CATEGORY: December 2009

Obama vows to work tirelessly to create jobs

President Barack Obama pledged his support to get unemployed Americans back into the workforce, based on encouraging signs from the economy. The past month of November represents an optimistic time as the number of jobs lost narrowed to 11,000, and the unemployment rate dipped to 10%. “My commitment to you, the American people, is that I will focus every single day on how we can get people back... [Read more]

Message from the President to the CIA Workforce

Earlier this morning, the President sent this message to the CIA workforce in relation to yesterday’s attack in Khost Province, Afghanistan: To the men and women of the CIA: I write to mark a sad occasion in the history of the CIA and our country. Yesterday, seven Americans in Afghanistan gave their lives in service to their country. Michelle and I have their families, friends and colleagues in our... [Read more]

Statement from the President on Preliminary Assessments from Reviews Ordered on the Christmas Day Incident

This morning, I spoke with John Brennan about preliminary assessments from the ongoing consultations I have ordered into the human and systemic failures that occurred leading up to the attempted act of terrorism on Christmas Day and about our government-wide efforts at continued vigilance on homeland security and counterterrorism efforts. In a separate call, I spoke with Sec. Napolitano to receive... [Read more]

President Obama Nominates Seven U.S. Attorneys

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, President Obama nominated Andre Birotte, Jr., David Capp, Richard Hartunian, William Hochul, Jr., Ronald Machen, Anne Tompkins and Sally Quillian Yates to be U.S. Attorneys. “These men and women have not only the legal experience and aptitude, but the commitment to public service to make exemplary United States Attorneys,” said President Obama. “I am honored to... [Read more]

Statement by the President on the Attempted Attack on Christmas Day and Recent Violence in Iran

Kaneohe Bay Marine Base, Kaneohe, Hawaii 10:01 A.M. HAST THE PRESIDENT: Hey, guys. Good morning, everybody. I just want to take a few minutes to update the American people on the attempted terrorist attack that occurred on Christmas Day and the steps we’re taking to ensure the safety and security of the country. The investigation is ongoing and I spoke again this morning with Attorney General... [Read more]

Statement by the President and First Lady on Kwanzaa

Michelle and I send warm wishes to all those celebrating Kwanzaa this holiday season. This is a joyous time of year when African Americans and all Americans come together to celebrate our blessings and the richness of our cultural traditions. This is also a time of reflection and renewal as we come to the end of one year and the beginning of another. The Kwanzaa message tells us that we should recall... [Read more]

President Obama Nominates Kelvin Washington for U.S. Marshal for the District of South Carolina

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama nominated Kelvin Washington for U.S. Marshal for the District of South Carolina. Washington currently serves as Sheriff of Williamsburg County, South Carolina. “Sheriff Washington has dedicated his career to protecting his fellow South Carolinians,” said President Obama. “He has displayed courage and persistence in the pursuit of justice, and I am... [Read more]

President Obama Announces Members of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced that he will appoint the following individuals to the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board: Roel Campos, Member, President’s Intelligence Advisory Board Lee Hamilton, Member, President’s Intelligence Advisory Board Rita Hauser, Member, President’s Intelligence Advisory Board Paul Kaminski, Member, President’s Intelligence Advisory... [Read more]

President Obama Nominates Noel March and George White To Be U.S. Marshals

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, President Obama nominated Noel March and George White to be U.S. Marshals for the District of Maine and the Southern District of Mississippi, respectively. “Noel March and George White both have long and stellar track records in public safety,” said President Obama. “I’m honored to nominate them to serve as United States Marshals, and I know they will continue... [Read more]

President Obama Nominates William N. Nettles for US Attorney for the District of South Carolina

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama nominated William N. Nettles to be US Attorney for the District of South Carolina. Nettles is currently an attorney at Sanders & Nettles LLC in Columbia, South Carolina. “William Nettles’ legal career has been distinguished and impressive,” said President Obama. “I am confident that, as a US Attorney, he will be relentless in his pursuit of justice... [Read more]

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