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First Lady Michelle Obama’s Schedule As She Leads the Presidential
Delegation to the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London
First Lady Michelle Obama will lead the Presidential Delegation to the
Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, accompanied by
Olympic and Paralympic greats Brandi Chastain, Dominique Dawes, Gabriel
Diaz de Leon, Grant Hill and Summer Sanders. While in London, Mrs. Obama
and the delegation will attend the Opening Ceremony, meet with U.S.
athletes competing in the games and encourage American children to be
active in their daily lives.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
Fact Sheet: Living Within Our Means and Investing
in the Future - The President’s Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit
The health of our economy depends on what we do right now to
create the conditions where businesses can hire and
middle-class families can feel a basic measure of economic
security. In the long run, our prosperity also depends on
our ability to pay down the massive debt the federal
government has accumulated over the past decade. Today, the
President sent to the Joint Committee his plan to jumpstart
economic growth and job creation now – and to lay the
foundation for it continue for years to come.
President Obama to Deliver Back-to-School
Speech September 28
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As students begin their school year,
President Barack Obama will deliver his third annual
Back-to-School Speech at 1:30PM
EDT on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at Benjamin Banneker
Academic High School in Washington, DC.
The President’s Back-to-School Speech is an opportunity to
speak directly to students across the country. In past
years, President Obama has encouraged students to study hard
and take responsibility for their education, urging students
to set goals, to believe in themselves, and to be the
authors of their own destinies.
Benjamin Banneker Academic High School opened in 1981 as a
magnet school for students in grades 9-12 enrolled in
rigorous academic experiences in preparation for college. It
placed on the Newsweek list of America's Best High
Schools for 2011 for their high graduation rates, college
matriculation rates, and test scores. Banneker is a part of
the District of Columbia Public Schools system.
President Obama’s Back-to-School Speech will be live
streamed on WhiteHouse.gov
so that classrooms across the country may listen to or watch
the remarks. For more information about watching the speech,
Schools across the country can also watch the speech live on
MSNBC as a special feature of NBC News’ “Education Nation” –
part of NBC’s weeklong commitment to education reports and
programming across the network’s shows and platforms
beginning September 25.
This event is by invitation only, and additional media
coverage details will be released before the event.
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
September 4, 2011
Temple Street Bridge
Paterson, New Jersey
PRESIDENT: Well, obviously visiting Wayne, visiting
Paterson, many of these surrounding communities, gives you a
sense of the devastation that's taken place not only here in
New Jersey but in upstate New York and Vermont and a whole
range of states that were affected by Hurricane Irene.
I want to thank Governor Christie, Mayor Jones, the
entire congressional delegation that has coordinated in an
unprecedented way to try to deal with this crisis. And part
of what I think has helped to avert even worse tragedies and
greater loss of life is because of the extraordinary
responsiveness and farsighted thinking of state, local and
federal personnel. I'm very proud of the work that FEMA has
done not only from our central agency but, more importantly,
the folks locally here on the ground who have been
coordinating with the emergency management teams here in New
I want to thank the Red Cross for their extraordinary
responsiveness. We've seen a huge outpouring of volunteers;
the private sector is getting involved in trying to do what
they can to help the communities that have been hard hit.
The main message that I have for all the residents not
only of New Jersey but all those communities that have been
affected by flooding, by the destruction that occurred as a
consequence of Hurricane Irene is that the entire country is
behind you and we are going to make sure that we provide all
the resources that are necessary in order to help these
And I know that there's been some talk about whether
there's going to be a slowdown in getting funding out here,
emergency relief. As President of the United States, I want
to make it very clear that we are going to meet our federal
obligations -- because we're one country, and when one part
of the country gets affected, whether it's a tornado in
Joplin, Missouri, or a hurricane that affects the Eastern
Seaboard, then we come together as one country and we make
sure that everybody gets the help that they need. And the
last thing that the residents here of Paterson or the
residents of Vermont or the residents of upstate New York
need is Washington politics getting in the way of us making
sure that we are doing what we can to help communities that
have been badly affected.
So, again, I want to thank federal, state, local officials
who have been working around the clock to respond to this
crisis. We know it could have been worse but we should not
underestimate the heartache that's going through a lot of
these communities and affecting a lot of these families.
And we want to make sure that we're there to help, and I'm
going to make sure that even after the cameras are gone and
attention is somewhere else that FEMA and federal officials
continue to work with our local officials to make sure we're
doing the right thing.
So, thank you, guys.
Q Mr. President, Congressman Cantor has talked about
offsetting budget cuts --
THE PRESIDENT: We're going to make sure resources are here.
DECLARES MAJOR DISASTER FOR PUERTO RICO
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal
aid has been made available to the Commonwealth of Puerto
Rico to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts
in the area struck by Hurricane Irene beginning on August
21, 2011, and continuing.
Background on the President’s Event in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Today
24th, 2011) Today, President Obama will travel to the
National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) at Carnegie
Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh to launch the Advanced
Manufacturing Partnership, a national effort to bring
together industry, universities, and the federal government
to invest in the emerging technologies that will create high
quality manufacturing jobs and enhance our global
New Year 2011 Message
The President resolves to do all he can to get the economy growing
and create jobs, and encourages Republicans to embrace their new
responsibility to govern.
