Obama Frames Voting Reform Around 102-Year-Old Hero

The sheer determination of a 102-year-old Miami woman brought the U.S. government to its feet Tuesday night. In his State of the Union address, President Obama recognized Desiline Victor, a retired farmworker who voted last fall after enduring a wait that would have discouraged most voters. Lawmakers and other Washington VIPs rose to their feet and craned their necks to see Victor, sitting in the back row of the First Lady’s box. “When Desiline arrived at her polling place, she …

Rubio, in GOP Rebuttal, Says Obama Plan ‘Will Hurt Seniors’

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a rising star in the Republican Party, used his platform as the rebuttal speaker to the State of the Union Tuesday to talk about his personal connection to programs like Social Security and Medicare. “Mr. President, I still live in the same working class neighborhood I grew up in,” said Rubio, whose parents came from Cuba. “My neighbors aren’t millionaires. They’re retirees who depend on Social Security and Medicare. They’re workers who have to get …

Obama: Don’t Break Promises for Secure Retirement

President Obama told the nation Tuesday that programs aimed at retirement security need reforming but don’t offer the solution to the nation’s deficit woes. In his 2013 State of the Union speech, Obama said across-the-board budget cuts scheduled to go into effect to tackle the deficit are difficult, but cutting Medicare and Social Security benefits instead would be a worse idea. “Yes, the biggest driver of our long-term debt is the rising cost of health care for an aging population. …

State of the Union – Let’s Talk

If you’re on Twitter… tonight’s a good night to follow us – or to sign up if you haven’t already… here’s a great starter guide.) We’ll be talking about the President’s State of the Union speech tonight, and what it means for Americans 50 and older. Watch the conversation here – and please join in! Tag your tweets with #sotu (and include @aarp if you want to make sure we see your tweets.) // Get the Tweet Blender widget and …

AARP CEO Reacts to State of the Union Address

In a statement released tonight, after the State of the Union address, AARP CEO A. Barry Rand said: “While economic statistics point towards a rebound, Americans still need relief. We are encouraged by the President’s commitment to help current workers build their own lifetime economic security through the creation of the Automatic IRA, a low-cost, high-impact tool that would help tens of millions of American workers who do not currently have access to a retirement savings plan at work. As …

AARP Tweets The State of the Union!

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