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Monday, June 6, 2011

President Jonathan meets President Obama at the White House on Wednesday

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria to the White House

President Obama will welcome President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria to the White House on Wednesday, June 8.

The President looks forward to consulting with President Jonathan on the latest regional and global developments, and deepening our strong bilateral partnership.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Barack Obama is also Irish and the Irish love him

As Queen Elizabeth 2 ends her own first visit to Ireland, President Barack Obama begins his own.

President Barack Obama

He will be one of eight hundred thousand Americans expected to travel to Ireland this year, but his is perhaps the most historic one, because he is actually going back to his ancestral roots. Yes, Barack Obama is also Irish. Most people know him as a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, whose mother Ann Dunham Stanley came from Wichita, Kansas of mostly English descent with the roots of her family tree going as far back as Germany, Wales and of course Ireland where Obama will be welcomed with open arms in Moneygall, County Offaly the birthpace of his great-great-great grandfather Falmouth Kearney (who emigrated to the US in 1850, because of the potato famine). Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, was a descendant of one of Kearney's daughters, Mary Ann Kearney, and Jacob William Dunham. So, the Irish can also claim him and how amusing that would be to his kith and kin from his black African father Barack Obama, Sr., a Luo from Nyang'oma Kogelo, Nyanza Province, Kenya.

Obama's 24-hour visit to Ireland begins on Monday and will receive the warmest of Irish hospitality when he visits the Emerald Isle where hundreds of thousands of well wishers will line the streets to his ancestral village of Monegall in Co, Offaly where preparations to host him are already in full swing.

“We have huge connections with America and we look forward to deepening those in years to come and giving a warm Irish welcome to all the Americans that come here. There are 40 million people of Irish decent in America and we think they are going to be thrilled that President Obama is coming here and the genealogical connection is an indelible one and we are delighted that president Obama is coming here to discover his roots with us in Ireland,” said Niall Gibbons, CEO Tourism Ireland.

“Well, we traced back nine generations from the president, so we took Megan Smolenyak’s work and we took it back another four generations again, tracing it back to the late 1600s and that’s a real achievement in Irish Genealogy because so many of the records have been destroyed over the previous 300 years. The thing to remember as well, is that the president’s family, they weren’t rich, they weren’t anglo Irish, they were simply a regular family and to be able to trace them back was really quite something,” enthused Fiona Fitzsimons, Genealogist, Eneclann.

“We hope he will come and visit the school house behind me where his ancestors were educated. The ancestral home still stands in the village, that’s another important site, also Templeharry church. So there are three important sites within the area for anyone to come and visit, and of course it wouldn’t be a presidential visit to Ireland without a traditional stop off in the local pub for a pint of Guinness,” said Henry Healy, one of the 28 living Irish relatives of President Obama.
'The place is buzzing,' Majella Hayes, co-owner of Ollie Hayes bar in Moneygall, told the German Press Agency dpa.
'The atmosphere is electric. The bar is full of visitors and locals alike. There's nowhere to park your car in the village. There are hundreds of extra people around,' said Hayes, in whose bar President Obama is expected to sample a pint of Guinness on Monday afternoon. But a source at the White House doubts whether the president will drink it.

'There is a lot of work going on too with telephone lines and the likes being put in. This is not a tourist town, so we're not used to anything like this,' she added.

During his stay President Obama will also visit the capital city of Dublin where a huge celebration rally is planned according to Tourism Ireland.

Photo: The residents of Moneygall is in the grip of Obamania, because later this month Obama will be making a presidential pilgrimage here to discover his Irish roots. Photo: KIM HAUGHTON.

Photo: Dorma Lee Reese poses for a picture at her home in Tucson, Ariz., Wednesday, March 16, 2011. Reese, 83, a retired EEG technologist, learned about a year ago that she is a third cousin to President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson.)

According to Monsters & Critics, souvenir shops are springing up along with an Obama café, residents painting their houses, with one even painting the front of his house in the colours of the US flag. US flags are on display and tourists can buy t-shirts proclaiming 'Is feidir linn,' which means 'Yes, we can,' in Irish and 'What's the crack, Barack?'. There's also high-fibre, low-fat Obama bread on sale in the grocery shop.

Villagers have also been treated to repeated visits from men in dark glasses, making preparations for the stringent security arrangements and a man was quizzed for making death threats.

US president is also scheduled to address a crowd of villagers and visitors and meet the Prime Minister Enda Kenny on Monday morning and later attend a concert in the evening before making a speech at central Dublin's College Green, where former US President Bill Clinton addressed a crowd of tens of thousands in 1995.

About 12 per cent of Americans claim Irish ancestry, and Ireland has welcomed several US presidents to their ancestral homes since the visit of John F Kennedy in 1963.

Monsters & Critics reported that some cynics pointed out that Obama is only 1/32 Irish. But in Moneygall at least, in the words of a song in his honour, 'There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama.'

Barack Obama Is í an Ghaeilge agus an Ghaeilge grá dó sin.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July to all the citizens of the United States of America

A new book chronicles circumstances of the emergence of Barack Obama

Happy 4th of July to all the citizens of the United States of America.
Let me share the following message from President Barack Obama.

Michael Chima --

The Fourth of July is especially dear to my family. For us, it is not just our nation's birthday. It is the day Michelle and I became parents 12 years ago. And I can't wait to watch the fireworks with Malia on her birthday tonight, as we do every year.

As we celebrate the profound pride of being American, today is a time to honor the women and men in our armed forces, whose immeasurable bravery and sacrifice have made our country what it is today.

