WBEZ | White House http://www.wbez.org/tags/white-house Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Hotel workers protest Hyatt heir's cabinet nomination http://www.wbez.org/news/hotel-workers-protest-hyatt-heirs-cabinet-nomination-107283 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Pritzker Unions.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>A picket line stretched for roughly two blocks in front of the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in the south Loop. The demonstration was organized by Unite Here, which represents Hyatt Hotel workers.</p><p>Hyatt is a major source of the Pritzker family wealth and Penny Pritzker currently sits on their board. The union says that a Commerce Secretary&#39;s first concern should be good jobs for Americans but that is not what her work with Hyatt demonstrates.</p><p>The union says the workload for housekeepers is unreasonable and results in injuries.</p><p>Lesley Newson was still in her housekeeping uniform when she showed up to the rally.</p><p>&quot;A lot of us sustain back injury, some have neck or shoulder pain,&quot; she said.&nbsp;</p><p>Cathy Youngblood works at a Hyatt in West Hollywood and has been traveling the country speaking out. She is angry that Hyatt has been hiring more temporary workers at minimum wage and without benefits.</p><p>&quot;Hyatt is leading the industry in the race to the bottom,&quot; Youngblood said. &quot;We think Hyatt could do better. We think it&rsquo;s time for Hyatt to change.&quot;</p><p>In a written statement Hyatt said that Unite Here is spreading misinformation in order to get publicity.</p><p><em>Shannon Heffernan is a WBEZ reporter. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/shannon_h" target="_blank">@shannon_h</a></em></p></p> Tue, 21 May 2013 07:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/hotel-workers-protest-hyatt-heirs-cabinet-nomination-107283 Deportation protesters use ‘lockboxes,’ slam Durbin http://www.wbez.org/news/deportation-protesters-use-%E2%80%98lockboxes%E2%80%99-slam-durbin-107166 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Stephanie%20Camba%201%20scale.jpg" title="Stephanie Camba, right, and six other unauthorized immigrants on Tuesday block a street near a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Broadview, a suburb of Chicago. (WBEZ/Chip Mitchell)" /></p><p>Police sawed through plastic pipes on Tuesday&nbsp;to pry apart seven protesters at an immigration detention center near Chicago. The protesters, all in the United States without legal permission, demanded a halt to deportations as Congress considers allowing most of the country&rsquo;s 11 million unauthorized immigrants to apply for legal status.</p><p>President Barack Obama&rsquo;s administration has increased deportations to roughly 1,100 a day, a record pace. Removals have continued as the Senate Judiciary Committee works on a sweeping immigration bill drafted by a bipartisan group that includes Dick Durbin (D-Illinois). The protesters called on Durbin to push Obama to suspend the removals.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve had over a million families separated because of deportations,&rdquo; said protester Stephanie Camba, 22, a Filipina who said her parents brought her to the United States when she was 11 years old. &ldquo;This bill is not enough if it&rsquo;s not going to stop deportations. It should be deportations being stopped first.&rdquo;</p><p>The protesters, backed by about 100 supporters, held each other using chains and locks inside three-foot segments of polyvinyl chloride tubes &mdash; civil-disobedience setups knowns as &ldquo;lockboxes.&rdquo; The protesters sat down in a street to block vehicles from the center, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in suburban Broadview.</p><p>ICE holds immigrants awaiting deportation in the center before loading them into vans and buses that carry them to flights from Chicago&rsquo;s O&rsquo;Hare International Airport.</p><p>A statement from Durbin&rsquo;s office in response to the protest says the senator was &ldquo;instrumental in pushing the administration&rdquo; to allow many young unauthorized immigrants to apply for work papers and a deportation reprieve under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama policy initiated last year.</p><p>Durbin, the statement adds, is also working on the immigration bill as a member of the Senate panel. &ldquo;The hope is that next month the full Senate will begin debate on this common-sense, compromise proposal that will provide millions of immigrants with an accountable path to citizenship,&rdquo; the statement says.</p><p>After police cut through the pipes, Broadview officers arrested the protesters, charged them with disorderly conduct and released them.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/cmitchell-0">Chip Mitchell</a> is WBEZ&rsquo;s West Side bureau reporter. Follow him on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/ChipMitchell1">@ChipMitchell1</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZoutloud">@WBEZoutloud</a>, and connect with him through <a href="https://www.facebook.com/chipmitchell1">Facebook</a> and <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/ChipMitchell1">LinkedIn</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 14 May 2013 18:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/deportation-protesters-use-%E2%80%98lockboxes%E2%80%99-slam-durbin-107166 Time for a Chicago murder commission? