President Obama & The First Lady Champion Working Families


President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the White House Summit on Working Families at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington. President Obama, as part of efforts to make the U.S. workplace more accommodating for employees with families, will on Monday direct federal agencies to step up efforts to give workers more leeway in determining their schedules.








President Barack Obama is introduced by Lisa Rumain of Martinsville, N.J., at The White House Summit on Working Families







President Barack Obama sits with, from left, Mark Weinberger, Ernst & Young, Alex Gorsky, CEO of Johnson and Johnson, Shelia Marcello, CEO of Care.com, Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks, and Dave Lissy from Bright Horizons during their meeting at the White House Summit on Working Families


Marlei Martinez: Obama Seeks ‘Good, Strong, Healthy Families’

President Barack Obama is encouraging Congress and the country to focus on issues here at home — namely how to improve the livelihoods of working families.Here are the five things we learned from our sitdown with the President: 1. The goal of the summit is … “… to lift up the conversation that everybody is already having individually and let people know you’re not alone out here,” Obama said. Priority one: Paid family leave According to a survey from the United Nations’ labor agency, of the 185 countries and territories with readily available information, only three do not provide paid maternity leave. And, you guessed it, the United States made that list. The other two countries are Oman and Papua New Guinea. “Paid family leave, we’re the only advanced country on Earth that doesn’t have it,” the President said. “It doesn’t make any sense. There are a lot of countries that are a lot poorer than we are that also have it.”

Priority two: Workplace flexibility The President said he’s pushing for workplace flexibility to give parents the opportunity to become more involved in their children’s lives and education. “We always say that we want parents involved in our kids’ education,” he said. “There are millions of families out there who can’t even imagine taking time off to go to a parent-teacher conference.” This type of workplace flexibility is a practice that he and the first lady believe will improve employee morale and motivation. Priority three: Child care. “We don’t do a very good job providing high-quality, affordable child care, and there are a lot of countries, a lot of our competitors do it,” Obama told Bolduan. “That means that it’s a lot easier for women to be in the workforce and not have to make choices that ultimately mean they’re, in some cases, getting paid less or having less opportunities. And it also means, by the way, that our kids are more likely to thrive.” Add to that list: Equal pay for equal work.

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President Barack Obama mimics someone handing him a baby





President Barack Obama walks down Calvert Street NW to have lunch at a Chipotle Mexican Grill in Washington, before they attended the White House Summit on Working Families. Walking with President Obama, from second from left are, Shirley Young, Shelby Ramirez, Lisa Rumain, and Rodger Trombley






President Barack Obama with Shelby Ramirez




Robin Roberts and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House Summit on Working Families








141 Responses to “President Obama & The First Lady Champion Working Families”

  1. 1 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    June 23, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Good evening!

    • 2 vcprezofan2
      June 23, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      Good stepping, Alycee.

      • 3 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        June 23, 2014 at 6:51 pm

        Just turned on downstairs computer and poof there it was!

        • 4 vcprezofan2
          June 23, 2014 at 6:52 pm

          And you grabbed the opportunity! Way to go! 🙂

          How *are* you, my dear?

          • 5 Alycee (@jazziz2)
            June 23, 2014 at 7:10 pm

            Hanging in there. Allergies are kicking my a**, so it is really difficult getting the yard and house ready for 4th of July. My garden is a mess as I was unable to be outside last summer. Thank God I have the O2 this year. Have discovered that the “weird” vine growing over top of my ornamental cherry tree is a grapevine! Clusters of green grapes! Can’t wait to find out the variety; if they are any good, I’ll dig it up and transplant it in the fall. Talk about making lemonade…

            Today was sort of productive; was up at 8:00. worked until 2:00. relaxed until 3:30, then took an hour and a half power nap. Now, I’m going to make dinner and put my kitchen back to normal…

            • 6 vcprezofan2
              June 23, 2014 at 7:23 pm

              Everything here sounds good! Terrific, Alycee! 🙂 🙂 Hope you get some sweet grapes.