That sacrifice is shared with husbands and wives, with sons and daughters, with fathers and mothers, who are asked to wait at home as their loved ones protect our nation. Their heroism, too, has helped pave the path of our freedom.

Even before we moved into the White House, Michelle was a champion for those military families. She has witnessed their struggles, and she has made it her personal mission to fight for them. On this Fourth of July, she recorded a personal message, commemorating our nation's birthday and paying tribute to these families.

Please take a minute to watch Michelle's video -- and join us as we honor our military families here and abroad:

From all of us, happy Independence Day.

Thank you, and may God bless America.

~ President Barack Obama

July 4th, 2010

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Americans Are Getting Fatter and Fatter in 28 States in the US

29 Jun 2010 16:07 Africa/Lagos

New Report: Adult Obesity Increases in 28 States

Striking Disparities Persist; Obesity Rates Highest Among Blacks and Southerners

WASHINGTON, June 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Adult obesity rates increased in 28 states in the past year, and declined only in the District of Columbia (D.C.), according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2010, a report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). More than two-thirds of states (38) have adult obesity rates above 25 percent. In 1991, no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent.


The report highlights troubling racial, ethnic, regional and income disparities in the nation's obesity epidemic. For instance, adult obesity rates for Blacks and Latinos were higher than for Whites in at least 40 states and the District of Columbia; 10 out of the 11 states with the highest rates of obesity were in the South - with Mississippi weighing in with highest rates for all adults (33.8 percent) for the sixth year in a row; and 35.3 percent of adults earning less than $15,000 per year were obese compared with 24.5 percent of adults earning $50,000 or more per year.

"Obesity is one of the biggest public health challenges the country has ever faced, and troubling disparities exist based on race, ethnicity, region, and income," said Jeffrey Levi, PhD, executive director of TFAH. "This report shows that the country has taken bold steps to address the obesity crisis in recent years, but the nation's response has yet to fully match the magnitude of the problem. Millions of Americans still face barriers - like the high cost of healthy foods and lack of access to safe places to be physically active - that make healthy choices challenging."

The report also includes obesity rates among youths ages 10-17, and the results of a new poll on childhood obesity conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and American Viewpoint. The poll shows that 80 percent of Americans recognize that childhood obesity is a significant and growing challenge for the country, and 50 percent of Americans believe childhood obesity is such an important issue that we need to invest more to prevent it immediately. The survey also found that 84 percent of parents believe their children are at a healthy weight, but research shows nearly one-third of children and teens are obese or overweight. Obesity rates among youths ages 10-17 from the 2007 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) also were included in the 2009 F as in Fat report. Data collection for the next NSCH will begin in 2011. Currently, more than 12 million children and adolescents are considered obese.

"Obesity rates among the current generation of young people are unacceptably high and a very serious problem," said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., RWJF president and CEO. "To reverse this national epidemic, we have to make every community a healthy community. Americans are increasingly ready and willing to make that investment."

Additional key findings include:
-- Adult obesity rates for Blacks topped 40 percent in nine states, 35
percent in 34 states, and 30 percent in 43 states and D.C.
-- Rates of adult obesity for Latinos were above 35 percent in two states
(North Dakota and Tennessee) and at 30 percent and above in 19 states.
-- Ten of the 11 states with the highest rates of diabetes are in the
South, as are the 10 states with the highest rates of hypertension.
-- No state had rates of adult obesity above 35 percent for Whites. Only
one state--West Virginia--had an adult obesity rate for Whites greater
than 30 percent.
-- The number of states where adult obesity rates exceed 30 percent
doubled in the past year, from four to eight--Alabama, Arkansas,
Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and West
-- Northeastern and Western states had the lowest adult obesity rates;
Colorado remained the lowest at 19.1 percent.

The report found that the federal government and many states are undertaking a wide range of policy initiatives to address the obesity crisis. Some key findings include that:

At the federal level:
-- The new health reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care
Act of 2010, has the potential to address the obesity epidemic through
a number of prevention and wellness provisions, expand coverage to
millions of uninsured Americans, and create a reliable funding stream
through the creation of the Prevention and Public Health Fund;
-- Community Transformation grants have the potential to help leverage
the success of existing evidence-based disease prevention programs;
-- President Barack Obama created a White House Task Force on Childhood
Obesity, which issued a new national obesity strategy that contained
concrete measures and roles for every agency in the federal
government; and
-- First Lady Michelle Obama launched the "Let's Move" initiative to
solve childhood obesity within a generation.

And at the state level:
-- Twenty states and D.C. set nutritional standards for school lunches,
breakfasts and snacks that are stricter than current United States
Department of Agriculture requirements. Five years ago, only four
states had legislation requiring stricter standards.
-- Twenty-eight states and D.C. have nutritional standards for
competitive foods sold in schools on a la carte lines, in vending
machines, in school stores, or through school bake sales. Five years
ago, only six states had nutritional standards for competitive foods.
-- Every state has some form of physical education requirement for
schools, but these requirements are often limited, not enforced or do
not meet adequate quality standards.
-- Twenty states have passed requirements for body mass index screenings
of children and adolescents or have passed legislation requiring other
forms of weight and/or fitness related assessments in schools. Five
years ago, only four states had passed screening requirements.