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/time-chicago-murder-commission-105342 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/kernercomission.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong><a href="http://www.ou.edu/special/albertctr/archives/exhibit/Centennial/centennial_turmoil.htm" target="_blank"><img alt="National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (Carl Albert Center at the University of Oklahoma)" src="http://www.ou.edu/special/albertctr/archives/exhibit/Centennial/WKWB%208/kernercomission.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 137px; float: right;" /></a>CALL FOR A MURDER COMMISSION.&nbsp;</strong><em>Chicago Magazine</em>&#39;s <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/The-312/February-2013/Should-the-Government-Respond-to-Chicagos-Murder-Problem-With-a-New-Kerner-Commission/">Whet Moser says Newt Gingrich may be on to something</a> when he calls for hearings on Chicago&#39;s violence. Moser suggests as a model President Johnson&#39;s <strong>National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders</strong>, more popularly known as the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerner_Commission" target="_blank">Kerner Commission</a>&nbsp;--&nbsp;which concluded, among other things, that &quot;<a href="http://www.eisenhowerfoundation.org/docs/kerner.pdf">white racism is essentially responsible for the explosive mixture ... accumulating in our cities since the end of World War II</a>.&quot;<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://guns.periscopic.com/" target="_blank">Animated graphic</a>&nbsp;shows years of human life&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/02/years-guns-take-away-human-lives/61768/" target="_blank">2010 gun violence claimed in the U.S.</a><br />* Is <a href="http://www.nextnewdeal.net/women-are-less-safe-gayle-trotter%E2%80%99s-world" target="_blank">a society with more guns safer for women</a>?<br />* Mark Konkol: &quot;Dear Fellow Chicagoan: <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130131/chicago-citywide/dear-fellow-chicagoan-you-are-not-snitch" target="_blank">I know you saw the guy who shot and killed Hadiya Pendleton</a>.&quot;</p><p><strong>WHEN THE PRESIDENT CAN HAVE YOU KILLED.&nbsp;</strong>NBC News has a copy of <a href="http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/msnbc/sections/news/020413_DOJ_White_Paper.pdf" target="_blank">a secret Justice Department memo</a> that it says concludes &quot;<a href="http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/04/16843014-exclusive-justice-department-memo-reveals-legal-case-for-drone-strikes-on-americans" target="_blank">the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens ... even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.</a>&quot;<br />* American Civil Liberties Union lawyer: The memo &quot;<a href="http://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/justice-departments-white-paper-targeted-killing" target="_blank">manages to underscore ... the recklessness of the government&#39;s central claim</a>.&quot;</p><p><strong>THE FAMILY THAT&#39;S PROBED TOGETHER ...&nbsp;</strong>Former&nbsp;Ald. Sandi Jackson is now the target of her very own federal investigation, independent of the investigation until now primarily aimed at her husband, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18014137-761/exclusive-feds-now-investigating-former-ald-sandi-jackson-sources.html" target="_blank">a source tells the&nbsp;<em>Sun-Times</em></a>.<br />* After questions about $44,000,&nbsp;<a href="http://Contact Subscribe E-paper TV Weekly Reader Services Advertise with Us Select a Publication or Site 19°F Mostly Cloudy Good Morning Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Site All Papers YAHOO! Register for free | Login Home Autos Homes Jobs Pets Auto Show Good to Know Daily Splash Cause &amp; Event Year in review: 2012 Politics blog Season Pass Sunday Splash News Sports Business Opinions Lifestyles Columnists Entertainment Travel Ebert Classifieds Sweet Obits Sneed Ald. 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VERY OFTEN.&#39; </strong><a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130204/loop/lyric-opera-fire-blowing-stilt-walker-burns-self-during-wagner-production" target="_blank">A fifth-grader reacts</a> to &quot;<a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18013593-761/fire-breathing-stilt-walker-severely-burned-at-lyric-opera-rehearsal.html" target="_blank">a carnival trick gone wrong</a>&quot; that sent a fire-breathing stilt walker from the Lyric Opera stage to the hospital.<br />* Photographer: &quot;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-actor-injured-during-lyric-opera-dress-rehearsal-20130204,0,3532451.story" target="_blank">He was staggering across the stage and then fell off his stilts</a>.&quot;</p><p><strong>&#39;NOBODY FROM THE BUSINESS SIDE OF THE COMPANY WILL EVER HAVE ANY AUTHORITY OVER MY STORIES.