CATEGORY: December 2011

Remarks by the First Lady to Children while Tracking Santa with NORAD

11:03 A.M. HAST OPERATOR:  You’re connected, ma’am. MRS. OBAMA:  Hello, this is the First Lady, Michelle Obama.  How may I help you? MRS. HARRIS:  Hi, I have my daughter right here.  She’d like to speak to you. MRS. OBAMA:  I would love to speak to her.  Is her name Summer? MRS. HARRIS:  It sure is. MRS. OBAMA:  Okay, I’m ready for Summer. MRS. HARRIS:  Here she is. SUMMER: ... [Read more]

WEEKLY ADDRESS: The President and First Lady Thank our Troops for their Service as we Celebrate the Holiday Season

WASHINGTON— In this week’s address, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama came together to wish the American people a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, and thanked our troops, military families, and veterans for their service and sacrifice. President Obama and Michelle Obama encouraged everyone to visit to find ways to give back to our brave men and women in uniform... [Read more]

Remarks by the President

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 1:25 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everybody.  I know you’re all looking forward to spending time with their families over the holidays, but we did have one last piece of business to finish up.  I said it was critical for Congress not to go home without preventing a tax increase on 160 million working Americans, and I’m pleased to say that... [Read more]

Obama Approval Ratings Go Up, According to Gallup Poll

Obama’s job approval ratings have been a cause for concern and much debate over the past few months but it has shown signs of improvement this month, thanks to his efforts to extend the payroll tax cuts for American workers. With the President running for a second term to the White House in November next year, according to the three day rolling averages estimated by a Gallup Poll, the ratings have... [Read more]

Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 3765

On Friday, December 23, 2011, the President signed into law: H.R. 3765 – “Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011.”  Read More →

Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 2055, S. 278, H.R. 2867, H.R. 3421, H.R. 3672

On Friday, December 23, 2011, the President signed into law: H.R. 2055 – “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012.” S. 278 – “Sugar Loaf Fire Protection District Land Exchange Act of 2011”, which Authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to exchange approximately five acres of Federal land located within the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest, for approximately five acres of land owned by the... [Read more]

Vice President Biden Announces New Chairman for the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Vice President Biden announced that Kathleen S. Tighe will chair the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (RATB), replacing Earl Devaney, who will retire on December 31st, 2011. “Under Earl Devaney’s leadership, the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board became a model for government oversight – ensuring that Recovery Act dollars were distributed... [Read more]

Fact Sheet on the Successful Conclusion of the Seventh Review Conference of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention

“We will continue to face new and emerging biological threats that will require the coordinated and connected efforts of a broad range of domestic and international partners.  As we take action to counter these threats, we will work together to advance our own health security and provide for the improved condition of all humanity.” –  President Obama’s National Strategy for Countering... [Read more]

Remarks by the President on the Payroll Tax Cut

South Court Auditorium 1:00 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, everybody.  (Applause.)  Please have a seat.  Good afternoon to all of you.  Merry Christmas.  Happy holidays. We’ve been doing everything we can over the last few weeks to make sure that 160 million working Americans aren’t hit with a holiday tax increase on January 1st.  We’ve also been doing everything we can to make... [Read more]

Readout of the President’s Call with Speaker Boehner

Speaker Boehner called the President this morning and the President reiterated to the Speaker that the only viable option currently on the table is for the House of Representatives to pass the bipartisan Senate compromise that received the support of nearly 90 percent of the Senate. The President told Speaker Boehner that he is committed to begin working immediately on a full-year agreement once the... [Read more]

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