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Japan Is Done. Now On To The Republic Of Korea.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Saying goodbye……

 

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President Obama’s Schedule || Friday, April 25, 2014

 

All times are Japan or Korea Standard Time, which are each 13 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Daylight Time

 

9:05 am JST || Meets and greets with Embassy personnel; Okura Hotel, Tokyo, Japan.


9:30 am || Bids farewell to the Emperor and Empress of Japan; Okura Hotel.


10:30 am || Departs Tokyo.


12:30 pm KST || Arrives Seoul, South Korea.


1:25 pm || Participates in a naturalization ceremony; National War Memorial, Seoul.


1:40 pm || Participates in a wreath laying ceremony; National War Memorial.


2:10 pm || Tours the Gyeongbok Palace; Gyeongbok Palace, Seoul.


4:10 pm || Participates in the official arrival Ceremony with President Park of the Republic of South Korea; Blue House, Seoul.


4:30 pm || Holds a bilateral meeting with President Park; Blue House.


5:30 pm || Delivers brief remarks with President Park on the return of cultural artifacts; Blue House.


5:50 pm || Holds a joint press conference with President Park; Blue House.


7:20 pm || Participates in a working dinner with President Park; Blue House.

 

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President Obama Holds a Joint Press Conference with President Park

 

 

 

 

On Board with President Obama in Japan

 

Published on Apr 24, 2014

Today in Tokyo, the President traveled to the Imperial Palace and was received by the Emperor and Empress of Japan, held a press conference with Prime Minister Abe, visited students and robots at Miraikan Science and Youth Expo and saw Meiji shrine where he was shown a traditional archery demonstration –http://www.whitehouse.gov/asia-trip-s…

 

 

 

 

President Obama’s Bilateral Meeting with President Abe of Japan

 

Published on Apr 24, 2014

President Obama and President Abe of Japan make a joint statement to the media before their bilateral meeting at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, Japan. April 24, 2014.

 

 

 

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Toast Remarks by President Obama at State Dinner

 

President Obama Offers a Toast at the Japanese State Dinner

 

Published on Apr 24, 2014

In his toast at a state dinner held in his honor in Tokyo, President Obama says that Japan and American share an “alliance that will never be broken.” April 24, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

April 2014: Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama watches archers on horseback demonstrate their skills at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, April 24, 2104. Caroline Kennedy, U.S. Ambassador to Japan, and her husband Dr. Edwin Schlossberg watch at right. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Barack Obama watches archers on horseback demonstrate their skills at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, April 24, 2104. Caroline Kennedy, U.S. Ambassador to Japan, and her husband Dr. Edwin Schlossberg watch at right. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Barack Obama talks with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko during a state call at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan, April 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko during a state call at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan, April 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

 

Statements and Releases - April 25, 2014

 

FACT SHEET: U.S.-Japan Global and Regional Cooperation

 

U.S.-Japan Joint Statement: The United States and Japan: Shaping the Future of the Asia-Pacific and Beyond

 

FACT SHEET: U.S.-Japan Bilateral Cooperation

 

 

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The President’s Trip to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines

 

April 22 to April 29

 

President Obama’s fifth trip to Asia during his time in office will underscore a continued focus on the Asia-Pacific region and commitment to his vision of rebalancing to the world’s largest emerging region. The President’s visit to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines will focus on our major priorities in the region: modernizing our alliances; supporting democratic development; advancing the Trans-Pacific Partnership and commercial ties; investing in regional institutions; and deepening cultural and people-to-people ties.

 

 

 

 

Friday, April 25, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama greets members of the U.S. Embassy in Japan
  • Later that morning, the President bids farewell to the Emperor Akihito of Japan
  • In the afternoon, President Obama travels to Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • The President visits the National War Memorial and participates in a wreath-laying ceremony
  • Later, the President visits Gyengbok Palace
  • President Obama meets with President Park at the Blue House

 

 

 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama participates in a roundtable meeting with business leaders to discuss trade policy
  • Later, the President participates in a Combined Forces Command Briefing at Yongsan Garrison and delivers remarks
  • In the afternoon, the President travels to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • President Obama participates in an arrival ceremony in Parliament Square
  • Later that evening, the President attends a State Dinner and delivers remarks at Istana Negara

