One of the nation's highest honors today was presented to pioneering entrepreneur and publisher John H. Johnson who was commemorated on this year's Black Heritage Forever Stamp by the United States Postal Service.
Johnson, the founder of Johnson Publishing Company of Chicago, which publishes Ebony and Jet magazines, is the 35th honoree in the Black Heritage stamp series. The Postal Service has recognized the achievements of prominent African Americans through the Black Heritage series since 1978. Past honorees have included Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Thurgood Marshall, and Barbara Jordan.
“Of course, it’s not enough for us to increase student aid… States also need to do their part, by making higher education a higher priority in their budgets. And colleges and universities have to do their part by working to keep costs down.” - President Barack Obama - State of the Union, January 24, 2012
In his State of the Union address, President Obama laid out a blueprint for an economy that’s built to last – an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values. As an important part of keeping the American promise alive, the President called for a comprehensive approach to tackling rising college costs. In today’s global economy, a college education is no longer just a privilege for some, but rather a prerequisite for all. To reach a national goal of leading the world with the highest share of college graduates by 2020, we must make college more affordable.
The Minnesota DFL recently announced several key staff additions, as the party gears up to reelect President Obama and Senator Klobuchar and recapture majorities in the State House and Senate this November.
DFL Chair Ken Martin said, “We are proud of the team we are putting together to help our DFL candidates succeed this fall. With the experience and creativity of our staff, and with a solid organization supporting us, we are prepared to compete and win both locally and statewide. Though each of these individuals brings a unique skill set, they all share our fundamental commitment to improving the quality of life for working families in Minnesota. That is why we are all here and why I am pleased to welcome them aboard.”
Last week, President Obama called Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller of Jamaica to congratulate her on her recent electoral victory and to commend the Jamaican people for their dedication to democracy. The Leaders discussed their shared responsibility for enhancing citizen security and underscored the importance of economic growth in advancing the well being of all Jamaicans. President Obama also underscored the strong bonds of friendship between the American and Jamaican people, which includes the contributions of so many Jamaican-Americans. The President said that he looked forward to working with the Prime Minister on bilateral and regional issues at the Summit of the Americas, which will occur in April 2012 in Cartagena, Colombia.
THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF only gets one chance to make the right call on national security, and the consequences are enormous. New Hampshire, too, gets only one chance every four years to ask the tough questions of every candidate who seeks to wield the awe-inspiring power of commander in chief.
We face a vastly more complicated and ever-changing world than at any time in our lifetimes. A President’s decisions have long-ranging consequences that are difficult to unwind and are all-important for our security.