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15

Apr

We also know that the most vivid images from that day were not of smoke and chaos, but of compassion, kindness and strength: A man in a cowboy hat helping a wounded stranger out of harm’s way; runners embracing loved ones, and each other; an EMT carrying a spectator to safety. Today, we recognize the incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy. And we offer our deepest gratitude to the courageous firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, runners and spectators who, in an instant, displayed the spirit Boston was built on - perseverance, freedom and love.
President Obama

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11

Apr

The real ‘voter fraud’ is perpetrated by people who make bogus arguments about voter fraud.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, during an address to the National Action Network, on the Republican-led war on alleged voter fraud (via brooklynmutt)

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Black or white, man or woman, urban, rural, rich, poor, Native American, disabled, gay, straight, Republican or Democrat. Voters who want to vote should be able to vote. Period. Full stop.
Barack Obama, talking in NYC today about voter suppression.  (via mar-see-ah)

10

Apr

The story of America is a story of progress, however slow, however incomplete, however harshly challenged at each point on our journey, however flawed our leaders, however many times we have to take a quarter of a loaf or half a loaf, the story of America is a story of progress. And that’s true because of men like President Lyndon Baines Johnson… We shall overcome. We, the citizens of the United States. Like Dr. King, like Abraham Lincoln, like countless citizens who have driven this country inexorably forward, President Johnson knew that ours in the end is a story of optimism, a story of achievement and constant striving that is unique upon this Earth. He knew because he had lived that story. He believed that together we can build an America that is more fair, more equal and more free than the one we inherited. He believed we make our own destiny. And in part because of him, we must believe it as well.
To to all the members of Congress, the warriors for justice, the elected officials and community leaders who are here today, I want to thank you. You know, four days into his sudden presidency, and the night before he would address a joint session of the Congress in which he once served, Lyndon Johnson sat around a table with his closest advisers preparing his remarks to a shattered and grieving nation. He wanted to call on senators and representatives to pass a civil rights bill, the most sweeping since Reconstruction. And most of his staff counseled him against it. They said it was hopeless, that it would anger powerful Southern Democrats and committee chairmen, that it risked derailing the rest of his domestic agenda. And one particularly bold aide said he did not believe a president should spend his time and power on lost causes, however worthy they might be, to which, it is said, President Johnson replied: Well, what the hell’s the presidency for? What the hell’s the presidency for if not to fight for causes you believe in?

06

Apr

Western arms merchants’ profits from the sale of weapons to Arab oil producing states are staggering: tens of billions of dollars are spent annually. The Americans are the biggest pedlars of weapons for petrodollars, but the British, Canadian and French authorities have also kept silent on the region’s political abuses in order to secure their access to the world’s most lucrative arms bazaar. Washington and London are not just looking away. Rather, they are complicit in and have helped build the political order that rests on oppression and the indefinite detention of hundreds of children… Last week I received an email from the father of Abdallah Madan, a 17-year-old Bahraini-American citizen, who was arrested for protesting in early March. He has been beaten, his nose has been broken, and there is no sign of his being released any time soon. US embassy officials were made to wait three weeks before being allowed to see him, and have so far not made his case a priority. Meanwhile, Abdallah has asked his father to take up the cause of more than 450 other children languishing in Manama’s prisons for standing up to autocracy. Reflecting on how all this came about, Madan wrote that they often told Abdallah that his support for democracy was because ‘he drank a lot of American water’ when he was a small child in Virginia. The US authorities would do well to drink some more of that water, too.

01

Apr

beingliberal:

This is my President! -  Barack Obama gave a speech today defending the Affordable Care Act and calling out its attackers:
"This law is doing what it’s supposed to do…It’s helping people from coast to coast…There are still no death panels! Armageddon has not arrived! Instead this law is helping millions of Americans…The debate about repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay."
He’s right. Obamacare  isn’t going anywhere. Here are ten reasons to celebrate.

beingliberal:

This is my President! -  Barack Obama gave a speech today defending the Affordable Care Act and calling out its attackers:

"This law is doing what it’s supposed to do…It’s helping people from coast to coast…There are still no death panels! Armageddon has not arrived! Instead this law is helping millions of Americans…The debate about repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay."

He’s right. Obamacare  isn’t going anywhere. Here are ten reasons to celebrate.

17

Mar

The future of Ukraine must be decided by the people of Ukraine. That means Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected, and international law must be upheld.
President Barack Obama, March 17, 2014 (via statedept)

12

Mar

Look, Bill O’Reilly is used to saying kind of stupid things to get attention. There’s not much of a difference between the president appearing on Between Two Ferns and appearing on The O’Reilly Factor. The difference is that we admit we’re a comedy show.
Between Two Ferns director Scott Aukerman fires back at Bill O’Reilly. (via mediaite)

11

Mar

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