Full Text February 9-11, 2012: First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Second Anniversary Road Tour

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OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 112TH CONGRESS:

First Lady Michelle Obama Is on the Road with Let’s Move

Source: WH, 2-9-12


First Lady Michelle Obama Celebrates Let's Move Day in Iowa
First Lady Michelle Obama dances with students at the event highlighting Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative during her tour celebrating the second anniversary of Let’s Move!, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 9, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Ed note: this has been cross-posted from Let’s Move!

To celebrate the second anniversary of Let’s Move!, First Lady Michelle Obama is on a three day, four state tour, visiting people across the country whose lives have been impacted by her signature initiative.

First stop was Des Moines, Iowa where more than 14,000 students gathered to join Governor Terry Branstad as he declared February 9, 2012  Let’s Move! Day in Iowa. The energy in the Wells Fargo Arena was electric, as Olympians Michelle Kwan and Shawn Johnson talked to the crowd of students waving “Let’s Get Moving” signs about how eating healthy had helped them achieve their dreams.

Mrs. Obama said she she was in Iowa to celebrate the state’s bold ambitions:

We could have had this party anywhere in the country, right? We could have gone anywhere, but there is a reason why we wanted to come here to Iowa to be with all of you. And that’s because I am so proud of what you all are doing to make Iowa the healthiest state in this country by 2016.

I am proud that you guys are starting community gardens, that you’re eating your fruits and vegetables.  I’m proud that you guys are walking to school instead of taking the bus.  I’m proud that you’re working hard to get that 60 minutes of activity a day, every day.  I’m also proud of your government, and businesses like Hy-Vee, and community leaders across the state who are all coming together to help you guys get healthy, to keep moving.

This is exactly what “Let’s Move” is all about.  We want every single state in this country to do exactly what Iowa is doing.

Before the whole audience joined in singing “Happy Birthday” to Let’s Move!, the First Lady led the crowd in dancing  the “Interlude” — which originated at the University of Northern Iowa.

Next stop for the Let’s Move! team was the Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas where Mrs. Obama announced a groundbreaking commitment being made by the Department of Defense to secure the health of our troops and their families: For the first time in 20 years, the DOD is updating their nutritional standards to include more fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats,and  low-fat dairy products with every meal.

The First Lady praised the military leadership for being role models in the fight to improve our nation’s health:

And I want to emphasize that in doing so, you’re not just sending a powerful message throughout the military community.  You’re sending a message to our entire country.  And that’s one of the reasons I wanted to be here, because whenever our men and women in uniform step forward, America takes notice.  We are all inspired by your courage.  We are all inspired by your service and your sacrifice.

So when you make healthy eating a priority in your lives, the rest of us are more likely to make it a priority in our lives.

Mrs. Obama ended her day at an Olive Garden in Fort Worth, Texas, where she met with local parents who shared their concerns about raising healthy children as they sampled some of the healthy menu options from the popular chain, whose parent company, Darden Restaurants, has made a commitment to reduce calories and sodium in their meals and to provide healthier options in their kids’ menus.

First Lady Michelle Obama at an Olive Garden restaurant in Fort Worth, Texas (February 9, 2012)

First Lady Michelle Obama holds a roundtable dinner discussion at an Olive Garden restaurant in Fort Worth, Texas, Feb. 9, 2012, during a tour celebrating the second anniversary of Let’s Move!. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

The Let’s Move! birthday tour continues tomorrow morning in Dallas, with a Chef’s Move to Schools event with local students.

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To celebrate the second anniversary of Let’s Move!, First Lady Michelle Obama is on a three-day, four-state tour.

First Lady Michelle Obama dances with students in in Des Moines, Iowa
First Lady Michelle Obama dances with students in in Des Moines, Iowa, White House Photo, Sonya N. Hebert, 2/9/12

Campaign Buzz February 11, 2012: Mitt Romney Wins Maine Caucuses by a Narrow Margin Over Ron Paul — Ends Losing Streak

CAMPAIGN 2012

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University. Ms. Goodman has also contributed the overviews, and chronologies in History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, 4th edition, edited by Gil Troy, Fred L. Israel, and Arthur Meier Schlesinger published by Facts on File, Inc. in late 2011.

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IN FOCUS: MITT ROMNEY WINS MAINE CAUCUSES BY A NARROW MARGIN OVER RON PAUL

Romney wins support of Maine caucus-goers: Mitt Romney won the support of those attending Republican presidential caucuses Saturday in Maine, a key victory the former Massachusetts governor hopes will help him regain momentum after defeats in three nominating contests.

