CATEGORY: September 2009

The President At the UN Security Council Summit On Nuclear Non Proliferation And Nuclear Disarmament, 9/24/2009

THE PRESIDENT: The 6191st meeting of the Security Council is called to order. The provisional agenda for this meeting is before the Council in document S/Agenda/6191, which reads, “Maintenance of international peace and security, nuclear proliferation, and nuclear disarmament.” Unless I hear any objection, I shall consider the agenda adopted. Agenda is adopted. I wish to warmly welcome... [Read more]

President Obama and President Medvedev of Russia after bilateral meeting, 9/23/2009

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, first of all, I want to welcome President Medvedev to the United States and New York. As you all know, I had the great pleasure of visiting him in Moscow, and he extended extraordinary hospitality to both myself and my family. More importantly, we got a lot of work done that I think will be bearing fruit in the months and years to come. And I have to say publicly how much I appreciate... [Read more]

Toast by the President at UN Secretary General Ban’s Lunch for Heads of State and Government

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, thank you very much, Mr. Secretary General. On behalf of the United States, and on behalf of the extraordinary city of New York, we want to welcome all of you. We also want to encourage you to do some shopping while you’re here. (Laughter.) There are wonderful restaurants. I’ve talked enough this morning, so I’m going to be very, very brief. But, Mr. Secretary... [Read more]

Speech by the President to the United Nations General Assembly, 9/23/2009

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to address you for the first time as the 44th President of the United States. (Applause.) I come before you humbled by the responsibility that the American people have placed upon me, mindful of the enormous challenges of our moment in history, and determined to act boldly and... [Read more]

President Obama And Prime Minister Hatoyama of Japan After Bilateral Meeting, 9/23/2009

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hello, everybody. Good morning. Let me just make a very brief statement. I want to welcome the new Prime Minister of Japan, Prime Minister Hatoyama. I want to congratulate him for running an extraordinary campaign and his party leading dramatic change in Japan. We had a very good preliminary discussion about the critical importance of the U.S.-Japanese alliance. It has been a... [Read more]

President at the Clinton global initiative, 9/22/2009

THE PRESIDENT: Please, please, have a seat. Thank you. Thank you so much. Good evening. And thank you, President Clinton, for the extraordinary brief introduction which (laughter) — during the U.N. General Assembly week does not happen that often. (Laughter.) I want to acknowledge Bob Harrison and the outstanding work that he’s doing as CEO of CGI — (applause) — as well as Ed... [Read more]

President Obama and President Hu Jintao of China before meeting

PRESIDENT OBAMA: We welcome your delegation to New York. I’m sorry that I didn’t have a chance to see you in L’Aquila, but your Councilor Dai did an excellent job representing your country. I also have to say that I enjoyed seeing Vice Premier Wang as well as Councilor Dai at the SED meeting. And Vice President Biden and I both had excellent meetings with Chairman Wu two weeks ago in the... [Read more]

Remarks by The President at Beginning Of Trilateral Meeting With Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Abbas

THE PRESIDENT: Please be seated, members of the delegations. I have just concluded frank and productive bilateral meetings with both Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas. And I want to thank them both for appearing here today. I am now looking forward to this opportunity to hold the first meeting among the three of us since we took office. As I said throughout my campaign and at the beginning... [Read more]

Remarks by the President at UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon’s Climate Change Summit

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you very much. Good morning. I want to thank the Secretary General for organizing this summit, and all the leaders who are participating. That so many of us are here today is a recognition that the threat from climate change is serious, it is urgent, and it is growing. Our generation’s response to this challenge will be judged by history, for if we fail to meet it... [Read more]

Remarks by the President on Innovation and Sustainable Growth at Hudson Valley Community College

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you! Hello, Hudson Valley! (Applause.) Thank you very much. Everybody, please have a seat. Thank you. Thank you very much. What a wonderful reception. It is great to be here. Thanks for whoever organized the weather. (Laughter.) I want to, first of all, say thank you to Jill Biden, who has been a teacher for almost three decades and she’s spent most of that time in... [Read more]

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