CATEGORY: July 2009

emarks by the President at Fundraiser, Chicago, IL, 7-23-09

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Chicago! It is good to be home. We got Connie Howard in the house. (Applause.) Who else we got here? Let’s see — we got the governor, Pat Quinn is here. (Applause.) My old friend, Senate President John Cullerton is here. (Applause.) The comptroller of the state, Dan Hynes, is here. (Applause.) Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias is here — where’s Alexi? She’s around... [Read more]

Remarks by the President at Health Care Reform Town Hall, 7/23/2009

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. Thank you. Thank you. Thank, please, everybody have a seat. Thank you. Hello! (Applause.) Hello, Shaker Heights! Hello, Ohio! It is great to be here. There are a couple of quick acknowledgments I want to make. First of all, please give Rick a big round of applause for his introduction. (Applause.) Some special guests that we’ve got. First of all,... [Read more]

News Conference by the President, July 22, 2009

THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Please be seated. Before I take your questions, I want to talk for a few minutes about the progress we’re making on health insurance reform and where it fits into our broader economic strategy. Six months ago, I took office amid the worst recession in half a century. We were losing an average of 700,000 jobs per month and our financial system was on the verge... [Read more]

Remarks of President Obama and Prime Minister Maliki of Iraq in Joint Press Availability, 7/22/2009

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good afternoon, everybody. I am very pleased to welcome Prime Minister al Maliki back to Washington. We’ve just concluded a very productive discussion about a wide range of issues. We meet at an important moment. Substantial progress has been made since Prime Minister Maliki’s first visit to Washington in 2006, and since the Prime Minister and I had a chance to sit down together... [Read more]

President at An Evening of Country Music

THE PRESIDENT: Welcome to the White House. Tonight marks the second in a series that we are using to celebrate the music that’s contributed to the life of this nation and chronicled the history of our people. We began this tradition last month with an evening of jazz. And tonight, we celebrate another uniquely American art form: country music. We are thrilled and honored to be joined by three... [Read more]

Remarks by the President on Health Care and the Senate Vote on F-22 Funding

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. Before I talk about the progress we’re making on health insurance reform, I want to say a few words about a very important vote that just took place in Congress. Long before I took this office, I argued that meeting our greatest challenges would require not only changing policies in Washington, but changing the way we do business in Washington. I... [Read more]

Remarks by the President After Meeting with Apollo 11 Crew, 7/20/2009

THE PRESIDENT: Very rarely do I have such an extraordinary pleasure as I have today to welcome three iconic figures, three genuine American heroes. To have Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin here beside me is just wonderful. And I think that all of us recall the moment in which mankind finally was untethered from this planet and was able to explore the stars; the moment in which we had... [Read more]

Remarks by the President on Health Care at Children’s Hospital, 7/20/2009

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I just first of all want to thank the Children’s Hospital for hosting us today. And I want to thank the participants, Joseph Wright, Brian Jacobs, Yewande Johnson, Michael Knappe, Regina Hartridge, and Kathleen Quigley. I just had the opportunity to talk to doctors, nurses, physician’s assistants, and administrators at this extraordinary institution. We spoke about some... [Read more]

Remarks by the President to the NAACP Centennial Convention 07/16/2009

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. What an extraordinary night, capping off an extraordinary week, capping off an extraordinary 100 years at the NAACP. (Applause.) So Chairman Bond, Brother Justice, I am so grateful to all of you for being here. It’s just good to be among friends. (Applause.) It is an extraordinary honor to be here, in the city where the NAACP was formed, to mark its centennial.... [Read more]

Remarks by the President at Rally for Governor Jon Corzine, 7/16/2009

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, New Jersey! (Applause.) This is a good-looking crowd here! Thank you. Thank you. (Applause.) It is good to be back in New Jersey. (Applause.) A couple of quick acknowledgments: First of all, I want to acknowledge a few of the elected officials who have just done great work for New Jersey — Jersey City Mayor Jeremiah Healy. (Applause.) Newark Mayor Cory Booker.... [Read more]

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