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FW- Pool 5 -- OTR, Lunch in Va Beach Copy

FW- Pool 5 -- OTR, Lunch in Va Beach Copy

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----- Original Message -----From: Parsons, Christi [mailto:christi.parsons@latimes.com ]Sent: Friday, July 13, 2012 12:08 PMTo: Lewin, Jesse; Rangel, Antoinette N.; Aberger, MarieCc: Parsons, Christi <christi.parsons@latimes.com >Subject: Pool 5 -- OTR, lunch in Va BeachThe president stopped at Rick's Cafe, a couple of miles from the Oceana Naval Air Station, and sat down to drink ice water and chat with some military wives.They sat at a six-top, two tables pulled together -- Obama, Kaine, Warner andthree women in capris and sandals."Prior to this administration, you never heard about military families," saidJennifer Farlin, who sat to the president's left. She cited the Obamas' JoiningForces program. "It makes me feel very supported.""I love the fact that this administration is focusing more on military families.Prior to this," she said, "we felt lost."Sometimes employers don't want to hire military families, Farlin said."Companies a lot of the time are more than happy to help," said Obama, mentioning the programs that give help to military families, like givingdiscounts and memberships to them."But they haven't been asked, and there's not a structure for it," the presidentsaid.Farlin said she'd used the Disney discount.She said she is from Detroit, prompting a Bears v. Lions joke on the president'spart.Jon Favreau, Alyssa Mastromonaco and David Plouffe were outside the cafe. As he came out, Obama was greeted by about thirty people from the strip mall,Oceana East, where Rick's is located. One lady had run down from the 2nd ImageHair Salon, her hair twisted up in bright orange and yellow curlers."Anybody gettin' their hair done?" Obama shouted as he walked up.Obama worked the rope line, and held a chunky baby on his hip, asking him, "How
 
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you doin'?" before handing him back to the man who brought him.*BACKGROUND INFORMATION on location from the campaignRick’s CaféJuly 13, 2012Dateline: Virginia Beach, VA Venue Information: Rick’s Café is a Virginia Beach eatery that proudly states itis “always open.” They have been family owned and operated since 1986. There isa Cajun feel to all of Rick’s menu items with the spicy fried catfish, Louisianastyle fried shrimp, and hushpuppies always loved and in high demand. Virginia Beach, VA Virginia Beach is an independent city of approximately 435,000 and is the mostpopulous city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is the easternmost city in thearea known as “Hampton Roads”, or “Tidewater”. Virginia Beach is a popularseasonal vacation spot. In 1963, the City of Virginia Beach and Princess AnneCounty were consolidated as a new, much larger independent city, retaining thebetter-known name of the Virginia Beach resort. The city is listed in theGuinness Book of Records as having the longest pleasure beach in the world andis located at the southern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, the longestbridge-tunnel complex in the world. *BACKGROUND INFORMATION from the campaign on military spousesNorfolk Roundtable with Military Spouses Jennifer Farlin from Chesapeake, VA Jennifer is a military spouse. Her husband is a Commander in the Navy andcurrently deployed overseas. She has two boys ages four and seven. Jenniferowns a staging and interior redesign business, Bella Home Staging. She startedher business about four years ago because she wanted to help other people,specifically military families, deal with the stress of frequent moves (stagingto sell) and then turning their new houses into homes however temporary thelodging.Jennifer says that being a busy mom of two little boys and handling the dailychallenges of military life gives her excellent insight into how best to empower military families as she understands firsthand the complexities of constant moving. As a result of the tax cuts President Obama has signed into law, the Farlins will have received a total of about $4,100 in tax relief over the President’sfirst term. Amber Hebert from Chesapeake, VA  Amber is a military spouse. Her husband is an active duty member of the Navy,serving for almost 17 years. She works full time and is currently pursuing dual master’s degrees in Business Administration (MBA) and (M.S.) Management with a minor in Human Resources from the University of Maryland University College. Sheuses the Post 9/11 GI Bill to help pay for her education. With her husband’sdeployments, Amber is often a single parent to her two sons, ages 12 and five.  As a result of the tax cuts President Obama has signed into law, the Heberts will have received a total of about $3,900 in tax relief over the President’sfirst term. That includes $1,600 from the Making Work Pay tax credit and about$2,300 from the payroll tax cut.

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