    • June 23, 2014 at 6:48 pm


      • 8 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        June 23, 2014 at 7:15 pm

        Chiiiiiiippppppppsssssssss!!! Hope you saw my comment the other day re: Jan 20, 2017. We’ll still need TOD to cover the post-presidency. If the #newstainers don’t cover the President, they damn sure AIN’T going to cover his post-presidency! Hopefully, TOD will cover the post. Sure some other blogger will develop one to cover the next Dem Pres/administration.

    • June 23, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      Congrats Alycee!!!

      Spectacular, NW!!!!

  2. 13 Melanie
    June 23, 2014 at 6:47 pm
  3. June 23, 2014 at 6:47 pm

  4. 18 jacquelineoboomer
    June 23, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Okay, I’m sure this is all very important. But, truth be told, I can’t get past the suit. Cannot get past the suit. Sigh.

    Congrats on 1st, Alycee!

    • 23 hopefruit2
      June 23, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      Um…time to do some fact-checking on this claim…

      • 24 Don
        June 23, 2014 at 7:01 pm

        I’m doing my John McCain impersonation, where up is down and down is up, where the last is first and first is last. Besides, its true if I believe it to be true.

        • 25 MightyPamela
          June 23, 2014 at 7:03 pm

          Fair enough, Don, just please don’t shove your head up you-know-where like McDipstick does, okay?! 😉

  5. 26 hopefruit2
    June 23, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    PBO is wearing shades because he’s so dazzled and awed as he looks at me…

  6. 30 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    June 23, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    I woke up in time to catch the end of the leaders panel and ALL of FLOTUS. Caught the tail end of PBO’s speech this afternoon; will have to go to the tape when I get a few minutes.

    • 31 vcprezofan2
      June 23, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      It seemed to have been a very full day, Alycee, yet participants at the end sounded lively. I have to say that I found the parts I heard quite interesting.

  7. 34 Jovie
    June 23, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    What about that new cbs poll that Mark Knoller is trolling about?
    He seems so glee.

  8. 36 MightyPamela
    June 23, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Posted it on previous, before realizing y’all had long abandoned me… http://themetapicture.com/hubble-telescope-zooms-in-at-a-small-area-in-space/

  9. June 23, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    #TrustBarack and GIVE HIM A BLUE 114th Congress!!!

  10. 39 Nena20409
    June 23, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Au for Alycee. Congrats.

  11. 40 Nena20409
    June 23, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Excellent Post NW. Job well executed. Thank You.

  12. 41 hopefruit2
    June 23, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    CBS/NYT released a poll today claiming PBO’s “approval” is at 40%. Mark Knoller was just tweeting breathlessly but had no response when I demanded to see a link to the crosstabs. Well I did my own research and come to check the poll (and as I suspected) they have ZERO information about the race/ethnic/gender/age breakdown of the respondents. If you don’t believe me, you can check it out for yourself. I’ve provided the link right here.


    Meawhile, they heavily weight the sample towards so-called “Independents” who are known to lean mostly conservative/Libertarian.

    • 42 anniebella
      June 23, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      As I said early, enough with the dam polls.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • 43 hopefruit2
        June 23, 2014 at 7:30 pm

        It’s important that people know what fraudulent methods are used with the polling. I see some Obama supporters (who should know better) repeating those polls as if they were valid.

        We have to keep pushing back and refuting with the same aggression and frequency that the MSM is trying to shove these damn polls down our throats.

  13. 44 Nena20409
    June 23, 2014 at 7:19 pm

  14. 45 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    June 23, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Ms. Nerdy Wonka — THANK YOU for the great work you do here! Whenever I have faint doubts about young folks, I look to you and know that our future is in good hands! Once again, thank you!

  15. 47 vcprezofan2
    June 23, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    • 48 vcprezofan2
      June 23, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      President Obama spoke with Russian President Putin today about the situation in Ukraine. President Obama welcomed President Poroshenko’s peace plan and urged that Russia and separatist leaders work closely with the Ukrainian government to take concrete steps to implement it. The President called upon President Putin to press the separatists to recognize and abide by the ceasefire and to halt the flow of weapons and materiel across its border into Ukraine. The President emphasized that words must be accompanied by actions and …………………………….