 

 

 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama greets members of the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia
  • Later, the President visits the National Mosque of Malaysia
  • President Obama meets with Prime Minister Najib Razak at Perdana Putra
  • In the afternoon, President Obama attends a working lunch with Prime Minister Najib Razak
  • The President delivers remarks at the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center
  • Later, the President participates in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Town Hall at the University of Malaysia

 

 

 

Monday, April 28, 2014

  • The President travels to Manila, Philippines, and participates in an arrival ceremony at Malacanang Palace
  • Later that afternoon, President Obama meets with President Benigno S. Aquino III of the Philippines
  • President Obama participates in a joint press conference with President Aquino
  • The President greets members of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines
  • Later that evening, the President attends a State Dinner with President Aquino at Malacanang Palace

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama delivers remarks at Fort Bonafacio
  • Later that morning, the President participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Manila American Cemetery
  • The President travels back to Washington, D.C.

 

 

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On Friday morning, the President will meet with employees and family members of the U.S. Embassy to Japan. He will then travel to the Republic of Korea. In the afternoon, the President will participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the National War Memorial to honor fallen soldiers. Following the ceremony, he will tour the Gyeongbok Palace. Later in the afternoon, the President will visit the Blue House to participate in a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with President Park of the Republic of Korea . In the evening the President will join President Park for a working dinner and remain overnight in Seoul, South Korea.

 

On Saturday morning, the President will participate in a round table meeting with business leaders to discuss trade policy.  Following the round table, the President will travel to Yongsan Garrison.  Here, he will be briefed by U.S.-ROK Combined Forces Command officers and deliver remarks and visit with troops and their families to thank them for their extraordinary service to our nation. In the afternoon, the President will travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  In the evening, he will join King Abdul Halim and Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia for the State dinner at the Istana Negara Palace.   The President will remain overnight in Malaysia.

 

On Sunday, the President will visit the National Mosque of Malaysia.  Following his visit, he will participate in a bilateral meeting and working lunch followed by a joint press conference with Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia at the Prime Minister’s Office. In the afternoon, the President and Prime Minister will take part in an event at the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center. In the evening, the President will travel to Malaya University to participate in a town hall with participants in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative. The President will remain overnight in Malaysia.

 

On Monday, The President will leave for The Philippines in the morning. The President will have a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with President Benigno AquinoLater that evening The President will attend a State Dinner hosted by President Benigno Aquino.

 

On Tuesday, The President will view an electric vehicle in The Philippines called “The Comet.” The President will visit Fort Bonifacio, where he will deliver remarks to U.S. and Filipino service members and veterans. The President will lay a wreath at The American Cemetery. Later in the evening The President will return to Washington, D.C.

 

 

Occasional Live streaming can be viewed here (CBS), here (LiveStation) and here (NHK)

 

 

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The Imperial Palace. The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. The Meiji Shrine. A Japanese State Dinner, Imperial Palace.


 

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On Board with President Obama in Japan

 

Published on Apr 24, 2014

Today in Tokyo, the President traveled to the Imperial Palace and was received by the Emperor and Empress of Japan, held a press conference with Prime Minister Abe, visited students and robots at Miraikan Science and Youth Expo and saw Meiji shrine where he was shown a traditional archery demonstration –http://www.whitehouse.gov/asia-trip-s…

 

 

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President Obama Holds a Press Conference with Prime Minister Abe of Japan

 

Published on Apr 24, 2014

President Obama and Prime Minister Abe answer questions from the press following a bilateral meeting in Tokyo. April 24, 2014.

 

 

 

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Watch Live: President Obama at the Miraikan Science Expo

 

Remarks by President Obama to Miraikan Science and Youth Expo

 

President Obama’s Remarks at the Miraikan Science Expo, April 24, 2014

 

Published on Apr 24, 2014

On Thursday, April 24, 2014, President Obama will visit the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo and delivered remarks at an event for youth in science.

