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President Barack Obama’s Keynote Speech at CGI 2012

Barack Hussein Obama II, born August 4, 1961, is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office not once, but twice.
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was president of the Harvard Law Review. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. He served three terms representing the 13th District in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004, running unsuccessfully for the United States House of Representatives in 2000.

Several events brought Obama to national attention during his campaign to represent the State of Illinois in the United States Senate in 2004, including his victory in the March 2004 Illinois Democratic primary and his keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July 2004. He won the Senate election in November 2004, serving until his resignation following his 2008 presidential election victory. His presidential campaign began in February 2007, and after a close campaign in the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primaries against Hillary Rodham Clinton, he won his party’s nomination. In the 2008 presidential election, he defeated Republican nominee John McCain, and was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009. Nine months later, Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. In April 2011, he announced that he would be running for re-election in 2012.

As president, Obama signed economic stimulus legislation in the form of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 in response to the 2007–2009 recession in the United States. Other major domestic policy initiatives include the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010, and the Budget Control Act of 2011. In foreign policy, Obama ended US military involvement in the Iraq War, increased troop levels in Afghanistan, signed the New START arms control treaty with Russia, ordered U.S. military involvement in Libya, and ordered the military operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. In May 2012, he became the first sitting U.S. president to publicly support legalizing same-sex marriage.

Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President Interview – 2011

No one works harder for all 2.6 million Brooklynites than Marty Markowitz. Since entering Borough Hall in January 2002, Marty has reinvigorated the office of borough president, serving as the tireless chief advocate for Brooklyn’s economic, social and cultural interests, while initiating and promoting efforts to improve Brooklynites’ quality of life. Born and raised in Crown Heights, Marty graduated from Wingate High School in 1962. He received his B.A. in Political Science after attending evening sessions at Brooklyn College from 1962 to 1970.

Marty’s efforts to stimulate and grow Brooklyn’s economy include revitalizing Coney Island, re-zoning Greenpoint-Williamsburg and Downtown Brooklyn, lowering auto insurance rates, cleaning up Newtown Creek, encouraging development of the Brooklyn Cruise Ship Terminal, wooing regional corporate headquarters, large manufacturers and retailers, startups and green businesses, and lobbying on behalf of Brooklynites for the affordable housing and jobs attached to the Atlantic Yards project. Just as important are programs like Shop Brooklyn, the Lighten Up Brooklyn and Take Your Man to the Doctor campaigns, Camp Brooklyn, the jobs-for-youth Summer HEAT program, Dine in Brooklyn restaurant week, the Brooklyn Book Festival, the smART Brooklyn Gallery Hop and Brooklyn Tourism, all of which have helped make Brooklyn a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

Interview with New York State Comptroller Thomas DINapoli – 2010

Since becoming State Comptroller in February 2007, Thomas P. DiNapoli has transformed the way his office does business. DiNapoli has uncovered reforms to make government more effective, efficient and ethical. He has pushed for increased transparency and accountability in government, and identified billions of dollars in waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement.

DiNapoli, New York’s chief fiscal officer, is responsible for auditing the operations of all State agencies and local governments, managing the State’s pension fund, overseeing the New York State and Local Retirement System, reviewing the State and New York City budgets, approving State contracts, and administering the State’s payroll and central accounting system. As sole trustee for the $129 billion State pension fund, one of the largest institutional investors

Senator John Sampson interview (2011)

Senator John Llewllyn Sampson, Leader of the Democratic Conference was elected to the New York State Senate in 1996. He represents the 19th Senatorial District which encompasses Canarsie, East Flatbush, Parts of Brownsville, Crown Heights, East New York, portions of Old Mill Basin, Spring Creek Towers, and parts of Midwood and Kensington in Brooklyn.

Senator Sampson has the distinction of being the first African American to serve as the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He is also Chair of the Senate Ethics Committee and the Senate Administrative Regulations Review Commission. Senator Sampson is also the Deputy Majority Leader for State/Federal Relations.

As Chair of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Sampson conducted the confirmation hearings for Chief Justice of the New York Court of Appeals, Judge Jonathan Lippman. Senator Sampson is committed to improving diversity within the New York State Court System calling for more hirings of minorities and women for judgeships.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg Speech on Gun Control – 2012

Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) is a coalition of over 600 mayors who support a number of gun control initiatives that the group calls “commonsense reforms” to fight illegal gun trafficking and gun violence in the United States. Most recently the group has focused on an effort to defeat a bill in Congress that would require each state to recognize carry licenses issued by other states.

The group was formed on April 25, 2006, during a summit held at Gracie Mansion in New York City that was hosted by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who serve as co-chairs of the coalition.

The coalition is composed of mayors from both these major political parties – the Progressive Party, and the Green Party, and its statement of principles has received the endorsement of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National Conference of Black Mayors. The majority of members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns are Democrats.
Mayor Bloomberg Spoke on this Topic very passionately; see his speech and judge for yourselves.

Special Olympics Donation of 12 Million Dollars by Billionaire Tom Golisano at The CGI 2012

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. We give them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and share personal skills, gifts of spirit, and friendship with their families, their fellow Special Olympics athletes, and the world.