To enhance the prevention of obesity and related diseases, TFAH and RWJF provide a list of recommended actions in the report. Some key policy recommendations include:

-- Support obesity- and disease-prevention programs through the new
health reform law's Prevention and Public Health Fund, which provides
$15 billion in mandatory appropriations for public health and
prevention programs over the next 10 years.
-- Align federal policies and legislation with the goals of the
forthcoming National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy.
Opportunities to do this can be found through key pieces of federal
legislation that are up for reauthorization in the next few years,
including the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act; the
Elementary and Secondary Education Act; and the Surface Transportation
Authorization Act.
-- Expand the commitment to community-based prevention programs initiated
under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 through new
provisions in the health reform law, such as Community Transformation
grants and the National Diabetes Prevention Program.
-- Continue to invest in research and evaluation on nutrition, physical
activity, obesity and obesity-related health outcomes and associated

The full report with state rankings in all categories is available on TFAH's Web site at and RWJF's Web site at The report was supported by a grant from RWJF.


Note: 1 = Highest rate of adult obesity, 51 = lowest rate of adult obesity. Rankings are based on combining three years of data (2007-2009) from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to "stabilize" data for comparison purposes. This methodology, recommended by the CDC, compensates for any potential anomalies or usual changes due to the specific sample in any given year in any given state. States with statistically significant (p<0.05) increases for one year are noted with an asterisk (*), states with statistically significant increases for two years in a row are noted with two asterisks (**), states with statistically significant increases for three years in a row are noted with three asterisks (***). Additional information about methodologies and confidence intervals is available in the report. Individuals with a body mass index (BMI) (a calculation based on weight and height ratios) of 30 or higher are considered obese.

1. Mississippi*** (33.8%); 2. (tie) Alabama (31.6%); and Tennessee*** (31.6%); 4. West Virginia (31.3%); 5. Louisiana* (31.2%); 6. Oklahoma*** (30.6%); 7. Kentucky* (30.5%); 8. Arkansas* (30.1%); 9. South Carolina (29.9%); 10. (tie) Michigan (29.4%); and North Carolina*** (29.4%); 12. Missouri* (29.3%); 13. (tie) Ohio (29.0%); and Texas* (29.0%); 15. South Dakota*** (28.5%); 16. Kansas*** (28.2%); 17. (tie) Georgia (28.1%); Indiana* (28.1%); and Pennsylvania*** (28.1%); 20. Delaware (27.9%); 21. North Dakota** (27.7%); 22. Iowa* (27.6%); 23. Nebraska (27.3%); 24. (tie) Alaska (26.9%); and Wisconsin (26.9%); 26. (tie) Illinois* (26.6%); and Maryland (26.6%); 28. Washington*** (26.3%); 29. (tie) Arizona (25.8%); and Maine** (25.8%); 31. Nevada (25.6%); 32. (tie) Minnesota (25.5%); New Mexico*** (25.5%); and Virginia (25.5%); 35. New Hampshire* (25.4%); 36. (tie) Florida** (25.1%); Idaho (25.1%); and New York (25.1%); 39. (tie) Oregon (25.0%); and Wyoming (25.0%); 41. California* (24.4%); 42. New Jersey (23.9%); 43. Montana*** (23.5%); 44. Utah* (23.2%); 45. Rhode Island* (22.9%); 46. Vermont*** (22.8%); 47. Hawaii** (22.6%); 48. Massachusetts* (21.7%); 49. District of Columbia. (21.5%); 50. Connecticut (21.4%); 51. Colorado (19.1%).


Note: 1 = Highest rate of adult obesity, 51 = lowest rate of adult obesity. Rankings are based on combining three years of data (2007-2009) from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to "stabilize" data for comparison purposes. This methodology, recommended by the CDC, compensates for any potential anomalies or usual changes due to the specific sample in any given year in any given state.

1. Wisconsin (44.0%); 2. Mississippi (42.9%); 3. Kentucky (42.6%); 4. Kansas (41.9%); 5. Alabama (41.7%); 6. (tie) Tennessee (41.1%); and North Carolina (41.1%); 8. Ohio (40.9%); 9. Delaware (40.6%); 10. Arkansas (39.8%); 11. South Carolina (39.4%); 12. Louisiana (38.7%); 13. (tie) Missouri (38.4%); Pennsylvania (38.4%); and Oregon (38.4%); 16. Michigan (38.2%); 17. Wyoming (37.9%); 18. Texas (37.6%); 19. Idaho (37.3%); 20. (tie) West Virginia (37.2%); and Maine (37.2%); 22. (tie) California (37.1%); and Oklahoma (37.1%); 24. Nebraska (37.0%); 25. Georgia (36.5%); 26. New Mexico (36.4%); 27. (tie) Florida (36.3%); and Maryland (36.3%); 29. New Jersey (36.1%); 30. Indiana (35.9%); 31. Alaska (35.7%); 32. Illinois (35.5%); 33. (tie) Connecticut (35.4%); and Virginia (35.4%); 35. Utah (34.5%); 36. District of Columbia (34.4%); 37. Iowa (34.1%); 38. Arizona (32.5%); 39. Washington (32.2%); 40. North Dakota (31.3%); 41. Rhode Island (30.8%); 42. New York (30.6%); 43. Hawaii (30.4%); 44. Vermont (30.1%); 45. Massachusetts (29.0%); 46. Minnesota (28.6%); 47. Colorado (28.1%); 48. South Dakota (27.5%); 49. New Hampshire (27.2%); 50. Montana (26.2%); 51. Nevada (25.8%).


Note: 1 = Highest rate of adult obesity, 51 = lowest rate of adult obesity. Rankings are based on combining three years of data (2007-2009) from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to "stabilize" data for comparison purposes. This methodology, recommended by the CDC, compensates for any potential anomalies or usual changes due to the specific sample in any given year in any given state.

