CATEGORY: June 2009

Remarks by the President on “Pay As You Go”, June 9, 2009

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you all for joining us here in the White House. Before I begin, I want to comment briefly on the announcement by the Treasury Department with regard to the financial stability plan. As you know, through this plan and its predecessor, taxpayer dollars were used to stabilize the financial system at a time of extraordinary stress. And these funds were also meant to be an... [Read more]

Remarks by the President and the Vice President before meeting with the Cabinet

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Mr. President, it seems strange to thank you for joining us in your house, but thank you for joining us. In a little more than a hundred days, I think your Cabinet has done a pretty good job, Mr. President, on the Recovery Act. I think we’ve put in place — or they’ve put in place a pretty strong platform upon which we can begin to build this new economy. And so... [Read more]

Remarks by the President at D-Day 65th Anniversary Ceremony

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon. Thank you, President Sarkozy, Prime Minister Brown, Prime Minister Harper, and Prince Charles for being here today. Thank you to our Secretary of Veterans Affairs, General Eric Shinseki, for making the trip out here to join us. Thanks also to Susan Eisenhower, whose grandfather began this mission 65 years ago with a simple charge: “Ok, let’s go.”... [Read more]

Remarks by President Obama, German Chancellor Merkel, and Elie Wiesel at Buchenwald Concentration Camp, 6-5-09

CHANCELLOR MERKEL: (As translated.) Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen. Here in this place a concentration camp was established in 1937. Not far from here lies Weimar, a place where Germans created wonderful works of art, thereby contributing to European culture and civilization. Not far from that place where once artists, poets, and great minds met, terror, violence, and tyranny reigned over this... [Read more]

Remarks by President Obama and President Sarkozy of France, June 6, 2009

PRESIDENT SARKOZY: (As translated.) Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon to all of you. Welcome. I would like to say to the President of the United States of America how proud France is to welcome him for the second time this year. This afternoon we will be talking about the ceremonies and the commemoration of the D-Day landings, but I want to say in the strongest, most sincere terms that never in... [Read more]

Remarks by President Obama and President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt before Bilateral Meeting, 6-4-09

PRESIDENT MUBARAK: (As translated.) I’d like to welcome President Obama to Egypt. This is his first — our first meeting together. We discussed so many issues — the Middle East issues — interests in the region. We also discussed all problems here in the region, the situation and everything related to Iran and to the region. I repeat welcoming Mr. Obama. We discussed everything... [Read more]

President Obama and Chancellor Merkel Meeting, 6-5-09

CHANCELLOR MERKEL: (As translated.) We are delighted to have the American President here this morning with us, after having met the last time at the NATO summit. We will visit a little bit of Dresden and later on we go on to Buchenwald, to the former concentration camp. I think that this is, indeed, a trip of a highly symbolic nature. Let me just remind all of us of the visit to Buchenwald that... [Read more]

Remarks by the President at Cairo University, 6-04-09

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you very much. Good afternoon. I am honored to be in the timeless city of Cairo, and to be hosted by two remarkable institutions. For over a thousand years, Al-Azhar has stood as a beacon of Islamic learning; and for over a century, Cairo University has been a source of Egypt’s advancement. And together, you represent the harmony between tradition and progress. I’m... [Read more]

Speech by President Obama and King Abdullah before meeting, June 3, 2009

PRESIDENT OBAMA: This is my first visit to Saudi Arabia, but I’ve had several conversations with His Majesty. And I’ve been struck by his wisdom and his graciousness. Obviously the United States and Saudi Arabia have a long history of friendship, we have a strategic relationship. And as I take this trip and we’ll be visiting Cairo tomorrow, I thought it was very important to come... [Read more]

Remarks by the President upon signing the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission Act, June 2, 2009

THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you all for coming to the White House today as we commemorate the life and work of a President in the presence of those who loved him, and knew him, and respected him deeply as both a leader and as a man. And in particular, I want to thank our special guest here today, Nancy Reagan, our former First Lady, who redefined that role in her time at the White House — and... [Read more]

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