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Obama to Host Concussions Summit
The New York Times ^ | 28 May 2014 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR and KEN BELSON

Posted on 05/28/2014 6:37:15 PM PDT by mandaladon

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Thursday will seek to elevate a national conversation about the dangers of sports-related concussions, especially among children and other young athletes, by pushing for more medical research and more money spent on public awareness campaigns.

The president will host a daylong summit at the White House that will include researchers, professional athletes, parents, coaches, league officials and sportscasters. Officials said the goal was to use the power of the presidency to accelerate progress on one of the most serious health issues to confront sports in a decade.

“Our focus here is on giving parents information that they need to help make judgments about how their kids can be safe,” Jennifer Palmieri, the White House communications director, said.

Obama is “a big believer in sports,” but as a parent, he is “concerned about the safety of his own daughters,” Palmieri said. Obama’s daughters, Malia and Sasha, play sports, Palmieri said, although she declined to say whether either had sustained a concussion or other head injury.

The president will announce a series of initiatives, financed by the government, nonprofit groups and major sports leagues, that will aim to promote awareness and increase the amount of data that researchers can use to better understand the consequences of strong blows to the heads of young athletes.

Obama will not, however, call for new regulations or legislation aimed at requiring the use of specific helmets or restricting certain sports for young children. Such efforts would probably create controversy in the same way that Michael R. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, met resistance to his efforts to ban large sodas.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aca; obama
Concussions Summit!... WTF work on fixing the VA mess...you jerk!!!
1 posted on 05/28/2014 6:37:16 PM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

Hey! The economy’s dying out here.


2 posted on 05/28/2014 6:39:14 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: mandaladon

The only concussions happening are millions of Americans banging their heads against the wall every time we are forced to hear this Commie schmuck speak


3 posted on 05/28/2014 6:41:04 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: mandaladon

Obama has decided that talking about sports holds the public interest more than veteran health care abuse.


4 posted on 05/28/2014 6:43:58 PM PDT by Eva
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To: mandaladon

Will he explain that scar on his noggin and talk about permanent dain bramage?


5 posted on 05/28/2014 6:46:58 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: Eva

Will the guest speaker be hillary klintoon? That old hag of a LIB loser is so brain damaged that she hasn’t been able to remember anything for years.


6 posted on 05/28/2014 6:47:57 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: mandaladon

Obama is worried about his daughters getting injured playing football?
Of all the things to worry about......Syria.....Iran with nuclear weapons.....inflation......unemployment......economy in the toilet.....Russia flexing......VA neglect.......He’s worried about his daughters playing football?
He can’t be an American....he just can’t be.


7 posted on 05/28/2014 6:48:04 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: mandaladon

Hillary Clinton special guest speaker?


8 posted on 05/28/2014 6:48:26 PM PDT by socal_parrot (I hate to say I told you so, but...)
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To: mandaladon

The beginning of the end of organized sports.


9 posted on 05/28/2014 6:50:42 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: mandaladon

This will play well with the soccer moms


10 posted on 05/28/2014 6:56:09 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: mandaladon

Can we get our vets put on a team roster so Obama will care about THEIR health?


11 posted on 05/28/2014 7:04:17 PM PDT by Optimist
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To: mandaladon

Gawd.

Hasn’t this guy ever seen a Clue by Four?


12 posted on 05/28/2014 7:11:26 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: mandaladon

All about the mom vote.


13 posted on 05/28/2014 7:15:12 PM PDT by BlueStateRightist (Government is best which governs least.)
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To: mandaladon

Will it feature Hillary’s brain?


14 posted on 05/28/2014 7:21:22 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: mandaladon
King Obama really knows how to prioritize !!!


15 posted on 05/28/2014 7:23:27 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Black skin has morphed into Teflon.)
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To: mandaladon

Obama’s solution: The department of Sports related concussions. He’ll throw 7 trillion dollars at it for a 7 year study, then throw another 15 trillion on concussions in 3rd world countries.


16 posted on 05/28/2014 7:29:11 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: mandaladon

Fine. Obama is rich. I he feels so strongly about it, let him donate his own money.


17 posted on 05/28/2014 7:29:35 PM PDT by Martin Tell (Victrix causa diis placuit sed victa Catoni.)
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To: mandaladon

remember zero knows more about everything than anyone else, concussion doctors included.


18 posted on 05/28/2014 7:30:41 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: mandaladon

As Obama might say: “um, uh, we are uh, going to do a um study”

If you ask me, based on his non teleprompter speaking he sounds um, uh brain damaged.


19 posted on 05/28/2014 7:33:18 PM PDT by stillfree? (I am the Tea Party)
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To: 1010RD

You need to have a brain to display it.


20 posted on 05/28/2014 7:34:36 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: Jeff Chandler

21 posted on 05/28/2014 7:50:00 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: mandaladon
Will he be interested in the case of the Hillary Clinton brain injury?
22 posted on 05/28/2014 7:54:47 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: mandaladon

I understand that if they eat Michelle approved lunches they’ll be just fine.


23 posted on 05/28/2014 8:18:59 PM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: mandaladon

When the world is in flames, our mortal enemies are declaring “Death to America,” nations are rapidly ramping up their militaries, we are cutting ours to pieces, the economy is still in the toilet...you can count on one certainty. Obastard will pick the most trivial, inconsequential thing possible to focus on. He is the most intellectually lazy and shiftless jerk to ever be elected POTUS, by far.


24 posted on 05/28/2014 9:25:24 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: mandaladon

How about a suffocation summit to address the number of idiots with their heads up Obama’s back side.


25 posted on 05/28/2014 10:05:37 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: mandaladon

What causes more brain damage, concussions or chronic long-term marijuana use?


26 posted on 05/28/2014 10:59:13 PM PDT by kaehurowing (FIGHT BULLYING, UNINSTALL FIREFOX)
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To: mandaladon

Thank God that unemployemt has been solved, that gas is not near $4.00 a gallon, that our borders are secure and there is no illegal immigration problems. Not to mention that Obamacare is sailing along smoothly and everyone is insured at low cost and then also that those pesky muslims are not trying to kill Americans all over the world anymore....
Glad to see all those rather serious NATIONAL problems have been solved and Obama has time to host this Summit.............


27 posted on 05/28/2014 11:05:24 PM PDT by 48th SPS
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To: Organic Panic

Very funny!


28 posted on 05/29/2014 7:12:49 AM PDT by mandaladon (To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful an)
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To: hal ogen

Obama can talk about meaningless subjects, but it won’t distract us from talking about our veterans and the miserable way the government treats them.

Did you read about the letter that some veterans have received, telling them that they must face a competency hearing and have a guardian placed in charge of their affairs?

What about the veteran who was waiting so long at at thecLoma Linda Veteran’s hospital for his dialysis appointment that he decided to leave and get treatment at the Long Beach facility. But, when he tried to leave, after sending his wife for the car, the guards tackled him to the floor and put a knee on his throat, cutting off the circulation. This caused clots to form, which immediately travelled to his brain, causing a stroke. The man died two weeks later. The family is suing.


29 posted on 05/29/2014 7:31:20 AM PDT by Eva
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To: Eva

Disgusting treatment of a Veteran...of anybody.


30 posted on 05/29/2014 8:37:23 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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