Romney won 39 percent of the votes of those who took part in a presidential poll at Maine caucus sites; Ron Paul took 36 percent of the vote, while former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum captured 18 percent…. – WaPo, 2-11-12

  • After Three Losses, Romney Edges Past Paul in Maine: Mitt Romney averted embarrassment on Saturday when he was declared the winner of a presidential straw poll in Maine’s nonbinding caucuses. He won 39 percent of the vote, barely edging out Representative Ron Paul of Texas, the only other Republican … – NYT, 2-11-12
  • Romney wins Maine caucuses by slim margin: Mitt Romney narrowly won Maine’s Republican caucuses, state party officials announced Saturday, providing his campaign with a much-needed boost after three straight losses earlier this week…. – AP, USA Today, 2-11-12
  • Mitt Romney wins Maine caucuses straw poll: He narrowly defeats Ron Paul, boosting his campaign after losses to Rick Santorum in three Republican nominating contests earlier in the week. Mitt Romney talks to a supporter at a caucus in Portland, Me. Though Romney won the caucus straw poll…. – LAT, 2-11-12
  • Maine caucus win gives Romney new momentum: Winning the Maine caucuses gives Mitt Romney a burst of momentum he hopes will carry him until the next major primaries in Arizona and Michigan, then Super Tuesday when 10 states hold elections…. – CS Monitor, 2-11-12
  • How Maine Helps Romney: There are essentially three ways in which the outcome of a caucus or primary helps us to understand who will eventually win the party nomination. The first way is the most literal: delegates are awarded, potentially bringing a candidate…. – NYT, 2-11-12
  • Romney adds to delegate lead after narrow victory in Maine caucuses: Mitt Romney added to his lead in the race for delegates Saturday with a narrow victory in the Maine Republican presidential caucuses. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, won 11 delegates and Texas Rep. Ron Paul won 10, according to … – WaPo, 2-11-12
  • Mitt Romney bounces back, wins Maine caucus straw poll: Reversing his embarrassing string of setbacks earlier this week when he lost Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri to Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney eked out a narrow win in the straw poll tied to Maine’s multiday caucuses Saturday…. – LAT, 2-11-12
  • Disappointment, optimism at Ron Paul headquarters in Maine: The moment Ron Paul’s narrow loss to Mitt Romney in the municipal caucuses here was announced on the TV screens Saturday night, supporters of the Texas congressman angrily greeted the news with booing, jeers…. – WaPo, 2-11-12
  • Maine sets up clash between Romney and Paul, who still steer clear of assailing each other: Mitt Romney and Ron Paul rarely even acknowledge each other in the Republican presidential race, focusing their attention and attacks on rivals Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum instead. That curious detente is being tested in Maine’s … – WaPo, 2-10-12

Full Text February 11, 2012: President Barack Obama’s Weekly Address Urges Congress to Pass the Payroll Tax Cut Extension

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OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 112TH CONGRESS:

President Obama urges Congress to extend the payroll tax cut to prevent a tax hike on 160 million hardworking Americans.

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address

President Barack Obama tapes the weekly address, White House Photo, Lawrence Jackson, 2/10/12

Weekly Address: Extending the Payroll Tax Cut for the Middle Class

Source: WH, 2-11-12

President Obama urges Congress to extend the payroll tax cut to prevent a tax hike on 160 million hardworking Americans.

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WEEKLY ADDRESS: Extending the Payroll Tax Cut for the Middle Class

In this week’s address, President Obama urged Congress to quickly pass the payroll tax cut extension to prevent a tax hike on 160 million hardworking Americans who are still recovering from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.  This is not the time for a self-inflicted wound on the recovery or placing an added burden on middle class families, so Democrats and Republicans must pass this commonsense tax cut without drama or delay.  We overcame the same standoff over the payroll tax cut extension in December with the help of the American people, and President Obama once again calls on all Americans to tell their elected leaders to do their jobs, put aside partisanship, and extend this tax cut for the middle class.

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
Saturday, February 11, 2012

Hello, everybody.

In recent weeks, we’ve seen signs that our economy is growing stronger and creating jobs at a faster clip.  While numbers and figures will go up and down in the coming months, what cannot waver is our resolve to do everything in our power to keep stoking the fires of the recovery.

And the last thing we should do is let Washington stand in the way.

You see, at the end of the month, taxes are set to go up on 160 million working Americans. If you’re one of them, then you know better than anyone that the last thing you need right now is a tax hike.  But if Congress refuses to act, middle class taxes will go up.  It’s that simple.

Now, if this sounds familiar, it’s because we’ve been here before.  Back in December, Congress faced this exact same predicament.  Ultimately, thanks to your voices, they did the right thing – but only after a great deal of bickering and political posturing that put the strength of our economy and the security of middle class families at risk.  We can’t go through that again.

