The White House Blog: The President
- Posted byon September 7, 2013 at 5:00 AM EST
In his weekly address, President Obama makes the case for limited and targeted military action to hold the Assad regime accountable for its violation of international norms prohibiting the use of chemical weapons.
- Posted byon September 6, 2013 at 5:47 PM EST
- Posted byon September 6, 2013 at 10:26 AM EST
College has never been more necessary than in our 21st century economy. But college has also never been more expensive. That’s why President Obama is pushing to make college more affordable -- so that students who work hard aren't saddled with crippling debt once they graduate.
So when President Obama traveled to New York to talk about college affordability a few weeks back, we met with Michelle -- a single mother, who pursued higher education so that she and her kids could have a better life. But paying back her those loans hasn't been easy. Watch Michelle's story, then learn more about President Obama's plan to make college more affordable.
- Posted byon September 5, 2013 at 4:03 PM EST
This morning, President Obama met with the King and Queen of Sweden before flying to St. Petersburg for the G-20 Summit.
After arriving in St. Petersburg, President Obama held a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Abe of Japan. “The U.S.-Japan alliance is one of the cornerstones not just of Japan’s and America’s security, but also a cornerstone for peace and security around the world,” President Obama said before the bilateral meeting.
Here at the G20, our primary purpose is to focus on the economy and how we can improve the world’s prospects for jobs and growth and stability. And I know that Prime Minister Abe has taken some very bold steps to boost growth and jobs and demand in Japan.
- Posted byon September 4, 2013 at 2:21 PM EST
This morning, President Obama arrived in Stockholm for a brief visit ahead of the G-20 meeting that starts tomorrow in St. Petersburg. His trip marks the first-ever bilateral visit by a U.S. President to Sweden.
After an official arrival ceremony at the airport, President Obama and Prime Minister Reinfeldt held a bilateral meeting and a joint press conference.
“I’ve said before that it’s no accident that democracies are America’s closest partners. And that includes Sweden,” President Obama explained at the start of the press conference. “That’s why I’m here today.”
As free peoples, we recognize that democracy is the most effective form of government ever devised for delivering progress and opportunity and prosperity and freedom to people. And as two of the most innovative economies on Earth, we cherish that freedom that allows us to innovate and create, which is why we’re leaders in science and research and development -- those things that pioneers new industries and broaden our horizons.
We share a belief in the dignity and equality of every human being; that our daughters deserve the same opportunities as our sons; that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters must be treated equally under the law; that our societies are strengthened and not weakened by diversity. And we stand up for universal human rights, not only in America and in Europe, but beyond, because we believe that when these rights are respected, nations are more successful and our world is safer and more just.
- Posted byon September 3, 2013 at 11:34 AM EST
Today President Obama met with Congressional leaders to discuss the situation in Syria.
“We have high confidence that Syria used, in an indiscriminate fashion, chemical weapons that killed thousands of people, including over 400 children, and in direct violation of the international norm against using chemical weapons,” President Obama explained. “That poses a serious national security threat to the United States and to the region, and as a consequence, Assad and Syria needs to be held accountable.”
I've made a decision that America should take action. But I also believe that we will be much more effective, we will be stronger, if we take action together as one nation. And so this gives us an opportunity not only to present the evidence to all of the leading members of Congress and their various foreign policy committees as to why we have high confidence that chemical weapons were used and that Assad used them, but it also gives us an opportunity to discuss why it's so important that he be held to account.
- Posted byon September 2, 2013 at 11:17 AM EST
Labor Day is a day that belongs to you, the working men and women of America. It's a day when we recommit ourselves to the idea that everyone who works hard in this country has a chance to get ahead. This Labor Day, take a moment to watch the President talk about why the celebration of this holiday is so important and how he's fighting for a better bargain for the middle class.
- Posted byon August 31, 2013 at 2:56 PM EST
Just now, President Obama laid out the case for a targeted military action against Syrian regime targets as a result of their use of chemical weapons that killed over one thousand people--including hundreds of children. The President also made clear that this would not be an open-ended intervention, and there will be no American troops on the ground.
While the President was clear on the need for action, he announced he would seek Congressional authorization for the use of force.
Watch the President's statement now in his own words or read a transcript of his remarks:
- Posted byon August 31, 2013 at 4:45 AM EST
President Obama discusses Labor Day and reflects on the contributions of the working men and women in our country.
- Posted byon August 30, 2013 at 5:30 PM EST
Today, President Obama hosted Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė, and Latvian President Andris Bērziņš for a meeting at the White House.
The visit underscored the close ties between the United States and the Baltic states, which are grounded in our shared values, ideals, and interests. The leaders highlighted ongoing cooperation on issues including defense and security, trade and investment, energy and the environment, and global development.