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First lady tells vets ‘America has your back’
KHON 2 News Honolulu ^ | 11/14/2011 | Andrew Pereira

Posted on 11/15/2011 2:57:22 PM PST by presidio9

First Lady Michelle Obama has a simple message for the country’s jobless veterans – “America has your back.”

Mrs. Obama spoke to a crowd of several hundred people Monday afternoon at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam about the importance of getting vets back into the workforce once their military careers are over.

“For a lot of folks making the transition to civilian life is hard, especially in the midst of a tough economy,” said the first lady.

According to figures by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average unemployment rate last year for vets who joined the military since September of 2001 was 11.5 percent, well above the current national jobless rate, which in October improved slightly to 9 percent.

Mrs. Obama spoke for about twelve minutes after the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sponsored a job fair earlier in the day called Hiring Our Heroes.

About fifty-five employers took part in the job fair, which was expected to attract a crowd of about five hundred.

U.S. Navy veteran Dyan Jackson told Khon2 she’s currently unemployed, but was hoping to land a job with one of the companies at the event.

"It's pretty tough right now I think for everybody, but I keep faith though,” said Jackson. “I hope this will turn out to be a good thing for me.”

The job fair at the sprawling military base was the sixty-eighth held by the Chamber, which is planning one hundred such events nationwide. To date the Hiring Our Heroes campaign has helped more than 3,000 vets and military spouses land jobs, and has connected more than 55,000 veterans with more than 2,500 employers.

Mrs. Obama also touted a separate initiative called Joining Forces, which she and Jill Biden, the vice president’s wife, launched in April. The campaign asks businesses to commit to hiring vets, and so far, has received more than 125,000 pledges.

“What we're doing through Joining Forces is rallying all of America to recognize and honor and support our veterans and military families,” said the first lady.

Obama also highlighted a web site called Veterans Job Bank that currently lists more than half a million job. The web site is powered by the National Resource Directory.


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Hawaii; War on Terror
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1 posted on 11/15/2011 2:57:24 PM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9

baby got back.


2 posted on 11/15/2011 2:57:46 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (See ya later, debt inflator ! Gone in 4 (2012))
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To: presidio9

With Obama in the White House, more like, “America has a knife in your back.”


3 posted on 11/15/2011 2:58:24 PM PST by dfwgator (I stand with Herman Cain.)
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To: presidio9

Comforting, we need her to speak for us, no thanks


4 posted on 11/15/2011 3:00:36 PM PST by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: presidio9

Seems they care about vets only when it helps them to advance their socialist agenda.


5 posted on 11/15/2011 3:05:08 PM PST by Thidwick
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To: ronnie raygun

Wait until the Reduction In Force following the budget cuts. Always happens when the war ends. Another lie by the Obamanation.


6 posted on 11/15/2011 3:05:47 PM PST by satan (Plumbing new depths of worthlessness on a daily basis.)
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To: presidio9

What’s up with this big push of the Obozo’s with finding jobs for Vets? What is it that they are up to here. It’s certainly NOT because they support the military - hell, they do not even properly salute the flag in public. Either this is purely political pandering during an election year, or they have plans regarding significant cuts in our military. Or, both.


7 posted on 11/15/2011 3:09:59 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: presidio9
HEADLINE: First lady tells vets ‘We'll America has stab your back’

There. In the interest of truth, I fixed it.

8 posted on 11/15/2011 3:12:48 PM PST by Gritty (Compromise that is not a solution is a waste of time. We either save this country or we do not-Rubio)
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To: presidio9

High unemployment among the young is normal for European style socialism. This is the new normal. The 0bamas only care about the troops as useful props for politics. Period.


9 posted on 11/15/2011 3:13:01 PM PST by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: SoldierDad

Prediction: Obama’s affirmative action plan for veterans (if enacted) will have the same effect that similar plans will have for minorities. It will represent veterans as less attractive hires and create suspicion that veterans who succeeded only did so with government help. It will not create a single new job because it will only be used where a company was going to hire SOMEONE anyway, and decided the financial incentive made sense to “take a chance” on a veteran.


10 posted on 11/15/2011 3:14:44 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9
“First lady tells vets ‘America has your back’”

Is she referring to gays in the military; or a knife?

11 posted on 11/15/2011 3:16:29 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: presidio9

That’s what Sandusky said.


12 posted on 11/15/2011 3:16:31 PM PST by TigerClaws
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To: presidio9

I simply cannot understand people in this country who believe that government creates jobs. Government can help or hinder in private sector job creation(mostly hinder in the past 10+ years), but cannot create jobs. For every single government job there is a net decrease in government revenue. The answer to jobs is for government to get out of the way of the private sector.


