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This month, 273 individuals learned that the President has given them a second chance. With the recent 209 grants of commutation, the President has now commuted the sentences of 1,385 individuals – the most grants of commutation issued by any President in this nation’s history. President Obama’s 1,385 commutation grants – which includes 504 life sentences – is also more than the total number of commutations issued by the past 12 presidents combined.
17th, Tuesday: It was announced that President Obama has commuted the sentence of Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.
18th, Wednesday, further reports will be given regarding Chelsea’s commutation, who is now reportedly set to be released early this spring. Many hope for similar treatment of Assange and others. Wikileaks Julian Assange formerly offered to turn himself over to the U.S. should Obama pardon Manning, which he Obama has now done.
19th, Thursday: President Obama will attend meetings at the White House.
Transition of Power
20th, Friday: On Friday morning, President Obama and the FirstLady will welcome President-elect Trump and Melania Trump to the White House for tea and a small reception. Then, per custom, President Obama and President-elect Trump will motorcade up to the United States Capitol together.
Anti-Trump supporters will reportedly be attempting to disrupt events. Massive security will be out in full swing.
The President and First Lady will attend the inaugural swearing-in and inaugural address of President-elect Trump, and then depart the United States Capitol via helicopter, as other Presidents have done in recent years.
At that point, President Obama and the First Lady will proceed to Joint Base Andrews, where he will deliver remarks to a group of staff that will be gathered there to bid farewell. And then he and Mrs. Obama will depart Joint Base Andrews on their last flight aboard the presidential aircraft to a destination to be announced.
28th: Chinese New Year
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President Obama gave a speech the day after the election this month, which confirmed two things;
1, That Trump won, and Obama was acknowledging this
2, That there would be a smooth transition of power
The following is a transcription of that speech.
THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. Yesterday, before votes were tallied, I shot a video that some of you may have seen in which I said to the American people: Regardless of which side you were on in the election, regardless of whether your candidate won or lost, the sun would come up in the morning.
And that is one bit of prognosticating that actually came true. The sun is up. And I know everybody had a long night. I did, as well. I had a chance to talk to President-elect Trump last night — about 3:30 in the morning, I think it was — to congratulate him on winning the election. And I had a chance to invite him to come to the White House tomorrow to talk about making sure that there is a successful transition between our presidencies.
Now, it is no secret that the President-elect and I have some pretty significant differences. But remember, eight years ago, President Bush and I had some pretty significant differences. But President Bush’s team could not have been more professional or more gracious in making sure we had a smooth transition so that we could hit the ground running. And one thing you realize quickly in this job is that the presidency, and the vice presidency, is bigger than any of us.
So I have instructed my team to follow the example that President Bush’s team set eight years ago, and work as hard as we can to make sure that this is a successful transition for the President-elect — because we are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country. The peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy. And over the next few months, we are going to show that to the world.
I also had a chance last night to speak with Secretary Clinton, and I just had a chance to hear her remarks. I could not be prouder of her. She has lived an extraordinary life of public service. She was a great First Lady. She was an outstanding senator for the state of New York. And she could not have been a better Secretary of State. I’m proud of her. A lot of Americans look up to her. Her candidacy and nomination was historic and sends a message to our daughters all across the country that they can achieve at the highest levels of politics. And I am absolutely confident that she and President Clinton will continue to do great work for people here in the United States and all around the world.
Now, everybody is sad when their side loses an election. But the day after, we have to remember that we’re actually all on one team. This is an intramural scrimmage. We’re not Democrats first. We’re not Republicans first. We are Americans first. We’re patriots first. We all want what’s best for this country. That’s what I heard in Mr. Trump’s remarks last night. That’s what I heard when I spoke to him directly. And I was heartened by that. That’s what the country needs — a sense of unity; a sense of inclusion,; a respect for our institutions, our way of life, rule of law; and a respect for each other. I hope that he maintains that spirit throughout this transition, and I certainly hope that’s how his presidency has a chance to begin.