&#39;</strong>&nbsp;That&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/202870/greg-sandoval-who-quit-cnet-joins-the-verge/" target="_blank">the assurance reporter Greg Sandoval says he got from&nbsp;<em>The Verge</em></a>, where he&#39;s going to work after quitting CNET over parent company CBS&#39; interference with editorial coverage.<br />* Newspaper owner&nbsp;<a href="http://jimromenesko.com/2013/02/04/newspaper-owner-fires-business-side-staffers-to-boost-editorial/" target="_blank">fires business-side staffers, gives editorial team raises</a>.<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/fox-news-monitors-geraldo-as-he-mulls-political-office/" target="_blank">Fox News monitoring Geraldo Rivera</a>&nbsp;as he considers a run for the Senate.</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/02/04/oreo_super_bowl_blackout_tweet_dazzles_twitter_reveals_low_bar_for_brands.html" target="_blank"><img alt="Oreo's tweet" src="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BCOVrUMCIAAdN5J.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 150px; float: right;" /></a>BIG FACEBOOK IS WATCHING.</strong> When you hover over an ad in Facebook, you&#39;ll get <a href="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/facebook-to-tell-users-they-are-being-tracked/" target="_blank">a popup advisory</a> that your online actions are being tracked.<br />* <em>Slate: </em>&quot;<strong><a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/02/04/oreo_super_bowl_blackout_tweet_dazzles_twitter_reveals_low_bar_for_brands.html" target="_blank">The Half-Decent Oreo Tweet That Dazzled a Nation</a></strong>.&quot;<br />* Twitter may be <a href="http://gigaom.com/2013/02/04/how-social-media-is-becoming-as-important-a-live-event-as-the-live-event-itself/" target="_blank">creating more must-see TV</a>.<br />* New Netflix series &quot;House of Cards&quot; reviewed: &quot;I loved watching it, <a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2013/02/netflix-house-of-cards-marathon/61784/" target="_blank">I&#39;m just not sure I loved <em>how</em> I watched it</a>.&quot;</p><hr /><p><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong><br />* Thanks for a fun <a href="http://soundcloud.com/morningshiftwbez/130204-morning-shift-seg-c" target="_blank">chat on the radio</a>,&nbsp;Randi Belisomo Hernandez.</em><br /><em>* Get this blog by email. Sign up&nbsp;<a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/time-chicago-murder-commission-105342 Chicago artists help deck the halls at the White House http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago-artists-help-deck-halls-white-house-104127 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/whitehouseart.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago artist and designer David Lee Csicsko is known for the whimsical mosaic characters greeting riders at the Belmont &quot;L&quot; station.</p><p>For the White House this year, he designed stained-glass medallions that look like wreaths for the East Corridor and 10-foot-tall white wooden trees for the East Garden.</p><p>A stained-glass rose he designed hangs in the window of the State Dining Room. While decorating the room, staff members took down a famous painting to avoid scratching it.</p><p>&ldquo;So all of the sudden I looked over at the back of the Lincoln portrait, and this rose I had designed was shining brightly on the back of the Lincoln portrait,&quot; Csicsko said. &quot;It was just this incredible connection to artistry and history. It was very, very special.&rdquo;</p><p>Csicsko got the chance to tell First Lady Michelle Obama about all of his designs at the farewell reception.</p><p>&ldquo;One of my friends shouted out that we were from Chicago and I had done the windows,&quot; chuckled Csicsko. &quot;She said she was very excited to show the President and her daughters all of the work on the house.&quot;</p><p>Paper artist Jami Darwin Chiang said seeing her work go from her studio in Chicago to the White House was an amazing experience. Chiang and other artists helped decorate the famed Blue Room Christmas tree with their designs. &nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;You meet so many people that are from all different parts of the country that literally join forces to transform the White House in five days,&rdquo; Chiang said.</p><p>Cscisko said seeing everyday people working together in rooms where heads of state normally convene was an enlightening experience.</p><p>&ldquo;It just really felt like this was the people&rsquo;s house,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 16:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago-artists-help-deck-halls-white-house-104127 How to create jobs with really trying http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/how-create-jobs-really-trying-100573 <p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_wR3LhFlgGo" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Outsourcing is an economic trend so present in the minds of the American people that we made a movie about it. And a TV show. Whether industrial manufacturing or IT call centers, if it&#39;s cheaper to do it in India or Mexico, American CEOs will send it there.