1. Tennessee (39.5%); 2. North Dakota (37.4%); 3. (tie) Missouri (34.0%); and Texas (34.0%); 5. (tie) Michigan (33.4%); and Arizona (33.4%); 7. Pennsylvania (33.3%); 8. Alabama (33.2%); 9. Kansas (32.8%); 10. (tie) Ohio (32.5%); and Alaska (32.5%); 12. Louisiana (30.8%); 13. New Mexico (30.7%); 14. Illinois (30.6%); 15. Oklahoma (30.4%); 16. Nebraska (30.3%); 17. (tie) Georgia (30.2%); and California (30.2%); 19. Wyoming (30.0%); 20. Washington (29.9%); 21. Arkansas (29.6%); 22. Iowa (29.4%); 23. Virginia (29.2%); 24. Idaho (29.1%); 25. West Virginia (28.5%); 26. (tie) South Carolina (28.4%); and Nevada (28.4%); 28. New York (28.0%); 29. Kentucky (27.9%); 30. Florida (27.8%); 31. Hawaii (27.7%); 32. Massachusetts (27.1%); 33. Rhode Island (27.0%); 34. (tie) Delaware (26.8%); and Indiana (26.8%); 36. (tie) Minnesota (26.4%); New Hampshire (26.4%); and Connecticut (26.4%); 39. South Dakota (26.2%); 40. North Carolina (25.7%); 41. Mississippi (25.6%); 42. New Jersey (25.4%); 43. Wisconsin (24.9%); 44. Colorado (24.5%); 45. Maryland (24.4%); 46. Oregon (23.7%); 47. Utah (23.6%); 48. Montana (23.2%); 49. Maine (21.0%); 50. Vermont (20.8%); 51. District of Columbia (20.6%).

Trust for America's Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change. For more than 35 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. Helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need--the Foundation expects to make a difference in our lifetime. For more information, visit

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Western Union Official Sponsor for World Music Awards

Western Union Official Sponsor for World Music Awards
St. Helens, Ore., residents win company sweepstakes to attend event in Monaco

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (June 17, 2010) /PRNewswire/ — The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU), a leader in global payment services, is the official sponsor for this year’s World Music Awards, airing in the United States and Canada on My Network TV tonight.

The World Music Awards, held this year in Monaco, is the most widely broadcast awards show in the world, with more than 1 billion viewers in over 150 countries worldwide.

To promote its sponsorship of the event, Western Union held its first-ever mobile sweepstakes, the yes! box campaign. Prizes included iPod Touch music players, prepaid Visa gift cards, and a trip for two to the World Music Awards. More than 70,000 people played the sweepstakes, drawing 28,000 unique visitors to Western Union’s website,

Grand-prize winners Mandy McCalister and Michelle Kaady from St. Helens, Ore., accompanied the Western Union team to the event.

About Western Union
The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Custom House branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, as well as send payments and purchase money orders. The Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services are offered through a combined network of more than 420,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories. In 2009, The Western Union Company completed 196 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $71 billion of principal between consumers, and 415 million business payments. For more information, visit

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Top 100 Hospitals in the United States of America


Thomson Reuters Announces 100 Top Hospitals Award Winners

Twenty-three Hospitals Are Named Everest Award Winners for Fastest Improvement and Top Performance

ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Thomson Reuters today released its annual study identifying the 100 top U.S. hospitals based on their overall organizational performance.

The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: National Benchmarks study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care, and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, and pneumonia. The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

"This year's study magnified the value that 100 Top Hospital award winners provide to their communities. Even during the economic downturn, the 100 Top Hospitals maintained a profit from operations while raising the bar for clinical quality and patient satisfaction," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Thomson Reuters. "The insistence of these hospitals' leaders -- their boards, executive teams and medical staffs -- on overall excellence makes the difference."

For the second year, Thomson Reuters also is recognizing the 100 Top Hospitals Everest Award winners -- those hospitals among the 100 winners that delivered the greatest rate of improvement over a five-year period. This year, there are 23 Everest award winners.

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,926 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information -- Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data set.

If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in these 100 Top Hospitals award winners:

-- More than 98,000 additional patients would survive each year.
-- More than 197,000 patient complications would be avoided annually.
-- Expenses would decline by an aggregate $5.5 billion a year.
-- The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.

If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater.

Here are the winning hospitals, by category, with the Everest award winners in bold:

Major Teaching Hospitals
University Medical Center--Tucson, AZ
UC San Diego Medical Center - Hillcrest--San Diego, CA
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center--Chicago, IL
Northwestern Memorial Hospital--Chicago, IL
Rush University Medical Center--Chicago, IL
NorthShore University HealthSystem--Evanston, IL
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital--Park Ridge, IL
Ochsner Medical Center--New Orleans, LA
Providence Hospital and Medical Center--Southfield, MI
Mayo Clinic - Rochester Methodist Hospital--Rochester, MN
University Hospitals Case Medical Center--Cleveland, OH
Doctors Hospital--Columbus, OH
Geisinger Medical Center--Danville, PA
Vanderbilt University Medical Center--Nashville, TN
Scott and White Memorial Hospital--Temple, TX

