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The White House Observes A Moment Of Silence Marking The 9/11 13th Anniversary. President Obama Speaks At The September 11th Observance Ceremony.


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The Pentagon

9:45 A.M. EDT

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The White House Observes a Moment of Silence to Mark the 13th Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks

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President Obama Speaks at the September 11th Observance Ceremony

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Remarks by the President at 9/11 Memorial

The Pentagon

9:45 A.M. EDT

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good morning. Scripture tells us, “We count as blessed those who have persevered.”

Secretary Hagel, General Dempsey, members of our Armed Forces, and, most of all, the survivors of that September day and the families of those we lost –- Michelle and I are humbled to be with you once again.

It has now been 13 years. Thirteen years since the peace of an American morning was broken. Thirteen years since nearly 3,000 beautiful lives were taken from us, including 125 men and women serving here at the Pentagon. Thirteen years of moments they would have shared with us. Thirteen years of memories they would have made.

Here, once more, we pray for the souls of those we remember, for you, their families, who love them forever, and for a nation that has been inspired by your example — your determination to carry on, your resolve to live lives worthy of their memories.

As Americans, we draw strength from you. For your love is the ultimate rebuke to the hatred of those who attacked us that bright, blue morning. They sought to do more than bring down buildings or murder our people. They sought to break our spirit and to prove to the world that their power to destroy was greater than our power to persevere and to build. But you, and America, proved them wrong.

America endures in the strength of your families who, through your anguish, kept living. You have kept alive a love that no act of terror can ever extinguish. You, their sons and daughters, are growing into extraordinary young men and women they knew you could be. By your shining example, your families have turned this day into something that those who attacked us could never abide, and that is a tribute of hope over fear, and love over hate.

America endures in the tenacity of our survivors. After grievous wounds, you learned to walk again and stand again. After terrible burns, you smiled once more. For you, for our nation, these have been difficult years. But by your presence here today, in the lives of service that you have led, you embody the truth that no matter what comes our way, America will always come out stronger.

America endures in the dedication of those who keep us safe. The firefighter, the officer, the EMT who carries the memory of a fallen partner as they report to work each and every day, prepared to make the same sacrifice for us all. Because of these men and women, Americans now work in a gleaming Freedom Tower. We visit our great cities, we fill our stadiums and cheer for our teams. We carry on, because, as Americans, we do not give in to fear — ever.

America endures in the courage of the men and women who serve under our flag. Over more than a decade of war, this 9/11 Generation has answered our country’s call, and three months from now, our combat mission in Afghanistan will come to an end. Today, we honor all who have made the ultimate sacrifice these 13 years, more than 6,800 American patriots. And we give thanks to those who serve in harm’s way to keep our country safe and meet the threats of our time.

America endures in that perennial optimism that defines us as a people. Beginning tomorrow, there will be teenagers –- young adults –- who were born after 9/11. It’s remarkable. And while these young Americans did not know the horrors of that day, their lives have been shaped by all the days since — a time that has brought us pain, but also taught us endurance and strength; a time of rebuilding, of resilience, and of renewal. What gives us hope –- what gives me hope -– is that it is these young Americans who will shape all the days to come.

Thirteen years after small and hateful minds conspired to break us, America stands tall and America stands proud. And guided by the values that sustain us, we will only grow stronger. Generations from now, Americans will still fill our parks, our stadiums, our cities. Generations from now, Americans will still build towers that reach toward the heavens; still serve in embassies that stand for freedom around the world; still wear the uniform and give meaning to those words written two centuries ago: Land of the free. Home of the Brave. Generations from now, no matter the trial, no matter the challenge, America will always be America.

“We count as blessed those who have persevered.”

May God bless your families, who continue to inspire us all. May God bless our Armed Forces and all who serve to keep us safe. And may God continue to bless the United States of America.
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Memorial Museum Dedication Ceremony 9/11. We Remember

Published on May 15, 2014

The brand new Sept. 11 museum opened Thursday, May 15th, 2014 and was praised as “a sacred place of healing and of hope” that captures both the story and the spirit of heroism and helpfulness that followed the attacks. This is a video slide show of the dedication ceremony.