Week: 12/24/10 or
"AKA Santa Claus"
the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's
happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Walk step by step with
the President as he signs the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't
Tell," looks back at an historic lame duck session, reads to
kids for the Holiday season, and receives the Census report.
Holidays at The White House 2010
President Obama Announces Goal of Recruiting 10,000 STEM
Teachers Over the Next Two Years
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Barack Obama announced a
new goal of recruiting 10,000 Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Math (STEM) teachers over the next two
years. This announcement will move the country forward on
the Obama Administration’s ambitious goal of preparing
100,000 STEM teachers over the next decade.
Statement by President Obama: “When I came into office, I
set a goal of moving our nation from the middle to the top
of the pack in math and science education. Strengthening
STEM education is vital to preparing our students to compete
in the 21st century economy and we need to
recruit and train math and science teachers to support our
As America’s students lag in math and science when compared
to peers around the world, President Obama has made
improving STEM education one of his top priorities.
President Obama has identified three overarching priorities
for STEM education, necessary for laying a new foundation
for America’s future prosperity:
Increasing STEM literacy so all students can think
critically in science, math, engineering and technology;
Improving the quality of math and science teaching so
American students are no longer outperformed by those in
And expanding STEM education and career opportunities for
underrepresented groups, including women and minorities.
Prepared by the Joint Information Center
UPDATED May 9, 2010 6 PM
* For a full timeline of the Administration-wide response,
White House Blog.
PAST 24 HOURS
DOI Leadership Deployments
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar dispatched Director of
the National Park Service Jon Jarvis and Acting Director of
the Fish and Wildlife Service Rowan Gould to command centers
along the Gulf Coast to help lead efforts to protect coastal
communities and natural resources from oil spill. Jarvis is
stationed in the Mobile, Ala., Incident Command Center, and
Gould is stationed in the Houma, La., Incident Command
Drilling Rig Inspection and Oversight
MMS has completed its inspections of all 30 deepwater
drilling rigs and is now inspecting all deepwater production
platforms. The Minerals Management Service (MMS) continues
to work with BP to explore all options that could stop or
mitigate oil leaks from the damaged well. Pursuant to MMS’s
regulatory authority, all plans are being reviewed and
approved by MMS before implementation.
Snare Booms Erected
Cleanup crews have placed snare boom to collect tarballs in
the affected area on Dauphin Island. Snare boom can be
staked along beaches and shoreline to act as a filter and
prevent tarballs from coming ashore. Analysis of the
tarballs is being conducted to determine the origin of the
oil and may take 48 hours to complete. Shoreline assessment
teams typically consist of three or four trained personnel
prepared to evaluate a section of shoreline, equipped with
proper protective gear. Trained volunteers may assist
members of the group. Team members must have basic site
safety training and training sufficient to complete an
evaluation of the beach. Reports of tarballs can be made to
the Coast Guard at any time at 1-800-448-5816.
13 Staging Areas Along Gulf Coast
13 staging areas have been set up to protect vital shoreline
in all potentially affected Gulf Coast states (Biloxi,
Miss., Pascagoula, Miss., Pensacola, Fla., Panama City,
Fla., Dauphin Island, Ala., Grand Isle, La., Shell Beach,
La., Slidell, La., Venice, La., Orange Beach, Al., Theodore,
Al., Pass Christian, Ms., Cocodrie, La.).
NOAA Oversight Activities
NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco met with scientists at the
Dauphin Island (Ala.) Sea Lab and representatives from the
Mobile (Ala.) Port Authority, and participated in a briefing
at the Mobile Incident Command Center. NOAA continues to
provide scientific support including: modeling the
trajectory and location of the oil, getting pre-impact
shoreline samples surveys and baseline measurements, and
planning for open water and shoreline remediation.
NOAA Observational Flights
One of NOAA’s P-3 (hurricane hunter) aircraft conducted a
flight to help monitor the location of the Gulf of Mexico
Loop Current. NOAA also flew missions for marine mammal
surveys, coastal photography and mapping purposes.
By the Numbers to Date:
Personnel were quickly deployed and approximately 10,000
are currently responding to protect the shoreline and
More than 275 vessels are responding on site, including
skimmers, tugs, barges, and recovery vessels to assist
in containment and cleanup efforts—in addition to dozens
of aircraft, remotely operated vehicles, and multiple
mobile offshore drilling units.
More than 1 million feet of boom (regular and sorbent)
have been deployed to contain the spill—and more than
1.3 million feet are available.
Nearly 3.5 million gallons of an oil-water mix have been
Approximately 325,000 gallons of dispersant have been
deployed. More than 500,000 gallons are available.
