Obama’s entire White House website, including data and Español/Spanish now live at the Obama Library site

White House website
Source: Wikipedia
All factual information from the Obama presidency is not lost! The President Obama White House website, including its Spanish language pages and its data catalog all remain publicly accessible at the ObamaWhiteHouse.gov website. Even the Obama White House social media feeds have been archived there.

Creation of this resource is another huge reason to thank President Obama: as of 23 January 2017, the incoming administration has already removed both climate change data and all Spanish language information. Pres. Obama’s team tells why he created the archive and what you’ll find there:

In January 2017, the White House website was archived as a way to preserve the online presence of the administration of President Barack Obama. Additionally, the websites for Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative, the We The People Petitions, and the White House Data Catalog (open.whitehouse.gov) were also preserved. These websites are historical material, “frozen in time.” They are no longer updated and links to external websites and some internal pages will not work.

These archived websites are an excellent resource for photographs, speeches, press releases, digital data, and other public domain records of the Obama Presidency from 2009–2017.

The official files making up the websites are archived in NARA’s Electronic Records Archives (ERA), however the website interface and functionality is preserved for easy use by the public through this portal.

The portal allows for easy navigation and contains much more information than the 1-3% of official documents which are maintained by NARA. When clicked, old links will automatically redirect to their new location on the President Obama White House website.

The organization hosting the archived site is the Barack Obama Presidential Library (obamalibrary.gov).

Onwards and Upwards with Barack and Michelle Obama

President and Michelle Obama are ready to begin the civilian phase of their lives with the kickoff the Obama Foundation. When you have the chance, please respond to their invitation to sign up for upcoming news. Mr. Obama says:

“I want our First steps to reflect what matters most to you. Share your thoughts with me at Obama.org.”

Obama Fdn news signup
Source: obama.org

On live TV Pres. Obama offers the perfect comeback to Trump’s nasty tweet

Obama: at least I will go down as president
Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live via The Guardian and YouTube

The President responds to Trump’s tweet, “Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States,” with the comment, “Well, @realDonaldTrump, at least I will go down as a … president … (mic drop)!”

That’s just one of the mean tweets the president read out and responded to on the Jimmy Kimmel show a couple of days ago. Our president does not disappoint.

Mean Tweets President Obama Edition 2015
Source: Jimmy Kimmel show

Here are some of the mean tweets Pres. Obama dealt with on the Jimmy Kimmel show last year.

Obama coaches Trump in debate strategy
Source: Jimmy Fallon via YouTube
In case you’re not entertained enough yet, watch as Jimmy Fallon aka Donald Trump takes a phone call from Obama, who offers tips on how to do well in the next presidential debate.

Thanks Ari Lopez Wei for the awesome share!

The favorite official White House photographs of 2015

President Obama with baby in elephant suit
Source: White House photographer @PeteSouza’s Instagram Account
White House Photographer Pete Souza takes about 250,000 (a quarter of a million) photographs of the president and White House activities every year, about 500-2000 shots a day. His year-end gallery shows 111 of the photos he took in 2015 and Politico shares 21 of them. I found Souza’s forward-thinking career approach interesting: “My Favorite picture will hopefully be the one I make later today, or tomorrow.”

An exclusive NBC News report shows Souza’s behind the scenes insights into White House life and his three most favorited Instagram Photos of 2015. Two are of President Obama with babies. Souza says, “He loves babies.”

See more White House photos and videos
Follow @petesouza on Instagram

Hat tip to Helen Tinsley for the share

Obama has done so much to get conservatives angry with him. Go Prez!

Yes We Can
Source: cfishy on Flickr
Here’s Jay Bazzinotti’s answer to the question: What has Barack Obama done that gets so many people angry? It’s such a great answer, I love it :-).

(Obama) had the un-mitigated gall to be a Black man who beat two Republican candidates. Furthermore, he had the bad sense to be articulate, a faithful husband and good father. Moreover, he unpatriotically was able to stop our soldiers from being killed in the Middle East while saving us $30 – 50 billion dollars a month.

It was bad form for him to kill Osama bin Laden seeing as how the previous Administration was unable to do it.

In addition, he made the mistake of saving the economy from falling into depression. But worst of all, he took Jesus at his word and treated all people, including gays, women, latins, Blacks and whites the same as he would have wanted to be treated. It was clearly a major transgression for him to try to fix the broken health system in America. In addition, he foolishly gained the respect of our Allies, something the previous administation worked assiduously to destroy.

