CATEGORY: June 2009

President In ABC “Prescription For America” Town Hall On Health Care, 6-24-09

Q Good evening. Diane and I are delighted that you could join us this evening. We are going to be talking about what will be the number one subject for public discourse all through this summer — and that is health care reform. Q The President has said it’s a ticking time bomb at the center of the American economy. And so we have gathered 164 people in the East Room of the White... [Read more]

Remarks by the President after meeting with Governors Granholm, Douglas, Doyle, Rounds, and Gregoire to discuss health care

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I just wanted to thank the governors that are represented here today — Governor Rounds, Gregoire, Douglas, Granholm, and Doyle. They are representative of the bipartisan group of governors that hosted roundtables around the country on health care after some initial meetings that I had with the National Governors Association, in which every single governor — Republican... [Read more]

Remarks by President Obama and President Bachelet of Chile after meeting

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I want to thank President Bachelet for taking the time to visit with me today. We had a chance to get to know each other at the Summit of the Americas, and we’ve spoken on the phone repeatedly. I find her one of the most compelling leaders that we have, not just in the hemisphere but around the world. I congratulate her and her entire team for managing the Chilean economy and... [Read more]

Press Conference by the President, 6-23-09

12:30 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. Good afternoon, everybody. Today, I want to start by addressing three issues, and then I’ll take your questions. First, I’d like to say a few words about the situation in Iran. The United States and the international community have been appalled and outraged by the threats, the beatings, and imprisonments of the last few days. I strongly condemn... [Read more]

President at the signing of the family smoking prevention and tobacco control act

THE PRESIDENT: Please, everybody, have a seat — have a seat. I am thrilled to be here for what is I think an extraordinary accomplishment by this Congress, a bill we’re about to sign into law. I want to acknowledge a few of our special guests. First of all we’ve got the crew from the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids: Eamon, Christopher, Sarah, and Hoai-Nam. (Applause.) We have our FDA... [Read more]

Remarks by the President on the Medicare Part D “Doughnut Hole” and AARP Endorsement

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Well, first of all, I want to thank Barry Rand for the introduction, but also AARP, the organization he so ably represents, for coming together with us on this critical issue today. Last week, in my address to the American Medical Association, I spoke about the urgent need for health care reform and what will be required to achieve it. And one of the things that will be... [Read more]

President at Radio and Televison Correspondents Association Dinner, June 20, 2009

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you very much. Thanks to all of you. Please, everybody, have a seat. Before I get started, as the father of two girls, can I just say how incredibly impressive those three young ladies were. (Applause.) Dad would be proud. To Heather and all the others who have made this evening possible, thank you so much. It is wonderful to be... [Read more]

Remarks by the President at Young Men’s Barbecue, 6/19/2009

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. Everybody have a seat. First of all, let’s give thanks that it’s not raining, because we thought it might be and we were worried that Bobby would be sending smoke into the White House. But it’s a beautiful day. I want to personally acknowledge once again — they’ve already been introduced, but I want to introduce them because some of you... [Read more]

President at Fatherhood Town Hall, June 19, 2009

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much. And let me, first of all, thank John and Joe and Juan Carlos and Etan and Mike for sharing their remarkable stories with us. And let me thank Mike Strautmanis for helping to guide us through this — where did Mike go? There he is, over there. A couple other people that I want to acknowledge — first of all, our terrific Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood... [Read more]

Remarks by the President to Participants of Year Up Program

THE PRESIDENT: How is everybody doing today? Doing good? AUDIENCE: Yes. THE PRESIDENT: Well, it is good to see you. First of all, I want to thank Gerald for founding this extraordinary program. Give him a big round of applause. (Applause.) And I want to thank Tanisia for running this thing in an extraordinary way. It seems like she’s doing a great job. Give her a big round of applause.... [Read more]

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