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President Obama Signs The America’s Promise Summit Declaration

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President Barack Obama signs the America’s Promise Summit Declaration, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. From left are, John Gomperts, President and CEO, America’s Promise Alliance, Alma Powell, Chair, America’s Promise Alliance, the president, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Harris Wofford.

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Text of the President’s remarks here

Information on America’s Promise here

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President Barack Obama answers a question about the performance of the Secret Service after a signing the America’s Promise Summit Declaration, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. The president said the Secret Service does “a great job.” He says he is grateful for the “sacrifices” the service performs on his behalf and on behalf of his family.


56 Responses to “President Obama Signs The America’s Promise Summit Declaration”


  1. 1 MightyPamela
    September 22, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    • 6 vcprezofan2
      September 22, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      Well, hello there, MP! Very agile movements to get to the top! ❤

      • September 22, 2014 at 7:05 pm

        Ha! ‘Agile’ is tame!! Not only I was on my phone, but the signal was crap, and I was in both mailboxes reading a message from the family of the lady I had been caring for late summer ~ she passed peacefully in her sleep this morning. So, I knew she was close to going, and thanked them for bringing me in to help with her end of life care. After I posted my second comment, I got up and lit a candle for her ~ what an exciting and dynamic time to Cross Over and Go Home!! 🙂 🙂 ❤

  2. 8 vcprezofan2
    September 22, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    NerdyW strikes again! 😀

  3. September 22, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Thanks, Nerdy, for posting the link and beautiful pictures. I missed that event today. Time to watch it.

  4. September 22, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    The White House intruder was arrested in July with a load of weapons and a map with an arrow pointing to the White House. Why was he released? Why wasn’t he referred to the Secret Service??

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/23/us/white-house-intruder-was-arrested-in-july-with-trove-of-weapons.html?emc=edit_na_20140922&nlid=15875684&_r=0

    • 13 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      September 22, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      I WOULD BE VERY INTERESTED IN WHO OMAR’S FRIENDS ARE…WAS HE SENT TO TEST THE WH SYSTEM?????…WE ALSO NEED SOME NEW PEOPLE IN THE SECRET SERVICE!

  5. September 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    This is a BFD.

  6. September 22, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    In Arkansas, David Pryor leading Cotton 47%-43%

  7. 17 Nena20409
    September 22, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Knock Out Post NW.
    MP is the Gold winner, Yes!

  8. 19 vcprezofan2
    September 22, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Here is an article that summarizes what several here have expressed/hinted at….

    //………………..

    But the key question arising from Friday’s incident is not whether the White House perimeter should be expanded, but why Secret Service agents did not act more quickly when Gonzalez jumped the fence and began running toward the mansion. Why was no agent able to catch him outside? Why did agents not release the dogs that are trained to stop intruders? And why did agents not lock the White House door once the perimeter had been breached?

    Those were human failures, not design shortcomings. And to some members of Congress, those human failures have been going on for quite a while at the Secret Service.

    Calling the breach “totally unacceptable” and expressing amazement that the White House door was open, Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, hinted there is more trouble than the public knows about. “This is not the first time Secret Service has shown too much vulnerability,” Chaffetz tweeted after the incident. “There are other unreported incidents. I will continue to push.”
    …………………..
    But members of Congress are right to express deep concern. The Secret Service knew about Omar Gonzalez, who might as well have carried a sign saying “I AM A THREAT TO THE PRESIDENT.” And yet he made it through the White House door.

    It’s not enough for the president and his aides to express confidence. They need to find out what is wrong with the Secret Service and fix it, fast.

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/something-is-terribly-wrong-with-the-secret-service/article/2553800

    • 20 arapaho415
      September 22, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      Wow.

      The reports I’ve heard on the radio are chilling.

      That Omar Gonzalez had been stopped several times before, with arms and a map with the WH location circled.

      I’m opposed to police overreach, but with that information, the Secret Service should have had surveillance on cars near the WH that matched Gonzalez’ vehicle’s description and license plate.

      • 21 vcprezofan2
        September 23, 2014 at 9:13 am

        You are probably just waking up as I ‘pen’ this, so a good east coast morning (a little chill, a little rain maybe) to you, Arapaho.

        In the matter of WH security I don’t even think police overreach. I’m opposed to killing people without thought, but I am not opposed to slowing down someone (who is in a prohibited place) with a judiciously placed bullet. Every time I think of this I return to the argument ‘What’s the point of having trained snipers, if they haven’t been trained in how to prevent fatalities yet deter intruders and those with ill, or confused, intent? Have they only been trained in shoot to kill? If so, isn’t it time they are retrained?

  9. September 22, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/22/white-house-intruder-ammunition_n_5863226.html

  10. September 22, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    I believe that ISIS is all about scaring us and expects us to engage in actual ground confrontation to cripple the US. I applaud the President not to take the bait. We need more drones to DRONE ISIS in the desert wherever they lay low.

  11. September 22, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    I believe that ISIS is all about scaring us and expects us to engage in actual ground confrontation to cripple the US. I applaud the President not to take the bait. We need more drones to DRONE ISIS in the desert wherever they lay low.

