CATEGORY: February 2012

Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 1162

On Monday, February 27, 2012, the President signed into law: H.R. 1162, which conveys and declares certain specified acres (including those within Olympic National Park) in the State of Washington to be held in trust for the benefit of the Quileute Indian Tribe.  Read More →

Remarks by the President and Governor Dave Heineman of Nebraska in an Exchange of Toasts at the 2012 Governors’ Dinner

State Dining Room 7:18 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Good evening, everybody.  Welcome to the White House.  (Laughter.)  Did I hear an “aloha” back there?  Yes.  (Laughter.)  All right, Neil.  (Laughter.) Let me begin by acknowledging your outstanding chair, Dave Heineman, who’s doing an outstanding job in the great state of Nebraska, as well as your vice chair, Jack Markell, of the great... [Read more]

WEEKLY ADDRESS: An All-Of-The-Above Approach to American Energy

WASHINGTON, DC—In this week’s address, President Obama spoke to the American people about the importance of taking an all-of-the-above approach to addressing our nation’s energy challenges. With only 2% of the world’s oil reserves, we cannot simply drill our way to lower gas prices, as some in Washington have suggested.  Americans understand that we must have a long-term strategy that uses... [Read more]

Statement by the President on Yemen’s Transition to President Abdo Rabo Mansour Hadi

Just over one year ago, thousands of men and women gathered in city squares across Yemen to demand a government that was responsive to their democratic aspirations. The determination and sacrifice of the Yemeni people in the struggle for their universal rights has been inspiring and has brought about unprecedented political change in Yemen.  This week, millions of Yemenis voted for a new president... [Read more]

Readout of the President’s Call with General Allen

This afternoon, President Obama called General John Allen, Commander of U.S. Forces and the NATO International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, to discuss the ongoing violence in Afghanistan and the tragic killing of two U.S. servicemembers this morning. On behalf of the American people, the President expressed his condolences to General Allen and to the families who lost loved ones. The President... [Read more]

United States withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, shifts responsibility to Special Ops

With the United States withdrawing its forces much faster than usual from Afghanistan almost one year earlier, the strategy has shifted now to the deployment of Green Berets in the region who will carry out tasks such as the training of local troops as well as the hunt for insurgent leaders. In confirming this move of the administration from the use of conventional to Special Operations troops, Tommy... [Read more]

President Obama slaps new US sanctions on Iran and its Central Bank

Considering the deceptive practices of the Central Bank of Iran and its other banks, which has posed high risk to the international financial system, President Obama has ordered new economic sanctions to be placed on Iran and its banks. This new amendment including the sanctions on Iran’s Central Bank was added to the law that was signed into effect in December 2011, and attributed this additional... [Read more]

Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Thorning-Schmidt of Denmark after a Bilateral Meeting

The Oval Office 3:41 P.M. EST PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, I want to welcome Prime Minister Thorning-Schmidt to the White House and to the Oval Office.  This is the first time that we’ve had a chance to meet, but obviously we’ve been very impressed with the first five months of her prime ministership.  I shared with her how much Michelle and I appreciated the extraordinary hospitality that... [Read more]

Vice President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, and Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis Announce Availability of $500 Million to Fund Partnerships Between Community Colleges and Businesses to Train Workers with Skills Employers Need

Announcement of new round of grants made at Davidson County Community College in Thomasville, North Carolina as part of Community College to Career tour WASHINGTON – Vice President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, and Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis today announced that the Administration is making another $500 million available to create and expand innovative partnerships between community colleges and... [Read more]

President Obama Announces New White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs David Agnew

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the White House announced that current Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs David Agnew will now serve as the Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs.  Mr. Agnew will oversee the Obama Administration’s relationship with state, county, local, and tribal officials across the country. “I’m pleased to announce David Agnew as the... [Read more]

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