CATEGORY: January 2012

Statement by the Press Secretary

In the State of the Union Address, the President laid out a blueprint for an economy built to last, where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules – especially those who have been sent here to serve the American people. Last week, the President called on Congress to pass a bill that makes clear that Members of Congress may not engage in... [Read more]

President Obama Denies a Permit For The Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline

With Congressional Republicans setting an arbitrary deadline to the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline that will run from Canada to the refineries in Texas, Obama has rejected the proposal as it does not allow for adequate time to review the proposal fully. Explaining his reasons for denying a permit, a statement released by the President revealed, “This announcement is not a judgment on the merits... [Read more]

WEEKLY ADDRESS: President’s Blueprint Includes Renewal of American Values

WASHINGTON, DC— In his weekly address, President Obama discusses the blueprint he put forward this week in the State of the Union Address for creating an economy built to last.  After focusing on American manufacturing, American energy, and skills for American workers during each of the last three days, he used his weekly address to highlight his commitment to a renewal of American values.  The... [Read more]

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Calls to Iraqi Leaders

Vice President Biden spoke on the phone today with Iraqi Council of Representatives Speaker Osama Nujaifi and yesterday with Dr. Ayad Allawi, a leader of the Iraqiyya political bloc. The two Iraqi leaders described deliberations underway among all Iraqi political factions and parties in the run-up to a proposed national conference led by President Jalal Talabani. The Vice President discussed with both... [Read more]

Remarks by the President on College Affordability, Ann Arbor, Michigan

University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan 10:00 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, Michigan!  (Applause.)  Oh, it is good to be back in Ann Arbor.  (Applause.) Thank you, Christina, for that introduction.  I also want to thank your president, Mary Sue Coleman.  (Applause.)  The mayor of Ann Arbor, John Hieftje, is here.  (Applause.)  My outstanding Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, is in... [Read more]

Remarks by the President at the House Democrats Issues Conference

Hyatt Regency Hotel Cambridge, Maryland 1:36 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you!  Thank you, everybody.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  All right, everybody have a seat.  Now, let me begin by saying I was told that on a CD that I’ve just received — (laughter) — that all of you participated in a rendition of Al Green.  (Laughter.)  What I did not realize was that you also had a reverend... [Read more]

Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Washington, D.C. 4:44 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you, everybody.  Thank you.  Please, please have a seat.  It is wonderful to see all of you here this afternoon.  Some old friends and some new friends. As you know, I’m not here tonight just as President, but also as an adopted member of the Crow Nation.  (Applause.)  If my... [Read more]

FACT SHEET: President Obama’s Blueprint for Keeping College Affordable and Within Reach for All Americans

“Of course, it’s not enough for us to increase student aid… States also need to do their part, by making higher education a higher priority in their budgets.   And colleges and universities have to do their part by working to keep costs down.” President Barack Obama State of the Union, January 24, 2012 In his State of the Union address, President Obama laid out a blueprint for an economy... [Read more]

Statement by the President on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

This International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Michelle and I join people in the United States, in Israel, and across the globe as we remember the six million Jews and millions of others who were murdered at the hands of the Nazis. We commit ourselves to keeping their memories alive not only in our thoughts, but through our actions. As we remember all those who perished in camps from Auschwitz to Treblinka,... [Read more]

Statement from the President on the Departure of Aneesh Chopra

WASHINGTON, DC — The White House today announced the departure of Aneesh Chopra, Assistant to the President and the federal government’s first Chief Technology Officer (CTO). President Obama said, “As the federal government’s first Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra did groundbreaking work to bring our government into the 21st century.  Aneesh found countless ways to engage the American... [Read more]

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