    • 27 arapaho415
      September 22, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      Yep, ISIS has that in common with GOP.

      And it’s infuriating that the MSM and self-serving Dems (looking at YOU, Leon Panetta — who [surprise!] has a new book coming out) who jeopardize PBO/Secretary Kerry’s multi-national coalition building by their treasonous reports which do nothing but aid the enemy and undermine our foreign policy in general.

  12. September 22, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Love how things trickle out. Tuesday we will find out he had a B-2 stealth bomber in his backyard.

  13. 30 arapaho415
    September 22, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    I know that many in TODville love professional sports, and I did too as a child/young adult. Couldn’t get enough LA Dodgers or San Diego Chargers — Sandy Koufax was my idol, and Lance Alworth my fav Charger. And no announcer has ever come close to Vin Scully, ever (IMO).

    However, the money paid to professional athletes and everyone else in management ranks of the NBA and NFL is not commensurate with what they do. Too much money corrupts, adversely affects one’s judgment.

    From the article:
    “Years into the recovery, young people are still resisting the pull of television. TV viewership among every age demographic under 55 is down between 12 and 16 percent since 2009, according to analysis from MoffettNathanson. Without the allure of live sports, the cable bundle might unravel.”

    • September 22, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      I agree Arapahoe and I think that the age of bundle cable is dying. I am pulling the plug on my cable tee at the end of the month and will only have access to cable internet. I am not a sports fan and only like a one network teevee show and that is The Big Bang Theory. I love HGTV especially when there is nothing on cable and during the elections so I won’t have to listen to the pundits.

      • 32 arapaho415
        September 22, 2014 at 8:12 pm

        Thanks, jojo!

        I recently moved and didn’t want to tie myself into any long-term contracts, so no TV for me.

        My internet is provided by Verizon, which was the only service I could find that didn’t require a contract.

        So now I have a landland phone number, but no physical phone, LOL.

      • 33 arapaho415
        September 22, 2014 at 8:14 pm

        Drat, I hit the “Post Comment” button to say that the only TV I miss is HGTV.

        In the winter I like to watch ice skating — hopefully that will be on the internet as well.

  14. 34 vcprezofan2
    September 22, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    I hadn’t heard Boko Haram’s leader had been killed.

    Another 10 Boko Haram terrorists surrender to military -By Kingsley Omonobi

    on September 22, 2014 / in News 11:37 pm

    ABUJA—As information spread among Boko Haram insurgents of the death of their leader, Shekau, more of the terrorists, who believed their planned attack on Maiduguri would no longer be feasible, have continued to surrender to Nigerian soldiers.

    On Sunday night another set of terrorists surrendered to troops in Kawuri, the town where a bloody battle raged between troops and the terrorists a fortnight ago leaving over 50 terrorists dead.

    In a tweet on the incident posted its handle yesterday, the Defence headquarters said, “Another Set of 10 Terrorists yesterday surrendered to Troops at Kawuri. In custody for necessary security debriefing”

    Vanguard gathered that with this number from Kawuri; about 40 terrorists including those from Konduga have so far surrendered. Only on Saturday, five terrorists surrendered with all their weapons to troops at Konduga pleading for mercy

    ……………………………………

    http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/09/another-10-boko-haram-terrorists-surrender-military/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

  15. September 22, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    I see Colin Powell and I am reminded of his interview on MTP …in which he called PBO a transformational figure…

  16. September 22, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Great to see Colin Powell behind the President. Thanks for posting the pics and video.

  17. September 22, 2014 at 8:08 pm

  18. September 22, 2014 at 8:39 pm

  19. 50 arapaho415
    September 22, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    FYI…

    Another report I heard on the radio today is that 75% of Americans believe in climate change.

    24% do not.

    I recall a survey from a year or so ago that said 24% of Americans believe the sun revolves around the earth.

    So 24% is the baseline for RWNJ opinions. Those are people who wouldn’t believe their house was on fire if someone they knew to be a Dem told them so.

    Reminder… (posted yesterday, and @NYtimes has a report as well):

    Hope this causes the Kochs to be treated like the pariahs they are.

    And another group who deserve the same fate. I still seethe at the hubris of Pacific Gas & Electric when a San Bruno neighborhood exploded by a leaking gas main. PG&E ignored residents warnings that they could smell gas days before the explosion, and Wikipedia tells me that it took PG&E an hour to determine the explosion was caused by them. Wouldn’t they know immediately, with a drop in pressure in their meters in that neighborhood?

    • 51 MightyPamela
      September 22, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      They all sicken me. They are more than 30 years late in waking up to reality, all the while guarding their maximized profiteering on brutally selling the Earth out from under us all. We tried to tell them this in the 60’s and 70’s, we were laughed at, and ignored. And too many of these guilty ones are Boomers, who were born as a group to raise consciousness. No conscious evolution for those who only saw it as a chance to fill their own coffers. May they pay dearly, along with the rest of us.

  20. 52 Nena20409
    September 22, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Josh “The Voice” Earnest at the WH presser today….9-22-14

  21. September 22, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    I’ve been saving this tweet for tonight – evening before UN focus on climate change & stateless terror.

  22. 56 Nena20409
    September 22, 2014 at 9:02 pm


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