Finally, he made the unforgivable error of trying to protect the environment and save the planet from climate change, something we absolutely CANNOT have. The Republicans are correct — this madman MUST be stopped.

Thanks muchly to John Hughes for the great share!

In 84 seconds learn why Cable & Telcos are trying to gut Net Neutrality funding and take it away from you

Squeezing internet users
FFTF warns that Big Cable & Telcos want to squeeze more money out of users

Fight for the Future cautions:

Net Neutrality is Under Attack. Don't let Congress break the Internet by dismantling Net Neutrality — share this video to raise the alarm.

Why not also call your elected federal officials and ask them to protect net neutrality on your behalf? Calling is a powerful action to make sure net neutrality doesn’t go away. Call using this convenient tool.

white house net neutrality letter
President Obama endorses net neutrality
The White House defines net neutrality:

More than any other invention of our time, the Internet has unlocked possibilities we could just barely imagine a generation ago. And here’s a big reason we’ve seen such incredible growth and innovation: Most Internet providers have treated Internet traffic equally. That’s a principle known as “net neutrality” — and it says that an entrepreneur’s fledgling company should have the same chance to succeed as established corporations, and that access to a high school student’s blog shouldn’t be unfairly slowed down to make way for advertisers with more money.

In 84 seconds, learn from this FFTF video why net neutrality (AKA the Open Internet) is important to all the ways we experience and share information about our lives and businesses and why we need to fight to keep the internet open — the way it has been from the start.

Visit FFTF on Facebook.

Obama falls in love with baby pope & his popemobile at White House Halloween

Obamas with baby pope
Source: wh.gov video
President Obama falls for the baby pope at this year’s Halloween White House celebration and names him the top prize winner. First Lady cleary likes Popini too :-). If you’re watching the video, caution: cute alert! Love Dad’s Men in Black outfit too.

This nice little video shows more 2015 White House Halloween fotos and gives the history of the celebration.

Hat tip to Cynthia Flood for the fabulous share.

Iran nuclear deal recognizes sovereign energy rights but creates careful bomb proliferation monitoring

obama on Iran dealOn the eve of it taking effect, Truthout shares Amy Goodman’s report on the Iran nuclear deal that has been negotiated by President Obama.

JAVAD ZARIF: Let me begin by expressing my appreciation to everybody, to those who started this process and those who have continued this process in order to reach a win-win solution on what, in our view, was an unnecessary crisis, and open new horizons for dealing with serious problems that affect our international community. I believe this is a historic moment. We are reaching an agreement that is not perfect for anybody, but it is what we could accomplish, and it is an important achievement for all of us. Today could have been the end of hope on this issue, but now we are starting a new chapter of hope.

AMY GOODMAN: Under the deal, sanctions on Iran could be reinstated in 65 days if the deal is violated. A UN weapons embargo is to remain in place for five years, and a ban on buying missile technology will remain for eight years. Despite these measures, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the deal a “bad mistake of historic proportions.”

We go now to Vienna, where we’re joined again by Flynt Leverett, author of Going to Tehran: Why America Must Accept the Islamic Republic of Iran. He’s a professor of international affairs at Penn State; served for over a decade in the US government as a senior analyst at the CIA, a Middle East specialist for the State Department and as senior director for Middle East affairs at the National Security Council.

FLYNT LEVERETT: … Iran undertakes regarding certain limits on its nuclear activities that will address nonproliferation concerns that the United States and some other countries have had. As an analyst, I have personally never been persuaded that Iran was seeking to build a nuclear weapon, but for those who are concerned about that possibility or that risk, I think this is a very good deal from a nonproliferation standpoint.

At the same time, in terms of nuclear commitments, I think Iran has achieved something very significant here, which is basically a recognition of the reality that states have a right to a peaceful use of civil nuclear technology in all respects. This is not a right that is granted by the Non-Proliferation Treaty; it is a sovereign right that’s recognized by the treaty. From an Iranian perspective, the United States and the Security Council tried for years to deny Iran that right. And now, without Iran having sacrificed it, the international community is recognizing that right, and I think that’s an important step on the nonproliferation front, as well.

I say, the war hawks have profited enough for 1000 lifetimes. Let’s give peace a chance.

Obama at Georgetown on breaking the cycle of poverty. Real talk.

