With Dow Chemical now serving as the new Olympic sponsor, Dow CEO Andrew Liveris, has been given a rare opportunity to help reduce the carbon footprint that the games produce. Read more about the Dow Chemical Olympic Sponsorship.
Liveris currently serves on the Board of Directors for IBM, in addition to the President’s Export Council, participating in an effort where he believes, “we now have the opportunity to fuel a new era of sustainable economic growth for America. By creating pragmatic and purposeful trade policies, we will ensure we deploy the vast resources of this nation towards advanced manufacturing programs in high-growth sectors that will make America more competitive at a global level.”
This week Bill Clinton and chief advisor, Doug Band, hosted the 6th annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) conference. CGI was started in 2005 from an idea generated by Band to “turn ideas into action”. The mission was to bring world leaders in politics, business, and non-profits together to tackle world problems. Instead of just talking about what should be done, CGI actually requires participants to generate actual plans of action and to submit donations to fund projects. After day 1 of the 6th annual CGI meeting, former President Clinton tweeted that CGI members have made 1950 commitments totaling $63 million that will improve 300 million lives. Clinton has reiterated that most of his post Presidency success is largely in part due to Doug’s help and dedicated work ethic. Politico has done a great job of recapping just exactly what Doug Band has done to promote Clinton to his level of success. Additionally, the success of CGI would not have been possible without Band’s ingenuity and around-the-clock work and organizational masterminding.
Several months ago you might recall the special ops trip that Bill Clinton and Doug Band took to free two U.S. journalist from a prison in S. Korea. Recently, the U.S. is looking to the infamous duo again to see if they can help free U.S. hikers that have been taken prisoner in Iran.
One of the most recent endeavors taken on by Bill Clinton and Doug Band is the push to bring the World Cup Soccer Tournament to the United States in 2018 or 2022 by joining the Board of Directors of the U.S. World Cup Committee.
Obama Plans for Health Care Delay, New Jobs Bill
Author: Mike Allen & Alexander Trowbridge
Source: Politico, December 23rd, 2009 9:25am EST, Obama Plans for Health Care Delay, New Jobs Bill, Retrieved on December 23rd, 2009 from http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1209/30925.html
The White House privately anticipates health care talks to slip into February — past President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address — and then plans to make a “very hard pivot” to a new jobs bill, according to senior administration officials.
Obama has been told that disputes over abortion and the tight schedule are highly likely to delay a final deal, a blow to the president, who had hoped to trumpet a health care victory in his big speech to the nation. But he has also been told that House Democratic leaders seem inclined, at least for now, to largely accept the compromise worked out in the Senate, virtually ensuring he will eventually get a deal.
Internally, White House aides are plunging into a 2010 plan calling for an early focus on creating jobs, especially in the energy sector, along with starting a conversation about deficit reduction measures, the administration officials said.
Both will be major themes for his first State of the Union speech, which will most likely take place on Jan. 26 or Feb. 2. White House aides are in the early stages of planning for the national address, but Obama will not only trumpet what he has described as his “B-plus” performance in 2009 but also set the stage for the 2010 congressional campaigns.
Obama and Democrats seem in agreement that they want to minimize the number of tough votes moderates in their party must take in the aftermath of the health care debate. They also seem in agreement that a jobs bill is a must — and that they need to show a serious commitment to reducing the deficit, a very difficult task after racking up record spending in Obama’s first year.
The first order of business will be getting a health care deal, which Obama and Democrats see as inevitable. The White House is working closely with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other leading liberals to make sure the House does not push for significant changes to the compromise worked out in the Senate. This will force House Democrats, who often feel slighted by all the attention and influence the Senate gets, to swallow a compromise it did not write or advocate.
Logistically, it’s hard to see how this gets done before early to mid-February. The House comes back into session on Jan. 12 and then goes on a Democratic retreat. The Senate doesn’t come back until Jan. 18. And once a final health deal is worked out, it could take seven to 10 days for the Congressional Budget Office to deliver a final report on cost.
“I think we should be in a place by the State of the Union where the issues are being resolved and it’s just a matter of time,” a senior administration official said.
White House aides are planning an intense focus on the economy and jobs at the beginning of the year. And an aide said Obama will be “very prescriptive” about measures he wants from Congress.
The plans were telegraphed in a speech the president delivered at the Brookings Institution on Dec. 8, with an emphasis on infrastructure improvements, green jobs and small-business incentives for hiring and investment.
