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Saturday, September 15, 2012

President Obama's Weekly Address: Carrying on the Work of Our Fallen Heroes

President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton at the White House on September 12, 2012 

(September 15, 2012) -- President Barack Obama gave his weekly address to the nation on the subject, Carrying on the Work of Our Fallen Heroes, in which he says, "This week in Libya, we lost four of our fellow Americans. Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, and Chris Stevens were all killed in an outrageous attack on our diplomatic post in Benghazi. These four Americans represented the very best of our country."

President Obama concluded by saying, "We will carry on the work of our fallen heroes....We are Americans. We know that our spirit cannot be broken, and the foundation of our leadership cannot be shaken. That is the legacy of the four Americans we lost – men who will live on in the hearts of those they loved, and the strength of the country they served."

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Friday, September 7, 2012

President Obama Proclaims National Days of Prayer and Remembrance in Honor of 9/11 Victims

(September 7, 2012) -- President Barack Obama today proclaimed National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, from Friday, September 7 through Sunday, September 9, 2012.  Here is the full text:

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Eleven years ago, America confronted one of our darkest days. The events of September 11, 2001, brought collapsing towers in Manhattan and billowing smoke at the Pentagon, wreckage on a Pennsylvania field, and deep ache to the soul of our Nation. Nearly 3,000 innocent people lost their lives that morning; still more gave theirs in service during the hours, days, and years that followed. All were loved, and none will be forgotten. On these days of prayer and remembrance, we mourn again the men, women, and children who were taken from us with terrible swiftness, stand with their friends and family, honor the courageous patriots who responded in our country's moment of need, and, with God's grace, rededicate ourselves to a spirit of unity and renewal.

Those who attacked us sought to deprive our Nation of the very ideals for which we stand -- but in the aftermath of this tragedy, the American people kept alive the virtues and values that make us who we are and who we must always be. Today, the legacy of September 11 is one of rescue workers who rushed to the scene, firefighters who charged up the stairs, passengers who stormed the cockpit -- courageous individuals who put their lives on the line to save people they never knew. It is also a legacy of those who stood up to serve in our Armed Forces. In the 11 years since that day, more than 2 million American service members have gone to war. They have volunteered, leaving the comforts of home and family to defend the country they love and the people they hold dear. Many have returned with dark memories of distant places and fallen friends; too many will never return at all. As we mark these solemn days, we pay tribute to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in faraway lands, to heroes who died in the line of duty here at home, and to all who keep faith with the principles of service and sacrifice that will always be the source of America's strength.

On September 11, 2001, in our hour of grief, a Nation came together. No matter where we came from, what God we prayed to, or what race or ethnicity we were, we were united as one American family. This weekend, as we honor the memory of those we have lost, let us summon that spirit once more. Let us renew our sense of common purpose. And let us reaffirm the bond we share as a people: that out of many, we are one.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Friday, September 7 through Sunday, September 9, 2012, as National Days of Prayer and Remembrance. I ask that the people of the United States honor and remember the victims of September 11, 2001, and their loved ones through prayer, contemplation, memorial services, the visiting of memorials, the ringing of bells, evening candlelight remembrance vigils, and other appropriate ceremonies and activities. I invite people around the world to participate in this commemoration.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventh day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.


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President Barack Obama Maps Out His Vision for Four More Years

President Barack Obama accepted his party's nomination last night at the Democratic National Convention, and laid out his vision for moving America forward.

"On every issue, the choice you face won't be just between two candidates or two parties. It will be a choice between two different paths for America," President Obama said.  "A choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future."

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Caroline Kennedy Endorses Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention

Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President John F. Kennedy and president of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, gave a rousing endorsement of President Barack Obama for re-election at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC.

Kennedy told the delegates, "Barack Obama is the kind of leader my father wrote about in "Profiles in Courage." He doesn't just do what's easy. He does what's hard. He does what's right. My father couldn't run for a second term. It was left to his brothers, our family and the generation they inspired to fight for the America he believed in. Now, it's up to a new generation, our children's generation, to carry America forward."

Here is the full transcript of Caroline Kennedy's speech

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Bill Clinton Gives Fiery Endorsement of Barack Obama at Democratic National Convention

Former US President Bill Clinton officially nominated President Barack Obama for a second term and praised him for laying "the foundation for a more modern, more well-balanced economy that will create millions of jobs."

The 48 minute speech before an enraptured and enthusiastic audience included a sweeping overview of economic history over the last fifty years and minute, in-depth analysis contrasting Democratic and Republican styles of governance.

At the end of the speech, President Obama walked out on stage and embraced President Clinton, ending an extraordinary night.  Here are highlights of President Clinton's speech, or read the full transcript

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Addresses Democratic National Convention

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick gave a fiery speech at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, September 4, in praise of President Barack Obama, and urged Democrats to "grow a backbone" in terms of defending the president's record and for his re-election.

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Governor Patrick also contrasted President Obama's success to Mitt Romney's one-term as Governor of Massachusetts, saying “Mitt Romney talks a lot about all the things he’s fixed...I can tell you Massachusetts was not one of them.”

Patrick, who formed Together PAC, "to encourage people to engage as active citizens at the grassroots level, to inspire candidates to run on their convictions, and to support governing for the long term with an unwavering commitment to generational responsibility as our compass."

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John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Hosts Forum on Changing Political Demographics at the Democratic National Convention on September 5

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation in Boston is hosting a forum called Changing Political Demographics at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.

The forum features a number of leading politicians and media experts, including Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Democratic strategist Maria Cardona, New York Times Columnist Matt Bai, Publisher and Editor in Chief of The New Republic Chris Hughes, and Meet the Press host David Gregory.

The event is available to view live on webcast starting at 4:00 p.m.

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Joe Kennedy III Speaks at Democratic National Convention, Evokes Ted Kennedy's Spirit

(Photo Courtesy of Brian O'Connor)

Joseph P. Kennedy III , a candidate for the Fourth Congressional District of Massachusetts, spoke at the opening night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC last evening.  He evoked the memory and the spirit of his late uncle Senator Ted Kennedy while introducing a video tribute to the senator.

Kennedy told the delegates, "This is the first convention since 1956 that we meet without Senator Kennedy, but make no mistake, he is here with us this evening.  I see it in the passion of our delegates, the character of the candidates and the causes that unite us."

Reminding delegates of the senator's strong support of Barack Obama in 2008, Kennedy said, "Four years ago, Uncle Teddy marveled at the grit and grace of a young senator who embodied the change our country sorely needed.  As we pause today to remember Senator Kennedy, we recommit ourselves to the learder he entrusted to carry on our cause."

Here is a video of Joe Kennedy's speech.

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