By Jueseppi B.
— Joining Forces (@JoiningForces) September 10, 2013
— Office of VP Biden (@VP) September 9, 2013
10:06 PM EDT
President Obama Addresses the Nation on Syria
September 10, 2013 | Public Domain
Just after 9:00 PM ET, President Obama delivered a national address from the East Room of the White House to discuss the situation in Syria. He explained why he has called for military strikes in response to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons, laid out his reasons for asking Congress to authorize the use of force, and described how the threat of U.S. action has created the potential for a diplomatic breakthrough.
“Terrible things happen across the globe, and it is beyond our means to right every wrong,” the President said. “But when, with modest effort and risk, we can stop children from being gassed to death, and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act.”
Read the full remarks here.
Speeches and Remarks/ Statements and Releases
September 10, 2013
Remarks by the President in Address to the Nation on Syria (Full Transcript)
Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Meeting with Senior Administration Officials on Our Preparedness and Security Posture on the Twelfth Anniversary of September 11th
September 10th, 2013: White House Photo of the Day
White House Schedule – September 11, 2013
In the morning, the President, the Vice President, the First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden and White House staff will gather on the South Lawn of the White House to observe a moment of silence to mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The moment of silence is pooled press.
Later in the morning, the President will travel to the Pentagon Memorial to attend the September 11th Observance Ceremony. There will be in-town travel pool coverage.
In the afternoon, the President will participate in a service project in the Washington, DC area to commemorate the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. There will be in-town travel pool coverage.
Wednesday, September 11 2013 All Times ET
8:45 AM: The President, The Vice President, The First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden and White House staff observe a moment of silence to mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on The South Lawn.
12:30 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney in The James Brady Briefing Room.
2:00 PM: The President participates in a service project in The Washington D.D. area.
9:30 PM: The President attends September 11th Observance Ceremony At The The Pentagon Memorial.
Secretary Anthony Foxx
01:02 PM EDT
Ed. Note: This blog post was originally published by the Department of Transportation.
At the Department of Transportation, we know firsthand the role transportation plays in moving our economy forward. And that’s literally what takes place at the Port of Baltimore every day.
Moving cargo is the lifeblood of our economy. And our ports are essential to growing our nation’s exports.
That’s why, yesterday, I joined Vice President Biden to announce a $10 million DOT TIGER grant for the port that will expand a busy terminal and allow the deepening of a key navigation channel to proceed.
Together, these improvements will increase efficiency at the Port, reduce shipping costs for auto exporters; and allow shippers to take advantage of the new, larger container ships that will soon be coming through the expanded Panama Canal. As the Vice President said, “If we make it in America … we’ve got to be able to ship it around the world.”
10:13 AM EDT
On Sunday September 9th, Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President addressed an audience of nearly one thousand AFL-CIO union leaders and allies at their national conference on diversity and inclusion, held this week in Los Angeles. Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez is also scheduled to address the conference on Tuesday.
Prepared Remarks by Valerie Jarrett on September 8th, 2013 in Los Angeles, California
Hello everyone, and thank you for having me!
Let me first thank my dear friend, President, Trumka and the entire leadership team – Secretary-Treasurer Shuler, Executive Vice President Holt-Baker, delegates, and all the local, civil rights, women’s rights, and faith leaders who have made this conference possible. I still remember having breakfast with Rich when he told me about his dad being so ill from silica, and listening to him cough. The effect his dad’s illness had on his whole family was devastating. Rich said he would never give up until we passed the rule. He did not give up and neither did we.
The Speaker of the California Assembly – John Perez, has also joined us today… As well as the General Secretary of the International confederation of Trade Unions – Sharon Burrow.
Now— President Obama asked that I express his deepest regrets for not being able tomake it in person. He is here with us in spirit – and without a doubt – he is firmly committed to the causes you champion. He fully appreciates the role of the AFL-CIO in driving this country’s vital conversation – on the future of working people and our unions. Which is exactly why he appointed Secretary Tom Perez to head our Labor department. Tom is a tireless advocate… with a stout record for protecting American workers. I know he is looking forward to joining you here on Tuesday.
As President Obama commemorated the 50thAnniversary of the March on Washington on August 28th, he quoted the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “Decent wages, fair working conditions, livable housing, old age security, health and welfare measures, conditions in which families can grow, have education for their children, and respect in the community—is the American Dream for all.” The Labor Movement has, and continues to be, a leading force in ensuring the preservation and accessibility of that Dream for all people. We are a nation built by working men and women… who not only fuel our economy… but who provide the moral building blocks of our society.
Responsibility, sacrifice, hard work…. and the fierce instinct to watch each other’s backs. It is the American worker who breathes life into our national identity.
This is why the President has committed to fight for you. Because a better bargain, and a real chance to get ahead should be within reach for anyone willing to roll up their sleeves, and work hard in this country. There are some benefits to hard work that shouldn’t be reserved just for the rich. Affordable access to great schools. Quality care and affordable coverage when you get sick. A home of your own. A good job. Because we all know that a job is about more than a paycheck. It’s about the pride of caring for the people we love, and giving our kids a chance to live out their dreams. And of course— a secure retirement. We should all have the right to retire with dignity!
And let’s not forget about a solid wage…. The President has said that it is time to raise the minimum wage, because no one who works full time should have to raise their children in poverty. He will fight to get American workers the pay and security they deserve, and with your help, this is a fight we can and must win.
This conference is a chance to examine the progress organized labor has made, and the challenges that lie ahead as we work to build a more inclusive and diverse labor movement. American labor is uniquely positioned to lead this country by example— by respecting and compensating men and women in the workplace equally, by showing zero tolerance for racism, sexism, or any form of discrimination on the job, and by ensuring that opportunity will never escape one of our brothers or sisters because of a disability. Making sure that no one is left behind as our workforce continues to grow and advance, is the American way. It is essential to our success as a nation.
I feel optimistic about where we are headed, and along with the President, will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with leaders like Rich, Liz and Arlene – to fight for all the rights and opportunities that matter most to working America. That includes efforts underway at OSHA to protect workers from crystalline silica particles – and of course the implementation of health reform. This will be an important fall for the Affordable Care Act – as millions prepare to finally get the coverage they need at prices they can afford. Though challenges remain—as should be expected when working to solve any problem so big – we are committed to sitting down in good faith to work through solutions.
Please go into this conference, and carry with you back home, the firm knowledgethat your President and his Administration, care about you, and stand with you. Even as threats and global crisis unfold overseas – not a day goes by when we don’t wake up with you and your families in mind. We believe in you, and will stay committed to do everything in our power to make sure all your hard work pays off.
Thank you again for having me. Please have a wonderful conference!
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