I also told my team today to keep their heads up, because the remarkable work that they have done day in, day out — often without a lot of fanfare, often without a lot of attention — work in agencies, work in obscure areas of policy that make government run better and make it more responsive, and make it more efficient, and make it more service-friendly so that it’s actually helping more people — that remarkable work has left the next President with a stronger, better country than the one that existed eight years ago.
So win or lose in this election, that was always our mission. That was our mission from day one. And everyone on my team should be extraordinarily proud of everything that they have done, and so should all the Americans that I’ve had a chance to meet all across this country who do the hard work of building on that progress every single day. Teachers in schools, doctors in the ER clinic, small businesses putting their all into starting something up, making sure they’re treating their employees well. All the important work that’s done by moms and dads and families and congregations in every state. The work of perfecting this union.
So this was a long and hard-fought campaign. A lot of our fellow Americans are exultant today. A lot of Americans are less so. But that’s the nature of campaigns. That’s the nature of democracy. It is hard, and sometimes contentious and noisy, and it’s not always inspiring.
But to the young people who got into politics for the first time, and may be disappointed by the results, I just want you to know, you have to stay encouraged. Don’t get cynical. Don’t ever think you can’t make a difference. As Secretary Clinton said this morning, fighting for what is right is worth it.
Sometimes you lose an argument. Sometimes you lose an election. The path that this country has taken has never been a straight line. We zig and zag, and sometimes we move in ways that some people think is forward and others think is moving back. And that’s okay. I’ve lost elections before. Joe hasn’t. (Laughter.) But you know.
(The Vice President blesses himself.) (Laughter.)
So I’ve been sort of —
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Remember, you beat me badly. (Laughter.)
THE PRESIDENT: That’s the way politics works sometimes. We try really hard to persuade people that we’re right. And then people vote. And then if we lose, we learn from our mistakes, we do some reflection, we lick our wounds, we brush ourselves off, we get back in the arena. We go at it. We try even harder the next time.
The point, though, is, is that we all go forward, with a presumption of good faith in our fellow citizens — because that presumption of good faith is essential to a vibrant and functioning democracy. That’s how this country has moved forward for 240 years. It’s how we’ve pushed boundaries and promoted freedom around the world. That’s how we’ve expanded the rights of our founding to reach all of our citizens. It’s how we have come this far.
And that’s why I’m confident that this incredible journey that we’re on as Americans will go on. And I am looking forward to doing everything that I can to make sure that the next President is successful in that. I have said before, I think of this job as being a relay runner — you take the baton, you run your best race, and hopefully, by the time you hand it off you’re a little further ahead, you’ve made a little progress. And I can say that we’ve done that, and I want to make sure that handoff is well-executed, because ultimately we’re all on the same team.
All right? Thank you very much, everybody. (Applause.)
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YOU MUST LIVE IN THE PRESENT, LAUNCH YOUR SELF ON EVERY WAVE, FIND YOUR ETERNITY IN EVERY MOMENT.” –Henry David Thoreau
It has been two weeks now, since Trump has won Presidency of the United States of America. Many feel that it is now the end of the world. Hillary and countless other politicians argued that Trump would start World War III. Others said he would crash the economy. Days after his announcement, after a small dip, the stock market actually saw a gain larger than it has in many years.
Many Democrats broke in to tears with pain, anger, and fear. Many people across the country who voted for Hillary–or at least those that didn’t vote for Trump, felt that their life was over–that freedom as we know it was over. Gays, blacks, Muslims, Mexicans, women, and others felt that their freedoms would be coming to an end. Thousands across the country in major cities took to the streets–protesting. Some protests turned violent. In L.A. last week for example–150 were arrested. Hate crimes spiked, with news reports of actions against minorities on the rise in the name of the new President Elect.
