Statements and Releases

  • FACT SHEET: U.S. - Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs

    In an exchange of diplomatic notes on July 6, the United States and the Russian Federation reached a common understanding on a framework for the U.S. – Russia Joint Commission on Prisoners of War and Missing in Action (POW/MIAs). The Commission serves as a forum through which both nations seek to determine the fates of their missing servicemen.


  • Readout of The President's Call with Turkish President Gul

    President Obama spoke with Turkish President Gul earlier today. President Gul thanked President Obama for his Cairo speech on America’s relationship with Muslim communities around the world. The two Presidents also discussed the situation in the Caucasus.


  • Interview of the President by ITAR-TASS/Rossiya TV, 7-2-09

    Well, I had a wonderful time when we visited both Moscow and Perm -- this was several years ago. I was traveling as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, interested in issues of nuclear proliferation. The people were very warm; we had a wonderful reception. I had a wonderful time visiting Red Square and the Kremlin.


  • WEEKLY ADDRESS: President Obama Celebrates Independence Day and the American Spirit

    WASHINGTON – In his weekly address, President Barack Obama celebrated the unyielding American spirit that has defined our past and will lead us into the future. Even as we face daunting challenges - two wars, a deep recession, skyrocketing health care costs, and a dependence on foreign oil, we have always overcome long odds and faced down our trials. We must remember and renew that spirit as we confront and meet our current challenges.


  • President Obama Signs Illinois Disaster Declaration, 7-2-09

    The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Illinois and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes during the period of May 8-9, 2009.


  • MEDIA ADVISORY: The White House Announces H1N1 Flu Preparedness Summit

    WASHINGTON—The White House today announced that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan will host an all-day H1N1 Flu Preparedness Summit with states to further prepare this nation for the possibility of a more severe outbreak of H1N1 flu. The Summit will be held on July 9, 2009 at the Natcher Conference Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.


  • Statement from the President on the 45th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act


  • President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts, 7-2-09

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals for key administration posts:


  • Vice President Biden in Iraq to Meet with Iraqi Leaders and Visit U.S. Troops

    Vice President Biden has arrived in Iraq to visit U.S. troops and to meet with Iraqi leaders, including President Jalal Talabani, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Speaker of the Council of Representatives Ayad al-Samarrai. The Vice President will reiterate the United States’ commitment to fully implement the Security Agreement and the Strategic Framework Agreement and to carry out President Obama’s plan to draw down U.S. forces. He will discuss with Iraq’s leaders the importance of achieving the political progress that is necessary to ensure the nation’s long-term stability. This is Vice President Biden’s second trip to Iraq this year and his first as Vice President.


  • President Obama to Meet with Business Leaders to Discuss Innovation and Job Creation

    Today, President Obama will meet with business leaders from both small and large companies to discuss job creation and ways to develop long term solution to strengthen our economy. The CEOs participating in the discussion will talk about what steps they have taken to increase productivity in their industry during a recession through innovation and technology.