Teaching Hospitals (200 or more acute-care beds)
Scripps Green Hospital--La Jolla, CA
Rose Medical Center--Denver, CO
Cleveland Clinic Florida--Weston, FL
St. Luke's Boise Medical Center--Boise, ID
St. Luke's Hospital--Cedar Rapids, IA
Riverside Medical Center--Kankakee, IL
St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital--Indianapolis, IN
St. Elizabeth Medical Center--Edgewood, KY
Trover Health System--Madisonville, KY
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital--Ann Arbor, MI
Spectrum Health Hospital Group--Grand Rapids, MI
Bronson Methodist Hospital--Kalamazoo, MI
Munson Medical Center--Traverse City, MI
St. Cloud Hospital--St. Cloud, MN
Alegent Health Bergan Mercy Medical Center--Omaha, NE
Aultman Hospital--Canton, OH
Riverside Methodist Hospital--Columbus, OH
Hamot Medical Center--Erie, PA
Robert Packer Hospital--Sayre, PA
Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center--Sioux Falls, SD
Sanford USD Medical Center--Sioux Falls, SD
Baptist Hospital--Nashville, TN
McKay-Dee Hospital Center--Ogden, UT
Gundersen Lutheran Health System--La Crosse, WI
Meriter Hospital--Madison, WI

Large Community Hospitals (250 or more acute-care beds)
Scottsdale Healthcare Shea--Scottsdale, AZ
Saddleback Memorial Medical Center--Laguna Hills, CA
Memorial Hospital West--Pembroke Pines, FL
Martin Memorial Medical Center--Stuart, FL
Venice Regional Medical Center--Venice, FL
Northeast Georgia Medical Center--Gainesville, GA
Silver Cross Hospital--Joliet, IL
Central DuPage Hospital--Winfield, IL
Community Hospital --Munster, IN
Allegiance Health--Jackson, MI
Boone Hospital Center--Columbia, MO
Missouri Baptist Medical Center--St. Louis, MO
Gaston Memorial Hospital--Gastonia, NC
Memorial Health Care System--Chattanooga, TN
Maury Regional Medical Center--Columbia, TN
Saint Thomas Hospital--Nashville, TN
St. David's Medical Center--Austin, TX
Doctors Hospital at Renaissance--Edinburg, TX
Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center--Houston, TX
Trinity Mother Frances Hospital --Tyler, TX

Medium Community Hospitals (100-249 acute-care beds)
Baptist Medical Center East--Montgomery, AL
Montclair Hospital Medical Center--Montclair, CA
Memorial Hospital Miramar--Miramar, FL
Piedmont Fayette Hospital--Fayetteville, GA
St. Vincent Carmel Hospital--Carmel, IN
St. Francis Hospital-Indianapolis--Indianapolis, IN
Jackson Purchase Medical Center--Mayfield, KY
Minden Medical Center--Minden, LA
Holland Hospital--Holland, MI
Mercy Hospital Clermont--Batavia, OH
Southwest General Health Center--Middleburg Heights, OH
Wooster Community Hospital--Wooster, OH
St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center--Youngstown, OH
DuBois Regional Medical Center--DuBois, PA
Skyline Medical Center--Nashville, TN
Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital--Katy, TX
Dixie Regional Medical Center--St. George, UT
Memorial Regional Medical Center--Mechanicsville, VA
Aurora BayCare Medical Center--Green Bay, WI
Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center--Sheboygan, WI

Small Community Hospitals (25-99 acute care beds)
Evergreen Medical Center--Evergreen, AL
Payson Regional Medical Center--Payson, AZ
St. Elizabeth Community Hospital--Red Bluff, CA
Desert Valley Hospital--Victorville, CA
Parkview Huntington Hospital--Huntington, IN
Major Hospital--Shelbyville, IN
The Finley Hospital--Dubuque, IA
Chelsea Community Hospital--Chelsea, MI
St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital--Howell, MI
St. Joseph Mercy Saline Hospital--Saline, MI
St. Joseph Hospital--Tawas City, MI
Buffalo Hospital--Buffalo, MN
Woodwinds Health Campus--Woodbury, MN
Northeast Regional Medical Center--Kirksville, MO
Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital--St. Peters, MO
St. Mary's Jefferson Memorial Hospital--Jefferson City, TN
StoneCrest Medical Center--Smyrna, TN
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Monday, March 22, 2010

Health care reform: 'A Small Step For Today. A Giant Step For Tomorrow'

22 Mar 2010 03:32 Africa/Lagos

'A Small Step For Today. A Giant Step For Tomorrow'

Courageous Vote in House Lays Foundation for a Health Care System We Can Take Pride In.

WASHINGTON, .March 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Health care reform is on its way and here to stay - but the work toward building a health care system that serves the people instead of the special interests has just begun, USAction said Sunday.

USAction Executive Director Jeff Blum praised the House for what he called a "courageous, history-making vote that will make Americans stronger and more secure."

"This is a small step for today and a giant step for tomorrow," Blum said. "But make no mistake: special interests and opponents of reform will be organizing from day one to repeal this bill and take away our access to affordable health care. Our job is to stand our ground and not let that happen."

Blum said consumers will realize some of the benefits of health care reform almost immediately, such as stopping insurance companies from cancelling coverage retroactively when a person gets sick, and putting lifetime limits on the dollar value of benefits.

Other short- and long-term benefits of health care reform include reducing drug costs for seniors, saving money for small business owners, preventing insurance companies from denying care based on pre-existing conditions, lowering the growth trajectory of health insurance costs and expanding coverage for uninsured people.

"With this historic vote for health care reform, Americans will live longer, health care will be more affordable and we all will enjoy a higher quality of life," said USAction President William McNary, who has worked in the trenches for health care reform for decades and helped lead the 1993-94 effort. "This is a victory of people over profits, hope over fear and change over the status quo."

