Statements and Releases

  • President Obama Announces Key Treasury Appointments

    Today, President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals for key posts at the Treasury Department: David S. Cohen, Assistant Secretary of Treasury, Terrorist Financing; Alan B. Krueger, Assistant Secretary of Treasury, Economic Policy; and Kim N. Wallace, Assistant Secretary of Treasury, Legislative Affairs. Each of the nominees is currently serving as a Counselor to the Secretary of Treasury.


  • WEEKLY ADDRESS: President Obama Presses the Case for Bold Action to Address the Economic Crisis

    President Barack Obama used his weekly address to detail his plans to fix our ailing economy, noting that reforming healthcare is necessary to ensure our long term fiscal health. While ending this crisis will not be quick or easy, the President’s plans will take the swift, bold, and responsible actions needed for the United States to emerge stronger and more prosperous than before.


  • President Obama Announces Key State Department Appointments

    Today, President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals for key State Department posts: Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary for International Organizations; Phil Gordon, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs; and Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues.


  • Upcoming Working Visit by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil to Washington

    President Obama will meet with President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil at the White House on Saturday, March 14. Brazil is a close friend and partner of the United States and the President looks forward to discussing ways in which the two countries can strengthen cooperation on global and hemispheric challenges.


  • President Obama and Vice President Biden to Hold Recovery Act Implementation Conference

    On Thursday, March 12th, President Obama and Vice President Biden will hold a White House Recovery and Reinvestment Act Implementation Conference to ensure that dollars invested and spent as part of the Recovery act are effective, transparent and efficient.


  • FACT SHEET: Investing in Public Safety

    Today President Barack Obama announced that Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice are making available $2 billion Recovery Act 2009 funding allocations for state and local law enforcement and criminal justice assistance, available through the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.


  • President Obama Announces Series of Regional White House Forums To Be Held Across Country

    Building on Thursday’s White House Forum on Health Care Reform, President Obama announced a series of Regional White House Forums on Health Reform that will bring the conversation about health care reform directly to communities across the country. In keeping with the Obama administration’s commitment to a transparent, accountable government, the forums will be an opportunity for Americans from all over the country to voice their concerns and ideas about reforming our health care system.


  • Statement by the Secretary Of Labor Regarding the Monthly Employment Situation Report

    Secretary Hilda L. Solis, "Today we learned that our economy lost another 651,000 jobs in February, bringing the unemployment rate to 8.1 percent. 4.4 million Americans have now lost their jobs since this recession began last year, and there are now nearly 3 million Americans who have been unemployed for six months or more."


  • President Obama Signs Major Disaster Declaration for Indiana

    The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Indiana and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by a severe winter storm during the period of January 26-28, 2009.


  • Visit by the President and Mrs Obama to Europe

    President and Mrs. Obama will visit the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and the Czech Republic March 31-April 5, 2009. In the United Kingdom, the President will continue discussions on important bilateral and global issues with British leaders and work with other G-20 Leaders to address the global financial crisis at the London Summit.