13 posted on 11/15/2011 3:18:49 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: presidio9
Wasn't she the pos that was caught on tape asking "all of this for a damn flag"?

disrepctful bitch

14 posted on 11/15/2011 3:19:06 PM PST by A Cyrenian (Missouri heading to the SEC.)
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To: presidio9

Does that mean their Votes will be Counted this time?


15 posted on 11/15/2011 3:23:35 PM PST by ballplayer
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To: presidio9

Maybe as a target


16 posted on 11/15/2011 3:34:14 PM PST by clamper1797 (Hoping to have some change left)
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To: presidio9


17 posted on 11/15/2011 3:34:46 PM PST by Iron Munro (Ben Raines For President)
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To: presidio9
Let's play Which Statement Does Not Fit With The Other Two?

1. "for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback."

2. “all this for a ### flag? Or...

3. “…we're … rallying all of America to recognize and honor and support our veterans and military families...”

.

18 posted on 11/15/2011 3:35:39 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: presidio9

We libs got your back...on the tips of our rusty, jagged knives.


19 posted on 11/15/2011 3:35:50 PM PST by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Now that she’s officially proud of her country again, she can start getting those photo ops with the military that she hates so much.

Michelle Obama opened up to Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” in her first television interview since she became first lady.

MARCH 17, 2009

By choosing Fort Bragg for her first official trip outside the capital last Thursday, Michelle Obama signaled that she will use her position as First Lady to promote one of America’s most deserving causes: our military families.

Plainly the families loved it. Just look at the smiles on those children as she read them “The Cat in the Hat.”

So it was just a little disconcerting the next morning to hear the First Lady explain how she came to this issue:

Michelle Obama - “I think I was like most Americans,” she told ABC News. “Pretty oblivious to the life of military families. Sort of taking it for granted.”

Perhaps Mrs. Obama did take these families for granted. Surely, however, it’s extraordinary to suggest that “most Americans” did the same. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123725233352050133.html


20 posted on 11/15/2011 3:37:12 PM PST by anglian
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To: presidio9
First Lady Michelle Obama has a simple message for the country’s jobless veterans – “America has your back.”

Right! Maybe, for those who managed (NO THANKS TO YOUR MORON HUSBAND) to make it back in one piece.

Too bad your clueless, Hate-America, Neo-Commie Dear Leader significant other (who has no respect or affinity for our Military Warriors) did/does not "Have their backs" while they are serving in harms way.

His inane and insane Rules of Engagement have (and continue) to jeopardize the safety of our Troops and have caused needless casualties.

Considering the Community Agitator in Least has NO intent on trying to "Win" it is probably time to consider bringing them all home, and NOW!!!

Another sad state of affairs is that before long (and for some it has already set in) is the Vets' realization (much the same as it came to pass for us Nam Vets) of the fact that all they sacrificed so much for....has been for naught.

All of the pain, suffering and losses for those who served in harms way will be seen simply as having been an exercise in futility as there was NEVER (even, sadly under Bush) ANY intent or attempt as "prevailing" i.e. achieving "Victory."

What a waste as once we cut and run and turn Iraq and Af-ghan back over to the "natives" they will revert to exactly what they were before we got involved--if not worse--(again thank you you CLUELESS, "Compassionate Conservative" dupe Bush for allowing those countries to form new Gov't with Islam being the "Controlling Authority") as they will end up being full-fledged Islamic Republics and may become our enemies as opposed to our allies.

21 posted on 11/15/2011 3:38:25 PM PST by Conservative Vermont Vet (l)
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To: ballplayer

As long as they vote the right way- Obama/Biden
otherwise the votes end up in the trash bin


22 posted on 11/15/2011 3:39:00 PM PST by funfan (and his crew)
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To: presidio9

The same America you were never proud of until they elected your husband? That America?


23 posted on 11/15/2011 3:42:22 PM PST by skeeter
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To: presidio9
Illegals can get welfare overnight but Veterans have to wait for six months to a year to get their benefits.
24 posted on 11/15/2011 3:53:08 PM PST by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: ronnie raygun

Why do people continue to show up to hear her?


25 posted on 11/15/2011 3:58:05 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: presidio9

“America has your back...but really, all this for a flag?”


26 posted on 11/15/2011 4:11:02 PM PST by Molon Labbie ("It's free, swipe your EBT!")
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To: presidio9

27 posted on 11/15/2011 4:12:24 PM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: SoldierDad

An 11Bravo here, SoldierDad. It’s all in the plan, but first the commies, maoists, marxists, etc. need the military on their side.............or a significant portion! They’ve worked their way into every branch of government so far. And to think, at one time in America they were the enemy.


