain of slavery; make sure that women were full participants in our democracy. (Applause.)

At every juncture, we’ve been able to make the changes that we needed. So when you hear people say our problems are too big or we can’t bring about the changes we seek, I want you to think about all the progress we’ve already made, and I want you to think about all the unfinished business that lies ahead. I want you to be excited about the next 18 months, and then the next four years after that. (Applause.) And I want you to remind everybody else those simple words that summed up our campaign in 2008 and still sum up our spirit: Yes, we can!

Thank you, everybody. God bless you. (Applause.)

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Completely OT, but how about this photo from Benghazi????!

61 thoughts on ““I want you to remind everybody else those simple words that summed up our campaign in 2008 and still sum up our spirit: Yes, we can!”

  1. Notice all the statements which begin with “Because of you…” That’s about all of us staking an ownership claim in his campaign, our campaign. Our president is simply brilliant and awesome. All in-2012!

  2. Red, white and blue is being seen all over the world these days – Moneygall, Benghazi…That is some picture.

  3. Thx bwd. What a down-to-earth speech that is people focused and not POTUS focused.

  4. Just wanted to add big xoxos to bwd for her tireless efforts to provide the latest info about our president. One quick read of that transcript demonstrates why no republican has yet formally declared: could it be they are dithering?, could it be they are cowardly?, could it be that they have nothing but deep pessimism to offer the American citizen?

    Feel free to offer your own reasons about why they fear PBO!

  5. the last photo says it all President Obama really has changed the way others see our country even at their Holy Prayers. It is not only “YES WE CAN” but “YES WE MUST” the World is watching with all hope.

  6. Mr. President, although ‘the climb has been a little steeper than anticipated’ your leadership of your team up the slope has been terrific, and your accomplishments awesome! We are all behind you in support and in prayer. “Obama/Biden 2012!”

    Hope everyone here has a wonderful Friday!

  7. I’ve been receiving your posts for several months, and I just want to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed them as a corrective to the constant carping of the public debate and the monstrous, vile, ignorant attacks of the Republicans. You are doing a terrific job and I want you to know how much I appreciate the service you provide.

  8. I just listened to the speech over at The Obama Diary. What an inspirational speech. What a President we have. Even with all the money that will be behind a Repub, they can’t hold a candle to this guy.

    Thanks, BWD for the transcript.

  9. Can it be possible that the repubs will not put up a candidate for the presidency at all in hopes of lowering voter turnout for the Dems? Perhaps projecting that they can gain a majority in congressional seats by ramping up their own base to vote down ticket.

  10. Its wonderful to see the American flag flying in Benghazi but why is McCain there soaking up all the praise while criticizing the admin? Smh

    PBO has been on fire on his West Coast swing! So of course the MSM is concern trolling his poll numbers, protests, level of support from Hispanics, and gas prices – which has a lot to do with his declining oll numbers. So, while talking about his energy strategy, or at least what the executive branch can do because Congress is not doing a dang thing, he announces that DOJ will look into oil speculation…cue the knashing of teeth from the MSM as they explain that this is, according to Spitzer, a cheap press release. See, the media doesn’t want the public to actually think PBO is doing something because his poll numbers might go back up and that would spoil the narrative…

    But I’m an optimist…if PBO continues talking to the American people like he has consistently done…we WILL win the future…Yes We Still Can!

  11. Wow, I have never thought about that, I would they have or lose all creditibility.

  12. “Money makes the world go round”.

    Speaking of which – given the outcome of “Citizens United” – and its consequences that multinational companies are now free to donate money to political campaigns without disclosure, wouldn’t the logical conclusion be that all “multinational” donors of a campaign were allowed “in” ?

    What about the other 6 billion people who have a stake in this election ?

  13. The Republicans cannot offer a candidate because they are all cowards. Period. Full stop. Zero. lol!

  14. Posted: 11:12 am EDT April 20, 2011
    Updated: 9:23 pm EDT April 21, 2011

    MOORESVILLE, N.C. —
    SURVEY
    Do you plan on getting a free tree from Lowe’s on Saturday to support Earth Day?

    Yes, save the planet!
    No thanks
    Don’t know how to plant one

    Results | Disclaimer | E-Mail

    Lowe’s Home Improvement stores are giving away 1 million tree saplings nationwide to customers on Saturday, April 23, in their stores as part of an Earth Day celebration.

    Lowe’s, which has partnered with American Forests for the giveaway, said it expects the trees to eventually produce more than 260 million pounds of oxygen annually, providing air for more than 670,000 individuals for one year.

    Each tree will be bar-coded so customers can register their trees online at Lowes.com/earthday and see where other trees are being planted across the country.