&nbsp;</p><p>But if the White House has it their way, outsourcing&#39;s days (much like<a href="http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2011/05/13/outsourced-cancelled-by-nbc/92523/"> NBC&#39;s <em>Outsourced </em>days</a>) will soon be over. Earlier this year, President Obama made insourcing &ndash; the economic trend in which American companies return their business to American soil &ndash; an official initiative, holding a business leaders&#39; forum to talk about what kind of incentives would convince them to move the production side of business back.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/insourcing%20AP.jpg" style="float: right; width: 300px; " title="President Obama shakes hands with Tim Bryan, center, chairman and CEO of Galax.e Solutions, during a forum on ‘Insourcing American Jobs’ in January. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)" />One of those business leaders was Tim Bryan, CEO of Galax.e Solutions, a software company. Bryan swears by worker proximity, and says the work his company does is just too complicated to allow management and employees to be separated by thousands of miles anymore. GalaxE opened its new office in Detroit where, to ensure there are enough skilled workers to fill it, Bryan partners with local community colleges to provide training programs.</p><p>Bryan says the sucess he&#39;s had in Detroit could be recreated anywhere in the country, but Don Kettl, Dean of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, is skeptical. Jobs are definitely returning, Kettl says, but not in the numbers that they left. He predicts the change to come will involve a small number of new jobs for more skilled workers at higher pay, and that we need to focus on retraining programs like the one Bryan set up in Detroit.&nbsp;</p><p>Election season is heating up and we&#39;ve already heard President Obama hit Romney on his history at Bain Capital.&nbsp;&ldquo;Gov.&nbsp;Romney&rsquo;s commitment to outsourcing is not just part of his record, its part of an overwhelming economic vision,&rdquo; Mr. Obama said at a rally in New Hampshire last week, reported the <em><a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jun/25/obama-doubles-down-on-bain-attacks/">Washington Times</a>.&nbsp;</em>This growing theme of the Obama campaign suggets we&#39;ll hear more about insourcing before November rolls around. Monday on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>, we talk with Brian Deese,&nbsp;special assistant to the president on economic policy, about how the White House plans to encourage this so-called trend. Call 312.923.9239 with questions.&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 08:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/how-create-jobs-really-trying-100573 Bill Daley to step down as White House chief of staff after 2012 election http://www.wbez.org/story/bill-daley-step-down-white-house-chief-staff-after-2012-election-93064 <p><p>CHICAGO — White House chief of staff Bill Daley says he'll return to Chicago after the 2012 election.</p><p><a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Raw_Video__One-On-One_With_Bill_Daley_Chicago-131475648.html">Daley tells WMAQ-TV in Chicago </a>he has committed to stay with President Barack Obama in Washington "through his re-election" and "then my wife and I will be back in Chicago." Obama chose Daley to be his White House chief of staff in January. Daley replaced Pete Rouse, who was interim chief of staff and did not want the position permanently. Rouse replaced Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.</p><p>Bill Daley's brother, Richard M. Daley, is Chicago's former mayor. The Daley brothers are sons of Richard J. Daley, who was Chicago's mayor from 1955 to his death in 1976.</p><p>Bill Daley served as commerce secretary under President Bill Clinton and ran Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign.</p></p> Tue, 11 Oct 2011 21:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/bill-daley-step-down-white-house-chief-staff-after-2012-election-93064 Axelrod: Emanuel was 'never' close to being fired by President Obama http://www.wbez.org/story/axelrod-emanuel-was-never-close-being-fired-president-obama-92349 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-23/Axelrod Obama Emanuel - AP Charles Dharapak.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A new book claims President Barack Obama was close to firing Rahm Emanuel before his chief of staff left to run for Chicago mayor. But the president's top strategist says the book is littered with fiction.</p><p>Ron Suskind's <em>Confidence Men</em> quotes an unnamed source saying Emanuel "would have been fired" if he hadn't moved back to Chicago when former Mayor Richard Daley announced his retirement.</p><p>Obama strategist David Axelrod - now back in Chicago - was in the White House at the time, and says Emanuel was "never" close to losing his job.</p><p>Axelrod says Emanuel provided strong leadership in the White House, and the president appreciated that.</p><p>"Rahm was a enormously positive force in the White House and much of what we accomplished, particularly in those early days when we were teetering on the brink of a depression, was absolutely pivotal. And the president recognized that," Axelrod said.</p><p>"Rahm provided strong leadership in the White House and that was well appreciated by the president," Axelrod said.</p><p>A spokeswoman for Emanuel declined to comment.</p><p>Suskind also describes the White House headed by Emanuel as a "boys' club," in which women had little power. Axelrod dismisses the suggestion.