28 posted on 11/15/2011 4:13:55 PM PST by RobertoinAL
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To: presidio9

I’ll make it a point to watch my back.


29 posted on 11/15/2011 4:19:27 PM PST by Sarajevo (Is it true that cannibals don't eat clowns because they taste funny?)
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To: SoldierDad

Window dressing for a jobs bill, because who could say no to a jobs bill that effects a veteran? Waiting for the photo ops and weepy stories about “Random Injured Vet”, Obama puts hi arm around him, looks at the camera with a tear in his eye...you know the drill.


30 posted on 11/15/2011 4:24:05 PM PST by ItsOurTimeNow ("Go now. Run along and tell your Xerxes that he faces Free Men here...not slaves.")
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31 posted on 11/15/2011 4:37:26 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Thidwick

I had a male (the jury is still out) house guest last week who told me Zero cares sooo much for the people, he’s black (!), and he’s attractive. The house guest was able to leave on his own and I’m in line for sainthood.


32 posted on 11/15/2011 4:41:05 PM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: presidio9

When the military gets stabbed in the back, we know Barack and Michelle Obama will be standing behind us . . . twisting the knife they inserted.


33 posted on 11/15/2011 4:54:34 PM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Pollster1
She KNOWS it's hard to get back in the main stream of civilian life after you have served your country???

Just how would she know that, Hussein never served.
My father served
My Brother served
My Husband served....
this family knows what Military Service means...SHE does NOT. She makes me physically ill.

34 posted on 11/15/2011 5:50:52 PM PST by haircutter
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To: presidio9

America does, sure. Obama and his kind don’t.


35 posted on 11/15/2011 6:00:47 PM PST by vpintheak (Democrats: Robbing humans of their dignity 1 law at a time)
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To: haircutter

I know what you mean. Between my father, myself, my brothers, and my children, we have served in the Army, Navy, USMC, and Air Force. I am disgusted by the occupants of our White House and disappointed beyond words with those who actually voted for a candidate so astonishingly unqualified to serve as Commander-in-Chief.


36 posted on 11/15/2011 6:29:24 PM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: presidio9

The good news is that Barack Obama stands behind our troops.

The bad news is he’s rolling on a condom.


37 posted on 11/15/2011 6:32:50 PM PST by RichInOC (Sarah Palin is at war with the left. Most Freepers are just playing the video game.)
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To: A Cyrenian
Yeah...those words were uttered from her ugly mouth at the 9/11 dedication...apparently she was bored with the slow and dignified moving of and folding of the flag and flapped her gappers at barack, standing beside her, who then glanced her way in utter snotty, smirky agreement.

I cannot stand them.

But boy she sure wants those four more years living like a queen. I mean...michele is all out full bore to help her hsb be viewed as pro-military.

Anything for the win-right michelle and barack?

Does spittle gather in you mouth when you have to demonstrate support to our military? We are watching you both. And your lack of understanding of the American spirit and will is only superseded by your arrogance and lush life, thrown in our faces daily.

I miss a real President. Who not only knows how to lead but knows how to lead by example. Enjoy Figi-you creepy porkers who know so well how to shove your noses into the trough provided by the people you degrade daily.

38 posted on 11/15/2011 6:42:05 PM PST by Republic (SO-uhbama sought help from romney MA healthcare authors? DUMP ROMNEY, no way will he kill obamacare.)
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To: anglian

Officially proud? I recently received an email with a photo of Obozo, Mrs. Obozo, and some Arab looking man at a Veteran’s Day event in which neither Mrs. Obozo nor the Arab looking man had their hands over their hearts, while men and women in uniform were saluting the Flag. Mr. Obozo had his hand placed below his heart. This doesn’t appear to be a display of pride in being an American in my judgement.


39 posted on 11/15/2011 11:58:50 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: RobertoinAL

I can’t believe it is possible for these pretenders to actually convince anyone who loves this country that they support our military, or love this country for that matter.


40 posted on 11/16/2011 12:01:06 AM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: SoldierDad

I a famous German propagandist once said if you tell the people a lie enough times, they will eventually start to believe it..............HOPE AND CHANGE!


41 posted on 11/16/2011 3:47:27 AM PST by RobertoinAL
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To: dandiegirl

In the case of the military, it’s unofficially known as “mandatory audience duty”.


42 posted on 11/16/2011 7:38:49 AM PST by AF_Blue ("America is all about speed. Hot, nasty, bad ass speed." - Eleanor Roosevelt, 1936)
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