    “Putting trees into the hands of our customers is a simple way to make a big difference on Earth Day. We hope that these trees will be a catalyst for our customers to seek out other simple ways to give back to the earth at home and in day-to-day life,” said Kevin Measel, Lowe’s vice president of nursery merchandising.

    http://www.wsoctv.com/news/27611344/detail.html

    I am all in for this, too. LOL!

  15. Thu Apr 21, 2011 11:00am EDT

    Google isn’t just continuing to invest hundreds of millions of dollars into clean energy projects; it’s also continuing to commit to buying up the clean power itself. On Thursday morning, Google announced it has made its second deal via its subsidiary Google Energy, and the search engine giant plans to buy 100 MW of power from a wind farm that’s under construction in Oklahoma.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/21/idUS153836119820110421

  16. WEST BRADFORD — United Sports on Thursday unveiled its new energy-efficient project, complete with 1,035 solar panels. With representatives from partners as well as U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach, R-6th, of West Pikeland, in attendance, the public recreation center announced that it will now be running off one-third solar energy and one-third hydro energy.

    http://www.dailylocal.com/articles/2011/04/22/news/srv0000011490864.txt

    I love how republicans show up, and then want to cut these programs. HMMM!

  17. Thanks for all the news you are bringing, Jovie. I sure don’t hear or read about it anywhere else.

  18. NEW ORLEANS – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) announced today that it has awarded more than $25 million in Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) funding to the state of Louisiana. The funding is for the construction of a protective land bridge to safeguard against erosion and preserve marsh along the Lake Borgne shoreline, on the eastern edge of New Orleans. The state will partner with Orleans Parish in the proposed three-year Orleans Land Bridge Shoreline Protection project. This is one of the largest single CIAP grants to be awarded since the start of the program.

    Created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, CIAP provides funding to the six Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas producing states to conserve and protect the coastal environment. CIAP is an ongoing program with grant funding that is allocated based on the offshore energy revenues collected by the United States.

    “This is an example of how energy revenues can be wisely reinvested in the protection of marshes, shorelines, and wildlife habitat,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. “Louisiana’s wetlands are a national treasure that have been steadily disappearing, and we must continue to do all we can to protect and restore them.”

    “Shoreline protection and wetlands preservation are crucial to Louisiana’s conservation efforts,” said BOEMRE Director Michael R. Bromwich. “We will continue to leverage CIAP funds to assist Louisiana and its coastal parishes in important conservation and protection initiatives. We will see the impact of these preservation efforts for many years to come.”

    http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/Salazar-Bromwich-Announce-25-8-Million-Award-for-Louisiana-Coastal-Protection-Project.cfm

    Shh, don’t tell the MSM it is a secret! LOL.

  19. WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today encouraged Americans to celebrate the 41st Earth Day by visiting national parks, national wildlife refuges, or other public lands.

    “One of the goals of both Earth Day and President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative is to connect people to the beauty and richness of this planet and encourage a conservation ethic that will ensure that we protect this precious inheritance for our children to enjoy,” Salazar said. “What better way to do this than to make it easier for people to visit our national parks, wildlife refuges, and other public lands.”

    Salazar noted that the department is waiving all admission fees at the 394 units of the National Park System during National Park Week, which runs through April 24.

    Many national park concessions will also offer discounts on fee free days, saving visitors money on food, lodging, tours, and souvenirs. More information is available at http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm

    The department is also waiving admission fees at national parks, all 553 national wildlife refuges and the 245 million acres of land managed by the Bureau of Land Management on the first day of summer (June 21), National Public Lands Day (September 24), and the weekend of Veterans Day (November 11-13).

    Getting people out into nature is a key objective of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative to work with communities and other partners across the country to establish a 21st Century conservation ethic and reconnect Americans to the natural world, Salazar said.

  20. JUNO BEACH — Every day more than a billion web searches are performed using Google Inc.’s search engines. Most people probably have never thought about how much electricity those searches consume.

    Google says the average query, which returns results in less than 0.2 seconds, uses 0.0003 kilowatt hours. For comparison, 200 Google searches use the same amount of energy as a 60-watt lightbulb consumes in one hour.

    While Google won’t reveal its total energy usage, it’s huge, and that’s one reason the company formed its subsidary Google Energy LLC in 2010. And it is getting into the renewable energy business.

    Juno Beach-based NextEra Energy Resources, the nation’s largest producer of energy from wind and solar said Thursday it has entered into an agreement with Google Energy. NextEra Energy Resources is a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc, (NYSE: NEE, $55.51), the owner of Florida Power & Light.

