First Lady Michelle Obama visits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Published on Sep 17, 2014
First Lady Michelle Obama visits patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Wednesday September 17, 2014.
President Obama’s statements on ISIS at MacDill AFB – FULL SPEECH
Published on Sep 17, 2014
At MacDill, President Obama reaffirms U.S. combat position.
(AP) TAMPA – Underscoring the multiple challenges facing his administration, President Barack Obama consulted with military officials Wednesday at MacDill Air Force Base about the U.S. counterterrorism campaign against Islamic State militants.
Obama met with top officers at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, which oversees U.S. military efforts in the Middle East. Accompanying him were his national security adviser, Susan Rice, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Obama was to address Central Command troops, providing him another opportunity to make a case for the air strike campaign he wants to carry out against Islamic State.
The President also spoke to troops after meeting with military brass, thanking them for their service.
“You play a central role in our combat and counterterrorism efforts,” Obama told the MacDill troops. “Your work is as vital as ever. In an uncertain world, full of breathtaking change, the one constant is American leadership.
“It is America that has the capacity and the will to mobilize the world against terrorists, including the group in Iraq and Syria known as ISIS.”
The president says the fight against the Islamic State group cannot be America’s alone and will require a broad coalition.
He says some nations will assist the U.S. with airstrikes and others will help train forces.
On Tuesday, the top U.S. military officer said American ground troops may be needed to battle the militants if Obama’s current strategy fails.
His meeting with top U.S. commanders comes amid newly raised doubts about the ability of the United States to rely on Iraqi forces, Kurds and Syrian opposition fighters to carry out a ground fight against the Islamic State militants and whether U.S. troops might have to play a combat role.
It also comes as Congress prepared to vote on Obama’s request for authority to equip and train Syrian opposition fighters whom the administration deems as moderates in the Syrian civil war.
Lawmakers in both parties have raised worries that the U.S. might be unable to find enough Syrian rebels who could be trusted to confront the Islamic State or that their numbers would be sufficient against the extremists.
Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, raised new doubts about Iraq’s role in the fight, telling a small group of reporters traveling with him to Paris that about half of Iraq’s army is incapable of being an effective partner with the U.S. to push the Islamic State back in western and northern Iraq. He said the other half needs to be partially rebuilt with U.S. training and additional equipment.
Dempsey told senators Tuesday that if it became necessary for U.S. military advisers to accompany Iraqi troops into combat he might “go back to the president and make a recommendation that may include the use of ground forces.”
The White House, however, remained firm about Obama’s view. “What he’s been very specific and precise about is that he will not deploy ground troops in a combat role into Iraq or Syria,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in response to Dempsey’s comments.
President Obama Talks with First-Graders at Tinker Elementary School
Published on Sep 17, 2014
On September 17, 2014, President Obama dropped by a first grade class at Tinker Elementary School in Tampa, Florida.
Dr. Jill Biden at the International Congress on Vocational & Professional Education & Training
Published on Sep 16, 2014
In Winterthur, Switzerland, Dr. Jill Biden speaks on the Obama-Biden Administration’s commitment to higher education and job-training programs to ensure American workers have the skills they need to succeed in the global economy.
President Obama Speaks on Ebola
Published on Sep 16, 2014
Speaking at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, President Obama provides an update on the U.S. plan to help combat the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. September 16, 2014.
We the Geeks: Miss America
Streamed live on Sep 17, 2014
Join us Wednesday, September 17th at 3:00 p.m. ET for a special #WeTheGeeks to highlight women and girls in STEM fields with the +Miss America Organization. Hear from the Miss America STEM scholarship winners as they share their stories from crowns to classrooms, personal role models, and advice for the next generation of women in #STEM → http://wh.gov/ilixP
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President Obama Speaks at the Congressional Picnic
Published on Sep 17, 2014
5 Things to Know: The President Lays Out the U.S. Plan to Degrade and Destroy ISIL
President Obama travelled to Tampa, Florida to speak to service men and women at MacDill Air Force Base about the U.S. strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL, a terrorist organization that is killing innocent, unarmed civilians in both Iraq and Syria. ISIL, also known as ISIS or the Islamic State, is also responsible for the brutal murders of American journalists Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff.
“In a world where technology provides a small group of killers with the ability to do terrible harm, it is America that has the capacity and the will to mobilize the world against terrorists,” he told servicemembers. To effectively do so, the U.S. will execute a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy that will empower the international community and local leaders to decimate these terrorists.
“If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”
Today Is Constitution Day. Here’s What That Means:
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On September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed and adopted the Constitution at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. What exactly does that mean?
We’ve got the facts for you, courtesy of the Constitution page at WhiteHouse.gov.
What did the Constitution aim to do?
As drafted, the Constitution’s purpose was to create a government that had enough power to act on a national level, but without so much power that individuals’ fundamental rights would be at risk.
The Constitution accomplished this, in part, by separating the government’s power into three branches, and then including checks and balances on each of those separate powers to make sure no single branch would gain supremacy. Each branch’s powers are spelled out in the Constitution, and the powers not assigned to them are reserved for the states.
This was all no coincidence — it was based largely on the experience that the Constitutional delegates had previously had with the King of England and his powerful Parliament.
Michelle Obama: Malia is driving
WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama disclosed on Wednesday that daughter Malia, who turned 16 on July 4, “just started driving.”
Earlier this year, President Barack Obama and the first lady said Malia, their oldest daughter, would be taking driving lessons. Mrs. Obama said Malia was actually driving during a conversation she had with young patients at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
“I think in many ways I’m like any working mom,” Mrs. Obama told the children.
“I’ve got to make sure that I do my job and that I try to do it well, but I’ve got to make sure my girls are good. They’re going to school and I’ve got an open house to go to tomorrow night, and I’ve got to make sure that — Malia just started driving — whew! I know, that’s scary. I’ve got to hang out with my husband. He needs attention, too. So it’s all a balance, just like your parents. It’s the same thing. So you just learn that rhythm. You got to do it and you’ve got to do it all well.”
Speeches and Remarks/Statements and Releases
Readout of the President’s Meeting with General John Allen, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and Ambassador Brett McGurk, Deputy Special Presidential Envoy
Readout of National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with National Security Office Director Kim Kwan-Jin of the Republic of Korea
FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Partners with Private Sector on New Commitments to Slash Emissions of Potent Greenhouse Gases
Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Dr. Jill Biden at the International Congress on Vocational and Professional Education and Training
Remarks by the President at Presentation of the Medal of Honor to Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and Specialist Four Donald Sloat
Reaction To Women Abusing Men In Public
WWYD? – Women Being Violently Abused By Their Boyfriends In Public!
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WWYD? – A White Preppy & Ghetto Boyfriend Attacking/Abusing His Girlfriend In Public!!
Interracial Couple Arguing: Would You Intervene?
What would you do – Domestic violence – Boyfriend abusing his girlfriend in public
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