 

 

 

 

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Raw: Obama Plays Soccer With Japanese Robot

 

Published on Apr 24, 2014

President Obama briefly played soccer with a robot during his visit to Japan on Thursday. The President has been emphasizing technology along with security concerns during his visit. (April 24)

 

 

 

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Raw: Obama Arrives at State Dinner in Tokyo

 

Published on Apr 24, 2014

President Obama arrives at a state dinner in his donor during his first full day of a four-nation visit to Asia. (April 24)

 

 

 

Toast Remarks by President Obama at State Dinner

 

 

 

 

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The President’s Trip to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines

 

April 22 to April 29

 

President Obama’s fifth trip to Asia during his time in office will underscore a continued focus on the Asia-Pacific region and commitment to his vision of rebalancing to the world’s largest emerging region. The President’s visit to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines will focus on our major priorities in the region: modernizing our alliances; supporting democratic development; advancing the Trans-Pacific Partnership and commercial ties; investing in regional institutions; and deepening cultural and people-to-people ties.

 

 

 

 

Friday, April 25, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama greets members of the U.S. Embassy in Japan
  • Later that morning, the President bids farewell to the Emperor Akihito of Japan
  • In the afternoon, President Obama travels to Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • The President visits the National War Memorial and participates in a wreath-laying ceremony
  • Later, the President visits Gyengbok Palace
  • President Obama meets with President Park at the Blue House

 

 

 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama participates in a roundtable meeting with business leaders to discuss trade policy
  • Later, the President participates in a Combined Forces Command Briefing at Yongsan Garrison and delivers remarks
  • In the afternoon, the President travels to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • President Obama participates in an arrival ceremony in Parliament Square
  • Later that evening, the President attends a State Dinner and delivers remarks at Istana Negara

 

 

 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama greets members of the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia
  • Later, the President visits the National Mosque of Malaysia
  • President Obama meets with Prime Minister Najib Razak at Perdana Putra
  • In the afternoon, President Obama attends a working lunch with Prime Minister Najib Razak
  • The President delivers remarks at the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center
  • Later, the President participates in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Town Hall at the University of Malaysia

 

 

 

Monday, April 28, 2014

  • The President travels to Manila, Philippines, and participates in an arrival ceremony at Malacanang Palace
  • Later that afternoon, President Obama meets with President Benigno S. Aquino III of the Philippines
  • President Obama participates in a joint press conference with President Aquino
  • The President greets members of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines
  • Later that evening, the President attends a State Dinner with President Aquino at Malacanang Palace

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama delivers remarks at Fort Bonafacio
  • Later that morning, the President participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Manila American Cemetery
  • The President travels back to Washington, D.C.

 

On Friday morning, the President will meet with employees and family members of the U.S. Embassy to Japan. He will then travel to the Republic of Korea. In the afternoon, the President will participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the National War Memorial to honor fallen soldiers. Following the ceremony, he will tour the Gyeongbok Palace. Later in the afternoon, the President will visit the Blue House to participate in a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with President Park of the Republic of Korea . In the evening the President will join President Park for a working dinner and remain overnight in Seoul, South Korea.

 

On Saturday morning, the President will participate in a round table meeting with business leaders to discuss trade policy.  Following the round table, the President will travel to Yongsan Garrison.  Here, he will be briefed by U.S.-ROK Combined Forces Command officers and deliver remarks and visit with troops and their families to thank them for their extraordinary service to our nation. In the afternoon, the President will travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  In the evening, he will join King Abdul Halim and Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia for the State dinner at the Istana Negara Palace.   The President will remain overnight in Malaysia.

 

On Sunday, the President will visit the National Mosque of Malaysia.  Following his visit, he will participate in a bilateral meeting and working lunch followed by a joint press conference with Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia at the Prime Minister’s Office. In the afternoon, the President and Prime Minister will take part in an event at the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center. In the evening, the President will travel to Malaya University to participate in a town hall with participants in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative. The President will remain overnight in Malaysia.

 

On Monday, The President will leave for The Philippines in the morning. The President will have a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with President Benigno AquinoLater that evening The President will attend a State Dinner hosted by President Benigno Aquino.

 

On Tuesday, The President will view an electric vehicle in The Philippines called “The Comet.” The President will visit Fort Bonifacio, where he will deliver remarks to U.S. and Filipino service members and veterans. The President will lay a wreath at The American Cemetery. Later in the evening The President will return to Washington, D.C.

