Statements and Releases

  • WEEKLY ADDRESS: President Obama Outlines Goals for Health Care Reform

    WASHINGTON – In his weekly address, President Barack Obama described his goals for fixing our broken health care system. With skyrocketing costs threatening fiscal collapse, real reform that provides quality, affordable health care for every American is a necessity that cannot wait. To do this, reform must be built on lowering costs, improving quality, and protecting consumer choice so people who are happy with their coverage can keep it.


  • Readout of President Obamas Call with Prime Minister Gordon Brown of the United Kingdom

    President Obama spoke with Prime Minister Gordon Brown last night. The call lasted approximately 15 minutes. The leaders discussed President Obama’s speech at Cairo University and their mutual interest in continuing to build strong relationships with the Muslim communities around the world. The two leaders also discussed international financial institution reform and touched briefly on the G-20 and G-8 summits. President Obama looks forward to seeing Prime Minister Brown in Normandy on Saturday where they will continue their conversation.


  • Roundtable Interview of the President by Regional Reporters, Cairo, Egypt, 6-4-09

    So I know that we only have half an hour and I want to make sure that everybody has time for questions. So I'm not going to make an opening statement -- I just made a long one in the auditorium, and I'll just open it up and maybe if you want we'll just go around the room. Is that okay? And we'll start with you, Wafa.


  • Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden Host Reception for Congressional Leaders at the Naval Observatory

    This evening, the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden will host a reception for House and Senate Committee Chairs and Ranking Members at the Naval Observatory.


  • Statement by the President on the Transition to All-Digital Programming, 6-4-09

    On June 12 – one week from tomorrow – the nation’s full-power television stations will switch to all-digital programming. The transition to digital will free up airwaves for broadband and enhanced emergency communications for our police officers, firefighters, and other first responders.


  • Presidential Nominations Sent To The Senate, 6-4-09

    Preet Bharara, of New York, to be United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York for the term of four years, vice Michael J. Garcia, resigned.


  • President Obama Nominates B. Todd Jones for US Attorney for the District of Minnesota

    President Obama today announced the nomination of B. Todd Jones for U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota. Mr. Jones previously held the position from May 1998 through January 2001.


  • White House Announces East Wing Staff Changes

    The White House announced today that the First Lady’s Chief of Staff Jackie Norris has been appointed as Senior Advisor to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Susan Sher, a longtime colleague and friend of the First Lady’s, has been promoted to Chief of Staff.


  • President Obama Announces Intent to Nominate Key Administration Posts, 6-4-09

    Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals for key administration posts: Carlos Pascual, Ambassador to Mexico; David Jacobson, Ambassador to Canada; Brigadier General James B. Smith, Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Donald Gips, Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa; Patricia N. Moller, Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea; Nicole A. Avant, Ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas; Kenneth H. Merten, Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti; and Anne E. Derse, Ambassador to the Republic of Lithuania.


  • President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts, 6-4-09

    Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals for key administration posts: Anne S. Ferro, Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation; Ernie DuBester, Member, Federal Labor Relations Authority; and Julia A. Clark, General Counsel, Federal Labor Relations Authority.