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President Obama, Others Dedicate 9/11 Museum In Solemn Ceremony

President Barack Obama praised the new Sept. 11 museum on Thursday as “a sacred place of healing and of hope” that captures both the story and the spirit of heroism and helpfulness that followed the attacks. (May 15)

Obama at 9/11 Museum: Terrorism Can’t Break Us

President Barack Obama, dignitaries, Sept. 11 survivors, rescuers and victims’ relatives marked the opening of the 9/11 museum in a solemn dedication ceremony on Thursday.

Obama called the National September 11 Memorial Museum as “a sacred place of healing and of hope” that captures both the story and the spirit of heroism and helping others that followed the attacks.

“It’s an honor to join in your memories, to recall and to reflect, but above all to reaffirm the true spirit of 9/11 — love, compassion, sacrifice — and to enshrine it forever in the heart of our nation,” he told an audience of victims’ relatives, survivors, and rescuers at the ground zero museum’s dedication ceremony.

“Like the great wall and bedrock that embrace us today, nothing can ever break us. Nothing can change who we are as Americans.”

The president praised the men and women who helped save lives in the attack, including those who gave their lives in the effort.

“Those we lost live on in us,” Obama said. “In the families who love them still, the friends who remember them always and in a nation that will honor them now and forever.”

Former mayor Michael Bloomberg called the museum “a place we come to remember those who died and to honor acts of courage and compassion.”

“We are here today to help dedicate a great museum, one that rises out of the bedrock of our city, our history and our hearts,” Bloomberg said before introducing Obama at the dedication ceremony. “In the years to come, the 9/11 memorial museum will take its place alongside the fields of Gettysburg, the waters of Pearl Harbor and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial as a sacred marker of our past and as a solemn gathering place.”

The museum, which commemorates the 2001 terrorist attack as well as the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, opens to the public on May 21.

Before the ceremony, Obama walked quietly through an expansive hall with Bloomberg.First lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton following behind them.

Reflections from dignitaries, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Mayor Bill de Blasio and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, were interspersed with the voices of everyday people caught up in Sept. 11.

Retired Fire Department Lt. Mickey Cross described being trapped for hours in the wreckage of the north tower and then joining the recovery effort after being rescued.

“There was a real sense of caring for each other,” he said.

Kayla Bergeron remembered walking down 68 flights of stairs in the north tower, amid confusion and fear that there was no way out. Her final steps to safety were on an outdoor stairway, now in the museum as the “survivors’ stairs.”

“Today, when I think about those stairs, what they represent to me is resiliency,” she said.

Thirteen years after the Twin Towers fell, the raw emotion is still palpable among those who lived through it.

“It was like this dream you thought you were going to wake up from,” Midtown resident Peter Bricken said.

“It’s like being in a sacred place, like a tomb,” Washington Heights resident Roman Kopinads said. “So many people lost their lives.”

Inside The 9/11 Museum

9/11 Memorial Museum Dedication Ceremony

Published on May 15, 2014

The brand new Sept. 11 museum opened Thursday, May 15th, 2014 and was praised as “a sacred place of healing and of hope” that captures both the story and the spirit of heroism and helpfulness that followed the attacks. This is a video slide show of the dedication ceremony.

The museum and memorial plaza above, which opened in 2011, were built for $700 million in donations and tax dollars.

By turns chilling and heartbreaking, the ground zero museum leads people on an unsettling journey through the terrorist attacks, with forays into their lead up and legacy.

The sights and sounds are all-encompassing and at times, overwhelming.

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“Walking through this museum can be difficult at times, but it is impossible to leave without feeling inspired,” Bloomberg said Thursday.

There are scenes of horror, including videos of the skyscrapers collapsing and people falling from them. But there also are symbols of heroism, ranging from damaged fire trucks to the wristwatch of one of the airline passengers who confronted the hijackers.

Visitors start in an airy pavilion where the rusted tops of two of the World Trade Center’s trident-shaped columns shoot upward. From there, museumgoers descend stairs and ramps, passing through a dark corridor filled with the voices of people remembering the day and past the battered “survivors’ staircase” that hundreds used to escape the burning towers.

At the base level, 70 feet below ground, amid remnants of the skyscrapers’ foundations, there are such artifacts as a mangled piece of the antenna from atop the trade center and a fire truck with its cab shorn off.

Then, galleries plunge visitors into the chaos of Sept. 11: fragments of planes, a set of keys to the trade center, a teddy bear left at the impromptu memorials that arose after the attacks, the dust-covered shoes of those who fled the skyscrapers’ collapse, emergency radio transmissions and office workers calling loved ones, even a recording of an astronaut solemnly describing the smoke plume from the International Space Station.