 

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Statements and Releases

 

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on Attack in Kabul

 

Statement by the President on Armenian Remembrance Day

 

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Thursday In Tokyo, Japan.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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President Obama Holds a Joint Press Conference with Prime Minister  Shinzo Abe

 

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Watch Live: President Obama at the Miraikan Science Expo

 

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On Thursday, the President will hold a state call with Emperor and Empress of Japan at the Imperial Palace. Later in the morning, the President will participate in a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan at the Akasaka Palace. In the afternoon, the President will visit the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation to tour and deliver remarks at a youth and science event with students. Later in the afternoon, the President will visit the Meiji Shrine and host a round table meeting with Select USA business leaders. In the evening the President will attend the Japanese State dinner at the Imperial Palace with the Imperial family. The President will remain overnight in Japan.

 

 

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President Obama Schedule || Thursday, April 24, 2014

 

All times Japan Standard Time, which is 13 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Daylight Time

 

9:20 am || Participates in an official arrival ceremony; Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan


9:30 am || Inspects the Guard of Honor; Imperial Palace


9:40 am || Participates in a state call with the Emperor and Empress of Japan; Imperial Palace


10:15 am || Arrives at the Akasaka Palace; Akasaka Palace, Tokyo


10:25 am || Meets with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan; Akasaka Palace


12:15 pm || Holds a joint press conference with Abe; Akasaka Palace


3:10 pm || Delivers remarks at the Miraikan Science Expo and Youth Event; Miraikan Museum, Tokyo


4:05 pm || Tours the Meiji Shrine; Tokyo


8:20 pm || Attends the state dinner with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan; Imperial Palace


10:00 pm || Participates in an after-dinner talk; Imperial Palace

 

 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama meets with Emperor Akihito of Japan at the Imperial Palace
  • The President meets with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan at Akasaka Palace
  • In the afternoon, the President participates in a joint press conference with Prime Minister Abe
  • Later, President Obama delivers remarks at a youth and science event with students at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
  • The President visits Meiji Shrine
  • President Obama attends the Japan State Dinner and delivers remarks

 

 

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 Photo Of The Day

 

President Barack Obama talks with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko during a state call at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan, April 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama talks with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko during a state call at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan, April 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Abe of Japan Before Bilateral Meeting

 

Akasaka Palace
Tokyo, Japan

10:33 A.M. JST

 

PRIME MINISTER ABE:  (As interpreted.)  On behalf of the government and the people of Japan, I would like to sincerely welcome President Obama as our state guest.

 

At the outset, I would like to once again express my heartfelt gratitude for the assistance from the United States in the aftermath of the great East Japan earthquake.  More than 20,000 servicemembers of the U.S. forces participated in Operation Tomodachi.  And as a matter of fact, Japanese people were greatly encouraged and helped by the assistance extended from the government and the people of the United States.  And I am truly grateful for that.

 

Japan has been walking on the path of peace based on its peaceful orientation in a consistent manner for the past 70 years after the Second World War.  Japan and the United States share fundamental values such as freedom, democracy and fundamental human rights, and also we share strategic interests.  And the alliance between these two nations is indispensable and irreplaceable as the foundation for a peaceful and prosperous Asia Pacific region.

 

Your visit to Asia this time is a testament to the U.S. revised policy which attaches importance to this region.  This greatly contributes to regional peace and prosperity, and Japan strongly supports and also certainly welcomes this.

 

My administration intends to contribute to regional peace and prosperity more practically than ever, in line with the policy of what I call practical contribution to peace based on the principle on international cooperation.  And together with the United States, Japan would like to realize our leading role of the alliance in ensuring a peaceful and prosperous Asia Pacific.

 

Today, at this meeting, I look forward to having exchanges with you on how the alliance should look like in the future, based on the cooperation we have had so far.

 

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, let me begin by thanking you, Mr. Prime Minister, and your delegation, as well as the Japanese people for the incredibly gracious hospitality that you’ve provided us so far during this visit.

 

As you indicated, the U.S.-Japan alliance is the foundation for not only our security in the Asia Pacific region but also for the region as a whole.  And we have continued to strengthen it. We are looking at a whole range of issues that are challenging at this time, including the threats posed by North Korea and the nuclearization that’s been taking place in that country.  But because of the strong cooperation between our countries I am confident that we will continue to make progress in the future.

