CATEGORY: August 2009

Remarks by the President — Eulogy for Senator Edward M. Kennedy, 8/29/2009

THE PRESIDENT: Your Eminence, Vicki, Kara, Edward, Patrick, Curran, Caroline, members of the Kennedy family, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens: Today we say goodbye to the youngest child of Rose and Joseph Kennedy. The world will long remember their son Edward as the heir to a weighty legacy; a champion for those who had none; the soul of the Democratic Party; and the lion of the United... [Read more]

Remarks by the President on the Passing of Senator Edward M. Kennedy

THE PRESIDENT: I wanted to say a few words this morning about the passing of an extraordinary leader, Senator Edward Kennedy. Over the past several years, I’ve had the honor to call Teddy a colleague, a counselor, and a friend. And even though we have known this day was coming for some time now, we awaited it with no small amount of dread. Since Teddy’s diagnosis last year, we’ve... [Read more]

Remarks By The President and Ben Bernanke at the Nomination of Ben Bernanke For Chairman Of the Federal Reserve

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody. I apologize for interrupting the relaxing that I told all of you to do, but I have an important announcement to make concerning the Federal Reserve. The man next to me, Ben Bernanke, has led the Fed through one of the worst financial crises that this nation and the world has ever faced. As an expert on the causes of the Great Depression, I’m sure Ben never... [Read more]

Remarks by the President on the recent elections in Afghanistan, 8/21/2009

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. I want to say a few words about this week’s election in Afghanistan. This was an important step forward in the Afghan people’s effort to take control of their future, even as violent extremists are trying to stand in their way. This election was run by the Afghan people. In fact, it was the first democratic election run by Afghans in over three... [Read more]

Remarks of President Barack Obama in Ramadan Message, 8/21/2009

On behalf of the American people – including Muslim communities in all fifty states – I want to extend best wishes to Muslims in America and around the world. Ramadan Kareem. Ramadan is the month in which Muslims believe the Koran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, beginning with a simple word – iqra. It is therefore a time when Muslims reflect upon the wisdom and guidance that comes with... [Read more]

Remarks by the President at the Organizating for America National Health Care Forum 8/20/2009

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. Hey! Thank you. AUDIENCE: Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can! THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you, everybody. Please have a seat. This looks like a casual crowd; I’m going to — (laughter) — take off my jacket here. Let me begin by thanking Beth not just for the great introduction, but for the unbelievable dedication that... [Read more]

Radio Interview of the President by Michael Smerconish 8/20/2009

MR. SMERCONISH: Hi, everybody. Welcome back to the program. I’m Michael Smerconish. What an honor for me to say I’m live at the White House and I’m joined by the President of the United States. Mr. President, what an honor for me, and thank you, sir, for this privilege, and thank you for coming back to my radio program. THE PRESIDENT: Michael, it’s great to be on the show... [Read more]

Remarks by the President honoring 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everyone. Please have a seat. Welcome to the White House. Just before I begin, there are a couple of acknowledgements I want to make. First of all, we’ve got some Wounded Warriors from Walter Reed and National Naval Medical Center, and I want everybody to give them a big round of applause. We are grateful to them. (Applause.) They’re big NASCAR fans. I... [Read more]

Remarks by President Obama and President Mubarak of Egypt during press availability, 8/18/2009

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, let me, on behalf of the American people and my administration, welcome President Mubarak for his first visit since I’ve taken office. I want to publicly thank him for the extraordinary hospitality that he showed us when I traveled to Egypt and delivered my speech at Cairo University. It was an extraordinary visit, not only because of the great welcome that I received... [Read more]

Remarks by the President at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention, 8/17/2009

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Please, be seated. Thank you so much. Commander Gardner, thank you for your introduction and for your lifetime of service. I was proud to welcome Glen and your executive director, Bob Wallace, to the Oval Office just before the 4th of July, and I look forwarding to working with your next commander, Tommy Tradewell. I want to also acknowledge Jean Gardner and Sharon Tradewell,... [Read more]

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