"The transgendered community has to be protected. I just don’t have any tolerance for that sort of intolerance. And I think we need to legislate aggressively to protect them."
Barack Obama (via ambitionbird)
Did he seriously say this? I googled it, and confirmed it, but I still can’t believe it. This is amazing.
But will he do anything? (via janedoe225)
He. Already. Is.
(Source: andythenerd, via squeetothegee-deactivated201111)
"Worst of all, this is a vision that says even though America can’t afford to invest in education or clean energy; even though we can’t afford to care for seniors and poor children, we can somehow afford more than $1 trillion in new tax breaks for the wealthy. Think about it. In the last decade, the average income of the bottom 90% of all working Americans actually declined. The top 1% saw their income rise by an average of more than a quarter of a million dollars each. And that’s who needs to pay less taxes? They want to give people like me a two hundred thousand dollar tax cut that’s paid for by asking thirty three seniors to each pay six thousand dollars more in health costs? That’s not right, and it’s not going to happen as long as I’m President."
Wow. Our president sounds like Senator Bernie Sanders.
BAM! BIFF! POW! SOCKO! And down goes the GOP!
It sounds like he realized that he’s going to have to rally the base for the election next year.
IT’S ABOUT FUCKING TIME, Mr. President.
(Source: whitehouse.gov, via juljessup)
Same goes if Mitt Romney ends up being the GOP candidate.
Same goes if Sarah Palin ends up being the GOP candidate.
But if Hilary is running for the Dems… then it might be tough. (It’s going to be my first time voting, and I would vote for Hilary, during the 2008 run, I agreed with her more than Obama).
Hilary stated in ‘08 she would not be running for president again. She said it a few times after that as well.
Why in the world would Hillary run as a Dem against the incumbent Dem president?
"Nope. Zero,” the president said to the speaker. Mr. Boehner tried again. “Nope. Zero,” Mr. Obama repeated. “John, this is it.” A long silence followed, said one participant in the meeting. “It was just like an awkward, ‘O.K., well, what do you do now?’"
President Obama to Speaker Boehner about how much he would be willing to cut from Planned Parenthood funding. (via comeondontbullshitme)
This makes me happy. REMEMBER WHEN THE GOP TRIED TO HOLD WOMEN’S BODIES HOSTAGE AND OUR PRESIDENT WAS LIKE NOPE?
(Source: The New York Times, via squeetothegee-deactivated201111)
So what this means, though, is that we need a better way of figuring out which schools are deeply in trouble, which schools aren’t, and how we get not only the schools that are in really bad shape on track, how do we help provide the tools to schools that want to get even better to get better.
That way of measuring success and failure, that’s the first problem with No Child Left Behind that we need to fix. Instead of labeling schools a failure one day and then throwing up our hands and walking away from them, we need to refocus on the schools that need the most help. We need to hold our schools accountable for the success of every child –- black, white, Latino, Asian, students with disabilities, English language learners.
So first we’re going to have to fix how schools are labeled and identified. But we’ve got to do more than that. In recent years, 15 states have actually lowered their standards to make it easier for their kids to meet the targets set by No Child Left Behind. Think about that. That was — that’s a pretty perverse incentive when states say to themselves, you know what, let’s lower our standards so that we have an easy time — easier time passing those standards so that we don’t get punished under No Child Left Behind. That makes no sense. That’s inexcusable.
— President Obama: “It’s Not Enough to Leave No Child Behind. We Need to Help Every Child Get Ahead.” (via girlwithalessonplan)
"This one is pretty easy. It was Malia, my 10-year-old daughter’s birthday party. We were in Montana. And you know, she’s a Fourth of July baby. So often times, during this campaign, we’d be traveling during birthdays. And so we were in this small hotel, I think a Holiday Inn. And we had this big public thing. The staff organized for a smaller family party. And we were in this nondescript conference room—with—Malia and Sasha, Michelle, me, my sister, my brother-in-law and my niece. And there was a cake. And there was some food which wasn’t, you know, stellar. And the staff had put together an iPod of all of her favorite music. The Jonas Brothers and Beyoncé. And we spent the evening just dancing. And we were all dancing to their favorite songs. And they were laughing because, you know, obviously their daddy is dancing ridiculous. And Malia came up and said, “This is the best birthday I’ve ever had.” And she meant it. And—and I looked at her and I realized—you know, that she was growing up. And that she was wise, turning out to be somebody who would say that to her dad even if she didn’t mean it, just to make me feel good. And yeah, it chokes me up right now talking about it. Yeah, my kids get to me every time."
Barack Obama, on the last time he cried. Video at this source. (via apsies) (via julyshewillfly) (via scout) (via yesyes) (via linzo)