 

Of course, the bonds between our countries are not restricted to a military alliance.  We represent two of the three largest economies in the world, and we have the opportunity by working together to help shape an open and innovative and dynamic economy throughout the Asia Pacific region.

 

Our shared democratic values means that we have to work together in multilateral settings to deal with regional hotspots around the globe but also to try to make sure that we are creating a strong set of rules that govern the international order.  And the strong people-to-people bonds that we have and the educational and scientific and cultural exchanges that we have means that our friendship and alliance I’m confident will continue for generations to come.

 

So I look forward to very productive meetings today.  And I want to once again thank you for your hospitality.  As you said, my visit here I think once again represents my deep belief that a strong U.S.-Japan relationship is not only good for our countries but good for the world.

 

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Where In The World Is Barack: Tokyo, Japan  

 

President Barack Obama starts a four-nation Asian swing. President Obama’s fifth trip to Asia during his time in office will underscore a continued focus on the Asia-Pacific region and commitment to his vision of rebalancing to the world’s largest emerging region. The President’s visit to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines will focus on our major priorities in the region: modernizing our alliances; supporting democratic development and commercial ties; investing in regional institutions; and deepening cultural and people-to-people ties.

 

 

 

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Friday, April 25, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama greets members of the U.S. Embassy in Japan
  • Later that morning, the President bids farewell to the Emperor Akihito of Japan
  • In the afternoon, President Obama travels to Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • The President visits the National War Memorial and participates in a wreath-laying ceremony
  • Later, the President visits Gyengbok Palace
  • President Obama meets with President Park at the Blue House

 

 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama participates in a roundtable meeting with business leaders to discuss trade policy
  • Later, the President participates in a Combined Forces Command Briefing at Yongsan Garrison and delivers remarks
  • In the afternoon, the President travels to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • President Obama participates in an arrival ceremony in Parliament Square
  • Later that evening, the President attends a State Dinner and delivers remarks at Istana Negara

 

 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama greets members of the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia
  • Later, the President visits the National Mosque of Malaysia
  • President Obama meets with Prime Minister Najib Razak at Perdana Putra
  • In the afternoon, President Obama attends a working lunch with Prime Minister Najib Razak
  • The President delivers remarks at the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center
  • Later, the President participates in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Town Hall at the University of Malaysia

 

 

Monday, April 28, 2014

  • The President travels to Manila, Philippines, and participates in an arrival ceremony at Malacanang Palace
  • Later that afternoon, President Obama meets with President Benigno S. Aquino III of the Philippines
  • President Obama participates in a joint press conference with President Aquino
  • The President greets members of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines
  • Later that evening, the President attends a State Dinner with President Aquino at Malacanang Palace

 

 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama delivers remarks at Fort Bonafacio
  • Later that morning, the President participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Manila American Cemetery
  • The President travels back to Washington, D.C.

 

 

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President Obama Holds A Joint Press Conference With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe


 

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President Obama Holds a Joint Press Conference with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

 

 

 

 

On Thursday, the President will hold a state call with Emperor and Empress of Japan at the Imperial Palace. Later in the morning, the President will participate in a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan at the Akasaka Palace. In the afternoon, the President will visit the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation to tour and deliver remarks at a youth and science event with students. Later in the afternoon, the President will visit the Meiji Shrine and host a roundtable meeting with Select USA business leaders. In the evening the President will attend the Japanese State dinner at the Imperial Palace with the Imperial family. The President will remain overnight in Japan.

 

 

Oso, Washington. 4/22/2014

 

President Obama visited the devastated Oso, Washington mudslide site and later spoke to first responders at the Oso Firehouse.

 

 

 

 

Barack Takes Tokyo

 

Barack arrives in Tokyo, Japan on 4/23/2014 and is met by Ambassador To Japan Caroline Kennedy. Dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant with Prime Minister Abe, Ambassador (Caroline) Kennedy and National Security Adviser Susan Rice follows.

 

 

 

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • In the morning, President Obama meets with Emperor Akihito of Japan at the Imperial Palace
  • The President meets with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan at Akasaka Palace
  • In the afternoon, the President participates in a joint press conference with Prime Minister Abe
  • Later, President Obama delivers remarks at a youth and science event with students at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
  • The President visits Meiji Shrine
  • President Obama attends the Japan State Dinner and delivers remarks

 

 

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President Obama Speaks At The Oso Firehouse.


