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The Obama Administration: November 16-30, 2010

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This article is the 45th in a continuing series chronicling the unfolding history of the Obama Administration. The writer's opinions are not offered, leaving the readers to arrive at their own conclusions.

 

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"Just two years ago, this seemed impossible. In fact, there were plenty of doubters and naysayers who said it couldn't be done, who were prepared to throw in the towel and read the American auto industry last rites. Independent estimates suggested, however, that had we taken that step, had we given up, we would have lost more than 1 million jobs across all 50 states. It would have also resulted in economic chaos, devastating communities across the country and costing governments tens of billions of dollars in additional social safety net benefits and lost revenue." __Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, November 18, 2010

 

Day661/Nov16th/Tuesday: The President, in the East Room of the White House, awarded Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry during combat operations against an armed enemy in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan in October 2007. Transcript 

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The President met with United States Senator Robert Menendez and U.S. House Representative Nydia Velazquez and Luis Gutierrez of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in the Oval Office of the White House. They discussed the options on immigration reform. The President reiterated his support for fixing the broken immigration system and urged the CHC leaders to work to restore the bipartisan coalition backing comprehensive immigration reform. Source 

The President met with U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in the Oval Office. Source 

The President proclaimed November 14 through November 20, 2010, as American Education Week. Source 

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller alon g with the F.B.I.'s general counsel, Valerie E. Caproni met with senior managers of several major companies, including Google and Facebook about a proposal to make it easier to wiretap Internet users. Source 

Day662/Nov17th/Wednesday: The President met with his national security team on Afghanistan and Pakistan in the Situation Room of the White House. Readout 

The President and Vice President Joe Biden met with United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office of the White House. Source 

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The President awarded the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in the East Room of the White House. Transcript Video List of Award Winners

The President signed an Executive Order that authorized improvements to federally funded partnerships between the government and faith-based and neighborhood organizations. These changes were recommended by a taskforce of the President's Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, a group of church-state experts from across the ideological spectrum and unanimously approved by the full Advisory Council: the full Council report available here. Specifically, the Executive Order:  

-     1)  Required the government to protect beneficiaries of federally funded social service programs by providing referrals to alternative providers if the beneficiary objects to the religious character of the organization providing the services

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Retired, Robert Arend was president of an AFSCME local from 1997-2007.

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