In this week’s address, the President offers his warmest greetings as millions of Americans prepare to celebrate Easter, and recounts the Passover Seder he hosted at the White House earlier this week, joining Jewish families around the world in their celebration.
White House spokesperson Jay Carney says during an interview that the toughest interview President Obama faced during the 2012 elections was from Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart. Carney said, “if you look back at 2012 and the series of interviews the sitting president of the United States gave, probably the toughest interview he had was with Jon Stewart. Probably the most substantive, challenging interview Barack Obama had in the election year was with the anchor of The Daily Show.” That is a pretty sad commentary on the state of the media when a comedy show has tougher questions to ask the President than White House journalist.
In the Weekly Republican Address, Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina talks about what he describes as the most important issue facing our nation today — job creation. Scott discusses legislation he’s introduced that would consolidate duplicate federal workforce training programs and help the unemployed and underemployed learn new job skills. “Unfortunately, Senate Democrats, for reasons I can only imagine are political, blocked its passage this week. Simply put, the American people deserve better than that — a modern, efficient workforce development system is essential to our future,” Scott says.
So let’s tackle this problem head on. A more responsive and efficient system will ensure our workforce competes and wins in the 21st century. Less bureaucracy means more resources helping those in need, rather than getting caught up in the quagmire pit of red tape and regulation that big government creates.
“Instead of having 35 separate federal workforce training programs with expensive overhead and administrative costs, let’s simplify them into one flexible Workforce Investment Fund.
“Instead of throwing billions of dollars each year at these programs with no measurable end results, let’s give states and localities the flexibility they need to develop targeted plans to help low-income families, young folks, those with disabilities and of course the unemployed, the long-term unemployed and the underemployed.
“And instead of watching 4 million jobs sit empty, let’s make sure those who want to work are learning the skills they need to succeed.
In this week’s address, President Obama highlights the important differences between the budget he’s put forward — built on opportunity for all — and the budget House Republicans are advocating for, which stacks the deck against the middle class. President Obama says, “the budget I sent Congress earlier this year is built on the idea of opportunity for all. It will grow the middle class and shrink the deficits we’ve already cut in half since I took office.” Congress has given him 0 votes for his budgets since he has been President, so it’s unlikely anyone will vote for this one as well. Obama continues about the Republican budget saying,
The Republican budget begins by handing out massive tax cuts to households making more than $1 million a year. Then, to keep from blowing a hole in the deficit, they’d have to raise taxes on middle-class families with kids. Next, their budget forces deep cuts to investments that help our economy create jobs, like education and scientific research.
Now, they won’t tell you where these cuts will fall. But compared to my budget, if they cut everything evenly, then within a few years, about 170,000 kids will be cut from early education programs. About 200,000 new mothers and kids will be cut off from programs to help them get healthy food. Schools across the country will lose funding that supports 21,000 special education teachers. And if they want to make smaller cuts to one of these areas, that means larger cuts in others.
Unsurprisingly, the Republican budget also tries to repeal the Affordable Care Act – even though that would take away health coverage from the more than seven million Americans who’ve done the responsible thing and signed up to buy health insurance. And for good measure, their budget guts the rules we put in place to protect the middle class from another financial crisis like the one we’ve had to fight so hard to recover from.
Policies that benefit a fortunate few while making it harder for working Americans to succeed are not what we need right now. Our economy doesn’t grow best from the top-down; it grows best from the middle-out. That’s what my opportunity agenda does – and it’s what I’ll keep fighting for.
President Bill Clinton goes on Jimmy Kimmel show 4/2/2014.
President Clinton talks about the event that Jimmy moderated for him in Arizona, the food he misses most since he became a vegan and Manny Pacquiao
President Clinton talks about young people and their role in the political process.
Jimmy grills President Clinton about UFOs, and they talk about the much needed change an alien invasion would bring to our country.
President Clinton talks about our incredibly divided political climate, the difficulty of getting voters to come out for midterm elections, and the political movements of young people in other countries.
President Clinton talks about his wife’s political aspirations, whether or not he would run for Vice President, the selfie he took with Jimmy, and how proud he is of his daughter Chelsea.
President Clinton talks about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, Obamacare, being raised in Arkansas, and what he thinks about being called “the first black President.”
Here is a comedy skit with Jimmy Fallon as Vladimir Putin talking with Sarah Palin.
This Web video features portions of Senator Ted Cruz’s speech at CPAC earlier this month. He closes the video with the old Obama campaign slogan, “yes we can.”
Vice President Joe Biden gave the weekly address this week because President Obama is out of town. Biden used this opportunity to push for raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. According to Biden it “is the right and fair thing to do, and the good thing to do for the economy. So it’s time for Congress to get behind the minimum wage bill offered by Tom Harkin of Iowa and Congressman George Miller of California—the proposal that would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.”
According to the White House, “this week’s address, President Obama says he will do everything he can to make a difference for the middle class and those working to get into the middle class, so that we can expand opportunity for all and build an economy that works for the American people.” President Obama says, “I want to work with Congress on this agenda where I can. But in this year of action, whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, I will. I’ve got a pen and a phone – a pen to take executive action, and a phone to rally citizens and business leaders who are eager to create new jobs and new opportunities. And we’ve already begun.”
Here is the full interview of President Obama by Fox News, Bill O’Reilly just before the blowout Superbowl game this past Sunday.