Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Read the full text of President Barack Obama's speech made on the occasion of his second inauguration.
Remarks of President Barack Obama – as Prepared for Delivery Inaugural Address Monday, January 21, 2013 Washington, D.C. Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens: Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What makes us exceptional – what makes us American – is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…
Monday, January 21, 2013
Supporters hopeful President Obama will do more for middle-class America.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Lisa Hightower didn’t attend President Barack Obama’s first inauguration four years ago and refused to miss this one. Hightower, who traveled from Brooklyn, N.Y. with her children, said they wouldn’t miss this inauguration for the world. With a full plate of issues, including trying to change the nation's gun laws, Hightower said the next four years could be very trying for Obama. “I expect our president will be challenged,” Hightower said. “This is about our future.” Thousands of people filled the National Mall to hear the president’s inaugural address and try to snap photos of him during the parade. Some were vocal about their wish list for the president, hoping he does more to unite Democrats and Republicans while …
No rest for the weary: Democrats gear up for tough 2013 state races.
An estimated 1,100 people attended the Virginia Inaugural Ball on Sunday at the Westin Arlington Gateway to celebrate the second inauguration of President Barack Obama — and gear up for key statewide elections in 2013. "Everybody is happy. Everybody is excited. It's a feel-good moment for everyone who worked on a campaign," Arlington County Democratic Chairman Mike Lieberman told Patch before speaking to the crowd. "The president is right to feel good about this weekend. You can't help but be optimistic. There's a lot of criticism of our government out there, and some of it is deserved. But there's also a lot of reason for optimism. And coming out of the last election, we see a lot of opportunities." [See photos from the Virginia Inaugural…
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Spectators may see some colder temperatures on Inauguration Day.
Spectators who watch the presidential inauguration ceremony live can expect to see temperatures anywhere from 43-degrees all the way down to just 28 degrees, if past weather patterns are any indication. According to the National Weather Service, those are the average high and low temps for a January Inauguration Day. While the weather forecast for this year's ceremony hasn't been set, temperatures reached just 29 degrees for the 2009 inauguration. Hudson Trail Outfitters, with stores in Pentagon City, Fairfax and Tenley Circle, expects to see plenty of people stopping by to stock up on supplies to keep warm for the inauguration in the event the forecast takes a turn for the cold, according to John Holcomb, director of store operations. “…
Monday, January 14, 2013
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Congress to permanently extend Bush income tax cuts at $400,000 and below.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Falls Church dealt with death of a local college student who was a JEB Stuart High alum.
President Barack Obama made his way to Falls Church last week to meet with a family to discuss how the “fiscal cliff” would affect them. The president also filmed the meeting to serve in part of his efforts to sway public opinion and pressure Congress to come to a resolution. The Falls Church and JEB Stuart High communities were devastated to learn of the death of University of Virginia senior Casey Schulman. Schulman was killed in a snorkeling accident while participating in the Semester at Sea program. For a second time this year, a sewage leak canceled classes at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School. Falls Church City Public Schools officials said the two leaks were not connected and they will keep a close check on the sewage system …
Saturday, December 8, 2012
First Canine gives a sneak peek at the 2012 White House Christmas decorations in new video.
Before some 90,000 people walk through the White House to see the 2012 Christmas decorations, Bo Obama, the dog in chief, gave a behind the scenes tour in a new video. “This year’s theme is ‘Joy to All.’ It celebrates the many joys of the holiday seasons: the joy of giving and service to others; the joy of sharing our blessings with one another; and, of course, the joy of welcoming our friends and families as guests into our homes over these next several weeks,” First Lady Michelle Obama said in a prepared statement. The 2012 Official White House Christmas tree is an 18-foot-6-inch Fraser Fir from Jefferson, N.C. To continue this year's theme of service, many of the ornaments were created by military children living on U.S. Military Bases …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
In midst of talks about fiscal cliff, president asks one family what a $2,000 increase in taxes would mean for them.
NORTHERN VIRGINIA -- As the political negotiations over the "fiscal cliff" heat up in Congress, President Barack Obama visited with a local family to talk about what an increase in taxes would mean for them. The president paid a visit Thursday to Falls Church, VA resident Tiffany Santana, a high school teacher who lives with her husband, an employee of a local Toyota dealership, 7-year-old son and her parents. Her mother works as a day care provider and her father works for the U.S. Postal Service. In a video released by the White House (which you can watch in the media box at right), Santana said, "Real, everyday people know what $2,000 means to their lives, to their ability to feed their children, or their ability to send their children…
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Constituents should act quickly to request tickets from their Congressman or Senator for President Obama's Jan. 21 inauguration.
Interested in attending the presidential inauguration across the Potomac in January? There are a limited number of tickets and your best bet is to request them—now—from your member of Congress. Each Senator and Representative receives a limited quantity of free tickets that they may distribute to the public at their discretion. Congressman Gerry Connolly's (D-11th) office is accepting requests for tickets and will likely enter requests into a lottery. You can fill out a form on the congressman's site here. Congressman Frank Wolf's (R-10th) office is also accepting requests for tickets. You can find a form to fill out here. Although Patch could not find a form on Congressman Jim Moran's (D-8th) website his office is also likely taking …