President Obama Speaks at 9/11 Museum Dedication

Published on May 15, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks at the dedication of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at Ground Zero, May 15, 2014.

Sprinkled in are snippets about the 19 hijackers, including photos of them on an inconspicuous panel.

The unidentified human remains of more than 1,000 people will also be housed in an underground repository within the museum.

But several families gathered outside the memorial gates Wednesday night to say their relatives should not be buried inside a museum that costs $24 to enter.

“We want those remains up on the plaza, a nice memorial where they can continue DNA testing. They don’t belong in an admission charging museum,” said Jim Riches, whose firefighter son was killed in the attack.

Other victims’ families see it as a fitting resting place.

After Thursday’s dedication, the museum will be open for six days around-the-clock to Sept. 11 survivors, victims’ relatives, first responders and lower Manhattan residents.

When the museum opens to the public May 21, the $24 admission will be waived for all visitors, but advance reservations are required.

There will be no admission charge for relatives of Sept. 11 victims or for rescue and recovery workers. Children age 6 and younger will get in free. Admission will be free for everyone on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The museum’s regular hours will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Officials say advanced reservations for tickets can be booked at 911memorial.org.

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September 11 2001 As It Happened – CNN Live 8.40am – 10.11am

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CNN Live of September 11 2001 from 8:40am – 10:11am.

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Published on Aug 12, 2012

CNN Live of September 11 2001 from 10:11am – 9:00pm

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The MilitantNegro Wake-Up Call™ For Tuesday The 26th Of August: Charlotte, North Carolina.


 

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Raw Video: Meeting Lucy Coffey

 

Published on Aug 26, 2014

President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with Lucy Coffey. A veteran of the Women’s Army Corps in World War II, Lucy is the nation’s oldest living female veteran.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks at the American Legion’s 96th National Convention, Charlotte

 

 

 

White House Schedule – August 26th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26th, 2014

 

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
TUESDAY, AUGUST 26th, 2014

 

In the morning, the President will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina. The President’s departure from the South Lawn will be open press and the arrival at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base is open to pre-credentialed media.

 

In the afternoon the President will deliver remarks at the American Legion’s 96th National Convention. This event at the Charlotte Convention Center is open to pre-credentialed media.

 

Following his remarks, the President will depart Charlotte en route Washington, DC. The departure from the North Carolina Air National Guard Base is open to pre-credentialed media, and the arrival on the South Lawn is open press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President and Vice President meet with Secretary of State Kerry in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

In the morning, the Vice President will attend meetings at the White House.

 

At 12:30 PM, the Vice President will attend an event for the Anthony Brown for Governor campaign at The Powerhouse. This event is closed press.

 

In the afternoon, the Vice President will attend the President’s meeting with Secretary of State Kerry in the Oval Office.

 

Later in the afternoon, the Vice President will attend meetings at the White House.

 

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Tuesday, August 26 2014 All Times ET

 

9:50 AM
The President departs the White House
South Lawn
10:05 AM
The President departs Joint Base Andrews
11:20 AM
The President arrives Charlotte, North Carolina
North Carolina Air National Guard Base
12:00 PM
The President delivers remarks at the American Legion’s
96th National Convention
Charlotte Convention Center – Hall A, North Carolina
12:30 PM
The Vice President attends an event for the Anthony Brown
for Governor campaign
The Powerhouse
1:10 PM
The President departs Charlotte, North Carolina en r
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North Carolina Air National Guard Base
2:20 PM
The President arrives Joint Base Andrews
2:35 PM
The President arrives the White House
South Lawn
4:50 PM
The President and the Vice President meet with
Secretary of State Kerry
Oval Office

 

August 2014: Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama looks at photos of Press Secretary Josh Earnest's newborn baby boy, Walker, during a meeting with senior advisors in the Oval Office, Aug. 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama looks at photos of Press Secretary Josh Earnest’s newborn baby boy, Walker, during a meeting with senior advisors in the Oval Office, Aug. 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

Statements and Releases

 

FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces New Executive Actions to Fulfill our Promises to Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families

 

FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Record for Women and Girls

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Iraqi Council of Representatives Speaker Salim al-Jabouri

 

Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi

 

White House Appoints 2014-2015 Class of White House Fellows

 

 

 