NOTE TO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MEDIA: USAction affiliates and partners in more than two dozen states will engage in "thank you" events at home beginning Monday. Affiliates and partners will be holding various activities to thank members who voted in favor of health care reform. For a complete list of events, please contact David Elliot at 202-607-7036 or

In 2008, USAction co-founded Health Care for America Now, the nation's largest health care reform campaign with more than 1,100 coalition partners. In 2009, USAction affiliates and partners, with the help of their state HCAN coalitions, generated nearly half a million grassroots contacts to Congress, organized or supported 480 town hall meetings and forums and turned out 70,997 supporters to 1,785 Congressional outreach activities, including town halls, lobby visits, grassroots call-in days, petition deliveries, press conferences and letter-writing campaigns.

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Friday, March 5, 2010

US Still Worried About the Political Situation in Nigeria

5 Mar 2010 12:52 Africa/Lagos

Political Situation in Nigeria

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Office of the Spokesman.

Nigeria is very important to the region, the continent, and to the United States, yet it remains unsettled as a result of President Yar'Adua's uncertain medical condition. Since his return home from Saudi Arabia, President Yar'Adua has not been seen publicly or met with members of his cabinet or any of his country's key political leaders, generating additional unease about the stability of the country and physical capacity of the president to lead the government. In a modern democracy, senior cabinet members and legislative leaders have a right to know the health status of their president and so do Nigeria's citizens.

In President Yar'Adua's absence, we applaud the Nigerian leaders who have taken steps to restore confidence in the country's political system while adhering to democratic principles. We welcome Acting President Jonathan's commitments on electoral reform, anti-corruption, post-Amnesty programs in the Niger Delta, and justice for the perpetrators of sectarian violence and extra-judicial killings.

As Nigeria deals with its current political crisis, it is essential for the country's leaders to avoid any actions that will imperil Nigeria's last ten years of democratic progress as well as the accomplishments that have been achieved under civilian rule. Nigerians have a right to expect their civilian and military leaders to work through their country's democratic institutions, ensuring that the good of the many triumphs over the ambitions of the few.

Source: US Department of State

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Friday, January 22, 2010

So, Can We Still Say "Yes, We Can!"?

So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:

“Let it be told to the future world ... that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive…that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet (it).”

America, in the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America.
~ Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States of America

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Nations Rush To Help Haiti After Catastrophic Earthquake

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Nigeria and other nations are rushing in response to the humananitarian crisis in Haiti after the Tuesday devastating earthquake that left hundreds dead and thousands rendered homeless in the capital city of Port-au-Prince.

President Barack Obama of the United States said his government is already sending emergency relief supplies of foodsuffs, water and medical aid to assist Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.

"This is also a time when we are reminded of the common humanity that we all share, and Americans have always responded to these situations with generosity of spirit. If you would like to support the urgent humanitarian effort in Haiti, I encourage you to visit our website where you can learn more about how to contribute," President Obama said.

He told Americans who want to locate members of their family in Haiti to call the State Department at (888) 407-4747.

For more details and how to help, see Haiti Earthquake and read the following reports.

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United Nations Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner Statement on the Earthquake and Relief Efforts in Haiti

Commits $1 million and Appeals for Support of UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ted Turner today issued the following statement in response to the January 12 earthquake in Haiti:

"Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti last night. We offer condolences to the families of those Haitians, UN peacekeepers and other international staff who have suffered tremendous losses. We are particularly concerned by reports that UN staff including Hedi Annabi, Head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti, are missing following the collapse of the UN headquarters building. The men and women of the United Nations work on the global frontlines, putting their lives at risk to help address the world's most pressing problems. Many of them have paid an enormous price today.

"We are committing $1 million today to address the most urgent humanitarian and re-construction needs in Haiti. The United Nations Foundation is calling on its partners and friends to add their support by contributing to the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which is the UN's humanitarian fund responding to emergencies like the earthquake in Haiti. Donations can be made on-line at

"We note UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's statement that UN agencies are deploying to provide humanitarian assistance in close coordination with all parties on the ground. Such quick action, and the release of $10 million from CERF, is vital in preventing even further loss of life. We are grateful for the close coordination of the U.S. Government and other partners to ensure that timely, effective assistance gets to those that need it most.

"We are closely following reports about the devastation to facilities of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). This ongoing peacekeeping effort, comprised of over 9000 international forces, has been in place since the mid-1990s to enhance stability in the country. The UN is working side-by-side with Haitians to provide important security sector reforms, offer election monitoring and police training. UN peacekeepers now face the difficult transition to aid in the search, rescue and recovery efforts in the country, while confronting major personal losses of friends and colleagues.

"The UN Foundation and Vodafone Foundation are also supporting the immediate deployment of two emergency response teams who will work to rebuild the communications infrastructure crippled by the earthquake. These teams, from the World Food Programme and the UN partner Telecoms Sans Frontieres, are deploying to provide emergency communications systems that will enable relief workers to coordinate the delivery of life-saving aid and supplies."

About the United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner's historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the world's most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The campaigns we conduct reduce child mortality, empower women and girls, create a new energy future, secure peace and human rights, and promote technology innovation to improve health outcomes. For more information, visit

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

USA - Will she Remain on the Top or Topple?

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USA - Will she Remain on the Top or Topple?

