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Obama daughtersIt is not a secret that the president and his wife Michelle lived normal lives before they got their law degrees. The president worked as Baskin-Robbins as an ice cream vendor, waited on tables in a seniors’ facility and even worked as a painter; his wife worked as an employee in a book binding shop. Both earned minimum wages and both would like their daughters to experience the same treatment as The Huffington Report reported last week.

Michelle Obama once said in a Parade magazine interview: “I think every kind needs to get a taste of what it’s like to do that real hard work.” The president added: “We are looking for opportunities for them to feel as if going to work and getting a paycheck is not always fun, not always stimulating, not always fair.” And he mentioned: “But that’s what most folks go through every single day.”

The first family has been very public about their lives but the couple has tried so much to keep their daughters away from the public eye while they stayed in the White House. Malia is 16 and Sasha is 13. Malia is spotted working as a production assistant for the day.

At present, the president has focused on issues that will ensure equal pay for women, improving early childhood education and increasing minimum wage. These issues may not be too popular in congress but has captured Democratic voters everywhere. Obama therefore has to keep Democrats in control of the Senate after the midterm elections in November. According to reports, Republicans have a strong chance to secure a majority position and also have a chance to control the House of Representatives.

In a recent interview of the first couple, they talked about how hard it was to live on minimum wage. They had to live in the second floor of Michelle’s mom’s house, had a $1,000 car and were pressured with student loans and caring for small children. They also mentioned that their careers gave them a chance to improve their lives which is impossible for minimum wage earners to do so. They had a better income, were able to negotiate family leaves when they needed to go on leaves which are also totally impossible with minimum wage earners to do so these days as well.

The president mentioned in the interview: “But what it made me think about was people who were on the clock. If you’re an hourly worker in most companies, and you say, ‘I’ve got to take three days off,’ you may lose your job. At minimum, you’re losing income you can’t afford to lose.”

The first couple’s interview is set to run on Parade this Sunday.

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Obama Solar Power

There will be a series of actions and agreements that will be released soon regarding the advancement of solar power and energy by none other than President Obama as Think Progress has reported. This is a part of his pledge to handle climate change without a gridlocked Congress. In his statement, a massive initiative with an increase of 850 megawatt in solar power will be deployed. This amount is estimated to power about 130,000 homes. This amazing amount of energy will also lead to more than $2 billion in energy efficiency investments in federal buildings and $26 billion in savings on electricity bills of private businesses and of course a massive decrease in pollution of about 380 metric tons in carbon pollution. Experts say that if this idea pushes through, this will be like removing 80 million cars off the road for an equivalent of a year.

This proposal to be led by the president will have several key features. First, it seeks about 300 businesses to commit to the use of solar power. On the day of the President’s announcement, he will be at Walmart in Mountain View, CA; Walmart has agreed to increase its onsite solar energy use by 2020. Other companies that will follow suit are Yahoo, Google, Home Depot, Ikea and Goldman Sachs. Another important part of his proposal is the expansion of the Federal Housing Administration of its Green Preservation Plus program which is about affordable housing with energy efficiency systems. The agency will offer mortgage loans with a condition that about 5 percent of it will be utilized for energy and water consumption reduction on the investment property.

The proposal will also highlight college training programs that will focus on solar energy. The Sola Instructor Training Network of the Department of Energy will be available as community college programs. This is to help prepare about 50,000 people that are expected to join the solar workforce by 2020.

There will also be programs called High Performance Outdoor Lighting Accelerator that will provide high-efficiency lighting in many cities. Another important point of the proposal is the use of new energy conservation regulations for appliances to help guide consumers in saving electrical energy. Finally, there will also be announcements for a $2 billion investment for energy efficiency upgrades for federal buildings to save energy, increase energy independence and the creation of more jobs that focus on the construction industry.