Obama at Georgetown Poverty SummitAt the Georgetown University #PovertySummit President Obama made some very real comments, tying his own background to modern society’s challenges in the areas of education and social investment; access to jobs, internet, transportation; mentoring, youth, fatherhood, families and community:

I am a black man who grew up without a father, and I know the cost that I paid for that. And I also know that I have the capacity to break that cycle, and as a consequence I think that my daughters are better off … For me to have that conversation does not negate my conversation about the need for early childhood education, or the need for job training, or the need for investment in infrastructure or jobs in low-income communities…

But when I’m sitting there talking to these kids, and I’ve got a boy who says, you know what, how did you get over being mad at your dad, because I’ve got a father who beat my mom and now has left, and has left the state, and I’ve never seen him because he’s trying to avoid $83,000 in child support payments, and I want to love my dad, but I don’t know how to do that — I’m not going to have a conversation with him about macroeconomics. (Laughter and applause.)

I’m going to have a conversation with him about how I tried to understand what it is that my father had gone through, and how issues that were very specific to him created his difficulties in his relationships and his children so that I might be able to forgive him, and that I might then be able to come to terms with that.

And I don’t apologize for that conversation.

Amen, Mr. President.

Here’s the full transcript of President Obama’s remarks.

Obamas celebrate Native American youth with website & tribal gathering

Generation Indigenous
The White House launched its new Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) portal to serve as a one-stop shop for Native youth.

The Gen-I initiative focuses on improving the lives of Native youth through new investments and increased engagement. This initiative takes a comprehensive, culturally appropriate approach to ensure all young Native people can reach their full potential. Gen-I will help improve the lives of Native youth by promoting a national dialogue and policies and programs to mobilize and cultivate the next generation of Native leaders. Key programs address: education, health and nutrition, juvenile justice, housing, and youth engagement.

Gen-I includes two components:

Youth engagement, including the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering that will bring Native youth leaders to Washington, DC for a day-long convening in the summer of 2015.
Strategic investments and policies, including resources for education reform and building capacity.

More on the White House Website or visit Gen Indigenous

Obama Cares. Romney is just clueless.

Christie thanks Obama for his help

Christie thanks Obama for his helpA pretty odd report by CBS News tries to show Obama in a bad light, but since there’s no legitimate criticism to report, the article ends up grudgingly praising the President’s stewardship of the nation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s destruction. CBS points out that President Obama will shine if he simply takes good care of the nation in these difficult days – which Obama will of course do consummately well, because he’s an excellent manager and he cares – and laments that Romney as the non-encumbent can’t do much to counterbalance that.

Meanwhile, MSNBC reports that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has the good grace to publicly express gratitute for Pres. Obama’s help with Sandy’s “devastation” and quotes Christie saying:

“… working with President Obama on securing resources for the state has been great… The president has been all over this, and he deserves great credit,” Christie said. “He gave me his number at the White House and told me to call him if I needed anything, and he absolutely means it. It’s been very good working with the president and his administration. It’s been wonderful.”

President Obama and the governor spoke three times on Monday, Christie stated. “He asked me what I needed. I said if he could expedite the Major Disaster Declaration without all the normal FEMA mumbo-jumbo. He got right on it,” added Christie. “I got a call from FEMA at 2am… and then this morning I understand he signed the Major Disaster Declaration for New Jersey.”

Obama is able to extend help to New Jersey because he has been rebuilding FEMA since Dubya Bush almost gutted the program during his presidency. In 2005, Eric Holdeman defended FEMA in a Washington Post opinion piece:

…the disastrous aftermath of Hurricane Katrina … makes it all the more difficult to understand why, at this moment, the country’s premier agency for dealing with such events – FEMA – is being, in effect, systematically downgraded and all but dismantled by the Department of Homeland Security.

Yet, despite the distress felt by so many today in the wake of Sandy’s impact and the overwhelming public gratitude of high-profile GOP darling Chris Christie, Romney refuses to back off the position that FEMA should be dismantled once and for all. Forbes is one of the growing number of organizations that has become displeased with Romney’s policies and is making no bones about saying so. Romney says that funding FEMA is irresponsible because the expense will leave future generations saddled with government debt. Forbes responds:

While it’s swell that Governor Romney is concerned about the future of our kids, at this very moment —as the densely populated Northeastern section of the USA is experiencing a catastrophic disaster at a result of Hurricane Sandy—I can tell you that millions of people in the line of this extraordinary and unprecedented storm are also very much concerned for their children. However, these folks do not have the luxury today of worrying about the future of their kids. The concern these people are experiencing is today..right now…immediate…and very, very real.

For these people, the need for FEMA is neither political nor abstract.

