‘Dangerous’ to sit out vote: Obama rallies Democrats for Bob Casey and Gov. Wolf at The Dell

By Chris Brennan, Philadelphia Inquirer, 9/21/18

Former President Barack Obama warned Democrats against sitting out the midterm elections during a North Philadelphia rally Friday for U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, Gov. Wolf, and the party’s other candidates in Pennsylvania.

He singled out young, African American, and Latino voters amid concern that the traditional drop in turnout from presidential years could harm the Democratic Party’s chances of gaining ground in Congress and statehouses amid low approval ratings for President Trump.

And he chided Trump, without naming him, for bragging about improving economic conditions that started before the Republican moved into the White House last year.

“So when you hear right now, folks, right now, taking credit for this economic miracle, c’mon, they act like it all just started. Please,” Obama told a raucous crowd of about 5,000 at the Dell Music Center….

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Do your job, Pat

from Joe Sestak, candidate for US Senate, 3/17/16

Yesterday, President Obama announced his nomination for the Supreme Court – and Pat Toomey announced he wouldn’t even consider the nomination. Instead, Toomey said he wants to “ensure that it is the next president, not the current president” who fills the vacancy – over 10 months from now. 

Filling a Supreme Court vacancy is about more than politics – it’s about the foundation of our democratic government. But Toomey wants to keep the seat vacant until 2017 for political reasons.

Consider this: if Toomey gets his way, our next president may be Donald Trump. That means one of President Trump’s first actions would be choosing a lifetime appointment to the highest Court in the country.

People have lost trust in government because of the overtly partisan machinations of obstructionists like Pat Toomey, who is unwilling to do his job in even considering the President’s nomination.

I’m running to restore trust in government by bringing accountable leadership to the Senate. I actually want to be accountable to the people above politics and be judged not for my intentions but by my deeds. And because of that message, the most recent polling has me within the margin of error against Toomey.

Please contribute today to elect a Senator who will not only do his job, but be accountable to the people.



President Obama delivers final State of the Union

“Look, if anybody still wants to dispute the science around climate change, have at it. You’ll be pretty lonely, because you’ll be debating our military, most of America’s business leaders, the majority of the American people, almost the entire scientific community, and 200 nations around the world who agree it’s a problem and intend to solve it.”

That was President Obama speaking to Congress about the urgent need for climate action during his final State of the Union address.

VIDEO: Watch the State of the Union Video here
READ: The Full Text of the State of the Union here

Comitta joins anti-smog effort

By Michael Rellahan, Daily Local News, 9/22/15

WEST CHESTER >> Clean air is important across the Delaware Valley, a point driven home here recently.

On Monday, West Chester Mayor Carolyn T. Comitta joined 70 mayors from around the country in signing a letter signaling support for the strongest possible clean air protections against smog pollution, also known as ground-level ozone. The letter was sent to President Obama.

The letter was signed by a diverse coalition of local leaders from across the nation, many from states with a history of high smog pollution levels such as Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Pennsylvania. The letter supports efforts by President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stay true to the science and issue protections consistent with the recommendations from leading public health organizations like the American Lung Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and American Heart Association….

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2014 in Review • What’s he done?

2015_0301Obama2014YearInReviewWatch this slideshow about these ongoing issues to learn President Obama’s 2014 progress…

More Jobs
Better Health Care
Strengthening Community
Cutting Carbon Pollution
Reforming Immigration
Acting for Net Neutrality
Leading the Charge
President Obama Codes
A 3D-Printed President
Sitting Between Two Ferns
Man About Town
Preventing Violence
More Graduates
Raises for Americans
Unlocking Phones
Q&A with Tumblr
Combating Veteran Homelessness
Wins for Women

The President and the Price of Gas

by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, 11/2/14

In February 2012, Newt Gingrich pledged that if elected president he would reduce the gas price to $2.50 a gallon.

Not to be outdone, his Republican colleague and intended presidential candidate
Michele Bachmann had already promised in August 2011 that she would bring us $2 gas.

Of course, the Republican line was that the high gas prices back then were all president Obama’s fault….

keep reading at Politics: A View from West Chester

Bayard Rustin a Medal of Freedom honoree

By Jeremy Gerrard, Daily Local News, 11/21/13

The borough of West Chester was represented Wednesday at the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony, where borough native Bayard Rustin was one of 16 individuals honored this year.

West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta was invited to be a guest at the ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

“It was really amazing and unbelievably remarkable on so many levels,” Comitta said.

According to White House officials, the Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor, “presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

White House officials said this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Executive Order signed by President John F. Kennedy establishing the medal. Since the inaugural class of 31 recipients, more than 500 individuals have been awarded the honor.

President Barack Obama read brief biographies of the recipients before any were awarded Wednesday. During this time, Comitta said the audience remained quiet to hear the bios, though some spontaneous applause erupted during the president’s remarks on Rustin.

“I thought that was very moving and touching,” Comitta said.

Other recipients of the honor were former president Bill Clinton; broadcaster Oprah Winfrey; former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee; former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar; women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem; baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks; Nobel Prize laureate Daniel Kahneman; country music singer Loretta Lynn; Nobel Prize laureate Maria Molina; jazz musician Arturo Sandoval; former University of North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith; former U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge Patricia Wald; and civil rights leader and minister C.T. Vivian.

Former U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye and astronaut Sally Ride were honored posthumously.

At the ceremony, Rustin was described as “a giant in the American Civil Rights movement. Openly gay at a time when many had to hide who they loved, his unwavering belief that we are all equal members of a single human family took him from his first freedom ride to the LGBT rights movement. Thanks to his unparalleled skills as an organizer, progress that once seemed impossible, appears in retrospect, to have been inevitable.”

Walter Nagle, Rustin’s partner, accepted the award on his behalf.

Comitta and Borough Council commemorated Rustin’s legacy and his posthumous reception of the medal in August. …

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Mayor invited to White House to honor Bayard Rustin!

email from Mayor Comitta, 11/18/13

I am honored to have been invited by President and Mrs. Obama to the White House for the Presidential Medal of Freedom Ceremony and Reception on November 20th.

West Chester’s own Bayard Rustin is one of the recipients of the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor bestowed in our country. When the announcement was made in August, we held a celebration at Borough Hall on August 21st. Please see the Mayor’s citation from that event below (click to enlarge). The citation includes some background information about Bayard Rustin, his important civil and human rights work, and some information about his roots in West Chester.

Bayard Rustin’s vision and tireless work toward equality and justice for all is critical work each of us must continue today and always in West Chester and across our country and the world.

Best regards,

Carolyn T. Comitta
Mayor of West Chester