</p><p>"I'm not going to comment on docu-dramas," he said. "The fact is that there were so many just flat-out errors of fact in that book that reflect the overall, which is that it's just not an accurate picture."</p><p>That's a characterization also made by a White House spokesman. The author is standing by his book.</p><p>Axelrod made his comments to reporters on Thursday in Chicago, after headlining a fundraiser for congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth. Duckworth is running for the Democratic nomination in Illinois' 8th congressional district, against Raja Krishnamoorthi.</p><p>Axelrod said his endorsement for Duckworth does not mean the president will follow suit.</p><p>"No, I don't expect [he will get involved]," Axelrod said. "He doesn't involve himself in primary campaigns, and these are two friends of his, but obviously - you know, he appointed Tammy to a leadership position in his administration, so he has a high regard for her."</p><p>Duckworth, who won the Purple Heart for her service in Iraq, was an assistant secretary in the federal Department of Veterans Affairs under Mr. Obama.</p><p>The president also has ties to Krishnamoorthi, who advised Mr. Obama during both his 2004 U.S. Senate campaign, and the 2008 presidential election.</p></p> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 20:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/axelrod-emanuel-was-never-close-being-fired-president-obama-92349 Drug use among Chicago arrestees highest in U.S. http://www.wbez.org/story/drug-use-among-chicago-arrestees-highest-us-87960 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-16/pot_Getty_Sean Gallup.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A new White House report puts Chicago inmates at the top of a national list for drug abuse. The report states that 83 percent of males arrested in Cook County last year tested positive for at least one substance. The Office of National Drug Control Policy analyzed 10 major cities for the study. Chicago ranked in the top spot.<br> <br> Daphne Baille, spokeswoman for Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities, said the results aren't surprising.<br> <br> "This is a trend that has been going on for decades in Chicago," she said. "We know that the vast majority of people who are arrested indeed have illicit substances in their system, and this is a result of our 40 year war on drugs that has continued to criminalize this health problem, rather than treating it."<br> <br> Chicago has placed above the other nine cities in the annual study for the past four years. The cities are Denver, Atlanta, Portland, Ore., Indianapolis, New York, Charlotte, N.C., Washington D.C., Sacramento, Calif., and Minneapolis.</p></p> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 20:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/drug-use-among-chicago-arrestees-highest-us-87960 Mike Huckabee: 'All The Factors Say Go, But My Heart Says No' http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-05-14/mike-huckabee-all-factors-say-go-my-heart-says-no-86555 <p><p>Scratch Mike Huckabee's name from the list of potential Republican presidential nominees seeking to challenge President Obama.</p><p>The former Arkansas governor and present-day Fox News Channel host <a href="http://video.foxnews.com/v/4694936/huckabee-i-will-not-seek-the-republican-nomination/">said on his show</a> on that cable outlet that he won't compete for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.</p><p>Huckabee said he ruled out a run despite many indications he could do well in the race for the nomination — widespread grassroots support and polls that showed that he had broader appeal to just social conservatives and also a good chance of winning primaries and caucuses.</p><p>"All the factors say go; but my heart says no," Huckabee said. "And that's the decision that I've made. And in it I've finally found some resolution."</p><p></p><p>Huckabee, who did unexpectedly well in his 2008 presidential bid, winning the Iowa caucuses, said his wife and children expressed support for a him to make the race, in fact urged him too.</p><p>And he indicated many others had expressed not just support but the desire to work on his behalf.</p><p>But, speaking in terms that would readily connect with many of the evangelical Christians who had hoped he would be their standard bearer in the 2012 White House race, the former Baptist preacher said in was only in the quiet moments of reflection did his decision become plain.</p><p>"... I do know this. That under the best of circumstances, being president is a job that takes one to the limit of his or her human capacity. For me, to do it without the confidence that I was undertaking it without God's full blessing is simply unthinkable."</p><p>The decision allows Huckabee to continue making money at a brisk pace from his contract with Fox as well as the radio segment he produces for ABC Radio. Huckabee also travels the nation giving paid speeches.</p><p>He did say he will continue to travel to speak up for candidates and causes he believes in.</p><p>Staying clear of the race also spares Huckabee from attacks from both Republicans and Democrats alike on his record as Arksansas governor. For instance, as governor he commuted the sentence of Maurice Clemmons, a convict who later killed four Seattle police officers. Clemmons likely would have been Huckabee's Willie Horton, only worse. