Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Washington Watch: Week 10

Since many celebrated Spring Break last week (and for some this week):

Let's Keep it Short and Sweet!  


"Many lower-income people will qualify for federal premium subsidies, which will be available only when purchasing new coverage available in state- or federal-run insurance exchanges. It would make financial sense to take advantage of that government aid. Individuals earning less than $46,000 or families below $94,000 annually would be eligible for subsidies.
However, many people who are middle income or above could face significantly higher premiums next year with no subsidies."
Two Words:  "Who Knows?"


Three Words:  "Wake up America"


One Word:  "Really?"


Two Words: "See above"

  • Lighter news reported by Politico...as part of the Performance at the White House Series, the Obamas will host 'Memphis Soul' next week. Performers will include Al Green, Cyndi Lauper, Justin Timberlake, Queen Latifah, Joshua Ledet, Sam Moore, Mavis Staples, and others. The concert will air on PBS on April 16th at 8:00 EST.
Three Words: "Can I Attend?"


President Obama's First Term
A Look Back at Week 10 - 2009: 

  • With still high approval ratings, the President got tough with the automakers this past week, forcing the departure of General Motors Chairman Rick Wagoner. Meanwhile, as global economic conditions continue to prevent growth in developed countries, the President prepared to meet with world leaders at the G-20 economic summit in London. Accompanied by the First Lady, the eight-day European trip will be Obama’s first as President.
  • The First Online Town Hall. In a continuing effort to make use of today’s technology in government, the President conducted the first ever “virtual town hall” with almost a hundred thousand participants and more than three and a half million votes on questions. The session mixed online participants with a White House audience of about a hundred. The President answered questions from both groups. 
  • Financial Transparency for Bailout Funds.The Treasury Department has launched FinancialStability.gov, a website dedicated to showing the public how monies are spent and documenting the administration’s economic actions.


And Finally.....back to 2013:

The Obamas and the Bunny

Over 30,000 people (and the Easter Bunny) joined the Obamas at the 135th annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House. Trivia question...which President started the event?

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia, and Marian Robinson listen to Jessica Sanchez sing the National Anthem on the South Portico at the 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll, April 1, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Yes, that's American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez singing the National Anthem.

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