8/25/14: White House Press Briefing

 

Published on Aug 25, 2014

White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

 

 

 

Celebrating Women’s Equality Day, 2014

 

President Obama Listens To Daughter of Secret Service AgentPresident Barack Obama bends down to listen to the daughter of a departing U.S. Secret Service agent in the Oval Office, Oct. 28, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson) 

Etched into the history of our Nation are the stories of women who fought for the America they knew was possible — a country where all are truly treated equally and have access to the ballot box, regardless of gender. It took generations of fearless women who organized and advocated to secure women’s right to vote, and on Women’s Equality Day, we honor these courageous heroes, celebrate how far we have come in the decades since, and acknowledge the work still left to be done.

 

In the 94 years since the 19th Amendment was certified, women have made strides in every facet of American life, and we have learned that our country succeeds when women succeed. More and more the world is looking to our daughters to lead us, to heal us, to employ us, to thrill us on fields of play, and to protect us on fields of battle. Even still, inequality and discrimination persist. Women, on average, continue to earn less than their male counterparts, and for women of color, the disparity is even wider. Outdated workplace policies force too many working parents to choose between fulfilling their family responsibilities, and the careers of their dreams. And far too many women know what it is to suffer from abuse or sexual assault.

 

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Happy 98th Birthday to the National Park Service

 

 

From our spacious skies and fruited plains to our purple mountain majesties, the United States boasts some of the world’s most breathtaking natural lands. On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson created the National Park Service to formally protect and preserve these lands so people all over the world could experience America’s historic beauty and heritage for years to come.

 

Today, the National Park Service manages 401 national parks and memorials, which supported 238,000 jobs and pumped more than $26 billion into local economies last year. In fact, for every $1 we invest in our national parks, our economy sees $10 in return.

 

Take a glimpse at what the National Park Service has been working to preserve for 98 years, and follow the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of Interior on Twitter to see more of what makes America so beautiful.

 

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Four Cases Of Police Brutality And Racism You Need To Know

 

Published on Aug 25, 2014

It’s been more than 20 years since the police beating of Rodney King led to the L.A. riots. More recently, protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, and all around the United States are furious over the police shooting of yet another unarmed black man — Michael Brown. AJ+ takes a look back at some of the most infamous police brutality cases that inform us now.

 

 

 

Audio of Mike Brown shooting contradicts the officers statement.

 

Published on Aug 26, 2014

This new audi clip contradicts the family friends statement about the shooting, told to her by the family of Officer Wilson. More than 11 shots were taken at Brown.

 

 

 

Darren Wilson Supporter Gets Scolded : Stupid jack*** after telling man “Lean to Speak English”

 

Published on Aug 26, 2014

WATCH altercation on CNN Live TV: “I am speaking English do you understand that?! Stupid jackass, do you understand that?!”

Officer Wilson supporters: Government and media choosing sides in Ferguson
(CNN) – The funeral for 18-year-old Michael Brown Monday drew thousands, including celebrities, civil rights leaders, and a White House delegation.
But for those seeking justice for the officer who killed Brown, the service was seen as another example of how the government and media are unfairly choosing sides in that deadly confrontation.
This weekend, supporters of Officer Darren Wilson gathered outside a south city St. Louis bar, popular with local law enforcement.
“My name is Darren Wilson. We are Darren Wilson,” a woman said to a cheering crowd.

 

 

 

“There Will Be Justice”: Mourners Speak Outside Michael Brown’s Funeral in St. Louis

 

Published on Aug 26, 2014

http://www.democracynow.org – Thousands of people lined up to pay their respects at Michael Brown’s funeral on Monday in St. Louis, Missouri. The killing of the 18-year-old African American by a white police officer in Ferguson has sparked weeks of protest and conversations about race, both around the country and in the local community. Democracy Now!’s Aaron Maté was in St. Louis and spoke with mourners as they filed into the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church. “I know about Martin Luther King, I know about Emmett Till, but I am actually living something that should have stopped years and years ago,” says local resident Anne Hamilton. “We just want, as African Americans, to be treated fairly and to be given the same advantages.” St. Louis resident Elwood Harris responds to the protests, which have at times involved looting. “What else can we do? We took the Martin Luther King approach, protesting and peace, but there is no peace, and there is no justice,” Harris says. “But there will be justice in this case, I really do believe.”