  16. 49 Nena20409
    June 23, 2014 at 7:21 pm

  17. 52 Nena20409
    June 23, 2014 at 7:23 pm

  18. 53 anniebella
    June 23, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    POTUS and FLOTUS was on their “A” game today. I could have listen to FLOTUS and Robin talk for another hour. And I don’t want to see another question about FLOTUS running for the Senate, she answer that question today. Please put it to rest. The last thing FLOTUS want is to be involve in politics. And I don’t blame her.

  19. June 23, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Took Danny for a walk, sprained my foot, has a sad, seriously can’t be let out of the house.

    Okay, carry on.

  20. 73 Anjo
    June 23, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    A special order of naughty mats for me please I need instant delivery after that last photo with the shades

  21. 74 jacquelineoboomer
    June 23, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Reporters or pundits (even Joy) who send out questions without context because they can’t think of anything else to report about … are getting a bit jarring to me.

    • 75 hopefruit2
      June 23, 2014 at 7:32 pm

      BOOM! That’s the correct answer – on both levels! 🙂

      • 76 jacquelineoboomer
        June 23, 2014 at 7:36 pm

        Ha. Then she tweeted out “use the hashtag” – doesn’t she have staff to gather up her responses?

        Not sure why, but the media types are really annoying me today, and I’ve only been online an hour or so. It’s reminding me of an older gentleman I used to work with, a couple of decades ago … I usually saw him every morning, and would ask him, “How’s it going?” or something like that. He answered each time, dead serious, “It’s a daily struggle.”

        Think I just had to catch up with him in age, perhaps. It’s a freakin’ daily struggle!

        Well, now I’ve amused myself, again, so maybe not.

        • 77 hopefruit2
          June 23, 2014 at 7:37 pm

          They are as annoying as ever. That was a stupid question in the first place and I’m glad you gave her the correct answer.

          • 78 jacquelineoboomer
            June 23, 2014 at 7:42 pm

            Thanks. All she’s doing is giggling over the whole thing, like she has no idea how she’s coming across. No observant ego.

            I don’t get it.

            • 80 hopefruit2
              June 23, 2014 at 7:51 pm

              Someone said BB king and she’s all over that. I mean really? BB King is an entertainer – he makes no hard decisions about important domestic and foreign policy issues.

              • 81 jacquelineoboomer
                June 23, 2014 at 7:58 pm

                Well, B.B. King’s tour bus once passed me on an interstate 20 years ago, doing 20 miles above the speed limit (I swear to God I took off in hot pursuit because I saw it go off an exit, but I couldn’t catch up!), so maybe I should call in to her show and that’ll be good for another 5 mins. of conversation for her. And then MSNBC can switch over to the next news reader.

        • June 23, 2014 at 7:39 pm

          Well, some days are worse than others.

          Joy Ann Reid’s whole question is really ridiculous. That train has left the station.

    • June 23, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      That whole conversation is pissing me off. I’m so sick and tired of people who infantilize PBO and armchair criticize his presidency every freakin’ day.

      • 85 jacquelineoboomer
        June 23, 2014 at 7:37 pm

        I just wrote a comment here to hf2, similar to that! Every freakin’ day. It’s a daily struggle!

    • June 23, 2014 at 7:34 pm

      • 87 0388jojothecat
        June 23, 2014 at 10:08 pm

        So sorry Chips. Please be careful. I noticed that it does not take much to sprain, bruise, twist, and tweek any part of my body.

      • 88 0388jojothecat
        June 23, 2014 at 10:14 pm

        It pays HER rent which is all that matters to her. I am so sick and tired of the media. I thought she would be different. It just does not matter..woman, minority, gay, straight, young, old… Corp masters controls the content that’s put out there. They destroy President Carter in the media, Ford too…thus is their m.o.

    • 89 Nena20409
      June 23, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      She is writing a book on POTUS that is due out in Jan 2015. Her TL and conversations with others were mostly about the crude ways Today’s GOP are behaving towards POTUS. Some conversations involved how Dems wanted cohesion and worked with Reagan and GW Bush but the GOPers would not.

      I didn’t read it all. But Content matters.

    • 92 vcprezofan2
      June 23, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      ‘because they can’t think of anything else to report about … are getting a bit jarring to me.’

