CATEGORY: June 2009

Remarks by the President at the Esperanza National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Buenos días. AUDIENCE: Buenos días. THE PRESIDENT: It is good to see everybody here. Just a few quick acknowledgments. Our outstanding Secretary of Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, is here. Please give her a big round of applause. (Applause.) The great governor of the state of Pennsylvania, Ed Rendell. (Applause.) Two special members of my staff that I... [Read more]

Remarks by the President at DSCC/DCCC Fundraiser, 6/18/2009

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Well, it is nice to be among friends. I want to thank Bob Menendez, the DSCC chair. I want to thank Chris Van Hollen, the DCCC chair; my great leaders in Congress, Harry Reid and Madam Speaker Nancy Pelosi, for their outstanding leadership. To all my colleagues and former colleagues who I see gathered around, thank you so much for your outstanding work. And also please... [Read more]

the President at the Signing of a Presidential Memorandum Regarding Federal Benefits and Non-Discrimination

THE PRESIDENT: Well, today I’m proud to issue a presidential memorandum that paves the way for long-overdue progress in our nation’s pursuit of equality. Many of our government’s hard-working, dedicated, and patriotic public servants have long been denied basic rights that their colleagues enjoy for one simple reason — the people that they love are of the same sex. ... [Read more]

President on Regulatory Reform

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Since taking office, my administration has mounted what I think has to be acknowledged as an extraordinary response to a historic economic crisis. But even as we take decisive action to repair the damage to our economy, we’re working hard to build a new foundation for sustained economic growth. This will not be easy. We know that this recession is not the result... [Read more]

President before meeting with financial regulators

THE PRESIDENT: We got everybody? All right, well, we’re looking forward to a constructive conversation with these outstanding regulators and supervisors who have helped us design how we’re going to approach a critical problem in our economy. I’ll have more to say about it this afternoon, but I want to publicly thank them for their service to the country. All right, thanks, guys.  Read More →

President Obama and President Lee of the Republic of Korea in Joint Press Availability

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good morning, everybody. President Lee, on behalf of the American people, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Washington — “Hwang Yong Hamnida.” PRESIDENT LEE: Thank you. PRESIDENT OBAMA: I’m looking forward to continuing our conversation over lunch, and I know that First Lady Michelle Obama is very much delighted to host your wife today, as well. The Republic... [Read more]

Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Berlusconi in press availability, 6-15-09

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good evening, everybody. Buona sera. I want to welcome Prime Minister Berlusconi here. He has proved to be a great friend of the United States. And he and I got to know each other at the G20 summit. We are now in the process of planning the G8 summit that Italy will be hosting. We emphasized the strong, historic ties between the United States and Italy. Our bilateral relationship... [Read more]

Remarks by the President to the Annual Conference of the American Medical Association

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much. Good to see you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Please, everybody be seated. Thank you very much. You’re very kind. (Applause.) Let me begin by thanking Nancy for the wonderful introduction. I want to thank Dr. Joseph Heyman, the chair of the Board of Trustees, as well as Dr. Jeremy Lazarus, speaker of House of Delegates. Thanks to all of you for bringing me... [Read more]

Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Tsvangirai of Zimbabwe after meeting, 6-12-09

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I want to welcome Prime Minister Tsvangirai to the Oval Office. He and his delegation have been meeting with my team throughout the day. I obviously have extraordinary admiration for the courage and the tenacity that the Prime Minister has shown in navigating through some very difficult political times in Zimbabwe. There was a time when Zimbabwe was the bread basket of Africa... [Read more]

Remarks by the President in Town Hall Meeting on Health Care in Green Bay, Wisconsin

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Green Bay. (Applause.) It’s good to see you. Thank you. It is great to be back in Green Bay. (Applause.) We are hoping that both the Packers and the Bears do better this year. (Applause.) Come on, we can bring everybody together. I want to make just a few acknowledgments; we’ve got some wonderful special guests here today. First of all, can everybody please give... [Read more]

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