President Obama Unveils 2013 Budget at NOVA-Annandale

President's budget includes funding for education, infrastructure; calls for higher taxes on wealthiest Americans.

UPDATE - 11:37 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13

President Obama is shaking hands and mingling with the crowd of students at Northern Virginia Community College on his way out of town following the release of his 2013 budget. His appearance this morning focused on the educational and career-oriented aspects of the budget, which includes an $8 billion fund to train people for careers in high-demand industries.

"An economy built to lasts means doing everything we can to help students learn the skills they need early," Obama told the audience, which was largely quiet but clearly listening carefully.

Obama's budget also included proposals to increase taxes on the wealthiest Americans and increase spending on infrastructure.

Students at the event said they were largely impressed and pleased with Obama's emphasis this morning on the role of community colleges in the economy.

"I found it interesting that he talked about turning the community college system into a more career-oriented system, but at the same time, I think he should cater to [other] fields as well," said Sasan Mousavi, a student at Northern Virginia Community College in Loudoun County, who came to the Annandale event. "I would hope he wouldn't forget about that group or students."

UPDATE - 11:15 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13

President Obama released his 2013 budget during his visit to Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Va. this morning.

As part of this morning's presentation, made to a crowd of students, administrators, special invited guests and the media, Obama unveiled what the White House is calling a "Blueprint to Train Two Million Workers for High-Demand Industries through a Community College to Career Fund."

According to a White House release, the $8 billion initiative will be administered by the Departments of Labor and Education.  "... This Fund will help forge new partnerships between community colleges and businesses to train two million workers for good-paying jobs in high-growth and high-demand industries.  It provides funding for community colleges and states to partner with businesses to train workers in a range of high-growth and in-demand areas, such as health care, transportation, and advanced manufacturing."

Obama joked about his multiple appearances at Northern Virginia Community College campuses in the area, saying he is about three credits short of graduation.

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UPDATE - 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13

President Obama is at the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College this morning to talk about his 2013 budget, healthcare, community college education and more.

It is not the president's first trip to Annandale, nor his first to the Annandale campus of the community college. He was and was at the Alexandria campus .

He is speaking in the Richard J. Ernst Community Center to a crowd of more than 200 people, including students, administrators, special guests and the media.

to Obama's re-election campaign in Virginia, some believe. The Los Angeles Times this morning called today's appearance and Obama's budget a preview of coming election battles.


Original Story - Friday, Feb. 10, 2012

President Barack Obama is returning to Annandale on Monday, Feb. 13 and will unveil his 2013 budget at ’s Annandale campus, according to the Associated Press.

Additional details about the event have not been released, but the news was first alluded to on the college’s Facebook page, which posted a message around 6 p.m. Thursday announcing that a “special event” would happen on Monday.

In the same message, the college announced that access to the campus would be restricted from Sunday evening through Monday afternoon.

Obama recently visited the area about the housing crisis. He also spoke in Arlington on Feb. 3 about . The last time he spoke at NOVA-Annandale was on April 19, 2011 when he discussed his plans to reduce the national deficit without cutting money from education.

Last year, Obama also visited where he and spoke about his proposed jobs bill.

First Lady Michelle Obama stopped by the area last month when she to announce new guidelines for school lunches.

Will Radle February 13, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Looking forward to seeing how the proposal quickens economic growth. We need real economic growth and greater job creation. Everyone can see my plan for positive action on our website: www.VA8.com. A. Will Radle, Jr. www.VA8.com
Will Radle February 14, 2012 at 10:21 PM
GJ, yes the Solutions Plan summary is on our website: www.VA8.com. We have a simple straight forward design. At the top of the website are tabs. The 3rd tab from the left is titled "Solutions Plan". If you click the headline on the page, "Solutions for an Enduring Nation" will open a pdf of the plan summary in a new window on your browser. I will include the link here for you: http://va8.com/images/3680/Plan%20for%20Enduring%20Nation.pdf Also, the incumbent's cover letter remains available for your review from when he sent the plan to the Congressional Budget Office for analysis. On our home page is a quick summary of outcome objectives for executing the plan. You may call it a "wish list", however, that connotates waiting for someone else (Superman) to bring the solutions. Also, you may notice the link to "Solutions for an Enduring Nation: Restoring Confidence in America's Future" is on the Home Page. GJ, thank you for checking out www.VA8.com. I hope this navigation assistance helps. Please let me know if I can do anything to assist further. Thanks, A. Will Radle, Jr. www.VA8.com
Will Radle February 15, 2012 at 06:25 PM
GJ, thank you for reviewing "Solutions for an Enduring Nation: Restoring Confidence in America's Future". I look forward to receiving your feedback. You can also see before standing for public office I provided the incumbent as much support as possible in rising to meet the challenges confronting our community and our nation. Please consider keeping your posts in this comment section up rather than deleting them so everyone can see rather than only people who have chosen to follow the comments through email. Thanks. I remain available in this and other public forums for questions and constructive criticism. As I wrote in 2010 on page 3, "I remain flexible; there are plenty of opportunities for detailed discussions and I am looking forward to them. However, within these pages I will set forth specific strategies that will enable us to achieve these objectives with pragmatic action steps. Thank you for your consideration and acceptance of the worthy challenge of preserving our republic and her principles of freedom and opportunity." Thank you. A. WIll Radle, Jr. www.VA8.com
GJ February 16, 2012 at 01:55 PM
I'm glad I found your plan - it's a good start. Now to explain my frustration. Everyone wants a better American economy with full employment, no wars and basically Shangri-La. But we all know it's just not as simple as wishing for more jobs, in fact the problems are very complex. Even brilliant people like Pimco's Mohamed El-Erian admit that we're faced with a "new normal" and nobody knows for sure what will play out. It just kills me to hear a politician like Mitt Romney say that he's the one who knows how to create jobs. And to be fair, I also remember the grandiose claims Barack Obama made during his presidential bid. But the truth is that many of these guys get into office and find out the stars don't realign around their wish lists, as I call it. And what's aggravating is that citizens get their hopes up time and again without pressing these guys to substantiate what they claim. Heck, we want to believe good things. It's nothing new for politicians to spin, but I think it's gone to new levels in recent years. In short, spinning unsubstantiated rhetoric and simpleton wish lists plays on Americans' hopes and dreams at a visceral level and that's patronizing and disrespectful. I think many of us are just sick of it and I hope you'll keep going down the better path.
Will Radle February 16, 2012 at 09:17 PM
GJ, thank you. I choose to actively participate through Patch because the editors possess independence and help assure everyone can be publicly heard without bias. In the same way, I have presented in writing measurable objectives and pragmatic actions to hold me accountable. As an ordinary American, a concerned neighbor, I care, listen and take responsible action. I own responsibilty, embrace accountability and stand ready to serve the people of a great nation. Frankly, the large majority of Americans want to achieve the goals I have outlined. I have yet to hear anyone challenge my public policy goals or even my proposed action steps. Still, the work will not be easy. I know that now and will not provide any excuses in 2014. Our generation's clarion call for leadership has been heard. It is time to move forward. Thank you. A. Will Radle, Jr. www.VA8.com


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