      Only now JO’B? Hat tip to your longsuffering spirit. This has bothered me from way back when, my disdain triggered first by Ed S and his Text A for yadi and B for yada. I saw it as pure and simply a way to cheat audience, making them do the work while avoiding having to do any real research themselves. Avoiding in fact, *their* responsibility (inherent in their job) to enlighten or inform. I feel the same when MSM (or whomever, planning an interview) send out a call for questions they should ask – do your own preparation you parasites! [I consider a politician doing a townhall, etc and asking for questions from voters a different thing.] What I find further annoying is that after going this route and getting all kind of responses back, they then build an entire, and generally useless, discussion around the topic/question they chose, creating a furor that in the end is virtually meaningless. Or, creating a consensus that the treat as gospel. In essence, they can walk out of the office, do nothing by way of research and preparation, then walk back in next session and expect social media to provide data for them to play with. Very, very irritating!

      • 93 jacquelineoboomer
        June 23, 2014 at 9:25 pm

        Well said!

        • 94 vcprezofan2
          June 23, 2014 at 9:50 pm

          TY. The idea has been in my head for a long time. The truth, IMO, is that a lot of the kind of poor reporting we are discussing is due both to ignorance AND a lack of interest in being knowledgeable, plus having airtime that needs to be filled. It’s why people like Gregory etc do not do push-back when guests spread myths, share discounted stories, or make up their own facts. The hosts/esses haven’t bothered to ferret out the facts themselves (yes Joy is more knowledgeable than most), and I bet you they rarely LISTEN to the speaker of the moment. They grant the other person time to speak (sometimes), while preparing to make their own next comment. We are not really hearing dialogues anymore, merely a back and forth in the most literal sense. It’s really more a kill time technique. [WHpresscorps = very visible model of talking but not listening]

  22. 98 Nena20409
    June 23, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Great Question Joy.

  23. 100 jacquelineoboomer
    June 23, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Democracy in action.

  24. 102 donna dem 4 obama
    June 23, 2014 at 7:34 pm

  25. 106 hopefruit2
    June 23, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Oh my…folks had better plan to take the day off from work (or call in sick, or work from home or whatever) this Thursday because I see that “USA vs Germany on Thursday” is already trending on Twitter…and it’s just Monday, y’all.

  26. 110 vcprezofan2
    June 23, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    A nine-year-old boy in eastern Kansas who decided to open his own little front-yard library and share books with his neighbors has been shut down for violating a city zoning ordinance.

    Spencer Collins lives in Leawood, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City. Like many precocious children, he loves reading. “It’s kinda like a whole ‘nother world, and I like that,” he told KMBC.

    Last month, Collins had an idea for how to share his passion for literature: a little free library. The Little Free Library Movement began in 2009 when Todd Bol of western Wisconsin built a mailbox-like structure that held books and placed it in his front yard with a sign to “take a book, return a book.” Little free libraries have since popped up around the world.

    On May 11, Mother’s Day, Collins put out his own little free library, complete with children’s classics like Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time and Roald Dahl’s The BFG.

    But a month later, his parents received a letter from officials saying the library violated the city’s zoning ordinance and needed to be removed or they would be fined. …………………….//


    • 111 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      June 23, 2014 at 7:54 pm

      I read that this morning. Pathetic!

      However, the storey did remind me that I said I would install a library in my yard this summer.

    • 113 globalcitizenlinda
      June 23, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      I have a lot of curse words to use about the people citing “zoning laws” but I won’t write them here out of respect for all;

      where is the (legal?) boundary for reading and sharing books????????

      • 114 vcprezofan2
        June 23, 2014 at 8:42 pm

        What struck me about it was the thought that the very neighbours quick to phone about the library probably wouldn’t have been worried if the kid had been playing with guns. No rationale for my thoughts except that was what I did think on reading the article.

  27. 115 donna dem 4 obama
    June 23, 2014 at 7:44 pm

  28. June 23, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    I think this is the only MK tweet I’ve ever RT’d ….

    …. but it’s a good one 🙂

    • 117 Nena20409
      June 23, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      Then how on God’s green earth would the Support of what POTUS has done……Folks support it……yet POTUS’ approval is underwater? The math as HF2 said is whacked…… 😉 paraphrasing HF2’s post.