AHMEDABAD, India, December 22/PRNewswire/ -- The economic history of U.S., like its history has its roots in European settlements of the 16th century. These successful colonial economies grew into small independent farming economies which after 1776 became the United States of America. A central feature of the U.S. economy is the freedom of the private sector. The period of 1930 saw the great depression from which U.S. emerged strong and that between 1960 and 1990 saw the fiscal policy being replaced by monetary policy as a regulator of the overall pace of economic activity. During the last 230 years of its existence, USA has grown into a huge integrated industrialised economy that represents about a quarter of the world economy.

Today, the U.S. is in a unique situation; no other nation has the same amount of power financially, politically and not least, military. The country has incredible influence over the world. Her national & international politics are of paramount importance to the entire world because it reflects upon her relationship with other countries.

Since 2001, U.S. has been embroiled in conflicts as well as tough & demanding situations straining her economy. She underwent a housing market correction, a sub-prime mortgage crisis and a declining dollar during 2008. On December 1, 2008, the NBER declared that U.S. was in recession. Recession in the U.S., is a very bad news for a lot of countries. With experts like former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker feeling that the economic growth will remain pretty sluggish, and a lot of people seeing U.S. as a fading superpower hobbled by the recession, let's see what Ganesha has to say regarding the U.S. with the help of astrology (; because her actions in next few years will decide much for the future.

Natal Horoscope ( ) of USA

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Leo (, the rising sign is in the second quadrant of the constellation Purva Phalguni (The Fruit of the Tree). Sun, the lord of the rising sign is conjunct with Jupiter, Venus and Mars in Gemini (, the 11th house of gains. Mercury, the lord of wealth & gains, is conjunct Rahu in Cancer (, the 12th house of loss. USA was formed in the period of Mars-Mars-Mercury.

Presently, Ketu (South node) is transiting over natal Sun, Jupiter, Mars and Venus through Gemini, the 11th house of gains indicating negative impact on gains for a period of about one and a half years, while Rahu's (North node) transit over the 5th house will cause unpredictable fluctuations in the stock market. Saturn's transit over the 2nd house, of finance and economy will cause reduction and undue delay in the influx of funds.

She is undergoing the major period of Moon and sub-period of Ketu (South node). Moon, the Lord of 12th house is placed in the 7th house of War. Ketu (South node)is placed in the 6th house representing debts and hidden enemies. Moon placed in the constellation of Dhanistha (The Star of Symphony) presided over by Mars, indicates that she will be determined to fight and to tackle terrorism; a cause of concern ever since U.S. entered major period of Moon in August 2001. This means, an increased expenditure on defense & security, further impacting the economy.

With Jupiter transiting through Aquarius ( after 19th of December, 2009 when it passes over her natal Moon, she will find strength to withstand this onslaught. However, the Saturn-Jupiter opposition will bring significant changes in U.S. and its position as a super power.

Thus Ganesha feels that the struggle for U.S. is far from being over, and economy will continue to remain limp for about an year and a half, till October 2011. In short, U.S. is on the verge of beginning of a whole new era and that might change the whole global political scenario in next couple of years.

Dharmesh Joshi & Tanmay K Thakar

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Profile Of GaneshaSpeaks

GaneshaSpeaks was launched on 25th April 2003, with an idea that the astrology industry can be organized and its potential unlocked. Today, GaneshaSpeaks handles more than half a million visits on a monthly basis while its call centers with the help of 300 astrologers ( handle more than 30,000 telephonic consultations daily. They specialize in mundane predictions, Cricket, Football, Tennis, stock market indices and have a record of more than 80% accuracy. Hemang Arun Pandeet, a techno-entreprenuer with an engineering degree in 'Electronics and Communications',and the MD & CEO is the driving force behind GaneshaSpeaks.

Contacts public - S.Balasubramanian (Head Corporate Communications), Tel: +91-79-65221416 Extn: 305, Email

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Moving Nigeria Forward To The Next Level

~ By Roy Agiande

It is no longer news that the world has been hit by a severe financial crisis often compared to the Great Depression of the early 1930s and countless jobs have been lost worldwide due to this catastrophic phenomenon. It is scary to note that developed countries are shedding jobs, recording huge losses, cutting down on production cost and salaries. Worthy of note is the report that the UK has been hit by an unemployment figure of over 2.4 million which is the worst recorded over a decade. These are countries that have a well structured policy of job creation and backup policy to absorb the different fluctuations and shortcomings of the economy. I begin to wonder if there is hope for Nigeria, a less developed country where both the Private and Public sectors are all counting monumental losses, some banks are experiencing what you may call SYSTEMATIC FAILURE; where the Apex Bank has sacked the CEOs of major banks for gross insider abuse and the stock market experiencing a meltdown.

There are so many ways of helping the economy bounce back and diverse from its traditional mono-economic ways. One of which is to inject capital to the ailing and hungry sectors. Startup Weekend Nigeria is one of such avenues of doing just that. Fresh and radical business ideas proposed and funded from the scratch and new entrepreneurs are created. If you ask me, it’s like killing two birds with one stone. How?

By creating about 10 companies every Startup Weekend means new jobs would be created as well and the spin-offs could boost the economy, thereby complimenting the government’s efforts of job creation. Secondly, it’s also a way of capital injection to the cash strapped economy. Past minister of finance and present World Bank President, Dr (Mrs.) Ngozi Iweala once said:
“Create entrepreneurs, because it is a definite catalyst for job and wealth creation.”

