It’s World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day 2016 LEADERSHIP. COMMITMENT. IMPACT. December 1, 2016   Thirty-five years ago, since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, we have made tremendous progress to address HIV/AIDS in Africa and around the world with far greater urgency and action. However, there is still much work to be done. On World AIDS Day 2016, ...
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Remarks by President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump after meeting

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release                         November 10, 2016 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT OBAMA AND PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP AFTER MEETING   Oval Office 12:36 P.M. EST PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I just had the opportunity to have an excellent conversation with President-elect Trump. It was wide-ranging. We talked about some of the ...
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Get a sneak peek at the new African-American history museum [video]

The National Museum of African American History and Culture will open September 24 in Washington, but wherever you are, you can take an early look now. The newest addition to the Smithsonian Institution has nearly 3,000 objects and 12 exhibitions, along with 183 videos, to tell the story of America through the African-American lens. President Obama will deliver remarks at the dedication ceremony. ...
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Want to make the world a safer place? Feed the hungry.

When the European Union stepped up its inspections of imported crops, small farmers growing beans and peas in Kenya took a hit. Most of the produce Kenya exports is grown on small plots of land, and Kenya’s horticultural exports were cut in half. That’s where  Feed the Future , a U.S. initiative to fight world hunger, entered the picture. ...
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Convention speeches can be star makers

When Republicans and Democrats host their national conventions for the 2016 election season, you’ll see some of the most famous names in U.S. politics carrying the flag for their political parties. But there will also be faces that aren’t so familiar. Yet. The keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic Convention in Boston spoke of the ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with President Francois Hollande of France

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release July 15, 2016 Readout of the President’s Call with President Francois Hollande of France President Obama spoke today by phone with President Francois Hollande of France to offer his heartfelt condolences on behalf of the American people to the people of France on yesterday’s ...
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Presidential Proclamation — Honoring the Victims of the Attack in Nice, France

HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK IN NICE, FRANCE – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION As a mark of respect for the victims of the attack perpetrated on July 14, 2016, in Nice, France, by the authority vested in me as President of ...
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Statement by the President on the Attack in Nice, France

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release July 14, 2016 On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other ...
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After deaths in 3 U.S. cities, Obama calls for respect and restraint

  “I’d like all sides to listen to each other,” President Obama said in Spain in response to a reporter’s question about the recent killings of two African-American men and five police officers in the U.S. His comments came July 10 in the wake of the fatal shootings by police of two African-American men in separate incidents in ...
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America’s alliance with Britain and Europe will endure

We need to boost resilience against new threats, including cyber attack, writes Barack Obama Op-Ed by President Obama, Financial Times, July 8, 2016 This may be the most important moment for our transatlantic alliance since the end of the cold war. Terrorist attacks inspired or directed by Isis have slaughtered innocents in Nato countries, from ...
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Statement by President Obama on the UK Referendum

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary June 24, 2016   PRESIDENT OBAMA: The people of the United Kingdom have spoken, and we respect their decision.  The special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is enduring, and the United Kingdom’s membership in NATO remains a vital cornerstone of U.S. foreign, security, ...
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Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), June 22-24

President Obama will host the seventh annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, June 22-24, 2016. GES is a reflection of the U.S. government’s commitment to utilize entrepreneurship as a foundational tool to build more economically prosperous, secure, and globally connected communities around the world. For more information, visit   www.GES2016.org ...
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President Obama on the Tragic Shooting in Orlando

Today, as Americans, we grieve the brutal murder — a horrific massacre — of dozens of innocent people. We pray for their families, who are grasping for answers with broken hearts. We stand with the people of Orlando, who have endured a terrible attack on their city. Although it’s still early in the investigation, we ...
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Obama and Modi: Partners in climate

President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have forged a special relationship since their first meeting in 2014 — one that includes a particular interest in clean energy and  climate change . That bond was on display when Obama hosted the prime minister of the world’s largest democracy at the White House on June 7. The meeting is ...
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Obama on Ramadan: A time for unity

Statement by the President on the Occasion of Ramadan   As another new moon heralds the start of the holy month of Ramadan, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to Muslims across the United States and around the world. For many, this month is an opportunity to focus on reflection and spiritual growth, forgiveness, ...
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Presidential Proclamation — LGBT Pride Month, 2016

Presidential Proclamation — LGBT Pride Month, 2016 LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2016 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Since our founding, America has advanced on an unending path toward becoming a more perfect Union.  This journey, led by forward-thinking individuals ...
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