All that will fit into a middle-class agenda that the White House hopes will give the country a psychological lift, even before jobs numbers rebound.
Key elements of the plans outlined at Brookings:
— Help small businesses by building on tax cuts in the stimulus bill, including the “complete elimination” of the capital gains taxes on small-business investment. Obama also wants to extend write-offs to encourage small businesses to expand. And he wants to help small businesses get loans by waiving fees and increasing guarantees for Small Business Administration-backed loans as well as continuing to mobilize bailout funds to facilitate lending to small businesses.
— Boost infrastructure by modernizing transportation and communications networks.
— Create environment-oriented jobs by pressuring Congress to start a program with incentives for consumers to retrofit their homes and expanding select stimulus initiatives to promote energy efficiency and clean energy jobs.
Also in the State of the Union address, Obama will discuss his views about the deficit and some of the things he’s going to do to address it over the midterm and long term.
Clinton Urges Passage of Senate Health Care Bill
Author: Associated Press – WASHINGTON
Source: Tricityherald.com, Thursday, December 17th, 2009, Clinton Urges Passage of Senate Health Care Bill, Retrieved on December 17th, 2009 from http://www.tri-cityherald.com/918/story/833968.html
Former President Bill Clinton says failure to pass a health care bill now would be a “colossal blunder” for the Democratic Party and the nation’s economy.
In a statement, Clinton rebuffed calls from Howard Dean and other liberals to kill the Senate bill. He said that while the legislation doesn’t contain everything everyone wants, “America can’t afford to let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Take it from someone who knows, these chances don’t come around every day. ”
He alluded to his own failed effort to overhaul health care in the early 1990s. He said the country is at a crossroads and inaction would lead to more uninsured Americans, higher premiums, bigger federal deficits and crippling health costs.
‘News Watchers’ Give Clinton Highest Marks in Obama’s Administration
Author: Bruce Drake
Source: Politics Daily, Posted: 12/16/09, ‘News Watchers’ Give Clinton Highest Marks in Obama’s Administration, Retrieved December 16th, 2009 from http://www.politicsdaily.com/2009/12/16/news-watchers-give-clinton-highest-marks-in-obamas-administra/
Here’s a different twist on polling. The Clarus Research Group conducted a poll Dec. 7-12 that homed in on “news watchers,” people who follow the news closely or very closely. It found, when those surveyed were asked to rate Obama administration officials, that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton topped the list, which included the president himself.
Clinton got a job approval rating that was 75 percent positive compared to 21 percent negative, which included positive marks from 57 percent of Republicans.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates was second with a 69 percent to 20 percent ratio. Obama trailed them at 51 percent to 45 percent.
Lessons from Clinton
Author: Political Wire
Source: Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire, December 10, 2009, Lessons from Clinton, Retrieved December 10th, 2009 from http://politicalwire.com/archives/2009/12/10/lessons_from_clinton.html
Matt Cooper reviews The Clinton Tapes by Taylor Branch and concludes that Bill Clinton was a more principled politician than he’s given credit for being.
In addition, the book is “is more than just a portrait of a president in real time. It is a stark reminder of other facets of Washington life that haven’t changed since the Clinton era, particularly the capacities of a right-wing message machine and a unified GOP bloc in Congress. It may be less potent than it was in the days of Whitewater, but it certainly still exists. The book also reminds us of the sheer limits faced by Democratic presidents who must clean up after Republican messes and try to corral their own atomized party. The insights here are as useful for understanding the Obama years as they are the Clinton years, and one hopes David Axelrod or others around the President find the time to thumb through a copy.”
Clinton Backs Coakley
Author: Political Wire
Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire, December 7th, 2009, Clinton Backs Coakley in Massachusetts, Retrieved on December 7th 2009 from http://politicalwire.com/archives/2009/12/07/clinton_backs_coakley_in_massachusetts.html
With voters heading to the polls in Massachusetts tomorrow to select U.S. Senate nominees in a special election, Bill Clinton has endorsed Martha Coakley (D) in a robocall used to target Democratic primary voters, the Boston Globe reports.
The Fix: “Clinton’s support is consistent with his recent pattern of rewarding political loyalty — Coakley was an early endorser of then Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential bid. Bill Clinton is the most high profile endorser to make his preference known in the special and his support of Coakley may well be aimed at stifling any last minute momentum for Rep. Mike Capuano who was endorsed by former Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis and Massachusetts Rep. Ed Markey over the past week.”