CATEGORY: November 2009

Remarks by the President on Strengthening America’s Education System

James C. Wright Middle School, Madison, Wisconsin 1:40 P.M. CST THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. Hello, Madison! (Applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you. Everybody, please, have a seat. Have a seat. It is good to see all of you. Good to be back in Madison. I want to first of all just say that Jim Doyle is not only one of the finest governors we have in the country, but is also a great... [Read more]

Remarks by The President and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in Discussion with Students

James C. Wright Middle School, Madison, Wisconsin 1:05 P.M. CST SECRETARY DUNCAN: Well, we’re thrilled to be here and this is a school that’s getting better and better, and you guys are working really, really hard. And we’ve been lucky. We have a President here who has got a tough, tough job. Being President is tough without the — he’s fighting two wars, a really,... [Read more]

Remarks by the President on the Announcements by AARP and AMA

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 1:20 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Hey! Hello, everybody. Please sit down. Good afternoon, everybody. I wanted to come down and just talk a little bit about health care before Robert gives his regular briefing. I am extraordinarily pleased and grateful to learn that the AARP and the American Medical Association are both supporting the health insurance reform bill that... [Read more]

Remarks by the President in the Rose Garden

11:33 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. I want to begin by offering an update on the tragedy that took place yesterday at Fort Hood. This morning I met with FBI Director Mueller and the relevant agencies to discuss their ongoing investigation into what caused one individual to turn his gun on fellow servicemen and women. We don’t know all the answers yet and I would caution against jumping... [Read more]

Remarks by the President at the Closing of the Tribal Nations Conference

Department of Interior, Washington, D.C. 5:02 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Please, everybody have a seat. Let me first of all just thank Ken and the entire Department of the Interior staff for organizing just an extraordinary conference. I want to thank my Cabinet members and senior administration officials who participated today. I hear that Dr. Joe Medicine Crow was around, and so I want to give a... [Read more]

Remarks by President Obama and President Ian Khama of Botswana after Meeting

Oval Office 3:33 P.M. EST PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hello, everybody. I just want to welcome President Khama to the Oval Office and to make a brief statement about Botswana and its relationship to the United States. Although Botswana is not a large country, it is truly one of the extraordinary success stories in Africa. Since the mid-’60s it has moved on a path of good economic management and outstanding... [Read more]

Remarks by the President at Memorial Service at Fort Hood

Fort Hood – III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas 1:55 P.M. CST THE PRESIDENT: To the Fort Hood community; to Admiral Mullen; General Casey; General Cone; Secretary McHugh; Secretary Gates; most importantly, to family, friends and members of our Armed Forces. We come together filled with sorrow for the 13 Americans that we have lost; with gratitude for the lives that they led; and with a determination... [Read more]

Remarks by the President on Upcoming Vote in the House of Representatives on Health Care Reform

Rose Garden 1:20 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. I just want to say a few words about the landmark vote that the House of Representatives is poised to take today — a vote that can bring us one step closer to making real the promise of quality, affordable health care for the American people. For the better part of a year now, members of the House and the Senate have been working... [Read more]

Remarks by the President on Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery 11:33 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much. Thank you. Please, be seated. Thank you, Secretary Shinseki, for the generous introduction — more importantly, the extraordinary bravery in service to our country, both on and off the battlefield. I want to thank our outstanding Vice President, Joe Biden, and his wonderful wife, Dr. Jill Biden, for being here today.... [Read more]

Remarks by the President on the Economy

Diplomatic Reception Room 9:43 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody. Before departing for Asia this morning, I’d like to make a brief statement about the economy. Over the past 10 months, we’ve taken a number of bold steps to break the back of this recession. We’ve worked to stabilize the financial system, revive lending to small businesses and families, and prevent responsible... [Read more]

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