CATEGORY: July 2009

Remarks by the President on the economy, 7/31/2009

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I just wanted to say a few words about the economic numbers that we received this morning. The gross domestic product, or GDP, is a measure of our overall economic growth as a nation. This morning, the GDP revealed that the recession we faced when I took office was even deeper than anyone thought at the time. It told us how close we were to the edge. But the GDP also revealed that... [Read more]

Remarks by President Obama and President Arroyo of the Philippines in Joint Press Availability, 7-30-09

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, let me express my thanks and appreciation for the visit from President Arroyo. As we discussed during our meeting here and our delegations, the relationship between the United States and the Philippines dates back many years. It is a friendship that is forged not only in treaties and trade relationships and military relationships, but it is also strengthened by very personal... [Read more]

Remarks by the President at Town Hall in Raleigh, North Carolina, 7/29/2009

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, North Carolina! (Applause.) Thank you so much. All right, please, everybody have a seat. I am so excited to be back in Raleigh, to be back in North Carolina. (Applause.) This is a community and a state that has been so good to me. (Applause.) And I know that part of the reason is because I travel with one of your home boys, Reggie Love. (Applause.) But I hope it’s... [Read more]

Cellan Jones Reports: President Obama in AARP Tele-Town Hall on Health Care Reform, 7/28/2009

Report provided by Cellan Jones THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you so much. (Applause.) I am just going to provide some brief remarks, and then I want to hear from you. It is wonderful to be here today. I want to thank Mike for moderating this discussion. I want to thank Jennie and Barry for their extraordinary leadership here at AARP. Some of you may know that 44 years ago today, when I was almost... [Read more]

Remarks by the President at reception honoring Ambassadors, 7/27/09

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Well, I want to welcome all of you to the White House. Michelle and I are honored to host you here tonight; to get to know you, and to underscore the importance of cooperation between our nations. Diplomacy has always been critically important to all nations. But in many ways, it grows more important with each passing year, because the interconnectedness... [Read more]

the President honoring the 2008 WNBA Champions The Detroit Shock, 7/27/2009

THE PRESIDENT: Hey, guys. Hello, hello, hello. (Applause.) Please, everybody, be seated. Be seated. Well, welcome to the White House, everybody. And we are so pleased to have the Detroit Shock here. We want to congratulate them and all your fans for your third WNBA Championship in six years. Give them a big round of applause. (Applause.) We’ve got some special fans from Capitol Hill... [Read more]

Remarks by the President at the U.S./China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, 7/27/2009

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Good morning. It is a great honor to welcome you to the first meeting of the Strategic Economic Dialogue between the United States and China. This is an essential step in advancing a positive, constructive, and comprehensive relationship between our countries. I’m pleased that President Hu shares my commitment to a sustained dialogue to enhance our shared interests. President... [Read more]

President Obama on Rights of Persons with Disabilities Proclamation Signing, 7/24/2009

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Please, everybody be seated. Thank you. First of all, how about my Secretary of State? (Applause.) Give it up for Senator Hillary Clinton. She is doing an unbelievable job. She’s traveling all around the world delivering a message that America is back and ready to lead. And everywhere she goes she is representing us with grace and strength and we are very fortunate... [Read more]

Statement by the President in the James S. Brady Briefing Room 7/24/2009

THE PRESIDENT: Hey, it’s a cameo appearance. Sit down, sit down. I need to help Gibbs out a little bit here. Q Are you the new press secretary? THE PRESIDENT: If you got to do a job, do it yourself. (Laughter.) I wanted to address you guys directly because over the last day and a half obviously there’s been all sorts of controversy around the incident that happened in Cambridge with Professor... [Read more]

Remarks by the President at the Department of Education 7/24/2009

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you for the outstanding introduction from Matthew. And Matthew’s teacher, you’re doing obviously an outstanding job — although I understand Matthew’s mom is also a teacher who has also won awards for her outstanding work. So the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree. We are very proud of him. Obviously I want to thank my wonderful Secretary of Education,... [Read more]

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