 

 

 

“You Can’t Talk About Race and Class and Privilege in a Soundbite”

 

 

 

Jackie Robinson West All Stars receive homecoming grand salute

 

 

 

Billy Crystal gives tearful tribute to Robin Williams at Emmys

 

 

 

Burger King faces threats of boycott if HQ moves to Canada for tax break

 

 

 

Michael Brown’s funeral draws thousands of supporters, aid for victim’s family

 

 

 

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White House Schedule – July 17, 2014

 

In the morning, the President will travel to Delaware. The departure from the South Lawn is open press and the arrival at the New Castle Air National Guard Base is open to pre-credentialed media.

 

The President will then travel to the Port of Wilmington, where he will announce a new initiative, using his pen and his phone, to increase private sector investment in our nation’s infrastructure.  The President’s remarks in front of the Interstate 495 Bridge are open to pre-credentialed media and streamed live on http://www.whitehouse.gov/live.

 

Afterward, the President will depart Delaware en route New York.  The President’s departure from New Castle Air National Guard Base and arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport are open to pre-credentialed media.

 

While in New York, the President will attend two events, one for the DNC followed by a House Majority PAC roundtable event. Both events are closed press.

 

Following the roundtable, the President will depart New York City en route Washington, DC. The departure from John F. Kennedy International Airport is open to pre-credentialed media and the arrival on the South Lawn is open press.

 

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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday July 17th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
THURSDAY, JULY 17th, 2014

 

Thursday, July 17 2014 All Times ET

 

11:20 AM: The President departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews, South Lawn.

 

11:35 AM: The President departs Joint Base Andrews, Joint Base Andrews.

 

12:15 PM: The President arrives Delaware, New Castle Air National Guard Base.

 

12:30 PM: The Vice President attends an event for the Michigan Democratic Coordinated Campaign Committee, Westin Book Cadillac -Detroit.

 

2:10 PM: The President delivers remarks on Infrastructure, Port of Wilmington.

 

2:15 PM: The Vice President visits the Step IT Up America program at Wayne County Community College with Mayor Michael Duggan, Wayne County Community College.

 

3:15 PM: The Vice President delivers remarks to the Netroots Nation Conference, Cobo Center.

 

4:00 PM: The President arrives New York, John F. Kennedy International Airport.

 

5:45 PM: The President attends a DNC event, Private Residence – New York.

 

7:30 PM: The President attends a House Majority PAC roundtable event, Private Residence – New York.

 

9:15 PM: The President departs New York, John F. Kennedy International Airport.

 

10:15 PM: The President arrives Joint Base Andrews, Joint Base Andrews.

 

10:30 PM: The President arrives at the White House, South Lawn.

 

 

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President Obama Responds to Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

 

 

President Obama calls to President Poroshenko of Ukraine aboard Air Force OnePresident Obama calls to President Poroshenko of Ukraine aboard Air Force One to discuss the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. July 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

This afternoon, aboard Air Force One, President Obama placed separate telephone calls to President Poroshenko of Ukraine and Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia to discuss the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

 

Here’s a readout of the President’s call with President Poroshenko of Ukraine:

 

President Obama spoke with Ukrainian President Poroshenko this afternoon to discuss the tragic crash of flight Malaysian Airlines 17. President Poroshenko welcomed the assistance of international investigators to ensure a thorough and transparent investigation of the crash site. President Obama assured him that U.S. experts will offer all possible assistance immediately. The Presidents emphasized that all evidence from the crash site must remain in place on the territory of Ukraine until international investigators are able to examine all aspects of the tragedy.

 

And a readout of President Obama’s call with Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia:

 

President Obama called Malaysian Prime Minister Najib today to express condolences to the people of Malaysia for the terrible loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine, as well as all the families who lost loved ones in this tragic event. The President told the Prime Minister that United States has offered immediate assistance to support a prompt international investigation. President Obama reaffirmed the strength of the friendship between the United States and Malaysia and underscored that the United States stands ready to provide any assistance or support necessary.

 

Bernadette Meehan is Deputy Spokesperson of the National Security Council

 

 

Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia

 

Readout of the President’s Call with President Putin of Russia

 

Readout of the President’s Call with President Poroshenko of Ukraine

 

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President Obama: “Let’s Build Some Bridges. Let’s Build Some Roads.”