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1305433932?&gn=Mike+Huckabee%3A+%27All+The+Factors+Say+Go%2C+But+My+Heart+Says+No%27&ev=event2&ch=129828651&h1=2012,White+House,It%27s+All+Politics,Mike+Huckabee,Media,Politics,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=136318484&c7=1014&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1014&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110514&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=131551086,130357600,129828651,126944287&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Sat, 14 May 2011 21:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-05-14/mike-huckabee-all-factors-say-go-my-heart-says-no-86555 Obama Makes Economic Argument To Americans For Immigration Overhaul http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-05-10/obama-makes-economic-argument-americans-immigration-overhaul-86350 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/npr_story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-10/HPobama.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>President Obama realizes he has a problem on the immigration front.</p><p>Actually, he has a few problems. But one of the gnarliest is that the notion of providing millions of illegal immigrants with a path to legalization raises the economic anxiety of millions of Americans.</p><p>Even before the housing bubble burst in 2007, overhauling immigration was a heavy lift. That's even more true now with Americans much more worried about jobs than they were the last time Congress and a president, then George W. Bush, tried to achieve comprehensive immigration reform.</p><p>So <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/10/remarks-president-comprehensive-immigration-reform-el-paso-texas">in his speech</a> in El Paso, Tex. Tuesday along the U.S.-Mexico border, the president had to find a way to explain why legalizing millions of illegal immigrants wouldn't hurt Americans economically.</p><p>His argument was that it's the illegal nature of these immigrants that forces down U.S. wages since workers lacking legal status can be more readily exploited by unethical employers.</p><p></p><p>Obama said:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>Think about it. Over the past decade, even before the recession hit, middle-class families were struggling to get by as the costs went up for everything, from health care, to college tuition, to groceries, to gas. Their incomes didn't go up with those prices. We're seeing it again right now with gas prices.</p><p>So one way to strengthen the middle class in America is to reform the immigration system so that there is no longer a massive underground economy that exploits a cheap source of labor while depressing wages for everybody else. I want incomes for middle-class families to rise again. (Applause.) I want prosperity in this country to be widely shared. (Applause.) I want everybody to be able to reach that American dream. And that's why immigration reform is an economic imperative. It's an economic imperative. (Applause.)</p><p></blockquote></p><p>Adding another wrinkle to his economic argument, the president said fixing the U.S.' immigration system, which is widely seen as broken, would help the U.S. win the future, to use a phrase he's found of, by making it more competitive:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>OBAMA: And reform will also help to make America more competitive in the global economy. Today, we provide students from around the world with visas to get engineering and computer science degrees at our top universities. (Applause.)</p><p>But then our laws discourage them from using those skills to start a business or a new industry here in the United States. Instead of training entrepreneurs to stay here, we train them to create jobs for our competition. That makes no sense. In a global marketplace, we need all the talent we can attract, all the talent we can get to stay here to start businesses — not just to benefit those individuals, but because their contribution will benefit all Americans.</p><p>Look at Intel, look at Google, look at Yahoo, look at eBay. All those great American companies, all the jobs they've created, everything that has helped us take leadership in the high-tech industry, every one of those was founded by, guess who, an immigrant. (Applause.)</p><p>So we don't want the next Intel or the next Google to be created in China or India. We want those companies and jobs to take root here. (Applause.) Bill Gates gets this. He knows a little something about the high-tech industry. He said, "The United States will find it far more difficult to maintain its competitive edge if it excludes those who are able and willing to help us compete."</p><p>So immigration is not just the right thing to do. It's smart for our economy.</p><p></blockquote></p><p>Not that the president didn't make the moral argument, for instance, that it doesn't square with American values to break up families through deportation. Or to punish young people who were brought into the U.S. as children illegally by their parents.