Barack Obama http://blog.wlrn.org en Crist Blames Bigots For Decision To Leave GOP http://blog.wlrn.org/post/crist-blames-bigots-decision-leave-gop <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former Governor Charlie </span>Crist<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is giving a new reason for his leaving the GOP. He says he made the change partly because of bigots within the party.</span></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 14:40:41 +0000 Marva Hinton 31945 at http://blog.wlrn.org Crist Blames Bigots For Decision To Leave GOP #CubaNow Policy Group Highlights Key Generational Shift http://blog.wlrn.org/post/cubanow-policy-group-highlights-key-generational-shift <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This year has seen a growing chorus of polls, studies and statements calling for an overhaul of U.S. policy on communist Cuba. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Monday a new group called #</span>CubaNow<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> added its voice -- and signaled the growing generational shift among Cuban-Americans.</span></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 03:15:25 +0000 Tim Padgett 31510 at http://blog.wlrn.org #CubaNow Policy Group Highlights Key Generational Shift Richard Blanco: The Poem Not Taken http://blog.wlrn.org/post/richard-blanco-poem-not-taken <p>Miami-raised poet Richard Blanco had planned to take his partner to President Barack Obama’s second inauguration to sit on the platform as he read the poem he composed for the event.</p><p>He could only have one guest.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But his partner had another idea, Blanco says.</span></p><p>“He says, ‘It should really be your mom to go with with you. This is so much more about the American Dream story.'”</p><p>So Blanco picked up the phone to call his mother to ask her if she even wanted to go.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:50:26 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 24991 at http://blog.wlrn.org Richard Blanco: The Poem Not Taken LISTEN: President Obama Delivers A Eulogy For Nelson Mandela http://blog.wlrn.org/post/listen-president-obama-delivers-eulogy-nelson-mandela During Tuesday's memorial service at South Africa's largest soccer stadium, President Obama delivered a 20-minute eulogy that compared Mandela to Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln and America's founding fathers.<p>Mandela, Obama said in Johannesburg, was the "last great liberator of the 20th century." He was not only a man of politics, but a pragmatist and flawed human being who managed to discipline his anger to turn centuries of oppression into what Mandela liked to call a "Rainbow Nation."<p>We've embedded audio of Obama's eulogy below, where we've also pasted text of his speech a Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:37:00 +0000 editor 24890 at http://blog.wlrn.org LISTEN: President Obama Delivers A Eulogy For Nelson Mandela Transcript: Marco Rubio's Response To State Of The Union Address http://blog.wlrn.org/post/transcript-marco-rubios-response-state-union-address <em>Full text of the GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address as prepared for delivery and given by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.):</em><p>Good evening. I'm Marco Rubio. I'm blessed to represent Florida in the United States Senate. Let me begin by congratulating President Obama on the start of his second term. Tonight, I have the honor of responding to his State of the Union address on behalf of my fellow Republicans. And I am especially honored to be addressing our brave men and women serving in the armed forces and in diplomatic posts around the world. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 12:36:53 +0000 editor 9309 at http://blog.wlrn.org What Martin Luther King Day Means To Diverse South Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-martin-luther-king-day-means-diverse-south-florida <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>People across South Florida's diverse communities and cultures marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This year is also the&nbsp;50th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech.</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 00:01:58 +0000 Arianna Prothero 8101 at http://blog.wlrn.org What Martin Luther King Day Means To Diverse South Florida Why Miami Poet Richard Blanco Embodies Obama’s Winning Coalition http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-miami-poet-richard-blanco-embodies-obama-s-winning-coalition <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, Miami poet Richard Blanco will recite the poem he has composed for President Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Arianna Prothero 8043 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why Miami Poet Richard Blanco Embodies Obama’s Winning Coalition How You Can Write A Poem For A President http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-you-can-write-poem-president-0 <p>Here at WLRN, we're big fans of <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/tweet-us-story-you-can-co-author-story-geoff-dyer" target="_blank">interactive storytelling</a>.