CATEGORY: January 2010

Remarks by the President before Signing the Tax Delinquency Memorandum

Eisenhower Executive Office Building Room 430 10:14 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody. Before I start, let me introduce the folks behind me: obviously the Vice President. In addition, we’ve got Senator Claire McCaskill, Congressman Ed Towns, Congressman Brad Ellsworth. We’ve got Douglas Shulman, who’s the Commissioner of the IRS; and Jeffrey Zients, our Chief Performance... [Read more]

Remarks by the President and First Lady in Honor of National Mentoring Month

East Room 4:07 P.M. EST MRS. OBAMA: Thank you. Please sit. Hello, everyone, and welcome to the White House. I’m thrilled to be here with all of you as we celebrate National Mentoring Month. Mentors have played an incredibly important role in my life and in the President’s life. That’s why last November, the women, we started a leadership and mentoring program here at the White... [Read more]

Remarks by the President at Event with Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley

Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts 4:06 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Fired up! Fired up! (Applause.) First of all, I’m going to let Michelle know you all sang her “Happy Birthday.” (Applause.) She’ll be pleased to know. (Applause.) AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you! THE PRESIDENT: I love you back. (Applause.) Let me begin by thanking Liz Bonacci for the wonderful... [Read more]

Remarks by the President Following Intergenerational Reflection on the Civil Rights Movement

Roosevelt Room 2:05 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. We have just had a wonderful conversation. I want to just tell you a little bit about why we did this. I think sometimes in celebration of Dr. King’s birthday we act as if this history was so long ago. And the reason we brought together some elders and some young people very briefly was not just to visit the Oval Office and see... [Read more]

Remarks by the President at “Let Freedom Ring!” Concert, 1/18/10

Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. 6:38 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much to Dr. DeGioia — thank you. (Applause.) Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you to Dr. DeGioia. Thank you so much to the entire Georgetown family; to my Cabinet, who is working tirelessly each and every day on behalf of the American people; to members of Congress who are in attendance; to dignitaries and ambassadors;... [Read more]

Remarks by the President on the Situation in Haiti

Diplomatic Reception Room 1:08 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. I wanted to just make a brief statement on the latest situation in Haiti so that the American people are fully up to date on our efforts there. This morning I spoke with President Préval of Haiti, who has been in regular contact with our ambassador on the ground. I expressed to President Préval my deepest condolences... [Read more]

Remarks by President Obama, Former President Bill Clinton, and Former President George W. Bush on the Recovery and Rebuilding Effort in Haiti

Rose Garden 11:02 A.M. EST PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good morning, everybody. In times of great challenge in our country and around the world, Americans have always come together to lend a hand and to serve others and to do what’s right. That’s what the American people have been doing in recent days with their extraordinary generosity and contributions to the Haitian people. At this moment, we’re... [Read more]

Remarks by the President in Remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Vermont Avenue Baptist Church, Washington, DC 12:00 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Praise be to God. Let me begin by thanking the entire Vermont Avenue Baptist Church family for welcoming our family here today. It feels like a family. Thank you for making us feel that way. (Applause.) To Pastor Wheeler, first lady Wheeler, thank you so much for welcoming us here today. Congratulations... [Read more]

Remarks by the President at the House Democratic Caucus Retreat

U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, Washington, D.C. 5:15 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you, House of Representatives. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you. Please, everybody have a seat. Have a seat. Thank you, Madam Speaker. To Xavier, thank you; Jim Clyburn; outstanding work by Chris Van Hollen; and of course Steny Hoyer. To all the leadership, to all the members,... [Read more]

Remarks by The President on the Financial Crisis Responsibility Fee

Diplomatic Reception Room 11:44 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody, for being here. As we all know, our country has endured the deepest recession we’ve faced in generations. And much of the turmoil was caused by irresponsibility on the part of banks and financial institutions. Firms took reckless risks in pursuit of short-term profits and soaring bonuses, triggering a financial... [Read more]

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