CATEGORY: December 2011

Statement by the President on the Horn of Africa Famine

As we enter the season of giving and renewal, more than 13.3 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia remain in urgent need of humanitarian assistance amid the worst drought the region has seen in 60 years.  The heartbreaking accounts of lives lost and of those struggling to survive remind us of our common humanity and the need to reach out to people in need.  I want to thank the many Americans... [Read more]

Statement by the Press Secretary on Iraq

We strongly condemn the terrorist attacks against innocent Iraqis, which serve no agenda other than murder and hatred.  We offer our condolences to those whose loved ones were lost or wounded.  Attempts such as this to derail Iraq’s continued progress will fail.  Iraq has suffered heinous attacks like this in the past, and its security forces have shown they are up to the task of responding and... [Read more]

Statement by the President

For the past several weeks, I’ve stated consistently that it was critical that Congress not go home without preventing a tax increase on 160 million working Americans.  Today, I congratulate members of Congress for ending the partisan stalemate by reaching an agreement that meets that test. Because of this agreement, every working American will keep his or her tax cut – about $1,000 for the average... [Read more]

President Obama Signs Alaska Disaster Declaration

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Alaska and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe winter storms and flooding during the period of November 8-10, 2011. Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work... [Read more]

Statement by the Press Secretary on Syria

The United States continues to believe that the only way to bring about the change that the Syrian people deserve is for Bashar al-Assad to leave power.  The words of the Assad regime have no credibility when they continue to be followed by outrageous and deplorable actions.  Only two days following the Assad regime’s decision to sign the Arab League initiative, they have already flagrantly violated... [Read more]

Readout of the President’s Calls with Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Harry Reid

Today, the President made separate calls to Speaker Boehner and Leader Reid.  In his call to Speaker Boehner, the President reiterated the need and his commitment to work with Congress to extend the payroll tax cut for the entire year, and the fact that the short-term bipartisan compromise passed by almost the entire Senate is the only option to ensure that middle class families aren’t hit with... [Read more]

President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to Czech Republic to Attend the Funeral of Former President Václav Havel

President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Prague, Czech Republic to attend the funeral of former President Václav Havel, on December 23, 2011. The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State, will lead the delegation. Members of the Presidential Delegation: The Honorable William J. Clinton, Former President of the United States The Honorable Norman... [Read more]

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts, 12/21/2011

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts: Margaret Murnane – Chairman, President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science Judith Kimble – Member, President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science Henry T. Yang – Member, President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science Beth White... [Read more]

Remarks by the President on the Payroll Tax Cut

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 1:59 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody.  Sorry to interrupt. MR. CARNEY:  All yours, sir. THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Good afternoon, everybody.  It is no secret that there hasn’t been an abundance of partisanship in Washington this year.  And that’s why what happened on Saturday was such a big deal. Nearly the entire Senate — including almost... [Read more]

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney and Remarks by the President, 12/20/2011

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 1:26 P.M. EST MR. CARNEY:  Good afternoon, everyone.  Thanks for being here.  It is my great pleasure to see you today and take your questions, which I will commence with right now. Q    What is the President going to do now that the House has rejected the two-month Senate deal? MR. CARNEY:  What the House did today was refuse to take up the bipartisan compromise... [Read more]

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