Remarks of President Barack Obama – Weekly Address – The White House – January 4, 2014
Hi, everybody, and Happy New Year.
This is a time when we look ahead to all the possibilities and opportunities of the year to come – when we resolve to better ourselves, and to better our relationships with one another. And today, I want to talk about one place that Washington should start – a place where we can make a real and powerful difference in the lives of many of our fellow Americans right now.
Just a few days after Christmas, more than one million of our fellow Americans lost a vital economic lifeline – the temporary insurance that helps folks make ends meet while they look for a job. Republicans in Congress went home for the holidays and let that lifeline expire. And for many of their constituents who are unemployed through no fault of their own, that decision will leave them with no income at all.
We make this promise to one another because it makes a difference to a mother who needs help feeding her kids while she’s looking for work; to a father who needs help paying the rent while learning the skills to get a new and better job. And denying families that security is just plain cruel. We’re a better country than that. We don’t abandon our fellow Americans when times get tough – we keep the faith with them until they start that new job.
Did someone forget to inform the President of the United
States that Democrats went home for the Christmas/New Year holidays? If I
remember correctly the Senate passed NDAA 2014 on Friday, December 20th
and then everyone, Republicans and Democrats alike, bailed on
Washington and America. And, if I remember correctly, on December 20th
Hussein Obama and family hopped on Air Force One and went to Hawaii for
So much for “We don’t abandon our fellow Americans when times get tough.” The pattern seems to be to either go to bed, or just go on a vacation.
If “denying families that security is just plain cruel” it
would look much more like a sincere statement had all of the
Republicans, and Democrats, and the President stayed until an agreement
was reached on that “lifeline.”
No, cruel is the so-called leader of this nation who takes a
sixteen day vacation while back on the mainland there are 600,000 plus
homeless in the dead of winter.
A recap, if you will bear with me, of articles posted daily while Hussein Obama enjoyed his golfing and shaved ice.
Day 1: Hawaii lawmaker pounded for taking sledgehammer to homelessness
Day 2: ‘Thankful’ Merced families get free turkeys for their Christmas dinner
Day 3: Rick Haglund: Michigan’s economy is running rough and the ‘check engine’ light is flashing
Day 4: As Homeless Line Up for Food, Los Angeles Weighs Restrictions
Day 5: Amid Manhattan’s wealth, homeless get a helping hand
Day 6: Christmas by Caleb: Commerce Township boy, 11, delivers joy to Detroit homeless
Day 7: After Christmas article about girl in homeless shelter, readers put a twinkle back in her eyes
Day 8: Christmas Dinner-in-the-Park
Day 9: Serving Up BBQ for the Homeless
Day 10: Christmas brunch at homeless shelter is about more than just the food
Day 11: Obama’s Vacation Is Boring, Here’s How He Could Spice It Up
Day 12: Frigid spell, snow push homeless to Poverello Center in record numbers
Day 13: Food stamp program changes lead to ‘staggering’ increase in need
Day 14: More Than 600,000 Americans Are Homeless On Any Given Night
Day 15: Winter Storm Hercules: Homeless People In NYC, Northeast Face Grueling Weather
Day 16: The Homeless Angels
The HUD 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress
More than 600,000 Americans are homeless on a given night, according to the latest government data, which conducts a count on a specific night in January every year. Nearly a quarter are children and a third were living in unsheltered places like parks, cars, or abandoned buildings.
The number of people who are chronically homeless, or who have been continuously homeless for more than one year or experienced at least four episodes over the last three, is over 100,000, and two-thirds go unsheltered. There were more than 57,000 homeless veterans.
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