CATEGORY: Speeches

Remarks by the President After Meeting the Families of the Victims of the San Bernardino Shooting

Indian Springs High School San Bernardino, California 10:53 P.M. PST THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody.  Just had a chance to meet with the families of the majority of the victims of the San Bernardino tragedy.  It was so moving for Michelle and myself in part because it was so representative of the country.  You had people from every background, every faith.  Some described their loved ones who... [Read more]

Weekly Address: Top 10 Things that Happened in 2015

WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, the President celebrated the end of the year tradition of list-making with a year-in-review list of his own. The President offered his roundup of the top 10 things that happened in 2015, all of which should make us optimistic about the prospects for 2016. This past year has been one where we’ve seen unprecedented progress in areas ranging from... [Read more]

MENSAJE SEMANAL: Las Principales 10 Cosas que Ocurrieron en el 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – En su mensaje semanal, el Presidente celebró la tradición de listas del cierre del año con su propia lista del resumen del año. El Presidente ofreció su resumen de la principales 10 cosas que ocurrieron en el del 2015, todos cuales nos deberían brindar optimismo para los prospectos del 2016. Este año ha sido uno donde hemos visto progreso sin precedentes en áreas desde... [Read more]

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on Rwandan Constitutional Referendum

The United States is disappointed that a referendum was called on short notice to amend the Rwandan constitution and introduce exceptions to term limits. While we commend the people of Rwanda for peacefully exercising their civic rights, we regret that the arrangements for the referendum failed to provide sufficient time and opportunity for political debate on the merits of the proposed provisions. The... [Read more]

Upcoming Guidance for First Lady Michelle Obama

The White House – As part of the Joining Forces initiative, the First Lady will greet children of Gold Star families attending a special screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the White House Family Theater.  Read More →

President Obama Grants Commutations and Pardons

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Barack Obama granted commutations of sentence to 95 individuals and pardons to two individuals. The President granted commutations of sentence to the following 95 individuals: Donald Allen – Lynn Haven, FL Offense:  Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; possession of a firearm during... [Read more]

Readout of the President’s Call with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey

The President spoke by phone today with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to discuss the current dispute between Turkey and Iraq over recent Turkish military moves in northern Iraq.  The President urged President Erdogan to take additional steps to deescalate tensions with Iraq, including by continuing to withdraw Turkish military forces, and reinforced the need for Turkey to respect the sovereignty... [Read more]

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015

Today, the President signed into law H.R. 2297, the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015. This strong, bipartisan bill intensifies pressure against the Hizballah terrorist organization and provides the Administration additional tools with which to target Hizballah’s financial lifeblood. We continue to  work with Congress in a bipartisan way to ensure that we maximize the tools... [Read more]

Statement by Vice President Biden on the Budget Deal

Over the last seven years, our economy has gone from crisis to recovery to the cusp of resurgence. The budget and tax agreement that Congress negotiated this week will help make it a permanent resurgence.  Neither side got everything it wanted, and there is more we will continue to fight for. But this agreement reverses self-inflicted wounds like sequestration, averts another unnecessary government... [Read more]

Statement by the Press Secretary on H.J.Res. 76, H.R. 2270, H.R. 2297, H.R. 2693, H.R. 2820, H.R. 3594, H.R. 3831, H.R. 4246, S. 614, S. 808, S. 1090 and S. 1461

On Friday, December 18, 2015, the President signed into law: H.J.Res. 76, which provides that the second regular session of the 114th Congress will begin at noon on Monday, January 4, 2016; H.R. 2270, the “Billy Frank Jr. Tell Your Story Act,” which redesignates the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, located in the State of Washington, as the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge; H.R.... [Read more]

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