Michelle Obama and Harrison Ford: A White House Preview of “42”

Are you as pumped as I am to see 42, the new movie about Jackie Robinson? Earlier this week I got to attend a White House event with Michelle Obama, Harrison Ford, Jackie’s widow Rachel (who looks amazing at 90), writer/director Brian Helgeland, and Chadwick Boseman. Boseman  plays the baseball legend; Ford plays the man who signed him to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey.   In the State Dining Room were high school students from around the country, …

Where Obama Stands on a COLA Change for Social Security

Wondering about President Obama’s position on slowing growth in Social Security benefits? It was made very clear during today’s White House press briefing. Asked whether the president is open to raising the eligibility age for Medicare as part of a budget deal, Press Secretary Jay Carney said absolutely not. Then the subject changed to the so-called chained CPI. The proposed change for calculating cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security and veterans benefits faces strong opposition from AARP and veterans groups. Here’s …

The Takeaway: White House Holds First LGBT Conference on Aging

The first in a series of White House conferences devoted to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender aging was held in Miami, Florida, yesterday. Many of the issues addressed””retirement security, health care, housing””are concerns shared by older Americans of all sexual stripes. But LGBT seniors also face unique obstacles, including discrimination and a lack of certain legal protections.

AARP on White House Budget Proposal

AARP Executive Vice President Nancy A. LeaMond released the following statement in reaction to the Administration’s FY2011 budget request: “The Administration’s budget request demonstrates the serious challenges of balancing the need to put our country’s fiscal house in order while also providing needed help to millions of Americans who are navigating a rocky economy with increasingly fewer options. “While the Administration’s budget request offers some welcome relief for older Americans who are struggling to find employment, strengthen their retirement nest …

News To Know: 100 Down, 1,361 To Go

Yesterday marked President Obama’s 100th day in office.

News To Know: Writing To The President

Every day, President Obama reads ten letters sent to him by normal Americans.