Obama Issues His Last Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon

VOA President Barack Obama got the holiday mood started at the White House on Wednesday with the traditional pardoning of the national Thanksgiving turkey, this time with his nephews standing in for daughters Malia and Sasha. The lighthearted ceremony in the Rose
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Official: Obama, Putin Have ‘Shared Desire’ to Solve Syrian Crisis

VOA Aru Pande UNITED NATIONS— During a one-on-one meeting Monday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin shared their views on Syria, disagreeing about the role of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but agreeing to stay out of each other's way militarily. “This was (more...)

White House: Ukraine Will Top Agenda of Obama-Putin Meeting

VOA News The White House says Ukraine will be at the top of President Barack Obama's agenda when he meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in New York. The Kremlin says the meeting is set for Monday when the United Nations General Assembly opens. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said (more...)

NATO Leaders United in Support of Ukraine

President Obama, shown above with French President François Hollande (left) and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, met with the leaders of the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Ukraine on September 4 in a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission at the NATO Summit in Newport, Wales. Obama and (more...)

President Obama’s Call with Russian President Putin

President Obama spoke for 90 minutes this afternoon with President Putin of Russia about the situation in Ukraine. President Obama expressed his deep concern over Russia’s clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, which is a breach of international law, including Russia’s obligations under the (more...)

President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address

Remarks of President Barack Obama State of the Union Address Tuesday, January 28, 2014 Washington, D.C. THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, my fellow Americans: Today in America, a teacher spent extra time with a student who needed it, and did her part to lift America’s graduation rate to its (more...)

U.S. Constitution Determines How Government Works, or Doesn’t

By Bridget Hunter Staff Writer On October 1, the beginning of the U.S. fiscal year, lack of congressional funding shut down much of the federal government as Americans argued about who was to blame for the impasse. The conversations tend to focus on names like Obama, Reid and Boehner, but (more...)

Obama Acknowledges “Emerging Differences” Between Russia, U.S.

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer President Obama said that while the United States and Russia have made much progress and cooperated on many important issues during the past four years, there are “emerging differences” between the two nations, but still room for both to work together for the betterment (more...)

White House on Obama’s Travel to Russia

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Russia Following a careful review begun in July, we have reached the conclusion that there is not enough recent progress in our bilateral agenda with Russia to hold a U.S.-Russia Summit in early September. We value the achievements (more...)

Economic Growth and Jobs Top G8 Meeting Agenda

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer Global economic growth and expanded employment will be a significant part of the agenda at the annual summit of the Group of Eight major industrialized nations in Northern Ireland on June 17–18, a White House economic adviser says. Coupled with economic growth, the (more...)

Obama and Russian President Putin After Their Meeting

REMARKS BY PRESIDENT OBAMA AND PRESIDENT PUTIN OF RUSSIA AFTER BILATERAL MEETING Lough Erne Resort Lough Erne, Northern Ireland PRESIDENT PUTIN: (As interpreted.) I’ve had detailed talks with the President of the United States on almost all the matters. We began with economy and we had detailed discussions. We’ve agreed to launch new (more...)

Obama Names Amb. Rice as National Security Adviser

President Obama named Ambassador Susan Rice, the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, as his next national security adviser during a Rose Garden briefing June 5 at the White House. Thomas Donilon has decided to step down after more than four years as the president’s top (more...)

Five Living Presidents Dedicate Bush Presidential Center

“My deepest conviction, the guiding principle of the administration, is that the United States of America must strive to expand the reach of freedom,” former President George W. Bush said in the dedication ceremony at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas April 25. The former (more...)

President Obama’s Call with Russian President Putin

Readout of President Obama’s Call with President Putin President Obama spoke by phone tonight with President Putin of Russia. President Putin expressed his condolences on behalf of the Russian people for the tragic loss of life in Boston. President Obama thanked President Putin for those sentiments, and praised (more...)

President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union Address

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary February 12, 2013 Remarks by the President in THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS U.S. Capitol Washington, D.C. 9:15 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, fellow citizens: Fifty-one years ago, John F. Kennedy declared to this chamber that “the Constitution makes us not (more...)