Congress needs to stop this middle class tax hike from happening.  Period.  No drama.  No delay.  And no ideological side issues that have nothing to do with this tax cut.  Now is not the time for self-inflicted wounds to our recovery.  Now is the time for common-sense action.  And this tax cut is common-sense.  If you’re a family making about $50,000 a year, this tax cut amounts to about $1,000 a year.  That’s about $40 in every paycheck.  I know there are some folks in this town who think $40 isn’t a lot of money.  But to a student or a senior who’s trying to stretch the budget a little bit further?  To a parent who’s filling up the tank and looking at rising gas prices?  To them, $40 can make all the difference in the world.

And so can your voice.  I hope you’ll pick up the phone, send a tweet, write an email, and tell your representative that they should get this done before it gets too late.  Tell them not to play politics again by linking this debate to unrelated issues. Tell them not to manufacture another needless standoff or crisis.  Tell them not to stand in the way of the recovery.  Tell them to just do their job.  That’s what our middle class needs.  That’s what our country needs.

In the wake of the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes, we’re getting things going again.  And we’re going to keep at it until everyone shares in America’s comeback.

Thanks, and have a great weekend.

Campaign Buzz February 9-11, 2012: CPAC 2012 Roundup — Mitt Romney Wins Straw Poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference

CAMPAIGN 2012

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University. Ms. Goodman has also contributed the overviews, and chronologies in History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, 4th edition, edited by Gil Troy, Fred L. Israel, and Arthur Meier Schlesinger published by Facts on File, Inc. in late 2011.

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Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, joined by his family, addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington.
J. Scott Applewhite/AP

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, joined by his family, addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington.

IN FOCUS: CPAC 2012 — CONSERVATIVE POLITICAL ACTION CONFERENCE — MITT ROMNEY WINS STRAW POLL


Stephen Crowley/The New York Times
Sarah Palin, at the Conservative Political Action Conference, mocked President Obama in describing efforts to unseat him.

CPAC 2012 — Official Site

“I know conservatism because I have lived conservatism….
I did things conservatism is designed for – I started new businesses and turned around broken ones. And I am not ashamed to say that I was very successful at it.”” — Mitt Romney

“You are blessed to live in a time when America needs you….
Choose the candidate that you believe is the right person to lead this country. Not just to victory, but the changes that are necessary for that victory to be won…
We’re not going to win this election because the Republican candidate has the most money to beat up on their opponent.” — Rick Santorum

“This campaign is a mortal threat to the establishment, because we intend to change Washington, not accommodate it.” — Newt Gingrich

“In America, we believe that competition strengthens us. Competition relates to victory in 2012. We must stay true to our principles. I believe that the competition has got to keep going. But let’s make sure that the competition brings out the best in our party….
We know that the far left and their media allies can’t beat us on the issues, so instead they’ll distort our records. Let’s not do the job for them, OK, Republicans? OK, independents?” — Sarah Palin

At CPAC, Defeating Obama Trumps Fight for Nomination: The focus at the Conservative Political Action Conference was on a victory over the president, not on the battle among the Republican Party’s candidates…. – NYT, 2-12-12

The Candidates Speak at CPAC: Three Republican presidential candidates spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington on Friday. Each candidate delivered a variation of his stump speech and provided his own spin on the forum’s central themes…. – NYT

CPAC: Mitt Romney wins straw poll of conservative activists: Romney was the choice of 38% of the 3408 CPAC attendees who voted in the poll, and Rick Santorum finished second with 31%. Newt Gingrich won 15% and Ron Paul had 12%…. – LAT, 2-11-12

Romney wins presidential straw poll of activists attending CPAC: Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has won a presidential straw poll of activists attending the Conservative Political Action Conference, a key annual gathering of right-leaning Republican activists concluding Saturday in Washington.
Romney defeated Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.), who won the poll the last two years in part because CPAC tends to draw heavily from the college-aged crowd that has offered Paul its most enthusiastic response…. – WaPo, 2-11-12