    Google Energy will purchase 100.8 megawatts of energy from NextEra’s Minco II Wind Energy Center under development in Oklahoma.

    Terms of the deal announced Thursday were not disclosed.

    The deal is the second power purchase agreement for wind energy between the two companies. Under an agreement signed last July, Google Energy also purchases 114 megawatts from NextEra’s Story II Wind Energy Center in Iowa.

    http://www.palmbeachpost.com/money/happy-earth-day-how-much-energy-did-you-1425305.html

  21. For you, BWD. Pictures of Moneygall getting spruced up for The Visit, including the red, white and blue house; the “flag” to the left being Ireland’s.

    http://tinyurl.com/3k4vo6z

    and

    “One journalist is so keen on covering the visit of US President Obama to Moneygall that she’s MOVED to the Co Offaly village [of Moneygall].

    Speaking on ‘Midlands Today’, Eimear Ni Bhraonain from the Irish Independent, says she’s moved to an apartment on the village’s Main Street.

    The President is due in Offaly next month, with heavy speculation centering on May 23rd as the date for his arrival.

    Eimear says she hopes to get a good view of the most powerful man in the world, now that she’s a local.”

  22. Unfortunately, but wait unitl these gop-ers announce, the MSM will be all over them, like white on rice. You watch…

  23. Wow, they’re so excited. I hope nothing bad happens which will cause him to delay or cancel his trip.

  24. YUP. Which is why I look for it, and bring it here. B/C I know you all are starving for these little bits of good news.

    PEACE-

  25. Hush your mouth, Jessica. The leprechauns are taking care of this. He will be here.

    And Jovie, the Limerick Leader is far from what you might think of as MSM.🙂

    Any time the President of the United States comes to Ireland, it is a BIG f-g deal! There is no halfway about it.

  26. That man jumping in a POTUS mask and POTUS jeans tickles the heck out of me. Y’all are some cool peoples there in Ireland. Take care of our POTUS!

  27. Thanks, overseasgranny, for all the updates. I just can feel the excitement. I can’t wait to watch it all happen.

  28. WH says that McSame is carrying No message with him to Libya! Ya think?
    BUt McSame says, the WH must, they MUST send in ground troops! They MUST, he says…

    If that is NOT racial, then what is? Jeesh!

  29. On Earth Day, Obama administration touts healthcare law’s green benefits
    By Julian Pecquet – 04/22/11 08:40 AM ET

    The new healthcare law is helping clean up the U.S. environment and improve public health, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement Friday.

    “The health of the American people is directly linked to a healthy environment,” Sebelius said in a statement released to mark the 41st anniversary of Earth Day. “At HHS we are committed to doing whatever is necessary to protect the health of all Americans, and we recognize that ensuring a clean and healthy environment is a fundamental part of that effort.”

    Sebelius said funding in the reform law is helping achieve those goals. For example, the law allowed the Boriken Health Center, a neighborhood primary care center in Harlem, N.Y., to get $12 million for renovations and “significantly reduce the levels of chemicals and harmful materials normally used in construction.”
    http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/public-global-health/157319-hhs-touts-healthcare-reform-laws-benefits-on-earth-day

  30. Nameless, thanks for that little nugget from Bob Cesca. I thoroughly enjoyed that. He totally nails it. Bottom line, if President Obama is such a disaster then why aren’t they full speed ahead and getting into the race. Why aren;t they anxious to compare and contrast their records of accomplishments? They are scared and they should be. The best clue is that when they criticize you can just image that the opposite is true and they know it. But they got nothing else to work with.

    1) dithering – This really means that he is too reasoned, too methodical, he has the long view, he’s an adult. He thinks things through. He doesn’t shoot from the hip. He’s not reckless.

    2) worst president ever – This really means in their heart of hearts they know he is one badass. He really is the great communicator. He can inspire with a speech. He can make you think and he can make you cry. He’s the total package. They can’t do that.

    3) extreme liberal agenda – He’s looking out for all Americans. He cares about people. He knows how to govern. He wants to get things done and win the future. He’s a patriot, he loves this country, he wants to give back to those less fortunate.

    4) tentative, nuanced, timid – He’s brilliant, bold and thoughtful.

  31. I was just reading about JFK and alot of his domestic policies and how pragmatic he was and there are a lot of similarities between Kennedy and Obama.

    The funny thing is that though I admire JFK and I believe he was a great president history shows that JFK had a tough time trying to get programs like Medicare, Medicaid and other policies through congress.

    Many of those policies didn’t come until after his death with LBJ and bigger Democratic majorities. And the policies he got through were far from perfect.