Through the power of sports, Special Olympics helps people with intellectual disabilities feel welcome in their communities and develop a profound belief in themselves. One of the best ways to explain how we help our athletes is to share this story with you.

Special Olympics is a 4-star-rated, world-renowned charity targeting the nearly 200 million adults and children who have intellectual disabilities, in nearly 170 countries, through sports, education, and health programs. We are designated tax-exempt under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

World Liberty TV was on hand at the Clinton Global Event, where Mr. Tom Golisano, Billionaire Businessman made a donation of 12 million to the Special Olympics.

Jets Annual Kickoff Luncheon at Ciprani’s – Wall St, New York – 2011

The 2011 New York Jets Kickoff Luncheon benefits both the Alliance for Lupus Research & the NY Jets Foundation.

The Jets joined with their fans and supporters today at Cipriani Wall Street to celebrate the unofficial start to the 2011 season at their 11th annual Kickoff Luncheon. Proceeds from the event are given to the Alliance for Lupus Research, the world’s leading funder for lupus research, and the New York Jets Foundation, the team’s charitable initiative that has raised over $10 million to promote youth health, fitness, and education in disadvantaged local communities.

Carmelo Anthony, NY Knicks Small Forward, Interview – 2012

Carmelo Kyam Anthony nicknamed “Melo”, is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

After a successful high school career at Towson Catholic High School and Oak Hill Academy, Anthony attended Syracuse University for college where he led the Orangemen to their first National Championship in 2003. He earned the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award and was named the Most Valuable Player of NCAA East Regional. After one season at Syracuse University, Anthony left college to enter the 2003 NBA Draft, where he was selected as the third pick by the Nuggets. He was traded to the Knicks several days prior to the 2011 trade deadline.

Since entering the NBA, Anthony has emerged as one of the most well-known and popular players in the league. He was named to the All-Rookie team, to the All-Star team six times and to the All-NBA team six times. Anthony led the Nuggets to two division titles and to the playoffs every year from 2004 to 2010. In 2009, he helped the Nuggets advance to the Conference Finals for the first time since 1985. As a member of the USA National Team, Anthony won a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics and gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. On August 2, 2012, Carmelo Anthony broke the United States men’s Olympic team’s record for most points in a single game when he scored 37 points against Nigeria.

Amar’e Carsares Stoudemire, New York Knicks (Center, Power Forward) – 2012

Amar’e Carsares Stoudemire is an American professional basketball player who plays for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

His off-court ventures include a record label, a clothing line, acting and a series of children’s books for Scholastic Press.

Stoudemire’s first name had previously been listed in the Phoenix Suns media guide as Amaré or Amare, but it was changed to Amar’e in October 2008. Stoudemire told NBA.com that his name had always been spelled Amar’e, but the media had been spelling it incorrectly since he joined the NBA.

Interview with Jacqueline “Jackie” Joyner-Kersee, Women’s Great Athlete – 2010

Born on March 3, 1962, in East St. Louis, Illinois, Jackie Joyner-Kersee was the first American to win gold for the long jump and the first woman to earn more than 7,000 points in the seven-event heptathlon. She’s ultimately won three golds, a silver and two bronze, making her the most decorated female athlete in Olympic track and field history. She’s gone on to advocate for children.

Regarded as one of the greatest female athletes in history, Joyner-Kersee won a silver medal in the heptathlon at the 1984 Summer Olympics, as well as gold and bronze medals in the long jump in 1988 and 1992, respectively. She is currently the heptathlon world record-holder, scoring 7,291 points—she’s set a record in the heptathlon four times—at the Summer Olympics in 1988, and taking home a gold medal. Joyner-Kersee is also a former long jump word record holder; she tied world long-jump record in 1987, with a 7.45-meter jump (her record was broken in 1988 by Galina Chistyakova, who jumped 7.52 meters). Joyner-Kersee is currently the American record-holder in the long jump.

Joyner-Kersee’s last Olympic run came in 1996, when she took home a bronze medal in the long jump at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. She did not compete in the heptathlon that year due to a pulled hamstring.

Michelle Kwan World and Olympic Figure Skating Champion – 2010

Michelle Wingshan Kwan is an American figure skater. She is a two-time (1998 and 2002) Olympic medalist, a five-time (1996, 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2003) World champion and a nine-time (1996, 1998–2005) U.S. champion (the all-time record, as tied with Maribel Vinson-Owen).

She competed at a high level for over a decade and is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history. Known for her consistency and expressive artistry on ice, she is widely considered one of the greatest figure skaters of all time.

For well over a decade, Michelle Kwan maintained her status not only as America’s most popular figure skater but as one of America’s most popular female athletes, consistently making the top ten on many such polls and lists (often as the only figure skater) even years after she had stopped competing. During the decade of her reign Kwan enjoyed unprecedented popularity and amassed numerous multi-million dollar endorsement deals, starred in multiple TV specials and was the subject of extensive media coverage.

Adam Graves, New York Rangers’ Left Wing Player – 2011

Adam Charles Graves is a Canadian former professional hockey player. He is best known for his ten-year tenure with the New York Rangers. He also played for the Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, and San Jose Sharks. He finished his career with 329 goals and 287 assists and is currently a New York Rangers special assistant with Prospect Development and Community Relations.

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