 

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I’ve observed my share of Presidents in my 54 years and not one comes close to this POTUSA. Not one past President has had the number of natural disasters to contend with that this President has faced. Not one past President has had the number of deaths from gun violence that this President has had to handle. And for sure, not one past President has had to shoulder the sheer hatred because of their skin color. Yet, Barack Hussein Obama loves this country and his citizens.

 

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(CNN) —Calling their grit, resiliency and sense of community an inspiration to all Americans, President Barack Obama promised Tuesday that those impacted by last month’s deadly landslide in Washington won’t be forgotten — least of all by the federal government.

 

"This is ... what America is all about," Obama said. "When times get tough, we look out for each other. We get each others' backs. And we recover, and we build, and we come back stronger."

“This is … what America is all about,” Obama said. “When times get tough, we look out for each other. We get each others’ backs. And we recover, and we build, and we come back stronger.”

 

Speaking in Oso, a small community about 60 miles northeast of Seattle that was ground zero for disaster, Obama outlined the ways the government has already helped and will continue to do so. He said that he wanted to visit the area to show support for “families who are searching for loved ones (and) families who have lost everything.”

 

President Obama Speaks on Responding to the Mudslide in Washington State

 

Published on Apr 22, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks at the Oso Firehouse after viewing the devastation from the recent mudslide in the area and meeting with the families affected by this disaster, as well as first responders and recovery workers. April 22, 2014.

 

 

President Obama Tours Oso, Washington.

 

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Schoolchildren watch President Obama’s motorcade travel past their bus on Washington Highway 530 near Oso

Schoolchildren watch President Obama’s motorcade travel past their bus on Washington Highway 530 near Oso

 

“I just wanted to let you know that the country is thinking about all of you, and have throughout this tragedy,” the President said. “We’re not going anywhere. We’ll be here as long as it takes.”

 

Obama spoke exactly one month the rain-saturated hillside along the Stillaguamish River gave way, unleashing walls of mud that swallowed up roads and homes in and around Oso.

 

First responders, Washington National Guard members and volunteers quickly converged on the traumatic scene, digging through mud, logs and debris 70 feet thick in some places hoping to find the missing.

 

Authorities on Monday put the death toll from the landslide at 41, though that number could rise as the search continues.

 

The President noted that while few knew of Oso before last month, many since have “been inspired by the incredible way that they community has come together and shown love and support that they have for other in ways big and small.” That might include risking their lives volunteering to find neighbors, providing a meal to those on the front lines or offering up chain saws or rain jackets.

 

“One resident said, ‘We’re Oso, and we just do it,’ ” Obama said after touring the damage and meeting with various people involved in the search-and-rescue operations as well as relatives whose loved ones died.

 

The debris field is full of toxic sludge, including human waste and toxic chemicals from households, oil and gas, according to Lt. Richard Burke of the Bellevue Fire Department. During the rescue efforts, some workers have come down with dysentery.

 

The work seems never-ending, and the piles of debris and muck remain high a month after the mudslide.

 

But thanks to workers’ efforts, water that was 6 feet deep has now drained, making it easier for heavy equipment to navigate the still tricky terrain.

 

One spruce tree that remained standing after the mudslide is now a memorial to the victims and a source of strength to the workers.

 

Obama came to Washington state on the way to a four-country tour to Asia. He will stop in Malaysia, where the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and its scores of passengers remains unsolved, and South Korea, where a ferry full of high schoolers collapsed last week.

 

The President didn’t refer to either of those disasters in his comments Tuesday. But he did laud the response of those in and around Oso for symbolizing what is best his own country.

 

President Obama Speaks at the Oso Firehouse: The Slid Show Gallery

 

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Tryon, a rescue dog muddied from the day's work, stands with his handler March 30 near the west side of the landslide.

Tryon, a rescue dog muddied from the day’s work, stands with his handler March 30 near the west side of the landslide.

Teresa Welter cries during a candlelight vigil in Arlington on Tuesday, March 25.

Teresa Welter cries during a candlelight vigil in Arlington on Tuesday, March 25.

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