13 staging areas have been set up to protect vital
shoreline in all potentially affected Gulf Coast states
(Biloxi, Miss., Pascagoula, Miss., Pensacola, Fla.,
Panama City, Fla., Dauphin Island, Ala., Grand Isle,
La., Shell Beach, La., Slidell, La., Venice, La., Orange
Beach, Al., Theodore, Al., Pass Christian, Ms., Cocodrie,
To file a claim, or report spill-related damage, call
BP’s helpline at (800) 440-0858. A BP fact sheet with
additional information is available here. For those
who have already pursued the BP claims process and are
not satisfied with BP’s resolution, can call the Coast
Guard at (800) 280-7118. More information about what
types of damages are eligible for compensation under the
Oil Pollution Act as well as guidance on procedures to
seek that compensation can be found here.
President Florida Visit
POTUS arrived on stage at the Adrienne Arsht for the
Performing Arts in downtown Miami at 6:42 p.m. and took the
stage in front of more than 1,000 cheering people who had
begun filing in around 4 p.m. Tickets ranged from $250 to
$1,250 per person, according to a Democratic Party source.
Among those in the audience is Florida CFO Alex Sink, a
Democrat running for governor, and U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek,
D-Miami Gardens, who is running for U.S. Senate.
Before the president’s arrival, a couple dozen people,
including some from Environment Florida, were protesting oil
drilling off of Florida’s Gulf Coast stood across the street
from the Arsht Center. They held signs asking Obama to
protect Florida’s shores but were not particularly loud or
The president was introduced by Democratic National
Committee chairman and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine. Kaine, in
turn, was introduced by DNC vice chairwoman and U.S. Rep.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, who was received with
an energetic standing ovation. “I’m so proud to be here; I’m
so proud of our community,” she said. “We have the honor of
hosting President Barack Obama in beautiful South Florida on
a beautiful day.”
Obama spoke for half an hour and left at 7:12. He got a
standing ovation when he mentioned the passage of healthcare
reform in Congress and the audience interrupted with cheers
of “O-ba-ma!” after touting the election Tuesday of Democrat
Ted Deutch to replace retiring Rep. Ted Deutch in the U.S.
The Miami Herald
Foor Media Pool Information
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
ON RESCUE EFFORTS IN HAITI
Diplomatic Reception Room
10:20 A.M. EST
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody. This morning
I want to extend to the people of Haiti the deep condolences
and unwavering support of the American people following
yesterday's terrible earthquake.
We are just now beginning to learn the extent of the
devastation, but the reports and images that we've seen of
collapsed hospitals, crumbled homes, and men and women
carrying their injured neighbors through the streets are
truly heart-wrenching. Indeed, for a country and a people
who are no strangers to hardship and suffering, this tragedy
seems especially cruel and incomprehensible. Our thoughts
and prayers are also with the many Haitian Americans around
our country who do not yet know the fate of their families
and loved ones back home.
I have directed my administration to respond with a
swift, coordinated, and aggressive effort to save lives.
The people of Haiti will have the full support of the United
States in the urgent effort to rescue those trapped beneath
the rubble, and to deliver the humanitarian relief -- the
food, water and medicine -- that Haitians will need in the
coming days. In that effort, our government, especially
USAID and the Departments of State and Defense are working
closely together and with our partners in Haiti, the region,
and around the world.
Right now our efforts are focused on several urgent
priorities. First, we're working quickly to account for
U.S. embassy personnel and their families in Port-au-Prince,
as well as the many American citizens who live and work in
Haiti. Americans trying to locate family members in Haiti
are encouraged to contact the State Department at
888/407-4747. I'm going to repeat that – 888/407-4747.
Second, we've mobilized resources to help rescue efforts.
Military overflights have assessed the damage, and by early
afternoon our civilian disaster assistance team are
beginning to arrive. Search and rescue teams from Florida,
Virginia and California will arrive throughout today and
tomorrow, and more rescue and medical equipment and
emergency personnel are being prepared.
Because in disasters such as this the first hours and
days are absolutely critical to saving lives and avoiding
even greater tragedy, I have directed my teams to be as
forward-leaning as possible in getting the help on the
ground and coordinating with our international partners as
Third, given the many different resources that are
needed, we are taking steps to ensure that our government
acts in a unified way. My national security team has led an
interagency effort overnight. And to ensure that we
coordinate our effort, going forward, I've designated the
administrator of the U.S. Agency for International
Development, Dr. Rajiv Shah, to be our government's unified
Now, this rescue and recovery effort will be complex
and challenging. As we move resources into Haiti, we will
be working closely with partners on the ground, including
the many NGOs from Haiti and across Haiti, the United
Nations Stabilization Mission, which appears to have
suffered its own losses, and our partners in the region and
around the world. This must truly be an international
Finally, let me just say that this is a time when we
are reminded of the common humanity that we all share. With
just a few hundred miles of ocean between us and a long
history that binds us together, Haitians are neighbors of
the Americas and here at home. So we have to be there for
them in their hour of need.
Despite the fact that we are experiencing tough times here
at home, I would encourage those Americans who want to
support the urgent humanitarian efforts to go to
whitehouse.gov where you can learn how to contribute. We
must be prepared for difficult hours and days ahead as we
learn about the scope of the tragedy. We will keep the
victims and their families in our prayers. We will be
resolute in our response, and I pledge to the people of
Haiti that you will have a friend and partner in the United
States of America today and going forward.
May God bless the people of Haiti and those working on their