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Sammy Mack 7817 at http://blog.wlrn.org How You Can Write A Poem For A President Deal To Avert 'Fiscal Cliff' Appears Likely http://blog.wlrn.org/post/president-obama-avoiding-fiscal-cliff-we-can-do-it-stages <strong>Update at 9:45 p.m. Deal Reached</strong><p>Vice President Joe Biden was meeting late Monday with Senate Democrats to brief them on a proposed deal to stop sharp tax increases and spending cuts. A source told NPR the deal with congressional Democratic and Republican leaders includes a mix of both.<p>Senate Majority leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have signed off on the agreement, which calls for a two-month deferral of the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:22:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 7066 at http://blog.wlrn.org Deal To Avert 'Fiscal Cliff' Appears Likely Obama: Why The 'Fiscal Cliff' Hurts Latin Families http://blog.wlrn.org/post/obama-why-fiscal-cliff-hurts-latin-families <p></p><p>White House Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Munoz voices&nbsp;</p><p>President Barack Obama’s concerns about what the impact of a failure to reach a budget agreement could mean for Latin families.</p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 19:37:11 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 6182 at http://blog.wlrn.org Obama: Why The 'Fiscal Cliff' Hurts Latin Families Campaign Polls: Why It Looks Like Obama Might Lose Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/campaign-polls-why-it-looks-obama-might-lose-florida <p></p><p>Support for President Obama has declined so radically in South Florida that it will cost him the state on election day.</p><p></p><p>That's what <a href="http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/elections/fl-economic-forecast-election-results-20121020,0,451863.story">Tony Man at the Sun Sentinel reported</a> over the weekend after taking a look at modeling and projections prepared by Moody's Analytics. Moody's predicted Obama would win the Democratic strongholds of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties but by margins too small to leverage the rest of the state.</p><p></p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 13:33:53 +0000 Rick Stone 3382 at http://blog.wlrn.org Campaign Polls: Why It Looks Like Obama Might Lose Florida Debate Takeaway: Little Daylight Between Obama, Romney http://blog.wlrn.org/post/lynn-university-debate-takeaway-little-daylight-between-obama-romney In at least one sense, the final presidential debate of the year looked a lot like the previous ones between Mitt Romney and President Obama.<p>Regardless of what they were asked, each offered talking points he had prepared and was determined to make. The candidates, not moderator Bob Schieffer of CBS News, set both the tone and the pace of the debate.<p>That included switching gears far from the nominal subject of Monday's debate in Boca Raton, Fla., which was foreign policy. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 10:54:58 +0000 editor 3364 at http://blog.wlrn.org Debate Takeaway: Little Daylight Between Obama, Romney In Final Debate: Some Sparks, But Also Points Of Agreement http://blog.wlrn.org/post/live-blog-obama-romney-square-final-debate Foreign policy proved to be a subject that kept the tone mostly substantive tonight in the third and final debate between President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney before the Nov. 6 election.<p>While the president was the more aggressive of the two, sometimes interrupting his opponent and several times forcefully challenging things that Romney said, for the most part the discussion was tough but civil. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 23:16:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 3361 at http://blog.wlrn.org In Final Debate: Some Sparks, But Also Points Of Agreement Dispatch: The Server And The Cat http://blog.wlrn.org/post/dispatch-server-and-cat <div id="full_story"><p>During the previous debate, our Dispatches from the Swing State team met an interesting character in a Key West pub -- a local server named Patti Wilde who is originally from Cincinnati and is something of a local celebrity.</p><p>Or, as she explains it, "I mean, I used to be. I've been here 30 years so they go, 'oh, Cincinnati Patti's here.' But now they don't do that anymore. They go, 'Larry!'"</p><p>"Larry" is Patti Wilde's cat -- a very large cat that sits calmly on the bar stool wherever she goes.</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 15:48:15 +0000 Kenny Malone 3128 at http://blog.wlrn.org Dispatch: The Server And The Cat Churches Hope To Unite Flocks After Election http://blog.wlrn.org/post/churches-hope-unite-flocks-after-election <p>After the final vote is cast next month, the country may be in need of some healing and reconciliation.<br><br>That's the idea behind <a href="http://electiondaycommunion.org/">Election Day Communion</a>.<br><br>Hundreds of churches across the country will be holding services election night and serving communion including one in South Florida.<br><br>Reverend Spencer Potter is the rector of <a href="http://www.standrewsmiami.org/">St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Palmetto Bay</a>.<br><br>He says the service will be a time for the whole congregation to unite.</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 12:55:13 +0000 Marva Hinton 3119 at http://blog.wlrn.org Churches Hope To Unite Flocks After Election