  29. 118 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    June 23, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    BTW, if any of you live in Maryland Senate District 35, I’d like to solicit your vote for Bridget E. Kelly (not to be confused with the NJ BK, although we had a great time teasing MD BK). Bridget is a personal friend, former principal of our H.S., and a devote public servant.

  30. 119 donna dem 4 obama
    June 23, 2014 at 7:48 pm

  31. 122 hopefruit2
    June 23, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Thank goodness most people seem to know who the person most capable of uniting the US is.

    • 123 jacquelineoboomer
      June 23, 2014 at 7:53 pm

      Les East for President! The guy’s a reporter and tweeted that – and thanks for sharing it, hf2! Gonna follow what he has to say, for sure.

    • June 23, 2014 at 8:01 pm


      It’s such a vapid question because the real issue is, why is out country so divided? And the answer to that implicates our toxic media a great deal.

      • 125 hopefruit2
        June 23, 2014 at 8:10 pm

        And of course instead of putting blame and focus where it rightfully belongs, she takes the facile and disingenuous route of of tacitly blaming the administration for the unprecedented obstructionism.

        No Joy Ann, this is not “just politics” as you are claiming here. And NO ONE will ever convince me that it is.

        • June 23, 2014 at 8:23 pm

          OMG, this is so stupid. I despise the constant need to infantilize PBO, like he’s so much more naive than they are and if only he had their brains and their deep insights. It is his JOB to work with others and he always gives it his BEST. That is who he is. The fact that he is dealing with pure toxic idiocy does not mean he should match their behavior. That’s a sure sign of a loser. SO, I stand with POTUS and the hand he was dealt. He’s done an amazing job even in these unrelenting tough circumstances. And it’s a testament to his STRENGTH not his weakness.

          • 127 hopefruit2
            June 23, 2014 at 8:58 pm

            Exactly meta – it is PRECISELY because PBO didn’t take this childish “eye-for-eye” approach that he is still President today, and has accomplished so much.

        • 128 anniebella
          June 23, 2014 at 8:31 pm

          Have Phil Griffin and that two bit show gotten to our Joy?

          • 129 hopefruit2
            June 23, 2014 at 8:59 pm

            I heard she’s writing a book about PBO to be released in Jan 2015, so she’s probably looking for an early buyer base…

        • 130 purpleshoesla
          June 23, 2014 at 10:00 pm

          Another unfortunate and yet unsurprising disappointment she is. While I didn’t expect her to devolve into this kind of vapidity so quickly, I did expect it; as soon as I read here at TOD that she was getting her own show. What’s troubling to me is her downplaying and “mainstreaming” of everything the Repugs have done since our illustrious Prez got into office as “just politics”. And that the onus was on PBO to “just adjust”. Yes! Of course! That’s all he had to do and to have done it faster. Major effing codswallop! Virtually all the members of one of the political parties plotting on inauguration eve to undermine and engage in unprecedented obstruction against the President every day he’s in office is “just politics”? Congress deliberately scheduling more time for vacation than days actually legislating; and then on the days they’re in session wasting taxpayers dollars holding bogus investigative hearings, voting to repeal the ACA 50 + times and naming post offices is “just politics” ? Congress shutting down the government to the tune of $24 billion, jeopardizing the full faith and credit of the United States, starving children, veterans, the middle class is “just politics”? The relentless blatant disrespect full of racial animus towards our President is “just politics”? Really?? Joy needs to have seat with this crap. The ONLY books I’m interested in reading are ones our President pens himself. We’ve also already got the best “book” chronicling the President and his administration right here at TOD; day in and day out; live and in living color and in real time. Anything Joy feels she can add to the subject holds ZERO interest for me. I trust that karma will serve up a little retribution and all these so-called “authors” will find their books in the 99 cent bins while history holds up President Obama as one of the greatest presidents of this country .

          • 131 hopefruit2
            June 23, 2014 at 10:10 pm

            “The ONLY books I’m interested in reading are ones our President pens himself. We’ve also already got the best “book” chronicling the President and his administration right here at TOD;”


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    ICYMI –

  35. 138 jacquelineoboomer
    June 23, 2014 at 8:01 pm

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  37. 141 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    June 23, 2014 at 8:45 pm

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