It might interest you to know that some of the biggest businesses in the United States started as startups which eventually turned to multibillion dollar companies. Believe it or not, Nigeria is blessed with a large array of great thinkers and business minds which are going to be harvested and utilized to full capacity through Startup Weekends in Nigeria. It would also address the issue of the pool of unemployed graduates and those fresh from the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Scheme.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Nigeria To Host the First Startup Weekend in West Africa!

If you are smart and with great ideas for innovations, you can be among the 250 people to be selected for the first ever Startup Weekend in West Africa this October in Lagos, Nigeria and it is free!54 hours of brain storming session with meals from Friday evening of October 2 to Sunday evening of October 4 and if your innovations make the top best startups, you can make it to the finals next Spring in the United States.You can register online on

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Invest in America--Before it's Too Late

In the March 23 issue of Newsweek (on newsstands Monday, March 16): "I Want You to Start Spending!" Daniel Gross writes about how we, as consumers, need to start taking risks again in the economy and start spending to help the recovery. Plus: Mexican drug cartel violence spreads north of the U.S. border; investigating Americans' Swiss bank accounts; the decline of Iraq's Kurdistan; how to choose the right procedure for an ailing heart and Prince's big online bet. (PRNewsFoto/Newsweek) NEW YORK, NY UNITED STATES 03/15/2009

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NEWSWEEK Cover: I Want You to Start Spending!

Invest in America--Before it's Too Late

We've All Lost The Taste For Risk; For Our Economy To Recover and Thrive, 'Hoarders must open our wallets and become consumers, and businesses must once again be willing to roll the dice,' writes Daniel Gross

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NEW YORK, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- With the economy in its 16th month of recession and the markets cut in half, it seems we've all lost the taste for risk, writes Newsweek Senior Editor Daniel Gross in the current issue. "In the grip of a bubble mentality, we -- as investors, consumers and businesses -- blithely assumed risk and convinced ourselves it was perfectly safe to do so," he writes. But now, "the zeitgeist has spun 180 degrees. Squeeze your nickels, slash debt, stop gambling," Gross writes in the March 23 Newsweek cover, "I Want You to Start Spending!" (on newsstands Monday, March 16). "For our $14 trillion economy to recover and thrive, hoarders must open their wallets and become consumers, and businesses must once again be willing to roll the dice."

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In his essay, Gross explains how not spending anything now could mean bigger problems in the future. The rush to hoard cash and pinch pennies is understandable, given that some $13 trillion in net worth evaporated between mid-2007 and the end of 2008, Gross writes. "But while it makes complete microeconomic sense for families and individual businesses, the spending freeze and collective shunning of nonguaranteed investments is macroeconomically troubling. Especially if it persists once the credit crisis passes."

"The precautionary behavior of every entity in the global economy has gone up," Mohamed El-Arian, CEO of the giant bond-investment fund PIMCO, tells Newsweek. "We've gone from an age of entitlement to an age of thrift."

Gross writes that nobody is advocating a return to the debt-fueled days of "4,000-square-foot second homes, $1,000 handbags and $6 specialty coffees. But in our economy, in which 70 percent of activity is derived from consumers, we do need our neighbors to spend. Otherwise we fall into what economist John Maynard Keynes called the 'paradox of thrift.' If everyone saves during a slack period, economic activity will decrease, thus making everyone poorer. We also need to start investing again not necessarily in the stocks of Citigroup or in condos in Miami. But rather to build skills, to create skills, to create the new companies that are so vital to growth, and to fund the discovery and development of new technologies."

Economists warn that if we don't manage to jolt the economy back into life soon, we run the risk of repeating Japan's so-called "lost decade" of the 1990s, Gross writes. Would that be so bad? After all, while Japan endured a prolonged period of slow growth, nobody starved, there was no social unrest in the aging country, and its biggest companies continued to innovate. But America is different. Thanks to our continually rising population, we need significant growth just to maintain our standards of living -- and the health of our democracy. "When people experience progress in their material living standards and they have some degree of optimism that it will continue, they're inclined to support public policies that reflect tolerance, opening of opportunity and commitments to democracy," says Benjamin Friedman, a Harvard economist and author of "The Moral Consequences of Growth."

A second moral imperative demands that America get back on the growth track, Gross writes. "The U.S. remains the single largest source of demand. Until America emerges from its bunker, the global economy -- facing its first year of contraction since World War II -- is likely to remain moribund."

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Friday, January 23, 2009

President Barack Obama Visits White House Press

It was another busy day for the new president. Barack Obama reversed some of his predecessor's anti-terror policies, delivered a pep talk at the State Department, and dropped by the White House briefing room to chat with reporters. (Jan. 22)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Barack Obama Becomes the 44th President of the United States of America!

Barack Obama Becomes the 44th President of the United States of America!

He is the first African American to be elected as the President of America following his election to the presidency in the 56th consecutive quadrennial United States presidential election on Tuesday, November 4, 2008.

Text of President Barack Obama's inaugural address on Tuesday, as prepared for delivery and released by the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

OBAMA: My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because we the people have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears, and true to our founding documents.
So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.
These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land — a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America — they will be met.
On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.
In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted — for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.
For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.

Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions — that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act — not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. All this we will do.

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions — who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.
What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them — that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. Those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account — to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day — because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control — and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart — not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our founding fathers ... our found fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake. And so to all the other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort — even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West — know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to the suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment — a moment that will define a generation — it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter's courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent's willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends — hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism — these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.
This is the source of our confidence — the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed — why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent Mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.
So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America's birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:
"Let it be told to the future world ... that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive...that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet (it)."

America, in the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

Thank you.
God bless you. And God bless the United States of America

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