 

 

President Barack Obama delivers remarks near the Interstate 495 Bridge at the Port of Wilmington in Wilmington, DelawarePresident Barack Obama delivers remarks before he signs an executive action creating the Build America Investment Initiative during an event near the Interstate 495 Bridge at the Port of Wilmington in Wilmington, Del., July 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

 

This afternoon, President Obama traveled to the Port of Wilmington in Delaware to talk about creating jobs, rebuilding America, and making our middle class stronger.

 

Before delivering his remarks, however, the President took a moment to discuss the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17:

 

Right now, we’re working to determine whether there were American citizens onboard. That is our first priority.  And I’ve directed my national security team to stay in close contact with the Ukrainian government.  The United States will offer any assistance we can to help determine what happened and why.  And as a country, our thoughts and prayers are with all the families of the passengers, wherever they call home.

 

The President Talks About the Economy in Delaware

 

Published on Jul 17, 2014

At the Port of Wilmington in Delaware, President Obama delivers remarks on the economy, July 17, 2014.

 

 

After acknowledging some of the officials in attendance — including Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, Sen. Chris Coons, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew — President Obama talked a bit about the nearby Interstate 495 Bridge.

 

Noting that the bridge used to carry 90,000 cars a day, the President explained that it’s been closed for repairs since last month — repairs that will make it safer, and more reliable for commuters and commerce. And TIGER Grants are enabling the Port of Wilmington to rebuild a wharf, which will allow it to compete with other ports for the largest cargo ships.

 

Today, the President delivered remarks at the Port of Wilmington in front of the I-495 Bridge in Delaware.

Today, the President delivered remarks at the Port of Wilmington in front of the I-495 Bridge in Delaware.

 

Discussing how much the economy has rebounded over the past few years, the President explained that we’ve got a “huge opportunity to keep this momentum going…but also to make sure that growth is broadly shared.” And one example is by creating those good jobs rebuilding America.

 

We know that in the 21st century economy, businesses are going to set up shop wherever they find the best roads, the best bridges, the fastest Internet connection, the fastest rail lines, the smartest airports, the best power grid. First-class infrastructure attracts investment and it creates first-class jobs. Unfortunately, right now, our investment in transportation lags behind a lot of other countries. China is doing more. Germany is doing more. They’re putting money back into building the infrastructure we need to grow over the long term.

 

And if Washington were working the way it was supposed to, Congress would be creating jobs right now … jobs like these guys in the hard hats are doing right now rebuilding bridges and roads and airports and ports all across the country. It helps us now and it helps us create jobs tomorrow. That’s what we should be doing.

 

Earlier this year, President Obama put together a plan to rebuild America’s transportation infrastructure over the long term. As he noted today, the plan would “support millions of jobs, [and] would give cities and states and private investors the certainty they need to hire more workers faster.” And it wouldn’t add to the deficit, as it would be paid for in part by closing tax loopholes for companies that are shipping their profits overseas.

 

President Barack Obama speaks about transportation and an initiative to increase private sector investment in national infrastructure, at the Port of Wilmington in Wilmington, Delaware, near the Interstate 495 Bridge. The federal government is helping pay for repairs to the bridge, which state officials ordered closed on an emergency basis last month because several supporting columns were tilting.

President Barack Obama speaks about transportation and an initiative to increase private sector investment in national infrastructure, at the Port of Wilmington in Wilmington, Delaware, near the Interstate 495 Bridge. The federal government is helping pay for repairs to the bridge, which state officials ordered closed on an emergency basis last month because several supporting columns were tilting.

 

We got $2 trillion worth of deferred maintenance in this country in roads and bridges and sewer systems and water mains. And we could put a lot of people back to work right now getting that done. And we’re going to have to do it eventually anyway.

 

But so far, Congress has refused to act on the idea — which is strange because infrastructure should not be a partisan issue. If you think about it, it was a Republican, Dwight Eisenhower, who built the Interstate Highway System. Lincoln built the Transcontinental Railroad. Both parties historically have understood that investing in this country for the long run pays off. When we invest in infrastructure we’re making sure that the economy is growing not just for the next five years, but for another century. That’s what right now Republicans in Congress don’t seem to be focused on. But until they do get focused on it, I’m going to do whatever I can to create jobs rebuilding America on my own.