Meanwhile, Trump condemned the violence and bigotry, Obama and Hillary seemed to encourage people to keep protesting, and Trump’s main media supporter Brietbart, and even Fox News suggested that many of the protesters were being professionally organized and funded by filmmaker Michael Moore, Jesse Jackson, and everyone’s favorite–George Soros. While most protesters (if any) received no money to protest and were not professional, we do know that the above three men have funded and organized some protest actions. Concurrently, Trump back-stepped on some of his election debate rhetoric, with his newly forming administration indicating that they were:
1, Not going to create a deportation force for illegal immigrants, but prevent new illegal immigration
2, Not focus on peaceful illegals first, and then only in a humane manner
3, Not mess with gay marriage
4, Not going to pursue criminal actions against Clinton (which he could not do anyway, as he had no authority to do so), yet even going so far as to now call the Clinton’s “good people.”
Still, anti-Trump citizens do not trust the new President elect. And they do not forgive him for all of the rhetoric they feel has been against them or the freedoms they hold dear. Trump still claims he is going to fight Roe V Wade with the appointment of a new Supreme Court justice that agrees with his belief that abortion is wrong. Trump states if the federal right is reversed, it would merely go back to the states, and women would have to travel to a state where it was legal–the sound of which has many women furious. As such, marches by women in this regard will reportedly be held next week on Washington, and around the world. Trump also states when he would do this, it would he said–probably take at least several years to pass as law. Environmental issues are also of concern, with reportedly over one million dollars worth of Trump’s money invested in the DAPL pipeline.
Obama sat down and met with Trump last week, and stated that he has a good meeting, feeling more hopeful about things after the meeting. Trump stated that he would be taking advice on a regular basis from Obama, calling him a very smart, good man. Growing tensions with Russia have now been smoothed over, since Trump won.
Many more have joined the side of Trump now–or are at least meeting him, who formerly, were among his fiercest opponents, including Mitt Romney. Pence, who was vocally attacked at a play he paid several hundred dollars to see with his wife last week in New York, graciously stated he was not offended, and praised the play. New appointees by Trump are being called racists–which they are firmly denying. Despite all of the chaos, upset, and insanity in America these past couple of weeks, what we can see and learn from all of this is the following;
1, Most of America is not protesting in the streets
2, Most protests have been peaceful
3, Most people in America respect women and minorities, and most are not committing hate crimes
4, Most of America is safe, and we still have our freedoms
5, One man can not bring down America or its freedom
6, For the most part–both Democrats and Republicans want our nation to succeed
7, Mainstream media has been revealed to many for its arrogance, bias, and mistakes, which it will hopefully soon correct
8, We live in a modern digital age where politicians can not so easily lie, and when they do, they have to face the consequences of those actions quickly
9, Racism, sexism, and bigotry is wrong, and must not be tolerated. Civil Rights and Human Rights are crucial to freedom, and can not be reversed. If any administration would try to reverse our human rights that America has fought for and won this past decade and beyond–American’s would not tolerate it!
10, America is functioning, and people are back to work after the election and choosing to be hopeful–which is the key to survival and success
11, America will continue to function, and people will continue to live and be successful after Trump takes office
12, Love, Peace, and Progress is the answer!
You may not have gotten who you wanted in the White House, but we can all agree– this is the beginning of a new day–and we are all fine right now. Being afraid, angry, or depressed is no way to function in life. If you work for someone, the boss does not want a scared, depressed, or angry employee. If you own your own business, your customers do not want to hear anger, fear, or pain. Society wants to be happy–despite their inclination often times not to be–because being happy is the only way that a society can properly function.
So–look around you. Find things that you can be happy about. Find things you can appreciate. Notice things that you accept–that are OK just they way they are. Notice people getting along, that accept each other of different races or backgrounds. Notice how others accept you, and feel that connection. Society works, and functions, because most people are basically good, and most of this country is safe and successful.
The politicians and media’s spin will die down a bit. Lets recognize it all for what it was–a show. Now that Washington’s show is over, it is time focus on what really matters. You–your family, friends, life, career, loved ones–pets if you have any–being happy, and being successful. I don’t really think its the end of the world. I think it is an exciting time to be alive–when passion for freedom has been rekindled, personalities are shining through, and anything is possible. Lets celebrate life, and make a massive history together–like only America can.
“THERE IS NO REMEDY FOR LOVE, BUT TO LOVE MORE.” –Henry David Thoreau
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