    I don’t understand how the PL and the far left talks up JFK like he was some liberal saint when he was pragmatic and far from perfect. But then they talk trash about Obama and how he is not a real liberal though Obama has achieved more than any president in the past 40 years in just two years.

  32. I know this is the place where I can come on and say “I love this President so much!”

    I loved reading this and can now go about my day (after I forward this to the 400+ supporters on my email list!) feeling uplifted!

    Thanks BWD – as usual you are the most important email that I open each and every day!

  33. They’re ignorant. This is my biggest shock, discovering how ignorant they are. If PBO is a sell-out, I don’t even want to think what they would call FDR. The real FDR, not the one they built in their minds.

  34. They are afraid. They are VERY afraid! Why do you think they spout all the BS they do? They played their hand,it sucked, we all found them out…even people that LIKED them (don’t ask me why)and now they’re in deep doo doo.These next 18 months will be very illuminating for a lot of people.To say these crazies are pessemistic is an understatement, and I don’t think the majority of Americans will buy what they’re trying to sell…not because they are Republicans, but because the President has made the case that they are betting AGAINST America.AGAINST the red, white and blue…really? Baseball, mom and apple pie be damned…we Americans can’t do squat?Does anyone think that vision for America is one that will fly with the majority? Not me.Not when I hear the words of proserity and the vision for the country that this President talks about.I double dog dare them!to keep that drum beat up…because they have aligned themselves with the minisule undereducated,(some by choice)populace that is terrified of the black guy calling the shots…and lo and behold, HE’S GOOD AT IT! This has more to do with each of them than it has with the President.The man could walk on water and bring world peace, but that wouldn’t be enough for them.If you talk to the regular person, they’ll get it, if they don’t already…it’s the SANE folks that should be spoken to,not the peole at the edge of the cliff. They will understand and never change…what a pathetic life they must lead.
    How does one hear that speech and not be moved to action to move our glorious country in a better direction? I can’t.THEY won’t because they already think this is as good as it gets.That’s where we have a huge difference of opinion…we believe there is so much more that we can do….they’re fine with 1955.No going back. I’m In.

  35. Yeah, I’ve been shocked too. I naïvely thought that those people in the “left” blogosphere, being political “junkies” , were very knowledgeable. About history. About policy. About the political process.

    Those last two years have been an eye opener.

    If we could find ways to canalize their anger and make them work constructively…. sigh…

  36. Dear McCain, always doing its best to undermine President Obama , and to prove that HE would have been a better president. This man is so blinded by his ego problems it’s pathetic.

  37. I saw the speech on CNN Live stream last night…

    I was so glad that he’s reminding people what he’s accomplished…but he needs more time to get things done.

    We already know we have a compassionate President, but these words for me were the highlight of the speech, that made me teary.

    And so, given the blessings that I’ve received, I want to look out for them, not out of charity but it’s because my life benefits from knowing when I’m driving down the street, look at that school that’s well funded and those kids that are learning. (Applause.) And I see an elderly couple strolling down the street and I say to myself, look at those folks, they’re secure and they’re comfortable in their retirement. (Applause.) And I see that person in a wheelchair going to work because somebody gave them opportunity, and I say, that’s how we make sure that everybody can use their talents. (Applause.)

    That makes my life better. That makes my life richer — knowing that everybody has a measure of dignity and respect, and a shot at the American Dream. (Applause.) I don’t do that for somebody else. I do it because it improves my life and it’s going to improve Malia’s life and Sasha’s life. (Applause.)

    Bless his heart, Folks that can’t appreciate this Wonderful Human Being…. have not yet realized that “to give, is giving back to yourself”

    We are truly blessed to have HIM lead this nation and We Must work as hard if not more to have Him lead for 5 1/2 Years….

    Peace and Love!!!

  38. They fear him because they know he’s doing the right thing, and they are not. And they wish they were on his side, and able to feel good about what they are up to. They can’t.

  39. I always say to my students, “those who do not study history, are condemned to repeat it”. I don’t know who said it, but as a U.S. history teacher I have been using parallels all year because I’m seeing history repeating itself, just under a different name.

  40. I don’t think that that as ever happened since the Republican Party came into existence but it’s an interesting idea. It would be a bizarre campaign though, with the Repubs trying to rally the troops to stop the anti-American through congressional checkmate while not having the guts to actually run against him.

  41. Umm — Why run JFK down (the only other president I have ever liked in my lifetime)?? Sure the legislation was passed after his death but primarily as a memorial to him. And, BTW, th media has been trashing JFK and the Kennedy family for decades so you’re not making an accurate comparison.

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