 

The President also announced the launch of the Build America Investment Initiative, a government-wide initiative to increase infrastructure investment and economic growth:

 

As part of [the initiative], we’re creating a one-stop shop for cities and states looking to partner with the private sector to fund infrastructure projects.  There are lots of investors who want to back infrastructure projects because, when it’s done right, they then get a steady, long-term investment.  They get a steady return.

 

And lots of states and local governments would welcome more private investment, but they need a partner in the federal government to help do some matchmaking and work through some of the complexities of private financing of infrastructure.  So my administration is going to help states and cities apply for federal loans, get more public-private partnerships up and running, get more investment flowing into communities like Wilmington.

 

The President will sign a Presidential Memorandum to launch the Build America Investment Initiative, a government-wide initiative to increase infrastructure investment and economic growth by engaging with state and local governments and private sector investors.

The President will sign a Presidential Memorandum to launch the Build America Investment Initiative, a government-wide initiative to increase infrastructure investment and economic growth by engaging with state and local governments and private sector investors.

 

And this builds on other actions we’ve taken to speed up the permitting process for big projects, and attract new manufacturing jobs to America, and raise more workers’ wages, help women fight for fair pay, ease loan burdens for millions of students.  We’re taking steps on our own, still hoping that Congress at some point actually does something.

 

 

Remarks by the President on the Economy — Wilmington, DE ( Transcript)

 

A young girl greets President Obama as he arrives at the New Castle Air National Guard Base, in New Castle, Delaware.

A young girl greets President Obama as he arrives at the New Castle Air National Guard Base, in New Castle, Delaware.

As part of the Initiative, the Administration is launching the Build America Transportation Investment Center: Housed at the Department of Transportation, this center will serve as a one-stop shop for state and local governments, public and private developers and investors seeking to utilize innovative financing strategies for transportation infrastructure projects.

As part of the Initiative, the Administration is launching the Build America Transportation Investment Center: Housed at the Department of Transportation, this center will serve as a one-stop shop for state and local governments, public and private developers and investors seeking to utilize innovative financing strategies for transportation infrastructure projects.

President Obama is reflected through the window as he greets customers at the Charcoal Pit to in Wilmington, Del.

President Obama is reflected through the window as he greets customers at the Charcoal Pit to in Wilmington, Del.

President Barack Obama hugs Tanei Benjamin at the Charcoal Pit in Wilmington, Del., before speaking about transportation and infrastructure.

President Barack Obama hugs Tanei Benjamin at the Charcoal Pit in Wilmington, Del., before speaking about transportation and infrastructure.

President Barack Obama meets with Tanei Benjamin at the Charcoal Pit in Wilmington, Del., before speaking about transportation and infrastructure. Benjamin wrote the president a letter about her struggles as a working single mother.

President Barack Obama meets with Tanei Benjamin at the Charcoal Pit in Wilmington, Del., before speaking about transportation and infrastructure. Benjamin wrote the president a letter about her struggles as a working single mother.

Tanei Benjamin wipes tears from her eyes after receiving a hug from President Barack Obama

Tanei Benjamin wipes tears from her eyes after receiving a hug from President Barack Obama

President Obama holds Jaidyn Oates, 7 months, at the Charcoal Pit in Wilmington

President Obama holds Jaidyn Oates, 7 months, at the Charcoal Pit in Wilmington

President Barack Obama holds seven-month-old Jaidyn Oates, during a stop at the Charcoal Pit

President Barack Obama holds seven-month-old Jaidyn Oates, during a stop at the Charcoal Pit

Barack chatting with surprised patrons at the Charcoal Pit in Wilmington

Barack chatting with surprised patrons at the Charcoal Pit in Wilmington

 

And finally….the reason for the trip…..

 

President Barack Obama signs a initiative to increase private sector investment in the nation’s infrastructure after speaking in front of the Interstate 495 bridge over the Christina River near Wilmington, Delaware

President Barack Obama signs a initiative to increase private sector investment in the nation’s infrastructure after speaking in front of the Interstate 495 bridge over the Christina River near Wilmington, Delaware

 

Statements and Releases – July 17th, 2014.

 

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

 

FACT SHEET: Building a 21st Century Infrastructure: Increasing Public and Private Collaboration with the Build America Investment Initiative

 

Conference Call by Senior Administration Officials on Ukraine

 

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President Obama is reflected through the window as he greets customers at the Charcoal Pit to in Wilmington, Del.

President Obama is reflected through the window as he greets customers at the Charcoal Pit to in Wilmington, Del.

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