CATEGORY: December 2011

Obama Ends the War in Iraq, as Promised in 2008

Recent events including the death of Muammar Gadaffi and Osama Bin Laden as well as the withdrawal of troops from Iraq has established Obama as a strong leader when it comes to foreign policy. Even though it seems as if Obama has kept his word when it comes to the troops in Iraq, Americans think that his inability to create new jobs matter much more. “President Obama has a strong footing on foreign... [Read more]

WEEKLY ADDRESS: Working Together in the New Year to Move America Forward

WASHINGTON—In his weekly address, President Obama told the American people that although there will be tough debates to come in the new year, by joining together, we can continue to help grow the economy and create jobs across the country.  President Obama will keep working to ensure that everyone has a fair shot and does their fair share, and as we enter into 2012, all Americans should remind Washington... [Read more]

Statement by the President on H.R. 1540

Today I have signed into law H.R. 1540, the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.” I have signed the Act chiefly because it authorizes funding for the defense of the United States and its interests abroad, crucial services for service members and their families, and vital national security programs that must be renewed. In hundreds of separate sections totaling over... [Read more]

Statement by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Joshua Earnest on U.S. Sale of Defense Equipment to Saudi Arabia

The United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have signed a government-to-government agreement under the Foreign Military Sales program to provide advanced F-15SA combat aircraft to the Royal Saudi Air Force. Valued at $29.4 billion, this agreement includes production of 84 new aircraft and the modernization of 70 existing aircraft as well as munitions, spare parts, training, maintenance and logistics. ... [Read more]

President Obama Announces Intent to Nominate Two Individuals to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System: • Jerome H. (Jay) Powell, Governor, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System • Jeremy C. Stein, Governor, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System President Obama said, “I am grateful that these individuals have... [Read more]

Statement by the President on Senator Ben Nelson’s Retirement

I want to thank Senator Nelson for his years of service representing the people of Nebraska, first as Governor and then for more than a decade in the United States Senate. Over the course of his career, Ben’s commitment to working with both Democrats and Republicans across a broad range of issues is a trait far too often overlooked in today’s politics. Michelle and I commend Ben for his service,... [Read more]

Will The Youth Votes Go In Favor Of Obama In November 2012 Again?

It was clear that Obama considered the youth to be a powerful political force in 2008, and his win indicated their support for his policies. However, for the upcoming elections in November 2012, and several commentators have voiced their doubts about this important segment of Americans backing the President for a second term. Some say that the President’s policies speak for themselves – affordable... [Read more]

Statement by the President and First Lady on Kwanzaa

Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to all those celebrating Kwanzaa this holiday season. Today marks the beginning of the week-long celebration honoring African American heritage and culture through the seven principles of Kwanzaa — unity, self determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. We celebrate Kwanzaa at a time when many... [Read more]

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Calls to Iraqi Leaders

Vice President Biden spoke by phone today with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The Vice President also spoke yesterday with Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani. The Vice President offered condolences on the recent violence in Baghdad, exchanged views with both leaders on the current political climate in Iraq and reiterated our support for ongoing efforts to convene a dialogue... [Read more]

Statement by the Press Secretary on Nigeria

We condemn this senseless violence and tragic loss of life on Christmas Day.  We offer our sincere condolences to the Nigerian people and especially those who lost family and loved ones.  We have been in contact with Nigerian officials about what initially appear to be terrorist acts and pledge to assist them in bringing those responsible to justice.  Read More →

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