Live blog of CPAC: Conservatives gather the three day annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that promises speeches from and discussions with leading Republican lawmakers, analysts and pundits…. – Day 1
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  • Mitt Romney rights the ship: Smith Mitt Romney’s win in a widely watched straw poll yesterday could earn the former Massachusetts governor new conservative credentials as he seeks a comeback heading into the Arizona and Michigan primaries from a recent string of losses on … – Boston Herald, 2-11-12
  • Romney Tops Santorum in CPAC Straw Poll: Mitt Romney has won The Washington Times/CPAC Presidential Straw Poll of conservative activists. Romney polled 38 percent of the respondents. Rick Santorum drew 31 percent, Newt Gingrich polled 15 percent, and Ron Paul polled 12 percent. (Feb. 11)… – AP, 2-11-12
  • At Conservative Conference, Romney Wins the Straw Poll: Mitt Romney won the annual straw poll of conservative activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, conference officials announced on Saturday in Washington. Mr. Romney received 38 percent of the 3408 votes cast…. – NYT, 2-11-12
  • Republican Candidate Romney Wins CPAC Presidential Straw Poll: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney won a straw poll sponsored by the Conservative Political Action Conference and the Washington Times. Front-runner Romney, a former Massachusetts governor…. – Business Week, 2-11-12
  • Romney wins 2012 straw poll of conservative activists: Mitt Romney won a presidential straw poll of Republican conservative activists on Saturday in a boost to his suddenly hard-fought battle against Rick Santorum. But Sarah Palin, a conservative Tea Party champion…. – ABS CBN News, 2-11-12
  • Romney Wins Maine Caucuses, Tops CPAC Straw Vote: Romney Wins Maine Caucuses, Tops CPAC Straw Vote VOA News The Republican Party’s race to find a challenger to US President Barack Obama in November’s election got somewhat clearer Saturday when the frontrunner, Mitt Romney…. – Voice of America, 2-11-12
  • In a divided GOP, Romney has a good day: At last year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, activists were chasing the idea that some dreamboat Republican they could fall for – Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, perhaps, or maybe New Jersey Gov…. – Philadelphia Inquirer, 2-11-12
  • Mitt Romney benefiting from divide among conservatives: The number of votes cast in a straw poll of conservative activists was only a couple thousand fewer than the total at Maine caucuses. But for Mitt Romney, the verdict of attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference may … – LAT, 2-11-12
  • Romney Calls Himself ‘Severely Conservative’ as Rivals Make Case: Mitt Romney, pushing to retain front-runner status in the Republican presidential race and build credibility with voters who have resisted him, told party activists he was a “severely conservative”… – BusinessWeek, 2-11-12
  • Romney touts ‘severely conservative’ stand: Staggered by Rick Santorum’s surge, Mitt Romney is trying to reset his presidential campaign … – Newsday, 2-11-12
  • Romney Tries to Woo Conservatives at CPAC: The former governor held a private meeting alongside the Conservative Public Action Conference with about three dozen evangelical … – NYT, 2-10-12
  • Palin Says Brokered Convention Would Not Hurt G.O.P.: Sarah Palin said Saturday that Republicans should be in no hurry to wrap up the presidential nominating contest, declaring that a competitive campaign until the August convention in Tampa would not complicate the party’s efforts to defeat President Obama…. – NYT, 2-11-12
  • At Conservatives’ Event, Palin Aims at President: The focus at the Conservative Political Action Conference was on a victory over the president, not on the battle among the Republican Party’s candidates…. – NYT, 2-11-12
  • Sarah Palin Rocks CPAC, Embracing a Long Primary: For the first time at the three-day conference known as CPAC in Washington, protesters disrupted a speech. But the response from Palin’s loyal supporters was fierce…. – ABC News, 2-11-12
  • Rick Santorum pitches his bona fides to conservative CPAC conference in Washington: Rick Santorum takes shots at the more moderate Romney… – NY Daily News,
  • Rick Santorum Assures Conservatives He Won’t Move to the Center: At a private lunch during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, DC, Rick Santorum assured 90 national conservative leaders that, if he won the Republican presidential nomination…. – PR Newswire, 2-11-12
  • Paul: Skipped CPAC to Try and Win in Maine: Texas Congressman Ron Paul says he planned on skipping CPAC for weeks, choosing instead to focus on his chances in Maine…. – Fox News, 2-11-12
  • Gov. Jindal prepping for national stage: Bobby Jindal of Louisiana addresses activists from America’s political right at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012.  A rising star within the Republican Party continued to make his …- CBS News, 2-11-12
  • Gingrich: busy first day in Oval office if elected: Newt Gingrich said Friday that if elected president he will repeal health care and finance reform, end overseas abortion aid, approve a major oil pipeline and move the Israeli embassy to Jerusalem — and that’s just on Day 1…. – AFP, 2-10-12
  • CPAC: Gingrich says he’ll undo Obama legacy on day one: At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday, the GOP presidential hopeful said that, if elected, he would wipe out much of President Obama’s legacy on his very first day in office…. – CBS News, 2-10-12
  • Gingrich Delivers Anti-Establishment Message at CPAC: Speaking to conservatives, Newt Gingrich dismissed his rivals as part of an establishment that wants to “manage the decay” of the country…. – NYT, 2-10-12
  • Mitch McConnell at CPAC: The Senate Republican leader called the White House staff and allied Democrats in Congress “liberal thugs.”… – NYT, 2-10-12
  • Rubio Receives Warm Reception at CPAC: In a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Marco Rubio extolled the promise of America and how it is being threatened by … – NYT, 2-9-12
  • Bachmann Assails Obama Before Conservatives: Michele Bachmann takes several liberties with the facts in characterizing President Obama’s positions on the Mideast…. – NYT, 2-9-12
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