Monday, March 18, 2013
Takoma Park’s Thomas Perez is Obama’s pick to succeed Solis.
President Barack Obama nominated Takoma Park resident and former Montgomery County Councilman Thomas E. Perez as U.S. Secretary of Labor on Monday, CBS News reported. Perez served as secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation under Gov. Martin O’Malley from 2007 until his confirmation in October 2009 as an assistant attorney general heading the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Perez “knows what it's like to climb the ladder of opportunity,” Obama said in a video of Monday’s announcement posted on CBSNews.com. “He's the son of Dominican immigrants. He helped pay his way through college as a garbage collector and working at a warehouse. He went on to become the first lawyer in his family…
Monday, January 14, 2013
One-third fewer attendees are expected to attend this inauguration than the last one, but smartphone and tablet traffic is expected to be up.
Nearly 2 million people flocked to the National Mall for President Barack Obama's historic inauguration in 2009. This year, for his second swearing-in, projections peg the crowds to be between 600,000 and 800,000, according to a WJLA report. Mike Cornfield, a George Washington University political science professor quoted in the story, offered a possible reason for the projected downturn in attendance: "It simply lacks the dramatic transfer of power from one president to the next." WJLA also detailed comments President Obama uttered to supporters while campaigning: I think a lot of folks feel that, "Well, he's now president. He's a little grayer. He's a little older. It's not quite as new as it was." Compared to the 10 official balls held …
Monday, September 17, 2012
President Obama encouraged Americans to 'recognize ourselves in one another.'
President Barack Obama delivered a message of reflection, service and unity in a video message marking the Jewish High Holy Days. Jews around the world observe the new year this week with Rosh Hashanah celebrations that began Sunday evening and continue through sundown Tuesday. The first of the High Holy Days, Rosh Hashanah is followed by Yom Kippur, which begins at sundown on Sept. 25. “I hope that Americans of all faiths can take this opportunity to reach out to those who are less fortunate, to be tolerant of our neighbors and to recognize ourselves in one another," Obama said. "And as a nation, let us be mindful of those who are suffering and renew the unbreakable bond that we share with our friends and allies, including the state of …
Friday, September 7, 2012
Maryland's delegation was delighted with the speech.
Friday, September 7, 2012
By Matt Fleming, Capital News Service CHARLOTTE, NC—It's official—Barack Obama is this year's Democratic presidential candidate. Following last night's state roll call, there was nothing left for the president to do but take the stage and accept the party's nomination, while touting the past term's accomplishments and promising future prosperity. "America, I never said this journey would be easy, and I won't promise that now," said Obama. "Yes, our path is harder, but it leads to a better place. We draw strength from our victories, and we learn from our mistakes, but we keep our eyes fixed on that distant horizon, knowing that providence is with us, and that we are surely blessed to be citizens of the greatest nation on Earth." The speech …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
The issue could go before Maryland voters in November.
Facing pressure to take a stand, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that he supports same-sex marriage. In an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, Obama (D) described his “evolution” on the issue through talks with friends, and reflection on military personnel and members of his own staff who, he said, “are not able to commit themselves in a marriage,” adding that “at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.” Excerpts of the interview were scheduled to appear on ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer on Wednesday evening. The full interview is scheduled to appear on ABC’s Good Morning America on Thursday morning…