Social Hierarchy Pyramid
The Few exploit the Many
It’s become obvious that when Romney promotes the idea of small government, he’s talking about a federal government that’s too small to stop bad-ass rich guys like him from robbing the middle and working classes and destroying the land, and is also too small to help average Americans out when disaster strikes. Equally obvious: conservatives who did not sign up to support the social extremism that Romney and Ryan represent are increasingly distancing themselves from that message. In a telling recent vote of no-confidence, the Mormon-owned Salt Lake Tribune endorsed Obama, offering scathing criticism to Romney, who is a brother Mormon:

In considering which candidate to endorse, The Salt Lake Tribune editorial board had hoped that Romney would exhibit the same talents for organization, pragmatic problem solving and inspired leadership that he displayed here more than a decade ago. Instead, we have watched him morph into a friend of the far right, then tack toward the center with breathtaking aplomb. Through a pair of presidential debates, Romney’s domestic agenda remains bereft of detail and worthy of mistrust.

Therefore, our endorsement must go to the incumbent, a competent leader who, against tough odds, has guided the country through catastrophe and set a course that, while rocky, is pointing toward a brighter day. The president has earned a second term. Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first.

Trump thumbs his nose at average AmericansOn the other side of the political spectrum, Donald Trump’s Tower windows are apparently too high for him to see that millions of people reeling from Sandy’s punishment have no time or patience for his silly pre-election attack on Obama. Trump sent out a Tweet today extending the deadline on his offer to donate $5 million to charity if Obama “shows” Trump his school transcripts and passport. Trump missed the memo that the FBI, CIA and Secret Service already checked all of that out for America. Sagely, our President hasn’t honored this selfish inanity with a response.

So, you might ask, what about Kimi – what’s her position in all of this? Well, I’m pretty happy today: my family was blessed with the good fortune of having lights and heat right through the storm. We weren’t directly affected by flooding and the prediction I made came true. I told a friend just before Sandy hit, “Wouldn’t it be excellent if the Obama signs remained standing during the storm while all of the Romney signs got swept away?” and this is exactly what happened – look!

Obama sign rises above Sandy's stormwater
Obama yard sign rises above Sandy’s stormwater (the Romney signs washed away)

Why Obama’s challenging GOP positions

Obama 2012While the Republicans keep dishing out lies, Obama has to keep reminding people of the realities. Otherwise the liars win. After Ryan’s completely lying performance at RNC, the GOP rose in the polls. People haven’t known what to believe.

Fortunately, since President Obama is consistent, can back up his assertions with proof and encourages people to check out what he says, the public is slowly learning that it’s possible to trust what he says and conversely, much of what the Republicans say is suspect, if not downright BS.

Irish President Higgins Tells Tea Partier Off

Short version of audio interview

In this 2010 interview, Irish President Michael D. Higgins – then labor party leader – takes Megyn Kelly to task for attempting to spread Tea Party lies. President Higgins says, “(Your) tactic is to get a large crowd, whip them up, try and discover what is the greatest fear, work on that, and feed it right back in a frenzy.” He speaks of living and working in the United States in the 1970s in “Willie Nelson country,” and being astonished to discover that many decent, hard working Americans, the type of people, “…who are very proud, as they should be, of the man (Obama) they’ve elected president…” and continues

And that leads you in time then – to when you have in fact maybe one of the most gifted Presidents elected. I happen to not agree with all of his foreign policy… but you know, you regard, for example, someone who happens to have been a professor at Harvard – as somehow now, very handicapped. You don’t find anything wrong at all with this Tea Party ignorance that is being brought all around the United States, which is regularly insulting people who have been democratically elected.

Michael Higgins in NewsTalk audio interviewLong version here

Higgins adds,

I’ve spoken of my time in the Midwest. I’m going to the Greyhound bus station and hearing for the first time “poor white trash.” These (decent American) people, who – you know – I was there before the Civil Rights charter came in and frankly the idea that a person would not have one job, but could have two jobs, or three jobs and work all the light hours that there are and still not be entitled to the basic protection of fundamental healthcare is outrageous.

So, whether you agree with Obama on what he is doing and aspects of his foreign policy… But, one of the things I do agree with: the idea of there being a social floor below which people cannot fall. That’s the future. I think even the poorest people in the great country that is the United States should be entitled to basic health care… and I don’t think they’ll thank the Sarah Palin lookalikes and followers for taking it off them.

Full (written) transcript of interview lybio.net