The White House Blog: The President
- Posted byon September 18, 2013 at 6:25 PM EST
Today President Obama spoke to members of the Business Roundtable, a group of CEOs of the country’s leading companies.
“I’m hugely invested in your success because this room represents not only an enormous amount of economic output, but also represents the hopes and dreams of people who are working very hard trying to make a living,” President Obama told the business leaders. “When you succeed, when you’re doing well, when you’re competitive at a global scale, then America can do well also.”
President Obama said that our economy has come a long way since the financial crisis that began with the collapse of Lehman Brothers five years ago. For example, 7.5 million jobs have been created in the private sector, thanks in part to the many Business Roundtable members who have added to their payrolls over the last five years.
"We are in a much stronger position now than when we were then," President Obama said.
- Posted byon September 16, 2013 at 5:01 PM EST
Today, before delivering remarks on the economy, President Obama gave a brief statement about the tragic events at the Washington Navy Yard.
“We still don’t know all the facts, but we do know that several people have been shot, and some have been killed,” he said. “So we are confronting yet another mass shooting -- and today, it happened on a military installation in our nation’s capital.”
It’s a shooting that targeted our military and civilian personnel. These are men and women who were going to work, doing their job, protecting all of us. They’re patriots, and they know the dangers of serving abroad -- but today, they faced unimaginable violence that they wouldn't have expected here at home.
So we offer our gratitude to the Navy and local law enforcement, federal authorities, and the doctors who’ve responded with skill and bravery. I’ve made it clear to my team that I want the investigation to be seamless, so that federal and local authorities are working together. And as this investigation moves forward, we will do everything in our power to make sure whoever carried out this cowardly act is held responsible.
In the meantime, we send our thoughts and prayers to all at the Navy Yard who’ve been touched by this tragedy. We thank them for their service. We stand with the families of those who’ve been harmed. They’re going to need our love and support. And as we learn more about the courageous Americans who died today -- their lives, their families, their patriotism -- we will honor their service to the nation they helped to make great. And obviously, we're going to be investigating thoroughly what happened, as we do so many of these shootings, sadly, that have happened, and do everything that we can to try to prevent them.
- Posted byon September 14, 2013 at 4:30 AM EST
President Obama follows up on his speech to the nation on Tuesday and describes the possibility for a diplomatic solution in Syria, partially because of the credible threat of U.S. military force.
- Posted byon September 12, 2013 at 11:00 PM EST
This week, the President represented the US at the G20 in St. Petersburg, addressed the nation on the ongoing crisis in Syria, and honored the 12th anniversary of September 11th at the Pentagon and with a service project, while the Vice President highlighted infrastructure improvements and the First Lady traveled to Watertown, WI to ask Americans to drink more water.
- Posted byon September 12, 2013 at 4:09 PM EST
This morning, President Obama convened a meeting of his Cabinet -- the third of 2013.
"Even as we have been spending a lot of time on the Syria issue and making sure that international attention is focused on the horrible tragedy that occurred there," he said, "it is still important to recognize that we’ve got a lot more stuff to do here in this government."
In talking through the agenda, the President described focusing on the steps necessary to improve education, put people back to work, and tackle some of the budget debates looming in the near future.
Check out his full remarks.
- Posted byon September 11, 2013 at 3:00 PM EST
Today, we honor those who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001.
At 8:46 AM, the time that the first plane struck the South Tower of the World Trade Center, President Obama was joined by the Vice President, the First Lady, Dr. Biden, and White House staff on the South Lawn to observe a moment of silence.
Later that morning, the President, Defense Secretary Hagel, and other military officials attended the September 11th Observance ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington. The President laid a wreath at the Zero Age Line and observed a moment of silence at 9:37 to honor the victims of the attack at the Pentagon.
President Obama then delivered remarks to families of the victims, also honoring the four Americans who lost their lives a year ago today in Benghazi.
They left this Earth. They slipped from our grasp. But it was written, “What the heart has once owned and had, it shall never lose.” What your families lost in the temporal, in the here and now, is now eternal. The pride that you carry in your hearts, the love that will never die, your loved ones’ everlasting place in America’s heart.
Later this afternoon, President Obama also participated in a service opportunity with Food & Friends, a Washington-area organization that provides freshly-prepared meals to people living with life-challenging illnesses.
- Posted byon September 11, 2013 at 6:15 AM EST
This morning, President Obama, Vice President Biden, the First Lady, and Dr. Biden will join White House staff on the South Lawn of the White House for a moment of silence at 8:46 AM ET – the time that the first airplane struck the World Trade Center.
Please join us in observing a moment of silence to mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks from wherever you are.
Later today, the President will participate in service projects to commemorate the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. Find out how you can get involved in a service project here.
- Posted byon September 10, 2013 at 9:06 PM EST
Just after 9:00 PM ET, President Obama delivered a national address from the East Room of the White House to discuss the situation in Syria. He explained why he has called for military strikes in response to the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons, laid out his reasons for asking Congress to authorize the use of force, and described how the threat of U.S. action has created the potential for a diplomatic breakthrough.
"Terrible things happen across the globe, and it is beyond our means to right every wrong," the President said. "But when, with modest effort and risk, we can stop children from being gassed to death, and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act."
- Posted byon September 10, 2013 at 9:18 AM EST
Update: This live event has concluded. You can watch the full video below.
Tonight at 9:00 PM ET, President Obama will address the nation from the East Room of the White House.
The President will be speaking about the United States' response to the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons that killed more than 1,400 civilians — including more than 400 children.
You can watch the President's speech live below or on WhiteHouse.gov/Syria.
For more information:
Explore WhiteHouse.gov/Syria to learn more about President Obama's response to the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons in Syria and get the latest news from the White House about the situation.
- Posted byon September 9, 2013 at 5:27 PM EST
This week, the AFL-CIO, the largest labor federation in the United States, welcomed delegates from its fifty-seven affiliated unions to Los Angeles for the group's quadrennial convention.
In a video, President Obama thanked the delegates for their work on behalf of the working men and women of America and voiced his shared commitment to their fight.