</p><p>But he clearly was aware that if he was to make any progress with the American people on an immigration overhaul, to get more voters to see it his way, he needed to make a strong appeal that it's in their economic interest to fix the current system.</p><p>As <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2011/05/10/136169440/for-obama-and-democrats-immigration-overhaul-a-political-no-brainer">I wrote earlier</a>, immigration reform is a political no-brainer for the president and congressional Democrats since it energizes the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. That demographic just so happens to be an important part of the Democratic base.</p><p>It also puts congressional Republicans and GOP presidential hopefuls in a tricky spot since their party's base has proportionally more immigration hardliners than the Democratic Party.</p><p>That made the speech, an official presidential event, arguably something of a campaign event too.</p><p>And the president gave the event a campaign feel by telling his audience if they agreed with his approach on immigration reform, they should contact <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov" target="_self">WhiteHouse.gov</a>. Campaigns often use such techniques to collect email addresses.</p><p>While it's good politics for Democrats to make the strongest appeal possible to Latinos, the president suggested that some Republicans saw it as good politics to focus strictly on border enforcement to the exclusion of everything else, including figuring out how to normalize the 11 million illegal immigrants.</p><p>And he tried to have some fun at their expense though an edgy response he got from at least one audience member violated an Obama commandment, a rule of a president who has worked hard to not push deep-seated racial hot buttons — Thou shalt not play the race card:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>OBAMA: ... The Border Patrol has 20,000 agents — more than twice as many as there were in 2004. It's a build-up that began under President Bush and that we've continued, and I had a chance to meet some of these outstanding agents, and actually saw some of them on horseback who looked pretty tough. (Laughter.) So we put the agents here.</p><p>Then they wanted a fence. Well, the fence is --</p><p>AUDIENCE: Booo!</p><p>THE PRESIDENT: The fence is now basically complete.</p><p>AUDIENCE MEMBER: Tear it down!</p><p>THE PRESIDENT: Then we've gone further. We tripled the number of intelligence analysts working at the border. I've deployed unmanned aerial vehicles to patrol the skies from Texas to California. We have forged a partnership with Mexico to fight the transnational criminal organizations that have affected both of our countries. (Applause.) And for the first time — for the first time we're screening 100 percent of southbound rail shipments to seize guns and money going south even as we go after drugs that are coming north. (Applause.)</p><p>So, here's the point. I want everybody to listen carefully to this. We have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans who said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about enforcement. All the stuff they asked for, we've done. But even though we've answered these concerns, I've got to say I suspect there are still going to be some who are trying to move the goal posts on us one more time.</p><p>AUDIENCE MEMBER: They're racist!</p><p>THE PRESIDENT: You know, they said we needed to triple the Border Patrol. Or now they're going to say we need to quadruple the Border Patrol. Or they'll want a higher fence. Maybe they'll need a moat. (Laughter.) Maybe they want alligators in the moat. (Laughter.) They'll never be satisfied. And I understand that. That's politics.</p><p></blockquote></p><p>As for Obama's outline for reform, it's essentially what Senate Democrats and Republicans came up with when Obama was in the Senate.</p><p>Illegal immigrants would have to pay their taxes and a fine for breaking the law, learn English and undergo a background check before they would be allowed to remain in the U.S. legally. Hardliners will immediately dismiss this as amnesty.</p><p>Meanwhile, the system would be overhauled to make it easier for immigrants, especially highly skilled ones sought by Silicon Valley high-tech firms and other employers, to enter and remain in the U.S.</p><p>We may be four years or so on from the last time all these kinds of ideas were proposed but the results are likely to be the same as then, that is, not much is likely to change, at least not before 2012. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1305067626?&gn=Obama+Makes+Economic+Argument+To+Americans+For+Immigration+Overhaul&ev=event2&ch=129828651&h1=Domestic+issues,2012,White+House,Congress,It%27s+All+Politics,Illegal+immigration,President+Obama,Around+the+Nation,Politics,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=136183061&c7=1014&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1014&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110510&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=133630641,131551086,130357600,130215202,129828651,128520320,126026613&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Tue, 10 May 2011 16:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-05-10/obama-makes-economic-argument-americans-immigration-overhaul-86350